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The Nine Unknown Men of Ashoka

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  1. shans

    shans 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Have you ever heard of “The Nine Unknown Men”? Of course you haven’t. They are unknown, after all, and experts assure me that one of the seven habits of a highly successful secret society is, well, secrecy. Ashoka the Great (304 BC – 232 BC) was an Indian emperor, ruling over a territory roughly corresponding to modern India, from Afghanistan in the north to the Kerala Coast in the south, grandson of Chandragupta, the first ruler to unify the Indian subcontinent. We are fairly certain that Ashoka was a real dude, since we have a fair amount of documentary evidence about his life including his 33 Edicts, inscribed into stone pillars throughout his empire, proclaiming his devotion to Buddhist moral precepts, references to him in 2nd Century stories (Aśokāvadāna and Divyāvadāna), and his appearance in the Sri Lankan Mahavamsa. Historically, he is revered as a sagacious, philanthropic and peace-loving king, credited with being a major factor in making Buddhism a big hit throughout Asia, even though he himself was born Hindu. This was not always the case. In his early life, he was pretty much Darth Vader: He killed 500 of his ministers over a loyalty oath, had a harem of 500 women some of whom he burned to death when they displeased him, built himself an intricate torture chamber for his own amusement, and was generally regarded as a brilliant military strategist, although leaning heavily towards the bloodthirsty side.
    After a particularly nasty battle to conquer the Kalinga territory, resulting in the deaths of 100,000 soldiers, countless civilians, and 150,000 deportations, in a moment of personal reflection while viewing the battlefield strewn with corpses, Ashoka came to the conclusion that he was tired of being such an unpleasant jerk, commenting, “What have I done? If this is a victory, what’s a defeat then”? This is considered to be the catalyst for his conversion to Buddhism, and the benevolent reign of a new, less homicidal Ashoka. Ashoka decided that some knowledge was simply too dangerous for humanity in their barbaric state (he is said to have been in possession of information from the mythical Rama Empire, an Indian version of Atlantis), and created the secret society of the Nine Unknown Men dedicated to preserving the secrecy of knowledge that could lead to our destruction. Each of the Nine was tasked with guarding and adding to a particular realm of knowledge: (1) Propaganda and Psychological Warfare (2) Physiology (3) Microbiology (4) Alchemy (5) Communication (6) Gravitation (7) Cosmology (8) Light and (9) Sociology. Various famous personages are said to have been in contact with the Nine (according to Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels, authors of the fascinating, if somewhat loopy Morning of the Magicians), including Pope Sylvester II, a French consul at Calcutta named Louis Jacolliot (1837-1890), a Pastuer collaborator named Alexandre Yersin, and a variety of important figures in Indian history. Most secret societies have total world domination as an important career goal. Not so much the Nine Unknown Men. I mean, in theory they could if they wanted, but rather they are reportedly dedicated to preventing us from going extinct, lending a helping hand here and there, and staying anonymous. Nice guys. I wonder who else they’re talking to these days. Albert Einstein once remarked, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” Suspicious. Very suspicious.

    SOURCE: EsoterX
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