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As Zossima confides his wisdom to Alyosha

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As Zossima confides his wisdom to Alyosha, the reader should be aware that the elder's views are  essentially those by which Dostoevsky himself tried to live, or at least wished to live. Particularly,  Dostoevsky was interested in these concepts: 1.  The Russian monk and his possible significance.  — Zossima believes that the salvation of Russia  would come from two sources — the Russian monks and a vast, idealized section of the Russian  population that he referred to as the Russian people, or the Russian folk. The monks, however, were  even more important than the folk if the regeneration of Russia was to be accomplished. From the  monks would come the energy and ideas of purity and love. The monk, Zossima believes, practices  obedience, fasting, and prayer, believing that these three disciplines will accomplish for him the only  true freedom: sacred freedom. Such freedom is forever denied the man who exists in contemporary 
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