An Excerpt from Master Jun Hong Lu’s
Public Talk in Penang, Malaysia
August 14, 2016
FEWER DESIRES LEAD TO GREATER CONTENTMENT
If we live under the shadow of desire and die of desire, you will end up becoming a slave of desires in your next life.
Therefore, we cannot become slaves of desire.
Fewer desires leads to contentment; a person with few desires is one who will be more contented.
If I am given a bowl of rice, I will feel delighted and filled with gratitude. When you are feeling hungry, a little food is enough to fill you with gratefulness.
No matter what others present to you, if you find it good, then, you should look away. Why? Because it adds no value to your cultivation. By doing so, you will attain progression in your cultivation.
As such, desires are poison. It will harm you when you are off guard. In the past, Buddhist scriptures referred desires as snakes that reside in the heart. The moment thoughts of desire arise, they will bite and stir your heart.