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Discipleship in the New Age II - Personal Instructions to Disciples - I.A.P.
November 1948

MY BROTHER OF LONG STANDING:

It had not been my intention to send you a communication, since the personal communications have been largely discontinued. I am, however, prompted to do so today because as I contacted you in my thought life this morning, I decided that a word from me and the touch of my hand [510] (symbolically speaking) would give you strength and comfort.

There comes a time in the training of any disciple when he must stand alone and feel sometimes that he has been deserted by his Master and by the other members of the Ashram. It is the higher and occult correspondence of the mystical experience of the true mystic and to which he has given the name of "the dark night of the soul." All this is nevertheless only a part of the great illusion and has to be overcome and dissipated. When this victory has been achieved and there has been evidenced the willingness to work alone and apparently with no ashramic direction - except a general knowledge of the Plan - then the disciple has demonstrated that he can be trusted; he becomes available for a higher rating and more responsibility can be placed upon him - if not in this life then in the next.

You are not young, my brother, but you can have the rare joy of looking back (when the time comes to pass through the Portal into clearer light and life and know) to know that you have served and helped thousands, through the radio and through the translated material of the teaching I have tried to give; what you have sown has not fallen on sterile ground. This remains true, even if you do not register the fact. Since first you responded to my vibration, you have not turned back; this has been recorded and recognized by us.

Praise and commendation is an unusual line for me to take but a disciple has to learn to respond correctly to that as well as to correction. You have earned commendation and we withhold from no one their just due.

Go forward, my brother. These are troubled times, and steady centers of light in every land are sorely needed.

May the strength of your own soul and the knowledge that your place in the Ashram is secure enable you to complete the work which you have begun.

NOTE: This disciple has persisted faithfully to serve as a steady center of light, and in September, 1951, he passed into clearer light and life in the inner Ashram. [511]

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