Step Four: Man the Aspirant
October 22nd to November 1st
Proceeding upon the Reverse Wheel the sign of Scorpio is
entered via Mars in the first decan, Venus in the second and Pluto in
the third. The lessons of discipleship in the Mars decan of Scorpio are
difficult to learn, and with these lessons you will be confronted as the
years slip away and lifetime follows lifetime—until you choose to
'face the music'. Eventually the discords must be resolved, the conflicts
ended, and you must learn to play out your life theme in harmonious rhythm.
Mars excites in you the fight to attain longed for liberation and release.
In fact there is no cause for anxiety, for the future is assured. Your
initial work is to develop your spiritual intuition so that your intellect
is increasingly illumined by the light of your soul. The initiatory tests
throw you headlong into the battle that will eventually result in your
release from the hydra of personality desires, the proverbial Dweller
on the Threshold. Remaining weaknesses in your personality equipment will
have to be dealt with.
The tests of Mars severely challenge the handling
of your sexual relationships, your appropriation of physical comforts
and your means of making money. These constitute the well-known tests
of the physical appetites. To prove your readiness for initiation you
must learn to demonstrate selflessness in all these affairs.
One of your steady objectives is the constant cultivation
of the attitude of the observer. Pay closer attention to your daily duties
as an aspirant and develop a more observant attitude towards your own
actions, words and thoughts. Likewise you are becoming more aware of your
life on the astral plane—your dreams and experiences during the
hours of sleep. Remember however, that these also are a part of the Great
Illusion. Your immediate goal is to develop your powers of observation
as a soul and to cultivate the power to register through the medium of
your brain the thoughts of that divine Perceiver.
You will learn the hard way, as do all Scorpio aspirants
to Selfhood, to demonstrate full sensitivity to your higher Self and reorient
your whole personal life effort in that direction. You are beginning to
reconcile and heal psychological cleavages by demonstrating all that you
have managed to integrate, thus expressing yourself as a coordinated personality
ready to begin the fusion process with the higher Self.
You have begun
to demonstrate a highly developed character and are beginning to unfold
the qualities of the soul. Here Mars aids you in the process of personality
decentralization. The law of desire which has dominated you for many ages,
must now give place to the law of repulse. The undesirable and unworthy
must be repudiated. Your sensory vehicle, your astral impulses and the
impulses of your wish-life have to be correctly reoriented and properly
directed. You must focus your energies on a definite physical plane activity
under the motivation of an intelligent aspiration to serve and contribute.
Begin to live a life directed by purpose, idealism and
planning instead of one which is impelled by the urges, promptings and
desires of your personal agendas. Practice a wise conservation of energy
and eliminate non-essential activity. This will bring about an inner organization
of your forces and will greatly increase your usefulness in service.
not make decisions based upon personality agendas. Indecision will end
when you understand your soul purpose more clearly. The important first
step is the elimination of selfishness and the development of a genuine
unconcern as to the experiences of the personality. Have patience and
refuse to move hurriedly. Learn that when right decision is arrived at,
soul starts energy working along the desired lines and one must then move
slowly in the wake of the wave of energy.
The day-by-day regulation of
your energy usage and the maintenance of your alignment through meditation
practice will result in greatly increased efficiency. Your alignment is
still somewhat weak, however your motivations are as positive as could
be hoped for based upon your level of knowledge, and you are genuinely
devoted to the cause of uplifting humanity. Your love of your fellow men
is very real. Your mind is active and alert and you are deeply interested
in life and in all human relations.
The doors of spiritual opportunity have opened wide for
you, for the stimulation of your group affiliation has so enhanced your
potency that your soul vibration has increased. As a Scorpio aspirant
you have a certain magnetic power. Now soul magnetism must be harnessed
through reticence, control and service, and from that point of soul influence
you will one day work. The soul magnetizes all three bodies, therefore
you must learn control and make right use of soul energy, otherwise soul
force pouring through the uncontrolled vehicles will inevitably have a
Your soul now demands intensification that will permit
greater usefulness in your group work. Remember that it is not where you
are but what you are that matters. The power of an unimpeded channel in
the hands of the Hierarchy is far greater than you know, and your place
is in the front rank of the battle. The Hierarchy itself stands behind
the scene of world affairs and works ever through others; it stands with
those who bear the burden of direct contact and the immediate work of
humanity in the battle now raging between the Forces of Light and the
Dark Forces of materialism, chaos, fear and terror.
Learn to hold to a vision. What, for example, are your
spiritual goals? What spiritual incentives are strong enough in you to
hold you steady to the purpose and true to your immediate initiatory objective
that will lead you to the next stage of Accepted Discipleship? No-one
can formulate the vision for you. This is your own unique spiritual problem.
Upon the strength of the inner vision and the beauty of the spiritual
picture painted with your creative imagination will depend much that you
do and become upon the Path of Discipleship.
Constantly gauge the quality of your motives and measure
the relative degree of selflessness you have attained. You must demonstrate
a real desire to serve and a willingness to be obedient to the light within
all beings before the fifth step can be taken. Release yourself from the
thralldom of self-determination and the grip of your personal thought-life.
Subdue your desires and urges and seek direction from the soul for the
benefit of the greater life of humanity.
Your motivation must not stem
from desire for your own release but from a love for all beings and the
wish that each should be liberated from pain and suffering. Your own personal
growth and spiritual satisfaction are to be relegated to a secondary place.
The key to your transformation is the exercise of the discriminative faculty
in coordination with the goal to serve, aid, contribute and heal with
dispassion, courage and an open heart. Offer yourself in service to lift,
aid and succor your fellow humanity.
One of your immediate tasks is to learn to use your mind
in order to develop the intuition and to control the lower psychic nature.
Psychic glamour at times unduly distorts your point of view and constitutes
a dangerous and disturbing element. You are wary of this lower psychic
sensitivity and the knowledge which it brings, yet this is the astral
environment in which you must learn to walk with freedom and with grace.
It is not an environment which is forced upon you and which you must seek
to escape, but an aspect of manifestation that you must learn to work
with and function within but with complete detachment—just as in
the physical environment you do not identify yourself with phenomena such
as snow, wind, rain or storm.
Glamour exists on the astral plane. Perhaps
your work may lie in helping those who are sensitive to the lower psychic
realms to find a path though the glamours of the astral plane. An aspirant,
for example, who has been astrally and psychically controlled by the glamour
of selfish desire and material goals will make a real step forward when
he escapes from the glamour of devotion to a spiritual teacher. Reflect
on this. It would benefit you to study the methods of transmuting the
lower glamours into the higher powers which lead eventually to liberation.
The Scorpio aspirant can do much to solve the glamour of
lower psychic sensitivity by the right handling of the time equation,
for the timing and rhythm of right relationship has much effect on the
proliferation of glamour—or in contrast, the elimination of glamour
by the release of non-essentials. Release yourself from the grip of lower
psychic glamour by coming to a more active mental grasp of its nature.
Therefore expect to face a life of testing and constant physical and emotional
change. The tests will be predominantly upon the astral plane with repercussions
or energetic effects upon the buddhic or intuitional plane.
Pay careful attention to the inner stirrings of revolution
and rebellion that have in them the seeds of liberation. You have as yet
but little understanding of their depth and purpose. Rebellion in the
Scorpio aspirant may be based on purely selfish desire for a way of life
more suitable to the demands of the personality; or rebellion may in fact
be a soul demand to overcome the limitations of the personality.
rebellion is a defense mechanism stimulated from some sense of inferiority;
sometimes it is a response to circumstance or popular opinion. Or it may
be the acting out of some aspect of the mind of the race, or a response
to others with whom one is associated through ancient ties, karmic liabilities
or self-chosen responsibility. The neophyte must learn to recognize the
real nature and source of what directs and conditions him; whether it
is some Aspect of the personality, or the personality as a whole, or whether
it is the soul.
Changes in the life of a pledged aspirant can be due to
two main causes: Firstly the working out of personal karma which is unavoidable
and which presents opportunity; secondly, change can be directly initiated
out of free choice and decision.
Changes and innovations made while following
the self-directed line of your life work have little to do with precipitating
karma. They are the intelligent initiation of new karma which will in
its turn produce its inevitable spiritual effects. You have now reached
the fourth stage on the Path wherein you can consciously engineer situations
and conditions which are not effects or results but mark the beginning
of new cycles of soul activity. It marks a significant level of spiritual
progress upon the Path when conscious decisions can be made with due appreciation
The future holds much of useful service for you if you
continue to be open to instruction. To develop your service potential
will take time and require of you a certain humility, and also an inner
recognition of your place and position in the chain of Hierarchy. Do not
allow the pressures of family life and the exigencies of the world work
or the activities of an active mind, to interfere with the inner learning
process which is so essential to initiates. Inevitably your personal karmic
situation in relation to the group work for which you are responsible,
as well as your personal and family life, has entailed much turmoil, violence,
sacrifice and strain due to the warring energies of Mars. You have had
to face these conflicts essentially alone. You are in hierarchical training
for discipleship, and under Mars and Scorpio you must learn that you can
stand alone only if you love enough.
As a pledged and Accepted Disciple you have the power of
your Master's Ashram behind you and are supported by the love of your
fellow disciples. A disciple entrusted with a definite task by his Master
and working from within the Ashram must operate from a sense of duty and
deep devotion, from a sense of karmic responsibility and obedience to
the injunctions of the soul, but also under the inspiration of true Love.
Under the loving influence of the soul the resistances of the personality
are overcome. If you work with correct motivation, humility and right
self-effacement of personality, you will be given much responsibility
and power. Go forward therefore, in your group training and service with
joy and confidence.
At the threshold of the fifth step it is important for
you to continue with your occult studies and work practically along occult
lines. Continue to teach and assist occult students. Take appropriate
spiritual pride in the truth that you have made real progress, that you
have eliminated much in your life that was non-essential in order to make
more time for service. In this no-one assisted you but you found the ways
and means alone and unaided. You have been "grounded in your place"
(DINAII, p.746) and must now master the technique of moving forward along
your line of service.
You will be more effective if you can learn to concentrate
and centralize the inflow of all your soul forces in active, focused service
upon the physical plane. When to this you can add a trained and illumined
mind, then you will become a focal point of spiritual attraction polarized
at your own center. When your life has an ordered rhythm and you express
a steadfast adherence to carry out the Plan, you will then take your rightful
position as a representative of an Ashram. The shouldering of your ashramic
responsibilities will mark your attainment of spiritual maturity. Go forward
in strength, knowing that the power of the soul and the solidarity of
the Ashram can ever be relied upon.
Step Five: Man the Disciple
November 1st to 11th
Under Venus you have developed a sound sense of values,
but now this needs to be shifted up to a new level. Your gifts of understanding,
wisdom and compassion and your psychological intuition are exceedingly
good, yet also require further development. The old claims of your personality
life that may perhaps bring you temporary satisfaction, require reorienting
to the present life demand and to the urgency of the present time.
must appreciate that in spite of your rich experiences, deep desires and
remarkable insights, your occult perception is imperfect and at times
totally blind. Be ready to recognize and admit error; be equally ready
however, to perceive when your work with your group has been successful.
Learn also to perceive failures where the outside world or your contemporaries
or other disciples on the Path may see only success and spiritual achievement.
It is said that the central Way of Light is unveiled by
pushing away that which intrudes. (EPII, p.163) You have had moments of
deep depression mounting at times in the past to great crises of despair.
Venus eventually ends suffering and pain, ushering in a state of spiritual
peace and the healing of all old wounds. In the interim period however,
you will be attacked, much maligned and generally misunderstood by your
family, friends, peers and contemporaries. However these conditions, which
are perfectly normal at this step, simply set the stage and are not sufficient
deterrents to the completion of your life-work, your karmic duties, your
appointed mission. This is a lesson to you not to treat your brothers
in a similar manner; not to abuse power in the group field. There are
many temptations to abuse power in any group, whether that is a spiritual
community or a business or a school, and you will be severely tested.
At first you will likely fail these tests. Invaluable discipleship experience
is gained in the process and out of the multitude of failures will eventually
come a few small successes. Your karmic slate cannot at this stage be
cleansed and wiped free of past failures and present shortcomings. All
you can do is recognize them for what they are.
Recognize also the way
towards a more full expression of discipleship. Always work to evoke the
best and highest within the group, act as a healing agent sensitively
operating through the laws of Love and magnetic control within the group.
Disciples everywhere have to work hard at the task of perfecting themselves,
for the world situation demands trained and skilled workers. No group
can be used in world service that is not working in perfect accord and
harmony. This must be brought about not by members of the group withdrawing
themselves thus inhibiting whatever unbalances the group equilibrium,
but by the process of loving self-forgetfulness. Use your powers as a
contribution to group life and by means of your loving radiation strengthen
the group structure and stimulate group love.
All advanced Scorpio disciples need to learn to direct
their own naturally powerful forces and energies instead of being directed
by them. You must demonstrate steadfastness, poise, humility, caution,
enthusiasm and dynamic purpose in order to be trusted to handle with wisdom
the powers conferred. Your problem is predominantly to establish a dynamic
relation between all the inner and subtler forces that are focused in
your etheric body so that you can occultly "bring through" (DINAI,
p.135) into outer expression via the physical brain, all your riches of
realization, understanding and wisdom.
Astral calm, self-forgetfulness
and the development of wisdom are the three things to which you need to
pay careful attention. Your orientation towards learning must now be replaced
by the active expression of your understanding and wisdom. You are well
on the way to transmuting knowledge into wisdom.
You are aware of all
your faults and follow true direction instinctively, even if at times
you choose the longer way around towards your objective. Latent wisdom
must be developed, and for this your group work and service will provide
a most useful field. Do not be swayed by personalities, but take your
stand upon your own wisdom and preserve the group integrity by definite
effort. Attempt more often to give outer expression to your inner nature
and seek to make the conscious link between your personality and soul
more dynamic and real.
The strength, wisdom and love of every disciple
in the world today is very earnestly needed. Humanity is demanding help
and the Hierarchy is asking for your cooperation. Remember that right
action is the result of being. If your awareness of being is of a personality
nature, your activity will also be. If your consciousness is focused in
spiritual being, a spontaneous, creative and active service will be the
result of the consequent radiation.
The successful negotiation of the trials of the central
decan brings about the expression of spiritual transcendence, illumined
living and loving soul control. You will eventually eliminate all residual
forms of astral dualism. Your greatest initial challenge is to overcome
the swing between the polar opposites and not feel torn between the warring
dualities within yourself, your co-workers or within your material circumstances
Through familiarity with the pairs of opposites your
work is then to discover that which is neither of them. The mark of success
is that you will stop wrongly judging others. You are ready for the sixth
step when you have learned to think of yourself as a saving regenerating
force, to think of the world as a field of service, and to think of others
as souls. Then and only then will the light of your lower self wane in
the blaze of glory which emanates from your higher Self.
Finally at the
successful conclusion of the fifth step it is said, "the greater
glory obliterates the lesser". (EA, p.207)
I call you to preparedness and to freedom from the glamours
of the familiar, of family and surroundings. The subjective tests with
which you are most concerned appropriately deal with lower residual desires
on the astral plane, and these peculiar trials are subtler than those
concerning the gross physical appetites.
You are being tested on your
ability to master the uncontrolled desires of your astral body, dissipate
personal delusions, incorrect views, non-virtuous actions and in general
work on astral glamours both individual and planetary. The creative work
of disciples in every field of service involves the destruction of glamour
and illusion to which all humanity are prone.
Naturally the initial emphasis
is upon the release of any remaining desires of the three-fold personality.
All manner of physical, emotional and mental problems must be resolved
and the numerous deep-seated issues, unconquered residues and potent entrenched
liabilities of your personality make this task exceedingly difficult.
You must always be ready and able to call in the light of your higher
Self along with the reasoning power of your brilliant, insightful and
highly trained mind. Your conditioning motivation must be love used as
the primary, magnetic, attractive factor conditioning all of your personal
and group relationships.
Recognize that you have learned to use your mind
in two directions: Increasingly at will you can instantly turn the searchlight
of your brilliant mind into the inner world of your soul and also into
the world of illusion for the dissipation of glamours.
Do not lose sight of the fact that your soul has deliberately
chosen for you the karmic life circumstances that will almost unavoidably
or inevitably face you with opportunities for the self-initiated trials
and the purging disciplines necessary for your onward evolution. After
some progress has been made the fierce opposition of your personality
to your inner work will be further tested to provide the opportunity for
your soul to fully irradiate your emotional body. After the completion
of these specific tests you will no longer feel the usual fear, possess
no personal desire and express no personal animosity or hatred. You will
be joyous and free from any form of personal angst or delusion and finally
released from any entrapment in the worlds of maya, glamour and illusion.
This in no way involves the negation or disabling of outward opposing
forces, people or conditions, but rather the attainment of joy and inner
peace as a result of the establishment of what Buddhists term 'correct
view'. Right relations with your environment does not necessarily connote
peaceful conditions in the three worlds of human endeavor, but rather
an inner state of peace as you fulfil your soul mandate regardless of
what is transpiring in the outer world.
This is not an easy task because
the sum total of all your instinctive tendencies, all your inherited glamours
and all your wrong mental attitudes have to be conquered, subdued and
overcome before you can move forward. At this stage as you are still dwelling
in a personality and have not yet taken the Third Initiation, you have
major work ahead.
The esoteric school or group that you lead or to which
you belong, is both your proving ground and training ground. You belong
to the new school that is entrusted with the task of producing the modern
esoteric curricula of psychology, healing, astrology and science. As the
established arena of initiatory endeavor, this will prove sufficiently
challenging and difficult a battleground. Your soul is asking of you an
intensity and a dynamic one-pointed focus. Your salient task is to deepen
and enrich the group life of which you are an integral part. Many new
experiences and much advanced instruction is being given as training.
The forming of your group was not an easy matter, and its continuation
will also be difficult. You question your ability to conform to your own
self-imposed requirements and to submit to the self-imposed group discipline
of your own making. Doubtless you have sincerity of purpose and of life
intent, but do you have the necessary steadfast determination to tread
the Path towards your Aquarian Group goal with true brotherly love and
deep occult recognition? Hold to your decision to form your own group
or school in spite of failure at times to achieve even your own standards
of spiritual living.
Endeavor to conform to the group requirements of
your own free will and for the purposes of group unity and integrity.
It is wise to make the effort and to accept spiritual opportunity by a
temporary acquiescence and voluntary group obedience to prove that there
is a purpose and a planned understanding behind group living and the new
advanced Aquarian technique of group training. It takes time for adjustments
to be made and for the needed subjective unfoldments and revelations to
be brought about.
Be patient my brother. You have already demonstrated
remarkable courage, great restraint and a steadfast will, and can achieve
much in this life if you continue to so apply yourself.
Endeavor to grasp in a new and dynamic manner the dual
life of discipleship. You must learn to function simultaneously in the
field of service and the field of karmic obligation. Your primary responsibility
is to set an example for those who are at the first stage of group consciousness
and group service. You seldom act without due consideration of consequences.
Work with your group so that each person learns intelligently and powerfully
to master glamour in their own lives. When you have learned to dominate
conditions through the power of your soul, then you can work constructively
in the midst of group conditions untouched by glamour. Do not permit this
dutiful expression of your high calling, this expression of honor and
sacrifice, to weigh heavily upon you, but bear the burden with joy. Be
occupied with the problem of sensitive response and not with the glamour
of leadership surrounding your role in the group.
Deal with causes and
not with effects. Strive to dispel fear, doubt and uncertainty in the
minds of others. Ever strive to clarify your group field with the illuminating
rays of science, logic and clear, precise thought. To the best of your
ability use the First Ray of Will and Power to cleanse your group field
and to render service on the astral plane, that sphere wherein so much
group healing needs to take place among your co-workers and associates.
Reveal to others the joy of the soul that is discovered through the pure
perception of the illuminating rays of the light of Truth. Accept the
limitations of your group field, which is your principal vehicle of world
service. In all cases the way to overcome personal limitations in the
group field is through the expression of true selflessness. However at
present there is still far to go to attain this goal.
Venus guarantees your eventual spiritual victory. Here
this means that your whole divine Self, although not yet in perfect expression,
will ground itself upon the physical plane with sufficient accuracy and
clarity to be pilloried and made example of. Yes even though rent to shreds
you must have, as H.P. Blavatsky has said, "the heart of a Lion to
scorn the savage barking of the dogs of envy, malice and ignorance and
the soul of a dove to forgive the poor ignorant fools". (HPB)
drastic tests of the central decan are designed to ultimately lead you
to a state of illumination expressive of the triumph of the soul. Give
up your attachment and desire for benefit in this lifetime and concentrate
upon your soul's contribution to the welfare of humanity. Your work will
take many lifetimes to fulfil so expand the range of your vision to encompass
a real understanding and appreciation of what gifts and contributions
you have to make to the future. How else can you survive the present,
with the memory of your past suffering?
The spiritual imagination is the most creative faculty.
Can you picture to yourself by any flight of imagination the task ahead
for your spiritual group or school project?
For instance, in the 21st
century what changes do you envisage occurring? Outer changes mean nothing
unless they are the result of new vision, for if they emerge out of criticism
of what has been done in the past they will prove useless from the perspective
of the spiritual life, no matter how useful they may be from the angle
of outer organization.
Have you the perception to deeply understand what
an esoteric school or spiritual group essentially has to be?
it be like if you had to be the one to teach, to inspire others, if there
was no more advanced initiate to take on this role?
From where would you
draw inspiration, and how would you make the world of meaning and the
spiritual realities real and provocative to the neophyte?
What would it
be like to have to shoulder all the blame for any group failure, even
when you are not personally responsible?
How would it be if you had to
accept without retaliation the attacks of those you are trying to help,
who expect too much from you and who force you to live in the blazing
fire of group opinion?
What will you do when your co-workers fail to understand
or prove disloyal or criticize without warrant or pit their ambitions
against you, willfully refuse to see your point of view and gossip about
you to others and thus seed resentments and misunderstandings about you
And what if some of those resentments and misunderstandings
did have foundation and some of the criticisms were justified, warranted,
applicable and true?
These scenarios are not easily and gracefully accepted
by the Scorpio personality. Therefore exercise your creative imagination
to deal with these problems so that the emerging principles of conduct
may stand clear before you.
Have you the inner grace of heart to admit
error and weakness and to say that you made a mistake of judgment or an
error of expression in your understanding of a given teaching, or a mistake
of technique, method or approach?
Would you be willing to admit your mistake
if the need arose to heal a breach and in the interests of the work? Even
at the stage of Accepted Discipleship this proves an almost insurmountable
In order to increase your output in your group and world
service, and to aid you to reorganize both your inner and your outer life,
you must work more conscientiously and scientifically with the factor
of time. You must also cultivate more definitely than you do the trained
attitude of the Observer of life, of people and of yourself. Cultivate
the attentiveness of the one who looks on at life and at the life struggles
of others. You are a sound therapist, teacher and psychologist, not only
from academic training but from rich experiences in former lives that
have given you a natural intuitive grasp of people's problems, their motives
and their impulses. You know people because you love them. You are developing
Your ability to do well along so many different creative
lines means that there are many ways in which you can reach others, and
this is your chief asset upon the Path. Right discrimination about how
to help people is rare, but you can achieve it when the appropriate personal
sacrifices have been made. When you can avoid identifying yourself so
closely with people, when you can refrain from suffering so consciously
with them, you can be of greater service to them and a finer friend and
At the fifth step detachment is an outstanding requirement and
a quality to be cultivated. This is not the detachment of self-protection
or a self-immunization or aloofness, but that detachment which sees all
life in the light which streams from the soul, regarding everything from
the standpoint of the Eternal Now.
Apply to people and to circumstances
the same process of questioning and understanding which you endeavor to
employ when you apply yourself to study, or when you appreciate a piece
of art, poetry, or music. Relate to your co-workers with love and wisdom
and this will greatly assist the process of group integration.
in a position to aid many people locally, nationally and worldwide. See
that you aid with wisdom, discernment and discretion and that you place
your sincere effort where the best group results can be achieved.
Proceed along the Path with confidence my brother, for
the sixth step now awaits. You are becoming more and more immersed in
your group service, studies, school work and the active aid of your fellow
men, thus you are drawing closer to the goal of initiation. Enter into
that full demonstration of the Will-to-Good which brings joy and effectiveness.
Concentrate your occult attention upon wise, creative and skillful living
which produces beauty and harmony in the outer life so that others can
see the achievement. You know that inner effectiveness produces illumined
and potent service. Now you must learn the reverse side of this truth:
When your compliance as a disciple with service demands upon the outer
plane is as full and as effective as it can be, you then acquire an inner
effectiveness within the Ashram that will enable you to become truly initiate.
You present yourself within the Ashram as a wise server and a trained
companion on the Way. Go forward with a sense of renewed strength, confident
in the power of the soul, the solidarity of the Ashram and the protective
aura of your Master.
Step Six: Man the Initiate
November 11th to 22nd
For many lifetimes now you have served without any deviation
from the path of duty, and so you have gained "the privilege of entrance."
(DINAII, p.713) You will find your Master at the inner point. The way
into the Ashram stands open to you and the Master is ever accessible to
those who have worked and served in difficulty and distress.
Pluto the initiatory processes continue through points of crisis and stressful
moments of reorientation which require you to establish stabilization
and right direction. When through all these tests you have achieved victory,
right relationship will then be permanently established with your Monad
directly in relation to your physical environment.
Pluto's rulership of the last decan of Scorpio indicates
that the final tests of initiation have to be fought out subjectively
and solved in the light of the higher mind. Under Pluto your cerebral
intelligence is released into full governing activity through a one-pointed
focus dedicated to group response, group service and group awareness.
Your task is to shed light upon the way of humanity. The tests of initiation
to which humanity is being subjected are recognized and estimated at their
Through correct mental analysis and understanding solutions
are found and all past mistakes are rectified. You have brilliant powers
of concentration and apply them to all work you undertake. Let fellow
disciples and co-workers find in you an understanding and wise friend.
Under the strain of active service for the Hierarchy, let them feel that
in you they have a detached and pure observer to whom they can turn, who
sees with clear eyes not dimmed by the fog and smoke of the outer world
Ponder on the work of the Destroyer; on why there is destruction
and loss of beauty. Pluto bestows you with the ability to destroy all
within your chosen sphere of work which limits the spiritual progress
of others. This destruction brings about the death of all forms of lesser
desire, and without desire the personality and the form side of life does
not exist. You subdue everything that retards the advancing cause of humanity.
You confront evil and the forces of darkness and deal a death-delivering
blow. You are a true adamantine warrior, sword in hand. In the Pluto decan
the "scimitar of reason rules". (Source?) It is the destructive
force of Pluto that aids you in your epic fight and leads to the eradication
of all forms of base human desire.
With the complete repulsion or repudiation
of evil you become the perfect instrument to effect right group relations
because nothing that stems from isolation or separation remains. Pride,
separation and cruelty are non-existent. Under Pluto the initiate has
overcome all forms of egotism, arrogance, willfulness, domination, anger,
violence, ambition, impatience and obstinacy. There is no despondency,
dejection or dispiritedness. True optimism and joy are realized and cultivated
despite the severity of the initiatory tests.
Under Pluto the specific initiatory tests will call in
the Will Aspect of your soul and so enable you to demonstrate that the
usual conditions of the environment and the material world are no longer
controlling factors. The secret of Being has blossomed in your consciousness.
Your life pattern is now established; seek not unduly to change it, but
make your center or temple a place of spiritual light. Seek to make the
order of your group life so vibrant, so alive, that other groups may gain
stimulation from it. This is your life's work in which all aspects of
your nature will find full expression.
You know first-hand that it is only through the gates of
death that we enter fully into the Greater Life, and that the great Destroyer
is in fact a liberator and a regenerator. Under the First Ray of Pluto
you become the "Destroying Angel" (EPII, p.352), attaining complete
spiritual regeneration, transcendence and freedom. Purity of life expression
is achieved by sheer force of character and an unfaltering step through
the strait gate and along the narrow Path.
The tests of Pluto place an extraordinary strain on your
heroic powers of endurance and tremendous stamina, calling into expression
all your special gifts. You will ever be confronted with the problems
of evil, sorrow, suffering, temptation and transgression. The agonizing
conflicts of the human dilemma are insistently forced upon your attention
and often seem overwhelming. You accept all physical hardships and severe
conditions, making the best of things with exemplary discipline well suited
to the more difficult tasks and responsibilities in life.
There is nothing
careless or casual in your manner, and every aspect of the inner life
has a spotless purity. You have great inner strength and great efficiency,
so that the more difficult the initiatory task the more relentlessly you
rise to the challenge. When hard at work the usual necessities of food,
reasonable rest or sufficient sleep quite escape your attention. Thus
you succeed in working well beyond the normal boundaries of human endurance.
You pay the cost for your achievements, but to you also is given the honor
and glory of spearheading that aspect of the Great Plan which is the next
immediate phase of human discovery.
Initiates must learn to cultivate
a detached attitude of mind that overcomes the limitations and hindrances
imposed by the physical body, thus freeing the spiritual consciousness.
Learn to function as a Messenger with an inner sense of freedom, despite
all handicaps and demands of the body, the environment and material circumstances.
Place all your strength and light behind the workers who serve the Hierarchy
upon the open battlefield of life.
For years you have brought many valuable gifts to the work.
You have a rare and vital recognition of occult principles upon which
all true work is securely founded. You have the gift of impersonality
which is a great safeguard. You are a gifted teacher, with clear insight
and executive ability and a loving heart easily sparked to compassion.
You have a steadfastness of purpose and an unswerving adherence to duty
and dharma, and a capacity to shoulder responsibility that has proven
You have the gift of the written word and an increasing ability
as an orator, and these are valuable assets indeed when wielded by the
soul on behalf of others. Your attitude as an initiate in training however,
is one of extreme personal reticence and of withdrawal from any contact
or conversation which might reveal too much of your individual soul growth.
You have already demonstrated mastery of the first steps
towards comprehension of that "isolated unity" (DINAI, p.710)
which is distinctive of a Master of Wisdom. Initiation is taken alone,
and so you travel alone—spiritually and mentally. The initiate stands
alone because there is no-one else with the same quality or grade of spiritual
perception. The spiritual life is full of paradoxes: We set out to develop
a sense of unity and of oneness with all beings, yet at times we must
learn the lessons of loneliness and of isolation. A great "aloneness"
is the supreme test of the Fourth Initiation. (DINAII, p.759) It is in
the last analysis, a question of recognition.
Do not fear loneliness.
The soul that cannot stand alone has naught to give. Life is a series
of revelations, some of which we recognize in consciousness while others
pass by unnoticed. The occult solitariness you have consciously developed
rests on soul attainment and upon no spirit of separateness. You have
many friends but few, if any, are admitted to the point of sacred peace.
Your solitariness shuts none out, yet withholds the secrets of the Ashram
from those who would prematurely seek to penetrate them.
The revelation of a certain type of spiritual loneliness is one through
which all initiates have to pass; it is a test of that occult detachment
which every initiate has to master. In you this solitariness has produced
two realizations: Firstly, a realization of your exact point on the Path
of evolution; secondly, you have developed an intuitive perception of
the point in evolution of those you contact along the way.
You have no
false humility and are noted for your clear assessment and recognition
of status—a recognition that necessarily requires intelligence and
contains no note of pride. You truly do see co-workers as they really
are with all their virtues and their faults, their pettiness and their
grandeurs, and without the fear of a critical spirit because you have
become adept at the true practice of loving understanding.