NINTH TALK l8l slowly yet they grind exceeding small, and you may be sure that he will suffer. Take every thing there- fore calmly and, philosophically. Remember also, that you are in danger of nerve tension and overstrain at these hard times. Therefore be on your guard. The Theosophist ought to be distinguishable from the rest of the world by his calmness, as well as by his unchanging cheerfulness, which the Master Koot Hoomi said ought to make us recognisable. Be gentle, be patient. There is always time for everybody to be gentle and friendly, you know, however much you may be hurried, and the world would be a far happier place if they were. Decline to allow your- self to be swept off your feet by these gusts of passion, which really come from overstrained nerves. It is one of the great dangers and difficulties of the present day, and you, who know a little more about these things, ought really to be on your guard against them.