that I find it difficult to understand how peoplecan come into contact with the teachings andnot develop a life-long interest in them. In thecurrent letter, I would like to begin exploringwhether The Link should ever try to reach be-yond the ‘K world’, should ever try to interest‘new’ people in the teachings.I recall in discussions between K and trusteesof the Foundations that K said: you cannot spreadthe teachings – you have to live them, then theywill spread. He also said: the teachings must bekept as they are and not corrupted. And: you can-not protect the teachings, they have their ownprotection.Why would I want to reach beyond the ‘Kworld’? I feel it is a pity that more people don’thave access to the joy and challenge of theteachings, and also that the world can’t thenbenefit from that. Also, there are just too fewinterested people to do all the work of theSchools, Study Centres and Foundations. TheSchools need more interested teachers, moreinterested students and parents. The archiveswork of the Foundations, and their publication/ translation activities (which includes books, ofcourse, but also Bulletins, Newsletters, Cata-logues, Educational Journals, CD-ROMs andInternet web-sites) could use more technicalexpertise. There are public gatherings andeducation conferences, Committees andInformation Centres. The Study Centres couldhouse more guests. All of it needs lots of workand financing. If the teachings were more widelyknown, there would be more people wanting tohelp.
I feel that the travelling which the Link groupis doing, and The Link itself, could help in this,not only bringing people together who are alreadyinterested in the teachings but who may not haveeasy access to like-minded people, but also intro-ducing the teachings to others. But a friend,shown this ‘Dear Friends’ letter, responded: “Ithink there is so much to be done just bringingtogether the people who are interested, andsomehow or other The Link gets into the hands ofother good people, so maybe that’s all that’snecessary.”I must confess that I did make a mistake withmy family in this regard, and perhaps some ofyou have made a similar mistake. I tried to getmy family interested and, when they didn’trespond, I tried hard to convince them and alsoto show them how little meaning there was inour lifestyle. Of course this caused resistance, aswhen parents who are interested find that theirchildren aren’t, or are even against the wholething. One of my family recently said to me: youare all the same, looking for crutches, making acult. This concerned me, that he got this im-pression. I think what he said is generally false,but I also see that there may be a measure oftruth in it. Perhaps there is devotion or identi-fication (wanting to defend K against detractors)or making K into an authority (quoting him toomuch). Do I have a motive in wanting to interestpeople in the teachings? I think not, but I amdisappointed when they do not see the beautyof it. Am I disappointed for them or for my-self?Concerning crutches, I am reminded of thetime when someone said to K: you are taking