* From age thirteen to age twenty-nine, he was both a student and teacher of Buddhist and Hindu holy men. Many of his gnostic (mystic) teachings thus have eastern philosophical influence.
* The story of his journey from Jerusalem to Benares was recorded by Brahman historians
* Today they still know him and love him as Saint Issa. Their 'buddha'. Bear in mind that Jesus is the latinized pronounciation of Christ's name. His Aramaic original name was Eashoa', Esa or Issa.
I wished i could compile all the research and evidences here in one post. but since i am on travel schedule, i can't for the moment. I give u here some very good links where u can explore more of such evidence. But this is just few sources. there are many more records and books on the facts.
I quote some evidences from the website Reluctant Messenger. They are recorded in ancient scrolls in Himalayas. A number of prominent researchers themselves have studied them and was convinced about their genuinity.
... He passed his time in several ancient cities of India such as Benares. All loved him because Issa dwelt in peace with Vaishas and Shudras (the lower cast people, and it was his own style that he always took side of the poor and neglected) whom he instructed and helped. But the Brahmins and Kshatriyas (higher caste) told him that Brahma forbade those to approach who were created out of his womb and feet. The Vaishas were allowed to listen to the Vedas only on holidays and the Shudras were forbidden not only to be present at the reading of the Vedas, but could not even look at them.
Issa said that man had filled the temples with his abominations. In order to pay homage to metals and stones, man sacrificed his fellows in whom dwells a spark of the Supreme Spirit.
Vaishas and Shudras were struck with astonishment and asked what they could perform. Issa bade them "Worship not the idols. Do not consider yourself first. Do not humiliate your neighbor. Help the poor. Sustain the feeble. Do evil to no one. Do not covet that which you do not possess and which is possessed by others."
Afterward, Issa went into Nepal and into the Himalayan mountains ....
"Well, perform for us a miracle," demanded the servitors of the Temple. Then Issa replied to them: "Miracles made their appearance from the very day when the world was created. He who cannot behold them is deprived of the greatest gift of life. But woe to you, enemies of men, woe unto you, if you await that He should attest his power by miracle."
... At this time, an old woman approached the crowd, but was pushed back. Then Issa said,
"Reverence Woman, mother of the universe,' in her lies the truth of creation. She is the foundation of all that is good and beautiful. She is the source of life and death. Upon her depends the existence of man, because she is the sustenance of his labors. She gives birth to you in travail, she watches over your growth. Bless her. Honor her. Defend her. Love your wives and honor them, because tomorrow they shall be mothers, and later-progenitors of a whole race. Their love ennobles man, soothes the embittered heart and tames the beast. Wife and mother-they are the adornments of the universe."
"As light divides itself from darkness, so does woman possess the gift to divide in man good intent from the thought of evil. Your best thoughts must belong to woman. Gather from them your moral strength, which you must possess to sustain your near ones. Do not humiliate her, for therein you will humiliate yourselves. And all which you will do to mother, to wife, to widow or to another woman in sorrow-that shall you also do for the Spirit." (and now compare the view of woman by early christian church and actual teachings of Jesus !!)
And then turning to the ruler, he said, "Why demean thy dignity and teach thy subordinates to live in deceit when even without this thou couldst also have had the means of accusing an innocent one?"
Near Lhasa was a temple of teaching with a wealth of manuscripts. Jesus was to acquaint himself with them. Meng-ste, a great sage of all the East, was in this temple.
Finally Jesus reached a mountain pass and in the chief city of Ladak, Leh, he was joyously
accepted by monks and people of the lower class .... And Jesus taught in the monasteries and in the bazaars (the market places); wherever the simple people gathered--there he taught.
... Among the Ladakis, Jesus passed many days, teaching them. And they loved him and when the time of his departure came they sorrowed as children.
Pls visit reluctant messenger for a well documented page here.Why in India?
But why would Christ have set out on a journey to the East? Apart from the obvious need to escape the clutches of the oppressive Roman Empire there is, perhaps, a more fundamental reason, one bound up with the notion that Jesus was actually searching for his roots.
“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans, enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 10: 5 & 6).
In 597 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and subsequently enslaved the Jews in Babylon. This marked the final dispersal of the Jewish people begun some 150 years earlier as a result of various inter-tribal struggles, as well as offensives by outsiders such as the Assyrians. After 47 years of captivity in Babylon, the Persian King Cyrus freed the Jews, whereupon many of them scattered throughout the Far and Middle East. Two tribes (of the original 12) remained in Judæa and Israel; what happened to the remaining 10 has long been a matter of debate. Many believe they settled in areas including Egypt, Persia, Iran and Africa. Another region believed to have been the final destination for some of the homeless Jews was Northern India or Kashmir. continue reading here.
(quoted from Fortean Times)
Another very good source of scholarly work about the evidences that Jesus survived his crucifixion and went to India is in the magazine called Knowledge of Reality (www.kor.org)
And many of my muslims friends have questioned, does the Quran- The Final Testament support it ? This is because what happened to Jesus after crucifixion is also not made clear to muslims for long time (because of biased interpretations) and people didn't pay much attention to the fact cause they r mostly happy with irrational, fantasy like stories when it comes to religion.
Interestingly Quran was revealed to mankind after about 600 years of Jesus's passing exactly the time when his original teachings started to fade away and was replaced by man made doctrines. Quran in fact clears a lot of misconception about Jesus and his holy mother Marry. Read here for exact verses of Quran.
But to be precise in Quran and the sayings of Prophet it is clear that
1. Jesus didn't die on cross. But it was made apparent to them (and its recorded in Gospels how little time Jesus was on the cross, yet people took him for dead which he was not)
2. Jesus had a natural death.
3. God exalted him to a higher place (which is an allegory meaning both the rank of Jesus raised very high and also points to the fact that Jesus took refuge in Kashmir, which is one of the most higher point on earth).
4. Quran says very clearly that all Prophet and Messenger of God had to face death. None is given immortality.
I will elaborate the view of Quran and Prophet Muhammad (peace) sayings in another post, because they need some explanation. But for the moment, here are the verses from the Final Testament about Jesus Christ.
:: A very good resource: The Unknown life of Jesus by Nicolas Notovitch
:: compiled and written from London. May God show us the things as they really are. Amen