Desire is the cause of all misery

Desires arise on their own without asking you. And when they come, what do you do with them? If you say that you do not want any desires, then that want becomes another desire.

 

Buddha said that desire is the cause of all misery. If your desire does not get fulfilled, it leads to frustration and causes misery. And if your desire gets fulfilled, it leaves you empty.

 

Sage Vashishta said that desire is the cause of pleasure. You get pleasure from an object or a person only when you desire them. When you do not desire an object, you will not get pleasure from it. When it is hot and you are thirsty, a sip of cold water gives you pleasure; but there is no pleasure if you are not thirsty. Whatever gives you pleasure binds you and bondage is misery. When you desire truth, all other desires drop off. You always desire something that is not there but truth is always there. Desire for truth removes all other desires; then it dissolves and what remains is bliss.

 

Desires arise on their own without asking you. And when they come, what do you do with them? If you say that, you do not want any desires, then that want becomes another desire. If you want to go to a movie, you have to buy a ticket and this ticket must be given to the doorman. If you hold onto the ticket, how can you go in? Similarly, if you want to be admitted to college, you must complete an application form and submit it. You cannot hold onto it. Likewise on the journey of life, you have to keep submitting your desires and not hold onto them. As you keep submitting your desires, fewer desires arise.

 

Unfortunate are those who keep on desiring yet their desires are not fulfilled. A little fortunate are those whose desires get fulfilled over a long period of time. More fortunate are those whose desires get fulfilled as soon as they arise. The most fortunate are those who have no desires because there is fulfillment even before the desire arises. 

 

Desires for sensory pleasures are electric in nature and these desires get neutralized as they move towards the objects of your senses. But, if by your skill, you could take your desire deeper within you towards the centre of your existence, another dimension of everlasting pleasure, thrill, bliss and undying love will blossom. Lust, greed, power and jealousy are powerful because they are nothing but energy and you are the source of it - the pure electricity. Dedication and devotion maintains the purity of your electricity, moving you upward. Once you realise that you are pleasure, your cravings subside and serenity dawns. Remembering that you will die makes you alive now, and frees you from cravings and aversions.

  • Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Sri Sri has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world. Through a myriad of programs and teachings, a network of organizations including the Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values, and a rapidly growing presence across 155 countries, Sri Sri has reached an estimated 370 million people. 

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