Esoteric National Socialism is still not a religion in the literal sense but what it does -so far- is describe the deeper understanding of the ancient symbols, eternal archetypes and spiritual teachings that constitute the timeless undercurrent from which National Socialism once arose and was just one expression of so many others that came before and after, even though none other ever manifested itself in the sphere of politics as National Socialism did during the Third Reich.
If you wish to learn more about esoteric National Socialism / Hitlerism, then reading Miguel Serrano would be a good start. Although the majority of his books have yet to be translated and published into English, you can at least read and try to understand, in his own words, what he considered to be “esoteric National Socialism”: ‘For me Esoteric Hitlerism is being possessed by the archetypes of the collective unconscious which the Greeks used to call Gods – among them Appollo, which really is Wotan for the Germans and Vishnu or Shiva for the Hindus – and its development in the individual and collective souls of the actual Hitlerist warriors. That means a new/old religion, with all of its rituals and myths which are necessary to discover or rediscover. Its central Drama is the apparition on this earth of the Person of Adolf Hitler, the last Avatar who came to produce this enormous storm or catastrophe in order to awake all those who are asleep and to open the New Age which will come after the Deluge.’
So, if you wonder how to practice “esoteric National Socialism”, then I’d say you start reading about certain occult teachings that were also studied by members of the SS and NSDAP, and you should try to comprehend the true nature of the NS-movement, the Third Reich as well as the Second World War, which reveal themselves only to those who are initiates. That’s why it’s said to be “esoteric” as opposed to the “exoteric” side of things which are seen by everyone, but truly understood only by those who grasp their esoteric side too.
Adolf Hitler and his NSDAP rose to power in Germany, because they promised to address the grievances inflicted on the German nation by the shameful treaty of Versailles, in 1919. Their political agenda was about restoring Germany to her rightful place among the great powers of the world; much of what took place in Germany between 1933 and 1939 bears witness to the intention as well as ambition of Adolf Hitler to deliver on the promises he made to the people of Germany when they elected him to become their Führer and chancellor of the German Reich. Also the outbreak of the Second World War was caused by the increasing opposition in France and Britain to the German aspirations in Europe, which they deemed threatening to their own hegemony over the continent.
The thorough implementation of the Weltanschauung – the ideology as well as philosophy – of National Socialism, in Germany, remained nascent at best, with many ideologically driven projects put on the backburner until the final victory over foreign hostile powers would be achieved, at long last. Actually, Adolf Hitler was convinced that full-fledged National Socialists would only arise from the young generation in the years to come; from among the ranks of those who went to the Napola and were educated in the image of National Socialism from an early age on. As we know, the Third Reich lasted for no more than 12 years. That’s hardly enough time for any meaningful transition of historic National Socialism, from a political movement, that offered a particular solution to a particular national trauma, to a political religion, that would ultimately herald the coming of a new, a superior man. I don’t believe the exoteric National Socialism makes any sense beyond this singular context of time and history that made it possible for Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP to rise to power in the first place, but the esoteric essence of National Socialism, this Gospel of a New World for a New Man, has lost none of its meaning even though the Third Reich was vanquished and remains to be villified up until this day. As much as I mourn this defeat, I have come to understand that this was the ultimate sacrifice required to transcend National Socialism beyond any of the national, historic and partisan characteristics that defined the rule of the NSDAP during the Third Reich.
As said, there are two manifestations of National Socialism, actually. There is an exoteric as well as an esoteric aspect to this ideology; the former was the regime of the NSDAP in the Third Reich, from 1933 until 1945, in Germany, and the latter is the spiritual essence that transcended the demise of this Third Reich, at the end of Second World War.
Presently, National Socialism is really not a political movement anymore; not concerned with seizing and wielding power, with governing a Nation and administering a State. National Socialism has become a path to individual, as well as collective, enlightenment; it is the gospel of the eternal Truth that one can find in everything Nature has to offer, be it her little secrets or her grand revelations. From the bottom of the Ocean up to the cosmic vastness, it is the same life force that strives for permanent and higher development of every living, sentient being: And it is the duty, as well as the honor, of the National Socialist to serve the life force and to strive diligently for the refinement and betterment of his own self and that of his own kin, in accordance with the laws of Nature. As National Socialists, we are constantly challenged to overcome the flaws and shortcomings to be found in each and everyone of us; for the sake of rising higher, to be as Men among Mice and, ultimately, as Gods among Men, eventually transcending our mundane existence and become one with the life force itself.
The one reason why exoteric National Socialism often is deemed flawed and fallacious can be found in the defeat of Germany in the Second World War, which is said to prove that this ideology was not fit to survive. However, the outcome of any war is never decided by pragmatism, by doing just as much as you surely know you can accomplish. It’s decided by bold moves and daring actions, which, if they succeed, can mean total victory or, if they fail, spell utter defeat. That Germany lost the war doesn’t make Adolf Hitler a „flawed defeated man“ nor could it render National Socialism meaningless. In this context, a comparison to Christianity can be revealing. Jesus Christ was betrayed, mocked, tortured, and nailed to a cross on which he perished. Was this too the defeat of a „flawed man“ or was it the prelude to his Ascension, without which Christianity would never have become a world religion? Maybe those who looked back at this crucifixion just 70 years later, they too could have concluded that Jesus Christ was a „flawed defeated man“ who accomplished nothing in this world and they’d belittle those who still worship him regardless of his ignoble death. Little they’d knew about the things to come and how events, sparked by this crucifixion, would eventually unfold, rewrite history and reshape the world. It’s preposterous to judge a man like Adolf Hitler by what he did – not – achieve during his lifetime. His brief sway over this world was a flash of lightning. The thunder has yet to arrive.
Adolf Hitler was more than what you can read in “Mein Kampf” and National Socialism was (and is) more than what was the “Third Reich”. He did not appear out of the nowhere; but Adolf Hitler was born, growing up, being educated and socialized in imperial Austria-Hungary, in the era of “Fin de Siècle”. There’s one remarkable book about the childhood and youth of Adolf Hitler, written by his only childhood friend August Kubizek: “The young Hitler I knew”. If you want to understand the personality of Adolf Hitler, and what forces compelled him to do what he set out to do, then you have to read that book or else you’ll never comprehend this man for what he was. And he was, among others, an ardent admirer of Richard Wagner. So much that he started to identify with characters from the Wagnerian operas, and wished to exchange his place in our world for a place in the ideal, romanticized world conjured up by the words and tunes of Richard Wagner. Why, because he knew he was not of this world, that he belonged to a place only to be found in art; in music, paintings, and architecture. In other words: Adolf Hitler yearned for the world of myths and when he wielded the power to bend and twist the very fabric of reality, he wanted the myths to become real. The myth was the single most powerful impetus that not only brought Adolf Hitler into absolute power in such a swift political ascent that it was and remains to be unparalleled by any other political career before or after, but it was the quintessence of National Socialism too. Carl-Gustav Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst who was a keen observer of Italian Fascism as well as German National Socialism, knew it when he wrote: “We are always convinced that the modern world is a reasonable world, basing our opinion on economic, political, and psychological factors. … In fact, I venture the heretical suggestion that the unfathomable depths of Wotan’s character explain more of National Socialism than all three reasonable factors put together. There is no doubt that each of these factors explains an important aspect of what is going on in Germany, but Wotan explains yet more.”
Disregarding the myth that is at the root of National Socialism will make you fail to comprehend National Socialism, at all. Much worse, you also fail to understand that even though exoteric National Socialism was defeated, the myth has survived and from this source there can be a rebirth and a revival. Only the myth can defy death and turn defeat into triumph, and that’s why we – if we are faithful disciples of National Socialism – must leave politics behind and return to the realm of art just like Adolf Hitler returned from the valley of the shadow of death; as the eternal truth, as the everlasting inspiration, as the immortal vision that can guide us from the darkness of the bottomless pit up to the light of a New Dawn.