Great White Brotherhood
The ascended masters are all a part of the Great White Brotherhood*, spoken of in Revelation 7 as the great multitude of saints “clothed with white robes” who stand before the throne of God. The Brotherhood works with earnest seekers and public servants of every race, religion and walk of life to assist humanity in their forward evolution.
Every master in heaven has already merged with the Spirit of the I AM Presence. By proving the laws of God, the masters demonstrate that we, too, can attain immortality. All that we are is not lost at the moment of death but is perpetuated by the action of that light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Among these saints are Gautama Buddha, Maitreya, Jesus Christ, Saint Michael the Archangel, Zarathustra, Moses, Melchizedek, Mother Mary, Saint Francis, Saint Germain, El Morya, Thérèse of Lisieux, and unnumbered and unnamed loving hearts, servants of humanity who have ascended to the I AM THAT I AM and are a part of the living God forevermore.
These masters are teachers of mankind. They teach the path of overcoming victory whereby the soul can reunite with the Higher Self, walk the earth with self-mastery following in the footsteps of Jesus as a Christed one and return to the heaven-world at the conclusion of a lifetime of service. This is the path of personal Christhood, whereby each one can find the way of overcoming. The ascended masters teach by example, not by words or platitudes. They reveal to us the next step of our spiritual evolution. They point the way, and they say: “I AM the way. This is the way, and the way ye know.”
The Universal Great White Brotherhood is a heavenly association of saints and sages from all paths and religions. Also included in this Brotherhood are angels and cosmic beings. The saints, teachers and holy ones who once walked among us and now serve through this body are called ascended masters.1 According to the Master Maha Chohan2 in a HeartStream from June 1, 2008, the Universal Great White Brotherhood “is the authority and governing body which represents the Godhead in this system of worlds.” White in the title doesn’t refer to race but to the light of purity that emanates from each member.
The Great White Brotherhood, in belief systems akin to Theosophical and New Age, are said to be supernatural beings of great power who spread spiritual teachings through selected humans. The members of the Brotherhood may be known as the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom or the Ascended Masters. The first person to talk about them was Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Theosophy), and after her other people claimed to have received messages from them. These included Aleister Crowley (Thelema), Alice A. Bailey (New Group of World Servers), Guy Ballard (“I AM” Activity), Geraldine Innocente (The Bridge to Freedom), Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Church Universal and Triumphant) and Benjamin Creme (Share International). Machaelle Small Wright has written extensively about the “White Brotherhood” and her communication and work with them.
As explained, the ascended masters have walked the earth and other systems of worlds and have earned their ascension3 through lifetimes of striving. While in embodiment, the ascended masters learned to walk with God intimately day by day, facing each challenge and test with grace and faith until their souls rose in victory beyond any necessity to reincarnate. It could be said that they had evolved to such a level of compassion and understanding that the Earth could no longer hold them. The victory of the ascended masters is meant to be our own. Each of us is a candidate for membership in the Brotherhood.
Great Brotherhood of Light
The Great White Brotherhood, also known as Great Brotherhood of Light or the Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth, is perceived as a spiritual organization composed of those Ascended Masters who have risen from the Earth into immortality, but still maintain an active watch over the world. C.W. Leadbeater said “The Great White Brotherhood also includes members of the Heavenly Host (the Spiritual Hierarchy directly concerned with the evolution of our world), Beneficent Members from other planets that are interested in our welfare, as well as certain unascended chelas“.
The Masters of the Ancient Wisdom are believed by Theosophists to be joined together in service to the Earth under the name of the Great White Brotherhood. The use of the term “white” refers to their use of white magic, as opposed to black, and is unrelated to race. The later versions of Blavatsky described the masters as ethnically Tibetan or Indian (Hindu), not European. Recent skeptical research indicates, however, that this description was used by Blavatsky to hide the real identity of her teachers, some of whom are said to have really been well known Indian rulers or personalities of her time.
Most occult groups assign a high level of importance to the Great White Brotherhood, but some make interaction with the Ascended Masters of the Brotherhood a major focus of their existence. Of these several, the most prominent are the “I Am” Activity, founded in the 1930s, The Bridge to Freedom, the Church Universal and Triumphant, and The Temple of The Presence. Belief in the Brotherhood and the Masters is an essential part of the syncretistic teachings of various organizations that have continued and expanded the Theosophical philosophical concepts. Information given by the Summit Lighthouse and the I AM movement is suspect, since none of the writers of these groups are Masters of any Brotherhood. Examples of those believed to be Ascended Masters would be, according to different unconfirmed sources are the Master Jesus, Confucius, Gautama Buddha, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Hilarion, Enoch, Paul the Venetian, Kwan Yin, Saint Germain, and Kuthumi. These sources say that all these peoples put aside any differences they might have had in their Earthly careers, and unite instead to advance the spiritual well-being of humanity.