Jesus: “If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also.” Luke 6:29
Buddha: “If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife,
you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words.” Majjhima Nikaya 21:6
The life story of the most famous person who has ever lived is, in fact, filled with a mysterious gaping hole. From the age of 13 to 29 there is no Biblical, Western, or Middle Eastern record of Jesus‘s whereabouts or activities in Palestine.
“The Lost Years” is the undocumented periods in the infancy of Jesus according to the New Testament. Many stories are revolving around these “missing years.” The Gospels relate the birth of Jesus and his trip to Egypt as an escape from the anger of Herod, the Roman King of Judea (Matthew 2: 13-23). There is also a reference to Mother Mary and the young Jesus living in the Nazareth (2:23 Matthew, Luke 2: 39-40). Besides these, there is a mention of Joseph, Mary and Jesus visiting the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover when Jesus was 12 years of age (Luke 2: 41-50). However, after this period, there is a gap in the history accounting to 18 years in the life of Christ.
There is a general allusion that Jesus was advancing towards wisdom, stature and in favor of God and man (Luke 2:52), the Bible states nothing about these missing years and the Christians assume that Jesus lived in Nazareth around that period.
However, authors like Gruber and Kersten claim that Buddhism had a significant impact on the life and teachings of Jesus. The authors claim that Jesus was influenced by the teachings of the Theravada Buddhist School in Judea.
According to a recent BBC documentary, Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk, experts conceive the idea that Jesus escaped his crucifixion and in his mid-30s, he returned to the land he loved. He escaped death and also met the Jewish settlers in Afghanistan who had to face a similar despotism by the Jewish emperor Nebuchadnezzar.
Nicholas Notovitch – Translation of Tibetan Documents
In the late 19th century, Nicolas Notovitch, a Russian doctor traveled extensively in Tibet, India, and Afghanistan to chronicle his experiences and discoveries for his book, The Unknown Life of Christ. During his journey, Notovitch broke his leg in 1887 and was recovering at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Hemis in the city of Leh in India.
While he was being treated, the monks showed two large yellow-colored volumes of a document in Tibetan titles which read as the Life of Saint Issa. On translating the document, Notovich realized that the document was a story of a child named Jesus or Issa, meaning son of God, who was born in the first century to a low-income family in Israel.
Jesus was called the son of the God by the Vedic scholars who taught him sacred Buddhist texts from the age of 13 to 29. Notovitch translated around 200 verses out of 224 verses from the document. During his stay at the monastery in 1887, the full scope and extreme level of enlightenment that Jesus attained were explained to Notovitch by one of the lamas. According to the Lama, Jesus was one of the twenty-two Buddhas, and he was greater than any one of the Dalai Lamas because he possessed the spirituality of the Lord.
The Lama further stated that “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.”
Jesus’s Time in India
The discovery of Jesus’s time in India perfectly syncs with the Lost Years of Jesus along with his birth in the Middle East. According to the Buddhist religion, when a great Buddhist or a holy man dies, wise men consult the stars and other omens to find a child who is the reincarnation of the Lama. When the child is old enough, he is taken away from the parents by the wise men and is taught Buddhism. Experts are of the opinion that this is the foundation story of the Three Wise Men and they believe that Jesus was taken to India at the age of 13 to be educated about the Buddhist faith. At that time, Buddhism was already 500 years old, and Christianity had not begun.
Gwalyang Drukpa, a senior Lama and the head of the Drukpa Buddhist sect of the Hemis monastery confirmed the story about Jesus visiting India to study Buddhism and being inspired by the wisdom and laws of Lord Buddha.
Nicholas Roerich, a Russian philosopher, and scientist in 1952 documented the presence of Jesus in the monastery and the 224 translated verses. Roerich writes that Jesus spent his time in many ancient cities of India like the Banaras and Varanasi. People loved him because Issa lived in peace and helped the Vaishya’s and Shudras, who are the lower castes in India.
Jesus spent time teaching in ancient holy cities like Jagannath in Puri, Banaras in Uttar Pradesh and Rajagriha in Bihar which provoked the Brahmins of India (the upper caste) to bar him following which Jesus had to flee to the Himalayas where he spent six years studying Buddhism.
Holger Kerstan, the German scholar, in his book the Early Years of Jesus in India writes, “The lad arrives in a region of the Sindh (along with the river Indus) in the company of merchants. He settled among the Aryans with the intention of perfecting himself and learning from the laws of the great Buddha. He traveled extensively through the land of the five rivers (Punjab), stayed briefly with the Jains before proceeding to Jagannath.”
Locals inform that Jesus spent the next years in the Kashmir valley where he lived happily until his death at 80 years. He spent 16 years of his youth in the region and approximately last 45 years in India. In short, Jesus spent almost 61 to 65 years of his life in India, Tibet, and its neighboring region. Locals confirm that he is buried at the Roza Bal shrine in Srinagar (capital of Kashmir) in India.