Saint Essa
Many people believe that Jesus traveled to India, the birthplace of Rama, Krishna and Buddha. Unlike the original records of Christianity, many of the ancient accounts of India have been preserved and it is these texts which speak of a St. Essa. 
 
Lives of saints and holy men are revered and preserved in ancient texts and documents. In the archives of an ancient Tibetan monastery, there are said to be records, originally written in India, in the ancient poly-language, and later translated into Tibetan, dealing with the life of an extraordinary saint known to the Buddhists as St. Essa.
 
The life story of St. Essa closely resembles the life of Jesus. One might conclude that either Jesus did spend some few years in India or that the story of St. Essa is but one of the elements coming together to give us today's Jesus myth. 
 
In the Indus River Valley, scrolls were found which mention St. Essa. In the late 1880s, Russian travelers heard stories of St. Essa as they visited the ancient monasteries of Tibet. The llamas translated it for the Europeans from the original, ancient poly-language.

It is said that the scrolls are accurate records of the stories carried to the East by merchant caravans and that the legend was written shortly after the caravans brought word of the crucifixion of St. Essa. 
 
According to the written legend of St. Essa, he arrived at the Indus Valley and studied the Vedas and the Upanishads with the Brahman priests. He spent six years in Northern India studying the scriptures. He then moved North to the Himalayas, the land of those who follow Buddha. Essa left India in his 26th year. Later, he journeyed to Athens, Greece and Alexandria, Egypt. Essa learned secret knowledge at the great Library. His final teachings apparently took place inside the Great Pyramid. At twenty-nine years of age, he ’returned to Palestine to fulfill his destiny.’ 
 
The next quotes are translations concerning the young man who became St. Essa: 
 
’a wonderful child born in Israel’ 
 
’first born of his family’ 
 
’divine child’ 
 
’talked of the one God’ 
 
’Eternal Spirit dwelled within this child’ 
 
St. Essa traveled to many holy cities in India. The young man was renowned for his teachings. He could explain the Vedas. He understood the scriptures. According to the story of St. Essa: ’People came from near and far to hear the wisdom from this infant’s lips.’ 
 
’I and my father are one’ 
 
The idea that God was not some distant being far away in heaven, but could be as close to your heart as a father to a son. This was a radical concept. Yogis, who master the art of meditation, know that the miracles that Jesus performed were simply those attainable by discipline and mind-power. Any great, enlightened master or ’avatar’ could do what was attributed to Jesus. East Indian masters praise Jesus Christ. They consider him a great master-avatar. ’The miraculous powers of Jesus Christ are natural to one who has reached the highest level of yogi attainment.’ We all can be one with Christ…We all can be one with God! 
 
More quotes on St. Essa that appeared very Christ-like: 
 
’everyone loved Essa because he lived in peace.’ 
 
’he strongly denounced the doctrine that gives to man the power of robbing their fellow men of their human rights. In truth…there is no difference in the Children of God’ 
 
[The above quote is the same as ’All men (and women) are created equal’] 
 
’do not worship idols, they do not hear you’ 
 
’do no evil to anyone’ 
 
’He (God) has breathed into man’ 
 
’do not listen to the scriptures where the truth has been perverted’ 
 
Four hundred years after the death of St. Essa, his teachings spread across Tibet and India. When Essa was 30 years old, he returned to Palestine. He preached to the poor and diseased. He went from city to city and proclaimed the Kingdom of God. Monotheism was also in the beginning stages. 
 
The Brahman priests and warriors heard of this huge sermon given by St. Essa. Governor Pilot thought St. Essa was exciting the people against the authorities. They thought he was proclaiming himself to be the new King of Israel. It was decided that the great man of peace, St. Essa, would be killed. He was warned and left by night. Later, he was arrested, imprisoned, tortured and brought to trial. Judges told Pilot that they would not condemn an innocent man and acquit robbers. Nevertheless, soldiers seized Essa and two robbers. They were ordered to be nailed to crosses. Essa became an enemy to the Brahman priests exactly as Jesus became an enemy to the highest Church officials; the Sanhedrin who decided Christ must be killed. 
 
’The Earth trembled and the heavens wept because of the great crime committed in the land of Israel, for they have just finished torturing and executing there the great, just, Essa in whom dwelt the Soul of the Universe; who incarnated himself in a simple mortal in order to do good to men….was ended the terrestrial life…’ The idea of earthquakes and rainstorms directly after the Crucifixion is corroborated in the Bible. With the mention of ’Pilot’ and the other parallels to the two stories; Essa was Jesus. 
 
Is there any evidence that disciples of Jesus lived in India? According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, St. Thomas evangelized the lands between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf as well as further East to India. Called ’Doubting’ Thomas, because he required physical proof of Jesus’ resurrection, he was known to spread the Gospel in India. Records in Madras report that he entered India as a carpenter and died as a martyr. The tomb of the disciple is in India. A mountain was named for St. Thomas in India. 
 
Paramahunsa Yogananda, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in LA (1925), was the first high master of India who taught and lived in the West. In his book, ’Autobiography of a Yogi,’ he speaks of his master’s close connection to Jesus Christ. He often expanded on the Old and New Testament. Yogananda had mentioned the ’missing years of Jesus Christ.’ He spent some years in India, he had told his students. According to Yogananda, the three wise men that came to see Christ’s birth at Bethlehem were from India. The visit by Jesus to India was an honor paid back for the three wise men. 
 
’It is true that Christ lived in India during most of the 18 unaccounted years of his life; studying with India’s great masters. That doesn’t take away from his divinity and uniqueness. It shows the unity and brotherhood of all great saints and avatars.’ This was not unlike studying ways of martial arts in Shaolin temples. Was Jesus learning knowledge and truths that the masses were NOT ready for?