The Plan

(1) What is this Plan? When I speak of the Plan, I do not mean such a general one as the plan of evolution or the plan for humanity which we call by the somewhat unmeaning term of soul unfoldment. These two aspects of the scheme for our planet are taken for granted, and are but modes, processes and means to a specific end. The Plan as at present sensed, and for which the Masters are steadily working, might be defined as follows: It is the production of a subjective synthesis in humanity and of a telepathic interplay which will eventually annihilate time. It will make available to every man all past achievements and knowledges, it will reveal to man the true significance of his mind and brain, and make him the master of that equipment, and will make him therefore omnipresent and eventually open the door to omniscience. This next development of the Plan will produce in man an understanding – intelligent and co-operative – of the divine purpose for which the One in Whom we live and move and have our being, has deemed it wise to submit to incarnation. Think not that I can tell of the Plan as it truly is. It is not possible for any man, below the grade of initiate of the third degree, to glimpse it, and far less to understand it. . . . All can therefore strive towards achieving continuity of consciousness and at awakening that inner light which, when seen and intelligently used, will serve to reveal other aspects of the Plan, and specially that one to which the illumined knower can respond and usefully serve.

(2) The Plan, as it is sensed by the world disciple, in the attempt to work and co-operate with it, is only the sensing of that portion of it which concerns the human consciousness. We have not yet been able to catch even a glimmer of the vastness of the synthetic Plan for evolutions other than human, both superhuman and subhuman; nor can we grasp the fabric of God’s ideal as it underlies the sum total of the manifested processes, even upon our little planet. All we really know is the fact of the Plan, and that it is very good; that we are enfolded within it, and subject to it.

(3) For obvious reasons, a vision of the Plan, nebulous as it must necessarily be, confers a sense of proportion and also of stability. It leads to a much-needed re-adjustment of values, indicating as it does, that there is purpose and objective behind all the difficult happenings of daily life. It broadens and widens and expands the consciousness, as we study the great volume of the planetary life, embracing as it does the detail and the finished structure, the item man, and the entire life of the planet, with their relation to the greater Whole. This is of far more importance than the minute detail of the human being’s individual capacity to grasp his own immediate place within the larger picture. It is easy and natural for man to emphasise those aspects of the hierarchical work which concern himself. The Masters of the Wisdom Who are advanced enough to work upon the larger areas of the spiritual plan, are oft amused at the importance which the disciples and aspirants of the world attach to Them, and at the manner in which They are over-estimated. Can we not realise that there are members of the Hierarchy Whose grasp of truth, and Whose knowledge of the divine Plan is as much in advance of the Masters known to us, as They are in advance of the savage and of the undeveloped man? We do well to ponder on this fact.

It is not, however, a profitless task for the disciples and aspirants to catch the dim outline of that structure, that purpose and that destiny, which will result from the consummation and the fruition of the Plan on earth. It need evoke no sense of futility or of endless striving, or of an almost permanent [Page 312] struggle. Given the fact of the finiteness of man and of his life, given the tremendous periphery of the cosmos, and the minute nature of our planet, given the vastness of the universe, and the realisation that it is but one of countless (literally countless) greater and smaller universes, yet there is present in men, and upon our planet, a factor and a quality which can enable all these facts to be seen and realised as parts in a whole, and which permits man (escaping as he can, from his human self-consciousness) to expand his sense of awareness and identity, so that the form aspects of life offer no barrier to his all-embracing spirit. It is of use also to write these words and to deal with these ideas, for there are those now coming into incarnation, who can and will understand, when present readers are dead and gone. I and you will pass on to other work, but there will be those on earth who can vision the Plan with clarity, and whose vision will be far more inclusive and comprehending than ours. Vision is of the nature of divinity. Expansion is a vital power and the prerogative of Deity. Therefore, let us struggle to grasp what is possible at our particular stage of development, and leave eternity to reveal its hidden secrets.

(4) It is this universal capacity to work and plan, which is the guarantee that there exists in man the capacity to respond eventually, and in group formation to God’s Plan, based on God’s vision. … It is no part of my purpose to indicate my understanding of God’s Plan. This is limited naturally by my capacity. Only dimly do I sense it, and only occasionally and faintly does the outline of God’s stupendous objective dawn on my mind. This plan can only be sensed, visioned, and known in truth by the Hierarchy, and then only in group formation, and by those Masters Who can function in full monadic consciousness. They alone are beginning to comprehend what it is.

(5) The first thing to be grasped, is that there is a Plan for humanity, and that this Plan has always existed. It has worked out through the evolutionary developments of the past ages, and also through that special impetus which has been given it from time to time, by the great intuitives and teachers of the races. Today there are a sufficient number of men and women in the world, adequately developed, so that they can contact it, and work in connection with it. It is becoming more a matter of group recognition than of intuitive revelation. Secondly, it is to be noted that there is upon our planet a group of men and women belonging to every nation, who are definitely upon the Path of Discipleship, and because of their status, they are all of them as definitely serving the race. They are subjectively welded together in a body, which we have called the New Group of World Servers, for lack of a better name. . . .

The group will be found divided into two parts:

1. The inner nucleus, composed of those active servers who know themselves to be disciples, is consciously in touch with the Plan, and is strenuously working at its development.

2. Those who have responded to the vision as it has been presented to them by that inner nucleus, and have ranged themselves definitely on the side of the Plan. They are, therefore, men and women of goodwill.

Connected with these two groups, there is a steadily growing public, which is becoming increasingly responsive to the new ideas. They have expressed their interest, and are eager to see the Plan materialise in proper form on earth. The diverse needs of all these groups must be met, and this is the definite problem of all who are working in conscious collaboration with the Hierarchy.

It is not easy for all of us who are working and struggling in the battlefield of life, to see the world picture as it really is. It is difficult to appreciate the urgency of the present time, and to evaluate correctly the opportunity that is offered for the bringing of sorely needed changes. It is hard too to gauge the extent and the power of the forces working in opposition. It would be useless to refer thus to these forces, if there were no chance of success, and the victory were not possible. Both success and victory are possible, if there is unity of ideal and method amongst us.

The new Plan of the Great Ones is, therefore, in the last analysis, simply an extension of the Plan as it has always existed. No changes in the basic idea are involved. The success of the present endeavour, is contingent upon the availability of the forces which stand for progressive righteousness, and the ability of the disciples of the world to act in unison, and so to influence public opinion, that there can be a worldwide change in human attitudes, but the members of the New Group of World Servers must refrain from dissipating their efforts in secondary activities. For these latter, there will be time, once the main objective has been reached. The immediate objectives of the Plan might be stated as follows:

1. To raise the level of the human consciousness so that intelligent thinking men and women will be consciously in touch with the world of ideas, and the realm of intuitive perception. This means that they will be oriented towards reality.

Average men and women will then be led definitely to shift their attention from the world of the emotions in which they have hitherto lived, and will begin to live more in their mental natures, and to think clearly and [Page 314] wisely. As a direct result of a growing awareness of the two above mentioned groups, the masses, as a whole, will be definitely benefited. They will find their living conditions so ameliorated, and wisely ordered, that the present state of fear, and of intense competitive struggle for existence, will be superseded by a real measure of stability and security. A more leisured life will consequently be possible, and this will enable men to unfold their powers – mental and spiritual – normally.

This is no picture of an immediate Utopia. The modification of the present situation, even in a small measure, is a Herculean task, and will strain the resources of the New Group of World Servers to the utmost.

2. The second objective of Those who are working out the Plan, is the clarifying of the international situation. It is necessary that each nation should realise two things: First, the importance of attending to its own business, and its own internal problems, which are those of beautifying the national life, by the production of order, stabilisation, and above all, freedom. Each nation must internally adjust itself to peace. This must be done, not by the armed force of some powerful group, but by the wise consideration of the needs of the entire people, excepting no part of the national life.

Second, the prime importance of each nation realising its responsibility to all other nations, and the interrelation of all parts of the life of our world. This realisation will bring about a reciprocal interplay in the field of economics, for this is the most important field at this time. Practically all world problems and differences, are based upon an economic situation. It is, therefore, more important in the solution of the present world problem, than are the political rivalries and the selfish, individual, national ambitions.

The providing of adequate food, raiment and housing facilities to the unthinking masses everywhere, will bring about a changed world psychology, which will be constructive and sound, and which will usher in the deeply desired era of peace and plenty. That the problem involved is difficult, no one denies, and for this, man’s selfishness and greed is responsible. It is, in reality, relatively simple, if not complicated by too much statistical deduction, and the opposed selfishness of national and monied interests. The term “monied interests” is here used to designate no one class in particular, for the transition of money out of one set of hands into another, provides no real solution. Whoever possesses the money at any particular time, wields power, and this is true, whether it is the present capitalistic class or an enriched proletariat, or a grasping government.

3. The third objective is the growth of the group idea with a consequent general emphasis upon group good, group understanding, group interrelation, and group goodwill. These four are the ideals of that subjective group, working on the physical plane, which we call the New Group of World Servers.

These aims will be achieved, not by propaganda backed by force, but by example, backed by sacrifice and love. Another important objective of the Plan, which will materialise later when world conditions are bettered, is the emergence into physical plane activity, of the group of souls of Whom the New Group of World Servers are the outer representatives. This appearance can be called (in Christian phraseology) the second coming of Christ with His Disciples, or it can be called the manifestation of the planetary Hierarchy, or the appearance of the Masters of the Wisdom, Who will restore upon earth the ancient mysteries and institute again the order of Initiation.

Such is a broad and general idea of the objectives of the Plan, and the aim of its Custodians. Each phase of it constitutes a field of active service, and all men of goodwill everywhere, and the members of the New Group of World Servers find their place in one or another of its departments. The members of this group are, in reality, an intermediate group, between the Custodians of the Plan, as They express the mind and purpose of God, and the intelligent public. They constitute the “brain trust” of the planet, for they are definitely wrestling with the problem of unrest and distress in the economic, political and religious fields. Through them the Plan must work out, and if they work with the desired selflessness and wisdom, and if they demonstrate adequate skill in action, they will eventually achieve much power. It will, however, be power based upon an intelligent goodwill, upon a right understanding of brotherhood, and upon a determination to bring about the good of the whole body, and not the good of certain sections of the national life, or of certain nations, at the expense of other sections and other nations. Hence, my constant emphasis upon the necessity of thinking in terms of goodwill to the whole. The very effort so to think, is part of the technique required to expand the present human consciousness, and in these words I have stated the basic principle underlying the new technique of world unfoldment and integration. The development of self-consciousness and of the uniquely separative individual, has been the right and desired technique in the past. The development of group consciousness, through the activity of the New Group of World Servers, is intended to be the right and desired technique of the future.

(6) The one thing which humanity needs today is the realisation that there IS a Plan, which is definitely working out through all world happenings, and that all that has occurred in man’s historical past, and all that has happened lately, is assuredly in line with that Plan. Necessarily also, if such a Plan exists, it pre-supposes Those Who are responsible for the originating of the Plan and for its successful carrying forward. From the standpoint of average humanity, who think in terms of earthly happiness, the Plan should be something joyful and something which would make material life easier. To the spiritual Hierarchy, the Plan involves those arrangements of circumstances which will raise and expand the consciousness of mankind and enable men, therefore, to discover the spiritual values for themselves and to make the needed changes of their own free will and thus produce the demanded betterment of the environment, consistent with the unfolding spiritual recognition.

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