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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - L.T.S-K.
July 1933


The way of the aspirant climaxes at times, and might be, described as a series of steady growth cycles, accentuated at intervals by definite periods of forced development wherein one limitation after another is forcibly removed, by you yourself. All limitations and hindrances have to go. You have for years been like a man standing in a room with his back to the window - a window that so sadly needed cleaning that the light in the room was dim and only partially diffused.

You are today like a man who has turned around and walked over to the window, and then has cleaned a small circle through which you look. You can see that which is around much more clearly. The room is better lighted, and you are now more clearly aware of what you need to do for yourself and the room. This is much, my brother, for you have done it all within the last twelve months. Before that time your accomplishment seemed doubtful, not from bad intent but because you had become accustomed to your position and attitude and to the room in which you lived. Your knowledge of what lay outside was theoretical but not of a practical nature.

A brief period of time remains in which to finish cleaning the window and illumining the room, thereby associating yourself with the life outside the window. I believe you can do it if you desire nothing for the separated self; if you train yourself to see things and, above all, people as they are and in a true perspective. People are not what you want them to be and they live also in rooms with darkened windows. When you look through the window there is nothing to be seen as it really is. All is distorted. Your problem is the problem of understanding the glamor and illusion in which you perforce have to live, and so to work through the glamor that you can see life truly. [599]

Be not in any way discouraged, brother of old, if you find the upward way stiff and hard to climb. You are in good company and are not alone. Out of the present situation, true wisdom is born. Before the full light of the sun can shine at the time of dawn, there has to be the dissipation of the mist - a mist which distorts and hides. This is done not by any function of the mist itself, but by the growth in power of the rays of the rising sun. Therefore, for you there must be the steady growth of the light of your own soul, fostered by meditation, expressed in selfless service, and increasing in radiance through the intensification of your soul's life. Live, therefore, as a soul and forget the personality. Give not so much time to the consideration of the faults and mistakes of the past. Self-depreciation is not necessarily a sign of spiritual growth. It is often the first result of a soul contact and means the revelation of personality limitations covering many years. That has a temporary value, provided you again turn your eyes to the soul. Forgetting the things that lie behind let the light of your soul lead you where it will. Be, as I have told another of my disciples in the group, the sannyasin - living in the world of men, yet having your interests in the world where the Great Ones work. You are not alone. You have found your own company of souls. You are not walking in the dark, for there is a light upon your way. Stay within the radius of that light and wander not down the accustomed byways. These words may sound to those who read them platitudes, applicable to anyone. You yourself know, however, how intensely applicable they are to you.

You can resume the study of my instructions and writings, but must preserve a balanced attitude. There are other things to be done than simply to be a devotee of the Tibetan brother. Follow the meditation I here give you...

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