Jesus lived in India

I' watching something on telly about The Da Vinci Code. I haven't read the book myself, but I find the topic fascinating.

A couple of years ago I heard about The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail which it seems to be based upon. It's interesting, the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene may be among us still. Heck, I may be one of them, or you, dear reader!

And there's the whole thing about the knights templar and the free masons and so on... And for certain, this book has spawned a host of new grail hunters!

But there's another theory that I stumbled upon the other day. (On telly, yes, I admit it, I watch a lot of telly...But atleast it's not crappy soaps, right?!)

This theory claims that Jesus didn't die on the cross, no, he survived it (which according to this programme's scientists is entirely possible if the right conditions are there) and then he fled Israel - as one would expect as he would've been seen as an outlaw etc...

Yes, he fled. To India, or perhaps rather to Kashmir. This journey wasn't so impossible back then as us modern folks might think, what with us being used to planes and the like, although the time frames back then were somewhat different, still it wasn't impossible at all. Travelling along the spice route and the silk route was quite common, so travelling between the Middle East and India wasn't unthinkable.

Now, the interesting thing is, why did he go to Kashmir/India?? Well, apparently he was supposed to have been an incarnation of Buddha.

Yes, the Buddha.

The evidence for this theory being:
* The Three Kings who came from the East - they came looking for an incarnation of Buddha (anyone who's seen the film Little Buddha will know how that procedure is..) - and apparently they found him.
* Apparently, the fact that there are no accounts of Jesus' life between the age of 14 and 30, which is when he is supposed to have been in India learning the ways of the Force the teachings of buddhism.
* Many of [Jesus'] teachings, which have been gradually edited out of the modern Bible were originally Eastern in nature. Principles such as karma and re-incarnation, for example, were common knowledge then, and seem to have been reaffirmed by Christ.
* Christ's tomb, says Kersten, lies in Srinagar's old town in a building called Rozabal. "Rozabal" is an abbreviation of Rauza Bal, meaning "tomb of a prophet".
* [On] this tomb, there are carved footprints on the grave stones and when closely examined, carved images of a crucifix and a rosary. The footprints of Yuz Asaf [Jesus] have what appear to be scars represented on both feet, if one assumes that they are crucifixion scars, then their position is consistent with the scars shown in the Turin Shroud (left foot nailed over right). Crucifixion was not practised in Asia, so it is quite possible that they were inflicted elsewhere, such as the Middle East. The tomb is called by some as "Hazrat Issa Sahib" or "Tomb of the Lord Master Jesus". Ancient records acknowledge the existence of the tomb as long ago as 112AD.
What is italicized above is from this article: Jesus Lived In India.

Of course, were this to be true, that would completely change the basis for all of Christianity - in effect, the whole of the Western world, as out culture is largely based on this religion...
Whether it's true or not (and I suspect we shall never know) sure is fascinating. Fascinating that people are so fascinated by this. And that people want to know the actual facts of this religion. Perhaps because it is, by and large, fancyful stories. (And very male centered, but that's a whole 'nother story altogether!)

Saturday, May 14, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:37 PM