For ten years, since June 1992 my person has been trying to fully understand and broadly describe the message of Dersu Uzala. These attempts resulted in a yet unpublished book O obrotach sfer czlowieczych (On rotation of human spheres) and my latest text The contemporary mystic. Here is the essence of what my person wants to say about who Dersu was and what importance his legacy has.

        The story began a hundred years ago, in 1902, when a Russian officer and naturalist, Vladimir Arsenyev left Warsaw for the Ussurian land. It is during one of his expeditions into deep nooks of the taiga when Arsenyev met an unusual hunter, the loner Dersu Uzala. As time went by, the two became more and more fascinated with each other and became friends to the death... Arsenyev commemorated Uzala in two books "In the Ussurian land" and "Dersu Uzala", and later, Japansese director, Akiro Kurosawa, based on them to make tade the film "Dersu Uzala."

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        Dersu had his own unique wisdom – an animistic one as Arsenyev called it. He does not seem to have been one of many, a social creature, but rather a part of nature he lived in. A similar outlook on the world can be found in the wisdom known for the love of contemplation of nature followed by the masters of buddhist zen. The observations prove that an average man is a strange and complex creature, behaving like a traveller who is riding the horse’s neck instead of the back. Despite the effort put into this chaotic ride, the rider believes strongly that such a position is correct and that the horse goes where it is directed. To change a life of a human one shall shake this belief.

        Like the zen masters, all the sage and mystics from all over the world claim, each in a different way, that the faith in the "I" is the greatest illlusion we can live on. None has however expressed it in a way like that of Dersu Uzala, though many were quite close to it. Among such thinkers as Ramana Maharishi, Krishnamurti, Thomas Merton or Alan Watts, my person can distinguish Nisargadatta Maharaja with his "I am THAT" and Douglas Harding and his "The Science of the 1st Person". Unlike the majority, Uzala did not limit himself to making theories about various types of the "I", of the distinct personality, and the self-renounciation. That forest sage could hardly make things explicit. He moved forward step by step, which according to me is an unpredeced behavior. Dersu was such a disarmingly simple man that he expressed his wisdom implicitly in speech alone – by not using any personal pronouns.

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        It was in ancient Confucius who said that before improving the world, one needs to improve lagnuage.. Language is the strongest medium. What is more, according to the famous statement by Marshall McLuhan, language is also transmition. Thus, since personal pronouns such as "I, you, we, they" are the most frequently uttered words, their essence, their contents become the most persuasive of all we unconsciously transmit to each other. As long as the languages we speak strengthen us in our egocentrism, we shall be the creators of the world directed by temporary pleasures of the ego. Only when our daily speech puts ego aside, and the central position is given to our primeval silent "I" shall the world become a truly spiritual, full of God’s perfection and love civilization.

The contemporary mystic