THIRD TALK 4J darkness of ignorance lead me to the light of know- ledge. This prayer is addressed to the Master.. You ask Him, by His teaching, to lead you from ignorance to knowledge—to enlighten you by His wisdom. There is also a secondary meaning at- tached to that in India, for in these words you are also supposed to be asking Him to lead you to the knowledge of the higher planes, and there comes in a rather beautiful thought which you will find in some of those old books, that the light of the lower plane is the darkness of the plane above» That is a very beautiful thought, and it is wonderfully true. What you think of here as light is dim and murky compared even to the light of the astral world, and that in turn is poor as compared to that of the mental. It is very difficult to put these distinctions into words, because, each time you rise one plane in your consciousness, you get the impres- sion of something quite incalculably greater than you have ever known before ; greater light, greater power, greater bliss ; so much so, that each time a man has a definite advance in consciousness he thinks : " Now, for the first time, I know what life really means, what bliss is." But little as he can understand that at the time, it is equally true that, when he pro- grebes to the next plane, he will have precisely the same feeling over again and realise that, until now, he has never known how splendid life could be.