Serapis Bey

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Serapis Bey was an Adept who was the chief of certain Egyptian Brothers belonging to the "Ellora Section" of the Brotherhood of Luxor. He helped with the direction of the early work of the Theosophical Society.

General description

A. P. Sinnett mentions Serapis as being "with light hair, fair, and of great beauty,"[1] and "the youngest of the chohans."[2]

Despite of the young age of his body, Master Serapis is said to be among the highest Adepts – "One of the greatest of them" according to Colonel Olcott.[3] In 1883 the Colonel described him as:

The Teacher of our Teachers [Master K.H. and M.], a Paramaguru, as one such is called in India, and who had given me a small colored sketch of himself in New York, before we left for Bombay. . . ."[4]

The status of Master Serapis seems to be confirmed in some letters from the Masters of Wisdom, where he is mentioned by the name of "Maha Sahib".[5]

Signature of Master Serapis Bey in Letter #7 to Colonel Olcott

Letters to H. S. Olcott

Online resources



  1. William Q. Judge, Letters That Have Helped Me, (Los Angeles:The Theosophy Company, 1946), 196.
  2. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence No. 3a (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 10.
  3. Henry Steel Olcott, Old Diary Leaves First Series (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1974), 237.
  4. Henry Steel Olcott, Old Diary Leaves Third Series (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1974), 430-431.
  5. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom Ser. 2, No. 27 (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Society, 1977), 68.