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. At first Newman was bewildered--almost stunned--by the strangeness of the sound; then, as he comprehended its meaning, he listened intently and his heart began to throb.
The metaphysical belief that the ego component of soul drags oneself to earthly desires while fasting restrains the ego and elevates the status of soul is held by followers of many faiths and consequently fasting is encouraged and practiced by people around the world.
Muslims around the world will participate in a month-long self reflection and abstention from earthly desires such as sex and physical and emotional negative thoughts.
Church leaders said the faithful should not just skip meat but also abstain from earthly desires.
This rising above small-mindedness and preoccupation with earthly desires is what takes a person towards taqwa.
It can be difficult to let go of our earthly desires to succeed in life.
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.
For one time, it occurs to Luo, while eating artificial meat which tastes exactly like donkey meat, that he should free himself from the shackles of all earthly desires: if he will become a Buddha, so be it, but if not that, then a Taoist immortal, and if not that, then a demon.
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. But criticism given out of envy, anger and hatred will be harsh and hurtful.
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. Compared with the ultramodern mammography and CAT-scan technology Anna uses at work in Vienna, her house betrays a startlingly low-tech and atavistic interior design, dominated by crosses, idols, and portraits of Jesus and the pope.
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. For when the beast calls for you, it is certainly foolish to obey!
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.