According to Christian doctrine on the life and times of Jesus, he was the Son of God who laid his life to be crucified to expiate the sins of the world. But growing body of evidence has started to emerge showing the Christian narrative of the life and times of Jesus is misleading and inaccurate. Was he born in Bethlehem or in Nazareth? New discovery proves Jesus was a Buddhist monk who lived and died in India.
In the late 19th century, a Russian doctor named Nicolas Notovitch traveled extensively throughout India, Tibet, and Afghanistan, and chronicled his experiences and discoveries in his 1894 book The Unknown Life of Christ.
During his voyage, Notovitch broke his leg and recuperated at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Hemis in the city of Leh in India. At the monastery, monks showed Notovitch two large yellowed volumes of a document written in Tibetan, titled The Life of Saint Issa.
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.
One lama [monk] explained to Notovitch the full scope and extreme level of enlightenment that Jesus had reached:
“Issa [Jesus] is a great prophet, one of the first after the twenty-two Buddhas. He is greater than any one of all the Dalai Lamas, for he constitutes part of the spirituality of our Lord. It is he who has enlightened you, who has brought back within the pale of religion the souls of the frivolous, and who has allowed each human being to distinguish between good and evil.
“His name and his acts are recorded in our sacred writings. And in reading of his wondrous existence, passed in the midst of an erring and wayward people, we weep at the horrible sin of the pagans who, after having tortured him, put him to death.”
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.
Christians believe when Jesus was born, three wise men came to seek and honor the infant; they were named Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior. It is speculated these three wise men took Jesus to India, when he was 13, to make him the greatest Buddhist ever.
“Jesus is said to have visited our land and Kashmir to study Buddhism. He was inspired by the laws and wisdom of Buddha,” a senior lama of the Hemis monastery told the IANS news agency. The head of the Drukpa Buddhist sect, Gwalyang Drukpa, who heads the Hemis monastery, also confirms the story.
The 224 verses have since been documented by others, including Russian philosopher and scientist, Nicholas Roerich, who in 1952 recorded accounts of Jesus’s time at the monastery:
“Jesus passed his time in several ancient cities of India such as Benares or Varanasi. Everyone loved him because Issa dwelt in peace with the Vaishyas and Shudras whom he instructed and helped.”
It is claimed Jesus spent some time teaching in the ancient holy cities of Jagannath (Puri), Benares (in Uttar Pradesh), and Rajagriha (in Bihar).
German scholar, Holger Kersten, has also chronicled the early years of Jesus in India in the book Jesus Lived In India. Further, in the BBC documentary, titled Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk, experts theorized that Jesus escaped his crucifixion and lived in the Kashmir Valley until he died at 80. Locals believe Jesus is buried at the Roza Bal shrine at Srinagar.