Dr. Deepak Chopra, a Western trained physician and Vedic teacher grew up in India and often experienced darshan when his uncle would take him to visit various gurus and teachers. Dr. Chopra says his uncle’s “real purpose” for visiting sages “was to soak up the person’s energy. As a ten year old boy, Dr. Chopra also experienced spiritual energy of evolved persons describing the effect these ways:
- some sages made him feel “buoyant and carefree”;
- others made his mind become quiet, still, peaceful;
- sometimes the darshan felt highly feminine “as if my mother were smiling at me” in spite of the fact the sage was a man.