The Great White Brotherhood - in belief systems like Theosophy , it is considered a community of teachers of humanity who disseminate spiritual teachings for the spiritual evolution of humanity through selected people  . Members of the Brotherhood may be known as teachers of ancient wisdom or ascended masters  . The first to talk about them in the West was Elena Petrovna Blavatsky ( Theosophy ), after she and other people claimed to have received messages from them. Among them were Alistair Crowley , Guy Ballard , Geraldine Innsent (“The Bridge to Freedom”), Mark Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet et al.  .
- 1 History of the term in religions
- 2 History of the term in theosophy by E.P. Blavatsky
- 3 Main ideas of the teachings of the Great White Brotherhood
- 4 See Also
- 5 notes
Religion term history
In Buddhism , teachers of humanity are mentioned in connection with the country of Shambhala . Shambhala appears in the sacred Buddhist texts of the Kalachakratantra, which contains prophecies about future events on earth, and the “kings of Shambhala” are described as forefathers and teachers of mankind transmitting their teachings ( sacred texts ) to them. “The kings of Shambhala belong, like the Buddha Shakyamuni , to the clan Shakyev. The family tree of these kings, as well as other Buddhist rulers, is built up to the first ecumenical monarch, Mahasamatta. Seven kings, starting with Suchandra , who received the Kalachakratantra from Buddha Shakyamuni, bear the title “Shojal” (Tib. “Tsarzakon”) - the title of the ideal king of the lawmaker. Beginning with the eighth king on this list, the twenty-five rulers of Shambhala have the title of Rigdan (Tib. “Owning a workshop”) - the title given to them after the first of them, Manjushrikirti, granted the highest Kalachakra initiation to the entire population of Shambhala. Rigdan XXV Dragbo Horlozhan will hold in 2424 AD the eschatological Shambhala war with the forces of evil  .
According to the president of the International Association “Peace through Culture”, professor of the Literary Institute named after A.M. Gorky V.M.Sidorov :
|“White Brotherhood” means beings that are significantly ahead of humanity in their spiritual and mental development. These are people of cosmic consciousness, as if forming a single community on planet Earth ... The White Brotherhood is the cosmic branch of humanity. But its an integral branch. A synonym for the White Brotherhood in Christian esotericism is the concept of "fallen humanity." The spiritual and religious tradition of Christianity, in contrast to the Hindu and Buddhist, makes the main emphasis on the cosmic fall of mankind ” |
The history of the term in theosophy E.P. Blavatsky
According to E.P. Blavatsky , in 1851 she met a teacher in London - Mahatma Moriya , who was a descendant of the Punjab rulers in India , as well as the head of the White Brotherhood's esoteric philosophical school in one of the Tibetan monasteries. Thanks to the Mahatma of Moria, E.P. Blavatsky embarked on the path of spiritual perfection . At 33, in the Himalayas , for three years, under the guidance of teachers, she underwent training in discovering abilities, after which she became the "first messenger of secret knowledge in the West" and the founder of the Theosophical Society in the West  .
Blavatsky claimed that the founders of the society were the Mahatmas , or the “Great White Lodge,” she also said that she received teachings from them through her abilities of spiritual mediumship . Later, the ideas of her teachings were supported by Charles Leadbeater , Helena Roerich  . Gareth Knight describes the members of the Great White Brotherhood as “Masters” who “acquired all the experience and all the wisdom arising from the experience necessary for their spiritual evolution in the worlds of form” and who remain to help the younger initiates in their “cyclic evolution on this planet "  .
In the twentieth century, the term was developed and popularized in the teachings of P. Dynov , O. M. Ayvankhov , G. Ballard, E. Roerich , Mark and Elizabeth Prophet .
The main ideas of the teachings of the Great White Brotherhood
- There is a “Higher Presence” on the planet (White Brotherhood - teachers, Mahatmas  ), at the top of the hierarchy is God  .
- Humanity is at a transitional stage of evolution , and it needs to make a free choice to follow or not follow the path of spiritual development  .
- There is a law of cause and effect (the law of karma )  .
- There is a law of reincarnation  .
- Mahatma Moriah
- Teaching of the Ascended Masters
- Lords of the Wisdom
- Great white brotherhood
- E.P. Blavatsky
- Spiritual hierarchy
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