Heroic Devotion

We’ve discussed spiritual surrender in a number of spiels (see links below), and found it to be the key to enlightenment, personal fulfillment, and collective regeneration. We even learned that it made the difference in the outcome of World War II. With all this, some people still bristle at the notion on the grounds that it’s passive or unmanly. They can’t find it in their hearts to devote themselves egolessly to an external power or entity, no matter how divine it may be. However, there is a specifically masculine version of this practice of bhakti (surrender, devotion). It’s called fealty, described in Sodality as deriving from the blood loyalty of a band of warriors.

We’ve seen that the German people collectively practiced the passive form of bhakti to Adolf Hitler, but because he fell short of the glory of God their sacrifice did not ascend to the throne of heaven. It was bhakti nevertheless, and the same can be said for the practice of a certain elite unit of the warriors of the Reich. This is proven by the Eidformel der Schutzstaffel, the oath of the SS, taken by every candidate upon admission:

I swear to you, Adolf Hitler, as Führer and Chancellor of the German Reich, loyalty and bravery. I vow to you and the superiors appointed by you obedience unto death. So help me God!

SS Oath

In the military, naturally, soldiers must obey their leaders, a practice that has been strictly observed and enforced in every martial contingent in history. But in the context of the Third Reich and its Godlike leader, this oath takes on another dimension. It’s unique among modern political-military pledges in that it’s addressed to the man himself, not to the state or the office. God is invoked, and a second article of the oath also affirmed belief in God, contravening a widespread materialist skepticism in Party circles. The SS Man swears obedience to the Führer unto death ~ and the intrepid bravery and heroism of the SS is legendary, as they marched undaunted into the jaws of death and fought for their lost cause to the bitter end.

We must conclude that the Oath of the SS is a historic exemplar of a very masculine form of bhakti, a virile variation of the same catharsis by which a Christian accepts Jesus into his heart and a Hindu submits to a God or guru. Those traditional forms are yin, a fact acknowledged in Hinduism, whereas the SS practiced the yang form. The heroic history of the SS can serve as a model for those willing to give their all for the White Spirit in a truly noble way.

Spiritual surrender / bhakti is discussed in the following spiels:

RamaDharma One

The Spirit in Our Midst

Connecting to the Source

The Sublime Surrender of Herman Hesse

Is He Fit for Becoming Brahman?

The Story of a Psyche

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