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Teachings of the Great Brotherhood of Light by the Masters Kuthumi and Morya
Sanctus Germanus Prophecies Vol. 1 by the Amanuensis
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Sanctus Germanus Prophecies Vol. 3 by the Amanuensis
The Great and Holy Master Kuthumi (Koot Hoomi)
In this presentation on the Great and Holy Master Kuthumi, we learn through his past incarnations the meaning of karmic balance. As the incisive philosopher-mathematician Pythagoras, the devoted Magi priest of Babylon, the mendicant and devoted Francis of Assisi, the ruthless, egotistical Mughal King Shah Jahan who tried to stretch his empire over the entire Indian subcontinent and built the magnificent Taj Mahal, and finally the Mahatma Koot Hoomi Lal Singh, the Master who guided Mme. Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott to found the Theosophical Society, we have today the same soul as the Ascended Master, Chohan of the Second Ray of Love and head of the Office of the Christ in the Great Brotherhood of Light. He works intimately with the Great and Holy Master Sanctus Germanus in preparing the world to receive the World Teacher in whatever form that great position takes in the near future.
Kuthumi as Aethalides and Euphorbus
Scholars of ancient Greek philosophy mention that Pythagoras (see below) possessed a perfect recall of his former lives and introduced the idea of soul transmigration and reincarnation to the ancient Greeks. Pythagoras said he was once born as Aethalides who was considered to be the son of Greek God Hermes. Hermes invited him to choose whatever he wanted, except immortality; so he asked that, alive and dead, he should remember what happened to him. Thus in his life he remembered everything, and when he died he retained the same memories of previous lives.
Aethalides then died and reincarnated as Euphorbus, a warrior in the Trojan War. When Euphorbus died, his soul passed into one called Hermotimus. Hermotimus wanted to produce proof of his past lives and so went to Branchidae, entered the temple of Apollo and pointed to the shield which Menelaus had dedicated. He said that he had dedicated the shield to Apollo when he sailed back from Troy; it had by then decayed and all that was left was the ivory boss.
When Hermotimus died, he became Pyrrhus, the Delian fisherman; and again he remembered everything-how he had been first Aethalides, then Euphorbus, then Hermotimus, then Pyrrhus. When Pyrrhus died, he became Pythagoras and remembered everything also.
As so through Pythagoras and his verifiable past lives in Greek history the concept of reincarnation, one taken for granted in the East, made its inroads into the cradle of western philosophical thinking.
The Master Kuthumi as Pythagoras, Greek Philosopher and Mathematician (582?-500?BC)
Born on the island of Sámos, Pythagoras was instructed in the teachings of the early Ionian philosophers Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes. At the age of eighteen he had absorbed all the learning which these great teachers of Greece could give him and it was about this time also that he had a vision in which he was shown in geometric lines the "key to the universe, the science of numbers, the rhythm and harmony of sacred numbers, the ternary law which rules the constellations and the septenary law which controls all evolution.
Stimulated by his vision, he set off too Egypt to study under the Egyptian sages. At first, the sages ignored him thinking that a Greek could not have the persistence to pursue deep study in the mysteries, but he persisted and they finally relented, and admitted him to their schools where he excelled. He passed all tests and initiations of the times.
Over a twenty-two year period he mastered all that the wise men had to teach him about sacred mathematics and the science of numbers. When he was about to return back to his home on Samos, the Persians overran Egypt and took Pythagoras and other Egyptian Magi prisoners to far-off Babylon.
Babylon in those days was a great metropolis of sages, in its heyday, for in addition to their native Chaldean priests who were descendants of the Zoroasters, the Persians had captured Israelites from Palestine as well as sages from Egypt. It was during this time that Pythagoras became exposed to all these other doctrines, religions, cults and magical practices. After absorbing all their teachings, he knew more than anyone else about the eternal principles and laws and the science of numbers relating to the secrets of the universe.
From Grecian polytheism, Hindu trinitarianism, Persian dualism, and Hebrew monotheism he synthesized an esoteric science of numbers all his own, thus bringing into realization the vision he had had at eighteen.
After thirty-four years abroad, he obtained permission to return home to Samos where he intended to establish a School of Esotericism. But Samos proved too small and limiting so he and his mother moved to a city called Crotona in Italy around 530 BC where he established his school for initiates of the science of numbers. His admission standards were very rigorous, giving preference to the very young.
The school proved a success and his fame grew. He founded a movement with religious, political, and philosophical aims, known as Pythagoreanism. The philosophy of Pythagoras is known only through the work of his disciples. Pythagoras was not only an influential thinker, but also a complex personality whose doctrines addressed the spiritual as well as the scientific.
The Pythagoreans adhered to certain mysteries, similar in many respects to the Orphic mysteries. Obedience and silence, abstinence from food, simplicity in dress and possessions, and the habit of frequent self-examination were prescribed. He won many followers in the city of Croton itself and many from the nearby foreign territory, both kings and noblemen. What he said to his associates no-one can say with any certainty; for they preserved no ordinary silence.
Pythagoras, as we mentioned above, claimed that he had been Euphorbus, a warrior in the Trojan War, and that he had been permitted to bring into his earthly life the memory of all his previous existences. When he was staying at Argos he saw a shield from the spoils of Troy nailed up, and burst into tears. When the Argives asked him the reason for his emotion, he said that he himself had borne that shield at Troy when he was Euphorbus. They did not believe him and judged him to be mad, but he said he would provide a true sign that it was indeed the case: on the inside of the shield there had been inscribed in archaic lettering EUPHORBUS. Because of the extraordinary nature of his claim they all urged that the shield be taken down-and it turned out that on the inside the inscription was found. Consistent with his previous lives, the Pythagoreans taught the immortality and and transmigration of souls. Pythagoras seems to have been the first to introduce these doctrines into Greece.
Among the extensive mathematical investigations carried on by the Pythagoreans, were their studies of odd and even numbers and of prime and square numbers. From this arithmetical standpoint they cultivated the concept of numbers, which became for them the ultimate principle of all proportion, order, and harmony in the universe. Through such studies they established a scientific foundation for mathematics. In geometry the great discovery of the school was the hypotenuse theorem, or Pythagorean theorem, which states that the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.
The astronomy of the Pythagoreans marked an important advancement in ancient scientific thought, for they were the first to consider the earth as a globe revolving with the other planets around a central fire. They explained the harmonious arrangement of things as that of bodies in a single, all-inclusive sphere of reality, moving according to a numerical scheme. Because the Pythagoreans thought that the heavenly bodies are separated from one another by intervals corresponding to the harmonic lengths of strings, they held that the movement of the spheres gives rise to a musical sound-the "harmony of the spheres."
As Pythagoras, Kuthumi laid the foundations of western intellectual thinking. Can you imagine a world today without numbers, without mathematics? Every object depends on some measurement for its understanding. Kuthumi's work as Pythagoras was to weave cosmic laws into the daily thinking of western thinking. Slowly, concepts such as the reincarnation of man's soul, certain immutable mathematical principles, and the origins of the earth through astronomy would form the basis western thinking.
The Master Kuthumi as the Magi Priest (circa AD)
According to the Aquarian Gospel, the three magi who followed the star of Bethlehem were called Hor, Lun, and Mer. We have explored the role of these three Magi priests, who warned the father Joseph (St. Germain) of King Herod's treachery. Joseph subsequently fled Bethlehem with Mary and the Child Jesus and headed for Egypt.
These three were part of the Magi order, a Zoroastrian sect led by three chief Magi priests called Balthasar, Melchior, and Caspar. Balthasar was the Master Kuthumi; Melchior, the Master Morya; and Caspar, the Master Dwjal Khul during those incarnations. According to the Aquarian Gospel, Balthasar, Melchior, and Caspar did not meet the Elder Brother Jesus until he was an adult of twenty-four years old. Jesus had journeyed to India and spent several years there learning the ancient mysteries of the Brotherhood and on his return to Nazareth, he stopped by Persia. The three other Magis, being clairvoyant, knew of his arrival and gave him a joyous welcome on the street and brought him to their home where they introduced him to Balthasar, Melchior, and Caspar.
When the seven came together, they sat in silence for seven days, for Jesus knew they were all part of the Silent Brotherhood. Jesus taught them in such a way that they knew he was the great teacher, for He helped them resolve many contradictions in the Zoroastrian religion. Then Jesus disappeared.
A few days later, while the six Magis were together, Jesus suddenly reappeared before them and declared that they were the first to witness the transmutation of Jesus in the flesh, for he was really sitting in a garden very far from their house. This transmutation was prophesied for later when he would appear before the twelve disciples after his crucifixion. So, as brothers of the Silent Brotherhood, the six Magis had a sneak preview of Jesus'transmutation.
The Master Kuthumi as Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Many centuries later, the Master Kuthumi reincarnated as the Italian Francis of Assisi, who founded the Franciscan Order of Brothers of the Catholic Church.
Born in Assisi, Italy as Giovanni Francesco Bernardone, he received little formal education, even though his father was a wealthy cloth merchant. As a young man, he led a worldly, carefree life. Following a battle between Assisi and Perugia, he was held captive in Perugia for over a year. While imprisoned, he suffered a severe illness during which he is said to have experienced a dream vision that was to alter his way of life.
Back in Assisi in 1205, he performed charities among the lepers and began working on the restoration of dilapidated churches. Francis' change of character and his expenditures for charity angered his father, who legally disinherited him. Francis then discarded his rich garments for a bishop's cloak and devoted the next three years to the care of outcasts and lepers in the woods of Mount Subasio.
Francis of Assisi wrote the following about his mission:
"The Lord gave it to me, Brother Francis, this way to begin doing penance. Because, when I was in sin, it seemed very bitter to me to see lepers. And the Lord Himself brought me among them and I made mercy with them. And I withdrew from them, what had seemed bitter to me was changed to sweetness of body and soul to me. And after this, I stayed a little while and left the world."
This statement sums up Kuthumi's mission as Francis of Assisi: 1) that God himself "gave"or told him what to do and 2) that this was to share his life with the outcasts of society. He interpreted the living the gospel of Jesus Christ as not just penance, poverty and preaching, but to uncompromisingly witness of the gospel to the world.
At first he withdrew from the world and lived the life of a hermit. He restored the ruined chapel of Santa Maria degli Angeli. In 1208, one day during Mass, he heard a call telling him to cast off his hermit's garb and go out into the world and, according to the text of Matthew 10:5-14, to possess nothing, but to do good everywhere, a very proactive interpretation of the gospel.
Upon returning to Assisi that same year, Francis began preaching. He gathered round him the twelve disciples who became the original brothers of his order, later called the First Order; they in turn elected Francis superior. All who joined the order had to sell their possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. They were to avoid all contact with money, except in the case of alms necessary to care for sick brothers and lepers. In their solidarity with the impoverished and outcasts of society, they were not to be ashamed to beg for alms because "alms are a legacy and the due right of the poor."
The brothers were encouraged to wander through the world as examples of peacefulness, poverty, and humility: as missionaries among non-believers of the truth. For this, he obtained from Pope Innocente III the License to Preach Everywhere. In other words, Francis of Assisi was the forerunner of the evangelical preacher.
In 1212 he received a young, well-born nun of Assisi, Clare, into Franciscan fellowship; and through her was established the Order of the Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares), later known as the Second Order of Franciscans. From 1205-1212 Francis' evangelical order proved attractive to men and women and grew rapidly.
In late 1218 Francis set out for the Holy Land, but a shipwreck forced him to return. Other difficulties prevented him from accomplishing much missionary work when he went to Spain to preach to the Moors. In 1219 he was in Egypt, where he succeeded in preaching to, but not in converting, the sultan. Francis then went on to the Holy Land, and stayed there until 1220. He wished to be martyred and rejoiced upon hearing that five Franciscan friars had been killed in Morocco while carrying out their duties.
On his return home he found dissension in the ranks of the friars and resigned as superior, spending the next few years in planning what became the Third Order of Franciscans, the tertiaries.
In September 1224, after 40 days of fasting, Francis was praying upon Monte Alverno when he felt pain mingled with joy, and the marks of the crucifixion of Christ, the stigmata, appeared on his body. Accounts of the appearance of these marks differ, but it seems probable that they were knobby protuberances of the flesh, resembling the heads of nails. Francis was carried back to Assisi, where his remaining years were marked by physical pain and almost total blindness.
Knowing that death was near, he had himself laid naked upon the naked earth, before organizing a "last supper" for his brethren. Francis died on the morning of October 4, 1226.
He was canonized in 1228. In 1980, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him the patron saint of ecologists. In art, the emblems of St. Francis are the wolf, the lamb, the fish, birds, and the stigmata.
Did Francis of Assisi show any of the signs of a mystic? A study of his writings does not indicate so. Instead, his life followed an almost literal imitation of Jesus' life as described in the traditional scriptures and liturgical materials. It was a life of absolute devotion.
We will see in the Master Kuthumi's next incarnation as Shah Jahan, how karmic balance created an entirely different character.
The Master Kuthumi as the Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658)
The Mughal Empire was founded in 1526 and is famous because it stretched throughout most of the Indian subcontinent. Under its rulers, it reached unprecedented heights in the fields of music, literature, art, and especially architecture. The Mughal Empire was born when Babur, with the use of superior artillery, defeated the far larger army of the Lodis at Pânîpat, near Delhi. Babur's kingdom stretched from beyond Afghanistan to the Bengal region along the Gangetic Plain. His son Humayun, however, lost the kingdom to Bihâr-based Sher Khan Sur and fled to Persia (now Iran). Then Humayun recaptured Delhi in 1555, shortly before his death.
Humayun's son Akbar, whose name (meaning "great") reflected what he was to become, extended the Mughal Empire until it covered the subcontinent from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal and from the Himalayas to the Godâvari River. The Mughals moved their capitals frequently: Wherever they made camp became the capital. They built cities and citadels within those cities which were like army camps. The nobles lived in tents with richly colored carpets on the ground, and only the audience halls, royal residences, and mosques were built of stone.
In the course of the dynasty, citadels grew in Lahore, in and around Âgra, in the architecturally spectacular city of Fatehpur Sikri, and near the city of Shahjahanabad ("city of Shah Jahan") to give the empire a reputation for its architectural splendor.
Although illiterate, Akbar matched the learning of his father and grandfather, with courts enriched by Persian arts and letters. He brought under his control the Hindu Rajput kings, who ruled just south and west of Âgra by defeating them in battle, extending religious tolerance, and offering them alliances cemented by marriage. Akbar married two Rajput princesses, including the mother of his son and successor, Jahangir.
In 1628 the Master Kuthumi incarnated as the third son of Jahangir in Lahore (now in Pakistan). As a young prince he commanded his father's army, leading many campaigns, but in 1623, compelled by the intrigues of the imperial consort, he rose in rebellion. At his father's death in 1627, he rushed to Âgra to claim the throne, killed all potential rivals, and took over the throne the following year.
Much of Shah Jahan's thirty-year reign was spent in military campaigns in the Deccan, which he never entirely managed to subdue. But above all, his reign was distinguished by the architectural splendor of the Taj Mahal and the Pearl Mosque at Âgra, and the construction of Delhi, which he made his capital.
Under Akbar, the Mughal's had set up an efficient system of revenue through the taxation of agricultural lands. An efficient bureaucracy of tax collectors kept the coffers of the ruler filled. However, the system came under strain with Shah Jahan's costly and unsuccessful campaign to capture the Mughal's ancestral homeland of Samarqand in 1646, and his son Aurangzeb's equally costly efforts to extend the empire southward.
Shah Jahan was then deposed by his son Aurangzeb in 1658 and spent the rest of his years in prison. Under his son, the empire eventually succumbed to the British incursions and military campaigns by the early 1700's.
As an observant Muslim, Shah Jahan, like his grandfather, Akbar, brought to his court adherents to various sects of Islam, as well as priests of other faiths, including Christians, to hear them present their beliefs. European visitors to the Mughal court became even more frequent under Shah Jahan and were allowed to establish trading posts at the periphery of the empire and beyond, but they never became influential at court.
It may appear a bit shocking to the reader to compare the Master Kuthumi's previous incarnations with that of Shah Jahan's. What could be more opposite in character than that of the mendicant priest, Francis of Assisi? Was this incarnation a means to adjust the karmic balance of the extremes of Francis' Christian devotion? Perhaps.
But when we look at the Master's incarnation as Koot Hoomi Lal Singh, his last before he ascended, we see how all previous lives came together in the struggle to spread the Theosophy Movement throughout the Indian subcontinent, Europe and America at the end of the Nineteenth Century.
Mahatma Koot Hoomi Lal Singh 1800's
During the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century, the Masters Kuthumi and Morya worked together with Helena P. Blavatsky and Henry Steele Olcott to form the Theosophical Society. During the early years before the formal founding of the society in New York, the Master Morya along with other devas and elementals precipitated information to Mme. Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott so that they could write Isis Unveiled, a book that revealed the existence of an inner World Government under the aegis of the Great Brotherhood of Light and the wisdom deeply buried in the ancient mysteries that underpinned all the religious movements in the world.
When the Great Brotherhood of Light instructed Blavatsky and Olcott to go to India, the Mahatma Koot Hoomi or Kuthumi began playing a much more active role in helping the two founders establish the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India. The Master Kuthumi often materialized before the founders, instructed them, and disappeared. At times he would send his then disciple, Djwal Khul, to deliver messages and instruct them.
During the struggle to establish the Theosophical Society in Bombay and then in Adyar, the founders were attacked from all flanks, yet the Mahatmas could only warn them of the coming waves of dissent, internecine fighting, and betrayals, for under Cosmic Law, they had to step aside and let the founders do battle.
During this time, the two Mahatmas, with the initial intermediary of Blavatsky, precipitated a series of letters to a British newspaper editor by the name of A.P. Sinnett and a friend and compatriot of the British civil service, A.O. Hume, both resident in Simla, the British summer capital in India. An active exchange of precipitated letters took place in the etheric dimension between the parties. They would float down from the ceiling, appear out of no where on a desk, or arrive by messenger.
It is in these series of what later was to be called the Mahatma Letters that one witnesses even to this day the clear, almost cutting, logic and intellect of the Master Kuthumi in his treatises ranging in subject matter from the philosophical to the mundane everyday cares of the administration of the nascent society. Yet such pure logic and reasoning often did not penetrate the intellect for he had to combat the deep-rooted sense of racial superiority among the educated British colonial elite. The Master argued and explained to these concrete, yet logical-minded individuals the evolutionary theory of the world, the mathematical calculus to prove it, and great movements of the yugas or ages. Yet after many exchanges, neither one would become an initiate of the Master's, for they could never quite overcome their racial bias that a brown-skinned person could be superior in intelligence to them. Yet, the Master Kuthumi never for a second backed down in his stance, arguing steadfastly and with the purest of intentions and logic, to combat the narrow intellectualism of this class of people. The hope of the Great Brotherhood of Light was that such an enlightened and educated class of people would be able to carry the message of theosophy throughout the world as a respected thought movement.
The Master Kuthumi ascended in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century but continued to guide and train the second generation of theosophy leaders, namely Mrs. Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater, channeling through them many enlightened works about the Great Brotherhood of Light and The Path along which pupils around the world could follow to help further the important work of the Brotherhood.
In England, he also appeared to Alice A. Bailey when she was a young girl to identify himself to her. He later instructed his former disciple, now the Tibetan Master Djwal Khul, to take over the externalization of further teachings to the world through her. By 1949, Mrs. Bailey had channeled twenty-four volumes of teachings from the Tibetan Master, teachings whose relevance initiates of today appreciate.
The Lord Maitreya, who held the Office of the Christ, is said to have vacated his position as the World Teacher in recent years (earth time) making way for the Master Kuthumi to assume this position. From this short review of the Master Kuthumi's past lives, we can rest assured that the coming World Teacher will know intimately the trials and tribulations of life on earth, yet he waits until the appropriate moment to appear, in what form we still do not know, to impart the teachings of the New Age.
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