Originally posted in my blog, Desires makes Man Mystique and drives him to Mysticism
What is Man? Is he not a bundle of Desires.
If DESIRE maketh man. Then, what is this desire?
If we look into Upanishads they say desire springs from our vasanas, our deep-seated mental impressions that is carried forward with rebirths.Psychoanalysis says with drive born of desire gives birth to arousal and actions.
Have you ever wondered why does this make the most evolved species on this planet mystique. Because of the fact that none of us desire, think or act alike, considering we being equipped with the same mental faculties.
We as humans are constantly learning from our surroundings, experiences and society. These propel our desires too other than our inbuilt mental impressions. They sometimes can end up riveting in diametrically opposite desires (coming in conflict with each other) which creates conflict. Not many understand their mental faculties which lead them into physiological and psychological problems
Can we fulfill all our desires? Not all desires are fulfilled for reasons like they being innate depravity of our nature or against societal norms. Such are either sublimated or repressed which can lead to tension, anxiety and even depression.
Though born of the same blood, each perceives a situation/thing in more than one way (in his or her own way). Not even identical twins think alike. As we perceive the world so we act which makes us different from other species. Perhaps the development of the Prefrontal Cortex explains this. Also, this makes the concept of right and wrong foreign.
Now old scriptures do have an answer to this mystery and science second the same. They ask us to be detached from our thoughts and that help us make an unbiased decision.
Now the word detachment frightens us and many have interpreted this word in zillion ways, making it a Yogins right. Battling the internal and external conflicts few decide not live a compromised life and continue on their journey to self-knowledge, choosing Mysticism.
I marvel at such strong desire to go beyond the intellect to understand the meaning of life. It might sound to many like a wild goose chase but simple small steps can take us to the less traveled side of life. It shall equip us with strength to lead a more positive life.
Published by Sumi Nath