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Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment [Paperback]

Deepak Chopra
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Oct. 26 2009

“Deepak Chopra’s story is an inspiring gift for those who truly care and have the courage to seek.”
—Michael Baigent, author of The Jesus Papers

The founder of The Chopra Center and the preeminent teacher of Eastern philosophy to the Western World, Deepak Chopra gives us the story of the man who became Messiah in his phenomenal New York Times bestseller Jesus. The author who illuminated the life of Buddha now offers readers an unparalleled portrait of Jesus Christ, from carpenter’s son to revolutionary leader, that is fresh and inspiring—a remarkable retelling of the greatest story ever told.


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“A gripping tale of one man’s archetypal journey through confusion, doubt, and despair to self-annihilation and the realization of his true identity as the ‘light of the world.’” (Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now)

“Once again, Deepak Chopra combines spirituality with dramatic narrative to breathe new life into a story that we all assumed we knew. This unique and intriguing story inspires as well as educates. Chopra’s JESUS is every bit as compelling as his groundbreaking retelling of BUDDHA.” (Tim Kring, creator of Heroes & Crossing Jordan)

“A la the Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking tale is sure to ignite exciting questions and controversy.” (Jill Gregory, co-author of the international bestseller THE BOOK OF NAMES and the forthcoming thriller THE ILLUMINATION)

“It is such an original and intriguing approach to imagine which Jesus was ‘left out of the bible.’ Chopra’s novel is a fascinating read.” (Petru Popescu, author of the forthcoming GIRL MARY)

“If you think all that could be said about Jesus has already been said, then this book will be an eye opener in the best and truest sense of those words. Do a major favor to your soul and read it.” (Miceal Ledwith, L.Ph., L.D., D.D., LL.D, former member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission and co-author of THE ORB PROJECT)

“Deepak takes on the story of Jesus in a way that is both respectful and common. If as a Christian you are afraid of what is inside these pages, don’t be. It quietly succeeded in restoring my faith in my own faith.” (Kevin Costner)

“In Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment, Deepak Chopra dares us to ponder paradigms imbedded deep within our very DNA and question unquestionable truths. Chopra introduces a breathtaking epistemology that is altogether fresh and divine. His powerful revelation threatens our ability to live our lives in darkness.” (Cheryl Woodcock, Correspondent & Producer, Entertainment Tonight & The Insider)

“We journey with a very human Jesus through a tough and turbulent landscape to discover his greatest message, that of personal transformation and enlightenment. Deepak Chopra’s story is an inspiring gift for those who truly care and have the courage to seek.” (Michael Baigent, author of The Jesus Papers)

As a Jew I was taught to reject Jesus. As a mystic I was drawn to his light. This brave book invites me to approach Jesus anew, with great curiosity and a humble heart, and to love him, in the end, as my Self.” (Raphael Cushnir, author of THE ONE THING HOLDING YOU BACK)

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The New York Times bestselling author captures the untold story of Jesus in this surprising, soul-stirring, and inspiring novel.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Thoughts Dec 15 2010
By jillie
Format:Paperback
This book is an eyeopener. I feel it may be actually giving us more of the true story of Jesus than we realize. There seems to be so much information about how a regular person would live. That is something we never think of when we think of Jesus. I enjoyed it very much and will not soon forget it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected March 5 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is just ok, it is not what I expected, thought it would have more truth on who Jesus was1
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143 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity as a Path to Enlightenment Nov. 4 2008
By L. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In his preface to Jesus, Chopra is very straightforward about his purpose in writing the book, saying "[there is] a Jesus left out of the New Testament - the enlightened Jesus. His absence, in my view, has profoundly crippled the Christian faith, for...making [Jesus] the one and only Son of God leaves the rest of humankind stranded...What if Jesus wanted his followers - and us - to reach the same unity with God that he had reached?"

`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. Ultimately he disappoints them also, as he will not conform to their view of him as King of the Jews. After leaving them, Jesus travels to a mysterious holy man in distant mountains, also the story's narrator, and it is here that the path of Chopra's Jesus most closely resembles that of his Buddha (as told in his novel of Buddha's life.) Both struggle with their concepts of good and evil, and both are tempted by demons with promises of greatness. They both come to understand they must abandon all concepts and personal identity to truly allow God to work through them. As Jesus' mysterious teacher tells him, "Only someone who can see the demons as part of God is free. Good and evil dissolve. The veil drops away, and all you see is divine light - inside, outside, everywhere...Your soul is the world's soul. In your resurrection will be the resurection of the world."

Jesus' awakening is powerfully told, and the new Jesus returns to his homeland as an agent of enlightenment. Encountering Judas and Mary once again, he transmits a grace that literally wipes away their past. Or, as Mary puts it when asked `what has he done to me' by others who receive Jesus' grace, "He killed who you were, so that who you are can be reborn."

Chopra's Jesus is not a perfect book. Scenes change rapidly, and many conversations seem stunted in a way that occasionally left me disoriented. But it conveys a profound message in an accessible and passionate voice. If you are interested in considering a new vision of Christianity, and of all religions, give it a read, and consider reading Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment as well.
63 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing read -- Jesus as you've never seen him before Nov. 7 2008
By G. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think the main purpose of Deepak Chopra's Jesus was to be a teaching novel, if I can use that term. A lot of readers will be happy with that, because Chopra's reputation is primarily as a spiritual teacher. But a lot of readers don't turn to fiction for lessons. They want a good story and an engrossing read. I'd like to reassure them that this book is definitely a good read. It might even be that rare thing, a religious page-turner.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The inner - rather than instituitonal -dimensions of Christianity Dec 4 2008
By Kelly M. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When the world was afire with with his message people came to Jesus , just as they did to Buddah , asking what he was. Not who are you with respect to name , origin or ancestry but what are you ? What order of being do you belong to ? What species do you represent ? Are you a god ? "No" Are you an angel? "No" Are you a saint? "No" . His answer was , in essence "I am awake" . Thats what " The Kingdom of Heaven is within you" means. That's what " I am the Son of God " means .That's what " The "Kingdom of Heaven is spread upon the Earth- men just do not see it" means. And that is what has been forgotten by institutionalized Chrisitanity.This book tries to cut through to that truth. We need as much help as we can get in that regard right now. So yes . Buy the book.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good if you are a Fan of Deepak or a Follower of Jesus Dec 22 2008
By Quantum Optimist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I read the Fictional book about Buddha's life that Deepak wrote it was amazing!! Deepak also had a great explanation at the end of that book that really ties the whole thing together. Do I think that Buddha is better than Jesus? No, not at all, I read this Book (listened) and I didn't get the same feeling from this book that I got from the Book that Deepak wrote about Buddha and his life. I was waiting for the great wisdom that Deepak possesses to come out and wanted to hear the great insightful summery at the end of the book and it never happened (Disappointed). Deepak almost always has a great concluding chapter in all his books. I know this is a fictional book and I feel this book is catering to western thought. I wanted this book to go deeper because I know Deepak has the knowledge of western thought and I wanted him to actually show some insight on Jesus and his great teachings that he taught his followers in the New Testament in the Book of John. This book only scrapes the surface maybe 1 or 2 times.

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! If you are looking for a Great Story that Deepak wrote and are open to learning about Buddha then check out Deepak's Book: Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment. If you are not open to learning about Buddha and reading fiction then check out the Non fiction Book By Echkart Tolle called "the Power of Now". Or if you want a very different, or as she puts it an Uncommon perspective on Jesus, then check out Sylvia Browne's "The Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ" This book will blow your mind =] Maybe in a good way or a bad way, overall it will answer a lot of questions about Jesus and his life.

Happy reading all!

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus from a Vedanta perspective June 19 2009
By Russell Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read a few of Mr. Chopra's books and respect his ability to make the Perennial Philosophy clear and accessible to a wide range of readers. I feared his attempts at fiction, though, would be clumsy and heavy-handed. This was not the case at all. This book tells a compelling story and presents a fairly convincing vision of Jesus through the lens of Chopra's neo-vedanta philosophy. Mainstream Christians will find the book disagreeable, but folks who appreciate, say, A Course in Miracles and the work of Joel Goldsmith will find the book enjoyable and moving. The main text felt, at times, genuinely inspired to me.

I cannot say the same thing for the readers guide at the end, however. The path to enlightenment Chopra tries to lay out owes little to Jesus's teachings or the Christian tradition, it is just another recycled version of his own teachings. He even goes so far to say that "life is supposed to be easy" and that the life of Jesus exemplifies this. Excuse me? His own book portrays a life of constant ordeal and hardship. Those who feel a deep affinity with Jesus will want to avail themselves of the rich contemplative tradition of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. You don't have to swallow the whole dogma to savor the spiritual nourishment found in these traditions. The fine anthology Watch and Pray ed. by Lorraine Kisly is an excellent place to start.

Finally, Mr. Chopra criticizes traditional Christianity by pointing out that "only a few saints" have attained the state of consciousness Jesus obviously wished sll of his disciples to attain. Isn't this the case with Hinduism and Buddhism, as well? The streets of Mother India aren't exactly teeming with enlightened beings! The illusion of the separate self dies hard, despite the fact that all of the primordial traditions offer clear paths to the One. Christians can turn to their own rich traditions of meditation and contemplation, as well as the more active work of charity and self-sacrifice.

After this rather lengthy caveat, I must repeat that the main text is both captivating and inspiring.
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