ARVINDUS

Secret Wisdom Teaching

The Constitution of the Hierarchy

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HIERARCHY

Introduction

The secret wisdom teaching such as given by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), Alice Ann Bailey (1880-1949), Helena Ivanovna Roerich (1879-1955) and Benjamin Creme (1922) has itself the hierarchy as its inner source.1, 2 This hierarchy regards a “group of spiritual beings on the inner planes of the solar system who are the intelligent forces of nature, and who control the evolutionary processes.”3 Thereby is a distinction made between the solar hierarchy and the planetary hierarchy.4 In this contemplation shall the constitutions of both be taken in consideration. This shall be done concise and not extensively. The goal is to give a general overview. It must also be taken in account that the to be sketched positions are continuously shifting (the lower on the hierarchical ladder the faster the changes taking place). Thus this sketch of the hierarchy must be taken as a momentous overview. 

The Solar Hierarchy

The solar hierarchy can be considered as that group of beings working within the boundaries of the solar system but beyond the boundaries of a particular planetary system. Through the Law of Analogy and through the mentioning in the secret wisdom teaching of extra-solar beings a cosmic hierarchy can be induced too, however due to lack of information this one shall not be taken in consideration in this contemplation. So under this paragraph we are considering the solar hierarchy.

At the head of this solar hierarchy can be depicted the solar Logos.5, 6 This solar Logos is also referred to with terms such as ‘Grand Heavenly Man’,7 ‘(solar) Deity’8 or simply ‘God’.9 This Being is the indweller of the solar system as man is the indweller of his body.10 It is the plan of the solar Logos that is imposed upon all who are working within His sphere (like His plan itself is part of still a greater cosmic plan).11

This solar Logos works through three great beings that are known as ‘God the Father’, ‘God the Son’ and ‘God the Holy Ghost’.12 Although being three in number They work together as one Identity as the solar Trinity.13 These three, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, are in this order (for real or as symbol) also known as the first Logos, second Logos and third Logos, as ‘Mahadeva’, ‘Vishnu’ and ‘Brahma’, as will, love-wisdom and active intelligence, as spirit, consciousness and matter, as electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction and as the central spiritual sun, the heart of the sun and the physical sun.14, 15, 16 They relate in the given order the energies of the Great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades to the Sun, Venus and Mercury, and Saturn.

Above certain planets were mentioned as recipients of energies from the solar Trinity. Now as the solar system is the body of expression for the solar Logos so are the planets in our solar system bodies of expression for planetary Logoi.17 Now although there are ten or twelve of these Logoi in manifestation in our solar system there are seven of these of special importance because they are regarded as the builders of the solar system.18, 19 Thus They are called ‘sacred’ in contrast with the Others Which are considered as non-sacred. These seven are in the secret wisdom teaching also known as 'the seven Spirits before the throne', 'the seven Kumaras', 'the seven solar Deities', 'the primordial Seven', 'the seven Builders', 'the seven intellectual Breaths', 'the seven Manus', 'the Flames', 'Lords of Love, Knowledge and Sacrifice',20 or simply as 'the seven rays'.21  Three of these seven work directly under the solar Trinity. These three are known as 'the aspect rays' whereas the other four are known as 'the attribute rays'.22 The aspect rays regard the first ray, the second ray and the third ray, or in this order as the ray of will or power, the ray of love-wisdom and the ray of active intelligence or adaptability.23 These work in that order through Vulcan, Jupiter and Saturn.24 The rays of attribute work under the third ray25 and are known as the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh ray, or in that order as the ray of harmony, beauty, art or unity, the ray of concrete knowledge or science, the ray of abstract idealism or devotion and the ray of ceremonial magic or law.26 Their planets regard in that order Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Uranus.27 All these rays or ray Lords are also directly in contact with the solar Trinity.28

The Planetary Hierarchy

The solar hierarchy was in the previous paragraph left with the mentioning of the seven ray Lords as indwellers of the seven sacred planets of our solar system. It are however not only the sacred planets that are the bodies of expression for Logoi; the non-sacred planets have Logoi as indwellers too. However where the planetary Logoi of sacred planets have taken five cosmic initiations there have the planetary Logoi of non-sacred planets taken only three.29 And this latter is applicable to Earth, being one of the non-sacred planets of our solar system. The earth is the body of expression of the planetary Logos Who stands at the top of our planetary hierarchy.30 Names that in the secret wisdom teaching are given to this planetary Logos are ‘Lord of the World’, ‘the Ancient of Days’, ‘Sanat Kumara’, ‘Melchizedek’, ‘the One Initiator’,'the Youth of Endless Summers', 'the Fountainhead of the Will', 'the One in Whom we move and live and have our being', 'the Light of the World', 'the Eternal Youth' and 'the God of Love'.31, 32, 33, 34

Working on the one hand under the three aspect rays of the solar hierarchy works Sanat Kumara on the other hand very closely together with the three directly under Him placed Buddha’s of activity35 or Pratyeka Buddha’s.36 These Buddha’s correspond on Earth with the three beings of the solar Trinity.37 They Themselves were planetary Logoi in the previous solar system, however with these Buddha’s being conditioned by the Law of Sacrifice has Sanat Kumara moved a step ahead of Them.38 They are all three receptive of the energy of the second aspect of the solar Trinity (being the Son) and of the energies of the Lord of the fifth ray and Lord of the seventh ray (plus of course of those of Sanat Kumara with Whom They work closely together).39 Together with Sanat Kumara form the Buddha’s of activity the council in Shamballa,40 which regards a centre in etheric matter in the Gobi desert where the planetary hierarchy basically resides.41

Under this council of Shamballa and these Buddha’s of activity work the Nirmanakaya’s or divine Contemplatives.42  Among Them are certain Members Who are identified with the seven ray Lords, and thus it is (somewhat confusingly) also said that the Buddha’s of activity work through the Lords of the seven rays.43 These Lords of reference are in such cases however not the Logoi of the sacred planets of our solar system but certain Nirmanakaya’s (or Masters) within the Earth scheme Who have taken the sixth initiation.44 These seven are, due to Their identification with the sacred planetary Logoi, also known as 'the seven Spirits before the Throne (of God)' and are part of the council of Shamballa.45

Under these Nirmanakaya’s or seven ray reflections are found three departments, namely that of the will aspect, that of the love-wisdom aspect and that of the intelligence aspect.46 At the head of the department of the will aspect stands the Manu. This is a function that is during the present fifth root-race fulfilled by Vaivasvata Manu.47 He is the proto-type of the present root-race and develops it. He works together with the second and last Manu of the fourth root-race Whose task it is to develop the remainder of this previous root-race and bring about its disappearance.48 Besides developing race-types He is as head of the department of the will aspect also concerned with planetary government and politics. He works out the will and purpose of Sanat Kumara.49 Besides having a link with the Nirmanakaya’s He is also receptive for energies from the three Buddha’s of activity and of the planetary Logos of the first ray.50

At the head of the department of the love-wisdom aspect stands the Bodhisattva, also known as 'the Christ', 'the World Teacher', 'Lord Maitreya', 'the Master of Masters', 'the Lord of Love and of Compassion', 'the Instructor of Angels' and 'the Teacher of angels and of men'.51, 52, 53, 54 Being the head of the department of the love-wisdom aspect He embodies love, and as such He works closely together with the Buddha Who embodies wisdom.55, 56 It can also be said that where the Christ works for the development of consciousness the buddha works for the spreading of light.57 This task of the Buddha will come to an end when humanity has developed the wisdom aspect to a certain extent, and this moment is already in sight.58 The Christ in function will when this happens handle both aspects.59 Where the department of the Manu is that of government regards the department of the Christ that of religion, and His task is thus too to develop the religions of the world.60  This department is receptive for the energies of Sanat Kumara (through the Buddha), the fourth ray Lord and the sixth ray Lord.61, 62 (Perhaps there is a direct receptivity for the second ray Lord too, but this is not found explicated in the secret wisdom teaching. There Sanat Kumara is posited as mediating).

At the head of the department of the intelligence aspect stands the Mahachohan or Lord of Civilisation.63 Under His responsibilities falls the development of the social and financial order.64 The Mahachohan is receptive of energies from the third, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh ray Lord, and also from those coming from the three Buddha’s of activity.65

Under the three departments of the Manu, the Christ and the Mahachohan are placed seven major ashrams, each led by a Chohan.66 (A Chohan is a Master Who has taken the sixth initiation).67 Under these then are placed forty-two or forty-nine minor ashrams,68, 69 led by Masters or Adepts (Those Who have taken at least the fifth initiation).70 All the ashrams are on one of the seven rays71 and the totality of these ashrams is still in process of forming.72 Also the internal personnel is constantly changing,73 making an accurate and to the point overview difficult. However some ashrams, Chohans and Masters can be mentioned. This will not be done however in great detail.

The First here to mention is the Chohan Jupiter. As a Chohan of the first ray74 He works under the department of the Manu, is regarded as the oldest among the Masters (working in a physical body) and is the regent for India.75 He is directly receptive of the energy of the Manu.

On the same level of the hierarchy, being receptive of the energies of the Manu, the Christ and the Mahachohan, is under the department of Christ a not specified European Master (probably Chohan) placed.76

A level below these two is the First to mention the Chohan Morya, Who is a Chohan of the first ray. He is receptive of the energies of the Chohan Jupiter and the European Master (and very likely too of that of the Manu and the Christ).77 He is planned to take the position of the Manu of the sixth root-race.78 At the moment He works as inspirer of esoteric and occult organisations and of politicians.79

The Chohan Morya works in close cooperation with Koot Hoomi, Who is a Chohan on the second ray.80, 81 He is receptive of the energy of the European Master, but also of the Manu, the Mahachohan and almost certainly also of the Christ,82 for He is intended to fulfil the function of the Christ in the future.83 He works as inspirer for philosophy, philanthropy and brotherhood, and works for the development of love in the hearts of men.84

The Chohan Koot Hoomi works together with the Master, (most likely a Chohan)85 Who is mentioned as ‘the Venetian Master’.86 He is on the third ray and is receptive for the energies of the Christ and the Mahachohan.

Under the Venetian Master on the third ray are placed certain Masters on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh ray.87 On the fourth ray is the Master Serapis (also named ‘the Egyptian’) mentioned.88 He is an inspirer of art movements. He is receptive of energies from the Christ and the aforementioned Chohan or Master of the third ray.

On the fifth ray is the Master Hilarion, working under the Manu and the Venetian Master on the third ray.89 He is an inspirer for psychic development90 and of science in general.91

Well known on the sixth ray is the Master Jesus, working under the Christ and the Venetian Master on the third ray.92 During His life in Palestine He was not yet a Master but was overshadowed by the Christ.93 It was only in a next life that He took the firth initiation, becoming a Master.94 He is a major inspirer of Christianity and Western thought.95 

On the seventh ray is the Master Rakoczi,96 in new age circles perhaps better known as the Master Saint Germain.97 He is depicted as working under the Venetian Master and the Chohan Koot Hoomi but is also mentioned to work under the Manu as regent over Europe and America (like the Chohan Jupiter works as the regent over India).98 He is also mentioned to have lately taken the position of the Mahachohan.99, 100, 101  

The Master Djwhal Khul, or ‘the Tibetan Master’,102 is on the second ray and has only recently (1875) taken the initiation into Masterhood.103 He is receptive of energies of the Master Morya, the Master Koot Hoomi, the Venetian Master, but also of those of the Manu, the Mahachohan and most likely also the Christ.104

Other mentioned Masters are the Master P., working under the Master Rakoczi, and two English Masters. The first works on the fourth ray inspiring the new age thought in America. Of the latter (at least) one is on the third ray working on economic development.105

Under all the Masters then are placed the initiates, disciples, aspirants and the rest of humanity, making our overview of the hierarchy complete.

Conclusion

The above given overview is sketched in figure 1. Taking this figure and all of the above in view it must be held in consideration that it is a very momentous and incomplete overview. There are many more Masters, however of not All is information given out. Also does the personnel of the hierarchy vary in course of time. However as a general sketch of the structure of the hierarchy this overview may serve hopefully well.

Notes
  1. ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching, ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’, Index: 201211101.
  2. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Rays and the Initiations, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume V’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Part One, Rule Thirteen. “The teaching planned by the Hierarchy to precede and condition the New Age, the Aquarian Age, falls into three categories:
    1. Preparatory, given 1875-1890...written down by H.P.B.
    2. Intermediate, given 1919-1949...written down by A.A.B.
    3. Revelatory, emerging after 1975...to be given on a worldwide scale via the radio.”
  3. Alice A. Bailey, 'Letters on Occult Meditation’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Glossary. “Hierarchy.  That group of spiritual beings on the inner planes of the solar system who are the intelligent forces of nature, and who control the evolutionary processes.  They are themselves divided into twelve Hierarchies.  Within our planetary scheme, the earth scheme, there is a reflection of this Hierarchy which is called by the occultist the Occult Hierarchy.  This Hierarchy is formed of chohans, adepts, and initiates working through their disciples, and, by this means, in the world.”
  4. Ibidem.
  5. Ibidem, Letter VIII, Chart SOLAR AND PLANETARY HIERARCHIES
  6. Ibidem, Letter VIII, Key to Diagram of Solar and Planetary Hierarchies.
  7. Alice A. Bailey, 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section One, Division C, III, 2. “a. Man, the Microcosm,
    b. The Heavenly Man, the planetary Logos,
    c. The Grand Man of the Heavens, the solar Logos.”
  8. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Consciousness of the Atom’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Lecture IV. “Fourthly, the solar atom, indwelt by the solar Logos, or the Deity.”
  9. Alice A. Bailey, 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume II, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume II’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch.I, IV, 2. “God, the solar Logos, […].”
  10. ‘A Treatise on Cosmic Fire’, Introductory Postulates. “This Solar Logos incarnates, or comes into manifestation, through the medium of a solar system.”
  11. ‘Esoteric Psychology, Volume II’, Ch. I, IV, 2. “However (and this is a point oft forgotten) this tendency [to blend and sythesise] is motivated by the recognition of the planetary Logos, that His plan is conditioned in its turn, and is an integral part of a still larger plan—that of the solar Deity.  God, the solar Logos, is likewise conditioned by a still higher life purpose.”
  12. See notes 5-6.
  13. Alice A. Bailey, 'From Intellect to Intuition’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. Eight, The Method in Christianity. “God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Ghost, are realized as working smoothly together as one Identity — the Three in One and the One in Three.”
  14. ‘A Treatise on Cosmic Fire’, Section Two, Introductory Questions, IV.
    First Pole The Point of Union Second Pole
    First Logos Second Logos Third Logos.
    Mahadeva Vishnu Brahma.
    Will Wisdom-Love Active Intelligence.
    Spirit Consciousness Matter.
    Father Son Mother.
    Monad Ego Personality.
    The Self The relation between The Not-Self.
    The Knower Knowledge The Known.
    Life Realisation Form.”
  15. Alice A. Bailey, ‘Esoteric Astrology, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume III’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Appendix, The Planets. “20. The following tabulation is suggestive:
    a. God the Father—1st Logos—Electric Fire. Great Bear. Sun.
    b. God the Son—2nd Logos—Solar Fire—Sirius. Venus and Mercury.
    c. God the Holy Spirit—3rd Logos—Fire by friction—Pleiades. Saturn”
  16. Helena P. Blavatsky in: Ibidem, Appendix, The Planet – The Sun. “The Trinity is symbolised by the sun:
    a. The central spiritual sun—God the Father.
    b. The heart of the sun—God the son.”
  17. Helena P. Blavatsky in: Ibidem, , Appendix, The Planets. "There are seven chief planets, the spheres of the indwelling seven Spirits. These seven Spirits are:
    a. The seven chief groups of Dhyan Chohans.
    b. The seven Primeval Rays."
  18. Alice A. Bailey, 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume I, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume I’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section One, Ch. I, 3. “You must remember that only a few of the planets are the bodies of expression of the Lords of the rays.  There are ten "planets of expression" (to use the term employed by the ancient Rishis), and only seven ray Lives are regarded as the Builders of the system.”
  19. ‘Esoteric Psychology, Volume I’, Section Two, Ch. III, 2. “There are only five non-sacred planets. [...]. Suffice it to say that the sacred planets are seven in number, making a totality of twelve planetary manifestations.”
  20. ‘Esoteric Astrology’, Appendix, The Rays and the Planets.
    “1. The seven Planetary Logoi.
    2. The seven Spirits before the throne.
    3. The seven Kumaras.
    4. The seven solar Deities.
    5. The primordial Seven.
    6. The seven Builders.
    7. The seven intellectual Breaths.
    8. The seven Manus.
    9. The Flames.
    10. Lords of Love, Knowledge and Sacrifice.”
  21. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section Four, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy. “1. The seven Rays or the seven Spirits before the Throne.”
  22. See notes 5-6.
  23. Alice A. Bailey, 'Initiation, Humand and Solar, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. XIX, Glossary.
    Rays of Aspect
    1. The Ray of Will, or Power.
    2. The Ray of Love-Wisdom.
    3. The Ray of Activity or Adaptability.
    Rays of Attribute
    4. The Ray of Harmony, Beauty, Art, or Unity. 
    5. The Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science. 
    6. The Ray of Abstract Idealism or Devotion. 
    7. The Ray of Ceremonial Magic, or Law.”
  24. ‘Esoteric Psychology, Volume I’, Section Two, Ch. III, 2. “THE PLANETS AND RAYS
    Sacred Ray Non-Sacred Ray
    1. Vulcan 1st ray. 1. Mars 6th ray.
    2. Mercury 4th ray. 2. Earth 3rd ray.
    3. Venus 5th ray. 3. Pluto 1st ray.
    4. Jupiter 2nd ray. 4. The Moon 4th ray.
    5. Saturn 3rd ray. veiling a hidden planet.
    6. Neptune 6th ray. 5. The Sun 2nd ray.
    7. Uranus 7th ray. veiling a hidden planet.”
  25. See notes 5-6.
  26. See note 23.
  27. See note 24.
  28. See note 5.
  29. ‘Esoteric Astrology’, Ch. IV. “b. The Logos of a non-sacred planet [...]. He has taken three cosmic initiations. [...].
    c. The Logos of a sacred planet [...].
    The Logos of a sacred planet has taken five cosmic initiations.”
  30. See notes 5-6.
  31. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Three, The Doctrine of Avatars. “1. The Lord of the World, the Ancient of Days, Sanat Kumara, the planetary Logos, Melchizedek, [...].”
  32. See note 6.
  33. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. V. “As has already been stated, at the head of affairs, controlling each unit and directing all evolution, stands the KING, the Lord of the World, Sanat Kumara, the Youth of Endless Summers, and the Fountainhead of the Will, (showing forth as Love) of the Planetary Logos.”
  34. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Three, The Cycle of Conferences. “[...] the agent of that great Life in Whom we live and move and have our being, Who is Himself the true Light of the World and the planetary Enlightener. I refer to the Ancient of Days (as He is called in the Old Testament), to the God of Love, to Sanat Kumara, the Eternal Youth, the One Who holds all men in life and Who is carrying His whole creation along the path of evolution to its consummation—a consummation of which we have not as yet the faintest idea.”
  35. See notes 5-6.
  36. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. V. “Co-operating with Him as His advisers are three Personalities called the Pratyeka Buddhas, or the Buddhas of Activity.”
  37. ‘A Treatise on Cosmic Fire’, Section Two, Division B, I, 4, b. “The three Buddhas of activity have a correspondence to the three persons of the Trinity.”
  38. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part One, Rule Thirteen. “In the last solar system They were the planetary Logoi of three planets in which the mind principle reached its highest stage of development; They embody in Themselves in a most peculiar manner the wisdom aspect of the second ray, as it expresses itself primarily through what has been called in the Bhagavad Gita "skill in action."  Hence Their name, the Buddhas of Activity.
    Sanat Kumara has now moved one step ahead of Them upon the great cosmic ladder of evolution, for an aspect of the Law of Sacrifice has conditioned Them.”
  39. See notes 5-6.
  40. ‘Initiation, Humand and Solar’, Ch. V. “The three Buddhas of Activity change from time to time, and become in turn exoteric or esoteric as the case may be.  Only the King persists steadily and watchfully in active physical incarnation.
    Besides these main presiding Personalities in the Council Chamber at Shamballa, [...].”
  41. ‘Initiation, Humand and Solar’, Ch. IV, The immediate effect. “The central home of this Hierarchy is at Shamballa, a centre in the Gobi desert, called in the ancient books the "White Island."  It exists in etheric matter, and when the race of men on earth have developed etheric vision its location will be recognised and its reality admitted.”
  42. Alice A. Bailey, 'Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section Two, Part XIII. “4. The Nirmanakayas, the divine Contemplatives. This is the receptive group which receives impression from Shamballa in relation to the planetary creative purpose. Then They, on Their own level of atmic activity, build—through contemplative meditation—a vast reservoir of potent energies which are impregnated with the qualities of the seven energies of the seven planetary Rays. They are the Custodians of life, under the direct inspiration of the Buddhas of Activity, and They spend the aeons of Their planetary service:
    a. In active contemplation of the divine Purpose.
    b. In a developed receptivity to that aspect of the Purpose which must be expressed through the medium of the divine Plan, and thus presented to the Hierarchy.
    c. In developing that spirit of sevenfold receptivity which will make Them a channel for the inflow of ray energies from Shamballa into the Hierarchy. Their united aura or area of influence and the extent of Their magnetic and dynamic radiation correspond roughly to the aura of the planet itself; They contain (within Their ranks) Members Who are identified with the Lords of the seven Rays.”
  43. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part One, Rule Thirteen. “They work out Their plans—these four Great Lives—through the medium of the Lords of the Seven Rays.”
  44. Ibidem, Part Two, Section Two, The Rays and the five Initiations confronting Humanity, Initiation II. “Each of these great energising Lives works through certain Masters and Initiates of the sixth initiation; these Masters work in full consciousness upon the atmic plane, the plane of the spiritual will; from that high level, They function as transmitting agents for the energy of one of the three Buddhas of Activity.”
  45. Ibidem, Part One, Rule Ten. “The Seven Spirits before the Throne of God are also Members of the Council, and each of Them is in close rapport and contact with one or other of the seven sacred planets in our solar system, and can thus draw upon the energies which they embody.”
  46. See notes 5-6.
  47. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. V, The Work of the Manu. “The Manu presides over group one.  He is called Vaivasvata Manu, and is the Manu of the fifth root-race.  He is the ideal man or thinker, and sets the type for our Aryan race, having presided over its destinies since its inception nearly one hundred thousand years ago. Other Manus have come and gone and His place will be, in the relatively near future, taken by someone else.”
  48. Ibidem. “The Manu, or the prototype of the fourth root-race, works in close co-operation with Him, and has His centre of influence in China.  He is the second Manu that the fourth root-race has had, having taken the place of the earlier Manu at the time of the final stages of Atlantean destruction.  He has remained to foster the development of the race type, and to bring about its final disappearance.”
  49. Ibidem. “The work of the Manu is largely concerned with government, with planetary politics, and with the founding, direction, and dissolution of racial types and forms. To Him is committed the will and purpose of the Planetary Logos.”
  50. See notes 5-6.
  51. Ibidem.
  52. ‘Letters on Occult Meditation’, Glossary. “Bodhisattva.  Literally, he whose consciousness has become intelligence, or buddhi.  Those who need but one more incarnation to become perfect buddhas.  As used in these letters the Bodhisattva is the name of the office which is at present occupied by the Lord Maitreya, Who is known in the Occident as the Christ.  This office might be translated as that of World Teacher.  The Bodhisattva is the Head of all the religions of the world, and the Master of the Masters and the Teacher of angels and of men.”
  53. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. V, The work of the World Teacher, the Christ. “He is the great Lord of Love and of Compassion, just as his predecessor, the Buddha, was the Lord of Wisdom. [...]. He is the World Teacher, the Master of the Masters, and the Instructor of the Angels, [...].”
  54. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Three, An Easter Message. “[...], the Master of the Masters and the Teacher of angels and of men [...].”
  55. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Four, The Ashrams Concerned at the Coming. “Forget not that Christ represents the energy of love and the Buddha that of wisdom.”
  56. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Reappearance of the Christ’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. Four. “This is a hard saying for the orthodox and narrow Christian churchman to accept; it means primarily that Christ will work in the closest cooperation with the Buddha until this fusion and reconstruction have truly taken place.”
  57. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Three, The Significance of the Wesak festival. “The point to be borne in mind is that light is substance, and the Buddha demonstrated the consummation of substance-matter as the medium of Light, hence His title of the "Illumined One." Christ embodied the underlying energy of Consciousness.”
  58. ‘The Reappearance of the Christ’, Ch. Four. “Actually the work of the Buddha for humanity is nearly over, and His long alliance with the race of men has nearly come to an end. The moment that the appearance of the Christ is an accomplished fact, and the rule of right human relations is beginning definitely to condition human living, then the Buddha will pass to the work which awaits Him. One of the senior disciples of the Christ, ranking next to the Christ in hierarchical status, will take His place and carry on the work, connected with mankind.
    By the time this particular Master takes over His task, the intelligent principle or knowledge, which is the outstanding characteristic of humanity, will have been to a large extent transmuted into wisdom by the world intelligentsia, though not as yet by the masses of men. Wisdom is the predominant characteristic of the Buddha and the momentum of this wisdom energy will eventually be so strong that it will need no further distribution or control by the Buddha. He can then re-orient Himself to higher spheres of activity where His true work lies, and begin to work with an aspect of wisdom of which we know nothing but of which both knowledge and wisdom have been expressing themselves through the Christ and the Buddha; later, through the cooperation of the Avatar of Synthesis, Christ will be able to blend within Himself both of these major divine energies, and thus be a pure expression of love and wisdom, of right relationship and intuitive understanding.”
  59. Ibidem.
  60. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. V, The work of the Lord of Civilisation, the Mahachohan. “The World Teacher presides over the destiny of the great religions through the medium of a group of Masters and initiates Who direct the activities of these different schools of thought.”
  61. See notes 5-6.
  62. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Three, The Cycle of Conferences. “The Buddha, Whose Festival is held ever at the Full Moon of May [...], acts today as the agent of that great Life in Whom we live and move and have our being, Who is Himself the true Light of the World and the planetary Enlightener. I refer to the Ancient of Days (as He is called in the Old Testament), to the God of Love, to Sanat Kumara, the Eternal Youth, the One Who holds all men in life and Who is carrying His whole creation along the path of evolution to its consummation—a consummation of which we have not as yet the faintest idea.”
  63. ‘Letters on Occult Meditation’, Glossary. “Mahachohan.  The Head of the third great department of the Hierarchy.  This great being is the Lord of Civilisation, and the flowering forth of the principle of intelligence.”
  64. Alice A. Bailey, 'Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001. “[...]; later, they will appear and will then openly relate the department of the Manu to that of world government, the department of the Christ to that of the world religions, and the department of the Lord of Civilisation to that of the social and financial order.”
  65. See notes 5-6.
  66. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part One, Rule Eight. “1. The seven greater groups...The seven groups or Ashrams within the Hierarchy.
    THE HIERARCHY
    These carry out the hierarchical will, which is love.
    They work through love and understanding.
    Each is presided over by a Chohan and a group is called an Ashram.
    These major Ashrams have many affiliated Ashrams, presided over by a Master on the same ray as the Chohan, and are capable at any moment of being absorbed into the primary Ashram.
    The perfect or complete group is the Hierarchy itself, containing all the seven major Ashrams and their affiliates.”
  67. ‘Letters on Occult Meditation’, Glossary. “Chohan.  Lord, Master, a Chief.  In this book it refers to those Adepts who have gone on and taken the sixth initiation.”
  68. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part Two, Section One, The Entering of the Ashram, The Seven Groups of Ashrams within the Hierarchy. “4. The great Ashram is formed of seven major Ashrams and forty-two secondary Ashrams which are gradually forming.”
  69. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Four, The Externalisation of the Ashrams. “1. The seven major Chohans and Their Ashrams.< br /> 2. The forty-nine Masters of the secondary Ashrams.”
  70. ‘Letters on Occult Meditation’, Glossary. “Adept. A Master, or human being who, having traversed the path of evolution and entered upon the final stage of the path, the Path of Initiation, has taken five of the Initiations, and has therefore passed into the Fifth, or Spiritual kingdom, having but two more Initiations to take.”
  71. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part Two, Section One, The Entering of the Ashram, The Seven Groups of the Ashrams within the Hierarchy. “The seven major Ashrams are each responsive to one of seven types of ray energy and are focal points in the Hierarchy of the seven rays.”
  72. ‘The Externalisation of the Hierarchy’, Section Four, The Externalisation of the Ashrams. “The secondary Ashrams are being stimulated; new ones are being gradually formed, for there are not as yet forty-nine minor Ashrams; vacancies in the major Ashrams are being filled as rapidly as possible from the ranks of those working in minor Ashrams and the places of these latter are being taken by accepted disciples who are being fitted for this work through experience, difficulties and the tension of world service.”
  73. Ibidem.
  74. See notes 5-6.
  75. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “Under the Manu work the regents of the different world divisions, such as, for instance, the Master Jupiter, the oldest of the Masters now working in physical bodies for humanity, Who is the regent for India, and the Master Rakoczi, Who is the regent for Europe and America.”
  76. See notes 5-6.
  77. Ibidem.
  78. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “He works in close co-operation with the Manu, and will Himself eventually hold office as the Manu of the sixth root-race.”
  79. Ibidem. “The Master M. has a large body of pupils under His instruction, and works in connection with many organisations of an esoteric and occult kind, as well as through the politicians and statemen of the world.”
  80. ‘Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II’, Section Four. “The Master K.H., being a Chohan and one of the senior Masters (ranking next to the Christ Himself), can "walk into the courts of Shamballa" at will.”
  81. See notes 5-6.
  82. Ibidem.
  83. ‘Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II’, Section Four. “[...]; another reason is that the Master K.H. will assume the role of World Teacher in the distant future when the Christ moves on to higher and more important work.”
  84. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “He concerns Himself largely with the vitalising of certain of the great philosophies, and interests Himself in a number of philanthropic agencies.  To Him is given the work very largely of stimulating the love manifestation which is latent in the hearts of all men, and of awakening in the consciousness of the race the perception of the great fundamental fact of brotherhood.”
  85. Charles W. Leadbeater, The Masters and the Path, Cosimo Classics, New York, 2007, p. 238. “At the Head of the Third Ray stands the great Master called the Venetian Chohan.”
  86. See notes 5-6.
  87. Ibidem.
  88. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “One other Master may here be briefly mentioned, the Master Serapis, frequently called the Egyptian.  He is the Master upon the fourth ray, and the great art movements of the world, the evolution of music, and that of painting and drama, receive from Him an energising impulse.  At present He is giving most of His time and attention to the work of the deva, or angel evolution, until their agency helps to make possible the great revelation in the world of music and painting which lies immediately ahead.”
  89. See notes 5-6.
  90. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “His is the energy which, through His disciples, is stimulating the Psychical Research groups everywhere, [...].”
  91. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part Two, Section Two, The Rays and the Five Initiations confronting Humanity, Initiation II. “e. The Ashram of the Master Hilarion, as He supervises the discoveries (and the application of such discoveries) of the scientific movement in the world today.”
  92. See notes 5-6.
  93. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part One, Rule Three. “These three energies are faintly symbolised for us in the life of Christ when overshadowing the Master Jesus, two thousand years ago.”
  94. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “As Appollonius of Tyana, He took the fifth initiation and became a Master of the Wisdom.”
  95. Ibidem. “From that time on He has stayed and worked with the Christian Church, fostering the germ of true spiritual life which is to be found amongst members of all sects and divisions, and neutralizing as far as possible the mistakes and errors of the churchmen and the theologians.  He is distinctively the Great Leader, the General, and the wise Executive, and in Church matters He co-operates closely with the Christ, thus saving Him much and acting as His intermediary wherever possible.  No one so wisely knows as He the problems of the West, no one is so closely in touch with the people who stand for all that is best in Christian teachings, and no one is so well aware of the need of the present moment.  Certain great prelates of the Anglican and Catholic Churches are wise agents of His.”
  96. See notes 5-6.
  97. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “Reference to Him can be found in old historical books, and He was particularly before the public eye when he was the Comte de St. Germain, and earlier still when he was both Roger Bacon and later, Francis Bacon.”
  98. Ibidem, Ch. V, The Work of the Lord of Civilization, the Mahachohan. “Under the Manu work the regents of the different world divisions, such as, for instance, the Master Jupiter, the oldest of the Masters now working in physical bodies for humanity, Who is the regent for India, and the Master Rakoczi, Who is the regent for Europe and America.  It must be remembered here that though the Master R., for instance, belongs to the seventh ray, and thus comes under the department of energy of the Mahachohan, yet in Hierarchical work He may and does hold office temporarily under the Manu.”
  99. ‘Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II, Section Three, Part IX. “When, for instance, the Master R. assumed the task of Mahachohan or Lord of Civilisation, His Ashram was shifted from the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order to the third Ray of Active Intelligence; [...].”
  100. Ibidem, Section Two, Part V. “Lately the Master R. has taken the position of Mahachohan, [...].”
  101. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part One, Rule Twelve. “It is this influence also which has enabled the Master R. to assume the mantle of the Mahachohan and become the Lord of Civilisation—a civilisation which will be conditioned by the rhythm of the seventh ray.”
  102. ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’, Ch. VI, Certain Masters and Their Work. “The Master Djwhal Khul, or the Master D. K. as He is frequently called, is another adept on the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.  He is the latest of the adepts taking initiation, having taken the fifth initiation in 1875, and is therefore occupying the same body in which He took the initiation, most of the other Masters having taken the fifth initiation whilst occupying earlier vehicles.”
  103. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Unfinished Autobiography’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, The Arcane School – Its Esoteric Origins and Purposes. “We know that He whom we are accustomed to refer to as the Tibetan is in fact one of the Masters of the Wisdom known by certain of his associates as the Master Djwhal Khul.”
  104. See notes 5-6.
  105. Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume II, Share International Foundation, London / Amsterdam, 2013.  p. 66. “The English Master is a 3rd ray Master. […]. He is adviser and source of inspiration to high-level economists in the world.”
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Figures
  • Figure 1: The Constitution of the Hierarchy.
The Constitution of the Hierarchy
The Constitution of the Hierarchy

SH: Solar Hierarchy
SL: Solar Logos
F: Father
S: Son
HG: Holy Ghost
R1: 1st Ray Lord
R2: 2nd Ray Lord
R3: 3rd Ray Lord
R4: 4th Ray Lord
R5: 5th Ray Lord
R6: 6th Ray Lord
R7: 7th Ray Lord
EH: Earth Hierarchy
SK: Sanat Kumara
B1: Buddha of activity
B2: Buddha of activity
B3: Buddha of activity
M: Manu
C: Christ
Mc: Mahachohan
J: Master Jupiter
E: European Master
Mo: Master Morya
K: Master Koot Hoomi
V: Venetian Master
D: Master Djwhal Khul
Se: Master Serapis
H: Master Hilarion
Je: Master Jesus
R: Master Rakoczi

Figure 1.