Map of Jesus's eastern travels (Summit University Press)
The "Lost" Years
- Ancient scrolls reveal that Jesus spent seventeen years in India and Tibet
- From age thirteen to age twenty-nine, he was both a student and teacher of Buddhist and Hindu holy men
- The story of his journey from Jerusalem to Benares was recorded by Brahman historians
- Today they still know him and love him as St. Issa, their messiah [Maitreya] "buddha" [or more correctly speaking, a Mahayana tradition "bodhisattva"]
While he was at Himis, Notovitch learned that there existed ancient records of the life of Jesus Christ. In the course of his visit at the great convent, he located a Tibetan translation of the legend and carefully noted in his carnet de voyage over two hundred verses from a curious document known as "The Life of St. Issa."
He was shown two large, yellowed volumes containing the biography of "St. Issa." Notovitch enlisted a member of his party to translate the Tibetan volumes while he carefully noted each verse in the back pages of his journal.
When he returned to the Western world, there was much controversy as to the authenticity of the document. He was accused of creating a hoax and was ridiculed as an impostor. In his defense he encouraged a scientific expedition to prove the original Tibetan documents existed.
One of his skeptics was Swami Abhedananda. Abhedananda journeyed into the arctic region of the Himalayas, determined to find a copy of the Himis manuscript or to expose the fraud. His book of travels, entitled Kashmir O Tibetti, tells of a visit to the Himis Gonpa and includes a Bengali translation of 224 verses that is essentially the same as the Notovitch text. Abhedananda was thereby convinced of the authenticity of the Issa legend.
In 1925, another Russian named Nicholas Roerich arrived at Himis. Roerich was a philosopher and a distinguished scientist. He apparently saw the same documents as Notovitch and Abhedananda. He recorded in his own travel diary the same legend of St. Issa. Speaking of Issa, Roerich quotes legends which have the estimated antiquity of many centuries.
...He passed his time in several ancient cities of India such as Benares (ancient Varanasi and Kashi). All loved him because Issa dwelt in peace with Vaishas and Shudras [low class "laborers" and "outcasts"] whom he instructed and helped. But the Brahmins and Kshatriyas [upper class "priests" and "nobles"] told him that Brahma [the Hindu creator god] forbade those to approach who were created out of his womb and feet. The Vaishas were allowed to listen to the Vedas [holy texts] 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.
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."
Many, learning of such words, decided to kill Issa. But Issa, forewarned, departed from this place [i.e., India] by night. Afterward, Issa went into Nepal and into the Himalayan mountains ....
Jesus as a youth in the Himalayas (painting, J. Michael Spooner)
"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."
Issa taught that men should not strive to behold the Eternal Spirit with one's own eyes but to feel it with the heart, and to become a pure and worthy soul....
- "Not only shall you not make human offerings, but you must not slaughter animals, because all is given for the use of man.
- Do not steal the goods of others, because that would be usurpation from your near one.
- Do not cheat, that you may in turn not be cheated...."
- "Beware, ye, who divert men from the true path and who fill the people with superstitions and prejudices, who blind the vision of the seeing ones, and who preach subservience to material things. "...
Then Pilate, ruler of Jerusalem, gave orders to lay hands upon the preacher Issa and to deliver him to the judges without, however, arousing the displeasure of the people.
But Issa taught:
- "Do not seek straight paths in darkness, possessed by fear.
- But gather force and support each other.
- He who supports his neighbor strengthens himself.
- "I tried to revive the laws of Moses in the hearts of the people.
- And I say unto you that you do not understand their true meaning because they do not teach revenge but forgiveness. But the meaning of these laws is distorted."
Then the ruler sent to Issa his disguised servants that they should watch his actions and report to him about his words to the people.
"Thou just man, "said the disguised servant of the ruler of Jerusalem approaching Issa, "Teach us, should we fulfill the will of Caesar or await the approaching deliverance?"
But Issa, recognizing the disguised servants, said, "I did not foretell unto you that you would be delivered from Caesar. But I said that the soul which was immersed in sin would be delivered from sin."
At this time, an old woman approached the crowd, but was pushed back. Then Issa said:
- "Reverence Woman, mother of the universe,"
- for 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."
So taught Issa. But the ruler Pilate ordered one of his servants to make accusation against him.
Said Issa: "Not far hence is the time when by the Highest Will the people will become purified and united into one family."
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?"
From another version of the legend, Roerich quotes fragments of thought and evidence of the miraculous.
Near Lhasa [Tibet] 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 Ladakh, Leh, he was joyously accepted by monks and people of the lower class.... And Jesus taught in the monasteries and in the bazaars (market places); wherever the simple people gathered -- there he taught.
Not far from this place lived a woman whose son had died, and she brought him to Jesus. And in the presence of a multitude, Jesus laid his hand on the child, and the child rose healed. And many brought their children, and Jesus laid his hands upon them, healing them.
Among the Ladakhis, Jesus passed many days, teaching them. And they loved him, and when the time of his departure came they sorrowed as children.
Click here to read "The Life of Saint Issa," translation by Notovitch
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The Lost Years of Jesus, Heart magazine, Spring 1983
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Re-examination of the "Lost Years" evidence
The Missing Years of Jesus (Urantia Book)
The Life of Saint Issa
Jesus' Missing Years (Opposing View)
The Jesus of the New Age Movement (Opposing View)
Christian Research Journal (Opposing View)
Did Jesus go to India? (Opposing View)
The Lost Years of Jesus: Documentary Evidence of Jesus' 17-Year Journey to the East
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Traditions of Jesus
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