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God is not a person or a thing but rather a process, according to world-renowned author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra. The purpose of this ambitious book is to assure readers that anyone can engage in this process--"it isn't a matter of faith, religious teaching, innate goodness, luck or some other mysterious factor," Chopra explains. "Our brains are hardwired to find God." This hardwiring is deftly explored as Chopra lists the seven ways humans know God and how they correspond to the anatomy of our human brains. He devotes a chapter to each of the seven visions of God: "Protector," "Almighty," "God of Peace," "Redeemer," "Creator," "God of Miracles," and "Pure Being--I am." In every chapter he asks and answers the same questions for the readers: "Who am I?" "How do I fit in?" "How do I find God?" The format works well, helping to tame this broad discussion while also illuminating the different personality types that are attracted to these seven different visions.

Fortunately, Chopra is a gifted narrator, able to make human anatomy and quantum physics understandable while also keeping spiritual and metaphysical discussions grounded. As he drifts through the cloudy realms of ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, miracles, obedience, loyalty, evil, ego, addictions, and mentors, readers can trust that there is a competent pilot at the helm, deftly guiding this excellent book. Plan to take some time with this one. It is perhaps his best yet and as such deserves a slow and steady commitment. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions; MIN edition (September 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780762411580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762411580
  • ASIN: 0762411589
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 2.8 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Founder of The Chopra Foundation
Founder of YouTube/TheChopraWell
Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
Senior Scientist, The Gallup Organization
www.deepakchopra.com
www.facebook.com/DeepakChopraCommunity
www.twitter.com/deepakchopra

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.

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272 of 280 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very thought-provoking book, and for anyone with an open mind it will at least give them a new way of looking at the nature of reality and how it might be possible to "know" God. Because Chopra takes a fresh approach and does not follow any particular dogma, some may have a bit of a knee-jerk response and write him off as "New Age." The search for a deeper understanding of God, however, is as old as humankind itself, and hardly started with the "New Age" movement in the modern world. Hinduism and Christianity are two of the world's great religions, and each has contributed great insights to that ancient search. Anyone with a true spiritual motivation will be able to recognize certain universal religious truths revealed in other religions besides their own, even though there may be many differences in terms of methods, traditions, and so on. I'm a bit sorry to see the reviews for this thoughtful book become a forum for aggressive assertions of the superiority of one religion over another. There's no problem whatsoever with the basic teachings of either Hinduism or Christianity, but the problem is the growing tendency toward fundamentalism in both of those religions. With a fundamentalist viewpoint, one sees only the outer form of one's own and other religions, and completely loses the insight into the deeper underlying truths. That seems to be the source of some of the attacks on this book, whereas, ironically, this book itself is a very helpful antidote to that type of closed-minded thinking.
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120 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on February 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned with personal development and transformation. This beautifully written map to soul reveals that whether we realize it or not we are all seeking to unite with God.
The author brilliantly clarifies this profound inquiry with an easy to understand blend of eastern philosophy and science. I was inspired and amazed by the depth of his understanding and his ability to impart this knowledge to his readers.
By using the author's distinctions of the seven different God responses, the reader is able to gauge his own personal evolution at any given moment, from the fight or flight response, to the sacred response. These insights allow for personal choice, intention and awareness, causing shifts in our perceptions, which change our reality. In my experience, nothing is more powerful.
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132 of 140 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
. Chopra has some good concepts. I especially like the concept that along the spiritual path, the ego begins to recede and spirit takes over. I think Lewis in his book Encounter with A Prophet provides some very concrete suggestions to hasten this process. There are some really enlightening books out there if you seek them out.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on August 9, 2002
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... I'm now part of a group which is actively studying the book a bit at a time and I can't believe all that there is here.
The first thing to realize is that Chopra doesn't claim that he's going to present some great Truth to you. You don't get the Truth from a book or another person. You get it from yourself. All that Chopra can do and hopes to do is to so stimulate you to find it yourself.
The next thing to realize is that the seven stages that he presents are not necessarily progressive, but merely stages to identify with, presented so that you will recognize what stage you are at so that you will be in a better position to realize how to relate with God at that stage.
And then, opening yourself up to what is presented rather than just reading this is important. ... Krishnamurti is one of several writers Chopra suggests that you read, as well as Hawking, Zukav, Yogananda, the Maharishi, Ken Wilber, among others (This is in the notes at the end of the book.
Another says there's too much Biblical reference. Most western readers are more familiar with the Bible than with any other writing considered by many to be "sacred". You'll also find many Vedic references here.
... This isn't a book on physics, but on spirituality, so if his physics don't seem right to you, little is missed unless you center on points of disagreement.
... One's mind can accept only a certain amount at a time, and if you overdo what you're taking in, you'll fall asleep or just lose attention.
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It's not necessary to agree on each point Chopra brings up to gain from this book. Heck, it's not even necessary to agree with most of what he says.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading spiritual books of all kinds for many years. I found this one especially enlightening because it addressed the entire range of possible reactions to God, over the course of a lifetime...or a day.
What I appreciate the most about the book is the moment-to-moment changes I'm noticing at work and in potentially stressful situations. I'm witnessing my actions and reactions and moving closer to the sacred response, simply by being more aware of my choices.
The experience of reading "How to Know God" has truly been a life-altering one for me!
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are searching for a relationship with God or trying to decide if you believe in him or not, by all means give this book a try. The author has some very unique and enlightening ideas and does not come across as claiming this is the only way, do it or else.
I found myself putting this book down every 10 to 12 pages just to think about what I had read. It helped me tremendously and I plan on reading it again with no break between readings.
If you are someone who has your mind made up and feel somewhat threatened by new ideas, please don't spend your money. You won't get past chapter two. I don't understand that way of thinking however, and have a hard time believing that the people who wrote negative reviews actually took the time to read this book.
Good luck to all in your search.
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