Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2007 No. 2
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Harmlessness and Discipleship
Merwyn Claire Johnston
Great harmony must prevail in any place
from which ideas are sent into space.

Many students of the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, use the 5:00 P.M. Matram: "May the Power of the one Life pour through the group of all true servers. May the Love of the One Soul characterize the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones. May I fulfill my part in the One work through self-forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech."2

These words can easily become a thoughtless ritual, the real power and meaning lost in the daily hustle and grind of life. All too frequently, harmlessness can sound negative and passive. In point of fact, harmlessness is one of the most difficult achievements disciples finally master-and in so doing, they transfigure their lives and transcend limitation. Harmlessness is, in fact, the active practice of white, or soul magic. Why? The answer can be found in the Tibetan Master's wisdom: "Harmlessness is the expression of the life of the man…who lives consciously as a soul, whose nature is love, whose method is inclusiveness, and to whom all forms are alike in that they veil and hide the light, and are but externalizations of the one Infinite Being. This realization…will demonstrate in a true comprehension of a brother's need, divorced from sentiment and expediency. It will lead to that silence of the tongue, which grows out of non-reference to the separate self. It will produce that instantaneous response to true need which characterizes the Great Ones who (passing beneath the outer appearance) see the inner cause which produces the conditions noted in the outer life, and so, from that point of wisdom, true help and guidance can be given. Harmlessness brings about in the life caution in judgment, reticence in speech, ability to refrain from impulsive action, and the demonstration of a non-critical spirit. So, free passage can be given to the forces of true love, and to those spiritual energies, which seem to vitalize the personality, leading consequently to right action. Let harmlessness, therefore, be the keynote of your life."3

The keynote of our lives-what would this mean? Once again, in the same passage, the Tibetan Master provides the answer: "Harmlessness in thought: this will primarily result in the control of speech; harmlessness in emotional reaction: this will result in being a channel for the love aspect of the soul; harmlessness in act: this will produce poise, skill in action and the release of the creative will."

Over two thousand years ago, the Christ taught that "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." The Ageless Wisdom teaches that thoughts have substance. Emotions are energies and forces. As we progress, we become more powerful and more capable of harm to those around us. We seldom think how much havoc our undisciplined, uncontrolled thoughts and emotions cause-how much they impact those around us. Because we lack etheric vision, we cannot yet visually discern how forces and energies affect and indelibly imprint the etheric web, either adding to the glamour and maya of our planet, or aiding in dispelling them.

We do not achieve harmlessness through passivity or the unwillingness to deal with conflict: "A kind heart is of potent use in our service, provided that it is kept in place by a wise head and does not assume the form of a glamour. That then makes it a definite and hindering weakness. We need today disciples who are capable of seeing people truly; able to see them as they are and yet to love them and serve them just the same…When the radiation is the radiation of love, the resultant words and actions can be stern without hurting."4

Discipleship is one of the most difficult stages within the entire ladder of evolution because a disciple must learn to transfer his/her attention from the unreal to the real and thus, learn to work as a Soul. Like children learning to walk and taking repeated falls, disciples must learn how to work with their astral and mental equipment, knowing that "every disciple has some major characteristic which requires transmutation."5 Thus, learning to cope with failure is one of the skills required of each disciple who is asked to "Recognise failure-if it is there-but then with a face lifted to the light and a smile upon your lips, turn your back upon such failure and go with steadfastness forward."6

The path of discipleship today requires an understanding of group work on all levels. And, thus, the practice of harmlessness is imperative because group work is not truly possible where harmfulness in the form of criticism, self-pity or wrong speech exists.

May we take heart as we proceed upon our chosen Path, sure in the fact that as we strive, so we can grow in Light, Joy and Harmlessness.

Harmfulness is based on selfishness, and on an ego-centric attitude. It is the demonstration of forces concentrated for self-enforcement, self-aggrandisement and self-gratification.

~The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul~

1 Supermundane I, par. 16, Agni Yoga Society.
2 A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey, ©1951, p. 261.
3 Ibid, pp. 102-103.
4 Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, Alice A. Bailey, ©1944, p. 382.
5 Ibid, pp. 330.
6 Ibid, pp. 366.