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Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra is a New Age guru. He is a former leader in the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation program. Chopra promotes the Indian healing system known as ayurveda.

Deepak Chopra claims that "by consciously using our awareness, we can influence the way we age biologically. . . . You can tell your body not to age". He has reportedly made millions of dollars marketing such messages along with books, lectures, tapes, and consumables based on a "modern" version of an ancient Indian healing system (ayurvedic medicine).

[...] Chopra claims that herbs prescribed in ayurvedic treatment "take the intelligence of the universe and match it with the intelligence of our own body."

[...] Chopra's book Return of the Reishi promotes the idea that meditators can levitate. Chapter 13 describes his personal experience with "lifting off," which he calles "the first threshold in yogic flying":
Source: Stephen Barrett, M.D., A Few Thoughts on Ayurvedic Mumbo-Jumbo at QuackWatch.org


Secular Ayurvedic medicine & Deepak Chopra (Contra) An entry in the Skeptic's Dictionary
Christian Book review: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Contra) Reviewed by Douglas Groothuis
Secular Deepak Chopra and Maharishi Ayurvedic Medicine (Contra) by Thomas J. Wheeler, Ph.D. [archived by the Internet Archive]
Christian Deepak Chopra's Third Jesus: The Persistent New Age Jesus by Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age.
While I was exploring and engaged in the New Age for close to 20 years, I became familiar with topics such as Christ Consciousness, enlightenment, the world as an illusion, God within, energy, karma, reincarnation, Eastern meditation methods, Jesus as a spiritual master akin to Buddha, different levels of truth and reality, sin defined as thinking we are separate from God or being unaware of our true divine Self, and many other related beliefs. These concepts undergirded my worldview.

At the same time that the New Age has been blending with the culture exponentially to its growth, many people believe the New Age has faded away when, in reality, it is more deeply entrenched than ever before. One sign of this is the astounding number of bestsellers promoting these beliefs. The Third Jesus is yet another such work, although its focus is more strongly on Jesus, and the book uses copious amounts of Scripture from the Gospels in an attempt at credibility.

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, quite a few professing Christians endorse Chopra's book. Their words of praise reach out to the reader in the initial pages of the book. Chopra's views are not a mystery; he has written over 40 books, so no one who endorses his books can credibly claim ignorance of his theology.
Secular A Few Thoughts on Ayurvedic Mumbo-Jumbo (Contra) by Stephen Barrett, M.D., of QuackWatch.org
Secular New Age Supersage TIME Asia, Dec. 20, 2002 edition.
Christian A Summary Critique... (Contra) John Weldon critiques two of Chopra's books.


Non-Christian Books by Deepak Chopra (Not recommended. Included for research purposes only.)
Christian Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs by John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Discusses many of the subjects promoted by Deepak Chopra.


Christian Ravi Zacharias addresses Deepak's Chopra's 'Third Jesus'
Christian "What is Truth?": Deepak Chopra Denies the Deity of Christ. Deepak Chopra in discussion with Lee Strobel and Greg Koukl:


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Christian Profile: Deepak Chopra by Jason Barker, Watchman Fellowship


Non-Christian The Chopra Center Official site.
Non-Christian How To Know God Official site. [Note: this site is no longer maintained or updated. The link leads to an archived version of the website at the Internet Archive. We link to it as it may be of interest to researchers.]

The 'god' Chopra worship is described as follows:
God is the infinite, unbounded, eternal intelligence that constantly projects itself as the Universe--through the creation of space, time, matter and infinite energy.
Source: Who is God?offsite

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