Ascended Master (or
Mahatma) was a concept originally presented by Helena
P. Blavatsky in
the 1870s, the idea of Ascended Masters of the Ancient
Wisdom was adopted by people who had had a connection with
the Theosophical movement, such as Alice
Roerich, and Manly
P. Hall. Later on, many other New Age
organizationsdeveloped the concept of Ascended Masters,
which departs from the theosophical one in several aspects.
It is believed that Ascended Masters are individuals who
were formerly embodied on the Earth and learned the lessons
of life during their incarnations. They gained mastery over
the limitations of the material
planes, balanced at least 51% of negative karma,
and fulfilled their Dharma.
An Ascended Master has become God-like
and a source of spiritual guidance to all, and through
ascension has united with theown Higher Self.
It is further claimed by various groups and teachers all
people will eventually attain ascension and
move forward in spiritual evolution. 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 White Brotherhood.
According to Alice
Bailey and Benjamin
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. Elizabeth
Clare Prophet revealed,
by taking "dictations" from them, the names of many dozens
of additional Ascended Masters that were previously unknown.
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". Godfre Ray King (Guy
further popularized this concept of spiritual masters who
had once lived on the earth in his1934 book Unveiled
and subsequent books.