Who are the Hidden Masters?
There has been more nonsense written about the Hidden Masters than almost any other occult subject we can think of. An example of this is the claim made by some websites that many political leaders and royalty are initiated pupils of the Hidden Masters. If that were true should we not expect world conditions to be much better than they are? Should we not at least have witnessed a reduction in the incessant wars that rage across the earth? Or a more equitable distribution of the good things of life?
Sadly, we see nothing of the kind. We may then safely consign such improbable claims to the realm of fantasy, along with tall tales of Masters hiding out in caves in Tibet, or living inside a hollow earth. Some seekers will continue to cling tenaciously to such pipe-dreams and that is their prerogative. But those who have an open mind about such matters and wish to know how the cult of the Masters started and why, may find much to interest and enlighten them in this discussion.
When H. P. Blavatsky began her work that led to the formation of the Theosophical Society in the United States in 1875, one of the major obstacles she had to overcome was how to convince a large number of sceptical, highly-educated people of her authority. She was a foreigner in a country whose language she did not speak well and a woman to boot! She did so by revealing the existence of the Masters—a secret brotherhood of advanced human beings who were in possession of all-knowledge and all-wisdom, so far as this is possible on earth. This placed her in a very difficult position; she had to reveal something about her Teachers, but was not permitted to reveal all. This dilemma precipitated the schisms that have bedevilled the Theosophical Society from its inception and continue to this day. We must remember that Blavatsky's early followers were a very mixed bag of middle-class spiritualists, psychics, scientists, theologians, academics and laymen, most of whom knew nothing of 'masters', and even less about the occult sciences.
Another obstacle Blavatsky faced was the difficulty of engaging the thinking minds of her pupils, rather than their unthinking curiosity. Then as now, most seekers were more interested in phenomena than learning the Wisdom of the Ages. "Show us a miracle!" was the cry of the mystery-mongers and thrill-seekers who flocked to the side of the magnetic Russian countess. She had no shortage of 'miracles' to show them. Ornaments and jewellery appeared and disappeared at her command. She materialised flowers out of thin air that did not disappear even weeks after their appearance. Tables turned and chairs levitated. She read the minds of her audience as easily as she read their sealed letters. She even evoked the spirits of the dead. How she did this is not important, though we feel compelled to add that there is nothing 'supernatural' in it—it is all the result of the conscious control of natural forces.
The Cult of the Hidden Masters
In later life, Blavatsky deeply regretted these displays of her occult powers, which were often employed against her better judgement to satisfy those of her followers who would otherwise have quickly lost interest in the teachings of her Masters. But having started, it was difficult to stop, which in turn led to an unhealthy fascination among many of her followers with the mysterious and elusive 'Mahatmas'. They too, wanted to make personal contact with them, and acrimonious rivalries soon developed between those who thought they had contacted them, and those who wished to. Letters were forged, phenomena faked, and the obsession with masters and mahatmas began which continues to this day. How much this honest and courageous woman regretted ever having named her Masters may be gathered from the following statement she made in The Key to Theosophy just before her death.
Great are the desecrations to which the names of the Masters have been subjected. There is hardly a medium who has not claimed to have seen them. Every bogus swindling Society, for commercial purposes, now claims to be guided and directed by 'Masters' often supposed to be far higher than ours! Many and heavy are the sins of those who advanced these claims, prompted either by desire for lucre, vanity, or irresponsible mediumship . . . . The sacred names of Occultism have been dragged in this filthy mire, polluted by being associated with sordid motives and immoral practices, while thousands of men and women have been held back from the path of truth through the discredit and evil report which such shams, swindles, and frauds have brought upon the whole subject. H. P. Blavatsky
But although it began with the early Theosophists, the roots of this obsession go back to the demise of the Mystery Schools of Greece more than 2000 years ago. The main reason for this was the wholesale persecution of the last of the European Initiates by the emerging Christian and Islamic religions. The same fate was visited upon the Hindu and Buddhist Initiates of India, who were ruthlessly murdered and their temples, colleges and precious libraries burned to the ground. The few Great Teachers that remained on earth went into hiding. With their departure almost all knowledge of the occult sciences was obliterated from the mind of man, and the very existence of those who knew and taught them was called into doubt. Only in the remotest places, such as the foothills of the Himalayas and the deserts of Egypt were there still to be found a very few Masters of Wisdom, who, having learned the bitter lessons of their predecessors, carefully concealed their status and knowledge from the world.
From time to time, these custodians of the Ancient Wisdom sent their pupils out into the world to keep alight the guttering flame of Truth which had almost been extinguished by centuries of dogmatic religion and superstition. Wherever fertile soil could be found that would nourish that Wisdom, the Masters sent out their representatives to till and water it. Thus were founded the various 'Rosicrucian', Masonic and other orders and schools during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Each transmitted what it comprehended of the secret teachings imparted to it, but none possessed the full truth about anything, for, as we have seen, the occult knowledge which had once been taught in the Mystery Schools of Greece was now shrouded in impenetrable secrecy.
So we have now seen that although Blavatsky did not invent her Masters, she is guilty to some extent of allowing them to be glamorised, given fictitious names and fabricated histories, reproduced in paintings by so-called 'psychics', and even worshipped as Divine beings by many Theosophists, past and present. Should we blame her for this? Remember that at the time she began her work almost nothing was known of the occult sciences. Doctrines such as reincarnation, karma and the immortality of the soul were virtually unknown in the West, and largely misunderstood and misinterpreted in the East. Would anyone have listened to her had she simply stated the age-old Truths and taught the Ancient Wisdom on her own authority as a penniless Russian woman with no academic, religious, or scientific qualifications of any kind?
Let the calumniators and sceptics of this wise and noble benefactress of humanity answer! The fact of the matter remains that, with very few exceptions, seekers after knowledge in any field place greater emphasis on who said or wrote something, rather than upon what is actually said or written. Authority and attribution take precedence in most peoples' minds over substance, and the occult sciences are no exception to this rule. Which is why, having permitted her Masters to be glamorised with the best of intentions from sheer necessity, Blavatsky unwittingly encouraged her followers to invent ever more colourful fantasies about them, for necessity, as we all know, is the mother of invention.
As time went on, the tales of magic and mystery woven around these enigmatic and secretive Sages by generations of Theosophists and their imitators grew ever more fanciful, until they acquired a verisimilitude of their own which it became heretical to even question. This process culminated in the cult of the masters and led directly to the formation of numerous 'occult' orders and groups, all feeding off the same rancid brew of unbridled imagination, religious hysteria and wish-fulfilling fantasy. Thus we arrive at the present, when a host of self-appointed authorities claim to represent the 'Ascended Masters', write endless drivel about having met them, and publish mountains of books about the search for them in Tibet, India, Egypt and even outer space! What a fruitless waste of time and energy it all is. If only all the effort expended in these useless searches were directed to contacting the Master WITHIN us all, this unhealthy fascination with Lamas, Gurus and Mahatmas would cease overnight.
David Roberts — Great Temple of Abu Simbel, Nubia
The Hidden Master within us all
Only by going within—and communing with that patient, loving, and often sorrowing Master who dwells within the Temple of our very own self can the search for the True Master succeed. He is the Master you must first of all learn to contact with full faith that he will always hear you, guide you and protect you; if you will let him. That Master has often been called "the still, small voice." Others refer to it as "the voice of conscience." H. P. Blavatsky called it 'the voice of the silence.' in her little book of the same name. The contents of this book, the last that H. P. Blavatsky wrote before she died, are taken from The Book of the Golden Precepts, which was one of the works put into the hands of occult students in the East. The complete book contains about 90 distinct treatises on the occult sciences, from which the author selected those which she felt would most benefit the few sincere seekers in the West who could comprehend and apply the elevated teachings contained in them. We have paraphrased a short extract from the beginning of this book below with the Sanskrit and Pali terms that may be unfamiliar to most Western readers translated into their equivalent English terms.
These instructions are for those ignorant of the dangers of the lower self. He who would hear the 'Soundless Sound,' and comprehend it, has to learn the art of perfect concentration.
Having become indifferent to objects of perception, the pupil must seek out the Ruler of the senses, the Thought-Producer, he who awakes illusion.
The Mind is the great Slayer of the Real.
Let the Disciple slay the Slayer.
For:— When to himself his form appears unreal, as do on waking all the forms he sees in dreams;
When he has ceased to hear the many, he may discern the ONE—the inner sound which kills the outer.
Then only, not till then, shall he forsake the region of illusion, the false, to come unto the realm of Reality, the true.
Before the Soul can see, the Harmony within must be attained, and fleshly eyes be rendered blind to all illusion.
Before the Soul can hear, the image (man) has to become as deaf to roarings as to whispers, to cries of bellowing elephants as to the silvery buzzing of the golden fire-fly.
Before the Soul can comprehend and may remember, she must unto the Silent Speaker be united just as the form to which the clay is modelled, is first united with the potter's mind.
For then the Soul will hear, and will remember.
And then to the inner ear will speak—
THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE. H. P. Blavatsky
You can read more about a real Hidden Master in chapters 15 and 16 of The Quest of Ruru, which can be found in an electronic edition on the Internet.
The Secret of real Prayer
One way to contact the Master within is through prayer. But how many people today truly know how to pray, and to whom, and for what? If you are honest you will admit that they are very few indeed. Socrates described the right way to pray more than 2,000 years ago when he said: "Our prayers should be for blessings on all, in general, for the Gods know best what is good for us." This is true. The greatest crime that was ever perpetrated upon mankind was committed on the day when the first priest invented the first prayer with a selfish object in view. A God who may be propitiated by iniquitous prayers to bless the worshipper, and send death and destruction to thousands of his enemies—his brothers and sisters—is not a God, but a devil. It is this idea of God that has fostered selfishness in man, and deprived him of his self-reliance.
To address the Higher Beings you must never kneel down; for the act of kneeling down lowers the whole attitude of the petitioner, and brings him in attunement with the lower worlds of beings; with the material, or even lower. Therefore, the supplicant should stand upright, with arms crossed over the breast and one hand resting lightly on each shoulder. He should look UP. Furthermore, he should address his petition silently and mentally; for the spoken word issues from within outwards, and as soon as it is uttered it flows into the material realms of illusion and is lost there. It can then have material results only and, at the worst, they may be dire in the extreme, or be answered with Satanic laughter by the lower elementals if the prayer should be in connection with Spiritual conditions.
The only powers that can be addressed with the spoken word are the dark beings, or the material. This will also give you a clue as to what sort of beings would-be magicians, shamans and witches contact when they bawl forth their incantations! In order to petition the Divine Denizens of the Spiritual Realms, the prayer should be from without inwards; from the material to the Spiritual. That is the only way in which such prayers will reach the goal for which they are intended. At the same time, the supplicant should raise up his thoughts. They should go inwards and upwards, and always silently. Here is a Prayer which is absolutely Spiritual, and yet can have marvellous results for the good of all mankind if sincerely projected in the manner we have just described:
Light, Life and Love.
May the Spirit of Goodness reach out into all Space.
May the positive POWERS of these Principles overcome
all negative conditions.
And may Peace Profound reign everywhere.
So mote it be.
Amén, Amén, Amén. The Golden Star
Face the East when doing this, and do it as many times each day and night as you can. This will help the World in general, for you will attune with the Great White Brotherhood of all the Divine and Spiritual Entities; and they will HEAR you and ACT.
"Light, Life, and Love" are the keys with which you can open the portals that lead straight to the higher realms of Light and the Masters who dwell there in the glory of God. We cannot do better to prepare ourselves for the work of the Masters than to meditate on these three great principles.
Do it at least twice a day. Begin with Light. The great Cosmic refulgence; brilliant, lustrous, radiant; permeating all the universe, dispelling all darkness, gloom and doubt. Raising the spirit, scattering despondency, heaviness of mind, sadness and dejection. Elevating, exalting, ennobling, and surrounding with a shining halo our souls. Dwell on this and bathe your spirit in it till you feel yourself washed clean and re-born in purity.
Then meditate on Life. The vital spark, the breath of one's nostrils. Identify yourself with animation, vigour, alertness, activity, energy. All inertness, sluggishness, torpidity, will fall away from you and you will feel the flood of Cosmic power stream through you, revitalising and animating; preparing you to take up not only your own burden, but helping you to assist those who have to carry a heavier load than you.
Then Love. The Love of God for his creations. The Love of the Father for his Son. The Love of the mother for her child. The goodwill to all your fellows, the benevolence of the priest for his flock, the charity of the God-like man for the lowly and the un-evolved, the devotion of the worshipper of God at the altar.
Meditation on those divine principles will carry you through life; no matter how hard it may seem at times. You will find that your problems will be solved, difficulties will melt away, help will come to you from the most unexpected quarters.
Sheila Rose — 'Transmigration of Souls in Blue'
Working with and for the Hidden Masters
In this way we prepare ourselves to do the work of the Masters. For if we are to work for and with them and eventually become Masters ourselves, we must be ready in every way in health, clean and sane thinking, charity and love to all. If we are not so prepared we are useless and need help instead of offering it freely to others. This is the real occult training which the Secret Order teaches to its members.
Try to translate all you have learned on this website into being of service to your fellow men and women. In that way you will not only give good service but draw it towards yourself as well. Wherever you may live or whatever your circumstances, you will find the work waiting for you and ready to hand. Go out and about in the world with the same attitude in which the priest goes unto the altar of God, and ask the Hidden Masters to inspire you in the way of real, practical service. Ask that they may send forth their Light and their Truth, as they already have led you and brought you to this website.
Regard yourself as a transmitter of the rays from the Cosmic Power Station, which will light the souls of all those whom you meet and mix with. Go into the woods and ask that you may be given some of that marvellous strength that forces the trees from the soil towards heaven, so that you may pass it on to those in need. Go to the fields and gardens and look with a seeing eye upon the lovely flowers that grow there, and ask that you may be given some of their beauty, so that you may bring beauty into the lives of the drab and weary. And do not forget to give thanks to God and tell Him that you love the beauty of His House, for His glory dwelleth in all places. Walk along the streets of your city and observe the lame, the halt, the blind, the tired worker; and ask that the Hidden Masters may use you to lighten their sorrowful hearts. Wherever you go, be always ready to attend and love, and to be the servant of the Masters.
So you will become a light in the darkness and by your ready service you will assist the Hidden Masters in their work. And it will spread all over the world, for the power of the Masters is great and endless, but without the help you can give, suffering must be prolonged and the conflicts and inequalities which we mentioned at the beginning of this discussion, will continue.