Probation – Its Nature and Laws

15 Oct 2017
10:00 -11:-00
Besant Hall

Probation – Its Nature and Laws

Mme. Blavatsky stated that, in order to tread the Path of Occultism, the aspirant must become a disciple of one of the Masters of Wisdom. However, in the act of accepting somebody as a disciple, the Mahatma takes on himself a grave karmic responsibility. It is for this reason that all neophytes have to go through what is known in Theosophical literature as “Probation”–a period full of tests and trials that last on an average of seven years. During this fascinating and puzzling time several occult forces play around the neophyte seeking to draw out of him or her everything that may be dormant—whether of a positive or negative nature. This first stage in the relationship between a Master and the would-be disciple has the double purpose of being educational as well as probationary, while also serving to purify the nature of the neophyte.  In this talk we will explore how Mme. Blavatsky and her Adept teachers described this period, the laws that govern it, and the expected result of those who successfully pass the ordeal.

Suggested Study Material

Barker, A. T. (1979). The Mahatma Letters: to A.P. Sinnett from the Mahatmas M. & K.H. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House. Third and revised edition.

Blavatsky, H. P. (1889). The Voice of the Silence. London: Theosophical Publishing Company.

Varma, S. S. (2005). Teachings on Discipleship, As outlined in the Mahatma Letters. First edition. Chennai: The Theosophical Publishing House.

Study chapters from a book

Subba Row, T. (2001). Occultism of Southern India. In: T. Subba Row Collected Writings, vol ll. San Diego: Point Loma Publications, Inc., p. 589-595. Available at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/sr_india.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Study articles

Blavatsky, H. P. (1884). “Are Chelas “Mediums”? Collected Writings, [online] (Vol. VI), p. 223-227. Available at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/Mediums.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Blavatsky, H. P. (1884). “Chelas”. Collected Writings, [online] (Vol. VI), p. 285-287. Available at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/blavatsky/articles/v6/y1884_050.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Blavatsky, H. P. (1884). “Mahatmas and Chelas.” Collected Writings, [online] (Vol. VI), p. 239-241. Available at: http://www.filosofiaesoterica.com/mahatmas-and-chelas/ [Accessed 20 April 2017].

Blavatsky, H. P. (1883). “Chelas and Lay Chelas.” Collected Writings, [online] (Vol. IV), p. 606-614. Available at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/blavatsky/articles/v4/y1883_095.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Blavatsky, H. P. (1889). “Practical Occultism.” Collected Writings, [online] (Vol. IX), p. 155-162. Available at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/blavatsky/articles/v9/y1888_027.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Blavatsky, H. P. (1885). “Spiritual Progress.” Collected Writings, [online] (Vol. VI), p. 331-337. Available at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/blavatsky/articles/v6/y1885_006.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Chatterjee, M. M. (1884). “Qualifications for Chelaship.” The Theosophist, [online] (Vol. 5, No. 12), p. 281-283. Available at: http://hpb.narod.ru/QualificationsForChelashipMMC.html# [Accessed 20 February 2017].

Judge, W.Q. (1888). “To Aspirants for Chelaship.” The Path, [online] (Vol. 3, No. 4), p. 105-116. Available at: http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/path/v03n04p105_to-aspirants-of-chelaship.htm [Accessed 20 February 2017].