As we began looking at the issue of the Knights Templar last time I wrote: “Many of you have no doubt heard of the Knights Templar. But what do we really know about them? Were they gallant Knights sworn to serve Jesus Christ or Heretics? They have been called both and bee called better and worse.” I guess I knew of what I spoke because this first part of the piece has really generated the email. Both pro Templar and con Templar people have written. I hope you will all enjoy the remainder of this small post and will join us as we take a closer look at the Knights Templar...
Since the time of the Templars’ private audience with Pope Clement V a body of evidence has been forming to prove that although Pope Clement was blind to the Knights heretical activities, other informed Church officials within the
It also became clear during the Templar trials that both the
The Knights of
A more substantial bit of evidence in support of the notion that the
At the time of his momentous address the Pope was receiving immense pressure to take a stand against the uprising of numerous heretical gnostic sects forming in
“The Templars had two doctrines; one was concealed and reserved to the leaders, being that of Johannism; the other was public, being Roman Catholic doctrine…The Chiefs alone knew the aim of the Order; the Subalterns followed without distrust.”
Thus, Levi confirmed the Templars’ affiliation with the gnostic Johannites but he went one step further in pointing out that it was principally the Grand Masters and chiefs of the Order who were aware of the Knights’ heretical activities. This notion has been corroborated by transcripts compiled by the Papal Council during the Templar trails that show that when the Knights were questioned regarding one of their most important Johannite rites, that of worshipping an idolic head called Baphomet, only the chiefs of the Order knew anything about it. The caretaker of the head was, at the time, Hughes de Peraud, the second in command under Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay, who secretly carried the head from one preceptory to the next whenever an initiation or ceremony called for its presence.
What or who was Baphomet?
Who or what was Baphomet and how did it connect the Templars to the Johannites? The contemporary Johannites, who became separated from mainstream Templarism in the mid 19th century, claim to know. Supposedly their church, the
According to James Foster, former Primate of the
Templars ascribed to the head and why it was in the sole possession of the Orders’ second in command. According to the Templars at their trial the head possessed special power and could make “trees blossom and the land to produce.” Legend has
it that when John’s head was found by the Templars in the Boukoleon Palace in Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade the head had been used to keep an Eleventh Century emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire vibrant and alive through daily passes near his body. This power, known as the Holy Spirit in the West and Kundalini in the East, is the same power John was saturated with during his lifetime in the
Like the veneration of Baphomet, many of the other heretical rites that the Templars were accused of, such as kissing each other on the mouth as well as various other parts of the body, can only be understood in light of a perceived Johannite or gnostic-Templar association. The Templar kisses are said to have been planted at the base of the spine and below the navel, areas of the body that are associated with the evolutionary Kundalini power. A third initiatory kiss, placed upon
the mouth, could also have been used to awaken this inner power by moving the Kundalini-saturated breath of a Templar initiator into a new Knight. This practice and similar ones have been known about and observed by the gnostic sects of the East for thousands of years. As to the homosexual activity alleged to have occurred between the Templar brethren, this may have also had Kundalini-activating implications. Throughout the ensuing centuries following the Templar trails certain European sects using tantric and homosexual activity for spiritual purposes and Kundalini activation, such as the OTO, have maintained that their sexual rites have descended directly from the Knights Templar.
So there it is, make up your own mind as to the Templars. I think that weather you are pro or con you must admit that the Templars are just another bit of proof that we truly do inhabit a weird, weird world!
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