Excerpt from: "The
Dawn of Magic"
1960 by Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier
This tradition goes back to the time of
Emperor Asoka, who reigned in India from 273 B.C. He was the
grandson of Chandragupta who was the first to unify India. Ambitious
like his ancestor whose achievements he was anxious to complete, he
conquered the region of Kalinga which lay between what is now
Calcutta and Madras. The Kalingans resisted and lost 100,000 men in
At the sight of this massacre Asoka was overcome. For ever after he
experienced a horror of war. He renounced the idea of trying to
integrate the rebellious people, declaring that the only true
conquest was to win menís hearts by observance of the laws of duty
and piety, because the Sacred Majesty desired that all living
creatures should enjoy security, peace and happiness and be free to
live as they pleased.
A convert to Buddhism, Asoka, by his own virtuous example, spread
this religion throughout India and his entire empire which included
Malaya, Ceylon and Indonesia. Later Buddhism penetrated to Nepal,
Tibet, China and Mongolia. Asoka nevertheless respected all
religious sects. He preached vegetarianism, abolished alcohol and
the slaughter of animals. H.G. Wells, in his abridged version
of his Outline of World History wrote:
"Among the tens of thousands of
names of monarchs accumulated in the files of history, the name
of Asoka shines almost alone, like a star."
It is said that the Emperor Asoka, aware
of the horrors of war, wished to forbid men ever to put their
intelligence to evil uses. During his reign natural science, past
and present, was vowed to secrecy. Henceforward, and for the next
2,000 years, all researches, ranging from the structure of matter to
the techniques employed in collective psychology, were to be hidden
behind the mystical mask of a people commonly believed to be
exclusively concerned with ecstasy and supernatural phenomena. Asoka
founded the most powerful secret society on earth: that of the Nine
It is still thought that the great men responsible for the destiny
of modern India, and scientists like Bose and Ram believe in the
existence of the Nine, and even receive advice and messages from
Phyllis Schlemmerís modern "Council
of Nine" which "channeling" sessions have drawn such notables as
Uri Geller, physicist
Dr. Andrija Puharich (who
once noted that Gellerís entity was Horus/Hawk-like in appearance --
another story for another time perhaps) and, of course, societal
sci-fi metaprogrammer extraordinaire Gene Roddenberry -B:.B:.]
One can imagine the extraordinary importance of secret knowledge in
the hands of nine men benefiting directly from experiments, studies
and documents accumulated over a period of more than 2,000 years.
What can have been the aim of these men? Not to allow methods of
destruction to fall into the hands of unqualified persons, and to
pursue knowledge which would benefit mankind. Their numbers would be
renewed by co-option, so as to preserve the secrecy of techniques
handed down from ancient times.
Examples of the Nine Unknown Men making contact with the
outer world are rare. There was, however, the extraordinary case of
one of the most mysterious figures in Western history: the Pope
Sylvester II, known also by the name of Gerbert díAurillac.
Born in the Auvergne in 920 (d. 1003) Gerbert was a Benedictine
monk, professor at the University of Rheims, Archbishop of Ravenna
and Pope by the grace of Otho III. He is supposed to have spent some
time in Spain, after which a mysterious voyage brought him to
India where he is reputed to have acquired various kinds of
skills which stupefied his entourage.
For example, he possessed in his palace
a bronze head which answered Yes or No to questions
put to it on politics or the general position of Christianity. [cf.
the Crystal Skull" of current notoriety -B:.B:.]
According to Sylvester II this was a perfectly simple
operation corresponding to a two-figure calculation, and was
performed by an automaton similar to our modem binary machines. This
"magic" head was destroyed when Sylvester died, and all the
information it imparted carefully concealed. No doubt an authorized
research worker would come across some surprising things in the
In the cybernetics journal, Computers and Automation of
October 1954, the following comment appeared:
"We must suppose that he (Sylvester)
was possessed of extraordinary knowledge and the most remarkable
mechanical skill and inventiveness. This speaking head must have
been fashioned íunder a certain conjunction of stars occurring
at the exact moment when all the planets were starting on their
courses.í Neither the past, nor the present nor the future
entered into it, since this invention apparently far exceeded in
its scope its rival, the perverse ímirror on the wallí of the
Queen, the precursor of our modern electronic brain. Naturally,
it was widely asserted that Gerbert was only able to produce
such a machine because he was in league with the Devil and had
sworn eternal allegiance to him."
Had other Europeans any contact with
this society of the Nine Unknown Men? It was not until the
nineteenth century that this mystery was referred to again in the
works of the French writer Jacolliot.
Jacolliot was French Consul at Calcutta under the Second
Empire. He wrote some quite important prophetic works, comparable,
if not superior to those of Jules Verne. He also left several books
dealing with the great secrets of the human race. A great many
occult writers, prophets and miracle-workers have borrowed from his
writings which, completely neglected in France, are well known in
Jacolliot states categorically that the society of Nine did
actually exist. And, to make it all the more intriguing, he refers
in this connection to certain techniques, unimaginable in 1860, such
as, for example, the liberation of energy, sterilization by
radiation and psychological warfare.
Yersin, one of Pasteur and de Rouxís closest collaborators,
was entrusted, it seems, with certain biological secrets when he
visited Madras in 1860, and following the instructions he received
was able to prepare a serum against cholera and the plague.
The story of
the Nine Unknown Men was popularized for the
first time in 1927 in a book by
Talbot Mundy who for
twenty-five years was a member of the British police force in India.
His book íThe
Nine Unknowní wrote in 1927, is half fiction, half
the perfect balance between pulp high adventure and
mystical novel was achieved in The Nine Unknown.
(1923/1924), written and published right before the
Tibetan opus Om.
is based on a persistent legend brought back to the west
from the East, about the existence of nine unknown
perfected men who watched over India, and guarded
its secrets. In Mundyís novel there turns out to be
nine unknown men who work for the good of mankind,
and a dark shadowy nine who worship Kali and work
to destroy the work of the others.
and his crew must try to sort out which is which if they
are to survive. The novel was a favorite of Pauwels
and Bergier, whose discussion of "the nine" was a
prototype "open conspiracy" for planetary change in
Morning of the Magicians.
The use of
Mundyís ideas in Pauwels and Bergierís book was probably
was one of the prime reasons for the Mundy revival in
The Nine apparently employed a
synthetic language [Enochian? -B:.B:.], and each of them
was in possession of a book that was constantly being rewritten and
containing a detailed account of some science.
[Note here the Qabbalistic "synchronicities" in the subjects
of the Nine Books. -B:.B:.]
The first of these books
is said to have been devoted to the technique of propaganda
and psychological warfare.
"The most dangerous of all
sciences," wrote Mundy, "is that of moulding mass
opinion, because it would enable anyone to govern the
[Indeed, cf. the
Rockefeller-funded exploits of such notables as Harvardís
Dr. John Mack and CSETIís
Dr. Steve Greer along with
such other notables as the military/intelligence communityís
Psyop (psychological warfare operative)
(Temple of Set),
Dr. John Lilly (LSD, Dolphinsín Sensory Deprivation Tanks),
The BABALON (i.e.
Crowley, Parsonsín Hubbard),
etc. etc. etc. -B:.B:.]
It must be remembered that Korjybskiís General Semantics did
not appear until 1937 and that it was not until the West had
had the experience of the last World War that the techniques
of the psychology of language, i.e. propaganda, could be
formulated. The first American college of semantics only
came into being in 1950.
In France almost the only book
that is at all well known is Serge Tchocotineís Le
Viol des Foules [i.e. "The Rape of the Masses," no doubt
a take-off on Ortega y Gassetís classic socio-logical work
of the same name. -B:.B:.] which has had a consider- able
influence in intellectual political circles, although it
deals only superficially with the subject.
The second book was on
physiology. It explained, among other things, how it is
possible to kill a man by touching him, death being caused
by a reversal of the nerve-impulse. It is said that Judo is
a result of "leakages" from this book.
The third volume was a
study on microbiology, and dealt especially with protective
The fourth was concerned
with the transmutation of metals. There is a legend that in
times of drought temples and religious relief organizations
received large quantities of fine gold from a secret source.
The fifth volume contains
a study of all means of communication, terrestrial and
extra-terrestrial. [Keep in mind this is circa 250 B.C.E. -B:.B:.]
The sixth expounds the
secrets of gravitation.
The seventh contains the
most exhaustive cosmogony known to humanity.
The eighth deals with
The ninth volume, on
sociology, gives the rules for the evolution of societies,
and the means of foretelling their decline.
Connected with the Nine Unknown Men
is the mystery of the waters of the Ganges. Multitudes of pilgrims,
suffering from the most appalling diseases, bathe in them without
harming the healthy ones. The sacred waters purify everything. Their
strange properties have been attributed to the fact that they
But why should these not be formed in
the Bramaputra, the Amazon or the Seine? Jacolliot in his
book advances the theory of sterilization by radiation, a hundred
years before such a thing was thought to be possible. These
radiations, he says, probably come from a secret temple hollowed out
in the bed of the Ganges.
Avoiding all forms of religious, social or political agitations,
deliberately and perfectly concealed from the public eye, the Nine
were the incarnation of the ideal man of science, serenely aloof,
but conscious of his moral obligations. Having the power to mould
the destiny of the human race, but refraining from its exercise,
this secret society is the finest tribute imaginable to freedom of
the most exalted kind.
Looking down from the watch-tower of
their hidden glory, these Nine Unknown Men watched civilizations
being born, destroyed and re-born again, tolerant rather than
indifferent, and ready to come to the rescue -- but always observing
that rule of silence that is the mark of human greatness.
Myth or reality? A magnificent myth, in any case, and one that has
issued from the depths of time -- a harbinger, maybe, of the future