by Victoria LePage
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He believed Western civilization was on a precipitous downward course, and that its only hope was to return to the traditional ideal of government by a spiritual elite.
For Guénon, society should be a reflection of the initiatory hierarchy with the initiate-king at the apex, preserving in his own sanctified state the spiritual ideals and aspirations of his subjects and radiating out to them the social harmony and order inherent in his office.
The Italian alchemist Julius Evola (1898-1974) was another Traditionalist who, like Guénon and his contemporary, the Sufi Frithjof Schuon, mourned the departure of the hierarchical mode of government that had given such incomparable vitality, rigor and meaning to the civilizations of antiquity.
Evola, however, was
skeptical that government by a
spiritual elite could possibly manifest in our time, given the
profound loss of soul in present human affairs. 
Something unprecedented has entered the scene. Can a covert operation be in progress aimed at regime change for the world? - a return to the reign of the philosopher-king, or perhaps more exactly, of a Council of Sages? It seems an impossible idea in this staunchly democratic civilization, yet the return of the Masters has long been predicted in occult circles.
Could such a return already
be being secretly set in train?
They show that since 1952, or even earlier, there has been a hugely influential secret movement within the American ruling class - among high-level Freemasons and politicians, as well as,
...and even at the
threshold of the White House itself  - that claims direct, telepathic contact with a cabal of advanced
spiritual Intelligences from another star system.
All cult followers, however, stress the divine nature of these beings, who are most often known today as the Council of Nine or the Nine Unknowns, or simply "the Nine."
The Nine are widely believed to have
long ago governed the civilization of Atlantis, and to have been
drawn back to Earth, or to the material plane, by the sufferings of
What Picknett and Prince are at pains to reveal is that from mysterious beginnings there has coalesced a widespread movement of devotion, even worship, of the Nine that presently dominates much of the New Age communities in America and Europe . Many of the members of the secretive core group that channels the teachings of the Nine are now famous guru figures in the West's alternative literature.
They believe the Nine Principles are the nine ancient Egyptian gods, the Ennead, the Elder Gods who once presided over the great religious centre in Heliopolis on the Nile.
Together, the Ennead represented the nine different facets of the One God, Atum, the Egyptian God of gods: the entirety being namely, Atum, Shu and Tefnet, Geb and Nut, Osiris and Isis, and Set and Nephthys.
Today, the "Nine in One"
have returned, so it is claimed, to help in humanity's next
What was the secret of its cultural superiority?
It is no coincidence that many of today's counter-cultural gurus are dedicated proponents of the archaeological explorations being carried out, apparently for obscure occult reasons, on the Giza plateau in Egypt. Drawn by the magic of Egypt, other aficionados searching for its secrets are leaders of Christian evangelism, prominent American scientists and philosophers, famous authors; some, like the Israeli Uri Geller, are well-known psychics.
Dedication to the Egyptian Nine, although clandestine, runs deep.
But they also say that,
And below the controllers are the messengers, who say they mediate between the controllers and all the myriad planetary civilizations that make up the universe.
So, as in
ancient Egypt, there is evidently a hierarchy involved in which the
Nine entities being channeled are the lowest rung in a ladder
leading to far higher advanced beings.
The texts indicate that below the Greater Ennead was a bevy of demi-gods, lesser divinities known as the Lesser Ennead. The Lesser Ennead included such gods as,
Lesser Ennead was yet another level, the immensely powerful temple
priesthood that mediated the will of the gods to the common people.
Horus, the Falcon Prince, was actually far older than Osiris, who had came late to the Greater Ennead. In the oldest Egyptian pantheon, Horus, in the company of his consort Hathor, the goddess of love, stood in effect as a lesser analogue of Atum, the One Supreme God who ruled over the spiritual world that existed before the material world of time and space was born.
As Atum ruled the spiritual universe, so too did Horus rule the
material realm in a long line of Horus-kings.
According to tradition, these demi-gods
were a race from the stars, taller and with a larger skull than the
folk along the Nile, and were possessed of secret knowledge and
great magical skills. Yet great though the Heru Shemsu were, they
were but lower reflections of the Greater Ennead, the nine Gods in
One, the true and sole rulers of the land.
Certain cult members have disclosed that, as a consequence of having access to "confidential and secret information", they are aware that the highly evolved Entities known as the Nine, working through their chosen emissaries, aim to indoctrinate humanity in what amounts to a new global religion.
This involves the purging or final showdown of the forces of good and evil.
Something has gone wrong with humanity's genetic programming, they say, and the Nine have had to re-enter our polluted world with the aim of putting things right and setting us on a new and more spiritually oriented course.
say Picknett and Prince, is nothing less than the creation of a New
World Order based on theocratic rather than democratic principles,
with the Council of Nine itself in control.
In his book, Hurtak claims that some races are degenerate, having fallen morally so low that the righteous must be quarantined from them; and he warns the world in highly-charged biblical and apocalyptic language that this problem is now critical.
A final Battle of Armageddon is imminent. A mysterious Stargate
between heaven and earth has been opened, as a result of which we
are rushing towards a worldwide war between the forces of Light and
Darkness which will precede the coming rule of the Brotherhood of
Light, a body which he identifies with the Council of Nine.
This benign invasion was due to take place in 1978, with much interference with radio and television transmissions in order that the Nine might communicate directly with the people of Earth and prepare them for the great global upheaval that was to follow. But, as we know, this did not occur, and after the millennium eve passed without incident talk of an intergalactic invasion waned.
Hurtak explained that according to a message from the Nine,
The Nine, who, as we have seen, at first identified themselves as divine Beings or aspects of God rather than as extraterrestrials, are no longer necessarily aliens from outer space in the minds of their devotees.
There appears to have been a shift towards the concept of a circle
of Masters or Avatars who together express the will of a still
higher single Authority, the
Great White Brotherhood of Theosophical
The message the Nine give out is that there is to be a,
...with a golden age to come in which a new form of world government will emerge.
According to the Hurtak vision, the new
"Spiritual Administration" is to be centered
in the U.S.A., a nation he seems to see as a reincarnation of
Atlantis, with Israel a vital partner in its 'hegemony'.
The late Dr. Andrija Puharich's interest, shared with America 's surveillance agencies and the Atomic Energy Commission in which Puharich worked for a time, was primarily in gleaning knowledge of "remote viewing" and other shamanic techniques for altering states of consciousness and thus controlling the mass mind.
Some archaeological buffs emphasize the role that Egypt and the pyramids of Giza are still playing in the return of the Atlanteans; others, such as the Londoner Benjamin Crème, a guru of the Alice Bailey school, stress the hoped-for Second Coming of Christ.
For some Theosophists the theme of the extraterrestrial Guardians and the coming of the "Time of Awakening," when Atlantis will rise from the sea, has been woven into a mystical cult called the Abbey of the Seven Rays. 
But all without exception are concerned with a New World Order already germinating, already active at the cutting-edge of developments in,
...and other fields under the aegis
of a divine Council of Nine.
But Picknett and Prince show that from as far back as the 1930's various esoteric schools, such as those of,
...were claiming to have telepathic links to a brotherhood or hierarchy of spiritual adepts akin to the Council of Nine.
Indeed, such claims
were being made by occultists even as early as the middle of the
nineteenth century and arose in conjunction with the legend of
Shambhala, the sacred centre in High Asia
popularized by the
Jacolliot claimed these unknown adepts were still alive and that he was in touch with them.
But another French mystic, Saint-Ives d'Alvedre (1824-1909), claimed that the legend was far older. He said that the Nine Unknowns were beings from the star Sirius who came originally to the Tarim Basin in Central Asia in 34,000 BCE and there established their Shambhalic headquarters.
According to recent research, the Heliopolitan priesthood inherited the myth of the Elder Gods, half of them male and half female, from the pre-dynastic half-mythic depths of Nilotic history, when the Nile Valley was still sparsely populated by hunters and food-gatherers.
However, what emerges from the present study is that the Nine Unknowns cannot be confined to ancient Egyptian history. As immensely tall, regal, high-skulled beings from the stars, they are credited with guiding towards a civilized state the first faltering steps of agricultural peoples in regions well beyond Egypt.
are tales of their ubiquitous presence in every part of the earth,
and even on other planets.
In 1913 he wrote concerning the number 10:
The nine principles are to be found in the nine structural archetypes of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, in the nine levels of mythic Mt. Meru, the nine angelic hierarchies and many other cosmological schemes.
Other mystical societies speak of the "Nine Elect" or the "Hidden Masters" who continue to be active in the interests of humanity.
Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in The Dawn of Magic (or 'The Morning of The Magicians') say:
Thus Pauwels and Bergier were two authors who regarded the Nine as a universal phenomenon, a guiding Presence that arbitrated impartially above all civilizations, East or West, offering special succor to none.
And it is here we run up against a very strange anomaly, and one that Picknett and Prince find sinister.
Ostensibly, Hurtak's Council of Nine is working for the whole of humanity through its devoted followers; but according to these two researchers what seems to be nearer to the reality is a marked bias towards the interests of the U.S.-led, right-wing Christian conclave of Western nations.
Ominously, nearly all the followers of the Nine seem to be in some
way connected to U.S. or European governmental military and
surveillance agencies, frequently through funding, and to be working
towards a broadly Euro-centered Western-style outcome, with the war
against terrorism high on the agenda.
They point out that although the multinational elite that is fighting terrorism embraces nearly all the religions of the world there are notable exceptions.
Neither are the black races.
He claims it represents,
Again, Hurtak refers to the Black Cube as functioning,
In such discriminatory terms does Hurtak discuss the galactic wars that are to be waged between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness.
In fact, there is marked Christian-fundamentalist and anti-Islamic propaganda concealed within the Nine's overt messages of universal peace and goodwill… at least as these messages are being relayed by the Christian faithful.
Even the Jews, though regarded as
an especially holy people, "the saviors of the earth", do not
altogether escape censure for their rejection of Jesus as the
Messiah. Yet despite these negative omens, Picknett and Prince,
originally somewhat skeptical, admit the Nine give every evidence of
authenticity on all other counts. They are not fakes.
If so, considerable ignorance is being displayed by those who claim to be the West's spiritual leaders, for the legend of the Nine Unknowns is just as prevalent in the Islamic world as it is in the West.
Pauwels and Bergier are right.
Sufism, Islam's mystical path, has long laid claim to this same legend, which it asserts is to be found in all religions, Eastern and Western, appearing in the sacred records of peoples from all over the world and from times immemorial.
Mexico, the Mayan Creation God,
Bolon Yokte, was one of the Nine
Lords of the Night (the Underworld). The Mayans believe that Bolon
Yokte was present in 3114 BCE in the creation of a new World Age,
and will be present again
in 2012 CE at the beginning of the
next World Age. 
They say that this metaphysical glyph "reaches for the innermost secrets of man"; and the Sufi writer Ernest Scott in his classic The People of the Secret implies that it stands for one of the highest and most authoritative echelons in the Sufi hierarchy.
seems little political reality in any New Age dream of a partisan
clique of Nine Unknowns ruling a white-supremacist empire that
excludes Islam. No such outcome is ever likely to happen if the Nine
Unknowns being channeled by Western psychics today are genuinely
who they purport to be.
For the Sufi path, an ancient and very secret tradition that pre-dates its affiliation with Islam, has been almost unknown and unexamined in the West until the past few decades.
Various Sufi monasteries and landmarks can be reliably dated to periods prior to the birth of Muhammad, Islam's founder, and are therefore signs of Sufism's secret creative presence in the Near East long before the rise of the Arabian religion in the seventh century CE; while even afterwards the Sufi brotherhood's crucial part in the development and spread of Islam has remained a hidden element in that event.
But that is fast changing...
Robert James Buratti, a Sydney-based researcher and teacher of Literature and Philosophy, says of the Sufi tradition today that,
And of course the modern media has helped this outing process.
The appearance of various articles and books on the subject of the "Hidden Sufi Directorate" from 1960 onward, written by eminent Sufi authors such as the Afghan teacher Idries Shah, has meant that an awareness of and interest in Sufism has been growing within the modern Western mind, gradually dispelling its ignorance.
And with that surfacing has come confirmation that
the Nine Unknowns are a universal phenomenon common to all of
humanity, including Muslims, black, brown or white.
For seven centuries - that is, until the twentieth century and the rise of Modernist Islam - the dominant religion has been a syncretic blend of Sufic Islam, Hindu-Buddhism, Tao and animism, with an increasing infusion of Christian and Theosophical elements.
Thus it has been a mix of beliefs from virtually all the religions known to man, and many more so old they are unknown.
are a deeply spiritual people, and in the largest island, that of
Java, the Nine Unknowns are a household word, an integral part of
the rich mythological fare that sustains the whole society.
They knew that humanity was on the threshold of a higher stage in consciousness involving the awakening of the Spiritual Soul, an organ still relatively dormant in most people on earth today; and the Nine elected to become a spearhead into that future.
There are three soul centers - animal, human and spiritual - in each individual, with the last-named, the Spiritual Soul, under the governance and direction of the divine Will.
When awakened in the course of evolution, the Spiritual Soul profoundly energizes and unifies the various lower instruments that normally compete and jostle within human consciousness. The animal and human souls then come under its dominance, and the union of the three under divine Command immeasurably elevates and spiritualizes the individual's state of being.
To aid in this evolutionary process the
Nine Masters sought to lay down a path capable of stimulating in men
and women a greater consciousness and control of the love/wisdom
powers of the Spiritual Soul.
The beam of light "programmed" him (just as it would
"program" James Hurtak in the West), thus opening the way to a
spiritual revelation. This seed-revelation developed into a new
practice and teaching called Subud that would presently be taken to
Sumarah has become a large-scale movement in Indonesia. It has not come officially to the West, but is spreading its message informally across the Pacific to California and the New Age movements.
It teaches that all the world religions have their roots in the same esoteric source. The same truth underlies them all. All have germinated from a divine seed that lies deep in the Soul of humanity and share equally in its grace.
Sumarah's method therefore calls for universal peace between religions.
It raises consciousness from the ordinary mind, whose dualistic and divisive nature breeds images of evil, warfare and religious conflict, to an intuitive state beyond divisions. In that unified state the enlightened mind pursues visions of inwardness, of oneness, of spiritual redemption, of a peaceful coexistence of the family of religions.
Sumarah's message is therefore the very
antithesis of that disseminated by James Hurtak in the Christian
West, yet seems to come from the same high source.
It would seem that many Western ideologues, even those in the highest positions of political or scientific power, have seriously misunderstood the meaning of their dialogue with the Council of Nine.
appear to have misconstrued the true nature of this group and to
have appropriated to themselves an influence that should be global
and pan-religious, one that embraces the faith of Islam and the
black races equally with that of the Christian West.
Believed by some to have originated in the Caucasus Mountains 20,000 years ago, Sufism is essentially a search for gnosis, which it defines as illumination in union with God - an ultimate state of perfection towards which the race as a whole is striving.
Technically, Sufis are those who have arrived at this goal of mystical union, but in practice the term also applies to the many dervishes and other aspirants who are on the Sufi path seeking esoteric knowledge, but who are still far from being "perfected ones."
The latter, the true Sufis, through the special esoteric
techniques they practice are thought to be in possession of a wide
range of psycho-spiritual powers and exalted states of consciousness
unknown to the common man; so much so that legend has referred to
them as the Secret People, a hidden hierarchy of Masters who are
guides and mentors of ordinary humanity, a "Hidden Directorate" of
the race. It is to this concept of a Hidden Directorate that Scott
relates the Nine Unknowns.
If Sufism is 20,000 years old, it began with shaman masters who, as explained by the Greek-Armenian Sufi teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, were at a far more advanced cultural level than the ordinary food-gathering and nomadic tribes. 
Living in taboo isolation, the Masters were already settled in villages and raising cattle, probably also experimenting with crops. They were regarded as revered and feared demi-gods by the tribesmen, who were led by a cabal of these superior sages.
Such a group of advanced human
individuals Buratti regards as the reality behind all legends of
"masters" and "initiates" from earliest historical times to the
But, like Saint-Ives d'Alvedre, he speaks of them as a group of beings like the Nine Unknowns, men of great wisdom who long ago came to ancient Egypt and founded the society that built the great temples there.
The Sages had arrived on a solar bark from the sunken continent of Atlantis. So similar in every particular is this story to that of Saint-Ives related above that it may well be merely another version, but an earlier one, of the legend of the Nine Unknowns. Gurdjieff's Seven would, however, point to a cosmic connection with the Pleiades, the home of the Seven Shamanic Blacksmiths, rather than with Sirius. 
This is a point
of great interest which space precludes us from pursuing here.
These gods are credited by Andrew Collins, the well-known author and independent researcher, with seeding a Neolithic culture in Anatolia and along the Euphrates as early as 9500 BCE. 
The Ogdoad too may be another earlier version of the
Nine. It well may be that the progression from seven to nine
parallels an evolution of the Ennead over the millennia from
shamanism to yoga to ceremonial religion.
But Gurdjieff also claims to have remembered historical allusions to these gods from the recitatives of his father, a professional bard whose songs had been passed down orally and with amazing fidelity through generations of trained Armenian bards.
From this priceless repertoire the son derived a knowledge of
the folklore of Old Europe going back into the immemorial mists of
time and spurring him to visit Crete .
Haninn had been guided by,
These sages, then, who
featured in the first volume of Gurdjieff's masterwork, the memoirs
of Beelzebub, may also correspond to the Nine Sages of Atlantis - and to early Sufis.
In the mythologies of various
peoples there is considerable corroborating evidence that Egyptian
civilization among others was seeded in this way, suddenly and in a
near-perfected state by an advanced race from elsewhere, rather than
evolving gradually from scratch as academia asserts.
In Meetings With Remarkable Men, he states that around 2500 BCE the Masters held a great conference of wise men in Babylon; and there they founded the famous Sarmoun Society, which would act as a guardian of the primordial tradition of wisdom and powers held by Sufis and potentially available to the rest of humanity. 
This secret Sufi Wisdom school would function as a preparation for the great Zoroastrian epoch to come.
(And it is worth noting here that
according to James Buratti sermon is the name for the spiritual
energy commonly associated with a blessing or baraka from the great
Sufi teacher, Bahauddin Naqshband - and no doubt analogous to the
baraka that fell from the sky one night onto a favoured Sufi pupil
in Java, resulting in a new spiritual movement.)
Idries Shah says that alchemy came to the Jews via this Sufi route.
Many of the exiles never returned to Judaea ; others returned bearing with them a new world philosophy, a new spiritual vision acquired in the Chaldaean city.
The Sarmoun connection to ancient Judaism and to the Jewish Diaspora has been further uncovered by the researches of the late Jewish author Dr. Hugh Schonfield.
Schonfield notes that even before the fall of Jerusalem, Jewish sectaries such as the Essenes and Therapeutae, as well as Judaeo-Christians, were fleeing Palestine and Egypt for Arabia, the Middle East, Persia, India and even farther East again for Afghanistan; and in these lands, especially in the cities of Mosul and Basra in the Middle East, they joined forces again with the ancient Sufi stream.
Schonfield says of these massive eastward-bound migrations:
In fact, the doctrines, rites and general worldview of the migrating sects also infused the Sufi stream in a mutual enrichment, for they had brought with them to Persia all the advanced new Greco-Egyptian learning and wisdom acquired in Alexandria, at that time the world-centre of the arts and sciences of civilization.
The ancient connection of Sufism with the religion of the Hebraic people was thus reinforced and deepened by new infusions.
From then on, the
Persian Sufis continued to develop the oral beginnings of the Jewish Qabalah, suppressed by the rabbis, to such good effect that the
modern Jewish Encyclopedia declares that one of the treatises in
the Sufi Encyclopedia of the Faithful Brethren, published in 980 CE
in Basra, was the first written transmission of the Qabalah to enter
Ernest Scott traces the illuminism of Sufism hidden in early Christianity in the inspired teachings of the Celtic Church, so different from that of Rome, and in the medieval Troubadour movement.
"Illuminism", says Scott, was injected into the European consciousness from the school of Ibn Masarra (883 - 931).
Despite the ever-present threat of the Inquisition, many scholars and saints of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance who have been thought of as solely Christian have been strongly influenced by the hidden Sarmoun stream.
Men of great spirituality and knowledge such as,
The latter, Nostradamus as he was known, was a doctor of letters born of a Jewish family forcibly converted to Christianity, who remained a Jew, a Christian and a closet Sufi to the end of his days.
And it is known that the brilliant Pope Gerbert d'Aurillac, born in 940, withdrew from his monastery of Fleury in Burgundy and spent some years in a Sufi school at Cordoba or Toledo . 
contemplatives were using Sufi books, Sufi methods and sciences and
Sufi terminology, even becoming secret Sufis themselves, from
Tradition has it that this movement was founded by a German professor, Christian Rosencreutz, who was initiated in Palestine by an Arab group, presumably a Sufi one. 
But perhaps even closer is the connection between Sufism and Freemasonry. The Bektashi Sufis in the Balkans, Buratti points out, claim they are Freemasons, and are known to have a strong connection to the legendary powerhouses of the Hidden Directorate.
He adds that it is also known that many of
these secret Bektashi groups have refused initiation to any
Westerner unless he is already a Master Mason.
Idries Shah says that 12,000 Freemasons joined the Carbonari in Paris in the early years of the nineteenth century, thus greatly infusing Freemasonic political aspirations with the Sufi social and elitist ideals. 
Since Sufism is the only truly global religious
philosophy that exists, it is probably no coincidence that the
United States of America, virtually founded by Freemasons, has
introduced corporate globalism to the world and is now seeking to
impose political globalism as well.
How is it, one must ask, that the Sufi vehicle of the Primordial Gnosis has survived for so long, millennium after millennium, in undiminished strength?
There is no doubt that its gift of adaptability is the secret of Sufism's immemorial vitality, its ascendancy over the remorseless attrition of time.
It is friendly to the new; it absorbs, owns and reinvents
every influence that impinges on it, whether favorable or hostile.
It yields in order to command. It denies the existence of enemies,
and so conquers all. It is the antithesis of Christianity's Will to
wherever they went they took with them their inner science of Light,
their pacific philosophy, their religious globalism and the legend
of the Nine Unknowns.
A dense veil falls over these mysterious Beings the more we seek to penetrate it. Many of the current myths about them can be discounted. The truth is that we know almost nothing about these shadowy Guides of humanity.
remain a mystery, an X factor in the story of human evolution, an
elusive presence that Sufis call the Hidden Directorate, but about
whose hierarchy - or even existence - we can only speculate.
It would seem impossible.
Yet democracy on its own has proved hollow. In this
violent and unstable transitional period which is steadily moving us
into a new World Age many things are possible that would once have
seemed beyond the farthest limits of the imagination.
Democracy has permitted all of us an unprecedented awareness of the Self-principle at the core of consciousness:
True, the Sufi ideal of a political
paradigm that includes guidance by a spiritual elite is one
extremely difficult of acceptance by most Western people. Yet it may
well be in our stars.
The Will to Power lodged in the Western psyche has become lethal and even the very human emissaries of the Nine are clearly not free of this defect. Unlike the Greater Ennead of ancient Egypt, they are all-male and tend to be patriarchal, racist and warmongering.
This contamination, we are told, has happened many times before in our history:
It is an old story, and we may expect much purging before the present situation is likely to change. But the history of human evolution indicates that always the divine Will, when it announces itself, is ultimately stronger than the human.
we submit to it or perish.