11th OCTOBER Desire cannot Endure where God is


Desire cannot Endure where God is
If we come across a very cruel person, we often dub him as “a butcher in his
past life.” This, however, is not correct; a man is not reborn according to his
professional activity but according to his propensity, or passions. We have,
therefore, to be careful in regard to motives. It is not the act but the
motivating cause that justifies it or condemns it. We reinforce sensory
pleasures with our desire, and get stuck in the mire of these. Desire will
decay and will finally die only by living in the company of saintly persons.
Association influences likes and dislikes. The resultant desire motivates all
actions. Desire affects young and old alike. Even if a man feels fed up with
desire, it clings tenaciously to him, even through death and go on into the
next birth. It is, like God, eternal.
Desire occurs in three phases: the wish to have, if possible; the will to
possess; and the yearning to have at any cost, the phase in which the
yearning occupies the entire mind, and makes the mind uneasy without it.
Now, what do we do when we want to remove a tree? We lop off the outer
branches first and work towards the trunk and roots. Similarly when we
want to destroy desire, we begin by plugging minor likes and dislikes, and
working backward to loftier desires. In the beginning, pray to God for what
you want. If He does not grant the prayer, acquiesce, as not being
eventually good for you. Progressively, the very desires will die, and your
mind will become agreeable to accept what He provides altogether giving up
all desire.
It is puerile to think that God can be attained merely for the asking. Should
we not at least make the effort to suppress unjustifiable desires? Even
‘justifiable’ desires should be indulged only so far as are permitted by moral
and religious limitations. The desires of the wealthy generally become
‘necessities’, because they are accustomed to commanding them with their
wealth; so, generally, they never get rid of desires.
Time hooks people with false hopes, and lures them on till death. So one
who gets free from the clutches of desires liberates himself from both
pleasures and pain. To live in one’s own home with the unconcern of a guest
will enable to mitigate desires.
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