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Drawing on the ancient spiritual tradition of Vedanta to explore the path to true and lasting happiness, this book explains that happiness is not obtained through external circumstances that render a person vulnerable to the ups and downs of life.


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Drawing on the ancient spiritual tradition of Vedanta to explore the path to true and lasting happiness, this book explains that happiness is not obtained through external circumstances that render a person vulnerable to the ups and downs of life.

30 review for Power, Freedom, and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    If you want to read a book that will literally change your life, and if you are ready to take the steps in order to make that change there are two authors you HAVE to read: Deepak Chopra and Eckhard Tolle. It is hard to put into words the impact their books have had on my life. Deepak Chopra goes much deeper than Tolle and some of his concepts are hard to get your mind around. I really and truly believe this book and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle saved my life. If you are struggling with depressi If you want to read a book that will literally change your life, and if you are ready to take the steps in order to make that change there are two authors you HAVE to read: Deepak Chopra and Eckhard Tolle. It is hard to put into words the impact their books have had on my life. Deepak Chopra goes much deeper than Tolle and some of his concepts are hard to get your mind around. I really and truly believe this book and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle saved my life. If you are struggling with depression, if you feel chained to your past and especially if you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, this book is a must. It does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim or Buddhist, this is not a book about religion so much as it is about spirituality and turning off the voices in your head that tell you you're worthless, you're ugly, you've made all the wrong choices and keep you chained to a past that you can never reproduce no matter how hard you try. This book may not be for everyone, there are some concepts that are incredibly hard to grasp. However, if you will open this book with an open mind and read it without judgment, it can quite literally change your life. I would suggest reading "The Power of Now" first, the "A New Earth" and then this book. This is the first Deepak Chopra book I have read and I cannot wait to read more. The ideas he brings forth in this book have given me so much hope (even though he does not like to use that word) and an entirely new lease on life. However, much like with the concepts in "A New Earth" is not a one-time cure all, but a spiritual way of life and thinking you must practice every day for it to truly do you any good. Curious? Read it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Really good book. Small pocket-size paperback, easy to manage for reading little bits at a time in the daytime (carry along in handbag to read while waiting for appointments) or before bedtime. It doesn't do well with reading straight through... must be taken a small bite at a time, chew, digest, and return for a little bit more. Very thought-provoking, inspiring, motivating. A feast for the deep thinker, the contemplative mind.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann Keller

    True happiness is found from within. That is the essence of this book. If we place blame upon outside sources, we become victims of our own destiny. Whatever happens in our daily lives, good or bad, is a part of us, as we are a part of the greater whole. Meditation is one way of dealing with stressful situations and meditating about two times a day can actually lower blood pressure, increase job performance and lengthen life expectancy. Tune into the rhythms of the cosmos and allow them to flow t True happiness is found from within. That is the essence of this book. If we place blame upon outside sources, we become victims of our own destiny. Whatever happens in our daily lives, good or bad, is a part of us, as we are a part of the greater whole. Meditation is one way of dealing with stressful situations and meditating about two times a day can actually lower blood pressure, increase job performance and lengthen life expectancy. Tune into the rhythms of the cosmos and allow them to flow through you to give you power, freedom and grace. Chopra cites to the philosophy of Vedanta and to numerous scholars and prophets, such as the poet Rumi and theoretical physicist John Wheeler. Stress in our lives can be caused by worrying about the past or the future. By dwelling in the “now” and realizing that everything has a purpose, one can relax a little and achieve a sense of calm. This transfers from everyday life into higher tasks, which are then accomplished with greater ease and efficiency. I learned a lot from this book, including viewing life as an active participant in the cosmic consciousness as opposed to being a “victim”. This is not to say that one should label every occurrence as a positive force, but it does give one the chance to “do” as opposed to being “done to”. I cannot say that I embrace all of the aspects of this book, but it does give me some interesting alternatives - very interesting indeed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Awesome book. After the first time through, I rated it not that great on the inside cover. Since then I've read it 2 more times and bought it. Its one of the best and most encouraging explanations book on the spirit and soul ever. Reading it just flows easily and makes me want to take notes. I have many excerpts from it in my journal. Here are a couple of excerpts: "What is freedom? Freedom comes from the experiential knowldedge of our true nature, which is already free. It comes from finding out Awesome book. After the first time through, I rated it not that great on the inside cover. Since then I've read it 2 more times and bought it. Its one of the best and most encouraging explanations book on the spirit and soul ever. Reading it just flows easily and makes me want to take notes. I have many excerpts from it in my journal. Here are a couple of excerpts: "What is freedom? Freedom comes from the experiential knowldedge of our true nature, which is already free. It comes from finding out that our real essence is the joyful field of infinite consciousness that animates all of creation." "Everything in the universe is alive. The Earth, the stars, the Milky Way, and other galactic systems are a living organism. The universe is one gigantic, living Being. When we have a feeling of intimacy with this Being, when we fall in love with everything that exists, the universe speaks to us and reveals its innermost secrets." Septemember 2012: I'm reading it again!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    A beautiful book inside and out and a pleasure to read. Dealing with the Big Questions is no easy task but its what Chopra does best. The Hindu philosophy of Vedanta echoes the many paths of spirit in saying that we already have everything and already are everything...realising our true nature results in power, freedom, grace and happiness.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rick Metrick

    Deepak and I disagree on some important areas, but he makes me think out-of-my-box and that challenge alone is worth this read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sampada Chaudhari

    Picked up this book by chance (while reading another book) and then couldn’t put it down. The first half of the book has concepts which are fairly abstract and heavy to grasp, and it takes a while to comprehend them. However, the second half is simpler, yet deep and insightful. The book throws light on the truth of our existence and gives a fresh perspective on reality. It addresses existential questions such as ‘Who am I and what am I here for’, with simplicity, and can be quite eye opening. It Picked up this book by chance (while reading another book) and then couldn’t put it down. The first half of the book has concepts which are fairly abstract and heavy to grasp, and it takes a while to comprehend them. However, the second half is simpler, yet deep and insightful. The book throws light on the truth of our existence and gives a fresh perspective on reality. It addresses existential questions such as ‘Who am I and what am I here for’, with simplicity, and can be quite eye opening. It presents a convincing understanding of true happiness and how to bring it into your life. It effortlessly gets you to change your perspective and look at life with deeper meaning, joy and optimism. Some of this could be life changing. A must read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zakgirl

    What a powerful little book depending on who reads it. I found this personal growth and spirituality book pretty impressive. Explained a lot of what I have already experienced and left me wondering how much more I have to learn. It has some challenging concepts some of which I may never understand or maybe even experience but others I know I have. If you want to grow then read this book. If you're happy where you are then you probably already know all there is to know and don't need to read this What a powerful little book depending on who reads it. I found this personal growth and spirituality book pretty impressive. Explained a lot of what I have already experienced and left me wondering how much more I have to learn. It has some challenging concepts some of which I may never understand or maybe even experience but others I know I have. If you want to grow then read this book. If you're happy where you are then you probably already know all there is to know and don't need to read this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aakash Thakkar

    A complete life changing book which made me forgot who am i and which reminded me who really i am.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    A lot of good points on how to improve your perspective on life, namely focusing more on the present and stop worrying so much about the past and the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sundarc

    Its about happiness is a everlosting

  12. 5 out of 5

    Terri Kozlowski

    An amazing look at how we are all connected and why we can easily have the power and freedom to live in a state of grace.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Tully

    Thought provoking!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Riley Haas

    I wrote the following review about one of Chopra's books that I've read, but I don't remember which one. It stands for all of them, I believe: "The advice is usually good advice. I often agree with him about how people should/can change their lives. I have done many of the things he's suggested. Somehow I've come to this from a completely different point of view. This is my problem: Chopra is intellectually dishonest and he lies about the world. Here are some of my many many quibbles: He flagrant I wrote the following review about one of Chopra's books that I've read, but I don't remember which one. It stands for all of them, I believe: "The advice is usually good advice. I often agree with him about how people should/can change their lives. I have done many of the things he's suggested. Somehow I've come to this from a completely different point of view. This is my problem: Chopra is intellectually dishonest and he lies about the world. Here are some of my many many quibbles: He flagrantly contradicts himself from page to page and chapter to chapter. One second “You” are extremely important and next second “You” aren't important at all. One second cells have “intelligence” and the next second its hormones. He claims there is an embarrassing problem of people being unable to prove existence (which is ridiculous, but is something philosophers and religious people have insisted on forever) at then we confronts the problem of explaining how this can all be the imagination of every living thing in the universe; he just dismisses it as not being a problem, there is no argument. There can't be, of course, because it's absurd to claim that the pigeons on my balcony, the grass behind my apartment, and I are all combining to create a false reality. He can't argue this because he doesn't have an argument. He makes so many claims about what “Science” knows and what it doesn't know (as if Science were a person) but he backs none of it up. We have to take everything he says on faith, on his rep as a spiritual leader and a doctor. But that's all we have, his word. He does this in all his books (that I've read). I could spend weeks researching his claims and refuting them but I don't care enough. I know he's twisting facts to suit his own ends. I've caught him before. His great (deliberate?) misunderstanding of the observer effect underlies most of his claims about the nature of the universe (the claims are old, the defense is more recent). He talks about entropy, but he doesn't understand the concept. Scientists do actually have a reasonable guess about the end of this universe, it might not be right, but it's a better guess than Chopra's. How can something so large its unfathomable behave like a person? His chapter on evil is best. He understands it to a great degree, and I agree with him there more than anywhere else. Yet he doesn't offer solutions. Also, his understanding of evil is a lot more earthly and sounds at odds with the rest of the book. He says he can't be alive if the whole universe isn't alive. This statement makes no sense. He is using life in such a wide sense that the word loses all meaning. According to him, atoms are alive. Really? I think that's what we all mean when we talk about life, we mean atoms. Absolutely, Deepak. Hit the nail on the head there. Does anyone honestly believe that the hydrogen atoms are living inside them but dead outside of them? What is this nonsense? How does he know why time exists? How can anyone? He is guessing, but by telling us he knows for a fact, he is lying to us. He says everything is connected, everything has a purpose, and so on. Then he uses a phrase like “pure chance.” If everything is directed, there is no such thing as pure chance. Yet the book is riddled with such mistakes. It is an act of willpower for me just to finish this rubbish. His comments regarding apoptosis are misleading if not wholly inaccurate. Just as with his concept of the universe, he imbues very small things (cells, proteins, genes) with human traits as well. That's just a sample."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Gamble

    I was never one for inspirational books. Ones that give their out-look on life. Because, well, I had my out-look on life. And didn't want anyone elses. But with this summer I have been reevaulting my views on life and everything, and have been talking to many people about their way of life, so I thought I might try reading a way of life from a different perspective. Another problem I had is that I would agree with some things, and not with others, so I thought something might be wrong. But I hav I was never one for inspirational books. Ones that give their out-look on life. Because, well, I had my out-look on life. And didn't want anyone elses. But with this summer I have been reevaulting my views on life and everything, and have been talking to many people about their way of life, so I thought I might try reading a way of life from a different perspective. Another problem I had is that I would agree with some things, and not with others, so I thought something might be wrong. But I have learned that no one man has all the answers, but perhaps a few have nuggets of wisdom. And I cannot be more happy that I read it. Even on the first page it says "There is a reason you were drawn to this book." And he's right. As soon as I seen the simple black hardcover book with "Power, Freedom, and Grace" written in silver, I knew I had to have it. I knew that out of all the books, I had to have this one. Deepak Chopra was born and raised in India and never lost his heritage. This book focuses on a lot of teachings from the Hindu and Buddhist religion. But, there are also many mentionings of Christ. But don't get the wrong impression: This is not a religious book. There were perhaps 5 mentions of God in the 200 pages. This is about spirtuality and finding your soul (not yourself). When I first began reading it I found most, if not all, of the ideas to be outrageous. But the author even pointed out "Do not be disheartened if these ideas seem outrageous, keep reading and you will slowly understand." And they did. There are one or two major concepts that I still don't grasp, but people spend a life time trying to understand them. But it still taught me about the soul, happiness, kindness, good and bad, and, most importantly: Power, Freedom, and Grace.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Power, Freedom, and Grace – Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness Author: Deepak Chopra Cosmic Thoughts from Phyllis: An excellent guidebook for Spiritual Seekers, and also for those with cosmic inclinations ! How can finding Grace and Peace within yourself be Cosmic? Deepak intertwines timeless spiritual truths with the latest findings in the world of human consciousness and physics. For those that have noticed some of these truths, that have glimpsed their soul and feel the soul’s invit Power, Freedom, and Grace – Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness Author: Deepak Chopra Cosmic Thoughts from Phyllis: An excellent guidebook for Spiritual Seekers, and also for those with cosmic inclinations ! How can finding Grace and Peace within yourself be Cosmic? Deepak intertwines timeless spiritual truths with the latest findings in the world of human consciousness and physics. For those that have noticed some of these truths, that have glimpsed their soul and feel the soul’s invitation to enter the luminous mystery of existence, you will discover a guided tour of the inner self and how it is to ‘be’ your ‘self’. Golden nugget: Chapter 8 ‘When Will I be Fully Awake’. A layman’s description of the higher levels of consciousness, from the perspective of a Master who has indeed experienced all of these levels. The information presented here will resonate with all of those who have at least glimpsed some of these levels. The key to get started: Learn how to meditate, and spend time meditating daily. Here is where you will begin to ‘glimpse your soul’. So what’s the cosmic aspect? The correlation between current science and the levels of consciousness – feeling the divine aspect of your soul and knowing that this is the universe in you, and that you are also in the universe – that it and we are all one Valuable insights: Comparisons in the Appendix of Old and New Paradigms. With the help of cutting edge research into both human consciousness (the human body-mind) and science/physics, the changing perceptions of our very nature is revealed. A worthy read written by a Spiritual Master.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Picot

    I've been wanting to read Chopra for awhile. Wasn't sure if I'd like his books or not. But I loved this one. I am a devout Christian, but I am fascinated by Eastern philosophies and religions. I feel like they don't contradict or lessen my Christian beliefs at all. In fact, I think the other religions only solidify the universal truths that are found in most religions. This book drew upon the ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta. It describes how we are a field of pure consciousness that is tapp I've been wanting to read Chopra for awhile. Wasn't sure if I'd like his books or not. But I loved this one. I am a devout Christian, but I am fascinated by Eastern philosophies and religions. I feel like they don't contradict or lessen my Christian beliefs at all. In fact, I think the other religions only solidify the universal truths that are found in most religions. This book drew upon the ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta. It describes how we are a field of pure consciousness that is tapped into and a part of the infinite consciousness that is the universe. I feel like it totally complements Christian beliefs as we are intertwined with Christ and God and walk a path with him from the beginning. Jesus Christ is in our hearts, whether we realize it or not. And, we are one in the same with the universe (aka God) whether we realize it or not. Once we become aware of our "Being" as Chopra puts it within the universe (aka God), then we transcend to another level of spirituality and can eventually experience true power, freedom, and grace. This was a great experience and I will definitely read more books by Chopra as well as books about other religions and of course Christianity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I read and loved the book 'Power, Freedom, and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness.' This book is generally about finding your inner happiness by understanding the connection between an individual's conscious with the cosmic world. The book also focuses on finding your worthiness and part in life as well as how you and the rest of the universe is a one living organism. One of the small things that I found interesting from this book is when Chopra discusses about how negative emoti I read and loved the book 'Power, Freedom, and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness.' This book is generally about finding your inner happiness by understanding the connection between an individual's conscious with the cosmic world. The book also focuses on finding your worthiness and part in life as well as how you and the rest of the universe is a one living organism. One of the small things that I found interesting from this book is when Chopra discusses about how negative emotions (e.g. sadness or stress) can transform negative energy into negative chemical reactions in bodily cells - which might cause overall sickness. Another aspect that I had found interesting from this book is when Chopra described us as 'bodiless' in the sense that we are just holograms of the universe. Our reality is what we do with our minds.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Walker

    The book is about how the universe expresses itself through all of us, how we are all one, how we are living in the time-bound but our spirits are timeless. How to enter into the silence and know ourselves. How to align ourselves with the universe and to feel our bodies, its flutters and intuition, and to determine how we feel about a situation by listening to our bodies. It talks about how pleasure and pain are two sides of the same coin, and to find lasting happiness to walk seamlessly between The book is about how the universe expresses itself through all of us, how we are all one, how we are living in the time-bound but our spirits are timeless. How to enter into the silence and know ourselves. How to align ourselves with the universe and to feel our bodies, its flutters and intuition, and to determine how we feel about a situation by listening to our bodies. It talks about how pleasure and pain are two sides of the same coin, and to find lasting happiness to walk seamlessly between the two, knowing that pleasure and pain are passing situations and true joy lies in the moment. It talks about entering between the spaces of thought and to know silence to know peace. And to let go of past pain and future anticipation and to live in the moment, and that the moment is all we have.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Kaufmann

    I gave this book 4-stars, but only, perhaps, because it was better than two other books I read recently which I rated 3=star books. On the other hand, maybe it warranted four-stars anyway (though not a slam dunk) - as I look back, I realize I took quite a few notes from the book, which is usually some kind of an indication of how valuable I found it. Clearly there was some bold stuff in here - stuff that made me think. There was also some stuff at which I rolled my eyes - ideas that relied a litt I gave this book 4-stars, but only, perhaps, because it was better than two other books I read recently which I rated 3=star books. On the other hand, maybe it warranted four-stars anyway (though not a slam dunk) - as I look back, I realize I took quite a few notes from the book, which is usually some kind of an indication of how valuable I found it. Clearly there was some bold stuff in here - stuff that made me think. There was also some stuff at which I rolled my eyes - ideas that relied a little too much, in my mind, on what I regard as the supernatural. I skimmed through those parts. Perhaps those parts disrupted the flow enough that I came away feeling like I had lost the larger message - though when I went back through my notes, I think the main point still came through.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I could not get through this book so I am not going to give it a rating. I like Deepak Chopra but this book was just too "out there". I would have to be high on drugs to understand this book the way he talks about the universe and time and our thought patterns. Its not that the book is too complex. Its actually too simple. Like you really have to be in the mood to think about the things he's saying and view the world/your life as this abstract playground so you can really think about and underst I could not get through this book so I am not going to give it a rating. I like Deepak Chopra but this book was just too "out there". I would have to be high on drugs to understand this book the way he talks about the universe and time and our thought patterns. Its not that the book is too complex. Its actually too simple. Like you really have to be in the mood to think about the things he's saying and view the world/your life as this abstract playground so you can really think about and understand what he was thinking when he wrote this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    He has some valid points, but I feel like his observations of the universe are vague. Understanding some divine truths the way I do, I really just want to tell the author that God is God, and calling him that, rather than finding other mystical ways of addressing him, i.e. "the power of the universe," is skirting the subject. I'm sure there are people out there who are much more comfortable referring to the divine power as "the universe" and perhaps this book is for them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Kennett

    This book was an easy read, mostly because Deepak writes in an engaging and ethereal way about matters of spirituality. As a person who grew up without religion and does not see a particular use for it, it is nice to be able to read something with no agenda, that is strictly interested in spiritual matters for its own sake. Deepak drives home the positivity that can result from being in touch with one's self and as a result, the world.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Very good book. I highly recommend it for those who are searching for answers to questions such as: who am I, where do I go when I die, what is the key to lasting happiness. For me this book was very insightful as I have struggled on grasping these topics. This book helped me become aware of the real me. Most enjoyable read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Izzie

    WOW! This is one of the BEST of Chopra's books that I've read so far. I got a lot out of it and would recommend this to anyone who desires change for the better in their life. EXCELLENT. This one, I'll read over again and I know I'll get even more out of it. If you're ready to be blessed beyond blessings, get this book! Honestly! A big WOW on my list!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    One of my favorite books - just opened my eyes to seeing life in an entirely different way! Deepak has a way of revealing complex science and painfully deep topics in a matter-of-fact language that is easy to ponder and understand.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Ramirez

    I find this book to be at times inspirational and at others moments to be overly repetitious and borderline outrageous. I guess maybe it is a difficult subject matter. The universe is vast, and we life/energy/universe potentials can get lost along the way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol Schindler

    I like this book. If you are interested in consciousness - discovering your essential being - you may enjoy it also. Deepak takes a clear look at who we really are and how to let the universe move through us with love ,peace and grace.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I thought I knew my power until I read the piercing knowledge Chopra delivers in this book. This book is a must read for the in-dwelling of inner peace and lasting happiness. He unmasks the faces we use as disguise, he frees the rote emotions we are taught, and offers a peaceful grace.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love Deepak and find his books to be pages full of self awareness, internal searching and steps to live a better life. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to do some silent meditation and learning more about why we are here? What is our purpose etc.

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