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Date: Mon Aug 14 1995 - 08:34:00 PDT
Krishna said: >>Has someone watched Deepak chopra's video (TV) programme - Body, Mind >>and Soul - I think it is one of the most scientic explanations of eternality >>of soul and similar issues. On the higher level he quotes a lot from >>Adi Sankara. But Of course he does not go much into cosmology and tries to >>be extremely catholic regarding ATman, or God. But I feel for the >>scientific community this seems to be a great explanation regarding anything >>spiritual. It was aired on channel 21 a public broadcast tv station on >>cable. This program and the books written by him is available in some stores >>I guess. Next time you hear about it watch it. it may interest you, Shrisha Rao said: >>I think his program aired on PBS sometime, but I missed it. I have seen >>his book in the local public library, though I was not interested enough to >>read it. Have heard others discuss it, and they seemed to like it. Yes, I have seen several of his books in the Walden Book Stores. I have even purchased one of his books based on Ayur Veda (this book is quite good, subject matter is idfferent). Several of his books (may be all) have been #1NY Best Sellers. He is Okay. His seven laws of success or something like that is the present best seller. This is a quite small book. I have been reading it at the local Walden Book Stores, while my children are playing in the Kay -B-Toy stores adjascent to it. It is hard for me to say who is having more fun! Deepak seems to beat around the bush a lot (I must be right, because I am an expert in this !!!). The day my kids come out empty hand from K-B toys, I will buy that Book of Deepak Chopra. Of all the #1 best sellers (of the past , present and may be future) I like the "Power of Myth" and other works of Joseph Campbell. I have his several Videos (Power of Myth, Transformation of Myth through the Ages, etc.). He is really neat. I have not found a substitute for him yet in the Western press. I certainly can not place Deepak Chopra's work at the same level. Every other #1 best seller (no insults intended), I can't even get past the first few lines (That's how much they interest me). At least Deepak, I can glance through with some interest. In this superficial analysis, my feelings about Deepak are somewhere between what is stated by Mr. Krishna Prasad and Mr. Shrisha Rao. -K. Sreekrishna PS: I strongly recommend works of D.V. Gundappa, for those who can read Kannada. His Jeevana Dharma Yoga (Bhagavadgita) , Purusha Sukta, Samskriti and Baligondu nambike are great. Karnatak Govt. has initiated a project to publish his works in 18 parts series. Two of them are out. Inexpensive and good quality print. I don't know how well this project is progressing beyond th efirst two volumes.