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Getting to know the "Dark Brothers"

Actualizado: 21 jun 2021


No danger needs to be feared by the average student from this source. When through meditation and activity in service, a man has developed his vehicles to a point of real achievement, then his vibrations set in motion matter of a specific kind. He learns to work with that matter, to control the builders. In so doing he encroaches on the domain of those who work with the forces of involution and thus he may bring attack upon himself.

This attack may be directed against any of his three vehicles and may be of different kinds. Let me point out some of the methods:

a. Attack on the physical body. All kinds of means are employed to hinder the usefulness of the disciple through disease or the crippling of his physical body. Not all accidents are the result of karma, for the disciple has usually surmounted a good deal of that type of karma.

b. Glamor is another method used, or the casting over the disciple of a cloud of emotional or mental matter, which suffices to hide the real and to temporarily obscure that which is true. Glamour may be either on the emotional or mental levels but is usually on the former. One form is to cast the shadows or the thought of discouragement or criticism to which he may at intervals give way.

Thus cast, they loom in undue proportion, and the unwary disciple, not realizing that he is but seeing the gigantic outlines of his own passing thoughts, gives way to discouragement and becomes of little use to the Great Ones. Another form is to throw into his mental aura suggestions purporting to come from his own Master. It takes a wise disciple to discriminate between the voice of his real Teacher and the false whispers of the masquerading one. Even high initiates have been temporarily misled.

c. A third method is to envelop the disciple in a thick cloud of darkness through which he often falls. It may take the form of emotional matter that plunges the student into despair. He deems himself forsaken of all. At such times he needs much the gift of Viveka or discrimination.

d. Finally the means employed may be to cast mental darkness over the disciple. It may be intellectual. In this case, the Ego must be called in. Here the disciple will be wise if he not only attempts to call his Ego for the dispelling of the cloud but calls upon his Teacher or even upon his Master for the assistance that they can give.


The dark Brothers are brothers, erring and misguided though straying very far into the land of distances. The way back for them will be long, but the mercy of evolution inevitably forces them back along the path of return in cycles far ahead. The dark brother recognizes no unity with his species, only seeing in the people to be exploited for the furtherance of his own ends.

This then, on a small scale is the mark of those who are being used by them wittingly or unwittingly. On the physical & emotional planes, the dark brother has more power than the Brother of the Light---NOT more power per se, but more APPARENT POWER because the White Brothers choose not to exert their power on the physical and emotional planes. The elemental forces to be found on these two planes are manipulated by two factors.

a. The inherent forces of evolution that direct all on to eventual perfection. The White Adepts cooperate in this.

b. The Dark Brothers who occasionally employ these elemental forces to wreak their vengeance on all opponents. Under their control work sometimes the gnomes, and the elemental essence as found in evil form, some of the brownies and the fairy folk of colors brown, grey, and somber-hued. They cannot control the devas of high development nor the fairies of colors blue, green, and yellow, though a few of the red fairies can be made to work under their direction. The water elementals (though not the sprites or sylphs) move on occasion to their assistance. Often too, the Dark Brother masquerades as an agent of the light, of the poses as a messenger of the gods, but for your assurance, I would say that he who acts under the guidance of the Ego will have a clear vision and will escape deception.

At this time their power is ofttimes mighty because so much exists as yet in the Personalities of all men that respond to their vibration. It is so easy for them to affect the bodies of men. Mighty dark magicians may be located on the lower mental levels, but on the higher, the White Lodge dominates the three higher subplanes. What can be done to ensure the worker’s safety in the present strife?

A realization that purity of all the vehicles is the prime essential. Therefore the need for scrupulous cleanliness of the physical body, of steady emotion permitted in the emotional body, and of purity of thought in the mental body.

The elimination of all fear. The forces of evolution vibrate more rapidly than those of involution and in this fact lies recognizable security. Fear causes weakness. A gap appears and through that gap evil force may enter. The factor of the entrance is the fear of the man himself who opens thus the door.

A standing firm and unmoved, no matter what occurs. A recognition of the use of common sense. Sleep much and in sleeping, learn to render the body positive. Keep busy on the emotional plane and achieve inner calm. Do naught to overtire the physical body and PLAY whenever possible. Relaxation obviates later tension.

Adapted from Alice Bailey: OCCULT MEDITATION 9- Pages 123-138

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