The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing

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Join Deepak Chopra on a wondrous journey. . . "The Path to Love." Philosophical, inspiring, and ultimately very practical, The Path to Love is a book that can change lives as it invites the spirit to work its wonders on the most complex and richly rewarding terrain of all: the human heart.

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Overview

Join Deepak Chopra on a wondrous journey. . . "The Path to Love." Philosophical, inspiring, and ultimately very practical, The Path to Love is a book that can change lives as it invites the spirit to work its wonders on the most complex and richly rewarding terrain of all: the human heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609801352
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 202,941
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra, educational director of The Chopra Center For Well Being in La Jolla, California, is a pioneer in helping individuals maximize their ability to achieve success and fulfillment through mind body techniques. A best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction and a leading, internationally recognized motivational speaker, Dr. Chopra is expanding the concept of good health and self-knowledge through a blending of Western medicine with the ancient techniques of Ayurvedic health care. The basic tenet of Ayurveda is that one's physical health is the balanced integration of body, mind, and spirit.

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."

Good To Know

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

Read an Excerpt

Falling in love feels like an accidental occurrence to many people, but in spiritual terms it is not—it is the entrance point to love's journey. Romance has several distinct phases of its own for us to explore—attraction, infatuation, courtship, and intimacy—each partaking of a special spiritual significance.

In the dawning of the next stage, falling in love turns into a committed relationship, usually marriage, and the path changes. Falling in love is over; being in love begins. Spiritually, the word being implies a state of the soul; it is this state that a couple learns to nurture through surrender, the key word in every spiritual relationship. Through surrender, the needs of the ego, which can be extremely selfish and unloving, are transformed into the true need of the spirit, which is always the same—the need to grow. As you grow, you exchange shallow, false feelings for deep, true emotions, and thus compassion, trust, devotion, and service become realities. Such a marriage is sacred; it can never falter because it is based on divine essence. Such a marriage is also innocent, because your only motive is to love and serve the other person. Surrender is the door one must pass through to find passion. Without surrender, passion is centered on a person's craving for pleasure and stimulation.

With surrender, passion is directed toward life itself—in spiritual terms, passion isthe same as letting yourself be swept away on the river of life, which is eternal and neverending in its flow. The final fruit of surrender is ecstasy: when you can let go of all selfish attachments, when you trust that love really is at the core of your nature,you feel complete peace. In this peace there is a seed of sweetness perceived in the very center of the heart, and from this seed, with patience and devotion, you nurture the supreme state of joy known as ecstasy. This, then, is the path to love described in much greater detail in my new book, although it isn't the only path. Some people do not fall in love and enter into relationships with a beloved.

But this does not mean that there is no path for them, only that the path has been internalized. For such people, the Beloved is entirely within themselves from the very outset. It is their soul or their image of God; it is a vision or a calling; it is a solitariness that blossoms into love for the One. In its own way, such a love story is also about relationship, because the final realizations are the same for all of us. To realize "I am love" is not reserved only for those who marry. It is a universal realization, cherished in every spiritual tradition. Or to put it most simply, all relationships are ultimately a relationship with God.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1 Reviving a Love Story 1
2 The Path 29
3 The Spirit of Romance 62
The Secret of Attraction 66
Infatuation 87
Tender Courtship 106
Intimacy: The Innocence of Desire 131
4 How to Surrender 156
5 Is Attachment Really Love? 189
6 Why We Need Passion 225
7 Ecstasy 272
In Conclusion: "You Are Loved" 322
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    'The Path To Myself'

    My new-found mentors' deep ,yet enlightening novel has become my reference as my friends ask me daily why I have been so calm and happy ..I have found the emptiness i had always longed for .My love for myself and even those people I never could understand. I suggest reading it but don't give it away ! I missed mine and had to buy another. Share,indead...But get them their own..This book will be a daily treat for your soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2003

    Love to ...?

    better the quality of your life. Read and re-read carefully, every time is different and you understand more. Good luck!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    The Real Book

    Hi Guys, I thank to myself for reading this AMAZING book! This is amazing and will make you feel to think about 'THE REAL LOVE'.If at all, you read this book then I can confidently say that a refinement will be there in your present life......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    My life and the big 'DC'

    I want to thank my friend, my inspiration ... NEO ... for suggesting this book. It has changed my life! I decided to divorce my husband and live my life alone with my sheep. Together we travel the hillsides of Ireland. Life couldn't be better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Amazing Book

    I love this book - it is probably one of the best books I have ever read in my life. It has truly taught me about how to love and be loved. In today's society, we need to be retaught about what it means to be loved, love and the nature of the spirit. This book encompasses these major topics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This book is like a balm, bringing insight and peace to your understanding of relationships and yourself. If you are in therapy, this is where your therapist leaves off and you continue. If you aren't, it provides the framework to build or rebuild your sense of who you are, what you need, and your unique identity. Not a quick read like the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success but very rewarding. I am sure that re reading it will be as illuminating as the first time through.

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    Helped me to continue my path

    The Path To Love was what I needed to continue my journey. I was feeling like I was becoming an "old maid" and need to understand many aspects of my life. I read this book by Deepak and also worked on my Karma and read the book The 11 Karmic Spaces by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati. I felt a deep love and awareness for myself and that lead me on the right path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2004

    In search of love

    This is a good book to read for those of us who are seeking to find the meaning of love in our daily lives.

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