The Trap Of Desires | How To Master The Mind | Part 2 | Swami Mukundananda


So greed is also considered from Vedic view
point as a disease of the mind! But the Vedas say, No no no beyond it all
is another disease, this is the biggest problem. What is that? Desire! Desire is a disease? What’s there in desire? I desire a raasgulla, I desire to go to Las
Vegas what’s the problem in desiring? This desire is the mother of greed and anger. Anger and greed are it’s little children. When does anger arise? When we make a desire and it’s fulfillment
is obstructed that leads to the outburst of anger. Supposing you desired to relish ice-cream
today. So you went and got ice-cream from the store,
5Kgs of chocolate chip or whatever is your favorite ice-cream is and you placed it in
the fridge thinking I will walk in the sun and really build up an appetite, then I will
enjoy it. After an hour you came back and opened the
fridge there was no ice-cream. So the anger has started coming, you ask your
spouse, where is the ice-cream? I had put 5Kgs here, the spouse said, look
haven’t you seen your medical report, your cholesterol is high. The doctor has said reduce fats. I took the ice-cream and threw it in the garbage. What you threw the ice-cream!? Now anger has come, why did anger come? You had a desire, it’s fulfillment was obstructed,
that caused anger. The desire could be of any kind. I want this kind of bodily comfort, I just
want this kind of emotionally comfortable situation, I want this kind of prestige and
status and recognition anything! and when it is obstructed that is the impetus for anger. Anger does not come by itself. Some people are under this confusion, Swamiji
everything else is alright, one problem what is that? Anger. Everything else is alright?! Yea everything else is alright..Impossible! If anger is there, it’s mother desire must
definitely be there. Without desire there can be no anger. Now supposing you make a desire and it is
fulfilled. You returned to find the ice-cream is still
there. You took it out, placed it on the plate brought
the big spoon and took one gulp, liked it? Oh really enjoyed it Swamiji after the hot
Texan sun. Then? I want another one, now I want another one,
now? I want another one. Alright you had 20 spoons of ice-cream, now
what? Are you satisfied? Today I’m satisfied but after three days I
want more 5Kgs of ice-cream.”quoting scriptures” The moment desire is fulfilled, it goes away
and then it comes back with redoubled intensity, that is greed. Enhanced desire is greed. So this desire is such an affliction that
fulfilling it does not solve any problem. It only inflames it. “quoting scriptures” The Bhagwatam says, supposing
a fire is burning and you wish to doge the fire by poring ghee on it, for a moment it
will get extinguished only to blaze up even more later on, that is the nature of desire. The person who doesn’t have wealth thinks
if only I could chase the great american dream to become a millionaire I will be happy. Alright you worked hard and by the age of
40 years you got a million, desired satisfied? Happy? Impossible, now I want 1 billion so I can
have my private plane etc..Ok so do you think the billionaires desires are finished? They are 100 times your desires. There’s one Bill Gates and Warren Buffet,
I have to bring them down and go ahead. This desire, the more you fulfill the more
it increase. The scripture says what is big in this world? A mountain? What’s bigger than a mountain? The ocean, bigger than that? The earth, bigger than that, the sky, bigger
than the sky? Everything is situated in the sky, what can
be bigger. The Vedas say, that look this desire is bigger
than the whole universe, because if one man was to get everything, the desire would still
not be satiated it would go beyond this is not enough, I want more. Such is desire. So fulfillment of desire leads to greed and
obstruction of desire leads to anger., and when anger comes, the Bhagwat Gita’s philosophy
“quoting Bhagwat Gita” From anger comes delusion from delusion come bewilderment of
memory, from loss of memory comes ruin of the intellect and when the intellect the discrimination
is lost the soul suffers a downfall. All these came from desire. If we make a desire, there can only be two
consequences either it will be fulfilled or not fulfilled. On fulfillment it will lead to greed on unfulfillment
it will lead to anger. We will be ground between these two wheels
of anger and greed. And supposing we don’t desire? Just give up desire, you cannot get angry
and you cannot get tormented by greed everything else will vanish. By cutting the root, and the root is desire. That is why Shri Krishna says in the Gita,
how do you get peace? People want peace, what is the peace formula? Shri Krishna says, “quoting Bhagawat Gita”
He says, give up desire, give up pride and you will get Shanti. The Kath Upanishad says, if you can give up
desire you will become like God! “quoting Kath Upanishad” What to speak of
any other perfection, you will become God like. What is the nature of God? He is free from all selfish desires. If you could become desire-less you would
become God-like. “quoting scriptures” The Bagwatam says, the
Mahabharata says, that person who has given up desires is like God. That is why even in Buddhism, the Buddha,
he stated 4 golden truths, the essence of his philosophy. The 1st truth is, there is suffering in the
world. The 2nd truth is, this suffering has a cause. The 3rd truth is, the cause of suffering is
desire and the 4th truth is, if desire is extinguished suffering is extinguished. So we have now come to the root of anger,
greed and everything else which is desire. Let is proceed, further. What is the cause of desire?


82 Responses

  1. Sushma Srivastava

    July 21, 2018 12:25 am

    Swamiji, very beautiful way to explain the way to control mind. Desire is the culprit for greed and anger. The more we fulfill desire the more it increases. Desirelessness is the prerequisite for realisation.

  2. rohankarande

    July 21, 2018 12:35 am

    Hands down one of the best explanations on how our mind works!!!
    A must watch Swami Mukundananda 🙏

  3. Cynthia Bjork

    July 21, 2018 1:56 am

    So logical and simple and yet such a deep revelation! Wonderful explanation that can truly help us. Many many thanks to Swamiji

  4. Debasmita Biswal

    July 21, 2018 2:38 am

    Desire comes in two forms; sometimes it’s visible and sometimes invisible to us. A clear understanding is thus required to detect both within us. The knowledge alone helps with it. Thank you.

  5. Preeti Malhotra

    July 21, 2018 3:30 am

    Excellent lecture on the cause of afflictions of the mind such as greed and anger, which is our endless desires. Eliminating all selfish desires as well as pride is the recipe for attaining peace. Thank you for sharing this valuable knowledge!

  6. Smita Mehta

    July 21, 2018 3:49 am

    In this mind-blowing lecture, Swamiji, says that desire is source of all mental afflictions like greed and anger. Anger arises when the fulfillment of desire is obstructed. Anger -> delusion -> bewilderment of memory -> ruin of the intellect -> failure to discriminate -> downfall of the soul. Thank you, Swamiji, for explaining the cycle of mental afflictions.

  7. Smita Mehta

    July 21, 2018 3:52 am

    Swamiji further explains that there is no end to desire. However, if we give up desire and pride, we will experience peace. Even Buddhism espouses similar four truths – there is suffering in the world; the suffering has a cause; the cause of suffering is desire; and if desire is extinguished, so will desire. Thank you, Swamiji!

  8. Swami Mukundananda

    July 21, 2018 4:52 am

    Desire is the Mother of Anger & Greed.
    Unfulfilled desire leads to Anger 😡 Fulfilled desire leads to Greed🤑
    Think before you make a worldly desire..🙏

  9. H L Agarwal

    July 21, 2018 5:41 am

    Radhey ! Radhey !
    Chaah ki hai kacchu chaah na rah ur, daas na mukti vichari ke ………Shri Maharaj Ji Says !
    Sadguru Shri Kripalu Mahaprabhu Ki Jai !

  10. Vishal Khokha

    July 22, 2018 5:04 pm

    Desire is the cause of ‘Greed’ and ‘Anger’ and we trapped between the two when the desire fulfilled or un-fulfilled. The peace formula is giving up desire and pride, but how do we do it. Looking forward to part 3 of how to master the mind for having peace in life.

  11. Grace Smith

    November 27, 2018 12:10 am

    Often we try to control anger or greed without understanding its root cause. This approach only works temporarily. We need to understand the science behind all these emotions in order to effectively tackle them. The Vedic explanation is so simple and impactful when Swamiji explains it. Thanks Swamiji!

  12. Smita Mehta

    December 1, 2018 8:42 pm

    Our desires keep on growing and we cannot restraint ourselves. So, Swamiji asks us to use the knowledge of God and
    surrender the intellect to Him. This will result in selfless desires, detachment and elimination of pride. Thank you, Swamiji!

  13. Dale Rafferty

    December 7, 2018 12:53 am

    Grateful to hear Swamiji’s explanation of how the mental afflications of anger and greed spring from desires. If we can give up desire we can be free from anger and pride and have peace.

  14. Rachit Choudhary

    February 24, 2019 3:38 am

    But for what do we live if we don, t have desires. Desires are the reason for everyone getting up in the morning and get to workplace schools colleges jobs business.

  15. Preeti Malhotra

    March 17, 2019 1:41 am

    Eliminate self-seeking desires if you want eternal bliss and relief from material mental afflictions!

  16. Rita Siewnarine

    March 21, 2019 2:29 am

    Thank you for sharing this valuable knowledge.. I'm from Guyana every night I'm s listening to sawamijii l your teaching are so helpful..may the Almighty shower his divine blessings upon you always.

  17. Priyanka D

    May 3, 2019 8:18 am

    Then without desire how can people achieve things they want? What is tat success d children are forced to work for..?

  18. Preeti Malhotra

    May 8, 2019 4:04 pm

    Desire is the mother of anger and greed. How do you get inner peace then? Watch this video to find out!

  19. Smita Mehta

    May 15, 2019 5:29 pm

    Swamiji beautifully says that desire is source of all mental afflictions like greed and anger. If material desires are fulfilled, it leads to greed; if unfulfilled, it leads to anger which is a source of intellectual ruin and downfall of the soul. Wow, thank you, Swamiji!

  20. Kiran Intwala

    May 16, 2019 1:21 am

    Desire is the root of all problems in our life.Radhey – Radhey swamiji Thank you very much for wonderful explanation.

  21. Meenu Kapoor/Kripaludassi

    May 16, 2019 2:12 am

    When we create a desire in our mind – its fulfillment gives rise to greed and its obstruction gives rise to anger.

  22. Prachi R

    May 16, 2019 7:20 pm

    Excellent lecture Swamiji. The entire blind rat race on Earth because of " Desires " . All bad is happening because of Desire disease and anger and greed are everywhere. Seed of it all is desire, such a deep thought.

  23. swapna simhadri

    May 17, 2019 2:25 pm

    Desire of emotional comfort and prestige is also one of the impediment that means we are expecting from others to act as per our desires…….Desire is such a disease that fulfillment leads to greed and unfulfillment leads to anger. In anger there is loss of memory which ruins our intellect therefore unable to discriminate the proper thoughts…. While greed has no limit ……
    Thank you Swamiji for this knowledge
    Radhey Radhey

  24. Sabita Satapathy

    May 18, 2019 7:08 am

    Greed is the biggest problem of life.Desire is the disease.Swamiji clearly explained the topic.Radhey Radhey.

  25. Ajit Behera

    May 18, 2019 5:56 pm

    Desires have no limit and the root cause of all misery. The most interesting part is the enhanced desires, and fulfilling it also doesn't reduce it. This is so much like a disease and this is real, what Swami ji said in this lecture. It is so enlightening to learn the vedic references on this and so detail the scriptures have explained the resolutions.

  26. Tauqeer dyd

    July 21, 2019 11:04 am

    I agree with you Swamiji but not quite because I believe that desire the first step of learning if you didn't desire to become such a great Guru nobody comes to listen to you. first, you desired and then you did hard work after that became a great Guru.
    I think peoples must desire but in the right way…

  27. Shailesh Shekhawat

    July 31, 2019 1:50 pm

    If we give up desire then what is left in life, there will be no dreams and reason to wake up in the morning??

  28. Ramandeep Gill

    August 1, 2019 1:31 pm

    I m from punjab nd i m your one of subscriber..i always listen u r videos because it helps to me in my ielts exm…thnku so much for precious knowledge


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