THIRD TALK 47 it." Now actually they have taken these words— very beautiful and perfectly true—as meaning that <• the majority o'f mankind will be cast into everlasting hell, and that very few indeed will,succeed in attain- ing heaven by superhuman exertions of some kind or other. But it is absolutely ridiculous to attribute that idea to the Christ. What He meant was perfectly clear; He was answering their question, and He said: <( Very few/' meaning that very few would enter the stream and reach the Path of Initiation—which is true at this stage of the world's history, as it was at that time. He said : st Broad is the road that leads to death, and many there be that follow it " ; what He meant was the road that leads to the repeated cycle of death and birth and death and birth, over and over again. Of course it is true that that road is broad and easy, easy enough. There is no trouble at all about follow- ing that line of development, and those who follow it will attain one day and will attain easily, somewhere about the end of the Seventh Round, I suppose. It is very true that the road is broad and easy, but strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to Initiation. For it is Initiation which is meant by u the lyngdom of heaven". Remember that when the -Christ speaks of the kingdom of heaven He never means the heaven-world—devachan, the state after death—He means always the body of the saved, of the electy that is to say, the Great Brotherhood.