74 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " things will be wonderfully easy. Some people might think, why should we not wait for the Seventh Round ? It is a long way, you know, and in the meantime" what should you be doing ? Drifting along comfortably and happily enough probably, as you have been doing for the last twenty or thirty thousand years. From the lives of Alcyone you will find that you were not pirates or ruffians in those distant ages ; on the contrary you were all most respectable people. Why then did you not get on faster ? Indifference ; you did not try hard enough, or you did not try in the right way. Then you can go on for another million years or so on just the same old lines and no- doubt it will be very much easier in the end. But those who go through the difficulty now will have the privilege, the enormous privilege, of helping in evolu- tion, and they will wear the crown of the helper. Re- member the old Christian hymn which tells how a man went to heaven, and looking all round him, found himself somehow different from all the rest and wondered what was the matter. At last he met the Christ and asked Him why this was so, and the Christ said in reply: I know thou hast believed on Me And light through Me is thine, But where are all those glorious stars Which in thy crown should shine ? Thou seest yonder joyous throng With gems on every brow, For every soul they led to Me They wear a jewel now.