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Good Desires and Bad Desires
Pierre: Hi, James. It has been a long time since your last email in which you told me to stand as awareness and don’t indulge in my desires. So I am watching the Bhagavad Gita video where you explain it quite clearly.
You say that since we are full and complete, wanting will not help. But since that talk you got married and I believe you are still in love, so it must be a good experience and want it to last.
So my question is, even though we are complete some experiences must be better than others… abiding in the self, reading that Sri Ram is with a new wife. Where is the line between a good and a bad desire? I don’t know if I am clear enough, but how do you deal with your new life of fame and glory?
Ram: The only bad desires are those that cause attachment, Pierre. Krishna says, “I am the desire that is not opposed to dharma.” So desire is the self operating in maya. It can’t bind you if you know you are the self. If you don’t, then it binds you.
Sri Ram is the self, his new wife is the self. What is the problem?
The fame and glory go to Isvara. They have nothing to do with me. They don’t change me at all. They just appear in me. One day they will be gone.
You think Ram is a person like Pierre. But there is no Ram-person. You see a person because you see yourself as a person. I know that, so I pretend that I am the person you see so you can relate to me and maybe get some good ideas.
~ Love, Ram