Deepak Chopra Does it Again!

Guess who can beat Deepak Chopra’s record? Only Deepak Chopra. He’s truly nulli secundus. Despite calling his bluff on not one, but two occasions, despite the fact that he hasn’t answered any of my questions, I’m compelled to write again simply because given his reach and influence, his misleading assertions will get even wider currency.

His latest post on Huffington Post is pompously titled Who Owns Yoga where he repeats the same untruths as earlier in his Newsweek post. The crux–rather, the only point he makes is this: Yoga doesn’t “belong” to Hinduism.

Note: For a detailed exposition on how Yoga and Hinduism can’t be delinked, read my Hindu Roots of Yoga.

At the outset, Chopra claims that “The text usually cited as the definitive source for Yoga is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, but the familiar poses that are part of Hatha Yoga are generally traced to Shiva cults, the god Shiva being its founder. The problem that is being swept aside is that exact dates cannot be assigned to any of these texts.” (Italics mine) If by “exact dates,” Chopra means right up to the last Millisecond, he’s right but that doesn’t save his claim from sounding both ridiculous and false. Perhaps Deepak Chopra might want to refer to Page 453 of S. Radhakrishnan (former President of India) and Moore’s, A Source Book in Indian Philosophy which sets the date at 2 BCE. Other scholars, for example, Gavin Flood, puts the date between 100 BCE and 500 CE. Hatha Yoga is derived primarily from Swami Swaratma’s definitive Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other major works like the Gheranda Samhita and Shiva Samhita. There’s no dispute to the dating of these three works–Hatha Yoga Pradipika, was composed sometime in the 15th Century CE, the Gheranda Samhita in the 17th Century CE, and Shiva Samhita is dated variously between 15th, 17th, or 18th Century CE. We need to ask Deepak Chopra where he detects a sweeping aside of the “date problem.”

Deepak Chopra is not alone when he asserts that Hinduism “sprang from the Vedic religion.” This is a very mischievous claim to make because even a cursory reading of the history of Hinduism reveals that the two are synonymous and inseparable. There is nothing in Hinduism that can’t be traced back to the Vedas. Equally, every verse in the Vedas have “raw material,” so to say, to spawn anything that we find in what’s called Hinduism today. For instance, the Vedic Durga Suktam chanted in the worship of Goddess Durga (or Parvati) is actually a Vedic chant dedicated to Agni, or the God of Fire. We can cite thousands of similar examples but this is enough in view of space constraints.

Realistically, the word “Hindu” or “Hinduism” was not an indigenous or native construct. It was given to us by the Arabs, who called India as the “Land bounded by the river Sindhu (today’s Indus).” “Hindu” is the corruption of the word “Sindhu,” and the land of the Hindus was “Hindustan,” or India. From this, it follows that “Hinduism,” is really not a religion in the strict sense of the word but merely a word used by foreign invaders to describe the landmass/country of India. The correct term to describe the predominant faith/religion of today’s India is the “Vedic religion” or “Vaidika Dharma” or “Sanatana Dharma (the Eternal Dharma).” In the 5000 years of its antiquity, not one Indic text refers to the native religion as “Hinduism”— we’re talking of a corpus of the 4 Vedas, 6 Vedangas, 18 Puranas, the 4 Upavedas, the various smritis, the numerous Aagamas, the Ramayana and Mahabharata–in all over 3000000 verses. One wonders how Deepak Chopra confidently states that “Hinduism” is a “later” religion that “sprang” from “Vedic culture” when indeed the same Vedic culture doesn’t mention the word “Hinduism” even once.

Everything in what we call today as Hinduism–from its philosophy, art, music, sculpture, architecture, dance, Yoga, temples, Gods, Goddesses, rituals, worship, traditions, and practices–was derived from and belongs to what Chopra calls “Vedic culture.” What explains the fact that Vedic rituals and mantras are still used in Hindu temples in India and abroad? What explains the fact that a Carnatic classical concert opens with a Varnam (on a Hindu God) followed by the Vedic God, Ganesha? What explains the fact that a Hindustani classical concert opens with “Om Sri Anantha Hari Naryana,” Naryana, a synonymn of the Vedic God, Vishnu? The same applies to any classical dance form.

It’s true that temple culture was absent in the ancient Vedic times. But the temple culture if anything, is a glorious tribute to the conception of philosophy and “God” in the Vedas. The highest conception of what’s called “God” in the Vedas is the Nirguna Nirakara Brahman, or the Formless Universal Reality, which is called Brahman. To a lay person, this conception is almost incomprehensible because the human mind requires a Form and Name (or definition) to conceptualize anything. In other words, you can’t address somebody as “Good morning, Male” or “Good night, Female.” You need to call him/her as “John/Jane” to put him/her in a specific place-time reference. When you apply this principle to the Formless Universal Reality, you get names for Gods like Shiva, Vishnu, Parvati, Lakshmi, Indra, Agni, and so on. You assign them specific attributes but what you’re really doing is humanizing that Formless Universal Reality so that it’s easy to identify and define a highly abstract philosophical conception. In other words, you’re making them accessible to your mind. When the highest philosophical conception is a Formless “God,” it can be both male and female, which is why Hinduism has both Gods and Goddesses. In a way, the gradual development of what was derided as “idol worship” actually made the “Vedic religion” more accessible to more and more people–an organic growth so to say. If it had been confined to just a group of people who knew how to conduct rituals, there’s little chance that it’d have survived as an unbroken tradition for so long. It is therefore unsurprising that the Vedic culture that gave birth to this kind of conception of a Formless “God” also developed the methods to realize that God. Yoga is one such method. Trying to delink it from Hinduism or the Vedic religion is bound to backfire on the credibillity of the person attempting the feat.

I don’t have a position on the Hindu American Foundation but I’ve read enough news and other material that proves beyond doubt how the original aims and goals of Yoga have been hijacked by self-seeking “New Age” Gurus whose lifestyles and behavior show a yawning gap between what they preach and practice. A true Yoga Guru will not solicit disciples or advertise his shows, writings, and books the way Deepak Chopra does. It’s similar to a person without a degree in medicine opening a clinic. Chopra’s ill-advised pronouncements about “the spiritual path” and “englightenment” reek of hypocrisy because Yoga texts state that a seeker of Yoga must first purify himself by strict ethical observances–non-violence, non-stealing, hygiene, non-covetousness, celibacy and the rest–before he is qualified to learn Yoga Asanas. How does Deepak Chopra rate on these parameters? We must remember that he professes himself to be a Yoga teacher and healer–a status higher than an aspirant of Yoga–so it’s natural that we must hold him to a higher standard. This by itself denies Chopra the moral authority to speak about Yoga much less teach it to people. It’s also hard therefore to take his claim about “equal-opportunity offender” seriously. Offense for the sake of offense is not only childish but if left to itself, dangerous.

Equally, it is not in good taste on Deepak Chopra’s part to mischaracterize the HAF’s position on Yoga as “an innocent attempt by the Indian diaspora to get some respect” and “to lighten up.” Indeed, the NYT piece that Chopra refers to says that the HAF’s campaign “does not ask yoga devotees to become Hindu, or instructors to teach more about Hinduism…[but] suggests only that people become more aware of yoga’s debt to the faith’s ancient traditions.” It is similar to honouring say Einstein for giving us the theory of relativity or acknolwedging our debt to Pythagoras. One wonders why Chopra is so upset about a similar effort to give honour where it’s due.

Further, Deepak Chopra claims that he’d “like to point out that the whole point of Yoga is to achieve enlightenment, and that the most revered practitioners, whether known as yogis, swamis or mahatmas, transcend religion. In fact, even if Yoga were granted a patent or copyright…there is no denying that enlightenment has always been outside the bounds of religion.” One would like to ask him about the ethics of taking something from somebody and not crediting the original source. If this had happened in the intellectual/academic arena, professors would be sued for infringement, or in plain words, punished for committing intellectual theft. As Chopra would know, one of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras talks about asteya or non-stealing.

We also need to spend some time on Chopra’s leaps of logic, his contradictions, and the authenticity of his knowledge. He says that Yoga is a spiritual path that leads to englightenment and not “into the arms of priests or Yoga instructors.” If this was the case, why would the world need Yoga instructors? You know, you can just think up one of these asanas, get on the spiritual path and get enlightened on your own. Chopra doesn’t seem to realize that the moment large numbers of people begin to do this, begin to explore true spirituality on their own, he’d be out of business first. He also issues a caution of sorts that before Hindu Americans “complain about Hatha Yoga being deracinated, they might want to promote the ideas that are the very essence of Indian spirituality, which preceded Shiva, Krishna, cows and castes.” Perhaps Deepak Chopra might want to recall that both Shiva and Krishna were called the perfect Yogis, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a treatise, which Shiva imparts to his consort, Parvati and that the Bhagavad Gita is also known as one of the finest expositions of Yoga. Earlier in his piece, he talks about how Hatha Yoga is “generally traced to Shiva cults, the god Shiva being its founder.” One needs to ask Chopra the name of the religion, which regards Shiva as a God. Just an example of the nature of contradictions his piece exudes. Given his anxiety to delink Yoga from Hinduism or the Vedic religion, why does he continue to teach Yoga?

Chopra’s piece–like his attack on Aseem Shukla in Newsweek earlier this year–is singularly noteworthy for one point: it cites no references, doesn’t backup extraordinary claims with research, indulges in ad hominem attacks, argues from ignorance–in short, violates most principles of logical reasoning. In other words, he doesn’t have an argument other than his brand name and a self-professed claim that he has been writing ” about spirituality for many years.”

Nobody owns Yoga, Mr. Chopra, indeed the concept of ownership is abhorred by Yoga, which says that God pervades the entire creation (Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam). However, it also asks us to repay the debts we owe our ancestors. Or at the least, acknowledge that we owe those debts.

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33 comments for “Deepak Chopra Does it Again!

  1. January 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Sandeepji, you have opened up my eyes. Thank you.

  2. rishi rathod
    January 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Sandeepji, you have opened my eyes. Thank you so much.

  3. superkadee
    May 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Patanjali is Kallar – in Devar, Tamil community. He is one of the 18 siddhars of Tamil. Refer Thirumanthiram.

  4. fire
    December 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    //Ramadas is notorious for his cutting of trees in TN , which he said was a from of protest. What a stupid way of protesting.//

    haha…dnt make comedy brother….if ramadoss wnt struggle for mbc qouta means, the thevar caste wont study in mbc qouta now…now thevar caste peoples are studying in tha qouta only….please remove ur qouta and then critize mr.ramadoss…ok

  5. cricfan
    February 2, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    On the need to get to an uninterrupted state of secular happiness. One can add these “for good looks and cheer” pyogis to the list of those cashing in on the ‘one track’ mindset of western society (and a big chunk of urban india is a part of this society) that is defined by a relentless, almost ruthless, pursuit of happiness and long life.

  6. Diwakar
    January 10, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    The problem with people of Deepak’s like is to sell stuff from India and don’t want to brand the same as ‘made in India’. The invaders achieved what they were looking for – sow seeds of slavism for ever. Whether the yogas, chakras, nadi or vedas, extract them for all the benifits and over a period of time make people believe it is an invention of the West. The present Indian education is helping them achieve this end faster than they dreamed about. Call history as mythology! While it pains to see that people are hellbent on distorting history, we have to accept part of the blame. How many of us have read about our own history or practice the same (pranayama, yoga etc) What are we passing on to the next generation? The day is not very far when all the goods of the knowledge base from here will be credited as ‘western invention’ and only ills like castisism will be associated with Hinduism.

  7. Muthu
    December 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Pasumpon Ayya was recognised by Subhash Bose and Pasumpon was a great follower of Subhash Bose. Do not compare Ramadas with Pasumpon . He may be the leader of Vanniyars , but as they say in Tamil , Ramdas cannot come near even the dust of Pasumpon Ayyas feet. Pasumpon was a nationalist.

    Ramadas is notorious for his cutting of trees in TN , which he said was a from of protest. What a stupid way of protesting. This is environmental thuggery of the highest order. Ask any layman in TN , they will point out this act of stupidity.

  8. Rashmi
    December 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Times of India and all main stream english news paper are worth being only toilet papers, it is biased, prejudiced and circulate only defamatory things about Hinduism, any how still it is controlled by britishers/westerners. Brahmins and Yogis only follow vedas. There is no point in debating with you as the inverted pitcher can not hold water.Further latest researches , scientific opinions all tallies with Vedas. The latest researches on astrology has proved that it is scientific, Skeptics must be further bewildered by the new research published in Nature Neuroscience and conducted at Vanderbilt University which unintentionally provides scientific support for the fundamental principle of astrology — namely, that the position of the planets at your time of birth influences your personality.Learn more:

  9. ganapathy
    December 13, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    kindly read this
    this is the difference between vedic religion and hinduism.buffalo sacrifice and animal sacrifice has to be outlawed as brahmins have become vegetarians but the priesthood in tirupathi/chidambaram/badrinath/shankaracharyas etc have to be with a single community as its gods wish and should not be interfered.
    dear muthu
    the scheduled castes in southern tamilnadu too call themselves thevendrar kulam instead of pallars and vanniyars call themselves vanni kula kshatriya instead of palli.they all claim to be decendant of great kings and kallar/maravar/devar is a similar group.u should be joking about the british ruling more than 60% of the world by your comments of they where afraid of puli devan.exceptional bravemen are in evry community and unfortunately the britishers had them in more numbers and hence they colonized and ruled. devars too have a large contingent of corrupt/coward/selfish indls like all other communities.pasumpon devar was a leader of devars who fought where their rights like ramadoss for vanniars.nothing more nothing less

  10. Muthu
    December 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Ganapathy, wake up to the truth,
    Bishop Caldwell in 1841 relied on Silapathikaram and called the present day Thevars as Maravars. Yes they were Maravars during that time and were wild. But after the Raya dynasty came in the 12th century right upto KrishnaDevaraya , the Thevars became highly reformed and mixed wih a clan called Poligars. They were well traineand the role of Thevars is indisputable in the freedom movement. Unfortunately the Dravidian movement relied on the Silapathkaram interpretation of Caldwell and steroetyped the Thevars. Caldwell and his clan were scared of Thevars as Puli Thevar raised the revolt in 1760 in Tirunelvelli. Just relying on the false history and stereotyping the Thevars has been the hallmark of the Dravidian parties. If it was not for Pasum Pon Ayya , the Thevars would have been finished. Ganapathy , do not read false history written by Britishers.
    Remember they wanted to rule India , that s why they weakened the martial races.

  11. Suhas
    December 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Ganapathy , read this . All this is from Tamil sources. What the Dravidian movement sought to bring to nought, these sages have brought it to cyberspace and a fantastic temple in Hawaii, USA. All have to visit this place. It is terrific and amazing.
    All the bks below have been translated from Tamil

  12. Rashmi
    December 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Ganapathy all your statements about vedas and sanatan dharma are baseless. India has gone through tough times, Arab invasion/britishers colonised it, as per the times its culture also got modified. India was vedic only till mahabharat war. Modern day customs do not 100 % tally with vedas but have roots it . Vedas do not support caste system. I quote from Autobiography Yogis -, Lahiri mahashyay used to give diksha to even Muslims and christians, Nityananda bhagwan treated everbody equally he even said “the sense of equality is the greatest thing”, muslims/christians/sikhs/parsis used to throng to his ashram besides Hindus, Gajanan maharaj gave initiation to a muslim. Vedas do not talk of Hindu/Muslim/christians it only talks of eternal knowledge science, spiritualism, Astanga yoga,sociology, Economics,political Science. Dear Friend Read vedas online at Aryasamaj jamnagar site and then comment. With a biased outlook you will not reach anywhere.

  13. commienaa
    December 7, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    ganapathy, what is your trouble, you are neither a harijan nor a Hindu, so why the itch? Is killing of naxal terrorists in jungles giving you sleepless nights, if yes, be ready for more. I dont know why are you bothered about how Hindu pray, celebrate festivals. If it is to justify your hatred, then its ok but you’ll beget hate as a reaction. Cow slaughter, we dont allow and that’ll be the case. You have total freedom to move to a country where you and your naxal terrorista pals can hate and kill till cows come home.

  14. ganapathy
    December 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    can someone define hinduism/vedic religion/sanatana dharma
    is there any common method of marriage/burial/language/type of worship/diet/sacrifices and so on.people from the same caste bury their dead in 1 village while 20 kms away they burn their dead.all the practises/gods/rituals of the people living in this land mass is loosely defined by vedic religion but hinduism is the brahminised refined version with absolute reservation for brahmin clergy/religious heads like shankaracharyas/anti cow slaughter(most of the tribals and dalits eat beef across the country from kashmir to kanyakumari)/denigration of gods and practises of tribes/dalits and converting evryone to brahmin way of life and placed at an inferior level.the brahmin when conducting the marriage converts the nonbrahmin to brahmin by making him wear the cross thread and offers his wife to all gods in order and to the brahmin too before accepting her. in vedic religion these things r not there and came only with brahmanic hinduism.
    rigid caste system is the backbone of hinduism while vedic religion didnt have it rigidly.vegetarianism is the latest addition to brahmanic hinduism where all the gods of lower castes are now prayed with vegetarian offerings if the mullah of hinduism the brahmin gets involved. the festivals of harvest and sowing had worship for different gods but the brahminised hinduism has been forcibly amalgamating this.
    diwali is celebrated in north as arrival of lord ram while in south as the day when kali killed narahasura.the main god in tamilnadu and srilankan hindus is lord karthikeya who is unknown in north.i have no problem if hindus consider yoga as their own if they consider beef eating and cow slaughter too as their own(till date gorkhas cut buffallos during dusshera)but to selectively do the things which suit only brahmins is hypocrisy to say the least

  15. Jooske
    December 6, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    I forgot to mention that Deepak Chopra is also a terrorism expert.

    Read what he has to say about what happened in Mumbai. Read it all .It is short. He is supposed to be educated and intelligent. It is amazing that anybody in the US is still listening to him after that.
    If that is what he says about Mumbai what would he know about Yoga.

  16. Jooske
    December 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Another great post by Sandeep.

    One of the best part is this:

    Chopra ” cites no references, doesn’t backup extraordinary claims with research, indulges in ad hominem attacks, argues from ignorance–in short, violates most principles of logical reasoning. In other words, he doesn’t have an argument other than his brand name and a self-professed claim that he has been writing ” about spirituality for many years.” ”

    We can all stop promoting or attending his world tours or buying his books.

    Reminds me of “Mother” Teresa, look carefully and closely and you will find that something is not right about what they do and say.(or not do and not say)

    But Sandeep is right about his reach and influence and the need to respond.

    I think that Sandeep should be writing a book!

    Will put Chopra to shame, or rather Chopra has no shame, Will not answer questions or debate.

  17. Ganesh.R.
    December 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    @ Sandeep,

    It is a good and timely post. My friend,keep it up!
    Even the worship of image/icons and temple culture is essentially Vedic in spirit. Many facts too justify the same. I have written a long article (in Kannada language) on this and I will be glad to share tat with you. The tradition of Yajna and the construction of yajna-vedi, yajna-shaalaa, yuupa-stambha etc., became the fountain head of the temple culture. In the Veda=samhitaa-s it self we have clear references to the saakaaratva of the Vedic Gods. Hence there is no doubt or contradiction regarding the worship of Gods both at the levels saguna and nirguna. This has been very well highlighted by the scholars like S Srikanthasaastry, Ananda K. Koomaraswamy, Stella Kramerish, V.S.Agravala and others.

  18. aguy
    December 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Excellent logical rebuttal !

    P.S. BTW there is an identical copy of this article at, it is attributed to you by name, but is it authorized ? I did not find a link back to your web site from over there, had to do a search all over again. Just drawing your attention to it.

  19. slim_shady
    December 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Also, Aseem Shukla has squarely bested Chopra in this debate before (in the Washington Post):

  20. slim_shady
    December 6, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Chopra is a jerk.

    But I think I see what’s going on here. Maybe Chopra is trying to run for Office in India through the Congress party. So in order to establish his street credit as a secularist with the Nehru family, he’s saying nonsense to offend Hindus.

    If you remember, Shashi Tharoor did something similar where he wrote a book about Nehru and went around on a book tour singing his praises. He was eventually given a ticket by the Congress party and is now an MP. He was also made Deputy External Affairs Minister. Ironically, and comically, I guess he was too suave for the average Congressi, and was therefore named in the IPL scam, and booted as a minister. Way to go, Tharoor.

    Chopra may just meet a similar fate. People who lean on Adharma at the expense of Dharma are not on very solid ground.

  21. psecular
    December 6, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    I always though that Deepak should first win over his lowly addiction to alcohol before trying to comprehend meanings, chronologies etc of things related to Sanatana Dharama its sages. His voice and swollen eyes tell a sad story. Not Ab Hominem, just a thought that always comes to my mind when I see him or listen to his voice. He is definitely drinking too much.

  22. Rashmi
    December 5, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Sandeep, really your writings stir the soul and tear apart all hypocrites. I hope deepak chopra read this. Infact as far as my understanding goes of Yoga i.e astanga yoga /geeta and upnishads every thoughts of rishis can be realated to mantras vedas. I have read two books which are very relevant Patanjali Yoga darashnam and Bhagwat geeta Ek vaidik rahasya, Here swami ramswarup ji has beaytifully explainded what lord krishna has preached to Arjun is a sum total of Vedas. Similarly Rishi patanjali’s work can be beautifully realted to vedas, teachings of nanak even of all the yogis who have achieved the supreme truth of Samadhi and heard divine voice of God in samadhi. I will add next the repurcussions of such useless ranting as what vedas say on this.Vedas clearly have spelled anybody who selectively steal knowledge of vedas for misuse in the light of delinking yoga from sanatan Dharma , what is in store for him as per law of karma. I pity deepak chopra each day he is creating/increasing misery for his soul. Here i would mention yogas exclusive aim is to realise knowledge of vedas and God in the heart of practitioner of yoga neither Quran/Bible.Sages have clearly spelled it and every yogi ancient/modern who have acheived this truth has testified to this truth only. Deepak chopra is only creating troubles for him.

  23. December 5, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Good work Sandeep taking that jerk Deepak Chopra. I disagree with Sri that DC is a idiot. He’s a charlatan who tries to imagine and convince the world his view of an all inclusive spirituality which doesn’t exist. I’ll reason with him on Twitter.

  24. ghormaanas
    December 5, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Ages of foreign rule has rendered the self-respect of many of our countrymen impotent. Mr. Chopra is one of those apologetics who feel outright shameful, i suppose, to admit anything Hindu (or rightly, Sanaatan/Vedic), while singing songs of glory to cults of blood-thirsty gods (you know what i mean; the sickular mentality). this ‘deepak’ is running out of its adulterated oil-feed and is about to extinguish. WE (don’t we ?) strongly think that he should calmly return to his Motherland’s lap and get a ‘ghutti’ of the real deal to get his wavering nerves back to senses.

    {Sandeepji, i have rarely ever commented on your blog (being more of a assessing observer rather than an interferer), though i follow it regularly. i honestly feel of being short at words in praise of your highly commendable efforts, at the same time feeling apathy for myself for being no good other than clenching my teeth with utter rage, disgust and despair at those whom you take to task, and their likes, as also on my inactive condition; only feeling respite at looking at your blog and/or others’ like you, and the sentiments of our brethren here. i seriously am turning into a sort of misanthrope with daily surmounting repulsive feelings towards the skewed-mentality seculars and their self-harming likes; but sincere thanks to people like you, i KNOW i won’t utterly lose my taste in the world when so many of our brethren with ignited minds are standing up daily in increasing numbers to renovate the ‘forgotten way’. please accept my sincere compliments, and apologies for any unintended mistakes/hurting remarks i would’ve made. karo khanda-manda prachanda, karo ghor sampradaah ! my best wishes & regards to you !}

  25. trupti
    December 4, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Excellent piece of article.

  26. December 4, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Charlatan Chopra aptly taken to task by Sandeep. Suhag Shukla of HAF also gives a well articulated rejoinder . As per Chopra’s moronic logic, Chandragupta, Ashoka, Buddha, Chanakya, and countless others are not Indian since India as well know it today didn’t exist back then. Native Americans not Americans since America of today did not exist 1000 years ago. Even Chopra himself knows that he is regurgitating pure unadulterated baloney.

  27. Neeta Raina
    December 4, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Everything in India, including the Yoga emanated from the Vedas and the Upnashids which is a record of the entire Hindu philosophy. Hinduism as we all know is a name given to the Indian philosophy by Arabs, for whom probably Hinduism means the ritualistic and the most basic aspect of Hinduism – the Arab in accordance with their limited intelligence equated the Sanatan Dharma & Vedic philosophy to a religion – because they are limited in their way of thinking. Incidentally the name Hindu came of course from Sindhu which itself comes from the word Indu or Indra. Hence India, is really Indra-sthan (Indra’s land or place) and Hinduism is really Induism. Mr Chopra, you, who has the intelligence to understand and is well informed about the depth of the Bharatiya ancient tradition, you who knows that all the principles of Quantum Physics known today are already in the ancient Induism tradition – why would you misrepresent that Yoga is not an integral pillar of Induism or Hinduism as we still call it.

    If your contention is that Santana Dharma contains universal truth which therefore holds true for everyone equally, and that the benefits of Yoga can be derived and enjoyed by everyone, then I agree with you.

  28. kumaraswamyy
    December 4, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    “…despite the fact that he hasn’t answered any of my questions…”
    there’s a nice proverb in kannada. “naayi bogaliddare devarloka haalagattha?”
    thats not to suggest that deequack belongs to some mythical devarloka (even metaphorically) though, but the banality of this non-issue is truly amazing

  29. Sri
    December 3, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Deepak Chopra is an idiot who sells eastern spirituality for western dollars. This was one of the comments made by an American, I agree with him, when Deepak Chopra ‘s book on Islam came out suggesting how Islam can unite the world. There is no bigger idiot than him.

  30. Sid
    December 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    How would you fight with this multi-million dollar Yoga empire in the west? Chopra is not an isolated individual, he is one of the faces of this business empire. I guess we need to stress the fact that Yoga is the form of Hindu worshiping (an over-simplification) and for a Christian, it would amount to a blasphemy to practice them.
    If we can convince the conservative section of the western society about this, then they might launch a crusade to save the fellow christian from practicing blasphemy.

  31. December 3, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Excellent post.
    Why are these fellows constantly repeating nonsense like ‘Hindusim comes many centuries after the Vedas’?

    W.R.T Yoga, I wonder if that old lecher, sociopath, and charlatan, Mircea Eliade is not responsible for broadcasting this New Age nonsense that Yoga is some sort of Shamanistic ‘science of immortality’ with no connection or roots in Morality and Religion.
    What a travesty!
    Wendy O’Doniger Flaherty holds the Mircea Eliade Chair of Indology. People like Gurcharan Das consider her a great expert on Sanskrit.
    Whether one wishes to live a decent and moral life is a matter of choice. The thief does not deny that theft is wrong- he does not want people to steal from him. By the operation of Grace, robbers can become Saints.
    But to falsify history, to misinterpret Scripture, merely for personal vainglory seems to be the way to gain a reputation as a Scholarly and Spiritual person.

  32. Gopi
    December 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Excellent rebuttal and exposure of this fake.

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