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There is no satisfaction of desires, even by a shower of money. One is wise to know that desires are painful, bringing little enjoyment.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
My belief is that to have no wants is divine.
Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones.
A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
As a fire is obscured by smoke,
Desire dwells in the senses,
He who likes cherries soon learns to climb.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
Desires are insatiable.They keep growing as we try to satisfy them just as the fire becomes more inflamed when oil is poured into it.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
All that we desire is sure to perish,
True study of the Way
People are distracted by objects of desire,
If you imagine that once you have accomplished your ambitions you will have time to turn to the Way, you will discover that your ambitions never come to an end.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
Beware what you set your heart upon, for it shall surely be yours.
The want of a thing is more than its worth.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.
The central fire is desire, and all the powers of our being are given us to see, to fight for, and to win the object of our desire. Quench that fire and man turns to ashes.
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.
Plunge into the world, and then, after a time, when you have suffered and enjoyed all that is in it, will renunciation come; then will calmness come. So fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after you have fulfilled the desire, will come the time when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, until you have passed through that activity, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender.
I can tell you at any rate how to get what you want. You’ve just got to keep a thing in view and go for it and never let your eyes wander to right or left or up or down. And looking back is fatal – the truest thing in Scripture is about Lot’s wife.
Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.
Nothing is more human than for man to desire naturally things impossible to his nature. It is, indeed, the property of a nature which is not closed up in matter like the nature of physical things, but which is intellectual or infinitized by the spirit. It is the property of a metaphysical nature. Such desires reach for the infinite, because the intellect thirsts for being and being is infinite.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
We can only know that from the unknown, profound desires enter in upon us, and that the fulfilling of those desires is the fulfilling of creation. We know that the rose comes to blossom. We know that we are incipient with blossom. It is our business to go as we are impelled, with faith and pure spontaneous morality, knowing that the rose blossoms, and taking that knowledge for sufficient.
For whereas the mind works in possibilities, the intuitions work in actualities, and what you intuitively desire, that is possible to you. Whereas what you mentally or “consciously” desire is nine times out of ten impossible: hitch your wagon to a star, and you’ll just stay where you are.
If men could regard the events of their lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
It’s rather nice to think of oneself as a sailor bending over the map of one’s mind and deciding where to go and how to go. The great thing to remember is we can do whatever we wish to do provided our wish is strong enough. But the tremendous effort needed – one doesn’t always want to make it – does one? And all that cutting down the jungle and bush clearing even after one has landed anywhere – it’s tiring. Yes I agree. But what else can be done? What’s the alternative? What do you want most to do? That’s what I have to keep asking myself, in face of difficulties.
The very urge to get rid of desire is still desire, is it not? … Recognizing that desire brings conflict, you ask, “How can I be free of desire?” So what you really want is not freedom from desire, but freedom from the worry, the anxiety, the pain which desire causes … As long as there is the desire to gain, to achieve, to become, at whatever level (including the urge to get rid of desire), there is inevitably anxiety, sorrow, fear.
Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered prayer.
It is the thing that is most remote from the world in which we ourselves live that attracts us most. We are under the spell of what is distant from us. It is not in our nature to desire passionately what is near at hand.
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Man’s many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weight him down.
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
It is important not to overlook longings or dismiss them for practical reasons, and not to rely exclusively in our decision-making on reason or common sense, thereby excluding the more mysterious turns of eros. An erotic life is not the same as a rational one. Living erotically, we understand that desires are central to the soul’s unfolding and should not be dismissed before giving them careful attention.
Desire is what leads you through life until the time comes when you desire a higher life. So do not be ashamed that you want so much, yet at the same time do not fool yourself into thinking that what you want today will be enough tomorrow.
All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being. As long as I am my mind, I am those cravings, those needs, those wants, attachments, and aversions, and apart from them there is no “I” except as a mere possibility, an unfulfilled potential, a seed that has not yet sprouted. In that state, even my desire to become free or enlightened is just another craving for fulfillment or completion in the future. So don’t seek to become free of desire or “achieve” enlightenment. Become present.
To the extent that I want and desire, I am unlike God.
To become fascinated, to feel allurement, is to step into a wild love affair on any level of life. Then we discover not only that we are interested, but that our interests are entirely our own. We awake to our own unique set of attractions … Each person discovers a field of allurements, the totality of which bears the unique stamp of that person's personality. Destiny unfolds in the pursuit of individual fascinations and interests … By pursuing your allurements, you help bind the universe together. The unity of the world rests on the pursuit of passion.
Repression of your will and desire are the corner-stones of stress. When you believe, or are led to believe, you are unable to act upon the greatest desires of the soul, the result is mental and spiritual enslavement.
Again and again I have been shown that this is the essence of what we call magic: the paradoxical focus of desire or intent while at the same time letting go of the outcome. It isn't easy to desire and let go of the desire simultaneously, but when we achieve it, it works!
Very much like people, desires need to be noticed. Under scrutiny, a lot of desires will just fizzle, whether it’s things … or people. When we actually pay attention to them, we begin to notice that so many of our cravings just don’t hold water.
| This cross-index may help identify and delineate more closely subjective realities often hard to pin down.
|Related States & Conditions||Actualization/Fulfillment | Choice/Volition | Dreams/Dreaming, Enjoyment/Pleasure, Expectation/Hope, Feeling/Emotion, Goal/Ideal/Purpose, Happiness/Contentment, Having/Possessing, Indulgence/Temptation, Love-Eros, Passion, Seeking, Sex/Sexuality, Wealth/Prosperity, Zeal/Zest|
|Syntonic||Autonomy/Control | Balance | Confidence | Daring/Challenge | Determination/Persistence/Resolve, Faith, Focus/Intention, Impermanence, Initiative, Moderation, Optimism/Positivism, Prudence, Sensibility/Sensuality, Release, Responsibility, Vision/Visualization, Wisdom, Wonder/Mystery|
|Dystonic||Anger | Attachment | Avoidance/Denial/Refusal | Complacency | Conformity | Criticism/Judgment | Delusion | Dependence | Fault, Fear, Guilt, Habit, Jealousy/Envy, Limitation, Regret, Revenge, Suffering, War/Aggression/Violence, Worry|
Pardon us for the Author links which do not work and incomplete Subject cross-references. This is a life-work-in-progress and, like Penelope's tapestry, proceeds bit by bit.
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