39o TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " and to them the outer form, as to which they can be reasonably sure, is a very great comfort and a very great help. And so here again we come upon the ever present controversy between Protestant and Catholic, as to the use of ceremonies and ritual, pictures and images. It is a never ending con- troversy, precisely because both sides are right, and in a way both sides are wrong, wrong if they hold their particular method to be absolutely necessary, and right, if they think of it as the method best suited to them and thousands of others. So that those who find the ceremony, the statue, the picture, the physical-plane manifestation necessary, belong to one definite type, a very old and noble type, one of the Seven Great Rays, at the head pf each of which stands one of the Seven Great Spirits before the Throne of God. And those who find these things rather troubling and distracting are also following along their own line. They belong to another Ray and to another type, and each of these has a vast field for its followers, just as it has its dangers, of course. The use of the ceremony, the statue, the picture, has the danger that it may become merely formal, that the ceremony may be performed without much thought, and that the statue may be taken for the reality behind it. I doubt whether this has really happened even in the case of the most primitive people, but that is a danger which people always profess to see, and I suppose really do see.