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Detachement > from desires

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H e who excites himself by lustful thoughts will not be allowed to enter
the division of the Holy One.

quote 4410  |   The Talmud
Nidda 13b 

H e who delights in subduing evil thoughts, who meditates on the loathsome-
ness of the body, who is ever mindful--it is he who will make an end of
craving. He will sever Mara's bond.

quote 4409  | 
Dhammapada 350 

T he craving of a person addicted to careless living grows like a creeper.
He jumps from life to life like a fruit-loving monkey in the forest.
Whomsoever in this world this base clinging thirst overcomes, his sorrows
flourish like well-watered birana grass. Whoso in the world overcomes
this base unruly craving, from him sorrows fall away like water drops from
a lotus leaf. This I say to you: Dig up the root of craving like one in
quest of the birana's sweet root. Let not Mara crush you again and again
as a flood crushes a reed.

quote 4408  | 
Dhammapada 334-37 

W e live in accordance with our deep, driving desire. It is this desire at
the time of death that determines what our next life is to be. We will
come back to earth to work out the satisfaction of that desire.

But not for those who are free from desire; they are free because all
their desires have found fulfillment in the Self. They do not die like
the others; but realizing Brahman, they merge in Brahman. So it is said:

When all the desires that surge in the heart
Are renounced, the mortal becomes immortal.

When all the knots that strangle the heart
Are loosened, the mortal becomes immortal,
Here in this very life.

quote 4407  | 
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.6-7 

W hoever quenches the fire of desire through the holy Word,
Spontaneously is his illusion of duality banished.
Such is he in whose heart the Name dwells, by the Master's guidance.

quote 4405  |   The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Gauri Ashtpadi, M.1, p. 222 

T hat man is disciplined and happy
who can prevail over the turmoil
That springs from desire and anger,
here on earth, before he leaves his body.

quote 4404  | 
Bhagavad Gita 5.23 

T hrough the abandonment of desire the Deathless is realized.

quote 4401  | 
Samyutta Nikaya xlvii.37 

D esire is a chain, shackled to the world, and it is a difficult one to
break. But once that is done, there is no more grief and no more longing;
the stream has been cut off and there are no more chains.

quote 4283  | 
Sutta Nipata 948 

T herefore constantly void of desire and empty, one may discern the mystery of the origin of things.

quote 4031  | 
commentaire du D.D.J., 1.3, trad. P.J. Lin, 1977, p.4 

see also commentaries 19.1, 20.3, 20.6, 20.14, 37.4, 80.4

I would wish my lord to strip his body and rid it from his hide, wash his heart and rid it of desires.

quote 4025  | 
Zhuangzi, chap.20 (shool of Tchuang Tzu), trad. A.C. Graham, 1981, p.173 

C urb your appetite and you will more
easily curb every inclination of the flesh.

quote 3993  | 
Imitation of Christ. Page no 17 of pdf version from catholic encyclopedia site.  

D elighting in what refers to the Soul, (1) sitting (in the postures prescribed by the Yoga), independent (of external help), entirely abstaining from sensual enjoyments, with himself for his only companion, he shall live in this world, desiring the bliss (of final liberation). . . .

By the restraint of his senses, by the destruction of love, (2) and hatred, and by the abstention from injuring the creatures, (3) he becomes fit for immortality.

quote 3962  | 
VI, 49,60, Translation by G. Buhler in Sacred Books of the East, xxv (Oxford, 1886), pp. 204-10 

1 Atman. 2 Or, affection, passion (raga). 3 Ahimsa, non-injury

L et him not desire to die, let him not desire to live; let him wait for (his appointed) time, as a servant (waits) for the payment of his wages.

quote 3959  | 
VI, 45, Translation by G. Buhler in Sacred Books of the East, xxv (Oxford, 1886), pp. 204-10 

H ow can one attain yoga? By completely renouncing attachment to worldly things. The mind must be pure and without blemish, like the telegraph wire that has no defect.

quote 3901  | 
Nikhilananda, 1942; p. 375 

T o deprive oneself of the gratification of the appetites in all things is like living in darkness and in a void. ... Hence, we call this nakedness a night for the soul. For we are not discussing the mere lack of things; this lack will not divest the soul., if it [still] craves for all these objects. We are dealing with the denudation of the soul's appetites and gratifications; this is what leaves it free and empty of all things, even though it possesses them. Since the things of the world cannot enter the soul, they are not in themselves an encumbrance or harm to it; rather, it is the will and appetite dwelling within it that causes the damage.

quote 3843  | 
The Ascent Of Mount Carmel, I.3-4; Kavanaugh & Rodriguez, 1973; pp. 76-77 

W hy have many saints been so perfectly contemplative? Because they always studied to mortify themselves from worldly desires, that they might freely, with all the power of their heart, tend to our Lord.

quote 3822  | 
History of Myticism, Abhayananda, 1998; pp. 290 

A s the mind becomes gradually established in the Self, it proportionately gives up the desire for external objects. When all such desires have been eliminated, there is the unobstructed realization of the Self.

quote 3701  | 
Vivekachudamani; Prahhavananda, 1947; 

S eated in a solitary place, free from desires and with senses controlled, one should meditate free of thought on that one infinite Self.

quote 3698  | 
Atma Bodha: 38 

T he mind of man is of two kinds: pure and impure. It is impure when in the grip of worldly desire, and pure when free from such desire. ... If men thought of God as much as they think of the world, who would not attain liberation?

quote 3599  | 
Maitri Upanishad, VI.24; based on Mascaro, Juan, 1965 

T hose who indulge in many desires have very little of the secret of Nature.

quote 3540  | 
Chuang Tzu, chapter VI, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 8. 

T o desire nothing outwardly brings peace to a man's soul, so a man, by an inward forsaking of himself, joins himself to God.

quote 3501  | 
The Imitation of Christ. Trans. Richard Whitford, moderenized by Harold C. Gardiner. New York: Doubleday, 1955, pp. 191-192 

T he Lord's instructions to go in peace} are like acts wrought in us, and so they must have produced some effect in those who were already prepared to put away from them everything corporeal and to leave the soul in a state of pure spirituality, so that it might be joined with Uncreated Spirit in this celestial union. For it is quite certain that, when we empty ourselves of all that is creature and rid ourselves of it for the love of God, that same Lord will fill our souls with Himself.

quote 3472  | 
Interior Castle. Trans. E. Allison Peers. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1990, p. 216, Seventh Mansions, Chapter 2, Paragraph 7 

T his perfection consists in voiding and stripping and purifying the soul of every desire.

quote 3465  | 
Ascent of Mount Carmel. Trans. E. Allison Peers, Book 1, Chapter 5, Paragraph 6 

F or even as the visual faculty, by means of light, is nourished and fed by objects which can be seen, and which, when the light is quenched, are not seen, even so, by means of the desire, the soul is nourished and fed by all things wherein it can take pleasure according to its faculties; and, when this also is quenched, or rather, mortified, the soul ceases to feed upon the pleasure of all things, and thus, with respect to its desire, it remains unoccupied and in darkness. … So that the soul that has denied and thrust away from itself the pleasures which come from all these things, and has mortified its desire with respect to them, may be said to be, as it were, in the darkness of night, which is naught else than an emptiness within itself of all things.

We call this detachment night to the soul, for we are not treating here of the lack of things, since this implies no detachment on the part of the soul if it has a desire for them; but we are treating of the detachment from them of the taste and desire, for it is this that leaves the soul free and void of them, although it may have them; for it is not the things of this world that either occupy the soul or cause it harm, since they enter it not, but rather the will and desire for them, for it is these that dwell within it.

quote 3464  | 
Ascent of Mount Carmel. Trans. E. Allison Peers, Book 1, Chapter 3, Paragraph 1-2, 4 

I t is clear that the desires weary and fatigue the soul; for they are like restless and discontented children, who are ever demanding this or that from their mother, and are never contented. And even as one that digs because he covets a treasure is wearied and fatigued, even so is the soul wearied and fatigued in order to attain that which its desires demand of it; and although in the end it may attain it, it is still weary, because it is never satisfied

quote 3463  | 
Ascent of Mount Carmel. Trans. E. Allison Peers, Book 1, Chapter 6, Paragraph 6 

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