9 Unknown Men: The mysterious secret society of ancient India!!

Prateek C
4 min readOct 8, 2020
Emperor Ashoka on his chariot (source: Wikipedia)

Think about the greatest emperor the Indian sub-continent ever had, the name that comes first is Emperor Ashoka, the 3rd ruler of the Maurya dynasty and the grandson of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.

When Chandragupta Maurya established his empire in 322 BC, he would have never thought that one day his grandson would take over and expand the Maurya empire beyond the horizons. Legends say that Ashoka’s empire was the greatest of all the empires in terms of land, army, finance, education, trade, and quality of life.

Ashoka was also famous for converting to and promoting Buddhism. Only during his 8th regnal year, he fought his last war; The Kalinga War. Seeing the aftermath of the war, which he even won, he was in a state of horror, shock, and depression. It was then he decided to convert to Buddhism. He made efforts to spread Buddhism throughout India, Malaya or Malaysia, Ceylon or Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. It was his efforts that Buddhism later rose in China, Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia.

He also realized that the true power is in knowledge. He started this mission to seek to prevent the people and his fellow men from putting their intelligence towards evil, particularly the evil involved with warfare. He thought that the task of collecting, preserving, and containing all knowledge was too great for one emperor or a man to do alone. So he summoned nine of the most brilliant minds in India at that time. The identity of those 9 men was kept a secret for their own security. Ashoka asked these genius 9 men to form a secret society. This secret society came to be known as The Nine Unknown Men.

This secret society set up accumulating all of the scientific knowledge they could. Be it natural science, psychology, the composition of matter, physics, chemistry, astrology, astronomy, etc. Ashoka feared that if ordinary men were given this scientific knowledge, they would use it for destruction, so only those nine men were allowed to study and develop scientific theories and technology. And, to preserve and to better accomplish this, each of the nine men was given the task of writing, updating, and revising a book. When any one of the nine could no longer carry on the task, whether death, fading health or wish to retire, the duty was passed on to a successor…

Prateek C

Engineer, entrepreneur, and a biker. Co-founder: The Good Biker (https://medium.com/@thegoodbiker02)