Rasputin: The Man, The Mystery

Rasputin:

The Man, The Mystery

Introduction

Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin is known as
the Siberian Mystic Healer, whose life has been retold numerous of times
and almost each time it is told it is retold in a different way. Since

Rasputin lived in a civilization not that advanced, little is know of his
first forty years of life. So most information on the man are normally
from stories families have passed on. Some say he is a holy monk with great
powers, on the other hand he may be known as a phony with a false connection
to God.

The Beginning

Rasputin was born between 1864 and 1865
in his own home of Pokrovskoe. It is now known as Tiumen' Oblast. It is
located in Siberia on the Toura River. This was a small city located near
the Ural Mountains. At the center of the village stood a large white church
with a guilded dome, which was a symbol of Russia's strong religious background.

At the age of eighteen Rasputin went through
a religious transition. He eventually went to the monastery at Verkhoture.

At this place he became aquatinted to the Khlysty sect. After spending
some time at this monastery he did not become a monk. When he came to this
monastery he had no intentions of becoming a monk. But this even eventually
leads to fame and power for Rasputin.

At the age of nineteen, Rasputin returned
to his home in Pokrovskoe. There he fell in love and married Praskovia

Fyodorovna. Together the two had three children. They had Dimitri in 1897,

Maria in 1898, and Varvara in 1900.

Marriage wasn't enough to keep Rasputin
in one place. He continued to wander to places of religious significance
suck as Mt. Athos, Greece, and Jerusalem. He was a self-proclaimed holy
man. He had the power to heal the sick and the power to predict the future.

His fame grew greatly. Soon people traveled from long distances in search
of his well heard about abilities and insight. For Rasputin's help, people
would repay him with food, presents, and money. Rasputin has had no long
period of religious or spiritual training. He also had very limited education
so he was left illiterate. This made his theatrical abilities become very
useful.

One day while Rasputin was plowing in the
fields he had a revelation. The story states that a Heavenly Mother touched
him. She told him of young Aleksei, the tsarevich and she instructed him
to appear at the boy's side to stop his bleeding. His bleeding was a result
of his hemophilia. He made his initial move towards St. Petersburg in1902,
when he visited the city of Kazan near the Volga River. After this trip
he had a rapidly growing group of disciples and acquaintances in the upper
class, and he was known as a man of God.

The City of St. Petersburg

Rasputin arrived in St. Petersburg at
a time when church leaders were really vulnerable. They wanted people with
religious influence, and who had power over the people. Rasputin was both
an ordinary peasant ? simple, forceful, and direct ? while at the same
time he possessed the power to astonish people with his healing powers
and his insight into the future. People in the city had different views
on the man. One was that he was a very holy man who possessed great powers.

The other is that he was just a cynical, and that he used religion to mask
his drive for sex, money, and power.

Sex Life

Rasputin had a very active sex life. He
was reported to hold orgies in the basement of his house at the same time
he lived with his wife around 1900. Later, after Rasputin had a rise to
fame he attracted a large crowd of female followers. Many of the pictures
of Rasputin are with him surrounded by women. There are reports of Rasputin
raping women. These reports are untrue because Rasputin really didn't have
to rape the to get them into bed. All of these activities did not conflict
with Rasputin's religious beliefs. He did not particularly care for the
orthodox religion. He was a member of the Khlisti sect. Followers of the

Khlisti sect believed that all of the desires of the man should be fulfilled,
and man of its members held orgies to fulfill their needs. Some people
claim that Rasputin thought that he vitally derived from having sex. There
are reports of Rasputin having sex with the tsarina, but the are totally
false.

The Romanovs

Rasputin arrived in St. Petersburg in

1905 and he was not invited to the czar's palace until 1907.