Should I have desires?

Jun 15 2010

There are two schools of thought. One is you visualize dream and work for it. Other school of thought says surrender everything to God, whatever God gives you is the best, and God will take care of everything for you. Where is the compatibility? They appear to be completely opposite. One is your own visualization, your own dream and your perseverance, and another is having trust in God and leaving everything on God. They appear to be incompatible but I would say they are very much compatible. It is good to have an intention or a goal. You don’t keep on visualizing your goal 24*7, but continuing to work for that, you leave it to the Divine. Only the combination of two will work.

It is beautifully described in Scriptures: You take a vision or goal, and then you offer it to the Divine while working for that – “This is what I want and you know what is best for me. If this or anything better, I am ready to accept.”
Sometimes you don’t know what you want. If you know what you want, it is not difficult to get it. Half the time we are unsure of what we want. Often you find if you are persistent to get something, you don’t want the same thing the next week, the next month or the next year. So, before you take an intention, you expand your awareness.

So, put an intention in the universe - I want this or anything better.

Now, what is the difference between a desire and an intention? Suppose you want to go to Mumbai from Bangalore. You buy a ticket and travel for around three hours and go there. But you don’t keep chanting in your mind all this time that you want to go to Mumbai and you are going to Mumbai. You may even land up in a mental Hospital like this! Desire is the feverishness that clogs on to an intention. An intention is a desire free from feverishness. And then working towards your intention, this faith is to be there whatever nature brings back is for my growth.

Read earlier posts

  • The True Sign Of Success

    September 10, 2014
    • The Definition of Success
    • Mark of a Successful Person
    • Success: The Intelligent Way
    • Happiness & Success Linked
    • Spirituality Brings Absolute Comfort

    Moving Beyond Prejudice

    September 8, 2014
    • People Means Politics
    • Don't Be Prejudiced
    • Accept People As They Are
    • In Life Keep Moving Ahead
    • A Tip On Bhastrika
  • Good Out Of Bad

    September 5, 2014
    • The Law of Karma
    • Don't Fight But Forgive
    • Burning Plastic Causes Cancer
    • Happiness Is Interdependent
    • Sri Sri's View on Reservations

    The Good In Everyone

    September 5, 2014
    • The Divine is in Everyone
    • Be Greedy for Knowledge
    • Overcoming Bulimia
    • The Key to Samadhi
    • Sharing Your Problems With Your Guru
  • Honesty: The Best Policy

    September 3, 2014
    • The Fact About Enlightenment
    • The Five Yamas
    • The Five Niyamas
    • Be Determined to be Happy
    • Guru Does Not Punish
    • Dispassion is Spontaneous

    An Intimate Bond

    September 2, 2014
    • The Four Dimensions of Life:
      - Saamipya: Feeling Closeness
      - Saanidhya: Feeling Presence
      - Saarupya: Soaking in Divine
      - Saayujya: Feeling the Union
    • Significance of the Annakuut Festival
  • Hate Will Destroy You

    September 1, 2014
    • You Must Love Your In-Laws
    • Consequences of Hate
    • Significance of Saade Satti
    • The Science of Astrology

    Principle Of Honesty

    August 30, 2014
    • Spiritual Knowledge is Essential
    • The Nature of Love
    • People & Politics
    • A Way to Increase Confidence
    • Engage in Social Service
  • India: Way Forward

    August 27, 2014
    • Be Committed to CSR
    • Keep Competition Healthy
    • A Message to the Youth
    • Serve the Underprivileged People
    • Sri Sri Rural Development Program

    Invest Time Wisely!

    August 26, 2014
    • Spend Time In Knowledge
    • Friend or Enemy: Salute All
    • You Are Already in Samadhi
    • Living With Serenity
    • Creating a Celebrative Atmosphere
  • Message On Janmashtami

    August 25, 2014
    • Krishna is Absolute Joy
    • Significance of Annakut
    • Krishna Was Never Born
    • Best Way to Celebrate Janmashtami

    The Blessing Of Wealth

    August 24, 2014
    • Dissolve in Sound
    • Wealth That Brings Joy
    • The Path of Dispassion
    • Significance of Vara-mahalakshmi Pooja