September 24, 2012
Deepak in the News

Exclusive: Deepak Chopra Explores the Evolution of God.


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Deepak Chopra is the founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and is acknowledged as one of the master teachers of Eastern philosophy in the Western world. He has written over sixty books and has been a bestselling author for decades, with more than a dozen titles on the New York Times bestseller lists, including Buddha and Jesus. His books have been translated into over thirty-five languages. Time Magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” 

His new documentary called “Decoding Deepak” will be released by SnagFilms and be in theaters on October 5th. In the film, Gotham Chopra embarks on a year long road trip with his father, Deepak, in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world vs. the real man known to his family. Follow him on Twitter @DeepakChopra or Facebook to hear his daily thoughts.



His latest book is called God: A Story of Revelation and in this interview, I ask him why he dedicated his book to God, what he’s learned about his own faith while writing the book, and more.


After Buddha, Muhammad and Jesus, what made you decide to dedicate this book to God?


I am always intrigued by the mystery of our existence, so I wanted to track the history of theological thought from the time of the Old Testament to Einstein. So the book covers the exploration of mystery, I would say, from Joeb, to Socrates, to St. Paul, to people like Giordano Bruno, to Anne Hutchinson in Massachusetts, the Jewish Rabbi who started Hassidism– the Ba’al Shem Tov, and finally Tagore, the Indian Nobel laureate, and Einstein and their conversation about science and religion.


So for me, it was very personal exploring this history and seeing where we are going. Right now the three biggest unanswered questions in science are what is the nature of the universe? Why is it their? How come we are aware of it? The mystery of existence is more of a mystery than the universe, it is the mystery of our own awareness as well. So it was an exercise for me and I thought I would share it, that’s all.


What do you hope readers will take away from seeing this historic and elastic evolution of God in one book?


I think readers will hopefully, the serious readers, will see that God is our highest instinct to know ourselves. Even though we know a lot more than we did in the days of the Old Testament, the unknown has loomed much larger and there is the big unknowable because the laws of nature preclude us from knowing the laws of nature totally because even the laws of nature had a beginning. After 10^ -43 seconds, post Big Bang you see the laws of nature very precise and constant in the universe. Before that it was nothing and also, its unknowable because if their weren’t any laws there wouldn’t be any way to understand them. I think, for me, the religious feeling is the feeling of awe and mystery and surrender and I hope the readers will get that out of this.


How did the writing process impact your own faith and what lessons did you learn in writing your own book?


The biggest lesson I learned was that there is nothing we think of that wasn’t thought of before. We refine slowly, very slowly, it takes thousands of years for some strategies to emerge, but you know what we think of the big dilemma and the big questions that we ask ourselves, from “Who are we?”, “Where did we come from?”, “Does God exist?”, “Do we have a soul?”, “What happens to us after we die?”. These questions have been asked before and in many ways answered with much more intelligence than we thought people had in historic times. If you studied the history of thought itself, the history of inquiry, it’s mind boggling what people have questioned and the insights they have come up with.


You have written a lot of books and a lot of articles, what makes this piece different from the rest of your work?


This particular teaching combines east and west in a way I haven’t done before in a spiritual book. It has everything from Plato’s insights, into the life of Socrates, and Joeb in the Old Testament. It’s a combination of spiritual inquiry, both east and west, in one place.


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