The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing

The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing

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ISBN-13: 9780609801352
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 224,165
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Deepak Chopra, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, and 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.

Hometown:

La Jolla, California

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1946

Place of Birth:

New Delhi, India

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
1Reviving a Love Story1
2The Path29
3The Spirit of Romance62
The Secret of Attraction66
Infatuation87
Tender Courtship106
Intimacy: The Innocence of Desire131
4How to Surrender156
5Is Attachment Really Love?189
6Why We Need Passion225
7Ecstasy272
In Conclusion: "You Are Loved"322
Index329

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The Path to Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
better the quality of your life. Read and re-read carefully, every time is different and you understand more. Good luck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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......
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
emilywilliams81 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read for those of us who are seeking to find the meaning of love in our daily lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.