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Discipleship in the New Age II - Personal Instructions to Disciples - R.A.J.
September 1943

MY BROTHER:

I wonder if you drew out of the six statements what they were intended to convey to you of direction and instruction? To the fifth statement I seek to draw your attention. Reference is there made to the "diadem, the robe of rose, the sandals on your feet." What did these symbolic words convey to you? I mention them because I want to build your meditation for the next few months around the concepts hidden by these word forms. The first three statements were fairly simple for you to comprehend. The fourth conveyed a prophecy. The fifth contained some Words of Power and were intended to instruct you as to the nature of your life-orientation and the desired quality of your service during the coming ten years. They intimate that which you at this time possess but which needs increasing appreciation by you. Let me give you some idea as to their significances:

  1. The Diadem. This is a dual symbol. It signifies accomplishment or the crowning period of your life (and this you now face, if you so choose), and it also conveys the idea of a more definite and steady use of the head center. You are, of course, a "heart" person. The task ahead of you in your meditation work is to lift the energy of the heart center into its correspondence in the head and begin to live more in the head than in the heart; you should begin also to fuse and blend the energy of this higher heart center with that of the ajna center, thus bringing the "directing eye" into greater service, prominence and usefulness. It is toward this objective that the meditation here suggested by me is planned.
  2. The Robe of Rose. The symbolism here, my brother, is obvious. Rose is the color of devotion, and of that quality you have a full supply. It is however to its magnetic attractive quality, as it affects others rather than yourself, that I seek to draw your attention. People of pledged devotion are those who have reached a point where that devotion is in no way a hindrance; it is seemingly a safeguard, [477] simplifying their lives. Because of that fixed devotion, they can walk undeviatingly upon the Way. But they are apt to forget that - equally because of that devotion - they ray forth a quality which stimulates its correspondence in others. That is why sixth ray people can easily form a group around themselves. But they seldom succeed in holding those thus attracted for very long, because they do not understand the reason for this facility and ascribe it ever to wrong causes. Only your astral body is upon the sixth ray of devotion, but that makes it potent indeed and, in your case, produces that sense of inferiority to which I referred above. I would ask you to change your point of view and to regard your sixth ray astral body as a powerful piece of equipment to be used in service.
    In these two symbolic phrases we have related the heart center to the head center, and likewise the heart center to the astral body.
  3. The Sandals on the Feet. Here, in other words, you have a simple reminder of the underlying and motivating power of your entire life. This can be summed up in the flat statement of three truths - unalterable and fixed because imposed upon your personality by your soul:
    1. You are treading the Path of Discipleship.
    2. You have arrived at a certain Ashram or center of power upon that Path.
    3. You are intelligently aware of these facts and they are the major conditioning factors in your life.

You have consequently established a thought rhythm which naught can change and which will be a powerful incentive in deciding the time of your return when this incarnation comes to an end, the type of vehicle which you will, as a soul, construct, and the nature of the race, nation and type of service to which the over-shadowing soul will commit the personality. Energy follows thought. A definition of the personality might be expressed as follows: The personality of a disciple is a focal point of energy, established by the soul.

The "eye of direction," therefore, referred to in Statement 2, relates primarily to the long-distance view the soul [478]  is taking of you and your preparation for fuller service in the next life. A study of these three phrases will carry you into the realm of quality, and not simply of symbolism; the concept of heart radiation, attractive power, and the responsibility of preparation emerge clearly in the three ideas underlying the meditation suggested below. My proposal to you is that you do this meditation only twice a week - on Sundays and on one day in the middle of the week. On the other days you will simply carry forward the group reflective assignment with your group brothers. In this way the days of your personal orientation in meditation will be gladly anticipated events. Will you try out this plan, my brother?

Stage I. The Diadem.

  1. The establishing of relation between:
    1. The heart center and the head center.
    2. The heart center in the head and the ajna center.
      Thus a lesser triangle of energy or of "lighted, living relation" is established: heart, head and ajna centers.
    3. The waiting, dedicated, devoted personality and the soul.
      Thus a greater triangle is established: soul, head and heart.
      Visualize these triangles as relating and focusing your consciousness as far as may be in the head, midway between the soul and the heart center up the spine - and therefore using as that midway point the heart center in the head. Avoid concentrating upon location. Just imagine the point of attainment as that of the Diadem.
  2. Then reflect quietly upon the directive power of the soul:
    1. Working within the symbolic "diadem of attainment."
    2. Using the impelling "eye of the soul" as a directing agent, i.e., the ajna center, or the center between the eyebrows. [479]
    3. Then say the following words with full intent: "May that soul of mine whose nature is love and wisdom direct events, impel to action, and guide my every word and deed."

Stage II. The Robe of Rose.

  1. The next undertaking is a conscious establishing of relation with others through:
    1. The focusing of the power or energy of devotion within yourself so that it becomes:
      1. A radiation affecting others.
      2. An attractive force relating them to you as their temporary source of spiritual light.
      3. A magnetic influence, stimulating a new activity of their soul in connection with their personalities.
    2. An act of service, wherein you flood the personalities of those you are seeking to help, with the pure rose color (most carefully visualized by you) of spiritual devotion. This stream of warm rose and radiating light will esoterically drive them in devotion to their own souls and will not attract them to you - a thing which is never desirable.
  2. Then say with all the outpouring love of which you will increasingly find yourself capable:
    "Let the love of the soul attract and the light of the
    soul direct all whom I seek to help.
    Thus will humanity be saved by me and all affiliated with the Hierarchy."

Stage III. The Sandals on the Feet.

  1. Reflect more now in relation to yourself, and ponder upon the Path in three ways:
    1. The Path which you have traveled to my Ashram. This will involve the Past.
    2. The Path of Service which you seek to travel now, moving freely in and out of my Ashram. This involves the Present.
    3. The Path of Initiation for which you are being [480] prepared. This involves the Future - your future and its goal. You begin to realize yourself as a pledged, devoted servant.
  2. Then in your own words, and aloud, you will dedicate yourself in a threefold manner to an increased conscious activity as an accepted disciple.
  3. Seek now - definitely and quietly and with a spirit of waiting anticipation - to contact me, your Master and your friend. Expect results, though not at the time you anticipate.

Sound the OM softly seven times.

May peace and courage abide with you, my brother.

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