Deepak Chopra in Buddha: A Story Of Enlightenment narrates the story of a young man called Siddhartha who was in line to the throne of his father’s kingdom. He had abandoned it all in search for truth.
Buddha: A Story Of Enlightenment deals extensively with the journey taken by him to all parts of the world. From an early age on, Siddhartha knew his true calling was not to govern his father’s kingdom. His spiritual journey converted him into a wandering monk. He learnt how to dispel all bodily wants and desires in order to attain spiritual harmony. Enlightenment, thus, was achieved by shunning pain and physical sensations. He was reborn as Buddha, the enlightened.
The book emphasizes the need to strengthen will power and exert the mind’s power over the body. In modern times, Buddha continues to be a symbol of spiritual peace and harmony. Through Buddha’s tumultuous journey, the author tries to emphasize the importance of mental peace over material wealth and power.
About Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American holistic health guru. He is one of the most famous alternative medical physicians in America.
He has published over 70 books and most of his books have been considered bestsellers by the New York Times. His books include Is God An Illusion?, Restful Sleep, and Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide.
He has taught medicine at institutes like Harvard University and Boston University. It was when he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1985 that Chopra took a keen interest in Ayurveda. He founded the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine which later became Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center.
He also founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in 1996. The Chopra Foundation, established in 2009, was created in order to implement spiritual education.