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Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

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Ending the meltdown melodrama

posted by dchopra

A new poll has brought some welcome news. When asked, “Do you think the country is headed in the right direction?” more responders say yes than no. This is in stark contrast to the latter stages of the Bush administration, […]

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Earth Day Message

posted by dchopra

I’m calling all my friends on Earth Day to just remind them that the earth is recycling in our bodies. Through our rivers and waters are our circulation, its atmosphere is our breath, its trees are our lungs. We call […]

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The Gospel According to Fox News

posted by dchopra

It’s mysterious how swiftly a society can collectively change its mind. As rapidly as the financial markets crashed, so has Fox News’s credibility. What was gospel to an entire segment of voters and viewers just a few months ago has […]

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Obama: Our plumber-in-chief

posted by dchopra

Although the Presidency is about issues, challenges, and complex negotiations, there’s another side. With every new President we get the pleasure of watching a human being adapt to the office. Very quickly an image emerges. Barack Obama entered the White […]

Why Islam Needs an Apology

posted by dchopra

What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that “the United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam” and that “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation”? Enough Americans feel bad […]

The dilemma of the “good” Muslim

posted by dchopra

Even before his inauguration, President Obama signaled a change of attitude toward Islam. He renounced the term “war on terror” and has never even flirted with another right-wing favorite, “clash of civilizations.” Since taking office he has addressed the Islamic […]

Consciousness

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The aftermath of Satan

posted by dchopra

The future appears to be global, and if we want to thrive there, the concept of “pure evil” has to be discarded. As fuel for hostility, nothing is more combustible. After 9/11, angry mobs massing in Baghdad against the U.S. […]

The Creative Process

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Why the God Delusion Won’t Go Away

posted by dchopra

A Baltimore mother accused of joining a cult and starving her child says she was acting on her religious beliefs. What’s the difference between extreme religious conviction and delusion? Between a religion and a cult? Children believe that their mothers […]

A self-help kit for closed minds

posted by dchopra

President Obama is meeting with resistance to some of his biggest and most daring plans for change. He repeats over and over that he is open to suggestions from all sides. When the Republicans balked at his current budget, he […]

Spending $100 billion

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Seven Steps to Releasing Emotional Turbulence

posted by dchopra

Emotional turbulence interferes with emotional well being and initiative. Fear, anger, guilt and anxiety are deviations from natural condition of balance and stand in the way of spiritual evolution. Restoring balance can be evolutionary in itself. Patients suffering from life […]

Satan’s Last Gasp

posted by dchopra

Satan is losing the battle for people’s minds. This is a clear trend, and it’s been mounting for a long time. The basic reason is that evil has gotten a lot of competition. Are schizophrenics possessed by the Devil? Raise […]

Our invisible safety net — will it hold us up?

posted by dchopra

America’s safety net is fraying, and that’s a problem, because it was an invisible net to begin with. The issue of safety nets isolates us in the world. We don’t like to think that we are a cruel, careless, or […]

Be The Change – Poetry Reading – Part 3 of 3

posted by dchopra

Be the Change Community Outreach Program Tampa, Florida February 6th, 2009Deepak Chopra – Poetry readingUnity Consciousness – Tagorefeaturing:Ann Marie Calhoun – Violin http://annmariecalhoun.comFred Johnson Vocalist and PercussionHigh Definition Video Production by http://mn8multimedia.com

What to Do About “Mad as Hell”

posted by dchopra

People are incredibly angry these days. The governing class in America fears a “populist backlash,” as the New York Times dubbed it. They are worried that if ordinary Americans get mad enough, they will derail recovery plans. But this isn’t […]

What the future holds: a blue sweater

posted by dchopra

The future feels uncertain right now, but we may be able to glimpse it through a child’s blue sweater. The child, a little girl, wore the same blue sweater to school every day. She loved it because of the African […]

“Be The Change” – Deepak Chopra Poetry Reading – Part 2 of 3

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Be the Change Community Outreach Program Tampa, Florida February 6th, 2009Deepak Chopra – Poetry readingUnity Consciousness – Tagorefeaturing:Ann Marie Calhoun – Violin http://annmariecalhoun.comFred Johnson Vocalist and PercussionHigh Definition Video Production by http://mn8multimedia.com Category: EducationTags: Change Ann Marie Clahoun Fred Johnson […]

“Be The Change” – Deepak Chopra Poetry Reading – Part 1 of 3

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Be the Change Community Outreach Program Tampa, Florida February 6th, 2009 Deepak Chopra – Poetry reading Unity Consciousness – Tagore featuring: Ann Marie Calhoun – ViolinPoem begins at 4:20

President Obama, how about a peace dividend?

posted by dchopra

What if the worst trouble spots in the world started turning a profit? Would that be a realistic approach to peace after so many other approaches have failed? An old idea along these lines is coming back to life, known […]

Rush Limbaugh: Icon of Anti-Morality

posted by dchopra

When Michael Steele, the hapless chairman of the Republican Party, lost his bearings and called Rush Limbaugh’s style ugly and incendiary, everyone knew it was the truth. But it was a perfect example of an inconvenient truth. The right wing […]

Quantum physics and consciousness

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Dharma

posted by dchopra

Dharma is a Sanskrit word with no direct literal translation into English. Etymologically it means that which sustains, upholds and supports. It should be understood as the most evolutionary impulse in Nature as she expresses herself in her infinite creativity […]

If You Escaped the Meltdown, What Should You Do?

posted by dchopra

Published in the Washington Post in response to their question: In tough times, do those of us who handled our finances responsibly have a moral obligation to bail out those of us who didn’t? Are we our brother’s keeper economically? […]

How to Win Pakistan’s culture war

posted by dchopra

by Deepak Chopra and Salman Ahmad Pakistan is a war zone, but its battle is far more cultural than military. The whole country realizes this fact and is holding its breath, hoping that President Obama will come to the same […]

Slumdog Millionaire: Dilemma of a New India

posted by dchopra

After its sweeping win at the Oscars last Sunday, Slumdog Millionaire seems like the movie everyone wants, and perhaps needs. It has all the ingredients of escapist fare from the Great Depression — a populist hero who overcomes all odds […]

Aging factors

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The Nature of Love

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Our biggest “toxic asset”: ideology

posted by dchopra

The government is trying to solve the problem of toxic assets that have infected America’s biggest banks. But apparently it hasn’t disinfected its own toxic asset — political ideology. It was ideology that made House Republicans vote against the first […]

Karma

posted by dchopra

The Bhagavad Gita says “the course of karma is unfathomable.” And so it is. In Sanskrit the word karma means action. Sanskrit provides a precise vocabulary for this abstract field that can help us navigate through it with more assurance. […]

Pakistan’s Hellish Road to Paradise

posted by dchopra

What can we do when one man’s Paradise is another man’s brutal dictatorship? This question faces the world once again with regard to Pakistan. It was announced on February 16th that the Pakistani government had reached an agreement with the […]

Can Values Save The Economy?

posted by dchopra

Strange as it sounds, the recent collapse of the economy was predicted in a nursery rhyme. Every child in past generations learned it, although I don’t know if they do now. For want of a nail the shoe was lost. […]

How to change diabolical science

posted by dchopra

Last column I painted a grim picture of science’s dark side. A trend toward diabolical creativity began with the atom bomb in 1945 and has only accelerated since then. But it’s not just weapons of mechanized death that cause the […]

A military solution to a war on terrorism is doomed

posted by dchopra

Deepak Chopra, Ken Robinson It’s a sore temptation to hunt down Osama bin Laden – one of the most consistent campaign promises made by President Obama – and yet there are strong arguments against it. U.S. forces would have to […]

Diabolical science has to end

posted by dchopra

It’s amazing how far science has gone to destroy life without being blamed. We live in the scientific age, and science’s prestige has permitted it to spread far beyond the good it can do. The first shock was the atom […]

Obama Used the Word Muslims Want to Hear – Respect

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section/ in response to their question: At his inauguration, President Obama said: “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” Is that possible? […]

Barack Obama and the Noble Lie

posted by dchopra

Some commentators have called 2008 “the moment of truth election.” The phrase seems to expand in all directions. It’s the moment of truth for an out of control financial system and hapless home owners in over their heads. It’s the […]

Tools of Personal Transformation -Higher States of Consciousness

posted by dchopra

Since consciousness is the basis of all reality, any shift in consciousness changes every aspect of our reality. Reality is created by consciousness differentiating into cognition, moods, emotions, perceptions, behaviour, speech, social interactions, environment, interaction with the forces of nature, […]

Obama And the Rise of Secular Spirituality

posted by dchopra

By Deepak Chopra and Dave Stewart It’s rare enough for an incoming President to inspire such a flood of hope and optimism, or so much relief that our long imprisonment in the political doldrums should be ending. But Barack Obama […]

Alternative Medicine is Mainstream Medicine

posted by dchopra

Co-authored by Dean Ornish, Rustum Roy and Andrew Weil   In mid-February, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bravewell Collaborative are convening a "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public." This […]

How to Defeat Hamas — Face Up to the Truth

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washingtion Post On Faith section in response to their question: Hamas leaders claim that their understanding of Islam makes Israel’s survival a theological and moral impossibility. What’s your response to that? How should Israel respond? How […]

Dear Mr. Obama, It’s Time For a Peace Plan That Works

posted by dchopra

Israel’s massive assault on Gaza is the worst sort of déjà vu all over again. As news commentators wearily point out that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a never-ending story, there are shifts in that story. The most important was George […]

Leave the Sinking Ship: An Open Invitation to the Wall Street Journal to Get on Board for Integrative Health Reform

posted by dchopra

Deepak Chopra, MD Andrew Weil, MD and Rustum Roy, PhD On December 26, 2008, the Wall Street Journal published “The Touch that Doesn’t Heal,” an article by Steve Salerno. Without discernible professional credentials in health reportage, the writer opened his […]

Tools of Personal Transformation – Forgiveness

posted by dchopra

From an early age we are told forgiveness is an important virtue we should practice, but we are only told to forgive, we are not shown how to forgive and mean it. In the Lord’s Prayer we ask God to […]

Memo to President-Elect Obama

posted by dchopra

You have been elected by the first anti-war constituency since 1952, when Eisenhower was elected after promising to end the Korean War. But ending a war isn’t the same as bringing peace. America has been on a war footing since […]

If Terrorism Is a Cancer, Treat It Like One

posted by dchopra

In the spirit of President-elect Obama’s call for unity, the present divide between opponents and supporters of the war in Iraq needs to be healed. On one side, as represented by President Bush in his exit interviews, the war is […]

We Don’t Need Rick Warren’s Blessing, Or Anyone Else’s

posted by dchopra

Since God didn’t vote for President, why should he get a seat on the inauguration platform? In the midst of controversy over picking Rick Warren to offer an invocation, it’s been overlooked that reality is shifting in America. We are […]

Enlightenment

posted by dchopra

Enlightenment is the transformation of personal consciousness to universal consciousness. According to the wisdom traditions of the world, this transformation is not an anomaly or departure from human nature, but rather the actualization of human potential. The evolution of consciousness […]

Opinionators in Paradise

posted by dchopra

It’s a golden time to have an opinion. Broadcasting your personal viewpoint to the world has never been easier. The chances of fame, if only momentary, are the same for millions of bloggers. The risk of retribution is basically nil. […]

Cursed are the peacemakers

posted by dchopra

The catastrophic and horrendous attacks in Mumbai are being labeled as India’s 9/11. Several thousand innocent civilians have already died in India as the result of bombings over the past few years. But this particular attack, striking at the most […]

A fuller and more personal response to Ms. Dorothy Rabinowitz’s attack in the Wall Street Journal

posted by dchopra

When I first read Ms. Rabinowitz personal attacks on me as the lead article on the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal, I have to confess that my first reaction was that she was an ethnocentric racist and prejudiced […]

Response to the Wall Street Journal

posted by dchopra

Dear Friends, The Wall Street Journal recently published an article critical on some comments that I made on CNN and at the same time made some derogatory and personal attacks. Both I and my son, Gotham Chopra, responded and Wall […]

How to Prevent Another Mumbai

posted by dchopra

Before the economy eclipsed everything else, the country was feeling better about Iraq. The war was winding down. The insurgents were being steadily pacified. Then along came Mumbai, and their 9/11, as Indians view it, reignited our own past fears. […]

When the emperor was dying

posted by dchopra

When Barack Obama’s remarkable eloquence was dismissed as “just words” during the primary campaign, he survived the criticism. Telling the truth and offering inspiration aren’t just words. They are incredibly important in keeping a society together. Now Obama faces another […]

How About the Church of Hope?

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: President-elect Obama hasn’t been to church in three weeks, saying he doesn’t want to disrupt the service for others. Reagan and Bush said the same thing, […]

Is it time for dinosaur feathers?

posted by dchopra

Sometimes life takes a creative leap that’s almost miraculous. Nobody knows how this happens, and it can never be predicted. You’d never know, looking at a reptile’s round, hard, shiny scales, that they could genetically morph into feathers. Paleontologists know […]

How To Be Happy in a Recession

posted by dchopra

When a box turtle is crossing the road and it hears a car coming, it reacts by drawing in its head and feet, contracting for protection. Evolution has kept turtles alive for hundreds of millions of years that way. What […]

The Mystery of the Compassionate Brain

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Religion scholar Karen Armstrong is asking the world to write a Charter for Compassion, based on her premise that compassion is central to all religions. Do […]

The Vow

posted by dchopra

Dear Friends, On November 7, 2008, at 9:45am , I, Deepak Chopra, took a vow of non-violence in my thoughts, in my speech and in my actions. I, then, also had an opportunity to ask the almost 500 people attending […]

Marilyn Ferguson: An Appreciation

posted by dchopra

Reagan was on the rise, the anti-war movement had sunk to a low ebb, and the New Age was barely christened when The Aquarian Conspiracy appeared in 1980. Overnight Marilyn Ferguson’s book became famous and sold in the millions. I […]

Convulsions, Sobs, and Laughter

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: What does the election of Barack Obama as president say about America? What does it say to the world? The phrase in my title comes from […]

The Man Who Changed the World?

posted by dchopra

Wanting to change the world is different from having to. The latter is what’s expected of Barack Obama if he’s elected. The huge crowds he keeps attracting aren’t looking simply for a new leader, or even a reformer to undo […]

Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment

posted by dchopra

There are no facts to tell us what happened to the young Jesus during his "lost years" between the Nativity story and the day he appears at the River Jordan, age thirty, to be baptized. I was glad for this […]

Obama’s Loss Traced to Deepak Chopra

posted by dchopra

A friend sent this funny video to me recently. Click on it at the end and you can customize it to your friends’ names to encourage them to vote.

Will God Stop Voting?

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Is there a religious reason to vote for or against Obama or McCain? There never will be, and never should be, a religious reason to pick […]

Gay Marriage and the Democratic Hazard

posted by dchopra

“Moral hazard” is a phrase more of us know in this era of reckless trading on Wall Street, and now we can apply it to politics. Traders who use other people’s money aren’t exposed to the risk of losing their […]

If Religion Is Power, Women Deserve Their Share

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: The theme of The Women’s Conference 2008 this week is We Empower. Does religion empower women? To get at the question of whether religion empowers women, […]

Robo Rove and Willie Horton Redux

posted by dchopra

The progressive side of American politics feels done in by the nasty work of Karl Rove, following in the muddy footprints of the late Lee Atwater, a grinning, guitar-strumming master of demagoguery. The effectiveness of slamming Michael Dukakis with the […]

Crisis as a Test of Faith

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Fears about the economy. Anger on the campaign trail. Which concerns you most? How should we respond? Two crises are overlapping right now, one economic, the […]

A Noble Loser vs. A Dirty Winner

posted by dchopra

The reason that the Democrats have become experts at losing the Presidency is that the Republicans have become experts at the dirty win. Or so the mythology goes. This idea gained traction with the smear campaign run against Michael Dukakis […]

A “Birds of a Feather” Campaign Strategy

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Obama and Wright. McCain and Keating. Palin and Muthee. To what extent is it right or wrong to judge candidates by the company they keep? Inevitably […]

An Economic Solution Through Service, Not Greed

posted by dchopra

I asked my friend Rinaldo Brutoco founder and president of World Business Academy to guest blog here on practical suggestions to reverse the trend we are seeing in our financial security. Rinaldo Brutoco is a leading international executive, writer and […]

Witchcraft and the White House

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin will debate this week. What would you ask them about their religious beliefs and why? If Joe Biden […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 7)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is: Sharing for Peace Today, share your practice of peacemaking with two people. Give them this information and invite them to begin the daily practice. As more of us participate in […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 6)

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Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is: Creating for Peace Today, come up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict, either in your personal life or your family circle or among friends. If you […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 5)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is: Acting for Peace Today is the day to help someone in need: A child, a sick person, an older or frail person. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself, ” […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 4)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is: Speaking for Peace Today, the purpose of speaking is to create happiness in the listener. Have this intention: Today every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain […]

When Gray Is the Only Color

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: John McCain and Sarah Palin say it’s time to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Do you agree? What is […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 3)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the week-long practices for peace, today’s theme for peacemakers is: Feeling for Peace This is the day to experience the emotions of peace. The emotions of peace are compassion, understanding, and love. Compassion is the feeling of shared suffering. […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 2)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the weeklong practices for peace, today’s theme for peacemakers is: Thinking for Peace Thinking has power when it is backed by intention. Today, introduce the intention of peace in your thoughts. Take a few moments of silence, then repeat […]

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (part 1)

posted by dchopra

War is the plague that human beings bring upon themselves. It is also a plague we might be able to end. On any given day since you and I were born, some part of the world has been at war-in […]

The Economics of Sin and Virtue

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Are the economy’s recent financial failures also moral failures? Are credit and debt religious issues? Do you have faith in the economy? Money lies closer to […]

Obama and the Palin Effect (Part 2)

posted by dchopra

My post a few weeks ago on Sarah Palin acting as Barack Obama’s psychological shadow triggered a lot of people. I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about how one deals with the shadow once it breaks out and […]

Why Obama Needs to Reach Deeper

posted by dchopra

The race has changed, now what? All reports indicate that the Obama camp is rife with confusion about where they stand in the face of the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin and John McCain’s ability to bring the Republican Party […]

What’s Good for GM Is Good for God

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin recently suggested that a gas pipeline is “God’s will” and the Iraq war is “a task that is from God.” Are […]

Obama and the Tragedy of Apathy

posted by dchopra

Listening to Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, I got two messages. The first was tactical. Like a general mapping out a battle strategy, Obama has listened carefully to his critics, and in the speech he rolled out rebuttals, one by one, […]

Silence of the Lamb

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Advise John McCain and Barack Obama on the role religion should play in their presidential campaigns. This will be a short response: I’d advise both candidates […]

When Illusions Refuse to Die (Part 3)

posted by dchopra

The saddest part about the period of sleepwalking that the U.S. has experienced over the past eight years is that we don’t have to return to the status quo before Bush was elected. History can move forward to the benefit […]

When Illusions Refuse to Die (Part 2)

posted by dchopra

A great deal of confusion is being stirred up now over where the disastrous experience of Iraq and the collapse of neoconservatism will lead. By an ironic twist, Barack Obama has been labeled an idealist, when in fact he is […]

When Illusions Refuse to Die (Part 1)

posted by dchopra

Societies don’t remain the same after a war but find that they have radically changed. Sometimes the change is catastrophic, sometimes not. But it can never be ignored. A major undercurrent in the 2008 presidential campaign centers on this fact, […]

Excuse Me, How Does It Feel to Be Poor?

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: What’s your response to this question from a Post national poll of low-wage workers? “What role does God or your faith play in helping you get […]

New Life in a New World

posted by dchopra

People need a way to deal with the global changes suddenly surrounding us. As often happens, second-hand opinions are gaining the most power. The vocabulary on the left speaks of positive change, a new order, rising prosperity in what used […]

Imagining God in Color

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Three in 10 Americans acknowledge feelings of racial prejudice, and yet 9 in 10 say they believe in God. How does racial prejudice reflect on one’s […]

Does a New Start Have a Chance?

posted by dchopra

Barack Obama’s eloquence in the defense of idealism hasn’t changed since Iowa, but reaction to it has. He is accused of favoring uplifting rhetoric over hard policy choices. Some commentators complain that for them, the thrilling speeches of the primary […]

The Army Fights “With God on Our Side”

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: The ACLU has asked the U.S. Naval Academy to end prayers at mandatory meals, and yet all branches of the service employ chaplains. What is the […]

Genes at the Crossroads

posted by dchopra

For years the general public has been receiving optimistic predictions about how genetic research will change everyday life. In particular, there have been promises that all kinds of human behavior — including overeating, belief in God, altruism, happiness, and depression […]

Why the Paranormal Is Normal

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: Polls routinely show that 75 percent of Americans hold some form of belief in the paranormal such as astrology, telepathy and ghosts. All religions contain beliefs […]

Pitiful, Helpless Giant, Act II

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The specter of a defeated America remains the single most powerful motivator for national policy. As a country, victory is the only viable option. After two world wars in which America played the role of rescuer (the New World coming […]

Rituals and Membership Cards

posted by dchopra

A Washington Post On Faith article in response to their question: What do you think about Sally Quinn, a non-Catholic, going to Communion at Tim Russert’s Catholic funeral? What are some do’s and don’ts for observing the religious rituals of […]

May the Best Image Win, For Once

posted by dchopra

Great events tend to move more by image than by realities. At their most powerful, images are perceptions that grip the mind stronger than statistics, scientific studies, expert testimony, education, and the other tools of reason. We are experiencing a […]

Atheists and the Will to Believe

posted by dchopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: “According to a new Pew survey, 21% of American atheists believe in God or a universal spirit, 12% believe in heaven and 10% pray at least […]

A New World or No World? (Part 3)

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Continuing the list of what we need in terms of awareness to prevail in difficult times: 3 A vision of the future. When people are asleep, the future is a repetition of the past, because inertia can do little else. […]

A Book That Peers into Eternity

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An article written for the Washington Post On Faith section. There’s a single book that I reread every year: “I Am That” by Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981). The title is a quotation. In India the goal of enlightenment is to see […]

A New World or No World? (Part 2)

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Eighty years after the great economist John Maynard Keynes observed that the market is psychological and goes up and down primarily because of how investors feel, few people grasp how profound he was. We still rely on objective standards that […]

Deepak Chopra: ‘Resist Not Evil’

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What do you think is the nature of evil? Does it exist? According to Jungian psychology evil is the projection of our collective and our personal shadow. This echoes Jesus’ statement, “Resist not evil.”

How to Approach Religion: Laugh and Laugh Again

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith Section in response to their question about the controversy over the movie the Love Guru. The inability of some religious people to laugh at themselves betrays, I think, a great deal of […]

Deepak Chopra: ‘My Yoke Is Easy and My Burden Is Light’

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I think what Jesus was saying with this verse is that the power of intention can orchestrate its own fulfillment. It’s being talked about today as the Law of Attraction. But if you’re connected to the creative power inside you, […]

Deepak Chopra: God is Laughing

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In a world of so much suffering, how could God be laughing? One answer is that “ha-ha” is just like “ah-ha!”–“I get it.” My two giggling special guests help me out in this.

A New World or No World? (Part 1)

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Societies never act in totally predictable ways. In response to the global economic crisis of the mid-Seventies, induced by OPEC tripling the price of oil overnight, every country was put to the test. Energy policies proposed by Jimmy Carter, which […]

Deepak Chopra: Does God Need Defending?

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If you are easily offended when someone questions your faith, do you have faith? I believe if you’re really spiritual then you don’t need to get offended.

Faith Healing, from Jesus to Neurotransmitters

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: “Do you believe that faith can effect your health or is that a lot of new age nonsense?” Faith is too vast a subject to generalize […]

Corn Chips and Spirituality

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Deepak talks about creating wisdom-based economies on CNN Money. Click http://money.cnn.com/video/ then select video ‘Corn Chips and Spirituality’

“No Surrender” vs. Lapel Pins

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One aspect of modern politics has been to elevate the trivial to unheard of heights. By any serious measure Barack Obama holds an enormous advantage over John McCain. His poise, intelligence, and charisma are undeniable, as is the utter ruin […]

Deepak Chopra: Science, Nature, Brain, and God

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What is science? If we’re the expression of a bigger intelligence, then isn’t science God trying to understand God? During my morning meditation (working out at the gym with my eyes closed), these thoughts came to me. Watch the video […]

Racism Bites Back, Using Religion as its Pawn

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith in response to their question regarding Senator Obama’s decision to leave United Trinity Church.

Deepak Chopra: What Is Time?

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“Running out of time,” “losing track of time”–we talk about time as if it were a finite object. But time is a psychological event. What do you think?

A Dream I Had About What’s Real

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After my grandchildren asked if the dinosaurs at a museum were real, I thought deeply about the line about reality and unreality–and then had an illuminating dream I’d like to share.

The Amorality of the Free Market

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith in response to their question: Greed, one of the seven deadly sins, is seen as a major factor in the housing market crash and the oil price spike. Can greed ever be […]

Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds…

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A Washington Post article by Deepak Chopra in response to their question: The California Supreme Court has overturned that state’s ban on gay marriage. Is marriage a legal right or a sacred rite? Should the state be involved in marriage? […]

What is Humor?

posted by dchopra

With my new book on joy coming out (“Why Is God Laughing?”) and my cameo in Mike Meyers’ ” Love Guru,” I’d like to know–what does humor mean to you?

Why Do Political Lies Work?

posted by dchopra

Anyone who wants to reform American politics has to seriously consider the pros and cons of lying. Telling people what they want to hear has rarely lost an election. Yet nobody wants to be on the Titanic, reassured that what […]

The New Evangelicalism: “Not to Attack or Exclude”

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An article by Deepak Chopra in the Washington Post in response to their question: Some Christian leaders issued “An Evangelical Manifesto” last week to depoliticize the term ‘evangelical.’ “We evangelicals are defined theologically, and not politically, socially or culturally,” they […]

The Real Cure For Evil Is Also the Fastest

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I have no patience for theories of universal evil — that is, attributing evil to Satan, the fall of man, genes, human nature, or unnamed dark forces lurking in our unconscious. In one way or another, these theories have increased […]

The Pressure To Be Good

posted by dchopra

In a recent interview for his new book on democracy, Bill Moyers presented the bleakest face of goodness that one could imagine. He is too gentle to mount a jeremiad, yet Moyers’ recent career has been one long lamentation. He […]

Politicians and the Cycle of Lying

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An article in the Washington Post by Deepak Chopra in response to their question: The percentage of voters who find Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama “honest and trustworthy” is declining as the campaign wears on. Why? From a moral standpoint, […]

Evil and the Addiction to Pain (Part 2)

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In the generation before Shakespeare, the French essayist Montaigne remarked that cruelty and vengeance are so inherent in human nature that we wouldn’t be ourselves without them. In so many words, Shakespeare said the same thing in his tragedies and […]

Evil and the Addiction to Pain (Part 1)

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Common sense tells us that people naturally seek pleasure and avoid pain, but common sense is wrong. Pain is rarely a deterrent from destructive behavior. Sometimes the greater the pain, the more fiercely someone will cling to it. We see […]

The Dalai Lama (by Deepak Chopra)

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An article in TIME magazine on the Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama

A Test Case for Obama’s Idealism

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A article in the Washington Post by Deepak Chopra in response to their question: Jeremiah Wright’s sermons continue to be an issue in the presidential campaign. Why? What do you think of his preaching style? What do you wish you […]

Obama and “I’m Just Like You” Politics (by Deepak Chopra)

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In recent weeks Barack Obama has been faulted for, among other things, misunderstanding working-class gun owners and church goers, bowling a 37, wanting a Philly cheese steak with goat cheese instead of Cheez Whiz, and associating with a former Sixties […]

Pope Benedict and the Mystery of Two Worlds

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An article in the Washington Post by Deepak Chopra on the Pope’s visit. Pope Benedict and the Mystery of Two Worlds

The Ecumenical Age May Be Past

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An article in the Washington Post by Deepak Chopra in response to the question: Pope Benedict’s recent baptism of a well-known Italian Muslim has prompted criticism in much of the Islamic world. Has Benedict done enough to build bridges to […]

The Nature of Time

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A nine-minute conversation of Deepak Chopra and Shekhar Kapur about the nature of time. It’s a big file, so give it time to download. THE NATURE OF TIME

Desire and Happiness

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Question: If my desire is for happiness, then how does one remain detached from the outcome? Seems almost silly…

Guilt, Sin and God

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Question: I love people and I have a recently discovered a problem I have with feeling that I am not worthy/ lovable if not doing and saying everything I can to make people respond positively and feel good. I am […]

Seeing Ourself In Others

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Question: I have a question to the following quote from your recent answer to a question about creation: ”The seed of ignorance is implied in the virtual duality created in consciousness knowing itself as both knower and the object of […]

Tibet Isn’t a Buddhist Litmus Test

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As the violence in Tibet has continued, the Dalai Lama issued a stern statement that he could not align himself with insurrection in his home country. Buddhism rests on several pillars, one of which is nonviolence. Tibet quickly became a […]

Opening the Third Eye

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Question: Could you please tell me your thoughts on opening the brow chakra the third eye, and if there is a best way to do it. Is it safe and is the experience as beautiful as most spiritual teachers claim […]

Doubts on a Path

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Question: I am having doubts about the beliefs of a path I have been seriously following. This path, Akram Vignan from Dada Bhagwan, has an enlightenment ceremony in which one can have direct experience of the Pure Soul, after which […]

One Prejudice, One Solution

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An article in the Washington Post in response to the question: Which “ism” is more entrenched in America, sexism or racism? Which should religion address? One Prejudice One Solution

The Bill Arrives for a Free War (by Deepak Chopra)

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Watching the troubles of the economy, some observers don’t want a bailout for either Wall St. or stressed homeowners who find themselves in over their heads. The phrase “moral hazard” is being tossed around as shorthand for “You took the […]

Resurrection Times Three

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An article in the Washington Post by Deepak Chopra on the Resurrection

Deepak Interview on Jesus, Consciousness and Spirituality

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A Borders Books in-depth interview with Deepak Chopra followed by open question and answer period with the public. Borders interviews Deepak Chopra

Distinguishing Deity and Spirit (by Deepak Chopra)

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Question: Books like yours, Ken Wilber’s and Joseph Campbell’s all say, from differing perspectives: that the great river of wisdom called the perennial philosophy, is destined to somehow evolve into the “common sense” knowledge of all people willing to embrace […]

The Mystery of the Real Jesus (Part 1)

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A stir was made recently by the documentary film from ‘Titanic’ director James Cameron that claimed to have found the final resting place of Jesus and his family, and although the evidence presented wasn’t satisfying to the vast majority of […]

Prayer and Fear

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Question: When, after my meditation, I pray for certain things, and then relax, the opposite of the outcome I want to happen pops up in my brain. For instance, if I pray for wealth, then I may picture myself as […]

The Enlightened Jesus

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In my new book “The Third Jesus,” I write not about the historical Jesus, or the church’s Jesus, but about the third one–a state of expanded and enlightened Christ consciousness. Click “play” for more.

What Did You Think?

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What does this Florida cabdriver think of all this spiritual vlogging happening in his backseat?

Key Questions to Ask the Universe

posted by dchopra

Here are some essential questions you should be asking yourself and the Universe.

Possibilities of the Universe

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The Universe is a field of possibilities until we ask a question, only then can it begin to assemble itself into a “space/time event”–an answer.

Creating the Future (by Deepak Chopra)

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Question: Assuming past, present, and future are nonlinear and one ‘knows’ something yet to be, are they creating this something they ‘know’ within the gap of consciousness?

Exploring Synchronicity

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In this video clip Deepka Chopra talks about the spiritual mechanisms behind synchronicity–while in a taxi cab.

What is a Bodhisattva? (by Deepak Chopra)

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Question: I have read many spiritual works, and many of them mention Bodhisattvas as beings who come back and reincarnate for highly spiritual purposes. I am quite confused about it. Would you please provide some insights into the nature and […]

Can Charisma Really Bring Change? (by Deepak Chopra)

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It’s generally acknowledged that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has stalled on the wrong side of a charisma gap. The Democratic electorate has surged to follow Barack Obama, and yet this doesn’t signal that Hillary is unpopular — she still earns a […]

Memory and Machiavelli

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There has been much decrying in the anti-war movement of deception and disinformation, accusing the Bush administration of using both tactics to fool the American people into the invasion of Iraq. Little has been said about the shallowness of political […]

How Do I Tell If I’m Plugged Into Spirit?

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On his way to a conference in Florida, Deepak Chopra talks about three ways we can tell if we’re tuned in–or not.

The Audacity of Enlightenment (by Deepak Chopra)

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Although Barack Obama’s slogan is “the audacity of hope,” the words have deeper connotations at this moment. One of the most powerful, I think, is the audacity to wake up. In order for the right wing to succeed in its […]

TIME Magazine Video Interview With Deepak Chopra

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Dear Friends, Here’s a link to a video interview I did recently with TIME magazine. Interview with Deepak Chopra

The Maharishi Years – The Untold Story: Recollections of a Former Disciple (by Deepak Chopra)

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August 1, 1991 saw the publication of my book, Perfect Health, a popular guide to Ayurveda that came at the height of my involvement with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Although I had been meditating less than a decade in comparison with […]

First Meeting Maharishi (by Deepak Chopra)

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It was in 1985, two years after a trip to Rishikesh, that I got an opportunity to meet Maharishi. When my chance came I grew unexpectedly shy. A young psychologist at Harvard, who was doing a study on the benefits […]

The Three Maharishis (by Deepak Chopra)

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Even though I last sat with Maharishi more than ten years ago, he left an indelible impression, as he did on everyone. His extraordinary qualities are known to the world. Without him, it’s fair to say, the West would not […]

Why the New Age (Still) Matters (by Deepak Chopra)

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The New Age still matters because it is the best resort we have to age-old traditions of wisdom. I wanted to say that up front, even though I have never used the phrase “New Age” in any talk or writing. […]

Good Enough For God? (by Deepak Chopra)

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I’ve been pondering the belief that good people go to heaven while bad people go to hell. “Good” can be defined by absolutist rules pertaining to sin, like the Ten Commandments and much of the Koran, painting a clear map […]

Consciousness As the New Civil Rights Issue (by Deepak Chopra)

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Dear Friends, I’m delighted to join all of you on Beliefnet in this wonderful journey toward spiritual wisdom and grace. In this space I would like to share thoughts and feelings on how we can strengthen our connection to our […]

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Can Wisdom Save Us? Why It Has To
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