Have you ever wandered about Jesus's life and his teachings to his disciples and apostles? I personally have always felt there was far to much missing. There are a lot of unknowns in the bible, not only about Jesus but many of his disciples that fled after his death such as Thomas and Mary. Questions I've often thought: Who were these wise men from the east who visited the baby Jesus? What was the message they brought with their gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense, which are still considered sacred spiritual items today used in meditation, ceremony, pujas among a myriad of spiritual paths? And what about the story of how they found baby Jesus and exactly where from the east did they travel from? Buddhist monks to this day are able to decipher through astrology and other ancient ways where and when a deceased Lama will be reborn and where.
I've also pondered upon the words that Jesus spoke the night of the passover to his apostles, "All these things I have done, you can do and more". There's no denying that something is wondrously missing from all that has been told and all that is written in the bible. There is very little of Jesus's life from the ages of 12-30 years mentioned in the bible, and then after his return he only had three short years with his Apostles until the time of his death. Then of course there are the missing stories of Jesus's most dedicated and beloved disciple, Mary Magdalene, leaving out the importance of the sacred tie of the Divine Feminine.
During my travels in South East Asia, I saw several pictorial images of Jesus with Asian people. During my yoga teacher training I read of the Russian aristocrat and journalist, Nicholas Notovitch, who had traveled to a Himalayan monastery in Himis, Tibet, north of Srinagar in Kashmir. Monks there showed him ancient scripts that were in the floor board of the monastery that were titled "The Life of Issa", which was a transliteration of the word Jesus. The scripts spoke of this Saint Issa who traveled from Israel to the lands of India, Persia, Tibet and many others. Notovitch wrote of his findings in the book "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" that was published in 1894.
The scrolls stated that at the age of 13, which was the common age for Israelite boys to marry, his modest house filled with parents who wanted Jesus as their son-in-law. It was then at the age of 14, he quietly left Jerusalem and journeyed with a train of merchants toward Sindh, Pakistan where he was loved. He settled for awhile, then traveled to Orsis, India where the mortal remains of Krishna were. The white priests of Brahma taught him to read and understand the Vedas, how to cure physical ills by means of prayers, to teach the sacred scriptures, and to expel evil desires from man to make him once again in the likeness of God. After six years he went into Benares, India where he lived with the common people, teaching the lower caste society the ancient scriptures, who were forbidden by the Brahmins and the Kshatriyas to hear the Vedas. Issa won their admiration preaching that "God has made no difference between his children, who are alike dear to him", urging people not to worship their inanimate idols or animals. He taught them to seek supreme bliss, to purify oneself and regain the primitive innocence their ancestors knew. He taught others that there is only one Creator which exist in every animate being.
Eventually, according to the scrolls his life was threatened because of his discourse to the Sudras, and he left into the mountains where the great Buddha Satya-Muni came into the world, Gautamides. A place of worship of the one and only Brahma. The story continues in Notovitch's book where Jesus continued into the Himalayan mountains, where many have stated through channeling that Jesus communed and took initiation from the great Mahavatar Babaji and his father Joseph, then descended down back into the west where he preached the realization of supreme perfection that is accessible to all.
Scholars and researchers believed Nicholas Notovitch's story of Issa a fabrication, while others, such as Nicholas Roerich, traveled from 1924 to 1928 throughout Asia found "legends of Issa widespread".
As I began to learn more of Buddha's teachings, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads (the last writings of the Veda's) it became evident that Jesus was not only a man who helped the poor, a renunciate of worldly life, a prophet, a wise man, a Jew, or the Son of God, but a Buddha, a Jain and Shaman. He was a man who knew and understood all paths. He stood in the source of all being. His words were not for a few but for all beings who could hear, "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you", within each of us. "Don't stop seeking until you find it". Meaning that the peace he knew, just as Buddha found, is not of the later, but is accessible to us in the now. Urging not for us to die at the completion of our life into the subtle aspects of heaven, but to awaken to the dimension of present moment experience that is at the core of our existence. It is who we are. Dying everyday to the stories of the past, unraveling the matrix of dense energies that keep us bound. Creating a balance of our senses and mind so that we are not taken away by emotion, the suffering, the beauty- the story of our life. Rather witnessing each moment with awareness, manifesting our original childlike purity with patience. The final destination being an arrival into of complete non-attachment of all fear and worry. An arrival into our innate nothingness and neutrality. Becoming empty as Buddha said, or "Hallow as a bone" like many shamans have said, so that the magic of spirit can fill every part of our being- an open vessel, a witness of the mystery. A difficult, challenging but incredibly beautiful and promising journey we have all undertaken whether we are aware of it or not.
Issa (Jesus), told them that God cared not for temples erected by human hands, but that human hearts were the true temples of God. "Enter into your temple, into your heart, illuminate it with good thoughts, with patience and the unshakable faith which you owe your Father. And your sacred vessels! They are your hands and your eyes. Look to do that which is agreeable to God, for in doing good to your fellow-men, you perform a ceremony that embellishes the temple wherein abideth Him who has created you. For God has created you in His own image, innocent, with pure souls, and hearts filled with kindness and to be the sanctuaries of love and justice. Therefore, I say unto you, soil not your hearts, for in them the Eternal Being abides. When you do works of devotion and love, let them be with full hearts, and see that the motives of your actions be not hopes of gain or self-interest; For actions, so impelled, will not bring you nearer to salvation, but lead to a state of moral degradation wherein theft, lying and murder pass for generous deeds." [IX 11-17]
"The Unknown Life of Jesus" written by Nicholas Notovitch
“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. 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 those, after tortured him, put him to death..." - The writings from ancient scrolls in Himis, Tibet.