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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - B.S.D.
June 1936

There are two thoughts in my heart in connection with you, my brother, and two practical matters which I have in my mind to say to you. I would have you note the careful wording of the above phrase because it has teaching value in it for all of you.

Before I tell you what these two thoughts are, I want to give you a word of commendation, knowing that you desire it [115] not and knowing also that you do most certainly seek always to act under the urge and the inspiration of your own soul. You work and conform to the requirements, not from any specific idea of pleasing me or even of producing further integration of yourself into the group of your co-disciples but from a sense of duty and of rightness of activity. Nevertheless, I seek to commend you for your quality of steadfastness - a steadfastness in which you persist in the face of much psychic disappointment, if I may call it so, and the fact that there appears to be little phenomenal response to your constant effort. You seek to keep your eyes off yourself and simply to do that which must be done and which you have been induced to believe is the way for you - as well as for all true disciples.

Years ago, my brother, you sought more eagerly for the good results of your activity. Now you are just as active but you are willing to leave the results unconsidered. This is well and very good. However, I tell you that there are results and perhaps they can begin to be clarified in your mind. Two results I can myself indicate to you and I choose these two with deliberation because they are related to me and to your work with me, your teacher and your friend. First, I have accepted you into my own group in the technical sense and you are now an accepted disciple (chela) in my group.... Secondly, I have told you and your brothers that I am in process of preparing you for initiation.

I am reminding you of these two facts for the following reason: You must enter upon the next cycle of activity with set purpose, clear vision and unswerving attention to facts. You have ended one cycle of effort last month at the time of the Full Moon of May. You are entering now upon another cycle. I would have you keep this steadfastly in mind and go forward to freer service, greater understanding and clearer insight. You have laid a firm foundation.

The two thoughts which come into my heart to tell you can be summarized as follows. Note that these thoughts come from my heart and the suggestion from my mind. Herein lies a hint as to your work in the future for those who look to you for assistance in their spiritual life.

  1. You need to work now more definitely and more confidently as an accepted disciple. What do I mean by that statement? [116] I mean that you should work in the realization that - because of this definite acceptance - you are linked with the Hierarchy of Masters and, therefore, the quality of the hierarchical service to humanity must also be expressed by and through you. What is this quality? Wisdom, expressing itself intelligently through love. Upon this statement you should ponder. Your service is ever intelligent (highly so) for you have much knowledge as the result of ancient experience and deep thought and study in this life. That knowledge must, however, be translated into wisdom through the dynamic power of a living love. I use no further terms to express this idea. That sentence should provide you with much food for thought.
  2. The second thought which comes to you from my heart is to urge you to remember that chelaship (discipleship) involves responsibility, and that in its turn is developed through suffering. This leads inevitably to detachment. That process of detachment will go forward in connection with all in the group and must entail difficulty. This difficulty may involve a constant stream of minor problems and detachments which will color ceaselessly your life of service, your life in the home, and your contacts in the world. This calls perhaps for a higher quality of faith and of courage than do drastic purgings. But I have no fears for you, my brother on the Path. You have a faith of tempered steel which cannot break. Remember, however, that where the tide of love is thwarted, there might happen a temporary warping of your nature. You will understand whereof I speak and this sentence conveys to you a needed hint. Let love pour through you and all is well.

The suggestions which I seek to make are based upon past instructions. Since June, 1935, we have set ourselves one technical achievement and one that still remains unachieved for the majority of advanced humanity. This is the awakening of the ajna center. Your major need and the thing which would arouse that center to usefulness lies - for you - in the power to visualize.

The second thing which will integrate your nature and increase your magnetic and spiritual usefulness lies in the unfoldment of the creative imagination. How shall this be done? The two are closely allied. Visualization and the creative imagination [117] are related. A great deal of your problem in this life (where your esoteric unfoldment is concerned) will be solved when these two are better understood by you and when the play of these two forces produces in you an inner readjustment, a realignment and an externalization of your subjective life. Will you think deeply upon this matter, my brother?

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