I am reading this series out loud with my partner, who is a huge Anastasia fan. Personally I have concerns with what I'm reading, especially in this fifth book in the series. My concerns center around a theme that I have picked up several times in the series, namely that all the spiritual teachings in history so far have only served to lead human beings away from the truth (otherwise, wouldn't we be more enlightened than we are?), and that Anastasia is this extraordinary being who is finally bringing the truth that will set us free, where everyone else, including Buddha, Christ, etc., have failed.
This stance, if indeed it is an accurate summary of what is being put forward, is, for me, nonsensical at best, and misleading at worst. It does not seem to recognize what Steiner, the preeminent Western clairvoyant researcher, and many others have humbly acknowledged, namely that the Christ event, or what Steiner calls the "Mystery of Golgotha," is the key event in human evolution. For this is the moment when the Godhead united itself, for the first time through death and therewith into all regions of the cosmos, with humanity for eternity. This event provides the possibility, indeed the promise, that atonement of the human race is a certainty. As Jesus said after the resurrection,
"To you (the masters of Persia) I come, the first of all the race to be transmuted to the image of the AM. What I have done, all men will do; and what I am, all men will be."
He repeats this final assurance to the masters of Egypt: "You know that all my life was one great drama for the sons of men; a pattern for the sons of men. I lived to show the possibilities of man. What I have done all men can do, and what I am all men shall be."
The entire Course In Miracles is a scribed, modern "bhagavad gita," or song of God, to humanity from the risen Christ Jesus describing in detail what he assures us is a "required course" to graduate, or wake up, from the current nightmare most of us are experiencing to a happy dream from which true awakening, or enlightenment, will flow naturally. The time we take this course is up to our own free will, but not the content of the course.
Now of course one could say that believing that the Christ event is the key event in human evolution, etc., is just as dogmatic as Vladimir Megre claiming that Anastasia is the savior where all other teachers of the human race have failed. This is precisely where my concern has been heightened in reading "Who Are We?" In the chapter of "Questions and Answers" Megre callously puts down the Hare Krishna sisters and brothers, claiming that their spiritual practice is hogwash, calling them names, etc. This is what differentiates what I am reading in "Who Are We?" from the spiritual teachings that I consider bona fide: a bona fide teaching does not put another practice down.
The Course In Miracles in its inclusiveness and universality says, "(The Teachers of God) come from all over the world. They come from all religions and from no religion. They are the ones who have answered. The Call is universal. It goes on all the time everywhere. It calls for teachers to speak for It and redeem the world. Many hear It, but few will answer. Yet it is all a matter of time. Everyone will answer in the end, but the end can be a long, long way off. It is because of this that the plan of the teachers was established. Their function is to save time. Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited. And each one saves a thousand years of time as the world judges it. To the Call Itself time has no meaning.
"There is a course for every teacher of God. The form of the course varies greatly. So do the particular teaching aids involved. But the content of the course never changes. Its central theme is always, 'God's Son is guiltless, and in his innocence is his salvation.' It can be taught by actions or thoughts; in words or soundlessly; in any language or in no language; in any place or time or manner. It does not matter who the teacher was before he heard the Call. He has become a savior by his answering. He has seen someone else as himself. He has therefore found his own salvation and the salvation of the world. In his rebirth is the world reborn.
"This is a manual for a special curriculum, intended for teachers of a special form of the universal course. There are many thousands of other forms, all with the same outcome. They merely save time..."
A teaching with truth as its core does not need to put others down to make itself right. Of course, this could just be Megre's own woundedness coming out, just as Paul's woundedness profoundly affected the message of the Christ that the world received for nearly 1,900 years, until recently, and made the "good news" of the first human being to arise to his full power and even conquer death as a Christianity that by all accounts has done much harm in the world. I would hope that Megre does not taint Anastasia's beautiful message with his own form of bigotry, similar to Paul's.
Does Anastasia also feel that the Hare Krishnas are idiots, as Megre feels? Does she really believe that hers is the only true teaching in the history of the world? Does she acknowledge the Christ event? These are important, and as yet unanswered, questions for me.