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"The Nazi "myth makers" were especially fascinated by the Far East. It was there - more so than in the cultural roots of Europe - that they hoped to find the foundations of a "political theology", which the gigantic regime which was the Third Reich could use as its metaphysical basis. In the philosophies, mythologies, visions and dogmas as well as in the religious practices and texts of the spiritual traditions Asia had to offer they found the models for glorifying war, for the deification of the "Führer" and the white race. They discovered the spiritual remnants of a long-lost indo-Aryan and anti-Semitic primeval religion which they now wanted to reconstruct in the sign of the swastika....
...this restoration of an Aryan religion drew on ideas, philosophies, mythologies, visions, dogmas and sacred practices pertaining to traditional Oriental belief systems. A coterie of fascist cultural scholars sprang up asserting that Buddhism, the Vedas, the Puranas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, yoga and even Tantrism were intellectual remnants of a vanished, global, indo-Aryan, anti-Semitic religion. There were also borrowings from Tibetan culture and especially from Japanese Zen and Samurai traditions. The archaic cultural legacy of a despotic and warlike Orient provided Nazi ideologues with their theories for:
-the apotheosis of the ‘Führer’
-a social caste system based on race
-the enshrinement of war and warriors
-mastery over ones feelings
-the manipulation of consciousness
-the political exploitation of symbols and rituals
-the significance of archaic sacrificial rites
...The aspects of Eastern religions that were influencing Nazi thought were discussed and debated from an esoteric as well as an academic stance since Heinrich Himmler...encouraged both approaches to the subject. [There were] discussions on:
-Bhagavad Gita warrior mysticism
-Hitler as sacred ruler of the world (Chakravartin)
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
reply to post by silent thunder
Thanks for the link! So from reading through this I'm having a little chicken and egg dilema. Was the Nazi Party's original ideology influenced by the rise Japanese Empire?
Or was this pamphlet and other materials circulated as propaganda so to speak, to justify an alliance and create a bond between to very different cultures?