Deepak Chopra considers the mystery of our existence and its significance in our eternal quest for happiness. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where do I go when I die? Chopra draws upon the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the findings of modern science to help us understand and experience our true nature, which is a field of pure consciousness.When we understand our true nature, we begin to live from the source of true happiness, which is not mere happiness for this or that reason, but true inner joy. When we know who we are, we allow the universe to flow through us with effortless ease, and our lives are infused with power, freedom, and grace.
|Publisher:||Hay House Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.13(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.64(d)|
About the Author
Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned leader in the field of human potential. He is The New York Times best-selling author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and numerous books and audio programs that cover every aspect of mind, body, and spirit. His books have been translated into more than 50 languages, and he travels widely throughout the world promoting peace, health, and well-being.
Hometown:La Jolla, California
Date of Birth:October 22, 1946
Place of Birth:New Delhi, India
Education:All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was the most profound book I have ever read. I picked it up at the library just by chance, read it, and immediately ordered my own copy. There were so many things he said that I have always believed about us and our place in the universe, but have always thought I was alone in those beliefs. My mom, who is a Christian, also read it. I thought she would not like it because of her religion, but alas, she liked it too. Only later did I realize he has written alot of popular books... I haven't tried those yet.
I stumbled across this book about four years ago at precisely the time when I most needed to read it. It helped to clarify my way through a very muddled spot in my life. It helped me to refocus on the present and become aware of how much of my life was being lived in the past/future.
I have just re-read it, and on second read I thought the first half (the general condition of the universe and of life) was a bit overwhelming and esoteric... unless you already subscribe to Chopra's set of beliefs. However, once you get to the meat in the second half (what you can actually do to achieve power, freedom and grace), there are still many Ah-Ha's to be had.
All in all, a very insightful read.
True happiness is found from within. That is the essence of this book. If we place blame upon outside sources, we become victims of our own destiny. Whatever happens in our daily lives, good or bad, is a part of us, as we are a part of the greater whole. Meditation is one way of dealing with stressful situations and meditating about two times a day can actually lower blood pressure, increase job performance and lengthen life expectancy. Tune into the rhythms of the cosmos and allow them to flow through you to give you power, freedom and grace. Chopra cites to the philosophy of Vedanta and to numerous scholars and prophets, such as the poet Rumi and theoretical physicist John Wheeler. Stress in our lives can be caused by worrying about the past or the future. By dwelling in the “now” and realizing that everything has a purpose, one can relax a little and achieve a sense of calm. This transfers from everyday life into higher tasks, which are then accomplished with greater ease and efficiency. I learned a lot from this book, including viewing life as an active participant in the cosmic consciousness as opposed to being a “victim”. This is not to say that one should label every occurrence as a positive force, but it does give one the chance to “do” as opposed to being “done to”. I cannot say that I embrace all of the aspects of this book, but it does give me some interesting alternatives - very interesting indeed.
I agree with the previous reviewer - food for thought indeed!...
Enjoyed the different perspective.