Everyday Immortality: A Concise Course in Spiritual Transformation

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Everyday Immortality contains a series of insights, known in eastern wisdom traditions as sutras, or koans. Like a string of pearls, each insight follows the next. You will ponder the meaning of each statement--some very obvious, others more challenging. Through this process, the reader's thought patterns are literally transformed, causing a permanent shift in perception. These exercises are a modern version of Gyana Yoga, India's ancient Yoga ...
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Overview

Everyday Immortality contains a series of insights, known in eastern wisdom traditions as sutras, or koans. Like a string of pearls, each insight follows the next. You will ponder the meaning of each statement--some very obvious, others more challenging. Through this process, the reader's thought patterns are literally transformed, causing a permanent shift in perception. These exercises are a modern version of Gyana Yoga, India's ancient Yoga of Knowledge, long considered the most direct path to attaining enlightenment and immortality.

As a result of the process, your awareness and your experience of yourself and of the world will begin to change, and you will begin to slowly experience a state of joyful carefreeness and love that will stay with you more and more.

"Each page contains a single insight, taking readers one step at a time to a total transformation in perception of the world."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a collection of koans or sutras, popular New Age guru Chopra Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, etc. offers what he believes is the key to enlightenment. In a brief introduction, Chopra explains that reading and pondering each koan in the book can lead one to higher states of consciousness and awareness. He notes that such practice is the modern version of Gyana yoga, or the yoga of knowledge. If one page is read daily, he says, knowledge will unfold progressively and will lead to flashes of insight. Chopra places one koan on each page so that readers can focus their attention, and he advises readers to relax before reading each sutra. If the meaning of the sutra is immediately obvious, he urges readers to proceed to the next. Most of the sutras are so self-evident, however, that it is difficult to see how any enlightenment can come from them: "Some thoughts are experienced more personally. I call them mine"; "When I quantify myself I create a person"; "All experiences are space-time events." In the end, this collection of sutras is simplicity masquerading as profundity. June Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517222485
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/4/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra is the bestselling author of twenty-three books, including Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success; and The Path to Love. He is director of educational programs at The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California

Biography

The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine.

Chopra's bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopra's holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%.

Chopra's interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life.

While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success).

Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: "We're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, it's the other way around: we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."

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In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chopra's father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices.

Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as "playful" and "carefree."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Deepak Chopra M.D.
    2. Hometown:
      La Jolla, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Delhi, India
    1. Education:
      All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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Introduction

For thousands of years human beings have asked the question "Who am I?" Aside from great spiritual masters the vast majority of humans have no knowledge of their true identity as spiritual beings with unbounded potential. As a result the history of so-called civilized man has been one of conflict and destruction.
        
Today the discoveries of modern science are giving us new insights into our true nature. We are on the threshold of a new era, and we stand equipped with a new kind of knowledge, a knowledge that could either be our savior or our destroyer. We have the choice to either jump into the abyss of illusion and ignorance or soar into the experience of reality and enlightenment. But to experience the new reality we must first encounter the death of our old identity as skin-encapsulated egos enmeshed in a bag of flesh and bones, confined to a prison of space, time, and causation, squeezed into the volume of a body and the span of a lifetime. We must escape the prison of the known and soar joyfully into the unknown. As the great Sufi poet Rumi said, "When I die I shall soar with angels and when I die to the angels what I shall become you cannot imagine."
        
What imprisons us in our old identity is an old kind of logic, a logic founded on the superstition of materialism. The new logic based on the insights of quantum physics and the experience of meditation liberates us to a new experience of ourselves. Elsewhere in my books and tapes I have dealt extensively with the concept of the quantum mechanical body, so I am not going to go intoa theoretical discussion of this here. (For those interested in an in-depth discussion and theory of the quantum mechanical body, my book and tape series titled Quantum Healing is a good reference guide.)
        
In the following pages I want to give you an appreciation of the quantum mechanical body and of quantum reality so that you can actually experience what seers have called higher states of consciousness. In these higher states of consciousness, the highest of which is referred to as unity consciousness, conflicts resolve and one experiences a reverence and love for all life in the universe. As you go through the pages of this book you will find a series of sentences that will serve as primary statements or insights. Each statement also may be regarded as a sutra or a koan.
        
For best results I suggest that you read one sentence at a time and ponder the meaning of that one sentence. Sometimes it will be very obvious, and you will get immediate insight into the meaning of the koan. In some cases the insight will not be so immediate, and you may have to spend a number of hours or days or weeks with a particular sutra or statement. But ultimately, as you continue to ponder the meaning of the sentence and pay attention to it, a flash of insight will come into your awareness. As a result of that flash of insight, your awareness and your experience of yourself and of the world will begin to change, and you will begin to slowly experience a state of joyful carefreeness and love that will stay with you more and more.

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These exercises should be performed at your own pace. Each sentence must be fully understood and comprehended and give you a new insight before you move on to the next. As you progress through these exercises, understanding and insight unfold in sequence. Before you read a sentence it is best to sit down and take some time to relax either through meditation or through silently watching your breath, which could take about five to ten minutes. After reading a new page, sit silently for another five to ten minutes and ponder the meaning of that particular sentence. If the meaning and the insight are immediately obvious, you should move to the next sentence. Otherwise keep that sentence alive in your awareness for an extended period of time, coming back to it again and again, keeping your attention on it and examining it until the meaning is clear or until a flash of insight comes to you. If you do this on a daily basis, taking one sentence a day, or moving at whatever pace suits you, the knowledge in these pages  will progressively unfold. Metabolized in this regular, incremental way, the knowledge will automatically lead to a shift in consciousness.
        
These exercises are the modern version of Gyana Yoga, which is the yoga of knowledge. A sutra is a statement that can cause a shift in consciousness. Sometimes it may appear to be full of contradictions, and perhaps seem irrational. Yet at the same time it can provide a better framework for understanding the nature of our physical world, and our true nature. If some of these statements seem contrary to common sense, this is because they are coming into conflict with your everyday experience of the world through your senses. This is the world you experience in the ordinary waking state of consciousness. But once understood and incorporated into your awareness, the sutras can lead to new insights that open the gateway to higher states of consciousness. Gyana Yoga, the yoga of knowledge, has often been considered the most difficult but also the most gratifying road to enlightenment. By walking the path laid out in the pages ahead, we can gain a glimpse of this higher state of reality. So let's begin.


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