“Among the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, the name of Asoka shines almost alone, like a star.” –H.G. Wells, in his abridged version of his Outline Of World History
The world’s first Buddhist ruler, Ashoka the Great, ruled a truly massive kingdom that stretched from the Hindu Kush to the Bay of Bengal. He was born into the warrior cast; he trained in the arts of war; but his first conquest left a hundred thousand men dead at his army’s hands, and Ashoka, in horror, turned to Buddhism. “True conquest,” he said, is to win the hearts of men by the law of duty and piety. (Ashoka, Asoka, do I trust H.G. Wells or wikipedia?)
Reverence for life, tolerance, compassion and peaceful co-existence were the cornerstones of his administration. Under him the earliest known bans on slavery and capital punishment as well as environmental regulations came into place.
As part of his quest for peace, Asoka founded “the most powerful secret society on earth”– “Away from the religious, social, political unrest, resolutely and perfectly hidden, the Nine Unknown Men embody the image of a serene science, science with a conscience.” http://eden-saga.com/ (Carol gives up and screams arrrghhhhh! my source here must not be a native English speaker. I’ll go off in search of more information, in a minute.) For now:
The Nine Unknown Men would use a “synthetic language” and each was in possession of a book that was constantly being rewritten (updated) with some aspect of science.
Book 1 – techniques of propaganda and psychological warfare
Book 2 – physiology. It would include a way to kill a man by touching him, death occuring by reversal of nerve impulses.
Book 3 – microbiology, protective colloids, genetics; wave mechanisms to repair muscles and organs; Sonology, or science of the virtues and properties of sound in all frequency ranges.
Book 4 – transmutation of metals / alchemy / secret properties e.g. hydrophobicity –Atlantis’ high-speed vessels
Book 5 – all means of communication, terrestrial and extraterrestrial / teleportation
Book 6 -Gravitology, another science invented by the Atlanteans, allowed to remove weight to heavier loads, which would have helped them to build all the cyclopean walls and pyramids.
Book 7 – Native American cosmogony /theory of knowledge ala Carlos Castaneda
Book 8 – Vril, light – the operating mode of the cosmo-telluric subtle energy, atmospheric energy and nerve impulses. Electroshock may kill, drive crazy or turn into god depending on power
Book 9 – enlightenment — “or finish zombified by dark wizards, through mind control techniques discussed in the first book. It would detail trepanation, ayahuasca type magic potions, and electric shock including from lightning. It would include the presentation of Fulgurology, a science we know nothing about.” http://eden-saga.com/en/secrete-science-sufism-india-emperor-asoka-nine-unknown.html
Fulgurology. Great word! Check out my post of Fulgurites and Lightning Strikes, fella. 🙂 Some ancient manuscripts apparently refer to a nuclear blast that turned acres of sand into sheets of glass. (I believe a meteor may do what “only a nuclear bomb” could have done.)
Okay, here’s more, thanks to Maia Kyi’Ra Nartoomid (I think the first blogger was trying to paraphrase her without plagiarizing, only to obfuscate the information):
- Emperor Asoka, 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. Asoka founded the most powerful secret society on earth: that of the Nine Unknown Men. It is still thought that the great men responsible fro the destiny of modern India, and scientists like Bose and Ram believe in the existence of the Nine, and even receive advice and messages from them. 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. Examples of the Nine Unknown Men making contact with the outer world are rare.
- It was not until the nineteenth century that this mystery was referred to again …
- French writer Jacolliot states categorically that the Society of Nine did actually exist. And, to make it all the more intriguing, he refers in the this connection to certain techniques, unimaginable in 1860, such as, for example, the liberation of energy, sterilization by radiation and psychological warfare …
- The story of the Nine Unknown Men was popularized for the first time in 1927 in a book by Talbot Mundy who for twenty-five years was a member of the British police force in India. His book is half-fiction, half scientific inquiry. –web source
In 262 BCE, eight years after Ashoka’s coronation as the third king of the Maurya Dynasty, his armies attacked and conquered Kalinga … the aftermath of war so horrified Ashoka that it brought about a complete change in his personality. It seems that Ashoka had been calling himself a Buddhist for at least two years prior to the Kalinga war, but his commitment to Buddhism was only lukewarm and perhaps had a political motive behind it.
But after the war Ashoka dedicated the rest of his life trying to apply Buddhist principles to the administration of his vast empire. He had a crucial part to play in helping Buddhism to spread both throughout India and abroad, and probably built the first major Buddhist monuments. Ashoka died in 232 BCE in the thirty-eighth year of his reign.