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From Correspondence with Readers

Response to a beginner:

You cannot memorize the names of chakras? How do you work with them then?

There are 7 chakras; you know anahata already — meaning that there are only 6 chakras to memorize left. You do not look like a feeble-minded person. You managed to memorize the multiplication table in the high school, didn’t you? Memorizing chakras is just as important as learning the multiplication table, which is the prerequisite for further studying mathematics.

The fact that you have not learned about chakras demonstrates your attitude towards God. God has not become your Goal. You should have not only memorized the names of the chakras, but also understood their functions, what they are needed for, how your psycho-emotional state changes as you move concentration of your consciousness from one chakra to another.

“Hey, there are chakras! What are they then?” — this is what the correct attitude towards it would be. You could be expected to approach this as a researcher, which would demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in the topic. But this did not happen. Your indriyas21 remained directed at your other affairs — namely, your firm’s business activities.

I must emphasize though, that this does not mean you are a bad person. You are a very good one. It just means that it is too early for you to try to approach the Abode of the Creator at this time.

How are you going to approach God without love to Him? In this case your Path is going to be extremely dangerous. God will not let you come close, He will be “pushing” you away: your firm will go broke, you will be experiencing series of misfortunes, bad luck will be accompanying you everywhere and your health will get cracked… He will drive you to despair. This will not stop until you realize this and correct yourself or give up all your great spiritual pretensions.

Think about it, maybe it is better to stay simply a good person, which you are at the moment? This way you will be guaranteed to attain paradise (if only you do not lose the state of steady and undisturbed love, which pertains to you now).

But what we do is we help people to attain the Abode of the Creator. This — is a different affair. This is incomparably more difficult. And it requires absolute devotion. To succeed in this endeavor is possible only through a monastic life, i.e. by total dedication of one’s life to it.

Those, who have attained paradise get incarnated again, but those, who have become one with the Creator — stay one with Him forever. So, make your own choice!

The fact that you are not enchanted by God yet means that it is too early for you. Why don’t we wait?

What you can do is to make efforts in order to accelerate the growth of your love to the Creator in yourself. As I said before — you can read books about God, read God. Especially those short formulas that are cited in the book “God Speaks”. In order to make them imprinted deeply in the memory of your consciousness.

You may ask — “How will I know when I am mature enough?”. — You will know it, when you are. Falling in love with God can be compared with human relationships. It is just like after parting with your beloved woman you can think of nothing else but seeing her again, when you will finally meet. There is an absolute analogy to falling in love with the opposite sex here. Sometimes you even may get tired of your relationships and need to have some rest, but after some time you are running back to embrace your lover. (In the same manner a rest in between meditations is necessary.)

And do not be sad! You have to take notice of what I have said to you, like a warrior would do. Then make your own decisions and stick to them. You have a right to make this choice.

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A reader’s question:

Dear Vladimir!

My name is K. and I am from the city of M. After reading your book I discovered a lot of questions have raised in my mind, but because I cannot answer them myself I am addressing them to you. Please, help me, if you will.

Here are my questions:

 

1. What made you think that God is love? Every religion interprets God in its own way: shamans, for example, do not have a concept of “God” at all; instead they have spirits — either good or evil.

2. If I reject the life within my body, my organism will start answering back in the same manner. And how can I give my love to anyone if I do not have it even towards myself?

3. It is implied in your text that cutting trees for building houses, so that we could make our perishable bodies warm, is OK, but we should not wear skins of animals (what are those people who live in the northern regions supposed to do?) and presenting flowers as a gift is also not allowed (even if this is a demonstration of love?).

4. So if a person does not experience his natural emotional states but walks around with a blissful look on his face instead — he will do straight to paradise? It seems to me that whenever he feels angry or indignant etc., realizing at the same time that this is a sin, he starts suppressing those emotions of anger and resentment and hiding them inside, which drives him into a deep depression.

5. One of the Ten Commandments says: “You shall not make yourself an idol”. But you are advocating making an idol out of God and finding the meaning of life in worshipping Him.

And how am I supposed to find out whether I am capable of spiritual growth or not, assuming that I was sent onto Earth without knowing what to do here and anyone who could help me? Since people around me (my parents for instance) neither believe in God (some do believe and pray, though), nor meditate, but nevertheless live with no sweat: having no problems finding a spouse, getting an education or earning enough money. But does this mean that I am such a bad and sinful person then, if nobody wants to be my friend and I have to suffer from my loneliness?

6. If we plan everything in advance, then how come that God teaches us? If I go on being afraid of the world, people and life, I will spend the rest of my life sitting at home.

7. Why are many of our priests so fat, if they are supposed to be fasting in order to merge with God?

8. You claim that suffering is necessary for cognizing God, but where would love come from then? If God gave life to a man then he is supposed to enjoy it somehow, and not to anticipate his death like many monks do.

9. I have no idea how I am supposed to read the Bible, since it has been revised numerous times and the current version that is available to us now is highly controversial?

10. Why did one spiritual instructor who had read Castaneda’s books, who was meditating every day and cleaning his “vessel of karma” with apple juice and whose seminar I once visited, shout at me using obscene language, forcing me to have sex with him and accusing me of being aggressive etc.? How one is supposed to tell the true spiritual teacher from a false one? An inexperienced person can easily get lost in an ocean of sectarians. And by the way, if everyone meditated all day long and prayed or better life after death, who would then be teaching children in schools, building homes, painting pictures etc.?

11. Don’t you think that this entire spiritual quest leads one only to excessive “soul-searching”?

12. I don’t understand — if God is such an omnipotent being, why would he need us, people? Well, suppose we will get into the Abode of the Creator, but what’s next? You know, there is a saying: “When God wanted to avert His eyes from Himself He created this world”. When the ultimate goal is achieved it turns out that there will be no reason for this world to exist any longer — does this mean that God will annihilate Himself?

 

P.S. Dear Vladimir, I hope you will not misunderstand me and answer all my questions that are really important to me.

 

Thank you,

 

Sincerely yours,

K.

Response:

Peace to you, K.!

I see you have just begun to orient yourself in religious issues. Very well!

I cannot answer you in great detail: everything has already been elaborated on in many of my books. And I have learned all of this by my own experience; this is not simply a result of an intellectual process or of following a certain belief system. (Faith and Knowledge are two different things).

On the other side of this page you will find addresses of the stores in the city M., where my books can be found. My advice would be to start with “Ecology of Human Being”, “God Speaks” and “How God Can Be Cognized”.

I will give you only a very short response:

 

The level of profoundness of understanding the Truth differs from one religious tradition to another.

 

When you yourself experience what pain is, you will see the difference between killing a tree and slaying an animal. But you do not have to force God to cause pain to you in order to make you understand this: it is better to mentally reach this understanding.

 

Emotions are not just a look on one’s face but states of one’s consciousness (of a soul).

One can fully understand this only by studying one’s own emotional sphere through mastering control over the chakras.

The basic methods of doing this are presented in the “Ecology of Human Being”, more advanced ones can be found in “Spiritual Practices”.

 

An “idol” is just whatever people may put in place of God.

 

One does not have to worship God. God does not need our worshipping Him at all! People have just thought this out! What He does want us to do — is described in detail in my books.

 

Fasting or going without food altogether, by itself, does not make one able to “infuse” into God.

 

I never mentioned that suffering is necessary for cognizing God.

 

As to reading the Bible — one should read it only once to get an overall idea of what is written in it. Yes, there are a lot of controversies in this book. What you should study thoroughly is the New Testament.

 

Ability to distinguish true spiritual leaders from the false ones comes only from one’s own experience. You are in the process of gaining this experience.

 

Keep on reading my books, especially “God Speaks”. After reading those I already mentioned — move on to “Spiritual Heart”.

After you are finished with reading — write me again.

 

I wish you every success!

 

Vladimir Antonov

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Letter to A.:

Peace to you, A.! I was in the woods yesterday and took a look at you. Are you sick? The back of your head and your neck are black. Why are you not asking me for help?

From A.:

Peace to you, too! Thank you for your advice, my neck and the back of my head have really been aching for several days now, there is also some noise in my ears — I even started fasting because of this.

 

I have got a question for you: why did Yogananda write so much about “the third eye”? What was the reason for this: incompetence of those, who translated his works or something else? I can only make assumptions, but what is the truth?

Response:

Peace to you! Generally speaking, “”the third eye” is “the eye of the soul”, of the spiritual heart. I do not remember what Yogananda wrote about this exactly. But if he made mistakes — it was natural when he was young and deceived by false traditions of his environment.

Remember: even Yukteswar, the Yogananda’s guru, was writing nonsense about Yugas.

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Question:

Hello, Vladimir!

As the fate has willed I moved to San Francisco, USA.

Recently I felt that I needed to resume my spiritual search.

I have read some of your works and derived a lot of new information out of this reading.

I have been trying to meditate for a long time, but it does not seem to work — either because of my age or because the contamination of my body has exceeded a certain level.

Apparently I need an instructor.

Could you please tell me if there are groups or individuals that are practicing your methods around San Francisco area?

V.

Response:

Peace to you, V.!

I was glad to have received your letter. Many of my former disciples moved to the USA after they had gone through my trainings in Moscow and in other cities. But I cannot recommend anyone in particular: in some cases I do not know their addresses, and in the other — because those people have deviated from the correct Path.

Our works are available on two sites on the Internet: in Russian this is * * *

Letter to D.:

I feel very aggrieved because you still have not passed my letters to S.. How can I rely on you after this? Your activity is as chaotic as before and it is still ruled by your emotions, instead of being an object of strict planning and reporting.

Response from D.:

I am trying, but still something “creeps in” every now and then.

I am remorseful of all my mistakes and very grateful to you for correcting me...

To D.:

The fact that you also do not answer letters in adequate way — is one of the manifestations of your main ethic problem — not providing your partners with feedback.

Response from D.:

I thought I had good organizational skills, but now I see that it was just the ability to run on an “impulse”…

But I don’t think I will be able to learn anything unless I will be doing something.

It is better to learn from our own mistakes, however painful it may be, than not to learn at all.

The conclusion is — to work as hard as I can on self-improving!

I am sorry I am causing so much pain to you.

I love all of you very much…

To D.:

In order to become what you have to become — you need to care about your students the way you care about your children! Care about them the way God cares about every one of us! Study this. In particular, you should apply a system of strict planning and reporting not only to your own activity, but to your “children” as well.

Your relationships with other people should be radically reconsidered! You have to learn how to keep your promises! All tasks to be fulfilled by you should be written down in a form of weekly and daily plans.

Work on eliminating the vices I pointed out to you! Repent and improve!

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Answer to a question:

Peace to you!

You misunderstand the role of anahata. Moving from elementary healing practice up to the level of raja yoga, it should not be perceived anymore as a “lens for one’s consciousness”. We should become the energy of anahata ourselves, upon entering it — and to learn to live in it.

This has to precede everything else.

I wish you success!

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Answer to a question:

Peace to you!

It hardly makes sense to continue working with those people, who had to be persuaded for so long to stop killing animals and eating their dead bodies.

If they did not make the corresponding decisions after just reading my books — this means that we are going different ways with them.

I wish you success!

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Answer to a question:

Peace to you!

The criteria, by which success in doing the exercises should be measured is gaining the ability to look from where one has localized oneself as a spiritual heart.

For example, having become the Earth’s Consciousness on its subtlest level, we can observe the Earth’s surroundings.

I wish you success!

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Answer to a question:

Peace to you!

The true void is what Absolute abides in. It is the deepest level of the multi-dimensional scale. But in some Buddhist traditions the space of each loka is called a “void”.

The Goal of the true Buddhism is cognition of the Primordial Consciousness (Which can be also called Adibuddha) and Merging with It. But there are many deviations from this Path, which are incomparably more numerous than genuine Schools. One of the latter was described in my book “Meaning of Our Lives” — namely, the School of Lao, which existed in Cambodia and has “moved” to Russia now. More information about it can be found in our video film.

I wish you success!

 

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Request:

Thank you for sharing your website.

Please, tell me more about your contact with Babaji, if you will.

Om Namah Shivaya

M.

Truth, Simplicity, Love, Service and Living on the Higher Path!

Response:

Om Namah Shivaya! Jai Vishwa! Jai Mahamaya Ki, Jai!

We have been disciples of Babaji for about 25 years now. We live in Russia, in St. Petersburg. Babaji gave us a spiritual system, named “The Divine Way of Spiritual Heart”. The psycho-energetic part of this system consists of two main steps:

— raja-yoga (work with relaxation, pranayamas, psycho-physical exercises, cleaning chakras and main meridians),

— buddhi-yoga (extensive work on increasing the mass of one’s consciousness and making it more finesse, agile and strong); this is performed at special “places of power”.

All this is unique. And the purest mature embodied spirits can finish their own spiritual evolution with the help of these methods — right here and right now.

Babaji — very easily visible and audible — comes to us for every need to every place. But there is His favorite place in the forest, where He is always present in His Giant Form; every kind of communication with Him is much more convenient there. We often work on the buddhi-yoga program there under His supervision. In many cases Jesus Christ and Sathya Sai Baba join Him in helping us there. We name this forest place — “The Babaji’s Dale”.

My early relationships with Babaji were described in my book “How God Can Be Cognized. Autobiography Of a Scientist, Who Studied God”. This book is published in Russian and is not translated yet.

We would very much like to help other worthy people to obtain all these knowledge given to us by Babaji.

With love,

Vladimir Antonov, Ph.D., Swami

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Answer to a question:

Wherever we are and whatever difficulties we encounter, while fighting for survival of our own bodies and bodies of those, close to us — we should never forget about the meaning of our lives on this planet and the necessity of its maximum realization. This meaning consists in taking an active part in the Evolution of the Universal Consciousness. This is speeding up one’s own spiritual growth and helping all living beings, including other people, as much as possible, if they really want it.

I wish you success!

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Answer to a question:

Peace to you!

As to the disciples — learn to assess them yourself. The personal attraction and aversion factor should be eliminated here — you need to apply the assessment scales known to you: how successfully they have developed Love, Wisdom and Power; age in this incarnation; their spiritual interests. For instance, if you see that someone is taking great interest in “exotic” rituality, playing “spiritual names” game, “hanging out” with crowds of similar people that play “religion” — you can draw certain conclusions.

At an appropriate moment make sure your disciples fill out a questionnaire and — I am telling you this once again — you will see a lot of interesting things. It makes sense to maintain further relationships only with those, who have given impeccable answers.

One of the most important rules applying to teaching serious spiritual disciplines is the following: “Giving short is better than over-giving!” If intellectual and ethic components of a disciple’s consciousness are not mature enough, he may not bear the burden of knowledge that has been loaded on him. When a disciple’s ability to understand reaches its limit he may do either of the following:

— he may reject all he has previously learned and achieved;

— he may start “sinning” against the instructor, blaming him with being wrong — by doing this the disciple is aggravating his own karma;

— he may start fantasizing in a childish manner, his way of thinking and his behavior often becoming inadequate (this is how people begin “playing religion”, which is not always safe);

— he can get scared by either real or imaginary mystical factor, thus easily lapsing into a state, called “schizophrenia”.

There is another way a man can “fall from the ladder”. For example, a person gets offended by someone in some way — which make he leaves the subtle state of consciousness and takes on coarse emotional state — as a result he gets attacked by demons, which makes him scared for a long time — and the development of schizophrenia is guaranteed.

There is also a risk of slipping into arrogance — in this case degradation is inevitable.

There is an allegory: a plant’s sprout should not be pulled up with hands to make it grow faster, instead it needs to be watered, nourished and well-illuminated — in this case it will grow on its own — naturally, confidently and without fail.

Among other things I suggest that you stick to the following rule: an instructor should interpret any doubts regarding further study, which a disciple may have, as his refusal to continue with it.

The main thing, which you should nourish your disciples with, is — good books. But psycho-energetic methods should be taught to people gradually and with great caution.

A teacher has to act in the interests of his disciples and not for the sake of personal gain of any kind (money, fame etc.) What I have just said is one of the most important aspects of caring about disciples.

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Response to a letter about difficulties adapting to living in another country:

I am convinced that one’s living on Earth cannot be justified, if, knowing about God and the Way to Him, one continues to live merely for one’s personal well-being (and the well-being of members of one’s family).

Undoubtedly one has to do its best in order to help worthy people of one’s own country as well as those living in other parts of the world.

This is one of the ways one can earn positive karma. And only in this case God starts to take care of the material well-being of His worthy disciple and assistant.

I wish you success!

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Request:

Hello! I am grateful to you for creating your website!

I would like to visit places in Russia increasingly charged with spiritual energy: monasteries and places of power for inner self-activation.

Which ones would you recommend: I will be in Moscow and then departing to Siberia by train.

Thank you very much!

I.

Answer:

Peace to you, I.!

I am delighted to see that our work attracted your interest. But you will not benefit a bit from visiting monasteries or other places you have mentioned.

There are no effective spiritual methods in Russian monasteries. People do not develop correctly there and those places may really be strong energetically, but this energy is not subtle, but coarse. One can easily get sick instead of getting healed there.

We know plenty of places of power in and near St. Petersburg that have a refining effect on one’s consciousness. But it will be impossible to perceive them, let alone to benefit from them, if one tries to do it in isolation from the integral program of spiritual development, which consists, as it were, of many steps of one ladder.

I would suggest another thing to you: you study all of our books, and then, if you think it you need it, you could join us in our work.

We are also interested in translation of our books from Russian into other languages and in publishing them both in printed form and on the Internet. Could you help us with this?

I wish you success! Please, accept my love!

Vladimir Antonov

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Letter:

Peace to you, Antonov!

I have read your book recently. I don’t understand how you distinguish the truth from God. Is there God? What is your attitude towards Levshinov, Podvodny, Gurdjieff and Castaneda? Give me the address of the website, where your writings could be found. I have some serious questions to you: do you know who you are yourself? If you do, could you, please tell me how you got to know this? This is the first one. The second, if all roads lead nowhere, why does one need to search for a methodological difference between God and the truth. And the third: why do you have to write your books, do you really hope to enlighten anyone?

Response:

Peace to you! I am sorry if I grieved you in any way. This means that now you do not need what I do.

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to congratulation with a holiday:

Peace to all of you! Please accept my best wishes, too.

But what is the use of congratulating each other with what do not have anything to do with?

I mean the “red” dates.

Congratulating is appropriate when it relates to personal achievements. And let everyone have these achievements!

All other congratulations are mere manifestations of a “human form”22 (i.e. following thinking and behavioral stereotypes, which have been adopted by one from one’s social environment quite uncritically).

I wish you success!

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Question:

Would you please tell me how you celebrated Christmas this year?

Answer:

What do you mean by “celebrating Christmas”? Getting drunk harder than usual? Or just drinking some alcohol “on occasion of the Jesus Christ’s birthday”? Or having some other kind of fun? Or at least visiting a church? Or wishing all one’s relatives “merry Christmas”?

But think about it, does God need any of these things? Or do they have any religious meaning?

The only thing God wants us to do is to perfect ourselves — as consciousness, as souls — on the Evolutionary Path, that is the Path of development of individual consciousness from primitive forms to Divinity.

Do you think that a drunk party can be of any help in this? Or even just drinking alcohol, which in reality results in one’s consciousness getting into a state, inadequate for spiritual work?

I have not drunk any alcohol — for several decades already. That was the Jesus Christ’s command regarding me and other adepts of this School of His, that He gave us long time ago. And over the decades that passed since then we — under supervision of Jesus and other Divine Teachers — managed to accomplish so much on the Spiritual Path, that very few people can these days.

As to attending “public worship” — I did attend them before — I have been there thousands of times, in sum. It was when I was beginning to look for a “way to God”. (I wrote about it in details in my autobiography “How God can be cognized”.) Many years later I thought to myself: “Why don’t you come to a church? Perhaps a new mediation will be easier to master there?” — And then I laughed, because I realized what change has occurred to me since I was in church last time. The church looked so huge compared with me then, but now all the churches on the Earth’s surface were within myself as I have grown bigger over the past years.

The truth, which people realize with a great difficulty, is that God is present inside temples not to greater extent than outside of them.

This does not mean that temples are of no use at all. But they are only for beginners. Later on one should learn to perceive God outside of temples — where He takes form of Mahadoubles, then — inside our planet and later — within boundless eons of multidimensional space of the universe, far from Earth. The methods of performing this were described in our books as well as in our video film “Places of Power. Three Steps of Centering”.

As to wishing “merry Christmas” and “congratulating” with other dates — I see it as a quite silly behavioral stereotype, a typical example of “human form” manifestation. For it makes sense to congratulate someone only with some real achievements, but not because of just dates. More detailed about this you can find in my book “Sun of God”.

Wishing success in spiritual work or other useful aspects of human activity is a different affair. This is what is always appropriate to wish friends as well as other people — including such occasions as the beginning of a new year, etc.

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Question:

Your attitude towards the Church is not clear to me after reading your books. On one hand, you are writing that you personally benefited from involvement with it. But right after this you are criticizing its individual shortcomings, which it does have. I would like to ask you for a specific advice: should I go to church or not, and what should I beware of in it? Your advice will be especially important to me considering that I have a daughter, which has been already baptized and received the Holy Sacrament.

Answer:

Judging by your letter you are talking about the Russian Orthodox Church. Why don’t we look at the activity of this institution from various sides?

As to participation in its “public services”, neophytes can benefit from it, in the same way as from participating in “public services” and prayer meetings held by other religious confessions, in terms of strengthening their faith in the existence of God, getting accustomed to the idea that God does exist.

What you should beware of is its wrong ideology. Also look: the Russian Orthodox Church does not possess a methodology of spiritual self-perfection. It has been substituted with various rites and traditions, many of which are anti-Christian in essence. For instance, unnecessary killings or mutilating plants (fir-trees, pine-trees, willows etc.). The Orthodox Church also insists on killing animals and eating their bodies, as well as on drinking alcohol, thus encouraging personal degradation from using this very dangerous type of narcotics.

There is another terrible thing: in the ideology of the Russian Orthodoxy God has been removed from the focus of the attention of the believers; the Satan, demons, sorcerers and vampires occupied His place. Concentration on factors, promoting mystical fear, in fact, leads to various kinds of obsessions — in the Orthodoxy people massively develop schizophrenia. Those people are so many that I would even suggest that psychiatrists introduced a new diagnosis, called “Orthodox type of schizophrenia”. (This also takes place in other perverted religious sects and “schools” — I wrote about this in my books. But it is the Russian Orthodoxy where this is so wide-spread, clear evidence of which one can easily obtain just by visiting Orthodox monasteries).

Let us realize that this is not to be viewed as just some kind of an interesting “social phenomenon”. What is significantly more important is that all its victims get to hell. For it is hell that people program themselves by accustoming themselves to living in coarse emotional states.

Another awful phenomenon in Russian Orthodoxy is fascism, which is typical to a quite large portion of both “clergy” and “congregation”. It seems that it was I who first pointed out to this in press. Now the problem of “orthodox fascism” is being discussed on a radio as well as in printed media.

And now you can make your own decision whether you “go to church” and whether you subject our child to this kind of risk.

When I was studying the concepts of the Russian Orthodoxy I managed to “avert from evil (in it) and stick to good”, by words of the New Testament. But will you and your daughter be able to?

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Question:

Have you ever made mistakes in your life?

Answer:

Yes, I undoubtedly did make mistakes, and plenty of them. And when I realized them — it caused me a great pain. And, when it was possible, I repented of them to those, whom I sinned against.

I do not repeat those mistakes. I am also trying to warn others against doing the same mistakes, sharing my experience with them.

The mechanism of purification of a soul through repentance consists in ridding oneself completely of ability to repeat one’s mistakes. In order to make it possible our vices (bad traits of our souls) must be utterly destroyed.

But it would be erroneous to weep for the rest of our lives over the mistakes we once committed. This will only lead to a spiritual degradation. We have to look forward, in general, but not backward. The only case we should look backward is when we analyze mistakes of our past.

I spent my life adhering to these principles. And I achieved success.

Tactical mistakes are inevitable, when you travel unexplored way.

But the strategy of my life proved to be right — because I choose God to be my Guide. And He brought me to Himself. I know that it was Him, Who allowed me to make mistakes: in order for me and for those, who followed me, to accumulate experience, to learn the right way of doing things.

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Question:

Is it good that there are so many religious teachings? Wouldn’t it be better to select the only one and give up the rest?

Answer:

Which one would that be? And who would have the highest competence, necessary for making a choice like that and at the same time enough authority to do this? And how one can make sure that this teaching will not get warped immediately after its leader, however perfect he may be, is gone?

History of humankind abounds with examples that even the Teachings, which were given directly by God, got warped by people very fast. I illustrated this in the historical survey included in my book “Spiritual Heart. The Religion of Unity”.

How does it happen? — The mechanism is very simple: those who rapidly advance spiritually get immersed in work on self-transformation, they search for the Creator, find Him and merge with Him; people with opposite interests, aggressive primitives, whose goals are just power, money and celebrity but not cognition of God — those people seize the “reins of government” over the masses of believers and make the entire movement serve their own welfare, preserving only a religious appearance of it.

It is these aggressive primitives that start insisting that only their (already degenerated) religious tradition is a true one and that all the rest are false and do not have a right to exist.

The most striking historical examples of this were actions of Catholic and Orthodox inquisitions as well as those of “fundamentalist” Islam.

It is necessary to add here, that God always creates new, pure religious movements, which take place of the degenerated ones.

This is why sustained existence of many religious traditions is not only natural and inevitable but also is quite beneficial for the seekers of Truth, since it is studying and subsequent comparing of various concepts that makes it easier for them to find the right way of self-development.

Georgy Gurdjieff23, a religious philosopher of the beginning of the last century, made a very neat observation — that everyone has their own religion (i.e. it is hard to find two persons who would understand religious philosophy in the identical way). Krishna says the same thing in The Bhagavad Gita: a person’s religion reflects who the person is. Some see their religious duty in hating, murdering and using violence against others, some — in performing various “religious” bodily movements, some believe in various religious fairytales and absurd (from the rational people’s standpoint) fantasies and perversions… — all this depends on intellectual and ethic level of development of those people, which can not be increased over a short period of time. But still others, who are intelligent and apt for real spiritual work, develop themselves as spiritual hearts and transform themselves into Love, striving to Merge with God, Who is Love, — in accordance with the Teaching of Jesus Christ and Other Envoys of the Creator.

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Question:

How can one discriminate between God — and the devil, God’s people — and degraded ones?

Answer:

This kind of discrimination is not a problem for those people, who have advanced on the spiritual Path. They have experimental knowledge of the “subtlety-coarseness” scale and can move along it in the direction of greater subtlety. They know from this experience, that Consciousness of the Creator is the subtlest Consciousness in the universe.

Hell-beings are on the other end of this scale.

People and other beings (both embodied and non-embodied) can be assessed by applying this scale.

Hell-beings are sometimes called representatives of tamas guna, those who approached Divinity — sattva guna beings, and the intermediate level of this scale — is rajas guna.

God — as Consciousness of the Creator or the Absolute — is infinite, He pervades the entire boundless universe.

Devils (strong hellish spirits) can also be large — but only compared to human body. But they are negligibly small compared to God.

This is why one can seriously talk about confrontation between the devil (or rather, devils) and God, in broad sense, but definitely not in terms of direct “military operations”.

Observing mental and behavioral patterns of people and animals allows one to draw less accurate conclusions, when trying to classify them as representative of tamas or sattva guna.

Hell-beings and those, who develop in direction of hell, are characterized by wickedness, aggressiveness, violence, rudeness, mendacity, greed and other forms of egocentrism.

These qualities do not pertain to those, who aspire after the Abode of the Creator. On the contrary, they are loving (without being sugary), caring (without being obtrusive), honest, able of sincerely forgiving and of self-sacrifice for other people, their first thoughts and actions are about the others’, and not their own, good.

The issue of intellectual development needs to be given special consideration.

The thing is that people of tamas guna sometimes possess quite highly developed intellect. They can be found among successful leaders of criminal gangs. But being successful in this does not mean they or will not soon (or have not already) become representatives of hell.

On the other hand there are many young souls among sattvic beings, whose intellectual abilities are not quite developed yet. Their future is not certain yet: they have many incarnations ahead of them, and this is fraught with possibility to deviate from the right path. Sattvic state is the one of paradise. But from paradise one can proceed either to the Abode of the Creator or to hell. Everybody has the right to move in either direction — this is called “free will”.

We need to strive not to abiding in paradise but in the Abode of the Creator: this is the ultimate Goal of the Evolutionary Path — Infusing oneself into Him, Merging with Him forever. But one cannot enter His Abode — even from paradise — unless one possesses Wisdom. Only to those, who are sattvic and wise at the same time, is the road to the Abode of the Creator to a large extent predetermined and relatively short.

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Question:

I have encountered many times a drastic disagreement from Orthodox believers with what you are saying about the necessity of striving to merge with the Creator: because this will inevitably lead to diminishing the role of one’s ego.

Answer:

Yes, the Russian Orthodoxy is not the only religion, which has a vicious practice of begging from God; this is called a “prayer”. But the Founder of Christianity taught just the opposite: “Why are you praying, does not your Father in Heaven know all your needs?”.

What Jesus taught was meditation and this is written about most clearly in the Gospel of Philip (see “God Speaks. Textbook of Religion”). But the people, who took over the highest authority in the Christian movement, which was already perverted by them, could not grasp the meaning of mediation; this is why they discarded as something unnecessary both this part of the Teaching of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Philip. And a praying practice as a means of self-convincing of believers of their own insignificance and weakness fit in perfectly to serve the goal of subduing them to the parsons and the church in general.

Humility before God — a direction of the spiritual work that is extremely important from the methodological standpoint — in the Russian Orthodoxy got substituted by submission to the clergy. Members of the Orthodox Church were called “God’s slaves” but at the same time the idea of being slaved to the “parsons” of the church — as opposed to God — was in fact being instilled in their minds. Even a regular work under supervision of parsons was called not just work, but… “obedience”…

In order to get this concept more deeply rooted in people’s minds the following “moralizing” parable was employed. It was about a “monk” that was teaching young “novices”. He ordered them to plant cabbage sprouts — not in a regular manner, but... upside-down, with their roots up. One of the young “novices” took this instruction as a joke: “What an absurdity?! What sense does it make to kill so many plants?!” But another “novice” started out to do what he was told, destroying the sprouts by planting them upside-down and thus dooming them for a meaningless death. But when the “monk” came back, he ousted the first youth, but made the second one stay and even praised him for “correct understanding of obedience”.

I hope you would not want to study religion with a “teacher” like this — a cruel, foolish, egocentric person, who puts himself — instead of God — in the center of attention of his disciples.

In contrast to this I would like to draw your attention to one of the most important concepts of Islam: the very word “Islam” has a great ethic and meditative significance, since it means “humility before God”. Allah is Great, my ego is nothing compared to Him, my task is — by means of meditative realization of this truth — to get immersed in Him, having dissolved — on my own free will — my consciousness in Him, having merged with Him as a result. (Although it is well known that many Moslems often forget this fundamental truth of Islam).

Actual relationships between God and people can be described with the following scheme:

The Creator is absolute Egotist. He created Everything, including ourselves — exclusively for Himself. He is immensely large, infinitely larger than the biggest of us. To oppose Him by sticking to our ego — is of no use and harmful: by doing this we are only slowing down our personal evolution. We can make only one right choice: we need to try to get absorbed by Him. Mergence with the Beloved — is not this a primary goal of love? If we do not want this — does not it mean that we do not love Him at all?

And every person, who has performed and gotten himself firmly established in this Mergence, gains the ability to manifest himself, to participate in the Evolution by helping embodied beings in particular, — but not as a human, but as Holy Spirit.

And what is also very important: no man should put himself between God — and other people, proclaiming himself a center of the believers’ attention, an object of worship. The task of true spiritual leaders is to help other people to advance in the direction of God, without making them attached to themselves. The true spiritual leader must not put himself on the “pedestal”. This principle is being emphasized by contemporary Messiah Sathya Sai Baba. Isn’t this one of the reasons why the Russian Orthodox clergy pretends “not to notice” His existence?

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Question:

Considering the knowledge and the skills that you possess, what do you think your role in the spiritual life of Russia and our planet as a whole is?

 

Response:

For the past decades I have primarily considered myself a scientist who successfully researched (both theoretically and empirically) the most complex field of knowledge — the multidimensional structure of the universe, the Absolute, human organism, as well as principles of the evolution of the Universal Consciousness and individual souls. Together with my closest colleagues and under direct guidance of God I have developed a highly effective multi-level system of methods that leads to the complete spiritual self-realization up to empirical cognition of the Primordial Consciousness (the Creator, God-the-Father) in His Abode — the deepest “layer” (on the multidimensionality scale) of the multidimensional Absolute, Mergence with Him and acting from Him.

Throughout the years of this work I have always tried to find the people and the spiritual Schools that would have a similar level of competence — but never found them. (Although I am sure that they exist somewhere). I should stress that I am by no means trying to rank myself on a par with the Divine Teachers Who taught me: I realize that there is still a lot that I have to accomplish in order to reach Their level! But I am talking about those incarnated souls who attempt to do in the same direction in one way or another.

A number of mystics of the past declared that spiritual salvation of the humankind would come out of Russia. Always remembering about the risk of falling into a vanity and pride trap and controlling myself in this respect, I nonetheless suspect that they were talking about the results of our School’s activity. This also corresponds with my own (though cautious) realization, and our Divine Teachers have voiced it many times in various ways. Now that we attained sufficient (in Their opinion) level of understanding They insist that we make maximum efforts on spreading this knowledge.

Some people may quite reasonably ask: isn’t it enough what the incarnate Divine Teacher Sathya Sai Baba is doing currently? He not only giving discourses but also writes numerous books Himself. Who needs someone else who would talk about the same?

The answer would be as follows: the same phenomenon can be described in different ways, i.e. in general or in a detailed way, as well as targeting various types of audience depending on the level of their preparation and the tasks that are most urgent for particular groups of people.

My personal task was to provide objective description of this subject from scientific positions. This task was successfully fulfilled. My next task is to make this knowledge available for all those people who need them. And in order to fulfill this task we need help from those who are able and willing to help us in this.

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Question:

I have visited your brilliant website. But I am still perplexed as to why you call what is set forth there science! In my opinion this is a wonderful new religious movement. But science… — is supposed to deal with certain laws, if you will…

 

Response:

First of all, I started to research this subject as a scientist who already had a significant experience in empirical studies. I.e. I have studied the publications of my predecessors, as well as materials on all religions that I knew at that time, then I started to experiment on myself and those friends of mine who expressed a desire to participate in this (I am talking about the most primitive methods of cleansing of the organism, hatha yoga techniques, healing etc.). My personal transformation plus similar kind and resettability of results in case of many people — all these allowed me to make my conclusions.

Second: I was the first to thoroughly study and describe functions of chakras, as well as methods of their cleansing and development. Isn’t there an analogy with making a description of physiology of a certain system of the human organism — for example, digestive, respiratory etc.? There is. Only the subject of study is much more complex.

And it grew more complex as I proceeded. I made a description of the entire Organism of the Absolute! Isn’t a description of a human organism or the organism of any other living being a science? Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Cytology, Psychology, Ecology… Haven’t we performed similar type of studies?

You are asking about “laws”? In the scientific disciplines that I listed more often deal with regularities of development and functioning. Although there is what they call laws.

We have described a great number of regularities. Look at the principles of controlling chakras or our conclusions as to the impact of various spiritual and pseudo-spiritual exercises on mental state of a man…

As to the laws — doesn’t the postulate (that I was the first to describe) that a man on the spiritual Path has to work on himself in three major directions: intellectual, ethic and psychoenergetic (the latter — within raja yoga and buddhi yoga programs) — relate to this category? (And I provided a detailed explanation on each of these directions).

Or the law of repetition of psychogenesis in the ontogenesis (in a person’s ontogenesis he first goes through the stages of development that he mastered in his previous incarnations, and only after that he can start mastering new ones).

One can also call a law the explanation of the criterion by which people find themselves either in hell, paradise or Divine “layers” of the Absolute after disembodiment: and namely, this does not depend on certain acts of theirs, but the emotional states and the level of refinement of consciousness that they got themselves accustomed to during their lives in the body. (The acts they do determine another things: they produce karmic consequences — either positive or negative — that a man has to experience during living in the incarnate state — either in his current or one of the future incarnations).

There are also laws in this field that were discovered by our predecessors. For example, there are several laws of spiritual growth, summarized by G.I.Gurjieff (see my books “Spiritual Practices and “How God Can Be Cognized”)24. Or widely known but rarely understood “law of karma” — the law of cause and effect in forming human destinies (the major mistake in understanding this law is as follows: this is not a certain “mechanically” operating “principle”, but a manifestation of God caring about development of incarnated people).

I also described several laws in the article “Laws of Spiritual Development” in the book “How God Can Be Cognized”.

I have never made an attempt before to classify my knowledge in such a “formal” manner: I have always presented it in the easiest to understand schemes. So, what I just wrote is an improvisation.

I recall that some psychology students wrote papers on the analysis and application of the results of our work. You might want to engage yourself in more serious research: who knows, maybe you will write and defend a thesis!

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Letter from V.:

Dear Vladimir!

Do I have any chance of meeting you again?

A year ago, in March — I still can’t figure out how this happened — I was lucky enough to participate in your practical seminar. Don’t you remember me — long-haired, disheveled fellow with a rather somber face, goggling at you with utter reverence? Having bumped into you in a corridor once I lost the power of speech — either because I got scared, or confused, or because it happened so suddenly and I simply didn’t know how to behave under such circumstances...

I came to the seminar with my pockets full of cigarettes, after having drunk some vodka that morning. Some clairvoyant woman brought me to the seminar (and I didn’t even have time to say “thank you” or “bye” to her!).

Since then I have “drunk” only two glasses of lemonade (I even excluded kvas from my menu!). I quitted smoking! I threw out the whole pile of various methods on how to quit smoking: I discovered that I did not need them anymore! I never thought of myself as of a strong-willed person, but liberation from alcoholism and smoking came naturally!

I have constantly been in a different state of consciousness. (On a physical plane — there are no indications of this: the same pathetic looking guy, only I started washing myself more frequently and my social environment has changed, Now I am surrounded by “contactors”, healers and yogis — I am “up to the mark” among them!).

At that seminar that you conducted I felt a very intense sensation of light in my anahata and also light from above. I can still perceive the light from above but only occasionally. I like sending this light to grannies, when I see them coming down the street.

Forgive me for writing such a stupid letter. I have been going to write you for a long time… I just wanted to breathe that air once again — the air imbued with Light… You did not select me for further work then… But I feel that just because of you and those moments, — I did not live in vain…

I am sorry once again that the letter came out somewhat chaotic and illogical. I wanted to share my emotional state; I was just sitting and pouring all these thoughts… But this state remains inside and is exultantly striving to break out…

Thank you very, very much for that seminar, for the music, for everything! I thank you and everyone close to you! Maybe you will invite me to a seminar for beginners some day? I would really like to see you again.

V.

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Letters from V.:

Dear Vladimir!

I felt very happy to have received your postcard! My dear Vladimir! I am so happy that you did not forget about me in this awful life!

My husband is still drinking — but let him drink, as long as he doesn’t fight people. But all his relatives are quarrelsome. This is something hereditary, I think. He is saying now that this is his karma and that he is not happy with how it is. Oh well, everyone lives like this I guess…

But I am rejoicing at your every word and your every book. I will be reading them for the rest of my life — until I die!

V.

 

Vladimir! Because of you my outlook on life has become much more cheerful! This is — after reading your very good books!

But why are people around so mean and why do they hate everything? And why does a kind person always suffer because of his being kind? Why?

Thank you again!

V.

 

Hello, dear Vladimir!

How happy I am that you dropped me a line! I am so grateful to you I cannot express! This is because of your influence that my husband stopped drinking that much! He says that he has something inside of him cracked because of vodka…

I am looking forward to receiving your new books!

V.

 

Hello, dear Vladimir!

I am so happy to have received your new book! You have helped me: your books fill me with light and joy!

I am watching a film with David Copperfield every day now. I bought it on a videocassette. Day and night I keep watching it. And my husband is often sleeping with this film on. He is not drinking much anymore — thanks to you. And he is not behaving like a hooligan either.

All people that surround us are very cruel. You are the only kind and pure one, who helps people. I am always so happy to receive something good and light from you. But what we see around us is nothing but cruelty and hate…

I am waiting for your new book!

V.

 

Hello, dear Vladimir!

I am really looking forward for new books from you! Didn’t you write anything new? Did anything happen? I keep checking my mailbox — but it’s empty… And I begin to feel emptiness in my soul.

I keep reading your books over and over. They are such a great help to me! If not for you I would lapse into depression.

I wish you health and a big blue sky above your head!

V.

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Letter from Sh.:

Peace to you, Vladimir!

I have run into your book “God Speaks. Textbook of Religion”.

I am an old man and I have read many books, but I never read such an excellent one where everything was so simply and clearly explained.

Would you send me all of your other books?

Yours truly,

Sh.

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Question:

Dear Vladimir!

Thank you for your response to my letter.

I have been searching for the right way of living and for God for a long time now.

I attended studies of various esoteric groups, but all of them were to a large extent just adults playing something mysterious, which was in fashion at that time.

Of everything I have read — your books and those of Luuleh Veelma I liked the most.

I wanted to ask you: how can I come to seeing my mistakes (wrongful thoughts, actions, attitudes etc.)?

Sometimes I feel that I “keep stepping on the same rake”, without seeing the reason why. Mistakes of others are easily visible, but seeing our own ones is a more difficult task.

I know for sure that no-one will solve my problems for me, but I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what I am or was doing wrong.

Forgive me if I made you waste your time.

With love and respect,

V.

Response:

Peace to you! Begin working at your self-improvement not only intellectually. Now your spiritual development has come to stagnation. But you have to hurry in striving to become better. We have described the methods of transforming oneself into a large spiritual heart and you know them. Start practicing them from the very beginning. It would be better if you did it with a group of like-minded friends, but you may do it yourself as well. Get down to work!

I wish you success! Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a physics scientist:

Hello, R.!

There is a religious meaning of human life — even for those human beings, who represent exact science. I see that you have not encountered a sound religious conception yet, so you consider religion as purely mythological stories. But real religion includes practical methods of spiritual growth and has a concrete goal — the cognition of the Absolute and The Creator — and Merging with Him by the developed consciousness. And reading only the Contents of the website is not enough to understand the full explanation on this problem.

The nature — mineral, organic and incarnated living beings — all this is only a part (but not the main one) of the multidimensional Absolute. The nature (in this meaning of the word) has its Creator. And the reason for all this is described in our book “Our Meaning of Life “ (please, see our website).

Sincerely,

Vladimir Antonov

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Letter from M.:

Vladimir,

Your love to religion, for Fathers like Buddha, Babaji, Christ is really pleasing me. I get assurance, that there is still a group of people going towards the divinity by a simple and good path.

I request you to include few lines at least about “Swami Vivekananda” on this website. You can find very little information about him in Yogananda's Autobiography. You can read about him on “Vedanta.com”. He was one of those who proved to common man about God, Religion, Intellect, Memory, whatever a young man can expect as “Aishwarya” (Godliness or characteristics of God). I like Buddha, Krishna, Babaji, Shankaracharya, and Swami Vivekananda is one of them. I feel joy when I see or hear anybody talking about those Great Gurus. Following Yogananda is following Babaji, Following Gita is following Krishna; it is an unbroken chain of the unbroken flow of Divinity.

Kindly accept my regards,

M.

Response:

Peace to you, M.!

Thank you for the kind words! Yes, outstanding books of Vivekananda and Yogananda were among my first handbooks. But I have never seen Vivekananda throughout our subsequent spiritual growth. It seems to me that he is embodied somewhere now. But on the contrary, we have regularly had communication with Krishna, Jesus Christ, Babaji — and with Yogananda and Yukteswar at one of Their forest “places of power”. Once or twice there was also Lahiri Mahasaya.

With love, Vladimir Antonov

Letter from M.:

Greetings, Vladimir!

I am poised to read the names of Fathers, Gurus. I am so poised to hear from the one, who can communicate to the GURUS. I will be privileged if I get a copy of the “Declaration on the Fundamentals of the Common Religion”.

Just like rays of sun are a proof of the SUN, so the communicating with any of Them is communicating with God.

Which proves everyone, everything.

I have recordings of Yogananda's voice. I listen to them.

Kindly accept my regards,

Your acceptance is Babaji's, Krishna's, Lahiri Mahashya's, Ramakrishna Paramahansa's, Vivekananda's and Yogananda's acceptance. I am poised Dr. Vladimir.

I have gone through the Declaration. No need to be a Hindu, or Christian to read and understand.

My Regards to you!

M.

Letter from M.:

Greetings,

I am more than happy, curious to talk to you. I want to know more about that. Instances, where you talked, saw Babaji, etc. Can I see Him, and talk to Him? I wish to request you to pass my message to Babaji.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With Great curiosity,

Regards,

M.

Response:

Peace to you!

Yes, if it is easier for you to send a message to Babaji through me — do this. (Babaji is in my room now; He is smiling).

You can get more information about the Babaji’s favorite “place of power” and the methods of our work through our video film, half of which (8 hours) is translated into English.

For getting the ability to see, to hear and to feel Babaji — one must go through the Way of raja- and buddhi-yoga, which was taught by Him and other Divine Teachers. Try now to introduce into your life everything written in our books, which have been translated into English so far. And Babaji says, that starting from the next spring there will be a possibility of organizing the lessons on His Yoga in English. Try to find people, worthy of participating in that course.

With love, Vladimir Antonov

Letter from M.:

Greetings to you,

I request Babaji to bless me and everybody related to me. Grant peace to my parents. Grant peace to my grandmother, Grant peace to my father's relatives.

Jay Ho Babaji.

With the best regards, Dr. Vladimir,

I look forward to hearing from you.

M.

Response:

Babaji's reply:

— I am blessing everybody to work hard for the Evolution. This is:

a) helping others in everything that is good, and

b) active development of oneself as consciousness, as a spirit.

I respond with My special kinds of Love only to efforts.

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Peace to you! I decided to comment the Babaji’s reply. Real blessing constitutes the guru’s “OK” to make something good, something right. Guru adds a wave of the energy of His Love to His “OK”. But the most important part of this is the “OK” itself, but not the energy wave. In other words, what one is to do with these waves? Just feel pleasure? But this is not what we are embodied for; we get embodied in order to take part in the Evolution of the Universal Consciousness, in order to work hard.

Please, read again our books on the website.

With love, Vladimir Antonov

Letter from M.:

I am pleased to see your explanation. I am happy for Babaji has heard my request. I am very much happy for you wrote that Babaji was there in your room and he was smiling. I need to understand more about methods of development of consciousness. I have faith, if anybody like Babaji blesses anyone, cannot be wrong, no matter what.

I request Babaji to help me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With respect,

M.

Letter from M.:

Greetings, Vladimir,

I understood your explanations on Babaji's Blessings, and I want to achieve the degree of consciousness. I thank you for communicating my requests to Babaji. It's a solid proof.

Dr. Vladimir, when I write sometimes, it comes from my Indian culture and tradition. I will appreciate your comments. I request you to write me more about incidents of physically talking to Babaji. As Yogananda has described in his book, “Autobiography of a Yogi”.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Regards,

M.

Response:

Peace to you, M.! What can I make now more? Now try to find more information from those few books of mine that have been translated into English, wait until we release the film, read books of contemporary Avatar Sathya Sai Baba, who currently lives in a physical body in India (His books can be found on the Internet). Babaji and Sathya Sai Baba are helping us together. Then — we will continue.

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from M.:

Vladimir,

I have a request for you to pass my message to Babaji,

I have not enough money inflow right now, I am out of project in USA. I pray him to help me and bless me for better financial status.

This will really help me now, to pay attention towards religious practice.

I look forward to hear from you.

Regards,

M.

Response:

Babaji answers: “Find money around Me”.

Find comments in the Bhagavad Gita — Krishna's words concerning sacrifice. This is the way I live.

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Addition to the answer:

This means: serve Me, not yourself!

Babaji

 

Did you read the Bhagavad-Gita? Why don’t you read it and find explanation there?

And do not consider God as your servant! This is you, who must be a servant to God!

Vladimir Antonov

Addition 2:

Peace to you, M.! Did you understand, what I have been telling you about? It's us who must work for God, but not God — for us! And one of the most important things to do for the people, who begin their spiritual Path, is transformation of their egocentrism — into the centrism of the Creator.

Concerning money — Krishna in Gita explained, that we must serve God and feed ourselves with remainders of our sacrifices.

For example: one may publish the best spiritual books — and to sell them — for a little more than the cost. Another possibility is making and selling copies of spiritual video films in the same manner...

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Response from M.:

Greetings,

I understand you, Vladimir. I thought of it many times. I want to earn enough money in order to free myself from the necessity of working for money. I want to devote time to increase the level of consciousness and to live just so, live just so.

I look forward to hearing from you.

M.

Letter from M.:

Greetings, Vladimir,

Yesterday evening… I was meditating on “Sri Yantra” to improve my concentration. After half hour plus of practice… I wanted to communicate to Babaji. But I did not get any response. I think I was not able to do so, or did not understand the response.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

M.

Response:

Peace to you! Working with yantras is not the best way to begin spiritual practices. You better begin with hatha-yoga, especially with relaxation asanas.

In my Russian books I have described the complete sequence of initial methods, but we have not had a possibility to translate these books into English yet.

Personal relationships with the Lord are possible only after becoming large spiritual heart.

Accept my love,

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from M.:

Greetings,

I am happy for you, Vladimir. You know India. Vladimir, tell me something about your experience with Lord Krishna. I will know much more. But I feel comfortable, when you communicate to me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

M.

Response:

M.! Work on constructing yourself as a spirit! Nobody will make you perfect: only you can do this! Do not waste your time: remember that every day brings you closer to the death of your body!

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a letter:

Peace to you, S.! It is not only your fault, of course, that you stick to the principles that you mentioned (being “rough and tough”, as your ideal). But by aspiring to such ideals you doom yourself to living in hell and program very difficult future for yourself. Nevertheless you have some conscience left, and this may save you.

Your main problem is that you still do not know the meaning of your life and the ways of fulfilling it. And this is exactly what is explained in my books.

And you are right in that no church can provide intelligible answers to these questions.

I wish you success on the Spiritual Path, which is opening before you!

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a letter:

Peace to you!

The prerequisites for taking part in our work is adherence to a “killing-free” diet (ethically motivated) and total acceptance of what is written in our books (i.e. one is supposed to read them through and to think over their content).

It does not make sense whatsoever to work with those people, who do not adhere to the “killing-free” diet. Spiritual Path is the Path of developing oneself as Love. In our conditions — those, who have not accepted the Love-Compassion principle for themselves will not be able to advance on the Spiritual Path, all attempts to help them will only do them(!) harm.

I wish success to all of you!

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a letter:

Peace to you!

Rajas — is a stage, at which passions dominate. On the other hand, Sattva constitutes purity of perception and reaction. Unselfish love, true and pure tenderness — are sattvic qualities, manifestations of sattva.

Sattvic state can be attained only by means of developing oneself as a spiritual heart.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

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Letter from N.:

I am very sorry that you destroyed my trust in you that has just emerged by mere mentioning the name of David Copperfield… But what does one soul mean to you? No gain — no loss. I have no doubt this is not a highly equipped jugglery, but magic. But what for? What is it for, as it is? Whom did it make kinder, better, more humble, purer in intentions? You suggest him as the ideal… But he can be attractive only to that person, who wants to become a superman, meaning the one who raises oneself above all the others, like Lucifer. Love doesn’t live here, only longing for it, maybe. And the impossibility of attaining it.

Your communication with spirits… Talking about the good, light. Others do it as well, but would not dare to assess myself, claiming that God talks to me. God always sends someone when He wants to talk to us. It should always be Somebody else’s testimony by which the truth of our insights, our purity and dignity (let alone our holiness) can be judged. I think the ability to communicate with dead people cannot be considered as a sign of one’s high level of spiritual advancement. And where this level of communication (i.e. with the dead) is present, one should be cautious about speaking of entering high Spiritual planes. This could very well be some sort of temptation or immediate “prompters” playing a hoax on one. You know this yourself, but you are still using criteria for truth, based primarily on visualization, images and light-like phenomena…

Orthodox Christianity… Everything you write about it is very likely to be true. It may look rough and painful on the outside. But nonetheless it seems that the main books, thoughts, tears, love aspirations of this wonderful oasis of Spirit went unnoticed by you.

I was going to write just a couple of words, but suddenly got “carried away”...

Forgive me if I said something wrong.

N.

Response:

Peace to you, N.! Accept my love through this message!

I understand you very well. There were times when my reactions could be just the same.

Right now you are able to see only the church, which has helped you to pull yourself out of materialistic and atheistic way of looking at life. I used to follow the same way.

But as you continue to acquire religious experience you will gain the ability to directly perceive the reality of the God’s existence. And — as you advance further — the diversity of His “lila”, i.e. means of attracting people to Himself.

Judging by your letter you have read only one of my books.

You may also read, if you think you need it, “Ecology of Human Being” and then others.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from N.:

Hello, Vladimir!

Of course I read your “Ecology of Human Being”. Everything is correct. But do I follow it, do I apply it in my life? Yes, I am trying hard to stick to these principles. But there are exceptional instances, when I have to depart from them… You know, I live in a peculiar kind of climate, where wearing NON-fur clothing and be a vegetarian (although I generally am) in winter is very hard. I just haven’t reached the level at which I could warm myself with my consciousness when there are 40 degrees of frost. Maybe this is possible. Maybe I will learn how to do this some day…

As for my attitude towards the Church… This is not a simple matter… In general, I think that only the Holy Church is real Church. But our earthly one, which is of this world — it has indeed lost its power of spiritual leadership. Although the Person, who put me on the Path, was an orthodox priest, amazingly well educated and religiously tolerant. At my home I have (in addition to the Bible and the Gospels) Koran, the Gita, apocrypha of ancient Christians, some Buddhist texts as well as many philosophical books. I have been getting knowledge from various sources. Many things resonated with my soul. But this is not what I deem to be essential… Sensitivity, perception of another world… — it has always been there, but I never dared to develop these myself, out of my own will, being afraid of falling for “siddhis”, which are not my goal.

The abilities such as those of David Copperfield’s are just what I would steer clear of as something distracting from the main Path. It seems to me that this is exactly the kind of things, which Jesus Christ renounced when being tempted in the wilderness (you know by whom…).

And where is that SIMPLIICTY here, which is suggested by Babaji’s principles?

Yes, I am being LED, and I am attracted by the Calling. Sometimes it is hard for me to perceive THIS and to feel myself crystal clear, living and working in an everyday environment, in all this fuss, constantly overcoming the banal tiredness and pain… My methods of rehabilitation are too simple, compared to yours. And probably not that effective. Am I critical enough when it comes to self-assessment and comprehension of what I perceive? I don’t know. Perfection, where are you?

I have no congenial souls around me. Perhaps there is a God’s will for this.

I take it as a test.

I would like to know your opinion about priest Alexander Men’.

N.

Response:

Peace to you, N.!

Each Messiah has His own individual way of His Service. One of the factors determining this is the circumstances in which He has to work.

Jesus preached orally and worked wonders, Babaji did the same, Sathya Sai in addition to this writes books Himself. David — currently — with His Divine wonders, which are the same as those that were performed by the Others, mentioned above, including Jesus, attracts people’s attention to the potential abilities of each of us. You — in your non-acceptance of Him — fell under influence of propaganda of the sect, which sees God as its competitor. And this is why it will always be fighting against Real, Living God.

You also mentioned that you could not accept communicating with the “dead”… But it sounds like you do not understand that the “dead” — are all those people, who are not embodied at the time being. And you are going to be like this yourself. And why don’t you try to imagine that you are disembodied and to apply to yourself this attitude of contempt, aversion and antipathy… And one more thing: do you really think that God cannot (does not have a right?) to communicate with disembodied people?

As to priest Alexander Men’ — he lived like a man, who thought a lot and asked many questions (which was apparently the reason why he got killed). But he did not find the answers to his questions.

Now, regarding nutrition and clothing. You are saying that you cannot warm yourself with the power of your consciousness yet. But this siddhi (though you disapprove of falling for siddhis) — is not what is essential. The essential thing is transforming oneself into Love, cultivating Love as one’s primary quality. (No need to throw the fur-coat out: these animals have ALREADY been killed; trashing what was made out of their skins would be yet another act of disrespect to them, a repeated sin). As to the nutrition — I have said enough about it in my books. You should make your decision yourself.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from N.:

I am sorry, Vladimir! My writing style is apparently not perfect and I am making you convince me of something I am already convinced of. This concerns the departed ones (the “dead”), the clothing… I am making you waste your time talking to me and maybe it’s time for me to become silent.

Let David do whatever he likes, as long as it is not a temptation to “these little ones”.

 

How can I be contemptuous to the people, who left this world?!

You don’t have to reprimand me like this, really. They deserve either compassionate (those who did not have time to understand and… now powerless), or respective (as those, who reached the abodes they deserved) attitude or even a deep reverence (as those, who have advanced highly and are afforded the honor of helping those, who are still here). I said that simply because in the very beginning of my path I had some attempts to get the information from not very pure “levels”. I was stupid, so these “experiments” had set me back and caused me quite an amount of suffering. I told you already that I am going without an incarnated teacher. There is no way I can have a contemptuous or neglecting attitude towards another world, because this is where I am getting help and learning lessons from. But my highest hopes are set on the HIGHEST worlds; this is where my heart is. If only I were worthy… This is what I meant when I doubted that truth coming from the “world of shadows” (so to say) or from near “light” is ultimate.

I shocked followers of Roerich (I have never joined them) long time ago by saying: “I don’t care about ethics, my greatest interest lies in ontology”. Just like that! I exaggerated then, of course… What one would do without ethics, without knowing that one’s acts are morally correct? But I still see the core of my spiritual quest in understanding (perceiving, intuitive feeling, I don’t know how to say it better…) of what GOD is. Here on Earth we can only create a model, more or less expressing an attempt to get closer to the truth, which would resonate with our souls. An embodied man cannot know for sure. Even with the help of disembodied beings.

 

LOVE remains what is essential, of course. And I don’t need to be convinced here, for LOVE is what constitutes my RELIGION.

I don’t belong to a sect of any kind. But when there’s a possibility I visit with interest both Orthodox and Roman-catholic churches, as well as Buddhist Datsans. The Spirit breathes wherever He wants to. He might be there as well.

Even greater interest I take in being alone, concentrated, listening and realizing… But with much greater passion (let ‘s call a spade a spade) I would… The words are unnecessary here.

Again I am sorry for having written such a long message and… be happy!

N.

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Question:

Why do you assert in your books that there are multiple incarnations? At the same time you are claiming that you met and talked to Jesus Christ personally. But Christianity refutes the idea of multiple incarnations. How do these things link with each other?

With respect,

I.

Answer:

Peace to you, I.!

Why do you believe in such nonsense?

And what do you call Christianity?

For me the word “Christianity” means the Teaching of Jesus Christ. And only those people can be called Christians, who follow this Teaching.

But Jesus Christ as well as other Messiahs, which were embodying both before and after Jesus, all say the same about development of each soul in a range of many incarnations in the material world. If you want to get to know the opinion of Jesus regarding this issue you may read the selected quotations from Gospels in my book “God Speaks. Textbook of Religion”.

What kind of “Christianity” refutes this part of the Teaching of Christ? I suspect that by “Christianity” you understand a dogma of one of the sects. I suggest that you think: does this sect have anything to do with Christianity?

Historically it so happened that people began warping the Teaching of Jesus Christ starting from the first “Christian” “councils” (i.e. conventions of leaders of the existing communities). Sects started forming (that is religious schools, which doctrines deviated from the fundamental Teaching of God). And quite soon this resulted in predatory forays by devilish hordes of “crusaders” and “holy inquisition” committing monstrous atrocities — all under a disguise of Christianity. (This has been described in detail in my book “Spiritual Heart. Religion of Unity”).

In Russia (in the southern part of its European territory) Christianity was introduced first in its pure form — owing to the feats of Apostle Andrew. But when “official baptism” of Russia began — it was already an inquisitional form of pseudo-Christianity. Later on the Christian movement in Europe and other continents got “ennobled” — primarily due to efforts of a French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. But in Russia it remained in the same perverted form until the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.

What I would recommend that you do is that you study and accept the Original Teaching of Jesus Christ and step away from sectarianism.

If you move successfully in this direction — then it is very likely that after some time you will be rewarded with an ability to communicate with non-incarnate Jesus Christ and His Apostles personally (we have been enjoying the happy ability o communicate and merge with the Divine Apostles of Jesus Christ — Andrew, John, Mark and Philip).

Those, who are capable of having such contacts, talking to Divine Teachers about anything presents no difficulty. If you follow the path of self-perfection, which was shown by Jesus Christ (but not by any of the degraded sects) — then you, too, will be able to get answers to all your questions and to dispel all your doubts.

But it is going to take a lot of hard work on self-transformation. And this kind of work differs dramatically from participating in rituals as well as from much of what is taught by various “Christian” sects.

By the way, let me bring your attention to the fact that an incarnate Messiah (modern Christ) Sathya Sai Baba is working now on Earth. His Teaching, which is identical to that of Jesus Christ, is also presented in my books.

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Response to a letter:

Peace to you, G.!

“Qi Gong” stands for “working with energy”. This is a stage at which work is performed with bio-energies inside the body and the “cocoon” of a man, which corresponds to a raja yoga level in the Indian tradition.

There are a great number of Qi Gong schools — both good and bad ones.

Good ones focus primarily on working with middle Dantian and cleansing all major energy structures of a human organism with image of sunlight.

In bad ones disciples direct all their attention to the lower Dantian and start making meaningless attempts to rotate the energy around the microcosmic orbit — without cleansing their chakras first. The tendency towards refining of consciousness is also lacking in those schools — everybody can attend their lessons regardless of their nutrition habits and the emotional status, living in which they got themselves accustomed to… The consequences of this are devastating increase of coarseness of the energy of entire groups of disciples. I observed it personally both in St. Petersburg and in Moscow, although I do not remember the name of the person, who created this harmful school.

Analyze this on your own.

I described the Straight Path to Perfection in my books, including “The New Upanishad”, “Ecology of Human Being”, “Spiritual Heart” and the others. Did you read them?

I will be happy to answer your questions, if there are any.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

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Question:

Hello!

Thank you very much for having assented to spare some time for me.

Since 1992 I have been studying philosophy (one of Vedanta schools) and practicing yoga as a lifestyle. The knowledge derived from your books and the practice results have affected me very much. My search ceased to be extensive since then. But I have been constantly focused on the intensive side of it, on making my understanding more profound. It’s been six months since I returned home after living in India for 1,5 years.

Please, do not misunderstand me. I respect and love you very much. And the overwhelming majority of your statements are absolutely correct, being in total agreement with God’s opinion (I don’t know about the rest, since I haven’t practiced them yet).

Let me ask you several questions:

 

Thinking of life of the Absolute as of evolution (development) does not look like a perfect understanding, for “development” means lack of something. But the Absolute is perfect, by definition, and thus there cannot be lack of anything in It. What could you say?

I think very much of your spiritual experience. But who can give a guarantee that this experience is the ABSOLUTE REALITY?

The Absolute, again by definition, is Self-sufficient and does not depend on anybody or anything, while everything else depends on It.

The Absolute cannot be cognized fully without Its total consent.
So, is there anything greater or better, than what you have already achieved? If not, is it possible then that something, which is more total and perfect, has not been revealed to you as yet?

 

With respect,

Y.

Answer:

Peace to you Y.!

God is eternal living Organism of Universal dimensions, which evolves, like all organisms.

Lives of individual beings are manifestations of His Life and elements of His Evolution.

See my books “The New Upanishad”, “Ecology of Human Being” and “Sun of God” for more details on this.

Your quotations regarding the Absolute are not quite adequate.

My Divine Teachers are more perfect than I am.

More information about Them could be derived from our video film.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a desire to become my disciple:

Peace to you, Z.!

It is very good that you chose the way of life that was suggested by God through me. And you have enough instructions (books and film) in order to gradually advance along this path.

But I cannot offer more to you: you should study a high school Russian grammar course. If you have not done it by the time you got your Ph.D. degree, how are you going to be able to study much more complex knowledge at a high speed?

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

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Letter to S.:

Look, S.: you started to give your personal (though noble) interests higher priority than those of your disciples’. But it should be just the other way around. This is a very serious ethic mistake.

God says that you have “diverged” from Him, that the idea of Evolution of the Universal Consciousness has become alien to you and that there still remains a lot that you will have to understand.

With love,

Vladimir

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Response to a letter:

Dear A.!

You are a man of Goodness. And your abode will be paradise. But people like you can do many times more in their current incarnation — in terms of their own evolutionary progress.

This is us, who have been given the knowledge how to do this by the Representatives of the Creator — here, in our northern city of Petersburg. These methods are not exercises with body or with mind — but with consciousness, which must consist of a spiritual heart — purest and large; with such consciousnesses we can infuse into the Creator in His Abode. Think about it: do you wish you were here?

Response from A.:

I have never been to Russia but would like to one day, perhaps in the Russian summer, since the Russian winter has a reputation of being very cold. Perth, where I live, is very warm all year round and it never snows there.

At this time I do not have time to organize the project, since I am busy planning for business.

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Response to a letter:

Dear R.!

I have devoted all my life to God. Because of my right efforts, God has allowed me to cognize Him. And now I continue to perfect myself and to help other people on this Path.

You are asking me about money? — I’m a monk, I have accommodated myself to living with almost no money. All the year my friends and I eat mainly preserved mushrooms and berries. I get a little money only from selling my spiritual books, it is about 20 $ per month. And more than half of that I have to pay for the utilities.

Such earthy life is not in the opposition to the spiritual life. But I understand that — if we had money — we would be able to serve people in their spiritual growth better. For example, we could buy a house for guests, who come to us for spiritual instruction. Or we would have a greater ability to translate our books into other languages and publish them in other countries.

So, I do not need money for myself, but I do — for my service to God.

Accept my love and best wishes, especially in your spiritual Path!

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

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Responding to an invitation to take part in a “championship” of yoga:

Peace to you, dear friends!

Thank you for your letter and the information!

We — a swami-group in St. Petersburg, Russia — use hatha-yoga in our educational programs only as a small preliminary part of the process. Yoga for us is not a sport or a dancing — but the practical religion. Our spiritual School functions, focusing primarily on higher and the highest steps of yoga — raja-yoga and buddhi-yoga.

The raja-yoga program consists, for the most part, in cleansing and enlarging chakras and main meridians.

Practice of the buddhi-yoga consists in refinement and expansion of the consciousnesses of the most successful disciples. Such trainings are aimed at the cognition of God in His different Manifestations, including the Creator in His Abode.

One of the results of this is the Merging of an individual consciousness — with the Consciousness of the Creator.

This yoga is the yoga of Krishna, Huang-Di, Jesus Christ, Haidakhan’s Babaji, Sathya Sai Baba and other Divine Gurus. This is the Yoga of Spiritual Heart (as Babaji called it). We work under Their direct supervision.

We, of course, do not have any interest in taking part in your championship. But we are ready to help all worthy people to reach the highest steps of yoga. Please, visit our website and send the information about it and about our video film to all yoga centers you know. We are willing to help.

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a letter:

Dear R.:

We can offer you courses of raja-yoga and buddhi-yoga.

The first step would be the studying relaxation, psychophysical exercises, cleansing and mastering the functions of the spiritual heart.

The second — cleansing all chakras and main meridians.

Then — many different steps of buddhi-yoga, at which one’s consciousness must be developed (in size, in particular) — as a large spiritual heart; and after that a multidimensional structure of the Absolute can be cognized. The final large step, which is known to us, is getting into the Creator’s Abode and Merging by the developed individual consciousness — with His Consciousness.

We conduct the trainings on buddhi-yoga at appropriate “places of power”, which, as God says, may also be found in your country, like in Russia.

The first steps of these courses are for many people, the next ones — not for many, but only for those, who have achieved real success, the highest — only for the few worthiest individuals.

This entire program has been given to us by God, and we always work only from Him and for Him. More information about this work may be found on our website www.swami-center.org.

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Response 2:

Peace to you, R.!

Yes, you are right: there are a great number of “yogis”, “swamis” and even “Avatars” — who call themselves so, but are not such in reality.

Please, tell all future disciples — that they should read the books at our website. Spiritual practices without totally understanding their meaning — cannot be useful.

And each disciple has to stop eating everything made from meat and fish immediately.

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Response 3:

Dear R.!

I see you have not been feeling good recently. Please, try to look at God more with the eyes of your consciousness, try to talk to Him, to feel Him...

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Response 4:

Peace to you, R.!

Accept our love and, please, take the difficulties philosophically. All is under God's control, and our task consists in trying to understand Him. If you talk to me about your problems — I will try to help.

Response 5:

Dear R.!

God always examines us closely. He tries to turn us into the right direction. And if we behave in a wrong way — He tells us about this, in particular, by means of pain or other difficulties.

Now you were wrong — and you had problems with your brother, with the computer, with very bad inner energetic status, and — the sudden refusal from S....

So, where is the mistake?

 

We know that you are a man of goodness. You have good ideas and are willing to work hard for their realization. But spiritual work is another affair.

The spiritual work has exact methodological structure. The first step is — understanding. The second one — initial efforts on correcting one’s own ethic position. Only after accepting all this — it makes sense to begin special esoteric practices.

We have been telling you about this from the very beginning of our relationships. But you have not been following this advice.

Please, realize that we do not play religious games for getting money from fools. We have received — from God — the highest knowledge for helping the most worthy people to become Godlike by practicing the most secret methods of development of consciousness.

But you just do not follow our advice...

In our common plan, which is known to you, — it is you, who must be the first and the best spiritual disciple. It is you, who had to carry out into practice as much as possible from what you had read in the books and the articles, which were translated from Russian. If not — then we will surely fail to understand each other and there will be a crash of everything that we have decided to build.

We do not have to reveal our knowledge to people, who do not know, what the spiritual Way is and do not want to follow it.

So, why should we waste our time? And what is the reason to seek “the places of power”, unless you are a follower of the principles of our School? You are not a follower of God’s ethics — and will you ever be?

 

The spiritual Way begins with ethics — adopting the principle of Love.

What is Love? Have you ever thought about this? Is this the Love, if you kill animals out of desire for getting a gustatory pleasure?

We are willing to help only those, who live in agreement with God’s Teaching. Ethics must have a paramount importance for everybody, who wants to walk the spiritual Way. If it does not — then such attempts will be only harmful.

And the second rule — any spiritual help must begin with changing oneself. Only after this —one can help others successfully.

 

I suggest that we suspend our relationships now: we have been moving too fast. You and your friends are supposed to become followers of our movement as a result of reading our books, thinking and choosing your own way. And you will see that only few will want to move further. The majority will continue to sleep.

The same should be for university students in your country: the disciples for us must be found not by means of my lectures, but by means of my books. (I am a monk; reading lectures and doing similar things is not a monk’s task).

If — as a result — there are really worthy people in future, we could quickly resume our activity.

We will be waiting for you!

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

Response 6:

Dear R.

Yes, you have understood correctly that everybody must become crystal-clear in the eyes of God and of people — especially if he or she wants to be a spiritual leader.

And it is also correct, that God can and should be reached only within our developed spiritual hearts.

And the real Love is incompatible with unnecessary killing of living creatures.

And yes, poisoning of organism with nicotine needs to be stopped: the body is given for high purpose. Treating it badly is a sin.

 

But in addition to this you need to be able to orient in the diversity of different spiritual and pseudo-spiritual schools and tendencies. Now you are looking at them “from afar”. But “from afar” — they cannot be seen.

In fact, it is inessential — what kind of rituals is being used: Catholic, Orthodox, Buddhist or Islamic one, etc. All kinds of ritualism — are superficial. What is significant — is the philosophy and the methodology of a religious school.

Do you understand, for example, that none of mass “Christian” churches directs people to the cognition of God? Instead, they may be directing their followers to fighting against abortions and contraception, or they may become hotbeds of Nazism. And in many cases they lead people not to God, but to hell.

Have you heard, that:

— some sects of contemporary Buddhism focus primarily not on seeking the Primordial Consciousness, but on teaching fear of demons and vampires, thus promoting schizophrenia, but not spiritual achievements, in their disciples?

— in mass Hinduism people now worship fictitious “god” Ganesha?

— contemporary “yogis” in India believe that kundalini is located in coccyx?

— hatha-yoga is now usually being taught to students, who eat meat, — which only does harm to them, increasing the coarse power of their consciousnesses?

— there are two diametrically opposite trends in Islam in regard to jihad (a “holy war”): followers of the first one believe, that it is necessary to fight against non-Moslems; those of the second one — that this war must be waged against one’s own inner vices (i.e. it is the inner jihad)?

— out of the latter — only a few understand how to do this?

Do you know, that the majority of people calling themselves followers of Castaneda — in all countries — seek “liberation” by using heroin?

Another example: several days ago I received an e-mail, saying — “Become the members of our Christian Church!” But their main “method” was the following: “Only we know the right way of laying hands onto the head of a sacrificial animal so that our sins could shift into it — before killing it”.

Do you want to be — as you say — “among” all them? And to support all them?

And do you want us to be “as equal” with all of them?

 

Now God is not being nice with you: you do not put Him on the first place in your life.

You may write down (sincerely and disassociated from your mind — just out of emotional feeling) your own “scale of priorities” in life — and you will see this sad truth yourself.

In such state it is impossible to serve God well on large-scale projects.

 

And do you know that the contemporary Messiah — Sathya Sai Baba — is living and working now on Earth, in India?

 

You are also talking about Shambala (or “Shamballa”, as you spell it). Do you know what this word means? It means (in Eastern languages) simply “at the other side of a mountain pass”, i.e. “at the other side of the death of the body”. Yes, it is from there the control upon everything on Earth is being carried out. This control, indeed, is being exercised not by all beings of that “other” world, but only by the Divine Teachers — the Holy Spirits, the Representatives of God-the-Father. They are called the Hierarchs in Agni-Yoga. They are our real Teachers. You were invited to be Their disciple — through us.

 

With love,

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a letter:

Peace to you! Thank you for the information about tour website. In Saint-Petersburg I had a chance to become familiar with Church’s activity very well. I agree that “God is Love” is the most important methodological premise that Jesus Christ gave to us. In order to get close to God we should transform ourselves into Love.

My activity as a religious scientist who works on creation of the methodology of spiritual perfection is dedicated to finding ways we can accomplish this.

In my books one may find deep knowledge about God.

You may these findings in tour Church’s activity — to the extent you consider appropriate.

We also have translations of some books into English and other languages.

Would you be willing to publish them in your country?

I wish all of you success!

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Response to a letter:

Peace to you, Z.!

When S. asked me earlier about possibility of your coming here — there has always been a rejection of your candidature from God. What was the reason? Your being lost in conceptions of various sects?

The main prerequisite for success in spiritual work is understanding — of what the Straight Path is.

Having studied and compared what God was saying and what people have fantasized and perverted — one has to establish in the true world outlook. One has to clear the Straight Path for oneself by rejecting everything that stands in the way. Only then it will become possible to find God.

Study all this together with O. and work on ethic aspects. Try to see that the main component of the Straight Path is Love, which should be realized in thoughts, actions and also in meditations — through development of oneself as spiritual heart in every possible way. (You should quit your martial arts practices — as a stage that has played its role.)

Also seek to live from God-centric positions.

In autumn will ask God about your progress again to find out whether you are ready to come over to us.

I wish you success!

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Letter: Anecdotal true story

I come to a physician office and complain about a pain in the back of the neck.

The physician:

— You have salt deposits!

— But I am a vegetarian! Where could I get these from?

The physician, elderly woman, grows irritated:

— Ah, you are a vegetarian! Well, if you do not eat meat — you may very well develop dorsal tabes!

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Response to the invitation to take part in a conference:

Letter 1:

 

Peace to all of you! I thank you for the invitation but none of us will come, of course.

The true “Transformation” to which you dedicate your conference could become revival of spirituality.

But the word “spirituality” is a derivative of “Spirit”, i.e. God (Jesus Christ said: “God is Spirit”).

In other words, it would make sense to transform the mentality of people towards better knowledge about God, the Path towards cognition of Him and getting close to Him.

Unfortunately you, the organizers of the conference, hold opposite views on spirituality: you think it consists in eating bodies of killed animals, searching treasuries at instigation of wag-spirits and encouraging astrology — pseudo-science that leads people away from searching for God, which is based on the conception of geocentrism…

It is a great shame that you spend your energy on harming people, instead of working for their good.

With hope for your transformation,

Vladimir Antonov

 

From the letter 2:

 

The first indication that one knows the correct direction in religion is development of the orientation towards the Creator.

And there can be no place for propagation of anything that leads people off this Path. (I mean relying on “stars” — as opposed to relying on God). And no tricky figures of speech that astrologers use as an excuse cannot serve as a ground for including astrology in the rank of spiritual disciplines.

Instead of encouraging astrology one should explain people what God is.

Also, there can be no spirituality where Love is not there. And Compassion to all living beings is one component of Love. How can this go along with collective eating of their bodies at allegedly spiritual conventions? Killings for the sake of satisfaction of own gluttony is a super-egotistic “love” for oneself — i.e. an outstanding perversion of Love.

If we hold opposite views on these issues — we cannot consider ourselves going in the same direction, which you suggest.

Please, think about this!

 

From the letter 3:

 

I would like to amend what I have already said.

Revival of spirituality — does not mean gathering all people who consider themselves “spiritual” and providing them with an opportunity to promote themselves. Since aggressive primitive people can also declare themselves to be “spiritual” (see historical review in my book “Spiritual Heart”). In these cases they seize the “reigns of government” — and the entire undertaking, which originally was planned to serve good purposes, turns out to be put to evil ends.

(Jesus Christ said: “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!” Think about it: can it be applied to you personally?).

I suggest that we call “spirituality” only that which leads a man to God.

You assumed a role of leader — unfortunately prior to clarifying all these issue for yourself.

I would recommend that you switch your attention towards God! True spirituality can be acquired only through getting closer to Him.

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Response to an invitation to take part in the seminar on studying shamanic psychic techniques:

Peace to you! Thank you for the letter. I would be glad to meet colleagues. Our Divine Teachers have been talking recently about the necessity of our School taking part in work on the American continent, in Canada, in particular, emphasizing our connection with ancient origins of the spiritual culture of American Indians.

Our School has a several decade history, it was forming under direct supervision of Jesus Christ, Haidakhan’s Babaji (India), Krishna, Huang-Di, Sathya Sai Baba, Ptahotep (Egypt), Sacral (Egypt), Kayr (United Arabic Emirates, then Caspian region), Assyris (Divine Founder of Syrian nation), Lyhn (Korea), Eagle (Divine Curator of American Indian spiritual tradition), Yamamuto (New Zealand), Lao (Cambodia) and other Divine Teachers.

We started out (about thirty years ago) from expressing some minor interest in studying the methods that you list in your letter. By now we have almost completed the study of the multidimensional structure of the Absolute, we are capable, in particular, of getting in to the Abode of Primordial Consciousness and possess methods of merging with It.

We have published more than 30 books on methodology of spiritual self-perfection in Russia. The most recent of them can be found at our website * * *

Letter from A.:

Hello!

Could you please tell me where can I find information about methods of developing clairvoyance.

The thing is that I can see colored auras of people, animals and plants. I have not practiced any special methods before, I just once noticed some kind of luminescence that surrounded various objects — and then it all started.

After reading an excerpt from your book I quitted eating bodies of killed animals. Now I feel better.

Thank you and God!

A.

 

Response:

Peace to you, À.!

True clairvoyance should be applied to development of the ability to see God, first in the aspect of Divine Teachers.

But this kind of clairvoyance is exercised out of one’s spiritual heart and not from the head (like it is the case with you).

I would suggest that you learn to live in your anahata, to look at the world from it, to examine cocoons of trees and people and to heal. In my books you will find instructions as to how one can learn to do this.

I wish you success! Write me afterwards.

Vladimir Antonov

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Response to a letter from S.:

Peace to you!

Serious psycho-energetic work with a disciple can be initiated only after he fully accepts the conception of the School.

The conception of our School, just like that of any other sound and serious spiritual School, consists of ethic, ontological and psychoenergetic sections.

Currently you do not accept the conception of the School and thus there is not a slight possibility of your receiving initiations into the highest meditative techniques personally from me. Although you may use information written in my books: they are for everyone.

I will never agree with your insistence that I should give initiations into psychoenergetic techniques to whoever asks me about that: this would be harming people, but not helping them.

The purpose of our School is to provide people with an opportunity to cognize God and merge with Him. But you currently take great interest in magic and search for coarse “personal power”. This is a false path that leads to destruction.

My advice to you would be to start it all over again, i.e. from studying ethics and fundamentals of the methodology of spiritual growth. This has to be done with the help of books.

 

From response to another letter from S.:

Now I will answer you last letter:

Yes, there is a certain spirit that pretends to be Babaji and plays tricks on certain category of people who have not found the true Path.

In particular, he “patronizes” (on behalf of Babaji, as it were) all those who set hopes on “spiritual work” at powerful negative “place of power” in O. This spirit acts under Babaji’s supervision. The aim of this activity is to create a “bay” for those people for whom it is too early to approach the Abode of the Creator.

Once again I recommend that you start your work from scratch again.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

 

Letter from S.:

Hello, Vladimir!

Yeas, I was a monk of Aum Sinrikyo, but I regarded it not as a source of personal power, but rather as a preparation to death. I feel that my karma is bad thus I fear reincarnation.

Perhaps, this is not interesting to you, but I have a question to ask. After I left Aum Sinrikyo I discovered that I hear an “inner voice”. This is my fault (I committed adultery), but I am not going to put up with it.

A woman who had reached kundalini yoga made the following diagnosis: this was manifestation of base (hungry) spirits’ karma. How can I destroy it?

 

Reply:

S.! You do not have a slightest idea of what you are writing. Your question cannot be answered, since it was incorrectly formulated.

The only way out for you is studying the fundamentals of spiritual self-development. Please, stop clinging to me for help: you have to make your own efforts now.

I would not recommend that you continue any psychoenergetic practices for now: you already got yourself into trouble, by doing it without understanding both what was going on and the purpose of such practices.

 

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

* * *

Response to a request to assess the views of Aurobindo Ghosh:

Peace to you!

At the spiritual period of his life Aurobindo professed ideas of good. But his methodology of spiritual growth is absolutely erroneous.

Seeking to develop only upper chakras and to find the highest forms of consciousness above one’s head is a fundamental mistake that is typical for certain category of schools that do not possess the highest knowledge. In addition he did not know the methods of development of chakras.

Neither he knew about methods of controlled stoppage of excessive mind activity. Satprem’s description of his being a disciple of Aurobindo is an example of what teaching and studying should not be.

What I have said can be confirmed by the fact that followers of this school do not demonstrate any noticeable spiritual achievements.

 

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

* * *

Letter from O.:

Hello, Vladimir!

In fact my letter does not contain any important information. This is just my opinion.

In general, I very much like the ideas, which you set forth in your books. They are very wise and easy to understand!

But I cannot agree with you that if a partner is being unfaithful to you, then it might be your fault.

Looking back to my life I can say with certainty that people are being unfaithful not because of their partner but for their own reasons.

A woman because of a boring life, while a man — so that to “prove to himself that he is a man”.

My husband married me when I was a kid — pure and naïve. And ever since he has remained the one and only for me, just like he was in the beginning.

But my husband betrayed me after five years of living together! And having looked into details of that dirty story I came to the conclusion that this was not my fault, although my husband tried hard to lay the blame on me. In fact, considering all that he had done to me I could find at least three reasons that “give me the right” to be unfaithful to my husband. But still I do not sleep with another men, and believe me — this is not his merit.

I believe that people should appreciate life, as you wrote, but not only from the “you shall not kill”, but also from “do no harm” standpoint. And I think that it would be appropriate to spare the feelings of your partner!

Especially since emotional sufferings are much more painful than physical ones!

 

Î.

Response:

Peace to you, O.! Thank you for your letter. I think you will be right if you direct all your attention to search for the Creator, not to what your husband is doing. Think about the meaning of your life: it does not consist in making your husband faithful to you. There is much more to it.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

* * *

Letter from I.:

Hello, Vladimir!

I hope you remember me by the letter that I wrote you one and a half years ago.

I would like to inform you that I quit the school of I. And that I would like to set up my own school which would teach your methods.

Please let me know what you think about it. May I use your name and methods? And if yes, to what extent?

I will welcome any advice and recommendations.

With love and best wishes,

I.

 

Response:

 

Peace to you!

Willingness to help people is very good!

But the problem is that neither I, nor A., nor other companions of his — taught our system, since they simply did not understand it. This is why you cannot know and teach our system as well, since you studied only what they taught.

I saw the results of their activity. I could not even imagine that even the initial methods of the system could get perverted and defiled to such an outrageous extent! In this form the system could only repel the worthy people!

Therefore I cannot encourage continuation of this tendency. Sharing spiritual knowledge with other people that assumes a perverted form like this would not be a help to them, but harming.

Our system is not an entertainment like “athletic” or “dance-like” hatha yoga or “health groups”. Our system is a succession of methods that allow one to cognize God in His various Manifestations, that God has elaborated and communicated through me. Our system represents knowledge about the way the most worthy incarnated people can attain complete spiritual Self-realization in most quickly.

And there was no place in our work neither for A. with his people, who were interested only in amusing themselves, nor I. — for whom God never became the Main Goal of his life (I offered help to him, but he rejected it).

Another question to you: your ex-wife told me that in your arguments you had insisted that since she was a woman she had had to listen to you (a man), and not to argue with you on this grounds. Is it true?

I will be waiting for your answer.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

 

Response from I.:

Hello, Vladimir!

I am writing to answer you questions at the same time hoping to clarify some things for myself.

I read all books that you listed. I also watched all the video tapes. Let me thank you for them — both myself and on behalf of many other people.

As to your second question, that a woman must obey a man — yes, perhaps, I said something like this. But now I think that people should always remain free and allow the same freedom to others.

And now let me tell you a few things about myself and then ask you some questions.

A couple of years ago I came to a place which is not far from my home. A strange thing happened to me there. My body started to make rotating movements with pelvis. Then I felt energy start rising through the body. Similar things were taking place for several weeks — that happened at different times in different places.

…Now I am being assisted by Sathya Sai and other Teachers, Who turned out to be many: among Them are Babaji, Yogananda, Maenuel, Merlin, Huang-Di, Hanuman, David Copperfield, Krishna, Murugan…. Maybe we have not identified some of Them yet.

…But the questions that I would like to ask you are these. Is all of this true? Although I trust my “seeing” to a significant extent, there is always place for a doubt. The point is that my “seeing” is more like “feeling”. It lacks images. Sometimes it is about catching thoughts, but I doubt if they are not my own..

And it would mean a lot to me if such an authority as you are would confirm or refute this.

With love,

I.

Response:

I., I beg your pardon, do you really have Hanuman — “king of apes” from Indian fairytale called “Ramayana” — as your Teacher?

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from I.:

Hello, Vladimir!

Yes, sure. Hanuman is one of my Teachers.

Response:

So you should be Hanuman’s student, then. You can also make Ganesha your Teacher. He is also from Indian fairytales.

The only thing I ask you is that you do not involve anyone in this kind of nonsense!

And try to see that it is almost a psychopathology. Or already.

I am sorry for being harsh, but try to understand that I want to help you.

Currently you are unable to distinguish the truth from falsehood, fairytales and psychopathology. Give it up for now! Otherwise you may get into a mental clinic and therefore waste the entire incarnation.

Forgive me once again!

Vladimir Antonov.

* * *

Response to a suggestion that we form an association:

Peace to you, dear T.! Unfortunately we have diametrically opposite understanding of what yoga is.

From the God’s point of view yoga is the Path of getting close to Him by quality of an individual’s soul. Another meaning of the word “yoga” — the Mergence of an individual consciousness with the Creator (in this respect this word is written with capital “Y”).

Personal power as it is being promoted on your website leads one into the direction opposite from the Creator. The general line of your organization can be classified as black magic, but by no means yoga.

If you like you may study materials of our website www.swami.ru — perhaps our understanding of spiritual path will become yours.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

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Recommendations to a novice instructor of the School:

Peace to you!

You should see that explaining or even demonstration of spiritual self-perfection methods per se does not produce positive results of the disciples’ development.

Spiritual transformation can be achieved as a result of them making their own everyday efforts.

And the necessary condition of success is clear understanding of the purpose of this kind of work from their side. This goal is cognition of God.

But what can be the sufficient incentive for this everyday-ness? — Only love to God.

Only those who love Him, not themselves, — become capable of achieving serious progress. For the rest of people it is too early to practice such disciplines as raja yoga and buddhi yoga.

Jesus spoke about this (different spiritual potential of people) in the parable about the Sower, in particular.

We may also recall the words of G.I.Gurdjieff: any new and valuable information a person can first: a) memorize, then b) understand, and only after that c) transfer it into his subsistence. Watch what levels different people have mastered. Some are cannot master any of them, some are stuck at the level “a”, some are capable only of understanding what they should become but put off the transformation itself “till tomorrow”… As a rule, it makes sense to give the disciples new portions of information only after they master the level “c” at each of the stage of their spiritual ascent.

A feedback must necessarily be maintained between the instructor and his disciple(s). He should not only explain and demonstrate what they need to do, but also to observe the inner processes that take place in the souls.

…Once God explained to me that some kind of a “joint household activity” should be established with those disciples that seem to be promising — at least in the form of joint trips to wilderness. It is this kind of situations that provides the best opportunity for the instructor to monitor transformation of souls.

…While we are talking about this I would like to draw your attention to how absurd for actual spiritual science specialists look those who possess “spiritual” “diplomas” or “certificates” that they have bought for hundreds or thousands of dollars. How do people get such “certificates” in most cases? They just need to attend a 3 day (or a little longer) seminar — and they are “Spiritual Masters”! — now they can “make money” in the same manner on simpletons or similar crooks to be.

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Correspondence with N.:

Dear Vladimir!

Congratulations on the new year 2002 and Christmas!

I wish you further achievements on the path to Love, Wisdom and Power!!!

And may God, our beloved Almighty Father, help us all on this path!

N.

 

Response:

Peace to you!

You are wishing me what you should have wished to yourself.

And God helps on this Path only those who make actual steps towards Him.

You may also read the book “Sun of God”.

N.! I regard you as a very good and, what is even more important, — intellectually highly developed person.

I would like to request of you once again not to lose your chance to win the Victory on the spiritual Path in your current incarnation! Take your life seriously!

You have read in the books what one need to do for that, don’t you? I am saying it again — one has to renounce a regular man’s way of life — and become a God’s person, i.e. a monk.

Would you, please, read the selection of quotations of Juan Matus’s words in the book “God Speaks”.

I wish you success in this!

Vladimir Antonov

 

Letter from N.:

Peace to you, Vladimir!

Thank you for the complimentary words as to my personality and intellectual abilities. You know better, perhaps.

However I cannot quite agree that “I know … what one needs to do for that”. My intuition answers “Yes”, my logic — “yes”, while when it comes to whether I am 100% sure what and how I should do — “no”, so far. I just read “The Book of Jesus” several times and your books. But this is not just books, but textbooks of the true (in my opinion) religion, which God himself has been teaching us.

Don’t you think that this is absolutely not enough for a 41 year old man who has lived a mundane life before and has just learned about the True Religion and starts to “see the light”, — to change everything in his “customary” life at once and become … a monk “tomorrow”. Although I intuitively feel that sooner or later this is going to happen to me, and I hope I will be wise and strong enough not to delay this moment.

Again, I hope that our conversations will contribute to it, and not vice versa.

Respectfully yours,

N.

 

Response:

Peace to you! I agree: For now you better read books — and transform yourself in accordance with what you have read — if you think it is a correct thing to do.

I would also recommend that think it over: we do not have spare time here, on Earth. We are here only so that we grow spiritually. And not so that we “just live”.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from N.:

Peace to you!

Vladimir, may I consult with you about information that has been recently on many websites in the internet (see the enclosure)? What is the probability of cataclysms on Earth as a result of Planet 12 crossing through the solar system in 2003?

Waiting for your opinion regarding this issue.

Respectfully yours,

N.

 

Response:

Dear N.! I do not have time for such follies.

I would also recommend that you live every day not indulging in useless curiosity (including future of planets) but working your own self-perfection and helping others in it.

You have a properly operating intellect. Why don’t you direct its activity on the matters that are really useful for yourself and the others?

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

* * *

Response to a request for becoming my disciple:

Peace to you, K.!

I have not had the God’s blessing to teach you the highest meditative techniques before and I do not have it now. The reason why it is so became clear to me when I learned that you are interested in Cabbala. This school of thought in no way corresponds with the true knowledge about God and the Path to the Creator, moreover, it has nothing of value at all.

This means that you do not possess correct understanding of the methodology of spiritual self-perfection, and thus you cannot make progress in the foreseeable future.

Please, forgive me for not being optimistic in this letter. I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

Letter from K.:

Peace to you, Vladimir Vasilievich!

Thank you for your response.

I did study books and articles of Cabbalists.

Actually I get to read a lot in my search for the Truth.

I hope I will be able to please the Creator with my correct understanding of the Path to Him.

Respectfully yours,

K.

 

Response:

This is a good response!

Yes, one has to clear one’s Path to the Creator of all obstacles,

Only then this Path can be called Straight.

And only in this case one will be able to walk it through to the Victory.

I wish you success!

Vladimir Antonov

 

 

 

 
 

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