Biography of Deepak Chopra

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Mia Wilson

Prof. Wenzell

10 November 2007

Research Paper

Ayu: Life

Listen intently to the sound of stillness. Think of only breath, in and out, in and out. Be aware of the body, aware of skin, aware of the cold, the heat. Think not of two minutes ago, think not of death, destruction, hate. Think only of beauty, life, love… your breath, in and out, in and out. Deepak Chopra is an Indian medical doctor and writer. Born on October 22, 1946 he has had a profound influence on the New Thought Movement. He has written extensively on spirituality and the diverse topics in mind-body medicine. Although he has been offered strong criticism, he still maintains his dignity as well as moves forward with his alternative medical work. Deepak Chopra has a massive career that plays between the lines of alternative medicine and spirituality.

Deepak Chopra was born in New Deli and educated in India.

His primary education was completed at St. Columba's School in New Deli and ultimately he graduated from the esteemed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Carroll). His father, Krishna Chopra, was a cardiologist in India as well as a lieutenant in the British army, and his grandfather practiced Ayurveda. Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: Ayu which means life and veda which means the knowledge of (Gudi). Ayurveda is a holistic system of health that teaches to balance energies in order to achieve optimum health and wellbeing (Principles of Ayurveda). Soon after graduation, Chopra and his newly wedded wife, Rita, immigrated to the United States to complete his clinical internship at a New Jersey hospital (Deepak Central). He then trained for several more years at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and at the University of Virginia Hospital.