on 2 January 2009
Having read all nine of the Anasatasia books, i can say wholeheartedly that they contain the most significant information of our time, or indeed of any time since man was last able to live in peace without fear in the world.
Yes these books do talk a lot about spiritual happenings, but they do so in such a way that the practical value of that information can be not only understood but also put to use in your own life. We can't change the world overnight, but we can change ourselves and in doing so, gradually create a better, more loving, peaceful world for our children, and their children and so on.
I have to mention the two negative reviews here, it seems like these guys have completely missed the point, it is certainly not a book about sex, it talks about the way society devalues the act of sex, and many other things, it actually might be a good thing for children of a certain age to read, it would certainly be better for them to understand sex from a viewpoint of co-creation as opposed to the viewpoint taken in sex education classes, which are taught to children at a young age anyway.
Also there is mention that these books are perfectly and cleverly marketed at new agers etc, well, what sort of viewpoint does this reviewer take on the way the pharmacuetical industry markets their chemicals to cure?? (is cure the right word) the sick, a topic that is actually discussed in the books.
In conclusion, there will always be people who are not in the right time of life or frame of mind to accept the message in these books, some will write derogatory comments in order to feel better about their own take on reality, thats fine. If you are one of the many who know instinctively there is something wrong with the world, if you are aware of whats causing some of the problems, that go deper than just money, if you spend hours searching for answers only to find more confusion, and disinfo, then these books are for you my friend, they will release you from this reality prison and give you a new and positive outlook on life.
on 17 February 2009
After all the hype surrounding this book, I was really looking forward to reading it, as Russia and spiritual matters are particular interests of mine. It seemed like a perfect combination. However, Anastasia has succeeded in doing what I thought impossible - making most other New Age writings seem sensible and rational!
For a start, I find it very difficult to believe in the existence of the eponymous heroine. She is simply too beautiful, too all-knowing, possessed of unbelievable spiritual powers and just too perfect all round. And she runs around naked in the Siberian winter, playing with wolves and bears and living off nothing but nuts and mushrooms brought to her by obliging squirrels. Why on earth would such an exalted being have a child with with the oafish author?
I also find her insistence that the human race ("Man") is the highest creation of the universe and that no more intelligent life exists elsewhere, debatable to say the least. If that's the case, God help the universe!
And as for the "dark forces" that allegedly keep the human race in subjection, I think we need look no further than the murky depths of human nature itself, rather than blaming some malign outside agency.
As just one example of some of the more laughable ideas in this book, Anastasia claims that UFOs are merely some type of fungus, and that the inhabitants are (of course) less intelligent than humans. This must be hilarious to anyone who has actually studied the subject.
So, one for the fluffy bunny brigade and those who Want to Believe - serious spiritual seekers keep away!
on 14 April 2009
I read this book about 10 years ago when it was first published in Russia. After reading all the series it made me think and research a lot about what was written in the book. Yes, there are too many things that our minds cannot accept as reality but the whole idea sounds great. For the past 10 years I have read different opinions about the book and met dozens of people both followers and those who rejected this book as "the worst fiction ever". I think arguing is still happening everywhere in internet forums but my belief is that it is not important. For those who has accepted the idea of the book and has started a new life it'll be the the complete guide to their lifestyle and the rest of the world. After a while we'll see whether Anastasia was right about what she told to the author, whether the author was right letting this book to be published, and whether Anastasia has ever existed.
The only problem I have seen with the followers that some of them trying to make it as a religion. I do not think it is right. The more they are going to position themselves as the new and the only religion the more troubles from the existed religions they will get. I found a very hot 120 pages and 17 month (!) discussion between followers (they are called anastasitsy) and evangelists. Which has ended with just plenty of emotions from both sides.
Personally, I agree with the book. It gives directions on what exactly to do (or at least to try doing) to be able to get happiness and find some answers on the questions that have been somewhere deep inside since each of us was born. It's like a navigator and energiser at the same time. Once you read this book you'll never stop thinking about information you got from it and will be looking for proof from different books, world around you and from inside you as well. And this, probably, what the author wanted from you. Look, hear and feel the Universe. Go back to your roots and take a chance to change the way you live, the world and make yourself and your family HAPPY!
I put 4 stars instead of 5 just for slightly unprofessional style.
Sorry for my English. It is my 3rd language.
on 6 March 2012
At some point i heard about the "Ringing Cedars" collection, and everywhere i looked everyone told me good things about it, and i also heard about good reviews and experiences when reading it, so i decided to buy the first book, Anastasia.
I want you to know that i am very familiar with spiritual teachings, since i myself have been experimenting many kinds of spiritual teachings for more then 20 years. What people told me about the book really excited me because many of the things in the book are things that i agree, and some i have experienced myself.
But i have to say that i didnt like the book at all, for me its very clear that this is a book made by someone that has a knowledge about spirituality, and they just wanted to share their knowledge in the different areas of spirituality by making a book...but i have to say that it didnt work, the book is more like a bundle of teachings mixed together, than a good and credible story.
I am not putting in question the spiritual teachings that are in the book, but for me there are many inconsistencies in the speech of Vladimir and Anastasia that clearly show me that the story is very forced.
I've previously read the final volume in this series without being greatly impressed by it, and perhaps would not have read any more of these books, had "Anastasia" not finally arrived for me from the library after I had ordered it about 6 months before.
I can say that "Anastasia" is somewhat better than the previous volume I have read. At last, as far as I was concerned, we were introduced to Anastasia in person, and that made a big difference.
First a couple of negative remarks (I am not one of those millions of readers thrilled to bits and over the moon at this encounter with Anastasia.)
Firstly, I am not particularly enamoured of the translator. Now, I have a slight knowledge of Russian and the translation of one particular word in the book, a word used constantly, has bothered and irritated me throughout the reading of the book. This is the word "chelovek", which would normally be translated, for instance, by the phrase "human being". In the book the translator, John Woodsworth, has chosen after much deliberation to translate it throughout as "Man", and explained his reasons over several pages.
In several contexts this translation "Man" works okay and sounds natural, but in most contexts the translation sounds ridiculous and artificial. As, and this is just one example, when Anastasia stands in the middle of the taiga with arms outstretched (as I imagine her doing) and declaims "I am Man".
Secondly, I object to the liberal use of absolutely detailed footnotes at the bottom of most pages: These footnotes are filled with superfluous information not necessary to the understanding of the text, and could extremely advantageously have been if not omitted at least delegated to the back of the book, where zealous readers could have consulted them if and when they so desired. As I myself am an obsessive reader, and can't refrain from reading whatever lies in front of my gaze, I felt obliged to devour the totality of these boring footnotes, but could easily have ignored them otherwise. (I realize of course that it is I myself that have a problem.)
Okay, as regards the story-line.
Firstly, Anastasia leads Vladimir into the forest where she has her home. To his dismay he finds that she has no place of abode, not even a little hut, shack or tent, no running water except perhaps from a nearby stream, no bathroom or toilet, no kitchen where she could cook or store her food, nothing, I thought Siberia was supposed to be a cold area of the world. How does Anastasia survive the winters with no warm place of abode? Okay, don't tell me, I suppose she creeps into a hole (the one she had Vladimir sleep in) together with her pet bear for warmth, as it warmed Vladimir.
Secondly, A's parents both died when she was a baby, and she was supposedly nurtured by her animal friends, But how did they change her nappies (diapers) or otherwise take care of her needs in that direction? As regards nourishment, I suppose she suckled some female animal or other. And why was all this necessary, seeing as she had both a healthy and vigorous grandfather and great-grandfather? Why is there is no mention of any grandmother (and she should have had two of them) or great-grandmother?
Perhaps all this is explained in a later book, who knows, but I feel this information should have been provided in the present book.
Vladimir is en entrepreneur who transports and sells goods to those living in the north of Russia. We are introduced to the concept of "ringing cedars". These trees store energy emanating from "Man". After 500 years of their life they start to ring and this signals people to cut them down in order to avail themselves of this stored-up energy. These cedars are cut up into small pieces and used as miraculous healing objects to heal all diseases.
A main theme of the book is A's invisible ray, which she uses to tune into situations, people, whatever. She can see what is happening to any particular person or persons throughout the world.
My comment on this ability of A's is that we all have this ability, it is a matter of finding out how to use it. This is also what she informs V. It is just that A has practised using her ability to perfection and has never doubted that she had it, Perhaps her brilliant abilities in this regard have to do with learning how to use this "ray" from the very first from her grandfather and great-grandfather. She can create whatever she likes, as we others can, potentially, too. She is a sort of Silva Mind Master or Mistress.
A remembers everything, can imitate other people perfectly, etc etc. In fact she has unlimited powers.
Now, I don't know if A really exists, perhaps she does. It would be hard to invent somebody like her. But I am in no doubt of the fact that it is possible to possess such powers as she does.
A and V have sexual relations, which is a wonderful experience for V, and presumably also for A, who announces that she will have a son as the fruit of this union.
A believes that everyone should move to the country, or at least become a "dachnik", some-one who spends his or her days off tending a garden at their dacha (country cottage). This is apparently one of her main hobby-horses or fixations. And it all makes sense when A explains how by carrying out a simple ceremony involving the seeds you wish to sow in your garden you will be able to give the seed information about yourself, and later it "will pick up from the Universe and the Earth the maximum amount of energy needed for a given individual". The fruit cultivated from such seeds is capable of curing him/her of "all diseases of the flesh whatsoever"" and moreover of retarding the ageing process. It is necessary to treat only a few seeds in the manner indicated.
All this sounds wonderful, idyllic, a panacea for all our personal physical and mental ailments. I had never heard of this seed-programming process before, but have no reason to doubt it.
A informs V that if he writes a book about her, she will see to it that all the words are imbued with special powers that will make millions of people buy the book and all its readers will adore her, feel her love and wish to adopt her way of life. Apparently, she has been able to apply this process to all the various books of his in translation also, since her predictions have come true and people throughout the world have bought the books and begun to worship her.
I myself who do not have strong emotions, even I admit I actually felt a slight, pleasant feeling around the heart chakra, So she got to me too, albeit slightly!
Space does not permit me to mention far less expatiate on the many other significant features of the book.
So I would just conclude, read the book, if you feel called to it, it may or may not change your life. I may or may not be reading subsequent books in the series.