Saturday 16 December 2017

The rock star of spirituality reinvented

He may be flashy and outrageously rich, but Deepak Chopra is also a man of ideas, writes Victoria Mary Clarke

Deepak Chopra has been called 'The rock star of the new spirituality'. And, while I have considerable admiration for rock stars, I wouldn't necessarily trust them to tell me how to be healthy. I am also old-fashioned enough to prefer my spiritual teachers not to appear too flashy. But I make an exception for Deepak Chopra. I don't care about the diamond-studded Versace shades. Or the fact that he is outrageously rich. Because in my own life I have listened to his talks and read his books and applied his teachings, and they make sense. If he spoke only Sanskrit, this man could convince me that things are going to be all right, and maybe even a whole lot better than all right.

It was with this entirely unprejudiced approach, then, that I interviewed Deepak about his forthcoming visit to Ireland, and his latest book, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. The press release said that this is the most radical statement he has ever made about health.

"You have made some pretty radical statements in the past," I say. "So what is newly radical about this one?"

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