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Desire Is Bondage

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Desire is bondage. It binds you to things. Whether you desire material things or even God that still is desire. It is the bondage to external things. There is no liberation when there is desire. There is no peace and ease. For desire to exist there is a bondage – even if you desire liberation. Liberation then cannot happen when desire exists – so how does one become liberated?

You can’t desire liberation and liberation only goes away when there is no desire. You are trapped in a loop. There must be understanding and mindfulness to leave the cycle. Once you become desire-less then liberation can happen – not the other way around.

To have desire is to mean that everything is not okay. Something in the future will bring this fulfilment and completeness, but now right now. The future state is desired – something to add to yourself in the future that will bring in happiness and fulfilment. This moment you are not okay with yourself. Therefore by desiring something in the future this will make it okay. There is always something else in the future that will be better than now.

Desire is to lose touch with the present moment. It is to put your awareness on something either in the past or in the future, but never now. You forget that inner peace and fulfilment can only truly be obtained by living in the now. All good that ever was and ever will be will happen in the present moment.  A simple recognition can bring you this peace. But when desire exists you forget about the present and start living in the future again.

Whatever you desire is irrelevant – it’s still desire. Even the desire for God, the desire for salvation and reaching nirvana is still desire even though they don’t represent material things. It is a wanting of a future state that will make everything good again. Good is only found in the present moment. When the good comes your mind is so far in the future that you miss it. You are not present enough to experience it therefore you will always miss it. When you desire you will always continue to desire.

Desire is fantasy. It is dreaming. The Buddha was so insistent on reaching a state no-desire as through this you move into reality. Desire is dreaming, living in the moment is reality. The movement of mind into the future is desire. Once you are this state you miss the real moment, and the real moment is the only door to existence. The past and the future are not doors – they are blockages. They are walls – you cannot go through them. All you will find there is misery.

Desire is tricky. First there is the desire for wealth, prestige and power. Then you become a bit more spiritual and you alter desire. Desiring no-desire, desiring meditation, desiring peace – these are still different forms of desire. You have lost touch with the present moment.You must be careful and mindful so that you’re not moving from desire to a desire of no-desire but have a complete revolution from desire to no-desire.

The next time you desire something become aware. Follow that desire then into full alertness and you will find misery. The quicker you fulfil it the quicker you realize that there is only misery. Become witness to the process, learn that desire is misery. Become watchful of the process and sooner or later you will understand that desiring is hell. The moment that happens then there is no-desire.

You cannot practice no-desire as only desires can be practiced. You just have to be aware to the fact that desire leads to misery. You must experience this process and have first hand accounts of what it felt like. It is not just an understanding of it, but a knowing that desire is misery from the first hand experiences.

Mindfully move with every desire and allow it to lead you to misery. Suddenly, one day, the awakening happens, you ripen to full understanding: you will realize that every desire is misery.

ekhart“As long as I am my mind, I am those cravings, those needs, 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. Be there as the observer of the mind. Instead of quoting the Buddha, be the Buddha, be “the awakened one,” which is what the word buddha means.” – Power of Now

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