80. Demand to Be Freed from Self-Created Evil Habits and Temptations
Teach me, O Spirit, to distinguish between the soul’s lasting happiness and the temporary pleasures of the senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. Strengthen my will-power; teach me not to be enslaved by bad habits; teach me to be guided by good habits, formed through good company and meditation; teach me, above all, to be guided by wisdom; teach me to stay away from evil, by right judgment and discrimination; teach me to adopt willingly the good, being guided by my free choice, and not compelled to evil by hardened habits.
81. Demand for Balance