What the Hidden Masters teach
Before we discuss what the Hidden Masters teach it is important to consider what the Ancient Mystery Teachings actually are. You may have heard a great deal about them or you may not. There are many different and contradictory opinions about these teachings but precious few facts. We do not wish to add to such arguments, for the Hidden Masters teach Occult Science, and Science, by its very nature, is, or should be, concerned with facts, laws and principles, not speculations.
Science can never be easy to understand, and this is even more true of the occult sciences which embrace the study of matter and spirit in all their complex relationships. This difficulty is compounded when we consider that a large part—but not all—of these sciences are to be found concealed in the Ancient Mystery Teachings which are scattered throughout the world in the sacred texts, myths and legends of all times and peoples. The only reason people do not believe in, or understand such writings, traditions and teachings is that they no longer know how to interpret them. One of the tasks of the Hidden Masters of this Secret Order is to teach their students how to read and correctly interpret such writings to extract their occult, or hidden meaning. Contrary to what you may have thought, it is quite impossible to make head or tail of the Bible, the Kabbalah, the books of Hermes or Greek mythology without a kindly guide.
Occult Science is truly a labyrinth in which the explorer is hopelessly lost without such a guide. Hence, the ever-increasing mountain of books pouring off the presses containing the speculations of psychics, channelers, self-appointed 'truth-seekers', 'shamans', 'wisdom-keepers' and other assorted mystery-mongers and purveyors of thrilling fantasies. There are plenty of theories to be found in such books—most of which contradict the theories of other authors—but precious few facts. If you have any experience of wading through the sticky melting-pot of New Age and occult literature you will know we speak the truth.
If we only consider the various meanings of the many simple symbols which the occult student has to learn and memorise, such as the cross, triangle and square, something of the difficulties which confront the sincere seeker after Truth become clear. In the The Golden Star, the author—who was himself a pupil of the Hidden Masters for more than twenty years—devotes an entire chapter to the symbolism of the cross alone. One could easily expand his explanations to fill a very large book and still not exhaust all the possible meanings of this one symbol. From this, it follows that the guidance of a Master is essential if we wish to learn the Truth and nothing but the Truth. Only in this way can we reap the greatest possible benefit from our study of the Ancient Mystery Teachings. This is not to say that one cannot make progress on one's own. It is certainly possible to make considerable progress and achieve a certain degree of enlightenment without a guide, but there comes a point for us all when further progress is impossible without the direct, personal tuition of a Master.
Those of you who have made a deep study of the teachings of the Masters and Initiates of the past, such as Jesus, Gautama Buddha, Pythagoras and Plato, will agree with us. Those who have not, must take our word for this. If we do examine the lives of these great Sages we find that in every case they had their Masters too. Only such an illuminated Teacher can help the student to separate the true from the false in his studies and meditations, and the nearly-true from half-truths, for these are the most dangerous of all. That tireless worker on behalf of Truth, H. P. Blavatsky summed up the need for a Master in one of her articles:
Hidden Masters Teachings
There is a road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind, but yet a road, and it leads to the very heart of the Universe. I can tell you how to find those who will show you the secret gateway that opens inward only, and closes fast behind the neophyte for evermore. There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer; there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through; there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount. For those who win onwards there is reward past all telling—the power to bless and save humanity; for those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come. H. P. Blavatsky
It is a sad irony that very few of the thousands of seekers who flocked around Madame Blavatsky ever realised that the Master they professed to be searching for was under their very noses! Had they done so, and entered the 'secret gateway' the history of the Theosophical Society might have been very different, and there would be no need to explain what the Ancient Mystery Teachings are, for the whole world would know of them and seek them out. But perhaps Blavatsky's followers were not altogether to blame for their blindness, for the true Master is always hidden in plain sight. Those honoured by this rank and title rarely reveal their true status, for if they did, they would suffer the same attacks as Madame Blavatsky did, who was slandered and abused throughout her short life. In previous ages the fate of those who openly taught the Sacred Mysteries was even worse. Pythagoras and his followers were burned to death by a fanatical mob. The same fate awaited the Greek philosopher, Hypatia, who was dragged through the streets of Alexandria on the orders of the pious 'Christian' Bishop Cyril, and her naked body torn to pieces.
It may have been for these reasons that Madame Blavatsky made no attempt to disguise the difficulties on the path to Initiation; for that is what this passage we quoted is really about. Although we no longer burn or murder those who teach the Mysteries the modern world has other means—just as cruel and deadly—to silence those who are foolish enough to openly proclaim the age-old Truths of Life. Here you have one very good reason for the secrecy with which the Ancient Mystery Teachings have always been shrouded, together with those who teach them. There are other reasons too, why the real Masters are always hidden, which we discuss on our home page and in our other articles.
So we may say that Initiation into the Sacred Mysteries is no easy matter. Nor is it without its perils and sacrifices. Yet, as we shall see, the rewards for those who succeed are very great indeed. And, as Madame Blavatsky tells us, those who fail have an infinite number of opportunities to try again. Moreover, failure is not what most people think it is. We learn more from our mistakes than our successes and the man or woman who never made a mistake never made anything. The visionary artist, Joseph Parker, reveals something of the rewards that await the courageous and sincere seeker in the painting we reproduce below. But even he does not pretend that Initiation is an easy, carefree road to travel, as we can read in his own description of his work.
Joseph Parker — 'The Path to the Mountain Top'
Attaining the mountain top has a spiritual meaning as follows: All human souls on this planet are in a school of learning to perfect themselves in order to attain a higher state of being. I have painted the mountains very steep because as the soul masters the difficulties on the path, more difficult tests lie ahead. Once the soul reaches the peak, it attains what the Buddhists call Nirvana. Then the soul does not need to be reborn, but continues its evolution in the Spiritual Sun that surrounds the physical sun. On the top of the mountain is a holy being radiating out love in all directions. Joseph Parker commenting on the painting shown above
This Divine Love—unconditional, selfless and pure—is the most precious power the seeker after Truth can aspire to. It will protect him from the traps and perils on the path to the Light when courage and strong intellect fail him and peace is far away from his grasp. For Love is the greatest of all occult powers and the least understood. We see this in the following quotation from J Michaud PhD, the author of The Golden Star mentioned above, who tells us:
If you have ever seen the swirling streams of anxious and bewildered lower evolved human beings that flow in huge torrents around the astral spheres, you will know that no effort you can make here is too hard, no service you can give is too great, no love you can offer is too selfless, in order to escape from the maelstrom of wandering beings, who know not what has happened to them or where they are, and whose sad eyes look at you, imploring you to come to their aid. If you have only ONCE seen those millions of frightened faces, you can never forget it.
Or else they float about in space, tenuous and vapourish semblances of what they used to be on earth, alternatively cursing and praying, loving and hating; wraiths. . .God's lost children. . .until they again are enslaved in the bonds of flesh which to them seems salvation, to endure further servitude, until at last they are found worthy to be shown the WAY. J Michaud PhD—Occult Enigmas
It is the purpose of this website to show YOU that WAY. The Way to Truth, by means of the path of service taught by the Hidden Masters. They can show YOU the secret gateway "that opens inward only, and closes fast behind the neophyte for evermore", as H. P. Blavatsky tells us. This is the age-old Truth at the heart of the Ancient Mystery Teachings; a truth you will not find stated by the so-called 'truth-seekers' who infest the Internet with their bombastic promises of instant enlightenment, power and mastership, for the truth is a closed book to them. Nor would they open it if they could, for it contains nothing they truly value. We would like to conclude this discussion upon the Ancient Mystery Teachings with two final quotations from the golden pen of Dr Michaud:
The road is long, and the stones are very hard and sharp to the weary traveller towards the distant Light. But if he is steadfast, there will anon shine out a ray of hope upon the far horizon.
Then, gradually, and often speedily, the spiritual Sun will rise within his Heaven; a great awakening of the inner man takes place, and the moment comes when he can realise the majesty of true Cosmic Consciousness and Power, such as no materialist could ever dream; a consciousness of Cosmic Power that will place the weather-beaten warrior upon the Heights, where nothing of the shadow-land below can reach him.
And there he stands: liberated, glorified, and full of Joy beyond all earthly comprehension.
But the road to this delight is long—the stones are very hard and sharp—yet, O, Ye Lords of Mercy and of Wisdom-Power, how Glorious the Goal! J Michaud PhD—The Golden Star
Truly—the path is narrow—but by God's ordinance there is room on it for all.
And what is more: there is a vast concourse awaiting you of those who have trodden the path before you.
Anxiously they await your coming, stretching out their arms in welcome to you, the weary traveller; glad to know that your task among the shadows is done and the more glorious work shall now commence for you.
There they await you: The Chohans, the Masters, The White Brothers of Heaven, awaiting their brothers of shadowy earth, now transformed into flaming torches of wisdom, love and compassion; ready to add their light to the greater flames of God; to light the way for those who are yet to come. J Michaud PhD—Occult Enigmas
These are the teachings of the Hidden Masters of this Secret Order. Teachings that are true for all time and for all men and women. If you believe they are worth learning, this is YOUR opportunity to enter the path that leads to the heart of the Universe. You can read about the subjects taught by this Secret Order on our how? page. Below we answer a few of the most common questions asked by prospective candidates for membership. If you have any questions that are not answered here or elsewhere on our website, you are most welcome to contact us.
David Roberts — 'Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Amen-Ra at Karnak'
Frequently asked questions about the Hidden Masters and this Secret Order
Who are the Hidden Masters?
The Hidden Masters are advanced human beings who have 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 their brothers and sisters still on earth have volunteered to return to this realm to liberate them from the bonds of the flesh and the illusions of material existence.
Some websites say that the Hidden Masters and Illuminati control the world. Is this true?
No, it is completely false as you can read on our homepage. The real Hidden Masters have nothing to with politics in any form.
What do the Hidden Masters do if they are not in politics?
They serve their fellowmen and women in whatever ways present themselves, using their knowledge and wisdom to improve worldly conditions for all and awaken mankind to their inheritance as sons and daughters of God. The real Hidden Masters do not necessarily occupy positions of worldly wealth and fame. Need we remind you of the greatest Master of all who worked at the carpenter's bench?
What is the aim of the Secret Order?
To instruct its members in the hidden laws and principles of the occult sciences, the mastery of which will allow them to lead more useful and happy lives, which, by force of example, will aid mankind in general along its path of more or less blind existence.
Is the Order connected with any other school, occult order or group?
No. the Order is not connected with any other order or organisation that teaches the occult sciences.
Will I have to study on my own?
Not at all. Each student is assigned their own personal Teacher who is qualified to answer any questions related to the work. Over time, a bond of genuine love and friendship is developed between each student and their Teacher which provides the diligent student with the opportunity for individual progress such as they could not have dreamed of before entering the Order. This is the polar opposite of the methods used in the lesser occult orders and schools where members are allowed to mix freely with one another and engage in 'open discussion'. If you think about it you will realise that inevitably such exchanges can rise no higher than the level of the LOWEST common denominator! See our discussion about Secrecy for more information about this vital, but often neglected law.
Is the Order a money-making venture?
No. The Order does not make any profit from its students. Nor does it sell occult books or ritual equipment of any kind. The Order charges the lowest possible fees which are for the sole purpose of the cost of personal tuition, and writing, updating, printing and posting the lectures, of which the students receive one each week. More information about fees is included in the Order's Manifesto and Application Form.
How much does the Order charge members?
The current fees are less than £7 per week for members resident in the UK. There are no additional admission or 'hidden' fees of any kind. This amount is considerably less than universities charge their students! Moreover, members who, for genuine reasons, are not able to afford the full fees may pay a reduced amount commensurate with their means until their material circumstances improve.
Do the teachings of the Hidden Masters conflict with any religion?
No. The Hidden Masters teach the Natural Laws of the Universe and none of their Teachings can come into conflict with the highest ideals of any religion.
Does the Order hold meetings?
No. The Order teaches by correspondence only which does not include personal contacts or meetings of ANY kind. The reasons for this were given earlier when we said that the Order aims at a total suppression of the PERSONAL element which so often leads to disruption and strife amongst even the finest groups of occult students and mystics.
Does the Order teach any rituals or spells?
No. The lessons provided by the Order do NOT include any 'ritual' work, except insofar as the spiritual exercises and experiments students are given could be classed as such.
What qualifications are needed to join?
An open mind and a sincere desire to improve yourself. You must be prepared to work hard for your own advancement and not be put off by everyday matters. A good level of literacy and English comprehension are also required. If English is not your first language, or you have difficulty in reading, writing and understanding English, the work may be too difficult for you.
Can I leave the Order if I'm not completely satisfied?
Yes. Students have complete and absolute freedom to leave any time they wish, without repercussions of any sort. We mention this because we have met many seekers, affiliated to small or large occult groups, who walk about with FEAR in their hearts and minds on account of the great and terrible oaths they have been made to swear. Let us state most emphatically that this sort of mental slavery is against all occult or natural laws.
How can I find out more?
By sending off for the Secret Order's Manifesto and Application Form.