Deepak Chopra is one of those rare gifts to the rest of us: A true SuperGenius who inspires us with the inborn rhythms of storytelling while revealing the myth-making ability to heal humanity. Deepak’s latest treading into immortality is his latest book — “The Third Jesus” — where he argues we need to celebrate a third “Cosmic Christ” as a part of our ongoing religious enlightenment:
Here is the publisher’s blurp for his book where Deepak argues in print when religion becomes a business, power-hungriness follows along with corruption and the destruction of beauty:
First, there is the historical Jesus, the man who lived more than two thousand years ago and whose teachings are the foundation of Christian theology and thought. Next there is Jesus the Son of God, who has come to embody an institutional religion with specific dogma, a priesthood, and devout believers. And finally, there is the third Jesus, the cosmic Christ, the spiritual guide whose teaching embraces all humanity, not just the church built in his name. He speaks to the individual who wants to find God as a personal experience, to attain what some might call grace, or God-consciousness, or enlightenment.
I appreciate how Deepak forces us to reconsider what we think we know. He encourages us to look at history, and each other, and then see everything anew with fresh eyes. It is hard and scary to give up what we think we know and confess we really know nothing, but Deepak goes first. He leads us into a new understanding by releasing his held beliefs into the wind to rediscover their free-flowing and necessarily impetuous need to re-form and re-phrase into something greater than they were when bound close to the mind. I warn you Deepak believes God should be a woman, because the next evolutionary step in human survival — if we hope to live together in peace — is “Survival of the Wisest,” and not the fittest.
That post-modernist, evolutionary, insight is held by Deepak because we require the love, empathy, and mystical knowing that only women posses. We don’t need any more masculine power and strength. We must instead have heartfelt understanding. Deepak is also a champion of myths and storytelling. He believes those stories bring us together on an emotional level that creates memory and the capacity to share ideas between cultures. He imagines the power of the world changing if a new “Wonder Woman” comic book character could be created as the product of an Iraqi and American coupling. That sort of shared, feminine, power — made of the spit and twine of a political disaster — would bring us closer together than war and guns.
Deepak Chopra believes Comic books and myths create collective healing — and they also provide a protective shroud of disbelief in which we are allowed to think freely about ideas and notions we may not fully understand or even enjoy.
In the letting go of our immediate cultural mandates via eternally shared myths — we finally begin to socially internationalize each other — and that only leads to renewed goodness and a new Goddess of the heart.