According to Alice Bailey, the subject of initiation holds a great fascination for thinkers of all schools of thought, and even skeptics and critics would like to believe in the possibility of this final realization.
Western thinkers today hold a great diversity of views on this momentous subject. Some believe that it is not of sufficient immediate importance to merit their due attention, and that, if the common man follows the path of duty and pays attention to all his problems, with an elevated mind, he will reach his destination. This is undoubtedly true; yet as the capacity for increased service and the development of the powers that must be employed to aid the race are the reward of the man who is willing to make the greatest effort and pay the price that initiation demands.
Initiation has been presented as something easy to attain and not demanding such righteousness of character as has been believed. Initiation is very difficult to attain; it demands the strict discipline of the entire lower nature and a life of renunciation and self-sacrificing devotion. It should also be borne in mind that the primitive teaching is correct in its essence, though dwarfed in its interpretation.
The average man can begin to develop character and lay the foundation of knowledge necessary to gain the proper preparation before he can tread the path of discipleship. In this way all men and women, if they wish, can tread the path of probation in order to prepare themselves for discipleship. Hundreds of people, in East and West, are advancing toward this goal and in the unity of the one ideal, in common endeavor and aspiration, they will gather at the one portal. Then they will recognize each other as brothers, separated only by language and the apparent diversity of beliefs, but having fundamentally the same and unique truth and serving the same God.
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