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There is one experience that brings joy or happiness to every living being. The experience of love.

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Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

Events

 
 
 
  • April 14 2014

    Five Spiritual Mysteries: #2 Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen? (Part 2)

    Category:  SF Gate

    By Deepak Chopra, MD

    Read Part1 of Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

    One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people who want to believe in God is the existence of bad things in our lives. The evening news carries enough stories about war, crime, famine, oppression, and much else that a loving God wouldn't permit. But as we saw in the first post, such a God is formed in our own image. He, or she, is envisioned as a human being on a supernatural scale. This is just one of the assumptions that needed to be cleared away before seriously asking the question of why God permits bad things to happen.

    Once you accept God as formless and not a copy of human qualities, his relationship to events on earth changes radically (the most immediate change being that God no longer has a gender). The alternative to a deity created in our image is a deity who is still a creator but not a judge. God can be envisioned as pure consciousness, the source of the creativity, intelligence, love, truth, and every other possibility that becomes embodied in the universe - and in ourselves.

    Such a deity would solve many mysteries while also holding many. The chief mystery is that God-as-consciousness is inconceivable. Being the source of the universe, this God is beyond space and time. Our minds work in space and time, so linear thinking is limited. But the world's wisdom traditions have all held that there is a transcendent domain that the human mind can access. We experience it as silent mind, the background of experience, or awareness itself. When a person shifts his attention away from mental activity and focuses on the silent background, it turns out that this apparent "nothing," is the womb of creation.

    The second mystery about God is that pure consciousness reconciles opposites. The system of dualities that structure our lives - life and death, light and dark, positive and negative - merge into a single unified system that organizes itself, not by juggling these opposites but by transcending them. Once again, if a person pays focused attention to silent awareness, the reality of such a unified consciousness becomes evident.

    This synopsis has been too truncated to explain the convincing nature of God as pure consciousness, a concept with thousands of years of actual experience behind it, both East and West. But let's jump ahead. Good and evil are among the most important dualities we all struggle with. One reason for our confusion is that we look at only the manifest side of God/consciousness/creation. With one-eyed sight, there is no end to evil, no rationale to justify it, and no escape from it.

    Which is why the great spiritual teachers, including Buddha and Jesus, pointed to the other side of consciousness, which transcends duality. At this second level, good and evil are part of the setup, the karmic drama that we each inherited at birth. Like every duality, this one follows an internal logic we can't fathom, but we don't need to. The solution is to go beyond duality, at which point we have walked away from the drama. When this happens, we become detached, in two senses. We are no longer engaged in the play of karma, and it cannot reach out to grab us back.

    God, then, is present in both states, the manifest and unmanifest. In the created world the deity is the basis for morality and its promise that being good leads to good results. For millions of people, this side of consciousness suffices. They may suffer when bad things happen, but they remain convinced that God is good and just. Another large swath of people jettison religion and accept a secular morality based on manmade rules and laws. How many people accept the way of transcendence?

    There’s no answer to this question, since someone can be deeply involved in such a path with no outward sign. Yet two thoughts seem irrefutable. The problem of a God who permits evil in the world has never been solved through reason or religion, while on the other hand, a transcendent God has been open to personal experience since the dawn of spirituality. The way of transcendence alone can bring a person beyond duality - in fact, that has been its chief attraction in every age, including ours.



    Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 75 books with twenty-two New York Times bestsellers including Super Brain. Join the weightlessproject.org to eradicate obesity and malnutrition. For more interesting articles visit The Universe Within. Join me at the 5th International Sages and Scientists Symposium.


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  • Love and Action April 14 2014

    Love and Action

    Category:  Deepak Quotes

    Love without action is meaningless. Action without love is irrelevant.
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  • April 13 2014

    Bliss in Meditation

    Category:  Ask Deepak

    Question:

    I hear people talk about the bliss felt in meditation, and even you said in day 22 of free to love that "I trust you've felt the incredible bliss of forging your path to love" but in meditation I don't know such bliss. And besides I thought that our true self is non-dual which means there is no experience and to tap into that stillness means pretty much like going into the deep sleep state. You can't tell the difference between being in the gap and falling asleep because there's only awareness after you come out. So where is this bliss? ,I've heard advaita teachers say that the bliss is the reality of no pleasure and no pain. But nothing doesn't equate to bliss with me. Could you help me understand ananda, explain a little more about bliss?

    Response:

    Ananda, or bliss is declared to be an essential aspect of reality or Brahman, along with consciousness and existence (Sat-Chit-Ananda). But that pure non-dual state of Brahman is, as you point out, not an experience in the common sense of the word. It is pure consciousness aware of itself. However, as individual mind transitions into that universal state, it briefly touches, as it were, that non-dual reality, and in that contact it experiences bliss or ananda. This is why Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, brahma samsparsham atyantam sukham- contact with Brahman is infinite joy.

    Love,
    Deepak

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  • Deserving Love April 13 2014

    Deserving Love

    Category:  Deepak Quotes

    At our core we are all capable and deserving of love.
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  • Creating Abundance and Joy April 11 2014

    Creating Abundance and Joy

    Category:  Deepak Quotes

    If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other.
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