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.
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 School?”
“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 promising?”
“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 during centuries.”
“Did You work here, in this region? Your forest schools were here?”
“My School was throughout the entire Russian land! Over centuries I educated promising souls raising one wave of students after another!”
“How did people prepare themselves for studying in Your forest schools?”
“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 schools.”
“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, the Creator.
“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, by itself.”
“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 spring!
“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 the past.
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 tongues…
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 together!
In the United Heart burns the Divine Flame!
Let’s become Love created for God,
Before we jump into the Infinity of Svarog!
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 tenderness.
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 spiritual heart…
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.