Issue 30 – 9 July 2017 – rattuos
When I write about the hidden masters it is a reference to those men and women among us who have some enlightenment but do not publicise the fact and just get on with doing whatever work it is they do. I have come across some of them but usually did not know that at the time. They are certainly teachers but are as hidden as their lessons which do not come across as lessons, not until they are learned later.
I have written here a few times about taking the opportunity to talk to your younger self, to revisit your past and put something there that your younger self will not recognise as a lesson either. I spoke to my older self as a child but thought I was talking or praying to something quite different. I mention this not because it is similar but because sometimes something we do for the wrong reasons can be turned around later and made productive.
In my clairvoyant days I discovered that many of us, if not all, tell a lie about some spiritual event we claim to have had – seeing a ghost is a common one, seeing some spirit another. Perhaps we do it to impress someone but it sticks with us and takes a life of its own. These things do, but sometimes they are like priming a pump. To do that you pour water down a water pump which means that when you start pumping there is a vacuum that draws water to the surface. We had such a pump in our garden when I was a boy and unless you poured water down it first you could pump all day for nothing. In this case often a fib told about some spiritual event leads to a life in which such things start to happen. Not always though.
In the same way there are many charlatans about and having a teacher who lies to you about these things can make a student struggle hard to match them, but if honest that student will end up achieving something the teacher could only pretend to have done. It has happened to me with gurus I have met and to many others. In a sense that is how you make gold out of lead, the secret of alchemy.
I have put together below some articles and extracts about the ’hidden masters’. Here you will see the fib that led to the creation of almost every esoteric organisation that has arisen in the last 150 years. Even the famous Krishnamurti is a product of this. Almost certainly in my mind he went along with the pretence as a boy, rejected the nonsense when he became a man and found the reality happening to him when he was an old man, and highly respected as an enlightened one.
It seems to start with Mme Blavatski who either heard about them or invented them. She claimed contact with some hidden masters or more precisely spirit guides. Then members of her organisation also started ‘meeting’ them, even getting letters from them. She claimed eventually to have been to Tibet and stayed with one but her tales of Tibet did not impress those who actually knew the country. It was a convenient location for these masters then as it was so inaccessible. Years later Gurdjieff claimed to have crossed the Gobi desert on sheepback and found the hidden brotherhood somewhere in Afghanistan but again this did not fool the scientists on his trail later who found it to be a product of his extraordinary imagination. The pictures of these masters that such people commissioned usually look like the many portraits made of Jesus for Sunday schools, long hair, beard and bright blue eyes. So it was not long before these hidden masters were found to include Jesus and many others – all others in fact – who were deemed to be spirit masters. More recently Benjamin Crème advertised his meetings with a photograph of such a face which he claimed belonged to the hidden man he called the Maitreya. Going back to early days of Blavatsky the expectation was of the world teacher emerging towards the end of the 20th century. So take a look at the following articles (again if you know it all) and see what you think. Whatever we think it is an undeniable fact that these people have created the environment in which most seekers now find themselves and most sects inhabit. Many major religions have used and retained outright myths which they still insist are truths and teach to all who come to them. It seems to be how spiritual organisations grow and exist. Ideally we would only have true facts to encounter in religion or spiritual development, but separating truth from fiction is most of the work for real enlightenment and this is fertile ground for such a pursuit.
Bear in mind that many mediums mean well but are mistaken about the names and identifications they give to their inspiration. It is par for the course and clairvoyance is far from a perfect art, but it can make things happen. And that is how we can look at these people. We are impressionable as a species and when indoctrinated, often as children, these impressions will colour many of our later experiences. A good example is the somewhat childish belief that Atlantis existed long ago as an advanced culture. It is certainly not evidenced by archaeology. Eventually we were told by the Theosophists that their hidden master was once the emperor of Atlantis in 230,000BC. In fact we are Atlantis – it was a prophecy known in Egypt about our own time, the ’west’ etc. The prophecy was placed there and intended to try to help future generations to avoid this predicted catastrophe but it will not be averted if we now place the problem in the distant past rather than our immediate future. Perhaps that is the crux of the problem with clairvoyant visions of the future – you can tell the truth but it will not be believed. Time refuses to be short circuited, fate refuses to be robbed.
“The Masters of the Ancient Wisdom are reputed to be enlightened beings originally identified by the Theosophists Helena Blavatsky, Henry S. Olcott, Alfred Percy Sinnett, and others. These Theosophists claimed to have met some of the so-called Masters during their lifetimes in different parts of the world. Sometimes they are referred to by Theosophists as Elder Brothers of the Human Race, Adepts, Mahatmas, or simply as The Masters.
Helena Blavatsky was the first person to introduce the concept of the Masters to the West. At first she talked about them privately, but she stated that after a few years two of these adepts, Kuthumi (K.H.) and Morya (M.), agreed to maintain a correspondence with two British Theosophists – Alfred P. Sinnett and A. O. Hume. This communication took place from 1880 to 1885, and during those years the reputed existence and objectives of the Mahatmas became public. The original letters are currently kept in the British Library in London and have been published as the Mahatma Letters
Who are these Masters we have been referring to so often? An accurate understanding in this regard seems crucial to an accurate understanding of Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement.
“Our MASTERS … are simply holy mortals, nevertheless, however, higher than any in this world, morally, intellectually and spiritually,” says H.P. Blavatsky in one of her articles. “However holy and advanced in the science of the Mysteries – they are still men, members of a Brotherhood, who are the first in it to show themselves subservient to its time-honoured laws and rules.”
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Russian: Еле́на Петро́вна Блава́тская, Yelena Petrovna Blavatskaya; 12 August [O.S. 31 July] 1831 – 8 May 1891) was a Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (/’gɜːrdʒiˌɛf/; 13 January 1866/1872/1877? – 29 October 1949), also commonly referred to as Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff and G. I. Gurdjieff, was an influential early 20th-century mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer of Armenian and Greek descent, born in Armenia under Russian rule
…..He asserts that he has encounters with dervishes, fakirs and descendants of the extinct Essenes, whose teaching had been, he claimed, conserved at a monastery in Sarmoung. The book also has an overarching quest narrative involving a map of “pre-sand Egypt” and culminating in an encounter with the “Sarmoung Brotherhood“, an organisation that has never been definitively identified; historian Mark Sedgwick has described it as “overtly fictional” and “entirely imaginary”.
Several 19th and 20th century occultists claimed to belong to or to have contacted these Secret Chiefs and made these communications known to others, including H.P. Blavatsky (who called them the “Tibetan Masters” or Mahatmas), C.W. Leadbeater and Alice A. Bailey (who called them Masters of the Ancient Wisdom), Guy Ballard and Elizabeth Clare Prophet (who called them Ascended Masters), Aleister Crowley (who used the term to refer to members of the upper three grades of his order, A∴A∴ ), Dion Fortune (who called them the “esoteric order”), and Max Heindel (who called them the “Elder Brothers”).
…..Helena Blavatsky’s theosophy, a blend of Western Occultism and Asian religious philosophy, proposed the existence of a society of Secret Chiefs called the Great White Brotherhood. Later offshoots of the Theosophical Society used the term Ascended master or Mahatma.
In the Ascended Master Teachings, Ascended Master are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans, but who have undergone a series of spiritual transformations originally called initiations.
Both “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Master” are terms used in the Ascended Master Teachings. Ascended Master is based on the Theosophical concept of the Mahatma or Master of the Ancient Wisdom. However, “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Masters” are believed by some to differ in certain respects
….The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded by those claiming to be in communication with the Secret Chiefs. One of these Secret Chiefs was Anna Sprengel. Her name and address were decoded from the Cipher Manuscripts.
S.L. MacGregor Mathers
Main article: Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers
In 1892, Mathers was convinced that he had contacted these Secret Chiefs, and that this confirmed his position as head of the Golden Dawn. He declared this in a manifesto four years later saying that they were human and living on Earth, yet possessed terrible superhuman powers. He used this status to found the Second Order within the Golden Dawn, and to introduce the Adeptus Minor ritual.
Main article: Aleister Crowley
While in Algeria in 1909, Crowley, along with Victor Neuburg, recited numerous Enochian Calls or Aires. After the fifteenth Aire, he was told that he had attained the grade of Magister Templi (Master of the Temple), which meant that he himself was now on the level of these Secret Chiefs, although this declaration caused many legitimate occultists to stop taking him seriously if they had not done so already. He also described this attainment as a possible and in fact a necessary step for all who truly followed his path.
In 1947, when Aleister Crowley died, he left behind a sketch of one of the “Secret Chiefs”, Crowley’s invisible mentor that he called LAM. The sketch looks like a Grey Alien.
Fourth way and related teachings
- I. Gurdjieff
Main article: Fourth way
The Graeco-Armenian G. I. Gurdjieff‘s teachings, known as the Fourth Way, mentioned a “Universal Brotherhood” and also a mysterious group of monks called the Sarmoung (also: Sarman, Sarmouni). Both groups were described as in possession of advanced knowledge and powers, and as being open to suitable candidates from all creeds. He also believed in advanced kinds of humans called “man number 6” and “man number seven”, of whom he said:-
They cannot perform actions opposed to their understanding or have an understanding which is not expressed by actions. At the same time there can be no discords among them, no differences of understanding. Therefore their activity is entirely co-ordinated and leads to one common aim without any kind of compulsion because it is based upon a common and identical understanding.
…although he never explicitly linked “higher man” to his “brotherhoods”.
- G. Bennett
- G. Bennett, was both a prominent student of Gurdjieff and an independent thinker. In his work The Dramatic Universe he speculated on a discarnate Hidden Directorate, or “Demiurgic intelligences”. He later linked the Hidden Directorate with a historically attested lineage of Sufis, the Khwajagan. These theories, influenced by a Turkish Sufi called Hasan Shushud, were spelled out in his last book, Masters of Wisdom.
The Afghan-Scottish teacher Idries Shah regarded himself as a Sufi, not a Fourth Way exponent, although he took on pupils from Bennett’s, and other, Gurdjieff groups. He mentioned the Sarmoung or Sarman several times in his works. Shah also linked a number of Western initiatory groups such as the Rosicrucians and Freemasons to Sufis.
In 1986, the journalist Edward Campbell wrote a book, The People of the Secret, under the pseudonym “Ernest Scott”. The author, referring to a thesis first published by John G. Bennett in his work The Dramatic Universe in 1956, postulates that there is a “Hidden Directorate” influencing, guiding and intervening in humanity’s destiny over the centuries. According to the author, amongst those with links to the directorate are the Sufi and Sarmouni mystics. The work was published by the writer, thinker and Sufi teacher Idries Shah’s Octagon Press.
Wikipedia (various articles)
At the Feet of the Master is a book attributed to Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986), authored when he was fourteen years old. Written under the name Alcyone, it was first published in 1910. The work was closely related to the so-called World Teacher Project, a contemporary messianic endeavor launched by the Theosophical Society. The book is considered a spiritual classic and was still in print as of 2012.
…The following is stated in the book’s foreword: “These are not my words; they are the words of the Master who taught me.” This statement is related to Leadbeater’s claim that over a period of about five months during 1909–10, the so-called Master Kuthumi (Koot Hoomi) – a postulated embodied spiritual entity – was releasing to Krishnamurti, through a mystical process and while the boy was asleep, the spiritual instruction that makes up the work. Upon waking, Krishnamurti “with great laboriousness” put the instructions into notes; afterwards, the notes were checked for spelling and grammar, and then arranged and typed by Leadbeater. The resulting typescript formed the basis for the book’s original edition; Krishnamurti’s handwritten notes were lost sometime after the book’s publication.
Jiddu Krishnamurti Enlightenment Story
This is an excerpt from Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening by Mary Luytens.
Ever since I left Australia I have been thinking and deliberating about the message which the Master K. H. gave me while I was there. I naturally wanted to achieve those orders as soon as I could, and I was to a certain extent uncertain as to the best method of attaining the ideals which were put before me.
I do not think a day passed without spending some thought over it, but I am ashamed to say all this was done most casually and rather carelessly. But at the back of my mind the message of the Master ever dwelt.
Well, since August 3rd, I meditated regularly for about thirty minutes every morning. I could, to my astonishment, concentrate with considerable ease, and within a few days I began to see clearly where I had failed and where I was failing. Immediately I set about, consciously, to annihilate the wrong accumulations of the past years. With the same deliberation I set about to find out ways and means to achieve my aim.
First I realized that I had to harmonize all my other bodies with the Buddhic plane (the highest plane of consciousness) and to bring about this happy combination I had to find out what my ego wanted on the Buddhic plane. To harmonize the various bodies I had to keep them vibrating at the same rate as the Buddhic, and to do this I had to find out what was the vital interest of the Buddhic.
With ease which rather astonished me I found the main interest on that high plane was to serve the Lord Maitreya and the Masters. With that idea clear in my physical mind I had to direct and control the other bodies to act and to think the same as one the noble and spiritual plane. During that period of less than three weeks, I concentrated to keep in mind the image of the Lord Maitreya throughout the entire day, and I found no difficulty in doing this. I found that I was getting calmer and more serene. My whole outlook on life was changed.
Then, on the 17th of August, I felt acute pain at the nape of my neck and I had to cut down my meditation to fifteen minutes. The pain instead of getting better as I had hoped grew worse. The climax was reached on the 19th. I could not think, nor was I able to do anything, and I was forced by friends here to retire to bed. Then I became almost unconscious, though I was well aware of what was happening around me.
I came to myself at about noon each day. On the first day while I was in that state and more conscious of the things around me, I had the first most extraordinary experience. There was a man mending the road; that man was myself; the pickaxe he had was myself; the very stone which he was breaking up was a part of me; the tender blade of grass was my very being, and the three beside the man was myself. I almost could feel and think like the roadmender, and I could feel the wind passing through the tree, and the little ant on the blade of grass I could feel. The birds, the dust, and the very noise were a part of me. Just then there was a car passing by at some distance; I was the driver, the engine, and the tires; as the car went further away from me, I was going away from myself. I was in everything, or rather everything was in me, inanimate and animate, the mountain, the worm, and all breathing things.
All day long I remained in this happy condition. I could not eat anything, and again at about six I began to lose my physical body, and naturally the physical elemental did what it liked; I was semi-conscious…….
Account by C. W. Leadbeater
- W. Leadbeater describes the physical appearance of Master KH as follows:
The Master Kuthumi wears the body of a Kashmiri Brahman, and is as fair in complexion as the average Englishman. He, too, has flowing hair, and His eyes are blue and full of joy and love. His hair and beard are brown, which, as the sunlight catches it, becomes ruddy with glints of gold. His face is somewhat hard to describe, for His expression is ever changing as He smiles; the nose is finely chiselled, and the eyes are large and of a wonderful liquid blue.
There was skepticism about the existence of Koot Hoomi.
In 1884, Rev. George Patterson published an article “The Collapse of Koot Hoomi” which stated that Koot Hoomi did not exist. Based on information he received from Emma Coulomb it was alleged that Hoomi was actually a dummy made from cloth with a painted face that her husband Alexis Coulomb wore on his shoulders at night. Blavatsky denied the accusations of fraud
Blavatsky met Emma and Alex in 1871 in Cairo. They founded the short-lived Société Spirite. In August 1879, Emma and Alex contacted Blavatsky because they had financial problems. They were stranded in Sri Lanka, and Blavatsky helped them to get to Mumbai and tried to find a job for them. As she couldn’t find a job for them, she provided them with a position in the Theosophical Society, where they were doing various chores, such as cooking and gardening. In February 1884, Blavatsky and H. S. Olcott travelled to Europe. After their departure, a conflict between the Coulombs and the Theosophical Society escalated. The Coulombs tried to blackmail and threaten Blavatsky, whereupon Blavatsky dismissed them. When the theosophists inspected Blavatsky’s room after the Coulombs had to leave, they found secret doors in her room. Alexis claimed that he constructed these secret doors for Blavatsky. Theosophists have said that Alexis’ constructions were obviously newly built, and the secret doors could not be opened or closed silently or without strong effort.
After the Coulombs were dismissed, they went to their Christian missionary friends of the Free Church of Scotland, and gave them letters that were allegedly written by Blavatsky to Emma. These letters suggested that Blavatsky was a fraud. The chaplain George Patterson published extracts from these letters in the Madras Christian College Magazine. The incident became well known all over India and also in America and Europe. Blavatsky then immediately published a reply in several newspapers. Blavatsky and Olcott then travelled back to India in the end of 1884. Soon afterwards the Hodgson Report was published, which also severely damaged Blavatsky’s reputation. The report also contained the allegations of the Coulombs.
In 1986 and 1997, Vernon Harrison of the SPR published a study on the Hodgson Report. The Blavatsky–Coulomb letters were destroyed by Elliott Coues, an enemy of Blavatsky, so that they cannot be studied today anymore.
Charles Webster Leadbeater (/’lɛdˌbɛtər/; 16 February 1854 – 1 March 1934) was an influential member of the Theosophical Society, author on occult subjects and co-initiator with J. I. Wedgwood of the Liberal Catholic Church.
Originally a priest of the Church of England, his interest in spiritualism caused him to end his affiliation with Anglicanism in favour of the Theosophical Society, where he became an associate of Annie Besant. He became a high-ranking officer of the society, but resigned in 1906 amid a scandal involving accusations of pederasty. After Annie Besant became President of the Society, he was readmitted. Leadbeater went on to write over 69 books and pamphlets as well as maintain regular speaking engagements. His efforts on behalf of the society assured his status as one of its leading members until his death in 1934.
….His interest in Theosophy was stimulated by A.P. Sinnett‘s Occult World, and he joined the Theosophical Society in 1883. The next year he met Helena Petrovna Blavatsky when she came to London; she accepted him as a pupil and he became a vegetarian.
Around this time he wrote a letter to Kuthumi, asking to be accepted as his pupil. Shortly afterward, an encouraging response influenced him to go to India; he arrived at Adyar in 1884. He wrote that while in India, he had received visits and training from some of the “Masters” that according to Blavatsky were the inspiration behind the formation of the Theosophical Society, and were its hidden guides. This was the start of a long career with the Theosophical Society.
….In 1909 Leadbeater “discovered” fourteen-year-old Jiddu Krishnamurti on the private beach attached to the headquarters at Adyar. Jiddu was able to use that beach as his father was working for the society and living on the grounds. Leadbeater believed Krishnamurti to be the “vessel” for the indwelling of a concept known as World Teacher, whose imminent appearance he and many Theosophists were expecting. Like Moses, Siddhārtha Gautama, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), Jesus of Nazareth, and Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullāh, the new teacher would reputedly divulge a new religious dispensation.
Leadbeater assigned the pseudonym Alcyone to Krishnamurti and under the title “Rents in the Veil of Time”, he published 30 reputed past lives of Alcyone in a series in The Theosophist magazine beginning in April 1910. “They ranged from 22,662 BC to 624 AD … Alcyone was a female in eleven of them.”
Leadbeater stayed in India until 1915, overseeing the education of Krishnamurti; he then relocated to Australia. During the late 1920s, Krishnamurti disavowed the role that Leadbeater and other Theosophists expected him to fulfil. He disassociated himself from the Theosophical Society and its doctrines and practices, and during the next six decades became known as an influential speaker on philosophical and religious subjects.
Wikipedia (various articles)
In the Ascended Master Teachings, Ascended Masters are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans, but who have undergone a series of spiritual transformations originally called initiations.
Both “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Master” are terms used in the Ascended Master Teachings. Ascended Master is based on the Theosophical concept of the Mahatma or Master of the Ancient Wisdom. However, “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Masters” are believed by some to differ in certain respects.
The Ascended Master Teachings refer to the Sixth Initiation as Ascension.
According to the Ascended Master Teachings, a “Master”, “Commoner”, “Shaman”, or “Spiritual Master” is a human being who has taken the Fifth Initiation and is thereby capable of dwelling on the 5th dimension. An “Ascended Master” is a human being who has taken the Sixth Initiation and is thereby capable of dwelling on the 6th dimension. An “Ascended Master” is a human being who has regained full union with his “Mighty I AM Presence.” When a human being has regained full union with his “Mighty I AM Presence,” that state of full union is referred to as “Ascension.” Technically, a human being “ascends” when he takes the Sixth Initiation, and not before then.
A “Chohan” (Lord) of a “Ray” is an Ascended Master who has been placed in charge of one of the 12 “Rays” (until recently, 7 Rays were generally known, and 5 Rays were “secret”), due to having an extraordinary natural spiritual affinity for that Ray. A “Ray” is a concentrated stream of spiritual energy emanating, ultimately, from the Godhead. Each “Ray” is the embodiment/expression of one of the 12 great God-Qualities, such as Divine Will, Divine Wisdom, Divine Love, etc. The “Chohans (Lords) of the Rays” thus constitute a special grouping of Ascended Masters (Sixth Level Initiates).
Those who have taken the Seventh Initiation hold the Senior Administrative Posts in the Great White Brotherhood on Earth. These senior administrative posts are divided into 3 departments: The Department of the Manu, the Department of the Planetary Christ, and the Department of the Mahachohan. ”
A “Lord of the World” is a human being (or a being of some lifewave other than the human lifewave) who has taken the Ninth Initiation. The Ninth Initiation is the highest Initiation possible on a 9d-dimensional planet grid such as Earth and it will be until the end of the 21st of December 2012. Sanat Kumara (a “Lord of the Flame” originally from the higher-dimensional levels of the planet Venus) was the original being who held the spiritual office of “Lord of the World” here on planet Earth.
The term “Ascended Master” was first used by Baird T. Spalding in 1924 in his series of books, “The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East” (DeVorss and Co.). Godfre Ray King further popularized this concept of spiritual masters who had once lived on the earth in his book Unveiled Mysteries (1934) by Guy Ballard (1878-1939). Ballard was the founder of the first “Ascended Master Teaching” in modern times, known as The “I AM” Activity (in full: The “I AM” Religious Activity of the Saint Germain Foundation ). The teachings were continued and embellished by later organizations such as The Bridge to Freedom (founded 1951) (known in the 1980s as The New Age Church of the Christ, and later as The Bridge to Spiritual Freedom), The Summit Lighthouse (founded 1958) and its successor organization the Church Universal and Triumphant, and various other organizations such as the White Eagle Lodge (1936). A more modern form of the teachings, which did not rely on “channeled” messages, was given by a former associate of Godfre Ray King, Pearl Dorris, in Mount Shasta, California, beginning on October 20, 1972 and continuing until her death in Yreka, California in 1990. See her books, “The Step by Step Series” (M. S. Princess). Her emphasis was on learning to feel and identify with the I AM Presence within, rather than invoking the “Presence” as a mental principal existing outside oneself. Under her tutelage, Peter Mt. Shasta was trained to continue the Masters’ teachings, working today to incorporate the inner teachings of the Far East and their emphasis on self-observation, with the dynamic I AM teachings of using language to develop mastery in action in daily life. See “Adventures of a Western Mystic: Part 1, Apprentice to the Masters,” and Part 2, “Search for the Guru;” also, “I AM Affirmations and the Secret of their Effective Use” (Church of the Seven Rays). See also “I AM the Open Door” (M. S. Princess, 1979).
The rays, the divines evolutions of peoples and planets are represented by 7 colors (new age) and more 5 colors (new age gold or solar rays). The colors of new age and solar rays are (in order): 1 blue (power of faith); 2 yellow (obedience); 3 pink (beauty; geniality); 4 white (ascension; peace; light); 5 green (nature); 6 red (true resurrection); 7 violet (New Age of Master Saint German); 8 turquoise (lucidity); 9 magenta (divine wonder; justiciars); 10 gold (materialization of wealth); 11 orange (sunshine); 12 Opaline (renewal).[
…According to Alice Bailey and Benjamin Creme there are sixty Masters of the Ancient Wisdom, defined as beings who have reached the Fifth Level of Initiation or above, with Djwhal Khul in a pivotal role as the master who telepathically dictated the many esoteric teachings in Baileys’ books. Elizabeth Clare Prophet revealed, by taking “dictations” from them, the names of many dozens of additional Ascended Masters that were previously unknown.
The concept of recognizing the spiritual self, one’s own psychological and karma battles and how to overcome them, and eventual Ascension of all humanity is covered in James Redfield‘s Celestine Prophecy and its sequels, The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision and The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight. These books, while controversial, are recent popularizations of the concept of Ascension.
In Ascended Master teachings there is also mention of Serapis Bey, a being who was incarnated as a high priest in one of the “Temples of the Sacred Fire” on Atlantis, and who migrated to Egypt at the time of the destruction of Atlantis. It is also believed that he was incarnated as the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III (who constructed the Temple of Luxor to the god Amon) and also as Leonidas, the King of Sparta, who was killed in 480 BC defending the pass of Thermopylae against the invasion of Greece by Emperor Xerxes I of the Persian Empire. According to teachings of Agni Yoga, Serapis Bey purports to be, in past lives, the Roman king Numa Pompilius, and the philosophers Confucius, Plato and Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca). He is referred to in the book Supermundane as The Thinker.
“Mrs. Prophet, we’ve barely touched on the subject of El Morya. Can you tell us a bit more about him?
El Morya begins at the beginning on the first ray. He teaches that without dedication to the will of God, you cannot be disciplined on any of the other rays. So Morya takes on those individuals who have perhaps rebelled against their inner calling and are not really following the master of their ray because they have not yet come to grips with their own relationship to the will of God.
The most important lesson that I have learned from El Morya is that the will of God is within us. It is our inner blueprint; it is the design of the soul. To rebel against the will of God is to rebel against the Self, the True Self.
Jesus teaches us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And so to begin the path of true chelaship we have to resolve this schism within the self. We have to realize that the will of God is good and it will not take from us our true identity, but it is the adornment of that reality.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet, could you tell us about the embodiments of El Morya?
El Morya was Abraham, Hebrew patriarch and progenitor of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was Melchior, one of the three wise men who attended the birth of Jesus.
In the sixth century he was embodied as King Arthur. Our hero of this age, if we ever had a hero, would be King Arthur. And if we were ever to go back in history, I think we would all like to be at Camelot.
It is the jeweled-love quality of El Morya that makes us hark back to this great visionary king who founded the order of the Knights of the Round Table. His knights went in quest of the Holy Grail, from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper. Legend tells us this Holy Grail was brought from the Holy Land by Joseph of Arimathea and buried in a well at Glastonbury. The focal point was thus set for the dispensation of Camelot.
In the twelfth century Morya was embodied as Thomas à Becket, Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry II…………