"We require a more ardent fire and a nobler love," said St. John of the Cross. "If our spiritual nature were not on fire with other and nobler passions, we should never cast off the yoke of the senses."

Sri Easwaran said his own spiritual progress was the story of how he learned to withdraw the energy from lower desires and redirect those desires toward spiritual fulfillment. He said he began to get satisfaction out of defying desires.

Dolores Wood, How To End Suffering