LADAK TODAY – EXPERIENCES OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Dr. Robert S. Ravich explores customs and beliefs
In a village or in a forest, in a valley or on a hill, wherever the Arhats live, any land there
pleasant. The forests are pleasant. Where other people are not happy
those who are devoid of passion will rejoice, for they do not seek sensual pleasures.
Dhammapada vii: 99
A fairy tale of two worlds
A few final questions
Let us list briefly: Notovich said that from a lama in Mulba in 1887 he learned about the existence of scriptures about the life of Saint Issa in Lhasa and other large monasteries. He further stated that he had seen such a document in Himis and in 1894 published a text allegedly read to him and translated by his interpreter. The book aroused controversy, which seemed to be resolved when Professor George. Archibald Douglas went to Himis and received testimony Lama, the abbot, who said that all the major allegations in the story were completely false Notovitch 1 .
In 1922, Swami Abhedananda went to Himis, inquired about Notovich and his find, and received completely opposite information. The Lama not only confirmed Notovich’s story, but in turn helped Abhedananda translate the same chapters that Swami later published in Bengali in In Kashmir and Tibet, along with some excerpts from Notovich’s texts in English. In addition to this, Abhedananda confirmed many details of Notovich’s story that were considered controversial.
In 1925, while leading an expedition to Central Asia, Nicholas Roerich visited Himis. Later, he published scriptures found in the monastery and / or elsewhere, which coincided with those discovered by Notovich. He also said that throughout his travels he met many other stories, written and oral, about Issa’s journey in the East. Nicholas Roerich was well aware of Notovich’s book, but he in no way connected his research with it. His son, Yuri Roerich, being a prominent orientalist and knowing Tibetan, would undoubtedly have noticed if they were handed fake documents.
Finally, in 1939, before knowing about the legends of Issus or Notovich’s book, Elizabeth Caspari saw three books shown to her by the librarian Himis, who explained: “These books say that your Jesus was here!”
Usually, it is at this point in the story that the detective sits or walks slowly back and forth, if he is a real detective, in a large office decorated with mahogany. A fire is buzzing in a large fireplace. The monologue may vary slightly, but the questions are always the same. Why? What does all of this mean?
Could all three – Notovich, Abhedananda and Roerich – fabricate their stories or be fooled by different lamas? Extremely incredible. What about Elizabeth Caspari? And also Judge Bill Douglas and the traveler Ed Noak and Professor Bob Ravich and others like them, who may still appear? Could it have been a conspiracy forever hidden in Himis to play a trick on the Western world? And again, it doesn’t look like that. As Professor Roerich said: “In what incredible way could a modern counterfeit penetrate the consciousness of the whole East?”
Well, argues our thoughtful detective, the very idea of Jesus’ journey through India, although it seems incredible to many people in the West, still lives in the East. He recalls that in The Lost Years of Jesus Revealed, Dr. Charles Francis Potter writes that his book on Jesus and the Essenes was popular in India. “It seems,” Potter wrote, “that many Hindus believe that Jesus’ lost years, at least in part, spent in India, taking from the Vedas a lot for his teaching. Didn’t he say: “Take my yoga and learn from me, for my yoga is simple” 2 ?
Suppose further that the text (or texts) exist and the story is true? And then what? At this moment, the detective leans on the grate and stares at the flame. Burning wood crackles, sparks fly into the chimney, and little by little something that no detective can do without – a version – begins to emerge.
Jesus, he reasoned, was usually believed to have learned everything from Moses and the prophets, in other cases he was taught by God. And the “Life of Saint Issa” and other treasures from the heart of Asia assert the opposite – namely, that he went to the East “to improve in the Word of God and study the laws of the great Buddhas.”
It seems that during his travels, Jesus longed to meet the Eastern righteous. It turns out that he searched for them and planned his extensive travel itinerary through the most famous spiritual communities of the time in order to research, observe and collect data for a work that he had to write, subscribing to it with his blood.
According to legends and scriptures, it was among such people (whose aspirations beyond the physical world were preparing a new era, proclaimed by the birth of Christ) that he preached, meditated, practiced yoga, studied and taught. Both worlds clearly remember how he healed the sick, revived the dead, taught people of Love and fought their hardened enemies. He discovered the same wisdom that he later showed to the priests of Palestine, warning about the troubles that threatened the Brahmins, Kshatriyas and similar lawyers, driving out all kinds of demons from the possessed; in general, doing everything that he later paid for with the price of his life – a life that he barely saved in the East.
And if we can read between the lines and reflect on his extraordinary deeds – completely not denying, but embodying the laws of material and spiritual physics – it will become clear that he sought and gained power over the elements and elemental forces, as well as control over the heartbeat and body functions. … And that he learned the art of bilocation * and alchemy, which was later observed in his famous sudden appearances and disappearances 3, in the transformation of plain water into fine wine, and the conversion of indifferent, “lost” souls into striving, fiery believers. * In English – art of bilocation. This is one of the siddhis, or paronormal abilities, which a person masters at a certain stage of Yoga. The yogi who has mastered this siddha, without actually moving anywhere, can “appear” anywhere, or simultaneously in many places, through a process that for those who do not own him is described as a mental projection of his image into a chosen place with the subsequent materialization of his external appearance, which allows talk and perform any physical actions. Since at the same time all the subtle structures of a person are recreated, as well as the continuity of consciousness is preserved, the eye of the uninitiated will not distinguish such a double from the “original”. Approx.
He did all this and even much more than that, and not as a god, but embodying the well-known path of self-mastery, the natural development of the soul to the release of the greatness contained within it. He, as it turns out, definitely asserted, having captured this with his every action, that his path was predetermined by the Father and attainable by all His sons – if they do not give up their striving, but go with understanding and joy.
Was this a dress rehearsal for the Palestinian mission? Or not only that, but something more? Was he a wise student seeking a wiser Teacher? Did he study the periphery of knowledge at home only in order to go forward, throwing back mile after mile (inspired only by the will of his Father) – yes, pushing the boundaries of consciousness far beyond time and space, beyond the horizons of the teachers of his childhood?
Was he a true Revolutionary (the inspirer of the rabble, as he should have been called) – a Spirit seeking His Kingdom, truly His own Higher Consciousness? Was what he sought at the Top of the World, his own Shangrila? As outside, in sacred tombs, mysterious mountains and lush valleys, which raised those wonderful people with shining eyes, so full of soul fire. So it is inside, in the secret abode of your precious heart, where the threefold flame burns. And was the disclosure of his Self the key to the power that resignedly endured, like no other, the full weight of the world’s karma – the cross of the era of Pisces?
Did he meet face to face with Maitreya, as before him Moses spoke with his Hierarch? Did he know Gautama in his innermost self?
Did he ascend the crystal string and perceive Sanat Kumara through the crown chakra?
Having fallen from the clouds with a mental crash – where he climbed like a smug boy, not fully understanding all this (despite Scotland Yard), our detective becomes consistent and even experienced: there are still some ambiguities. After all, he reminds himself, he doesn’t know what happened to Notovich. Or Douglas, for that matter. Nor can he ascertain the existence and authenticity of these manuscripts, both in the past and in the present. “What have I found out?” – he reproaches himself for allowing himself to be carried away by the mystery of Jesus.
Despite the lack of self-confidence that flickers on the wall, he scratches the back of his head and dares to jot down a Few Final Questions:
In fact, why do you think that the vast majority of people in the West are unfamiliar with this theory, so widely accepted in the East, that Jesus Christ, the avatar of the Piscean age, went to India and Tibet during these so-called lost years?
Were these facts deliberately hidden? Himself? (Until the due date?) Gospel writers? (According to his prophecy that the Holy Spirit will come before the secrets are revealed? 5 ) Or by devilish intent – by subsequent publishers? (To prevent the imitation of Christ and His Path of future generations of His spiritual seed?) Isn’t it time to extract the sixty-three manuscripts that are in the Vatican or those parts of them that, as the Russian journalist made it clear, relate to the same topic?
Did Jesus travel anywhere else in his life? Perhaps to Britain, as a young man, with his uncle Joseph (of Arimathea), to study in the best schools of the ancient Druids, who, as we have heard, took lessons from Pythagoras? (“Well, this is too much, old man – even for the most progressive detective!” – he exhorts himself. “However, – the other half retorts, – the legend really existed among the Britons for centuries!”).
There is nothing strange in the fact that the Jews marveled, saying:
“How does He know the Scriptures without learning?” 6 . Perhaps it was they who were the ones who never knew that he went through many countries and was taught, like Enoch, by the Heavenly Father and his angelic messengers, some in the flesh, others not. How long did he actually live physically after the resurrection!
If I’m not mistaken, continues our detective, unable to stop the spinning wheels of the mind, did Paul and Peter meet him on the way many times and speak to him easily – not after the “disappearance” in Bethany, usually clearly referred to as “Ascension”? 7 How many “departures and arrivals” were there!
And which one was the final one?
Did not the Master reveal his belonging to the adepts, both having survived the crucifixion and disappeared from sight in this “Cloud” on the top of the mountain in Bethany? And did he not (our detective draws his most courageous conclusion), thus, leaving Palestine, completing his affairs here, and did he continue, as the father of the church Irenaeus wrote, to preach and instruct his disciples, having spent his last years in magical lands of Kashmir, what some say? Perhaps he never died! Perhaps he lived the stages of earthly life – just like this one – only in order to disappear from view forever, in the last Mahasamadhi, called the Ascension by theologians.
But then, for almost two thousand years, a great many of his followers claimed to have seen him, talked to him, were healed of him, and even dined with him!
The detective seems to have recalled – his mind was already racing, beads of sweat were rolling down his forehead – that there are accurate legends about how, after the crucifixion of Jesus, Martha, with Mary Magdalene, the other Mary and Lazarus, went to France to proclaim the Faith. In Tarascona, there is still a church built in her honor, and a crypt that stores her remains.
Have these major disciples of the Lord dedicated themselves to the needs of the World Master and his followers in Gaul? If he really was alive, they could be – with freedom of choice – only where their Lord was. “For where there is a corpse, there will gather eagles” 8 … Didn’t Jesus hint by this: if you are looking for me, look for my main disciples! Did Jesus intend, as some have tried to prove, to actually establish both the kingdom and the inheritance of the sons of God? And having done this, did he go further, eternally Young, to new places and to other sheep of the East?
Could he be like the Comte de Saint-Germain – the Wonder Man of Europe (who followed him, but was before him) – a man who never dies, knows about everything and appears here and there, carrying an elixir with him liquid Light to all who believe in Truth, take upon themselves the Cross and follow it? ..
And when you think you’ve finally gotten to the bottom of this matter, a new source appears in a yellowed cover. The information that is now on our table begins to add up into one whole – from the pages of history, records of akasha and the indelible memory of the race about the immortal appearance of the best of the sons of men … evidence that should be preserved for the next volume.
And when will it end? You shake your head, grab your folder and, with Diogenes’ lantern in hand, set off into the night in search of the only one who really knows the answer.