MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 21.10.2.
Chapter-21. Desires -10.2.
10. How To Control Desires-2.
Never accept gifts from anybody, even from your closest friends.
It will produce slavish mentality, weak will and attachment.
Asking is begging.
Recommending is begging.
A beggar is absolutely unfit for freedom and spiritual pursuits.
Just as you starve a plant by depriving it of water, so you may starve out obnoxious desires by allowing the mind not to dwell upon such desires.
You have no desire for a thing till you know what it is like.
It is only after you have seen it or heard of it or touched it that you get a longing for it.
Therefore, the best principle for a man is not to take, touch or see anything that is likely to taint the imagination.
You will have to turn aside the attention resolutely and particularly the imagination from the subject.
In course of time, all objectionable desires will die out.
To be continued ....