The Lost Years of Jesus
- This is a full unedited excerpt of a chapter in Sylvia Browne's book : 'Secrets and Mysteries of The World'(pg 205-222).
Excerpt presented with love and light by Lone.
The Lost Years of Jesus
Jesus' Life from 12 to 30
The bible depicts a 12-year old Jesus helping his stepfather, Joseph – who, contrary to popular belief, was not a poor carpenter, but was instead a very wealthy custom-furniture maker. Indeed, both Mary and Joseph came from royal families-Joseph was, in fact, from the royal House of David-and they were highly esteemed in Judaic society. (To fast-forward to prove my point, why do you think Christ was invited into the best homes, and the wealthy such as Lazarus sought him out? who paid for the Last Supper? And why was Jesus invited to wedding feasts? Certainly in Judaic society, lowly peasants were never welcome at such events. In addition, Christ's robes were of such fine cloth that when be was crucified, the Roman soldiers "cast lots" over them-in other words, they gambled to obtain his robes.)
The Bible then loses track of Jesus until he shows back up in Jerusalem at the age of 30. Many years ago, Francine said that Jesus had left because he didn't want to marry, and he wanted to study other cultures. She also pointed out that in the 1890s, a Russian journalist named Nicholas Notovitch was convinced, that Christ traveled to, and possibly studied in, India.
A group of us quickly looked up Notovich' s book The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ, which was heretofore unfamiliar to us, and found that it had been attacked and debunked numerous times by theologians and historians, and that Mr. Notovitch had been highly ostracized. (Hmm . . . does that sound familiar?)
In his book, Notovitch mentions a Tibetan text called The Life of Saint Issa: Best of the Sons of Men, which he heard about when he was a guest at a Buddhist monastery. According to this work, Christ left Jerusalem with a train of merchants when he was about 14, which was when most males were expected to marry, and he journeyed to India. (In my research, I've found comparable descriptions of these travels. Depending on the culture, Jesus is either called "Issa," "Isa;" "YuzAsaf," "Budasaf," "YuzAsaph," "San Issa," or "Yesu.")
Notovitch was stunned by the parallel of "Issa's" teachings and martyrdom that coincided with Christ's life-and even his Crucifixion. The story of Saint Issa describes him arriving in India and settling among the Aryas, in the country "beloved by God."
Issa then went to Djagguernat (in the country of Orsis), where Brahman priests taught him to understand the Vedas, to cure physical ills by prayer, to teach sacred scriptures, and to drive out evil desires from man and make him in the likeness of God. For six years, Issa resided in other holy cities in India, living with and loving the lower classes, and siding with them against the oppressive upper classes.
Many writings, both recent and ancient, echo Notovitch' s claim, as do the Aquarian Gospel and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Lost Years of Jesus by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Jesus Mystery by Janet Brock , and Jesus Lived In India by Holger Kersten indicate that Christ was 'no stranger to the mystic East: He lived there, learned the ancient teachings, and returned to Palestine even more enlightened. Note that in Christ's teachings, even in his Beatitudes, there is a gentle Eastern flavor, so unlike the strict dogma of the Sanhedrin, which was the seat of the Judaic faith. He preached gentleness, caring, and paths of righteousness; along with bringing about a new order of love and a caring God, rather than a militant, hateful Creator who plays favorites.
Jesus then migrated from the Hindu faith to Buddhism. He mastered the Pali language and studied the sacred Buddhist scriptures, which enabled him to expound on sacred scrolls. Holger Kersten did a lot of research that corroborates information Francine told us many years ago: that Christ was also exposed to Buddhist teachings in Egypt. (We must remember that after his birth, Mary and Joseph did travel to that part the Middle East with Jesus, and Francine says that they stayed there much longer than biblical records show.) Kersten said that most scholars acknowledge that Buddhist schools did in fact exist in Alexandria long before the time of Christ.
Jesus is also mentioned in the Persian historical work known as the Rauzat-us-Saja, written by Mir Muhammad Bin Khawand in A.D.1417: