A Tale of Two Prophets – Jesus Was A Buddhist

More than twothousand years ago, a young woman was pregnant in Judea.

More than twothousand years ago A Holy man had died at the monastery of Himmis in Kashmir and, as was tradition, three men set out two find his reincarnation, carrying gifts. They went west, following a comet.

The young woman gave birth to a boy just before three Men from the east appeared bearing gifts to celebrate the arrival of a new Messiah. The boy was named Jesus.

Three men following a comet found a newborn boy and they named him Issa.

It is said that the boy from Judea, as he grew up, was filled with unexpainable wisdom. But after he turned twelve, he vanished and wasn’t heard of until the Age of twentynine.

The Boy Issa came to Himmis at the age of thirteen. He was taught the wisdom of Buddha and started travelling and preaching all over India, Tibet and Asia Minor. Everywhere he found more disciples to join him on his journey. Many of them were given new names as his teachings had changed their lifes entirely. He himself was named Ishai, Yuz-Asaph and more until he vanished at the age of 29.

After being lost for 17 years, a young man named Jesus returned to Judea and people were full of wonder about all the unusual thoughts he was preaching. Surely, during his absence he must have had the chance to gain enormous insights. For three years he travelled the Holy Land preaching a message of universal love and self-chosen material poverty. Many followed him and were called apostles. As he had given them a new live, he also gave them new names. He was deemed dangerous by the Romans who ruled over that land at the time and sentenced to die at the cross. The night before his crucifixion, a group of his disciples were mysteriously allowed to enter his cell bringing with them herbs that were known to slow down the human metabolism to a point were it would be near impossible to detect a heartbeat.
It is said that death by crucifixion takes about 48 to 72 hours. that is how long it takes for the muscles of arms and legs to stop supporting the body and for the weight of the body then crushing the lungs.
Jesus however, according to all written accounts about his death, died after no more than 12 hours, was taken off the cross and buried.
A few days later he magically walked the earth again. Nobody had seen him rise from the grave, but there he was. Resurrected. A Wonder that would become the central myth of the largest religion the world has ever seen.
It is written that he asked his disciples to go into the world and teach his wisdom while he himself would go to heaven to be with his father, God.

Three years after he had left, a man called Issa returned to India where he went on teaching the wisdom of Buddha it is said that he became more than a hundred years old and was buried in Srinagar. His tomb bears the name Yousa-Asaf – the muslim name for Jesus Christ.

This is just a story although there is quite a bit of historical and textual evidence for it. the Legend of Issa is Indian folk lore to this day and Srinagar attracts numerous pilgrims, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians alike.

When this theory first became public in the west, the catholic Church sent missionaries to India and Arabia in order to burn any textual evidence of Issa, however a few texts in Chinese, Arabic and Sanskrit remain as well as stories and songs in India.

Wether or not the stories abous Jesus’ presence in India are true, it is important to understand that India and Arabia were very well connected during the time of Jesus. There is evidence that Jews settled in India as well as Buddhists sending missionaries to Syria and Persia. It was a time when religious leaders were travelling all over the place to spread their message. Therefore a Jesus Christ who had never heard of and was not influenced by Buddhist philosophy in one way or another is very hard to imagine if not impossible.

And then there is overwhelming textual evidence, when comparing the Gospels with the texts about Buddha himself. just to name a few: Both Buddha and Jesus were born to virgin mothers as incarnations of god. both were prophesied and Both had their birth attended by wise men bearing gifts.
Both got lost for many years and returned with ultimate wisdom. both preached universal love and peace. Both were considered vegetarians (with the exception of fish), both denounced material wealth, both supposedly died accompanied by supernatural events, both sent their disciples into the world to teach their wisdom. the list is much longer and it gets even more strange when you compare their quotes.

No two other religios founders in history share so many similarities. too many to be mere coincidences.

Jesus was a Buddhist. Everything that came after him, the churches that claimed to be spreading his message, the wars that were justified using his name had nothing to do with him or his message.

Maybe even more importantly: If he did exist, he was just a man. and as such there was no divine message that exists to the present day. Just a man that had understood some simple truths about the nature of civilised humankind and was looking for a way to improve it.

As Buddha – and Jesus – point out, the message is to be found inside of the self and nowhere else. What else is there to do but to stop blindly believing in whatever message we are given from the outside?

Whatever it is that you are looking for, look inside.

One Right Way

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Two Worlds

I live in two worlds.
One is the old one. A dead end job in a global news station. When I am there, I get jealous, frustrated, because everyone around me seems to be doing so much better. One colleague is buying that camera I can only dream of having, the other is getting jobs from all directions, everybody knows and loves him. Another just got promoted. Continue reading Two Worlds

Spiritual Awakenings and The Fist of Reality

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He seemed happy, strong, free. Continue reading Spiritual Awakenings and The Fist of Reality

Trade-Off

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Pushing The Pedal To The Metal – Agriculture And Unchecked Growth

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Continue reading Pushing The Pedal To The Metal – Agriculture And Unchecked Growth

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The Population Problem

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How Agriculture Created the First Pyramid

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