Sometimes, a rare few sit down and reflect on their lives, they question the real meaning of life. Realising that you can’t just be running around fulfilling your desires to have glimpses of happiness, one day you sit down to take a hard look at your life. Now you are searching for the meaning of your life. You refused to be tossed around in the endless pursuits of desires. This reflection is the seed of the finest form of desire, transcendental desire.
Unlike the other three, this one is always in singular. When the only burning desire to discover your true nature remains, half the work is done. Chances are you have this desire because you have realised the futility of gratifying infinitely insatiable desires of the other types of desires like physical, emotional and intellectual. Fulfilment of the transcendental desire frees you from the fetters of ignorance, removing all shackles of conditioning. Desire of this nature is the ultimate quest of discovering your own truth. Without saying much, you could be Krishna, Christ, Buddha, Mahavir or any of the greatest preachers, prophets or thinkers the world has ever seen.
Have you noticed how when our desires are not fulfilled, we feel low, broken, dejected, hurt and sometimes completely shattered? We work very hard so we may beef them but may more keep on arising. The moment you buy a car, you stay looking at more expensive ones. As soon as you have a house, you start dreaming of a bigger one. This may not be wrong, but this does take us away from enjoying our lives in a more lasting and befitting manner.
Good meditation teacher you how to drop your thought. The moment you drop your thought, desire vanishes in thing air like a dewdrop upon sunrise. With practice you learn to take your mind off each time a desire arises, especially undesirable ones, the ones that become temptations have the potential to completely throw you off the course. As your progress, you actually start to see your desires as mere thoughts with no intrinsic value. To detect emergence of thoughts requires an ever present and alert mind, quite like the security system at the airport that beeps even if you walk through it with a penny in your pocket.
Reference : A Million Thoughts. Om Swami.