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Book Review: "The Third Jesus"by Deepak Chopra


The Third Jesus: The Jesus We Cannot Ignore
"Chopra explained that"Jesus' vision was so breathtaking that it inspired new religion, but without the lens of higher consciousness, these teachings seem to be mere fantasy, a distant hope that will be fulfilled, if ever, only in heaven.

"Christians want to feel that their religion is unique, which is certainly achieved by claiming the one and only son of God. But by the same token, they risk being left out of the great human project, which began centuries before Christ and continues to this day. This is the project of transcending the physical world to reach the realm of the soul."- Che'


Saturday, June 21, 2008
Book Review: "The Third Jesus"by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Without any doubt, this is an important read for anyone on the spiritual path—-beginner to more seasoned seeker! It also is a must read for those on the path looking for answers about the"Ways"of the path, as circuitously as it unfolds in our lives.

I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading Chopra's Third Jesus. Let's just say that I thought it would be just another"book"that Chopra wrote to keep him busy in his spare time. Far from it! And... I should have known better!

After reading the Third Jesus, I am now convinced beyond doubt about the true integrity of people like Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Not that I ever doubted them, but come on, how many"books"do you have in you!? Chopra has written 50, and Dyer has 30 books.

Now that I'm finished"Third Jesus," but still using it as a"companion"on most days and am also making my way slowly, day by day, through Dyer's"Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao," I easily can say that Chopra and Dyer have many more books left in them. I'm glad! Chopra's"Third Jesus"Is a gift!

Chopra undertakes a very careful study of Jesus' words and actions and translates them for us in the Third Jesus. What I especially like about this book is that Chopra does not assume all his readers are at the same level of spiritual development. More importantly, he does acknowledge a path or spiritual"unfolding"process, and that some uncover more about their essence before others. As a matter of fact, Chopra takes pains in continuously stating," depending on your spiritual awareness or where you are on the spiritual path!"

God Consciousness, Chopra knows, is not something people come to easily. Throughout this book, he takes a very compassionate approach to those who are not even aware of God"consciousness," yet he appeals to those who are seasoned on their journey.

The last chapter of Third Jesus," Where the Soul Never Dies," will be especially appealing to the more seasoned seekers and those who have awakened to more and more of their divine essence. In this chapter Chopra talks about how movement and God Consciousness can be measured. This is a huge offering!

Acknowledging that God Consciousness is next to impossible to quantify, Chopra tries to slay this dragon by offering a simulated situation where people would push a red button to indicate when they were in God Consciousness awareness: those having little or no awareness would have little contact with the red button; those who have a deeper awareness and know when they are in the Presence would have more frequent connections...until those who are in"Total Presence Consciousness"Would keep their hands continuously on the red button.

"At a certain point, wholeness prevails. There is no more going in and out of God, coming to God and moving away. The experience of God turns into a constant for one reason alone: "I"And"God"become one and the same."

But let's step back to the beginning of the book.

Here, Chopra explains that there are three concepts of Jesus: the historical Jesus, who is the rabbi; the second Jesus, who was built up by the theologians and who shifts"With the tide of human affairs," and the third Jesus: the one who taught his followers how to"reach God-consciousness."

This Third Jesus is the one Chopra likes most, and with this third persona, he believes that Jesus was truly," as he proclaimed, a savior. Not the savior, not the one and only Son of God. Rather, Jesus embodied the highest form of enlightenment."

Chopra proclaims about this Third Jesus," Jesus intended to save the world by showing others the path to God consciousness!"

He evens states that the New Testament interpretation of Jesus by orthodox Christianity is a misinterpretation of Jesus by followers who wrote this section decades after he walked the earth. The idea of the"Second Coming," he states," has been especially destructive to Jesus' intentions, because it postpones what needs to happen now. The Third Coming—-finding God consciousness through your own efforts—-happens in the present."

And he sets out to demonstrate it.

In the first section, Chopra lays out Jesus, the rabbi, pointing out early on that"God-consciousness"does not solely belong to Christians through Jesus' message."Consciousness is universal, and if there is such a thing as God consciousness, no one can be excluded from it."

Stating that Jesus said," You are the light of the world," Chopra then lays out the teachings of Jesus in nine areas: meditation, contemplation, revelation, prayer, grace, love, faith, salvation, and unity.

In meditation, Chopra explains that Jesus' constant reference to the light meant that"light exists inside everyone. When we go inside to find out who we are, we encounter the light and God at the same time."For each section, Chopra continues to explain how the"light"that you are connects to God and all living creatures.

He continues to explain each, even as he offers ways in which we can enhance each of the nine areas in our own lives, explaining it from what he saw as Jesus' perspective.

As the rabbi, Jesus' intention was to lead everyone to their own"heaven."Chopra delineates three ways: the path of devotion, based on prayer, constant worship and love of Christ; the path of service, based on charity, altruism and humility; and the path of contemplation, the way of the monastic, reclusive and impoverished.

In Part Two, The Gospel of Enlightenment, Chopra, who as a youngster in India, attended Catholic school, shows his absorption of the Scriptures. Under 10 subject headings, Chopra literally takes many well-known pieces of scripture under the microscope.

But before beginning the examinations, Chopra explained that"Jesus' vision was so breathtaking that it inspired new religion, but without the lens of higher consciousness, these teachings seem to be mere fantasy, a distant hope that will be fulfilled, if ever, only in heaven.

"Christians want to feel that their religion is unique, which is certainly achieved by claiming the one and only son of God. But by the same token, they risk being left out of the great human project, which began centuries before Christ and continues to this day. This is the project of transcending the physical world to reach the realm of the soul."

He then launched into the 10 sections:Love and Grace, Faith, Revelation and Redemption, Jesus and the Self, Meditation, Contemplation, Prayer, Karma—-reaping and sowing, The World as Illusion and Unity.

Each section has extensive biblical references and their interpretations, based on Chopra's view of this second Jesus...but through"spiritual and universal eyes," not merely through the eyes of Theology. Being ever respectful to the three Jesus paths, Chopra also in this section, offers readers a way to utilize each of the nine ways, outlined in Section One, they can uncover Jesus' lessons for themselves. Once you get past this section, you'll have a full and thorough understanding of many key biblical passages and Jesus' intended message.

Part Three, Taking Jesus as Your Teacher, is the place for serious seekers on the path and the one you'll want to use as a DAILY companion on your journey. Here, Chopra offers 15 steps to God Consciousness with Lessons and Exercises, using Jesus' teachings:

1.The kingdom of heaven is within you.
2. Be in the world but not of it.
3. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
4. Ask and you will receive
5. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
6. Be still and know that I am God.
7. As you sow, so shall you reap.
8. Resist not evil.
9. In my father's house are many mansions.
10. You must be born from above.
11. You are the light of the world.
12. So do not worry about tomorrow.
13. Abide in me, as I abide in you.
14. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them.
15. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.

The last two chapters are pure rewards for the spiritual seeker, as here Chopra validates your process in"How The Path Opens," enabling you to know with confidence that you have not been hallucinating about any of your internal experiences or the guidance you've received.

"Where the Soul Never Dies"helps seekers fully understand Jesus' message of Unity (impersonal, powerful, deathless, all knowing, creative and loving) and how"The Father and I are One"manifests in our lives.

At the end of Third Jesus, you want to find Chopra and give him a huge HUG! You want to say," thank you so much for clarifying every step. Thank you for finally sharing the truth with us about Jesus, his messages, his intentions and love for us."

Thank you, Deepak Chopra!

Namaste',

Che'

www.namastewholistic.blogspot.com




THE APOCALYPSE OF THE SPIRIT-PARACLETE
The fulfillment of the promised divine eschatological instruction
“The original meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’, derived from the Greek apokalypsis, is in fact not the cataclysmic end of the world, but an ‘unveiling’, or ‘revelation’, a means whereby one gains insight into the present.” (Kovacs, 2013, 2) An apocalypse (Greek: apokalypsis meaning “an uncovering”) is in religious contexts knowledge or revelation, a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.” (Ehrman 2014, 59)
Shri Mataji
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923-2011) was Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
“The Paraclete will come (15:26; 16:7, 8, 13) as Jesus has come into the world (5:43; 16:28; 18:37)... The Paraclete will take the things of Christ (the things that are mine, ek tou emou) and declare them (16:14-15). Bishop Fison describes the humility of the Spirit, 'The true Holy Spirit of God does not advertise Herself: She effaces Herself and advertises Jesus.' ...
It is by the outgoing activity of the Spirit that the divine life communicates itself in and to the creation. The Spirit is God-in-relations. The Paraclete is the divine self-expression which will be and abide with you, and be in you (14:16-17). The Spirit's work is described in terms of utterance: teach you, didasko (14:26), remind you, hypomimnesko (14:26), testify, martyro (15:26), prove wrong, elencho (16:8), guide into truth, hodego (16:13), speak, laleo (16:13, twice), declare, anangello (16:13, 14, 15). The johannine terms describe verbal actions which intend a response in others who will receive (lambano), see (theoreo), or know (ginosko) the Spirit. Such speech-terms link the Spirit with the divine Word. The Spirit's initiatives imply God's personal engagement with humanity. The Spirit comes to be with others; the teaching Spirit implies a community of learners; forgetful persons need a prompter to remind them; one testifies expecting heed to be paid; one speaks and declares in order to be heard. The articulate Spirit is the correlative of the listening, Spirit-informed community.
The final Paraclete passage closes with a threefold repetition of the verb she will declare (anangello), 16:13-15. The Spirit will declare the things that are to come (v.13), and she will declare what is Christ's (vv. 14, 15). The things of Christ are a message that must be heralded...
The intention of the Spirit of truth is the restoration of an alienated, deceived humanity... The teaching role of the Paraclete tends to be remembered as a major emphasis of the Farewell Discourses, yet only 14:26 says She will teach you all things. (Teaching is, however, implied when 16:13-15 says that the Spirit will guide you into all truth, and will speak and declare.) Franz Mussner remarks that the word used in 14:26, didaskein, "means literally 'teach, instruct,' but in John it nearly always means to reveal.” (Stevick 2011, 292-7)
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity   
F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost Robert Kysar, John, the Maverick Gospel 
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel: The World It Imagines Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology
George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament In Spirit and Truth, Benny Thettayil
Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17 Marianne Meye Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John
Eric Eve, The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles D. R. Sadananda, The Johannine Exegesis of God: an exploration into the Johannine understanding of God
Michael Welker, God the Spirit Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament
Tricia Gates Brown, Spirit in the writings of John Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit: pneumatology and Pentecostalism
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John: Charting the Fourth Gospel John F. Moloney, The Gospel of John
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith Robert Kysar, John
Robert E. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament 
“The teaching of the Paraclete, as the continuation of Jesus' teaching, must also be understood as the fulfillment of the promise of eschatological divine instruction.”
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity

“Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John .i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man.”
M. Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science

“And when Jesus foreannounced another Comforter, He must have intended a Person as distinct and helpful as He had been.”
F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost

“The Paraclete has a twofold function: to communicate Christ to believers and, to put the world on trial.”
Robert Kysar, John The Meverick Gospel

“But She—the Spirit, the Paraclete...—will teach you everything.”
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ)

“Grammatical nonsense but evidence of the theological desire to defeminize the Divine.”
Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything

“The functions of the Paraclete spelled out in verses 13-15... are all acts of open and bold speaking in the highest degree.”
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel

“The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus.”
Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology

Bultmann calls the “coming of the Redeemer an 'eschatological event,' 'the turning-point of the ages.”
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament

“The Paraclete equated with the Holy Spirit, is the only mediator of the word of the exalted Christ.”
Benny Thettayil, In Spirit and Truth

“The divine Paraclete, and no lessor agency, must show the world how wrong it was about him who was in the right.”
Daniel B. Stevick , Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17

Stephen Smalley asserts that “The Spirit-Paraclete ... in John's Gospel is understood as personal, indeed, as a person.”
Marianne Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John

“The Messiah will come and the great age of salvation will dawn (for the pious).”
Eric Eve, The Jewish context of Jesus' Miracles

“The remembrance is to relive and re-enact the Christ event, to bring about new eschatological decision in time and space.”
Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, The Johannine Exegesis of God

“The Spirit acts in such an international situation as the revealer of 'judgment' on the powers that rule the world.”
Michael Welker, God the Spirit

The Paraclete's “Appearance means that sin, righteousness, and judgment will be revealed.”
Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament

“While the Spirit-Paraclete is the true broker, the brokers they rely on are impostors.”
T. G. Brown, Spirit in the writings of John

“The pneumatological activity ... of the Paraclete ... may most helpfully be considered in terms of the salvific working of the hidden Spirit.”
Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit

“The pneuma is the peculiar power by which the word becomes the words of eternal life.”
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John

“The gift of peace, therefore, is intimately associated with the gift of the Spirit-Paraclete.”
Francis J. Moloney, The Gospel of John

“This utopian hope, even when modestly expressed, links Jesus and the prophets to a much wider history of human longing.”
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith

“Because of the presence of the Paraclete in the life of the believer, the blessings of the end-times—the eschaton—are already present.”
Robert Kysar, John

“They are going, by the Holy Spirit's power, to be part of the greatest miracle of all, bringing men to salvation.”
R. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary

“The Kingdom of God stands as a comprehensive term for all that the messianic salvation included... is something to be sought here and now (Mt. 6:33) and to be received as children receive a gift (Mk. 10:15 = Lk. 18:16-17).”
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament


“But today is the day I declare that I am the one who has to save the humanity. I declare I am the one who is Adishakti, who is the Mother of all the Mothers, who is the Primordial Mother, the Shakti, the desire of God, who has incarnated on this Earth to give its meaning to itself; to this creation, to human beings and I am sure through My Love and patience and My powers I am going to achieve it.

I was the one who was born again and again. But now in my complete form and complete powers I have come on this Earth not only for salvation of human beings, not only for their emancipation, but for granting them the Kingdom of Heaven, the joy, the bliss that your Father wants to bestow upon you.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
December 2, 1979—London, UK


“I am the one about which Christ has talked... I am the Holy Spirit who has incarnated on this Earth for your realization.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
New York, USA—September 30, 1981


“Tell all the nations and tell all the people all over the Great Message that the Time of Resurrection is here. Now, at this time, and that you are capable of doing it.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Cowley Manor Seminar, UK—July 31, 1982


“This is the transformation that has worked, of which Christ has talked, Mohammed Sahib has talked, everybody has talked about this particular time when people will get transformed.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Chistmas Puja, Ganapatipule, India—25 December 1997


“The Resurrection of Christ has to now be collective Resurrection. This is what is Mahayoga. Has to be the collective Resurrection.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Easter Puja, London, UK—11 April 1982


“Today, Sahaja Yaga has reached the state of Mahayoga, which is en-masse evolution manifested through it. It is this day’s Yuga Dharma. It is the way the Last Judgement is taking place. Announce it to all the seekers of truth, to all the nations of the world, so that nobody misses the blessings of the divine to achieve their meaning, their absolute, their Spirit.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
MAHA AVATAR, ISSUE 1, JUL-SEP 1980 (Date and place unknown)


“The main thing that one has to understand is that the time has come for you to get all that is promised in the scriptures, not only in the Bible but all all the scriptures of the world. The time has come today that you have to become a Christian, a Brahmin, a Pir, through your Kundalini awakening only. There is no other way. And that your Last Judgment is also now.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi


“You see, the Holy Ghost is the Mother. When they say about the Holy Ghost, She is the Mother... Now, the principle of Mother is in every, every scripture — has to be there. Now, the Mother's character is that She is the one who is the Womb, She is the one who is the Mother Earth, and She is the one who nourishes you. She nourishes us. You know that. And this Feminine thing in every human being resides as this Kundalini.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Radio Interview Oct 01 1983—Santa Cruz, USA


“It is the Mother who can awaken the Kundalini, and that the Kundalini is your own Mother. She is the Holy Ghost within you, the Adi Shakti, and She Herself achieves your transformation. By any talk, by any rationality, by anything, it cannot be done.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi


“She is your pure Mother. She is the Mother who is individually with you. Forget your concepts, and forget your identifications. Please try to understand She is your Mother, waiting for ages to give you your real birth. She is the Holy Ghost within you. She has to give you your realization, and She's just waiting and waiting to do it.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Public Program Mar 22 1981—Sydney, Australia


“The Kundalini is your own mother; your individual mother. And She has tape-recorded all your past and your aspirations. Everything! And She rises because She wants to give you your second birth. But She is your individual mother. You don't share Her with anybody else. Yours is a different, somebody else's is different because the tape-recording is different. We say She is the reflection of the Adi Shakti who is called as Holy Ghost in the Bible.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Press Conference July 08 1999—London, UK

The Great Goddess is both wholly transcendent and fully immanent: beyond space and time, she is yet embodied within all existent beings; without form as pure, infinite consciousness (cit) ... She is the universal, cosmic energy known as Sakti, and the psychophysical, guiding force designated as the Kundalini (Serpent Power) resident within each individual. She is eternal, without origin or birth, yet she is born in this world in age after age, to support those who seek her assistance. Precisely to provide comfort and guidance to her devotees, she presents herself in the Devi Gita to reveal the truths leading both to worldly happiness and to the supreme spiritual goals: dwelling in her Jeweled Island and mergence into her own perfect being.” (Brown, 1998, 2)





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