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The Three Wise Men described in the present at the birth of Jesus probably were not kings but dubbed that by later tradition to fit the prophecy in Psalm 72:11, “All kings will do him homage.” Rather, the “wise men from the East” were Magi, the priest class of Persia who were the “keepers of the sacred things, the learned of the people, the philosophers and servants of God,” who also practiced the art of divination, soothsaying and astrology. During the Persian empire, they were advisers of kings, educators of princes, and were held in highest reverence.
The names of the three wise men are not mentioned in the Bible but appear to have arisen or been passed down through tradition. Eighth-century British historian Bede was the first to record their names as we know them today. Melchior signifies “king of light”; Caspar may come from the name of the Indian king Gondophares whom the apostle Thomas converted; Balthazar is the Chaldean name for Daniel.
The Ascended Masters El Morya, Kuthumi, and Djwal Kul were embodied as the Three Wise Men. El Morya (Melchior) brought to the Christ Child the gift of gold, Kuthumi (Balthazar) the gift of frankincense, and Djwal Kul (Caspar) the gift of myrrh. Bearing the Light of the Trinity, they charted the time and place of Jesus’ birth by astrology and the magnet of the heart: “We have seen his star in the East and are come to worship him.”
El Morya bore the flame of the Father, Brahma; Kuthumi, that of the Son, Vishnu; Djwal Kul that of the Holy Spirit, Shiva. The Trinity manifest in the threefold flame of the heart of the Christ Child was the lodestone which magnetized them through their own hearts’ Light. They were representatives of the Three-in-One. Jesus was the Three-in-One incarnate.
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Lords of the Seven Rays
Jesus and Kuthumi, Corona Class Lessons: For Those Who Would Teach Men the Way
Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 30, no. 57, November 26, 1987.
- Matt. 2:1–12.