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Miguel Serrano’s Maya: Reality is an Illusion

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Miguel Serrano
Maya: Reality is an Illusion
Santiago: Ediciones La Nueva Edad, 2006

Miguel Serrano (1917–2009), a former Chilean diplomat, writer, poet, explorer, mystic, and one of two pioneers of Esoteric Hitlerism,[1] has, until recently, been relatively unknown in the English-speaking world. Despite the fact that a number of his books (nine by my count) have been translated into English for many years, he has had only a small following of dedicated individuals.

In recent years, however, interest in Serrano and his Esoteric Hitlerist beliefs has increased considerably. His thousand-page Esoteric Hitlerist trilogy—The Golden Thread: Esoteric Hitlerism, Adolf Hitler, the Last Avatar, and Manu: “For the Man Yet to Come”—is finally being translated into English as I write. The English-speaking world will probably have to wait until Serrano’s four-volume autobiography, Memoirs of He and I, is translated into English before we can expect to have adequate information about his life, personality, and intellectual development.

Anglophone readers do not, however, need to wait for these translations to sample the ideas of Serrano’s Trilogy. His books The Ultimate Flower, El/Ella, and Nos, Book of Resurrection (my personal favorite) address Esoteric Hitlerism in an indirect,[2] poetic, and philosophical manner. Furthermore, near the end of his life, Serrano published two essays in English that deal with the themes of the Trilogy: Maya: Reality is an Illusion and The Son of the Widower. They can be obtained only from the official distributer of Miguel Serrano’s books EB Libros [2], located in Chile.

Maya: Reality is an Illusion starts with speculations on the fate of Martin Bormann, the Secretary General of the National Socialist Party, after his escape from Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. An interesting topic itself, it is made infinitely more fascinating when it turns into a first person account of Serrano’s meeting with former head of Counterespionage of the Austrian SS, Wilhelm Landig, and ends at a dimly lit kiosk in the company of the President of the “New Templars” of Austria and one of Hitler’s former secret weapons engineers.

Other topics covered in this book include Rudolf Hess, “duplication,” Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, the Archetype, the Avatara, Maya and even an appendix on Hollow Earth.

Being just shy of 40 pages and including many pictures, this booklet is not meant to give a full and detailed explanation of the basis of Esoteric Hitlerism. It is less an introduction than a postscript, giving further information on a few important topics, building on the firm foundation Serrano has laid out in his many other books.

The brevity in Maya: Reality is an Illusion is, however, made up for in richness of content, including reproduced and photocopied letters. I would, however, only recommend this book to those who are familiar with at least a few of Serrano’s other books, and ideally to those well-versed. One reason he says so much in so few words is that he presumes the reader’s understanding of certain concepts he has developed in his other books.

All things considered, Maya: Reality is an Illusion is a must read for those interested in Serrano’s Esoteric Hitlerism.


[1] Savitri Devi is the other pioneer of Esoteric Hitlerism. Contrary to some misinformation, both Serrano and Savitri Devi fully formulated their Esoteric Hitlerist beliefs separately. It was not until years later that they became aware of each other’s work and entered into dialog. Both maintained favorable opinions of the other.

[2] Esoteric Hitlerism and the Path of A-Mor are in most cases synonyms; the main difference is that Esoteric Hitlerism is more specific to our time. The Path of A-Mor could be considered more general. The definition Serrano gives of A-Mor in The Dictionary of Initiation of A-Mor, in the back of Nos, Book of Resurrection is as follows:

Amor is made of a = without mor = death. It means Without-Death, eternal life, resurrection, immortality. It was the initiatory doctrine of the troubadours, the Minnesänger and the Fedele d’Amore. It was a kind of tantrism, a magic love which came from the original homeland and was taught in Hyperborea by the priestesses of A-Mor such as Allouine.