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Savitri Devi’s The Lightning & the Sun

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The Lightning and the Sun
Third Edition
Complete and Unabridged
Edited by R. G. Fowler
San Francisco: Counter-Currents Publishing, 2013
432 pages

The Counter-Currents limited hardcover edition of Savitri Devi’s The Lightning and the Sun will be released on September 30, 2013, Savitri Devi’s 108th birthday.

The delay is necessitated by the surprisingly low number of pre-orders for this long-awaited new edition. We want this book to be printed to the same quality standards of the Savitri Devi Archive’s editions of Gold in the Furnace and Defiance, and that means we have to go to a conventional publisher, who will demand a substantial up-front payment to print all the books (hardcovers as well as a run of paperbacks) at the same time.

If you were hanging back, thinking of ordering later, please jump in now.

The winning image for our cover design contest has been chosen and will be revealed on August 1st.

Hardcover edition of 200 numbered copies: $50

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Release date: December 21, 2013

The Lightning and the Sun is Savitri Devi’s magnum opus and one of the founding texts of post-World War II National Socialism. Written in Europe from 1948 to 1956 and published in India in 1958, The Lightning and the Sun sets forth a unique and stunning synthesis of National Socialism with the cyclical Traditionalist philosophy of history and Hindu mythology.

In the first part of The Lightning and the Sun, Savitri Devi sets forth the Traditionalist view that history is cyclical and declines from a primordial Golden Age through Silver and Bronze Ages to a final Dark Age, or Kali Yuga, after which a new Golden Age will dawn. Savitri Devi then offers an original distinction between three kinds of men in relation to the downward course of time: Men in Time, who push historical decline forward; Men above Time, who seek to rise entirely above historical decay; and Men against Time, who fight the downward current to time. Men in Time are likened to lightning, the symbol of violence, which rules history, especially in the Kali Yuga; Men above Time are likened to the sun, the symbol of enlightenment; and Men against Time combine both elemental powers, using Dark Age violence to advance Golden Age truths.

Savitri Devi devotes the bulk of The Lightning and the Sun to exemplifying her theory with biographies of Genghis Khan, the quintessential Man in Time; the Pharaoh Akhnaton, the paradigm of the Man above Time; and Adolf Hitler, the Man against Time. The Lightning and the Sun is most famous for defending the thesis that Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu, the sustainer of order. Savitri Devi did not originate this thesis but encountered it widely among educated Hindus in the 1930s.

As R. G. Fowler argues in his Editor’s Foreword to this new edition, Savitri Devi’s goal was to create a new National Socialist religion. She aspired to be the Saint Paul to Hitler’s Jesus. Paul of Tarsus took Jesus, who was a religious prophet and a failed political revolutionary, and turned him into a divine incarnation, creating a religion which served as the vehicle for the triumph of Jewish values over Rome. Savitri Devi sought to transform Adolf Hitler, who was also both a prophetic figure and a failed political revolutionary, into a divine incarnation, hoping to create a religion that would serve as the vehicle for the triumph of National Socialism over egalitarian modernity.

In spite of its near-legendary status, The Lightning and the Sun is a notoriously hard to find book. The first edition consisted of only a few hundred copies and is quite rare. The 1979 Samisdat reprint is long out of print and also quite rare. The most readily available edition is William Pierce’s dramatically abridged version, which cuts two thirds of the text and was not authorized or checked by Savitri Devi. The Savitri Devi Archive’s new edition of The Lightning and the Sun reprints the complete and unabridged first edition and corrects its many typographical errors. It also updates the citations, adds a number of explanatory notes, includes a helpful Editor’s Foreword, and provides a detailed index. With this new edition, which is eddited and manufactured to the highest academic press standards, The Lightning and the Sun has finally found a worthy embodiment.

CONTENTS

Illustrations

Editor’s Foreword

Author’s Preface

Part I: Timeless Perfection and Cyclic Evolution

1. The Cyclic View of History
2. Time and Violence
3. Men in Time, Above Time, and Against Time

Part II: The Lightning: Genghis Khan

4. The Child of Violence
5. The Will to Survive
6. The Will to Conquer
7. From the Danube to the Yellow Sea

Part III: The Sun: Akhnaton

8. “The Beautiful Child of the Living Aton”
9. The Heat-and-Light-within-the-Disk
10. The Seat of Truth
11. Too Late and too Early

Part IV: Both Lightning and Sun: Adolf Hitler

12. The Late-Born Child of Light
13. The Struggle for Truth
14. The World against its Saviour
15. Gods on Earth

Part V: Epilogue: Kalki, the Avenger

16. Kalki, the Avenger

Index

About the Authoress

 

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5 Comments

  1. rhondda
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I feel a sort of inner obligation to put in a word for this book. I had alot of resistance to Savitri Devi. One of the reasons is that I have felt very burned by most women writers and they have so disappointed me that I was giving up on reading women writers altogether. They promise so much and deliver so little. But, I have also learned that deep resistance also means fear of knowing something I really don’t want to know. So I decided it was the latter and not the former, which meant I had to read her.
    She probably is the most brilliant woman writer I have ever read. Her trinity of man in time, man above time and man against time is an intellectual tour de force. Genghis Khan is her representative of man in time; instinct and will aka lightning. Akhnaton is the man above time; beauty, truth, spirit, the sun and Hitler is the man against time; a combination of of the other two fighting against the inevitable historical decline of man. Like Genghis Khan, she is lightning. What she was saying hit me a few days after I finished the book like an intuitive flash of understanding. The only other book that has hit me that way was a book on fractals and it was not until I was walking in the forest and suddenly the trees seemed to say you want to understand fractals well silly woman look at us and I did. I have never been able to look at nature in any other way since. The patterns in seeming chaos. Devi takes a cosmic perspective which means humans are not the center of the world, but we are an important part of it in terms of accepting our cosmic role. That is pretty heavy duty especially since most religions teach that man is the center and in control of everything else. ( well they think that way) She challenges every conventional thought one has ever had. I guess that is why she is labelled an eccentric. We need more eccentrics.

  2. Jaego
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Is there a paperback edition in the works? If so, any idea when?

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted July 24, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

      The paperback will be released shortly after the HC.

  3. Karen
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I have a copy of the unabridged 1958 Calcutta edition , have read it a couple times but keep returning to certain passages and chapters. Rhonddas’ comment on fractals and her experience in the forest, yes. Two other books I return to often are Imperium and The Reign of Quantity & The Signs of The Times.

    • rhondda
      Posted July 25, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the confirmation on fractals Karen. People usually think I am nuts when I talk about it. I just received Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s The Metamorphosis of Plants which I am thinking is going to link to that perception too.
      I really like Yockey too. His trinity of parasite, distorter and perverter, opened my eyes as to how ideals degenerate.

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