What if Jesus was just an ordinary boy searching for enlightenment? This award-winning novel re-imagines Jesus's epic life, and in particular, the eighteen years not mentioned in the Bible.
In the year 8 AD, five-year-old Yeshua receives a visit from two mysterious strangers who predict he will bring a message of peace to the world. Oblivious of the prophecy, Yeshua grows up yearning to be a rabbi, but soon learns that it’s his duty and destiny to become a carpenter like his father.
One day, when a Buddhist pilgrim tells Yeshua about a country called Sindh where anyone can be a monk, his hope is kindled. He joins a camel caravan and sets off on a thousand-mile journey across the Silk Road into the unknown. Along the way, he studies the teachings of the Buddha and Krishna and loses his virginity to a beautiful young widow in a secluded convent. Upon returning to Palestine after nearly twenty years, he finds a country tormented by the Romans who perceive him as a dangerous rebel.
THE TRANSMIGRANT is an alternative, fictional take on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, inspired both by ancient scriptures and relatively new findings, such as Russian traveler Nicolas Notovitch's 1894 book "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ." It is a remarkable tale of self-discovery and a reflection on the lengths to which a man will go to be admired, accepted, and, ultimately, loved.
There’s something special about that pink, hazy hour at dawn when nature is just waking up. A new day filled with new possibilities, a chance to start over. All religions view dawn as the holy hour. Hindus take their morning bath just before dawn, Christians go to Mass, even yoga teachers get up for meditation at dawn. Although I’m not a morning person (at all!), I know how special those first hours can be. When I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain a few years ago, I often got up before dawn and started walking through the woods toward the next village. Because when your mind is still in that dreamlike space, ego hasn’t taken charge of your brain yet, and you can have the most amazing insights.
“Morning meditations are the best, you know,” Dhiman said. “Your mind is not awake yet.”