Bill Cooper – Mystery Babylon Hours 11 – 15 #41 #42 #43 #46 #47


Hour 11:The Assassins (aired March 1st, 1993)
You’re listening to the Hour of the Time and I’m your host, William Cooper.
(Intro music: In the Hall of the Mountain King)
103 [Reading from A History of Secret Societies]:
Two men in the year 1092 stood on the ramparts of a medieval castle—the Eagle’s Nest—perched
high upon the crags of the Persian mountains: the personal representative
of the Emperor and the veiled figure who claimed to be the incarnation of
God on earth. Hasan, son of Sabah, Sheikh of the Mountains and leader of the Assassins,
spoke: “You see that devotee standing guard on yonder turret-top?Watch!”
He made a signal. Instantly the white-robed figure threw up his hands in salutation, and
cast himself two thousand feet into the foaming torrent which surrounded
the fortress. “I have seventy thousand men—and women—throughout
Asia, [and] each one of them ready to do my bidding. Can your
master, Malik Shah, say the same? And he asks me to surrender to his sovereignty! This is
your answer. Go!” [Now] such a scene may be worthy of the most
exaggerated of horror films. And yet it took place in historical fact. The
only quibble made by the chronicler of the time was that Hasan’s devotees numbered “only
about forty thousand.” How this man Sabah came by his uncanny power, and how
his devotees struck terror into the hearts of men from the Caspian to Egypt,
is one of the most extraordinary of all tales of secret societies [the Mysteries]. Today,
the sect of the Hashishin ([or] druggers) still exists in the form of the Ismailis ([or]
Ishmaelites), whose undisputed chief, endowed by them with divine attributes, is
the Aga Khan. Like many another secret cult, the Assassin
organization was based upon an earlier association. [And] in order to
understand how they worked and what their objectives were, we must begin with these
roots. It must be remembered [dear listeners] that
the followers of Islam in the seventh century A.D. split into two divisions: the
orthodox, who regard Mohammed as the bringer of divine inspiration; and the Shiahs, who
consider that Ali, his successor, the Fourth Imam ([or] leader), was more important.
It is with the Shiahs that we are concerned here.
From the beginning of the split in the early days of Islam, the Shiahs relied for survival
upon secrecy, organization and initiation. Although the minority party in
Islam, they believed that they could overcome the majority (and eventually the
whole world) by superior organization and power. To this end they started a number of
societies which practiced secret rites in which the personality of Ali was worshipped,
and whose rank and file were trained to struggle above all for the
accomplishment of world dominion. One of the most successful secret societies
which the Shiahs founded was centered around the Abode of Learning in
Cairo, which was the training-ground for fanatics who were conditioned by the most cunning methods
to believe in a special divine mission. In order to do this, the original
democratic Islamic ideas had to be overcome by skilled teachers, acting under
the orders of the Caliph of the Fatimites, who ruled Egypt at that time.
Members were enrolled, on the understanding that they were to receive hidden power and
timeless wisdom which would enable them to become as important in life
as some of the teachers.[And you find that these same precepts in every branch,
in every nationality, on every continent where the Mysteries prevail.]The Caliph saw to it
that the instructors were no ordinary men. The supreme judge was one of
them; another was the commander-in-chief of the army; a third the minister of
the Court. There was no lack of applicants. In any country where the highest officials
of the realm formed a body of teachers, 103 Composed by Edvard Grieg in 1876.97
one would find the same thing. Classes were divided into study groups, some
composed of men, others of women, collectively termed Assemblies of
Wisdom. All lessons were carefully prepared, written down and submitted to the Caliph for
his seal. At the end of the lecture all present kissed the seal: for did the Caliph
not claim direct descent from Mohammed, through his son-in-law Ali and
thence from Ismail, the seventh Imam? He was the embodiment of divinity, far more than
any Tibetan lama ever was. The university, lavishly endowed and possessing
the best manuscripts and scientific instruments available, received a
grant of a quarter of a million gold pieces annually from the Caliph. Its external form
was similar to the pattern of the ancient Arab universities, not much different from
Oxford. But its real purpose was the complete transformation of the mind of the
student. Students had to pass through nine degrees
of initiation [the same number that are claimed in the York Rite of
Freemasonry]. In the first, the teachers threw their pupils into a state of doubt about all
conventional ideas, religious and political. They used false analogy and every
other device of argument to make the aspirant believe that what he had been
taught by his previous mentors was prejudiced and capable of being challenged. The effect
of this according to the Arab historian, Makrizi, was to cause him to lean
upon the personality of the teachers, as the only possible source of the proper
interpretation of facts. At the same time, the teachers hinted continually that formal
knowledge was merely the cloak for hidden, inner and powerful truth, whose secret
would be imparted when the youth was ready to receive it. [None ever
questioned why no secret was ever put forth.] This ‘confusion technique’ was carried out
until the student reached the stage where he was prepared to swear a vow of blind
allegiance to one or other of his teachers. This oath, together with certain secret signs,
was administered in due course, and the candidate awarded the first degree
of initiation. The second degree took the form of initiation into the fact that the
Imams ([the] successors of Mohammed) were the true and only sources of secret knowledge
and power. Imams inspired the teachers. Therefore the student was to
acknowledge every saying and act of his appointed guides as blessed and divinely inspired. In
the third degree, the esoteric names of the Seven Imams were revealed, and
the secret words by which they could be conjured and by which the powers
inherent in the very repetition of their names could be liberated and used for the individual
especially in the service of the sect.
In the fourth degree, the succession of the Seven Mystical Law-givers and magical personalities
was given to the learner. These were characterized as Adam, Noah, Abraham,
Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Ismail. There were seven mystical
‘helpers’: Seth, Shem, Ishmael, Aaron, Simon, Ali, and Mohammed, the son of Ismail. This
last was dead, but he had a mysterious deputy, who was the Lord of the
Time: authorized to give his instructions to the People of Truth, as the Ismailis
called themselves. This hidden figure gave the Caliph the power to pretend that he was
acting under even higher instructions. The fifth degree named twelve apostles under
the seven prophets, whose names and functions and magical powers were
described. In this degree the power to influence others by means of personal concentration
was supposed to be taught. One writer claims that this was done merely by
the repetition, for a period of three years to train the mind, of the magical word
AK-ZABT-I. To obtain the sixth degree involved instruction
in the methods of analytical and destructive argument, in which the
postulant had to pass a [very] stiff examination. The seventh degree brought [revelations] of
the Great Secret: that all humanity and all creation were one and every
single thing was part of the whole, which included the creative and destructive
power [the androgynous god]. But, as an Ismaili, the individual could make use of the power
which was ready to be awakened within him, and overcome those who knew nothing
of the immense potential of the rest of humanity. This power came
through the aid of the mysterious power called the Lord of the Time.
To qualify for the eighth degree, the aspirant had to believe that all religion, philosophy
and the like were fraudulent. All that mattered was the individual, who could
attain fulfillment only through servitude to the greatest developed power—the
Imam. The ninth and last degree brought the revelation of the secret that there was no
such thing as belief: all that mattered was action. And the only possessor of the reasons
for carrying out any action was the chief of the sect.
As a secret society, the organization of the Ismailis as outlined above was undoubtedly
powerful and seemed likely to produce a large number of devotees who would
blindly obey the orders of whomever was in control of the edifice. But, as with
[many] other bodies of this kind, there were severe limitations from the point of view
of effectiveness. Perhaps the phase of revolt or subversion
planned by the society did not in the end get under way; perhaps it was not
intended to work by any other means than training the individual. Be that as it may, its real
success extended abroad only to Baghdad [in 1058], where a member gained temporary
control of Baghdad and coined money in the Egyptian Caliph’s name.
[Now] this sultan was slain by the Turks, who now entered the picture, and theCairo
headquarters was also threatened. By 1123, the society was closed down by the Vizier
Afdal. The rise of Turkish power seemed to have discouraged the
expansionist Cairo sect so strongly that they almost faded out, and [very] little is heard
of them after that date. It was left to Hasan, son of Sabah, the Old
Man of the Mountains, to perfect the system of the ailing secret society, and
found an organization which has endured for nearly another thousand years.
Who was Hasan? [Well,] he was the son of a Shiah (Ali-worshipper) in Khorasam, a most
bigoted man, who claimed that his ancestors were Arabs, from Kufa. [Now]
this assumption was probably due to the fact that such a lineage bolstered up
claims to religious importance, then as now, among Moslems. [You see,] the people of the
neighborhood, many of them also Shiahs, stated very decisively that this Ali
was a Persian, and so were his forebears. [So] it is generally thought that thisis the
truer version. As the Governor of the Province was an orthodox Moslem, Ali spared no efforts
to assume the same guise. [Now] this is considered to be completely
permissible—the Doctrine of Intelligent Dissimulation. As there was some doubt as
to his reliability in the religious sense, he retired into a monastic retreat, and sent
his son Hasan to an orthodox school. This school was no ordinary one. It was the circle
of disciples presided over by the redoubtable Imam Muwafiq, about whom it was
said that every individual who enrolled under him eventually rose to great power.
It was here that Hasan met Omar Khayyám, the tentmaker-poet and astronomer, later to
be the poet laureate of Persia. Another of hisschoolmates was Nizam-ul-Mulk,
who rose from peasanthood to become prime minister. These three made a
pact, according to Nizam’s autobiography, whereby whichever rose to high office first
would help the others. [And thattenet has survived to this day. It is how their
own infiltrate all levels of society, military, and government, and then pull their
brothers up into positions below them. It is the method of infiltrating and controlling
large masses, populations, governments, military organizations, and society
as a whole.] Nizam, the courtier, became Vizier to Alp-Arslan
the Turkish sultan of Persia, in a very relatively short time. He helped
Omar, in accordance with his vow, and secured him a pension, which gave him a life of ease
and indulgence in his beloved Nishapur, where many of his Rubá’iyát poems
were written. Meanwhile Hasan remained in obscurity, wandering through the
Middle East, waiting for his chance to attain the power of which he had dreamed. Arslan
the Lion died, and was succeeded by Malik Shah. Suddenly, Hasan presented himself
to Nizam, demanding to be given a place at court. Delighted to fulfill his
childhood vow, the vizier obtained for him a favored place, and relates what transpired
thus in his autobiography: “I had him made a minister by my strong and
extravagant recommendations. Like his father, however, he proved to be a
fraud, hypocrite and a self-seeking villain. He was so clever at dissimulation that he
appeared to be pious when he was not, and before long he had somehow completely
captured the mind of the Shah.” [Now] Malik Shah was young, and Hasan was
trained in the Shiah art of winning people over by apparent honesty [which
means it has the appearance, or the look, of honesty, but truly is not. Just as the
notice of apparent violations sent by the FCC
(laughs)]. But Nizam was still the most important man in the realm, with an impressive record
of honest dealing and achievements. Hasan decided to eliminate him.
The king had asked in that year, 1078, for a complete accounting of the revenue and expenditure
of the empire, and Nizam told him that this would take over a
year. Hasan, on the other hand, claimed that the whole work could be done in 99
forty days, and offered to prove it [and there’s that forty days again]. The task was assigned
to him. And the accounts were prepared in the specified time. Something
went wrong at this point. The balance of historical opinion holds that Nizam
struck back at the last moment, saying, “By Allah, this man will destroy us all unless
he is rendered harmless, though I cannot kill my playmate.”[Now] whatever the truth
may be, it seems that Nizam managed to have such disparities introduced into
the final calligraphic version of the accounts that when Hasan started to read them they
appeared so absurd that the Shah, in fury, ordered him to be exiled. As he had
claimed to have written the accounts in his own hand, Hasan could not justify their
incredible deficiencies [and could not sluff the blame off upon his friend].
Hasan had friends in Isfahan, where he immediately fled. There survives a record of what he said
there, which sheds interesting light upon what was in his mind.
One of these friends, Abu-al-Fazal, notes that Hasan, after reciting the bitter tale
of his downfall, shouted these words, in a state of uncontrollable rage: “If I had two,
just two, devotees who would stand by me, then I would cause the downfall of that
Turk and that peasant.” Fazal concluded that Hasan had taken leave
of his senses, and tried to get him out of this ugly mood. Hasan took
umbrage, and insisted that he was working on a plan, and that he would have his revenge.
He set off for Egypt, there to mature his plans.
Fazal was himself later to become a devotee of the Assassin chief, and Hasan, two decades
later, reminded him of that day in Isfahan: “Here I am at Alamut, Master of
all I survey: and more. The Sultan and the peasant Vizier are dead. Have I not
kept my vow? Was I the madman you thought me to be? I found my two devotees, who were
necessary to my plans.” Hasan himself takes up the story of how his
fortunes fared after the flight from Persia. He had been brought up in the
secret doctrines of Ismailism [the Arab branch of the Mysteries], and recognized the possibilities
of power inherent in such a system. He knew that in Cairo there was a
powerful nucleus of the society. And, if we are to believe the words of Fazal, he
already had a plan whereby he could turn their followers into disciplined, devoted fanatics,
willing to die for a leader. What was this plan? [Well,] he had decided that
it was not enough to promise paradise, fulfillment, eternal joy to people. He would
actually showit to them; show it in the form of an artificial paradise, where houris played
and fountains gushed sweet-scented waters, where every sensual wish was granted
amid beautiful flowers and gilded pavilions. And this [dear listeners] is what he
eventually did. Hasan chose a hidden valley for the site of
his paradise, described by Marco Polo, who passed this way in 1271:
“In a beautiful valley, enclosed between two lofty mountains, he had formed a luxurious
garden stored with every delicious fruit and every fragrant shrub that
could be procured. Palaces of various sizes and forms were erected in different
parts of the grounds, ornamented with works of gold, with paintings and with furniture
of rich silks. By means of small conduits contained in these buildings,streams
of wine, milk, honey and some of pure water were seen to flow in every
direction. The inhabitants of these places were elegant and beautiful damsels, accomplished
in the arts of singing, playing upon all sorts of musical instruments, dancing,
and especially those of dalliance and amorous allurement. Clothed in rich
dresses, they were seen continually sporting and amusing themselves in the garden and pavilions,
their female guardians being confined within doors and never allowed
to appear. The object which the chief had in view in forming a garden of this
fascinating kind was[simply] this: that Mahomet having promised to those who should obey his
will the enjoyments of Paradise, where every species of sensual gratification
should be found, in the society of beautiful nymphs, he was desirous of
it being understood by his followers that he also was a prophet and a compeer of Mahomet,
and had the power of admitting to Paradise such as he should choose to favor.In
order that none without his license should find their way into this delicious
valley, he caused a strong and inexpugnable castle to be erected at the opening to it,
through which the entry was by a secret passage.”
[And thus the legend of Shambala, or the paradise in the mountains, a valley of lush greenery,
unending fruits, fair, beautiful maidens. Thus the legend began!]
Hasan began to attract young men from the surrounding countryside, between the ages
of twelve and twenty: particularly those whom he marked out as possible material for the
production of killers. Every day he held court, a reception at which he
spoke of the delights of Paradise … “and at certain times he caused droughts of soporific
nature to be administered to ten or a dozen youths, and when half dead with sleep
[drugged out of their minds] he had them conveyed to the several palaces and
apartments of the garden. Upon awakening from this state of lethargy, their senses were
struck by all the delightful objects, and each perceiving himself surrounded by
lovely damsels, singing, playing, and attracting his regards by the most fascinating
caresses, serving him also with delicious viands and exquisite wines, until, intoxicated
with excess and enjoyment, amidst actual [actual,real] rivers of milk and wine,
he believed himself assuredly in Paradise, and felt an unwillingness to relinquish
its delights. When four or five days had thus been passed, they were thrown once more into
a state of somnolency [drugged], and carried out of the garden. Upon being
carried to his presence, and questioned by him as to where they had been, their
answer was, ‘in Paradise, through the favor of your highness’; and then, before the whole
court who listened to them with eager astonishment and curiosity, they gave
a circumstantial account of the scenes to which they had been witnesses. The
chief thereupon addressing them said: ‘We have the assurance of our Prophet that he
who defends his Lord shall inherit Paradise, and if you show yourselves[if you
show yourselves]to be devoted to the obedience of my orders, that happy lot
awaits you’.” [Now] suicide was at first attempted by some
[to be able to return to the Paradise that they had just left, not knowing that
it was an illusion]; but the survivors were early told that only death in the obedience
of Hasan’s orders could give the Key to Paradise.In the eleventh century it was not
only credulous Persian peasants who would have believed such things were true.
Even among [the] more sophisticated people the reality of the gardens and houris of paradise
were completely accepted. True, a good many Sufis preached that the garden
was allegorical—but that still left more than a few people who believed that they
could trust the evidence of their senses. The ancient Art of Imposture, by Abdel-Rahman
of Damascus, gives away another trick of Hasan’s. [You see,] he had a
deep, narrow pit sunk into the floor of his audience-chamber. One of his disciples stood
in this, in such a way that his head and neck alone were visible above the floor.
[And] around the neck was placed a circular dish in two pieces which fitted
together, with a hole in the middle. This gave the impression that there was a severed
head on a metal plate standing on the floor. [Now] in order to make the scene more
plausible (if that is the word) Hasan had some fresh blood poured around the
head, on the plate. [Then the] recruits were brought in [the initiates].
“Tell them,” commanded the chief, “what thou hast seen.”[Then] the
disciple [appearing as a head on the plate] described the delights of Paradise. “You have
seen the head of a man who died, whom you all knew. I have reanimated him to
speak with his own tongue.”[And then, he would really sever, treacherously, the
man’s head] in real earnest, and stuck for some time somewhere that the faithful would
see it. The effect of this conjuring trick plus murder increased the enthusiasm
for martyrdom to the required degree [and gave him unbelievable control over his
flock]. There are many documented instances of the
recklessness of the fidayeen (devotees) of the Ismailis, one witness being a
Westerner who was treated a century later to a similar spectacle to that which had appalled
the envoy of Malik Shah. [But we’ve got to take a break first, folks.
Don’t go away, I’ll be right back after this very short pause.]
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104 Henry, Count of Champagne, reports that he
was traveling in 1194 through Ismaili territory.”The chief sent some
persons to salute him and beg that, on his return he would stop at and partake of the
hospitality of the castle. The Count accepted the invitation. As he returned, the
Dai-el-Kebir ([or] Great Missionary) advanced to meet him, showed him every
mark of honor, and let him view his castle and fortresses. Having passed through several,
they came at length to one of the towers which rose to an exceeding height.
On each tower stood two sentinels clad in white. ‘These,’said the Chief, pointing to
104 Composed by Marius Constant.101 them, ‘obey me far better than the subjects
of your Christians obey their lords;’ and at a given signal two of them flung
themselves down, and were dashed to pieces. ‘If you wish,’said he to the astonished Count,
‘all my white ones shall do the same.’The benevolent Count shrank from the
proposal, and candidly avowed that no Christian prince could presume to look
for such obedience from his subjects. When he was departing, with many valuable presents,
the Chief said to him meaningly, ‘By means of these trusty servants I get rid
of the enemies of our society.’ [Now] further details of the mentality of
Hasan are given in what is supposed to be an autobiographical account of his
early days: and it probably is in fact such, because the method of his conversion does
seem to follow the pattern which has been observed in fanatics, of whatever religious
or political persuasion. He was, he says, reared in the belief of the
divine right of the Imams, by his father. He early met an Ismaili missionary
(Emir Dhareb) with whom he argued strenuously against the Emir’s particular form of creed.
Then, sometime later, he went through a bout of severe illness, in which
he feared to die, and began to think that the Ismaili doctrine might really be the
road to redemption and Paradise. If he died unconverted, he might be damned. Thus it was
that as soon as he recovered he sought out another Ismaili propagandist, Abu
Najam, and then others. Eventually he went to Egypt, to study the creed at its
headquarters. He was received with honor by the Caliph,
due to his former position at the Court of Malik Shah. In order to increase
their own importance, the high officials of the Court made a good deal of public play
of the significance of the new convert; but this fact seemed in the end to help Hasan
more than it did them. He entered into political intrigue and was arrested, then
confined in a fortress. No sooner had he entered the prison than a minaret collapsed, and in
some unexplained way this was interpreted as an omen that Hasan was in reality
a divinely protected person. The Caliph, hurriedly making Hasan a number
of valuable gifts, had him put aboard a ship sailing for north-west Africa. This gave him
the funds which he was to use for setting up his ‘paradise’—and also, through
some quirk of fate, the disciples whom he sought.
A tremendous storm blew up, terrifying the captain, crew and passengers alike. Prayers
were held, and Hasan was asked to join. He refused. “The storm is my doing;
how can I pray that it abate?” he asked. [And then says this:] “I have indicated the
displeasure of the Almighty. If we sink, I shall not die, for I am immortal. If you want
to be saved, believe in me, and I shall subdue the winds.”
[Well] at first the offer was not accepted. Presently, however, when the ship seemed on
the point of capsizing, the desperate passengers came to him and swore
eternal allegiance. Hasan was still [very] calm; and continued so until the storm
abated. The ship was then driven on to the sea-coast of Syria, where Hasan disembarked,
together with two of the merchant passengers, who became his first real disciples.
Hasan was not yet ready for the fulfillment of his destiny as he saw it. For the time
being, he was traveling under the guise of a missionary of the Caliph in Cairo. From
Aleppo he went to Baghdad, seeking a headquarters where he should be safe
from interference and where he yet could become powerful enough to expand. Into Persia the
road led him, traveling through the country, making converts to his ideas,
which were still apparently strongly based upon the secret doctrines of the
Egyptian Ismailis. Everywhere he created a really devoted disciple ([or] fidayi) he bade
him stay and try to enlarge the circle of his followers. These circles became hatching-grounds
for the production of ‘self-sacrificers’, the initiates who were drawn
from the ranks of the most promising ordinary converts. Thus it was that miniature training
centers, modeled upon the Abode of Learning, were in being within a
very few months of his return to his homeland. During his travels, a trusted lieutenant—one
Hussein Kahini—reported that the Iraki district where the fortress of
Alamut was situated seemed to be an ideal place for proselytism. Most of the ordinary
people of that place, in fact, had been persuaded into the Ismaili way of thinking.
The only obstacle was the Governor, Ali Mahdi, who looked upon the Caliph of
Baghdad as his spiritual and temporal lord. The first converts were expelled from the
country. [But] before many months, however, there were so many Ismailis among
the populace that the Governor was compelled to allow them to return. Hasan,
though, he would not brook [would not allow him]. The prospective owner of Alamut decided
to try a trick. He offered the Governor three thousand pieces of gold for
“the amount of land which could be encompassed by the hide of an ox”. When 102
Mahdi agreed to such a sale, Hasan produced a skin, cut it into the thinnest possible
thongs, and joined them together to form a string which encompassed the castle of Alamut.
Although the Governor refused to honor any such bargain, Hasan produced
an order from a very highly placed official of the Seljuk rulers, ordering that the fortress
be handed over to Hasan for three thousand gold pieces. [Well] it turned out
that this official was himself a secret follower of the Sheikh of the Mountain.
The year was A.D. 1090. Hasan was now ready for the next part of his plan. He attacked
and routed the troops of the Emir who had been placed in the governorship of
the Province, and welded the people of the surrounding districts into a firm band
of diligent and trustworthy workers and soldiers, answerable to him [and him] alone. Within
two years the Vizier Nizam-ulMulk had been stabbed to the heart by an assassin sent by
Hasan, and the Emperor Malik Shah, who dared to send troops
against him, died in grave suspicion of poison. Hasan’s revenge upon his class-fellow was
to make him the very first target of his reign of terror. [You see,] with the king’s
death, the whole realm was split up into warring factions. For long the Assassins
alone retained their cohesion. In under a decade they had made themselves masters of
all Persian Irak, and of many forts throughout the empire. This they did by forays,
direct attack, the poisoned dagger, and in any other manner which seemed
expedient [indeed, the ends always justified the means]. The orthodox religious leaders
pronounced one interdict after another against their doctrines; all to no
effect. By now the entire loyalty of the Ismailis
under him had been transferred from the Caliph to the personality of the Sheikh
of the Mountain, who became the terror of every prince in that part of Asia, the Crusader
chiefs included. “Despite and despising fatigues, dangers and tortures,
the Assassins joyfully gave their lives whenever it pleased the great master, who
required them either to protect himself or to carry out his mandates of death. The victim
having been pointed out, the faithful, clothed in a white tunic with a
red sash, the colors of innocence and blood, went on their mission without being
deterred by distance or danger. Having found the person they sought, they awaited the favorable
moment for slaying him, and their daggers seldom missed their aim.”
Richard the Lionheart was at one time accused of having asked the ‘Lord of the Mountain’
to have Conrad of Montferrat killed; a plot which was carried out thus:
“Two assassins allowed themselves to be baptized and placing themselves beside
him, seemed intent only on praying. But the favorable opportunity presented itself; they
stabbed him and one took refuge in the church. But hearing that the prince had
been carried off still alive, he again forced himself into Montferrat’s presence, and
stabbed him a second time; and then expired, without a complaint, amidst refined tortures.”[You
see, the method of controlling men’s minds that Hasan had perfected
was extremely effective and powerful. And not one, not even one,
incidence of one of his followers failing to carry out his orders exactly can be found.]The
Order of the Assassins had perfected their method of securing the loyalty
of human beings to an extent and on a scale which has seldom been paralleled.
The Assassins carried on the battle on two fronts. [You see,] they fought whichever side
in the Crusades served their purposes [they fought with the Knights Templar
and fought againstthe Knights Templars]. At the same time they continued
the struggle against the Persians. The son and successor of Nizam-ul-Mulk was laid low
by an Assassin dagger. The Sultan, who had succeeded his father Malik Shah and
gained power over most of his territories was marching against them. One
morning, however, he awoke with an Assassin weapon stuck neatly into the ground near his
head. Within it was a note, warning him to call off the proposed siege
of Alamut. [Well,] he came to terms with the Assassins [after that], powerful ruler
though he undoubtedly was. [You see, the Assassins eventually] had what amounted to a free hand,
in exchange for a pact by which they promised to reduce their military
power.[It was during their pacts, their treaties, their battles with the Knights
Templars that many, some say most, some few even say all, of the Knights Templars were
initiated into the Mysteries.] Hasan lived for thirty-four years after his
acquisition of Alamut. On only two occasions since then had he even left his
room; yet he ruled an invisible empire as great and as fearsome as any man before—or
since.[They say, but his empire may still exist today, changed and melded with
other sects of the Mysteries.][Hasan] seemed to realize that death was almost upon
him, and calmly began to make plans for the perpetual continuance [folks] of the Order
of the Assassins. [And we now begin the latter days of the Assassins
which we will not finish in this hour but will finish in the next.]The
ruler of one the most terrifying organizations the world has ever known was without a lineal
successor. [In fact,] he had had both of his sons killed: one for carrying
out an unauthorized murder, [and] the other for drinking wine; certainly a case of “do
as I say, not as I do”. He called his two most trusted lieutenants from the strongholds
which they maintained on his behalf: Kia Buzurg-Umid (Kia of Great Promise) and Abu-Ali
of Qaswin. Kia was to inherit the spiritual and mystical aspect, while AbuAli attended
to the military and administrative affairs of the Order. It is said that Hasan bin Sabah
died almost immediately afterwards, in 1124, at ninety years of age;
having given the world a new word; assassin. ‘Assasseen’ in Arabic signifies
‘guardians’, and some commentators have considered this to be the true origin of the word: “guardians
of the secrets”[which the Knight Templar took to Europe].
The Organization of the Order, under Hasan, called for Missionaries, Friends who were
disciples, and Fidavis, devotees. The last group had been added by Hasan to
the Ismaili original, and these were the trained killers. Fidavis wore white, with a
girdle, cap or boots of red. In addition to careful coaching in where and when to place
the dagger in the victim’s bosom, they were trained in such things as languages,
the dress and manners of monks, merchants and soldiers, any of whom they were
ready to impersonate in carrying out their missions. The chief was known as Sayedna ([which
means] Our Prince, [or] Leader), and popularly (because of the mountain
stronghold of Alamut), as the Sheikh of the Mountain.[Now, Alamut, or the
stronghold of the mountain, was also known as “The Eagle’s Nest,” and this is what Hitler
named his mountain retreat, and there’s also an Eagle’s Nest near Santa Barbara,
California, which very few people know anything about. . . yet.][Now, the
Sheikh of the Mountain] is the figure referred to in Crusaders’ writings as ‘Sydney’, or
‘Senex de Monte’, the first word being a literal translation of the word ‘Pir’: Persian
for Ancient, or Sage. There were three Great Missionaries, who ruled three
territories. After the Friends and Fidavis came the Laziks, aspirants who were being
trained for membership of the society, but were as yet uninitiated.
Hasan reduced the original number of degrees of initiation from nine to the mystical number
of seven. A similar number of regulations formed the rules of the Order.
This, in fact, comprised the working plan of the spreading of the Faith. The First
Rule was that the Missionary must know human psychology in such a way as to be able to
select suitable people for admission to the cult; and was summed up in the mnemonic:
‘Cast no seeds upon rocks’.The second rule of procedure was the
application of flattery and gaining the confidence of the prospective member.105 Third came the
casting of doubt into the mind, by superior knowledge. Fourthly, the
teacher must apply an oath to the student never to betray any of the ‘truths’ which
were to be revealed to him. Now he was told, as the fifth stage, that Ismailism was a powerful
secret organization, supported by some of the most important figures of the
time. After this, the aspirant was questioned and studied, to discover whether he
had absorbed the opinions of the teacher and attached himself sufficiently into a position
of dependence upon his ideas. [And] at this stage he was asked to meditate
upon the meaning of the reported saying of the prophet that “Paradise lies in the
shadow of swords.”In the final degree, many difficult passages of the Koran were explained
in terms of allegory. How is it that the rules of this extraordinarily
successful Order are known in such detail? [Well,] it so happened that when
the Mongols eventually overthrew Alamut by force of arms, their chief Halaku ([meaning]
‘Destruction’) Khan, asked his chief minister to examine their library. This most
learned man, ‘Father of Kings’ Jawani, later wrote a careful book in which he
detailed the organization of the Assassins, whose name he attributed to the use of the
drug Hashish, which they were said to use in stupefying candidates for the ephemeral
visit to ‘paradise’. It is possible that recruits were made in
another way than by selecting gullible, fully grown youths. Legend has it that
Hasan, once master of Alamut, used to buy unwanted children from their parents, and
train them in implicit obedience and with the sole desire to die in his service.
Buzurg-Umid ([meaning] ‘Great Promise’), the second Grand Master [‘Grand Master’ is still
used today, folks], maintained the power of the Assassins on much
the same pattern: building new forts, gaining fresh converts, terrorizing those
whom he did not want to have killed and using them to further his design of world conquest.
Sultan Sanjar of Persia, in spite 105 Flattery: This is the first secret of
mass mind control and can be observed as the foundation stone of virtually every false
religion, party, cult, philosophy, system and training. How can modern man free himself
when . . . arrogant hypnopatsies have been told by their masters they are “Demi-gods”
and demi-gods are never deceived or distracted. They are too smart!
~Michael A. Hoffman II, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, 1995 Hour 12: The Templars and the Assassins (aired
March 2nd, 1993) No matter what country you’re in, or what
language you speak: welcome, around the world, to the Hour of the Time. I’m your
host, William Cooper. (Intro music: Long As I Can See The Light)
107 Tonight folks, I come to you with a heavy
heart. For another one, actually two, of my predictions…one has come true, one
is about to come true. The one that has come true involve the loss of life and the injury
of over five hundred people. And of course, I’m talking about the bombing of the
World Trade Center in New York City. As far back as 1989, and ever since, I’ve
been predicting major terrorist attacks upon the United States. The primary number one
target: New York City. I have said it so many times, and so many people attending
my lectures, listening to my broadcasts, and who have read my book, are
familiar with it. I never, never enjoy being right when it involves the loss of life and
human injury. Nevertheless, it is another chalk mark on
the board, and I remain the most accurate predictor of future world events in
the history of the world. But the one that is about to come true, and has not yet, is
the prediction that I made that the United States would send troops to Yugoslavia, and
it appears that that is going to happen in the very near future. Anyway, we will
see, won’t we, as we move into the New World Order, and all of these events are planned
to take us directly into one-world totalitarian socialist government. To all
those people in New York who lost relatives, or who had friends or relatives that were
injured, I offer you my deepest compassion, sympathy, and I wish that I could tell you
that that was the end of it, but I can tell you that it is only the beginning. Unless
people wake up, it will escalate and there will be more.
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uh, this is about the society in the Middle East known as the Assassins, and
107 Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo’s Factory (album), 1970107
we’ve covered quite a bit of their history already:
[Reading from A History of Secret Societies]: But this secret society, [the] most successful
of secret societies showed that its strength ultimately depended upon a
powerful leader. [Well,] Kia Mohammed was no such [leader].[And]little by little it
became obvious that his son, Hasan the Hated, was the stronger personality.[Now remember,
Kia Mohammed was the Old Man of the Mountain, and the mountain
lair was called: The Eagle’s Nest.] Now Hasan, through some magnetic power, was able to capture
the imagination of the Assassins, soon having it believed that he
himself was none other than the Power of All Powers, the Hidden Imam, who had
been mentioned by the first Grand Master; an incarnation of all greatness. So important
was [Hasan] that he was the fountain of power, and others only held a [very small]
measure of authority because he allowed them to have it [and for no other
reason]. This final absurdity was lapped up by members
who had been conditioned to believe in things which were not, shall we
say, exactly self-evident to the ordinary man. The doctrine of the all-powerful Invisible
Imam was a part of Ismailism; and Hasan was ready even during his early manhood
to assume the role. But, since his father was able to assert himself by having
some two hundred and fifty of Hasan’ followers murdered, he thought it wiser to hold his
hand. In 1163 his chance came. Mohammed died, and Hasan II issued an order
to all Ismailis to collect below the castle of Alamut.
Never before had such an assembly of killers, fanatics and dedicated perverters of the truth
been seen. Hasan, probably in a state of megalomania, assured them that
he had received a message from the Almighty that as from now, all the bond of
religion were loosed: everyone might do as he liked.[Later, in the modern age, we would
hear that again as:”The whole of the Law shall be: do as thou wilt.”] It was not
necessary [he said] to keep up pretences. And, furthermore, he, Hasan, was none
other than the Hidden Imam. His word was law; and he was a form of the divinity, not merely
relaying instructions from above [but the divinity].
[Now] there was one further obstacle [folks]. According to Ismaili doctrine, the Hidden
Imam was to be of the Family of Hashim, the blood of Mohammed the Prophet.
Such descendants were known and revered: and it was common knowledge
that Hasan II was not one of them. He overcame this difficulty by stating that he was not
in fact the true son of Kia Mohammed the Persian, but an adopted child
of the Caliphial family of Egypt. This pretence was carried on for four years,
during which the crazed Hasan showed that he was not as mad as he might have been, by
consolidating quite efficiently the power of the cult. Eventually, he was assassinated
by his brother-in-law, Namwar (‘The Famous’). Now the father-to-son
succession seemed to be established. Mohammed II, son of Hasan II, began the cultivation
of letters and sciences which was to distinguish successive Grand Masters of
the Order. It was a conceit of his, in the time of the greatest flowering of Persian
literature, that he [he] was supreme among poets and philosophers. He used his assassins
[also] to drive this point well home. The Imam Razi, one of the greatest thinkers
of the time, refused to acknowledge the Assassins as the most advanced
theologians: so Mohammed II sent an envoy to him, promising either a swift death by
dagger or a pension of several thousand gold pieces a year. Suddenly [oh yes, suddenly!]
the learned Imam’s discourses seemed to lose their bite. One day, soon
afterwards, he was asked why he did not attack the Assassins as of old. “Because,”said the
old man, with a nervous glance around the assembly where a murderer might
lurk, “their arguments are so sharp, and pointed [and indeed, they were].”
For thirty-five years Mohammed II ruled the Ismailis with a rod of iron; the only law
was that of obedience to the Assassin will. The observances of ritual Islam
were abolished. A new star had arisen [Remember that star?]: a power to stiffen
resistance to Crusader penetration; Saladin, who was to become an implacable foe of the
Assassins. The Syrian branch of the cult grew in power,
while the activities of the Eastern Assassins were carried out much more
quietly, with missionaries being sent to India, Afghanistan, even the remote Pamir Mountains
which straddle China and Russia, where even today adherents of the
sect are to be found. Saladin had overcome the other Ismaili branch and original
home of Assassinism—Egypt—and restored the true faith to the people of the Nile.
He now had enough booty for ten years’ war against the Crusaders in Palestine, and
troops to spare. His first task was to unify the forces of Islam; and this he
determined to do by force if necessary. Sinan, Ancient of the Assassin cult in Syria, decided
to oppose this terrible enemy of 108 the Fatimites. Three assassins fell upon Saladin
and nearly killed him. This made the sect a priority target for the Saracen
chief. The Old Man of the Mountain, for his part [who was now Mohammed II], now unleashed
a succession of fanatics, in every kind of disguise, upon Saladin. By 1176,
Saladin decided that an end must be put to the cult. He invaded their territory
and started to lay it waste, when the Assassin chief offered him freedom of action to fight
the Crusaders, and no [no]further attempt upon his life, if the cult were spared.
[Now] these terms were agreed to, and henceforth no Assassin ever again
attempted to molest Sultan Saladin. This period introduces Sinan as yet another
strange and terrible Assassin leader. [For] he had decided that he was the
incarnation of all power and deity, and that he would live the part. Sinan was never seen
to eat or drink, sleep, or even to spit. [Now can you imagine this? A living, human
being never seen to eat or drink, sleep, or even to spit.] Between sunrise and
sunset he stood on a pinnacle of rock, dressed in a hair-shirt, and preached his own power
and glory to delighted Assassins. [Have you ever worn a hair shirt? Have you
ever stood on a pinnacle of rock between sunrise and sunset? I mean, every
sunrise and sunset, and wearing a hair shirt every sunrise and sunset? Well, folks, this
is historic fact. This is not something that someone made up.]Thus, at one and the
same time, there were two chiefs of the Order, each busily telling his own
followers that he, and he alone, was God [was God!]. Hasan in Persia, Sinan in Syria, each
commanded legions of devoted killers, all committed by oath to follow his
path. When Mohammed II died, he was succeeded by
his son Jalaludin, who completely reversed the orders that the Assassins
were to have no outward religious observances. [You see] he felt that he could do a great
deal by adopting the cloak of orthodox piety, and sent ambassadors far and
wide to announce his maintenance of the true faith. He went so far as to curse
his predecessors publicly, in order to convince the incredulous that such a people as the
Assassins could turn over a new leaf. As a result of what would today be called
a long-term and comprehensive propaganda plan, he was acknowledged as a
religious leader by half the orthodox monarchs of Islam, and (the first Assassin to be so
styled) came to be termed Prince Jalaludin.
Jalaludin died in 1203, after twelve years of leadership of the cult, handing over to
Alaeddin ([or] Aladdin) [And you guys thought that it was just a storybook tale,
didn’t you? Aladdin], a child of nine years of age. Weak, inefficient, stupid, Alaeddin
made little mark upon history. [Except in the classic tales of Arabia, the 1001 Arabbian
Nights, for Aladdin in the 1001 Arabbian Nightsis Aladdin, the leader of the
Assassins.] It is said that his main activity was tending sheep, to which he was
passionately attached, and he even had a small hut built in a sheepfold, where he spent most
of his time. [Aladdin] was extraordinarily cruel, in spite of the contact
with the sheep, and continued to terrorize in time-honored fashion any person,
great or small, who did not pay tribute or otherwise co-operate with the organization.
[And even today, those in power who are in contact with sheep most of the time (laughs)
ultimately turn out to be same. And we all know who the sheeple are, don’t
we?] The Assassins’ hands, ears and eyes were everywhere.
Once fully initiated, a man might be sent to a place a thousand
miles away, to take up residence and live: waiting for the moment when orders came to
him from Alamut to fulfill his fatal destiny [and all the while in-between, furnishing
intelligence to the central headquarters of the Assassins]. A story is told of
the court of the Shah of Khwarism, thus: “The Ismaili ambassador spent some time with the
Vizier. One day, after a splendid banquet when the wine which they had been
drinking in violation of the law had mounted into their heads, the ambassador
told the Vizier by way of confidence that there were several Ismailis among the pages,
grooms, guards and other persons who were immediately about the Sultan. The Vizier,
dismayed and at the same time curious to know who these dangerous
attendants were, besought the ambassador to point them out to him, giving him his napkin
as a pledge that nothing evil should happen to them. Instantly, at a sign
from the envoy, five of the persons who were attendants in the chamber stepped
forth, avowing themselves to be concealed Assassins, ‘On such a day and at such an hour,’said
one of them, an Indian, to the Vizier, ‘I might have slain thee without being
seen or punished; and if I did not do so it was only because I had no orders from
my superiors.'” The Vizier [of course] begged for his life.
But word got the Sultan, who ordered the Assassins to be apprehended and
burned alive, and “the five chamberlains were cast on the flaming pyre, where they died
exulting at being found worthy to 109 suffer in the service of the great Sheikh
of the Mountain [so powerful was their devotion to the cult].”The Assassins had the
last laugh, for an order arrived immediately afterwards from Alamut, that the Shah must
pay ten thousand pieces of gold as compensation for each man killed—which he
did [or be killed himself]. Another subsidiary activity which the Assassins
delighted in was holding captive in Alamut of useful, rare and
distinguished personages who could be of value to them in educational, military or other
spheres. [And] one was a physician, another a famous astronomer, a third the greatest
painter in Persia, who worked to the order of the chief alone.
The end of a chapter was near, for the Mongol hordes under Halaku, lieutenant of Chinghiz,
were steadily destroying all the civilization of Islam which lay in their
inexorable path westwards. Rukneddin, son of Alaeddin, succeeded him and tried at
first to turn the Mongol tide. After a series of encounters, pitched battles, intrigues
and counter-intrigues, Rukneddin was taken. He played for time as long as he could,
but was eventually murdered in his own turn by the victorious Mongol chief’s
men. Assassin power in Persia was broken, and what remained of the members were ordered—none
knows by whom—to conceal their faith and await a signal that
the cult was in full operation again. Alamut was silenced, and the Syrian
headquarters alone remained. [And if it had not been for the refusal of
the Christian kings in Europe to send ambassadors to make a treaty, or a new
Crusade, with the Mongol horde, then all of Islam would have been decimated. But it was
not, for the Christian kings, even though they would have liked to regain their
foothold in the Middle East, had problems of their own and ignored the Mongol
emissaries.] It was a long time until the Mamluk Sultan
of Egypt was able to overcome the Mongol thrust. In 1260, however, he
carried the banners of Islam victoriously against them, and restored the fortress of
Alamut and other properties to the Assassins, who were strongly surviving underground.
They soon found that they had exchanged one master for another, for
the Egyptians were now employing them for their own purposes [and required them to undergo
a new initiation, that of the ancient Egyptian Mysteries of Babylon]. Ibn
Batuta, the great traveler of the fourteenth century, found them well entrenched
in their former strong places, being used as the “arrows of the Sultan of Egypt with
which he reaches his enemies.” The supposed suppression of the creed which
followed the Mongol destruction did not in fact take place. Copying each
other, historians (laughs) have asserted that Assassinism died six hundred years ago [nothing
could be further from the truth]. Now and again, however, fresh facts of their
continued existence still come to light. In the eighteenth century an Englishman,
the British Consul at Aleppo in Syria, was at pains to make this better known: “Some
authors assert,” he writes, “that these people were entirely extirpated in the thirteenth
century by the Tartars. . . but I, who have lived so long in this infernal place,
will venture to affirm that some of their spawn still exists in the mountains that surround
us; for nothing is so cruel, barbarous and execrable that is not acted, and even
gloried in, by these cursed [Assassins].” The Assassins were widely dispersed throughout
Asia. The rise of the Thugs, the secret society of assassination of India,
followed the Mongol invasion of Persia. Indeed, at least one of the Thug recognition-signals
(Ali bhai Salam!) indicates salutations to Ali, the descendant of the
Prophet most greatly revered by the Assassins. Ismailis, not all of them recognizing
the one chief, reside in places as far apart as Malaya, East Africa and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
They would not necessarily feel that they are Assassins in the same sense as the
extremists who followed the old Sheikhs of the Mountains; but at least some of
them revere the descendants of the Lords of Alamut to the extent of deification.
The modern phase of Ismailism dates from 1810, when the French consul at Aleppo found that
the Assassins in Persia recognized as their divinely-inspired chief
a reputed descendant of the Fourth Grand Master of Alamut, who then lived at
Kehk, a small village between Isfahan and Tehran. This Shah Khalilullah “was revered
almost like a god and credited with the power of working miracles. . . the followers
of Khalilullah would, when he pared his nails, fight for the clippings; the water in
which he washed became holy water.” The sect next appear to the public gaze through
an odd happening. In 1866, a law case was decided in Bombay. There is
in that city a large community of commercial men known as Khojas: “A Persian,”the record
tells us, “Aga Khan Mehalati (i.e., a native of Mehelat, a place situated near Khek) had
sent an agent to Bombay to claim from the Khojas the annual tribute due
from them to him, and amounting to about £ 10,000. The claim was resisted, and the British court
was appealed to by Aga Khan. Sir Joseph Arnold investigated his claim.
The Aga proves his pedigree, showing that he descended in a direct line from
the fourth Grand Master of Alamut, and Sir Joseph declared it proved; and it was further
demonstrated by the trial that the Khojas were members of the ancient sect of
the Assassins, to which sect they had been converted four hundred years before
by an Ishmaelite missionary, who composed a work which has remained the sacred book
of the Khojas.” In the First Afghan War, the then Aga Khan
contributed a force of light cavalry to the British forces. For this he was
awarded a pension. Hitti, in his History of the Arabs, notes (p. 448, 1951 edition) that
the Assassin sect, known as Khojas and Malwas, gave over a tenth of their revenues
to the Aga Khan, who “spends most of his time as a sportsman between Paris and
London.” The influence of the new form of organization
and training, as well as initiatory techniques, of the Assassins upon later
societies has been remarked by a number of students [and I have found in my research
that it’s absolutely true]. That the Crusaders knew a good deal about the Ismailis
is shown from the detailed descriptions of them which survive. S. Ameer Ali,
an Orientalist of considerable repute, goes further in his assessment: “From the Ismailis
the Crusaders borrowed the conception which led to the formation of all
the secret societies, religious and secular, of Europe. The institutions of Templars
and Hospitallers; the Society of Jesus, founded by Ignatius Loyola, composed by a body of
men whose devotion to their cause can hardly be surpassed in our time; the ferocious
Dominicans, the milder Franciscans—may all be traced either to Cairo or
to Alamut. The Knights Templar especially, with their system of grand masters, grand
priors and religious devotees, and their degrees of initiation, bear the strongest
analogy to the Eastern Ismailis.” [We’ve got to take a break, folks. I’ll be
right back, right after thisshort pause.] (Interlude music: Moonglow)
108 [In the year 1110, a mysterious order called
the Prieuré de Sion appeared upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This
mysterious secret order, the Prieuré de Sion, was eventually to crown the first king, the
first Christian king of Jerusalem. When they appeared in the Temple Mount in
1110, they recruited nine knights to comb, to scour the Temple Mount, the
passages and caverns and tunnels beneath for the ancient remains of the relics of their
religion.] Later in A.D. 1118, nine knights, [supposedly]
concerned for the welfare of pilgrims to the Holy Land, bound themselves
together in the creation of a knightly Order.[This order, again existing of nine knights, just
like the original nine knights, were commissioned by the Prieuré de Sion.] In
under two hundred years [folks] this organization had become one of the most
powerful single entities—if not the greatest—[power ever to exist] in Europe. [They were the first
international bankers. The first that ever existed in the world.] A few
years later it was utterly destroyed.[They say, however, as you’re going to find out,
they were not destroyed at all, but merely driven underground.] The zeal of religion,
the conditioning which made men support a dedicated cause with all of their
might, was likewise the instrument of their destruction. Nothing less than religious
fervor could have smashed the Order: as nothing less could have created it.
[And folks, you’re going to find it difficult to believe, but the rise of this order and
destruction, at least publically, ofthis order has such a great bearing on events today
that you could say that everything that has happened since has been brought
about by this one series of acts.] Were the Knights Templar devil-worshippers,
secret Saracens indulging in obscene orgies? Did they adore a head, spit on
the Cross, use the word, ‘Yallah’ [which means literally in Arabic,](O Allah!)in their rituals?
Did they learn their ways from the terrible sect of the Assassins?
108 Composed by Will Hudson and Irving Mills, words by Eddie De Lange, made famous by Benny
Goodman, 1934111 [Well, yes folks, they did. And they are the
link—at least, in that day, would have been considered the modern link—
between the ancient Mystery Religion of Babylon and Europe. For the religion had come to Europe
long, long before the Templars ever emerged, and made their appearance
in the ancient worship of the sun by the Druids and the Celts, and the
tribes, the Germanic tribes who had made their way thousands of years ago from the Middle
East up through Asia, and across Russia and into Europe. They brought Mystery
Babylon with them, and practiced it as what we now know of today asthe
pagan religion. And Stonehenge is actually an ancient Babylonian temple of the sun. And
you will find how all this connects later.]
[But the origin of this was lost, and the ability to control large numbers of people,
by the use of the hidden knowledge of the ages, was lost. It wasn’t until the Knights
Templar bought[sic] and brought the Mystery Religion of Babylon to Europe,
that the ancient, ancient worship of the sun again took hold. Amongst the Christian countries,
in the guise of Christianity, which was itself at that time—I’m not talking
about the teachings of Christ now, I’m talking about the perversion of the
teachings of Christ—the melding of the teachings of Christ with the ancient worship of the
sun, the Mystery Religion of Babylon which became the Catholic church was
indeed another branch of the ancient Mystery Religion of Babylon. And some
of you out there may be confused from all of this.]
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was broadcast on February the 12th, I believe, a Friday. But anyway, Stan will know.
Give him a call at (602) 567-6109. That’s (602) 567-6109 or write to Stan and ask him
for an information packet at P.O. Box 889, Camp Verde, Arizona, 86322. That’s P.O.
Box 889, Camp Verde, Arizona, 86322.] [Now, folks,] the original objective of the
Order [of the Temple—Knights Templar], which immediately because the
subject of applause throughout Christendom, was to combine the two functions of monk and
knight, to live chastely and fight the Saracents with the sword and spirit. The
Sweet Mother of God [at least outwardly they say] was chosen as their patroness;
and they bound themselves to live in accordance with the rules of St. Augustine, electing
as the their first leader Hugh de Payens.[Now]King Baldwin II granted him a
part of his palace to live in and gave them a grant toward its upkeep.[Now the
part of the palace they lived in was an ancient mosque, which was built upon the actual location
of the old Temple of Solomon, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.]
[The Knights Templar] vowed to consecrate their swords, arms, strength and lives to
the defense of the mysteries of the Christian faith; to pay complete and utter
obedience to the orders of the Grand Master; to fight whenever commanded,
regardless of perils, for the faith of Christ as they understood it. Among the vows taken
which were forbade their yielding even a foot of land to the enemy [whoever
the enemy was] and not to retreat, even if attacked in the proportion of three to
one. They choose the name militia temple—Soldiers of the Temple—after the temple supposedly
built by Solomon in Jerusalem, near which they had been assigned
quarters by the King.[But in reality had nothing to do with the Temple of
Solomon.] Some say that the Templars derived their idea
of their Order from that of the Hospitallars, who looked after Catholic
pilgrims to Palestine; for there was little hospitality to be had from the native Orthodox
Christians of those parts. Others hold that there was an even older Order from which
they received their inspiration. No reliable evidence is, at this point however,
available. [According to the “establishment” historians, although for those who really,
really research the true history of the secret orders, and specifically the Knights
Templars, there’s a direct connection to the Assassins and the Roshaniya.]
Although the Templars were so poor than two men had to share a horse [they say, but that
is not true at all] (and their Seal commemorated this decades after they
became one of the richest communities of their time), they soon attracted
favorable notice and support.[Now, the two knights riding a horse was a symbol of sacrifice.
It denoted their vows of poverty. In truth, each knight now only had a horse,
but he had what they called a yeoman. He had a spare horse, he had a pack horse,
and he had several horses in reserve, and a whole train of servants. But the Knights
Templar were the firsttrue—as we know it in modern times, in modern times there
were others before, but they were the first true in modern times—and by modern, 112
I’d say, from the time that Europe escaped from the old tribal of paganism. In other
wordsin 1110, I consider that to be beginning of the modern age. Although historians
may disagree with me, it’s the beginning of everything that has happened
since, and everything that’s happening today can be traced right to the door of the Knights
Templar, and that’s why I say that. They were the first modern order to practice
what we now know as true Communism. They were the ones who brought
international Socialism into Europe, which has always been the tenet and the creed of
the Mystery Religion of Babylon.] Only one year aftertheir establishment, Fulk, Count
of Anjou, who had come to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage, joined as a married
member and gave them an annual grant of thirty pounds of silver. This example was soon followed
by other devout Western princes.
For the first nine years of their existence, the knights continued to live a life of chastity
and poverty in accordance with their vows. They adopted a striped black and
white banner, called the Beauséant, after their original piebald horse; and this
word also became their battle-cry. Special raiment they had none, and they wore whatever
clothes were given to them by the pious. But little by little, as one writer
puts it, they were to become “haughty and insolent”.
[And the black and white banner, the translation of the meaning of which was for the, again,
exoteric, for the real meaning of the black and white banner was
the meaning of the androgynous god, the positive and the negative, the black and
the white, the yin and the yang, the male and the female combined into one, and that
was the real meaning of the black and white banner. And it’s carried forth today
on the floor of many of the temples of Freemasonry where the black and white
checkered pattern exists, and in one famous cathedral in Europe built by the Knights Templar.
They disguised their esoteric religion in an exoteric manner that would
be accepted by Christianity.] Baldwin of Jerusalem, who had been a prisoner
in the hands of the Saracens and knew of their disunity, realized at about
this time that Islam must eventually unite against the Christian invasion, and the decided
that the Templars who prove ideal allies in the battles which were to come.
In 1127, therefore, he sent two Templars with his strong recommendation to the
Pope, applying for official recognition of the Order by the Holy See.
[And this is the first time that the Templars even were considered to be close to the center
of religion, the Christian religion in that day, the Catholic church,
the Pope. For they were not commissioned as a Christian order; they were not
commissioned by the Pope or by the church, and this is a big myth that the Knights Templar
started out to protect the church and to protect the pilgrims on their way to
Jerusalem. They were established first, primarily, and foremost as a branch of the
ancient order of the Religion of Mystery Babylon. And it’s indicative of the strategies that
they’ve used since to endear themselves to whatever the established power,
or the beliefs of the majority of the people might be.]
[When they went to see the Pope,]they had an introduction to St. Bernard himself, the
Abbot of Clairvaux, who was known to be admirer of theirs, and who was
a nephew of one of their envoys. Then the Grand Master himself arrived in
Europe, and received the eulogistic opinion of the Abbot: “They go not headlong into battle,
but with care and foresight, peacefully, as true children of Israel. But
as soon as the fight had begun, they rush without delay upon the foe . . . and know
no fear. . . one has often put to flight a thousand;
two, ten thousand . . . gentler than lambs and grimmer than lions; theirs is the
mildness of monks and the valor of the knight.”[Now folks, this was a strong recommendation, and
this testimonial was part of the campaign of the Templars in their efforts
atrecognition of the Pope. All of you who have thought that they began as a
religious order in the first place are so way off base thatit’s pathetic. And neither
were the Jesuits a religious order in the first
place, but we’ll get that together in another broadcast.][But] on the 31st [of] January
[in the year] 1128, the Master appeared before the Council of Troyes. This formidable
body consisted of the Archbishops of Rheims and Sens, ten bishops and a
number of abbots—including St. Bernard himself – presided over by the Cardinal of Albano,
the Papal legate. They were approved; and Pope Honorius chose for them
a white mantle, completely plain. The red cross was added by order of Pope
Eugenius III in 1146.[And see, you thought the Templars thought of this. Nope not at
all. This was mandated by two Popes: first, the white mantle, completely plain;
and then later the red cross was added by Pope Eugenius III in 1146.]
Hugh de Payens now took his delegation through France and England, and collected a number
of recruits. Gifts and grants were showered upon the Order; lands,
rents and arms were forthcoming from all quarters. Richard I of England was
enthusiastic about them. By 1133, King Alfonso of Aragon and Naverre, who had fought the
Spanish Moors in twenty-nine battles, had willed his country to them; although when
the Moors finally laid him low his nobles prevented the Templars from
claiming their rights.[Nevertheless, this was of great honor. In fact, to my knowledge
and to our research into history, it never had before been done.]
In 1129 the Master, accompanied by three hundred knights, recruited from the noblest houses
of Europe, led a huge train of pilgrims to the Holy Land. It was at this
time that the Templars formed part of the Christian contingent which, allied with
the Assassins, tried to take Damascus.[And it wasn’t the first time nor the last that
the Christian Knights Templar, or supposedly Christian Knights Templar (they
really weren’t Christian at all) were allied with the Assassins.]Were they (as the
Orientalist von Hammer alleges)109 connected in some secret way with the Assassins? [Yes,
our research shows that it is a historical fact. And it is also a historical
fact that the Assassins were prepared to adopt Christianity if they could gain greater
power thereby (Christianity, that is, on the surface, just as the Knights Templar had done)].
Hammer points to the similarities of the two organizations. The followers of
Hasan Ibn Sabah were in contact with the Templars, and had a similar method of
organization. They were in existence before the Templars were formed: “The Ismailians
([or] Assassins) was the original, and [folks] the Order of the Templars, [was] the
copy.” The balance of Western opinion is against
this contention; more particularly because, one feels from wide reading of
historians, great sympathy is felt for the cruelly treated and a arbitrarily dispossessed
Templars. Thus Keightley, who made a close study of the Order those who would claim
that the Templars were an Assassin branch [but, when you do research into
the (laughs) associations and memberships of Keightley, you’ll find that Keightley was
himself a Knight Templar. And he said:] “When, nearly thirty years after their institution,
the Pope gave them permission to wear a cross on their mantle, like the
rival Hospitaller Order, no color could present itself to well suited to those who daily and
hourly exposed themselves to martyrdom as that of blood, in which there
was so much of what was symbolical. With respect to internal organization it will,
we apprehend, be always found that this is for the most part of the growth of time and
the product of circumstances; and it always nearly the same where these last are
similar.” 110
[And you find this kind of rhetoric, semantics, all throughout the writings of those who wish
to cover the true origin and the true meaning of Mystery Babylon.]
The famous question of the three thousand gold pieces paid by the Syrian branch of the
Assassins to the Templars is another matter which has [of course] never
been settled. One opinion holds that this money was given as a tribute to the
Christians; the other, that it was a secret allowance from the larger to the small organization.
[Which it really was as the Assassins wished to expand their control and
remembertheir original goal was to take over the entire world by the systematic
infiltration and control of each individual country.]Those who think that the Assassins
were fanatical Moslems, and therefore would not form any alliance with those who
to them were infidels, should be reminded that to the followers of the Old Man of
the Mountains only he was right, and the Saracens who were fighting the Holy War for Allah against
the Crusaders were as bad as anyone else who did not accept the
Assassin doctrine. [And it is true today: “If you are not one
of us, you are nothing.””The ends justify the means.””The strength of our Order
exists in the fact that we manifest ourselves under many different names and many different
occupations, and sometimes even seem to oppose ourselves. But at the highest
level, we are of one mind.” And I could go on, and on (laughs), and on, and you all
know that I could go on and on and on. For I have studied this for so many years that
I eat, drink and sleep it. Oh yes.] [Well, eventually] grave charges against the
Templars during the Crusades included the allegation that they were fighting
for themselves alone. More than one historical incident bears this out. The Christians had
besieged the town of Ascalon in 1153, and were engaged upon burning down the
walls with large piles of inflammable materials. Part of the wall fell after a
whole night of this burning. The Christian army was about to enter, when the Master of
the Temple (Bernard de Tremelai) 109 Chevalier Joseph von Hammer, The History
of the Assassins: Derived from Oriental sources, 1835
110 Thomas Keightley, Secret Societies of the Middle Ages, 1837114
claimed the right to take the town himself. This was because the first contingent into
a conquered town had the whole spoils. As it happened, the garrison rallied and killed
the Templars, closing the breach. There seem good grounds for believing that
the power which they had gained caused the Templars to devote their efforts as much to
their own Order’s welfare as to the cause of the Cross, in spite of their tremendous
sacrifices for that cause. Having no loyalty to any territorial chief, they obeyed
their Master alone, and hence no softening political pressure could be put upon them.
[Well,] this might well have led to an idea that they were an invisible super-state
[and that is exactly the fact]; and this does show some similarity with the invisible
empire of the Assassins. If none can deny their bravery, their high-handedness and exclusivity,
in less than a hundred and fifty years after their founding gave them the reputation
of considering themselves almost a law unto themselves.
[No longer reading] And now, dear listeners, we get into the meat,
the direct connection between the historical events and the events that are
happening today. Don’t miss even one episode of this series.
Good night, and may God bless each and every one of you.
(Outro music: Stardust) 111 Hour 13:The End of the Templars (aired March
3rd, 1993) I’m William Cooper, and you’re listening to
the Hour or the Time. Well, folks, we’ve been getting calls from
all over the nation, and even in some foreign countries. They have been worried.
They’ve called Stan; his phone has been ringing off the hook. It seems some rather spurious
and ambitious individuals have been spreading a rumor by word-of-mouth, by
the written word, and even on talk radio all across this country that I am dead.
Well, folks, here’s my answer to that: (Intro music: Still Crusin’)
112 To all of my regular listeners and all the
ships at sea around the world: it’s me, William Cooper, speaking to you from the
dead where I have, indeed, seen the light and I turned it off.
[Reading from A History of Secret Societies]: “One of the most disgraceful acts which stain
the annals of the Templars,”says even one of their ardent admirers,
“occurred in the year 1155, when Bertrand de Blancford (whom William of Tyre calls a
‘pious and God-fearing man’) was Master ofthe Order. In a contest for the supreme
power in Egypt, which the viziers, bearing the proud title of Sultan,
exercised under the phantom-caliphs, Sultan Abbas who had put to death the Caliph his
master found himself obliged to fly from before the vengeance of the incensed
people. With his harem and his own and a great part of the royal treasures, he took
his way through the desert. [Well,] a body of Christians, chiefly Templars, lay in wait
for the fugitives near Ascalon. The resistance offered by the Moslems was slight
and very ineffectual; Abbas himself was either slain or he fled, and his son
Nasiredin professed his desire to become a Christian. The far larger part of the booty
of course fell to the Templars; but this did not satisfy their avarice. They sold Nasiredin
to his father’s enemies for 60,000 pieces of gold. [Now, if you think that’s a
lot of money in this day and age, it was a veritable king’s ransom in that.] And [they]
stood by to see him bound hand and foot, and placed in a sort of cage or iron-latticed
sedan, on a camel to be conducted to Egypt, where a death by protracted
torture awaited him.” It was not the Templars alone [folks] who
were guilty of arrogance and worse. The Hospitallers had deteriorated from
their first fine beginnings; and the annals of both Orders are not innocent of unpleasantness,
though they are indeed well filled with tales of glory. The Hospitallers,
for instance, refused to pay tithes to the Patriarch of Jerusalem, even going so far
as to erect immense buildings in front of the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as a practical demonstration of their own
importance. [Now] when the Patriarch entered his church, they rang their bellsso loudly
that he cannot make himself heard. There is an occasion recorded when “the congregation
was assembled in church, the Hospitallers rushed into it in arms, and
shot arrows among them as if they were robbers or infidels. These arrows were collected and
hung up on Mount Calvary, where Christ had been crucified, to the scandal
of these recreant knights. On applying to Pope Adrian IV for redress, the
Syrian clergy found him and his cardinals so prepossessed in favor of his enemies—(laughs)
bribed by them in fact, [it] was said— that they had no chance of relief.”
This, then, [folks] was the background of the rise of the Templars, and the flavor of
their environment. [Now] if one adds to these elements the fact that various very
heterodox sects—gnostic, Manichae and the rest—still lurked in the Holy Land,
together with a great deal of magic and superstition of every kind, [then] there is a possibility,
to say the least, that the Templars were infected by it.[The facts, indeed,
show that they were not only infected, but taken by it, and were initiated into
not only by the branch known as the Assassins, but veritably arose from the secret sects
in Syria.]The contention which has been made, that such heresies and archaic
religions and practices do not survive until the Templar period, is demonstrably
false, although much play has been made of it by those who defend the Order; for do such
sects not endure there until this [very] day? [Hmm? Well,] this is not to say
that the Templars were guilty of the practices which formed the substance of the
112 The Beach Boys, Still Cruisin’ (album), 1989116
confessions later to be wrung from them by barbaric torture, which we will examine in
due course. But a secret tradition and magical rites may well have played a part
in their hidden lore and practices. It should also be remembered [folks] that towards
the end there were Templars who were of actual Palestinian birth, who would have every opportunity
of absorbing the unorthodox beliefs of the many schools of
a magico-religious nature which existed in the area.The Grand Master Philip of
Nablus([in] 1167), for instance, was a Syrian, and many Crusaders were Levantine lords, whatever
their original blood, speaking Arabic with perfection.
It was 1162 that the Magna Carta of the Order was obtained by the Templars: the Bull Omne
Datum Optimum, often described as the keystone of their power.
[And] through this instrument they were able to consolidate their authority and
preserve their secrets against intrusion. They were to find, too, that it did much to
excite the envy of their opponents. Pope Adrian IV had died;[the] two rival popes
were elected: Alexander III by the Sicilian group, and Victor III by the
imperial party. At first the Templars acknowledged Victor; but in 1161 they switch their allegiance
to Alexander. There was probably some sort of secret arrangement behind
this, for by January 7th of the following year the famous Bull was issued. By
the terms of this document, the Templars were released from all spiritual ties except to
the Holy See [itself]; they were permitted to have special burial-grounds in
their own houses; they could have chaplains of their own; they had no tithes to
pay; [which in that day and age was miraculous] and were allowed to receive tithes [which
was absolutely incredible]. Nobody who had once entered the Order could leave
it, except to join one with a stricter discipline. The stage [dear listeners] was set
for clerical hatred of the Templars and Hospitallers (who had similar privileges) [and in fact
were one and the same and still are today], although the advantages to the
Pope from the combined support of these two Orders could hardly be
overestimated. In 1184 an incident occurred which inspired
a great deal of distrust of the Order, although the rarity of its occurrence
should have underlined the fact that it was nothing of much consequence. [You see,] the
English knight, Robert of St. Albans left the Templars, became a Moslem, and led
an army for Saladin against Jerusalem, then in the hands of the Franks. The
charge against the Templars that they were secret Mussulmans or allies with the Saracens
does not seem borne out by the fact that Saladin accused them of treacherous truce-breaking
and other crimes and—unlike his usual chivalrous self—took a
solemn oath that he would execute such Templar captives as he could obtain, as “beyond the
limits of Islam and infidelity alike.” Nor did they make any [attempts] to
invoke any religious bond with Saladin when they were captured, as we know from
the Arabic Life of Saladin written contemporaneously by his secretary, Qadi Yusuf. Strong evidence
of this is given in the events which followed the terrible Battle
of Hittin. Two years before, Saladin had made a pact with the Assassins that they
would give him a free hand to continue his Holy War against the Franks [which we discussed
on an earlier program]. On July 1st, 1187, he captured Tiberias. He attacked
nearby Hittin at dawn on Friday, July 3rd. Thirty thousand [Christians; 30,000
Christians!] were captured, including the King of Jerusalem. No Templar[not one] is
mentioned in the detailed Arab account as asking for mercy on religious or other
grounds, although all knew that Saladin had issued a war-cry: “Come to death,
Templars!”The Grand Master, Gerard of Ridefort, and several other knights were among those
taken. Saladin offered them their lives if they would see the light of
the True Faith. [Well, according to history,] none accepted, and all these knights were
beheaded except, admittedly, the Templar Grand Master.[Could it be that he did accept the
true faith, or the “light of the true faith,” as Saladin had put it?] A non-Templar,
Reginald of Chatillon, tried to invoke the sacred code of Arab hospitality, and
other Crusaders claimed that they were Moslems, and were spared: none of them were Templars
or Hospitallers. Reginald and the Templars collectively were sentenced
to death for breaking the truce and the “war crime” of killing unarmed pilgrims
to Mecca. Arab accounts include only a few references which could be construed as indicating
any collusion with the Christian army. One says that on the Friday
at midday ([and] the battle lasted for two days), Sultan Saladin issued the attack
cry to be passed along the Sarasin host, “On for Islam!”, at which the striped banner of
the Templars was raised, “and the Emir Lion-of-the-Faith said, ‘Are those Sultan
(Saladin) Yusef’s allies, of whom I have heard from the Reconnaisance men?'”[Well,]
this cannot be regarded as anything at all conclusive. The only other reference is to
a body of Templars who went over to the Saracen side, and whose supposed descendants
survive to this day as the Salibiyya ([which means] Crusader) tribe in north
Arabia. This engagement[folks] spelt the end of real
Western power in Palestine for over seven hundred years, although it did
stimulate the unsuccessful Third Crusade. Although the Templars—and some other Crusaders—were
still in the Holy Land, 117 they had lost almost all oftheir possessions
there. But in the West lay the real seat of their power. At this time their European
possessions numbered over seven thousand estates and foundations. Although principally concentrated
in France and England, they had extensive properties in
Portugal, Castile, Leon, Scotland and Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Sicily. When
Jerusalem was lost, their headquarters were transferred to Paris. This building, like
all their branch churches, was known as the Temple. It was here that the French King
Philip the Fair took refuge in 1306, to escape a civil commotion.113 It is said that
this visit gave him his first insight into the real wealth of the order:[Now, remember,
the wealth was not for the members, for they practiced the first true Socialism—international
Socialism, or Communism.]the fabulous treasures which his host
showed him giving the bankrupt monarch the idea to plunder the knights on the pretext
that they were dominated by heresies.
Phillip the Fair was not entirely without some grounds for attacking the Templars. [For]
in 1208 we find Pope Innocent III, a great friend of the Order, censuring
them publicly for “Causing their churches to be thrown open for Mass to be said
every day with loud ringing of bells, bearing the cross of Christ on their breasts but not
caring to follow his doctrines which forbid to giving offense to any of the little
ones who believe in him. Following the doctrines of demons, they affix their cross
of their Order upon the breast of every kind of scoundrel, asserting that whoever by paying
two or three pence a year became one of their fraternity could not, even if
interdicted, be deprived of Christian burial . . . and thus they themselves, being
captive to the devil, cease not to make captive the souls of the faithful, seeking to make
alive those whom they knew to be dead . . .”
The first sign of an attempt to bring some sort of physical restraint upon the Templars
came from Henry III of England. [For] in 1252 he hinted that he might try
to seize some of the property of the Order: “You prelates and religious,” he said,
“especially you Templars and Hospitallers, have so many liberties and charters that your
enormous possessions make you rave with pride and haughtiness. What was imprudently
given must therefore be prudently revoked; and what was inconsiderately
bestowed must be considerately recalled.”[Those were the words of the King.]
The Master of the Templars immediately replied: “What sayest thou, O King? Far be it that
thy mouth should utter so disagreeable and silly a word. So long as
thou dost exercise justice thou wilt reign; but if thou infringe it, thou wilt cease to
be King!”
[Now remember that the Knights Templar at that time were the very first international
bankers. They were the wealthiest Order, wealthiest group, then known in the
world—even surpassing the kings of the different countries that existed. And even
though the Hospitallers were created before the Knights Templar, eventually the two became
the same Order, though to the public and to the rulers of Europe, they were
different orders with different names.] The haughty Templars of the fourteenth century
owned land and revenues, gained steadily in honor and importance.
They might have thrones had they wanted them; for such was their power towards the end that,
banded together (as one historian points out), they could have overcome
more than one of the smaller countries of Europe. Perhaps,though, they
aimed even higher than that. If their eventual aim was world hegemony, they could not have
organized themselves better, or planned their aristocratic hierarchy more
thoroughly. [And you will see that that’s been carried over even onto the modernday.]
The pride, arrogance, and complete confidence and self-sufficiency of the Order is something
which shows through even the least inspired pages of the chroniclers.
Their power was legendary: “Everywhere they had churches, chapels, tithes,
farms, villages, mills, rights of pasturage, of fishing, of venery, of wood.
They had also in many places the right of holding annual fairs which were managed and
the tolls received by some of the brethren of the nearest houses or by their
donates orservants. The number of their preceptoriesis, by the most moderate
computation, rated at nine thousand; the annual income of the Order put at about six million
[pounds] sterling: an [unbelievable, unimaginable] sum forthose
times! Masters of such a revenue, descended from the noblest houses in
113 Just the year before, Philip had fled from a bloodthirsty mob, angry at the king
for debasing the national currency. Dungeon, Fire and Sword, p.430 Christendom,
uniting in their purses the most esteemed secular and religious characters, regarded
as the chosen champions of Christ and the flower of Christian knights,
it was not possible for the Templars, in such lax times as the twelfth and
thirteenth centuries, to escape falling into the vices of extravagantluxury and overweening
pride.” The Order, [folks] when fully developed, was
composed of several classes: chiefly knights, chaplains and serving-brothers.
Affiliated were those who were attached to the Order in worked for and received its protection,
without taking its vows. [And] this affiliation was said to be derived
from the Arab ‘clientship’ association, analogous to blood-brotherhood in tribal
associations. A candidate for knighthood should prove that
he was of a knightly family and entitled [yes, entitled] to the distinction.
His father must have been a knight or eligible to become one. He had to prove beyond any
doubt that he was born in wedlock. The reason for this last requirement was said
to be not only religious: there was the possibility that a political head such as a
king or prince might influence the Order by managing to have one of his bastard sons enter
it, later perhaps to rise to high rank therein, and finally attaching it to
the service of his dominion. The candidate [for initiation] had to be unmarried
and free from all obligations. He should have made no vow, nor
entered any other Order; and he was not to be in debt. Eventually the competition for
admission was so great from eligible people that a very high fee was exacted from
those who were to be monk-warriors of the Temple.
All candidates were to be knighted before entry into the Order. But the period of probation
which was originally demanded was before very long entirely abolished.
No young man could be admitted until he was twenty-one years of age,
because he was to be a soldier as well as a monk, and this was the minimum age at which
he could bear arms. When a new knight was admitted to the Order,
the ceremony was held in secret. This fact, and persistent rumors, caused
the belief that certain ceremonies and tenets were put into practice which deviated more
than a little from the rituals of the Church. The ceremony was held in one of the
Order’s chapels, in the presence of the assembled chapter alone.
The Master (or the Prior, who took his place in chapels other than those at which he was
present) opened the proceedings: “Beloved brethren, ye see that
the majority are agreed to receive this man as a brother. If there be any among you
who knows anything of him, on account of which he cannot lawfully become a brother, let him
say it; for it is better that this should be signified beforehand than after
he is brought before us.” [And] if no objection was lodged, the aspirant
was sent to a small room with two or three experienced knights, to coach
him in what he had to know: “Brother, are you desirous of being associated with the
Order?”If he agreed, they would dwell upon the trials and rigors of being a Templar.
[They would prepare him for initiation.] He had to reply that for the sake of God
he was willing to undergo anything in remain in the Order for life; they asked him if he
had a wife or was betrothed; had he made vows to any other Order; did he owe money
more than he could pay; was he of sound mind and body; was he the
servant of any person? [Well,] after satisfactory answers, the result
was passed to the Master. The assembled company was then asked again if
they knew anything that might disqualify him. [And] if none objected, they were asked: “Are
you willing that he should be broughtin, in God’s name?” The knights answered,
“Let him be brought in, in God’s name.” He was now again asked by his sponsors if
he still desired to enter the Order. Receiving an affirmative reply they led him
to the chapter, where he folded his hands and flung himself upon his knees: “Sir, I
am come before God and before you for the sake of God and our dear Lady, to admit me
into your Society, and the good deeds of the Order, as one who will be all his life
long servant and slave of the Order.” “Beloved brother,” answered the receptor,
“you are desirous of a great matter, for you see nothing but the outward shell of
our Order.”[Now let me repeat that again in case you weren’t listening, folks.] “Beloved
brother,” answered the receptor, “you are desirous of a great matter for you see
nothing but the outward shell of our Order. It is only the outward shell when you see
119 that we have fine horses and rich caparisons,
that we eat and drink well and are splendidly clothed. From this you conclude
that you will be well off with us. But you know not rigorous maxims which are in our
interior. For it is a hard matter for you, who are your own master, to become the servant
of another. You will hardly be able to perform, in future, what you wish
yourself. For when you may wish to be on this side of the sea, you will be sent to the other
side; when you will wish to be in Acre, you will be sent to the district of
Antioch, to Tripolis, or to Armenia; or you will be sent to Apulia, to Sicily, or to
Lombardy, or to Burgundy, France, England, or any other country where we have houses
and possessions. [Where we wish you to do our will.]
[Further he says:] “When you will wish to sleep, you will be ordered to watch; when
you will wish to watch, then you will be ordered to go to bed; when you will wish
to eat, then you will be ordered to do something else. And as both we and you
might suffer great inconvenience from what you have mayhap concealed from us, look here
on the holy evangelists and the word of God and answer the truth to the questions
which we shall put to you; for if you lie you will be perjured, and may be
expelled the Order, from which God keep you!” Now all the former questions were asked on
Holy Writ. If the answers proved acceptable, the receptor continued:
“Beloved brother, take good care that you have spoken the truth to us: for should you
have spoken false in any one point, you might be put out of the Order—from which
God keep you! Now, beloved brother, attend strictly to what we shall say unto
you. Do you promise to God, and our dear Lady Mary to be, all your life long, obedient to
the Master of the Temple, and to the Prior who shall be set over you?”
[And initiate answers with:] “Yea, Sir, with the help of God!”
[Again, he is asked,] “Do you promise to God, and our dear Lady Mary, to live chaste of
your body all your life long?” [And he answers,] “Yea, Sir, with the help
of God!” [And he’s again asked,] “Do you promise to
God, and our dear Lady Mary, to observe all your life long, the laudable
manners and customs of our Order, both those which are already in use and those which the
Master and Knights may add?” [And he answers,] “Yea, Sir, with the help
of God!” [And then he’s asked,] “Do you promise to
God, and our dear Lady Mary, that you will, with the strength and powers
which God has bestowed on you, help as long as you live to conquer the Holy Land of Jerusalem;
and that you will, with all your strength, aid to keep and guard that
which the Christians possess?” [And he answers,] “Yea, Sir, with the help
of God!” [And he’s asked,] “Do you promise to God,
and our dear Lady Mary, never to hold (leave) this Order for stronger or
weaker, for better or worse, than with permission of the Master, or of the chapter which has
the authority?” [And he answers,] “Yea, Sir, with the help
of God!” [And then he’s asked,] “Do you finally promise
to God, and our dear Lady Mary, never to be present when a Christian is
unjustly and unlawfully despoiled of his heritage, and that you will never, by counsel or by
act, take part therein?” [And he answers,] “Yea, Sir, with the help
of God!” [And then:] “In the name, then, of God, and
our dear Lady Mary, and in the name of St. Peter of Rome, and of our father
the Pope, and in the name of all the brethren of the Temple, we receive to all the good
works of the Order which have been performed from the beginning, and shall be
performed to the end, you, your father, your mother, and all of your family whom 120
you will let have share therein. In like manner do you receive us to all the good work which
you have performed and shall perform. We assure you of bread and water
and the poor clothing of the order, and labor and toil enow.”
Then the candidate was admitted. [Don’t go away, folks. I’ll be right back
after this very short pause.] (Interlude music: unknown orchestral music)
114 (Speaking over music)
[You’re listening to the Hour of the Time. I’m William Cooper—I am still alive, I am
still kicking and I’m going to be around for a long, long time, much to the
dismay of the Mystery Schools and international Socialism. Don’t go away, folks.
We’ll begin again in just a few moments.] (Interlude music continues)
[With a joyous celebration]the candidate was admitted.The white mantle with its red cross
was placed by the Master over the neck of the candidate, and clasped
firmly by him. The Chaplain recited the 132nd psalm and the prayer of the Holy
Ghost, and each brother repeated a paternoster. Then the Master and the Chaplain kissed the
new entrant on the mouth. As he sat down before the Master, the latter
delivered him a sermon on his duties. Knights were equipped more lightly than other
Crusaders, and were issued with shields, sword, lance and mace. They
were allocated three horses each, [not one with two knights riding, but three horses
each] plus an esquire, who was either a serving-brother or a layman, perhaps a youth
from a noble family anxious to become a knight in his own turn.
Retired knights were looked after by the Order, became counselors at meetings, and were eventually
buried in coffins in their Templar habit, with the legs crossed.
Many Templar gravestones show the Knight with his feet up on a dog.[But most
show the crossed thighbones and the skull known as the Skull and Bones—the same Skull
and Bones as the Russell trust, the Brotherhood of Death at Yale, and the same
Skull and Bones displayed upon the flag of the Pirates.]
It was Philip the Fair of France, bankrupt and fearful of the growing power of the warriors
of the Temple, who laid the conspiracy for the suppression of the Order
for all time. It has been hinted that Philip had some forewarning that a plot
against the throne was afoot; that the Templars, frustrated in their attempts to win back the
Holy Land, were about to turn upon Pope and King alike and try to overcome
all Christendom.[And, believe it or not, that’s closer to the truth than anything
that you ever heard about the Templars.]In 1305, Pope Clement had been crowned through
the assistance of the French King [and was actually under the control of the
French King]; and Philip was ready to bring all the power of Church and State
against the Knights of the Temple. There had been continued rivalry between the
Templars and the Hospitallers [on the surface, underneath, they were one
and the same]; and Clement, six months after his enthronement, wrote asking them to visit
him for a conference, ostensibly for the purpose of making plans for aiding
the kings of Armenia and Cyprus. The Pope was, however, hoping that he could
effect a reconciliation between the two Orders, which would in turn strengthen his own position
as their only ultimate head. William de Villaret, Master of the Hospital,
was fully engaged in an attack upon the Saracens of Rhodes when the invitation
arrived, and could not obey it; but Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Temple, decided
to accept. He handed over the defense of Limassol in Cyprus to the Order’s
Marshall, collected sixty knights, packed 150,000 gold florins plus much other
treasure, and set sail for France. 114121
At Paris, de Molay was received with honors by the King who was plotting his downfall.
In Poitiers, he met Clement, and discussed the possibilities of a fresh Crusade.
De Molay opined that only a complete alliance of all Christendom could be of
any avail against the Moslems, and that the amalgamation of the two Orders was not a good
idea. The Grand Master returned to Paris; and almost at once rumors began
to circulate about certain serious charges to be preferred against the Order.
Troubled at this campaign, the Master (together with Rimbaud de Caron, Preceptor of Outremer;
Jeffrey de Goneville, Preceptor of Aquitane, and Hugh de Peraudo,
Preceptor of France) returned to Poitiers to justify the Order before the Pope.
An audience took place, about April of 1307, in which the Pope mentioned the charges which
have been made. The commission understood that their answers satisfied
Clement, and returned to the capital in good heart. But this[dear
listeners] was only the beginning. The method by which the charges were originally
said to have been made was through a former Templar who had been
expelled from the Order for heresy and other offenses. This Squin de Flexian found himself
in prison, together with another man (a Florentine named Noffo Dei), and they
thought (or were told) that they could obtain their release and a pardon for the
crime of which they were currently accused if only they would testify against the Order.
One account has it that de Flexian called for the governor of the prison, saying
that he had a disclosure to make which he could tell the King personally; and
which would be more to him than the conquest of [an entire] kingdom. Another chronicle
has it that both men were degraded Templars, and had been actively engaged in
the revolt against the King during which Philip had been forced to take refuge
with the Templars. It is further stated that Cardinal Cantilupo, the Chamberlain to the
Pope, who had been in an association with the Templars since he was eleven years
old, had confessed some of their doings to his master.
Ten main charges were made by de Flexian against the Order:
1. Each Templar on his admission swore never to quit the Order, and to further its interests
by right or wrong. 2. The heads of the Order are in secret alliance
with the Saracens, and they have more of Mohammedan infidelity than
Christian faith. [And] proof of the latter includes that they make every novice spit
upon the cross and trample upon it, and blaspheme the faith of Christ in various ways.
3. The heads of the Order are heretical, cruel and sacrilegious men. Whenever any novice,
on discovering the iniquity of the Order, tries to leave it, they kill him
and bury the body secretly by night. They teach women who are pregnant by them
how to procure abortion, and secretly murder such newborn children.
4. They are infected with the errors of the Fratecelli; they despise the Pope and the
authority of the Church; they scorn the sacraments, especially those of penance
and confession. They pretend to comply with the rites of the Church simply to
avoid detection. 5. The superiors are addicted to the most
infamous excesses of debauchery. If anyone expresses his repugnance to this, he
is punished by perpetual captivity. 6. The Temple-houses are the receptacle of
every crime and abomination that can be committed. 7. The Order works to put the Holy Land into
the hands of the Saracens, and favors them more than the Christians.
8. The Master is installed in secret and few of the younger brethren are present atthis
ceremony. It is strongly suspected that on this occasion he repudiates the Christian
faith, or does something contrary to right. 9. Many statutes of the Order are unlawful,
profane and contrary to Christianity. [In fact, some of them are stone
penises.] The members are therefore forbidden under pain of perpetual confinement to reveal
them to anyone. 10. No vice or crime committed for the honor
or benefit of the Order is held to be a sin. [Now] these charges were later augmented by
others which were collected through testimony from other enemies of the
Order, and included such assertions as the use of the phrase Ya Allah ([which means]
O, Allah!) and the adoration of an idol called the Head of Baphomet.[In fact, the
Head of Baphomet was not an idolthat they worshiped but represented the
receptacle of the intelligence, or the seat of the intelligence: the brain, the light,
Lucifer, the gift of intellect, primordial knowing—and that is what really the object
of veneration was.] Philip and his advisers prepared a great secrecy
for the descent upon this powerful organization [the Knights Templar].
[And] on the 12th of September, 1307, sealed letters were sent to all the governors and
Royal officers throughout France, instructing them to arm themselves on the
twelfth of the next month and open the sealed orders—and to act upon them
forthwith. By the morning of Friday, October 13, [and on that day] almost every Templar
in France was in the hands of the King’s men.[And thus was born the legend that
Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. And notice that it was October, Friday the
13th, the very first October surprise.] 115 Hardly one seems to have had any warning.[But
they did because, before the king acted, the Templars had moved their wealth,
their treasure, and their holdings out of the country of France.] On the day
before his arrest, the Grand Master had actually been chosen by the King to be a pall-bearer
at a state funeral.116 The secret orders had it that all Templars
were to be seized, tortured and interrogated. Confessions were to be obtained
from them; pardon might be promised only if they confessed. And all their goods were to
be expropriated.[But the only thing that they really got was the actual real estate
property held by the Templars in France and nowhere else. None of the gold,
none of their wealth, none of their jewels, none of their treasures, none of the relics
that have recovered from the Holy Land were ever found.]
The King himself took possession of the Temple at Paris as soon as the Grand Master and his
knights were arrested. The next day the University of Paris assembled,
together with canons and other functionaries and ministers; and the Chancellor
declared that the knights had been proceeded against for heresy. Two days later the University
met in the Temple and some heads of the Order, including the Grand Master,
were interrogated. They are said to have confessed to ‘forty years’ guilt’
[whatever that means]. [Now] whether de Molay and others confessed
on that occasion or not, the King was emboldened to publish an
accusation, in which he called the knights “polluters of the error and devouring wolves.”
A public meeting was called in the Royal Gardens and addressed by monks and representatives
on this subject. Edward II was the son-in-law of the French
Philip, and to him was sent a priest who invited the English monarch to act at
once against the Order in Britain. [Well,] Edward almost at once wrote to say that the
charges seemed to him to be incredible. But Pope Clement wrote on November 22nd to
London, assuring Edward that the Master of the Temple had confessed of his
own free will that knights on their admission to the Order had denied Christ. Others had
admitted idolatry and other crimes. He therefore called upon the King of England
to arrest all Templars within his domains, and to place their lands and goods in
custody until their guilt or innocence should be ascertained.[He condemned them to torture
by the Dominican monks under the Inquisition until they confessed their
guilt or were dead.] [Now notice the date folks: November the 22nd
in the year 1307. That’s a significant date in our history and has direct
bearing, as you will see, many hours down the line.]
117 [William Cooper does an advertisement for
an upcoming lecture] 115 October Surprise (American political jargon)
is an unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November
election, in an attempt to win votes 116 On October 12, 1307, the grand master
was among the highest nobility of Europe who acted as pallbearers at the funeral
of Princess Catherine, the deceased wife of King Philip’s brother, Charles of Valois.
Born in blood, p.131 117 John F. Kennedy was assassinated exactly
666 years later.123 Before [the King of England] received this
missive, [he] seems to have been sorely troubled by the allegations. He wrote,
on November [the] 26th, to the Seneschal of Agen, asking about the charges. On the 4th
of December he wrote to the kings of Portugal, Castile, Aragon and Sicily, asking
“what they had heard, and adding that he had given no credit to it”. He wrote to
the Pope himself on December [the] 10th, expressing disbelief of what the French King said, and
begging His Holiness to institute an enquiry [Well folks,] by December
[the] 15th, when the Papal Bull arrived, Edward felt that he must act upon it
without question. On December [the] 26th he wrote to the Pope that his orders would be
obeyed. [But] in the interim, Edward had sent word to Wales, Scotland and
Ireland that the Templars were all to be seized, as in England; but they were to
be treated with kindness. On October [the] 19th, less than a week after
they had been arrested [in France], 140 prisoners were being tortured by the
Dominican Imbert, in the Paris Temple. Promises and the rack produced many confessions. Thirty-six
of the examinees died during these proceedings. Throughout France
the racks worked overtime, and the confessions poured forth. [Many good men
were crippled for the rest of their lives.] Many of these were contradictory and confused;
[and] perhaps there is little wonder of that.[How many of you could resist, even
for five minutes, the tortures of the medieval Inquisition?]
The Pope now seemed a little uneasy at the arbitrary methods which were being employed.
Philip wrote sharply to him saying that he, the King, was doing God’s
work, and rendered accounts to God alone. He offered to turn over all the goods of
the Templars to the service of the Holy Land, Clement, still a weakling, merely stipulated
that the inquisitions of each Bishop should be confirmed by a Provincial Council,
and that the examination of the heads of the Order should be reserved to
himself. Now we hear a constant succession of confessions and retractions, allegations
that the heads of the Order confessed completely and spontaneously to the Pope himself.
The Pope himself, for some unexplained reason [folks], tried to escape to
Bordeaux, but was stopped by the King. Now he was the monarch’s captive as well as his
creation. Detailed confessions of individual Templars
have been kept on record, many of them undoubtedly obtained by extreme
racking and other tortures. The Templars who were prepared to defend the Order in court
were brought to Paris, to the number of five hundred and forty-six. Deprived
of their knightly habits, and the sacraments of the Church, they had no
means to acquire defense counsel. Their numbers rose to nine hundred, and now they clamored
for the presence of the Grand Master, who was held elsewhere. An Act of
Accusation in the name of the Pope was drawn up, and seventy-five Templars
drew up the Defense. The accusation had it now that “At the time
of their reception they were made to deny God, Christ, the Virgin, etc., and in
particular to declare that Christ was not the true God, but a false prophet, who had
been crucified for his own crimes and not for the redemption of the world. They spat
and trampled upon the cross, especially on Good Friday. They worshiped a cat,
which sometimes appeared in their chapters. Their priests, when celebrating Mass, did
not pronounce the words of consecration. They believed that their Master
could absolve them from their sins. They were told at their reception that they
might abandon themselves to all kinds of licentiousness. They have idols in all their provinces, some
with three faces, some with one. They worshiped these idols in their
chapters, believed that they could save them, regarded them as the givers of
wealth to the order and of the fertility to the earth; they touched them with cords which
they afterwards tied around their own bodies [underneath their robes—and that
is still practiced today by Freemasons and by the Mormon Church]. Those
who at the time of their reception would not comply with these practices were put to death
or imprisoned.” The reply of the Templars denied every charge
and stated that they had been subjected to every kind of illegality since
their arrest. Fifty-four of the knights who had volunteered to defend the Order were committed
to the flames, having been declared relapsed heretics, before the trials
had even started.[And you’ll see this number fifty-four crop up later, and even in
the modern-day, and sometimes it’s fifty-four plus one—the Grand Master, who later was
burned at the stake.] Four years to the day after the first arrests,
the Pope led a convocation of one hundred and fourteen bishops to come to a
final decision about the Templar Order. [Well, folks,] the prelates of Spain, England, Germany,
Denmark, Ireland and Scotland called for the Templars to be allowed
to defend themselves. The Pope reported by closing the Session almost at once.
[He would not hear of it.] Out of fifteen hundred to two thousand Templars who were
in hiding in the vicinity, nine knights 124 came forward to testify for the Order. The
Pope doubled his guard and sent a message to the King to do the same, as there
was still danger from the hidden knights. They were not heard. Only one Italian prelate
and three French ones voted to prevent the Order from putting in its defense.
Now Philip, deciding that something should be done to hasten affairs, sent off for Venice
and the conference. His arrival had an electric effect. On his sole authority
the Pope almost immediately abolished the Order of a secret consistory. [And]
this was on March 22nd, [in the year] 1313.118 [And 1313 plays a significant number later
on as that was a famous address in New Orleans, as some of you may remember.]
On May 2nd, when the Bull was published, the Order ceased officially to exist.
The Grand Master, assumed but not proved to be guilty, was sentenced to perpetual imprisonment.
Most of the other knights were released and many of these past their
remaining days in poverty. De Molay and one of his chiefs, Guy of Auvergne,
[pronounced or] proclaimed their innocence on the public stage to which they had been
taken to have sentence announced. The King, upon hearing [them recant their
confession], immediately had them committed to the flames.
[No longer reading] And some say that, while he was being burned
at the stake, that de Molay cursed both the Pope and the King of France,
stating that within a certain short period of time, he would meet them . . . he would
meet them in another life, in front of God, who would judge them for their crimes. And,
believe it or not, folks, well within the period of time, which was not very long,
both the Pope and the King of France were dead, and I’m sure joined Jacques de Molay
in front of God for their final judgment.
We are in no way finished with the story of the Knights Templar. But until tomorrow night,
good night, and God bless each and every one of you.
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118 Vox in excelso was actually issued in 1312. The king of France made for Vienne on
20 March (1312), and after two days Clement V delivered to the commission of cardinals
for approval the bull by which the order of Templars was suppressed (the
bull Vox in excelso). In the second session of the council, which took place on 3 April
1312, this bull was approved and the pope announced a future crusade (that never
started). Norman P. Tanner, Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, 1990 Hour 14: Skull and
Bones (aired March 8th, 1993) Get comfortable, ladies and gentlemen, open
your ears, sit back and relax. And get set for an unbelievable revelation tonight.
You’re going to want copies of this tape . . .this tape of the Hour of the Time. I’m William
Cooper. (Intro music: The Rose)
120 Ah, yes, the seed that lies beneath the snow,
in the springtime becomes the rose. I’m going to begin tonight’s broadcast,
ladies and gentlemen, by reading a portion of the introduction of a book, entitled Born
in Blood, by John J. Robinson, The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry. Now, you should seek
out this book, purchase it and read it. It is a wonderful edition to your own
library, and I begin now: [Reading from Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets
of Freemasonry]:121 The research behind this book is not originally
intended to reveal anything about Freemasonry or the Knights Templar.
Its objective had been to satisfy my own curiosity about certain unexplained aspects of the Peasants’
Revolt in England in 1381, a savage uprising that saw upwards of
a hundred thousand Englishmen march on London. They moved in uncontrolled
rage, burning down manor houses, breaking open prisons, and cutting down any who stood
in their way. “One unsolved mystery of that revolt was the
organization behind it. For several years, a group of disgruntled priests of
the lower clergy had traveled the towns, preaching against the riches and corruption of the church.
During the months before the uprising, secret meetings had been held
throughout central England by men weaving a network of communication. After
the revolt was put down, rebel leaders confessed to being agents of a ‘Great Society,’ said
to be based in London. So very little is known of that alleged organization that
several scholars have solved the mystery simply by deciding that no such secret
society ever existed. “Another mystery was the concentrated and
especially vicious attacks on the religious order of the Knights Hospitaller of
St. John, now known as the Knights of Malta. Not only did the rebels seek out their properties
for vandalism and fire, but their prior was dragged from the Tower of
London to have his head struck off and placed on London Bridge, to the delight of
the cheering mob. “There was no question that the ferocity that
was unleashed on the crusading Hospitallers had a purpose behind it. One
captured rebel leader, when asked for the reasons for the revolt, said, ‘First, and
above all…the destruction of the Hospitallers.’ What kind of secret society could have that
special hatred as one of its primary purposes? “A desire for vengeance against the Hospitallers
was easy to identify in the rival crusading order of the Knights of the
Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. The problem was that those Knights Templar have been completely
suppressed almost seventy years before the Peasants’ Revolt,
following several years during which the Templars had been imprisoned, tortured
and burned at the stake. After issuing the decree that put an end to the Templar order,
Pope Clement V had directed that all of the extensive properties of the Templars
should be given to the Hospitallers. Could a Templar desire for revenge actually
survive underground for three generations? “There was no incontrovertible truth, yet
the only evidence suggest the existence of just one secret society in fourteenthcentury
England [just one], the society that was, or would become, the order of Free and Accepted
Masons. There appeared to be no connection, however, between the
revolt and Freemasonry, except for the name or title of its leader. He occupied the
center stage of English history for just eight days and nothing is known of him except that
he was the supreme commander of the rebellion. He was called Walter the Tyler,
and it seemed at first to be mere coincidence that he bore the title of the
enforcement officer of the Masonic lodge. In Freemasonry the Tyler, who must be a Master
Mason, is the sentry, the sergeant- 120 Bette Midler, The Rose, performed by unknown
artist 121 John J. Robinson, Born in Blood: The Lost
Secrets of Freemasonry, 1991 at-arms, and the officer who screens the credentials of
visitors who seek entrance to the lodge. In remembrance of an earlier,
more dangerous time, his post is just outside the door of the Lodge room, where he stands
with a drawn sword in his hand [William Cooper: even to this day].
“I was aware that there had been many attempts in the past to link the Freemasons with the
Knights Templar, but never with success. The fragile evidence advanced
by proponents of that connection had never held up, sometimes because it was
based on wild speculation, and at least once because it had been based on a deliberate
forgery. But despite the failures to establish that link, it just will not go away,
and the time-shrouded belief in some relationship between in two orders remains
as one of the more durable legends of Freemasonry. That is entirely appropriate, because all
of the various theories of the origin of Freemasonry are legendary. Not one
of them is supported by any universally accepted evidence.”
[William Cooper]: Ah, here I break from reading from the introduction of the book and interject
a comment here. There was never any universally accepted evidence
until you hear what you’re going to hear tonight, produced by John Galt, an agent
of the Citizens Agency for Joint Intelligence [CAJI]. The connection, dear listeners, is
in the genealogy of the families of the elite. You are going to be amazed, and now
I continue from the introduction to Born in Blood:
“I was not about to travel down that time-worn trail, and decided to concentrate my efforts
on digging deeper into the history of the Knights Templar to see if there
was any link between the suppressed Knights and the secret society behind the
Peasants’ Revolt. In doing so, I thought that I would be leaving Freemasonry far behind.
[And] I couldn’t have been more mistaken.
“Like anyone curious about medieval history, I had developed an interest in the Crusades,
and perhaps more than just an interest. Those holy wars hold an appeal that
is frequently as romantic as it is historical, and in my travels I had tried to drink
in the atmosphere of the narrow defiles in the mountains of Lebanon through which Crusader
armies had passed, and had sat staring into the castle ruins Sidon and Tyre,
trying to hear the clashing sounds of attack and defense. I had marveled at the
walls of Constantinople and had strolled the Arsenal of Venice, where Crusader fleets were
assembled. I had sat in the round church of the Knights Templarin London, trying
to imagine the ceremony of its consecration [by] the Patriarch of Jerusalem
in 1185, more than three hundred years before Columbus set sail west to the Indies.
“The Templar order was founded in Jerusalem in 1118, in the aftermath of the First Crusade.
Its name came from the location of its first headquarters on the
site of the ancient Temple of Solomon, helping to fulfill a desperate need for a
standing army in the Holy Land, the Knights of the Temple soon grew in numbers, in wealth,
and in political power. They also grew in arrogance, and their Grand Master
de Ridfort was a key figure in the mistakes that led to the fall of Jerusalem in 1187.
The Latin Christians managed to hold on to a narrow strip of territory along the coast,
where the Templars were among the largest owners of the land and [the] fortifications.
“Finally, the enthusiasm for sending men and money to the Holy Land waned among the European
kingdoms, which were preoccupied with their wars against each other.
By 1296 the Egyptian sultan was able to push the resident Crusaders, along
with the military orders, into the sea. The Holy Land was lost, and the defeated Knights
Templar moved their base to the island of Cyprus, dreaming of yet one more
Crusade to restore their past glory. “As the Templars planned to go on a new Crusade
against the infidel, King Philip IV of France was planning his own
private crusade against the Templars. He longed to be rid of his massive debts to the Templar
order, which had used its wealth to establish a major [international] banking
operation. Philip wanted the Templar treasure to finance his continental wars
against Edward I of England. “After two decades of fighting England on
one side and the Holy Roman Church on the other, two unrelated events gave
Philip of France the opportunity he needed. Edward I died, and his deplorably weak son
took the throne of England as Edward II. On the other front, Philip was able to
get his own man on the Throne of Peter as Pope Clement V.
“When word arrived onCyprus that the new pope would mount a Crusade, the Knights Templar
thought that their time 127 of restoration to glory was at hand. Summoned
to France, their aging Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, went armed with
elaborate plans for the rescue of Jerusalem. In Paris, he was humored and honored until
the fatal day. At dawn on Friday, the thirteenth of October, in the year 1307, every
Templar in France was arrested and put in chains on Philip’s orders. Their
hideous tortures for confessions of heresy began immediately.
“When the pope’s order to arrest the Templars arrived at the English court, young Edward
II had took no action at all. He protested to the pontiff that the Templars
were innocent. Only after the pope issued a formal Bull [William Cooper: on
November the twenty-second in the year 1307] was the English king forced to act. In January
[William Cooper: in the year], 1308, Edward finally issued orders for the
arrest of the Knights Templar in England, but the three months of warning had
been put to good use. Many of the Templars had gone underground, while some of those
arrested managed to escape. Their treasure, their jeweled reliquaries, even
the bulk of their records, had [totally] disappeared. In Scotland, the papal order was
not even published. Under those conditions England, and especially Scotland, became targeted
havens for fugitive Templars from continental Europe, and the efficiency
of their concealment spoke to some assistance from outside, or from each other.
“The English throne passed from Edward II to Edward III, who bequeathed the crown to
his ten-year-old grandson who, as Richard II, watched from the Tower as the
Peasants’ Revolt exploded throughout the city of London.
“Much had happened to the English people along the way. Incessant wars had drained the king’s
treasury and corruption had taken the rest. A third of the population
had perished in the Black Death, and famine exacted further tolls. The reduced
labor force of farmers and craftsmen found that they could earn more for their labor,
but their increased income came at the expense of land-owning barons and bishops,
who were not prepared to tolerate such a state of affairs. Laws were passed to
reduce wages, and prices to preplague levels in genealogies were search to reimpose the
bondage of serfdom and villeinage on men who thought themselves free. The king’s
need for money to fight the French wars inspired new and ingenious taxes. The
oppression was coming from all sides, and the pot of rebellion was brought to the boil.
“Religion didn’t help, either. The landowning church was as merciless a master as the landowning
nobility. Religion would have been a source of confusion for the fugitive
Templars as well. They were a religious body of warrior monks who owed
allegiance to no man on earth except the Holy Father [William Cooper: according to the Holy
Father. But according to the Templars, in secret, their allegiance was
only to themselves]. When their pope turned on them, chained them, beat them, he
broke their link with God. In fourteenth-century Europe there was no pathway to God except
through the vicar of Christ on earth. If the pope rejected the Templars and
the Templars rejected the Pope, they had to find a new way to worship their God,
at a time when any variation from the teachings of the established church was blasted as heresy.
“That dilemma called to mind a central tenet of Freemasonry, which requires only that a
man believe in a Supreme Being, with no requirements as to how he worships
the deity of his choice. In Catholic Britain such a belief would have been a crime,
but it would have accommodated the fugitive Templars who had been cut off from the universal
church. In consideration of the extreme punishment for heresy, such an
independent belief also…made sense of one of the more mysterious…of
Freemasonry’s Old Charges.” [William Cooper]: The ancient rules that still
govern the conduct of the fraternity. The charge says that no Mason should
reveal the secrets of a brother that may deprive him of his life and property. That connection
caused me to take a different look at the Masonic Old Charges.
“They took on new direction and meaning when viewed as a set of instructions for a secret
society created to assist and protect fraternal brothers on the run and
in hiding from the church. That characterization made no sense in the context of a
medieval guild of stonemasons, the usual claim for the roots of Freemasonry. It did make
a great deal of sense, however, for men such as the fugitive Templars, whose very
lives depended upon their concealment. Nor would there have been any
problem finding new recruits over the years ahead: There were to be plenty of protesters
and dissidents against the church among future generations. The rebels of the
Peasants’ Revolt proved that when they attacked abbeys and monasteries, and
when they cut off the head off of Archbishop of Canterbury, the leading Catholic prelate
in England. 128 “The fugitive Templars would have needed a
code such as the Old Charges of Masonry, but the working stonemasons
clearly did not. It had become obvious that I needed to know about the Ancient Order of
Free and Accepted Masons. The extent of the Masonic material available at
large in public libraries surprised me, as did the fact that it was housed in the
department of education and religion. Not content with just what was readily available
to the public, I asked to use the library in the Masonic Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio.”
[William Cooper]: By the way, folks, Cincinnati, Ohio is an extremely important location in
this country, the United States.
“I told the gentlemen there that I was not a Freemason, but wanted to use the library
as part of my research for a book that would probably include a new examination
of the Masonic order. His only question to me was, ‘Will it be fair?’ I assured
him that I had no desire or intention to be anything other than fair, to which he replied,
‘Good enough.’ I was left alone with the catalog and the hundreds of Masonic books
that lined the walls. I also took advantage of the publications of the Masonic
Service Association in Silver Springs, Maryland. “Later, as my growing knowledge of Masonry
enabled me to sustain a conversation of the subject, I began to talk to
Freemasons. At first, I wondered how I would go about meeting fifteen or twenty Masons
and, if I could meet them, would they be willing to talk with me? The first
problem was solved as soon as I started asking friends and associates if they were
Masons. There were four in one group I had known for about five years, and many more
among men I had known for twenty years and more, without ever realized that
they had any connection with Freemasonry. As for the second part of my concern,
I found them quite willing to talk, not about the secret passwords and hand grips (by then,
I had already knew them), but about what they have been taught concerning
the origins of Freemasonry and its ancient Old Charges.
“They were as intrigued as I about the possibilities of discovering the lost meanings of words,
symbols, and ritual for which no logical explanation was available,
such as why a Master Mason is told in his initiation rights that ‘this degree will
make you a brother to pirates and corsairs.'” [William Cooper]: And folks, I’ll explain
that to you (laughs) a little later. “We agreed that unlocking the secrets of those
Masonic mysteries would contribute most to unearthing the past, because
the loss of their true meanings had caused the ancient terms and symbols to be preserved
intact, lest subject to change over the centuries, or by adaptations to new conditions.
“Among those lost secrets were the meanings of words used in the Masonic rituals, words
like tyler, cowan, due-guard, and Juwes. Masonic writers have struggled
for centuries, without success, to make those words fit with their preconceived
convictions that Masonry was born in the English-speaking guilds of medieval stonemasons.
“Now I would test the possibility that there was indeed a connection between Freemasonry
and the French-speaking Templar order. By looking for the lost meanings
of those terms, not in English, but in medieval French. The answers began to
flow, and soon a sensible meaning for every one of the mysterious Masonic terms was established
in the French language. It even provided the first credible meaning for
the name of Hiram Abiff, the murdered architect of the Temple of Solomon, who
is the central figure of Masonic ritual. The examination established something else as
well. It is well known that in 1362 the English courts officially changed the language
used for court proceedings from French to English. So the French roots of all
[of] the mysterious terms of Freemasonry confirmed the existence of that secret society in the
fourteenth century, the century of the Templar suppression and the Peasants’
Revolt. “With that encouragement I addressed other
lost secrets of Masonry: the circle and mosaic pavement on the lodge room
floor, gloves and lambskin aprons, the symbol of the compass and the square, even the mysterious
legend of the murder of Hiram Abiff. The Rule, customs and traditions
of the Templars provided answers to all of those mysteries. Next, came a
deeper analysis of the Old Charges of ancient Masonry that define a secret society of mutual
protection. What the ‘lodge’ was doing was assistance brothers in hiding from
the wrath of church and state, providing them with money, vouching for them with the authorities,
even providing the ‘lodging’ that gave Freemasonry the unique term for its chapters and its meeting
rooms. There remained no reasonable doubt in my mind that the original concept of the
secret society that came to call itself Freemasonry had been born as a society of
mutual protection among fugitive Templars and their associates in Britain, men
who had gone underground to escape the imprisonment and torture that had been ordered for them
by Pope Clement V. Their antagonism toward the Church was rendered
more powerful by its total secrecy. The suppression of the Templar order
appeared to be one of the biggest mistakes the Holy See [has] ever made.
“In return, Freemasonry has been the target of more angry papal bulls and encyclicals
than any other secular organization in Christian history. Those condemnations
began just a few years after Masonry revealed itself in 1717 and grew in intensity,
culminating in the bull Humanum Genus, promulgated by Pope Leo XIII in 1884. In it, the Masons
are accused of espousing religious freedom, the separation of church
and state, the education of children by laymen, and the extraordinary crime of
believing that people have the right to make their own laws and to elect their own government,
‘according to the new principles of liberty.'”
[William Cooper]: You see, folks, and this is an aside, all of our forefathers who have
established this country were Freemasons, and their intent is spelled out
in Latin on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States of America, where it
plainly says, Novus Ordo Seclorum: the New World Order. And I will interpret all of the
meaning of the symbols on that Great Seal according to their true meaning, and
not the meaning the you read in certain disinformation books written by
Freemasons to steer you down the wrong road. “Such concepts are identified, along with
the Masons, as part of the kingdom of Satan. The document not only defines the
concerns of the Catholic Church about Freemasonry at that time, but, in the negative, so clearly
defines what Freemasons believe that I have included the complete
text of that papal bull as an appendix to this book.”
[William Cooper]: …and I urge you all to get this book and read it.
“Finally, it should be added that the events described here were part of a great watershed
of Western history. The feudal age was coming to a close. Land, and the peasant
labor on it, had lost its role as the sole source of wealth. Merchant families
banded into guilds, and took over whole towns with charters as municipal corporations. Commerce
led to banking and investment, and towns became power centers
to rival the nobility in wealth and influence. “The universal church, which had fought for
a position of supremacy in a feudal context, was slow to accept changes that
might affect that supremacy. Any material disagreement with the church was called heresy,
the most heinous crime under heaven. The heretic not only deserved death,
but the most painful death imaginable. “Some dissidents run for the woods and hide,
while others organize. In the case of the fugitive Knights Templar, the
organization already existed. They possessed a rich tradition of secret operations that
had been raised to the highest level through their association with the intricacies
of Byzantine politics, the secret ritual of the Assassins [and the Roshaniya], and
the intrigues of the Moslem courts which they met alternately on the battlefield or at the
conference table. The church, in its bloody rejection of protest and change, provided
them with a river of recruits that flowed for centuries.
“More than six hundred years have passed since the suppression of the Knights Templar, but
their heritage lives on in the largest fraternal organization ever known.
And so the story of those tortured crusading knights, of the savagery of the
Peasants’ Revolt, and of the lost secrets of Freemasonry becomes the story of the most
successful secret society in the history of the world.
[William Cooper]: I’ve got to take a break, folks. Don’t go away. I’ll be right back after
this very short pause.130 (Interlude music: When You Wish Upon A Star)
122 [No longer reading]
Spurned by God in the form of the vicar of Christ on earth, the Pope, and spurning God
in their turn, the Knights Templars banded together in secret and formed
what was to become known as Freemasonry. Now, the legend goes that
Freemasonry sprang up from ancient stonecutters, guilds, and the men who built the stone buildings
of the age. But “Freemason” actually comes from the French:
frère-maçon, which literally means, “The Sons of Light.” Which light will
certainly, in researching the problem, that it is not the light of Christ. It is the light
of the fallen angel of light, for when they were forsaken by the church, by Christ vicar
on earth, the Pope, they spurned God and turned to Lucifer. They held to the
Luciferian philosophy that the gift of intellect by Lucifer, through his agent Satan, would
in its turn make man god. These men were always on the run. They took the hidden
Templar wealth and built a financial empire that stands to this day is the most
powerful on the earth [sic]. Jews, who had traditionally been persecuted throughout Europe,
flocked to the hidden Temple, for there they could believe as they wished
and worshiped whatever god they wished, for all were welcome. Many of the
Templars running [to ground] flocked to England and to Scotland, where they fought for Robert
the Bruce, who was engaged in an intense battle with the King of England.
Now, let me regress just a little bit. King William the Lion, who was born in 1165 and
died in 1214, had a daughter, Isabel of Scotland. Well, Isabel married a certain
Robert Rose [Roos]. Robert Rose [Roos] was a Knights Templar who was heavily
involved in the first efforts — and was very successful — at international banking. Plus,
he established the first overt and covert international intelligence gathering
organization which all, all subsequent intelligence organizations had been based
upon since. His son, Sir William Roos, and his daughter, Lucy Roos, figure prominently
in the story to follow. Lucy married Sir Robert Plumpton. They sired two children:
Sir William Plumpton and Alice Plumpton. During this period of time, this
family, this family, as the Knights Templar were going to ground, in the male progeny
of this family always followed in their father’s footsteps and entered into the order.
They established, in secret, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and may have had a
significant role in the establishment, for intelligence reasons, of the order known as
the Ancient Order of the Rose and Cross. Now, Alice Plumpton married Sir John Boteler.
They gave birth to a daughter, Alice Boteler, who then married John
Gerard, who had a child, Constance, who married Sir Alex Standish. The following children
issued from that marriage: Ralph Standish, Sir Alex Standish, Roger Standish,
and Alice Standish, who then married James Prescott. The children of this
marriage were Roger Prescott, Ralph Prescott, John Prescott, and Captain Jonathan Prescott.
Jonathan Prescott married Rebecca Buckley. They had two children, Abel
Prescott and Lucy Prescott, and Lucy married Jonathan Fay. They sired three
children: Samuel Prescott Phillips Fay, Samuel Howard Fay, and Harriet Eleanor Fay. Harriet
married Reverend James Smith Bush, son of merchant Obidiah [Newcomb] Bush.
Their son, Samuel Prescott Bush, became the president of Buckeye Steel
Castings Company of Ohio. A pioneer family of Franklin, Ohio between Dayton and Cincinnati,
and was one of the members of the Golden Circle and Order of the Quest,
also known as the JASON Society, which gave issue to most of the political elite
of the United States of America, who are, by the way, all (and I mean all without exception)
related to each other. Now, Samuel Prescott Bush married, and his
son Prescott Bush became a U.S. Senator from Connecticut, the director of
Prudential Insurance, the director of CBS, a partner in Brown Brothers Harriman, chairman,
National Republican Finance Committee, funds placed in Merrill Lynch accounts
in Switzerland under the guidance of Donald Reagan. When he married,
that marriage gave issue to the following: Prescott Bush II: an investment banker indicted
for fraudulent banking practices. George Bush: Chairman of Zapata Oil from 1963-64;
Chairman of Republican Party, Harris County, Texas, when J.F.
Kennedy was killed; delegate to the GOP National Convention (1964); 1968 member of the 90th
and 91st Congress from Texas; from 1965-66, Nixon appointed Bush
as ambassador to the United Nations to deal with China; he was the director for
122 Performed by unknown artist131 the Central Intelligence Agency; Chairman
of the GOP party; Vice President of the United States of America; and President of
the United States of America. Four other children were William H. Bush,
James Bush, Jonathan Bush, and Nancy, who married Alex Ellis.
The issue of George and Barbara Bush was: Dorothy, who married William LeBlond; John
Ellis Bush; Neil Bush, son of the director of CIA, becomes director of Silverado
Savings and Loan and launders CIA drug money. Silverado loses over $100
million dollars and Neil goes unpunished. And the two other children? Marvin Pierce
Bush and George Bush II. Folks, this intelligence was gathered by one
of our agents, code named “John Galt,” who spent literally years in dusty
libraries and books of genealogy. And I’m not going to tell you which libraries or how
he arrived at this information. But it has been checked, it is absolutely accurate and
this is just one portion of the pedigree of George Bush, who’s literally related to
most of the royal families of Europe. Now, you can have a copy of this chart if
you want it. I’ll tell you how to get it later, so have your pencils and paper ready.
I’m going to tell you exactly where the money goes. One half of the money goes to help pay
for the airtime here; the other half goes to our agent, John Galt, to pay for the
years of toil and dusty library books that nobody ever looks in, tracing genealogy.
And folks, this is only one of the charts that he has furnished to us, along with others,
other agents of the Citizens Agency for Joint Intelligence [CAJI], who are engaged
in the exact same research. And we have found that our most productive
connections of the secret societies, the royal families, and what’s happening in the world
today, is through genealogy. We have found a direct connection between
the Peasants’ Rebellion [Revolt] in England, the French Revolution, the
Ronald Reagan and George Bush political campaign, and the George Bush political campaign. As
far as the Peasants’ Rebellion goes, the Encyclopedia Britannica
calls it a “curiously spontaneous rebellion.” Barbara Tuchman, in her fourteenth
century history, a distant mirror, said the rebellions spread “with some evidence of planning.”
Winston Churchill went even further. In his work, The Birth of Britain, he wrote: “Throughout
the summer of 1381, there was a general ferment. Beneath it all lay
organization. Agents moved round the villages of central England, in touch with a
‘Great Society’ which was said to meet in London…the spark of rebellion was being
fanned vigorously, and finally the signal was given. Even though he had been arrested,
excommunicated, and even now was a prisoner in the Ecclesiastic prison at
Maidstone in Kent, letters went out from priests John Ball and from other priests who followed
him. Clerics were then the only literate class, so letters must have
been received by local priests who were obviously intended to be shared with or read
aloud to others. They all contained a signal to act now, which could put to rest the concept
that the rebellion was simply a spontaneous convulsion of frustration that
just happened to affect the hundred thousand Englishmen all at the same time.”
This, from a letter from John Ball. In it he says, “John Ball greeteth you well all,
and doth you to understand that he hath rongen your bell. Now right and might, will
and skill. Now God speed [haste you in] every dele [William Cooper: which
means ‘ideal’], [now is time].” From priest Jake Carter: “You have great need
to take God with you in all of your deeds, for now is time to be war.”
From priest Jake Trewman: “Jake Trewman doth you to understand that falseness and gile
reigned too long and truth hath been set under a lock, and falseness reignth
in evervil flock. God do bote, for now is time.”
Now, you’ll notice that in every one of those quotes, there was one phrase that stands out
and that phrase is “now is time.” One letter from John Ball, “Saint Mary Priest,”
is worth quoting in its entirety. Even with the medieval English spelling, the
meaning will be clear. Lechery and gluttony were frequent points in his accusations of
high church leaders: “John Ball, Saint Mary’s Priest, greets well
all manner [of] men [and] bids ’em in the name of the Trinity, Father, Son, and 132
Holy Ghost, stand manly together in truth, and helpeth truth, and truth shall help you.
Now reigneth pride in price, and covetousness is held wise, and lechery without
shame, and gluttony without blame. Envy reigneth with treason, and sloth is
taken in great season. God do bote, for now is time. Amen.”
Now, folks, if you research the history of the French Revolution, you will hear that
the spark, the word that spread through the country like wildfire that ignited
the rebellion in France was “now is the time.” Literally, the same phrase. Some
say that in the American Revolution the same phrase was heard and we find mention of it
in several texts, but not like it was heard in the Peasants’ Revolt in England,
and notlike it was heard in the French Revolution. But it was heard again in modern
times. It was the campaign slogan of the Bush/Reagan campaign, and was used again in the Bush campaign:
“Now is the time.” Now isthe time.
One famous photograph staged by George Bush [Sr.] and selected by George Bush for publication
in Life Magazine shows him lying in bed, holding the pyramid with
the capstone in place, signaling to Masons, Freemasons, and members, the priests
of the Mystery Schools around the world, that he is the one who will bring into fruition
their ages-, centuries-, millennia-old dream of the New World Order. In our search
for the Templars, we have followed them right to their gravestones, and on
some of their gravestones it shows the knight, leaning back, reclining with his feet resting
up on a dog, denoting that he is the master. On most of the tombstones, however,
we have found something unexpected: the skull and crossbones. Now, when the
Knights Templars were persecuted, the fleet –they have vast fleets, an entire navy — disappeared.
And no one, at least no one in the establishment historian group, claims
to know where they went. But we have found them folks. They became the
pirates and hoisted their symbol of the skull and bones to the yardarm. They became the
vast fleet of pirates who roamed the seas of the world and terrorized nations,
navies and merchantmen. And thus arose, from the initiation rights of the Templars,
the initiatory rights of crossing the equator, the International Date Line and others; and
accounts for the brotherhood amongst the pirates of the world. Even to
establishing seaports that they owned and operated, and where they could always
find safety. Those on the land established what they called the “Brotherhood of Death.”
Chapters were formed throughout the world.
George Bush was initiated in the crypt, or what is known as the tomb at Yale into the
Brotherhood of Death, also known as the Russell Trust, also known as the Skull
and Bones. The research of many people have revealed what the interior of the
crypt, or what is known as the tomb at Yale, the fraternity house of the Bonesmen, contains.
And Anthony C. Sutton, in his monumental work, America’s Secret Establishment,
all about the Skull and Bones, and one other who wrote a magazine article
and published it, revealed the initiation ceremony, revealed that swastikas were found
inside the tomb, revealed that the altar is a pile of bones and that the secret ceremony
that George Bush underwent during his initiation was thus:
[Reading from A History of Secret Societies]: “On the day of his initiation, [George Bush]
was conducted through a long dark passage into an immense hall draped with
black. He was able to see, by the faint light of sepulchral lamps, corpses [William Cooper
repeats: corpses] in their shrouds. The altar, built of human skeletons, stood
in the center. Ghostly forms moved through the hall, leaving behind them a foul
odor. At length two men, dressed as spectres, appeared and tied a pink band or ribbon smeared
with blood around his forehead. Upon this was an image of the Lady
of Loretto. A crucifix was placed in his hand, and an amulet hung around his
neck. His clothes were removed and laid upon a funeral pyre [William Cooper: in a fireplace],
while upon his body crosses were smeared in blood. Then his pudenda were
tied with string [William Cooper: that’s his genitals].
“Now five horrid and frightening figures, bloodstained and mumbling, approached him
and threw themselves down in prayer. After an hour, sounds of weeping were
heard, the funeral pyre started to burn, and his clothes were consumed. From
the flames of this fire a huge and almost transparent form arose, while the five prostrate
figures went into terrible convulsions. Now came the voice of an invisible hierophant,
booming from somewhere below [as George Bush lay in a coffin naked]. The
words were those of these oaths, which the candidate had to repeat:
“‘In the name of the crucified one, I swear to sever all bonds which unite me with mother,
brothers, sisters, wife, relatives, friends, mistress, kings, superiors, benefactors,
or any other man to whom I have promised faith, service, or obedience;133
“‘I name the place in which I was born. Henceforth I live in another dimension, which I will
not reach until I have renounced the evil globe which has been cursed
by Heaven; “‘For now onwards I shall reveal to my new
chief all that I have heard or found out; and I shall also seek out and observe
things which might have otherwise have escaped me;
“‘I honor the aqua toffana; it is a quick and essential medium of removing from the
earth, through death or robbing them of their wits, of those who oppose truth,
and those who try to take it from our hands; “‘I shall avoid Spain, Naples, and all other
accursed lands, and I shall avoid the temptation to betray what I have now of
heard; “‘Lightning will not strike as rapidly as
the dagger, which will reach me, wherever I may be, should I betray my initiation.’
“Now a candelabrum, bearing seven black candles, is placed before the candidate, and also a
bowl containing [what is supposed to be] human blood. He washes himself
in the blood, and drinks a quantity of it. The string around his [genitalia] is
removed, he is placed in a bath to undergo complete ablution. After this, he eats a meal
composed of root vegetables.” [William Cooper]: At this time, he is given
his new name by which he will be known to all of the others in the order, the
Brotherhood of Death. And with the completion of his initiation, George Bush joined all
of the male members of his family in a long line of ancestry, traced from Robert
Roos to the modern day. He took his place in the order, the Knights Templar,
Freemasonry, and has worked diligently to fulfill his role in the completion of the
plan, The Great Work isthe formation of the New World Order, the one-world totalitarian
socialist state, the destruction of all existing nation states, all existing
religions, and enslavement of the mob. “The very highest degrees of the order show
that the rationalism and materialism of the thinkers who developed it were
determined to stamp out belief in religion. God and any faith in a deity, the initiate
were told, were human inventions, and no real meaning. Subsequently this was developed
further, and the member who arrived at the highest position (that of Rex, or
King) learned that he is now equal to a king, and that all men were capable of equal advancement:
hence, the need for kings over ordinary mortals was an illusion.”
[William Cooper]: And that at the highest rank, the title of Rex Mundi, or King of the
World, is assumed. If you would like to get this genealogy folks,
if you’re a CAJI member, it’s five dollars, send it in to the address that you’ll
hear at the end of this broadcast. For everybody else, it’s ten dollars. Good night, and God
bless each and every single one of you.
(closing music: Amazing Grace) 123 Hour 15:The Roshaniya (aired March 9th, 1993)
You’re listening to the Hour of the Time. I’m William Cooper.
(Intro music: Main theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark)
124 [Reading from A History of Secret Societies]:
“The sixteenth century saw the rise of a very powerful society based upon a secret cult,
in the mountains of Afghanistan – -the Roshaniya, [or the] illuminated ones.
References to the existence of this mystical fraternity exist from the time of the
House of Wisdom at Cairo, several hundred years before.”
[William Cooper]: In fact, the Roshaniya are just a later emergence of the old cult of
the Assassins. “It seems likely the small branches were founded
in various parts of the near and Middle East; which would account for
the special usage of the names of the eight degrees of initiation among them.
“The earliest figure named in the history of the cult is one Bayezid Ansari, of Afghanistan,
whose family claimed descent from the Ansar –the ‘Helpers’, who assisted
Mohammed after his flight from Mecca nearly fourteen hundred years ago. As a
reward for this service, he stated, his ancestors had been granted initiation into the mysteries
of the Ishmaelite religion: the secret, inner training [which] dated from
Abraham’s rebuilding of the Temple at Mecca, the mystical Harem.”
[William Cooper]: To the Assassins, through the Roshaniya and into Europe via the Knights
Templar. “Bayezid’s own father, however, was known
to be as narrowly conventional as anyone in the country, and one account of
the rapid rise of the sect has it that Bayezid, after a period of preparation for the normal
priesthood, was converted to his strange doctrine by a missionary from the
Ismailis, the sectarians holding a secret doctrine supposedly handed down in the
family of the Prophet, who maintained hidden lodges throughout the world of Islam and also
claimed (after the Crusades) to have penetrated with their ideas even Spain,
Germany, France and parts of Britain. “However this may be, the Illuminated Ones
soon became more than a headache for the governors of Afghanistan, the
Mogul rulers of India, and their Persian neighbors. Not far from Peshawar, which is now in the
north-west of Pakistan, Bayezid set up a small school, where he carefully
coached those who had been initiated by him in the knowledge of the
supernatural that he claimed. A period of probation was expected from each candidate,
during which [he] would go into periods of concealment or meditation, known
as khilwat–[or] silence. During this time he was to receive the illumination
which was emanated from the supreme being, who desired a class of perfect men — and
women –to carry out the organization and direction of the world.
“Bayezid collected in this way, over a period of three years, about fifty staunch disciples,
whom he had trained in obedience and to whom –so we are told — he
had shown a way whereby they could liberate their ‘inner powers’. [Well,] this
meant that they were ready to follow his further instructions. These orders, according to what
his opponents say, were that the whole sect would now become bandits, to
prey upon the rest of the world.” [William Cooper]: And all those who could
not identify themselves by their secret signs were their legal and lawful prey.
“Little information is available from the other side, but three letters said to have
been written from one branch to another contain in outline a plan to reshape the [entire]
social system of the world: first, taking control of individual countries, one by
one.” 124 John Williams, Main theme from Raiders
of the Lost Ark135 [William Cooper]: And where have we heard
that before? We’ve heard it from every one of the histories of all of these
different sects of Mystery Babylon, which on the outward appearance seem to be different
from each other. On the esoteric level are one and the same religion with one
and the same same plan, with one and the same same goal, all working toward
that end. And the end always, always, justifies the means.
“[Now,] something does survive the degrees of initiation. The first was Salik (seeker);
followed by Murid (disciple); Fakir (humble devotee); Arif(enlightened one); Khwaja
(master); Emir(commander); Imam (priest), and Malik (chief or king). This
succession does not follow the usual pattern of promotion in the Moslem mystical secret
societies, the tarikas; and seems to have been especially devised for this one.
In the first three degrees, the candidate perfected himself by repetitions of certain
phrases which were believed to carry power. Examples are these: rabba; aferinaa; hayya;
hafida; quwwaya. “Of these words (all Arabic or Persian) the
first stands for the concept of lordship, the second for creation, the third for
life, the fourth for protection, and the last for absolute power. If they were repeated,
with deep meditation upon various forms of their manifestations in human life,
it was believed, the appropriate power would come into the devotee. [Now,] no
special deity was worshiped; but it was believed that there was a supreme overall power, which
was known by the sum of its individual powers (lordship, protection, and
so on)…” [William Cooper]: A type of pantheism which
works its way into the modern mystical societies of today.
“…and that when one had meditated upon them all, and they had become the ‘property’ of
the invocant, he would thenceforward be a man of complete power.
[Now, folks,] this kind of idea underlies a good deal of religious and magical
thinking in many faiths; though it is seldom put in this as concise a manner. The Enlightened
One of the fourth degree was he who could attain, during the rituals, complete
identification with this overall power, and was guided by it in all that he did.”
[William Cooper]: It was said that he could communicate directly with the unknown or hidden
supervisors. “[Now,] this meant that, apart from the guidance
of the chief, he was free to seek his own pleasure in life. No theological
or social bonds limited him. “It is at this stage, said the Illuminated,
that the Arif could perform acts of wonder and magic; influence the physical
world, and know the secrets of others. He attained this degree through the acceptance
of him by the master, to whom he had confided his dreams and mystical ecstasies.
The master alone really knew whether these were true or false experiences, and
promoted him accordingly. Some people proceeded to the higher degrees without going through
all the lower ones; because they were helped by the spirits of former
Illuminates who had died. “The Master, Emir, Imam and Malik degrees
were reserved for the very highest men and women initiates. After the fifth
degree the segregation of the sexes in rituals was no longer practiced. Anyone of the degree
of Imam and higher could start his own lodge and make his own disciples.
“Bayezid decided to move his headquarters into the most inaccessible mountains of Afghanistan,
where he set up a large and luxurious castle; and from which he directed
his military and bandit operations, designed to overcome the rest of the
East. His missionaries were sent far and wide, but received little official support. The
cult did, however, spread among merchants and soldiers who thought that this
gave way to mystical experiences was something to enter. They contributed
lavishly to the chief’s upkeep and his most expensive military, political and espionage
system. “The heady wine of this success seems to have
affected the prudence of the head illuminate more strongly than it should;
for his claims became more and more extreme and public [William Cooper: as most usually
do]. There was, he now preached, no after-life of the kind currently believed
in: no reward or punishment, only a spirit’s stake which was completely different
from earthly life. The spirits, if they belonged to the Order, could continue to enjoy themselves
in the earthly powers, acting through living members. But that was all.
The preaching of this spiritual vampirism seemed to delight his followers as much
as it infuriated his enemies, because Bayezid now gave out more and more of the new doctrine
based upon his no after-life 136 creed. Eat, drink, be merry. Gain power, look
after yourself. You have no allegiance except to the Order, he told them: and all
humanity which cannot identify by our secret sign is our lawful prey. The secret signal
was to pass a hand over the forehead, palm inwards; the countersign, to hold the
ear with the fingers and support the elbow in the cup of their hand.”
[William Cooper]: And you can see that sign being exchanged even today in the courts of
law all over the United States of America between lawyers and judges, defendants
and judges, prosecutors and judges, prosecutors and defending lawyers, etc,
etc, etc. “Bayezid took to himself the style of Pir-i-Roshan
(Sage of Illumination), and founded a city at Hashtnagar, which was to
be the center from which Illuminism was to spread all over the world.
“[Now,] each member of his following was given a new name upon entry [William Cooper: Does
that sound familiar?]; and this name depended upon the guild to which
he in theory belonged. According to Bayezid, all of humanity was divided
into professions; his were lamp-makers. Some members were the makers, others sold lamps.
Some were known as this kind of lamp, some another. ‘Lamp of the Darkness’
was the typical example. Among the other guilds noted was those of the Builders
[William Cooper: Does that sound familiar?]…soldiers, merchants of various kinds and scribes.”
[William Cooper]: They can be found today in organizations such as the American Medical
Association or the American Bar Association, etc., etc.
“Writing in the nineteenth century, an Afghan scholar who was by no means fond of the society
of the Roshaniya, claimed that they were in fact an organization devoted
to fighting against the tyranny of the Moguls, and that the banditry and strange
doctrines attributed to them were untrue allegations by interested parties. He bases this upon
two manuscript copies of the objectives of the Order, which seem to have
stated that it was dedicated to influencing people of importance throughout the
East and West towards greater justice and self-training into the immense capacities
of the human mind, whereby wonders can be caused, and through which the harmony of
the world will be established. ‘[Now,] these ideas taken from those enshrined in
our ancient literature and practices, as well as those of those of the Persians, many of
whom have followed the True Illuminated Path before the New Message was
revealed[, they stated].’ “In the end, the Imperial Mogul decided that
something must be done about the widespread power of the the militant
mystics of the Hindu Kush mountains. The Governor of Kabul arrested Bayezid, clapped him in
irons, and paraded him in the streets, to show that here was no supernatural
being. To give further point to the proceedings, his hair and beard were halfshaved. But this
Governor, Moshin Khan, was under the ascendancy of his religious guide, one Sheik Hatari — who
may even have been a secret adherent of the Illuminated
One. For the cult was spreading with rapidity. In any case, he told the governor
that Bayezid was undoubtedly a man of great and holy attainments, and that considerable
suffering would inevitably attend anyone who treated this man harshly. Bayezid
was allowed to escape. “The indignities to which he had been subjected
candled his Illuminism still higher. Calling his numerous companions, he
retired to tribal Tirah, where he set up a military and court atmosphere which is still
remembered for its glamor, fervor, and mystery.
“India and Persia were to be overcome by force of arms, he announced. To that end, many more
were to be enrolled into the ranks of the Illuminated. Enthusiastic
scenes throughout Afghanistan resulted from the proclamation, which was carried
far and wide, to the accompaniment of kettle-drums, wild sword-dances. [And] when he was ready
Bayezid attended by his halka, or circle of dervishes, led the campaign
into the lush land of India. Intercepted by the Moshin Khan whom he had
earlier escaped, he was wounded, put to flight, and [he] eventually died as a result of this
encounter. “His son, Omar Ansari, proclaimed himself
leader, and immediately ordered an attack upon the Pathan tribe of the
Yusufzai who had allied themselves with the Moghul. He was killed by the hillmen, and
his own son, ‘The Servant of the One’, took over the leadership. [And] by the middle
of the seventeenth century this youth had been killed defending his castle
against a Moghul expeditionary force. His infant son escaped with some of his followers,
into Afghanistan proper, where the cult was restarted. The descendants of this Abdul-Qadir
(Servant of the Powerful) continued to rule the fanatics, and to send
their teachers far and wide. The creed eventually split into two divisions: the military and
the religious, and nowadays it is only the followers of the latter [Way] who
survived, still a secret cult, which might, given the right conditions, have touched
off a movement as important as that of the Assassins.
“[Now,] forty years after the last religio-military leader of the Afghan Illuminated Ones died,
a society of the same name (the Illuminati) came into being in Germany,
formed, it is said, by Adam Weishaupt, the [young Jesuit priest, a] professor of
Canon Law at [the Jesuit] Ingolstadt University. Coincidences of date and beliefs connect these
Bavarian Illuminati with the Afghan ones, and also with the other cults
which called themselves ‘Illuminated’. [William Cooper: In actual fact, they are all
the same.] [In] the beginning of the seventeenth century saw the foundation of the Illuminated
Ones of Spain –the Alumbrados, condemned in an edict of the Grand
Inquisition of 1623.” [William Cooper]: Out of which the condemned
Ignatius Loyola emerged as a man, as a man immune to prosecution,
arrest, or accusation from any king, prince, or prelate, as the head of one of the most
powerful secret societies ever organized, the Society of Jesus, now known as the Jesuits.
Ignatius Loyola had been the leader of the Alumbrados in Spain. And it was his
sect, the illuminated ones, or the Alumbrados, which became the Society of Jesus.
“In 1654, the ‘Illuminated’ Guerinets came into public notice in France.
“[Now,] documents still extant show several points of resemblance between the German and
Central Asian Illuminists: points which are hard to account for on the
grounds of pure coincidence, and yet which still might, one supposes, be nothing
more than that. The Prophet Mohammed, for example, is claimed as an initiate by the
Western Illuminati. Their calendar is the very same which survived in current usage
in the former Iranian territories among the Afghans of the time. New Year’s
Day with them was the same day as the Persian (and Afghan) Nev Roz festival. Further the
degrees of initiation, although seemingly artificial ones coupled with some
of the degrees of Freemasonry, were also eight, and there are parallels in the
naming of the individual degrees. Like the Roshaniya, the Illuminati stated that they
had the objective of gaining important converts for the purpose of improving the
state of the world. A comparison of the degrees shows the similarity:
“[In the Roshaniya, the Seeker; and in the Illuminati, the Apprentice.]
“[In the Roshaniya, the Disciple and in the Illuminati, the Fellow-craft.]
“[In the Roshaniya, the Devotee and in the Illuminati, the Master.]
“[In the Roshaniya, the Enlightened One and in the Illuminati, the Illuminatus major.]
“[In the Roshaniya, the Master and in the Illuminati, the Illuminatus dirigens.]
“[In the Roshaniya, the Commander or Emir and in the [Illuminati, Prince.]
“[In the Roshaniya, Priest and in the Illuminati, Priest.]
“[In the Roshaniya, King or Chief and in the Illuminati, King.]
“[Now,] the early stages of initiation were designed to admit people into the brotherhood
to test them for reliability, and possibly to train them for responsible tasks
connected with the greater diffusion of knowledge. Even in higher degrees it
seems that tests are also applied. Those who were to become priests, for example, were
taken to a secret place, where a throne stood, with before it the choice of priestly
or royal regalia. The aspirant had to make his choice. Those who opted for the
symbols of worldly power were dismissed [promptly]; but candidates taking up the sacred vestments
were saluted with the phrase: ‘Hail, O Holy One!’ The members of
this degree were considered teachers, in whose hands was the training of
disciples. “Priests identified themselves with a secret
sign: both hands, crossed, were placed flat upon the head. In shaking hands,
the priest extended his palm, with the thumb held vertically upwards. The countersign was
the fist, with the thumb enclosed within it.
“Princes were those who can influence events at a very high level, either in academic or
political affairs. The room in which the initiation to this high and secret
degree was celebrated was hung with red; the garments which the prince was to 138
wear were red and white. [Now,] these are, of course,the colors of the Ishmailis as well.
In the ritual the candidate is presented as a slave, and states that he wants
to liberate society from tyranny. The sign of the degree was the extending of
both arms. As the countersign, before taking the hand of another, the prince gripped both
his elbows. “In 1786 a raid upon the house of an influential
lawyer, Zwack, reveals secret papers connected with the Order, and it is
through these that many of the inner workings of the organization became known. Men were
to be influenced through their women folk and a large-scale plan for initiating
women members was at an advanced stage of development…
“…It has been widely claimed and touted that many of the charges which were made against
the German illuminati were false; and that the possession of instructions,
for instance, on forging seals was due to the fact that the lawyer Zwack had a
collection devoted to that subject, as a matter of legal interest to him. It is also said
that the project of enrolling women and young girls had in actual fact been taken
from the aims of a very different society, the Mopses. While this matter still remains
open, however, one may as well examine some of the documents which are stated to have
belonged to the Society. “Zwack had written, in his own hand, a document
describing the manufacture of a strong-box which would blow up if it
were tampered with. He also had a collection of impressions of the seals of several hundred
important persons; and the already mentioned data on how to forge or
substitute them. These, he stated in a letter of protest, were a part of the [exhibits]
of his criminological collection. (laughs) “The famous memorandum detailing the plan
to win over women for the cause comes from papers seized at the home of
Baron Bassus, one of the members. The document states that women are the best means of influencing
men. They should be enrolled, and into their minds put a hope
that they might themselves in time be released from the ‘tyranny of public opinion’.
Another letter asked how young women can be influenced, since their mothers would not
consent to their being placed under the Illuminati for instruction. Five women
were suggested by one member, as a start. They were four step-daughters of one of
the Illuminati, who were to be placed in the care of the wife of yet another Illuminated
One. They, in their turn would, enlarge the society through their friends. It was
further mentioned that women are not considered to be really suitable for such an
undertaking, because they are ‘fickle and impatient’. But the Order was most sorely
hit by the fact that something quite discreditable to the character of the founder
was discovered; and it was thought that he might be trying to use the
organization for personal reasons. “[Now, the establishment version goes something
like this:] Weishaupt, upon the suppression of the Order, refused a
pension which he was offered after he had been dismissed from his professorial chair.
He attributed his downfall to the machinations of the Jesuits, whom be hated
and who had opposed him that as he was not of their number, whereas they
considered the university post which he held a long-standing prerogative of their own.”
[William Cooper]: And nothing could be farther from the truth, for Adam Weishaupt was himself
a Jesuit priest, holding a professorial chair at a Jesuit university.
“[Now,] he and Zwack were both banished, and little is heard of them thereafter, although
there are rumors that they carried on the Society respectably in Saxe-Coburg
and the Netherlands.” [William Cooper]: Another incident that you
will not hear in establishment accounts is the story of the messenger writing
from one Bavarian illuminati lodge to another, who was literally struck by lightning — divine
intervention, if you will. Struck dead from his horse, in his pouch carrying
the papers of a secret plan to take over individual nations, and ultimately the
world, were put into the hands of the Bavarian government and many of the portions of these
papers are almost word for word what later became known as the Protocols
of the Wise Men of Zion. [William Cooper]: We’ve got to take a short
break, folks. Don’t go away. We’ll be right back after this short pause.139
(Interlude music: Unknown harpsichord music, then unknown pipe organ music)125
“Illuminism had spread to France, however, some years before its suppression in Germany.
Influential personages were members, many drawn from the ranks of the
important Masons of Paris. As in the case of the German branch, it was soon
alleged that they pursued terrible aims and practiced frightful orgies. An extract from
a French book (almost certainly grossly exaggerated) of the seventeen-nineties — La
Secte des Illuminés– will give a fair idea of this:
“‘The huge château of Ermenonville near Paris was one of the chief lodges of the Illuminated.
It belonged to the Marquis of Gerardin, who protected Rousseau and later
gave him a tomb on his estate. St. Germain, the notable impostor, presided
over it. He claims to be a thousand years old, and to be able to make gold. He was said
to be immortal, but [(laughs) strangely] died in 1784.”
[William Cooper]: And even today, some Looney Tunes wackos claim that they converse with
St. Germaine, who still alive walking around in a modern-day suit
and tie. “[Well,] on the day of his initiation [at
the Château of Ermenonville], the candidate was conducted through a long, dark
passage into an immense hall draped with black. [There were]…faint…lamps [sat around the
room]…[There were men dressed as] corpses in…shrouds. [There was an] altar…of
human skeletons, [which] stood in the center [of the large hall. And, in the
flickering, low lamplight, the priest conducting the initiation resembled] ghostly forms [moving]
through the hall[. And everywhere there was the stench of some terrible]
odor. [Two men], dressed as specters, [always] appeared and tied a pink
band or ribbon [which was] smeared with blood around [the] forehead [of the candidate].
Upon this was an image of the lady of Loretto. [William Cooper: Does this sound
familiar, ladies and gentlemen?] A crucifix was placed in his hand, and an
amulet hung around his neck.” [William Cooper]: He was asked to remove his
clothes; and if he showed any hesitancy, his clothes were removed for him.
“…and laid upon a funeral pyre[. Crosses of blood] were smeared [upon his body and
his genitalia] were tied in [a ribbon] or [with] string.
“[Then,]…frightening figures, [covered with blood] and mumbling [strange incantations],
approached and threw themselves down in prayer. After [a long period
of time,]…weeping[, crying, wailing broke out as if a herd, a plethora of
mourners were bereaved upon the death of their closest and deepest love]…the funeral pyre
[burned brighter and brighter. All the] clothes [of the initiate] were consumed.
[And] from[, behind or near this] fire, [one of the priests emerged almost as if he
had taken form from the smoke of the pyre itself. And] the five…figures went into…convulsions
[and loud wailing and screaming took place. And then] came the voice
of [someone concealed behind a curtain]…these oaths, which the candidate
had to repeat: “‘In the name of the crucified one, I swear
to sever all bonds which unite me with mother, brothers, sisters, wife, relatives,
friends, mistress, kings, superiors, benefactors or any other man to whom I have promised faith,
service, or obedience; “‘I name the place in which I was born. Henceforth
I live in another dimension, which I will not reach until I have
renounced the evil globe which has been cursed by Heaven;
“‘From now onwards I shall reveal to my new chief all that I have heard or found out;
and I shall also seek out and observe things which might otherwise have escaped
me; “‘I honor the aqua toffana; it is a quick
and essential medium of removing from the earth, through death or robbing them
of their wits, of those who oppose truth, and those who try to take it from our hands;
“‘I shall avoid Spain, Naples, and all other accursed lands, and I shall avoid the temptation
to betray what I have now heard;
“‘Lightning will not strike as rapidly as the dagger, which will reach me, wherever
I may be, should I betray my initiation.” “[Then, a seven-branched ]candelabrum, bearing
seven black candles, [was] placed before the candidate, and [a large]
bowl containing human blood. [The candidate washed] himself in the blood, and [drank]
a quantity of it. The string around his [genitalia was] removed, [and then he
was carried to] a bath to undergo complete ablution. After this, he [was given] a
meal composed of root vegetables.’ “[Now, folks, (laughs)] while it is possible
that such ceremonies as this have actually taken place…”
[William Cooper]: And we know that they have, because it is exact…the exact ceremony that
George Bush underwent in the crypt, or what is known as the tomb, or
the skull and bones at Yale University… “…[that] it will be recalled that such items
as ‘human blood’ are generally not of the genuine variety in any society other
than those reputed to be dedicated to criminal or perverted ends.”
[William Cooper]: Well, I have this to say: no one knows but those who actually take part
in the ceremony, whether it’s chicken blood or human blood or pig blood
or cow’s blood. “[And, as it is] with the initiations of other
societies, there is no doubt that the candidate may have been made to believe
that he was actually going through an initiation which involved horrible things of this nature
[such as human blood]. Initiation into the ancient mysteries was
often accompanied by the exposure of the candidate to fear [another] emotions, in
order to make [him] receptive to the oath or message which was to be made manifest.
“It has been said[, folks] that the European version of the Order of the Illuminati contributed
in no small measure to the development of revolutionary doctrines which
eventually culminated in the Russian and other Communist machines.”
[William Cooper]: And in fact, those of serious study, who have perused the depths of the
available material as I and others have, have no doubt, have no doubt
whatsoever that Communism –international Socialism –is the direct product of
the Mystery Schools of the Illuminati, as was the formation of this nation which was
guaranteed to lead us in to what is known as the New World Order — Novus Ordo
Seclorum: the formation of a one world totalitarian state ruled by benevolent
“despotism,” is the way that they put it. “[And] there is little doubt that the Order
was dedicated to the overcoming of princely power as it was then known, and
to the diffusion of anti-religious ideas. [And] this can best be seen by examining the
development of the teaching of the member, as he progressed from one degree of
initiation into the next. “[Now, folks,] many young enthusiasts with
a taste for mystery and a desire to fight oppression in any form were drawn,
through a deliberate plan, from the ranks of [all of the colleges and universities and
from all of the other supposedly benevolent fraternital organizations]. After
an oath of obedience and silence [had] been extracted from the candidate, he was
then handed over to a Director [or Teacher, or, if you will, Hierophant], to be taught
that the Order was one of the discipline and effort, and that the final objectives
were to do good through leaving aside all preconceived notions and upon the basis of
free thought to lead mankind to salvation.” [William Cooper]: But salvation granted by
who, and salvation from what?That is the question that intelligent men
should be asking. However, it’s been my experience that most men and most women don’t ask any
questions whatsoever — or very few, anyway.141
“Those who managed to show that they were likely to accept the next stage in teaching,
were advanced to the rank in which he was made to swear that he would work
under the orders of his masters without doubt or question. He would not use
his critical faculties in any way in any matter connected with such instructions.
“[Now,] in the lower ranks –[or] (laughs) the ‘nursery’…”
[William Cooper]: For all of you Blue Lodge Master Masons out there who think you know
so much, that are nothing more than the greatest group of followers
that ever conceived and let loose upon humanity. “[Yes, in the ‘nursery’] –the member was
very much in the dark as to the way in which the Order was run, and how it
should accomplish its design of freeing the world. As he progressed, however, he found
that part of his service to the Society was to gain financial and social power, and
to place them at the disposal of the group. [Indeed,] he was expected to be a
diligent Mason, and to try to gain control over [Freemason] funds. It was not until the
tenth rite of promotion had been completed that the member [was] given — with
the grade of Priest — certain definite knowledge.” [William Cooper]: And now, today, in the order
known as the Scottish Rite, this information is not given until the
candidate actually reaches the 30th degree, according to the actual writings of the man
who was the Grand Commander of all of Freemasonry ofthe world and of the Scottish
Rite of Freemasonry in the United States, Mr. Pike. General Pike.
“[Well, this knowledge] included the fact that the Illuminati were proposing to destroy
princes and prelates throughout the world, and were to remove forever the
feeling of local nationality from the minds of men. [William Cooper: Another goal
was to destroy all existing religions.] The ways in which this was to be done involved
infiltrating high positions in education, administration[, of government, the military
and, of course,] the Press. “The very highest degrees showed that the
rationalism and materialism of the thinkers who developed it were determined
to stamp out all belief in religion. God and any faith in a deity, the initiate was told,
were human inventions, and [they] had no real meaning [whatsoever]. [Now,] this was
developed further, and the member who arrived at the highest position [in the
Order, or (that [designated as] Rex [or] King) learned that he was now the same as any king,
[on the same level, with the same rights and the same divine right of rule,]
and that all men were capable of equal advancement [but all men were not equal]:
hence the need for kings over [man] was an illusion [perpetrated by those in power, and
this perpetration was to be broken at all costs].
[No longer reading] And the highest, for the men who sat at the
head of the Council, the Council of hidden supervisors made up of nine
members was designated as Rex Mundi, or literally translated, “Kings of the World.”In their
machinations to overthrow, topple the Kings and Queens of all the countries
of the world from their thrones, they established the United States of
America and the English colonies in the New World. And its ultimate goal –its secret
destiny — was to be the catalyst to bring into the world what they called the
Great Society or the New World Order. And it certainly worked, dear listeners. As
you can look back through history, the granting of the common man of liberty, fraternity,
equality, freedom that he had never tasted or known before in history, lit the
spark that then ignited the French Revolution — of course, with the leadership and
the manipulation of the people of the Illuminati, the lodges of Freemasonry, the Ancient Order
of the Rose and Cross and others –the highest level were all the same
with the same goals. And this spark of revolution spread throughout the world.
And, until we all grow up and learn how to stop this, it will continue.
As the secret societies propel us, manipulate us, deceive us, lie, operating in secret,
infiltrating everything decent and good that man has ever built, destroying it
from within, bringing closer and closer their goal of what they believe will be a
Utopia on earth: a one-world, totalitarian, Socialist order. They hope to create the world
where they will rule as being the ones who possess the only truly mature minds;
they will establish a council of advisors to a world, charismatic, political and
religious leader who will be the outward rule, but he will really take his orders from this
“benevolent despotism,” this Council of Learned Elders; and everyone on the face
of this earth will be in total control for every 24-hour period of their lives. There
142 will be one-world religion catering to the
needs of man — not men obeying the laws of any God. The general rule will be, as
has been touted many, many times by these people: “Do as thou wilt shall be the whole
of the law.” And even murder will be considered to be a learning experience provided
that the perpetrator actually learns something. People who exhibit violent
tendencies as a matter of normal behavior on their part will simply be eliminated.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope this is beginning to come together and make sense to you, if
it doesn’t as yet. We have a long, long, way to go as you have probably
already begun to understand. [William Cooper asks for air-time donations]
Good night, and God bless each and every one of you.
(closing music: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For)
126 126 U2, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking
For, , performed live

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