Notovitch, a Russian politician, was born in 1858 in Crimea. In his youth, he
spent a lot of time studying religion and perhaps this could be one of the
motives that after the war, in 1878 he decided to travel and collect spiritual
knowledge. He visited India and his primary interest was the study of local
culture and customs. The route of his journey was through the Caucasus to
Afghanistan, then today's Pakistan and Kashmir to Ladakh, where he stayed for
the longest. He returned to Russia via Turkestan and Karakorum.
his way frequently visited Buddhist monasteries, and so it happened that in a
monastery in Karby learned that throughout India and Tibet exists the living
memory of a saint, called Saint Issa, whose fate is remarkably similar to Jesus.
In Srinagar there is indeed a grave, which allegedly deposite his remains. Issa
said he came to Kashmir from Judea. Notoviče was interested of this
information, enough to completely determine the objective of pilgrimage.
Karby he learned that there were no manuscripts of Issa: they could stay in
Tibet. Here, he visited many monasteries, looking for any information about the
prophet Issa. Mostly he did not learn too much, but could not escape his
attention that virtually in all lay monasteries many texts stay quite freely,
covered with a thick layer of dust.
the Lamayuru monastery Notovitch received the information that the texts
about Issa could be kept near Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Finally, in the
buddhist convent Hemis of Leh he learned that the texts were there, but they
must be found. So, if he’ll come later, he will be able to see them. Notovitch
left the monastery but considered a pretext to come back: he
had an accident that resulted in his leg being broken. This gave him the
unscheduled opportunity to stay awhile at the Hemis convent, enough to locate a
Tibetan translation of the legend about Issa and carefully noted in his carnet
de voyage over two hundred verses from the document known as "The Life of
his return to Russia, he chronologically arranged the text. However, there was
much controversy about the authenticity of the document.
Notovitch was aware of the great historical and religious values of the text
and assumed that the Church should welcome the historical evidence of the
presence of Jesus' person in Tibet. Church attitude, on the contrary, was
negative. First Notovitch turned to the Archbishop of Kiev Platonova, which
recognized the importance of the discovery, but he tried to talk the issue of
the text. In Paris, Notovitch met with Cardinal Rotellim, which said that the
text release was premature. At last, Notovitch was
accused of creating a hoax and was ridiculed as an imposter. In his defense he
encouraged a scientific expedition to prove that the original tibetan documents
that in Paris lived a man who would be interested in the text, and asked for M.
Jules Simon to arrange a meeting with him. So it happened that he met Joseph
Ernst Renan (1823-1892), a famous author of Jesus' biography. He really was
interested of Notovič discovery, but
Notovitch got the distinct impression that it wanted to empower Renan to steal
all the credit. The excuse was because the text was partially modified and the
book release in French waited until after Renan death to avoid unnecessary
of his skeptics was Swami Abhedananda. Abhedananda journeyed into the arctic
region of the Himalayas, determined to find a copy of the Himis manuscript or to
expose the fraud. His book of travels, entitled "Kashmir O Tibetti",
tells of a visit to the Himis gonpa and includes a Bengali translation of two
hundred twenty-four verses, essentially the same as the Notovitch text.
Abhedananda was thereby convinced of the authenticity of the Issa legend.
of Jesus's eastern travels
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1925, another Russian named Nicholas Roerich arrived at Himis. Roerich, was a
philosopher and a distinguished scientist. He apparently saw the same documents
as Notovitch and Abhedananda. And he recorded in his own travel diary the same
legend of St. Issa.
14 years later, these texts was sawn by Elizabeth Caspari, which was probably
the last one who saw them. Infact, we don't have later signs of direct contact
with the main text, but it is not surprising, since Ladakh was closed to
foreigners until 1974. The most important factor was, in addition to the general
disorder in the library, the legitimate fear of losing to the lamas texts.
it was noted that the area went through people who also like to inquire about
the texts, and if any found, could try to empower them.
book, which became extremely rare over the years, inspired, in the late 70th,
Sami, spoused Bock, from the U.S., to track the footsteps of Jesus.
Unfortunately, the manuscript of Jesus' biography is no longer in Ladakh. At
least in the claimed librarians. However, it is equally possible that it could
not or would not be found.
Tibet was attacked by Chinese troops, which are pushed to Ladakh, there was a
diplomatic dispute between India and China: both parties decided to address the
exploration of old documents. Selection of documents was entrusted by F.
Hassnain. In this work only the desired documents are found, but also many
references and reports about Jesus and his work in Kashmir.
revelations about the boy-messiah
"Jesus lived and died in Kashmir" are reproduced some parts of the
Notovitch manuscripts about Issa history:
"A beautiful boy was born in the
country of Israel and God spoke through the mouth of this child explaining the
insignificance of the body and the greatness of soul.
divine boy, whom they named Isa, began to speak as a child about the one
indivisible God, urging the misplaced masses to repent and be cleansed of the
sins they had committed.
all parts people flocked to hear him and were amazed upon the words of wisdom
that emerged from his mouth child; the Israelis claimed that this baby lived in
the Holy Spirit.
Issa reached the age of 13 years, a time when one must take an Israeli woman,
the house where his parents earned the bread, through a modest work, began the
meeting point of rich and noble people who wanted to have young Issa by-law,
because he was known everywhere for his edifying discourses in the name of the
Issa secretly disappeared from his parents' house, leaving Jerusalem, and walked
with a caravan of merchants to Sindh (Pakistan), with the aim of improving the
God's knowledge and studying the laws of the great Jubilee.
14, Jesus had gone through the entire Sindh and the devotees of the Jain god
implored him to stay between them, but he left, walking to Jagannath (one of the
holy cities of India), where he was received with great joy by the priests of
Brahma, who taught him the Vedas, to save the people through prayer, to expel
the evil spirit of the human body and return to this human form.
lived six years traveling the holy cities of Jagannatha, Rajagriba, Benaíes and
others in a state of peace with the Vaishyas and Shudras, whom taught the
sacred scriptures to."
From an early age,
preaching the equality of men
the manuscripts of Notovitch appears that Jesus won his first antipathies in
India, when he spoke about the equality of men for the Brahmins and the enslaved
Sudras, who claimed they only would get rid of slavery by death. Jesus refused
the invitation of the Brahmins to join his beliefs and preached against them
among the Sudras.
he severely condemned the doctrine that gives men the right to explore other
men, and fought the idolatry too, defending the belief in an only one powerful
God. Finally, the priests decided that he should die. Warned by the 'Sudras',
Jesus left India and reached Nepal.
learning the Pali language, he left Nepal and went to the west, through Kashmir
and coming to Persia (now Iran), where the priests forbade the people to hear
him. As they disobeyed the ban, Jesus was arrested but shortly released
29, Jesus embarks on its journey back to Israel, arriving at only a year later.
From there, Notovitch manuscripts, according to Faber-Kaiser, mingle with
comparing Issa philosophies as described by Notovitch with the Jesus Christian
history and the history of the prophet who came to India and settled in Kashmir
after the crucifixion, it's possible to conclude that the three are only one
for Faber-Kaiser, since the beginning of his flight Jesus' goal was to arrive at
Kashmir to fulfill a mission: to gather the lost tribes of Israel, which were
spread throughout Asia after the Great Schism. According to Kaiser, there are
indications that the ten tribes survivors settled almost all in Kashmir, and
someone in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
An amazing story
Christian story tells us that Jesus was crucified on a Friday at noon. Before
nightfall, already dead, his body was removed from the cross and laid in a
burial cave of Joseph of Arimathea, whose entrance was closed with a stone. The
following Sunday, Jesus body had inexplicably disappeared, thus fulfilling the
prophecy: God's son raised him from the dead. After a brief time on Earth,
during which came in contact with his disciples, Jesus ascended into heaven,
where is on the right hand of God, the Father.
against this Christian dogma is the tomb of Srinagar. Andreas
Faber-Kaiser relies on two main points to try proving that Jesus didn't die in
Palestine, at 33, but in Kashmir, northern India, long after: the circumstances
of his martyrdom and the cross references that Jesus lived in India, from 13 to
30 years, period of his life that the Bible doesn't speak about.
crucifixion occurred on a Friday, the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, which meant
download Jesus' body before nightfall. According to the timetable of the day,
the Sabbath began on Friday night and by Jewish law hadn't allowed to leave
hanging on the cross a tortured man during the holy day of Shabbat.
argues that the purpose of crucifixion was not an immediate death, but the slow
torture bearable for up to four days, especially for a young man and healthy.
Then, a tortured man, who was lowered from the cross-time, would be able to
survive if properly treated. This is what happened to Jesus, only subjected to a
few hours of torture: he was removed from the cross still alive and, assisted by
his friends and disciples in the cave of Joseph of Arimathea, was recovered and
managed to escape.
author of "Jesus lived and died in Kashmir" uses many parts of the
Christian history in which there is the evidence that the martyred was still
alive when descending from the cross. The Gospel, according to St. Mark, says
that Pilate, who knew that a crucified takes days to die, was surprised to hear
the new that Jesus was dead. It also says that Pilate struck Jesus' body with a
spear, to verify that was indeed dead, and although he didn't react from the
wound gushed an "abundant blood", which doesn't happen in a lifeless
body. The Gospel, according to St. John, notes that the tomb of Joseph of
Arimathea was not full of earth, as it was customary among the Jews, but only
closed with a stone, leaving in its interior the space to breathe.
the most recent scientific analysis performed on the Shroud of Turin - the cloth
in which Jesus' body was wrapped to be taken off the cross - show that blood on
it was impregnated with the blood of a person still alive .
children and a child still alive
on documents collected by Professor Hassnain, it's possible to trace the path
that Jesus traveled from Palestine to Kashmir: "He and his mother, Mary,
had to go away from Palestine and leave for a distant country, from country to
country. Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, accompanied
them on the trail. Traces of Jesus were founded in Persia, Afghanistan and in
the town of Taxila, in Pakistan. Emerging from Taxila, Jesus, Mary and Thomas
flock moved towards Kashmir, but Mary didn't get seeing the 'Promised Land', not
supporting more feathers of the long journey. She died in the town of Murree.
continues: "From Murree Jesus entered the Kashmir valley, today until
called Yusmarg (Yusu Valley). In Kashmir, Jesus had a wife and children, and
still lives in Srinagar Mr. Sahibzada Basharat Saleem, who retains the complete
genealogy of his family, from Jesus to him. "
scene of Jesus' death is described in the "Ikmatud Din" book, writed
by Shaikh Sa'id al-Sadiq, an author and historian eastern US, who died in 962: "Jesus,
sensing the approach of his death, called his disciple Ba'bat (Thomas) and
expressed him his last wish: to build a tomb over his body, in the place where
tomb is in a shrine named Roza Bal, located in the Khanyar district of the city of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. The
entrance to the tomb reads the inscription YouzaAsouph. It is believed to be the
final resting place of the Prophet named Yuz Asaf (or Issa, the Koranic name for
Christ). Many ancient scriptures and some other facts suggest that Yuz Asaf is
in fact none other than Jesus himself.
crucifixion, the first trail of Jesus is found in the Persian scholar F.
Mohammed's historical work "Jami-ut-tuwarik" which tells of Christ's
arrival in the kingdom of Nisibis (now known as Nusaybin in Turkey) . The same
is found in the Imam Abu Jafar Muhammed's "Tafsi-Ibn-i-Jamir
at-tubri." Holger Kersten who researched on Jesus being in the
sub-continent, found that in both Turkey and Persia there are ancient stories of
a saint called "Yuz Asaf" ("Leader of the Healed"), whose
behaviour, miracles and teachings are remarkably similar to that of Christ.
clues are drawn from the Apocrypha. These are texts said to have been written by
the Apostles but which are not officially accepted by the Church. The Apocryphal
'Acts of Thomas', for example, tell how Christ met Thomas several times after
the Crucifixion. In fact they tell us how Christ sent Thomas to teach his
spirituality in India. This is corroborated by evidence found in the form of
stone inscriptions at Fatehpur Sikri, near the Taj Mahal, in Northern India.
They include "Agrapha", which are sayings of Christ that don't exist
in the mainstream Bible. Their grammatical form is most similar to that of the
Apocryphal gospel of Thomas.
there are more in The Apocryphal Acts of Thomas, and the Gospel of Thomas which
are of Syrian origin. In these texts Thomas tells of Christ's appearance in
Andrapolis, Paphlagonia (today known as in the extreme north of Anatolia) as a
guest of the King of Andrappa. It seems that Christ and Mary then moved along
the West coast of Turkey, proof of this could be an old stopping place for
travellers called the "Home of Mary", found along the ancient silk
route. In his travels through Persia (today's Iran) Christ became known as Yuz
Asaf (leader of the Healed). We know this because a Kashmiri historical document
confirms that Issa (the Koranic name for Christ) was in fact also known as Yuz
Asaf. The Jami - uf - Tamarik, Volume II, tells that Yuz Asaf visited Masslige,
where he attended the grave of Shem, Noah's son. There are various other
accounts such as Agha Mustafa's "Awhali Shahaii-i-paras" that tell of
Yuz Asaf's travels and teachings all over Persia. It seems that Yuz Asaf blessed
Afghanistan and Pakistan with his presence also. There are for example two
plains in Eastern Afghanistan near Gazni and Galalabad, bearing the name of the
prophet Yuz Asaf. Again in the Apocryphal Acts of Thomas, Thomas says that he
and Christ attended the Court of King Gundafor of Taxila (now Pakistan), in
about 47AD, and that eventually both the King and his brother accepted Christ's
teachings. Researchers claim that there are more than twenty one historical
documents that bear witness to the existence of Jesus in Kashmir, where he was
known also as Yuz Asaf and Issa. For example the Bhavishyat Mahapurana (volume 9
verses 17-32) contains an account of Issa-Masih (Jesus the Messiah). It
describes Christ's arrival in the Kashmir region of India and his encounter with
King Shalivahana, who ruled the Kushan area (39-50AD), and who entertained
Christ as a guest for some time.
historian Mullah Nadini (1413) also recounts a story of Yuz Asaf who was a
contemporary to King Gopadatta, and confirms that he also used the name Issa,
i.e. Jesus. There is also much historical truth in the towns and villages of
Northern Pakistan to prove that Jesus and his mother Mary spent time in the
area. For instance, at the border of a small town called Murree, there is nearby
a mountain called Pindi Point, upon which is an old tomb called ‘Mai Mari da
Asthan’ or "The final resting place of Mary". The tomb is said to be
very old and local Muslims venerate it as the grave of Issa's Mother. The tomb
itself is oriented East-West consistent with the Jewish tradition, despite the
fact it is within a Muslim area. Assuming its antiquity, such a tomb could not
be Hindu either since the Hindus contemporary to Christ cremated their dead and
scattered their ashes as do Hindus today.
the villages of Naugam and Nilmge, 40km south of Srinagar, is a meadow called
Yuz-Marg (the meadow of Yuz Asaf, i.e. Jesus). Then there is the sacred building
called Aish Muqam, 60km south east of Srinagar and 12km from Bij Bihara.
"Aish" is derived from "Issa" and "Muqam" place of
rest or repose. Within the Aish Muqam is a sacred relic called the 'Moses Rod'
or the 'Jesus Rod', which local legend says, belonged to Moses himself. Christ
is said to also have held it, perhaps to confirm his Mosaic heritage. Above the
town of Srinagar is a temple known as "The Throne of Solomon", which
dates back to at least 1000BC, which King Gopadatta had restored at about the
same time as Christ's advent. The restoration was done by a Persian architect
who personally left four inscriptions on the side steps of the temple. The third
and fourth inscription read: "At this time Yuz Asaf announced his prophetic
calling in Year 50 and 4" and "He is Jesus -- Prophet of the Sons of
Israel"! Christ may have travelled to the South of India also, finally
returning to Kashmir to die at the age of approximately 80 years. Christ's tomb,
lies in Srinagar's old town in a building called Rozabal. "Rozabal" is
an abbreviation of Rauza Bal, meaning "tomb of a prophet". At the
entrance there is an inscription explaining that Yuz Asaf is buried along with
another Muslim saint. Both have gravestones which are oriented in North-South
direction, according to Muslim tradition. However, through a small opening the
true burial chamber can be seen, in which there is the Sarcophagus of Yuz Asaf
in East-West (Jewish) orientation!
to Professor Hassnain, who has studied this tomb, there are carved footprints on
the grave stones and when closely examined, carved images of a crucifix and a
rosary. The footprints of Yuz Asaf have what appear to be scars represented on
both feet, if one assumes that they are crucifixion scars, then their position
is consistent with the scars shown in the Turin Shroud (left foot nailed over
right). Crucifixion was not practised in Asia, so it is quite possible that they
were inflicted elsewhere, such as the Middle East. The tomb is called by some as
"Hazrat Issa Sahib" or "Tomb of the Lord Master Jesus".
Ancient records acknowledge the existence of the tomb as long ago as 112AD. The
Grand Mufti, a prominent Muslim Cleric, himself has confirmed that Hazrat Issa
Sahib is indeed the tomb of Yuz Asaf!