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Jesus: Did He Study Buddhism and Hinduism?
JESUS IN INDIA; STUDENT OF EASTERN RELIGIONS?
The Untold Life of Jesus and his studies of Buddhism and Hinduism.
This is a speculative theory and not in any way meant to deny or discredit any alternative beliefs.
The research behind this hub comes from several sources, including the teaching of James Deardorf who is one of the worlds foremost Post-ascension scholars of Jesus, and of certain scrolls discovered by Russian scholar Nickolas Notovich in the Hemis Gumpa monastery. These collected works have some interesting evidence about Jesus living in India and studying Buddhism. It points out how Eastern his teachings are (especially the lost scrolls discovered in Nag Hammandi).
According to the facts compiled, after spending 6 years studying Judaism (age 12-18) he decided to travel, taking the famous Silk Road to India (He could have made the trip in one year). He may have had a very specific reason for making the trip.
Prior to this, according to the ancient Buddhist texts of Isa, there's a story of traveling Buddhists finding a child Lama on a trip to Palestine. The Three Wise Men (Who are unidentified in the bible) may have been these travelers and may have set the stage for Jesus' eventual trip to East, or may in fact have returned to find him when he reached manhood, to take him back and teach him.
He reportedly spent time in Tibet where he studied Buddhism. Later at Jagganath, the Temple of Krishna in Kashmir he studied Hindu. After 12 years immersed in Eastern religion, he returned to the land of his birth on his crusade to educate and unite the tribes of Israel, where he spent three years preaching his very Eastern philosophy, which lead to his crucifixion.
The problem with the story of the crucifixion is that Jesus dies far too quickly. He supposedly dies in 6 hours, unlike the usual period of days it takes to die from difficulty breathing (Crucifixion death is not brought about by the wounds but by slow suffocation.) Generally, the Romans would break the legs of a person who is crucified, making it more difficult for the body to support their weight, and they could still live for days. Jesus' legs weren't even broken but he still supposedly died in 6 hours. Why? There isn't enough blood loss from crucifixion wounds for someone to bleed to death so soon. So how could he have died so quickly?
The belief is that the Roman soldier who pronounced him dead was either sympathetic to the Hebrews or was just too hasty in his pronunciation of death. Jesus was removed from the cross while he was still alive. Joseph of Arimathia brought Jesus to the tomb where he realized that Jesus was still alive. This could have been interpreted as a miracle by the less educated people of the day. He would then have been spirited away from the tomb where he would have been tended to by his followers until he healed. (Perhaps the 40 days of Jesus' post-crucifixion teaching until the "Ascension" were his recovery period.) After recovery, he was still a wanted man and would have had to leave the country or risk being seen by the Romans. Its not unreasonable that he would have returned to the place where he learned and lived peacefully for eight years.
Many Jews had fled to India and since it was Jesus' goal to unite the tribes of Israel, its possible he also went to India hoping to restart his ministry in a safer climate. Ten of the missing tribes had been forced out by the Assyrians in "a north eastern direction", and the tribe of Ben e Israel in Kashmir claim they were descended from Jewish settlers, so Jesus may have gone there for that reason.
After several years traveling around India, he apparently became known as Issa (short for Ishawara, which means messenger of God). Nickolas Notovitch discovered the texts of "the Life of St. Issa" in the Hemis Gumpa Monastery. Jesus lived for a time at the birthplace of Sidartha the first Buddha. Apparently he got into trouble with the powers-that-be once again, for criticizing the Caste system. He went to Kashmir and kept a low profile for a while, eventually emerging as Youza Asouph, who would become one of the great holy men of his day, also considered a messenger of God. Youza Asouph was originally said to have come from a place where he was not respected and chose not to return to his homeland. He was first believed to come from Egypt but he once supposedly said that he was "the prophet of the children of Israel".
When he died, he was buried in an enclosure, which is atypical for a Hindu or Muslim of the time. The position of his coffin is in an east/west angle, indicating a follower of Moses. There are prints of his feet in the floor of his tomb, which have strange marks that are consistent with wounds from a crucifixion. American scholars wanted to get some DNA from the Tomb of Youza Asouph in Kashmir but there were too many protests so the Tomb was closed off and no one can enter.
"The DaVinci Code" also talks about Jesus having a long life with family and children after his supposed death and ascension.