inhumility said:I did't meant that Jesus became a Taoist.I only meant that Jesus went to India after the incident of crucifixion.In India at that point in time there were residing many lost tribes of Israel ,to whom Jesus was sent by God.Those tribes had become Buddhists meanwhile,they and also other Buddhists were waiting for Bugwa Maiterya,which prophecy of Buddha had been fullfilled in Jesus so they all accepted Jesus as their religious leader.Jesus married in India and had children,his mother Mary,Mary Magdalene and saint Thomas also went to India.Jesus died in India and his tomb is in Sirinagar.
Thank you for doing some internet surfacing / research on Jesus in India. I would like the members of this CR forum to view these websites personally to make their observations personally and formulate their own opinion. My purpose of writing that post and this one is not necessarily that the members should subscribe to my view. The incident of Crucifixion of Jesus happened two thousand years ago and under intriguing circumstances. There were myths made and unmade at that time and several accounts written, not the only one described in the four gospels or books bound and included by the church named New Testament, arbitrarily. Rationality demands that instead of succumbing to the one-sided superstition of “Inspired Writers” or so called “Eye-Witnesses” the books left over by the church at that time (some estimate those accounts consisting on forty Gospels) should also be read to know the truth. Now after two thousand years a lot of data from many nations of the world has surfaced; why that data should not be treated parallel or equal of status to that data which was selected by Church and its affiliates. Why myths created at Rome or Jerusalem should be given blind-folded preference over legends and traditions of Iran/Afghanistan/Pushtun/ Kashmir /Tibet/Kerala/India/Japan or Eastern Europe. These are now common treasure of the whole world, not necessarily confined to those people, world having been transformed into a Global Village. What does rationality or Justice demand?jiii said:You know, inhumility, I will admit that I was very surprised by your summarization of Jesus' life in India. That you provided these claims so surely was enough to compel me to take a look for myself and see how much of what you say is supported by evidence.
I began to search the Internet slowly but surely. Amazingly, the first website I came across was Tomb of Jesus (http://www.tombofjesus.com). This site was most interesting, as it held quite plainly that Jesus had, of course, been to Asia and that his tomb is in Srinagar, Kashmir, India!
Name any country on the continents of Asia and Europe, and there are a group of people that will tell you that Jesus was there in so-and-so date and that they know this because of so-and-so.
While looking into other sites about the Tomb of Jesus, I was startled to see that Japan, too, had laid claim to having the Tomb of Jesus! In 1935, it was claimed that the tomb of Jesus was in Shingo, Aomori, Japan.
However, the most unfortunate part of my search, by far, was that the 'Tomb of Jesus' website was the best, if not the only, submissible supporting evidence I could find on all of the Internet for Jesus' travels to India.
There is not much depth to the whole hypothesis of Jesus being in India...what the 'Tomb of Jesus' website shows its viewers is, by and large, the best that the world has to offer.
I finish my very brief exploration feeling as if the hypothesis about Jesus living out his years in the East is, well, still just a hypothesis. I didn't find anything that could actually prove the theory to be untrue, though I did find that similar ideas have surfaced in the past and been exposed as hoaxes. Furthermore, I definitely did not find anything that proved that the claim was true.
Of course, this is just Internet research...I know. I don't expect that this post is taken as solid truth...it's just the results of brief exploration by someone that was genuinely curious and willing to find out either way whether Jesus really did live in India in his later life.
A quick note for those that are scratching their heads, saying," But what about Jesus' tomb in Srinagar, Kashmir, India?" Well, I can't say, and neither can anyone really, whether or not it is actually his tomb. Let me illustrate my misgivings this way....
To know the word or term “Tao” or its teachers is not necessary to being a Taoist.
It struck me as odd. And I would have agreed with you. Had a quick Google and came up with this:I know this discussion was years ago, but I have trouble accepting this. I have read koans, and parables are not anything like koans.
It struck me as odd. And I would have agreed with you. Had a quick Google and came up with this:
Koans are short, pithy questions or exchanges. But are they all? I wonder if there are longer koans ...
Parable is a general linguistic term, parables are 'allegorical or metaphorical narratives, usually intending a moral instruction', according to the etymology.
Jesus uses parables, but sometimes there is that contradiction there, to bring the listener up short, to reflect him or her back into her own assumptions. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–37) is an example: Samaritans were ostracised, you didn't mix with them, and the last thing you'd expect is a helping hand, especially when a priest and a Levite did nothing.
A common exegesis of the parable is that the Samaritan is the one does the will of God, who shows love for his neighbour and reaches out to help another, despite all their differences.
That, the idea of a Samaritan, has a certain shock value, a questioning of the world. It could be seen as a kind of extended koan.
But here's another:
When I was doing my degree, I was known as a Christian Platonist. I had (and still have) a 'thing' about symbolism, what a symbol actually is, what it means, etc. A visiting lecturer, steeped in early Church history, my fave topic (you might have guessed ) took me aside:
"You know the Parable of the Good Samaritan?" "Yes," "Then who are you?"
"I'm the Samaritan."
"That's the way they tell it today. They used to say you are the man beaten and robbed and left for dead. It is Jesus coming down the road."
"I didn't know that!"
He winked. "Go and read it again. Look at the symbols. Work it out."
That was a koan-moment for me ...