MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 21.8.


Chapter-21. Desires -8.

8. Desires Are Insatiable

Mind plays havoc through desires.

As soon as a desire arises, you think you will get all happiness by its realisation.

You exert yourself to achieve the desired object.

As soon as you get it, a little satisfaction (false Tushti or gratification) is experienced for a short time.

Again, mind becomes restless.

It wants new sensations.

Disgust and dissatisfaction come in.

 Again, it wants some new objects for its enjoyment.

That is the reason why this world is termed as mere Kalpana (imagination) by Vedantins.


Desires are innumerable, insatiable and unconquerable.

Enjoyment cannot bring in satisfaction.

It is a mistake to think so.

Enjoyment fans the desire.

It is like pouring ghee in fire.

Enjoyment strengthens, increases and aggravates a desire.

See the case of Raja Yayati of yore.

He borrowed the youthful state from his son to have sexual enjoyment for thousands of years.

At last, he cries out in his old age with bitterness, "Alas! What a fool I am! Still my sexual desires are waxing. There is no end of desires.
I have wasted my life. O God! Have mercy on me. Lift me up from this mire of Samsara."

This comes in Mahabharata. In the Gita, Chapter III-39,

you will find "Kama-rupena Kaunteya Dushpurena-analena cha-desire which is insatiable as a flame."

Next : 9. Freedom From Desires Necessary For Jnana

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....


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