More than two decades ago, a 29-year-old patrol officer and talented painter named Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop publicly declared himself reborn as Vissarion.
Since then he’s fostered a "unified religion" that is a vast amalgam of Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, pagan, and other spiritual beliefs.
Just about everything Vissarion has ever said or thought has been recorded in the never-ending Last Testament, which currently spans ten volumes and thousands of pages.
More than 5,000 followers around the world consider him a messiah of sorts, known as "the Teacher." They also believe that the universe has two origins (one spawned nature, the other the human soul) and in something called the "outer-space mind" (aliens, basically), and that the end of the word is nigh.
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