Origin of the Race of the Soul

In formulating a theory of the origin of the race of the soul, Julius Evola points out that “soul” (or psyche) does not mean “subjective activities” in the mind as contemporary psychology understands it. Rather, it is a distinct entity, which he relates to the traditional teachings of the “subtle body”. In other words, it is not reducible to material, physical, or biological factors. Hence, scientific methods cannot be applied to understand the race of the soul.

At its origins, the soul and the body may have been in harmony, but that is seldom the case today. Hence, there are really two levels of heredity: the biological and the psychical. Moreover, psychical heredity is non-deterministic since the factor of elective affinity comes into play.

The full text is at Origins of the races of the soul.

Addendum

A commenter on gornahoor.wordpress.com mentioned that this chapter seemed “arbitrary and even dangerous.” However, I believe this chapter is significant, at least in some aspects, if not in toto. For example, I believe it offers an explanation for the transmission of what is called “original sin”. In times past, the method of transmission was debated, e.g., whether it came through semen, etc. However, such biological and material explanations make no sense to anyone today. Were that true, there would be an “original sin” gene. Then, presumably, gene therapy could someday reverse the effects of original sin.

On the other hand, Joseph Ratzinger’s description of original sin as more like a psychological matrix that we are unavoidedly born into makes more sense to people today. It can be understood and even observed. Nevertheless, it is still weak since a means of transmission is never specified. The notion that there is a psychical heredity, therefore, answers the question of transmission. Moreover, psychical deformations even spill over onto the body, with ill effects. This is just a starting point for understanding that doctrine.

Postscript

: The German translation has some interesting additions. In it, Evola refers to the “Nordic-Roman” race rather than the “Nordic” race.

He also quotes Alfred Rosenberg, with whom Evola otherwise had significant disagreements:

The body is the externality of the soul and the soul is the race seen from the inside.

3 thoughts on “Origin of the Race of the Soul

  1. That’s a good point, Jacob. The two Hermetists agree that there is biological and psychic heredity (bracketing out spiritual heredity for the moment). Tomberg discusses this in Letter X. However, Tomberg relates psychic continuity to “reincarnation”, while Evola denies reincarnation. It probably comes down to a verbal disagreement. Tomberg denies the crude teaching of reincarnation in which “I” am being punished for something “I” did in the past.

    What he is asking is that if “I” am Peter and “I” have a memory of Paul, does that mean I am both Peter and Paul? It can’t mean that Paul reincarnated as Peter, since the “I” is transcendent to the experience of either one.

    Nevertheless, Tomberg wants to call that an “identity” of some sort. Evola expresses it differently: Peter has an “affinity” with Paul, so Peter is born within the psychic current that included Paul. In other words, the experience may be the same, but the concept of affinity explains it better than the concept of identity. Guenon objects that an “identity” means that two things are the same in every aspect, but clearly Peter and Paul are different.

    Coomaraswamy’s essay on the One and Only Transmigrant may be helpful. Ultimately, there is the One I, manifesting in different ways.

  2. Thank you for the translations.

    How does this relate to Tomberg’s reincarnation as psychological fact or does it?

  3. Other important aspect that should be demonstrated,is the influence of the land that we are born.In Carl Jung’s book,”civilization in transition”in chapter XXII he mention a certain professor Boas,that have made studies that shows that the sons of european imigrants born in the United States,had a different anatomy then their ancestors.Later in the same chapter,Jung mention some primitive people that belives that the children born in the land usurped by their fathers from native americans,africans or whatever be the case,shoul”inherit the spirits”of the land.He see some truth in that!!!

    In the same chapter Jung writes extensively about the psychological differences between americans and their europeans counterpart!!!

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