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The advancing mystic has to undergo a very real temptation at certain points of his career--a temptation not unlike that of Jesus by Satan to great worldly honours or that of Buddha by Mara to great sensual indulgence. It may come through the crafty instigations of his enemies or through the innocent flatteries of his friends. He must beware especially of those whose excessive faith would exalt him to the role of a master, or perchance even glorify him as a new messiah! He must be on guard against being seduced by the attractions of power or the disguises of sensuality.


-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 2: Their Roots in Ego > # 59






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