This book completes a certain phase in the ongoing communication between Vladimir Megre and Anastasia. This phase was begun in "The Space of Love", in which Vladimir recounts the story of his second visit to the taiga, in order to see his then one year old son. Books three, four and five, form a series within the Ringing Cedars of Russia series. The conversations and events so far, steer clear of actual political and historical people or events. That is done in progressive degrees in the later books of the Series (some of which I have yet to read).
As the second book in the Ringing Cedars series deals with the grounding of the Anastasia encounter (Vladimir tells the story of his experience of writing the first book), so also this book describes how the predictions and prophecies in this ongoing conversation were being fulfilled in the Russia of today. He describes his own musings around these conversations, especially about her ideas on people working their own small plots of land (dachas). There is a whole chapter on the Auroville experiment in India, an experiment that did not survive, and how the pitfalls that were encountered there, could be avoided in the development of the upcoming Russia of today. Later, Anastasia progresses him to a possible future of their country, where people from all over the world, come to imbibe the benefits of the Russian way of life. Vladimir resolves to do all he can to realize this particular vision of his country. He writes a strong letter to the President, Vladimir Putin (the letter also forms the content for a whole chapter) and addresses conferences on the Anastasia series on these issues. These conferences have had attendances of hundreds of delegates from all over the erstwhile Soviet Union, and answers to some of their common misgivings and questions on the viability of Anastasia's way of life, are also given in this book.
Later, Anastasia shows Vladimir, a picture of the Moscow of the future. She also progresses him to a possible future of St. Petersburg, where children of the future have taken the task of restructuring the city, on themselves. A strong case is made for the lost powers of "Man" in today's civilized world and how these lost abilities are being reawakened, especially, by the more developed children of today.
Vladimir also provides a picture of the kind of reception received by the Anastasia material in Russia. One very positive response is from a very old and erudite professor, who has lived alone for decades. It is clear that he, for one, takes these ideas to his heart and adapts them in his own life, besides, calling himself by the appellation of "Anastasia's foot soldier":
On the other hand, there have also been many other very scurrilous campaigns on Vladimir, which, apart from questioning Vladimir's integrity, make insinuations on Anastasia's very existence, among other accusations. One such attempt, which truly disturbs Vladimir's psychic balance, is dealt with in detail. Anastasia manages to save him from a life threatening encounter in the nick of time. When Vladimir is effusive in his thanks, likening her to a Goddess, worthy of worship, Anastasia shrinks from the very idea, asserting her identity only as an equal and desiring only to be accepted as such. Personally, I think that this attitude is the reason behind the power of the Anastasia material, her steadfast refusal to build a cult around her person, her adamant refusal to leave her glade in the taiga and appear in the public eye.. This episode is, as I see it, holds the key to our real nature as "Man", and also, I assume, the reason for the unusual title "Who are We?"
Vladimir's and Anastasia's dialogues promote a way of life that is not easy to comprehend for most of us rooted in the frenetic rat race of an urban lifestyle. It is in this book that the contrast between our lifestyles and Anastasia's appears starker than ever. We are shown, clearer than in the earlier books, exactly where our paths and Anastasia's started to diverge and how each of us, not knowing the power and glory of our genetic heritage as 'Man', allowed ourselves to be led astray. This book, more than ever, propagates the idea of a feasible way of returning to Nature and recovering our pristine essence without giving up too many of our material comforts.
I recommend this book, as all its predecessors in the Ringing Cedars of Russia series, warmly to all.