* Christ's tomb in Kashmir * ancient buddist scriptures in ladak monastery have undaunted testimony * mother Mary's tomb in Pakistan * did Christ marry a servent girl? * progeny of Jesus in Kashmir * will Christ be crucified in Vatican city if he comes back? *
In the last months of 1887, a young man visited Ladak, traveling all the way through Zezila pass, 3500 Mtrs., above the sea level. His name was Nikolov Alexandrovitch Notovitch. He was from a Jewish family of Crimiya in Russia.
He had his research degree on 'History' from St. Petersburg University. He was even for some time in Russian Army. Later he was inclined towards Russian Orthodox Church. He worked as a correspondent for a daily, "Novaiah Vremiya". On his official tour, he visited Asian, Persian, Balcon, Caucasus reasons. Even this was his official tour. He was quite unaware that he was going to excavate a historical fact to the bewilderment of the mankind.
Notovitch heard of 'Eesa', a prophet while talking to a Lama of one Buddist monastery. This name was one among the many great prophets who emerged from Buddism. Surprisingly the information about this 'Eesa' tallied with that of Jesus. Notovitch promptly gathered all the information asking many questions to Lama. He wanted the full-length story of 'Eesa' wherein he was told that the ancient Buddist scriptures might contain it. Notovitch sieved all the Buddist monasteries in Tibet and at last found these scriptures in 'Hemis' monastery. It was a Herculian task for him to go through these scriptures in person as the rules of the monastery won't permit others to go through. At last he could get the ancient scriptures wherein the unknown life of Jesus was hidden.
It's not that easy to judge whether the above statements are cent percent true or not, but they obviously tallied with the aggressive, tantalizing, socialistic nature of Jesus appears in The Holy Bible.
After coming to know of all these facts, Notovitch became emotionally interested to let the world know them as well. He return to Europe, met Church officials. They discouraged him with dire consequences. Somehow, with the help of a friend he published his book 'Jesus lived in India'. He was arrested in 1895 by Russian Police when he visited St. Peterburg and was imprisoned in Peter & Paul fort. Later he was sent to Siberia but could come out in 1897. In 1910 his article 'The Life of St. Eesa' was published in a Russian magazine. Church officials started the defense in an affensive manner. Muller in 1894 wrote to one British magazine saying that Notovitch's visit to Ladak was false. Later periods proved that his visit to Ladak was true.
Prof. Hasnine was the Director of Kashmir Research Center for Buddist Studies and a member of International Conference for Anthropological Research. He strongly believes that Jesus lived in India not only in his childhood but even after the crucification. After the crucification, Jesus got a natural healing, came to Kashmir, lived a normal life, died naturally leaving his heirs in Kashmir.
The tomb of Christ is great news; added to this, the greater, surprising and also amusing news is that there are some sects in Kashmir who call themselves the progeny of Jesus Christ. In his 'Did Christ Die in Kashmir?' article Peter James brings out one local folk tale where the king of Persia persuaded Heauz Asuf to marry a servant maid. There started the progeny of Jesus. Added to this, the maintainers of Heauz Asuf's tomb including a popular local political leader, journalist, poet Sahibzada Basharath Saleem strongly believes that they are the progeny of Jesus Christ.
The tomb of Mary is in the place called Mary in Pakistan. Local folk call it Mary's tomb. Even this tomb is faced East & West, contrary to the Muslim practice. This place is 170 Kms., from Srinagar. Carsten, Peter James and other Historians visited this place and said that it could be the tomb of Christ's mother Mary or his disciple Mary Magdalen. However it is an undaunted testimony to the existence of Christ in Kashmir valley. The question arises why did Jesus choose Kashmir? In brief, it could be because of Kashmiry race owes its origin to Jews, or his lifetime association with Buddism.
A shepherd boy, near Dead Sea, went into a cave in search of his lamp. There he found some earthen pots covered with a cloth and tightly tied. He inquisitively opened them hoping to get some treasure. Although he was disappointed, he opened screens to a great deal of information. The earthen pots contained some 'leather & ancient bamboo paper rolls' on which much of the information was written. They dated back to 1st century B.C. They delt with the preachings and sermons of their period. The essence of these sermons all most tallied to the preachings and sermons of Jesus Christ. This opens to a conclusion that Jesus was in a great movement and what he preached was a part of it movement. A major part of the content of these rolls is yet to be decoded. Still the rolls deal with the life in the monastery, the role of society and the interdependency of an individual and society (Sangham - Society in Sanskrit).
Evidently, Roman Empire had constant trade links with India. The Buddist congregation conducted in Sri Lanka in Second Century B.C. had delegates even from Egypt. Buddist ancient book 'Lalitha Vistaram' has a direct impact on the preachings, sermons and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are more than one million Ahmedians across 120 Countries in the world. Meerja Gulam Ahmed, a great thinker and writer of Ahmedian religion says that Christ did not die on the cross but he came to Kashmir, led a peaceful life and died there itself.
Apart from the Christian literature, many other literatures of different religion and region have the story of Jesus. The Holy Bible provides an obscure life sketch of Jesus. 'News Week', in its 2000, March 27 issue clearly stated that Jesus was not limited to Christianity but the other religions like Islam consider Jesus as a prophet sent by god. It also quoted the opinion of John Cobb, a popular Protestant Theologist; 'As the world is becoming smaller, the name of Jesus is becoming wider and wider'. Jews, although won't accept Jesus as the savior, yet they have a great reverence for him. The Holy Quran mentions Jesus as 'Eesa' and Mary as 'Maryam' (Indeed, as it is said, except Maryam's name, no other female name has been mentioned in Quran).
"Eesa, son of Maheem and Maryam, is a prophet sent by Allah. He is no human being but a Holy Ghost". (The Holy Quran, Aan Nisa,171)
Holger Carsten in 1994 wrote a book, 'Jesus Lived In India'. In its Preface, Carsten says, "What we are seeing as a religion today (Christianity) is not the outcome of the sermons and principles of Jesus, which are rather far opposite; but it is an outcome of Paulinism". (Jesus lived in India, P. 4)
"Jesus was the first communist. Owing to that, Christianity could give birth to communism. Hinduism could not do that, nor any other religion can do. Jesus was an extremist, a volcano ready to explode". ('The unknown Christ' P. 50 by Acharya Rajinish (Osho)
Wilhelm Nestle, a popular religious Historian feels that 'Christianity is nothing to do with Christ. It's a system of religion established by St. Paul. Christ's gospel is replaced by 'Gospel About Christ'. Even Over Beck, Bolingbroke, celebrated religious historians feel same.
The first Gospel (Marc) came out atleast 40 years after the crucification of Jesus. The last Gospel (John) came out atleast 80 years after the crucification. Hence there were generation gaps between the existence of Jesus and emergence of Gospels. Obviously they can not carry exactly what Jesus preached. Christianity, more or less was nurtured in the hands of High Priests.
"Christianity is nullifying the philosophical organic matter. Pope today is its antagonist. If Jesus returns now, he will be crucified nowhere else but in Vatican City". ('The unknown Christ' P. 25&26 by Acharya Rajinish (Osho)
The New Testament could not provide us much information about Jesus. "It is indeed an enigma whether any person called Jesus existed or not. Even if he existed in the pages of History, it can't make a clear picture" (Bertrand Russel in 'Why Am I Not a Christian')
The Holy Bible says that Jesus started sermons at the age of 30 (Luke, 3:23). Soon after some years he was crucified. The Holy Bible can not provide us any information about his life prior to his 30 years. Carsten felt that the life of Christ in India can fill the gaps of Christ's missed link life. He discusses exclusively the attempt of Notovitch in digging out the secret links. 2000, March 27 issue of 'News Week' says that Jesus left his parents in his adolescent age and left for South East Asia, practiced Yoga and Meditation.
The two arguments - Christ died on the cross and did not weigh the same weight as neither of it has any substantial evidence. Still if, like our philosophers and thinkers, admit that although Jesus was not son of God yet undoubtedly a great forcing personality, (Will Durant, "The Story of Philosophy') he must have had the supporting theory which has already stood for the test of time (Buddism).