My intention is not to tell the story of this enigmatic man, as many authors have scribbled on it the whole toma.Ya focus only on the question, can we consider the Count de Saint-Germain, an alchemist, or, as some believe, even adept …
The historical existence of the graph started in 1743 in London. Because in 1745, he was having trouble with the police, who saw in it a foreign spy, on this occasion Horace Walpole gave the necessary explanations, "He lived here for two years and does not want to say where arrived, but admits that is someone else's name." While the graph described as a man of medium height, about forty-five years, very kind and very talkative. There is no doubt that the name of Saint-Germain was a pseudonym, as he once said to his patron Landgrave von Hesse: "I, the holy brother, called Sanctus Germanus. (Sanctus Germanus — Latin form of the name of Saint-Germain.)
As you know, after a few years in Germany, in 1758, he appeared at the court of Louis XV. Madame de Pompadour has left us a description of Saint-Germain: "In view of the graph was about fifty, he was a very subtle and witty, dressed simply but with taste. On his fingers he had a beautiful diamond rings, the same stones adorned his watch and snuff-box. " This foreigner with more than dubious title, and obviously not managed to get his name in the circle of people closest to Louis XV, and the King often spoke to him in private. However, it was acquired by it on the monarch and the impact caused the minister Choiseul jealousy that caused the disgrace and exile of Saint Germain. We also know that the Count had spent the last years of his life in the castle Landgraf von Hesse, where he died on February 27, 1784. It should be noted, however, that the "death" of his occurred during one of the rare absences Landgrave, and next to Saint-Germain were only a few women, who were easily bribed.
Let us briefly describe the facts of the known biography of the Count de Saint-Germain, turn to the study of alchemical work of this strange man, and see if we can consider it a true adept.
Not be questioned following established facts (which are still added and legends) at the court, in the presence of many witnesses Earl boasted that he can increase the size of diamonds, he twice made the transmutation of silver objects in gold, and he very clearly hinted that the elixir has a long life and uses it, and finally, he was much older than he looked. It is reported that the count claimed that was familiar with Pontius Pilate and Julius Caesar, but in reality he just talked about the historical events as a witness would say, that is, paying attention to small details, unknown even to the most discerning historian.
Sometimes he forgets or imitated forgetfulness and instead say: "So-and-worker had said Henry IV», — said: "I said at the time, Henry IV», and then corrected his mistake. Looks like it was a game, and, in any case, he never claimed that he a thousand years old, as they confessed later.
We now consider these items separately. First, supported by a strong evidence of his statement that he is able to increase the size of the diamond? We have the testimony of Madame du Osse, maid of Madame de Pompadour, the evidence is quite credible, unlike the famous memoir of Countess d'Ademar that are Apocrypha, because she was born in 1760, and the count had left Paris for a few months before . So one day in the presence of Madame du Comte de Osse Saint Germain told the king that he could build up the diamonds and reduce them to the spot. Louis XV sent immediately after the stone of medium size, but with a flaw. Showing his column, he said:
— Brilliant estimated at six thousand francs, but it would be worth ten, do not be such a flaw. You do not deign to get me four thousand livres?
The Comte de Saint-Germain, carefully examined the stone with a strong magnifying glass, said that it is possible, but it will need about a month. The King readily agreed to wait.
A month later, continues to Madame du Osse, he brought a diamond wrapped in asbestos cloth. The stain was gone. The stone weighed. The difference is almost not there. Mr. de Gaunt, immediately sent to the royal jeweler, got the rock nine thousand six hundred livres. King of diamonds bought and kept it as a curiosity. However, whether it is the same stone? For the month of Saint-Germain had to send in Amsterdam after another diamond or similar order, but without spots — thanks to his mysterious wealth, the price difference was not significant. The King still very surprised and said that Saint-Germain, with such a secret, can earn millions — especially if he is able, as many say, fusing several small diamonds into one. On the set in a graph form the question did not answer yes or no, but said that he can increase and improve the pearl color. Pearl is a painful form shells, and Saint-Germain said that he knew a way to cause a disease. "
Obviously, doubt Madame du Osse and King looked quite reasonable. Nevertheless, in the maid's story of Madame de Pompadour, we should pay attention to two words — 'mysterious wealth. " For it is well established that in Saint-Germain were no permanent source of income and he had never borrowed the letter, in which the court know the rent received from their lands. Equally well known that different graph unprecedented generosity razdarivaya gold and jewelry. On the other hand, this eternal wanderer had no property, no land, so that permanently sealed bubble hypothesis origin of his wealth did not seem absurd.
We now consider the reports of transmutations produced a graph, we know of two such stories, one of which can be considered reliable, since it belongs to the Chevalier de Casanova, extremely hostile to the Saint-Germain, the second is likely to be recorded from hearsay, as we find in his memoirs, Countess d'Ademar where this noble lady asserts that met the Comte de Saint-Germain at the court of Louis XV, although it had not yet appeared on the light! On the contrary, there is no doubt the truthfulness of Casanova, a man very unpleasant and not located to the Count. Saint Germain lived in Tournai at precisely the time when there was a Chevalier de Casanova, busy, no doubt, deceit some local beauties. Casanova had met the Count at the royal court, and therefore found it necessary to pay him a visit. Mr. de Saint-Germain on the course of the conversation showed him a bottle with some solution, and the Chevalier asked what properties this tincture. Give him a word:
"It was a white liquid in a tightly-kuporennom bottle. When he told me that it is a universal spirit of nature, which instantly evaporate from the bottle if pierce wax very fine needle, I asked to prove it.
He handed me the bottle and needle. I gently poked the wax, and the vial really quickly emptied.
— This is great — I said. — But what does it mean?
— That's what I tell you I can not open. That is my secret.
Vain by nature, he wanted to impress me more and so asked me if I had little money with them. I pulled out a few coins and put them on the table.
He got up and, without explanation, that he was going to do, take a burning ember and placed it on a metal plate, and then asked me for a coin in the twelve salts and laid it on her tiny black seed. Placing a coin on the coal, he blew it with a glass straw, and two minutes later coin a red glow.
— Wait — said the alchemist — let it cool down.
It took another minute.
— Take it, — he said, — it belongs to you.
I took it. It went gold. I never for a moment doubted that he switched me his coin, prepared in advance, but decided not to reproach him for fraud, and just said, to show that he could not deceive me:
— This is amazing, count. But from now on, if you want to impress the most discerning of people warn that you intend to make a transmutation: then after you will watch very carefully and pulled the eye with a silver coin, laid on the burning coal.
— Those who doubt my art — said this charlatan — not worthy of talking to me.
Such arrogance has always been characteristic of him, so I did not surprised. " Casanova further adds, "it was a coin of pure gold, and two months later, during my stay in Berlin, I gave it to Marshal Keith, who is very interested in such things."
Doubts raised by Casanova, seem to me far less justifiable than skepticism Madame du Osse. In his incredible arrogance Chevalier could not accept the idea that someone can be a man and a brilliant scientist, than himself. On the other hand, Casanova knew St. Germain and his reputation, so I'm sure he was watching all the actions of the graph very carefully.
So, we can assume that the graph has a philosophical tincture. If this is indeed the case, St. Germain, of course, owned and elixir of long life, that would confirm the legend of its extraordinary longevity. Let us take a quick look at the real and true facts related to this last point. Because his life between 1743 and 1784 is described in great detail, we look for evidence of credible people who met with him before or after these exact dates. And such evidence exists. The first of these is the Countess de Zherzhi, the wife of the French ambassador to the Republic of Venice. Faced with Saint Germain in Madame de Pompadour, she was very surprised and said that in 1700, met in Venice with a noble foreigner, who amazingly like a graph, though had another name. She asked if it was his father or any of relatives.
— No, Madam, — replied the count, while maintaining full composure. — I lost my father much earlier. But I have lived in Venice at the end of the last century and the beginning of this, I had the privilege to care for you, and you were kind enough to praise several Barcarolle my work, which we sang together.
— Forgive me for being frank, but it's impossible. Besides the Comte de Saint-Germain was forty-five years, and you now as we speak, no more.
— Madam, — replied the Count, with a smile, — I am very old.
— But in this case, you must be at least a hundred years.
— This is impossible!
Then Earl said Madame de Zherzhi many details concerning their joint stay in Venice. He suggested the Countess, if she is still doubt recall other facts and details …
— No, no, — interrupted his aged wife of Ambassador — you have convinced me completely, but you are not a man … you're just the devil! (Tushar Lafos lead story in the "Chronicles of the dormer window").
Outside the same in 1784, we find at least one thing is almost certain appearance of the graph. A few months after his death, he was attending a meeting in Paris of Masons, held February 15, 1785. It was attended by the Rosicrucians and the Illuminati sect, Kabbalists and humanities. Archives Freemasons irrefutable evidence that the Count de Saint-Germain attended the meeting along with Mesmer, Lavater, Saint-Martin and others, and moreover, he was among the speakers. Finally, before you jump to conclusions, we need to remember the one known fact. Earl had not eaten anything. On all lunch and dinner, where he was invited, he did not touch the food, preferring any dishes conversation in which he dazzled the audience with wit and historical knowledge. Here again, we can talk about the action of the philosophical elixir that allows the adept of the highest rank to do without material sources of vital energy. As I mentioned earlier, has reached the highest level alchemist fed exclusively for fun. It is quite possible that the Count de
St. Germain did not feel any pleasure at the thought of eating earth. It should also be noted that in this corrupt age graph does not show any interest in women (or pretty boys) and differed strikingly sobriety.
To what conclusion we come? It is very likely — that the Count de Saint-Germain had the philosopher's stone, using it for their financial needs, and in order to maintain good health and prolong life beyond the normal period. Even if we reject the hypothesis of longevity, there is no doubt that the count, which in 1743 was about forty-five years, died in 1784 at the age of eighty-six years, well above the average life expectancy in this century. In fact, in Vienna in 1687, turned up a senor Gerald, which was strikingly similar to the graph: for three years he brought to the astonishment of the inhabitants of the Austrian capital, and then suddenly disappeared. Then we meet with the adept Lascaris — yes, yes, with Lascaris, the protagonist of one of the preceding chapters. This man caught the attention of contemporaries soon after the disappearance of Gerald. But what do you say, is it to the Comte de Saint-Germain? Frankly, I do not know, but I have some questions arise. Olisaniya appearance and properties of these three men are remarkably similar: they were of average height, average age, knew several languages, loved to talk, and, apparently, owned philosopher's stone. Of course, Gerald, Laskaris and Saint-Germain moved in different circles of society, but the disappearance of each of them almost immediately followed the appearance of another.
Gerald traces are lost in 1691, and Laskaris takes the stage in two or three years, and in turn, Laskaris disappeared between 1730 and 1740 — just before the arrival of the Count de Saint-Germain in England …
On the other hand, there is no doubt of Saint Germain connection with society Rose Cross. Some even claimed if Saint-Germain is Christian Rosenkreutz, the founder of the brotherhood, who allegedly opened hermetic secrecy and became immortal, appearing later in history over and over again under different guises — including in the form of Philalethes. So far I do not dare to go, but it seems very likely that St. Germain was the messenger of the Rosicrucian Society, a missionary of the highest rank, which was initiated under the leadership of the Hermetic Masters of this secret society, retains its mystery to this day. Whether he succeeded Lascaris, to take over the apostolic mission (in the name of propaganda alchemy in all walks of life and in different countries), most of all, Gerald? It is possible that it was one and the same person, they change their names until their death — or disappearance — in the age of more than a hundred years. Be that as it may, when the Count de Saint-Germain, and was not an adept, he was, at least, the preacher of the hermetic art, because his story is explicable only in the light of the philosopher's stone.
Author Jacques Sadoul (from the book "Treasures of the alchemists")
Category: Mystery and Mysticism