A Thought-Provoking Documentary Suggests That Jesus Was a Buddhist Monk!
Research maintains the primary reason why there isn’t any Biblical record of the whereabouts of Jesus Christ, is that He was influenced by Buddhism.
The documentary indicates that Jesus was not crucified, he spent decades traveling and was laid to rest after His death at the Roza Bal Shrine located in Srinagar, Kashmir.
The fact that Jesus was crucified, died, rose again and then ascended into heaven can be considered as a definitive truth, for many believers. Throughout history, many people have questioned these events. Would a man (Jesus) die after six hours on the cross? Was he drugged? What really transpired in the Sepulcher, and if Jesus did not ascend into heaven, then where did He go?
The most crucial part of the story behind Jesus Christ—which all Christians faithfully believe—is the ‘idea’ that Jesus Christ rose from the dead—the resurrection, the primary story of the heart of Christianity.
According to the documentary, Jesus spent years teaching in various, distant holy cities like Jagannath, Rajagriha and Benares, and that He eventually fled to the Himalayas, where He continued his studies in Buddhism.
The BBC documentary suggests that Jesus fled to Afghanistan with several Jewish settlers.
Local stories seem to confirm the theory suggesting that Jesus spent years in the Kashmir Valley and remained there until He died at the age of 80.
The BBC documentary also states that Jesus spent years many years teaching in various, holy cities like Jagannath, Rajagriha and Benares. He eventually fled to the Himalayas, where He continued his studies in Buddhism.
Masih Hindustan Mein, an Urdu treatise written by the Holy Founder of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908), the Promised Messiah and Mahdi. The main thesis expounded in this treatise is Jesus’ deliverance from death on the Cross and his subsequent journey to India in quest of the lost tribes of Israel whom he had to gather into his fold as foretold by Jesus himself.
Starting his journey from Jerusalem and passing through Nasibus and Iran, Jesus is shown to have reached Afghanistan where he met the Jews who had settled there after their escape from the bonds of Nebuchadnezzar. From Afghanistan Jesus went to Kashmir where some Israelite tribes had also settled. He made this place his home and here he died and lies buried in Srinagar, Kashmir.
In this book, Hazrat Ahmad has solved another difficult problem which has for long confounded many a western writer, namely the problem of the esemblance between Christian and Buddhistic teachings and also between the life of Jesus and that of Buddha, as recorded in their respective scriptures. Some of these writers hold that Buddhistic teachings must somehow have reached Palestine and we re incorporated by Jesus in his own sermons. But there is absolutely no historical evidence to support this theory. A Russian traveller named Nicolas Notovitch stayed for quite some time with Lamas in Tibet and had their religious chronicles translated for him. He is of the opinion that Jesus must have been to Tibet before the Crucifixion and gone back to Palestine after having imbibed Buddhistic teachings.
Rejecting both these views, Hazrat Ahmad proves that Jesus came to India only after the Crucifixion and not before, and that it was not he who borrowed Buddha’s teachings but the Buddhists who seem to have reproduced the Gospels in their books. Jesus also visited Tibet during his travels in India in search of the lost tribes of Israel. He preached his message to Buddhist monks, some of whom were originally Jews. They were deeply impressed by Jesus’ teachings and accepted him as the manifestation of the Buddha, the Promised Teacher. With faith in him as their Master,
they incorporated his teachings into the teachings of the Buddha himself.
Masih Hindustan Mein, was—it still is—an epoch-making and cataclysmic book. It transformed the theological landscape of Judaism, Pauline Christianity and conventional Islam. The catalyst it introduced was that Jesus—a true prophet of God that he was, was saved from death on the cross, lived long and lies buried in Srinagar Kashmir.
wrote a book which presents irrefutable evidence that Jesus did indeed live in India, dying there in old age. The result of many years of investigative research, this study takes the reader to all the historical sites connected with Jesus in Israel, the Middle East, Afghanistan and India. As well as revealing age-old links between the Israelites and the East, the evidence found by theologian Holger Kersten points to the following startling conclusions:
- In his youth Jesus followed the ancient Silk Route to India. While there, he studied Buddhism, adopting its tenets and becoming a spiritual master.
- Jesus survived the crucifixion
- After the ‘resurrection’ Jesus returned to India to die in old age.
- Jesus was buried in Srinagar, the capital OF Jammu and Kashmir, where he continues to be revered as a saintly man
- The tomb of Jesus still exists in Kashmir
A number of scholars think that Jesus Christ might have been inspired by the Buddhist religion. They also believe that the manuscript texts found in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, as well as the Gospel of Thomas reflect this possibility.
Moreover, these theories are discussed in the following books: The Original Jesus by Kersten and Gruber; and The Agnostic and Beyond Beliefs: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels.
Nicholas Notovitch, Russian author, visited Tibet and India in 1887. Notovitch noted that he heard of a manuscript on the “Life of Saint Issa, the Best of the Sons of Men” in the monastery of Hemis Ladakh.
Notovitch translated the document which detailed the true story of a child named Jesus (i.e. Issa = “son of God”) born in the first century to a poor family in Israel. Jesus was referred to as “the son of God” by the Vedic scholars who tutored him in the sacred Buddhist texts from the age of 13 to 29. Notovitch translated 200 of the 224 verses from the document in 1887.
Issa is actually the Arabic name of Jesus. That’s not all, in 1894, its history as well as a text translated from the “Life of Saint Issa” were published in French under the name “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ”, and translated into Italian, Spanish, German, and English.
A book titled The lost years of Jesus, authored by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, confirms Notovitch’s account that Jesus lived and died in India. In Buddhism, when a great Buddhist or a Holy Man (i.e. lama) dies, wise men consult the stars and other omens and set off to find the infant who is the reincarnation of the Lama. When the child is old enough, he is taken away from his parents and educated in the Buddhist faith.
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