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ROZA MIRA

ROZA MIRA

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Roza Mira (Rose of the World) by Daniel Andreev
Roza Mira (Rose of the World) by Daniel Andreev

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1. The Rose of the World and Its Place in History
1.1 The Rose of the World and its Foremost Tasks
 
THIS BOOK WAS BEGUN at a time when the threat of an unparalleled disaster hung over theheads of humanity
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when a generation only just recuperating from the trauma of the SecondWorld War discovered to its horror that a strange darkness, the portent of a war even morecatastrophic and devastating than the last, was already gathering and thickening on the horizon. Ibegan this book in the darkest years of a dictatorship that tyrannized two hundred million people.I began writing it in a prison designated as a "political isolation ward." I wrote it in secret. I hidthe manuscript, and the forces of good
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humans and otherwise
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concealed it for me duringsearches. Yet every day I expected the manuscript to be confiscated and destroyed, just as myprevious work 
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work to which I had given ten years of my life and for which I had beenconsigned to the political isolation ward
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had been destroyed.I am finishing The Rose of the World a few years later. The threat of a third world war no longerlooms like dark clouds on the horizon, but, having fanned out over our heads and blocked thesun, it has quickly dispersed in all directions back beyond the horizon.Perhaps the worst will never come to pass. Every heart nurses such a hope, and without it lifewould be unbearable. Some try to bolster it with logical arguments and active protest. Somesucceed in convincing themselves that the danger is exaggerated. Others try not to think about itat all and, having decided once and for all that what happens, happens, immerse themselves inthe daily affairs of their own little worlds. There are also people in whose hearts hope smoulderslike a dying fire, and who go on living, moving, and working merely out of inertia.
 
I am completing The Rose of the World out of prison, in a park turned golden with autumn. Theone under whose yoke the country was driven to near exhaustion has long been reaping in otherworlds what he sowed in this one. Yet I am still hiding the last pages of the manuscript as I hidthe first ones. I dare not acquaint a single living soul with its contents, for, just as before, Icannot be certain that this book will not be destroyed, that the spiritual knowledge it containswill be transmitted to someone, anyone.But perhaps the worst will never come to pass, and tyranny on such a scale will never recur.Perhaps humanity will forevermore retain the memory of Russia's terrible historical experience.Every heart nurses that hope, and without it life would be unbearable.But I number among those who have been fatally wounded by two great calamities: world warand dictatorship. Such people do not believe that the roots of war and tyranny within humanityhave been eradicated or that they will be in the near future. Perhaps the danger of one tyranny orwar will recede, but after a time the threat of the next tyranny or war will arise. For me andothers like me, both those calamities were a kind of apocalypse
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revelations of the power of planetary Evil and of its age-old struggle with the forces of Light. Those living in different timeswould probably not understand us. Our anxiety would seem to them an overreaction; our view of the world would seem poisoned. But a conception of the logical consistency of historical eventsbranded in the human mind by a half century of observing and participating in events andprocesses of unprecedented magnitude cannot be called an overreaction. And a conclusion thatforms in the human heart through the efforts of the brightest and deepest sides of its naturecannot be poisoned.I am seriously ill
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my days are numbered. If this manuscript is destroyed or lost, I will not beable to rewrite it in time. But if, sometime in the future, it reaches only a few persons whosespiritual thirst drives them to surmount all its difficulties and read it through to the end, then theideas planted within cannot help but become seeds that will sprout in their hearts. Whether thatoccurs before a third world war or after it, and even if no third war is unleashed in the nearfuture, this book will not die if but one pair of friendly eyes passes, chapter by chapter, over itspages. For the questions it attempts to answer will continue to trouble people far into the future.Those questions are not confined to the realms of war and politics. But nothing can shake myconviction that the most formidable dangers that threaten humanity, both now and for centuriesto come, are a great suicidal war and an absolute global dictatorship. Perhaps, in our century,humanity will avert a third world war or, at the very least, survive it, as it survived the First andSecond World Wars. Perhaps it will outlive, somehow or other, a dictatorship even moreenveloping and merciless than the one we in Russia outlived. It may even be that in two or threehundred years new dangers for the people of Earth will appear, dangers different but no less direthan a dictatorship or a great war. It is possible, even probable. But no effort of the mind, noimagination or intuition, is capable of conjecturing a future danger that would not be connected,somehow or other, with one of these two principal dangers: the physical destruction of humanitythrough a war, and the spiritual death of humanity through an absolute global dictatorship.This book is directed, first and foremost, against the two basic, supreme evils of war anddictatorship. It is directed against them not as a simple warning, nor as a satire that unmasks theirtrue nature, nor as a sermon. The most biting satire and the most fiery sermon are useless if theyonly rail against evil and prove that good is good and bad is bad. They are useless if they are notbased on a worldview, global teaching, and program of action that, spread from mind to mindand will to will, would be capable of averting these evils.The purpose of my life has been to share my experience with others
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to shed light on the future

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