The Book of Secrets by Deekpak Chopra

These are the first paragraphs of Deepak Chopra’s book “The Book of Secrets” which he told me before the interview I did with him yesterday at the Drucker Business Forum is his “most important book.” It’s certainly the one of his that resonated most for me:

“The greatest hunger in life is not for good, money success, status security sex or even love from the opposite sex. Time and again people have achieved all of these things and wound up still feeling dissatisfied–indeed, often more dissatisfied than when they began. The deepest hunger in life is a secret that is revealed only when a person is willing to unlock a hidden part of the self. In the ancient traditions of wisdom, this quest has been likened to diving for the most precious pearl in existence, a poetic way of saying that you have to swim far out beyond shallow waters, plunge deep into yourself and search patiently until the pearl beyond price is found.”
The pearl is also called essence, the breath of God, the water of life, holy nectar–labels for what we in our most prosaic scientific age would simply call transformation. Transformation means radical change of form, the way a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. In human terms, it means turning fear, aggression, doubt insecurity, hatred and emptiness into their opposites. Can this really be achieved? One thing we know for certain: The secret hunger gnaws at people’s souls has nothing to do with externals like money, status and security. It’s the inner person who craves meaning in life, the end of suffering, and answers to the riddles of love, death,god the soul good and evil. A life spent on the surface will never answer these questions…find in the hidden dimensions in yourself is the only way to fulfill your deepest hunger.”


One thought on “The Book of Secrets by Deekpak Chopra

  1. ronnie says:

    “The greatest hunger in life is not for good, money success, status security sex or even love from the opposite sex.

    i do not, DO NOT, agree with this. i think we long for goodness, honesty and trust but we cannot find it in contemporary culture…contemporary culture does not believe in it. contemporary culture believes, in their minds not in their deepest souls, in money and power….and they strive for it everyday. just look around, it is in every shop, every street corner, every fashionable or unfashionable restaurant… is there for us to see and the shallowness of it is in our faces. its not an intentional harm thrown out to others, it is a way of survival….not knowing another way, or not knowing a way to break the cycle. deep down, whether straight or gay, we need human contact…skin to skin, heart to heart, hand to hand, body to body contact to know that we really do exist. to be in love with the opposite or same sex helps us to know we really exist. think about it, when you make love with another human being or have intimacy, doesn’t it make you feel as though you really exist, that you are not imaginary, that you are real at this moment in time?

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