Can only reach into the mud , pulling up a lotus flower holding it silently before you, its roots dripping mud and water.....and copy and paste and highlight the Shapiros text from Huffpost: "Many years ago, we were teaching a meditation weekend in Plymouth, England. On the Saturday after the program was over for the day, Carole, one of the attendees, told us she had just been with Deepak Chopra, that he had walked out of the Body Mind Spirit Festival in London, renounced the world, and was at the local Heart and Soul Center healing people for free. We were amazed and intrigued as she added he was much thinner than in the photo of him that we had in our book The Way Ahead. A mutual friend, John Harricharan, had previously introduced us to Deepak in New York City, who was already a well-known teacher. So when we went to the Heart and Soul Center the next evening we were surprised to find an Indian man with the same name but obviously not the same Deepak.
Later, we found out that the "imposter Deepak" had been abusing the women he was teaching (the real Deepak later thanked us for exposing the con man). But in the meantime, we witnessed the amazing power of faith. Those who were convinced the pretender was the real Deepak went through cathartic healings, transformations, and great joy... until he was exposed as a fraud, when suddenly these same students reversed to the distress they had had before. The power of faith was palpable. Buddha means awaken -- awaken to one's true nature, to the essence of reality, to radiant emptiness. It does not mean god, deity, or celebrity. Deepak Chopra is a respected modern-day teacher, regarded by some as a celebrity and even god-like. As such, he has a narrow path to walk so that he doesn't invoke the blind adoration we witnessed in Plymouth. We remember seeing a movie where the lead character shouted: "I want to be Deepak Chopra." Why would someone feel that way? Could it be because Deepak is loved and wise, or that he embodies the real meaning of life?"