Thursday, January 04, 2007

Deepak Chopra: The Profffft

File under: The Siddhi of PR

Deepak Chopra, a former Maharishi minion and capitalistic guru in the image of his own guru, is flogging a new book, Life After Death. We like to tell folks we have no need for life after death. Everything we are is right here, right now.

Anyhow, one person on Amazon didn't like Chopra's book so much:
What's perhaps most obvious, and most indigestible, in this book is Deepak Chopra's ego. Before you can even get to the text you have to wade through *thirteen pages* of embarrassing encomiums, wherein hosannas declare Chopra the best thing since sliced bread. A person with a normal-sized ego would never let those pages go to press.
But along with that mammoth ego is a mammoth bank account that must be fed. No wonder Chopra said this on Comedy Central's Colbert Report:
Early in the interview, Colbert asked Chopra if he is a prophet, and Chopra replied, "yes, if you spell that "p-r-o-f-i-t" ...!!
Cha Ching!

For the likes of Chopra and the Maharishi, all the wisdom in the universe is contained in that sound.

21 Comments:

At 1/05/2007 2:55 PM, Anonymous semblance s and orchestra said...

To demand money or to deny money
-both are flipsides of same coin.
My pot filled brain whispers to me often that, guys who criticize money launderers like chopra are as good or as bad as himself.

Because money has been the central factor in both cases. As much deepak has obsession for money, that much you have for the money and no wonder theres bitterness
(sometimes jealousy) about a profitable money spinner like chopra.

My pot filled head tells me that chopra has managed to meet two polarities with such finesse.
Of the material and of the spiritual. Making money out of spiritual -especially in a world of jodys where money is a taboo.
He has pracitally proven that these two extremes are complimentary and your little dusty mind cannot comprehend it !!!

 
At 1/05/2007 3:05 PM, Blogger jody said...

in a world of jodys where money is a taboo.

I don't think money is taboo. I'll prove it to you. Send me a million dollars and see how fast I spend it. I've got plenty of Mendo and Humboldt hookups, bra!

However, both Chopra and the Maharishi have enough for themselves and hundreds of others. There is such a thing as greed... and many gurus fall prey to it.

Besides, I've got to have something to bag on these guys with.

 
At 1/05/2007 3:52 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Deep Throat Choke Ya once said, "I'm the most famous Indian in America!" This guy is all mouth and silver tongue and noise, without substratum, just like semblance s and orchestra. I don't believe you even smoke pot, ssaos. I know I don't but might if I ever got the chance!

 
At 1/06/2007 1:05 AM, Anonymous semblance S and orchestra said...

JODY said...

Besides, I've got to have something to bag on these guys with


~~~~ Yea exactly ! now thats the hang up here ! But i see you are having fun. But jody honestly speaking...do you get bugged about what you do (like this blogging) sometimes? I find this sometime entertaining but many times pain in the a$$.



~~~CHUCK SAID

This guy is all mouth and silver tongue and noise, without substratum, just like semblance s and orchestra !

~~~~ CHUCK alala !

Its unfortunate but the truth is
everyone has substratum. without that chopra cannot swing the tonue
or move a finger. I and you too have it too.. Just a rare few become aware of it and many dont.
Im trying to make sense of this substratum myself indeed. Otherwise consciousness is just a word.

CHUCK said
I don't believe you even smoke pot, ssaos.

~~~~ Hush Hush ! Maintain the same line when the cops knock at your door to check if your fellow blogger(hehe! thats me)smokes probably the best pot in the world ?





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At 1/06/2007 1:10 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

semblance s and orchestra said...

Hush Hush ! Maintain the same line when the cops knock at your door to check if your fellow blogger(hehe! thats me)smokes probably the best pot in the world ?

.....................

To the best of my knowledge it ain't against the law to smoke pot in the Himalayas where you say you live. What's up, mut?

 
At 1/06/2007 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that in the long list of reviewrs -- may be a hundred or so -- he has not included any one from India? There are some US based Indians but none really from the country whose ancient wisdom he claims to present.

In the very first chapter of the book he has given the 'essence' of vedanta. It is so hilarious that you have to read it to believe it. Even an undergrad student of Indian philosophy knows better.

 
At 1/07/2007 3:39 AM, Anonymous semblance s and orchestra said...

CHUCK SAID

To the best of my knowledge it ain't against the law to smoke pot in the Himalayas where you say you live. What's up, mut?

~~~~ chuck ! it is not legal up in the mountains too anymore.
There was a time when pot was packed and sealed and sold in shops in almost all over the banks of river ganga.
Now the law does not permit possession of pot anywhere in india. Westernisation of the country and its politics can be sighted for such changes in law enforcement. But pot is a commonly available substance. I went up to pick my lot of pot only and i dont belong to the mountains at all.

 
At 1/07/2007 5:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone described this chopracharlatan pithily. That he is conning the WEST by presenting PIZZA topped with 'bhaingan burtha' ( flame broiled brinjals/aubergines, mashed and seasoned-- a real mish mash. Shorn of much of its nutritive value by the time it comes to the dining table. Also guaranteed to have worms inside the eggplants mashed and blended in )

 
At 1/07/2007 8:42 AM, Blogger TheBlade said...

There was a time when pot was packed and sealed and sold in shops in almost all over the banks of river ganga.


You mean the river Ganja? LOL.

It's a little off-topic, but I must say I'm disappointed to see India's Hindu-ish government start to take the Hobbitt's weed overly-seriously in the fashion of their Christian-ish counterparts.

 
At 1/07/2007 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does that man look ill? I think he's suddenly aware of his mortality, and he's fighting to reinforce his delusion of the Self, because that is what it is, if it is only intellectually understood, and deepak speaks the language, has the look of one who is intellectually immersed in the concept of the Self, but not in the Self itself.

I wish him well actually, but it angers me too at the same time. Angers me, because he has prostituted the language of Advaitha, made it the bitch of anyone who has ten bucks and a few hours to spare, and is not prepared for the knowledge, without the concomitant change in their emotional state. To have the knowledge, or at any rate, to dabble in it, is dangerous and demeaning ( and by that I mean demeaning and de-meaning)

 
At 1/07/2007 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, I see I missed some of the discussion here. the conversation has decidedly taken a turn towards promarijuana legislation etc.
You can count on my vote, my friends, although i am not a citizen of your fair country, i support any political inititative to allow their citizens to express their self.
And blade you are right about India, but here is why it has changed there. It isnt so much an issue of victorian/christian values Vs hindu values..
the reason there was so much freedom in india, there sti lis in manyparts f the country, is that a degree of chaos was inherent to our society, and the chaos ensured that power hungry people were kept at bay, they couldn ot coalesce their powers, not herd together the chaos of india into a pen, but now, with some prosperity, has come a degree of order, or i should say a decrease in the disorder. And with that order, the executive grows stronger, and the people weaker, as they are slowly conditioned and trained and inculcated into a stable consensus reality, far more stable than the one that is possible in a "chaotic" society, until we Indians will lose our ability to legally express parts of ourselves, more and more, until we become like countries where freedom is a buzzword, a mantra that keeps its people in trance

 
At 1/08/2007 3:15 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

An Indian musician I met called him "Deep-Pockets"

 
At 1/08/2007 5:48 AM, Anonymous semblance s and orchestra said...

Shyamananda - Are you aware of swami shyam? Are you both same person ? It is a beautiful name actually !

I thought the beauty of advaita is that it is not against dvaita but it includes it. The dualistic chopra can be sounding little blaring and gross using the tenets of advaita. Visishta advaita deals with that situation most of the time. His misinterpretation of advaita is the triumph of freedom
it offers to humanity. That is
all right and wrong and good bad included in it.

I used to get little worked up earlier when half baked advaitic statements twisted for convenience.
But i realized later, i should rather look at the person erring from the advaitic point of view than criticise him for dualistic perceptions...

I wonder if i made any sense at all to you !!!

 
At 1/08/2007 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"My pot filled brain whispers to me often that, guys who criticize money launderers like chopra are as good or as bad as himself.

Because money has been the central factor in both cases. As much deepak has obsession for money, that much you have for the money and no wonder theres bitterness
(sometimes jealousy) about a profitable money spinner like chopra.

My pot filled head tells me that chopra has managed to meet two polarities with such finesse.
Of the material and of the spiritual. Making money out of spiritual -especially in a world of jodys where money is a taboo.
He has pracitally proven that these two extremes are complimentary and your little dusty mind cannot comprehend it !!!"

This is why I stopped doing drugs a loooooong time ago.

 
At 1/08/2007 10:00 AM, Anonymous semblance s and orchestra said...

ANONymous said -

This is why I stopped doing drugs a loooooong time ago.


~~~~ oops ! i did not know smoking a plant grown naturally from the earth can be branded as drug ! I even suspect that what perhaps missed out in all the gurus who are featured here often is that they just never knew the glory of the pot use. Their initiation in spirituality was simply incomplete without a sitting with pot pipe.

 
At 1/09/2007 12:30 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

semblance s and orchestra said...

Their initiation in spirituality was simply incomplete without a sitting with pot pipe.
...........

Are you sure you're not smoking a poop filled pipe or that what's whispering to you is not your poop filled brain?

Where can I get some of that?

 
At 1/09/2007 11:10 PM, Anonymous semblance s and orchestra said...

chuck ! you failed somehow as a mock and that tickles me.

A self righteous, all knowing and foul mouthed ass like you never need anything !

I would rather cork up your certain holes than pass around the pipe, so that theres less filth strewn around here...what say chuck?

Be a sport and get ready !!!

 
At 1/10/2007 9:34 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

semblance s and orchestra said...

a lot of shit...

Maybe that's a butt crack pipe you've been smoking!

 
At 1/10/2007 10:11 AM, Anonymous semblance s and orchestra said...

Chuck !
You are pathetic !
your a sad apology !

 
At 1/10/2007 1:06 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

semblance s and orchestra said...
Chuck ! you’re a sad apology !

..............

This makes about as much sense as anything else you've said, but thanks!

Now get back to that butt crack pipe where you belong!

 
At 1/10/2007 7:05 PM, Anonymous Martin Gifford said...

Life After Death? What happened to Ageless Body, Timeless Mind?

That reminds me of other new-agers who have virtually recanted on their previous magical thinking books.

1. The Path Less Travelled guy recently wrote that he disagrees with some of his earlier writing.

2. Stuart Wilde said in Byron Bay a couple of years ago that if you want to make money you've got to "make a product and sell it" - so much for "Miracles" and "Affirmations".

3. Wayne Dyer sounded rather humble and clueless in a recent CD I heard.

Do they just do it for money or are they just conceited and think they know what's true, then life shows them otherwise later on.

(Sorry for lack of specifics, but those who have read them will know what I mean.)

 

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