Deepak Chopra files lawsuit over ‘The Consciousness Project’

October 25, 2013

Demands money back from a former business partner.

By Deepak Chitnis


Deepak Chopra [Courtesy of Deepak Chopra’s Twitter profile @DeepakChopra]

WASHINGTON, DC: Indian American spiritualist, physician and entrepreneur Deepak Chopra has landed himself in the middle of a legal brouhaha regarding a monetary dispute with a former business partner.

According to legal documents filed in Los Angeles state court, Chopra gave former business partner Jim Walsh $150,000 to be used for the creation of “The Consciousness Project,” a non-profit venture. Chopra allegedly wanted to create it for a study of spirituality and its ties to the human consciousness. Instead, however, Walsh allegedly used that money for his own means, specifically to cover-up some financial shortcomings in one of his other companies.

Additionally, Walsh made an informal commitment of $5 million to The Consciousness Project, a donation which would be co-funded by software company SAP. Instead, that money will most likely not come to fruition, as Walsh is now trying to keep it to himself while Chopra attempts to make Walsh honor his commitment and donate the $5 million to the cause.


Chopra’s demands in the lawsuit are that the $150,000 be returned and that Walsh cease to associate himself publicly with Chopra’s foundation. Chopra is also seeking $75,000 that he allegedly gave to Walsh for the latter’s HESA Institute, of which Chopra was seeking a stake in. The HESA Institute is an organization dedicated to finding cures for mental disorders such as autism via computer-based methods, and partners with several top-tier research institutions to further its pursuits.

Chopra apparently became aware of Walsh’s numerous failed business ventures in the past, which is what alerted the alternative medicine guru to the possibility that Walsh may be acting duplicitously with Chopra. According to the New York Post, these ventures include a chocolate company based in Hawaii and a University of Wisconsin psychology professor named Richard Davidson, who claimed that he was promised over half a million dollars by Walsh to fund a study into Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD), a promise which Walsh never fulfilled.

Chopra has been embroiled in court proceedings before, perhaps most notably in 1992, when the Journal of the American Medical Association went after Chopra for co-authoring an article about Maharishi Vedic Medicine, which JAMA claimed was written because Chopra and his co-writers had financial interests in selling the products promoted in the piece. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Born in New Delhi in 1947, Chopra began his career has a practicing physician and then as a teacher before devoting his life to yoga and other forms of alternative medicine. “A magnet for criticism,” according to a 2008 TIME Magazine article about him, Chopra has written over 75 books, 21 of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

To contact the author, email to

  • elansunstar

    Sad since Deepak Chopra commits so much time and energy and money to projects like this for the common good and for the benefit of a global shift and science based rsearch.

  • Leigh Sharp

    Oh dear, the fraud who’s spent a lifetime ripping off the gullible got fleeced himself? Now that’s karma! Didn’t his all-loving, quantum life-connection, universal empathy of mind (insert as many more pieces of spiritual sounding drivel here as desired) warn him? Bwah hah hah hah!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter


8-year-old Neev Saraf from Maryland raising $25,000 for Nepal earthquake victims

May 1st, 2015

Saraf has raised nearly $18,000 within 4 days.

Scientists discover new way of cooking rice to reduce calories by 50%

March 26th, 2015

How many use coconut oil to cook rice?


Madhuri Dixit, Dr Sriram Nene discuss at Google their life in the US

September 3rd, 2015

My kids tease me for my roles in Hindi…

Undergarments online store in India Zivame gets $40 million funding

September 3rd, 2015

Series C round led by  Zodius Technology Fund, Khazanah…

More women in India keen to explore sex education: sexologist Mahinder Watsa

September 3rd, 2015

At 91, Watsa remains India’s top sexologist.


Facebook’s latest product helps US schools track students’ progress
September 4th, 2015

Personalized Learning Plan, backed by the social media giant,…


In-focus - H4 Visa