Deepak Chopra is a New Age guru
. He is a former leader in the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation
program. Chopra promotes the Indian healing system known as ayurveda
Deepak Chopra claims
that "by consciously using our awareness, we can influence the way we age biologically. . . . You can tell your body not to age". He has reportedly made millions of dollars marketing such messages along with books, lectures, tapes, and consumables based on a "modern" version of an ancient Indian healing system (ayurvedic medicine).
Chopra claims that herbs prescribed in ayurvedic treatment "take the intelligence of the universe and match it with the intelligence of our own body."
Chopra's book Return of the Reishi promotes the idea that meditators can levitate. Chapter 13 describes his personal experience with "lifting off," which he calles "the first threshold in yogic flying
Ayurvedic medicine & Deepak Chopra
(Contra) An entry in the Skeptic's Dictionary
Book review: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
(Contra) Reviewed by Douglas Groothuis
Deepak Chopra and Maharishi Ayurvedic Medicine
(Contra) by Thomas J. Wheeler, Ph.D. [archived by the Internet Archive]
Deepak Chopra's Third Jesus: The Persistent New Age Jesus
by Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age
While I was exploring and engaged in the New Age for close to 20 years, I became familiar with topics such as Christ Consciousness, enlightenment, the world as an illusion, God within, energy, karma, reincarnation, Eastern meditation methods, Jesus as a spiritual master akin to Buddha, different levels of truth and reality, sin defined as thinking we are separate from God or being unaware of our true divine Self, and many other related beliefs. These concepts undergirded my worldview.
A Few Thoughts on
At the same time that the New Age has been blending with the culture exponentially to its growth, many people believe the New Age has faded away when, in reality, it is more deeply entrenched than ever before. One sign of this is the astounding number of bestsellers promoting these beliefs. The Third Jesus is yet another such work, although its focus is more strongly on Jesus, and the book uses copious amounts of Scripture from the Gospels in an attempt at credibility.
Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, quite a few professing Christians endorse Chopra's book. Their words of praise reach out to the reader in the initial pages of the book. Chopra's views are not a mystery; he has written over 40 books, so no one who endorses his books can credibly claim ignorance of his theology.
(Contra) by Stephen Barrett, M.D., of QuackWatch.org
New Age Supersage
TIME Asia, Dec. 20, 2002 edition.
A Summary Critique...
(Contra) John Weldon
critiques two of Chopra's books.
Books by Deepak Chopra
(Not recommended. Included for research purposes only.)
Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs
by John Ankerberg
and John Weldon
. Discusses many of the subjects promoted by Deepak Chopra.
Ravi Zacharias addresses Deepak's Chopra's 'Third Jesus'
"What is Truth?": Deepak Chopra Denies the Deity of Christ. Deepak Chopra in discussion with Lee Strobel and Greg Koukl:
Database of archived news items on Deepak Chopra
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database
For newer items, see Religion News Blog
The Chopra Center
How To Know God
Official site. [Note: this site is no longer maintained or updated. The link leads to an archived version of the website at the Internet Archive. We link to it as it may be of interest to researchers.]
The 'god' Chopra worship is described as follows:
God is the infinite, unbounded, eternal intelligence that constantly projects itself as the Universe--through the creation of space, time, matter and infinite energy.
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