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Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex
     

Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex

by Chandresh Bhardwaj, Dalai Lama (Foreword by)
 

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Have you ever felt like you’re living out a script written for you by others—in your work, your relationships, or spirituality? “To break through the norms we’ve been conditioned to believe is an act of rebellion,” writes Chandresh Bhardwaj. “We must be prepared to be brutally honest. We must overturn our assumptions and unlearn

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Have you ever felt like you’re living out a script written for you by others—in your work, your relationships, or spirituality? “To break through the norms we’ve been conditioned to believe is an act of rebellion,” writes Chandresh Bhardwaj. “We must be prepared to be brutally honest. We must overturn our assumptions and unlearn our suffering. We must be willing to discover our real reasons for being alive.”
 
In Break the Norms, Chandresh illuminates the unconscious beliefs we carry about matters of sex, death, love, ego, God, and gurus—then offers penetrating questions and self-inquiry practices to help us separate our own truth from the products of the status quo. Join him to explore:
 
• Your Inner Truth—how to set aside your conditioned, ego-based perspective and bring forth your authentic wisdom
• Spiritual Practice—where you can get stuck practicing meditation and yoga, and how to keep moving toward a deeper experience of God
• Mastering the Ego—developing a healthy approach for dealing with anger, fear, and desire
• Seeking Your Guru—dispelling the myths about gurus and finding the right teacher to hold up a mirror to your soul
• Love, Sex, and Spirit—how we can the integrate the physical world and the transcendent through the path of devotion
• Mortality and Morality—overcoming our fear of death and our resistance to creating heaven on earth
 
There are no “right answers” in spirituality, but asking the right questions can help us discover who we are and what we are becoming. “Authenticity is inherent each of our souls,” writes Chandresh. “When we start to be authentic, we start to get back in touch with our divine source.” Break the Norms is the first book from a compelling new teacher—and a clarion call to embrace our own spiritual authority.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/12/2015
Bhardwaj, a seventh-generation spiritual guru, draws on traditional Hindu wisdom in this guide for navigating spiritual life, but his message of self-realization is not limited by a particular religious worldview. Thematic chapters systematically debunk common spiritual myths, such as the necessity of giving up individuality, pleasure, and ambition. Instead, Bhardwaj argues, spirituality means experiencing timelessness by combating the ego and connecting with God. Reserved lettering in the chapter headings reflect the complete turnaround that abandoning a lifetime of conditioning requires. A chapter of relationship advice is no more than simple self-help advice, but the following chapter on sex rises above clichés by wrestling with the concept of the divine feminine. Although Bhardwaj recommends visiting Indian temples and finding a guru to “ignite transformation,” he acknowledges that some will find this unfeasible and emphasizes that “living holy” is simply a matter of “living wholly” in the present. Anecdotes from the author’s life add a personal dimension to discussions of loss. Self-assessment exercises and guided meditations make this promising debut both practical and interactive. A foreword from the Dalai Lama ensures this will appeal to spiritual seekers, especially Deepak Chopra fans. Agent: Bill Gladstone, Waterside Productions. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Break the Norms provides a powerful yet simple approach for looking deep within and discovering one's divine potential."
--Deepak Chopra

"Chandresh Bhardwaj's fresh approach on spirituality takes centuries-old traditions and makes them accessible for today's busy, modern seekers. In Break the Norms, Bhardwaj addresses taboo topics such as sex, death, anger, and the ego in a way that inspires liberation...without imposing dogma. Anybody interested in learning how to quiet the mind, channel negative thoughts into higher consciousness, and see beyond their conditioned beliefs to find their true purpose should absolutely read this book."
--Mallika Chopra, CEO and Founder of Intent.com and author of Living with Intent

"Break the Norms is presented in such a compelling manner, that you'll finish reading both inspired and ready to make necessary life changes. The important, practical, and easy-to-implement lessons in Break the Norms — coupled with Bhardwaj's unique and modern approach to spirituality — have the potential to influence an entire generation to lead a life full of truth and love."
--Kiran Bedi, India's first and the highest ranked woman officer in the Indian Police Service and author of It's Always Possible: One Woman's Transformation of India's Prison System

"Most people believe that spiritual growth requires subscribing to an established spiritual/religious path and following the directions of that organization's designated teachers. Bhardwaj tells his clients that just the opposite is true. He tells readers that spiritual growth requires breaking free of established dictates and society's conditioning, and that our own inner truth is the only guide that will ferry us to enlightenment. His book begins with an overview of the Breaking the Norms protocol and then applies it, chapter by chapter, to individual areas of life. He challenges established norms, i.e., making money isn't spiritual, death is the end, sex is separate from God, and the ego is evil. Let customers know that each chapter contains exercises to help the reader move beyond blind acceptance to risk finding their own way to a more meaningful life."
--Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622035410
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2016
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
707,595
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Chandresh Bhardwaj

Chandresh Bhardwaj is a seventh-generation lineage holder from a family of Indian gurus practicing the Tantric tradition. He conducts talks all over the globe in countries including Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Canada, and the US. He is a disciple of his father, His Holiness Shri Chamunda Swami, who is recognized as an authority in the field of spirituality worldwide. His father gave him the name Chandresh, which means “Master of Consciousness.”
 
Chandresh is the founder of the Break The Norms Movement, with locations where Chandresh meets with clients in New York, Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Amsterdam. In addition, Chandresh recently founded the nonprofit Uncensored Spirituality Foundation to spread spiritual awareness globally among those who don't have the resources. For more, visit breakthenorms.com.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle to liberate Tibet while advocating peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect. He is the author of dozens of books, including The Art of Happiness and The Universe in a Single Atom

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