After his realization, Chopra became a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine. He has written 50 books, several of which have become bestsellers, spreading his message to 15 million people.
Chopra's arguments have been met with some skepticism. Some experts in the medical and scientific communities take issue of his blending of science and spirituality.
"What he does bothers a lot of scientists, including me," said Michael Shermer, executive director of the Skeptics Society. "It isn't his summary of recent scientific findings that is the problem. It is in the extrapolation from recent data and tentative conclusions that scientists cautiously draw from those data where Deepak goes too far."
During the week ABC News trails Chopra, he meets with a mentalist who can bend forks and a physicist who predicts imminent time travel and invisibility. Chopra also argues that one can reverse the aging process.
"I'm going to be 63 in less than a few weeks," Chopra says. "Biologically I think I have the capacity of a 35-year-old."
Chopra knows his logic draws its share of skeptics, but that doesn't seem to bother him.
"They don't understand what I'm talking about and probably won't. Paradigm shifts happen one funeral at a time. We have to wait for those guys to leave," Chopra says.
While some scientists don't like Chopra, plenty of celebrities love him. He has had close relationships with people like Michael Jackson, Hugh Jackman, Madonna, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and comedian Mike Meyers, who parodied him in the 2008 comedy "The Love Guru."
Chopra made clear that while he values those friendships, he doesn't let it go to his head.
"I've never sought any friendship with these people," he says. "I think they have so much power and so much influence that if you could harness the collective intent and collective creativity you could address all the problems in the world."
If anything, Chopra says his celebrity pals help him draw attention to important causes, and he describes them as powerful allies. Although he says he appreciates the value of having friends in high places, Chopra's family keeps him grounded.
"In my case, my kids and wife make sure that my ego's in check because they don't take me seriously," he says.
While some consider Chopra a man of contradiction and controversy, to some, he's something else -- thought-provoking.
In one e-mail message Chopra writes, "Remember infinity is around you all the time."
"If this universe is infinite then wherever you are, you are the center of the universe right?" he says. "I think just to have the notion that every side that I look at is infinity sparks a sense of wondrousness inside me that makes life so magical that I cannot be offended by or bogged by triviality anymore."