Bodhisattva (“enlightenment being” in English) is a Sanskrit term for anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has the wish to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.
In esoteric philosophy the bodhisattva is the head of the second department of the planetary hierarchy (department of education), otherwise known as “Christos-Maitreya.”
“The supreme chief of the planetary hierarchy, also the chief of the second department is the 43-self Christos-Maitreya, maybe the best known member of the Hierarchy. This by his efforts during the last incarnation some two thousand years ago. He is the high being the Christians call The Christ, and now awaits once more.
Christos who is representative of the love-wisdom-aspect is also called the world teacher. The energy of the second aspect flows through him. Mans spiritual development is entrusted him.”