When Viktor Schauberger died, an extraordinary and moving personal crusade ended. All his life he had fought for water, forest and soil, for Nature’s wholeness and order, but he had seldom received any acclaim. Attacked, pursued, persecuted, interned, and finally sick and impoverished, he continued to search for a last chance of realizing his dream of giving humanity a new life-building technology. Then he was forced into a nightmare experience which ended his life. He was not even allowed to go in peace. He died in despair that all he had toiled and fought for had now come to nought. It had all been taken away from him by commercial gangsters after they had tricked him with false promises.
How did he see himself before mis tragic ending? What had he thought to be his life’s task? How had it been possible for him so confidendy to criticize technology and science? How could he, who had spent the greater part of his life in the wilderness, presume to have found abetter path for humanity, coming forward with discoveries that all the world’s scientific establishment had missed?
Let us not make the initial mistake of equating academic qualifications with knowledge. Viktor Schauberger indeed had few qualifications, but this did not mean he was an uneducated man. Both his writings and testimonials from his friends confirm the breadth of his learning. He was well read in history, literature and philosophy. Goethe, to whom he often referred, was his inspiration. Technically, his writings reflect an extensive knowledge of physics, chemistry and hydrology. To this can be added his immense practical experience. Above all, he had been an unusually attentive student of Nature.
Perhaps there lies an explanation of his authoritative
behaviour in the following: once when Schauberger was attempting to transform stinking sewage solution into clear spring water, he was visited by some senior and highly educated Austrian Jews who asked where he had obtained his knowledge. They maintained that the process had been known since ancient times in secret Jewish tradition, but it had been lost long ago.
Schauberger answered that nobody had taught him, though he himself had the advantage of inheritance. When asked what he meant by inheritance, he replied, ‘Everything is corpuscular, even energy and light waves. Even matter is inert energy. This also applies to blood, which is a materialized power flow that carries energy from past generations through present to future generations. This flow is not broken with the person’s death, but is carried further to his successors. However, this energy can be degenerated, for example, by negative technology, so that the thoughts and oudook which have accumulated within a person’s being over thousands of years, is lost It is possible for the person who has the advantage of this gift of inheritance, to summon up from his blood all this reservoir of knowledge.’
This person need not speculate, because he can see the difference between ancient and modern knowledge and can therefore choose between knowledge and science.
Schauberger was himself convinced he had this gift. He knew, he did not need to assemble proof. So he at once saw things in Nature that no-one else could see. He saw what really happened, not what seemed to happen. The difficulties he had were on another level. To translate what he clearly saw into practice, and often with inadequate resources, and to be able to ‘materialize’, so to speak, the images he himself saw sharply defined and which he never doubted, this was his problem. He knew, and with the inward authority that this gave him he kept up his condemnation of technology, science and politics.
There is something Old Testament-like in his person. He did not choose – he was chosen to spread the word of his revolutionary teachings. People were irritated by his selfconfident language, his words of judgement; but they did not understand that he was not ‘preaching’ for himself. He was a prophet who expressed his anathema to ‘death’ technology, and to those who degrade life on earth.
Spiral movement in water.
He knew that he was right, and yet vascillated in telling us all he knew. He feared constandy that his discoveries would be misused by people who would work against Nature. He therefore spoke in a cryptic language, giving hints and half explanations. His writings have to be studied for years before one can learn his code… he knew that this invited difficulties, but he could not act in any other way. In a letter to Professor Ude, the Catholic priest and social and economic reformer, asking him for help to save the young from the fate awaiting them, he wrote:
Do you think I would have stood up in public to the extent that I have if I did not have an overwhelming evidence in my hands? Of course not – but I do not aim to cast this profound knowledge to the swine. Capitalists are not idealists. They have all gone wrong, – the capitalists, socialists and communists. And even the scientists are turning back the clock of understanding.
Here lies a deep tragedy. When he could no longer hide his secrets, because the destruction of life’s fundamental processes took on more and more alarming dimensions, he was forced to do that which he most feared throughout his life, to throw pearls to the swine.