Sub-Figura vel Liber Caeruleus
"The Dawn of Magic"
1960 by Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier
Anthony Gibbs & Phillips Ltd., London
The Nine Unknown Men
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 the battle.
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 men’s 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, Thibet, 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
society on earth: that of the Nine Unknown Men.
It is still thought that the great men responsible for the destiny
of modern India, and scientists like Bose and Ram believe in the
the Nine, and even receive advice and messages from
them. [cf. Phyllis Schlemmer’s modern "Council of Nine" which
"channeling" sessions have drawn such notables as Uri "Spoon-Bender"
Geller, physicist Dr.
Puharich (who once noted
that Geller’s entity was Horus/Hawk-like in appearance -- another
story for another time perhaps) and, of course, societal sci-fi metaprogrammer extraordinaire Gene "Star Trek" 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 d’Aurillac. 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
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. "Max 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.
doubt an authorized research worker would come across some
surprising things in
the Vatican Library.
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 ’under a certain conjunction of stars occurring
at the exact moment when all the planets were starting on their
courses.’ 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 ’mirror on the wall’ of the
Queen, the precursor of our modern electronic brain.
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
Yersin, one of Pasteur and de Roux’s 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.
[Yet in these
current Eschatological Times of Trouble, have these hidden secrets
slipped into the hands of vile and profane individuals such as Wolf
"Herr Doktor AIDS" Smuzness and, of course, "Oppie’s boys" over at
the LANL labs? -B:.B:.]
The story of the Nine Unknown Men was popularized for the first time
in I927 in a book by Talbot Mundy who for twenty-five years was a
member of the British police force in India. His book is half
fiction, half scientific inquiry.
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 whole world."
[Indeed, cf. the Rockefeller-funded
exploits of such notables as Harvard’s Dr. John Mack and CSETI’s
Steve Greer along with such other notables as the
military/intelligence community’s Psyop (psychological warfare
operative) Extraordinaire Michael "Temple of Set" Acquino, Dr. John
"LSD, Dolphins ’n Sensory Deprivation Tanks" Lilly, The BABALON
Bunch (i.e. Crowley, Parsons ’n Hubbard), etc. etc. etc. -B:.B:.]
It must be remembered that Korjybski’s
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 Tchocotine’s Le
Viol des Foules [i.e. "The Rape of the Masses," no doubt a
take-off on Ortega y Gasset’s classic socio- logical work of the
same name. -B:.B:.] which has had a considerable 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 colloids.
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
The seventh contains the most
exhaustive cosmogony known to humanity.
The eighth deals with light.
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.
strange properties have been attributed to the fact that they
contain bacteriophages. 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
Avoiding all forms of religious, social or political agitations,
deliberately and perfectly concealed from the public eye,
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?