the Ringing cedars of Russia
Vladimir Megre English translation by John Woodsworth

Book 4. Co-creation (1999)

A secret science


“The priests created a secret science. Their doctrine was known as the science of imagery, and from it all other sciences have been derived. To keep the secret, the high priests divided up the whole science of imagery and caused the other priests to think in differing directions. Hence astronomy, and mathematics, and physics came along quite a bit later, as well as a multitude of other sciences, including the occult sciences. They were all developed for the simple purpose of drawing people’s attention to individual sectors, thereby ensuring that nobody would ever be able to break through to the core of the teaching.”

“But what kind of core are you talking about? What kind of science is it, and what does it consist of — this ‘science of imagery’ that you speak of?”

“It is a science that allows Man to accelerate his thought and think in terms of images, to grasp the whole of the Universe at once and penetrate a microcosm, to create invisible yet still living substance-images and use them to control a large community of people. Through the help of this science a multitude of religions came about. One who had even the slightest knowledge of it possessed incredible power, and was able to conquer countries, and topple kings from their thrones.”

‘And does that mean that a single individual could take over a country?”

“Yes, that is right. And the procedure involved is very simple.”

“Is even one fact like this known to today’s historians?”

“It is.”

“Tell me about it. I don’t remember anything like that myself.”

“Why waste time in telling about it? If you go back and read about Rama, or Krishna, or Moses, you will see their creations — the creations of priests who had learnt a part of the secret science of imagery”

“Well all right then, I shall read about their deeds, but how shall I arrive at the essence of this science? Try telling me yourself about its essence — what did they learn about it and how?”

“They learnt to think in terms of images, as I told you.”

“Yes, you told me, only it’s still not clear to me what con-nection mathematics, say, or physics, has with this science.”

“One who masters this science does not need to write out formulas, or outline or create a variety of models. He is able to penetrate matter mentally, right down to the nucleus, and split an atom. But this is just a simple exercise to learn how to control people’s destinies and those of the populations of various countries.”

“Wow! I’ve never read anything like that.”

“But what about the Bible? There is an example in the Old Testament when the priests were competing amongst themselves to see who could create the strongest images. Moses the priest against the pharaoh’s high priests. Moses cast his rod down in the sight of everyone and turned it into a serpent. And the priests of the pharaoh’s court did the same thing. Then the serpent created by Moses swallowed up the other serpents.”1

“You mean to say all that actually happened?!”


“Nothing made up, Vladimir. It all happened just the way the competition is described in the Old Testament.”

“But what made them compete in front of each other that way?”

“It was to show who could create the strongest images, capable of conquering other images. And Moses proved to everyone that he was the strongest. After that it was senseless to fight against him. Instead of fighting they were obliged to carry out his requests. But the pharaoh did not listen, he tried to stop the Israelites from following Moses’ leadership and the image he created. But the warriors were not strong enough to stop the people of Israel — a people in which a more powerful image resided.

“Then you can read about how the people of Israel many times conquered other tribes, and took their cities. About how the people created their own religion and nation-state. The glory of the pharaohs lost its shine. But at the time when the priests of Egypt still excelled in their creation of grand images, when they were able to determine what consequences an image they created would provoke among the people, Egypt flourished under the control of the priests. Of all the known states formed after the last global disaster, Egypt flourished the longest.”

“No, wait a moment, Anastasia. Everybody knows that Egypt was ruled by the pharaohs. Their pyramid tombs have lasted right to the present day”

“Outwardly, the executive power in the country did rest with the pharaohs. But their chief task was to exemplify the image of a wise ruler. The important decisions were not taken by the pharaoh. Whenever the pharaohs tried to seize full power for themselves, the state would start deteriorating at once. Each pharaoh was, first and foremost, appointed to the throne by the priests. The pharaoh himself studied with the priests from very early childhood, and endeavoured to master the science of images. Only by learning its fundamentals could he hope to be appointed a pharaoh.

“The power structure prevalent at that time in Egypt can today be described as follows. At the very top were the secret priests, then the priests who looked after educational and judicial matters. Control of the state formally rested in the hands of a council of representatives of all the priestly ranks, while the pharaoh ruled according to their laws and did as he was told by them. The community leaders had a good deal of executive power — they were considered more or less independent.

“In fact, things were pretty much the same as they are today Many nation-states have a president and government as their executive authority Parliament, like the priests of old, makes the laws. The only difference is that today there is no provision in any country for the president to be instructed as the pharaoh was instructed by the priests. The same applies to those who hold public office today on councils, Dumas  or congresses. It does not really matter by what term today’s legislator-priests are called; what matters is that they too have nowhere to turn to learn how to become lawmakers before they actually take on the job. How can our lawmakers learn wisdom when the science of imagery is kept secret? That is why we have chaos in many nation-states.”

“What are you trying to say, Anastasia? If we modelled our governments on the power structure that was in place in ancient Egypt, everything would have turned out for the better?”

“The actual power structure can bring about very little in the way of change. It is much more important what stands behind it. And when it comes to the Egyptian power structure,

Egypt was not ruled by it, nor by the pharaohs, nor even by the priests.”

“Then by whom?”

“In ancient Egypt everything was ruled by images. Both the priests and the pharaoh subjected themselves to them. From the ancient science of imagery a secret council composed of just a few priests took the image of the pharaoh as a just ruler. They took the image just as it appeared at that time. This secret council spent a good deal of time discussing the proper conduct for a pharaoh, his outward trappings and lifestyle. Then they taught one of the selected priests how to exemplify this image.

“They tried first to select a candidate from the ranks of royalty. But if no one of royal blood was found suitable in appearance or character, they could choose any priest and pass him off as pharaoh. The priest selected as pharaoh was always obliged to conform to the conceived image, especially during public appearances. And then each member of the public felt the invisible image hanging over him and acted according to his understanding of it. When people believe in an image and the majority find it to their liking, each one is only too happy to follow it, and the state has no need to set up a huge official surveillance apparatus. Such a state can only grow stronger and flourish.”

“But if that were so, then no state today could get by without images. And yet they do get by, they are alive and flourishing. Just look at America, or Germany. And our own Soviet Union, before perestroika,3 was a tremendous state.”

“Without an image, Vladimir, no state can get by even today Today it is only the state in which the governing image is ''perestroika — the policy of restructuring the economic and political system of the Soviet Union, which led to the collapse of the Communist Party’s hold on power and to the break-up of the USSR.

the most acceptable to the majority of people that flourishes, compared to other states.”

“Then who is creating this image today? After all, there are no priests around any more — at least not the kind ancient Egypt had.”

“There are still such priests today, only they are called by another name, and have within them less and less of the science of imagery. Today’s priests are not able to make impartial and long-term calculations. Not able to set a goal and create a worthy image capable of drawing the whole country to that goal.”

“What are you talking about, Anastasia — what kind of priests, or images, were there in our Soviet Union? Everything back then was controlled by the Bolsheviks.  First Lenin, then Stalin was in charge. Then came other First Secretaries.  They had the Politburo.  Religion was pretty much eliminated back then, they even destroyed the temples — and here you go carrying on about priests!”

“Vladimir, take a closer look. What was there before the state which came to be known as the Soviet Union emerged?”

“What d’you mean, what was there? Everybody knows. It was the tsarist regime. Then along came the revolution, and we went down the path of socialism, at the same time trying to build communism.”

“But before the revolution actually took place, the image of a new and just system of governance with a bright outlook

was already circulating among the people, and the old system was being exposed. After all, initially it was the image of a new state that was being formed, along with the image of a new ruler who would be most benevolent to everyone. And the image of everyone leading a happy life. It was images such as these that led people on and motivated them to fight against those who were still loyal to the old images. And both the revolution and the civil war  which followed it — a war which involved multitudes of people — were in fact a conflict between two competing images.”

“Of course there might well be something in what you say,” I admitted. “Only Lenin and Stalin weren’t images. Everybody knows they were merely human beings who happened to be leaders of their country”

“You bring up these names, thinking that behind them stood simply people in the flesh. In fact... Perhaps if you think about it, you will see that it was very far from being that way, Vladimir.”

“How could it not be that way? I’m telling you: everybody knows that Stalin was a Man.”

“Then tell me, Vladimir, what sort of Man was Stalin?” “What sort? The sort... Well, in the beginning, everybody thought him to be kind and just. Someone who loved children. There were photos and portraits of him holding a little girl in his arms. Thousands of soldiers went into battle crying ‘For the Motherland! For Stalin!’ Everyone wept when he died. My mother used to tell me that when he died practically the whole country wept. And they placed him in the Mausoleum  next to Lenin.”

“So, that means that a great many people loved him and triumphed in deadly conflicts with their enemies in his name? They dedicated poems to him, but what do they say about him today?”

“Today they say he was a bloodthirsty tyrant and a murderer. He let multitudes of people rot in prisons. They unceremoniously removed his body from the Mausoleum and buried it in the ground, and destroyed all the monuments to him, along with the books he once wrote...”

“Now do you understand? You see before you two different images. Two images, but the same Man.”

“The same.”

“So what kind of Man was he — can you tell me now?”

“I guess I can’t... Can you tell me anything yourself?” “Stalin as a Man corresponded to neither of these two images — before or after — and therein lay the tragedy for the nation. There has always been tragedy in states where a significant discrepancy has come up between the ruler and his image. That is where all national troubles have begun. And in these times of trouble people have fought for the images with the gun. It is only recently that people were still attracted to the image of communism, but the image of communism has deteriorated, and now what are you and everybody else in the nation attracted to?”

“Now we are building... well, capitalism, maybe, or maybe something else, but just so that we can live the way they do in the developed countries — like America, or Germany, for instance. Anyway, so that we can have democracy like they have over there, and an abundance of everything.”

“Now you are identifying the image of your country and a just ruler with the image of those other countries you name.” “Okay, let’s say it’s the image of those countries.”

“But is that not admitting that the knowledge of the priests in your own country has completely diminished? There is no knowledge left? They have no more power to create a worthy image capable of leading people in its path? As a rule, any state in such a situation has been a dying state, as thousands of years of history attest.”

“But what’s wrong with our starting to live the way they do, say, in America, or Germany?”

“Take a closer look at how many problems there are in the countries you name. Ask yourself why they need such huge police forces and great numbers of hospitals. And why are there more and more suicides there? And where do people from the rich big cities go for their holidays? And they constantly require increasingly greater numbers of officials to watch over the public. All this means that their images are deteriorating, too.”

‘ And what is the result — that we are attracted to their de-teriorating images?”

“Yes, the result is that we are thereby prolonging their life, but not by much. When they destroyed the leading images in your country, they did not create any new image in its place. And everyone was allured by an image that was prevalent in a foreign country If they all keep bowing down to it, then your country will cease to exist — it is a country which is losing its own image.”

“But who is able to create such an image today? We don’t have any Egyptian-style priests.”

“There are people even today who are wholly involved in creating images and determining the ability of images to

attract a nation’s people, and their calculations are frequently quite accurate.”

“For some reason I’ve never heard of such people. Or is it all top secret?”

“You, like a great many people, come into contact with what they do on a daily basis.”

“Oh, where? When?”

“Vladimir, remember, when the time comes to elect new deputies to the Duma,  or to select a single ruler out of several candidates — he’s called a president today — how their image is presented to the people. And those images are put together by people who have chosen image-making as their profession. Each candidate has several such people working for him. And the winner is the one whose image is the most favourable to the majority of voters.”

“What d’you mean, ‘image’? These are all real live people. They get up on the hustings in front of voters and even go on TV themselves.”

“Of course, they appear themselves, only they always get advised as to where they should go, how they should behave, what they should say, so as to fit the image most favourable to the people. And, more often than not, the candidates heed this advice. In addition, a variety of advertisements are made up for them, attempting to associate their image with a better life for all.”

“Yes, they do advertise. All the same, I don’t really know what’s more important — the Man himself who wants to become a deputy or president, or the image you keep talking about.”

“Of course the Man is always more important, but when you vote for him, after all, you probably have not had the

opportunity to meet with him, you do not know in detail what he is actually like — you are voting for the image which has been served up to you.”

“But each candidate still has a platform, and people vote for the platform.”

“How often are those platforms carried out once the candidate is elected?”

“Well, not all pre-election platforms are carried out by any means, and maybe none of them ever gets fully carried out, because other people with their platforms of their own get in the way”

“So each time it turns out that a multitude of images is created, but there is no complete unity among them. There is no single image capable of attracting everyone and leading them to a goal. If there is no image, then there is no inspiration, and no clear path. Life becomes ad hoc and chaotic.”

“Then who is capable of creating such an image? Priests of wisdom, we’ve seen — there simply aren’t any today. And as for the science of imagery which your forefather taught the priests of old, well, I’m learning about that for the first time from you.”

“There is not much longer to wait — the country shall have a strong image. It will end all wars, and people’s dreams in splendid clarity will start coming into birth — first in your country, and then all over the Earth.”

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