The Tibetan Gospel: A Paraphrase

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In the late 1800's adventurers discovered ancient scrolls that told of the time Jesus spent in India. Other authors have been so amused by the idea that Jesus could have traveled in the Middle East that they have over-looked what he said and did. This work is a paraphrase of the translation of the Tibetan Gospel as found in Elizabeth Claire Prophet's book about those lost years and may be the most pure form of gospel available.

Chapter 1 (v.1) - The Tibetan Gospel

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THE TIBETAN GOSPEL

Introduction:  In the year 1984 the Summit University Press of Malibu, California published a book written by Elizabeth Clare Prophet entitled The Lost Years of Jesus. In this work Ms. Prophet seemed fascinated by the prospect that Jesus, called the Christ, could have spent his years from twelve until his ministry in Judea journeying throughout India. She presented the translations of Buddhist scrolls, by turn-of-the-nineteenth-century adventurers, as proof of Jesus’ presence in the Middle East and Tibet. She paid little attention to the actual character of the ancient scrolls or the English translations the Western adventurers offered.

The following is a paraphrase of that translation using a more current speech. The name “Issa” is still synonymous with our name “Jesus”, and he is known to Arabs, Persians, and Indians by that name. [I could not refrain from adding comments.]

 

The Life of Saint Issa:  Best of the Sons of Men (p.191)

Chapter One

1.  The earth has trembled and the heavens have wept because of a great crime that has been committed in the land of Israel.

2.  For they have tortured, and there put to death, the great and just Issa…in whom dwelled the soul of the universe.

3.  That soul was personified in a simple mortal man in order to do good to men and to do away with their evil thoughts,

4.  And in order to bring back man, corrupted by his sins, to a life of peace, love, and happiness, and to remind him of the one and indivisible Creator, whose mercy is unlimited and without boundaries.

5.  Hear what the merchants from Israel relate to us on this subject.

[Buddhists wrote down this report from the tales of traders who passed through their country.]

Chapter Two

1.  The people of Israel, who lived in a land with fertile soil that gave them two crops a year and owned large flocks of sheep, provoked, by their sins, the anger of God.

(p. 192) 2.  God inflicted upon them a terrible punishment by taking from them their land, their cattle, and their possessions. Israel was reduced to slavery by the powerful and rich pharaohs who then reigned in Egypt.

[Please note that we find no historical proof of such enslavement. The Buddhists were only repeating what the Jewish merchants told them of Israelite tradition.]

3.  These treated the Israelites worse than animals, burdening them with difficult tasks and loading them with chains. The Egyptians covered the bodies of the Israelites with whip marks and wounds, without giving them food or permitting them to live indoors.

4.  They did this to keep the Israelites in a state of continual terror and to deprive them of all human resemblance, treating them like animals.

5. In their great misfortune, the people of Israel remembered their heavenly protector and, addressing themselves to him, implored his grace and mercy.

6.  A well-known pharaoh then reigned in Egypt. He had made himself famous by his numerous victories in battle, the riches he had heaped up, and the vast palaces which his slaves and built for him with their own hands.

7.  This pharaoh had two sons. The younger one was called Mossa. Highly educated Israelites had taught him many sciences.

8.  And they loved Mossa in Egypt for his goodness and the compassion which he showed to anyone who suffered.

9.  Seeing that the Israelites would not, in spite of the unbearable sufferings they were enduring, abandon their God to worship those gods made by the hand of man, which were gods of the Egyptian nation,

10. Mossa believed in their invisible God; the God who would not let their failing strength give way.

11. And the Israeli teachers stirred up the (p. 193) devotion of Mossa and chose him to intercede with the pharaoh, his father, in favor of the religion he shared with them.

12. So Prince Mossa went to his father and begged him to improve the situation of these poor people. But the pharaoh became angry with him and only increased the torments to be put upon his slaves.

13.  It happened that, a short time later, a great evil came upon Egypt. The plague came to cut down both the young and the old, the weak and the strong; and the pharaoh believed in the anger of his own gods against him.

14. But Prince Mossa told his father that it was the God of his slaves who was acting in favor of these poor Israelites and punishing the Egyptians.

15. The pharaoh then gave his son Mossa an order to take all the slaves of the Jewish race, lead them outside the town, and to found another city, at a great distance from the capital, where he should live with them.

16. Mossa told the Hebrew slaves that he had set them free in the name of their God, the God of Israel, and he went out with them from the land of Egypt.

17. He led them into the land they had lost because of their sins, and he gave them laws. He commanded them to pray always to the invisible Creator who is unlimited in goodness.

18. On the death of Prince Mossa, the Israelites strictly observed his laws; therefore God compensated them for the troubles he had caused them in Egypt.

[It is believed that the last sermon of Moses was actually written years later by a priest, prophetess, and king’s secretary in the time of King Josiah. Although the Israelites did not destroy the Canaanites and their altars to Baal when they entered Canaan, the history of Israel was re-written to claim that they did.]

19. Their kingdom became the most powerful (p. 194) of all the earth, their kings made themselves famous for their treasures, and there was a long peace among the people of Israel.

 [Actually, the Hebrew children cried to their prophets to make them kings like the other people around them. Saul fought, David fought, Solomon had some riches and some peace, but his sons divided the land after he died. There was no peace for Ephraim or Judah. But the Jews chose to remember David’s Kingdom as the greatest on earth.]

Chapter Three

1.  The glory of the riches of Israel spread throughout the earth, and the neighboring nations were envious.

[They wish!]

2.  For the Most High himself led the victorious arms of the Hebrews, and the pagans dared not attack them.

 [In truth, they were attacked often. When they won…it was God’s doing…according to them. When they lost…God was punishing them for their lack of faith…according to them.]

3.  Unfortunately, since man is not always true to his word, the devotion of the Israelites to their God did not last long.

 [History tells us they saw God, Yahweh, as a God of war, not a god of peace. So they worshipped Baal, the god of crops, right-along-side the Canaanites.]

4.  They began by forgetting all the good things God had done for them, seldom called his name, and sought the protection of magicians and sorcerers.

[Just like their neighbors, the Canaanites.]

5.  The kings and captains substituted their own laws for those which Mossa had written down for them.

 [What? No Ten Commandments from the finger of God?]

They abandoned the temple of God and the practice of worship. They gave themselves up to pleasure and lost their original purity.

6. Several centuries had passed since the Jews left Egypt when God decided to punish them once more.

7. Strangers began to invade the land, devastated the country, ruined the villages, and carried the inhabitants into captivity.

 [Here we find only one line for the lost tribes through Assyria and the Babylonian captivity ended by the Persian King Cyrus.]

8. And there came, at one time, pagans from the country of Romeles, on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea.

 [We pass the Greeks and go straight to the Romans.]

They subdued the Hebrews and established military leaders who ruled over them by delegation from Caesar.

(p. 195) 9.  They destroyed the temple; they forced the Jews to stop worshipping the invisible God and forced them to sacrifice victims to the pagan deities.

10. They made warriors of those who had been nobles, women were torn away from their husbands, and the lower classes were reduced to slavery and sent, by thousands, beyond the sea.

11. The children were put to the sword. Nothing could be heard, in all the land of Israel, but groans and crying.

12. In their extreme distress, the people remembered their great God. They pleaded for his grace and begged him to forgive them; and our Father, in his limitless mercy, heard their prayer.

 [Please note that the Buddhist writer calls God “our Father.” This name was not given by the Jewish merchants. The Buddhist scribe feels natural in speaking of God as “our” Father.]

Chapter Four

1.  At this time came the moment when the all-merciful Judge elected to become personified in a human being.

 [The Buddhist recognizes God as an all-merciful kind of judge. He sees God coming to earth as a human.]

2.  And the Eternal Spirit, dwelling in a state of complete inaction and of supreme bliss, awoke and detached itself, for an unspecified period of time, from the Eternal Being.

[This is very Buddhist. The Eternal Being is God and all parts of God’s likeness. The Eternal Spirit is the part of God that exists in bliss like the enlightenment that the Buddha realized.]

3.  So as to show forth, in the appearance of humanity, the means of self-identification with Divinity and of attaining to eternal happiness.

 [This is also Buddhist, and Hindu, in that the writer says the spirit of God left bliss to take on the appearance of a human being so as to direct man toward how man is made in the likeness, or a part of, God and how man (male and female) can become happy forever.]

4.  And to demonstrate, by example, how man may achieve moral goodness and, by separating his soul from its body, the degree of perfection necessary to enter into the kingdom of heaven, which is unchangeable and where happiness reigns eternal.

 [God’s spirit also came to show man how to be good and how to die so that the goodness demonstrated on earth can allow that good soul to enter heaven and eternal happiness.]

5.  Soon after, a remarkable child was born in (p. 196) the land of Israel, God himself speaking by the mouth of this infant of the weakness of the body and the greatness of the soul.

[The Qur’an speaks of the legend of the child Jesus, or Issa, preaching as an infant. The Persians have legends of how he spoke to the Wisemen.]

6.  The parents of the newborn child were poor people, who belonged, by birth, to a family of faithfulness, who praised the name of the Creator and thanked him for the tribulations with which he saw fit to prove them faithful.

7.  To reward them for not turning aside from the way of truth, God blessed their firstborn child. God chose him for a special task and sent him to help those who had fallen into wickedness and to cure those who suffered.

8.  The godly child, to whom was given the name Issa, began from his earliest years to speak of the one and indivisible God, urging the souls of those gone astray to regret, and urging the cleansing of the shameful offenses of which they were responsible.

9.  People came from everywhere to hear him, and they were amazed at the serious discussions coming from the child’s mouth. All the Israelites were in agreement that the Eternal Spirit resided in this child.

10. When Issa reached the age of thirteen, the time when an Israelite should take a wife,

11. The house where his parents earned their living, by carrying on a modest trade, began to be a place of meeting for rich and noble people, desiring to have the young Issa for a son-in-law, since he was already famous for his enlightening speeches in the name of the Almighty.

12. It was then that Issa left his parent’s house in secret, departed from Jerusalem, and, with merchants, set out towards Sind (a region of southeastern Pakistan in the lower Indus valley)

(p. 197) 13. With the intention of becoming proficient in the Divine Word and of studying the laws of the great Buddhas.

[The Buddha was only the first to become enlightened. All those who attained the same enlightenment were, and are, also known as Buddhas.]

Chapter Five

1.  When he was fourteen, the young Issa, blessed of God, traveled to this side of Sind and became well-known among the Aryans in the land beloved of God.

[The Buddhist scribe is referring to India and Tibet and the white people from the Ural Mountains who had migrated into India, and mixed with the black people who were already there, thousands of years earlier. The land beloved of God was, of course, his own home.]

2. Fame spread the reputation of this marvelous child throughout the length of northern Sind, and when he crossed the country of the five rivers and the Rajputana,

(Northwestern India. The Punjab has five tributaries of the Indus River; the Beas, Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi and the Sutlej.)

 the devotees of the god Jaine prayed him to dwell among them.

[The Jain Religion was founded between the 9th and 6th Centuries B.C. They believe there is no divine creator. The universe is self-regulating and every soul can achieve divine consciousness, nirvana, through its own efforts. They stress Right Perception, Right Knowledge, and Right Conduct. Their main precepts are to cause no harm to living beings (non-violence); always speak the truth in a harmless way; do not take anything that is not willingly given; control the senses and the mind against indulgence; and detach from people, places, and material things to attain a divine nature. Three of their respected victors were eventually recognized by some as gods, although most Jains claim these as only examples of attainment.]

3.  But he left the mistaken worshippers of Jaine and went to Juggernaut in the country of Orissa, where rest the mortal remains of Vyasa-Krishna and where he was joyously welcomed by the white priests of Brahma.

[Orissa (renamed Odisha on 9 Nov. 3010) is located on the east coast of India by the Bay of Bengal. Juggernaut may have been, originally, Jagannath; a name for Krishna the Avatar of Vishnu. Krishna was a divine hero of the 4th Century B.C. The three aspects of the Supreme Cosmic Spirit Brahman; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva; are honored in the Hindu religion with Brahma being the creative aspect (son of Brahman and Maya), Vishnu being the supportive or sustaining aspect, and Shiva being the destructive aspect of Brahman.]

4.  They taught him to read and understand the Vedas, to cure with the help of prayer, to teach, to explain the holy scriptures to the people, and to drive out evil spirits from the bodies of men, restoring unto them their sanity.

[The Vedas are the primary texts of Hinduism written in Sanskrit around 2000 to 1100 years before Jesus. The four Vedas are the Rig Veda, the Sama Veda, the Yajur Veda, and the Atharva Veda. These constitute the holy scriptures of which the scribe speaks. Please note that the scribe attributes Jesus’ knowledge to heal and drive out evil spirits to the teachings of the priests of Brahma.]

5.  He lived for six years at Juggernaut, at Rajagriha, at Benares, and in the other holy cities. Everyone loved him, for Issa lived in peace with the Vaisyas and the Sudras, and instructed them in the holy scriptures.

[Rajagriha was the capital of Magadha in India and now lies under the modern city of Rajgir. Benares, also known as Banaras or Kashi, is now called Varanasi. It lies on the banks of the Ganges River in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is one of the oldest cities in India. The Vaishya were the third of four divisions in the caste system, the social order of Hinduism. They were the merchants, cattle-herders and artisans. The Sudras were the fourth division; the servants and laborers. The holy scriptures the scribe is talking about here are, still, the Vedas.]

6.  But the Brahmans and the Kshatriyas told him that they were forbidden by the great Para-Brahma to associate with those whom he had created from his side and his feet;

[Brahmans were the highest social class, the priestly caste, of the Hindus. The Kshatriyas were the Hindu royal and warrior class. Para-Brahma was the supreme absolute transcendental reality equivalent to saying “God.” Hindu legend says that each social class came from the dismemberment of a giant man. The priests came from his mouth, the royalty and warriors from his arms, and the commoners from his thighs. The serfs and slaves came from his feet.]

7.  That the Vaisyas were only allowed to (p. 198) hear the reading of the Vedas, and this on festival days only;

[Jesus was teaching the Vedas to the merchants and servants, but the higher classes told him only the merchant class could hear the Vedas…and only on special days.]

8.  That the Sudras were forbidden not only to assist at the reading of the Vedas, but also from thinking about their meaning, for their circumstance was to serve always as slaves to the Brahmans, the Kshatriyas, and even the Vaisyas.

9.  “’Only death can set them free from their servitude,’ has said Para-Brahma. Leave them and come and worship with the gods with us, for they will become incensed against you if you disobey them.”

[At this time the creative, sustaining, and destroying aspects of one God had developed into worship of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva as gods.]

10. But Issa did not listen to their arguments and went to the Sudras, preaching against the Brahmans and the Kshatriyas.

11. He spoke angrily against the act of a man claiming for himself the power to deprive his fellow beings of their rights of humanity; “for,” said Issa, “God the Father makes no difference between his children; all to him are equally dear.”

12. Issa denied the divine origin of the Vedas and the Puranas. “For,” he taught his followers, “a law has already been given to man to guide him in his actions;

[The Puranas are a collection of mythology, written in Sanskrit from 400 years before Jesus, to support and explain the Vedas.]

13. “Respect your God, bend your knee before him alone, and bring only to him the offerings which you get from your earnings.”

14. Issa denied the Trimurti and the incarnation of Para-Brahma in Vishnu, Siva, and the other gods, for he said:

[The Trimurti was the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.]

15. “The Eternal Judge, the Eternal Spirit, knows the one and indivisible soul of the universe, which alone creates, contains, and gives life to all.

(p. 199) 16. “He alone wills and creates, he alone has existed since all eternity, and his existence will have no end. He has no equal in the heavens or on earth.

17. “The Great Creator has not shared his power with any living being, still less with lifeless objects, as they have taught to you; for he alone possesses all power.

18. “By his will the world appeared. In a divine thought, he gathered together the waters, separating them from the dry part of the globe. He is the standard of the mysterious existence of man, in whom he has breathed a part of his Being.

19. “And he has made of less importance to man the earth, the waters, the beasts, and all that he has created and that he himself preserves in absolute order, fixing for each thing the length of its duration.

20. “The anger of God will soon be released against man; for he has forgotten his Creator, he has filled his temples with shameful things, and he worships a crowd of creatures which God has made inferior to him.

21. “For to do honor to stones and metals, he sacrifices human beings, in whom resides a part of the spirit of the Most High.

22. “He humiliates those who work by the sweat of their brow…to acquire the favor of a freeloader seated at his luxurious lodge.

23. “Those who deny their brethren divine happiness shall be deprived of it themselves. The Brahmans and the Kshatriyas shall become the Sudras, and with the Sudras the Eternal shall dwell forever.

24. “Because, in the day of the last judgment, the Sudras and the Vaisyas will be forgiven a great deal (p. 200) because of their ignorance, while God, on the contrary, will punish, with his wrath, those who have claimed the rights of God for themselves.”

25. The Vaisyas and the Sudras were filled with great admiration and asked Issa how they should pray so as not to lose eternal happiness.

26. “Do not worship the idols, for they do not hear you. Do not listen to the Vedas, for their truth is sham. Never put yourself in the first place and never debase your neighbor.

27. “Help the poor, support the weak, do ill to no one, and do not desire that which you do not have and which you see belongs to someone else.”

Chapter Six

1.  When the white priests and the warriors found out about what Issa was telling the Sudras, they decided to kill him and sent their servants to find the young prophet.

2.  But, warned of his danger by the Sudras, Issa left the neighborhood of Juggernaut by night, reached the mountain, and established himself in the country of Gautamides, the birth-place of the great Buddha Sakyamuni, in the midst of a people worshipping the one and magnificent Brahma.

[Jesus escaped to Gautamides, which is now Lumbini, Nepal; the country of Mt. Everest; where the great Buddha Sakyamuni was born. This is the same Prince Siddhartha Gautama who was born of Queen Mahamaya-devi while she was on her way to her parents’ home. She died one week after his birth. The prince went on to become The Buddha.]

3.  After becoming proficient in the Pali language, the righteous Issa began the study of the sacred writings of the Sutras.

[Pali was a vernacular dialect of Sanskrit in which the Buddhist scriptures were written. Only the Buddhists of Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand still use it as a liturgical language. The Sutras were brief explanatory works of Buddhism that could be committed to memory. Since The Buddha’s teachings were an oral tradition for thousands of years, the Sutras were written down only 100 years before Jesus.]

4.  Six years later, Issa, whom the Buddha had chosen to spread his holy word, had become perfect in discussing the sacred writings.

[The sacred writings the Buddhist scribe mentions here are the writings of Buddhism.]

5.  Then he left Nepal and the Himalayan (p. 201) mountains, descended into the valley of Rajputana, went towards the West, and preached the supreme perfection of man to a diversity of peoples.

6.  That supreme perfection was to do good to one’s neighbor. That is the sure means to rapidly merge into the Eternal Spirit: “He who shall have regained his original innocence,” said Issa, “will die having obtained remission for his sins, and he will have the right to think about the majesty of God.”

7.  While crossing pagan territories, the divine Issa taught that the worship of visible gods was contrary to the law of nature.

8. “For man,” said Issa, “has not been permitted to see the image of God, and yet he has made a multitude of deities in the likeness of the Eternal.

9.  “And it is contrary to the human sense of right and wrong to make the magnificence of divine purity  less than  the glory of animals and objects formed by the hand of man in stone or metal.

10. “The Eternal Lawgiver is one; there is no other God but God. He has not shared the world with anyone, nor has he informed anyone of his intentions.

11. “Even as a father would act towards his children, so will God judge men, after their deaths, according to the laws of his mercy. Never would he so humiliate his child as to move his soul, as in a place of suffering, into the body of an animal.”

[Please note that Jesus is saying that God judges with mercy as a father judges his children. He does not transmigrate his child’s soul into an animal. This leaves room to consider the possibility that God does move the soul into another human body, as in reincarnation, but not into a lesser being.]

12. “The heavenly law,” said the Creator by the mouth of Issa, “is opposed to the offering of human sacrifices to an image or to an animal; for I have dedicated, for a purpose, to man, all the animals and all that the earth contains

13. “All things have been sacrificed to man, who is directly and intimately associated with me (p. 202) his Father; therefore he who steals my child from me will be severely judged and scolded by the divine law.

14. “Man is nothing before the Eternal Judge, as the animal is nothing before man.

15. “For this reason I say to you, Leave your idols and do not perform rites which separate you from your Father, connecting you with the priests from whom the heavens have turned away.

16. “For it is the priests who have led you from the true God and whose superstitions and cruelties bring about the deformation of your soul and the loss of all moral sense.”

 

 

Chapter Seven

1.  The words of Issa spread among the pagans in the middle of the countries he traveled, and the people gave up their idols.

2.  Seeing what was happening, the priests demanded, of him who glorified the name of the true God, the reason for the criticisms he made against them and a demonstration of the worthlessness of their idols in the presence of the people.

3.  And Issa answered them:  “If your idols and your animals are powerful and are truly possessed of supernatural strength, let them strike me down.”

4.  “Work a miracle yourself,” replied the priests, “and let your God defeat our gods, if they arouse disapproval in him.”

5.  But Issa said:  “The miracles of our God have been working since the first day the universe was created; they take place every day and at every moment. He who does not see them is (p. 205) deprived of one of the most beautiful gifts of life.

6.  “And it is not against pieces of stone, metal, or wood, which are lifeless, that the anger of God will be released; but it will fall on men, who, if they desire salvation, must destroy all the idols they have made.

7.  “Even as a stone and a grain of sand, as meaningless as they are in the sight of man, wait patiently for the moment when he shall make use of them,

8.  “So man must await the great kindness that God shall give him in final judgment.

9.  “But woe unto you, enemies of men, if it is not a favor that you await but rather the wrath of the Divine – woe unto you if you expect miracles to show you his power.

10. “For it will not be the idols that he will destroy in his anger, but those who shall have set them up. Their hearts shall be eaten up with eternal fire, and their gashed bodies shall go to satisfy the hunger of wild beasts.

11. “God will drive the contaminated from among his flocks, but he will take back to himself those who shall have gone astray through not have recognized the portion of his spirit within themselves.”

12. Seeing how powerless their priests were, the pagans had even greater faith in the teachings of Issa and, fearing the anger of God, broke their idols to pieces. As for the priests, they fled to escape the retaliation of the people.

13. And Issa taught the pagans to not try to see the Eternal Spirit with their eyes but to attempt to feel him in their hearts; and, by innocence of soul, to make themselves worthy of his kindness.

14. He said unto them, “Do not (p. 204) eat human sacrifices, and do not sacrifice  any creature to whom life has been given, for all things that exist have been created for man’s benefit.

15. “Do not steal the possessions of your neighbor, for that would be to deny him what he has obtained by the sweat of his brow.

16. “Deceive no one, so you will not be deceived. Try to give good reasons for your actions before the last judgment, for then it will be too late.

17. “Do not surrender to dishonesty, for that would be to violate the laws of God.

18. “You will obtain supreme happiness, not only in freeing yourself of guilt, but also in guiding others in the way that shall permit them to free themselves.”

Chapter Eight

1.  The neighboring countries echoed with the prophecies of Issa, and when he entered into Persia the priests became worried and would not allow the people to listen to him.

2.  And when they saw all the villages welcoming him with joy and listening seriously to his sermons, they gave orders to arrest him and had him brought before the high priest, where he underwent the following interrogation:

3.  Of what new God are you speaking? Are you not aware, you sad man, that Saint Zoroaster is the only righteous one who has the honor of relationship with the Supreme Being,

[Zoroaster is the Greek name for Zarathustra. Two thousand years before Jesus was born this Persian was the first to teach that there is only one God, the Persians called him Ahura Mazda (the one who contains all wisdom and all knowledge), and God is merciful and loving. He never said he was more than a man who discovered…not a prophet and definitely not a saint. He said the body is the temple of God, and there is no need for priests. When King Cyrus enveloped the Medes, their priests took over the Zoroasterian religion and polluted it with their own Mithraism.]

4.  “Who ordered the angels to write down the word of God for the use of his people, laws that were given to Zoroaster in heaven?

[By this time the Zoroasterian religion little resembled what Zarathustra had actually taught. The teacher never claimed to have received laws in heaven. He only believed he had discovered the way God wanted people to worship…without sacrifices and ritual…with their good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.]

(p. 205) 5. “Who are you to dare to disrespect our God and to sow doubt in the hearts of believers?”

6.  And Issa said unto them:  “I am not speaking of a new God but of our Heavenly Father, who has existed since time began and who will still exist after the end of all things.

7.  “He is the one I have spoken of to the people, who, like innocent children, are not yet capable of comprehending God by the simple strength of their intelligence or of having insight to his divine and spiritual perfection.

8.  “But even as a baby discovers its mother’s breast in the darkness, your people, who have been led into error by your false doctrine and your religious ceremonies, have recognized, by instinct, that their Father is the Father of whom I am the prophet.

9.  “Through the medium of my mouth, the Eternal Being has said to your people:  ‘You shall not worship the sun, for it is but a part of the world which I have created for man.

[Mithra began as a sun god. He was then changed to be the son of the sun god. The trinity of the Persians became; after the Medes interfered; the god of heaven, his son Mithra, and his wife Ariman.]

10. “’The sun rises in order to warm you during your work; it sets to allow you the rest which I myself have chosen for you.

11. “’It is to me, and to me alone, that you owe all you have; all that is around you, above you, and below you.’”

12. “But,” said the priests, “how could people live according to the rules of justice if they had no teachers?”

13. Then Issa answered, “As long as the people had no priests, natural law governed them and they kept their souls sincere.

14. “Their souls were with God, and to com- (p. 206) mune with the Father they did not have to resort to using any idol, or animal, or fire; as is practiced here.

[The priests kept an eternal flame alive in their temples to represent the power and warmth of God.]

15. “You argue that everyone must worship the sun, the spirit of good and evil. Well, I tell you, your doctrine is false, the sun does not act spontaneously but according to the will of the invisible Creator who formed it

[The priests took Zarathustra’s teachings that man’s thoughts are either good or evil and changed them into the philosophy of dualism. They said there is a good god and an evil god, or devil.]

16. “And who has willed it to be the star that should light the day, to warm the labor and the growth of man.

17. “The Eternal Spirit is the soul of all that is living. You commit a great sin in dividing it into a spirit of evil and a spirit of good, for there is no God but the good.

[Restorationist Zarathustrians believe that God is love and that evil is only the lack of love, like cold is the lack of heat and darkness is the lack of light.]

18. “Like the father of a family, God only does good to his children; forgiving all their faults if they are sorry for them.

19. “The spirit of evil lives, on earth, in the hearts of those men who turn aside the children of God from that connecting channel.

20. “I say to you, beware of the day of judgment, for God will impose a terrible scolding on all those who led his children off course from the right way and have filled them with superstitions and prejudices,

21. “Those who have made the seeing  blind, brought disease to the healthy, and taught the worship of things that God has made of secondary importance to man, for man’s good, and to aid man in his work.

22. “Your doctrine is the result of your errors; desiring to bring the God of truth close to yourselves, you have created false gods.”

23. “After having listened to him, the magi (p. 207) decided not to hurt him. But, at night, when all the townspeople were sleeping, they took him outside the walls of the city and abandoned him on the road; in hopes that he would become prey for the wild beasts.

24. But, protected by the Lord our God, Saint Issa was unharmed and continued on his way.

Chapter Nine

1.  Issa, whom the Creator had chosen to remind wicked humans of the true God, was twenty-nine-years-old when he returned to the land of Israel.

2.  Since he had left, the pagans had inflicted more brutal sufferings on the Israelites, who were now in deep depression.

3.  Many of them had begun to abandon the laws of God, and those of Mossa, in hopes of appeasing their savage conquerors.

4. In the face of this evil, Issa encouraged his fellow Israelites to not lose hope because the day of liberation from sin was near, and he validated their belief in the God of their fathers.

5.  “Children, do not give yourselves up to despair,” said the Heavenly Father through the mouth of Issa, “for I have heard your prayers, and your cries have reached me.

6.  “Do not cry, my beloved ones, for your anguish has touched the heart of your Father in Heaven, and he has forgiven you; just as he forgave your ancestors.

7.  “Do not forsake your families to throw yourselves into wickedness, do not lose the decency (p. 208) of your thoughts, and do not worship idols who will remain deaf to your voices.

8.  “Fill my temple with your hope and your patience and do not reject the religion of your fathers; for I alone have guided them and have heaped blessings upon them.

9.  “You shall lift up those who have fallen, you shall give food to the hungry, and you shall come to the aid of the sick, so you will be innocent and righteous at the day of the last judgment which I prepare for you.”

10. The Israelites came in crowds to hear the words of Issa, asking him where they should praise the Heavenly Father, seeing that the enemy had completely destroyed their temples and defiled their sacred vessels.

11. And Issa answered them that God did not have temples erected by the hands of man in mind, but he meant that the human heart was the true temple of God.

12. “Enter into your temple, onto your heart. Light it up it with good thoughts, and patience, and the steady faith which you should have in your Father.

13. “And your sacred vessels, they are your hands and your eyes. See and do that which is pleasing to God, for in doing good to your neighbor you complete a ritual which  beautifies the temple wherein resides the one who gave you life.

14. “For God has created you in his own image…innocent, with a pure soul and a heart filled with goodness; not intended for the formation of evil ideas but made to be a holy place for love and justice.

15. “So I tell you, do not contaminate your (p. 209) heart, for the Supreme Being dwells within your heart forever.

16. “If you wish to carry out works of obvious love or goodness, do them with an open heart and do not let your actions be controlled by scheming or the hope of profit

17. “For such actions would not help your salvation, and you would fall into that state of moral misery where theft, lying, and murder are thought of as kind deeds.”

Chapter Ten

1.  Saint Issa went from one town to another, raising the courage of the Israelites, who had been ready to surrender to the burden of their depression, by the word of God; and thousands of men followed him to hear him preach.

2. But the leaders of the towns became afraid of him, and they told the principal governor, who lived in Jerusalem, that a man named Issa had arrived in the country; that he was stirring up the people against the authorities; that the crowd listened to him attentively, neglected the works of the state, and declared that before long it would be rid of its interfering governors.

3.  Then Pilate, governor of Jerusalem, ordered that they seize the preacher Issa, bring him into the town, and lead him before the judges. But so as not to excite the anger of the people, Pilate ordered the priests and the educated Hebrew elders to judge him in the temple.

4. Meanwhile, Issa, continuing his preaching, (p. 210) arrived outside Jerusalem; and, having learned of his arrival, all the inhabitants, knowing of him already by his reputation, went out to meet him.

5.  They greeted him with respect and opened the gates of the temple; expecting him to enter and preach to them what he had said in the other cities of Israel.

6.  And Issa said to them:  “The human race perishes because of its lack of faith, for the darkness and the storm have scattered the flocks of humanity and they have lost their shepherds.

7.  “But the storm will not last forever, and the darkness will not always block out the light. The sky will become peaceful once more, the heavenly light will spread itself over the earth, and the flocks who have gone astray will gather around their shepherd again.

8.  “Do not try to find straight paths in the darkness, because you may fall into a pit; but gather together your remaining strength, support one another, place your confidence in God, and wait until light appears.

9.  “The one who supports his neighbor, supports himself; and whoever protects his family, protects the people and the state.

10. “For be sure that the day is near when you will be released from the darkness, you shall be gathered together as one family; and your enemy, who ignores what  God prefers, will tremble with fear.”

11. The priests and elders, who were listening to him, were filled with admiration at his words and asked him if it was true that he was trying to stir up the people against the authorities of the country, as had been reported to Governor Pilate.

12. “Can anyone instigate men to revolution who have gone (p. 211) astray, from whom the darkness has hidden their door and their path?” replied Issa. “I have only warned the ill-fated, as I have here in this temple, so that they may not advance any further along the darkened way, for a deep hole lies open under their feet.

13. “Earthly power is not of any long duration and subject to many changes. Why should man revolt against it, seeing that one dominance always takes place after another dominance?  And so it will be until the extinction of humanity.

14. “Do you not see that the mighty and the rich are sowing a spirit of rebellion among the sons of Israel and against the eternal power of heaven?”

15. The elders then asked:  “Who are you and from what country do you come? We have not heard of you before now, and we do not even know your name.”

16. “I am an Israelite,” replied Issa. “From the day I was born I saw the walls of Jerusalem, heard the cries of my brothers who were reduced to slavery, and heard the weeping of my sisters who were carried away by the pagans.

17. “My soul was filled with sadness when I saw that my brethren had forgotten the true God. As a child, I left my father’s house and went to live among other people.

18. “But on hearing that my brethren were suffering even greater tortures, I came back to the country where my parents live to remind my brothers of the faith of their ancestors, which teaches patience on earth in order to obtain happiness in heaven.”

19. And the learned elders asked him this question:  “It is said that you deny the laws of Mossa (p. 212) and that you teach the people to forsake the temple?”

20. Issa replied:  “No one can demolish that which has been given by our Heavenly Father, nor that which has been already destroyed by sinners; but I have commanded the cleansing of the heart from all fault, for it is the true temple of God.

21. “As for the laws of Mossa, I have tried to establish them in the hearts of men. And I say to you that you do not understand their real meaning, for it is not vengeance that they teach but mercy; the meaning of these laws has been changed.”

Chapter Eleven

1.  After listening to Issa, the priests and wise elders decided not to judge him, for he was not doing any harm to anyone. So, presenting themselves before Pilate, the governor appointed to Jerusalem by the pagan king of Rome, they addressed him this way:

2.  “We have seen the man who you accuse of inciting our people to rebellion; we have heard his teachings, and we have found him to be our countryman.

3.  “But the chiefs of the cities have made false reports to you, for this is a just man who teaches the people the word of God. After having interrogated him, we dismissed him to go in peace.”

4.  The governor became angry and sent his servants to Issa, in disguise, to watch all his actions and report the least word he might say to the people.

(p. 213) 5. In the meantime, Saint Issa continued visiting the neighboring towns, preaching the true ways of the Creator, encouraging the Hebrews to be patience, and promising a speedy liberation for them.

6.  And during all this time, many people followed him everywhere he went. Several never left his side but became his servants.

7.  And Issa said:  “Do not believe in miracles that are produced by any man’s hands, for the one who dominates over nature is the only one capable of doing what is supernatural. Man is powerless to calm the angry winds or spread rain.

8.  “However, there is one miracle which is possible for man to accomplish. It is when he, full of sincere belief, decides to eliminate all evil thoughts from his heart, and when he gives up the ways of injustice to attain his end.

9.  “All the things that are done without God are errors, seductions, and enchantments. These things only show to what extent the soul, of he who practices this art, is full of shamelessness, deception, and uncleanness.

10. “Do not put your faith in oracles; God alone knows the future:  he who contacts those who predict supernaturally is treating the temple in his heart with disrespect and giving evidence of distrust in his Creator.

11. “Faith in seers and their oracles destroys the instinctive straightforwardness of man and his child-like innocence. A diabolical power takes possession of him, forcing him to commit all sorts of crimes and to worship idols;

12. “But the Lord our God, who has no equal, is one, all-mighty, all-knowing, and always present everywhere. It is he who holds all wisdom and all light.

(p. 214) 13. “You must address yourselves to him to be consoled in your sorrows, helped in your works, and cured in your illnesses. Whosoever calls on him will not be denied.

14. “The secret of nature is in the hands of God. For before the world appeared it existed in the depths of divine thought; it became material and visible by God’s will.

15. “So when you call on him, become as little children; for you do not know the past, the present, or the future, because God alone is the Master of time.”

Chapter Twelve

1.  The spies of the governor of Jerusalem said to Issa, “Righteous man, tell us if we shall perform the will of Caesar or await our speedy deliverance.”

2.  But Issa, having recognized them as those appointed to follow him, replied:  “I have not said to you that you will be delivered from Caesar. It is the soul that is forced into error that shall have deliverance.

3.  “Just as there can be no family without a head, so there can be no order among people without a Caesar; absolute obedience should be given to him, because he alone will be accountable for his acts before the highest court.”

4.  “Does Caesar have a divine right?” the spies further asked of Issa. “And is he the best of mortals?”

5.  “There should be no better man, but there are also sufferers for whom those elected, and charged with this mission, should care, (p. 215) making use of the resources awarded them by the sacred law of our Heavenly Father.

6.  “Mercy and justice are the highest qualities of a Caesar; his name will be famous if he holds steadily to them.

7.  “But he who acts otherwise, who exceeds the limit of power that he has over his assistants, going so far as to put their lives in danger, offends the great judge and loses his worth in the sight of men.”

8.  At this point, an old woman approached closer to the group, in order to hear Issa better, and was pushed aside by one of the spies so he could stand in front of her.

9.  Then Issa declared:  “It is not right that a son should set aside his mother and take her place. Anyone who does not respect his mother, the most sacred being after God, is not worthy of the name son.

10. “Listen to what I’m telling you:  Respect woman. She is the mother of the universe, and all the truth of divine creation lies in her.

11. “She is the center of all that is good and beautiful, as she is also the seed of life and death. On her depends the whole existence of man, for she is his natural and moral encouragement.

12. “She gives birth to you in the middle of suffering. By the sweat of her brow she rears you, and until her death you cause her the most serious concern. Bless her and worship her, for she is your friend, your one champion on earth.

13. “Respect her, support her. In acting this way you will win her love and her heart. And you will find favor in the sight of God and many sins (p. 216) will be forgiven you.

14. “In the same way, love your wives and respect them; for they will be mothers tomorrow, and, perhaps later, the founder of a nation.

15. “Be compassionate towards woman. Her love makes man noble, softens his hardened heart, tames the brute in him, and makes him a lamb.

16. “The wife and the mother are the unappreciated treasures given unto you by God. They are the fairest ornaments of existence, and all the inhabitants of the world shall be born through them.

17. “Even as God separated the light from the darkness and the land from the waters, woman possesses the divine ability to separate man’s good intentions from his evil thoughts.

18. “Therefore, I say to you that, after God, your best thoughts should belong to the women and the wives, since woman is the temple where you will obtain the most easy and most perfect happiness.

19. “In this temple, fill yourselves with moral strength. Here you will forget your sorrows and your failures, and you will recover the lost energy necessary to enable you to help your neighbor.

20. “Do not cause her to experience humiliation. In acting that way you would humiliate yourselves and lose the attitude of love, without which nothing exists here below.

21. “Protect your wife so that she may protect you and all your family. All that you do for your wife, your mother, for a widow or any other woman in distress, it will be like you have done it for God.”

(p. 217)

Chapter Thirteen

1.  Saint Issa taught the people of Israel for three years, in every town, village, by the waysides and on the plains; and all he had predicted came true.

2.  During all this time the disguised servants of Pilate watched him closely, and they did not hear anything like the reports made against Issa, by the chiefs of the towns, had described.

3.  But Governor Pilate was alarmed by the great popularity of Saint Issa. He believed his rivals when they told him Issa was stirring up the people to proclaim himself king. So he ordered one of his spies to accuse Issa.

4.  Soldiers were commanded to arrest Issa. And they imprisoned him in an underground cell where they tortured him, in various ways, in hopes of forcing him to make a confession. Such a confession would permit them to put Issa to death.

5.  The saint, thinking only of the perfect inner peace of his brethren, held up under all his sufferings in the name of his Creator.

6. The servants of Pilate continued to torture him and cut him down to a state of extreme weakness; but God was with him and did not allow him to die.

7.  Learning of the sufferings and tortures which their saint was enduring, the high priests and wise elders went to ask the governor to set Issa free in honor of an approaching festival.

8.  But the governor refused. They then asked Pilate to allow Issa to stand before the tribunal of the ancients so that he could be either condemned or acquitted, and (p. 218) Pilate consented.

9.  The next day the governor assembled the chief captains, priests, wise elders, and lawyers to judge Issa.

10. They brought him from prison and seated him before the governor and between two thieves who were to be judged at the same time. This was to show the crowd that he was not the only one to be condemned.

11. And Pilate said to Issa:  “O man! Is it true that you incited the people against the authorities with the intent of becoming king of Israel?”

12. “One does not become king by their own will,” Issa replied, “and they lied who told you that I stir up the people to rebel. I have never spoken of any other king than the King of Heaven. And it is he who I teach the people to worship.

13. “For the sons of Israel have lost their original purity; and if they do not return to the true God, they will be sacrificed and their temple shall fall into ruins.

14. As earthly power maintains order in a country, I teach them, for that reason, not to forget it. I say unto them:  ‘Live in agreement to your rank and your wealth, so as not to disturb the public order.’ And I have encouraged them also to remember that disorder controls their hearts and their minds.

15. “And so the King of Heaven has punished them and suppressed their national kings. Nevertheless, I have said to them, ‘If you become resigned to your fate, the kingdom of heaven shall be reserved for you as a reward.’”

16. Then the witnesses were (p. 219) brought forward, and one of them said:  “You told the people that the earthly power is nothing against the power of the king who shall soon deliver the Israelites from the pagan yoke.”

17. “Blessed are you,” said Issa, “for having spoken the truth. The King of Heaven is greater and more powerful than the earthly law, and his kingdom outshines all the kingdoms of the earth.

18. “And the time is not far off when, in compliance to the divine will, the people of Israel shall cleanse themselves of their sins; for it has been said that a forerunner will come to proclaim the deliverance of the people, gathering them into one fold.”

19. Then the governor, addressing the judges, said:  “Do you hear? The Israelite Issa has confessed to the crime of which he is accused. Judge him, then, according to your laws, and pronounce capital punishment against him.”

20. “We cannot condemn him,” replied the priests and elders. “You have just heard, yourself, that his allusions were made concerning the King of Heaven and that he has preached nothing to the sons of Israel that could constitute an offense against the law.”

21. Governor Pilate then sent for the witness who, at his insistence, had betrayed Issa. The man came and addressed Issa in this way:  “Did you not pass yourself off as the king of Israel when you said that he who reigns in the heavens had sent you to prepare his people?”

22. And Issa, after blessing the man, said:  “You will be pardoned, for what you are saying does not come from you!” Then, to the governor:  “Why are you embarrassing your nobility, and why (p. 220) do you teach your inferiors to live in lies, for, without doing so, you have the power to condemn the innocent?”

23. When he heard these words the governor became furious and ordered the death sentence to be passed upon Issa and the two thieves acquitted.

24. But, after consulting together, the judges told Pilate:  “We will not take upon our own heads the great sin of condemning an innocent man and releasing thieves. That would be against the law.

25. “Do as you will.” Then the priests and wise elders went out and washed their hands in a sacred vessel, saying:  “We are innocent of the death of this just man.”

[Please note that this scroll was written only a few months or years after the fact. The gospels were written much later after the Romans had destroyed the temple in Jerusalem and killed many Jewish rebels. Because of the deaths and hardships, the Christians who wrote the gospels were angry with the Jews in general, not only with the ones who rebelled, and were trying to court the favor of the Romans so that Christianity would be recognized as a legal religion.  Political motivations caused the washing of the hands to be changed from the Jews to the Roman Pilate. The Jews did not condemn Jesus…the Romans did.]

Chapter Fourteen

1.  By the order of the governor, the soldiers then seized Issa and the two thieves, led them to the place of execution, and nailed them to crosses that were already erected on the grounds.

2.  All day the bodies of Issa and the two thieves remained suspended under guard of the soldiers. It was terrible to behold. The people standing all around, and the relations of the sufferers, were praying and weeping.

3.  At sunset the sufferings of Issa came to an end. He lost consciousness, and the soul of this righteous man left his body to become absorbed in the Divine.

4. And so ended the earthly life of the reflection of the Eternal Spirit in the form of a man. He had saved hardened sinners and endured many sufferings.

5.  Meanwhile, Pilate became afraid of his (p. 221) actions. He gave the body of the saint to his parents, and they buried it near the place of his execution. The crowd came to pray over his tomb, and the air was filled with their groans and crying.

6.  Three days later, the governor sent his soldiers to carry away the body of Issa and bury it in another place, because he feared there might be an insurrection by the common people.

7.  So, the next day, the crowd arrived to find the tomb open and empty. Almost immediately the rumor spread that the Supreme Judge had sent his angels to carry away the mortal remains of the saint who had held a part of the Divine Spirit within him while on earth.

8.  When the rumor reached Pilate, he became angry and ordered the name of Issa pronounced under pain of slavery and death and no one to pray for him.

9.  But the people continued to weep and glorify their Master. And, because of this, many were led into captivity, subjected to torture, and put to death.

10. And the disciples of Saint Issa left the land of Israel and scattered themselves among those who did not know God, preaching that they should abandon their faults, think of the salvation of their souls and of the perfect happiness awaiting humanity in that spiritual world of light where, in peacefulness and in all his goodness, the Great Creator lives in perfect majesty.

11. The pagans, their kings, and their warriors listened to the preachers, abandoned their meaningless beliefs, and left their priests and their idols to celebrate the praise of the all-wise Creator of the universe, the King of kings, whose heart is filled with unlimited forgiveness.

[So ends the translation we have of the scrolls that were once discovered in Tibet. Since the Chinese have invaded these lands, we can not know what has become of these ancient scrolls. But I would submit that they are the purest form of any gospel we have available to us since the Buddhists were so protective of them that they escaped the altering process our other gospels have suffered. Jesus never spoke of establishing a church. Sir Isaac Newton believed that alterations were evident in the accepted gospels. And, with only a few words, the Popes gave themselves the right to bind on earth. Therefore, any reference to the Church was, supposedly, bound in heaven.

Constantine decided what the Church would become when he united the Roman Empire and Christianity. He outlawed every disagreement. Therefore, our Tibetan Gospel, if it had been discovered by Constantine, would have been burned or labeled gnostic. Would that have made it any less true?

The Tibetan Gospel gives us a view of Jesus that is more relevant than anything we have today. It tells us he preached the love of God, God’s eternal mercy, and forgiveness for those who love their neighbor. It is too simple for those who insist on priests, churches, and ritual. Perhaps, in a world where differences in religion lead us to wars, it is exactly what we need.

Free Tibet.

My thanks to Elizabeth Claire Prophet for her work in this area and to the adventurers Nicolas Notovitch and Nicholas Roerich for their translations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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