Deepak Chopra may have the power to move millions of people to go out and buy his New Age books, but who knew that Oprah’s favorite guru had the power, literally, to move millions of people.
Yet, he claimed on Twitter that he caused the earthquake near the California-Mexico border earlier this month, which killed two people and caused a reported $100 million in damage in California alone. Maybe the cash-strapped state should send him a bill.
“Had a powerful meditation just now — caused an earthquake in Southern California,” he tweeted to his followers after the 7.2-magnitude temblor on April 4. “Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake. Sorry about that.”
We assume the transcendental meditation pioneer was just joking, but — considering the level of damage and the fact that two people died — it was in poor taste. Otherwise, a heavy dose of humility might be in order for the author.
Priests count, too
You’ve probably seen the advertisements for the census: “Stand up and be counted!” Unless you’re a Catholic priest living at a parish rectory, OSV Daily Takes blogger Mary DeTurris Poust pointed out recently.
According to an email that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent out to dioceses around the country, U.S. government computers don’t send census forms to “businesses,” and the Census Bureau lists all churches as businesses. So, priests living at church addresses do not receive forms. The conference recommends that priests specifically request census forms, or miss out on being included in the population count.
To request forms, call 800-563-6499, ext. 9650.