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The Masters of the Ancient Wisdom are claimed to be
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beings originally identified by the
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Helena Blavatsky Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (russian: Еле́на Петро́вна Блава́тская, ''Yelena Petrovna Blavatskaya'', often known as Madame Blavatsky; ''née'' von Hahn; uk, Олена Петрівна Блаватська, ''Olena Petriv ...

Helena Blavatsky
, Henry S. Olcott,
Alfred Percy Sinnett Alfred Percy Sinnett (18 January 1840, in London – 26 June 1921) was an English author and Theosophy (Blavatskian), theosophist. Biography Sinnett's father died while he was young, as in 1851 Sinnett was listed as a "Scholar – London Uni ...
, and others. These Theosophists claimed to have met some of The Masters during their lifetimes in different parts of the world.Leadbeater, C.W. ''The Masters and the Path'' Adyar, Madras, India: 1925--Theosophical Publishing House--Diagram 5, Facing page 248, provides details about the "Great Ones" functioning on initiation levels five through nine. C.W. Leadbeater’s Spiritual Hierarchy Chart (The Bodhisattva=Maitreya) Sometimes they are referred to by Theosophists as ''Elder Brothers of the Human Race'', ''Adepts'', ''Mahatmas'', or simply as ''The Masters''.
Helena Blavatsky Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (russian: Еле́на Петро́вна Блава́тская, ''Yelena Petrovna Blavatskaya'', often known as Madame Blavatsky; ''née'' von Hahn; uk, Олена Петрівна Блаватська, ''Olena Petriv ...

Helena Blavatsky
was the first person to introduce the concept of the Masters to the West. At first she talked about them privately, but she stated that after a few years two of these adepts,
Kuthumi Koot Hoomi (also spelled Kuthumi, and frequently referred to simply as K.H.) is said to be one of the Mahatmas that inspired the founding of the Theosophical Society The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, is a worldwide body with the aim to ...
(K.H.) and Morya (M.), agreed to maintain a correspondence with two British Theosophists– Alfred P. Sinnett and
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. This communication took place from 1880 to 1885, and during those years the reputed existence and objectives of the Mahatmas became public. The original letters are currently kept in the
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and have been published as the ''
Mahatma Letters ''The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett'' is a book published in 1923 by A. Trevor Barker. () According to Theosophical teachings, the letters were written between 1880 and 1884 by Koot Hoomi and Morya (Theosophy), Morya to A. P. Sinnett. The letter ...
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Skeptical view

K. Paul Johnson suggests in his book ''The Masters Revealed: Madam Blavatsky and Myth of the Great White Brotherhood'' that the Masters that Madam Blavatsky claimed she had personally met are idealizations of certain people she had met during her lifetime.Johnson, K. Paul ''The Masters Revealed: Madam Blavatsky and Myth of the Great White Brotherhood'' Albany, New York: 1994 State University of New York Press


See also

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Ascended Masters Ascended masters in the Ascended Master Teachings of a number of movements in the Theosophy (Blavatskian), theosophical tradition are believed to be spiritually Enlightenment (spiritual), enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary ...
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Ascended Master Teachings Ascendency is a quantitative attribute of an ecosystem An ecosystem (or ecological system) consists of all the organisms and the physical environment with which they interact. These biotic and abiotic components are linked together throug ...

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Alice Bailey Alice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880 – December 15, 1949) was a writer of more than twenty-four books on theosophical subjects, and was one of the first writers to use the term New Age New Age is a range of spiritual or religious R ...
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (russian: Елена Петровна Блаватская, ''Yelena Petrovna Blavatskaya'', often known as Madame Blavatsky; ''née'' von Hahn; uk, Олена Петрівна Блаватська, ''Olena Petrivna ...

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Benjamin Creme Benjamin Creme (5 December 1922 − 24 October 2016) was a Scottish artist, author, esotericist Western esotericism, also known as esotericism, esoterism, and sometimes the Western mystery tradition, is a term under which scholars have catego ...
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* '' K.H. Letters to C.W. Leadbeater'' *
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Helena Roerich Helena Ivanovna Roerich (born Shaposhnikova; russian: Елéна Ивáновна Рéрих; 12 February 1879 – 5 October 1955) was a Russian theosophist Theosophy is a religion Religion is a social system, social-cultural system of d ...

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References


Further reading

* Campbell, Bruce F. ''A History of the Theosophical Movement'' Berkeley:1980 University of California Press * Godwin, Joscelyn ''The Theosophical Enlightenment'' Albany, New York: 1994 State University of New York Press * Johnson, K. Paul ''The Masters Revealed: Madam Blavatsky and Myth of the Great White Brotherhood'' Albany, New York: 1994 State University of New York Press * Melton, J. Gordon ''Encyclopedia of American Religions'' 5th Edition New York:1996 Gale Research ISSN 1066-1212 Chapter 18--"The Ancient Wisdom Family of Religions" Pages 151-158; see chart on page 154 listing ''Masters of the Ancient Wisdom''; Also see Section 18, Pages 717-757 Descriptions of various Ancient Wisdom religious organizations * Sender, Pablo ''Mahatmas versus Ascended Masters'' Wheaton, Il:Quest Summer 2011, The Theosophical Society in America
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