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Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment (Enlightenment Series) Paperback – November 3, 2009
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Founder of The Chopra Foundation
Founder of YouTube/TheChopraWell
Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
Senior Scientist, The Gallup Organization
As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.
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`Crippled' is a strong word, and this book will undoubtedly anger some. Yet Chopra's Jesus maintains the divinity at the heart of mainstream Christianity - he is not just some average Joe who happens upon God. Nor is he simply a spiritual teacher or `guru', as other Eastern teachers have characterized him. The novel mostly covers the 'lost years' of Jesus' life left out of the Bible - the years in which he transforms from a serious and insightful young man into the son of God - and throughout that period he is surrounded by signs of his future divinity.
Chopra's Jesus himself is not comfortable with these signs, but they draw others to him. The early part of Jesus' spiritual journey is dominated by his relationships with Mary Magdelene and Judas - both of whom of course feature prominently in the later part of his life, as told in the New Testament. Chopra's earlier versions of these figures each have delusions about Jesus, and want to possess him for their own purposes. It is through them that he comes to understand the human condition, and the forces - both external and internal - that prevent many from pursuing a deeper relationship with God.
After leaving Mary and Judas, Jesus studies with the Essenes, a mystic Jewish religious community now believed by many to have authored the Dead Sea Scrolls.Read more ›
I don't think Chopra would be happy with the tag "religious," however, since his ambition is to portray Jesus as someone who belongs to the world, not simply to Christianity. for that purpose, he takes the young Jesus to a far-off mountain setting somewhere in the East, where he meets an enlightened master. Here Chopra is tapping into the lore that has Jesus going to the Himalayas, although he never explicitly mentions if this nameless master is Buddhist or Hindu -- no religious affiliation is given at all. Orthodox Christians may rebel at that, but there's a long tradition of sending Jesus to other countries during his missing years. Albert Schweitzer, among others, speculated that Jesus learned from other traditions, and many Biblical scholars (not the fundamentalist stripe, of course) find many links between Jesus's teachings and the Buddha's.
If those things intrigue you, then this book will prove fascinating. But even if you come to it fresh, the tale holds lots of surprises. Having young Jesus be friends with Mary Magdalene and Judas, for example, throws a new perspective on how those characters fit into the New Testament. There have been many there attempts to write a prequel to the four gospels, but I think Chopra's is one of the most successful, thanks to his deep knowledge of consciousness and his growing ability to tell a riveting story.
I read the Power of Now by Echkart Tolle and I feel that there was more insightful information in that book about Jesus's message to the world and it was amazing how Jesus made the teachings simple and easy to understand or maybe is was Echkarts Interpretation that was truly wonderful. I know Deepak has read "the Power of Now", Deepak wrote a review on the Back of the "The Power of Now" telling how great it is. This story about Jesus is not a great story and at times I think it sells Jesus short and Jesus doesn't get the credit he deserves. Deepak does a great job on making you Hate Judas in this story. At times it was distracting because Judas was so annoying!Read more ›
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Seems it was less Deepak's writing than a ghost writer's, and the writing skill was not good. Did not feel truthful in any real way. Not much inspirational here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul C. Quistgard
The time of mystery in Jesus's life just before His public ministry is postulated and explored. Familiar characters appear. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Puleo
Intriguing slant on the backstory, time period, culture, etc. Insight without being blinded by the subject. Very, very interesting take.Published 4 months ago by Patricia Troyer
I found this interesting and different. Jesus is humanized in this story, which many people will have a problem with. I, however did not.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great premise overall, hard to follow/keep attention through some parts of audio book.Published 7 months ago by Yoli Worth
I did not like the format and I am a big Deepak Chopra fan, most of the time...Published 9 months ago by John Door