If you're on a spiritual path, the pressure of holiday gift giving can seem like an undesirable detour. Yogis' complaints include ... (continued)
Charity and the desire to help others can certainly be considered greed because the desire stems from a self-centered want to feel good about ourselves for giving and assisting.
So how do you explain the DESIRE to help others. That is not Greed
Excellent article. Thank you. I have been working on improving my awareness the past two years, esp with regard to defensive emotions and reactions. I will now supplement that with seeking to be more aware of my desires and the root sources of these desires.
I don't believe that desire equates greed. Greed and desire are two different energies that share a common link called "discontent". Both of these energies are intrinscically built within All of Us. It is our consciousness that reminds us which direction should we follow.
I think that to "call the desire for excess Greed" is to entirely miss the point of this article. By bringing into our awareness our true desires (to be happy, to be fulfilled, to be accepted), we learn what our "Greed" is trying to tell us and find other ways to satisfy the underlying desire. In my opinion, to label a desire as "Greed" and "sin" prevents us from learning our truth and growing beyond the "sin."
In Christianity, it's quite simple. We call the desire for excess Greed.
Nice... I will use this example for my students. Thank you for such a beautiful insight.