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Deriv; Ordination of Jacques de Molay in 1265 as a Knight Templar, at the Beaune commandery and the Chinon Parchment.

The Guilt of the Gnostic Knights Templar: The Chinon Parchment


The recently discovered Chinon Parchment of the Vatican Library in 2001 has brought a level of redemption to the Knights Templar. It does not discount their “heretical” activities, which were entirely gnostic in nature and reveal Johannite and Sufi influences on the Knights. But it does absolve them of these “crimes.”   

The History of the Parchment

When Pope Clement V summoned many of the accused Knights Templar to his residence in Poitiers, France to determine the truth of the heretical allegations against them, some of the highest ranking knights, including Grandmaster Jacques de Molay, were diverted to Chinon, where they were met by three cardinals.

Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar.

Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. ( Public Domain )

Their subsequent meeting in Chinon—including confessions by the Knights and an ensuing absolution of their crimes by the Church—comprise the text of the Chinon Parchment. 

The Chinon Parchment is explicit in revealing that De Molay and the high ranking Templar official questioned by the cardinals confessed to the heretical charges against them, including sodomy, denouncing Jesus, illicit kissing, trampling and spitting on the cross, and worshipping an idolized head.  

The Chinon Parchment.

The Chinon Parchment. (Courtesy author)

States the Parchment: “When he (de Molay) was asked whether he had confessed to these [heretical allegations] due to a request, reward, gratitude, favor, fear, hatred or persuasion by someone else, or the use of force, or fear of impending torture, he replied that he did not. When he was asked whether he, after being apprehended, was submitted to any questioning or torture, he replied that he did not.” 
“After this,we (the cardinals) concluded to extend the mercy of pardons for these acts to Brother Jacques de Molay, the Grandmaster of the said Order, who in the form and manner described above had denounced in our presence the described and any other heresy, and swore in person on the Lord’s Holy Gospel, and humbly asked for the mercy of pardon [from excommunication], restoring him to unity with the Church and reinstating him to communion of the faithful and the sacraments of the Church.”
 
~Chinon Parchment dated August 17–20, 1308 

The History of the Templars’ “Heretical” Rites

The so-called “heretical” activities that the highest ranking Templars confessed to are easily recognized as common gnostic practices that have been employed by many gnostic sects of the east for millennia. Legend has it that while in the Holy Land the Knights Templar were initiated into the esoteric rites and teachings of a few of these gnostic sects, including the Johannite Gnostics who had descended from John the Baptist and the Sufi Gnostics who were recognized as some of the greatest gnostics and alchemists of their time.  

“Squaring the Circle”, Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens, emblema XXI, 1618

“Squaring the Circle”, Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens, emblema XXI, 1618 ( Public Domain )

Thus, the rites that led to the downfall of the Knights Templar were only heretical from the perspective of those who were not initiates of the gnostic-alchemical path. For example, the “heretical” practice of kissing strategic places on the body employed by the Templars during their initiation rite was based on an ancient yogic and alchemical rite that had been observed in the east for ages.

The manuscript illustration (c. 1350) alludes to the accusation of "obscene kisses" at the base of the spine.

The manuscript illustration (c. 1350) alludes to the accusation of "obscene kisses" at the base of the spine. ( Public Domain )

Through kissing or touching the regions below the navel and at the base of the spine it was known by the yogis and gnostics that a teacher or guru could awaken the alchemical force of Kundalini at its bodily seat. The infamous kisses on the mouth ascribed to the Templar initiators were similarly designed to assist Kundalini activation. When an initiator placed his mouth over that of a prospective Templar he transmitted his Kundalini into the new brother via his own breath.  

The other “heretical” rites ascribed to the Templars also possessed an ancient gnostic pedigree. The Templars’ practice of trampling and spitting on representations of the Cross was employed by the Knights because it had been used on some of their earlier gnostic predecessors as an instrument of torture and death. The Templars’ denunciation of Jesus as their Savior stems from the legacy they received from the Johannite Gnostics, who for two thousand years had viewed John the Baptist and not Jesus as the true Messiah and Savior. In fact, the idolized head venerated by the Templars is believed by many historians to have been the mummified head of St. John that the knights discovered in Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade.

 Head of Saint John the Baptist, by anonymous Spanish painter. (c. 1600-1650)

Head of Saint John the Baptist, by anonymous Spanish painter. (c. 1600-1650) ( Public Domain )

And finally, the perceived “obscene” act of sodomy observed by the Templars can be traced back to both their Sufi and Johannite preceptors. It was both an act of Sexual Tantra designed to awaken or further activate the Kundalini that the Sufis had brought back to the Middle East from India, as well as a sacred rite known about during the earliest days of the Johannite Gnostics when many of the earliest Johannite adepts, including John the Baptist, Jesus and Simon Magus, all practiced sacred sex with consorts. It was, no doubt, part of the canon of Sexual Tantric practices that Mary Magdalene and many other temple priestesses of the Middle East were privy to and taught within the nascent Johannite order.

Mary Magdalene, by Domenico Tintoretto,  c. 1598

Mary Magdalene , by Domenico Tintoretto,  c. 1598 ( Public Domain )

Mark Amaru Pinkham is the Grand Prior of The International Order of Gnostic Templars ( http://www.gnostictemplars.org). Mark is the author of Guardians of the Holy Grail: The Knights Templar, John the Baptist and the Water of Life which details the origin and purpose of many of the gnostic and alchemical practices observed by the early Knights Templar.  

Featured image: Deriv; Ordination of Jacques de Molay in 1265 as a Knight Templar, at the Beaune commandery ( Public Domain ), and the Chinon Parchment.

By: Mark Amaru Pinkham

Comments

John the Baptist wasn't a Gnostic. So it does not follow with the line of reasoning narrative given for how the "Johannite Gnostics' were Gnostic (collective term, there are subsets) when to any credible, well read Near East historian in Biblical anhtropologia, archaeologia etc and non-biblical, if the original text (the Holy Bible) tells the reader that John was not a gnostic, and then sources outside of the Holy Bible mke claim to John being a Gnostic, i will trust the Holy Bible rather spurious histories of this matter.

I suspect the Templars were trapped by the 'plea bargain' snare so popular in today's US legal system. The prosecutors' pitch: "Just confess to this & that, & you'll get off with a light sentence. If you fight us, you could get a much heavier one".
For the vulnerable accused, such 'merciful' offers can prove very dangerous. They effectively entail an irreversible guilty plea, since they cede vital evidence & confession to the prosecutors. For the Templars, this was seemingly lethal.
In addition, I find most historical accounts naive & ignorant. King Francis was surely far less interested in Templar heresy, than vast Templar wealth. Lacking effective modern tax systems, medieval sovereigns perennially ran out of money, so regularly robbed the rich but weak. So with Jacques Coeur (merchant), the Fugger dynasty, the monastic system of England, & affluent Jewish merchant communities at regular intervals. I doubt very much The Inquisition was interested by poor heretics. How else was this travelling legal circus funded?
King Francis was the black villain here, not Pius V, who was his powerless political hostage. Silly talk of Templar black magic is a poor substitute for history. It obscures the most interesting facet. Ie., the source of Templar wealth was international finance, not a chest of jewels from Jerusalem.
Switzerland is the Euro home of banking, & the Red Cross, still under the Templar emblem.

Splendid comment Old Git Tom. I wish you'd written the history books they dished out at school (Dark Ages, London O-Level).

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Bible is a fiction.John the Baptist was an Essene, a sect of Gnostics that studied in the Egyptian Mystery Schools, which taught Gnosticism.

"....And finally, the perceived “obscene” act of sodomy..."

Is this site supposed to be giving information on archaeology of the past w/ at least somewhat of an academic type interest as it relates to all cultures and their common origin or is it a a breeding ground for quite non-academic more "in the public's face" promotion of licentious, sexually immorality being sanitized for the public's acclimation to abhorrent empire ending mind control? Is there anywhere now where sodomite sex is being pushed in some form or manner that now i have to come here and read about it especially from the mystics who are the very ones are supporters of the New World Order? Insanity.

"..observed by the Templars can be traced back to both their Sufi and Johannite preceptors."_

Sufi yes, Johannite no as such claims are clearly untenable in light of verified history by archaeolgists, anthroplogists etc that are not seeking to warm up people to the idea that sodomy isn't "obscene". The anus is an exit hole, not an entrance hole, and the range gnostics are so mentally depraved which they mistake for wisdom, it's not

_"It was both an act of Sexual Tantra designed to awaken or further activate the Kundalini that the Sufis had brought back to the Middle East from India, as well as a sacred rite known about during the earliest days of the Johannite Gnostics when many of the earliest Johannite adepts, including John the Baptist, Jesus and Simon Magus, all practiced sacred sex with consorts."_

Jesus rebuke you satan. Thou father of lies to tell such abominable blasphemies. No honourable, credible, decent historian or archaeologist etc in the Middle East would dare repeat such information in such a way as to deliberately twist the facts of history to suit the already spiritually depraved mindset to again, water down such repulsive realities of the societies in question. The author has clearly been quite dishonest concerning the Biblical Narrative vs the first century gnostic narrative. Simon Magus was EXCOMMUNICATED by the Apostles (which included John as one of the Apostles who ex-communicated Simon Magus). Thus the author does not even provide solid sources to attempt to least back the claims with good sources that are at least recognized by the top authorities on the matter to have some veracity to the claim, but you won't,unless the historian was lying about the Biblical version of events.

"It was, no doubt, part of the canon of Sexual Tantric practices that Mary Magdalene and many other temple priestesses of the Middle East were privy to and taught within the nascent Johannite order."

Quite shameful how sloppy and uncouth such investigation into factual history. So if one middle eastern woman is a temple priestess who abides in mystery religion, then they must all do? No real quality comprehension of the societal mores of such time era's folks, except those that only support the collective gnostic morosis disguised as angelic supreme wisdom.

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