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Ask yourself: "What do I want?"

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From: http://www.swamij.com/what-do-i-want.htm WHAT DO I WANT? The most important question to ask yourself is, What do I want? It means asking this at the
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      The most important question to ask yourself is, "What do I want?" It
      means asking this at the highest level of your desires.

      There may be many things you want in the external world, but here you
      want to have a key principle that you, yourself are seeking at the
      deepest level of the inner chamber of your heart. It needs to be your
      word, not just that of somebody else, something that was read in some
      book, or is popular in the culture.

      If you say you want enlightenment, Self-realization, or to know God,
      when that word or phrase does not really excite you personally,
      deeply, then it will not serve you at all. You will just be parroting
      something you feel you are supposed to be wanting, even though you
      really don't.

      Choose a keyword for yourself, some word or phrase that really
      captures the spirit of what you are longing for. It's probably hidden
      deep in the inner world, underneath all of the seemingly countless
      other desires and words that have been programmed in as acceptable,
      proper desires. It's a longing that has been there a long time, a
      very long time. It was probably there in early childhood. It was with
      you in adolescence. It is still there. But what do you call it? What
      is that single word or phrase that draws you back to that felt

      Just by having that word or phrase drift through your mind field,
      that deep memory is no longer latent, but stirs in wakefulness with a
      passion in the heart. There is a certainty about the purpose of life
      that suddenly emerges with clarity.

      Find that keyword that works for you and never, ever let it go. Write
      it on little notes around your house; maybe even on your arm, under
      your shirt. Be innovative in the ways you constantly remind yourself
      of this one keyword that captures the highest level of what you want
      out of life. It is your word, your phrase.

      It may contain the many other lesser ways of saying the goal of life,
      or the steps along the way, but this one, this keyword or phrase
      pulls you, draws you to the stance where you know who you are and you
      know where you are going.

      How to get there will emerge, on its own, through effort, and
      remembering your own keyword that captures the highest answer to the
      question, "What do I want?"
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