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Alice Bailey's definition
Mahachohan The Head of the third great department of the Hierarchy. This great being is the Lord of Civilization, and the flowering forth of the principle of intelligence. He is the embodiment on the planet of the third, or intelligence, aspect of deity in its five activities.
The Work of the Lord of Civilization, the Mahachohan
From Alice Bailey's work
Group three has as its head the Mahachohan. His rule over the group persists for a longer period than that of his two Brothers, and he may hold office for the term of several root-races. He is the sumtotal of the intelligence aspect. The present Mahachohan is not the original one who held the office at the founding of the Hierarchy in Lemurian days - it was then held by one of the Kumaras, or Lords of the Flame, who came into incarnation with Sanat Kumara - but he took hold of his position during the second subrace of the Atlantean root-race. He had achieved adeptship on the moon-chain, and it was through his instrumentality that a large number of the present more advanced human beings came into incarnation in the middle of the Atlantean root-race. Karmic affiliation with him was one of the predisposing causes, thus making this eventuality possible.
His work concerns itself with the fostering and strengthening of that relation between spirit and matter, life and form, the self and the not-self, which results in what we call civilization. He manipulates the forces of nature, and is largely the emanating source of electrical energy as we know it. Being the reflection of the third, or creative aspect, energy from the Planetary Logos flows to him from the throat center, and he it is who in many ways makes the work of his Brothers possible. Their plans and desires are submitted to him, and through him pass the instructions to a large number of the deva agents.
Thus you have Will, Love, and Intelligence represented in these three great Lords; you have the self, the not-self, and the relation between synthesized in the unity of manifestation; you have racial government, religion and civilization forming a coherent whole, and you have physical manifestation, the love or desire aspect, and the mind  of the Planetary Logos working out into objectivity. The closest cooperation and unity exists between these three Personalities, and every move and plan and event exists in their united foreknowledge. They are in daily touch with the Lord of the World at Shamballa, and the entire guidance of affairs rests in their hands, and in those of the Manu of the fourth root-race. The World Teacher holds office in connection with both the fourth and fifth root-races.
Each of these departmental heads directs a number of subsidiary offices, and the department of the Mahachohan is divided into five divisions, so as to take in the four lesser aspects of Hierarchical rule.
Under the Manu work the regents of the different world divisions, such as, for instance, the Master Jupiter, the oldest of the Masters now working in physical bodies for humanity, who is the regent for India, and the Master Rakoczi, who is the regent for Europe and America. It must be remembered here that though the Master R., for instance, belongs to the seventh ray, and thus comes under the department of energy of the Mahachohan, yet in Hierarchical work he may and does hold office temporarily under the Manu. These regents hold in their hands the reins of government for continents and nations, thus guiding, even if unknown, their destinies; they impress and inspire statesmen and rulers; they pour forth mental energy on governing groups, thus bringing about the desired results wherever cooperation and receptive intuition can be found amongst the thinkers.
The World Teacher presides over the destiny of the great religions through the medium of a group of Masters and initiates who direct the activities of these different schools of thought. In illustration: The Master Jesus, the inspirer and director of the Christian Churches everywere,  though an adept on the sixth ray under the department of the Mahachohan, works at present under the Christ for the welfare of Christianity; other Masters hold similar posts in relation to the great oriental faiths, and the various occidental schools of thought.
In the department of the Mahachohan a large number of Masters, in fivefold division, work in connection with the deva evolution, and with the intelligence aspect in man. Their divisions follow those of the four minor rays of attribute:
just as the three departmental heads represent the three major rays of:
The four rays or attributes of mind, with the third ray of intelligence, as synthesized by the Mahachohan, make up the sumtotal of the fifth principle of mind or manas.
The Maha Chohan is the head, or hierarch, of the seven chohans of the rays. His name means "the Great Lord," which is an office in the hierarchy of the Great White Brotherhood. He embodies the white light of the seven rays and teaches the balance and integration of these rays through the eighth ray. He also teaches that true love carries every other virtue and every other point of God-mastery.
The Maha Chohan is a representative of the Holy Spirit to earth and her evolutions. He initiates souls in the secret chamber of the heart and helps them prepare to receive all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.
Because of his pledge to all mankind to keep the flame until they are able, he is sometimes called the "Keeper of the Flame."
The retreat of the Maha Chohan is located over Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, an island in the Indian Ocean.
The Person of the Maha Chohan
Now let's talk about how we view the Maha Chohan. What is he really like as a person?
His embodiment in ancient Greece as the poet Homer gives us some insight into this "human" personality. In his epic the Odyssey, Homer steps into the role of Odysseus when he tells the story of three people: his twin flame, the Greek goddess Pallas Athena, who is an Ascended Lady Master; his soul mate, Penelope; and himself.
In the Odyssey, Pallas Athena says of Odysseus, bearing in mind now that it is Homer who is writing this story about himself as Odysseus, "Of all men you are the best in plots and story telling. Always the same detachment, coolheaded, quick, well-spoken." 3
Here are some further profiles of the personality in reality of the Maha Chohan: noble, greathearted, kingly, patient, long-enduring, expert in adversity, a man of ranging mind, master improviser, grand master of invention, the great tactician, the canniest of men, master of land ways and sea ways, master of subtle ways and straight. 4
We catch another glimpse of the person of the Maha Chohan through his work in the nineteenth century with the Masters M. and K.H. That's El Morya and Koot Hoomi. These Masters were among those who sponsored the Theosophical Society, founded in 1875. At that time these Masters were high adepts and in embodiment. The Maha Chohan was the Guru of El Morya and Kuthumi.
In one of his letters Kuthumi referred to his Master as "the implacable Chohan." 5 Implacable means "not capable of being appeased, pacified or mitigated; unalterable." 6
Koot Hoomi also remarked that the Maha Chohan usually frowned. 7 On one occasion K.H. found himself in a situation of dire necessity. 8 The Maha Chohan came to his rescue "with his eye twinkling in quite an unusual manner." 9 K.H. wrote that this led him "to hope for a relaxation of severity 'one of these days.'" 10
Madame Blavatsky said that the Maha Chohan "is as stern and impassionate as Death itself." 11
I would add to Madame Blavatsky's comment that the Maha Chohan is unmoved by the human consciousness. He is uncompromising. He compels those who would be his disciples to rise to his level rather than expect him to stoop to theirs. Remember that when you approach him. It is because the Maha Chohan has such great love that he exacts so great a discipline. He knows that when he gives that love, it is a great gift. He does not give it to those who are not worthy or to those who trifle with his affection.
The Ascended Masters who have dictated through the Messenger Mark Prophet and me since 1958 give us further insight into the personality of the Maha Chohan. The Ascended Master Paul the Venetian tells of an encounter he had with the Maha Chohan:
"Now, you know, when the Maha Chohan speaks, one does not refuse. Have you ever gazed upon the eyes of the Lord Maha Chohan? Even in heaven, in our ascended state, I once said to him, "I would like once again to take in my hand an earthly brush and palette and paint the beauty of your face." And do you know, precious ones, that the Lord Maha Chohan never answered me. He gave me a look that almost froze me in my tracks. And I never mentioned it again." 12
The Maha Chohan says that when you want to make progress on the spiritual path, you need to have a certain amount of sternness. So don't look at people who are stern and serious and try to cajole them into being less serious. He teaches that human sympathy, or agreement with the human consciousness, as opposed to true compassion, is a perversion of the flame of the Holy Spirit and he will have none of it. He says, "There is no other way to cut the tie with the human consciousness than to cut it! And it must be cut by a mighty sword, the sword that is sharp, two-edged and is the dividing of the way. There is no way that you can retain the companionship of the human consciousness and still receive the Holy Ghost!" 13
Write it in capital letters in your notes: "There is no way you can retain the companionship of the human consciousness and still receive the Holy Ghost." So establish spiritual ties with loved ones and get beyond the human, because the human is changing every minute. The spiritual ties are lawful. By those ties of compassion you raise people up to another level of being.
The Maha Chohan also fills the role of Teacher. The Father-Mother God and the Son have deferred to the Maha Chohan as the supreme teacher of our souls. He is the one sent to us to teach us the commandments of God the Father and the Word of the Divine Mother. He teaches us the Christ-like qualities of Jesus and the Buddha-like qualities of Gautama. He tutors our souls to enter into a direct relationship with the Father-Mother God, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the supreme teacher. Remember, Jesus said the Comforter "shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." 18
Just remember, if he is the supreme teacher and we have not established a right relationship with him, then we are sitting in the very gall of ignorance. How many times I've thought to myself, if I hadn't been ignorant, I wouldn't have done such and such. It's ridiculous. We let ourselves remain in ignorance and so we make wrong choices, we take the wrong road, we make the wrong decision.
So if he is the supreme teacher, we want him. And if we really want to be enlightened, we'll be glad to strip ourselves of what stands in the way. When we have submitted ourselves to the disciplines of at least three of the Seven Chohans of the Rays, then the Lord Maha Chohan will review our entire life record and determine whether he will take us on directly as his chelas in a true Master-Disciple relationship. If we qualify, then the Maha Chohan will say to us, "I shall give you the same training I gave to the Seven Chohans." He's ready to do that if you are ready. "I shall not indulge you and I shall not give you any crowns that you have not earned." 19
Although he may be stern with our lesser self, the Maha Chohan, as representative of the Holy Spirit, is a personal Comforter to each of us. In his role as Comforter, the Maha Chohan walks and talks with us so that we may be his instruments. In a dictation he once said:
"I desire to approach very close to your heart. I am to you as the most personal friend." 20
"Talk to me, then, and hold my hand. I have need of friends here below, for I have much to give and I require a consciousness, a heart, where I can place myself am, and impart to other parts of life a smile, a tear of joy, a gift of love, a witness to the truth. Won't you take me with you, then, in consciousness? You might as well, for I am coming along anyway. " 21
Why should we want to get the Holy Spirit? Because people are losing their souls. Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing about it. With the Holy Spirit, we can do something. They do not know what is real and what is not real. They are watching their family and friends and neighbors and countrymen become victims of incurable diseases, outrageous crimes, natural disasters and genocide. And they do not know where to turn or what to do.
The only way we can help them is to become empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit working through us will comfort and enlighten and heal and inspire others. The bottom line is this as far as I am concerned, if some people in the earth do not go all the way and become the living embodiment of the Holy Spirit, then literally millions of souls will be lost at the end of this age.
" . . . How does one bring forth to a world the Teachings of the Ascended Masters? It is by contacting and winning over one heart at a time. Each heart responding to the inner call of their own God Presence will resound to the tone that will, in fact, resonate with the Cosmic Tone from the Great Central Sun. And all those Ascended Masters and Cosmic Beings will hear that Tone and respond in like manner with a release of Gratitude from Their Heart, for that one who has heard the call of their God Presence and responded.
"This is a Path intended ultimately for all, but relatively few will hear the highest Cosmic Tone. Only few will respond in a given time or cycle. There are reasons for this, not unlike the contagion of the psychic plane that you have spoken of this day. However, there is also the contagion of Ascended Master Fire. And when you have the Divine Blueprint and the God Identity impressed upon the Seed of Light that goes forth from the Universal Sea of Light, that moves into space and has the momentum and has been propelled by the student of the Light, that Seed of Divinely charged energy must go forth and impact all whom it contacts.
"And yet, how many are there who are sending forth by the will of their being, by the Fire and the sharpening of their visualizations, by the intent of their hearts, the pure aspect of Ascended Master Vibration? Contemplate, if you will, how many students of the Light do you know with the purest intent, that have in fact, forged through the veils of human consciousness sufficiently to release the Fires of the Heart. And then multiply that times seven, times twenty-four, times three hundred and sixty-five and consider, if you will, if that is sufficient to raise the consciousness of the planet.
"At the same time, consider those who are dabbling in all forms of lesser vibration. Then do you not see how great even one Ascended Master student's embodiment can become? The fulfillment of even one who is determined to ignite the Fire of God upon the Altar on their Heart and resonate with that Fire then multiply that Fire with their calls, with their energy, with their momentums and talents, is a Victory indeed!
"This is the work that each of you must decide to embark upon each morning that you arise and awaken to the new day. There are those for whom it is no longer a question or a consideration. For they have chosen, over and over again, for many lifetimes to be counted among the Vanguard of Light and to move into action to bring forth the Golden Age. World Service has become such an ingrained momentum of their very lives that it is no longer even a conscious awareness, instead every action moves naturally toward that final goal.
"And yet there are others who have not quite determined which course of action to take. It is not because they would not desire to be the fullness of all that God would have them to be. It is because there yet remain momentums of human creation and the human condition. There yet remain desires of the flesh that cry out to be fulfilled. The Violet Flame is always the key, and where there is even a flicker of the desire of the Heart to be the hands and feet of the Ascended Masters and most especially and most importantly your own God Presence, apply the Violet Flame, for no greater Service to Life can be rendered than to transmute your own misqualified desire patterns.
"FOR ONCE DONE, THERE IS THE PURITY! There is the vibration of your own God Presence that can in fact reach through the Heart, guided by your Holy Christ Self, and can bring forth into this physical octave the pristine Essence of God! The Violet Flame can be your key if used diligently!
"If it is not yet the time for you, know well that at a given time in the future, the Heart will be able to reach through those veils of miscreation and you will respond. For it is the Law of Being for each Lifestream, whether fulfilled in this embodiment or sometime in the future. The only concern is how long will you tarry in the human condition. Bring God and the vibration of the God Presence into your world and it will quickly become the Heaven on Earth that all have long desired and now wish for this Ascended Master Activity.
"I, the Maha Chohan, stand ready to reinforce each of the Seven Rays and to support each of the Chohans, and to bring about the fullness of those releases in your world where I find true desire for God.
"Go in the Light and the fullness of all that you are capable of becoming and be Victorious."
through the Messenger, Carolyn Shearer, September 12, 1999, Chelsea, Vermont U.S.A. (3)
" . . . Surely you know that there are some in the churches and throughout the earth who have Elements of the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit does not limit Its Offering to those of the Christian faith. Beloved ones, the followers of Christ do not have all the elements; for the disciplines of the Holy Spirit that are found in the East in the long traditions of the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas are sometimes too hard for devotees in the West. Almost as children, they play and splash in the fount of Divine Love and thus have that Joy of the Spirit, yet not its full Mastery.
"The Teachings you have, all that has come through the Holy Spirit from the Ascended Masters and Cosmic Beings, do give you the opportunity for such self-mastery. But you must take the opportunity as an exercise of free will, as an exercise of commitment to your own Inner God and not to another, as an exercise that shows your recognition that he who would desire the manifestations of the siddhis, the powers, must begin to be self-disciplined.
"The disciplining of the mind can be found in the practice of meditation. The disciplining of the emotions must be found in interaction with others. There is no more certain way to gain mastery of the emotions than to have to mingle with people from all walks of life, and to always prefer to impart the Flame of Love and of Charity toward those who do not have the Flame of Harmony.
"The choice is always there - to be pulled into the morasses, the cesspools, vortices, quicksands of negativity - or to shun them. And always remember the words of your Lord: 'What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.' In other words, forget it. Let it go. Do not become further engaged as you see your energies escalating, and with the escalation, the loss of your God-Control.
"There is no more important achievement for those who desire the Holy Spirit and Its Gifts, even one at a time, than to be able to offer to others perpetual love, perpetual comfort, perpetual sweetness, perpetual helpfulness, compassion and charity. Charity is a word that means 'self-givingness'. As Mother Teresa has said, 'Give until it hurts'.
"Now I come to you. And you have had a foundation of the perceptions of the Holy Spirit and of the Lord Christ by one and another and many whose lives have been touched. So great a salvation can be found in but a thimbleful of the Holy Spirit that can come upon you. Think, then, and say to yourself, 'I shall not neglect so great a salvation as the larger Circle of Awareness that my God has revealed unto me through this Path of the Ascension, this Path of the Resurrection, this Path of Eternal Life.' . . . "
through the Messenger, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, April 1, 1994, Royal Teton Ranch, Park County, Montana U.S.A. (2)
June 3rd, is Whitsuntide. On the first Whitsuntide was the
out pouring that gave the disciples the capacity to perform
more than ordinary service. The Lord Maha Chohan answered
that promise to Jesus, and on the first Whitsuntide released
those tongues of Flame referred to in the Bible. These were
actually magnetic currents of energy, which expanded the
Christ powder within them. It expanded their own Christ Flame.
This Day celebrates the decent and merging of the Spirit of
Cosmic Comfort (Comfort Flame) with the individual's outer
consciousness. It is the mystic union between the Divine
and the human, the miracle of Whitsuntide. The Maha Chohan
breathed His breath as the Comforter and as the Fire of Creation
into their Christ Flame, causing It to expand whereby they could
do the things Jesus did.
He is Lord over the Chohans. He is also a third ray activity.
It has been the office through which the Godhead worked on
the rays from the third to the seventh. However this action
changed a few years ago, and the first and second rays now
also come under the Maha Chohan.
A being must have developed and embodied all the divine
virtues and have mastered all of the seven rays before He
qualified to be a Maha Chohan