This is an excellent new interview with Deepak Chopra, “one of the most lucid and inspirational philosophers of our time” and “a preeminent leader of the body-mind-spirit movement,” posted by Doordarshan National on February 20, 2013.
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Andrew Harvey is an author, scholar and visionary spiritual teacher, who believes humanity’s survival depends on what he calls Sacred Activism.
Harvey describes Sacred Activism as “the product of the union of a profound spiritual and mystical knowledge, understanding, and compassion, peace and energy, with focused, wise, radical action in the world.” He also says, “Compassion in Action is the marriage of practical action and spiritual wisdom to create a holy force capable of transforming our world crisis and preserving our planet.”
Here is a collection of Andrew Harvey videos and interviews about spirituality, psychology, the world, the sacred feminine and Sacred Activism. [see also: books by Andrew Harvey on Amazon.com]
Sacred Activism by Andrew Harvey
The Death and the Birth: Andrew Harvey interview by Iain McNay
Talk About Nothing: Andrew Harvey and Eve Ensler
We Are Only One (2 parts)
Andrew Harvey: In the presence of the Dalai Lama
Lilou’s Juicy Living Tour: Andrew Harvey
Hmmm TV interviews Deepak Chopra and Andrew Harvey
Dr. Gail Gross interviews Andrew Harvey
This is an excellent Google Talks interview with Deepak Chopra from May 2, 2012, discussing his book, Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges.
Deepak also discussed the book with Alan Steinfeld of New Realities.
On February 15, 2011, Deepak Chopra gave an hour-long talk for Google at Mountain View to share insight from his new book, The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness. Amazingly, the full talk is on youtube.
Deepak Chopra was interviewed by Hub Culture before speaking at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit at UC Davis earlier this week.
When asked, “What brings you to the conference?” Deepak said: “I’ve been very passionate about the whole realm of well-being — physical, environmental, emotional, spiritual, community, social, financial — and over the years have really understood that we can’t ensure our well-being unless we look at the whole planet as a living organism.
“We have conventions of language and grammar that alienate us from our extended body. We call it ‘the environment’ as if it’s separate from us, but those trees are your lungs. If they didn’t breathe, you wouldn’t breathe. And if you didn’t breathe, they wouldn’t breathe. You know, we are actually one organism. The rivers and waters are your circulation. The Earth recycles as your body.
“Even the sun and the stars and the galaxies are very responsible for this physical body. Even the iron that courses through your blood, that’s hemoglobin — goes to your brain, makes us have this conversation — it was forged in the supernova billions of years ago, and depends on photosynthesis to enter our body. So, we’ve really messed it up. And it’s our science that has messed it up. Because, you know, our science is alienating. Our science is not holistic. It says, ‘me’ and ‘the world,’ when in fact, we are the world.”
Deepak also quotes Einstein: “No problem will ever be solved at the level of consciousness in which we created the problem.”
He says women have to be the leaders: “Even the United Nations knows that the fastest way to change the world is the economic empowerment of women, and otherwise, also the empowerment of women.”
And he closes by saying that unless we have that “spiritual shift,” nothing’s going to happen.
Watch the interview here or save it [mp4].
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking recently appeared on Larry King Live (Sept. 10, 2010) to discuss his controversial new book, The Grand Design. Also appearing on the show to share their insights and opinions were co-author Leonard Mlodinow, Jesuit priest Robert Spitzer and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Watch the show below or download in mp4 format.
An interesting question Larry King asked Deepak Chopra:
Larry King: “Where did it come from, our ability to think?”
Deepak Chopra: “It came from the same nothingness from where everything comes from. We have to congratulate Leonard and Stephen for finally contributing to the climactic overthrow of the superstition of materialism, because everything that we call matter comes from this domain which is invisible, which is beyond space and time. All religious experience is based on just three basic fundamental ideas:
1) Transcendence – that there is an intelligence that is beyond space and time, which is acausal, or non-local.
2) The inter-connectedness of all existence.
3) Truth, goodness, harmony, beauty, platonic values, including mathematical truth, that are embedded at the fundamental level of the universe.
And nothing in their book invalidates any of these three ideas — transcendence, inter-connectedness and our desire and our ability to embrace joy, loving-kindness, peace of mind, equanimity, mathematical truth…”
“Myth is the absolute becoming the relative…
archetypes are embedded, encapsulated myths…
gods and goddesses are states of consciousness within us…”
Deepak Chopra defines “myth” in this clip from the 2006 Mythic Journeys Conference (in honor of Joseph Campbell) in Atlanta, Georgia. The new Mythic Journeys DVD was released in April 2010 (previews below). It looks amazing, so I ordered a copy today.
“What’s hard is not the spiritual life.
What’s hard is living an unconscious life.”
- Marianne Williamson
I thought The Shadow Effect was really amazing, but I especially recommend two books by Jungian analyst Robert Johnson: Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche and Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection. These are books everyone should own.