According to Goethe, we cannot have colour without the combination of darkness and light. According to Edison, we cannot have electricity without a resistant coil. Who knows? The soul of man may be the resistant coil between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. If that resistance - that coil - is dispensed with prematurely, everything may be plunged into darkness once again. The Order of the Templars that was planted in Ottawa on 21 March 1994 - the false plant - are a group of self-interested individuals masking under a spiritual authority their own megalomaniac delusions. The Ancient Templars and their spiritual descendants did not need an Ontario Hydro or a Quebec Hydro: they possessed power without electricity and knew that the real meaning of life was to search for the deeper truths embodied in their own souls rather than to seek a vain mastery over the external environment, the 'delusive goddess Vala'. They realized that the true battle of life is not material but spiritual, is not resolved externally but internally that as long as one human soul remains true to its own impulses, the destiny of the human race is assured:
I was forgetting, we cannot destroy the world [that is, our commitment to the material] with armies, it is inside our minds that it must be destroyed, it must be consumed in a moment inside our minds. God will accomplish his last judgment, first in one man's mind and then in another. He is always planning last judgments. And yet it takes a long time. I was mistaken when I set out to destroy Church and Law. The battle we have to fight is fought out in our own mind. There is a fiery moment, perhaps once in a lifetime, and in that moment we see the only thing that matters. It is in that moment the great battles are lost and won, for in that moment we are a part of the host of Heaven .... [W]e shall not come to that joy, that battle, till we have put out the senses, everything that can be seen and handled, as I put out this candle.... We must put out the whole world as I put out this candle .... We must putout the light of the stars and the light of the sun and the light of the moon ... till we brought everything to nothing once again. I saw in a broken vision, but now all is clear to me. Where there is nothing, where there is nothing there is God!
(W. B. Yeats, Where There is Nothing).
1. Gaetan De La Forge, The Templar Tradition in the Age of Aquarius (Putney, Vermont: Threshold, 1987), p. 8. Most of the material in this section, and some of the actual phrasing, is taken from this book. Particular quotations are indicated by the page number in brackets, but in order not to interrupt the reader's attention on the text, I indicate my indebtedness to Mr. De La Forge's brilliant work in my general acknowledgment here, and to Patrick Tilley's penetrating Foreword.
2. W.B. Yeats, Letters, ed. Alan Wade, Letters for 1902. General Note: The information contained in the last section has reached us from many sources; each item has been confirmed at least twice.