In the most ambitious and important book of his career, Deepak Chopra sets us on a path to the ultimate spiritual experience. The bestselling author of "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind" and "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" has written a groundbreaking exploration of the seven ways we experience God. These are shaped not by any one religion but ...
In the most ambitious and important book of his career, Deepak Chopra sets us on a path to the ultimate spiritual experience. The bestselling author of "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind" and "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" has written a groundbreaking exploration of the seven ways we experience God. These are shaped not by any one religion but by an instinct that is hard-wired into the brain. In this remarkable work, Chopra takes us step by step, from the first stage, where the brain's "fight or flight" response yields us the experience of a God who is an all-powerful parent, to the seventh stage, where the brain experiences God as pure being, a sacred presence that just is. All seven stages are available to us at all times. In "How to Know God," Deepak Chopra charts a fascinating course for us, as we explore mysticism, religious ecstasy, genius, telepathy, multiple personality, and clairvoyance, drawing insights from psychology, neurology, and physics, as well as from the great religions. The result is vintage Chopra - that internationally-celebrated blend of philosophy and science- applied to the greatest subject of all. This is the quest all of us are on, whether we realize it or not. This is the ultimate hunt, for as Chopra puts it, "God is our highest instinct to know ourselves." This remarkable book makes a dramatic, and enduring, contribution to that knowledge.
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-01-10 Prolific author Chopra (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Creating Health, etc.) explores the different ways people apprehend God. Chopra contends that there are seven responses to God and that "the brain cannot register a deity outside the list of seven responses." Chopra's seven include: fight or flight (a God who can save us from danger), reactive (a rule-giving God), restful awareness (a God who brings tranquility out of chaos), intuitive (a good and forgiving God), creative (God as Creator), visionary (God as exalted) and sacred (God as the source of everything). Different personalities envision God differently, says Chopra; a go-getter determined to shape his own destiny will imagine a creative God, whereas someone who feels she is just barely getting through the day will have the stage-one "fight or flight" response, envisioning a God who can rescue her. For Chopra, these seven ascending stages are normative; someone who has reached stage seven is more in tune with God than someone stuck at stage one. (Readers from law-based religions may feel dismayed that Chopra so devalues their "stage two" conception of God.) To help spiritual pilgrims reach the seventh stage, Chopra recommends that they see themselves and others "in the light," forgive themselves when they err and seek out the sacred and the unknown. Like most theories that claim to be all-encompassing, Chopra's scheme is often reductive, but this will nonetheless be a worthwhile addition to the spiritual seeker's library. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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