To be an ‘Aryan’

The word ‘Aryan’ is one that has been misunderstood and abused for almost a century, conjuring up images of the concept of ‘Herrenvolk’ (“Master Race”) as understood by the German National Socialists and is sadly synonymous to many with the idea of White racial superiority. This consigns the definition of this ancient word into a brief period of history in which it was utilized by a particular political regime. Conceptually, the word has longer been understood in a way similar to Nietzsche’s idea of the ‘ubermensch’ (“superman”), which is based more on spiritual evolution than specifically that of biological races. The word ‘Aryan’ comes from the Sanskrit term ‘arya’, meaning ‘noble’ and is a description not only of particular ethnic groups, but also the code of behaviour that this entails. To be ‘noble’ meant to engage in respectful discourse with one’s allies and to be unyielding and deadly to your enemies.

Other ideas related to this general concept include having respect for those of a lower class than you and not to take advantage of them as well as engaging in physical, mental and spiritual fitness. It is where we derive the word ‘aristocrat’ from, and indeed, this sort of behaviour was to be expected of the ruling classes in Ancient Europe. In India, the concept of nobility is associated with ‘rajas’ energy, meaning activities which include physical action, mental acumen and moral judgement as well as creation and destruction. The Japanese term for this sort of person is ‘samurai’, and the behaviour associated with this title was a warrior ethic, and represents their cultural conception of the same sort of person as an Aryan in Europe as well as in Central and South Asia.

There did at one point exist an ‘Aryan race’, who inhabited the areas just mentioned, and it is unclear from where specifically they originated (although it is possible that they originally came from Siberia). However, there has since been significant changes in the racial make-up of Eurasia that no such race exists today as distinct from other races. It is true that the characteristics of Aryan behaviour are most associated with those of European descent. However, much of this has to do with the fact that the concept of an ‘Aryan’ is specific to the Indo-European peoples, and just as the Japanese have their concept of the samurai, other cultures have different definitions for what they would consider to be noble.

The homeland of the Aryan race is something which has been much debated, with answers ranging from Central Asia to India, Turkey or even Europe. However, I wish to focus more on what the word ‘Aryan’ means today. In one sense, it refers to a shared culture from Ireland to India and is reflected in the Indo-European languages which are spoken in these parts of the world. Ireland and Iran both mean “land of the Aryans” and their influence is felt both on a linguistic and spiritual level, as many of the deities of the Indo-European pantheons appear to have a shared origin. The names of Agni of the Vedic pantheon and Ingvi (another name for Frey) both come from a word related to the word ‘ignite’ and are associated with fire. The Celtic god ‘Lugos’ has a shared meaning as ‘Loki’ and both have a meaning similar to ‘light’, which pertains to lightning. Today, the Indo-European peoples do not constitute one race, but rather two or three. In Asia, the Iranic peoples are a mixture of Aryan as well as Arabic and Turkic elements, while in India there is significant admixture between Aryans and Dravidians. In Europe, the White race carries a legacy of ancient mixing between Aryans and earlier Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons.

Leaving aside the question of the ‘racial’ Aryan, much of the focus within the Indo-European cultures is now on the ‘spiritual’ Aryan. While in India the terms ‘Aryan’ and ‘mleccha’ were ethnic designations, they also denoted certain types of behaviour. The term ‘mleccha’ has a similar meaning to ‘barbarian’ and was used to describe non-Aryan peoples in India. It usually referred to people who were considered to be generally uncouth, ignorant or rude. This may have had more to do with their behaviour than racial differences. In this way, even a White person can be a ‘mleccha’ while someone of another race may exhibit more ‘Aryan’ characteristics. What constitutes Aryan behaviour can be compared to the concept of ‘classiness’, meaning someone who is well-spoken, well-mannered and attractive. To be wise in speech and slow to anger are virtues which were essential to the warrior classes of Ancient Eurasia in order to maintain order in society. The noblemen were expected to protect and defend their folk, while the noblewomen would have acted as managers of their community. During Kali Yuga (‘Iron Age’ or ‘Dark Age’ which is now ending), the kshatriyas (the Sanskrit term for nobles) are said to levy unfair taxes and abuse their folk through violence and coercion, which reflects the state of things when an Aryan society is run by mlecchas. Our warriors have lost their sense of honour, and now is the time to bring it back.

To act as an Aryan entails mindfulness, honesty and clarity towards others, and to advancing in your own efforts while not interfering with those of others (unless they are harmful to one’s folk). Physical fitness is key to achieving mental clarity and spiritual contentment, and discipline with regards to diet and exercise is essential to better yourself in these ways. The art of self-defence is the mark of a warrior and is also integral to the idea of acting as an Aryan. This is distinct from violence, which is inflicting harm upon others when they have not done so to you, and such behaviour brings great shame to one who considers himself an Aryan. Having a good relationship with your ancestors and the gods (or whichever cosmic forces you happen to believe in) is attained through dutiful action and striving to better oneself.An Aryan will never back down but may know when he has been defeated and first looks for a peaceful solution before engaging in self-defence.

Creativity is another way to challenge yourself, as folk with mostly rajas energy are very energetic and imaginative. Something that must be kept in mind is that becoming an Aryan is a progressive process, you don’t simply decide to become Aryan and behave accordingly. The cultivation of one’s person is a skill that takes practice, as most of us have simply been brought up as ‘mlecchas’, due to the sick and decaying nature of our society. Therefore, it takes time to gradually work on yourself and make the changes that are needed to help you achieve your best. Cleaning up your personal bad habits and unappealing aspects of yourself have a wider impact on the world around you, as you will radiate attractive energy that others will wish to emulate. With the ancient wisdom of our forefathers and the gods on our side, we can restore Aryan culture and rescue our race from extinction.

Wulf Willelmson

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