Few names are as famous in the world of esotericism as is that of Rasputin, a controversial man like few others, who knew how to exploit his wit, charisma and mysticism to captivate the Russian dynasty of the Romanovs. There are many qualifiers that the figure of Rasputin has received throughout the centuries, mystic, monk, sorcerer, healer or hypnotist.
¿Who really was Rasputin and what owes his fame?
Rasputin was born on January 22, 1869 in a humble family in the village of Pokrovskoye, in ancient Eastern Siberia, in a society rooted in tradition. From his earliest childhood it became clear that Rasputin was not a normal boy, he was a scrawny, elusive, withdrawn child, who was not accepted by other boys of his age and who preferred the solitude of the silent and dense Siberian forests to reproaches and jokes from some colleagues who did not seem to understand him.
The deep thoughtful character of Rasputin It probably led him to enter the monastery of Verkhoturye, where he spent some time cloistered with his thoughts for only company. However, his reflections in that place did not seem to provide an answer or solution to his concerns and he soon left that place of meditation in search of answers. Even with everything, it is believed that that stage that he spent with the monks of Verkhoturye gave rise to a growing mysticism that would accompany him during the rest of his days.
Soon he would join a religious group of flagellants, the khlysty. This sect, rejected by the upright Orthodox Church, firmly believed that contact with God could only be achieved through pain, suffering and penance.
However, the group's ideology seemed to be blurred and twisted, undoubtedly far from the redemptive concept of pain, since there was often a strange convergence between pain and pleasure and, it is said, that they were very given to the celebration of sexual orgies, in the one who gave free rein to all their carnal desires and practices harshly censured by Russian religious orthodoxy. It is possible that obsession with sex that so much was attributed to Rasputin and to whom he owes much of his fame, was born at that time.
The mystical path of enlightenment.
Grigori Rasputin, spent some years in that sectarian group, but he did not find his place there either. Thus, determined to find enlightenment, he left his native Siberia. He spent years traveling through the Slavic lands, and from there he went to Greece and later the Holy Land.
In those years, Rasputin learned the history of those places, but at the same time he became interested in their esotericism, theosophy, religions and old traditions and mystical rites. It was undoubtedly in this initiatory stage, where Rasputin made himself, where he became what would later become his public image.
In the court of the Romanovs.
Back in Russia and with a lot of baggage behind him, Rasputin began to mix and associate with Russian aristocratic circles. This was mainly due to his personal charisma. The former pilgrim knew how to exploit each and every one of his strengths, and he was an excellent actor, aware of his own personality.
A fixed and penetrating gaze, a graceful and fluid dialectic, calculatedly ambiguous, typical of fortune-tellers and oracles. Further, Rasputin He was an extremely observant and intuitive man, so he knew perfectly how to create the appearance of a diviner, playing equal parts with the immediate reality and the ambiguity of his prophecies.
Added to all this were rumored skills and sexual skills that he had acquired in his first sectarian stage and that he had expanded in his travels through the Middle East. In fact, it was said of him that he used to visit the bedrooms of various women of high nobility.
When the illness of little prince Alexis Nikolaevich, suffering from hemophilia, it is said, became worrisome for the Romanovs, the best friend of the Tsarina recommended their services. Rasputin not only improved the infant's health, but he soon made an important niche within the court.
The fall of Rasputin.
Rasputin He became so close to the Tsarina that he soon began to meddle and influence state decisions, something neither the Tsar nor the Russian aristocracy were willing to tolerate. Thus, as it used to happen at court, the closer one has with the power, the greater number of enemies grow around it and in the case of Rasputin, these were numerous.
Soon, the shadow of murder began to haunt that mystic. Many were the frustrated assassination attempts in which Rasputin emerged unscathed, strengthening even more if possible, his supernatural fame. However, Rasputin saw his life in danger at every step he took, falling into a constant suspicion and alert situation that began to grow in character.
Finally, on the night of December 29-30, 1916, Rasputin was assassinated in strange circumstances. Strange because the autopsy of his body, found on the banks of the Neva, revealed that had been poisoned and shot, but actually died of drowning. It seems it was not easy to end his life.
Even with everything and despite his death, Rasputin became a legend, credited with countless miracles and prophecies. Some have been fulfilled (their extremely ambiguous and vague nature must be emphasized) and others are still pending, but the strength and popular interest in that man are undoubtedly still beating strongly.