“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Aloys Zötl (1803-1887)

From Wikipedia: Aloys Zötl (born 4 December 1803 in Freistadt; died 21 October 1887 in Eferding) was an Austrian painter and master dyer.[1] Born in Upper Austria, he is notable for his painting of fantastical animals and other natural history subjects.[2][3] Decades after his death, Zötl's work was re-discovered by surrealist André Breton who recognized a surrealist aesthetic in it writing "…Lacking any biographical details about the artist, one can only indulge one's fantasies in imagining the reasons which might have induced this workman from Upper Austria, a dyer by profession, to undertake so zealously between 1832 and 1887 the elaboration of the most sumptuous bestiary ever seen."[4]





References
1. Reitinger, Franz (2003). Kleiner Atlas der österreichischen Gemütlichkeit 1800-1918. Ritter. p. 85. ISBN 9783854153405.
2. Standish, Peter (2001). Understanding Julio Cortázar. ISBN 1570033900.
3. Mariotti, Giovanni (1979). Le Bestiaire D'Aloys Zotl, 1831-1887. ISBN 2851082175.
4. Breton, André (1956). Aloys Zötl in Surrealism and Painting.

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