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Life After Death: The Burden of Proof Hardcover – October 17, 2006
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“A penetrating and insightful investigation into the greatest mystery of existence. This is an important book because only by facing death will we come to a deeper realization of who we are.” —Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now
“If I had any doubts about the afterlife, I don’t have them anymore. Deepak Chopra has cast his inimitable light on the darkened corners of death. I think this is his greatest contribution yet.” —Marianne Williamson, author of The Gift of Change
“Deepak Chopra . . . takes us to the edge of our own deepest inner truth about life after death by sharing with us his vision and his wisdom, which, as always, is breathtaking, healing, and soul-opening.” —Neale Donald Walsch, author of Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends
“Deepak Chopra has written a masterpiece that is long overdue in our spiritual culture. Life After Death: The Burden of Proof is a bold and comforting guide into the afterlife.” —Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts
“By marrying science and wisdom in Life After Death, Chopra builds his case for an afterlife in which our most essential self, the seer that observes our experiences in this temporary home that we call the self, uses the end of this lifetime to pass over into the next. This is an intellectual and spiritual tour de force.” —Professor Robert Thurman, Columbia University, author of Infinite Life and The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Top Customer Reviews
In this book, he has introduced me to Vedanta and compared Indian spiritual traditions to other traditions. He helps me visualize a consciousness that lives through all of us and to which we return after death. He has described how this conscious field of being appears from different levels of consciousness and how these different "appearances" manifest to different people at different times to explain the huge variety of religious experience in our spiritual and scientific literature. For example, Near Death Experiences (NDEs) from Jewish people contain Jewish symbology while Christian NDEs reflect Christian symbology and NDEs from other backgrounds reflect the symbology particular to those backgrounds.
Deepak has also helped me visualize a universe that consists largely of subtle matter that is undetectable yet is capable of being instantly collapsed into a reality once an observer notices it. I had heard of the Possibility Wave Collapse Theory (PWCT) already, but Deepak seems to understand it from several levels and explain the ideas in a flexible way that allows for many perspectives on it. Again, levels of conscious awareness seem to impact material reality, both in the body and out of the body. Amazing stuff to think about, I believe.Read more ›
Chopra neatly articulates a few of the basic Vedic beliefs about the continuance of human consciousness after the death of the physical body, and then marshalls evidence from quantum physics to support these ancient ideas. This includes the classic idea that human souls "devolve" and incarnate in physical form in order to experience life lessons that are charted while in between lives, a state that the Tibetans called the Bardo. (You can read a lot more about this in a first-rate book by Michael Newton called Journey of Souls.)
The sub-title of the book, "the burden of proof," is somewhat misleading, as Chopra doesn't actually attempt to "prove" anything. Instead he focuses on the quantum concept of randomness at the most minute, sub-atomic levels of the universe and the role that consciousness plays in influencing how that randomness eventually plays out in either/or choices. He eventually leads the reader to the BIG IDEA of the book -- that the whole universe and everything in it is conscious, and that together all conscious beings create reality. That includes rocks, trees, cosmic dust, the works. By the time Chopra gets to this rather awesome statement, the reader (or at least this particular reader) is ready to believe that it could not only be possible, but even likely.Read more ›
Personally (my take/perspective), I think this books is immensely soothing for anyone (of any race, background etc) who has lost a loved one to death, or is worried about his/her own death. It encourages people to believe in their soul, to believe that love continues on even after physical death, to believe that each person's birthright empowers him/her to change not only his/her own life but also that of others, to believe that we each have influence over what transpires to us after death and beyond. It's a very personal choice whether someone chooses to believe all this or not, but that's the point the book makes, we do have a choice, how wonderful is that???!
This book is clearly not meant for folks that are happy with what they know or in some cases, don't know, and prefer to continue on as they are (which can be good for them, or bad); it is especially a displeasing read for those who blindly follow any religion/practices, without question, or discerning understanding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't beat the price :) Deepak Chopra is awesome and his books can be kinda spendy.Published 4 months ago by L. Ell
I very much like this book, and it gave me a lot of insight into the spirit realm and understanding the different "levels" or "planes" of energy that exist in our... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deva Rishi
I love this book,deep bot not drowning. Answers to life long questions.Published 7 months ago by melaniemic
Easy read... provides various approaches and angles to view the subject... very mind provoking..Published 7 months ago by Alyce McDaniel
Amazing! Everything comes together and starts making sense. One of the best books!Published 8 months ago by Victoria Richter