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Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die? Is this one question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that “the world beyond”...more
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Published October 17th 2006 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2006)
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Stacie
I love this guy! He is so intriguing. I have seen him on TV and always thought what he said made sense. So I bought this book... my first Deepak Chopra book. I feel that he has many important things to say, but uses long confusing sentences when he could have easily gotten away with a simpler one. I found myself rereading sentence after sentence. Its not that the vocabulary was difficult, its just that some of the wording can be a bit convoluted. Here is an example.. picked out of the book...

"I...more
Tim
A thought provoking, fascinating book. Deepak Chopra pulls insights from all the world's spiritual traditions and life-after-death experiences. I like his general assertion that the world of spirit isn't somewhere else, but right here, in the same space we inhabit; it just vibrates at a higher frequency that we usually can’t see, much like radio waves coursing through the air that we don’t detect. I also like his general conclusion; that after death what the souls sees and experiences is largely...more
Cyndie
I am slowly but surely making my way through this amazing book. As a "non-beliver" I am finding myself believing in the extraordinary view of the universe that Chopra posits. Even if you don't believe in reincarnation, in the unity of all things, you will find his perspective useful as a learning experience, as a way to understand your purpose in life and in death.

Quite possibly the most remarkable thing I have ever read.
Julie
Maybe it's the prospect of "til death do you part" or maybe it's my looming 40 birthday, but I've lately been a little preoccupied with the afterlife, or I guess with my dark fears in the middle of the night that there IS no afterlife. When I bring it up, people usually confess visions of fluffy cloud heaven or insist that they're content to turn into dirt. "Hey, you'll be dead," they say, "You won't know!" Not terribly consoling.

So, someone recommended this book to me -- okay, okay, it was my t...more
Renae
I was intrigued by what this book could offer. I lost my father to cancer a couple of years ago and have struggled even more with the idea of heaven. I am always curious as to how other people view life after death.

The first half of the book was interesting. It actually gave words to my feelings & thoughts. With that being said it was extremely repetitive. He could have written that portion in less than half the text he did.

Like other reviews I have seen I also believe it was condescending...more
Adam
Deepal Chopra is basically "Pop Eastern Mysticism". This isn't some ancient text from Buddhists who lived thousands of years ago, but as a newbie to world religions, it helped me grasp the concepts of Eastern philosophies like Vedanta. I don't know much about reincarnation, universal consciousness, or astral planes, so this book helped give a brief overview of the many thoughts on the subjects.

I especially like the second half of the book (much shorter than the first) that discussed many differe...more
Hussain Sehore
Aug 28, 2010 Hussain Sehore rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, At least not to Indians.
Recommended to Hussain by: The title was appealing
My expectations were not met with this book. It seems like the book is trying sell eastern vision of death to the people of Christan faith or the western world.

Deepak Chopra simply accepts everything that has been put offered by vedas or even Hindu mythology. Throughout the book keeps comparing the it with Christan version. Though he dose not mention of Hindu mythology any where except the Savitry story(Lady who wants to save life of her husband from God of death). Which runs though out the book...more
Mary
Persuasive yet unfulfilling to those of us raised in Western religious traditions. Dr. Chopra shows us similarities between the Vedantic view of the afterlife and modern science. So it makes sense that the energy of individual souls has existed forever, therefore can never be destroyed. However, the appeal of the Christian (and Islamic) versions of heaven is strong -- I WANT to be reunited with my deceased loved ones, all of our personalities intact and ready to spend eternity together. I suppos...more
Heidi Wiechert
I enjoyed the first part of this more than the second. The first part was set up as a story telling session with bits of metaphysical teachings in-between the sections to explain the story. The second half was quantum mechanics and theory. Very deep. It was like listening to or reading an article by Amit Goswami- I would understand a part, then lose the thread of his thought, and then spend the next five minutes backtracking to where I lost him. Despite some difficulties, I learned a lot from th...more
Srikanth
There are lot of places which I felt getting repeated and not focussed to the core. The core which I felt while reading this book and appreciated the fact that death is no more and not to afraid on that... as the soul will be only existent and body / matter which holds soul get decayed. Based on Karma, it enters into another body. Thats the crux.. but the depiction of story line and other facts discussed is not much focussed and wavering.

Kingchris73
I only choose winners to read, or I like everything I read, not sure. If you want to keep an open mind, and a chance to let your mind work it's magic I think you'll enjoy this book. For me it was a liberating book, freeing me from the constraints of popular belief in today's society. This is how I think!
Holly
An excellent, thought provoking book. It's one where I felt that if I could really grasp all the concepts it would be life changing.....I plan to read it again in the future and hopefully take in more of the information. Even still, it was intriguing and inspirational.
Miron Lulic
As someone who isn't very religious or spiritual, I thought this was a compelling book. Life After Death explores Hindu spirituality and concepts such as planes of existence. Chopra's belief that death is just being a stopping point on an endless soul journey is comforting.
Robin
I like listening to Deepak Chopra so I had high hopes in reading this book. I felt the book was somewhat superficial... like "Chopra Light". Perhaps this won't be so for others but it did not speak to me.
Regina Walker
This is a very interesting book. Think I will have to read a few more times with my "western mind" to grasp the concepts..
D.G. Kaye
Always love to hear his thoughts, very deep interesting book but I am not convinced.
Amanda
If you're looking for metaphysical, mind-stretching greatness, you have to check this book out. In a nutshell, Life After Death is Deepak Chopra's take on exactly what happens when we die and the nature of our connection to the physical world.

Consistent with his background as both a medical doctor and expert in faith healing, Chopra mixes more abstract spiritual ideas with scientific evidence, citing both personal accounts and documented studies. Although his interpretation does have a lot of In...more
suzi
whether you are a believer, a non-believer, or simply open to new ideas, this book offers multidimensional insight not only into the mystery of life after death, but of life during life! deepak chopra suggests that since nothing in the physical world can adequately explain the essence of our soul, its creation, existence, and advancement, we need to look beyond the self-imposed physical world into the expanded boundaries of consciousness for answers. he suggests that every level of existence is...more
Othon Leon
A book that achieves the unattainable: to reconcile science with religion and philosophies on such complex issues such as: what happens after we die?, where do we come from?, where do we go to?, why is it that we are here?, what's life's sense?, does personality survive our death?, where is God?, Will I ever see my beloved departed ones? (by the way, you bet we all will!) etc...

This Deepak Chopra's masterpiece very clearly (and in simple terms) explains how is that conscience masters us and the...more
Sorenconard
Uggh. This book was painful. I don't see why Deepak is such a big name. The book was just a mixing of stories that were trying to prove a different spirtual point in each chapter. The book follows a version of a famous tale about a man trying to cheat death. That was about the only part of the book that was enjoyable.

I think the more Deepak sees people respond to his books the more it makes him feel he should just come up with new stuff so you get this piece of crap with stupid stories about som...more
Shawn
He shares my views/hope that other unseen dimensions exist and quantum physics is coming close to demononstating the possibilities.

I find his writing too abstract and I couldn't relate to the Hindu philosophies that he grew up with. The topic of mind/soul is quite interesting. However, he does write in absolutes instead of I think...I hope...I believe... maybe... the lack of qualification, acknowledgement of personal/religious opinion forming the ideas expressed devalues spirtitual writings and...more
Kishan
This book, generally speaking, is quite impressive. However, I can't say Chopra is much of a life changing 'hero', much to say about his scientific viewpoint, not so much to say about his theories..... The biggest problem is that this book hypes the reader up to some life changing experience. When it comes to Deepak Chopra, you'd think with all his theories that he would have accomplished such marvelous feats (he'd be like a wizard!), i mean, his view on reality is that we are the controllers of...more
Kamoo
read the book with great expectations . but the author didnt live up to them.some contradictions here and there in the book. in some parts it gets confusing although the sites he recommends in the books were quite enlightening . generally its now accepted that there IS life after death , that YOU continue to exist . the difference lies in that according to him , what you experience in your afterlife is a reflection of your beliefs in the physical world . that angle is worth a thought!
OF cos , do...more
Nirvani Teasley
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. Chopra does a lovely job of opening the mind to the real possibility of consciousness theory and the Akashic Field.
Gabiie Avalos
Jamás moriremos
Las pruebas contundentes de que existe
la vida después de la muere...

En este libro Deepak Chopra quien está considerado el adalid mundial
de las teorías sobre el poder curativo de la mente, se adentra justamente a nuestra mente, y la manera en la cada persona visualiza el proceso de la vida a la muerte y que esta no es el final sino el comienzo, aborda temas sobre el "Karma" y los diferentes significados que se tienen de el, los puntos de vista de todas las religiones (almenos las m...more
David

Deepak chopra does make a lot of sense, where he explains that even after death the mind continues to function and we go to heaven or hell as decided by the mind when we were alive. This would satisfy the scientific mind. But then he starts to explain how karma decides whether we experience heaven or hell. So if a mentally deranged person commits a lot of murders and truly believes in his cause and expects to go to heaven, will he enjoy with virgins for ever, or will karma throw him into hell. T...more
Cathy
Another interesting book on the afterlife.
Allison
This was my first time reading Chopra. Let's just say he's highly intellectual so some of the passages I would have to read a few times to understand them. Plus, there were alot of terms and theories about the brain and our consciousness that were new to me. All in all, I would read Chopra again. This book helped me understand how when people die their souls go on in the universe and that there's a whole science behind it. In addition, we are connected to our loved one's through consciousness, e...more
Richard
I like Chopra. Besides the fact that he always feels a bit like Dr. Oz or some other self-proclaimed self-help guru, I think the guy has it together. His style is engaging, his points are always valid, and I love what he has to say. I think the reason I can't ever give him five stars is because he's so...tailored for a large audience. I guess I just like the underdog,and Chopra isn't that. But his message is reaching a lot of people, so no complaining there. This book is as close to 5 stars as I...more
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

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