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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Meditation - Part V
It is not possible for the individual disciple in any Ashram to cooperate in all phases of the Master's work, and it is not possible for you, for instance, to cooperate in every phase of the work in my Ashram which I have outlined in my pamphlets (and which has been summarized in the one entitled My Work). But it is possible for you to choose some phase of that plan and give it your paramount attention...These activities can - if adequately and strongly carried forward - aid in the esoteric work of the world and the exoteric rehabilitation of right human relations...

The fourth stage of the meditation work is concerned with the square which - for the purposes of our work - we will simply regard as the field of service and of experience - experience in work and not individual life experience.

You will note that this description of the meditation work, which I am asking you to carry forward for a year at least, is based upon the three previous meditations; these sought to bring the etheric body with its various force centers into such a condition that it could become receptive to impression, and cooperate thereafter actively; through the alignment exercise you endeavored to bring that organized instrument of service into contact with the source of inspiration and the source of impression, i.e., the Ashram and the soul. Now we are in a position (theoretically at least and dependent individually upon the successful action of all work previously done) to begin the task of bringing through the inspiration and impression consciously, by determined contact with their sources. I will therefore briefly outline the work, asking you to do it after close study of all that I have written above: [139]

I. The Stage of Recognition.

  1. Recognition of your pledged discipleship.
  2. Recognition of your equipment, gratefully rendered.
  3. Recognition of your achieved alignment.
  4. Recognition of the soul, the source of love-wisdom.
  5. Recognition of the Hierarchy.

All this should be done very rapidly, holding the consciousness steadily in the mind, and not in the head. It presupposes an immediate mental focusing of the disciple at the very beginning of his meditation work.

II. The Stage of Consideration.

  1. Of the Ashram as a whole, i.e., of the Hierarchy as the Ashram of Sanat Kumara. You will see, through the use of the creative imagination, all the Ashrams in close contact with Shamballa as:
    1. Responsive to the Purpose, implemented by the Ashrams of the Chohans.
    2. Impressed by the energy of Will as the great Ashram energizes its component parts - the various Ashrams within its periphery of influence.
    3. Vitalizing the initiates and disciples who are affiliated with the Masters and working in their Ashrams.
    4. Reaching out, through the accepted and pledged disciples, into the world of men.

    Then you will say with purpose and determination;

  2. "I strive towards comprehension.
    Thy will, not mine, be done,"

    All the above section of your meditation work concerns purpose, will and the "destiny" of Shamballa, to use an old occult phrase.

  3. Of the world of souls which is the Hierarchy in relation to this world of men, and not in relation [140] to Shamballa as in the first part. This involves:
    1. A study of the nature of the hierarchical effort, as it is expressed through love.
    2. A conscious identification with the Plan.
    3. Dedication to the work originating in the Ashram with which you know yourself to be in touch, seeing it all as an integral part of the hierarchical work.

Then you will say with love and aspiration:

"I strive towards understanding.
Let wisdom take the place of knowledge in my life."

  1. Of yourself as a unit in my Ashram. This will involve:
  1. Recognizing which aspect of my planned work you are equipped to do.
  2. Determining how to do it.
  3. Considering the factor of preparation for eventual initiation, as a means of increasing your capacity for hierarchical cooperation.
  4. Energizing by light, faith, love and power, the spiritual center within which you serve and the ashramic projects for which you accept responsibility. In this instance it can be the Arcane School and the Service Activities. You will then say:

"I strive towards cooperation.
Let the Master of my life, the soul,
and likewise the One I seek to serve,
throw light through me on others."

III. The Stage of Fixed Determination.

  1. A reflection upon the distinction between Purpose, Will and Intention.
  2. A period of complete focused silence as you seek to present an unobstructed channel for the inflow of light, love and strength from the Hierarchy.

A statement made by you, the soul, the disciple, to the personality: [141]

"In the center of the will of God I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from his.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the Triangle divine, work out that will
Within the square and serve my fellowmen."

If you can do this work correctly, you will not only greatly increase your own realization, service and understanding, but you will definitely be cooperating in the task of externalizing the Ashram and furthering the work of the Hierarchy (from the foundation angle in relation to the New Age), and so aid in bringing in the new civilization, the new world attitudes and the new world religion.

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