The Golden Age (RATMW 23)


Chapter 23

The Golden Age


 This is a very brief chapter in Evola’s book which concisely sums up the similitudes and most prominent points of the glorious first ages that are described by different civilizations in the most distant path. The most prominent feature of this golden age, no matter what the culture that expressed it, was one of man living in the most natural symbiosis with the universe around it. This did not imply a “primitive” stage, but rather in one the higher faculties of man were involved and in which what became the “customs” and “rules” of Tradition were simply common sense.

“The first era is essentially the era of Being, and hence of truth in a transcendent sense. This is evident not only from the Hindu designation of Satya Yuga (sat means being, hence satya or “truth”) but also from the Latin name “Saturn”, who is the king or god of the Golden Age.”

—Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World, Chapter 23: ‘The Golden Age’, page 184.

 The second great feature of this age is its ‘deathlessness”, which might be interpreted in a variety of ways which we will not currently go into. This had to do with the spiritual overcoming of death, which was not granted but earned through excellence and struggle. The idea is that in this Golden Age the gods living on Earth (humankind of the highest order) were so endowed by a “purity of heart, justice, wisdom” that this overcoming was simply something natural to them.

The adjective “golden” is in relation to an esoteric application of the properties with which we associate the elemental metal: “incorruptible, solar, luminous and bright”.

“In the Vedic tradition the ‘primordial germ,’ hiraṇya-garbha, was golden; it was also said: ‘For gold indeed is fire, light, and immortality.’

—Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World, Chapter 23: ‘The Golden Age’, page 186.

Frequent were also the references in cultures from the Indian, Chinese, Greek to the Aztec about the abode of the gods during this golden age being in a “middle land” of some sort, or an island of bliss. This forgotten or now non-existent place was also said to lay either at a very high place or far to the north.

It is also said by these ancient traditions that this Golden Age will come back because such is the cyclic nature of the universe and everything that exists within it. This does not mean that things will be exactly the same, but that a new reincarnation and revival of the old gods will take place1.

“According to the Eddic myth, immediately following the ragna-rokkr(“the twilight of the gods”) a new race and a new sun will rise; then the Aesir will be brought together again, and they will discover the mysterious golden tablets that they possessed in the time of the origins.”

—Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World, Chapter 23: ‘The Golden Age’, page 186.

Evola’s source: Gylfaginning, 52.

1 The simplified popular myths of Christianity’s “Kingdom of God / New Jerusalem” are a gross vulgarization and misinterpretation of the esoteric messages behind much older and complex traditions. This is precisely the root of the failure of Christianity: it’s cutting away from esoteric truths and its eventual floating around towards fantastical dogmatism. Curiously, as Catholics priest became more “involved”, they started to imbue themselves with Qabalistic notions. Christianity did a good job destroying the variety and depth of knowledge that existed before, doing as much as it could to destroy the Greek tradition, and now it turns to the only thing that survived as a living esoteric tradition: Jewish mysticism. Ironic, perhaps… though some would differ.

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