Synopses & Reviews
You don't have to believe in God in order to experience God.
--- Deepak Chopra
The celebrated author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success has written his most ambitious and important work yet, a runaway international bestseller that has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to rethink their concept of God.
According to Chopra, the brain is hardwired to know God. The human nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to seven levels of divine experience. These are shaped not by any one religion (they are shared by all faiths), but by the brain's need to take an infinite, chaotic universe and find meaning in it. How to Know God describes the quest each of us is on, whether we realize it or not. For, as Chopra puts it, "God is our highest instinct to know ourselves." This book makes a dramatic and enduring contribution to that knowledge.
"I congratulate Dr. Deepak Chopra for this wonderful book, reaching out to many, many readers, on a subject of spirituality but with a scientific approach. And I absolutely agree with Dr. Chopra's view that 'if we want to change the world, we have to begin by changing ourselves.' This is the same message that I have always been conveying." His Holiness The Dalai Lama
"The most important book about God for our times. Deepak Chopra is an amazing combination of William James and Shankara. In this book he has built for us a magical stairway to ascend to life changing experience of the sacred, keeping our scientific outlook and an ever more open-heart and mind." Robert Thurman, Ph.D., Professor of Religion, Columbia University
"This is a profound and accessible exploration of the experience of God, including an understanding of it in biological and scientific terms. How to Know God is both fascinating and uplifting." Andrew Weil, MD, Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
"One of the best books ever written about a subject that more people think about than anything else." Larry King, Host of Larry King Live CNN
"There is a paradigm shift going on and Deepak Chopra, M.D. is one of its most popular and eloquent spokesperson. In this new paradigm, consciousness, popularly called God, is the ground of all being. Opponents often ask, so how do I know this consciousness? Certainly my ego is nothing like you describe! Now Chopra has given a very readable response in How to Know God. It is not easy to know God, says Chopra correctly, because God is separated from us by a discontinuity. Chopra explains this beautifully using quantum physics and relativity theory. But you can know God with God's Grace, assures Chopra, as he gives many steps to follow. If you want to investigate Reality or God, especially if you are a beginner, this book will be of real help." Amit Goswami, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oregon
"Deepak Chopra has introduced literally millions of people to the spiritual path, and for this we should all be profoundly grateful. In How to Know God, Deepak continues his pioneering out-reach, showing that God consciousness unfolds in a series of stages, each important and remarkable in itself, yet each getting closer to Source. This is at once a map of Spirit, and a map of your own deepest Self, for the last analysis, they are one and the same." Ken Wilber, author of Integral Psychology
"Spiritual health and moral responsibility are two of the most precious gifts that any leader can offer. Few thinkers have done as much as Deepak Chopra to allow millions to embrace the project of personal and social transformation. I agree completely with Dr. Chopra's insight that 'if we want to change the world, we have to begin by changing ourselves.' In a world where overcoming poverty, inequality, greed, and cynicism will be the great human challenges of the 21st century, Deepak Chopra offers life-affirming suggestions for developing a more just and peaceful society." Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica, 1986-1990; 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate
"Deepak Chopra has blessed the world by spreading the light of vedic knowledge and the timeless teachings on non-duality. Vedanta has inspired and transformed the lives of seekers for thousands of years. However, every age needs a voice that can articulate ancient Wisdom in a contemporary framework. Dr. Chopra has given the seekers of self knowledge a clear and scientific road map to understand and realize the ultimate reality. I congratulate him for his brilliant work." His Holiness Vasudevanand Saraswati, Jagad Guru Shankracharya of Jyotirmath, World Headquarters established by Adi Shankara, Sage-philosopher of India 686-718 AD
"A renowned physician and author, Deepak Chopra is undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our times." Mikhail Gorbachev, President, Citation of the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic Awarded by the Pio Manzu International Scientific Committee
"How to Know God should be on the night table of every seeker of truth and Spirit. Even better every seeker should keep it with them at all times as they travel on their soul's journey." Shirley MacLaine, actress and author, The Camino and Out on a Limb
"Deepak has really done it this time a brilliant, scholarly yet lyrical synthesis of neuroscience, quantum physics, personal reminiscence, Eastern, Western, and New Age spiritual thinking. Dr. Chopra's new theory of seven stages of understanding God is extremely relevant to the ongoing transformation in medicine today from the old soul-less paradigm to the new one with spirituality and emotions occupying center stage. This will be the Bible of the New Medicine, the scientifically accurate medicine that will replace the dying reductionist old think." Candace B. Pert, PhD, Research Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, author of Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel The Way You Feel
"Deepak continues to lead us even deeper into the mysteries and joys of true spirituality." James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy and The Secret of Shambhala
"In the tradition not only of William James but, especially, Carl Gustav Jung, Deepak Chopra finds the soul where it belongs, an essential element of being and links spirituality to human needs. In the spirit of Abraham Maslow's The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, he carries stages of development/potentiality even beyond self-actualization and peak experience. Chopra sees the soul as the culmination of an evolution that enables man to find God. Most importantly, he puts ways of experiencing God in a development sequence, ontogeny recapitulating phylogany spiritually as well as biologically. 'God is a process.' It is appropriate that Deepak Chopra, who previously dealt with physical health now approaches spirituality in a similarly inspired way, since growing evidence suggest the two may be linked." George Freeman Solomon, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Emeritus University of California, Los Angeles
This is a book about the quest for God, the search for spiritual fulfillment that Chopra suggests is at the heart of what it is to be human. He draws from his own experience as he lays out seven layers of experience through which we can experience divinity. This book explores how each of us can meaningfully -- and successfully -- engage with this existential issue to bring new meaning and untold richness of experience into our lives.
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"Dr. Deepak Chopra takes a scientific approach to spirituality in this mini version of the enormously inspiring New York Times bestseller, proposing that """"the human brain is hardwired to know God. The"
Dr. Deepak Chopra takes a scientific approach to spirituality in this mini version of the enormously inspiring New York Times bestseller, proposing that the human brain is hardwired to know God. The internationally renowned author proposes seven biological responses of the human nervous system that correspond to levels of divine experience. With insight into the human longing for connection with a higher being, this book speaks profoundly to readers of every faith.
About the Author
Deepak Chopra has written 24 books, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He is also the author of more than 30 audio and videotape series, including five critically acclaimed programs on public television. Chopra currently serves as the director for educational programs at The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.
Table of Contents
1. A Real and Useful God 1
2. Mystery of Mysteries 27
3. Seven Stages of God 40
Stage 1 God the Protector 51
Stage 2 God the Almighty 67
Stage 3 God of Peace 83
Stage 4 God the Redeemer 101
Stage 5 God the Creator 118
Stage 6 God of Miracles 136
Stage 7 God of Pure Being--"I Am" 158
God Is as We Are 180
4. A Manual for Saints 190
Spiritual Awakening 203
The Mind Field 211
5. Strange Powers 224
Inspiration and Insight 226
Geniuses, Child Prodigies, and Savants 230
Memory of Former Lifetimes 237
Telepathy and ESP 246
Alter Egos (Multiple Personality Syndrome) 250
Clairvoyance and Prophecy 260
6. Contacting God 267
A Map of the Soul 273
The State of Union 288
The Power of Intention 298
Endnotes and Further Reading 306