Unsung Heroes

Thomas Jefferson & the Holy Grail

By Steven Sora

History records a handful of men and women who seem to be gifted with a much greater level of knowledge. Thomas Jefferson was one of them. He is most remembered for his role in writing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, but he was much more than a proponent of a democratic society. There was another side to the man who did so much to create a nation. He had connections with Freemasonry, was most likely a Rosicrucian and spent time in southern France where…

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Tesla Vs. the U-Boat

BY H. WINFIELD SECOR

Editor’s note: In the August 1917 edition of The Electrical Experimenter, Associate Editor H. Winfield Secor pro­vided an exclusive interview with the celebrated inventor Nikola Tesla. At a moment when many were beginning to consider for the first time the possibility of employing advanced technology for warfare, the conversation offered a rare glimpse into just how far ahead of his time the inventor really was. Below is the full text. (Special thanks to Larry Radka, http://einhornpress.com/inventor.aspx) Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest of living electrical…

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Remembering William James

By Michael E. Tymn

The nineteenth century was a time of deep “soul-searching.” However, it was not soul-searching in the usual sense of deciding on the right course of action; it was a search for the soul itself. In the wake of the Ages of Reason and En­lightenment, people, particularly the educated, began to seriously doubt that such an immaterial essence existed. The dogma and doctrine of orthodox religion which had previously been accepted as gospel had come under siege by ra­tional men. Then, beginning in 1859, Darwinism seemed…

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Priest of the Grail

By Philip Coppens

In the twentieth century, the tiny village of Tréhorenteuc, near the magical Forest of Brocéliande in France, was home to a visionary priest, who used his church as a canvas to paint the stories of King Arthur, the Round Table, and the Holy Grail. Unsurprisingly, he fell foul of the Church’s hierarchy, but, nevertheless, left a legacy that can be admired to this day. A French book on Father Henri Gillard, the Rector of Tréhorenteuc, begins by making a comparison between the village and Rennes-le-Château…

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Colonel Olcott & His Russian Lady Friend

By Mitch Horowitz

Today, Manhattan’s West 47th Street—a narrow strip of soot-stained office towers, honking traffic, and sidewalks lined with cut-rate jewelry stalls—seems an unlikely birthplace for a spiritual revolution. But in the late nineteenth century, the grimy thoroughfare was every bit as much a staging ground for a flowering of occultism as the marbled palaces of the Renaissance had been four centuries earlier. It was there in the summer of 1876 that a bearded lawyer and former Civil War officer whom people still called the Colonel turned…

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The Redemption of Royal Raymond Rife

By Jeane Manning

In July in Idaho, well-known inventor and audio engineer John Bedini disclosed the principles of operation for a “Bedini-Rife-Prioré device”—a working system based on his own discoveries and on two past successful machines. Physicist Tom Bearden had added a further key concept. When Bedini released his circuit diagrams, he emphasized that he’s not a doctor and is certainly not giving medical advice or making claims. Instead, he hopes skilled experimenters will use his information to build their own such devices and to test them. He…

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Simone Weil: The Last Cathar?

By John Chambers

In the summer of 1940, as war swept across Europe, there could be seen in the vineyards near Saint-Marcel d’Ardèche in southeast France a tiny, frail 31-year-old woman painfully gathering grapes. Her face was emaciated; her eyes were huge, black, and luminous. Wearing a voluminous, tattered, black cloak, moving slowly and awkwardly through the vines, she often seemed ill. Sometimes she collapsed to the ground, but always she rose again; and each time she did, she chanted in rich melodious tones—and in ancient Greek (the…

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Rudolph Steiner and the Art of Visible Speech

By John Chambers

On May 27th of this year, an unsuspecting alien eavesdropping on Earth from space might have picked up the word “hallelujah” being shouted from all around the globe in a strange language even an Earth-savvy alien could hardly be expected to understand. The occasion of this linguistically-incorrect, worldwide outburst of joy was the 100th anniversary of the day Rudolph Steiner, founder of the Anthroposophical Society and creator of an art form called eurythmy, gave Lori Smits, his first student in eurythmy, the first word-form: “hallelujah.”…

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Immortal Knowledge

By Robert Mendel

The scholar without peer, tireless researcher, gifted esotericist, occultist and alchemist, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, was motivated by a metaphysical vision concerning the nature of cosmic harmony and an awareness of humanity’s place in the evolution of consciousness. Fortunately, he was the man who wrote the book on Ancient Egypt. René Adolphe Schwaller was born in the town of Asnières near Paris in December 1887. He spent his boyhood and adolescence in the city of Strasbourg, Alsace. At the age of 20, Schwaller left…

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F.L. Wright vs. G.I. Gurdjieff

BY HERBERT BANGS, ARCHITECT

Roger Friedland, a cultural sociologist, and Howard Zellman, an architect, have written a very good book about a strange and little-known subject, the Taliesin Fellowship of Frank Lloyd Wright (The Fellowship, HarperCollins, NY, 2006). Wright, himself, is certainly well known, through his buildings, his writings on architecture, his autobiogra­phy, a number of other biographies, and a popular novel, The Fountainhead, which became a successful motion pic­ture. Oddly enough, however, until Friedland and Zellman published The Fellowship, little was known of the school that Wright set…

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