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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.


7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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« We Used to Call these Pervasive Symbols of Death "Swat Stickers" »

by Randall Carter Gray

swastika-lotus-lamp-korea-cc-photocapy-200.jpgJULY 31, 2007 — Swastikas give me the creeps … but what’s in a symbol?

Not everyone today would be put off by the “four broken limbs,” but the Nazi symbol adopted by Hitler, which we used to call “Swat Stickers” when I was a kid in the ’50s and ’60s, is an unmistakable reminder of the greatest, most widespread maniacal manner of cruelty to which mankind has ever been subjected, most notably the Jews, God’s “chosen people.” Much of Europe, including England, felt Hitler’s wrath … and came to loathe the spidery-looking emblem, and yet there appears to be no shortage of theosophists, the tradition out of which the swastika grew.

And yet some people when they see this symbol of death, though they may know what the swastika once stood for (and still does and will in the future, we believe), will be willing to write off the connections between the esoteric east and the New Age west the swastika of the past provides, feeling as they might that symbols really only exist in the minds of the individual beholders. There may be beholders who shun the past and past usages of the thing, but if the swastika reemerges as the symbol of the new fascism, the New World Order, those arguments will begin to ring hollow indeed. And what then of the religious faiths which have adopted, embraced and used the swastika?

Symbols mean things. Tolerance of evil means something, too. It is for these reasons that the Confederate flag, the Stars and Bars, has been removed from state flags in the South — and are only still flown or worn by people who like to goad people, these obviously being black people.

The swastika (Sanskrit svastika, meaning “all is well”) is a broken cross, with four branches of equal length, the ends bent at a right angle. The swastika is found worldwide, but it is especially common in India. Swastikas are common elements and motifs in design. They can be seen in the art of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Celts, Native Americans, and Persians as well Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, which may or may not give us an idea of how pervasively evil has influenced the cultures of the world.

In Hinduism, the swastika is a symbol of the sun and the god Vishnu. The Buddhist swastika is almost always clockwise, while the swastika adopted by the Nazis (many of whom had occult interests) is counterclockwise.

In Buddhism, the swastika represents auspiciousness and good fortune — and, the Buddha’s footprints and heart (How one gets that, we don’t know). The swastika is often found imprinted on the chest, feet or palms of Buddha images, and is included among the first of the 65 auspicious symbols on the footprint of the Buddha.

The swastika has also often been used to mark the beginning of Buddhist texts. In China and Japan, the Buddhist swastika was seen as a symbol of plurality, eternity, abundance, prosperity and long life. It can often be seen on the decorative borders around paintings, altar cloths and banners. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is also used as a clothing decoration.

The Thule-Gesellschaft (Thule Society), which was founded August 17, 1918, by Rudolf von Sebottendorff, adopted the swastika as its own. Von Sebottendorff had been schooled in occultism, Islamic mysticism, alchemy, Rosicrucianism and much else, in Turkey, where he had also been initiated into Freemasonry.

The Thule Society’s original name was Studiengruppe f’r germanisches Altertum (Study Group for German Antiquity), and it soon started to disseminate anti-republican and anti-Semitic propaganda.

A movement to promote Thulian ideas among industrial workers and to offset Marxism, was formed in August 1918. The Workers’ Political Circle chose Thulist Karl Harrer as its chairman. It was from this movement came that the German Workers’ Party in 1919 originated. A year later this party was the tool of Adolf Hitler. The esoteric group had members from the top echelons of the party, including Rudolf Hess and Alfred Rosenberg, though not Adolf Hitler. Von Serbottendorff once explained that “Thule members were the people to whom Hitler first turned and who first allied themselves with Hitler.”

The swastika flag was the contribution of another Thulist, Dr Krohn, to the bloody cause, which was world domination. Are we on the verge of experiencing phase two of this cause, the Fourth Reich, with a new Hitler? Unquestionably, Satanic forces are gearing up to make a run at the God of Israel’s plan of redemption and salvation for the world, and their network is formidable.

The Thule Society is known to be closely connected to the Germanenorden secret society. The Germanenorden was a secret society in Germany early in the 20th century. Formed by several prominent German occultists in 1912, the order, whose symbol was a swastika, had a hierarchical fraternal structure similar to Freemasonry. It taught its initiates nationalist ideologies of Nordic race superiority, antisemitism as well as the occult and its use of magic and divination.

National Socialism and the Third Reich was a major combined effort by high esoteric Adepts to reform a culture based on the Laws of Nature and opposed to forces of of anti-Life. Freemasonry, it can be said, picked up where this ambitious organization left off following the defeat of the Third Reich.

Among the Thule Society beliefs are:

that Thule was a legendary island in the far north, similar to Atlantis, supposedly the center of a lost, high-level civilization. All secrets of this civilization are believed to have been completely wiped out, but other contend that the foundational materials and secrets of Thule have remained intact and have been guarded by ancient, highly intelligent beings (“Masters” of Theosophy or the White Brotherhood);

that the truly initiated could establish contact with beings from Thule by way of magic-mystical ritual;.

that the “Masters” or “Ancients” allegedly can endow the initiated with supernatural strength and energy.

With the aid of all of these energies, the goal has always been to motivate the initiated to create a race of supermen, of “Aryan” stock, who would rule a streamlined, more manageable earth by exterminating all “inferior” races, the elderly, the sickly and disabled. As well as all homosexuals and those suffering with mental illness.

At the end of the 1919, Hitler met Dietrich Eckart, and Hitler’s unfocused, purposeless life suddenly, “miraculously” began to gain clarity. The influence that Eckart exerted on Hitler was profound. Eckart was the wealthy publisher and editor-in-chief of an anti-semitic journal which he called In Plain German. Eckart was also a committed occultist and a master of magic. As an initiate, Eckart belonged to the inner circle of the Thule Society as well as other esoteric orders.

Eckart, who made Hitler known by other Thulists, trained Hitler in techniques of self confidence, self projection, persuasive oratory, body language and discursive sophistry. Armed with these new skills, Hitler was able to move the obscure workers party he chaired from the drinking holes and pubs to a mass movement. And the rest, as they say, is history.

We should not underestimate occultism’s influence on Hitler. Occult circles were often used as covers for espionage and influence peddling; it was out of this tradition that Hitler’s spy apparatus emerged under Canaris and Heydrich, who were well aware of these channels of intelligence, particularly those conduits alleged to have been directed by the Occult Bureau of Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency.

Additionally, Hitler and leaders of the Third Reich were influenced by mystical and occult writers such as Madame Blavatsky, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Guido Von List, Lanz Von Liebenfels, Rudolf Steiner, George Gurdjieff, Karl Haushofer and Theodor Fritsch. Hitler later denounced and ridiculed many of these individuals, whom the paranoid maniac felt he could no longer trust. However, he did dedicate his book Mein Kampf to his teacher Dietrich Eckart.

Haushofer was especially guided by the esoteric. He served as a military attache’ in Japan, later devoting himself to Zen-Buddhism, undergoing initiations at the direction of Tibetan Lamas. Haushofer became Hitler’s “esoteric mentor” replacement for Dietrich Eckart. In Berlin, Haushofer had founded the Luminous Lodge or the Vril Society. The lodge’s objective was to explore the origins of the Aryan race and to perform exercises in concentration to awaken the forces of “Vril”. Haushofer was a student of the Russian magician and metaphysician Gregor Ivanovich Gurdyev (George Gurdjieff).

Both Gurdjeiff and Haushofer asserted that they possessed secret ties to Tibetan Lodges, which bore the secrets of the “Superman.” The lodge included Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg, Himmler, Goring, and Hitler’s subsequent personal physician Dr. Morell. It is also known that Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff sought contact with Hitler. Hitler’s unusual charismatic powers and confidence grew as he kept in mind his exclusive access to the “secret” psychological techniques of the esoteric lodges. False confidence, dangerously motivated, often grows out of proud feelings of having been set apart. Haushofer taught Hitler the techniques of Gurdjieff, which, in turn, introduced the German leader to teachings of the Sufis and the Tibetan Lamas, as well as the Zen teaching of the Japanese Society of the Green Dragon.

In the latter half of the 20th century, insights into secret Tibetan teachings were carried to the west by Helena Blavatsky, who claimed that she had undergone initiation at from the Holy Lamas themselves. Blavatsky taught that her Hidden Masters and Secret Chiefs resided in Himalayan region.

Once sufficiently funded, the Nazi movement moved to organize expeditions to Tibet, which progressed with practically no decline until 1943. Of all the tangible evidences of Nazi interest in Tibet was the party`s adoption of its deepest and most mystical of symbols - the swastika.

The swastika is one of mankind’s oldest symbols, and apart from the cross and the circle, probably the most widely distributed. It is shown on pottery fragments from Greece dating back to the eighth century b.c. It was used in ancient Egypt, India and China. The Navaho indians of North America have a traditional swastika pattern. Arab-Islamic sorcerers used it. In more recent times, it was incorporated in the flags of certain baltic states.

The Nazis came to use the swastika as a solar symbol, a spinning force which some Buddhists believe attract luck.

If the nasty thing impressed Hitler — after first impressing members of Hitler’s occult-driven inner circle — it can’t be viewed, we don’t believe, as anything other than evil’s emblem, comparable to and yet also nothing like the Christian cross, the Jewish Star of David, and even the crescent moon and star of Islam.

Reader Comments (2)

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric M. Felton
Those that forget or refuse to learn from lessons of the past are doomed to repeat those lessons!
Karma is not punishment; karma is a tool for learning!
October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterS. M. Wayland

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