The Wisdom Of Chopra

I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  Tears are now rolling down my cheeks, but I still can’t stop laughing.  A rather amusing website has been created at www.wisdomofchopra.com.

It has been said by some that the thoughts and tweets of Deepak Chopra are indistinguishable from a set of profound sounding words put together in a random order, particularly the tweets tagged with “#cosmisconciousness”. This site aims to test that claim! Each “quote” is generated from a list of words that can be found in Deepak Chopra’s Twitter stream randomly stuck together in a sentence.

You click a button and it generates a random fictional Chopra quote, stringing together profound sounding words into bite-size gems.  I think my jaw is going to be sore!

First we need to get in the mood.  Sit in stillness, listen to this music, and imagine Morgan Freeman slowly reading these proverbs to us, one by one, giving us a brief moments pause between each.

“The unpredictable constructs cosmic opportunities”

“Imagination opens positive chaos”

“Perception is the wisdom of mortal potentiality”

“The future inspires essential mysteries”

“Eternal stillness expresses the barrier of life”

“The web of life projects onto pure energy”

“Awareness unfolds into irrational fulfillment”

“Self power is the ground of an abundance of reality”

“Your body is an ingredient of karmic excellence”

“Interdependence is in the midst of the doorway to knowledge”

“The invisible shapes exponential balance”

“Experiential truth influences incredible experiences”

This site is too much.

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2 Responses to The Wisdom Of Chopra

  1. Steve says:

    what has Chopra written or said with which you disagree, and on what basis do you disagree with it?

  2. Hey Steve,

    I have mixed feelings about Deepak Chopra. I’ll begin with the things I like about him. To a an extent, he respects science and inspires people to think about the universe and their origins. I think he’s a thoughtful person on a quest to understand the universe and has come to his own understanding of the world. I respect that.

    I don’t mind the guy. I think his spirituality is far more developed than most religious people alive in the world today. He promotes love, tolerance, and peace. He talks a lot about emotional health, and after listening to him in many interviews on TV, and on Youtube, I can tell he has a lot of wisdom to offer in those areas.

    Now I’ll briefly discuss my problems with him. At times he veers off into pseudoscience and moves into a world of quackery and snake-oil. He’s into ayurvedic medicine and often makes absurd claims. In his book “Perfect Health”, he tells us that “by consciously using our awareness, we can influence the way we age biologically. . . . You can tell your body not to age.” I don’t agree with that at all. We can slightly slow down our rate of aging by taking care of ourselves, reducing stress, and so forth, but claiming we can do so indefinitely by things like positive thinking is just absurd. He’ll try to bring in quantum physics and tell people that if they think positively the cells in the body will vibrate differently and they’ll be able to cure themselves of diseases and other ailments. This isn’t any different than faith healers on television. Instead of God, now we have the mystical powers of “quantum consciousness”.

    He’s also a seller of all kinds of alternative medicine and health supplements, such as herbs, teas, and other things. He claims they “invigorate”, “cleanse”, “balance”, and do other useful things for the body. He’s making millions of dollars selling these products at conferences and from his website, and I think it’s snake-oil. I want to see hard proof, scientific studies proving all these herbs and teas have these claimed effects. I don’t believe they do. If you look through their magazines, they sell food supplements which supposedly help you fight off cancer, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. People really get into this stuff and believe in it wholeheartedly, and they even begin to distrust board certified doctors. These alternative medicine places tell them that all doctors want to do is cut on you and get you on drugs, which isn’t true.

    Alongside these herbs and supplements you’ll read things like this:
    “Ancient Ayurvedic texts describe each herb as a packet of vibrations that specifically match a vibration in the quantum mechanical body. All bodily organs, for example, the liver, the stomach and the heart are built up from a specific sequence of vibrations at the quantum level. In the case of a malfunction, some disruption of the proper sequence in these vibrations is at fault. According to Ayurveda, a herb exists with this exact same sequence, and when applied, it can help restore the organ’s functioning.”

    That’s total nonsense. Apparently Chopra believes it though. He himself claims that these herbs, “take the intelligence of the universe and match it with the intelligence of our own body.”

    He’ll also do strange things. He was once on Donahue a long time ago, and he took his pulse and then diagnosed him as “a romantic”. I’d be interested to know how exactly he determined that.

    In his book Return of the Reishi he claims that a person can levitate while in meditation. As a physicist I’m very interested in how that’s supposed to work. During meditation you can change electrical currents in your brain. That much has been proven and I’ve seen fMRI evidence for it. But how exactly can you defy gravity by doing that alone? I’d be very interested to film people doing this, and if it’s possible, we physicists need to rethink the laws of physics.

    I agree and enjoy his general message that in this life love, health, and happiness are possible, but I don’t these other aspects of him.

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