The Vril Society merged the political ideals of the Illuminati with Hindu mysticism, theosophy and Cabbala. This is the first German nationalist group to use the swastika as a symbol connecting Western and Eastern occultism.
Followers of Vril believed they possessed secret knowledge which would allow them to alter their race and become equal to a godlike race living in the depths of the Earth. The Vril Society presented the idea of a subterranean matriarchal, socialist utopia ruled by superior beings who had mastered the mysterious energy called the Vril Force.
The idea for the secret society literally came from Bulwer Lytton’s novel The Coming Race (1871). The book describes a race of men psychically far in advance of our own. They have acquired powers over themselves and over things that made them almost godlike. For the moment they are in hiding. They are said to live in caves in the center of the Earth. Soon they would emerge to reign over the whole mankind.
Members of the society believed they should use special methods of concentration to achieve complete transformation of the body and mind. These methods were probably based on Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. The Jesuit techniques of concentration and visualization are similar to many occult teachings, especially in shamanic cults and Tibetan Buddhism. The Nazi’s revered these Jesuit Spiritual Exercises, which they believed had been handed down from ancient Masters of Atlantis. The occultists of the time knew that Ignatius was a Basque — some claimed that the Basque people were the last remnant of the Atlantean race — and the proper use of these techniques would enable the reactivation of the Vril for the dominance of the Teutonic race over all others.
The Vril Society believed that whoever becomes master of the Vril Force will become the master of himself, of others around him and of the world. The belief was that the world will change and the „Lords“ will emerge from the center of the Earth. Unless we have made an alliance with them and become „Lords“ ourselves, we would become slaves.
The Vril Force was said to be derived from the Black Sun, a big ball of prime matter (Prima Materia) which supposedly exists in the center of the Earth, giving light to the superior underground civilization and putting out radiation in the form of Vril Force. The Vril Society believed that Aryans were the actual biological ancestors of the Black Sun.
Perhaps the wildest claims about the Vril Society and its branch, The Thule Society, are the legends of a secret Nazi UFO program. Presumably the Vril Society established contact with the underground civilization or the Vril-ya themselves, and secretly began cooperating with certain German scientists in the late 20’s.
Many books have claimed this as well — although none of them seem to agree on one particular scenario. Many photographs have also turned up as would be expected. Some have been exposed as hoaxes while others remain „unknowns“. The Allies confiscated every scrap of Nazi documents, and most are still classified to this day. It is well known that the Germans had some out-of-this-world research for the time.
Will we ever find out if the Vril society discovered the Vril Force? Probably no, but many people have claimed to have found the force by themselves, independently of Lytton’s book or the Vril society.