Passages quoted from Hitlerian Esotericism and the Tradition by Savitri Devi, Chapter 10 of Memories and Reflections of an Aryan Woman. Translated by R.G. Fowler.
“The fools scorn Me when I take on human form;
My essence, supreme source of beings, escapes them.” – Bhagavad Gita 9, verse 2.
“There were, naturally, levels among the elect. (Curiously, the name of this elite of physical health and beauty, warlike courage and, more or less, secret knowledge, which the broad public only knows by its initials SS, means, as I mentioned above “protection levels”). I have, I believe, also mentioned these levels in alluding to the Ordensburgen (Order Castles), in which took place the military training and the political and, to a certain extent, metaphysical education, of the SS, and especially of their cadres – because the Hitlerian Weltanschauung is inseparable from the metaphysics that underlies it. That is so true that a critic of National Socialism and the work of Rene Guenon could say that the latter was “Hitlerism minus the armoured divisions”, without the initiate of Cairo ever writing one single word on “politics”.
All the candidates – I should say “the novices” – of the SS, were not trained and educated in the same Ordensburg, and all of the same Ordensburg did not receive – especially at the higher levels – the same teaching. That depended on the tasks for which they were judged most apt, even within the elite. Because it consisted of several organizations, from the most visible, the Waffen (Armed) SS – the most famous also, because of the superhuman heroism of which it gave proof of so many times during the Second World War – up to the most secret, the Ahnenerbe (Ancestral Heritage), founded in 1935, and all the more difficult to know because since so many documents that refered to it (also secret, which goes without saying) were destroyed, “before the arrival of the Allies in Germany,” and that “the members of this organization who survived the collapse of the Third Reich”….”concealed with a strange resolution.”
It is at least logical to think that it was probably the Ahnenerbe which, in the “Black Order” of Adolf Hitler, was the great agent of tradition – and more specifically, certain sections of the Ahnenerbe, because it comprised many of them, including “fifty-two scientific sections” i.e. dealing with objective research, through not necessarily in the spirit and employing the methods used in the applied sciences. According to the declarations of Wolfram Sievers before the tribunal of the victors in Nuremberg, to whom one owes this detail, the same Institute “carried out or attempted to carry out more than one hundred missions of research of great extent.” The nature of some of this research reveals a very clear interest in esoteric questions. Thus they studied the symbolism of such things as the Harp of Ireland to the question of survival of the true Rosicrucian brotherhood – in other words, of initiatory groups still having the complete tradition of the Templars (of which the Rosicrusian brotherhood would have received the heritage). Thus they reconsidered the Bible and the Kabbalah, while trying to draw the hidden meaning from them – contemplating in particular what role the symbolism of numbers plays in one and the other. Thus they further studied the physical and mental structure of human specimens of various races – that of the Nordic with the very special care that one can guess – in order to ensure the value of the concepts of heredity and race, so fundamental to Hitlerism. Thus they devoted systematic and sustained efforts to all research aimed at revealing to the Germans the glory of their own antiquity, historic and pre-historic and of their Middle Ages – and to highlight the importance of the corresponding sites…..
…..And the examples show sufficiently that it was not only about “culture”, or about the national culture of Germans in general, but about secret knowledge, and, for the initiates of the Order of the SS and in particular Ahnenerbe, of secret knowledge of the great cosmic truths, apprehended through traditional symbolism such as the German people knew it, and such as a quiet minority preserved it.
….The National Socialist party can be dissolved; the name of the Führer can be proscribed, the faithful hunted down, forced into silence, dispersed. But Hitlerism, nourished from the source of super-human knowledge, cannot die.
It also remains true that the men of Ahnenerbe were not all, after 1945, hung as “war criminals” or killed with a bullet in the dungeons or in the concentration camps of the Allies. Some even have enjoyed a strange immunity, as if a magic circle had surrounded them and protected them before the “judges” of the Nuremberg Tribunals.
….One cannot but wonder how many old SS members like Hielscher of some section of the Ahnenerbe – this guardian of profound orthodoxy of Hitlerism i.e. of the esoteric knowledge that constitutes the base of it – escaped the revenge of the Allies and live today still on the surface of the earth, it does not matter where. There is perhaps in Germany even that one circle that one does not know because they carry the Tarnhelm of divine Siegfried: the helmet that allows the warrior appear in whatever form he pleases and even make himself invisible. It would be more interesting to know how many young men less than twenty five years old are already affiliated, in absolute secrecy, with the fraternity of the knights of the Black Order, whose “honor is loyalty” and are preparing under the direction of the elders, to climb the levels of initiation – or are, perhaps the first climbers of it.”