Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Desire from Inside-Out model perspective

On Desire
"Desire is the root cause for misery"

- that is what is written about Buddha's teachings in school books

Actually through the course of my life I have learnt desire is Grace - God's greatest gift to us. Our desires defines our tastes in life, it defines who we are at a given moment.

Any desire is OK - it has to be my desire - i have to be able to give my 100% in pursuing it. To know whether we are fully involved in something of an art - I fell into a typical error that one must watch out for - to pursue something because of somebody else - I was great impressed by Buddha himself - and I started doing things to attain his state. While the Buddha attained his state as a by product in his pursuit of ending human sorrow - my pursuit was simply attain the state of Buddhahood. Since my pursuit was different but the method was taught by Buddha - the end result was quite different and miserable.

Moral of the story -

  • " Do not copy methods when intents/desires are different"
  • " your desires are what you are - no desire is invalid - every desire is divine"
  • "Do not worry too much about figuring out what is actually your desire - it can be a pretty confusing - a lot of trial and error may be required.
  • "Since any desire is as good as any other - what you choose to be your desire is your desire." You may use your value system or what appeals to your sensibilities.


Blogger Ravishankar Haranath said...

Jai Gurudev,
This is a nice and interesting interpretation of the term - "Desire".
But, Buddha seem to have told - "Curbing of desire is the meaning of happyness". So, what is your stand on this, as a persuer of Buddhahood.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice view point.
Dharma Aviruddho Bhuteshu Kamosmi -Bhagavadgita.
I am the desire in tune with Dharma - Nature. Swadharme Nidhanam Shreyam - Bhagavadgita
It is better to die expressing Swadharma - inner nature.

Some of the desires are inborn, some acquired some cultivated. Some of the desires do force you into trouble - say habit of smoking even if you are concious of consequences. Hence, caution needs to be exercised. In pursuit of desire, the desires which will lead to general well being ( in whatever sense) of self and others to be pursued, harmful desires to be curbed through self observation, meditation, and skillful living.


8:35 AM  
Anonymous kalika said...

Hmmm. I don't think 'desire' had such a negative attribute in the way human beings are supposed to lead their life according to Hindu philosophy. I remember that in one of the mahabharata stories when a Yaksha is questioning Bhima (or is it Yudhishtar?) on what is more important of the three: virtue, wealth or desire. He answers something like:one without desire never wishes for wealth, or virtue. In fact, one without desire can not feel any wishes. Thus, all the different actions that take place in the world around us are a direct consequence of desire and hence, desire is the most important of the three.

4:12 AM  

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