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Discipleship in the New Age I - Foreword
The work with this particular group began twelve years ago. Each person's instructions are given in their ordered sequence, year by year, so that a real picture of the person concerned, of his problems and his achievement or lack of achievement, emerges clearly. This book is encouraging in that it offsets the idea that to be a pledged disciple one is, therefore, set apart by perfection of character and isolated by the aspiration which inspires the life. These are people with problems, struggling to solve them; with character limitations which they are endeavoring to overcome; they are true instances of any man or woman who turns his back upon the usual approach to the world of material affairs and takes up his cross in order to find his way back to the Father's home; they picture for us the man who, having "put his hand to the plow," turns not back but presses forward "towards the prize of his high calling in Christ."

Some of these people have worked as students in the Arcane School; others have never done so; still others (when they heard of the school through their affiliation with the Tibetan) worked in it in order to help the students. Their names will not be divulged. The initials at the head of the various instructions and the dates assigned carry no information; the [XIII] instructions were probably not received on the dates given and the initials are none of them correct. No information will be given by any of us who know the relation between the initials and the disciple. Questions as to identity will not be answered at any time. It is the subject matter of the teaching which is of importance and not the name of the disciple for what is said is applicable to all aspirants.

One other reason might be mentioned here as indicative of the value of this book. In every case, the disciple is told what are the types of energy to which he most easily responds and upon which ray or divine emanation he finds himself. He, therefore, becomes aware of what constitutes his line of least resistance and where the major point of his life conflict is to be found.

We are taught in the esoteric philosophy that seven great divine Emanations, Aeons or Spirits (in whom we live and move and have our being) came forth from God at the time of the Creation. The same teaching can also be traced in the Holy Bible. Upon one or other of these seven Rays, the souls of all forms of life are to be found as well as the forms themselves. These seven rays produce the seven major psychological types. These seven rays or emanations are:

  1. The first Ray of Will or Power. Many great world rulers are found on this ray, such as Julius Caesar.
  2. The second Ray of Love-Wisdom. The Christ and the Buddha are to be found on this ray. It is the great teaching ray.
  3. The third Ray of Active Intelligence. The mass of intelligent humanity are found on this ray.
  4. The fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict. Aspirants. Struggling, well-meaning people. Workers for unity emerge along this line.
  5. The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science. Scientists and people who are purely mental and governed only by the mind.
  6. The sixth Ray of Devotion or Idealism. Many Christian people. Fanatics. Numbers of earnest Churchmen of all the world religions. [XIV]
  7. The seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order or Magic. Masons. Financiers. Great businessmen and organizers of all kinds. Executives are found with these energies in their equipment.
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