Jesus, A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

This is one of three fictional tales by Dr. Chopra, about three of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders: Jesus, Mohammad and the Buddha.

I appreciate how Dr. Chopra depicts Jesus as the not so common young man who is struggling with the strife of his people while on a journey to understand their god.  In this tale, the reader gets a sense of what life challenges could have confronted the young Jesus and the actualizing life events and mentors that helped to shape “The Light of the World”. The best part of this book, for me, was the final chapter, “The Journey Home”  Dr. Chopra’s spiritual lesson.

I found this book entertaining, but I was a little thrown by the contemporary language and slang terms that were used to depict events that happened 2,000 years ago.

 

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Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

I believe that this is the first in a series of 3 fictional novels that Deepak Chopra wrote, about 3 great Profits; Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad.  This was somewhat of collaboration between Deepak Chopra and his friend Shekhar Kapur, who together imagined the stories of Buddha’s life while on his path to enlightenment.

For me, the author provides a sense of life and culture which helped to make the story more real. And, he wrote about some of the events, from over 80 years of Buddha’s lifetime that would introduce one to Buddha and illustrate his journey from birth through his enlightenment. The author was able to present the ideas behind Buddhism in a simple language so that a novice can understand.

A HarperCollins e-book

Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet by Deepak Chopra

This is the 3rd in a series of 3 fictional novels that Deepak Chopra wrote, about  3 great Profits; Buddha, Jesus  and Muhammad.  This is the first in the series that I’ve read.

The author painted for me, a representation of the life and culture that existed during Muhammad’s lifetime.  And, introduced me to Muhammad and the birth of Islam, through stories of his life, as if related by those closest to him; his family, friends and enemies. And, he also gave me a brief introduction to Islam. I enjoyed reading this story, immensely.

I also greatly appreciated the Author’s Note and the Afterward which was a fact based discussion about Muhammad and Islam, past and present.  I’ve not thoroughly studied Deepak Chopra, but my sense of him is that he speaks honestly and without personal bias. I appreciate and trust his work.