What is driving us as we look towards the future? Is it fear of disaster or is it a spiritually inspired motivation to create a better world? For those of us who feel responsible, this is a burning question. If we are to work together to create the next steps that so urgently need to be taken, it is essential that we begin to articulate and agree upon the values and principles that will guide us.
Spiritual pioneers Deepak Chopra and Andrew Cohen, moderated by syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, will engage in an afternoon of inquiry into the key questions that can help us navigate this challenging and rewarding terrain. In particular, they will focus on the place of spirit in today’s secular culture, and examine the role of spiritual development in forging the future.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join two contemporary spiritual luminaries in thinking out loud about the direction of spiritual and social evolution.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.
Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet–prophet of alternative medicine."
Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning publication EnlightenNext magazine. Since 1986, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and intensive retreats. Through his writings, his in-depth work with individuals, his ongoing dialogues with philosophers, scientists, mystics, and religious leaders, and, perhaps most significantly, through his original spiritual and philosophical path Evolutionary Enlightenment, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.
Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist, author of eleven books and co-founder and editor of the HuffingtonPost.com. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program.
Her weekly commentary is syndicated in newspapers across the country by Tribune Media Services. Huffington's many books include On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America, and Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America.
Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971. When Anne Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house.
In 1984 Donna Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Mark Karan and Takihyo Corporation, she started her own business "to design modern clothes for modern people." She showed her first Donna Karan women's collection in 1985.
Spiritual guru Andrew Cohen argues today's culture of hypersexuality is a byproduct of society's misguided attempts at obtaining spiritual awareness. "Postmodernity is a culture of secular materialism and narcissism, so for many people sex has replaced, or takes the place, of spirit," he says. "Almost as beggars we look to the sexual experience for some kind of experience of salvation."
Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra lists four levels of human consciousness: being, feeling, thinking, and doing. "We are the evolutionary impulse of the universe that is becoming aware through this privileged organ that we call the human nervous system," says Chopra. "And if you can just be, than the universe will play itself out through you."
In Hinduism, a personal spiritual teacher. In ancient India, knowledge of the Vedas was transmitted through oral teaching from guru to pupil. The rise of the bhakti movement further increased the importance of gurus, who were often looked on as living embodiments of spiritual truth and were identified with the deity. They prescribed spiritual disciplines to their devotees, who followed their dictates in a tradition of willing service and obedience. Men or women may be gurus, though generally only men have established lineages. See alsoGuru.
I was dismayed to learn that Urban Zen, Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post were participating in a forum at which spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen was one of two main speakers. ("Creating a Spiritually Empowered Future"; organized by long time Cohen student Gerard Senehi.)
Apparently Andrew Cohen's background was not fact checked. The record is clear that Cohen faces numerous serious allegations of abuse over a 20 year period: There are now three books by former students documenting harmful treatment and a blog by former students exposing Cohen. The allegations, now very well documented, include physical, emotional and financial abuses - and to date none of the abuse has ever been apologized for or satisfactorily addressed in any way.
I was a 13 year student of Cohen's during which time I was a community leader and member of the Board of Directors. The book I've written, along with contributors, documenting the history of abuse is "American Guru: A Story of Love, Betrayal and Healing". http://americanguru.net/
Another book is by Cohen's own mother who was at one time his student: "The Mother of God" by Luna Tarlo.
Many articles exposing abuse are posted on the blog WhatEnlightment??!.
Authors of the articles posted include 3 former editors of Cohen's EnlightenNext magazine along with over 20 other former members of Cohen's student body.
Delusioned thoughts cause people to believe in delusioned things. Mr Chopra.. as I could expect from the large number of indians.. specially with the type of beliefs they very usually stick to.. I can go to India and I can blindfold myself and pick with 100% chance 10 times in a row.. someone who believes a stone in the form of a monkey is God! I can sense Mr Chopra is one of them.. since he speaks of what Lord Krishna says etc.. I mean such people.. they are relatively hopeless in my view and wasted the whole of their lives restraining themselves.
They think a crazy world is crazy.. they fail to see that a world without this craziness is a dead world. The world needs crazy people. The basis of creativity is this craziness. But instead of embracing this wider world of openess..they close themselves like a carp... and seclude themselves in a world of meditation and blame the world for the pressure they feel. If they just added 2 words in their vocabulary: ' just live'.. they wud have made better things of their lives.
Also I have to say that a number of things stated by Mr Chopra is wrong. The four levels of being ..i dont think what he said is right. It is personal for him but not absolutely right. Also the figures about technology I believe it to be wrong. he said in 10 years computers become a billion times faster I think.. i have made a rough calculation ..and i do not know how he comes to such figures.. Overall.. i give Mr Chopra a 1 on 10. 1 only because he is not the worst guy you may meet on the street.. albeit very delusioned. 0 for the whole worth of the speech because it is really missguided and missinformed and really off track with everything happening in the world.
What we heard is comments from people living inside their world. Not from people living in the world that is happening.
Huge respect for Senehi tho ...was the only reason I plugged to the speech initially.. I know of his remarkable powers. Disappointed we heard nothing important from him. But he supports good causes which i respect.
Really.. I think the speakers.. probably with the exception of lady from Huffinton Post.. I think they made a whole mess of this topic. I listened to them.. and I think this is delusional and missinformed. The world is NOT MOVING with them. What is happening is that the WORLD is MOVING and they are trying to move along...or probably worst.. they are trying not to move.
I was getting the feel Mr chopra was not exactly in line.. then I was irrked when he mentioned things about Lord Krishna.. etc.. at this point I stopped watching and I would not be recommending this to people to watch.
What I have to say to those people is this. The mind has the capacity to be delusioned and believe it is true.
I mean how can someone be absolutely certain of what he is speaking.. when he speaks of Lod Krishna? I cant believe scientific people could possibly believe.. in such figures of mythology.
Originally Posted by alhberto
A spirituality that is not grounded in the larger interdependence of all that is living with us (seen and unseen)remains a truncated and not fully lit offering.
May we Offer together a whole body?
We Already Have.
O. (Delight and Wonder)
It will be seen.
I have enjoyed, at times, both absurdity and waffles.
I would love to further my understanding of the meaning of 'Word', collectively
What a Load of Heart, ignite; and I Love the Joy in Laughter, as I look the eyes of the Possible Becoming
I send warmth and blessings, You may, too.
How many of you saw Deepdodo owned by Leonard Mlodinow recently on the Larry King show?
Deepdodo made a fool of himself as usual.
I love the new look; more and more the wise Master(bater).
Can I become a sycophant and send him some ca$h too?
This person, Deepak Chopra, is a moron. His portrait could be on Wikipedia along with the definition of the word. That he has such a huge crowd listening to him tells us something about us, collectively.