** The Lightning and the sun- Savitri Devi & R.G.Fowler

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The Lightning and the Sun is Savitri Devi’s magnum opus and one of the founding texts of post-World War II National Socialism. Written in Europe from 1948 to 1956 and published in India in 1958, The Lightning and the Sun sets forth a unique and stunning synthesis of National Socialism with the cyclical Traditionalist philosophy of history and Hindu mythology. Savitri Devi’s goal was to create a new National Socialist religion. She aspired to be the Saint Paul to Hitler’s Jesus. Paul of Tarsus took Jesus, who was a religious prophet and a failed political revolutionary, and turned him into a divine incarnation, creating a religion which served as the vehicle for the triumph of Jewish values over Rome. Savitri Devi sought to transform Adolf Hitler, who was also both a prophetic figure and a failed political revolutionary, into a divine incarnation-an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu-hoping to create a religion that would serve as the vehicle for the triumph of National Socialism over egalitarian modernity. In spite of its near-legendary status, The Lightning and the Sun is a notoriously hard to find book. The first edition consisted of only 1,000 copies and is quite rare. The 1979 Samisdat reprint is long out of print and also quite rare. The most readily available edition is William Pierce’s dramatically abridged version, which cuts two thirds of the text and was not authorized or checked by Savitri Devi. The Savitri Devi Archive’s new edition of The Lightning and the Sun reprints the complete and unabridged first edition and corrects its many typographical errors. It also updates the citations, adds a number of explanatory notes, includes a helpful Editor’s Foreword, and provides a detailed index. With this new edition, which is edited and manufactured to the highest academic press standards, The Lightning and the Sun has finally found a worthy embodiment. About the Authoress Savitri Devi (1905-1982) is one of the most original and influential National Socialist thinkers of the post-World War II era. Born Maximine Julia Portaz in Lyons, France, she was of English, Greek, and Italian ancestry and described her national¬ity as “Indo-European.” She earned Master’s degrees in philosophy and chemistry and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Lyons. Her books include A Warning to the Hindus (1939), L’Etang aux lotus (The Lotus Pond) (1940), A Son of God: The Life and Philosophy of Akhnaton, King of Egypt (1946), later republished as Son of the Sun (1956), Akhnaton: A Play (1948), Gold in the Furnace: Experiences in Post-War Germany (1952), Defiance: The Prison Memoirs of Savitri Devi (1958), Pilgrimage (1958), Impeachment of Man (1959), Long-Whiskers and the Two-Legged Goddess (1965), Souvenirs et réflexions d’une Aryenne (Memories and Reflections of an Aryan Woman) (1976), And Time Rolls On: The Savitri Devi Interviews (2005), and Forever and Ever: Devotional Poems (2012).


The Lightning and the Sun

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    Fascinating – certainly a cosmo-philosophic viewpoint incredibly relevant for Our times. The beauty of Devi’s work is that she (re)presents a cosmology which is not only classic – primitive in a sense – but eternal and still important for any age, thus ageless. Any person who has a sense that things really aren’t right in the world would benefit from a read of this book. Although it is somewhat ‘heady’ it is not so abstract to make it incomprehensible. This work is truly a wonder as it brings out a meaning to life which is precious – strong, empowering, and hopeful. That just as we can understand the cycles of nature, we can understand the greater cycles of existence in a cosmic way.

    Devi first presents the characteristics of the Men ‘in time, above time’ and ‘against time’. Ghenghis Khan is the quintessential man in time – a man driven by will, but not driven by any higher purpose but to will for himself. Akhnaton is the quintessential man ‘above time’ – a man who is driven by will who creates with purpose, but his purpose is so high that he goes over the heads of those around him who are lost in time, thus his creation is doomed to disappear after his leading will leaves the sphere of time. Then there is the Man against time – the quintessential embodiment represented in the Man of the 20th century, Adolf Hitler: a man possessing characteristics of a man ‘in time’ who is driven by Will, but also a Man ‘above time’ who creates with a higher purpose, thus making him a Man against time. A man against time will appear during the age of dissolution during the time cycle – during the time of decay – and with an indomitable Will create that which is built upon higher ideals against those of the time. Because He seeks to bring forth those elements of the purest point of the eternal time cycle – those elements of beauty, strength, nobility, and more – He is also seen as a destroyer of the present elements that interfere with the expression of those purer elements.

    Ghenghis Khan is presented by Devi as ‘Lightning’ – power – with a Will to Survive and a Will to Conquer. Akhnaton is presented as the ‘Sun’ – the seat of ‘Truth, Light’. Hitler is presented as both Lightning and the Sun – possessing the Will to Survive and to Conquer, and the Light of the Sun devoted to the higher ideals of cosmic law – order, freedom to Be, Creativity, the drive to ever higher expressions of Life rather than Its degradation and destruction. But Devi presents Hitler as the Man-not-yet-to-Be Him who completes the Cycle in order to usher in the new cycle of ‘The Golden Age’. Hitler was but the avatar – of sorts. The One who sheds light upon that which will, that which must, Be. In this way, Hitler, and National Socialist Germany, are martyrs to the world in time. To Devi, Hitler was more Light than Lightning – he spared those who continued their fight when he could have utterly destroyed them (i.e. the compassion for the English at Dunkirk). Hitler and the People of National Socialist Germany are an image of what is to come – both a harbinger of ‘good’ to those whose souls desire the Eternal Laws, and a harbinger of ‘bad’ to those who revel in the disregard for those Laws. Devi then discusses the Man to come who will be equally both Lightning and the Sun – the Man who will return, Kalki, The Avenger. Each of those who are in current time are left to decide their fates according to their choices – it is a question of who will stand when the New Age begins – when the complete Cycle begins again.

    This is but a simple and incomplete description of the contents of ‘The Lightning and the Sun’ – it does not compare to the depth and poetry of Savitri Devi’s marvelous work. Whether one wishes to believe her premises and her conclusions – her philosophy – one will certainly be fascinated by its content. This is an exceptional read.

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