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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - S.R.D.
March 1937

MY BROTHER AND MY FRIEND:

The lessons of true humility and reticence are not as easy to learn as might appear, particularly when the inferiority complex is as strong in you as is the case. It is so easy to confound a natural self depreciation with true spiritual humility, but you are learning fast.

One thing I seek to point out to you: humility must always accompany a spiritual self-respect which forbids a disciple to stand anywhere upon the Path, except in his rightful place. The fact is that discipleship warrants recognition. There is no false pride in knowing that one is a disciple. This I point out to you and to all disciples. Recognition of status, however, is purely a personal matter; it should be faced and accepted and then followed by silence. What is, therefore, the lesson I seek today to give to you and which I preface by the above words?

Simply this: Recognizing your link, and knowing that your ancient aspiration is bearing, and will bear, fruit. Take your eyes off yourself, take them off the personalities of your co-disciples, and take them away even from me, your friend and teacher of several lives, and forget everything but the need of those you daily meet. Then serve. Shut the door upon each thought of self, and upon those reactions which may be engendered by your group brothers; shut them also upon those devotional aspirations which you direct so oft to me, and cast them from you. Then with a tender heart of love and pity, serve all you meet, knowing that "each heart hides its own bitterness." This constitutes your major lesson on the Path at this time, my brother - the lesson of utter self-forgetfulness. Forget the past and all that it brought to you of pain and of joy; forget the personal self and all that it has to give or what it withholds; forget that which you said or has been said anent [563] you and your ways, and seek simply to serve. Serve with a joyous heart and equilibrium.

One of your great limitations is over-sensitivity. Your outer shell needs hardening; you must learn to tune out and to leave unrecognized that which might disturb your life of service. The proverb runs: "They say. What do they say? Let them say." For you this holds much truth. Disciples waste so much time in distress over the words, thoughts and deeds of other disciples and thus time is lost that could be more constructively employed. Do you not know that the minutes mount into hours, as the disciple wrestles with himself in order to regain equilibrium? Ask A. A. B. She knows the meaning of those lost hours and can help you there. Remember, also, brother of old, that all suffering along the lines of super-sensitivity indicates self-centeredness, and this in turn militates against the needed inclusiveness which will eventually make this group work successful in service. I point this out, because you have had to wrestle along these lines during the past six months; your major weakness is this sensitivity, which leads to an undue focusing upon the little self.

I would ask you to continue your study along the lines indicated in my last communication, and for the next six months to deal with the theme of illumination through ideas. You are beginning to grasp a little the significance of ideas. Now consider what these ideas can do for you, illumining your mind and enriching, therefore, your service. All that you learn must be related to service. Therein lies your particular lesson. You have equipment; you have adequate outlook; you have a mind which can be illumined; you can teach and you can serve. With this you have not yet adequately begun. You must learn to serve as a soul, and not as a high grade personality. Herein I give you a hint, and you care enough, I know, to take it. As to your meditation, carry forward as before. I make no change in any way.

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