The fate of the Volga may serve as a lesson for the study of destiny. The day the Volga riverbed was sounded was the day of its subjugation, its conquest by the powers of sail and oar, the surrender of the Volga to mankind. The sounding of Destiny and a thorough study of its dangerous places should make its navigation a calm and easy matter, just as sailing the Volga became safe and easy once buoys with red and green lights marked the danger spots—the rocks, shoals, and sandbars of the river bottom. In the same way we can study the fissures and shifting shoals of Time.
Analogous soundings may be made in the stream of Time,establishing the laws of time past, and studying the channel of time to come; by sounding Destiny we proceed from the lessons of past centuries in order to arm the mind with new eyes, eyes of the intellect, that can make out events still in the distant future.
It has long been a commonplace that knowledge is a kind of power, and to foresee events is to be able to control them.
Here are two equations: one concerns and outlines the destiny of England; the other provides a basic time outline of India.
It is important to remember that in general opposed events—victory and defeat, beginning and end—are united in terms of powers of three (3 n). The number three is the wheel of death, as it were, for the initial event.
If indeed the pure Laws of Time exist, then they must govern without distinction everything that is subject to the flow of time, be it the soul of Gogol, Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, the planets of the solar system, shifts in the earth’s crust, the terrible change from the kingdom of reptiles to the kingdom of men, from the Devonian era to an era marked by the interference of man in the life and structure of Planet Earth.
In fact, in the equation x = 3 n + 3 n, the interval of time for negative shifts, if we make n = 11, then x will equal the time between the destruction of Rome in 410 by peoples from the East, and the battle of Kulikovo Field, which put an end to the advance of those same peoples, a rebuff to the East. If we let n = 10, we get x equal to the time between Yermak’s expedition and the retreat of Kuropatkin: these points represent the beginning and the end of Russian penetration of the East.
If we let n = 18, we get the time between the Tertiary age and our own. And, finally, if n = 23, then x = 369, 697, 770 years, or the interval between the earth’s Devonian age when reptiles were the lords of creation and the present day, when the Earth is a book with the shrieking title “Man.” And does not this secret language based on three serve to explain the superstitious terror that man feels for reptiles, our frequently inoffensive enemies?
Between the Devonian age and our own, according to the determinations of Professor Holmes, there has elapsed a period of 3 3 3 -2 2 + 3 3 3 -2 2 days or 3 23 + 3 23 days.
That period of time marks the change from the domination of glitter-scaled reptiles to the domination of naked man in his soft envelope of skin. Only the hair on his head, like a wind blowing from centuries gone by, recalls his past. Considered from this perspective, people can be thought of as anti-reptiles. The crawlers on the ground were replaced by human beings, who fall and rebound constantly, like a ball. According to the pure laws of time, whose herald and trumpeter I hereby announce myself, both the life of the earth’s crust and shifts in the structure of human society are equally subject to the very same equations.
Here is the law of English sea power: x = k + 3 9 + 3 9 n + (n — 1) (n — 2)2 16 — 3 9n-2, where k = the day in 1066 when the island was conquered by the Danes at the Battle of Hastings. If n = 1, then x falls on the year 1174, the year of the struggle with France; if n = 2, then x comes out as 1227, the year of the struggle with Denmark; if n = 3, then x comes out as 1588, the year of the Spanish Armada.
All these wars guaranteed to Albion domination of the seas. And this was indeed to have been expected, because the equation is built on the base of three, and its initial point was an English defeat.
From: Khlebnikov V. The King of Time / Translated by Paul Schmidt. Harvard University Press, 1985.