An invitation to all people of good will – regardless of nationality and ideology – to participate in the community project in southern Siberia that has been developing successfully for 30 years..
A Pole of Peace for the World – in Russia of all places!?
One should not be irritated by the current political situation.
Russia – that is not the respective rulers. The true Russia is emerging in the young, peace-loving people, in whose genes lives the capacity for suffering of the ancestors – and the humility that has arisen from it, which is imperative to build a new society whose primary motivation is not the pursuit of profit and the satisfaction of vain egoistic needs, but selfless service to others, deciding together and creating together.
One doesn’t have to start from scratch. The model of a new, people- and nature-friendly way of life has already existed for thirty years – in the Siberian part of Russia.
Vissarion, founder of the Siberian community, calls on all people of good will of all nations and world views to actively participate in this project – in an appeal dated July 2022:
“It would be particularly favourable now to promote the formation of a kind of a Pole of Peace in the above-mentioned Siberian region, where, precisely in rural conditions, a multinational community will continue to settle, building a space of friendliness, trust and unselfish mutual assistance, without imposing anything on each other and showing respect for the values that still remain dear for someone of the soulmates.
And also educating children in an atmosphere of peaceful interaction, teaching them all kinds of creative skills, which is already taking place in a rather interesting way …
… I feel it necessary to tell you that it would be to your benefit and the welfare of the entire country that many of you leave the cities and begin to actively master the conditions of the rural life.
But a significant difficulty in the realisation of such a vitally important to you aspiration will inevitably be the absence of a favourable number of like-minded people, ready to display friendly and unselfish mutual assistance in all aspects of life – of physical and, especially, psychological character.
But there is already a real basis and there is no need to start from scratch.”
“A true life-affirming Unity is possible not on the basis of anxiety in the face of some threat, but only on the basis of an ever increasing confidence in each other.
Such a Unity is destined to be necessarily formed, for it is the unique condition under which the normal and full-fledged development of the whole human civilisation can only begin.”
Read the full appeal at “vissarion.world“.
The community – located in the Kuragino and Karatus districts of Krasnoyarsk County in central Siberia – covers several villages along the Kasir River (Казыр), where the Eastern and Western Sayan Mountains meet.
The “Abode of the Dawn” (Обитель Рассвета) as a spiritual centre is located on the slopes of the “Dry Mountain” in the immediate vicinity of Lake Tiberkul,
The first followers of Vissarion’s teachings appeared in Minusinsk in 1992.
Since summer 1993, a community started to develop: the first few dozen people from various places in the former Soviet Union began to settle in the villages of the Minusinsk and Kuragino regions.
In the second half of 1994, an initiative group of Vissarion devotees came up with the proposal to build an ecological settlement near Lake Tiberkul. In 1998, this settlement on the mountain was officially named “Abode of Dawn”.
Over the years, more and more people came from all over Russia and from near and far abroad. The size of the community is now about 4000 people. Most of the followers settled in villages near the Abode of Dawn: in Sharovsk, Gulyaevka, Cheremshanka, Petropavlovka and Tyukhtyata.
The birth rate in the community is three times the average in Russia, indicating confidence in the future. Most of Vissarion’s followers are vegetarians or vegans.
For the peaceful resolution of possible conflicts, there are well-rehearsed and proven procedures. Instead of blaming or even condemning each other, stands the principle of the aspiration to understand, of forbearance and of looking primarily at one’s own role in the conflict. Accordingly, it is recommended to see in every challenging situation an opportunity for one’s own spiritual growth.
More detailed information at “vissarion.world“.
See also a 5-minute excerpt from National Geographic’s 2009 feature “The Second Coming”:
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