Who is the NGWS?

…Hence we are passing through an intermediate stage of change and of questioning, of rebellion and consequent apparent license. The methods of science,—investigation and analysis, comparison and deduction,—are being applied to religious belief.The history of religions, the foundations of doctrine, the origin of ideas and the growth of the God idea are being subjected to research and study. This leads to much disputation; to the rejection of old established ideas as to God, the soul, man and his destiny.Schools of thought have ever existed differing in their ideas and methods and the six Schools of Indian Philosophy have embodied in themselves practically all the basic speculations of man as to the why and wherefore of manifestation.Little which is new has been added by the occident to these six speculative schools, though the western mind, with its genius for scientific techniques and method, has elaborated the ideas and differentiated the six theories into a multiplicity of lesser propositions. Out of the medley of ideas, theories, speculations, religions, churches, cults, sects and organizations, two main lines of thought are emerging—one doomed eventually to die out, the other to strengthen and grow until it, in its turn, gives birth to that (for us) [Page 328] ultimate formulation of truth which will suffice for the next age and carry man to a high pinnacle of the Temple to the Mount of Initiation.These two lines are:

1. Those who look back to the past, who hang on to the old ways, the ancient theologies, and the reactionary rejection methods of finding truth.These are the people who recognize authority, whether that of a prophet, a bible or a theology.These are those who prefer obedience to imposed authority to the self-imposed guidance of an enlightened soul.These are the followers of a Church and a government, who are distinguished by a pure devotion and love, but refuse recognition to the divine intelligence with which they are gifted.Their devotion, their love of God, their strict but misguided conscience, their intolerance mark them out as devotees, but they are blinded by their own devotion and their growth is limited by their fanaticism.They belong mostly to the older generation and the hope for them lies in their devotion and the fact that evolution itself will carry them forward into the second group.To this first group is committed the work of crystallization which will result in the complete destruction of the old form; to them is given the task of defining the old truths so that the mind of the race will be clarified, that non-essentials and essentials will be recognized for what they are, and fundamental ideas so contrasted with the formulation of dogmas that that which is basic will be seen and the secondary and unimportant beliefs therefore rejected, for only the basic and causative will be of value in the coming age.

2.The second group is as yet a very small minority, but a steadily growing one.It is that inner group of lovers of God, the intellectual mystics, the knowers of reality who belong to no one religion or organization, but who regard themselves as members of the Church universal and as "members one of another". They are [Page 329] gathered out of every nation, race and people; they are of every color and school of thought, yet they speak the same language, learn by the same symbols, tread the same path, have rejected the same non-essentials, and have isolated the same body of essential beliefs.They recognize each other; they accord equal devotion to the spiritual leaders of all races, and use each other's Bibles with equal freedom.They form the subjective background of the new world; they constitute the spiritual nucleus of the coming world religion; they are the unifying principle which will eventually save the world.
In the past we have had world Saviours—Sons of God who have enunciated a world message and brought an increase of light to the peoples.Now, in the fullness of time, and through the work of evolution there is emerging a group who perhaps will bring salvation to the world, and who—embodying the group ideas and demonstrating the group nature, manifesting in a small way the true significance of the body of Christ, and giving to the world a picture of the true nature of a spiritual organism—will so stimulate and energize the thoughts and souls of men that the new age will be ushered in by an outpouring of the love, knowledge and harmony of God Himself.
Religions in the past have been founded by a great soul, by an Avatar, by an outstanding spiritual personality, and the stamp of their lives and words and teaching has been set upon the race and has persisted for many centuries.What will be the effect of the message of a group Avatar?What will be the potency of the work of a group of knowers of God, enunciating truth and banded together subjectively in the great work of saving the world?What will be the effect of the mission of a group of world Saviours, not as Christs, but all knowers of God in some degree, who supplement each other's efforts, reinforce each other's message, and constitute an organism [Page 330] through which the spiritual energy and principle of spiritual life can make their presence felt in the world?
Such a body now exists with its members in every land.Relatively they are few and far between, but steadily their numbers are increasing and increasingly their message will be felt. In them is rested a spirit of construction; they are the builders of the new age; to them is given the work of preserving the spirit of truth, and the reorganizing of the thoughts of men so that the racial mind is controlled and brought into that meditative and reflective condition which will permit it to recognize the next unfoldment of divinity. (A.Bailey, Treatise on White Magic)


...We have spoken often of the integrating group of knowers who are beginning to function upon the earth, gathered together in loose formation and held by the inner spiritual tie and not by any outer organisation.  The planetary Hierarchy has always existed and from time immemorial and right down the ages those sons of men who have fitted themselves for work and who have measured up to the requirements, have found their way into the ranks of those who stand behind the world evolution and guide the destinies of the little ones.

Their grades and works are theoretically known, and names of some have been given out to the masses,—at what cost and personal sacrifice those masses will never know.  With the Hierarchy of adepts I do not propose to deal.  The books upon the subject are easily available and should be read with the needed reservations as to symbolical interpretations and the limiting effects of words.
One of the essential conditions imposed upon the personnel of the group is that they must be willing to work without recognition, on the subjective levels.  They must work behind the scenes as do the Great Ones.  Its members [Page 414] therefore must be free from all taint of ambition, and from all pride of race and of accomplishment.  They must be also sensitively aware of their fellowmen and of their thoughts and conditioning environment.

It is a group that has no esoteric organisation of any kind, no headquarters, no publicity, no group name.  It is a band of obedient workers and servers of the WORD—obedient to their own souls and to group need.  All true servers everywhere therefore belong to this group, whether their line of service is cultural, political, scientific, religious, philosophical, psychological or financial.  They constitute part of the inner group of workers for humanity, and of the world mystics, whether they know it or not.  They will be thus recognised by their fellow group members when contacted in the casual ways of world intercourse.
One of the essential conditions imposed upon the personnel of the group is that they must be willing to work without recognition, on the subjective levels.  They must work behind the scenes as do the Great Ones.  Its members [Page 414] therefore must be free from all taint of ambition, and from all pride of race and of accomplishment.  They must be also sensitively aware of their fellowmen and of their thoughts and conditioning environment.

It is a group therefore without a terminology or Bible of any kind; it has no creed nor any dogmatic formulations of truth.  The motivating impulse of each and all is love of God as it works out in love for one's fellow man.  They know the true meaning of brotherhood, without distinction of race.  Their lives are lives of willing service, rendered with utter selflessness and without any reservations.

The personnel of the group is known only to the Elder Brothers of the race, and no register of names is kept, and there are only three main requirements:
 1. A certain amount of at-one-ment between the soul and its mechanism is essential, and that inner triplicity, [Page 415] usually dormant in the majority, of soul-mind-brain must be in alignment and active.
 2. The brain has to be telepathically sensitive in two directions and at will.  It must be aware of the world of souls and also of the world of men.
 3. There must also exist a capacity for abstract or synthetic thought.  This will enable a man to leap over racial and religious barriers.  When this is present also there is an assured belief in the continuity of life and its correlation to the life after death.
One by one, here and there they are being gathered out and are gathering to them those who are free from the limitations of past political, religious and cultural theories.  They, the members of the one group, are organising these forward looking souls into groups which are destined to bring in the new era of peace and of good will.  These latter who are being influenced by the group members are as yet only a few thousands among the millions of men, and out of the four hundred accepted disciples working in the world at this time, only about 156 are equipped by their thought activity to form part of this slowly forming group.  These constitute the nucleus of what will be some day a dominant force.  During the next twenty-five years their influence will become potent enough to attract political attention, provided those of you who have seen the vision of a powerful subjective body of thinking Souls can speak the needed words, and outline those concepts which will hasten the work of integration, and put the units in this group in touch with one another.  Do your utmost to see that this is done and [Page 418] make this the message and keynote of the work you all do wherever you are.
The group is and will be kept entirely subjective.  Its members are linked telepathically, or they recognise each other through the quality of the work they are doing in the outer world and the inclusiveness of the note they sound.  It is inspired from above by the souls of its members and the Great Ones, and is energised into activity by the need of humanity itself.  It is composed of living conscious souls, working through coordinated personalities.  Its symbol is a golden triangle enclosing an even-armed cross with one diamond at the apex of the triangle.  This symbol is never reproduced in form at all.  It shines above the heads of all who are in the group and cannot be seen by anyone (not even a clairvoyant) except a group member, and then only if—for purposes of work—his recognition needs stimulation.  The motto of the group is The Glory Of The One.
The members of this group of new age workers will, however, possess certain general characteristics.  They will impose no enforced dogmas of any kind, and will lay no emphasis upon any doctrine or authorities.  They are not interested in having any personal authority nor do they rest back upon traditional authority, whether religious, scientific, cultural or any other form of imposed truth.  Modes of approach to reality will be recognised and each will be free to choose his own.  No discipline will be imposed by these workers upon those who seek to cooperate with them.  The ideas of any one person or leader as to how the units in his particular sphere of activity should live and work, should meditate and eat, will be regarded as of no special value.  The members of this new group work esoterically  with souls, and deal not with the details of the personality lives of the aspirants they seek to inspire . (A.Bailey, Treatise on White Magic)

This New Group of World Servers is an aspect of the world antahkarana and it gives students of the antahkarana a sound example of the intent and purpose of the Rainbow Bridge which each disciple is endeavouring consciously to build. It is composed of those who have penetrated in consciousness upward to such an extent and height that their ascension has become invocative and has produced a descent from the Hierarchy which meets and merges with the energies of the ascending group reflection. Words here are apt to hinder, but the visualisation indicated will prove helpful. In the case of the New Group of World Servers, it is not simply ascending energy which must be considered; there is also a focussing of consciousness and a receptivity which can develop into fixed intention; this can be followed later by a recognition in the physical brain consciousness of what has transpired. Forget not that—in detail—the New Group of World Servers is composed of the following groups:
 1. Initiates and disciples who are consciously a part of the Great White Lodge.
 2. Aspirants and lesser disciples who are affiliated with the Hierarchy, but who do not usually possess that continuity of consciousness which will come later.
 3. Those upon the Probationary Path who are not yet affiliated with the Hierarchy; they are, however, subject to hierarchical impression and are determined to serve their fellowmen.
 4. An increasing number of people who respond to the idealism and the purpose of the New Group of World Servers and who will rapidly join the group.
 The main requirement is Meditation but—as you know—it is not necessarily the set meditation of occult schools and churches; membership in the group, however, requires the development of the reflective spirit along some line of human understanding; it requires also the power to focus attention [Page 205] upon that which can serve humanity and a compassionate recognition of human need. The unthinking man or woman, or those engrossed entirely in business, political and family ties, cannot form a part of the New Group of World Servers, because the group demands a definite measure of decentralisation; to this, habits of meditation rapidly contribute.
 …The New Group of World Servers is fast becoming a major centre of planetary meditation. Much of this meditation is far from being of an occult nature but that is of no importance; it is largely based upon deep reflection upon the problems of humanity, backed and aided by the deep aspiration of the mystics found within its ranks, and aided also by the meditation of those few esotericists (technically speaking) who are working there also. This group is a reflection of the invocative and evocative capacity of the Nirmanakayas, but this aspect of their activity is only in process of being learnt and applied. The entire activity of the New Group of World Servers along the invocative line was stepped up and greatly hastened by the giving to the world of the three Invocations during the past few years. What was actually a vague demand and a fluid nebulous receptivity became (by the use of the Invocations) [Page 212] a powerful invocative plea, and resulted in the evocation of energies from the Hierarchy which were transmitted by the New Group of World Servers to Humanity and which are responsible for much of the constructive work now going forward in many parts of the world. I have told you much about this group and will not enlarge upon it here; your understanding of the work to be done should be instinctual for you all belong to it, if you are in any way dedicated to the service of humanity, under inspiration of the Hierarchy; your instinctual reaction to hierarchical impression as a member of this group should develop rapidly into an habitual life tendency. Thus is a Master created. The creative meditation of the New Group of World Servers has for its objectives the creation of the new civilisation and of the new world order…..

The strength of the New Group of World Servers lies in three factors:
 1. They occupy a midway position between the masses of men and the inner subjective world government.
2. They draw their membership (if such an inadequate word can be used) from all classes,—the aristocracy, the intelligentsia, the bourgeoisie, higher and lower, and the upper layer of the proletariat.  They are therefore truly representative.
3. They are closely interrelated, and in constant contact and rapport with each other, through unity of objective, [Page 639] definiteness of method, and uniformity in technique and good will.
Members of the New Group of World Servers stand for the following ideals:
 1. They believe in an inner world government and in an emerging evolutionary plan.  They can see its signs down the ages.  That they may express the significance of this inner world government and of the planetary Hierarchy, in varying terms, is inevitable.  That they may regard it from the peculiar angle of their own tradition and schooling is also inevitable but unimportant.  That which is of importance is that they are in touch with the centre of energy which is attempting to guide human affairs; they know something of the detail of the immediate [Page 659] plan, and to the furtherance of this they are bending all their energies.

2. They are steadily cultivating an international spirit of good will and to this they consecrate every effort.  They avoid all points of dissension, regarding them as incidental to the point in evolution which the race has reached and they are convinced of the inevitable change for the better which is on its way.  They emphasise the point of common endeavour and seek to interpret to the public the trend of the present world efforts as these begin the work of swinging the world on to new paths and producing in the minds of the people new and better ideals.
 3. They seek to teach also the fact that the many national, religious and social experiments are only modes of expansion, ways of growth and needed lessons.  They seek to point out that the effects of these will be twofold.  First, they will demonstrate the usefulness of those lines of thought and consequent methods which will eventually bring about the release of mankind from its present limitations and distress.  These experiments are not lost effort.  They have a definite place and purpose.  Second, they will demonstrate the recognition of those methods and techniques in government and religion which are undesirable, because they spread the virus of hatred, breed class and racial distinctions and are consequently detrimental to world understanding, international good will and spiritual amity. (Discepleship in the New Age, II)

What should therefore be the work of the immediate present?  Let me outline the programme as far as I can.
The first thing to be done is to strengthen the ties and establish firmly the link between yourselves and all those whom you recognise as possible working disciples in the new group. …
Secondly, be receptive towards those who seek you out and seem to vibrate to the same note.  When I say you, I mean the group to which you all subjectively belong.  They will come if you work with decision and sound out the note of unity so clearly that they are in no doubt as to your motives and your disinterested activity.  Some of the 156 who form the present nucleus will be known to you and will work in unison with you, though maybe not in your peculiar field of action….
 The picture to be held before your eyes is that of a vast network of groups, working along the many possible lines, but having at their heart or behind them—working silently and persistently  influencing through soul contact—one or more members of the new slowly emerging [Page 419] group.  These focal points through which the Hierarchy is now seeking to work stand together telepathically and exoterically they must work in the completest understanding, preserving always an attitude of non-interference, and leaving each worker free to teach his own group as he sees fit.  The terms used, the methods employed, the types reached, the truths taught, the discipline of life demonstrated concern no one but the working disciple.