adept – one who has reached the stage of Initiation, and become a Master in the Science of Esoteric philosophy. The word is used to define a wide variety of degrees of knowledge of Occultism, from relatively advanced students to Masters of the science. The term does not imply high spiritual and moral development, since there is mention to “white” and “black” Adepts, meaning those who use the occult powers for unselfish and selfish purposes respectively.
The high Adepts working for the welfare of humanity are also known as Masters of Wisdom, Mahātmas, Arhats, or simply “Brothers”. Although the high Adepts may be call ‘Brothers’ there are female adepts too.