The basis of life is desire. According to the Rig Veda, the universe came into being when ‘it’ desired so. When there is no desire, there is no life. We either choose life with all its ups and downs or opt for no desire and no life. Desire is an outcome of experience and the mind is relentlessly seeking experiences. The moment the brain stops receiving a signal, there is no life. The brain craves experience since the neural pathways have to be formed. The brain is an autonomous organ and there is continuous energy and material flow into it for making and unmaking neural pathways. These neural pathways then form memories and hence desires. Desire is nothing but memories. The intensity of desire depends on how intense the memory is. This is also mediated by a strong will power, a function of strong memories. And when the whole brain becomes focussed on one desire, then, it becomes junoon or passion! Strong, emotional memories are like knots. They lock a large number of neural pathways. It is the dissolution of these pathways that helps in resolution of desire that allows the brain to become very powerful and happy. Happiness is a powerful brain, working at its full capacity without the encumbrance of emotional knots. Patanjali said, that a Yogi’s brain is like pure crystal. It reflects clearly, the object of perception. But there is no delete button in the brain, so we cannot remove memories easily. They can be reduced by long practice of Sanyam which allows the weakening of neural pathways so that the processing power of brain is increased.
All desires manifest themselves as something we want to possess, sexual, financial, food-related or any other desire. If satiation is not complete these desires in turn fuel more desires and the cycle continues and can sometimes spiral out of control.
Just possessing the object of desire does not help in its resolution. Satiation has to occur at a much deeper level whereby its cause and its fulfilment is analysed; meditated and contemplated upon. Then the desire knots or emotional memories are resolved and hopefully dissolved. This requires a very powerful brain.
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