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Behold the truth before you;
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 defense of those who are unjustly attacked,
And a constant eye to the ideal of Human progression and perfection which the secret science (Gupta-Vidya) depicts
- these are the Golden Stairs up the steps of which the learner may climb to the temple of divine wisdom.

H.P. Blavatsky's Collected Writings XII, p. 591
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