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Ascended Masters -- Koot Hoomi, Sananda (Jesus Christ), Saint Germain, and El Morya, as painted by Charles Sindelar (1875-1947)

The Ascended Masters are a group of immortal beings associated with the religions of the New Age Movement. As wisdom teachers who can consciously reincarnate or appear in visionary form to disciples at will, they were introduced to the world via the religion of Theosophy.

Along with belief in reincarnation, devoted study to the teachings and wisdom of the Ascended Masters is one of many concepts associated with the New Age Movement. In the ascensionist New Age denominations, the two ideas are fused, and the Ascended Masters are said to have had both famous and obscure incarnations before they left behind the wheel of reincarnation.


The Ascended Masters in the New Age Tradition

A painting of Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky with three of her teachers, the Ascended Masters Koot Hoomi, El Morya, and Master Rakoczy; engraving by John Augustus Knapp (1853-1938)
An altar for the Ascended Masters featuring the Chart of the 'I AM' Presence by May DaCamera and art prints of Charles Sindelar's paintings of Koot Hoomi, Jesus Christ, Saint Germain, and George Washington; the latter is held to have been a former incarnation of Guy Ballard, the co-founder, with his wife Edna Ballard, of the I AM Activity
Guy Ballard and Edna Ballard, co-founders of the I AM Activity, beneath a painting of the Ascended Master Rakoczy by Charles Sindelar
A New Age altar featuring the Chart of the 'I AM' Presence by May de Camera; art prints of Charles Sindelar's paintings of Koot Hoomi, Jesus Christ, Saint Germain, and El Morya; statues of The Virgin Mary, Shiva, and Buddha; amethyst geodes; and photos of Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Claire Prophet
Mount Shasta, California, one of several sacred mountains associated with the Ascended Masters
"Our Beloved Ascended Master Saint Germain," painted by May DaCamara (1894-1976), for the I AM Activity's booklet "Fundamental Group Outline," St. Germain Press, 1952

The existence of a group of Mahatmas or great souls who guide the world originated within the religion of Theosophy, led by Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 - 1891) and Colonel Henry S. Olcott (1832 - 1907), and it remains a central Theosophical premise to this day.

Veneration of the Mahatmas and other entities under the group-title Ascended Masters, and the transmission of their teachings via channeled communications, was popularized by the Ascension cosmology of the I AM Activity, led by the former Theosophists Guy Ballard and Edna Ballard during the 1930s. The earliest Ascended Masters named and channeled by the Ballards were Theosophical Mahatmas, but they soon added other Masters, some of them well known to history, such as George Washington, the first president of the United States of America.

After the death of Guy Ballard, the Ascended Master concept became a prominent feature of I AM offshoots, such as The Bridge To Freedom, founded by Geraldine Innocente in 1951; the Ascended Master Teachings of Mark L. Prophet, who founded The Summit Lighthouse in 1958; and his wife Elizabeth Clare Prophet, who founded The Church Universal and Triumphant in 1975. Unaffiliated New Age adherents and practitioners may also study the written and transcribed teachings of these wise ones, or may seek to contact them via some form of mediumship.

Those who follow the way of the Ascended Masters may pray to, meditate upon, speak to, or write letters to the Masters. In keeping with Asian traditions, such letters may be burned so that their spiritual essence will reach the Masters. In religious settings that are organized around the Ascended Masters, the leaders or selected congregants function as Messengers or mediums, bringing forth discourses or writing texts addressed from specific Masters to the congregation. Adherents report that they sometimes see fields of coloured light radiating around the Messengers as they channel the words of the Masters. Additionally, some devotees who do not take on the role of congregational Messengers are able to visualize, dream about, or see the Masters through their own gifts of clairvoyance or hear their voices through clairaudience.

Who Are the Ascended Masters?

In the early years of their popularity, the Masters were called Mahatmas ("great souls"), and were associated with Hindu and Buddhist scholars and spiritual mentors who lived in the Himalaya Mountains of India and Tibet. As these Mahatmas died and ascended from the earthly plane to incarnate no more, they came to be called the Ascended Masters. As time went on, other spiritual teachers who were not Mahatmas were also recognized as Ascended Masters. Some of these were associated with the Taoist and Christian traditions.

Because the word "master" is male-gendered in English, it became common to refer to the collective group as "Masters," but to indicate the females in the group by use gender-qualified words like "Lady Masters" or "Ladies," avoiding the female-gendered word "mistresses," which carries modern connotations of illegitimate sexual alliance. It is also the custom within the I AM Activity and ts offshoots to refer to Ascended Masters by the title "Beloved," as in Beloved Saint Germain or Beloved Lord Lanto.

Because there is no central authority to which members of the New Age Movement all pay homage, there are varying lists of the numbers and names of Ascended Masters. Not every New Age group accepts all of those who are venerated in other groups, and since there is no single body responsible for their certification or canonization, it is up to the seeker to approach them through the teachings of his or her group or, if solitary, through personal gnosis. The largest roster of Ascended Masters can be found within Elizabeth Claire Prophet's Church United and Triumphant which recognizes 200 such beings.

In some New Age traditions that descend from Theosophy, life on earth is said to fall under the influence of Seven Rays, these being rays of of prismatic colour. Other groups may teach that there are Twelve Rays of colour. In either case, each Ascended Master is associated with one of these Rays. A Chohan (Lord or Lady) of a Ray is an Ascended Master who has been placed in charge of one of the Rays. For example, Saint Germain is the Lord of the Violet Ray of transmutation and change and Hilarion is a Lord of the Green Ray of healing and knowledge.

Popular Ascended Masters

As with any group of revered spiritual helpers, the Ascended Masters have individual personalities and temperaments. Each is revered for some specific quality or activity.

In addition to the original three Mahatma Ascended Masters of Theosophy, some 20th and 21st century lists of Ascended Masters contain the names of beings who were venerated prior to the rise of Theosophy, the I AM Activity, the Bridge To Freedom, the Summit Lighthouse, or the Church Universal an Triumphant. Because these entities were and are central to other religions, members of those religions often present firm theological objections to the inclusion of their own unique gods, goddesses, saints, and revered spiritual figures within a list of Ascended Masters. In these cases, the link below will direct the reader to the primary religious name or identification of the being, the name under which he or she first became known through theological scripture, or folkloric religious veneration.


Afra, Ascended Master of Africa, is the patron of Africa and, in a larger sense, of all people of colour. Afra is a soul of great light who evolved on the continent of Africa. Afra ascended many thousands of years ago, when he attempted to bring peace between the warring tribes of the African continent, and was crucified for his efforts by his own people. When Afra ascended, he asked to be called simply "a brother," or "a frater," in Latin. "A frater" became the name "Afra."

Allah Gobi

Allah Gobi, known as the'"Master of Stillness" incarnated many times, most recently as Sham Shalaman in the Middle East, and as Gobi Mam in Mongolia.

Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha is an Ascended Master who is also identified by some in the New Age Movement as an incarnation of the Buddhist Religion's namesake, Buddha

Djwhal Kuhl

Djwhal Kuhl is mentioned frequently in the writings of H.P. Blavatski, who said she had met with him.

El Morya

El Morya, also known as El Morya Khan or El Morya Kahn, was, along with Koot Hoomi, one of the Mahatmas who functioned as spirit guides to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky during the founding of the New Age religion of Theosophy. (Read More ... )


Hilarion, Chohan of the Fifth Emerald Ray, is considered the channel of Truth, Healing, Religion and Science.

Koot Hoomi

Koot Hoomi, also known as Master Koot Hoomi, Kuthumi, K.H. or Mahatma Koot Hoomi Lal Singh (c. 1810 - c. 1900) is one of the Ascended Masters who inspired the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875. (Read More ... )

Lady Leto

Lady Leto is the Chohan of the Fourth Secret (Emerald) Ray, who teaches Spiritually advanced children, and teaches how to safely leave the body and return to it.

Lady Lotus

Lady Lotus is one of the Ascended Masters.

Lady Magda

Lady Magda, a reincarnation of Mary Magdalene, holds the Flame of Hope.

Lady Nada

Lady Nada is Chohan of the Sixth Purple Ray.

Lady Portia

Lady Portia, of the Seventh Ray, is the embodiment of Justice.

Lord Lanto

Lord Lanto is the Chohan, or Master, of the Second Ray, the vibration of which appears as a golden yellow color. (Read More ... )

Lord Ling

Lord Ling, who was once embodied as Moses, serves the Golden Ray of Joy and Happiness.


Mahachohan is the Great Lord of the seven chohans and Integrater of the Seven Rays to create the 8th.


Melchizedek, also known as Melchisedech, Melchisedek, or Malki Tzedek ("king of righteousness") is an Ascended Master who is also identified by some in the New Age Movement as an incarnation of the priest-king of Salem named in 14th chapter of the Book of Genesis in the Jewish and Christian Bibles. (Read More ... )

Master Paul

Master Paul is one of the Ascended Masters.

Pallas Athena

Pallas Athena is a Chohan of the Fifth Ray who is identified as an incarnation of the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, as well as handicrafts. (Read More ... )

Paul the Venetian

Paul the Venetian is Chohan of the Third Pink Ray of Divine Love.

Master Rakoczy

Master Rakoczy is one of the Ascended Masters. (Read More ... )

Quan Yin

Quan Yin is an Ascended Master who is also identified by some in the New Age Movement as an incarnation of the Chinese Taoist deity Kwan Yin.

Saint Germain

Saint Germain is a legendary spiritual master of the ancient wisdom and is said to be the Chohan or Master of the Seventh Ray and bringer of the Age of Aquarius.


Sananda is an Ascended Master who is also identified by some in the New Age Movement as an incarnation of the Christian deity Jesus Christ

Sanat Kumara

Sanat Kumara is an Advanced Being, at the Ninth level of initiation who is regarded as the Lord or Regent of Earth and of humanity.

Serapis Bey

Serapis Bey is Chohan of the Fourth White Ray.

White Eagle

White Eagle , a patron to all Native American cultures, is said to have visited the tribes of North and South America, bringing spiritual information and healing skills; additionally, many of his incarnations occurred as a master in Tibet, which some believe explains the similarities between Native American and Tibetan cultures.

Working with Spirits and Spirit Guides

For more information, plus a list of AIRR Certified Spirit Workers, see Spirits and Spirit Guides

Spirit work involves enlisting the psychic aid of various spirits in order to accomplish specific spell-casting goals. These spirits may include the spirits of ancestors and the dead; the crossroads; Guardian Angels; the spirits of places, animals, plants, water sources, and beings other than humans; and a rich and varied roster of culturally important spiritual entities from various Religious and metaphysical traditions, such as Black Hawk, Maximon (San Simon-Judas), Elijah, Saint Peter, or Koot Hoomi.

Membership in a New Age Religion

Many New Age groups, development circles, and churches hold public worship services at which the clergy interact both with Ascended Masters and with the laity. Membership in New Age houses of worship may or may not require initiatic rites of passage, including training, baptism, confirmation, and a declaration of faith in a specific creed.


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