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A classic philosophical work about the historical inevitability of cultural decay and rebirth, written by one of Adolf Hitler's most devoted admirers. Savitri Devi couches her arguments in metaphor, using "lightning" to refer to forces of destruction and "sun" to refer to building in accordance with nature's eternal laws. Both are necessary, says Devi, since to build the p A classic philosophical work about the historical inevitability of cultural decay and rebirth, written by one of Adolf Hitler's most devoted admirers. Savitri Devi couches her arguments in metaphor, using "lightning" to refer to forces of destruction and "sun" to refer to building in accordance with nature's eternal laws. Both are necessary, says Devi, since to build the pure and new one must first sweep away the rotting debris of the corrupt old order. Violence, per se, has no moral assignment; it's either worth its while or not, depending on what it aims for. For illustration, the author examines in detail the lives of three figures from history: Akhnaton, Genghis Khan, and Adolf Hitler. She argues that we are at the end of a cycle of history in which corruption and lies prevail over honor and truth, and that the time is ripe for the storm of violence that will precede the next golden age.


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A classic philosophical work about the historical inevitability of cultural decay and rebirth, written by one of Adolf Hitler's most devoted admirers. Savitri Devi couches her arguments in metaphor, using "lightning" to refer to forces of destruction and "sun" to refer to building in accordance with nature's eternal laws. Both are necessary, says Devi, since to build the p A classic philosophical work about the historical inevitability of cultural decay and rebirth, written by one of Adolf Hitler's most devoted admirers. Savitri Devi couches her arguments in metaphor, using "lightning" to refer to forces of destruction and "sun" to refer to building in accordance with nature's eternal laws. Both are necessary, says Devi, since to build the pure and new one must first sweep away the rotting debris of the corrupt old order. Violence, per se, has no moral assignment; it's either worth its while or not, depending on what it aims for. For illustration, the author examines in detail the lives of three figures from history: Akhnaton, Genghis Khan, and Adolf Hitler. She argues that we are at the end of a cycle of history in which corruption and lies prevail over honor and truth, and that the time is ripe for the storm of violence that will precede the next golden age.

30 review for The Lightning and the Sun

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nanda Rajanala

    It is a well admitted fact that the Nazi regime was cruel and led to mass destruction and anarchy until its end with World War II. Even if we have been trained over the years to listen, read and learn one-sided stories on the Nazi saga with well crafted allied vs axis propaganda in books, movies, speeches, documentaries and our daily lives; the ultimate truth is that there was large scale loss of life and property during the years leading to the World War up until its end in 1945. There also exis It is a well admitted fact that the Nazi regime was cruel and led to mass destruction and anarchy until its end with World War II. Even if we have been trained over the years to listen, read and learn one-sided stories on the Nazi saga with well crafted allied vs axis propaganda in books, movies, speeches, documentaries and our daily lives; the ultimate truth is that there was large scale loss of life and property during the years leading to the World War up until its end in 1945. There also existed a parallel stream of so called "Nazi sympathizers" too. They were largely unheard of until the internet revolution provided an alternate medium for them to propagate their ideas. Their theories either invite the ire of Nazi regime haters or historians who feel they have already done enough justice to present the reality to the public. To others, they create confusion as the alternate "truth" that they present is sometimes mixed with realities and hard hitting facts that makes you think, thereby making you feel uneasy. The real truth is probably hidden somewhere in between, but the very pursual of that may seem insignificant and unnecessary. In that light, I consider this book as contributing to the confusing yet delightfully challenging perspective on what could have happened before, during and after the Nazi years in World History. The narrative in this book is even more interesting as it delves into certain spiritual and philosophical aspects of Aryan wisdom and draws a logical map for what that means in the divine scheme of things in life. The author's primary focus in the book is on three types of men who carve themselves out from the rest in the World- Men in time (drawing a parallel with Lightning), Men above time (drawing a parallel with Sun) and Men Against time (a combination of Lightning and Sun). Adolf Hitler is presented as a Man against time, an incarnation of the creator God of ancient mythology. The author also manages to provide examples in Akhnaton (man above time) and Genghis Khan (man in time) to provide glimpses into the other alternatives the World got to see. The Hindu principle espoused in the Bhagavad Gita on detached violence is also taken as the basis for justifying certain unimaginable acts of death and destruction. While it is hard to just brush aside the not-so straightforward and not-so truthful acts of the allied nations, I do feel the author makes widely accepted assumptions on Aryan legacy based in Nordic, Celtic, Saxon and Germanic roots that I am yet to truly believe in. The book is worth a read also because it has been written by someone who is not a German and who didn't truly participate in the Nazi cause actively in Europe, although her husband and she worked on Nazi propaganda in India. The author's name can also be misleading as it is a Hindu name -Savitri Devi. The author however was a European with French and Greek roots (no Germanic roots at all) and was married to an Indian, a Hindu, and she believes in calling herself an Aryan Hindu woman. Moreover, she does not really belong to the group of "Nazi sympathizers". She is more of a Nazi fanatic, a passionate believer in an alternate purpose for that movement started by Hitler. Her commentaries however were all authored well after the World War ended, thereby lending voice to a long dead movement. I would recommend this book only for people who can digest its contents without taking sides and have the capacity to think through things that go against widely hammered down literature on World History over the years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Savitri Devi, Hitler's priestess. There can be a lot to be said about her. The Woman Against Time who influenced not only her contemporaries involved in National Socialism but as well as many modern day thinkers, Pagans, whether one agrees with her completely or not. She was insanely obsessed with Hitler, Nazism and esoteric Aryanism, and her most influental book, The Ligtning And The Sun, is dedicated to Hitler as well. Insane or not, she was a very intelligent and brilliant thinker. This book Savitri Devi, Hitler's priestess. There can be a lot to be said about her. The Woman Against Time who influenced not only her contemporaries involved in National Socialism but as well as many modern day thinkers, Pagans, whether one agrees with her completely or not. She was insanely obsessed with Hitler, Nazism and esoteric Aryanism, and her most influental book, The Ligtning And The Sun, is dedicated to Hitler as well. Insane or not, she was a very intelligent and brilliant thinker. This book - in which she explains not only about esoteric Aryanism and her thoughts about vegetarian radicalism (she was a devout defender of animal rights that it can be called like that)- contains three main parts about three historical figures: Genghis Khan, the Lightning, the survivor, fighter and destroyer; Akhnaton, the Sun, the one who creates; and Hitler, both Lightning and Sun, who destroys and creates. Strange ideas she has sometimes and I personally don't agree with all of them 100%, no one really have to, actually, to realise that this book, neverthless, is full of great thoughts. It makes people think, who can look past her obvious insanity and discover the genious and philosopher. This great book is definietly worths reading, although it's not at all an easy read and I daresay not for everyone. Once read it, history is seen differently. Modern life as well, is seen differently. This book is brilliantly synthetizing Hinduism, refering to the Book of Books, the Bhagavad Gita many times, with National Socialist philosophy, which she sees not as a political movement but as "the true religion" of all those of Aryan ancestry. NS or not, everyone can find truth in this book. The book dedicated to Hitler is obvious for that the chapter written about him, is clearly obsessive, the longest part of The Lightning And The Sun. She saw him as an Avatar of God. Everyone who reads this book can decide for him/herself how to take this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    No Body

    I got back into reading and this is one of the few books that was able to hold my attention. Savitri provided a refreshing alternative view which may seem harsh to the average person who is "in time". I can inference from some of her viewpoints that she understood some esoteric truths (she referred to such as "cosmic truth", I believe) of our reality. I got back into reading and this is one of the few books that was able to hold my attention. Savitri provided a refreshing alternative view which may seem harsh to the average person who is "in time". I can inference from some of her viewpoints that she understood some esoteric truths (she referred to such as "cosmic truth", I believe) of our reality.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sami Eerola

    This book does get one star, because it is well written and not a horrible drag, like many Nazi and religious books. But the content is absolute depravity, savagery and pure evil. The writer argues that Hitler is a reincarnated Kali-God and that National Socialism is the "natural" ideology of the "Aryan race". That is not the evil or the depravity, but the extreme and open racism. The writer is at least honest, when she argues for the extermination of the Jews. The arguments are logically consis This book does get one star, because it is well written and not a horrible drag, like many Nazi and religious books. But the content is absolute depravity, savagery and pure evil. The writer argues that Hitler is a reincarnated Kali-God and that National Socialism is the "natural" ideology of the "Aryan race". That is not the evil or the depravity, but the extreme and open racism. The writer is at least honest, when she argues for the extermination of the Jews. The arguments are logically consistent, but clearly have no base in reality, but in crazy conspiracy theories, weird interpretations of Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism and a hoax document called "the Protocols of the Elders of Zion". For Devi Nazi-ideology is a elitist white supremacist ideology, where only the "deserving" whites must live, the rest of the population is either exterminated or enslaved. Basically National Socialism is for her a extreme mixture of Neo-Liberalism, White supremacy and Hindu cast system. It is unbelievable that this is an actual serious book and not a pulp comic caricature of a Nazi. I can say with the upmost confidence that if a person believes in the doctrines of this book, he is evil. End of story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Moises Pittounikos

    In the film, Pulp Fiction, the two men open a briefcase and they are dazzled. The viewer only sees the light, and the mystery is shared between the viewer and the film stars. A similar thing happened in the life of Nazi witch Savitri Devi. When Savitri Devi was imprisoned during the war, with her swastika earrings. she had the manuscript of The Lightning and the Sun under her skirt. Before the British officer could burn this Nazi trash he opened the book and looked inside. The officer apologized t In the film, Pulp Fiction, the two men open a briefcase and they are dazzled. The viewer only sees the light, and the mystery is shared between the viewer and the film stars. A similar thing happened in the life of Nazi witch Savitri Devi. When Savitri Devi was imprisoned during the war, with her swastika earrings. she had the manuscript of The Lightning and the Sun under her skirt. Before the British officer could burn this Nazi trash he opened the book and looked inside. The officer apologized to Savitri Devi, gave her back her book and let her go. Like the briefcase, we wonder what was inside the Lightning and the Sun. Like John Travolta, the prison officer saw the light.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Strauss

    Incredible book. Could barely put it down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Senholt

    This book was definitely a controversial eye-opener. I have had it sitting on my shelf for more than a decade. And while Savitri Devis macrohistorical analysis is quite alternative from the established narrative, it certainly provides plenty of food for thought, and her thesis is not as crude as one might be led to think when reading the secondary literature on the topic. Through a macrohistorical lense Savitri Devi takes on different characters like Ghengis Khan, the Egyptian Solar pharaoh Akhn This book was definitely a controversial eye-opener. I have had it sitting on my shelf for more than a decade. And while Savitri Devis macrohistorical analysis is quite alternative from the established narrative, it certainly provides plenty of food for thought, and her thesis is not as crude as one might be led to think when reading the secondary literature on the topic. Through a macrohistorical lense Savitri Devi takes on different characters like Ghengis Khan, the Egyptian Solar pharaoh Akhnaton and finally Adolf Hitler and sees them in quite the different light- spanning aeons, or Yugas, leaning on both bio-spirituality, evolutionary theory combined with traditional Vedic and Indo-European scriptures, a primary one being the Bhagavad Gita, in her analysis of men 'in time', 'above time' and 'against time'. While I don't buy into all of the ideas presented I certainly found this inspirational as an alternative view of human history and evolution.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Inkworm

    Just finished the abridged version of The Lightning and the Sun by Savitri Devi and it only makes me want to read the unabridged version. What a remarkable writer and woman. It’s rare when you read something and truly learn something new and know it will stay with you throughout your life. This was the experience I had reading this book and it had imprinted itself already within the first chapter. I have more praise for it since, to my recollection, I have only been moved to tears while reading tw Just finished the abridged version of The Lightning and the Sun by Savitri Devi and it only makes me want to read the unabridged version. What a remarkable writer and woman. It’s rare when you read something and truly learn something new and know it will stay with you throughout your life. This was the experience I had reading this book and it had imprinted itself already within the first chapter. I have more praise for it since, to my recollection, I have only been moved to tears while reading twice. Upon the last sentence of the book I watered up a bit. Not only has it earned it’s place in my heart and soul but I believe it has earned its place in history and should be preserved and passed down.

  9. 4 out of 5

    IMPERIVM

    The section on Genghis Khan is well worth reading, particularly for a Nietzschean. If someone is familiar with National Socialist revisionism, the section on Hitler will be kind of boring. The section on Genghis Khan and understanding the interplay between Sun and Lightning are the only two reasons to read this work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mich7637

    I finished this though she somewhat belabors the point. A primer of sorts on Hindu beliefs. I doubt AH was the reincarnation of Vishnu (or is it Shiva? I can’t remember). Rather he was a political gangster with pretty typical views for the time. I’ve given it 2 stars for wackiness and the fact I finished it

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Fascinating and disturbing, Devi's arguments are poor, especially as pertains to race and health in the context of modern science. Her view of Kali Yuga is insightful and places Adolf Hitler in a metaphysical context however dubious. Though forgotten and ignored by the mainstream, this book has influenced the modern alt-right and neo-fascism's architects and thinkers. To know where these ideas come from - including many ideas that permeate the internet sub-cultures today - one must read this boo Fascinating and disturbing, Devi's arguments are poor, especially as pertains to race and health in the context of modern science. Her view of Kali Yuga is insightful and places Adolf Hitler in a metaphysical context however dubious. Though forgotten and ignored by the mainstream, this book has influenced the modern alt-right and neo-fascism's architects and thinkers. To know where these ideas come from - including many ideas that permeate the internet sub-cultures today - one must read this book if one can stomach it. Know your enemy, know yourself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Lawrence Capper

    While Savitri's style is a little disorderly, the book was a means to end. It illuminates National Socialism and the Aryan rising as a golden age ideal of which we're undeserving of in this age of disintegration. The virtues of Nazism cannot be appreciated unless seen from the resolution of the great Yugas. This book has had a life-changing impact on how I see reality and man's place within it, and the lies I tell myself are untold. While Savitri's style is a little disorderly, the book was a means to end. It illuminates National Socialism and the Aryan rising as a golden age ideal of which we're undeserving of in this age of disintegration. The virtues of Nazism cannot be appreciated unless seen from the resolution of the great Yugas. This book has had a life-changing impact on how I see reality and man's place within it, and the lies I tell myself are untold.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Victor

    Some interesting ideas, however there was a heavy use of repetition in the chapters that could have been solved with better editing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kurbads

    Read it

  15. 4 out of 5

    cinna annelise

    That resigned submission to the terrible law of decay-that acceptation of the bondage of Time by creatures who dimly feel that they could be free from it, but who find it too hard to try to free themselves; is at the bottom of that incurable unhappiness of man, deplored again and again in the Greek tragedies, and long before these were written. Man is unhappy because he feels that the world of which he is a part, is not what it should be, what it was before decay set in. He cannot will the world That resigned submission to the terrible law of decay-that acceptation of the bondage of Time by creatures who dimly feel that they could be free from it, but who find it too hard to try to free themselves; is at the bottom of that incurable unhappiness of man, deplored again and again in the Greek tragedies, and long before these were written. Man is unhappy because he feels that the world of which he is a part, is not what it should be, what it was before decay set in. He cannot will the world as it is.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kjǫlsigʀ

    At her least fraudulent, Maximiani Portas does her race-affirming passion some credit with brilliant flashes of intellectual clarity and rhetorical flair - but, alas, merely intellectual and rhetorical.

  17. 4 out of 5

    TR

    The most interesting parts are the chapters on Hitler.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yuri Nogueira

  22. 4 out of 5

    Phil

  23. 4 out of 5

    brainsqueeze

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Noble

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cristian CHGO

  26. 5 out of 5

    No

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eardstapa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bariša Kačić

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dieter Heim

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deadmeme1

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