Jesus in India ?

This is just a thought and is open to debate and or discussion.

With his emphasis of love and his disregard for social satisfaction, Jesus preached a doctrine similar to the of Bhakti movements in India (us Vishnavas hold him in high regard).

In fact, the content and mood of his message are so close to those of Viashnava bhakti that many concluded there may have been direct contact between Jesus and India.

Ancient Pali manuscripts talk about a "Saint Issa." According to some, this is a reference to Jesus, mentioning his sojourn in the land of the Ganges.

Early European and Russian travellers unearthed similar documents attesting to Jesus journey East. Writers as diverse as Reverend C.R Potter and Edgar Cayce, both writing from a Christian perspective and Andreas Faber-Kaiser writing a Muslim point of view, assert that Jesus went to India in the missing eighteen years of his life of after crucifixion of both. (The Holy Bible tells of Jesus activities from birth to age twelve and then of his three year ministry after age thirty, his thirteenth through thirtieth years remain unaccounted for.) To date, no one can state with any certainty whether or not the stories of Jesus sojourn in India are true.

While Western theologians remain divided about Jesus visit to the Orient, the Vaishnava scripture, Bhavishya Purana (nonsectarian in it's scope) foretells Jesus's journey to India: A wandering ascetic is asked by a notable Maharaj, Shalewahin by name, to identify himself. The ascetic answers the his name is Issa (The Indic form of Jesus), that he is the Son of God, the expected Messiah of his people, and that he was born of a Virgin. He also mentions the Amalekites, an ancient tribe directly related to the Biblical traditions. This the Bhavishya Purana predicts Jesus's appearance and mainly Vaishnavas consequently accept Jesus as the Son of God for this is how he identifies himself in both the Holy Bible and the Puranas.

Krishna is seen by Vishnavas as God, Jesus's father. Krishna declares of himself: "I am the father of the universe, the mother, the support, and the grandsire" (Bhagavad Gita 9.17). Who can say that when Jesus prays "Our father who art in heaven..." is it not Krishna to whom he is praying or referring  ?

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Original Post

I don't support the argument of God having a son in the physical sense because that would require me supporting that God is physical. That said,  do support the name of Jesus as Issa as we too call him Isa. Jesus was never Jesus' name as there are no 'J' in any Semitic language. All the Ys were changed to Js.

Prashad posted:

This is another example of ways in which the Guyana Hindu population is being led away from Hinduism to Jewish experience.

Brother Prash,

Thanks for participating and expressing your opinion on the topic of Jesus in India.

Our founding Acharya Srila Prabhupad instructed us that it does not in any way diminish us a practitioners of Vedic Dharma in recognizing Jesus as a spiritual messenger of god, after all he taught everyone on how to love god.

Vedic Dharma is based on Bhakti (Love of God) which is no different that what Jesus taught.

Prabhupad expressed that we are all headed in the same direction using different paths. The messenger and methods might be different, but the message is the same. Religion is about time, place and circumstances.

Many wars have been fought in the name of religion but when we learn to recognize that there is one God and we are headed in the same direction using different paths then the world becomes a peaceful place.

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