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Discipleship in the New Age II - Personal Instructions to Disciples - D.H.B.
August 1946


I approach you today with such complete understanding that I believe you will immediately recognize its reality. My last instruction to you is distant and remote in its implications, and you are today wondering if I meant all that I said there and if your spiritual status is as I stated. It most certainly is, and on that statement I would have you take your stand. Will you understand me if I say that one of the guarantees to you of the truth of the past instruction is that this instruction will be relatively short? The last instruction was the important one. In that instruction I emphasized two things:

  1. That you were at the point in evolution where a definite rapport with the Christ was possible.
  2. That you were in process of preparation for taking a certain important initiation (as, my brother, are several of this group).

Your reaction to this was normal - as far as your human nature was concerned - but distinctly undesirable. It evoked in you a realization that was false in many ways, but you have often been susceptible to glamor; you felt that your status was ahead of the majority of your brothers and that (because of this) you had specialized work to do for me. You took the position that, in the eventuality of A.A.B.'s passing over, you were slated to take her place as far as this group is concerned. You gave that impression to some of the group members you met last year and you gave that impression to A.A.B. She was deeply concerned over this, for she has for [673] you a very deep love and understanding as well as a clear perception of your status as a disciple.

Since that time you have yourself been inwardly disturbed, because you are fundamentally sound and correct in your reactions; for this reason I would ask you to forget all this past history and any past reactions to glamor, and to regard the present as the only factor of importance.

The new seed group is discontinued. My contact with you and with some other members of the group is exoterically not disturbed, and therefore (as long as A.A.B. is alive in the physical sense) you may, at intervals, hear from me. Subjectively, you are ever in touch, as is F.B. and three or four others in the group. The rest of the group members are linked with the Ashram, and therefore with myself, and because time is of no account esoterically, their relation remains unimpaired and is preserved intact over whatever years are necessary to re-establish their occult obedience or their true interest.

You need to bear in mind, my brother, that your second ray emphasis is, that of wisdom and not of love. Therefore the love quality is not so potent, and this presents difficulties to you of which you are curiously unaware. It is your task - at any cost - to develop the love quality. The wisdom attitude makes you hard, and you have not yet balanced it - in intensity - by the love quality. This hardness you must transmute on a large and general scale. You can transmute for individuals you love or for whom you feel a sense of responsibility. It is this quality of love which you must develop before you see the Christ - not simply as an initiate taking an initiation, but as a disciple warranting his attention. You see now the purpose of my remarks in an earlier instruction? Today, few disciples realize that the Christ has two relationships to them: that of initiation, and another - far rarer - that of One whom they may consult in connection with their work. This permission to approach is only accorded when love and wisdom are balanced and equal. This is not so, in your case as yet, and I would have you bear this point in mind. Your personality ray is a serious handicap to you,  not [674] because of its developed aspect but because of its crystallized assurance aspect. A sixth ray personality is ever sure of his recognition of truth, and is consequently very easily glamored, and when this is coupled (as in your case) with a first ray astral body, the difficulty which confronts you as a disciple is very great.

Therefore, brother of mine, your immediate problem is one of glamor, plus a feeling of distress because you know that A.A.B. and I have recognized this glamor. We have, but may I assure you that it makes no difference in our understanding, love and appreciation of you. It may be a long time since I, personally, was overcome by glamor, and it may be a short time since A.A.B. succumbed, but neither of us has forgotten the difficulties encountered or lost our horror of glamor; we are therefore not critical, and upon that fact rest back.

May I recall to you an instruction I gave you in 1938 upon indifference? Ponder upon it again.

Go ahead, brother of mine, in our service. Every contact has its unrealized importance; give of yourself, therefore, and not only through others. You can induce others to work, but give of yourself and see (as far as is possible and common sense dictates) everyone who seeks to contact you, and this with love and willing understanding. This is hard for you, but it is essential for the development of that loving understanding which is the complement of wisdom. F.C.D. needs to develop wisdom as the complement of love.

As regards your meditation during future years, build up its structure yourself, laying emphasis upon three points: the Christ, the need for the balancing factor of love, and outgoing service. I give you no outline. You have outgrown that technique and are capable - as a soul - of formulating your own.

Above all else, curb your critical mind and cease all harsh judgments. When in difficulty, go or write to A.A.B. She knows from wide experience, and she understands.

You will again hear from me, either through A.A.B. or through the medium of your own soul. [675]

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