A Biographical Sketch of an Initiate
The Count of St. Germain, or rather the Comte de Saint Germain, is one of the most mysterious figures from eighteenth century Europe. By turns he was an aristocratic nobleman; a diplomat; a spy; a composer; or, as some like to claim – a charlatan. The fact that he never ate in public, or give credible sources for his background, education, and wealth, only adds to the mystery that surrounded the Comte de Saint Germain during his lifetime. Some saw him as an ascended Master, a wandering immortal, or as an emissary from the Great Brotherhood. In recent decades, with the popular rise of occultism and attendant New Age systems, the Count has received renewed attention.
This book by Isabel Cooper-Oakley remains the best known biography of this illusive figure. It is a biographical sketch compiled from letters, diaries, and private records written about the Count by members of the French aristocracy who knew him in the 18th century. It is a testimony, to both the recorders and to Isabel Cooper-Oakley, that such sketches were able to be collated when taken into account that the Count made deliberate efforts to obscure and mystify his own movements.
The Comte de Saint Germain will forever remain a mysterious enigma, for he can be no other.
A New Foreword by Solomon James
THE COMTE DE ST. GERMAIN
MYSTIC AND PHILOSOPHER
HE was, perhaps, one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived. The friend of humanity, wishing for money only that he might give to the poor, a friend to animals, his heart was concerned only with the happiness of others.
- A. LE LANDGRAVE CHARLES, PRINCE DE HESSE
DURING the last quarter of every hundred years an attempt is made by those Masters, of whom I have spoken, to help on the spiritual progress of Humanity. Towards the close of each century you will invariably find that an outpouring or upheaval of spirituality--or call it mysticism if you prefer--has taken place. Some one or more persons have appeared in the world as their agents, and a greater or less amount of occult knowledge or teaching has been given out.
- P. BLAVATSKY
THE Comte de St. Germain was certainly the greatest Oriental Adept Europe has seen during the last centuries.
- P. BLAVATSKY
AMONG the strange mysterious beings, with which the eighteenth century was so richly dowered, no one has commanded more universal comment and attention than the mystic who was known by the name of the Comte de St. Germain. A hero of romance; a charlatan; a swindler and an adventurer; rich and varied were the names that showered freely upon him. Hated by the many, loved and reverenced by the few, time has not yet lifted the veil which screened his true mission from the vulgar speculators of the period. Then, as now, the occultist was dubbed charlatan by the ignorant; only some men and women here and there realized the power of which he stood possessed. The friend and councilor of kings and princes, an enemy to ministers who were skilled in deception, he brought his great knowledge to help the West, to stave off in some small measure the storm clouds that were gathering so thickly around some nations. Alas! His words of warning fell on deafened ears, and his advice went all unheeded.