What follows is not my own writing – although I have had a hand in editing it, and it has resulted from months of concordant conversations between myself and its major author, Aldo Rapace.
We feel that it has come to a necessary stage in our Mission, to begin more openly discussing and working upon these matters – how it is that we really can begin to truthfully and meaningfully rekindle the Flame of Faith in the vast Westerly swathe of the Indo-European World.
And give you all elements that you can actively engage with and actively use.
This Manifesto represents an initial step – a statement and a declaration of intent, a Path-Way (and that is in the Sanskrit sense of a Path, also; a Patha-Vay, indeed – both in the sense of वय but also वायु do we mean the latter particle) for us to follow.
We look forward to your company and your engagement, your support, as we see where it shall lead! Back from The Heavens, Themselves!
And, as always – remember that which we strive for. Whether I phrase it in Old Norse, Ancient Greek, Latin, or some other Indo-European millennia-ancient liturgical language … the cause is the irreducible same:
Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam – Make The World ‘Arya’ Again
So Shall It Be
Where we stand and where to go from there…
Arya Akasha has long been on a mission to further the cause of Indo-European Dharma. Both in the virtual world of the internet and social media and (most importantly) in the real world. The time comes now to step up the game and to unveil the new phase of the Arya Akasha endeavor.
As some of you may know, there have been recently discussions going on in Arya Akasha circles concerning the project of presenting a pan-IE religious framework, with both theoretical and practical dimensions. While it is Curwen who is the heart of this project, let me present some general considerations in this regard.
First of all we have to be clear about where we stand, what is our situation as Indo-Europeans (IE). Let me get straight to the answer – with one major exception there is no living, integral Indo-European civilization, meaning no sovereign IE civilization with IE culture, IE language and IE religion. There are countries and nations with some IE culture going on, speaking IE languages, but there is no sovereign IE religion anymore anywhere.
Or is there?
Enter Bharat Mata… She, who is currently the only sovereign manifestation of our Heimat. India, the only sovereign IE civilization still standing among the dark tides of this Dark Age.
There is only one living IE religion in existence today – Sanatana Dharma (and its heterodox offshoots, which we may consider, to some degree, as part of the Dharmic current), popularly known as Hinduism.
India is the only land where the ancestral forms of IE religion and IE social institutions form the basis of modern Indian culture and society.
Some you may point out that there is also Asatru, Hellenismos, Rodnoverye, Romuva and other western IE revivals. I would kindly ask you to retrace back a few lines and read again “with one major exception there is no living, integral Indo-European civilization… anymore anywhere.” Before you start arguing, do consider what the meaning of “integral IE civilization means” – it means that the civilization in question is under the aegis of IE religion, culture, language, social norms, customs, institutions etc. The keyword here, among all these keywords, is “civilization”. There is such a thing as a “Hindu civilization”, as most social, religious and even political scholars would agree. There is no such thing (anymore) as “Asatru civilization” or “Hellenic civilization”. Neither Germania, nor Greece are based primarily on their native forms of the IE religion, culture and social norms, customs and institutions.
Thus it is probably no surprise that there are 0.4% of US population that identify as neopagans. And that includes everything from hard-reconstructionist Germanic heathenism to Wicca. 0.4%, let that sink in how socially irrelevant neopaganism is in the U.S. The numbers are hardly better elsewhere in the West, including Russia where the numbers are as marginal as US numbers, although the social impact is probably somewhat greater (which is not really saying anything, given how insignificant it is in the civilizational scheme of things).
The most successful, and indeed arguably demographically relevant, is Scythian neopaganism (Æss Din). According to some scholars “the movement has become so widespread among the Ossetians that its success is “unrivalled” among all Neopagan religious movements.” According to the 2012 complement to the 2010 Russian Census “29.4% of the population of North Ossetia (comprising Ossetians as well as ethnic Russians) were adherents of the Ossetian Pagan religion.” This is something indeed totally unparalleled anywhere else among occidental Indo-Europeans, where we find neopaganism as a tiny, yet sometimes somewhat vocal (although those voices that are amplified by the media are often Wiccan and similar ones), subculture, that is largely irrelevant and mostly unknown by the majority population.
The origins of Western neopaganism place it firmly as sub-sub-culture of the New Age subculture, despite possible protestations to the contrary by some.
But the perhaps more serious problem than “just” the numbers is the question of legitimacy. The traditional priestly lineages and the lineages of mystery-initiation were broken in the IE West hundreds of years ago and somewhere even more than one and a half millennia ago. Where some of the lineages survived (and yes, it probably happened, occasionally), they were in one form or another subsumed into the adopted dominant religion of the West – Christianity.
We can mention an actual example from a remote region of the Moravia’s White Carpathian mountains, where there was a lineage of so called “goddesses”, a lineage of female practitioners of magic that is according to scholars attested already during the times the area was settled during the early 18th Century by settlers from Ruthenia. It is from that area that this lineage entered Moravia.
This particular lineage survived into the 20th Century, surviving Nazi and Communist regimes and went extinct relatively recently, being extinguished not by any European totalitarianisms of the 20th Century, but by the consummerist neoliberal society. There were simply no young females anymore willing to be initiated and to take upon themselves the vows and responsibilities of this lineage. Thus the last of the “goddesses” died in 2001 without any successor.
Today the ethnographers and historians try to map the practices of folk magic possibly connected to this lineage, but its inner mysteries are gone now.
Why did we mention this lineage though? Because it was a devout Christian lineage. These “witches” were not pagans, they were definitely not “neopagans” (and would most probably be appalled by what passes for neopaganism today), they were devout Catholics. And not just because “they had to be”. This argument could perhaps stand during the 18th Century with its witch hunts, but definitely not in the 19th Century (when the Western neopaganism started to take off) and for sure not in the 20th Century, when the hold of Christianity over larger Czech population quickly waned (so much so that Czechs are perhaps the most secular nation of Europe).
It is certain that no legitimate priestly IE lineage survived in its original capacity (and there are attested examples of the conversion to Christianity being sometimes led by the members of the old tribal priestly elites) and it is quite probable that no initiatory IE lineages survived, unless subsumed into Christianity, like the White Carpathian “goddesses” hailing from Ruthenia.
Today’s Western paganisms and heathenisms are thus illegitimate. Yes, let me repeat it – a structure purporting to be a religious structure and yet lacking the uninterrupted line with IE priestly and initiatory lineages, is illegitimate by definition.
This is just a statement of fact. This “illegitimacy” can be amended, actually, and thus the occidental IE revivals can be made legitimate. But by and of themselves they are lacking the true connection to the ancestral higher Tradition.
Now, an argument can be made that we are direct descendants of our pagan forefathers. Yes, we are. And we are also direct descendants of our Christian forefathers for the past several hundred years… how many generations is that? A lot. And in the meantime, the priestly class of our pagan forefathers disappeared and initiatory lineages went extinct or were Christianized.
Of course, European Christianity, especially in its folk forms retained many features of our IE culture and religious elements etc. But without the care provided by the IE priestly class the very best what Christianized European folklore preserved is basically the “third function” form of religion.
While this “folkatrú” is somewhat good enough for very basic forms of IE spiritual life, it is nowhere close to the necessities of the IE High Religion. And while it does contain quite explicit pagan elements, it is also hard (or rather quite impossible) to be disentagled entirely from its Folk Christian expression, because these pagan elements were literally fused with Folk Christianity and we run into the danger of decontextualizing them without having proper pagan context for them to be placed into.
And while we have remnants of authentic pagan folk traditions, we have no authentic and legitimate religious and spiritual leaders. Yet, we have many leaders, many of those who think that their take on the ancestral religion of their forefathers is the right one, for whatever reason.
As it is, Western paganisms are basically LARPs. Some are LARPing that the religion of their ancestors looked like the hyperprogressive ideologies of today. Others are LARPing that the ancient codices and laws apply today and that no time effectively divides them from their favourite pagan era. Often times this is connected with “choose-and-pick (or, ‘pick-and-mix’) your favourite era, favourite sources, favourite scholars and their views”. The results are the loss of depth, faux radicalism and further distance from anything actually resembling authentic tradition. Most are running with UPGs [‘Unattested Personal Gnosis’] that they present as the “authentic” reading of sources, – sources which are often problematic to interpret or properly contextualize for actual scholars dealing with them professionally, and which thus present actually perfect opportunity for the neopagan “leaders” to run with whatever it is they like to project onto history and deal with the rest as “Christian interpolations”. The fact that basically the whole works are “Christian interpolations” is nothing that would bother them at all.
Now, having said that, there is indeed one exception to this. A system that, unlike all other Western neopaganisms which build on fragmentary materials and lack actual sources for ritual structures, hymns etc., has basically everything we may need for actual revival – from mythological cycle, through theology, metaphysics, philosophy, theurgy, to known ritual structures and actual hymns to the Gods. Yes, you probably know what I am talking about – it is Hellenic (or Helleno-Roman) system.
Yet even here we lack the lines of initiation. At the very latest these went extinct with Plethon and the ultimate lack of success he had in his attempts to revive Hellenismos. Nevertheless, the Hellenic religion never really went away and ever since the Renaissance it has became integral part of high culture of most of Europe. In Central Europe you would be hard pressed to find anything dedicated to Germanic or Slavic gods after the Conversion, but you find Hellenic gods everywhere, from gardens and palaces, through sculptures and paintings, to literature. IE Gods indeed never went away, at least in their Hellenic (or Helleno-Roman) garbs. That does not mean that we don’t have pieces missing there, or that what is preserved is of unquestionable quality. Far from that, but despite any possible problems we may run into in this regard, these are minimal and almost non-existent compared to what we run into when trying to revive any other European paganism.
Most other branches were not so lucky as Greeks and Latins, having mostly lost their high mythology (Slavs, Balts), fragments of which, heavily distorted, survived as elements of folklore, or with their high mythology becoming so euhemerized (Insular Celts) so as to present somewhat problematic picture overall (as far as reconstruction and revival is concerned). Germanics seemingly have it better (although still having only a fraction of what survived in Hellenismos), but all their stuff come basically post-Conversion and also highly garbled (this of course is probably welcomed by some of the Ásatrú crowd, as that allows them to discard whatever it is they happen not to like as “Christian”).
So, perhaps you are thinking, we should go with the Hellenic system, since it has it all. Well, that’s not the point I am trying to make here. All modern Western revivals are LARPs, in the sense that they have no legitimate leadership (which not only has no legitimacy from the Above, but spend most of its efforts in what amounts to mental masturbations). Everyone can come in and proclaim himself a head honcho of this or that “tradition” or school of thought and run with whatever idiocy it is they want to run with. Like the idea that what they are engaged in (as opposed, of course, to others doing the revival in a different way) is some authentic tradition or authentic revival of authentic tradition. That is just pure delusion. Modern revivals are just that – they are, literally, products of liberal (post)modernity, either in its nationalist form or in its globalist form. The ideology of nationalism is actually older than the oldest neopagan Western revivals (and yes, there is a time gap between Plethon, which may be considered either the last of the torchbearers of classical Hellenismos or the first of the Hellenic revivalists (and perhaps a bit of both), and the modern Hellenic religious revival). And yet, some of them are LARPing that they are representing “older” and “more authentic” perspectives. The truth is that these are usually presented in a highly personalized manner as envisioned by the personalities involved.
Again, Hellenismos is somewhat insulated against this, only by the virtue of the sheer amount of actual first hand sources it is running with.
Now, all this may sound like I am some Westerner LARPing as Hindu and dissing Western neopagans. Perhaps. I would argue though that if anything is not-LARPing, then it is this –– going with the only living and authentic IE religion of today. Provided, of course, that you don’t try to run it in some “we wuzz White Vedic peoples” manner, but you approach it with reverence and attitude of a seeker, grateful for being provided a refuge by the system kept alive and vibrant by our Indo-Aryan relatives.
So am I dissing Western neopaganism? Not really. On the contrary – if we want real IE revival in the West, we have to take a sober look at its current state. And it is a sorry state. Largely irrelevant fraction of IE speaking Western populations, with largely irrelevant impact, rife with internecine rivalries and personal animosities, as can be expected, given the nature of people usually involved.
All is not lost though. Because we have a living IE Tradition, living religion, living culture and a sovereign IE civilization – Bharat Mata.
Am I proposing for us all to come and become Hindus? Well, that is a viable option, of course. Most people protesting would be actually missing the fundamental fact that our Indo-European, or if I may say so Aryan, gods wear different “masks” among our different branches. Of course, sometimes the same mask is worn by several gods, and many times one god wears many masks even within one particular pantheon. Nevertheless these folks who are already engaged in the revival of their own ethnic tradition get stuck into the very narrow confines of what they imagine is the “proper” ethnocultural expression of their spirituality.
But we have to be totally and actually brutally sincere in our appraisal of the actual situation. For some branches it is almost impossible to run with anything even approximating High Religion. Slavs basically lost it all. The only thing Slavs have are names of gods, a couple of mentions within the medieval chronicles, post-Conversion folklore beliefs and practices that can be to some degree reverse engineered (but that can only go so far and easily runs into the problems mentioned above). We have no first hand myths from the pre-Conversion era, no rituals, no liturgy.
So as for Slavic paganism, we can revive lower religion no problem – the cult of ancestors, the cult of household and nature wights… these sorts of things. In some areas the Slavic folklore is among the best preserved of all occidental IE branches, save for Balts. But the higher religion, the theology, the theurgy… well, we can reconstruct some things to some (fairly minimal) degree, but that is still a more or less a plausible reconstruction only. And usually this scholar goes with this interpretation, that scholar goes with that interpretation and the third one is trying to come up with a totally new interpretation, so he can possibly be famous.
So what are we to do? We Slavs speak Slavic languages, which belong to the Satem branch of IE Tree. And since we know precious little about actual pre-Conversion Slavic religion from actual pre-Conversion sources, the best choice is to follow our area of the Tree until we get to IE sources most relevant to our ancestral religion. Now, that happens to be the Vedic religion. Not because it was our direct ancestral religion but because it was the Indo-Aryan redaction of the Andronovo religion, which was a “dialect” of the Corded Ware religion shared by Satem Indo-Europeans. There is actually an archaic topographic layer in Russia that would seem to directly attest to this.
So it would be quite possible to run purely Slavic folklore (and lower religion in general) with Vedic/Hindu High Religion overlay.
But there can also be another way. But let me get to it later below.
So let’s take a brief stock of where we stand.
* Every occidental IE branch can fortunately revive its “lower religion”, aka the folklore stuff.
* Some branches can revive some aspects of their higher religion (Celts perhaps, and Germanics, although here it would by necessity kinda force Norse religious focus), but the restoration of this religion, including theology, liturgy, theurgy, etc. is literally impossible without the input from either Hellenic and/or Vedic sources, because they are missing a lot (and what they have going on is often times in not as good shape as most adherents of neopagan revivals of these religions assume).
* Some branches can revive almost everything… well, a branch, to be perfectly clear – the Hellenic one (or the Helleno-Roman, if Latins would want to make it somewhat easier upon themselves and follow the example of ancient Romans in hellenizing Latin religion), here we have everything – we have actual hymns (several dating to various eras from Homeric through Orphic to Neoplatonic of the late Antiquity), fairly good idea of how the rites were conducted (both religious and theurgic), we have both theological and philosophical works etc. As mentioned above, it is not without reconstructive problems, so to say, but again, these are fairly minimal compared with other European paganisms. It also was the first, and basically the only, Western IE religion that went from the “tribalistic” to “universal” (during Hellenic Era) and as such is especially viable for a unifying occidental “IE religious dialect”, especially given that since the times of Alexander the Great and the Hellenic world he forged and of the ascent of the Roman Republic and later of the Empire (whose representatives were very philhellenic) the idea of “Europe” has been defined by the Helleno-Roman Idea. Thus Helleno-Roman religion (that should perhaps be based on the Roman synthesis) is very viable to be the IE High Religion for the IE Occident. We are almost (we always were, at least ever since the Renaissance) half way there already as a civilization. That is because Hellenic (or rather Helleno-Roman) influence on Europe’s high culture never really went away. Even in the most “Dark Ages” scholars were very much acquainted with Greek and Roman mythology (although the actual understanding was sometimes lacking, especially during the early “Dark Times”) and used its “memes” quite actively, Helleno-Roman gods lived on pretty actively in astrology and alchemy (albeit in forms which could often have significant alterations or external incorporations of content). And the ascent of Renaissance saw some serious attempts at actual revival of not only Helleno-Roman philosophy, but actual “paganism” as well. And although Plethon was ultimately unsuccessful, at that time the gods and myths broke through from the sphere reserved in the “Dark Ages” only to scholars into the sphere of public high culture. From the 15th/16th Century onward the gods and heroes and their myths came forcefully back and since then they never left us.
* Some branches, like Slavic one, have it tough and can really revive only the folklore level stuff and only reconstruct to some small degree some stuff that relates to higher dimensions of IE spirituality. The easiest way forward is the above mentioned possibility of running straight Vedic/Hindu (or Hellenic) overlay on top of Slavic folklore level, but a more comprehensive and ethnocentric approach would be “Slavification” of the Vedic/Hindu religion (to be done in co-operation with pundits and Brahmins in order to get it right).
* All occidental IE branches, Hellenic included, lost the authentic IE lines of initiation, both priestly and esoteric (as in the mystery cults) – hence, there is only one way and that is the restoration of these lines from the living ones of Hinduism. Eventually of course these western lineages would use domestic imagery proper to specific branches.
Be it as it may, the best way forward would probably be – given the circumstances (where on one hand we have a strong sovereign IE system, on other hand we have statistically irrelevant attempts at revival of dead systems) – some form of pan-IE syncreticism. Now I know that Curwen doesn’t exactly like this word, but well… it is what it is and in this case it is certainly not that kind of “syncreticism” Curwen is wary of – on the contrary it is an expression of coming together of various compatible elements based on common underlying unity. We have historical precedents of IE syncreticisms in areas where two or more IE systems met and influenced each other. It happened throughout the Hellenic world from the Pillars of Hercules to the Indo-Greek Kingdoms of the East, and then again during the Roman era. Wherever you went, your gods – under the names you knew them, as well as under the names others knew them – went with you from IE West to IE East. When you were paying obeisances to Hercules in Macedonia, to Verethragna in Seleucid Persia and later to Lord Vishnu in Magadha, you were paying obeisance to the one and same Deific. If centuries later, you were worshipping Thunraz in the forests of northern Germania, and then, as a mercenary you were worshipping Hercules Magusans in Roman lands, you were worshipping one and the same Deific.
Did the ways in which various branches conducted worship differ? Yes, and no. Fundamentally no – we find the IE fundamentals, that derive from PIE frameworks, among all IE branches. And yes, in particulars, details and specifics, these ways somewhat differed. Yet, we know almost nothing of actual ways of worship among Celts, Germanics, Slavs etc. We have some secondary sources on that, that give us some rough ideas, but we would have to go with what basically amounts to UPG in order to “reconstruct” how a ritual looked like, what were its constituent parts, what were the hymns recited etc.
Everything flows… while fundamentals remain, particulars change. Thus we can safely discard one of the possible objections – this is not how our Germanic or Slavic or whatever forefathers would have done it. Perhaps it truly isn’t. Just as the way the Viking Age Norse did stuff was not really the same in particulars how Roman Iron Age era German tribals did it. And how they did it was not the same as how pre-Germanic Nordic Bronze Age went about things. So this argument is literally non-sequitur. It is the 21st Century and several centuries have passed since the rituals were done in the Uppsala Temple for the last time. In some ways, the “conservative” wing of the revival is just as cringeworthy as the “liberal” wing, although in quite the opposite ways. Some “hardcore” Asatru revivalists tend to say “we take our theology seriously.” And which one would that be? What is the authoritative source of “Germanic theology”? Is it Snorri? Saxo? Sagas? Mostly Christian-era codices? Funny that, isn’t it – apart from Roman Iron Age secondary literature (which tends to be sometimes dismissed by these types) there are no pre-Conversion sources. In this regard, even post-conquest Persia had it much easier than post-Conversion Europe, regarding the primary sources. So these neopagans are literally cobbling together a mish-mash of post-Conversion sources, while acting like they are sitting on a high horse. They are not. They are just looking silly to anyone not blinded by their pretensions. Where “Germanic Doctrine” differs from the Vedas and Vedic understanding, they say that this “Germanic Doctrine” has to have precedence. Again – what is exactly this “Germanic Doctrine” or “Germanic theology”? Well, mostly it comes to pet theories on what “Germanic theology” might have been by this or that scholar. Now, given that most of the sources of this supposed “Germanic theology” are at least 2 000 years younger than the Vedas (and some 1 500 younger than some of the Hellenic sources) and actually are not anything that was intended to even be religious source by the authors, in case of any kind of doctrinal conflict it is quite ridiculous to consider post-Conversion (quite possibly mis)understanding to have primacy over the Indo-European 2nd Millennium BCE. The actual way of how to go about it is on the contrary to consider only that which accords with the Vedic understanding to be really genuine, the rest being of questionable value.
As one of their critics noted (although let me note that in the context of that particular discussion he happened to be right for quite wrong reasons, while the opposing side was wrong for what may be considered more or less good reasons) “Are you sacrificing humans and livestock every 9 years like your forebears?” Well, no, they are not. And even if they were, it would be just a cringeworthy (and of course currently quite criminal) enterprise, because they have no legitimate priestly lineages. They may be criticizing modern ideologies like nationalism as “a construct of liberal modernity, and a century old version of it at that,” while conveniently skipping over the fact that the current Germanic paganism is also a construct of liberal modernity “and a century old version of it at that.” Compared to it, nationalism is actually older… In short they act like 1 000 years did not pass between them and the last time Germanic paganism was a thing (meaning as a dominant culture). That is basically the very definition of LARPing.
Since we have lost so much and it is not quite possible to recover it on our own, we indeed need to turn to our relatives and the only standing IE system. Now, we need a person who is a part of the both worlds, so to say. Part of the IE West, that lost its living traditions (and whose best preserved tradition is still lacking the legitimate connection back to itself and to the Heimat). And now is a part of the IE East that preserved a strong and vibrant living tradition, standing sovereign amid the dark tides of the Dark Age. And this man is Curwen. But he should not be doing that alone.
So we have established that the state of the occidental Indo-European revival leaves a lot to be desired and a lot to be done to get there. We have also established that the main problem is that we no longer have any sort of authentic priestly and initiatory lineages. Our religion(s) was thus subsumed into “Europeanized” Christianity and also survived on the “third function” (so to say) level in the Folklore. We are thus left without the proper native structures of High Religion and without the leading elements as well.
There are several means of how to start amending this situation.
A good start would be to put together a booklet (that may accompany Curwen’s book, or just stand on its own) wherein Curwen would set basic ritual framework. Basic in a sense that it would carry a structure that can be basically traced through various IE branches (and thus presumably to the Urheimat).
And while containing the important stuff, it should also be easy on us. Because we are adharmic mlecchas. Whoever doth to protest it, is all the more adharmic mleccha because he refuses to recognize his fundamental existential situation. We Westerners live in adharmic societies and we lack proper religious speech (even though our natural language is Indo-European), in this sense we are mlecchas. Again, with possible exception of Hellenics (Yavanas) who indeed have the ritual speech recorded and preserved. Nevertheless, the adherents of Hellenismos live in the same adharmic societies as we all do.
Given our state of being, we need something “watered down” and in the format utilized by so many (more or less cringey) neopagan “how to” books that describe basics from symbolism through brief (“romanticized” or on the contrary “decolonized”) history through “solitary rites” to “group stuff”.
While the framework as such has to be “universal” (as far as IE world is concerned, that is), it would necessarily be based on the Vedic/Hindu living ritual stuff. This is the only authentic and traditional way of how to proceed. Not trying “let’s take all the IE comparatistics studies and reconstruct PIE ritual, yay”… but taking the only living tradition in direct touch with the origins of the Urheimat and go from there (and yes, along the way taking into account IE comparatistics and perhaps eventually reconstructing PIE framework… hope you see the fundamental difference here).
It should contain basics like “in the morning do this, in the evening do that, in the meantime perhaps do some other stuff. Read this, read that. Learn this and that…, for lunch say this, when washing hands say that” etc. etc.
This “Hinduism Lite” (or “Hinduism for Goras” or whatever you want to call it) would be accompanied by “localization” supplements for those of us, western Indo-Europeans, who may prefer to revive one of the ancestral religions of IE Europe (I am personally fine with the “High Religion” of current Indo-Europa being Hinduism, but the added value of this project actually lies in the “localization” feature) in a manner that is more traditional than whatever is currently going on with neopaganism.
So what would be needed is the expansion of IE Comparative Table project we have going on in Arya Akasha so that we come up with properly researched and AA approved “localizations”. The idea is for the religious framework of the rites and piety to be the same, but the “localizations” would differ. So that Slavic guys can run with something that is not “Rodnoverye per this or that scholar and his pet theories”, but with genuine (P)IE structure that is “localized” for Slavic pantheon (as researched and reconstructed by AA), same for the Viking crowd, the Celtic crowd… you get the idea.
It has to be simple enough, that it could be followed by an average Western 9to5 crowd -then it will have an impact.
Again, the idea is to provide this easy-to-follow basic framework in primarily Hindu expression. Why? Because Hinduism is the only sovereign Indo-European religion (system… actually) left standing. It is our best and in fact only chance for revival… actually for even making it through the dark tides of the Dark Times.
Hindu Wannabes like me can run it with this straight Hindu layer, while others can run it with their own favourite local “localization”. Because frankly, apart from Hellenic (or Helleno-Roman) system, no other IE system is complete enough and/or survived in such a shape that we can safely reconstruct the ritual structure, the prayers, “mantras”, other practices etc. And Hellenic system is… not alive to such a degree as Hinduism, let’s put it this way, for it to be the primary layer of the intended booklet. I mean I am all for its real revival but it needs to be revived in pretty much the same way as all other Western IE systems – Ex Oriente Lux.
So, for most Western IE systems, this universal framework (and we can also include PIE “localization” for those who would want to go there) would be a gift from gods.
But that would still not be enough. There may be some formal organization giving aegis to this, but it can also be a rather informal network of individuals and groups.
But that’s not the main point I am trying to make here. That is the necessity of the legitimization from Above. Literally. What I mean by that? So, say that there would be an AA inspired group in Spain running their version of proper modern occidental IE religion. In order to really enliven and empower what they are trying to revive, they would need to get some formal and basically ritual recognition from a representative of the only standing sovereign IE religion, presumably a Brahmin of some renown, or a Sadhu (because it is possible to get authentic recognition via both priestly and initiatory lineages… it is not the same, but both have the traditional authority), probably along the lines of “Yeah, you are barbarians and stuff, but you know you are kinda ok, and we are willing to talk to you and guide you… and present you with the authority from Above regarding your specific field”.
Yes, Bharat Mata and Her Sanatana Dharma reign supreme above all. She is our Mother. I don’t mean it in “Out of India Theory” sense, but in the sense that regardless of our ultimate origins, Bharat Mata is the only sovereign manifestation of our Heimat, of our Mother. Sanatana Dharma at this moment represents the only supreme (culturally and civilizationally) IE system there is now. And it is also the only IE system with unbroken lines of transmission and initiation going back to at least late Andronovo times (and most probably to the Urheimat Herself). Even if the West would revert back to its IE culture and civilization (because at this moment what passes for the West represents actually anti-civilization), perhaps with the Helleno-Roman system as its overarching “high religion” and “high culture” (there was already an attempt to do it during the Renaissance, and there could be one again), we would need to pass the Flame of the living IE Tradition from the Indo-European East to the Indo-European West. By the virtue of preserving and maintaining the sovereignty of Indo-European culture and religion, Indo-Aryans are our elder brothers. The Twice Born priests of India would have to initiate the new priestly lineages of the West, and the swamis and gurus would have to initiate the new initiatory lineages of the revived Western Mysteries. It really depends on how the IE revival will come about. The West may reassert itself and revive itself anew, and then the Hellenic system would probably be the best, but of course not necessarily the only one. Or it may be that the West is too far gone in its dissolution and the revival will come more or less forcefully from the Indo-European East. Then the IE world, including what will be saved in the West, will embrace the forms carried by the current Sanatana Dharma.
Be it as it may, one way or another, and ultimately the only way for Indo-European West is to ask the help and assistance of our elder brothers in translating the “Fire” that has been kept burning at least from the times of Sintashta/Andronovo and which is currently kept in India. We would be repeating in a way what happened with the large import of Sintashta horses to Europe, as western Indo-Europeans conquered Europe with these Sintashta steeds. With the Steeds of the Divine Fire translated from our Indo-Aryan elder brothers we would re-conquer our native lands again.
[-C.A.R.; posted on behalf of Aldo Rapace]