Summary Of The Book Growing old is part of life. Ageing is a physical process in which the body is affected by many factors and begins to slowly degenerate. The body loses the strength and vigour that it enjoyed when it was younger.
It happens to everyone, so it is considered inevitable, that nothing can be done to avoid it. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: A Practical Alternative To Growing Old says that the premise is wrong. Ageing is not inevitable. The book says that there are three kinds of ages for humans.
One is the Chronological Age, measured in time that says the person is so many years old. The other is Biological Age that reflects how strong or weak the body is, how the years have affected the physical aspects of the body. The other is Psychological Age. This refers to how old the person actually feels.
The author says that most people lack inward vision and this deficiency in self-knowledge is responsible for sickness, ageing and other negative aspects of life. The arrow of time always moves forward. Thus, a person is born, grows up, ages, and dies. However, the book shows that this need not necessarily mean that physical degeneration is unavoidable. Through meditation, yoga and other practices, it is possible to control the effect time has on the body and stay young in spite of the progression of time.
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: A Practical Alternative To Growing Old shows how in some societies, lifestyle and habits ensure a person enjoys a long and healthy life, while in others, the lifestyle is such that a person begins to physically age at an early stage.
The process of meditation involving the repetition of mantras creates a vibration that takes the mind out of its usual preoccupation with conflicting thoughts and shows its own origin in silence. This silence, the gap between thoughts, the empty space is the quantum space that is the source of all matter and energy. When the mind learns to be in this space, it is calm and undisturbed and this has a positive effect on the body, reducing the physical effects of time.
The author uses research and knowledge from various fields like quantum physics, biology, spirituality and medicine to show that physical aging is not an inevitable process but one that can be controlled and curtailed so that a person stays young and healthy whatever their chronological age is.
About Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra is an author and an advocate of holistic therapies. Other books by this author include The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The Soul of Leadership, and The Way of the Wizard. Deepak Chopra was born in New Delhi, India, in 1947. He earned his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). His career encopmpasses two phases. His mainstream medical practice began in hospitals and universities in the US. He eventually became Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital. He then met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who introduced him to the practice of Ayurveda. He then gave up his mainstream career and became an advocate of holistic healing and alternative medicine.
Deepak Chopra (born October 22, 1946) is an Indian-born American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement. Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine. Chopra studied medicine in India before immigrating to the United States in 1970 where he completed residencies in internal medicine and endocrinology. As a licensed physician, he became chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH) in 1980. He met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1985 and became involved with the Transcendental Meditation movement (TM). He resigned his position at NEMH shortly thereafter to establish the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. Chopra gained a following in 1993 after he was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show about his books. He then left the TM movement to become the executive director of Sharp HealthCare's Center for Mind-Body Medicine and in 1996 he co-founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Chopra believes that a person may attain "perfect health", a condition "that is free from disease, that never feels pain", and "that cannot age or die". Seeing the human body as being undergirded by a "quantum mechanical body" composed not of matter but of energy and information, he believes that "human aging is fluid and changeable; it can speed up, slow down, stop for a time, and even reverse itself," as determined by one's state of mind. He claims that his practices can also treat chronic disease. The ideas Chopra promotes have been regularly criticized by medical and scientific professionals as pseudoscience. This criticism has been described as ranging "from dismissive [to] damning". Philosopher Robert Carroll states Chopra attempts to integrate Ayurveda with quantum mechanics to justify his teachings. Chopra argues that what he calls "quantum healing" cures any manner of ailments, including cancer, through effects that he claims are literally based on the same principles as quantum mechanics. This has led physicists to object to his use of the term quantum in reference to medical conditions and the human body. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that Chopra uses "quantum jargon as plausible-sounding hocus pocus". Chopra's treatments generally elicit nothing but a placebo response, and have drawn criticism that the unwarranted claims made for them may raise "false hope" and lure sick people away from legitimate medical treatments.