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the physical combat aspect of the trial


if it had to occur


is only the materialistic transposition of some higher meaning


and it must be related to the general view of "divine judgments"




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on the one hand


the pariah is a person without a caste


the one who has "lapsed" or who has eluded the "form" by being powerless before it


thus returning to the infernal world




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the ascetic


on the other hand


is a being above the caste


one who becomes free from the form by renouncing the illusory center of human individuality


he turns toward the principle from which every "form" proceeds


not by faithfulness to his own nature and by participation in the hierarchy

but by a direct action


these beings


should not be expected to follow a human dharma


just as one who is trying to kindle a fire ultimately does not care what kind of wood is being employed


as long as it is capable of producing fire and light




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the requirement for the regal dignity consists in the control of the manas


(the inner and transcendent root of the five senses)


which is also a requirement for the successful practice of asceticism




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asceticism occupies an ideal intermediary state between the plane of direct


olympian


and initiatory regality and the plane of rite and of dharma


asceticism also presents two features or qualifications that from a broader perspective may be considered as qualifications of the same traditional spirit




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the first aspect of the ascetic path is action


understood as heroic action


the second aspect is asceticism in the technical sense of the word


especially with reference to the path of contemplation




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action and knowledge are two fundamental human faculties


in both domains it is possible to accomplish an integration capable of removing human limitations




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the asceticism of contemplation consists of the integration of the knowing faculty


(achieved through detachment from sensible reality)


with the neutralization of individual rationalizing faculties and with the progressive stripping of the nucleus of consciousness


which thus becomes "free from conditionings" and subtracts itself from the limitation and from the necessity of any determination


whether real or virtual


once all the dross and obstructions are removed


participation in the overworld takes place in the form of a vision or an enlightenment


as the peak of the ascetical path


this point also represents at the same time the beginning of a truly continuous


progressive ascent that realizes states of being truly superior to the human condition




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the essential ideals of the ascetical path are the universal as knowledge and knowledge as liberation




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the ascetical detachment typical of the contemplative path implies "renunciation"


in this regard


it is necessary to prevent the misunderstanding occasioned by some inferior forms of asceticism


renunciation proceeds from a natural distaste for objects that are usually attractive and yearned for


this distaste is motivated by the fact that one directly desires


or better


wills


something the world of conditioned experience cannot grant


in this case


what leads to renunciation is the natural nobility of one's desire rather than an external intervention aimed at slowing down


mortifying


and inhibiting the faculty of desire in a vulgar nature


after all


the emotional phase


even in its purest and noblest forms


is only found at the introductory levels in higher forms of asceticism


in later stages


it is consumed by the intellectual fire and by the arid splendor of pure contemplation




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one reaches a peak in respect to which "god" himself


(always according to his theistic view)


appears as something ephemeral


that is


as a transcendent and uncreated peak of the self without which "god" himself could not exist

all the typical images of the religious consciousness are swallowed up by a reality that is an absolute


pure possession


and that in its simplicity cannot help but to appear terrifying to any finite being


we find a solar symbol


before this barren and absolute substance


"god" appears as the moon next to the sun


the divine light in comparison with the radiance of this substance pales


just as the sun's light outshines the moon's




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contemplation in the classical idea was often regarded as the most pure form of activity

it had its object and goal in itself and did not need "anything else" in order to be implemented




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while in contemplative asceticism we find a mostly inner process in which the theme of detachment and the direct orientation toward transcendence are predominant


in the second case


(namely

the path of action)


we have an immanent process aimed at awakening the deepest forces of the human being and at bringing them to the limit


thus causing a superlife to spring from life itself in a context of absolute intensity


this is the heroic life


the nature of such a realization causes it to present simultaneously an outer and an inner

a visible and an invisible aspect




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conversely


pure contemplative asceticism may also lie entirely in a domain that is not connected to the external world by something tangible




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when the two poles of the ascetical path are not separated and neither one becomes the "dominating" trait of a particular type of civilization


but on the contrary


both poles are present and joined together


then the ascetical element feeds in an invisible way the forces of "centrality" and "stability" of a traditional organism


while the heroic element enjoys a greater relationship with the dynamism and the force animating its structures




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considering that in the traditional view of the world every reality was a symbol and every action a ritual

 

the same was true in the case of war

 

since war could take on a sacred character

 

"holy war" and "the path to god" became one and the same thing

 

the persian-aryan tradition and also the hellenic world

 

saw in material warfare the reflection of a perennial cosmic struggle between the spiritual olympian-uranian element of the cosmos on the one hand

 

and the titanic

 

demonic-feminine unrestrained elements of chaos on the other hand

 

according to the aztec and nahua races

 

the highest seat of immortality

 

the "house of the sun" or the "house of huitzilopochtli"

 

was reserved not only for sovereigns but for heroes as well

 

as far as ordinary people were concerned

 

they were believed to slowly fade away in a place analogous to the hellenic hades

 

according to the nordic races

 

no sacrifice was thought to bear more supernatural fruits than the one celebrated by the hero who falls on the battlefield

 

by means of a heroic death the warrior shifted from the plane of the material

 

earthly war to the plane of struggle of a transcendent and universal character

 

the host of heroes were believed to constitute the so-called wildes heer

 

the mounted stormtroopers led by odin to fight against the ragna-rokkr

 

the "twilight of the gods" that has been approaching for a very long time

 

the nordic view of the wildes heer corresponds to the iranian view of mithras

 

the "sleepless warrior"

 

who at the head of the fravashi leads the fight against the enemies of the aryan religion

 



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originally

 

orthodox islam conceived a unitary form of asceticism

 

that which is connected to the jihad or "holy war" 


essentially inheritance of the  persian tradition


 


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the "greater holy war" is the struggle of man's higher principle against everything that is merely human in him

 

against his inferior nature and against chaotic impulses and all sorts of material attachments

 

this is expressly outlined in a text of aryan warrior wisdom

 

"know him therefore who is above reason

 

and let his peace give thee peace

 

be a warrior and kill desire

 

the powerful enemy of the soul"

 



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in the world of traditional warrior asceticism the "lesser holy war"

 

namely

 

the external war

 

is indicated and even prescribed as the means to wage this "greater holy war"

 

in this order of ideas action exercises the rigorous function and task of a sacrificial and purifying ritual

 



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obviously the spiritual orientation and the "right intention"

 

that is

 

the one toward transcendence

 

("heaven"

 

"paradise" and so on)

 

are presupposed as the foundations of jihad

 

lest war lose its sacred character and degenerate into a wild affair in which true heroism is replaced with reckless abandonment and what counts are the unleashed impulses of the animalistic nature

 



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in the instance of real death in battle

 

we find the equivalent of the mors triumphalis found in classical traditions

 

those who have experienced the "greater holy war" during the "lesser holy war"

 

have awakened a power that most likely will help them overcome the crisis of death

 

this power

 

having already liberated them from the "enemy" and from the "infidel"

 

will help them avoid the fate of hades

 



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it is possible

 

however

 

to go through death and conquer

 

as well as achieve

 

the superlife and to ascend to the "heavenly realm" while being alive

 



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the islamic formulation of the heroic doctrine corresponds to that formulated in the bhagavadgita

 

in which the same meanings are expressed in a purer way

 



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the doctrine of liberation through pure action

 

which is expounded in this text

 

is declared to be "solar" in origin and is believed to have been communicated by the founder of the present cycle to dynasties of sacred kings

 



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krsna and arjuna

 

who represent respectively the self and the empirical ego

 

or personality and individuality

 

or the unconditioned atman and the living soul

 

climbed into the same chariot

 

which is the vehicle of being

 

considered in its manifested state

 

as arjuna fights on

 

krsna drives the chariot without becoming involved in the action

 



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the piety that keeps the warrior arjuna from going to battle against his enemies

 

since he recognizes among them his own relatives and teachers

 

is characterized by the bhagavadgita as "lifeless dejection"

 

the text adds

 

"strong men do not know despair

 

for that wins neither heaven nor earth"

 



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arjuna represents a warrior version of the "awakened one"

 

arjuna also ascended a "mountain"

 

(in the himalayas)

 

to practice asceticism and to achieve superior warrior skills

 



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the purity of this type of action

 

which must be willed for its own sake

 

is also celebrated in clear terms

 

"prepare for war with peace in thy soul

 

be in peace in pleasure and pain

 

in gain and in loss

 

in victory or in the loss of a battle

 

in this peace there is no sin"

 

in other words

 

you will not stray from the supernatural direction by fulfilling your dharma as a warrior

 



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the relationship between war and "the path to god" is present in the gita too

 

though the metaphysical rather than the ethical aspect is more heavily stressed

 



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the warrior reproduces somewhat the deity's transcendence

 

the consciousness of the irreality of what can be lost or caused to be lost as ephemeral life and as mortal body

 

(the equivalent of the islamic view that life is just a sport and a pastime)

 

is associated with the knowledge of that aspect of the divine according to which this aspect is an absolute power before which every conditioned existence appears as a negation

 

this power becomes naked and dazzled in a terrible theophany precisely in the act of destruction

 

in the act that "negates the negation"

 

in the whirlwind that sweeps away every finite life

 

either destroying it or making it arise again in a transhuman state

 



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the power capable of producing the heroic realization is clearly defined

 

the values are overturned

 

death becomes a witness to life

 

and the destructive power of time displays the indomitable nature hidden inside what is subject to time and death

 

krsna

 

"I am all-powerful time which destroys all things

 

and I have come here to slay these men

 

even if thou dost not fight

 

all the warriors facing thee shall die

 

arise therefore

 

win thy glory

 

conquer thy enemies

 

and enjoy thy kingdom

 

through fate of their own karma I have doomed them to die

 

be thou merely the means of my work

 

tremble not

 

fight and slay them

 

thou shalt conquer thy enemies in battle"

 



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in this way we find again the identification of war with "the path to god"

 

the warrior evokes in himself the transcendent power of destruction

 

he takes it on

 

becomes transfigured in it and free

 

thus breaking loose from all human bonds

 

life is like a bow and the soul like an arrow

 

the target being aimed at is the Supreme Spirit

 

this is the metaphysical justification of war and the transformation of the lesser into the greater holy war

 

it also sheds further light on the meaning of the traditions concerning the transformation

 

in the course of the battle

 

of a warrior or a king into a god

 



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what we find is the general theme of war being justified as a reflection of the transcendent war waged by "form" against chaos and the forces of the inferior nature that accompany it

 



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we find a convergence of the inner and outer dimensions

 

in the holy war the individual was afforded the experience of a meta-individual action

 



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the teaming up of warriors for a purpose higher than their own race

 

national interests

 

or territorial and political concerns was an external expression of the overcoming of all particularities

 



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in reality

 

if the universality connected with the asceticism of the pure spiritual authority is the condition for an invisible traditional unity that exists over and above any political division within the body of a unitary civilization informed by the cosmic and by the eternal

 

and when this universality is added to "universality as action"

 

-then we arrive at the supreme ideal of the empire

 

an ideal whose unity is both visible and invisible

 

material and political

 

as well as spiritual

 



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heroic asceticism and the untameability of the warrior vocation strengthened by a supernatural direction are the necessary instruments that allow the inner unity to be analogically reflected in the outer unity

 

namely

 

in the social body represented by many peoples that are organized and unified by the same one great conquering stock

 



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modern civilization has brought

 

in terms of war

 

a change of level

 

from the warrior

 

society has shifted to the type of the mere "soldier" that is found in association with the removal of all transcendent elements in the idea of fighting

 



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to fight on "the path to god" has been characterized as "medieval" fanaticism

 

conversely

 

it has been characterized as a most sacred cause to fight for "patriotic" and "nationalistic" ideals and for other myths that in our contemporary era have eventually been unmasked and shown to be the instruments of irrational

 

materialistic

 

and destructive forces

 



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when "country" was mentioned

 

this rallying cry often concealed the plans of annexation and oppression and the interests of monopolistic industries

 

all talk of "heroism" was done by those who accompanied soldiers to the train stations

 

soldiers went to the front to experience war as something else

 

namely

 

as a crisis that all too often did not turn out to be an authentic and heroic transfiguration of the personality

 

but rather the regression of the individual to a plane of savage instincts

 

"reflexes"

 

and reactions that retain very little of the human by virtue of being below and not above humanity

 



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hypocritical rhetoric

 

the great ideas of "humanity"

 

"democracy"

 

and "the right of a people to self-determination"

 

have been mobilized

 

from an external point of view

 

the heroic ideal has now been lowered to the figure of the policeman because the new "crusades" have not been able to find a better flag to rally around than that of the "struggle against the aggressor"

 

from an inner point of view

 

beyond all this rhetoric

 

what proved to be decisive was the brute

 

cynical will to power of obscure

 

international

 

capitalist

 

and collectivist powers

 



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at the same time "science" has promoted an extreme mechanization and technologization of war

 

so much so that today war is not a matter of man against man but of machines against man

 

rational systems of mass extermination are being employed

 

(through indiscriminate air raids

 atomic weapons

 and chemical warfare)

 

that leave no hope and no way out

 

such systems could once have been devised only to exterminate germs and insects

 

in contrast to "medieval superstitions" that refer to a "holy war"

 

what our contemporaries consider sacred and worthy of the actual "progress of civilization" is the fact that millions of human beings

 

taken away en masse from their occupations and vocations

 

(which are totally alien to the military vocation)

 

and literally turned into what military jargon refers to as "cannon fodder"

 

will die in such events

 



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these processes may change polarity and the most destructive aspects of modern technological war may condition a superior type of man

 

beyond the patriotic and "idealist" rhetoric as well as beyond humanitarianism and antimilitarism

 



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the middle ages awaited the hero of the grail

 

so that the head of the holy roman empire could become an image or a manifestation of the universal ruler

 

so that all the forces could receive a new power

 

so that a real solar order could be formed

 

so that the invisible emperor could also be the manifest one

 

for about a century and a half

 

the entire knightly west lived intensely the myth of the court of king arthur and his knights seeking the grail

 

this awakening of a heroic tradition connected to a universal imperial idea was destined to arouse inimical forces and lead to a clash with catholicism

 

the true reason why the church became such a staunch antagonist of the empire was the instinctive perception of the true nature of the force gaining momentum behind the external forms of the knightly spirit and the ghibeline ideal

 



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the order of the knights templar approached more than others the type of "the spiritual chivalry of the grail"

 

moreover

 

its inner doctrine had an initiatory character

 

for this reason it was singled out and severely repressed by the alliance of the representatives of the two princes whom the order ideally transcended

 

namely

 

the pope and his ally

 

philip the fair

 

a secularized

 

profane

 

and despotic king who hated the aristocracy

 

whatever the "real" motives behind the destruction of the templars were

 

they are of little or no account

 

in such cases

 

these motives are always occasional

 

they only help to set in motion the forces needed to implement a design

 

the directing intelligence of which is to be found on a much deeper plane

 



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templar chivalry was characteristically an order in which fighting and especially "holy war" were regarded as a path of asceticism and liberation

 

externally

 

it embraced christianity

 

but in its highest mystery

 

which was restricted to an inner circle

 

it went beyond the christian religion

 

rejecting the worship of christ

 

a false prophet

 

-- a very ordinary man who died because of his own mistakes

 

and the main limitations of a devotional type

 



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the crusades

 

in which the templars and in general the ghibeline chivalry played a fundamental role

 

in many respects created a supratraditional bridge between west and east

 

the crusading knighthood ended up confronting a facsimile of itself

 

namely

 

warriors who abided by corresponding ethics

 

chivalrous customs

 

ideals of a "holy war"

 

and initiatory currents

 

thus the templars were the christian equivalent of the arab order of the ishmaelites

 

who likewise regarded themselves as the "guardians of the holy land"

 

(in an esoteric and symbolic sense)

 

and who had two hierarchies

 

one official and one secret

 

such an order

 

which had a double character

 

both warrior and religious

 

almost met the same fate as that of the templars

 

and for analogous reasons

 

its initiatory character and its upholding an esotericism that despised the literal meaning of the sacred scriptures

 

templars and ishmaelites carried the same colors

 

(red and white)

 

cross and cloak the former

 

belt and garment the latter

 

this "secret understanding" never amounted to a military betrayal

 

considering that the templars were among the bravest

 

most faithful and warriorlike soldiers during all the crusades

 

that which rather corresponded to it was probably the expunging from the notion of "holy war" of its materialistic and external aspect of war waged against the "infidel" and of death for the "true" faith

 

and its restoration to its purest

 

most metaphysical meaning

 

according to this meaning

 

what really mattered was no longer a particular profession of faith

 

but the simple capacity to turn war into an ascetic preparation for the attainment of immortality

 

on the muslim side

 

too

 

the ultimate meaning of the "holy war"

 

(jihad)

 

was not any different

 

this too was the true meaning of fighting according to the knights of the grail

 

to them it did not matter whether their opponent was a christian or a saracen

 

just as it did not matter whether their fight ended in victory or death

 

since fighting for them was an ascesis and a purification

 

with the exception of their "superordained" task of defending the "seat of the grail" and blocking access to it

 



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typical is the distortion behind the charge that the templars used to burn before their idol the children that they begat in sin

 

all this probably amounted to a "baptism of fire"

 

namely

 

to a heroic-solar initiation that was administered to the neophytes who

 

according to a terminology common to all traditions

 

were regarded as the children of the masters

 

or as newborns

 

according to their second

 

spiritual birth

 

the rebirth was symbolized by a belt that had to be worn day and night

 

which every knight received and which had to be put on the idol

 

so that it may become impregnated with a special influence

 

the belt or cord was the mark of the initiates

 

just as in the indo-aryan orient it used to characterize the higher castes of the "twice born"

 

the cord is also the symbol of the immaterial chain

 

the connection that invisibly joins together all those who have received the same initiation

 

thus becoming the carriers of the same invisible influence

 



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after the climax represented by the middle age

 

tradition goes underground everywhere

 

a cycle ends

 

the current of becoming leads further and further away from the "immobile lands"

 

or from the "island"

 

men and entire nations at this time precipitate into the most critical phase of that which was traditionally referred to as the dark age

 

or kali yuga

 

in wolfram von eschenbach

 

percival appears to have been conceived as the last of those who succeeded to become lords of the grail through the heroic path and not through divine right

 

after the advent of percival notice is sent to every land that the only person who can achieve the grail is the one called by god and that the grail cannot be obtained by fighting

 

it seems the equivalent of traditional prophecy concerning hesiod's iron age

 

the last or dark age

 

in which the heroic path is no longer available

 



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everything in modern society tends to dampen the heroic sense of life

 

everything moves to the regulated and prudent community life of beings who are constantly in need of something

 

and not self-sufficient

 

everything today tends to be reduced to the lower two of the four castes

 

upon which the rational and integral organization of ancient eastern societies was based

 



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having been suffocated

 

the heroic will seek other paths

 

other outlets beyond the network of practical interests

 

passions

 

and cravings that is becoming tighter everyday

 



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the deep nature of the spirit that perceives itself as infinite and free

 

always beyond itself

 

beyond all forms and greatness found in or outside itself

 

awakens and shines forth

 

in the indomitable will that asserts itself over fatigue

 

fear

 

and to the voice of the animal instinct of prudence and self-preservation

 



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a true imperial tradition is not forged through particular interests

 

through a narrow-minded hegemony

 

or through "sacred selfishness"

 

such a tradition is formed only when a heroic vocation awakens as an irresistible force from above and where it is animated by a will to keep on going

 

overcoming every material or rational obstacle

 



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this

 

after all

 

is the secret of every type of conqueror

 

the great conquerors of the past have always perceived themselves as children of destiny

 

as the bearers of a force that had to manifest itself and before which everything else

 

(starting from their own selves

 

preferences

 

pleasures

 

and tranquility)

 

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this tradition leads us to comprehend the latent meaning of what can be called the roman legionary spirit

 

these cohorts of men of iron

 

impassible

 

capable of any discipline

 

spread through the world without a reason and not even with a truly preordained plan

 

but rather obeying a transcendent impulse

 

through conquest and through the universal realization they achieved for rome

 

they vaguely perceived a foreboding of that which is no longer human

 

of that aeternitas

 

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that became directly connected with the ancient imperial roman symbol

 



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likewise

 

surfaces the idea of a superior

 

incorporeal unity of the invisible front of all those who

 

despite all

 

fight in different parts of the world the same battle

 

lead the same revolt

 

and are the bearers of the same intangible tradition

 

these forces appear to be scattered and isolated in the world

 

and yet they are inexorably connected by a common essence that is meant to preserve the absolute ideal of the imperium and to work for its return

 

this will occur after the cycle of this dark age closes

 

through an action that is both deep and not evident

 

in virtue of being a pure spiritual intensity unaffected by human restlessness

 

passions

 

lies

 

illusions

 

and divisions

 



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