Evola: about Initiation, Immortality, Death and Rebirth

“To explain ourselves, is necessary to refer to a fundamental traditional teaching, after all already mentioned: to the one concerning the two natures. There is the nature of the immortals and there is the nature of the mortals; there is the superior region of <<those-who-are>> and there is the inferior region of the <<becoming>>”.

“The passage from the one to the other was considered possible, but on an exceptional basis and under the condition of an essential and effective transformation, positive, from a way of being to another way of being. Such transformation was achieved by means of the initiation in the strictest sense of the term. Through the initiation some men escaped from one nature and conquered the other, thus ceasing of being men. Their appearance in the other form of existence constituted, in the order of this last, a rigorously equivalent event to that of the generation of the physical birth. They were therefore re-born, they were re-generated”.

“To the eternal sleep, to the larval existence in Hades, to the dissolution thinked as destiny of all those for whom the forms of this human life constituted the beginning and the end – would not escape therefore that those who already alive have been able to orient their consciousness towards the superior world. The Initiated, the Adepts are at the limit of such path. Obtained the <<remembrance>>, according to the expressions of Plutarch they become free, they go without constraints, crowned they celebrate the <<mysteries>> and see on the earth the crowd of those who are not initiated and that are not <<pure>> press and push themselves in the mud and in the darkness”.

“To tell the truth, the traditional teaching about the postmortem has always stressed the existing difference between survival and immortality. Can be conceived various modalities, more or less contingents, of survival for this or that principle or complex of the human being. But this has nothing to do with immortality, which can only be thinked as <<olympic immortality>>, as a <<becoming gods>>. Such a conception lasted in the West until the hellenic antiquity. From the doctrine indeed of the <<two natures>> proceeded the knowledge of the destiny of a death, or of a precarious, larval survival for the ones, of a conditioned immortality (conditioned by the initiation) for the others”.

“It was the vulgarization and the abusive generalization of the truth exclusively valid for the initiates – vulgarization that began in some degenerate forms of orphism and had then broad development with christianism – to give birth to the stange idea of the <<immortality of the soul>>, extended to any soul and subtracted to each condition. Since then until today, the illusion continues in the various forms of the religious and <<spiritualistic>> thought: the soul of a mortal is immortal – the immortality is a certainty, not a problematic possibility. Thus established the misunderstanding, perverted in that way the truth, the initiation could no longer appear necessary: its value of real and effective operation could no longer be understood. Every really transcendent possibility was little by little abolished. And when they continued to talk about <<rebirth>>, the whole thing by and large ran out in a matter of sentiment, in a moral and religious meaning, in a more or less indeterminated and <<mystical>> state”.

-Julius Evola

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Words of Wisdom #52 & #53

“The body dies, the person disappears, nothing remains alive on the earth, except the memory of the virtue and actions of the deceased”.

-Erwin Rohde

“Be dead but not forgotten is longevity.”

-Tao Te Ching

One of the ways to conquer immortality is to live your life so that your descendants and/or your people will remember you as an example of honourable man or woman. In this way you will become a role model and surely someone will try to live following your footsteps and imitating your deeds. Your name will live on and you’ll have surmounted death!

Guénon: about the Materialistic Man, the subversion of the Traditional Order and the destructive Western diffusion

“Wanting to bring everything to the measure of men, taken as an end in itself, we are ended up with the fall, step by step, until the level of what there is of most inferior, and with the exclusive search of the satisfaction of the needs inherent to the material side of human nature; search, tough, really illusory, as it creates more and more artificial needs, that it can’t satisfy…on the other hand, more needs has a man, more likely he will lack of something and then of being unhappy. Modern society aims to multiply the artificial needs and, as we said before, it will create much more needs than it can satisfy, because, once taken this road, it’s hard to stop, and there is not even a reason to stop at a certain point. Men couldn’t suffer for not having things to which they never thought of; they instead suffer out of necessity if these things comes to lack after they have known them, since they have become accustomed to regard these things as necessary and that these things have become really necessary for them. Whereby they seek by any means to obtain what can provide them all the material satisfactions, the only ones that they are able to appreciate. It is only a matter of “earning money”, being money what allows them to obtain these things, and the more you have, the more you want, because new needs are continuously discovered; and this passion becomes the only purpose of life”.

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“But in the world of modern decadence where you could still find the concept of a true hierarchy? There is no thing or person that is in the place where it should normally be. Men doesn’t recognize anymore any effective authority in the spiritual order, any legitimate power in a higher and sacred sense in the temporal order. The “profane” allow themselves to discuss about sacred things, of those disowning the character if not even the existence. It’s the inferior that judges the superior, it’s ignorance that imposes limits to wisdom, it’s the error that undermines the truth, it’s the human that replaces the divine, it’s the earth that goes to predominate on the sky, the individual making himself the measure of everything and pretending to dictate to the universe laws all taken from his relative and defeasible reason…indeed today you see everywhere blind men leading other blind men and drag them fatally into the abyss, in a common end, if they will not be stopped in time”.

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“Very singular epoch, this one, where many allow themselves to be persuaded that the happiness of a people is done enslaving it, taking away what is most precious to it, that is its own civilization, forcing it to adapt to customs and institutions made for another race and forcing it to the most painful works to let it buy things that for it are completely useless! It’s like that: the modern West can’t tolerate that some men prefer to work less and be content with little to live. Since only the quantity counts, and since that which doesn’t fall under the senses is considered as inexistent, it is believed that he who doesn’t shake and that doesn’t produce materially is a “loafer”. In such a world, there is no place for intelligence, and so even for all that is really interior, because these are not things that you can see and touch, that you can weigh and measure. There is only place for the external action in all its forms, including the most nonsensical”.

-Réne Guénon

Note: These extracts are taken from a work of the author dated 1927. The last extract refers to the westernization of the peoples in the Far East (India, China, Japan, etc). I personally consider the ongoing westernization of the world a consequence of Capitalism and of the Christian “tradition” (i.e. obsession) to invade and convert: whereby it is definitely appropriate to define this process as a result of the Judeo-Christian modus operandi.

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Evola: about Christianism, Chivalry and the Nordic-Germanic vision of Life

“The power of the tradition that gave its look to Rome became clear, in respect of Christianism, in the fact, that if the new faith managed to subvert the ancient civilization, it couldn’t really conquer the western world as pure Christianism; that where it reached some greatness, it has exclusively been able to do that by betraying in a certain extent itself: it succeeded more in grace of elements taken from the opposite tradition – thanks to Roman elements and pre-christian classical elements – than in grace of the Christian element in its original form. In fact, Christianism <<converted>> the western man only externally; it constituted its <<faith>> in the most abstract sense, while the effective life of these continued to obey to forms, more or less materialized, of the opposite tradition of action and, later, in the Middle-Ages, to an ethos that again had to be imprinted essentially by the aryan-nordic spirit. Theoretically, the west accepted Christianism, – and that Europe was able to accommodate, in such a way, many motives related to the jewish and levantine conception of life is something that ever anew fills the historian of wonder – practically, it remained pagan. The result was then a hybridism. Even in its attenuated and catholic romanized form the christian faith represented an obstruction, that took away to the western man the possibility to integrate his authentic, irrepressible way of being through a conception, congenial to him, of the sacred and of relations with the sacred”.

“Catholicism took shape through the rectification of various extremist aspects of the Christianism of the origins, the organization of a ritual corpus, dogmatic and symbolic beyond of the simple mystical-soteriological element, the absorption and the adaptation of both doctrinal and organizational elements drawn from the romanity and the classical civilization generally speaking. That is how Catholicism presents sometimes <<traditional>> traits, which however must not lead to misunderstanding: what in Catholicism has a real traditional trait is very little christian and what in it is christian is very little traditional”.

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“By having as an ideal the hero more than the saint, the winner more than the martyr; placing the sum of all values in fidelity and in honour more than in the <<caritas>> and in humility; seeing in vileness and in shame a worse evil than sin; knowing very little about not to resist evil and of repaying evil with goodness – intending much more to punish the unjust and the wicked, excluding from its ranks he who literally adhered to the christian precept of <<do not kill>>; having as principle not to love the enemy, but to fight him and to be magnanimous only after having won it – in all this the cavalry affirmed almost without alteration an aryan ethic within a world only nominally christian”.

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“The life of the ancient nordic-germanic societies was based on three principles of personality, of freedom and of fidelity. To it was totally alien both the promiscuity of communities and the inability of the individual to valorize itself if not in the context of a given abstract institution. Here freedom consists, for the individual, in the measure of nobility. But this freedom is not anarchic and individualistic, it is able of a dedication beyond the person, it knows the transfiguring value proper to the principle of fidelity in front of those who are worthy of recognition, and to which one subjects himself voluntarily. In this way were formed groups of faithful around leaders to which could well be applied the old saying: <<The supreme nobility of a roman Emperor is of being not a master of slaves but a lord of free men, who loves freedom even in those who serve him>>; and the State, almost according to the ancient aristocratic roman precept, had as center the council of chiefs, each one free, lord of his land and in his land, leader of the group of those faithful to him. Beyond this council, the unity of the State and, in a certain way, its super-political aspect was incarnated in the King, as these belonged – differently from the simple military leaders – to one of the strains of divine origin: Amals, the <<heavenly>>, the <<pure>>, was a name of the kings among the Goths. None impersonal <<duty>> and none impersonal <<service>> existed, everywhere there were relationships of command and obedience strongly personalized and based on freedom, on agreement and on fidelity. In this way the idea of the free personality remained the foundation of each unit and each hierarchy”.

-Julius Evola

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