Fulfill Your Needs and Satisfy Your Desires
You might have heard the verse, “My cup runneth over…”
Ask yourself, “How can my cup run over if it is not full?”
If you could ask this question of Socrates, the Greek sage might reply, “How can you fill your stomach if it is lined by a colander?”
However, it is essential first to fill your stomach before moving on to other needs and desires, as the old Punjabi saying goes, “With no food in the stomach, all thought is for naught.”
So, first one must satisfy basic needs for food, health, shelter, security and general physical and mental well-being, remembering to proceed to the point of filling your need, and not feeding your greed. If one is driven by greed, there is no end to the search for more, and life becomes meaningless and empty of satisfaction.
The Third Secret of the Brook of Life teaches, “You are a Bundle of Desires – Manage Them”
This bundle comes in the form of Four Levels of Desire, They influence your thoughts and guide your actions. They are stirred by the currents in the waters and transmitted to your mind through your senses. Your growth towards fulfillment is determined by the desires that drive your actions and form your values. The key to the purpose and meaning of life is found in desires.
The first two levels of desire promote taking, leading to a life of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
Lust – desires that spring from lust and the need for survival and procreation, even at the expense of others
Wealth – desires to accumulate material wealth and power and to be respected and loved by others
The second two foster giving and pave the way for a life of happiness, fulfillment and ultimately freedom from all bonds of desire.
Service – desires to serve, give to others and to love and care for others
Freedom – desires to be detached from all desires and to be disassociated and free of the trappings of material existence
Read how Pete Cameron learns from Joe Sages about the four levels of desire and how to manage them in a way to achieve happiness and fulfillment in his life in If I Had Known.