Jitendra Madhav Ramchandani

October 05, 2017

Deepak Chopra on his Quest to Unite Technology, Spirituality & Success

Via FastCompany; Excerpts from Deepak's interview by Drake Baer

Image by Maikel Nai
Wealth is nothing other than abundance consciousness. To understand also that your spiritual nature is to always achieve worthy goals but also to have a relationship with your own creative source within the spirit, and to make sure that your behavior reflects love and compassion. I would say success is a progressive realization of worthy goals, the ability to love and have compassion, and the ability to get in touch with your creative source.

It’s process. If you’re studying for an exam you’re not thinking about the results. If you’re always worried about the results you can’t study a lot. So to be engaged and detached from the outcome is excellent. Excellence is behavior. I mean, isn’t that what martial arts is about? And that’s what meditation is about, that’s what, in many ways, sports are about. If you adopt that lifestyle (of excellence as behavior rather than outcome), then it can extend to all areas of your life.

Relationship between rest and activity
If anyone’s had a bad night’s sleep, the next day’s a disaster. Lack of sleep is now considered to be a very important factor in obesity. It disrupts two hormones, ghrelin and leptin, which are responsible for giving signals of hunger and satiety. Lack of sleep also is a factor in decreased concentration and traffic accidents, the shuttle disaster, the disaster with the oil rig, the Fukushima disasters can be tracked to inefficiency due to lack of sleep. But if you had a good experience of sleep but also through meditation with deep rest in the mind, which is also deep rest in the body, it automatically makes for dynamic activity. Dynamic activity and deep rest of the mind are complementary to each other.

On being in the world, but not of the world
The world sometimes feels like an insane asylum. You can decide whether you want to be an inmate or pick up your visitor’s badge. You can be in the world but not engage in the melodrama of it, you can become a spiritual being having a human experience thoroughly and fully.

On being a spiritual being with a career :)
In a person’s career, well, if you’re process-oriented and not totally outcome-oriented, then you’re more likely to be a success. I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success.’ Success is a by-product of excellence.

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