Book: Martinism History And Doctrine by Robert AmbelainIn other works, appearing before or after the war, we have often presented esoteric doctrines, each different from the other. Each time, we published them with impartiality and care for precision. We have even taken so much care, that we sometimes appear to be promoting these doctrines. Although to us these merited being ascribed very diverse labels, we were at the mercy of certain readers! And so, since the appearance of our book on the symbolism of Cathedrals, we have been authoritatively linked to one of the most redoubtable satanic sects! Nobody seems to know the sect’s name and chiefs exactly, but it must be of the blackest magic. With our studies on Gnosis and the Ophites, we became fanatical Luciferans; however, critics did us the favor of not overburdening us with the epithet (however flattering) of Rose-Croix, despite the last chapter which explained their doctrine. Truly, our vanity has been agreeably gratified!
Now we are publishing a study of Martinism. No doubt people will attribute to us the spiritual heritage of Martinez de Pasqually, not forgetting to enthusiastically describe the mystical ceremonies by which we try, in our perverse pride, to bring Evil powers under subjection to our empire, to evoke the celestial Intelligences and to converse with them, indeed in sacrilegious defiance, to attempt to summon, that which Martinez de Pasqually and his disciple Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin called “the Repairer”.
The fanatical adversaries of occult secret societies will ascribe dark and shadowy intentions to us, and, for sure, will place us among the mysterious cohort of the “Unknown Superiors”! They will ask us whence we have obtained our abundant documentation, and by what miracle we even know the facts and deeds of a multi-secular society, existing at a time when, vigorously proscribed and persecuted, its members had to increase both prudence and precaution. We reply to our ill-intentioned critics, to our declared and hidden adversaries, that all this adds little of value to this book. It is of little importance that we have had access to archives which have evaded them, that we have been written about in such purposeful terms, or that we of right have had access to a realm where the doors have remained firmly closed to them. It concerns noone but us. We are bringing the public a work which we wish to be historical and to cover the doctrine. That is the only thing on which we put any value For the rest, we trust that certain Cherub, guardian of an undoubted “Threshold”, to give them – or not – access to this sanctuary which up till now they have sought in vain! - ROBERT AMBELAIN
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