“First he must gain control over his thoughts, the progeny of the restless, unruly mind, hard to curb as the wind.
Steadily, daily practice in meditation, in concentration, had begun to reduce this mental rebel to order before he entered on the Probationary Path, and the disciple now works with concentrated energy to complete the task, knowing that the great increase in thought power that will accompany his rapid growth will prove a danger both to others and to himself unless the developing force be thoroughly under his control.
Better give a child dynamite as a plaything, than place the creative powers of thought in the hands of the selfish and the ambitious.
Secondly, the young chela must add outward self-control to inner, and must rule his speech and his actions as rigidly as he rules his thoughts.
As the mind obeys the soul, so must the lower nature obey the mind.
The usefulness of the disciple in the outer world depends as much on the pure and noble example set by his visible life, as his usefulness in the inner world depends on the steadiness and strength of his thoughts.
Often is good work marred by carelessness in this lower part of human activity, and the aspirant is bidden strive towards an ideal perfect in every part, in order that he may not later, when treading the Path, stumble in his own walk and cause the enemy to blaspheme.”