Ageless Body, Timeless BS. Grow Younger, Live Longer?! 10 Steps to Reverse Aging…and Waste Your Life.

Via on Oct 8, 2009

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New Age Bullshit? Or Spiritual Materialism?

Nostrums, Remedies, Snake Oil and other New Age Quackery!

Personally, I look forward to being old and wrinkly.

Why would a wise man like Dr. Deepak Chopra feed into our society’s unhealthy obsession with staving off death, into a multi-billion dollar industry devoted to looking (and, these days, acting) young forever?

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Hint: it won’t work. Love your aging self. It takes practice. Thinning hair. Sagging breasts. Crow’s feet. If Dr. Chopra, or anyone who’s ever lived (and died) knew how to “reverse aging,” well, they would be more famous than God Herself.

Perhaps Dr. Chopra should stick to what he’s good at: teaching inner peace and happiness—which is the only way I’ve ever known any old timers to look young (thinking of you, Robert Spellman and Joan Anderson).

There’s better stuff to do with our short, “precious human birth” (as they call it in the Buddhist tradition) than obsess in the mirror, get some useless botox injections or spend a small fortune on fancy eyecreams.

Or expert photoshoppers for your book covers.

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15 Responses to “Ageless Body, Timeless BS. Grow Younger, Live Longer?! 10 Steps to Reverse Aging…and Waste Your Life.”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lindsey Block. Lindsey Block said: RT @elephantjournal: Why would a great teacher like Deepak Chopra encourage us to stave off aging? http://bit.ly/13tt4L [...]

  2. swati jr* says:

    there's better stuff to do with our lives than steal meditation techniques that aren't yours, call them a new name, claim their yours and be a guru poser with a big heady clinic that caters to the celebrities. but i guess some haven't figured that one out either.

  3. Kaushik says:

    It is as you point out, spiritual materialism. Whether it's ageless bodies or the easy promises of Law of Attraction, we look for completion outside, and these money-making authors count on that.

    Be awareness, and release, and the rest works out beautifully.

  4. [...] Hint: it won’t work. Love your aging self. It takes practice. Thinning hair. Sagging breasts. Crow’s feet. If Dr. Chopra, or anyone who’s ever lived (and died) knew how to “reverse aging,” well, they would be more famous than God HeRead more at http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/10/nostrums-remedies-new-age-quackery/ [...]

  5. There were three comments on this post, Intense Debate lost them perhaps, I dunno. They were:

    It is as you point out, spiritual materialism. Whether it's ageless bodies or the easy promises of Law of Attraction, we look for completion outside, and these money-making authors count on that. Be awareness, and release, and the rest works out beautifully.

    I feel older this year really for the first time, I'm 47. At the same time, I feel wiser spritually, and more aware. If I had to trade the second feeling for the first feeling, I'd turn it down. However, really focused living, yoga, healthy healthy food, and managing stress levels, retreating, and lifestyle activities, really does slow the aging process. I've SEEN it. The sooner it starts, the sooner the benefits kick in.

    there's better stuff to do with our lives than steal meditation techniques that aren't yours, call them a new name, claim their yours and be a guru poser with a big heady clinic that caters to the celebrities. but i guess some haven't figured that one out either.

  6. [...] Chopra–Modern Yoga Sage or New Age Hype? I just wrote this long comment on a blog in Elephant Journal .  The blog referred to a couple of Deepak Chopra’s books as “New Age [...]

  7. Phillip Rish says:

    You must of not read the book. Anyone who read the book would have known that the title is just an eye grabber.
    "younger" as he states in th book consists of chronological age, physiological age and mental age. SOME of nutritional, physical advise is provided only to support the mental and spiritual body. Therefore a person feeling more vital, happy and alive is one that feels, looks and lives younger. Thereby creating a much more meaning full purposeful life into your waining years. I think that is what the true message of this book.

  8. “Ageless Body/Timeless Mind” is actually an excellent book. But it’s excellent because the inside doesn’t begin to match the promise of the cover and title. So your questioning the title is entirely justified.

    Chopra is a real puzzle. If you look at the actual content of his work, he is a modern sage of the Upanishads (one of the three main ancient Yoga texts, along with the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra). He comes across the same way in his presentations, which are just dripping in the one-with-the-universe message of the Upanishads and Gita.

    “Ageless Body/Timeless Mind” is actually a well thought-out and deeply inspirational update of the philosophy of the ancient Yoga sages. “Timeless Mind” makes perfect sense in this context, because according to Yoga philosophy we are all part of the ocean already, not just a wave, and since the ocean (the universe) is timeless, so are we.

    When you get inside the book “ageless body” means not living forever, but rather the fact that our molecules all turn into other things and continue on, with a lot of detail from modern quantum physics, and the fact that we might someday figure out how to arrest aging. Certainly not what’s implied by the cover.

    I believe Chopra is, in fact, a modern Yoga sage, carrying on the central message of the ancient sages in a modern context. But he either creates or allows a marketing effort that can make him look like a lot of fluff.

    I like his writing so much I’m willing to put up with the silly upfront hype. The books I’ve read so far are really terrific and not at all quackery.

    I would love to hear other opinions about this, because I’ve only read a few of his many books.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  9. [...] Chopra–Modern Yoga Sage or New Age Hype? I just wrote this long comment on a blog in Elephant Journal .  The blog referred to a couple of Deepak Chopra’s books as “New Age [...]

  10. Sharon says:

    " inner peace and happiness—which is the only way I’ve ever known any old timers to look young (thinking of you, Robert Spellman and Joan Anderson)."

    Haven't seen those two in a long long time but I bet they are still beautiful!

  11. [...] Sorry, you can’t: I get a ton of emails from PR agents about books or moisturizers or exercises that will help you and I to “reverse aging!” “Say young forever!” “erase wrinkles!” “Grow your hair back!” I’m all for fear of death in everyday life, helps dull the exquisite miracle that is daily life, but lemme remind you and I of something: even if you’re young, death is but a moment away. Life is uncertain. Carpe Diem. For more. [...]

  12. [...] café accessory: Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle or, cunningest of all, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism book with unbent [...]

  13. [...] She lives in a Freemason Nursing Home back in Australia which depresses the bejesus out of me, but she loves it. Anyway, one of the things my nan always said up until recently is that she stills feel the same inside. She has a bit of a hump, her feet are swollen to the size of big planks and she has more wrinkles than I have hair, but on the inside she is the same woman. That true self is ageless. [...]

  14. Catherine says:

    I agree with the other commenters that have also read the book. Plus, doing things that keep you young physically and mentally will mean that your "elder years" will be easier! I have read (although I can't remember where), for instance, that the time you spend exercising does not add that many more years to your life–you have spent some of that time exercising, after all–but the QUALITY of life you will have makes it worthwhile. And, turning 59 today, I have not been a diehard health fanatic by any means but I have made efforts to stave off some of aging's effects. As a result, I do not wear glasses or contacts, my hearing (recently checked) is excellent, I have very few wrinkles and no arthritis, osteoporosis, or any other physically limiting issues. I just finished walking two miles up and down the hills of my mountain home and I regularly do Pilates and Yoga (I can lift my two year old granddaughter from the floor into my lap even while sitting on a bar stool). Some of the things you can do ABSOLUTELY DO work and make life easier over all. Why should I do nothing until I have to "practice" loving my older self? Besides, I think that most of the issues the author is telling us we should accept have largely to do with poor lifestyles: unnecessary stress, eating poorly and general neglect of our mental, physical and spiritual health. The author doesn't want to make the effort and so wants to dissuade anyone else. That attitude of "what's the use?" IS part of the problem!

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