The 13th Disciple : A Spiritual Adventure by Deepak Chopra [updated June 4, 2015]

On Sale: 03/31/2015

The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha and Jesus weaves together historical narrative, mystery, exciting adventure, and intrigue in this masterfully told novel that reveals surprising discoveries about the unknown last disciple of Christ, and a new understanding of who Jesus was in his final days.

When a solid gold reliquary missing from a church in Belgium suddenly resurfaces in America, a young newspaperman begins to investigate the story. At first, it seems like just another case of a treasure stolen during World War II that has resurfaced. But it soon becomes apparent that much more is at stake.
Hidden within the medieval reliquary is a gold box that holds a sacred relic—a single finger bone—from an anonymous saint. Why would the remains of someone unknown to the Church be considered holy? The search for answers leads to a shocking discovery—a dangerous secret known only to a small band of people. If one touches the reliquary, a sacred vision is received—a vision involving a young girl who had a chance encounter with Jesus just before he was crucified.

The few people who have been blessed with these miraculous messages have banded together into a mysterious school, a closed society that preserves this venerated wisdom. But their knowledge of the young girl and Jesus is at once so fascinating yet so highly controversial that it cannot be shared with the world.

This young girl, curious about the charismatic man named Jesus, embarks on a quest to find out who he really was. What she finds—the knowledge the society protects—is at times far different from the accepted gospels. Could this unknown girl be the 13th Disciple—the last and truest apostle of Christ?

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Why I wrote the 13th Disciple by Deepak Chopra

Deepak is explaining the phrase, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”​ and the idea behind his latest book The 13th Disciple.

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Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream by Deepak Chopra, Sanjiv Chopra

In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. They were born in the ferment of liberated India after 1947, as an age-old culture was reinventing its future. For the young, this meant looking to the West.

The Chopra brothers were among the most eager and ambitious of the new generation. In the 1970s, they each emigrated to the United States to make a new life. Both faced tough obstacles: While Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors over the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home.

Eventually, each brother became convinced that America was the right place to build a life, and the Chopras went on to great achievements—Deepak as a global spiritual teacher and best-selling author, Sanjiv as a world-renowned medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School.

Brotherhood will fascinate and inspire those who still believe in America’s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.

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Deepak Chopra & Sanjiv Chopra in conversation with Lisa Napoli

Video from a Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Deepak Chopra & Sanjiv Chopra in conversation with Lisa Napoli. Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra are authors of Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny and the American Dream. Event was held May 23 in Beverly Hills. To learn more about Live Talks Los Angeles visit: livetalksla.org

At a time when America is fiercely divided on the issue of immigration, Brotherhood is the story of two brothers — Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra — who pursued the American dream to its fullest expression. In the early 1970s, they joined a flood of immigrants looking to make a new life in America. Having grown up in postwar India amidst the sudden freedom of the 1947 liberation, their childhood was a blend of the exotic, the mythical, and the modern. Their father was one of the first Indians to become a Western-trained cardiologist, while their extended family maintained deep roots in ancient spiritual traditions.Brotherhood follows the Chopra brothers as one becomes a world-renowned spiritual teacher and the other rises to the top of Western medicine to become a professor at Harvard Medical School.

At school, they learned of William Tell; Deepak later challenged Sanjiv to replicate the feat with a BB gun. The younger brother gave in—shooting Deepak square in the chin. They agreed to blame the wound on a fall, but their grandmother spotted the pellet beneath the skin. This early alliance helped forge a lifelong bond between them.

In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. Each brother faced obstacles: while Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors on the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to recon­cile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home. Each Chopra eventually decided to stay and build a life as an American citizen. And each went on to great achieve­ments—Deepak as a global authority on Eastern medicine and best-selling author, Sanjiv as a world-renowned medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School.

Deepak Chopra, MD, is the author of more than seventy books, including twenty-one New York Times bestsellers. Visit deepakchopra.com.

Sanjiv Chopra, MD, is professor of medicine and faculty dean for Continuing Education at Harvard Medical School, and the author of Leadership by Example.

Lisa Napoli is a journalist and author. She was a reporter and back-up host for public radio show Marketplace. She covered the Internet revolution and the cultural impact of technology as a columnist and staff reporter for the New York Times’ CyberTimes, and as a correspondent for MSNBC. In her 25 year career in media, she has also worked for CNN. She is author of RADIO SHANGRI-LA: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. Presently, she is does arts and cultural stories for NPR affiliate KCRW. Visit her website.

The Power of Divine Eros : The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life by A. H. Almaas, Karen Johnson

An innovative spiritual teacher shows how to use desire and passion as a gateway to realizing our full potential.

What do desire and passion have to do with the spiritual life? They are an essential component of it, according to A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson. Most spiritual teachings take the position that desire, wanting, and passion are opposed to the spiritual path. The concern is that engaging in desire will take you more into the world, into the mundane, into the physical, and into egoic life. And for most people, that is exactly what happens. We naturally tend to experience wanting in a self-centered way. The Power of Passion explores how to be passionate and to feel a strong wanting without that desire being in conflict with selfless love. It also shows how relationships with others are an important part of the human journey–an opportunity to express oneself authentically and be present with someone else. Through understanding the energy of eros, each of us can learn to be fully real and alive in all our interactions.

In the words of the authors, “Any spiritual work involves the element of love, whether explicitly or implicitly. What we want to explore is how the energy and quality of love explicitly open the door to reality and to our deeper nature. The portal is there for every human being to open; each of us can be fully real and alive in all our interactions. And the erotic, as it is felt and experienced in the body, is a part of that openness, whether it becomes sexual or not. For many reasons, eros has become separated from the pure and the holy, and as a result, it is usually relegated to the domain of the gross and unrefined. But eros is the energy of the divine. As such, it is always divine and pure.”

Through guided exercises, the authors invite the reader to connect to the pure energy behind their desire. When we allow ourselves to fully experience our wanting, the authors suggest, and we trust that the wanting itself has the intelligence to reveal the pure energy of desire that underlies it, we get a taste of what it’s like to feel love and desire as a unified force. Being in the world in a way that does not separate us from spirit, while also feeling the pleasure of our energy, our erotic nature, our aliveness and love, makes life complete. We want to experience our humanness, the authors say, but we don’t want to divide ourselves to do it. We want to know more about both the spiritual and the worldly reality and how the two interrelate, because they are naturally a part of what it means to be human.

A. H. ALMAAS is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, the Kuwaiti-born originator of the Diamond Approach to the realization of our true nature–a spiritual path that integrates modern psychology with the insights of Sufism, Buddhism, Gurdjieff, and other wisdom traditions. Since 1976 he has guided individuals and groups through his school of inner work, the Ridhwan School, which has branches in California, Colorado, and Europe.

KAREN JOHNSON is a longtime colleague of A. H. Almaas, with whom he cofounded the Diamond Approach. They have been teaching together for many years. Karen Johnson was educated as an artist and then received an MA in psychology.

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The Power of Divine Eros

Tami Simon (SoundsTrue.com) interviews A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson, co-founders of the Diamond Approach, on their new book – The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life.

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