I am highly satisfied with my copy of “The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati.” I cannot believe how much error exists regarding this historical order, but we now understand the reasons orders such as the Bavarian Illuminati Order are demonized to avert us common man from discovering things, we can know also. Therefore, with this we begin by dismantling any notion of the author’s tone from a point of an elite, being quite ordinary ourselves, but as one who says, that if the work is put in, you can come to know things. Weishaupt, choosing to discard his initial idea of a ‘School of Humanity’ early on, for an unknown reason, chose to create a new secret society with its features put into it; and whose members were to be called the ‘Perfectibilists,’ which reads like a Western Ruist and Daoist philosophical conception about man in the natural order. It can be comprehended in a secular (not in an atheistic) sense, but its implications of “what is education” reaches further, given the philosophical works and authors accompanying the study of Weishaupt’s disciples.
A full biography of Weishaupt remains to be written, the footnote in the beginning section, The Making of a Secret Society tells us, pointing in the direction of great sources, although in the German language. Adam Weishaupt brought with him a knowledge both of college fraternities and of Freemasonry, and through this combined formula, founded a secret society himself, that in its later phases was strictly hierarchical. Its mission was an unaccomplished one. A secret society that would become the chief source of many conspiracies, that affect the work and perception among humanity of other orders, schools, and movements. There is at the present-time, no such serious schools and movements like this to come, nor have any such orders succeeded in their missions to rightly impress on the minds of mankind, their loftiest principles and philosophy. The brothers of the school we are told were encouraged to keep a journal recording their thoughts, feelings, and insights; establish a collective library comprising all the members’ books together; free of charge access to medical and other services and mutual insurance against catastrophic losses; earned free travel and accommodations when serving the school in an official capacity; access to charitable assistance and capital for investment, and the promise of meritocratic advancement in society (Markner and Wäges 15†).
“When Weishaupt, then a young professor of canon law at Ingolstadt University, first set out to assemble his most ardent students in a secret society, the organisational structure he envisioned was far less elaborate, while the stated final purpose was just as grand, with no less than the felicity and enlightenment of all mankind supposedly being at stake.” (ibid 14)
I’ve been involved in this research for years, until it came to the history of the Spanish and French Illuminists, and then the Bavarian Perfectibilists; and because the differences needed to be explained. So I am happy, that despite the suspicions of others, or attitudes and doubts about the idea of The American Minervan, the historical facts — the facts are all that stand in the end, and gives proper value to the record of an extremely maligned man, with just as republican a spirit as those of his time, and after. Adam Weishaupt sounds like a republican and a theosophist. The ancient theosophist was considered an adept in theurgy and thaumaturgy, but the “true theosophist” is also considered to be a philanthropist of action, involved in the welfare of mankind, and he or she may or may not be an Occultist and Proficient.
An Occultist signifies one involved in the actual practical, empirical, and scientific study into the realities of the higher mysteries, or that knowledge that is the source of the work of the philosophers of old — in their “Theophania” (Θεοφανια); that condition of the actual presence of the daimon in man’s lower self, of man as a Power. Weishaupt was interested in this knowledge, and studied it. Most importantly, he appears very interested in the notion of moral fitness and virtue (a Perfectibilist), which is preliminary and most vital, being one of the main reasons for secrecy to Masons and Occultists, period. It is not sufficient that one Apollonius of Tyana or another Sage, Philosopher, or Hero existed walking and teaching among the rich and poor, according to this cause (often called “the GREAT CAUSE” even underlying the republican cause of the 18th century), both Perfectibilist and Theosophist. It is that we may have hundreds of Apollonius’, Suhrawardīs’, and Pythagoras’ among ordinary, upright, advancing citizens, good statesmen, and democratic representatives, caring for, dying with, and living among the people — each raising them up to their divine stature as even James Madison recognized. This was never an apolitical ideal. You cannot have a republic without that idea, nor without aiming for it in reality, according to the thinkers of Weishaupt’s time. Weishaupt’s vision of enlightenment and illumination was intimately tied to his ideas about education; and it is not separate from secular education, in keeping with the liberals’ thinking, regarding classical philosophy in those times. While the colonies and union (the Confederacy and United States) adopted aspects, architectural styles, and symbolism of the old nations from — France to Egypt, Greece and Rome — to signify the torch of civilization had passed to a new bearer, it has become lost and superficial to the American people, even to the Anglo descendants. Hence, today’s American fails to realize its significance, and what it has to do with them as “a People,” which includes across racial lines. However, Weishaupt had a realistic grounding to the school, that in some ways mirror the original mission of the 19th century Theosophists, and then does not. It does, in that both are not interested in the heavens nor asceticism, but a responsibility to the economy of man; and the advancement and application of WISDOM to the social structure to improve the world.
This is also in regards to the Illuminati Order’s aim to be more of a fraternal association of men, teaching men not only philosophy, character, and virtue; but investing economically (financial responsibility), and moulding together a successful fraternal association, that develop teachers of humanity for generations and generations.
† Singh-Anand, Jeva, translator. The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati. Edited by Wäges Josef and Reinhard Makner, Third ed., Lewis Masonic, 2015.