The Spiritual Hierarchy
"All activity which drives the human being forward towards some form of development - physical, emotional, intuitional, social - if it is in advance of his present state, is essentially spiritual in nature." — Alice A. Bailey
Spiritual HierarchyThe Masters, together forming the Spiritual Hierarchy, are the custodians of the Divine Plan for this planet. They have inspired great human achievements throughout history, working from behind the scenes through their disciples in all fields of human endeavor. The Masters guide and teach, but it is humanity itself, responding of its own free will to their stimulus, which creates each new civilization.
Throughout history, when humanity reaches a major point of crisis, the Spiritual Hierarchy has sent its Teachers to lead the way. There have been many of these great spiritual messengers; Sri Krishna, Gautama Buddha, and Jesus Christ are but a few. Each represented a Master and Disciple team, and each reproduced the teaching of the Masters, tailored to the needs of humanity at the time. Now, at this critical time, the Masters are returning themselves to the everyday world, along with the Master of all the Masters, head of the Spiritual Hierarchy, Maitreya. Maitreya has not come as a religious leader, but as an educator in the broadest sense. His message could be summed up as "Share, and Save the World". If humanity measures up to the task of Sharing, a new civilization will emerge which will surpass all previous ones in spiritual and technological achievement. On the other hand, if we do not learn to Share, and continue to enforce our separative and materialistic agendas on the poor and disenfranchised, we will destroy ourselves, and all planetary life.
The Ageless Wisdom TeachingsFrom ancient times, a body of spiritual teaching known as the Ageless Wisdom has been handed down from generation to generation. A systematic and comprehensive account of the evolution of consciousness in man and nature, it describes how the universe came to exist, how it operates, and man's place within it.
'Esotericism', as it is sometimes called, is also the art of working with those energies which emanate from the highest spiritual sources. It has been the wellspring for the arts and sciences throughout the ages and is also the common foundation of all the world's religions.
As humanity matures, further aspects of this previously hidden knowledge are released in a wider, more open manner. Throughout the last 100 years, the Ageless Wisdom Teachings have been communicated through individuals such as Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society; later by Alice A. Bailey and Helena Roerich; and, more recently, through Benjamin Creme.
God and humanityEsotericism defines God as the sum total of all the Laws, and all the energies governed by these Laws which make up everything in the manifested and unmanifested universe--all that we see and cannot see. God is also the great Cosmic Being who ensouls this planet.
Each human being, in turn, is a 'Spark of God', a spiritual being expressing itself through a physical body. Each one of us is essentially divine but, compared to the saints and sages of all religions, most individuals recognize and demonstrate this divinity only to a limited degree.