Desirelessness is the last test of the mystic's moral strength and practical sincerity. Can he give up without undue bitterness this thing which he most treasures because he seeks a higher value? Can he cut the last attachment to the world for the sake of reaching that state which is beyond the world? If his thinking and behaving can survive this test, great will be his reward.
-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You > Chapter 3: Practise Detachment > # 177