Giving up desire is the real goal of existence, the purpose of all efforts. It involves giving up lust, anger, greed, and hatred. The fundamental renunciation should be that of desire. The other feelings and emotions are its attendant reactions. We say, “He who has a bow in his hand (kodandapani)”; doesn’t that imply he also has arrows in his hand? Here bow implies arrows! In the same manner, desire implies presence of lust, anger, greed, etc. These latter are veritable gateways to hell. Envy is the bolt, pride is the key. Unlock and lift the bolt, you can enter! Anger will pollute earned wisdom. Unbridled desire will foul all actions. Greed will destroy devotion and dedication. Anger, desire, and greed will undermine the actions, spiritual wisdom, and devotion and make one a boor! The root cause of anger is desire, and desire is the consequence of ignorance (ajnana). So, what has to be got rid of is this basic ignorance! (Vidya Vahini, Ch 4)
-BABA
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