Saturday, November 12, 2011


Russia - A gruesome discovery in an apartment in Russia, the decomposing remains of two dozen women. It gets worse. The woman had apparently been dug up from their graves and dressed up as dolls.  The bodies were found in the home of 45-year-old Anatoly Moskvina, by his parents when they returned from their summer home.  Russian media reports that Moskvina kept at least 29 bodies in his small, three-room apartment.  They all belong to females aged between 15 and 26 who died years ago.  Moskvina, a local historian, visited the cemeteries at night and dug up the bodies with a shovel.  He then put the remains in plastic bags and dragged them to his home.  Once the bodies were in his apartment, Moskvina dressed the bodies up as dolls.  Moskvina was said to have visited more than 750 cemeteries in western Russia to indulge his fantasies.

Photos released by Life News showed one skeleton wearing a dress, stockings and other clothing while another body appeared to have been dressed as a teddy bear.  Moskvina, a historian and journalist described by neighbours as a ‘genius’, sometimes slept in a coffin or on graveyard benches.  He is said to speak 13 languages and have a vast knowledge of history - he used to lecture at a local museum.  Moskvin had a fascination with cemeteries and it appeared that he had dug up two local graveyards to get the skeletal remains.  Police arrested Moskvina and later released him, but is not immediately clear what charges he will face.  Macabre is the best way to describe this man’s hobby but even Alfred Hitchcock could not have dreamed up Anatoly Moskvina.

A Russian intellectual who speaks more than a dozen languages and lectured at museums was found to have an unusual hobby - collecting corpses.  He dug up the bodies of two dozen women, dressing them up as dolls and keeping them in his apartment.  Photos show one body wearing a dress and stocking while another appears to be dressed like a teddy bear.  Anthony Perkins’ character in Hitchcock’s movie “Psycho” kept his dead mother’s remains dressed in their home.  We should be cautious due to our psychology can easily fall prey to the influences of tamas and rajas.

In the terminology of the Gita, a psychologically well-adjusted person is one who is aware of the particular influence the gunas exert on his psyche and thus acts in consideration of these influences.  ... Those whose psyche is predominated by sattva can to that extent directly and naturally pursue transcendental life, whereas those dominated by rajas and tamas will find this course more difficult. For such people, although they may progress in an absolute sense, relative problems such as psychological dysfunctions may arise and create some impediments.  This notion of the gunas and their relation to spiritual culture and psychological wellbeing fits well with transpersonal psychology. In this model, the necessity of developing into a psychologically well-adjusted person is considered a prerequisite to, or parallel discipline intended to complement spiritual culture proper.

Śrīla Bhakti Vedanta Tripurari Mahārāja :
“Guru Parampara: New Times, New Words, New Books”
Sri Caitanya Sanga - December 25, 2000, Vol. II, No. 45

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