One of the most profound enigmas of the existence of secret societies is and has always been, why do individuals join? Why is it that people find these groups so interesting? What is it that we are trying to find?
There are the usual and apparent answers to these questions. That we are all searching for knowledge in our own way, which everyone finds it in different ways– thus the requirement for so many kinds of secret organisations. This has actually been called a space that we require to in some way fill a vacuum within each one of us that calls out for a higher being or state of awareness. Some psychologists think that this is an evolutionary aspect of our lives, that within us there is a consistent urge to enhance and a deep-rooted hope. This hope makes us pursue more and thus we end up being the strongest and fittest of the species– for this reason evolution.
However, there is a truth in this that has actually missed out on numerous. There is a void within us, quite actually. This void is the absence of the real enlightenment experience. There really is a greater state of consciousness. If it were not so, then the sensation and emotions which drive people towards re-discovering it would not be so strong and so universal. It is not – and I need to state this each time – the kundalini, which itself is a distressed and yet beautiful human electro-bio-chemical response. To follow this ancient Hindu concept to the latter remains in the very first circumstances next to impossible since texts do not exist, and secondly it is extremely unsafe and can easily cause psychosis and other forms of mental problems. It is one aspect of the real inner knowledge, but not the aspect only.
The secret societies, and undoubtedly, some religions of the world have attempted over the millennia to bring us back to this state of awareness, but they have more often than not used it for their own gain– power. How do we know this? A quick research study of the secret societies of the globe will show that the enlightenment experience has actually been used in each and every single event to draw people in and keep them.
From a minimum of the 11th century an enigmatic group understood mistakenly as the Assassins emerged in Persia. They take their name from Hashish (hashish-im, hashish takers), a hypnotic trance causing drug thought by lots of to help the leaders control the minds of the overturns. The name was originally in truth an insult.
In one well-known statement, Hasan, boy of Sabah, the Sheikh of the Mountains and leader of the Assassins stated to an official of the Emperors court, “You see that fan standing guard on yonder turret-top? See!”
The Sheikh made a signal and right away the enthusiast tossed himself off the mountain leading precipice to his death. “I have seventy thousand men and women throughout Asia, every one of them all set to do my bidding.”
In the very first instance this is fantastic control over the mind of another individual. In the 2nd it suggests that the Assassins were much older than this early appearance, with seventy thousand enthusiasts cast throughout Asia. No society can establish seventy thousand devotees over night, it would take several years to cultivate this kind of following and it would also take a lot of convincing– unless there were an easier method of control that is!
As if to imitate or undoubtedly follow an older institution the Assassins went through a cycle of initiation based upon 7 levels. This relates entirely to the seven chakra points of initiation in the close by Hindu tradition. A tradition based around the energy of the snake. It was at the seventh level that the Assassins reached the excellent trick, that all mankind and all of production were one which everything was part of the entire. This fantastic trick included belonging to the whole and comprehending its innovative and devastating elements. The Ismaili (Assassin initiate) might therefore make use of this excellent power held within him. They securely thought and in my viewpoint rightly, that the rest of mankind knew absolutely nothing of this power, with the exception of the other societies. The power came through the use of the drug Hashish and smart ritualistic involvement– making the Ismaili feel part of a greater great, as a chosen one– something Adolf Hitler would later use to acquire control of the German individuals. There was nevertheless, an eighth level which was somewhat separate and this taught that all faiths and philosophies were false which the only thing that mattered was fulfillment of this greater power, which lay within. Contrary to common belief the Assassins were not simply Muslims, they were not under any classification that is presently known besides secret society. It was just in the future in their presence that they needed to rely on Islam as a means of survival and even then they had special privileges that allowed them to change religious beliefs at will.
The Assassins are constantly connected, and appropriately, to the Knights Templar. Both groups had negotiations and a shared regard. There are even monetary negotiations between the two groups. Could it be that the Templars understood this greater trick and brought this “Holy Grail” of knowledge back to Europe with them?
The whole procedure certainly connects to the snake energy or fire of the ancients all over the world, which as I currently knew was associated with the serpent cults I revealed in The Snake Grail. However there is another piece of evidence, which connects to this. In the time of the second grand master, Buzurg-Umid (Excellent Guarantee), was positioned at Alamut, otherwise called the Viper’s Nest. And there are further links to the Templars because Buzurg-Umid in fact negotiated with King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, a guy closely linked to the Templars. Undoubtedly in 1129 the Templars and crusaders in fact allied with the Assassins to take Damascus. This is a sign that the Assassins were not in truth anyway Muslim and in fact were even stated to be prepared to take on the cloak of Christianity must it bring them additional power.
The secret rituals of the Templars and the accusations made against them would relate completely to the cult of the Assassins. The concern needs to be asked, did the Templars make use of the exact same mind managing methods as the Assassins? There remains in reality evidence to suggest that the Templars, in connection with the Assassins actually understood making use of drugs, specifically for the relief of pain. Robert Anton Wilson in his book Sex and Drugs, showed his belief that the Templars in truth used Hashish, and discovered the use from the Assassins. This is not an unreasonable assumption, offered the links. There are links to be discovered in the Templar rituals and beliefs with much of the Middle Eastern faiths. There is Sufi influence with the Golden Head of the Sufi being linked as the Baphomet of the Templars. This Golden Head, as Idries Shah mentions in The Sufis, was implicated as the “praise of a mysterious head [which] could well be a recommendation to the excellent work of transhumanisation that occurs in the candidate’s own head.” This was the concept that ones own humankind was transmuted into gold through the enlightenment experience and therefore the trick of alchemy is revealed.
Also, the initiate ritual of the Sufi involved travelling through a doorway of 2 pillars. This entryway symbolized the portal into a world of lighting, knowledge and enlightenment. If it holds true that the Freemasons emerged from a font of Templar understanding, then this could indeed be among the origins for the twin pillars of the Mason guilds. It is also comparable to the twin pillars that pilgrims to Mecca should go through (Safa and Marwa).
Parsi (Persian Zoroastrianism) influence is likewise seen in the Kusti ritual where every day they would tie a spiritual cable around their waist. The truth that the Templars were accused of holding a routine with a spiritual cable carefully looking like the practice of the Zoroastrian Kusti, suggests a custom of knowledge going back through countless years.
These customs can also be seen because terrific Roman religion of Mithraism where the initiate was marked with the sign of the cross of the forehead. This was to represent the sun and the location of illumination, the extremely same as that of the Hindu’s, ancient Egyptians and tribal American’s among others.
Much of this ancient and allegedly secret mentor was passed ultimately in what is known as Gnosticism. All Gnostics can not be drawn into one bag, but there is a general style– that of lighting and knowledge. The approaches are now familiar to us. Numerous believed that through a frenzy they could accomplish the ultimate state and others that by fasting and mediation they would be drawn better to god. The outcomes were the very same; a deeper understanding of themselves and the belief that they were in touch with god. This euphoria would rejuvenate, and like remaining in a Nexus, the initiate would continuously wish to re-achieve this state, thus keeping him in the fold. The experience being so extremely genuine to the spiritual mind that they really believed they were in communion with god. And this is why I constantly draw a line at the kundalini, since it has risks that its supporters not only refuse to see, but can’t see due to the fact that of its very nature!
The different methods used to gain access to this transformed state are extremely ancient. The ritual abstaining from food was as old as man. Practiced in the rituals of Eleusis the initiate would undergo an extended period of fasting and then followed by a duration of waiting. This increased the sense of anticipation and heightened the mind, which would develop the event in their mind before it actually took place. No leader might request for more. Eventually, the initiate was lead into the Temple where they enjoyed a ritualistic meal and hence fantastic impacts were produced in the body with increased levels of sugar in the blood, the mind almost in a trance state. There was whirling like the dervish, sleep-inducing beverages and play-acting by the fantastic and relatively effective priests. Sacred things and spiritual words were then, at this moment of heightened state, would be revealed. The age and breadth of this system of brainwashing can be seen in the closing words, “Cansha om pacsha”, a Sanskrit term. Undoubtedly, it is accepted by scholars that these routines emerged in India from the ancient Brahmins. Strangely, these rituals also included a sevenfold cable that marked the passing of the initiate.
As Aristotle himself wrote, “Those who are being started do not find out anything, as experience particular feelings, and are thrown into an unique state of mind.”
This “unique frame of mind” was a plasticity of the initiate that the priests could flex and manipulate to their own ends; just as the Old Man of the Mountain controlled the Assassins. The initiate genuinely believed he or she had gone to other worlds.
All these methods and suggests to manipulation were passed on through time into all manner of modern secret societies. In the High Priesthood of Thebes, a society first revealed in Germany in the 18th century, it was composed of the initiate, “He was resulted in two high pillars between which stood a griffin driving a wheel prior to him. The pillars symbolised east and west, the griffin the sun and the wheel the four spokes of the four seasons. He was taught making use of the level and advised in geometry and architecture. He received a rod, braided by snakes and the password Heve (snake), and was told the story of the fall of man.” The signs within this initiation are now apparent and ancient.
In the initiations and routines of Witches comparable styles are discovered. Whirling, dancing and a basic build up to frenzy, would bring the individual into a basic trance state– known today as catharsis. This was helped in addition to drugs, such as the “ointment” utilized by the Witches to help them fly and which included hyoscine. The leader would then assist them through a set piece routine of words and necromancies causing total mind control. Such control certainly, that like many religious beliefs, the participant would typically quit their own friends and family. This is the origin of what we hire contemporary times a cult and it can now be understood just how hard it is to cult break.
This awakening of the mind through euphoria is on the one hand a release from the standard and a development for the mind into a flexibility state, but on the other hand it is a harmful tool, used by numerous cults, secret societies and in truth mainstream faith to manage and control the masses for their own ends. It may be that some have nothing however good intentions at heart, however history has actually revealed repeatedly that greed is all-powerful and can take the soul of many well meant groups.
The lesson is, take care in what and whom you believe.