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

I do not intend to continue giving you only reiterated advice upon the treading of the Path of Discipleship. You are adult men and women and know the Way. The practical application of the ancient Rules is your personal responsibility. What you do is your own affair. You have reached maturity and should be ready for the next step. That step will be taken when you have transmuted knowledge and theory into wisdom, practice and expression.

It is only in a spirit of real detachment that the best work of a disciple is done. The disciple comes to realize that because of this detachment he is (for the remainder of his life) simply a worker - one of a great army of hierarchical workers - with supposedly no personality inclinations, objectives, or wishes. There is for him nothing but constant work and constant association with other people. He may be a naturally isolated person, with a deep craving for solitude but that matters not. It is the penalty he must pay for the opportunity to meet the need of the hour. The hardest organized push of the Hierarchy is now taking place and its objective is to offset the tendency of the race to crystallize into separateness, for separation is the line of least resistance to people and nations at this time. Hence the formation of these working groups of disciples, giving an expression of group work and group cohesion and of non-separativeness.

A few - relatively a very few - of the disciples and intuitives of the world today are standing together in a twofold activity: one activity is to sense and touch with greater accuracy the steadily unfolding subjective plan; the other is to speak and teach with greater clarity and to choose with wiser exactitude the right words (written and spoken) by which to express the truth. The presentation of the sensed realities will then lead the thinking people of the world to arrest their present trend of thought and to cooperate more fully and freely in the enlightenment of the world. I use the word "enlightenment" in its occult sense. The full measure of what can be done depends (as far as the individual disciple is concerned) upon his inner power to live [56] each day as a soul - free from fear, free from self-consciousness and free from those reactions which stir the astral or emotional body into organized activity, based on ancient habits. For the disciple and for the success of his work, an astral body of stillness and of acquiescence, sensitive to impressions from the soul and from the Master, and reflecting the vision with as much purity of outline as may be possible, is the goal. It should be remembered that when the disciple is fully occupied in living the life of service on all three planes, there is little that can be said or should be said to him. But a thought may be of aid.

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