In a work first published in 1924 - Secret Societies and Subversive Movements
–Nesta Webster devoted a lengthy chapter to the Bavarian Illuminati as devised by Weishaupt.
Illuminism, Webster claimed, was no more than a scheme of anarchic philosophy. It
was self-evident, she claimed, that Weishaupt had drawn on earlier doctrines - particularly those of the Manicheans
and the Ismailis. Infused with this rich stream of esoteric doctrine Weishaupt also incorporated Freemasonic
legend. He was also not averse to inventing totally spurious Freemasonic 'high degrees'.
Exploring the source of Weishaupt’s original inspiration for The Illuminati Order,
Webster highlights the role of the mysterious Kolmer. This merchant from Jutland returned to Europe in 1771 after
spending several years in Egypt. He had returned with a secret doctrine based on Manichaeism. Kolmer met Cagliostro
in Malta. In Germany he met Weishaupt and initiated him into the secret mysteries of his doctrine. Weishaupt later
incorporated these mysteries into his Illuminati doctrine.
It is now possible to reveal the likeliest source of Kolmer’s secret doctrine – a
doctrine that was embraced and amended by Weishaupt and later transmitted through the agency of Freemasonry. The
doctrine transmitted to Kolmer has ancient roots – a blend of Manichaesim, Zoroastrianism, and the rituals of death
From the sixteenth century until only forty years before Weishaupt founded the
Bavarian Illuminati a mysterious cult flourished in Afghanistan – with its main headquarters hidden in the Hindu
Kush. Founded by Bayezid Ansari – known as Pir-i-Roshan, or The Sage of Illumination – his Roshaniya cult, the cult
of The Illuminated Ones, bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Weishaupt’s Bavarian Illuminati. The resemblances
are too strong to be mere coincidence.
In common with the Roshaniya, the Bavarian Illuminati adopted the Persian
calendar, while degrees of the Bavarian Illuminati correspond to the eight degrees of the Roshaniya.
The eight Roshaniya degrees, in order of ascendancy, are:
8.Chief, or King
Compare these to the Bavarian Illuminati degrees of:
The Roshaniya also adopted a code based on the alphabet, which bears striking
similarities to Freemasonic codes. These Masonic codes were based on the Mason mark – symbols used by
masons, or builders, to identify their work. One of the major guilds associated with the
Roshaniya was the builder’s guild, which would have utilised ‘mason’ symbols. It appears the Roshaniya adopted
these symbols to form the basis of their secret writing. Through the agency of Kolmer these codes were
transmitted to the Bavarian Illuminati – which in turn adapted them as their own secret code.
The basic code has twenty-four numerals substituted for the 26 letters of the
alphabet – with ‘I’ and ‘J’ represented by the numeral 4, and ‘U’ and ‘V’ represented by 20. The code for members
of the higher degrees of the Order utilised the ‘mason’ symbols. The cult, in common with both the Bavarian
Illuminati and Freemasonry, also had its own rituals and secret passwords and signs.
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