Most of the description of Jesus’ journey in the East, published by Professor Roerich from an unnamed document dating back 1,500 years ago, bears a striking resemblance to Notovich’s book The Life of St. Issa. The chapter in which these verses appeared was written in 1925 and is a collection of Roerich’s reflections on religion, which alternate with notes about the journey to Sikkim and his arrival in Kashmir, and then about his departure from Kashmir and wanderings in Ladakh. He could find the manuscript in Himis, in some other monastery in Ladakh, or perhaps even in Sikkim. But the place of the find is not so important as the fact that a large part of this text coincides with sixty of those precious poems that were published in Paris thirty-one years earlier by another Nicholas and a compatriot named Notovich.
Further, the records about Jesus from the books “Himalayas” and “Altai-Himalayas” are cited, including legends, ancient texts and Roerich’s own impressions. They are reproduced here exactly as they are presented in his original commentaries on religion, simply signed “Mountains, 1925”.
“If because of the idol of Buddha it is difficult to see the high face of the Buddha-Teacher, then it is even more unexpected to learn beautiful lines about Jesus in the Tibetan mountains. The Buddhist monastery keeps the teachings of Jesus and the lamas pay respect to Jesus, who passed and taught here.”
“The lamas know that Jesus, passing through India and the Himalayas, did not address the Brahmins and Kshatriyas, but to the Shudras – to the working and humiliated. The records of the lamas remember how Jesus exalted a woman – the Mother of the World. Lamas indicate how Jesus reacted negatively to this. called miracles ” 37 .
“There were clear hints about Christ’s second visit to Egypt. But is it not possible that after that he could also visit India? Anyone who doubts too much about the existence of the legend about the life of Christ in Asia, probably does not know what a powerful influence the Nestorians had in all the countries of Asia and how many so-called apocryphal legends they have spread from the most ancient times. And then, how much truth is hidden in these apocryphal legends!
Much resembles lines from Notovich’s book, he wrote while in Leh, but it is even more surprising to find the same version of the Issus legend in several versions. The locals do not know anything about the published book, but they know the legend and speak of Issa with deep reverence. One might wonder what relation Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists have to Issa. But it is even more important to see how great ideas are vital, and how they penetrate even the most distant places. The sources of these legends cannot be traced. But even if they originated from the ancient Nestorian apocrypha, / In the book “On the paths of Central Asia” Yurt Roerich says: “It is very likely that a moving settlement of Nestorian Christians existed in Ladakh during the period from the eighth to the tenth century, when along the trade routes of Turkestan and in other regions of Central Asia there were many Nestorian colonies. At present, it is no longer possible to determine whether the Nestorians who visited Ladakh were merchants or pilgrims. Among the Muslim population of Ladakh and Kashmir, curious Christian legends have been found, apparently related to the Nestorian era “/ now it is very instructive to note the widespread and deep attention that is paid to this topic. It is wonderful to hear a local resident, a Hindu, tell how Issa preached near a small pond near the bazaar, under a tree that no longer exists. From these purely physical signs you can see how seriously this issue is taken. ” whether the Nestorians who visited Ladakh were merchants or pilgrims. Among the Muslim population of Ladakh and Kashmir, curious Christian legends have been found, apparently related to the Nestorian era “/ now it is very instructive to note the widespread and deep attention that is paid to this topic. It is wonderful to hear a local resident, a Hindu, tell how Issa preached near a small pond near the bazaar, under a tree that no longer exists. From these purely physical signs you can see how seriously this issue is taken. ” whether the Nestorians who visited Ladakh were merchants or pilgrims. Among the Muslim population of Ladakh and Kashmir, curious Christian legends have been found, apparently related to the Nestorian era “/ now it is very instructive to note the widespread and deep attention that is paid to this topic. It is wonderful to hear a local resident, a Hindu, tell how Issa preached near a small pond near the bazaar, under a tree that no longer exists. From these purely physical signs you can see how seriously this issue is taken. ” which is devoted to this topic. It is wonderful to hear a local, a Hindu, tell how Issa preached near a small pond near the bazaar, under a tree that no longer exists. From these purely physical signs, one can see how seriously this issue is taken. ” which is devoted to this topic. It is wonderful to hear a local, a Hindu, tell how Issa preached near a small pond near the bazaar, under a tree that no longer exists. From these purely physical signs, one can see how seriously this issue is taken. “38 .
“The records of the lamas say that Jesus was not killed by the Jewish people, but by representatives of the Roman government. The Empire and the rich – the capitalists killed the Great Commune, who brought light to the working people and the poor. The path of the feat of light!” 39
“Let us hear how they say in the Himalayas about Christ. In manuscripts dating back about 1,500 years, you can read: Issa secretly left his parents and, together with merchants from Jerusalem, went to the Indus to improve and study the laws of the Teacher.
He spent time in the ancient cities of India, Jaggornath, Rajagrih and Benares. Everyone loved him. Issa lived in peace with the Vaisyas and Sudras whom he taught.
But the Brahmins and Kshatriyas told him that Brahma had forbidden to approach those created from His womb and feet. Vaisyas can listen to the Vedas only on holidays, and the sudras are forbidden not only to be present when reading the Vedas, but even to look at them. Shudras are obliged only to serve eternally as slaves of the Brahmins and Kshatriyas.
But Issa did not listen to the speeches of the Brahmins and went to the Shudras to preach against the Brahmins and Kshatriyas. He strongly rebelled against the fact that man arrogates to himself the right to deprive his neighbors of human dignity. Issa said that man filled the temples with abomination. To please stones and metals, a person sacrifices people in whom a particle of the Supreme Spirit dwells. A person humiliates those working in the sweat of his brow in order to gain the mercy of a parasite sitting at a luxuriously decorated table. But those who deprive the brothers of common bliss will themselves be deprived of it, and the brahmins and kshatriyas will become sudras of sudras, with whom the Supreme Spirit will abide forever.
The Vaisyas and the sudras were amazed and asked what they should do. Issa said: “Do not worship idols. Do not always consider yourself the first and do not humiliate your neighbor. Help the poor, support the weak, do no harm to anyone, do not desire what you do not have, but what you see from others.”
Many [brahmins and kshatriyas], having learned about these words, decided to kill Issa. But Issa, warned, left these places at night.
Then Issa was in Nepal and in the Himalayan mountains. “Make a miracle,” the ministers of the temple told him. Then Issa said: “Miracles began to appear from the first day the world was created. Those who do not see them are deprived of one of the best gifts in life. But woe to you, opponents of men. Woe to you if you expect Him to testify to His might by miracles.” …
Issa taught not to try to see with your own eyes the Eternal Spirit, but to feel it with your heart and become a soul, pure and worthy.
“Not only do not make human sacrifices, but also do not slaughter animals, for everything is given for the benefit of man. Do not steal someone else’s, for it would be a kidnapping from your neighbor. Do not deceive, so that you yourself are not deceived.”
“Do not worship the sun, it is only part of the world.”
“Until the nations had priests, natural law ruled over them and they kept the integrity of the soul.”
“And I say:” Fear, all those who lead astray from the true path and fill people with superstitions and prejudices, blind the sighted and preach the worship of objects. “
Upon returning to the land of Israel, Issa taught: “Do not fall into despair, do not leave your home, do not destroy the nobility of your feelings, do not worship idols, be filled with hope and patience. You will raise the fallen, give food to the hungry, help the sick to be completely clean and righteous in the last day which I am preparing for you. “
“If you want to do deeds of goodness and love, do them with a generous heart. May there be no hope of profit or trading calculation in these actions. Deeds of profit and calculation will not bring you closer.”
Then Pilate, the ruler of Jerusalem, gave the order to seize the preacher Issa and deliver him to the judges, without arousing, however, the displeasure of the people.
But Issa taught: “Do not look for direct paths in darkness and under fear, but gather strength and support each other. The supportive neighbor strengthens himself.”
“Do you not see that the mighty and the rich are sowing a spirit of rebellion against the eternal heavenly consciousness?”
“I tried to restore the laws of Moses in the hearts of people. And I tell you that you do not understand their true meaning, for they do not teach revenge, but forgiveness, but the meaning of these laws is perverted.”
The ruler was angry and sent his disguised servants to Issa to monitor all his actions and report his words to the people.
“Righteous man,” said the disguised servants of the ruler of Jerusalem to Issa, “teach us whether it is necessary to do the will of Caesar or expect imminent release?”
But Issa, recognizing the disguised servants, said: “I did not predict to you that you will be freed from Caesar. I said that the soul immersed in sin will be freed from him.”
Meanwhile, the old woman approached the crowd, but was pushed aside by one of the disguised. Then Issa said: “Honor the woman, the mother of the universe; in her lies the truth of creation. She is the foundation of all good and beautiful. She is the source of life and death. The existence of man depends on her, for she is the support in his labors. She gives birth to you in She watches your growth. Until her death, you torment her. Bless her. Honor her. She is your only friend and support on earth. Honor her. Protect her. Love your wives and respect them, because tomorrow they are mothers will be, and later – the foremothers of the whole family. Their love makes a person noble, softens hardened hearts and tames the beast. Wife and mother are invaluable treasures, they are the adornment of the universe. From them will be born everything that inhabits the world. “
“As light is separated from darkness, so a woman has the gift of separating good intentions from evil thoughts in a person. Your best thoughts should belong to a woman. Draw from them your moral strength, which you need to help your neighbor. Do not humiliate her, this will only humiliate her. By doing this you will lose that feeling of love, without which nothing here on earth exists. Bring honor to your wife and she will protect you. Whatever you do to your mother, wife, widow or other woman in sorrow you will do for the Spirit. “
Thus taught Issa; but the ruler Pilate, frightened by the adherence of the people to Issa, who, according to his opponents, wanted to raise the people, ordered one of the spies to accuse him.
Issa, who thought only of the bliss of his fellows, endured suffering. Issa said: “The time is not far off when the people will be purified by the Supreme Will, for the declaration of the liberation of the peoples and their unification into one family will appear ” [emphasis Roerich].
And then I appealed to the governor: “Why humiliate their dignity and teach subordinates to live in a lie, when and without that you have the opportunity to accuse the innocent” 40 .
After citing these manuscripts, Roerich wrote in the book Altai-Himalayas: “This is how legends and legends are created. one family, but the wonder is that the bright idea of the community is expressed so clearly. And who will be against this idea? Who will belittle the simplest and most beautiful decision of life? And the earthly community so easily and scientifically flows into the great community of all worlds. The precepts of Jesus and Buddha lie on one shelf. And the signs of ancient Sanskrit and Pali unite searches ” 41 .
The author continues in the book “The Himalayas”: “Another source, less known, also speaks about the life of Jesus in Tibet: There was a temple of teachings near Lhasa, rich in manuscripts. Jesus wanted to familiarize himself with them. Mingste, the great sage of the whole East, was in this temple After a long time, with the greatest dangers, Jesus and his guide reached this temple in Tibet. And Mingsta and all the teachers opened the gates wide and welcomed the Jewish sage. Mingsta often talked with Jesus about the coming century and the sacred duty accepted by the people of this century. Finally, Jesus reached the mountain pass and in the main city of Ladakh – Le – he was joyfully received by monks and people of a lower state, and Jesus taught in monasteries and bazaars – where common people gathered – it was there that he taught.
Nearby lived a woman whose son had died, and she brought him to Jesus. And in the presence of many people, he laid his hand on the child, and the child stood up healthy. And many brought children, and Jesus laid hands on them, healing them.
Jesus spent many days among the Ladakhians, teaching them healing and how to turn the earth into a heaven of joy. And they loved him, and when the day of departure came, they grieved like children. And in the morning multitudes came to say goodbye to him.
Jesus repeated: “I came to show human capabilities. What I create, all people can create. And what I am, all people will be. These gifts belong to all peoples of all countries – this is the water and bread of life.”
Jesus said about skilled singers: “Where did their talents and this strength come from? In one short life, of course, they could not accumulate both the quality of voice and the knowledge of the laws of consonance. Is it miracles? No, because all things come from natural laws. Many thousands of years. ago, these people were already piled their harmony and quality. and they come again to learn more from all manifestations ” 42 .
Having found the same thread in the book “Altai-Himalayas”, we read: “After the life image of Jesus preserved in Asia, one cannot but recall the words of Eusebius in his work” Life of Constantine “:” To make Christianity more attractive in the eyes of the noble, the priests accepted external vestments and adornments used in pagan cults. “Anyone who knows the cult of Mithras appreciates the validity of this remark. A devoted Neoplatonist, an admirer of ancient philosophy, Clement of Alexandria, taught Christian bishops.”
“Ignorance! Russian princes died in the khan’s rates for unwillingness to honor the image of Buddha; at the same time, the monasteries of Tibet already kept beautiful lines about Jesus. Cyril of Alexandria killed the ascetic Hypatia, but it was her disciple, Sinesia, who was offered the bishopric of Ptolemais, even before the adoption them baptized “.
“Superstition! Jerome advised new Christians to trample on the body of their pagan mother.”
“Cynicism! Pope Leo X exclaimed:” How useful is this parable of Christ for us! “
“Origen, who knew the meaning of the ancient mysteries and understood the true meaning of Jesus’ teachings, should not be forgotten. Origen could still say in the words of” deeds “:” And yet the believers were all together and had everything in common, they sold estates and all property and shared according to the need of everyone. And every day, they stayed with one accord, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with joy and simplicity of heart. “
Origen knew why this common good was important and looked deeply into the truth. For this, the church, sometimes very generous in the titles of saints, deprived him of this title. But even the enemies did not refuse to call Origen a teacher. For he approached the teaching scientifically and was not afraid to speak about the obvious.
What was Origen accused of? The Lives of the Saints say: “Origen, a miracle of his age in the literacy of his mind and the depth of learning, was condemned as a heretic at two Alexandrian meetings and, after his death, at the Council of Constantinople. Origen thought wrongly about many truths of the Christian Church. Developing the non-Orthodox teaching about the pre-existence of souls, he incorrectly thought about Christ, believing that a certain number of spiritual beings of equal dignity were created, of which one with such fiery love aspired that he was inseparably united with the Supreme Word and became its bearer on Earth. God the Word and the creation of the world, Origen also misunderstood the death of Christ on the cross, presenting it as something spiritually repeated in the spiritual world. Origen attributed too much to the action of ordinary forces,
“In the struggle and the manifestation of truth, the law-makers of the common good stand on the chariots of time: the indefatigable driver Moses; the harsh Amos; the victorious lion Buddha; the justice of life – Confucius; the fiery poet of the sun – Zoroaster; transformed, reflected by the” shadows “Plato; the great in the sacrifice of immortality good Issa; interpreter of wisdom, lonely Origen; great commune and ascetic Sergius. All who walked tirelessly; all subject to modern persecution; all who knew that the teaching of the common good would come irrevocably; all who knew that every sacrifice to the common good is only the approach of the ways “. “On the mountains they talk about these teachings and listen to them simply. And in the deserts and in the steppes, people sing in everyday life about eternity and the same – the common good. The inhabitants of Tibet, Mongolia, Buryats – everyone remembers about the common good” 43 .