Mime means to copy. So mimetic desire, is a copied desire. Something that psychologists and scientists believe is that the desire for something is not within us but comes from outside influence and we copy it….or emulate it
Well, I do like the superman show…and I would love to punch my wall. I tried it…but my hand did not like it. The orthopedic surgeon loved it. In fact while I was in his office, he called his wife and said, remember that expensive trip to Paris we wanted, we can now afford it !
Just kidding. The idea is…often times we get very easily influenced by outside desires and we want to copy it. You go visit someone, see a beautiful fireplace and we desire it. You go and visit a family and find that they have good a china set…or furniture…or spouse….ok! I will stop there.
What does this have to do with spirituality? A lot. A man is known by the company he keeps. (It should read a person, not man). If you want to make spiritual progress, you want to be surrounded and immersed with spiritual people. Those who are truly interested in God and display all tendencies of the same. And they are nice, calm, collected, forgiving etc. In time your mind will want to be the same way and you will make progress
This is very true. Krishna Bhagwan, said, whatever you see or think at the time of your death, you will go there or become that. So if you see an animal, your pet, your next birth will be as a pet. If you see a human you will want a human body. If you lapse into unconscousness, whatever dream or nightmare you have you will become that.
So in yoga, it is said, a yogi generally passes away fully awake and conscious. He thinks of God and merges in God. Good deeds help us. An advanced yogi is always conscious. Lahiri Mahasay, Prahladbhai, Yukteshwar, Vivekananda, Yogananda, were all fully conscious, sitting in the proper posture. So, we know…whatever they said was true and we should follow them. If there are things you dont agree, that is because you are not developed in the Yoga way yet.
This is a deep secret, the mind has the unique property, getting attracted to whatever it sees. So why not see the divine within you? Thats where you will go. But it takes time. A lot of practice. Practice to behold the light of God at will, both within and outside. To that person, that great Yogi, God is never lost and he can leave the body anyway he chooses
These are statements from the Gita.
The Bhagwad Gita is a great book giving many subtle secrets. Every sentence is a description of Yoga
So, you have to train your mind, to remain immersed in God. Good deeds makes it easier to do it. Meditation, burns and destroys the negativity. Eventually the light of God becomes visible and it is easier to see the light of God – in a dark room, bright room, eyes open or eyes closed. Such divinity is rare.
Oh, in my passion for spirituality, I totally forgot the purpose of the article. The mimetic desire. Copied desire. Copied from seeing things on the outside or seeing other people.
This is what I found on the one of the whats app group. I found it interesting. Enjoy it. Your thoughts?
Have you ever seen children at a party playing with balloons. One child suddenly grabs a red balloon and yells: “This balloon is mine!” Inadvertently, all the children drop their balloons and fight over this red balloon. A very dumbed down example of what René Girard (a French historian and polymath) calls “mimetic desire.”
A lot of our desires don’t emerge from within, but from ‘outside’. We import our most powerful desires from imitating the desires of other people.
In fact, the entire advertising industry is founded on the exploitation of borrowed desire. Human desire is not a linear process, where a person autonomously desires an inherently desirable object. Rather, we desire according to the desire of others. If we are not aware, others influence us on what to desire. And this is amplified on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram which are excellent conduits of mimetic desire.
French thinker Montesquieu, explained it beautifully “If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.”