The Lightning and the Sun by Savitri Devi: Chapter 1

The Lightning and the Sun by Savitri Devi: Chapter 1

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[Music] the lightning and the sun by savitri devi to the god-like individual of our times the man against time the greatest european of all times both sun and lightning adolf hitler as a tribute of unfailing love and loyalty forever and ever the foolish disregard me one clad in human semblance the bhagavad gita 4 11.
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[Music] [Music] rudolf hess from a letter to his wife written on the 28th of october 1946 12 days after the hanging of the martyrs of nuremberg this book begun in scotland in the spring of 1948 and written at intervals in germany between that day and 1956 is the result of
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lifelong meditations upon history and religions as well as the expression of lifelong aspirations and of a scale of moral values which was already mined before the first world war it could be described as a personal answer to the events of 1945 and of the following years and i know that very many people will not like it but i have not written it for any other purpose than that of presenting a
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conception of history ancient and modern unassailable from the standpoint of eternal truth i have therefore endeavored to study both men and facts in the light of that idea of the succession of ages from pristine perfection to inevitable chaos which pertains not merely to hinduism but to all forms of the one universal tradition the hindus being perhaps but those who have retained
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somewhat more than of that tradition than less conservative people it may sound ironical that so intense a yearning after faithfulness to tradition should have led me to an interpretation of historic personalities so different from that of most people who profess interested things of the spirit the endless future alone will tell who has understood divine wisdom the best those people or myself
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savitri devi calcutta 21st of july 1958 part one timeless perfection and cyclic evolution chapter one the cyclic view of history the idea of progress indefinite betterment is anything but modern it is probably as old as man's oldest successful attempt to improve his material surroundings and to increase through technical skill
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his capacity of attack and defense technical skill for many centuries at least has been too precious to be despised nay when displayed to an extraordinary degree it has more than once been hailed as something almost divine wondrous legends have always been woven for instance around such men as were said to have by some means been able to raise themselves physically above the earth be it aetna of eric who soared to heaven
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quote born upon eagle's wings or the famous icarus unfortunate forerunner of our modern airmen or manco capex brother alka said to have been gifted with natural wings which finally farm hardly better than icarus's artificial ones but apart from such incredible feats of a handful of individuals the ancients as a whole distinguish themselves in many material achievements they could boast of the irrigation system in
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sumeria of the construction of pyramids revealing both in egypt and centuries later in central america an amazing knowledge of astronomical data of the bathrooms and drains in the palace of canosos of the invention of the war chariot after that of the bowen arrow and of the sand clock after that of the sundial enough to make them dizzy with conceit and overconfident in the destiny of their respective civilizations
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yet although they fully recognize the value of their own work in the practical field and surely very soon conceived the possibility and perhaps acquired the certitude of indefinite technical progress they never believed in progress as a whole and progress on all lines as most of our contemporaries seem to do from all evidence they faithfully clung to the traditional idea of cyclic evolution and had in
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addition to that the good sense to admit that they lived inspire of all their achievements in anything but the beginning of the long drawn downward process constituting their own particular cycle and ours whether hindus or greeks egyptians or japanese chinese sumerians or ancient americans or even romans the most modern amongst people of antiquity they all placed the golden age the age of truth
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the rule of kronos or of ra or of any other gods on earth the glorious beginning of the slow downward unfuelling of history whatever name it be given far behind them in the past and they believe that the return of a similar age foretold in their respective sacred texts and oral traditions depends not upon man's conscious effort but upon iron laws inherent to the very nature of visible
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and tangible manifestation and all pervading upon cosmic laws they believe that man's conscious effort is but an expression of those laws at work leading the world willingly or unwillingly wherever its destiny lies in one word that the history of man as the history of the rest of the living is but a detailing cosmic history without beginning nor end a periodical outcome of the inner necessity
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that binds all phenomena in time and just as the ancients could accept that vision of the world's evolution while still taking full advantage of all technical progress within their reach so can in so do to this day thousands of men brought up within the pale of age-old cultures centered around the self-same traditional views and also in the very midst of the overproud industrial cultures a few stray individuals able to think for themselves
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they contemplate the history of mankind in a similar perspective while living apparently as modern men and women using electric fans and electric irons telephones and trains and airplanes when they can afford it they nourish in their hearts a deep contempt for the childish conceit and bloated hopes of our age and for the various recipes of slaving mankind which zealous philosophers and politicians
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thrust into circulation they know that nothing we can quote save mankind for mankind is reaching the end of its present cycle the wave that carried it for so many millenniums is about to break with all the fury of acquired speed and to merge once more into the depth of the unchanging ocean of undifferentiated existence it will rise again someday with abrupt majesty for such is the law of the waves
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but in the meantime nothing can be done to stop it the unfortunate the fools are those men who for some reason best known to themselves probably on account of their exaggerated estimation of what is to be lost in the process would like to stop it the privileged ones the wise are those few who being fully aware of the increasing worthlessness of present day mankind and of its much applauded progress
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know how little there is to be lost in the coming crash and look forward to it with joyous expectation as to the necessary condition of a new beginning a new golden age sunlit crest of the next long drawn downward wave upon the surface of the endless ocean of life to those privileged ones amongst whom we count ourselves the whole succession of current events appears in an entirely different
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perspective from that either of the desperate believers in progress or of those people who though accepting the cyclic view of history and therefore considering the coming crash is unavoidable feel sorry to see the civilization in which they live rush toward its doom to us the high resounding isms to which our contemporaries ask us to give our allegiance now in 1948 are all equally futile
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bound to be betrayed defeated and finally rejected by men at large if containing anything really noble bound to enjoy for the time being some sort of noisy success if sufficiently vulgar pretentious and soul killing to appeal to the growing number of mechanically conditioned slaves that crawl about our planet posing as free men all destined to prove ultimately of no avail the time-honored religions
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rapidly growing out of fashion as present-day isms become more and more popular are no less futile if not more frameworks of organized superstition void of all true feeling of the divine or among more sophisticated people more conventional aspects of social life for systems of ethics and a very elementary ethics at that seasoned with a sprinkling of outdated rights and symbols of which hardly anybody bothers to seek the
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original meaning devices in the hands of clever men in power to lull the simpletons into permanent obedience convenient names round which it might be easy to rally converging national aspirations or political tendencies or just the last resort of weaklings and cranks that is practically all they are all they have been reduced to in the course of a few centuries a lot of them they are dead in fact as dead as the old cults that flourished
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before them with the difference that those cults have long ceased exalting the stench of death while they the so-called living ones are still at the stage at which death is inseparable from corruption none neither christianity nor islam nor even buddhism can be expected now to save anything of that world they once partly conquered none have any normal place in modern life
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which is essentially devoid of all awareness of the eternal there are no activities in modern life which are not futile save perhaps those that aim at satisfying one's body's hunger growing rice growing wheat gathering chestnuts from the woods or potatoes from one's garden and the one and only sensible policy can but be to let things take their course and to await the coming destroyer destined to clear the ground for the building of
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a new age of truth the one whom the hindus named kalki and hail as the tenth and last incarceration of vishnu the destroyer whose advent is the condition of the preservation of life according to life's everlasting laws we know all this will sound utterly folly to those more and more numerous who despite the untold horrors of our age remain convinced that humanity is progressing
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it will appear as cynicism even to many of those who accept our belief in cyclic evolution which is the universal traditional belief expressed in poetic form and all the sacred texts of the world including the bible we have nothing to reply to this latter possible criticism for it is entirely based upon an emotional attitude which is not ours but we can try to point out the vanity of the popular belief in progress being it only
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in order to stress the rationality and strength of the theory of cycles which forms the background of the triple study which is the subject of this book the exponents of the belief in progress put forth many arguments to prove to themselves and to others that our times with all their undeniable drawbacks are on the whole better than any epoch of the past and even that they showed definite signs of improvement
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it is not possible to analyze all their arguments in detail but one can easily detect the fallacies hidden in the most widespread and apparently the most convincing of them all the advocates of progress lay enormous stress upon such things as literacy individual freedom equal opportunities for all men religious toleration and humaneness in this last line covering all such
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tendencies has fined their expression in the modern preoccupation for child welfare prison reforms better conditions of labor state aid to the sick and destitute and if not greater kindness at least less cruelty to animals the dazzling results obtained of recent years and the application of scientific discoveries to industrial and other practical pursuits are of course the most popular of all
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instances expected to show how marvelous our times are at that point we shall not discuss as we have already made it clear that we by no means deny or minimize the importance of technical progress what we do deny is the existence of any progress at all in the value of man as such whether individually or collectively and our reflections on universal literacy and other highly praised
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signs of improvement in which our contemporaries take pride all spring from that one point of view we believe that man's value as every creature's value ultimately lies not in the mere intellect but in the spirit in the capacity to reflect that which for lack of a more precise word we choose to call the divine that which is true and beautiful beyond all manifestation that which remains timeless and
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therefore unchangeable within all changes we believe it with the difference that in our eyes contrary to what the christians maintain that the capacity to reflect the divine is closely linked with man's race and physical health in other words that the spirit is anything but independent from the body and we fail to see that the different improvements that we witness today in education or in the social field
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in government or even in technical matters have either made individual men and women more valuable in that sense or created any new lasting type of civilization in which man's possibilities of all round perfection thus conceived are being promoted the hindus seem to be today the soul people who by tradition share our views and they have in course of time fail to maintain the divine
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order the rule of the natural ruling castes and we the only people in the west who have tried to restore in modern times have been materially ruined by the agents of those forces of false equality that the modern world calls forces of progress progress it is true that today at least in all highly organized typically modern countries nearly
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everybody can read and write but what of that to be able to read and write is an advantage and a considerable one but it is not a virtue it is a tool and a weapon a means to an end a very useful thing no doubt but not an end in itself the ultimate value of literacy depends upon the end to which it is used and to what end is it generally used today it is used for convenience
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or for entertainment by those who read for some advertisement or some objectionable propaganda for money making or power grabbing by those who write sometimes of course by both for acquiring or spreading disinterested knowledge of the few things worth knowing for finding expression of or giving expression to the few deep feelings that can lift the man to the awareness of things eternal but not more often so than in the days in which one man out of ten thousand could underestimate
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the symbolism of the written word generally today the man or woman whom compulsory education has made literate uses writing to communicate personal matters to absent friends and relatives to fill forms one of the international occupations of modern civilized humanity or to commit to memory little useful but otherwise trifling things such as someone's address or telephone number or the date of some
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appointment with the hairdresser or the dentist or the list of clean clothes due from the laundry he or she reads to pass time because outside of the hours of dreary work mere thinking is no longer intense and interesting enough to serve that purpose we know that there are also people whose whole lives have been directed to some beautiful destiny by a book a poem a mere sentence read in a distant childhood
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like schliemann who lavishly spent on archaeological excavations the wealth patiently and purposely gathered in 40 years of dreary toil all for the sake of impression left upon him as a boy by the immortal story of troy but such people always lived even before compulsory education came into fashion and the stories heard and remembered were no less inspiring than stories now read the real advantage
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of general literacy if any is to be sought elsewhere it lies not in the better quality either of the exceptional men and women or of the literate millions but rather in the fact that the latter are rapidly becoming intellectually more lazy and therefore more credulous than ever and not less so more easily deceived more liable to be led like sheep without even the shadow of a protest
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provided the nonsense one wishes them to swallow be presented to them in printed form and made to appear scientific the higher the general level of literacy the easier it is for a government in control of the daily press of the wireless and of the publishing business these almost irresistible modern means of action upon the mind to keep the masses and the intelligentsia under its thumb without them even
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suspecting it among widely illiterate but more actively thinking people openly governed in the old autocratic manner a prophet direct mouthpiece of the gods or of genuine collective aspirations could always hope to rise between secular authority and the people the priests themselves could never be quite sure of keeping the people in obedience forever the people could choose to listen to the prophet if they liked
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and they did sometimes today wherever universal literacy is prevalent inspired exponents of timeless truth prophets or even selfless advocates of timely practical changes have less and less chances to appear sincere thought real free thought ready in the name of superhuman authority or of humble common sense to question the basis of what is officially taught and generally accepted is less and less
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likely to thrive it is we repeat by far easier to enslave a literate person than an illiterate one strange as this may seem at first sight and the enslavement is more likely to be lasting the real advantage of universal literacy is to tighten the grip of the governing power upon the foolish and conceited millions that is probably why it is dimmed into our heads from babyhood onwards
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that literacy is such a boon capacity to think for oneself is however the real boon and that always was and always will be the privilege of a minority once recognized as a natural elite and respected today compulsory mass education and an increasingly standardized literature for the consumption of conditioned brains outstanding signs of progress tend to reduce that minority
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to the smallest possible proportions ultimately to suppress it altogether is that what mankind wants if so mankind is losing its razon detroit and the sooner the end of this so-called civilization the better what we have said of literacy can roughly be repeated about those two other main glories of modern democracy individual freedom and equality of opportunities for every person
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the first is a lie and a more and more sinister one as the shackles of compulsory education are being forced and more hopelessly fastened around people's whole being the second is an absurdity one of the funniest inconsistencies of the average citizen of the modern industrialized world is the way in which he criticizes all institutions of older and better civilizations such as the caste system of the hindus
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or the all-absorbing family cult of the far east on the ground that these tend to check the liberty of the individual he does not realize how exacting nay how annihilating is the command of the collective authority which he obeys half of the time unknowingly compared with that of traditional collective authority in apparently less free societies the caste-ridden or family-ridden people of
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india or of the far east might not be allowed to do all that they like in many relatively trifling and in a few really all-important matters of daily life but they are left to believe what they like or rather what they can to feel according to their own nature and to express themselves freely about a great number of essential matters they are allowed to conduct their higher life in the manner they judge the wisest for them after their
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duties to family taste and king have been fulfilled the individual living under the iron and steel rule of modern progress can eat whatever he fancies to a great extent and marry whom he pleases unfortunately and go whenever he likes in theory at least but he is made to accept in all extra individual matters matters which to us really count the beliefs the attitude to life the
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scale of values and to a great extent the political views that tend to strengthen the mighty socio-economic system of exploitation to which he belongs to which he is forced to belong in order to be able to live and in which he is a mere cog and what is more he is made to believe that it is a privilege of his to be a cog in such an organism that the unimportant matters in which he
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feels he is his own master are in fact the most important ones the only really important ones he is taught not to value that freedom of judgment about ultimate truth aesthetical ethical or metaphysical of which he is subtly more still he is told in the democratic countries at any rate that he is free in all respects that he is an individual answerable to none but to his
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own conscience after years of clever conditioning have molded his conscience and his whole being so thoroughly according to pattern that he is no longer capable of reacting differently well can such a man speak of pressure upon the individual in any society ancient or modern one can realize to what an extent men's minds have been curved both by deliberate and unconscious conditioning in the world in which we live today when
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one encounters people who have never come under the influence of industrial civilization or when one happens oneself to be lucky enough to have defied from childhood onwards the pernicious pressure of standardized education and to have remained free amidst the crowd of those who react as they were taught to in all fundamental matters the cleavage between the thinking and the unthinking the free and the slaves is appalling
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as for equality of opportunities there can be no such thing anyhow really speaking by producing men and women different both in degree and in quality of intelligence sensitiveness and willpower different in character and temperament nature herself gives them the most unequal opportunities of fulfilling their aspirations whatever these might be an over emotional and rather weak person can for instance neither conceive the same
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ideal of happiness nor have equal chances of reaching it in life as one who is born with a more balanced nature and a stronger will that is obvious and add to that the characteristics that differentiate one race of men from another and the absurdity of the very notion of human equality becomes even more striking what our contemporaries mean when they speak of equality of opportunities is the fact that in modern society so
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they say any man or woman stands more and more as many chances as his or her neighbor of holding the position and doing the job for which he or she is naturally fitted but that too is only partially true for more and more the world today the world dominated by grand scale industry and mass production can offer only jobs in which the best of the workers self plays little or no part if he
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or she by anything more than a merely clever and materially efficient person the hereditary craftsman who could find the best expression for what is conveniently called his soul in his daily weaving carpet making enamel work etc even the tiller of the soil and personal contact with mother earth in the sun and these seasons is becoming more and more a figure of the past there are less and less opportunities
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also for the sincere seeker of truth speaker or writer who refuses to become the expounder of broadly accepted ideas products of mass conditioning for which he or she does not stand for the seeker of beauty who refuses to bend his or her art to the demands of popular taste which he or she knows to be bad taste such people have to waste much of their time doing
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inefficiently and grudgingly some job for which they are not fitted in order to live before they can devote the rest of it to what the hindus would call their sadhana the work for which their deeper nature has appointed them their life's dedication the idea of modern division of labor condensed in the oft quoted sentence the right man in the right place boils down in practice to the fact that
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any man any one of the dull indiscriminate millions can be conditioned to occupy any place while the best of human beings the only ones who still justify the existence of the more and more degenerate species are allowed no place at all progress remain the religious toleration of our times and their humaneness compared with the barbarity of the past two jokes to say
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the least recalling some of the most spectacular horrors of history the burning of heretics and witches at the stake the wholesale massacre of heathens and other no less repulsive manifestations of christian civilization in europe conquered america and elsewhere modern man is filled with pride in progress accomplished in one line at least since the end of the dark ages of religious fanaticism
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however bad they be our contemporaries have at any rate grown out of the habit of torturing people for such trifles as their conception of the holy trinity or their ideas about predestination and purgatory such is modern man's feelings because theological questions have lost all importance in his life but in the days when christian churches persecuted one another and encouraged the conversion and encourage
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the conversion of heathen nations by means of blood and fire both the persecutors and the persecuted both the christians and those who wished to remain faithful to non-christian creeds looked upon such questions as vital in one way or another and the real reason for which nobody is put to torture today for the sake of his or her religious beliefs is not that torture as such has become
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distasteful to everybody in advanced 20th century civilization not that individuals and states have become tolerant but just that among those who have the power of inflicting pain hardly anybody takes vivid vital interest in religion let alone in theology the so-called religious toleration practiced by modern states and individuals springs from anything but an intelligent understanding
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and love of all religions as manifold symbolical expressions of the same few essential eternal truths as hindu toleration does and always did it is rather the outcome of a grossly ignorant contempt for all religions of indifference to those very truths which their various founders endeavored to reassert again and again it is no toleration at all
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to judge how far our contemporaries have or not the right to boast of their spirit of toleration the best is to watch their behavior towards those whom they decidedly look upon as the enemies of their gods the men who happen to be holding views contrary to theirs concerning not some theological quibble in which they are not interested but some political or socio-political ideology which they regard as a threat to civilization
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or as the only creed through which civilization can be saved nobody can deny that in all such circumstances and especially in wartime they all perform to the extent they have the power or condone to the extent they have not themselves the opportunity of performing actions in every respect as ugly as those ordered performed or tolerated in the past in the name of different religions if indeed the latter
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ugly bee the only difference is perhaps that modern cold-blooded atrocities only become known when the hidden powers in control of the means of herd conditioning of the press of the wireless in the cinema decide for ends anything but humanitarian that they should be when they happen to be the enemies atrocities not one's own nor those of one's gallant allies and when their story is therefore considered to be
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good propaganda on account of the current indignation it is expected to create and of the new incentive it is expected to give the war effort moreover after a war fought or supposed to have been fought for an ideology the modern equivalent of the bitter religious conflicts of old the horrors rightly or wrongly said to have been perpetrated by the vanquished are the only ones to be broadcasted all over the world while the victors try as hard as they
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can to make believe that their high command at least never shut its eyes to any similar horrors but in 16th century europe and before and among the warriors of islam conjunct conducting jihad against men of other faiths each side was well aware of the atrocious means used not only by its opponents for their foul lens but by its own people and its own leaders in order to uproot heresy or to fight
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poppery or to preach the name of allah to infidels modern man is more of a moral coward he wants the advantages of violent intolerance which is only natural but he shuns the responsibility of it progress that also the so-called humaneness of our contemporaries compared with their forefathers is just lack of nerve or lack of strong feelings increasing cowardice or
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increasing apathy modern man is squeamish about atrocities even about ordinary unimaginative brutality only when it happens that the aims for which atrocious or merely brutal actions are performed are either hateful or indifferent to him in all other circumstances he shuts his eyes to any horrors especially when he knows that the victims can never retaliate as it is the case with all atrocities committed by man upon animals
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for whatever purpose it be and he demands at the most not to be reminded of them too often and too noisily he reacts as though he classified atrocities under two headlines the unavoidable and the avoidable the unavoidable are those that serve or are supposed to serve modern man's purpose generally the good of humanity or the triumph of democracy they are tolerated nay justified the avoidable are those
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which are occasionally committed or said to be committed by people whose purpose is alien to his they alone are condemned and they're real or supposed authors or inspirers branded by public opinion as criminals against humanity which are anyhow the alleged signs of that wonderful humaneness of modern man according to those who believe in progress
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we no longer have today they say the horrid executions of former times traders are no longer hung drawn and quartered as was the custom in glorious 16th century england anything approaching in ghastlyness the torture and execution of francois damien upon the central square of paris before thousands of people purposely came to see it on the 28th of may 1757 would be unthinkable
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in modern france modern man also no longer upholds slavery nor does he in theory at least justify the exploitation of the masses under any form and his wars even his wars monstrous as they may seem with their elaborate apparatus of costly the modical machinery are beginning to admit within their code so one says some amount of humanity and justice modern man is horrified at the mere
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thought of the wartime habits of ancient peoples at the sacrifice of twelve young trojans to the shade of the greek hero patrocles not to speak of the far less ancient but far more atrocious sacrifices of prisoners of war to the aztec war god but the aztecs though relatively modern were not christians nor as far as we know believers in all round progress finally one says modern man is kinder or less cruel to
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animals than his forefathers were alone an enormous amount of prejudice in favor of our times can enable one to be taken in by such fallacies surely modern man does not uphold slavery he denounces it vehemently but he practices it nevertheless and on a wider scale than ever and far more thoroughly than the ancients ever could whether in the capitalistic west or in the tropics or from what one hears outside its
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impenetrable walls even in the one state supposed to be the workers paradise there are differences of course in antiquity even the slave had hours of leisures and merriment that were all his own he had his games of dice in the shade of the columns of his master's portico his coarse jokes his free chatter his free life outside his daily routine the modern slave has not the privilege of loitering
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completely carefree for half an hour his so-called leisure itself is either filled with almost compulsory entertainment as exacting and often as dreary as his work or in quote lands of freedom poisoned by economic worries but he is not openly bought and sold he is just taken and taken not by a man in some way at least superior to himself but by a huge impersonal system without
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either a body to kick or a soul to dam or a head to answer for its mischief and similarly old horrors have no doubt disappeared from the records of so-called civilized mankind regarding both justice and war but new and worse ones unknown to quote barbaric ages have crept up in their place one single instance is ghastly enough to suffice the long drawn trial not of criminals
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not of traitors nor regicides nor wizards but of the finest leading characters of europe their iniquitous condemnation after months and months of every kind of humiliation and systematical moral torture their final hanging in the slowest and cruelest possible manner that whole sinister farce staged at nuremberg in 1945 to 1946
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and 1947 by a pack of victorious cowards and hypocrites is immeasurably more disgusting than all the post-war human sacrifices of the past rolled in one including those performed according to the well-known mexican ritual for there at least however painful might have been the traditional process of killing the victims were frankly done to death for the delight of the tribal god of the victors and of the victors themselves
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without any macabre mock pretense of quote justice and they were moreover taken from all ranks of captured warriors not malignantly selected from the elite of their people only nor did the elite of the vanquished people represent in most cases as it actually did in the shameful trial of our progressive times the very elite of their continent nor did the elite of the vanquished people represent in most cases
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as it actually did in the shameful trial of our progressive times the very elite of their continent as for such unthinkable atrocities as took place in france and in spain and many other countries from the middle ages onwards one would find quite a number of episodes of the recent spanish civil war not to mention the no less impressive record of horrors performed still more recently by the quote heroes of the french resistance during the
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second world war to match them and more often than not to outdo them and curiously enough although they say they hate such things a considerable number of men and women of today while lacking the guts to commit horrible actions personally seem to be just as keen as ever on watching them being performed or at least on thinking of them and gloating over them and enjoying them vicariously if denied
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the morbid pleasure of watching such are the people who in modern england gather before the prison gates whenever a man is to be hanged expecting goodness knows what unhealthy excitement from the mere fact of reading the announcement that justice has been done people who if only given an opportunity would run to see a public execution nay a public burning of witches or heretics no doubt as speedily as their forefathers once did such are also millions of folk hitherto
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civilized and apparently kind who reveal themselves in their proper light no sooner a war breaks out no sooner they feel encouraged to display the most repulsive type of imagination in competitive descriptions of what tortures every one of them would inflict upon the enemy's leader if he or more often she had a free hand such are at heart all those who glow over the sufferings of the fallen enemy
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after a victorious war and they are also millions millions of vicarious savages mean at the same time as cruel unmanly whom the warriors of the so-called barbaric ages would have thoroughly despised but more cowardly and more hypocritical perhaps than anything else is progressive modern man's behavior towards living nature and in particular towards the animal kingdom of that i have spoken at length
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in another book and i shall therefore here be contended with underlining a few facts primitive man and also man whose picturesque civilization is anything but modern is bad enough it is true as far as his treatment of animals is concerned one only has to travel in the least industrialized countries of southern europe or in the near and middle east to acquire a very definite certitude on that point
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and not all the modern leaders have been equally successful in putting an end to age-old cruelties to dumb beasts whether in the east or in the west gandhi could not in the name of that universal kindness which he repeatedly preached as the main tenet of his faith prevent hindu milkman from deliberately starving their male calves to death in order to sell a few extra pints of cow's milk mussolini could not detect and prosecute all those italians who
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even under his government persisted in the detestable habit of plucking chickens alive on the ground that the feathers come off more easily there is no getting away from the fact that kindness to animals on a national scale does not ultimately depend upon the teachings of any superimposed religion or philosophy it is one of the distinctive characteristics of the truly superior races and no religious philosophical
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or political alchemy can turn base metal into gold this does not mean to say that a good teaching cannot help to bring the best out of every race as well as out of every individual man or woman but modern industrial civilization to the extent it is man-centered not controlled by any inspiration of a superhuman cosmic order and tends to stress quantity instead of quality production and wealth instead of character and inherent worth
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is anything but congenial to the development of consistent universal kindness even among the better people it hides cruelty it does nothing to suppress or even to lessen it it excuses nay it exalts any atrocity upon animals which happens to be directly or indirectly connected with money making from the daily horrors of these slaughterhouses to the martyrdom of animals at the hand
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of the circus trainer the trapper and also very often of the skinner in the case of furry creatures and of the vivisector naturally the quote higher interest of human beings is put forward as a justification without people realizing that a humanity which is prepared to buy amusement or luxury or tasty food or even scientific information or means of healing the sick at such a cost
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as that is no longer worthy to live the fact remains that there has never been more degeneracy and more disease of all descriptions among men than in this world of compulsory or almost compulsory vaccination and inoculation this world which exalts criminals against life torturers of innocent living creatures for man's ends such as louis pasteur to the rank of quote great men while condemning the really great ones
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who struggled to stress the sacred hierarchy of human races before and above the over-emphasized and anyhow obvious hierarchy of beings and who incidentally built the only state in the west whose laws for the protection of dumb creatures reminded one for the first time after centuries and to the extent it was possible in a modern industrial country of cold climate of the decrees of emperor asoka and harshavardhana such a world may well boast of its
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tender care for prized dogs and cats and for pet animals in general while trying to forget and to make better civilizations forget the hideous fact of a million creatures vivisected yearly in great britain alone it cannot make us overlook its hidden horrors and convince its progress and kindness to animals any more than of its increasing kindness to people irrespectively of their creed we refuse to see in it anything else but the darkest living
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evidence of that which the hindus have characterized from time and memorial as kali yuga the dark age the era of gloom the last and fortunately the shortest subdivision of the present cycle in history there is no hope of putting things right in such an age it is essentially the age so forcefully though laconically described in the book of books the bhagavad gita as that in which out
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of the corruption of woman proceeds the confusion of castes out of the confusion of caste the lost memory out of loss of memory the lack of understanding and out of this all evils the age in which falsehood is termed truth and truth persecuted as falsehood or mocked as insanity in which the exponents of truth the divinely inspired leaders the real friends of their race and of all the living
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the godlike men are defeated and their followers humbled and their memories slandered while the masters of lies are hailed as saviors the age in which every man and woman is in the wrong place in the world dominated by inferior individuals bastardized races and vicious doctrines all part and parcel of an order of inherent ugliness far worse than complete anarchy
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this is the age in which our triumphant democrats and our hopeful communists boast of slow but steady progress through science and education thanks very much for such progress the very side of it is enough to conform us in our belief in the immemorial cyclic theory of history illustrated in the myths of all ancient natural religions including that one from which the jews and through them their disciples the
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christians borrowed the symbolical story of the garden of eden perfection at the beginning of time it impresses upon us the fact that human history far from being a steady ascension towards the better is an increasingly hopeless process of bastardization emasculation and demoralization of mankind an inexorable fall it rouses us in the yearning to see the
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end the final crash that will push into oblivion both those worthless isms that are the product of the decay of thought and of character and the no less worthless religions of equality which have slowly prepared the ground for them the coming of kalki the divine destroyer of evil the dawn of a new cycle opening as all time cycles ever did with golden age never mind how bloody the final crash
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may be never mind what old treasures may perish forever in the redeeming conflagration the sooner it comes the better we are waiting for it and for the following glory confident in the divinely established cyclic law that governs all manifestation of existence in time the law of eternal return we are waiting for it and for the subsequent triumph of the truth persecuted today for the triumph under whatever name of
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the only faith in harmony with the everlasting laws of being of the only modern ism which is anything but modern being just the latest expression of principles as old as the sun the triumph of all those men who throughout centuries and today have never lost the vision of the everlasting order decreed by the sun and who fought in a selfless spirit to impress that vision upon others we are waiting for the glorious restoration this time on a worldwide scale of the
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new order projection in time in the next as in every recurring golden age of the everlasting order of the cosmos it is the only thing worth living for and dying for if given that privilege now in 1948 [Music] written in edinburgh on the 9th of april 1948 the 707th anniversary
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of the famous battle of lignitz you

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