The term Vril has its origins in a work of fiction by an occultist and Rosicrucian, Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his 1871 novel The Coming Race which was republished under the title Vril, the Power of the Coming Race.
The Vril is a mysterious invisible force or fluid that permeates the universe but in The Coming Race it has been mastered by the hidden superior race that dwells underground who are called the Vril-ya.
What is Vril?
"Therewith Zee began to enter into an explanation of which I understood very little, for there is no word in any language I know which is an exact synonym for vril. I should call it electricity, except that it comprehends in its manifold branches other forces of nature, to which, in our scientific nomenclature, differing names are assigned, such as magnetism, galvinism, &c. These people consider that in vril they have arrived at the unity in natural energetic agencies, which has been conjectured by many philosophers above ground, and which Faraday thus intimates under the more cautious term of correlation:
"'I have long held an opinion,' says that illustrious experimentalist, 'almost amounting to a conviction, in common, I believe, with many other lovers of natural knowledge, that the various forms under which the forces of matter are made manifest have one common origin; or, in other words, are so directly related and mutually dependent, that they are convertible, as it were, into one another, and possess equivalents of power in their action.'
"These subterranean philosophers assert that, by one operation of vril, which Faraday would perhaps call 'atmospheric magnetism', they can influence the variations of temperature-in plain words, the weather; that by other operations, akin to those ascribed to mesmerism, electro-biology, odic force, &c., but applied scientifically through vril conducters, they can exercise influence over minds, and bodies animal and vegetable, to an extent not surpassed in the romances of our mystics. To all such agencies they give the common name of vril." (Chapter VII, The Coming Race)
The Vril-ya have telepathic powers:
"Zee asked me if, in my world, it was not known that all the faculties for the mind could be quickened to a degree unknown in the waking state, by trance or vision, in which the thoughts of one brain could be transmitted to another, and knowledge be thus rapidly interchanged." (Chapter VII)
It is interesting that Bulwer-Lytton should make reference to Odic force in his book (see above excerpt). In the foreward to The Odic Force. Letters on Od and Magnetism by Karl von Reichenbach, Paul Tice writes this:
"What is the odic force? This is a vital energy or life force that permeates all living plants, animals, and humans. It has gone by a number of different names in different cultures around the world-called prana in India, mana in Hawaii, Mesmer called it animal magnetism, Gallien called it pneuma, Fludd called it spiritus, it was astral light to the Kabalists, and the ancient sage Hermes Trismegistus referred to it as telesma. All this came before Dr. von Reichenbach, a German, stumbled across this power and decided to do some experiments to actually prove that it exists. The experiments revealed that od, as he called it, truly does exist and could well be the most important force in the universe."
Dr von Reichenbach published his findings in 1845, well before the publication of The Coming Race. Paul Tice also wrote the Foreward to Vril or Vital Magnetism and stated:
"Vril is another name for the life energy of the body, known in other cultures worldwide as mana, prana, chi, or vital force. Most of the cultures of the world were aware of this important force and worked to make use of it."
In this interesting little book instructions are given on how to store up Vril's energy and how to use it constructively. Correct breathing techniques are explained and as students of Rune Yoga will know this is an integral skill for esoteric work. In effect the practice of Rune Yoga is a means of harnessing Od which should be visualised as radio waves, the body being a human antenae and transmitter of the aforesaid waves (see Peryt Shou's The Edda as Key to the Coming Age and Edred Thorsson's Rune Might. Secret Practices of the German Rune Magicians). A more recent book which gives practical advice on the harnessing of Vril is Robert Blumetti's Vril. The Secret to a Happy and Successful Life. This book should be read in conjunction with The Book of Balder Rising, Vrilology. The Secret Science of the Ancient Aryans and his most recent book Vril: The Life Force of the Gods.
Robert Blumetti describes Vril thus:
"The Vril had many names including vital magnetism, the Life Force, the Black Sun, dark matter, dark energy, karma, chi, Ojas, the Flow, Astral Light, Odic Force, and Orgone. Sir Albert Pike, an Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, also known as a Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept, said, 'There is in nature one most potent force, by means whereof a single man, who could possess himself of it, and should know how to direct it, could revolutionize and change the face of the world.'" (Vrilology)
Blumetti points out that the Chinese knew of the power of Vril although they called it Chi (breath of life) and speculates that they obtained this knowledge from the Tocharians, an ancient Aryan people who may be responsible for certain aspects of Chinese civilisation.
Bulwer-Lytton makes it clear in his book that the Vril-ya are an advanced offshoot of the Aryan race:
"The philologist will have seen from the above how much the language of the Vril-ya is akin to the Aryan or Indo-Germanic.........."(Chapter XXII)
He also describes them as having:
"descended from the same ancestors as the great Aryan family, from which in varied streams has flowed the dominant civilisation of the world........"(Chapter XXVI)
The Vril-ya, these advanced Aryan supermen are destined to take over the earth at the conclusion of the Kali-Yuga:
"Only the more I think of a people calmy developing, in regions excluded from our sight and deemed uninhabitable by our sages, powers surpassing our most disciplined modes of force, and virtues to which our life, social and political, becomes antagonistic in proportion as our civilisation advances,-the more devoutly I pray that ages may yet elapse before there emerge into sunlight our inevitable destroyers".(Chapter XXIX)
Even though the Vril-ya and the Aryans share a common ancestry their stage of advancement would make it unthinkable that there could be any peaceful co-existence between these supermen and the races of men who currently inhabit and despoil the earth:
"On the contrary, it is because we have so combined, throughout the series of ages, the elements which compose human character, that it would be utterly impossible for us to adopt the modes of life, or to reconcile our passions to the modes of thought, among the Vril-ya,-that I arrived at the conviction that this people-although originally not only of our human race, but, as seems to me clear by the roots of their language, descended from the same ancestors as the great Aryan family, from which in varied streams has flowed the dominant civilisation of the world; and having, according to their myths and their history, passed through phases of society familiar to ourselves,-had yet now developed into a distinct species with which it was impossible that any community in the upper world could amalgamate: And that if they ever emerged from these nether recesses into the light of day, they would, according to their own traditional persuasions of their ultimate destiny, destroy and replace our existent varieties of man." (Chapter XXVI)
Great spiritual truth and esoteric knowledge is often encoded in apparent works of fiction and we must remember that Bulwer-Lytton was an adept. His book should come as hope to some and a warning to the great mass of humanity.