The Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom
by Aart Jurriaanse

For the purpose of this treatise the description of the hierarchical
complex will be reduced to a simple form, providing only sufficient
detail to obtain an insight into the relationship between the three main
groupings encountered on the human being’s evolutionary path,
namely humanity, the Hierarchy, and Shamballa. Even so, most
students find it difficult to conceive and accept even such a simple
account, because of the abstract nature of these concepts, and
because the subjective Entities described remain invisible and
intangible to human senses. Once a fair picture of this spiritual
structure has been gained, however, then these basic ideas can
progressively be amplified as wider knowledge and deeper
understanding are achieved.

It has already been described how man, in the course of numerous
incarnations, is step by step expanding his consciousness; how he
attains the first initiation by gaining control over his physical desires,
followed by the second initiation when the emotions have been
reasonably curbed. Then comes that important stage of the third
initiation, when, after the three lower bodies (the physical, the astral
and the mental) have been integrated and are jointly functioning as the
‘personality’, they are brought under the complete direction of the soul.
This is the time when the real spiritual man takes over — when he is
no longer held on leash by the attractions and urges of the flesh, and
when new vistas of the spiritual worlds are opening up to the inner
eye. This deeper consciousness and contact with reality makes the
disciple aware of new and ever greater sources of love and energy
which he can now use in serving his fellow man — he is becoming

Up till the third initiation the disciple has been constructing, mainly
unconsciously, the ‘Bridge of Light’, uniting the lower bodies with the
soul. From now on this bridging work will be proceeded with
consciously, aiming at closing the gap between the personality and the
Spiritual Triad or Monad. With the completion of this final stage of the
bridge, the disciple is ready for the fourth initiation — the ‘Great
Renunciation’. The Monad is now in direct command of the personality
which will merely mirror its threefold reflection in the physical world.
The soul has thus become redundant as a mediator between Spirit
and matter, and is ‘renounced’ after aeons of service in that capacity.
Although the Monad may temporarily retain the triple bodies, these are
no longer required for physical experience, but only serve as bodies of
expression for the Monad, and will therefore be used solely as
instruments of service in either the human or any of the three lower
kingdoms of nature.

After attaining the third initiation, the disciple may be regarded as a
junior member of the Hierarchy of Masters, and as such he will be
incorporated into the group of one of the senior Masters. He will then
participate in and function as part of the Hierarchy, whether incarnated
in the physical world or active on subjective levels. At this stage the
evolving entity is, however, not yet equal to the full responsibilities of
an adept or Master — the initiate only becomes an acknowledged
Master of Wisdom after reaching the fifth initiation.

The existence of a Hierarchy of Masters as an intrinsic part of the
subjective hegemony, under the leadership of the Christ, was only
publicly revealed by Madame Blavatsky during the last quarter of the
19th century, or just about 100 years ago. As was to be expected, the
revelation of this hidden knowledge to the world at large was met by
violent opposition from religious circles, and often by ridicule from a
large section of the general public. Today hundreds of thousands are
accepting these principles as logical, when the evidence at man’s
disposal is considered without prejudice. The obstinate resistance
from the orthodox is also crumbling before the persistent onslaught of
reason. But there is much more to it than logic; today there are many
persons of integrity who, through practical experience and conscious
co-operation with higher Entities, have come to know about the
existence of the Masters and of the help which they can afford the
struggling aspirant. The intelligent seeker for Truth is no longer
satisfied by the stereotyped answers provided by orthodox
theologians, and he prefers direct spiritual experience to doctrinal

It is to be expected that time will be needed for these ‘new’ concepts
to be generally accepted, and for the principles to be established
throughout the world. But there is a steady, irrepressible movement in
that direction, which will inevitably result in one single world religion.

Those sensitive to the incoming spiritual impacts are still very much in
the minority, but that is normal in the course of evolution — that which
is new has to face the task of superseding what is deeply rooted and
established. But that which has served its purpose in time and space,
and has become irrelevant, must make way for that which is vigorous,
strong, healthy and the product of the times. The religion of the future
will be based on love, goodwill, sharing and good human relations, not
only between individuals, but also between groups, communities, and
the nations and races of the world. This time is rapidly approaching —
do not let yourself be blinded by outward discord, hate and struggle —
look below the surface and see those strong and vital currents of
tolerance, goodwill and consideration, which are everywhere
becoming noticeable, often from the most unexpected quarters. In the
not too distant future, these awakening forces will build up to such an
extent that the dark and evil powers will be submerged, and will largely
disappear from the scene of action.

Aart Jurriaanse, wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey. Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges which is a Commentary on these teachings.   

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“I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with
the poor. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of
the sunlight of opportunity. I choose to live for and with those who find
themselves seeing life as a long and desolate corridor with no exit
sign. This is the way I’m going. If it means suffering a little bit, I’m
going that way. If it means sacrificing, I’m going that way. If it means
dying for them, I’m going that way, because I heard a voice saying, Do
something for others.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


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