About Deepak Chopra
Not to highlight Deepak Chopra as particularly bad. But because it makes me think of something we’ve discussed several times before: The unregulated therapist-healer-(guru?) – The branch…
“At the end of our next meeting, he hugged me as usual. And then he kissed me again. This time, it was unmistakably on the lips. My heart sank as he confessed that he was beginning to have feelings for me. I recall him saying that we were karmically connected—and that he was falling in love with me.”
Idolatry, idealization, sure, it’s immature, something that doesn’t really belong to adulthood. But I think the question is complicated.
If you stick to the therapy/healing area, where still Deepak Chopra is active… A certain amount of idealization, and with that strong trust, even infatuation, can belong? Even being an active part of a profound process, transformation?
The therapist is often – just that. – idealized, of course rarely the good, solid, infallible person you painted. Overruns type Chopras (if this story is true) would be much more common also in ordinary care, if that business was not surrounded by strict ethical rules, it is quite obvious… The regulations are not only a protection for the client, as one might think, but just as much for the therapist actually. It’s a serious game.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak… Whoever claims to stand must make sure he does not fall, etc. (Both from the Bible, right?) … Of course you wish Chopra could keep the fly closed, sad story, but… Be careful not to judge him too harshly.
The statistics are horrifying, to the extent that statistics can be talked about?, but thus all revelations from more or less closed spiritual contexts. Sai Baba, Knutby, now Deepak Chopra… (I can’t even try to remind myself or Google for more. You hear about it then o then for me most of it goes in through one ear o out through the other. “Sects” & what happens there is so predictable, banal. Not for those affected, but the phenomenon itself, the course of events.)
My point, or what I wanted to highlight with the post, is mostly the human aspect of it… So, of course there are really disturbed individuals, predators who start or seek the top of these movements, and then be able to take liberties. But it doesn’t have to be that they’re really that different. The usual human infirmity goes a long way. “The occasion makes the thief”, or “Power has a propensity to corrupt, and complete power completely corrupts”, as it is called.