He Who is Altruistic and Does
His Best May Attain the Highest Goal
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In the following poem Ella Wheeler
Wilcox uses the theosophical concept of
Adepts, Initiates, or Masters of the Wisdom.
All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.
We do not always win the race
By only running right;
We have to tread the mountain’s base
Before we reach its height.
The Christs alone no errors made;
So often had they trod
The paths that lead through light and shade,
They had become as God. 
As Krishna, Buddha, Christ again,
They passed along the way,
And left those mighty truths which men
But dimly grasp to-day.
But he who loves himself the last
And knows the use of pain,
Though strewn with errors all his past,
He surely shall attain.
Some souls there are that needs must taste
Of wrong, ere choosing right;
We should not call those years a waste
Which led us to the light.
 In esoteric philosophy, the word “God” means the higher self, the spiritual soul, the universal and sacred Law impersonally present in everyone’s heart. (CCA)
The above poem was published in our associated websites on 03 August 2018. It was reproduced from the book “Poems of Power”, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Gay and Hancock, Ltd., London, 1912, 164 pp., see pp. 79-80.