August 19, 2015. Vedrussiya, Krasnodar Krai, Russian Federation
The purpose of this article is to talk about Rodovoye Pomestie and to bring this idea into the English-speaking world.
Rodovoye Pomestie is a new concept for the English-speaking world. First let’s look at the word, “Rodovoye”, and the fundamental, profound root, “Rod”.
“Rod” refers to the eternal family, back to the father, the mother, the grandmothers, the grandfathers, the great-grandparents, the great-great-grandparents and so on. All the way back to the first couple of human beings who gave birth to the first child of a human being, to whom we are all, every person on the planet, descended today. This is the way that we are all related as brothers and sisters.
“Rod” also continues from the past into the future to include our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren and so on into the future without limit. In this sense, “rod” is family through time. It is the eternal family, the kin, that connects us all together here.
In old Vedic and Slavic culture, the word “Rod” was synonymous with God. It referred to our creator, the origin of human beings, the origin of people, the organism that we are today. And also, the energy that connects us all and all living things, which also experience this life cycle of birth and death and birth through generations.
The root “rod” is in common Russian words, like Rodstvenniki, meaning relations. Rodina, meaning homeland. Priroda, meaning nature. And of course, Rodovoye, meaning “of the rod”.
Now let us consider “Pomestie”. Mesto means “place”. Kristina, our host here at Vedrussiya village, told me that the prefix “po-” in “pomestie” means, “You follow this way”. This was a new idea and concept in my mind. “You follow the way of Place”.
It was a strong feeling that “Rodovoye Pomestie” is a new concept for the English-speaking world. In the books of Vladimir Megre, where “Rodovoye Pomestie” is first discussed, it was translated first as “kin’s domain”, second as “family homestead”. I propose a better translation: the dwelling place of our eternal family.
What is a Rodovoye Pomestie?
A Rodovoye Pomestie is a plot of land about one hectare in size, or a bit larger. Around the perimeter of the plot is a hedge, a living fence of trees, bushes, shrubs, flowers and other plants. Within the boundary of this perimeter, the residents of the rodovoye pomestie create their special piece of homeland, the dwelling place of their rod, the dwelling place of their eternal family. The rodovoye pomestie provides for the needs of its inhabitants. For a normal sized family: a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, and maybe, indeed, grandparents as well. This means there are the following features:
A water source. A stream, a well, a bore, a pond, rain water tanks, or a spring.
Forest. Forest should take up at least half of the area of the rodovoye pomestie. This provides fire for the winter, timber for the construction of dwellings, habitat for birds and other animals, and within the forest you will find a healthy variety of medicinal herbs, mushrooms and, at the edges, berries.
In the remaining space should be a meadow of mixed vegetables and other plants. You can grow tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, corn, broccoli, potatoes, beetroots, turnips, carrots, wheat, barley, rice, buckwheat all together mixed in among each other and this will create the best flavour with the most beneficial properties for your vegetables.
On one hectare of land, this quantity is enough to feed a normal sized family, and also to have some left over.
At the beginning, plant fruit trees and nut trees. In some years’ time, the fruit trees will produce a huge surplus of apples, pears, plums, cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts and so on. Together with the vegetables and herbs growing among these fruit trees, we now have an environment full of useful, nourishing plant life. Sow all of the plants with a feeling of love and consciously thinking of the family both past and future.
To keep animals, make a small enclosure in the forested part of your rodovoye pomestie using hedgerow bushes and little shrubs.
You might also like to plant trees in a special formation in order to create a summer dwelling place, to relax with your friends or your children. Also for your creative studio, use living trees for the structure which can then be shaped into a position that you like.
The dwelling is made to suit the needs of the inhabitants. Some people prefer a larger house, some a small cottage. The materials are also up to your choice, knowing that your creation will be the lasting legacy for your children, reason for them to appreciate and think fondly, but maybe also to chide some mistakes.
The house doesn’t need to last forever, because the children might have better materials available to them. The grandchildren will build a house with timber from the trees their grandparents planted for them, together in love with each other, years ago.
The sole owners of a rodovoye pomestie are its inhabitants, the people who live on it, the ones whose eternal family dwell there. Many people choose to plant a grove of trees specially for each of the members of their family, as a way of bringing all of their ancestors in the past and in the future. A way of bringing the whole rod there to their particular piece of Earth.
The only regulations which might apply on a rodovye pomestie are those which are cheerfully and joyfully agreed upon by the inhabitants, with the inhabitants of neighbouring rodovoye pomestie. Between each plot is a laneway of about four meters. So it’s good to consult with the neighbours about things like planting tall trees, because they might make shade over their plot. No other person has any control, dominion, tithe, tribute or regulation upon a rodovoye pomestie.
It is very important that external stresses and negative influences are not allowed on to the rodovoye pomestie. This is to optimise the freedom of thought available to the inhabitants. There are large and significant questions of development in our civilisation, and it is better if we have the safety and comfort to create appropriate solutions.
The living fence and hedge should act as a protective shield against negative influences. It is best to use plants sown naturally in the forest rather than artificially grown at a nursery. When this configuration is arranged, the place inside the boundary takes on a new and significant feeling. It is an environment where love can grow between a mother and father, between parents and children, between brothers and sisters. Where their thought is free and unhindered by the demands of the artificial world. A living place where every cell is connected with its creator, the people who tend the garden and whose family inhabit that place.
This is a rodovoye pomestie.
Here at Vedrussiya village, there are more than two hundred rodovoye pomestie, arranged in about five glades, of about forty pomestie each. Some glades are larger, and some are smaller. They are interspersed with forested areas and all connected by a dirt road. I have been on five rodovoye pomestie and seen the houses that people build, the gardens that they plant, and the joy and love with which they invite people to see what they have created. Each resident owns his land completely. Here at Vedrussiya, nobody has a mortgage, nobody has tributes, tithes, or other forms of bondage to lords, banks, or other masters. The ordinary rules of income tax do apply here still.
Regulations regarding constructions are accepting enough that almost everyone has built their own house. They are sometimes a little bit wonky, but they are very beautiful. The feeling is very beautiful.
Yesterday, Dimitri (Dima) gave us a tour of his rodovoye pomestie. He built his house with his wife and the help of neighbours and friends. He has a solar panel which provides all of the power they need, and a well which provides all the water they need. They bought their hectare of land six or seven years ago, when it cost about 2000 euros. Plots now cost about 5000 euros.
He has a huge variety of plants. Watermelons, rock melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, chilli, tobacco, capsicum. He has an orchard with apples, pears, cherries. He has a nut orchard with walnuts. And he also has a vineyard with fifty different varieties of grapes. Wine is a passion of his father, and he liked to keep the family tradition. In amongst the vines, watermelons and rockmelons are growing on the ground. We ate a lot of watermelon at Dima’s place. It was very, very delicious, and there was more than enough for everybody.
Dima has various things for his own entertainment. A swing, a pravilo exerciser, where each of the four limbs are strapped to a rope and gently pulled outwards in a frame, to relax the pressure of the joints. And the nicest part of the pomestie was Dima’s family tree, his rodovoye derevya. An oak tree which looked like it was growing very fast. It had fifty centimetres of very, very, fresh light green growth on each of the four leading shoots. It is about three metres tall now. Dima has mown a circle of about ten metres diameter around the family tree, and the feeling of walking up to this place is like a sacred site, but a relaxed place to feel comfortable at home. You can go up and touch the tree, and I did. I looked at it and I said, “You’re a good tree, you’re going to make this family really happy.”
Around the side of the circle are growing rose bushes and blackberries. Dima laughed because only one rose came into flower this year. He said they’re just small plants yet, and roses take a lot of care. Then he invited us to eat some blackberries, and we all did. They were very delicious, indeed, the best blackberry I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Dima’s daughter was conceived and born on the rodovoye pomestie. Dima and his wife gave birth to her on their own. He himself took the child from the water. I could already tell as soon as I saw the three of them together. The energy of love between them, the relaxed, gentle, calm, carefree, cheerful exuberant joy that they had together was unmatched in any family I’ve ever seen.
There is more to be said about rodovoye pomestie. It is very important that we understand and feel the meaning of rodovoye pomestie in the English-speaking world. It is a dwelling place for our eternal family. All of our ancestors, past and future, father, mother, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Through the mothers side, through our father’s side, through our son’s side, through our daughter’s side. And of course it is the place of love to grow between two beloved sweethearts, to join their family lines together and plant a new family tree.
Rodovoye pomestie in Russia is a very popular and growing idea. In this settlement, there are more than 200 families living on rodovoye pomestie. In Russia, there are more than 250 poselenie, that means villages of rodovoye pomestie. Tens of thousands of people are already living like this, even without the support of government or other philanthropists.
As the benefits of living on rodovoye pomestie become known, more support from government and philanthropists is growing. Rodovoye pomestie create ecologically clean produce. They restore the fertility of dry and barren soil. They provide a place for people to think and reflect, leading to new inventions, scientific innovation. And, they let love grow in our families.
Rodovoye pomestie is a stable and simple way of life. It is ecologically and socially beneficial for the people living on pomestie, and the people who don’t want to yet.
One region of Russia, the Belgorod Oblast, has already created a law whereby any willing citizen receives one hectare of land for free from the government for the purpose of creating a rodovoye pomestie. This law is now being considered at the federal level, first to do with the Far East, and then to spread to all of Russia.
I have seen the effects of rodovoye pomestie, and the effects of creating one with your sweetheart, of conceiving a child on your rodovoye pomestie, of giving birth to a child on your rodovoye pomestie. The love between the mothers and the fathers here at Vedrussiya village is greater than anywhere I have ever seen all around the world in my whole life. Something significant happens in the process. There are people here who cannot help but smile at life. Their happiness is infectious, and we bedraggled travellers from Western countries, from English-speaking countries, are immediately uplifted and inspired just by seeing them and being near them.
The people here glow with special beauty. They are not totally living an ecologically pristine lifestyle, and flaws are lovingly tolerated. Many, most, still drive cars. Many still eat some food from shops and have jobs like teaching at the village school, or being a travel agent, or doing construction around the village and also in the neighbouring villages. They come from all walks of life, farmers, dancers, managers, office workers, businesspeople. Yet they all managed to create rodovoye pomestie, plant a hedgerow, a garden and build a dwelling.
Their festival is beautiful. We do complicated and engaging folk dances, with spins, turns and changing partners. The craft here is higher quality than I have seen anywhere in the world. Hemp fabric made by hand with no mechanical implements, only using metal for the scythes to cut the plants. Wood carving, preserves, oil pressing, honey, fresh produce. Delicous. Highest quality I’ve ever experienced.
I can see into the future, and the children who are growing up here, in a free and loving environment, are going to have a large influence on this planet. Already I can see that they are healthy, they are bright, they are physically adept, they are running around and interacting with each other in a caring and loving environment. They’re learning how to dance with each other, they’re learning how to make families. They’re learning how to grow plants and interact with nature. And most of all, they are given the true space and the time to think and let their own imaginations grow.
This is the importance of rodovoye pomestie, to set up a self-sufficient environment to free our thought, so we can start thinking about more important things, than what to eat for our next meal. So we can start thinking about how to clean up the big stinky, polluting mess that has covered this planet Earth. How we, as a population of seven billion people, can live peacefully, ecologically pure, socially perfect lives together here on the Earth.
Children at this village are already considering such topics. They will inherit land of their own, with fully self-sufficient gardens, houses built with love for them by their parents, established business relations with distributors and markets to earn plenty of money from their produce for minimal effort. And what will they do with the rest of their time? They will live, happily, and they will create new ways that we have not yet thought of to perfect this land in which we dwell. To help others perfect the land in which they dwell. To make this whole Earth a beautiful and pristine place.
This is what is happening here at Vedrussiya village. There is nothing anybody can do to stop this. The best thing that we can do now is to create our own rodovoye pomestie, and join together between different cultures, between different countries, between the Russian world and the English world, and then the German world, the Spanish world, the French world, and so on. To understand the idea of the rodovoye pomestie. To feel your own soul and the souls of your family line, of your eternal family. This is the best thing we can do.
I hope you have understood some of the idea of Rodovoye Pomestie.