Among many of the rock-cut decrees of King Ashoka is found, “Shining Venus trembles afar, Earth’s higher self and with but one finger touches us.” (Thirty-five of King Ashoka’s inscriptions still exist, cut on rocks, on pillars, and in caves.) 
(Regarding King Ashoka’s Venus Decree, Immanuel Velikovsky postulated that in the 15th century B.C. Venus was born as a comet ejected from Jupiter. This comet passed near Earth before it settled in as the planet Venus.  Velikovsky believed that much of the “vermin,” and particularly the flies referred to in Exodus, really fell from this comet before it became Venus.  Venus thus becomes, in other words, the Lord of the Flies.)
Ashoka Maurya, one of India’s greatest emperors, ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from circa 269 B.C. to 232 B.C. In his Kalinga edicts, King Ashoka addressed his people as his “children”, and mentioned that as a father he desired their good. In his edicts, he is referred to as Devānāmpriya (Pali Devānaṃpiya or “The Beloved of the Gods”), and Priyadarśin (Pali Piyadasī or “He who regards everyone with affection”). H.G. Wells wrote of Ashoka in his book The Outline of History: “Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Ashoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star.” 
Louis Jacolliot (1837 – 1890) was a French barrister, colonial judge, author and lecturer who lived in India circa 1865-1869.  Jacolliot’s many books were of particular fascination to the Russians. Jacolliot unequivocally stated that yes, the secret society of The Nine Unknown Men does exist. And it was none other than King Ashoka who had originally founded the Nine Unknowns, the most powerful secret society on Earth. 
Talbot Mundy (1879 – 1940) serialized a tale of The Nine Unknown in a pulp magazine, Adventure. This tale was collected into a book, The Nine Unknown (1923). King Ashoka had founded the secret society to preserve and develop knowledge that would be dangerous to humanity if it fell into the wrong hands. The nine unknown men were entrusted with guarding nine books of secret knowledge. In the novel the nine men are the embodiment of good and face up against nine Kali worshippers, who sow confusion and masquerade as the true sages. 
The nine books entrusted to the Nine Unknown contain information on…
- Propaganda and Psychological warfare;
- Physiology, including secrets concerning the “touch of death”;
- Communication, including communication with extraterrestrials;
- Gravity, and anti-gravity devices (Vimanas, the “ancient UFOs of India”);
- Cosmology, including hyperspace and time-travel;
- Light, and a technology capable of modifying the speed of light;
- Sociology, including rules predicting the rise and fall of empires. 
But to speak of The Nine Unknowns (likely including women by now) as a “secret society” may be a vulgar misconception, theorize Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in their bestselling book from the 1960s, The Morning of the Magicians. What had truly happened was a technical elite had sprung up during the reign of King Ashoka. These ancient Indian scientists spoke a highly specialized language and were able to do things seemingly magical in the perception of the vulgar. Even today, scientific papers are incomprehensible to most people. Take, for example, the following words from Habibullo Abdussamatov’s learnéd paper, “Grand Minimum Of The Total Solar Irradiance Leads To The Little Ice Age”:
The annual average difference between the solar radiation energy coming into the Earth’s outer atmosphere, and the reflected solar radiation and longwave radiation energy outgoing into space determine the balance of the energy budget of the Earth-atmosphere system. Difference between the incoming E(in) and outgoing E(out) radiation is described by the following equation: Е=(S+ΔS)/4–(А+ΔA)(S+ΔS)/4–εσ(Т+ΔТ)^4. (Background: Curséd, Damnable Cold Expected, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 23, 2014.)
People like Habibullo Abdussamatov belong to today’s version of The Nine Unknowns, propose Pauwels & Bergier (op. cit.) They do not belong to a de facto secret society, yet this technical elite might as well be such due to their incomprehensibility. Some initiated persons, like Isaac Asimov and Michio Kaku, have attempted to translate the Masonic language for the benefit of laypersons. However the infamous Cult of Kali (in other words the mainstream “news”) sows confusion and masquerades as the true sages by blasting upon their Horn of Misinterpretation, thereby confusing the masses about developments in the world of science.
——- Sources ——-
 Tales Of The Holy Lance, by Brian Redman. Available from Lulu.com
 “Worlds in Collision”, Wikipedia, November 29, 2014.
 “Carl Sagan’s criticisms of Worlds in Collision”, The Velikovsky Encyclopedia. http://www.velikovsky.info/Carl_Sagan%27s_criticisms_of_Worlds_in_Collision
 “Ashoka”, Wikipedia, November 28, 2014.
 “Louis Jacolliot”, Wikipedia, November 29, 2014.
 The Morning of the Magicians, by Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier. (Originally published 1960, in France.) Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2009.
 “The Nine Unknown”, Wikipedia, November 28, 2014.