Like a child who must learn the alphabet before he can
ever graduate into higher learning, a beginner in Occultism
or Spritualism must learn his ABCs. Moreover, he must take
pains in applying whatever rudimentary knowledge he has
learned. Apply it not once or twice, but on a regular basis.
It is the only means by which he can achieve greater
heights in this endeavor. For in Spritualism, mere theory
without practice is equivalent to zero. A good introduction
to spiritual practice is contained in that small, inexpensive
book At the Feet of the Master.

The abovementioned spiritual masterpiece was dictated
to J. Krishnamurti, a highly evolved soul, by his personal
Master when the Indian occlutist was but a boy in order
to serve as a map for all those who are on the path of
spiritual discovery. Bear in mind that the pearls of wisdom
contained in this book are easier read than done.

For the benefit of the reader who does not have
a copy of this book, permit me to give a summary of
its contents. According to Krishnamurti’s Master, there
are four qualifications for those who wish to tread
the path of Spiritualism, namely: discrimination,
desirelessness, good conduct, and love.

To quote the wors of the Master:

The first of these qualifications is
discrimination and this is usually taken
as the discrimination between the real
and the unreal world, which leads men
to enter the path. You enter the path
because you have learned that on it
alone can be found those things that
are worth gaining. Men who do not
know, work to gain wealth and power,
but these are most for one life only,
and therefore unreal. There are greater
things than these–things that are real
and lasting; when you have seen these,
you desire those others no more.

In all the world there are only two
kinds of people–those who know and
those who do not know; and this knowledge–
the knowledge of God’s plan for man.
For God has a plan and this plan is
evolution. When once a man has seen that
and really knows it, he cannot help
working for it and making himself one
with it, because he knows, he is on God’s
side standing for good and resisting
evil, working for evolution and not for
selfishness.

If he is on God’s side, he is one
of us, and it does not matter in the
least whether he calls himself a Hindu,
or a Buddhist, or a Christian, or a
Mohammedan, whether he is an Indian
or an Englishman, or a Chinaman or
a Russian. Those who are on His side
know why they are here and what
they should do. They are following
the real instead of the unreal. Until
they learn to distinguish between
these two, they have not ranged
themselves on God’s side, and so
this discrimination is the first step.

But even when this choice is
made, you must still remember that
of the real and the unreal, there are
many varieties; and discrimination
must still be made between the right
and the wrong, the important and
the unimportant, the useful and
the useless, the truth and the false,
the unselfish and the selfish.

Between the right and the wrong
Occultism knows no compromise. At
whatever cost, that which is right
you must do, that which is wrong you
must not do, no matter what the
ignorant may think or say. You must
study deeply the hidden laws of
Nature, and when you know them,
arrange your life according to them,
using always reason and common-sense.

However wise you may be already,
on this Path you have much to learn;
so much that here also there must be
discrimination, and you must think
carefully what is worth learning. All
knowledge is useful and one day you
will have all knowledge; but while you
have only part, take care that it is
the most useful part. God is wisdom
as well as Love; and the more wisdom
you have, the more you can manifest
of Him. Study them, but study first
that which shall be most help you to
help others. Work patiently at your
studies not that men may think you
wise, but because only the wise men
can be wisely helpful. However much
you wish to help, if you are ignorant
you may do more harm than good.

You must not discriminate in
another way. Learn to distinguish
the God in everyone and everything
no matter how evil he or it may
appear on the surface. You can help
your brother through that which you
have in common with him, learn to appeal
to that in him; so shall you save your
brother from wrong.

The second qualification for an occultist is to cultivate
the virtue of desirelessness. The aspirant must try to limit all
worldly desires as possible, for all selfish desires blind and the
occultist cannot possibly devote himself to the work of his
Master if his heart is cluttered with desires, no matter how
high their objects might be. Also, the occultist must have no
desire for psychic power; they will naturally come when the time
is ripe. To force the development of psychic powers is
extremely dangerous. it can even lead to possession by negative
spirits or to the destructive practice of black magic.

Another type of desire that the aspiring occultist must
obliterate is the desire to meddle in the affairs of other people
that leads to nothing good. As to the third qualification which is Good
Conduct, the Master of Wisdom made specific mention of the six
points of conduct which are as follows: 1) Self-control of the mind;
2) Self-control in action; 3) Tolerance; 4) Cheerfulness; 5) One-
pointedness; and 6) Confidence.

The fourth and the most important qualifications on the path of
occultism is love. For love is the greatest power in the universe
and also the greatest manifestation of God’s divine nature.
The budding occultist must learn to love his neighbor as himself.
On the cultivation of love, the Master has this to say:

In daily life Love means two things: first, that
you shall be careful to do no hurt to any living
thing; second, that you shall always be watching
for an opportunity to help.

First, to do no hurt. Three sins there are which
work more harm than all else in the world–gossip,
cruelty and superstition–because they are sins
against love. Against these three the man who would
fill his heart with the love of God must watch
ceaselessly. See what gossip does. It begins with
an evil thought and that in itself is a crime. For
in everyone and in everything, there is good,
in everyone there is evil. Either of these we
can strengthen by thinking of it; and in that way
we can help or hinder evolution.

Then as to cruelty there is of two kinds,
intentional or unintentional. Intentional
cruelty is purposely to give pain to another
living being, and that is the greatest of all sins–
the work of a devil rather than man.

There is cruelty in speech as well as in act,
and a man who says a word with the intention
to wound another is guilty of this crime.
Superstition si another mighty evil and has
caused much terrible cruelty. The man who
is a slave to it despises others who are
wiser, tries to force them as he does.
These three great crimes you must avoid,
and they are fatal to all progress, because
they are sins against love.

In effect a person who strictly follows the advice Krishnamurti
gives in his book will truly find himself or herself kneeling at
the lotus feet of his Spiritual Master. The rest is eternity.

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