How to study with the Hidden Masters
Those of us in search of Truth will be familiar with the saying "when the Disciple is ready the Master appears." But have you ever asked yourself what this phrase really means, what a 'master' is, and what it means to be truly ready? The purpose of this article is to answer these questions; simply, clearly and truthfully. To do so, we will have to dispel many illusions, misconceptions and misunderstandings. But we hope that nothing we say will cause you a moment's disquiet or disappointment.
On the contrary, it is our sincere hope that what we shall put before you will assist you to get the most from your occult studies, regardless of your previous experience, or whether you choose to apply for membership of this Secret Order or not. We do not ask that you must accept what we say. That would be against all our principles as regards personal freedom of thinking and acting; a freedom which God Himself has granted to all His creatures. But in the degree that you are willing and capable of considering what we have to say with an open mind, we hope that you will gain something of value and lose nothing but a little of your time.
When the Disciple is ready. . .
This saying is as old as man. We find variations of it in the Teachings of Li Wang Ho in China, in the Upanishads of India and in the Christian Bible. The first thing we would say is that being 'ready' means willing to be taught and willing to learn, for the two things do not necessarily go together. There are very many seekers who say they want to learn Truth, but when we examine their true desires we invariably find that what they really want is to have their pet fancies, speculations and fantasies confirmed.
The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false, and the second, to know that which is true. Lactantius (ca. 250-325 A.D.)
So many seekers are unwilling to divest themselves of their preconceptions, speculations and misconceptions and embrace Truth. They are not 'ready', and we may say unworthy of contacting the Master, for their minds are closed to the simplicity of Truth and Wisdom. An accurate and true portrait of just such a seeker can be found in a letter written by a Master to his pupil in Bulwer-Lytton's famous occult novel Zanoni. There we may read exactly what happens to those who approach the Divine Mysteries with impure desires and minds cluttered with misconceptions of what they think is occult knowledge and power.
Only those who think more of their inner condition than of their earthly personalities can be said to be ready for the Master. In The Golden Star we may read:
How often does it happen that a Teacher gives forth a particle of Truth. As long as he is speaking his listeners will Hear and Realise, if they blend their Minds with the Mind of the Teacher whilst he speaks. During that time they are illuminated, and Mind mingles with Mind in perfect understanding. But the moment the Teacher ceases, or a few moments, or days, weeks or months afterwards, the other Minds begin to reason, as they imagine. They use their intellect, which ever deceives; and instead of the Light of Illumination, they draw unto themselves the Twilight of Doubt, or even retreat into the Darkness of Ignorance.
The material always stretches out its greedy tentacles and endeavours to drag down again that principle of the human mind which, on perceiving a Ray from the Divine, unfolds its spiritual wings in order to rise upwards; away from the nether abodes of earth towards the Light. The wings of very few are strong enough to attempt the flight, and whilst they hesitate the powers of the lower regions take hold, and with a fluttering sigh the attempt is over. Thus many times must the mortal Mind receive that Ray before it can raise itself up and achieve release from the heavy shackles that drag it ever down.
Ignorance; the dawn of reason; intellect; the dawn of real understanding, or initiation; and finally Wisdom; these are the five steps which raise the man from brute to spirit. There are many intermediate stages, such as fear, doubt, superstition, dogma, fanaticism; each and every one of which has to be fought and overcome before the Light is reached. But to those who succeed in the end the reward is great, and the struggle is worth while, for it gives experience and strength. The Golden Star
That Light is the Master and the Master is that Light, if he or she be a True Teacher of the Eternal Verities. For the unready that Light is darkness, nor would the arrival of a Master help them for they lack the higher awareness to recognise and know him. H. P. Blavatsky summed up the qualifications needed to be ready for the Master in the advice she gave to her own pupils:
A clean life, an open mind, a pure heart, an eager intellect, an unveiled spiritual perception, brotherliness for one's co-disciple, a readiness to give and receive advice and instruction, a loyal sense of duty to the Teacher, a willing obedience to the behests of Truth, once we have placed our confidence in, and believe the Teacher to be in possession of it; a courageous endurance of personal injustice, a brave declaration of principles, a valiant defence of those who are unjustly attacked, and a constant eye to the ideal of human progress and perfection, as revealed to us by our Teacher. These are the golden steps by which the sincere seeker may climb to the Temple of Divine Wisdom. H. P. Blavatsky
Simple, isn't it? It is this very simplicity which is the great stumbling-block for so many seekers after 'masters'. You can read more about the differences between genuine Masters and their imitators on our where? page.
A. E. Borthwick—'The Presence', 1910.
. . .the Master appears
Some disciples who listen to the Master's words have photographic memories, but the trouble with them is that nothing is ever developed! The disciple and the Master
There is no shortage of books in which you may read about Masters with snowy white beards receiving the adulation of their fawning disciples, walking through walls (or their own disciples) and even disembarking from spaceships direct from the fifth dimension—whatever, or wherever that may be! The eternal question as to how to contact the Hidden Masters can be answered from a deep, sincere, and understanding study of the Ancient Mystery Teachings taught by the Secret Order mentioned in our introduction and described throughout our website. You can also find these answers in the books of J Michaud PhD, especially The Quest of Ruru, The Golden Star and The Teachings of Li Wang Ho. If you have not read these books, now is your opportunity to do so. Each is available to read online free of charge with no strings attached. If you study these books with your full attention and meditate upon what you read this will lead to an understanding of what, where and who the Masters are and what their work is.
The way to this knowledge lies straight before you and is open to all; but you must find it by yourself. A million books and a million articles like this can point out the way to you—but it is only your own two feet that can carry you forward along the path, and not the feet of others; although they may stretch out to you a guiding hand in brotherly love and sympathetic understanding, as we have tried to do by creating this website.
A good friend of the authors of this website went all the way to Brazil in order to find a Master among the Shamans that dwell there. What a waste of time if he only went for that purpose. He could have found a Master—the Master—anywhere in England, on any London street, on his own doorstep, in his own inner sanctum, by going within—and communing with that patient, loving, and often sorrowing Master who dwells within the Temple of our very own self. He is the Master you must first of all learn to contact with full faith that He will always hear you, guide you, protect you; if you will only let him.
You have the free will to do so, but you must approach him with the confidence of a small child who asks for the aid of loving and trusted parents. Once you have trained yourself to live and serve in such a way that you become worthy of that holy and most intimate contact with the Master within, and once you have learned to listen to his kindly voice, and to act according to the way he guides you so lovingly, you will be found worthy to come into contact with other Masters, and they will show you the way of service to those of your brothers and sisters who have not yet found the path, but will inevitably do so in God's good time.
And in time you will qualify for Mastership yourself and acquire understanding of all that now seems so puzzling to you. You will know just why there are terrible wars in the Middle East, in Iraq and in many other places around the world. There will be no need for you to travel to far and strange places to contact Masters. There are just as many Masters in England—and perhaps more—as you will find in India and over-rated Tibet. As to the possibility of meeting a real Hidden Master in the flesh—by Master we mean a being who has been found ready in every way to join the work of the great Cosmic Masters who guide the world's destinies, but who for love of his brothers still here has volunteered to re-incarnate once more, perhaps such Masters exist. But would you know them if you met them? There may be such beings about, but they would not claim Mastership or pose in such a way that people would follow them about in droves on account of their long hair, purple cloaks, sandaled feet and curly beards.
It is more likely that you will find the real Hidden Masters in the guise of simple folk who attend to the poor, the sick, the lonely, the hungry and the soul stricken, in the slums of our great cities. Or they may be giving, to those who will listen, a message of love and good cheer from a page on Facebook! We could name a great many such Masters if we wished who go out and about in the world with love in their hearts for all. The real Hidden Master is pure gold, but does not glitter! We hope we have now said enough to show you how to contact the Masters.
Secret Order Curriculum
The curriculum of this Secret Order is based on exactly the same teachings—though considerably extended and modernized in various ways—as the Mystery Schools of ancient Egypt, who in their turn received them directly or indirectly from the Great Adepts and Masters of Atlantis. These teachings may be compared to a University course of study in Philosophy, Natural and Occult laws and Science, Higher Ethics and Metaphysics. By means of these teachings, every Student has the opportunity to enter the Gateway to Initiation—to become an active Power in the service of Mankind.
David Roberts—'Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Isis at Philae'
Membership of this Secret Order is open to all, regardless of sex, age or religion. The Order has nothing to do with politics or religion in any shape or form, except that we will NOT accept applications for membership from those who deny the existence of a Supreme Godhead, or Ruler of the Universe, or those who are not willing to obey the laws of the country in which they dwell either as residents or temporary visitors.
Summary of the many subjects taught by this Secret Order
First Year Studies
- Introduction to the material laws and the mysteries of the Universe.
- The Inner secrets of atoms, electrons and their sub-divisions.
- The human body and some of its hidden mysteries. The secrets of glands and nerves.
- Some of the secret forces of nature and their hidden Laws.
- The secrets of TRUE Service and its rewards.
- Exercises to awaken the sacred centres within the human body.
- Study of Soul, Spirit and Mind.
- First discussions on extension of Consciousness and Astral Projection.
Second Year Studies
- Health and Occult Healing Processes.
- Introductory discussions on Magic and Alchemy.
- What Mystic Symbols really are and how to read them.
- The Modern Philosophies. The Philosophers from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages.
- The Philosophers of Greece.
- The Astral World and its inhabitants.
- More advanced series of exercises for the development of the inner vision.
- Reincarnation and methods to awaken the memories of previous lives on earth.
Third Year Studies
- Astral Projection.
- Higher Magical and Alchemical experiments and discussions.
- Advanced series of exercises for the development of the Inner Powers.
- The true Science of Numbers.
- The entities in charge of nature. What elementals, fairies, Devas, etc., are.
- The Teachings of Hermes first introduced and analysed.
- Hypnotism and Magnetism. Magnetic and other healing.
- The Aura and what it is: how to see it around yourself and others.
- Breath control and breathing exercises from a sensible and healthy point of view.
- The secrets of the Elements. Further discussions on the Elementals.
From the foregoing brief list it will be seen that the students of this Secret Order receive a thorough introduction to the physical laws of the Universe—or rather the Earth Plane—apart from the many Mystical and Occult subjects included in the curriculum. This knowledge of the physical is absolutely necessary for without it the seeker can never hope to grasp the great Spiritual Laws that govern the Universe.
However, we wish to make it absolutely clear that only those applicants who are sincerely interested and prepared to work hard for their own advancement over many years will be considered for membership. Those seeking glamour and 'thrills' or social networking will be disappointed as the Order does not offer group sessions or meetings of any kind. If you are not prepared for this level of dedication, have a limited understanding of English, or are seeking 'thrills' and 'mystery' it is useless to apply for membership of this Secret Order.
To apply for membership, send off for our Manifesto
Manifesto and application form
The Manifesto describes the Secret Order's aim and teachings in great depth. To receive it, together with an application form, write a hand-written letter fully and clearly explaining your reasons for wishing to join, and mail it to the address below, enclosing payment to cover mailing, packing and printing costs.
Depending on where you live, please enclose the following amount with your letter:
If you live in the UK: 2 x Royal Mail First Class stamps.
Outside the UK but within the EU: €5 CASH ONLY.
Outside the EU (e.g. in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any other country in the world): $5 CASH in US dollars ONLY.
We regret that we are unable to accept other currencies, money orders or electronic payments such as Paypal.
If payment is not enclosed, you do not include a hand-written letter explaining your reasons for wishing to study with this Secret Order or do not supply your full name and address (including ZIP/Postcode) clearly written in BLOCK CAPITALS we will not be able to mail a Manifesto and application form to you.
3 Dychurch Lane, Bozeat, Wellingborough
Northamptonshire NN29 7JP, UK
Only a limited number of vacancies for Students are available each month. Applicants who unfortunately are not selected will have their postage costs refunded.
The work of the Hidden Masters
If you, who are reading this, have the desire to help humanity to a realisation of its inheritance as sons and daughters of God, this is your opportunity to learn how to do so. The work of the members of this Secret Order is the work of the true mystic, it is the work of the Great White Brotherhood. It is the work of the Adepts who by means of consistent self-development, have fitted themselves in the ruling of the world. But it is not necessary to rule the world from a throne, or by means of a dictatorship. We must rule the world by love and service. The preparation for this need neither be long nor arduous; all that you need is sincerity, goodwill, persistence and Love. The abilities and understanding you will gain through your studies with this Secret Order will enable you to control forces both in the spiritual and the physical realm. Moreover, the Hidden Masters of the Order will impart to you wisdom by communion and inspiration; which is otherwise unobtainable.
And their protecting hand will be over you and they will cover you with their feathery wings and keep you from all harm. As Jesus tells us: ". . .and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20). If you do all these things there will at times shine forth from you a light such as you see in the famous picture 'The Presence', reproduced above; a light that is not of this earth but of the celestial realms where is the House of the Father, the House with many mansions. You yourself will become a Presence, and even if your light cannot be seen, it will be felt; for it can never be entirely hidden.