An old legend exists about ancient wisdom guarded by hidden custodians who work as a benevolent force. Also known as the Hidden Directorate, the hypothesis suggests a group of exceptional individuals protect and encapsulate all human knowledge and keep it secretive in order to ensure that it is governed over those capable of misuse. These archetypes supposedly influence the whole good of humanity and have many other names, such as the Hierarchy of Adepts, The Secret Chiefs, the Knowers, the Masters, the Unknowns, or the People of the Secret. It is thought that this group maintains a key influence over people and the world's cultures and that they sometimes acquaint us with key ideas and initiate experiences in a sacred or secular context. So the legend presents them with an agenda to exist for the good of humanity, override sinister forces, and stop those who seek to prevent man from achieving his true spiritual potential and right.
The the term "Hidden Directorate" was actually coined by British author Ernest Scott. In his book, "The People Of The Secret," he presents an argument for the reality of such an assembly, and the world as a spiritual heritage, with individuals who work to free the consciousness of humanity. Throughout his book, he continues that they seek not to control but to direct and influence. "For man cannot be blindly lead, only prompted into action with certain opportunities at a certain time, becuase the power of man's free will cannot be overrun."
The Hidden Directorate is sometimes connected to a well known account in the bible, from the book of Matthew. Somewhat downplayed, but officially documented, is the story of Herod who summoned a group of mysterious wisemen from the east, before they found their way to Bethlehem, after the appearance of a mysterious star in the sky. The story simply describes these kings as men who studied the stars, and as educated travelers who came from the east to find the infant messiah. Threatened by the prophesy, Herod intervened their journey, in order to find out exactly where Jesus was located, and the exact time the star had appeared. These men of Parthia or Magi, reveal nothing of importance to him however, having been warned in a dream from an angel to avoid Herod, and returned safely to their countries by an alternate route. In any case, these mysterious wise men from the east, are considered part of an older element of Eastern culture prior to and throughout the time of Jesus.
Historians know there were eastern groups who stem back the the eighth century and claimed to have acted as caretakers of a continuous line of knowledge known as the Sufi's or Tariquas. Due to their beliefs however, they walked a fine line of heresy, and were persecuted by the Muslim community. They did present a coded book known as the Basra Encyclopedia that arrived in Spain from Basra. It appeared in the the fist half of the eleventh century through the Sufi, and the book supposedly contained all world knowledge. The actions of the underground Sufi movement in Spain was considered the first open strategic effort from a "Directorate" to inject influence over Europe.
Pope Benedict XVI said of the Magi: "The men of who Matthew speaks are not just astronomers. They were 'wise.' They represent the inner dynamic of religion toward self -transcendence, which involves a search for truth, a search for the true God and, hence, 'philosophy' in the original sense of the word."
In the early nineteenth century French diplomat Louis Jacolliot wrote a number of remarkable works on the ancient legends of India. While assigned there on post, he uncovered a certain legend called the "Nine Unknowns." According to the legend, a secret society was created by the Indian Emperor Asoka in 273 BC, in an attempt to envelop all human knowledge and ensure it was governed by those incapable of misuse. He also claimed that the marital art of Judo was a result of these teachings.
This exploration also leads us also into Illuminism and the Templars. Like threads in time, they further reveal the suggestion of unknown superiors or hidden masters. Illumimism was injected into Europe from the school of Masarra (883-931) in Cordorba, a center of underground Sufi teachings, while Freemasonry derived from the Knights Of Templar, a powerful order, enabled Sufism to travel to the East through Europe through interaction with pilgrims and mystics the Holy Land. Later along history's timeline, we find the publication of the mysterious Rosicrucian document Fama Fraternitatus - in 1614 that offers yet more clues of the existence of certain "unknown superiors" or "Brothers of the Rosy Cross" who lived and worked in secret. Directing in secret, so to speak, the spiritual destiny of the world.
The legend of the Directorate was studied by famous men in the distant past as well, including Thomas Aquinas and Roger Bacon. Bacon, a famous Franciscan monk in 1247, who openly cited that the secret had been held by Noah, Abraham, the Chaldean and Egyptian master, Zoroaster, Pythagoras, Socrates and the Sufis, and that all true religions are one. There were also supposedly five major objectives, including the concept of love, which recovered the dying mystery traditions of female or goddess reverence. A restoration of the feminine element so to speak.
Offering great implications, I'd like to think of this myth as a real possibility. It would be good to know that a benevolent group exists, whose aim is to help, and that life as we know it, is a little more than chance or hazard. Who are these shields that guard the realms of man? We can only speculate.