Re: 7-years test for discipleship
Dec 31, 2007 01:00 AM
by Marko Manninen
There is a good collection of quotes on chelaship: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/chelas.htm
"To accept any man as a chela does not depend on my [the Mahatma's] personal will. It can
be only the result of one's personal merits and exertions in that direction. Force any one of
the 'Masters' you may happen to choose; do good works in his name and for the love of
mankind; be pure and resolute in the path of righteousness (as laid out in our rules); be
honest and unselfish; forget your Self but to remember the good of other people - and
you will have forced that 'Master' to accept you."
"Be pure, virtuous, and lead a holy life and you will be protected. But remember, he who is
not as pure as a young child better leave chelaship alone"
"The option of receiving him or not as a regular chela - remains with the Chohan. M. has
simply to have him tested, tempted and examined by all and means, so as to have his real
nature drawn out. This is a rule with us as inexorable as it is disgusting in your Western
sight, and I could not prevent it even if I would. It is not enough to know thoroughly what
the chela is capable of doing or not doing at the time and under the circumstances during
the period of probation. We have to know of what he may become capable under different
and kind of opportunities. Our precautions are all taken. ... In the meanwhile, I have an
advice to offer. Watch and do not say a word. He was, is, and will be tempted to do all
manner of wrong things"
Also A.B. has a book conserning: http://www.anandgholap.net/Path_Of_Discipleship-
Of course its very baffling to find H.P.B and Olcott to smoke, or drink or eat meat. Perhaps
they had their spiritual earnings that went over physical earnings. Its very hard to examine
and appraise being as a whole.
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