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|Discipleship in the New Age II - Personal Instructions to Disciples - D.H.B.|
MY FRIEND AND CO-DISCIPLE:
I would have you note this mode of address. That we are friends you have known for many years. That we are co-disciples may be, as yet, a somewhat new idea. As a wide generalization, the theory is accepted that all in or affiliated with the Hierarchy are disciples, and therefore in a close relation to each other. I am here, however, using these words in a new sense - new, I mean, to you.
There are within the ranks of disciples certain of them who have been singled out for a peculiar and particular relation to the Christ. Such a one is the Master K.H., who is slated (is that not the word I should use?) to fill higher office when the Christ moves on to other work than that of the World Teacher. I myself hold a similar position to the Master K.H. Through K.H. and through myself and through two other Masters, a number of disciples of high standing, and some neophytes or disciples of lesser rating, are upon the line of this contact or designated service. By the training given, these disciples of high or low degree (yet all accepted in the technical sense) are rendered singularly sensitive to the Christ force. Curiously enough, these particular disciples are selected to take this training because of their interest in esoteric values, and not because they possess a particularly loving nature, as might have been expected. They are usually on the wisdom aspect of the second ray and not on the love aspect.
The work which it is planned for them later to undertake will eventually prove so difficult that it is essential that they start with a strong bias towards wisdom. Contact with the "Ashrams of loving intent" (as certain Ashrams close to the aura or periphery of Shamballa are called) suffices later to evoke the love aspect in greater fullness, enabling the disciples, therefore, to present a balanced instrument to the Divine Organizer of their future work. Just what this work will be is not for me to say. It is connected with the training to be given neophytes and aspirants in the next race, where the  average aspirant to discipleship will be expected to be as intuitive and motivated by pure reason as the aspirant today has to be mental. Technically speaking, that means that the buddhic plane will be the focus or place of growth, and those who train disciples will work from the plane of atma or pure spiritual will, just as today they work from the plane of buddhi or of rational unity. Ponder on that last phrase.
The relation of the Christ to the entire Hierarchy is that of Supreme Master. His group of disciples includes all initiates over the third initiation. But through these initiates and certain of the Masters, and at their suggestion, he is slowly selecting a band of lesser disciples who can be trained for special work during the next two or three lives. Of these, you can be one. The first phase of the training given is to impose at least one life of most drastic discipline and difficult circumstances, not karmically ordained but of an educational and disciplinary nature. You have had two such lives and have consequently built up and established a persistent endurance and a trained response to events which is a guarantee to the watching Master that your stability is assured and immovable.
Much further training necessarily is demanded, but there is little that you can add to that already given during this life. The next life will see a continuance of the teaching. You can, however, develop within yourself a more conscious comprehension of the nature of "wise love." This is love free from emotion or devotion; it is love aware of the objects of love as they essentially are and a love which is able to see in character and temperament the working out of karma. It is difficult for even an advanced disciple at this time to comprehend the nature of man when he has dropped all physical conflict out of his conscious life experience and when the urge to combat (upon the physical plane) has faded completely out of the human consciousness. The field of battle then shifts to other realms of awareness, and the effect of this - within humanity as a whole - is the cause of the choosing of this special group through whom the problems emerging out of the changed conditions can be solved and handled.  Men will have to be trained for a state of discipleship even newer and different to the type which I have presented at this time and which intrinsically differs from that previously given.
One of the major needs in your nature is the evocation of a new and fiery incentive. For this reason, I have (as I seldom do) indicated the future ahead of you. You and F.C.D. are both numbered among the "friends of Christ," as this special group is called, and are upon a peculiar path of training. Step by step, the nature of this Path will be revealed to you, and, little by little, you will perceive the quality of the unfoldments which presented opportunity can give you.
Be not mistaken, my brother. This does not mean that in this present vehicle and with your present equipment you can contact the Master of all the Masters; nor does it mean that your advancement is ahead of that of your group brothers. There are those in this group and in my Ashram who are ahead of you, if such inexact terms can be used. The Christ, through your own Master and in no other way, knows you. Not yet can you know him. You can, however, ponder upon the significance of what I have said; you can learn to distinguish within yourself the dual aspects of your soul ray energy, love and wisdom; you can record when either of these two forces is functioning, and which one it is. A closer study of your five rays (literally only four) will aid you to do this, particularly as your seventh ray physical vehicle will greatly facilitate the process. This seventh ray is a ray of a dual activity, because through its means the energy of the soul and of the personality can be brought consciously into relation, and this more easily than on the other rays, once the disciple is freed from glamor. Thus there can be built a true expression of the life content - from the angle of a long soul experience. This may sound to you somewhat ambiguous, but the statement is by no means as vague as it appears. It should provide you with ideas for reflection.
For the remainder of your life twelve seed phrases can provide the theme of your recurrent meditation - either for a year of twelve months or for twelve years. The longer and  the more earnestly you reflect upon them, the richer will be your life expression, and that I know is what you yourself desire.
These phrases have a significance which is not immediately apparent; they are what I might be permitted to call "sparking" concepts, and they can be revolutionary in their effect, if you reflect upon them correctly and persistently. They are intended to make you responsive to the different currents of energy to which those who are to undergo a special training to fit them to form the special group of the "friends of Christ" must submit themselves. This right you have earned. It is my present task to aid you on this way of peculiar training.
Have you ever thought, my brother, that just as there is a discipline of pain and of sorrow, there may also be a discipline of joy and of achievement? This is a thought worthy of attention. Men need these days to learn this new truth, and its perception will greatly change human consciousness. That which is bliss is today here or on its way, and the disciples and aspirants of this present time must be taught how to recognize and implement it. Again - this is a right which you have definitely earned.
I shall be in touch with you, my brother. This instruction  is not long, but - coupled with that last given to you - it gives you a prospect of a possibility which should cheer you on your way. You can regard what I have told you as the reward of a life of patient endurance, of overcoming and of acceptance. It should also enable you to bring a fuller tide of loving understanding. You will thus enhance your usefulness.
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