What did Comte de Saint Germain do

The miracle man of Europe

Ursula Seiler-Spielmann

from "Zeitenschrift" 6 1995
Generally, someone who enters the world stage to intervene to change things also seeks applause. The applause of the masses, the applause of the elite or the applause of history.
Through the 18th century, however, a figure rode who made use of innumerable masks. in order to be able to do undetected what was the order of the day: to unite the divided Europe and to unite under a canopy of peace. He gave himself no less than 30 pseudonyms. and even the name by which he is known to initiates is not his correct one: Comte de Saint Germain.
Who was this strange man who emerges from the darkness of history, only for a few minutes and then disappears again? Its traces are so fleeting and yet so important that it still confuses people's minds today - like those of the writer Umberto Eco. who perverts him as an enigmatic figure in his Fou-cault pendulum ‘? About whom Voltaire wrote to the king on April 15, 1760 in Prussia: “It is said that the secret of peace is known only from a certain Lord von Saint Germain, who formerly had dinner with the fathers of the council. He is a man who does not die and knows everything! ”- as described by the Austrian Count Philipp Cobenzl on June 25, 1763:“ He is a poet, musician, writer, doctor, physicist, chemist, mechanic and a thorough connoisseur the painting. In short, he has a universal education that I have never found in anyone. "
His followers - and their number is growing steadily today - call him the “Master of Europe”, whose endeavor was (and still is) to unite the once divided peoples of Europe under one canopy. Well, as the Adept that he was, his horizon was further in time than ours. Were not so destructive wars as those of our century foreseeable when increasing nationalism was fueled and finally ignited by the financial magnates? This world fire as a catalyst for the new, approaching Aquarian Age? If the Europeans had become brothers at that time and if they had concentrated more on the spiritual - the struggles that always accompany a new vibration, a new age, would only have taken place on the mental plane, could have expressed themselves in disputes instead of demanding such a cruel blood sacrifice .

The idea of ​​a European confederation was not only relevant since Saint Germain's appearance. The Knights Templar had already cherished it - and it had been their request. To unite Europe under one king who carried the blood of Jesus (!!!) in himself. who descended directly from the house of David, and whose descendants can still be found today in some European royal houses, including the Habsburg-Lorraine people. The great French King Henry IV of Navarre wanted to unite the great powers in a European League of Nations, which should have been called "General Christian Republic", and to which the gigantic Russian Empire would have belonged. The alliance would have consisted of a total of 15 states, and Henry IV (Henri Quatre, 1553-1610) had planned a European Parliament and a peace court as institutions.
The 18th century, in which Saint Germain moved, was ruled by absolutist royal houses, which were more caught up in nationalist thinking than ever. The Spanish-Austrian War of Succession was probably ended with the Peace of Utrecht, but it had brought about minor and major changes. In northern Italy, the Savoy ducal house resided in Turin. Those kings of Naples and Sicily were five years, then the crown was taken back from them and Sardinia was offered to them instead. France was from the weak Louis XV. who unknowingly prepared the ground for the French Revolution, and Eastern Europe was shaped by the Polish-Saxon inheritance dispute. France, England, Great Britain and Prussia fought the Seven Years' War in the middle of that century. and in Russia they had put Catherine on the throne of the tsar. So now there was not only "Frederick the Great", but also a "great" Tsarina. Not to forget the Vatican with its “emperors of the church”. All of them arguing with each other again and again, the great tactics. Alliances as fragile as thawing ice. Certainly it would have been easier to peacefully unite a group of fighting dogs from these rebellious, power-loving, devious kings and emperors.
The 18th century was one of pomp with its exuberant Rococo, but also one in which magic and philosophy, politics and religion have not been mixed up for a long time. The so-called Age of Enlightenment was by no means as sober as we imagine it to be, and also by no means as skeptical as it might have been a good thing. The number of occult publications did not decrease but increased, secret societies proliferated, and magical healings, alchemy, divining rods. Physiognomics and mystical sects became the talk of the day. The Baroness von Oberkirch writes in her memoir: “Never have there been more Rosicrucians, more adepts, more prophets; they have never been listened to with greater gullibility than today. "

Everything was drama, everything was applauded or ostracized on the stage of the vanities - understandable, because only aristocratic rapture usually guaranteed further research funding. Benjamin Franklin presented his discoveries to entertain his guests during an "electric evening", the Montgolfier brothers decorated their highly dangerous "machine", the balloon, with the initials of Louis XV to calm the fearful spectators. And so it is not surprising that the Count of Saint Germain was, among other things, a welcome guest among the noble ladies because he had developed a water for rejuvenation in his alchemist's laboratory.
The things that were told about him are fantastic, yes, unbelievable. Frederick the Great himself called him the man who could not die: Countess Gergy exclaimed. when she saw him in Versailles: “Fifty years ago I was ambassador in Venice. I remember seeing you there. You looked exactly the same as you do today, though perhaps a little more mature because you've gotten younger! ”The composer Rameau (1683-1764) wanted to remember seeing Saint Germain in 1701 and guessing him to be around 50 - something older than he was when he met again in 1743.
The count himself is said to have reported in a confidential tone of a conversation with the Queen of Sheba - as if it had been yesterday, or of the wonderful events at the wedding of Canaan. He knew the gossip at the court of Babylon. Stories that went back thousands of years and yet so strangely resembled the stories at the French court that he embroidered the whole world of Versailles with them. It was said that he could make himself invisible and appear again wherever he wanted, and he himself once confessed to Freiherr von Alvensleben: “I hold nature in my hands, and just as God created the world, I can do everything I want to conjure up from nowhere. "
One of the fantastic stories about the Comte de Saint Germain tells how a skeptic addressed the Count's servant Roger: “Your master is a liar”, and Roger honestly replied: “I know better than you: he tells everyone that he is is four thousand years old. But I've only been in his service for a hundred years, and when I came to him. the count told me that he was three thousand years old. I cannot say whether he mistakenly added nine hundred years or whether he is lying. "
None of his doubts that the man who traveled from royal to royal courts as Algarotti, WelIdo-ne, Gua de Maiva or Solar had extraordinary abilities
Contemporaries. It was thus guaranteed that he was one of the most outstanding alchemists in history, that he made gold. I was able to refine diamonds and also found the elixir of life.

His eating habits were also difficult to digest for the people of the 18th century. The Saxon ambassador Kau-derbach wrote on March 14, 1760 to the Dresden Minister Wackerbarth: “Saint Germaiin looks like a sturdy forty-five (if he was born in 1696, he would have been 64 years old by then, the editor.), But he himself indicates that he does not eat meat, only some chicken, fish and vegetables. If I succeed in coaxing his secret of living a long life out of him, I will not withhold it from the king (August III of Poland, Elector of Saxony). Saint Germain knows the most beautiful secrets of nature and knows how to convert or convince unbelievers. ”Difficult to understand also many other things about his nature:“ He doesn't care about wealth and earthly greatness, it is enough for him when he holds the title of “citizen of the state “May claim. He also discussed the fate of France. The origin of the malaise is the weakness of the prince and the disagreement around court: from the king to the buffoon. So it sometimes happens that he is careless in his expressions. The Dutch are good, but too clumsy to understand his manners. It is certain that important negotiations are being carried out at this moment. "
As for the fantastic stories - for example when he reported on the holy family as if he had been there himself - well, that was beyond the scope of his contemporaries.
That he actually lived for 4000 years without interruption can rightly be doubted. But what does it look like when you recognize death for what it is - as a mere transition to other levels of being? If you know about the fact of reincarnation. then it is no longer surprising from what times he was able to report: an adept would certainly have had his earlier incarnations like an open book in front of him; a far advanced adept, one, perhaps, who was even allowed to call himself master ‘. it would have been easy to read the Akashic Records (the record of all happenings on earth).
Was he a master? In his whole life nothing can be discovered that could cast a shadow over his being. He was considered lively, always friendly and diplomatic, and he possessed universal knowledge and ability, combined with a well-tempered, pure character that could make him the ideal image of man for the coming age. "In every situation he rules his self", writes Irene Tetzlaff in the book "Under the wings of the phoenix". He spoke Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic, French, German, English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. He was a talented painter, a virtuoso on harpsichord and violin, gave public concerts in London, wrote an opera (L’inconstanza delusa), songs, arias and solos for violins under the pseudonym “Giovanni”. That he was by no means a dilettante can be seen from the statement made by Max Graf von Lamberg (1729-92) in "Le Memorial d’un Mondain": “The man has a thousand talents; For example, he plays the violin in an exemplary manner and the audience thinks they are hearing five instruments at the same time as an Italian Giovanni, contemporary of Graun, Telemann and Buch, he composed songs, sang them as a companion himself. ”(Berlin 1740).
He recalled biblical events in front of followers of mystical circles, and his knowledge of history and geography was also universal. His knowledge of chemistry exceeded that of all contemporaries. Its origin, however, was in the dark, and to this day no one has been able to conclusively shed light on it.
One hypothesis says that he was the first-born son of the Hungarian Prince Franz II Rakoczy and was born on May 28, 1696 in Klausenburg (Cluj) in Transylvania. His mother was Charlotte Amalie, daughter of Landgrave Karl von Hessen-Rheinfels-St.Goar-Wanfried. At the age of four years and three months Leopold Georg "died", that's his name. But only officially, otherwise his life would have been really endangered. His father was the leader of the Hungarian freedom movement against the throne of the Habsburgs in Vienna. Friends of his father advised him to take the firstborn out of combat range, and so little Leopold is said to have found shelter in Florence with Giangastone dei Medici, the last of the great sex, a maternal relative. The child, since nameless, first simply called "bambino" (boy), developed to the joy of everyone, turned out to be extraordinarily talented and absorbed all the knowledge that it could get hold of.
When the time of Confirmation came, the Medici is said to have asked the boy what name he wanted to bear. “Germanus” is said to have been the quick answer to the town of San Germano at the foot of Monte Cassino. an old Benedictine abbey that Bambino had often visited with his fatherly friend. Then he corrected himself - "San Germano" should be his name. The name has historical significance, said Bambino. The Medici advised him to use the French form: Saint Germain "Heiliger Germane"

Later, the story of the young Saint Germain tells, he studied for a short time in Siena, but it soon became too tight for him - especially when he was initiated into the hermetic art of alchemy by a Sienese goldsmith. In Piombino he boarded a ship that took him to Central America. worked on plantations in Mexico, came back to Lisbon, found there - oh miracle! - presented a considerable fortune that had been deposited in his name and a letter from his lonely father, who had long since been driven out of Transylvania and who had found an exile in Rodosto, Turkey. On the voyage there, he made the acquaintance of a scholar of whom he would say much later: “I was lucky. on my way to meet a wise man who taught me nature and God's hidden secrets. (...) A natural urge for world wisdom, theology and natural laws awoke inside me. "
He learned even more from that mysterious man: from orders and sects that worked secretly, from secretive circles of alchemists and Rosicrucians. who were very active in the Middle East at the time.
His father sent him to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire with a personal message. Saint Germain was warmly welcomed and immediately felt at home in the courtly milieu in which he was to hang out throughout his life. The Orient offered him much more: insights into the art of dyeing, the healing power of oriental plants. the formulas of medieval alchemists and the insidious poisons of Asia. In the field of colors and methods of dyeing silk. The chemist Saint Germain later developed many improvements and innovations for cotton, wool and leather that were to benefit this branch of the economy. Here he also took up the trail that finally made him produce his “Jungborn‘ water”, the “Aqua benedetta”, a beauty water for extended youth, which was particularly popular among women in France.
So the (re -?) Constructed youth story of the Count of Saint Germain, as serious researchers claim to have found it. Just whether it really is that loud. no one can say, and here too there are dissenting voices - for example the aforementioned Rameau who claimed. To have met a Saint Germain about 50 years old in 1701. It is possible that he was mistaken. Other "initiates" claim that Saint Germain was the English Lord Chancellor and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon in his previous life. Contrary to the official history, he never really died, but went to India and won the championship there. only to come back later as that traveler on peace matters whom we believe we know as Saint Germain. This would explain why he always looked the same young, and why he could say that he could create all things out of nothing - mastery also means the mastery of all energies, including matter. It is no trouble for a master. to precipitate and materialize. since all matter is only condensed spiritual energy.
Anyway, for the task that lay ahead of him. and which, to the sorrow of all of us, he could not complete, as it would have been according to the divine will, it needed almost superhuman qualities. In a time. where the average people hardly traveled, that is, the resident of the neighboring principality was already a stranger, where every little spot had its own laws, its own coinage, where people were not only geographically. but also very much at odds with one's rank, he had resolved, the idea of ​​unity.
to spread equality and fraternity under the banner of real freedom. "Liberte. Egalite. Fraternite “terms. to which Saint Germain was also committed. That they would then be written on the banner of a bloody revolution, everything. What made France great, tore into the abyss - a revolution that Saint Germain had tried to prevent - that is part of the tragedy of the unheard wise man of Europe.
Seen from the outside, Saint Germain was simply a refined, if not clever nobleman, elegant, always dressed expensively, apparently inexhaustibly rich, who appeared at this or that court and made music. Made conversation, delighted women with the latest wonderful fabrics and with cosmetics, had conversations with princes behind closed doors, and then went back to another court. Taking a closer look, it was noticeable that he had to use many tarnames, was persecuted by princely and royal agents, liked to spend his days in alchemical laboratories and cleverly avoided any connection to a country or a court.
On June 10, 1759, a secret agent appeared at the headquarters of the King of Prussia, who probably called himself "Baron de La Marche Couronne", but who was unmistakably Saint Germain. Frederick II granted him an audience without hesitation. After the interview, the king is said to have been very thoughtful. Ten days later he wrote a confidential letter to George II of England, the ally of Prussia, in which he expressed his readiness to open a peace congress in Holland. France, England, Prussia and Austria fought each other in the Seven Years War (1756-1763), and Saint Germain traveled from court to court on peace matters. On February 17, 1760, Frederick II of Prussia wrote to Solar (one of the names of Saint Germain, under whom he also appeared as the envoy of the King of Sardinia): “I like your venerable character. You are the right man, my words tell the King of France that France is making her peace with Prussia and England. "
The King of France, Louis XV, was meanwhile in serious domestic political difficulties. Unfortunate financial operations had taught the coffers, and popular indignation grew steadily greater. A state loan was needed, and the Count of Saint Germain was to procure it. Since the debt was immense, it was foreseeable that the lenders would demand collateral. Saint Germain should please put his alchemical knowledge into practice and create wonderful, precious man-made diamonds. The king's request gave Saint Germain sleepless nights. But in the end he had to obey the sovereign. So at the beginning of 1760 Saint Germain traveled to Holland - first, for 30 million for Louis XV. secondly, in order to initiate peace in the embassies in The Hague. He had received this assignment secretly from the Secretary of War, Marshal Belle-Isle. In the Hague, Saint Germain conferred with the ambassadors of England and Prussia. The Amsterdam merchants and bankers were ready. To save France from bankruptcy. Then the Duc de Choiseul gets wind of the Count's activities. Him. the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was friendly to the Habsburgs, had deliberately suppressed Saint Germain's political mission in Holland. He gave orders to arrest Saint Germain and extradite him to France. And Louis XV., King without a backbone, did not speak out for his savior, who not only freed him from financial difficulties, but had also saved his life twice after poison attacks. After some diplomatic turmoil, Saint Germain was actually arrested, but released from custody at his own protest. He really had nothing to blame. But since Choiseul had again started to work on him, it was advisable to go to England very urgently. The political intrigue finally reached him on the British Isles - and the English Secretary of State William Pitt Lord Chatham (1708-78) had him arrested again. When, however, high personalities of England and other nations tried to get his release, he was released again. In mid-May 1760 he arrived in Rotterdam and told that he had been consulted by members of the "Secret Council" during his imprisonment. Experience had taught him that peace among the peoples of Europe could never be hoped for through an understanding between the princes. One hope for the future would lie in the unified striving of the knightly orders and lodges. But with them, the roof must first be built under which the "temple for humanity" can become effective.

This indicates that the real essence. the actual work of the count was working in the background. As he had learned, it was difficult to enforce a spiritually inspired policy on the brightly polished parquet of the courtyards - there was too much the sovereign on the platter, too much victim of one's own vanity, too much prisoner of various obligations and dependencies. But where is it best to convey a spiritually inspired policy for the benefit of all? In the secrecy of the lodges, where different laws, different hierarchies, different dependencies existed than in the world outside. The most important part of the Saint Germain mission took place in the many orders and lodges that flourished in the 18th century: the Knights of Malta and the Rosicrucians. the Freemasons, the Knights Templar. And it is precisely then that it is extremely difficult to assess what was going on. That he held an important position of trust with the Roman Knights of Malta under the name of Bailli de Solar has been guaranteed. Also that he kept in contact with the order of the Rosicrucians, the Templars and Freemasons - although several researchers say that he was an inspiring but not a member of these orders. The Chamberlain Bischoffwerder, who is known for Saint Germain, said: "He is not one of ours" - and upon closer inquiry:

“He is not a bricklayer, nor is he a magus, nor is he a theosophist.” Talleyrand, on the other hand, writes in his memoirs that he worked for the scientific Masonic order “Societät Rosecroix”. In 1740 he had already introduced the secret temple grade in the Paris lodges. His endeavor lay in the assembly of the outer forms and inner union of the Masonic, Knights Templar and Rosicrucian ideals, rites and customs. He wanted to build a “temple of humanity” in which religious freedom was a prerequisite - or, as Frederick II had said in his famous saying: Everyone should be able to be saved according to his own style. How skillful the Count of Saint Germaine must have been is shown by the authority he - this free-thinking and yet devout spirit - had received from the Holy See in Rome in 1775. It said. “We, Prior, Chancellor and Raden of our Holy See, authorize our MPs in the provinces of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. our faithful brother of the Holy Service, the gracious Theophilus, knight of the victorious swan, to restore our true and very ancient religion and to connect with the Masonic lodges to promote the happiness of the people… ”. Had the conciliatory nature of the count to the cardinals. who stood by the Holy See, orphaned in 1775, offered an alternative to the usual excommunication of masons? They hoped. to be able to use him only as an agent. as a spy to even better clear out the temples of the masons?
Or did they know more about the Count's past? As Baron Gleichen tells in his “Souvenirs”, stories were circulating in Paris about a Lord Gower (who openly meant the figure of Saint Germain) who is said to have been a biblical figure in the historical “Marais du Temple”, a man who lived in the Holy Land at the time of Jesus, and who wanted to know Jesus Christ, Mary, Elisabeth and Anna. These stories were greeted with fascination and incredulous doubt in the Paris salons.
“To promote the happiness of the people…” - what a cheap wish in those fateful years of the 18th century, in which the antagonism organized itself and seeped like treacherous poison into the secret brotherhoods and made them tools of the dark forces. If it were to be stopped, the unification of Europe would have to encompass all areas: including the divided church. Bringing them together again had already been one of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's postulates. the great Leipzig thinker (1646-1716) and probably the most outstanding Rosicrucian of his century.
In 1777 Saint Germain worked for the preliminary congress of the prefectures of the Rosicrucian Order in Leipzig, which was to take place in mid-October. Around 1779/80, Prince Ferdinand von Braunschweig asked him to work out a new regulation for the Freemasons' Lodge and its laws and secrecy. In 1782, at the Wilhelmsbad congress, the Templar order was merged with the lodges. Saint Germain signed it as "Chef de Bien".
Saint Germain's reform plans, which he incorporated into the lodges. encompassed all areas: education for princes, education for people, statecraft, diplomacy, natural science, technology and science. In his clairvoyance he believed he was serving the younger generation by gifting them with old wisdom and new ideas, analyzes author Tetzlaff. Basically, he was working to prepare the ground for the coming "Golden Age". Ellen Reinhardt in the book “Life of Count Saint Germain”: “… If we are now allowed to look at this great adept with the eyes of Leadbeater, we will recognize him as the“ European master ”who developed the spiritual life of Europe for 2000 years worked and as a cultural genius. that science, art. Politics and religious feeling united. "

On February 27, 1784, on the eve of the French Revolution, which had been one of his - unsuccessful - efforts to bring about a peaceful trial, Saint Germain died in the idyllic north German town of Eckernförde.
But did he really die? When his pupil, Landgrave Carl von Hessen, was buried in 1836 (52 years after the death of Saint Germain), several people present claimed to have seen him in a funeral procession, in a strange costume. The fishermen from Holm, who, it seemed, were particularly clairvoyant, claimed. the “miracle man of Europe” is still alive.
Marie Antoinette is said to have received a letter from him after the storming of the Bastille in which he advised her to destroy the pretext of the rebels by separating herself from the people she no longer love. “Drop Polignac and company. These are all doomed and already destined for the murderers who just killed the officials of the Bastille ... ”. At the same hour Madame Adhemar, Marie Antoinette's confidante, received a letter: “All is lost. You are a witness that I have done everything. to give the events a different direction. I was turned away. Too late. I wanted to take a closer look at the work prepared by that demon Cagliostro. It's diabolical ... I promise to meet you: but don't ask for anything. I cannot help the king, the queen, or the royal family… ”. This letter also came from Saint Germain. Really? During the revolution he appeared here and there in Paris, often also on the Place de la Greve. where the executions took place.
The “miracle man of Europe” lives on in the minds and hearts of those who share and live for his ideals. Sometimes they express their love for him as enthusiastically as W. R. Drake in the "Cosmobiosophical Writings" 1963: "We can only hope that Count Saint Gennain is now working here among us under some famous name and directing the fate of our earth. If that were the case, our world, torn by struggle and argument, would not be lost, for through his secret wisdom humanity will develop into a new splendor. "
We can be sure that he does not only live in heads and hearts, and that he continues to build on the great plan of a roof that unites all humanity in happiness and peace.

from "Zeitenschrift" 6 1995