The Rules of the Road; Introduction

In Alice Bailey’s books it is said that:
"The new disciple rejects all rule except that which he or she calls the "rule of their own soul," forgetting that that soul contact is still intermittent.
However the disciple treads the Path together with others, and there are certain "Rules of the Road" which must be mastered, and mastered together with others.
The individual law has been exchanged for the group law, but the disciple does not yet know that group law as it should be known. He/she will discover many others who are travelling the same way, and their numbers will steadily increase as progress is made.

What are these rules of the Road?
They are not authoritatively imposed but are the outcome of the conditions to be found upon the Path itself. They carry the warrant of a disciple's own soul and are the result of the experience of millions of travellers upon that Path."

The Six Rules of the Path (Rules of the Road)

I. The Road is trodden in the full light of day, thrown upon the Path by Those Who know and lead. Naught can then be hidden, and at each turn, a man must face himself.

II. Upon the Road the hidden stands revealed. Each sees and knows the villainy of each. (I can find no other word, my brother, to translate the ancient word which designates the unrevealed stupidity, the vileness and crass ignorance, and the self-interest which are distinguishing characteristics of the average aspirant.) And yet there is, with that great revelation, no turning back, no spurning of each other, and no shakiness upon the Road. The Road goes forward into day.

III. Upon that Road one wanders not alone. There is no rush, no hurry. And yet there is no time to lose. Each Pilgrim, knowing this, presses his footsteps forward, and finds himself surrounded by his fellowmen. Some move ahead; he follows after. Some move behind; he sets the pace. He travels not alone.

IV. Three things the Pilgrim must avoid. The wearing of a hood, the veil which hides his face from others; the carrying of a water pot which only holds enough for his own wants; the shouldering of a staff without a crook to hold.

V. Each Pilgrim on the Road must carry with him what he needs: a pot of fire, to warm his fellowmen; a lamp, to cast its rays upon his heart and show his fellowmen the nature of his hidden life; a purse of gold, which he scatters not upon the Road but shares with others; a sealed vase, wherein he carries all his aspiration to cast before the feet of Him Who waits to greet him at the gate-a sealed vase.

VI. The Pilgrim, as he walks upon the Road, must have the open ear, the giving hand, the silent tongue, the chastened heart, the golden voice, the rapid foot, and the open eye which sees the light. He knows he travels not alone.