The Illuminati

23 Nov

The Bavarian Illuminati was a secret society established on the 1st of May 1776 by Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830). Weishaupt was a Professor of Law and he seems to have intended the Illuminati to establish  a new world order by means of conspiracy. The structure of the organisation took the form of  network of independent cells, each operating in isolation and reporting to a superior who was not known to them, a structure which has proved useful to a number of subsequent organisations.

Freemasonry provided a particularly tempting target for infiltration given its widespread membership, system of graduated initiation and general tendency towards secrecy.

Weishaupt took the name of ‘Brother Spartacus’ and his original aim was to ‘dispel the clouds of superstition and of prejudice’, which all sounds terribly laudable, but the Order soon developed its own gnostic mysteries into which members were initiated as they progressed through the hierarchy.

The Order of the Illuminati was effectively brought to an end by the secular edict of  the 2nd f March 1785, issued by Karl Theodor, the Elector of Hanover.

On the face of it, this sounds like so much historical trivia.

The Illuminati essentially only really existed as the pet project of  an otherwise relatively obscure academic with an apparent passion for secret societies and conspiracies. The only real significance of the Illuminati to most people is the fact that it’s provided such a useful backdrop for novelists and conspiracy theorists.

But there is one interesting thing about the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati.

The most secret of the secrets that was finally revealed in the ultimate initiation of the Illuminati was, ‘There is no secret’.

This is either the most shameless rip off, or the highest wisdom. You decide.

Personally, I think there’s something to it.

All the great teachers, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha (Add your own favourites to the list if you want) tend to have a few things in common.

They seldom put their ideas in writing, others tend to do that for them. They often use parables and fables. They seldom, if ever, say anything in plain and simple terms. You have to work at it to understand what they’re getting at.

Why is this?

It’s because most of what they’re trying to tell you is very important, but it’s also blindingly obvious and quite simple once you get it.

If they tried to tell you what they wanted you to understand in plain and simple terms it would sound simple-minded. It’s only when you have to work for it that you see the value in the point they’re trying to make.

So there are no secrets, the really important stuff is all out there. It isn’t hidden and it’s very easy to understand. The only trouble is that it’s much harder to accept and it’s hard work trying to live by it.

So it’s easier to wrap yourself up in sophistry and convoluted arguments. That’s not the way to find any kind of truth worth having, it’s just a distraction and it only feels important because it’s difficult and you get to use a lot of pretentious terminology.

So profound truth or total rip off?

It’s up to you.

But either way, at least you didn’t have to join a secret society to find it.

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4 Responses to “The Illuminati”

  1. Colin 25/11/2011 at 8:58 am #

    Bit zen that. If you look for it you can’t find it etc.

    • fekesh 25/11/2011 at 10:59 am #

      It really is a bit zen, but it’s more like ‘it’s out there, but you can’t see it ’cause it’s too obvious’.
      You only see it when you’re ready to see it and after that you can’t believe that you could ever have missed it.

  2. Neil Acosta 14/12/2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi There Fekesh,
    I take your point, I’ve read articles on a number of websites claiming that the illuminati is made up of the richest and powerful people in the world, presidents, bankers etc. It also claimed they are brain washing the public through the media, music, celebrities. I think it’s kind of coincidental, especially with the way the economy is, how governments are constantly boring from banks and how in nearly all popular main stream hip hop music videos such as kanye wests theres a lot of things that can be related to the illuminati.

    What are your thoughts on the illuminati?
    Thanks

    • fekesh 15/12/2011 at 12:21 pm #

      My interest in the Illuminati has been mostly historical. I came across the story related in my post while researching the history of the occult tradition in the West and, quite frankly, I found it quite amusing.
      I think you’re right that the people in power often seek to distract people from issues of real concern with emotive trivia and spurious moralising. Call it political sleight of hand.
      I also agree that the rich and powerful will always tend to network and they probably do each other favours as and when they can. They always have and they probably always will. I’d be amazed if they actually call themselves ‘The Illumnati’, however. They probably just think in terms of ‘us’ and ‘not one of us’.
      Having said that, I’m wary of conspiracy theories because a lot of them tend to collapse in the face of the facts. You also have to be aware of the fact that the people pushing these theories sometimes have agendas of their own to push.
      What it boils down to, I think, is that there’s no substitute for a dose of well-informed skepticism if you want to keep democracy healthy. The trick, of course, is to hold back from ill-informed paranoia. That can also become a distraction.
      So yes, they are out to get you, but you need to keep a clear head if you’re going to work out exactly who ‘they’ are, and how it is they plan to come at you.
      Anyway, glad you found the post interesting and thank you for taking te trouble to reply.

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