Science of Discipleship

The call of the Hierarchy  - The disciple’s subjective life - Requirements for disciples
A Master’s group and true discipleship - The Master, discipleship and the Plan
Science of discipleship

It was the need for the understanding of the fact of hierarchical progression, which prompted to choose the stages of discipleship as a theme. This hierarchical progression is something warranting careful consideration.



We would remind you of the Law which states that "we grow through the medium of our recognitions. 
A recognition, when it is seen as an aspect or fractional part of a greater whole, is the seed of a major expansion of consciousness. A stabilised expansion of consciousness connotes initiation.

This is an occult statement of major importance.

How essential it is that all disciples and initiates should know exactly where they stand on the Path, the final aspect of the ladder of evolution; otherwise, they will misinterpret the call and fail to recognize the source of the outgoing sound.  (Master D.K. in "Discipleship in the New Age II," A.A. Bailey)

Group discipleship and the Life of the Ashram

When all of you in the group begin to study your rays from the angle of group service, and not so much from the angle of your own individual conditioning. Which of you investigates his ray equipment of energy from this standpoint? Do not the majority of you regard the subject much along the following lines: This ray in my equipment enables me to be and do thus, and so this ray complicates my life; this ray needs stronger emphasis in my life; such and such a ray gives me this or that quality or capacity.

Disciples must learn to study the group equipment as a whole, and discover where a potency of which they may be the custodian can enrich the group life, enhance its effort and round out its presentation as a serving unit in the world of men. The responsibility of wielding force is a fact to be emphasised in the consciousness of all disciples; it will lead to a more deeply conscious and intelligent use of ray energy.

The Life of the Ashram of all ashrams - That Life is:

  • one of inner and outer relationship,
  • of sensitivity to the impression of the Hierarchy and the hierarchical idea at any given time,
  • of correct perception of truth as it underlies relationship and impression, and
  • of a true creative activity in the world of forces.

A proces of Identification


When the process of identification takes place, a moving forward of every member in the entire Ashram becomes possible, even though it seldom happens. Symbolically speaking, it might be described as:


a potent expanding impulse, which widens the circle of the Ashram so that higher levels can be touched and lower spheres of influence can be included.


Science of Identification

When we are considering the last three stages of discipleship, we are definitely dealing with that which might be called the initiate-consciousness at a high stage of expansion and with knowledge for which we have no terminology.

The significance of the word "heart" is the significance of Life itself, as it beats eternally at the very heart of the universe. Within that life, the initiate now consciously stands, realising himself not so much as being a recipient of life, but as a distributor of life.

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