Material Desires - an essential subject
Material desires in the mind means there is material contamination. By such contamination, the living being is faced with so many compatible and incompatible things that discourage the very existence of his spiritual identity. All material desires are present as long as one is in the bodily concept of life, but when one realizes that he is an eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa, his desires are no longer material. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is therefore an art of changing our heart by purifying from the dust of material desires. We cannot stop our desires because as living entities, desiring is the component part of our constitution. Therefore we cannot give up our desires, but we can purify our desires. Killing our desires is no solution, but curing our desires, the diseased condition of desire, is the right solution. One must be freed from all material desires. But even if one has got some material desire, still can take shelter of Kṛṣṇa.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Material Desires category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 16 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|During youth the material desire to enjoy the material senses is certainly present, and unless one fully satisfies these lusty desires in youth, there is a chance of one's being disturbed in rendering service to the Lord. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.18.40)|
|The demigods are called sakāma devotees, or devotees with material desires in mind, while the pure devotees are called niṣkāma devotees because they have no desires for their personal interests. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.9.12)|
|By writing about the pastimes of the Lord, one associates with the Lord directly. One should not ambitiously think, "I shall become a great author. I shall be celebrated as a writer." These are material desires. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 9.5)|
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