Every spiritual tradition has reverence for the spiritual elders who are called many names: ascended masters, descended avatars, bodhisattvas who become buddhas, the Mother Lodge of the Sun, the Masters of Wisdom, saints, prophets, tulkus, arahats, yogis, yoginis, yidams, great initiates, shamans, kahunas, deities, devas, and hierarchical beings. The distinctions between these vastly different ranks of human and spiritual beings are often confused and deserve clear discernment and definition.
Many of these beings are quite familiar to Western students of esotericism who tend to delve into the religions and mythologies of all cultures. One can find a golden thread throughout all traditions that assures us that beings who are more evolved than the general populace live among us to plant the seeds of spiritual wisdom that take root in the soul of the aspirant on the path of spiritual development. These beings are not only alive now, but they continue to influence and inspire even after their death. Masters have reincarnated again and again to guide humanity on the progressive path of spiritual evolution from ancient times when they were priest-kings and priestesses who led cultures with the wisdom communicated to them from the higher beings, to the great masters who live among us today and teach many types of spiritual paths.
We can examine the parameters of the different types of masters and avatars found throughout many traditions as we look for the golden thread of wisdom that runs through them all. We can learn about the personal lives of some of these beings through a variety of incarnations to create a picture of spiritual evolution in relationship to advanced humans who are taking on their higher spiritual bodies.
Watching the evolution of a Bodhisattva becoming a Buddha reveals the spiritual path we are all traveling. Learning the signposts and ancient routes that take us up the spiritual mountain help illuminate the ascent and provide the life-wisdom needed to mount the summit.
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Some of the beings we will examine include: Comte de St. Germain, Master Jesus, Mother Mary, Sophia, the Holy Sophia, Kalki Avatar, Hermes, Mary Magdalene, Zarathustra, Moses, John the Baptist, Master El Morya, Master Koot Hoomi, Djwal Khul, Hilarion, Serapis Bey, the numerous incarnations of the original Adam, Je Tsongkhapa, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, and Manu, among others.
The differences in the ranks of humans and hierarchies will be clearly explained so that angelic hosts and spiritual hierarchies are not confused and conflated. The central position of the two Trinities, one male and one female, will highlight the importance of Sophia and Christ and the way they have worked together since creation.
Each aspirant is a master in the making if the path is found and the spiritual beings who help along the way are understood. We may be on the path but not understand that the ugly hag on the side of the road is in fact Sophia, in one of Her many forms. Wisdom is hidden in the great and the small, the beautiful and the ugly for those with eyes to see and ears to hear Sophia’s wisdom that tells us about the Cosmic Christ that lives in each of us.
Learning the ways of those who sacrificed everything to gain wisdom brings us ever closer to our own higher self that wishes to anoint us with the spirit and pass to us the mantle of wisdom that accompanies all masters and avatars.
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