EIGHTEENTH TALK 36l dreadful persecutions have been justified on this theory of saving somebody else's soul. We, at least, in Theosophy must free ourselves from that idea. We must Slways be ready to help, but at the same time we must not force our help upon people with the idea that we are thereby doing them great good. We may know better than they, but to force our ideas upon another man is always a great mistake, it is always a dangerous thing to do. We can see it surely in the way in which we ourselves are often treated. You know that outside in the world there are people who are constantly pouring out evil thought against Theosophy. They want to convert us. Their desire is to save our souls by converting us to some particu^rly narrow form of Christianity. We must not allow ourselves to be disturbed, we must keep quite steady and quite calm, and we must recognise that there are different ways for different people, and that all ways in the end lead to God. Then we come again to another point of great importance: Becau&e you try to take up higher work, you must not forget your ordinary duties, for until they are done you are not free for other service. You should undertake no new worldly duties ; but those which you have already taken upon you, you must perfectly fulfilall clear and reasonable duties which you yourself recognise, that is, not imaginary duties which others try to impose upon you. If you are to be His, you must do ordinary work better than others, not worse ; because you must do that also for His sake.