What is the relationship between Jesus Christ and India?

We know a lot of things about life Jesus Christ adult, righteous age, but who he was before he preached? It turns out that he's visited by studying different religions. Tales of a man very similar to it, is also in India. His name was Issa. Let's try to find out more about him. Suppose that for some it just a story, and some great believer in it.

In the Bible (Luke 2.41-51) is described as twelve young Jesus with his parents came to Jerusalem for Passover, which the parents then lost him in the crowd, but after three days they found in good health, quietly conversing with the priests in the temple . Next time, the age of Jesus — about thirty years — is only mentioned in the description of his baptism in the Jordan River (Luke 3.23). It remains unclear why the Bible chronology of the life of Christ have fallen almost 18 years.

Unknown Gospel

As is known, other than the four canonical gospels, there are many other historical documents (Apocrypha), which were not recognized by the official Church and are therefore not included in the Scriptures. So, perhaps, lies the clue them in on where and how Jesus Christ has spent almost 18 years of his life?
Our compatriot, journalist Nicholas Notovitch traveled in 1887 to India. On this journey he wrote the book, which is published in 1894 in Paris. The book is called "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ, the best of the sons of men." In Russia it was published in 1910.
The book is the text of a hitherto totally unknown gospel, about the life of Jesus (Issa-in Tibetan) in India, originally written in the Pali language.
In addition to the controversial book Notovitch, the mention of the Indian period of Jesus' life can still be found in the apocryphal Gospel of Philip, found in 1945 in Egypt. This means that the Christian Church has a negligible number of documents that mention Jesus' stay in India? Do not get ahead of ourselves.

A reasonable question arises: is it possible to believe the Gospel, published Notovich that miraculously appeared after thousands of years after the events described in it, and of which no one had heard of? Let us dwell on the finding Nicholas Notovitch details.

What do we know about Issa?

During his trip to India in 1887 N. Notovich learned of the existence of an ancient Indian manuscript, the so-called "Tibetan Gospel", which was stored in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

The document is narrated on the life of the Grand Lama Issa (the Tibetan name of Jesus). Continuing his journey, Notovich found in the monastery town Himis translation of this ancient manuscripts in the Tibetan language. The abbot of the monastery Notovich read it aloud, and he had to write the text for the translator and then subjected him to literary adaptation. The result is a book of 14 pieces, which describes the life of Jesus in India.
According to the manuscript, Jesus at the age of 13 years, left his home in Nazareth and went with a merchant caravan to India, where he studied the ancient Vedas, astrology, magic, and taught local people to heal the sick. He continued his missionary work in Nepal and Persia, urging people in these countries to abandon the worship of the ancient gods, saying, "There is only one God, and that our Father in heaven" — and then went back to Palestine.

Was there a manuscript?
Book Notovitch divided the scientific community into supporters of the theory of Jesus' stay in India and its opponents.

For example, the eminent orientalist Max Müller rightly pointed out the lack of mention of the manuscripts in the collection of the sacred texts of the Buddhists' Gandzhur "and the comments on it.

Indian Professor J. Archibald Douglas undertook a journey in the footsteps of Notovitch, visited the monastery in Himis, but did not find any of the manuscript, not even traces of the journalist.

However, NK Roerich in his book "The Heart of Asia" brings the legend of Issa that he had heard during his travels in India and Tibet. He also found that such Asian nation as Kalmyks, Olets and Torguts also know about Issa of "Tibetan Gospel", the same source, a copy of which found Notovich.

Indian scientist Abhedananda Swami, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, the famous religious leader of India, said that he personally saw the monastery Himis manuscript translated Notovich, and became convinced of the correctness of its statement of Russian journalist. He also confirmed that the original manuscript translation of which it is located in a monastery on Mount Masbur near Lhasa.

In 1939, the American pianist Elisabeth Caspari, addicting Buddhism, visited the monastery in Himis then also issued its confirmation of the authenticity of the document found Notovich.

Mysteries of the Indian Christology

In 1889, India emerged the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect. Its founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, in particular, believed that Christ did not die on the cross, and fell into a deep meditation, misled his executioners, who believed in his death. After that, he came to life and went to Kashmir, where he preached under the name Issa (in Islam — Isa). Hindus regarded him as the incarnation of the Buddha. He was in India until his death at the age of 120 years, and was then buried in Srinagar under the name Ruhulla (in Arabic-"Spirit of God").

It is noteworthy that in Srinagar, capital of Kashmir is indeed the tomb, called the Rose Ball ("tomb of the Prophet"), and is buried in it Nazrati Yuz Asaf (is not it, like, 'Jesus the Nazarene? "). For a long time this tomb, oriented east-west, according to Jewish tradition, is under the patronage of the local Jewish community.

Indian Professor Fida Hassanain in his book "The Fifth Gospel" went even further, claiming that he was in India twice: the first time in his youth, the second time after the crucifixion and miraculous rescue. He mentions the tomb in Srinagar, and provides a detailed list of Silk Road cities, where Jesus stayed on the road to Kashmir.

One of the most interesting publications on this topic is the book by Andreas Faber Kaiser, "Jesus died in Kashmir," where the author gives the linguistic parallels between Indian and biblical names of cities and nations. In his book, he also leads the prediction of the ancient Puranas (Indian sacred book) about the appearance in India Ishy Putra (son of God), who at the age of 13 years will come to India to learn the wisdom of the wise men, led by the rishis and siddha-yogis, and visit the holy places of Hinduism and Buddhism.

So where is the truth?

So, what we have in the "bottom line"? First, the fact that the canonical biblical texts are silent as junior Jesus' journey to India and his flight from Palestine after the miraculous rescue.

Further, the information in the apocryphal Christian sources are scarce, they can be counted on one hand. However, there are facts, which, as you know, do not argue. References to Jesus' stay in India are found in ancient Buddhist and Islamic canonical texts, as well as in the sacred books of the Persians and Jews.
It is known that St. Thomas was able to reach India by road, beaten numerous trade caravans. It is an indisputable historical fact (he is buried in Madras, and his grave was erected Cathedral of St. Thomas). Consequently, such a journey at the time could not independently commit to any resident of Palestine.

In Asia, are still living descendants of the ancient Jews, who settled there after the collapse of the Assyrian empire, and in the names of the tribes and their settlements are preserved ancient Hebrew roots. It is also interesting that the word for "messiah" (anointed), in Hebrew, Sanskrit and Arabic has the same root.

Nicholas Roerich wrote that the Tibetan ritual objects and icons often present an image of fish (a Christian symbol), and the circle is a sacred symbol of Buddhism, as well as in Christianity. N. Notovich said that he was able to learn about the 63 documents brought to the Vatican by Christian missionaries from China, Egypt, Arabia and India that mention Jesus. But the Vatican has made it clear to him that the church is not interested in having to make these documents public. It is unlikely that the general public would ever see these "good news."

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