The path of a disciple is a thorny one: briars beset his every step, and difficulties meet him at every turn. Yet in the treading of the path, in the overcoming of the difficulties, and in a single-hearted adherence to the good of the group, with a proportionate attention to the individuals and their evolutionary development, comes a length fruition, and the attainment of the goal.
A SERVER of the RACE stands forth, he is a server because he has no ends of his own to serve, and from his lower sheath goes out no vibrationwhich can beguile him from his chosen path. He serves, because he knows what is in man, and because for many lives he has worked with individuals and with groups, gradually expanding the range of his endeavour until he has gathered around him those units of consciousness whom he can energise, and use, and through whom he can work out the plans of his superiors.
Such is the goal, but the intermediate stages are fraught with difficulty for all who stand on the verge of self-discovery, and becoming the Path itself.
Some practical advise might be of value here:-
Study with care the first three books of the Bhagavad Gita.
The problem of Arjuna is the problem of all disciples, and the solution is eternally the same. Stand ready and watch the heart. In the transferring of the fire from the solar plexis to the heart centre comes much pain.
It is not easy to Love as do the Great Ones, with a pure love which requires nothing back; with an impersonal Love that rejoices where there is response, but looks not for it, and loves steadily, quitely, and deeply through all apparent divergences, knowing that when each has found his own way home, he will find that home to be the place of at-one-ment.
Be prepared for lonliness. It is the law. As a man dissociates himself from all that concerns his physical, astral and mental bodies, and centres himself in the Ego, it produces a temporary seperation. This must be endured and passed, leading to a close link at a later period with all associated with the disciple through the karma of past lives, through group work, and through the activity of the disciple (carried on almost unconsciously at first) in gathering together those through whom later he will work.
Cultivate happiness, knowing that depression, and over morbid investigation of the motive, and undue sensitiveness to the criticism of others leads to a condition wherein a disciple is almost useless. Happiness is based on the confidence of the God within, a just appreciation of time, and a forgetfulness of self. Take all the glad things which may come as trusts to be used to spread joy, and rebel not at happiness and pleasure in service, thinking it an indication that all is not well. Suffering comes as the lower self rebels. Control that lower self, eliminate desire, and all is joy.