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Thursday, 28 May 2015

28 May 2015. Rasputin on His Siberian Homeland (NO… It Isn’t THAT Rasputin… It’s the GOOD Rasputin)

00 Altai. Teletskoe. V G Rasputin. Russia. 28.05.15

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Don’t meddle with the people’s soul. It isn’t in your power to do so. It’s time to understand that.

V G Rasputin

On the people’s admiration of I V Stalin

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No, this isn’t G Ye Rasputin, the historical figure associated with Tsar-Martyr St Nikolai Aleksandrovich. It’s V G Rasputin, the writer. Valentin Grigoryevich was from Siberia… from Irkutsk Oblast. He never lost his love for his mother Siberia, nor for his hometown of Irkutsk. He was both an Orthodox activist and a keen Red, a firm supporter of the KPRF. In his home of Irkutsk, he was one of the founders of the Nativity of the Mother of God Orthodox girls’ school. Also in In Irkutsk, Rasputin wrote for the Orthodox-patriotic newspaper Literary Irkutsk and was on the board of the literary journal Siberia. He was a close personal associate of G A Zyuganov, considering himself a Stalinist. Valentin Grigoryevich was also close to HH… he was on the Patriarchal Council for Culture (MP PSK) (where he clashed with Tikhon Shevkunov) and condemned Pussy Riot’s blasphemy clearly. He said, “My conscience won’t allow me to be silent”; Valentin Grigoryevich not only agreed with the band’s trial, he was very critical of the open letter of arts and cultural figure defending the band’s actions, describing them as accomplices of “dirty ritual crimes”. In 2014, he supported Russian moves in the Crimea and the Ukraine.

Therefore, the most patriotic elements in Russia are Red AND Orthodox. Those who follow American-style Me First “Texas Hold ‘Em” Crapitalism aren’t patriots and they worship Almighty Mammon. Hmm… that appears to be true of ALL the US Republican presidential hopefuls. After all, we’re talking of a faction that nominated a draft-dodging job-destroying spoilt oligarch as its candidate the last time around. If the Reds are the REAL patriots in Russia (and the real believers, too!), then, the same could be true here, too. It puts a new face on those who want to ally Neoliberal Greedster Fraud with Christ’s Church. “All men are brothers” or “Bow down before the Koch Brothers”… that be the choice. Choose well…

“Rasputin” is a common peasant name… it comes from the Russian word for “crossroads”, that is, “People from the crossroads”. There’s nothing mystical in the name, nor does it mean “dissolute” as some ignorant Westerns believe. G Ye Rasputin was a man of the people, that’s the real reason that many aristos in Piter hated him. “How dare such a peasant move in our circles”. Do remember that Yusupov, one of his murderers, was a notorious dissolute pervert himself… methinks that the KILLERS had much to hide… not the victim. Smearing the victim didn’t just start yesterday. After all, almost everything that we have on him comes from his enemies. How well would any of us fare if that was all that the world knew of us?

BMD

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Patriarch Kirill Urged Russians to Learn from the Spiritual Experience of the Shaolin Monks

00 Shaolin Temple. Martial arts. 05.09.13

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The patriarchal press service announced that Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias discussed with Buddhist Abbot Shi Yongxin, Rector of the Shaolin Monastery, issues of inter-religious cooperation. A delegation of Chinese monks arrived in Moscow to participate in the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival. His Holiness observed, “Great martial arts originated within the brotherhood of your monastery, a most wonderful illustration of the concept that human strength depends on the strength of the spirit”. Patriarch Kirill pointed up that the most-well-armed and the richest side doesn’t necessarily win a war, rather, those who’re capable of a podvig win them, that is, those who’re spiritually strong. He lamented that modern civilisation has “as one of its idols, the idea of comfort”, saying that comfort enervates a person, it makes one weaker. Vladyki Kirill believed, rather, spiritual growth occurs in those who’re able to bridle their appetites, expressing his deep conviction that “the 21st Century, which looks for ever more comfort, should focus on spiritual education, that is, we should accompany material progress with an internal and spiritual progress of humanity”. In turn, Abbot Shi Yongxin spoke on the way of life of the Shaolin Temple.

5 September 2013

InterfaxReligion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=52546

Editor’s Note:

Read this:

The most-well-armed and the richest side doesn’t necessarily win a war, rather, those who’re capable of a podvig win them, that is, those who’re spiritually strong.

And this:

Modern civilisation has “as one of its idols, the idea of comfort”, saying that comfort enervates a person, it makes one weaker. Vladyki Kirill believed, rather, spiritual growth occurs in those who’re able to bridle their appetites, expressing his deep conviction that “the 21st Century, which looks for ever more comfort, should focus on spiritual education, that is, we should accompany material progress with an internal and spiritual progress of humanity”.

With these, HH rebuked the USA and its hubristical drive for hegemony. Elements in the American ruling class hold the rest of the world (and, indeed, most of the American population) in contempt. I think that they’re in for a rude awakening…

BMD

 

Monday, 1 October 2012

1 October 2012. This is Why I Keep the Faith…

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I may only be one (unimportant) person, but I know that if I’m to be “honest to God”. I must speak the Truth as I see it. One may be alone, one may be in a crowd, yet, the obligation remains. You see, we’re all going to die and meet our Maker… I intend to be able to walk straight up and say, “I did my duty… the Truth was my lodestar, my point of reference”… that’s why I do what I do, any road…

BMD

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Construction of the Russian Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Centre in Paris Will Begin in 2012

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Vladimir Kozhin, the Managing Director of the RF Presidential Administration, said that the start of the start of construction of the Russian Orthodox cultural and spiritual centre in Paris is imminent. In an interview with Interfax, Kozhin said, “We signed a contract with Bouygues SA to build the facility. Now, we’re working with the drawings. After the New Year, we’ll begin construction work”. The Architectural Group of Manuel Yanovsky (France) and OOO Arkhgrup won the competition to develop the project for the building of the centre. Most of the money for the project will come from the RF government budget, but companies and individuals can contribute to this project as well.

The plot for the centre is ​​4,245 square metres (0.42 hectare, a little over an acre) in size, located on the Quai Branly in the 7ème arrondissement (arrondissement du Palais-Bourbon) of Paris, one of the most prestigious and visited quarters of the capital {it’s near the Eiffel Tower: editor}. The site shall contain an Orthodox church, administrative offices for the diocese, multi-purpose halls, an auditorium, a dormitory for seminarians, and a library. A large garden will take up the central part of the space. The Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Centre in Paris will be a place where the local Russian community can hold meetings and cultural events, where Parisians can learn about Russian spiritual culture, and where Orthodox believers can come for spiritual care.

4 January 2012

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=43655

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