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LUST – A DESTRUCTIVE NEGATIVE EMOTION

Lust is the desire to possess. It is present in each of the five sense organs, and it is manifested in all that we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. Lust for the objects of sense generates a destructive storm in our personality that constantly tosses the soul in the ocean of turbulence.  Lust leads to greed.  In pursuing greed, we develop infatuation for things that “look” nice. Possessing nice things causes us to become vain and egoistic, and we subsequently get angry when someone “hurts” our ego or obstructs us from possessing these fine things.  Freedom from the binding ropes of the five vices – of lust, anger, greed, infatuation, and vanity – is what causes the experience of true happiness. The energy of material-minded people gets dissipated in fulfilling multiple expectations. Expectation, when accentuated, becomes lust, and, lust, left unfulfilled, creates anger.  Motivated by innumerable urges, materialists strive incessantly to amass hordes of wealth, even by dishonest means.  Bliss relates to the Soul; sense-gratification relates to the world. Materialists do not seek bliss; they seek sense-gratification.  Bliss is not mixed with, or followed by, sorrow; sense-gratification is always mixed with, and followed by sorrow. Hence, material-minded people become ultimately bound by, and to, sorrow.

 

EDITING THE SATYA SAAGAR OF RISHI DAYANANDA  

DR SATISH PRAKASH

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