Chapter 6

On Control of the Desires

Whenever a man desires anything inordinately, at once he

becomes restless. A proud and avaricious man is never at rest;

but a poor and humble man enjoys the riches of peace. A man

who is not yet perfectly dead to self is easily tempted, and is

overcome even in small and trifling things. And he who

weak in spirit, and still a prey to the senses and bodily passions,

can only with great difficulty free himself from worldly lusts.

Therefore he is sad when he does so withdraw himself, and

quickly angered when anyone opposes him. Yet, if he obtains

what he desires, his conscience is at once stricken by remorse,

because he has yielded to his passion, which in no way helps

him in his search for peace. True peace of heart can be found

only by resisting the passions, not by yielding to them. There

is no peace in the heart of a worldly man, who is entirely

given to outward affairs; but only in a fervent, spiritual


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