The Probationary Path- 2
Disciples and advanced Egos on the Probationary Path receive instruction at this particular time for two special purposes:-
(A) To test out their fitness for special work being known only to the Guides of the race. They are tested for aptitude in community living with a view to drafting the suitable ones into the colony of the sixth sub-race. They are tested for various lines of work, many incomprehensible to us now, but which will become ordinary methods of development as time progresses.
The Masters also test for those in whom intuition has reached a point of development that indicates a beginning of the co-ordination of the buddhic vehice, or-to be exact-has reached a point where moleculesd of the seventh sub-plane of the buddic plane cab be discerned in the aura of the ego. When this is so they can go ahead with confidence in the work of instruction, knowing that certain imparted facts will be understood.
(B) Instruction is being given at this time to a special group of people who have come into incarnation at this critical period of the world's history. They have come in, all at the same time, throughout the world, to do the work of linking up the two planes, the physical and the astral, via the etheric.
This sentence is for serious consideration, for it covers the work that a number of newer generations have come to do. In this linking up of two planes people are required who are polarised there, are nevertheless well rounded out and balanced.) and can therefore work safely and with intelligence in this type of work.
It necessitates primarly people in whose vehicles can be found a certain proportion of atomic sub-plane matter, so that direct communication can be effected between the higher and the lower via the atomic plain clearly, but a consideration of the diagram in "A Study in Consciousness, " by Mrs. Besant, page 27, may be helpful in explaining some matters that are apt to puzzle.
We must recognise two things in pondering the subject of the Masters and Their disciples. First, that in the Hierarchy nothing is lost through failure to recognise the law of economy. Every expenditure of force on the part of the Master or teacher is subjected to wise foresight and discrimination. Just as we do not put university professors to teach the beginners, so the Masters Themselves work not individually with men until they have attained a certain stage of evolution and are ready to profit by Their instruction.
Secondly, we must remember that each of us is recognised by the brillance of his light. This is an occult fact. The finer the grade of matter built into our bodies, the more brilliantly will shine forth the indwelling light. Light is vibration, and through the measurement of vibration is fixed the grading of the scholars.
Hence nothing can prevent a man's progress forward if he but attends to the purification of his vehicles. The light within will shine forth with ever greater clarity, as the refining process goes on, until-when atomic matter predominates - great will be the glory of that inner man. We are all graded, therefore, if it may be so expressed, accorging to the magnitude of the light, according to the rate of vibration, according to the purity of the tone and clarity of the colour.
- Who our teacher is depends therefore upon our grading .
Similarly of vibration holds the secret. We are frequently told that when the demand is forceful enough the Teacher will appear. When we b uild in the right vibrations and attune ourselves to the right key, nothing can prevent our finding the Master.
1. According to the ray
2.According to the sub-ray
3.According to their rate of vibration
- They are also grouped for purposes of classification.
1.As Egos, according to the egoic ray
2.As personalities, according to the sub-ray which is governing the personality.
All are graded and chartered. The Masters have their Halls of Records, with a system of tabulation incomprehensible to us owing to its magnitude and its necessary intricacies, wherein these charts are kept. They are under the care of a Chohan of a Ray, each ray having its own collection of charts. These charts, being in many sections (dealing with incarnate, discarnateand perfected egos ) are again all under the care of subordinate guardians.
The Lipika Lords, with Their vast band of helpers are the most frequent users of these charts. Many discarnate egos awaiting incarnation or having just left the earth, sacrifice their time in heaven to assist this work. These Halls of Records are mostly of the lowest levels of the mental plane and the highest of the astral , as they can be there most fully utilised and are most easily accessible.
Initiates recieve instruction directly from the Masters or from some of the great devas and angels. These teachings are usually imparted at night in small classes, or individually ( should the occasion warrant it) in the Master's private study. The above applies to initiates in incarnation or on the inner planes. If on causal levels, they receive instruction at any time deemed advisable direct from the Master to the Ego on casual levels.
Disciples are taught in groups in the Master's ashram, or classroom, at night, if in incarnation. Apart from these regular gatherings, in order to recieve direct teaching from the Master, a disciple (for some specific reason) may be called to the Master's study for a private interview. This occurs when a Master wishes to see a disciple for commendation, warnin g, or to decide if initation is desirable. This major part of a disciples tuition is left to the hands of some initiate or more advanced disciple, who watches over his younger brother, and is responsible to the Master for his progress, handing in regular reports. karma is largely the arbiter of this relation.
Just at present, owing to the great need in the world, a slightly different policy is being pursued. an intensified training is being given to some disciples by some Masters who have not hitherto taken pupils. The press of work on the Masters Who do take disciples being so great, They have delegated some of
Their most promising pupils to some other Masters, drafting them into small groups for a brief period. The experiment is being tried of intensifying the teaching , and of subjecting disciples, not initiates, to the frequent strong vibration of a Master. It involves risk, but, if the experiment proves successful, will tend to the greater assisting of the race.
Reference : Initiation Human And Solar : Alice A Bailey