the Masters are the "bridge,"
- May 3 2005
You were right in saying that our relations are as they are by reason of
that which has been, undoubtedly, but I would not have you look on me in the
light of a spiritual Guru.
Think of me as kindly as you will, but do not place me on any pedestal; let
me be a pilot who will be most glad to help with any charts and guidance. In
reality the Masters are Those to whom we should turn our thoughts in
meditation. They are the "bridge," as W. Q. J. says in one of the "Letters."
I do not mean by all this that I think you were placing me in a position
where none but the blessed Masters should be placed, but I am saying these
things so that you may see that it is not the best thing to rely upon any
living person, I mean to the extent of idealizing him; for if such an one
should be swept into seeming darkness for a time, its effect would not be
good and might dishearten.
I am glad to know that you are so full of the idea of work for humanity;
those who are really "touched" by the inner fire are usually so, and it is a
The desire to be and to do comes out strongly and clears the way for the
true and permanent growth with its expansion and retardation-which means
growth and solidification-necessary processes as we see two kinds of trees,
one of which denudes itself entirely and remains expressionless for a large
part of its cycle, and another which slowly and continually renews itself in
every part, never ceasing to give expression, and often holding in evidence
the old leaf, the new leaf, the blossom and the fruit. Both of these are
Speaking of those who have fallen by the wayside, it is quite true that "the
greater the height the greater the effort to preserve equilibrium"; but this
applies particularly when the height is an intellectual rather than a
spiritual one, and where the motive is tinged with a desire for
self-advancement regardless of the paramount duty to selves.
Very often the ostensible motive is not the real one, and in this we
frequently deceive ourselves. Ambition also comes in; the desire for the
approbation of our fellows may cloud our vision in our effort to maintain
it. There are many temptations, some of which may come disguised as angels
Our best safe-guard is an unselfish desire to benefit others, with no
anxiety about our own progress, while striving all the time to make
ourselves the better able to help and teach others.
There are two doctrines spoken of in the Wisdom Religion, viz., the doctrine
of the Eye (or Head) and the doctrine of the Heart;
(1) the doctrine of the Eye is the intellectual one,
(2) the doctrine of the Heart is spiritual, where knowledge springs up
It is this latter which you crave, and which I can assure you Theosophy will
lead you to. There is no need to grope, nor stagger, nor stray, for the
chart that has led many to the goal is in your hands in the philosophy of
And let me say here to you: do not be too anxious; abide the time when your
own inner demands shall open the doors, for those Great Ones who I know
exist see every pure-hearted earnest disciple, and are ready to give a turn
to the key of knowledge when the time in the disciple's progress is ripe.
No one who strives to tread the path is left unhelped; the Great Ones see
his "light," and he is given what is needed for his better development.
That light is not mere poetical imagery, but is actual, and its character
denotes one's spiritual condition; there are no veils on that plane of
The help must be of that nature which leaves perfect freedom of thought and
action; otherwise, the lessons would not be learned. Mistakes will occur,
perhaps many of them, but, as is said, "twenty failures are not irremediable
if followed by as many undaunted struggles upward."
The help will come for the most part in ordinary ways and from one or
another of the companions with whom you were possibly connected in other
lives, and whom your soul will recognize.
The Great White Lodge exists for the service of humanity;
They need and welcome workers in the world.
Is it strange, then, that the light of souls attracted toward the path of
unselfishness should receive Their cognition, and when deserved-when needed
- such succor as Karma permits?
They, Themselves, have written, "Ingratitude is not one of our vices"; and
while we may not claim gratitude from Them, yet we may be sure that
compassion absolute is there, and with it the understanding of the nature
and needs of each aspirant.
There may, and there often does come a time when one feels, as you say, like
"standing on nothing, in nothing and about to topple over."
The center of consciousness has been changed; old landmarks are slipping
away, and some times black doubt ensues.
Doubt and fear belong only to the- personal consciousness; the real
Perceiver, the Higher Ego has neither. The Gita says, "cast aside all doubt
and fight on."
You may remember what Judge says in one of the "Letters," likening such
condition to the case of one on a strange path and suddenly surrounded by a
fog; the way is obscured, danger may lie in any direction; the thing to do
is to stand still and wait, for it is only a fog-and fogs always lift. And
never for one moment think that you are not going on with your "journey."
It is well for us if we can always have deep down in our heart of hearts the
consciousness of the nearness of Masters; by Their very nature They must be
near to every true aspirant.
May I add one word to you, as a friend and brother: make clean and clear,
first, the mental conceptions and perceptions; the rest will follow
naturally; there will be no destruction-the Undesirable will die a natural
"Grow as the flowers grow," from within outwards.
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