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Exploring the wisdom of the Upanishads, this episode explains the pursuit of pleasure as a part of your spiritual practice. We discuss:

  • What is pleasure?
  • How can pleasure lead to enlightenment or Moksha?
  • What happens when we deny our senses of pleasure?

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Can You Pursue Pleasure as a Spiritual Practice?


INTRO  00:00

Welcome to Soul Sessions with CreativeMind with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado of CreativeMind. Join us each week for inspiring conversation about personal development based on Jungian philosophy, Eastern spirituality, and social neuroscience. Spend each week with us to explore deep topics in a practical way. Let’s begin. 

Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to another episode of Soul Sessions. I’m Debra Maldonado of CreativeMind, here with Dr. Robert Maldonado. We are continuing our series on spiritual psychology, talking about the four human pursuits, the purusharthas. If you love our show and would like to hear more, make sure you don’t miss an episode, please push the button below that says Subscribe. Or if you’re listening to us on one of the podcast services like iTunes or Spotify, click Subscribe and make sure you don’t miss another episode and me mispronouncing Sanskrit. Today we’re going to talk about everyone’s favorite topic, pleasure-seeking, kama. Not to be confused with karma, it’s kama, K-A-M-A. You probably heard us or someone talk about Kama Sutra, that’s where that comes from.

Robert Maldonado  02:00

We’re approaching this from a spiritual psychology perspective. The great author, Houston Smith, says, “If you look at enduring religions from around the world at their best, when we distill their knowledge, we find the wisdom that has persisted for thousands of years.” Humans have used that wisdom to live their lives. These pursuits we’re talking about, in a philosophical sense, they were meant to guide us, to give us a way to continue these pursuits, definitely to pursue them, but in a spiritual way, in a proper way, in a way that benefited not only us individually, but society as a whole.

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