posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 03:23 AM
It is known variously as "The Brotherhood," "The White Brotherhood," "The Great White Brotherhood," and "The Solar Brotherhood," and it also
goes by a handful ofl other names.
This is usually descrobed as a group of supernatural beings of great power, sometimes called the "Ascended Masters." They have human followers who
are carefully selected and initiated into the group or one of its lower associated sub-organizations.
This particular set of ideas seems originally associated with the 19th century Theosophical movement (founded by Helena Blavatsky) as well as other
more contemporary groups and belief systems that fall under the general "New Age" rubric. The concept of "Ascended Masters," in particular, has a
very strong connection with Blavatsky. Another Victorian-era thinker who posited the idea of a secret organization of enlightened mystics guiding the
spiritual development of the human race was Karl von Eckartshausen.
A figure known as "Maitreya" is often associated with this stream of thought. Originally, Maitreya was an orthodox Mahayana Buddhist figure that
first began appearing in Asian religious literature several thousand years ago. However, more recently the name has been taken over and warped in
various ways by certain "New Age" thinkers. These days you often hear of "Maitreya" identified as a kind of "second coming" savior-type being,
or (conversely and usually by anti-New-Age Christians) as an antichrist wolf in sheep's clothing.
This line thought also has connections to the Lucius Trust group and attempts to instil a "One World Religion."
I'm not sure what to make of it all (other than the fact that I dislike and mistrust this type of thought on a gut level), and it seems slippery and
hard to pin down.
Here is a collection of links related to the Great White Brotherhood:
Any related comments, other links, ideas, etc. are welcome in this thread.
[edit on 4/20/09 by silent thunder]