“The paths leading man to god or Truth are said to be many. I will speak only of the shortest. It is to recognize God as the Self in you and then to find Him out. What is the distance then between you and God, between you and yourself? Ah, there is no distance at all, a full Zero! Yet, how dare you say to find God and Truth is hard?’’ 

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Q:

Respected Swamiji,

How to get rid of desires?

H.

Poojya Swamiji Replies:

Dear and blessed H:

Harih Om Tat Sat.

Desire is an unnecessary, impatient and self-weakening indulgence of the mind. When you examine and discern matters, the meaning and relevance of desire, it will be found redundant.

Desire by itself does not bring anything. It is the effort that results in achievement. Always effort is rewarded with outcome.

If desire is itself effective, desire to be world-rich, or world-excellent. Only desire, do nothing further. Can you become what you desire? Desire is the product of delusion, ignorance.

Understand the futility of desiring. And work on needs, values, ideals and goals.

Evaluate all these and then proceed.

When desires are fulfilled, what you get is contentment, joy, delight. But these are always mind’s creation. Even with the desired object beside, the joy you feel is mind-born. With many things, the mind can still be discontented. With nothing or a little, the same mind can be fully contented. Know this, and generate contentment inwardly from the mind alone. Train the mind for it.

There is another way. Desire the Supreme Inmost Self, which is blissfulness itself. Leave all the rest of desires. Then getting the Self, that desire also will fall.

Let me know your effort and outcome.