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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - H.S.D.
TO  H. S. D.

March 1934

Have you ever thought, my brother, how enthusiasm, being of an astral nature, can blur the vision? This is the first question which I seek to put before you as you join my group of disciples. The second question is: Are you willing to submit to as intensive a psychologising in your own case as that to which you seek to subject others? Your answer to both these questions will be, I know, in the affirmative, for of your intense sincerity and your one-pointed devotion there is never any question. I have sought to find an approach to you that will in no way be open to misinterpretation by your over-active, lower mind. I have asked myself the question: Can this brother be so trained that the field of subjective realization can take the place of exterior and objective analysis? In these words I give you a clue to your whole endeavor for your first year of work with me.

You have much to give this group of disciples but it is not that which you think you have to give. The thing of beauty and of wonder which is your real contribution lies as yet deeply hidden; only a close attention to my imparted instructions, a humble willingness to readjust your own preconceived ideal, will lead you into that lighted realm where the path of true service for you will appear. [572]

All groups of disciples, seeking to work together under the guidance of a Master, have their own peculiar problems. The formative first years hold in them those testing difficulties which will try the mettle of the group, and put the endurance and the faith of the group members to a more than adequate trial. Many among your co-disciples present peculiar difficulties to me - a teacher on the second ray - because of the powerful development of the critical faculty in some of the members. (NOTE: During this world crisis the Tibetan has been caring for the disciples in the groups of several other Masters so as to release these Masters for different and more important work. A.A.B.) From this critical attitude, one or two are singularly free; the rest of you are too prone to view things externally, from the angle of the outer detail and from the standpoint of the non-essential. This acts as a real deterrent to progress. I, therefore, beg you to reserve opinion as to my techniques and objectives until you know more about them! I ask you to subject that which I have to give you to due trial, and not to analysis, for at least one year.

First, brother of mine, let me readjust your ideas as to yourself. You are a sixth ray soul, functioning through a first ray personality. In telling you this, I indicate to you your group contribution and likewise your individual problem. Your personality polarization is predominantly mental. For you, one pointedness both in soul matters and personality relationships is the line of least resistance; you have a one-pointed approach to problems, conditions, and situations which in many cases constitutes a one-pointed attack. I say this not from a spirit of criticism, for it is the right use of this faculty and its reorientation which will land you before the Portal of Initiation. This I hold before you with deliberation and not as an inducement to progress or even as an encouragement but as a prophecy of a probability. You are on the Path of Discipleship. Opportunity stands before you and the Way can be trodden by you with assurance. Have no fears, my brother. Take your eyes off your personality with its dominating first ray will and your tendency to mental dominance (as you yourself have termed it) and focus your attention upon your soul problem which is to transfer your consciousness off the sixth [573] ray on to the second ray before any major initiation can take place.

My problem is, therefore, to aid you to do this - as easily and as intelligently as possible. The secret of success lies for you, in an effort to shift your focus of attention out of the head and into the heart. This, incidentally, may aid the head condition of which you complain. Your monadic ray is the second ray and hence your soul, being on a minor ray, must transfer to that line. As you know, the sequence of activity is ever the transfer of the fourth and sixth rays on to the second and the third, of the fifth and the seventh rays on to the first ray.

We will, therefore, begin with a meditation which should aid you in this shift of focus. Before giving it to you, may I ask you to eliminate out of your consciousness all elements of hurry and thus begin to deal with that excessive tension which wears out your physical body and makes your impact upon your co-disciples (whenever you contact them) so unduly forceful. There is no hurry. There is no need to emphasize speed in your life. Relaxation is for you a needed attribute, but it has to be achieved through an attitude of mind rather than through relaxation exercises; these are apt to focus the attention upon the physical body and produce - owing to your mental polarization - an increased inflow of energy. Energy follows thought. There is much time for growth both here and in other states of being. . . Carry forward your meditation in the heart and not in the head, watching carefully for any physiological effects of an undesirable nature; report them should any occur.

After the breathing exercise which I have given you, please do the following meditation work:

  1. Sound the Sacred Word, the O.M., audibly, breathing it forth from the head to the heart.
  2. Then visualize a golden sun, slowly rising above the horizon. See yourself standing before it and slowly being absorbed into its beams. Then imagine yourself acting as a lens or transmission point through which the "light of that radiant Sun which is the light of Love" may pour forth upon all whom you contact. [574]
  3. Meditate upon the following words:
    1st and 2nd months - The light of love.
    3rd and 4th months - The power of loving understanding.
  4. Insert at this point any intercessory work or service idealism which you may care to do.
  5. Close with a dedication of yourself and of all that you are and have, to the work of service and primarily to the service of the New Group of World Servers.

You will ask what your service is to be. That, my brother, will grow out of your meditation. It is not for me to tell you what activity your personality must follow; it is your own soul which must so do. Some of it you already know, and to that I may refer. As far as in you lies, stand firmly in your endeavor to aid the New Group of World Servers. That should be the prime effort for many years to come of all true aspirants in all esoteric schools. Their help is needed by us.

I give you no exercises to follow other than the outlined breathing exercise nor shall I deal specifically with your physical condition. The transfer of your focus out of the head into the heart is the best way to aid your general health and relieve the condition in the head which is causing you concern. Remember again that energy follows thought; this can have a bad effect, producing undue tension, or a good effect, producing a release of energy in various directions where it can best be of service. Remember also, that with you I must go slowly, both because of your inner psychological hurry and your outer tension. Study well the keynotes of your life; this will aid your soul growth, and lead to perseverance unto the end.

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