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Six Stages of Discipleship are vibrational realizations or 6 stages of vibrational sensitivity and attunement. The objectives for useful discipleship are:
Disciples are in service to the Plan. The Plan is the Purpose (Will) of the Logos which is to all humanity as fully developed Christ. They work entirely within the world of energy and forces and are primarily occupied with world affairs.
As a group, disciples are pledged to world work; as individuals, they are learning to work.
For deeper study, you can refer to the following references:
(Underlined references can be accessed via the web by clicking on the link)
Challenge for Discipleship Torkom Saraydarian
Science of Meditation Torkom Saraydarian
Subconscious Mind and the Chalice Torkon Saraydarian
Meditation and Correspondance CoursesSaraydarian University
Torkom Saraydarian Books/websiteWebsite / Bookstore
The Nature of the SoulLucille Cedercrans
Running Godís Plan Foster Bailey
Discipleship in the New Age I/IIDK / Alice Bailey
Occult MediationDK / Alice Bailey
Collected works of Dwal Khul (DK)DK / Alice Bailey
Table of contents
I. Summary *
Disciples are in a group or ashram because of similarity of ideas, even though they sense and express those ideas far less clearly than the Master. But their innate convictions are basically the same as their task is to discover the points of contact and to examine how they can contribute to the group goal. Behind this effort stand the Master - as an initiating and distributing center of power.
This study is concerning what the Master has to do not the disciple.Definitions Master's Group
The Master is in touch with aware of the disciple and he has definite contact with him. This relationship involves both the personality and the soul of the disciple.
Only the discipleís soul is a part of the ashram. The ashram contains members from the Master's group. Nothing of the personality is allowed to enter: no personality reactions, disabilities, limitations, lower thoughts and all that is connected with the lower self.
Ashram: is formed by those whose knowledge, devotion and service have worked there way out of the group into the inner center where the Master's energy, wisdom and efforts are more easily available. The work of integration and absorption lies with the ashram and not with the individual.
It is a subjective fusion of individuals and not of personalities, gathered together for service purposes. It is not a group of people, working under the tutelage of some Master. It is a magnetic point of tension, a fusion of energies directed toward a common center involving two magnetic factors:
1) A united urge towards group formation upon the mental plane.
2) The magnetic pull of the positive center (the Master) at the heart of the group.
An Ashram is:
An ashram is a Group laboratory of experimentation of occultism. It is not a group of people seeking spiritual realization but a center of group activity.
The Goal: To help all aspirants pass from the probationary path on to the Path of Accepted Discipleship and to serve as a point of spiritual tension so the disciples can go out and work in the world.
Right relations between all inner groups must be maintained and fostered.
The response of the material mechanism to its environing material world (physical, emotional, mental). It is the first call that leads a disciple to respond to a Master's call or note.
The capacity of the soul to register contact with the Hierarchy of which the soul is a part, just as in the body a man's mechanical. Instinctual responses, reactions and reflexes are in integral part of the material mechanism. Itís the intuition which illumines the mind.
The ability of the disciple to raise the conscious mind to contact the soul and evoke the intuition. When this is successfully done, the unison of the three factors takes place:Mental illumination, Soul impulse and Intuitive perception. This is the type of thought that is effective, can serve the Plan and is motivated by love.
Mind is the instrument of thought
The study of forces, their origin and effects.
The Ashram is the lab for this study.
A consciousness devoid of self interest and always preoccupied with the essentials of spiritual living.
To stimulate or offset the effects produced by the subconscious of humanity.
The stage wherein the individual consciously or unconsciously decides to step onto the path. He is seeking but he is still motivated by selfish desires. His consciousness is characterized by:
He is the Hall of Learning. He is conscious of duality and is his major lesson - decisions. His consciousness is characterized by:
The disciple contributes to the ashram by positively sensed intuitions and this definite soul impressions and impulses which the disciple may succeed in evoking through mediation and growing purity of intention.
Is to stimulate the disciple to be "at all times" what he is at his highest times.
The Etheric web is reorganized when the mind becomes the vehicle for soul life, love and light and the Etheric web is responsive to the inflow of the above three.
The Etheric body is a web of light energy, motivated by the type or quality of energy to which it responds.
The Etheric web galvanizes the automatic physical body into activity. The energies controlling the physical body via the Etheric web are the four mentioned above.
Disciples need most carefully to discriminate between their high grade personality inclinations, their responses to truth and ideals and their true soul reactions, spiritual wisdom and intuitive perception.
The Master visualizes, speaks and that which he seeks to create and to materialize (in line with the plan of the hierarchy) begins to take form. By the power of his focused and directed thought, he attracts to him those whoís type and of mind synchronizes with his, because of ray, karmic relationships, point of evolution and love for humanity.
Disciples need to learn the difference between effect (magnetic and dynamic) of the group and the conscious effort which the group may make under the direction of the Master. The outer events are predictable to a certain degree and are the precipitated effects of the hidden causes deep in the subconscious. These can be offset of stimulated (to a degree) by the group potency.
Introspection: This leads to the realization of the true persistent, inner level of consciousness.
Entrance into the Ashram requires the following:
Many leaders are more advanced than disciples. They are consciously or unconsciously under the impression of the Master; there is little that the average disciple can do for them in moulding their thought or in shaping their decisions.
The disciple shares all human tendencies, good and bad
The thing which he most despises and fears is the thing which exists most strongly in him, but which is yet unrecognized. He discovers that to know them is to overcome them and turn them into assets.
He recognizes the uselessness of past attitudes and dogmatic ways of looking at life and people, when they separate him from his fellowmen.
There is no process, training or technique that can be practiced to make you more sensitive. YOU ARE ALREADY SENSITIVE. Your attention is focused on outer matters, with form life and objective things. What you say to yourself and to others - through your spoken word and your life is so noisy that it is difficult to be "What You Are" and to be recognized as a spiritual being.
When you can get away from yourself and your personal reactions, your own interpretations, and your personal demands, you will discover for yourself how and in what manner the Master is seeking to impress you.
The following questions can be asked of yourself and/or used as seed thoughts for your meditation:
(Questions impel the questioner to the source (Soul) where question and answer are one.)
The following must be eradicated from the initiate before he becomes a part of the Ashram.
Eliminate the capacity to:
This can be dangerous as many leaders are far stronger than the average disciple.
The disciple has achieved a sufficient degree of personality integration that it attracts the attention of the soul.
The stage that the Master has reached; the consummation of the Aryan Consciousness (Third Initiation). Governed by the fifth ray and is a reflection of the "Will to Know".
The stage that the Soul identification and unity. Related to Atlantean Consciousness and is governed by the sixth ray - and is a reflection of the "Will to Love".
When the disciple know who he is; the stage that the disciple has reached - Related to the Lemurian Consciousness. Governed by the third ray and is a reflection of "Will to be"
Advanced disciple, though not yet an adept; is assigned by a Master to an aspirant.
At this stage the disciple is experiencing pure mysticism and of selfish spiritual purpose. The recognition of group relationship is missing; the knowledge of group inclination is not present; there is no true unselfish purpose to serve.
The disciple is assigned to a more advanced disciple to give him the help he needs to transcend his stage of "moving from teacher to teacher" until he settles down to the later stage of interior investigation.
1) Light in the head is produced by soul contact via aspiration
2) In addition to his own karma, the disciple takes on the karma of his group. (from karmic agitation)
3) The disciple has achieved a sufficient degree of personality integration that it attracts the attention of the soul.
4) The greater light (soul) and the lesser light (personality) are consciously created and the antahkarana is built. Also called the "linking light" or the "bridging radiance", "before a man can tread the path, he must become the path himself.
All four must be present before a Master's attention is gained.
The Light reveals:
1) The consciousness of the aspirant moves from the Astral to the Mental plane. The advanced mentor helps with this process. This is a TRANSITION upon the lesser way preparing for a higher. He is able to walk on water.
2) The aspirant learns to distinguish, eventually infallibly, between the pairs of opposites. He throws light on either side and the little one can walk. This is a TRANSFORMATION upon the dual way, leading into the Way.
3) The aspirant becomes aware of glamour as something to free himself from and aid in freeing the world. He must transmute the haze of glamour with the directed burning rays of radiant light. This is the TRANSMUTATION. These fires release the hidden light and blend it with the greater.
The will to love means the love of the greater whole and the ability to do that which is needed for the good of the group in the right way and with the needed skill in action. It involves capacity for firm action where the need arises, because the disciple has a long range vision and is not misled by the immediate perspective. He works and prepares for the future.
Note: All karma when consciously faced is done by the power of thought.
The Chela's responsibility is to work on his personality life (the lesser revelation) - what is already manifested. Not the higher revelation - of what must be manifested.
The three charts (character, limitation in expression, conduct) are super-imposed on each other that indicate a definite ray pattern. The Master can then gauge the rate and type of development and can determine the time for the mentor the stage of accepted discipleship.
..."Burn up the disciple in the fire of the will-to-love so that he is set free and the barriers to the inflow of the avataric force may be dissolved."
...Because it is the disciples of the world and not the mass of me who today hinder the Coming of the Avatar and render useless His intention. This is a requirement before the Avatar can consider coming. There must be enough of the will-to-love with the fiery essence. When this happens, two things can take place:
1) The Avatar has the needed assistance to step-down the inflow of energy for the rest of humanity
2) The Avatar and those working with him can provide the group which can:
a) Respond intelligently to that influence, recognizing it and absorbing it.
b) Distribute the inflowing energy
c) Interpret to humanity the new impelling forces infused with a new vision, a new world order and the New Age ideals.
Are you ready to submit to the Fire of Love? A fire which burns and destroys all barriers in man's nature; all separating walls between individuals, between groups and between nations. Are you ready?
The first assignment for the mentor is to establish a zone or path of influence, so that they can be definitely useful and able to communicate with the aspirant. This is a new process as in the past; communication was from soul to soul which takes a much longer time. Now, Masters are experimenting with direct communication with the aspirant via the mentor. The mentor is communicating with both soul and personality relations.
...First becoming aware of disciples more advanced than himself and by learning to give due weight to their words and suggestions.
Without love or trust, there can be no transference of thought.
There are times when criticism is recognition of fact. This means that a criticizing disciple has reached a point where his judgment is so based on love that it produces no personality effect in his own life (I am better than...) or that of his fellow disciples. It is simply a loving recognition of limitation and only becomes wrong when these facts are used to arouse criticism in the unqualified and provide points of discussion. The disciple or aspirant who does not remove this fault from his own equipment prevents free telepathic communication.
Accepted disciples are in training for initiation and cover the first and second initiations. When the disciple has taken the third, he is no longer an accepted disciple.
The keynote of this stage is the establishing of contact with the Master; it is primarily and technically the task of the Master to evoke the direct response and the conscious reaction of the disciple. Along with these reactions, the Master looks for an effort on the part of the disciple to be impersonal in his dealings; both with him and with his co-disciples.Definitions Intensity
Intensity: working from a point of tension, brings in the flood-tide of revelation and it is then possible for a disciple to learn in one short day what might otherwise take months and even years to learn.
Tension when rightly focused is the great releasing power. Right tension is brought about first by correct orientation; this necessitates a true sense of values and freedom from minor preoccupations which produce extension instead of tension.
Spiritual tension, as a result of complete dedication of the personality to the service of humanity, stimulates and empowers but does not evoke the lower life of the personal self.
The will to love is the aspiration to love; the determination to love; the intention to love. It involves the constant evaluation of whether he is loving. The disciple knows he lacks love because:
There is definitely an attitude of the will-to-love, coupled with a deep sense of the handicaps to the expression of the love. This is a form of self-centered ness.
Give up emphasing the will-to-love and emphasize in you own consciousness the need of others for understanding, compassion, interest and help.
Love is spontaneous and carries ever the free spirit of the Christ.
To recognize your place in evolution so you can correctly determine who you can assist and to whom you must look for the same assistance.
We grow through the medium of our recognitions. A recognition, when it is seen as an aspect or fractional part of a greater whole, is the seed of a major expansion of consciousness.
A stabilized expansion of consciousness. When the disciple's vibration is constant and responsive to the higher one, the two can be synchronized. It is this synchronization which indicates to an initiate of a higher degree that an initiate or disciple of a lower grade can be admitted into the higher ranks. Synchronization is the key to initiation.
Impersonality is the first step to the road of spiritual love and understanding. Effort should be made to achieve impersonality in all of your dealings for, when that has been achieved, criticism dies out and love can pour in.
Impersonality practiced on one's own personal reactions. This allows the disciple to see his little personal affairs - physical, emotional and mental in terms of the whole.
It is the discipleís job to rightly interpret the value of psychism. Rightly interpreted and explained, they can point to graded revelations upon the way to light and are marks of progress; wrongly interpreted, they can greatly hinder and can be forced to descend into the category of true lower psychism.
Disciples grow by answering their own questions. The task of the Master is not to answer questions, but to suggest or throw into the disciple's mind the type of question which stimulates thought and the abstract mind so he can find the answer himself.
Aspects of an Ashram: inner, outer, the familiar member and the one not known. Disciples must not think in terms of different Ashrams but in term of the Ashram as a whole. The key to this is Intensity
...is to reflect and to meditate deeply and constantly upon the significance and the meaning of love, its origin, its expression through the soul, its qualities, goals and objectives. Love never comes from the lower (personality); it is the free unimpeded in flow from the higher.
The neophyte is always more consciously more conceited that is the experienced disciple. To be a disciple does not mean that all within the Ashram are upon the same rung on the latter of evolution; the Ashram is composed of all degrees of development.
The stage wherein the disciple is taught how (in emergencies) to attract the Master's attention. This stage is only possible to those who have been an accepted for more than one life and who has demonstrated his ability to work with selflessness and pertinacity (adhering resolutely to a purpose, or design)
He has crucified all parts of his being that stands between himself and the full embodiment of his spiritual ideal.
Definitions The Thread
This thread leads from the Hierarchy and a point of tension in the Hierarchy (such as the Master at the center of any Ashram) to distant places, to many planes and into many hearts. This thread enables the disciple to return instantaneously to his center of work and to reach at any desired moment the "Master of his life"
This thread is not the antahkarana but a linking thread of living light that the Master projects to the disciple as his service evokes a response from Him. This evocation increases and is strengthened as the disciple builds the antahkarana between the personality and the Spiritual Triad.
Disciple can contact the Master for the sake of the Group.
Be magnetic and emit the vibratory call which can penetrate to the ear of the One who hold the thread
It is a process of invocation and evocation. It happens automatically as a result of doing the work.
The disciple sounds a call (inaudible) which, vibrating along the thread reaches the Master. This technique is taught to the disciple directly from the Master when he recognizes his Chela's right to the privilege.
The disciple must learn to prevent the lower psychic powers from demonstrating until the higher psychic powers are developed. Then the lower are controlled from the level of higher consciousness. To the disciple, there is only life and form and he is learning to handle the life processes through the medium of the form so as to produce a divine manifestation.
Be ready to hear on all levels of service and to know what to hear and see, interpreting it correctly, unblinded by prejudice and fear.
As long as a man is focused in his personality, the point of spiritual tension will evade him. He will be driven by personality aspiration and not by Ashramic force and this will lead to trouble.
The stage wherein he is permitted to know the method whereby he may setup a call which will entitle him to an interview with the Master.
As the Chela progresses, he refines and synthesis his energy with that of the Master and Ashram. An interplay of energy between the two is setup and the chela's increasingly magnetized energy draws him closer to the center (heart) of the Ashram; First to the periphery, then to the interior, onward to the center where the Chela in the Aura has joined the group for special service. At this point, he realizes that his three bodies are only the reflections of the bodies of the Spiritual Triad.Definitions Aura
The quality of a sphere of radiatory activity; two words describe the aura, "QUALITY" & "SPHERE OF INFLUENCE." It does not have color. Clairvoyants pick up color because they are receiving an "IMPRESSION" through their Astral Body. The impression on the mind registers as color via the astral body. The registration of the auric energy is... Seeing an Aura is seeing a state of Awareness
Expansion of consciousness is the registration of and intelligently responding to larger and more subtle energy vibrations. It is not that the energies somehow magically appear or we summon them when we are ready; they are always available to us and surround our field. When we purify our energy fields and develop the appropriate receiving equipment, we register the energies.
This occurs through the force of evolution
The Chela has developed "Occult Serenity". He is capable of not being consumed with personality issues and is permanently focused in the group. He is conscious of the vibration of the aura of the Master. As a result, he vibrates in unison with the Master and thus feels this serenity.
Once he has achieved this serenity, he has earned the right to feel and be in the presence of the Master's aura.
The Soul is the linking principle between God and His form; the Christ principle. The soul is that which provides consciousness, character and quality to all manifestations in form, and it is therefore also the inner guide of the personality. The Casual body is composed of the following petals:
They ensure that the Soul is protected and is not contaminated by the "violence" of the personality. Once the personality develops the qualities and characteristics, the petal melt away and reveal the splendor of the Soul.
As a result of the evolutionary processes in humanity, there will appear the following category of forces or energies, each of them demonstrating certain definite qualities, and they will parallel the opening of the petals in the human lotus.
You can note from the tabulation that the love petals are indeed showing signs of opening and this will make clear to you the possibility of certain hoped-for events. The world has to move forward regularly and in order. Premature happenings are usually disastrous.
A Chela in the center of the Ashram.
When the disciple is able to respond to the quality and radiation emanating from the Ashram, he moved forward into that sphere of influence. That which is in his aura which is like that of the quality of the Master's aura is trained, intensified and purified. His aura synchronizes with the Masterís aura.
The Hierarchy an Ashram with a triangle at the center composed of the Christ, Mahachohan, Manu and "builds for the future".
Holding the mind steady in the light:Alignment and conscious refocusing of the mind towards the Soul. It is the activity of the inner, conscious man which ceaselessly turns its attention to the soul, seeking identification with that soul. This you have largely achieved and the result is that of the calling in of the power which flows from the outer petals of the egoic lotus (speaking symbolically), the knowledge petals, to the brain.
Channels of energy and are controlled by the soul. Through them the disciple learns the nature of energy, its distinction from force and the methods of distribution.
...is a composite of all that is resistant to Soul life. At each initiation (the first three), the disciple is faced with the pairs of opposites: the Dweller and the Soul (Angel of Presence) and must consciously choose. "Dweller on the threshold of initiation"
The response to the Master's aura.
This is the stage that the disciple has access to the method of contacting the Master indicating that the disciple has gained the skill, required purification and motive for contacting the master.
The Disciple has earned the right to contact the Master for"Emergencies only"
He is at the heart of the Ashram (The secret place). The Master knows the disciple is dependable to substitute the whole for individual good. He is careful to keep out thoughts or desires which may disturb the group aura.
He is also grounded in concern for the greater whole rather than himself. The master knows that he can be trusted and will not be a drain on the group with personality issues.
Disciple has developed a sense of right proportion. Able to have a dual focus on the whole and the particular; on the human family and individual. Yet always knowing that the whole is the most important.
1. He reacts to the energy of the Master and the Ashram according to his ray type.
2. (Chela on the Thread) He realizes the nature and note (purpose, quality, function) of the Ashram and advances from the edge closer in toward the center of the Ashram and consequently into the stronger sphere of the Master.
3. He moves to the center and unexpectedly responds to the Master's vibration.
He knows what is in the mind of the Master.
Five stages to this process:
The six stages of Discipleship are possible because the Disciple has developed the qualities, purpose and radiatory activities that correspond to the energies of the stages.
There are three major methods of approach to the master or three outstanding radiation of the master.
Through the Mind: This is the lowest level of the Spiritual Triad. This level evokes a response from the disciple and is the first kind of contact to which the neophyte responds. A direct line of influential approach is made between the Master and the awakening disciple by:
When the disciple has established this line of approach tot he Spiritual Triad (even in a small measure) he makes his first response to the aura of the Master and thus the Chela in the Aura. Access to the group aura is Influential (able to influence and evoke a response); Access to the Masters aura is Dynamic (able to directly impress the disciple)
Through the Heart: Spiritual Intuitional plane. This is the Love nature of the Master and puts him in touch with the Heart of God.
Through the physical consciousness - Transmits the Purpose/Plan of God, which is the expression of the Divine Will. This radiation from the master is so high a vibration that only the initiate-chela can register it. It is transmitted by:
When the initiate-chela has intensified his vibration to that of the Master's and can hold that rate of vibration as his normal radiatory quality, then he himself becomes a Master.
The Master always has three disciples that are his closest intermediaries, his closest councils, who carry out his plans and has emerged into his consciousness.
In every Ashram, there is always at any given moment some one disciple who is being trained to take the Master's place eventually, thereby releasing Him for higher and more important work. Two disciples are needed to bring about the total liberation of the Master from all Ashramic work: one who takes the place of the Master; and one who takes the place of the senior disciple.
1. The Master
2. The Ashram
3. The soul of the Disciple
1. The disciple
2. The antahkarana
3. Three higher centers
1. Master's aura
2. The egoic lotus or soul body
* The Capital Letter (K) represents the theme of the petal tier/row; the small letter (k) represents the nature or method by which the disciple acquires the large letter attribute.*
3. The inflow of Ashramic energy, via
(This order of unfoldment will be affected by the ray type of the disciple; 1 or 2 then 3)
4. The response from the disciple upon the physical plane and the receptivity of his centers to this activity engendered (produced) by the soul, under the impression by the Master would be as follows:
This energy process is registered by the disciple on the physical plane and creates a "potent center of invocation" which evokes a response from the Spiritual Triad as causes the following:
I. The Spiritual Triad is the custodian of the Monadic energy
II. The Spiritual Triad
III. The Spiritual Triad
These steps represent the evolutionary process and are registered consciously by the disciple. It is the diastole (rhythmic expansion - inflow) and the systole (rhythmic contraction - outflow) breathing of universal life.
The unfoldment of the tier of petals corresponds to the initiations.
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Directing forces cannot be done until the disciple is within the Master's heart.
A Master gauges the place and status of the disciple based on the response of the disciple.Definitions Close to the Masters heart
The Master upon the disciple's ray
Refers to the Christ, the synthesis within the Hierarchy of all the rays.
Synonym for selfishness
Your relationship to the Plan and the glory of the goal - not a sense of self-depreciation over which you gloat and regard as an indication of spiritual humility.
Silent loyalty which serves to integrate the group as one.
Self defense - easy to sacrifice one's brother or one's fellow worker
Group defense - easy to sacrifice the lower self and anything that separates
The Christ is the center of the Hierarchy just as the Master is the center of the Ashram.
There is also a direct line of energy or of life - sensed, recognized, active and utilized between the disciple and...
1) The disciple's heart center.
2) The heart center in the head
3) The egoic lotus, which (until the 4th initiation) is the heart center of the Monad.
4) The master at the center of his group
5) The Christ at the center of the Hierarchy
6) The life of the Monad which begins to make itself felt at the third initiation
7) The Lord of Life Himself, the heart of Shamballa
(These stages may correspond to the rays)
REINTERPRET YOUR DEFINITIONS IN LIGHT OF ESOTERIC AND SPIRITUAL VALUES!
Usually more useful than the accepted disciple because they are unconscious of status and individual importance
Attuned to the astral plane and therefore to glamour. They do help (in some small way) the least intelligent but are apt to revolt the intellectual and complicate the work of the trained disciple.
Receives teaching more clearly than the above group but generally gets the teaching through the vision and wisdom of a senior disciple. Still concerned with the self.
Still preoccupied with their own advancement, character training, problems, Ashramic status, etc. If they would forget themselves and truly love their fellowmen, forget their individual interpretations of the truth and simply "obey to the point of crucifixion" the order of Service, they would pass more rapidly through the various stages of discipleship.
Disciples know the plan of the hierarchy and emphasize some appropriate aspect of it. There success is largely due to the constant group awareness and deep humility, developed intellect and controlled astral body.