Commentary 7: DINA I
Studies of Individual Instructions
commentary by Michael D. Robbins

1.                  We begin the study of BSW (Beauty, Strength and Wisdom), without the help of an astrological chart or even an indication as to the year of birth. We suspect, however, that BSW (since he died relatively early in the process), anywhere from late 1939 to the very early 1940’s, was not among the youngest of the disciples.

2.                  The DINA Disciples were born across a span of years from the early 1870’s to the late 1890’s — 1898 being the year when the youngest disciples were born.

3.                  Perhaps, then, we can assume that BSW was born somewhere in the 1870’s or 1880’s. Since he was, apparently, a friend of  (or subjectively related to) JWK-P (who was born in 1888), perhaps the age difference between them was not so great, though this is, of course, an assumption.

4.                  A group of astrological students is pondering the astrological hints in the letters written to BSW and will, if possible, provide us with some reasonable hypotheses concerning his birth date and time.

To B. S. W.

February 1933


My word to you is as follows: As a disciple, functioning as you do upon the first Ray of Will or Power and working under the Master of that ray, the Master Morya, I would suggest that you ponder on the fact that the first ray is the first sub-ray of the second Ray of Love-Wisdom and that you must, therefore, round out your development with love to all beings. You have succeeded most soundly in avoiding the major destructive qualities of the first ray and your utilisation of energy in the work of service is commendable. Your aim must be to avoid all static conditions. Many first ray people become static or crystallised, as that is the method whereby the first ray destroyers work — and it is all part of the divine work.

1.                  Master DK begins the instruction with “Brother of Mine”. This not the same form of address He uses with all disciples at all times. May it not be that the Master is signaling to this essentially first ray disciple, that he is, at least temporarily, in the Ashram of Master DK? There is in the word, “mine”, a kind of spiritual ‘ownership’, as when one says, “That disciple ‘belongs’ to Master M, or to Master KH, etc..”

2.                  The Master informs BSW that the “first ray is the first sub-ray of the second Ray of Love-Wisdom”. The Tibetan said something quite similar to JWK-P (who is closely related, at least subjectively, to BSW). It is, of course, a general fact that the first ray on our planet and in our solar system is, in fact, a subray of the great Second Ray of Love-Wisdom. Was the Master, however, informing BSW that his monadic ray was the second, just as he seemed to be telling JWK-P? After all, those who worked closely with Master DK would have either the soul or the monad focussed on the second ray, and the second ray appears nowhere else in BSW’s ray formula.

3.                  BSW’s ray formula is 17-467.

4.                  To round-out one’s development could refer to the “rounding out” of the causal body taking place, in the later stages of the post third-degree process, under the ray of the monad. One can, however, begin the intention to ‘round out’ at any point following the first degree, though, perhaps this process might be focussed during a series of incarnations incorporating the sign Libra (and closer to the second degree).

5.                  BSW is on the Ray of the Destroyer, but he is far enough advanced to avoid the “major destructive qualities” of that ray. There are statements later in this instruction which seem to suggest that he may have had a second ray personality in a recent, previous incarnation. Perhaps he has schooled himself somewhat in the use of the second ray. In addition, perhaps the ray of the monad (should it be the second ray, as seems probable) is having some effect (even thought the third initiation has not been reached). The ray of the monad is, we realize, fundamentally conditioning, and even though before the third degree is taken its number cannot be readily ascertained by anyone less than a Master, it is, nonetheless, effective before that point.

6.                  DK counsels BSW to avoid a static, crystallized condition. Even though we do not know the astrological signs in which and under which BSW was born, the two words used suggest the possibility of the prominence of Taurus and Capricorn. Taurus can become “static” and Capricorn “crystallized”.

7.                  We are reminded of a method of destruction employed by first ray workers: they shatter that which is crystallized. We can see how Capricorn and Saturn can be involved in such a process.

8.                  Apparently there is some tendency in BSW to become static or crystallized. DK notices this and warns His chela.

To you, my brother, I would say (and you will understand): Strength is yours, because you have steadily trodden the lonely path of the disciple. Wisdom is yours and this you use in the helping of the little ones. Beauty must be now the object of your attention. In meditation, I would have you meditate upon the twelve-petalled lotus of the heart, visualising it as a deep rose in colour with a heart of gold. I choose the colour rose, for it will vitalise the astral counterpart of the heart centre, both in the spine and in its higher aspect in the head centre. My brother need not infer from this that he loves not, but the pronounced first ray type needs what is occultly called "the rose of attachment." They find easily the way of detachment; they create with facility a protecting shell and they cherish — with high idealism — their isolation. But when the lesson of isolation is learnt and detachment is the line of least resistance, then the Rose of the soul should be nurtured and shine forth. Impersonality is easy for you. You must now learn to be personal with complete impersonality — a paradoxical acquirement but one of great value.

1.                  Although BSW is fundamentally from another Ashram (the Ashram of Master Morya), the Master reaffirms their brotherhood.  This necessarily draws BSW closer.

2.                  Frequently the Master speaks to the disciple alone (even though the instructions written are to be read by others). Not everything is for all ears and eyes. The Master has the ability to choose just the right words which can speak to the chela without revealing specific content to the other chelas who may hear or read what is said.

3.                  When one travels alone (though, really, not alone), one develops strength, because one has to depend upon oneself. This could well be remembered by all of us. Sometimes in the early part of our studies, we seem to be alone. This is all part of the Divine Plan, for to be alone in a new endeavor builds our strength. Later when we come into more tangible affiliation with others of like nature, we will cooperate with them, but will not lean upon them.

4.                  We see that Master DK is emphasizing the three keynotes of his chela — Beauty, Strength and Wisdom.

5.                  Like Strength, Wisdom has also been developed. We realize that Wisdom is somewhat associated with the first ray for, when second ray disciples are on the Wisdom aspect of that ray, they go to Shamballa, as did the Buddha.

6.                  When first ray disciples attempt to develop Love-Wisdom, Wisdom, it would seem, is usually the easier to develop than Love.

7.                  BSW is to help the “little ones”. This may mean giving aid to those involved in “Little Chelaship”. In some instances, initiates of both the first and second degrees are considered “little ones”, though the term relates, perhaps, more to those nearer the first degree. The suggestion here is that BSW is not a “little one”, or he could not help those who are.

8.                  Beauty, however, is more correlated with the soft-line rays. BSW has the fourth ray mind to assist him, perhaps some history on the second ray personality, and perhaps some possibility of invoking what may reasonably be a second ray monad.

9.                  If Taurus figured into his horoscope, it would also be a sign conducive to Beauty as would Libra. Venus, as well, would be important.

10.              An important hint is given: the heart center may be visualized in various ways, depending upon the purpose of the meditation. It is usually considered a “golden lotus”, but in this instance, the color of deep-rose becomes important, not only to simulate the heart center, but especially its astral counterpart. The golden center of the lotus will connect is through color-resonance with the egoic lotus as a “golden lotus”.

11.              So, we note Master DK choosing a color for His chela’s meditation. A Master will know how to do this.

12.              Interestingly, mediation upon the normal heart center, using the color deep-rose, will also stimulate the heart within the head, which is associated with pure reason and buddhi. The buddhic plane is the plane of “Beauty”, and so this meditation is designed to stimulate that quality which is, for now, the most important quality in BSW’s “Developmental Formula”.

13.              Master DK assures BSW that he does, indeed, love. He also informs His chela that he is a “pronounced first ray type”. What does the word “pronounced” mean? Has the first ray soul quality asserted itself with considerable strength?

14.              Interestingly, Master DK associates “rose” with the quality of attachment. Sometimes when meditating upon the astral body, DK will suggest the color rose. The astral body is, we know, the vehicle through which attachment comes.

15.              The meditation is performed in relation to the usual area between the shoulder blades and about three inches in back of the spine. The color chosen will cause a particular level of the chakra to respond (in this case, the astral counterpart of the etheric chakra).

16.              We note that the “heart within the head” also has an astral counterpart, and that this counterpart, also, will respond, just as will the astral counterpart between the shoulder blades.

17.              One gets the impression that the Master could choose other colors and that different aspects of the chakric system would respond.

18.              The use of color may seem innocuous enough, but, really, it may have far-reaching and unsuspected effects and should not, therefore be a matter of play. It would certainly not do for this disciple to meditate indiscriminately on the color pure orange, because it is connected with the first and fifth rays and thus with the Law of Cleavage. Perhaps, red (related to the first ray) would not be especially useful in relation to the Master’s objectives with this chela — producing greater attachment of the right kind.

19.              It would seem that BSW has built a “protecting shell” creating an isolation which he cherishes with “high idealism”. In such a dynamic his sixth ray astral body and first ray soul would be involved.

20.              Why cherish isolation? Perhaps, because it suggests a state of invulnerability. First ray souls have seen many battles and been killed many times in elementally challenging situations. Just as a fortress can be made invincible, so such individuals seek to become invincible. Isolation is part of this invincibility.

21.              We have noticed over and again how Master DK seeks to bring His chelas into balance. With second ray disciples He encourages detachment. With first ray disciples (JWK-P was one), He seeks to balance the easily accomplished detachment with the right kind of balanced attachment.

22.              DK offers His chela a paradox. He is to become “personal with complete impersonality”. Probably BSW’s fourth ray mind can relate to such a paradox.

23.              How does one do this? Perhaps by being willing to relate to the personas of other people, being willing to be in the presence of such personas and being willing to discuss any necessary aspect of personal presentation and behavior, but in such a way that the true identity of oneself and the other is never forgotten. It is all done within the continuous realization of spirit-soul. One relates to the person as a spirit-soul and as if the person represented spirit-soul and is not only a person.

I would suggest also, my brother, that you seek to teach (even if it is only one or two people), the Way of the Disciple and that you prepare at least two people during the next three years for the Path of Discipleship. They will be sent to you. [page 622] One, you already know. Another, you will later recognise. This means leading them to find the link with their group and their Master, for they will be people who have already made their soul contact.

1.                  This is clearly a second-ray teaching assignment. It will force BSW to break his habitual isolation. The assignment is not excessive, but it will draw from BSW capacities which he does not normally exercise.

2.                  DK offers a specific time period for this preparation — three years. It would, of course, be helpful to have a horoscope to see the nature of the aspects in BSW’s chart during this period of proposed preparation.

3.                  BSW is to work with aspirants, and, judging from his stated abilities, to strengthen them and draw forth their wisdom. One of the chief differences between an aspirant and disciple is the degree of stability and continuity. BSW (so it would seem at this point in his development) has mastered these.

4.                  The Master has prevision and sees the various relationships in BSW’s life.

5.                  DK specifies the qualifications of those who are to come: they will have made soul contact. He is specific concerning BSW’s tasks: lead them to find the link with their group and their Master. It is not stretching things too far to imagine that that Master might be DK, Himself, and the group might be one of His outer plane groups (or these groups considered as a whole). This is probable in as much as He was helping to take some of the teaching load off Master M. and KH, by taking on some of their “junior disciples”. Thus, even if these two aspirants ‘belonged’ to M. or KH, DK might very well be their temporary Teacher.

6.                  When a Master gives an assignment, it is best followed. Surprisingly, there were some who, upon receiving assignments, did not follow.

Your ray is pre-eminently the ray of occultism. Your Master, the Master Morya, is the head of all esoteric organisations in the world. I bring this to your attention because there is something you can do, and this work will be possible when you have developed the facility to register the psychological troubles of others with greater sensitivity. Mentally, you grasp a situation rapidly; mentally and by the use of sound speech, you respond to the need. Your head responds and your soul. To that head understanding and that soul wisdom (which you have) add the heart approach also. Go with your brothers into the valley and do not help them only from the peaks of wisdom. You have mental power, clear understanding, the faculty of wise adjustment in solution; if to all that, you add the capacity of reaction to the emotional needs of others, you will coordinate the personality in a new and helpful way and increase your ability to serve. You can work with many groups, if you so wish, and should always work as an energising factor. Your spiritual diary should be kept with care from this angle and the heart motive, underlying your activities, noted with attention. Your field of service will this way be greatly increased, again through being. This can be enhanced through an increased beauty of the outflow of love and increased love of beauty.

1.                  Master DK associates the first ray with occultism. Elsewhere in the Teaching He tells us that the advanced scientists working on the fifth ray are really “occultists”. Of course, the first and fifth rays are intimately related.

2.                  Master M. is not only the head of all esoteric organisations in the world but the head of all esoteric schools. Master DK is preparing BSW for some work, apparently to be done in connection with Master M, but it will require greater sensitivity of the kind developed on the second ray.

3.                  First ray types do not much concern themselves with the psychological troubles of others. Such troubles are not the kinds of things to which they normally pay attention, unless they are trained to do so — and indeed, they can be trained, just as second ray types can be trained to be strong and stand on their own.

4.                  DK is giving His chela a directive: “add the heart approach also”. We have, it would seem, a cleavage between the head and the heart, or at least a tendency to use the head when the heart is called for — even if the heart could be accessed.

5.                  The “peaks of wisdom” from which BSW must learn to descend seem to suggest the influence of the sign Capricorn (also a sign of isolation and crystallization).

6.                  The Master wants one thing added to the gifts which already exist — “capacity of reaction to the emotional needs of others”. We should never imagine that because the astral body is, in a way, an “illusion” that disciples need not consider the emotions of others. Disciples are to have a transmutative and transformative effect upon those emotions — ‘unreal’ as the astral plane may be.

7.                  DK is fitting His disciple for extended service. He must learn to reach others through the heart.

8.                  BSW is an “energizing factor” and can increase his field of service “through being”. These are two first ray factors — energy and being.

9.                  But it is Beauty and Love which will help the most — “an increased beauty of the outflow of love and increased love of beauty”. Perhaps it is not easy for a first ray type to work in this way, but this is what is required if the radiation and effectiveness in service are to be increased.

July 1933

I have ever the feeling with you, brother of mine, of your being an ancient comrade, who knows right well what I would say and, therefore, that I really need not speak. I hear you laugh at times and say: I know it all. Some day I'll live it all. Some day you assuredly will and you are far nearer to that day than seemed possible ten years ago.

1.                  Does Master DK have to have a “feeling” about His ancient comradeship with BSW or does He know?

2.                  The Master resorts to an interesting form of archaic speech, which may have served BSW as a hint. The archaic phrase is: “who knows right well”. This is not current English, but hearkens back to former time which perhaps BSW will recognize.

3.                  The word “comrade” is interesting, for it suggests a vigorous alliance in relation to purpose. Maybe it evokes images of the battlefield.

4.                  DK is affirming the rapport which exists between him and BSW. This He does also with ISG-L and with JWK-P.

5.                  DK offers a historical perspective. It is a hint, telling BSW that he has been under observation for at least ten years before this first communication by letter. The Arcane


had been started, but the experiment with the groups-of-nine had not. The Master had another disciple, IAP, under observation since 1917, though His first letter to him was in June of 1938.

6.                  The important contrast between knowing the Teaching and living it, is brought to our attention. Most of us could probably laugh along with BSW!

7.                  As well, for his encouragement, Master DK seems to be telling BSW that he has made quite rapid progress and is closer to his goal than he may think.

8.                  Why does DK affirm His solidarity with His chelas? Only to strengthen and encourage them, it would seem. To energize them by the sense of comradeship. The sense of comradeship with the Master is energizing, is it not?

Continue with the meditation last given but use no longer the colour rose but a golden-orange. Blend the rose and orange and keep the meditation entirely in the heart centre, remembering that that centre is in the spine, between the [page 623] shoulder blades. Preserve ever the attitude of the Onlooker in the head. Thus the detachment of the soul will grow whilst the attachment of the soul to souls will grow and increase. The only breathing exercise which I set you is a series of long normal breaths, saying mentally as you inhale: "I gather life and strength." As you exhale, you will say mentally: "In love I send them forth." Thus the rhythm of the life of service is indicated and expressed.

1.                  The color to be used in the meditation is changing. It is now the predominant color of the causal body (golden orange)  and so the quality of soul is being added to the astral nature, transforming it in the direction of love-wisdom.

2.                  It is interesting that the heart center is “in” the spine. Perhaps, DK is speaking of the root of the center, even though it is to be pictured three inches behind the spine.

3.                  In order to keep the balance, even though the meditation is centered in the heart center, the head focus is simultaneously to be preserved. DK is looking for the blending of head and heart over which Jupiter officiates.

4.                  As well, it looks as if the Law of Magnetic Impulse is being invoked, providing attachment of the soul to souls. The individual (as soul) is to be attached to souls in the world of souls but detached from personalities (even though able to relate successfully to personality as a soul).

5.                  The simple breathing exercise given is one that can be used by everyone. Its process is a blend of the first and second rays. The inhalation is conditioned by the first ray and the exhalation by the second ray.

6.                  DK is giving us “the rhythm of the life of service”. The exercise is beautiful in its simplicity.

Your gift to the group is that of illumined knowledge and the providing of a firm basis for action, with the exemplification of skill in action. Later, when I may call upon the group of disciples to take joint action along some particular line, your power to know the cause of what is will be of great usefulness. This group of disciples is a service group and this must always be remembered.

1.                  Each of the disciples had a gift which he/she could share with the group.

2.                  The gifts here mentioned suggest Taurus/Gemini and Capricorn; also, Venus, Mercury and Saturn.

3.                  Illumined knowledge comes under Taurus and perhaps Gemini, and a firm basis for action under Capricorn.

4.                  We can see how BSW’s rays also contribute the firm basis for action and the exemplification of skill in action, for the first ray is the ray of ‘firmness’ (assisted by the seventh, which is also firm), and the seventh ray is especially the ray of “skill in action”.

5.                  That BSW has the power to “know the cause of what is” suggests time spent (in previous lives) upon the fifth ray, under which cause and effect interplay is illumined.

Dissipate not your powers. Centralise your activities and work increasingly with individuals. Thus does the first ray type achieve understanding; thus does he grow in love.

1.                  The request to avoid the dissipation of powers may suggest the presence of Gemini.

2.                  The first ray type ever has facility at centralization, but he must develop an ability to achieve contact with others.

3.                  The second ray type finds it relatively easy to work with individuals. First ray types must learn to do this.

4.                  We can see that DK’s objective with this chela is to produce loving-understanding.

5.                  BSW’s problem is one of isolation and, hence, of a kind of separation which prevents the qualities exemplified by this disciple from being of use to more people. We see that bridges are to be built by moving against first ray isolative tendencies.

February 1934


This past year has been one of testing and of strain for you and of consistent, faithful, inner work. You have ever been sure of your spiritual relationships and that is right and well but you are fortunately less sure now of the judgments of the personality. When the personality is being relegated to its rightful place as an instrument and the shift of consciousness is away from the exterior life of the form to the interior life of the soul, then true esoteric living becomes possible. In the life of all disciples, there comes the time when there is an interlude of difficulty. During that interlude, discovery is made that the personality will, the personality judgment, and the personality aspiration is a part of the general glamour — a glamour which can only be dispelled as the soul pours its life and light with steady radiance into the instrument.

1.                  An aspect of the dual life of the disciple is emphasized. No matter what sort of strain is occurring in the life (outer or inner) the work is to be faithfully performed inwardly.

2.                  The Master has been trying to create a degree of uncertainty in the consciousness of his chela. As with many seventh ray disciples, there may have been a tendency to judge too readily by outer appearances.

3.                  Some Libran themes are appearing in this paragraph. “Judgement” is a Libran factor as is the idea of “interlude” — in this case, “an interlude of difficulty”. The power of Saturn as “tester” seems present.

4.                  The personality is being discovered for what it is. An aspect of the “Dweller on the Threshold” is emerging.

5.                  Those with a seventh ray personality and brain may be much captivated by “the exterior life of the form”. A change in orientation is required towards the “interior life of the soul”. The appearance of a certain type of personal uncertainty can, interestingly, assist this process.

6.                  We find that Master DK is working with BSW on the dispelling of glamor through the pouring in of the light of the soul.

7.                  The weakening of incorrect attitudes definitely contributes to progress. It would appear that BSW has in his nature much stiffness, resistance to change, much self-certainty. The “interlude of difficulty” has challenged these attitudes.

8.                  If Taurus were a sign of importance, it would certainly contribute to the pouring in of light (as well as to the static condition which DK mentioned in His first letter).

The best that I can desire for you, my brother, is that this dispelling light may flood your life and evoke that simplicity which is ever the indication of soul domination. That one word "simplicity" should embody the theme of your thought [page 624] for the next few months and should constitute the keynote of your meditation.

1.                  The dispelling light comes from Taurus and Venus. Simplicity is the quality of those souls who are related to Shamballa (cf. DINA II 518) “The simplicity of the soul opens the way into Shamballa”.

2.                  Why should simplicity be “the indication of soul domination”? Perhaps because essential values (soul values) are at last discerned and the life has been prioritized accordingly.

3.                  The sixth ray/second ray disciple ISG-L, for whom simplicity was counseled, was preparing for the second initiation. Simplicity is of the will, and the will is accessed in a new way at the second degree. Could the simplicity enjoined upon BSW also be part of preparation for this degree?

4.                  We note, interestingly, that the Master has desires too. Master DK speaks of the “best I can desire for you”.

You are a strong soul and must hew your own way through the jungle of mundane existence. What do I mean by the words "a strong soul"? I mean not only that your first ray quality of power is expressing itself. That, of course. But I mean primarily that you are experienced and this experience of yours enables you to evidence steadfastness and that poise in isolation which conveys to others the feeling that they can depend upon you. This, in the second place, means an increasing capacity to be magnetic and in that word "magnetic" lies the goal of your personality experience. The first ray person is easily strong but not so easily magnetic, for magnetism is above all else either a heart or a solar plexus emanation.

1.                  DK emphasizes strength, but explains that it means more than the expression of first ray qualities.

2.                  The word “hew” and “jungle” are interesting and can be seen as astrological hints. To “hew” is a Martian action, and the word “jungle” is used in the Teaching in relation to the “Jungle of Illusion” (in connection with Aries). Perhaps something about the prominence of Mars or Aries is being suggested.

3.                  Strength, in this instance, means “experience”. BSW is an experienced soul, steadfast and poised in isolation. We see that he is no beginner on the Path.

4.                  Strength also means “an increasing capacity to be magnetic”. Though magnetism can be understood in relation to the first ray from an esoteric perspective, it is practically and psychologically related to the second ray, which BSW is consistently encouraged to cultivate.

5.                  “Magnetism” is his watch word. The soul is magnetic (no matter what its ray). The personality must become so.

6.                  Notice that DK calls BSW a “first ray person”. This calls attention to the fact that words like “person” are not used literally all the time. Here, DK means the first ray soul. Elsewhere, He uses the term “people” to mean monads. (cf. I HS 187) One must read carefully.

7.                  The contrast between strength and magnetism is always being brought to BSW’s attention. The first ray is related to the fifth ray, and the fifth ray, too, has trouble with being magnetic.

8.                  We judge that the Master is trying to stimulate the heart and even the solar plexus of His disciple (in the right way). The meditation using deep-rose and golden-orange were aimed at this stimulation. Fundamentally, however, it is the heart that is to be stimulated. BSW’s solar plexus (we can infer) was excessively stimulated in a certain way that made “astral wandering” a problem.

9.                  In general, we find that the Master does not want us to follow the line of least resistance because, in doing so, we often fail to become “rounded out”. He is asking of BSW behaviors which are not easy for him.

10.              We can see how much of the Master’s work is to detect deficiencies and over-accentuations and see that they are remedied. If the Master were to examine our aura now, what deficiencies and over-accentuations would He find, and how would He seek to help us counterbalance them?

Since your entry into my group of disciples there is a growing evidence of the awakening of the heart centre and this should give you encouragement. Let us work more definitely at that. I seek not to interfere at this time with your meditation but you have recognised that, in the press of work and for the period of the next few years, your work can be directed by me, if so you will, and thus, for a brief period, you have voluntarily submitted to the suggestions of a second ray disciple, myself. The pressure of work on the Masters Morya and K.H. is such that some of us are lifting what we can off Their shoulders. In the same way the Master Hilarion is lifting a good deal of the work of training sixth ray disciples off the shoulders of the Master Jesus. A number of inner adjustments are going on in the exigencies of the stress of this cycle. It is one work, my brother, and all forces are expressions of the energy of love and the potencies of wisdom.

1.                  BSW, a first ray disciple, had been assigned to a second ray Master for guidance. The assignment is achieving desired results.

2.                  Is BSW pursuing mediations other than those given by Master DK? Perhaps along the first ray line.

3.                  DK seems to be asserting His role as temporary teacher and guide. DK represents the second ray, and BSW needs the increasing influence of that ray.

4.                  Master DK is taking students of Masters M. and KH, and Master Hilarion is training sixth ray disciples for Master Jesus (a very interesting proposition) making us wonder about the presence of sixth ray in Master H.’s makeup. He certainly seemed to have had it when He manifested as Paul. As for the first ray, we are told that DK has this ray focussed in His Triad.

“Bear in mind that first ray disciples are in my Ashram, and that there are aspects of my nature which are of first ray origin, but when you remember this, bear also in mind that the aspect to which I refer is Triadal”.
(DINA II 761)

5.                  The Master reiterates a major theme: “all forces are expressions of the energy of love and the potencies of wisdom”. All rays are subrays of the great Second Ray. DK began with that idea and continues to hammer it home. This strong first ray disciple needs to hear and understand the import of that statement.

To the wisdom force of the Buddha, you easily respond. To the militancy and devotion of the Master Jesus and to the vibration of His organism, the Church militant, you vibrate also with facility, for the priesthood had long been your chosen field of service. An ancient sannyasin are you. To the understanding and the inclusive love of the Christ aspect, as it expresses itself in the "fire of divine compassion," you only respond in a secondary sense. The awakening of this compassion should be one of your objectives in meditation. It will lead to inclusiveness and the power to "see things as others see them."

1.                  The thought that the Buddha (and His Wisdom) related much to the first ray was earlier expressed. The first ray within BSW responds easily to the first ray aspect contained within the quality of Wisdom.

2.                  Perhaps, as well, many lives had been spent upon the sixth ray. Perhaps BSW is now a priest (or minister) and perhaps he has been so for more than one life. His sixth ray astral body would help him respond militantly. Perhaps Mars is placed in a militant or fervent sign — Aries, Sagittarius or Pisces.

3.                  If in this life he is a priest or clergyman, the sixth or twelfth houses of the chart could be of import.

4.                  This is the second time the word “ancient” has been used in these instructions. “Ancient comrade” was the first use. Now, “ancient sannyasin”. DK seems to be calling BSW’s attention to participation in other religious approaches than Christianity.

5.                  The use of the word “ancient” also seems to emphasize that BSW is not at all new to discipleship. There is much in these instructions that seems to “look backwards”, emphasizing this disciple’s former experience.

6.                  DK is telling BSW he needs love. How he does so is masterful. It is the “fire of divine compassion” which must be cultivated. DK tells BSW that he responds to it in a “secondary sense”. The Master is not saying, “You do not love enough”. He is simply asking that that which is secondary be made primary.

7.                  These instructions inform us that BWS is to cultivate the higher gifts of Neptune — ruler of “divine compassion” and a planet which is the planet of Vishnu and the Christ.

8.                  BSW is centralized in himself. Decentralization is needed so that he can put himself in another’s place.

9.                  We see that Master DK is promoting a ‘program of sensitization’ for His chela. He seeks to see the drawbridge of the fortress lowered over the mote.

Your meditation does not now require the practice of visualisation and the registering of colour. The ancient pomps and ceremonies of a priestly past lie buried in your consciousness and are easily evoked; in the thrill of stately ceremonial and of rhythmic organisation, you find your line of least resistance. The first ray person is conscious of ordered life, the majesty of ordered forces; the glory of the intelligent "arrangement" of the powers which lie behind the manifested world is his rightful field of service. But to this must be added the power to intuit the Plan as it exists in the heart of love, for only love reveals the Plan and the part to be played in it by souls at any given time and place. I am enlarging thus as I seek to enrich your life by two things: by a recognition of the Plan as it exists on the astral plane at this time, close to materialisation, and, secondly, by the recognition of the freedom of all souls to work out that Plan in unison with each other, interfering not with each other's methods but giving to each other the love and cooperation at those points where duty and obligation bring contact. Ponder on this....

1.                  When instructing JWK-P, the Tibetan spoke of the importance of visualization for the first and seventh ray types. Masonry was to give this to JWK-P, and perhaps, as well to BSW.

2.                  Both BSW and JWK-P had the fourth ray mental body, which should have helped with the visualization process.

3.                  Here we learn that BSW’s past is definitely connected to the church — its pomps and ceremonies. The present life seems to be a continuation of this trend.

4.                  It is interesting to contemplate the words, “the thrill of stately ceremonial and of rhythmic organization”. When all actions are perfectly and harmoniously executed, energy passes freely with a thrilling effect. This is the joy of the ‘perfect performance’.

5.                  DK seems to be describing how the first and seventh rays work together in the life of BSW. It is a beautiful sentence full of revelation for the first ray/seventh ray type:

 “The first ray person is conscious of ordered life, the majesty of ordered forces; the glory of the intelligent ‘arrangement’ of the powers which lie behind the manifested world is his rightful field of service”.

6.                  DK’s method is to affirm what BSW possesses and, then, to seek to add more. The orderly and intelligent arrangement of forces is understood. But the “power to intuit the plan as it exists in the heart of love” is not yet acquired. This is an extraordinary phrase. It seems to suggest that if we love enough the Plan will be revealed to us: “for only love reveals the Plan”. These thoughts could well be taken into meditation.

7.                  Love, pure reason and intuition are akin. These are the methods of accessing the Divine Plan. The heartless reason of the cold mind will not suffice.

8.                  The Divine Plan emerges from moment to moment in the tiniest thought, feeling or action. The one immersed in intuitive love from moment to moment facilitates the emergence of the Divine Plan in the tiniest things.

December 1934

In my last instruction to you, brother of old, I told you to stand as a tower of strength to your brothers. With your usual prompt acceptance of any suggestions which seem to you intellectually and intuitionally constructive, you have sought to do this. But, my brother, there has been too much of the tower in your attitude and of the highly placed and rather separative Observer in the top of the tower. Perhaps my use of the word "tower" was to blame. Maybe my vision of you as a strong and steady helper, added to your innate isolation, swept you too far apart. The first ray disciple loves isolation. It is for him the line of least resistance. He is, as you know, normally the one who stands alone. This is his strength and it is also his weakness. He glories in detachment, e'en as you gloried inwardly over your power to adapt yourself to me, as the teacher assigned to you by your own Master. You liked the [page 626] facility with which you made the adjustment, did you not?

1.                  Here we see the reason why the Master must be cautious when He offers advice. BSW is eager and sincere and will readily accept the Master’s suggestions because they seem “intellectually and intuitionally constructive”. However, his interpretation of the advice has not been entirely sound. The term “tower” in “tower of strength” has somehow strengthened his centralized and isolative attitudes. He has not descended into the “valleys”, but has remained the “highly placed and rather separated Observer in the top of the tower”. The heart attitude which DK has been attempting to cultivate in His chela cannot flourish from such a position.

2.                  Not only the words of a Master to His chela, but the Master’s vision of him can be effective for good or ill.

3.                  Again and again we see Master DK attempting to educate his chela away from the “line of least resistance” — in this case the “love of isolation”.

4.                  BSW is a ready disciple — ready to do anything that is required. He knows that he is on the first ray and that his temporary Master is on the second. This chela is fond of his power to accomplish and, it seems, is rather proud about his ability to adapt from first ray attitudes to those characterized by the second ray. We see, however, that adaptation is not quite so easy to accomplish. “Old habits die hard”.

5.                  We notice certain words emerging — “glories”, “thrill”, “pomps”, “ceremonial”. The overall impression is of an exalted attitude — one that “towers above” ordinary circumstances, and, perhaps, ordinary people.

6.                  The Master seeks to see this attitude end.

It is not easy for the first ray disciple to learn attachment (of the right and spiritual description) any more than it is easy for the second ray disciple to learn detachment. Disciples on both those rays have an extreme lesson to learn in this connection; they have to approach the problem from differing attitudes, for the problem of attachment and of detachment is one. It is the problem of right values. The first ray type loves himself, his power and his isolation too much. The second ray type errs through deep attachment to others and through a too fluid inclusiveness which is expressed before the disciple understands the true nature of inclusiveness. The second ray type errs through fear of not being understood or not adequately loved, and cares too much what others may think of him and say of him. The first ray type errs in not giving enough thought to the reaction of others to what he says and does; he prides himself on his detached attitude and on his immunity from attachment; he likes to have his strength and isolation appreciated. One suffers from fear. The other from pride. You exact frankness, my brother, and give it in full measure; hence my frankness with you.

1.                  The first sentence is foundational, and much of the Master’s efforts with His various disciples are directed towards inducing counterbalancing attitudes.

2.                  Of course, the “attachment” in question must be “of the right and spiritual description” — namely, the attachment to souls and not to personalities. However, the personality aspect of others must not be coldly repudiated.

3.                  DK puts the problem in a larger context. Whether one is dealing with the need for detachment or attachment, the problem is the same; it is a problem of “right values”.

4.                  This paragraph offers one of the most exact descriptions of first and second ray problems (in contrast) of any in the entire Teaching.

5.                  Self-love is contrasted with the unwise ‘love’ of others — more of their personalities than their souls. For the second ray type there is a premature “fluid inclusiveness” of others, before soul-inclusiveness is understood. The first ray type seems to reject others, caring too little about their reactions. The contrast is very clear, is it not?

6.                  It all boils down to “pride” and “fear”. Some people who have both the first and second rays prominent in their nature are afflicted by both attitudes and the warfare in their nature is great.

7.                  We find DK telling his chela that he is proud. The Master’s words are direct and karmically justified, due to the characteristic “frankness” of His chela.

8.                  In both cases (whether one suffers from pride or fear) there is an unsuspected focus on one’s own “little self” rather than on one’s true Self or the Self of the ‘other’.

It is this inner "isolation," deeply loved by you and fostered by early training and present circumstance which militates against your being telepathically sensitive to other people. Instead of so much "will to love," why not just love more simply? You and F.C.D. are extreme types on your specific rays. In him, the heart dominates, e'en though his wisdom is deep and his understanding rare. In you the head dominates, and you sit on the summit of your tower, whilst all the time the call of the heart sounds throughout your being and in your ears. Yet you fear to descend and walk among your fellowmen in loving identification with them. It is only through walking the dusty street of life with our brothers that we find ourselves passing eventually through the portal of initiation.

And yet, brother of old, I have noted that, in moments of stress and of possible misunderstanding, you choose the heart way. Were it not so, I would not thus write.

1.                  BSW is in that group-of-nine called the Telepathic Communicators. Experiments in telepathy were undertaken in this little group and, apparently, BSW was not especially successful in cultivating telepathic sensitivity. The Master puts His finger on the reason.

2.                  It matters not that the isolative attitude (which is at fault) was cultivated early and fostered by present circumstance (probably the clergy or priesthood); it has to change.

3.                  Some sound advice is offered. It is true that the Master often asks the disciple to cultivate the will-to-love, but here He is going a step further and just asking the chela to “love more simply”. It is the difference between theory (perhaps elaborate) about a quality to be expressed, versus the simple expression of the quality.

4.                  FCD is a soul deeply identified with the second ray. His ray formula is 24-127. His problem was entirely other than BSW’s, as his “Developmental Formula” suggests — “Freedom from ties; Chelaship; Detachment”.

5.                  It seems that Master DK often teaches BSW through contrasts, which makes one wonder about the possible presence of the sign of contrasts, Gemini, in BSW’s astrological chart.

6.                  A vivid picture is presented. The head is dominating as the disciple sits on the summit of his tower but all the while the “heart is sounding” throughout his being and in his ears. Apparently, he senses and hears and heart, but does not know how to respond to it and express it. We have here, an example of a cleavage between head and heart. The planets Jupiter and Venus are required to bridge this cleavage.

7.                  First ray types pride themselves on their fearlessness, but no human being who is not an initiate of the fourth degree is without fear. For those on the first ray, the fear is often one of intimacy or of compromising the self through humble associations and acts. The Tibetan makes this clear:

“Yet you fear to descend and walk among your fellowmen in loving identification with them”.

What could be lost by such a descent? Power? An exalted self-image? Would the self be degraded by familiarity with others? Only that collection of self-referencing ideas we call “ego” would be altered, and this alteration would only be for the good. Yet, as always, the fear prevents the salutary act.

8.                  A statement of great importance is made, and it must be absorbed and acted upon if the average disciple’s vision of the portal of initiation is ever to be more than a figment of the imagination, which so often it is.

“It is only through walking the dusty street of life with our brothers that we find ourselves passing eventually through the portal of initiation”.

The Spiritual Hierarchy is the “Hierarchy of Love” and it is only the heart which opens the portal. There are many other requirements (it is true) but without the heart there is no passage.

9.                  The Tibetan is asking us to see our self-image compromised if necessary, to “get our hands dirty”, if necessary, and our shoes too, in the dusty, muddy streets — if necessary. And, of course, because mental pride cannot penetrate into the Ashram, and because every disciple must know the meaning of true humility — it is, indeed, necessary.

10.              Master DK sees into the heart of His chela. Basically the heart is sound and is utilized in moments of real stress and need. During the course of a number of lives, various defense mechanisms have been erected and have covered that heart, and the mind has been used as a protection against vulnerability. It cannot hurt this disciple to be reminded that the Master does, after all, see his heart and that it is “alive and well”.

11.              The principle to be extracted is that we have not always been as we are now. Some of our present attitudes have been built as self-protective mechanisms. Knowing this, we are more likely to release ourselves from such attitudes.

12.              Mind, for instance, can be used as a defense against sensitivity and the heart, but it can also come to serve sensitivity and the heart as the “loving mind”.

I would like to set you the task of writing an article on the use of love as an interpreter of men. I commend to you that [page 627] theme for meditation. You have power in writing and ability in the expression of the deeper truths through the medium of words and your field of service can be increased in this respect. Write, therefore, for the many who will listen to your words, and write with that understanding heart which is yours in full measure when you descend from your tower and give love both time and scope.

1.                  The Tibetan wants BSW to learn to see “through the eyes of love” and to interpret his fellow human beings through those eyes.

2.                  BSW has power in writing. We would look for a strong Mercury or a well-fortified third house of the horoscope or a dignified ruler of that house. Again, there may be an indication of the presence of the sign Gemini, which seems to have been a quite frequent occurrence among Master DK’s disciples.

3.                  We note that the Master never relents in His intention to increase the scope of the disciple’s field of service.

4.                  The Master is asking BSW to descend and, as it were, ‘uncover’ his waiting heart. The heart is ready but it has to be released from the captivity of the mind and the sometimes proud ego it serves.

5.                  We begin to see that initiation is not for those who, because of fear, hold themselves aloof from their fellowmen.

May I point out to you also that a recognition of those ray problems and liabilities which exist in your own life and in the lives of those around you involves no criticism on my part or any on yours. The facts of nature exist; the wise man faces them, knowing them for what they are and he then endeavours to transcend them....

1.                  The Master is calling attention to the difference between analysis and criticism. Facts are facts. The first ray type “assert(s) the fact” and, as a result, has to face facts.

2.                  DK is speaking as a realistic psychologist who knows how human beings are made.

3.                  The Master is asking BSW to face the problems attendant upon his ray structure and then, to deliberately rise above those problems, by cultivating qualities which are not natural to his present rays.

4.                  We note that more has been said here, for dots follow the word “them”, but the editor (acting on the request of the disciple to whom the instruction is written) has chosen to delete any additional words in this paragraph, so we can only imagine that they were of a more personal nature.

May I ask you also to study again the last instruction which I gave you, for it still embodies much needed work. This new instruction is in the nature of a frank talk with a highly valued brother. And I do value you, my friend.

1.                  DK knows the psychology of his chelas. He knows their rays and often, He speaks in a manner suited to their ray psychology.

2.                  The approach of the Master is ever to mix correction with commendation. It is a technique of the second ray, and it involves strengthening the one who is to be corrected so that he may accept the correction in stride and act upon it. We all know that browbeating another with a barrage of corrections is often counterproductive. The technique, then, is basically to remind the one to be corrected of his strengths, and then offer correction; or to follow correction with a reminder of strengths and of the capacity to act properly on the correction because of those strengths.

3.                  Perhaps the talk was even more “frank” than we can suspect from reading this particular instruction, as some of it has been deleted.

June 1935


You are halfway down from the altitude of your tower and that is good. In my last instruction, I spoke to you with frankness and you recognised the justice of that which I said and started to make the needed re-adjustments. That work must be continued for another year.

1.                  The Tibetan is following His chela’s progress closely. The process of inducing humility and heart-felt human contact is in motion.

2.                  BSW is a prompt and eager disciple. He wishes to achieve, to advance, and, with his will and mind, he will put the Master’s suggestions into practice — according to the level of his understanding.

3.                  The quality of “justice” is referenced — another suggestion of the possibility that the sign Libra is present in the horoscope. Earlier we discussed the tendency towards “personality judgment” (judgmentalism), a negative quality of the Saturnian signs Libra and Capricorn. The Principle of Justice is important in the psyche of first ray disciples.

4.                  We often see Master DK initiating a process with one of His chelas and then stating how long it will (or should) take for the process to be completed. In this case, He predicts that another year of work will be necessary before BSW will have descended from his tower.

5.                  Not all disciples have been as willing to make the necessary adjustments so promptly. A prompt acquiescence to the will of the soul is much to be desired in a disciple. When the soul reveals to us the need to act, how prompt are we in response?

Have you any idea, my brother, with what care I watch the work of this group of disciples? I watch with patient attention, not because of any personal interest where the personalities of the disciples are concerned but because of the potency latent in such consecrated groups. If the personnel of the group can be sufficiently purified and trained and if the disciples who compose it can be sufficiently welded together into one functioning unit, then much can be accomplished. All is yet in the trial stage with many of them and only the coming few years will show the Masters which of Their groups can stand pressure and yet preserve the soul link which underlies all the differing personalities.

1.                  The Master shares with BSW (and with all His chelas) the degree of His attentiveness to the group process. His watchfulness is motivated not by personal interest, but “because of the potency latent in such consecrated groups”. Eventually, they can do much good in the world.

2.                  DK is a servant of the Divine Plan and the groups in formation were to become an instrument of service through which He and the Hierarchy could work. Purification, training and unity would be required of the group personnel if the groups were to measure up to opportunity.

3.                  We come to understand that a number of the Masters may be preparing groups for service. The next few years (written in 1935) were to be crucial in determining the fitness of the groups under preparation.

4.                  The main thing is that a prepared group must withstand pressure and yet preserve the soul link.

5.                  Perhaps we know from observing our own lives that the soul link may seem to disappear in moments of stress. What is desired is a ‘continuity of soul consciousness’ during all manner of pressured, stressful circumstances. When an individual or a group has proved its capacity to preserve soul consciousness under such conditions, the stage of fitness (Master M. calls it “goal-fitness”) has been achieved and the individual or the group may be used.

The problem of group integration is always a difficult one; it has been particularly difficult for you to integrate into [page 628] my group of disciples because of your much cherished and deeply rooted sense of isolation. This was developed in your last life as a defense mechanism for a very sensitive personality. This attitude you are, however, learning to relinquish. For other disciples, the reasons which militate against integration vary. For some, it is largely based upon submergence in personality problems; these hold the disciple fast in prison just as you have been held in your tower of isolation. For others, the problem is to be found in the powerful will-to-be at the centre, both in its right and noble sense and in its personality and wrong sense. This attitude produces a sense of identity and of selfhood which hinders integration. Other disciples are hindered by the reverse of this attitude and by their second ray power of attachment and of inclusiveness. This has to be negated in the case of attachment and necessitates a focussing where the tendency to expansion is constructively possible.

1.                  The Tibetan is now speaking from a group perspective. He is not offering training for individual disciples so that they, individually, can advanced. All individual training is being offered in the context of group usefulness.

2.                  The manner in which BSW is a liability in the process of group integration is now reviewed. It is his “much cherished and deeply rooted sense of isolation” which prevents him from integrating into the group of Telepathic Communicators as he otherwise might.

3.                  We read that the sense of isolation is a relatively recent cultivation, or at least that it was strengthened considerably in BSW’s last life as a “defense mechanism for a very sensitive personality”. May we infer that the personality ray of BSW’s last incarnation was the second ray of Love-Wisdom?

4.                  The Master reviews various types of attitudes and behaviors which militate against the integration of the disciple into the group. Submergence in personality problems is often a problem for those upon the soft-line rays. Isolativeness and personality centralization are difficulties for those on the hard-line rays.

5.                  DK is cautious to point out that there is a correct approach to the “will-to-be at the centre”. It is related to soul-centralization and eventually to spirit-centralization. When, however, a disciple identified as a personality wishes to be at the center of a group, the integration process in the group will be harmed.

6.                  Disciples in a group can integrate more easily into and with the group when they develop the realization that “I am the group” rather than “I am I”.

7.                  Second ray disciples, more easily attached, can hinder the group integration process by becoming too attached to the personalities of fellow group members. Thus the need (as expressed in Rule XI for Disciple and Initiates) to sever all personality ties between group members. This injunction, however, cannot be interpreted only at face value. The attitude of “personally-impersonal” and “impersonally-personal” is required, and in no case is there a reduction of kindness between group members.

8.                  DK offers advice to second ray types who through the power of attachment and inclusiveness are hindering the integration process. He asks for a “focussing where the tendency to expansion is constructively possible”. These are interesting and enigmatic words. Second ray types are conditioned by the expansive energies of Jupiter. Rather than ‘expand into each other’ in a personality sense, it is the expansion of group consciousness which is to be cultivated. By focussing within the group consciousness, second ray types can rightly direct their expansive tendencies.

With these ideas before you, you can realise the need I felt for right understanding on the part of all in this group of disciples as to the rules for group work and a right comprehension as to the place each of you had to play in the future work. If all my disciples take hold of the present opportunity with fresh endeavour and enthusiasm, they will then discover what it is that the disciples in a Master's Ashram can achieve.

1.                  The disciples in a group are very much responsible for its success or failure.

2.                  The Master imparts the correct Teaching and does all He can to instruct, guard and balance the group process, but the disciples must apply what they have received.

3.                  The Group of Telepathic Communicators was first group-of-nine formed, and therefore was, in a sense, the leading group. In it, as well, were many in whom the first ray was prominent. Thus the need for this group, especially, to understand and demonstrate “the rules for group work”.

4.                  As well, the Tibetan seeks for each group member to understand his or her particular place within the group. Light, therefore, is shed upon the problem of the particular disciple but in relation to the group structure and process.

5.                  When we learn to know ourselves we must consider our identities, skills and abilities in relation to the group and its needs, and not simply in isolation.

I have several times told you that your function in this particular group is to give strength and power to your fellow disciples. Can you do this with pure detachment and with deep attachment? Such is your problem. Each of them needs what you have to give, but needs it in a different manner. I commend this to you as your theme for study for the next few months and propose to you the following work. Study those of your fellow disciples whom you know and seek to get into close rapport with them. Study what they say and write and try to tune in on their souls and to understand their personalities. The result will be partially correct and partially wrong. If they discover what you are doing, you will find that they are all impersonal enough to permit you to learn some psychology from a study of their characters, their temperaments and their tendencies. It will also enable me to give you some training as a practical psychologist — never an easy thing for a first ray ego....

1.                  DK began His instructions to BSW commending him for his Strength and also his Wisdom. Strength and Wisdom were two gifts to be shared with his fellow disciples.

2.                  Now the Master presents (again presents) a paradox — to give strength with “pure detachment and with deep attachment”. It will take the fourth ray mind of BSW to help resolve this apparent contradiction.

3.                  The task is ever to be detached from personalities and the reactions of personalities, and yet, to be deeply attached to souls — to the real individual, which whom, in fact, we are one. This is most easily accomplished if we want nothing from the individual to whom we are relating.

4.                  We see Master DK calling also for adaptability. Strength and Wisdom cannot be given to each in the same way. The one who bestows must know the nature of the one who is to receive. Such knowledge cannot be acquired if the one who gives remains in a state of isolation and separateness.

5.                  The Tibetan is trying to deepen BSW’s capacity for rapport. Since BSW is a deep student of the Ageless Wisdom, this rapport is to be generated through the study of his fellow disciples.

6.                  BSW, it would appear, does not habitually approach others in a psychological manner. The first ray type may not have all that much interest in the psyches of others, nor may he wish for others to know him intimately.

7.                  BSW is to learn some psychology. Since there are so many second ray egos in the Tibetan’s groups, they will be willing to help BSW in this task. Second ray egos are, generally, more psychological in their orientation than first ray types.

8.                  We come to the point: it is difficult for first ray egos to become practical psychologists. They are simply not interested in getting to know others intimately; at least, this is not their natural trend, though it can be cultivated. The great first ray leaders of men have been, however, more adept at psychology. They had to develop the ability along the way, otherwise they could not succeed. First ray types will do whatever is necessary.

9.                  Again there has been a deletion in the text. Perhaps this letter exists somewhere in its original form, or perhaps it has been destroyed. In any case, we have enough to see the general trend of DK’s instruction for this disciple. “Get to know people. Relate more closely to people. Become attached even while being detached. Adapt yourself to the psychological states and needs of other people.”

February 1936


It has been a year of interesting inner development for you, has it not? You have learned much and, fortunately for your progress, your ivory tower of beauty and of isolation is rocking to its very foundations. Your soul has seriously undermined it. It still stands, but you are suspicious of it and have lost interest in it and that is a great step. Continue the good work and see to it that this year your ivory tower — erected with care during the past six incarnations — disappears and that you are down among men, sharing with them all that concerns humanity. You will not have such a comfortable time but you can — and will — become yourself a tower of strength to others.

1.                  The Tibetan began instructing BSW about three years before this letter was written. The Tibetan’s suggestions have taken hold and the main impediment to progress (isolation, pride and separatism) symbolized by the “ivory tower” is in process of destruction. One thinks of the Tarot card, the “Blasted


” — assailed by lightning and rocking towards a crash.

2.                  We note that the tower has been weakened to the point of destruction by the soul. No personality decision would be sufficient to undermine the strength of so strong an edifice.

3.                  The entire task is not completed, however, for the tower still stands, but the disciple no longer loves it and retreats to it.

4.                  One must marvel at the consciousness available to the Master. Master DK has the insight to see the last six incarnations of BSW. He can trace the beginning of the erection of the “ivory tower” to those earlier times.

5.                  In an earlier instruction, we gathered that the tower was strengthened considerably in the immediately preceding incarnation immediately as a means of defense to protect a very sensitive personality. We cannot accurately surmise the personality rays during those preceding six incarnations. The most recently preceding incarnation seems to have had a soft-line personality. Was the tower erected as a defense to protect a series of soft-line personalities, or were there other motives involved in the erection? One day BSW will know (with objectivity) just as His Master, DK, now knows.

6.                  For that matter, one day we all will know (with clarity and objectivity) the reason for our present personality condition, as that reason is rooted in a number of our preceding incarnations.

7.                  The Tibetan is calling for sacrifice. The ivory tower has been, strangely, a place of comfort for BSW. When in the tower, BSW has been spared the pains and dissonances of human interaction. He has been relatively undisturbed in splendid isolation.

8.                  Now that particular kind of comfort has to be sacrificed, that avenue of retreat relinquished.

9.                  However, if this is done, BSW, himself, may become “a tower of strength to others”. Thus is the idea of the tower preserved, but it becomes a tower of real value to the soul because humility will have been achieved.

10.              Early in these instructions DK asked His chela to become a “tower of strength” to others. The chela somewhat misunderstood and used the Master’s words to reinforce old habits. Since that time DK has labored to help BSW understand what it means to stand, in humility, as a real “tower of strength”. It would seem that a point of understanding is being reached.

Your major spiritual activity must now be turned into work at the time of the Full Moon. Each month spend your periods of inner recollection in getting ready for the work of the five days of the Full Moon period:

1. The two days of preparation and introspection.

2. The day of the Full Moon with its opportunity to tune in with your fellow disciples in my Ashram.

3. The two days of attempt to capitalise on that which has been subjectively gained — making it objective in your consciousness.

The gain of this exercise, if successfully carried out, in the development of your inner sensitivity would be immeasurable and its usefulness to your fellow disciples would be greater than you know.

1.                  The days of preparation are important if the fullest advantage is to be had from the Full Moon itself.

2.                  Of what nature is this “introspection”? Perhaps there is to be a brooding upon the qualities which are to be released at the Full Moon. Perhaps, a readying of the personality for reception.

3.                  The instruction for correct approach on the day of the Full Moon itself may be particular to BSW, though it seems we could all benefit from doing the same. He is to “tune in with [his] fellow disciples” in the Tibetan’s Ashram. The reception of subtle energy on that day is to be a kind of group reception. For BSW this will strengthen the sense of soul-rapport with his spiritual comrades.

4.                  The two days following the Full Moon are to be days of objectification in consciousness. The inner gain is to be worked out and made more tangible.

5.                  DK sees the best paths for His chelas. This type of work proposed is apparently a very great service opportunity for BSW. The cultivation of “sensitivity” is BSW’s great need, but it is a soul-sensitivity. The Full Moon exercise will promote this — immeasurably, says the Tibetan. The potentials must be very great because the Tibetan is not given to exaggeration.

6.                  When we read of the potentials to this disciple, do we not imagine that similar potentials might await us and our groups if we used the Full Moon opportunities properly?

The next few months are intended to be (for all disciples in all Ashrams) a period of preparation for fuller service. No cost is too great to pay in order to be of use to the Hierarchy at the time of the Full Moon of May, the Wesak Festival; no price is too high in order to gain the spiritual illumination which can be possible, particularly at that time.

1.                  The Tibetan was writing in preparation for the higher interlude of 1936.

2.                  1936 was a significant year. A great hierarchical offensive was underway, seeking to offset the terrible imminent dangers in the world situation.

3.                  In His final sentence, Master DK may be speaking of the opportunity of that particular year, but His words can be generalized to all Wesak opportunities.

4.                  The potentials (to the well-prepared meditator) must be great indeed if He says that “no cost is too great to pay in order to be of use to the Hierarchy at the time of the Full Moon of May, the Wesak Festival”.

5.                  Should we not ponder the reason for such a statement, considering our spiritual values as we do?

August 1936

It has been a year of change for you, my warrior brother, and the result has been that there is less of the warrior in you page 630] and more of the disciple upon the Way of Light. Your ivory tower is still there and stands in beauty real. Perhaps it will never be destroyed and maybe it will turn into a haven of refuge for others. Its doors stand wide open and you are often not to be found within your tower but are busy elsewhere in the service of your fellowmen. Keep the door open and pass and re-pass with freedom, using your tower as a "Tower of Silence" for the lower self, as a place of entrance into the "Secret Place of the Most High," and as a "Temple of Refuge" into which the tired, the bewildered and the lonely may pass — there to be aided and strengthened. You have much wisdom and also the first ray capacity to take a stand upon principle. For decades, these two (wisdom and principle) have expressed themselves as far as your personality will permit. But within you, you have much deep innate love which must — under the process of balancing to which all true disciples are subjected — have more definite expression. Before you speak the words of power and of wisdom (which you speak with such facility and truth from the storehouse of a long experience), you must pour out the love of your heart upon those who turn to you for light and strength. Men today have need of love. Had I told you this five years ago, you might have believed, but you would not have understood. Now you understand.

1.                  Those on the first ray have, no doubt, been warriors. Scorpio, particularly, is the sign of the “warrior”. Is this sign present in BSW’s chart?

2.                  There has been a transformation. The quality of this transformation seems to have taken BSW from the first and sixth rays more towards the second.

3.                  The imagery is so interesting. The ivory tower still stands, but its nature has been transformed.

4.                  We remember that “Beauty” was the chief quality in BSW’s ‘Developmental Formula’. Now the tower “stands in beauty real”, so, indeed, something of value has been achieved by the inner process through which he has been passing.

5.                  CDP was to build a tower in her “garden” and use that tower for soul contact. BSW’s tower is apparently very strongly built, for although rocking to its foundations not long before, it has not fallen to earth. In fact, it appears to be of inner, redemptive use, just as was CDP’s garden.

6.                  Now BSW’s tower is for others. He has lost interest in it and is busy elsewhere, serving.

7.                  The Masters are economical and use anything that is serviceable. DK has recognized that it may be more useful to see the tower transformed in its nature than to attempt to bring it down. He presents to BSW new uses for the tower and they are very beautiful. The tower is to become a “Tower

of Silence

”, and a “Temple

of Refuge

”. The tower is not for purposes of isolation and self-protection, but is to be dedicated to higher communion, both for BSW and for others.

8.                  We have learned in studying the instructions of CDP that that which is created through thought on the inner places is, indeed, real, and has inner utility of a definite and spiritual kind. Thus it is coming to be for BSW’s tower.

9.                  In this interesting episode concerning the transformation of the tower, we see the Master’s ability to turn evil into good — a reflection of that capacity so consummately demonstrated by Sanat Kumara.

10.              DK begins again to work on the factor of balance.  He commends BSW’s Wisdom and his capacity to take a stand of Principle. These are first ray capacities. The Master also recognizes “deep innate love”, which almost surely indicates a monad on the second ray — the Ray of Love-Wisdom. DK calls for this quality to come more into expression.

11.              DK becomes explicit about a tendency we have observed when studying the various instructions. There is a “process of balancing to which all true disciples are subjected”. This process appears, it would seem, as part of the rounding out of the causal body. DK, we have noticed, is attempting to cooperate with that tendency, and is always offering His chela the means of achieving balance. Love, magnetism, relationship, rapport, humility, fraternity — these have been the means suggested by Master DK for counterbalancing BSW’s well-established first ray characteristics.

12.              One wonders about this “process of balancing”, whether a series of lives with Libra prominent would be required to see it accomplished. Such a series may well come into play before the “wheel” is decisively “reversed” in such a way that its momentum towards soul-infusion increases irresistibly.

13.              BSW can speak words of power and wisdom with great facility, but love is to precede the speaking. “You must pour out the love of your heart upon those who turn to you for light and strength”. BSW is to pour forth love and, only then, speak.

14.              In the matter of acknowledging the need of men for love, BSW has moved from belief to understanding. This means progress. He now knows and understands that men need love. This growth of understanding has been the result of his training with Master DK.

15.              We see that Master DK seeks for BSW to clothe his words of wisdom and power in love. The cleavage between head and heart is being overcome. Master DK (who is, in a way, Mercury) is playing the role of Jupiter and Venus (linking head and heart) for BSW.

As I have often pointed out to this group of my disciples, the tendering of constant personal advice cannot go on forever. There is a limit to what can be assimilated and much remains yet to be worked out in daily unfoldment. I can, however, give to you and your fellow disciples much that is of group import and significance and by this means familiarise disciples with the rules of that group activity which must govern unfoldment and service during the coming New Age. I can give the techniques of the future. I would ask you to brood much upon the work of the new groups of disciples as they form the seed groups wherein the technique of the New Age may be expressed. Endeavour to get the picture of the future work clearly in your mind in its threefold aspects. Brood on the mental purpose behind all Ashrams, and on my plan for my Ashram. I say "my plan" advisedly, my brother, as I am asking for your understanding of the thing which I am seeking [page 631] to do. I am planning for the future and in line with the Plan. I, your friend and teacher, am definitely preparing you and your co-disciples for certain possible and even imminent expansion of consciousness. Later I will ask you to tune in on the heart life of this particular group in my Ashram, upon its desire-aspiration life and this, through the medium of your desire-astral body. When the purpose and the desire of the group (as it endeavours to tune in on my plan) begins to mature in your mind, then there will be inevitably produced, upon the physical plane, certain cooperations and activities which will appear with clarity to your vision. What these will be, will later emerge, but the time is not yet.

1.                  A number of years have passed since Master DK began the group of Telepathic Communicators. He has given much personal advice, He cannot keep doing so. Sufficient assimilation must be demonstrated. They (and we) must use what has been given.

2.                  DK seems to be signally a turn from imparting personal advice to an approach which involves giving more that is “of group import and significance”.

3.                  DK turns His chela’s attention to the future, and asks for deeper understanding of His work — to be arrived at through brooding (a second ray technique akin to pondering).

4.                  It would seem that Master DK is bringing BSW closer to Him. He seems to be asking BSW to participate more intensively and specifically in the work which He is trying to see accomplished.

5.                  DK tells the member of this group that He is preparing them for a definite and imminent expansion of consciousness. Perhaps, this is a step in the process of group initiation.

6.                  Again, the Master emphasizes His friendship to BSW. Earlier the term “comrade” was used. This is another way of bringing the chela closer.

7.                  The Tibetan has plans for BSW. These plans will involve the use of his desire body (on the sixth ray) for through it, he is to tune in on the heart life and desire-aspiration life of the group. This tuning in will lead to new, cooperative activities on the physical plane. None of this would have been possible unless the process of sensitization had reached a sufficient degree of development.

January 1937


Your replies to the questions which I set you entertained me. They were so like you — earnest, sincere, mental, logical and with the impersonality of the first ray type. Your answers could have been foreseen. They should prove helpful to all who read them. Was the task helpful to you? Did the answering of those questions bring you illumination and those moments of self-revelation which are not easy for men of your type? When they come, they come on the wings of blinding light. A study of St. Paul, his revelation and his way of truth, his logical tenacity (no matter what its disastrous effects on Christianity may have been) and his impersonality should give you much — of encouragement, of warning, of truth and of necessity. You could, my brother, with ease have written the Epistle to the Romans. Will you find out why?

1.                  DK approaches His chela with a personal touch — the Master was entertained!

2.                  BSW’s qualities are reviewed — earnestness, sincerity, mentality, logic, impersonality. Is logic unusual when there is a fourth ray mind?

3.                  The Master is asking His disciple to go deeper, not merely to rely upon a ready logical understanding, but to achieve a heart understanding and increased illumination. This is not an easy matter for “men of your type” — first ray types.

4.                  This is actually a fascinating paragraph as it likens BSW to St. Paul


5.                  It might be interesting for us to study the “Epistle to the Romans” and see if we can find it its words indications as to those character traits of St. Paul

which are similar to those of BSW.

6.                  The rays of St. Paul

included the fourth and sixth rays. The first and fifth were also present. As the Master Hilarion, He is now the Chohan on the fifth ray, and may be, conceivably, a first ray monad. So, apparently, the rays of BSW and Hilarion have many differences, but the Tibetan thinks there are enough similarities of approach to warrant BSW’s study.

7.                  We can see that Master DK is trying to increase BSW’s access to illumination. Mental illumination and spiritual intelligence are the characteristics of the disciple who has achieved the second degree. Of course, the illumination of which DK is speaking when He refers to St. Paul

, and to the coming of illumination “on the wings of blinding light” pertains more to the third initiation.

8.                  St. Paul

was a mental disciple: “Some of the individuals on this way of the mind were Sankaracharya, the Apostle Paul, and Meister Eckhart” (DINA I 44).

9.                  From all that has gone before, we can presume that BSW is a similar kind of disciple. We know that at one point in His development, the Apostle Paul realized the treasures of the heart — probably after His third initiation. The Tibetan seeks for a similar realization (at some point) from His chela BSW.

The work of this group of disciples with whom you are associated is growing and your balanced judgment and clear vision may be needed in time to come. Give full measure of advice and aid, tempering all with a more vitally disclosed love. A "mental body as hard as nails" will some day have to be destroyed. Why not begin preserving intact the principle of mind, thus permitting it free function but using it with the wings of love and on errands of compassion. The ordinary man works from emotional levels, unaided by the mind and without the illumination of the soul. The advanced man and the aspirant [page 632] work from mental levels, producing the integration of the personality, and, therefore, power. The disciple works from soul levels which are the levels of divine love. He motivates the mind with love, subduing personality sentiment with universal love, worked out in practice and not preserved in theory. Could I aid you, my brother, did I not love you that way?

1.                  Again a reference appears which may implicate the sign Libra in the astrological chart. Or perhaps, it is an indication of a mature fourth ray mind.

2.                  The Tibetan emphasizes BSW’s contribution to the group, suggesting that, if anything, it may be needed still more in the future.

3.                  The phrase, “a more vitally disclosed love” is interesting, because is suggests the energy of love as expressed through the etheric body — the vital body. The Tibetan is asking for the expression of a living love which is revealed and not concealed.

4.                  There are number of arresting phrases in this section: “A mental body as hard as nails”, is one such. It seems strange to speak of a fourth ray mind in this way, but we must remember that our mental body is not the product of only one incarnation, but has been conditioned for many lives. As well, various astrological factors may be contributing to the hardness of the mental body; perhaps aspects from Saturn to Mercury, or Mercury found in a ‘hard’ sign, like Capricorn.

5.                  Master DK suggests a necessary transformation in the sphere of mind — the task of “preserving intact the principle of mind, thus permitting it free function but using it with the wings of love and on errands of compassion”. DK is seeking a mind conditioned not so much by the planets Mercury and Saturn as by Venus and Neptune. He is also suggesting the sending of loving compassionate thoughts. Thus a line of service is recommended.

6.                  The Tibetan discriminates between three modes of work — that of the ordinary man, the advanced man and the disciple. Three different ‘levels’ of work pertain to the three types: the emotional level, the mental level and the level of soul.

7.                  We have reinforced for us the important point that soul levels are the levels of “divine love” — presumably, no matter what the ray, for the soul ray of BSW is not the Ray of Love.

8.                  A simply brilliant suggestion is offered regarding the way the disciple must work:

“He motivates the mind with love, subduing personality sentiment with universal love, worked out in practice and not preserved in theory”.

These are, so it would seem, high requirements for a disciple. “Universal love” is a stupendous energy, and DK expects that the disciple will have access to it and will be able to express it.

Preservation in theory is also an interesting idea. That which is “preserved” is somewhat held back from expression. It is as if one cherishes the idea of universal love, but is loathe to express the fact.

9.                  DK professes His Love for BSW; it is a “universal love” devoid of human sentiment. The Master explains that He is helping His chela through the use of just such a love and asks that the chela realize this, and utilize such a love when attempting to help others.

10.              A mind motivated with love — such an important thought! The truly loving mind. Venus has won the day and the Solar Angels have triumphed. This is the mind “which is in Christ”. Towards the possession of this type of mind may we continuously strive.

Can I ask you to do one piece of work through and in yourself? Will you study the theory of the transmutation of mental attitudes through the processes of love — processes which in no way negate the holding of these attitudes but which motivate and universalise them. Through these processes, a mental concept can become a fact upon the physical plane through the activity of love, rightly used. You could do much with this thought and teach much to those who read your words.

1.                  A specific piece of internal work is suggested. BSW is a most mental disciple and certainly understands what it is to hold “mental attitudes”. Note that it is possible to be a mental disciple and still have a fourth ray mind.

2.                  DK suggests that love is a transmuting agent and can transmute mental attitudes.

3.                  Through this transmutation, the magnetism of thoughts will be changed and the configuration of mental attitudes will be magnetically altered.

4.                  Love is the motivator and love is the ‘universalizer’. Love expands to include the whole. In this case, love leads mentality into the abstract mind and into the realm of pure reason.

5.                  The Tibetan is now intensively applying the disciplines and realization of love to BSW’s internal process.

6.                  It would seem that BSW is a writer of a kind; at least there are many who read his words.

7.                  We learn here that love can also be considered an agent of precipitation. Love, rightly used, will help mental concepts become facts on the physical plane. Perhaps, under the influence of love, the desire element is rightly engaged and leads the thought closer to precipitation.

8.                  We remember that Master DK is talking to a strongly seventh ray disciple — a seventh ray personality and seventh ray brain/ body. We are, therefore, dealing with love as part of the white-magical process.

9.                  Really, the great training BSW is receiving is the training in love.

I have no special occult exercise for you to do, save that you pay close attention to your spiritual sensitivity at the time of each Full Moon and do this from three angles:

1. Seek to draw near to me and endeavour to sense my vibration.

2. Try to realise at the same time the vibration of my group of disciples.

3. Register any phenomena, if present.

1.                  Training in sensitivity continues. The Full Moon is to be the main time for the cultivation of such sensitivity.

2.                  At that time the Master’s vibration is more accessible than at other times — usually. Also the disciple may be more sensitive to the vibration of his group of fellow disciples.

3.                  The Full Moon is a time of inner communion when ashramic relations may be ascertained.

4.                  The registration of phenomena is secondary, it would seem. We must remember that, as a seventh ray disciple (from the personality perspective) BSW would be interested in phenomena.

July 1937


There is little need for me to do more than give you the facts; you can and will make your own adjustments. You have the faculty of regarding facts clearly and then acting upon what you discover or deduce.

Your mental body (and this may surprise you!) is on the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict and hence the intensity of your mystical interior life. Of this interior life, few are aware. It is the sweetening, inclusive aspect in your life and your polarisation is largely there and should be so increasingly. It is the factor in your life which makes you magnetic and loved. You have a non-separative mind.

1.                  Often Master DK simply presents BSW with the facts. There seems to be very little necessity to wrap these facts in soft words. BSW is a frank individual and expects frankness. He can also be relied upon to make adjustment rapidly.

2.                  Again, there seems to be previous training upon the fifth ray, though the ray of the mind is now the fourth.

3.                  DK remarks that BSW may consider it surprising that his mental body is upon the fourth ray. Perhaps he had considered it as a fifth ray mental body — such is the continuing influence of rays which had been a focus in preceding incarnations.

4.                  We learn that we may surmise that one of our vehicles is focussed on a certain ray, only to discover that it is not. The qualities we were noticing, and which led us to conclude that a certain ray was active, were caused by forces other than the present ray of the vehicle. A number of disciples have been confused in this way — especially about the rays of the soul, personality or mind.

5.                  We learn that the fourth ray mental body contributes to an intense, mystical interior life.

6.                  Few would be aware that BSW had such an intense, inner life, because his seventh ray personality and brain would cloak the fact.

7.                  DK says surprising things about this fourth ray mind: it is “the sweetening, inclusive aspect; it makes BSW “magnetic and loved”. It is a “non-separative mind”. We do not expect separativeness form the mind when it is qualified by the fourth ray; the first or fifth ray mind, however, can more readily be used in a separative manner.

8.                  It is interesting that the Master did not speak of these softer mental qualities before. Instead, He spoke of a mind “hard as nails”; this would seem to be a legacy quality or a partially astrologically induced.

9.                  The Master speaks of the disciple’s polarization. We judge that for all his mentality, BSW is not yet an entirely mentally polarized individual. This occurs at a point midway between the second and third initiation, which may not be the case for BSW.

10.              Probably the announcement to BSW of a fourth ray mind would come as a surprise to the reader as well, had the ray of the mind not been mentioned from the first (in this Commentary), and had the reader concentrated only on what the Master said.

11.              The polarization of the disciple is, however, to be increasingly in the fourth ray mind. Does this mean that the first ray soul is to express itself through this vehicle?

Your astral body is under the influence of the sixth Ray of Devotion and hence your early interest in things Piscean and [page 633] your strong Christian tendency. Hence, also, your strong emotional nature which is, however, well controlled, largely because in this life you have a masculine body.

1.                  Is the sign Pisces prominent in BSW’s chart? There are a few reasons for asking this. Of course one may be interested in “things Piscean” without, necessarily, having the sign Pisces prominent.

2.                  There was an early momentum towards things Piscean which may suggest that the sixth ray was of considerable importance to BSW in immediately preceding incarnations. He does have, after all, a priestly past.

3.                  We are learning that the sixth ray emotional body can be potent indeed.

4.                  Is the Master suggesting that BSW was recently in a feminine body and that, at that time, the emotional nature was not so well controlled?

5.                  It is interesting, is it not, that the masculine body will contribute to the control of the emotions. Contrarily, the feminine body may contribute to their expression.

6.                  There may be a difference between men and women after all!

7.                  We can also imagine that a seventh ray personality and brain would be factors which would contribute to the control of the emotions.

8.                  The “strong Christian tendency” probably led to a career in the Church, which, in this case, may have been the Church of England (Episcopal) rather than the Catholic Church. Though, there is also a possibility of association with the Liberal Catholic Church so promoted by prominent members of the Theosophical Society.

As you might well imagine, your physical body is conditioned by the seventh ray. Upon this I need not enlarge. You are, therefore, a composite aggregate of forces, as follows:

1. The soul ray — first Ray of Will or Power.

2. The personality ray — the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order.

3. The ray of the mind — the fourth Ray of Harmony.

4. The ray of the astral body — the sixth Ray of Devotion.

5. The ray of the physical body — the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order.

1.                  It appears that BSW realized quite well that his physical body and brain were on the seventh ray. DK often makes short, plain statements to this disciple.

2.                  The rays are as follows (using the shortened form of notation): 17-467.

3.                  We see there is an accentuation on the hard-line of force. If, however, the monad is on the second ray, as seems probable, the situation is rather more balance.

January 1938


I wonder if you will be able to grasp my intention or if I shall be able to reach you. With disciples in my group, I work not on the astral plane. I work on mental levels, seeking to aid you all in the building of the bridging link between your personalities and your soul, between each of you as co-disciples, and between the Ashram and the Brotherhood to which I belong and which your soul, on its own level, consciously seeks to serve. But — you have been away from home for some time now.

1.                  There has been a change. A condition not at all discussed during the earlier letters has emerged and it is serious.

2.                  BSW, it appears, has a strong involvement with the astral plane and this involvement is making it difficult for DK to reach him.

3.                  It is strange that this liability was not mentioned in earlier letters. Maybe it was latent and not sufficiently serious to warrant being addressed. Or maybe, it was addressed in the deleted sentences of various instructions.

4.                  It is been only a half year since the last message. So much of an undesirable nature (from the standpoint of consciousness) must have happened in a short time.

5.                  DK defines His area of work. He does not work in relation to the astral plane. His work is with the mental plane, with the link between personality and soul, and with the soul-links between co-disciples, and between the Ashram and the Brotherhood (the Hierarchy). These are the legitimate foci of Master DK’s work.

6.                  Using the language of symbolism (which the fourth ray mind would appreciate), BSW is told that he has “been away from home for some time now”.

7.                  Thus DK signals the reemergence of a tendency towards “astral wandering”.

You are not particularly intuitive, my brother, nor has your contact with the "inner brotherhoods" anything to do with the intuition or with inspiration. There are no brotherhoods on the plane of the intuition. The brotherhoods are group forms and are in the nature of being the personality aspects of the egoic groups. The expression or term, Hierarchy, is only a word applied to the transfigured personality aspect of all these egoic groups of liberated egos or souls which function on the higher levels of the mental plane, and from there seek to aid the sons of men. Your contact with the Hierarchy is, therefore, on mental levels. Your contact with what you call "inner brotherhoods" is astral, with all that this word implies. There is not necessarily anything wrong or undesirable in this contact, provided that you recognise the plane whereon you function, with its obvious limitations.

1.                  It appears that BSW is on some glamorous “trip”. He is contacting “inner brotherhoods” (which are certainly astral brotherhoods — reflections of the real thing, and perhaps fabrications altogether).

2.                  Interesting information is given here for all who would “channel” the members of the Spiritual Hierarchy — and there are many such channelers.

3.                  DK is trying to give a proper frame of reference to BSW’s newly emergent astral activities. These activities are unrelated to intuition or inspiration (which relate to the Spiritual Triad). DK says flatly, “There are no brotherhoods on the plane of intuition”.

4.                  BSW has contacted the “personality aspects of the egoic groups”, and not the egoic groups themselves.

5.                  DK tries to explain what Hierarchy really is, and how it works from the “higher levels of the mental plane”.

6.                  BSW has been dealing with reflections which he takes for realities.

7.                  The Master is trying to bring a more realistic assessment into the mind of His disciple. In fact, BSW is presently deluded.

Have you ever noticed that I am training you to come out of your tower of isolation, and yet at the same time I am training C.D.P. to stay up on the summit of her tower? But yours has been a tower of isolated personality, and she has had to learn (and is still learning) to create a tower of strength and of resistance to calls of a lower kind. Her tower has naught to do with the personality. Forget not, my brother, that when you have learned to leave your tower it does not mean that you must range the levels of personality life with no true direction.

1.                  DK contrasts the work He is doing with CDP with His work for BSW. Again a second ray disciple is contrasted with a disciple on the first ray; the contrast is a vivid one.

2.                  The difference between a tower erected for soul purposes and one which the personality has constructed is also made clear — even though, earlier, we saw DK trying to help BSW consecrate his tower to soul purposes.

3.                  We are beginning to understand that BSW created his tower to compensate for a fundamental weakness. The tower centralized him and gave him a kind of protection from the very astral wandering in which he is now engaged.

4.                  When BSW left his tower, he, to a degree, lost his center, hence the disorientation of the present period.

5.                  We can see that the Master ever runs the danger of stimulating imbalance in the life of his disciple (even though He has had the best of intentions).

6.                  CDP needs her tower to resist calls of the lower kind. It appears that BSW has succumbed to some calls of a lower kind. He has temporarily forgotten that the soul on the higher mental plane is the center of life.

If you will look back upon the training which I have given you during the past few years, you will note that I have had a twofold task:

1. To reveal to you that you were a first ray type and needed, therefore, to learn attachment of the right kind. You had to learn to integrate into my group of disciples and to love with inclusion and not exclusion.

2. To set you free from a tower in which you have secluded yourself. This last task has been successfully accomplished. The first task yet remains to be carried out to a satisfactory conclusion.

1.                  DK summarizes the training to which He has subjected BSW.

2.                  The first task was to teach right attachment to this first ray disciple. He had to learn to integrate into the group and to love inclusively and not exclusively.

3.                  The second task was to set BSW free from his tower of isolation. This has been accomplished but the first task remains uncompleted. BSW is, presumably, not yet integrated into the group of the Tibetan’s disciples, still fails to love with sufficient inclusiveness and still needs to learn attachment of the right kind.

The group of disciples to which you belong, my brother, is upon the mental plane and exists in two parts: There is the group of disciples to whom you belong, assigned to specific work by me; there is also the hierarchical group, my particular Ashram, to which you are affiliated and into which you must be absorbed by soul dedication and later, as the years slip away, by initiation. Only one thing prevents your rapid integration into your true place; that is your ancient love for astral wandering and for psychic phenomena.

1.                  The Telepathic Communicators are, indeed, a mentally focussed group. It would not do for BSW to reemphasize an ancient astral polarization. We realize that in the instruction immediately before this one, DK spoke of the need for BSW to polarizing himself increasingly in his fourth ray mind.

2.                  DK speaks of a twofold division of the first group. The first aspect of the group consists of the group of disciples to which BSW belongs. There is also a higher group; it is Master DK’s Ashram.

3.                  We learn that the Master considers BSW “affiliated” with His Ashram. Stages of absorption remain to be accomplished. The first stage of such absorption occurs through “soul dedication”. This stage precedes absorption through initiation — to be accomplished later. Whether DK is speaking of the second or third initiation we cannot be sure. Both would bring the disciple into increasing intimacy with the Ashram.

4.                  The “ancient love for astral wandering” is not, we learn, a harmless pastime. In fact, it is preventing BSW from “rapid integration into [his] true place” within the Ashram — presumably through “soul dedication”.

This tendency to astralism is a heritage from other lives and has its basis in old monastic trends and in the dream world in which you wandered in olden times to relieve the monotony of life within the four walls of the cell in which you lived, dedicated to the contemplative life. Your consciousness was then mystical, visionary and imaginative, veering off into realms of astral hallucination. This means that in this life, your astral body easily reverts to ancient ways, to ancient thoughts, to control by ancient thoughtforms and is consequently subject to facile deception.

1.                  DK explains the origin of the tendency to astralism and psychism. Monastic life was monotonous and monks of the period wandered off onto the astral plane to relieve the monotony. Apparently BSW was a monk and lived confined by the four walls of a cell.

2.                  Like most of Master DK’s chelas, BSW had spent at least one or two lives in monasteries in the East or West. We presume that for BSW, the more recent incarnations were in the West, due to his strongly Christian leanings.

3.                  Already a life has been spent in dedication to contemplation. BSW is no stranger to the internal life of the mystic.

4.                  DK describes the nature of that earlier life or lives — “mystical, visionary and imaginative, veering off into realms of astral hallucination”. In those former times, BSW’s consciousness was deluded, at least in this respect.

5.                  The astral body, so well controlled by his combination of rays and his masculine body, may still serve as an instrument of deception — “facile” deception.

6.                  There are many snares and traps latent within our energy systems. Probably we do not suspect what they are, but they can be reawakened under conducive circumstances. The Master can see these tendencies, whereas we cannot. Thus He must be very careful in His handling of His disciples.

With first ray disciples, I can ever speak with clarity and frankness, knowing that they will take my words in the right spirit. I tell you, therefore, with truth and understanding, that you are wandering into the delusions of astral phenomena. There is no true reality in what you are now doing. You are a soul and not a seeker of astral phenomena.

1.                  The situation is serious — so serious that Master DK wondered if He could even “reach” His chela

2.                  The Master speaks in no uncertain terms. BSW is in danger. He is “wandering into the delusions of astral phenomena”. For seventh ray disciples (conditioned strongly by the sixth ray and Piscean tendencies) this is ever a strong tendency.

3.                  BSW has always been capable of discerning reality. His wise and logical mind has helped him. DK alerts him to the absence of reality in his present pursuits.

4.                  It becomes clear that BSW is not functioning as a soul, but as a human consciousness within a wandering astral body.

Three or four of those with whom you work on the astral plane are genuinely deluded and they are in danger, for you are holding them back from progressing on to mental levels. For the majority of the group with whom you work, there is no reality at all; they are but shells of ancient astral workers, held together in form-activity by the few people who are on their way through the astral plane to higher levels. They are also held by those on the physical plane who are enticed by astral phenomena and temporarily sidetracked by the glamour.

1.                  A kind of inner ‘work’ is occurring. BSW is not working only with dreams. He is alert and awake on the astral plane, working with other human beings in astral bodies.

2.                  DK assess the nature of this work. BSW’s astral ‘co-workers’ are “genuinely deluded”. Worse, BSW is holding them back from real progress, which would be achieved could they transfer their attention to the mental plane.

3.                  DK paints a picture which should prove distressing to His chela. BSW is working mostly with astral shells, phantoms, held in coherency by those who are on their way through the astral plane to higher levels. Clearly, the pursuits of this valued disciple are presently spiritually worthless and even harmful.

4.                  We see why a disciple cannot be trusted until he has passed the Temptations midway through the period between the second and third initiations.

5.                  A sidetracking is in full swing, and BSW is participating in it, incognizant of its danger or of the harm he is doing to others.

6.                  Astral phenomena are ‘real enough’ in their own way, but are illusory, for all that, and tantalize the unwary, who become, first, interested in them, and, then, ensnared by them.

7.                  We learn that these ancient shells require human energy to keep them coherent; otherwise they would disintegrate.

The astral plane is not for you, my brother. I suggest that you relinquish this activity and begin again to function as a soul. The soul in its true nature does not identify itself with phenomena; it is the centre of spiritual force through which the plans of God come into being. Your excursions into the world of maya and illusion have held back the group of disciples with which you are working and have postponed their united group activity. You have observed none of the rules governing my disciples, for months; this means, brother of old, that the group integrity has been infringed and that the group is not at this time functioning as a unit. Until it is again one functioning whole, our planned work cannot be undertaken. You are in the difficult position of holding your co-disciples back from a specific task to which they have been assigned.

1.                  Could the Master’s words be more plain? “Stop it”, DK is saying. “Give up this astral activity and function again as a soul.”

2.                  DK finds it necessary to help BSW distinguish between astralism and soul activity. Seventh ray types love phenomena, and BSW, presently, is one such.

3.                  But the soul is “the centre of spiritual forced through which the plans of God come into being”. The contrast is very clear, but the glamor is thick.

4.                  Then come some very chastening words: BSW’s astral excursions have held his group back. No true disciple will continue unwise pursuits once he hears such words from the Master.

5.                  One disciple can retard the progress of many. BSW certainly knows the rules, for he is a first ray/ seventh ray disciple and a knowledge of law would be a strong part of his nature.

6.                  But for some reason, he has chosen to go wandering. Probably this would show up in his progressed, directed horoscope. Neptune

(the planet of the astral plane) must surely be involved, and since, at the time of the writing of the letter, Neptune

was in Virgo, the Mutable Cross must be strongly involved in his chart. If so, Neptune

could make strong aspects to important points.

7.                  Group unity is utterly important for the united progress of a group such as the Telepathic Communicators. One can imagine that certain unwanted astral impressions would be entering the group field because of BSW’s wanderings.

8.                  What will BSW do, now that the Tibetan has laid so much responsibility upon him? He is being presented with a test in which present group need is pitted against ancient, delusive and ‘comforting’ habit. Upon his choice much would depend.

Will you ponder upon these matters and during the coming months free yourself from this tendency to phenomenal enterprise? They have sidetracked you with frequency during the past ten years.

1.                  Now we see that, all along, the Master has been aware of BSW’s astral tendencies. He has simply chosen not to discuss them.

2.                  Or, He has discussed them, and the pertinent paragraphs have been deleted.

3.                  The one-pointed disciple is not side-tracked for long periods of time. We learn that BSW did, in fact, recover from this sidetracking, but only after his death!

4.                  Thus we see the danger into which even relatively advanced disciples may fall if they are not cautious and if they fail to heed the advice of the Master and of their own soul.

March 1939


If you can grasp clearly the implications of what I now seek to tell you, you will make real progress. I shall leave you to find out for yourself what the implications are. You are at a [page 636] point in your development where — unless you emerge into a more mental type of realisation — you will crystallise into a high grade astral magician and arrest your own true development for this life. Three things I would like to point out to you in this connection:

1.                  After so many instructions which indicated that this chela was, essentially, “on track”, the last two have sounded the note of danger — danger for the development of the disciple and the success of the group in which he was a part.

2.                  The Tibetan holds out hope for “real progress”, but BSW will have to interpret what is said accurately and fathom the perhaps hidden implications.

3.                  It is strange, but BSW’s mind is very good and he has always maintained a mental emphasis. Suddenly, it seems that that orientation changed. A proper astrological chart would, it seems, hold the key, but we may have to do without that.

4.                  This letter is unique, for no other chela was in this kind of danger; no other chela gave himself to astral magic.

5.                  What is a “high grade astral magician”? Presumably one who is of a beneficent nature, but prefers to work on the higher levels of the world of glamor rather than with the reality of the soul. Such a tendency once crystallized (and we remember that BSW has a tendency towards crystallization) would lead to arrested spiritual development — at least for the remainder of the present incarnation.

1. You spend the greater part of your subjective life upon the astral plane.

2. You endeavour — largely unconsciously — to work as an astral magician works, using words to bring life and form together. You do not use the Word.

3. The work you do is done on astral levels and not from soul levels so that the Word of Power which the soul would use is stepped down to the many, many words the astral magician finds necessary. Your emphasis is now upon the form and not upon the spirit aspect.

1.                  If the greater part of one’s subjective life is spent on the astral plane, then he will not be engaged in correct occult meditation and alignment with the soul will become a secondary factor in the ‘spiritual’ life.

2.                  It would seem that BSW had reverted to the use of ancient techniques stored deep within his subconscious memory. The “many words” he uses are not the Word of the soul.

3.                  BSW has fallen into the enticing detail of pheonomenalism. He is, no doubt, creating interesting effects (as least from his astral point of view) but they have no real value and are of a phenomenal nature (a temptation of the seventh ray type).

4.                  He has slid into form emphasis — a preoccupation with matter, not spirit. This, of course, is dangerous, and could make him a captive of the deva kingdom (which he imagines he is controlling).

5.                  Why this should have happened can only be imagined. Was such ‘work’ accompanied by an increasing sense of power, in which the first ray type could find satisfaction?

6.                  BSW has fallen precipitously, and is, indeed, “far from home”. It would seem that he changed course suddenly and began to ignore the instructions and procedures which DK expected group members to follow.

This is due to two things: First, the fact that your personality ray is the seventh and you have likewise a seventh ray brain. Secondly, you brought this tendency over from a previous life; your task has been to transcend it all and free yourself from all magical work of every kind until you are established in soul consciousness. But at present you love this type of thing and believe that all you contact is a reality. As long as this is the case, your soul life is blocked at astral levels.

1.                  We do understand how psychism, astralism, and magical work within the veils of form can be deterrents to real soul contact and knowledge.

2.                  Such tendencies are not at all “spiritual” in the true sense. They are phenomenal and, literally, ‘phenomenally interesting’.

3.                  The seventh ray personality and brain are an open door to such astral activity, especially if the tendency was already established, which it was.

4.                  BSW is missing the point and purpose of his incarnation. He was to have transcended this tendency to astral magic in order to establish real and stable soul consciousness; but he has not done so.

5.                  In fact, he is deluded, thinking and believing that all he contacts is a reality. Of course astral phenomena are vivid enough to seem real, but they are not. It seems, at this point, as if BSW is not heeding the Master’s counsel. This is very unwise.

6.                  DK could not be more frank: “as long as this is the case, your soul life is blocked at astral levels. We are in a situation in which the soul cannot reach the etheric body and brain. The soul cannot manifest “on earth”.

7.                  This is a cautionary tale, showing how even those who are relatively advanced, spiritually, can fall into delusion and have no idea they have done so.

Another difficulty, growing out of this, is the fact that because of this astral impasse, your soul is focussed in the astral body. It can get no further into expression, i.e., on the physical plane, on account of the glamour which surrounds you. Your personality energy is focussed in the mental body. This brings the influence of the magical seventh ray to bear upon your mind, so that you are caught by glamour in two directions. Your brain being also an expression of seventh ray force facilitates this work of magic.

1.                  DK now goes into the technicalities. It is not that soul was intended to be focussed in the astral body, but is so focussed because of the “astral impasse”.

2.                  Here is an example of how a periodical vehicle on a hard-line ray is focussed through a personal vehicle on a soft-line ray. In fact, this happens twice, for both soul and personality are on hard-line rays.

3.                  It would seem that the soul was intended to be focussed on the physical plane, just as in the case of BSW’s friend (whether subjective or objective), JWK-P. But the soul is blocked.

4.                  The dangers in BSW’s ray combination have emerged in force. The mind is affected by the “magical seventh ray”, and the brain, responding to the seventh ray of the personality, “facilitates the work of magic”.

5.                  It would seem that the mind is not free to discern the error into which he has fallen. The mind, rather, is used to promote the magical motive, rather than to stand back and see the problem.

Until, my brother, you are polarised in the soul, you are playing with fire and the magical work of the astral plane is full of danger for you. Even your intense interest in Masonry is for this life unwise, for the Masonic Work is magical work, being a reflection of the processes of initiation whereby the power of the spirit and the power of substance are brought together through the "magical work of the soul."

1.                  Master DK announces danger. BSW is “playing with fire” — namely, the eighteen lower fires, and especially the seven fires of the astral plane.

2.                  BSW is intensely interested in Masonry. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Master DK chose the formula Beauty, Strength and Wisdom. These are three Masonic watchwords.

3.                  But at this point, the interest in Masonry can be an aggravation to an already critical situation.

4.                  Anything that tends to stimulate an interest in or participation in magic is for BSW an unwise pursuit, for he is not yet the white magician and therefore cannot release himself from the magic of the form. If the soul were truly involved, his magic would be of another order and the danger would not be so grave.

I am speaking with frankness because I want to see you released from this condition and from the impasse at which you have arrived. I would ask you, therefore, that  — whether you accept my conclusion or not is immaterial — you give ten minutes each morning to achieving the attitude and altitude of the soul and from that point (or as high a point as you find it possible to attain at any given time) to think through the arguments for and against your present life attitude and interests. Endeavour to see, as you so do, that soul and brain are brought en rapport — a thing which seldom happens with you. If you can do some clear thinking along this line, you will rapidly free yourself from glamour. Forget not, your sixth ray astral body intensifies your problem for it leads you to be devoted to the superficial phenomena which you regard as realities....

1.                  For BSW there is no progress unless he discontinues his present pursuits. He is at an impasse and can go no further.

2.                  DK is asking BSW to lift his head above the waters, if only for ten minutes each day.

3.                  He re-summons His chela to actually think — a feat he could do so well before his ‘fall’. DK asks for the deliberations of a ray four mind — a consideration of the pros and cons regarding “present life attitude and interests”.

4.                  Because of the astralism, the soul cannot usually reach the brain. DK asks that BSW really attempt to have this to occur.

5.                  The Master is confident. If only this chela will think, he can free himself from glamor.

6.                  The sixth ray astral body (empowered by lives along that line) worsens the situation. BSW is devoted to the superficial phenomena he encounters, and will not release himself from them.

7.                  How interesting that what began as an attitude of isolation and separativeness, ends in excessive attachment to superficial phenomena. The balance in BSW’s life has not been preserved and he has swung from one undesirable condition to its opposite — equally undesirable.

8.                  Again, there is a deletion, probably of specifics concerning the superficial phenomena to which BSW is devoted.

9.                  Although the situation is critical, the solution offered is simple, if only BSW will take the Tibetan’s advice and simply think clearly.

My blessing rest upon you. I would particularly ask you to make the period of the Full Moon each month one of true spiritual tension and interest. I would beg you to try to hear and see what I say. I have worded this with definite intent. You will gain much from the effort.

1.                  Still, the Full Moon is of great importance to BSW as it always has been.

2.                  The Tibetan however, wants His chela to hear His words and not the many illusory words reverberating on the astral plane.

3.                  Perhaps, at the Full Moon, a higher sort of phenomenon, generated by the Master, will become possible, for BSW is not only to “hear” what the Master says, but “see” it as well.

4.                  It would seem that DK is trying to offer His chela a definitely new and more wholesome interest on more elevated planes, in order to lift him out of the astral morass into which he has unwittingly fallen.

5.                  Apparently, however, the new incentive was insufficient to stop the astral wandering.

NOTE: The Tibetan stated in January 1938 that "only one thing prevents your rapid integration into your true place and that is your ancient love for astral wandering and for psychic phenomena." This proved true and this disciple is still sidetracked and hence is not working in the Tibetan's Ashram.

1.                  We learn how difficult it is to correct one’s course of action once deviation has occurred.

2.                  Correction was not made, and this disciple received no more letters. Apparently, he died shortly afterwards. Perhaps his addiction to astral phenomena shortened his term of service.

Additional Statements
re B.S.W.

6. The vibration of sixth ray groups which respond to a second ray vibration. Their work lies predominantly on the astral plane and is contacted relatively easily.

A consideration of the above may indicate to you something of value. Curiously enough you and your fellow disciple B.S.W. represent the two extreme poles in this process of theoretical recognition. You both recognise a certain contact yet, practically, B.S.W. is more sensitive to my vibration than you are; he loses much, however, by an imposed impersonality to it; you lose much by being too sure at times. (DINA I 117)

1.                  In this paragraph, Master DK; speaks of BSW’s sensitivity to His vibration, a sensitivity greater than that of BSD.

2.                  BSD seems to be too sure about reception. BSW responds with impersonality — an imposed impersonality, and therefore fails to get the full effect of the contact.

To my fellow disciple, F.C.D., who works in that loneliness which is so difficult for the second ray type, I would say the following: Your problem is twofold and when it yields to solution then your field of service — already large — will increase. You have the problem of a devitalised etheric body and also of a heart attached to many and hence unduly strained and taxed by others. There are many demands upon your sympathies. By the time you have reached the age of fifty years you should have achieved the difficult undertaking of becoming the sannyasin [Page 139] in the Western world. This B.S.W. has already achieved and could help you if you, with frankness, cared to correspond with him. You have somewhat to give him too. (DINA I 138-139)

1.                  BSW is a sannyasin in the Western world.

2.                  This is not easy to achieve, as the Western world does not respect this kind of withdrawal. To be a sannyasin may also have something to do with the quality of one’s relationships. Perhaps they are no longer conjugal.

3.                  DK is putting a profound second ray disciple into correspondence with a very decided first ray type. Each will have something to offer the other.

4.                  It is touching to see how the Master utilized His disciples to help each other. No doubt, much mutual assistance emerged in this way.

Joy, wisdom and the Plan! These are for you the three points which must be matured. For B.S.W. it was wisdom, strength and beauty. For you, these other three. You two are very close — closer than either of you have realised. Weakness for you both lies in the failure of one or other of the manifestations of power to flourish. When B. S. W. knows the true significance of beauty and you of joy, release and fuller service will be yours. (DINA I 158)

1.                  Two comrades are compared to each other.

2.                  JWK-P is to understand Joy and BSW, Beauty.

3.                  It is curious, that although Beauty was the foremost quality of his ‘Developmental Formula’, the Tibetan seemed to drop an emphasis upon it. Perhaps other matters in BSW’s condition became more pressing. His ivory tower, for instance, consumed much of the Tibetan’s attention in the early letters of instruction.

It is valuable to note a most significant point of interest: All those who passed through the gates of death passed to a [Page 93] definitely closer relationship; they had earned this reward and have availed themselves of that which I had taught them. They are, as you know, C.D.P., K.E.S., D.P.R. Two others are today rapidly fitting themselves to follow these three disciples into the Ashram. They are: B.S.W., who was temporarily side-tracked for a few years prior to his death, and G.S.S., whose personality vehicles could not carry the stimulation which reached her via the group. This sensitivity to undue stimulation is a matter easily rectified now; it does not constitute a fault, but only a karmic liability. (DINA II 92-93)

1.                  BSW passed on near the end of the experiment with the groups-of-nine, perhaps not to long after the formulation of the New Seed Group.

2.                  Although in the latter years of his life, he was sidetracked by astralism, he seems to have managed to free himself from it once on the “other side”.

3.                  DK reports that he was rapidly fitting himself to move into the Ashram, following the three disciples who had already done so.

4.                  It is encouraging to realize that undue involvement with the astral plane can be corrected after death, even during that period when the human soul is released onto the astral plane. Although “dead” from our perspective, it is apparent that BSW “came to his senses”, and regained that objectivity which had been so evident in the Master’s early letters to him.