EIGHTH TALK l59' country. Think of some of the things that statesmen do. They may be very unimportant indeed. They are legislating about things which are infinitely un- important, yet those would appear very big things as judged from the world's standpoint. Once more it is the old .criterion which we must apply: (< Is this thing for the Master's work ?" There are things which are more useful, and there are things which are less use- ful. That is the one test for us to apply. Is it useful in the abstract ? Is it useful in the Master's work ? Remember all good work is the Master's work. Never forget that all good work, whether it is Theosophical or not, is the Master's work, and that many people are doing the Master's work who never heard of His name and have no idea of the evolution towards which their efforts are tending. But all the same we know. Because we have had the privilege of hearing a little more than most of those people, we can think of what we know the Master most desires, and there- fore for us that is the one criterion. Is the work that we are doing such as He would approve, is it such work as will be useful for Him in the endeavour to promote evolution, and in the endeavour to help. the world ? That is what we must put before us, and if we can answer clearly and fully in the affirmative, then surely we may push on with that work ; but first we must make sure that it is His work, done for His sake and in His name.