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Return of the Rishi: A Doctor's Story of Spiritual Transformation and Ayurvedic Healing Paperback – January 24, 1991
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In 1980 Chopra was a chain-smoking Boston physician schooled in Western ways, proud of his beeper, attending to heart and asthma patients. But a meeting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement, rekindled his interest in the Ayurvedic medicine he knew during his Indian boyhood. How the author gave up his prestigious hospital career, practiced TM and became a leading exponent of the Ayurvedic system in the U.S. is the thrust of this reflective if self-infatuated autobiography. The ancient Indian system of herbal and mineral cures stresses balance with nature and calling upon the patient's inner resources. As Chopra shuttles between growing up in India, medical school (where a holy man was buried alive and survived) and encounters with the ill, one longs for more detail about how Ayurvedic medicine works, and rather less about the guru whom he reveres.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
$16.95. med Chopra, a Boston endocrinologist and president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, gives an engaging, animated account of his personal odyssey from childhood in India through indoctrination into high-technology medicine in the United States. The story takes its most interesting turn as he rediscovers in his background the profound wisdom of the ancient healers. Relating this biomedical East/West "roots" experience, Chopra teaches more about healing than many medical textbooks. A chapter on "yogic flying" demonstrates his fervent belief in the powers of meditation and levitation. This lively and delightful book makes a fine introduction to the newest in New Age medicine. Recommended for generalists and those interested in holistic health. Rev. David A. Buehler, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, Mass.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
It's an early work and does reveal to an extent his growth in western and eastern styles of medicine. I think it's also revealing in that some of his inclinations, like TM and Maharishi, are to some extent overthrown, in my way of thinking as he evolves into an international guru type MD, dipping into ancient traditions, that are very worthwhile, although he doesn't incorporate them full bore in his practice but as adjunctive medical methodologies as he's catapulted into fame by Oprah and then becomes an expensive guru Dr. to celebrities and stars and makes millions.
In sum, the gold in this book is Ayurvedic medicine that you can learn a great deal more about elsewhere.
I have to admit I believe in yoga and its unique health benefits but this man is using and abusing people to make himself rich. His autlandish claims of levitation contests through meditation and other things like that are just a pack of lies. Please don't waste your good money on a fraud like Deepak Chopra.