Contemplations on the Concept of Spiritual Aristocracy

Again, Julius Evola writes:

If the ‘imperialist’ adventures of modern times have failed miserably, often bringing to ruin the peoples that promoted them, or if they have been transformed into calamities of different kinds, the cause is precisely the absence of any authentically spiritual, metapolitical, and metanationalistic element; that is replaced instead with the violence of a stronger power that nonetheless is of the same nature as those minor powers it attempts to subdue. If an empire is not a sacred empire it is not an empire at all, but rather something resembling a cancer within a system comprised of the distinct functions of a living organism.

The ancient priest-kings did not pretend to have sacred knowledge; they had sacred knowledge. They did not claim to have ancient “secret” knowledge to control the masses; the masses acknowledged their ruler to be truly superior and by realising their inferiority, let themselves be ruled by their free will, by a ruler spiritually superior to them. The superior does not need the inferior, it is the inferior that needs the superior.

Concerning the “secret” nature of certain esoteric knowledge, Huston Smith writes:

The Intellect is the Absolute as manifest in the human soul; Eckhart states the case precisely when he writes: ‘There is something in the soul that is uncreated and uncreatable;…this something is the Intellect.’ What appears from mundane perspective as the Intellect coming to know the Absolute is in actuality the Intellect as Absolute-in-man becoming perceptable to phenomenal awareness.


Intimations and realizations of this supreme identity appear in various degrees of explicitness in all revealed religions and constitute the point at which they are one. But this establishes religious unity on the esoteric plane; it is hidden and secret not because those who know will not tell, but because the truth to which they are privy is buried so deep in the human composite that they cannot communicate it, not in any way the majority will find convincing.

Tao Te Ching: “Those who say do not know; those who know do not say.”
(From the foreword by Huston Smith to “The Transcendental Unity of Religions” by Frithjof Schuon)[Emphasis mine./note Kartavirya]

When the inferior emancipates itself from the “oppression” of the superior it loses the ordering and organizing force from above that connects it to the higher and transcendental principle that manifests itself in the hierarchical structure of a Traditional society. Without this sacred order and organization the masses, due to its inertia, start to fall with ever increasing speed.

As regards democracy as a means for the people to govern itself:
Can something superior come out of something inferior?

The superior is the Whole. It is complete. On the other hand, the inferior is the Part. It is incomplete. So if the inferior is incomplete, how could it contain the superior? The superior includes the inferior within it because it is complete. The inferior is Part of and within the superior Whole. Conversely, what is higher includes the lower, because on its way to the higher position it passed the lower position–on condition that the desired movement is an upward one and not a downward one, of course!

With the above reflection, would one say “the people”–the masses–are superior or inferior?

I don’t believe good governance can grow out of a “grassroots” movement. A true leader is a true leader because he has transcended his own nature. Think about what “transcending one’s nature” really means. Having transcended his own nature a true leader is not entirely human anymore. He has transcended his own humanity. The masses cannot transcend their nature because they are caught up in the most base animalistic insticts. Unless they individually get out of such a collectivist mindset they can never transcend their nature collectively. Getting out of such a mindset is perfectly possible, despite all the manipulation we see today that works to stop such an endeavour. Anyone who really wants to awaken, does. But everyone is not on the same spiritual level in their individual development, so one has to reach a certain point in that development to even be able to comprehend the choice one has. Not everyone is on the level where they can choose. One has to want it, work for it, to earn it.

I believe that we will have good governance when the truly spiritually superior minority–after having been usurped for thousands of years (Kali Yuga, remember?)–come into their right place.
We will have good governance when Kali Yuga ends and a new Golden Age begins.

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