In many ways the mythology behind the Jesus – Buddha Cult is the least important aspect of it.
Neverthelessinsofar as to what is said to have happened did happen, this is the story, and here lies the actual truth …..
…..What Jesus did prior to becoming the familiar character we know in his 30s has been a much-discussed mystery and has baffled historians for the last 2000 years.
Evidence only emerged recently of his travels in India, which in Jesus’s era was considered the epicentre of religious learning and the location of the great spiritual movements of the time.
Jesus, after travelling extensively in Asia in his ‘lost years,’ arrived at a Buddhist monastery deep in the lush mountains of Kashmir India, where the Buddha had once taught 500 years before, right on the Indian border with China. He was attracted there by its reputation for education, and Jesus with his carpentry skills was welcomed and useful, and quickly befriended the learned monks. This included their respected leader Father X’ro, who was impressed by the intelligence of Jesus, and revealed to him an ancient hidden document written by the Venerated and Sacred Siddhartha Gautama – The Buddha himself. The document had been kept there from the public for the previous 500 years! It had been felt, up until that time, to be too elevated for the normal human mind to receive.
At Father X’ro’s behest Jesus worked tirelessly on reinterpreting this document for his times, but was interrupted alas, periodically, by savage brutal raids carried out by depraved bandit robbers on the monastery and its neighbouring villages. After learning martial arts the villagers, tutored by the monks along with Jesus, defeated the Barbaric Bandit King Kali-Ram and his roguish wayward men, thus returning the valley back to its peaceful normality. Jesus was then able to devote his attention solely and completely to his great unfinished work.
Yet despite years of toil on the documents when Father X’ro finally read Jesus’s version he decided on reflection that it was just still too early for the Universe to receive such wisdom! The decision was made that it would be better for Jesus in fact to go out into the world and speak in the language that the common man could understand: To live the life of a ‘Boddhisatva’ (one who suffers to help others before ascending to Nirvana). Jesus’s work and the original documents were buried again deep beneath the floor of the main meditation hall, to hide them from the common man.
500 years later the Boddhidharma, the originator of the Zen school of Buddhism, was travelling from his home in South India to China on his journey to spread the word of Zen. He stopped off at the same monastery and the writings were presented to him through a miraculous rediscovery: An earthquake broke open the monastery floor and the texts were suddenly exposed to him, the writing still legible on the ancient platinum plates that lay there undamaged in the base of the crater.
He took them with him, distilled them, and the work has been part of the secretive ‘Black-Cannon Library’ of Zen books ever since, known solely to a select few in Japan, who, being aware of their great power, know truly that only when the world is ready for their deep reflections, can they finally be revealed. That time is now.
Kashmir by Led Zepellin