The noble European courtier, Comte de Saint-Germain — not to be confused with Frenchmen Claude Louis de Saint-Germain (1707-1778) — was regarded by Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel in his Mémoires, as “one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived.”
In early theosophical circles, he was regarded as among the greatest Adepts Europe had, in the last centuries of the past millenia. Many people in the time, mid-1700’s spoke of him with high distinction among the royals, and the towns he visited under different names and titles. He was known to eat a small and regulated diet, played instruments, noble character with fine clothing, handsome, and spoke over nine languages, masterfully.
Was he the Count Drac? Kidding.
However, after death, he acquired the title of “Prince of Imposters,” like Cagliostro, a “charlatan,” and Blavatsky, “one of the greatest frauds.” Besides such slander, has it ever been proved? It has not for either case. Both Cagliostro and Count Saint-Germain taught, according to H.P.B., “Divine Magic,” during the time of rising skepticism. The Comte was said to always carry around gold and precious diamonds, speaking at dinners about transmutation and generally speaking with erudition. Blavatsky had remarked in a paper titled “Magic“:
“Our Society believes in no miracle, diabolical or human, nor in anything which eludes the grasp of either philosophical and logical induction, or the syllogistic method of deduction. But if the corrupted and comparatively modern term of “Magic” is understood to mean the higher study and knowledge of Nature and deep research into her hidden powers – those Occult and mysterious laws which constitute the ultimate essence of every element – whether with the ancients we recognize but four or five, or with the moderns over sixty; or, again, if by Magic is meant that ancient study within the sanctuaries, known as the “worship of the Light,” or divine and spiritual wisdom – as distinct from the worship of darkness or ignorance (…) then, we Theosophists “plead guilty.”
We do study that “Science of sciences,” extolled by the Eclectics and Platonists of the Alexandrian Schools, and practised by the Theurgists and the Mystics of every age. If Magic gradually fell into disrepute, it was not because of its intrinsic worthlessness, but through misconception and ignorance of its primitive meaning, and especially the cunning policy of Christian theologians, who feared lest many of the phenomena produced by and through natural (though Occult) law should give the direct lie to, and thus cheapen, “Divine biblical miracle,” and so forced the people to attribute every manifestation that they could not comprehend or explain to the direct agency of a personal devil. As well accuse the renowned Magi of old of having had no better knowledge of divine truth and the hidden powers and possibilities of physical law than their successors (…)
H.P. Blavatsky claimed that her aunt, Nadyezhda Andreyevna de Fadeye possessed important documents of the Count, which may in fact be the Souvenirs sur Marie-Antoinette, written by Baron Étienne-Léon de La Mothe-Langon (1786-1864). Charles W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant made claims that they purportedly met the Comte de Saint-Germain, and call him “the Master, Prince Rákóczy.” Mr. Leadbeater also claimed to meet “Master Jesus.”
First, both claims are quite a highly silly lie and delusion, that has led to the formation of many copyist groups in the 20th century teaching a pseudo-theosophy, a term Helena Blavatsky coined. Second, the Count’s association with the House of the Hungarian family Rákóczy — though admitted by him to Prince Charles of Hasse-Kassel — does not place him namely as the purported son of Francis Rákóczy II. The latter claim is not historically justified by any tangible evidence.
Here are some trusted works on the mystery of Comte de Saint-Germain:
- Pierre Lhermier: Le mysterieux comte de Saint Germain, Paris, Edition Colbert, 1943.
- Paul Chacornac: Le Comte de Saint-Germain (Paris: Chacornac Frères, 11 Quai Saint-Michel, 1947).
Isabelle Cooper-Oakley: The Comte de St. Germain, The Secret of Kings: A Monogram (Milano: G. Sulli-Rao, 1912)