From the History of
Spirituality in Russia.
Forest Schools of Svarog
Translated from Russian
by Mikhail Nikolenko
© Antonov V.V., 2008
In ancient time on the territory of modern Russia there lived
not only pagans.
People there knew about the existence of the Creator; they called Him Svarog.
They knew also about His Representatives coming out from His Abode — the Holy
Spirits, which were called Svarozhichi — Sons and Daughters of Svarog. Among
Svarozhichi, there were well-known to us Surya, Lada, and Assyris.
As it happens everywhere, that society consisted of people of
different psychogenetic age. And, of course, not every one of them was capable
of comprehending seriously the truth about God. Nevertheless, the Creator in
those times reaped there a good “harvest” of worthy souls — much larger than at
present. Assyris and His former disciple, Who is also a Divine Teacher at
present, called Bright New Moon — showed us many thousands of Svarog’s students,
Who attained there full Divinity and merged into Him.
Assyris told us that He created throughout the middle region of
the European part of contemporary Russia a network of forest schools,
where He gathered most deserving students from all the neighborhoods for
teaching them the higher stages of spiritual growth.
“What methods did You use for teaching students?” asked we once
Assyris laughed :
“The same methods as We taught to you! The basis is the subtle
spiritual heart expanded in the Infinity; by this heart we eventually infuse
into the Father!”
Below there are some excerpts from that conversation with Bright
New Moon and Assyris:
“Bright New Moon, tell us how students were taught in your
“They were taught to live not in the head but to love the
harmony of the eternal beauty of the forest and merge with it, to embrace and to
caress all the living.
“Students were taught also that they have to find the Sun of
God inside themselves: inside the developed spiritual heart!”
“Assyris, How did You manage to collect so many students — so
“I collected them throughout the entire Earth. I collected
students by sending messengers of successful students. Now you see only a small
part of them. Look deeper: there are thousands of students whom I raised here
“Did You work here, in this region? Your forest schools
“My School was throughout the entire Russian land! Over
centuries I educated promising souls raising one wave of students after
“How did people prepare themselves for studying in Your
“I ‘shepherded’ them. At that time people were engaged in
farming, cultivating the land. A wide network of forest schools was
created, where I collected the best students and taught them.
“There was no ashram here — at the place where we are now. The
best people were found mainly in the Volga region. In the steppes — not. But in
the regions with forests, there were schools. This is why I call them forest
“What methods of teaching did You use? Did the students study
the structure of the organism, including the chakras and meridians?”
“Certainly, yes. I explained the essence of the structure of the
Absolute and the methods of self-development.
“Bring people here, so that they may feel Me, My Essence, the
Essence of Universal God!”
“May one call You Svarog?”
“Svarog is a generalized name. It was not the name of some
particular Divine Teacher. This is the equivalent of the words God-the-Father,
“Bring people here! Here I manifest Myself more vividly than at
the place of our first acquaintance. I manifest Myself here in all fullness!”
“How did You manage to achieve such a result: so many students
of Yours became a Part of the Creator?”
“The most important point is to know well that which you have
cognized and continue cognizing. Then after the end of life in body everything
becomes fine! If one learns this well — not by the mind but by the memory of the
consciousness — then there is nothing more to do: everything happens naturally,
“If you could write a book about Me… This book could make a
small beginning for collecting around you souls with good potential. Over many
years, a small sprout could begin to mature. Write that it is not praying in
temples but development of oneself that constitutes the main essence of
transformation of ordinary man into God! Among flowers, singing birds, rustling
leaves, opening buds can one find the Main Essence of Beingness! Vishnu is
“Now let us talk about another thing.
“(Jokingly): I would take you into a journey to the places of My
ashrams, but you have no money for traveling. So someone else will have to write
the book Ashrams of Vishnu in Russia.”
“Was the word Vishnu known in the ancient Russia?”
“Yes. Vishnu and Assyris are different words, but they mean the
same: Rising Sun of God and Spring that awakens everything.”
“By what name You were called in Russia?”
“Assyris is the main Essence of Me as God. Vishnu… — too.”
* * *
… We were lucky to have conversations with many Divine Teachers,
Who attained Perfection in the past in different countries and on different
continents of our planet. Despite the significant cultural and cultic
differences between, for example, Korea and central Africa, Denmark and India,
Egypt and Indian North America, Scandinavia and Australia, China, Russia and the
countries of the Near East — it becomes obvious that all these differences are
related only to the basic, initial points of religious advancement of people. As
for the higher stages — they are remarkably similar. And the finish is common:
the Abode of the Creator!
Memories of an Assyris’ Student
Once I was a student in a forest school of the Divine
Teacher Assyris. It was my past incarnation. God revealed to me only small
episodes of that life; He never satisfied my vain curiosity about it. Only on
rare occasions, when He considered it useful, He slightly lifted the veil over
Below are some of these memories that seem interesting:
… Summer morning… I am 3 or 4 years old. Naturally, I do not see
myself, but I can feel myself. I look from within my small body…
The field is suffused with sunlight. Far in the distance there
is a forest, which touches the boundless blue of the sky with the tops of trees.
Joy suddenly overfills me, and I run toward a man who looks very
big to me. He radiates calm, power, love, and I perceive Him as very dear:
perhaps he is my father or teacher… The state of boundless love and trust for
him are as natural and total in me as the beauty and joy around: the field full
of flowers, the forest, the shining of the sun…
I, overfilled with joyful love, run over to this man, and he
takes my small body in his strong hands and throws me in the air… And… I feel
myself as if without body… I find myself in the space of Light, all the rest
disappeared… There is only a boundless sea of Light… The forest and the field
disappeared, and I swim in this Light…
Then the large and strong hands catch me — and everything comes
back: the field, the forest, the flower, the sky… I feel an overwhelming joy,
shining joy! The joy of this game-caress overfills me!…
And the hands throws me in the air again… There is only Light…,
and again…, and again…, and again…
* * *
Now, while I was writing this text, Assyris explained me that it
was not a lesson in the forest school. It was our first meeting. This is
how He found me.
* * *
… A fire, the starry night sky… The flame illuminates an elder
in light robes, sitting in the state of deep calm and silence. I am a young boy
of about 12-14 years old… I sit in the student posture… No, it is my body that
sits. And I am an anthropomorphic consciousness, free from the body. I learn to
dance — from the fire…
The most remarkable thing about this dance is that it lacks
completely the human emotionality, artificialness. It is an attempt to reproduce
the state of the fire as it is, with its inherent rhythm, the litheness of its
The feeling of time as if became slower; it seems that the elder
looks at the fire for an infinitely long time…
And I have an absolutely natural understanding that I am not the
body, that I am a soul-consciousness. There may be no body, while I am.
* * *
I have some memories about celebration of spring’s coming. They
bring intense feeling of joy. And several song lines…
In such a celebration participated all the villagers and the
students of the forest school.
It began with watching the rising of the sun.
… In soft mist at dawn, there stand men and women, elders and
children united by anticipation of mystery. Calm and silence…
Slowly the sun rises over the horizon. People raise their hands
and greet the Sun and the Spring! This is also the celebration of worshipping
the Messenger of the Sun of God — Assyris. And Assyris covers all with
His Divine Light…
… And then — many fires and circle dances. And the arms of
consciousness growing from the spiritual hearts connect all. In the circle
dance, all merge into one consciousness. Immense joy — of merging of pure souls…
Circle dances, like spring brooks, run in united movement. And
the flames of fires shine as the symbols of the Divine Flame!
Joy in the heart: the sun is rising!
Lada! Lada! Hands are together!
Heart to the heart longs with love!
Heart with the heart longs to unite!
Birches and firs are in our circle dance,
The sky whirls; the clouds rejoice!
The heart sings together with birds!
The joy flies over the fields!
The sun rises — and the joy is born!
Trees and birds whirl with us!
The song of spring sounds with streams!
The Sun of Svarog shines over us!
In the pure shining — let’s merge
In the United Heart burns the Divine
Let’s become Love created for God,
Before we jump into the Infinity of
In the forest school there were different kinds of
teachers. But the main Teacher always was God represented by the concrete Divine
Teacher — Assyris, the son of Svarog. He gave lessons of meditation by
explaining, showing, submerging students into His Depth… It was communication —
with the Teacher and Friend, with loving Father.
* * *
… I look at a transparent Sphere of goldish Light — this
appearance Assyris assumed this time. He gives His next lesson.
I touch the Divine Consciousness with my hands, and — despite
the lesson is quite usual — this touching again overfills me with love and
Then I touch Him with the lips of the spiritual heart, and — as
a consciousness — I dissolve… and assemble again in the state of “non-I”. There
is no me any more, but there remains everything around my former “I”…
Remembering about this at present, I recognize with surprise the
method of total reciprocity, which I was taught in my current incarnation
by Vladimir Antonov…
In this state of mine, Assyris submerges me into the
Consciousness of the Earth and then — further, in the depths of space filled
with Living Consciousness-Light. He easily changes the scales of perception. I
can see everything inside and outside. Assyris says: “There is no you, there is
only Me! I am in everything! You are also Me. Now there is nothing that you can
consider as your self!”
Then the consciousness expands more — and I find myself on the
surface of a giant tender Sun; I look outside from Its surface.
I know that I have to become It all. Yet I cannot embrace It
with myself… I just slightly fall deeper inside — and this gives me an intense
feeling of bliss…
* * *
Next episode. This time I am older than in the previous
memories. The freedom I feel allows me to forget that somewhere there is my
material body: now I am a giant body of consciousness…
It is so wonderful and easy to move in this state!…
I can embrace the fields and the forest; I can feel all beings
living in them; I can caress and stroke them with my infinite arms of the
And in front of me, right from beneath the surface of the Earth
rises Sun-Assyris. And I, as it was in that childhood, run toward Him stretching
my arms… I enter into Him — Living Sun — as if into a gate which He opened to me
with His Spiritual Heart…
… Remembering this, I do not feel where is the boundary between
that what I cognized then and what I cognized in my present life… For God there
is no sharp boundaries which separate our earthly incarnations… From the stage
at which I stopped that time, the lesson continues and goes on now… — the lesson
of love and cognition of the Creator.
In my present incarnation Jesus brought me to the School of
Straight Path created by Vladimir Antonov. The eyes of Jesus looking right into
my heart from the Depth beneath an icon, looked in the same way from the cover
of a small book of Vladimir Antonov titled The Original Teachings of Jesus
Christ — and made me to take this book into my hands…
Then there was another miracle in this sequence of events… God
gave me the possibility to meet Vladimir Antonov — a man who does now on the
Earth the work which Jesus did: he leads by the Straight Path to God those who
want and can go it.