|The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (Chopra, Deepak)
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Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside.
We all want to know how to find a soul mate, what career would be most fulfilling, how to live a life with meaning, and how to teach our children well. We are looking for a personal breakthrough, a turning point, a revelation that brings with it new meaning. The Book of Secrets--a crystalline distillation of insights and wisdom accumulated over the lifetime of one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time--provides an exquisite new tool for achieving just that.
Because answers to the questions at the center of life are counterintuitive, they are often hidden from view, sequestered from our everyday gaze. In his ongoing quest to elevate our experience, bestselling author Deepak Chopra has isolated fifteen secrets that drive the narrative of this inspiring book--and of our lives. From "The World Is in You" and "What You Seek, You Already Are" to "Evil Is Not Your Enemy" and "You Are Truly Free When You Are Not a Person," The Book of Secrets is rich with insights, a priceless treasure that can transport us beyond change to transformation, and from there to a sacred place where we can savor the nectar of enlightenment.
"The Book of Secrets is the finest and most profound of Deepak Chopra’s books to date. Want the answers to the secrets of life? Let me recommend that you start right here." -- Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything
From the Hardcover edition.
- The Book Of Secrets Unlocking the Hidden Dmensions of Your life
I found deep pleasure in reading this book. I always find that reading on his level of enlightenment brings a sense of "Oh yeah ,I know what he's expressing or gee I have felt the same way.and always a wow! I can now look at this from a diffrent perspective. Is always a joy to spend time with his thoughts. thank you....more info
- Looking for family dialog?
I bought this book as a gift, which my college-age son has enjoyed. His chiropractor suggest the book. He found inspiration and some new ideas to contemplate in this work.
At our house, the book gave us a fun topic of spiritual discussion for family dialogs....more info
- Most Spiritual Book by Deepak
"The Book of Secrets" is the most spiritually focused book by Deepak. He explores spiritual ideas with depth and wisdom that is refreshing and thought-provoking. You find yourself undertaking a unique quest where you're chartering into hidden parts of your self. Sounds dangerous?
Well don't worry with Deepak as your guide you're safe. So plunge into the depths of this book and learn a thing or two about life that you didn't realize before or just plain forgot.
Besides this book you need to read "Nexus" by Deborah Morrison. It's a fantastic exploration! You'll learn about life's journey both in the spiritual highs and lows. I love its message of unity, spiritual growth and compassion.
"Nexus: A Neo Novel"...more info
- unlocking the secrets within
Dr. Chopra has once again fulfilled his promise to his readers, unlocking some fundamental truths which are mind-bending and incredibly spiritual. The Western reader will be required to stretch his mind to encompass what Dr. Chopra presents.
He offers helpful tips on how to reach a more spiritual level. Simple breathing techniques and mental exercises to raise awareness and consciousness.
Having seen Dr. Chopra speak, I can only say that "The Book of Secrets" is a marvelous manuel and addendum to his talks. The audio book is most likely a more useful tool as you can listen to his words time and again.
"The Book of Secrets" is so full of information that is worth reading at least twice.
Christine Louise Hohlbaum, award-winning American writer and author of Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff (2003) and SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe (2005), lives near Munich, Germany with her husband and two children. (...)....more info
- fabulous book for those interested in reality & spirituality
just a great book for those interested in reality and spirituality issues (quantum physics, new age stuff and the like). My first Depak experience....more info
- Commercialized, pulped ancient truths - only for those desperate to find the point in life
Chopra's "Book of Secrets" is definitely an example of a typical New Age, self-help book. Chopra describes how the power to change anyone's life lies within them and gives a few simple statements, which should help the readers realize that.
I bought this book because of my interest in yoga and meditation, and hoped that Chopra, who, after all, is an MD and a founder of the renowned Chopra Center, would give some deep insights, some real methods of meditation and way to get united with the world. Instead, this is a book, which, frankly, anybody could write. Based loosely on the ancient Indian philosophical and religious systems, exploits them without even acknowledging that the simplified thoughts expressed there are not original. And, in fact, they are not really helpful - could you not get to these spiritual truths by yourself? Besides, the biological "evidence" Chopra tries to connect with his advice is far from true; example: according to Chopra, typically, cells store no more than 8 seconds (I wonder where this number comes from) worth of nutrients and oxygen within their boundaries - well, what about adipocytes, which, after all, are quite typical... This was for me really surprising - many New Age books provide far better scientific explanation with references to original articles, allowing the reader to verify the information.
Undoubtedly, the story of Chopra's attitude change upon his father's death is the most appealing moment in the whole book (and no doubt deliberately chosen to impress the American readers, who like personal accounts)
Maybe I am not at the point of my path, where I would need this type of text and I cannot appreciate it, and therefore find it rather pathetic. I earnestly believe that there are readers, who need this type of advice and will treat Chopra's work as life-changing, but for me one reading was more than enough. To those interested in the theoretical foundations of yoga, in Indian mysticism and in its influence, but presented with the Western flavor, I would recommend the works of Mircea Eliade (including his diaries); Those who are very serious should rather dive into the original texts, like the Upanishads, or Patanjali's Yoga Sutras; to those who like everyday advice based on yogic principles, The Yoga Journal will do a great job....more info
- Amazing so far, halfway through
This book is amazing just like all others I've read from Chopra. I'm about halfway through this but I know it's going to be very good the whole way through. He wrote this book in a moment of crisis a few years after his father's passing which gave him new hope. And it seems to be doing the same for me so far, it is inspiring and can be transformational if you let it. I recommend it if you're interested in the mysterious dimensions in life....more info
- How To Connect To the Intelligence Guiding the Universe
THE BOOK OF SECRETS :"UNLOCKING THE HIDDEN DIMENSIONS OF YOUR LIFE" by Deepak Chopra, M.D., is one of Dr. Chopra's most recent books and one of his best yet. Dr. Chopra is world renowned as perhaps the foremost leader in mind/body medicine and the creator of The Chopra Center for Well Being in California and is the author of over 35 books. In THE BOOK OF SECRETS the author reveals fifteen secrets of personal transformation to help the reader turn fear, aggression, doubt, insecurity, hatred, and emptiness into their opposites. By learning these secrets of profound wisdom, you will see how your own transformation can and will change the world we live in. We all live in fear at the edge of terror in today's world, but Dr. Chopra emphasizes this is because we do not perceive who we really are and the power of God, the power for good, within each of us. "Who am I?" is the crucial question. In Dr. Chopra's words the answer is "the key to ending all violence, suffering, and lack in the world." The key is to experience on a deep level that "you are not in the world, the world is in you." While revealing the importance and the power we each have as creators of our own and the world's outcomes, the author warns about the pitfalls of "spiritual materialism," transferring values that work in the material world to apply to the world of spirit. When we really get in touch with the invisible domain from which all power and wisdom comes, the realm within each of us, we discover the Intelligence guiding the Universe to which we can connect. These fifteen secrets teach us how. One of the most inspiring and personally valuable books you could ever read. ...more info
- A VERY ENLIGHTENING BOOK AND CD--ONE TO READ OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
Every Deepak Chopra CD or book is very inspiring to me! This one is one of Dr. Chopra's best. Is is a CD that I listen to from time to time and never get tired of listening to it. In fact, each time, there is more meaning to me than the time before. It seems that listening to this CD gets better and better each time. This is a keeper for me! I was so inspired by the CD, I also bought the book. Both are superb!...more info
- Big Fan
I'm a big fan of all Chopra's work. I found this particular book even more to my liking than usual as he attempts to intermingle some science into his thinking. If he's going to begin leaning in this direction, even ever so slightly, it will only endear him to me more fully. I tend to focus much more fully on the practical, but have non-the-less, enjoyed reading his musings for the pure beauty and warmth of the message. -Sarah Shikitao-Brown, Author of, Tao Cycle Therapy: Natural Happiness via Self Directed Cure for Chronic Anxiety & Depression...more info
Once again, Deepak has done it! An excellent book full of mind-opening statements and theories, as well as interesting side-notes and stories that keeps you reading for more.
Loved it!...more info
I have listened to this book about three times. I think it takes that many times to really understand everything Dr. Chopra is talking about. I recently lost my father and listening to Dr. Chopra's insights into his fathers death and the secrets he learned about life was excellent. I highly recommend this book....more info
- Q&A to John Zxerce
I am aware of the fact that this is not a message board to discuss literature or our reviews, but I really feel the need to respond to your review.
It seems that your questions answer themselves...
1. If I am the world and the world is me - then when I see pain, suffering and evil in the world, am I seeing myself? MDC: Yes!
2. If my goal is to realize that I am one with the universe then should I strive to reform culture and fight for justice - or should I accept things as they are? MDC: You got it! It's no need to fight that what is part of you.
3. If I am truly free when I am not a person then is suicide a valid option? MDC: Valid, but unnecessary, when you are truly free there's no need to make such decision.
4. When someone offends me, should I seek to honestly communicate that to them, or should I recognize they are part of me and let it go? MDC: Road of least resistance: let go, what would you gain from that communication?
5. If my ultimate goal is to extinguish myself, then should I work on subduing my desires, dreams, and passions - or should I pursue those things?
MDC: When you are able to extinguish yourself it is no longer necessary to pursue, because this is when your desires, dreams and passions will finally be able to manifest themselves automatically.
6. What is the ultimate purpose and meaning in life if all is one? MDC: If all is one, there is not one ultimate purpose or meaning.
7. If evil is not my enemy then should I fight against it or should I embrace it?
MDC: What you fight will grow bigger, as evil is also a part of you, you better not fight it, but embrace it, accept it.
8. If I am in communion with the whole of life - why do I experience disappointment?
MDC: Disappointment means you had certain expectations, disappointment means you're judging a certain outcome. When you're in communion with life, results are just what they are, nothing more or less. When you don't expect, you can't be disappointed.
9. Is change real or imagined? MDC: Inevitable, it's nature; to me it's the only real thing in this universe!
10. Is there a difference between the renewed and the old - or are differences illusions? MDC: see my answer to question nr. 9, since changes are inevitable, what was old can renew and vise versa...
- Deep enlightenment through embracing real life
A truly uplifting read, this is possibly the best book so far by the masterful intelligence of Deepak Chopra. The writing is of exceptional quality, his popular blend of scientific objectivity and poetic mysticism. It feels strongly as though the author was himself undergoing a major personal re-birth while writing "The Book Of Secrets".
Each chapter is given to a "secret" such as "The Mystery Of Life Is Real", "The World Is In You", "What You Seek You Already Are", "Evil Is Not Your Enemy" and "The Meaning Of Life Is Everything". At the end of each chapter Deepak gives some exercises and suggestions as to how one might accommodate the secret just discussed. Many of these boil down to simple honest and open awareness of oneself and others, together with practical advice of one kind or another. For example, in chapter 6 the author helps free you up from the fear of making mistakes. Right and wrong decisions are mental constructs, there is bad in the good choices we have made and vice versa.
On the cover Deepak asks three questions: "Who am I?", "Where did I come from?" and "Why am I here?". He answers them clearly and simply in the last chapter. A great book to help you WAKE UP!...more info
- A different way to look at death
Chopra writing of death says to "imagine yourself into a new form with a new location in space and time."
Lewis in An Encounter with a Prophet instructs an adolescent to see his dead brother pursuing his favorite activity at a different location.
These authors do not see death as a end but as a continuation of the life here. Interesting concepts.
- Chopra's Take on Deep Reality
In "The Book of Secrets," Deepak Chopra gives us his vision of spirituality and of the reality we find ourselves wedded to. Chopra (page 15) writes: "Every secret in this book goes back to the existence of an invisible intelligence that operates beneath the visible surface of life. The mystery of life is an expression not of random accidents but of one intelligence that exists everywhere."
Chopra (page 21) tells us: "You are not in the world; the world is in you. The only reason that rocks are solid is that the brain registers a flurry of electrical signals as touch; the only reason the sun shines is that the brain registers another flurry of electrical signals as sight. There is no sunlight in my brain, whose interior remains as dark as a limestone cavern no matter how bright it is outside."
I found the best way to read Chopra is in small 30 minute mini-reads, ideally sitting outside in the park with birds chirping in the background, a mere rest spot within my hour long walks that may occur daily. Chopra has a poetic style to his spiritual advice that can be enhanced significantly by background conditions that are beyond the book. A good example is provided by Chopra's (page 43) remarks: "Thinking points the way whenever your mind stops being restless and speculative. On this path, you silence your internal dialogue in order to find clarity and stillness. It takes clarity for your mind to see that it doesn't have to be so driven. Thinking can turn into knowing, which is to say wisdom. With greater clarity your intellect looks into any problem and sees the solution. As your knowingness expands, personal questions fade. What your mind really wants to know is the mystery of existence. Questions knock on the door of eternity, at which point only the Creator can answer them for you. The fulfillment of this path comes when your mind merges with the mind of God."
Chopra (page 31) writes: "An infinite, silent energy field flickered for an instant, experiencing an object (the rose) and the subject (you the observer) without going anywhere. Awareness simply took look at one aspect of its eternal beauty. Its only motive was to create a moment of joy. You and the rose stood at opposite poles of that moment, yet there was no separation. A single creative stroke took place, fusing you both."
Chopra (page 25) reminds us that ego is not the enemy: "Throwing the ego into the dark, making it the enemy, only creates more division and fragmentation. If there is one reality, it must be all-inclusive. The ego can't be thrown out any more than desire can be thrown out." Yet even Chopra's forgiving outlook can confuse the ego when it is genuinely needed; e.g., when "you are stopped at a red light on the way home, but the car behind you doesn't stop and rear-ends you," (page 116). Chopra recommends these personal identifications of self: "This accident was no accident; it's a reflection of myself. This stranger is a messenger. When I find out why this event happened, I will uncover some aspect of myself." When the other driver is discovered to be intoxicated, for example, Chopra's critics will point to his gullibility with the issue of ego surrender. Even if some events are found to be random occurrences among many meaningful events, Chopra is not so gullible to accept the advice of a guru without the ever critical ego (at least I hope not). He (page 84) does admit that "manipulators use charm, persuasion, coaxing, trickery, and misdirection." Chopra (page 79) recommends taking the attitude that: "I will put a distance between myself and those who want to hurt me. I do not have to confront them, guilt-trip them, or make them the cause of my self-pity. But I cannot afford to absorb their toxic effect on me, and if that means keeping my distance, I will."
Chopra (pages 111) plays up the term "wholeness", writing that: "Wholeness means including everything, leaving nothing out. At the present we each experience life sliced up into bits of time, bits of experience, bits of activity. We clings to our limited sense of self to protect the slices from falling apart. But it's impossible to find continuity in this way, hard as the ego tries in its struggle to make life hang together. Wholeness is a state beyond personality." But "wholeness" carries the connotation of web of life, the dynamic flux unto itself, and of system theory, and these views can only be a misplaced caricature if taken literally. For example, Ken Wilber called these views a "flat land" perspective, while having been critical of Chopra in particular. I think Chopra can find a way beyond this criticism, by sticking to his poetic spirituality in its simpleness, and while leaving system thinking in its proper place.
One of the high points in Chopra's book is his treatment of evil. He (page 126) tells us that "evil depends completely on one's level of consciousness." And Chopra (page 138) writes of the repressed shadow: "the shadow has grown used to being repressed, to access this region of the mind doesn't happen easily. Nor is direct assault effective. The shadow knows how to resist; it can slam the door and hide its dark energy even deeper." He (page 141) writes: "The fleeting gap between sensation and interpretation is the birthplace of the shadow. When you go into the gap and see how intangible everything is, the ghosts begin to disperse... Evil is born in the gap. The gap isn't anyone's private possession. The gap contains collective responses and collective themes. When an entire society accepts the theme of `the outsiders' who cause all the trouble [us versus them], then evil has everyone for a father and mother." Chopra (page 142) writes, "I don't accept that evil people exist, only people who have not faced their shadows."
The shadow, in fact, is found to be our lover and helper. Chopra (page 146) tells us: "That's why the words don't matter. Once you access the feeling, the real work of release can begin. You need to go on and feel it completely, ask for release, and keep going until you get a new bit of self-understanding. It may take practice before any real deep release comes to you, but step by step the walls of resistance will come down. The shadow is subtly involved in everyday life. It is never so hidden that you cannot bring it to light."
Chopra (page 183) writes: "In clarity you know that you are not a puppet - you have released yourself from the unconscious drives that once fooled you into thinking that you were acting spontaneously."
Chopra (page 198) writes on being mindful: "You catch the present moment without words or thought. Few things are easier to describe and harder to do. The crux of the matter is time. Time is as slippery as that blessed moment before you say `I'm happy right now.' Was that moment really fleeting or is it eternal? "
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- Great Book, a must read
This is a great book and among my top favorites. At times it went over my head but i am sure i may understand some things later....more info
- impressive and insightful
I found the book to be a really insightful and a thoughtful account written in easy language with good analogues and anecdotes. This book was quite unlike many other spiritual texts that sometimes delve into hard to comprehend philosophies. This seemed to be a more general account on the principles of good and content living. I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to other readers looking for spiritual texts....more info
The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra is a book about teaching the reader the secrets of themselves. There are 15 secrets ranging from --"the world is in you," to "what you seek, you already are, "and "freedom tames the mind." The author also reassures the reader that "finding the hidden dimensions in yourself is the only way to fulfill your deepest hunger." Chopra blends science with spiritually by showing how the mystery of life can be demonstrated by the understanding and workings of one's body. The author tries to impress one important secret and that is "you are not in the world; the world is in you."
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- Beautiful prose - not sure about the tree bark
This really had some wonderful wording and some great ideas. For me Deepak goes a little off the deep end in some parts, but who knows. It really was enjoyable to read for the most part. ...more info
- A distillation of his deepest thoughts
Deepak Chopra is one of the most helpful spiritual teachers alive today. A prolific author, his 35 previous publications have changed the way society appreciates spirituality today. "The Book of Secrets" may well be his finest work, a true magnum opus. A distillation of his deepest thoughts over the years and his best advice to spiritual seekers, these basic principles of successful living will show you how to find more fulfillment in life.
- If you are still trying to figure out what your life means to you,
I recently watched a small portion of a television movie, the main character was a small local bookstore owner with her mother. She was having trouble following her heart. Her mother suggested, "Do you see all these books here, do you know why there are so many of them? It's because everyone of them is trying to figure out life, but no one has done it yet. There is no right way, you have to follow your own path and figure out what life means to you." Mr. Chopra certainly seems to have figured out what life means to him, and countless of his readers appear to agree with him. If you are still trying to figure out what your life means to you, maybe this book is a good place to start looking.