To Helena Blavatsky the earlier civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks understood esoteric wisdom better than modern societies which made their teachings more proficient in the occult arts.
The teachers of this wisdom were the «Mahatmas» or Masters of Wisdom as they were known in India, lived on through centuries in various incarnations taught their profound knowledge to worthy students. According to her, most of the Mahatmas lived in remote regions of Tibet, Mongolia, or India, forming the Brotherhood of Adepts. Such a concept of brotherhoods exists in numerous occult traditions.
Helena claimed that two of the mahatmas (Koot Hoomi Lal Singh and Morya) were the real founders of the Theosophical Society. The Mahatmas frequently sent mysterious notes to officers of the Society and the disciples. Also, they dictated the various material which she later wrote into her books. A.G.H.
Mahatmas masters of Wisdom
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, a key figure in the history of modern esotericism and the co-founder of the Theosophical Society, held specific views about ancient civilizations, esoteric wisdom, and the role of «Mahatmas» or Masters of Wisdom. Her ideas significantly influenced the development of Theosophy and other occult traditions.
Esoteric Wisdom in Ancient Civilizations
- Superior Understanding: Blavatsky believed that ancient civilizations, like the Egyptians and Greeks, possessed a deeper and more profound understanding of esoteric wisdom than modern societies.
- Proficiency in Occult Arts: She asserted that these ancient cultures were more adept in occult practices due to their richer esoteric knowledge.
The Mahatmas or Masters of Wisdom
- Role of Mahatmas: According to Blavatsky, «Mahatmas» were enlightened beings or Masters of Wisdom, who possessed profound spiritual and esoteric knowledge.
- Longevity and Incarnations: She claimed that these Mahatmas lived through centuries in various incarnations, passing their knowledge to selected, worthy students.
- Residence in Remote Regions: Blavatsky often stated that most Mahatmas resided in remote areas of Tibet, Mongolia, or India, away from the distractions and corruptions of modern society.
- Brotherhood of Adepts: These Mahatmas were part of a secretive Brotherhood of Adepts, a concept prevalent in many occult traditions.
Theosophical Society and the Mahatmas
- Founding Influence: Blavatsky claimed that two Mahatmas, Koot Hoomi Lal Singh and Morya, were the true founders behind the Theosophical Society.
- Mysterious Communications: She reported that the Mahatmas frequently communicated with officers and disciples of the Society through mysterious notes and other means.
- Dictation of Teachings: According to Blavatsky, much of the material she wrote in her books, including key Theosophical texts, was dictated or inspired by these Mahatmas.
Impact and Legacy
- Influence on Theosophy: Blavatsky’s teachings about the Mahatmas and ancient wisdom formed the cornerstone of Theosophical doctrine, influencing a wide range of spiritual and esoteric beliefs.
- Legacy in Occult Traditions: Her ideas about ancient civilizations, esoteric wisdom, and the role of enlightened masters continue to be significant in various occult and New Age movements.