By Hans F. K. Gunther
This booklet by way of Gunther explains the elemental spiritual, religious, and ethical thoughts and attitudes of old Indo-European peoples similar to Celts, Germans, and Slavs.
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Giving rise to a power of reflection without which a true understanding of magnificent Nature cannot be grasped. With Goethe, it is not possible, as with Lucretius, to separate the poet from the thinker. But Goethe, like his friend Knebel, was enthused by the latter’s natural religiosity which he expressed in his Poetry and Truth (Second part, sixth book, Goethe’s Complete Works, Cotta’s Jubilee edition, Vol. XXIII, p. 10): “God can be worshipped in no more beautiful way than by the spontaneous welling-up from one’s breast of mutual converse with Nature”.
Thus care of race is both a consequence and a requirement of the world order — a direct assertion of the Indo-European religious heart. In the Indian Law Book of Manu, X, 61, may be found the idea of order in procreation: “The inhabitants of the kingdom, in which disorderly procreation occurs, rapidly deteriorate”. Hence the Indo-European holds sexual life sacred, enshrining it in the family and the woman, honouring the mistress of the house (despoina, matrona) as the guardian of their Racial Heritage.
Eduard Schwartz: Charakterköpfe aus der Antike, 1943, p. 147; Epicurus: Philosophie der Freude, translated by Johannes Mewaldt, 1956), advised his contemporaries who did, to imagine them as creatures, who lived a blessed untroubled life amongst the stars without bothering about men, neither using nor harming them. Such an idea had already appeared in the Iliad (XXIV, 525) centuries before Epicurus. There Achilles attempts to console Priamos bowed down by sorrow, with the words: Thus have the Gods determined it for the wretched men, To live sorrowfully, but they themselves are struck by no sorrow.