Fundamental Desires


Fundamental Desires

Fundamental Desires



Is it true that a mind full of conflict is a diseased mind?

When ease is disturbed, it is dis-ease. When in conflict, our peace, ease and serenity are disturbed. Conflict is the fire that ravages our well-being. Despite material prosperity, we are bound to be unhappy as long as this fire exists in us.  The fundamental thrust in an individual should be to handle this fire of conflict. How to put an end to it? The moment you become aware of this fact, you start thinking of ways and means to put an end to this. When you realize that the basic human problem is one of conflict and the more you try to resolve a conflict, more conflicts arise in you, a spiritual inquiry is born in you.

To overcome conflict about basic conflict, inquire and contemplate on the cause of this conflict.  As the thought flow gets attuned to this introspection, there emerges insight from within about cause. The source of the conflict is choice.  The choice is to do or not to do.  If I had no choice, there wouldn’t be any conflict. To be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, there is a choice. To take up a job or be independent, there is a choice. I have a choice and therefore the conflict. Animals hardly have choice. Instinct, a rudimentary choice and therefore less conflict-prone, guides them. So often we have a choice to buy this or that, to go to this movie or that. I have a choice, I make a decision, and then there is no conflict. Therefore, all choices don’t lead to conflict. Find out this distinction and further inquire into the genesis of conflict.

You find that just choice doesn’t lead to conflict. There is a certain element which pressurizes choice and when it is not fulfilled, then choice leads to conflict. That element is want or desire. Merely fulfilling your want will not end conflict because the more you fulfill your wants, more wants rise up in you and it appears you are trapped in conflict.

Look into the structure of want; it has two aspects; first, fundamental desire and second, topical desire. Topical desires are those whose ends are finite in nature: “I want to be a doctor, i want to be an engineer; I want to be a rich person,” and so on. These topical desires are branches of fundamental desires; they vary from person to person.

Fundamental desire is desire for Sat, Chit and Ananda. Satchidananda, or Sat-cit-ānanda (Sanskrit: सच्चिदानन्द) verb to be (‘as’) sat (सत्) and the nouns cit (चित्) and ānanda (आनन्द). ‘Sat’ describes an essence that is pure and timeless; ‘cit’ is consciousness; ‘ānanda’ is absolute bliss.  Saccidānanda is the Sanskrit compound form of the word. Regardless of spelling, satcitananda is pronounced as sach-chid-ānanda.  It is a description of the subjective experience of Brahman (the infinite, supreme soul), or of the universal mind. This sublimely blissful experience of the boundless, pure consciousness is a glimpse of ultimate reality. The object of fundamental desire is infinite, without limits, endless.

The object of topical desires is finite, limited. Our conflicts go on increasing because we go on fulfilling topical desires only. When we fulfil fundamental desires, our conflicts get resolved. Therefore, the effective way of fulfilling desires is to focus our attention on fundamental desires, the root cause of all topical desires.

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