|Personnel of the School
October 7th, 1920
We deal today with that portion of our third point in the letter on "Future
Schools of Meditation," which deals with the Personnel of the School.
This term includes both those who supervise and those who are under supervision, and
the subject is necessarily large. As said in the earlier parts of this letter, the schools
will be in two divisions wherever situated:
- A preparatory school for the earlier grades in occult instruction, and situated
preferably near some large expanse of water and near some central city.
- An advanced school for the later grades, which will definitely prepare the way for
initiation, and train pupils in occult lore.
As you will consequently see, the personnel of both schools will necessarily differ, as
will the curriculum. We will deal with each type of school separately, and lay down
certain fundamentals which must be looked for in instructors and instructed.
The Preparatory Occult School
This - to the outer world - may appear not so different from an ordinary college. The
differences will not be recognizable at first to the man of the world, though the
differences will be there, and will demonstrate themselves in the school work, to the
pupils, and on the inner planes. The fundamentals as regards the instructors are as
- The Head of the school will be an accepted disciple; it is essential that the Master,
Who is back of the work of any particular school, should be able at all times to tap the
consciousness of that school as focused through the disciple. This Head will be able to
act as a medium of communication between the students and the Master and as a focal point
for His force to flow through to them. He must be consciously able to function on the
astral plane at night and to bring the knowledge through to the physical brain, for part
of his work will be with students on the astral plane, guiding them to the Master's ashram
at certain intervals for specialized work. He will have to train them too in this
- Under him will work six instructors, of whom one at least must be a conscious
clairvoyant, and able to assist the Head with his information as to the auric development
of the students; he must be able to gauge the colors and expansion of the students'
vehicles, and cooperate with the Head in the work of expanding and attuning those
vehicles. These instructors must be on the Probationary Path and earnestly devoted to the
work of assisting evolution and devoted to the service of some one Master. They must and
will be carefully chosen so as to supplement and complement each other, and in the school
will form a miniature hierarchy, showing on the physical plane a tiny replica of the
occult prototype. As their work will be largely to develop the lower mind of the pupil and
to link it up with the higher consciousness, and as the focal point of their endeavor will
be the rapid building-in the causal body, they will be men of erudition, and of knowledge,
grounded in the knowledge of the Hall of Learning, and able to teach and to compete with
the trained teachers of the world universities. 
- In every college the work of these trained seven men will be aided by that of three
women chosen for their capacity to teach, for their intuitive development and for the
spiritual and devotional touch they will bring to the lives of the students. To these ten
teachers will be entrusted the work of grounding the students in the important essentials,
in superintending the acquirement of the rudiments of occult lore and science, and their
development in the higher psychism. These ten must be profound students of meditation, and
able to superintend and teach the pupils the rudiment of occult meditation, as taught, for
instance, in this book. Occult facts will be imparted to these pupils by them and the
basic laws that - in the advanced school - will be the subject of definite practice by the
would-be initiate. Exercises in telepathy, causal communication, reminiscence of work
undertaken during the hours of sleep, and the recovering of the memory of past lives,
through certain mental processes, will be taught by them, - themselves proficient in these
- As you will see here, all these teachers will be devoted to the definite training and
inner development of the threefold man.
- Under these will work various other teachers, who will superintend other departments of
the pupils' lives. Exoteric science will be taught and practiced by proficient teachers,
and the lower mind will be developed as much as possible, and kept in check by the other
ten teachers who watch over the proportional development, and the aptitude for correct
meditation of the student.
- Along with all this will be the life of world-service, rigidly demanded of each and
every pupil. This life of service will be carefully watched and recorded. One thing to be
noted here is that in this there will be no compulsion. The pupil will know what is
expected of him and what he  must do if he is to pass on to the more advanced
schools, and the school's charts (recording the condition of his vehicles, and his
progress and his capacity to serve) will all be available for his personal inspection,
though to no one else. He will know clearly where he stands, what he must do and what
remains to be done, and it rests then with him to aid the work by the closest
cooperation. A certain amount of care will be taken in the admittance of pupils to the
school, and this will obviate the necessity of later removal for inability or lack of
interest, but this I will deal with later, when taking up the grades and classes.
- You have, therefore, ten superintending teachers, composed of seven men and three women,
including a Head who is an accepted disciple. Under them will work a set of instructors
who will deal largely with the lower mind and in the emotional, physical and mental
equipping of the pupil, and his passing into the advanced school in a condition to profit
by the instructions there to be imparted. Here I would point out that I have planned out
the ideal, and pictured for you the school as it is hoped it will eventually be. But as in
all occult development, the beginning will be small and of little apparent importance.
Tomorrow we will take up the rules governing the admission of students and the
personnel of the more advanced school.