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How To Know God

The Soul's Journey Into The Mystery of Mysteries

by Deepak Chopra M.D.

How To Know God
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    Feb 2000, 320 pages
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    Feb 2001, 336 pages

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Deepak Chopra's writing at its very best, an internationally celebrated blend of philosophy and science applied to the greatest subject of all.

You don't have to believe in God in order to experience God.
-- Deepak Chopra

The best-selling author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success has written his most ambitious and important work yet -- an exploration of the idea that everyone can have the direct experience of divinity. 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), but by the brain's need to take an infinite, chaotic universe and find meaning in it. As we make sense of the swirling "quantum soup," we inevitably find the face of God. In this remarkable book Chopra shows us how. And along the way we delve into such mysteries as religious awakening, ecstasy, genius, telepathy, multiple personality, and clairvoyance -- all parts of the "mind field" that quantum physics discovered almost a hundred years ago. This invisible place, although it appears to be an empty void, is actually the womb of creation. Here God is our co-creator in the constant process of self-creation that is life itself. As we come to know God better, we gain direct access to healing, love, and miracles. How to Know God is Deepak Chopra's writing at its very best, an internationally celebrated blend of philosophy and science applied to the greatest subject of all. This is the quest each of us is on, whether we realize it or not. For, as Chopra writes, "God is our highest instinct to know ourselves." This book makes a dramatic and enduring contribution to that knowledge.

From Chapter One: A Real and Useful God

God has managed the amazing feat of being worshiped and invisible at the same time. Millions of people would describe him as a white-bearded father figure sitting on a throne in the sky, but none could claim to be an eyewitness. Although it doesn't seem possible to offer a single fact about the Almighty that would hold up in a court of law, somehow the vast majority of people believe in God -- as many as 96 percent, according to some polls. This reveals a huge gap between belief and what we call everyday reality. We need to heal this gap.

What would the facts be like if we had them? They would be as follows. Everything that we experience as material reality is born in an invisible realm beyond space and time, a realm revealed by science to consist of energy and information. This invisible source of all that exists is not an empty void but the womb of creation itself. Something creates and organizes this energy. It turns the chaos of ...

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Author Blurb The Dalai Lama
I congratulate Dr. Deepak Chopra for this wonderful book, reaching out to many, many readers, on the subject of spirituality but with a scientific approach.

Author Blurb Candace Pert, Ph.D., research professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Deepak Chopra has really done it this time -- a brilliant, scholarly yet lyrical synthesis of neuroscience, quantum physics, personal reminiscence, and Eastern, Western, and spiritual thinking.

Author Blurb Ken Wilber, author of Integral Psychology
This book, which unfolds the knowledge of God-consciousness, is at once a map of Spirit and a map of your own deepest Self.

Author Blurb Andrew Weil, M.D.
How to Know God is a profound and accessible exploration of the experience of God, including an understanding of it in biological and scientific terms. It is both fascinating and uplifting.

Author Blurb Larry King, host of Larry King Live, CNN
One of the best books ever written about a subject that more people think about than anything else.

Author Blurb Marianne Williamson, author of Return to Love
Just when I think he can't go any deeper, he does.

Author Blurb Robert Thurman, Ph.D., professor of religion, Columbia University
The most important book about God for our times. This book is a magical stairway to ascend to a life-changing experience of the sacred.

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Devendra Tak

This is atleast Chopra's most ambitious book if not his most useful book. It will benefit all the people who read it, whether they believe in God or not. It will also benefit all the people who read it because it offers a platform for one to analyse ...   Read More

Ernesto Servin

God is in the very deepside of our souls, if we take a few moments once in a while just to listen to our sole and analize sincerely the way we act, we are in touch with GOD.

ernesto

It is a good book,to think more often about our selfes to digest the religion more simple, and follow the fundamental things in it.

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