The Masters, together forming the Spiritual Hierarchy, are the custodians of the Divine Plan for this planet. They have inspired great human achievements throughout history, working from behind the scenes through their disciples in all fields of human endeavor. The Masters guide and teach, but it is humanity itself, responding of its own free will to their stimulus, which creates each new civilization.
Throughout history, when humanity reaches a major point of crisis, the Spiritual Hierarchy sends a Teacher to lead the way. There have been many of these great spiritual messengers; Krishna, Buddha and the Christ are but a few. Now, at this critical time, the Masters are returning to the outer world for the first time in countless millennia, along with the Master of all the Masters, head of the Spiritual Hierarchy, Maitreya. Humanity's response to this extraordinary stimulus will, in turn, create the new civilization to come.
The Ageless Wisdom Teachings
From ancient times, a body of spiritual teaching known as the Ageless Wisdom has been handed down from generation to generation. A systematic and comprehensive account of the evolution of consciousness in man and nature, it describes how the universe came to exist, how it operates, and man's place within it.
'Esotericism', as it is sometimes called, is also the art of working with those energies which emanate from the highest spiritual sources. It has been the wellspring for the arts and sciences throughout the ages and is also the common foundation of all the world's religions.
As humanity matures, further aspects of this previously hidden knowledge are released in a wider, more open manner. Throughout the last 100 years, the Ageless Wisdom Teachings have been communicated through individuals such as Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society; later by Alice A. Bailey and Helena Roerich; and, more recently, through Benjamin Creme.
God and man
Esotericism defines God as the sum total of all the Laws, and all the energies governed by these Laws which make up everything in the manifested and unmanifested universe--all that we see and cannot see. God is also the great Cosmic Being who ensouls this planet.
Man, in turn, is a 'Spark of God', a spiritual being expressing itself through a physical body. Each one of us is essentially divine but, compared to the saints and sages of all religions, most individuals recognize and demonstrate this divinity only to a limited degree.