The Universe of Brain

If it takes the whole brain to produce one thought, it also takes the whole universe to perform a single action. Like a neuron, electrons and atoms seem to be independent, yet a change of electron spin at one extreme of the universe will be mirrored, instantly and without sending signals, by a paired electron billions of light years away.

So the “binding effect” is cosmic as well as personal; it exists “in here” and “out there.” The net result is that you are an activity of the whole universe, an insight that sounds abstract, but just as a single thought requires your brain to perform a huge number of unseen calculations, so Karma performs unseen calculations to produce you.

As we now can prove, change and stability coexist in the brain; without both it couldn’t operate. When you remember an old birthday, you can call it “my” thought, but you feel no personal connection to synapses and dendrites or the firestorm of signals passing over them.

Brain cells work by totally predictable means involving exchanges of electrical charges between sodium and potassium atoms and simple oscillations between positive and negative electrical impulses. Somehow that mechanical stability produces free, creative, unpredictable thought forms.

The rishis asserted the same about Karma. It is infinitely flexible and infinitely inflexible depending on how you look at it. Unknown forces are free to reshape you without your knowledge. They do it all the time, since none of us has the slightest awareness of how our brains move from thought A to thought B.

This opens the question of how much choice we exercise over our next lifetime. The coexistence of opposites is a paradox, and unless we solve it we have no control over the afterlife; we are just caught in the meshes of a machine that can produce any outcome according to its own whims.

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

67 comments

Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers3 years ago

ty I love the brain I think it is very fascinating I love learning all I can about it

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

Ta!

Liny T.
Liny T.5 years ago

Thanks, its kinda complicated to me, but somehow explains a little about how karma works.

Susan S.
Susan S.5 years ago

One funny anecdote that I will never forget is our project for the physiological psychology class where we were describing experiments being done on rats in mazes. I don't believe animal research is funny at all, but for some reason that particular day it made me giggle hilariously to imagine a scientist with a white lab coat pouring over his clipboard writing notes on a poor helpless rat just trying to get a meal. Life is a comedy of errors..

heather g.
heather g.5 years ago

What always amazes me with these comments (particularly the critical ones) is that very, very few people realize that these short articles are excerpts from Deepak's books. They were not specifically written for Care2.
As for me, reading this excerpt has made me more curious. I'll place "Life After Death: The Burden of Proof" on my To-Read List.....

Cindy B.
Cindy Black5 years ago

I certainly can't criticize Mr. Chopra as he's obviously quite intelligent, learned, successful and productive... much more so than I am, that's fer sure! BUT, that said, I do notice that time after time, Mr. Chopra references many quite deep, complex and abstract concepts in making his points -- ideas and concepts about which huge volumes have been written. Yet his Care2 posts are invariably quite short and perfunctory, leaving us to scratch our collective heads, re-read perhaps several times, and do a good bit of brainwork to understand/appreciate what his message is.

At least that's the case with me. I'm actually pretty intelligent and I'm drawn to complex, analytical, subtly nuanced kinds of info. Still, when frolicking in the Magic Box, there are just SO MANY things to get through, check out, check on, digest (etc etc!) that sometimes I just don't have time for messages that are cryptic enough that I have to do that extra work. Why not just take a bit more time, Mr. Chopra, to flesh your message out a bit more, to elucidate for our benefit and entertainment? Every one of your topics are so very worthy and timely.... it's just the brevity that gets to me sometimes. And if it gets to ME, I know it bothers others too! Ahem... just a suggestion. Thanks!

Les Rose
Les Rose5 years ago

Chopra yet again trots out his standard device of stating a metaphor and then converting it into fact. Quantum entanglement has nothing to do with brain function.

Gaby D.
Gaby D.5 years ago

Goodmorning I'm a few days late in reading....and the rich discussion and comments left here are so varied, yet all our thought provoking and stimulating. That it indeed makes for interesting reading.....and in a way it shows exactly that ....that all these thoughts of all these different brains are a 'reality' in and of itself for that particular person. Some of us share a 'thought' to some extent......some us just wonder......some of us don't believe one iota of this....and think it is utter non-sense. I wonder - and perhaps some of us do...where do all these different thoughts come from...what is it that makes our thoughts our own. Merely conditioning? Education? Environment? Culture? Surely all have an influence upon our thoughts ..yet....what is it that makes what we think......is it just our brain? Thought provoking article indeed! Thank you Deepak.....for providing the questions:-)

Gaby D.
Gaby D.5 years ago

Goodmorning I'm a few days late in reading....and the rich discussion and comments left here are so varied, yet all our thought provoking and stimulating. That it indeed makes for interesting reading.....and in a way it shows exactly that ....that all these thoughts of all these different brains are a 'reality' in and of itself for that particular person. Some of us share a 'thought' to some extent......some us just wonder......some of us don't believe one iota of this....and think it is utter non-sense. I wonder - and perhaps some of us do...where do all these different thoughts come from...what is it that makes our thoughts our own. Merely conditioning? Education? Environment? Culture? Surely all have an influence upon our thoughts ..yet....what is it that makes what we think......is it just our brain? Thought provoking article indeed! Thank you Deepak.....for providing the questions:-)

Max Overton
Max Overton5 years ago

Simplistic New Age thinking - or what passes for it.