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LETTER IX

FUTURE SCHOOLS OF MEDITATION.

1. The one fundamental school.

2. Its national subdivisions.

3. The location, personnel, and buildings of the school.

4. The grades and classes.

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LETTER IX

FUTURE SCHOOLS OF MEDITATION.

September 26th, 1920.

We take up today another of the series of letters on occult meditation, that dealing with "Future Schools of Meditation".  In this letter I shall attempt somewhat to show how the training and development indicated in the other letters will be applied and I shall deal somewhat with prophecy, pointing out what will some day be possible and present, and not what is as yet in any way approachable.  Always it is necessary to have high ideals, and ever the human mind leaps forward to some appointed goal.  If I here outline what may seem a visionary impossibility it is but that I seek to hold up such an ideal, and to give to the race an objective well worth their highest endeavour.

Preliminary remarks.

Let us pause a moment and lay down certain postulates anent the present that will (so to speak) clear the ground for future action.

The value of meditation is becoming everywhere admitted.  Schools for concentration and methods of mental development are commonly advertised in the daily papers.

True meditation is as yet little understood.  Concentration is but the foundation upon which the future work is to be based.

As yet the future structure cannot be raised, due to two causes primarily:—

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a. The inherent inability of mind at this juncture to attain the causal level and the consciousness of the causal level.

b. The absence of a Master in personal presence, able and equipped to teach the true scientific development which is the aim of true meditation.

The troubled condition of the world at present is sufficient barrier to any general acceptation of training, and of the scientific development of the vehicles.

These premises are laid down here as a starting point.  That some individuals here and there achieve the goal, that some people do master the system of Occult Meditation and make the desired progress is undeniable, but they are only few in number and those numbers are inappreciable when set against the vast bulk of human beings in incarnation at the same time.  They achieve by right of age-long effort, and because in previous lives they trod the Path or neared the portal of initiation.  But even the average man of intelligence of today—the product, for instance, of western civilisation—is far from being ready for occult training.  Experiments are being made now, unknown oft to the subjects themselves, to see how quickly a man may be pushed through experience and a general hastening of the evolutionary process into a position where it will be safe to train him further.  People in many civilised countries are under supervision, and a method of stimulation and intensification is being applied which will bring to the knowledge of the Great Ones Themselves a mass of information that may serve as a guide to Their future efforts for the race.  Especially are people in America, Australia, India, Russia, Scotland and Greece being dealt with.  A few in Belgium, Sweden, and Austria are likewise under observation, and should the response [299] be as hoped they will form a nucleus for further expansion.

Future Schools of Meditation

In handling this matter we might, as is our usual custom, divide the subject matter under different heads:—

1. The one fundamental School.

2. Its national subdivisions.

3. The location, personnel, and buildings of the School.

4. The grades and classes.

Now I would emphatically point out to you the fact that all that I now impart is a portion of a tentative plan, which has in view the hastening of the evolution of the higher mind, and the bringing under control of the bodies of men, through the power of the God within.  This plan has been drawn up in view of the crying need of a world in which the mental equipment of men is increasing out of all proportion to their emotional balance and to their physical equipment.  The rapid advance of knowledge, the spreading of the educational system which brings the product of many minds into the environment of the very poor, the ability of all to read and write in such a country as America or among the other Anglo-Saxon races, has been the cause of a very real (I might almost say an unexpected) problem arising to confront the Great Ones.

Mental development when paralleled by emotional stability and a strong healthy body is the aim for all.  But now you have mental development paralleled by an unstable astral and a weak, underfed, badly raised physical.  Hence disorder, lack of balance, the clouding of the vision and disproportionate discussion.  Lower mind, instead of being a means to an end and a weapon for use, is in fair [300] way of being a ruler and a tyrant, preventing the play of the intuition and shutting out the abstract mind.

Hence the Masters, if it can in any way be accomplished, purpose a movement that has in view the harnessing of the lower mind through the instrumentality of the people themselves.  With this object in view They plan to utilise the incoming Ray of Ceremonial Law or Organisation, and the period immediately co-incident or following the coming of the Great Lord, to start these schools (in a small inconspicuous way at first) and bring to the consciousness of men everywhere the following four fundamentals:—

a. The evolutionary history of man from the mental side.

b. The septenary constitution of the macrocosm and the microcosm.

c. The laws governing man's being.

d. The method of occult development.

A beginning has already been made........through the various schools at present extant.......All these are the beginnings of the plan.  When they are firmly grounded, when they are working smoothly and with public recognition, and when the world of men is being somewhat coloured by them and their subjective emphasis, when they are producing scholars and workers, politicians and scientists and educational leaders who make their impress on their environment, then mayhap will come the time for the founding in exoteric fashion of the true occult school.  By that I mean that if the earlier schools and colleges do their work satisfactorily they will have demonstrated to the world of men that the subjective is the true reality and that the lower is but the stepping stone to the higher.  This subjective reality being universally admitted will, therefore, permit of the founding of a chain of inner schools [301] ...that will be publicly recognised.  This will never at any time obviate the necessity for always having an esoteric and secret section, for always there will be certain truths and facts of dangerous import to the uninitiated; but what I seek to point out is that the mysteries will eventually be admitted as facts for universal recognition and for universal aim and goal.  They will be prepared for and entered from schools that definitely undertake, under expert guidance, to train novitiates for the mysteries.

Such schools have existed before and in the turning of the wheel again they will be in manifestation.

You ask, when?  That depends on humanity itself and on all of you who work with faith and aspiration at the beginnings of the plan.

H. P. B. laid the foundation stone of the first school in this particular lesser cycle (which is nevertheless a relatively important one, being an outgrowth of the fifth root-race, the efflorescence of the fifth principle).  This is the keystone.  The work proceeds in the founding, as aforesaid, of the various schools, and mental science also has its place.  It will go forward as desired if each one who is now under occult training strains every nerve and bends every effort to the work in hand.  If all that is possible is done, when the Great Lord comes with His Masters the work will receive a still further impetus, and will gradually expand and grow till it becomes a power in the world.  Then will come the day of the occult schools that will definitely train men for initiation.

September 27th, 1920.

We must today take up our first point for it is only as we lay the foundation aright that the superstructure measures up to requirements.

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1. The one fundamental School.

It is therefore very essential that the emphasis is laid on the fact that no matter what the offshoots, the basic school of occultism is that one which has its root in the sacred centre of the planet, Shamballa.  At that place, directly under the eyes of the One Initiator Himself, Who is—as is seldom realised—the highest expression of the Teaching Ray upon the earth, is found what might be termed the central office for the educational disciplinary training work of the Hierarchy.  There will be found the Chohan Who is directly responsible for the various endeavours, and to Whom the Masters Who take pupils, and the Heads of the various occult schools are directly responsible.  All proceeds under law and order.

One point that it will here be necessary to emphasise is that the Brotherhood of Light, as represented by the Himalayan Masters, has its other representatives elsewhere who all carry out specific work under proper and adequate supervision.  Too apt are the Theosophists to think that they alone are the repositories of the wisdom religion.  Not so is the fact.  At this particular moment (with the aim in view of the development and tendering of opportunity to the fifth subrace) the Himalayan Brotherhood is the main channel of effort, power and light.  But the work with other races proceeds simultaneously and numerous other projects, all emanating from the central office at Shamballa, are paralleling the Himalayan work.  Get this clearly in mind, for the point is important.  The Himalayan School and Lodge is the one that principally concerns the Occident and the only school without any exception that should control the work and output of the occult students in the West.  It brooks no rival nor contemporary work with its pupils, not for the [303] sake of its own teachers but to ensure the safety of its pupils.  Danger lurks in the path of the occult student and the Himalayan adepts know adequately how to protect their pupils, provided those pupils stay within the periphery of Their united auras, and wander not out to other schools.  All true occult schools demand this of their pupils, and all true Masters expect Their pupils to refrain from taking other occult instructions at the same time as they are receiving it from Them.  They say not:  "Our method is the only right and true method."  They say:  "When receiving instructions from Us it is the part of wisdom and the line of safety to refrain from occult training in another school or under another Master."  Should a pupil desire so to do he is perfectly free to seek out other schools and teachers, but he must first break his connection with the old.

The one fundamental school may be recognised by certain outstanding characteristics:—

By the basic character of the truths taught as embodied in the following postulates:—

a. The unity of all life.

b. The graded steps of development as recognised in man, and by the graded steps of its curriculum, which lead a man from one expansion of consciousness to another until he has reached that which we call perfection.

c. The relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm and its sevenfold application.

d. The method of this development and the place of the microcosm within the macrocosm as revealed through the study of the periodicity of all manifestation and the basic law of cause and effect.

By the emphasis laid on character building and spiritual development as a foundation for the development of [304] all the faculties inherent in the microcosm.  By the requirement, demanded of all affiliated pupils without exception, that the life of inner unfoldment and development should be paralleled by a life of exoteric service.

By the graded expansions of consciousness that are the result of the imparted training; these lead a man on from step to step till he contacts his higher self, his Master, his egoic group, the First Initiator, the One Paramount Initiator, until he has contacted the Lord of his Ray and has entered into the bosom of his "Father Which is in Heaven".

These are the outstanding features that are descriptive of the one true fundamental School.

This fundamental school has three main branches and a fourth that is in process of forming and which will make the four branches of this fourth round.  These branches are as follows:—

1. The trans-Himalayan Branch.

2. The southern India Branch.  (these are Aryan Branches)

3. A Branch that works with the fourth root-race and has two fourth root-race adepts at its head.

4. A Branch in process of forming that will have its headquarters in the Occident at some place not yet disclosed.  It has for its main object the instructing of those connected with the coming sixth root-race.

These branches are and will be closely inter-allied and will work in the closest co-operation, being all focused and under the control of the Chohan at Shamballa.  The heads of each of the four branches communicate with each other frequently and are really like the faculty of one stupendous university, the four schools being like the [305] various major departments of the foundations—like subsidiary colleges.  The aim of all is the evolution of the race, the object of all is to lead all to the point of standing before the One Initiator, the methods employed are fundamentally the same, though varying in detail, due to the racial characteristics of the races and types dealt with, and the fact that certain schools work paramountly with one ray and others with another.

The trans-Himalayan school has its adepts as known to you, and others Whose Names are not known.

The southern Indian school has special work with the deva evolution, and with the second and third sub-races of the Aryan race.

The Himalayan school works with the first, fourth and fifth sub-races.

The fourth root-race branch works under the Manu of that race and his brother of the Teaching Ray.  Their headquarters are in China.

The Master R.— and one of the English Masters are concerning Themselves with the gradual founding of the fourth branch of the school, with the assistance of the Master Hilarion.  Ponder on these imparted facts, for the significance is of profound importance.

Tomorrow we will deal with the future.  Today I have but imparted facts in present manifestation.

September 28th, 1920.

Today our second point comes up for consideration, and we shall in the elucidation of it enter into the realms of prophecy.  I would here point out to you that the thing which is indicated as existing in the future may not always work out in detail as foreseen.  I but seek to lay before you the big general plan in its outline.  The working out in the future will depend upon the intuition or high [306] perception of the thinkers of the race and upon the ability of the incarnating jivas to seize upon the opportunities and fulfil their destiny.

We touched yesterday upon the one fundamental school with its four branches.  Today I would take up:—

2. The National subdivisions of the one school.

At the outset I would point out to you that not every nation in the world will have its occult school.  Only as the causal body of the national group has reached a certain rate of vibration will it be possible to found and institute these schools.  Only as the educational work of the nation has reached a certain height will it be possible to use the mental equipment of the nation as a stepping stone for further expansion, and to use it as a basis for the occult school.  And, curiously enough, only those nations which originally had a training school for the mysteries (with three exceptions) will be again, during the earlier stages, permitted national schools.  The exceptions are:—

1. Great Britain.

2. Canada and the United States.

3. Australia.

And even these exceptions might be considered only one, the case of Australia, for the other two in Atlantean days had their occult foundations when they formed part of the earlier continent.  In the turning of the wheel, earth itself reincarnates; places pass into pralaya and emerge into manifestation, holding within them the seeds that will eventuate in similar vibration, and bring into being again similar modes of expression, and similar forms.

It will be found later on, when the Occult Schools are founded, that they will be situated where some of the old magnetism yet lingers, and where in some cases certain [307] old talismans have been kept by the Brotherhood with just this aim in view.

Branches, affiliated with one of the four central divisions of the one occult foundation, will be found in the following countries:

1. Egypt.  This will be one of the later schools founded and will be profoundly occult and an advanced school in direct communication with the inner grades.  This will be touched upon later.

2. The United States will have a preparatory school somewhere in the southern part of the Middle West, and an extensive occult college in California in a place later to be revealed.  This school will be one of the first started when the Great Lord begins His earthly career, and during the next five years the seeds of it may be laid if students rightly apprehend the work to be done.

3. There will be one school for the Latin countries, probably in Italy or Southern France, but much depends on the political and educational work of the next ten years.

4. Great Britain.  At one of the magnetised spots in either Scotland or Wales, a branch for occult training will be begun before so very long, which will lay the foundation and embrace the curriculum for the earlier grades.  After it has been in existence for a few years and has proved the effectiveness of its training, and after troubled Ireland has adjusted her internal problems, a school for the more advanced grades, and for definite preparation for the mysteries will be started in Ireland at one of the magnetised spots there to be found.  This school will be very definitely a school where preparation for a major initiation may be taken, and will be under the eye of the Bodhisattva, preparing the pupil for initiation upon the second ray.  The first school in Egypt will be for those who take initiation on the first ray in the Occident.

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Those who take initiation on the line of the Mahachohan, or on the third ray, will take it at the advanced occult school in Italy.  In this way the Occident will have its centre where active instruction may be given according to the three lines of approach, and which will give preparation in the inner mysteries.

5. A preparatory occult school will be found, too, in Sweden, for those of the northern and German races who seek the Path, and when it has been extant for some time Russia may then be in a position to house the headquarters for the more advanced school affiliated to the preparatory one in Sweden.  In connection with the Egyptian advanced school will be a preparatory one in Greece or in Syria.

You have, therefore, the following schools as planned, and must bear in mind that the schools wherein the preparatory work and earlier grades are found will be first in order of time, and are in process of founding now, or will be founded during the period immediately preceding the Coming of the Great Lord.  The founding of others will be definitely the outcome of His work, and that of His Masters, and will depend upon Their decision as to the success of the earlier endeavour.

Preparatory Grades....................................... Advanced School

1. Greece or Syria leading to......................... Egypt

2. Middle West, U.S.A.................................. California

3. Southern France......................................... Italy

4. Scotland or Wales...................................... Ireland

5. Sweden...................................................... Russia

6. New Zealand............................................. Australia

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There is also planned a preparatory school for the advanced egos of the fourth root-race.  This will be under the Manu of that race and will be situated in Japan, with its most esoteric branch in western China.  This makes the seventh in the group of schools outlined.

It is not purposed as yet to have branches in Southern Africa or Southern America.  Their day is not yet, but comes in the next cycle.

Now, I would earnestly call to your attention that the schools will make but small beginnings and will be launched in a way that will appear at first as too unimportant to be noticeable.  A beginning will be made with members of the different occult schools, such as the esoteric sections of the Theosophical movement, and others.  The work in Britain, America and Australia is already in process of inception, whilst that in Sweden will shortly be on foot.  The others will follow at slightly later dates.

This much of the plan has been permitted publication as an incentive to all of you to study with greater aspiration and to work with more strenuous application.  Each and all has his place in the plan would he but qualify by doing the necessary work.  That work should be:—

An endeavour to recognise the Divine within each one.  In this manner the true occult obedience, which is an essential in all occult training, will be fostered and developed, being not based, as is so oft seen, on personality, but on that instinctive realisation of a Master, and the willing following that comes from the recognition of His powers, the purity of His life and aims, and the profundity of His knowledge.

An endeavour to think in group terms and clearly for oneself, not depending upon the word of others for clarification.

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An endeavour to purify and refine all the bodies and make them more reliable servants.

An endeavour to equip throughout the mental vehicle and to store within it the facts upon which extended knowledge may be based.

If these things are done great will be the day of opportunity.

October 2nd, 1920.

In the rigid disciplining of yourself comes eventual perfection.  To the disciple nought is too small to undertake, for in the rigid adjustment of the details of the lower world life comes, at the end, attainment of the goal.  The life of the disciple becomes not easier as the Gate is neared, but ever the watch must be more thorough, ever right action must be taken with no regard to result, and ever each body in all its aggregate of detail must be wrestled with and subjugated.  Only in the thorough comprehension of the axiom "Know thyself" will come that understanding that enables man to wield the law and know the inner working of the system from the centre to the periphery.  Struggle, strive, discipline, and rejoicingly serve with no reward save the misunderstanding and the abuse of those who follow after—this is the role of the disciple.

Today we will deal with our third point.

3. The Location, personnel, and building of the occult school.

Here at the outset I would remind you that much which might be said by me on this matter must remain unsaid for lack of the ability to comprehend.  I might lay down certain approximate rules, and make certain fundamental suggestions that may find their place in the [311] final working out.  I can lay down no rule that must be kept.  Such is not the occult law.  In the establishment of these occult schools in their two divisions, preparatory and advanced, in the different designated centres under one of the four branches of the one fundamental School of Occultism, the work will begin in an inconspicuous manner, and those pupils and advanced egos whose work it is to make the necessary beginning must find out for themselves the method, place and manner.  All must be wrought out in the furnace of endeavour and experiment, and the price paid will be high, but only that which is thus wrought out provides the residue or nucleus upon which the further work may be based.  Mistakes matter not; nought but the fleeting personalities suffer.  What does matter is lack of aspiration, inability to attempt, and incapacity to learn the lesson that failure teaches.  When failures are regarded as valuable lessons, when a mistake is deemed but a warning signal that averts from disaster, and when no time is ever lost by a disciple in vain despair and useless self depreciation, then the watching Teachers of the race know that the work the Ego seeks to do through each expression on the lower plane goes forward as desired, and that success must inevitably eventuate.  We will here take each detail of our subject, as enumerated above, by itself.

The Location.  This is a matter of very real importance but differs according to the need of finding a situation whereon to found a preparatory or an advanced school.  Generally speaking (for national requirements vary much), the school for the preparatory work will be situated within reasonable distance of some big centre or city, whilst the school for the advanced grades will be more isolated, and not so easily accessible.

Let us look into this for a moment.  One of the fundamental things that the novitiate has to learn is to find his [312] centre within himself, independent of surrounding circumstances, and preferably in spite of surrounding circumstances.  The centre must be found to a considerable degree before he can pass on to the more advanced grades and work in the second school.  The preparatory school above all things concentrates on the development of the threefold lower man, and his training in service.  The advanced school definitely prepares for Initiation, and is concerned with occult lore, with the impartation of cosmic truth, with the abstract development of the pupil, and with work on causal levels.  One can be best accomplished in the world of men and through contact with the world; the other demands necessarily an environment of comparative seclusion and freedom from interruption.  We might express it thus:—the preparatory grades deal with the kingdom of God within, whilst the advanced school expands that training into one which includes the kingdom of God without.  Therefore the first will be situated amongst the working sons of men, so that by his reactions and interactions in association with them, in service and struggle, the pupil may learn to know himself.  The other will be for those who have somewhat mastered these things, and are ready to learn more of other evolutions and of the cosmos.  Until a man is master of himself to a considerable degree he may not safely work, for instance, with the deva or angel evolution.  In the preparatory school he learns this mastery; in the more advanced school he can thus be trusted to make other contacts than the human.  In both these schools, the basic instruction is meditation in all its grades.  Why?  Because in occult schools information, clear instructions, or a conglomerate of facts are never given, nor are the exoteric textbook methods ever employed.  The whole aim is only to put the student in the way of finding out for himself the needed knowledge. [313] How?  By developing the intuition through meditation, and by the attainment of that measure of mental control that will permit the wisdom of the Triad to pour down into the physical brain, via the causal.  Therefore, in the preparatory school emphasis will he laid on the meditation that concerns the mind, and the teaching embodied in this book will be applied.  This necessitates an environment wherein many and varied human contacts will he made, and where the concrete knowledge of the world of men will be easily available (music, libraries, and lectures), for in the preparation of true occult training the astral and mental equipping of the student will be one of the first considerations.  When this has been somewhat accomplished, and when the clairvoyant head of the school sees that the rounding out of the lower auric egg approaches the desired point, then the pupil will pass into the more advanced school, and will be taught how from his stable centre to contact the cosmic centre, and from the point within himself to expand his consciousness till it touches the periphery of the system macrocosmic, and embraces all that lives—lives in an occult sense.  This necessitates, during the period of training, comparative seclusion, and this the advanced school will provide.  Therefore the preparatory school will be located near some large city, preferably near the sea or some large expanse of water, but never within the city; it will be on the confines of the centres of learning within the city and will be readily accessible.  The advanced school will be far from the crowded places of the earth and preferably in a mountainous region, for the mountains have a direct effect on the occultist and impart to him that quality of strength and steadfastness that is their predominant characteristic and must be that too of the occultist.  The sea or expanse of water close to a preparatory school will convey to his [314] mind a constant reminder of the purification which is his paramount work, whilst the mountains will imbue the advanced student with cosmic strength and will hold steadily before him the thought of the Mount of Initiation which he aims soon to tread.

Tomorrow we will take the important factor of the personnel and faculty of the school and the types of building.

October 7th, 1920.

We deal today with that portion of our third point in the letter on "Future Schools of Meditation," which deals with the Personnel of the School.

This term includes both those who supervise and those who are under supervision, and the subject is necessarily large.  As said in the earlier parts of this letter, the schools will be in two divisions wherever situated:—

a. A preparatory school for the earlier grades in occult instruction, and situated preferably near some large expanse of water and near some central city.

b. An advanced school for the later grades, which will definitely prepare the way for initiation, and train pupils in occult lore.

As you will consequently see, the personnel of both schools will necessarily differ, as will the curriculum.  We will deal with each type of school separately, and lay down certain fundamentals which must be looked for in instructors and instructed.

The Preparatory Occult School.  This—to the outer world—may appear not so different from an ordinary college.  The differences will not be recognisable at first to the man of the world, though the differences will be there, and will demonstrate themselves in the school work, to the pupils, and on the inner planes.  The fundamentals as regards the instructors are as follows:—

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The Head of the school will be an accepted disciple; it is essential that the Master, Who is back of the work of any particular school, should be able at all times to tap the consciousness of that school as focussed through the disciple.  This Head will be able to act as a medium of communication between the students and the Master and as a focal point for His force to flow through to them.  He must be consciously able to function on the astral plane at night and to bring the knowledge through to the physical brain, for part of his work will be with students on the astral plane, guiding them to the Master's ashram at certain intervals for specialized work.  He will have to train them too in this conscious functioning.

Under him will work six instructors, of whom one at least must be a conscious clairvoyant, and able to assist the Head with his information as to the auric development of the students; he must be able to gauge the colors and expansion of the students' vehicles, and co-operate with the Head in the work of expanding and attuning those vehicles.  These instructors must be on the Probationary Path and earnestly devoted to the work of assisting evolution and devoted to the service of some one Master.  They must and will be carefully chosen so as to supplement and complement each other, and in the school will form a miniature hierarchy, showing on the physical plane a tiny replica of the occult prototype.  As their work will be largely to develop the lower mind of the pupil and to link it up with the higher consciousness, and as the focal point of their endeavour will be the rapid building-in the causal body, they will be men of erudition, and of knowledge, grounded in the knowledge of the Hall of Learning, and able to teach and to compete with the trained teachers of the world universities.

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In every college the work of these trained seven men will be aided by that of three women chosen for their capacity to teach, for their intuitive development and for the spiritual and devotional touch they will bring to the lives of the students.  To these ten teachers will be entrusted the work of grounding the students in the important essentials, in superintending the acquirement of the rudiments of occult lore and science, and their development in the higher psychism.  These ten must be profound students of meditation, and able to superintend and teach the pupils the rudiment of occult meditation, as taught, for instance, in this book.  Occult facts will be imparted to these pupils by them and the basic laws that—in the advanced school—will be the subject of definite practice by the would-be initiate.  Exercises in telepathy, causal communication, reminiscence of work undertaken during the hours of sleep, and the recovering of the memory of past lives, through certain mental processes, will be taught by them,—themselves proficient in these arts.

As you will see here, all these teachers will be devoted to the definite training and inner development of the threefold man.

Under these will work various other teachers, who will superintend other departments of the pupils' lives.  Exoteric science will be taught and practised by proficient teachers, and the lower mind will be developed as much as possible, and kept in check by the other ten teachers who watch over the proportional development, and the aptitude for correct meditation of the student.

Along with all this will be the life of world-service, rigidly demanded of each and every pupil.  This life of service will be carefully watched and recorded.  One thing to be noted here is that in this there will be no compulsion.  The pupil will know what is expected of him and what he [317] must do if he is to pass on to the more advanced schools, and the school's charts (recording the condition of his vehicles, and his progress and his capacity to serve) will all be available for his personal inspection, though to no one else.  He will know clearly where he stands, what he must do and what remains to be done, and it rests then with him to aid the work by the closest co-operation.  A certain amount of care will be taken in the admittance of pupils to the school, and this will obviate the necessity of later removal for inability or lack of interest, but this I will deal with later, when taking up the grades and classes.

You have, therefore, ten superintending teachers, composed of seven men and three women, including a Head who is an accepted disciple.  Under them will work a set of instructors who will deal largely with the lower mind and in the emotional, physical and mental equipping of the pupil, and his passing into the advanced school in a condition to profit by the instructions there to be imparted.  Here I would point out that I have planned out the ideal, and pictured for you the school as it is hoped it will eventually be.  But as in all occult development, the beginning will be small and of little apparent importance.  Tomorrow we will take up the rules governing the admission of students and the personnel of the more advanced school.

October 16th, 1920.

......Today we will take up:—

The personnel of the advanced school, and the rules of admission to both the preparatory and advanced.  This latter part will be largely technical.

The first point I seek to make here is that these advanced schools will be numerically small, and this for a very long time to come, and the personnel will be correspondingly [318] small....At the head of the school will always be found an Initiate of the first or second degree, the aim of the school being to prepare pupils for the first initiation.  This necessarily requires an Initiate head.  This Initiate head will be definitely appointed by the Master Who has the school in charge, and he will be—within the confines of the school—sole judge and autocrat.  The risks of occult training are too great to permit of trifling, and what the Head demands must be obeyed.  But this obedience will not be compulsory but voluntary, for each pupil will realise the necessity and will render obedience from spiritual recognition.  As aforesaid, these different occult schools will be practically ray schools, and will have for their personnel teachers on some one ray or its complementary ray, with pupils on the same ray or complementary ray.  For instance, if the school is a second ray school—such as the one in Ireland is purposed to be—teachers and pupils on the second, fourth and sixth rays will be found in it.  At least one fifth ray teacher will be found in every school of occultism.  If a first ray school, the personnel and pupils will be first, third and seventh ray, with again a fifth ray teacher among the others.

Under the initiate Head will be two other teachers who will be accepted disciples, and every pupil under them must have passed through the preparatory school, and graduated from all the lower grades.  Probably these three will comprise the entire teaching staff, for the pupils under them will he relatively few in number and the work of the teachers is supervisory more than didactic, for the occultist is always esoterically self-taught.

Much of the work done by these three will he on the inner planes, and they will work more in the seclusion of their own rooms than in class room with the students [319] themselves.  The pupils are—it will be presumed—ready to work for themselves and to find the way to the portal of initiation alone.  The work of the teachers will be advisory, and they will be available to answer questions and to superintend work initiated by the pupil himself, and not compelled by the teacher.  Stimulating vibration, aligning the bodies, superintending the work on inner planes, and the pouring in of force with the shielding from danger by occult methods, will be the work, in part, of the Teachers, added to the supervision of definite and strenuous meditation.  At intervals they will conduct the pupils to the Master, advise as to their passing into the different grades of discipleship, report at intervals on the quality of their life service and assist them in building their buddhic vehicle, which has to be in an embryonic condition when the First initiation is taken.  The teachers likewise superintend the working out in practice of the theories anent the other evolution, the deva evolution, laid down in the preparatory schools; they watch over the manipulation of matter by the pupil and his demonstration of the laws of construction; they safeguard him as far as may be in his contact with sub-human and super-human evolutions, and teach him to wield the law and to transcend karma.  They enable him, through their instructions, to recover the knowledge of past lives and to read the akashic records, but as you will see, the pupil is the one in this school who initiates and does the work, superintended and guarded by the teachers, and his progress and the length of his residence within the school depend upon his own effort and initiatory powers.

The rules of admission into the preparatory school will be somewhat as follows, but I only indicate probabilities and not ascertained and fixed facts:—

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1. The pupil must be free from obligatory karma and able to take the course without neglecting his other duties and family ties.

2. There will be no fees or money charged, and no money transaction.  The pupil must be somewhat self-supporting and able to earn the means of livelihood whilst in the school.  The schools in both their divisions will be supported through the voluntary contributions of people, and through a knowledge of the laws of supply and demand occultly interpreted.

3. The pupil must be able to measure up to the average educational standards of his day and generation and must show aptitude for some line of thought.

4. He must be seen clairvoyantly to have a certain amount of co-ordination and alignment and the causal body must be of a certain grade or quality before he is admitted.  Teachers of occultism waste not time on those not ready.  Only when the inner light shines forth, only when the causal body is of a certain capacity can the pupil profit by the curriculum.  Therefore, with the Head of the school will the final verdict lie as to whether a pupil may enter or not.  That word will be final, and will be passed after due inspection of the pupil by the Head of the school through clairvoyant and causal vision, and after reference to the man's own Master.

5. He must have demonstrated, by a previous period of service, his ability to work in group formation and to think in terms of others.

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6. His past incarnations must he somewhat looked up, and the indications given through their study will guide the Head in his final decision.

7. The pupil must be over twenty-one and under forty-two years of age.

8. His etheric body must be in good condition and be a good transmitter of prana, and there must be no physical disease or handicapping physical deformity.

These are the fundamental rules which it is at present possible to give.  There will be others and the problem of selection may pass through some vicissitudes in solving.

The rules for admission into the advanced school are far more esoteric and fewer in number.  The pupils will be chosen from out of the preparatory school, after having passed through the graded courses.  But selection will depend not on the mental development and the assimilation of concrete knowledge, but upon the inner comprehension and the occult understanding of the student, upon the quality of the tone of his life as it sounds forth in the inner world, upon the brilliance of the indwelling light, and upon his power in service.

This suffices for today; tomorrow we will deal with the final division of this third point, the buildings of the school.

October 17th, 1920.

In dealing today with the subject of the buildings of the two types of occult schools, little can be said and only a general outline can be given.  Climatic conditions and the desired size of the schools will greatly vary and the consequent plant will vary likewise......

The buildings for the preparatory school will differ not so much from those of an ordinary college in the exoteric [322] world.  One rule only will be laid down—each student must of necessity have his own separated chamber.  The type of building matters not, provided these conditions are fulfilled.  Each room must be non-communicating, save with the central corridor, and must be in three divisions, necessarily small yet distinct.  One division will be given up to the student's life and study; another to the bath and the third will be the place for meditation containing the pictures of the Great Ones duly curtained.  This third division is kept for the sole purpose of meditation and will contain little save the mat on which the student sits, a couch on which he will repose his physical vehicle during certain stated exercises and a small stool in front of the Master's pictures, on which will be found the incensor and a vase for floral tributes.

The resident teachers will reside with the students, the women taking charge of the women students, and the men residing with the male students.  The Head of the school will reside alone in a detached house which will contain—besides the rooms in which he will live his private life—a reception room of small proportions for his work with individuals, and a larger room for joint concourses, besides a shrine room for the meeting of the united body of pupils.

The buildings for the advanced schools, even though they concern us not intimately as yet, provide in their construction much of occult significance for those who have eyes to see.  The main feature in the occult advanced school will be the central temple of circular shape providing for each of the pupils (and you must remember that numerically they will not be large), a private shrine entered from the rear by a closed door and having a curtain between it and the large central shrine where the group meetings will be held.

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This large central shrine will have a pavement whereon will be traced the triangle, and within the triangle the group will sit, the three spaces outside the triangle having tables whereon will be found various symbols and a few of the fundamental books on symbols and some large parchments whereon the cosmic symbols will be portrayed.

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The colour of this shrine will be dependent on the ray which it represents.  The curtains which separate will be in the ray colour also and each individual shrine curtain will carry the sign of the pupil's nativity—his sign, rising sign, and controlling planets.  These curtains will be the [324] property of the pupil, as will the mat within the shrine which will carry the symbol of his ray, egoic and personality.

On the wall of the great circular passage will be found the signs of the zodiac, the four entrances standing for the four Maharajas.

A square wall will surround the whole, enclosing a garden which will be the care of the pupils themselves.  There will be but one entrance through this wall on the north side.  Outside will lie small building's to house not more than three pupils, and a house wherein will reside the three instructors.  The Initiate Head will likewise have his private residence distinguished by a domed tower at one side.  This domed tower serves two purposes:—It is the place for astronomical and astrological instruction and will have the latest appliances of science for the study of the planets and of microcosmic life, and will also serve as a secure shelter for those pupils who can consciously leave their physical bodies and function elsewhere on the physical plane.

This is all I can give as yet.  Record, watch and await the hour when the ideal will materialize.

October 29th, 1920.

Our fourth point comes up for consideration today, and in its discussion I will give you somewhat concerning the preparatory occult school but little concerning the advanced.  This fourth point is one anent the grades and classes.