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Mind has remained a metaphysical riddle for centuries because it inhabits the physical world like a ghost. But thatís a Western perspective based on our bias for solid, tangible things. We insist that the brain must be the source of mind because the brain is a visible object, which is like saying that a radio must be the source of music because it is a visible object from which music emerges.

The Vedic rishis adopted the opposite perspective, insisting that visible objects couldnít be the source of mind since the physical plane is the least conscious of worlds. It may seem significant that the brain is active during thought, but a radio is active during a broadcast.

Mind will only be proved to exist outside the brain if it leaves some kind of footprint, a visible sign that is as convincing as the MRIís that provide concrete evidence of neural activity. One such piece of evidence is information.

No scientist has a problem believing that matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, and the cutting edge of physics is grappling with the notion that information cannot be created or destroyed, either.

What we see in the universe is constant transformation. Helium atoms that fuel the sun send heat to Earth that gets transformed by photosynthesis into plants and all other life-forms. It can fairly be said that life consists of the sunís atoms exchanging information with atoms on Earth. (Energy is information in the sense that all chemical or electrical charges can be expressed as plus or minus, positive or negative, zero or one.)

It doesnít matter, then, that your body bears no resemblance to a fiery star. Both are part of the same information field, which undergoes endless transformation within itself.

Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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12:12PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:07AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

jibber jabber... (teehee -> Anne M.0

our thought processes can often interpret concepts as such: jibber jabber until the unbelievable evolves to the conceptual

as Fulton's Folly steams across history's pages as a prime example of ideas founded in 'jibber jabber' - we find new systems of power and new ideas - that just take time to build up 'steam' :)

3:25PM PST on Jan 13, 2013


12:24PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thank you!

1:17AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Interesting, thanks for sharing with us!

1:01AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing

12:08AM PST on Jan 13, 2013


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10:37PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Mind, soul, spirit- are they the same or different?

10:01PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

I agree with Bill. The mind CANNOT exist without the physical brain, plain and simple!

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