Did Christ Survive
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- Saving the Savior
Did Christ Survive the Crucifixion?
- by Abubakr Ben
- From the
- "Those who seek should not stop
seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed.
When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over
all. And after they have reigned they will rest."
- Those are the words of Jesus
Christ. When you read Saving the Savior, you may become disturbed.
But then you will marvel. And what will you marvel about?
- "After all, there is nothing hidden
that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that
will remain undisclosed." (Jesus Christ)
- You will marvel at the fact that
despite 2000 years of cover-up by a tenacious (and sometimes
vicious) Church, in your own hands you will have a book that
clearly demonstrates what Jesus said: "...there is nothing covered
up that will remain undisclosed."
- And then you will "reign over all."
Why? Because you will have knowledge and truth. But not a worldly
"reign." Your reign will be the reign of a giving teacher to your
eager students. And after your reign, you will rest--rest in the
contentment that you have helped to liberate the mind and the soul
by spreading truth.
explores the theory that Jesus Christ
survived the crucifixion, traveled across what was then known as
Asia, eventually settled in Kashmir, married, had children and lived
to the ripe old age of 120 years. The book begins with a Foreword by
Dr. Fida Hassnain, former Director of Archives, Archaeology, Research
and Museums for the State of Kashmir in India. Dr. Hassnain is a
great living scholar on post-crucifixion studies.
Introduces the reader to five major
groups currently struggling over the identity of Jesus Christ:
Revisionist Christian scholars, such as the members of the Jesus
Seminar, who seek to re-define Jesus, based on new discoveries in
Christian scholarship, more as a "prophet" than the "Son of God"
Traditional Christianity, which is struggling to maintain the
orthodox viewpoint of the figure of Jesus Christ; Eastern Religions
and Philosophies that view Jesus more as an "avatar," or as an
"enlightened Buddha" The world of Islam, in which a surprisingly
intense battle is being waged over the figure of Jesus Christ;
Atheists, Agnostics, and some secular humanists who view religion in
general as a dangerous "opiate." Some believe that Jesus Christ never
Offers a summary of some of the various
books of Christianity, both canonical and non-canonical, such as the
Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Philip, Dead Sea Scrolls, the standard
and accepted books of Christianity, etc.
Chapter I: "Jesus Who?"
Christianity and the New Jesus:
Covers the intricate, intense,
struggles occurring within Christianity over the religious, spiritual
and historical identity of Jesus Christ. Exposes the reader to the
various exciting discussions occurring within Christianity, such as
the views of Reverend Jack Spong ("Why Christianity Must Change or
Die" 1998), who has called for a "second Reformation of
Christianity," in order to "reformulate the Christian faith for a new
era;" Dr. Thomas Sheehan ("The First Coming," 1986), who believes
that Jesus came to destroy religion, not to create one; Dr. Robert
Funk, the head of the Jesus Seminar, and other exciting information.
Chapter II: "They seek him
here, they seek him there
a controversial and hotly debated
passage recorded in St. Irenaeus' (an early father of the Church),
Against Heresies, which indicates that Jesus was seen alive in "Asia"
during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, who ascended the throne in
the year 98 A.D.
for the full text of this chapter.
Chapter III: Wanted: Dead
or Alive-The Fight for Jesus in Islam:
This is the first book that explores,
in great detail, the battle within Islam over the status of Jesus
Christ: Is he coming back physically in the "last days" to force
Islam upon the world, as orthodox Islam teaches? Or is he dead and
buried, as a new and growing force within Islam is now advancing?
This chapter dissects the Arabic language debates that, in great
part, form the center of this fascinating controversy within the
Chapter IV: Jesus the
This chapter is also unique, in that it
explores, for the first time, and in great depth, in the section
entitled, The Buddhist Side and the Eastern philosophical bases for
the "need" to bury Jesus, the deep philosophical questions that arise
surrounding the Jesus-in-India theory. Also explored are the striking
similarities between the teachings of the man in Buddhist literature
known as "San Issa" and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Did Jesus
Christ visit India before the crucifixion as well as afterwards? A
fascinating comparison between Buddhism and Christianity is explored
by examining a document of the Catholic Church's Sacred Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as the Inquisition),
and comparing its view of prayer and meditation with the Buddhist
view. When you finish reading this section, you'll understand fully
that the issue of a possible post-crucifixion life of Jesus Christ
goes far beyond the realm of historical accuracy.
Chapter V: The Man who
won't go away - Nicolas Notovitch:
In Saving the Savior, Nicolas
Notovitch, a Russian traveler of the late 19th century, is dubbed,
"The Man who won't go away" because all attempts to dismiss him as a
"fraud" have always ended in failure. Read about the fascinating
account of the travels of Nicolas Notovitch, and his discovery of
ancient documents in the Buddhist temple of Hemis that mention the
sojourn of Jesus Christ to India. See copies and translations of the
written diaries discovered by Dr. Fida Hassnain, a modern living
scholar, that prove, contrary to Notovitch's detractors, that
Notovitch definitely visited the Hemis monastery and discovered the
documents that record the presence of Jesus Christ in India.
Chapter VI: A Wrench in
the Works - Mirza Ghulam Ahmad:
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad must be called the
"father" of Jesus-in-India studies. This man almost literally threw a
"wrench in the works" of the apocalyptic desires of both
fundamentalist orthodox Islam and Christianity. The Christians are
waiting for Jesus Christ to return from heaven "in power and glory"
to impose the Kingdom of God. The Muslims are waiting for Jesus
Christ to return from heaven, along with "Imam Mahdi," to "break all
crucifixes" and impose Islam on the world. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's book,
Jesus in India, rocked both the Christian and Islamic worlds with its
claim that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion, traveled all the
way to Kashmir in India, married, had children, died at the age of
120, and is buried in a tomb called the Roza Bal, that is visited and
revered to this day by citizens of Srinagar. Read the details
surrounding this discovery: actual detailed, long correspondence
between Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his understudy appears in Saving the
Savior. Since his discovery, new information (as you will see in
Saving the Savior) has since been discovered by other researchers.
Chapter VII. Jesus in
Heaven on Earth:
This chapter exams the irrefutable
proofs regarding the Israelite origins of the Kashmiri peoples.
Examine hundreds of names (a "small" sample) that are found
throughout Kashmir and Afghanistan that are also found in the Old
Testament, thus proving an Israelite connection. The actual Bible
verses are given so that the reader can check for himself or herself.
Is this why Jesus went to Kashmir? Did he arrive in India to an
Israelite community that had already settled there? Read about the
Cohanim DNA tests that were performed by Tudor Parfitt and Niel
Bradman of the Center for Genetic Anthropology in London that
demonstrated that the Bene Israel Jews of India are descendants of
the ancient ten tribes of Israel. "And other sheep I have, which are
not of this fold: them also I must bring
" (John 10:16). Did
Jesus go to Kashmir to fulfill his commitment to bring the "other
sheep" into the fold?
Chapter VIII: From
Golgatha to Roza Bal - the Great Journey of Jesus
This chapter examines the trek of Jesus
Christ across Asia, from Jerusalem to Damascus to Nisibis, Persia
(Iran), Herat, Taxila, Murree and Srinagar, after his survival from
the cross. The ancient documents that record his sojourn across Asia
are covered in this chapter, as well as in Chapter IX.
- Chapter IX: Saving the
- This explosive and revealing
chapter examines both the internal Biblical evidence that
indicates that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion, as well as
independent evidence that exists within various traditions,
including Hindu, Persian, Islamic, Tibetan and others. The actual
original language text of ancient documents is displayed in Saving
the Savior, along with English translations, revealing the
presence of Jesus in India long after the crucifixion. Among the
texts, translations, and other information revealed in this
- The Bhavishya Mahapurana
- The Rauzat-us-Safa
- The Book of Balauhar and Budasaf
- The Tarikh-i-Kashmir
- The History of Religions and
- The Tarikh-i-Kabir
- The Wajees-ut-Tawarikh
- The Bagh-i-Sulaiman
- Official Decree of the Grand
- Signpost outside of the Roza
- The Carved Footprints inside the
Roza Bal (with nail marks represented)
- The Acta Thomae
- The Ain-ul-Hayat
- The Takhat Sulaiman
Chapter X. The Teachings
of Yuz Asaf:
This chapter offers no
commentary whatsoever from the
author. This chapter features only the sayings and teachings of Yuz
Asaf (otherwise known as Jesus Christ) from various texts, biblical
and non-biblical. Incidentally, the author
dedication near the front of the
- This book is dedicated to the
memory of Yuz Asaf (otherwise known as Jesus Christ) May he rest
in peace. Amen.
The author does not intend to be
flippant by the phrase, "otherwise known as Jesus Christ." If the
theory of a post-crucifixion life of "Jesus Christ" is true, then for
the large majority of his life, he carried the name Yuz Asaf. And,
perhaps more importantly, Yuz Asaf is the name under which he was
buried in the lush, peaceful, paradise-valley on earth, Kashmir.
- The author reveals some incredible
personal experiences of five individuals, two of whom he has met
and interviewed personally. Find out what he was
- The Bhavishya
- There are eighteen books of the
Hindus called the Puranas. The ninth book, the Bhavishya
Mahapurana, records an encounter that King Shalivahana had with
Jesus Christ near Srinagar long after the crucifixion. This work
was compiled by Sutta in the year 3191 of the Kaukikia Era. That
corresponds to the year 115 AD. (If Jesus Christ died at age 120,
this account was compiled five years before his death). Alongside
the oral tradition of The Followers of Jesus in Afghanistan, this
written account is perhaps the most important of any of the
documents that record the presence of Jesus long after the
crucifixion because it was written while Jesus, according to the
theory, would still have been alive.
- Christian scholars state that the
only extant Gospels that may date to the first century are
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Thomas. But they theorize that there
may also have existed a Q document [see the discussion in
Chapter 6 under the heading, "The Q and Jesus the Buddha - The
Sources"] that pre-dated these Gospels, and that served as the
source material for at least Matthew and Luke. This Q document is
not available anywhere today, and though scholars assume the
existence of such a document, we cannot know for certain whether
this Q document actually existed prior to the compilation of the
Gospels. So the Bhavishya Mahapurana could be considered the only
extant book that represents an original document that recorded
information about Jesus Christ during his lifetime. So it might be
suggested that the Bhavishya Mahapurana might stand as a more
reliable document than any of the Gospels, in terms of mention of
the historical Jesus Christ. This is a very striking account:
- "Shalivahana, who was a grandson of
Bikrama Jit, took over the government. He vanquished the attacking
hordes of Chinese, Parthians, Scythians and Bactrians. He drew a
border between the Arians and the Mleacha (= non-Hindus), and
ordered the latter to withdraw to the other side of India. One
day, Shalivahana, the chief of the Sakyas, went into the
Himalayas. There, in the Land of the Hun (= Ladak, a part of the
Kushan empire), the powerful king saw a man sitting on a mountain,
who seemed to promise auspiciousness. His skin was fair and he
wore white garments.
- "The king asked the holy man who he
was. The other replied: 'I am called a son of God, born of a
virgin, minister of the non-believers, relentless in search of the
truth. 'The king then asked him: 'What is your religion?' The
other replied, 'O great king, I come from a foreign country, where
there is no longer truth and where evil knows no bounds. In the
land of the non-believers, I appeared as the Messiah. But the
demon Ihamasi of the barbarians (dasyu) manifested herself in a
terrible form; I was delivered unto her in the manner of the
non-believers and ended in Ihamasi's realm.
- "'O king, lend your ear to the
religion that I brought unto the non-believers: after the
purification of the essence and the impure body and after seeking
refuge in the prayers of the Naigama, man will pray to the
Eternal. Through justice, truth, meditation and unity of spirit,
man will find his way to Isa in the center of light. God, as firm
as the sun, will finally unite the spirit of all wandering beings
in Himself. Thus, O king, Ihamasi will be destroyed; and the
blissful image if Isa, the giver of happiness, will remain forever
in the heart; and I was called Isa-Masih.' After the king heard
these words, he took the teacher of the non-believers and sent him
to their pitiless land.'"30
- Here again we see a teaching
similar to the Gnostic, Buddhist and Afghani versions that we
studied earlier, with Jesus here stating that personal acts
involving prayer, self-purification, the practice of truth and
justice and the practice of meditation would bring human beings to
God. In none of those four versions has Jesus spoken about himself
as the object of worship or as a mediator through which one must
go in order to reach God. And again, this idea is contrary to
today's Christian teachings.
- The reader will notice above that
the "holy man" used the indefinite article, "a" in describing
himself as, "a son of God." Recall the discussion in the section,
The Nazarenes (The Ebionites), of the Introduction of this book
where I quoted verses of the Old Testament that mention Israel,
Solomon, and David as God's "sons." As stated in that section, the
Nazarenes referred to Jesus as "son of God," and they used that
appellation to describe his spiritual status, not his literal
position as the sole Son of God. Also recall the previous section
on The Followers of Jesus where the head of that community, Abba
Yahya, stated that Jesus bore the appellation, son of God,
"because he had attained that rank through his goodness and
- [Holger] Kersten states
that the name "Isa," or "Issa", derives from the Syrian, Yeshu
(Jesus), "being altered to conform to Musa (=Moses)." What is
striking about the above account is that Jesus is mentioned by the
name that he is known by in the scripture of Islam, the Quran. But
the above document was compiled hundreds of years before the Quran
was written. Also, the above document was written in Sanskrit, the
language of the Hindus, a totally different religion. Since the
name Isa appears in an ancient Hindu document as well as in the
scripture of Islam, apparently it was a name that Jesus was known
by in the East.
- Although Kersten states that "Isa"
is derived from the Syrian, Yeshu, the above verses seem to use
the name Isa as an attributive name, and not as the actual
personal name of the holy man. Because the reader will note that
the holy man stated: "
man will find his way to Isa in the
center of light." Then later the holy man refers to himself as
Isa-Masih-the Isa Messiah. So could the word Isa have actually
meant some kind of attribute of the Divine, and that this holy man
had been sent as the "Isa Messiah" to reestablish this special
Divine attribute in those whom he ministered to? The holy man, in
fact, himself defines Isa as, "the giver of happiness," and does
not seem to refer to himself by the name Isa. In short, he is the
Messiah of Isa - or he is the Messiah for Isa? It seems that the
holy man's mission was to teach spiritual practices that would
lead to Isa, the giver of happiness, with the words "giver of
happiness" being an attribute of God. As he states, "Through
justice, truth, meditation and unity of spirit, man will find his
way to Isa in the center of light." It appears that Jesus Christ
was teaching a spiritual prescription for finding happiness "in
the center of light," and the words "center of light" must
certainly have been metaphorical words for the Divine - for God.
The word "light" not only refers to physical light. In religious
literature of various religions, the word "light" refers to
guidance. So the "center of light" or the center of all guidance
would be God.
- Sanskrit verses
16-33 of the third khanda of the Pratisarga parvan of the
- Above is the transliteration of the
Sanskrit verses of the Bhavishya Mahapurana. ... Please note that
the verse numbers have been placed at the end of a given verse.
So, verse 26 runs for two lines, and the actual number has been
placed at the end of the verse on the second line. ...
- Abubakr Ben Ishmael Salahuddin,
author of Saving the Savior, more than anything else, is a
passionate explorer of the realm of religion and spirituality, and
a student of comparative religious studies. He was raised as a
staunch, loyal Roman Catholic for twelve years of his life. Though
a deep lover of his Roman Catholic religion (attending 10:00 a.m.
mass every day for twelve years), he could not resolve in his mind
and soul what he felt to be a deep injustice: that the prayers of
Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, as recorded in the Holy
Bible, had been rejected by God, and that God had decided that
Jesus Christ must be crucified and killed on the cross despite
those passionate prayers that he be saved from such an awful
- Each Easter season, on Good Friday
- the day that Jesus is said to have been killed - he would cry
silently in his room as he thought about this deep injustice. He
would cry until his stomach cramped and ached, so pained was he
over the thought that God had rejected the prayers of his "son,"
Jesus Christ, according to the Holy Bible.
- He realized, as he stated openly to
the Roman Catholic nun of his seventh grade classroom, that
"something is missing." Remaining thoroughly loyal to his
religion, he nevertheless made a verbal commitment in public that,
"I am going to find what is missing. Something is wrong."
- After graduating from high school,
he became actively involved in the social revolution of the 1960s
in America. But during this time he never forgot his commitment,
and continued exploring, reading and researching.
- While attending the University of
Illinois at Chicago, he met a Muslim named Muhammad Al-Bakri, who
exposed him to the religion of Islam. In 1975, he accepted the
religion of Islam. Though he had converted from Catholicism to
Islam, he never for a moment forgot his commitment to find what
was "missing" regarding the injustice of Jesus Christ having been
nailed and killed on the cross.
- Over a period of time (which
included a series of rather mysterious circumstances) he came to
be aware of the theory that Jesus Christ may have survived the
crucifixion. Delving deep into the subject, and also praying and
meditating over the matter, he slowly and meticulously gathered
information on the subject, culminating, on December 10, 1999, in
the introduction to the World Wide Web of his now popular, Tomb of
Jesus Christ Website. A few months after the creation of The Tomb
of Jesus Christ Website, he met Dr. Fida Hassnain. Dr. Fida
Hassnain is the former Director of Archives, Archaeology, Research
and Museums for the State of Kashmir, and lives in the city of
Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, and the city which houses the
tomb of Jesus Christ. Dr. Hassnain graciously and enthusiastically
agreed to work with Mr. Salahuddin on collecting ancient documents
that mention the sojourn of Jesus Christ in India /Asia after the
- "In 'Saving the Savior,' Mr.
Salahuddin moves well beyond the realm of speculation, and offers
the reader (among other things) actual original-language documents
from the East that tell quite a different story about the man,
Jesus Christ, than that told by the Church" - Dr. Fida Hassnain,
former Director of Archives, Archaeology, Research and Museums for
- "A victory for truth!" - Mr. Gene
D. Matlock, author of Jesus and Moses are Buried in India,
Birthplace of Abraham and the Hebrews.
- "I stayed with it for hours till I
read your book through. I am most impressed and I believe you have
written a book of great historical importance. The love, the
search for unbiased honesty, all come thru to the reader again and
again" - Sue Olsson
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