Deepak Chopra (born October 22,1946 at New Delhi) is the son of Dr. (Col) K. L. Chopra, a cardiologist at New Delhi who was a lieutenant in the British army. His grandfather was an Ayruvedic practitioner. He is married to Rita and they have two children Mallika Chopra and Gotham Chopra. He propagated mind body edicine integrating western medicine and natural healing traditions, as well as Ayurveda. He is a well-kown writer, philosopher and writer.
Education & Career of Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra studied at St. Columba's School, New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1969. In 1970, he went to the U.S with his wife, Rita He did his clinical internship at a New Jersey hospital, residency training at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and the University of Virginia Hospital.
He was inspired by Dr. Vaidya Brihaspati Dev Triguna, an Ayurvedic physician in New Delhi in 1981. He was also involved in Ayurvedic medicine programmes and Transcendent meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He also taught at Boston University and Tufts University Schools of Medicine. He was the Chief of Staff, the New England Memorial Hospital (later called the Boston Regional Medical Center) in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
In 1993 he became the executive director of the Sharp Institute for Human Potential and Mind–Body Medicine which is affiliated with Sharp Healthcare, in San Diego. He established The Chopra Center for Wellbeing at California in 1996 in La Jolla and is its Director of Education. He co-founded the Centre with Dr. David Simon.
A number of training programs in mind body medicine are offered here including the Perfect Health life management program. Its Journey into Healing workshop fuses modern science with Ayurveda. He has a range of alternative healing practices which sceptics say is gibberish. The Centre moved to La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California in 2002 with a branch in New York City.
He co-wrote the script with Shekhar Kapur, an indian film director, for the Buddha, a film on the life of Siddhartha Gautama in 2004. He launched the Virgin Comics LLC in 2006 with his son Gotham Chopra, and Richard Branson promoting South Asian culture and themes through comic books. He often linked quantum mechanics with the healing process which came in for criticism.
He was sued for $194 million in July 1992 for Letter from New Delhi: Maharishi Ayur-Veda: Modern Insights Into Ancient Medicine which he co-wrote with Sharma and Triguna in the May 22/29, 1991 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) where the coauthors of the article were found to have financial interests in Maharishi Vedic Medicine. However, the suit was dismissed in 1993 after an out of court settlement.
Important works of Deepak Chopra
Chopra wrote a number of books which includes Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism (2008); The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore(2008); Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment(2007 ); Kama Sutra: Including the Seven Spiritual Laws of Love (2006); Life After Death: The Burden of Proof (2006); Power Freedom and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness(2006); Ask The Kabala: Oracle Cards/Kabala Guidebook (2006); The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit (2005); Peace Is the Way : Bringing War and Violence to an End (2005); Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens (2004); The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (2004); Manifesting Good Luck: Love and Relationships, 50 Card Deck (2003); Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles (2003); The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence (2003).
Golf for Enlightenment: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life (2003); Manifesting Good Luck Cards: Growth and Enlightenment (2002); Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging (2001); The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, 100 Days of Healing (2001); How to Know God : The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries (2000); The Angel is Near: A Novel(2000); Lords of Light: A Novel (1999); Everyday Immortality: A Concise Course in Spiritual Transformation (1999); The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment (1999); The Path to Love: Renewing the Power of Spirit in Your Life (1997); The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing (1995); The Return of Merlin: A Novel (1995); The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons in Creating the Life You Want (1995); The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfilment of Your Dreams (1994); Creating Affluence: Wealth Consciousness in the Field of All Possibilities (1993); Ageless Body, Timeless Mind : The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old (1993); Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide (1991); Unconditional Life: Mastering the Forces That Shape Personal Reality (1991); Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine (`1989); Return of the Rishi (1988) and Creating Health (1987).
His Music CDs include Chakra Balancing: Body, Mind, and Soul (2004); A Gift of Love II: A Musical Valentine to Tagore (2002); Soul of Healing Meditations - A Simple Approach to Growing Younger (2001); and A Gift of Love: Love poems inspired by Rumi (1998). Besides these, he also produced videos such as Soul of Healing - Body, Mind, and Soul Vol. 1 (2004); God and Buddha - a dialog (2003); The Way of the Wizard (1995) and Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1995).
Chopra also participated in ONE: The Movie, a documentary film, in 2006 and made a cameo appearance in The Love Guru., a comedy film, in 2008.
Chopra was awarded the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in physics in 1998, for "his unique interpretation of quantum physics as it applies to life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic happiness."