Friday, 24 February 2012
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<p>Greetings! I'm wanting to clarify the more subtle manifestations of lust so I can recognise it in my life. Looking to where lust exists without the desire for sexual gratification. Would you say lust is:</p>
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<li>Altering the appearance in any way to go out in public (putting on 'nicer' clothes)</li>
<li>The yearning/desire to be attractive</li>
<li>Magnetic attraction between man and woman - situations where the heart beats faster, face becomes flushed and self <a href="faqs/psychology/1720-what-is-consciousness.html">consciousness</a> pervades without any sense of genital arousal</li>
<li>Is the state of yearning (for anything) a state of lust?</li>
<li>When in public, wanting to be noticed by men - not to have sex, but simply to be acknowledged. (In a culture where ascetic beauty is venerated and everything else overlooked)</li>
<li>Preoccupation with finding a beloved (Desiring union on all levels, beyond copulation)</li>
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<p>I'm thinking that lust requires a yearning/desire for something and I'm wondering if it encompasses all yearning or does that yearning need to have a sexual connotation to it...as in some sort of sexual act as its ultimate outcome.</p>
10 years ago
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#655
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Not all attraction is lust, but the former is generally manipulated by it. I would say that those are some good examples for how lust manifests: however, there are countless ways it may manifest, many of which will be particular to you. Therefore, you must study yourself in depth.

One thing, though, is sexual attraction and magnetism. Another thing is lust. Knowing the difference takes comprehension. With other humanities, or conscious individuals, they know how to utilize sexual magnetism with their partner in a positive way. The problem with our humanity is that while that force may be present between a couple, it is converted into the monster of fornication, which destroys relationships and society.

As for whether yearning has sexual connotations, it depends; you have to analyze yourself profoundly and ask, "What exactly does this thought or emotion want?" Or "How does this feeling want to make me act?" Meditation is the answer. :)

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

10 years ago
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#655
Accepted Answer
Not all attraction is lust, but the former is generally manipulated by it. I would say that those are some good examples for how lust manifests: however, there are countless ways it may manifest, many of which will be particular to you. Therefore, you must study yourself in depth.

One thing, though, is sexual attraction and magnetism. Another thing is lust. Knowing the difference takes comprehension. With other humanities, or conscious individuals, they know how to utilize sexual magnetism with their partner in a positive way. The problem with our humanity is that while that force may be present between a couple, it is converted into the monster of fornication, which destroys relationships and society.

As for whether yearning has sexual connotations, it depends; you have to analyze yourself profoundly and ask, "What exactly does this thought or emotion want?" Or "How does this feeling want to make me act?" Meditation is the answer. :)

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

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