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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - F.C.D.
January 1937

MY BROTHER:

You are about to enter upon a period of fuller service. Much of your life has hitherto been given to objective activities and you have forced yourself to meet immediate needs. Now your work should become more subjective and more far-reaching in its effect and scope. This will only be possible if you learn the difficult lesson (peculiarly difficult to you) of leaving, undone much that has hitherto been done, and by the exercise of a wise and most careful discretionary discrimination. Your work must be specific and carried forward in connection with certain souls who warrant your attention because of their capacity to be used upon the Path. Therefore, your work must in the future be given primarily to disciples and not to the rank and file of people. You can, however, work with the intelligent masses, the aspirants and the probationers, through your ability to reach them with the written and the spoken word. Your task is not to reach the unawakened, or to write that which is popular. It is the more specialized task of working with and cooperating with those in whose hands lies the guiding of the "little ones." You have an avidity for service and an acquisitiveness for knowledge and for information which must now be regulated. In the past, its expression has been of value. In the present, this must be adjusted and rightly controlled; in the future, the results of this acquisition will be employed.

Once, my brother, you placed your finger upon a major need when you spoke of the "lack of fire" which you evidence. This is, as you know, partly due to physical causes, but I would remind you that a physical body such as you possess can house a fire of such intensity (owing to its refinement and its purity) that many can warm themselves at it and kindle their own little flame. Make not your physical body a deterrent or an excuse. Use the iron will with which you are gifted and force its compliance to your soul's demands and to humanity's need.

This appeal is one that I make to all in my group of disciples. In all of you are limitations, hindrances and certain obstacles to progress. Were it not so, you would be liberated souls and not upon some division of the Path of Approach and under my tuition, as now you are. The immediacy of surrounding [151] need and of hierarchical request for help in world work should galvanize you into a renewed and sustained effort - emancipating you from the lethargy into which it is so easy to lapse. Disciples are prone to two things (as are all aspirants) and these tendencies they should face with courage and clear vision:

  1. Lethargy or the failure to use the advice and information available for practical, experimental use.
  2. Self-centeredness - in some subtle or obvious form.

You will place yourself, I know, under those who, through lethargy, fail to achieve the utmost possible. I would point out to you that though you may have this liability in a physical or emotional form, you have not got it mentally. You are among those who take the kingdom of heaven by violence and enter therein. B. S. D. needs this mental activity in a dynamic form, even if he recognizes not the truth of my remarks.

If you will ponder upon the verse which I am now going to give you for consideration, illumination may pour in. These verses do not refer to your recognized lethargy - of that you are aware and with it I need not deal. These occult phrases deal with things basic and oft unrecognized. If recognized, they are not adequately appraised. Here are the verses:

"One star shone forth within the dark blue vault of heaven. Then another and still another could be seen until around the star were many shining points. The circle of the stars revolved and kept its place and darkness was around on every hand. Each star within its tiny orbit kept its place and slow revolved. Its contacts with the circle's edge proved adequate.

"There is but one great circle,' came a voice, 'not many little spheres. Some stars are small and time must feed their flame. Some stars are suns and shed their light on every hand. Seek out a sun and feed its life. Shed forth your rays and live.' "

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