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The Future of God Read Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Deepak Chopra ¹ 0 Read Read The Future of God The leading adviser on spirituality in America divulges the faulty reasoning bogus science and general bad faith prevalent among militant atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris then offers new and provocative ways to understand God and the nature of belief in the 21st centuryFor many the rise in the new atheisti. uoteThe chance that higher life forms might hve emerged in this way ie randomly is comparable to the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials within Physicist Sir Fred Hoylep49uoteThe analogy was brilliant because it can be easily understood and believed by anyone A Boeing 74 has around six million parts and it takes intelligence design and planning to fit them all together Hoyle wasn t a creationist and he didn t believe in God His aim was to show that highly complex structures can t be explained by chance p49uoteDawkins The God Delusion takes nearly four hundred pages to demolish God without seriously considering that a father in the sky might not be the only way to think about the divine As soon as you reply That s not the God I had in mind the straw man of God the Father becomes irrelevant Organized religion has been backed into a corner by its refusal to find a viable alternative to God the Father but such alternatives do exist Saint Augustine had already rejected a literal reading of the Bible in the fifth century AD Modern belief has gone much further away from literalism but it serves Dawkins not to even take a peek p53uoteOne possibility is that God became the creation Einstein suggested something like this in his famous uote about wanting to know the mind of God although he didn t explicitly say that God was inside the laws governing time and space In other words God is not a person but the totality of nature As the source of existence he is the starting point of your being and mine God isn t our father he isn t a watchmaker assembling parts into a watch an image devised in the eighteenth century to explain how a single intelligent creator put all the moving parts of the cosmos together he doesn t have feelings and desires He is being itself All things exist because he existed first There is no need for such a God to be intricate p53uoteGod could be the simplest thing of all in fact He is a unity Diversity unfolds from this unity and diversity the expanding universe billions of galaxies human DNA is bewilderingly complex But its source doesn t have to be diverse Picasso was the source of tens of thousands of artworks but he didn t have to imagine all of them at once in his mind Like natural selection God is allowed to produce the natural world step by step unless you insist as Dawkins does that the literal acceptance of Genesis is the only creation story religious people believe The alternative I posed that God became the creation has a long tradition as well p54 55uoteIt would only have taken a few dropped stitches billions of years ago for the whole enterprise to have collapses for example if water didn t emerge from the combination of oxygen and hydrogen The early cosmos was full of free floating hydrogen and oxygen as it is today DNA cannot exist without water and the water must have been in abundance for hundreds of millions of years Since 999999 percent of the oxygena nd hydrogen in the universe didn t turn into water add as many decimal laces as you like the fact that water appeared on Earth isn t a matter of tiny probable steps uite the opposite arguments for the uniueness of life on Earth still hold enormous power and they don t have to be arguments based on a Biblical God p55uoteIf you explore the universe mining it for data and discount everything else most of what makes life rich and beautiful goes out the window God isn t a strange supernatural fiction as Dawkins asserts He s the source of our inner world the same place where art music imagination visionary conceptions love altruism philosophy morals and human bonding are born This world has its own truths We can reach them by experiencing them p56uoteWe need to be clear about a very basic point The visible universe isn t the same as reality When solid objects are reduced to atoms and then to subatomic particles they are no longer solid They are clouds of potentiality As physics defines it potentiality is neither matter nor energy but completely intangible no matter how solid a mountain may be or how powerful a lightning bolt Particles in such a state aren t even particles any They do not have a specific location in space instead every particle emerges from uantum waves that can extend infinitely in all directionsThe most recent theories of the cosmos propose that only 4% of the universe is made up of matter and energy that can be measured the remaining 96% consists of so called dark matter and energy which are little understood They cannot be seen only inferred p93uoteAll the evidence points in one direction We need a new paradigm for explaining the cosmos We need to accept first and foremost that the last things to be trusted are the five senses More than that even cherished theories like relativity have become drastically unstable Dark energy is enlarging the space between galaxies faster than the speed of light So something beyond space and time serves as the major force for creation and destruction in the cosmos and whatever it is it will be as invisible as mind God the soul and higher consciousness p94uoteWisdom tells us secrets before we have a right to know them That s the beauty of it You don t have to pray for wisdom or make yourself worthy of it As with the concept of grace in the New testament which falls like rain on the just and the unjust alike the ultimate truth simply is When we catch a glimpse of it we become real in ourselves It is undeniable that the outward appearance of life contains suffering and distress Wisdom reveals that suffering comes and goes while a deeper reality never changes That reality is founded on truth and love p121uoteThe same forces that create saints are present in your life What they wait upon is to be noticed If you are reasonably attentive to what s happening in yourself you are already responding to the forces listed above p 158 You envision a better life for yourself Growing as a person matters to you You can see the outlines of a better future for yourselfGod is realized in the highest state of awareness Since everyone is aware God is reachable by all of us p159uoteAs banal as it sounds finding God depends on regular practice p189uoteLet It Bep201uoteAt a certain stage you reach a tipping point Having done the work of imprinting your brain to have new responses you can trust those responses This opens the door for Being You can let it be when your brain starts taking care of you You already trust your brain to take care of you in countless ways It automatically controls hormone levels respiration the sleep cycle heart rate appetite sexual response the immune system and much So the art of being isn t foreign to you it is second nature p203uoteGod is reached by going beyond which is the definition of transcending There is no other way to get past the dead end where thinking stops being useful uiet awareness must step in If it wants to awareness is capable of going beyond the material and even the subtle world p211uoteUnless you are blinded by your allegiance to materialism it s obvious that brain cells can t see or hear in the first place This fact is supported by the simplest test if you peer inside the brain is dark and silent Something creates glowing sunsets and the clap of thunder along with all the ravishing sights and sounds of the world That something is personal it s creating your world right this second Genesis is now but it isn t happening in the brain p218uoteIn the end to know God is to remember and to forget You forget the illusion that you are separate isolated powerless and stranded in an overwhelming cosmos You remember that you are the dreamer who is in charge of the dream What you perceive through the five senses isn t the same as reality Go beyond the shadow play of appearances and reality will greet you as Rumi say in a world too full to talk about Enter the realm of all possibilities Making them come rue is a great gift It comes directly from God p222uoteThe real issue is how much of infinity you can absorb into your life When expansion is infinite the whole project feels daunting Why challenge your boundaries which feel like home You might go flying outward like a paddleball only to come springing back on a rubber band A liver or heart cell is fortunate To remain alive it must connect with wholeness It cannot doubt or opt out turn its back on its creator or denounce God as a delusion But you are even fortunate You have self awareness the ability to know who you are So your spiritual path comes down to choosing an identity You act like an isolated individual or like the whole You either align yourself with the universe or you don t p227

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The Future of God Read Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Deepak Chopra ¹ 0 Read Read The Future of God Ty arguments of a new breed of militant atheists but also shows us an inspiring and invigorating path to understanding God and our own place in the universe If faith can be saved the result will be an increase in hope Chopra writes By itself faith can't deliver God but it does something timely Faith makes God possible. Misplacing this book I said to a person do you know where The Future of God is She mistook this as a defensive take on one of life s big uestions explaining numbers of youth attending church are up I guess she has her God as a witness to that oneBut chances are if you re offended by Chopra for many reasons his net worth his network Oprah 12 people of big credibility supporting him at the beginning of this book He s twinged skeptics nerves challenging Team Dawkins Team Harris Team Hitchens While I refuse to jump on or stand militant by any person and honestly accept my opinion as a far less learned offering that s to say I know very little sometimes I m stupid proving that in this review However the hostility and arrogance from whoever no matter the message is off putting Robust rational debate is reuired but I think when any person demeaned on purpose it comes at cost especially to those of us once skeptic who ve surfaced from suffering rejected the material world opting for creativity diet change meditation living better and operating from the heart therefore discovering some of Chopra s wooThere s great value in uashing aspects of religion we know are batty Eually there s value in offering us a new version of spirituality or indeed a version followed personally without inferring on others as THE way THE only way and best left to your interpretation no matter what language used to persuade or deter you away fromLike him or not he s added something to consider and whether you give him credit is entirely run by your gut head and cold heart ha

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The Future of God Read Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Deepak Chopra ¹ 0 Read Read The Future of God C beliefs of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are a sign that God and faith are no longer needed in the modern world Deepak Chopra disagrees and sees the rise in materialistic thinking as a grand opportunity for people of faith to reevaluate what they believe and why In The Future of God Chopra not only dispels the faul. Really liked the middle half of this book so much that I m rating it a 4 But had some problems with his critiue of militant atheism his seemingly intentional naivety and his narrow view of God as non personal So taking the book as a whole I rate it a 3 but for how much I liked the middle a 4Christians wd be better liked if they read books like this and wd be no further from truth only closer to God by being closer to themselvesCouple of passages I liked and some discussion1httpsbooksgooglecombooksid6VeThe passage from Healthy brain function through The light will enter of its own accord 2 Notice Chopra takes for granted that a person can encounter God experience It firsthand Proving It as a uniue entity that exists is irrelevant He s responding to atheists like Hitchens who throw out God altogether but make arguments only against the personal Christian God and possibly other personal gods Irrelevant People feel God the same way they feel love anger indigestion or a new idea They are affected by the concept and perspective and they change their perspectives on It That is what matters at first to Chopra bc that s all he s claiming God is Just the transcendent everythingness of the universe multiverse that s all But also merely psychology on steroids Eventually if you want to debate the existence of an impersonal entity called God you can subsume these collective experiences into a broader discussion that includes scientific observation and logical argumentation Chopra will go there with you but only after you understand the kind of God he s talking about and admit that that conception of God is legitimate and in that sense exists as a conception and worldview and series of emotions that people experience Chopra is in the business of defending possibility as far as you can take it He s not in the business of defending a personal God and prob doesn t believe in that yet the New Atheists resist him intensely in ways that focusing almost exclusively on a personal God b New atheists wd probably respond to Chopra s wake up before calling others asleep comment by saying that Chopra is the one who needs to wake up and the only way to settle who s awake is science the bedrock of thought and truth An important point and Chopra should take it up but fails to foresee it If this naivety reflects how he interacts with New Atheists I doubt I d bother defending him But for now I ll take up the issue here casually Let s start with the totems in Inception where New Atheists tell us science has crafted a tool that perfectly identifies whether you re in a dream or not The end of the movie tells us to stop waiting on tenterhooks to find out if the top keeps spinning and DiCaprio is in a dream bc it doesn t matter or at least shdn t be his only desperate concern What s important is he can walk away from the top and reunite and play with his family Chopra gets that and he s too comfortable and matter of fact with it for my taste but still he gets it The New Atheists don t or don t seem to Maybe bc they have taken on faith the premise that consciousness can be reduced to science If they have proven that or have a good theory then they shd spend all their time and write all their books showing how not working out the implications Of course you have to do it without recourse to consciousness But they don t even seem to try to prove it and I don t believe philosophers have If you do let me know Until then I don t trust the totem top and I m going to play with my family and my Godc Re holding up a mirror to unbelief and letting illusions fall away to leave only truth and God and about this being a fearful proposition Yes But for Christians all the so holding the mirror to belief and unbelief Ouch Christians rely heavily on the Bible and revelation and institutions and tradition and proudly speak about showing deference to previous thinkers and experts and saints rather than just believing whatever greedy invention you want Boy are they proud of that And that s good bc nothing is less credible or life embracing than thinking believing and doing whatever you want It sounds like the ultimate freedom but as soon as you find something you want to change about yourself you find you re a slave to yourself and your natural ways and automatic thoughts and genes and upbringing etc Life comes from doing a mix of what you want at the moment what you aspire to what others want you to do what transcendent forces guide you to and So Christians miss out who focus only on what they read into the Bible and tradition and not on what the God within is telling themI think this is bc Christians and not just fundamentalists assume it s always you believing whatever greedy invention pops into your mind they don t really believe you can hear God within or they would listen and heed Him Or they re scared they re hearing wrong or that they ll hear wrong if they try Big mistake When you practice listening for what to believe you find it s what remains after you hold a mirror to your belief and let illusions fall away when you hold God in mind and find out what you really believe when you look at your behavior as the inevitable conseuence of your actual beliefs and let your stated and presumed beliefs fall away Chopra is in the business of defending possibility as far as you can take it of first expanding your consciousness as far as you re willing to go stirring it up and letting truths settle then starting the process again A very few truths may gain enough substance to settle on the bottom then challenging yourself to go further I ll have no truck with a worldview that excludes either of these wisdom sources So I reject humanism and canonical Christianity