The Swastika and the Star of David, a combined Theosophical Emblem
Combined symbols in the emblem of Theosophists, the Star of David conjures images of the Holocaust, and the Hakenkreuz conjures fears about NazisTHE SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE of the secret doctrine of the ages is established upon natural and pure transcendental metaphysical realities, in connection to life and cosmos. Two symbols, having hitherto become that of two political ideologies, the four-armed wheel (or cross) and the double-interlaced triangle, were before then, of the combined symbol of the Theosophical Society. FASCISM is the great buzzword of the hour, and National Socialism brings to us the psychological torment from the images of the second “World War,” but this is understood by us. Although, we cannot and should not ever change, deny, or reject our own expression, thereby obstructing ourselves from explaining and promoting our ideas. The idea, that a symbol is eternally corrupted once an organization, or individuals use that symbol for malignant purposes is silly. These things are simply not up for debate. The symbol belongs to the mysteries, and the cultures that historically adopted it. These pure things and phenomena cannot be corrupted in reality, and the symbol of the swastika is ingrained in nature. The view taken by a few historians, encyclopedia entries, and documentaries on Blavatsky and Race fatally mislead. Most of this is attributable to the rise of Hitler’s National Socialists, no one in polite society wants to be associated with. The symbols however mustn’t be abandoned, because they are central to the history, we will explain. It is a symbol of good fortune. It points to the existence of the WISDOM-TRADITION.
“…we are justified in looking on the esoteric doctrines of every people who once had or still have it—as having proceeded from one and the same source; and, to thus call it the ‘Aryan- Chaldeo-Tibetan’ doctrine, or Universal WISDOM-Religion”HELENA P. BLAVATSKY
The Swastika and the Star of David
The symbol of the T.S. has both the equilateral four-armed cross, and the double-interlaced triangle.
Four-Armed Wheel, or Swastika:
The Double-Interlaced Triangle, or Solomon’s Seal:
We commonly recognize the former symbol as used by the National Socialists Party. We recognize the second in the flag of Israel, and the political Zionism of Theodor Herzl. The first is neither purely Indian, nor the second, purely Semitic — rather Assyrian. They are mystic symbols belonging to ancient history, with meanings employed in the ancient mysteries. It never carries one singular meaning, but is manifold. The first, the swastika symbolizes not only peace, but symbolizes Cosmic Motion itself among other meanings; and the second is encircled by a serpent biting its own tail, which symbolizes Duration, or the Cycle of Time.
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Aryanism and Superior Races
Today’s theosophical writers do not venture into solving scientific questions on race, or the studies of ethnology and molecular anthropology. According to the men in correspondence with Alfred P. Sinnett and Allan O. Hume, they find the study of anthropology and ethnology important, because understanding the cycles of time is crucial to understanding why nations and populations, or civilizations cyclically decline and rise. The cycles are the keys to many things in Theosophy. The late 19th to early 20th century German thinkers however, were also interested in the the rise and fall of nations and civilizations and racial studies, but with the inclusion of eugenics.
The Occult History of the Third Reich, is a documentary that claims Blavatsky thought of seven evolutionary stages of humanity, and the seventh are said to be called Aryans, which is incorrect. The swastika it claims is their symbol. Helena Blavatsky did not invent the concept out of nowhere. She demonstrates her concept of the root-race through sources, showing this concept in the Chinese Shu-King, American (Guatemalan) lore, Puranas and Avesta.
What Blavatsky explains of these “root races” is strikingly different from Lanz von Liebenfels and the Theozoologists of the Ostara. Liebenfels and the Thule believed things, like animal origins of the Semites through sodomy, similar to the Qur’an on the Jews (see Suras 2:65, 5:60, and 7:166), while the Nazis concept of the Aryan was that the Aryan was of divine origin, as a once “elect,” or “noble” race.
H.P.B. thought the idea of dividing mankind into superior and inferior races was obsolete. The Proto-Indo-European and Indo-European peoples were of variant gradation, and phenotype, and in a time when the British colonies asserted their superiority over the dark-skinned Indians and others, Helena Blavatsky regarded this as a hindrance to the mission of her colleagues and teachers. She often in her writings, makes sure to quote “inferior,” generally mocking the English peoples for their ‘habits of thought,’ in regarding lower classes, the negroes, and foreigners as beneath them.
Theosophy has been criticized as laying emphasis on an esoteric dimension. It is said, this made it seem only outsiders could interpret a culture’s scriptural literature correctly; and these outsiders, are nothing but the reviled “European,” i.e., white people, or the colonialists, now ever forced to pay for their sins in guilt. William Q. Judge was of Irish descent, and Helena P. Blavatsky was a Russian; and with this have been sad attempts in the past to describe the Theosophical Movement, H.P.B. and Henry S. Olcott as merely of a “White racist imperialist” outlook and motive.
It is claimed in old rumors, that Hitler kept the SD by his bedside, but these people and the German ‘Esotericists’ apparently missed the fact that even if Adolf Hitler read The Secret Doctrine, or other works of H.P.B., the Aryans and Chaldeans spoken of, among other notable peoples, are described also as “dark-skinned.” The Aryans are most of humanity today, according to Helena Blavatsky. She excludes the Dayak of Borneo, the Australoid and Capoid races, claiming them to be mixed remnants of “Lemurians” and “Atlanteans.”
In Lucifer, Vol. 6, No. 58, June 1893, pg. 273-83, Helena Blavatsky explains, the “aborigines of Western Europe, and our distant ancestors were black, and far blacker.” They highlight the classical thinkers, whom spoke glowingly of the origins of “Asiatic Ethiopians.” The 19th century Theosophists spoke of the Chaldeans as “dark-skinned” in the sense of their brown shade, rather than pale white. H.P.B. speaks of the Chaldeans as a pastoral nation and Pre-Babylonian tribe, or caste of Hierophants from Kashmir, Tartary, Mongolia, China, Tibet, and India, devoted to the ancient sciences of arts and Astronomy.
Most surprisingly, concerning accusations, H.P.B. said actually, the Aryan and African are of the same origin:
“The unity of the human species was accepted by the illustrious Professor of Cambridge (U.S.A.) [Professor Agassiz] in the same way as the Occultists do – namely, in the sense of their essential and original homogeneity and their origin from one and the same source: – e.g., Negroes, Aryans, Mongols, etc., have all originated in the same way and from the same ancestors.” (Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2., fn. pg. 607)
In a draft of Blavatsky’s Coming Race: Nationalism, Racism, and Fiction in Theosophical Doctrine, the author asserts a strange claim, that H.P.B. believed human skin darkened, because humanity became “black with sin.” She never said that. Is Theosophy Racist about Africans answers this. The line from a commentary on the stanzas from the Book of Dzyan on “black with sin,” had nothing to do with African people. The subject was on the myth of Prometheus and procreation, according to Greek and Indian Puranic Tradition.
So now, the two ancient and sacred symbols have become represented as two opposing sociopolitical forces, used in a narrative to support the preservation and cause of Jewish Zionism and Israel.
Now, using the four-armed wheel was common before the German National Socialists. Yet, we have the flag of Israel, standing triumphant with the double-interlaced triangle today, while the swastika is demonized; and the Japanese fearing at the Olympics Game, that foreigners will mistake their country’s liberal use of the Buddhist symbol of fortune on their temples for National Socialist sympathies! These are your ancestor’s symbols, and humanity’s symbols, that have become only in our minds, a remembrance of pain and war.