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Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream [Kindle Edition]

Deepak Chopra , Sanjiv Chopra
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Book Description

In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. They were born in the ferment of liberated India after 1947, as an age-old culture was reinventing its future. For the young, this meant looking to the West.

The Chopra brothers were among the most eager and ambitious of the new generation. In the 1970s, they each emigrated to the United States to make a new life. Both faced tough obstacles: While Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors over the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home.

Eventually, each brother became convinced that America was the right place to build a life, and the Chopras went on to great achievements—Deepak as a global spiritual teacher and best-selling author, Sanjiv as a world-renowned medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School.

Brotherhood will fascinate and inspire those who still believe in America’s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.

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This “double memoir” tracks the lives of two prominent physicians and brothers. Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra were born and raised in India, then came to America for postgraduate medical training. They became U.S. citizens, distinguished doctors, and influential figures. Big brother Deepak is an endocrinologist. His association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Transcendental Meditation is well chronicled. He finds his way to integrative medicine, advocates the mind-body connection, and embraces traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). Sanjiv is a gastroenterologist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Both men reflect on their Indian heritage, karma, dharma, and pursuit of the American dream. Brotherhood contains anecdotes about their childhood, immigration, families, and careers. Sanjiv blissfully recalls his introduction to America: watching television, eating at a diner, and catching falling snowflakes. But he especially remembers and savors the “generosity and openness of the American people.” Brotherhood is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite possibilities of America. --Tony Miksanek


"[Brotherhood] depicts some fascinating aspects of Indian assimilation in America, and the often hilarious, touching cultural clash." —Publishers Weekly

"An inspiring and brilliantly written memoir of two brothers taking two drastically different paths to medicine, each giving us hope that dreams can still be fulfilled in America."—Larry King

"Deepak and Sanjiv eloquently share their lives—their dreams, fears, obstacles, and achievements—in Brotherhood. An inspiration to keep dreaming and to remove the boundaries that have held us back in life."—Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas

"An inspiring, must-read book that brings back fond memories of my journey in America and, in a larger sense, my life."—Hugh Jackman

"Brotherhood is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite possibilities of America." —Booklist

"Brotherhood is an amazing story about two brothers coming over from India—one to pursue Western medicine to its pinnacle, the other to pioneer the merging of modern medicine and ancient wisdom. It’s an inspiring story about the American Dream and about the growing support for the mind-body connection in healing."—Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post Media Group

"Brotherhood is the story of five generations of Chopras, from grandparents to grandchildren. Deepak and Sanjiv tell us all about their lives: the pranks, games, and festivities, the joy and sadness, the lessons and values, and fond anecdotes of their youth in India. For those of us who have become followers of the thoughts and ideas of the Chopra brothers, Brotherhood is a must-read that confirms the old saying: 'Childhood is destiny.'"—Vicente Fox Quesada, former President of México (2000-2006)

"Rich in multicultural perspective, deeply engaging, warmly entertaining, Deepak Chopra and his brother Sanjiv have written a superb narrative of India, America, medicine, healing, science, and faith. This is a book for modern America, and for people everywhere who ask the deep questions of life and seek the answers that only experience can provide."—General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

"Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra have written a tender and graceful memoir, each sharply evoking a personal perspective on a shared family, professional, and community experience. In many ways, Brotherhood is a meditation on nature and nurture, extraordinary parents, and the power of Indian tradition and values."—Richard F. Celeste, U.S. Ambassador to India (1997–2001)

“Open, honest, and brilliantly written. Brotherhood reaffirms why our arms, hearts, and policies must remain open to welcome those who are eager to live in the land of promise. Every page contains a thoughtful gem that will enlighten the reader about the universal truths that bind us together. Read this book and take comfort in the knowledge that dreams still matter in America.” —William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense and Chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group

"In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv beautifully articulate their birthright and the intoxicating and permeative influence it had on their lives as doctors and spiritual practitioners in the Western world. Through their entertaining storytelling, they thoughtfully and humorously depict how, in India, chaos and order, the ancient and modern, faith and disbelief collide to create enduring influence. I, too, discovered that you can leave India but that she never leaves you."—Jacqueline Lundquist, author and former First Lady of the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India

"Deepak Chopra and his younger brother, Sanjiv, have written an extraordinary and compelling account of their life's journey from a privileged upbringing in India to careers in medicine and spirituality in America. It is a story of tradition, of sibling rivalry, of the responsibility to 'give back at every conceivable opportunity,' and of immigration to another world to fulfill their respective dharmas. But most of all, it is a story of family, which was their lodestar and remains the touchstone of their lives."—Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley

"The story of Deepak and Sanjiv's lives easily unfolds, bringing us full circle to the knowledge that brotherhood is universal. Brotherhood takes us on an epic journey discovering the heart of life."—Marc Benioff, founder and CEO,

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  • File Size: 1554 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00GPI01D2
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (May 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B77UDXE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chopra April 17, 2013
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I have read many of Deepak Chopra's books through the years with great enjoyment. I particularly read his books during the time that he was a spokesman for Transcendental Meditation. He is a great story teller and having heard him speak a couple of times, also a great inspirational speaker. Brotherhood by Deepak and his younger brother Sanjiv added another dimension to the Chopra story for me. This book was set up with each brother writing a chapter without the help or consultation of the other. The brothers write alternating chapters. At times they tell about the same people or experiences, but from a different perspective. At other times the chapters aren't related in subject at all.
Deepak has been publicly involved in more spiritual matters in his previous writing. Sanjiv appears to have a more scientific attitude. Both are medical doctors, though I do not believe Deepak is involved in medicine to a great degree, except perhaps Ayurveda. Sanjiv practiced a more traditional western medicine and is a professor and a dean at Harvard Medical school.
Being somewhat familiar with their backgrounds in India, I found Brotherhood a great addition to my knowledge of India, their families and what it was like to grow up in India. The stories in Brotherhood are extremely well written and very entertaining. They are humorous, moving, and at the same time historical. I found Sanjiv's writing to be particularly good, especially since it is Deepak who has been the one writing books for many years. In Brotherhood Deepak's writing gives the impression of being overwhelmed by the information that he is relaying and becomes somewhat scattered. On the other hand Sanjiv's writing is clear and more linear.
Perhaps, I have been a bit too analytical in this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DESTINED TO AWAKEN A SLUMBERING WORLD? May 7, 2013
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There is a short incident in Walter Isaacson's biography, EINSTEIN, where, during the space race of the late 1950's, a member of the NY Board of Regents (responsible for public education) writes to ask Dr Einstein what they should have students study, expecting to hear a response mentioning math & science. Instead, the good professor writes back to say that it would be most beneficial to have them study the lives and biographies of the great ones. I don't know if Deepak Chopra would fit into that category if a vote were taken, but he certainly gets my vote. His writing has been stimulating me, and readers in the world around me, for decades. He has had over 20 titles on the NYTimes bestseller list. And he has helped to shape an awakening in spirituality and healthcare. This book furthers the learning he has fostered.

Meeting his brother and family in this book was delightful. Learning about the evolution of Deepak's thought and career stands splendidly in contrast with his younger brother's approach, also a major medical influence, but in the more conventional mode - parallel lives in a multiverse. The book is organized in alternating chapters written by each author. It traces their evolving thoughts, influence, and destiny. It includes many accounts of learning from a spectrum of challenges beginning in boyhood. Their father was a prominent cardiologist, and they find their way to continue in the medical field, in colorful fashion with considerable impact on medicine, education, spirituality, and society.

The thrust in history of treatment is fascinating, especially considering the evolution of mind-body medicine over the past 30 years. Here's a favorite quote from Deepak (p.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Meets West to Benefit Us All May 14, 2013
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Having grown up in America, I didn't have the experience of growing up in my family's traditions in India. But, thanks to Deepak Chopra, I have been able to read and study the Eastern philosophy that has shaped my own views and teachings. In this book, I'm also happy to read the insightful writing of Sanjiv Chopra.

Both trained as doctors of allopathic medicine, like their father, a cardiologist in India, Deepak, however, leaves his career as an endocrinologist to teach mind-body healing and spiritual success, while Sanjiv continues as a Western-trained doctor to become a medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School. Both have great success in their fields, and each write humbly and beautifully about their life journey. They explain how they discovered their own identities and, between the lines, we too learn how to discover our own life's meaning and truth.

Becca Chopra, author of the memoir, Chakra Secrets
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2.0 out of 5 stars More Gobbledegook by Deepak: Sanjiv's Chapters Good July 16, 2013
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Having gone to the same medical school in India that these brothers went to, coming from the same area and cultural background, speaking the same language, I share some of the experiences with them and that's what made me order this book through Amazon.

I liked reading the chapters by Sanjiv in this book: his writing is more about personal, immediate and direct experiences. It is logical and straightforward. Of course, I had many of the same experiences and could relate to that. What many of the Indian immigrants, particularly the Indian doctors go through in US, is what Sanjiv's writing is about.

After reading Deepak Chopra's first book "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind", I could not stand reading another book by him. To me he is just a charlatan who has mastered the art turning gibberish into bestsellers. Jargon like "Quantum healing" sounds as if he is talking something profound, but is actually meaningless. There is not really much about his personal and direct experiences in this book. Deepak Chopra has basically recycled his mumbo-jumbo in this book, probably ghostwritten by David Fisher.
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