The Nine Unknown Men of Ashoka a secret society of India dating back to 273 BC to the regime of the Indian emperor Ashoka, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who was the founder of maurya Dynasty.
Ambitious like his ancestor whose achievements he was anxious to complete, he conquered the region of Kalinga which lay between what is now Calcutta and Madras. The Kalingans resisted and lost 100,000 men in the battle. At the sight of this massacre Ashoka was overcome and all he could see were burnt houses and scattered corpses. This sight made him sick and he cried the famous quotation, “What have I done?” Upon his return to Pataliputra, he could get no sleep and was constantly haunted by his deeds in Kalinga. The brutality of the conquest led him to adopt Buddhism under the guidance of the Brahmin Buddhist sages Radhaswami and Manjushri and he used his position to propagate the relatively new philosophy to new heights, as far as ancient Rome and Egypt.
According to the legend, upon his conversion to Buddhism the Emperor founded the society of the Nine to preserve and develop knowledge that would be dangerous to humanity if it fell into the wrong hands. It is said that the Emperor Asoka once aware of the horrors of war, wished to forbid men ever to put their intelligence to evil uses. During his reign natural science, past and present, was vowed to secrecy. Henceforward, and for the next 2,000 years, all researches, ranging from the structure of matter to the techniques employed in collective psychology, were to be hidden behind the mystical mask of a people commonly believed to be exclusively concerned with ecstasy and supernatural phenomena. Ashoka founded the most powerful secret society on earth: that of the The Nine Unknown Men.
One can imagine the extraordinary importance of secret knowledge in the hands of nine men benefiting directly from experiments, studies and documents accumulated over a period of more than 2,000 years. What can have been the aim of these men? Not to allow methods of destruction to fall into the hands of unqualified persons and to pursue knowledge which would benefit mankind. Their numbers would be renewed by co-option, so as to preserve the secrecy of techniques handed down from ancient times.
The Nine Books
The Nine Unknown Men would use a synthetic language. Each would be the guardian of a constantly rewritten book that contains a detailed statement of science.
- Propaganda and Psychological warfare is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people. Instead of impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience. It is the most dangerous of all sciences, as it is capable of moulding mass opinion. It would enable anyone to govern the whole world.
- The second book is devoted to physiology. It would include a way to kill a man by touching him, death occuring by reversal of nerve impulses. It would also give all known techniques on various pressure points of the body to cause unconsciousness, death or chronic lesions. He would add, of course, all the means of curing these ailments, including techniques of resurrection.
- The third study the microbiology, including protective colloids. Chiefly it would study genetics, and also would detail the wave mechanisms to repair muscles and organs. It would include a complete treatise of Sonology, or science of the virtues and properties of sound in all frequency ranges.
- The fourth deal with Alchemy, including the transmutation of metals and their secret properties such as hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity. In India, there is a persistent rumor that during times of drought or other natural disasters temples and religious organizations receive large quantities of gold from an unknown source. The mystery is further deepened with the fact that the sheer quantity of gold throughout the country in temples and with kings cannot be properly accounted for, seeing that India has few gold mines.
- The fifth would contain the study of all means of communication, terrestrial and extraterrestrial. It deals with transport of goods and people by all techniques, including teleportation – but also details all the ancient and modern media -including still unknown ones.
- The sixth contains the secrets of gravitation. The Vaiminaka shastra is said to contain the instructions necessary to build a Vimana, sometimes referred to as the “ancient UFOs of India.
- The seventh is the largest cosmogony designed by our humanity. Cosmology, the capacity to travel at enormous speeds through spacetime fabric, and time-travel; including intra- and inter-universal trips.
- The eighth deal of light. More broadly, it would be devoted to the operating mode of the cosmo-telluric subtle energy, atmospheric energy and nerve impulses.
- Dedicated to sociology, it would explain the rules of civilizations and could plan their fall” and electronic techniques to control the thoughts of a subject or a crowd.
Numerous figures who straddled the line between occultism and science fiction writing, most prominently (and apparently first) Louis Jacolliot, Talbot Mundy, and later Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in their Morning of the Magicians, propagated the story of the Nine claiming that the society occasionally revealed itself to wise outsiders such as Pope Sylvester II who was said to have received, among other things, training in supernatural powers and a robotic talking head from the group. In more recent times, according to this circle, the Nine assisted humanity by revealing the secret of the Cholera vaccine.
Among conspiracy theorists the Nine Unknown is often cited as one of the oldest and most powerful secret societies in the world. Unusually for the conspiracy subculture, the image of the group is largely though not entirely benign. Theosophists also believe the Nine to be a real organization that is working for the good of the world.
Some modern Indian scientists such as Jagdish Chandra Bose, a pioneer in Radio and Microwave Optics and Vikram Sarabhai, the man behind the Indian space and missile defense programs, were said to believe in or even to be members of the Nine although documentation on this issue is predictably scant. Believers in the Nine also point to the mysterious Delhi iron pillar, which is said to have been constructed at a time before the technology.
Indian scientists are occasionally rumored to be members of the Nine Unknown Men, and from time to time, if a Westerner should visit India and then do something astounding, he is considered to have had their help (as was the case with Pope Sylvester II, and also Alexandre Emile John Yersin, who knew Louis Pasteur and Pierre Paul Emile Roux, who respectively created vaccines for Rabbies and Dyphtheria).