Fire in the Heart
A Spiritual Guide for Teens
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"You are old enough to learn about things," he says mysteriously. "And who is going to teach you but me?"
The old man gives the boy four days of "soul training," a time of riddles, tricks, parables, and fantastic twists that bring out surprising answers to each of four burning questions about spirituality:
Do I have a soul?
How do wishes come true?
What is the supreme force in the universe?
How can I change the world?
The boy was Deepak Chopra, who grew up to become an acclaimed writer and teacher about the same invisible things that the old man had taught him. Fire in the Heart is Dr. Chopra's first book for young adults. Its aim is to pass on this soul training to young readers.
"The old man with the white beard showed me the spiritual side of life," writes the author, "where real passion and excitement come from. So before you begin, take a deep breath. This story could turn out to be yours."
"[Spirit is] everywhere, making sure that everything is connected. The light from a star billions of light years away is the same light that makes plants grow here on earth. The plants give food; the food has allowed you to develop in your mother's womb; and today you look at that star with the eyes that the stars gave you. There's the cosmic connection."
-- from Fire in the Heart
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Fire in the Heart
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- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers |
- 208 pages |
- ISBN 9780689862168 |
- May 2004 |
- Grades 7 and up
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Chapter One: Day One
Do I Have a Soul?
When I was fifteen, my school was on a green hillside overlooking a valley even more green and lush. That part you already know. Every day I saw this beautiful view, except when the valley filled with billowing mist. On those mornings I walked to school with wisps of white curling around me, like walking through clouds. It was on just such a day, as I was making my way down the road, that a stranger's voice called out.
"Come," it said. "I've been waiting."
The voice seemed to come from another world. I imagine you've walked...
Chapter Introduction: Before You Begin...
A boy of fifteen is standing on a high green hill overlooking a valley. The valley is even more green and lush. It rolls away in wave after wave until the boy thinks it must never end.
"Do you see?" a voice says.
The boy turns, and next to him an old man is standing. The old man has a long white beard, and there is a gleam in his eye.
"Yes, I see," the boy says, but his heart is beating so fast he can hardly express himself.
"I want you to tell me what you see. I have to be sure you learned your lessons well," the old man...
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