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El Morya

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El Morya by Charles Sindelar (1875 - 1947), based on the sepia-tone "Portrait of 44-Self (Chohan) Morya" painted by Hermann Schmiechen (1855 - 1925) in 1884 and approved by H. P. Blavatsky as a true likeness
El Morya by Charles Sindelar (1875 - 1947), based on the sepia-tone "Portrait of 44-Self (Chohan) Morya" painted by Hermann Schmiechen (1855 - 1925) in 1884 and approved by H. P. Blavatsky as a true likeness

El Morya, also known as El Morya Khan or El Morya Kahn (c. 1810 - c. 1900), was, along with Koot Hoomi, one of the Mahatmas who functioned as spirit guides to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky during the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875. During the 1870s, he corresponded with the English Theosophists A. P. Sinnett and A. O. Hume, who were living in India at the time, and his existence was brought to public notice in Sinnett's book, "The Mahatma Letters." Henry S. Olcott, another founder of said that he had "personally known him since 1875," and described his home in Tibet, near the home of another Ascended Master, Koot Hoomi. Olcott, of the Theosophical Society , wrote that El Morya and Koot Hoomi live near each other with a small Buddhist temple about midway between their houses." According to Blavatsky and Sinnett, Masters El Morya and Koot Hoomi belonged to a group of highly developed adepts known as the Great White Brotherhood, or the White Lodge.

According to the cosmology of reincarnation, which is a widespread belief in New Age thought, El Morya had lived many lives previous to the 19th century. Adherents of Theosophy and other ascensionist denominations may not agree on all of his incarnations, but he is widely said to have been the Emperor of Atlantis in 220,000 BCE, and some of his later incarnations include Abraham, the founder of the The Jewish religion; Melchior, one of The Three Magi present at the nativity of Jesus; King Arthur, the 5th - 6th century ruler of Camelot; Thomas Becket (1119 - 1170), the Archbishop of Canterbury; Shams Tabrizi (1185–1248), the Persian poet; Saint Sergius of Radonezh (1314 – 1392), a spiritual leader of the Russian Orthodox Church; and Akbar the Great (1542 - 1605), the third Mogul emperor.

After his ascension, circa 1900, El Morya no longer reincarnated on Earth, but became one of the Ascended Masters popularized through the ascensionist teachings of I Am Movement led by Guy Ballard and Edna Ballard in the 1930s, and others who descended from their teachings. He is therefore generally recognized as one of the more important Ascended Masters by other denominations or branches of the New Age Movement of the 20th and 21st centuries. El Morya Khan is the Chohan or master of the First or Blue Ray, which governs and confers Divine will power, courage, determination, and faith. He is depicted as a blue-eyed, brown-haired Middle Eastern man, wearing blue clothes and a turban.

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