Spirit of Brotherhood
"There are many ways and many points of view, and many experiments and many
efforts - abortive or successful, and all of them come and go. But humanity remains. All
of them are in evidence of the multiplicity of minds, and of experiences, but the goal
remains. Difference is ever of the personality. When this Law of Sacrifice governs the
mind, it will inevitably lead all disciples to relinquish the personal in favour of the
universal and of the soul, that knows no separation, no difference. Then no pride, nor a
short and myopic perspective, nor love of interference (so dear to many people), nor
misunderstanding of motive will hinder their cooperation with each other as disciples nor
their service to the world."
Thus spoke the Master.
There is only one humanity; there is only one united group that refers to the LOGOS -
Who is the "FATHER". That group, Humanity, therefore constitutes the children of
Shall we, the Children of God, consider ourselves not united as brethren? And as His
Creation? Or are we guilty of spurning other children of the One Father?
As servers of the race of men, as disciples, we are honour bound to recognize the
fealty and the fraternity in which we are eternally interdependent.
This is The Spirit of Brotherhood.
Understand the soul of thy brother;
Display action, show understanding, behold the power of My shield.
(Leaves of Morya's Garden 1924)
Regard not Brotherhood as a need to associate with fellow men on a personality basis.
Such is not expected of the disciple: he meditates upon humanity as a whole, on inner
planes. He radiates his love to his fellow men from his heart. He draws upon the love of
his Master and releases it with detachment but with deep and abiding love for all men.
Let thy Soul lend its ear to every cry of pain like as the
lotus bares its heart to drink the morning sun. Let not the fierce Sun dry one tear of
pain before thyself has wiped it from the sufferer's eye. But let each burning human tear
drop on thy heart and there remain, nor even brush it off, until the pain that caused it
("The Voice of the Silence"
Above all, on outer planes the disciple lives with detachment and joy: he expresses
this with patience and understanding to all those with whom he comes into contact. He
perceives them with embracing, identifying compassion. Hence, he has no inclination or
reason to disparage: that is the greatest sin of all for it impinges on his own
consciousness, on the consciousness of the one he disparages or criticises and it spreads
out in circles of darkness to damage and destroy. Of such are the forces of darkness.
Beware, my brothers: identify not with those who have no heart.
It should here be remembered that criticism is a virulent poison. It damages in every
case eventually the one who criticises - owing to the fact of voiced direction - it hurts
still more the one who is criticised...
What can a leader or a group of leaders do in these unfortunate circumstances?
Nothing, but continue in the work; retreat within themselves; speak the truth with love
when occasion occurs; refuse to become bitter over the pain...
Groups in the New Age will be held together by a subjective link and not so much by the
emotional reaction induced by outer contact. I would ask you to ponder carefully upon this
last paragraph for it holds the clue to successful working of the new groups...
(Psychology, Vol.II, A.A. Bailey)
Brotherhood lies not only in recognition of humanity as one, but in the
glory of oneness with all kingdoms of nature and with all that exists: God breathed life
into every living thing; He created all kingdoms of nature and every atom that subsists in
all that is in heaven and on earth. He it is Who exists in every immortal being, in every
mortal life, and in every inanimate object. Thus it is that each and every son of God
participates in His Life with every fish in the sea, with each grain of sand, with all the
myriad stars and the first sun of the morning; with the fragrant daisies of the field, and
the legumes and fruit upon your table; the lizard sunning itself on the rock and with the
rock upon which it rests; with the cow and its milk and the devoted dog at your side and
the horse that draws the dray and the wain itself; with the deer that leaps in the forest
and the lion camouflaged in the grass; with the birds of the air - the lark that sings by
day and the nightingale at night; e'en the cloth woven for the coat upon your shoulders,
the chair upon which you sit, the roof over your head and the walls of your home
protection; with the devas that guard the heart of man, the angels of the forests and of
the mountains, and with the great Celestial Beings that brood over humanity: there is
naught, no creature nor thing that is not caught and protected in the Web of Life. And so
it is, that each and every one of us participates in this Cosmic Unity, and all that
exists, exists in each one of us....
Every bloom that summer brings
Every song the robin sings
Every bell and Bird on wing -
'Tis I that bloom and sing and ring.
Every cloud that folds the sky,
Every unknown passer-by,
Each and every creature small
I am one with one and all.
All the stars that daylight shields
All the lilies of the fields
Every song and dawn of daylight
Are part of me - my joyous insight!
It is in this essential oneness that the secret
of power is inherent: we have the capacity to contact and enter the vibration of any
living or inanimate thing on earth. Hence, the power ultimately to withdraw from physical
manifestation into divine expression. That secret is jöana, held within the power of the
mind which, when unleashed, is power of healing, of beauty and truth - gnosis, intuitional
knowledge of buddhi - and, ultimately, power of power. This ultimate stage is the stage of
Masterhood. And it is thence that the Guiding Spirit ever holds His objective for each and
every son of God and each and every created living creature and atom. And every stage,
every hope and dream and purpose and every initiation attained, succeeds on the wings of
the spirit of Brotherhood! Does Discipleship not intimate Brotherhood? Indeed, no server
of God, no disciple of Christ, no follower of Buddha, no lover of Allah can proceed on the
Path of Righteousness if he denies his fellowmen his love and service. Yet he remains
detached from the emotions: no pity, no sorrow, no mourning identify the server of
humanity. Only joy accompanies his thoughts, his compassion and his love in recognition of
the Law of Karma.
The Books say well, my brothers! Each one's life
The outcome of his former living is;
The bygone wrongs bring forth sorrows and woes,
The bygone right breeds bliss.
That which ye sow ye reap. See yonder fields!
The sesamum was sesamum, the corn
Was corn. The Silence and the Darkness knew!
So is a man's fate born.
("The Life and Teaching of
Gautama" Sir Edwin Arnold)
The secret of all discipleship lies in Detachment: This cannot be
emphasised strongly enough. Personal reactions and predilections, desires and opinions are
the worst culprits of destruction to service, to group work and to the disciple's
evolution. Let the chela release himself from these dangerous reactions and responses to
conditions and circumstances, and discover the peace and beauty of the psyche underlying
the nature of the personality.
This detachment is not a negative quality but a relinquishing of separativeness - that
enemy of the Soul. Beware of relating to that which is illusory and self-gratifying and
which concerns entirely the planes of idolisation. Remember the Law of Repulse which is
the principle operating on the Course of Evolution. This Law negates all that is
involutionary, self oriented, self satisfied and separative. The Eternal Pilgrim passes
through the desert where his "Idols" bewitch him; he traverses the waters of the
valleys where his "Ideals" enchant him; and he climbs the mount of
"Ideas" that beckon him with joy to its peak where he gains his vision of the
world beneath him. He sees all that has immersed him in maya and glamour, he perceives his
self-convictions and his judgment and criticism of those in the past who have walked the
Path as has he. And he stands free, his heart radiating love and his mind illumined by the
consciousness of his Soul as he stands steady in the light of Dhammapada, the Way of
Follow the Teacher, applying His guidance and postulates, for He knows who is ready and
who is not; but if the disciple takes on a passenger he can harm the Work and the harmony
of the group pattern. The disciple keeps his aspiration deep in his heart and scatters not
his pearls of wisdom. He knows, and he knows that he knows, and he knows who knows not.
Visions of adulation and followers are not perceived by him, but humility of service that
reigns within his aspiration.
Friend, the heart knows! Therefore examine your friends lest you
admit to your heart a passer-by. The Teacher is your closest friend. Do not multiply His
(Agni Yoga, 1929)
The disciple needs above all patience and perseverance! He needs to support these with
wisdom. He gains his guidance from his Master Who will find a way to confront His pupil
with the next stage upon the Way of Service of Hierarchy. Has it not been said that when
the pupil is ready the Master will appear? Indeed - if the pupil will recognise his true
Master with trust and recognition, and not spurn Him as an imposter! With trust, with
patience, with readiness to go forward with courage, the disciple is ceaselessly vigilant.
'Lord of the Seven Gates, lead us onwards who have passed through the midnight.
Thine are our arrows, O Lord.
Without Thy Command we shall not enter the city of rest.
Neither an hour, nor a day, nor a year will arrest our way;
Because Thou, the most speedy, holdest the reins of our horses.
Because Thou also passed this way and gave Thy patience as guarantee.
Tell us, Keeper, whence flows the stream of patience?
"Out of the mine of trust."
(Agni Yoga, 1929)
From The Master M comes this remark:
"By whatever Paths ye come to Me, I shall meet ye."
And so it is that each one, each disciple who pursues the Path with integrity,
selflessness, concern for the good of the whole and with application of mind and heart,
will soon be approached by his Master - by whatever means, whatever path, whatever book or
friend: for - be reminded - when the pupil is ready the Master will appear.
Then will He speak to thee: and shalt thou listen and abide by His words? Then
will He say that which pertains to the need of your evolutionary progress. His will be
words of guidance for effectiveness in His service and in service of humanity...
"Discipleship is the stage wherein the aspirant is no longer concerned with striving
for good character, for it is taken for granted that that constitutes his
basic discipline: he is intent on serving and on expanding his knowledge and wisdom of
occult principles. He is, to word it simply, effective in service, both on inner and outer
planes. Clarified in other words, he manifests that which constitutes his meditation
"The inducement of glamour is subtle indeed. All disciples need to be constantly
alert to the forces of the personality nature which guard the acquisitions and status of
the personality. Forget not, brother of mine, that the personality is the Dweller guarding
its kingdom, and the Soul is the Angel of the Presence which, hence, is ever present,
guarding its divine Domain. The answer is detachment: ever detachment and discipline. The
disciple has his eye - the central eye of the soul - ever on relinquishing personality
"Discipleship is not a path of pleasure but a Way of Wisdom. It is the way of
"These are basic laws and axioms and I bid you consider them with detachment and
with earnestness in your commitment to service on inner planes. In saying this I refer not
only to meditation but to that work which serves the psyche of humanity. It is here, for
the aspiration of men, that disciples operate..."
Thus, has spoken the Master to a disciple. Hence, these principles enunciated by Him
clarify the service that is expected from disciples. Is a disciple not such because of his
discipline? We beg you to give this your intelligent contemplation. There is no glamour
here: there is no self-satisfying precept and no call to happy, selfish living. Those are
the natural expressions of the neophyte who is unready for the true quality of
discipleship. Quality connotes the consciousness endowed by the Soul, as Spirit is the
Life Principal of the Monad and, accordingly, the appearance of intelligence demonstrates
in the personality. Therefore, the aspirant is yet on the Search for Intelligent
Awareness; the disciple is on the Way of Conscious Recognition; and the Initiate, nearing
the Last Door of Life, prepares to enter the Spirit of God. Let there be no glamoured
concepts regarding discipleship. Those who operate in the astral field have no possibility
of working with or grasping these concepts: they belong to disciples, initiates and
Masters. If the aspirant is confused, let him read and study the books that reveal these
truths to take him beyond the astral plane to the plane of detachment and that
impersonality which endows him with recognition of true values. Herein, my brothers, lie
true values: if you seek knowledge, gain it from those who serve humanity with the spirit
Ye, who seek to stand within the Light of the soul, remember:
The proximate origin of the Creation is HE, the Shânta Ätman,
the One Consciousness, whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, all the forms
being drawn forth and sustained by and in that Consciousness. The root is, however, even
beyond that Ätman.
(The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, Sri
Live ye therefore by the Principles that pertain to the Spirit of Brotherhood, for
there is no other Way, no other Light, no other Life - for it is the Ultimate Path of
Go in Peace,