Desire Terms

Desire has a both a positive and a darker, sometimes negative dimension. Positive Desire Sattva Wish Hope virtuous desire for future good Negative Desire Lust On the positive side it is linked with the notion of Sattva, and hence with principles such as Potential, and Potentiality. This can have a well defined goal whereby it generates simple triads of: Desire, Action, Wisdom. This desire is sometimes translated as a more general Conscious Will. Or there can be a deeper sense, where the goal is not clearly defined and the triad becomes: Emptiness, Clarity, Glory. This is one reason why major religions typically identify their chief God with love (God is Love) and why the first, and often only begotten son (e.g. Skanda, Kumara, Krishna, Christ) is strongly connected with love. Desire also leads to procreation and can deescend into simple Lust. To illustrate these dimensions the hindus coenceived 3 Daughters of Mara, Arrows of Desire, or made Desire one of 8 Inner Fears. The Buddhists made Desire one their 5 chief vices to be overcome. In the Western tradition there arose two parallel versions of Eros, one connected with the notion of the first born, Protogonos, sometimes called Phanes. Similarly on the female side there evolved distinctions between Aphrodite in her virginal form (Aphrodite Urania), her modest form (Aphrodite Pudica) and her lustful version (Aphrodite Defiant).