It was strongly impressed upon me to write a truly comprehensive and complete account of the Comte Rakoczy/Rackozy, also known popularly as Comte St.Germain. There have been many names used by this Elder Brother, all of which are supported by valid records. But I would like to add two further names used in more recent times, Francis and the Professor.
He is one of the most elusive and mysterious characters of modern history and was referred to by his very good friend Prince Karl von Hesse as “one of the great philosophers who ever lived, the friend of humanity, whose heart was concerned only with the happiness of others.” He was a Rosicrucian, a Mason, was an intimate counselor of Kings, as well as those in the political service. He was also the absolute nemesis of deceptive ministers and royals, and seemed on many occasions to be in the right place at the right time to give sound advice that could bring about a great change in humanity for the better.
The Comte de St. Germain was known throughout most countries in Europe, and for the 112 years that he was said to live there, he always gave the appearance of a man around 45years of age. Though there is not much written about his physical appearance there are some references that he was of medium height, with a slender very graceful figure, a captivating smile and the most unusual eyes of incredible beauty and color. The Countess d’Adhemar made reference to his eyes. “Oh, what eyes! I have never seen there equal!” but above all this it was His astounding abilities and inscrutable personality that presented and left it’s lasting impression upon those who came into contact with Him. Although accounts of his appearance differ somewhat in details, all describe him as a man in radiant health, and of unfaltering courtesy and great humor (something I realize Masters or Mahatmas all have.) His manners were the perfection of refinement and grace.
One writer, signing himself Jean Léclaireur, says in an interesting article on “Le Secret du Comte de Saint-Germain,” in the Lotus Bleu, Vol VI, 314-319, referred to him as being familiar with French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish, which he spoke without the slightest trace of any accent, and He also demonstrated a profound knowledge of Sanskrit, Chinese, and also Arabic, which showed He was well acquainted with areas of the eastern as well as the western world. His abilities did not stop with languages.
He was proficient as a musician, playing many instruments masterfully, but his passion was the violin and was said to rival the great violinist Paganini himself. He was also an accomplished composer, and personally presented to Tchaikovsky one of his own compositions.
Comte de St. Germain also had a rare ability as a painter, and was well known to be able to produce the brilliance of precious stones on canvas, and though He did not give up His secret, it was thought He did this by mixing mother-of-pearl with His pigments. He possessed the secret to melting diamonds and reconstructing them into one larger diamond, changing base metals into gold, and on one occasion changed a silver coin into a gold one, which he then gave back to Casanova who handed it to him in the first place.
But with all these abilities, which he demonstrated, it was his prodigious memory, which was a constant mystery. He could recall any event in history in detail. It was said He knew all history, all transcendental science, and all languages; He was a philanthropist lavishing his wealth founding hospitals and worked tirelessly to further the cause of unity and humanity.
He could glance at a piece of paper and days later could repeat all the contents without any error, and as well as being ambidextrous he could write a poem with one hand whilst compiling a diplomatic paper with the other with no error. In fact once he was observed writing with both hands at the same time, and when the two articles were viewed, they were so identical no one could tell one sheet from the other.
There are only glimpses of this Master in the writings of theosophy, but they do exist. The main reason I feel a need to write about Him, is to get clarity myself as to who this amazing man was and is. Both Henry S. Olcott and H.P.Blavatsky referred to him.
Mrs. Cooper-Oakley gave some interesting information in The Theosophical Review (Vol 21 and 22) saying that Olcott had come to love as well as to admire him; to love him as did H.P.B.; and for the same reason — that He was a messenger and agent of the White Lodge, accomplishing his mission with unselfish loyalty and doing all that lay within manâ’s (higher mind) power to benefit others.
Mrs. Cooper-Oakley gives, on the authority of Mme D’Adhémar, a list of the different names under which this maker of epochs had been known, from the year 1710 to 1822. I cite the following: Marquis de Montferrat, Comte Bellamarre, Chevalier Schoening, Chevalier Weldon, Comte Soltikoff, Graf Tzarogy, Prinz Ragoczy, and finally, Saint-Germain.
Mrs. Cooper-Oakley, with the help of friends, searched in the libraries of the British Museum and that of several European kingdoms, gathering bits of history regarding this Wonder Count so discussed among society of their day. But all references show that no one knew the real secret of his birth and nationality, and indeed His death; the mystery did not stop there, for no one could ever learn the source of his boundless wealth, nor how he managed to support Himself in such luxury, and He kept no bank account, received no cash, no pension, refused offers of benefits made by Kings and other Sovereigns and high officials, and yet his generosity was princely.
Mrs. Cooper-Oakley in her careful compilation says (Theos. Rev Vol XXI, p 428): “It was almost universally accorded that he had a charming grace and courtliness of manner. He displayed, moreover, in society a great variety of gifts, played several musical instruments excellently, and sometimes showed faculties and powers, which bordered on the mysterious and incomprehensible. For example, one day he had dictated to him the first twenty verses of a poem, and wrote them simultaneously with both hands on two separate sheets of paper — no one present could distinguish one sheet from the other.”
Leclaireur says, “His beauty was remarkable and his manners splendid; he had an extraordinary talent for elocution, and erudition. . . .
He was never seen to eat or drink with any company he kept, and he always offered the excuse that he followed a special strict regimen. It was said that when anyone did happen to know of him eating it was a diet of what we might call oatmeal porridge, which he always prepared by himself. M. Léclaireur says that he “often retired very late, but was never exhausted; he took great precautions against the cold.
He often threw himself into a lethargic condition which lasted from thirty to fifty hours, and during which his body seemed as if dead. Then he reawakened, refreshed and rejuvenated and invigorated by this magical repose, and stupefied those present by relating all-important things that had passed in the city or in public affairs during the interval. His prophecies as well as his foresight never failed.” There is a story from Collin de Planey (Dictionnaire Infernal, Vol II, 223) about Pythagoras who demonstrated similar behavior. On returning from his journeying’s on the astral plane “knew perfectly all that had happened on earth during his absence.”
To quote Olcott.“The revelations of psychometry have made it perfectly easy for us to understand how a man of St-Germain’s evident adeptship could recall out of the galleries of the astral light the incidents of any given historical epoch, even to the details of house construction, furnishing and decoration, and the appearance, actions, speech and gestures of the inhabitants; and by spreading out his observations like a spider’s web in different directions, get at any facts going on. Without having been incarnate at that remote time, he would thus make himself in very truth an eye-and ear-witness of the period in question.”
Baron Gleichen tells us, “he would depict the most trifling circumstances, the manners and gestures of the speakers, even the room and the place in it they had occupied, with a detail and vivacity which made one think that one was listening to a man who had really been present . . . He knew, in general, history minutely, and drew up mental pictures and scenes so naturally represented, that never had any eye-witness spoken of a recent adventure as did he of those of the past centuries.”
Léclaireur says, in proof of the Count’s perfect memory, that “he could repeat exactly and word for word the contents of a newspaper which he had skimmed over several days before; he could write with both hands at once; with the right a poem, with the left a diplomatic paper, often of the greatest importance. Many living witnesses could, at the beginning of this century (18th), corroborate these marvelous faculties. He read, without opening them, closed letters, and even before they had been handed him.” Grim, in “Correspondance Litteraire” which is described by the Encyc Brit, as “the most valuable of existing records of any important literary period,” affirms that St- Germain was “the man of the best parts he had ever seen.”
Besides knowing all languages, he knew all history, as well as all transcendental science; One would think that a man of such philanthropy and obvious humanity might have been spared the slander he has had to endure, and is still enduring; yet he has not.
From 1737 to 1742 the Count de St. Germain was living in the Court of the Shah of Persia, occupied with alchemical research. When he returned from Persia he settled in Versailles where he became a close friend of Louis XV and Madame Pompadour, and it does seem, at one point, he became caught in the Jacobite revolution in England. He then went to Vienna, and afterward visited Frederick the Great in his castle of Sans-Souci in Potsdam, where he met Voltaire. Voltaire had absolute admiration for St. Germain though he really did not agree, nor like his fellow Theosophist, Saint-Martin. In a letter to Frederick the Great, Voltaire expressed his opinion that “the Count de St. Germain is a man who was never born, who will never die, and who knows everything.”
In 1755 the Count de St. Germain went to India accompanied by General Clive and upon his return to France, Louis XV gave him a suite of apartments in the Royal Chateau of Chambord, in Touraine. Here the King provided him with an alchemical laboratory where he often entertained the King and also other members of the Court.
In 1760 Louis sent the Count de St. Germain on a diplomatic mission to The Hague and then to London, and he discovered that the Duc de Choiseul, who was the King’s man and completely trusted, was playing a double game. Although St. Germain confided this fact to the King, St. Germain insisted that the Peace Treaty between England and France should be signed, regardless. In May, 1761, St. Germain called upon the Duc de Choiseul and remained with him the whole night, and this resulted in the alliance known as the Family Compact, which was the forerunner of the Treaty of Paris bringing the colonial war between England and France to a close.
In the following year St. Germain was called to St. Petersburg, where his role in the revolution placed Catherine the Great upon the throne of Russia. He left in the uniform of a Russian general, with full credentials carrying the imperial seal of Russia. Shortly afterward he appeared in Tunis and Leghorn in full Russian uniform and was known under the name of Graf Saltikoff.
The Rosicrucian organization was very much helped by him, for he recorded many of the teachings in manuscript form, where as the founder of the Order, Christian Rosencreuz transmitted his teachings orally.
H.P.B. mentions one of his manuscript in The Secret Doctrine (II, 202) and quotes in some length from another of his manuscript (II, 582). While St. Germain was in Vienna, he spent much of his time in the Rosicrucian laboratory on the Landstrasse, and at one time he lived in the room which Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz the philosopher and mathematician lived. There are many other fraternities he was very involved in and I encourage the reader to embark on some serious research of this amazing Master.
Careful research into Masonic archives will prove that he occupied a prominent position in eighteenth century Masonry, although there have been great attempts to strike him off any records.. He acted as a delegate to the Wilhelmsbad Convention in 1782 and to the great Paris Convention of 1785. And he was described as a travelling member of the Knights Templar, and Cagliostro was initiated into that Order by St. Germain.
It was on February 27, 1784, that The Count de St. Germain is said to have died and the Church Register of Eckernförde in Danish Holstein contains the record of his death and burial. However, we need to look at the fact that St. Germain’s most important work was conducted after that date. The Souvenirs de Marie-Antoinette, written by one of her ladies-in-waiting, the Countess d’Adhémar, was a diary started in 1760 and ended in 1821. A large part of this diary is concerned very much so with St. Germain’s efforts to avert the horrors of the French Revolution, and we all know how that ended.
Early one Sunday morning in 1788 the Countess was surprised to receive a visit from the Count de St. Germain, and he warned her that a conspiracy to overthrow the monarchy. He requested she take him to the Queen. When Madame d’Adhémar reported the conversation to Marie-Antoinette, the Queen confessed she had a mysterious stranger who had protected her with many warning since she arrived in France.
On the following day St. Germain was admitted into the private apartments of the Queen. “Madame,” he said to her, “for twenty years I was on intimate terms with the late King, who deigned to listen to me with kindness. He made use of my poor abilities on several occasions, and I do not think he regretted giving me his confidence.” He asked her to communicate his message to the King and to request the King not to consult with Maurepas, but the King ignored the warning. In the midst of a conversation between Maurepas and Madame d’Adhemar, St. Germain appeared. He confronted Maurepas and said to him: “In opposing yourself to my seeing the monarch, you are losing the monarchy, for I have but a limited time to give to France. This time over, I shall not be seen here again, until after three successive generations have gone down to the grave,”
The second warning from St. Germain came on July 14, 1789, when the Queen was saying farewell to the Duchesse de Polignac. She opened the letter and read: “My words have fallen on your ears in vain, and you have reached the period of which I informed you. All the Polignacs and their friends are doomed to death. The Comte d’Artois will perish.”
His farewell letter, addressed to Madame d’Adhémar, arrived on October 5, 1789. “All is lost, Countess!” he wrote. “This sun is the last which will set on the monarchy. Tomorrow it will exist no more. My advice has been scorned. Now it is too late. . . .” He asked the Countess to meet him early the next morning and informed her that the time when he could have helped France was past. “I can do nothing now. My hands are tied by one stronger than myself. The hour of repose is past, and the decrees of Providence must be fulfilled.”
He foretold the death of the Queen, the complete ruin of the Bourbons, the rise of Napoleon. “And you yourself?” the Countess asked. “I must go to Sweden,” he answered. ” The Countess inquired if she would see him again. “Five times more,” he answered. “Do not wish for the sixth.”
True to his word, the Count de St. Germain appeared to the Countess d’Adhémar on five different occasions: at the beheading of the Queen; on the 18th Brumaire; the day following the death of the Duc d’Enghien in 1804; in January, 1813; on the eve of the assassination of the Duc de Berri in 1820. Presumably, the sixth time was on the day of her death, in 1822.
In the last decade of the eighteenth century St. Germain confided his future plans to his Austrian friend, Franz Graeffer, saying,
“Tomorrow night I am off. I am much needed in Constantinople, then in England, there to prepare two new inventions which you will have in the next century — trains and steamboats. Toward the end of this century I shall disappear out of Europe, and betake myself to the region of the Himalayas. I will rest; I must rest. Exactly in 85 years will people again set eyes on me. Farewell. (Kleine Wiener Memorien.)
These words were spoken in 1790. Eighty-five years from that date brings us to 1875. What part did St. Germain play in the Theosophical Movement of last century, and I ask the question, what part is he going to play in the present century? H.P.B. did give a puzzling suggestion of the time when he would again appear: she said he would appear again at the next Terreur, the question is has that been or is it to come?
Leclaireur also said “A man who had so brilliant a career cannot be extinguished so suddenly as to fall into oblivion. … But He did, at least to our visible eyes. Leclaireur continues. “It is reported that he had a very important interview with the Empress of Russia in 1785 or 1786. It is related that he appeared to the Princess de Lamballe when she was before the revolutionary tribunal, shortly before they cut off her head, and to the mistress of Louis XV, Jeanne Dubarry, while she was awaiting the fatal stroke, in 1793.
The Countess d’Adhémar, who died in 1822, left a manuscript note, of date May 12th, 1821, and fastened with a pin to the original MS., in which she says that she saw M. de Saint-Germain several times after 1793, viz., at the assassination of the Queen (Oct 16th, 1793); the 18th Brumaire (Nov 9th, 1799); the day following the death of the Duke d’Enghien (1804); in the month of January, 1813; and on the eve of the murder of the Duke de Berri (1820). “
His disappearance from Hesse Cassel and his supposed death is also shrouded in mystery. In Mrs. Cooper-Oakley’s article, a quotation from Grafer’s “Memoirs,” the statement that St-Germain told him and Baron Linden, that he should disappear from Europe at about the end of the 18th century, and betake himself to the region of the Himalayas, adding: “I will rest; I must rest. Exactly in eighty-five years will people again set eyes on me. Farewell, I love you.”
The date of this interview may be deduced approximately from another article in the same volume, where it is said: “St-Germain was in the year 1788, or 1789, or 1790, in Vienna, where we had the never-to-be-forgotten honour of meeting him.” If we take the first date, then eighty-five years would bring us to 1873, when H.P.B. came to New York to find Olcott; if the second, then the eighty-five years would coincide with H.P.B. and Olcott meeting at Chittenden; if the third, that marks the date of the foundation of the Theosophical Society and the commencement of the writing of Isis Unveiled, in which work, as above stated, Olcott was persuaded that St-Germain was one of the collaborators.
Olcott read a biographical memoir under the form of an historical romance, of the famous “Souvenirs” of the Baron de Gleichen; of an interesting article in Vol 6 of Le Lotus Bleu; of the article on the Count in the Encyclopedia Britannica and other publications, and quote “had freshened up all my memories of what I had heard about him, and, more important still, has persuaded me of his identity with one of the most charming of the Unseen Personages who stood behind the masque of H.P.B. during the writing of Isis Unveiled. The more I think of it, the more fully am I persuaded of the truth of this surmise.”
Now as said, there were similarities between Comte St. Germain and H.P.B., and it was Olcott’s sister, Mrs. Mitchell, feeling vexed at the slanders that were being circulated against H.P.B. and her brother, and wishing to make record some of the facts that came under her own notice, published in a London journal an article in which the following incident among others is given:
“One day she said, (H.P.B.) she would show me some pretty things; and going to a small chest of drawers that stood beneath one of the windows, she took from them many pieces of superb jewelry; brooches, lockets, bracelets and rings, that were ablaze with all kinds of precious stones, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, etc. I held and examined them, but on asking to see them the next day I found only empty drawers.” Olcott’s sister believed they must have been worth a great many thousands of dollars. Knowing H.P.B. as he did, he knew she had no such collection of precious stones not even a small portion of them, he thought Blavatsky possibly played on his sister’s sight one of those optical illusions which she described as psychological tricks.
St-Germain did a similar thing to Baron Gleichen. Quote “he showed me much more than that, viz., a quantity of gems, especially of diamonds, of surprising colour, size, and perfection. I thought I was looking at the treasures of the Wonderful Lamp. There were among others an opal of monstrous size and a white sapphire as large as an egg, which paled by its brilliancy that of all the stones that I placed beside it for comparison. I dare to profess to be a connoisseur in jewels, and I declare that the eye could not discover the least reason to doubt the fineness of these stones, the more so since they were not mounted.”
I believe the siddhis demonstrated by advanced souls can manifest illusion into a reality and make the gems solid and permanent. Take, for instance, Olcott’s “rose-ring” (see O.D.L., I 96) which she first made to leap out of a rose which I was holding in my hand, and, eighteen months later, while his sister held it, caused three small diamonds to be set in the gold in the form of a triangle. There are many witnesses who saw his ring, and some witnessed him write with it on glass, proving the stones to be genuine diamonds. Moreover, there are the cases of her duplication of a yellow diamond for Mrs. Sinnett at Simla, of sapphires for Mrs. Carmichael and other friends at different places, plus Mrs. Besant’s seal ring by rubbing between her hands Olcott’s intaglio seal-ring; in fact many articles of metal and stone which, having been duly described in his Old Diary Leaves, need not be here recapitulated.
These are some of the phenomena of St-Germain and H.P.B. which complement and corroborate each with the other, and that they go to show that among occult science familiar to adepts and their advanced pupils, is to be included an intimate knowledge of and control over the mineral kingdom. St-Germain told somebody that an old Hindu Brahmin showed him how to restore pure carbon, in other words, to transmute it into diamond. Kenneth Mackenzie quotes in his Royal Masonic Cyclopedia, p 644: “In 1780, during his visit to the French ambassador to the Hague, he smashed with a hammer a superb diamond which he had produced by alchemical means; the mate to it, also made by him, he had sold to a jeweler, for the price of 5.500 louis d”or.”
There is nothing that gives an account as to whether any of the gems made by either St. German or Madam Blavatsky remained solid or whether they dissolved back into the astral matter out of which they had been composed, but I feel sure as there was neither record of great hoards of gems and gold in both cases, the articles were re-absorbed. There is however, an account in O.D.L., I, 197 and 198, that the first picture of “Chevalier Louis,” precipitated by H.P.B. one evening, had faded out by the next morning, but she again caused it to re-appear, at Mr. Judge’s request, and she “fixed” it so that it remained unchanged.
Some other interesting dates appertaining to the Counts Presence in England,
In 1745 whilst in London he lodged at St. Martins St, and he was arrested by Horace Walpole, who related the story of his arrest to Sir Horace Mann in a letter dated Dec. 9th1745. On Dec. 21st of the same year, the French Charges D’Affaires reported an encounter with the Count at the theatre on Haymarket St. London.
Before the year was out, he had put together some steam engine prototypes, and had composed a piece of music, which was placed in the British Museum.
During the Spring of 1746, Count St.Germain attended rehearsal of L’Incostanza Delusa, and on April 7th he attended the first night of L’Incostanza Delusa, worked with Giulia Frasi, and showed up with his friend Prince Lobkowitz. He further attended all the rehearsals and all the shows.
1746, Count St.Germain was recorded as staying at St.Mary’s Axe in London with Dr. Abraham Gomes Ergas (otherwise known as Dr.Philip de la Cour,) a Jewish physician from Italy.
On April 24th 1760, he seemed to have left England for across the English Channel, because a warrant was issued from France and an extradition of Count St. Germain from Holland. Comte de Bentinck gave the Count good warning and urged him to travel back to England. The day before he left, he spent hours with the English Minister and nearly had a peace treaty with the British signed, that would have ended the Seven Years War three years earlier.
On May 17th Read’s Weekly Journal – British Gazetteer reported the arrival of Count St.Germain from Holland. It also claimed he was born in Italy in 1712 (who knows.) Once back in England, he continued to compose music, which is still housed in the British Museum.
As well as his philanthropy and his genius, this Master worked tirelessly towards a united Europe and also a united America. With the recent elections regarding Brexit in the UK and the Presidency in the USA, the people have chosen, it is time to move on. But I can’t help but feel he is active at the present time and I do believe that with all the radical changes we are seeing, this Master will be more active.