The organization set up accumulating all of the scientific knowledge they could, from natural science to psychology to the composition of matter.
Fearing that if ordinary men were given scientific knowledge they would use it for destruction, only the Nine Men were allowed to study and develop scientific theories and technology.
To better accomplish this daunting task, each of the nine was charged with a specific book that he was to update, revise, and ultimately perfect the knowledge therein.
When one of the nine could no longer complete the task – whether from the wish to retire, fading health, or death – the obligation was passed to a chosen successor.
The number of members in the society was always to be nine.
Thus the society of the Nine Unknown Men has allegedly lived on for over 2000 years.
Speculation about the contents of each of the nine books varies widely.
Talbot Mundy, an English writer, published a book entitled The Nine Unknown Men in 1923, which contained a list of the nine books.
This list has come to be generally accepted.
- Propaganda: The first book dealt with techniques of propaganda and psychological warfare. “The most dangerous of all sciences is that of molding mass opinion, because it would enable anyone to govern the whole world,” according to Mundy.
- Physiology: The second book discussed physiology and explains how to kill a person simply by touching him or her, known as the “the touch of death,” simply by the reversal of a nerve impulse. It is said that the martial art of Judo is a result of “leakages” from the second book.
- Microbiology: The third volume focused on microbiology and biotechnology.
- Alchemy: The fourth dealt with alchemy and transmutation of metals. According to another legend, in times of severe drought, temples and religious relief organizations received large quantities of gold from “a secret source.”
- Communication: The fifth book contained a study of all means of communication, terrestrial and extraterrestrial. Alluding then that the Nine Unknown Men were aware of alien presence.
- Gravity: The sixth book focused on the secrets of gravitation and actual instructions on how to make the ancient Vedic Vimana, (like Vaiminika Shastra on aerospace technology).
- Cosmogony: The seventh contained cosmogony and matters of the universe.
- Light: The eighth dealt with light including the speed and how to use it as a weapon.
- Sociology: The ninth and final book discussed sociology. It included rules for the evolution of societies and the means of foretelling their decline.
(Mundy paraphrased by Ancient Explorers)
Fact or Myth?
But were the Nine Unknown Men real?
Ashoka may very well have asked nine men of unknown identity to gather scientific knowledge, particularly with regards to its application to warfare. This was a very fractious time and other Emperors have been known to order similar initiatives.
These men may have explored different empires’ battle tactics and training, weapons manufacturing, horse/elephant handling, and maybe even gunpowder usage.
However, an ancient group living on in secrecy for over 2000 years, controlling global events from the remote jungles of India with not a hint of modern equipment, infrastructure, or technology is hard to believe.
For many, the legend is most likely just a legend…