Feb 15, 2018
Every religion and mythological tradition is based on stories of temptation: Adam and Eve, Pandora, Jesus, Samson, King David, etc. Everyone faces temptation, but few know that temptation is the basis of the path to liberation from suffering. When we are tempted, we face those qualities in ourselves that otherwise we would never see — such as our pride, envy, anger, and lust— thus when we are tempted to act on them that is the moment we can choose to deny them, eliminate them, and finally become free of them. Facing and overcoming temptation is the way to actually walk on the spiritual path.
“Blessed is the one that endures temptation: for when tried, that one shall receive the crown of life [Kether, Chokmah, Binah], which the Lord has promised to them that love him. Let no one say when tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted he anyone: But every one is tempted, when drawn away of one’s own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.” —James 1:12-15
“Temptation is fire. Triumph over temptation is light." —Samael Aun Weor