yogananda

CHAPTER 8

Bringing Out the Best Within You

Conquering Temptations 
 

Sometimes it seems difficult to be good, while it is easy to be bad; and that to give up the bad things is to miss something. But I say you will not miss anything but sorrow.

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Everything that the great ones have warned against is like poisoned honey. I say don’t taste it. You may argue, “But it is sweet.” Well, my reasoning is that after you have tasted the sweetness it will destroy you. Evil was made sweet to delude you. You have to use your discrimination to distinguish between poisoned honey and that which is in your best interest. Avoid those things that will ultimately hurt you, and choose those that will give you freedom and happiness.

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Sorrow, illness, and failure are natural results of transgressions against God’s laws. Wisdom consists in avoiding such violations and finding peace and happiness within yourself through thoughts and actions that are in harmony with your real Self.

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