Story told by Lyuben Dimanov – famous Bulgarian artist
I was introduced to Baba Vanga by a friend of mine – Kosta who worked in France and had a great respect for this woman. When I visited Bulgaria in 1969 he offered me to take me to her. When we entered her house, the first thing she asked me was: – What type of art do you do – is it pottery?
– Graphics that get printed in large circulations. I quickly explained
– You will succeed! – said Baba Vanga
My next visit to Petrich was in 1974. I went with a friend who wanted to go on a business trip to Japan. Baba Vanga directly told my friend: – No, your trip to Japan will not happen.
Then she turned her head towards me and said something similar to what she said 5 years ago: – You will be very successful – it is “opened” for you.
Those words of hers stuck in my mind – at the time I had no idea whatsoever that I will work abroad. In the same year I went to Paris, and then in 1975 I came back to Sofia carrying a work contract for a very prestigious French gallery. For few months I didn’t know what to do – back at those days of Socialistic Bulgaria it was not easy to get an allowance to leave the country and work abroad. Finally I went to the Bulgarian Artist Union and asked Svetlin Rusev for assistance. He and Lyudmila Zhivkova (the daughter of the socialistic leader of Bulgaria – Todor Zhivkov) helped me solve the issue. While I was waiting for the documents to be processed, I visited Baba Vanga again.
– You will not have obstacles to leave Bulgaria and go to France. Your house in Paris will be similar to your house in Knyazhevo (suburb of Sofia).
Indeed, after me and my family were searching for a place to live, we found a house in Paris that really reminded me of my own house in Sofia – the area was very beautiful with artistic broad-leaved woods. In my first years in France, I was receiving many warm messages from Baba Vanga through my friend Kosta. She advised me not to come back to Bulgaria until I become recognized in France.
Over the years I spoke with Baba Vanga for quite a lot of things. Often she used to say that there is reincarnation. She said: If the sky is opened, I will tell you, if not I can’t read nothing. She was scared no to go in deep trances, as when she is in such a state, she says about things, that the superior powers are not allowing her to say.
In 1975, before I go to Petrich to visit Baba Vanga again, I told Svetlin Rusev to come with me. At first he refused, but at least he gave me sugar over which he slept for one night. From the door Baba Vanga said: Give me this sugar – it’s Svetlin’s. He is like me – when there are too many people around him, he get sick. Tell him to come over to see me.
One time, I was worried about my health. I asked Svetlin to call Baba Vanga (they were very friends already) and to tell her that I am in Bulgaria.Later I found out from him, that I shouldn’t be worried – it is not serious. Then when I saw her in person she sent me to a doctor in Kyustendil – she gave me his name. I visited him, he examined me thoroughly and prescribed me some medicines – I healed completely!
I visited Baba Vanga for the last time couple of months before her death. Even though that she was sick and lying on a bed, she offered me to read on me. She was using a lot of symbols in her readings, so you had to make sense of her words long after your meeting with her. Sometimes you realize what she had said, years after – when the prophesy becomes real.
Baba Vanga was a true phenomenon – she was saying everything. She predicted many things from my own destiny. She also had given me numerous advices , that have guided me through my successful career and personal life. There were many people in France that have heard about Baba Vanga. On one exhibition of Svetlin Rusev they sold a portrait of her. I assume that it was sold not only because of its art value, but because the person that bought it knew very well who Baba Vanga was. This happened around the 80-ties. Baba Vanga asked me once: – So they bought a picture with my portrait eh? Do you know how much they bought it for?
– No, unfortunately I don’t – I answered her.
Baba Vanga Books
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The excerpt for this article was taken from Baba Vanga Predictions – Luxurious Edition (In Bulgarian) by Zheni Kostadinova
About The Author
Zheni Kostadinova graduated Philosophy at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She has worked as an editor at the student TV show “Ku-Ku”, and as a reporter at the National Radio “Horizon”. For over 15 years she is a columnist at “Weekly Trud” newspaper writing about esoteric and psychology. In the same newspaper she is maintaining a page on literature. Zheni Kostadinova is the author of some of the most popular books written on Baba Vanga including “Baba Vanga The Prophetess”, “Baba Vanga Predictions”, “The Secret of Baba Vanga”. Her first book was translated into Russian, Polish, Latvian, Serbian, and Albanian. Zheni is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers. She had published three books of poetry: “Fire Sticks (2002), “17 love colors” (2007), and “Fig Jam” (2008). In 2012 Zheni has founded the art-house “Kuklite”. It is a doll gallery and a mini-museum located in the old downtown of Sofia. The gallery exhibits different dolls placed in specific categories. Besides the exhibitions, the art-house “Kuklite” also have the priority to work with children from the local schools, so they learn more about the traditions and customs of the different nations. The main idea is to transform the art-house “Kuklite” into a centre for cultural exchange, creative collaboration between representatives of different fields of art, science and philosophy. The art-house will hold meetings with interesting personalities, and will be a place of exhibitions, seminars, workshops, premieres of books and documentary movies, puppetry, and many other great events. The art-house “Kuklite” will also be a place where collectors can display their favourite artefacts and can share the history associated with them.
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