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and dwellings and necessaries. But if the first comers do not retire, what is left for them ? Why will nothing satisfy or content you ? Why do you crowd the world's room ?
'Yes, but I want my wife and my children to be with me.'
Are they yours ? Are they not His who gave them ? Are they not His who has made you ? Will you not give up what is not yours, and give way to Him who is stronger than you ?
` Why then did He bring me into the world on these terms ? '
Depart, if it does not suit you. God has no need of a querulous spectator. He needs men who join in the feast and in the dance, ready to applaud and glorify and praise the festival. But the impatient and miserable He will gladly see left outside the festival : for even when they were there they did not behave as at a festival nor fill the place appropriate to them, but were peevish and complained of fate and fortune and their company : insensible to fortune's gifts and to their own faculties, which they have received for just the oppositea great heart, a noble spirit, and the very freedom we are now in search of.
` For what then have I received these gifts ?' To use them.
'For how long ? '
Just so long as He who lent them wills.
` But what if they are necessary for me ?'
Do not set your heart on them, and they will not be. Do not tell yourself that they are necessary, and they are not.
This is what you ought to practise from sunrise to sunset, beginning with the meanest things and those most subject to injury-a jug or a cup. From this go on to a shirt, a dog, a horse, a field ; and from that to yourself, your body and its members, your children, your wife, your brothers. Look carefully on all sides and fling them away from you. Purify your judgements, and see that nothing that is not your own is

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