I want...

anderlaus's picture

Average: 4.2 (5 votes)

I want to be a pilot when I grow up
I want to excel in school
I want to win in the swimming contest
I want to go to college
I want to earn a PHD degree
I want to have a successful career
I want to earn a lot of money
I want to be able to buy a luxurious house
I want to have the respect of others
I want to look beautiful and have the admirations of others
I want to have the respect of others

I want to get enlightened.

You have no idea what enlightenment is. You don't want to be more peaceful, you don't want to be more happy. These are not enough. These are plain. They have no glory. You want to get enlightened.

There is no difference at all between your desire to get enlightened and your other desires.

They are all ego-based desires.

Understand this and drop the desire to become enlightened as well.

bonya basu's picture


Well said!!!!!

bonya basu | Thu, 02/10/2011 - 18:19
seeker's picture

I agree. Thank you!

I agree. Thank you!

seeker | Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:43
solo's picture

Still, this ego-based desire

Still, this ego-based desire for enlightenment is a great contribute, even a must, to the seeker in the preliminary phases.

At some point, the seeker will have to peel off even this desire and embark into an empty space devoid of any desires and ego-based pleasures. This is the dark night of the soul which can be not that dark and difficult at all if the seeker surrenders to the emptiness, just accepts and observes it and do not try to resist it.

solo | Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:15