The Golden Stairs

by Helena P. Blavatsky

A clean life, an open mind,
A pure heart, an eager intellect,
An unveiled spiritual perception,
A brotherliness for one's co-disciple,

A readiness to give and receive advice and instruction,
A loyal sense of duty to the Teacher,
A willing obedience to the behests of TRUTH,
Once we have placed our confidence in,
And believe that Teacher to be in possession of it;

A courageous endurance of personal injustice,
A brave declaration of principles,
A valiant defence of those who are unjustly attacked,
And a constant eye to the ideal of human progression,
And perfection which the secret science depicts --

These are the golden stairs
Up the steps of which the learner may climb
To the Temple of Divine Wisdom.