The Resurrection - Wulf
The majority of ‘pagans’ seem to believe in the concept of reincarnation, so is this something that we, as heathens, believe in? The answer may be ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I think that we need to look back to ancient Aryan Lore for the answer to this one.
In Hinduism we find the concept of the pitr-yana which is the ‘Way of the Ancestors’ and which could perhaps be likened to reincarnation. In this way the individual is reborn into the tribe or clan. It is strange to say that it is often the fact that a child bears string traits from the grandparents, which gave rise to the idea that the child is a reincarnation of that grandparent. This is the same as the Norse Lore where those who do not die in battle go to Hela (which is certainly not the Christian ‘Hell’ which is a conmcept taken from the Hebrew ‘Gehenna’).
In this respect we could say that modern ‘pagans’ are right in their idea of reincarnation. However, it does seem that many of these people who profess to be ‘pagan’, ‘New Age’ or similar almost always declare that they are a reincarnation from Atlantis or Egypt, which does seem to make a mockery of their beliefs. Were they to profess to having been a reincarnation of someone of their own stock and family this would make more sense; as it is both Atlantis and Egypt must have had vast populations!
But these people have totally overlooked the point that both in Hindu Lore and Norse Lore we find a stark alternative to the concept of reincarnation. In Hindu Lore this is called the deva-yana or the ‘Way of the Gods’ and in Norse Lore the warrior goes to Walhalla. This concept underlies the Eternal Return of Friedrich Nietzsche, and is the Solar Way. This gives rise to the Hindu avatar, the Buddhist boddhisatva, and the Tibetan tulka, all of which refer to the individual being able to incarnate at certain times in order to aid mankind or alter mankind’s destiny.
Miguel Serrano took up the concept of the Eternal Return of Nietzsche, and this leads me to recall the time in 1987 when I received the Helgi Mysteries. At this time it became clear to me that certain parts my own life had followed a myth – that of Helgi Hundingsbane. On one occasion, when I was initiated into the Circle of Ostara on the Moray Firth in the Scottish Highlands, two sea-eagles screamed down from above as this took place. Not only that, the whole scene fitted exactly with the ‘birth’ of Helgi Hundingsbane in the Norse Mythology. Or should I say, together with the strange happenings in 1987 when the Hale-Bopp Comet showed in the northern skies – the two fitted the myth perfectly.
This seems to suggest that certain people live a ‘myth’ as a life; this fits with the idea put forward by Nietzsche, and continued by Miguel Serrano – the Myth of the Eternal Return. It is often stated that an avatar, bodhisattva or tulka incarnates at will in order to aid mankind or alter the destiny of mankind, but it also seems likely that the incarnation of such a figure takes place at a certain time (when certain stars align) and in a certain place.
Taking this one step further, it also seems likely that an individual incarnates over and over again at certain times of the Cycle of the Ages, just as it is stated of the Vishnu Avatar in Hindu Lore. We find that Vishnu incarnates ten times as ten different avatars. This is what is meant by the Eternal Return.
We can see from Egyptian Lore that these people attempted to create from the ka (‘double’) some kind of immortal body called the sahu. This was a kind of ‘resurrection’ into a new form, retaining the body (not in a physical sense), but as an ‘Immortal Body’. The sahu allows the deceased to live in the company of the gods, creates a body that has achieved a high degree of knowledge, power and glory, thus becoming everlasting and incorruptible. This is the same type of thing as that proposed by Miguel Serrano in Nos – Book of the Resurrection. It is also the same thing as the heroes that earn a place in Walhalla.
From our own Norse Lore we can see now what the meaning of the Einheriar really is, for these warrior-heroes are the ‘One-Harriars’ who incarnate at the End of Time in order to do battle on the side of the gods and of order. This concept, no doubt, includes the idea of these warrior-heroes being incarnated over and over at certain key times of the Cycles of the Ages, in preparation for their role at the End of Time.
Much emphasis is given to the idea of an avatar that incarnates at certain times, usually as a great teacher or great war-leader. But we should never forget that this single figure is almost always preceded by others who prepare the way for his coming, and also has his ‘disciples’ when he does appear. It seems clear that a certain archetype incarnates, but this is not always restricted to one individual, for many facets of that archetype are incarnated in order to fulfil its purpose on Earth. The fulfilment of the work of those who come before ensures the coming of the avatar or tulka who embodies the Race-Spirit of his people.