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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Superheroes have been part of the world’s culture since long before Superman and Spider-Man. In this remarkable book, the insightful Deepak Chopra probes the amazing origin of superheroes dating back to Buddha and Lord Shiva— a reading experience not to be missed.” (Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Avengers, Thor and The Hulk)

“Father and son “Chopra-ize” the world of Superheroes with insight, irreverence, and wisdom in their unique way. Never has the world been more in need of a new breed of heroes to re-invent our collective story and this book delivers heroically.” (Peter Guber, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Tell to Win)

“I’m a big fan both of comic books and books about spirituality, and this tome bridged the gap perfectly.” (MTV GEEK)

From the Back Cover

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra, with his son Gotham, expertly guides us through the seven essential laws that govern the realm of superheroes, explaining their relevance, their importance, and—perhaps most important—how to apply them to our daily lives. These seven transformative laws will help us all uncover greater happiness, courage, balance, creativity, compassion, and purpose.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

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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Like many others books of Deepak, this has deep messages, that go directly to your heart.
Douglas Villanacci
Chopra has little knowledge of or direct experience in the genre about which he is writing, that is, comic book superheroes.
Allen Baird
The laws include balance, transformation, power, love, creativity, intention, and transcendence.
Susan Schenck

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Format: Hardcover
When Gotham Chopra was young, his famous father Deepak incited his passion for comics by bringing him comics from India about Indian's legendary figures. Gotham now has a comic book company and uses writers and artists from India in their goal to reimage these Indian stories and bring them to the world. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes, written with his son, Deepok picks up the essence of his earlier book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes and applies it to the next generation of spiritual seekers using mythology from both Eastern and Western superheroes.

Notwithstanding, the book can be enjoyed by all ages. Even among us Baby Boomers, who wasn't impacted by Superman and all those other comic heroes we grew up with? (I myself have a nearly complete collection of Lois Lane comics, as she was my heroine!)

Each spiritual law has a chapter, each law building on the preceding law. The laws include balance, transformation, power, love, creativity, intention, and transcendence. (Interestingly, these are NOT the same laws found in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.) A concluding chapter is entitled, "Activating the Superhero Brain." Each chapter argues for the principle and includes examples of super heroes demonstrating those ideals. (Sometimes the applications of the superheroes to the laws are a bit stretched, as in calling it "transformation" when a comic character's mundane identity changes into his superhero costume.)

I would have like to have seen more real-life examples of the concepts. But there was one very compelling example from Deepok's life history: He demonstrated power by knowing instinctively what to do when a pregnant woman came to the emergency room having been shot in the head.
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Whether or not we choose to pay attention to it, we all know the Law of Gravity is always in effect --often experiencing firsthand the consequences of ignoring this natural law. Dr. Chopra and his son, Gotham, in their new book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World, build a compelling case for understanding and using the laws of superheroes to empower mere mortals with their superpowers. Through references to Batman, Spider-Man, Storm, Ram, Zeus, Vishnu, and others they teach us how these laws of superheroes influence our lives and how we can use them to quiet our mind and decide how we want to spend our lives.

When I discovered Deepak and Gotham Chopra would be in Albuquerque promoting this book, I knew I wanted to attend. The admission "fee" was simply to purchase the book from Bookworks, a local independent bookstore. (Deepak is an amazing presenter, and I encourage everyone to see him present in person.) Father and son love a good story, and each entertained us with stories that made us feel as though we were in private conversations with good friends. Although this book was not in my summer reading stack, its serendipitous arrival grabbed my attention; it is a delightful, fast read, appropriate for young adults through centenarians.

Each chapter includes clear, actionable superhero exercises to get you as far on the superhero path as you choose. In chapter one we learned from Batman's famous line from War on Crime: "It's not the moments of tragedy that define our lives, so much as the choices we make to deal with them." Batman, like many mythological characters, has embraced his shadow, the diabolical part of his soul, to understand and channel that energy into constructive behaviors. Dr.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Superheroes have learned to live without false boundaries between the personal and the universal. Too often we identify only with an ego that drags around a bag of skin and bones. This then becomes a socially conditioned boundary that leads to a limited sense of self." -- From the Book

Pop culture and archetypal myth meets Chopra's characteristic chewy prose in his newest book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes, co-authored with his son and founder of Liquid Comics, Gotham Chopra.

Although only 167-pages, this books packs a quantum KAPOW! by showing readers the connection between superhero strengths and the Universal Field that mere humans can access, channel and embody for an integrated earthly existence.

According to Chopra--who uses diverse examples ranging from Silver Surfer to Icarus, Ram to Zeus, Jehovah to Spider-Man, Storm to Daredevil, Jesus to Superman--deities, legends and superheroes contain both the projections and potentialities of humans. By reading and studying their archetypal stories, we can learn what makes them "super", understand their fatal flaws, discover what orchestrates their triumph over darkness (whether from within or without) and apply these quantum lessons to our own life journey.

And, in The Seven Laws of Superheroes, Chopra connects the dots for readers, so even those who may be clueless about Doctor Strange, Beyonder, Lord Ravan and the like can understand the import of their stories for human potential and, indeed, global transformation.

So what are The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes? They are:

1. The Law of Balance
2. The Law of Transformation
3. The Law of Power
4. The Law of Love
5. The Law of Creativity
6. The Law of Intention
7.
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