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How to Know God: The Soul's Journey Into the Mystery of Mysteries

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The bestselling author Deepak Chopra is back with a new work that explores the seven ways we experience God.As Chopra explains, these experiences are shaped not by any one religion but by an instinct that is hard-wired into the brain.In this remarkable work, Chopra takes us step by step, from the first stage, where the brain's "
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Published February 22nd 2000 by Random House Audio (first published 2000)
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Jul 08, 2012 Lon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a nod to Joseph Smith's assertion that "if men do not comprehend the nature of God, they do not comprehend themselves," I offer the following related proposition: Our conceptions of God reveal our own deepest nature. As in Les Miserables, some us will, Javert-like, cling to a law-and-order God who demands justice and retribution; while others will , Valjean-like, find transformation in God's mercy. Some petition God to smite their enemies and others come to God for consolation. Natalie Goldbe ...more
Jessica Childers
Great ideas about quantum physics and the human brain.

Actually, the entire book made quite a bit of sense. Now, I just have to get it in regular book format instead of audiobook.

It was disconcerting to listen to Chopra narrating his own book- simply because I'd never heard him before as a speaker. Plus, I felt like it detracted from the instructional purpose of the book.

For those that want workshops- I'd rather listen to a live recording. If I'm listening to the book while I drive- I want somet
Saad Aldousari
May 08, 2013 Saad Aldousari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
This is another book that gave me a solid basis on how to perceive everything, starting from self, beliefs and attitudes, life, others, the universe, and God. The most fundamental concept that it gave me is the reality filters, or the dimensions through which we perceive things; the material dimension (matter, our bodies, and everything that we sense), the quantum dimension (our thoughts, emotions, information and energy), and the virtual dimension (the intentions or the potential field of possi ...more
Robert C.
Nov 03, 2015 Robert C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I credit this book with changing my life.

It did it with one small comment: the inside of one's head should be as light as the outside of one's head (or words to that effect).

I always thought that the inside of my head was dark, with occasional flashes of light (dreams and visions). I got this idea from the impression I get when I close my eyelids. It seemed pretty logical that when I shut off the input from my eyes, what remained was the inside of my head.

But who says that it is so?

Try this as a
Vimal Kodai
Apr 07, 2015 Vimal Kodai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the Theory of Everything to the beauty of spiritual life, from Moses to Ernest Hemingway, from God the Creator to God the Redeemer, from the Rig Veda to the Book of Exodus, from Vedic literature to Judaic scripture, from the manifest to the unmanifest, from the presence of Lord Shiva to the modern Indian saints, from tyranny to the Power of Intention, from the thinker or believer to failed seeker and the atheist, from addiction to liberation, from Transcendental Meditation to The State of U ...more
Interesting as a read in comparative religion though I continue to disagree with many of his overall conclusions.

He reminded me of or re-framed a number of things that I know I should already be doing or be conscious of as a Christian and that was useful. A broad example is a principle near the end of the book which I'll paraphrase: that man is afraid because he doesn't understand the truth about reality. Implied is that the truth is that he is an immortal spiritual being. That far I roughly ag
Corey Jonez
Jan 30, 2011 Corey Jonez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan, but to be honest... I thoroughly loved the first 1/4 or so of it and the last 1/4 of it... The part in between was great, just the way he went about comparing it didn't sit with me at all. However, I completely understand his reasoning for doing so and completely agree and give him props for coming up with a great way to reach people of a large variety of perspective and show them the relation they have with him and how he's/we are constantly evolving...
Big book though, but struc
Erik Akre
Jul 31, 2015 Erik Akre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chopra fans intrigued by the title
Chopra is so sharp, so well-intentioned. No doubt he himself is a powerfully individuated person. I'm always impressed with just how many book's he's written, and how they just keep coming. A brilliant man.

I wonder if his books--with so many of them written--lose some concentration, or some originality of idea (i.e. they repeat), from book to book? I honestly don't know enough to make any kind of accusation, but How to Know God ended up feeling like a repeat of... something... maybe of my frustr
Elizabeth Carson
Sep 03, 2014 Elizabeth Carson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In my continuing study of Deepak Chopra - his methods and psychology – he reveals in this book a keener sense of what Americans will respond to. As though he were studying not so much the truths of our universe, but those of common human weakness. The availability of God in such endeavors is always a handy option. Chopra recounts events where bad things might have happened, but didn’t, attributing this to God or God’s angles (another long gone fad), but we gain little understanding of all those ...more
Orrin Bradford
Sep 28, 2014 Orrin Bradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found How to Know God to be an excellent exploration on how our perspective and relationship to God has evolved and matured in the process. It also explains how many people get 'stuck' in only one way to know God which in my opinion limits their spiritual growth and development. Give it a try. I think you'd find it well worth your time. Who knows, it may even help you get unstuck in some old ways of thinking about God.
Vikas Dixit
An excellent compendium or companion, which gives relaxation even while reading and the relaxation ultimately evolves into pure bliss as we go on fathoming the pages ahead. Reading this book is like a pilgrimage. Deepak takes for a ride which accelerates as more pages unfold and all fears start receding and the fear is comletely shut when v finally come 2 know the GOD of stage 6.
Aug 14, 2014 Waseem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book left me more confused than I first thought it would given some angle of clarity. I listened to the audiobook version of this vs this short book it seems am reviewing - but it's the closest book/ program I can find here

Anyway - a book more about to know oneself versus God. This is a problem I find with "gurus" like Deepak Chopra - although a admirer of some of his work ... Sometimes a program like this seems so "shit" like the success has got to the authors head where I believe they thi
Aug 06, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i know deepak chopra is oprah-condoned-mainstream-pop-spirituality, but this book helped me when i was thinking about god and all that. i like the idea that the brain is like a radio picking up ideas as transmissions
Jan 25, 2015 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing. Explained things I've felt and observed but hadn't yet understood how they all worked in the grand scheme. An absolutely incredibly book.
Katie Q
Mar 28, 2011 Katie Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deepak Chopra books are always good. This is one for the bookshelf that you will turn to many times for inspiration and guidance.
It became more interesting as he described the later/higher 'levels' of God. I wondered several times 'where did he get this'. The text is pretty light on references.

Worth a committed skim at least. I did make it through the entire book.

I'm trying to come up with some 'nuggets' from my read, having some trouble (finished a couple of weeks ago and my memory isn't what it used to be). I guess this, as we go up Chopra's 'levels' of what God is, he describes it as if the distance between what I am
Jun 10, 2015 Spider rated it did not like it
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Will get to this one after finishing A Short History of Nearly Everything- cool book! I always have something queued up in the CD player by the bedside. This way, I am ever ready to be read to sleep, or, should sleep elude me, then I am simply delighted to be read to. I usually like something of a mystical or uplifting nature. If the story is too interesting, then I can't sleep.
Ok, I'm listening. I don't like it as well as other books of this nature- DC makes some broad assumptions & expects
Tess Rupprecht
It is an interesting read, but always compare what he is teaching with what the Bible has to say. I found the experiments on spirituality very interesting, it is always an attempt to prove the existence of God. Thou they could not positively prove it,they could not disprove God as well. The author is a good writer so it is also entertaining to read his thoughts and experiences in life. He also came from the East whose people view the world from a different spiritual angle. I can say he is a high ...more
Jerry Zondervan
Feb 25, 2015 Jerry Zondervan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that profoundly inspired me. In particular, Deepak reminded me that the sun, this body I inhabit, a tree, all share and are made up of the same hydrogen; hence Deepak reminded me that all is one, beyond the illusion of separation.
Aug 12, 2009 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i never would have picked this up based on the title, i'll admit. It was lent to me. I was also nervous about jumping on the deepak chopra bandwagon.

but OH, this was INCREDIBLE. Really great. Will still piss off Christians and Atheists, but really really great. an attempt to explain when and why people engage with the other, the divine source, god, whatever you choose to call it, what the benefits and detriments are of these various relationships, and how they relate to one another. he's a doct
carmen tavernia
Nov 25, 2014 carmen tavernia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Step by step, tying it all together

Easier to understand some complex thoughts. tying in science with the soul journey,a lot of reference to stages of soul evolution.
Shumaila Palijo
Mar 14, 2015 Shumaila Palijo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Inspiring. Renews your faith and belief in God. Third-quarter becomes a bit hard to understand. Few of the things said are totally opposite to what Islam says, also Islam is rarely mentioned - the book almost only concentrates on Hinduism and Christianity. I would still recommend everyone to read it because it tells you whatever your religion is belief in God is universal.
Ron Krumpos
"How to Know God" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Mish Middelmann
Nov 10, 2013 Mish Middelmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only persisted through the apparently-glib first chapters because of the wonderful person who gave this book to me. I fear that some marketer persuaded the author to "make it easy" with simplified checklists etc.

Once over that initial simplification, the book took me ever deeper into a profound exploration of the spiritual and logical. I'm wasn't so sure that I needed a logical explanation of the great mysteries of life, but the experience of being rational about what is unfathomable was profo
Kenneth Jr.
Aug 05, 2015 Kenneth Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was just in the mind of a genius. This book has shown me things that I was searching for during my spiritual journey.
John St Clair
May 06, 2015 John St Clair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. When a doctor can equate God to quantum physics he has my attention. Maybe a little too exploratory for some monotheists.
Feb 12, 2008 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chopra examines man's search for truth and meaning in life, tying together physics, religion, psychology, and philosophy. The book ranks the different kinds of spiritual achievements, and suggests that we are all on a path towards higher levels of enlightenment. There are some really profound and fascinating ideas in this book. It's a long book, but it's definitely worth it.

One final word: Beware of misapplications of findings within the field of psychology. These stood out to me, as a psycholo
Heidi Careaga-Byrd
I can even hear Deepak's accent in his writing. He is in my head, that's for sure.
Nov 08, 2012 Raheel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have to admit i dont read much of Deepak Chopra stuff anymore or self help literature for that matter.But this is the only self help book that really had a positive impact on my life.
Through his extensive knowledge of all religious traditions he makes his case that to know the Divine is relative and step laden process.Even if you dont agree with most of what he has to say , he makes a powerful case for how we perceive God individuality and whether we can grow spiritually in our lives.I hope ever
Devin Partlow
This book caught me completely off guard. I feel like there was a ton of recommended readings I missed before reading this
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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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