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Quotes by Deepak Chopra

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Wikipedia Summary for Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra (Hindi: [d̪iːpək tʃoːpɽa]; born October 22, 1946) is an Indian-American author and alternative medicine advocate. A prominent figure in the New Age movement, his books and videos have made him one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine. His discussions of quantum healing have been characterised as technobabble - "incoherent babbling strewn with scientific terms" which drives those who actually understand physics "crazy" and as "redefining Wrong".

Chopra studied medicine in India before emigrating in 1970 to the United States, where he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology. As a licensed physician, in 1980 he became chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH). In 1985, he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and became involved in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement. Shortly thereafter he resigned his position at NEMH to establish the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. In 1993, Chopra gained a following after he was interviewed about his books on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He then left the TM movement to become the executive director of Sharp HealthCare's Center for Mind-Body Medicine. In 1996, he co-founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

Chopra believes that a person may attain "perfect health", a condition "that is free from disease, that never feels pain", and "that cannot age or die". Seeing the human body as undergirded by a "quantum mechanical body" composed not of matter but of energy and information, he believes that "human aging is fluid and changeable; it can speed up, slow down, stop for a time, and even reverse itself," as determined by one's state of mind. He claims that his practices can also treat chronic disease.

The ideas Chopra promotes have regularly been criticized by medical and scientific professionals as pseudoscience. The criticism has been described as ranging "from the dismissive to...damning". Philosopher Robert Carroll writes that Chopra, to justify his teachings, attempts to integrate Ayurveda with quantum mechanics. Chopra says that what he calls "quantum healing" cures any manner of ailments, including cancer, through effects that he claims are literally based on the same principles as quantum mechanics. This has led physicists to object to his use of the term "quantum" in reference to medical conditions and the human body. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that Chopra uses "quantum jargon as plausible-sounding hocus pocus". Chopra's treatments generally elicit nothing but a placebo response and have drawn criticism that the unwarranted claims made for them may raise "false hope" and lure sick people away from legitimate medical treatments.

I was always interested in going deeply into the life of the Prophet.

This is real freedom -- the ability to enjoy the choices we make in every successive moment of the present.

There is no difference between your breathing and the breathing of the rain forest, between your bloodstream and the world's rivers, between your bones and the chalk cliffs of Dover.

Creativity is the evolutionary impulse in the Universe.

The healthiest response to life is joy.

Ecstasy is the energy of spirit. When life flows, ecstasy is natural.

Every negative belief weakens the partnership between mind and body.

On some dimension or other, every event in life can be causing only one of two things: either it is good for you, or it is bringing up what you need to look at in order to create good for you. Evolution is win-win life is self-correcting.

When our attention is on the present, our life is constantly renewed.

The quality of one's life depends on the quality of attention. Whatever you pay attention to will grow more important in your life.

Know that people are doing the best they can from their level of awareness. Accept people for who they are and always be ready to forgive.

As you sift through this very solid-looking body, you have to go only so far before you end up with a handful of nothing.

Replace your self-defeating thoughts with self-supporting thoughts.

In every failure is the seed of success... Our failures are stepping stones in the mechanics of creation, bringing us even closer to our goals. In reality, there is no such thing as failure. What we call failure is just a mechanism through which we can learn to do things right.

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.

No matter what the situation, remind yourself 'I have a choice.'

In fact, if you look at the word 'healing' it comes from the word 'holy.' And healing is more than just physical phenomenon.

From the experience in the past that we create memories, which are the basis of imagination and desire. Desire is the basis of action.

Our destiny ultimately comes from the deepest level of desire and also from the deepest level of intention. The two are intimately linked to each other.

In order to be not bound by the tether of time, we must have a relationship with the timeless.

The subtler one's awareness, the more powerfully it can heal.

DNA is a quantum computer that localizes a non local omnipresent consciousness or spirit into space time energy information and matter.

Daydream, imagine, and reflect. It's the source of infinite creativity.

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.

When you allow yourself to be unpredictable, you step from the known into the unknown, where anything is possible.

No matter what the situation is close your eyes and think of all the things you could be grateful for in your life right now.

Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go.

Judgment is guilt wearing a moral mask to disguise its pain.

We have a pharmacy inside us that is absolutely exquisite. It makes the right medicine, for the precise time, for the right target organ with no side effects.

To have a breakthrough, you must consciously connect with the invisible forces that are everywhere around you, urging you to go beyond your old conditioning.

Way to a happy life-believe that anything is possible.

Always give with a happy heart -- that's what makes it real.

Abundance comes from within it comes from thought, intention, attention and expectation.

In the mere observation of yourself, you begin the process of healing and transformation.

By becoming self aware, you gain ownership of reality; in becoming real, you become the master of both inner and outer life.

Just as light brightens darkness, discovering inner fulfillment can eliminate any disorder or discomfort. This is truly the key to creating balance and harmony in everything you do.

Reality is modest, it won't be seen naked.

Wherever I go, and whoever I encounter, I will bring them a gift. The gift may be a compliment, a flower, or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in my life and in the lives of others.

Affluence, unboundedness, and abundance are our natural states. We need only to restore the memory of what we already know.

The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.

You cannot be brave if you do not have a coward inside you.

When you practice positive inner dialogue, people will want to bond with you, help you, be near you. They want to share in the bliss that shines through your eyes and is reflected in your every action.

Bliss is not a feeling but a state of being. In the state of bliss, everything is loved.

To have a breakthrough, you must consciously connect with the invisible forces that are everywhere around you, urging you to go beyond your old conditioning.

Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.

Being free brings a lightness, a carefree surrender to all that is happening around you, and, above all, an acceptance of reality.

As intuition grows, the need to make problems and see complications starts to dwindle.

Seekers are offered clues all the time from the world of spirit. Ordinary people call these clues coincidences.

We're all inseparably part of each other. We all coexist in each other.

Coincidences are not accidents but signals from the universe which can guide us toward our true destiny.

Insight enables you to know your own heart. Clarity enables you to accept without illusion.

The abuse of food, alcohol, or drugs is essentially a material response to a need that isn't really physical at its foundation.. What we are looking for is pure joy rather than mere sensation, or even oblivion of sensation. Addiction is unrecognized spiritual craving.

On some dimension or other, every event in life can be causing only one of two things: either it is good for you, or it is bringing up what you need to look at in order to create good for you.
Evolution is win-win…life is self-correcting.

Although yoga is commonly portrayed as a popular fitness trend, it's actually the core of the Vedic science that developed in the Indus Valley more than 5,000 years ago.

In my stillness I am the eternal possibility. In my movement I am the cosmos.

Don't censor incoming data through denial.

Most people think that aging is fatal and scientific data shows that that's not true.

The Law of Detachment: 1) Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. 2) Do not force solutions -- allow solutions to spontaneously emerge. 3) Uncertainty is essential, and you path to freedom.

Slip into the gap, have the desire, detach from the outcome, and let the universe take care of the details.

In fact, scientists have shown that the better your DNA, your genetic machinery is at healing itself, the longer you live. That's how meditation lowers biological age.

Discover your own discontent, and be grateful, for without divine discontent there would be no creative force.

No matter whether I feels victorious or defeated, elated or discouraged, these are mere phantoms compared to consciousness itself.

The direction of life is from duality to unity.

Every man has a purpose, something special that he can do better than anyone else. Your work is to discover this, then give yourself to it. The extent to which you use your skills to add to the world determines your happiness.

There are foods that accelerate aging and entropy, and others that renew and revitalise the body.

Negativity is born in the gap where love has been excluded.

When our identity comes from the self, then we keep our energy to ourselves. We feel energetic, we feel powerful, and we experience youthful vigor.

Let us realize that engagement and detachment aren't opposite-the more engaged we become, the more detached we will have to be.

Time is just quantified eternity.

Your fellow man is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless.

Longer Version:

Your fellow man is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless. But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering -- you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself.

Children offer the finest expressions of openness and flexibility. They play and laugh freely, and find wonder in the smallest things.

All the happiness and fulfillment that humans yearn for exists in the present moment.

Meditation allows us to reach the level of the soul by easing past the tangle of thoughts and emotions that usually keep our attention bound to the physical world. When we close our eyes to meditate, thoughts spring up spontaneously.

If you contemplate the Golden Rule, it turns out to be an injunction to live by grace rather than by what you think other people deserve.

Success, wealth, good health and nurturing relationships are by-products of happiness, not the cause.

When you do not have the basic requirements for survival and safety and belongingness and where there are huge inequities then fear turns into hatred.

Most human behavior is nothing other than the avoidance of pain and the pursuit of pleasure.

Don't spend money that you don't have to impress people that you don't like.

We are the universe pretending to be individuals.

Awareness isn't passive. It directly leads to action.

Fear is the anticipation of the pain in the future. Anger is the remembrance of pain in the past. Hostility is wanting to get even.

Stop attaching so much weight to being right. In the grand scheme of things, being right is insignificant compared with being happy.

Love doesn't need reason. It speaks from the irrational wisdom of the heart.

Before making a decision, ask inside for guidance. Be patient and await an answer. Act only when you feel calm and certain.

Intimacy blossoms anytime you let down your socially acceptable mask.

An atom is a hierarchy of different states of information that define the statistical likelihood of finding a particle here or there at the time of observation.

Being in the moment means not being distracted by the melodrama and hysteria around you. Present-moment awareness allows solutions to emerge.

Fighting your ego is a melodrama of the ego.

Mastery of awareness requires that you never take personal offense.

Don't follow someone else's map. You should glean teachings from all directions, keeping true to those that bring progress yet remaining open to changes in yourself.

As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm, As is the atom, so is the universe, As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.

An intention synchronistically organizes its own fulfillment.

When you look at nutrition from a purely scientific point of view, there is no place for consciousness. And yet, consciousness could be one of the crucial determinants of the metabolism of food itself.

In my life nothing goes wrong. When things seem to not meet my expectations, I let go of how I think things should be. It's a matter of not having any attachment to any fixed outcome.

The measure of your enlightenment is the degree to which you are comfortable with paradox, contradiction, and ambiguity.

You are not a prisoner of your thoughts. You have the ability to control what you are thinking.

Memory is useful because it gives us a sense of continuity. But memory is also imprisoning because it conditions us in predictable ways.

God is real by any name you chose, or none at all.

Good luck is opportunity meeting preparedness.

Every single problem that you have in your life, is the seed of an opportunity for some greater benefit. Stay alert to opportunities by being grounded in the wisdom of uncertainty! When your preparedness meets opportunity the solution will spontaneously appear!

You will find inner ecstasy when you can be reckless in love.

Today, give somebody a response instead of a reaction.

Instead of looking for the right person become the right person.

When we develop reverence for food and the miracle of transformation inherent in it, just the simple act of eating creates a ritual of celebration.

The coincidences or little miracles that happen every day of your life are hints that the universe has much bigger plans for you than you ever dreamed of for yourself.

Signals from spirit all serve the same purpose; to give you back your life as a creator.

Observe the silence between your thoughts, actions, reactions, and you will feel the presence of spirit in the stillness of those spaces.

Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos.

Like hunger or thirst, the instinct for balance is built into the human body.

The body is held together by sound. The presence of disease indicates that some sounds have gone out of tune.

When we find our core certainty within, then we no longer look for certainty outside.
The unfathomable nature of the ever-changing world ceases
to be a source of anxiety and instead is a source of joy and adventure.

There exists within each of us a natural state of simple and open awareness in which we feel happy, light, and at peace. In contrast, the state of suffering, or unhappiness, is complicated.

Your only identity is I AM undefined and infinite. Any label you give yourself limits yourself.

Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.

I have tremendous faith in President Obama's skills. He's a long-term visionary.

Compassion is subtler than Vitamin C, but both are real needs.

One way to access the field is through the daily practice of silence, meditation, and non-judgment. Spending time in nature will also give you access to the qualities inherent in the field: infinite creativity, freedom, and bliss.

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