Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream

By Deepak Chopra, Sanjiv Chopra

The inspiring tale of 2 brothers who immigrated to the US from India and took very assorted paths to changing into world-renowned healers and teachers. 

At a time while the United States is fiercely divided at the factor of immigration, Brotherhood tells the tale of 2 brothers who pursued the yank dream to its fullest expression. within the early Nineteen Seventies, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra joined a flood of immigrants seeking to make a brand new existence in the United States, a land of chance. Having grown up in postwar India amidst the unexpected freedom of the 1947 liberation, their early life was once a mix of the unique, the legendary, and the fashionable. Their father used to be one of many first Indians to turn into a Western-trained heart specialist, whereas their nuclear family maintained deep roots in historical non secular traditions.


follows the Chopra brothers as one turns into a world-renowned non secular instructor and the opposite rises to the head of Western medication to turn into a professor at Harvard scientific university. Their tale will fascinate and encourage someone who nonetheless believes in America’s potential to foster fulfillment and gift difficult work.

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We had an grand tale of reincarnation in our circle of relatives, in truth. My mom had a brother named Shukra, who used to be 4 years older than she was once; earlier than he may even learn or write, he may possibly recite lengthy passages from the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scriptures. whilst my mom was once born, her mom and dad named her Suchinta. Her brother objected to this selection. He advised them that the identify Suchinta included the notice “chinta,” this means that fear in Hindi and accordingly had a detrimental connotation. “What should still we name her then? ” they requested him. “Pushpa,” he replied, Pushpa capacity attractive flower. And so my mom was once identified by means of this identify all through her lifestyles. while my uncle was once 4 and a part, he admonished his father for taking pictures a pigeon with a BB gun. “What damage did that blameless chicken ever reason you? ” he requested. “The damage you probably did will now go back to you. ” This from a baby. The tales approximately this younger boy were handed down in our kin. in keeping with my mother’s oldest sister, naked Bahenji, he will be consuming a meal within the kitchen, pause without notice, and sprint outdoor to front gate simply in time to greet a wandering monk he had someway sensed. Then he might invite the monk into the home and feature a servant arrange him lunch. sooner than he reached his 5th birthday, my uncle went to reveal Bahenji and requested for 16 rupees, then the similar of approximately funds. “Why do you want a lot funds? ” she requested him. He wanted it, he defined, to pay off a debt to Daulat, a relatives servant whose identify, sarcastically, capability wealth. My uncle defined that he had incurred this debt in a prior lifestyles. He endured to pester naked Bahenji till she relented. Daulat refused to simply accept the rupees until eventually my grandparents insisted. a number of days later Shukra advised naked Bahenji he would like to sleep at the ground. In India it is a universal request made by means of adults who think they'll die and wish to be attached to the earth. naked Bahenji was once dismayed and disturbed and refused to make his mattress at the ground. in its place, she made his usual mattress, conscientiously tucked him in, and sang him a lullaby. the following morning the family members came across Shukra’s useless physique at the flooring. My uncle had adequately estimated his personal loss of life and desired to pay off the debt from a prior lifestyles to Daulat the servant prior to he gave up the ghost. For me it’s tough to not think in reincarnation whilst all this happened in my very own relatives. tales like this one aren't strange in India. The founder and chancellor of Banaras Hindu college, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, was once a really discovered guy. He committed his complete existence to the college. On his deathbed he acknowledged, “Take me to the outskirts of Banaras. ” They have been wondered. “Pandit Ji, you've given all of your lifestyles to Banaras. You’re now going to move away and visit heaven. Why could you will want us to take you open air Banaras? ” between Hindus, there's a greatly held trust that if you happen to die in Banaras you in attaining Moksha, an finish to the cycle of delivery, existence, dying, and rebirth. “My paintings in the world isn't really complete,” Pandit Ji acknowledged.

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