Power, Freedom, and Grace by Deepak Chopra (2006)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

In Power, Freedom, and Grace, 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 lasting happiness, which is not mere happiness for this or that reason, but true inner joy. By knowing who we are, we no longer interfere with the innate intelligence of the cosmos. Instead, we allow the universe to flow through us with effortless ease, and our lives are infused with power, freedom, and grace.

“This book captures the essence of all of my talks over the last 20 years. It is the distillation of almost everything I have taught up to now.” — Deepak Chopra

There is a reason why you were drawn to this book. Perhaps your soul is extending an invitation to you — an invitation to get in touch with the deepest part of your self. Your deepest self, your essential being, is the source of all Being — the field of pure consciousness that manifests as the infinite diversity of the universe. Power, freedom, and grace are attributes of this field. So, too, are happiness, joy, and bliss.

Joy is an internal state of consciousness that determines how we perceive and experience the world. The internal source of joy — our connection to our Creator, our source, our inner self — is the cause, while happiness is its effect.

If you have lost touch with your internal source of joy, if the happiness you experience always originates in circumstances outside yourself, then you are at the mercy of every situation and every stranger you meet. This kind of happiness is always elusive.

Welcome to some New Age crap. Imagine hearing a person say the same sentence in different formulations over different chapters dealing with questions every teenagers asks himself / herself when they go through puberty: Who am I? What am I supposed to do with my life? Where am I going? How can I be happy?

Add any question from the self-discovery range and Deepak will attempt to give you an answer in a veiled format to make it look like he’s been thinking long and hard.

When our life is an expression of the inner state of happiness, we discover an immense reservoir of power within us. This power gives us freedom from fear and limitations, and allows us to realize all the abundance that we aspire to. Even more significantly, this power nurtures all of our relationships and makes them truly fulfilling. We find ourselves becoming beacons of light and love, and our very presence nurtures the environment around us. People are drawn to support our desires, and even nature responds to our intentions.

Who in the world reads this? It’s so generic and bland, it could apply to anyone and any circumstance. He makes so many claims about what “Science” knows and what it doesn’t know (as if Science were a person) but he backs none of it up. We have to take everything he says on faith, on his rep as a spiritual leader and a doctor. But that’s all we have, his word.  He’s like OSHO OSHO – Talks on Sufi Stories and OSHO – Quotes on life and love

Your DNA encodes the experiences of your ancestors, both human and animal. It contains the knowledge that taught you as an amphibian how to fly and become a bird, and as a primate how to create language and art and science so you could be human. Your body recycles itself, bringing some of the old with every birth so that the knowledge encoded in the wisdom of the universe is never lost. At the same time, it brings a fresh perspective so you can build on the old and give yourself the opportunity for creativity.

He talks about entropy, but he doesn’t understand the concept. Scientists do actually have a reasonable guess about the end of this universe, it might not be right, but it’s a better guess than Chopra’s.

Theoretically, if you were totally aligned with the cosmos, if you were in total harmony with its rhythms, and if you had zero stress, then there would be very little entropy in your body. Your body wouldn’t age if you were totally synchronized with the cycles of the universe. If it did undergo entropy, it would be on the scale of the universe, which is cosmic cycles or eons of time. But your body-mind is not totally aligned with the rhythms of the universe, and why isn’t it? Stress. You see, as soon as you have a thought, any thought, it interrupts the innate tendency of the biological rhythms to entrain with the universal rhythms.

I hated how he phrased his “teachings” – that “You see?” in the sentence above is trying to create a connection with the reader. A one-on-one. He’s explaining something so fundamental you should get it. You see? If you don’t? Then you’re not worthy. You’re not one with the universe. You should do more to be like Deepak. ‘Cause he gets it.

Through your body-mind, you create and experience the world of objects and events in space-time. Through your intellect, you create and experience the world of ideas. Only through your soul can you create and experience the world of power, freedom, and grace. In the depths of your being is the light of pure Being, pure love, and pure joy. When you live from here, a new world opens. This world is unbounded, infinite, eternal, joyful. And this can be your world, if you want it. In this world, there’s no limit to your power, freedom, and grace.

https://www.deepakchopra.com/news/the-american-media-is-peddling-new-age-spirituality/ – The American Media Is Peddling New Age Spirituality. Oh the irony.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/03/deepak-chopra-the-coronavirus-and-need-for-spiritual-wellness.html – Deepak Chopra: The coronavirus and the need for spiritual well-being

This guy is a hack. He’s peddling his spiritualism like a cure. I don’t doubt mindfulness and meditation help, but please don’t buy this guy’s books. I didn’t. Charity bin found, charity bin return.

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