Ascended Master is a term first used by
T. Spalding in
1924 in his series of books, "The
Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East" .
was originated by Helena
P. Blavatsky in
the 1870s, referring to these beings as Mahatmas.
At first she talked about them privately, but the knowledge
about the Mahatmas became more and more public.
The idea of Ascended Masters was adopted by people who had
had a connection with the Theosophical movement, such as Alice
The Ballards and the Prophets used the names and portraits
of the Theosophical Mahatmas for their Ascended Mastersand
many other New Age organizations used this concept of
Many people assume that Mahatmas abd Ascended Masters are
the same. The Theosophists claim there are differences
It is generally
believed that Ascended Masters are enlightened beings who
once lived on earth, attained
mastery over the limitations of the material
ascended and reunited with God
. An Ascended
Master has become God-like
and a source of spiritual guidance to all. According to
these teachings, they remain attentive to the spiritual
needs of humanity, and act to inspire and motivate its
spiritual growth. They are considered part of the Spiritual
Hierarchy of Earth,
and members of the Great
Brotherhood of Light,
also known as the Great
White Lodge, Great
White Brotherhood, or Universal
Alice Bailey in
1919, severed her links with the Theosophical Society and
began writing books she described as being telepathically dictated
to her by Djwhal Khul whom she referred to as "The
Tibetan" (later associated with the initials D.K.).
According to Alice
are sixty Masters
of the Ancient Wisdom,
defined as beings who have attained Ascended Mastership,
with Djwhal Khul in a pivotal role as the master who
telepathically dictated the many esoteric teachings
in Baileys' books.
Godfrey Rey King, (Guy Ballard) a former student of
Theosophy, in 1930 was allegedly contacted during a hike
on California’s Mount Shasta by a mysterious nonphysical
character. This figure identified himself as one of the
Theosophical Mahatmas, the eighteenth-century occultist
known as the Comte de St. Germain. He charged Ballard with
the task of transmitting the lessons of “the Great Law of
Life,” giving rise to what became called “the I AM
movement.” Ballard and his wife Edna soon gained a wide
following with their version of St. Germain’s teachings,
creating the Saint Germain Foundation in 1932. The I AM
movement reached its heyday in the late 1930s; Guy Ballard’s
death in 1939, combined with subsequent legal challenges,
including a suit launched by the federal government alleging
postal fraud, caused it to diminish. The organization
continues to exist today, but keeps a low profile
Mark Prophet 1958
A former student of the Saint Germain Foundation,
claimed he was commissioned by “the Ascended Master El
Morya” to transmit the teachings of the Great White
Brotherhood through an organization called the Summit
Lighthouse. Upon Mark Prophet’s death in 1973, leadership of
the organization was taken over by his wife,
Elizabeth Clare Prophet,
revealed, by taking "dictations" from them, the names of
many dozens of additional Ascended Masters that were
She changed its name to the Church Universal and Triumphant.
In 1999, Prophet retired from her activities with the
church; she died in 2009
Some of the better known Ascended Masters:
Enoch 3000 BC
(In the Bible) which says, God took him. This is
usually understood to mean that he was translated.
The I AM
people say that he is an Ascended Master.
(Egyptian Book of the Dead, etc. ) He dies by one of various
means and through the work of Isis and other gods, he is
brought back to life, long enough to beget a son by Isis.
Osiris's revival is apparently not permanent, and after this
point in the story he is only mentioned as the ruler of the
distant and mysterious realm of the dead. Egyptians
believed that they, too, could emulate Osiris's restoration
to life and rule over the realm of the dead. overcome death
as Osiris had. By worshipping him and receiving the
virtuous people could reach the highest level of the
For some reason he is unreckonized by the New Age groups.
Sanat Kumara. 1200 BC also known
as the "Lord of the World", or Ahura Mazda
The I Am group declared him an ascended master in
1937.He is thought by them to be head of
Elijah 850 BC The
Bible says, that the Prophet Elijah was translated without
seeing death and taken to heaven. “Behold, there
chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both
asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. II
Kings 2. The I
AM people say (2007) that he is an ascended master.
Gautama Buddha 500 BC The death of Buddha is not clear, but
it generally accepted that he had attained enlightenment
(i.e. masterhood) and that his death was voluntary. Today
millions of followers pray to him for deliverance.
In 1953 I Am declared him an ascended master and the
first of several Buddha Ascended Masters.
Jesus 33 AD
We all know the story. Previous incarnation as
Joshua, overshadowed by the Christ Consciousness.
St Germain 1710 Compte St. Germain has been variously
described as a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor,
alchemist, pianist, violinist and amateur composer, but is
best known as a recurring figure in the stories of several
strands of occultism - particularly those connected to
Theosophy and the White Eagle Lodge, where he is also
referred to as the Master Rakoczi or the Master R and as one
of the Masters
of the Ancient Wisdom,
is credited with near god-like powers and longevity. Some
sources write that his name is not familial, but was
invented by him as a French version of the Latin Sanctus
Germanus, meaning "Holy Brother." He was known as 'Der
Wundermann' -- 'The Wonderman'. He was a man whose origin
was unknown and who disappeared without leaving a trace Some
say he was
Francis Bacon in a previous incarnation
Morya: A Rajput Prince.
Occupied Akbar's body in a previous incarnation.
Kuthumi (Koot Hoomi La Singh): of Kashmir origin, studied at
Oxford in 1850. Was Pythagorus in a previous incarnation
Hilarion:. Was St. Paul and is now in a Cretan body
Maha chohan: Also known as the Lord of Civilization, Chief
of the Masters
Paul the Venetian:..Was also the painter Paul Veronese
Serapis:(Serapis Bey).. He works with the Deva of Evolution
Today, largely as a result of the I AM movement and the
Prophets’ activities, the idea of the Ascended Masters is
prevalent in the New Age.