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The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom

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“Desire is here to stay. The challenge we all face, and which I intend to guide you through, is to learn how to take into account the full measure of who you are and use the positive force of all four of your soul’s desires to lead you to your best life.”
—Rod Stryker


According to ancient Yogic tradition, your soul has four distinct desires:

• The desire for purpose, the driv
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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Shanley
I happened to read the book after taking the Four Desires / Yoga of Fulfillment workshop, so I may have a slightly different perspective on the book and material. I enjoyed the book as a refresher on the workshop, and a reminder of where I need to refocus my practice.

Reading the book is a pleasure. It is easy to read and understand Rod's teachings. He does a great job taking these complex topics and communicating them with ease and clarity. The book is punctuated with examples and stories of ho
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Jasmine
Firstly, I really appreciate the author, to understand an alien language like Sanskrit and correctly translate them for the masses, is not an easy task. The author comes out as an erudite scholar in his subject.
But I felt something is amiss. Even after reading the book I am stlll not clear as to how to bridge the gap between desire and reality. I wish he had given that point by point. There are times when he says surrender, accept things, don't secretly harbor opposite emotions, put laser focus
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Flissy
Jan 10, 2012 Flissy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yogis
Recommended to Flissy by: Melissa
Shelves: 2012
I loved this book, and I highly recommend getting the accompanying CD to have the best experience of doing the meditations. Towards the end, I found the example personal stories a little superfluous, and I find some of the scientific references questionable, but otherwise this book is amazing. Rod Stryker offers a fresh approach to traditional yoga practices to identifying and achieving your heart's desires. Accessible even to skeptics, the meditations and exercises are practical and his writing ...more
Ellenjohnson
I really enjoyed this book - I read without doing most of the exercises and plan to re-read it and do them this time around. We did as a book club and the discussions were great. I LOVE the meditations, which I purchased as a download. It is meant to look into what you're meant to do (dharma), to help you live a fulfilled life - helps you look at what is holding you back in life...
Z
On the whole, an inspiring meditation on living your purpose, taking in the present moment, and working within a natural flow of personal evolution. I'm excited to put the guided meditations outlined here into action, because I could certainly benefit from becoming more in touch with my intuition and inner peace.

The vague co-opting of scientific theory and experimentation, however, cheapens Stryker's premise. He might have done better to expand more upon concepts of the niyamas, such as santosh
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Sistermagpie
I picked this book up because a friend had mentioned it. I don't know if the self-help aspect works, of course, or at least if it would work for me, but reading the ideas they seemed pretty logical to me. That is, I don't think it really promised the moon, though some of the stories of course seemed to imply that. But I do tend to think that changing your mindset can have some effect on what happens in your life (without magically removing all obstacles) so I didn't find the advice ridiculous.

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Audra
I have heard Rod Stryker speak before, and felt that his knowledge of tantra was quite vast and deep. I was intrigued that some of his work would be offered in book form, for the wider public. I found the book in the self-help section, and was confused --- surely, that's not where a book on working with meditation and asana and everything should be?

Only, as I read the book, I discovered that is exactly where this book belongs. There is too much positive thinking, too much like brings like, too m
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Lisa
The integration of tantra yoga philosophy into positive thinking is thorough. However, the author lost all credibility with me by misrepresenting science. That he included the Korean study supporting prayer to improve medical outcomes years after the study was retracted and the unethical author lost his job and any ability to secure research funding for fraudulently creating data is inexcusable and irresponsible. This is the worst but not the only misrepresentation of science in the book. I'm no ...more
Kay Taylor
I bought this book because I was going to a Stryker workshop and wanted to know more about his philosophies before I went. I have mixed feelings about the book. I would very much recommend it to someone learning about the process of manifestation and discovering one's soul purpose and true goals. In this way he clearly defines a program to do this, with more nuance and spiritual focus than many prosperity/manifestation writers. For me, there was little that was new other than the sanskrit/tantra ...more
Celeste
I love yoga and this book was recommended in a few different issues of Yoga Journal. The descriptions of the asanas were interesting, but the rest of the book (as far as I read) didn't do much for me. The book seems like a vehicle to promote the author's cds and seminars and the causal links in his success stories are tenuous. The three stories I read involved individuals whose lives were improved because they had a desire to change their priorities to be more in line with their goals and person ...more
Mo Tipton
The idea of condensing my experience with this book into one little review seems virtually impossible. I'll probably end up blogging about my process of working through the exercises, and I'll update this review with a link if/when that happens. For now, suffice it to say that this might be one of the most life changing books I've ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in making positive changes in their life, but only if they intend to DO the actions outlined in the book, not sim ...more
Jennifer Louden
Mixed feelings - some powerful explorations of crucial yogic ideas but then he muddies the waters with stories that don't connect, faulty research cited, and plain bad writing. Because I know enough to tease out the good stuff, and because his meditations on the CD are excellent, I can say worth reading but with care.
Marianne
My favorite yoga study book so far. I've instituted many of the practices and have seen a marked change in my life. Heads up - this book discusses ancient yogic traditions. I wouldn't recommend it to people who haven't already studied yogic philosophy.
Fourthemodicas
Life changing! Highly recommend. Teaches not just preaches. Gives tangible tools for finding your purpose and living it. Couldn't recommend it highly enough!!!!
Korinmatter
If you can tolerate the yogi-ness, there are good exercises to build a strategic plan of sorts for your life. Definitely has some good nuggets.
Diane
Mar 02, 2013 Diane added it
Very motivational. Methods to "create a gap" and "seed the gap" - all in the approach to making the goals you have become reality.
Liz
one of my favorite yoga teachers doing what he does best....spreading the ancient teachings in the modern world.
Lynn Andrews
This book was very enlightening. the writing exercises really open you up to your deepest desire in life.
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“If yoga is about life, this means ALL life, not just part of it. Together, the spiritual and the material constitute the whole you, the whole of the experience of being human, and the nature of the universe in which you live. There may be no step more important to achieving ultimate fulfillment than accepting what the Vedas teach us about desires--that some desires are inpsired by your soul.” 2 likes
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