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At the Feet of the Master - Alcyone

At the Feet of the Master - Alcyone

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by Alcyone
Preface
By Annie Besant
The privilege is given to me, as anelder, to pen a word of introduction tothis little book, the first written by a younAt The Feet Of The MastergerBrother, young in body verily, but not inSoul. The teachings contained in it weregiven to him by his Master in preparinghim for Initiation, and were writtendown by him from memory–slowly andlaboriously, for his English last yearwas far less fluent than it is now. Thegreater part is a reproduction of theMaster’s own words; that which is notsuch a verbal reproduction is theMaster’s thought clothed in His pupil’s words. Two omittedsentences were supplied by the Master. In two other cases anomitted word has been added. Beyond this, it is entirely Alcyone’sown, his first gift to the world.May it help others as the spoken teachings helped him–such is thehope with which he gives it. But the teaching can only be fruitful ifit is
lived 
, as he has lived it, since it fell from his Master’s lips. Ifthe example be followed as well as the precept, then for the reader,as for the writer, shall the great Portal swing open, and his feet beset on the Path.
 
by Alcyone
Forward
By Alcyone
 
These are not my words; they are the wordsof the Master who taught me. Without HimI could have done nothing, but through Hishelp I have set my feet upon the Path. Youalso desire to enter the same Path, so thewords which He spoke to me will help youalso, if you will obey them. It is not enoughto say that they are true and beautiful; aman who wishes to succeed must do exactlywhat is said. To look at food and say that itis good will not satisfy a starving man; hemust put forth his hand and eat. So to hear the Master’s words isnot enough, you must do what He says, attending to every word,taking every hint. If a hint is not taken, if a word is missed, it is lostforever; for He does not speak twice.Four qualifications there are for this pathway:What the Master has said to me on each of these I shall try to tell you.
Discrimination 
 
Desirelessness 
 
Good conduct 
 
Love 
 
 
Chapter 01
To Those Who Knock From the unreal lead me to the Real.From darkness lead me to Light.From death lead me to Immortality 
DISCRIMINATION
The first of these Qualifications is Discrimination; and this isusually taken as the discrimination between the real and the unrealwhich leads men to enter the Path. It is this, but it is also muchmore; and it is to be practiced, not only at the beginning of the Path,but at every step of it every day until the end. You enter the Pathbecause you have learnt that on it alone can be found those thingswhich are worth gaining. Men who do not know, work to gain wealthand power, but these are at most for one life only, and thereforeunreal. There are greater things than these—things which are realand lasting; when you have once seen these, you desire those othersno more.In all the world there are only two kinds of people—those who know,and those who do not know; and this knowledge is the thing whichmatters. What religion a man holds, to what race he belongs–thesethings are not important; the really important thing is thisknowledge–the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan,and that plan is evolution. When once a man has seen that and reallyknows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself one withit, because it is so glorious, so beautiful. So, because he knows, he ison God’s side, standing for good and resisting evil, working forevolution and not for selfishness.If he is on God’s side he is one of us, and it does not matter in the

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