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. This is misleading, the senses or thoughts can only lead to wanting and wordly desire when they are focussing.
Focussing does not lead automatically to wanting. 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, this time in an abstract form.
Wanting and worldly desire are always intrinsically connected with focussing, and this often causes confusing problematic vicious circles and feedback loops. But focussing isn't the only thing our senses can do.
Animals have a way of using their senses without focussing and this is also pleasurable, but the pleasure only leads to wanting to do it and feel that way again, it doesn't lead anywhere else. It is purely watchful and receptive, it is ready and able to focus on any sudden change when it happens, and then be ready to react and want, but in itself it is purely and actively receptive.
Sensing like this doesn't lead anywhere else. It doesn't lead anywhere because you need to focus to want, or to do anything.
Because it is easy to do and feels good, it is a pleasure in itself. And then naturally, we want to repeat the experience. I call it broadband sensing. The only thing broadband sensing leads to, if it is pleasurable, is more broadband sensing.