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Siegfried
Sunday, January 22nd, 2006, 10:48 AM
Yesterday I came across a Cosmotheist website I had not seen before (www.cosmotheism-community.com). For those who do not know what Cosmotheism is; it's a more or less pantheist religion/philosophy/ideology devised by the late William Pierce, an American racialist. In their own words:


Cosmotheism is a religion which positively asserts there is an internal meaning and purpose in life and in the cosmos. There is an essential unity, or consciousness that binds all living beings and all of the inorganic cosmos, as one. And what our true identity is this: we are the cosmos, made self-aware and self-conscious by evolution.

Our undeniable human purpose, is to know and to complete ourselves as conscious individuals, and also as a self-aware species, and thereby to co-evolve with the cosmos towards total and universal awareness, and towards the ever-higher perfection of consciousness and being.

On the above-mentioned website, I came across the following piece, which apparently attempt to build a bridge between folkish Odinism and racialist Cosmotheism. I'll reproduce it here. Let me know what the good heathens here think.


Cosmotheism and Odinism – are they compatible?
Many dedicated white nationalists seek to find alternative religions once they understand and reject the Judeo-Christian 'moral' values that dwell in modern day society. Once they have become politically and racially conscious they reject everything that is alien and foreign to our peoples.

This ultimately results in many white nationalists rejecting Christianity and seeking exclusively white religions such as Asatru (Odinism) which was the original religion of the Europeans before Christianity was imposed by sword.

Cosmotheism is essentially a religion based on natural laws in which our genetic make up is every bit as important as anything else – even more so. The term “cosmos” is Greek for “the orderly, systematic Universe” while “theism” simply means “the doctrine or belief in the existence of a God or gods.”

Now, Cosmotheism does not believe that a literal, physical god exists. Rather, we take a pantheistic view on this concept. Meaning, we believe “god is in all” and “all is in god.” The word “God” or “Creator” is a word that could simply replace “Nature” or “Evolution” or anything along those lines.

Many modern day Odinists recognize the gods and goddesses of northern Europe as “living in nature and existing in our people’s blood.” In other words, they subscribe to the pantheistic worldview of “god is in all – all is in god.”

Cosmotheism is indeed a racial religion, and Odinism is most certainly a folkish European religion. Both Cosmotheists and folkish Odinists understand the importance of honoring our forefathers, protecting our heritage, and safeguarding our gene pool.

It is my firm belief that a person could be both a Cosmotheist as well as a folkish Odinist. The symbol of Cosmotheism after all is the “Life Rune” which is a character of the ancient runic alphabet (futhark) used by our pagan northern European kindred. For Cosmotheists the Life Rune symbolizes the Divine Spark and Upward Path especially found in our people above all others; it is indeed a symbol that connects the past and now the future of our people.

Vanir
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006, 10:46 AM
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I don't like them!


Life is life is life.
If I kill a fish, a worm, or a person, Nature itself does not cry out in anguish and protest. The Earth just keeps on revolving on its axis. There is no innate purpose or meaning to it, it just it.

At whatever level, this need to establish some kind of irreducible element that requires Presumption/Faith/Assumption/Belief/Whatever, whether it is God, Some touchy-feely life force that binds everyone with the Dolphins, it's all the same to me.


which positively asserts there is an internal meaning and purpose in life and in the cosmos. They try to qualify this statement immediately afterwards in an attempt to make it sound less "God-Squad" but the words are there regardless.


Our undeniable human purpose, is to know and to complete ourselves as conscious individuals, and also as a self-aware species, and thereby to co-evolve with the cosmos There they go again.

Just my 2cents...

Siegfried
Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 12:07 AM
:D I expected a storm of outrage, but it's rather quiet so far ;)

Sifsvina
Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 04:05 AM
Adhering to two religions at once goes very much against my beliefs and I believe the basics of "folkishness". Cosmotheism smacks of too much newagey "we're all one" that leads to a mixing and matching of deities, multi-cultural mixing, an all too sympathetic view of worthless people, and a loss of that which makes us different. I have watched in a number of people, the more they drop any participation in other religious practices the more "folkish" they get in other ways, this is not always true but is a tendency I've seen. If religion is just a buffet to pick and chose from the overall quality goes down drastically and the essence is lost. Why would one want to be two different religions at the same time?! I believe you can be a "Folkish Heathen" and use certain points of philosophy as described here but "Folkish Odinism" implies a belief in specific deities and a specific religion. This is a real religion, for people willing to put their hands in the dirt, too often pure philosophy is just a bunch of impractical wanking :-) I would have to read further on Cosmotheism to say what opinion I have of it beyond what was posted here but I do not want to right now :-) :valkyrie

Sigurd
Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 09:02 AM
The fluffy way of adding two religions together to make a new one has become so much of an old hat by now, that I am close to giving up commenting on them. ;)

Moody
Saturday, March 25th, 2006, 04:34 PM
They are compatible, especially as Cosmotheism tends to shy away from naming gods and talks in abstract terms. One could take that framework and apply the Norse gods and the Norse Worlds to it.

I have one problem with the coinage 'Odinism' though [and I have used it myself too].
And that is its implication of monotheism.
It is almost as if it were describing the 'religion of Odin' [and is therefore analogous to Christianity as the religion of Christ], rather than the religion of the Gods, Goddesses & wights of the Norse pantheon.

To that end 'Asatru' is probably preferable, although we know what 'Odinism' really means.

Leofric
Saturday, March 25th, 2006, 09:13 PM
I have one problem with the coinage 'Odinism' though [and I have used it myself too].
And that is its implication of monotheism.
It is almost as if it were describing the 'religion of Odin' [and is therefore analogous to Christianity as the religion of Christ], rather than the religion of the Gods, Goddesses & wights of the Norse pantheon.

To that end 'Asatru' is probably preferable, although we know what 'Odinism' really means.
Good point about Odinism, and something that has always bothered me about the term. I wonder if Theodism might not be even better than Ásatrú, though. I think this for two reasons: first, Ásatrú fails to describe every adherent to the faith, in that it ignores the sentiments of those who feel that faithfulness to the Vanir is an important part of the religion, of those who focus more heavily on the spirits of their ancestors, of those who feel that the religion can have atheistic expressions, and so on; second, Theodism is more analogous to the names of other, more widely-known folk religions like Judaism and Hinduism. Though as you say, we all know what is meant when any of these terms is used.

As regards cosmotheism, I personally have no taste for it. I see it as part of the big, bland mess that is White Nationalism, an ideology I find devoid of any cultural value or richness. Our ancestral religion, on the other hand (whatever we choose to call it), is full of life and meaning and organicity in a way that the ideologies and systems of White Nationalism can never be, in my opinion. Though I don't feel it's inherently wrong for a follower of our ancestral religion to be involved in cosmotheism, I don't think it's especially helpful either. But I must admit that my opinion on the topic is shaped more by my prejudices against White Nationalism than by any real knowledge I have of cosmotheism itself (beyond reading some of their preliminary literature on the belief system).

Moody
Friday, March 31st, 2006, 02:51 PM
Our ancestral religion, on the other hand (whatever we choose to call it), is full of life and meaning and organicity in a way that the ideologies and systems of White Nationalism can never be, in my opinion.

I am not sure I agree with you there, as I see little evidence of a real "ancestral religion" working in [i]practice amongst the Folk.

I see interest in a *mythology*, yes; I see an interest in *history*, and in the reconstruction of that history - and this is all very laudable.
But I do not see anything like a real *religion* in the total sense of the word .

I do not see anybody willing to die for their Faith outside of the major religions already established, be they Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism etc.,

I believe that Pierce tried, with his Cosmotheism, to invent a kind of grand-scale Folkist religion to rival the established religions; that he didn't succeed suggests some deep rooted problems *within* the movement.

While I believe that the Norse and Celtic forms of Paganism are right for the Germanic Folk, I do not believe that any organisation involved in reviving them has progressed beyond a glorified historical reconstruction coupled with New Agist whimsy.
I have found that those involved are either sectarian and factitious to a ridiculous degree [and so have about 3 members], or else are politically correct and bland [and so have about 30 members].

I am not being deliberately argumentative here, nor am I trying to flame.
I am just trying to reflect my own disappointment found every time I've tried to make some head-way in Norse/Germanic/Celtic Paganism.
It seems that the true spirituality and collective feeling is lacking in many of these outlets; there is nothing 're-ligious' [literally a 'binding [i]back' to the traditions of the Folk] about most of them; they are cliquey and self-obsessed.

Utopian
Friday, March 31st, 2006, 05:43 PM
I do not see anybody willing to die for their Faith

Assuming that you mean by those willing to die for their religion as some sort of heroic battle it would not be wise for heathens to start that war right now, nor is it an act that one should take lightly. Those who we may call “differentiated” are truly a minority among the world of modernity, and therefore if they all ended up dead then the meek would inherit the earth. Moreover, heroism doesn’t garner the same respect as it once did. Rather than lift up a people through acts of bravery it is more likely to be seen as “psychotic savagery” and so cast heathenism in a further negative light. So it is better to let the forces of modernism smash their own heads.

The problem that I would pin on modern pagan movements is not the lack of willingness to die for their beliefs but that they lack reference points of a truly authentic higher order and so therefore are absent of a genuine transcendent component. This is obvious where we see nothing more than a system of values and empty rituals masquerading as sacred but in all actuality requires no more skill or specialization than that held by a lowest common denominator. Most modern pagans don’t even know what the high initiation or royal art is to begin with and as a consequence wouldn’t even know what it is they were really fighting for. But at the peak of the Age of the Wolf it is pretty much a losing battle to take society head on in a struggle for control, because most people today cannot even overcome their most basic natures and are too caught up in decadence and materialism to attempt such a spiritual feat. Hence, the true spiritual tradition of our folk is despised by the people of this age. It is an unfortunate circumstance but it is a fact that above all else must be considered.

The will to power is indeed a dangerous concept if at the very heart of which is the failure to recognize any authentic traditional reason for fighting such a battle. Such a movement would be utterly useless if it only succeeded in installing a regime and an order which was mixed up with all of the same modernist poisons which we ought to be against. We also cannot ignore the fact that all of the nationalist revolutions have ended up in paving the way for worse forms of government. The same case could be made against the populist-nationalists which are too caught up in “democracy,” “humanism” and modernist nonsense to be an effective front. It is the same as if I were to claim to be in opposition to smoking while selling you the very same cigarettes which I said were bad for you.

Moody
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, 03:39 PM
Thanks for that reply; if I may just take up a couple of your points;


Those who we may call “differentiated” are truly a minority among the world of modernity, and therefore if they all ended up dead then the meek would inherit the earth.

But isn't there the implication here that the 'differentiated' should err on the side of 'meekness'?
Are you suggesting that by being meek & unheroic we will eventually win?
I think that is a recipe for the quick genocide of the White Aryan race.

Religions have long known that martyrdom actually encourages others to join the Faith.
In other words, when a religion has those who are willing to die for it, it has the most effective of recruiting sergents.

The religious always taunt the secular in this way; 'you love life, whereas we love death'; and this is how a religion wins.

This is not to say that a 'Heaven's Gate; type of mass self-slaughter is necessary; that is not as desirable. But what *is* necessary in any religion is that there are a minority of adherents who will die for their Faith for the reasons given.

Without the defiant few who are ready die, then the religion itself will die.

So this leads me to an obvious question: did the Germanic Heathenry of the Dark Ages fail in the face of the Chrisitan take-over because Heathens were not prepared to die for their Faith?

And if the answer is 'yes' to that, then is not there the suspicion that history is busy repeating itself?
We know from accounts that some Heathens did indeed sell their souls to Rome, just as Aryans today sell out to International Capitalism.

This also leads me to think that many modern versions of Heathenry are not truly religious.

A religion needs to have at least *one* person ready to die for it.


Moreover, heroism doesn’t garner the same respect as it once did. Rather than lift up a people through acts of bravery it is more likely to be seen as “psychotic savagery” and so cast heathenism in a further negative light. So it is better to let the forces of modernism smash their own heads.

This is a gamble that needs to have time on its side, and that is something lacking today.
Also, this approach implies a lack of a sense of Destiny; again, a religion needs to have that sense, and Heathenry certainly did.
Surely we must belive that it is our rightful destiny to defeat the enemies of our Faith?

To worry about the negative image given us by the enemy is to fall into the enemy's hands.
All the enemy has to do is smear Heathenry, and then be safe in the knowledge that Heathens will then adjust their beliefs in order to get a 'good image' courtesy of the enemy. Far-right political groups are actually going this way too as you indicate; this is *not* healthy.

I would also say that Heroism is [i]central to the Heathen outlook, and cannot be dispensed with.


We also cannot ignore the fact that all of the nationalist revolutions have ended up in paving the way for worse forms of government.

I do not see that there is a necessary causal factor there.
Of course, the defeat of nationalism resulted in the setting-up of worse government, just as the defeat of Heathenry resulted in the setting up of an Internationalist religion.
However, this should not mean that we therefore have to give up because some were defeated in the past!
We cannot ignore the other fact that there were Aryan victories too; we must surely emulate the winners in our history, and not use any losses as an excuse to give up.

So ultimately, I find your argument defeatist, and it leads me to wonder; does Odinism have the necessary substance to give us victory?
It is noticeable that Hitler thought that it didn't; I'd like to see him proven wrong there.
Unfortunately, I do not think that Cosmotheism is the answer either.

We need some new Gods - and some new martyrs.

Utopian
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, 07:13 PM
Thanks for that reply; if I may just take up a couple of your points;



But isn't there the implication here that the 'differentiated' should err on the side of 'meekness'?
Are you suggesting that by being meek & unheroic we will eventually win?
I think that is a recipe for the quick genocide of the White Aryan race.

No, I do not advocate meekness. Certainly not. But let's walk through that scene a moment. Let's say that a heathen revolution, or lesser holy war, began. The differentiated are truly a minority up against the forces of modernity that it would be a worse defeat than WWII. The lesson I take away from WWII is that first of all, there are just too many enemies of tradition to go up against that the defenders of tradition became bogged down fighting the masses which greatly outnumbered them. Most of the heroes were killed which left a gaping hole in the line of defense, therefore allowing for easy overthrow of civilization and the enslavement of our people without any further presence of opposition. Secondly, the nationalist revolution wasn't exactly the return to tradition as it lacked a true nonhuman and eternal center. Their focus was almost completely physical and biological absent of any component of spiritual transcendence.



Religions have long known that martyrdom actually encourages others to join the Faith.
In other words, when a religion has those who are willing to die for it, it has the most effective of recruiting sergents.


We may have two different ideas of religion. I don't believe that a true religion can exist outside of a valid initiation. Therefore I don't see faith as merely a system of beliefs and values, but of direct spiritual action. This also ties into a third point that I would make, which is that dying for religion could mean anything. What is common today is a free-for-all interpretation of heathenism which goes completely against tradition. In this sense, people who claim to be fighting for the same cause are actually on opposite sides of the spectrum. That is how revolutions get out of control and turn on those who started them. History is full of great military feats that have gone awry. Similarly, the Roman Empire which started out heathen and destroyed the north quickly turned into a christian empire and further destroyed the entire continent.


The religious always taunt the secular in this way; 'you love life, whereas we love death'; and this is how a religion wins.

Perhaps momentarily, under the current conditions, but that would just prolong things. Assuming that a group could win and thus control the state, it would require a military-enforced police state to function, and I wouldn't call mass enslavement a proper victory, but a temporary solution that one could easily fall from and be much worse off than before. I don't believe that a new civilization can grow out of the old one, rather it is only from the seeds of one that has already thoroughly run itself into the ground. For this I believe the people need to lose everything they have and be faced with their coming destruction firsthand before any transformation could take place.




Without the defiant few who are ready die, then the religion itself will die.


The Eternal Religion never dies, for it is nonhuman.



So this leads me to an obvious question: did the Germanic Heathenry of the Dark Ages fail in the face of the Chrisitan take-over because Heathens were not prepared to die for their Faith?


No, they failed because they were already degenerated. See Revolt Against the Modern World by Julius Evola.



And if the answer is 'yes' to that, then is not there the suspicion that history is busy repeating itself?
We know from accounts that some Heathens did indeed sell their souls to Rome, just as Aryans today sell out to International Capitalism.

This also leads me to think that many modern versions of Heathenry are not truly religious.

A religion needs to have at least *one* person ready to die for it.


But dying for a religion is pointless if that religion already lacks a higher transcendent component.




This is a gamble that needs to have time on its side, and that is something lacking today.
Also, this approach implies a lack of a sense of Destiny; again, a religion needs to have that sense, and Heathenry certainly did.
Surely we must belive that it is our rightful destiny to defeat the enemies of our Faith?

To worry about the negative image given us by the enemy is to fall into the enemy's hands.
All the enemy has to do is smear Heathenry, and then be safe in the knowledge that Heathens will then adjust their beliefs in order to get a 'good image' courtesy of the enemy. Far-right political groups are actually going this way too as you indicate; this is *not* healthy.

I would also say that Heroism is [I]central to the Heathen outlook, and cannot be dispensed with.


I agree.




I do not see that there is a necessary causal factor there.
Of course, the defeat of nationalism resulted in the setting-up of worse government, just as the defeat of Heathenry resulted in the setting up of an Internationalist religion.
However, this should not mean that we therefore have to give up because some were defeated in the past!
We cannot ignore the other fact that there were Aryan victories too; we must surely emulate the winners in our history, and not use any losses as an excuse to give up.


I'm not saying to give up.


So ultimately, I find your argument defeatist, and it leads me to wonder; does Odinism have the necessary substance to give us victory?

I'm a Traditionalist, so victory to me would mean a return of the king and the enlightenment of the people.


It is noticeable that Hitler thought that it didn't; I'd like to see him proven wrong there.

Hitler was told by the Seers what would happen with his war on two fronts. His disregard for the sacred led to his defeat.


Unfortunately, I do not think that Cosmotheism is the answer either.

Nor do I.



We need some new Gods - and some new martyrs.

Utopian
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, 08:06 PM
Hitler was told by the Seers what would happen with his war on two fronts. His disregard for the sacred led to his defeat.


I would also add to this the similarities of Hitler's defeat to that of Julius Caesar. "Beware the Ides of March" is the familiar quote. Julius Casaer was likewise told of his own death many times by his Seers but chose to ignore it, because in his view, "though he died his empire lived on." But did his empire truly live on? I would argue the opposite, that it headed straight downhill after his death, leading to an actual anti-empire and anti-aristocracy attitude that later consumed all of Europe.

Moody
Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 07:33 PM
No, I do not advocate meekness. Certainly not. But let's walk through that scene a moment. Let's say that a heathen revolution, or lesser holy war, began. The differentiated are truly a minority up against the forces of modernity that it would be a worse defeat than WWII.

You are right if we assume that a revolt is the desired intention. However, I believe that revolts are things of the undifferentiated. It is not the job of the differentiated to fight the masses, but to lead them.
In Greater Europe and America we have millions of potential Heathen followers - they just need to be woken up and recognise that they need to be led by great men produced by that minority who have the necessary leadership qualities.


The lesson I take away from WWII is that first of all, there are just too many enemies of tradition to go up against that the defenders of tradition became bogged down fighting the masses which greatly outnumbered them. Most of the heroes were killed which left a gaping hole in the line of defense, therefore allowing for easy overthrow of civilization and the enslavement of our people without any further presence of opposition.

This is why we need a conversion of the masses, as I suggest above. We need the Nietzschean revaluation of values - in other words, we have to look at how Christianity converted the Heathen towards eventual Internationalism. We need to reverse that process; a reconversion back to the Heathen Faith. Back to the values of Nobility, Order of Rank, Differentiation and Particularism.
*we* are actually *not* outnumbered - trouble is there are millions of Whites in the Greater White World who have lost their sense of being Us.


Secondly, the nationalist revolution wasn't exactly the return to tradition as it lacked a true nonhuman and eternal center. Their focus was almost completely physical and biological absent of any component of spiritual transcendence.

This is because that European renaissance of the 1930s was not able to reclaim the Spiritual centre then, just as we still cannot today. The spiritual centre of the White World still lay in enemy territory - the territory of the Internationalist and Globalists; the Undifferentiated.
The Christian Church ultimately resisted the fascist and National Socialist revolutions, and finally came down on the side of the Universalists, as befits a religion which had become thoroughly universalist .


We may have two different ideas of religion. I don't believe that a true religion can exist outside of a valid initiation. Therefore I don't see faith as merely a system of beliefs and values, but of direct spiritual action. This also ties into a third point that I would make, which is that dying for religion could mean anything. What is common today is a free-for-all interpretation of heathenism which goes completely against tradition.

Do you deny that some Heathen traditions have been lost?
If not, is it not the case that the loss of many important aspects of Heathen tradition has resulted in huge lacunae which can only be filled in by invention? And because religion is necessarily [i]total, then those gaps and fill-ins are grievous?
Surely martyrdom is comprehensible and occurred in Heathenism? Didn't Himmler begin to research the slaughter and persecution of the Witches for that very reason?
Of course there *were* Heathen martyrs - so where are they today? - that question still resounds with a hollow echo.



In this sense, people who claim to be fighting for the same cause are actually on opposite sides of the spectrum. That is how revolutions get out of control and turn on those who started them. History is full of great military feats that have gone awry. Similarly, the Roman Empire which started out heathen and destroyed the north quickly turned into a christian empire and further destroyed the entire continent.

Tolstoy maintains that the upper class pagans of the ruling elites of the Roman Empire lost their faith in their own paganism. Notice also how the Christianity that was adopted went through an extreme period of martrydom before it came to power. Christianity filled a spiritual vacuum amongst the Romans; once it came to power it was then spread into Europe - both by the sword and persuasion. Many Heathens adopted Christianity alongside Heathenism [period of dual-faith]. They obviously found aspects of it to chime with paganism, and going back to Tolstoy, he regards the kind of Christianity of the Roman Church to be virtually pagan in itself.

The point you make about people with different aims fighting together is a good one. These are often kinds of 'marriages-of-convenience' which are destined to break up. But I go back to my first point: I do not advocate the revolutionary model. I advocate a conversion model where those of different aims are either converted, or else they obey the dictum; 'you are either with us or against us'.

So the military push itself will only take place once true Heathen unity is attained. Prior to that the military will be purely internal and defensive. Indeed, it will serve an internal function of education and conversion in itself.
We have no need of an Empire at present - we have a huge silent and invisible empire which is only slumbering. We need to wake them up to a unity of purpose.


Assuming that a group could win and thus control the state, it would require a military-enforced police state to function, and I wouldn't call mass enslavement a proper victory, but a temporary solution that one could easily fall from and be much worse off than before.

I agree; this is why I advocate a roots-upwards conversion of the youth to Heathenism. I am not averse to a military state, as I believe the warrior caste to be the highest, but it must be on the basis of a solid unity throughout the Folk - a Folk that would *aspire* to serve their ancestors in defending their homelands both in Greater Europe and North America.


I don't believe that a new civilization can grow out of the old one, rather it is only from the seeds of one that has already thoroughly run itself into the ground. For this I believe the people need to lose everything they have and be faced with their coming destruction firsthand before any transformation could take place.

I strongly disagree here; I am surprised you say that after talking of tradition so often.

Moody
Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 07:47 PM
I'm a Traditionalist, so victory to me would mean a return of the king and the enlightenment of the people.

I am a monarchist also, and I have also been suggesting that an enlightenment should be striven for.
However, I believe that true kingship and enlightenment can only come about through a Faith, an over-arching religion which unifies Church, Crown & Folk.
My quibble has been that Heathenism doesn't usually have that kind of ambition at present.
Indeed, it is the oppostite; it prefers to be cliquey and to think 'big fish, small pond'.
How can such a Heathenism rule?
How can it not think in such vast terms without being un-Heroic?
What use is something so small that no-one would die for it?


Hitler was told by the Seers what would happen with his war on two fronts. His disregard for the sacred led to his defeat.

He chose defeat because he knew that His Struggle would be remembered for thousands of years in a way that his surrender would not; all great men challenge the gods when they refuse to surrender.
And you add a remark about Caesar too ignoring the seers [the Ides of March etc.,]. But again, his murder also served a Higher Purpose, just as did the fall of the Reich.
These disasters are necessary to our destiny.

Utopian
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 05:49 PM
You are right if we assume that a revolt is the desired intention. However, I believe that revolts are things of the undifferentiated. It is not the job of the differentiated to fight the masses, but to lead them.
In Greater Europe and America we have millions of potential Heathen followers - they just need to be woken up and recognise that they need to be led by great men produced by that minority who have the necessary leadership qualities.



This is why we need a conversion of the masses, as I suggest above. We need the Nietzschean revaluation of values - in other words, we have to look at how Christianity converted the Heathen towards eventual Internationalism. We need to reverse that process; a reconversion back to the Heathen Faith. Back to the values of Nobility, Order of Rank, Differentiation and Particularism.
*we* are actually *not* outnumbered - trouble is there are millions of Whites in the Greater White World who have lost their sense of being Us.



Firstly, I think it needs to be said that while I’m no defeatist I’m also not an optimist. The first thing we must do is abandon all talk of hope for it is not hope that will save us. Yes, many folks want a change, but a change into what? What is “us”? There are two possibilities: individuality and personality. In the former lies a chaos that is not capable of producing something great. There can only be true leaders, whether visible or invisible, once a people accept the principle of hierarchy and not before. Individualism and hierarchy are diametrically opposed. Only in the traditional personality is a being capable of producing actions that are transcendent. This center cannot be made of militarism, intellectualism, or any “all too human” component, but of a pure spiritual force. I’ve come across many “heathens” in this age who dismiss Initiation and the Spiritual Action as mere intellectual fancy. These same folks are the ones who commonly reject an absolute ruler of any kind and do not possess the qualities of loyalty to any purpose that would go beyond petty prejudices, especially intellectual prejudices. Now if they aren’t willing to go through a proper initiation (by this I mean actual spiritual work that transcends their own natures), or if they are not willing to even have faith or belief in “Initiation” or “Magic”, then how would they ever follow a spiritual and noble leader or a divine law? It is worse. The more you assert that this is what the folk should believe and this is what the folk should do, the more the people react against it. As for Christianity, it is the same. The more one is seen as a threat to the religion the worse they are to react and rally against it. So it would unfortunately have the opposite effect. Therefore, in showing the people a better way, one must first convince the gods of the monotheistic religions to convert. That is how the Christians converted the Pagans. Evola argues that there was never really a total conversion by the people unto Christianity, because the original “Christian doctrine” was altered so as to lessen the incompatibility it had with all of the added Pagan components (which were added in order to sway the old gods and the people). If we therefore take the best components of Christianity (which are essentially Pagan) and infuse them back into our own Heathenism then maybe we can convince the masses. We need to show them that we are not out to destroy “religion” but to restore it, and that there is only one Eternal Religion pieces of which are found in all traditions. In this way we would be doing them a service.



This is because that European renaissance of the 1930s was not able to reclaim the Spiritual centre then, just as we still cannot today. The spiritual centre of the White World still lay in enemy territory - the territory of the Internationalist and Globalists; the Undifferentiated.

By spiritual center I do not mean anything human. The Modern World does not have a center. National Socialism and Fascism were based around militarism which doesn’t see a spiritual center. True Authority comes not from “might” or “violence”, but rather through a spiritual force; and by spiritual I do not mean sentimental or moral or anything caught up in the human dimension, but rather that which is divine and eternal. The leaders of the 30’s and 40’s were of the bourgeois and warrior caste. (You said the warrior caste is the highest, which I believe to be false.) The spiritual caste is higher and makes up the “center.” When the center is neglected or lost or opposed then that civilization is basically “dead” and fallen into a degenerated state which can never overcome the Kali Yuga. The Dark Age is essentially an age without a center.





Do you deny that some Heathen traditions have been lost?


As far as I’m concerned, the initiatory tradition was never lost, per say, but gets withdrawn at times for others to rediscover. For the most part, this work has already been done by traditionalists and various initiatory orders.




Tolstoy maintains that the upper class pagans of the ruling elites of the Roman Empire lost their faith in their own paganism.

True.


Notice also how the Christianity that was adopted went through an extreme period of martrydom before it came to power.

But that may have been for different reasons as well, the chief of which was that they were already quite degenerate and could only find a scant of transcendence in the holy war. Something else to consider, the original Christians in Rome were persecuted and wanted revenge. The way to get this revenge was by killing as many heathens as they possibly could, which is essentially how their doctrine of "holy war" came to be written. The term "anti-christ" only appeared in a few letters and what was meant by this was "a person, whether Christian or Pagan, who didn't believe that Jesus was a human." Christianity could have very well been a more spiritual religion if those who essentially wan't a more non-material and non-human "Christ" weren't killed off in the early schism. So once again, we find violent revolt ruining the better component and securing the lesser one.




I strongly disagree here; I am surprised you say that after talking of tradition so often.


Those are almost the exact words from Evola. See his Revolt Against the Modern Word, especially the last few chapters.

Utopian
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006, 03:14 PM
In my last post I mentioned that the spiritual caste is the highest and makes up the truest center. More can be said about this. Tradition is pretty clear about the path of contemplation being superior to the path of action, and thus it follows that the spiritual caste is higher than the warrior caste. The distinction is made in two different ages, one Golden and one Silver: in the Golden the spiritual caste is dominant and we find a rule by a god-king, in the Silver the warrior aristocracy dominates and there is a rule by the warrior-king. The religion in the Age of Silver has therefore already lost its solar component to the lunar. And perhaps you would agree that heathens who favor a Silver Age have quite different views than those favoring a Golden Age.

Now in a Golden Age the warrior caste defends the divine law and the spiritual caste. This is under the ideal conditions where the people are enlightened. However what I meant by what I said about "a military-enforced police state" being not able to truly unify a people is something like a Bronze Age where fear and terror were used to keep a people in line. This in my opinion is abuse of a military force. So by my terminology of "police state" what I meant was a "tyranny," which is not the same thing as a strong military. I believe that if any action should be taken it is in displaying bold qualities and bold directions, not being afraid to spread the word and form a presence, though peacefully, rather than through violence and intimidation. I have always taught the Old Ways to those who would listen and have never been faced with a situation where my physical life was threatened for speaking my beliefs.

euroamerican
Monday, November 27th, 2006, 05:26 AM
That's an interesting topic.
As a people we need our roots, especially in these times at the end of the Judeo-Christian era. Living in the world of science we also need a new and modern look at things that makes sense.
'God' is too abstract, too vast and incomprehensible. But All-Vater, Ur-Mutter, Sun-God and Earth Goddess are approachable.
All gods are part of the primal quaternity Father- Mother-Son -Daughter. Only the names change, the energy is the same.
The Gods are in us and we are in the Gods.
I don't see a problem between Cosmotheism and Asatru, etc.

Lyfing
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 08:53 PM
A Theosophical analysis of Cosmotheism

by Tom Lyfing

Cosmotheism “is a religion which positively asserts there is an internal meaning and purpose in life and in the cosmos. There is an essential unity, or consciousness that binds all living beings and all of the inorganic cosmos, as one. And what our true identity is this: we are the cosmos, made self-aware and self-conscious by evolution. Our undeniable human purpose, is to know and to complete ourselves as conscious individuals, and also as a self-aware species, and thereby to co-evolve with the cosmos towards total and universal awareness, and towards the ever-higher perfection of consciousness and being.” ( www.cosmotheism.net )

Theosophy is “not in itself a religion, but the truth which lies behind all religions alike” and therefore “Theosophy never endeavours to convert any man from whatever religion he already holds. On the contrary, it explains his religion to him, and enables him to see in it deeper meanings than he has ever known before. It teaches him to understand it and live it better than he did, and in many cases it gives back to him, on a higher and more intelligent level, the faith in it which he had previously all but lost.” ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter I )

I hope this will shed some light on the wisdom contained within The Path of Dr. William Luther Pierce III, availabe at www.cosmotheism.net and A Textbook of Theosophy, by C. W. Leadbeater, available at www.sacred-texts.com/the/tot/index.htm .


I

1:1 Life is short, our brothers and sisters. Must it also be empty? Must it also be bitter? Must its passing hold terror?

1:2 Where is fulfillment to be found in the midst of shallow and empty things? Where is peace to be found in the midst of chaos and strife? Where is serenity to be obtained in a spiritual wasteland?

1:3 Seek no more, our brothers and sisters, for we give you these answers, and more.

1:4 We show you the meaning and the purpose of things. We lead you from confusion and uncertainty to knowledge; from weakness to strength; from frustrated desire to fulfillment.

1:5 We lead you to the Path of Life. We bring your souls into harmony, with the Spirit of All Things.

1:6 We give you the Truth, which is this: There is but one Reality, and that Reality is the Whole. It is the Creator, the Self-Created.


“a mighty Being, whom we call the logos, the Word of God, the Solar Deity. He is to it all that men mean by God. He permeates it; there is nothing in it which is not He; it is the manifestation of Him in such matter as we can see. Yet He exists above it and outside it, living a stupendous life of His own among His Peers. As is said in an Eastern Scripture: "Having permeated this whole universe with one fragment of Myself I remain." " ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter II )



II

2:1 The meaning of the Truth is this: Man, the world, and the Creator are not separate things, but man is a part of the world, which is a part of the Whole, which is the Creator.

2:2 The tangible Universe is the material manifestation of the Creator. AH the blazing suns of the firmament; the formless gas between the stars; the silent, frozen mountain peaks of the moon; the rustling trees of earthly forests; the teeming creatures of the dark ocean depths; and man are parts of the Creator's material manifestation.

2:3 But the Creator has a spiritual manifestation, which is the Urge toward the One Purpose. The Urge lies at the root of all things and is manifested in the relations between all things.

2:4 The Urge is in the tenuous gases of the void, for they have a purpose, which are the flaming suns and all the planets, which form from them. The Urge is in the earth, for it has a purpose, which is the realm of plants and animals which flourish on it. And the Urge is in man, for he has a purpose, which is higher man.

2:5 And the purposes of all these things are steps on the Path of Life, which leads to the One Purpose, which is the Self-realization of the Creator: the Self-completion of the Self-created.

2:6 And the matter and the spirit, the Universe and the Urge, are One, and it is the Whole.

'Out of Himself He has called this mighty system into being. We who are in it are evolving fragments of His life, Sparks of His divine Fire; from Him we all have come; into Him we shall all return.
Many have asked why He has done this; why He has emanated from Himself all this system; why He has sent us forth to face the storms of life. We cannot know, nor is the question practical; suffice it that we are here, and we must do our best. Yet many philosophers have speculated on this point and many suggestions have been made. The most beautiful that I know is that of a Gnostic philosopher:" ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter II )


III

3:1 Man is of the Whole, and his purpose is the Creator's Purpose. And this signifies: Man is, in part, both the substance and the means of the Creator, and he is nothing else; this is his entire being and purpose.

3:2 And man serves the Creator's Purpose in two ways. The first way is the way of all the other parts of the Whole; it is the way of sub-man; it is the blind way; it is the way of the deeply in-dwelling consciousness, the immanent consciousness; it is the way of instinct. The second way is the way of higher man; it is the sighted way; it is the way of the awakened consciousness and of true reason; which is to say, it is the way of the perfect union of the immanent consciousness with man's reason, which perfect union we call Divine Consciousness.

"God is Love, but Love itself cannot be perfect unless it has those upon whom it can be lavished and by whom it can be returned. Therefore He put forth of Himself into matter, and He limited His glory, in order that through this natural and slow process of evolution we might come into being; and we in turn according to His Will are to develop until we reach even His own level, and then the very love of God itself will become more perfect, because it will then be lavished on those, His own children, who will fully understand and return it, and so His great scheme will be realized and His Will, be done." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter II )



IV

4:1 The meaning of the first way is this: The Purpose of the Creator is Self-completion; the Path of the Creator toward Self-completion is the Path of Life; and man is a step on this Path.

4:2 The Creator existed before man, and the Creator will exist after man has surpassed himself. The step on the Path before man was sub-man, and the step on the Path after man is higher man. But man is now, for a time, a part of the Creator, of the ever-changing, ever-evolving Whole.

4:3 There is a threshold on the Path at the step, which is man. It is the threshold of Divine Consciousness. Before man, each part of the Whole was blind, and it could not see the next step on the Path. The gases of the void could not foresee the suns which they were to become, nor could sub-man foresee man. The Urge carried the Whole along the Path, and each part of the Whole, though blind, served the Creator's Purpose.

"For this final outpouring is not like the others, a mighty outrush affecting thousands or millions simultaneously; it comes to each one individually as that one is ready to receive it. This outpouring has already descended as far as the intuitional world; but it comes no farther than that until this upward leap is made by the soul of the animal from below; but when that happens this Third Outpouring leaps down to meet it, and in the higher mental world is formed an ego, a permanent individuality--permanent, that is, until, far later in his evolution, the man transcends it and reaches back to the divine unity from which he came. To make this ego, the fragment of the group-soul (which has hitherto played the part always of ensouling force) becomes in its turn a vehicle, and is itself ensouled by that divine Spark which has fallen into it from on high. That Spark may be said to have been hovering in the monadic world over the group-soul through the whole of its previous evolution, unable to effect a junction with it until its corresponding fragment in the group-soul had developed sufficiently to permit it. It is this breaking away from the rest of the group-soul and developing a separate ego which marks the distinction between the highest animal and the lowest man." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter V )


V

5:1 And the meaning of the second way in which man serves the Creator's Purpose is this: The evolution of the Whole toward Self-completion is an evolution in spirit as well as in matter. Self-completion, which is Self-realization, is the attainment of perfect Self-consciousness. The Creator's Urge, which is immanent in the Universe, evolves toward an all-seeing Consciousness.

5:2 Man stands between sub-man and higher man, between immanent consciousness and awakened consciousness, between unawareness of his identity and his mission and a state of Divine Consciousness. Some men will cross the threshold, and some will not.

5:3 Those who attain Divine Consciousness will ascend the Path of Life toward their Destiny, which is Godhood; which is to say, the Path of Life leads upward through a never-ending succession of states, the next of which is that of higher man, and the ultimate that of the Self-realized Creator. True reason will illuminate the Path for them and give them foresight; it will be a mighty aid to the Creator's Urge within them.

5:4 And those who do not attain Divine Consciousness will continue groping in the darkness, and their feet will be tripped by the snares of false reason, and they will stumble from the Path, and they will fall into the depths.

5:5 For the threshold at which man stands is a dangerous threshold, a difficult threshold. And man's reason is a dangerous achievement. Just as it can give eyes to his instinct, which is the immanent consciousness of the Whole acting in him, so it can confuse and mislead his instinct.

"To fulfil our duty in the divine scheme we must try to understand not only that scheme as a whole, but the special part that man is intended to play in it. The divine outbreathing reached its deepest immersion in matter in the mineral kingdom, but it reaches its ultimate point of differentiation not at the lowest level of materiality, but at the entrance into the human kingdom on the upward arc of evolution. We have thus to realize three stages in the course of this evolution.

(a) The downward arc in which the tendency is to-wards differentiation and also towards greater materiality. In this stage spirit is involving itself in matter, in order that it may learn to receive impressions through it.

(b) The earlier part of the upward arc, in which the tendency is still towards greater differentiation, but at the same time towards spiritualization and escape from materiality. In this stage the spirit is learning to dominate matter and to see it as an expression of itself.

(c) The later part of the upward arc, when differentiation has been finally accomplished, and the tendency is towards unity as well as towards greater spirituality. In this stage the spirit, having learnt perfectly how to receive impression through matter and how to express itself through it, and having awakened its dormant powers, learns to use these powers rightly in the service of the Deity."

"Clearly then at this stage of evolution whatever tends to unity, whatever tends to spirituality, is in accord with the plan of the Deity for us, and is therefore right for us, while whatever tends to separateness or to materiality is equally certainly wrong for us. There are thoughts and emotions which tend to unity, such as love, sympathy, reverence, benevolence; there are others which tend to disunion, such as hatred, jealousy, envy, pride, cruelty, fear. Obviously the former group are for us the right, the latter group are for us the wrong. In all these thoughts and feelings which are clearly wrong, we recognize one dominant note, the thought of self; while in all those which are clearly right we recognize that the thought is turned toward others, and that the personal self is forgotten. Wherefore we see that selfishness is the one great wrong, and that perfect unselfishness is the crown of all virtue. This gives us at once a rule of life. The man who wishes intelligently to co-operate with the Divine Will must lay aside all thought of the advantage or pleasure of the personal self, and must devote himself exclusively to carrying out that Will by working for the welfare and happiness of others."

"This is a high ideal, and difficult of attainment, because there lies behind us such a long history of selfishness. Most of us are as yet far from the purely altruistic attitude; how are we to go to work to attain it, lacking as we do the necessary intensity in so many of the good qualities, and possessing so many which are undesirable?" ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter VIII )


VI

6:1 And let us now understand the present state of man, so that we can distinguish true reason from false reason. Let us employ true reason, so that it can guide us across the threshold of Divine Consciousness.

6:2 The difference between true reason and false reason is this: True reason seeks to guide man's actions in accord with the immanent consciousness of the Whole, while false reason does not.

6:3 The man or woman of true reason seeks order in all things, and he shuns chaos. He is pleased by a harmonious relationship between all the elements of his life and the world. He rejects that which clashes and does not fit, that which is alien.

6:4 He is happy in the knowledge that what was true and good yesterday will be true and good tomorrow. Through order and harmony, he seeks true progress, which is the ascent of the Path of Life; but he shuns frivolous change, which destroys the harmony between the past and the future.

6:5 He loves truth, and he hates falsehood.

6:6 He loves beauty, and he hates ugliness.

6:7 He loves nobility in all things, and he hates baseness.

6:8 And all these predispositions of the man or woman of true reason are like rays thrown out by the Divine Spark which burns in his soul. And this Divine Spark is the immanent consciousness of the Whole. It is the presence of the Creator's Urge in him.

"The wise man, therefore, will watch his thought with the greatest of care, for in it he possesses a powerful instrument, for the right use of which he is responsible. It is his duty to govern his thought, lest it should be allowed to run riot and to do evil to himself, and to others; it is his duty also to develop his thought-power, because by means of it a vast amount of actual and active good can be done. Thus controlling his thought and his action, thus eliminating from himself all evil and unfolding in himself all good qualities, the man presently raises himself far above the level of his fellows, and stands out conspicuously among them as one who is working on the side of good as against evil, of evolution as against stagnation." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter VIII )


VII

7:1 The Divine Spark burns brightly in some men, and their reason is true. It burns less brightly in others, and in them true reason may give way to false reason.

7:2 For the Urge is in all things, but the state of consciousness of the Whole is more highly evolved in some things than in others. It is more highly evolved in living things than in non-living things; in man than in other animals; and in some men than in other men. There exists in the various living creatures a continuous hierarchy of states of the immanent consciousness of the Whole.

7:3 In the best of times men and women of true reason prevail, and there is true progress.

7:4 But in the worst of times false reason overcomes true reason. Then the self-seekers, the liars, and those of base motives prevail.

7:5 And then all the other evils come forth: Falsehood overcomes truth and is held up in the place of truth. Ugliness replaces beauty and is preferred over beauty. Baseness is everywhere and is praised as nobility. Disharmony rules all men's lives, and those of true reason are frustrated in their desires.

7:6 Lies are heard everywhere, and no one has the power to speak against them. Evil deeds are seen everywhere, and no one can act against them. All that is good, valuable, and progressive is pulled down and defiled. All that is alien and discordant grows and multiplies. There is no true reason or peace in the masses of men, and they are without direction or purpose.

7:7 Then most men live from day to day, and their only thought is of themselves. Through idle amusements, through eating and drinking, through games and parties, through stupefying themselves with intoxicants, and through every other form of self-indulgence, they turn their thoughts away from the meaninglessness of their existence.

7:8 Some men attempt to give directions to their lives, but they are false directions. Their purposes may be to accumulate wealth or f o wield power over other men or to become skilled in some art or craft. But unless these purposes are related to the Creator's Purpose they are without merit and the lives of those who pursue them are as without meaning as the lives of those with no purpose.

7:9 For falsehood may often have the appearance of truth, but it remains false nevertheless. A man may pile up mountains of gold, or he may order nations to war, or he may acquire great knowledge or skill, but if he does not direct his life in accordance with the One Purpose, he may as well not have lived.

"Full consciousness in any given world involves the power to perceive and respond to all the undulations of that world; therefore the ordinary man has not yet perfect consciousness at any level--not even in this physical world which he thinks he knows." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter V )


VIII

8:1 Death comes to the man or woman without Divine Consciousness as it comes to the sub-man: living matter becomes non-living matter; meaningless life becomes meaningless death; the personality is annihilated. Eternal nothingness is the destiny of those who are spiritually empty.

8:2 But he who has attained a state of Divine Consciousness partakes of the immortality of the Whole in the way of higher man: his body perishes, but his spirit remains with the Whole.

8:3 He who is a member of the Community of Divine Consciousness is not annihilated by death, because his consciousness is one with that of the Community. So long as the Community lives, his consciousness lives; and so long as the Community serves the One True Purpose, he who served that Purpose before the perishing of his body serves it in eternity.

"The action of this law affords the explanation of a number of the problems of ordinary life. It accounts for the different destinies imposed upon people, and also for the differences in the people themselves. If one man is clever in a certain direction and another is stupid, it is because in a previous life the clever man has devoted much effort to practise in that particular direction, while the stupid man is trying it for the first time. The genius and the precocious child are examples not of the favouritism of some deity but of the result produced by previous lives of application. All the varied circumstances which surrounded us are the result of our own actions in the past, precisely as are the qualities of which we find ourselves in possession. We are what we have made ourselves, and our circumstances are such as we have deserved." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter VII )



IX

9:1 The Community of Divine Consciousness is the Community of the Awakened, the Community of the Climbers of the Path, the Community of the People of the Rune of Life, the Community of the Ordained Ones.

9:2 The gathering of those who would become members of the Community of Divine Consciousness is called the Cosmotheist Community; it is the Community of those who would become People of the Rune.

9:3 And the People of the Rune are known by these four things: knowledge, consciousness, discipline, and service; they are the things for which the members of the Cosmotheist Community strive.

9:4 By knowledge is meant understanding of the Truth. It is attained by the receptive learner through diligent study of the teachings of the Cosmotheist Community.

9:5 By consciousness is meant the awakened state of those who have gone beyond knowledge and have partaken of the immanent consciousness of the Whole which resides in their innermost souls; they have understood the inner message and have seen that it is the same as the outer message, which is the message taught by the Cosmotheist Community. The attainment of consciousness, like knowledge, requires receptiveness and diligence, and it also requires good will, which is to say, a pure motive.

9:6 Discipline comes from without and from within. From without it is imposed on the members of the Cosmotheist Community. By being so imposed it brings forth the growth of discipline from within. Without discipline, there is no mastery, and he who has not mastered the chaos of conflicting forces within himself cannot render full service. But discipline imposed and discipline which grows from within together give those who have attained knowledge and consciousness mastery over their own forces, so that those forces may serve the Creator's Purpose.

"Finding that there is a Supreme Power who is directing the course of evolution, and that He is all-wise and all-loving, the Theosophist sees that everything which exists within this scheme must be intended to further its progress. He realizes that the scripture which tells us that all things are working together for good, is not indulging in a flight of poetic fancy or voicing a pious hope, but stating a scientific fact. The final attainment of unspeakable glory is an absolute certainty for every son of man, whatever may be his present condition; but that is by no means all. Here and at this present moment he is on his way towards the glory; and all the circumstances surrounding him are intended to help and not to hinder him, if only they are rightly understood. It is sadly true that in the world there is much of evil and of sorrow and of suffering; yet from the higher point of view the Theosophist sees that terrible though this be, it is only temporary and superficial, and is all being utilized as a factor in the progress." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter X )


X

10:1 Service of the Creator's Purpose is the purpose of all things, and the purpose of the Community of Divine Consciousness is service which is conscious and disciplined. In this dangerous and difficult era of the threshold between man and higher man, many men have ceased serving the Creator's Purpose in the old way, which is the way of sub-man, the unconscious way, and they have not begun serving in the new way. False reason leads them instead into the grievous error of contravention of the Creator's Purpose.

10:2 But the members of the Community of Divine Consciousness, the Awakened Ones, the People of the Rune, serve in the new way, which is the way of higher man, the way of true reason. They are conscious agents of the Creator's Purpose.

10:3 And they are ordained to overcome the men of false reason and to put an end to the works of all those who contravene the Creator's Purpose.

10:4 They are the beginning; they are the first crossers of the threshold; they are the pointers of the way, of the Path of Life. Through their service, they resume the never-ending ascent toward their Destiny, which is Godhood.

"He knows that the only true advantage for him is that benefit which he shares with all. He sees that any advance which he is able to make in the way of spiritual progress or development is something secured not for himself alone but for others. If he gains knowledge or self-control, he assuredly acquires much for himself, yet he takes nothing away from anyone else, but on the contrary he helps and strengthens others. Cognizant as he is of the absolute spiritual unity of humanity, he knows that, even in this lower world, no true profit can be made by one man which is not made in the name of and for the sake of humanity; that one man's progress must be a lifting of the burden of all the others; that one man's advance in spiritual things means a very slight yet not imperceptible advance to humanity as a whole; that every one who bears suffering and sorrow nobly in his struggle towards the light is lifting a little of the heavy load of the sorrow and suffering of his brothers as well." ( A Textbook of Theosophy, Chapter X )


XI

11:1 And this is our summons to you, our brothers and sisters; it is our call to all the men and women of our blood who are of good will:

11:2 Abandon falsehood and folly. Cast off alien ways and free yourselves from the snares of false reason. Turn away from the corruption of this decaying order of things.

11:3 Understand who you are and what your purpose is. Seek your Destiny. Put your life into the service of Cosmic Truth.

11:4 Enter now into the Cosmotheist Community. Partake of our joyful certainty that the Creator's Purpose will be fulfilled. Lay with us the foundations for the new order of things, which will rise in the place of the old.

11:5 Cross with us the threshold of Divine Consciousness. Strive with us toward membership in the Community of the Awakened.

"Doubt as to his future is for him impossible, for just as by looking back on the savage he realizes that which he was in the past, so by looking to the greatest and wisest of mankind he knows what he will be in the future. He sees an unbroken chain of development, a ladder of perfection rising steadily before him, yet with human beings upon every step of it, so that he knows that those steps are possible for him to climb. It is just because of the unchangeableness of the great law of cause and effect that he finds himself able to climb that ladder, because since the law works always in the same way, he can depend upon it and he can use it, just as he uses the laws of Nature in the physical worlds. His knowledge of this law brings to him a sense of perspective and shows him that if something comes to him, it comes because he has deserved it as a consequence of actions which he has committed, of words which he has spoken, of thought to which he has given harbour in previous days or in earlier lives. He comprehends that all affliction is of the nature of the payment of a debt, and therefore when he has to meet with the troubles of life he takes them and uses them as a lesson, because he understands why they have come and is glad of the opportunity which they give him to pay off something of his obligation.

Again, and in yet another way, does he take them as an opportunity, for he sees that there is another side to them if he meets them in the right way. He spends no time in bearing prospective burdens. When trouble comes to him he does not aggravate it by foolish repining but sets himself to endure so much of it as is inevitable, with patience and" with fortitude. Not that he submits himself to it as a fatalist might, for he takes adverse circumstances as an incentive to such development as may enable him to transcend them, and thus out of long-past evil he brings forth a seed of future growth. For in the very act of paying the outstanding debt he develops qualities of courage and resolution that will stand him in good stead through all the ages that are to come.

He is distinguishable from the rest of the world by his perennial cheerfulness, his undaunted courage under difficulties, and his ready sympathy and helpfulness; yet he is at the same time emphatically a man who takes life seriously, who recognizes that there is much for everyone to do in the world, and that there is no time to waste. He knows with utter certainty that he not only makes his own destiny but also gravely affects that of others around him, and thus he perceives how weighty a responsibility attends the use of his power." ( A Textbook of Theosophy Chapter X )

-Lyfing