When you meet other men and women, do you begin by trying to see if their hearts and minds are trustworthy and if they have a spiritual ideal? No, be honest with yourself and admit that you do not attach much importance to those things; you are more interested in seeing whether they are physically attractive enough to make you want to kiss them, or rich enough to make it worth your while to know them. Yes, everybody has this attitude. But you who are followers of a spiritual teaching must get rid of this attitude, for we can build a true brotherhood and work together only with what is honest, kind, wise and pure in people. What can beauty or wealth contribute if they have never been dedicated to the service of the divine world? They will simply arouse passions that will destroy the Brotherhood. You must not misunderstand me: I am not saying that only poverty and ugliness are desirable. I am simply saying that you must guard against the fascination of money and physical beauty because they will make you forget qualities that are far more important for the constructive work we are trying to do here.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov