Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Yet another secret mission of the Templars was to
prepare for the coming of the Paraclete. The original texts of
the New Testament were written in Greek. ln the Greek text of
the book of St. john, the word Parakletcs appears several times
in Chapters XIV-XVI. This word has been translated into English
as "Comforter." No single English word, however, conveys all
the significance of the Greek Parakletos which has meanings
relating to defender, helper, comforter and advocate. Some
theologians prefer to use the anglicized word Paraclete.
At the last Supper, after the Christ had revealed to
his disciples that he would be betrayed and would not be with
them physically for very long, he told them that he would be
followed by the Paraclete, a manifestation of the Holy Spirit or
the Spirit of Truth. Christ went on to give a number of hints
about the nature of the Paraclete. He indicated six character-
istics or functions:
1) lt would be with the disciples, and in them (John 14:17).
2) It would teach and recall the teachings of Christ (John 11:
3) lt would testify of the Christ (John 15:26).
A) lt would make men aware of their errors, and of what is
really meant by justice (John 16:8).
5) lt would guide men into an authentic realization of what is
truth (John 16:13).
6) lt would prophesy (John 16:13).
The Templars considered the Paraclete to be the
manifestation of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth and
Revelation. For them its coming would herald the completion of
the cycle of a phase in the evolution of our planet, when the
Triune nature of the Divine will have been brought in through
concrete manifestation -t he Father aspect through Melchisedek;
the Son aspect through the Christ manifested in Jesus of Naza-
reth; and the aspect of the Holy Spirit through the Paraclete.
The Templars believed that they were given the mission of
preparing men's minds for the coming of the Paraclete, so that
one day they would be able to perceive truth directly without the
intermediary of a spiritual teacher or master. Today it is
believed that we are now entering, or have entered the Age of
the Paraclete. Accordingly, men and women in our time will need
to make less efforts to develop their spiritual intuition than their
forebears in earlier cycles. The coinciding presence of the
Paraclete and the currents of the Aquarian Age will ensure that
our current cycle will be unique in the history of our planet.
ATTRIBUTES OF THE PARACLETE Returning to the particular
attributes of the Paraclete, the Cosmic vibrations which work
through the aspect of the Divine which is called the Holy Spirit
have begun to manifest. Not only will they accelerate the
development of man's spiritual intuition if he makes the
necessary efforts to purify his vehicles by living the Christ life,
but the power of the Paraclete will dynamize the uncovering of
truth in all areas of life. Already one can observe that many
former secrets are being forced into the open, and the general
public is becoming rapidly aware of many things, both spiritual
and material, which have been hidden for centuries.
THE MODERN TEMPLAR The modern Templar, like his
predecessor in the Middle Ages, has a special responsibility to
facilitate the unfolding of the Paraclete and to propagate the
awareness of the new influences by the state of spirituality he
radiates. He will not need to go about enquiring into hidden
things. By his efforts to purify himself and open himself to the
new influences he will automatically stimulate the realization of
what truth is in the people around him. The law of cause and
effect (or Karma) will guarantee that Templars of today will reap
the harvest of seeds sown by the martyred warriors of the red
cross some six hundred years ago.The Christ force, now accelerating the return to its
Source, is facilitating the entry onto the scene of the Holy Spirit
or Paraclete, which has the particular role of awakening in Man
the realization of Truth. ln turn the action of the Paraclete will
favour efforts by the Christ Consciousness to free itself from the
restriction of matter. lf man plays his part, the action and
reaction of these two positive forces will ensure that the program
for the return of Cosmic Consciousness back to the Divine Creator,
in the sense mentioned in these lectures, will be carried out on
schedule. The French translation of the Paraclete (Gr. παράκλητος, Lat. paracletus
advocate or helper) as "Consolateur" with the etymological meaning of "he who
restores together" sums up this process well. lt suggests the
coming together of the Godhead and its physical creation.
In addition to the activities just related, the
Templars were entrusted with a number of secret missions. One
of these was to work for the linking of Christianity and Islam.
The word Islam means "confident submission to God."
Islam is the religion promulgated by the Prophet Mohammed, and
someone who accepts Islam is a Moslem. Islam dates from the
seventh century AD when Mohammed, a welI—to—do Arab merchant,
received instructions in a vision to bring the message of the One
God to the Arab world. Mohammed himself did not claim to have
started a new religion, but is reported to have said that his
task was merely to bring Ito his countrymen the message of mono-
theism already declared by the patriarch Abraham and other
prophets such as Moses and Jesus.
MOSLEM BROTHERHOODS There is documentary evidence that
despite the continuous state of military confrontation which
existed between the Christian and Moslem armies in the Holy
Land, there were very close contacts between the Templars and
certain Moslem brotherhoods. It is known that the Templars
signed secret treatises with the Islamic sect of the Ismailis, and
it was demonstrated on several occasions during combat between
Arab and Templar forces that certain ideals of chivalry were
respected on both sides.
There were of course the famous contacts between the
Templars and the Fraternity of the Assassins, a secret fraternity
and offshoot of the lsmailis founded around 1090 by Hassan
Sabah. The head of the Fraternity was known as Sheikh-el-jebel,
or "the Old Man of the Mountains." Certain historians have
argued that the real meaning of the title was "the wise man or
sage of the Kabalah or Tradition."
Although opinions differ as to the real
nature of the Assassins, there is general agreement that the
Fraternity taught a secret doctrine which was transmitted only to
the initiated. There must certainly have been some connection
between the Assassins and Sufism. lt also appears that the
organization of the Fraternity and its religious codes and
regulations greatly resembled those of the Templars.
The old belief that the Assassins were a fraternity of
drugged murderers (the Arabic word hashishvln meaning partaker
of "hashish," the local marijuana) may have been greatly ex-
aggerated during the period of the Crusades when anything
pertaining to lslam was given an unsavoury reputation in Western
Europe. Unfortunately ·the word assassin was adopted in some
European languages with the meaning it has today, although it
may well have derived from the Arabic word "assas," meaning
THE DRUZE A brief diversion concerning the fraternity
known as the Druze might be in order here. This group is found
in Lebanon, Syria and lsrael today. Certain authors have
suggested that some of the teachings of the Druze might be of
Templar origin, and members of the fraternity do talk of their
co-religionists in Europe, especially in Scotland! Contacts
between the sect and the Knights Templar could easily have
occurred during the period of Templar presence in the Holy Land,
although this view may have arisen because Druze teachings are
a mixture of judaism, Christianity and Islam, and include
elements of Gnosticism. Within this amalgram is a secret oral
tradition said to be practiced by an inner group whose initiates
are known as Akkals or Okkals, and who possess seven secret
books of teachings accessible until recently only to the "pure".
Four volumes believed to contain these books have now been
published in Arabic, not long after Druze villages in Lebanon
were taken over by Phalangist Christians. No denial of the
books' authenticity has been issued by the Druze sect, an
omission which is significant by itself.
lt is also believed that there were contacts with those
Moslems who had settled as conquerors in Spain. Although there
is no direct relationship to the story of the Templars, it is
nevertheless interesting to note that the man considered to be the
greatest mystic in the history of lslam, Ibn Al'Arabi, was born
in Murcia, Andalucia. He first studied law in Seville, moved to
the Middle East where he was initiated into Sufism in 1194. and
died in Damascus in 1240 after an extraordinary spiritual career.
THE SUFI TRADITION The flowerings of the Sufi tradition
was also conterminous with the rise of the Templars. Although
Sufism had already existed from the early phases of Islam, it
was only around the tenth_ or eleventh century AD that it was
institutionalized. The most important Sufi brotherhoods were
founded between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, but the
golden age of Sufism was the twelfth century. It is therefore
probable that given their mission the Templars would have been
busy obtaining information during this period of spiritual ferment
UNIFICATION OF THE TRADITION You know of the transmission
of the Tradition to Abraham by Melchisedek. This heritage was
subsequently diverted into three main currents of Christianity,
Islam and judaism. It was the task of Saint Bernard and the
Templars to try to bring them together again.
The Templars did not succeed in outwardly reuniting
these currents. They did however manage to maintain the contact
with Islam and to integrate certain teachings, as just mentioned.
Through the Essenes and the Kabalists, elements were also trans-
planted from Judaism, fall of which were to vitalize the spirit-
uality of the Western peoples for the centuries which followed.
Another secret mission of the Templars was to strive for the
Return of the Christ. Their terminology for this objective was
the "Return of the Christ in Solar Glory." This is the priority
mission of the Temple today. One additional point can be
appropriately made at this time: It concerns the puzzlement of
historians as to why the Templars, with all their wealth and
power, so meekly and passively accepted the destruction of the
Order by Philip the Fair. The Templar tradition indicates that
the main officers of the Order believed that one day the Order,
like Christ, would have to sacrifice itself physically in order to
facilitate the return of the Christ in victu; This could explain
their courage in battle and why many of them accepted death and
the decline of their Order during the period of the persecutions
without physically defending themselves.
Times have changed. In the present cycle, the modern Templar
is not expected to sacrifice himself at the stake as did Grand Master
Jacques de Molay on that cold October dayin I3ll..
The Templar of today will rather be expected to
sacrifice the selfish aspects of his nature so that the spirit of
the Universal Christ shall manifest in him in victu: To describe
this in alchemical language: man needs to master the cross of the
four elements in order to achieve the awakening of Cosmic Unity
and Consciousness in his being.