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Discipleship in the New Age I - The Six Stages of Discipleship - Part V
Each Master has reached the point where the vision is clear to him; this is part of the reward accorded to the initiate. He identifies himself with it, coloring it necessarily, richly and helpfully with his ray "apprehension," and interpreting it in terms of his contribution to the whole. Therein lies the secret of the inevitable and the unhinderable (is there such a word, brother of mine?) success of the vision as it is materialized through the combined efforts of the Hierarchy, conditioned in time and space by some Master or group of Masters, working on some one ray or rays. In the early days of the present cycle of hierarchical effort (between 1925 and 1936), the ray at work upon humanity was the first ray. The activity of this ray culminated in the declaration of war by Great Britain in 1939, when the destructive force of that ray - misapplied and misdirected - led Germany to invade Poland. In 1932, the influence of the second ray began to assert itself and will continue to do so until 1945 when the seventh ray will swing slowly into activity. You will then have three rays producing simultaneous effects upon mankind:
  1. The first Ray of Will or Power, expending its force.
  2. The second Ray of Love-wisdom, reaching its meridian and holding the center of the stage until 1957.
  3. The seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order, coming into activity in combination with the other two - the will-to-love and the will-to-order - producing beauty out of the present chaos.

The disciples, therefore, of the Master Morya, of the Master Kut Humi and of the Master Rakoczi are reaching out towards a period of the intensest activity. The destiny of the world lies in the hands of their three groups of initiated disciples; with them, the accepted disciples of the three groups are asked to cooperate and this offers opportunity to many everywhere. As they seek to vision the Plan, to cooperate with the three Masters and their initiate groups, their opportunity will emerge. This triangle of energy is held responsible by the great Leaders in Shamballa for the regularizing of world affairs. More than this it is not necessary for humanity to know.

Forget not, an Ashram is a vortex of force and a center of energy - a center through   which both force and energy flow in [731] order that the vision may be materialized. This force and energy is, in the last analysis, directed by a Master, by a group of three senior initiates and by another group of lesser initiates, thus representing (in each Ashram) a miniature of the planetary government. These step down the inflowing energy so that accepted disciples can handle it safely and act as distributing agents. The energy with which the Masters work comes from Shamballa; the forces with which they work are provided from within the Hierarchy itself, and just in so far as the accepted disciples react to the combined forces will it be possible for them to be used in service. In other words: the initiated disciples in a Master's group focus the inflowing energies; the accepted disciples, through the medium of their souls, focus the force which the Master directs outward into the world of men in conformity with the Plan of the Hierarchy, working in accordance with the revelation, coming from Shamballa.

Initiated disciples have no interest in anything but the vision, the Plan and its direction and materializing upon earth. Accepted disciples are learning this and in the meantime have to react to the vision in what I might call a second hand manner; they are occupied with the Plan and with the distribution of the forces which will materialize it. Thus the entire activity of the Ashram is coordinated. Newly accepted disciples (who are only learning to cooperate) are valuable as "agents for experiment." According to their reaction to the imparted truths and Plan, according to their ability to sense the need and to bring the need and the medium of release into relation and according to their capacity to work with the world disciples (who are definitely responsible to the Master of the Ashram for some aspect of the Plan) will be the success of the effort in the outer world.

Thus again the concept of the "Hierarchy of Relationship" is brought to your attention. In these days of world strife, it is this bringing about of right relations which presents the key to the immediate aspect of the vision which must be precipitated upon our planet. Therefore, an Ashram is a center wherein relationship is tried out.

One simple question arises here: How can right relations be established upon earth if the accepted disciples in a Master's [732] group are themselves unable to react to the idea and to preserve, among themselves, right relations, correctly, unanimously and unerringly? What hope is there for the outer world if the inner circle of workers (pledged disciples) are unable to establish and hold among themselves these right relations. At this time, the problem is threefold. These right relations must be fostered between:

  1. Accepted disciples, initiate disciples and the Master.
  2. Between the members of an Ashram and other Ashrams.
  3. Between these Ashrams and the outer world.

The Master of an Ashram and the senior initiates in his group are responsible for the relation between Shamballa and the Hierarchy. Accepted disciples and the lesser initiates are responsible for the relation between the Hierarchy and Humanity. Thus the great chain of the Hierarchy of Being is preserved inviolate.

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