Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chopra says HE caused the Earthquake by meditating.......

This article is shamefully lifted, verbatim, from friend sent it and I couldn't help but wonder what a huge flap this would have made if Chopra were Christian and said his praying caused Sunday's earthquake at the US-Mexico border:

(April 5) -- The U.S. Geological Survey is blaming day-to-day seismological changes for Sunday's 7.2 earthquake along the U.S.-Mexico border. But Deepak Chopra, the famed alternative-medicine practitioner and transcendental meditation guru, is pretty sure he knows what really happened.

"Had a powerful meditation just now -- caused an earthquake in Southern California," Chopra wrote to his nearly 179,000 Twitter followers shortly after the quake.

And then, to clarify: "Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake," he tweeted. "Sorry about that."

Author, physician and lecturer Deepak Chopra.
John Medina, WireImage
Deepak Chopra, here in San Jose, Calif., sent messages on Sunday to his thousands of Twitter followers apologizing for causing an earthquake in Southern California with powerful meditation.

Chopra might want to apologize directly to those in California, who haven't suffered significant infrastructure damage but are still bracing for more temblors, and to those in Mexico, where two are dead, hundreds are injured and thousands are still without power.

Transcendental meditation (TM) was largely popularized by Chopra, who's been dubbed "McMeditation" for the multimillion-dollar profits he's earned off books, DVDs and his Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, Calif. -- where a six-day mind-body wellness program runs around $2,500.

According to Chopra, at the crux of the meditation practice is "the field of possibilities, creativity, correlation ... where intention actualizes its own fulfillment."

Let's hope he's wrong about that, or the guru might have some explaining to do about what exactly his meditation session Sunday was hoping to actualize.

An hour after Chopra's Twitter confession, he vowed to one Twitter user"Won't do it again -- promise."

But even the guru himself must not know his own strength. Since the promise, dozens of aftershocks have rattled the U.S.-Mexico border.

All the while, Chopra's staying safely above the reach of the ongoing quakes. According to his Twitter feed, the guru boarded a plane from California to Denver earlier this morning.


Ducky's here said...

Ah, the darling of Volvo drivers everywhere.

"He could drive a car 80,000 miles without a brake job." Charles Bukowski said that.

Ducky's here said...

Yeah, thinking about Bukowski and that fraud Chopra

How Is Your Heart?

during my worst times
on the park benches
in the jails
or living with
I always had this certain
I wouldn't call it
it was more of an inner
that settled for
whatever was occurring
and it helped in the
and when relationships
went wrong
with the

Charles Bukowski

Z said...


beamish said...


With Deepak Chopra's admission of guilt that his meditations caused the earthquake, he should be held financially responsible for all the damage done by a court of law.

As the history of human civilization clearly shows, there is no such thing as a leftist that is capable of rational thought, so find a lefty judge and sue him until he's penniless. A left-wing judge in California should be as easy to find as an imbecile in a Democratic Party convention.

FrogBurger said...

He's preparing the excuse for Obama. When the country will be totally messed up, Obama will say it was because of his intense meditations, not his lefty policies.

Anonymous said...

:rolls eyes:

Anonymous said...

Sounds pretty silly to me!

Probably a case where someone, who may at one time have grasped concepts of genuine significance let the reputation he made go to his head.

Fame and fortune -- like POWER -- very often have a deleterious effect on the human spirit.

This man -- like many others who let success delude them into thinking they had god-like powers -- appears to be suffering from a psychosis called megalomania.

More to be pitied than anything else, but is this really IMPORTANT?

~ FreeThinke

Anonymous said...

"With Deepak Chopra's admission of guilt that his meditations caused the earthquake, he should be held financially responsible for all the damage done by a court of law."

Beamish, that wouldn't be a problem, he'd just meditate, and lo and behold a pile of money would appear.

Why he bothers to lecture and write books is beyond me. That's a little beneath him don't ya think?

What is this guy, the 21st century's Jim Jones? Good grief!

Ducky, Huh?


Z said...

Free Thinker..'is it really important'? ..I thought the difference with how Conservatives and Liberals are treated is mighty important. yes, I think it's really important.

Anonymous said...

FT, If you don't think it's important enough to comment on skip it.

Variety is the spice of life, and that's what makes Z's blog interesting. I don't think she needs you to tell her what's important.


Anonymous said...

Like so many dinks...this one needs a straight jacket. I'd like to see him levitate his bony carcass to a far away Europa. I hear there's primitive life there.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps I should have read the entire post. I stopped at the thought that if one man honestly claims he's powerful enough to make an earthquake happen, he's a pretty silly piece of goods.

I didn't realize this had any bearing on the way liberals and conservatives are treated. I took the headline at face value.

Remarks on this have been cryptic. I have no idea what we are supposed to think.

Now, I'll read more and try to find out. It should be interesting to learn about Deepak Chopra's significance in American politics.

He's said many interesting things in the past. Claiming to have started an earthquake hardly adds to his credibility. It looks more as though he's gone 'round the bend.

~ FreeThinke

Anonymous said...'re my kind of guy!

Assuming you're a guy...


Anonymous said...

Well, I read it all -- both here and at the link -- and all I can see is that the man has made a fool of himself. The article is hardly supportive or flattering of him -- in fact the tone is snide.

I'd like to believe that no serious Christian would ever make such a claim. Elmer Gantry-like televangelists and well-known quasi-religious figures like poor old Pat Robertson don't count as "serious Christians" to me, although many years ago Pat said a lot of very sensible helpful things. Then, he got famous and rich and it all went to his head. The same seems to have happened to Chopra.

I am so sorry that anyone takes my observations as any sort of personal insult or unjustified criticism. I have no idea what to make of that.

~ FreeThinke

Z said...

I guess it just struck me that anybody thinking THEY have this much power is a loon and how the mainstream media'd LOVED to have taken it to the LIMIT if a Christian said he'd PRAYED this hard to cause an earthquake.

But, let a lefty loon say it and there's a mention, albeit a tad sarcastic, which did cheer me up!

Faith said...

I hadn't known anything about Chopra until now, except seeing his picture on popular books which I ignored. Interesting to find out he's become the spokesman for Transcendental Meditation. As you may recall, TM was the meditation practice brought to America back in the 60s by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi through his devotees, the Beatles.

I knew some people back then who practiced it quite seriously. They claimed their meditations could reduce crime in a city, and they'd even point to statistical evidence for their efforts wherever it went down some. Apparently they haven't been meditating near Congress for over a year now.

MK said...

Looks like he's really put his foot in it this time.

Ducky's here said...

Pris, Chopra is a truly vulgar charlatan and his followers are a bunch of liberal (N.B. not leftist) class collaborators. Real bimbos.

Bukowski seems like an honest alternative to Chopra's brand of new age geekdom.

Anonymous said...

Ducky, of course I agree Chopra's a charlatan.

I never heard of Bukowski.

Interesting, that non-believers are always looking for something to believe in, and end up following Koolaid salesmen.


Anonymous said...

Prayer is a form of meditation and vice versa.

Meditation beats Medication --- by miles --- when it comes to dealing with depression, obsession, undue amounts of anger and resentment, fear, loneliness, envy and other nagging negatives.

It's so perplexing that an entire movement or phenomenon can be dismissed and condemned because one -- or even several -- insincere or otherwise-flawed human beings become popularly associated with it.

Remember Meet John Doe with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck? There's a lot of wisdom and truth in that old Frank Capra film. Much of it could apply to the Chopra Phenomenon.

Oscar Wilde said, "Whatever is popular is wrong."

Now THAT was a mouthful.

~ FreeThinke

Z said...

Hi, Ft...are you saying that Chopra's meditation thing is good but his personna puts people off? I'm curious.
I had a talk with a Christian girlfriend from FLA this morning, she also reads a lot of Buddhism and has met the Dalai Llama in a symposium in France.
She finds peace in Buddhism and order; she likes a very Zen situation.

Another friend, an actress buddy, was a 3-hour a day meditator who followed Buddhism for 25 YEARS....she's a solid Christian now and bemoans those years of putting her peace of mind on many hours did she meditate, did she step on and kill an innocent ant, etc......she loved finally waking up and giving it to Christ and is a much, much happier person, according to her.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Z,

What I'm trying to say is that fame, fortune, notoriety and the tendency many people have to want to look at other people as "IDOLS" of one kind or another often has a corrupting influence.

It's happened in many different fields. Whenever someone with extraordinary abilities of any kind "captures the public's imagination," that person is in danger of being effectively "worshipped" as an IDOL. After a while the "idol" starts to believe the fables others invent about him or her. When that happens, the "idol" loses his way and becomes debased.

Elvis and the Beatles are supreme examples, but it's happened to countless movie stars, pop singers, politicians, playwrights, concert pianists, violinists, opera stars and charismatic "religious" leaders who develop a cult-like following almost against their will.

Worldly "success" really CAN spoil people who started out as sincere, modest individuals who happened also to be very gifted.

It seems to have happened to Chopra. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" means that only GOD can be God. Whenever one of us tries to play the role it invariably ends in tragedy and disaster.

God is never false. Vanity is ALWAYS false.

Frank Capra's Meet John Doe shows what can happen when the process of idolization is reversed, and then comes full circle. The public learns that trickery was behind John Doe's rise to fame, and turns on him, but the quality of John Doe's MESSAGE is so high and so true the public miraculously comes to accept him and correctly sees the forces determined to expose and ruin John Doe are the true evil in the picture.

"A Face in the Crowd" is based on a similar theme, but with Bud Schulberg's treatment it becomes a horror story -- ugly, brutal, consummately cynical.

It's a great theme. Thanks for bringing it up via Chopra's ridiculous claims.

~ FreeThinke

beamish said...


Aside from the left's traditions of slave labor camps and shoving Jews into ovens, what are some other reasons leftists such as yourself desire to be considered seperate from liberals?