Deepak Chopra's new bestseller on the highly topical theme of peace.
Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Dr Deepak Chopra trained in India and the United States, and is Executive Officer of the Chopra Center for Well Being at Carlsbad in California. He has written over thirty books, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He lectures and conducts seminars and workshops around the world. Visit his website at www.chopra.com
Chopra's latest work is prefaced by endorsements from four Nobel Peace Laureates, Muhammad Ali and an impressive array of other notables. Here, the Indian-born doctor and author of the bestselling The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and other popular spiritual guides contends that the deeply ingrained human habit of resorting to violence can be ended by raising the consciousness of individuals until there is a global change in awareness, similar to the shift that took place when the age of science took hold. Chopra, whose bestsellers and celebrity-friendliness have saddled him with a reputation for being guru to the rich and comfortable, is refreshingly honest about the way our comfort and security are ultimately the fruits of war. "The satisfaction of waging war cannot be replaced by philosophy or religion," he writes. In addition to analysis, he offers daily practices of meditation, thought and actions on behalf of others as a way to live the truth of Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." Ultimately, however, the ego itself has to be disarmed to live the way of peace, he says: "For me as an individual to be free, I have to confront myself with questions about who I really am, and this is done in large part by examining the layers of false identity that I mistakenly call me." This is clearly harder to practice than it is to read. Still, Chopra's affirmation that "our true identity is at the level of spirit and nowhere else" has the ring of truth and so does the rest of this simple, practical, inspiring book. Major ad/promo. (Jan. 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This latest work from Chopra (The Book of Secrets) comes armed with praise from the likes of the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Wayne Dyer, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Chopra is distressed at the omnipresence of violent conflict in our time and finds his remedy in the acknowledgment and rejection of the dualities and false sense of self that lie at its root. Beyond these, he counsels, lies the compassion that will help us reject violence. "The opposite of compassion has to be renounced, because in anger, vengeance, mechanized death, and violence against Nature is our doom." The text includes "Seven Practices for Peacemakers," a kind of mini-handbook for nonviolent leaders. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'The rock star of the new spirituality' * Guardian *
'Undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time' * Mikhail Gorbachev *
'Deepak Chopra has introduced literally millions of people to the spiritual path, and for this we should be profoundly grateful' * Ken Wilbur *