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The Deer Park



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Sarnath is “the Deer Park” near Varanasi where, aged 35, the Buddha delivered his first sermon—he delivered the four noble truths. He had just awakened from under the bodhi tree. Here he converted his first five followers.


How did it come to be called “the Deer Park”?—it is said that a lord of Varanasi once hunted this land, and killed many deer upon it. The deer herds were presided over by a deer king—and he begged the lord to stop killing for sport. Instead, each day, he would deliver the number of deer required for the lord’s needs. The lord assented.


As it happened, one day, the deer king was forced to choose a pregnant doe—rather than sacrifice her and her unborn fawn, he offered himself instead. The lord was moved by the deer king’s act, and so granted him the land as a sanctuary—and so it became “the Deer Park”.


It is said that deer king was Shakyamuni, the Buddha himself, in his earlier incarnation as the leader of a herd of deer—as a hart.


Let us recall that the first time I went to Hartsfell, just before I fell asleep, that a large stag, a hart, passed me by just a few feet above my head—then, on my second visit, on my second night there, when I slept in the same spot, a female deer passed where the stag had been. Hence I was greeted by the masculine principle, then by the feminine principle. This is my deer park.


This is my deer park, these are my noble paths: 1. Truthfulness; 2. Courage; 3. Loyalty; 4. Devotion. That is to say—1. Be truthful (be honest); 2. Have courage (be a warrior); 3. Keep oaths (be loyal); and 4. Honour the gods (show devotion).


It is common for the Europeans, the Aryans, to have a trinity in religion and politics—but only the quaternary is whole, for it includes fire, earth, air, and water (Horus, Arthur, Merlin, and Lucifer); as with Jung, as with the Druids, nothing is left out—there is no shadow to project, all is burned up (without the light of Lucifer, nothing moves).


To honour the gods—it means to hail them morning and evening, to hail them with the Roman salute; it means to stare into the candlelight, into the aniconic flame. Build fires to honour the gods.


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Buddha was a figure like Napoleon or Hitler—he was a man who came from the periphery to the centre. He came from Nepal, he came from a region where the Vedic religion was little practiced and where he himself was not a full racial Indian—he came from the periphery, somewhat an outsider, and became more Indian than the Indians (reformed their religion).


Know that the time of Buddha has passed. He came with a democratic message—he came against caste, as Jesus came against the excellent. Yes, the Vedic religion was corrupt—like Roman paganism; and what replaced it may have been cleaner and simpler, but it was still a step downwards.


Later, in the 19th century, Buddha would be encountered by European scholars who imposed their own materialism on him—the reason Buddhism seems so “scientific” to us Westerners, the reason why “California Zen” exists, is that the European scholars filtered out the daemons and the magic from Buddhism. And they made Buddha a secular sage, a man like Socrates but for the East. Yet it was not so—there was magic in the Buddha.


But I come to say that the time of the Buddha is over—that the time of Christ is over, that the time of Muhammad is over. I come to say that the age of Hyperborea, the age of Horus, has come—that is to say, the age of caste and the age of quality.


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