Vipassana Master Acharavadee Wongsakon
Without Dhamma insight, people tend to be confused with the meaning of “need” and “craving”. Craving is insatiable desire. The word ‘need’ is quite similar to ‘desire’. Need is used for basic requirement whereas ‘craving’ is blended with eager desire. It is impossible that humans will have no need as their normal living requires basic necessity. For example, we need food when we are hungry, need home as shelter, need proper clothing according to the condition and weather, need medication, need opportunities in life and also opportunities to perform good deeds. To conclude, we may say that we have need or we simply need. Thus, basic need is not craving. Craving is eager desire that comes with passion. It will enroot and attach to the mind. When the mind is satisfied with one thing, it will crave for other things. Craving also has another important character; it pushes the mind toward Eight Worldly Conditions: gain and loss, fame and disgrace, praise and blame, happiness and pain. An enlightened mind has no craving. The difference between ‘craving’ and ‘need’ is that if one needs gain, fame, praise and happiness beyond basic necessity, that is craving. Craving is the cause of rebirth. If one has less craving, the power of attachment in his mind will be tremendously weakened as that strikes directly at the root cause. Craving has such a severe impact. Therefore, you have to be careful, do not let your mind stick with craving.
Satiable need is natural. But insatiable need is craving.
Need that comes with passion is craving. Being calm and peaceful means no craving. Be careful with craving. Vipassana Master Acharavadee Wongsakon Source: Selected from “Be Careful with Craving” Techoblog August 24, 2015\ Translated by Siriporn Kuprasertsin