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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - I.A.P.
To  I. A. P.

June 1938

BROTHER OF OLD:

The last few years have been for you years of strenuous activity and service, of personal discipline and difficulty and of hard work, accompanied by much external and interior upheaval. This you realize. It may be of some help and comfort to you if you realize also that this is known on the inner side and that none of it has been lost motion or waste of time. It has been for you a time of release and of liberation, little as you may grasp this fact.

Since 1917, I have watched your progress and your work. This will indicate to you how slowly we, who seek to help and guide our chelas, work. But it is by standing alone that all disciples grow and by feeling their way and discovering their own peculiar line of approach to the center from which light streams out, and also by responding steadily and in realized loneliness to the call of duty and service. Now, however, the time has come when you can work with clearer vision, with a closer cooperation with and from the inner Center and with less loneliness. You have now become a part of my group of disciples and these, a chosen band of brothers, are standing by you; I, too, seek definitely to make myself known to you and to draw closer to you in helpfulness and understanding. My Ashram and those of you who are being affiliated with it are becoming closely connected and esoterically form one group.

I would ask you to realize that in this work which we are planning to do together, we work with complete and open frankness, seeking to hide nothing from each other. We will [187] bring into the open the successes, the failures and the weaknesses and look at them together in the clear light which comes from the Center and in each other's presence. Such is the method of the New Age groups. The utmost impartial impersonality is our goal, for such an attitude sets us free for deepened service.

I am communicating with you, my brother, as with a trained worker and as one who has proven his willingness and his ability to serve and to make sacrifices for his fellowmen. Our objective is to function as a group, pledged to a united service in which all personalities are submerged and only the light of the soul shines forth.. In that light, you will see light on your problems, both individual problems and those arising in connection with the group or in your chosen field of service. Two things I would like, however, to bring to your attention at this time and only two:

First, that as you work and serve and strive to train yourself, you must learn to "go out" more definitely to others, offering them the opportunity to serve and help in the work you are endeavoring to do, no matter how inexperienced they may be or how full of faults. Ponder on this and seek to work our way, for this is ever what we, the teachers and guides on the inner side, have to do. We offered you opportunity and you must also offer opportunity to others.

Secondly, be not weighed down or over-distressed by the weight of the ignorance and the lack of development of the masses whom you see around you. The psychic atmosphere of the countries in which you work is peculiar and most difficult for the disciples who are working in connection with us, the workers in the Great White Lodge. It is easier for chelas who work in connection with the Brotherhood ( a branch of our activities) . Such chelas do not, however, work with the intelligentsia or with the pioneers of the race or with the thinking aspirants. They work with the quality of spiritual aspiration to be found in the herd, in the mass, and not with or in the individual. They do not work with the type of person whom you can reach. I mention this because I know well the deep discouragement which can assail you as you react to the massed psychic impression. Release yourself from [188] it in the assurance that the Great White Lodge is working for the aspirants and that the....... Brotherhood is working with the illiterate and ignorant masses. It is one work but delegated to different groups who work in the closest possible association.

I am assigning you no special work at this time, for your time is fully occupied in service. I suggest a meditation to you...

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