394 TALKS ON (< AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER" Let them do as they will; only they must not interfere with you who know the truth—they must not try to force upon you that which you have outgrown. You will notice, all the way through, how the Master emphasises very strongly each man's rights to manage his own affairs. Again and again He says, (< Do not interfere with other people. You claim perfect right to your own opinion and you must allow the same to others, and you must allow it so fully that not only will you not directly interfere, but you will not even make remarks about them because they do things which are different from what you would do. You may not be able to force other people to go to Church, but you may say among yourselves, (How silly of Mrs. So and So not to go to church.' i? That is wrong, because that is an endeavour to blame them for not holding the same opinion that you do. So He says: Make allowance for everything; be kindly towards -everything. Then He goes on again (this is again I am sure, is addressed to Alcyone's own circumstances): Now that your eyes are opened, some of your old beliefs, your old ceremonies, may seem to you absurd; perhaps, indeed, they really are so. Yet though you can no longer take part in them, respect them for the sake of those good souls to whom they are still important. They have their place, they have their use ; they are like those double lines which guided you as a child to write straight and evenly, until you learnt to write far better and more freely without them. There was a time when you needed them ; but now that time is past.