We know that we must curb our desires. Because desires are like itches. The more we scratch them, the more they itch.
So we must then reduce our desires. But can we really reduce them all the way to zero?
How can we live our lives if we have no desires at all? There are two ways, one advanced, and the other super-advanced 🙂
- Here’s the advanced way – shubhecha = shubh + iccha = good desires. Desiring good for the country, for society, for others, for family, for the greater good.
- And here’s the super advanced way – Leaving all desires to the will of the Guru / God.
However, for most of us, desires will still be part and parcel of our daily lives. Here’s a quick tip. Try and see if the desire can be converted into a duty. If it can, then it is probably a good desire, and worth keeping.
Examples? Wanting to shop every weekend at a mall for luxury items. Desire? Indeed. Can it be converted into a duty? Not really. However, wanting to ensure the kids in your neighbourhood get a good education, and so you desire to organize weekly classes for them. Desire? Yes. Can it be converted into a duty? Most certainly, and your society will thank you for it.