So the story goes that one day, someone offered money, to SriRamKrishna Paramahansa.
“I do not want it,” said RamKrishna.
“Why not? You are a Yogi- you will not misuse it. You should keep it,” the man insisted.
“If you know there is a poisonous snake inside a hole and still insert your hand inside, what would happen?”Ramkrishna laughed in merriment, “I do not want it.”
“But you are an evolved soul. Oil drops rise up even if they are mixed with water,” the man was indefatigable.
“But think of the rancid stink of that oil…,” chuckled RamKrishna. “It is better to avoid temptation altogether.”
In the classic “The Power of Myth “, the great scholar Joseph Campbell exhorts to do the same.
When Bill Moyers asked him whether a Hero lurked in each of us, he answered thus:
“Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That is why it’s good to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower. “Lead us not into temptation.”
Explaining how Ego gets into a competitive race wanting to prove oneself better than others, even in one’s spirituality, Wayne Dyer says, “Ego thinks that feeling more spiritual is equivalent to being in an elite classification and will try to get more spiritual points than your opponents.”
Replace “spiritual” with beautiful/popular/successful/prosperous/cool/adored/wooed/desired/whatever..
Wayne Dyer writes, “It is that very elitist world of lower vibrations that you want to leave behind. ”