Biography of Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American expert on spirituality, ayurveda and alternative medicine. He started practicing as an endocrinologist, before shifting to alternative treatments. Chopra was involved with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement. Later, he went solo and started writing books on alternative medicine and spirituality. This article reveals the enterprising
biography of Deepak Chopra.
Deepak Chopra was born on October 22, 1946 in New Delhi. In his youth, he wanted to become an a journalist or actor. But, his life changed when he read Sinclair Lewis’ novel Arrowsmith. A character in this book inspired Chopra to become a doctor. Chopra obtained a degree in medicine from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). In 1968, he immigrated to the U.S.
Career in the U.S.
In the U.S., Chopra began practicing and teaching medicine. He taught at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Tufts University. He also held the position of Chief of Staff at New England Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts.
TM Movement Connection
In 1981, Chopra learnt the TM technique and also progressed to advanced courses. He also met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and started becoming interested in ayurveda. He founded an institute for ayurvedic medicine in the U.S. Because of differences with Maharishi, Chopra left the TM movement in 1994.
Chopra won the Toastmasters’ award for outstanding speaker in 1995. Mikhail Gorbachev has lauded Chopra’s inspiring and lucid philosophy. Esquire magazine recognized him a top motivational speaker in the U.S. In 2005, Chopra became a senior scientist with The Gallup Organization. The Kellogg School of Management has appointed him as an Adjunct Professor.
Criticism of Deepak Chopra
A 2008 Time magazine article stated that Chopra attracts criticism like a magnet. His critics contend that he gives sick patients false hope and tries to lure them away from conventional medicine. Chopra has also been accused of plagiarism. He has been criticized by some Hindus for saying that yoga predates Hinduism. These Hindu critics aver that Chopra re-packages Hindu philosophy without calling it Hinduism.
Deepak Chopra’s Message
Business Week magazine states that Chopra’s main messages say that one can get rid of negative emotions by listening to body signals. Health can thus be improved. He is recognized as a leader of the movement connecting body, mind and spirit.
Chopra has authored more than 50 books which have been translated into many languages and have sold greater than 20 million copies all over the world.