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Origins of the Term Synarchy and Its Derivatives (synarchism, synarchic, synarchical, synarchist)
In my writings on a long-term-sustainable system of planetary management for Earth, I have variously used the terms “Platonic” and “synarchic” to describe the nature of the planetary management system. Neither of these terms is exactly “right” to describe the system that I am proposing. Plato wrote his Republic in the context of the Greek city-state of 500 BC, and Saint-Yves d’Alveydre developed his concept of Synarchy in the late 1800s. Since Saint-Yves’ concept is most closely aligned with what I propose for the management system of the planetary management organization, that is the term that I generally use. It should be recognized, however, that the terms synarchy and synarchism have been used by many different people over the years, and the particular concept that the user had in mind may differ from what I have proposed. In fact, the particular implementation is likely to differ from mine, because many users of the word in the past (excepting Saint-Yves) were not addressing the concept of a single world government, but of a local or regional government.
Some day, when I have more time, I will write a detailed description of my concept of synarchy, as it relates to management of a global minimal-regret population. In the meantime, I shall, in this brief article, present some background information on the origin and original meaning of the term, as introduced by Saint-Yves, and some references to its use since its introduction.
In an earlier article, I referred to a few Internet web sites that discuss some of the myths and legends associated with synarchy:
Saint-Yves d’Alveydre: Synarchy and Secret Societies, by Milko Bogaard, at http://www.rennes-discovery.com/Rennes_Alchemist/synarchy__by_milko_bogaard.htm
New World Order: The Secret History, at http://www.geocities.com/newworldorder_themovie/theosophy.html .
New Dawn Magazine: Mystery of Shambhala, Part One, by Jason Jeffrey, at http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/mystery_of_shambhala_part_one.html .
An Introduction to the Ordre Martiniste et Synarchique, at http://www.orderofthegrail.org/introduction_om&s.htm .
sources provide many references on synarchy,
including references to Saint-Yves’ seminal works,
Saint-Yves’ concept of synarchy is inextricably linked to the legend of Shambhala – Agarttha, since synarchy is the form of government in that legend. In the early part of the twentieth century, many Americans had heard of Shambhala and Agarttha, but today relatively few have. In the past twenty years, with the rise of the New Age movement, many books have been written on this legend, but even still it is still relatively unknown. After a very brief summary, I will list a number of references that are in print and in English, along with a few comments.
The legend of Shambhala (or Shamballah or Shamballa or Shangri-La; Kalapa in Sanskit) is a very old part of Tibetan lore. Shambhala is a utopian kingdom (a small, agrarian city-state, usually hidden in a mountainous region) in which people live in peace and good health. There are a number of variations on the legend. Shambhala may refer to a mythical kingdom or an actual one. Its leaders are believed to control the world. The term Shambhala generally refers to an above-ground kingdom, and the term Agarttha generally refers to an underground one. Like Shambhala, the term Agartta has many alternative spellings, including Agartha, Agarta, Agharta, Agharti, Agarthi and Asgartha (I generally use Agarttha, the form used by Saint-Yves d’Alveydra, unless quoting someone who prefers another spelling).
the term Shambhala is very old, the term Agarttha is recent.
Its first use is traced to the writings of the French writer Louis Jacolliot in the late 1800s. The term Agarttha
was introduced by the French philosopher / mystic Saint-Yves d’Alveydre via his Sanskrit teacher, Haji
Sharif (or Hardjji Scharipf). In 1922
the Polish-Russian scientist Ferdinand Ossendowski
included a description of Agharti in a book, Beasts,
Men and Gods, describing his travels in
Following is a list of books, in print in English, that discuss the legend of Shambhala – Agarttha.
The last three are the most interesting from the point of view of providing a comprehensive overview of Agarttha, Shambhala, and related items. A visit to the Amazon.com web site (http://www.amazon.com or the Barnes and Noble web site (http://www.bn.com ) and a search of books using the key words agartha, agarta, agharta, agarttha, agharti, shambhala, Shangri-la, Ferdinand Ossendowski or Nicholas Roerich will find many others on the legend of Agartha (curiously, the words synarchy, synarchism, synarchist, etc. turn up little).
Since the concept of Agarttha was introduced, a large number of books has been written using the idea of subterranean worlds. The most famous are perhaps H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar series. Others (listed in Godwin) include: George Sand’s Laura, ou le voyage dans le crystal (Laura, or the voyage in the Crystal); Edgar Allen Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym; Alexandre Dumas’ Isaac Laquédem; Bulwer Lytton’s The Coming Race, Jules Verne’s Le Sphinx des glaces (The Sphinx of the Ice); William Bradshaw’s The Goddess of Atvatabar (1892), Robert Ames Bennet’s Thyra, a Romance of the Polar Pit (1901), and Willis George Emerson’s The Smoky God (1908).
In 1871, Edward George Bulwer Lytton, the author of The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), wrote the novel, The Coming Race, about a subterranean world. It is in this novel that Lord Lytton introduced the concept of Vril power. Alec Maclennon relates the interesting note that “In a biography, The Life of Edward Bulwer, First Lord Lytton, by his son the Earl of Lytton (1913), we are told that when he was only eight he announced one day to his bemused mother: ‘Mamma, are you not sometimes overcome by your sense of your own identity?’” Victoria Page (in Shambhala) describes Vril as a sort of “terrestrial Kundalini.” She writes, “The nature of the spirit that animates the earth, “subtle, omnipresent, yet ever indefinable in terms of the dimensions apparent to our senses,” says [John] Michell [writing in Earth Spirit], ‘forms the ultimate problem for modern physicists as it did for their predecessors, the magicians….Yet we can be certain that this force, formerly identified with the holy spirit, provided the power and inspiration by which the ancient civilization was sustained….It was held to be what some now call the life-essence, the pervading flow with which at death the spirit becomes merged, and from which arises the vital spark that stimulates new growth. Its names are legion. It is the prana or mana of eastern metaphysics, the “vril,” the universal plastic medium of occultists, the anima mundi of alchemy.’ Wilhelm Reich called it the orgone force, the Chinese call it qi or chi and understand its causal relation to all other forces.”
One of the
most comprehensive books on Shambhala is Edwin Bernbaum’s The Way to Shambhala. In discussing the fact that guidebooks to Shabhala are difficult to follow, Bernbaum
includes the following interesting passage.
“An old Tibetan story tells of a young man who sets off on the quest for
After crossing many mountains, he came to the cave of an old hermit, who
asked him, “Where are you going across these wastes of snow?” “To find Shambhala,”
the youth replied. “Ah, well then, you
need not travel far,” the hermit said.
I am offering you the same culture as that which exists in Agharta. I have never been in a position to reveal it fully because I know that if I divulged it, it would seem so remote, so unthinkable, that I would be in danger of being locked up. I assure you, if I were to say all that I know I would soon find myself in an asylum. This is why I dare not reveal certain things to you. But it is all here, in my head and, little by little, I am leading you into this world of Initiatic truths. In any case, if you are honest, you cannot help but admit that everything I have revealed to you so far has been true. I leave you free, therefore, to do as you wish.
thing is absolutely true, and that is that I am bringing you an entirely new
culture. The Teaching of the Universal
White Brotherhood has the mission to introduce the philosophy of Agharta into the world.
There is a tradition that after Râma had
established the Golden Age on earth, he went to live
Many other great spirits such as Buddha,
I can tell you about how the Aghartans
live, how they are bom and how they understand
love. They know how precious sexual
energy is, for instance, so, instead of squandering it, they use it to rise to
greater heights of perfection and become divinities. As a matter of fact, the true doctrine of Tantra-yoga, which is so widely known in
science of the Aghartans also includes the most
advanced discoveries of physics. They
are capable of seeing and controlling all that happens on earth. In fact, if they wanted to, they could
unleash the power of the four elements and wipe out the whole of humanity. Fortunately, they are too peace-loving and
much too highly evolved to do so. It is
also very likely that flying saucers, whose existence is no longer in doubt,
come not from other planets but from the center of the earth via the North or
South Pole. Many observers in the
case, the Aghartans have some extraordinary means of
transport and it is particularly interesting to note that it was in 1945, after
the atomic bomb that wiped out
To be sure, quite a number of pilots have tried to pursue their flying saucers but they are surrounded by a magnetic field that makes them invulnerable: if they are pursued by a plane, they can throw out rays that make its engines cut out. They always work with light. Their source of power is light, and it is with this that they neutralize all hostile forces. They apply the Initiatic rule that it is light that must be our protection against harmful elements. Before very long, human beings will begin to discover many of their secrets.
been telling you this for years: the only thing you must study is light, for
light is all-powerful. Science has
recently discovered the power of the laser, but there are many more discoveries
to be made. One day, all the revelations
I have made to you will be recognized and published at large. So far, they have not been taken seriously
because they have not been confirmed by orthodox science. Instead of sensing their authenticity
inwardly, instead of touching them, as it were, with their soul and spirit,
human beings are so over-intellectual that they prefer to wait for the verdict
of science before believing even the greatest truths. But, I repeat: sooner or later, all that I
reveal to you in my lectures will be scientifically proved. This is already beginning, in fact, with
experiments that are being made in
As I have said, I am interested in Agharta from a philosophical point of view, because of the pattern of organization, government and collective life it presents. We, too, should work for the collectivity with the same disinterestedness and the same tireless love as the Aghartans so as to form a single family on earth, so that there shall be no more boundaries, no more war, no more poverty. When this is achieved, the interests of individuals will be protected. In a prosperous, healthy collectivity, each individual member also thrives, whereas, if only a handful of individuals prosper within a collectivity riddled by poverty and dissension, they will always be at risk, for their prosperity is not built on anything firm and lasting. This is why, when we see that every individual is interested only in his own well-being and cares nothing for that of others, we can be sure, in advance, that is an unstable situation. If human beings would only make effort to forget about themselves a little more and devote themselves to the good of the collectivity, the interests of every individual would be protected. For the good of the individual is in the good of the whole. This is why I keep telling you that you don't know where your own best interest lies; your behavior proves this and, sooner or later, it will be your downfall.
The life of the collectivity surrounds, dominates and rules us. We can never be free and independent of it. This means that you must stop trying to find a comfortable little niche for yourself because it can never be anything more than a stop-gap. Unfortunately, human beings are still a long way from this expanded consciousness. They are like insects: as soon as something goes wrong they scuttle off into their little hiding places thinking that they will be safe there. Well, that is fine, it is something that we have inherited from the insects, but surely we are capable of changing just a little. To be sure, human beings have already made progress where the collectivity is concerned, but not enough: they continue to massacre each other. Their consciousness has expanded slightly, that is true, but the situation has not really changed much. In the past, one man would be killed where, today, millions are killed at one stroke. That is progress for you! Ah, yes; human beings have made great progress. They have built much bigger towns, for instance, but their inner nature is unchanged: each person remains isolated in his own little hole. They are still 'troglodytes' just as they have always been: isolated, divided and hostile.
solutions men need must be sought on a higher level, in the spirit, in
light. As long as they keep trying to
solve their problems without that light, even the most far-reaching political
and social transformations will never be truly effective for they will always
contain the germ of a personal interest which runs contrary to the collective
interest and which will end by contaminating all the rest. Men must consult that eternal wisdom that the
Aghartans consult and that I myself always consult,
and it will show them what to do. As it
is, even the Church doesn't consult this higher wisdom; it has substituted its
own interests for the interests of the Lord.
This is why the prophecies of
I know very well that, because of this, the system that I bring you has no chance of being either understood or applied. In fact, if certain authorities realized that our Teaching was based on the synarchy, they would be quite capable of trying to close us down. They hate the synarchy! But conditions are going to change and, before long, no one will be able to stop these truths from spreading. No one! The Age of Aquarius is coming closer and bringing with it its Teaching of the collectivity.
The synarchic order will be established and will prove itself. Every system has to prove itself and, when it turns out to be ineffective, is replaced by another and then another, and so on. This is how men grope their way forward until, eventually, they find the right solutions. In reality, instead of continuing with an endless succession of painful and very costly experiments, it would be possible for men immediately to adopt a system that has been in existence for thousands of years. Unfortunately, at the moment, everyone wants to experiment and discover the great truths for himself. True, this is one way of doing it. Eventually, everyone will reach his goal this way, but it will take a very long time - hundreds if not thousands of years. The Creator has given all human beings the same ability to arrive at the truth, but the time that this takes is not the same for all. Those who accept to be instructed and guided by a Master save themselves a great deal of time, expense and suffering, whereas those who refuse this rapid and effective means will arrive at the same truths but thousands of years later. They prefer to tread a lone path; they want to be free and refuse to submit to or follow anyone else and, although they will eventually reach their goal, it will take them a very long time.
This attitude is particularly prevalent amongst
intellectuals. Every now and then, one
finds an exception to the general rule, but they are rare. I myself am one of those exceptions. Fortunately for me,
few years from now some very important discoveries will be made. The only question is whether there will be
enough human beings capable of understanding and feeling them and putting them
into effect in their lives. It says in
the Bible that everything will be revealed at the end of time. And this time is near. Of course, when it says 'the end of time', we
must not imagine that it means the end of the world. The end of the world has already been
announced time and again - even the date has been specified - and people have
been struck with terror and prepared to die.
And then the fateful day arrived and passed ... and the world went on as
usual. Occasionally some minor upheaval
occurred, but the world continued to go round.
Mankind will never completely disappear.
Human beings are tough, don't worry!
They can survive anything. But
there is no doubt that there will soon be all kinds of upheavals and changes
and that it will be the end of an era.
In his book, Beasts, Men and Gods, Ossendowski
tells of how, one evening, he was with a caravan of camels, crossing a great
understand what I am telling you: above is the New Jerusalem, the Ierouschalaïm
Hadascha of which
After writing the preceding part of this article last
weekend, I came across an article written by Lynn Picknett
and Clive Prince, authors of The Stargate Conspiracy.
It is entitled “The Rise of the Rough Beast,” and was adapted from a
lecture given at the Saunière Symposium, Conway Hall,
Synarchy was founded in the early 1870s by Joseph Alexander Saint-Yves d’Alveydre (1824-1909). This was a period in which many new political ideas were taking hold. Like many of a conservative mind, Saint-Yves was alarmed by the rise of Anarchy, and he developed Synarchy specifically in order to counter it. Whereas Anarchy believes that the state should have no authority over the life and behavior of an individual, Synarchy took quite the opposite view. In other words, the more control the state has over the individual the better. This, as you can imagine, was an idea held an attraction for many.
Essentially, Synarchy advocates government by secret society – or, in its own terms, by an elite of enlightened initiates who rule from behind the scenes. It therefore doesn’t matter which political party holds power in a state – or even what political system that state has. Synarchists would step in and take control of the key state institutions. St-Yyes identified three key pillars of society that, once under the control of his elite, would allow them to rule without the population even being aware of their existence. These were the political and social institutions, the economic institutions and the religious institutions.
Although Synarchy can therefore rule in any kind of state, for obvious reasons it finds itself more at home among totalitarian regimes (power is held by less people, and the ruling regime doesn’t change as often as in a democracy). It has therefore always attracted a greater following from the right. Synarchy is totally opposed to ideas of democracy and social equality, as it believes that some people – i.e., Synarchists – are natural leaders.
as devised by St-Yves was not a purely political movement. St-Yves was active in the esoteric world of 19th
St-Yves believed in the existence of spiritually superior beings that could be contacted telepathically. His elite would be made up of people who were in communication with them. He himself claimed that he was in touch with these beings, and that they actually gave him the principles of Synarchy.
Saint-Yves drew upon many esoteric
systems, from both East and West, in developing his ideas. For example, he regarded the medieval Knights
Templar as the ultimate Synarchists
of their day – after all, they exerted control over the political, financial
and religious life of medieval
incorporated ideas from the many neo-Templar
societies that were flourishing in his day.
In particular, he borrowed from a Templarist
Masonic society, the Strict Templar Observance, the
concept of Unknown Superiors – a group who directed the order but whose
identity remained unknown to the members.
However, he expanded this concept and made his ‘unknown superiors’
spiritually advanced beings that lived in a remote part of
Saint-Yves himself is hardly known in this country, he was incredibly
influential in the development of 19th century occultism. For example, he was the person who introduced
the concept of Agartha, the mysterious underworld
realm peopled by initiates hidden somewhere in
Saint-Yves’ doctrines included
ideas about the evolution and history of the human race that were, at the time,
novel, but which have since become commonplace in Esoteric and New Age
circles. Central to his reconstruction
of history was Atlantis as an advanced, global civilization. He believed that the Sphinx was not built by
the ancient Egyptians, but was created by the Atlanteans
many thousands of years before the rise of
St Yves also promoted the idea of root races – a succession of dominant races each allocated a period of supremacy, but each destined to be supplanted by the next, superior race. It should come as no surprise to learn that the current dominant race is the white Aryans. [This example of “root race” is incorrect. The Aryan root race is comprised of all human beings currently on the planet, i.e., the entire species Homo sapiens.]
It must be stressed that it is impossible to separate Saint-Yves’ version of history from his political ideology. The history is used to justify the ideology and vice versa. Also, his version of history was the result of ‘revealed’ information – it lacked any historical or archaeological proof. For his followers, accepting these ideas was a simple act of faith.
All these ideas have become, of course, part and parcel of subsequent occult beliefs, mainly because they were taken up, embellished and popularized by Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891), that larger-than-life Russian magus – some call her a charlatan – whose love affair with the mysteries of the East led to her founding the Theosophical movement. These concepts were, in turn, incorporated into the teachings of Alice A. Bailey (1880-1949), which have had a huge influence over the beliefs of the New Age – and on the development of the Stargate Conspiracy.
But perhaps more significantly as
far as this article is concerned is that some of Saint-Yves specific ideas appear
in the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce.
For example, Saint-Yves, in his reconstruction of history, describes a
great Celtic warrior named Ram, who conquered the ‘degenerate’ black races in
7700 BC. According the Saint-Yves, it
was the superhero Ram who created the first Synarchist
Empire, which extended from
Of course, the idea that the
world should be run by secret societies went down particularly well with… well,
secret societies. Consequently, many of
them adopted Synarchist principles. In fact, St-Yves’ ideas transformed the
esoteric underground of
Another important movement that became closely associated with Synarchy was Martinism. Although this predated St-Yves by several decades, the principles of the two were very close – St-Yves was himself a member of the Martinist Order, so there was a lot of cross-fertilization of ideas.
This is interesting because in our last book, The Templar Revelation, we traced the connection between the Martinist Order and other secret societies that make up a network of groups, all ultimately descended from the Strict Templar Observance, which includes the Priory of Sion. It is now becoming clear that an understanding of Synarchy can shed light on the origins and activities of the modern Priory of Sion – but that’s another story...
By the beginnings of the 20th
century, the Martinist Orders – and many others –
were firmly aligned with the ideology of Synarchy. In 1921 the Martinist
and Synarchist Order was founded in
However, Synarchy has not only had influence over the occult world, but also over politics.
As we have seen, Synarchy outlined a specific program for the take-over of
states. But Saint-Yves’ aims went much
further than that – he wanted the whole of
This continued to be a central
objective of Synarchy. In fact, a Synarchist
document published in the 1930s refers to one of their key aims as being ‘the
formation of a federal European Union.’ It advocated a United States of Europe
– although it would be a
As we saw earlier, Synarchy favours undemocratic and
totalitarian regimes – they are, after all, easier to gain control of. And there is a definite connection between Synarchist groups and the origins of Fascism in
organization called the International Synarchist
Movement was created in response to the Russian Revolution of 1919. According to French researchers, this was
largely behind the rise of Fascism in
As might be expected, Synarchy also had some influence on the development of Nazi ideology, although Synarchists had reservations about the Nazis emphasis on German nationalism and the Messianic cult of Hitler.
continued to thrive in Saint-Yves’ native
The point is that Synarchy was taken very seriously by French authorities in the 1930s and 40s. The term has entered the French political vocabulary (although the French press often use the term ‘synarchy’ to refer to any political or economic conspiracy, such as price-fixing cartels).
After the War, Synarchy adopted a lower profile, but it is still very
active. In fact, in recent years Synarchist groups have begun to act more openly both in