In order to understand the spiritual path, we must first understand that which constitutes esotericism as opposed to exotericism.
To begin with, let’s examine the nature of exoteric teachings as they form the basis of religious beliefs and practices. These teachings comprise those that are readily available to any of a group who wish to learn the traditional, spiritual or religious principles and aspects of a particular religion or way of life. Exoteric teachings are found in scriptures, poetic writings, and in lesson manuals. They are given expression in sermons, lectures and articles. In addition, they serve as a foundation for the eventual understanding of gradually increasing levels of a particular religion’s spiritual tradition if such exists.
Esotericism, on the other hand, builds upon the foundation provided by the exoteric, often to the consternation of those holding steadfast to the teachings they have come to accept as absolute truths. A concept is not provided esoteric status by virtue of its religious or even divine nature. Therefore, to perceive the essence and value of prayer, meditation, or even ritual, for instance, does not constitute either esoteric knowledge, or esoteric consciousness. Likewise, to perceive the essence and value of any teaching, whether it’s runic or philosophical in nature, in terms of concepts regarding gods and goddesses, does not place one’s perception within the esoteric realm. Definition:
Esoteric – 1. Intended for, or understood by only a few
- Not publically disclosed: confidential
As applied to spiritual teachings, the esoteric involves that which was traditionally held in reserve for those who entered the mystery schools for: a) the purpose of spiritual purification of the ego; b) the attainment of transcendental knowledge and consciousness (enlightenment) regarding universal forces, God, and Self; and c) transcendence of the material worlds of dualism.
Since the occultists of the Egyptian tradition were largely successful in destroying the spiritual traditions of most of the world, esotericism has come to be viewed generally, in terms of what goes on in the Order of the Knights Templar, the Order of the Golden Dawn, and in the various Masonic Temples worldwide. These have nothing to do with spiritual purification and transcendence of the material worlds of dualism; rather they deal with the development of their kingdom here on earth.
Remnants of the esoteric traditions of ancient times may be found in certain Hindu and Buddhist sects, and even the Norse Mythologies contain veiled references to the esoteric tradition once taught by our ancient Vitkar. Prior to Egypto-Christian/Judeo-Christian aggression in the world, all cultures possessed their esoteric traditions.
Anyone who denies the esoteric tradition of the Aryan people, as is so common, is suggesting that the Aryan people are the only race in history, which was so spiritually underdeveloped as to lack a concept of higher consciousness, spiritual purification, and ego transcendence. Such denial of our esoteric tradition also grants to our ancient enemies, the power they sought over us, when they exterminated our ancient Vitkar. Finally, such denial makes us slaves to the ignorance that surrounds the many Old Norse terms that make reference to the various aspects of our esoteric heritage.
So that we don’t misunderstand the “confidential” nature of the esoteric aspects of a cultural heritage, let me say that the teachings were not actually kept secret; nor was it the case that they never found expression outside esoteric circles. The terms “Hvel”, “Hugauga”, and “Hamingja” of the Old Norse tradition, for instance, all possess esoteric significance, while also having their application in up-leveling the understanding of the masses without actually taking them on an esoteric journey.
I try not to involve myself in spiritual or religious discussions of an exoteric nature, because in order to remain truthful when my opinion is solicited on a matter, I must provide an esoteric answer, regardless of how brief it may be. Accuracy aside, my answer is not likely to be properly understood.
For example, it’s easy to say that we gain knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and higher consciousness through meditation, particularly runic meditation; but how is someone who lacks esoteric knowledge to perceive the fact that such meditation only provides an understanding within the context of one’s limited notions of truth? Moreover, without this perception, how is such a one to understand the concept of setting aside these limitations? An exoteric understanding of the Avalokita only, for instance, cannot provide an avenue for setting aside such limitations. Therefore, if I say that meditation is the “Key”, I speak both the truth and the lie.
If I am asked to explain my concept of God, or of the Gods and Goddesses, how can I do so adequately, when those to whom I speak, know nothing of the Nine Worlds within, and their relationship to the astral plane, let alone the structure of the universe itself?
The exoteric perspectives cannot be argued against the esoteric, because such argumentation erroneously assumes the absolute nature of egoistic wisdom over the concept of higher awareness achieved through spiritual purification and transcendence of the ego, which are concepts that are alien to the exoteric perspective. This is the nature of Christianity, which provides no esoteric path.
The esoteric perspectives cannot be argued against the exoteric, because its precepts can find no purchase within a belief system lacking an esoteric foundation. Furthermore, an esotericist should understand that those of an exoteric mindset are not to have the esoteric shoved at them – that to do so constitutes a violation of the Spiritual Laws of Silence and Non-Interference.
It’s unfortunate that the masses have been separated from their esoteric traditions through the extermination of the spiritual adepts and the spiritual paths that they offered. Since the inquisitions, we have been drifting rudderless in a vast sea of alien religious traditions. A few have clung tenaciously to the remnants of the exoteric traditions associated with the spiritual paths, but we have lost our mindfulness as regards the importance of those who carry, preserve, and teach the esoteric mysteries – those we called Vitkar in the Old Norse tradition.
In other traditions from antiquity that still possess an esoteric branch, the masses are brought up from childhood, with the understanding that those who are either transcending, or who have already transcended the ego consciousness, are not to be the subject of derision, or in any way disrespected through argumentation; that to do so, is to bring oneself to spiritual ruin. Most people in the modern world, however, and particularly in America, have no such concept because we have existed for too many centuries without it.
The next logical question is how I came to possess the esoteric knowledge of the world traditions in general and that of the ancient Vitkar in particular. Many others, after all, have been studying the Runes and meditating, and it seems that they have failed to do so themselves. I’ll answer this question without thoroughness, because I don’t intend to explain all the esoteric principles associated with certain phenomena.
Basically, prior to coming to the Northern European tradition of the Vitkar, I spent ten years walking the paths of ancient world traditions at the esoteric level, and discovered that at that level, no tradition contradicts another, except in terminology and presentation; and these are not actually contradictions at all. Esoteric truth is universal, and anything contrary, is something else. Please don’t misunderstand me. When I say universal, I do not mean absolute.
Like some others who walk the esoteric path, I have come to possess the ability to tap into a transcendental source of knowledge and wisdom, which is beyond all considerations of conscious and ego awareness. With this source of knowledge and wisdom combined with my own knowledge of the esoteric mysteries, I have been able to see clearly, the ancient path of the Vitkar, the transcendental concepts of the Runes, and to apply this knowledge to our ancestral heritage.
Some of those who are of Aryan descent might take exception to this, with the understanding that I am applying alien traditions to our ancestral tradition. On the contrary, however; the ancient Tibetan traditions, as well as the traditions of India and Persia, were all Aryan traditions, and that is in accordance with the histories taught in those countries. Among the Himalayan masters, for instance, it is written that: “The keepers of the knowledge of the Vedas were the Aryans.”
For those who may have forgotten, “Aryan” is a Sanskrit term meaning “Noble”, in reference to the race of those we call White people today. The Sanskrit language came out of ancient Tibet, where the most ancient esoteric tradition was known in Sanskrit as “Eckankar”. Eckists today, acknowledge the blond hair and blue eyes of those ancient people, through an Eck Master by the name of “Gopal Das”.
It would be very ignorant of us to reject esoteric wisdom on the notion that it is alien in nature, especially when our collective religious enemies destroyed most of the world’s esoteric traditions. I don’t expect the exotericists to believe what I say; but I do expect them to respect the fact that their exoteric belief systems are not absolute illustrations of reality.