April 2017 When Deepak Chopra spoke about the infinity of human consciousness, and the seed of immortality present in each one of us, the world sat up and took note, says Shivi Verma Dr Deepak Chopra is an awakened man. A shining example of what happens when the most accomplished and materially competent people begin questioning their reality. They break new grounds and open the doors of a new world for depressed and suffering humanity. What they say becomes like a shot in the arm for the mystics and keepers of esoteric knowledge, who are often dismissed by the scientific community for want of lab-tested and verified claims. Concepts like immortality, consciousness, power of thought and intention, and oneness of the universe acquired an unprecedented credibility, because they were coming from a certified endocrinologist who had taught medicine at Tuft, Boston, and Harvard University. A profession mostly associated with rationalists and non-believers. No wonder he is called a New Age Guru, because he is a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, esoteric and contemporary, science and spirituality, the Orient and the Occident. An advocate of alternative medicine, public speaker and an author of more than 70 books, his second book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind achieved astronomical success and made him world famous. According to him a person may attain ‘perfect health’, a condition ‘that is free from disease, that never feels pain’, and ‘that cannot age or die’. Seeing the human body as being undergirded by a ‘quantum mechanical body’ composed not of matter but of energy and information, he believes that ‘human aging is fluid and changeable; it can speed up, slow down, stop for a time, and even reverse itself,’ as determined by one’s state of mind. He claims that his practices can also treat chronic disease. This idea took the world by storm. I first heard about him from a neighbour who was waxing eloquent about the concept of poverty- and wealth-consciousness. Quoting Deepak, he said that if you operated out of scarcity, all the wealth in the world cannot make you rich and secure. And internally, if you felt wealthy and stable, you were rich despite not having much at your disposal. At age 20, they were radically new ideas for me but as I pondered I couldn’t agree more. Early life Chopra was born in New Delhi in 1947 to Krishan Lal Chopra and Pushpa Chopra. His father was a prominent cardiologist, at New Delhi's Moolchand Khairati Ram Hospital for over 25 years; and a medical adviser to Lord Mountbatten, viceroy of India. Chopra completed his primary education from New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1969. He spent his first months as a doctor working in rural India. It was during his early career that he was drawn to study endocrinology, particularly neuro endocrinology, to find a biological basis for the influence of thoughts and emotions. He married his wife Rita in 1970 and left for the US. He had qualified for the American Medical Association exam needed to practice medicine in the USA. Between 1971 and 1977 he completed residencies in internal medicine at prestigious clinics in Massachusetts and Boston and in 1973, became board certified in internal medicine, specialising in endocrinology. Chopra taught at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University and Harvard University, and quickly rose in his career to become Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH) in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Despite his rising career, Chopra became disenchanted with Western medicine and its reliance on prescription drugs. The work began to wear on the promising doctor, who later claimed that he smoked up to a pack of cigarettes a day and drank consistently. “Very unhappy people, physicians,” he has said. “The relatives of patients with whom they deal are demanding, litigious, intimidating. That’s the environment of medicine. Most of my fellow colleagues were very stressed; a lot of them were addicts. I used to experience the most extraordinary frustration and tightness. My great fear was getting into trouble. Malpractice suits are a big deal in the United States.” Turning point In 1981, while on a trip to New Delhi, a friend took him to see a master ayurvedic physician, Brihaspati Dev Triguna. Triguna advised him to spend more time with his family and to take more time to sit quietly, among other things. The ancient wisdom of the Indian sages, or rishis, provided the basis for Chopra's new path. His visit to Triguna and its benefits to his own life, sparked his interest in pursuing an ayurvedic approach to medicine. In 1985, Chopra met the founder of the TM movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in Washington, D.C. The Maharishi, once a regular guest on the Tonight Show and spiritual advisor to the Beatles, had been promoting ayurveda strongly as a holistic form of therapy. “Maharishi did not lay out the details of ayurveda for us that night, but he made the theme vividly clear. Health and disease are connected like variations on one melody. But disease is a wrong variation, a distortion of the theme,” Chopra recalled in Return of the Rishi. After this meeting, Chopra quit his job at the New England Memorial Hospital and started the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Products International, a company that specialised in alternative products like herbal teas and oils. Co-founded with the Maharishi, the company successfully launched Chopra into the world of alternative medicine. By the early 1990s, Chopra had split with the Maharishi and relocated to California, where he became the executive director of the Sharp Institute for Human Potential and Mind/Body Medicine. But he eventually clashed with his bosses and, in 1995, started the Chopra Centre for Well-Being in La Jolla. By this time, Chopra had become an international success. His first book, Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, published in 1989, proved to be a decent seller. But it was his 1993 release, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, which shot Chopra into full-fledged celebrity status, selling more than a million hardcover copies alone. At a time when the wellness industry was coming into its own, Chopra was showing the world the way forward. His core message centred around the idea that a complicated reliance on the material world to find happiness was the fastest way to sorrows and diseases. According to him the answers to our health and happiness can be found internally. His messages have helped thousands to start believing in the possibility of recreating their destiny. In total, Chopra has published more than 70 books, which includes 14 bestsellers, many of which have been translated into a number of different languages. What a frontrunner he has been in bringing the world closer to the New Age!
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