ESOTERIC TENETS
Master and disciple relationships (1)
by Aart Jurriaanse

Just as professors are not used to teach school children, so the Hierarchy cannot afford to allow its senior members to spend their valuable time and energy on training junior disciples. If the relatively high mental level of the present day esoteric student is taken into consideration, together with the abundance of literature that is available from which suitable material can be selected to fit every stage of development, then it will be seen that the earlier training can to a large extent be self-implemented. When the student is ready for the subsequent stage, where guidance and teachings are needed beyond his personal capacity, then the help and guidance of an advanced disciple will be made available to him, on either the exoteric or esoteric level, depending on circumstances. It is only after disciples have attained certain minimum spiritual qualifications that they will come under consideration for personal instruction by the Master.

The grading of disciples is a relatively simple process. The Masters do not need special records or have to study progress reports for this purpose -- they can immediately recognize the stage of development reached by a disciple, simply by studying the quality of the light radiated by the worker. When the man's aura attains a certain hue, and his vibrations reach the required intensity, he will automatically draw the attention of some particular Master, who will then submit him to tests to determine whether he has reached the stage that will justify personal attention. The choice of a pupil by a Master will depend on the Master's needs, the quality of the available disciples, the control of a mutual Ray, and past karmic associations. The average student cannot possibly conceive how preoccupied the members of the Hierarchy are in guiding the fortunes of man towards its destiny, in accordance with the divine Plan. The Masters do not have the time, the interest or any intention of intruding or interfering with the details of the disciple's personality life on Earth.

All that concerns them is the growth of man's inner light and the extent to which this is reflected in the quality of his service. They therefore only deal with the man on mental or soul levels, and do not concern themselves with any hasty or thoughtless deed or word which the man himself can rectify again. The ultimate responsibility for the guiding of the individual lies with the soul, and even the soul can only exert a minimum of influence until the lower man is ready and willing to accept such help. The disciple who is in touch with the Masters will soon find that he will not be subjected to flattery and promises, because nothing is said to feed the disciple's pride or which might foster self-satisfaction, and which might consequently lead to future slackness. When the disciple's life and deeds produce a growing radiatory light, such progress will be amply rewarded by increased opportunities for service being put in his way, together with the needed capacities to fulfil the task satisfactorily.

In the life of a disciple periods will possibly come when he seems to have lost all contact with his Master, and when it is as if all relations have been severed. Should this happen, the disciple must realize that such severance can only be of a temporary nature and must be due to some lack or excessive disturbance in the disciple's environment or etheric surround, and that the condition certainly does not originate from the Master's side. Before a disciple is admitted into a Master's group, he will already have been kept under observation for a considerable time, and the Master will be well aware of all his qualities -- both his virtues and shortcomings. So when he is finally accepted, the Master's decision will be irrevocable as far as his own standpoint is concerned, and this arrangement could then only be broken by deliberate and conscious action on the part of the disciple.

The Masters do not want adoration or veneration from any man; they desire the disciple to be impersonal in all his dealings, as it is an attitude of impersonality that will lead to spiritual love and understanding. What the Masters are looking for is intelligent dedication to the needs of mankind.

This same attitude of impersonality is also maintained by the Master himself in his dealings with his disciples, and it certainly does not form part of his objective to make his pupils self-satisfied with their status or activities by undue complimentary words. If he wants to guide them it is his responsibility to focus their attention upon their failures and limitations; it is for him to help them to detach themselves from the form aspect of life and equip them to recognize and correctly utilize any expansions of consciousness. He therefore has to keep a close watch on the waxing and waning of the disciple's inner light, and on the vibrations that are radiated; it is then for him to make suggestions for improvement of his pupil's attitudes and life expressions, and to point out where personality adjustments could be effected to lead to greater freedom from personality dominance, and therefore to an intensification of the spiritual life as displayed by acts of service. If in this process of impersonal admonishment the student should take offence and show resentment, it is but an indication that such a student is as yet too deeply immersed in personality reactions, and is therefore not yet ready for more advanced work. Disciples should thus learn to work from soul or spiritual focus and not from personality focus.

Disciples must learn to stand on their own feet, to use their own discretion, not to lean too heavily on the Master's support, and not to distract his attention unduly from his own pressing activities. The Masters are fully occupied with the many aspects of the constantly changing world picture, and with the guiding of the minds of world leaders who must unconsciously be steered to conform to the Plan and Purpose of the Lord of the World. The more advanced the disciple, and the closer he approaches to the Master, the deeper his understanding of the position, and the greater his endeavour to fulfil his own duties to the best of his ability, and to relieve the Master of as much of his minor duties as the disciple's aptitudes and circumstances will allow.


Aart Jurriaanse, wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey. Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges which is a Commentary on these teachings.   


的 choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with
the poor. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of
the sunlight of opportunity. I choose to live for and with those who find
themselves seeing life as a long and desolate corridor with no exit
sign. This is the way I知 going. If it means suffering a little bit, I知
going that way. If it means sacrificing, I知 going that way. If it means
dying for them, I知 going that way, because I heard a voice saying, Do
something for others. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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