|1. The Motives for Service
are threefold in the order of their importance:
- A realization of God's plan of evolution, a sensing of the world's dire need, an
apprehension of the immediate point of world attainment, and a consequent throwing of the
total of one's resources into the furtherance of that end.
- A definite personal goal of achievement, some great ideal - such as holiness of
character - that calls forth the soul's best endeavor; or a realization of the reality of
the Masters of the Wisdom, and a strong inner determination to love, serve, and reach Them
at all costs. When you have this intellectual grip of God's plan, coupled with the strong
desire to serve the Great Ones, in physical plane activities will come the working out.
- A realization next of one's innate or acquired capacities and a fitting of those
capacities to the need appreciated. Service is of many kinds, and he who wisely renders
it, who seeks to find his particular sphere, and who, finding it, gives effort gladly for
the benefit of the whole, is the man whose own development proceeds steadily. But
nevertheless the aim of personal progress remains secondary.