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The Coming Of The Masters: The Evolutionary Reformulation Of Spiritual Intermediaries In Modern Theosophy

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Helena Petrovna Blavatskys revelation of highly evolved adepts residing in the Himalayas offering wisdom and guidance to spiritual seekers became a major feature and attraction of modern Theosophy. The theosophical Masters were believed to live in remote places in the Himalayas and Tibet, but also appeared to theosophists in person and communicated with them through letters transmitted by occult means. This chapter focuses on the progressive cultural construction of the Masters as the carriers of the prisca theologia, first through the thought and works of their first publicist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and then trace their subsequent development in the ideas and writings of later Theosophists Annie Besant, Charles Webster Leadbeater, and Alice A. Bailey. The Brahmo Samaj, the Arya Samaj, the Radhasomai faith, and Theosophy all offered means of reasserting Hindu values against their degradation through British rule and secularization.

Keywords: British rule; Helena Petrovna Blavatsky; modern Theosophy

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