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Opening Arguments

Don't try this at home

Deepak Chopra has made millions and millions giving navel-gazing Americans an excuse to sit around with their eyes closed and doing nothing. But I guess we should be careful about making fun of him:

The U.S. Geological Survey is blaming day-to-day seismological changes for Sunday's 7.2 earthquake along the U.S.-Mexico border. But Deepak Chopra, the famed alternative-medicine practitioner and transcendental meditation guru, is pretty sure he knows what really happened.

"Had a powerful meditation just now -- caused an earthquake in Southern California," Chopra wrote to his nearly 179,000 Twitter followers shortly after the quake.

And then, to clarify: "Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake," he tweeted. "Sorry about that."

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According to Chopra, at the crux of the meditation practice is "the field of possibilities, creativity, correlation ... where intention actualizes its own fulfillment."

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An hour after Chopra's Twitter confession, he vowed to one Twitter user, @WhiteMoon7, "Won't do it again -- promise."

Man, that's some powerful meditatin', and I wonder how much of it is going on. My TV set turns itself off about once an evening, and I always supposed it was somebody in the neighborhood using a garage door opener or some other device that was messing with my reception. But what if I have a novice meditator on my block, sending out all those emanations do wreak mantra havoc? Who knows how many amateurs there are right now trying to get their intentions to actualize their own fulfillment, leaking Shiva all over the place?


tim zank
Wed, 04/07/2010 - 8:30am

This ought to really help "shore up" his credibility, eh?