I'm starting this thread out of personal interest, but also for the purpose of mutual exploration, discovery and even speculation. The goal is to look at what other folks think about the Masters, perhaps learn how we've all come to our beliefs or conclusions ... and also see where to go from there. I am well aware that not everyone has interest or experience in this area, and some have probably never heard of the Mahatmas. For those who have, I'm asking that you weigh in so that we can find a good starting point for discussion. There are a few people who I'd like to hold off until we have several posts. This includes anyone with a Theosophical background, who studies the Ageless Wisdom or who otherwise has devoted considerable time & effort to trying to understand the Masters of the Wisdom. I know that when people with this perspective and commonality of interest get together, it's all too easy to create an Amen corner ... and what I'm more interested in is what others think or believe. This is the reverse of making assumptions and the hope is that we can evolve a good discussion out of what others share. For clarification, the subject is: Who or what are the Masters of the Wisdom? Other terms that are often used for the Masters include: Mahatmas, Great Ones, Rishis, Adepts, Enlightened Minds, and so on. There are points of clarification that I'm sure a lot of us might feel inclined to offer (for example, contrasting `Masters' with the term `Ascended Masters'). For now, I'd rather hold off ... and just see what people would like to post. If there are a few responses, I'll come back in a bit and see where to go next. For now, the Sky's the limit! Thanks all, in advance.