Searching for Hidden Masters
If you have searched in vain for a Master who knows the great Truths of life and is able to teach them, you have probably reached the conclusion that there are no listings of Masters in the telephone directory. Neither can they be found advertising themselves in the pages of New Age magazines or on YouTube. What you will find in these and similar publications are the Pretenders to Truth and Imposters of Wisdom, whose portentious claims draw the unthinking and gullible into their glamorous nets.
So where should you look for a genuine Master? Perhaps you believe, or have been told that they dwell in Tibet, or India, or Egypt? Many mystics have looked for Masters in these faraway places and written reams of books about their searches. One of the most famous of these seekers was Paul Brunton, a colourful 20th century occultist and writer whose books many of you may have read whilst wondering what truth there was in them. Having read them too we can say very little indeed. What they do contain are plenty of thrilling accounts of meetings with 'adepts' and 'gurus' which owe more to the fanciful imagination of the theosophists from whom Brunton drew much of his material, than real spiritual truths, such as we, and we hope you who are reading this, are in search of.
It is a telling irony that Brunton did meet a real, genuine Hidden Master early on in his career, as you can read in The White Brother, an occult biography written by Brunton's friend and co-seeker, Michael Juste. Nor did he have to travel to India or Tibet to meet him, for he found him on his own doorstep, in the shop he owned together with his friend. However, as Juste explains in his book, neither he nor Brunton recognised the true status of this teacher and both went on to follow after lesser lights. To his credit, Juste later came to realise his mistake and once he had placed his complete trust in his Master, benefited accordingly. Brunton was not so fortunate and continued his wanderings over the face of the earth in search of 'masters' more in keeping with his preconceptions. We make no apology for quoting extensively from Juste's impressions of his teacher as they confirm all that we have said so far.
I had been studying Theosophy for about three years and had grown somewhat weary, not of the doctrines, but of the lack of spiritual incident, when I met one who has since become my teacher, or in theosophical terminology, my Master: a friend and guide who has given me so much spiritual gold that the material wealth of millions could not suffice as repayment. Nevertheless, at the time when I met him he did not reveal himself as being an adept, nor did he do so until two more years had passed, during which period I was unconsciously being watched and tested.
He did not dress himself up in a cloak and bear himself as a man of mystery. He was human, interesting, and with a sense of humour. It was only in his conversations and demonstrations of certain supernormal faculties that he became as one apart. He did not tell me to become vegetarian, nor was I prevented from smoking, nor from indulging in the many pleasures that young people love.
I think it was motive that counted most with him. Sincerity and a genuine desire to help humanity, coupled with the wish to understand oneself, appealed to him. He would often say 'Learn from everybody, listen to the child and the sage, for they may have something to teach you.' He never sneered at the schools that claimed a complete knowledge of the mysteries. 'If you wish to write to them, do so,' he once said when I showed him an advertisement of a school of occultism. I discovered later that he knew they were charlatans, but he did not tell me so, preferring to allow me to learn from experience, as I was free to choose. Michael Juste
This is a true portrait of a genuine Master such as you will not find in the books of Paul Brunton. Brunton's eventual rejection of this Master may explain why the many spiritual teachers he approached during his travels in India would not grant him an audience and politely declined all his entreaties to 'initiate' him. For it is a little-known, but absolutely true occult law that those who are once given the opportunity to contact a genuine Master, and refuse, for whatever reason, to acknowledge him or her, do not get a second chance in this lifetime, and sometimes for many lifetimes to come. This may seem harsh and unjust, but these laws are not set in motion by any earthly authorities but by the Masters in a higher realm who are the eternal guardians of the Sacred Mysteries.
We seek him here, we seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned, elusive Pimpernel! Baroness Orczy, 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'
Hiding in plain sight
If we substitute 'seekers' for 'Frenchies', Baroness Orczy's familiar quotation describes the search for the elusive Hidden Masters perfectly. Moreover, the search for the true Master is always a fairly hopeless one, for not until the Higher Powers decide that the time is right for such a contact, will the seeker succeed in their quest. However, it is also true that when we earnestly long for this holy contact with all our mind and heart, the time for finding the true Teacher is near. You may ask where the Masters dwell, if not in India, Tibet and other 'secret' places? If our discussion so far has not given you the answer, we will tell you: the real Hidden Masters are to be found anywhere and everywhere, and often where you least expect them.
As we have also learned from Michael Juste's experiences, a real Master of the Mysteries is far removed from the fictional 'mahatmas' invented by Theosophists. Their diet does not consist of tofu and water. They do not live in dank, dark caves, though why some seekers imagine that such uncomfortable dwelling places are especially conducive to spiritual enlightenment is a question we leave you to answer! Contrary to the popular notion popularised by many New Age 'light-workers', Masters do not generally favour loin cloths, sandals and cloaks, nor do they affect an air of pious sanctity and superiority.
The true Masters are very simple people, and there is no glamour attached to them when we meet them on earth, or when we make contact with them away from the earth during deep meditation; for then they lay aside all outward show and appear as good-natured folk, and there is nothing that we might call grandiose about them, though to those that have the inner sight they are splendid indeed but not in the manner beloved by writers of sensational occult fiction. No; there is a pristine purity about and around them which is a blessing to the senses. A friend of ours, who is a most sensitive and advanced mystic once described her encounter with her Master during a moment of spiritual exaltation as "completely natural", going on to add that "he smelled of good, old-fashioned, clean soap!" This confirms what we have just said, though each one of us will experience this purity in a different way according to our own personal conceptions. And this is also correct, for we all have our own unique inner life which no one else can share.
Fyodor Bronnikov — 'The Pythagoreans salute the Sun'
Ma-u and Ma-uti looked with no little apprehension at the Priest as he entered. He was a majestic-looking individual, with a very magnetic personality and an aura that was visible to everyone. It floated in great rings around him from a white light close to the body, which light gradually deepened into a beautiful blue; this again became surrounded by a ring of orange; then a ring of mauve; then lavender; and then a deep crimson ring from which radiated every colour imaginable in living streams of brilliant fire. Stricken with a sense of deepest reverence and awe, Ma-u and Ma-uti stared speechlessly at him: amazed by the stateliness of this marvellous Being.
The shining rays streamed out from him unceasingly and filled the whole hall with a bright effulgence. It drew out from all those present a glittering response in soft beams of colour emanations, and the whole effect was so astonishing and stupendous that no words can describe it.
The only one present who did not respond in this way was the Messenger. Cold and immaculate in his pure white presence, he sat beside Ma-u and Ma-uti; utter Master of Himself and the functions of his auric radiations. Yet, it was a divine snowy whiteness; so spotless and unblemished that it outshone the warm colourings of all the irradiance in that audience of vital, sentient forms.
Ma-u and Ma-uti felt that in the frosted crystal immaculateness of the Divine Messenger was concentrated all the light and the warm colourings of the Teacher and the others; protective, safe, and holy. J Michaud PhD—The Golden Star
The above quotation from The Golden Star is a true description of one of the Great Masters as they appear in the higher realms. We may further say that the true earthly Masters are always kind; sometimes very serious, at other times quite light-hearted; and they have a grand sense of humour if occasion demands it. Their auric displays, like that of the Divine Messenger described above, are kept under strict control, for else their utter splendour might be overpowering to their disciples, even if they knew all about the inner meaning of such manifestations. Above all, they are reasonable, not expecting saintliness or God-like attributes from a man or woman still submerged in this lower, earthly realm of being. This will give you a further hint as to why the Masters remain hidden in plain sight and why they only reveal their status to those who have proved themselves worthy of this confidence and blessing.
They know! For they have gone through the same old treadmill as we are going through. They have made the same mistakes in past lives on earth that we are making now, so their hearts are soft and gentle towards us: provided there is no real evil within our minds—but only human weaknesses and error, for those can always be eradicated by the worthy and sincere. Theirs is a Gospel of love and mercy towards humanity; not of cruel censure, with dire punishments galore. Such are the true Masters, and nobody knows their earthly names—we repeat, no one knows their earthly names—for those are but temporary handles to their temporary human personalities, changing with every incarnation, and are of no importance whatsoever. So now you will know at once if in future you should hear or read about any order or teacher who claims to be inspired directly by any master with a world-famous name, that such orders or persons are talking complete nonsense, and nothing else.
The true Master is utterly indifferent to the opinions of others and hence is above either blame or praise, for he is FREE, though still immured in a body of flesh and blood. He is a warm and magnetic human being who knows All, yet does not reveal that he knows. He does not boast or preach, nor does he judge, for he is only too well aware of the temptations to which all human beings are subject. The true master walks among us at all times and in all places, for he knows how to remain hidden, although perfectly visible at all times, just as he knows how to be present though unseen!
The True Master
Joseph Parker — 'The Spiritual Sun'
There is no substitute for the true Master. He will not try to impress you with the rather childish fantasies of the Pretenders to Truth and Imposters of Wisdom. He does not need to, for the true Universal Laws in his keeping far exceed the pipe-dreams of these charlatans in both wonder and beauty. Instead of speculations and theories gleaned at second-hand from third-rate occultists, he will nourish you with facts you can prove for and by yourself. He will carry your mind to undreamed-of heights of knowledge and comfort your aching heart with the balm of peace. Which will you choose? The Master or the charlatan? Let us listen to the words of Chrisha-Jeseus, the Holy Hindu Saviour and prototype of Christ, as set down in The Book of Sa-Heti by J Michaud PhD:
And man is free to choose both good or evil, and is rewarded according to his choice. Man himself is to blame for all the grief and sorrow which is his self-engendered lot; for he has, perhaps, in wilful ignorance and faulty trust, cohered with evil men, being fascinated by their glamour, his lower self in full attunement with their sin, thinking it good in his blindness and lack of true perception. Or, being wholly good himself, he may in his innocence have credited the evil man with good intentions, whilst the opposite was true.
This, however, is a lesson the good may learn with profit; but the partly or the wholly evil are thuswise led unto perdition. There is a destiny for both the Higher Mind and body; for both arrive on earth from opposite directions, though the inward Law of this may not be openly told. J Michaud PhD—The Book of Sa-Heti
Unlocking the Secrets of your Being
It is this 'inward Law' which the Hidden Masters teach that alone can explain the great mysteries of Life and unlock the secrets of your Being as a spiritual entity incarnated in a material body. Without this knowledge it is impossible to fully understand and escape the traps the body and lower self employ to prevent us having any apprehension of Truth. These traps are many and not all of them are obvious. Hatred, Cruelty, Greed and Jealousy are great traps, as are Intolerance, Vanity, Pride and Credulity. Self-righteousness and Judgement of others are more subtle traps, whilst Opinion is the greatest of all, for it bars the way to Truth.
Unless these traits of the lower mind and body are overcome, we dwell in the darkness of ignorance, no matter how intelligent and learned we may think we are. For each and every one of them shuts out the Light of our Higher Mind. The process of overcoming them and transmuting our thinking and feeling from material dross into spiritual gold is the work of a lifetime. It cannot be accomplished through magical rituals, ceremonies, conjurations, or by running after gurus, consulting tarot cards and astrologers, wearing talismans, using chakra-balancing crystals, aura cleansing sprays, and the rest of the nonsensical paraphernalia and childish rigmarole employed by so-called 'magicians' and New Age 'truth-seekers'. Not until you have become thoroughly disillusioned and disgusted with all such false teachings and those who teach them will you truly be ready for the Master.
When that time comes you will have taken the first and most important step on the path to the Light. You will have turned your face to Heaven and away from the petty concerns which absorb the thinking and desires of the unready. You will, as the wise Ancient Egyptians expressed it, begin to remember and forget. You will remember the Beauty, Joy and Peace you had from the very beginning of your creation at the hand of your Divine Maker when you still dwelt in the Spiritual realms. You will forget the passing show which is earthly life and its attractions will cease to have any hold over you. Until you can do so you will remain as blind as the rest of humanity who think that the shadow, or reflection, is the real and actual thing; the world and all that is in and around it being but shadows or reflections. But the actuality beyond the Veil is forever hidden from those who have not hearkened unto the still, small voice of the Master WITHIN—your own Divine Soul—who so wants to gather you into his loving arms.
The Great Message has rung forth many times, and those who have listened have been saved. It is the newcomers, who have but lately evolved from the Shadows, who must ever be taught anew. The true Teachings should never cease; nor would they if all men were always ready to receive them, but all have to learn their lessons in the hard school of the material before they can ascend to the spiritual.
After each period of darkness appears a Torch-Bearer who is willing to sacrifice himself in order to bring to Man the Holy Illumination of Truth; and those who are sufficiently evolved will hear and follow. J Michaud PhD—The Teachings of Li Wang Ho
We have now shown you that you do not need to travel to faraway Tibet, India, or Egypt to find a genuine Master. Nor do you need to imbibe mind-altering potions from the grimy hand of a Shaman in a Brazilian jungle to experience enlightenment. Neither do you have to have your brains addled by the channeled messages of fictitious extraterrestrials or 'Ascended Masters'. University degrees and the diplomas of so-called 'mystery schools' will not advance you one step on the path to the Light. You do not need to do any of these foolish things. You need only knock at the door of the real Hidden Masters with a sincere heart and an open mind.
The Teachers of this Secret Order can make all your dreams come true; so that the light within and the light without may blend in a holy fusion that will send a stream of brilliance through your entire Being. Follow then, your heart that has brought you here, and enter the golden path that lies before you, and fear not, nor suffer doubts, for the Mysteries the Masters teach will give you understanding of that which is inexplicable to most, and they will light within you a lamp that can cast its rays in all that is yet dark, and unite within your Soul the memory and splendour that you had in the long lost ages, before this world was made. This is the teaching of the Holy Masters of Wisdom.