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Requirements for disciples

The world today is going through a preparation period and an interlude of adjustment to the new world and the new order, which is coming into being. This new world is verily a new creation and with its activities the Masters are today engaged, working as always through the medium of Their disciples. In this preparatory period, the Masters are today occupied, among other things, with preparing disciples for constructive work for service and eventually for initiation. They are consequently occupied with forming new groups of disciples who can gradually be integrated into existent groups and be available for world service. It is planned to do this on a large scale because of world need and the willingness of the world aspirants to take the personal risks, incident to this preparatory work.

There are certain very simple rules to which we would refer and which form a foundation of truths, which you already accept as necessary to all spiritual advancement. These are the accepted requirements and are recognised as present in all whom the Masters take in hand and weld into Their groups for service. They are:

1. To tune in on world need

The recognised need to tune in, as far as the individual aspirant can, on world need as it is gradually emerging. It must be borne in mind that the requirements for those who will work at this bringing into being the new world will be of a different nature in many ways from the past. This must be carefully borne in mind. The world need must be approached mentally and spiritually and not emotionally. So many aspirants and would-be disciples are emotional; they shrink from the facing of existent facts and approach problems from their own preconceived ideas of service and their own established idealisms.

2. A finer sense of values

The achievement of a finer sense of values. Rest, amusement, idleness, argument and criticism have no real place in a disciple's life for the next few years. A sane handling of the physical mechanism will be required, plus a divine indifference to personal feeling and health reactions. Complete dedication to the meeting of human need; utter consecration to the Plan; intelligent cooperation with all whom you recognise to be senior disciples; adequate care to take right action in circumstances so that your efficiency is not impaired; the conservation of energy through silence and through that constant radiation which is based on self-forgetfulness - that is what is asked of the disciple in the world today, this is what the Hierarchy expects and this is what will eventually open the door of initiation. That door has to be opened more widely at this time by the accepted disciples of the world so that more and more of the human race may more easily enter. Self-interest will not open it.

3. A fluidity of mind and attitude

The development of a fluidity of mind and attitude, which will recognise the fact that - though the Plan stands - techniques, presentations, idealisms and methods must necessarily change. This is not an easy thing to do. The Plan, as it is outlined in the past, was but a skeleton outline and simply an underlying basic structure. It was the steel scaffolding of the new world-to-be as regards that part of it which you could aid in materialising.

It is not easy for the average person to be fluid and to change details and methods in relation to that which has been taught in the past and about which he has evolved definite and distinct ideas. Are you, therefore, prepared to throw these overboard and work in the way which will meet the new world need under the new incoming influences?

The disciple upon whom the Master can most confidently depend is the one who can - in periods of change - preserve that which is good and fundamental while breaking from the past and add to it that which is of immediate service in the present. An attitude of spiritual compromise is right, needed and very rare to find. Most of the things about which there may be argument and contention among disciples concern methods and relative non-essentials; they deal with points of organisation. They are not so important as the inner unity of vision and the ability to concede where no wrong is involved and where a fellow worker fails to see the point.

Disciples need to see to it that they do not hinder by any form of self-assertion, or by the imposition of their own ideas or by any authoritarianism, based on past procedure. Ponder on this.

The disciple who is sure that he is always right and who is confident that his interpretation of what is needed is infallibly correct and that others must be moulded into cooperation with his planned procedures can greatly hinder the good work.

The task of the modern disciple is to sense need and then to meet it and this, again, is part of the new emerging technique of invocation and evocation.