The exhibition of the painting ”Agapit of Pechersk“ by Anastasia Novykh that took place on January 16, 2011 in Kiev produced indelible impression on many people including myself. That supply of cheerfulness that I got after visiting the exhibition still remains. While during the first days after the unusual event I was just enjoying this wonderful state of consciousness, this festival of kindness and eternity; later on, when I got aquatinted with materials of the exhibition that were courteously presented by the Publishing House “Lotus”, professional interest of a journalist surged up within me as I noticed many details of the exhibition that I had missed at first, investigating my deep filings.

Looking through the photos from the exhibition, I paid attention to an unusual phenomenon of the painting. Something in the image gave the impression that the look of Agapit as well as the image itself was continually changing! It occurred even on photos taken within a second’s delay. It can be clearly seen on the photos. Sometimes people had no time to make a single movement while the look of Agapit on photos had already changed! This phenomenon falls beyond any logical explanations. Moreover when I looked at the photographs of the painting ”Agapit of Pechersk“ that were taken from different sides and foreshortenings, the portrait at times seemed to be that of a young man with those same amazing animated eyes, sometimes it was that of a grey-haired monastic elder, yet at other times it was that of a man at a mature age.

Later on, when I read responses of gratitude of different people sent to the offices of “Pantaleon the Healer” newspaper and Publishing House “Lotus”, I understood that such phenomenon was observed by many people! Some of them also sent their pictures made during the exhibition with mobile phones or photo cameras. The look of Agapit really did change and it was recorded by the cameras! It was now stern, now serious, now smiling. The look was directed right at the object glass, as if specially for the photographer who was trying to take a historic shot from spectators’ back row. There were some pictures where tears appeared in the eyes of Agapit. I came across comments of people in confirmation of this. Moreover, I found photos where Agapit was looking aside, that is, at people standing to his right.

There is one more unexplainable fact. Visitors who came to the exhibition from different cities and towns of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and some other countries have written about it. They indicate that Agapit was looking exactly at them from the picture and even voicelessly “spoke” to them, no matter how far or close they were from the portrait at that. It is an absolutely inexplicable phenomenon which evidently borders with a level of reality not yet unveiled by mankind!

Another phenomenal fact is connected with unusual texture that shows through the portrait “Agapit of Pechersk”. There’s much discussion about this among the internet community that takes a great interest in works of Anastasia Novykh. A great many people have noticed that there are contours resembling a shit of paper with some unusual enigmatic seal on it near the words of a prayer written in golden letters. There’s a real emotional gust about it on the internet! Many assert that it is the very parchment, which according to the books of Anastasia Novykh – as the book’s main character Sensei states – possesses great power: to “enliven” icons and heal people. Or else how could one explain such an amazing effect of this unique picture on people?! According to the discussers’ opinion there has to be a reason for the organizers of the exhibition to announce that “unexplainably it strengthens what predominates in man” in the portrait’s description. Attentive visitors observed yet one more interesting detail: the “parchment” is placed in the region of Agapit' solar plexus.

So what is hidden behind the portrait of Agapit?! Organizers of the exhibition refused to comment such statements as they themselves were quite surprised at many facts relating to this rather uncommon exhibition. I agree that when looking at the picture each one sees something of his or her purely personal in it. Nonetheless, the parchment topic seemed interesting to me. I leafed through books 2 and 4 from the series written by Anastasia Novykh and also through the book “Ezoosmos” to recollect some of the lines in my memory. What can I say about it? Undoubtedly, after all of what I had seen with my own eyes and felt during and after this unordinary exhibition, I surely began to understand better what these unique books narrate about. I cannot, however, publicize my conclusions and I hope that many people could understand why. These are indeed my personal feelings and assumptions. But what I can say for sure is this. I absolutely agree with the words of Sensei, the main character of these remarkable and wise books: “There is nothing impossible for a thirsting soul!”

by Ilya Glebov
”Pantaleon the Healer" newspaper, Kiev