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Q: Why does a desire arise? Where does it come from? What is the purpose?
Sri Sri: All desires have got one goal, and that is happiness. If a desire brings unhappiness, it has not reached its goal. The goal of desires is to bring happiness. So, that is the purpose. Where does it come from? It comes when you are not aware of your Being, your Self. Desire is your wanting to stay in the moment. Desire is to experience joy. Joy is only in the moment. And when you are in the moment, there is no desire. When you are joyful, when you are satisfied, there is no burning desire at that time.
Q: How to get over lust?
Sri Sri: First off, don’t make a big deal out of it. To get over it, there are four things that really help a lot 1. Do some creative stuff, lust will simply not bother you when you have a hobby, you do Seva, you cook a meal for someone, or you organize a picnic, whatever. 2. Physical exercise: go jogging, swimming; to the gym, do Suryanamaskars. Sweat it out! It is good for your body and mind, and definitely great to get over any obsession 3. Dancing - Dance to some devotional music, even some soft pop or rock is fine. Move your body with abandon. With eyes closed surrender to the music. 4. And finally Cold water baths!!