What is Reincarnation? dumb westerners.
From Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex by Julius Evola:
“Our premises are totally different. Our starting point will be not the modern theory of evolution but the traditional doctrine of involution.
We do not believe that man is derived from the ape by evolution. We believe that ape is derived from the man by involution. We agree with De Maistre that savage peoples are not primitive peoples, in the sense of original peoples, but rather the degenerating remains of more ancient races that have disappeared.
We said in the Introduction to this book that the practice and philosophy of Tantra is set within a specific historical context. It starts with the concept of an increasing involution through four successive eras in the present cycle of mankind, and it maintains that we have now reached the last of these eras, the so-called dark age or Kali Yuga, which is a period of dissolution, of the prevalence of elementary forces, and of a Shakti no longer restrained within bounds, whereas the spirituality of mankind’s origins has been almost wholly lost.
According to Tantra, the path most suitable for such circumstances is one characterized in the directive “Ride the tiger.” In other words, rather than avoid or directly oppose a dangerous force, one should grasp it and hold it tight with the idea of getting the better of it in the end. The arrival of the Kali Yuga effectively cancels the bond which in other times imposed secrecy regarding the doctrines and practices of the Way of the Left Hand because of their perilous nature and their potential for misuse, deviation, and distortion. The fundamental principle of the secret teaching, which is common to both the Hindu and the Buddhist circles of the Tantras (the latter circle corresponds essentially to the Vajrayana) is the transformation of poison into medicine or “nectar,” the use, for the purposes of freedom, of the very forces that have led or can lead to man’s fall and perdition.
Anyone who thinks that Tantrism provides a convenient spiritual alibi for sensual abandonment is sorely mistaken.
THESE TEACHINGS PRESUPPOSE A PRELIMINARY INITIATION AND CONSECRATION, an introduction to a community or chain (kula) that can provide protective FORCE AND A SPECIAL COURSE OF ASCETICISM AND SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Furthermore, the same premise was in force in other teachings that proclaimed anomy and the freeing of the spirit from all bounds, rules, and mores of the times. Such was the case with the Ishmaelites of the period of the Sheikh of the Mountain, the Brothers of the Free Spirit, the Beghards, and the Ortlibians, of whom it was written, “Before reaching the point where all pleasure was allowed to them, they underwent very hard trials; their life was that of the strictest orders; they aspired to break their own will and eliminate their own person so as to find it again as pure glory in divine splendor. . . . They had to pray, meditate, and exercise themselves in the deeds that disgust us most. But as soon as they had reached the freedom of the spirit, everything was permitted.”
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From Introduction to Magic, Volume III: Realizations of the Absolute Individual by Julius Evola, The UR Group:
“Readers will not have failed to notice that one of the points at which esoteric teachings go straight against the current concerns “evolution.”
“Evolution” is a kind of fixation of the modern mind. It is a veritable “complex,” which thanks to that “subterranean logic” of which Iagla has spoken (Introduction to Magic, vol. II, 53–58), controls the minds of many who think themselves devoted to the “scientific” method and objective research.
That the lower species should be the preceding degrees of the higher ones is no more true than that they are degenerative involutions of the latter. The presence of intermediate stages (even if they are stages of transition, and not crossbreedings or even sortings: another possibility that the evolutionists do not think of) you cannot tell from that alone what direction the process has taken.
Let us begin with the so-called primitive peoples, from the point of view of their mentality and their civilization. Who is to tell whether they represent the earlier states of present humanity, and not the involutive and residual forms of an even more ancient humanity? The fact that primitives tend more to disappear than to “evolve” gives one pause.
Furthermore, one should consider that an “even more ancient” humanity may have been different, such as to leave no traces where forms of civilizations closer to us have established and superimposed themselves; thus, all that is left of them is their descendants, degenerate but nevertheless from the same stem. Modern ethnological studies of the presumed “primitives” have in fact found in them not an inferior degree of the same mentality, but an other mentality, an other civilization. From that, by “integration,” one can go back to that “even more ancient humanity.”
Likewise humanity itself is a vast reiteration of attempts and approximations, which only in the rarest of men attains a perfect realization of the type.
In a way, the struggle depicted in our earlier image is still undecided: if man represents, at least on earth, the last position conquered, that position, being the most advanced, is the hardest to hold.
The scattered, the fallen, the deserters, and those swept away by animal passions who are reabsorbed and dissolved in forces that take them back, through contacts with the occult forces of animality — they are without number.
Recalling what has been said many times in these pages, one may moreover state that, apart from such “sacrifices” of humans to the “sacred animals,” there exist other possibilities and centers of reabsorption. In general, the degree to which human life accepts collective influences also marks that of reabsorption and remolding in the matrix of humanity, with the individual serving as material for other attempts, other shots, which may more or less approach the center of the target.
Much could be said about this, explaining the esoteric view of conditioned immortality and of reincarnation; for example, for the correct interpretation of phenomena like those of a certain “heredity” which — we mention in passing — are not based on transmission from one individual to another, but rather on a kind of “habit” contracted by the “genius” or “manes” of a given lineage. This is why each individual nucleated on it usually carries a determined and characteristic attribute, going back to a collective influence.
PERHAPS I WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO ADD SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. HERE I WILL END BY SAYING THAT OUR IDEAS ARE BEST REFLECTED IN THE ARISTOTELIAN AND SCHOLASTIC TERMS, WHERE THE “TYPE” IS THE MATERIA AND THE INDIVIDUAL THE FORMA, SO THAT THE MORE THERE IS OF INDIVIDUATION, THE MORE THERE IS OF FORM AND PERFECTION.
Perhaps I will have the chance to add something about that. Here I will end by saying that our ideas are best reflected in the Aristotelian and scholastic terms, where the “type” is the materia and the individual the forma, so that the more there is of individuation, the more there is of form and perfection.
All that which is still collective in life is what is still incomplete in man.
All that which is still collective in life is what is still incomplete in man. By separating from all that is not himself, by absolutely individualizing himself so as to be nothing else and only that, man goes beyond the fate of rebirth because he has accomplished its very purpose.”
This is what reincarnation means.
“Without further oscillations or deviations, he then incarnates the pure, central direction, so as to “have no more daimons” and to make a single thing on earth with his “idea” and his “Name.”
“You are Born Again”. Then you can die.
What is Reincarnation? dumb westerners
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