Down through history spiritual students have sought out teachers in pursuit of individual enlightenment. The essential theme of Discipleship in the New Age, Volumes 1 and 2, is that the human race is now ready for training in GROUP enlightenment, GROUP unfoldment, and GROUP service. These are a new kind of group in the sense that their formation and cohesion is primarily subjective, and made possible and effective by some degree of Soul awareness of the individual members of the group.
These two books record the experiment by an inner spiritual master over a number of years to see to what extent a group of selected students could achieve effectiveness as a working Soul group. The reader is given the extensive personal instructions of the master to the group as a whole, and to its individual members. The newer spiritual training methods which are intended for the next stage of the spiritual evolution of humanity are explained and demonstrated throughout both volumes.
The books are full of practical spiritual wisdom and deep insight into the newer techniques of spiritual training and development.
The books do assume some familiarity with the general teachings brought forth by Alice Bailey, especially the teachings on the Seven Rays. To get the most out of Discipleship in the New Age, the reader might want to first read Baileys book Esoteric Psychology, Volume 1.
Though Discipleship in the New Age has much inspirational and deep knowledge for individual spiritual development, it is especially worth a careful study by anyone seeking to form or be a part of a group that is intending to grow and serve AS A GROUP, and not just as a collection of individuals gathered together by common interests, shared beliefs, and mutual goals. And this would include not only what are traditionally called spiritual groups, but any group whose aim is the betterment and upliftment of the human race.