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3l4 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "
is to fail in faith—a want of confidence, not in our-
selves only, but in the Divine powers. We do not
need to call upon even the he^p of the Master,
although that is there and is ever ready. We need
only call up our own reserves of strength, and that
will develop our character and assist in our progress
far more than invoking help from outside. We
should be able to do that.
Your meditation is supposed to be developing this
inner power, to be bringing it out more and more
into manifestation. I do not mean developing the
power itself, but developing your capacity to manifest
it, so that more and more of it can shine forth
through you. Therefore your meditation ought to
prepare you to meet any emergency muph better than
those who have not yet reached this point. You
know how people in the outer world are absolutely
overthrown and upset by some sudden emergency.
That should never happen to any member of the
Theosophical Society. We should remain calm and
composed whatever may come, realising that to do
so is a necessary condition of real progress, because
you must remember that the shock and upset which
come from an hysterical outburst take a long time to
recover from. Even the ordinary little annoyances
of life leave their traces, often for a day or two
days, in the astral body of the average man.
Therefore, with your vehicles already somewhat
refined, already somewhat more sensitive, you may