l6 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " world." We had not meant to introduce Alcyone to the worlds; we had not thought it desirable that a mass of thought should be concentrated on a boy of thirteen, who stiJI had his education before him. But in the Occult world we do what we are told, and so this book was put into the printer's hands the following morning. All the things we expected from undue publicity, and more, came about; but still the Lord Maitreya was right, and we were wrong, for the good that was done by that book far outweighs the trouble it brought to us. Numbers of people, literally thousands, have written to say how their whole lives have been changed by that book, how everything has become different to them because they have read it. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. There have been some forty editions of it, or more; over a hundred thousand copies have been printed. A wonder- ful work has been done by it. Above all, it bears that special imprimatur of the Coming World Teacher, and that is the thing that makes it so valuable—-the fact that it shows us, to a certain extent, what His teaching is to be to a certain extent. • Now, I wish to take this little book and go through it with you, sentence by sentence, and as we go.through it we will try to note the points where His teter- pretation differs from that of His Predecessor, the Lord Buddha. For it is the Lord Buddha's inter- pretation that you have in the Hindu and Pali books.