Instead of sitting with the cynics (Psalm 1, 1) that have spit their poison into the rings of the skeptics, reflected dutifully in the Wikipedia page on Deepak Chopra, I decided, back in 2005, to form my own opinion about him.
Then I came to find Chopra’s book Life After Death that is a real center point in the literature about life after death, and I was again impressed beyond words!
I have read much of that kind of literature, being a theosophist myself, and having read Charles Webster Leadbeater’s extensive writings on the subject. Chopra says the essential, but leaves out unnecessary little critter that only make the comprehension more difficult on such an unusual topic. Chopra’s view is like a summary of years and years of deep thoughts and intuitions wrapped in a most beautiful language.
Chopra really is an extraordinary writer, coach and spiritual teacher. And I found Chopra always convincing, deep and honest, which is not true for a great number of self-declared ’light coaches, ’life coaches,’ and ’success coaches,’ and a whole legion of Internet scam artists who promote their brittle services under illustrious titles.
And contrary to many of his highly qualified colleagues who completely outsource their audio books and let them speak by actors, I found it particularly great and daring that Chopra speaks all his audio books by himself.
In fact, I find it somewhat impersonal and even alienating to have a book read by an actor. And Chopra speaks his books very well, so well that I honestly believe nobody else could speak them as well as himself. Which is just another talent that he has to be credited with, besides to be an extraordinary doctor, coach, author, poet and conférencier.
And I know what an effort it takes to speak a whole long book. To be true, it’s an effort that leaves you exhausted for days, if not weeks. One of my own audio books took me more than five hours to speak; it was a real marathon. And one of Chopra’s audio books is even longer.
I do not contest that Chopra has a unique ability to make money, but why not? We should all have the ability to sell ourselves as good as possible. I am lacking out on this ability, and unfortunately very much so, which is why my life is miserable after all, and many of my efforts wasted because my audience is as good as non-existing simply because nobody knows me, and nobody promotes me.
So I can only encourage everybody, from as young as possible, to take an example in people like Chopra, and not in people like myself. But I am on the way … to changing this condition. I haven’t taken my lack of success for granted, and I haven’t succumbed to my last nightmare nor my last depression. I am walking still, moving, growing. I congratulate all people who are giants in creating wealth, those who do it legally, and who do it by deploying their unique talents and gifts. We can only learn from them. And Chopra is, yes, perhaps the greatest and most fascinating example among them!