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The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 27, 2005
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Assuring readers that "finding the hidden dimensions in yourself is the only way to fulfill your deepest hunger," bestselling author Chopra shares 15 spiritual secrets for enlightenment. These secrets may sound easy—"the world is in you," "what you seek, you already are," "freedom tames the mind"—but Chopra offers sophisticated thought to challenge a reader's spiritual status quo. Blending science and spirituality, he shows how the mystery of life can be illustrated by the wisdom and workings of one's body, as "every secret in this book goes back to the existence of an invisible intelligence that operates beneath the visible surface of life." The most important secret is transcending one's egocentric viewpoint and accepting a single, unified reality: "you are not in the world; the world is in you." Each well-written chapter offers a vibrant discussion of these distilled principles, including exercises to help readers apply these secrets to their lives. For example, Chopra focuses a chapter on how death makes life possible: "Only by facing death can you develop real passion for being alive." Chopra recasts death as a way to "imagine yourself into a new form with a new location in space and time." To do this, he suggests exfoliating one's self-image by imagining oneself at various stages of life, past and future: "When you see every earthly vestige of yourself vanish," he concludes, "you realize you will never succeed in extinguishing yourself." This isn't easy enlightenment. Chopra pushes his readers to do hard spiritual work in this thoughtful and thought-provoking book.
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"This inspiring book contains food for thought for anyone looking for answers to life's big questions... If you plan to work on your spiritual life over the festive season, this is one for your Christmas stocking" Health and Fitness "The rock star of the new spirituality" Guardian "The poet-prophet of alternative medicine" Time "Undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time" Mikhail Gorbachev --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Examining the four basic yogas (Bhakti, Karma, Gyana and Raj) as well as 15 "Secrets":
*The Mystery of Life is Real
*The World is In You
*Four Paths (Yogas) Lead to Unity
*What You Seek, You Already Are
*The Cause of Suffering is Unreality
*Freedom Tames the Mind
*Every Life is Spiritual
*Evil is Not Your Enemy
*You Live in Multidimensions
*Death Makes Life Possible
*The Universe Thinks Through You
*There is No Time But Now
*You Are Truly Free When You Are Not a Person
*The Meaning of Life is "Everything"
*Everything is Pure Essence
Each "secret" is expanded on fo about 15 pages, including a few exercises and practices to align the mind with the "secret". Tackling such broad subjects as death, guilt, quantum physics and bad habits in one short book will make it seem somewhat superficial - and the exercises are important to overcome that feeling.
The epilouge summarizes the four basic traits we all must have to find the true "secret" to life - contentment, inquiry, self-awareness and strength. Exercising these 4 "virtues" in your life will provide the path to fulfilment. A decent book, and one that got better as it went along.
Lewis in An Encounter with a Prophet instructs an adolescent to see his dead brother pursuing his favorite activity at a different location.
These authors do not see death as a end but as a continuation of the life here. Interesting concepts.