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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - D.H.B.
To  D. H. B.

January 1934


This is my first instruction to you. I gave it not to you earlier than this because I was testing out your motive and your ability to work without attention from me. It is the sign of real discipleship when a man works alone and apparently unaided and seeks not to intrude his small affairs into the consciousness of his Master, realizing, as he does, the pressure of work upon the Great Ones. Those of us who prepare chelas for conscious discipleship, test and try them out in this connection. I had not forgotten that you have worked for six months without any personal word. Today I seek to assign your work and to establish a closer rapport between you and myself.

You are in a position, my brother, both from karma and the present world condition, to be able to give considerable time to the service of your fellow men and to the helping of aspirants in your environment. This gives to you the opportunity of utilizing, all the powers you have of mind and of sensitivity, but this necessarily brings its own problems and difficulties. One of the first lessons every chela has to learn is the growth of that [417] inner detachment which will enable him to merge himself in the consciousness of his brother and so know and ascertain the best way to help him and stimulate him to renewed self-effort. He needs also to cultivate that true humility which will force him to give all he has in selfless service, and then to forget that he has thus given of himself. He must have no thought of himself as a factor in the case. Only when detachment and humility are present can a disciple really serve. Cultivate, therefore, these qualities and continue the giving of yourself in service.

These are two of the keynotes which are specially yours, and these qualities should be built into the very fabric of your life with the strictest attention. Your third keynote is being. Learn to stand in spiritual being, remembering ever that to be is a greater realization than to know or to act. The constant steady effort to dwell in the Secret Place of your own soul and from thence to go forth into the world of men, pouring forth love and understanding, should be your prime endeavor.

Also, my brother, work not under strain or with effort. Bring ease and effortless expression into your daily relations. You will understand to what I refer. The physical body is not too strong, and if there is any sense of drive or of pressure, your work and service will suffer. Conservation of energy and increased inner work will produce a greater magnetic realization but less physical plane activity. This is for you the part of wisdom. Handle what you have to do more through meditation; see people and talk to them as heretofore but reduce somewhat the time given to each. Intensive spiritual radiation and loving understanding will do more true good than long hours of talk. See as many people but give them less time, not from a sense of hurry but in order to do better and more intensive work.

My word for you is: Work more in the light and see all people as in that light with you. All that any disciple or aspirant has to do in relation to his fellow men is to stimulate the light that is in them, leaving them free to walk in their own light and way upon the Path.

As regards your meditation, I would like to suggest that you reduce the time period of your meditation work but increase the intensity of your focus. For six months I would like to see [418] you do a rapid and intense meditation, and evidence a one-pointed driving forward to a quick alignment and entering into the light.

As regards the rest of your work, conform to group requirements and remember that rapid intense work is for you the indicated method during the coming six months' period.

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