Published by Parade.com and written by By Dr. Nancy Berk
When I was asked to help host Parade’s Twitter chat with the authors of Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream, it seemed wise to spend a day with the Chopra brothers. Actually, I spent a day reading their book– it just felt like a wonderful visit.
This double memoir by Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, shares the insights of two devoted brothers, both wise, gifted and dedicated physicians who crossed cultural boundaries to take different paths toward success and fulfillment in America. Deepak Chopra, the older brother, would become a bestselling author and global authority on Eastern medicine. His younger brother, Sanjiv would become a world renowned medical expert and Harvard Medical School professor.
How could I not be fascinated by the book and the brothers? As a clinical psychologist, I had trained in health psychology, behavioral medicine and the mind-body connection. My early career was spent in medical centers providing psychological services to patients with chronic and end stage diseases. And while I am no longer rounding in the hospital halls, as the wife of a physician, it often feels as though family life and medicine are merged. The brothers’ journeys highlight the sacrifices and satisfaction in studying and practicing medicine, as well as the history and mysteries of the medical arts, including the tension between scholars (and sometimes siblings) from different schools of thought. Their respectful dialogue of alternating chapters highlights the importance of knowledge and intellectual flexibility.
When it comes to understanding the delicate dance between nature and nurture, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream just might be the book of the day. Steeped in tradition, it also illustrates the power of perseverance, perspective, technology, and choices. Many of the lessons from Deepak and Sanjiv’s cross-cultural story are universal.
- What we convey to our children can be powerful.
- Compassion is critical to our well-being.
- The most fulfilling career is the one you love and love to study.
- Listening is a powerful tool.
- Families help us build success, but we can also build our own families.
The Chopra brothers may have taken different paths, but their part-artist part-detective approach to science, medicine and spirituality is a gift to the people, patients and countries they have touched. Brotherhood will make you glad you joined their family for this read.
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