by The Power of Ideas
Deepak Chopra is an American author, public speaker and highly prominent figure in the new age movement.
Chopra speaks and writes regularly about metaphysics, including the study of consciousness and Vedanta philosophy. He believes that consciousness is a fundamental feature of the universe.
It is consciousness, he writes, that creates reality; we are not “physical machines that have somehow learned to think…[but] thoughts that have learned to create a physical machine.”
Below are some of his most mind-bending quotes. Even if you don’t agree with them, they will still make you consider a different perspective about life.
Check them out below and let us know your favorite in the comments!
On the present moment
“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”
On reaching enlightenment
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.”
On the real you
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
“The Ego, however, is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power, because it lives in fear.”
“If you’re really spiritual, then you should be totally independent of the good and the bad opinions of the world…you should have faith in yourself.”
“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”
“The ego relies on the familiar. It is reluctant to experience the unknown, which is they very essence of life.”
“Each of us is here to discover our true selves; that essentially we
are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form;
that we’re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences,
that we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences”
“When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.”
“Walk with those seeking truth… RUN FROM THOSE WHO THINK THEY’VE FOUND IT. ”
“Love doesn’t need reason. It speaks from the irrational wisdom of the heart.”
“Sex is always about emotions. Good sex is about free emotions; bad sex is about blocked emotions.”
“The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe.”
On letting go
“Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever.”
“Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.”
On making decisions
“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”
“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”
“Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.”
“There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well-being, and peace of mind.”
“If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.”
“To acquire true self power you have to feel beneath no one, be immune to criticism and be fearless.”
“The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity. ”
On laws of the universe
“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”
We all have a purpose
“Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution.”