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From: Jon Presco <braskewitz <at> yahoo.com>
Subject: The Pure and the Profane
Newsgroups: gmane.culture.templar.rosemont
Date: Tuesday 20th May 2008 17:29:15 UTC (over 10 years ago)
The Pure and the Profane

A False Rosucrican Brotherhood

(Images: The Pure Brethren. Joe Dee, the Irishman. Does he look Irish 
to you?)

Joe Dee: "Even the most obtuse among the public could not read your 
posts without having to suppress the urge to retch. You are the 
racist elitist; the person who condemns people simply due to their 
genetic heritage."

Jon Presco: "Give three brief examples?

Joe Dee: "One will suffice; the fact that you would call people Jews 
as if that were a bad thing to be."

Ten days ago I was invited to join a yahoo group 
titled `Rosicrucianism'. After posting on the truth Sephardic Jews 
were heavily involved in the Black Haolocost, I was viciously 
attacked by a Rosicrucian Brethren named, Joe Dee, who labeled me a 
Anti-Semite and Racist. When I showed him my sources, and proof Jews 
had been at the core of the Atlanitc slave trade, Joe found a site 
associated with Farrakhan, and said this was my original source, I 
going there to get some dirt on the Jews. I told him this was 
slander, as I came upon my information while studying the Rosamond 
genealogy, and the note George Washington Hodges bought the "Jew's 
land" from a family surnamed Salvador. I traced this Salvador to 
Brazil and the Sephardic Jews.

I posted my study of the Jubilee Jesus and my contention he came to 
restore the Jubilee and free indentured slaves – and other slaves! 
This was why I pointed out the Jewish slave owners.
Joe Dee began to forward e-mails from this Rosicrucian group into my 
personal mail that is now filled with his devious smear tactics and 
evil accusations. This morning, I found out why. The Sephardic Jews 
when they lived in Spain became very close to the Muslims and the 
Sufis. The Rosicrucian also got chummy with the Sufis and their group 
titled the `Brethren of Purity'. It is alleged the Brethren of the 
Rose Cross adopted the teaching of the Purity Brethren, as did the 
Sephardic Jews. Inadvertently my genealogical study struck at the 
heart of the Secret Rosy Brethren.

In hindsight I can see they were stunned – especially when I posted 
what three Seers told me, that each night I go to the Cathedral of 
the Souls where I have a reserved seat at a oval table. There is a 
hooded figure in back of me, who is supposed to be Christ, who comes 
to stand behind the Anointed One. Is it possible this hooded Jesus 
bid me to un-mask the truth about Jews being slave masters?

When Joe Dee made a post about Jesus being a Essene Avatar. I looked 
on the internet for articlse on the Essene Calendar and discovered 
the Essenes followed the teaching of Enoch found in the Book of 
Jubilees! This discovery was utterly ignored, and Dee's attacked 
became more furious - till he was frothing at the mouth. This morning 
I know why, the Rosicrucian's connect the Essenes with the `Brethren 
of Purity'. Without knowing it, my study had shattered Dee's pure 
image of himself, and his Jesus. No longer were the Jews "pure". Gone 
was their elite claim they are above reproach, and anyone who 
questions their purity, is a anti-Semite!

When Joe Dee would not desist in his manic attacks, and when no 
moderator or Frater intervened in the assasination of my character, I 
launched a counter-attack. I found articles on the net that said the 
Rosicrucian were racists and anti-Semitic, they not allowing Jews and 
Black into their BROTHERHOOD, until recently. This time several 
members said this was true.
I now pointed out that it was John Dee who was reading racist 
material – not I. He became livid, bent on my destruction. He asked 
that I be banned. A friend of his, some witch, complained that she 
needed help in psychicly defeating me. Dee had clamed his was a 
wizard of some kind.

When I looked at his profile, I saw a very dark sinister man with 
Semitic feature. I had asked Dee earlier if he was a Jew, and thus 
his motive for defending the Sepharidic Jew. He denied it – because 
he is a Jew, and this fact would have weakened his mission to destroy 
my credibility. Dee told me and the group he was Irish. The he 
claimed this was not a photo of him, and he has many disguises! 

This morning I discovered that Hitler's life was changed forever 
after he saw Wagner's opera Rienzi that was based upon a novel 
written by Bulwer-Lytton an alleged Rosicrucians.

What is key here, is, Bush made a speech from the Israeli Cabinet 
that any dialogue with Muslims (who oppose his Christina Crusade in 
Iraq) is on par with having dialogues with Hitler, the Jewish Satan. 
Bush does not want Democrats to have dialogues with their fellow 
Americans about his holy crusade in Iraq, because it may hurt McCain. 
This is why Bush lied to all Americans who believe a democracy IS THE 
PLACE to have many dialogues! But, when you belong to some kind of 
Brotherhood of Purity, Frees Speach is a sin lest you dirty the Pure 
and Holy Ones in some manner.

It clear to me Bush's speech was aimed at making McCain more Pure, 
More White, More Jewish, More of a Evangelical candidates who 
believes in the Zionist Jesus and the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple 
to House a Pure White Jesus who is God to the Pure Ones. But, what I 
see is the building a dark sinister maze that had no Avatar at its 
vortex, only mortals who want to think they are pure, they in a furry 
to build ever more complex twists and turns in order to keep the 
mundane multitude out.

Jon Presco

"By accusing western democracies of anti-Semitism, the Jews put them 
on the defensive. As long as guilt feelings can be profitably mined, 
advantages can be gained. But the lode is not likely to last 
forever." -- Moshe Leshem, former Israeli diplomat, p. 253-254]

Bush, Obama, and revisiting Nazi appeasement

What happenedPresident Bush, in an address before Israel's Knesset, 
or parliament, last week, said that leaders who seek to "negotiate 
with the terrorists and radicals" are making the same mistake British 
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and other European leaders made by 
trying to negotiate with Adolph Hitler in the 1930s. Bush added, "We 
have an obligation to call this what it is—the false comfort of 
appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history." His 
comments were widely seen as an attack on Democratic presidential 
candidate Barack Obama, who has said he is open to talking with the 
leaders of Iran and other unfriendly nations. The White House denied 
that the comments were aimed at Obama.




PURITY, BROTHERS OF. An association of Arabic philosophers, founded 
at Bosra, in Syria, in the Tenth century. Many of their writings, 
which were much studied by the Jews of Spain in the twelfth century, 
were mystical. Steinschneider, (Jew. Lit., 174, 205) calls them 'the 
Freemasons of Bosra', and says that they were a 'celebrated society 
of a kind of Freemasons.'" -- II Mackey 601a-b.

When we proceed to the "eccentric" encyclopaedist, Kenneth 
Mackenzie's ROYAL MASONIC CYCLOPAEDIA, we are not surprised to read 
the following:

"PURITY, BROTHERS OF. An association of philosophers of Arab origin, 
founded at Bosra, in the tenth century. Their principles seem to have 
been analogous to those of the Essenes. They studied and wrote much, 
and their writings were afterwards studied by the learned Spanish 
Jews. Having peculiar forms of initiation, they came to be regarded 
as a kind of Freemasons, a term specially applied to them by 
Steinschneider." -- Mackenzie, 584.

Mackenzie's fellow Initiate, and alleged "Fringe Mason", Saint John 
Yarker, (We know he isn't officially regarded as a saint by any 
official body, but we do, and that is all that matters to us!)
"Brothers of Purity. This was an association of Arab philosophers 
seated at Bosra in the 10th Century. They had forms of initiation, 
and they wrote many works, which were afterwards much studied by the 
Spanish Jews." -- The Arcane Schools, p. 184 (Referring to 
Mackenzie's piece, just quoted).



"All critics of Jews should not be tagged as anti-Semites. We are not 
a nation of Christs, Spinozas, and Einsteins; that the Nazis are 
brutes does not make us angels ... Criticism is not the same as 
hatred, and critics are not our enemies. The greatest friends of a 
people are not those who praise but those who honestly find fault. A 
people without criticism is either a dictatorship or a community so 
deeply embedded in smug self-satisfaction as to be on the road to 
decadence."-- William Zuckerman, Jewish author [written before World 
War II, 

in Goldstein, D., p. 119]

"The far-reaching consequences of the [Jewish] martyr complex go 
beyond any effect of the individual Jew ... and do not leave unmarked 
even the most sympathetically inclined Gentiles. Since the Jew is 
hypersensitive on the subject of his Judaism, Gentiles fear to offer 
constructive criticism lest they be accused of prejudices. Thus the 
Jew is denied the benefit of honest evaluation of the very real 
differences and prejudices existing ... I believe we Jews will never 
be normal individuals so long as we foster our martyr complex, so 
long as we remain evasive of self-appraisal and self-improvement, and 
so long as it is easier to blame the other fellow for our own 
faults." Maurice M. Feurlich, Jewish author -- in "Children of the 
Martyr Race," The Forum, NYC, September 1937; cited in Goldstein, D., 
p. 116 

Rosicrucianism consists of mystical principles originating in ancient 
Egypt. Historically, there have been a number of orders containing 
the name "Rosicrucian." The great aim of the Rosicrucians has ever 
been to assist all mankind in evolving to the highest degree of 
earthly perfection, and to render aid to every living being to the 
glory of God and to the benefit of mankind. St. Gregory of Nyssa 
taught: "Man's aim is to make himself like God, and he reaches this 
end above all through love, knowledge and the practice of the 
virtues." His teaching continues: "Perfection is a permanent journey, 
a constant commitment to progress, because complete likeness to God 
can never be achieved; we are always on the path." Gregory is careful 
to clarify: "It is not the result of our efforts, neither is it the 
result of human strength to become like the Deity, but it is the 
result of God's generosity."The purpose of this group is to discuss 
and explore Rosicrucianism in its broadest historical and mystical 
sense. But this is more than an online discussion group...it is a 
worldwide community of Rosicrucians from all of the various orders. 
We pride ourselves on the selfless sharing of wisdom, prayer and 
assistance. In joining this group, one, in essence, joins a 
family."Will you with me tomorrow be content,Faithfully to receive 
the Blessed Sacrament,Upon the Oath that I shall hear you give,For ne 
gold, ne silver, so long as you live;Neither for love you beare 
towards your kinne,Nor yet to no great man, preferment to wynne,That 
you disclose the seacret I shall you teach,Neither by writing, nor by 
swift speech,But only to him, which you be sure,Hath ever searched 
after the seacrets of Nature,To him you may reveal the seacrets of 
this Art.Under the cover of Philosophie, before the world you 
depart."Secrecy of the Rosicrucians


Positive relations between Jews and Muslims in Spain began 
immediately, with the entrance of Muslim invaders heading across the 
Straight of Gibralter to unseat the pernicious Visigoths in the early 
8th century. The invaders trusted the thankful Jews so immediately 
that during the Muslim conquest of Spain beginning in 711, the Jews 
in newly conquered territories were used as garrison forces to secure 
and guard conquered cities, as the Arab armies pushed north.[i]
Perhaps one of the most fascinating, and least told stories of this 
intermingling between the Sephardi and their Muslim hosts was the 
direct, profound and religion-changing relationship that these 
Iberian Jews developed with their Islamic mystical brethren, the 
Sufis. Ultimately, from about the 9th century through the 15th 
century, Jewish mystics from the Maimonides clan to Judah Halevi, 
Moses de Leon, Solomon Ibn Gabirol and hundreds of others became so 
enamored of the Sufi way that they completely remade Jewish 
mysticism, leading to the Kabbalah, Hasidism and even specific, 
contemporary Jewish prayer methods, all of which hearken back to Sufi 
and Jewish/Sufi antecedents.

Sufism, the spiritual soul of Islam, was an open-minded belief system 
positing that all the great religions and mystical traditions share 
the same essential truths. Following an ecstatic path that often used 
the language of lovers and poets instead of ascetics, Sufi masters 
attempted to find spiritual union with God — and then "return" to the 
everyday world to enlighten and help others.

Sephardi Jews grew captivated by this gentle mystical path as soon as 
they began to read in Arabic, by the end of the 8th century. As Jews 
rose in prominence within Muslim society, they turned to the Sufis 
for inspiration, and then threaded the novel ideas back into Jewish 
worship practices, creating a medieval Jewish/Sufi stew, which has 
nourished Jewish worship ever since.
Bahya Ibn Pakuda (1040-1080 C.E.), a dayyan, or judge at the 
rabbinical court in Saragossa, Spain, was one of the earliest, and 
most influential Jewish thinkers to become deeply influenced by the 
Sufis. Ultimately, through his study of Islamic works, he penned the 
Guide to the Duties of the Heart, a Sufi manual recast as Jewish 
theology, which became one of the most important Jewish pietistic 
works produced in the last 1000 years

Bahya ibn Paquda lived in Spain in the first half of the eleventh 
century. He was the author of the first Jewish system of ethics, 
written in Arabic in 1040 under the title Al Hidayah ila Faraid al-
hulub, "Guide to the Duties of the Heart", and translated into Hebrew 
by Judah ben Saul ibn Tibbon in 1161-1180 under the title Chovot ha-
Levavot, 'Duties of the Heart'.

Though he quotes Saadia Gaon's works frequently, he belongs not to 
the rationalistic school of the Motazilites whom Saadia follows, but, 
like his somewhat younger contemporary, Solomon ibn Gabirol (1021-
1070), is an adherent of Neoplatonic mysticism. He often followed the 
method of the Arabian encyclopedists known as "the Brethren of 
Purity". Inclined to contemplative mysticism and asceticism, Bahya 
eliminated from his system every element that he felt might obscure 
monotheism, or might interfere with Jewish law. He wanted to present 
a religious system at once lofty and pure and in full accord with 




The Brethren Of Purity

"He who knows himself best knows his Creator best" -- Rasa'il Ikhwan 
as Safa, I, 76.
While we do not presently possess a great deal of the source material 
pertaining to the Brethren of Purity, what we do possess should 
assist us in tying up some of the loose ends in the history of the 
Transmission of the Gnosis, from the darkest days of the Empire, up 
to the Crusades. The Isma'ili do fit into the paradigm better than 
the rest. And this connects the Druzes, the Harranians, the Yezidis, 
even, but there is a much more ancient sect, which can be seen to 
have survived, from at least the First Century of the Common Era, and 
undoubtedly even longer. That sect we shall deal with in the Fourth 
Section of Qadosh: The Johannite Tradition (Ormus and the Grail 
Chalice). A connecting link between all of these groups, however, is 
the Ikhwan as-Safa, the Brethren of Purity.

The Brethren of Purity were established at Bosra, Syria. Some mistake 
Bosra, Syria, with Basra, in Iraq, and this is a mistake. Bosra, 
Syria, was an important Nabataean city, second in importance to 
Damascus, at the time that the Nabataeans reached their highest 
degree of power and influence, prior to the climatic changes that 
caused their underground water supplies to diminish, and thereby 
facilitated their demise as a world power. After that time, they 
simply became known as Arabs. All this said, Bosra, sometimes spelled 
Bostra, remained an important city, and an important stop on the 
route between Damascus and Arabia, known to us as the Incense Road.


In the 19th Century, the "Science of Judaism" went full bore, leading 
to the creation of the Jewish Encyclopaedia. Today we know it as 
Encyclopaedia Judaica, an excellent work if ever there was one. This 
is one of the by-products of the tiresome labours of Illuminatus 
Moses Mendelssohn, to be sure, but he is not the direct inspirer. It 
can also be said to have been helped along by people like Franz 
Joseph Molitor.

The credit is due, in a large part, to scholars like Moritz 
Steinschneider (1816-1907). He is regarded as the greatest 
bibliographer of Judaica in the 19th Century. In 1857, he published a 
CENTURY. He is regarded as an authority by Bernard Martin (A HISTORY 
OF JUDAISM, Volume II), by Gershom Scholem (MAJOR TRENDS IN JEWISH 
MYSTICISM), and even by Arthur Edward Waite (HOLY KABBALAH), who says:

"The work of Dr. Moritz Steinschneider, the German bibliographer of 
rabbinical literature, is the most important contribution to our 
knowledge which has been made during comparatively recent years." -- 
Holy Kabbalah, p. 4(note 1).

This means, in so many words, that Waite considers Steinschneider to 
be an authority. Maybe this matters little to us, what Waite's 
opinion is or was, but it does bear Weight (pun may or may not be 
intended). This has more importance to the interested scholar of the 
subjects contained in the present work, than at first meets the eye.

What we are leading up to is a subject which lies at the core of 
our "thesis", perhaps our "minor singular opinion" or "peculiar 
notion", as to how the Authentic Tradition was preserved and 

CENTURIES is the authority.

2. The Brothers of Purity were an association (society, 
incorporation) of Arabic Philosophers.
3. They established their association in the Tenth Century of the 
Common Era.
4. The location was at Bosra, Syria, in the Hauran. This is a very 
important area in our survey as a whole.
5. Their writings were studied by, in vogue among, and had an 
influence upon, the Spanish Jews of the 12th Century.
6. They had special forms of Initiation, and have been regarded by 
Steinschneider as a form of Freemasons.
Specific differences include:
1. Writins were mystical in nature (Mackey).
2. They were called "The Freemasons of Bosra" by Steinschneider 
3. Principles seem analogous to those of the Essenes (Mackenzie). 
Where did he pick that up?
4. They studied and wrote much (Mackenzie).
All this nit-picking has a purpose. Recall our quote from Oliver's 
LANDMARKS, in The Johannite Legend of the Templars, about the Syrian 
Christians who were Freemasons, and about the Order of the Orient, 
which was responsible for originating the Order of the Temple.
This may all seem to be the fanciful legends of High Grade 
Freemasonry, to some, but... is it so? Before the Nusairis ended up 
in Northern Syria (in the vicinity of Latakia), they were in the 
Hauran region, in the area of Bosra. While the Druzes came at a time 
concurrent with the Crusades, and the Yezidis really as such can be 
dated after Sheikh 'Adi travelled to Lalish from Ba'albek, the 
Nusairis were in Syria much longer. At around the Ninth Century of 
the Common Era, they added the Isma'ili doctrine to their system, 
which is a rather complex system. Prior to that, their system 
included native Syrian and Phoenician cults, early primitive 
Christian beliefs, Gnostic beliefs, and, much later, Islamic symbols 
used to facilitate survival in hostile times. Their cultus can be 
seen to have had an influence not only on their hated rivals the 
Druzes, but on the Yezidis, as well as on the Harranian cultus. John 
Yarker mentions them briefly in his Arcane Schools:

"Ainsarii. The Ishmaelite Sect continued to exist after the 
destruction of the stronghold of the Old Man of the Mountain, as the 
Chief of the Assassins was termed. The most prominent of these is 
named the Ainsarii; they hold secret meetings for receptions and have 
signs, words, and a Catechism. Lyde, who has investigated this Sect, 
classes them with ancient Templars, and Modern Freemasons. [THE ASIAN 
MYSTERY, Rev. C. L. Lyde.]" -- p. 187.

Mackey also mentions the Nusairi (Ansayreeh):

"Ansyreeh. A sect found in the mountains of Lebanon, of Northern 
Syria. Like the Druses, toward whom, however, they entertain a 
violent hostility, and the Assassins, they have a secret mode of 
recognition and a secret religion, which does not appear to be well 
understood by them. 'However,' says Rev. Mr. Lyde, who visited them 
in 1852, 'there is one in which they all seem agreed, and which acts 
as a kind of Freemasonry in binding together the scattered members of 
their body, namely, secret prayers which are taught to every male 
child of a certain age, and are repeated at stated times, in stated 
places, and accompanied with religious rites.' The Ansyreeh arose 
about the same time with the Assassins, and, like them, their 
religion appears to be an ill-digested mixture of Judaism, 
Christianity, and Mohammedanism. To the Masonic scholars these secret 
sects of Syria present an interesting study, because of their 
supposed connection with the Templars during the Crusades, the entire 
results of which are yet to be investigated." -- I Mackey's 61b.

At the time that Mackey and Yarker wrote these little snippets, 
several competent studies had been published by members of the 
Société Asiatique, of France, from the 1820s on, throughout their 
journal, the Journal Asiatique. We shall analyze in brief, one of 
these in below. The secret prayers referred to by Mackey have been 
given in the French articles.

Now, going back to the present subject of our survey, the Brethren of 
Purity, it shall be seen that the Brethren of Purity had an influence 
on the "Sabians" -- or Harranians, for much of the famed Picatrix 
shows its debt of inheritance from the Rasa'il Ikhwan as Safa. From a 
brief resumé of the contents of the PICATRIX, by one of its 
translators (Martin Plessner), published on the Twilit Grotto 
website, [http://www.esotericarchives.com/picatrix.htm],

"This manner of writing may well be intentional, whether to make the 
magical sections appear less suspect by interlarding them with 
theoretical passages, or to make certain doctrines seem less strange 
by administering them in small doses, or to demonstrate the equal 
validity of the magical and philosophical material, or for a 
combination of all three reasons. At all events, a similar method of 
presentation is apparent in one of the principle sources of The Aim 
of the Sage, the encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity [Ihwân al-

The encyclopaedia of the Brethren of Purity had an influence on the 
creation of the Picatrix, which has long been considered the 
important work which was either a part of the corpus of materials 
from the Harranian cultus, and/or that which had an influence upon 
the Renaissance Magick which was to come about toward the end of the 
15th Century c.e., in Europe. And,. before it reached Italy, Germany, 
and France, it sojourned several centuries in Islamic Spain. 
Therefore, the Picatrix is a very important work in the Authentic 
Tradition, and may be considered one of the Great Books of the 
Authentic Tradition. As to the Brethren of Purity, the most primary 
of sources [Encyclopaedia Britannica, 14th Edition], tells us:
"Towards the close of the 10th century the presentation of an entire 
scheme of knowledge, beginning with logic and mathematics, and 
ascending through the various departments of physical enquiry to the 
region of religious doctrine, was accomplished by a society which had 
its chief seat at Basra [sic] , the native town of al-Kindi. This 
society -- the Brothers of Purity or Sincerity (Ikhwªn us Safª'i) -- 
divided into four orders, wrought in the interests of religion no 
less than of science; and though its attempt to compile an 
encyclopaedia of existing knowledge may have been premature, it yet 
contributed to spread abroad a desire for further information. The 
proposed reconciliation between science and faith was not 
accomplished, because the compromise could please neither party. The 
51 treatises of which this encyclopaedia consists are interspersed 
with apologues in true Oriental style, and the idea of goodness, of 
moral perfection, is as prominent an end in every discourse as it was 
in the alleged dream of al-Ma'mun. The materials of the work come 
chiefly from Aristotle, but they are conceived of in a Platonizing 
spirit, which places as the bond of all things a universal soul of 
the world with its partial or fragmentary souls." -- EB-2:187a (14th 
Ed., 1930).

Known as one of the Jewish people's greatest poets, Solomon Ibn 
Gabirol's name and works are vital in the rites of today's synagogue. 
One of the most important of Ibn Gabirol's liturgical works, Adon 
Olam, is still chanted in Jewish prayer houses the world over during 
both the Friday evening and Saturday morning Sabbath services. In 
addition, selections from his poetry are recited as part of the Yom 
Kippur liturgy, which is the most important holiday for observant 
Jews. How many contemporary Jews realize that they spend part of this 
essential Jewish holiday reciting Sufi-inspired odes, as they plead 
with God for understanding and forgiveness? And his legacy within the 
Jewish community has hardly been compromised by his Sufi leanings - 
in fact, an important downtown Tel Aviv avenue bears his name!
While aspects of his biography are unclear, his profound indebtedness 
to the Sufis is not. For Ibn Gabirol, the Sufi Way was as influential 
as Jewish tradition itself. For instance, there are so many striking 
parallels between earlier Sufi texts such as the Epistles of the 
Brethren of Purity (Ikhwan as-Safa, penned in Baghdad, in the 9th 
century) [2] and his ideas that one is forced to presume that, after 
the Bible, this Muslim tract was his primary source of inspiration.
In Ibn Gabirol's work we can begin to see the earliest outline of 
later Kabbalistic and Hasidic doctrines. Borrowing from his Islamic 
mentors, Ibn Gabirol averred, for instance, that man was a microcosm 
for God - that man's actions could, at their best, help complete 
Godly ones. Though religious traditionalists of his day believed that 
these ideas bordered on pantheism - and even heresy - later Jewish 
mystics were captivated by the novel proposition. Additionally, many 
of the terms that Ibn Gabirol borrowed from his Islamic mentors 
became the basic building blocks of the Kabbalistic system. [3] 
As scholar Peter Cole quickly limns the movement of God's energy 
according to Ibn Gabirol, we can see how the ideas of earlier Sufi 
thinkers such as Ibn Masarra, as- Suhrawardi, the Epistles of the 
Brethren of Purity and others were wrapped in with the first faint 
echoes of the Kabbalistic system and its Tree of Life:
"The conjunction of Universal Form and Matter gives rise to the 
simple substances, including intellect, soul and nature, and the 
chain of emanation extends down into the corporeal world and all its 
parts. The emanation of divine energy Ibn Gabirol likens to light 
from the sun - but not to the sun itself; or to intelligent acting in 
the limbs of its body, but . . . to a fountain whose flow transcends 
all temporal and spatial dimension. In this way the process of 
creation is continuous and ongoing at all levels at all times in a 
universal chain of transformation reaching from that pure source to 
the lowest point of the cosmos and back up to its unknowable origin." 

The Rosicrucian Order is a legendary and secretive Order dating from 
the 15th or 17th century. It generally is associated with the symbol 
of the Rose Cross, which is also found in certain rituals 
beyond "Craft" or "Blue Lodge" Freemasonry. The Rosicrucian Order is 
viewed among earlier and many modern Rosicrucianists as an inner 
worlds Order, comprised of great "Adepts." When compared to human 
beings, the consciousness of these Adepts is like that of demi-gods. 
This "College of Invisibles" is regarded as the source permanently 
behind the development of the Rosicrucian movement.
Several modern societies have been formed for the study of 
Rosicrucianism and allied subjects. However, many researchers on the 
history of Rosicrucianism argue that modern Rosicrucianists are in no 
sense directly derived from the "Brethren of the Rose Cross" of the 
17th century. Instead, they are considered to be keen followers. 
Moreover, some have viewed the 17th century order as a literary hoax 
or prank, rather than an operative society. Others contend that 
history shows them to be the genesis of later operative and 
functional societies.
The Rosicrucian greeting is, "May the Roses bloom upon your Cross."
Rosicrucian - Origins
According to a legend published in the 17th century Rosicrucian 
manifestos, the Rosicrucian Order was founded in 1407 (the early 15th 
century) by a German pilgrim named Christian Rosenkreuz (1378 - 
1484), who studied in the Middle East under various occult masters. 
During his lifetime, the Order was alleged to be small, consisting of 
no more than eight members. When Rosenkreuz died in 1484, the Order 
disappeared, only to be "reborn" in the early 17th century. Most 
modern Rosicrucianists accept this legend to varying degrees. Some 
accept it as literal truth, others see it as a parable, and yet 
others believe Rosenkreuz to be a pseudonym for a more famous 
historical figure, usually Francis Bacon.
According to a lesser known legend found in Masonic literature, the 
Rosicrucian Order was created in year 46 when an Alexandrian Gnostic 
sage named Ormus and his six followers were converted by one of 
Jesus' disciples, Mark. From this conversion, Rosicrucianism was born 
by fusing early Christianity with Egyptian mysteries. By this 
account, rather than being its founder, Rosenkreuz would have been 
initiated into and become the Grand Master of an already existing 
According to Émile Dantinne (1884-1969), the origins of the 
Rosicrucians may have an Islamic connection. As told in their first 
manifesto Fama Fraternitatis (1614) (early 17th century) Christian 
Rosenkreuz started his pilgrimage at the age of sixteen. This led him 
to Arabia, Egypt and Morocco, where he was put into contact with the 
sages of the East, who revealed to him the universal harmonic 
science. After learning Arabic philosophy in Jerusalem, he was led to 
Damcar. This place remains a mystery – it did not become Damascus, 
but it is somewhere not too far from Jerusalem. Then he went to 
Egypt , where he did not stay for long. Soon afterwards he embarked 
to Fes, a center of philosophical and occultist studies, such as the 
alchemy of Abu-Abdallah, Gabir ben Hayan, and Imam Jafar al Sadiq, 
the astrology and magic of Ali-ash-Shabramallishi, and the esoteric 
science of Abdarrahman ben Abdallah al Iskari. However, Dantinne 
states that Rosenkreuz may have found his secrets amongst 
the "Brethren of Purity," a society of philosophers that had formed 
in Basra (Iraq) during the first half of the fourth century. Their 
doctrine had its source in the study of the ancient Greek 
philosophers, but it became more pronounced in a neo-Pythagorean 
direction. They adopted the Pythagorean tradition of envisioning 
objects and ideas in terms of their numeric aspects. Their theurgy 
taught the divine and angelic names, conjurations, the Kabbalah, 
exorcisms, and other related subjects.
The "Brethren of Purity" and the Sufis were united in many points of 
doctrine. They both were mystical orders deriving from Koranic 
theology, where dogma is supplanted by faith in the "Divine Reality." 
Many similarities with the Rosicrucian way were expressed in the 
manifestos and the "Brethen of Purity" ways of life as well. Neither 
group wore special clothing, both practiced abstinence, they healed 
the sick, and they offered their teachings free of charge. 
Similarities also were evident in the doctrinal elements of their 
theurgy and the story of Creation in terms of emanationism.
The curious legend in which the fabulous origin of the so-called 
society was established was so improbable, though ingenious, that the 
genesis of the Rosicrucians was generally overlooked or ignored in 
the writings of the time. Christian Rosenkreuz had discovered and 
learned the Secret Wisdom on a pilgrimage to the East in the 15th 
century. The metaphorical quality of these legends lends to the 
nebulous nature of the origins of Rosicrucianism. For example, the 
opening of Rosenkreuz's tomb is thought to be only a way of referring 
to the cycles in nature and to cosmic events.
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It is on the foundation of these teachings that Rosenkreuz conceived 
the plan for simultaneous and universal religious, philosophic, 
scientific, political, and artistic reform. For the realization of 
this plan, he united with several disciples (seven at first, 
according to Fama Fraternitatis), to whom he gave the name of Rose-
The founder of the Order of the Rose-Croix belonged, as affirmed by 
historians, to a noble family, but there is no document that allows 
us to affirm this peremptorily. However, it is certain that he was an 
orientalist and a great traveler.
What was known in the early 17th century as the "Fraternity of the 
Rose Cross" seems to have been a number of isolated individuals who 
held certain views in common, which apparently was their only bond of 
union. These views were regarding hermetic knowledge, related to the 
higher nature of man, and also with common philosophical conceptions 
towards the foundation of a more perfected human society. There is no 
trace of a Fraternity or secret society which held meetings, or had 
officers or leaders. So far, as many works are concerned, it is 
evident that the writers who posed as Rosicrucians were moral and 
religious reformers, and utilized the technicalities of chemistry 
(alchemy), and the sciences generally, as media through which to 
publicize their opinions and beliefs. Their writings included a hint 
of mysticism or occultism, promoting inquiry and suggesting hidden 
meanings discernible or discoverable only by "Adepts."
The publications of Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis (1614), Confessio 
Fraternitatis (1615), and Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz 
(1616) caused immense excitement throughout Europe. These works 
declared the existence of a secret brotherhood of alchemists and 
sages who were interpreted as preparing to transform the arts, 
sciences, religion, political, and intellectual landscape of Europe 
while wars of politics and religion ravaged the continent. Not only 
did these works lead to many re-issues, but they were followed by 
numerous pamphlets, favourable and otherwise, whose authors generally 
knew little of the real aims of the original author and often amused 
themselves at the public's expense. According to historical records, 
it is probable that the first work was circulated in manuscript form 
about 1610, even though there was no mention of the order before that 
decade. In fact, research indicates that all three documents probably 
were the creation of Lutheran theologian Johann Valentin Andreae 
(1586-1654). However, his authorship only is confirmed for the 
Chymical Wedding, which he subsequently described as a Ludibrium. The 
authors of the Rosicrucian works generally favoured Lutheranism as 
opposed to Catholicism.
Around 1530, more than eighty years before the publication of the 
first manifesto, documented evidence of the cross and the rose 
already existed in Portugal in the Convent of the Order of Christ, 
home of the Knights Templar, which later was renamed Order of Christ. 
Three bocetes were, and still are, on the abóboda of the initiations' 
room. In these cases, the rose can clearly be seen at the center of 
the cross. At the same time, a minor writing by Paracelsus called 
Prognosticatio Eximii Doctoris Paracelsi (1530) contained the image 
of a double cross over an open rose, along with a written reference 
to it. The occultist Stanislas de Guaita, "Au seuil du Mystère" 
(1886), used Paracelsus' writing, and other examples, to prove 
the "Fraternity of the Rose Cross" existed far earlier than 1614.


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