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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter VIII - Access to the Masters via Meditation
September 17th, 1920

...The subject that we have for the past few days been studying, though not so technical as some of the earlier imparted data, yet carries with it a vibration that will make this eighth letter one of those with the most potent appeals in the series. We have dealt with the facts as to the Masters and Who They are, and Their place in the scheme of things, and we have touched briefly upon what access to a Master entails from the standpoint of a pupil. We have seen that that access is a gradual process and carries a man from an occasional outer contact with [274] a Master and His group to a position of the closest intimacy, and to an attitude that places the pupil within the aura and close to the heart of his Teacher. Today we will consider for a while what this gradual changing of position has entailed on the part of the Master and what it has necessitated on His side.

The Relationship of Master and Pupil

As you have frequently been told, the attention of a Master is attracted to a man by the brilliance of the indwelling light. When that light has reached a certain intensity, when the bodies are composed of a certain grade of matter, when the aura has attained a certain hue and when the vibration has reached a specific rate and measure, and when a man's life commences to sound occultly in the three worlds (which sound is to be heard through the life of service), some one particular Master begins to test him out by the application of some higher vibration, and by the study of his reaction to that vibration. The choice of a pupil by a Master is governed by past karma and by old , by the ray on which they both may be found, and by the need of the hour. The Master's work (as much of it as may wisely be made exoteric) is varied and interesting, and is based on a scientific comprehension of human nature. What is it that a Master has to do with a pupil? By enumerating the chief things to be done we may get some idea of the scope of His work:

  • He has to accustom the pupil to raise his rate of vibration till he can continuously carry a high one, and then assist him until that high vibration becomes the stable measure of the pupil's bodies.
  • He has to assist the pupil to effect the transfer of polarization from the lower three atoms of the Personality to the higher ones of the Spiritual Triad. [275]
  • He has to watch over the work accomplished by the pupil whilst making the channel between higher and lower mind, whilst he builds and employs this channel (the antahkarana). This channel eventually supersedes the causal body as a means of communication between the higher and the lower. The causal body is itself eventually done away with when the pupil takes the fourth initiation and can freely create his own body of manifestation.
  • He definitely assists at the vivification of the various centers and their correct awakening, and He later aids the pupil to work consciously through those centers, and to carry the circulating fire in right geometrical progression from the base of the spine to the head center.
  • He superintends the work of the pupil on different planes and makes records of the extent of the work accomplished, and the far-reaching effect of the spoken word as enunciated by the pupil. This is (putting it occultly) the effect on the inner planes of the note of the pupil's exoteric life.
  • He enlarges the consciousness of the pupil in various ways, and develops his capacity to include and contact other rates of vibration than the human, to understand the consciousness of other evolutions than the human, and move with facility in other spheres than the earth sphere.
  • His immediate goal in working with the pupil is to prepare him for the first initiation. This takes place when the capacity of the pupil to hold a certain rate of vibration for a specific length of time is developed, the length of time being that wherein he must stand before the Lord of the first two initiations. This is accomplished by a gradual raising of the vibration at few and stated intervals, and later more frequently, until the pupil can vibrate with greater ease and comfort to the vibration of his Master, and can hold the vibration for an ever [276] increasing length of time. When he can hold it for this period (the length of which is of course one of the secrets of the first initiation) he is subjected to the application of a still higher vibration which - when held - will enable him to stand before the Great Lord for a length of time sufficient to permit of the initiation ceremony. The application then of the Rod of Initiation effects something that stabilizes vibration, and makes it easier to progress in the task of vibrating to the higher measure of the subtler planes.
  • He develops the capacity of the pupil to work in group formation. He studies his action and interaction on his own affiliated group. He works with the pupil's causal body and its expansion and development, and teaches the pupil to understand the law of his own being and through that understanding brings him to a comprehension of the macrocosm.

Now all these various aspects of the Master's work (and these are but a few of the points which might be considered) might be dealt with at length and would prove of illuminating interest to the reader. All the above paragraphs could be extended and prove of exceeding interest. But the main point I seek to make here is in connection with the earlier stages of this work, before the pupil is admitted into the later stages of close intimacy with his Master. The Master during this period works with his disciple principally:

  1. At night, when he is out of the physical body.
  2. During the periods when the disciple is meditating.

According to the success of the meditation, according to the ability of the student to shut off the lower and contact the higher, so will come the opportunity of the Master to accomplish successfully the scientific definite work that [277] needs His attention. Students of meditation would be astounded and perhaps discouraged, could they realize how seldom they provide the right conditions through meditation which will enable their watching Teacher to bring about certain effects. By the frequency of the student's ability to do this comes indication of progress, and the possibility of carrying him on another step. Emphasize this point in teaching, for it carries with it an incentive to greater diligence and application. If the pupil himself on his side provides not the just conditions, the Master's hands are tied and He can do but little. Self-effort is the key to progress, coupled to conscious comprehending application to the work laid down. When that effort is made with perseverance, then comes the opportunity of the Master to carry out His side of the work.

As the pupil meditates with occult accuracy be brings his three lower bodies into alignment and - with emphasis I reiterate - only as alignment is effected is the Master able to work with the bodies of the pupil. If naught else is effected by the publication of these letters except the intensification of the desire to meditate with correctness, the object in view will be largely attained. In that effort the right conditions between pupil and Master, and a correct interrelation will be brought about. Meditation provides these conditions, when rightly followed. It prepares the field for labor and for work.

Let us briefly consider the various periods as enumerated yesterday when considering the pupil's relationship to a Master.

In the period when the man is under probation and supervision... he is left almost entirely to Himself and is only conscious of the attention of the Master at rare and irregular intervals. His physical brain is not often receptive to the higher contact, and though his Ego [278] is fully aware of his position on the Path, not yet is the physical brain in a condition to know. But on this point no hard and fast rule can be laid down. When a man has been for several lives making contacts with his Ego or with his Master he may be aware of it. Individuals differ so much that no universal rule in detail can be formulated. As you know, the Master makes a small image of the probationer, which image is stored in certain subterranean centers in the Himalayas. The image is magnetically linked with the probationer, and shews all the fluctuations of his nature. Being composed of emotion and mental matter it pulsates with every vibration of those bodies. It shews their predominating hues, and by studying it the Master can rapidly gauge the progress made and judge when the probationer may be admitted into a closer relationship. The Master views the image at stated intervals, rarely at first, as the progress made in the beginning stages is not so rapid, but with ever increasing frequency as the student of meditation comprehends more readily and more consciously cooperates. The Master when inspecting the images works with them, and through their means effects certain results. Just as later the Rod of Initiation is applied to the bodies and centers of the initiate, so at certain times the Master applies certain contacts to the images and via them stimulates the bodies of the pupil.

A time comes when the Master sees, from His inspection of the image, that the needed rate of vibration can be held, that the required eliminations have been made, and a certain depth of color, attained. He can then take the risk (for risk it is) and admit the probationer within the periphery of His own aura. He becomes then an accepted disciple. [279]

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