Prevents us from doing something foolish
Except in very rare cases, human beings need to be influenced and encouraged by others in order to persevere on the right path, for a time always comes when their zeal falters. Of course, some people say that they have no desire to be influenced; that they want to be free to do as they please. This is why they prefer not to join a spiritual brotherhood*; they feel it as a constraint. Well, such people are not very intelligent. Intelligent people put themselves in a position where they will be restrained from doing anything foolish, but free to do what is luminous and helpful. When you have the urge to do something foolish, instead of trying to find a situation that will make it easier, you should run to a place where you will be prevented from doing it.
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