08. Feeling And Desire

A consideration of feeling and desire introduces one of the most important and far reaching subjects put forth in this book. Its significance and value cannot be overestimated. The understanding and use of feeling and desire may mean the turning point in the progress of the individual and of Humanity;

it can liberate doers from false thinking, false beliefs, false goals, by which they have kept themselves in darkness. It disproves a false belief that has long been blindly accepted; a belief that is now so deeply rooted in the thinking of human beings that apparently no one has thought of questioning it.

It is this: Everybody has been taught to believe that the senses of the body are five in number, and that feeling is one of the senses.

The senses, as stated in this book, are units of nature, elemental beings, conscious as their functions but unintelligent.

There are only four senses: sight, hearing, taste, and smell;

and for each sense there is a special organ;

but there is no special organ for feeling because feeling (though it feels through the body) is not of the body, not of nature.

It is one of the two aspects of the doer. Animals also have feeling and desire, but animals are modifications from the human, as explained later on.


The same must be said of desire, the other aspect of the doer.

Feeling and desire must always be considered together, for they are inseparable; neither can exist without the other; they are like the two poles of an electric current, the two sides of a coin. Therefore this book makes use of the compound term: feeling-and-desire.

Feeling-and-desire of the doer is the intelligent power by which nature and the senses are moved.

It is within the creative energy that is everywhere present; without it all life would cease.
Feeling-and-desire is the beginning-less and endless creative art by which all things are perceived, conceived, formed, brought forth, and controlled, whether through the agency of doers in human bodies or of those who are of The Government of the world, or of the great Intelligences.

Feeling and-desire is within all intelligent activity.

In the human body, feeling-and-desire is the conscious power which operates this individual nature machine.

Not one of the four senses feels.

Feeling, the passive aspect of the doer, is that in the body which feels, which feels the body and feels the impressions that are transmitted to the body by the four senses, as sensations.

Further, it can in varying degrees perceive supersensory impressions, such as a mood, an atmosphere, a premonition;

it can feel what is right and what is wrong, and it can feel the warnings of conscience.

Desire, the active aspect, is the conscious power that moves the body in the accomplishment of the doer's purpose.

The doer functions simultaneously in both its aspects: thus every desire arises from a feeling, and every feeling gives rise to a desire.

You will be taking an important step on the way to knowledge of the conscious self in the
body when you think of yourself as the intelligent feeling present through your voluntary nervous system, as distinct from the body which you feel, and simultaneously as the conscious power of desire surging through your blood, yet which is not the blood.

Feeling-and-desire should synthesize the four senses.

An understanding of the place and function of feeling-and-desire is the point of departure from the beliefs which for many ages have caused the doers in human beings to think of themselves merely as mortals.

With this understanding of feeling-and-desire in the human, the philosophy of India may now be continued with new appreciation.

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