Great White Brotherhood

From TSL Encyclopedia

A spiritual order of Western saints and Eastern adepts who have reunited with the Spirit of the living God and who comprise the heavenly hosts. They have transcended the cycles of karma and rebirth and ascended (accelerated) into that higher reality which is the eternal abode of the soul. The word “white” refers not to race but to the aura (halo) of white light surrounding their forms.

The ascended masters of the Great White Brotherhood, united for the highest purposes of the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God, have risen in every age from every culture and religion to inspire creative achievement in education, the arts and sciences, God-government and the abundant Life through the economies of the nations. The Brotherhood also includes in its ranks certain unascended chelas of the ascended masters. Jesus Christ revealed this heavenly order of saints “robed in white” to his servant John in Revelation.[1]


The Great White Brotherhood’s primary function is to return mankind’s consciousness to the liberty of Oneness through the spreading abroad of an understanding of cosmos—the unerring Laws that govern the cycles and destiny of the microcosm (man) and the Macrocosm (his true home of Light).


The idea of the Brotherhood was born in the mind of God through the universal Christ consciousness who was the Logos, the pure Light of the Great White Way. God the Father could not behold evil nor look upon iniquity, but through the Christ, he was in touch with every situation in the universe. The Christ-intelligence endowed the Father’s concept with the tangible Reality of the Great White Brotherhood. Thus was born the seamless garment of the universal Christ consciousness.

The Brotherhood is the hope of every man. It is God’s plan for the orderly expression of his love. It is his provision for the raising of the individual through the raising of the whole, as well as for the raising of the whole through the raising of the individual. It is an effective means whereby God reaches out secretly to perform his wonders of deliverance and his miracles of salvation to a world that has departed the path of righteousness.

Although spiritual in origin, the Great White Brotherhood maintains a very real contact with people on the earth today. Higher initiates are quite aware of their contact with the Brotherhood, whereas lesser initiates work and serve without any conscious knowledge of the contact. The Great White Brotherhood functions also on other planets and in other systems of worlds.


The members of this spiritual fraternity represent the Godhead as rays of light flooding forth from the sun, each one carrying an aspect of the Creator’s consciousness and making it practical to embodied souls. The members are not permitted to divulge their membership—even to other members. They may, however, acknowledge service under the direction of the masters of the Great White Brotherhood.

One of the best-known members of the Great White Brotherhood is the Ascended Master Jesus the Christ, whose Galilean ministry was a magnificent manifestation and fulfillment of centuries of intense preparation and millennia of divine intent. The higher initiates of the Brotherhood are known as “the Lords of the Flame.”

Functions of the Brotherhood

Every ascended master belongs to the Great White Brotherhood, and those who aspire to union with this Brotherhood must aspire to the Christ consciousness. It is not possible to reveal all of the myriad functions of the Brotherhood and the methods by which it seeks to assist mankind and protect mankind against himself. It is the agency of God upon earth, and while it has been much maligned and misunderstood, it continues to function and will until every individual upon this earth attains his natural God-intended freedom. Let us however present the sacred goals set forth by the Chief of the Darjeeling Council of the Great White Brotherhood.

At the beginning of the New Year in 1968, beloved El Morya released a fifteen-point program of assistance, which the councils of the Brotherhood had determined to release to mankind during that year. These points sum up the purposes of the Brotherhood through the ages, and so we include them here in order that those who desire to place their hands firmly in the hands of the Brothers in White may understand specifically what they may do to further the divine plan for the earth and invoke the assistance that the heavenly hosts deem most important at this hour of world need.

El Morya writes:

Who can deny the needs of this hour or of humanity? Who should? It is our earnest desire to render the following assistance to mankind individually and collectively as they are able to respond to the ministrations of the Heavenly Hosts:

1. to step up the level of individual service in order to provide for greater clarity of understanding to men of lesser comprehension;

2. to set forth in a most desirable manner the higher teachings of cosmic law for those who are able to grasp them;

3. to create more stable ties with the Hierarchy through our cosmic outposts in the world of men;

4. to introduce new levels of integrity, justice and faith in government and business and in religious, scientific and artistic endeavors;

5. to assist those who have seen or experienced little of the heavenly kingdom by amplifying the power of godly vision among men;

6. to develop the spiritual nature of all peoples in order that they may experience greater joy in carrying out the will of God wherever and whenever they are called upon to serve;

7. to sustain faith in those who yet must walk by it;

8. to meet the spiritual needs of mankind at all levels of consciousness;

9. to promote peace and understanding in order to accelerate the manifestation of cosmic purpose;

10. to utilize renewed interest in extrasensory perception and matters of the Spirit in order to direct the seeker toward the unfolding of his latent divinity rather than involvement in a search for the phenomenal;

11. to elucidate further to mankind upon the great story of the cosmic Hierarchy;

12. to build mighty pools of reserve energies as reservoirs of spiritual power that can be used by the disciples of the ascended masters in their service to mankind and for the blessing of all life directly from the retreats of the ascended masters;

13. to secure new dispensations from the Karmic Board that will feed these energy pools and embodied individuals connected with the Hierarchy with sufficient power and cosmic know-how to externalize the plan for the year;

14. to encourage all, even the downtrodden, to keep high their faith in the ultimate outpicturing of the glory of God, right while perceiving the absolute necessity to counteract the ignorant manifestations of mankind involved in their excessive materialism, the use of psychedelic drugs, dissonant music and art forms, and vain pleasure-seeking to their own hurt; and

15. to integrate the whole man in accordance with the original divine plan.[2]

The Summit Lighthouse

The Summit Lighthouse activity derives its authority from and is sponsored by the Great White Brotherhood. As long as it upholds the tenets of that Brotherhood to the best of its ability, the Brotherhood will, in this age, and we hope in many to come, use the arm of the Summit to uphold the torch of enlightenment unto man.

See also

Cosmic hierarchy

For more information

Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path to Attainment, chapter 4, “The Great White Brotherhood.”

Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Great White Brotherhood in the Culture, History and Religion of America.


Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Saint Germain On Alchemy: Formulas for Self-Transformation

Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path to Attainment, chapter 4, “The Great White Brotherhood.”

  1. Rev. 3:4, 5; 6:9–11; 7:9, 13, 14; 19:14.
  2. El Morya, Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 11, no. 1.