THE EPIC OF ARYA
Abir Taha www.the-epic-of-arya.com In Search of the Sacred Light
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5.0 out of 5 starsNietszche's sister

By Moeses Pittounikoson January 22, 2013

The great virtue of The Epic of Arya is courage, and in her fantastic new novel, Abir Taha is courageous indeed!

The Epic of Arya is similar to Nietzsche but better! Arya is a fathomless gift to the lover of epic philosophy. One can luxuriate in these pages and get swept on a magical mystery tour, drugs free! Not surprisingly, the envious will hate it but that's understandable.

Abir Taha deserves all the success come to her because The Epic of Arya is immense in both its scope and its profundity. In these pages we have a supreme masterpiece of wisdom, instruction and, to me anyway, divine sexual sassiness. Indeed, Ms Taha would have the ancient Greeks's clapping with envious congratulations!

So congratulations to this Aryan philosopher. I was utterly mesmerised by Abir Taha's writing style and her swift footed intelligence.

Understandably, my review will never do this epic any justice and so ill wrap it up by saying: dive in for yourself!

Highly, highly recommended!

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars THE EPIC OF ARYA: "vaguely reminiscent of the past, also looked like something from the future, or even from outside this earth"

By Josner on December 15, 2011

Not quite knowing what to expect, I got this book which I'd been flirting with buying for a long time - who wouldn't want to read a 385 page book of Aryan philosophy? It is quite different from run of the mill books - it is a story of introspection, of quest and of self-discovery. It takes place in an abstract world whose forms and figures are congruent with our own, but without the names. Without naming this and that, the reader can infer just what the things in the novel represent in their own, tangible and current world, the world of Modernity. The Epic of Arya sets out the key... we only need to look at the world and recognize it for what is stated.

The format of this epic is much like Thus Spoke Zarathustra and mostly consists of Arya's dialogue with herself and other people, introspective and inquisitive. For those who are already familiar with Nietzsche's ideas, the text can seem monotonous or repetitive at times as the ideas central to the book are reiterated continually.. it is gradually through this that the plot moves along silently and in the background.

You will definitely see the allusions to Zarathustra as well as MANY OTHER esoteric concepts... The duality of the godless West and the idolatrous East is expertly touched upon, pointing out both of the systems' flaws and how they both chip away at the unity that is Faith and Reason as one, complementary organism. Proponents of the "Naturreligion" will find that The Epic of Arya basically sets for the Nature Religion as the new faith of mankind - that which will bring it forth from the ashes.


 
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining story that asks some thought-provoking questions, September 11, 2009
By  Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) -
Spirituality and religion are dividing things. "The Epic of Arya" is the story of a half-goddess who finds herself challenged with love, and the polarizing views of the world on faith where people of the faith go to one extreme and atheists go to the other extreme. Tasked with restoring humanity's faith in the divine and finding where her love lies, "The Epic of Arya" is an entertaining story that asks some thought-provoking questions.


 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars The Epic of Arya: Prelude to a New Religion, July 14, 2009
By  Dorian
If Nietzsche, in his "Zarathustra", spoke of Eternal Recurrence as the Law of Nature and the souls, meaning that Man, like the seasons' cycle, shall ever return to live the same life and accomplish his higher destiny, one can say that the spirit of Nietzsche itself has come back to speak its complete word in Abir Taha's book "The Epic of Arya: In Search of the Sacred Light."

Still, instead of Nietzsche's "Speak your word and break", Arya's word makes the wings of your soul spread in the firmament, burn in the Black Sun, that Luminous Twin of the Sun of Noontide, and embrace the Sacred Light of Awakening and Rebirth.

While Nietzsche did not complete his work for A New Religion after dismantling monotheism, that rejectionist vision of Life which negates Life itself for the sake of a so-called "Afterworld", thus paving the ground for an `unaccomplished' Nihilism that, if accomplished, would lead to the redemption of "New modes of divinity" - as the great Dionysian philosopher himself says - , Arya in turn comes back to accomplish this gigantic work, namely to found a Lebensreligion, a Naturreligion that affirms Life as the only arena for Man's elevation and perfection in the here and now.

On her Inner Journey, Arya leads you back to the Primordial Light; there, and only there, Man and God meet again. Half goddess, half woman, she guides you into the sacred geography of your own Self, helping you to explore the Archeology of your own mind, until the Moment of Bliss occurs in you, always in you. There, you become your own miracle, your own Big Bang.

There, in your innermost depth, you reach your Highest Peak where your own Aurora Borealis, that untarnished bestowing Light, shines forever.

Arya, in her great work, promises us to get back Lost Arcadia, the land of the gods where your dream itself dreams, and your creation will be nothing but you, you who slept as man, to wake up as god anew... an Übermensch.

I strongly recommend Abir Taha's "Arya" to those who seek divinity beyond good and evil, and inside themselves, first and foremost.

Arya says : "it was but one god who died on the cross, and many are waiting to be born"... it can be you.


 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spiritual Bible, June 5, 2009
By  Aryana -
A Spiritual Journey of Self-Discovery beyond Eastern Fundamentalism and Western Materialism

"Alas! The god in man remains a child waiting to mature. Shall man grow into a god, or is he doomed in his humanity?" This question, posed in the prologue of Abir Taha's inspirational new philosophical novel, The Epic of Arya: In Search of the Sacred Light (published by AuthorHouse), is central to the sacred mission of its main character, Arya, who seeks to find the god within.

The Epic of Arya is a spiritual bible, an allegorical novel that follows its narrator on a mesmerizing journey of self-discovery that will heal, awaken and transform readers with its messages on love, truth and spirituality.

Arya has a secret longing and a silent pain: half-woman, half-goddess, she is torn between Love and Truth, between passion and duty. When she wakes up from her eternal sleep into a new world that is surrounded by darkness and confusion, she wonders, "Why has the gloomy veil of Maya, goddess of illusion, covered the radiant face of Gaia our Earth? Where and why has the sun disappeared? Why is God dead?" But what she will discover is that the world has descended into ignorance, wearing the mask of "faith" in the East, when it is truly obscurantist fundamentalism, and the mask of "reason" in the West, which disguises atheist materialism.

In exasperated despair, Arya resolves to roam the Earth in search of the lost sacred light that would end humanity's eternal night. She travels from East to West in search of Hyperborea, otherwise known as Shambhala, the "land beyond the North wind," where legend has it that the sun never sets and where gods first existed on the earth and lived among men by speaking through them.

On her journey, Arya meets various characters that serve as mediators to the discovery of her own identity and divinity, including a wise old man from the East, an old woman from the North, a knight with whom Arya falls in love, the King of the World, and a prophet who is Arya's soul-mate and the invisible, constant presence which guides her.

As Taha explains, these characters are aspects of Arya's own soul and the souls of all people. "Life is first and foremost an inner journey of self-discovery," writes Taha. "All the people we meet on our path are archetypes, symbols, states of mind, milestones that lead us back to our own inner journey on the path of awakening."

Full of practical wisdom, poetic prose and spirituality steeped in philosophy, The Epic of Arya conveys a universal message of unity, hope and salvation in a world torn apart by the clash of civilizations and religions, offering a spiritual alternative. 


 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Arya, female counterpart to Nietzsche's Zarathustra, April 6, 2009
By  Scott W. Wright "Scott" (Potsdam, NY) -
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This is a beautifully written allegorical tale the half-woman, half-goddess Arya who finds herself incarnated in our modern world where all things divine have been lost as the twin evils dogmatic religion and atheistic materialism consume the earth and render her people weak willed slaves. Her search for the Sacred Light reveals a rift within her soul as she's torn between an outer quest to seek her lost children of light, the Higher Man, and an inner search to rediscover the divinity within. Highly recommended!

 

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Abir Taha's The Epic of Arya

Amanda Bradley

In Abir Taha's philosophical novel, Arya is a goddess in human form. Born in the Kali Yuga, the darkest age of the world, she is a symbol of the divine spark (ātman) that resides in every human. As she struggles to overcome her humanity, especially her womanness, the reader also is given insight into the inner alchemical process that can make men into gods.

Arya meets several guides throughout her journey, and visits a number of cities that exemplify the greed, superficiality, and degeneracy that define the Kali Yuga. One village contains people who worship the moon—often considered an indication of a non-Traditional society that exalts the feminine principle over the masculine, and of people who follow the path of the ancestors rather than the solar path of the gods. Arya does find a kindred spirit—an old man who is a Sun worshiper. Through their conversation, she starts to feel that there is a secret group of beings who are awake, evoking similarities to the secret chiefs described in Karl von Eckartshausen's The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, legends of the Great White Brotherhood, or Madame Blavatsky's Ascended Masters.

Arya finds no receptive ears to her message of freedom, truth, and responsibility, and the rest of the Epic recounts Arya's quest to find Hyperborea, where the Master Race was born.

She receives guidance from a prophet, who tries to convince her that the great Northern race no longer exists. Against his pleadings, she continues her quest, only to find he was correct. She comes across "a gloomy, overcrowded, noisy city teeming with people scurrying here and there in a chaotic manner, countless lonely atoms going their separate ways, impervious to the grey hell in which they were living" (p. 241). The city is called the pride and envy of the world, yet to Arya's refined senses it contains only "the deafening sound of the chaos of the senses and the unbearable noise of greed" (p. 241).

After meeting several more characters, including a Chandala (an untouchable in the Hindu caste system) and a knight, she meets the King of the World, the ruler of the sacred land of Shambhala. He gives her the keys to overcome herself and find the long-lost kingdom: "Shambhala is only real to those who live the glorious Unity of Being, and it is only visible to those who see beyond what the blind human eyes see" (p. 342), echoing the words of Pindar in his Tenth Pythian Ode: "neither by ship nor on foot would you find / the marvellous road to the assembly of the Hyperboreans."

The ideas in Arya are the same as those found in the writings of Traditionalists, the New Right, and Western esotericism: aristocracy, the coming race, the overman, Hyperborea, Ultima Thule, and philosopher kings. Taha has written two books on similar themes—Nietzsche's Coming God, or the Redemption of the Divine (Paris: Éditions Connaissances et Savoirs, 2005) [reviewed by Michael O'Meara here] and Nietzsche, Prophet of Nazism: The Cult of the Superman — Unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine (Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2005).

In fact, the best way to approach Taha's Epic is as another Zarathustra, with the plot serving more as a means to express her Weltanschauung rather than a literary device. Arya's dialogues echo those of Zarathustra (Taha even uses the same "thus spoke" mantra), and of Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita. This novel of ideas is heartfelt, and it's obvious that Taha is honest in the preface when she says the story was written with her blood and tears, as the insights this "spiritual bible" contains are profound. Those familiar with Traditionalist doctrines may find that some sections are too repetitive, with concepts repeated several times in different words. Readers new to Traditionalist thought, however, will appreciate the emphasis on uncommon ideas like anti-egalitarianism and anti-modernity.

Because The Epic of Arya is about a goddess, women may find the story especially appealing as they will identify more with sections that deal with Arya's struggles to overcome human love for divine. A few sections mention finding the goddess within, but these can apply equally to finding the god within, and true seekers of wisdom will see beyond such nuances to pearls of wisdom.

The Kali Yuga: The Age of Vice

The Epic of Arya is set in the Kali Yuga, the last age in the Hindu cycle of ages (which roughly correspond to the ages outlined by Hesiod in Works and Days). In the Golden Age, men and gods lived on the earth together. In the Kali Yuga (or Dark Age), mankind is the furthest removed from God and the most spirituality decadent. This age is ruled by the demon Kali, a negative manifestation of the god Vishnu. The Kali Yuga is described in the Vishnu Purana as a time when Brahmanical clothing constitutes a Brahman; when agriculture is abandoned for mechanization; the Earth is honored for mineral treasures and is exploited; there is no transcendent connection to sacraments like marriage; men are fixated on money; and women are selfish. As Arya puts it, "in the Golden Age, before the hotchpotch of mob rule melted races and classes into a maelstrom from hell, there was one divine race on earth" (p. 182).

Being born in such a world is distressing to Arya—she is alone with no kindred soul. Even when she reaches a city lauded by the masses, Arya is disgusted:

"You call yourselves 'civilised', but yours is the civilisation of accumulation and mediocrity bearing the banner of justice and equality, a sham civilisation which buries all higher aspirations in the stagnant mud of materialism, and drowns all will to elevation in the murky waters of degeneracy." (p. 257)

Meritocracy as the True Aristocracy

Another main theme of Arya is that of hierarchies, as opposed to the egalitarianism prevalent in the world today. The Epic of Arya does not extol an aristocracy based on blood or material possessions, but a meritocracy like that described by Plato in The Republic.

Hereditary aristocracy makes even less sense in the Kali Yuga than other times, since it brings a degeneration of form that does not allow Traditions to be passed by blood, as "True superiority is seldom inherited" (p. 209). Arya is interesting in part because of the many descriptions given for what is truly noble:

·        Something that cannot be bought or sold

·        Something that cannot be inherited or given, only earned

·        Not related to titles, but to abilities

·        Determined by how much someone gives, not owns

·        Involves merit, talent, honor, duty, and honesty

·        The real aristocrat is: "a complete human being, a synthetic man, an accomplished person. He combines a healthy body with a brilliant mind and a noble soul, a radiant spirit and beauty within and without. But the soul is primary, and a pure soul is more beautiful than the most perfect body" (p. 216)

·        "All greatness is humble and magnanimous, all baseness is wicked and conceited" (p. 229).

Race of the Spirit

The Epic of Arya expresses a concept of race similar to that of Julius Evola, Oswald Spengler, and Francis Parker Yockey—the notion of a race of the spirit. Arya does not come by this view naturally, however: For most of the book she is obsessed with finding her true sons, others of her race who are from the North. When she eventually finds the city she longs for, however, the people there are as crude, materialistic, and greedy as those of any other place. Family and racial connections have lost their transcendent connections, and the men she finds are simply the "unworthy sons that every mother has" (p. 199).

According to the doctrine of the Yugas, in the Golden Age, race was an indication of an inner quality. A person was formed from a substance that represented his true nature. Thus, the beautiful body revealed a beautiful soul and noble character, and male and female souls formed corresponding bodies. It is the opposite of the current Dark Age, when most men no longer possess true virility and pariahs comprise the ruling class who desecrate the sacred earth.

In addition to not being applicable in the Kali Yuga, the biological doctrine of race also is a hindrance to enlightenment. Arya is told:

"Cling to no nation, no tribe, and no creed, these are but chains of enslavement to the limited and the transient. How could you call a nation your own, you whose soul dwells with the gods? How could you embrace but one creed, when Truth is the source of all creeds." (p. 374)

Not only is the biological determinist view of race invalid in the Kali Yuga, it also is disproved by the very nature used to support it. The Epic illustrates this point when Arya is told:

"how many beautiful flowers contain the deadliest poison! How many worms dwell in the loveliest apples! Do not cling much to form, Arya, for it deceives . . . and though spirit moulds the form, yet the form is not the spirit!" (p. 108)

The discourse on race also comments on the notion of a chosen people: "Eternal Religion has no holy land or chosen people" (p. 33), and again, "There are no chosen people, save those who have chosen out themselves" (p. 116). Arya also comments on Yahweh, the God of the Hebrew Bible:

"let this god from the desert stay away from me, away from us truly chosen ones, — we who have chosen Pan over Yahweh -, for his lost tribes are doomed to aimlessly wander the earth in search of a promise that never was" ... "That is the curse of the gods: those who stray from the Inner Path shall nowhere feel at home and never find peace, though they may wander the earth in search of their lost soul; the desert remains their only home." (p. 38)

If race is not determined by blood or soil, a question naturally arises as to how a race of the spirit could be defined. The Epic of Arya has an answer for this question as well:

"A race is a spiritual brotherhood of blood and honour; it is defined by the dream that it shares, the truth that is reveres and fights for, the god that it venerates... and only he or she who shares my truth and believes in my god do I call a brother or a sister, a son or a daughter, for blood means little if it does not serve the soul." (50)

The Herd and the Overman

Another Nietzschean concept in Arya is the Übermensch. In Zarathustra, Nietzsche wrote, "man is something which ought to be overcome." Arya is told that there are no races anymore, only masters and slaves, godmen and undermen. Some need a god "before whom you can all be slaves — but equal slaves" (p. 67). These are the people who fulfill themselves only through their slavery (p. 67).

Nietzsche's notion of being a bridge appears in Arya as well: "Hence the Higher Man, that god in the making, remains trapped between heaven and earth — while men are trapped between earth and hell" (p. 115). Arya eventually learns that she should focus not on bridging the gap between herself and the herb, but on bridging the gap between the human and the god.

The plight of godmen, then, is to endure the agony of humanity while remaining divine in spirit: "choosing the cold dangers of the pure and innocent wilderness to the warm comfort of the filthy and decadent human wastelands of civilization; for where herds live, there you find the wastelands and the deserts of the spirit; and where no man has set foot, there the air remains pure and undefiled, and a ray of hope shines on the horizon of a better tomorrow" (p. 139).

The Epic of Arya is such a ray of hope, a connection to the transcendent to help guide mankind through the end of the Kali Yuga to the establishment once again of the Golden Age.

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2010-07-03

Abir Taha's New Symbol for the Inverted Spirituality

Filed under: News — VisionsOfGlory14 @ 18:30

In Abir Taha's Epic of Arya, the roaming Arya encounters in a town center a scene reminiscent of the Tightrope walker in Thus Spoke Zarathsutra's prologue. In it, she sees a man standing upside down on his head, ignoring the heckling of the crowd that had gathered around to see him and calmly maintaining a stiff composure. Arya, being unlike the rest of the crowd, asks the man what point he was trying to make.
The man, as if he had been long awaiting this question, answered:

You look at me and see something unnatural, something absurd and awry... but have you looked at your world today? The world itself is standing on its head! The world has gone mad and dark and awry... everything has been turned upside down, good and evil and higher and lower and black and white and God and the devil! And if I stand this way, it is to behold the world as it once was, the world as it should be...

Arya calls the man she met "the Inverted Pyramid," explaining that he symbolizes the inversion of the truth of life and the age she lives in: The Kali Yuga.

'Inversion' is an important theme in Rene Guenon's The Reign of Quantity, as well, being the ultimate stage that Guenon sees the forces of subversion leading to. Guenon posits that at these final stages of subversion, a 'reversal' will take place that will mean the end of the modern world, the conclusion of our cycle, and the return of Satya Yuga. Taha's image of the pyramid certainly suggests that she believes that we are in the state of full subversion. Is this reversal then imminent?

If you ask some people, they seem permanently content with the "values" of the day, and will mechanically explain to you the values they hold dear to. Guenon of course has a name for this too, calling it an "inverted spirituality" or a "counterfeit of superior and transcendent principles." While there is rising discontent with much of the happenings of the day, it is often vague and directed more towards specific happenings as opposed to exact principles. Guenon's vision of a metaphysical reversal though, suggests that no half-way revolution or mere shifting of power will come with the countermovement against these currents, rather he recognizes that only a complete return to the most transcendent truths and principles can end the age of inversion, which means returning the Pyramid to its rightful shape.

Although Guenon refers to the state we are in as a "Great Parody," its encroachment is not interpreted by all to be simply funny or just a good time. As the depressing tone of the first half of The Epic of Arya suggests, not all are just amused and carefree about the progressive subversion, and those few who are beginning to understand what is taking place before them can find in Taha's work both solace and transformational advice about how to deal with the spiritual chaos going on around them.

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