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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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Lon
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
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Saad Aldousari
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
Eliza
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
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Elizabeth Carson
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
Vimal Kodai
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
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.
Waseem
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
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Amanda
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
Katie Q
Deepak Chopra books are always good. This is one for the bookshelf that you will turn to many times for inspiration and guidance.
Astrid Teixeira
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Orrin Bradford
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.
Spider
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
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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
Charlotte
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
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carmen tavernia
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.
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 suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Mish Middelmann
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
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Phil
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
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Raheel
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
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Devin Partlow
This book caught me completely off guard. I feel like there was a ton of recommended readings I missed before reading this
Corey Jonez
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
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Penelope Brown
It is a little hard to follow.
Ross
Dr. Chopra offers some excellent insights into the different types of relationships that individuals can have with (insert deity of your choice). Hindu influence is both explicit and expertly woven into a theory that can work for people of any background. It is superbly useful for those who recognize that "god" often means something entirely different from one person to the next. It is engrossing overall, although his lack of insight and understanding of atheism overall borders on comically negl ...more
Neeta
I was perhaps expecting another rehashed and difficult to understand addition to this genre, but Deepak Chopra is truly a master at crystalizing the insubstantial and linking seemingly disparate concepts. He delivers so much and with finesse using simple but highly insightful language. The book deals with the question of its premise in a way that I was not expecting. To know God, you, the creature, must understand yourself. I highly recommend this book to all irregardless of belief system.
Sirpa Grierson
Small, but oh so intelligent book on how cultures and individuals create their concepts and understanding of God. I finally understand why I felt so detached from the Old testament concept of God as a child--and why he differs so in character from the description of Jehovah of the New Testament. Reminds me of Erik Erikson's theory of personality development. Profound--read the chapter from Temple and Cosmos on new discoveries from the Dead Sea scroll and the Nag Hammaddi manuscripts. Profound.
Nivas
Deepak describes 7 levels of knowing God and that western religion only strays in the first 2.

The first 4 levels were okay. After that it became too abstract.

Also for people who aren't very familiar with physics, astronomy and atomic sciences, be prepared to get your mind boggled with the complexities and the infinite. Basically Chopra is trying to relieve the western audience of the simplistic concept of a jealous God and think of a much more complex God.
Amy John
Very inspiring book... his capacity of knowledge into the human psyche is phenomenal. You would have to have a high intelligence level to read this book, because it touches on avenues of religious values and beliefs on an egotistical level. It's a mind blowing book to say the least. Yet to understand that, that was a fact and not an opinion, you would have to feel for the book as well. This book is only for the light hearted.
Laurie
This was better than the Bible. I have read it over 3 or 4 times. It really inspired me and made me think. I definately recommend it to anyone who want to know more about God and how it applies to life. This book is like a blueprint for the journey of life. It was fascinating and is if I can say it this way, abstractly practical. Definately one of my all time favorite non-fiction books.
diana
Jul 14, 2009 diana is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
deepak chopra has great ideas, but can be a bit verbose.

despite all that, if you have any interest in notions of god that go beyond dogma, this book is really pretty awesome.

i was just in india, a place that takes the idea of god and spirituality to a very interesting level that we don't see in the west, i think, and chopra's got a great eastern and western take on it all.
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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.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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