Jesus Christ is widely known as Saint Issa/ Issu Khrist in India. In the western countries, the four gospels of Jesus (Mark, Matthew, Luke, John) are recognized as the authentic source of life of Jesus Christ. However, these gospels of Jesus account from his birth to 13 and age 30 to 33 leaving out an unexplained major gap of 17 years, The gap has been a matter of wild speculation.
In the late 19th century, the Russian journalist Nicolas Notovich heard about the legend of Saint Issa while traveling in Kashmir. During his visit to the Buddhist Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, a Lama shared the ancient handwritten scrolls written in Pali language. The scrolls contained 224 stanzas detailing the life of Saint Issa from birth to Crucifixion including the years from the age 13 through 30 that was unknown in the Christian world. The scrolls also had descriptions about his early years, his travel from Palestine to India, his stay at various places in India, return to Judea, his message to people and his crucifixion at the age of 33.
Since early age, Issa talked about God and spirituality, peace and love. His talks became very popular in Palestine. During his travels in Judea and surrounding towns, he heard about the world’s largest fountain of spiritual knowledge – India. At a tender age of 13, Issa left Judea for India. He used the sea route to reach the Sindh area of India at the age 14. He then crossed into the area covered by the 5 rivers of Rajputana (present day Rajasthan), he came in contact with Jain sadhus (saints) in Palitana (present day Gujarat) and learned about Jainism. Then he traveled to Jagannatha Puri in Orissa where he stayed for 6 years and learned Vedas. Then following the sacred river Ganga (Ganges as westerners would call) he went North. He stayed at various places of pilgrimage including the world’s oldest and most spiritual city of Varanasi (present day Banaras), Haridwar, Rishikesh, and up north in Kashmir/Ladakh. He stayed in India until the age of 26 and gained much spiritual knowledge. Then he travelled back to Persia by land route. There he visited the Great city of Persepolis. Then traveled to Athens, Alexandria, Egypt and at the age of 29 he was back in Palestine to fulfil his destiny.
The Enlightenment Years:
Per Buddhist scrolls, Brahmins received him joyfully and taught him Vedas for 6 years. It is understood that Saint Issa mastered Sanskrit during this time in order to master Vedas. Hinduism then was very open to teaching Veda to people of all caste (including Shudras, Chandalas, mlecchas, yavans, Shaka, Han, and others), religion (from Zoroastrians, tribals, Pagans, etc.), country (all over the known world), and gender (men as well as women), all were welcomed, all were taught Vedas and other subjects of their choice. This is further corroborated by the writings of Chinese travelers and scholars preserved in present day China.
As he traveled north following the sacred river Ganga, he visited various places of pilgrimage including the world’s oldest and most spiritual city of Varanasi (present day Banaras), Haridwar, Rishikesh, and up north in Kashmir/Ladakh. Saint Issa then met Buddha followers. He learned the Pali language and also read and understood the sacred scrolls of Buddhism. As he attained the enlightenment with all this new found knowledge of the past 12 years, he incorporated the details in his teachings in later years. Thus we see fundamental similarities like one God in Hinduism and in the teachings of Jesus, similarity in Catholic rituals and Buddhist rituals; emphasis on love and nonviolence in Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, and many more such parallels. Original teachings of Jesus also included reincarnation. It is believed that in India, Saint Issa attained enlightenment and understood that God is the father of all mankind and thus he too is a son of God.
Upon his return Saint Issa not only preached about God and spirituality but also about him being a son of God. He preached the people of Palestine and neighboring cities/countries based on what he had realized while learning from Veda and Buddhism. Thus, fulfilling his destiny.
The Missing Account:
In the year 325 AD the Council of Bishops called by Emperor Constantine first-time officially designated Jesus Christ as the begotten Son of God. Later on they made adjustments to the history and the teaching of Christianity. The teachings that have been deleted because Constantine followers wanted to prove his newly written stories to be true. Scholars believe it is likely that during these years the truth about the lost years of Jesus was also deleted and destroyed from the archives of Alexandria library. Also the belief in reincarnation was removed during this time. Selective text of the teachings was retained.
As historical events and teachings of Christianity have been altered or adjusted multiple times by select rulers and others over the past two millennia, the only true, accurate and reliable account of life of Issa (Jesus Christ) remains in the meticulously hand written and well preserved Pali scrolls in the original form at the Buddhist monastery. True spiritual seekers of the followers of Jesus should also consult Vedas whenever in doubt as it is the ultimate source of knowledge for both Christianity and Buddhism.
Lost Years of Jesus – Film Documentary by Richard Bock, 1977