A Few Words to Read Once and Again
Helena P. Blavatsky
The first necessity for obtaining self-knowledge is to become profoundly conscious of ignorance; to feel with every fibre of the heart that one is ceaselessly self-deceived.
The second requisite is the still deeper conviction that such knowledge – such intuitive and certain knowledge – can be obtained by effort.
The third and most important is an indomitable determination to obtain and face that knowledge.
Self-knowledge of this kind is unattainable by what men usually call “self-analysis”. It is not reached by reasoning or any brain process; for it is the awakening to consciousness  of the Divine nature of man.
To obtain this knowledge is a greater achievement than to command the elements or to know the future.
The above text is reproduced from “The Aquarian Theosophist”, August 2013 edition. It was first published at “Lucifer” magazine, London, October, 1887, p. 89. The word “Lucifer” means “light-bearer” and is the ancient word for the planet Venus. Ill-informed Christians distorted the meaning of the word.
On the duty of the theosophical movement for the present century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.  
Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through  Amazon Books.