Gautama attained the enlightenment of the Buddha twenty-five centuries ago, a path he had pursued through many previous embodiments culminating in his forty-nine-day meditation under the Bo tree; hence he is called Gautama, the Buddha. He holds the office of Lord of the World, sustaining, by his causal body and threefold flame, the divine spark and consciousness in the evolutions of earth approaching the path of personal Christhood. His aura of Love/Wisdom ensouling the planet issues from his incomparable devotion to the Divine Mother. He is the hierarch of Shamballa, the original retreat of Sanat Kumara now on the etheric plane over the Gobi Desert. On April 18, 1981, the beloved Gautama Buddha established his Western Shamballa in America’s wilderness at the northern border of Yellowstone National Park at the Inner Retreat of the Royal Teton Ranch.