The Grandmaster Frantisek Kabelak
Frantisek Kabelak (*1902 +1969)
One of the most outstanding personalities of the world’s esoteric scene. Kabelak could be specified as a maverick who was so hungry for knowledge that he sacrificed most of his time, often also his personal life to it.
Kabelak was born in a Czech family in Vienna, where he studied and also began his interest in esoteric science. During his studies he was already a member of the Magikon study circle. After graduation, similarly to other major esoterics, he was travelling around the world. He visited among others Africa, Asia and Southeast Europe. The purpose of this travelling was looking for esoteric culture which in many cases he managed to find. As he writes himself, in Palestine he was influenced by meeting with the Master of Kabbalah so much that for the rest of his life Kabbalah was the main focus of his study. However, despite that, Kabelak was very familiar with other esoteric disciplines such as practical magic, ceremonial magic, magic mirrors, psychometry, spagyrics, cabbalistic theurgy, clairvoyant magic and alchemy. At the same time he knew several foreign languages – English, Hebrew, Arabic, German, Polish, French, Coptic, Latin, and there are a few other cultures and languages in which he was interested – in some of his remarks there are words of the Tibetan and Indian languages, or also notes in Russian. As we can see, Kabelak really had an almost encyclopaedic knowledge and his range of knowledge was extraordinary.
After returning from his trips, Kabelak moved to Prague (1936). Here he very soon became a member of Universalie and due to his knowledge he was almost immediately involved in lecturing. He initiates the creation of a spagyric and alchemical laboratory. He also used it, because he was very interested in the manifestation of ideas in nature and he himself practiced Hermetic medicine, about which he wrote a comprehensive work entitled Herbarium spirituale siderium. Besides this work, Kabelak was very active in writing and during his membership in Universalie he published many works in the bottom edition of Eulis, and he also regularly contributed to the Logos membership magazine. He translated Faust’s Magic innaturalis which had apparently greatly influenced him during the course of his study in Vienna, as well as Magic Nigrae which he added with his own comments. He continued this way until the beginning of the war, when the activities of Universalie were forbidden.
Outside the already mentioned specializations, Kabelak was also actively interested in secret societies, especially Rosicrucians of which he had an extensive library. However, his wife sold it when he was travelling for a long time – although he was very upset about it, he began to build a new library. After the arrival of the Nazis in Prague it was destroyed by the Gestapo.
Kabelak’s activity during the Second World War has not been evidenced. Some sources mention that he was forced to work in a quarry. Unlike many of his colleagues he managed to survive the war.
After the war Kabelak closed into privacy, he moved away from Prague and studied alone. Later, during communism, when all the esoteric activities were prohibited, he moved to Becov. There at the edge of a forest he had a cottage, where he continued in individual studies and experiments. During this period he stayed in touch with a few friends from the esoteric community, he completely withdraw from the public scene. In this period Kabelak was diligently working on his manuscripts – Kabelak wrote many works, unfortunately, far from all survived. Many of the manuscripts were in a hold of Kabelak’s close friend, who unfortunately was later arrested by the secret police and his entire library, including Kabelak’s manuscripts was taken and destroyed. His sister managed to salvage something, but many valuable works were lost. The surviving works include 18 of his own works and translations.
He came back to the “public” scene in the 1960’s, when in Prague he secretly taught a small group of people. He created a whole cycle of educational lectures, from which, however, due to the totalitarianism, there was nothing left.
In his mid-70’s Kabelak was already seriously ill. He wanted to write an immense work, which would be a complete synthesis of his extensive knowledge and understanding. Eventually, he was able to realize only a third of his intentions … in September 1969 he died over half-written manuscripts – he was working right until the very end!
We believe that Frantisek Kabelak was Illuminati by heart and soul. He believed in another world – a world where the truth would be established, and the possibilities of spiritual knowledge would be limitless.
Frantisek Kabelak who has many successors, would be satisfied in today’s world of possibilities. We all live in their dreams. In dreams, in which they hoped and for which they fought for until their last breath.
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