The Nine Ways of Dealing with Desire #103


Dharmic teachings concerning great cycles of existence — whether they be wheels of life, wheels of death, wheels of transmigration, or wheels of suffering — prove the fact that both philosophical schools and individual souls are specifically interested in knowing the inner dynamics of bondage and freedom. In Maya, or samsara, the matter of release from its limitations is not a simple one, as it also incorporates the karmas of individual souls and entire races — even up and into the realm of the ancestors. There may be wheels inside of wheels, then, all with intricate workings of their own. Since desire is generally accepted by all religions as the creator of bondage and suffering, it will benefit all seekers after true liberation to know how to deal with desire, and how to discern which methods in spiritual life and practice will be effective in removing them for good.

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