The Basic Misconception that the Senses lead to Worldly Desire

There is a misleading misconception in religious and spiritual circles, that the senses lead to worldly desire with its passion for distractions, and pleasures of the flesh. This basic misunderstanding, has filtered through to our everyday cultural understanding of life, we think of pleasure as "the pleasures of the senses".

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. But when we focus and it causes pleasure or displeasure, sometimes - depending on the degree of pleasure or displeasure - it 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, in our thoughts and our actions, wanting it again.

Wanting and worldly desire are always intrinsically connected with focussing. It's caused in part, by focussing and it always results in 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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