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Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

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GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

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“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...

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

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

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

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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...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
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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...

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January 22 2013

A Soldier's Truth

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

Dear Deepak, I am a soldier who recently became "aware" of the Truth. Being a soldier, I have seen many of humanity's horrors during 3 deployments to Iraq. Since that time my life has taken many ups and downs as the Reality of IT ALL hit me like a ton of bricks about 2 months ago. My marriage is currently struggling as my wife has noticed a huge change in life perspective from the ego-driven self, to one who wants nothing more than to love her unconditionally. Because of this complete 180 deg. turn she has become frightful and very standoffish as she has never seen this side of me. I don't want to lose her, but on the inside I truly know everything will turn out just as they need to be regardless. Since my moment of "realization" I have been doing A LOT of soul searching and asking a lot of "why's". Searching in teachings by the many great Yogi's, Guru's, Prophets and Philosophers. My emotions are on a huge roller coaster ride right now. Then a major panic attack of fear hit me. If what is the Truth is in fact "The Truth" (i.e. collective consciousness), wouldn't that mean that I was in fact Hitler, Vlad the Impaler, Joseph Kony, Joseph Stalin, Jeffery Dahmer etc. plus all of their victims? A sickness has come over me like no other I have ever had before. I ultimately fear that when this "ego" is dissolved upon death that I will go live any amount of these ego's an infinite amount of times if I am not ready for full enlightenment. I have read much on the Bahgivad Gita about how the Universe will ultimately reform itself after "the great sleep". Does this not also mean that "I"- you and me are not stuck in an endless timeless loop (i.e. eternal recurrence)? Maybe this is just my ego's fear? I do absolutely love life as a human being more than anything- the whole experience to think and enjoy a cold beer. I see the great things that we are capable of. But I also now TRULY see the horrendous things we do to each other. I never came to realize this until "It" hit me. I know ultimately God will have the final decision on all of this. Please send me something that I can help with acceptance of this fact. Can I manifest my next life(s) to ensure I never become these monsters? Maybe I am misunderstanding the whole concept behind "collective consciousness"? Please help! Terrified soldier.

Response:

The recognition that one’s innermost consciousness is the same consciousness that underlies and contains everything in creation is an awe-inspiring realization, but it doesn’t mean that your individuality takes on the responsibility for all the horrible (or wonderful) acts that other individuals have committed throughout humanity’s history. The decisions and actions that you take as an individual person accrue to you alone, and those actions have their effect toward accelerating or slowing down your soul’s awakening to its true nature. Once you are fully enlightened, you are free from the limiting effect of past action and no longer need physical incarnation as a vehicle for the growth of higher states of consciousness. So you are not obligated to an endless loop of births and deaths.

The larger cycle of the universe emerging, expanding, dissolving and then emerging again, is a way that the ancient seers spoke of the play of consciousness as a whole waking up and going to sleep. That entire process is seen as eternally blissful – not tragic or fearful. Joy is your true essence which transcends all our thoughts, feelings and actions.

Love,
Deepak

Top comments

  • Wow, Laurie, that is a really long response. It's also just a perspective on the human condition. I hope for your sake that you understand this. It may be a broader perspective than you've ever encountered, and it may be serving to enlighten YOU in ways that nothing else can, but that doesn't mean it's right for everyone, because again, it is just a perspective. It can't be anything else, because no human living in a body can see all that is. The nature of this world is such that we can't possibly see all sides of anything at once. As much as I appreciate your contribution (and it is a worthy contribution to the conversation), it is not "the answer", because there is no singular answer to any human question, concern or condition.

    Chip Transue // 2013-01-23 14:32:30 // //
  • I want to respond to the soldier by saying that reading his thoughts inspired me tremendously. That he is so deep and reflective, so aware and almost already there where he needs to be thrills me. He already knows that he is now loving his wife in the right way and yet understands that if she doesn`t feel right about this new `him` he will survive and that all things happen in perfection. This soldier is a spiritual soul well on his way to enlightenment. I love how he digs deep for answers. He is going to be a blessing to his world wherever he goes and whatever he does.

    Rona Frye // 2013-01-26 09:41:55 // //

 

 

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  • I want to respond to the soldier by saying that reading his thoughts inspired me tremendously. That he is so deep and reflective, so aware and almost already there where he needs to be thrills me. He already knows that he is now loving his wife in the right way and yet understands that if she doesn`t feel right about this new `him` he will survive and that all things happen in perfection. This soldier is a spiritual soul well on his way to enlightenment. I love how he digs deep for answers. He is going to be a blessing to his world wherever he goes and whatever he does.

    Rona Frye // 2013-01-26 09:41:55 // //
  • I was personally moved by this story,the soldier one,I needed a story like that... I`ve studied the Bhagavad gita and its has always gave me the most possible truth i could ever get from any...book...but I have had my own misinterpretations... or maybe my own ... I can`t find the word but it`s like when you are growing up and you know something does not click... like all the types of yoga... I had one spiritual adviser who told me it was necessary to go through all the different yogas... but I`m so tired of the renouncing one...I have krishna in my heart but I need to have and experience all the yogas in all the different stages of life...meaning it`s not only now, its during your whole life... I want to be able to love and I pray everyday for this great opportunity,I know that you can love in so many different ways... but I`ve given krishna many years of my life and wish to finally love the man I love. is this too much to ask?

    george // 2013-01-26 00:44:59 // //
  • Well, i believe we all have to face certain realities to grow and become a better person. i truly believe that you must accept the realities around but do not blame yourself for anything or everything. you must try to embrace your feelings and not fight them only through acceptance of truth and forgiving yourself; can u find peace. Fear is a powerful emotion use it well. Use it to love others, accept their situations and help them. listen to what you really hear inside yourself when ever your scared you might find an answer

    Hira // 2013-01-26 00:32:15 // //
  • Deepak, that was a gret answer . . . so when are going to achieve spiritual enghtenment? Are you currently seeking?

    PresentDay Guru // 2013-01-26 00:12:41 // //
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    Pratima V Bungsee // 2013-01-23 22:58:28 // //
  • What about "right thinking" right living" etc. How can you do that if you are a soldier?

    Rachel Ellis Landa // 2013-01-23 18:34:51 // //
  • Wow, Laurie, that is a really long response. It's also just a perspective on the human condition. I hope for your sake that you understand this. It may be a broader perspective than you've ever encountered, and it may be serving to enlighten YOU in ways that nothing else can, but that doesn't mean it's right for everyone, because again, it is just a perspective. It can't be anything else, because no human living in a body can see all that is. The nature of this world is such that we can't possibly see all sides of anything at once. As much as I appreciate your contribution (and it is a worthy contribution to the conversation), it is not "the answer", because there is no singular answer to any human question, concern or condition.

    Chip Transue // 2013-01-23 14:32:30 // //
  • What an amazing answer ! Thank you !

    Barbara Cooper // 2013-01-23 12:23:17 // //
  • I am reading a very good book called Aftershock by Pattrice Jones . I will add a passage that i hope will be enlightening~ from the preface . The book is: Aftershock - Confronting Trauma in a Violent World ( A guide for Activists and their Allies) "this is a book about the real war against terror, by which i mean the struggle for a world in which nobody---neither Iraqi children nor Iowan chickens----lives in fear of atrocities perpetuated by human beings." Chapter one- Our Animal Emotions People are animals. Animals have feelings. Animals have bodies that experience and express their feelings. Like other physiological processes, feelings persist even if they are ignored or denied. One of the myths of human superiority is that we can transcend our feelings, while other animals are bound by theirs.This goes along with the idea that we can and should supersede our bodies, while animals are always bound to theirs. This idea is so deeply embedded in so many cultures that even animal liberationists can catch themselves implicitly embracing it. When we refuse to recognize our own physical limitations or expect ourselves to be exempt from the emotional factors that affect other animals, we come dangerously close the mind over matter mentality that leads to biotechnology andother efforts to reshape the natural world according to our fantasies of omnipotence and control. In truth, life follows its own rules, not ours. We have no more control over our animal emotions than any other vertebrate. We can choose what we do with our feelings and even, to a certain extent, whether or not we fully experience them. But we cannot elect not to be angry about injustice or sad about loss any more than a chicken can choose to not be afraid of a hawk or frustrated by a cage. Feelings can be both frightening and alluring because they remain undomesticated, no matter how tame we otherwise have become. But the only thing to fear about feelings is fear of feelings.... ........Most of us like to think of ourselves as unitary beings with clear boundaries. Even those of us who come from cultures wehre the psychological sense of self is communal tend to experience our physical selves as bounded by our own skins. You may find it both unsettling and liberating to realize that you are a process rather than an object, a verb rather than a noun. When we affirm that we are our bodies but deny that our bodies are property, we undermine one of the most destructive ideas in history: that people are something other than animals. Besides being factually untrue and leading to all kinds of atrocities against other animals, this idea helps to maintain a number of unnatural divisions, such as the distinction between mind and body and the segregation of people into races. When we affirm that our bodies are systems within systems, we undermine another dangerously divisive idea: that people can and should be separate from the rest of the world..... .....By the way of explanation let's look at some of the problematic divisions created by our imagined separation from and superiority to other animals: -The isolation of human animals from their enveloping ecosystems leads to pollution and manipulation of nature by people.The effects of these include climate change and nuclear weaponry, both of which lead directly to calamity. -The estrangement of human animals from other animals leads to cruelties including factory farming and extinction of species.The self-deception and suppression of natural sympathy required to perpetrate or enjoy the products of such cruelties leave people lonely and out of touch with themselves. -The elevation of "people" over "animals" constructs a category of sentient living beings without rights. As long as that category exists, the process of" dehumanization" will continue to be deployed to push one or another group of people into it. So we can see that the most catastrophic problems facing our planet, as well as the most opressive processes among people, are all related in some way to the denial of human animality.

    Laurie Lyons // 2013-01-23 12:17:12 // //
  • Радост је ваша права суштина која превазилази све наше мисли, осећања и акције.

    Azbuka Homeopatije // 2013-01-23 12:07:31 // //
  • Did Deepak just refer to Hitler as 'wonderful'?

    Jonathan Thunderchunk // 2013-01-23 11:54:14 // //
  • <3

    Chinonye Nsofor // 2013-01-23 11:46:53 // //
  • beautiful.

    Nikki Somplasky // 2013-01-23 10:49:48 // //
  • obrigado, vc ´e maravilhoso.

    Edna Cavazani Cavazani // 2013-01-23 10:06:39 // //
  • Thank you!!!Namaste!

    Ona Godoy // 2013-01-23 10:05:58 // //
  • So, enjoy what's left of your actual conciseness !

    Da Dudez // 2013-01-23 09:16:44 // //
  • >I love you Dr Chopra!!!!! always so elightning!!!!!

    Al Monsivais // 2013-01-23 09:15:40 // //
  • A challenging question...a beautiful truth delivered. Thanking God for you!

    Debbie Pierro // 2013-01-23 09:05:59 // //
  • Todo esta en la mente. Love you deepakchopra !!

    Cecilia Lopez // 2013-01-23 08:40:51 // //
  • like your answer!

    Diane Belair // 2013-01-23 07:26:43 // //
  • The spirit embodying the person needs to be conscious and aware in order to input or output from collective/mass consciousness. I would suggest that Hitler (for example) wasn't consciously aware. It is my understanding that mass consciousness is expanding, but it still doesn't encompass every individual on the physical plane.

    Jasmine Rivas // 2013-01-23 07:18:13 // //
  • Thanks Deepak!

    Andrew Gunn-Wilinski // 2013-01-23 06:45:08 // //
  • Life is a mystery.We do not know what is good or bad.Sometimes GOD does not punish the bad ones

    Sandhya Devi Jhowry // 2013-01-23 05:58:22 // //
  • Oui, la joie est notre véritable essence qui transcende toutes nos pensées, sentiments et actions. C' est la nature de la Conscience de l'Univers. Notre pure essence humaine, est le produit de la substance Créative Intelligente Universelle, l' ADN de l'Univers qui est plénitude & joie infinies.

    Liliane Floran // 2013-01-23 05:45:51 // //
  • As humans we are entitled to make Mistakes if not how would we learn anything...We are born with the ability to choose which way to go and no all our choices are wise....Some may appear to be wise in the beginning But then we figure out they were not This is the process of learning what not to be. When you enlisted in the military you took an Oath of honor Just like I did and as we all know in war their are no rules only the rule of survival.... No matter what injustice has been done it can be corrected Because we are born to be divine allow yourself the ability to experience Forgiveness to those who you feel you have done injustice to and allow your self to accept your own forgiveness and you will have learned a life lesson that you can expand upon right now. It is up to you to allow these things to take place...speak words of life to yourself and to the others...and you will discover the truth within.... Just a thought and nice reply Deepak

    Daniel Ingle // 2013-01-23 01:07:48 // //
  • God has my life in his hands and will do what he wants to with it, 2 X I have had CANCER was given 6 mos. to live that was was 23 yrs ago I turn it all over to God and I thank him ever day of the blessing he let me see

    Leroy Thrasher // 2013-01-23 00:26:54 // //
  • Dios te bendiga .¡¡¡

    Lilia Saldaña // 2013-01-23 00:21:10 // //
  • http://youtu.be/AGMMXK-661M

    Mick Serridge // 2013-01-23 00:20:43 // //
  • In those days you have to be drafted to be in the military, this days it is up to you. So the answer is within yourself.

    Betty Camposano Anderson // 2013-01-23 00:11:24 // //
  • "It isn't what you did in the past that will affect the present. It's what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future". ~ From the book ALEPH by Paulo Coelho ~

    Lisa Colomer-Chinique // 2013-01-23 00:07:41 // //
  • Your amazing Chopra ..another question thats solving ! thc

    Lori Kemper // 2013-01-23 00:07:32 // //
  • God Bless our troops on their path away from their country and their return home to their families! May they find the peace and serenity they need to recover from being at war!

    Patricia McGee // 2013-01-23 00:02:21 // //
  • yes... thanx man

    Ree-Roshan Ros // 2013-01-22 23:59:30 // //
  • the above answer helps to solve the mystery of it all for me....Thanks Deepak.

    Valerie Stone // 2013-01-22 23:49:55 // //
  • Adevarat!

    Mihaela Elena El Husseiny // 2013-01-22 23:49:02 // //
  • What a beautiful reply! <3

    Irma Hernandez // 2013-01-22 23:48:13 // //
  • <3

    Jennifer Allison // 2013-01-22 23:37:53 // //
  • God Bless our troops For all they endure while they keep us safe and free God Bless them every one may you know peace and love and healing May you prosper and live in Joy Thank you I say to you for your sacrifices and courage

    Deb Dowell // 2013-01-22 23:37:40 // //
  • just as alan kardec's religion spiritism

    Douglas Waechter // 2013-01-22 23:26:20 // //
  • Cheryl Whitney Savage, As a Vet and a father of a currently serving Army Officer, Thank You for Your Support and Caring. My Son, the Army Officer, has told me stories that woul sicken even the most hardened career killer. I was never forced to choose between Myself another human being. But, sadly, my Son Has. He is Good Man, a Great Father and a Great Leader who takes the Best care of his Troops he can. Your Prayers and Good Thoughts are Greatly Appreciated.

    Micheal Taylor // 2013-01-22 23:21:03 // //
  • We Do Reincarnate All Of Us. Even Us From Most High. We Do So, In An Ever Quest To Insure The Ascension Of Earth. Many Minds Today Are Awakening To The Spirit, Having A Human Experience. Though Deepak Said To Be True. The Fact That Even Us From On High Reincarnate. Who You Were Though, Has Nothing To Do With Who You Are. You At Anytime Can Be Good Or Bad. The Object is, When Your Spirit (High Self) Recognizes something and doesn't like it, in yourself or others, you must check yourself and clean your Spirit of it. Ever getting closer to Divine Oneness, Spirituality, Or "Contact" With God Within You. "Kingdom Of Heaven Is Within".

    Agron Berisha // 2013-01-22 23:20:13 // //
  • These posts inspire me

    Jenna Davila // 2013-01-22 23:17:41 // //
  • Ana Maria Desiderio // 2013-01-22 23:14:52 // //
  • Just give your mind to God; take refuge in Him, and you won’t lack anything in life. You will be given whatever you need. Your problems will be solved, in some way, and you will find peace. Those who pray to God and meditate on Him sincerely will not feel a shortage of anything that is essential. That is God’s resolve. MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI

    Vinasha Premchand // 2013-01-22 23:08:05 // //
  • Freedom breeds joy my friend.

    Paul House // 2013-01-22 23:05:24 // //
  • You are a being of energy. You are the soul. Nature of the soul is peace, knowledge, wisdom etc. Nothing can touch your soul, not water or fire. Stay strong.

    Vinasha Premchand // 2013-01-22 22:58:00 // //
  • Great compassion for him n happy he's aware . Deepak thank you.

    Karin Mucci // 2013-01-22 22:57:36 // //
  • The trauma from war is unspeakable! I really don't know how to help.....I only know THAT IF YOU CAN"T STAND PROUD FOR THE U.S.A and be there for our troops every day 24/7 365 a year then find another country to live in

    Cheryl Whitney Savage // 2013-01-22 22:55:07 // //
  • How do you know when you are ready to stop reincarnating?

    Bruce Franklin // 2013-01-22 22:54:22 // //
  • Thank you Deepak for answering these questions everyday. I am learning so much in this forum of sorts.

    Jennifer Whittemore // 2013-01-22 22:52:54 // //
  • I have no experience with the military......I only offer my advice as a civilian with a tad bit of insight.....I cannot imagine being a soldier and being deployed in these horrific situations and environments.....as a soldier in the military by choice knowing combat is probably imminent is devastating...seeing things/doing things that I,as a civilian cannot fathom.

    Cheryl Whitney Savage // 2013-01-22 22:50:50 // //
  • In the past, I get a sense of the collective, which is a bad picture informáciuós dreams.Ez me in my life, this incentive. Peoples to live in peace without borders, nations, I'm here to join the top coinsciousness enema solution, if the universe is expanding, a cycle that many of the "edge" if at all, the love handles centered vision kreat.ami resolve conflicts, of course I'm just a small person.

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-01-22 22:50:37 // //
  • It's many attituded of mind with one collective consciousness; it's the Universe becoming self aware.

    Steve Wein // 2013-01-22 22:50:36 // //
  • You might need physical incarnation on a higher plane also.

    Steve Wein // 2013-01-22 22:50:11 // //
  • Give it all to Jesus, get a wonderful counselor that uses meditation, hypnosis and visualization to help you. Ask God to forgive you, FORGIVE YOURSELF (hardest thing to do) AND heaven is very real and your next life with God you will be clean. Give your heart to him.

    Nancy Lieber // 2013-01-22 22:48:21 // //
  • Yes.

    Tj McManus // 2013-01-22 22:45:25 // //
  • So where are we in this cycle? Expanding or dissolving?

    Denean Knapp // 2013-01-22 22:43:02 // //
  • You can stand against injustice. If others join their hands with you to not be violent, and instead have love and empathy for their fellow human beings, then it is a start.

    Kristy Stone // 2013-01-22 22:42:35 // //
  • You are right Deepak Ji. We are all apart of the universal consciousness. It is our actions in life that define us as individuals. Universal peace, love, and wisdom to you Brother. AUM

    Scott Kingston // 2013-01-22 22:39:38 // //
  • Thank you Deepak. I hope this fellow Light Warrior gains the strength sought thru your words. We love you, Dear One. We embrace you as you are and we love you as you are. We are one & the same. Reach out your hands and touch mine. Together, we will soar.

    Jerica Guillory // 2013-01-22 22:39:22 // //
  • i think the past doesn't define who you are now, who you are now and the way you are being, defines what your future will be? so, make a conscious choice to create something bigger than life for yourself, you spend all your focus on creating it, you will eventually forget about your past, too busy being fully present today with others, we are all warriors in life, we are unstoppable and ferocious. we all want love and peace inside ourselves and outside in the world, but it begins inside first. namaste

    Deb Maylath // 2013-01-22 22:38:00 // //
  • IL&G <3

    Heather Guay // 2013-01-22 22:37:37 // //
  • <3 <3

    Maria Jiménez Diaz // 2013-01-22 22:36:25 // //
  • I feel a step forward is a step in the right direction. Any step made is . So no one making a forward step is wrong :)

    Angelika Schmidt // 2013-01-22 22:35:52 // //