MANY-very, very many-are still at that place in the unfoldment of consciousness where they are wondering, "What is the purpose of our being here?" "Why, if there is a loving God, has He made men as they are-some so wise or good or powerful, and others so ignorant, evil or weak; has given so much to the few and so little to the many?" "What is it all about, anyway?"
Such are those who have not yet awakened-who have not yet felt any strong, compelling urge to find the answer to such questions; they are still in the wondering stage, and are not enough interested to do more than accept what they have learned from church or school, or such books or lectures they have happened to read or hear, with no ability or inclination to do any deliberate thinking for themselves. But when they find themselves wondering more and more frequently, and after awhile-maybe years later, usually preceded by some soul-stirring experience such as was described in the first chapter-they are impelled definitely to seek an explanation of the purpose of life,-then you may know that something is happening within, that their minds have been awakened, caused by the soul deep within the human consciousness being quickened and now getting ready to express itself. This quickening is like the first stirring of the child in the womb of its mother, and a coming forth in due season may be looked for as the natural result.
We are trying, as before, to show that this is a growth-that the first outer effect to be noted is the awakening of the mind, manifesting as a compelling desire to know the reason and purpose of life. It is the awakened ones that we are trying to reach. They alone are ready for what these articles contain-with the sole exception of the "elect," those who came into this life with the full knowledge in their souls of all that we have to say, but who, through a combination of circumstances due to early orthodox education and perhaps later to false teachings and detrimental environment, have never had presented to their outer minds pure truth in such simple form or with such sure appeal.
We have found it is such to whom "The Impersonal Life" comes as a "revelation from heaven"-a revealing of what they already knew in their soul consciousness; and from that moment they are "awake" and know that what we are offering them is just the spiritual food they need and which they have long been seeking.
To all such possible-the elect and the awakened ones-we are sending this call of the Master. It is to tell them how to find and to know Him, how to learn to know His loving voice within their hearts, so that they may receive direct from Him their own guidance and teaching; also that they may join with all other disciples in the now most important service of awakening and calling to Him all those that He is able to reach through them.
This is but preliminary to the much higher work each will soon be called upon to do-if they have become prepared and are capable of doing such work. All that has been suggested to you in these articles-all the mental discipline and the meditation work-is part of such preparation. Those who have not found the time or felt the significance of our exhortations and have done nothing more than read over the articles one or two times, will wonder why and perhaps be very sorry when they find that they are unable to help even themselves, not to speak of others, when the dark days come and the Master needs and calls for every possible worker and helper.
All who have eyes to see and who understand the sinister import of the dark conditions now holding humanity enslaved and bound, with no sign of relief but only plain evidence of greater darkness ahead, know the vital necessity of getting the word to all of the chosen ones as quickly as possible. Therefore all who wish to help now should ever bear this in mind and follow every urge from within that they receive to that end.
To all such we now bring the Master's own words, in the 15th Chapter of John:
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his frinds."
Surely, dear ones, we want to be His friends, we who are seeking to be His disciples; and all that we need to do is that which He within us commands us to do. If you are a disciple you know that you must love one another-for He within you compels you to do that; and if He requires it, you know that you would lay down your life for your friends. Listen now to what such love leads:
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."
"Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant rnowith not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you."
Do you realize what this means? It is a definite promise that by obeying His commandments we become not servants any more but His friends, which means that we are privileged to abide in His Consciousness and thereby to know all things that He knows. Just think of it! But this comes only when He sees that we not only obey Him but no longer have any thought for or of self, but so great a love for Him that we seek to serve Him in all of our friends and brothers. Listen!
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
Can anything be plainer? If He has called you into this, His Work, and you acknowledge it as His Work and have truly dedicated yourself to Him-your Highest Self, and seek only to serve and obey Him,-then you are ready for the ordaining. Nay, if in your heart and soul you want it more than anything else, you may know that He has ordained you; and all that remains is for you to realize this and go forth and bring in the fruit to which He will lead you. Believe this then and go forth confidently, taking no thought of how or what you shall speak, for as you let Him speak through you He will awaken and call forth these new brothers (the fruit), and they will then surely remain. Which means that whatsoever you ask in His name, or from His Love in your heart, will the Father grant.
It is for this that He has chosen you and has long been preparing you-you who love your fellows as He loves you. Our part is but to convince you of this, so that you in turn may convince others and lead them to Him.