The Inner Government of the World

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The Inner Government of the World is a phrase used in the writings of C. W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant and others. It refers to an Occult Hierarchy of beings that guides the evolution of humanity and other kingdoms on our Globe. At the early period of the evolution in our world there were no human Adepts to form this hierarchy. Therefore beginnings of it was started by spiritual beings from Venus, who came to guide humanity as soon as it awakened the mind, in the middle of the third Root-Race. In time, some of its "offices" have been gradually taken over by human enlightened beings.

According to Annie Besant, this hierarchy is composed of three great groups. She wrote:

You have at first the Group of Rulers, the four Kumaras at the head of them, the Rulers of the world. They have to do with Nations, They have to do with Races, they have, to do, through the high Devas, with the configuration of the world as regards land and water, and the tremendous ca­tastrophes and cataclysms, earthquakes and tidal waves, which change the whole surface of our world in the distribution of land and water. The times of those are their work. Therefore we give them the name Rulers. They are the true inner Rulers of our world.

Then we come to the great Group of the Teachers of mankind. In that you find all the Founders of the great religions, the Buddhas Religious, as you find the Manus in the first. We shall go more fully into that­ - the Buddhas, the Founders of world-faiths, the Teachers. They all belong to that great Group. Then there comes the third Group which I have called here the Forces. The reason why I use that word is that each of these Groups uses a particular kind of force for its work. The Rulers use a particular kind of force, the Teachers use a particular kind of force, and the others comprise all, the remaining forces that carry on the activities of the world.[1]
The first great group of Rulers act by Will-Power. This, as I said, in the lower form is Ichchha, in the higher form, Will. Will or Power is the natural characteristic of the Rulers. It is that force, the force of the Will, by which the Rulers, the Occult Rulers, of the world work. Then when you come to the great teaching Group, there you find that they work by Jnanam, Knowledge. They, as Teachers, have the detailed knowledge of our world, so that just when a new religion is to begin, then we shall see a new type of man has been formed. When the new type is formed by the Rulers, the Teachers step in to teach that new type, and to help it to evolve. The third great Group, the Group of Kriya, Activity, which I shall simply call here the, Forces - for want of a better word perhaps - these bring about all the activities of our world, and they again are directed by a Group of great Beings, so that you may think of this Occult Government of the World as divided into three Groups according to the qualities, or the Aspects, of Ishvara Himself.[2]

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  1. Annie Besant, The Inner Government of the World, (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1976), 22-23.
  2. Annie Besant, The Inner Government of the World, (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1976), 23.