By Hans F. K. Gunther
This publication by means of Gunther explains the elemental non secular, religious, and ethical techniques and attitudes of historic Indo-European peoples reminiscent of Celts, Germans, and Slavs.
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Even the heroic songs of Teutonic antiquity which had been collected and recorded by the Christian Charlemagne, king of the Franks, were burned as being pagan by his son, Ludwig the Pious. Indo-European belief without tolerance is inconceivable, and any Indo-European religious form, which demanded “true believers”, is similarly inconceivable, just as much as an Indo-European form of belief in conflict with free research, and independent thought is inconceivable. Where excitedness of belief might damage the inborn love of truth and the inborn nobility of the freeman, rightness of belief cannot be considered as a value of religiosity.
C. onwards in the Upanishads, in which the world was not seen as the creation of a God: the universe was a timeless essence, the brahman, which dwells in all things and all souls. Paul Deussen (Vedanta und Platonismus im Lichte der Kantischen Philosophie, Comenius-Schriften zur Geistesgeschichte, Zweites Heft, 1922, pp. 19-20) — has shown that, even in the most recent songs of the Rig Veda, the existence of the traditional Indo-Aryan world of the Gods is doubted, and that even here — as later in Hellas — philosophic thought forced its way through as a premonition or certainty of the unity of all existence.
The power pervading the universe and the power felt by the soul as it sank into the universal soul could be felt to flow together in one. In the first years of his stay at Weimar, Goethe happily agreed with a sentence which he found in Cicero’s de Divinatione (I, 49): everything is filled by divine spirit and hence the souls of men are moved by communion with the divine souls (cumque omnia completa et referta sint aeterno sensu et mente divina, necesse est contagione divinorum animorum animos humanos commoveri).
The Religious Attitudes of the Indo-Europeans by Hans F. K. Gunther