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Desire arises in the mind and if you hold on to the desire it becomes an obsession. One of the fascinating things about human birth is our intellect is developed vis-a-vis animals. This allows us to make decisions & analyze. Depending on what tendency is strong in you, the mind can be pulled in that way. People who discipline themselves in their life tend to be very rigid and subdue those desires that are against their core beliefs. This leads to frustration within that festers, and usually comes out as anger or lust. When the gust of wind comes the trees that survive are the ones that are flexible to allow the wind to pass through. Thus in life be flexible to desires, if they come observe and let them pass.

As humans the desire for sex in rooted in our very psyche. This is because one of our survival needs is procreation, and sex is the method to pass bodily fluids for that purpose. Craving for sex all the time leaves the mind dull and lethargic, subduing the desire for sex leads to frustration. But simply understanding that this is a need, allows us to deal with this better.

The concept of energy centers in the body is well explained and therefore it is important to understand that when different desires come, different energy centers become active. These can be simply understood by observing the sensation in the body when a desire arises. Better understanding the body-breath and mind relationship helps us to respect the laws of nature and have a peaceful co-existence.

We as humans rejoice over the power of choice we have. But how many of us use those powers for betterment of society and our lot. Across the world we hear stories about violence and hatred; and whom do we hate? Someone who is not very different from you. Think about it, and you will realize that we are all same at our core. All of us get angry, feel lustful, happy, sad and the plethora of emotional states that defines our existence. We live a very isolated world, which we call our family, our state, our country, our culture. If someone fits into that fabric that defines “us” we open our doors, else our doors remain shut. But go one level deeper and you will begin to notice that our differences disappear, and we are all made in the same likeness.

In human society we have the “Haves” who have excess of everything and the “Have Nots” who are in dearth of everything. This discrepancy is created because of the fear that guards our very fabric, the fear of loss, the fear of death, the fear of shame. This fear is our survival instinct. This fear causes those who “Have” to do things in excess, by abusing their right and creating this discrepancy. As our greed grows faster we move towards a situation of turmoil and our animalistic instincts triumph.

Spirituality is not about meditating sitting in a cave somewhere. It is about understanding our animalisitic instincts and moving towards those instincts that define us. We do this not for ourselves but for betterment of humankind because spirituality is humanness.

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Desires arise in everyone, and the spiritual quest is also a desire for freedom. Without the desire there is no goal in life since we would be going moment to moment without having anything to look forward to. What is desire? It is a tendency in the mind to achieve something. Desire has three phases, first from the moment when the desire arises, second fulfilling of it and third completion of it. Once the desire is completed, the mind expands & in this feeling of expansion you feel full, satisfied. This feeling of fullness leads you happiness, you feel good, you want to be nicer to people than usual etc.

Just like bubbles arise in a wave the bubbles of desire arise in the mind. Since it is a tendency of the mind to go from one place to the other, it is not satisfied in that state of mind and wants to keep moving. Think about it, your new job, your new degree, your new love, it felt so good during the initial periods and then slowed waned away. Why does this happen, because the desire is for objects of the senses and not for the self.  When you (self) become full, life becomes full and problems become challenges. The spiritual journey is to desire for that fullness.