The Basic Misconception that the Senses lead to Worldly Desire

There is a basic misconception in religious and spiritual circles, that the senses lead to worldly desire with its passion for distractions, and pleasures of the flesh.

The idea that the senses lead to worldly desire is misleading. The senses or thoughts can only lead to wanting and wordly desire when they are focussing.

Focussing does not automatically lead to wanting or worldly desire. It is only when we focus and it causes pleasure or displeasure that it sometimes - depending on the degree of pleasure or displeasure - leads to wanting, or to fearing a repetition. And once we want (or fear) something we will periodically and repetitiously remember it, focussing on it again, wanting it again.

Wanting and worldly desire are always intrinsically connected with focussing. But focussing isn't the only thing our senses can do.

Animals have a way of using their senses without focussing. It is purely watchful and receptive. It is ready and able to focus on any sudden change when it happens, and then react and want, but in itself it is purely and actively receptive.

Sensing like this doesn't lead anywhere else. I call it broadband sensing. The only thing broadband sensing leads to, if it is pleasurable, is more broadband sensing. The senses or thoughts can only lead to wordly desire when they are focussing.

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