How to Overcome Subtle Desires – Part 2


Increase your good desires in the beginning. Occupy your mind with the study of standard philosophical books. Thereby you can decrease your thought of the body and desire for name and fame etc. Later on, you will have to give up good desires also. You must entirely devote your time and energy in meditation and meditation alone. The destruction of Subtle Desire is caused through well-conducted deliberation, meditation, strong will.


The wise know that the mind associated with Subtle Desire tends to bondage while the mind absolutely free from Subtle Desire is said to be an emancipated one. Just as a lion that is shut up in a cage emerges out by breaking the bars of the cage, so also a Wise person comes out of this cage of physical body victoriously by breaking or by destroying the Subtle Desires of the mind through constant Self Inquiry, profound and constant meditation. The more you attenuate your Subtle Desires the happier you will become. In proportion to the thinning of the Subtle Desires, the mind also is proportionately thinned out. Mind is nothing but a bundle of Subtle Desires. Mind is no other than the Subtle Desires which generate an endless series of rebirths. The true nature of the mind is the Subtle Desires. The two are synonymous.

Conquest of Ego

If you destroy egoism (Ego, this false little “I”) and control the senses, the Subtle Desires will die by themselves. The root cause for all troubles is Ego. Just as the dependents of a family hang upon the chief of the house “the father” similarly, all Subtle Desires, Cravings, etc., hang upon Ego, the chief of this house-body.

Constantly generate from the Sattvic (Pure) mind-battery pure and open (“I am Soul”) electric current. That is the potent antidote. Keep it safe in the pocket; smell it when an apoplectic attack of the Ego false “I” idea overcomes you. It is only when you eradicate the painful Ego of the mind an conquer the foes of organs Senses that the ever-waking Subtle Desires will subside.

The Meaning of Liberation (Moksha)

The illusory subtle desires that have arisen through the practice of many hundreds of lives never perish except through the practice of Yoga for a long time. Liberation does not mean physical separation from all worldly affairs, but only a state of mind bereft of all impure subtle desires or clinging to worldly things, but yet working as usual amidst them.

You must realize God in and through the world. This is the central teaching of the Gita “But the disciplined (lower) self, moving among sense-objects with senses free from attraction and repulsion and mastered by the higher Self, goes to Peace”. This is the central teaching across many holy books.

There is no subtle desire in Soul. Through the knowledge of Soul, there will be an extinction of all Subtle Desires, which form the medium of enjoyments. With the extinction of all Subtle Desires, the undaunted mind will get quiescence like a ghee-less lamp.


Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

4 thoughts on “How to Overcome Subtle Desires – Part 2”

  1. I LOVE the recommendation of occupying your mind with philosophical literature. I’ve found that every time I pick one up, it leaves me inspired, much more insightful and self aware.


  2. This is the truth of the whole universe please believe in this please my dear friends.the centre of this whole universe is inside you.what ever you are feeling and enjoying is a illusion.the happiness is just for a second after that it stars depleting .please see god every where, you will get answers of all your questions .and start reading the books of sri swami Vivekananda or sri swami sivananda. please not believe because i believe (xyz), but believe because this is only truth. only and only truth ..our brain is the seed of this whole world.and one more thing-” God is all powerful.even if this world is completely evacuated when all people retire to the forests , God will immediately create crores of people by mere willing, within the twinkling of an eye . this is not your look out .find out methods to eradicate your passion and desires. everything will be fine. very very thanks for reading someone’s idea .again i will say believe in only god .thanks


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