Is being devoid of any desire, the path to salvation?Many Indian and western philosophers stressed on the regulation of desires to lead a happy life of virtue and morality. Desires creates expectations, sometimes greed, attachment and put us in vicious cycle of rebirth where we incur suffering and confusion. But I don't know if any definition to encompass the desire is being given. Mostly it is related to senses and their control and in most cases lust has been given some repetition. Celibacy, by many, is considered to be of virtue and may be because it is highly difficult to tame this strong evolutionary habit. That could be the reason many tried in seclusion especially from women because it is very difficult to control(so it is more about the man's difficulty than blaming woman actually).
But then came the philosophers who stated that it is impossible to get away from desires and having desires is also the form of self improvement in any case and in this capitalist world where we see the sky scrapper and technological improvement, there is also anxiety related to the impulsive destruction on the grounds of terrorism.
Moreover, to have no desire is itself the desire as well.