'FOURTH TALK 63 listen to any words of wisdom which he may drop. But, as I tell you, it is always recognised that it is < not so much \\4iat he teaches them which helps their development, as the influence of his presence. Of course that is entirely scientific. You see, his aura—that is, his higher vehicles generally—is keyed up to a somewhat higher rate of vibration than those of his pupils. He is living presumably an entirely unworldly life (I am speaking of a man who is a real teacher), while they have come more recently than he out of the worldly life, so that their vibrations are still at a somewhat lower level. His mere proximity, therefore, acts upon their vehicles and helps them to vibrate at a rate similar to his own. Yet the presence of a teacher cannot carry a man the whole way. To change the character is a very slow and tedious business, and yet it is a thing which must be done by every one who wishes to enter the Path, and every one must, in the last resort, do it for himself. He must take himself in hand. He must realise his faults and resolve to get rid of them ; and he must also develop certain virtues. In both these tasks, however, he can be immensely assisted by being in constant contact with someone who has developed these virtues or who has extinguished those vices. By living always in the aura of a less worldly man the pupils themselves become less worldly than they otherwise could. The pressure of the higher vibration is quite constant.