Desires anyways are always showstopper as far as Spiritual growth is concerned. Any sort of desires hold us back from moving ahead in life. The desires may be of many categories but are time-tested for being sorrowful. Desires for the perishable result in a perishable happiness. It is often said that Truth in one which never changes. Now let us dig deeper into this quest of what is truth. The body is not, for it perishes and gets old .
A small kid grows into youth who eventually grows into an older individual and eventually comes to a stage where the body is no more livable and has to be left. So the body we see is not truth for it changes and the inevitable truth is that it dies one day. Then what is truth. The answer can be similar to what i read long time back in a small book of Ramana Maharishi title “Who am I?” . It said it is pretty difficult to explain who am I, butt its comparatively much easier to explain who or what i am not. Quoting below an excerpt from his text:
The gross body which is composed of the seven humours (dhatus), I am not; the five cognitive sense organs, viz. the senses of hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell, which apprehend their respective objects, viz. sound, touch, colour, taste, and odour, I am not; the five cognitive senseorgans, viz. he organs of speech, locomotion, grasping, excretion, and procreation, which have as their respective functions speaking, moving, grasping, excreting, and enjoying, I am not; the five vital airs, prana, etc., which perform respectively the five functions of in-breathing, etc., I am not; even the mind which thinks, I am not; the conscience too, which is endowed only with the residual impressions of objects, and in which there are no objects and no functioning’s, I am not.
An excerpt from Page 3 , Who am I- Raman Maharishi
Anything which tries to cater the requirement of ego is a spiritually harmful.
Desires have a family always, they never exist in isolation . It has always been seen that we accomplish one desire and seem to find the happiness in the accomplishment. But as the desire was related to something ephemeral, something mortal, the happiness associated with it also dies too soon. And then we get another one from the family. And this vicious circle continues with no end, and we never even seem to be looking for one. In fact we don`t even realize that there has to be an end to this cycle of cravings.
Buddhism rightly defines how Desires are the cause of all or sufferings. The founder, Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha gave these 4 noble truths to life:
- All life is a Suffering
- The cause of suffering is- Desire
- There is an end to this suffering (by ending the desires)
- The path which leads to this end of Suffering is the Eight fold path
What Gautam Buddha gave a lesson for life was very clear from the above 4 noble truths wherein he clearly says, that cause of suffering is desire. One who has desires is the one who is unhappy. One who has desires , is the one who has expectations. And ullimately one who has desires is the one who suffers.
Our happiness is inversely proportional to desires.