Thursday, September 14, 2006

How Not to Know God

During a break from writing and responding to various motions, I noticed a book in the lunch room:

How to Know God by Deepak Chopra.

I had read some things by the author in the past. I sort of knew what to expect. But I picked it up to see if it had an index. It actually did. No entry for "Jesus", no entry for "Christ", not even an entry for "Moses".

I didn't bother to look through it much more, except I did see that it offered advice on the proper posture for meditation.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me." Jn. 14:6.

You'd think a book about knowing God would have at least something to say about this basic truth. More than 200 pages were devoted to ignoring it. As that old king said, "a fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself." Prov. 18:2.

By the way, the index did have an entry for Jean-Jacques Rousseau.


Mike Pitzler said...

Deepak Chopra? Haven't read anything by him. Appreciate your review, though.

Mrs. B said...

He's an MD and a New Age guru.

Only this kind of philosophy can be fully explicated and all its big adherents represented in a 200-pg bestseller.

HZ said...

Wow so basically he wrote a book about knowing a figment of his imagination.

Zack said...

I had to restrain myself from rushing to and buying it. (Actually the female threatened to take away my 'egg money' as it were.)

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll keep it in mind when my real owners get back. Of course they don't let me get on the computer.

Victorbravo said...

Heidi, yes, his imagination is figmented. I was wrong about the number of pages. It is over 300 pages including the appendix.

I also forgot to include his quote on the back of the book:

"You don't have to believe in God in order to experience God."

No doubt the former residents of Sodom would agree.