Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Source of Positive Emotions

by Swami Rama

[This passage has been taken from page 70 of the book Choosing a Path by Swami Rama, published 1996 by The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A., Honesdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.]

The power of emotion arises from desires, and desires arise from the four primitive fountains, but there is another basic urge in human beings.  This is the drive to know the Truth, the desire to love the Truth.  This dormant inborn desire within does not arise from one of the four fountains.  It is the source of positive emotions – joy, forgiveness, peace.  It is not possible for a human being to be free from desire, because it is the nature of the mind and the senses to be attracted to objects and ideas.  This is not bad; it is a fact that can be used.  Even that desire which is one´s greatest burden can be a means for his liberation if he learns to direct it properly.  When that force is directed toward the divine instead of toward the external charms and temptations of the world, then one´s journey is propelled by the power of love, for love is the strongest force.  One can use that natural tendency to desire something as a means for attaining the highest goal in life.  When one does not allow his mind to be dissipated and agitated by the senses and the ego, then he finds that centre of love within.  When that spark is ignited, it becomes a burning desire to reside always in union with the Divinity.  Then that great conflagration burns away all little desires, and there is only one perennial flame burning in the altar of the heart.



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