God so loved the world that in every age, he sent forth his beloved Son as the incarnation of the Logos, as the incarnation of the Word. These are the avatars, the world saviors who come to lead mankind back to higher consciousness. These are the way showers who fully embody the Christ consciousness of the Son of God and remind God's children of their original spiritual estate and divine destiny.

The word avatar comes from the Sanskrit root “avatara” which means descent, or crossing over from Spirit to earth. There have been many avatars on earth. Around each of these avatars, new spiritual understandings developed which eventually shaped a religious rite.

Sanat Kumara

The ultimate example of the avatar is found in the story of Sanat Kumara, who descended to earth with 144,000 volunteers to help save the planet. Read the story and watch the video of this cosmic epic.

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Ancient Egyptian Mysteries and Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus

In the book, Ancient Mystic Rites, C. W. Leadbeater affirms, based on clairvoyant investigation, that following the first sinking of Atlantis in 75,025 BC, Atlantean conquerors from the island of Poseidinis came to Egypt and built the great pyramids. Then about 40,000 BC, the world-teacher avatar Thoth was born, later called Hermes by the Greeks. Hermes/Thoth came to teach the doctrine of the inner Light, the universal Light that dwells in the heart of every man.

The Egyptians gave him the name Trismegistus, which means “thrice great” in his role as philosopher, priest and king. Referred to as the father of alchemy, he teaches the hermetic principles that “what is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below.” According to legend, these principles were inscribed on an emerald tablet found in his tomb, along with profound alchemical formulas.


In that incarnation, Hermes explained that man's destiny is to become one with Osiris, the universal Father, who is both a brilliant sun the heavens, and the light in our heart. Isis, the counterpart of Osiris, is Mother of all life and the universal feminine principle expressed in nature. She is also a very lofty being of whom was written, “I am that which is, which hath been, and which shall be; and no man has ever lifted the veil that hides my divinity from mortal eyes.”

Together, Isis and Osiris give birth to Horus, the archetypal Christ figure who comes to restore the body of God. Akin to the ancient Kabbalistic teaching of Adam Kadmon, the original man whose body was broken, likewise, Horus redeems the fragments of Osiris scattered over the earth. This is the fragmented body of God that must be healed and restored to the Divine Mother. In so doing, Horus redeems Isis from her long search for the fragments of Osiris, which is the very purpose of every avatar. Isis helps restore the body of Osiris, who is then resurrected by the gods.


Hermes is an ascended master who is also known as God Mercury. He serves in the Retreat of Arabia and teaches that the emerald tablet can be found in the secret chamber of every heart, revealed to the soul by the Holy Christ self. He calls us to expand the fires of the heart and overcome all forms of hardness of heart, transmuting them into love. Hermes also sponsors and overshadows souls who were once initiates on the planet Mercury and fought for the victory of light there, then served with Sanat Kumara and presently dwell on earth. These Mercurians have the ability to anchor the mind of God and disseminate truth with sword and pen.

Orpheus and the Ancient Greek Mysteries

The original founder of the Greek mysteries was Orpheus. Orpheus was also the incarnation of the world-teacher who had come to the Egyptians as Thoth/Hermes. Leadbeater describe him in the book Ancient Mystic Rites:

“About 7000 BC, he came, living chiefly in the forests, where he gathered his disciples around him. There was no king to bid him welcome, no gorgeous court to acclaim him. He came as a singer, wandering through the land, loving the life of nature, her sunlit spaces and her shadowed forest retreats, averse to cities and to the crowded haunts of men. A band of disciples grew around him, and he taught them in the glades of woodland, silent save for the singing of the birds and the sweet sounds of forest life, that seemed not to break the stillness.

He taught by song, by music, music of voice and instrument, probably the origin of Apollo's Lyre, and he used a pentatonic scale. To this he sang, and wondrous was his music, the angels drawing nigh to listen to the subtle tones; by sound he worked upon the astral and mental bodies of his disciples, purifying and expanding them; by sound he drew the subtle bodies away from the physical and set them free in the higher worlds. The rousing of each etheric center had its own melody, stirring it into activity. He showed his disciples living pictures, created by music. And he taught that sound was in all things, and that if man would harmonize himself, then would the divine harmony manifest through him, making all nature glad.”

Leadbeater teaches in Medieval times, the mysteries of the Druids can be traced back to Orpheus, where the lyre of Apollo becomes the harp of Angus, and the beauty of God through music expands throughout Britain.



Orpheus taught that Dionysus was the logos. Like Osiris, his body was slain and torn into fragments, then later resurrected from the dead. Orpheus taught that Dionysis symbolized the descent of the One Spirit into many human forms, as well as the destined ascent of the many back into the One. This ascent back to oneness with the Logos is fulfilled through a path of suffering and sacrifice.

Jesus, who was fully Christ identified and one with the Logos, presented this mystery to his disciples when he said, “This is my body which is broken for you.” He then anchored the fullness of this inner teaching by exemplifying it physically, rather than metaphorically, having offered his being to experience a physical crucifixion, followed by a physical resurrection.


Zarathustra and the Ancient Persian Mysteries

According to Leadbeater, the World Savior who incarnated as Thoth and Orpheus, also incarnated as the first Zarathustra in Persia in 29,700 BC. He taught of Mithra, captain of the hosts of God and savior of mankind, and he taught of Ahura Mazda, the Mithraic name for Sanat Kumara, his guru. As with Jesus, the sacrament taught by Zarathustra consisted of bread, wine and salt, and was consecrated as a solemn ceremony, similar to the way in which we celebrate holy communion today.

Zarathustra then incarnated around 1000 BC, as prophet and avatar.His main objective was to eradicate evil. He came forth with the vision, the anointing and the sacred fire of Ahura Mazda, and converted King Vishtaspa and Queen Hutaosa to the message of his guru. He taught the law of karma and reincarnation, and waged warfare against evil ones through the hand of the archangels.



Zarathustra is now an ascended being who holds the office in spiritual hierarchy of Initiate of the Sacred Fire. He is the highest initiate of the sacred fire on this planet, and he governs the energies of fohat, which is the power of the sound that comes through the mantra. As an ascended master, Zarathustra presides over the priests of the sacred fire and the priesthood of Melchizedek. Elizabeth Clare Prophet writes of him,

“Today Zarathustra is an ascended master whose consciousness bears an auric emanation of fire that is an all-consuming love, a piercing light that goes to the core of whatever is unreal. Being in the presence of Zarathustra is like being in the presence of the physical sun itself. The mastery he has of spiritual fire and physical fire is, if not the highest, among the highest of any adept ascended from this planet. If you want to keep the flame of Zarathustra, visualize him keeping the flame, the divine spark in your own heart. He is the greatest 'fire-tender' of them all, if you will. And when you call to him, remember that you are engaged in the battle of light and darkness and you give your call for the binding of the forces of antichrist, there is no greater devourer of the dark forces than Zarathustra himself. He is an ascended master with buddhic attainment whose auric emanation is one of an all-consuming love.”


Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Avatars

In Hinduism, we find a number avatars who are incarnations of Vishnu, the divine Son, and most notably Rama and Krishna. We also have Gautama Buddha, who was Prince Siddartha and became a chela of Sanat Kumara.


Rama is the seventh incarnation of Vishnu and most of the details of his life come from the epic story, the Ramayana. Here Rama is referred to as the Perfect Man, the Lord of Self-Control and Lord of Virtue. He outpictures perfect adherence to dharma in spite of the harsh tests of life For the sake of his father's honor, he abandons his claim to the throne and is exiled for fourteen years in the forest, together with his wife Sita, and brother Lakshmana. When Sita is captured by the evil Ravana, Rama faces long and arduous tests of his personal strength and virtue. He then fights a colossal war against Ravana's armies, in a combat where there are powerful and magical beings, and greatly destructive weaponry and battles. Rama eventually slays Ravana, liberates Sita and returns to be crowned king and later, emperor. It is said that he reigns for eleven thousand years, an era of perfect happiness, peace, prosperity and justice.




Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Vishnu and his story is told in the Bhagavad Gita, which means, “Song of God.” In it, Krishna describes himself as “the Lord of all that breathes” and the “Lord who abides within the hearts of all beings.” He explains that, “When goodness grows weak, when evil increases, my spirit arises on earth. In every age I come back to deliver the holy, to destroy the sin and the sinner, to establish righteousness.” Krishna embodies all of the divine personalities, the frolicking, mischievous child, Gopala, who loves to steal butter; the wooer of souls and lover of shepherdesses who draws them with the sound of his flute; and the friend and counselor to the mighty warrior Arjuna.

In a dictation through Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Krishna explained that we can call to him to help heal our inner child and visualize his presence healing that child at whatever age the trauma took place. He wants us to know and to affirm that there is no reality but God, that only God is real, and that God will place himself over us and heal us through his personification as Lord Krishna.


Gautama Buddha

The story of Prince Siddartha who becomes the avatar, Gautama, is beautifully depicted in the movie, Little Buddha. Gautama was born in the sixth century BC as a prince. As a young man, having been confronted with sin, disease and death, he renounces his throne and leaves his wife and family. He pursues enlightenment in order to break the wheel of karma, death and rebirth. During his exile, Gautama discovers the middle way and rejects ascetism, and all forms of fanaticism. Sitting under the Bo tree, he finally reaches full spiritual awakening, but first, he must defeat evil in all of its forms. These are the five senses, personified as the five seductive daughters of Mara, then the terrifying armies of Mara, and finally coming face to face and discarding his self-identification with the human ego personality, the “architect.”

This initiation is akin to the Greek teaching about Persephone and Narcissus, a metaphor for the soul, its redemption and enlightenment. Narcissus, a man of great beauty, is so attracted by his own reflection in a pool of water that he falls in the pool and drowns, after which he was changed by the gods into a beautiful flower. The flower is white and yellow, anchoring within its elemental essence the promise of the soul purified through illumination and the path of immortality.

Persephone, symbol of our soul, stoops to pick the flower of narcissus and is carried away by Desire into the underworld, where she must spend half of her existence, incarnation after incarnation, until she is finally redeemed. Likewise, the soul, though not originally immersed in the illusionary construct of matter, becomes enmeshed because she is beguiled by the lower personality. Still, the divine seed remains and springs forth as the flower of the Gods and the potential for the soul to redeem her immortality. The spell Persephone is under is the spell Buddha breaks when he exposes the architect of his own delusion and becomes enlightened. In so doing, he leaves a record in the sands of time for every soul to pattern after.

In that moment, Gautama affirms, “I AM awake," and becomes the buddha. He spends forty-nine days in deep meditation and rapture, and discovers the four noble truths, the overcoming of desire, and the eightfold path to enlightenment. As Buddha sets out to teach, Mara confronts him one last time:

“How can your experience be translated into words? Return to Nirvana. Do not try to deliver your message to the world, for no one will comprehend it. Remain in bliss!”

“There will be some who will understand,” Buddha replies, vanquishing Mara from his life forever.

Gautama Buddha serves as Lord of the World, in the footsteps of his guru, Sanat Kumara. His retreat is the Western Shamballa. At inner levels, he sustains the threefold flame of God's light in every heart by a filigree light extending from his heart. He maintains that contact until the individual soul can rise from the seat-of-the-soul chakra into the secret chamber of the heart and the divine spark by her own attainment, wedded to her Holy Christ Self. In a dictation on December 31, 1983 published by The Summit Lighthouse, Gautama explained,

“Therefore, all receive the boost of my heart flame and impetus. And as that light passes through me from the Godhead, I therefore perceive many things about you and your everyday life that you might think beyond mention or notice of a Lord of the World, who must be indeed, very, very busy. Well, indeed I am! But I am never too busy to notice the elements of the path presented by parents and in families and communities and in the schoolrooms of life everywhere. For I make it my business to see to it that some element of the path of initiation, moving toward the heart of Jesus and Maitreya, is a part of the life of every growing child.”


Jesus, Avatar of the Piscean Age

Like Buddha, Jesus came to show mankind the way, the truth and the life, which is the divine presence of the I AM THAT I AM ensconced in every heart. He came to remind us that we are all Sons and Daughters of God and that like, him, we can conquer death and hell, fulfill our mission and ascend home to God. He came to teach us how to walk a path of personal Christhood and become the Christ. This, he affirmed when he said, “These things shall ye do, and greater things, because I go unto my Father.”

Jesus had many embodiments before his Galilean mission, which ultimately prepared him for his magnificent service. He first came to earth with sanat Kumara, then reigned as emperor and high priest over a golden age civilization on Atlantis, and as Rai at a later point in her history. He was also embodied throughout the old Testament as Abel, brother of Cain; Joseph, son of Jacob; Joshua, who fought the battle of Jericho; King David, who built the temple in Jerusalem; and Elisha, pupil of Elijah. You can read more about his embodiments in the book, The Masters and Their Retreats.

The master Orion describes a vision that he was given of the birth of Jesus, prior to his own ascension, from the book, The Great White Brotherhood in the Culture, History and Religion of America:

“And my own guru upon that holy night came with a visitation of the birth of the Manchild; and I saw the Christ being born, and I saw the record of the descent of the soul of Jesus into that form. Even as I had risen from my body temple to experience planes of cuasal bodies, so I saw how the soul of the Avatar of the age had descended from his own starry body into form. And so I saw the cycles of life ascending and descending, and souls upon the ladder reaching for the stars.”

In his final incarnation, Jesus was trained in the mystical traditions of Judaism, Egypt and India. His parents, Mary and Joseph, were members of the mystical Essene community, and Jesus learned of Jewish mysticism from birth. As a child growing up in Egypt, he applied to the hierophant of Egypt and received initiations in the Great pyramid. Then, at age twelve, he left on a caravan for India, where he remained for twelve years, learning from Hindu sages and teaching the people. This is well chronicled in the documentary, Jesus in India. Jesus returned to Palestine, called his disciples and trained them in these ancient mysteries, and in the working of miracles.



Jesus demonstrated all of the points of spiritual law. He fully embodied the mantra, “I AM the resurrection and the life.” He learned how to expand the threefold flame within his heart until it enveloped his entire aura and intensified into the resurrection flame. This mastery allowed him to perform wondrous miracles that pierced the limitations of time and space. He could walk on water, turn water into wine, heal the sick, raise the dead, multiply the loves and fishes, disappear from their midst and much more. As his apostle John testified, “There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”

The greatest miracle of all was his physical victory over death and hell. Jesus willingly surrendered to the initiation of a physical crucifixion, and then reignited his own threefold flame in the heart, which resurrected his body. In so doing, he left a record for all time of the appointed victory of every Son and Daughter of God over death and hell.

As an ascended master, Jesus serves with Mother Mary and Kuthumi in the office of World Teacher. He also serves in the Arabian Retreat and in the Resurrection Temple over the Holy Land. He teaches us to live a vibrant life that will convey the fire of his heart to all of life. Thus, he calls us to be his disciples and apostles, as instruments and conveyers of his light, which is the same light that lighteth every man that come into the world. Find out more about how you can walk in Jesus' footsteps on our website dedicated to anchoring your Christ consciousness. Watch a video about Jesus here and bid him enter your heart today.