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There is pleasure when an itch is scratched,
But to be without an itch is more pleasurable still;
There are pleasures in worldly desires,
But to be without desires is more pleasurable still.

– Nagarjuna (Ratanvalli)

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3 Responses to “Itchy?”

  1. Derringer February 18, 2012

    It’s very difficult to be desireless living in this world. It’s more practical to be contented with few desires.

  2. regnirred February 18, 2012

    Practice makes perfect, and it’s worth it because ‘to be without desires is more pleasurable’.

    The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas continue to guide beings with pure desires based on compassion. The quote was referring to worldly (not spiritual) desires.

  3. Alone in a Canyon June 29, 2012

    Without the itch one would not appreciate
    the pleasure of being without an itch…

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