LONGING, WANTING AND ATTACHMENT
The following is in reply to your query on longing, wanting and
Longing, wanting, and attachment stem from the original urge of the
Infinite Self to know its Self.
Longing and attachment go hand in hand with wanting to know one's
Self. But in the process, multifarious experiences of the opposites
generate, ad infinitum, identifications with the falsity of one's self, until
it eventually attains truth and realizes the Self.
To begin with, One longs to have everything,
wants to have everything, and is attached to everything.
Then a time comes when One longs to have some things,
wants to have some things, and is attached to some things.
After which One longs to have something,
wants to have something, and is not attached to anything
except to that something which one wants and longs for.
Then there comes a time after many, many multifarious experiences
of opposites when One longs for nothing, wants nothing, and is
attached to nothing.
Ultimately, when one is totally stripped of even the attachment
to nothing, wanting even nothing is shed and true longing dawns for the
One for the Truth.
This longing is to love, adore, obey and surrender to the Beloved
Lord. Such longing is bereft of any wanting and attachment.
One now longs truly for the Truth that the Beloved is, and it is this
longing that negates all wanting and attachment.
Therefore, longing for the Beloved is the only longing worthy of its
name and the only longing where wanting and attachment have no place.
LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, Vol 1, p. 40-41, ed Jim Mistry
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