How Bad Do You Want It?

Via Chanti Tacoronte-Perez
on Jan 28, 2012
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Chapter 12: How Much Do You Want What You Want?
Rod Stryker’s Four Desires (4D) Virtual Book Club.

Did you think the math lesson was over? Almost. You may think that the variables of the Creation Equation are vayu, shakti, and karma; and you’re right. There is, however, one other variable; the level of “I” or the degree of intensity. For right now lets discuss the right side of the equation and the degree of intensity of your desire or “Pprapti. 

The title of this chapter is asking you what is the level of your desire? “How much do you want what you want?”-Rod Stryker

According to the Vedas there are four levels or degrees of desires. Your degree of investment and passion determines the success of you achieving your desire.

The Four levels of Desire:

Level 1: Abhilasa– This translates into a “wish” and it has the lowest degree of intensity. We have many wishes but how much power is really behind those wishes? At this level, the desire could be something casual, passing, or a more authentic desire but lacking the requisite intensity for it to likely be a tangible part of your life.

Level 2: Svatmi Karana- At this level, your desire is so intense that it influences your thoughts and actions to the point that it occupies a significant part of your consciousness, moving you closer to being one with your intention.  You can’t imagine life without that which you want, and that degree may be enough to manifest the desire.

Level 3: Iccha Bhavana is the mental attitude of your desire. Rod explains it as “indomitable will and determination.”  At this level there is no longer any need to look outside of yourself for why things are not manifesting. You start to generate more will, knowledge, and intuition to make the choices that bring you closer to manifestation. These choices are usually made in alignment with your dharma. However, there still may not be enough force to manifest your desire.

Level 4: Sankalpa Siddhi: The definition of a siddhi is perfection, accomplishment, and power. Sankalpa as we know means determination, will and in this case a resolution made in the heart. Rod states it perfectly: “when merely thinking of something is enough to manifest it.” There is no distinction between wanting and having. At this fourth level the intensity is effortless.  This effortless intensity is fed by complete realization that there is no separation between the internal and external worlds.

Understanding the intensity of each level of desire, go back to the original question this chapter asks: “how much do you want what you want?” In the context of the different levels of desire mentioned above, what insights do you have about your Creation Equation?

If you just realized that your desire really doesn’t have as much intensity as you would have hoped, don’t worry.  The Four Desires advocates that in order to achieve what you want “all you have to do to is make a decision.” You must decide NOW, that you cannot and will not fail.

There is comfort in how the tradition acknowledges that we are already in a state of fulfillment; we cannot get there because we are there. The only trouble is that we are not aware of it.  To become aware of it–feel and experience it–we must connect with the light of our soul.

The yogic teaching in “meditation to increase shakti” is introduced in this chapter to bring us closer to our soul and more aware of our creative capacity. The moment we turn inward, consciously choosing to connect with the part of us that is most authentic, we have already begun our journey to the soul.

As you follow the meditation to increase shakti, the book, or the CD’s, there is a teaching  we should repeat, feel, absorb and ultimately embody: “in me, there is a light that lights the whole world. It radiates truth, boundless will, action and knowledge.” When we express this as an authentic version of our true self, it can affect our relationship with our desire in a positive way.  The shakti in your Creation Equation begins to increase. Although this is not the end, we are more confident in ourselves to continue this journey.

For this week lets look at our desire and note our level of prapti.

Lets also talk a little about our experience with the meditation to increase shakti.
How did you feel, how are you practicing it (with the audio CD or from the book)?
I really love this meditation and want to hear about your relationship to it. 


Learn more about Rod Stryker and ParaYoga at 
Read The Four Desires book review on Elephant Journal.
The Four Desires: YouTube talks with Rod Stryker
Read other discussions about The Four Desires
Instructions: How the book club works
Rod Stryker travels to the largest spiritual pilgrimage in history in 2013. I’ll be there. Will you?



About Chanti Tacoronte-Perez

As a traveler and painter Chanti has grounded her roots in the path of yoga wherever she has landed. Chanti began practicing Yoga during her first year in college & continued when she left for Hampshire College to complete her BA in Painting/Fine Arts and Special Education. From 2001-2004 she lived and worked in Havana, Cuba as the Hampshire College Cuba Program Coordinator where she studied Iyengar Yoga. Chanti has been studying and teaching yoga in the Tantric Hatha Linage since 2005 with her teacher Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga. He has taught her that everyone has the ability to know their destination and find that road to walk on. She has currently completed the Para Yoga Certification (level I) & her Restorative Yoga training with Judith Handson Lasater. Her study of Sacred Art and Yantra Painting merge her love of Yoga with her passion for painting and education.


11 Responses to “How Bad Do You Want It?”

  1. Heather says:

    When attending the Fulfillment intensive, I recall Rod saying, “You have to change your relationship to your life.” And this comment I believe, ties right back to the level of desire. I recognized how the relationship I had to my life was shaped by my vikalpa… meaning I was holding it away from me. When I focused on both embracing my life, the expression of my life, AND my desire, I definitely feel more shakti. The meditation to increase shakti has been helpful in generating that sense of inner power… definitely!

  2. Amy Whelan says:

    I love the meditation to increase shakti. Like Heather said, if you are holding your desires away as if they were unattainable, then you are only at Level 1: Abhilasa. Chanti, you mentioned in week 11 (not directly, but it was implied) that my yoga is moving me forward so that one day, my desire of becoming a yoga teacher will be manifested. So, like Heather, I am holding my vikalpa away for now, but by choice. Because of your thoughtful words, Chanti, I am happy were I am right now in the journey toward becoming a teacher. Thank you so much for this discussion!

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  4. Justin says:

    This was really sweet! Thanks for sharing!
    Love and Light!

  5. Patrick says:

    This is so powerful! I relate it back to my back and forth thinking, wanting, desiring to finish Grad. School, but my energies are not 100% focused. Hence, I am in a state of the Doldrums so to speak.

    Going back and really focusing on what I want, and then putting it into unstoppable action is what I NEED to do. No more playing around.


    Patrick 🙂

  6. Amy Whelan says:

    Patrick, sometimes our goals require steps that are hard to engage in. For me I have to evaluate if the work is worth the outcome. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

  7. Paula says:

    I think there is a distinction between intensity of desire but thinking you have to work hard to get it, and feeling as if you already have everything you need to fulfill your soul's purpose. When i think back to my original sankalpa, and how I wanted it SO BADLY but felt there were things that needed to happen on the outside to make it true, it was a wrong type of intensity. Now i see increasing my intensity of desire in increasing my level of trust in the universe, its timing, and the obstacles along the way being merely learning milestones to get me closer to what is rightfully mine already.

    I will go and do the Shakti meditation now!


  8. as I said to a group today you can increase the "intensity" on the negative too so make sure your focus is set first.

    I don't love the shakti meditation at the moment. I think it's because my energy reserve is low and I feel like I'm working to increase it and that is draining LOL so I am focusing on my nidra and some other meditations. Basically I have been doing the more quiet navel gazing meditations that have no "purpose" but to be still and this seems (at the moment) to be better at increasing my shakti… does that make sense? almost like "trying" to increase shakti drains it?