Movement organized in Chicago 1934 by Guy Warren Ballard (pseudonym Godfré Ray King; 18781939) and his wife Edna (nee Wheeler; pseudonyms: Chanera; Lotus Ray King). Ballard claimed to be an accredited messenger of a group of spirits called The Ascended Masters, who included Christ, Moses, and esp. St. Germain. The movement is a conglomeration of elements including Hinduism,* Mazdaism (see Zoroastrianism), theosophy,* Spiritism,* and New* Thought.
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