were less easily startled, less easily thrown out of the negative condition in
which only you can take down my words, less easily thrown back by shock into
your normal objective consciousness, I could have told you yesterday that the
Lusitania had gone down, instead of merely hinting at disaster.
You are quite right always to stop the writing the moment your own
brain begins to work; but you can see that it limits us in the giving of
We were near that ship when it went down, several of us, including
the one whom we call the Beautiful Being.
Hold steady now. That is the only advice I am offering you, save
only to remain in America for the present. The good you could do in England now
is outweighed by something else which you will understand before the middle of
If you look up the letter in which I told you
that a great being of thought had passed along the German line telling those who
could understand that their cause was lost, you will see that I said to watch
for the result. The result is this desperate and frenzied attack everywhere by
May 15th is a significant date.** No, I tell you no more
The powers of good will not fail.
You will have disturbing news from Europe before long. Hold quiet
through everything. We have done and are doing our best.
Thank you for what you have done for my friend and pupil. * * * Also
there is another thing you can do for us. * * *
There is much that you do not understand, but that we understand.
The road of initiation is a hard road for all. Love one another, you who try to
tread it. It makes the way easier.
*Extraordinarily verified on the
fourteenth of August.—Editor
the reception by Germany of the United States note on the sinking of the
Lusitania, and also of the demonstrations in Italy which precipitated
the entry of that country into the war.—Editor.
note] The three asterisks here note personal correspondence that was
not published in the book. The above 2 footnotes are part of the book.