Earlier this evening, I was asked the following question by a new acquaintance: “Why the obsession with connecting Norse religion with Hinduism though?”
I suspect that this is something that a fair few people looking at our efforts have found themselves wondering; so it makes sense to reproduce the answer here (with some slight edits for a non-chatbox medium). Think of it as a brief (ha) primer on why it is that we do what we do here at Arya Akasha – and a little bit upon how it is that we do it.
The way we see it – the Indo-European religion is the Indo-European religion.
The Indo-European Gods are the Indo-European Gods.
We know that this was the case on the Urheimat – and that in the intervening thousands of years and thousands of miles … the Gods, the rites, the legends were carried forward in different directions.
Yet retaining their fundamental identity. Our fundamental identity. They did not suddenly stop being the Indo-European Gods at some arbitrary point of time or space away from these shared origins.
Some shifts have occurred, yes – yet this is a scenario of different ‘sects’ or ‘denominations’ within the same overarching faith.
Now, of this broad coterminity – we have often observed that two of the closest of these spheres are the Eddic and the Vedic . You can virtually read some of the materials directly across from one to the other with little interpolation needed – as I have repeatedly demonstrated in the course of my work.
This does NOT mean that we are only interested in that particular concordancy, however – in the course of my work, I frequently draw strong parallels and inferences from the Greek, Roman, Scythian, Hittite, Celtic, Slavic, etc. etc. etc. spheres.
In some areas, we make more overt use of elements from these other spheres, and the Nordic elements barely figure.
However it is rare indeed that we do not make strong nor salient use of the Hindu, the Vedic corpus.
And that is because, simply put, it is the oldest and most comprehensive, most complete Indo-European corpus we have.
It is the closest we can viably get to the Urheimat in many regards.
And in my case, it is also where I am at home – I am a Hindu. One of the few reasonably ‘proper’ Gora [‘white’ .. not to be confused with ‘Ghora’ – ‘terrifying’; although some of my devotees do refer to me as (A)Ghora , Ghoracharya, etc.] Hindus that you are ever likely to meet.
I got into this sphere not because of anything Indo-European. But rather, because of my family – Indo-Nepali adoptive family, it is a long story.
And then, one day, I was at Mandir [Temple], in front of the Durga Murti [the Mother Goddess], and I was Told to do something.
Re-illuminate the shared bonds of sodality and heritage between the various Indo-European peoples. And in doing so, reshape the world in Her Image. [c.f the Bharat Mata understanding – and how it is also a common understanding in terms of ‘national personifications’ amidst more westerly Indo-European folks]
Now, I am, of course, Nordic by substantive swathe of my ancestry. My surname, for instance, is a clear demonstrator of this, and we still have a fair quotient of Swedish books and such from my Grandparents’ generation about the house here.
So in a way, I suppose there is a bit of a bias in terms of my looking at the Nordic/Germanic sphere – because I suppose, the approach that I have … it has lead me back to the ancestral religion of my further-back forebears.
It is not the ‘direct’ one as applies the Germanic sphere – but it is quite closely related. And more importantly .. it is living. It chose me – rather than the other way around [again, long story].
I view it, as I say, as being quite close to the PIE religion of all of our direct ancestors – going far back enough.
Although we also make active and tangible use of the Hindu gleanings that we have derived – to ‘fill in the gaps’ in the incredibly fragmentary Germanic canon and corpus.
As is commonly known, there is a fantastic and beautiful swathe of material that we do have preserved from the Viking Age … come down to us via Christian era authors who had to stitch together and euhemerize in order to make what they could of it … and which is not quite a functional religion in various key particulars.
It needs help, and reconstructive support from elsewhere in the Indo-European sphere.
And we are in the position to provide that assistance.
The Germanic/Nordic religious revival is probably the most successful Indo-European resurrection going on today. It is not the most successful Indo-European religion of course – that is ours, by which I mean the Hindu one … but that is not a resurrection … it is not a “come-back”, because it never died, it never went away. The Nordic one, by contrast, is pulling off something quite remarkable in doing as it is doing. And it must be said – so, too, are some other efforts amidst the Roman, Greek, Celtic, Slavic, and other such groups.
Our perspective is that if you are in Europe – then for various reasons, the House of your Ancestors has burned down. That is sad – that is tragic.
Many are engaged in the collective work of rebuilding those houses. And that is quite a difficult thing to do – especially after all of this time and in the absence of so much building material and even the design, the architectural schemas for such.
So it is incredibly fortunate that our Cousins to the East have maintained such a large and impressive house – and are in many cases quite amenable to letting us shelter with them for awhile. For we are Kin.
Part of my effort is to show this – that Kinship ; and to get people thinking more properly about this. Which includes showing the appropriate and proper reciprocal feeling of respect toward their fellow Indo-European Man and his or her religious heritage.
Too many times, we have seen people make rather egregious mistakes – declaring apparently without shred of irony that they consider the last living Indo-European religion to be some sort of ‘degenerate’ thing practiced by ‘degenerate’ people … whilst they rest upon laurels of taking Sturluson’s Eddic materials or the like entirely uncritically and overlooking that the modern European population is also the result of IE and non-IE mixing and may have comparable levels of PIE DNA , dependent upon the population group in question, to various of the Indian groups they are now criticizing.
And also, not to put too fine a point upon it, making some fundamental mistakes about the Hindu religion and what it is , where it is from, what it relates to.
Self-congratulatory propaganda is pervasive – and we make it our serious and our sincere business – our creed and our calling – to respond to this, to educate and inform; and help everybody to work together in this now re-illuminated light.
This world is too hazardous for the Indo-European heritage as it is – without all of us being at each others’ throats in such a way !
So to answer the question more broadly yet directly –
It is not that I have an obsession with connecting the Nordic religion to Hinduism.
It is that the Nordic religion is already connected to Hinduism.
My ‘obsession’, if you like – is in re-illuminating this essential truth.
And it does not just apply to the #NAS [‘Nordic-Aryan Sangha’ – our attached monastic order, but also the shorthand for referring to this Vedic-Eddic concordancy] area of things. But to all the ancient Indo-European faiths. Perhaps it is simply that you have not seen so much of my work which renders in these other areas. But rest assured – it most definitely does exist.
It is “Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam” which guides us – not just the Nordic/Germanic sphere.
I may be from one directly … but in a way, even though I am of the Hindusphere , and that shall always be my home ; ‘adoptive’ home though it may be…
I would say that the best and broadest description of my religious views is but simply this:
The Hindusphere has been my great window in upon it.
But that is where the journey has started (and, to be sure, where I ‘hang my hat’ in regular and active acts of pious devotion amidst my peers, at a physical Temple and upon physical Altars, afore physical ’empowered’ representations of Our Gods – something I hope one day we can all do in the appropriate forms that are most aptly resonant for us) … it is not the entire span nor ken of my view.
But I could not have beheld all that I do without it.
And, in truth, this goes for almost everyone else’s experience likewise.
Whether we know it or we do not – whether we choose to acknowledge this or we do not – we all have quite a debt owed to the Hindusphere for enabling us to understand our own ancestral depth and span of traditions and how they interrelate to one another.
Although as applies the term you have used – “obsession” – well, what can I say.
I am a card-carrying religious fundamentalist zealot.
If you have seen the truth of the thing as I have – and I mean that quite directly. I have some rather … weird (in the archaic Germanic sense) tales on that front –
then there could be no other way to approach the subject.
Divinity Tells you to do something , you don’t umm and err and maybe later. You marvel that the legends are true , and then you go out and you bloody well do it.
And thus it is with Arya Akasha for us.
“Come Home, Indo-European Man!”