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"Golden Stairs" by H.P. Blavatsky [??????]

Sep 06, 2004 09:38 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

H.P. Blavatsky did NOT credit
herself as writing the "Golden Stairs."

See below quote extracted from H.P.B.'s
Esoteric Instruction, No. III:


And now hoping that no misunderstanding 
is any longer possible, I resume in this 
hope the Rules, quoting a few more remarks 
upon them from the said letter [from Master 
Morya]. They come as a comment on art. 5, 
and I quote them verbatim.

". . . And if the limbs have to defend the 
head and heart of their body, then why not 
so, also, the Disciples their Teachers as 
representing the SCIENCE of Theosophy which 
contains and includes the 'head' of their 
privilege, the 'heart' of their spiritual 

Saith the Scripture:
"He who wipeth not away the filth with 
which the parent's body may have been 
defiled by an enemy, neither loves the 
parent nor honors himself. He who defendeth 
not the persecuted and the helpless, who giveth 
not of his food to the starving, nor draweth 
water from his well for the thirsty, hath been 
born too soon in human shape.

"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 defence 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. Say this to those who have volunteered to be taught by 

These are the words of great Teachers, and I but do the bidding of 
one of these in repeating them to you. What is found in the letter, 
I, H.P.B., now say to you in the authentic words, which are:
"THINK; and thinking, TRY: the goal is indeed worth all the possible

Much of what the Book of Discipline contains you may find in the 
fragments just translated by me from The Book of the Golden Precepts, 
and published for the benefit of the "Few." These rules are
as old as the world. . . .



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