A Change of Policy
An extract from The Path of the Masters by Julian Johnson
One very important change in the policy of the great Masters has recently taken place and many may wonder at it. This change of policy relates to the method of accepting disciples. In ancient times, even down to the last few centuries, the great Masters were very exclusive in their choice of disciples. Hence novitiates were few. Disciples were accepted only after the most severe tests, the most trying ordeals. The select few who passed these tests received initiation. But now the policy has been modified. The Masters during the last hundred years or so, have accepted practically all who applied, unless their karmas were too bad. …
What is the meaning of this change of policy? First, because so many more have applied for initiation in late years; and that is undoubtedly because many more are ready for the path. Second, the Masters have now abandoned the rigid tests formerly imposed on applicants and are now willing to accept disciples of lesser qualifications. Why? The Masters themselves know best. But we may offer a suggestion or two here which will explain the matter, in part at least.
In this Kal Yuga, the Dark or ‘Iron’ Age, the ills of life upon the planet have greatly multiplied. Hence the mercy and loving sympathy of Sat Purush, the great Father, has led him to meet the willing-minded more than half way. Now practically everybody who feels inclined towards the Satguru and wishes to follow his path is accepted by him.