earthly desires

earthly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our earthly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our earthly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
See also: desire, earthly
References in classic literature ?
The greatest minds never realise their ideals in any matter; and Harris and I sighed over the hollowness of all earthly desires, and followed George.
It was their dirge over their buried affections and over the vanity of earthly desires.
Broca argued that big olfactory bulbs compelled animals to succumb to earthly desires, while humans had free will nestled within big frontal lobes, which helped them overcome the urges caused by sensing odors.
Diwa said the faithful should not just avoid eating meat but also abstain from earthly desires.
Shooting the forty-one mortar shells is itself an ethical choice as Luo decides to stand in opposition to the distorted system of morality and dissociate himself from those earthly desires.
Advice can only be expected to benefit the other party if it is offered for Allah's approval, with affection and compassion and without involving earthly desires.
Fasting from food, water and earthly desires, including engaging in sex are observed by Muslim faithful from dawn to sunset.
The number is one short of the 108 earthly desires of Buddhism, but although Kawachi continues to create the final piece, he says he always yields to greed and ends up eating it.
Anna deploys religion ostensibly as away to suppress lascivious yearnings, but in the end faith becomes the displaced locus of her more earthly desires.
I will not attempt to question the very motives that drive us to wield genuine compassion towards the upside-down reality of Cairo, for they are certainly true; but I tend to question the fear that locks us into our cocoon of material love and earthly desires.
Although he spouts stuff about our spirits living in many vessels through time, The Master has earthly desires - Phoenix's illicit bevy and sex appear high on his list of likes.
Hence again, for Price, this film is as much about forbidden earthly desires as spiritual transcendence.
The song functions both as proof of human attachment to earthly desires and as signal of danger residing in the spell it casts over all the protagonists: "In occasione del suo cammino verso la conversione spirituale, il poeta vuole dimostrare quanto facile sia per il peccato insinuarsi nel cuore dei singoli individui, corrompendolo a sua insaputa a ammaliandolo con il ricordo di ingannevoli piaceri terreni" (34).
There is not much that you can do to broker a peace agreement between parties so maintain a respectable distance and tend to your own garden of earthly desires.
They, however, are not in conflict and form no contradiction; true fulfillment of our earthly vocation is exactly what prepares us for eternal salvation, and putting our minds on those things that are above equips us for genuine satisfaction of our earthly desires.