"THIRD TALK 49
first of these addresses: tt When the pupil is ready,
the Master is ready also." Let that sink into your
minds as a reality, as an absolutely certain fact.
When we are ready, He is ready ^therefore, when-
ever there is any delay, it must be on our side that
the difficulty lies, never on Theirs. So just as
Alcyone was helped, so will you be helped when you
choose to make yourself ready for it.
He goes on:
You also desire to enter the same Path, so that the
words which He spoke to me will help you also, if you will
obey them. It is not enough to say that they are true
and beautiful; a man who wishes to succeed must do
exactly what is said.
Well, you have all heard that times without
number, but somehow it does not sink in. It is very
difficult to make people realise that in Occultism we
mean exactly what we say. We are not talking
To look at food and say that it is good will not satisfy
a starving man; he must put forth his hand and eat. So to
hear the Master's words is not 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 lost for ever; for
He does not speak twice.
Take gvery hint—that is a very important thing to
remember. You must attend to every word and you
must take every hint; you must be on the watch. That
is to say, it is not enough to say: (t I will do all that
is written in the books." It would be very good thing