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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - H.S.D.
April 1940

MY FRIEND AND MY BROTHER:

I would have a word with you today, after a silence lasting many months. In this time you have adjusted yourself to the life of the soul and you have dedicated yourself anew to world service and to me. This has been registered by me and I have not been unmindful. Your inner contact with your soul and with me has been strengthened and the light enhanced.

A disciple, at your stage of development, has two major lessons to learn. Particularly is this so when he has the combination of rays which is yours. He has to learn, first of all, to stand completely alone (though only apparently so and only for a temporary space of time), detached from contact with the Master. Sometimes even his own soul seems silent. But this is all illusion. Circumstances are staged to bring this condition about and if they are not so staged by the disciple's own soul, then the Master acts to bring the circumstance about. The disciple must be thrown upon his own resources. This stage of stabilization now lies behind you and in time to come you must demonstrate that steady calm for this life, that "poised position at the center" which is the gift of your immediate past experience.

The second thing which you have to learn is the control of the fluid map-making, plan-formulating mind. This one thing nearly brought disaster to you. The danger is now, however, past. You are aware of this and will cautiously guard against it. When a disciple first comes into a Master's group (as you came into mine) the inflow of energy is so great that the mind is frequently aroused to such an intense activity that it gets temporarily out of calm control. Too much is seen at once; too much is sensed and grasped; possibilities and plans, modes and methods of teaching and of service, and potentialities (hitherto unrealized) pour unhindered and simultaneously into the disciple's consciousness. When this takes place, there follows a period of serious instability, of fluidity of thought and undertaking, of violent experimentation and of what I might term a spiritual riot. This must eventually come to an end before the disciple can enter into his real service. This resumed stability took place with you because you are fundamentally [594] stable and sound and because - at such periods - a Master's group supports and protects the one who is passing through the experience of over-stimulation. The protective work done in the Ashram of a Master is something little realized by the average disciple. Whilst this type of experience is going on, the outer group of a Master's disciples proves of little service; it simply stimulates the mind, providing outlets for the blind rioting consciousness. Hence your withdrawal was right and sound but need no longer be continued.

Of one thing I am sure, brother of old, and that is that you will understand whereof I speak. The period of strain and stress now lies behind you. Your place in my inner group is assured. Your work in the outer group is opening up and what I have here told you is only the corroboration of your own inner intuition.

Two things lie ahead of you: Learning to work upon the outer plane in group with your co-disciples and with those whom they will gather around them in coming years, and, also the strengthening of the inner rhythm of the soul as it conditions the outer life into a calm and increasing service and cooperation with my determined plans. These, all of you who are my chosen disciples, can work out together.

It is this together which so oft proves difficult to our workers. It is group work which we desire and not the domination of a person in a group or the control of two or three people. This means slower work but a more widespread influence. It is safer and more fruitful in the long run. The group work entails many things and many developments within the group consciousness. One of these is the finding of the level of service, so that what is done is a group effort. It will then prove successful, for it will be based on group conviction and on group understanding. Another is that the disciples, working under one Master, become an extension of his Ashram upon the outer plane.

Another thing which it is important you should grasp is your special field of service and the conditions under which you should carry on your work. Your physical vehicle must be guarded and any intensity must be avoided. That is a definite injunction from me. Esoterically speaking, your contribution [595] is meditation, and aiding in the meditative life of the group; exoterically speaking, it lies in conference (with any of my disciples whom you may happen to know) about the new cycle of work which is unfolding, about the group purposes, objectives, principles and policies. This is group service and must be carried forward together.

I am writing thus fully to you because a life, rich in service and fulfilment, can open up for you, provided that you establish and hold happy human relations with your chosen fellow workers, a deep and constant humility and an urgent faith. This, I know is your soul's desire and it is also mine for you.

I understand and trust you, disciple of mine. I have little time, in these days of world agony, to give to the particular training of any of you. I only offer opportunity.

NOTE: It will be apparent from the above instruction that the disciple was temporarily suspended from active work in the group until certain lessons had been learned. Reinstatement followed.

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