Ceiling on Desires
"Who is the poorest man?
He who has much desires is the poorest man in the world.
Who is the richest man?
He who has much satisfaction is the richest man in the world".
What is the meaning of "Ceiling on Desires" ? Man is deluded by his
unlimited desires. He is living in a dream world. He is forgetting the
Supreme Consciousness (Paratattwa). That is why it is important to keep
our desires under control, to place a ceiling on them. We are spending
too much money. Instead of inordinately spending for our own pleasure,
we should be spending for the relief of the poor and needy. This is the
real meaning of Ceiling on Desires. Do not make the mistake of thinking
that giving money is all that is needed, however. Do not give to others
while allowing your own desires to continue to multiply. Curtail your
desires, as materialistic desires lead to a restless and disastrous
life. Desires are a prison. Man can be freed only by limiting his wants.
You should have desire only for life's bare necessities.
How can you reduce the desires ?
Food is God -Do not waste food.
Firstly,consider the food we consume. Eat only what you need to eat. Do
not be greedy. Do not take more than you can eat and waste the rest,
because wasting food is a great sin. The surplus food can feed another
stomach. Do not waste food, because food is God, life is God, and man is
born from food. Food is the main source of man's life, body, mind and
character. The gross part of the food, which is the major portion of the
food consumed by the body, is thrown out as waste matter. A minute
amount of the food, which is the subtle part, is assimilated by the body
and flows as blood. And a minuscule amount, which is the subtlest part
of the food, makes up the mind. Therefore, the mind is the reflection of
the food consumed. The reason for the present beastly and demonic
tendencies in our minds is the food we consume.
A large part of the water we drink is expelled as urine. A minute part
of the water consumed becomes the life force (prana). Therefore, the
nature of the food and water that we take in decides our character. Only
by controlling the quality of our food and water can we attain Divinity.
This is why food is said to be God. Hence, to waste food is to waste
God. Do not waste food. Eat only what you need, and be sure that what
you eat is Sathwic. Give any surplus food to those in need.
Misuse of money is Evil.
Secondly, consider the ways in which money is spent. Indians consider
money or wealth as the Goddess Lakshmi. Do not misuse money. By doing so
you will only become a slave to bad qualities, bad ideas, and bad
habits. Use your money wisely for good deeds. Do not waste money, as
misuse of money is evil. It will lead you along the wrong path.
Time wasted is Life wasted
Thirdly, examine the usage of time. The most important, the most needed
factor, is time. One should not waste time. Time should be spent in a
useful manner. Time should be sanctified because everything in this
creation is dependent on time. Even our scriptures say that God is
referred to as Time and Beyond Time.
The main reason for man's birth and death is time. Time is the main
factor in our growth. Time wasted is life wasted. Therefore, time is an
essential part of our life. Do not degrade time by spending it
participating in unnecessary conversations, or by getting involved in
other's personal matters. The truth behind the saying "Don't waste time"
is that no time should be wasted in evil thoughts and acts. Instead,
make use of time in an efficient way.
Do no Evil - Do what is Good
Fourthly, conservation of energy is very important. Our physical,
mental, and spiritual energies should never be wasted. You might ask me:
" How are we wasting our energies?" Seeing bad things, hearing bad
things, speaking evil, thinking evil thoughts, and doing evil deeds all
waste your energy. Conserve your energy in all these five areas, and
make your life more meaningful.
See no evil - see what is good.
Hear no evil - hear what is good.
Speak no evil - speak what is good.
Think no evil - think what is good.
Do no evil - do what is good.
This is the way to God.