(1) It is hard for the disciple - struggling with glamour and illusion - to realise that the higher initiations are free from all concern and from any emotional or self-centred reactions to the work which lies ahead, or to the [Page 253] form side of manifestation; it is well-nigh impossible for the neophyte to vision a time when he will be free from all reactions engendered by life on the dense cosmic physical planes, and from all the limitations of life in the three worlds. Today, aspiration provides a constant source of anxious questioning, of painful deliberations and of high voltage spiritual ambition, with their consequent limitations, and moments of sensed failure and lack of achievement. The Master has left all this behind, knowing that even this so-called "spiritual responsiveness" is a form of self-centred attitude. Eventually - and disciples should take courage and hope from this statement - all this agonising reaction to the spiritual urge, will be left behind . . .
There are many groups and types of Masters, and most of Them are quite unknown to occult students, either from Their own work or from rumour, or from knowledge of the many evolutionary processes of which the human is only one. Not all the Masters work in the three worlds; not all the Masters need or possess physical bodies; not all the Masters "have Their faces turned towards the realm of dark light, but many face for aeons towards the clear cold light of spiritual existence"; not all the Masters make or are required to make the sacrifices, which work for the fourth kingdom in nature, entails . . . Forget not that there are many Hierarchies, and the Human Hierarchy is but one. (18 - 439/40).
(2) From the esoteric angle, evolution means a steadily increasing sensitivity to light and illumination. A Master may not possess all knowledge possible from the exoteric angle; this He does not need, because (after evolution, along the line of knowledge decided for Him by His ray type), He is on the "way of light", and the light which is in Him, and in which He lives and moves and functions, serves a dual purpose:
1. It can be used to ascertain whatever is needed in the realm of knowledge by the revelation of where the needed information can be found . . .
2. It can be used also to reveal to the Master that which lies ahead of Him, and those further reaches of awareness to which He knows He must eventually attain. (18 - 642/3).
(3) The Master can build a body through which He can approach His incoming disciples and those who have not taken the higher initiations; He will normally build this body in semblance of the human form, doing so instantaneously, and by an act of the will, when required. The majority of the Masters Who are definitely working with humanity, preserve the old body in which They took the fifth initiation. (18 - 705).
(4) It is in the New Group of World Servers that the training of the needed disciples for the Ashrams of the Masters takes place at this time [Page 254] in world history. This is a new hierarchical venture. In this group also accepted disciples learn to work in the same manner as does the Hierarchy. The Hierarchy works within the field of the world of human living; the New Group provides a similar field for the new disciple. It is towards that group also that initiates in the various Ashrams converge at times, in order to study the calibre and quality of the disciples who are engaged in world salvage, for it is through these disciples that the Hierarchy carries out its plans. Initiates do their main work upon mental levels and from behind the scenes, and because of this their potency is great; this is particularly so with those who have taken the third initiation. A certain percentage of them are, however, active out in the world of daily living.
You need ever to remember that at this time the main technique of the Hierarchy is that of conveying inspiration. The Masters are not openly lecturing or teaching in the great cities of the world; They work entirely through Their disciples and initiates. It will, however, be possible for Them to appear increasingly among men, and evoke recognition, as the influence of Aquarius is more firmly established. The Masters, in the meantime, must continue to work "within the silence of the universal Ashram", as it has been called, and from there They inspire Their workers, and these latter in their time and way, inspire the New Group of World Servers. (18 - 230).
(5) The Masters are also subject to limitation. The general idea of all aspirants is that They represent Those Who have achieved freedom, have been liberated, and are therefore held by no limiting circumstances whatsoever. This is not true, though - speaking relatively, or so far as humanity is concerned - it is a fact that the limitations by which They were held as human beings, are no longer present. But one achieved freedom only opens the door to another and wider freedom ahead, and the ring-pass-not of our planetary Life itself constitutes a powerful limitation. Speaking symbolically, somewhere in that great dividing wall of our planetary circumference, the Master must find an exit, and discover a door which will permit him to enter the Way of the Higher Evolution in its more cosmic stages. (18 - 389).
(6) A Master has no personality at all. His divine nature is all that He has. The form through which He works (if He is working through, and living in a physical vehicle), is a created image, the product of a focussed will and the creative imagination; it is not the product of desire, as in the case of a human being. This is an important distinction, and one which warrants careful thinking. (18 - 101).
(7) Many Masters and Chohans, after serving upon the planet in various [Page 255] capacities, working with the Law of Evolution, pass out of our planetary life altogether. (18 - 142).
(8) A Master can at any time find out anything on any possible subject without the slightest difficulty. (1 - 66).
(9) Every expenditure of force on the part of a Master or Teacher is subjected to wise foresight and discrimination. Just as we do not put university professors to teach beginners, so the Masters Themselves work not individually with men until they have attained a certain stage of evolution, and are ready to profit by their instruction. (1 - 67).
(10) Who our Teacher is depends on our grading. Similarity of vibration holds the secret. We are frequently told that when the demand is forceful enough, the Teacher will appear. When we build in the right vibrations and attune ourselves to the right key, nothing can prevent our finding the Master. (1 - 68).
(11) Six of the Masters, as yet quite unknown to the average occult student by name, have already sought physical incarnation - one in India, another in England, two in Northern America, and one in central Europe, whilst another has made a great sacrifice, and taken a Russian body in the desire to act as a peace centre in that distracted land. (3 - 758).
(12) One lesson all aspirants need to learn and to learn early, and that is, that concentration upon the personality of the Teacher, hoping for personal contact with Him, and constant visioning of that condition called "accepted chelaship" serves to postpone that contact and delay the acceptance. (4 - 129).
(13) In all great movements you have some thought, or aggregation of thoughts cast into the minds of the so-called idealists by the Great White Brotherhood. (4 - 131).
(14) It should be realised that though good character, high ethics, sound morality and spiritual aspiration are basic and unalterable requirements, yet more is needed if the right to enter the Master's Ashram is to be granted.
To be admitted to the privilege of being an outpost of His consciousness requires an unselfishness and a self-surrender for which few are prepared; to be drawn within His aura so that the disciple's aura forms an integral part of the group aura, presupposes a purity which few can cultivate; to have the ear of the Master and to earn the right of contact with Him at will, necessitates a sensitiveness and a fine discrimination which few would care to purchase at the price. Yet a door stands wide open to all who care to come, and no earnest, sincere soul, who meets the requirements, ever receives a rebuff.
There is no question at this time that those who are in any way advanced in evolution are having that evolution hastened as never before in the history of the world. The crisis is so grave and the need of the world so great, that those who can contact the inner side of life, who can even in a small way sense the vibrations of the senior disciples and the Elder Brothers of the race, and who can bring down the ideals, as known on the higher planes, are being very carefully, forcefully, yet strenuously trained. It is necessary that they should be enabled to act accurately as transmitters and interpreters. (4 - 174)
(15) Platitudinously, the aspirant is told that "when the pupil is ready, the Master will appear". He then settles comfortably back and waits, or focusses his attention upon an attempt to attract the attention of some Master, having apparently settled in his mind that he is ready, or good enough. He naturally gives himself a spiritual prod at intervals, and attends spasmodically to the work of discipline and of purification. But steady and prolonged, undeviating effort on the part of aspirants, is rare indeed.
It is indeed true that at the right moment the Master will appear, but the right moment is contingent upon certain self-induced conditions. When the process of purification has become a life-long habit, when the aspirant can at will concentrate his consciousness in the head, when the light in the head shines forth, and the centres are active, then the Master will take the man in hand. In the meantime he may have a vision of the Master, or he may see a thought-form of the Master, and may get much real good and inspiration from the contact with the reflected reality, but it is not the Master, and does not indicate the stage of accepted discipleship. Through the medium of the light of the soul, the soul can be known. Therefore seek the light of your own soul, and know that soul as your director. When soul contact is established, your own soul will, if I may so express it, introduce you to your Master. With all due reverence, again may I add, that the Master waits not with eagerness to make your acquaintance. In the world of souls, your soul and His soul are allied, and know essential unity. But in the world of human affairs and in the process of the great work, it should be remembered that when a Master takes an aspirant into His group of disciples, that aspirant is, for a long time, a liability, and oft a hindrance. Students over-estimate themselves quite often, even when repudiating such an idea; subjectively they have a real liking for themselves, and are frequently puzzled as to why the Great Ones give them no sign, nor indicate Their watching care. They will not and They need not until such time as the aspirant has used to the full the knowledge which he has gained from [Page 257] lesser teachers, and from books and printed scriptures of the world. Students must attend to the immediate duty, and prepare their mechanisms for service in the world, and should desist from wasting time and looking for a Master; they should achieve mastery where now they are defeated, and in the life of service and of struggle, they may then reach the point of such complete self-forgetfulness that the Master may find no hindrance in His approach to them. (4 - 594/5).
(16) A Master of the Wisdom is One Who has undergone the fifth initiation. That really means that His consciousness has undergone such an expansion, that it now includes the fifth or spiritual kingdom. He has worked His way through the four lower kingdoms: the mineral, the vegetable, the animal and the human - and has, through meditation and service, expanded his centre of consciousness till it now includes the plane of the spirit. (2 - 259).
(17) The Masters are entirely free from disease, because they have entirely overcome the karma of the three worlds, and are liberated. (17 - 382).
(18) As regards the Hierarchy itself, speaking esoterically and technically, its Members (many of Them) are "being abstracted from the middle point of holiness, and absorbed into the Council of the Lord". In other words, they are passing onward into higher work, and are becoming custodians of the energy of the divine will, and not simply the custodians of the energy of love. They will work henceforth as power-units, and not just as units of light. Their work becomes dynamic, instead of being attractive and magnetic, and is concerned with the life aspect, and not just with the soul or consciousness aspect. Their places are being taken - under the Law of Ascension - by Their senior disciples, the initiates in Their Ashrams, and (under the same great process) the place of these initiates, who are thus being "raised" to more important work, is being taken by disciples and probationers. (18 - 15/6).
(19) The Master's influence, as He seeks to aid His disciple, always produces transitory turmoil - transitory from the angle of the soul, but frequently appalling from the angle of the personality . . . This the aspirant and the inexperienced disciple resent, and blame the evoking sources for their discomfort, instead of learning the needed lesson of receiving and handling force. (18 - 32).
See also: "The Fifth Kingdom", and "The Hierarchy".
(1) The Master Djwhal Khul, or the Master D.K. as He is frequently called, is another adept on the second Ray of Love-Wisdom. He is the latest of the adepts taking initiation, having taken the fifth initiation in 1875, and is therefore occupying the same body in which He took the initiation, most of the other Masters having taken the fifth initiation whilst occupying earlier vehicles. His body is not a young one, and He is a Tibetan. He is very devoted to the Master K.H. and occupies a little house not far distant from the larger one of the Master, and from His willingness to serve, and to do anything that has to be done, He has been called "the Messenger of the Masters". He is profoundly learned, and knows more about the rays and planetary Hierarchies of the solar system than anyone else in the ranks of the Masters. He works with those who heal, and cooperates unknown and unseen with the seekers after truth in the world's great laboratories, with all who definitely aim at the healing and solacing of the world, and with the great philanthropic world movements, such as the Red Cross. He occupies himself with various pupils of different Masters who can profit by His instruction, and within the last ten years has relieved both the Master M. and the Master K.H. of a good deal of Their teaching work, taking over from Them for certain stated times some of Their pupils and disciples. He works largely, too, with certain groups of the devas of the ethers, who are the healing devas, and who thus collaborate with Him in the work of healing some of the physical ills of humanity. He it was who dictated a large part of that momentous book, The Secret Doctrine, and Who showed to H.P. Blavatsky many of the pictures, and gave her much of the data that is to be found in her book. (1 - 57/8).
(2) He Who is known as D.K. is planning to restore - via His students -some of the old and occult methods of healing and to demonstrate:
a. The place of the etheric body.
b. The effect of pranic force.
c. The opening up of etheric vision. (3 - 759).
(3) My province in relation to the group is to give needed assistance to those who seek to fit themselves for active work as disciples . . . Suffice it that I am an Oriental, ... I am on the Teaching Ray, and closely associated with the Master K.H., . . . part of my work is the steady search for aspirants of strong heart, fervent devotion and trained minds. (4 - 128/9).
(4) He Whom you call the Master D.K. works much with those who heal with pure altruism; He occupies Himself with those who are active in the laboratories of the world . . . Many of the healing angels, such as those referred to in the Bible, co-operate with Him. (13 - 506/7).
(5) The daily physical life of the Masters, of the Christ, and of those Members of the Hierarchy (initiates and accepted disciples) Who function in physical bodies, has had its orientation upon the subjective levels of life; the majority of Them, and particularly the senior Members of the Hierarchy, do not as a rule intermingle largely with the public, or walk the streets of our great cities. They work as I do from my retreat in the Himalayas, and from where I have influenced and helped far more people than I could possibly have reached, had I walked daily in the midst of the noise and chaos of human affairs. I lead a normal and, I believe useful life as the senior executive in a large lamasery, but my main work has lain elsewhere - widespread in the world of men; I reach this vast number of human beings through the medium of the books which I have written, through the groups which I have started and impulsed, such as Men of Goodwill and the Triangles, and through my disciples who talk and spread the truth as I have tried to present it. (13 - 682).
(6) On November 19th, 1919, I made my first contact with A.A.B. (much to her distress and dismay), and I have worked steadily with her ever since. The books which I then planned have been well-nigh finished; the various phases of the work which were a part of the preparation for the reappearance of the Christ, have taken form and should go forward with gathering momentum during the next twenty years.
The two major ideas which it was my task to bring to the attention of humanity everywhere throughout the world, have been securely anchored (if I may be permitted to use such a term), and these constitute by far the most important aspect of the work which I have done. These formulated ideas are:
1. The announcement of the existence (hitherto unrecognised) of the New Group of World Servers. This is an effective group of workers, intermediate between Humanity and the Spiritual Hierarchy of the planet.
2. The Statement, sent out lately, in connection with the Reappearance of the Christ, and for the immediate consolidation of the work of preparation.
All else that I have done in the service of the Hierarchy, is of secondary importance to these two statements of spiritual fact. . . Other work awaits me under the reorganisation of all the hierarchical efforts incident to the [Page 260] reappearance of the Christ, and the closer relationship which will then be established between humanity and the Hierarchy. (13 - 631/2).
(7) The production of the outer form on earth, through the medium of books, of esoteric schools, and the educating of the public opinion, has been committed to a group of us, who form a part of the inner world government - disciples and initiates - and to this group, I play the part of secretary and of organising contact man - if I may use words which will mean something to your ears . . . This group to which I refer, is composed of two oriental initiates (of which I am one) and of five occidental initiates. (5 - 33)
(8) I am an Oriental of the fourth root race, and although I have had two European incarnations, I still at times fail to grasp or understand the Occidental reaction. (6 - 473).
(9) I receive my instructions from a "joint committee" of the spiritual leaders behind the world scene; They are the senior members of the Hierarchy, working under the Christ. They arrive at Their decisions after due consultation with senior workers, such as myself - Masters and initiates above the third initiation. (6 - 501).
Maya is oft regarded as being of the same nature as the concept promulgated by the Christian Scientist, that there is no such thing as matter. We are asked to regard the entire world phenomena as maya, and to believe that its existence is simply an error of mortal mind, and a form of auto-suggestion or self-hypnotism. Through this induced belief, we force ourselves into a state of mind which recognises that the tangible and the objective, are only figments of man's imaginative mind. This, in its turn, is likewise a travesty of reality. (10 - 20), (15 - 471). See also: "Illusion" and "Glamour".
(1) In spite of mistakes, faulty diagnosis and much error, humanity cannot do without its doctors, its surgeons, and its hospitals. They are urgently needed, and will be for centuries to come . . .
Modern medicine must become far more open-minded, more ready to endorse (after due professional proof) that which is new, which is in the [Page 261] nature of innovation and which is unusual. The barriers erected by specialised medicine must come down, and the new schools must be sought, instructed and investigated, and finally be included in the orthodox ranks. The new schools, the dieticians who claim to cure all diseases through right foods, and the rather eccentric naturopaths, plus many other cults and schools, must not be so arrogantly sure that they have the whole story, that their approach is the only one, or that they have a universal cure-all, which is unique and definitely sure. These groups, particularly the chiropractors, have definitely damaged their cause, and crippled their effort, by their loudly shouted surety (in a field which is yet experimental), and by their constant attack upon orthodox medicine. The latter, in its turn, has limited itself by its failure to recognise what is good and right in the newer schools; it has been antagonised by their clamour for recognition, and by their lack of scientific methods. The desire of orthodox medicine is to protect the general public. This they need must do in order to avoid the disasters which fanatics and untried methods would bring about, but they have gone too far in this respect. (17 - 481/2).
(2) The centre of attention of medical and scientific students will be focussed on the etheric body, and the dependence of the physical body upon the etheric body will be recognised. This will change the attitude of the medical profession, and magnetic healing and vibratory stimulation will supersede the present methods of surgery and drug assimilation. Man's vision being then normally etheric, will have the effect of forcing him to recognise that which is now called the "unseen world". (3 - 474).
(3) Realisation (of the nature of man) will bring about . . . a readjustment of the medical knowledge of man, resulting in a truer understanding of the physical body, of its treatment, and of its protection, and thus producing a juster apprehension of the laws of health. The aim of the physician will then be to find out what it is in a man's life which is preventing egoic energy from flooding every part of his being; to find out what lines of thought are being indulged in which are causing that inertia of the will aspect which is so conducive to wrong-doing; to ascertain what it is in the emotional body which is affecting the nervous system, and thus obstructing the flow of energy from the love petals of the egoic lotus (via the astral permanent atom) to the astral body, and from thence to the nervous system; to discover what is the hindrance in the etheric body which is preventing the right flow of prana, or of solar vitality to every part of the body.
It is essential that in days to come medical men should realise that disease in the physical body is incidental to wrong internal conditions. This is [Page 262] already being somewhat considered, but the whole question will remain but a beautiful theory (even though an incontrovertible one in view of the achievements of mental scientists and of the various faith healers) until the true nature of the ego, its constitution, its powers, and its field of influence are duly apprehended.
This revelation will come when medical men accept this teaching as a working hypothesis, and then begin to note, for instance, the powers of endurance shown by the great souls of the earth, and their capacity to work at high pressure, and to remain practically immune from disease until (at the close of a long life of usefulness) the Ego deliberately chooses to "die-out" of physical existence. It will come when the medical profession concentrates upon preventative action, substituting sunshine, a vegetable diet, and the application of the laws of magnetic vibration and vitality for the present regime of drugs and surgical operations. Then will come the time when finer and better human beings will manifest on earth. When also physicians will learn the nature of the etheric body, and the work of the spleen as a focal point for pranic emanations, then sound principles and methods will be introduced which will do away with such diseases as tuberculosis, debility, malnutrition and the diseases of the blood and of the kidneys. When doctors comprehend the effect of the emotions upon the nervous system, they will turn their attention to the amelioration of environal conditions, and will study the effects of the emotional currents upon the fluids of the body, and primarily upon the great nerve centres, and the spinal column. When the connection between the dense physical and the subtler bodies is a fact established in medical circles, then will the right treatment of lunacy, of obsessions, and of wrong mental conditions be better comprehended, and results more successful; finally when the nature of egoic force, or of energy is studied, and the function of the physical brain as the transmitter of egoic intent is better comprehended, then the co-ordination of man's entire being will be studied, and illness, debility and disease, will be treated through the cause and not just through the effect. (3 - 811/2).
(4) Medical science today strains every effort to retain life in forms diseased and inadequate; these Nature, if left to herself, would long ago have discarded. They thereby imprison the life, and force back the life essence again and again into the sheath at the moment of liberation. In course of time and with more knowledge, true medical science will become purely preventative . . . and when the course of nature has been run, when the wheel of life has run down, when the hour for liberation has struck, [Page 263] when the time has come for the return of the essence to its centre, then the work will be recognised as completed, and the form discarded. . . . Men will then function on into old age, or until the Ego, realising the particular work to be accomplished in any one life has been duly worked out, calls in the lower spark of life, and withdraws the central points of fire. (3 - 1068/9).
(5) Once the etheric body becomes an established scientific fact, and the centres - major and minor - are recognised as the foci of all energy, as it expresses itself through the human body upon the physical plane, we shall see a great revolution take place in medicine, in diet and in handling of daily life activity. (9 - 134).
(6) The ameliorative and palliative and curative work of medicine and surgery, are proved beyond all controversial discussion. The methods employed, such as the vivisection of animals, may rightly cause distress. In spite of all this, the indebtedness of mankind to the medical profession is great, and the service rendered to humanity by the profession, does largely offset the evil. That they know not everything is true; that there is a small percentage of physicians and surgeons (less than in any other profession) who are self-seeking and no credit to their craft, is equally true; that they already know enough to be willing to admit how very much more there is to be known, is also correct. But that it is a great and good and self-sacrificing group within the human family, is equally true. Forget this not. (17 - 28).
(7) Medicine, in the next century, will be built around certain major premises:
1. Preventive medicine will be the goal, producing the attempt to keep the body in proper balanced order.
2. Sound sanitation and the providing of healthy conditions, will be regarded as essential.
3. The supply of the right chemical properties to the physical body will be studied - a science of chemistry which is yet in its infancy, though it is becoming a flourishing infant.
4. An understanding of the laws of vitality will be regarded as of prime importance, and of this the emphasis today on vitamins, and the influence of the sun, are wholesome indications.
5. The use of the mind will be regarded, above everything else, as a factor of major importance; the mind will be seen as the prime influence as regards the centres, for people will be taught to work on their centres through mental power, and thus produce a right reaction from the endocrine system. This will necessarily involve the right directing of thought to a [Page 264] centre, or the withdrawal of attention from a centre, with consequent effect upon the glandular system. This will all be based upon the occult law that "Energy follows thought". (17 - 219).
(8) The perfect healing combination is that of the medical man and the spiritual healer, each working in his own field, and both having faith in each other; this is not now the case. There is no need to call in divine aid to set bones, which the surgeon is well equipped to do, or to clear up infection which the physician knows well how to handle. The healer can help and can hasten the healing process, but the orthodox physician can also hasten the work of the healer. Both groups need each other.
I realise that what I have said here will please neither the spiritual healer nor the orthodox medical man. It is time, however, that they learn to appreciate each other and to work in co-operation. In the last analysis, the spiritual healer and the new modes of mental healing, have relatively little to contribute in comparison with the work and the knowledge of the member of the orthodox profession. The debt of the world to its doctors and surgeons is very great. The debt to healers is decidedly not so great; they oft also poison the channel, by bitterness and constant criticism of the physician and of orthodox medicine. Surety of knowledge and experience prevents a similar attitude in the orthodox group, plus the realisation that even the spiritual healer will call the doctor in times of emergency. (17 - 632/3).
(1) One of the great errors into which the human family has fallen has been the endeavour to administer mineral drugs to man for medicinal purposes. It has resulted in a combination of deva substances which was never intended. The relation of man to the lower kingdoms, and particularly to the animal and mineral, has brought about a peculiar condition in the deva world, and has tended to complicate deva evolution. (3 - 645).
(2) You ask me whether I am endorsing the use of ether and chloroform in operations, and of sedative drugs. Not basically, but most certainly temporarily. When man's contact with his soul is firmly established, and when he has developed the faculty of passing in and out of the physical body at will, these helps will no longer be needed. They may be regarded in the meantime as emergency measures, necessitated by world karma and the point of evolution of the race. I am not of course referring to the use of [Page 265] narcotics and of drugs by hysterical and unbalanced people, but to the judicious use of ameliorants of pain under the wise guidance of the physician. (4 - 305).