"I will surely seduce" (f. Judges 4,9)

    Another famous poet-medium (this time a determined devil worshipper) mentioned by the same former editor of the 'the Soviet Writer' Public house in the book 'Father Arseniy' was Valeriy Briusov (1873-1924): "He was an overt satanist, who regularly arranged 'black masses' and was always rediscovering old pagan religions, that of the Ancient Egypt especially, ardently trying to unearth some 'lost secret'. He undoubtedly inflicted a great harm to the youth for he himself believed in nothing good, openly serving the evil, and many of his followers eventually became employed at the 'Lubianka' making exacting investigators in the [?] (p.658).
    This poet-symbolist, later a communist, felt the influence of CPW quite distinctly and expressed rather explicitly. Look, for instance, at this lines, inspired (or rather - dictated) by his invisible companions:

Now, at this moment, don't you really
    Think you're inspired from on high?
    Those are we prompting to you, willing,
    Thoughts from the secret darkness. Nay.
    Those thoughts you hear inside you - ours,
    You follow our secret ways.

    Contacts with CPW never pass without leaving a trace. At the moment of death their real nature becomes evident in this or that way. Writer and poet A.A. Dobrovolsky (1886-1964; from 1948 to 1954 spent in the Potma prison-camp) mentions a curious detail concerning Briusov's demise in his memoirs: "We were sitting at the table either beginning or finishing our dinner. The flat was on the ground floor with the windows facing the street. A girl, Mashutka or Marphutka, was loitering around those present - a pure, naive soul, just yesterday from the countryside.
    A sudden stir outside attracted our attention and one of us said: 'Mashutka (or Marphutka), run and see what is it there in the street?' The girl was back in a minute, her eyes full of horror: 'There are people carrying a coffin, but the dead man is not in it, but is stepping before it: the arms crossed and the face's so dreadfully black!'
    At that moment one more visitor came in. 'Nikolay, Kolya, dear! Can you tell us what's happening outside?' - 'Oh, just a funeral train. Valeriy Briusov has died" (Supplement to the "Moskovsky zhurnal", issue 1, Moscow, 1991, p. 206).
    It is very simple just to call all this a hallucination, but the girl was quite sane, with no psychotic signs. The visible reality of the parallel world, so desired for occultists of all sorts, very often becomes just naturally open for those pure in heart. I think the unsophisticated country girl at that moment witnessed the true posthumous state of the poet-satanist who used to celebrate 'black masses', religiously worshipping Lucifer.
    Fedor Sologub (F.K.Teternikov's penname) also openly worshipped the devil, and also created together with CPW.

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