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

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Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

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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

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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...

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

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Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

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GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

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Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
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Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
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December 13 2012

Intention and Dharma

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

I'm writing you from France. My question is about convergence between our intentions and our dharma. In other words : is it possible that despite our deepest desires and most beautiful intentions the Universe has other plans for us ? How mysterious and unfathomable can be our dharma ? Can we control and influence our life's purpose and consciously create the situations we want to manifest ? Or do we depend on something utterly beyond us, not to be foreseen and that may be the opposite of what we really and profoundly intend ?

Response:

If your intentions aren’t being manifesting, it’s not necessarily that the universe has other plans for you. Your higher self and the universe are one. Dharma is not an external force of the universe, it is our own evolutionary force acting in concert with all the laws of nature. So if our intentions are not aligned with our dharma, it means that our ego personality is clouding our deepest intent. Because our deepest desire will always reflect our dharma which is the development of our full potential through self-realization.

Love,
Deepak

Top comments

  • Intention alone is nothing more than wanting which is most often conflicted and deluded. Intention needs its partners, motivation and attention, to resolve inherent conflicts and recognize the delusions. Much of the thinking we do is programmed "into us" by the culture and remains as an unexamined influence. Purifying the heart`s motivations, attentiveness to our habitual thinking patterns, and mustering the courage to face one`s self undaunted clears the way for our intentions aligning with the Goal of Life Divine. The tiniest step toward any of these will reap a fulfilling and lasting reward.

    Ron Greenstein // 2012-12-14 10:25:34 // //
  • Great answer

    comiczar // 2012-12-14 15:34:19 // //

 

 

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  • Which comes first - thought or feeling? Do my thoughts create my feelings? Or, do my feelings create my thoughts?

    Deborah // 2012-12-25 03:18:16 // //
  • so so true Deepak - thank you. that nasty ego will continually fight for sole control of every being UNTIL we align with Consciousness of Universe -- let go entirely -- trust that guidance will come. as you shared, Dharma and the Universe are one in the same. sadly, many fight this Truth and become disallusioned. The poster`s last sentence actually answers the question -- kinda "Or do we depend on something utterly beyond us, not to be foreseen (the answer, but...) and that may be the opposite of what we really and profoundly intend ? With Truth and Universal Alignment, what we really and profoundly intend will not be `opposite` yet more than one can imagine. great question -- great answer deepak.

    truthwarrior2012 // 2012-12-21 16:43:17 // //
  • If I may, I`m submitting an excerpt from my poem Prayer is the asking By that essence of the Unknown Inherent in each man When we pray, it is praying by that essence unknown In condensed form to the Essence Unknown A pure essence praying the Universal Pure A self-fulfilling proposition Regards, Diganta Barman

    rupahorizon // 2012-12-19 14:00:03 // //
  • Mindfulness always produces clear intent; mental formations arise to give us an opportunity to resolve or transform them to their higher purpose for which they arise.

    pathros // 2012-12-18 09:03:20 // //
  • This is something the ancient Egyptians called the ka and the ba your body and your spirit, our thoughts control our destiny what we think we create.

    Amunra // 2012-12-17 23:13:06 // //
  • I would like to receive the daily newsletter and future events

    Madichaba // 2012-12-17 04:37:55 // //
  • If you own a dog. And you feed that dog and give him water, yet everytime he comes to you , you kick him. That dog will eventually bite you or run away. You should not blame that dog, or say hes a bad dog for running away. But look at yourself honestly and take responsibility for your actions.

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2012-12-16 14:40:34 // //
  • la respuesta es : Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    Sara Chinchay Barragán // 2012-12-16 10:33:46 // //
  • Dr. Deepak Chopra, you are an educator, why don't you have a seminar on " How to stop violence in our society" it's because of the violence we are fed as a daily diet on tv, movies, games, since the brain does not know the difference between what is shown on a picture and real life? write a book about this sickness that society is experiencing now all those shooting in schools, its no just the guns is it?

    Tila Garcia // 2012-12-16 03:35:58 // //
  • Obviously !!!!!!

    Analia Ines Ungaretti // 2012-12-15 09:01:54 // //
  • I am creating a world where sadness and hurt, loneliness and depression, death and destruction No Longer Exist!!!! I am ushering in an end to suffering and a coming of the a new world community concept!!!' Let it be written! Let it be done!!!!

    Paula 'Surreal' Cook // 2012-12-15 00:52:43 // //
  • Yes I can see how the "fear" or "anger" in the Collective Consciousness could bring that about. We must focus on what we want to see in our world rather than what we do not like. The areas we focus upon contributes to the Collective Consciousness.

    Staci Hutchison // 2012-12-14 17:48:59 // //
  • Deepak your response is so right, it is a sad day for humanity as a whole, so sad that this person did not seek the medical help that he so obviously needed. My prayers go out to the families... ;-(

    Jacinta Wagoner // 2012-12-14 17:10:02 // //
  • right you are

    The Bare Monads // 2012-12-14 16:27:37 // //
  • Or diid some crazy person exercise "free choice" and the others had bad karma and it was allowed to happen to them?!

    Steve Wein // 2012-12-14 15:49:03 // //
  • Great answer

    comiczar // 2012-12-14 15:34:19 // //
  • Lynda Williams The children did not manifest the massacre today, but our collective did :(

    Deepak Chopra Friends // 2012-12-14 15:21:04 // //
  • did the children manifest their own massacre today? I'm not being flip, I seriously want to know how you reconcile the evil with intent. these children were consciously trying to create situations like more time at recess or more sweet things to eat, not massacre by mad men. All manifest reality is not the result of conscious intention. It is a problem.

    Lynda Williams // 2012-12-14 15:07:07 // //
  • Love Deepak!

    Staci Hutchison // 2012-12-14 14:29:23 // //
  • YES!

    Jacinta Wagoner // 2012-12-14 12:21:20 // //
  • Intention alone is nothing more than wanting which is most often conflicted and deluded. Intention needs its partners, motivation and attention, to resolve inherent conflicts and recognize the delusions. Much of the thinking we do is programmed "into us" by the culture and remains as an unexamined influence. Purifying the heart`s motivations, attentiveness to our habitual thinking patterns, and mustering the courage to face one`s self undaunted clears the way for our intentions aligning with the Goal of Life Divine. The tiniest step toward any of these will reap a fulfilling and lasting reward.

    Ron Greenstein // 2012-12-14 10:25:34 // //
  • Esto es Ser conscientes, controlar nuestro instinto. ser creativos con consciencia Gf.

    Gisela Farias // 2012-12-14 10:21:12 // //
  • Deepak chopra friends So it means we can achieve most of our goals and desired objects the moment we let go of our ego ?

    Keith Joseph // 2012-12-14 08:02:57 // //
  • I am not in sync for some reason, used to be thought powered before! Lost the mojo? Need to reset, my intention!

    Pratima V Bungsee // 2012-12-14 07:34:55 // //
  • Thank you for explaining abstracts concepts in such a simple and understanble ways!

    Kathy Klander // 2012-12-14 06:42:26 // //
  • ¿para cuando las traducciones para los que no hablamos ingles?

    Grace Cico // 2012-12-14 06:25:06 // //
  • Asi Es...!!!

    Rossy Yoga // 2012-12-14 06:03:53 // //
  • Definitely! :)

    Susie Klocek // 2012-12-14 05:32:08 // //
  • a person must do experiment and try to do what his mind doesn`t influence or not willing and after that see what are the results. This is so simple one can make out universe is controlling him or not p.j.mendhe

    pjmendhe // 2012-12-14 04:40:24 // //
  • Yes we can!

    Martín Junco Andrade // 2012-12-14 04:16:09 // //
  • Oui.....tout dépend de notre degré de conscience, à mon avis

    Najla Fourati-Turki // 2012-12-14 04:05:34 // //
  • W no doubts, absolutely Deepak

    Cecchini Bebe // 2012-12-14 03:36:39 // //
  • yes we can---i ve done it---and i can show u how too-.....

    Mike Wallace // 2012-12-14 03:13:32 // //
  • Yes ♥

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2012-12-14 02:38:20 // //
  • brilliant!

    Nicole Forman // 2012-12-14 02:23:04 // //
  • not always but really who cares anyhoos lifes too short get over yourself be happy already do whatever that takes

    Bronagh Fitzgerald // 2012-12-14 02:16:26 // //
  • Yes...and absolutely be yourself and don't take life so sereously and HVE FUN make things go your way be positive love Life

    Janie Sanchez // 2012-12-14 02:06:56 // //
  • Black long sleeves for arms and a red vest tdœ… Oprah's dresser!

    Jennifer Bernard // 2012-12-14 01:52:07 // //
  • YES! Be yourself

    Beth Leeds // 2012-12-14 01:51:03 // //
  • Quantum Physics

    Quahutli Xtl // 2012-12-14 01:42:03 // //
  • When an individual puts forth an sincere effort at improving either himself or a troubling situation - whether it be thru meditation, chanting,prayer, yoga, or attending church such an action is nobodies elses business. Those who complain by attacking Deepak Chopra sayingbhe is "confusing others w/mumbo jumbo" - & "should just stick with Jesus"- have just exposed themselves as TROLLS & should stick w/100% Christian pages.

    Martha Guyer // 2012-12-14 01:41:44 // //
  • Absolutely!!

    Katherine Fraley Karsten // 2012-12-14 01:36:58 // //
  • Yes.

    Linda Kay Johnson JD // 2012-12-14 01:24:02 // //
  • You damn Skippy "Dee" ! If we channel our thoughts and energy and turn the tv off and dont let foul people suck you into foul situations..Hell Yes!!

    Vincent Davis // 2012-12-14 01:19:43 // //
  • Yes We can !

    Atanas Pavlov // 2012-12-14 01:17:27 // //
  • This confirms my understanding. Alas someone is saying assertively that if something is not working as per your intention it's not always god's design. A lot of ego stuff has to be worked upon. It puts you back to yourself rather than depending on something external. Good one!! Thanks for this one, Deepak Chopraji.

    Vidya Yedavalli // 2012-12-14 01:12:00 // //
  • Aiyo........ Deepak.......... your talking the words of JESUS putting your own spin on it and then confusing these poor people !!!!!! Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

    Peter Wijeyaratne // 2012-12-14 01:11:36 // //
  • Deepak your putting on too much weight !!! Time to stop talking Mumbo Jumbo and go for a Jog........ Your theories and presentations are mighty confusing for us simple folks !!!!

    Peter Wijeyaratne // 2012-12-14 01:08:25 // //
  • Absolutely 100% YES!!!

    Michelle Thornell // 2012-12-14 01:07:59 // //
  • Yep ;)

    Lisa Gregory // 2012-12-14 01:07:45 // //
  • Great answer thank you!

    Mona Therese Winston // 2012-12-14 01:05:42 // //
  • Every moment we have that possibility to create outcomes and circumstances.

    Maureen O'Hanlon // 2012-12-14 01:05:41 // //