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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (847 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: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739357118
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Falling in love feels like an accidental occurrence to many people, but in spiritual terms it is not--it is the entrance point to love's journey. Romance has several distinct phases of its own for us to explore--attraction, infatuation, courtship, and intimacy--each partaking of a special spiritual significance.

In the dawning of the next stage, falling in love turns into a committed relationship, usually marriage, and the path changes. Falling in love is over; being in love begins. Spiritually, the word being implies a state of the soul; it is this state that a couple learns to nurture through surrender, the key word in every spiritual relationship. Through surrender, the needs of the ego, which can be extremely selfish and unloving, are transformed into the true need of the spirit, which is always the same--the need to grow. As you grow, you exchange shallow, false feelings for deep, true emotions, and thus compassion, trust, devotion, and service become realities. Such a marriage is sacred; it can never falter because it is based on divine essence. Such a marriage is also innocent, because your only motive is to love and serve the other person. Surrender is the door one must pass through to find passion. Without surrender, passion is centered on a person's craving for pleasure and stimulation.

With surrender, passion is directed toward life itself--in spiritual terms, passion isthe same as letting yourself be swept away on the river of life, which is eternal and neverending in its flow. The final fruit of surrender is ecstasy: when you can let go of all selfish attachments, when you trust that love really is at the core of your nature,you feel complete peace. In this peace there is a seed of sweetness perceived in the very center of the heart, and from this seed, with patience and devotion, you nurture the supreme state of joy known as ecstasy. This, then, is the path to love described in much greater detail in my new book, although it isn't the only path. Some people do not fall in love and enter into relationships with a beloved.

But this does not mean that there is no path for them, only that the path has been internalized. For such people, the Beloved is entirely within themselves from the very outset. It is their soul or their image of God; it is a vision or a calling; it is a solitariness that blossoms into love for the One. In its own way, such a love story is also about relationship, because the final realizations are the same for all of us. To realize "I am love" is not reserved only for those who marry. It is a universal realization, cherished in every spiritual tradition. Or to put it most simply, all relationships are ultimately a relationship with God.


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Belle | 2/20/2014

    " I'm really enjoying reading Deepak Chopra books. Luckily, there are many to read, which is a very good thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/17/2014

    " Great spritual book. Good life lessons taught. If all man were to understand the true path of love, this world will have less selfish arsehole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 2/9/2014

    " Turn to this book when your relationships have hit a high, and especially when they've hit a low... brilliant and inspiring with necessary workshops to reclaim your true Self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yaron | 2/9/2014

    " I remember reading this book and doing the exercises at a time when I really needed support with self-love. This book helped a lot. Deepak Chopra has a gentle way of showing the potential to love yourself and others that lies within each and every one of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby Eubank | 2/7/2014

    " This book is definitely one of my most favorite books and is one I re-read periodically as I go deeper into my spiritual journey. It defines for me the ideal spiritual relationship, one based upon unconditional love and seeing the Spirit within as the foundation for true intimacy. I read this to understand how to deepen relationships, understand the relationships I had created in the past and was currently experiencing, with a deep calling to establish truly loving relationships. Beautifully Deepak writes this book in a way that makes "The Path To Love" one that is truly internal and just as much about the relationship you have with yourself as others....and they are really one in the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petra | 2/7/2014

    " Deepak Chopra is amazing teacher! So far I read half of the book. Challenging and very deep stuff. It's about discovering yourself, finding love in yourself, finding the Self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heatherherwig | 1/21/2014

    " Isn't he fabulous? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shreya | 1/18/2014

    " um. i know. deepak chopra?! really? but. i like it. surprised that i do. reminds me how complicated and yet so simple everything is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 1/12/2014

    " in my spare time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chira | 12/5/2013

    " This is such a great book that I read it five times. It teaches you how to love yourself first and how to love the significant people in your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 11/19/2013

    " I have to read this book again. and again. All is love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 11/7/2013

    " I am reading this book now and I absolutely LOVE it - I can't wait to read other books by Deepak Chopra. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adlowe | 10/31/2013

    " life is love and love is life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayla | 5/24/2013

    " Beautiful book, and I absolutely loved it when I read it in 1997. Now it is 2013, and guess what, I am sick of Deepak Chopra. If you have never read a Deepak Chopra book, then you will love it. But you will see that after 16 years, Deepak and I have grown distant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gita | 3/31/2013

    " Love this book.. still learning from it. The value of surrender is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Clinton | 2/24/2013

    " Well written. I love all of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 3/4/2012

    " Iliked this book. It is full of reminders about where love comes from, within youself. I guess I needed to be reminded. I found the heart chakra meditation to be very powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/25/2012

    " Approached this book with a lot of reserve, but at the end of the day found it very interesting for helping to think clearly what we want out of relationships and what should be their basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/10/2011

    " Reminders of how to live well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deivid Valdez | 11/29/2011

    " Great audiobook read by Deepak Chopra himself... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 11/12/2011

    " This is a great book. Some sections are a little slow to read, but overall I would recommend to spiritual and philosophical minds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myranda | 9/28/2011

    " Excellent!! Inspiring!!! I want to read it again!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne Kazda | 9/24/2011

    " This book helped me during cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Flowers | 8/15/2011

    " First time a read it was in 1998. It totally changed my understanding of what love was. An important book towards my growth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 6/9/2011

    " Redefines the meaning and importance of luv in the true sense of the term........ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yaron | 4/23/2011

    " I remember reading this book and doing the exercises at a time when I really needed support with self-love. This book helped a lot. Deepak Chopra has a gentle way of showing the potential to love yourself and others that lies within each and every one of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 12/7/2010

    " This is a great book. Some sections are a little slow to read, but overall I would recommend to spiritual and philosophical minds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 9/29/2010

    " Great spritual book. Good life lessons taught. If all man were to understand the true path of love, this world will have less selfish arsehole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 6/10/2010

    " Very good book. I found myself reflecting on my own life as I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanta | 6/3/2010

    " One word...amazing. I have long been a fan of Deepak Chopra. I appreciate this book's ability to expand my thinking about love and relationships--especially as it relates to developing a relationship with the most important person of all--the self!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adlowe | 1/15/2010

    " life is love and love is life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/17/2009

    " This book helped me during cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fernando | 10/13/2009

    " Great book full of insight, a must read for spiritual growth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/30/2009

    " Probably more appropriate for married couples, but interesting none the less! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chira | 8/3/2009

    " This is such a great book that I read it five times. It teaches you how to love yourself first and how to love the significant people in your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 6/23/2009

    " my sis in law gave me this. i <3 her more each time i see her :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Belle | 3/16/2009

    " I'm really enjoying reading Deepak Chopra books. Luckily, there are many to read, which is a very good thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gita | 11/25/2008

    " Love this book.. still learning from it. The value of surrender is amazing. "

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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.