"The Buddha was as mortal as you and I, yet he attained enlightenment and was raised to the rank of an immortal. The miracle is that he got there following a heart as human as yours and mine, and just as vulnerable."
Best-selling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.
A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Finally alone and face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer force, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.
Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha entertains and inspires - ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.
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Enjoyable for Anyone Interested in Spiritual Matters
East or West, religious or spiritual, if you have an interest in the relationship of people to their spirituality you will enjoy this new book from Deepak Chopra. This is not a dry reading of ancient scriptures. Mr. Chopra has written an engaging and fascinating account of the life of Buddha which is immediately accessible without any prior knowledge of Buddhism or Eastern spiritual traditions. Having it read by the author adds immediacy and dramatic effect which I very much enjoyed. It is almost like reading a play. I think Mr. Chopra excels at turning arcane spiritual concepts into very graspable ideas that will stimulate your own thinking. It's very hard to break away from this audio program! If you are interested in, or already practicing aspects of Buddhism, this will be extra enjoyable to gain insight and put some flesh on the historical figure. Enjoy!
Amazing story telling with spiritual enlightenment.
Not only a well written but exceptionally well read by the author. A great audiobook to get an introduction into the origins myth of Buddhism.