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Life is Awareness

Life is Awareness

Age deterioration would be unavoidable if the body was simply material, because all material things are prey to entropy, the tendency of orderly systems to become disorderly. But entropy doesn’t apply to intelligence–an invisible part of us is immune to the ravages of time. Modern science is just discovering the implications of all this, but it has been imparted for centuries through spiritual traditions in which masters have preserved the youthfulness of their bodies far into old age.

India, China, Japan, and to a lesser extent the Christian West have given birth to sages who realized their essential nature as a flow of intelligence. By preserving that flow and nurturing it year after year, they overcame entropy from a deeper level of nature.

In India, the flow of intelligence is called Prana (usually translated as “life force”), which can be increased and decreased at will, moved here and there, and manipulated to keep the physical body orderly and young.

A yogi moves Prana using nothing more than attention, for at a deep level, attention and Prana are the same–life is awareness, awareness is life.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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Deepak Chopra

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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1:03PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:14PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Hooray for the commentaries! Yeah for Bob C!

this is good~ this is stimulating commentary, always,.... :)

5:00PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

I am so sorry that religious people have to live their lives vicariously through other people. Perhaps they should "pray" and "meditate" so they won't be so angry and disappointed
with their sad, unexciting lives. I think Deepak can help. He has lots of helpful books (49 to be exact) to sell.

4:51PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

keeping up on comments on article is interesting to say the least,,,, hmmm, maybe more writers for care2 articles....
again thank you for sharing!

1:45AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

You still didn't answer the question. What paradox?

As for the rest, I just posted this in the "Your very own Epiphany" thread. Hope it answers your question about the call.

I had these type of epiphanies back when I was a born again Christian.
Then I started grade 6.
During the many ensuing years of searching for 'enlightenment', practicing meditation
and believing in everything from reincarnation to angels, I continued to have epiphanies.

Now, as confirmed atheist, skeptic and critical thinker, I continue to have epiphanies.
I appreciate sunsets and storms and kitty cats and children and eye contact with strangers.
and the first snowbells in spring and a ripple on the lake and the reflections in a puddle and and the sound of a distant train.... more than ever.
It's called being human.

10:21PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Jane, I wonder why you always seem to be so angry.
Are you angry all the time or is your reserved for other people's spiritual beliefs.

Perhaps someone or some religious group hurt you very badly. I think most people have
experienced pain from religious groups or cults. I know I certainly have.

Yet you are consistently drawn to these spiritual pages.

Hummmm

I hope you find peace.

OK, now I duck!

7:26PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Wes, I would appreciate it if you did not call my sparring partner stupid. I have great respect for your intellect. Otherwise I wouldn't spar with you. I shall be candid. I'm having a marvellous time using my intellect to stand up to a possible atheist/skeptic. Honestly, I did not have a specific paradox in mind but rather the concept. I should apologize for delighting myself in the possibility of an equal opponent.

You see, Wes, I agree with you about the Bible and its riddles and contradictions. "Religion" has been modified and made absurd by clowns who want to make Church a paying business.
That is what they did in Jesus day. Yahsua (real name) took up a whip, as the activist he is, released the animals and chased the thieving money changers out of the temple.

Translations of the Bible are financed by those who want to make money. Church is big business . Yah (God) allowed these contradictions because He wants to teach each one of us, individually, as we companion with HIM.

We were created to walk and talk with our Creator. Wes, I think you are wise enough to know you are better to go out into Nature and allow her to reveal the truth of Creator to you. Haven't you felt her call?

5:26PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Zee,
All I asked was 'what paradox'?
Which particular paradox are you talking about?

Oh well, probably I'm just too stupid to understand it anyway,
you being a thinker on such a higher plain and all.

5:10PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

The Doors of Perception are open to all of us at all times. Many of us have (as do I) many miles to walk (many lifetimes yet to be lived) before we reach the most distant doors, but when we get there we will not find them locked.

6:28AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Good article, thank you..

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