Mikhail Rogov
2 min readDec 1, 2019


When I was six, I often asked my parents and relatives what happens after death, and those typical Soviet atheists and materialists of the time always said that nothing happens, nothing at all. At first I couldn’t understand what ‘nothing’ meant, but when I finally did, I cried all day in fear of losing consciousness forever and vowed to find the truth about life and death.

Six years later death came for me: I was twelve when I nearly drowned in a lake and only survived thanks to a truly miraculous confluence of circumstances. Then death came for me again: I was twenty-three when I had an astonishing near-death out-of-body experience that convinced me that the philosophy of materialism/physicalism is a cognitive obscuration. Thanks to classical psychedelics, I was fortunate in my youth to have other radical experiences of altered states of consciousness that reinforced my doubts about the materialistic worldview and helped me to see the only viable alternative.

For many years I have been searching for the truth about the nature of reality, gradually becoming a convinced proponent of the great philosophical tradition of ontological idealism (consciousness-only ontology). Here I summarise the interim results of my meditations and my studies of modern science and the philosophical systems of the greatest thinkers of the West and the East.


  1. Spoon
  2. Light
  3. Transcendence
  4. Time
  5. Intersubjectivity
  6. Brain
  7. Ultimate lessons
  8. What is your God?
  9. Buddhahood
  10. Inferno
  11. Good and evil
  12. Shadow
  13. Eleusinian Mysteries
  14. Why Bernardo Kastrup’s version of idealism is baloney

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Mikhail Rogov

“Pure immanence without Transcendence remains nothing but deaf existence.” — Karl Jaspers