l56 TALKS ON <f AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " He comes and will work under Him. Therefore do you not see that you will have to develop the qual- ities of leadership ? There are not very many of us ; I do not remember exactly the numbers; but there are over 4o,ooo in the world. However little we may like it, we shall have, to some extent, to take the position of leaders of others in the work of that Root Race, in the work, perhaps, of the coming of the Lord. Now the first necessity in a leader is this tact of which I am speaking to you. You must not antagonise the people whom you wish to help, whom you desire to get to help you in the work that has to be done, and therefore this sweet reasonableness must be practised. The fanatic often fails; the Occultist always succeeds in the end. He may appear to meet with a check, he may be thrown back for a time. You could not, perhaps, have a better instance of that, on a large scale, than the French Revolution. Those who stood at the back of the movement towards liberty in France were unable to control the mad passions of the people, and a time of terrible carnage ensued. The star set in blood for the time. But you will notice that, at the present day, France and many other countries have all the things for which those people were struggling, all the things that matter, all the freedom that is necessary and possible, at present, they have obtained. Those who promised such freedom were unable then to check the course of events. They may be said to have failed.