"I was totally fascinated by the New Testament. I must have read it a few thousand times. One day I was reading the Gospel of John 10: 30, where Jesus says, `I and God are one.' The crowd immediately wants to stone him for blasphemy. But he quotes a psalm that says `You are Gods, sons of the most high,' which he tells them was addressed to `those to whom the word of God came.' He clearly sees himself as equivalent to that group.
I interpreted this as `those who have knowledge of God are God.' In Eastern philosophical systems there's an established idea of a path through personal consciousness to a collective conscience to a universal conscience, which people call the divine. I concluded that Jesus must have experienced this consciousness, and that he must have followed a path. The story is about that evolution."
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This bit of new age spew comes from Deepak Chopra's recent interview in Time Magazine (November 13, 2008).