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Lha is a Tibetan word used to translate the Sanskrit deva, meaning “deity,” “god,” or “divine.” This term should not be confused with la (bla) which means that which is “higher” or “above.”

In Theosophical literature it has being used to refer to the Planetary Spirits, while the "living Lhas" refer to the Mahatmas.[1]

See also


  1. Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in Chronological Sequence No. 47 (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 130. See Mahatma Letter No. 47 page 2.