Teachers, Disciples, and the Hierarchy of Compassion

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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. – From the Book of Discipline in the Schools of Dzyan, quoted by H. P. Blavatsky


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