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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harmony; Auflage: Reprint (16. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400052351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052356
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Dr. Deepak Chopra ist Autor von mehr als 50 Büchern, die in mehr als 35 Sprachen übersetzt wurden. Das »Time Magazine« zählt Chopra zu den 100 herausragenden Persönlichkeiten des 21. Jahrhunderts. Als Mediziner ist er der bekannteste Fürsprecher einer ganzheitlichen Medizin. Er führt sehr erfolgreich ein Gesundheitszentrum in Carlsbad/ Kalifornien und verbindet wie kein zweiter westliche Wissenschaft mit östlicher Weisheit.

"Der Kaiser der Seele."



“A must read for everyone who will die.” —Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion

“A penetrating and insightful investigation into the greatest mystery of existence. This is an important book because only by facing death will we come to a deeper realization of who we are.” —Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now

“If I had any doubts about the afterlife, I don’t have them anymore. Deepak Chopra has cast his inimitable light on the darkened corners of death. I think this is his greatest contribution yet.” —Marianne Williamson, author of The Gift of Change

“Deepak Chopra . . . takes us to the edge of our own deepest inner truth about life after death by sharing with us his vision and his wisdom, which, as always, is breathtaking, healing, and soul-opening.” —Neale Donald Walsch, author of Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends

“Deepak Chopra has written a masterpiece that is long overdue in our spiritual culture. Life After Death: The Burden of Proof is a bold and comforting guide into the afterlife.” —Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts

“By marrying science and wisdom in Life After Death, Chopra builds his case for an afterlife in which our most essential self, the seer that observes our experiences in this temporary home that we call the self, uses the end of this lifetime to pass over into the next. This is an intellectual and spiritual tour de force.” —Professor Robert Thurman, Columbia University, author of Infinite Life and The Tibetan Book of the Dead

From the Hardcover edition.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages—including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet–prophet of alternative medicine.”

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von S. Hirsch am 10. September 2013
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Well Mr. Chopra may be famous but this book is just annoying. He has no original insights of his own and just quotes from a jumble of sources. For this book i would give him the epithet "i don't know anything but i write about everything". Any of the following titles will give you infinitely more info about the subject: In particular the book by Dr Long is a great primer

Raymond Moody MD - Life After Life, Michael B. Sabom MD – Light & Death, P.M.H. Atwater LHD, Beyond the Light,
Melvin Morse MD – Closer to the Light – Learning from the NDE of children, Transformed by the Light
Kenneth Ring PHD – Life at Death, Jeffrey Long MD – Evidence of the Afterlife, Nanci L. Danison – Backwards,
Anita Moorjani, Dying To Be Me, Eben Alexander MD - Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
Natalie Sudman – Application of Impossible Things, Dannion Brinkley – Saved by the LIght
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This Book Helped Me with Grieving 28. April 2007
Von David S. Jackson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My wife died two years ago from breast cancer, and I've been studying spiritual principles more deeply than ever since then. For me, the biggest change has been living less in my mind and more in my body, and turning my awareness less to my thousands of daily thoughts and more to my feelings and spiritual awareness. Deepak's book has helped me find hope for fusing scientific thought in the West with the spiritual practices of the rest of the world. He helps me see a balance between science and faith.

In this book, he has introduced me to Vedanta and compared Indian spiritual traditions to other traditions. He helps me visualize a consciousness that lives through all of us and to which we return after death. He has described how this conscious field of being appears from different levels of consciousness and how these different "appearances" manifest to different people at different times to explain the huge variety of religious experience in our spiritual and scientific literature. For example, Near Death Experiences (NDEs) from Jewish people contain Jewish symbology while Christian NDEs reflect Christian symbology and NDEs from other backgrounds reflect the symbology particular to those backgrounds.

Deepak has also helped me visualize a universe that consists largely of subtle matter that is undetectable yet is capable of being instantly collapsed into a reality once an observer notices it. I had heard of the Possibility Wave Collapse Theory (PWCT) already, but Deepak seems to understand it from several levels and explain the ideas in a flexible way that allows for many perspectives on it. Again, levels of conscious awareness seem to impact material reality, both in the body and out of the body. Amazing stuff to think about, I believe.

As I try to send my dead wife my deepest love, Deepak's book comforts me and gives me hope that she feels my love. His book makes it easier for me to accept that the cardinals that dance outside my kitchen window are her way of saying she loves me. The squirrels that frolic on the tree outside the bedroom window are my wife's way of saying hi to me. And, that on our daughter's birthday just before Easter, the infant bunny rabbits I found nesting in our lawn were my wife's way of saying Happy Birthday. Knowing my beloved wife as intimately as I have during her life, this type of gift seems perfectly consistent with how I imagine her to be in spirit.

This book has meant a lot to me. It has helped me find a peace between science and faith in this difficult question of the death of those we love. To me, that is Deepak's greatest contribution in this book.
190 von 208 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A Wonderful Fusion of Science and Spirituality 29. Oktober 2006
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In this book, Deepak Chopra gives us an intriguing look at both the scientific and spiritual aspects of life after death. For several years I've been looking for a book that helps to reconcile the afterlife with what we are learing in the field of quantum physics and this book comes as close to offering a cogent analysis as anything I have seen. Using a Hindu folk tale about death as a springboard, Chopra examines issues related to Near Death Experiences, Reincarnation, Remote Viewing, ESP and many more by examining the areas in which Science and the Vedic Tradition merge. This book is enjoyable to read, but requires a little time to digest. Although written from a Hindu perspective, Chopra takes the time to discuss other spiritual traditions, including Christianity and Buddhism. This will be a wonderful addition to your collection of philosophical works.
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The science behind consciousness 27. Dezember 2006
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This book presents a very good discussion of the principles of quantum theory that support ancient Vedic beliefs about the consciousness of the universe. Earlier titles that covered similar ground include The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav, The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra and The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot, but Chopra's new work is worth reading because it includes scientific information that was not yet discovered when these other books were written.

Chopra neatly articulates a few of the basic Vedic beliefs about the continuance of human consciousness after the death of the physical body, and then marshalls evidence from quantum physics to support these ancient ideas. This includes the classic idea that human souls "devolve" and incarnate in physical form in order to experience life lessons that are charted while in between lives, a state that the Tibetans called the Bardo. (You can read a lot more about this in a first-rate book by Michael Newton called Journey of Souls.)

The sub-title of the book, "the burden of proof," is somewhat misleading, as Chopra doesn't actually attempt to "prove" anything. Instead he focuses on the quantum concept of randomness at the most minute, sub-atomic levels of the universe and the role that consciousness plays in influencing how that randomness eventually plays out in either/or choices. He eventually leads the reader to the BIG IDEA of the book -- that the whole universe and everything in it is conscious, and that together all conscious beings create reality. That includes rocks, trees, cosmic dust, the works. By the time Chopra gets to this rather awesome statement, the reader (or at least this particular reader) is ready to believe that it could not only be possible, but even likely.

It's a tough topic to summarize effectively in a review, so I will say only that I have read many, many books on the topic of life after death, as well as issues related to it, and this book is above average. I have only one reservation: It is a bit slow going in the beginning of the book, not helped by the fact that Chopra introduces the book by telling an old, rather rambling parable about a woman who tries to cheat death. Stick with it, though, and you will be rewarded because the text picks up speed at the book's mid point, and ends up offering a wealth of ideas to consider regarding post-death survival.
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Great read for those who have lost a loved one, are worried about death or have lost faith in self and the world... 5. Februar 2007
Von Julie V - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is an intellectual discussion/proposal that provides food for thought (not concrete evidence or a "sell") regarding what potentially may happen after physical death, and the possible meaning/reasons for human existence and the journey of the individual soul. The book provides examples (human experiences), arguments, facts as well as theories about physics/science, and also objectively (in my opinion) cites religious teachings. The subject is extremely difficult to discuss, so I don't think anyone should expect to read this book and find it to be an "easy" read, or one that doesn't elicit strong emotions and personal opinions.

Personally (my take/perspective), I think this books is immensely soothing for anyone (of any race, background etc) who has lost a loved one to death, or is worried about his/her own death. It encourages people to believe in their soul, to believe that love continues on even after physical death, to believe that each person's birthright empowers him/her to change not only his/her own life but also that of others, to believe that we each have influence over what transpires to us after death and beyond. It's a very personal choice whether someone chooses to believe all this or not, but that's the point the book makes, we do have a choice, how wonderful is that???!

This book is clearly not meant for folks that are happy with what they know or in some cases, don't know, and prefer to continue on as they are (which can be good for them, or bad); it is especially a displeasing read for those who blindly follow any religion/practices, without question, or discerning understanding. This book is definitely NOT trying to convert anyone, nor is it labeling anything bad or good (if anyone feels otherwise, it may be because he/she is unable to keep his/her own prejudices out of the way - you will see/read into it what you choose to).

Kudos to Deepak Chopra for even attempting to discuss such a challenging subject and risking enmity from a world that is typically intolerant of non-conforming views and people brave enough to freely, honestly voice them.
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Excellent book from a spiritual and scientific perspective 31. Juli 2009
Von Brian Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you've known me for any length of time, you probably know I am obsessed with the topic of life after death. It's probably the result of being told for the first 18 years of my life that this life really didn't matter except as the test for whether you go to heaven or hell. Whatever, the reason, I still have this fascination with peeking behind the veil and seeing what's on the other side. I don't know how many books I've read on near death experiences and life after death. But, of all the books I have read, I think Deepak Chopra's "Life After Death, the Burden of Proof" is probably my favorite.

The book doesn't try to prove life after death merely by talking about NDEs. It's really more about cosmology and the nature of reality than it is about trying to track the soul after we die. Chopra draws deeply from an ancient Indian tradition called "Vedanta". I found it fascinating that throughout the book, he relates recent scientific discoveries to ancient religious traditions. The book looks at at death and the universe completely opposite from the way Christianity and many religions view death and the way modern scientists view the material universe. Death is seen as a miracle, similar to the miracle of birth. I was taught that death entered the world through sin and is the enemy. Something to fear. The Devil and Death are the enemy and God rescues us. Chopra says death is a miracle that:

* Replaces time with timelessness
* Stretches the boundaries of space to infinity
* Reveals the source of life
* Brings a new way of knowing that lies beyond the five senses
* Reveals the underlying intelligence that organizes and sustains creation (what most of us would call God)

Rather than seeing the Universe as something that just "happened", the book sees the material world as having arisen from Consciousness. Science has been trying to figure out what consciousness is and how it has arisen from a Big Bang of inanimate material. That is once science figure out that it hasn't just always been here. Chopra's approach, and what he argues science is uncovering, is that the material world has actually arisen from Consciousness. It's not the "spiritual" world that is unreal, it's the material world that is the illusion. or the projection. The way he weaves scientific discovery with the ancient traditions of the Indian rishis is very interesting. It reminds me of an illustration I saw presented by a theologian many years ago. Scientists arrive at the top of the mountain to discover a theologian sitting there. The theologian looks up and says "What took you so long?" Religion has taught us the Universe wasn't always here. Religion has taught us that some Intelligence created the material world. Religion has taught us there is design and purpose for what we see. Religion has taught us that we are more than our bodies (our brains).

The afterlife begins to make sense when you take the approach that consciousness is not in the brain. But, the brain is more like a receiver of consciousness. This is a model being investigated by some neuroscientists. Science cannot tell us how the brain works. We can see it working, different parts lighting up as we think or dream. But, we are obviously more than just our brains. For example, while many people believe that our brains produce our thoughts, thoughts actually can change brain chemistry. Since drugs are somewhat effective in treating depression one could say changing one's brain chemistry can change one's thoughts. However, talk therapy works as well and can produce changes in brain chemistry. Meditation can produce changes in brain chemistry. It's definitely not a one way street. While depression can be caused by chemical imbalances, a depressing event can lead to those chemical imbalances. So, our thoughts are clearly not only produced by our brain chemistry. Something, outside of our brain, is the observer, the creator.

The book does touch on Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and OOBEs (Out Of Body Experiences). It also talks about different levels of reality from the physical all the way up to the ultimate level (called the Akashic field in this book). The heavens and hells experienced by people who have had NDEs are temporary stops along the way (as many who have had NDEs have reported). They are largely created by the mind and the expectation of the person dying. Of course, scientists have said this all along- they're purely subjective experiences and do not reflect reality. But, this brings us to the question as to what the nature of reality is. If you're in a dream and you can't wake up, that is reality to you. We call this reality because it's a shared experience. But, reality is whatever your senses tell you it is. None of us experiences reality directly (in this body anyway). How much do our minds create "reality"?

At the point of death, our ties to the physical world fall away and we begin to experience more directly the other two realms (the subtle world the the world of pure consciousness). Chopra talks about how we can begin to shift our focus on these realms of reality before we die.

In the second part of the book, Chopra talks about the burden of proof. He addresses the following five questions:

* Is Akasha real (the realm of pure consciousness, the Void from which all creation flows)?
* Does the mind extend beyond the brain?
* Is the universe aware?
* Does consciousness have a basis outside of time and space?
* Can our beliefs shape reality?

If we can answer all of these questions in the affirmative, it's not so hard to believe that we survive the death of our bodies (really the death of our brains since that is where the mind is said to reside). Chopra links the question about Akasha to what scientists are discovering about the ultimate nature of the universe. He gets into some pretty complex physics that I have to confess I don't really understand. But, what is interesting is that the word Akasha has an English equivalent- ether. Up until the late 1800s scientists believed there was no "void" in space but everything was transmitted through the ether. Physicists more recently have gone back to a model that says space is full of activity in the form of invisible fluctuations in the quantum field. Physicists have come up with a Zero Point Field which contains not just what we see in the universe but everything that could possibly exists. This "field of fields", this seething exchange of energy is what everything that exists pops into and out of existence. The Zero Point field has been calculated to contain 10 to the 40th power more energy than the visible universe. This sounds a lot like what religion has been telling us that the unseen is incredibly more powerful than the seen.

That last paragraph may have been over your head (it's over mine). Chopra goes on and gives some analogies that are very helpful. Basically what he is positing it that our physical world is projected from a nonmaterial source. The invisible world comes first. And, reality increases the closer one gets to the source. As we die, we do not blink out of existence. We move from the projected to the real.

The next chapters go on to address the other questions asked above. Chopra concludes with a poem by Rabgindranath Tagore. He only gives part of it. But, I've looked up the whole thing. Some of the words in this translation are slightly different than Chopra presented them. I like this one better. I've been reflecting on this for the last few days and it has brought me comfort. I fear death because it's a journey into the unknown. But, this poem relates death to birth.

I was not aware of the moment
when I first crossed the threshold of this life.

What was the power that made me open out into this vast mystery
like a bud in the forest at midnight!

When in the morning I looked upon the light
I felt in a moment that I was no stranger in this world,
that the inscrutable without name and form
had taken me in its arms in the form of my own mother.

Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known to me.
And because I love this life,
I know I shall love death as well.

The child cries out
when from the right breast the mother takes it away,
in the very next moment to find in the left one its consolation.
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