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It is partly due to this psychic dictatorship that the average man lacks the passion and inclination for anything other than the pursuit of sensual gratification and personal narcissistic titillation.
In Portugal, the Templars were cleared by an inquiry and simply modified their name, becoming Knights of Christ. They survived under this title well into the sixteenth century, their maritime explorations leaving an indelible mark on history.
…the true history of the Templars is that they never went out of existence. The main body went underground and according to esoteric records, many joined other Orders such as the Teutonic Knights and the Rosicrucians…they also became a successful banking fraternity. Later, in tandem with the Rosicrucian Order, they founded the Masonic Order to make the teachings accessible to the ‘common man’.
The Knights Templar were dissolved in 1312 and much of their property was given to the Hospitalers
To suggest that the 1307 attacks put paid to the order [Knights Templar] completely is to fail singularly in understanding the magnitude of the proposed task. It is also to ignore the depths to which Templar International was planted into the very earth of Europe and beyond.
Given these facts, and given the new evidence coming forth concerning the true power and wealth of the Templars, it is inconceivable that the Templar order ceased to exist after Philip IV rose up against them in the fourteenth century. A cabal, at least 300 hundred years old, with as much insider information as these Templars commanded, would hardly have operated so incompetently as to allow themselves to be outwitted and taken by surprise by a single, obviously hostile, king with an axe to grind. Although history records that key Templars were arrested and tortured, it also records that virtually none of their considerable wealth was ever located by their supposed enemies. Experts now realize that the Templars knew all about the plans of their enemies and simply prepared for the worst by handing over their wealth to their brethren (the Knights of St. John Hospitaler, Knights of Malta, and Knights of Rhodes), and to other kindred secret societies. In short, the temple may have lost a brick or two, but remained standing just where it was.
By the beginning of the thirteenth century the Templars had become the international bankers of Europe and were appointed treasurers to the French royal family and the Vatican.
The Templars eventually became so rich that the monarchs of some of the kingdoms within which they operated were wholly dependent on their support. Several kings of England actually lodged the treasury of the realm at the Templar headquarters in London, as surety against the massive debts they ran up with the order. This gave the Templars great power to influence decision-making, and they regularly acted as arbiters for warring monarchs.
The Templars were the first bankers of Europe. This occupation enabled them to control the economic destiny of the world from the eleventh century onward. In their capacity as the brokers for French princes, dukes, and kings, and for the Vatican, the Templars were able to decide the fate of any agency or individual who stood against them. As the symbolism of the great banks reveals, the Templars do indeed own the world. They have been actively using their financial muscle to buy politicians, statesmen, lawyers, judges, police chiefs, mayors, generals, intellectuals, city planners, and media icons, and to purvey all manner of addictive substances through their innumerable ale houses, taverns, and inns, while at the same time they have poisoned humanity through their pharmaceutical monopolies, organized and operated by their brethren, the Knights of St. John Hospitaler. From architecture to munitions, from ship building to space flight, there is not an organization or enterprise of significance that has not been seeded with, or guided by, their minions.
Cardinal Nicola Canali was one of the most important and powerful Cardinals of Rome. He was instrumental in the election of Pius XII and in 1944 he was put in charge of the financial affairs of the Church's administration. He was to all intents and purposes the Vatican's Minister of Finance. He was a high ranking Knight of Malta. The headquarters of the Order is in the city of Rome, close to the Vatican.
During the reign of Pope Innocent II, the Templars would be made responsible to no other authority than the pope himself. In other words, no civil or ecclesiastical court could touch the meanest hair on the grubbiest head of the lowliest page in the order.
A key year for the order [Knights Templar] was 1139, when Pope Innocent II saw to it that the Templars were made independent of the dominion of kings and emperors. He made them legally sacrosanct and answerable only to him.
Evidence suggests that the Frankish Templars were enhancing their power base in order to overthrow the corrupt Church of Rome and thereby erect in its place a form of Christianity closer to its pagan roots and infinitely more tolerant. In the end, it is all solar theology, all Atonism. Whether it is Roman Christianity, or Frankish, or Irish, it is just a matter of degree. Dynastic rivalries aside, the bloody exploits of the Templars, that brought them to the gates of Jerusalem, are enough to show us that there was little substantial difference between their power-hunger and brutality and the form they conspired to overthrow and replace in Rome.
So what were the Templars doing? Why had they even set out to capture the city of Jerusalem and the "holy land?" Nothing in the bible specifically demanded such effort. And who were the powerful men that secretly accompanied the Templars to the East? Who were the "Jewish scholars" ensconced at Bernard's abbey in Champagne? What did they have to do with the"Christian" Templars and nobility of France? If some of these men accompanying Godfroi's Templars, such as the enigmatic Peter the Hermit, were Jewish Essenes or Kabalists, or if they were Culdees from Ireland, or a secret cabal of Merovingians, would their return East not have been understandable? If the Merovingian elite were related in some way to the Atonists of old, then a return to Judea, Palestine, and nearby Egypt, would have been a highly significant ritual for all concerned. And would not their connection to the Atonist dynasty of Hyksos pharaohs also have taken care of the astronomical bills accrued during their crusading ventures? It certainly would. After all, no one has really established where the real Templar expense account came from. Their immense wealth enabled the Templars to virtually own kingdoms and countries and to have almost complete control over the political decisions that shape the world. It also gave them power to undermine and obliterate rivals who stood in their way, including popes and kings. It allowed them to benefit from the various squabbles between rival dynasties or nations and to work from all ends of the political spectrum.
There is not a single other contemporary record that shows them [Knights Templar] engaged in the very activity for which they had supposedly been formed and, as far as we know, they did not appoint any new members to their order until they returned to France around 1127. This period (the missing nine years) has been the foundation of more speculation on the part of writers than just about any other subject in medieval history.
The actual translation of that part of the Templar rule is: "the keeping of goods in common. "This is a far cry from an outright declaration of poverty. The intention seems to have been that no one Templar knight might own anything personally, but rather, that everything material acquired by the Templars belonged to the order. This would allow the order to grow very wealthy, as in fact it did, without breaking the original established rules.
In January 1162 Pope Alexander III issued a special papal bull granting the Templars extraordinary powers...This papal bull strengthened the political power of the Order even more and the Grand Master is reputed to have told Henry II of England, 'You shall be king as long as you are just,' suggesting that he had the power to topple him from the throne.
In 1128, the first group of temple brothers returned home, where they met Pope Honorius II, and Bernard of Clairvaux...Bernard became their guardian and in time, he became a very rich man. He built and paid for 90 monasteries and 80 cathedrals.
Once Innocent II was installed in Rome he enabled the Templar empire to expand without hindrance. They enjoyed more freedom and privilege. They were also masters of Jerusalem. Their kinsman Baldwin had been made king of the "holy" city. The Templars truly felt like lords of the world and the dark days of the fourteenth century, when the Roman church allegedly sought their destruction, were far off. Their supposed vow of poverty, of walking as Christ and his disciples walked, was a pure sham. The wealth of the Templars was beyond measure.
The account we have of the founding of the Templars was written some time after the events it describes. Our only informant is an historian by the name of Guillaume de Tyre. He did not pen his account until at least 1175, and probably much later, so he is writing three-quarters of a century after the events that took place in Jerusalem and immediately after its capture by the forces of Godfroi de Bouillon. As to where Guillaume came by his original material, we have hardly a clue, and it is entirely possible that the whole account is propaganda created by the Troyes Fraternity.
Thus in a wondrous and unique manner they [Knights Templar] appear gentler than lambs, yet fiercer than lions. I do not know if it would be more appropriate to refer to them as monks or as soldiers, unless perhaps it would be better to recognize them as being both. Indeed they lack neither romantic meekness nor military might.
Did the Knights of the Temple of Solomon adopt their name because they admired this old world, Old Testament, figure more than Jesus Christ?
These men, Hugh de Champagne, Hugh de Payens and Andre de Montbard, together with a number of others whose faces will forever remain in the historical shadows, were planning to destroy once and for all the power of the established Church and to replace it with something far older and, to their way of thinking, more elevated.
In his definitive work, The Magical Mason, W. Wynn Westcott, the founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in England, traces the origins of the Freemasons back to the Essenes in Jerusalem; Pharisaic Jews, the practitioners of the most strict Judaism.
It is almost as if the agencies concerned in the Troyes Fraternity and the Cistercian movement were fully aware that there were direct connections between themselves and the Jews of old