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Master Rakoczy

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A painting of Master Rakoczy; artist unknown, 20th century
A painting of Master Rakoczy; artist unknown, 20th century

Master Rakoczy, also known as The Master R. and Master Prince Rákóczi (1710-1784, or possibly, 1926), was one of the first Mahatmas ("great souls") or Masters of Wisdom who appeared to the founders of the New Age religion of Theosophy. A Chohan ("master") of the Seventh Ray, he concerns himself with the ceremonial aspects of religion and magic, especially the most ancient mysteries. As a Representative of the First Ray, he is one of the Lords of Karma for the Earth, and holds the office of The Great Divine Director. For more than two hundred thousand years he has been directing Cosmic Light Rays to preserve humanity from self destruction, assisting evolving life forms to know God's plan, and distributing Nature's blessings over the Earth. Finally, he is the Manu or Progenitor of the incoming seventh root race in South America. According to the earliest Theosophical accounts, Master R. lived in the Cave of Light in the Himalayas, near to the other Mahatmas. Unlike them, however, he was not of Middle Eastern or South Asian appearance; rather, he was said to have been born the son of Francis II Rákóczi, the Prince of Transylvania (1676 -1735), by Rákóczi’s first wife, and his birth name was Lipót Lajos György József Antal Rákóczi. During the late 19th century, a well-known engraving by John Augustus Knapp (1853-1938) showed Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 - 1891), a co-founder of Theosophy, seated in a chair surrounded by three of her teachers, the Ascended Masters Koot Hoomi, El Morya, and Master Rakoczy. At that time, Master R. was known as the Founder of the House of Rakoczy, teacher of Saint Germain, and teacher of Jesus Christ.

During the 20th century, as schisms occurred within Theosophy, the identity of Master Rakoczy became a defining issue by which new denominations distinguished themselves. Alice Bailey said that The Master R. was merely a contemporary incarnation of "The Count of Saint Germain" and C. W. Leadbeater thoroughly conflated Saint Germain with Master Rakoczy when he wrote that he had met Saint Germain in Rome in 1926 and that Saint Germain had told him that one of his residences was "a castle in Transylvania." Guy Ballard and Edna Ballard, the co-founders of the I AM Movement, had a formal photo taken in their home beneath a portrait of Master Rakoczy that had been painted by Charles Sindelar (1875-1947), but after meeting Saint Germain in a cave under Mount Shasta in California, they too declared that Master Rakoczy was merely an incarnation of the Ascended Master Saint Germain. In addition to his dwelling in the Cave of Light in India, and his place of sojourn under Mount Shasta, they also said that he had a residence at the Rákóczi Mansion in Transylvania, Romania (formerly Hungary). During the era of mid-20th century anti-communism among New Age teachers, the Rákóczi retreat was called "the Focus of Freedom for Europe" and it was said that the Sacred Temple of the Maltese Cross had been erected on the etheric planes over that specific location to keep the influence of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from overtaking Europe.

Master Rakoczy is generally depicted as a man of Balkan European appearance, about six feet, four inches in height, with a thin face and a pointed beard. He is dressed in formal military-inspired court clothing, in shades of royal purple, and wears a military medal -- either a pentagram or a Maltese cross -- on his chest. He may have an ermine robe thrown over his shoulders and he may wear knee-high tooled leather riding boots. His darker hair and more ascetic features distinguish him from the lighter-haired and softer-featured Count Saint Germain, although there is a familial resemblance between the two. Among those who do not consider Master Rakoczy to be merely an apparition of Saint Germain, his previous incarnations are said to have included Saint Alban (c. 3rd century), the Neoplatonic philosopher Proclus (410-485 ), the Franciscan friar and scientist Roger Bacon (1220-1292), the visionary mystic Christian Rosenkreutz (1378-1484), the Hungarian military leader Janos Hunyadi (1406-1456), Robertus the Monk (c. 16th century)), and Viscount Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam (1561-1626); his last incarnation before his ascension was as Lipót Lajos György József Antal Rákóczi, the last surviving member of the Royal Hungarian Rákóczi family.

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