Elaborate Deception Goes a Long, Long Way

For the mystery schools, deception is quite possibly the most crucial of tools utilized to gain the honors of men, and the mastery over their followers and the public. Deception is often used in conjunction with narcotics or psychotropic drugs to produce an overwhelmingly convincing experience in the initiates and followers of mystery schools.

It is critical to keep in mind that, in ancient times, sorcery referred to chemical experimentation and production (especially mind-altering ones) and a sorcerer was someone expert in the creation and application of such. In other words, what we positively label as pharmaceuticals today would be referred to as sorcery in times past.

Of all the examples of deception and psychological mastery in ancient times, perhaps none were more outlandishly successful than that of Hassan-i Sabbah, who founded the Order of the Assassins. Assasseen (from which the English word assassin originates) in Arabic signifies guardians, and is considered to be the true origin of the term guardians of the secrets.

“The origins of the Assassins trace back to just before the First Crusade around 1080… Most sources dealing with the order’s inner working were destroyed with the capture of Alamut, the Assassins’ headquarters. However, it is possible to trace the beginnings of the cult back to its first Grandmaster, Hassan-i Sabbah. A passionate believer of the Isma’ili beliefs, Hassan-i Sabbah was well liked throughout Cairo, Syria, and most of the Middle East by other Isma’ili, which led to a number of people becoming his followers. Using his fame and popularity, Sabbah founded the Order of the Assassins 2. Today, Isma’ilism is the second largest branch of Shia Islam.” 3

Another portion of the 1961 book A History of Secret Societies by Arkon Daraul (which, as mentioned previously, is a likely pseudonym for Idries Shah) presents an overview of the history of the Order of the Assassins of ancient Persia. I quote sections of it here that primarily concern their founder, Hassan-i Sabbah (emphasis added).

“Two men in the year 1092 stood on the ramparts of a medieval castle — the Eagle’s Nest — perched high upon the crags of the Persian mountains: the personal representative of the Emperor [who at that time was Malik Shah, the Seljuq Sultan] and the veiled figure who claimed to be the incarnation of God on earth. Hassan, son of Sabbah, Sheikh of the Mountains and leader of the Assassins, spoke: “You see that devotee standing guard on yonder turret-top? Watch!” He made a signal.

“Instantly the white-robed figure threw up his hands in salutation, and

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