Can another help bring about a transformation in you? If he can, you are not transformed; you are merely dominated, influenced. You have been overcome; and whether you are overcome by envy or by a so-called noble influence, you are still a slave, you are not free.
We choose our leaders, political or spiritual, out of our own confusion, and so they also are confused. We demand to be coaxed and comforted, to be encouraged and gratified, so we choose a teacher who will give us what we crave for. We do not search out reality, but go after gratification and sensation.
But that is not a safe refuge, that is not the best refuge; a man is not delivered from all pains after having gone to that refuge. He who takes refuge with Buddha, the Law, and the Church; he who, with clear understanding, sees the four holy truths: these four holy truths are: suffering, the origin (Samudaya) of suffering (Dukha), the destruction (Nirodha) of suffering, and the eightfold holy way (Marga) that leads to the quieting of suffering, that is the safe refuge, that is the best refuge; having gone to that refuge, a man is delivered from all suffering.
He who lives without looking for pleasures, his senses well controlled, moderate in his food, faithful and strong, him Mara will certainly not overthrow, any more than the wind throws down a rocky mountain.
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