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Deepak Chopra

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by durgamata, May 26, 2012.

  1. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    The subject of Deepak Chopra came up in the conversation I've been having with an Atheist Science Teacher. He dismissed Deepak, saying -

    I'm afraid Deeprak Chopra is a not well regarded in Scientific Realist circles - he is a snake-oil salesman.


    the interview I had suggested that he look at was -


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=e_-_cuTdTbA


    RE-visiting this and looking at some other interviews etc with Deepak, I found myself wondering just what this teacher meant by 'snake oil salesman.' So I checked out Wikki.


    The result is that I have prepared another resource - about Deepak - as he is a great source for discussion and thought. I would recommend that it is used with GCSE and A'level RS and Philosophy students.


    Personally I think he is talking a lot of sense! - but perhaps that is what makes him so irritating to the Atheist scientists who tend to reject the concept of consciousness and spiritual truth.
     
  2. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    see https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Deepak-Chopra-with-youtube-links-and-wikki-6241924/requestAction/add/
     
  3. NoseyMatronType

    NoseyMatronType Star commenter

    Brad Warner's take on Deepak Chopra is well worth a read:
    http://hardcorezen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/when-you-reach-pure-awareness-you-will.html
    And Brad Warner's parodying of the 'Enlightened Master' industry is also worth a look:
    http://homepage.mac.com/doubtboy/bigsock.html
    Let's just remind ourselves of just how many dodgy gurus the spiritual landscape of the last 100 years has been littered with:
    Osho Rajneesh, Sai Baba, Werner Erhard, L. Ron Hubbard, Lee Lozowick, Ken Wilber, Chogyam Trungpa, Da Love Ananda, Dr Madan Kataria, Alan Watts, Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo and Andrew Cohen are just a few examples that immediately spring to mind.
    So there's obviously a bit of a problem, isn't there, when it comes to spiritual authority?
    It is fascinating territory, though. Years ago, I used to get my 'A' level students to write their coursework on the following issue: To what extent is it possible to distinguish genuine spiritual teachers from charlatans?
    Personally, I would recommend a reading of the following books before making the assumption that any guru knows more than you do or that there is some kind of state of consciousness that is 'higher' than the one we're experiencing right now.
    Georg Feuerstein Holy Madness
    Andrew Rawlinson The Book of Enlightened Masters
    Anthony Storr's Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus
    Brad Warner Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality
     
  4. And whatever people's feelings about Sathya Sai Baba, his Education in Human Values programme is very inspiring.
     

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