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It is not the same individualized personalities of the Inner Circle that reincarnate; it is the individualities of their particular offices that come with every advent of the Avatar. It is because in all the Avatar's advents each of the twelve men and two women of the Inner Circle hold exactly the same office and function in exactly the same manner, that it is said the Avatar always brings with him the same Circle.

 

As soon as the veil, with which the Avatar descends on earth, is rent, by the then-living Perfect Master or Masters, and the Avatar realizes His Avatarhood, the twelve men and two women automatically group round the Personality of the Avatar to occupy their respective positions in the Inner Circle and to function as usual according to the dictates of the Avatar of the Age.

 

The position of the Avatar in regard to the Inner Circle and its function may be compared to a man asleep. As soon as the man is made to wake up through some external agency, and no sooner is he awake, than he spontaneously finds that all the fourteen parts of his body, as mentioned before, are already there in their individual roles, ready to function at the slightest wish of the man. Similarly, as soon as the Avatar is made to realize His Avatarhood through one or two or more of the five Perfect Masters of the time, He also realizes that the 14 personalities, in their characteristic roles of the Inner Circle, are ready at hand to discharge their duties.

 

To explain in detail why only these 14 particular personalities hold such positions in every advent of the Avatar would take a volume of explanations. Who can become the fourteen members and how do they become attached to the Inner Circle of the Avatar?—these questions would require more volumes of explanation.

 

Suffice it to say that each of these fourteen particular personalities, when occupying the office and function of the Inner Circle, not only must resemble the characteristic individuality of his or her predecessor in the previous advents of the Avatar, but must be exactly similar in all respects. For example, one of the offices of the Inner Circle of Jesus Christ was held by Peter. At the second advent of Christ, this particular office must be held by another Peter, who may be named "A," but having the same quality of mind and heart and other characteristics as of the Peter. The same applies to the office held by Judas, John, James, etc., of the Inner Circle in the time of Christ.

 

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