Teacher – Desire is the root cause of all suffering, all destruction. Right ?
Yes Guru ji – said the student.
T – Please explain.
S – Because desire creates attachment to this world and when you do not get what you want …… it leads to anger ~ suffering ~ violence ~ wars ~ Destruction.
T – So if you want to avoid destruction & suffering you should control your desires; give up MAYA ie illusion of this world?
S – Yes.
T – But the Rig Ved says that in the beginning there was nothing except darkness and primordial flood. Then out of this darkness, desire was born. Desire was the primal seed – the germ of creation. And from this Prajapati created universe and everything in it. So in a sense desire is the root of creation as well.
The student was silent and wondered how can desire be the source of creation as well as destruction.
T – Is it possible to destroy anything that has not been created?
S – No Guruji
T – Is it right that anything that has been created has to be destroyed at some point in time?
S – Yes !
T – That is the purpose of desire. It is for creation and destruction. It is the beginning and end of the journey. Without desire there is nothing.
This dialogue is from the book – The Secret of Nagas by Amish.