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Viktor Schauberger

Viktor Schauberger had a deep understanding of the purpose of Nature in the evolutionary process and particularly the role of water as a sacred organism.

Born in 1885, Viktor was the last of several generations of forest wardens employed to look after the health of the pristine forests in various parts of Austria. His father wanted him to go to forestry college to learn the latest techniques of forestry management, but Viktor refused, believing that filling his head with these modern theories would prevent him learning from Nature. He had developed very meticulous observation of natural phenomena and an intuitive insight into Nature.

In 1911 he was employed by Prince Adolf zu Schaumberg-Lippe to superintend the latter’s forests.   He enlisted in the 1914-1918 war in which he was wounded, but he returned to the Prince’s employ, who was looking for better and more economical ways to harvest the resources of these unspoiled forests in order to recoup the financial losses he had incurred due to the war. At the time the conventional method of harvesting large timber trees was very wasteful, as they were usually badly damaged when floated down the fast flowing streams. In 1922 the Prince offered a prize to anyone who could demonstrate a way of transporting these huge logs less wastefully.

Olof Alexandersson vividly describes in his book Living Water how Viktor developed an ingenious, but unorthodox, flume system for safe transport of huge logs down the valleys. Vikor’s winning of the prize for a successful solution angered the conventional hydraulic engineers, and was a foretaste of the hostile reception he would receive from academic scientists generally for his unconventional ideas.

Viktor’s research centred on the influence of temperature on the movement and energy of water. He published papers on his research in specialist magazines like “Implosion”, “Mensch und Technik”, and “Tau” magazines. In 1933 he published a book, Our Senseless Toil – The Source of the World Crisis (Unsere Sinnlose Arbeit), a criticism of contemporary ideas of science and technology. He prophesied the eventual collapse of our civilisation due to its arrogant and destructive attempts to control Nature, and its inability to understand how all of life is interconnected and interdependent. We must pay heed to this before it is too late.

Viktor’s ingenuity as an engineer and inventor enabled him to develop appliances to harness Nature’s powerful energies with no input from outside sources of power. He wanted to release humanity from its slavery to centralised and wasteful power sources by providing domestic turbines and environmental and water conditioners.

His efforts captured the attention of the Nazi authorities and he was forced to develop powerful turbines for the Third Reich’s war effort, using skilled concentration camp labour. He hated this, and after the war tried to pursue his interest in Earth healing and Nature-friendly agricultural methods. However American intelligence confiscated many of Schauberger’s research papers and his then current prototypes in 1945. In 1958 US commercial R & D interests invited the Schaubergers to America to learn about his research on implosion techniques. Viktor naively thought that the Americans would be good partners to help advance his research programme. When Viktor discovered that they wanted only to milk him of his ideas, possibly for machines of war, he refused to cooperate and was eventually allowed to go home, but only having signed away all his rights. He died of a broken heart shortly afterwards.

Viktor’s son Walter, who had an academic physics education, decided to set up the Pythagoras Kepler System Institute (PKS) to study his father’s research, with his own particular emphasis on mathematical research to demonstrate how his father’s inventions followed basic laws of sacred geometry and the physics of Kepler. Richard St Barbe-Baker, a pioneer of forest conservation and replanting, and a friend of Viktor’s, took Walter to a number of British universities to tell them about his father’s research. Although the reception was rather was favourable, these new ideas were rejected as being too challenging to conventional physics.

Olof Alexandersson heard about the research at the PKS and interviewed Walter about his father’s life and research which resulted in his book Det Levander Vattnet (Living Water) which was published in Sweden in 1976. The Scottish-origin Coats family entered the scene. Callum’s father John Coats, who was the international vice-president of the Theosophical Society (died 1980), had connections all over the world. His mother, Betsan Coats, who also had a profound interest in ecological issues, heard about the PKS from Richard St. Barbe-Baker, and the two took Callum to meet Walter in 1977. Callum realised that his future work lay here. He eventually spent three years studying with Walter on a daily basis and started the huge project of translating Viktor’s prolific writings.

Schauberger argued that when the natural ecosystems are in balance and biodiversity rules, there is great creativity and evolution of higher and more complex life forms, but there is also order and stability. When humans walked lightly on the Earth, we cooperated with Nature. Although still part of Nature, we now behave as though we are above it, dominating and abusing it. Viktor warned eighty years ago that if we continued to go against Nature, the Earth’s ecosystems would become sick, the climate destructive and human society would break down, with extreme violence, greed and pandemic illnesses.

To appreciate Schauberger’s groundbreaking research from the point of view of mainstream physics is difficult and unproductive. Viktor’s intuitive science is more akin to quantum physics, where the subtleties of energy connections become more accessible.

We need to take off our conventional scientific and technological blinkers to see the wider picture, because Schauberger’s vision is entirely holistic, a term and a worldview that is often misunderstood within the mainstream of our culture. His vision was of life as a great drama, with all organisms playing a part. Every cell and water molecule sounds a note that collectively become the music of life, sometimes discordant, but generally developing a harmonious and increasingly complex orchestral creation.

We may have to go through a level of breakdown in our culture before we can really appreciate Viktor’s extraordinary prescience and guidance. Our divorce from Nature has led to an appalling outcome – vandalism of the environment and the unbalancing of Gaia’s energies through our mindless exploitation of her resources.

Perhaps the true role of humanity as custodians of the Earth can come about only by a major shift in our attitudes. It is possible also that as a society we are not mature enough to take responsibility for Victor’s energy devices, whose time may come according to Nature’s wisdom If you like to learn more about Viktor Schauberger and his inventions,

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This civilization is the work of man, who high-handedly and ignorant of the true workings of Nature, has created a world without meaning or foundation, which now threatens to destroy him,  for through his behavior and his activities, he, who should be her master, has disturbed Nature’s inherent unity.

Viktor Schauberger

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