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Esoteric  teaching  sometimes confirms and at other times conflicts with  the orthodox Christian interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. It is hardly surprising that differences might arise over a two thousand year period in a story told and retold to people in every part of the globe.  Inevitably in those early days, conflicts arose between Judaism and what would become Christianity; sadly today the insistence on individual scriptural interpretation of his words is seen most clearly among the followers of  Jesus, creating  fragmentation and division.


What is clear is that despite our determination to cling to our own dogmas his teaching has transformed the world influencing not only Christians but all who seek justice and truth from a spiritual perspective. Those who find many contradictions in the orthodox teaching of the church can now examine the possibility that this is because the central tenet of the teaching Jesus gave is missing – having been systematically removed and finally eradicated over centuries.

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Restoring the records

of the life and times of Jesus Christ

as preserved by esoteric literature and revealed guidance.

Jesus

What was the message?


The emancipation of the Soul

The doctrine of Karma and Rebirth

The means by which we can return to our true estate

Why would this truth be omitted from orthodox scripture?  Who would do such a thing and why? To discover that the very guardians of the Word were culpable is at the very least disconcerting, however for those who have invested their lives in following  scriptural dogma it is no less than shattering to the soul. In an age where information is more freely available than ever before and global communication is possible we each have access to the accrued wisdom of the Ages. We can at last investigate for ourselves.  The teaching Jesus gave is designed to set us free from the manipulation and control of a power elite in every century who seek to limit knowledge and freedom. Corruption infiltrates all institutions to a degree and comes in many guises, whether a priesthood, the pharmaceutical industry, bankers or global conglomerates.  Ultimately the outcome  rests on our willingness to accept personal responsibility and accountability for our actions. An understanding of the Law of Karma  is the first step and this is the reason this teaching was removed  from scripture in the first centuries AD. Most of us would agree that one life might be insufficient to balance past errors, a belief in Karma and rebirth is one which has continued through time because it is rooted in truth.

Karma, the Sanskrit word means ‘a seed’ in the words of Jesus

‘That which ye sow, so shall ye reap’

This Universal truth which rests on the principle of restoring harmony and balance was misrepresented as the doctrine of  ‘Heaven and Hell’ by those who shaped the early Christian church.  History reveals that the first emperors and popes were a motley crew of warriors and kings, saints and sinners, benefactors and fornicators.  Many were simply corrupt and hungry for power.   Esoteric teaching states that all souls are equal, journeying through repeated lives, correcting past errors and advancing in wisdom to eventually achieve union with God. Understandably this philosophy might not sit easily with an emperor, pope or bishop faced with the possibility of being relegated to a foot soldier or slave in the next life. If followed the teaching brings freedom from oppression through personal empowerment, another reason the message of reincarnation needed to be removed. It is a sad reflection that the church which arose from the teachings of  Jesus of Nazareth whose mantra was ‘Love thy neighbour’ committed repeated acts of genocide through the centuries in his name.

Buddhist Records of  the Journeys of Jesus

Despite evidence to the contrary the mainstream church has denied that before his mission in Palestine began Jesus travelled to many lands including India, Afghanistan, Persia and Tibet. This is attested to by highly esteemed travellers among them Nicholas Notovitch, a Russian doctor who during his travels inTibet was shown the manuscripts and sacred scrolls recording the journeys of Jesus through the Orient.

Eastern traditions accept reincarnation as a core belief, providing opportunity for the Vatican to denigrate the documents as ‘pagan and heretical’. They were transcribed and published in

Map of Journey of Jesus

The Caravan Route following the Silk Road taken by Jesus through the Middle East


Jesus in Glastonbury England


Historical annals relate that during his early life Jesus had visited England with his great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea and knew the region well. Legend states that he built a wattle altar over which the first church was later erected and dedicated to Mary his mother. Following the crucifixion the first followers led by Joseph fled the continuing Roman persecution in Palestine seeking safe haven with friends. They were met in the ‘Isles of the West’ (Britannia) not yet occupied by the Roman legions. Here Celtic princes and Druid priests provided protection and land on which to settle; it is said that Joseph planted his staff  of Jerusalem Thorn on the land, it took root and flowered at Christmas and continued to do so each year.

The devout Celtic Druids would assimilate the new faith before converting to join in establishing the first Christian mission beyond Jerusalem. Celtic Christianity laid the foundations of the church for the first five hundred years, its founders were the Celtic Kings and Princes, a royal lineage baptised in the sacred Chalice Well for centuries.


Glastonbury not Rome remains the undisputed senior church within Christendom, a fact not disputed by the Vatican and demonstrated by seating arrangements at Vatican Conclaves. Precedence is always given to the English prelate in recognition of the origins of the Christian church, founded at Glastonbury in 37AD and recorded in the historical annals.

Chalice Well

Chalice Well

Origins of the Church of Rome


The first church in Rome was established by evangelists from the time of Peter and Paul. Contrary to popular belief Peter was never elected pope, the first pope (bishop of Rome) was Linus ordained by Paul in 58AD  followed by the second, Clemens ordained by Peter himself. This is confirmed in the Apostolic Constitutions in Peter’s own words. Three hundred years later Emperor Constantine the Great encouraged the formation of a fledgling Roman church through a hierarchy of deacons and bishops, ending three hundred years of persecution of Christians to become known as the First Christian Emperor. Bishops held authority over specific regions and were known as ‘il papa’ or  pope, the title meaning ‘father’. The bishop of Rome held no precedence over others but had significant prestige. The papacy was not established until 590 AD when Gregory the Great was elected Bishop of Rome and named himself  ‘Pope and Head of the Universal Church.’ Following his death he was succeeded by Pope Boniface and the title Bishop of Rome became accepted as denoting the Head of the global church.


Reincarnation as Heresy


The early popes were a mix of warriors, despots and holy men; intent on holding on to power through control of the masses. The teachings of Jesus were altered, deleted and denied through the centuries as the church became increasingly enmeshed in materialism. By the 7th century AD the mysticism of the Celtic church had given way to the centralised power structure of the Roman church with its emphasis on scripture dogma and papal power.  Doctrine was rigorously imposed on pain of death with the doctrine of reincarnation removed in the 6th century, prominent theologians were imprisoned and put to death unless they recanted their beliefs. The result was a division of belief which has never healed. In medieval times those who sought to adhere to the central message of the continuity of the soul and its ascension were repeatedly persecuted by a power elite determined to eradicate any threat to their control.

Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea

Ruins of St Mary’s church Glastonbury

The Holy Thorn

Castle of Carcassonne

Pope Innocent 3rd

Montségur

St Peter’s Basilica  The Vatican, Rome

For an in depth study of the above see:

Jesus Chronicles by Carol Lamb at Epiphany Press

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Today Christianity remains the world’s largest religion with some 2.4 billion adherents which include 1.2 billion Catholics. Millions more who do not profess Christianity accept the life and teachings of Jesus as the pattern for their life. From the time of Jesus those who followed the original teachings became known as Gnostics, (from ‘gnosis’ meaning inner knowledge) viewed by the mainstream church as heretics they were largely eradicated as a movement, however their communities went underground and though suppressed survived. Today they can be found both within the church and without, as members of New Age spiritual communities, as writers, philosophers and activists intent on preserving the right to choose to worship in their own way. An eloquent demonstration of the journey of the soul.


Rainbow Light Trust is one such non denominational community which respects the beliefs of all while honouring the divinity of Jesus as ‘The Way, The Truth and The Light.’

Pope Innocent the 3rd initiated the Albigensian Crusade (1209 -1229) against the Christian Cathars of Southern France, a sect who believed in reincarnation and were at odds with Catholic dogma and materialism.  Pope Innocent was enthusiastically advised that 20,000 Cathars had been massacred in the siege of Carcassonne. It is estimated that during the twenty year period of the Crusade up to one million people were put to death for the crime of heresy i.e. refusing to follow church dogma. They were burned to death singly or in groups, in line with church dogma that ‘the church has never shed blood’.  The Cathar genocide ended with the siege of Montségur where 200 Cathar perfecti were burned together at the foot of the mountain.

The Jesus followers

Tibetan Scrolls Jesus

THE JESUS STORY

a Multi Faith Perspective


Jesus is the single historical figure present in four of the Five major world religions, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. While each may interpret his role and identity  from a different perspectives all acknowledge his teaching with reverence and respect.

What does the Koran say about Jesus?

Muslims respect and revere Jesus,  (the words peace be upon him) must be spoken each time his name is uttered. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind.  The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary).  The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

(Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God).  He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be).  God creates what He wills.  If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.”                   

Divinity of Jesus - Tibetan Buddhist perspective

Hindu perspective

‘At that time the moment had come for the Compassionate Judge to incarnate in human form….  and the eternal spirit resting in a state of  complete inaction and supreme bliss awakened and separated from the eternal Being for an undetermined period.....  So that the human form might teach to identify himself with the Divinity and attain to eternal felicity’ 

Hindus believe in many gods, those who believe in Jesus understand him as another expression, among many, of the continuing intervention of the divine in the world.

    (Quran, 3:45-47)

1894 despite attempts by the Vatican to suppress them. The account by Notovitch was repeatedly confirmed by later travellers who documented their meetings with the Tibetan lamas.  The manuscripts are seen here with the monk who stated: ‘These scrolls state your Jesus was here’.  How ironic that the confirmation of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ emerges not from the Vatican archives or from any other religious power centre but from the Himalayas.


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