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The Jedi in the Lotus

Is the Star Wars saga derived from the Hindu traditions of India?

The following is excerpted from the concluding chapter of The Jedi in the Lotus by Steven J. Rosen, which is published by Arktos.

After reading this book, it should be evident that there is a deep and abiding connection between Star Wars and ancient Indic texts. Is it a stretch to say that Lucas was directly and/or indirectly influenced by the Ramayana and the Mahabharata? This author thinks not. If the reader has doubts, look again at what we have determined thus far: although Lucas’ influences can be traced back to a staggering variety of Westerns, World War II movies, early science fiction, pop culture, social contemporary issues including women’s rights, and even a Japanese samurai classic, his primary influences were the mythologies of the ancient world – specifically the work of the legendary expositor of The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell.

Since Campbell’s primary influences were, as we have shown, the myths of India, the connections and resemblences between Star Wars and the Indian epics are considerable, and, throughout this work, we have provided both major and minor examples of this. The basic monomythic structure found in Star Wars was earlier evident in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Of this there can be no doubt. The abduction or mistreatment of a beautiful princess, a heroic effort to reclaim her with the help of partially human creatures – the Chewbacca character and the bear-like Ewoks make comparisons with the Ramayana unavoidable – and a devastating war between good and evil, is clearly more than coincidental. And there are a number of other interesting parallels specific to the Indian epics, as we have pointed out in some detail.

We have seen the Indian preference for a composite hero work its way into Star Wars. Human complexity, embodied in the fact that each person has both good and evil within them, is also a prominent feature of the Indian tales, as it is in Star Wars. Another common theme is the tension between familial affection and civic duty, and the son’s redemptive role in saving his errant father – as we have shown, all are elements of Star Wars as they are in the age-old Indic scriptures.

We have also shown that the Force is more easily identified with Eastern theological concepts than with those in the West. First of all, the Force seems to have both personal and impersonal characteristics, something that mystics in the East have explored in some detail. The conception of Brahman in many ways tallies with Lucas’ conception of the Force. However, given that the Force has both positive and negative sides, the divine energies known as Yoga-Maya and Maha-Maya seem more closely related to what Lucas had in mind. All these concepts come from India. Finally, Paramatma, or God as the indwelling spirit located in the hearts of all living beings, has much in common with Lucas’ Force, accommodating even the midi-chlorian idea found in Star Wars.

Lucas also explores the tension between technology and nature – an idea that is easily identifiable with the East. His epics seem to be saying that technology is not inherently bad – it is all in how one uses it. This is the philosophy of karma-yoga found in the Bhagavad-gita. Or, stated another way, the tension of a spiritual being (man) in a material world (machine) can be reconciled in the concept of yukta-vairagya, in which one utilises the energies of matter in the service of God, or Krishna. All of this is found in Eastern texts.

Significant parallels, too, can be seen in the fact that Lucas’ films are supposed to depict incidents in the distant past, a time when, according to conventional wisdom, man had no access to aircraft or other advanced technology. Still, the characters of Star Wars use elaborate flying machines, intricate weaponry, and so on. Why assume that distant galaxies had access to these things when we know for certain that we on earth did not? Most science fiction writers who want to depict characters using advanced technology simply set their stories in the future. Could Lucas instead be taking his cue from ancient Indian texts? These texts, written thousands of years ago, proffer the existence of vimanas, ancient but sophisticated aircraft, with Ion-mercury engines, as we have described. They mention futuristic weapons, aerial mansions and anti-gravitational cities. In short, they described the Star Wars universe eons before Lucas had conceived it.

And what of the Jedi/Kshatriya parallels? Again, these are too many to be coincidental. In addition, the stress on a lineage of teachers that passes on esoteric art and wisdom to dedicated disciples is characteristic of the Star Wars stories, and it is basic to Indic wisdom as well.

Let us emphasise that throughout the Star Wars series, Lucas uses specific names that come from the Sanskrit, the language of ancient Indian tradition, as we have shown (largely in Chapter One). This can also be seen in the following: two central songs in the Star Wars soundtrack are sung in Sanskrit. In The Phantom Menace, we find the songs, ‘Duel of the Fates’ and ‘Qui-Gon’s Funeral’ (the former song also appears in Attack of the Clones). These sound like Vedic mantras chanted by sages on the bank of the Ganges. John Williams, the musical director of the Star Wars movies, claims responsibility for the use of the Sanskrit songs, but he admits that nothing goes into Lucas’ movies without Lucas’ direct approval and consideration. What is one to make of this? We leave that to you, the reader, to decide.

In concluding, we would also like the reader to ponder the overarching theme of the entire Star Wars enterprise. These movies are not ultimately about saving a princess, the use or abuse of futuristic technology, the man/machine dilemma, the path of the Jedi, good guys versus bad guys, or even about the guru/disciple relationship – though, in individual Star Wars episodes, these ideas may appear as central or dominating issues. Overall, if one looks at the series as a whole, the principal theme is the life and struggle of Anakin Skywalker and his personal choice between good and evil.

The Star Wars story is really about Everyone, and this is also true of the Bhagavad-gita. The very first Sanskrit word in the Gita is dharma, or ‘duty’, and the last is mam, which means ‘my’. Tradition thus tells us that everything that comes between those two words is ‘my duty’, or the duty of Everyman. As already stated, we are all, in a sense, Arjuna, the warrior who is perplexed on the battlefield of life, and we are approaching Krishna for direction. We are all the innocent Anakin Skywalker, and we are free to choose: will we become Darth Vader or not?

In the last part of the Gita’s Third Chapter, Arjuna asks Krishna: ‘What causes a person to act sinfully, even if they are not willing, as if engaged by force?’ Krishna answers that it is lust (material desire), which He says is the ‘destroyer of knowledge and self-realisation’. After locating the problem for Arjuna, He prescribes the method for overcoming it: sense regulation inspired by spiritual knowledge. The senses, mind, and intelligence are the three ‘sitting places’ of lust. Knowing the self to be transcendental to these three, ‘one should control the lower self by the higher self and thus – by spiritual strength – conquer this insatiable enemy known as lust.’

This is an important teaching. And, like Arjuna, both Anakin and Luke struggle with it. But while Anakin succumbs to his lower self, Luke emerges victorious, conquering his more base desires. Star Wars asks us to consider whether we, as individuals, are following the path of Anakin or that of Luke. Are we being ‘conquered’ by our own conditioning, or are we rising to the challenge, becoming whole by battling with the demons inside ourselves?

In this sense, the Bhagavad-gita may be the ultimate guidebook for aspiring Jedis: lust, anger and greed are deeply embedded in our consciousness. Just ask Anakin. And deep-rooted habits are not always easy to overcome. Nonetheless, in the Gita, Krishna helps us through the darkest of battles by explaining the source of our dilemma, the gradual steps by which we delude ourselves, and by putting us in touch with the spiritual element lying dormant within our hearts. He tells us that those who are enamoured by materialistic life begin simply by contemplating the objects of the senses. Again, just ask Anakin. Such contemplation naturally leads to self-interested action and, finally, attachment. This, in turn, gives rise to anger. Why anger? Because everything in the world is temporary, and so we eventually lose the objects of our attachment. Anger, Krishna says, leads to bewilderment, and bewilderment to loss of memory. At this point, intelligence is lost. We can watch the initial stages of this happening to Anakin in Attack of the Clones. It totally overtakes him in Revenge of the Sith, where Yoda expresses these teachings almost verbatim from the Bhagavad-gita. He talks about passions born of lust and how they bring a person to his knees.

According to Krishna, intelligence means good memory and fine discretion – both of which fall away when we adopt a materialistic and self-centred approach to life. This vicious cycle puts us in a nonspiritual frame of mind, in which we forget who we are and what life is really all about. Krishna refers to this as ‘a material whirlpool’ that drags people ever lower; it is a complex downward spiral that begins, as He says in the Gita, simply by one’s contemplating the objects of the senses. (2.61-64) Krishna thus tells Arjuna not to be distracted by sensorial involvement and, instead, to control his senses for a higher purpose. This, indeed, is the teaching of the Jedi and a lesson that is valuable to each and every one of us.

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  • The new STAR WARS or STAR SCHWARZ made things much worse, but Lucas ruined it long long ago. He came up with a great vision but emotionally grew backward and made the Saga about nothing but toys, special effects, and pandering to kids. Despite their faults, STAR WARS and EMPIRE worked as storytelling and set up a great finale. Luke vs Darth. But RETURN OF JEDI was filled with fish-headed generals and jungle teddy bears. Also, Lucas had the tendency to combine naive infantilism with quasi-tendentious sermonizing. So, he said that Ewoks were like the Viet Cong because US, the great industrial power, was defeated by jungle warriors of Vietnam. But this is silly. The battle takes place in a single afternoon in RETURN and just a handful of Ewoks die. In contrast, Vietnam War lasted for 8 yrs(officially and unofficially even longer), and at least 2 million Viets died and many got wounded. Also, the viets were not a hunter-gatherer tribe with stone age weapons but armed and supplied by the OTHER GREAT INDUSTRIAL Power, the Soviets. But Lucas gave us teddy bears in space and then made some bogus pompous political statements, like he is Colonel Kurtz in APOCALYPSE NOW or something. It was funny seeing a man getting sillier and more serious at the same time. And the whole STAR WARS is like that. In some ways, it gets darker and more ‘complicated’. We discover Darth is really pa of Luke, and Luke is tempted to the Dark Side. And the prequels say something about how democracy can turn into tyranny. And yet, at the center of the narrative is just a lot of hokum and kiddie stuff. STAR WARS could have been EXCALIBUR IN SPACE but it just became a big pinball machine.

    That STAR WARS got Jewishized into STAR SCHWARZ is interesting given that the core inspiration of the STAR WARS universe is pagan. Even though Lucas drew some ideas from the Bible and Judeo-Christian tradition, it owes more to paganism of Greco-Roman mythology, Germanic mythology, Japanese samurai cult & Kurosawa films, Arthurian legends, the Western, and 20th century Fascist-Nazi aesthetics. It was about the brotherhood of knighthood, the cult of the warrior.
    And of course, STAR SCHWARZ continues in that vein. It still owes more to paganist inspirations than anything in the Bible. And yet, why is it Jewishy? Because there are many aspects to Jewishness. There is core Jewishness of religion and heritage. But there is also the Pawnbroker Jewishness, the art of merchantry where Jews take control of pagan/gentile icons & idols and use/exploit them to serve the Jewish agenda. It’s like a Jewish pawnbroker wasn’t a collector of only Jewish stuff. He gained ownership of tons of goy, pagan, gentile stuff. He used them for profits or props to push Jewish interests.
    In our world, Jews promote Diversity and Interracism on whites. Diversity weakens white unity and white power. Interracism destroys white male pride, thus whites become cucked. So, even though STAR SCHWARZ is still paganist, those paganist altars have been altered to favor the political and ideological agenda of Jewish Globalist Power. This is also true of homomania. The history of homo cult is paganist. It was biggest among pagan Greeks and decadent Romans. And some pagan tribes were tolerant of homo stuff. Samurai could bugger one another sometimes. In contrast, Jewish history was anti-homo. So, how did Jews, even religious Jews, become such promoters of Homomania? Because this paganism can be used by Jews to weaken gentiles. By promoting Homos as wonderful elites, society normalizes the notion of the minority ruling elite. Also, by weakening the moral core of Christians by making churches adopt homomania, Christians no longer have true moral pride. Any people who worship homo fecal penetration as holy cannot be truly moral. They are degenerates whose moral righteousness depends on hype, hysteria, and propaganda than moral depth or meaning.

    Jews tend to be monomaniacal and seek world dominance, and there have been three ways of going about achieving this. (1) Sticking to Jewish tradition and the Covenant. Keeping strict barriers between holy Jews and filthy goyim. This school of thought said if Jews remain clean and serve God, God will take care of things and favor Jews, and Jews will inherit the earth. (2) Creating a new universal idea(as outgrowth of tribal Jewishness) and spreading that idea to destroy all other ideas. Christianity and Communism were such Jewish ideas. The ideal of Christianity that began as Jewish heresy is to convert the whole world to Jesus and to destroy all other ideas. Paganisms of all kinds must be destroyed. Non-believers are heathens and must be converted or condemned. Communism was a secular kind of Christianity. Supposedly, Marx figured everything out, and only communism was the truth, and all other ideas had to be destroyed or exterminated. The whole world must be made communist. One idea for all mankind.

    The problem of (1) was that extreme tribalism didn’t do much for Jews in terms of power. NO matter how pure they were remained in blood and no matter how much they remained faithful to God, Jews didn’t inherit the world. As for (2), even though those ideas began as Jewish ideas, gentiles eventually took control of them, and Jews got burned. Christians began to persecute Jews. And communism eventually suppressed Jewish identity. And then, even Jewish communists came to be suspected and marginalized as untrustworthy.

    But there was (3) way. By this way, Jews would accept the existence of pagan/gentile ideas. Jews would accept the poly-ideastic way of the world. Unlike (1) Jews, the (3) Jews would extensively engage with the gentile world. But unlike (2) Jews, they would not try to conquer the world with one idea, like Christianity or Communism. Rather, they would allow various ideas/interests to exist BUT have those ideas/interests serve the Higher and Greater ideas/interests of Jews. It’s like the Roman Empire. It allowed non-Romans to keep their cultures and etc. But the Empire also insisted that non-Romans all serve Roman agendas and interests in the end. Instead of universalism where everyone has the same ideas, icons, and idols, it’d be a poly-versal empire where various peoples would stick to their ideas, icons, and idols that, however, would be manipulated to serve the Higher Idea. So, Jews adopted a kind of neo-paganism for their own purposes. In pagan cosmology, there are various gods, but there is also the top god, and the lower gods serve the top god. Jewish manipulation of neo-paganism had non-Jews as lesser gods serving Jews as the top gods. This way, pagans/gentiles could have their own identities and cultures… but they would ultimately bow down to the higher identity and culture of Jews.

    And we see this with how STAR WARS became STAR SCHWARZ. It is still very pagan and steeped in the Carl-Jung-Joseph-Campbell thing, but it now favors feminism, jungle fever, Diversity, and etc to occupy what were essentially roles defined by European pagans. But we see the same thing with BBC. British and European histories are retconned to push the Jewish agenda of Afro-Colonization-of-White-Wombs with Jungle Fever for white women and cuckery for white men. Hollywood Jews said the next James Bond will be a Negro.
    The great western heroes, Lancelot and Achilles, have been made black in BBC and TV shows. So, even as Jews maintain the pagan idols, they change the cast to push the Jewish agenda of perpetuating white submissivism so that whites will forever lose white pride and identity. A people without pride become mental slaves and serve OTHER peoples.

    Communism and Christianity(and Islam) were mono-imperial systems. Ideally, all of humanity should come under the One True Idea, and all men must struggle for the exact same principles and goals. Both have roots in Jewish culture because Jews developed the notion of the One God and One Truth, with all other gods deserving to be either holocausted or denied their validity/existence.

    In contrast, there was the poly-imperial systems. It attempted to conquer as many lands and people as possible. But it didn’t believe there was one true idea for all. It was more about power and control than conversion. So, other peoples, the conquered subjects, could believe in their own gods, stick with their own traditions/values, and worship their own idols. However, they had to accept the Imperial Rulers as the top power. They had to pay taxes to the top power. They had to bow down to the military might of the top power. Romans were like this,and the Romans managed well with most pagan folks. But they had the most problem with Jews because, unlike pagans, Jews believed their God was the only true God. So, Romans had the stronger military and greater material power, but Jews had the stronger idea, greater spiritual might, and farther-reaching prophetic vision. Romans could win with arms, but Jews could win with vision. But to win, Jews had to develop an idea that could win over the hearts of gentiles/pagans. And that was Christianity. In a way, the spread of Christianity was a great triumph of the Jewish idea over gentiles. But because most Jews didn’t take to the new faith and stuck with their own original concept, the Jewish Heresy turned on them. So, Christianity was both the biggest triumph and tragedy for Jews. Communism would turn out similarly. Jews won big and lost big with it.

    So, what is the best way for Jews to win? Self-enclosed tribalism won’t get anywhere. Jews must engage with the whole world that is goyim. Should Jews come up with a universal idea for all mankind? But then, gentiles will eventually come to own the idea and use it for their own interests, and this might hurt Jews.
    Given those odds, the best way is for Jews to make peace with gentile ideas, icons, and interests but find some way to make them serve Jewish identity, ideas, and interests as the highest and greatest there is. It’s like how Jews work with Evangelicals. Jews are okay with the born-again folks worshiping Jesus and etc, BUT much of Evangelicalism is now ‘muh Israel, muh Israel, muh Israel’. Jews work well with Mormons, but Mormons are all about ‘muh Israel, muh Israel, muh Israel’. So, Jews are okay with Mormons being Mormons BUT Mormons better still put Jewish interests above Mormon interests. It’s like Romans were okay with Syrians and Britons, but those conquered folks still had to obey Roman power before their own. Even as Romans didn’t erase other people’s cultures and idols, those had to be made subservient to Roman culture and idols as the highest there are.
    And modern Jews adopted this, esp from Anglos, the modern folks who come closest to being like the Romans of old. So, the US is now about diversity and how different folks can have their own cultures, identities, and narratives… BUT they better put ‘muh Israel’ before anything. Jews don’t have to attend meetings for Russian, Iranian, Chinese, Mexican, African, etc interests BUT all gentile politicians have to attend AIPAC to praise ‘muh Israel’. Look at that whore Nikki Haley, the semi-person-of-dot.

    The COEN movie HAIL CAESAR offers a useful glimpse into this Jewish agenda. Like some other Coen movies, it is pretty mocking of Christianity as a religion that controls the goyim. Even though goyim have used Christianity to oppress Jews, it also tames goyim and turns them into saps who can be manipulated by Jews.
    Some people think Coens are respectful of Christianity. They are not. What they are interested in is the psycho-politics of Christianity, and in this, they share something with Steven Spielberg who has adopted Catholicist and Evangelical tropes to push his vision of Pop Jewishism on the world.

    In a scene in HAIL CAESAR we see a Rabbi who is offended by what Christian clergy has to say. Even though Jews have been anti-Christian, there’s a kind of paradox. Jews have been so anti-Christian because they are so Christoid, conviction that Jewish individuals could become like Christ. The main problem that Jews have with Christianity is it deified the prophet and messiah into Son of God or even God. The Jewish idea of the Messiah was a great prophet, warrior, messenger. Jews never conceived of messiah as God or even Son of God. Jewish concept of the messiah is empowering because the messiah is a prophet, and a man can be a prophet. So, by the Jewish concept of the messiah, any Jewish man can, at least theoretically, be a messiah since he could be the great prophet. In contrast, Christianity says the messiah is not a prophet but the Son of God or God Himself. And that means there is no more Future. The Truth has been revealed through Jesus the Son of God, and humanity has no more need for prophets. After Jesus, there can only be saints. Saints are different from prophets. Saints don’t have the great vision. They just have the pure faith in God and Jesus. Their duty is to be angelic and devoted. They are not seers of the Future since the Truth has already been revealed. Thus, Christianity destroyed the prophetic tradition. It allowed for many saints but no prophets. In contrast, Jews never gave up on the notion of the prophet. Since the messiah has yet to come and since a man can be a prophet and since a prophet can be the messiah, any Jewish man can, at least theoretically, be the prophet-messiah.

    In some ways, Christianity is more hubristic than Judaism, but in some ways, it is more humble. It is more hubristic in the notion that a Man who walks on Earth can be the Son of God, even God. To Jews, this was pure blasphemy, an affront to God.
    And yet, precisely because Jesus wasn’t just a great prophet but Son of God or God as the Messiah, no other man can ever come anywhere near Him or be like Him. He is the ONLY Man who could be the Messiah since Christianity says Messiah = Son of God = God.

    In contrast, Judaism can be said to be more humble because it says no man can be the Son of God or God. God is too great and doesn’t manifest Himself in human form. And yet, because the Jewish concept of the Messiah is a prophet, any Jew could conceivably be him. Granted, the Messiah could be like an angel sent from Heaven. Even so, he is still not Son of God or God. He is still closer to man if not a man. Since Jews defined the Messiah in this manner, each Jew is instilled with propheticism which is far more ambitious and egoistic than sainthood, which is about devotion and faith. A prophet is humble before God but confident of his vision as the messenger of God. In contrast, a saint is not about the power of mind and vision but goodness of the heart and faith. It’s a bit sappy.

    In the conference with rabbi and Christian clergy in HAIL CAESAR, the rabbi says God cannot be shown in Jewish culture. And in the movie, we are not shown the face of Jesus in the movie-within-the-movie. But we see a lot of the Roman soldier. And we see the shabbos goy gentile studio boss, but we are never shown his Jewish boss Schenk who is like a godly presence. Both the Roman soldier(George Clooney) and the goy studio boss have two modes of behavior: soldier and saint. As soldier, he is rough and aggressive. But when faced with the greater prophetic power of Jesus, he goes into saint mode with sappy face. And the goy studio boss is the same way. He can be tough and push actors around. He whips the crew to get the job done. He is warrior-like in that mode. But he is deeply respectful to his boss Schenk who is like a divine prophet to him.(Schenk is like the Jewish prophet of capitalism; Marcuse is like Jewish prophet of communism; Hollywood is divided between two modes.) Schenk apparently has the vision whereas his shabbos goy underling can manage things but lacks the big vision. After all, Jews invented Hollywood, the empire of dreams where gentile-pagan idols and icons came to be reshaped to serve the Jewish Empire.

    HAIL CAESAR is a rather confused movie because its allusions are often double-or-triple-in-meaning. There is Scarlett Johansson as Rhinemaiden of Wagner’s mythology. But she is swallowed up by what? Whale that swallowed Jonah? This Jewish whale also swallows the gold and then its blowhole ejaculates like Harvey Weinstein’s pud. But later, this woman is like a perverse allusion to the Madonna. She is pregnant with a child from a uncertain father and she ends up marrying a guy named Joe, like Mary was married to Joseph. So,a character is alluded to both Germanic mythology and the Biblical story. Weird. And later a Soviet submarine emerges like the whale. I guess Sovietism is like the other Jewish creation. Whale of communism vs Whale of capitalism, both trying to devour the wealth of the world as a good or an evil. But the guy loses the money in the water cuz of the dog(like the dog that messed up the heist in THE KILLING by Kubrick). It’s a very confused movie, but also a very inspired and interesting one. I can understand why it flopped at the box office. Though a comedy, there’s a lot more going on there which is esoteric.

    Anyway, the movie is onto something. We tend to see history in terms of Jews vs Christianity but it’s more like Future Christoidism vs Been-there-done-there-Christianism.
    Christianity says the Christ was among us, and He was Son of God, thus God, and we all need to be saints with sappy faces like when George Clooney looks at Jesus who offers him water.
    In contrast, Jews believe the Future is filled with new christoids with prophetic vision. Jews accept Jesus as prophet but not messiah. So, Christ was only a prophet, and that means there can be future christs or christoids… like Marx, Rand, Marcuse, etc. And the 20th century has been filled with Jewish prophets and would-be prophets. And this has been a source of great power for Jews. In the end, the stronger idea gains dominance over weaker ones. And the fact is the prophet is more powerful than the saint. Saint is a pawn on the chess board whereas the prophet is the rook or queen. Saint blindly and sappily serves and obeys the king. The queen and rook serve the king too but have their own agency and greater reach in movement.

    Because Jews are still in prophetic mode whereas Christians are in saint mode, the globalist empire has the weaker saintly ideas of gentiles serving the stronger prophetic ideas of Jews.

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