Viktor Schauberger's Heritage (Chapter 12 of Living Water, Olof Alexandersson)

Living Water
Chapter 12
Schauberger's Heritage

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 this tragic ending? What had he thought to be his life's task? How had it been possible for him so confidently to criticize technology and science? How could he, who had spent the greater part of his life in the wilderness, presume to have found a better 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 traditions, 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 outlook 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 self-confident 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.

He knew that he was right, and yet vascillated in telling us all he knew. He feared constantly 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 that 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.

*Others' Judgements of Viktor Schauberger*

The people I have personally met who knew Viktor Schauberger are unanimous in agreeing he was an honest and decent man - natural and hearty, and with a fine sense of humour. If, however, he met with dishonesty or pretence, he became intolerant at once, without regard for the social background of the guilty party.

He thrived in the company of farmers, foresters, and hunters, and the simple life of the forest and country. He did not shy away from social gatherings and always impressed people with his strong personality and dignity.

He had loyal friends and associates, some of whom wrote about him. The first is Professor Werner Zimmermann of Switzerland, a social reformer well known throughout central Europe.

"I got to know Viktor Schauberger in Vienna in 1930, when he attended one of my lectures. He talked about his activities, showed me apparatus he had constructed and allowed me to drink of the water he had purified. In September 1935 his first essay on Regulating the Rhine was published in my periodical Tau, and was followed by many others until the banning of my periodical by the Hitler Government in 1938...
For me it was a great gift to have had the experience of knowing this able researcher and fighter. He was a man who had a close-to-Nature originality. He had piercing eyes, a prominent aquiline nose, an upright bearing and a flowing full beard. How sharp was his power of observation and also his judgement. How to the point were his answers!
How heartily he could laugh! New ideas tumbled out, as clear water from a forest spring. To his friends, he was a trusted comrade - he gave to all strength, calmness, confidence, like the mountains amongst which he lived. In a superior way and unafraid, he served the truth and did his duty. In July 1936 he wrote to me: 'He who lives a hundred years in advance is never surprised with the present.'
A hundred years - what will not happen by the year 2000? The wrong kind of progress will no doubt continue. But, at the same time, forces will emerge, even to be accepted by governments, as a healthy renewal. May they soon contribute towards the realization of Schauberger's vision of the future as of a prophet and what he fought for, during his whole life."

Another was Oswald Hitschfield, farmer and instructor for South German biological agriculture. He wrote:

"It is often said that one's first impression is the most reliable. After reading in the 1930s some of Viktor Schauberger's papers on the necessity of allowing water to flow naturally, I met him personally for the first time, during the summer of 1942. We both took part in a conference, at which he held discussions with scientists of the old school. Even today, after more than thirty years, there is above all a particular memory which persists; his unshakable self-confidence and inner conviction of the correctness of his theories. He countered all objections with what could be described as an air of superiority and authenticity, which deeply impressed all his colleagues. One had the distinct feeling that here spoke a man, endowed with an inner perception, before whom the elements of Nature and the structure of all life are unveiled, and in their correct order.
My many discussions and considerable correspondence with Viktor Schauberger were principally concerned with the natural measures to ensure water economy for agriculture and forestry. In the pursuit of knowledge in this field I had met many people, but never before had I made contact with someone who could throw such clear light on often very complex problems, and who, the more I got to know him, won over my complete trust."

- from Living Water - Viktor Schauberger and the Secrets of Natural Energy, written by Olof Alexandersson, published by Gateway Publishing.