608 TALKS ON ct AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " a employers who take that attitude; there are very ifiany workmen who take that line towards their employers; but the man who tinderStands will not look at it in the least in that w^Ty. Karma regards such a position as an enormous opportunity. It dqes not take into consideration whether the man makes the thing pay, or whether he does not; that is not the point. The point is, that it gives the man an opportunity of being a helpful influence in the life of a number of people. That is the only part of the relationship, the only aspect of it, which concerns the Karmic Deities. In dealing with children the same thing has to be considered as with men. Every child, that is to say, is an ego, and the opportunity is given to the teacher to help in guidftig the character of that ego in the right direction. Of course the circumstances will differ in every case. The school- master naturally has a vast opportunity because the children are sent to him to learn, and he can make of them very much wha^ he will, with care. Here again, (and this is just as true of the employer of labour as of the schoolmaster), he will influence them quite as much by what he is, and by the way in which he acts, as by anything directly said to them. He who is what he ought to be radiates round him a strong and powerful influence by his life. In the case of the schoolmaster that is one of the most important things; but it is so with the employer also.