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The seedgroups that will function in the future, are at this time in a growing stage and in the process of expansion, working more or less silently. This stage is most important for according to the healthiness of the seeds and their ability to cast strong roots downwards and to penetrate slowly and steadily upwards into the light.

An Ashram is a place of quietly confident, regulated effort. The Plan and the immediate service activity are known, and disciples and initiates - each aware of this task and with their equipment - proceed to carry out the phase of the One Work which is theirs. Each senses its relationship to the phases of the work undertaken by his groupbrothers; it is in learning to see the picture whole (as the Master ever sees it) that confidence and security are developed.

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There are, my brothers, weaknesses to be found in all the group members. Personality tendencies and errors exist and the mistakes which involve, primarily, a man's own interests and his own internal life; but these constitute no serious detriment to group work, for they can be overcome or rendered entirely superficial with a very little effort. Impatience with the results already achieved, a feeling of smug superiority, certain physical failings and personal ambitions of a superficial kind are present in several members in all of the groups. And in each group, at certain times, there is a member whose difficulties are of a more serious nature, because they constitute a true detriment to the group life, providing (as they do) entrance for forces which do, most definitely, hold back the flow of spiritual life and prevent the work of a group nature moving forward to accomplishment. In these cases, what can we do?

First of all, we must exert infinite patience and give to each person full time for change. This is done - for years in some cases, and thereby the patience of the group members is taxed who were not implicated in the particular situation and weakness, and who longed to begin group work. The lesson of patience has not been lost and

we would remind the group members that if they ever hope to have hierarchical standing, they must learn that love and that patience which can wait - thinking no evil and fostering only good

We made clear that a drastic (re)organisation might be in order and that the groups might have to be (re)arranged somewhat before the united group work could be carried forward. This (re)organisation seems now to be unavoidable. It is not final. It does not touch the enduring, unchanging relation which has been established and which will persist among all of you eternally. Nothing can basically separate you.

The objective of the work of these seed groups is to familiarise people with the hierarchical Plan as it is working out today in this - time of crisis.

In these last three words we have the theme which is of paramount importance at this time. Is it? One of our work objectives is partly to dispel illusion, but primarily to impress the Plan upon the consciousness of the leading people in the world. It has seemed to us that this crisis is more keenly realised by worldly people than it is by world aspirants, who do have a slight vision of the objectives. Those who are not oriented to the spiritual Hierarchy and to the Path are now largely dedicated to activities of a world nature (either good or what you call bad) and this is not true of the world aspirants. They, instead of working actively to bring about the accomplishment of the ends indicated by the Plan (which are of a spiritual nature and unifying in their effect, breeding not hatred and separativeness, but world understanding and fusion) spend their time in speculation, in criticism of the various world leaders and in fearful foreboding - none of which is in the least helpful and, in the last analysis, is definitely harmful. This harmfulness is due to a powerfully directed thoughtform, constructed by men and women of a certain aptitude in spiritual advancement.

The responsibility of thought is little grasped as yet by those who are numbered among the world aspirants; yet their thought-making activity is now either definitely constructive or potentially destructive. We hesitate to enlarge upon this theme, owing to the probable personality reactions which those who read these words may generate. We are, therefore, speaking here of the world in general and not so specifically of the world aspirants and pledged workers.

Seed groups and the Law of group progress

On this website we gave some thoughts anent the new seed groups which come into functioning activity under The Law of Group Progress. This law has a peculiarly close relation to the new Aquarian Age.

Groups have always existed in the world, as for instance the family group unit, but they have been predominantly third ray groups (ray of Active Intelligence) with, therefore, a dominant outer expression and control, and originating as the result of desire. Their focus has been outstandingly material, and that has been part of the intended plan. Right objectivity and expression has been the goal, and still is, of the evolutionary process.

But the groups now forming are a second ray activity and are building groups - building the forms of expression in the new age.

They are not the result of desire, as the term is usually understood, for they are founded basically on a mental impulse. They are subjective in fact and not objective in nature. They are distinguished by quality more than by form. That they may eventually produce potent objective effects is to be desired and such is their intent in the minds of the Masters, but - at a certain stage in the 20th century, which was that of germination - they were subjective and (occultly speaking) they were "working in the dark."

At some date, groups will emerge which will be first ray groups, animated by the will aspect and consequently still more subjective in nature and more esoteric in origin.

These seed groups are embryonic and therefore, like germinating seeds, their activity is at present dual. Every seed demonstrates its life by putting out two outward evidences of its internal life and activity, and these seed groups are no exception to this universal law. Their activity is evidenced in a relation to the Hierarchy and their relation to each other. Not yet have they fully succeeded in emerging into outer plane activity. Their inner life is not adequately strong, but they are, as says the scripture, "taking root downwards" in order to "bear fruit upwards."

Should these groups develop as intended, should the corporate life of the members persist in right integral relation and should continuance be their keynote, then these seed groups, tiny as they may be, will come to flower, and - through an eventual "scattering of the seed," succeed finally in "covering the earth with verdure." We are speaking here in the language of symbolism, which is, as you well know, the language of truth. One small plant, which, in its turn, succeeds in producing a seed, through rightful fruition can thus reproduce itself in multiple order. Be not therefore unduly impressed by the smallness of the effort. A tiny seed is a potent force - if duly tended, rightly nurtured and ripened by sun and water within the soil - its potencies are unpredictable.

The past and the present methods of conscious recognition

Certain germ ideas are emerging into the human consciousness. These differ peculiarly from those of the past, and it is these widely different ideas, which are the distinctive characteristics of the new age, the Aquarian Age. Hitherto the great ideas, which succeeded finally in controlling a race in any age have been the gift of the intuitive sons of men to their generation. Advanced human beings have then seized upon the intuited idea, subordinated it to the process of mentation, made it desirable, and then have seen it come into being through the "agency of recognition," as it is occultly called. One illumined mind would sense the divine idea, needed for the growth of the racial consciousness, and then would give it form; the few would recognise it and thus foster its growth; the many would eventually desire it and it then could manifest experimentally and sporadically all over the civilised world of any age, wherever culture of any kind made itself felt. Thus the idea was manifested.

Two ways in which these determining ideas in the past came into being and played their part in leading the race onward might be mentioned. One was through the teaching of some teacher who founded a school of thought, thus working through the minds of a chosen few, and through them eventually coloured the thoughts of the men of his time. Of such a teacher, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and many others are outstanding examples. Another method was the evocation of the desire of the masses for that which is deemed desirable and their mass reorientation towards a fuller life expression. This life expression, founded on some voiced idea, was embodied in an ideal life. Thus the work of the Saviours of the world came into expression, and this brought about the emergence of a world religion.

  • The first method was strictly mental, and even today remains so; the masses, for instance, know little of Plato and his theories in spite of the fact that he has moulded human minds - either through acquiescence in his theories or through refutation of them - down the ages.
  • The other second method is strictly emotional and so more easily colours the mass consciousness. An instance of this was the message of the love of God which Christ, Maitreya enunciated and the emotional reaction of the masses to His life, His message, and His sacrifice. Thus the need of the mental few and the emotional many has been met down the ages. In every case, the origin of the work effected and the medium whereby the race has been guided has been a human-divine consciousness; the medium has been a Personality Who knew and felt and was at-one with the world of ideas, with the inner world order, and with God's plan.

The result of these two techniques of activity has been the emanation of a stream of force, coming from some layer or level of the world consciousness - the mental or the emotional planes - which are aspects of the consciousness of the manifesting deity. This impact of force has evoked a response from those who function upon one or other of these levels of awareness. Today, as the integration of the human family proceeds and as the mental level of contact becomes more potent, there is to be found a powerful human reaction to schools of thought and a lessened reaction to the methods of orthodox religion. This is due to the fact that the trend of the human consciousness is (if we might so express it) away from the emotional to the mental levels of consciousness, and this, as far as the masses are concerned, will go on increasing.

The vision which lies behind the seed groups

The time has now come when there are enough people to be found who - having themselves made the spiritual and the mental approaches to truth definite factors in their consciousness in some small measure, and having established enough soul contact so that they can begin to touch the world of ideas (upon the intuitional levels of consciousness) - can employ a new technique. Together and as a group they can become sensitive to the incoming new ideas which it is intended should condition the new age that is upon us; together and as a group they can establish the ideals and develop the techniques and methods of the new schools of thought which will determine the new culture; together and as a group they can bring these ideas and ideals into the consciousness of the masses, so that schools of thought and world religions can be blended into one, and the new civilisation can emerge. It will be the product of the mental and emotional fusion of the techniques of the Piscean Age, and:

It will thus produce an eventual manifestation upon the physical plane of the Plan for the immediate future. This is the vision, which lies behind the seed groups.

Looking at the whole problem from another angle, it might be stated that the effort of the past has been to raise the consciousness of humanity through the pioneering efforts of its foremost sons.

The effort of the future (in the 21st century) will be to bring down into manifestation the consciousness of the soul through the pioneering efforts of certain groups.

It has therefore, as you will readily understand, to be a group effort because the soul is group conscious and not individually conscious; the newer truths can only be grasped as a result of group endeavour. This is relatively a new thing. In the past, a man had a vision and sought to materialise it with the aid of those whom he could impress and influence to think as he did; a man sensed an idea or intuited an idea and then tried to give it form, later calling in the help of those who saw his idea as an ideal; a man had a great ambition which was, in reality, a dim grasping of a part of God's general plan, and he then became a group leader or a ruler, with the assistance of those who succumbed to his power or to his right to guide, lead and dominate them.

Progressively, the race has been led from point to point and from stage to stage of unfoldment until today many are seeing the vision, sensing the plan, and dreaming dreams which they can work out together. This they can do because they recognise each other, because they are beginning to know themselves and each other as souls, because their understanding is united and because (and this is of prime importance): 

The light of the intellect, the light of knowledge, the light of the intuition and the light of understanding is evoked within them; it enters not from without
; and in that light, together, they see Light.

It is a group activity, a group recognition, and the result of group at-one-ment.

Civilisation and culture

A civilisation is an expression of a mass level of consciousness as that consciousness works out in physical plane awareness, physical plane adjustments, relationships and methods of living. A culture is essentially an expression of the intellectually and vitally mental significances and the state of consciousness of the mentally polarised people of the race, of the intelligentsia or of those who constitute the link between the inner world of soul life and the outer world of tangible phenomena. In those words the raison d'être of the mental plane is concisely stated. Its function in this connection will be increasingly understood during the next few decades.

The masses are negative to the plane of desire and of feeling, and the civilisation of any age is largely the exteriorisation of that particular level of consciousness. The intelligentsia are positive and their positive mental orientation produces the culture of their time, or their race or their community. We have therefore in the human family:

  • Masses Negative responsive to desire Civilisation
  • Intellectuals Positive responsive to mind Culture

In these you have the two poles, which distinguish the race, and it is through the interplay between these two that human activity, progress and development is generated and carried forward.

There is another grouping, which should not be overlooked. The spiritually minded people of the world are negative to the higher spiritual world as it expresses itself through or calls forth the higher type of desire which we call aspiration. This produces those exponents of the spiritual nature who constitute - in the aggregate - the Church of Christ or the world religions in the exoteric sense and in any race or time. Positive to this group and giving them the keynote of the culture of their particular age on this higher turn of the spiral are the esotericists and aspirants throughout the world. These are responsive to the mind aspect. In this way the spiritual culture and the resultant civilisation comes into being and to it the lower becomes responsive. You have, therefore, the masses and the intellectuals together negative in their turn to the positive impression of the deeper civilisation and culture as it is expressed through the religions of the world and the groups of idealistic esoteric seekers after reality. These latter are the glory of every age and the positive germ of the subjective unfolding impulse, which is basically the source of all current phenomenal appearance.

This group of religionists and esoteric aspirants in their turn constitute the negative pole to the positive impression and energy of the planetary or occult Hierarchy. Consequently, we have:

  • Negative Groups - Positive Groups
  • The Masses - The Intelligentsia
  • The Churches and religions - The Esotericists, aspirants and occultists
  • The Esotericists, in their turn - The Planetary Hierarchy

Broadly speaking, these groups divide themselves into the extroverted groups and the introverted groups, into the objective and the subjective levels of consciousness, and into the major divisions of the phenomenal world and the world of spiritual realities.

To fuse and blend these groups 

The problem before the Hierarchy at the beginning (in the 19th century) was how to fuse and blend these two distinct groups, attitudes or states of consciousness so that from their fusion a third group could emerge which would be exterior in its activity and yet consciously alive to the interior values; they should be able to function upon the outer plane of appearances and, at the same time, be equally awake and active upon the inner plane of reality and of spiritual living.

This type of dual functioning is the easiest activity for the Members of the Hierarchy and constitutes the sine qua non prior to association with that Hierarchy. It was realised that many people could be trained in the appreciation of this possibility and slowly developed to the point where theory could pass into practice. Yet these people would not be equipped throughout their natures in such a way that they were ready to become part of the occult Hierarchy, even in the stage of accepted disciples.

It was the realisation of the need for a bridging group (in the 20th century) which would be neither entirely negative nor entirely positive which prompted some of the Masters (Who are connected with the Hierarchy) to form the New Group of World Servers. These people belong to neither group and yet they can function more or less in relation to both. This, as you well know, has been done with quite a measure of success and this large group now (in the 21st century) exists and is magnetic enough to draw forth response from the mass of world aspirants and servers (who represent the current civilisation and current culture) and at the same time to absorb and thus transmit knowledge, wisdom, force and light from the Planetary Hierarchy.

There can exist on earth a replica of the Hierarchy, its methods and techniques of work

It has now been deemed possible to form groups within the New Group of World Servers whose members can begin to prepare themselves to express both the phenomenal and the impulsive, the negative and the positive, the material and the spiritual with such a measure of success that, in due time, there can exist on earth a replica of the Hierarchy, its methods and techniques of work. Such is the purpose of the groups which were formed, and of other groups throughout the world who - in a different way and form, and employing perchance a different phraseology - yet are motivated and actuated as are the seed groups for which some Masters have made themselves responsible.

The three reasons for their importance might therefore be stated as follows:

1. They constitute the germ of life which will result in the emergence of the Hierarchy at a later date upon earth, coming forth from the seclusion of the ages to function again in the light of physical day.

2. They are a bridging group, bridging between the negative mass of mankind and the positive agency of the Hierarchy. That is the reason why, in these groups, emphasis is laid upon service because that embodies response to the mass and its need, and upon soul contact because that embodies response to the world of souls, as typified for us in the occult Hierarchy.

3. They also hold within themselves as a group the seeds of the coming civilisation and the germ of the new culture. The germ of the life of the new age is there, within the husk of the old age and the old forms. Hence the opportunity, the service and the problems of these groups.

You will note that:

• the first opportunity concerns the spirit aspect or the vital impulsive life aspect of divinity;
• the second concerns the soul aspect or the subjective consciousness aspect of divinity;
• the third concerns the body aspect or the physical expression, through consciousness, of the divine life.

The groups which are formed are intended to be small reflections of these three aspects from the angle of modern need and the meeting of that need.

Seed groups forming

The seed groups that will function are in the growing stage and in the process of expansion.

This stage is, however, most important for according to the healthiness of the seeds and their ability to cast strong roots downwards and to penetrate slowly and steadily upwards into the light, so will be the adequacy of their contribution to the new age which is upon us. We would emphasise that fact to you.

We are witnessing the birth pangs of the new culture and the new civilisation.

This is now in progress. That which is old and undesirable must go and of these undesirable things, hatred and the spirit of separation must be the first to go.

We told you before that accidents to individuals are the result, usually, of an explosion of force and that these explosions are caused by the hatreds and the unkind thoughts and the critical words of those involved in the accident.  

Fundamentally, it is caused by the separative attitudes of all peoples and races who, down the centuries and also today, have hated each other and loved themselves. It is caused by people in every country, who have sought to cast the blame for conditions on everyone except themselves, and who have diligently sought for scapegoats whereby they may feel personal immunity for their share in the wrong thinking, the wrong speaking and the wrong doing.

This fact should be grasped and faced by all aspirants and disciples, including the members of the seed groups. They are not immune from the prevalent failings and many of them have sought to apportion the blame for world conditions and to criticise those who are seeking, in their own way and fashion, to deal with the situation. Clear thinking, a clear appraisal of causes and a loving outgoing to all, should distinguish all disciples at this time. Where this attitude does not exist, there is ever the danger of absorption into the vortex of hatred and separativeness and the divorcing of the person by this (even if only temporarily) from the vortex of love. This spells danger and glamour. The very fact that disciples are all so pronouncedly individual, intensifies their reactions, good and bad.  

It is time now, in the face of the difficulty and seeming inadequacy, to expand the intended group work.

Each (seed) group has been organised to fulfil a specific task.
That task must continue.