Whatever is unknown is held to be magnificent. Bear this in mind. Priests of every robe have known and utilized this from the beginning. This is not to say that upon becoming known a thing may not be magnificent, rather it is to say that it may be quite ordinary, it may be harmful, it may be a lie and finally it may be an illusion. Thus, common sense encourages one to investigate, inquire and observe.
There are two worlds in terms of religious matters, political matters and scientific matters to name only three of the most important fields of endeavor that impact the lives of all. These two worlds are the exoteric or outward appearing and the esoteric or inner meaning. The esoteric world is described in terms of symbols in order to keep knowledge and information in the hands of the few so that the many may be led by the human tendency pointed out in the paragraph above.
Symbols, it must be remembered are nothing more than components of a language. They form letters, words and paragraphs. If I was looking at a piece of parchment inscribed with strange glyphs, I would expect it to hold lofty meanings and might be very disappointed upon learning that I had just translated someones shopping list. The reverse of this scenario is equally true.
As with all written languages. People have to create them. People like you and me. The meaning or meanings attributed to the symbols can be whatever the creator of the language wishes them to be. They may be updated and altered at any time and usually are. The objects chosen for the symbols are limited only by the imagination of the author. Thus, even words themselves can and do have multiple meanings in their service as symbols in an esoteric language.
The persistence of certain graphic symbols gives us a clue as to their antiquity. Their meanings are by necessity and by design, multiple. I remember inquiring, when yet a child, as to why there was a pyramid on the back of the US dollar federal reserve note I held in my hand. I received an unsatisfactory exoteric explanation from those adults I questioned and a shrug of the shoulders from many. My father had the same pyramid tattooed on his arm. He said he got it in Alexandria, Egypt during his sailing days.
Ezra Pound was incarcerated for asking the same question. When visited in the asylum by Library of Congress worker, Eustace Mullins, Ezra gave him a dollar bill and told him to research the pyramid and other symbols and he would understand for the first time how the world really worked. Eustace did so, documented everything he found among the stacks of records and then he wrote several books. He was eventually fired from the Library of Congress and to my knowledge no information cited in his books has been successfully challenged as being untrue.
In a pyramidal structure comprised of levels or courses of bricks, the number of bricks on the base is the largest and with each successive level, this number gets smaller until the capstone on the top. In a system of any kind whether business, financial, religious or philosophical there is a source or reservoir at the top which disseminates information downwards. If this information is only partially imparted to each level below, control of the entire structure may be possible.
By the use of multiple meanings for symbols and words as symbols an even finer degree of control can be maintained. All the bricks on one level speak in the same language and agree on the meaning of those words. This serves several purposes simultaneously. There is a cohesion and camaraderie on that level as an entity in and of itself. Added to this there is a snob appeal in the knowledge that the layers of bricks below any level are not privy to the “real” meanings of the symbols and words used on any level above. Thirdly, the magnificence of the unknown “real” meanings of the symbols and words of any level above serve to keep all the bricks striving upwards to gain the rewards bestowed, promised or imagined.
A powerful self-perpetuating dynamo has been cobbled together. Innocence and ignorance hold up the entire structure while guile, pride and stupidity rise to the top. A structure of bricks is made more stable if mortar is used to join the bricks and bond them together. An solemn oath is such a mortar. But why would it be necessary? As a brick rises up successive levels and innocence is sloughed off with each new revelation of the “real” meanings of things something very curious happens.
It was noticed back in the very beginning of man and has been exploited ever since. It must be remembered that ignorance is simply “not knowing” something and is no measure of the mental, spiritual or physical worth of a person. Stupidity, on the other hand is knowing something and willfully disregarding it. On their slow march up the pyramid some of the bricks find that they are opposed to the latest version of the “real meaning” of the work they are and have been engaged in. They resent being duped.
This juncture is where the solemn oath proves its efficacy in keeping those individual shoulders to the wheel. It was also observed long, long ago that the majority of people have little personal courage. Also there are many who are satisfied with remaining on a given level and not engaging in doing their own thinking and are grateful for their lack of responsibility.
That is one system. Many of these systems can be constructed and combined to make larger, more complex structures using the same principals thus far discussed. The original designer of such a system remains in complete control.
Philosophy and religion are the parents of politics. As they are made of ideas, anyone can create them. This can make gods of the creators. A change in an underlying philosophy makes a change in the religion and political systems resting upon that philosophy. Very many people have propounded very many philosophies. Certain philosophies have gained prominence in human life while others have diminished.
There is much more of Plato, for example, than there is of Aristotle underlying the world today. Kant and Hegel are ubiquitous. When we look into the lives and educations of these men and others like them, we see that of course they specialized educations. These great men of antiquity were attached to schools that operated in the upper levels of the systems in place in their day.
Mystery Schools taught to a select few, knowledge which was carefully kept out of reach of the profane. We call this “occult” knowledge which simply means “hidden”. There were and are yet many such schools, each with their own system and symbolic language. We know that the above mentioned oath taking was and still is required at each level of initiation. Consider a structure built of ideas, authored by an unknown entity and supported by an army of disciples, none of which has the knowledge of the actual purpose and original intent of the enterprise as a whole yet are bound by oath to remain loyal to such system.
The old saying about the one-eyed man being king in the land of the blind begins to have a more immediate pertinence for us when this is pondered on. Who is the one-eyed man? A very good question. It is a secret. Secrets are kept in order to protect someone or something. The keeper may be fearful of publicity for a variety of reasons. Such people are often neurotic, suspicious and paranoid. This makes them dangerous in proportion to their estimation of the unpopularity of their secrets among the majority who are never privy to such information. The vulnerability of the secret keepers is in direct proportion to this differential.
There are ways in which to address this inevitability. The main components are stealth and Fabianism, which is to say a type of patience that most people cannot fathom. “Oh cryptic shit! ” you say in disgust but wait- many ideas are hard to fathom because a necessary step was left out by the person who would attempt to understand.
The ideas and actions of a person cannot be understood unless one knows the belief system of that person. Nor can that person be compared to oneself unless one knows what their own beliefs are. We are back to the philosophy, religion and science mentioned earlier. Many people have not pondered with any honesty their own beliefs regarding just these three categories upon which their personal world is built. This holds true all the way across the world and all the way up the pyramid to the level just below the capstone.
Upon doing so, most people today would find that their beliefs are a pastiche of the beliefs of their parents, their teachers their priests and the constant bombardment via popular media and culture which they take in through osmosis as it were. Some seek in earnest and make a personal choice, some never seek and some never stop seeking. Regardless, it may be said in all three cases that until and unless each person considers the origin of “their” beliefs and further makes a conscious willful decision to assemble a set of those beliefs which they hold to be true, they are unconsciously dancing to the flute of another.
Because of this entropy, it should be a simple matter to sprinkle the seeds of ideas that give rise to the desired philosophy, science and religion, which in the fullness of time will be the basic belief system of the majority at which time the threat level of non-acceptance of ideas may be reduced to a point whereupon it is quite safe to “reveal” such hidden things and the dynamics of the herd will take care of the rest. As to the inhuman patience required of those who use this tactic, we can better understand it when we ponder the belief in reincarnation and such Eastern notions.
Genghis, Alexander, Napoleon, Mao, Marx, Mussolini, Mazzini, Pike and Hitler were some of the sprouts of ideas planted long before they were born. The men who whispered in their ears and lined their pockets knew the history of these ideas, albeit these captains were in such a state of excitement they failed in their timing and were of necessity filled with the arrogance of the gods they embraced. This constantly made them mistake ignorance for stupidity and gentleness for weakness.
If one was attempting to have built something that will take thousands of years to complete and one's workers subscribed to reincarnation, then it is no matter if none involved enjoyed the completion in “their” lifetime. All those who labored would remain happy in the thought that they would come back to enjoy the fruits of their labors under better circumstances. Anyone whose belief was along different lines would need coercion, distraction and rewards for their labor.
It would behoove the architect to keep the tradesmen separated into small groups of different specialties until the edifice was finished. It would be far easier to manage that way. Once it was built he would no longer need the tradesmen and rather than deal with them as a whole, he would have dealt with small groups of them over time and thus made their dismissal far easier to accomplish.
If the finished creation was to be filled with people, it would be better that they were in a unified group and not in contact with the builders. That is, if the purpose was to maintain total control. In this scenario a single religion, culture, language, science and philosophy would make this simple to effect. Remember that an architect creates nothing, he merely takes that which is already created and shapes it to his purpose.
Remember that the men who inhabit the upper chambers and inner sanctums of this world have their own philosophy, religion and science. It is certainly not the same as that which is taught in the public schools, universities and modern mainstream organized religions. The pew does not understand the words from the pulpit. By design not by mistake. If one was made privy to the religion of a great man and told his philosophy, one might reject it as being erroneous. Irregardless of ones rejection, if the great man in question had much power his beliefs would still affect the one who believed differently.
For this reason, it is common sense to learn the real beliefs of those in power positions. The difficulty of this task is the above mentioned plethora of symbols and deceit covering or veiling those truths. These symbols are paradoxically the key to tracing the seed to the fruit, the fruit to the tree and the tree to the roots.
The picture at the top of this essay was taken in the backyard of the priests quarters at a Catholic Church. I had seen the statue before and had assumed it was a Saint. One day I walked closer to examine it. I realized that I was looking at a statue of someone far older than the Catholic Church. I have seen pictures of Vishnu as Krishna crushing a serpents head as well as Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek and Nordic gods and goddesses to name only a few. The original motif is of course from the Pentateuch and scholars concur on this fact. It is probable that the incorporation of this motif into myth began with Semiramis who wished to deify her husband Nimrod through her son Ninus.
On account of his apostasy Nimrod aka Zoroaster had been put to a horrible death and dismemberment by Shem, son of Noah aka Hercules. We can get the details from the Osirian cycle of the seventy-two judges who condemned the great man. He was cut into fourteen pieces and sent throughout the country. It sent big shock waves out into a world that was very close in time to the days of the Old Testament. It is thought that at this time that the Mysteries went underground in response to this punishing of one of their own.
The question is how a statue of this motif fits into the courtyard of a “Christian” church in 2013? It is usually a male figure who crushes the serpent and is in turn doomed to die thereby saving the others by this act of conquering the master of death personified by the serpent. This twist served a definite political agenda in the days of Babylon, but is a far cry from the biblical scriptures used by the church in question.
The pyramid stitched to the illustration at the top is of a structure built near Bangalore, India recently by an American man claiming to be Maitreya or the Buddha of the future. There are no mentions of pyramids in any Buddhist texts I have encountered to date. A quick Google search the other day yielded three different persons claiming to be Maitreya as well as a woman who claimed to channel the teachings of Maitreya at a special meeting at the United Nations. The American born Maitreya even sells pyramidal structures for home use in “soul therapy.” It comes with a blessed mat that admonishes one to “become harmless.”
We now know that the great pyramids in Egypt were never meant to be tombs, rather they were places of initiation into the Mysteries. Plato and others gave descriptions of this and recent archeological excavations have borne this out. The light of truth simply shines on whatever is behind a curtain. The “light” of “illumination” is many-coloured and is given with verbal explanations only to initiates only after vow taking and it changes aspect, thereby changing the “truth”, with each successive degree attained. It is far different to see truth with your own eyes than to have it spoon-fed to you by a person after undergoing a ceremony to prepare your mind to accept what you will be told.
It may be that the greatest Mystery is that there is no Mystery beyond the science of controlling people by deception, the religion of men who think they can attain to godhood and the philosophy of fire. The Garden of Eden was a sweet deal and in my opinion, the life after the expulsion could have been decently lived given the natural abundance provided. There were and are many men who were and are satisfied to be mortal men possessed of intellect and subject to their creator. Many others have been reduced to termites building mud towers for hidden men who's religion promises them that they can be gods.
Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.