Letter 68, p. 124,125 Letters from the Masters of Wisdom, second series, by Mahatma Koot Hoomi.
For Dr. Hübbe Schleiden via H.S.O.
To be accepted as a chela on probation - is an easy thing. To become an accepted chela - is to court the miseries of "probation". Life in the ordinary run is not entirely made up of heavy trials and mental misery: the life of a chela who offers himself voluntarily is one of long sacrifice. He, who would control hereafter the events of his life here and beyond, has first of all to submit himself to be controlled, yet triumph over every temptation, every woe of flesh and mind. The Chela "on probation" is like the wayfarer in the old fable of the sphinx; only the one question becomes a long series of every day riddles propounded by the Sphinx of Life, who sits by the wayside, and who, unless her ever changing and perplexing puzzles are successfully answered one after the other, impedes the progress of the traveler and finally destroys him. Let H. S. O. explain what he knows of chelaship. We refuse no one. "Spheres of usefulness" can be found everywhere. The first object of the Society is philanthropy. The true theosophist is the Philanthropist who - "not for himself, but for the world he lives." In this direction much is already achieved by Dr. Hübbe Schleiden. This, and philosophy - the right comprehension of life and its mysteries - will give "the necessary basis " and show the right pathway to pursue. Yet the best sphere of usefulness for the applicant is now in Germany. When complications arise and there comes a new development, he will be advised. His health will be looked after: for the present as little writing as possible. "Der Vater M. " [German, "Father M."] is in no mood of answering. I do so for him.