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A book in search of an editor...
on October 1, 2007
Deepak Chopra has made a fortune on his personal musings about life and existence. This work represents the most current book after the death of his beloved father. Chopra attempts to link the secrets for a fufilling life into a "users manual" for the masses. However, rather than sticking to the strictly metaphysical, he delves into science to justify his own version of faith. This is the latest gimmick of new thought philosophers. Phrases like "quantum mechanics" are tossed around like tomatoes at a salad bar. Deepak has moved away from his old standby of "synchrodestiny" in favor of the phrases popular among current adherents.
For someone to undertake this text requires them to subscribe to the basic tenets of Deepak's faith. Although he claims not to espouse any specific belief, there is a clear line back to his early days with transcendental meditation. One of the most frustrating elements of his book is his reluctance to name names or cite source material, save for the ancient texts of spiritual wisdom he references. He makes both profound and pointless statements almost on the same page. He waxes philosphical at the unique properties of water and ignores basic chemistry.
Many of his recommendations are very useful and arguably beneficial. "Live in the now" and "take time to meditate" will only help a person reduce their stress and improve their life. The disdain he heaps upon "science" and non-believers is hardly masked however. I have been privileged to see Deepak live on three occassions. He is a compelling speaker and his writings echo his oratory skills. In this instance he needs help. There is so much free flow and repetition, that one begins to lose the messages contained within his work.
Fans of Chopra will love the book. There is nothing here I can say to dissuade them. However, prospective followers would be advised to seek out something more palatable - Ageless Mind for example.