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Discipleship in the New Age II - Talks to Disciples - Group Instruction
I am looking for no new "stenographers" to take the place of A.A.B. and shall dictate to none of you. You have masses of undigested material with which to work, and enough teaching to express and make available to the public for twenty-five years to come. You have enough information from me to enable you to make your individual contact with me if you follow the rules and live the outer life of a disciple.

It is the books which bring people into the various phases of the work; you can aid in keeping them in constant circulation, and you can also hold together subjectively so that the relation of the group to the Ashram is still preserved and externalization later can still be possible. Those are the two major undertakings with which I present you; and these with your intensified individual approach and the work of the Triangles and Goodwill, will provide you with much to do.

Throw yourselves behind those who have made themselves responsible - under F.B. - for the Triangles and Goodwill work. Make their work possible and avoid interference; they will make mistakes, and these you will be prompt to note; your sole duty is to stand by. Mistakes do not matter if clarity of vision, spiritual persistence and love accompany them. Keep the personnel of the work as far as possible [86] masculine and put no sixth ray people in positions of influence; they know not how to cooperate and are frequently points of dissension and dislike.

You see, my brothers, I am making no startling plans for handling the work in the event of the death of A.A.B. I suggest no changes. I would like to see the work left in the hands of those who are already doing it; I suggest the addition of young people to the group of workers as need arises and place occurs. I suggest that the work be kept fluid, as A.A.B. has always kept it.

Above all else, remember that the work of the Triangles, the Goodwill work and the Arcane School is that of an organism and not an organization, and it will grow through its own inherent life and not through planning. If this is borne in mind, you will see where some of you have been in error, both in criticism and in planning the future of the various aspects of the work. The work will go on in the strength of its own inherent life; it will be damaged by planning, interference and organization. Let the work alone, giving it assiduous attention and meeting its needs as they arise. The Triangle work and the Goodwill work are in the hands of young people who must be strengthened, trusted and encouraged. The Invocation work, tied in with the Goodwill work, the Triangles and the School, is moving steadily forward and is the responsibility of all three. If rightly handled, its distribution will be automatic, mechanical and momentous.

The various phases of the work will proceed as desired if all talk of executive heads, of assumed responsibility, and of the need for the New Seed Group is ended. The thought of reorganization must be dropped; it would immediately disrupt the present smoothly working organism. A transition carried forward without any change or difficulty will greatly reassure all groups. Young people should be found and trained - trained in the principles. There should be no doctrinal teaching given. If it is, inevitably the School will die. The new truths are being fast recognized, but it is youth which is recognizing them. Those who have for twenty years absorbed a system of thought are apt to be so absorbed by it [87] that it is hard for them to recognize the new and vital incoming truth, and the sad part is that they are often sure they do. The new truths are over-shadowing us today; if the Invocation means anything, it is what must be expected.

The principles to be emphasized are:

  1. The Arcane School trains disciples. Its curriculum is therefore eliminative. Its standard cannot be lowered. It is not a school for probationers. It will consequently always remain relatively small.
  2. It is a school for adults wherein occult obedience, is developed. This is not obedience to man-made rules or school obediences, but involves soul obedience.
  3. This is a school wherein belief in the Hierarchy is scientifically taught, not as a doctrine but as an existent and provable natural kingdom; the rules of the Ashram and the dual life of the disciple are emphasized.
  4. This is a school wherein the student is taught that "the souls of men are one."
  5. No claim for place or power is made, and the claim of being an initiate is never heard. The Headquarters Group and the workers in the School are there because of spiritual inclination.
  6. The Arcane School is non-sectarian, non-political and international in its thinking. Service is its keynote. Its members can work in any sect and in any political party, provided they remember that all paths lead to God and that "the One Humanity" governs all their thinking.
  7. The fundamental doctrines of the Ageless Wisdom, recognized all over the world and as expounded in my books, constitute the foundational teaching of the Arcane School. This is so, not because they are my books but because they are part of the continuity of the Ageless Wisdom and constitute the latest emanation of the Ageless Wisdom issued by the Hierarchy. They must not be permitted to become a Bible of a sect, as has been the case with The Secret Doctrine and the [88] Theosophical Society. This incidentally has been a profound disappointment to the Hierarchy. A.A.B. must not be turned into an occult authority. Those connected with the Great White Lodge favor no Bibles or authorities - only the freedom of the human soul. The teaching matters, not the source or the form.

Let me reiterate for the sake of clarity: None of you has any responsibility for the Arcane School or for the service activities though you can work helpfully, with humbleness and pure motive in any or all of them, under the direction of A.A.B. or of those into whose hands she has put responsibility... It is in these relationships that you will develop the humility and pure motives which are the outstanding hallmarks of the disciple.

One thing I would however like you clearly to grasp and that is the pattern which underlies the various aspects of the work now in process of expansion. A brief diagram should make the relationship clear, and these relationships are factual today:

working through
using many agencies, among them
working through
the Triangles, the Goodwill work, the Invocation work
allied with

The energy of the New Group of World Servers could be likened to the antahkarana which connects humanity with the Hierarchy and provides a channel of contact with the Ashrams of the Masters. The Arcane School can be considered [89] as one of the results of the activity of the New Group of World Servers. There are many others scattered all over the world. The same holds true of the Service Activities. No esoteric group is soundly handled and correctly motivated unless the spiritual energies which are available to it and the knowledge and the wisdom unfolded find expression in definite service. The service activities are, therefore, an expression of the livingness of the Arcane School and that relationship must be valued and preserved.

As disciples, your place is in the senior ranks of the New Group of World Servers and your responsibility, as a group, is to aid a phase of the work to be done which is strictly the project of the Hierarchy as a whole. I ask you to throw your efforts into the work of preparation for the reappearance of the Christ, to further in all possible ways the distribution both of the pamphlet so entitled and the book which deals with his reappearance. The world must be flooded with the information and through the hope and expectancy thus engendered may move forward into greater light, better human relations and a newer happiness. The results of your activities along this line should enhance the usefulness of the service activities of the Arcane School and swell the ranks of those who are working on mental levels in the Triangles and for right human relations through the medium of the Goodwill work.

Begin, my brothers, to do your own work, leaving others to shoulder their assigned responsibilities and waste no time in interfering in any phase of work which does not call for your attention. You are in my Ashram. The Arcane School is not a project of my Ashram and is, therefore, no responsibility of yours. It has been the means of giving you a greatly needed esoteric training and will continue to do so if you so desire, but the work of the Christ (to which all Ashrams are pledged) calls for your cooperation; it is this responsibility which I lay upon your shoulders.

That the years may see developed in all of you a firmer dedication, a self-sacrificing service and a deepened humility, is the hope and prayer of your friend, collaborator and Master. [90]

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