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Discipleship in the New Age I - Talks to Disciples - Part II
PART II

The question might here be asked: How can this work out practically in a group of disciples - all of them individuals but all sincerely anxious to cooperate and aid in this work? Let me try and give a clear reply.

You have undertaken voluntarily to work together when proffered the opportunity by me. You are aiming towards a group solidarity which will be based upon the fact of your being souls. This should eventually manifest itself subjectively and essentially in the form of a group telepathic inter-communication, as group understanding also of each other's problems and difficulties and, therefore, as a group opportunity to aid and help one another. This helping should not and must not come through personality effort or contact, or through the stating of problems related to circumstance and character, or through the tendering of advice and suggestion. We deal not with personalities in connection with each other in a Master's group. At the same time, it should be possible for each of you to learn to strengthen and aid each other, avoiding always any intrusion of the personality. You can each learn to transmit your soul ray quality to a fellow disciple, stimulating him to greater courage, to finer purity of motive and to deeper love, yet avoiding the vitalization of his personality characteristics. You should learn always to think of each other as souls and not as limited human beings. [13]

We have, therefore, the following three objectives before us:

  1. Group unity... through thought, exoteric knowledge of each other and a constant sending forth of love.
  2. Group meditation... as a group of contemplative, thus rooting this group within the kingdom of the soul and strengthening all the individuals involved.
  3. Group activity... resulting in the aiding of each other in specific problems of character but not of circumstance. Ponder on this distinction, my brothers.

Later, when the group is really established, it should begin to function outwardly and its life should begin to make its presence felt. It should steadily tend to increase the spiritual potency of all groups with which the group members are related and with which they may be associated. I refer to all groups which belong to the New Age and are working along spiritual lines. The eventual effect will be along the line of healing the various ills of mankind - physical, mental, psychological and emotional.

There are certain simple but definite rules which should govern the interior spiritual life of neophytes in training for the various stages of discipleship. Let me here outline to you my suggestions for this simple and immediate work.

First of all, all disciples practice regular and daily meditation. These meditations are each individually suited to the disciple concerned and vary according to ray, point in evolution and the stage of discipleship which is the immediate objective. These cannot be given here. These meditations will be given to you as suggestions for your use and acceptance. Endeavor at some stage in your meditation to link up with me but let this linking up take place after you have worked at and brought about an alignment with your soul. The reason that it is essential that you link up after alignment is that you can then avoid the glamors and the illusions of the astral plane whereon thought-forms and masquerading entities personalize the teachers and the Masters and do so in their myriads. Add also to your meditation a short period wherein you will try and link up with your co-disciples, sending them love, soul force, and help. [14]

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