Now, eliminating all the foregoing the few remaining who have gained sufficient development to rise consciously thru this vehicle into the higher mental realm become the messengers of the higher spheres. They too can only report what they can perceive thru the use of the faculties of their own Holy Christ Self, nothing more. Everyone's Holy Christ Self is no more equally developed than is everyone's causal body or everyone's Presence. For example, the causal body of Sanat Kumara is greater than that of the Maha Chohan, and the Maha Chohan as a greater causal body than Mine. In like manner Sanat Kumara can perceive more of truth than the Maha Cohan and He more than I. Each reports truth as perceived by his ever-growing ever-refining faculties and it is only the degree of truth that differs.
However, all who have achieved the ascension report only truth. All who must raise their consciousness thru their lower bodies and return with that truth thru these same vehicles are going to have some of the substance of their vehicles in their presentation. Now let us say two lifestreams have developed the capacity to raise their consciousness to a point where it may be Awake, Alert and Receptive in the Presence of the masters. Each will receive thru his own developed faculties. One may be centuries ahead of the other yet both are instruments of the divine will. Then, back thru the mental and feeling world into the physical brain will come the instruction. The purity, selflessness and nature of the individual will determine the accuracy of the revelation.
Thirdly, the use to which the presentation of truth is put will be a good measure of the development of the messenger because although one has developed the consciousness to a point where it may enter the higher realms at will, if the Word and the Gift is used to promote the personal self the service is no longer of much use to the Hierarchy. Once a lifestream has learned to climb the ladder into the realms of light no one can stay such an individual from reporting what he sees there, but here let the wise be warned that the reports are the results of such an one's own vision, and if it is clouded with self-aggrandizement those who choose to share that vision are but seeing the wishful thinking of the messenger clothing the universal light according to his own design and the substance of his lower mental, emotional or etheric bodies.
For example, if you were to place five individuals in a room with the Ascended Master St. Germain and He were to withhold His aura and the pressure of His Presence, each of those five beholding Him with their physical sight, their emotional bodies and their mental bodies would receive His message according to their own development, one receiving commendation on great accomplishment, another soothing distraught feelings, each endowing the master with what they desire most. This is likewise true of those who look out of the windows of the etheric body and the Holy Chirst Self. When the truth is impersonal, dealing with an aspect of the law, it is often reported accurately. When the individual has specific likes, dislikes and strong human opinions these are bound to color the reception.
I hope this may be of some small assistance to you in these hours and that it will train the students to keep their consciousness awake thru invocations, musical selections, meditations, etc., and not let it escape into pleasanter pastimes. You will remember Jesus had this difficulty with the disciples when He asked "Can ye not watch with Me one hour?"
We are determined to make the students alert to the law and their individual capacity to develop discernment, discrimination and understanding. Some people are mentally lazy, some physically, some emotionally--it all depends on the tendencies builded thru the centuries. In every class each student should have the opportunity to discipline the particular body that is reluctant in his household. Particularly during the elevation of the cup when rising consciously into the Holy Christ Self for communion with the Presence and remembrance of its will should all the bodies of each lifestream be alerted to receive the greatest blessing of the spiritual outpouring which takes place on every level. Your patient M
-The First Ray, pp. 52-9.
Do you know what the word chela means from the inner standpoint? Hopeful aspirant! One becomes a chela when the life-flame within the heart can no longer be denied the opportunity to try to manifest the God plan thru the personality it wears. An accepted chela is one who has applied for more than ordinary assistance and instruction and who upon the spiritual scrutiny of the Guru is found capable of pursuing the more than ordinary disciplines required of the lifestream who chooses to loose the god-power thru the self and thus become master of energy and vibration in any sphere in which he chooses voluntarily to function.
The immortal flame of life within the heart of every individual is of course the master power over all substance, vibration and form but it does not act thru the individual until invited to do so. This is evident because although all men are animated by the same Presence very few utilize the powers of the Presence to energize and manifest God-perfection.
The heartflame of the aspirant signifies his desire to become a chela. He is among the group gathered by the Silent Watcher of His particular section of the earthplane, awaiting the inspection of the Brotherhood. From among this number about one-tenth are chosen as probationary chelas. The others are put in the keeping of guardian angels and special beings who will nourish and develop the spiritual desire in the heart to a point where it is not the emotion of a moment or the pressure resulting from a crisis in earthlife which when passed will no longer motivate the soul to continue the spiritual search. Of all the applicants for chelaship all the hearts that cry "Why?" when faced with the appearances of life, few really mean to pursue the search. however, even this momentary heart-cry places them among potential chelas of the future.
The tenth who are accepted as probationary chelas but are not accepted chelas then enter a probationary period extending from weeks to several incarnations before they are accepted by a particular Brother and enter into the association of Guru and pupil, which is a mystic parent-child relationship more dear than any earthly bond can be!
From then on every activity of the chela reflects upon the guru, and every heart desire of the guru becomes the heart desire of the chela that he might employ the talents and capacities of his lifestream to its fulfillment. Every accepted chela until he passes thru the glorious gates of eternal freedom is constantly passing thru varied experiences by which the Guru hopes to develop and mature the vehicles the lifestream uses until the chela becomes the master control of energy not only on the earthplane but in the more subtle inner planes as well.
The Guru looks over the inner bodies of the chela as carefully as the mother examines the clothing of her children to repair rents and to reinforce certain portions of those garments to give the most protection, comfort and beauty to the child. The particular service the individual is rendering also determines the part of the sevenfold instrument which will be subject to the hardest wear and the most severe strain by reason of exposure to discordant circumstances. It is often the very portion of the lifestream that will be needed most which is least developed, and the constant attention of the Guru and the constant focusing of energy upon this vehicles is for the sole purpose of developing and maturing it although it seems trying to the dear disciple. Better that the Guru weave the mystic armor over the Achilles heel than in the time of cosmic import it be left vulnerable to the thrust of evil!
Now, there is as wide a difference between honesty and indiscretion as there is between purity and licentiousness. It is commendable to withhold spiritual information when requested to do so, but in the wealth of material that awaits release to you and thru you in the many spiritual experiences which can be yours it is required that you not We develop the spiritual discernment which bids you speak and bids you withhold a portion of this spiritual heritage from profane eyes. This is your discipline.
There are experiences which may be spoonfed to a chosen few, and there are many beautiful and delightful experiences that can be shouted from the housetops. It is for you, My children, to make the necessary application which will be the permanent guard against indiscretions born of enthusiasm, love and zeal. It is a God-truth that you are always within the ray of the masters upon the platform and always within the compass of Our protection and guidance, but your inner bodies are the cups thru which We pour the essence of power and light, and if there is a weakness in any of these bodies some of that essence may escape and thus can not render its fullest service as it would when God-protected and God-released. It is the same discipline by which the small cherubic and angelic beings are entrused with God-light which pours out of their sweet bodies without direction or control and which as they mature is powerfully projected toward a given objective to render cosmic service.
The wealth of information in your hands is yours to use as your heart indicates. The confidences of the masters is also yours to use but upon your use of it will be determined how much of the inner mysteries We may be allowed by cosmic law to impart in the future and how many of the beautiful experiences, precipitations and manifestations may be allowed to your outer consciousness. It would not be wise for Us in ethusiasm and love to give into your keeping certain glorious experiences which you in honest zeal would give unto the indiscriminate masses thus causing you to suffer the returning karma which would be detrimental to your evolving spirit.
Remember the admonition of your master, "Be wise as a serpent and as gentle as a dove," also the admonition of Gabriel to Mary, "Ponder these things in your heart." Your M
A workable knowledge of the spiritual ladder of evolution up which laboriously climbs the fettered soul is good! The word chela which We have infiltrated into the vocabulary of the students is similar to "disciple". For the many hundreds who signify a passing interest in spiritual lore or who have an intellectual appetite which is whetted by anything new and different there are comparatively few whose lives not their lips single them out as possible probationary chelas.
The guardian presences whose service to life is to watch the expanding light within the hearts of men easily discern those whose energies have been devoted to an earnest determined search for truth and freedom, and these are students, aspirants and possible chelas--if some master chooses to accept the responsibility of tying the energy of their imperfect worlds into His shining aura.
If a master accepts an individual as a probationary chela, that one immediately must enter into the discipline promptly provided to press out the latent vice and strengthen the latent virtue. The master ofttimes allows one of His accepted chelas to render this service for Him, as the conservation of Our energies allows Us to have more irons in the fire, cosmically speaking! Just as in your present octave the more trustworthy pupils you can safely entrust with details, the more energies you have to render other service of which they are not yet capable.
The probationary period of chelaship cannot be measured in months or years, for it depends upon the amount of karma the chela has accumulated and upon the amount of discipline he is willing to accept. Some drop out under pressure of this testing period, others endure it slowly thru many embodiments, others choose to condense it and no matter what the pain of mind or feelings complete the task with alacrity.
During this probationary period and even after the individual is an accepted chela the master feels free to use such an one according to the particular talents and developments of the lifestream to further the particular cause in which He is engaged. When the individual passes certain tests and within himself acknowledges the master as his Guru, he becomes an accepted chela, and then goes on thru initiations of a subtle nature into adeptship and finally full mastery.
As I have mentioned, the bond between the accepted chela and the master is closer than between parent and child. They are truly one in consciousness. At this time the master may offer suggestions as to how the chela may not only hasten his own evolution and control of energy but also help the master in His service. This He sometimes does directly when the accepted chela has developed his own powers and consciousness to the point where the master may reach him directly or if the master can secure the offices and assistance of another chela developed along this particular line, He can ask such a chela to convey His message or directions to the one He desires to assist Him in His service.
When the accepted chelas has not developed the powers to contact the master directly, the acceptance of the responsibility of conveying the master's Word to such an one lies wholly within the freewill consciousness of another chela with the developed consciousness and capacity to act in such a manner.
The magnetism of the chela who has developed to the point where the masters can and do reach him and thru him mankind is very delicate, sensitive and impressionable, otherwise the high vibrations of Our octave could not register thru the sight or the hearing or any of the doors of the senses. In the East where the natural vibrations of the world are spiritual it is not difficult to find such individuals, but in the West such natures are exceedingly rare.