Beasts, Men and Gods


Antoni Ferdynand Ossendowski (May 27, 1876 – January 3, 1945, image above) got involved in the counter-revolutionary Russian government led by Supreme Governor Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak, after the October Revolution of 1917. After Kolchak’s defeat in 1920, Ossendowski joined a group of Poles and White Russians trying to escape from communist-controlled Siberia to India through Mongolia, China and Tibet. In Mongolia, Ossendowski hooked up with Baron Roman Ungern von Sternberg. [1] Known as “The Mad Baron”, Ungern von Sternberg was an escaped White Russian warlord from Siberia who liberated the Mongols from the Chinese and was elevated by the natives to semidivine status. [2] In 1921, Ossendowski published a book describing his exciting and also strange experiences in Mongolia. The book, Beasts, Men and Gods, became a striking success and a best-seller. [1]

In an impoverished region of Mongolia, Ossendowski met an old fortune teller. “I want to tell your fortune,” said the old man. “All my predictions come true.”

The fortune teller took the shoulder blade of a sheep and placed this bone amongst hot coals. Muttering incantations while the bone blackened, he next drew it from the fire, blew away the ashes, and carefully examined its surface.

“What do you see?” nervously laughed Ossendowski.

“I see horrible signs,” replied the fortune teller. “Death in the form of a tall white man with red hair will stand behind you and watch you long and close. Another white man will become your friend but will die by a long knife. Beware of the man with a head like a saddle. He will strive for your death.

The next morning, Ossendowski departed the hut of the old man. After traveling 15 miles, he encountered a tall young captain with long curly red hair and an unusually white face. In his eyes, Ossendowski perceived an extreme cold cruelty. This man was Captain Veseloffsky, adjutant of General Rezukhin who fought against the Bolsheviki in northern Mongolia. Rezukhin was the watchdog of Ungern von Sternberg, the Mad Baron.

A few days passed, during which time Ossendowski learned to his dismay that the predicted white man who had become his friend had been “cut to pieces” along with his family on orders from General Rezukhin. And so it was that one part of the fortune teller’s prediction had come true: the man had died by a “long knife” (sword).


Two days after learning of his friend’s death by the “long knife”, Ossendowski was summoned by the Mad Baron (image above). At Ungern von Sternberg’s temporary headquarters, Ossendowski was met by Captain Veseloffsky, the tall white man with red hair. The Captain informed the Baron that Ossendowski had arrived, and he was quickly ushered into the presence of the Mad Baron. This interview could go either way, depending on the erratic whims of Baron Ungern von Sternberg. The Baron trusted no one, for Bolshevik spies were everywhere. The Baron’s eyes looked at Ossendowski like those of an animal in a cave. Ossendowski realized that he was in the presence of a man ready at any moment to spring to an irrevocable decision. Ossendowski kept his cool during the interview and the Baron decided he was not a spy. Then, with alacrity, the Baron stood up, looked beyond Ossendowski, and sharply said, “Go out! There is no need.” Only then did Ossendowski know that, standing behind him during the fateful interview, was the tall white man with red hair, predicted by the fortune teller.

“Death from the white man with red hair has stood behind me,” shuddered Ossendowski.

It was not too long after this that Ossendowski saw, coming out of a ravine and riding a Mongolian pony, a man wearing a green cap. The man took off his cap to wipe away perspiration from his bald head. Ossendowski was startled to notice strange undulating lines on the man’s skull. It was the man with a head like a saddle, about whom the fortune teller had warned him! This man turned out to be Colonel Sepailoff, “the darkest person on the canvas of Mongolian events.” Sepailoff was a sadist who enjoyed his work as the executioner for Baron Ungern von Sternberg. Even the Mad Baron feared Colonel Sepailoff. As events unfolded, this man with the head like a saddle did indeed strive for Ossendowski’s death, but Ossendowski eventually eluded his pursuit. [3]

Before the time of Ossendowski’s Mongolian adventures, in 1890, the Living Buddha had made a prediction of his own. The Living Buddha is  a custodian of a specific lineage of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, but Tibetan Buddhism is also a traditional religion of the Mongols. [4] Ossendowski later learned of the 1890 prediction of the Living Buddha and includes it in his book, Beasts, Men and Gods:

In the fiftieth year only three great kingdoms will appear, which will exist happily seventy-one years. Afterwards there will be eighteen years of war and destruction. Then the peoples of Agharti will come up from their subterranean caverns to the surface of the earth.

The “three kingdoms” would be what George Orwell called Oceania (UK and USA), Eurasia (now European Union) and Eastasia (Russia and China). The fiftieth year after 1890 would be 1940, which is roughly when the “three kingdoms” did appear. These three kingdoms did live in relative peace, until around seventy-one years later, 2011. Then, the “Cold War” showed troubling signs of not only reappearing but possibly turning into a “Hot War.” There is to follow “eighteen years of war and destruction” if the Living Buddha saw truly in 1890. As for Agharti, Ossendowski reports that “It extends throughout all the subterranean passages of the whole world… More than sixty thousand years ago a Holyman disappeared with a whole tribe of people under the ground and never appeared again on the surface of the earth. Many people, however, have since visited this kingdom.” [3]

The Living Buddha also predicted, “The ‘Crescent’ will grow dim and its followers will descend into beggary and ceaseless war.” [3] The Crescent is undoubtedly Islam, which seems indeed to have “descended” (at least somewhat) into barbarism and ceaseless war.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski”, Wikipedia, March 6, 2015.
[2] Red Shambhala, by Andrei Znamenski. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011.
[3] Beasts, Men and Gods, by Ferdinand Ossendowski. Kindle e-book edition.
[4] “Tulku”, Wikipedia, March 6, 2015.


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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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