First time readers to the works of Azsacra Zarathustra may find his writing to be cryptic, opaque, and shrouded in a language that can strike the reader as otherworldly. This however does not dismiss the overall importance of Azsacra Zarathustra’s message nor the profound insights contained within his books. Among the most fundamental teachings of Zarathustra is that of the Absolute Revolution, his great proclamation to the world which is a recurring theme in all of his major works. The purpose of the essay is to help readers, particularly in Anglophone nations, have a better understanding and comprehension of Azsacra’s thinking and his philosophy of “Over.”
First and foremost, it should be understood that the Absolute Revolution taught by Azsacra Zarathustra is a spiritual revolt, and pays no attention to the quibbling of political ideologues. Would be revolutionaries will be disappointed to find out that the Doctrine of the Absolute Revolution demands that one look inward before any great change in the world can come about. It is a rejection of all political ideologies and economic doctrines. It seeks to establish no state, rather it is against states. It adheres to no system of thought, as it is a rejection of all systems.
In this way, the Absolute Revolution can be seen as a kind of anarchism, but even that is not quite accurate. If it is a form of anarchism, it is an anarchism that goes beyond and precedes from itself. It advocates the supremacy of the sovereign man and woman and is firmly against any system or way of thinking that would seek to chain their freedom and their spirit to any strict way of ideological reasoning. However, the political dimension is only one aspect of the Absolute Revolution. There exists a much more deeper, profound, and esoteric side of this uniquely spiritual revolt as we shall soon see.
Azsacran philosophy can be said to drawn from a number of European thinkers; namely Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus, and Junger. However it is Nietszche’s idea of the Overman that serves as a recurring element within his works. The figure of the Overman however, is not as Nietzsche believed, the end point of a higher type of man. Rather the Overman is the beginning of a process which has no conceivable end and is a Holy challenge to oblivion itself.
As well as drawing from European philosophy, first time readers will notice the ever recurring imagery of Hindu gods and symbols such as the swastika. Indian philosophy plays a major part of Azsacra Zarathustra’s thought, especially the Hindu concept of Shunya.
Shunya is a Sanskrit word that translates into “zero” or “nothing” and is derived from the word Sunyata which itself usually translates into “emptiness.” The difference between Shunya and Sunyata is minor but significant. For the purposes of the essay, Sunyata will be associated the passive asceticism of Buddhism while Shunya is associated with active and dynamic meditative techniques advocated by Azsacra Zarathustra.
Two key concepts that play into the doctrine of Absolute Revolution are Nothing to Power and Emptiness to Supremacy. While at first these phrases may come off as cryptic and ambiguous, more accurately translated they become Shunya to Power and Sunyata to Supremacy, respectively.
Nothing and Emptiness in this case are not abstract concepts, but are used to describe real concrete ideas. The thinking behind the Absolute Revolution lies in the belief of acosmism, or the belief that the world is “Maya” or illusory. Behind the veil of Maya however, lies the true nature of reality which is a Void that stretches out ad infinitum. The purpose of the teachings of the Absolute Revolution allow one to become the one with the Void, and eventually subdue it upon reaching a state of Beyond-being. The principles of Nothing to Power and Emptiness to Supremacy are two paths that one must master in order to reach what Azsacra calls the “Magic Zero Point,” which he asserts was first predicted by the German thinker Ernst Junger. The Zero Point represents a fissure, but not a finality as we might otherwise understand it.
To break through the Zero Point requires what Azsacra calls the Absolute Break of the Spirit. It is only by pushing ones will to near impossible extremes can one even hope to reach the Zero Point. In order for this to occur, one must have complete control over one’s own conscious actions which can only be achieved by undergoing ego-death. It is by the elimination of the ego, viz., the earthly chains that bind one to the world of illusion, is one’s Atman or true-self, free to ascend to the Zero-point and upon achieving the Absolute Break of the Spirit, ascend further upwards into the Void.
The Magic Zero Point is a threshold, it represents the shedding off of our human-all-too-human nature and it can be likened to the “going Over” that Nietzsche wrote of in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. However one can not go Over, by which I mean ascend upward to the Zero Point, without having broken the binds of the Spirit of Gravity, a phrase also coined by Nietzsche.
While we are on the subject of Nietzsche, let us return to the Overman who plays a prominent role in the methodology of the Absolute Revolution. Nietzsche once wrote that Man was a bridge leading from ape to Overman. In the philosophy of Azsacra Zarathustra, the Overman is the axiom that leads to something even higher, the Overnoumen. The way to the Overnoumen is long and difficult and can only be attained first by an Over-without-Man.
There is an esoteric quality to the word “Over” as it occurs in the works of Azsacra. Over in this case refers to a noumenon that can be interpreted as a kind of force of will or a going-upwards that is independent of human connotations, hence its use in “Over-without-a-Man.” What Over is not however a kind of essence or spirit, but closer to a Platonic form as its true “nature” is beyond-being and Transcendent. Indeed, one only becomes an Over-without-Man after one has surpassed even the Overman, thus implying that one must shed ones earthly binds in order to reach this state of being. It can be assumed that this state occurs only after one has broken through the Magical Zero-point as to even get this far would require a near inhuman amount of mental and physical discipline. However, the bridge from Overman to Over-without-a-Man to Overnoumen only becomes far more perilous from here on out.
Herein lies the much more esoteric and eschatological nature of Azsacra Zarathustra’s teachings. For like the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the works of Azsacra can also be read as a postmortem guidebook into the blackest reaches of the unknown, helping the newly deceased overcome even death itself! However, it should be said that one’s journey into the Void is far from perilous, and I would even write that only those who have achieved an Absolute Break of the Spirit could even begin to challenge the Wheel of Samsara head on.
However Azsacra Zarathustra boldly proclaims “Death Against Death!” Indeed, a whole eschatology can be written about the struggle that comes after ones own earthly demise. Azsacra proclaims the “victory of the corpse” and while it can first strike one as vague or even macabre, there is a hidden meaning to this grim proclamation if one has eyes to read deeper into it. The corpse achieves it’s victory over its conquest of inaction, for in Indian thought inaction is also a form of action. The Yoga of Death allows the corpse to carry onward into the Void towards its liberation. Of liberation, I do not speak of the Moksha of the Hindu’s or even the Nirvana of the Buddhist’s, for Nirvana is just one plateau of many that the Over-without-Man must climb as he ascends upwards toward the Zero-point and finally Overnoumen.
Finally, let us return to the paramount concept that defines the core of Azsacra Zarathustra’s thought: the idea of Nothing.
The German existentialist Martin Heidegger wrote that our condition of Being-in-the-World, our “Dasein” (literally Here-Being), is defined by our state of having been thrust into the world through no fault of our own, only to grow up into an environment and circumstances that were not of our choosing and only to be faced with the inevitability of death. Heidegger commented on this reality, having termed it our natural fear towards “Das Nicht” (German: The Nothing”), the same Nothing that is the framework for the philosophy of Azsacra Zarathustra.
Azsacra has realized this, but rather than respond as Heidegger did in an almost passive way of confronting Das Nicht, Azsacra wants us to embrace the Nothing, seize hold of it, and use it as a way to attain higher and higher levels of self over-becoming. In a word: Nothing to Power!
The idea of Nothing is perhaps the most overriding theme in the works of Azsacra Zarathustra. As we have discussed earlier, Nothing in this case is inseparable from its relationship to the Void which exists outside of material reality. To quote Zarathustra,
“Nothing it is delusion, if it is not the Nothing to Power! Emptiness – is insufficiently empty, if it is not the Emptiness to Supremacy!”
A passive nothingness, a kind of self-defeating nihilism or the stillness of non-existence is not the Nothing to Power advanced by Azsacra Zarathustra. Rather, an active nihilism is necessary, a nihilism that goes beyond itself; that recognizes the meaninglessness of all values, doctrines, ideologies, and “ism’s” that human beings can think up. The Nothing to Power is an affirmation of the meaninglessness of the world, but instead of despairing in life’s absence of an inherent purpose, we should embrace the Nothing and seek to avow the Emptiness as a way to revolt against the world of illusion, which has always been built upon values and laws that have never had any inherent meaning anyway.
In conclusion, what can we take away from the philosophy of Azsacra? We are presented with a new view of life that is never afraid to shout an eternal Yes! no matter how bleak and despondent things may seem. It is through the works of this new Zarathustra, who like his Nietzschean namesake, proclaims a vision of the world by which we cannot only overcome, but also go Over.
The path laid out for us by Azsacra is far from easy, however in a world were all schools of philosophy have been reduced to echo chambers forever repeating the same old human-all-too-human catchphrases and slogans that have long since lost any meaning, the works of Zarathustra offer us a breathe of fresh air and demand of us to ask to questions about the nature of our existence that one would never be confronted with in the stuffy halls of faux pas intellectuals.
Perhaps the most important lesson that he has to teach us is to keep looking upwards and to strive to reach new and higher states of being and self-overbecoming. To gnash at and break the earthly bonds of existence that bind and constrain all that we can become, denying us the potential to go Over, forever Over! For it is not our place to merely accept the Nothing and be taken willingly by the Void, viz., we should rage against it and not simply be content to stare into the Abyss, but to go through and emerge harder and stronger than we could have ever believed.
“Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker”
Lukas Kubena is an aspiring writer with an interest in Western and perennial philosophy. His fields of focus include history, the nature of religion, metaphysics, Being, metapolitics, sociology, cultural criticism and the Primordial Tradition. He currently resides in Buda, Texas, in the United States.