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GRAYBEARDS WERE THIN ON THE ground in the 13th century. For even wealthy landholding males, average life expectancy was about 31 years, rising to 48 years for those who made it to their twenties. The Knights Templar, then, must have seemed to have some magical potion: Many members of this Catholic military order lived long past 60. And even then, they often died at the hands of their enemies, rather than from illness.
In 1314, Jacques de Molay, the order’s final Grand Master, was burned alive at the age of 70. Geoffrei de Charney, who was executed in the same year, is usually said to have been around 63. This longevity seems to have been almost commonplace. Fellow Grand Masters Thibaud Gaudin, Hugues de Payens, and Armand de Périgord, to name just a few, all lived into their sixties. For the times, this would have been positively geriatric.
“The exceptional longevity of Templar Knights was generally attributed to a special divine gift,” writes the Catholic scholar Francesco Franceschi in a journal articleabout their salubrious practices. But modern research suggests an alternative: The order’s compulsory dietary rules may have contributed to their long lives and good health.
Contrary to many modern portrayals, the Knights seem to have lived genuinely humble lives, in service to God. Their dietary choices and obligations reflect this. Though the order grew rich from carefully handled donations and by safeguarding traveling pilgrims’ money, the men themselves took formal vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They were not permitted even to speak to women. For nearly 200 years, the order thrived across Europe, peaking at around 15,000 members by the end of the 13th century. Most of all, they were expert warriors, and their ranks comprised some of the best fighters, warriors, and jousters in the world.
Early in the 12th century, the French abbot Bérnard de Clairvaux helped assemble a long and complex list of rules, which structured the knights’ lives. This rulebook became known as the Primitive Rule of the Templars, and drew from the teachings of the saints Augustine and Benedict. But many of the rules originated in the order. Though the document was completed in 1129, writes Judith Upton-Ward, the Templar Knights had already been in existence for several years, “and had built up its own traditions and customs … To a considerable extent, then, the Primitive Rule is based upon existing practices.”
The rules were many, and various. The knights were to protect orphans, widows, and churches; eschew the company of “obviously excommunicated” men; and not stand up in church when praying or singing. Even sumptuary laws prioritized humbleness: Their monk’s habits were one color alone, though on warm days between Easter and Halloween, the rules decreed, they were allowed to wear a linen shirt. (Pointed shoes were always forbidden.) But the rules also extended into their dietary practices: How they ate, what they ate, and who they ate with.
Their meals do not seem to have been raucous affairs. Knights were obliged to eat together, but to do so silently. If they needed the salt, they had to ask for it to be passed “quietly and privately … with all humility and submission.” A sort of buddy system existed, partly due to a mystifying “shortage of bowls.” This may have been more a show of abstinence than anything else, like the knights’ emblem, which was of two men sharing a horse.
Knights ate in pairs, and were told to “study the other more closely,” to make sure that neither was scarfing more than his share or entertaining any kind of “secret abstinence.” (It’s not clear what knights were supposed to do if their partner wasn’t eating as he should—though shouting at the table seems to have been especially forbidden.) After eating, everyone sat in silence and gave thanks. Scraps of bread were collected and given to the poor, and whole loaves set aside for future meals.
The knights’ diets seem to have been a balancing act between the ordinary fasting demands on monks, and the fact that these knights lived active, military lives. You couldn’t crusade, or joust, on an empty stomach. (Although the Knights Templar only jousted in combat or training—not for sport.) So three times a week, the knights were permitted to eat meat—even though it was “understood that the custom of eating flesh corrupts the body.” On Sundays, everyone ate meat, with higher-up members permitted both lunch and dinner with some kind of roast animal. Accounts from the time show that this was often beef, ham, or bacon, with salt for seasoning or to cure the meat.
It’s likely that these portions were considerable: If the knights weren’t allowed meat due to a Tuesday fast, the next day it would be available “in plenty.” One source suggests that cooks loaded enough meat onto their plates “to feed two poor men with the leftovers.”
But on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the knights ate more spartan, vegetable-filled meals. Although the rules describe these meals as “two or three meals of vegetables or other dishes eaten with bread,” they also often included milk, eggs, and cheese. Otherwise, they might eat potage, made with oats or pulses, gruels, or fiber-rich vegetable stews. (The wealthier brothers might mix in expensive spices, such as cumin.) In their gardens, they grew fruits and vegetables, especially Mediterranean produce such as figs, almonds, pomegranates, olives, and corn (grain).* These healthy foodstuffs likely also made their way into their meals.
Once a week, on Fridays, they observed a Lenten fast—no eggs, milk, or other animal products. For hearty fare, they relied on dried or salted fish, and dairy or egg substitutes made from almond milk. Even here, however, there are pragmatic concessions. The weak and sick abstained from these fasts and received “meat, flesh, birds, and all other foods which bring good health,” to return them to fighting shape as quickly as possible.
All the while, brothers drank wine—but this too was restricted. Everyone had an identical ration, which was diluted, and they were advised that alcohol should “not be taken to excess, but in moderation. For Solomon said … wine corrupts the wise.” In the Holy Lands, they allegedly mixed a potent cocktail of antiseptic aloe vera, hemp, and palm wine, known as the Elixir of Jerusalem, which may have helped accelerate healing from injuries.
Franceschi describes other regulations beyond the Primitive Rules that were “specifically designed to avoid the spreading of infections.” These included mandatory handwashing before eating or praying, and exempting brothers in charge of manual tasks outdoors from food preparation or serving. Some of these innovations, picked up without any awareness of germs, may have resulted from interactions with Arab doctors, renowned during the period for their superior medical knowledge. By medieval medical standards, Templar Knights were at its apex, able to treat many illnesses and to take care of their weak.
The order was one of the richest in the world—yet these rules prevented the knights from sitting on their laurels or gorging themselves on fatty, cured meat. In fact, many of these rules resemble modern dietary advice: Lots of vegetables, meat on occasion, and wine in moderation. A meal fit not for a king on a throne, but a knight with some serious crusading to do.
There are many places where the Knights Templar could have been, from Ethiopia to the Americas. In Roslyn Chapel close to Edinburgh/Scotland, for example, we see features of corn and other American plants. The Westford Knight stone may be an indication of a journey overseas. A friend told me about the Tehuelche people of Patagonia/Argentina, who are reappearing back into history. They recover their lost spiritual wisdom via dreams and visions, as it has been prophesied earlier. They told the people of the zoo of Buenas Aires, who work on a successful project of reintroducing condors to the Atlantic side of Patagonia, that they have a thread of oral traditions, leading centuries back, which states memories of good relationships with the Knights Templars in the thirteen century and even later. The Knights must, therefore, have sailed the whole eastern coast of the Americas up and down. Maybe that is why the ships of Colombo who had a similar cross on their sails thanks to the Portuguese Knights of Christ, where received first with trust, which he misused with cruelty.
In the late twenties and early thirties, I was obsessed with the Templars and the Grail. We traveled to Scotland with my friends, following the outlined stories and places of the book of Henry Lincoln “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” and “The Temple and the Lodge”. On old cemeteries, I scraped grass from old tombstones and found Skull and bones and freemason gravings for sure. We visited the castle of the Campbells of who Henry Lincoln and his co-author thought they may have sheltered some fleeing Knights Templar of France in 1307. Indeed there are some signs of that within the castle. Later when I was introduced into a family of descendants of the Campbells who traveled over five hundred years during their history first to Sicilia and later to Brazil I discovered the Cross of the Campbell on their blankets again. The elderly women made these blankets until the 1980´s without knowing the meaning of the crosses.
We live here close to the Languedoc, a region rich of legends, ruins, and myths of the Knights Templar, the Cathars, and Mary Magdalene.
A little town called “Les Saint Maries de la Mer” (Southern France) is the place where according to legend the women Maria Salmone, Santa Sara (the patron of the Gypsies) Mary Magdalene, Lazurus, and others landed after fleeing from Palästina. Here hold the Gypsies still their yearly meetings and celebration on May 24 each year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Sarah
There are also places of the Cathars to visit in the Pyrenes. these are the only “real” remains of the Cathar culture, their houses and castle are ruin right now, but the caves prevailed.
The highest energy I ever have felt was in tree place, all related with Christ: First in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, second in Santiago de Compostella/North/West-Spain at the end of the St.James way and third in Caravaca de la Cruz in Southern Spain.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Even though the story of the apostle’s James dead body washed onto the beach of Galicia within a boat made of stone, does not sound very likely to be true, but whatever the true story behind it is, “Energy does not lie”. To pray on the apostle’s tomb was the most intense experience I had.
A friend of mine was invited into the octagon of Eunate by a France man, who claimed to be a Knight Templar. His said about St. James “We put him there”. Whatever, he is there and that is a miracle by itself including the experience of taken care of and universal alignment during the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.
At Caravaca de la Cruz they expose a piece of the Holy Cross, allegedly discovered by Saint Helena, the mother of Constantin the Great who converted Christianity into the cult of the Roman Empire in the fourth century. Even though this discovery is also very unlike to be true, (the tools for crucifixion where the property of the Roman administration and probably used and used again) this energy is profoundly high and deep at the same time. And I don´t say that it´s fun to stay in this intensity for to long, but an encounter with the holy is always nurturing our soul.
These are only examples of possibilities of past and future adventures and discoveries, we may assist you with. But most of all share your own experiences with traveling into nature or history, because the most interesting thing is not the past, because its over, but how we sense our own soul, the smells, the colors, the tastes, the feelings and encounters with strangers on our own ( daily) journeys. To remember that we are beings of Spirit and Light is important and can be intensified by pilgrimage and traveling to the right places.
This is one of the most important lessons of the Course. This is real gnosis. You only have to learn this one.
“Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.
Love’s meaning is obscure to anyone who thinks that love can change. He does not see that changing love must be impossible. And thus he thinks that he can love at times, and hate at other times. He also thinks that love can be bestowed on one, and yet remain itself although it is withheld from others. To believe these things of love is not to understand it. If it could make such distinctions, it would have to judge between the righteous and the sinner, and perceive the Son of God in separate parts.
Love cannot judge. As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness. And it must elude the mind that thinks of it as partial or in part. There is no love but God’s, and all of love is His. There is no other principle that rules where love is not. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one, the link between the Father and the Son which holds Them both forever as the same.
No course whose purpose is to teach you to remember what you really are could fail to emphasize that there can never be a difference in what you really are and what love is. Love’s meaning is your own, and shared by God Himself. For what you are is what He is. There is no love but His, and what He is, is everything there is. There is no limit placed upon Himself, and so are you unlimited as well.
No law the world obeys can help you grasp love’s meaning. What the world believes was made to hide love’s meaning, and to keep it dark and secret. There is not one principle the world upholds but violates the truth of what love is, and what you are as well.
Seek not within the world to find your Self. Love is not found in darkness and in death. Yet it is perfectly apparent to the eyes that see and ears that hear love’s Voice. Today we practice making free your mind of all the laws you think you must obey; of all the limits under which you live, and all the changes that you think are part of human destiny. Today we take the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal.
If you achieve the faintest glimmering of what love means today, you have advanced in distance without measure and in time beyond the count of years to your release. Let us together, then, be glad to give some time to God today, and understand there is no better use for time than this.
For fifteen minutes twice today escape from every law in which you now believe. Open your mind and rest. The world that seems to hold you prisoner can be escaped by anyone who does not hold it dear. Withdraw all value you have placed upon its meager offerings and senseless gifts, and let the gift of God replace them all.
Call to your Father, certain that His Voice will answer. He Himself has promised this. And He Himself will place a spark of truth within your mind wherever you give up a false belief, a dark illusion of your own reality and what love means. He will shine through your idle thoughts today, and help you understand the truth of love. In loving gentleness He will abide with you, as you allow His Voice to teach love’s meaning to your clean and open mind. And He will bless the lesson with His Love.
Today the legion of the future years of waiting for salvation disappears before the timelessness of what you learn. Let us give thanks today that we are spared a future like the past. Today we leave the past behind us, nevermore to be remembered. And we raise our eyes upon a different present, where a future dawns unlike the past in every attribute.
The world in infancy is newly born. And we will watch it grow in health and strength, to shed its blessing upon all who come to learn to cast aside the world they thought was made in hate to be love’s enemy. Now are they all made free, along with us. Now are they all our brothers in God’s Love.
We will remember them throughout the day, because we cannot leave a part of us outside our love if we would know our Self. At least three times an hour think of one who makes the journey with you, and who came to learn what you must learn. And as he comes to mind, give him this message from your Self:”
I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would
share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that
there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.
AS NON-PROFIT HUMANITARIAN PROJECTSUPHOLDING THE PILLARS OF CIVILIZATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY
The following are summaries of only some of the projects which are being developed or implemented by Knights and Dames of the Templar Order. Such missions are usually conducted in cooperation with external non-profit institutions, with volunteers and sponsorship contributed by the Order.
These projects, at all stages, require your tax-deductible donations to fund the necessary activities and provide essential resources, to ensure that the projects move forward and yield results and benefits internationally.
All contributions are fully tax deductible as non-profit gifts, grants or donations, in accordance with standard laws which are fairly universal in all jurisdictions. Donations for projects of the Order of the Temple of Solomon are paid to and received by an authorized registered non-profit institution or foundation as a trustee, which can provide receipts supporting tax-deductibility.
WHY KNIGHTS EMPHASIZE CHARITY & HUMANITARIAN WORK
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom… For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:34-45.)
GUARDIANS IN THE TRADITION OF “PROTECTING PILGRIMS”
Knights Templar were most famous for their general mission of “protecting pilgrims”. In the modern era, it is archaeological sites, museums and artifacts around the world which are often the destinations of a personal spiritual “pilgrimage”. Increasingly, during times of instability or upheavals, religious minorities are threatened, and sacred sites or museums are damaged during related riots.
Similar to the famous “Legion of Frontiersmen” founded in 1905, the Templar Order can organize specialists from among its Knights and Dames, to serve as an auxiliary corps of volunteers. Such teams can be formed and dispatched to remote locations, as a group of security guards, mediators, curators, relief workers, or any needed specialty.
In this way, Templars can support local authorities by providing security or humanitarian relief for persecuted communities, or protection or emergency restoration of historical sites, museums or artifacts which may be at risk. Visible personal support on-location can be supplemented by charitable grants for infrastructure or restoration efforts.
The Order of the Temple of Solomon strives to protect the heritage of all religions and cultures, whether Christian, Muslim, indigenous or others. Volunteers for humanitarian or preservation missions can wear the official Templar uniform. Security operatives serving as volunteers under a local police force or licensed security firm can wear a Templar badge on the authorized security uniform.
SUPPORTING HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Since the earliest origins of knightly Orders, the core essence of knighthood itself has always been the principle of social justice. The legendary archetype of the “Knight in shining armor” is a reflection of the public perception of chivalry throughout the ages. This reputation was rightfully earned, by steadfastly defending the innocent against injustice.
In keeping with that venerable tradition, the modern Templar Order supports our Knights and Dames in their personal Quests for defending human rights.
The field of “Human Rights” is much larger than mainstream media leads us to believe. Beyond the more obvious cases such as war crimes, human rights also include civil rights, constitutional rights, and even economic rights. Arguably, most charitable causes and humanitarian relief needs are ultimately symptoms of underlying human rights violations.
The Templar Order actively cooperates with lawyers, judges and UN NGO institutions, persistently developing new strategies for protection and enforcement of human rights, and innovative applications of international law to effectively invoke and enforce the Rule of Law. Knights and Dames who are lawyers and judges are encouraged to volunteer under cooperation programs with international judiciary bodies.
WORLD HERITAGE PRESERVATION BY BOOK PUBLISHING
Heritage of all world peoples is the birthright, and fundamental human right, of access to over 12,000 years of the collective knowledge and wisdom of humanity. The distractions and pressures of modern materialistic society have too often caused important historical knowledge to be lost, misunderstood, overlooked, dismissed, or never applied to solve modern problems of society.
Preservation of the world heritage, much of which is highly relevant to resolving issues in modern civilization, is a necessary priority, which contains a wealth of un-tapped resources as direct contributions to enhance education, economics, commerce, government, living standards, family values, healthy relationships, freedom and liberty, and prosperity.
Historians of the Order of the Temple of Solomon are constantly working on historical research and archaeology on many overlooked or underdeveloped topics of key relevance to modern society. Isolated facts from diverse separate bodies of knowledge are constantly correlated and reunified into salient and comprehensive topics of “lost” history, giving deeper understanding of our world and of the keys to human prosperity.
All historical preservation work will be of institutional scholarly quality and solid academic caliber, unveiling many “secrets” of lost history. Resulting research will be made readily available to the general public, as books published by a cooperating university. All net proceeds of book sales will be used to further support this and other charitable and humanitarian missions of the Order.
PROJECTS FOR INTERNATIONAL FAITH RESTORATION
The essence of “faith” is much more than mere “belief” in any particular religion. Faith itself is truly the emotional and intellectual awareness of the underlying life force and mechanics of the universe. While these are only tangentially detectible by us, they are still discernable and perceivable by our experience.
The key element of faith is a conscious appreciation for a semi-apparent higher purpose and a grander scheme of cause and effect, that is beyond the limited abilities of individual or collective human planning. Only faith helps us experience the fullness of life and our relationships, and carries us through life’s hardships by the guiding light of a genuine sense of higher purpose and dedication to goodness.
The Order of the Temple of Solomon endeavours to actively support all traditional religious and ecclesiastical organizations. We must all take seriously our responsibility, as voluntary agents of God, and as fellow human beings, to continue the historical missions of our ancestors to defend and preserve the principle of faith itself, regardless of religious personal preferences.
The Knights of Solomon actively work on various projects for reconciliation and cooperation between Christians and Muslims, science and religion, archaeology and theology, and more. Many projects of the Order are dedicated to promoting faith itself, supporting diverse traditions and denominations. By restoring faith internationally, we can thereby restore the collective human heritage of kindness, goodness, wisdom and knowledge, bringing essential humanitarian values back into their rightful place of relevance in modern civilization.
ONLINE PLATFORM FOR SMALL BUSINESS & NON-PROFITS
An engineering design for an online business networking platform was funded by the Order, to meet the needs of people in developing countries or those struggling with economic recessions. The system is capable of creating more jobs, by a “social media” type interface supporting “online commuting”, while dramatically reducing overhead. As the worldwide user base grows, the platform itself will create job opportunities for moderators, content writers, technical support and customer relations staff.
The platform integrates semi-automated professional database management ideal for small businesses and non-profits, giving a powerful infrastructure to manage simple or complex operations. It is designed to easily manage multiple businesses or transactions, without distractions, while helping to focus on deal-making and revenue generation. Intuitive group collaboration features optimize the cost-effectiveness of working from home, or running a side business while working at another business location.
Many of the most valuable paid subscription features of the platform will be made available free of cost to disadvantaged people worldwide who qualify as beneficiaries of charity. Special modules to boost operations and membership management of non-profit organizations will be free for many qualifying humanitarian groups, who will be given permanent “free subscriptions” to that capability.
This is a project of a cooperating non-profit United Nations NGO institution, to be operated as a service. All net proceeds from the online platform will be used to sponsor various charitable and humanitarian missions of the NGO which are supported by the Order. More fundraising is needed for implementation and launch of this project of great benefit to people worldwide.
quoted from: http://www.knightstemplarorder.org/templar-missions/