The Order of the Solar Temple: The Temple of Death (Ashgate New Religions)
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In October 1994, fifty-three members of the Order of the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Québec were murdered or committed suicide. This incident and two later group suicides in subsequent years played a pivotal role in inflaming the cult controversy in Europe, influencing the public to support harsher actions against non-traditional religions. Despite the importance of the Order of the Solar Temple, there are relatively few studies published in English. This book brings together the best scholarship on the Solar Temple including newly commissioned pieces from leading scholars, a selection of Solar Temple documents, and important previously published articles newly edited for inclusion within this book. This is the first book-length study of the Order of the Solar Temple to be published in English.
Elder Brothers and ourselves refuse to participate in the assassination of our bearer the Earth, and we remove ourselves from this world where our voices can no longer be heard. Our Conscientious and voluntary Transition influences, consciously or not, all those who share this noble heritage and accept in themselves the Christic Fire in a living way. Since we know who we are, where we come from, where we are going, and are aware of our future, we give shape today to the conditions of a
of the Knight is adorned with the Cross of the Temple; by putting himself under the yoke of the Cross and all that it symbolizes, the Knight works voluntarily and totally in the Service of the Temple and the Christ in Glory; he institutes within himself the preponderance of Spirit over Matter and commits himself to placing Service for Glory of the Father before profane requirements. If the Noble Knight of the Temple still wears the White Mantle, it is to affirm his retreat into himself and into
before their deaths. Martin Germain gave a will to one of his daughters. “Take it,” he told her, “One never knows what might happen.” His wife, a surviving daughter recounts, told her that “One day they were going to depart for Venus, and there was no reason to be sad when they disappeared.” Some transits are worse than others, it would seem. Joseph Di Mambro gave Patrick Vuarnet a short fifth letter printed in the same computer font as the other four. “Following the tragic transit at Cheiry,”
violence.29 Representatives of cult-watching organizations such as Yves Casgrain of Info-Secte explained that the order was a survivalist group intending to use the weapons for self-defense after cataclysmic events.30 Indeed, he also rightly wondered why the group would need silencers for such purposes, since such devices seemed to indicate an offensive more that a defensive purpose.31 Nobody had any answer. From my observations in the 1980s, I likewise evaluated the movement as a survivalist,
and now a solemn oath to nobly serve the cause of the, Temple, in a spirit of detachment and humility. I shall strive in all circumstances to maintain a worthy and just attitude, not only with regard to my co-disciples, but also whenever I represent our Venerable Order in the world. I promise to respect the sacred rules of the Temple which rule our Venerable Order, to live them permanently in accordance with the Ethic which constitutes its force and to obey the directives of my Superiors