"Were Were the Masters?"
Feb 25, 2006 07:11 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
One student wrote to me personally, asking why the Masters allowed so many
disciples to fail and
why they let the very movement go astray in so many aspects. My answer:
When one reads the Mahatma Letters (the Chronological Edition is easier to
understand) one sees that the Masters have a most limited ability to
interfere with human affairs. Precisely because they are basically outside
of human karma as it is now, they keep their common energy for very special
moments only, and they work mainly on buddhic levels of consciousness. So
we have to learn to go up to their level, and must not try to "bring" their
energy to our own mayavic levels.
We might think of the Greek Gods -- as they are a good metaphor.
The Gods in ancient Greek mythology, as the real Mahatmas, were not and
could not be direct "actors" in life. They had to limit themselves to
giving a hint here, a hint there, and to leaving their disciples to learn
on their own.
Help to disciples is the exception, their independence is the rule. Each
true disciple and each true ASPIRANT to disciple is very much aware of
One of the most unfortunate things CWL did was to create the illusion that
the disciples do not
make mistakes, or that they are protected by the Masters in many or most
Being a disciple is not being protected. "The Master can but point the way".
("The Voice of the Silence")
The Masters accepted those 70-80 probationer-disciples in the 19 century for
three reasons, among others:
1) The candidates to discipleship repeatedly asked for such an opportunity;
2) Having a failure in one life as a disciple may be better than nothing, as
the higher soul learns from
3) Humanity needed to have the seeds of universal brotherhood planted in the
1875-1900 period, and if a price had to be paid for that, then, it had to
The fact that almost all such probationary disciples failed is a major
lesson for us and for the next generations of aspirants.
In the first decades of the 20th century, it is the right time for us to
understand those failures, those false initiations and fancy-adepthoods, all
those crazy clairvoyances --- and study the process by which real Lay
Discipleship works across the centuries.
Lay discipleship is "the door which never closes".
To approach it, however, we need common sense.
We all can aspire to lay discipleship and this is very clear in the "Mahatma
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
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