Deepak Chopra, early days and career bio
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October 22, 1946
...in New Delhi, India to mother Pushpa and father Colonel K. L. Chopra, an Indian physician who specialized in cardiology.
Deepak Chopra in the Early Years
Following in his father's footsteps, Deepak earned his medical degree in India, then came to the USA in 1970 for his residency training. After practicing medicine at several hospitals he became Chief of Staff at New England Memorial Hospital. Yet he also retained a fascination with the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India, and learned the Transcendental Meditation taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The Beatles had already met the Maharishi by this time, and wrote most of their White Album while at his study center in India. By 1981, Deepak had become the American spokesman for the Maharishi's teachings. This turned out to be a watershed moment in making meditation a popular and widespread practice in the USA.
Deepak Chopra in Recent Years
Deepak's popular lectures began to be encapsulated in books by 1986, with the release of Creating Health. His ability to combine tradtional Western medicine with tradtional Eastern medical practices, while making it all seem reasonable, was a special talent. When merged with the work of many others, this brought the whole mind-body-spirit field more into the mainstream.
At last count, Deepak had written almost seventy books and he continues to be active. He founded The Chopra Center in La Jolla, California, to provide care to the public using his various methods developed over the years. That his Center then relocated to the La Costa Resort & Spa gives you some idea how entrenched practices such as meditation have become in society today. As it would have been put back in the day, "You've come a long way, baby."
Perfect Health book by Deepak Chopra
Perfect Health book by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra's book Perfect Health is still highly popular today, especially since it was updated with 75 new pages and re-issued in 2001. I bought this book in 1991 (shown in the original edition above) and it was great then. He described a yoga exercise known as the Sun Salute which I found to be so enjoyable that I continue to do it from memory twenty-two years later. It's very relaxing, gets all the kinks out, and is even a bit energizing.
Here is one of the thoughts Deepak explores in the book, to give you an idea of how he opens new possibilities in ways that actually make them sound reasonable.
The cause of disease is often extremely complex, but one thing can be said for certain: no one has proved that getting sick is necessary. Quite the opposite, in fact. Every day we come in contact with millions of viruses, bacteria, allergens, and fungi, and only the tiniest fraction ever lead to disease. It is not uncommon for doctors to see patients whose respiratory tracts contain clusters of virulent meningococcus bacteria living there harmlessly. Only on rare occasions do they break out and cause meningitis, a serious and at times fatal infection of the central nervous system. What provokes such an attack? No one knows precisely, but it seems to involve a mysterious factor called "control by the host," meaning that we, the host of germs, somehow open or close the gate to them. More than 99.99 percent of the time, the gate is closed, which implies that each of us is much closer to perfect health than we realize. . . .
For the rest, you need to read the book.
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