Commentary on Rule IX for Applicants
(All Bolding, Underlining and Highlighting is by MDR)
From Meditative Themes for Rule IX for Applicants
We might choose as theme for our meditation:
1. Either the full sentence of the Rule for Applicants:
“Let the disciple merge himself within the circle of his other selves. Let but one colour blend them and their unity appear. Only when the group is known and sensed can energy be wisely emanated.” (IHS, p. 202)
2. Or, additionally, sub-themes which DK refers to in His commentary to this Rule, such as (IHS, p. 202-203):
a. “One thing all disciples and applicants for initiation have to do is to find that particular group of servers to which they belong on the inner plane, to recognise them upon the physical plane, and to unite with them in service for the race.” (cf. RI, p. 202)
b. This recognition will be based upon: (a) unity of aim, (b) oneness of vibration, (c) identity in group affiliation, (d) karmic links of long standing, (e) ability to work in harmonious relation. (cf. RI, p. 202)
c. Why and how is the problem of working harmoniously in group alignment more difficult than it may appear? (cf. RI, p. 202)
d. In case if Egoic vibration and relationship exist, yet the outer personalities do not harmonize, it is the work, then, of the applicant to strengthen the grip of his Ego upon his personality, so that the esoteric group relation may become possible upon the physical plane. This he will do by the disciplining of his own personality, and not by the correction of his brothers. (cf. RI, p. 202-203)
Let the disciple merge himself within the circle of the other selves.
1. The disciple, having reached the stage of evolution where the Rules for Applicants apply, is the conscious soul in incarnation and not the personality. We are not talking about personalities blending with each other (which only feeds the fires of the lower life—cf. TCF 320) but of the merging of souls with souls (all within the One Soul).
2. This is the ninth Rule and hence indicates a kind of completion in the sphere of consciousness as all unifications suggest a type of completion. Nine, we remember, is the number of perfected consciousness just as seven is the number of perfected form.
3. Why a circle? The circle is the symbol of completion. The circle is also considered the most perfect geometrical figure. Through the process of evolution, all things grow and evolve towards sphericity.
4. The merging here discussed is the beginning of true group consciousness.
5. The “circle of the other selves” definitely exists upon the inner planes and, by the time a disciples has found his group, has formed upon the outer plane.
6. A truly functioning group is a circle of selves. These selves are only temporarily “other”. At length it will be discovered that the “other selves” are but one Self.
7. When one can begin to say “I am the group” it is because his sense of identity has expanded from the circle which is his own ring-pass-not to the circle which is the ring-pass-not of the group. Let us ponder on this.
8. One can practice this expansion of identity through the use of the creative imagination. Such visualization will promote what we might call ‘expansive identification’
9. The circle of the other selves must become the circle of the group-Self.
Let but one colour blend them and their unity appear.
10. Harmony precedes unity. The initial phases of merging necessitate harmony. Unity, based on commonalty, follows upon the establishment of harmony.
11. The members of a discipleship group bring many colors to the group—all the colors of the seven rays and many additional subtones of color. (Tone and color are, occultly, synonymous.)
12. Yet, there must be “one color” (the color of the soul ray of the group) which must predominate over all the other colors assembled.
13. This is the one color which blends all the other colors. Its power and authority are such that even if the other colors clash (when contacting each other on the personality level), the soul power of the predominating color will blend them. This means that the predominating color will give to every other sub-color or sub-tone an infusion of quality which will make it possible for the various colors to resonate harmoniously with each other.
14. We are not speaking of a monochromatic state. Many colors and gradations are present and through their presence endow the group with a variety of qualities, enriching its nature and its presentation to the world.
15. But the secondary qualities must render themselves subservient to the major spiritual quality/color of the group. This is an act of unification and occurs, as stated, by means of the fusion of the preeminent color into every other color.
16. Another way of speaking of this psychology, is that if I am infused by the major ray quality of the group soul, and others in the group are similarly infused, our various personality colors will not present points of contention, because we will all have something in common (the preeminent color) by means of which we can merge and blend.
17. From a practical perspective, all personality qualities of the group members must merge within the soul quality of the group. Personality qualities become secondary and are submitted to group soul quality which then expresses through the many personality qualities.
18. Such a group will appear unified, not because it is monochromatic, but because its major soul note is sounding so thoroughly through all the personality notes, and because its major soul color can be seen expressing through all the variety of personality colors.
19. Such a group will present an image of “unity in diversity”. True Aquarian groups are of this nature.
Only when the group is known and sensed can energy be wisely emanated.
20. The disciple may make many mistakes when seeking to discover his group. These misapprehensions may also be instructive and go far in teaching him the nature of his true Self (at this stage of evolution to be found upon the higher mental plane) and his personality self.
21. As disciples we are each to find a group on the physical plane with which we can rightly blend and merge our energies. Such a group will, in many if not most cases, demonstrate as its major ray our soul ray. Or perhaps, for purposes of instruction, we will be taken into a group the soul ray of which is not our own. This was the case with a number of Master DK’s students.
22. For the most effective specialized work, however, it is best that the majority of those in any group have the same soul ray. This is largely the case in an Ashram. There may be temporary guests within any Ashram, present for instructional purposes or for purposes of ashramic reinforcement, but the majority will be of the same soul nature.
23. To “know” is an act of cognition. To “sense” suggests more the capacity for feeling, generally considered.
24. A merging disciple must recognize his fellow group members as souls. His mind must be attuned to the qualities of the group and he must clearly discriminate the qualities of his group from those of other groups.
25. There is also the necessity to feel quality, which, in this context can be considered the sensing of the group.
26. One must, therefore, mentally recognize group quality leading to the recognition of the group as one’s own; one must also feel the major quality of the group (a sentient act). That feeling must be one characterized by harmony leading to ‘sense’ of unity. The mechanism of sentiency will have its own means of registering harmony and unity. Unless this sentient experience is also present when a disciple ‘feels towards an into a group’, the group may not be his own.
27. There are higher mechanisms of sentiency than those of the astral vehicle. Astral bodies which are not yet rendered peaceful and non-reactive may be repelled by the soul quality of even the correct group. Therefore, much training of the astral body (so that it can become responsive to the buddhic plane whereon the majority of Ashrams can be found) is necessary if the sensing of one’s appropriate group is to be effective.
28. When we think of the “wise” emanation of energy we may have to approach from two perspectives, remembering that, in general, energy is of the soul and force of the personality.
29. Let us consider the term “emanation”. It suggests a natural outflow of energy towards that which is exterior to the emanating source. When there is the kind of freedom which harmony and unity produce, emanation will be a natural and effortless occurrence. Nothing need be forced.
30. Individual or group usefulness depends upon the quality of the emanation, thus, both the individual and the group must see to the production of the necessary harmony and unity. The greater the harmony and unity the finer the quality of the emanation. An individual can be harmonized and unified and so can a group.
31. Let us also consider the term “wisely”, for energy is to be wisely emanated. Wisdom, in this context, requires:
32. True wisdom is cognizant of the nature and need of form. Wisdom encompasses a “goal-fitting” application of energy and force.
33. An individual who knows himself and has established a harmonious and unified state within his energy system can affect the environment in a uniformly wise and beneficent manner.
34. A group which knows itself and has established a harmonious and unified state within its energy system can affect the environment in a uniformly wise and beneficent manner.
35. As individuals within groups, we cannot help but be sources of individual and group emanation. Can we judge properly of the effect of such emanation? This would be a good first step.
36. If we discover that our individual or group emanation is deficient or in some way disturbing to higher values in the recipients of the emanation, we know we have issues of integration to which to attend—individually and in group context.
37. The major solution is to attune to the soul ray (whether of the individual or the group) and ensure that all other subsidiary factors are first harmonious with it and then unified with it.
38. Qualities which differ with the soul ray need not necessarily be disharmonious with it. There are ways to bend any quality to a superior quality, but it takes close observation, skill-in-action and much persistence.
39. Perhaps each of us individually should take an inventory of our various personality qualities and see which of them are disharmonious with our soul energy. Our task will then to be to blend and merge the notes and colors with the note and color of the soul ray.
40. The same approach can be used within the group. A group inventory of quality can be taken and those which are disharmonious with the group soul note and color can be identified and eventually harmonized with the higher soul quality.
41. As well, any group must see to its effect upon its environment. This is to be done objectively and impartially.
One thing all disciples and applicants for initiation have to do is to find that particular group of servers to which they belong on the inner plane, to recognise them upon the physical plane, and to unite with them in service for the race.
42. The sentence above is straightforward. The requirement is not easy and is not always possible.
43. The first step is inner recognition. This requires individual sensitivity to soul quality. There must be a capacity to sense the presence of souls of a certain quality upon the inner planes.
44. This cannot be done unless there is rapport with one’s own soul center on the higher mental plane.
45. We note that the group to be found is a “particular group of servers”. Inner groups are service groups. They are gathered for purposes of service.
46. We note also that the disciple already “belongs” to such a group. He does not have to apply to such a group or attempt to fit himself to be a member it—he is already a member.
47. Recognition of his group members upon the physical plane may be more difficult because there are so many veiling forces. We may think that we recognize the true nature of another human being, but we are often misled by superficialities. When we get to know another more fully, we are often shocked by what we have overlooked, or by a realization that the qualities we thought to be present were not present at all or, at least, not present to any significant degree.
48. Thus, we must be possessed of the “esoteric sense” and of two faculties found on the second and third subplanes of the higher mental plane—“spiritual discernment” and “response to group vibration”. If these faculties are working for us, we will not only be able to recognize our inner group (or groups) but see through in a discerning manner to the soul quality behind a persona. Thus, will we be able to recognize our group brothers and sisters on the outer plane.
49. The third requirement is that we learn to “unite with them in service for the race”. This seems an obvious requirement but recognition does not necessarily lead to united cooperative action.
50. Usually, it may be expected that if there is sufficient soul contact to recognize our brothers, there will also be sufficient soul contact to impel service in cooperation with them.
51. As a general rule, once we recognize our inner/outer brothers, it will be recognized that the service in which we are engaged is intimately related to the service in which they are engaged. Our soul contact will assist us in recognizing the nature and value of the service they perform even if it is not exactly the same service we are performing. Because of identicality (or complementarity) of soul ray, it will be, at least, a service harmoniously related to our own.
52. Still, the will to cooperate actively with our inner/outer soul brothers in service for the race may require another step which some will not take. We remember that the DINA disciples in Master DK’s Ashram recognized each other on the inner and outer planes (at least Master DK assisted them to recognize each other). Yet, they proved incapable of launching a group project which would have made them truly useful to Master DK’s Ashram.
53. In uniting with our inner/outer brothers in service for the race, the power to serve is greatly increased.
54. We can see that Rule IX for Applicants is aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the disciple's service through a process of recognition, blending and merging.
This recognition will be based upon:—
55. We are given the guidelines by which to ensure recognition.
a. Unity of aim.
56. Our purpose and vision are to accord with the purpose and vision of members of the ‘circle of selves’.
b. Oneness of vibration.
57. We are to both recognize and feel the vibration of the soul ray. There will be many other vibrations within a discipleship group, but the soul ray vibration will be (at this stage of evolution) of paramount importance.
c. Identity in group affiliation.
58. We are to recognize through the Law of Magnetic Impulse those who truly belong to the same soul group. As we refine this recognition, we may discover that not only will the soul ray be the same but that the subray of the soul (not that subray called personality ray, in this case) and the monadic ray will be the same.
d. Karmic links of long standing.
59. We are to recognize those with whom we have walked the Path of Life before. This gives us further assurance regarding our correct group because frequently those who gather on the outer plane over many years and, even, many lives, will be those who are inwardly affiliated as souls. There are many ephemeral gatherings on the outer plane, but those which abide (the deeper relationships in life) are likely impelled by soul or monadic similarity. (cf. TWM 112)
e. Ability to work in harmonious relation.
60. If the fundamental energies are harmonious, the inner group the same, the karmic links being of long-standing, then (overall) there will be an ability to work in harmonious relation. Sometimes, it is the outer harmony, which if followed, that will reveal the inner affiliations. Enduring outer harmony is always an indicator of a more fundamental harmony and, perhaps, unity. One must discriminate between deep, abiding harmony and ephemeral moments of harmony.
Superficially, this may appear one of the easiest of the rules, but in practice it is not so. Mistakes are easily made, and the problem of working harmoniously in group alignment is not so simple as it may appear.
61. The Tibetan warns us against the assumption that it will be easy to find our inner group and the outer group which is a reflection of it, and then to work harmoniously with that inner/outer group.
62. Mistakes in the finding of one’s inner and outer group may be based on the overemphasis of the personality ray and the other rays within the personality. If the soul vibration is firmly established, mistakes are less readily made.
63. Many people embrace others with enthusiasm only to discover that the envisioned relationship is but a passing event in the phantasmagoria of life. Those who are identified as personalities find other personalities. Those who are identified as souls find souls. The key to avoiding mistakes is to establish soul identification and live that identification.
Egoic vibration and relationship may exist, yet the outer personalities may not harmonize.
64. We have been saying essentially the same.
65. The problem appeared often amongst DK’s DINA group members, and probably, we all have had the experience quite frequently.
It is the work, then, of the applicant to strengthen the grip of his Ego upon his personality, so that [Page 203] the esoteric group relation may become possible upon the physical plane.
66. If the personality is too obtrusive, only the grip of the Ego (the power of Vulcan) will bring about that fusion of soul and personality which will render the personality qualities expressive of essential soul quality.
67. This is such a fundamental need. All of us suffer at times from personality qualities which simply do not accord with our deeper soul quality and purpose.
68. To strengthen the grip of the Ego we must become deeply familiar with our soul purpose and submit our personality will to will of the soul. The mantram, “Not my will but Thine be done” is effective in this regard.
69. If the personality is compliant to the will of the soul, then esoteric group relations can manifest upon the physical plane. There are spiritually-intending groups in which outer personality relations are far too prominent. These outer, superficial relations must be supplanted by the more real, inner, esoteric relations.
70. First we must discriminate between the two—very clearly, and then take those steps which will supplant the lower by the higher.
He will do this by the disciplining of his own personality, and not by the correction of his brothers.
71. Master DK offers us the method. We are to discipline our personalities, which means, in this context, to bend them to our higher will—the will we exhibit as souls.
72. Esoteric group relations will not be achieved on the outer plane if we always go about correcting our brother instead of disciplining ourselves.
73. To see the flaw in another is the easy way, the line of least resistance for the personal ego, and no example of a very profound psychological understanding of ourselves.
74. How much group harmony could be promoted were we simply to follow the advice here given!
75. The one person for whom we are truly and deeply responsible is our own self. When we have mastered that lower self our ability to recognize our inner and outer groups, merge and blend with those groups and wisely emanate energy with those groups will be greatly enhanced.