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Dr. Deepak Chopra

 A Profile
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Dr Deepak Chopra : A Profile

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A profile of Deepak Chopra—successful doctor, ayurveda apostle, best-selling author, TV host, New Age guru

By Suma Varughese for Life Positive

Few have reinvented themselves as fluidly and tirelessly as Deepak Chopra. He first hit the headlines in 1987 as the wonder doctor and transcendental meditation (TM) guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's spokesman, introducing
America and, by extension, the world to the marvels of ayurveda. His medical bestsellers, based on ayurveda's founding principle of mind-body unity, became a byword not just for alternative therapies, but also the philosophy of quantum physics itself. Perfect Health, Unconditional Life, Perfect Weight, Ageless Body Timeless Mind—the titles proclaimed the promise of unlimited possibilities with breathtaking daring.

Indeed quite a turnaround for a man who was once a textbook study of allopathic success, complete with a thriving private practice, lectureships at the Tufts and Boston universities' schools of medicine—and soaring stress levels.

But don't look now. He's changing. Yet again. The MD prefix is off for good as Chopra unveils his debut novel, The Return of Merlin. The mind-body books have been replaced by more general subjects such as The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. And his versatile baton is now conducting the imperceptible beginning of a new movement, the Global Network for Spiritual Success. Composed of readers of the Seven Laws, its over 20,000 members meet in local groups to practice one law every day of the week. Says Chopra: "The establishment of the Network represents the fulfillment of one of my most cherished dreams."

More statistics of the kind dreams are made of: Chopra's series, Body, Mind and Soul : The Magic and the Mystery, had the highest ratings ever on public television in the USA; his television adaptation of the Seven Spiritual Laws is already proving to be a success; his works have been translated into 25 languages; he is the author of 15 books and more than 30 audio and video tape series, all highly acclaimed. The television adaptation of his book, The Way of the Wizard, promises to have Hollywood stars play the parts of Merlin and Arthur and, it follows, is bound to go the bestseller way.

And you do not have to be a wizard to appreciate the potential, in terms both spiritual and material, of his two new projects. The first, a 24-hour satellite TV channel devoted to spiritual matters, in collaboration with Dave Stuart, co-founder of the rock group, Eurythmics. The channel is an extension of Chopra's faith in the importance of global communication networks in spreading consciousness. Music, movies, video, self-help tidbits and Chopra's own seminars will relay the spiritual word.

Most of Chopra's forays have been spectacularly successful, others less so; but for him, the journey is the thing. He could easily echo T.S.Eliot : "We shall not cease from exploration." Or, to put it in Chopra's words : "Life is a field of infinite possibilities."

A face-to-face encounter on a trip to Mumbai, western
India, permits one to put him through his paces on a few more counts. There is the important matter of his soul, or his humanity, if you will. Sitting in a coffee shop, dressed in slacks and T-shirt, a thickest ruddy-faced man with suspiciously black hair, he is tranquil, unhurried, acquiescent.

Chopra is easy to be with and to talk to. He does not attempt to intimidate or impress—he is, quite simply, what he is. And that level of self-acceptance is always impressive.

The Deepak Chopra success story hinges on integration, that quintessential New Age ability to fuse all aspects of oneself into a harmonious whole. How else has he managed to be both supremely successful and extremely happy? Enormously productive, yet equally relaxed? Materially well endowed, yet spiritually alive?

To the outside world that looks askance at Chopra's external image of indecent wealth, his coterie of celebrity clients such as Demi Moore, George Harrison, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey, and his obvious success at the box office, are surefire signs of his quackery and insincerity. But Chopra is his philosophy's best advertisement, though he vigorously resists being confused with the message. He observes: "The messenger is only trying to be the message."

It is this same ability to fuse and integrate contradictions that is behind his success as a writer. Indian wisdom and American lifestyle, allopathy and ayurveda, transcendental meditation and quantum physics. He works on each of these separate strands of himself, forcing them to yield their particular essence. Thus he has the credibility of an Indian drawing upon his heritage, a successful allopath testifying to ayurveda's avowed superiority and a naturalized American displaying familiarity with local needs and health problems.

Above all, he has the poet's gift of passion and idealism. No wonder his books stake a permanent place in the New York Times' bestseller list: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind for 20 weeks; Seven Spiritual Laws for 56 weeks on its self-help section. Chopra's lecture programs take him all over the world, including Australia, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

If Chopra's life is a textbook study of integration, the path he took has been the classic urban Indian one. Born in Delhi in 1947 to leading cardiologist Dr K.L. Chopra, his early dream to become a journalist was deflected by Sinclair Lewis' book Arrowsmith. The portrait of an untiring medical researcher, heroic in his war against microbes, fired his imagination and he chose to become a doctor.

After passing out of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1969, he set out with his bride Rita to the USA. Rising quickly in the profession, he held senior positions at prestigious hospitals and went on to become the chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He also set up a private practice in endocrinology and internal medicine. His high-powered career left him addicted to coffee and cigarettes, with a nagging feeling that he hadn't come any closer to "the essence of life".

A turning point came in 1980 when he learnt transcendental meditation, followed by advanced TM courses. He says : "It changed my whole life, my diet, my work, my relationship with my patients and with others. I became 10 times more efficient."

But what really gave his life a direction was a chance meeting in 1985 with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who introduced him to ayurveda an suggested he take it up. For a doctor at the top echelon of his profession, it was not easy to start anew in a paradigm that made nonsense of all that he stood for. It was the decisive crossroads of his life. A restless night later, Chopra decided to follow the Maharishi.

 He soon became the sole spokesman for ayurveda in the West. He lectured on the ancient Indian system at John Hopkins, Harvard, the WHO, and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey and Donahue chat shows. Simultaneously, he treated patients from all over the world with ayurveda. It was during this phase that the books, upon which so much of Chopra's current reputation rests, began to appear.

Creating Health: Beyond Prevention
, Towards Perfection (1987) ran the gamut of diseases, and offered solutions based on the mind-body link. The Return of the Rishi: A Doctor's Search for the Ultimate Healer traced his own route through life and medicine. It was followed by Quantum Healing which presented a lucid and cogently researched link between the body and the mind, drawing upon research in neuroimmunology, molecular biology, cerebral function and cellular physiology.

With each book, Chopra has argued with increasing conviction and evidence that consciousness is the only reality. "Your body is…a flowing organism empowered with millions of years of intelligence. This intelligence is dedicated to overseeing the constant change that takes place inside you. Every cell is a miniature terminal connected to the cosmic computer," he rhapsodizes in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, which sold a million copies in hardcover alone.

But evolution is an ongoing process; in time it took him away from Maharishi. On Guru Purnima in 1990, Maharishi indicated he was uncomfortable with Chopra, who he felt was too eclectic. Chopra moved away to chart his own course. "I am too free a person to belong to an organization," he says. "I also wished to explore my creativity."

His creativity found expression in The Return of Merlin, in which he recreated the fable of Camelot in modern times. The underlying message is that the wizard Merlin's eternal secrets can help us to transcend the problems and conflicts of our times.

As for his own quest, he once said that "it started with a simple desire to quit smoking. Now I find that I am looking for God. And once in a while I have glimpses of her."

Is feminine consciousness next in line for Deepak Chopra? He has, after all, apologized in The Way of the Wizard for the political incorrectness that has turned Merlin into a 'he'. He adds : "Wizardess is a clumsy word, so please know that wizard applies to women as well as men. If anything, the return of the magical has been greeted more quickly by women in our society than by anyone else."

Life Positive, May 1996

Source : http://www.lifepositive.com/Spirit/new-age-catalysts/deepak-chopra
 

THE INTERVIEW

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For the past decade Deepak Chopra, M.D. has been at the forefront of a major trend in holistic healing. Since the early 1980's Chopra has successfully combined his impeccable credentials as a practicing endocrinologist with his exploration of mind/body medicine. By doing so, he has dramatically influenced many in traditional medical circles and helped bring the enormous benefits of holistic medicine to the general public's attention.

Chopra created a paradigm for exploring the healing process - a model he calls Quantum Healing. He recalls, "As doctors we are taught to prescribe tranquilizers for people who are feeling anxious to promote tranquility. We give sleeping pills to people with insomnia. Quantum Healing looks past all the wonder drugs and modern technology to a natural way of healing which speaks to an integration of mind and body."

Rather than turn his back on his conventional training, he extended his practice to bring together the best of ancient wisdom and modern science. In 1984, he helped to introduce Ayurvedic medicine to the United States, and within a year he established an Ayurvedic Health Centre of Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He was also the founding President of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Since that time, he has emerged as one of the world's leading proponents of this innovative combination of Eastern and Western healing.

Chopra's combines ancient mind/body wisdom with current antiaging research to show that the effects of aging are largely preventable. By changing your perception of aging and by being aware of your body and how it processes intelligence and experience you will change how you age.

Today Chopra lectures around the world making presentations to major corporations and organizations such as the World Health Organization in Geneva, the United Nations, and London's Royal Society of Medicine, as well as a number of major U.S. medical institutions.


Veronica: By changing one's perception of aging, we can change our age. How?

Dr. Chopra: Well most people think that aging is fatal and scientific data shows that that's not true. People don't die of old age, they die of diseases that accompany old age, and they are preventable.

Most people think that aging is irreversible and we know that there are mechanisms even in the human machinery that allow for the reversal of aging, through correction of diet, through anti-oxidants, through removal of toxins from the body, through exercise, through yoga and breathing techniques, and through meditation. Most people believe that aging is normal but nobody defines what normal aging is. What we call normal may be the psychopathology of the average. Most people think that aging is genetic and yet if your parents lived to age 80+ that will add three years to your life.

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. Most people believe that aging is universal but there are biological organisms that never age. Most people believe that aging is painful and we know that pain is from diseases that are preventable, not from aging.

People have to change their concepts of aging and I am not asking them to do so based on some fanciful notion but on scientific fact. When they change that, then their perception of aging will change and it will become clear to them to grow old and to become wiser, to become more creative, to become the springboard for creativity and affluence. Once your perception of the whole phenonenom changes, your reality will change because reality is nothing other than your perception of it.

Veronica:You have stated that if we could effectively trigger the intention not to age, the body would carry it out automatically. Could you explain that?

Dr. Chopra: Yes, because intentions are the triggers for transformation in the body. If you want to wiggle your toes, you do it through intention. There are two components to biological information in the body, one is intention, the other is attention. So to go back to the example I gave you, to wiggle your toes. The first thing that happens is that your attention goes there and the second thing is there is an intention, so this biological information with attention and intention is what biological information is given. Awareness that acts as biological information goes to components, then an informational component, and then there's a localizing component, and that's how the body behaves.

If you can wiggle your toes with the mere flicker of an intention, why can't you reset your biological clock? The reason most people can't do it is because, first, they never thought of it and secondly they think that certain things are easier to do than other things. For example, it is easier to wiggle the toes than reset the biological clock, but that is just a belief that is rooted in superstition. If we could understand that the human body is a network of information and energy, then we would see that the same principles apply everywhere in the body.

Veronica:That is just what I was about to say, something as profound as stopping the aging process, or actually reversing the aging process, one would think would have to be implanted at a deep level for it to work.


Dr. Chopra: No, it's the same mechanism. It's just that we have been indoctrinated into believing that some things are easier, some things are more difficult. Expectations determine outcome, always!

Veronica:You have also said that our bodies are our experiences transformed into physical expression, in other words our bodies are the outpouring of our belief system?

Dr. Chopra: And experiences, so if you are having the experience of anxiety, your body is making adrenalin and cortisone, if you are having the experience of tranquility, your body starts making valium, if you are having the experience of exhilaration and joy, your body makes interleukins and interferons which are powerful anti-cancer drugs. So your body is constantly converting your experiences into molecules.

Veronica:And we can change our interpretation or experience of the world at any time.

Dr. Chopra: That's right. One person's enemy is another person's best friend. My favorite food might give you a rash, etc. Every experience that we have is unique to us because at some deep level we make an interpretation of it.

Veronica:You go even further and suggest that when you see yourself in terms of timeless, deathless being, every cell awakens to a new existence.

Dr. Chopra: Because the body is the end product of intelligence and how that intelligence shapes your reality will shape the reality of the body. The body is a field of ideas and it is a field of interpretations and when you change your experience of your own identity to a spiritual being, the body expresses the physical manifestation of that spiritual reality.

Veronica:You go on to say, true immortality can be experienced here and now in this living body. It comes about when you draw the infusion of being into everything you think and do.
This is the the experience of timeless mind and ageless body.

Dr. Chopra: Yes.

Veronica:Is this why it is so important to live with passion, to have a dream, a reason for living, even if that dream is only for our own joy?

Dr. Chopra: I think that is a very important component, to have passion, to have a dream, to have a purpose in life. And there are three components to that purpose, one is to find out who you really are, to discover God, the second is to serve other human beings, because we are here to do that and the third is to express your unique talents and when you are expressing your unique talents you lose track of time.

Veronica:Most people think of time as linear and some of us feel that there is only so much of it, and that it is continuously running out. Almost as though our entire life is like an hour glass and the sand is running through and we don't know how much sand we have left so we'd better enjoy every single moment. This kind of thinking is further reinforced every time we are faced with the death of someone we know. How does this kind of motivation, of enjoying every moment because time is running out, and we don't have forever, compare with living joyfully without any kind of time anxiety at all, as if we really did have forever?

Dr. Chopra: The only way you can do that is when you know that part of yourself that is in fact, forever. There is a part of yourself that is not subject to change, it is the silent witness behind the scenes. That is essentially your spirit, the spirit being an abstract but real force. It is as real as gravity. It is as real as time. It is incomprehensible. It is mysterious but it is powerful and it is eternal. It is without beginning, without ending. It has no dimensionality, it's spaceless, timeless, dimensionless, eternal, forever. When you can get in touch with that part of yourself, then you will in fact see that present moment existence, even an entire lifetime is nothing other than a flicker in eternity, a parenthesis in eternity, a little flash of a firefly in the middle of the night in the context of eternity.

What happens with that knowledge, with that experience, is that you begin to experience mortality as quantified immortality, you begin to see time as quantified eternity and when you see it against the backdrop of who you really are, then the anxiety of daily existence disappears. So one ceases to be troubled by as well as influenced by the trivial things of daily existence, the little hassles that create stress in most people. So it becomes much more joyful and you realize that the present moment is as it should be, there is no other way. It is the culmination of all other moments and it is the center point of eternity. So you pay attention to what is in every moment. And when you do that, then you realize that the presence of God is everywhere. You have only to consciously embrace it in your attention. And that's what creates joyfulness. You have to know the reality and the reality is that we are eternal.

Veronica: I suppose then that the first way of looking at life is actually unhealthy.

Dr. Chopra: Right.

Veronica:The new paradigm tells us that we are constantly making and unmaking our bodies at the quantum level which means that we are constantly unfolding hidden potential. Can you talk about this quantum level?

Dr. Chopra: If you look at anything physical, you find out that at the quantum level, it is non-physical. The body is made up of atoms and subatomic particles that are moving at lightning speed around huge empty spaces and the body gives off fluctuations of energy and information in a huge void, so essentially your body is proportionately as void as intergalactic space, made out of nothing but the nothing is actually the source of information and energy. If you'd approach that level then you would realize that the body is a print out and by changing the software, by influencing the programming, and by getting in touch with the program you can create a new body anytime you want.

Veronica:How does living in the present moment contribute to agelessness?

Dr. Chopra: Living in the present moment creates the experience of eternity. It is like every drop of water in an ocean contains the flavor of the whole ocean. So too every moment in time contains the flavor of eternity, if you could live in that moment but most people do not live in the moment which is the only time they really have. They either live in the past or the future. If you could live in the moment you would see the flavor of eternity and when you metabolize the experience of eternity your body doesn't age.

Veronica: Meditation lowers biological age. How?

Dr. Chopra: By quieting the mind which then quiets the body and the less turbulent the body is, the more the self-repair, healing mechanisms get amplified. In fact, scientists have shown that the better your DNA, your genetic machinery is at healing itself, the longer you live. That's how meditation lowers biological age.

Veronica:What about the power of love in healing or agelessness, someone else's love or the love of our own self?

Dr. Chopra: Yes, love but in the true sense, not as a mere sentiment or an emotion but love as the experience of unity consciousness, which means to know that you are connected with everything in the universe. Not only are you connected with everything in the universe, you might be the same being in different disguises with everybody else. So when you have that experienced knowledge you lose the ability to hurt people and you also lose the ability to be hurt by people. That's love.

Veronica:Your approach to medicine is based on Ayurveda, which comes from India. How do you describe it?

Dr. Chopra: Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body, and the human mind is part of the cosmic mind, and the atom and the universe are exactly the same thing but with different form, and the more we are in touch with this deeper reality, from where everything comes, the more we will be able to heal ourselves and at the same time heal our planet.

Veronica:What will medicine look like in the future?

Dr. Chopra: Medicine in the future will give everyone the ability to become their own best healer.

Veronica:Thank you Dr. Chopra, it has indeed been an enlightening conversation.

Source : http://www.intouchmag.com/chopra.html
 

NEW AGE HERO

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By Ajay Ahuja

Bestselling author, leading exponent of Indian spirituality in the West and a pioneer of mind-body health, Dr Deepak Chopra is the most easily recognised New Age ideologue

There's a traffic jam outside Delhi's Talkatora Stadium, the venue for a talk by Deepak Chopra, one evening in early summer. After an inordinately long wait—the discomfort compounded by the enervating heat—the traffic clears up, and it's possible to proceed and find parking space.

Outside the venue, a throng of believers, socialites and admirers of the New Age guru is being guided by uniformed security personnel towards the entrance. At a makeshift stall are displayed copies of Chopra's books, including his latest, How to Know God. The line-up of parked cars extends half-a-kilometre on Shankar Road, running over the ridge.

Inside, the air is pungent with the odour of perfumes and colognes, as obviously well-heeled ladies and gents, often accompanied by their hip-hop teenage wards, move through the aisles looking for dwindling seating space in the already crowded auditorium. Are they here for the teaching? Or because it's a social event?

Suddenly, Deepak Chopra, dressed in an immaculate grey suit, enters from the front of the hall. He steps into the VIP gallery facing the podium, and is immediately surrounded by fans. Soon, a television crew corners him for an impromptu interview.

Somewhat imposingly built, with suspiciously black hair and bushy eyebrows, Chopra looks the genial 'neighbour-next-door'. Yet, by the time he takes the cordless microphone, the auditorium is packed to capacity, and even the aisles are crowded with invitees unable to find seating-space.

"What I'm going to share with you is part of our cultural and spiritual heritage. It's nothing new. So what you've really done is brought me here to remind yourselves of something that you already know." With this unexpected, but perspicacious, comment, he begins. His voice, rising and falling like the ebb and flow of the tide, resonates through the spacious hall as he recounts the contribution of India to world civilisation through the ages, in different fields of knowledge and activity.

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India is the only country that, in 10,000 years, hasn't invaded another country. Of course, it has invaded culturally. For centuries, it ruled South-East Asia, China, Japan through its mind, culture, science, cosmology and philosophy. Until the 17th century, India was the richest country in the world. There was no confusion about spirituality and materialism going together, because our Vedic tradition says that the four goals of life are artha (money), kama (desire), dharma (duty) and moksha (enlightenment)."

Facts and figures flow fast and furious at this stage. Some 6,000 years ago (he continues), when the rest of the world was living as nomadic tribes in dense forests, we had the Indus Valley civilization—with architecture, music, navigation, irrigation, and the art of government. The West talks of Machiavelli; what about Kautilya or Chanakya? Aryabhata was the first to suggest in the 5th century AD that the earth moves around the sun, not the other way round.

"The world calls it the Copernican revolution; it should be called the Aryabhatan revolution," declares Chopra. And though the world calls Marconi the discoverer of wireless communication, it's now recognised by scientists that actually Jagdish Chandra Bose was the pioneer of wireless. "
India gave to the world the mother of all languages: Sanskrit. Recently, Forbes magazine wrote that as we move from information technology to the technology of artificial intelligence, Sanskrit will be the language of the computer industry."

Having struck an immediate rapport with his listeners, giving them a dose of collective self-esteem, by the time Chopra concludes this part of his address, the audience is sold on him.

A gift for oratory and flair for words, coupled with a thorough grounding in the Indian tradition has helped him reach where he has. Chopra, the elder of two sons, was born into an "extremely Westernised" family in
New Delhi in 1947.

"We didn't notice anything exceptional about him," his father, Dr (
Col) Krishan Chopra, a leading cardiologist, admits, "but Deepak was a gifted child." Wisdom in hindsight, perhaps?

Once, while going out, his father, who had two cars parked outside, asked three-year-old Deepak: "Which car would you like us to use this evening?" Deepak replied: "These are your cars. Take the one you like. When I grow up, earn a lot of money, I'll buy a big car." Precocious confidence?

In Pune, Chopra Sr decided to take his two sons, along with their friends, to the circus. However, Deepak, then four, refused: "I'm watching the birds and trees." His father told him that it would soon become dark. Deepak replied: "Then I'll look at the stars." Intimations of immortality?

As a senior student in
Delhi's St Columbus School, Deepak was a good writer and an eloquent speaker. He wanted to be a journalist. However, later he changed his mind, qualified and got admission to AIIMS. His is a family of doctors, after all (uncle H.K. Chopra and brother Sanjiv are also doctors). But Deepak, says his father, was never one to follow the beaten track, not for long. While still at AIIMS, he saw the flaws in mainstream medicine. Once, he said: "I thought that they would talk about health, but they talk only about disease." It was probably the beginning of his disenchantment with the traditional mould of modern medicine. And a rediscovery of India.

"Today, India is poised to contribute to the world in a way that, even with all its contribution in the past, it has not done so far. With its emerging domination of information technology, it will be an economic power in a world where economic, not military power will prevail."

The biggest resources of wealth and power (says Chopra) are not outside, but in the human mind. As we have evolved, the sources of power and wealth have shifted. When we were hunter-gatherers, the only response humans had was to run or fight—we survived, but became experts at the fight-flight response. Seeking to protect ourselves against predators, we have become the predator. Homo sapiens is the only animal that kills its own kind, and most often in the name of God; that is ethnocentric, racist, bigoted and prejudiced; that goes to war; and that is destroying the ecological balance, the nurturing that we receive from Mother Earth. Yet, the human animal is the only one that asks himself questions like: "Where did I come from? What am I doing here? Is there any meaning or purpose to my existence? What happens to me after I die? Do I have a soul? Does God exist? And if God exists, does He care about me?"

We are indeed a paradoxical species. And now we are faced with a choice: either we go the way of the predator, and risk our extinction like all predators, or join hands with the harmonious elements and forces of the universe, and chart a new evolutionary course. "All of classic science," declares Chopra, "even though it's been extremely successful, has been based on a superstition: the superstition of materialism."

Removing his jacket, to reveal a Chinese-collared black shirt beneath, he now cuts a striking, somewhat magician-like figure as he addresses the audience. The worldview of Newtonian physics, he explains, says: "The essence of reality is that it is material, we are part of the material world, the human body is material, and consciousness is an epiphenomenon, a by-product. If you think, feel, dream, imagine, have memories, desires—all this is a by-product of matter. Understand how matter behaves, and you will understand the mysteries of the universe." And today we are in the midst of the overthrow of the superstition of materialism, not necessarily because the world is becoming more spiritual, but because science itself is telling us that the essential nature of this material world is that it's not material; that the essential nature of this physical world is that it's not physical; that the essential stuff of the universe is non-stuff.

Today, you use e-mail or send messages on a fax machine or converse on a cellular phone—all these technologies are based on a fundamental premise of science, that the basic unit of matter called an atom is not a solid entity, it's a hierarchy of states of information and energy in a huge void. Seen through the eyes of a physicist, the human body and everything that you experience as the material world is proportionately as void as intergalactic space. Krishna says to Arjuna in the Gita: "Let me give you divine eyes, and then you will see things as they really are." If you could see things as they really are, look through the eyes of quantum mechanics, everything is spinning out of nothingness at the speed of light.

The 13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi said: "We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust." Go beyond the appearance of molecules, you enter the subatomic cloud; go beyond the cloud, you end up with a handful of nothingness. And the crucial question arises, what is this nothingness from which we all come? Is it just a void, or could it be the womb of creation? What is the essential nature of reality? The great Vedic seers studied this question, and said: "Reality is different at different levels of awareness." Science is recognising this today. "I'm walking this road, not necessarily because I want to get somewhere, but because I enjoy walking this road."

Having graduated from AIIMS in 1969, Chopra migrated to the USA with his newly-wedded wife, Rita. (His brother, Sanjiv, followed soon after with wife Amita). After seven years of advanced training, which included positions at prestigious hospitals, Chopra began a private practice in endocrinology and internal medicine. The practice thrived; in addition, he became chief of staff at
New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He and Rita started a family and bought a home in the quiet, woodsy Boston suburb of Lincoln. By this point, Rita recalls, Deepak Chopra had "done it all". "He's always worked twice as hard as anyone else," she explains. "He puts his heart and soul into anything he does. And he's always had a gift with people."

Yet Chopra was getting restless. He smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, and consumed plenty of coffee on his way through long workdays. He was counselling his patients to change their self-destructive habits, but began to recognize that he could not make such changes in his own life. Then came that fateful day. Browsing in a used bookstore one Sunday afternoon in 1980, Chopra stumbled upon a book on Transcendental Meditation. Reading the book that evening, he told Rita: "This looks fantastic!"

The following day they enrolled for a TM class and, two months later, they took the advanced TM-Siddhi programme. "At first I did TM mainly to relax, but it changed my whole life—my diet, my work, my relationships with patients and other people," he says. "I became 10 times more efficient in my work."

He soon lost his taste for alcohol, and other self-impairing habits spontaneously fell away. His worldview began to change. "There are three ways of understanding reality," says Chopra. "The least reliable is through the eye of the flesh, or seeing through our five senses. Till recently, science was an extension of the eye of the flesh. The second way, which is a little deeper, is through the eye of the mind. If I want to understand the Pythagoras theorem, quantum physics or the theory of relativity, I have to know the principles of Euclidean geometry or mathematics, that exist only in the mind. That takes me a little deeper into the heart of nature's secrets. And the third way is through the eye of the soul. That takes us really into the heart and soul of reality. The visionary poet William Blake wrote: "We are led to believe a lie when we see with and not through the eye, that was born in the night to perish in the night, while the soul slept in beams of light."

He was saying what's becoming obvious to scientists today, that is, do not trust your senses. The great seers said: "The senses give us a partial view of reality—maya." It means creating something as a perceptual experience, which isn't real—that you cannot trust. Chopra explains: "My senses tell me the earth is flat, it's not true; my senses tell me that the ground I'm standing on is stationary, and I know it's spinning at a tremendous speed and hurtling into space. My senses tell me that when I look at you, I see a three-dimensional body, an anatomical structure fixed in space and time, and that's not true. It's an illusion." The Vedic seers said: "Look at the human body as a river, and just as you cannot step into the same river twice, because new water is flowing in, the real you cannot step into the same flesh-and-bones twice."

"Because every moment you're actually changing your body, reshuffling, exchanging its atoms and molecules with the rest of the universe, and you're doing it faster than you can change your clothes. In fact the bodies, which you're using right now to sit on the chairs, are not the bodies that you came in with a little while ago." Walt Whitman wrote: "Every atom that belongs to you as well belongs to me." And this is not a poetic metaphor, it's a fact. So if you think you are your material body, you certainly have a bit of a problem: Which one are you speaking of?

The defining moment arrived in Dr Chopra's life in 1985, when he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the TM movement, who had come to Washington DC for the inauguration of
Maharishi Vedic University. Chopra and Rita were emerging from a dining room when they saw Maharishi, who walked straight up to them and asked them to come to his room. The Chopras were somewhat taken aback; they were scheduled to catch a plane in 15 minutes, and tried to beg off. But at Maharishi's insistence they went upstairs, forgot all about their flight, and spent an hour talking with him. "I was impressed by his and my total comfort and the lack of formality. There was no pretentiousness, a lot of jokes and laughter. It was a light-hearted meeting," Chopra recalls.

"And I was completely taken in by his sincerity, his almost childish enthusiasm... for lack of a better word, his bliss." Rita says: "Maharishi was the sweetest, easiest person in the world to talk to, so warm and friendly, so loving and happy. It was the most joyful experience." Maharishi spoke to Chopra about ayurveda, the 7,000-year-old Indian 'science of life', which Maharishi was reviving and purifying as an approach to perfecting health in the modern world. He told Chopra that he should study ayurveda, understand it, and explain it in scientific terms. In essence, he was suggesting that Chopra change the direction of his career, an idea that made Rita momentarily uneasy. She told Maharishi that it was not too practical for Deepak to devote himself to ayurveda; he had to make a living. Maharishi simply laughed and, eyes twinkling, assured them both that Deepak would be very successful with ayurveda.

Prophetic words, indeed. Dr Chopra is, today, the leading exponent of holistic health, New Age spirituality and human potential. His 25 books, including Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; Creating Affluence; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The Return of Merlin and The Path to Love have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. His latest work, How to Know God is also slated to be a bestseller. His website, like his television serials, enjoys top popularity ratings; his celebrity clients include Demi Moore, George Harrison, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey; his Chopra Centre for Well Being at La Jolla, California is a pioneer in mind-body health; his lectures are hugely attended worldwide. His teaching blends physics and philosophy, ayurveda and modern medicine, timeless wisdom and personal insight with dynamic results.

His story echoes his words: "Life is a field of infinite possibilities." But growth is an ongoing process; in time it took him away from Maharishi. On Guru Purnima in 1990, Maharishi indicated he was uncomfortable with Chopra, who he felt was too eclectic. Chopra moved away to chart his own course. "I am too free a person to belong to an organization," he says. "I also wished to explore my creativity."

"There's a deeper level of reality," says Chopra. Science calls it quantum reality. Quantum in physics defines the smallest indivisible unit of information and energy. So a quantum of light is a photon, a quantum of gravity is a graviton. Our thoughts are also units of information and energy. When energy has a pattern, it becomes information." To improve on Einstein, "energy and matter and information are interchangeable." In the quantum world we are inseparable, interconnected. Gautam Buddha said: "We are inter-beings that inter-arise in the inter-isness." We had known for thousands of years that at another level, the quantum level, we are inseparably connected. We are fields of energy and information in the universe of energy and information, where everything is happening at the speed of light. Your body, which appears to be physical is actually flickering in out of the infinite void at the speed of light. So here everything is indivisible, oscillating, has a wavelike frequency, and is spatially extended.

But the crucial question arises: where is this information and energy coming from? Quantum physics is giving us an insight. There are some fundamental premises of the quantum world: there are no objects, there are only superpositions of waves of possibility. things happen even faster than the speed of light. It's called non-local action--one subatomic particle can communicate with another subatomic particle without sending it an energy or information signal. there are quantum leaps, which means a subatomic particle can be in one location, and then it can be at another location, without it having to go through the space in between. before you observe, nothing exists; the observer is necessary for the observation to collapse. In other words, those who understand this world say that at the most fundamental level of nature, one undivided consciousness collapses upon itself to create both the subject and the object of experience. In reality, the subject and the object, the seer and the scenery, the observer and the observed are the same being.

Recalling an insight of Vedanta, Chopra says that when one experiences samadhi, the seer and the scenery become one. This is the experience of unity consciousness, which is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation. And this is what really love is. Love is not a mere sentiment, an emotion, but the ultimate truth at the heart of creation. That truth is that the seer and the scenery, the observer and the observed, the knower and the known, the lover and the beloved are the same consciousness collapsing upon itself and experiencing itself as the observer and the object of perception. J. Krishnamurti often said: "The observer and the observed are one." If we can understand this fundamental truth, we will, to quote Krishnamurti, have a "mutation in consciousness". And once that happens, nothing will ever be the same again. Your perceptual and cognitive mechanisms will change. You'll not experience the same world ever again. That's what we need—to go beyond the eye of the flesh, to go beyond the eye of the mind, and experience the world through the eye of the soul.

Yoga Vashishta said: "Let us understand, not just intellectually but experientially." And once we do that, the world will transform.

Chopra's brother, Sanjiv is professor of medicine at the Harvard University School of Medicine. Amita is a paediatrician at the university's hospital. Chopra's wife, Rita, is primarily a housewife. Their daughter, Mallika, who married an NRI in
Delhi two years ago, is working with Chopra's website. Her brother, Gautam, who published a novella, Child of the Dawn sometime ago, is working with a news-based children's television channel, which brings him to Asia quite often. Chopra's parents reside in Delhi. Dr Krishan Chopra is consultant emeritus and member of the board of trustees of the Moolchand Khairati Ram Hospital.

Chopra's success has led to the inevitable backlash. A report in the conservative political magazine, The Weekly Standard in 1996 alleged that there was "strong evidence that the guru to the stars has hired a prostitute." Chopra filed a $35 million libel suit against the magazine and reporter Matt Labash, which resulted in a retraction a year later and a settlement for an undisclosed amount. Chopra, in an unusual move, made a written appeal asking for public forgiveness for President Clinton, while the latter was embroiled in the controversy involving Monica Lewinsky. The letter entitled "Let him be: Clinton, sex and the courage of mercy" was distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Interestingly,
Clinton, at a state dinner during his recent visit to India, said: "My country has been enriched by the contributions of more than a million Indian Americans, which includes Dr Deepak Chopra, the pioneer of alternative medicine." Talk of reciprocity!

Chopra, during his visit to India, also went to Mumbai, where he addressed a select gathering at a dinner hosted by the electronics giant, BPL, and gave an interview for the company's website. He had a private session with Indian filmstar Amitabh Bachchan, who's beset with problems on the business and career fronts. Shekhar Malhotra, Full Circle, says: "We are publishing a book of poems, Once When I Was a Child, the first by Chopra. He says he composed the poems in an unprecedented phase of inspiration. We're also releasing audiotapes of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and Sacred Verses, Chopra's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita."

Poonam Malhotra of
Full Circle says: "Chopra's success can be attributed to his single-minded focus on spreading ancient Vedantic wisdom in a contemporary idiom and style. He draws from a variety of sources. People like you and me cannot read the original scriptures; he conveys their content to us. He appeals to the modern, logical mind; his path is of gyan yoga." She adds: "He is a warm and humble individual, without false airs. One senses a quietness within him. What he says, he practises."

What is the great mystery of time? The universe, says Chopra, is cyclical. For instance, the earth spins on its axis and revolves around the sun: everything is inherently rhythmic. We create the experience of linear time because we cannot see the whole. It's like standing on a circle, looking at distant places on the circle and thinking, "It's a straight line." So the flow of linear time is actually a psychological event. For example, if you are in a hurry, you have deadlines to meet, you say, "I'm running out of time." And that makes your biological clock speed up--faster heart rate, high levels of adrenalin and stress hormones. And such a person, whose internal dialogue is constantly saying, "I'm running out of time," one day he'll suddenly drop dead of a premature heart attack, he'll have run out of time.

On the other hand, if your internal dialogue says, "I have all the time in the world," your biological clock will mirror that. Sometime we've all had the experience, when we were children and were playing, or perhaps we were in love, or listening to some great music, or in the stillness of samadhi—we slipped out of time altogether. When someone says: "The beauty of the mountain was breathtaking. Time stood still," that experience, where there is no time is, according to the great wisdom tradition of
India, the experience of unity consciousness.

That's when the observer and the observed, you and the mountain have become one. Stephen Hawking in A Brief History Of Time says: "We live in a universe that has no beginning in time. We live in a universe that has no ending in time. We live in a universe that has no edges in space." Try to visualise that. Your mind will reel in bewilderment. How do you imagine something that never began? And the moment you try and compromise, and say, "Perhaps there was a beginning," your immediate dilemma is, if there was a beginning, what was there before the beginning? If there is an ending, what is there after the ending?

If there are edges in space, what is there after the outermost edge? Our new physics is not only stranger than we think it is, it's stranger than we can think. Yet all this was outlined subjectively in the Vedantic tradition. Lord Krishna, when he speaks to Arjuna about the essential nature of reality, says: "It has no beginning in time, it has no ending in time. Water cannot wet it, wind cannot dry it, fire cannot burn it, and weapons cannot shatter it. Unborn, it cannot die." He is talking a few thousand years before Stephen Hawking and Einstein. And he's not only saying this is the essential nature of reality, he's saying this is your essential nature.

"There are five reasons why human beings suffer, according to Vedanta. These are the five kleshas on which Buddhism drew for the Four Noble Truths," Chopra explains. First, they do not know who they are. Second, they grasp, hold on, cling to that which is impermanent, transient, intangible, ephemeral, dreamlike, which has no real existence. Third, they are afraid of, run from that which is transient, intangible, insubstantial, dreamlike, ephemeral, which has no real existence. Fourth, they identify with the false self, a moment-by-moment fabrication, which is a figment of the imagination, they sacrifice their souls, their spirits for a false identity. Fifth, they are afraid of death, of the unknown. And then Vedanta says, all those five reasons are contained in the first. So find out who you are, and the other four dissipate, disappear as if it was a dream. So find out who you are, and the truth will set you free: Satyamev Jayate. Vedanta says, beyond the secret passages, beyond the dark alleys of the mind, there's a domain of awareness, atman, and that atman is one with Brahman. Today, science calls it (Brahman) the virtual domain, from where the quantum and the physical arise. This virtual domain is immortal and eternal, is a field of infinite correlations, has infinite organising power, infinite dynamism, and is the source of energy, space, time, matter and information. It is simultaneously infinity-time. It is here that we will find the meaning of choice, freedom, insight, intention, imagination, intuition, creativity, knowingness, understanding, and spirit.

Our tradition has already provided the solution to the problem. It's time to become navigators of the inner dimension, and to recognise that the outer dimension is actually a projection of that inner dimension. That no matter what we're experiencing, its roots lie in the inner world. And that inner world is essentially one with the outer world. It actually manifests as the outer world. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says: 'Curving back within myself, I create again and again and again.' Not a metaphor of poetry, a fact of physics, of science.

After his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, people expect Deepak Chopra to dole out lists and ways and tips. He had one ready at the Delhi talk.

 10 WAYS TO REVERSE THE AGEING PROCESS

  1. Change your perception of your physical body. Your body is a field of information and energy. This field is constantly influenced by breathing, eating, digestion, metabolism, elimination, and how we experience the world through our five senses. Also, how we metabolise that through our inner world of thought, feeling, emotion and desire.

  2. Change your perception of time. If you can do that, you can accomplish much more—because you are creative, not stressed. You can do a lot more if you can sit back, become non-reactive, and see the world as if for the first time. Lord Shiva, the first yogi, said: "If you want to create a new body, step out of the river of memory and conditioning, and see the world as if for the first time." He said: "I use memory, but I do not allow memory to use me." Now change your perception of time, you have all the time in the world. Time is the movement of consciousness—put your attention on that, it's timeless. And what is timeless? Not the human body, not the human mind, but the soul.

  3. Change your perception of ageing itself. To grow old is to be wiser. To grow old is to have more responsibility. To grow old is to change your inner dialogue from 'me, mine' to 'What can I do? How can I help?' And as you change your perception of ageing, your biology will change. Those are the three most important things.

  4. Keep active, exercise.

  5. Improve mind-body coordination through yoga, breathing techniques, martial arts.

  6. Get rid of the toxicity in your life—toxic emotions, relationships, habits.

  7. Pay attention to literature—on nutritional supplements, ayurveda and all these great rasayanas, which are some of the great anti-oxidants known that directly affect the ageing process.

  8. Learn to be flexible. Vedanta says: "Infinite flexibility is the secret of immortality." Studies show that the primary thing that distinguishes healthy older people from those less healthy, is the ability to be flexible.

  9. Make love the most important thing in life. To understand our 'inter-beingness in the inter-isness', to understand love not as a mere emotion or sentiment, but as the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.

  10. Be aware of your mortality, because in the awareness of mortality is the glimpse of immortality. Be aware that death is stalking you in every moment of your existence. And once one becomes aware of that, one's life becomes magical. Because now one's priorities are not the same.

Life PositiveMay 2000

Source : http://www.lifepositive.com/Spirit/new-age-catalysts/deepak-chopra/chopra.asp
 

Deepak Chopra bombshell: Plagiarism suit settles

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TRANCENET.ORG EXCLUSIVE -- On January 15, New Age guru Dr. Deepak Chopra quietly settled the plagiarism suit brought against him by Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University. In the suit, first filed January 23, 1997, the renowned biologist Sapolsky alleged Dr. Chopra, Random House, Crown Publishers, and several book retailers infringed his copyright on Behavioral Endocrinology in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind -- Chopra's best-known work and, many say, the cornerstone of his reputation as an alternative medicine "guru."

John Kelley, a lawyer for Dr. Sapolsky, confirmed that a settlement had been reached and a joint statement had been signed by both parties, but declined further comment.

More details emerge in an intraoffice memo obtained by trancenet.org. Dr. Sapolsky comments, "As we were suspecting all along, there was going to be a settlement 'on the courthouse steps' -- i.e., once they saw that we were serious enough to actually go to trial, they would cave in at the last minute."

Similar tactics have reportedly been used in the past by Chopra, lawyer Michael Flynn, and his legal team.

Chopra sued the Journal of the American Medical Association over an article by editor Andrew Skolnick alleging deceit by Chopra. Although the case was dismissed, sources inside JAMA suggest Chopra demanded silence to drop a prolonged and expensive appeal process: The article was not to be reprinted and the editorial staff were to avoid writing about Chopra in the future.

Chopra also sued The Weekly Standard, over published allegations that he frequented a prostitute and plagiarized other writers. Although Dr. Chopra's press release trumpeted a total retraction, in fact the allegations of plagiarism -- including those revolving around Dr. Sapolsky -- were never retracted.

Dr. Sapolsky's memo further claims, "Future printings [of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind] will cite the disputed passages as being my writing -- not based on or derived from but my writing. There was some money involved (in the settlement), but not of an amount of any consequence." (This understanding seems to vary from the text of the joint statement.)

Finally, Dr. Sapolsky comments, "This is a complete win for me. I am bitter as hell that this occurred in the first place, and how all of it could have been settled with a letter like this two years ago, thus avoiding all the demoralizing crap that this lawsuit has involved, but this is a complete moral win -- he admitted it was my writing, he should have attributed it, he will cite it as my writing in the future, and he apologizes for what he said on KQED."

Dr. Chopra is reported to have questioned Dr. Sapolsky's motives and character during a call-in show to NPR radio station KQED San Francisco. When trancenet.org requested a transcript of this show, Shiv Ramachandra of KQED replied there was a "strange story about this one. Apparently Mr. Chopra said something not too accurate about ... Dr. Sapolsky and there was talk of a lawsuit. And we were instructed not to make any tapes of this interview." It is worth noting that KQED uses Dr. Chopra's tapes extensively in their fundraising drives.

This is the second major defeat for Chopra and his legal team since November, when San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith McConnell not only dismissed a lawsuit brought by Deepak Chopra, claiming a local law firm and two attorneys conspired to extort money from the self-help guru -- she ruled it "frivolous" and dismissed it with prejudice.

TEXT OF CHOPRA/SAPOLSKY STATEMENT

"Dr. Deepak Chopra acknowledges that in the original printing of _Ageless Body, Timeless Mind_ it would have been helpful and appropriate to identify the substantial contributions to the field of stress research made by Professor Robert Sapolsky and his influence on Dr. Chopra's work. Dr. Chopra and his publisher will include in any future printings of _Ageless Body, Timeless Mind_ an attribution to Professor Sapolsky for his contributions. Professor Sapolsky expresses gratitude for Dr. Chopra's clarification.

"The parties express their mutual regret about any statements they have made about each other during the course of the litigation. Dr. Chopra regrets any remarks that were made on KQED that could have damaged Professor Sapolsky's reputation.

"Accordingly, the parties have agreed to dismiss the case."

Source : http://www.trancenet.org/chopra/news/plagoverview.shtml

 

Chopra Quotes

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Human beings are made of body, mind and spirit.
Of these, spirit is primary, for it connects us
to the source of everything, the eternal field of consciousness.  

 

Each of us is here to discover our true Self…
that essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form…that…we‘re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences…
[rather that] we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.

 

We forget sometimes that there are saints living among us.  
When we meet them, we are reminded, not just of the presence 

of pure divinity right here on earth, but also of our own potential, 
and of the responsibility we have to try to live up to it ~ 

for our own sakes and for the very future of this planet.

 

Just by being ourselves we are borne toward a destiny
far beyond anything we could imagine.
It is enough to know that the being I nourish inside me
is the same as the Being that suffuses every atom of the cosmos.

 

Pay attention to that unchanging part of yourself.  It is perfect.  
At the source of life, and only there, one finds peace, harmony,
and the undisturbed contentment of bliss.

 

As you embrace the present and become one with it,
and merge with it, you will experience a fire, a glow, 
a sparkle of ecstasy throbbing in every sentient being. 
As you begin to experience this exultation of spirit 
in everything that is alive, as you become intimate with it, 
joy will be born within you, and you will drop the terrible 
burdens of defensiveness, resentment, and hurtfulness...
then you will become lighthearted, carefree,  joyous, and free.

 

When the human organism 
is discharging its negative experience efficiently,
the mind is empty of past or future concerns;
there is no worry, anticipation, or regret.
This means that the mind is left open to Being,
the simplest state of awareness.

 

Ecstasy carries you completely outside your ego boundaries.
In ecstasy you know yourself as cosmic ego, unbounded in time and space.

 

Joy is a return to the deep harmony of body, mind, and spirit
that was yours at birth and that can be yours again.
That openness to love, that capacity for wholeness
with the world around you, is still within you.

 

Inner silence promotes clarity of mind;
It make us value the inner world;
It trains us to go inside
To the source of peace and inspiration
When we are faced with problems and challenges.

 

Relaxation is the prerequisite
for that inner expansion that allows a person
to express the source of inspiration and joy within.

 

Just as light brightens darkness,
discovering inner fulfillment can eliminate any disorder or discomfort.  
This is truly the key to creating balance and harmony in everything you do.  

 

Losing touch with spirit does nothing to the field of creativity,
which is beyond harm, but it can do much to damage a person's chance in life.

 

With spirit we are all children of the cosmos;
Without it we are orphaned and adrift.

 

The first spiritual law of success is the law of pure potentiality.  This law is based on the fact that we are, in our essential state, pure consciousness.  Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity.  Pure consciousness is our spiritual essence.  Being infinite and unbounded, it is also pure joy. Other attributes of consciousness are pure knowledge, infinite silence, perfect balance, invincibility, simplicity, and bliss.  This is our essential nature.  Our essential nature is one of pure potentiality.

 

Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Success is the ability to fulfill your desires with effortless ease. And yet success, including the creation of wealth, has always been considered to be a process that requires hard work and it is often considered to be at the expense of others. We need a more spiritual approach to success and to affluence which is the abundant flow of all good things to you.

 

On the path to love,
impossibilities are resolved by turning non-love into love.  
With spiritual growth comes new creative potential,
leading to the realization that you are pure potential,
able to fill any creative impulse.

 

The less you open your heart to others,
the more your heart suffers.

 

In our imaginations we believe that love is apart from us.
Actually there is nothing but love, once we are ready to accept it. 
When you truly find love, you find yourself.

 

I takes no effort to love.
The state has its own innate joy.
Questions answer themselves if you are aware enough.

 

Life is safe.
Flowing with the current of being is the simplest way to live.
Resistance never really succeeds.
Controlling the flow of life is impossible.

 

This is a precious moment, but it is transient.
It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love,
we will create abundance and joy for each other.
And then this moment will have been worthwhile.

Source : http://www.spiritwalk.org/chopra.htm#quotations 

 

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