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Peace Is the Way: Bringing War and Violence to an End Hardcover – January 18, 2005

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Chopra's latest work is prefaced by endorsements from four Nobel Peace Laureates, Muhammad Ali and an impressive array of other notables. Here, the Indian-born doctor and author of the bestselling The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and other popular spiritual guides contends that the deeply ingrained human habit of resorting to violence can be ended by raising the consciousness of individuals until there is a global change in awareness, similar to the shift that took place when the age of science took hold. Chopra, whose bestsellers and celebrity-friendliness have saddled him with a reputation for being guru to the rich and comfortable, is refreshingly honest about the way our comfort and security are ultimately the fruits of war. "The satisfaction of waging war cannot be replaced by philosophy or religion," he writes. In addition to analysis, he offers daily practices of meditation, thought and actions on behalf of others as a way to live the truth of Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." Ultimately, however, the ego itself has to be disarmed to live the way of peace, he says: "For me as an individual to be free, I have to confront myself with questions about who I really am, and this is done in large part by examining the layers of false identity that I mistakenly call me." This is clearly harder to practice than it is to read. Still, Chopra's affirmation that "our true identity is at the level of spirit and nowhere else" has the ring of truth and so does the rest of this simple, practical, inspiring book. Major ad/promo. (Jan. 18)
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Chopra takes his belief in the ability of the mind to move mountains and applies it to the biggest mountain of all--war. Taking the title of his book from Ghandi ("There is no way to peace. Peace is the way"), Chopra begins with the observation, "Today is a good day for war to come to an end." For all those who hunger to make that statement true, he offers what he believes is a pathway. He begins with a discussion of the reasons for war--it's a habit, and it has the eternal appeal of good battling evil--and then shows how the myriad justifications are all illusions. Also discussed is the toxicity of nationalism, a notion that is applied to the U.S and to those who believe in this country's right to make the world adhere to its will. Whether Chopra's admonitions will have an effect on the powerful around the world is certainly arguable, but he counters such skepticism with the unswerving belief that change occurs only when there is a leap of consciousness. If enough people change their minds about peace, the world can transform itself. Not content with broad platitudes, Chopra offers a seven-point plan for every individual; each step, from meditating for peace to acting peacefully, seems painfully simple, but Chopra makes a convincing case that peace must begin with each of us. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307236072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307236074
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,839 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

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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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Alice Finnamore on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In Peace is the Way, Deepak Chopra says, "You will know when your are living the way of peace when three things are present: Seva: Your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. Simran: You remember your true nature and your purpose for being here. Satsang: You belong in the community of peace and wisdom."
I have read a number of Deepak Chopra's books, but none have evoked the intense joy that I felt while reading Peace is the Way. I heard about the book the day before it came out, and was probably one of the first to purchase a copy. The quote above is from page eight. By page twenty I was wanting to jump with joy. By page 118, I was inwardly shouting, "Yes!"
Chopra outlines the thought processes and belief systems that keep war within our experience. Yet throughout the book, he shows that there is another way, the way of peace in one heart at a time, my heart, and your heart. Stopping war seems like an impossible task from such small beginnings, but Chopra reminds us on page nineteen that Christianity started with just thirteen people. Not only does Chopra show us the flaws in our war supporting beliefs, he gently leads us through new ways of thinking, encouraging us to open ourselves to Consciousness, to that which is beyond the duality of good and evil, "us" and "them".
Peace is the Way is a controversial book. It will make people uncomfortable, and some will blame Chopra instead of realizing the discomfort is within themselves. I am thinking of the last time I had my piano tuned. It was noticeably off key, but I had grown accustomed to the sound. The piano tuner began with one firm A, pounding out that beacon of true vibration over and over as he tightened the strings one by one, drawing me and my entire house into discord and discomfort until finally all was in harmony.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lissa Coffey, Host of VINE VOICE on January 23, 2005
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It's no news that the world is in terrible turmoil right now. I honestly don't know if things are getting worse, or they are just continuing in different parts of the world. But one thing I do know is that whatever happens affects all of us. We are all connected. We can't separate ourselves from what goes on in some distant country. I recently saw the movie "Hotel Rwanda" and it really brought to light some of the basic human emotions that we all share. Peace is a huge concept, and of course it is something we all want, something we strive for. World peace, community peace, inner peace, it's all connected. We all have to do our part to make it happen.

Deepak Chopra has written a beautiful new book called "Peace is the Way." I love the way Deepak writes because he expresses so well what is really important. It's so clear. I'd love it if this book could be in every classroom. We need to learn to get along! And some of these basic lessons can be learned in school. Peace is a possibility. A definite possibility.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on February 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book makes many excellent points about peace. Its theme is on what you can do to help, rather than on how you can allow apathy, revenge, fear, bias, or false hope to make you part of the problem.

In negotiations, the author recommends showing respect for the other side, recognizing perceived injustice, believing in forgiveness, bonding at the emotional level, recognizing values that are opposed to you own, desisting in belligerent actions, avoiding ideological talk, and avoiding passing judgment (and especially in making others out to be Wrong). And, most important, confronting the underlying factor of fear, the single most important element in conflicts.

While I don't always agree with Chopra, I think these points are always worth considering.

Chopra also discusses the role of religion. He says that religion must place responsibility for violence in the mind of every person. That it must stop judging others negatively for being outside the faith, it must stop defending war, it must stop claiming to be the only True Path, it must give up its arrogance and claim to authority, it must renounce its covert greed and desire for power, and it must discover how to return love to its place of primacy. Again, I think that while he is demanding quite a bit here, we all ought to think about this.

The author also discusses how terrorists are created. His seven step recipe: group pressure, secrecy, an atmosphere of fear, a hierarchy that demands obedience, a nearby authority that makes cruelty a duty, permission to disregard morality, and no threat of punishment for evil deeds.

Chopra notes that many very sweet people actually enable violence by refusing to oppose it. There are numerous reasons for this but a key is false hope.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I rate this book by Dr. Chopra, 5 stars without any hesitation. This is a very powerful, insightful and "peaceful" book. At the same time, Dr. Chopra truly "tells it like it is" in this book, which seems to be somewhat of a departure for him. I mean, he says what is on his mind here and he says it quite succinctly. I was somewhat surprised by that here. But this is an excellent book, one well worth the investment of time and money (as are Dr. Chopra's other books). It will leave you, or should I say, YOU will leave IT, a changed person indeed. A more peaceful one too! Peace! Namaste!
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