They [France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal] have...reacted to that force
[Shamballa force] through the medium of certain great and
outstanding personalities who were peculiarly sensitive to the will-to-power and the will-to-change and who...have altered the character of their national life, and emphasised increasingly the wider human values.
The men who inspired the initiating French revolution; the great conqueror,
Napoleon; Bismarck, the creator of a nation; Mussolini, the regenerator of his people; Hitler who lifted a distressed people upon his shoulders;
Lenin, the idealist; Stalin and Franco are all expressions of the Shamballa force and of certain little-understood energies. These have wrought significant changes in their day and generation...
We call these people dictators, demagogues, inspired leaders,
or just and wise men, according to our peculiar ideology, tradition, attitudes to our fellowmen and our particular political, economic and religious training.
But all these leaders are...in the last analysis, highly developed personalities. They are being used to engineer great and needed changes and to alter the face of civilisation...
Blame not the personalities involved or the men who produce these events before
which we stand today bewildered and appalled. They are only the product of the
past and the victims of the present. At the same time, they are the agents of destiny,
the creators of the new order and the initiators of the new civilisation;
they are the destroyers of what must be destroyed before humanity
can go forward along the Lighted Way.
"The Externalisation of the Hierarchy", 1939, pp. 133-135
Brotherhood of Adepts