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Posted March 11, 2009
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For a devout christian, the description of this book might sound like an outrageous offense toward their beliefs. However, once you open the book, you realize that what it is trying to prove is not that radical after all.
It is important to note that Jesus Lived in India is not about proving that Jesus or God do not exist. It merely points out ambiguous or contradictory episodes in the bible, and provides us with an alternative version of what may have happened.
The basic outline of this book is the path of Jesus' life, unveiling surprising events that, after read about, don't seem as surprising, but instead seem rather obvious. To give away the least, Jesus travelled to India at an early age, where he learned and followed Buddhist beliefs. He returned to Jerusalem, where he survived the crucifixion. He then fled to India, where he died and is honored to this day.
Although I read the book maintaining a skeptical point of view, it ended up convincing me. It didn't convince me completely, but now I do take Kersten's version as a more plausible and acceptable one than the Bible's. This book answered many of my questions, and it gave me a more peaceful and pacific, yet human image of Jesus.
This is not my favorite book ever, but I do recommend it to someone who wants a broader view of Christianity's history, as well as to someone who wants an explanation for the contradictions that exist in the Bible.
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Posted July 20, 2010
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Jesus Grave in Kashmir, An Affirmation
Although Kirsten's book is excellent in many ways, I did have some problems. For example, in the very beginning, he tries to defend Nicolas Notovich`s claims about Jesus manuscripts at Hemis Monastery. Yet at no time has anyone who can translate Pali writings ever verified them. The region has many scholars adept at translating Pali. This is not difficult.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Then, beginning page 18-19, Kersten begins a very detailed account from Notovich diary to visit Murree, Pakistan, location of the alleged grave of Mother Mary, and into the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir, the location of Roza Bal tomb, the alleged tomb of Jesus. This raised huge questions in my mind. Notovich had been there in 1887, long after the mention of these graves elsewhere. How can he not have heard about these graves? If he had, he would surely have written about them. They verify his claims that Jesus was in the region. This baffles me.
Further, these graves were just beginning to get public attention. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the Ahmadiyyas movement in March 1889, had already spent years investigating the claims about these gravesites. His book, "Jesus in India" was published in 1899 (still in print, and which I also recommend for comprehensive research into this topic) eight years after Notovich visited the region, but about the same time that numerous people were drawn here because of rumors and claims about the alleged graves (Blavatsky visited in 1856-57, Nicholas Roerich entered India in 1923). Why Notovich never mentions visiting these graves is a mystery. I hope one day those missing Hemis writings can be verified. There are other ancient sources about Jesus in India that present no such difficulties. Holger Kersten has mentioned many of them in this book.
Kersten devotes his book primarily to emphasizing the Jewishness of Kashmiris, the Qu'ran and Islamic studies, and Buddhist connections to Jesus. He determines that Jesus' entire reason for going to Kashmir at age 14 was to study Buddhism. This negates all the other very Jewish reasons that Jesus would go there, including higher education, studying for the Jewish priesthood, having a hereditary king lineage there, and having relatives and family property there.
"And returning to his hometown, He began teaching them in their synagogue. They became astonished and asked, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" Mathew 13:54-56.
Obviously, Jesus obtained a higher education befitting a Rabbi from somewhere. If he had become a Buddhist, he would not be preaching in a synagogue as a Jew to fellow Jews. Nor would Buddhists be seeking the next reincarnation among Jewish children. I took a very different approach in my book.
I understand that Kersten spent only a total of approximately two weeks in Kashmir laying the foundations for this book. It was not enough time.
In spite of some research quagmires, I regard this book as one of the foundation stones for `Jesus after the crucifixion' theory. I do not believe it is possible to study Jesus in India without this excellent book. I give Kersten credit for an excellent and well-researched presentation. I encourage everyone to read this and keep in your library for reference in the coming years, as we will surely be learning more and more.
Posted December 16, 2009
A New Kind of Christmas Story
This is an exceptional book. The extensive bibliography and notes section speak to the author's scholarship and to the stunning conclusions that he presents in the narrative. Bottom line is that Jesus survived the crucifixion, continued to preach his gospel and lived to a ripe old age. Not the 100+ years of many Old Testament characters but a good age nonetheless. Author Holger Kersten in his second book concerning the Jesus conspiracy puts forth the arguments that with assistance of secret followers and being protected by the widespread membership of the Essenes, Jesus was saved from death on the cross and brought back to health through medicinal herbs. His gospel of love and concern for all God's creatures evolved for him through years of study in Jewish and Buddhist/Hindu traditions in the missing years of his life from age 12 to the start of his public ministry at age 30. He is venerated by people throughout the Near East and Muslim Kashmir and India (including South Indian Thomas Christians) as a great prophet and teacher, even the Bodhisattva, the Buddhist Enlightened One, who renounces Nirvana and instead strives to aid all mankind in moving to a higher level of love and concern for themselves and each other. In this form he takes on all pains and sufferings of man and through his example attempts to reach the goodness within each of us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The author points out that many of the current concepts of Catholic (and most other Christian Churches) are really an evolution of Paulinism, that is, the words and efforts of Saint Paul to mold the events of the crucifixion, as he believed it to be (it is to be noted that Saint Paul was not a witness to any of the goings on before, during and just after the crucifixion), to fit in with his conception of salvation and the need for Christ's suffering and death on the cross to be the only path for our salvation through God's will and grace. This is certainly a work that will continue to cause consternation for Christian believers though in no way is that mandatory. This is not an anti-Christian tome and it should be read and studied for the vast linguistic and anthropological scholarship that is displayed within. Who can say where Jesus would be taking sides on this issue. It is a beautiful and inspiring story, perfect for this Christmas season.
Posted March 17, 2001
Meet the 'Real' Jesus, not the mythical figure of tradition
I've done a considerable amount of research the past few years, trying to better know the man I've accepted as my Saviour. Holger does a remarkable job of finding the facts (that the mainstream Christian orthodoxy doesn't want you to know about) and bringing them all together, like pieces of an historic puzzle. The Jesus that emerges is so vibrant and alive, not even remotely resembling the 'Jesus of Paul'. If you're a Christian who wants to better understand the true nature of your Saviour, or just a history buff, this is a book that will grab you and not let go. Four stars instead of five only because I feel some of the premises made by the author veer into speculation, although it is generally in the same vein as the information he has uncovered. Good luck finding it... out of print.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.