Secret Lives of Jesus; Gnostic Gospels
Secret Lives of Jesus is a fascinating and enlightening National Geographic Explorer documentary about early Christian texts discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt. There are some very interesting stories about Jesus as a child, and it is suggested that he traveled to India and studied with Hindu and Buddhist mystics sometime between the ages of 12 and 30. This would explain his enthusiasm for love, compassion and forgiveness, as well as his mystic realizations that “I and the Father are one,” “the Kingdom of God is within,” etc.
An important realization from the so-called “Gnostic Gospels” seems to be that the early Christians had many different interpretations of Jesus, his life, who he really was. It does appear that he was someone who experienced “unity consciousness” (or “enlightenment” or whatever you want to say, depending on your perspective) at some point in his life. Jesus was so affected by this that he preached about it and inspired enough people to start a spiritual movement. How his message and life are interpreted may or may not really have much to do with who he really was, but that’s irrelevant. The overall message is what truly matters, the spiritual/life truths revealed to humanity through his life and the mythos he inspired.