1 The son asked, “What is this desire, father? How is it produced and grown? How is it destroyed at last?”
2 Dasura replied:—
Desire or will is situated in the mind, which is the mental part of the one eternal, universal and spiritual substance of God. 3 Desire gets the form of a monad from a formless unit, then by its gradual expansion extends over the whole mind and fills it like a flimsy cloud soon covers the sky.
4 Remaining in Divine Consciousness, the mind thinks of what can be thought as if they were distinct from itself. Its longing after them is called its desire, which springs from it like a germ from its seed. 5 Desire is produced by desiring something, and it increases itself both in size and quantity only for our trouble, and not for any good or happiness at all.
6 The accumulation of our desires forms the world, just as the accumulation of waters makes the ocean. You have no trouble without your desire. Being free of desire, you are free from the miseries of the world. 7 It is by mere chance that we meet the objects of our desire, and an act of unavoidable chance makes us liable to lose them. They appear before us as secondary lights in the sky, then fly away like a mirage vanishes from view. 8 As a man who has jaundice from eating a certain fruit sees everything as yellow with his jaundiced eye, so the desire in the heart of man pictures the unreal as a reality before him.
9 Know this truth that you are an unreality yourself and you must become an unreality afterwards. 10 He who has learnt to disbelieve his own existence and that of all others, and who knows the vanity of his joy and grief, is not troubled by the gain or loss of anything. 11 Knowing yourself as nothing, why do you think of your birth and your pleasures here? You are deluded in vain by the vanity of your desires. 12 Do not entertain your desires or think of anything that is nothing. By living in this manner you may be wise and happy.
13 Try to relinquish your desire and you will evade all difficulties. Cease to think of anything and your desire for it will disappear of itself. 14 Even the crushing of a flower requires some effort, but it requires no effort to destroy your desire. It vanishes of itself when you lack it thought. 15 You have to open the palm of your hand to get a hold of a flower, but you have nothing to do to destroy your frail and false desire. 16 He who wants to destroy his desire can do it in a instant by forgetting the thought of his desired object.
17 Thoughts repressed from other objects and fixed in the Supreme Spirit will enable one to do what is impossible for others to effect. 18 Kill your desire by desiring nothing. Turn your mind from all things by fixing it in the Supreme, which you can easily do yourself. 19 Our desires being quieted, all worldly cares come to a standstill and all our troubles are put to a dead stop.
20 Our wishes constitute our minds, hearts, lives, understandings and all our other faculties of desire. These are all only different names for the same thing without any difference in meaning. 21 There is no other business of our lives than to desire and to be doing, and when done to be desiring again. As this restless craving is rooted out of the mind, it sets it free from all anxiety.
22 The world below is as empty as the hollow sky above us. Both are empty nothings, except that our minds make something or other of them agreeably to its desire or fancy. 23 All things are unsubstantial and unsubstantiated by the unsubstantial mind. The world being only a creation of our fancy, something essential desired, there is nothing substantial for you to think about.
24 Our reliance on unrealities proving to be unreal leaves no room for our thinking about them. The suppression of their thoughts produces a perfection of detachment. There is nothing more desirable on earth. Therefore forget all that is unreal. 25 The proper discernment of things will preserve you from the excess of joy and grief. The knowledge of the vanity of things will keep out your affection or reliance on any person or thing. 26 The removal of reliance on the world removes our attachment to it and consequently prevents our joy or sorrow at the gain or loss of anything.
27 The mind that becomes the living principle stretches out his city of the world by an act of its imagination, then turns it about as the present, past, and future worlds. 28 The mind that is subject to the sensational, emotional and willful feelings loses the purity of its intellectual nature and plays many parts by its sensuousness. 29 The living soul also forgets the nature of the Universal Soul from which it is derived and is transformed to a puny animalcule in the heart of man, where it plays its pranks like an ape in the woods.
30 Its desires are as irrepressible like the waves of the ocean, rising and falling in expectation of having every object of the senses. 31 Our desire is like every piece of straw that is lit by fire, and it burns and blows out in its invisible form within the mind. 32 Our desires are as fickle as flashes of lightning. They proceed from the minds of the ignorant like lightning bolts from watery clouds. They are equally fleeting and misguided, and must be speedily avoided by the wise.
33 Desire is undoubtedly a curable disease as long as it is a transient disease of the mind. But it becomes incurable when it takes a deep root in it. 34 The knowledge of the unreality of the world quickly cures the disease of desire, but the certainty of worldly knowledge makes it as incurable as the impossibility of removing the blackness of coal. 35 What fool will attempt to wash a coal white, or convert a materialist to a spiritualist, or turn a raven or black man to whiteness?
36 The mind of a man is like a grain of rice covered under its husk, which is soon husked upon the threshing-floor. 37 The worldliness of the wise is as soon removed like the husk of rice, and the blackness of a cooking kettle. 38 The blemishes of a man are blotted out by his own efforts. Therefore you must try to exert yourself to action at all times.
39 He who has not been able to master his vain desires and hobby whims in this world will find them vanish of themselves in course of time. Nothing false can last forever. 40 The light of reason removes the false conception of the world, just like the light of a lamp dispels darkness from a room at sight and night vision removes the secondary moon.
41 The world is not yours, nor are you of this world. There is nobody or anything here related to you, nor are you related to any. Never think otherwise or take the false for true. 42 Never foster the false idea in your mind that you are master of large possessions and pleasant things. Know yourself and all pleasant things are for the delight of the Supreme Maker and Master of all.