Archive: Deepak Chopra
Muhammad cannot be kept out of Arab politics.
By Deepak Chopra | February 1, 2011; 09:05 PM ET | Comments (5)
Does religion help or hinder their bid for equality? Faiths like Islam and Catholicism, insofar as they believe that God has named what is sinful and what is not, will remain out of step with the modern world, and with enlightened humanity in general.
By Deepak Chopra | November 15, 2010; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (2)
As much as I admire Obama's even-handedness, it would be understandable if he stood up to the bullies on the right.
By Deepak Chopra | November 8, 2010; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (5)
Glenn Beck and other right-wing demagogues are so obviously irrational and self-serving that it's not their message that is troubling; the message will never prevail in an advanced industrial society that depends on maximum coherence to keep functioning.
By Deepak Chopra | October 29, 2010; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (7)
It's no surprise that ignorance leads the way for prejudice.
By Deepak Chopra | September 5, 2010; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (83)
If the West wants to end the war of words, we should seriously enjoin every Arab country to reform its educational system and move toward democracy. I'm not saying anything new. But by continuing the endless cycle of provocation that has marked Mideast history in the postwar era, both sides act as if consciousness-raising isn't an issue
By Deepak Chopra | August 26, 2010; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (4)
People are in a shadow zone right now, worried about terrorists, suspicious of Islam despite their best intentions, and jumpy about the Muslims among us who are doing nothing more dangerous than seeking a place to worship in their own way.
By Deepak Chopra | August 18, 2010; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (3)
The true seeker of truth discovers, sooner or later, that truth has been seeking us all along.
By Deepak Chopra | August 10, 2010; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (3)
To accept the truth blindly is the same as having no personal convictions of your own. By the same token, to say that you have adopted Christ without Christianity seems equally facile. The teachings of Jesus are staggeringly difficult to carry out in practice, as anyone knows who has tried to turn the other cheek or loved his enemies.
By Deepak Chopra | August 3, 2010; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (2)
The more productive topic is how to avoid such divorces. To do that, a young couple must find common ground in spiritual matters. This is happening already to some extent. The ties of dogma and orthodoxy have been weakening for decades
By Deepak Chopra | July 27, 2010; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (2)
By and by, I started to feel that I was losing my sense of my previous identity. Physically, I was without hair on my scalp or my eyebrows. I walked barefoot. I wore the robe of monks. I practiced mindful awareness day and night, in addition to meditating on impermanence and on my own physical death.
By Deepak Chopra | July 20, 2010; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (5)
Dean Ornish and Deepak provide independent viewpoints on ways that everyone can heal and be healthier at TEDMED 2009....
By Deepak Chopra | May 14, 2010; 08:40 PM ET | Comments (0)
Of all the attributes that define human beings, our need to form strong emotional attachments to each other may be the most profound. And of these attachments, the bond between a mother and her infant is the most fundamental.
By Deepak Chopra | May 7, 2010; 09:29 PM ET | Comments (0)
Shukla didn't refute my basic argument, which is that yoga is a practice rooted in consciousness, not proprietary religion.
By Deepak Chopra | April 28, 2010; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (23)
Most Indians, when they contemplate the immense popularity of yoga in the U.S. may smile at the pop aspects of the phenomenon but feel on the whole that something good is happening.
By Deepak Chopra | April 23, 2010; 08:40 PM ET | Comments (115)
My interview with Dr. Stuart Hameroff of the Center for Consciousness Studies of the University of Arizona.
By Deepak Chopra | April 6, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (4)
The dividing line between hypocrisy and reform is drawn by silence. If you silently go along with what is wrong -- however you define wrong -- then you are verging on hypocrisy. If you speak out, you are inciting reform. And attracting hostility at the same time
By Deepak Chopra | March 16, 2010; 09:58 PM ET | Comments (4)
The fact that Obama has ended the Bush-era rhetoric about a global war on terror is a promising sign, but there are many others. In speech and deed this President seems to be part of a new peace movement that minimizes us-versus-them thinking, soft pedals patriotism and nationalism, and has no interest into turning America into a country that dominates the world militarily.
By Deepak Chopra | December 21, 2009; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (2)
Humanism isn't the same as atheism. To that extent, the American Humanist Association has co-opted a word and distorted it for their own purposes. Even so-called secular humanism, a distortion by the religious right, doesn't preclude a deep desire to be a spiritual seeker.
By Deepak Chopra | November 23, 2009; 08:31 PM ET | Comments (4)
In the Judeo-Christian tradition death has become a kind of risky lottery where the soul discovers, to its delight or horror, that it's headed for heaven or hell. But many wisdom traditions around the world make a different argument, that the afterlife is an extension, in non-physical terms, of present life.
By Deepak Chopra | November 3, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (13)
In our quest to grow and evolve, we all run into obstacles. We meet resistance. Change proves stubborn and at times impossible. Anything that I can do to overcome these obstacles is a contribution I never wish to pass up. In my new book, I address the most difficult obstacle of all: the body.
By Deepak Chopra | October 13, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (3)
The reason that the Kingdom of Heaven is within is that God is a state of consciousness; there is nowhere to look but within. The deity may be infinite, all-pervasive, and ever-present, but proof of God is on the move, shifting as fast as our own perceptions.
By Deepak Chopra | October 8, 2009; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (9)
The rise of incivility in this country is a symptom of mass psychopathology. Groups of people see other groups of people behaving badly, and this gives them permission to behave badly themselves. The same thing happens in families.
By Deepak Chopra | September 15, 2009; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (4)
All the moral choices are cloudy and tangled in this case. When you go inward you see in yourself all the elements that clash here: mercy, anger, compassion, revenge, high-mindedness, impartiality, bias, and fairness exist side by side.
By Deepak Chopra | August 27, 2009; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (6)
There are no magic formulas here. Education, consciousness raising, and individual claims to power are tried and true steps if women want to attain equality.
By Deepak Chopra | July 21, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (1)
If Sotomayor were the partisan zealot so ridiculously portrayed by her opponents, she'd fit right in.
By Deepak Chopra | July 15, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
Michael Jackson's call to "Heal the World" in a pop song spreads to every corner of the planet and probably touches more people than the Pope's annual Christmas message. This is an unsettling phenomenon.
By Deepak Chopra | June 29, 2009; 07:48 PM ET | Comments (82)
If God is neutral toward the mini skirt, he is neutral toward the burqa and chador, or the wig and head covering of orthodox Jewish women.
By Deepak Chopra | June 25, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (25)
Even though over 70% of Iranians are in favor of electing their supreme leader, a democratically chosen dictator remains a dictator, and the vexing problems of modern life will still be filtered through medieval dictates.
By Deepak Chopra | June 17, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (2)
In stark contrast to George Bush's catch phrase, "clash of civilizations," Obama made every effort to weave common threads between the West and the Islamic world.
By Deepak Chopra | June 4, 2009; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (6)
I doubt that any sensible person would sanction withholding medical treatment for a sick child because of his parents' religious beliefs, especially when it's a case of life and death.
By Deepak Chopra | May 22, 2009; 09:46 PM ET | Comments (5)
Whether or not a national day of prayer is worthy of the name depends on what prayer is meant to be. In the Bush era, public or group prayer followed the pattern set down by Nixon in the Sixties: it was a validation of conservative values.
By Deepak Chopra | May 7, 2009; 02:10 AM ET | Comments (23)
The question of Islamic law in Pakistan is entangled --or should we say strangled?--by a host of social factors.
By Deepak Chopra | April 20, 2009; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (32)
Arrest of two American journalists gives North Korea an opportunity to show the world it belongs.
By Deepak Chopra | April 16, 2009; 05:41 PM ET | Comments (0)
His critics believe that Obama is giving aid and comfort to the enemy no doubt, by apologizing to the Islamic world, but from his perspective he's beginning to treat Muslims like normal human beings.
By Deepak Chopra | April 14, 2009; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (58)
The fact that God is subjective doesn't make the deity unreal, but it radically shifts the burden of proof.
By Deepak Chopra | March 31, 2009; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (11)
Satan is a projection of human fear, anger, and guilt. Satan stopped being strong because we stopped needing him so much.
By Deepak Chopra | March 24, 2009; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (46)
We are in a time of spiritual flux, and if the churches are the losers in that shift, they might want to pay more attention to the winners, the millions of people who want the fruits of spiritual seeking with an open mind instead of closed dogma.
By Deepak Chopra | March 18, 2009; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (21)
Populist anger is moral and right. The main problem isn't economic collapse, it's a warping of values.
By Deepak Chopra | March 17, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (55)
If you have escaped a collective economic disaster, it's your obligation to help the less fortunate. This is simple morality, and most people abide by it. The heroes of every calamity are those who expand beyond fear.
By Deepak Chopra | March 5, 2009; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (6)
For Rumi, to be alive is to be a lover, and I think the greatest spiritual teachers say the same thing.
By Deepak Chopra | February 14, 2009; 02:32 AM ET | Comments (6)
Obama spoke the right words, in the right spirit. Muslims may seem too eager to seize on his middle name, but Hussein is more than a symbol. It's a crack in the wall that has kept Islam apart for so long.
By Deepak Chopra | January 30, 2009; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (20)
We, at the Alliance for a New Humanity believe that if a critical mass of people commit to this vow, the world would be transformed.
By Deepak Chopra | January 21, 2009; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (10)
It's not good enough that he becomes the first African-American President, the first green President, or the first digital President. Nothing less than spiritual renewal is needed across the board, and there is no one of equal stature to lead it.
By Deepak Chopra | January 21, 2009; 05:55 AM ET | Comments (33)
The oil-producing countries could have alleviated the grinding poverty in Gaza and the West Bank using a fraction of their oil profits annually. Instead, the Palestinian conflict has been cynically used as a tool of anti-Semitism and a sop to the Arab street, which likes nothing better than an enemy to be inflamed against.
By Deepak Chopra | January 6, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (38)
The best that religion can hope for is to live comfortably side by side with secular society in 2009.
By Deepak Chopra | December 31, 2008; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (24)
Since God didn't vote for President, why should he get a seat on the inauguration platform? In the midst of controversy over picking Rick Warren to offer an invocation, it's been overlooked that reality is shifting in America. We are a largely secular society where the vast majority of people do not attend church.
By Deepak Chopra | December 22, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (10)
Through the power of music we can use this song as an anchor and a reminder to become the peaceful change we want to see in the world.
By Deepak Chopra | December 17, 2008; 08:20 PM ET | Comments (1)
Barack Obama would do well not to attack terrorism as a religious problem or an extremist one. Fortunately, he already seems to have adopted the argument that "soft power" (meaning the use of influence, persuasion, and negotiation) will do far more good than the Bush administration's rigid adherence to hard power, meaning bombs. Whatever happens, this is yet another area where God should be left out of the equation.
By Deepak Chopra | December 3, 2008; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (339)
In short, if Obama went to a different church every week, with the intention of healing the wounds of divisiveness, he'd be extending the message he was elected on. It's already a sign of hope that we are going to be led by a uniter and not a divider. Even better would be a uniter of souls.
By Deepak Chopra | November 29, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (3)
Compassion is universally revered and universally ignored.
By Deepak Chopra | November 12, 2008; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (1)
Obama''s election will bring immediate change globally. The rest of the world breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the neocons' attempt to create an American military empire.
By Deepak Chopra | November 6, 2008; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (1)
There never will be, and never should be, a religious reason to pick one candidate over another. God hasn't personally voted in an American election, but he keeps voting by proxy. In an ideal world that would never happen. Supernatural beings aren't citizens.
By Deepak Chopra | November 4, 2008; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (35)
Given how subordinate women have been for centuries, and how unabashedly organized churches stood on the side of social repression, I think any road to empowerment for women is a positive development.
By Deepak Chopra | October 23, 2008; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (0)
Ultimately, the restoration of calm will send fear and anger back into their hiding places. Assuming that we have legitimate elections and market stability in the near future, most people will stop being triggered by stress.
By Deepak Chopra | October 15, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)
As much as we instill virtue in our own candidate and vice in his opponent, guilt by association rarely works. First of all, every national candidate either comes from the financial elite or rubs shoulders with them. Second, politics is about money, in both savory and unsavory ways. There's no pure position in this regard.
By Deepak Chopra | October 7, 2008; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (1)
I'd like to see the moderator for the next debate ask Sarah Palin if she gained the governorship of Alaska by exorcising witches at the behest of an African minister who prayed over her.
By Deepak Chopra | October 1, 2008; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (11)
At this point Roe v. Wade is rather like the plight of the Palestinians. Keeping the argument inflamed has more political value than solving it. Reversing Roe v. Wade would probably be neither a victory nor a defeat for either side.
By Deepak Chopra | September 24, 2008; 05:28 AM ET | Comments (9)
In this climate, it's not how much you sinned but how much you took away before the bubble burst. None of this behavior reflects on God, however, or sin for that matter. As in Abu Ghraib, a climate of wrongdoing was created, morality became numb, and peer pressure did the rest.
By Deepak Chopra | September 19, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (42)
Religion-as-politics has infused the American system, for better or worse, as a familiar way to polarize people.
By Deepak Chopra | September 10, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (11)
On matters of women in the church, it's time to take the lead from women themselves. To date, the lore and history of organized religion, not to mention the career of priest and preacher, has belonged to men.
By Deepak Chopra | September 3, 2008; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (8)
I'd advise both candidates the same way. Don't mention religion a single time in the upcoming campaign.
By Deepak Chopra | August 27, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (13)
For me, the God quiz that Barack Obama endured with barely concealed sweaty palms and that John McCain breezed through with seasoned casualness has no place in American politics.
By Deepak Chopra | August 20, 2008; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (27)
It is no secret that Christian fundamentalists have held the Republican Party hostage and caused a sharp decline in Democratic popularity. Do they deserve to have such lopsided power, and if not, what would you do about it?
By Deepak Chopra | August 15, 2008; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (4)
A cynic might say, in the wake of so many adulterous politicians, that in future they should issue a preemptive confession before running for President to save The National Enquirer excess ink. Why wait until you are caught?
By Deepak Chopra | August 13, 2008; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (7)
Having abandoned the welfare state in its most liberal and generous aspects, America ignores the poor as never before. Is there a new idea that can bridge the immense gap between rich and poor in income, education, health, and opportunities? Religion certainly isn't that new idea.
By Deepak Chopra | August 11, 2008; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (92)
Racism won't disappear from religion until religion stops being exclusionary, a profound flaw that modern believers (some of them, at least) struggle to overcome.
By Deepak Chopra | August 1, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (29)
Soldiers know that they may die in battle, and the armed forces must create an ethos that protects their psyches from the impending danger of the conflict. One aspect of feeling safe is the idea that God approves of your cause and implicitly will take you to Heaven if the worst befalls.
By Deepak Chopra | July 29, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (38)
Religious people are allowed to cling to a different model of reality, tolerated by the official gatekeepers but not believed in.
By Deepak Chopra | July 21, 2008; 05:33 AM ET | Comments (36)
Rituals may light a lamp at the door, but they don't walk the road with you.
By Deepak Chopra | July 9, 2008; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (23)
How will belief evolve next? Maybe these believing atheists are showing us the way, along with Einstein, beyond a personal God on to the shores of eternity.
By Deepak Chopra | July 1, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (16)
There's a single book that I reread every year: "I Am That" by Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981). The title is a quotation. In India the goal of enlightenment is to see reality as a whole. When all illusion has fallen away,...
By Deepak Chopra | June 24, 2008; 05:13 PM ET | Comments (6)
"The Love Guru" is a ridiculous farce, and it has offended some Hindus, but I'd wager it will do more good for people than a week's worth of sermons. More comedies should cross the line between vulgar lampoon and reckless disrespect.
By Deepak Chopra | June 19, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (68)
At the very least faith induces subjective well-being with about as much reliability as pharmaceuticals, minus damaging side effects. Which is not to imply that anyone should place absolute faith in faith.
By Deepak Chopra | June 10, 2008; 06:42 AM ET | Comments (12)
The main issue isn't whether Obama was right to quit his church. Nor does it matter deeply whether he made his decision out of political necessity, conscience, frayed loyalty to an old mentor, or religious conviction -- each no doubt played a part.
By Deepak Chopra | June 4, 2008; 06:27 AM ET | Comments (7)
In the amorality of a free market, greed is the same as Adam Smith's invisible hand, and that hand is attached to God. It's not so much that greed is immoral but something deeper: does morality even have a say?
By Deepak Chopra | May 28, 2008; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (22)
Does the state have a right to regulate marriage? It does. Does the state have a right to regulate a sacrament? No. Because modern America puts marriage in a shadow zone somewhere between a civil rite and a sacrament, values keep shifting.
By Deepak Chopra | May 22, 2008; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (10)
Accepting the olive branch offered by the manifesto can only be provisional at this point. Looking over the seven points of essential doctrine, each takes a dogmatic position that millions of other Christians don't accept
By Deepak Chopra | May 19, 2008; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (18)
Clearly we have reached a critical point in the cycle of lying, because Obama's appeal remains strong, and although he has been diverted into negative campaigning, his opponent has paid just as dearly, if not more so, in her negative ratings.
By Deepak Chopra | May 9, 2008; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (40)
In Wright's world view, there is us and them, going back thousands of years. Therefore, he belongs, or so the public perceives, to the divisive camp in racial politics, not the uniting camp
By Deepak Chopra | May 4, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (67)
The phrase "private matter" means, "Don't go off on your own." And faith losing its soul is code for a familiar theme to lay Catholics: without the Mother Church you are lost.
By Deepak Chopra | April 24, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (46)
The current crises inside Catholicism are only the latest difficulties that began after Christ disappeared from view. In every age balancing the two worlds of God and man has been a deep mystery.
By Deepak Chopra | April 16, 2008; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (119)
The most tolerant Christians remain passive, like the most tolerant Muslims. Meanwhile, the thirst for some kind of belief must be quenched.
By Deepak Chopra | April 11, 2008; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (30)
The most appropriate memorial to Dr. King is a rebirth of idealism.
By Deepak Chopra | April 5, 2008; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (9)
McCain does have an Islamic problem, because Rev. Parsley's view that Islam is a false religion is a view that millions of Americans agree with.
By Deepak Chopra | April 1, 2008; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (23)
Sexism and racism aren't going to be solved from the pulpit. Religion was one of the chief bulwarks of this world view, so turning to it for a remedy seems ironic. I'd put much more trust in the growing spiritual movement outside the church.
By Deepak Chopra | March 31, 2008; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (107)
I am speaking as someone outside the Christian faith, but it's my belief that Jesus belongs to the world, The promise of resurrection is also universal.
By Deepak Chopra | March 22, 2008; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (32)
What made the Philadelphia speech so moving is that it wasn't political in tone but moral and reflective. Obama's integrity is genuine on the face of it. As long as that remains true, people will have no trouble telling Wright and wrong.
By Deepak Chopra | March 18, 2008; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (58)
Each of us lives within the danger zone of the shadow, and until we learn how to bring its secrets to light and redeem our own suppressed violence and shame, Eliot Spitzer won't be the only one who pays the price.
By Deepak Chopra | March 14, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (33)
At the most mystical level, the Internet is God talking to himself through technology at the speed of light. Not every transmission is obviously divine, but it's not content that I am referring to.
By Deepak Chopra | March 12, 2008; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (25)
It seems to be forgotten that Jesus once ran for President, and the result was a fiasco. Since the first plank of his platform was "Love your enemies," he had no choice but to seek the nomination of both parties at the same time.
By Deepak Chopra | March 6, 2008; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (264)