Aug 1, 2014

Dharma Space Series: Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spititual Laws of Success

Original Title in English: The Seven Spititual Laws of Success, A Practical Guide to the Fulfilment of Your Dreams.
By Author: Deepak Chopra
Publishers: Bantam Press (1996) reprinted 5 times (1997) based on the book 'Creating Affluence: Wealth Consciousness in the Field of all Possibilities' by same Author.

About the Book:
This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages are the secrets to making all your dreams come true. In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distils the essence of his teachings into seven simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life.

Based on natural laws which govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans or driving ambition.

In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: Once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly.

You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, IV.4.5

Chapter One: The Law of Pure Potentiality
Chapter Two: The Law of Giving
Chapter Three: The Law of 'Karma? or Cause and Effect
Chapter Four: The Law of Least Effort
Chapter Five: The Law of Intention and Desire
Chapter Six: The Law of Detachment
Chapter Seven: The Law of 'Dharma' or Purpose in Life
Summary and Conclusion

About the Author:

Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned leader in the field of mind-body medicine and human potential. He is the bestselling author of numerous books, including 'Ageless Body, Timeless Mind', 'Quantum Healing', Creating Affluence', as well as numerous audio and video programs that promote health and well-being. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and he lectures widely throughout North America, South America, Inida, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Currently he is the Executive Director for the Institute of Mind-Body Medicine and Human Potential at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California.

More on Deepak Chopra:

If Chopra's life is a textbook study of integration, the path he took has been the classic urban Indian one. Born in Delhi in 1947 to leading cardiologist Dr K.L. Chopra, his early dream to become a journalist was deflected by Sinclair Lewis' book Arrowsmith. The portrait of an untiring medical researcher, heroic in his war against microbes, fired his imagination and he chose to become a doctor.

After passing out of the
All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1969, he set out with his bride Rita to the USA. Rising quickly in the profession, he held senior positions at prestigious hospitals and went on to become the chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He also set up a private practice in endocrinology and internal medicine. His high-powered career left him addicted to coffee and cigarettes, with a nagging feeling that he hadn't come any closer to "the essence of life".

A turning point came in 1980 when he learnt transcendental meditation, followed by advanced TM courses. He says : "It changed my whole life, my diet, my work, my
relationship with my patients and with others. I became 10 times more efficient."

But what really gave his
life a direction was a chance meeting in 1985 with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who introduced him to ayurveda an suggested he take it up. For a doctor at the top echelon of his profession, it was not easy to start anew in a paradigm that made nonsense of all that he stood for. It was the decisive crossroads of his life. A restless night later, Chopra decided to follow the Maharishi.

He soon became the sole spokesman for ayurveda in the West. He lectured on the ancient Indian system at John Hopkins, Harvard, the WHO, and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey and Donahue chat shows. Simultaneously, he treated patients from all over the world with ayurveda. It was during this phase that the books, upon which so much of Chopra's current reputation rests, began to appear.

Creating Health: Beyond Prevention
, Towards Perfection (1987) ran the gamut of diseases, and offered solutions based on the mind-body link. The Return of the Rishi: A Doctor's Search for the Ultimate Healer traced his own route through life and medicine. It was followed by Quantum Healing which presented a lucid and cogently researched link between the body and the mind, drawing upon research in neuroimmunology, molecular biology, cerebral function and cellular physiology.

With each book, Chopra has argued with increasing conviction and evidence that consciousness is the only reality. "Your body is…a flowing organism empowered with millions of years of intelligence. This intelligence is dedicated to overseeing the constant change that takes place inside you. Every cell is a miniature terminal connected to the cosmic computer," he rhapsodizes in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, which sold a million copies in hardcover alone.

Message from Deepak Chopra:
In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, I describe the virtues and associated principles that have helped me and countless others to achieve spiritual satisfaction and material success. I am writing to invite you to join me, and potentially millions of others worldwide, in the Global Network for Spititual Success, which will be based on the daily practice of these powerful guiding principles.

Participation in the Network is open to anyone who chooses to pratice the Seven Spiritual Laws. I have found it particulary fulfilling to concentrate on one law each day of the week, beginning on Sunday with the Law of Pure Potentiality and concluding on Saturday with the Law of Dharma. having your attention on a spiritual law will completely transform your life, as it has mine, and if we collectively put our attention on the same law each day, we could soon reach a critical mass of successful people that could transform life on planet earth.

Groups of friends across the world have already begun to focus on one law each day. As I have done with my staff and friends, I suggest starting a study group of family, friends, or co-workers where members meet once a week to discuss their experiences with the spiritual laws. If the experiences are dramatic, which at times they will be, I invite you to write them down and mail them to me.

To join the Global Network for Spiritual Success, all you need to do is send in your name, address, or Email address, and we will send you a wallet size card with the seven laws and keep you informed as the Network develops.

The establishment of the Network represents the fulfillment of one of my most cherished dreams. By joining the Global Network and practicing The Seven Spiritual Laws, I know that you will achieve spiritual success and the fulfillment of your desires. I can wish you no greater blessing.

With love and best wishes,
Deepak Chropra

Global Network for Spiritual Success

Note by Anh Tho:
I received this book as a gift sent by a friend of a friend, someone I had not met before, from South Africa, a country I later visited and loved. Thank you Micky, wherever you are, for sharing so spontaneously your friendship. Anh Tho.

French translation by Anh Tho Andres
Vietnamese translation by Cuong Phan, Kim Hoang, Bich Hong, Bao Han
German translation by Han Dang-Klein
Italian translation by Phan Cong Danh
Japanese translation by Hong Anh

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