Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment [NOOK Book]

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The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha captures the extraordinary life of Jesus in this surprising, soul-stirring, and page-turning novel. Uncovering the transformational "lost years" that are not recounted in the New Testament, Deepak Chopra has imagined Jesus's path to enlightenment moving from obscurity to revolutionary, from doubt to miracles, and then beyond as the role of the long-awaited Messiah. As a teenager, Jesus has premonitions of his destiny, and by the end, as he arrives to be baptized in ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha captures the extraordinary life of Jesus in this surprising, soul-stirring, and page-turning novel. Uncovering the transformational "lost years" that are not recounted in the New Testament, Deepak Chopra has imagined Jesus's path to enlightenment moving from obscurity to revolutionary, from doubt to miracles, and then beyond as the role of the long-awaited Messiah. As a teenager, Jesus has premonitions of his destiny, and by the end, as he arrives to be baptized in the River Jordan, he has accepted his fate, which combines extremes of light and darkness.

With his characteristic ability for imparting profound spiritual insights through the power of storytelling, Deepak Chopra's Jesus portrays the life of Christ as never before, ultimately leading us closer to understanding the nature of God and the soul. As the author shares, "I don't want the Jesus in this book to be worshiped, much less to push him forward as definitive. The events of the tale are pure fiction. But at a deeper level, the Jesus in this book feels real because we've gotten a glimpse into his mind. One flash of insight answers many prayers."

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"I don't want the Jesus in this book to be worshipped," writes Deepak Chopra in Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment. "The events of the tale are pure fiction." That said, the Jesus of Nazareth revealed in this fresh exploration can perhaps illuminate spiritual lessons that might be lost in more literal Gospel readings. As always, Chopra approaches his subject with a sense of gravity and a bounty of grace. Ecumenical; enlightening and compassionate.
Publishers Weekly

Chopra's new novel expands on the themes advanced in his recent nonfiction title The Third Jesus. The narrative focuses on the mysterious span of time in Christ's life between the ages of 12 and 30. Chopra portrays the young adult Jesus as a malleable figure at the center of a host of pivotal political, cultural and religious shifts. The threads of his spiritual leadership become evident during these formative years, but Christ must devote himself to growing in enlightenment about the full nature of his identity and message. Not surprisingly, Chopra casts the sources of this revelation to include both Western and Eastern perspectives. Chopra's narration may not always maintain a natural flow of dialogue among characters, but the ethereal power of his voice and the evocative manner in which he sets the stage remain effective. Perhaps the most compelling elements of the story line involve Judas and Mary Magdalene, two of New Testament history's most complicated and controversial figures. A HarperOne hardcover. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

New York Times best-selling author Chopra (The Third Jesus), M.D., a prominent adherent of Eastern philosophy, here reads his fictionalized biography of Jesus. But because English is not Chopra's first language, and owing to his rather unemotional delivery, this audio is less successful than it might have been with another narrator. For large public libraries only. [Audio clip available through www.bbcaudiobooksamerica.com; the HarperOne hc was recommended "for all public libraries," LJ11/1/08.-Ed.]
—Nancy Reed

Eckhart Tolle
“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.’”
Tim Kring
“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.”
Jill Gregory
“A la the Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking tale is sure to ignite exciting questions and controversy.”
Petru Popescu
“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.”
Miceal Ledwith
“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.”
Kevin Costner
“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.”
Cheryl Woodcock
“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.”
Michael Baigent
“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.”
Raphael Cushnir
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061980404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 173,871
  • File size: 352 KB

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty-five books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction categories.

Biography

The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine.

Chopra's bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopra's holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%.

Chopra's interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life.

While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success).

Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: "We're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, it's the other way around: we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."

Good To Know

In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chopra's father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices.

Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as "playful" and "carefree."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Deepak Chopra M.D.
    2. Hometown:
      La Jolla, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Delhi, India
    1. Education:
      All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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Jesus

Chapter One

The Stranger in the Snow

"A horse!" the temple lad cried as he ran in panting for breath. "Quick, come and see."

"Why?" I asked without looking up. I was in the middle of writing, which I did every morning. My scribbles never reached anyone outside this dim, falling-down hut, but that's of no matter.

"Because he's huge. Hurry, or somebody might steal him."

"Before you do, you mean?"

The boy was so excited that he kept sloshing his bucket of hot water on the floor. He was permitted to barge into the hut to fill my bath just after dawn.

I frowned at him. "What about detachment?"

"What?" he asked.

"I thought the priest was teaching you not to get so excited."

"That was before the horse."

If you were born high in these mountains, a stray horse is an event. Where would this one be from? The Western empire probably, where huge black stallions are bred. The locals knew animals by the compass. Elephants come from the south, where the jungle begins, and camels from the eastern desert. In all my travels, I had seen only one of these gray monsters, who are like walking walls.

From the north, over the passes, came small, furry ponies, and these were very common...traders used ponies to reach the villages with their goods: hemp, silk, incense, salt, dried meat, and flour. The bare necessities plus the silk to adorn a bride in joy or wrap a corpse in sorrow.

I set the ink-laden brush back on its stand and rubbed the black from my fingers. "You'd better put that bucket down before you drown us both," I said. "Then fetch my cloak."

Outside, a storm had swooped down off thehigh peaks overnight, batting at the stretched animal skins over my windows and leaving another foot of fresh snow. I emerged from the hut and looked around.

More than a horse is here, I thought.

The temple lad couldn't stand to wait for me and rushed down the trail.

"Find the stranger," I shouted.

The boy whirled around. I was calling with the wind, and at these altitudes my voice could be heard at a long distance.

"What stranger?" the boy called back.

"The one who fell off the horse. Search for him. Search hard, and don't dawdle."

The temple lad hesitated. He much preferred gawking at a fine huge horse, but finding a body in the snow had its own appeal. He nodded and turned the corner out of sight. The boulders on either side of the trail were large enough for a grown man to disappear into, much less a scrawny boy.

I proceeded slowly after him, but not because of age. I don't know how old I am. The matter lost its interest long ago. But I can still move without creaking.

I had foreseen the mysterious stranger two days earlier, but not the overnight storm. The snow wouldn't kill him, but the blast of frigid air that howled off the peaks most likely would. Nobody from the world below anticipates that kind of cold. I've helped the villagers rescue the stranded travelers who were fortunate. Only their noses and toes were blackened. They were numb at first after being dragged to shelter, but started screaming with pain as soon as the rescuers warmed them up.

Everyone in my valley has enormous respect for the high peaks and their dangers. But they also revere the mountains, which remind them of how close Heaven is. I don't need the comfort of Heaven.

The villagers didn't call on me for rescue work anymore. It disturbed them that an old ascetic who looked like a crooked teak carving could trek in his bare feet when theirs were bound in layers of goatskin and rags. Huddling on long winter nights, they discussed this, and they decided that I had made a pact with a demon. Since there were thousands of local demons, a few could be spared to look after my feet.

I walked down the trail until I heard a faint distant sound in the wind, more like a rodent squeak than a boy's voice. But I understood its meaning. I veered left where the sound came from and hurried my steps. I had a personal interest in finding the stranger alive.

What I found when I came over the next ridge was a mound in the snow. The temple lad was staring at the mound, which didn't move.

"I waited for you before kicking it," he said. His face held that mixture of dread and relish that comes over -people when they think they've discovered a corpse.

"Listen to me. Don't wish him dead. It doesn't help," I warned.

Instead of kicking at the mound, the lad knelt and began to sweep it furiously with his hands. The stranger had managed to bury himself under a foot-thick layer of snow, but that wasn't as surprising as something else. When I finally saw his outlined body, the man was crouched on his knees with clasped hands folded under his chin. The boy had never seen anyone in that posture before.

"Did he seize up like that?" he asked.

I didn't reply. As I gazed at the body, it impressed me that someone could remain praying to the point of death. The position also told me that this was a Jew, because as you travel east, holy men sit cross-legged when they pray; they don't kneel.

I told the boy to run down to the village for a sledge, and he obeyed without question. In truth the two of us could have carried the body out on our own. But I needed to be alone. As soon as the temple lad had disappeared, I brought my mouth close to the stranger's ear, which was still bright pink although covered with frost.

"Stir yourself," I whispered. "I know who you are."

For a moment nothing happened. To all appearances the stranger remained frozen, but I didn't embrace him to give him warmth from my own body. If this was the visitor I was expecting, it wasn't necessary. But I granted one small concession. I called the stranger by name.

Jesus. Copyright © by Deepak Chopra. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents


Pt. 1 Seeker
1 The Stranger in the Snow 3
2 The Two Judases 13
3 God on the Roof 31
4 The First Miracle 41
5 The Holy Woman 57
6 Wilderness and Worship 75 Pt. 2 Miracle Worker
7 Catch and Release 91
8 The Fourth Man 107
9 Second Birth 123
10 Captive 139
11 The First and Last 155 Pt. 3 Messiah
12 Pure in Spirit 179
13 Traveler 193
14 The Wager 211
15 Light of the World 227 Epilogue 247 Reader's Guide: Jesus and the Path to Enlightenment 251
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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Just Horrible

    Even though this is just a fiction, it is still a terrible way of writing, talking and thinking about Jesus and Mary Magdalane, very much disrespecting of the Christian faiths Son of God. I was insulted as a woman and a Christian. Deepak acts like a teenage boy and involves sex and lust in this book, a book he named Jesus. Just horrible. He should read the Bible first before he writes about its people. Just horrible.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    can't recommend

    If you are looking for Jesus, you won't find Him here.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Couldn't finish it

    It's such a ludicrous theory that I haven't had the patience yet to finish it. I'll probably do it, but wow. Jesus teaming up with Judas as part of a terrorist group...ugh. It's intriguing and certainly original, but I expected some soul-stirring stuff by now...

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Chopra's Jesus sadly disappointing

    I have been a fan of Deepak from his earliest work. I am not a Christian so the accuracy of the story is of no interest to me. I simply found the story to be mostly boring and very un-inspired compared to his earlier works. This is the only book he has written that I would rather have not spent my time reading. His other works would be more useful and entertaining to most readers.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Kingdom of God

    I just watched the good morning america interview with Deepak Chopra on this book titled, Jesus. He stated that Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within and that people that look within will find what Jesus was speaking of. Anyone who is familiar with the real Jesus of the Bible will see that Jesus is talking of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor or Helper. It sounds silly to manipulate the words of Jesus this way.<BR/>Jesus was a masterful teacher with advice and insight into everyday living. His advice ranges from business to personal relationships to inner peace that comes though following Him. His advice is sound, if you are going to write a book on Jesus then write about what he acctually says because it's amazing and reliable. The fullfilment of Jesus' words in a life would be a life lived to the full.<BR/>It's a fool that sits in front of a camera in sparkly glasses and every word out of his mouth, about Jesus, is a lie or a gross manipulation. Mr. Chopra did you even read the Gospels when writing this book or did you just google the scriptures and then read your own agenda into it?<BR/>Don't waste your time with this book, read the red letters and follow Chirst and it will change your life forever.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Blasphemous garbage with no understanding through Divine revelation

    This is Christianity through the lens of religious New Age! What perspective could be more diabolically far from the Truth? Jesus is real, He absolutely loves and created Depak, but not for this; he has no authority nor a spirit of wisdom or revelation from the LORD; instead he thinks he is the lord. No way, man.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Chopra may be a master in many areas but novel writing is not one of those

    I didn't like this book at all. I got this as a present and tought I would love it, as I have enjoyed a lot of Chopra's books.
    The first surprise for me was that this book is a novel. From the title I was expecting fundamented research or at least an interpretation of Jesus and his time. For a novel it is very bad written.
    So next time I get a Chopra book I will look first... if it's a novel I'll never read it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2008

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    Should you buy it?

    If you can read the first chapter (barely eight pages) and not be completely enthralled, quickly put it back on the shelf and choose something else. Daring, compelling, and full of unexpected twists and turns. Fiction? I can't be sure...

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    I enjoyed it and I actually read it.

    Deepak Chopra brings the reader into the internal life of Jesus, giving us an opportunity to use his journey to enlightenment to map onto our experiences and spiritual growth. Deepak is not trying to explain the New Testament, he's trying to help us live it.<BR/>George Brown

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Engrossing Reading

    I really enjoyed this book. It takes a closer look at the idea of Mary Magdalene being the wife of Jesus after the idea popped up in The Davinci Code. It makes me stop and think, could this fact change my perception of Jesus Christ and what He has done for me and for the world? I would say that it continues to point to his humanity as well as his divinity and gives us further comfort in knowing that He experienced yet another common part of life and understands us a little better because of it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    A different view of Jesus

    Good writing, but I wonder how Deepak reconciles with Jesus' own statements that he is God brought to earth. As CS Lewis said, "Jesus was either God incarnate, or a liar or a lunatic."<BR/><BR/>Jesus¿ claim about Himself<BR/>John 8:58-59: "`I tell you the truth,¿ Jesus answered, `before Abraham was born, I am!¿ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.¿ <BR/><BR/>This is a powerful double claim from Jesus: first, that He pre-existed His human birth and was actually alive and present (as God) before Abraham; second, that His title was ¿I am¿ -- which was the same title used for Jehovah God in Exodus 3:14.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Recommend it!

    The first part of the book is a novel on what Jesus' life might have been like between the ages of 20 and 30. Deepak Chopra makes it seem very plausable and easy reading.
    The second part of the book goes more in detail of what Jesus was teaching in his three years and the meaning behind it. Very enlightning.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Strictly fiction and quite amusing. Similarly entertaining is the the shroud code-x. COMPARE

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS DELIVERED IN THIS BOOK.

    In HIS book, "Jesus a Story of Enlightenment", Deepak transports his reader into a most profound level of consciousness...the world where Jesus actually lived. It delivers an accurate level of awareness that Jesus was and IS much more that a historical, religious icon. It also gives us a "literary bite" of that sweet, delicious nectar of the sacred union between Mary Magdalen and Jesus Christ. This book is a MUST read for all of humanity.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Wa good read.

    Plausible story of the lost years of Jesus.

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