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6 Stages of Discipleship

A summary of the Six Stages of Discipleship outlined by the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in the book Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. 1, p. 673-774. The summary was prepared by Imar Nkeba.

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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:

  • A sense of planetary relationships
  • A sense of intelligent supervision
  • A sense of orientation to humanity
  • A sense of registered impression
  • The evocation of the Will
  • A sense of that which is imminent


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 Courses Saraydarian University

Torkom Saraydarian Books/website Website / Bookstore

The Nature of the Soul Lucille Cedercrans

Running God’s Plan Foster Bailey

Discipleship in the New Age I/II DK / Alice Bailey

Occult Mediation DK / Alice Bailey

Collected works of Dwal Khul (DK) DK / Alice Bailey



Table of contents


I. Summary *

A. Definitions *

1. Master's Group *

2. Master's Ashram *

3. Instinct *

4. Spiritual Instinct *

5. Power of thought *

6. Mind *

7. Occultism *

8. Ashramic consciousness *

9. Hierarchy *

10. Probationary Path *

11. Aspirant *

B. Themes *

1. Disciple has a mentor on physical *

2. Spiritual Orientation *

3. Purification *

4. Contributes to the ashram by *

5. Increasingly recognizes the influences of the Masters *

6. The Master *

7. Etheric web orientation & stages of response *

8. Major Efforts by the disciple *

C. Lessons *

1. How to move from the group to the ashram *

2. How a Master builds an ashram *

3. Study & register your usual point of focus *

4. Entrance into the Ashram *

5. Requirements for working in the world of effects: *

6. Responsibility to Leaders *

7. How to become an Initiate *

8. Sensitiveness *

9. How does the Master recognize you *

10. Questions for the Disciple *

D. Dangers *

1. Preoccupation with... *

2. Refrain from trying to influence leaders of materialism... *

II. Little Chelaship 1st Initiation Birth *

A. Definitions *

1. Downward gazing of the Soul *

2. Isolated Unity *

3. Isolated Identity *

4. Isolated Individuality *

5. Spiritual Mentor *

B. Themes *

1. Pure Mysticism *

2. No unselfish desire to serve *

3. Desire for personal liberation *

4. No group inclination *

5. Personal happiness *

6. Has a Spiritual Mentor *

7. Master pays no attention to the disciple *

8. Lemurian Consciousness *

C. Lessons *

1. Attracts a Master's interest by... *

2. Preoccupation & Consciousness *

D. Dangers *

1. Personality reactions *

2. Fear *

3. Wrong Motive *

4. Emotionalism *

5. Confusion *

6. Shifting between the pairs of opposites *

III. Chela in the Light 2nd Initiation Baptism *

A. Definitions *

1. When a man becomes a Chela in the Light *

B. Themes *

1. Atlantean Consciousness *

2. Masters do not work on the Astral *

3. Stage of Decentralization *

4. Masters try and stimulate the fire of the spirit *

5. Disciples must learn to use the Fire of the Will to Love *

6. Duties of the mentor *

7. The Chela & Karma *

8. How the Chela’s Progress is Measured *

C. Lessons *

1. The Master is anxious to... *

2. The Fire of Love *

3. Advanced Disciples serving as mentors *

4. Recognize members of the Hierarchy by... *

5. Study Telepathy *

6. Love and Trust are the first qualities to develop *

7. How is the Accepted discipleship reached *

D. Dangers *

1. No Criticism *

IV. Accepted Disciple 3rd Initiation Transfiguration /Illumination *

A. Definitions *

1. Intensity *

2. Spiritual Tension *

3. Will-to-Love *

4. Love *

5. Hierarchical progression *

6. Spiritual Recognition *

7. Initiation *

B. Themes *

1. Aryan Consciousness *

2. Forget yourself, Aid the work *

3. Generosity *

4. Impersonality *

5. Divine indifference *

6. The Master is... *

C. Lessons *

1. Methods of contact *

2. Dismiss or overestimate undesirable lower psychism *

3. Answer your own questions *

4. Avoid differentiating between aspect of the Ashram *

5. The true way to love *

6. Questions to help you discover your service *

7. Recognize your place *

D. Dangers *

1. Personality reactions *

2. Discouragement *

3. Self-centeredness *

4. Lethargy *

5. Sometimes good intentions *

V. Chela on the Thread 4th Initiation Crucifixion *

A. Definitions *

1. The Thread *

B. Themes *

1. Must have students *

2. Can contact the Master *

3. Disciple must help make sense of the astralism *

4. Be magnetic (under soul control) *

5. The Master must respond to the call. *

6. How to contact the Master *

7. Decentralization questions... *

C. Lessons *

1. Psychic sensitivity *

2. Hold yourself in guarded readiness *

3. Requirements for Threadship *

D. Dangers *

1. Personality focus *

VI. Chela in the Aura *

A. Definitions *

1. Aura *

2. Expansion of Consciousness *

3. Occult Serenity *

4. Note *

5. 3-fold Soul Nature *

6. Spiritual Triad *

7. Initiate Chela *

8. Chela in the Aura *

9. Hierarchy *

10. Steady in the light *

11. Chakras *

12. Dweller on the Threshold *

13. Spiritual Inspiration *

B. Themes *

1. At-one with the Masters Group energy *

2. Access to the method of contact *

3. Trusted agent *

4. Stabilized in group (human) orientation *

5. Right Proportion *

6. Necessary Realizations *

7. He is telepathically connected to the master *

8. He know what the Master wants him to do *

9. He responds to the Master in the inner and outer (physical) worlds *

C. Lessons *

1. Vehicles *

2. Growth *

3. Methods of Approach *

4. How to become a Master *

5. How Masters graduate *

6. The neophyte must consciously work with forces by: *

7. Real Work *

8. Initiations *

9. Chakras *

10. Serve as a channel "only" *

11. Descent of energy Process of Spiritual Inspiration *

D. Dangers *

1. Selfishness *

2. Personality Reactions *

3. Directing forces in specific directions before ready *

4. Aspirant/Disciples closest to you can cause the most harm *

VII. Chela in the Heart *

A. Definitions *

1. Close to the Masters heart *

2. Within the Master's heart *

3. Depressed *

4. Humility *

5. Esoteric loyalty *

6. Acute discrimination *

B. Themes *

1. Always in telepathic repore *

2. No longer supervised by the Master *

3. Has direct contact with the Christ *

4. A conscious distributor of life and energy *

C. Lessons *

1. Questions to ask *

2. Types of people/responses to the call *

3. Share world karma *

4. World conflict is a reflection of conflict in the hearts of disciples *

D. Dangers *

1. Preoccupation with details *

2. Losing the long range picture *

3. Negative attitude *

4. Selfishness *



  1. Summary
  2. 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.

    1. Definitions
      1. Master's Group
      2. 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.

      3. Master's Ashram

Only the disciple’s 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:

  • a reservoir of thought;
  • a focal point of receptivity;
  • a state of mind of a spiritual group
  • a point of united thought and tension
  • a center for the clarification of the vision
  • an international group
  • composed of souls in and out of incarnation


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.



Responsible Group


The Master and his senior disciples

Shamballa and the Hierarchy

Accepted disciples and lesser initiates

Hierarchy and humanity


      1. Instinct
      2. 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.

      3. Spiritual Instinct
      4. 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. It’s the intuition which illumines the mind.

      5. Power of thought
      6. 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.

      7. Mind
      8. Mind is the instrument of thought

      9. Occultism
      10. The study of forces, their origin and effects.

        The Ashram is the lab for this study.

      11. Ashramic consciousness
      12. A consciousness devoid of self interest and always preoccupied with the essentials of spiritual living.

      13. Hierarchy
      14. To stimulate or offset the effects produced by the subconscious of humanity.

      15. Probationary Path

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:

  • unhappiness and suffering
  • dissatisfaction with life in general
  • lack insight
  • ability to sense that there is something more
  • ambition
  • pride
  • jealousy
  • resentment
      1. Aspirant

He is the Hall of Learning. He is conscious of duality and is his major lesson - decisions. His consciousness is characterized by:

  • conflict between the Pairs of opposites as a result of aspiration
  • confusion as to motives, purpose
  • his sacrifices
    1. Themes
      1. Disciple has a mentor on physical
  • On the periphery of the Master's Aura
      1. Spiritual Orientation
      2. Purification
      3. Contributes to the ashram by
      4. 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.

      5. Increasingly recognizes the influences of the Masters
      6. The Master
        1. Under divine law, the Master may not and cannot work alone
        2. Can...
  • Inspire
  • Teach
  • Ask for cooperation
  • Give guidance
  • Impress the disciple with what he feels should be done and allow the disciple to choose and prove.
        1. Cannot...
  • Pressure the disciple
  • Impose his Will
  • Enforce his desires, aspirations and wishes and allow the disciple to choose
        1. Helps the disciple shift his focus from himself to the group work
  • ...To "blast the disciple wide open"
  • Give them a deep sense of insecurity as to the formulas and symbols of the lower concrete mind and so to prepare them for the reception of higher and newer approaches to truth. This is usually brought about by forcing them to question all of the conclusions of the past.
        1. The Master's task

Is to stimulate the disciple to be "at all times" what he is at his highest times.

      1. Etheric web orientation & stages of response

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.

  • Un-evolved man responds to prana or physical energy, vitalizing the lower nature, instincts and the five senses. All physical plane activity is motivated by instinct.
  • Average man responds to desire energy or the astral body; man is motivated to satisfy his desires. His consciousness shifts from the Etheric to the astral and the instinctual drops to the subconscious. The astral now controls the Etheric.
  • Developed man, an integrated personality, can now control the Etheric and physical plane activity with thought via the mind.
  • Soul man, now focused in the mind and responsive to soul impression, expresses upon the physical plane, the intent, potency and nature of the all inclusive-soul.

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.

      1. Major Efforts by the disciple
  • To see the vision clearly
  • To recognize and to know your purpose
  • Guide humanity (for those in high positions) out of slavery to freedom
  • Aid leaders with love
  • Life must be seen from the angle of the soul, not from the world.
    1. Lessons
      1. How to move from the group to the ashram
      2. 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.

      3. How a Master builds an ashram
      4. 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 who’s type and of mind synchronizes with his, because of ray, karmic relationships, point of evolution and love for humanity.

        1. Distinguish effect from cause

        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.

      5. Study & register your usual point of focus
      6. Introspection: This leads to the realization of the true persistent, inner level of consciousness.

      7. Entrance into the Ashram

Entrance into the Ashram requires the following:

  • Go beyond the confines of the personality levels of awareness
  • Sensitive to the ray and quality of the Master.
  • Soul conscious
      1. Requirements for working in the world of effects:
  • A deep unerring love which sees in the light. (Understanding)
  • Power to completely withdraw from the world of physical reactions, emotional biases, and to work purely on mental levels.
  • The power to formulate thought forms that will embody the light, love and idea of the group and reach the disciples.
      1. Responsibility to Leaders

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.

Disciples can:

  • surround them (leaders of the forces of light) with a guarding wall of light and love;
  • they can refrain from thoughts of criticism - which can swell the tide of criticism
  • refrain from influencing leaders of materialism
      1. How to become an Initiate
        1. Human commonality
        2. The disciple shares all human tendencies, good and bad

        3. Fear nothing
        4. 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.

        5. Reject anything that separates

        He recognizes the uselessness of past attitudes and dogmatic ways of looking at life and people, when they separate him from his fellowmen.

      2. Sensitiveness
      3. 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.

      4. How does the Master recognize you
  • In your quiet moments of aspiration
  • What you have demonstrated for years to be your fixed life tendency
  • How you respond to crisis and tension
      1. Questions for the Disciple

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.)


  • Am I conscious about the future?
  • Am I maturing?
  • Is my core (human soul) and outer personality or shell growing harmoniously?
  • Am I succeeding in reducing my mistakes?
  • Have I overcome the tendency to use people for my own advantage?
  • Do I need new skills new freedom from thoughts, emotions, and habits to allow the core to expand?
  • Am I gaining more control of my habits, negative emotions and harmful words and thoughts?
  • Have I learned not to impose my personality on others?
  • Do I see a deeper meaning in life?
  • Am I interested in the future of my soul or my personality?
  • Am I becoming more giving?
  • Do I have any experiences that I am not in the body?
  • Do I see that life does not end with this earthly incarnation?
  • Do I have any substantial information about the Higher Worlds?
  • Do I realize that wherever I am or whatever my life is is my own creation?
  • Do I have a planned course of study?
  • Do I have a planned course of meditation?
  • Do I have a planned way to nourish my soul?
  • Have I learned the value of harmlessness?
  • Am I grateful for all that life offers me?
  • Have I learned how to observe and see all that is going on in my mind, emotions and actions?
    1. Dangers

The following must be eradicated from the initiate before he becomes a part of the Ashram.

Eliminate the capacity to:

  • Express irritation
  • Misunderstand
  • Criticize
      1. Preoccupation with...
  • Necessities of daily living
  • Diverse family contacts
  • The resentments against life and its impacts
  • A dislike of criticism and of being misunderstood
  • Problems of character
  • The pressures of physic unfoldment
  • Pettiness of circumstance
  • Comparisons with others, particularly with your fellow disciples
  • Fear to letting go of everything for the life in an Ashram
  • Concentrating on the future and a host of thought forms
  • Too much attention to the cyclic life of physical body (reincarnation)
  • Preoccupation with your limitations
      1. Refrain from trying to influence leaders of materialism...

This can be dangerous as many leaders are far stronger than the average disciple.

  1. Little Chelaship 1st Initiation Birth
    1. Definitions
      1. Downward gazing of the Soul
      2. The disciple has achieved a sufficient degree of personality integration that it attracts the attention of the soul.

      3. Isolated Unity
      4. 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".

      5. Isolated Identity
      6. 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".

      7. Isolated Individuality
      8. 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"

      9. Spiritual Mentor

      Advanced disciple, though not yet an adept; is assigned by a Master to an aspirant.

    2. Themes
      1. Pure Mysticism
      2. 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.

      3. No unselfish desire to serve
      4. Desire for personal liberation
      5. No group inclination
      6. Personal happiness
      7. Has a Spiritual Mentor
      8. 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.

      9. Master pays no attention to the disciple
      10. Lemurian Consciousness
    3. Lessons
      1. Attracts a Master's interest by...
      2. 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.

      3. Preoccupation & Consciousness
  • Humanity is concerned with the PRESENT
  • Hierarchy is concerned with the FUTURE
  • Shamballa is concerned with the ETERNAL NOW
    1. Dangers
      1. Personality reactions
      2. Fear
      3. Wrong Motive
      4. Emotionalism
      5. Confusion
      6. Shifting between the pairs of opposites
  1. Chela in the Light 2nd Initiation Baptism
    1. Definitions
      1. When a man becomes a Chela in the Light

      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.

    2. Themes
      1. Atlantean Consciousness
      2. Masters do not work on the Astral
      3. Stage of Decentralization
      4. Masters try and stimulate the fire of the spirit
      5. Disciples must learn to use the Fire of the Will to Love
      6. 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.

      7. Duties of the mentor
  • He must ascertain just what karma must be worked out by the aspirant
  • He must add to this "freeing karma" (adding circumstances that force the aspirant to deal with the karma. This is by choice of the disciple and the more difficult way of initiation).
  • He helps the aspirant adjust to his karmic responsibility by "thought impression".

Note: All karma when consciously faced is done by the power of thought.

  • Provide reports (3 in number: Character, limitations in expression, Conduct) to the Master, twice a year, on the "effort" made by the aspirant. It is the effort, not the results which counts. The results will be inevitable and commensurate with the effort.
      1. The Chela & Karma
  • He works off unavoidable karma as intelligently and consciously as possible.
  • He takes on some karma which ordinarily would be precipitated in some later life.
  • He begins to shoulder some of the general karma of humanity, thus increasing his karma.
  • He begins to work with and to comprehend planetary karma. After the third initiation, the initiate consciously cooperates with the karmic responsibility of the planetary Logos.
      1. How the Chela’s Progress is Measured
      2. 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.

        1. Work on Character
        2. Eliminate Limitations
        3. Fix Inadequacies in Conduct
    1. Lessons
      1. The Master is anxious to...
      2. ..."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."

        1. Why...

        ...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.

      3. The Fire of Love
      4. 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?

      5. Advanced Disciples serving as mentors
      6. 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.

      7. Recognize members of the Hierarchy by...
      8. ...First becoming aware of disciples more advanced than himself and by learning to give due weight to their words and suggestions.

      9. Study Telepathy
      10. Love and Trust are the first qualities to develop
      11. Without love or trust, there can be no transference of thought.

      12. How is the Accepted discipleship reached


  • The demand of the aspirant
  • The mentor's recommendation
  • The karmic condition
  • The note which the Master registers coincide in time
    1. Dangers
      1. No Criticism

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.

  1. Accepted Disciple 3rd Initiation Transfiguration /Illumination
  2. 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.

    1. Definitions
      1. Intensity
      2. 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.

      3. Spiritual Tension

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.


  • If you are preoccupied with the physical condition, you will not experience the tension which will make you a magnetic center of power and love.
  • If you are preoccupied with the failures of other people or with their ideas about you, you will again fail to experience the tension which releases. You would find it of value to discover where your "extensions" are and then retreat inward to the point of tension from which you can consciously and effectively direct soul energy.

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.

      1. Will-to-Love

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:

  • he finds himself isolated from and not identified with others
  • he is irritated by others
  • he is critical of his brothers, either feeling superior to them or looking at them and saying
    • they are wrong and I am right.
    • they do not understand and I do
    • I know them but they do not know me
    • I must be patient with them

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.

      1. Love
      2. Love is spontaneous and carries ever the free spirit of the Christ.

      3. Hierarchical progression
      4. 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.

      5. Spiritual Recognition
      6. 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.

      7. Initiation

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.

    1. Themes
      1. Aryan Consciousness
      2. Forget yourself, Aid the work
      3. Generosity
      4. Impersonality
      5. 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.

      6. Divine indifference
      7. 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.

      8. The Master is...
  • ...not interested in making the disciple satisfied with themselves
  • frequently laying emphasis upon their failures and limitations.
  • interested in helping the disciple detach themselves from the form aspect of life and fit them to undergo certain great expansions of consciousness.
  • not interested in patting the disciple on the back or congratulate them upon work done and progress made
  • interested in watching closely their note or vibration and of indicating where changes must be made in attitude and expression, where intensification of the spiritual life is in order and where personality adjustments can lead to greater freedom and therefore to more effective service
    1. Lessons
      1. Methods of contact
    • A dream experience
    • A symbolic teaching
    • The thought form of a Master
    • A direct contact with the Master in meditation
    • An interview in a Master's Ashram
        1. A dream experience
        2. A symbolic dream
        3. Thoughtform of a Master
        4. Direct contact with the Master in meditation
        5. An interview in a Master's Ashram
      1. Dismiss or overestimate undesirable lower psychism
      2. It is the disciple’s 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.

      3. Answer your own questions
      4. 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.

      5. Avoid differentiating between aspect of the Ashram
      6. 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

      7. The true way to love
      8. ...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.

      9. Questions to help you discover your service
  • How effective is my work in relation to my sphere of activity?
  • How effective is my thinking and planning in relation to what may lie ahead in the immediate future?
  • What results can I recognize as the fruit of my work?
  • Do I feel that my work has been satisfactory from the standpoint of my soul and my Master?
  • Have I worked with impersonality in relation to my fellow disciples and co-workers, no matter what their status?
  • Have I preserved the spirit of loving cooperation?
  • Do I recognize truthfully my own and my co-disciples' limitation and do I then move forward with those alongside of me without criticism and with silence?
  • Do I realize exactly where I stand? Whom I can help? And to whom I must look for example, aid and understanding?
      1. Recognize your place

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.

    1. Dangers
      1. Personality reactions
      2. Discouragement
      3. Self-centeredness
      4. Lethargy
      5. Sometimes good intentions
  1. Chela on the Thread 4th Initiation Crucifixion
  2. 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.


    1. Definitions
      1. 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"




      The Master


      The Soul


        The Ashram


      The Disciple




      The Buddha


        The Christ


      The Hierarchy





      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.

    2. Themes
      1. Must have students
      2. Can contact the Master

Disciple can contact the Master for the sake of the Group.

  • This implies that the disciple can handle his personal problems himself and will not burden the Master or Group with his personal crisis.
  • It implies that the Ashram needs no protection from his vibratory activity.
      1. Disciple must help make sense of the astralism
      2. Be magnetic (under soul control)
      3. Be magnetic and emit the vibratory call which can penetrate to the ear of the One who hold the thread

      4. The Master must respond to the call.
      5. How to contact the Master
      6. It is a process of invocation and evocation. It happens automatically as a result of doing the work.

        1. Intuitive perception
        2. Recognition of an unimpeded channel
        3. Spiritual Will
        4. Self-forgetfulness
        5. Decentralized
        6. Concentrated on fulfilling the divine plan
        7. Through the Head center

        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.

      7. Decentralization questions...
  • Do you, in reality know what your life task is?
  • Have you tried to carry this out in your current life processes?
  • Is your main objective the building of character and the development of purity? If this is so, do you not think that you should be on the Path of Probation and not delude yourself with the idea that you are on the Path of Discipleship?
  • Are you preoccupied with human need or are you engrossed with your own position as a disciple, with your own spiritual problems, and with the delusion of the terrific difficulties in your personal life?
    1. Lessons
      1. Psychic sensitivity
      2. 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.

      3. Hold yourself in guarded readiness
      4. 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.

      5. Requirements for Threadship
  • Decentralize yourself - Thoughts of the self or the feeling nature no longer interest the disciple.
  • He is impersonal - His own feelings, thoughts, likes, dislikes and desires are no longer the controlling factors. He is only interested in what's good for the group. He will not sacrifice any individual to the group until after due effort to help that individual understand and demonstrate right relationship; but he will not hesitate to take firm action as need and opportunity arise.
  • Developed a sense of proportion as to the work and the relative value of his contribution to the Master's work and the Ashram life. He is engrossed in the work and not with the Master or his position in the Master's thoughts.
  • The disciple is conscious simultaneously of two states of awareness or two points of concentrated activity:
    • The point of spiritual tension where he is focused and would like to remain (Spiritual Focus)
    • The sphere of the personality world (mental, emotional, physical) (Form Focus) The true expression of this should be the externalization of the inner point of tension.

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.

    1. Dangers
      1. Personality focus
  1. Chela in the Aura
  2. 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.

    1. Definitions
      1. Aura
      2. 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

      3. Expansion of Consciousness

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

Conscious growth

  • All stages involve the three C's of growth - Crisis, Chaos or Confusion
  • When "Qualities" are developed in us, they magnetize the same higher corresponding energy from the universe.
      1. Occult Serenity

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.


  • Peace is based on conditions of the outer world and feelings and is therefore temporary.
  • Serenity is based on understanding (focused in the mind), is devoid of emotional disturbances and has "the mind steady in the light" (It is intensity of feeling transmuted into focused understanding which gives the disciple a peace with understanding)
  • There is another "peace that passeth understanding..." Bliss?

Once he has achieved this serenity, he has earned the right to feel and be in the presence of the Master's aura.

      1. Note
      2. Note has nothing to do with sound. Rather it is a distinguishable vibration with has purpose, ray, quality and function.

      3. 3-fold Soul Nature

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:

  • Sacrifice
  • Knowledge
  • Love
  • 3 inner petals revealed during the 3 and 4th initiations (Synthetic powers of knowledge, love and sacrifice which creates a third force?)

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.

Education and Science

Knowledge Petals





The masses of men

The Intellectuals

Spiritual men


Path of Purification

Path of Discipleship

Path of Initiation

Religion and Philosophy

Love Petals


Loving Understanding

Group Love


The Intellectuals

World Aspirants

The Hierarchy

Governments and Social Order

Sacrifice Petals


(in the plan)


(Directed Will of Disciplines)


(of the Plan by the Hierarchy)


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.

      1. Spiritual Triad
  • Higher Mind ( - Divine Knowledge; Abstract Nature)
  • Buddhic (Divine Love)
  • Atmic (Divine Will, Purpose, Plan)
      1. Initiate Chela
      2. A Chela in the center of the Ashram.

      3. Chela in the Aura
      4. 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 Master’s aura.

      5. Hierarchy
      6. The Hierarchy an Ashram with a triangle at the center composed of the Christ, Mahachohan, Manu and "builds for the future".

      7. Steady in the light
      8. 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.

      9. Chakras
      10. 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.

      11. Dweller on the Threshold
      12. ...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"

      13. Spiritual Inspiration

The response to the Master's aura.

    1. Themes
      1. At-one with the Masters Group energy
      2. Access to the method of contact
      3. 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.

        1. Can call the Master

        The Disciple has earned the right to contact the Master for "Emergencies only"

      4. Trusted agent
      5. 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.

      6. Stabilized in group (human) orientation
      7. 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.

      8. Right Proportion
      9. 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.

      10. Necessary Realizations

1. He reacts to the energy of the Master and the Ashram according to his ray type.

  • His personality reactions must be guarded (fear, confusion, wrong motive, wrong aspiration, emotionalism of any kind)
  • He is assigned an initiate-chela to serve as an intermediary.
  • Master is aware of his presence at the periphery

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.

  • He is less interested in himself and more interested in the group life and purpose.
  • He is given tasks to perform as a result of his trusted status but still under the supervision of an intiate-chela.
  • The Master communicates with him more frequently.
  • Is permitted to contact the Master for the sake of group work (Chela on the Thread)
  • His radiation attracts students to him

3. He moves to the center and unexpectedly responds to the Master's vibration.

  • He is admitted to the center of the Master's energy
  • That which is in him that matches the energy of the Master's Aura is trained, intensified and purified
  • His vibration and the Master's vibration become synchronized
  • The Chela begins to make significant contributions to the Ashram
      1. He is telepathically connected to the master
      2. He knows what is in the mind of the Master.

      3. He know what the Master wants him to do
      4. He responds to the Master in the inner and outer (physical) worlds

Five stages to this process:

  • He is telepathically en rapport with the master. His brain and mind responds to the Master's mind.
  • He translates the impressions into formulas (concrete ideas) for service.
  • He is free of Glamour and is thus able to translate and contribute astrally pure feeling.
  • He can produce accurately upon the physical plane and become a "projector of force".
  • His brain becomes aware of all of the above and knows the Plan opens before him.
    1. Lessons
      1. Vehicles
  • The personality vehicles are a reflection of the vehicles of the Spiritual Triad with the mental plane being the natural plane of expression. Expressive energy: Constructive
  • The Soul has a triple nature: Knowledge, Love and Sacrifice Petals Higher mental, Buddhic, and Atmic with the Buddhic plane being the natural plane of expression. Expressive energy: Creative
  • Spiritual Triad is the expressive vehicle of the Monad with the Atmic plane being the nature plane of expression. Expressive energy: Causal
      1. Growth
      2. 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.

      3. Methods of Approach
      4. There are three major methods of approach to the master or three outstanding radiation of the master.

        1. Higher Mental

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:

    1. The manasic permanent atom of the disciple
    2. The knowledge petals of the egoic lotus
    3. The lower concrete mind held "steady in the light."
    4. The throat center (creativity and sound/vibration - creative use of vibration)
    5. The brain of the disciple upon the physical plane

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)

        1. Buddhic

Through the Heart: Spiritual Intuitional plane. This is the Love nature of the Master and puts him in touch with the Heart of God.


    1. The Buddhic permanent atom or the intuitional vehicle of the advanced disciple.
    2. The love petals of the egoic lotus
    3. The astral body in its highest aspect (Calm, Aspirational and Forceful)
    4. The heart center
        1. Atmic

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:

    1. The Atmic permanent atom of the focus of the spiritual will.
    2. The sacrifice petals of the egoic lotus.
    3. The Etheric vehicle in its highest aspects
    4. The head centre.
    5. The centre at the base of the spine, which is aroused into activity in response to the vibratory radiation of the other four points of transmission.
      1. How to become a Master
      2. 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.

      3. How Masters graduate
      4. 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.

      5. The neophyte must consciously work with forces by:
  • Becoming a pure, unimpeded channel - without contamination from the personality
  • Learn to distribute energy (causative - Monadic, Atmic, Intuitional) not force (creative - Mental, Astral, Physical (&Etheric)
  • Learn to work with distinction (discrimination) and synthesis (Unity, harmony, Blending for greater effectiveness)
  • Understands the dangers of distributing forces without the required purity, correct orientation to life (dual focus - horizontal and vertical) and non-criticism
      1. Real Work
      2. A disciple's usefulness is in his ability to influence others, via the pen, word of mouth or creative work.

      3. Initiations
        1. 4th-no form
        2. 3rd - lower centers no effect
      4. Chakras
      5. Entirely controlled by the Soul.

      6. Serve as a channel "only"
        1. Channels of Direction
    • The Hierarchy

1. The Master

2. The Ashram

3. The soul of the Disciple

    • Humanity

1. The disciple

2. The antahkarana

3. Three higher centers

      1. Descent of energy Process of Spiritual Inspiration

1. Master's aura

2. The egoic lotus or soul body

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* 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

    1. The sacrifice petals or the will aspect
    2. The love petals or the love-wisdom aspect
    3. The knowledge petals or the mind aspect

(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:

    1. The sacrifice petals transmits Will energy to the head center, via the 5 sacrifice petals
    2. The love petals transmits Love energy to the heart center, via the 5 love petals
    3. The knowledge petals transmits the energy of Intelligent Activity to the throat center, via the 5 knowledge petals

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

    • The Atmic permanent atom
    • The sacrifice petals
    • The antahkarana
    • The physical permanent atom within the egoic lotus
    • The head center

II. The Spiritual Triad

    • The Buddhic permanent atom
    • The love petals
    • The antahkarana
    • The astral permanent atom within the egoic lotus
    • The heart center

III. The Spiritual Triad

    • The manasic permanent atom
    • The knowledge petals
    • The antahkarana
    • The mental unit
    • The throat center


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.

  • First initiation, the knowledge petals are open and after radiating its fragrance of intelligent activity, soul knowledge, purpose and function of matter, they wither away.
  • Second initiation, the love petals are open and after radiating its fragrance of love, the purpose and value of relationships, harmony, they wither away.
  • Third initiation, the sacrifice petals are open and after...(the power of transmutation,
  • Fourth initiation, the inner petals wither revealing the Soul/jewel in all its beauty.


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    1. Dangers

Violent Reactions:

  • Personality reactions - Fear, Wrong Motive, Emotionalism, Confusion
  • Vanity - Thinking he is more than he is. Forming groups for the wrong purpose
      1. Selfishness
      2. Personality Reactions
      3. Directing forces in specific directions before ready
      4. Directing forces cannot be done until the disciple is within the Master's heart.

      5. Aspirant/Disciples closest to you can cause the most harm
  1. Chela in the Heart
  2. A Master gauges the place and status of the disciple based on the response of the disciple.

    1. Definitions
      1. Close to the Masters heart
      2. The Master upon the disciple's ray

      3. Within the Master's heart
      4. Refers to the Christ, the synthesis within the Hierarchy of all the rays.

      5. Depressed
      6. Synonym for selfishness

      7. Humility
      8. 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.

      9. Esoteric loyalty
      10. 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

      11. Acute discrimination
    2. Themes
      1. Always in telepathic repore
      2. No longer supervised by the Master
      3. Has direct contact with the Christ
      4. 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)

      5. A conscious distributor of life and energy
    3. Lessons
      1. Questions to ask
  • Are you too set and too preoccupied with yourself to achieve the detachment needed for world service?
  • Are you too old?
  • Are you too depressed and too sensitive to render service to humanity in a larger way than hitherto? (Care enough)
  • Is your awareness a constant group awareness - or is it constant self awareness which comes consistently between you and your fellowmen?
  • Have you the deep humility - based on the realization of the plan and the glory of the goal - and not of a sense of self depreciation over which you gloat and regard as an indication of spiritual humility?



      1. Types of people/responses to the call
        1. Unconscious but lovers of humanity
        2. Usually more useful than the accepted disciple because they are unconscious of status and individual importance

        3. The psychic
        4. 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.

        5. Probationary
        6. 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.

        7. Accepted Disciples
        8. 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.

        9. Close to the Master's heart

        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.

      2. Share world karma
      3. World conflict is a reflection of conflict in the hearts of disciples
    1. Dangers
      1. Preoccupation with details
      2. ...particularly with permanent atoms. Difficulty can be created by the preoccupation with physical details over an extended period of time.

      3. Losing the long range picture
      4. Negative attitude
      5. Selfishness

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