SAVITRI DEVI MEETS SVEN HEDIN
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Below we've included a conversation between Savitri Devi and the world famous
Swedish explorer, Sven Hedin. What is amazing is the iron confidence of Hedin in
the future of National Socialism and Germany in spite of the disaster of 1945.
Sven Hedin was the world's most famous explorer. There is no doubt that he
inspired Savitri Devi to launch her career as an author.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SVEN HEDIN
Sven Hedin was the most famous explorer of his time. His expeditions laid the groundwork for the mapping of Central Asia. Hedin's work also had a deep spiritual significance, since he unearthed ancient Buddhist cities in Central Asia and did much work with the indigenous people of Tibet; this led to an increase in the interest of ideas about traditional Asian spirituality. Sven Hedin was honored by several key leaders in award ceremonies around the world, everyone from Kaiser Wilhelm II, Pope Pius X, Theodore Roosevelt to Adolf Hitler. Hedin was honored twice by Hitler in 1940. The Nazis even had Hedin present as a keynote speaker in the 1936 Olympics. The National Socialist party took a deep interest in Hedin's work.
Yet in the aftermath of World War II, it was very difficult to schedule a meeting with Hedin. This is why it is intriguing that Savitri Devi talked of meeting Hedin in her book And Time Rolls On.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SAVITRI DEVI
Devi herself was an avid supporter of National Socialism and was deeply entrenched in Hindu Nazi Mysticism. She proclaimed that Adolf Hitler had been sent by Divine Providence, much like the Avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu, to lead humanity out of the Kali Yuga (an age of vice and destruction). She was also a supporter of animal rights and deep ecology. Devi rejected Judeo-Christian religion and believed that the Nazi ideology was a natural extension of Hindu thought. Devi herself moved to India in 1932 in search of a living Pagan, Aryan culture. While her birth name is Maximine Portas, she took the name "Savitri Devi" ("Sun-Rays Goddess") after her move to India.
Her writings have influenced Neo-Nazism and Nazi-Occultism.
The Savitri Devi Archive is a repository for her writings and documents.
In Nicholas Clarke's book Hitler's Priestess, he discusses Devi's influence on the global spread of Neo Nazi thought.
More reading on links between India and Fascism: Fascism in India and Quotations On The Caste System
SAVITRI SETS UP A MEETING BETWEEN HERSELF AND SVEN HEDIN
And Time Rolls On, Pages 54-56
Savitri: "In Sweden on the 6th of June, 1948 I met somebody extraordinary. I met Sven Hedin. I wanted to meet him. I knew he was one of our people. But they told me, 'Sven Hedin meets nobody after ’45. He doesn’t want to meet anybody. You can try.' So I wrote a letter to him, and he said, 'Yes, you can come on Sunday.'"
SAVITRI ASKS HEDIN "IF THERE IS ANY HOPE"
And Time Rolls On, Pages 54-56
[During this time period, Savitri traveled throughout Germany and handed out thousands of handwritten pamphlets which encouraged the men and women of Germany to "hold fast to our glorious National Socialist faith, and resist!" She later recounted this experience in Gold in the Furnace. Below she tells Hedin about her massive pamphlet campaign.]
Savitri: I had been spending two or three nights, up all night, writing papers. I had intended to spend all my salary in Sweden buying chocolate, sardines, butter, cigarettes, putting a paper in each box and throwing them from the windows of the Nord Express. We were going to pass through Germany.... And I’d like to know, can we have any hope?
Hedin: Why do you say, ‘Can we have any hope?’ Do you have no hope?
Savitri: Well, I’m doing this just as an act of defiance, but what to do? Those of Nuremberg, they have killed them. [A reference to the execution of the key leaders in the Nazi Party after WWII]
Hedin: Don’t fear. Germany has more such men.
Savitri: Yes, but when will they appear?
Hedin: They’ll appear in time.
Savitri: What about the Fuhrer? Is he dead or alive?
Hedin: Whether he’s dead or alive, he’s eternal. What does it matter to you?
Savitri: I’ll never see him if he’s really not alive.
Hedin: Well, even if you do see him, what difference would it make? The war is lost anyhow. And his ideas are true anyhow, even with a lost war.
Savitri: You are right. You are right.
The conversation was taken out of Savitri Devi's book And Time Rolls On: The Savitri Devi Interviews. See Kindle or Hardcover book.