362 TALKS ON tt AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " New members often forget that, you know, in their first great outburst of enthusiasm; they say that the world is utterly unimportant. So it is in itself, but as a duty which comes in your way your worldly work is a thing which has to be done. There is truth in the idea that worldly things are unimportant and this is precisely the danger. There is very little danger in an open staring contradiction of facts, but a thing which you can see is half true is very much more dangerous, and it is probably the half-truth in that thought that makes it dangerous to us. That first great outburst of enthusiasm has great advantages, but it has also dangers, and this is one of them, that we are apt to neglect the ^ordinary daily life. It is better to make that mistake, I suppose, than to neglect the higher altogether, but balance is best of all. Remember once more how it is said in the Gita that Yoga is skill in action. It is not just blundering like a bull in a china shop. It is skill in action, doing the right thing, doing it carefully, tactfully and courteously, but doing it. That is one of the reasons of the long probationary period which is often imposed, in the case of disciples of the Masters,namely, that they may learn balance. Learn when the worldly duties may safely be put aside and when they cannot. It needs practice ; only we must not forget that the very test of discipleship is useful- ness to others.