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SECTION TWO - PERSONAL INSTRUCTIONS TO DISCIPLES - Part 8

June 1932

BROTHER OF OLD:

You have carried much responsibility and done much work with fortitude, and you must now remember that all periods of strain are but preparatory to the handling of still more work with increased efficiency and speed. Of one thing I would seek to remind you. All disciples who are being trained for that stage called by the inappropriate name of "accepted disciple" are being taught to use their own magnetic vibration to gather to themselves those who will constitute their own group, those whom they can specifically help. This work, they are taught by being put into a position of trust in relation to their fellowmen. Your work is, therefore, the work of training people to be workers and so fit them to be cooperators with the Plan. You will contact those who need you not as a leader or teacher. They will be those whom you know and feel require training and help. They have to be taught to work inclusively and to be animated by intelligent love. Take them into your aura and hold them in the light. Note their increase of capacity and later their individual reaction to you yourself. By this you will arrive at an understanding of your vibratory, magnetic capacity. The soul's nature is love and love is the great attractive force.

In reference to my comment anent "accepted disciples," I would remind you that, after all, the Master accepts no one. [265] He only recognises achieved capacity and ability and then endeavours to use them for the furthering of the divine plan. Disciples need to enquire, therefore: Does the love aspect in my nature draw people to me personally so that I can help them or does it set up a soul interplay between them and me? This is something that I would have you study and do. The extent of your magnetic radiation could well be doubled and is not yet equal to the power latent within you.

The mantram which I have chosen for you is intended to embody a statement of your life purpose. It is as follows:

"I know the Law and towards the goal I strive. Naught shall arrest my progress on the Way. Each tiny life within my form responds. My soul has sounded forth that call and clearer day by day it sounds. The glamour holds me not. The Path of Light streams clear ahead. My plea goes forth to reach the hearts of men. I seek, I cry to serve your need. Give me your hand and tread the Path with me."

Your usefulness to my group is that of emotional poise. See that you lose it not, whate'er betide. It means more than you can realise to your co-disciples.

January 1933

MY BROTHER:

Since I last communicated with you, you have had many conditions to face which have inevitably promoted growth and developed your intuition. This latter faculty is steadily awakening and for you one of the ways of externalising your inner awareness is through the use of a spiritual diary. Gather seed thoughts out of your consciousness and deepen your grip upon these thoughts by putting them on paper and enlarging upon them as you write. Your meditation each day can be made to serve such a purpose also and the two requirements for right meditation (where you are concerned) are the formulation of such seed thoughts and definite visualisation work....

The reason for the meditation which I am giving you is to foster a close intuitive recognition of the reality which lies behind the group of disciples with which you are now associated [266] through your relationship with me. Another is the stimulation of the throat centre through which you must learn to work during the third stage of the meditation work assigned.... Watch the meditation work with care and communicate with A.A.B. should you feel the need of advice.

Your contribution to my work you know. You have to present a stable focal point; you must be a wise guide and friend and you must hold steadily the reins of government with self-effacement and yet with true insight. This is the task for you, my brother. You must also foster impersonality in those who work around you; this can only be accomplished as you yourself learn to be more impersonally personal. Impersonality is not hard for you but the more difficult task of personal interest and contact is to be achieved, for you will unfold by that method. What you have done is known and recognised, brother of old, but for thanks you look not.

June 1934

MY BROTHER:

The door of opportunity—growing out of the intensified effort of the next two years—opens wide for you. You have perhaps noted, as you have read the instructions given by me to my group, that I am somewhat changing my approach and giving each of you a slightly more intensified personal interest. The reason for this is that at the beginning of this fourth year of our work together, I am forced to recognise your sincerity as a group and your willingness as individuals to conform to the requirements. This sincerity and willingness have been voluntarily given. This warrants a greater effort on my part—an effort called forth by the group itself. My time is most precious at this period of world activity but I am willing to cooperate with the group if they continue to evidence willing service. Given a little more personal training, the result may be out of all proportion to the effort on my part.

Bear in mind that as I think of you (when communicating with you at the time of the full moon each month) it will inevitably produce a stimulation and a pouring-in of energy. This is only now constructively possible. We, who teach, have [267] to guard our disciples from the potency of the group which we represent. The risk of over-stimulation is always real and present. It is for this reason that you will find it of value to study with care all the instructions which disciples in my group (whom you may know) may be willing to share with you. My spiritual interest and its consequent effects in energy form are spread over the entire series of teachings, given individually or to the group as a whole. In this way, the potency is somewhat stepped down; the group becomes more closely integrated and the life of each disciple, the problems of each and the achievement of each become part of the group life, the group problem and the group achievement. I commend these words to you for consideration—life, problem, achievement or, presenting them as a duality, life-consciousness and form-activity.

In this connection (for I choose my words with care) I would remind you in particular, my brother, that the wise disciple regards all outer expression on the physical plane of experience as achievement. There is no essential failure. At this stage in the life of the disciple, there may be a failing to meet the requirements with perfection; there may come cycles of aridity and of a seemingly static condition; there may be times wherein the sense of futility is deep and real. But none of these will be lasting. The grip of the soul upon its instrument, the personality, is too strong for these cycles to be more than transient episodes.

I am not proposing to change your meditation work at this time. Continue with it as outlined to you in my last communication. Seek for the symbol to be found above the head of each of your co-disciples. This is an interesting form of work and for you at this time most developing. Bear in mind that in the interplay of love (that which goes forth and that which is given back) will suddenly come revelation. A few hints at this point may prove useful to you:

1. In the linking of the heart and the ajna centres will come increased ability to do this work. This linking will come as you pour out love to your fellow disciples and as you endeavour to focus your consciousness between the eyebrows (the ajna centre). It is here that you have failed in technique....

2. Direct your thought energy (which is the carrier of love [268] energy) to the ajna centre of each of your fellow disciples....

3. Study with care the instructions given to your fellow disciples, and seek to fit more definitely into the general plan. You are inwardly freer than heretofore and must endeavour to keep your personality life free and simple. I think you will know within yourself wherefore I am emphasising to you, at this time, the two words: Freedom. Simplicity. They are, for you, the key to successful service. Let nothing and no one remove you from your achieved inner poise. Yet turn not your back on aught of joy or happiness which may come your way and that may increase your efficiency in the work—the place wherein your soul, your karma and your link with my group have placed you.

The speeding up of your vibratory capacity has proceeded satisfactorily. If you can maintain this increase through the power of your meditation, you will bring your inner bodies into such a rhythm that the demands of the future will find you equipped to meet them.

That you may with steadiness and joy go forward to the work of the coming year and that you may give to the group the measure of your strength is my prayer for you.

July 1935

BROTHER OF OLD:

I gave you in my previous instruction much upon which you can still work. There is much that you have not yet fully grasped and I would like you to re-read what I said with renewed care and understanding. With the exception of two of this particular group of disciples, all are in training for greatly extended service and that service will begin to take form very shortly.... Until that time arrives, work at an intensification of your understanding and heightening of your vibration.

In the daily round of duties and of detail comes for you the opportunity to transfigure life in terms of accomplishment. In these words are to be found for you the objective of this life's endeavour. True accomplishment involves a life of steady radiance and stable uniform activity; but, brother of mine, in this activity and general accomplishment there must come—[269] as the years go by—what I might call crises of achievement. There must be culminating moments when the uniform activity climaxes into hours of dynamic crisis. Then one cycle of work ends in some direction or another and a new cycle of activity commences in the same place and within the limits of the same general endeavour; this is consciously recognised as a new beginning. Unless such moments of crisis occur, the life simmers down to a general dead level and (even if useful) offers not the chance for an extreme effort with its consequent need to draw upon the full resources of the soul.

The routine of the daily demands can usually be met by the technique of an aligned personality and in your case this is particularly so. It must, however, have in it—if it is to be adequate to the demands of this day and period of opportunity—those moments wherein the personality demands the full cooperation of the soul. Every such moment of fusion increases the personality potential and its vibratory influence; it also initiates those unfoldments that profoundly and deeply change the rhythm of the life. In these days, all working disciples must learn to use their entire equipment and every aspect of their physical nature, the whole man in the threefold world of human evolution.

One point might here be noted. The extremity of the disciple in service finally draws out the interest of the soul. After the third initiation, the extremity of the soul (speaking symbolically and conveying no true meaning to the aspirant) evokes the cooperation of the Monad. Thus service is the scientific mode, par excellence, to evoke spiritual integration and to call forth the resources of a divine son of God. I am emphasising this to you as I seek to have you note, during this coming year, the points of crisis in your life which are the outcome of the pressure to serve.

Note these in the following way and ask yourself the following questions, entering the relation of the crisis in your spiritual diary:

1. What was the form of service which produced the crisis?

2. Was it in the field of the emotional or the mental life?

3. What steps did I take to produce a fuller soul experience in order to meet the necessity?

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4. Did the crisis produce any definite after-effects of a relatively permanent nature in the lower bodies?

During the next few years such crises are possible. It is also possible that two of them may pass unrecognised by you. Therefore, my brother, watch with care your daily life and note the moments of opportunity wherein, given a little more stimulation, your field of accomplishment may expand and your vibratory rate be increased.

January 1936

As you have seen, my brother, I am not making any vital changes in the work of the group now. An increased momentum in service and a more rapid spiritual reaction at all times should constitute the major emphasis from now on. I have told all of you so much during the past four years that (should I now cease my instructions) you have, both as individuals and as a group in my Ashram, sufficient teaching and information to carry you along the Path for a very long way. But I continue with my task of awakening each of you upon the subtler planes in order to intensify the contribution to world aid that you can make and to stimulate you, as a group, to avail yourselves of the world opportunity for service.

Go forward, therefore, with the same work as outlined in the previous instructions; during the next six months take as your seed thoughts for meditation three sentences out of that earlier teaching:

1. Transfigure life in terms of accomplishment. True accomplishment involves a life of steady radiance.

2. There must ever be crises of achievement which will draw upon the full resources of the soul. These must be demanded by the personality.

3. Understand the technique of an aligned personality, for the extremity of the disciple in service draws out finally the interest of the soul.

You will ponder upon these ideas during the coming months, remembering that they embody your needed lesson and your [271] ultimate achievement; and that they also indicate in a most amazing manner the work and the achievement of the New Group of World Servers.

June 1936

BROTHER OF MINE:

I would commend you today for work accomplished silently within yourself. How much has been done, only you yourself can gauge. A steady re-adjustment has gone forward in your life and in your grasp of the work essentials, and you have succeeded in freeing yourself inwardly from much of the detail work with which you have been confronted. This was my desire; in the future, you can do much towards an aspect of my work which makes the rest of it possible. I refer to the financing of the work which I have planned. Cooperating with those who are endeavouring to procure the needed funds for the work to be done during the next few years will strengthen you inwardly and eliminate that fear which still tinctures much that you do. This fear to which I refer is not due to lack of courage as it is to fear of definite action, of clear speech where individuals are concerned, where the need is for a direct appeal and a straight presentation of the facts is warranted. This fear is being overcome; for this I have much commendation for you because this fear went down into the very roots of your being; it is basic in the form life and also in the specialised activity of the second ray type and is coincident with your second ray ability to react sensitively to others. It is, therefore, a problem to you of peculiar difficulty, as it is a soul expression and not a personality one.

This whole question of money is one of the greatest difficulty at this time and also one of the utmost simplicity. The difficulty is due to the wrong thought which, for generations, has been brought to bear upon the problem, leading to wrong attitudes, even among the most devoted disciples. The attitude of humanity to money has been coloured by greed, by grasping for the lower self, by jealousy, by material desire and by the heart-breaking need for it which—in its turn—is the result of these wrong attitudes. These wrong attitudes lead to [272] the disastrous economic conditions which we find all around us. They are effects of causes which are initiated by man himself. In the re-generation of money and in the changing of man's attitude to it will eventually come world release. If this cannot take place, then some dire condition will arise; money (as we know it) will vanish off the earth and the situation will have to be met in some other way. Let us hope that this will not be needed but that it will be possible to change the thought of humanity where money is concerned so that it will be regarded as a great spiritual asset, as a definite spiritual responsibility and as a means to real world work. The custodians of money will then shoulder their responsibility without fear and with due understanding. At present, they hold on to it through fear of the future and distrust of each other. The key to the right expenditure of money and to its correct use can be summed up in the following statement to which I would ask all of you to pay attention:

As money has in the past ministered to personal and family need, so in the future it must minister to group and world need. Each unit has, in the past, attempted to act as a magnet and to attract to itself that which will meet what it regards as its need—using personal activity and labour, if of no influence or education, and financial manipulation where that was possible. Groups in the future must act as magnets; they must see to it that they are animated by a spirit of love. I give you a thought here which is capable of much expansion. Need, love and magnetic power are the three things which—consciously or unconsciously—attract money. But they must all manifest at once. The need in the past has not always been real, though it has been felt (such is the world glamour and illusion). The love has been selfish or unreal; the demand for things material has been for that which is not necessary to health or happiness. The magnetic force utilised has been, therefore, wrongly motivated and this process—carried forward over so long a time—has led to the present dire financial situation in the world.

By the transmutation of these factors and the expression of their higher correspondences—through right love, right thought or meditation and right technique—the financial requirements [273] of the new groups and of the New Group of World Servers will be found. I would suggest that an elaboration of these ideas should be disseminated among all whom you know who could help. I would ask you to ponder much on these ideas for, in the education of the intelligent world servers, this question of money and of right attitudes towards money and right meditation upon money must be boldly faced. The emphasis laid by certain large groups on meditation for the raising of funds (usually for personal use or for the selfish ends of their own particular organisation or group) has been based upon this emerging concept of the group use of money. Being, however, selfishly and personally interested, the money was thought of in relation to the individual and not in relation to the group. This attitude must and will be changed.

One thing more I would ask of you, my brother, and of the group who read my words. Money is the manifestation of energy. All energy can be applied in differing ways, being in itself an impersonal and blind force. It can be selfishly or unselfishly used. That, in itself, constitutes the main difference. Motive and creative thought determine the magnetic power of any individual, group or centre. Determine your motive; see that your group ideal and group love are dominant; use skill in action; this will involve right preliminary meditation, plus correct thinking; then you will find that that which you need will be forthcoming.

I have little of a personal nature to give to you at this time. With you as with all the group there is much knowledge. You have been given and taught much, both by your own souls and by myself in instructions and in my various books. It is not possible for me to continue ceaselessly telling you that which you already know in theory and which you need now to work out in practice. That working out lies with you individually; when you have worked out that which you know, then more will be forthcoming. I can, however, teach you somewhat anent the newer aspects of group work and this I seek to do and you seek to know.

One thing only would I say to you at this time of a personal nature: Rest much this summer; be much out of doors and lay [274] the foundations for work in the coming winter months by much quiet thinking in the open air.

January 1937

BROTHER OF OLD:

Again there is little that I feel the need of saying to you. You are responsive to much teaching upon the inner side and a form of definite reflective intercourse has been established between

a. Your inner, psychical nature.

b. Your soul.

c. Your brain.

This should be gradually developed and cultivated. It is one of the major integrating forces and an adjuster of right conditions.

There is only one thing that perhaps I might at this time emphasise for you and I can do it best in certain occult sentences which I have chosen for you and which take the form of four dynamic injunctions. If you grant them an obedient acquiescence and an intelligent understanding of their meaning, that obedience will increase your vibratory rate and, consequently, your magnetic influence. It will also hasten or quicken your practical output upon the physical plane and enhance your value in the work which you, as a member of the New Group of World Servers, are seeking to do. Let me phrase them for you without comment:

1. See your outlines clear and let no haze of any kind veil the sharpness of their contours.

2. Let both aspects of the truth emerge within your consciousness—the good, the bad, the true, the false, the real and the illusion. Face both, for both are facts—the one in time and space and the other in eternity.

3. Live on the mountain top and walk there with your brothers. Thus keep the vision clear above the fogs of earth.

4. Fear not to speak the truth, whate'er it be. You love enough.

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July 1937

BROTHER OF MINE:

As you study your rays, the reason for the close relation between you and some of your fellow disciples will emerge into your consciousness more clearly. It is a relation not only of age-long mutual service and of understanding but also of analogous energies and forces and similarity in use.

Your mental body is on the fourth ray; hence your power to harmonise and to avert conflict, thus acting as a calm centre in the whirlpool of activity with which you are surrounded. This is your dominant contribution to the work; I would have you ponder on this and intensify your effort to play this part and above all to play it dynamically. It is a vital service which you can render, my brother, and you have hitherto rendered it with success. I would have you render it more consciously and, therefore, more dynamically.

Your emotional body is upon the second ray and your development along this line is sound and good.

Your physical body is on the third ray; it is here that your major problem lies. It is closely connected with your mental problem which is that of an increased dynamism. The dynamic power of your soul must pour through your fourth ray mind, galvanising it into a renewed, inclusive, loving, harmonising activity. Be more outgoing (as a part of your self-initiated training) to those, for instance, with whom your daily lot is cast. They need help. Give them of that help freely and fully. The third Ray of Activity which governs your physical body is unduly quiescent and should be awakened by the soul to increased coordinated purpose.

The following rays must, therefore, be taken into your consideration as you seek to live as a soul and to coordinate your personality:

1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

2. The personality ray—the fourth Ray of Harmony.

3. The ray of the mind—the fourth Ray of Harmony.

4. The ray of the astral body—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

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5. The ray of the physical body—the third Ray of Active Intelligence.

You will, from this tabulation, notice the relation existing between your personality ray and your mental ray and that between the ego and the emotional body. These indicate to you lines of least resistance.

January 1938

MY BROTHER:

The four injunctions which I gave you earlier have done their work, have they not? You see yourself more clearly now and know yourself, for you have the various aspects of yourself more definitely visioned—the good, the bad, the true, the false, the real and the illusion. This clearer vision—envisaging some aspects hitherto unrealised—will necessitate your living on the mountain top, and in the clear air there to be found to see life true, your task and your co-disciples as they are. You have needed this more definite discovery of yourself in order to advance towards greater usefulness. Some of this knowledge has come to you during the past year, awakening you to certain values, revealing to you many hidden things within yourself and others, and consequently bringing into your life new complications and emerging personal difficulties.

I shall have more to say to you later when the adjustments necessary to your chosen change of circumstance and of life have been made and quiet has settled down again. These periods of upheaval and re-arrangement come at times—sometimes soul induced and sometimes as personality events. They must be lived through, the veiled lessons learnt and the possible expansions of consciousness induced. We facilitate or hinder these expansions by the moves we make; we hasten or delay our growth by our enacted decisions. The true disciple, however, proceeds upon his way at any cost and naught can arrest his progress on the Path.

I have asked myself what I can say to you at this time that will be of definite value. Four things—brief and to the point—come into my mind as I look at you and feel for you a sense of [277] gratitude for your past consecration to the Plan and a sense of hopefulness for your future service.

First: I would say—Deepen your consecration and put first things first. Let nothing and no one stand between you, the vision, the Plan and your fellow disciples.

Second: Prepare for complications in your life, for now you travel not alone. Your life has been relatively free up to this time, but the choosing of a comrade must and does in every case bring other issues and other values into being. Upon the planes of soul and mind, you still must stand alone and if you grasp this from the very start you will not find the complications of any great importance. They will only evoke a greater emotional livingness and understanding; this you have needed much and this you now can have. This also you can handle wisely if you live upon the higher arc and do not descend into the world of glamour and illusion. Remember, my brother, there can be equality in love and purpose (from the basic and the essential point of view) but not equality of inner understanding or of point achieved upon the Path. The disciple can do much for the probationer from the angle of the soul. The probationer cannot do the same for the disciple.

Third: Go forth upon the future way with courage and no fear. Stand in strength beside your fellow disciples, intent with them upon the chosen path. They stand unfailingly beside you.

Finally, my brother, become more definitely a radiant centre of magnetic life, fusing the people with whom you may work through love and understanding. That is a hard and difficult task for it means bringing together in the bonds of service many elements which might not otherwise fuse and blend. This involves an understanding, an analysis of human beings and a slow and patient work. As your work may grow and its boundaries extend, you will be faced increasingly with the perplexities and difficulties incident upon human relationships. These must be handled with impersonality, love and silence.

Seek to integrate others into the service of humanity by yourself standing in spiritual being and radiating love and wisdom. I repeat again for your consideration and help during the coming months the third phrase which I earlier gave you:

"Live on the mountain top and walk there with your brothers. Keep the vision clear above the fogs of earth."

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Preserve your meditation as you are now doing. My blessing rests upon you.

NOTE: This disciple is working steadily in the Tibetan's Ashram.

To D. A. O.

August 1933

BROTHER OF MINE:

I have refrained from writing my personal instructions to you earlier than this as I felt your need to think things through, and your strong inner urge to be left free to work out the concept of this group work in your own way. Group work in connection with the spiritual life is not, for you, easy. Your life training as an artist in your own field has taught you to work on the physical plane in group formation. It is in the field of esoteric endeavour that you find in yourself an antagonistic reaction. There is in you, and rightly so, a determination to be yourself and to stand alone and on your own feet. This determination of yours is sound. It has met a most needed demand of your own soul. It has been necessary for your personality to be forced by your soul to go the lonely and isolated way.

But it is this very quality of yours that I desire to weld into this group; it can be offered by you in service to the group. It is in this participation in a subjective group endeavour—loosely organised on the physical plane and intended to remain an inner group condition—which will give you opportunity to express for others the gain of your life experience. Therefore I would ask you to remember, my brother, that one of the contributions that you can make to this group of fellow aspirants is the attitude you hold to organised forms. Another is your power of intuitive perception and your capacity to sense reality. I call your attention to this. I am taking earnest students into my group, not with the sole intent of giving them esoteric training, but also for what they can bring to each other in the perfecting process. This group in my Ashram is composed of human beings who are oriented towards the light, who [279] have made progress on the Way, and yet who still have individual limitations, character defects and over-accentuated personality traits. There is a tendency to find one's peace and relaxation in a well-intended spiritual withdrawing and isolation; this is ever a limitation of the mystic temperament. Is it not so?

In any group which has for its objective the development of the intuition, there must appear the concretising faculty of the mind. This the intuition must both offset and at the same time use. The mind emphasises form and the building of forms. The intuition is formless, and yet the ideas intuited must express themselves through form. From this concretising faculty, owing to your sense of beauty and your sense of the essential values, you are singularly free. For you there must be the lesson of the equal divinity of form and of form building, with the creative work of organised detail in every balanced production. Beauty is, after all, as much of divinity as can be expressed through any one form. Remember that form and life are one. There is naught but life in manifestation.

Your power to intuit, therefore, will aid the group, so regard your work as a service to be definitely rendered.

Emotional stress and strain and your intense love of beauty have been the principal training elements in your life. Oft you have been bewildered and your fellowmen bewilder you at times. Seek for one year to bring to bear upon them and upon yourself the light of the intellect, and let the power of a spiritually applied analysis and the consecrated functioning of the concrete mind be deliberately applied. Remain ever the Observer, using the concrete mind as a divinely organised instrument.

Work with symbols will be found of real value to you if you persevere. I would give you a hint anent them which your intuition will reveal. Where the converging lines of any symbol meet and where the many lines cross there is a point of force and of illumination, a focussed centre through which the illumined mind can pierce. Ponder on this.

Will you for six months, my brother, attempt the following meditation, remembering that I but suggest and seek not to control or to dictate?...

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Your other meditation is left to your own choice and discretion. Attention to group requirements and the establishing of a self-imposed rhythm in your life for a year will give you good results.

February 1934

MY BROTHER:

The question as to the usefulness of this particular group work has been somewhat answered in your consciousness, through your application to the work itself and what you have learnt thereby. The significance of the inner integration of free souls, independent and standing upon their own feet, yet voluntarily seeking union with the soul in group formation is assuming importance to you. A living organism and not a vital organisation warrants consideration, and its life seems worth fostering. This you have recognised.

You ask yourself, however, at times: "Of what specific usefulness am I, as an individual, in the teacher's group?" The development of your fellow disciples is not uniform; some are possessed of this or that quality, and lack others; some function primarily on the plane of mind, others on the plane of the emotions. You have a fair measure of the intuition already developed, and—as I earlier pointed out to you—you can serve your group and facilitate their work in this connection. All gained quality of any kind must be regarded by the individual as a group asset and not as a personal achievement. This requires emphasising and involves clear thinking and detachment on the part of the group members. All true recognition calls for these qualities. Therefore, my brother, seek increasingly to foster this germ of the intuition from the purely unselfish motive of group usefulness, remembering that the blending of the mind and the intuition produces a consequent organisation of spiritual faculty which works out in power and magnetic force or radiation in the personal life.

Your first ray personality can intensify the usefulness of this conjunction, just in so far as you can work constructively in your chosen field of work and with your fellow students. A first ray personality can cause the soul much difficulty when not [281] subordinated in all humility to group service. When the personality is guided by the intuition and by clear thinking and the life on the physical plane is given to the freely imposed rhythm of organised service, then power can be conferred, and definite usefulness be the result.

You might ask here, and rightly so, how this intuitive sensitiveness of yours can be of service to the group with which you are associated. Let me, if you will, give you a meditation which will render group service and which will aid me in my work of awakening these members of my Ashram to the light of the intuition. This meditation is based on the recognition that separation is founded on personality living, but that in the realm of the soul there is no separation but only a free circulation of spiritual life, light and love. Do this meditation once a week and also at the time of the full moon, but continue with that already assigned by me in my last instruction to you, as your own daily exercise....

I would like to point out that if you work this way, with the emphasis laid upon the giving-forth aspect, there will be no danger of the growth of any mental control over your group brothers. Fifteen minutes given to this service once a week will bring to you its own reward. But of that you need not think.

Steadiness in all relations, in all relations, my brother, is a needed growth, and discipline or ordered habit is of real usefulness to you. This must be applied not so much from the standpoint of organising the personality but of your release from time limitations. Be the ruler of your time and make the hours of each day your servants, exacting from each hour its full quota of work or rest, without the sense of undue pressure or rush. When the time problem is solved by you, you will enter into a greatly increased usefulness. In this there has already been real advance, but the effort can be carried still further forward when your interest in the significance of time is evoked more fully. But this must be done gradually, for the creative, intuitive worker has the problem of working in the realm of the timeless, and from that point of awareness he must employ time in the art of producing that which he seeks to express. You will understand whereof I speak.

Seek for the next few months, therefore, to increase your [282] intuitive service, to be the master of your time, to walk through life and to handle all your relations from that centre of peace whereof you know, and which is to you the one sure reality.

July 1934

MY BROTHER:

I have but little to suggest to you at this time, as I would ask you to continue with the work as outlined by me in my last communication. I think you know within yourself the value of the instruction then imparted and the reason why I emphasised certain work. E'en if you do not understand, I who watch and guide can see the germ of the needed organising faculty demonstrating in ever fuller measure. Much of your usefulness to this group has been unrecognised by you as it has worked out mainly on the astral plane in a stabilising and loving capacity to integrate the group in love. Of this your physical brain is scarcely aware.

You have had a period of relative stability in a life hitherto full of ceaseless movement, and this for you is novel and educational. Your life work, esoterically speaking, consists in mentally arresting and stimulating the thinkers and workers in the world, so that they measure up to the need and the demand of those around them. So many people feel and think. You can teach them to think and feel. This connotes a wide distinction. I would ask you to correspond at times with a brother whose name I will give you. He needs your wisdom and your strength, and you can help him through a period of apparent loneliness from which he now suffers.

Your work for the group is to blaze the trail to the high places and to keep it open.

March 1935

BROTHER OF MINE:

For a year now, I have made no change in your meditation. I have watched you for results in two respects. I have sought, first, to see you (as I earlier expressed it) a "master of time" and I have, secondly, noted the intuitive help you have sought [283] to render to your fellow group members. I have noted your attention to these matters. The things which concern the soul are for you today of far greater moment than those which concern the personality. This has been illustrated for you in your personality disappointment and your group contact as evidenced in ... a little while ago. The integration of certain of your group brothers into your consciousness was the main objective of the experience. Outer personality contacts have a definite place and are of value if rightly handled. Your help, for instance, with I.B.S. can be increased through the now established rapport. May I pause here, my brother, and thank you for the way you have egoically stood by her and helped her through a crisis that was more serious than any of you knew at the time?

If you cast your mind back over the past three years, you will note a life full of experience on all the planes of the personality; you can note too, if you will, a growing tendency towards soul control. I say tendency, my brother, for it is when tendency is transformed into habit and dynamic daily rhythm that the gates of initiation open before the disciple. Your major work today is to establish this habit. It lies for you hid in the control of time, which constitutes for you a major problem.

The development of certain types of people demonstrates through their control of force. With other types it shows in their control of the time factor and their ability to understand the practical significance of times and seasons, and their right and regulated use. You belong to this latter group, and in achievement along this line will come for you release and the establishment of beauty. There is a mystical beauty to be achieved, as we all know, through art. It conveys a general sense of beauty, colour and inspiration, and thus it clothes and veils ideas. There is an occult (hidden) beauty also to be achieved in the field of art. This conveys a different sense of beauty, colour and inspiration, clothed in those forms which reveal ideas. Mystical beauty veils, in beauty, the ideal. Occult beauty reveals, in beauty, the ideal. For you the occult achievement must be the goal, and the revelation of ordered beauty in time and space must constitute your synthetic effort. Ponder [284] on these words and definitions, for in them is to be found the secret of true creativeness. Meditate upon the distinctiveness of mystical inspiration and occult revelation and on their synthesis in all great achievement.

The integration of the personality has been your task of late, carried forward both consciously and unconsciously. The enriching of your life experience through fuller human contacts and a deepened understanding has for you the promise of creative expression, provided that each day is dealt with by you as an arranged opportunity for organised effort.

Will you understand me, my brother, if I say to you the following words? Spend your time listening. Give expression to the sensed vision. Cultivate the waiting attitude of psychic attentiveness, and when you hear the unheard and sense the intangible, endeavour to formulate it into words and expression of some kind, preserving the spirit of psychic drama which informs all such events. Forget not the occult truth that time and events are one basic phenomenal happening.

As regards your meditation work, I would suggest the following procedure. Bear in mind that I but make suggestion. It is for you to try out and see if wisdom lies behind my suggestion or not, and whether knowledge of you is the incentive of my effort on your behalf....

Write down at the close of your meditation work each day your thoughts. Later see what has been the net result. Should you so desire, put it into proper form and share with your fellow disciples.

This meditation will aid in bringing in your seventh ray power or organised creativeness which is one of your real needs, is it not? All work to be done at this time must be planned to bring in the organising, synthesising, integrating action of the soul. The technique will differ in the varying cases, but the objective is the same.

Guard your health, my brother.

September 1935

There is not much that I have to say to you at this time, brother of old. You get much teaching from me subjectively [285] and during the hours of sleep. That which you can bring through into your brain consciousness each day of that teaching is of inestimable value to you, for it establishes a technique and opens up a channel through which you can "bring through" that which you sense, and this is for you a much needed and immediate development.

This experiment in which we are attempting to take some members of my Ashram and form a group which will aid in the dissipation of the world glamour, necessitates most careful consideration and wisdom. It is an effort to provide a focal point through which the Hierarchy can reach and more readily attack the world illusion. This requires the most careful training of the group members, and if all of you submit intelligently to this training and discipline, it will be possible, later, to form a unit of occult potency and I may then set you some definite work to do as a group. This will, however, depend upon the various reactions of the group members and their intensified effort to learn and to understand. It is not my intention for the next year or so to do more than prepare you all for that united effort.

For you at this time I have but this one message: Aim at real achievement in accomplishment. I have definitely worded my thought that way so as to arrest your attention. There must be for you that definite objective upon the physical plane which will materialise in an equally definite achievement, so that your soul can say: "I have accomplished that which I intended." These achievements (of a minor character and of a major character) must be tangible, and should be the emergence into being of that which can be realised as the externalisations of your inner sensitive perceptions.

Intuitives (such as you are) have ever the problem of this materialising. It is a creative function. This is your obligation to your soul, and herein oft lies your failure. May I use this word "failure," brother of mine?

The integrated personality which possesses no spiritual objective, no mystical sense and no real powers of intuition and inner perception, can never "make good," as you say in the West. But the mystic, the disciple and the intuitive aspirant is as a house divided against itself. The energy of the man [286] is flowing in two directions. What is needed is the realisation that—given right motive and true spiritual consecration—achievement on the physical plane in the chosen field of expression is spiritual achievement and, therefore, possible.

How can this be done? By three things, my brother, which I give to you for your consideration in the order of their importance.

1. The attainment of the vision; the power to intuit; the capacity to control that which must be brought through and materialised on the physical plane.

2. The following through of this idea or ideal:

a. From the sensed intuition to its formulation into mental concepts, thoughtforms, words and phrases;

b. To its clothing with desire, with emotion and with beauty of feeling;

c. To those wise and intelligent steps which will bring about the emergence of your idea or ideal into the light of the physical plane.

3. The organising of your time so that you get out of each day its full quota of inspiration, mental work and physical plane activity. Thus you will impose upon yourself that discipline which will not negate or inhibit your efforts, but which will produce the maximum of results with the minimum of effort. Ponder on this.

I change not your meditation just now, brother of mine. Carry it forward for another six months. There has not been adequate time for results. I particularly commend to your care I.B.S. Care for her. Aid her with your wisdom and your love, and help her break through into greater usefulness. In closing I say to you: Stand steadily and know (not believe or hope) that all things are working towards your release into greater expression of beauty and service.