DESIRE AND AVERSION
Bhagavad Gita: 7.11
God says: "I am the power in strength, that is untainted by passion or personal desire. In fact, I am the desire in all beings when the desire is in accord with dharma."
When our desires are not in accordance with sattva and dharma, then they are expressed in the egotistical modes of tamas (sloth) and rajas (addiction, grasping, greed, lust).
So, desire (being a God-given quality of life) is ok when appropriately and unselfishly expressed and integrated into a holistically healthy lifestyle.
This is a lesson that all souls must learn.
Bhagavad Gita: 7.15
Others, still deluded by ignorance and egotism, lose their discrimination (viveka) and sink to their lower nature (the Fall). Thus, they do evil things (negative karma), deny both goodness and spiritual living, and reject God.
Rejecting the good in life, holistic health, the heart center, and any form of spiritual considerations, many souls fall into gross materialism and/or spiritual egotism. Eventually, after many lives, this purely egotistical approach is realized to be lacking in real satisfaction, devoid of happiness, and the source of re-occuring negative karma, and the soul begins to become interested in God and spiritual living.
DESIRE: WANT, mOTIVATION
- Biological and psychological needs and wants
- Choice and preference
- Needs and Luxuries
- Request and demand
In psychology, motivation refers to the initiation, intensity and persistence of behavior (Geen, 1995). Motivation is a temporal and dynamic state that should not be confused with personality or emotion.
A motivated person can be reaching for a long-term goals such as becoming a professional writer or more short-term goals like learning how to spell a particular word. Personality invariably refers to more or less permanent characteristics of an individual's state of being (e.g., shy, extrovert, conscientious). As opposed to motivation, emotion refers to temporal states that do not immediately link to behavior (e.g., anger, grief, happiness).
AVERSION: Dislike, avoid
- A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance.
- The cause or object of such a feeling.
- The avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus.
- The act of turning away or averting.
A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection. A feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it. A tendency to extinguish a behavior or to avoid a thing or situation.
The desireless soul
To desire less and to experience lightly does require us to be established in some form of soul awareness. The pure soul has no desires and is desireless. When our soul is impure then we find that it is shadowed by mental tendencies (samskaras) of addictive, compulsive, heavy, and grasping selfish desires and aversions. These impurities can be eliminated by a process of purification. The pure soul is a silent and peaceful witness to the experiences of the body/mind instrument. We can only find real peace and satisfaction through soul realization which leads to a natural oneness of God realization. The soul that is God realized is naturally satisfied just by this realization and connectivity. Then life can be experienced lightly without clinging and grasping to the experiences of the body/mind instrument.
The pure soul experiences life lightly, more playfully, without desirous attachment to the experiences of the embodied experience.
LEARNING TO APPRECIATE AND ADMIRE RATHER THAN DESIRE
This is an important lesson to learn and helps us to overcome selfish, possessive greed and lust. When we can admire and appreciate the people and things in God's Creation, then we can responsibly enjoy this beautiful expression of variety and multiplicity without the unpleasantness of selfish and possessive desire.
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