An Ascended Master is a person who has gone through the human evolutionary process and has become liberated (ascension) from the need to reincarnate in a physical body on Earth. Since Ascended Masters do not need to return to the Earth Plane, they are free from duality and the “wheel of karma.” Their evolution continues in other dimensions, or lokas of experience. Often, they take on students (chelas) still learning in the physical plane and become their Master Teachers. Masters continue to have Master Teachers and their teachers also have teachers. Ascended Master Jesus, who is also known as Lord Sananda in his ascended state, and Kuan Yin, the Ascended Master and Bodhisattva of Compassion, are two of Master Saint Germain’s teachers. This educational and spiritual lineage is the oldest on the planet and predates all of the world religions.
Hindu classifications of stages of spiritual advancement are documented in the Upanishads. They are: Siddha (perfected being); Jivanmukta (freed while living); Paramukta (Supremely Free – full power over death). Often, when an ascended being takes on a physical body to bring blessings to the world, he or she is known as an Avatar. The proof of this perfected free body is that it often casts no shadow or makes no footprints. Such Masters never appear in the gross public and have the power to become invisible. It is said that Saint Germain often takes the form of a beggar or old woman and is identified by wearing a piece of violet-purple clothing. Sananda once said that he is not limited by form of any kind, therefore he may take on any form or appearance necessary for the task at hand.
The Spiritual Hierarchy, sometimes referred to as The Great White (Light) Lodge, is a fraternity of men and women, composed of Ascended Masters and their students dedicated to the universal spiritual upliftment of humanity. Their chief desire is to preserve the lost teachings and spirit of the ancient religions and philosophies of the world. They are also pledged to protect against systematic assaults against individual and group freedoms that inhibit the growth of self-knowledge, development, and personal choice. And, most importantly, their mission is to re-awaken the dormant ethical and spiritual spark that has almost disappeared among the masses.
Illustration above: Holy Himalayas, 1934, Nicolas Roerich.