Crusader Treasure

Over the centuries, the Knights Templar have been the subject of much speculation, and many intriguing theories or stories, about some coveted “treasure” of legendary fame, yet of unknown substance. By association with Arthurian legends (written by the Templars to promote chivalry and ancient spirituality), some expect it to be some version of a mythical Holy Grail. From the Templars’ historical wealth, most expect it to be gold, valuables and similar riches. Based on the famous Templar affinity for esoteric knowledge and passion for early Christianity, closer to the truth, many expect it to be a wealth of ancient Egyptian artifacts and other major religious relics.

It is generally considered by historians that the most important “Treasure of the Templars” (apart from their later accumulated wealth, subsequently lost), was “whatever the Templars did find during their excavations of the Temple of Jerusalem”, which is believed by most scholars to be “documents relating to the true nature of Christianity and Biblical matters”. [1]

The Vatican Abbot emphasized that “the true wealth of the Templars lay in centuries-old knowledge … not in anything as transitory as real estate deeds or gold.” [2]

This timeless concept was featured towards the end of two “Indiana Jones” movies. In the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy’s father tells him: “She never believed in the Grail, she thought she found a prize. What did you find? Illumination!” In the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, after exactly the same type of female villain met the same type of doom for precisely the same reason as in the previous movie, Indy then tells his son: “Their word for ‘gold’ translates as ‘treasure’. Their treasure wasn’t gold, it was knowledge. Knowledge was their treasure.”

“What did the crusaders find in the Holy Land?” My uncle asked me one evening while we were out walking to his house on the opposite side of my Great Grandmothers village, “The Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail!?” He laughed at my response, but at the time I had no idea how childish it was…

He showed me clippings of various newspapers and books, “look, it’s all there!”
It was the Plaincourault Chapel, I could not believe it at first, the frescos where of Amanita Muscaria! A very popular mushroom among Russians and especially Siberians, but what was it doing in France on the walls of a former Hospitaller Knights Chapel?

But what role do mushrooms play in religion and spirituality?
I am sure that is what the crusaders would have thought when 
they stumbled upon the Secret Sacraments.

In the ancient world mushrooms were used to initiate the
candidates into the Higher Mysteries, once the candidate was
initiated he or she was considered ready to embrace the final
stage of his or her journey, and was believed to be enlightened!

"It is only when we come to the first five or six centuries B.C., and to the palmy days of Greece and Alexandria, that we obtain a definite knowledge of the existence of the Mystery Schools, and of some of their more detailed teachings. This period is associated with such names as Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and later on,  before the dominance of ecclesiastical Christianity had suppressed the Gnosis, and had plunged the Western world into the darkness and horrors of the Middle Ages, we have such names as Philo Judaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Valentinus, Origen, Proclus, Basilides, Iamblichus, and Plotinus, all speaking openly of the existence of the Mysteries and Mystery Schools, claiming initiation therein, and openly teaching as much of it as it was permitted for them to make public."
-William Kingsland

The "Eleusinian Mysteries," (continuous for an astounding two millennia), provided the most important spiritual initiation ceremony in ancient Europe.

Numerous scholars have proposed that the power of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from the kykeon's functioning as an entheogen, or psychedelic agent.[3]
The use of potions or philtres for magical or religious purposes was relatively common in Greece and the ancient world.[4] The initiates, sensitized by their fast and prepared by preceding ceremonies, may have been propelled by the effects of a powerful psychoactive potion into revelatory mind states with profound spiritual and intellectual ramifications.[5] 

With participants such as Plato and AristotleSecret Sacraments are an important part of the legacy of civilization, and have played an important role in religious and spiritual ceremonies since the dawn of writing and much earlier.
“Psychedelic” – which means “to manifest the mind.”
“Entheogen” – which means “to generate god within.”
Psychedelic substances, and especially mushrooms, were not only part of the earliest stages of the formation of Judeo-Christianity, but are actually a core part of Christianity’s foundations. Their usage may be seen all the way into more modern times. This fact is evidenced by, but not limited to, artwork such as the Plaincourault.
This theory was first proposed by John M. Allegro, the famous Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Manchester philologist, who first proposed in The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross (SMC), 1970, that Christianity is based on a fertility drug cult. This proposal destroyed his career.

The sages of the past have all spoke about the illusionary nature of the world, and insisted that initiation into the Higher Mysteries granted man the knowledge (Gnosis) to depart from this world in a far favorable state than those who were ignorant to these truths. Similarly the Egyptian and Tibenan Books of the Dead speak of the trials awaiting the dead, and those who "know themselves" have a far greater chance at "liberation".

Just as there are many religions, there are also many ways of attaining Gnosis. Throughout history the most common ways were either through mind altering substances, meditation, out of body and near death experiences. All these paths offered man a glimpse of the world beyond himself, a glimpse of the reality beyond Plato’s Cave.

The central teaching of most religions is Gnosis or the essential experience of renunciation, salvation or liberation of the soul from the bondage of time, space, and matter. The need to liberate the spirit of man from this world, in which he is inadvertently bound or cast out into, is no doubt the most prevalent theme in religious texts.

In Abrahamic religions man is cast out of paradise, and in turn seeks to find his way to heaven.
In the religions of the East, man is bound to a cycle of life, death, and rebirth, and in turn seeks to free himself by reaching Moksha or Nirvana (alternate state of being akin to heaven, in some aspects). In many other ancient texts and religions, the world is seen as a prison, from which the spirit of man must escape.

This spiritual wisdom is called Gnosis, it is largely based on a personal experience of the Divine, once experienced, this vision of the one underlying reality behind all that comes to be and passes away cannot be doubted. For to have glimpsed it, if only for a moment, brings the conviction that death itself is an impossibility. The danger is that it introduces you into a world where all action is transcended and in which there can therefore be neither good nor evil. This too is the experience which the Buddhists call Enlightenment.

​In Yoga, Gnosis is known as Jnana, which means knowledge, insight, or wisdom, it is a special kind of knowledge which is said to grant liberation. ​

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks described the "wisdom" that they received within the Mystery Schools (with the use of psychedelics) in a similar manner:

"For among the many excellent and indeed divine institutions which your Athens has brought forth and contributed to human life, none, in my opinion, is better than those mysteries. For by their means we have been brought out of our barbarous and savage mode of life and educated and refined to a state of civilization; and as the rites are called "initiations," so in very truth we have learned from them the beginnings of life, and have gained the power not only to live happily, but also to die with a better hope."

With the use of Secret Sacraments (much like the Christian Communion or the Eucharist) the initiates of the ancient mystery schools would undergo a ritualistic death and resurection ceremony, which was popular from the earliest ancient Egyptian records onwards. Very similar rituals and practices are found to the present day among verious religions, cults and organizations.
One of the most common and most profound themes regarding the use of a sacraments for communion purposes and spiritual initiations is found in ancient Egypt, especially with the mysteries of Osiris and Serapis.

"I will abandon all thoughts of fear and terror, I will recognize whatever appears as my projection and know it to be a vision. Now that I have reached this crucial point I will not fear the peaceful and wrathful ones, my own projections."
-Tibetan Book of the Dead

With the use of Secret Sacraments the initiates of the ancient mystery schools would undergo a ritualistic death and resurection ceremony, which was popular from the earliest ancient Egyptian records onwards. Very similar rituals and practices are found to the present day among verious religions, cults and organizations.
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
-John 3:3
"The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche."
-Terence Mckenna

A gift of Gnosis is no doubt a second birth, it is more precious than all the gold and silver of this world, once this wisdom is attained the sages said that: 

​"all obscurity will fly from you, and you will be enlightened!"

"In consequence of this divine initiation we became spectators of single and blessed visions, resident in a pure light; and were ourselves made immaculate and liberated from this surrounding garment which we call the body and to which we are now bound like an oyster to its shell."

"I will abandon all thoughts of fear and terror, I will recognize whatever appears as my projection and know it to be a vision. Now that I have reached this crucial point I will not fear the peaceful and wrathful ones, my own projections."
-Tibetan Book of the Dead

Part 2 - The Holy Grail Mushroom


[1] Alan Butler & Stephen Dafoe, The Warriors and Bankers, Lewis Masonic, Surrey, England (2006), p.20.

​[2] French author (unidentified), De la Maçonnerie Parmi Les Chretiens (“On Masonry Among Christians”), Germany (ca. 1750), quoting the 12th century Italian Abbot Joachim of Flora (Calabria), a friend of Richard the Lionheart, in: Frank Sanello, The Knights Templars: God’s Warriors, the Devil’s Bankers, Taylor Trade Publishing, Oxford (2003), p.223.

[3] Collins, Derek. Magic in the Ancient Greek World. Wiley, 2008.

[4] Wasson, R. Gordon, Ruck, Carl, Hofmann, A., The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978.

[5] Wasson, et al..

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