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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deepak Chopra Narrator: Deepak Chopra Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780739319970
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Deepak Chopra’s passionate new book, Peace Is the Way, was inspired by a saying from Mahatma Gandhi: “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” In a world where every path to peace has proved futile, the one strategy that hasn’t been tried is the way of peace itself. “We must not bring one war to an end, or thirty,” Chopra tells us, “but the idea of war itself.”

How can this be done?

By facing the truth that war is satisfying, and then substituting new satisfactions so that violence is no longer appealing. “War has become a habit. We reach for it the way a chain smoker reaches for a cigarette, promising to quit but somehow never kicking the habit.” But Chopra tells us that peace has its own power, and our task now is to direct that power and multiply it one person at a time.

Behind the numbing headlines of violence running out of control there are unmistakable signs of a change—Chopra believes that a majority of people are ready to see an end to war. “Right now 23 million soldiers serve in armies around the world. Can’t we find ten times that number who will dedicate themselves to peace? A hundred times?”

Peace Is the Way challenges each of us to take the next leap in personal evolution. “You aren’t asked to be a saint, or to give up any belief. You are only asked to stop reacting out of fear, to change your allegiance from violence to peace.” In a practical seven-step program, Chopra shows the reader how to become a true peacemaker. “Violence may be innate in human nature, but so is its opposite: love. The next stage of humanity, the leap which we are poised to take, will be guided by the force of that love.” This is more than a hope or an aspiration. It is a new way of being in the world, giving each individual the power to end war in our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Thinking about peace is already a powerful means to contribute to peace. I recommend this book to all those who want to create peace. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, President, Egyptian Commission for Human Rights, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Deepak Chopra brings the idea of peace and the power it has over conflict, hatred, and despair into focus. He offers a clear pathway to make this world a better place for us all. Deepak often says what you think about and bring into consciousness expands. He invites us all to bring the vision of peace to the forefront of our individual and collective consciousness, where our thoughts will manifest into reality. Oh what a wonderful world this could be. Muhammad Ali, U.N. Ambassador of Peace

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teressa | 12/29/2013

    " Should be priority reading for all of humanity. If we could all wrap our minds around these concepts, what a wonderful world this would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 12/23/2013

    " Another book I didn't care for too much until the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gadeer Al-Shathry | 11/30/2013

    " This book is the source for every peace seeker who wants to develop the awareness around the world. It includes a peace program with simple daily plans that can be shared with family, friends and every peace seeker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madiha | 11/21/2013

    " It was a good reiteration of principles I know already. I was looking for more. I love this philosophy though. Good read for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 11/21/2013

    " Excellent book on Peace, without being religious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lon | 10/14/2013

    " Somewhat predictable case for why we can and should move beyond our baser instincts for war and retribution. I found myself saying "Amen to that, Amen to that, Amen to that," when what I really wanted was something provocative that would force me to think of this in new ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nayana | 2/13/2013

    " great book, a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 2/3/2013

    " This is another mind-opening book by Chopra "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/20/2012

    " Must read! The way of peace must start from us... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 9/4/2012

    " listening to this one in the car... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory Gimmestad | 7/13/2012

    " I hear Chopra is fairly direct but I'll let you all know. I've started this book once before and got sidetracked but frmo what I remember it was intense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kani | 1/27/2012

    " wow. simple and to the point. an excellent reminder that "peace begins with me" and some gentle ways to blossom into the flower of that vision. blessed be. om shanti om "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 1/10/2012

    " good title borrowed from gandhi, well thought out, mediocre application. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ldamartin | 9/23/2011

    " Everyone on the planet should read this book at least once. I've read it three times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitzi | 4/22/2011

    " An interesting look at consciousness from all angles, including if/how it survives after the death of the physical body. I haven't read a lot of Chopra's work, but I might have to read a bit more now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 3/10/2011

    " This is a very interesting book. Think I will have to read a few more times with my "western mind" to grasp the concepts.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 3/4/2011

    " Took away all my fears of the afterlife and was the first book on my path of awakening. Very dear to my heart. This brings in all of Deepak's philosophies but from the angle of the afterlife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/13/2010

    " I almost stopped reading it half way through, but the second half was better than the first, so I'm glad I kept going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/6/2010

    " Very good book. I like reading his books, because they are so readable. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 treehugger | 11/29/2010

    " read about half- couldn't get into it, and the LONG mythical story of the Indian woman and her husband avoiding death was lost on me during my commute - eh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/31/2010

    " I loved this book! The metaphore he uses was weaved throughout and it really added context. Also, the data he weaves throughout adds a scientific bent to his theories. I will read/listen to this one again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abe | 5/2/2010

    " Another great book by Deepak Chopra.
    The book helped me. It provides a look into the hereafter in a logical manner. Death is not to be feared. Our energy (soul) lives on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thing Thing | 2/20/2010

    " Its not really what I expected it to be, its not what the title suggested it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miron | 1/9/2010

    " As someone who isn't very religious or spiritual, I thought this was a compelling book. Life After Death explores Hindu spirituality and concepts such as planes of existence. Chopra's belief that death is just being a stopping point on an endless soul journey is comforting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregg | 12/13/2009

    " Another great read for someone who wishes to know the mysteries of life after death. A fascinating journey that will take you to beyond yourself, your life and into the universe and back again. "

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About the Author
Author Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and is acknowledged as one of the master teachers of Eastern philosophy in the Western world. He has written over sixty books and has been a bestselling author for decades, with more than a dozen titles on the New York Times bestseller lists, including Buddha and Jesus.