Why not go to the Himalayas, in the same places where Christ has gone before and after Palestine? Why do not you go to some remote monasteries that remain intact in this “little Tibet” which is the Ladakh? This region has been protected by the Chinese invasion of 1956 because it had been invaded by the British during colonization and thus became Indian. It’s now an integral part of India while maintaining a way of life and a very visible Tibetan tradition.
Kalhana the great historian of Kashmir in the twelfth century. writes in his Chronicle of the Kings that “there is a piece of land, the size of a mustard seed that is not a sacred door in Kashmir.”
Itinerario di Jesus in Kashmir (c) Summit University Press
First of all it is then we will travel to remote regions in terms “Indian”. There will probably need to sleep with poor hygiene conditions. Will be those that meet … On certain parts of the route, there are no roads, so we will have to walk at an altitude of up to 4000 meters. Although it is not a physical journey, for trained people, do not be afraid to walk.
Saturday, July 28
Meeting in New Delhi in a hotel near the airport to be reported as the Airport Hotel or similar residency (most apparently aircraft from Europe arriving late at night)
Sunday, July 29
Morning, transfer to airport and departure for Srinagar. Here is the link to the flight schedule Delhi – Srinagar:
Srinagar is located at 1,800 meters above sea level and is a landscape like that of Lugano in Switzerland. The city’s name comes from Sri: venerable and nagar: city in Sanskrit. We will take a ride on a decorated boat called Shikara on the Dal Lake to better acclimate to the altitude (1300m) and the climate.
Srinagar is a Muslim city with beautiful monuments that date back to the Mughal Emperors. The two mosques of Srinagar: Jamai and Shahi Hamdan and the beautiful Shalimar gardens are a must see.
We’ll try to stay on a house boat or “house boat” on the Dal Lake.
Monday, July 30th
In addition there is the Roza Bal Shrine in Khanyar District. Tomb of the prophet Yuz Asaf. The Muslims of Kashmir believe that it is the tomb of the prophet Issa, ie Jesus himself If it is possible there will be a meeting with Prof. Dr. Haji Fida Hassnain, Sufi mystic, author of the famous book “In the Footsteps of Jesus the Essene “. It has taken 85 years and is in very good leg. It is thanks to Farooq A. Kotroo that we hope to visit these places and have a meeting with Prof. Hassnain. The entrance to the tomb is usually forbidden to tourists.
According to prof. Hassnain Jesus made a first trip to India before his public life and returned there after the crucifixion. She says she has had 3 children by Mary Magdalene who then were the nobles in France, England and Scotland. In Kashmir he married a woman named Marjan and had a son named Eli-Kin. In August 2008, he was about to publish a book about Jesus and Marjan. For the teacher Jesus is the Prince of Peace. No nation or religion can grab his image. Jesus is for all peoples and religions, and everyone is waiting for him so that peace may reign.
Visit the village of Harwan (Sanskrit Sadarhadvana or “forest of the six saints”) 12 km to the north-east of Srinagar where the famous Buddhist master Nagarjuna (1st century), a contemporary of Jesus’ that there was organized the rally fourth Buddhist council. In a place known as Chand Pora, there is a small miraculous spring venerated ancient times associated with Mata Bhuvaneshwari, which is the representation of the eternal Shakti (divine feminine energy). The temple in its own right could accommodate 200 pilgrims.
Fonte miracolosa di Chand Pora
Night in House boat in Srinagar.
Tuesday, July 31
Visit Yusmarg (Handwara)
“We made a sign of the son of Mary and his mother. And We gave them refuge in a high place, in a green valley with many source and well-watered” Quran 23:50
Located at 47 km from Srinagar (plus or minus two hours), we will be quickly rewarded by the view. From this valley you can see some of the highest peaks of the mountain range in the area: Tatta kutti (4725mts), Romesh Thong (5000mts), Sunset Peak (4750mts) from here down the tumultuous river Doodh ganga. There are many springs that feed the Doodh Ganga. It is believed that Jesus preached in this valley during his trip to Kashmir. The lawn is called from Yusmarg “Yus,” which is the contraction of Youza (Jesus in Sanskrit) and marginal which means meadow.
Yusmarg : “Il prato di Gesù”
In this place lives a tribe called Yudu Muslim who identifies himself as a descendant of the tribe of Judah (Israelite). There are mainly in the village of Gutlibagh, near Gandarbal. They call B’nai Israel (“Children of Israel”). Many Kashmiris say that this is the name by which they were known in the past. The surname is common among Kashmiri Israel and it is absolutely among the Muslims.
Il più vecchio cimitero Bene Israel risale a 2000 anni fa…
There are historical authors who attest to the presence of the Israelites in Ladakh. The priest Kitro, for example, states that Kashmiris are descendants of ancient Israelites in his “‘General History Mogul Empire.” Mostrat, another priest, but the fifteenth century contemporary of Vasco de Gama, states that “all the inhabitants of this region who have lived here since ancient times can be traced back to their race and their traditions to the ancient Israelites. Their way of dress, their appearance, the way of conducting business, all show that they are similar to the ancient Israelites. “El Bironi, one Arab historian of the twelfth century wrote of them: ‘In the past, permission to enter Kashmir was given only to the Jews ”
Although many of them have migrated to Israel, is still a community of Yudu who still lives there. Although nothing distinguishes the other inhabitants of Ladakh, still observed certain Jewish traditions. For those who want to learn more, I recommend reading this article: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/2944-beni-israel
In the meadow of Yusmarg, then we’re going to see the sacred trees where the Master taught those who followed him. Among the many sources we’re going to call Khag healing spring. Near Yusmarg there is a shrine dedicated to the great Sufi Sheikh Noor-ud-din who has renounced the world at the age of 12 years to devote himself to the search for God was born in 1378 AD wrote these verses sublime:
“Do not go to the priest, by the sheikh or religious
Do not put in the mosque or in the forest
Go inside your body with the help of the breath
and there is communion with God “
Night in Srinagar.
Wednesday, August 1
We’ll take the bus to Leh to start our pilgrimage in the morning with minibuses to 11 people. We stop at Kargil to sleep which is more or less put the road between Srinagar and Leh. The scenery is magnificent as they change in climate.
Thursday, August 2
The first stop will be at the giant statue of Buddha of the eighth century that measures 9 meters in height and is the Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha who is yet to come). And ‘carved into the rock near the village of Mulbeck.
From here we enter the Buddhist area of Ladakh which is so rich in monasteries. This map highlights the different monasteries of the region.
Map of Ladakh monasteries
We will also go to visit the monastery of double Mulbekh which is located 1 km from the statue. These monasteries are located on a cliff 200 meters above the road.
Monastero di Lamayuru
or go up the valley following the river Shindu to the oldest monastery of Ladakh Lamayuru / Yung-Drung (127 km Leh) founded by Naropa Mahasiddha in the eleventh century.
From there we will go to the monastery of Wanla which depends on the Lamayuru monastery. And a monastery antico.E very small but inside there is a statue of Avalokitesvara three floors. Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of compassion, and represented with 11 heads (Chuchigzhel)
We will continue towards the monastery of Temisgam / Tikmozgang 95km west of Leh was the ancient capital of Ladakh. Are the Tibetans to have it built when the Tibet support ‘against the troops of the Ladakh Baltistan. Today the village has only 1300 souls, and the monastery is run by a single monaco.
We will also visit the ancient Shey palace of the rulers of the eleventh century and the nunnery located nearby.
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We will sleep in the city of Alchi.
Friday, August 3
After a few hours of bus arrives in the lower part of Ladakh. Li, gets the visit of the monastery of Alchy (67 km west of Leh), which dates back to the sixth century. This monastery, or gompa in Tibetan, is small in size but is a real gem.
Closely, we will find the ruins of the templo of Maitreya in Basgo.
We will finish with the monastery of Likir (62 km west of Leh) founded by Dje Tsonkhapa in 1065. Likir is called so because it is surrounded by two nagas (sacred serpents). 120 Buddhist monks live there today.
Monastero dei due naga a Likir
Rappresentazione di un Naga
The Nagas are beings half snake, half human that are invisible to the naked eye and that help people in their search for God
We will sleep in Leh, the capital of Ladakh current.
Saturday, August 4
Visit the old town of Leh (altitude of 3 600m), today’s capital of Ladakh, Shanti Stupa of his and his red temple. The stupa is dedicated to world peace which is one of the main messages of the Buddha Maitreya. Half a day of rest and integration.
Night in Leh.
Sunday, August 5
Qualcuni visit the most famous monasteries in the upper valley of the Indus.
Then we will visit the monastery of Shey, Stok Tikse and where we will meet Lamas and monks who will address us.
The Shey monastery with its next building was the former summer capital of Ladakh.
Palazzo di Shey
With its 80 monks, the monastery of the Gelugpa Tikse (3600m) 19 km east of Leh is the most beautiful in Ladakh. Called the “Little Potala” in reference to the palace of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa, capital of Tibet. This monastery is known for its statue of Maitreya installed to commemorate the visit of the Dalai Lama in 1970. Makes 15 meters in height (two storeys of the monastery). The monastery was founded in 1430 AD.
Overnight in Leh.
L’oracolo Ayu Lha-mo di Sabu
Monday, August 6th
The oracles are an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism. They are exorcists, healers and spiritual guides. These 200 oracles of Ladakh are called holy men or women. Lha-mo or Lha-pa in Tibetan (Lha = holy, mo = woman, pa = man in Tibetan). According to tradition, the oracles have to be approved by a blade. Then begins a workout three to six years under the direction of a senior oracle. During this time, apprentices must read the Buddhist scriptures, meditation and learn the art of being the channel. When treating diseases often fall into a trance and “suck” the evil to do that then fall in the form of thick saliva or pitch in a bowl. The best known of them is Ayu Lha-mo (Sonam Zangmo) of the village of Sabu who treats different diseases and answers questions in a trance. He almost novent’anni of age and has a daughter named Tsering Spaltse. Its strength derives directly from the Great Mother Kali. His lineage is ancient and dates back more than forty generations. Unfortunately, it does not always grant the curiosity of tourists (“Injies”). That’s why we try to contact her. If we can not we will try to find Agupa Tsewang Dolma, a sexagenarian to Zangsti district of Leh. The God who pervades in trance is Manla Gyampo, a deity from the particular healing powers. Prepared, there will be only one question each.
Then we are going to meet in the villages to the west of Leh Drogpa population remained forgotten in time. These are Dards who follow the ancient animistic religion that certainly was dominant in the time of Jesus
Monastero di Hemis
Tuesday, August 7
We are going to visit the largest monastery of Ladakh: Hemis. Located 47 km south of Leh it was there that was discovered an ancient biographical text on the activities of Jesus These texts were rediscovered in 1894 by Nicolas Notovitch who has published his notes in his book entitled “The Hidden Life of Christ “. Following several travelers have been able to confirm their existence. It ‘a monastery that has left a strong impression on those who have visited. Above the monastery is located in the small cave where he meditated its founder Gyalwa Kotsang.
In this monastery is thought to have lived there also that even the master Djwhal Kuhl, the teacher Alice Bayley and Blavatsky.
Finally, we will go to visit the caves that are located above the monastery in about an hour and a half away and walk uphill.
Wednesday, August 8
In Leh, the Astro Medical Center is well known for his use of traditional Tibetan medicine which incorporates elements of shamanic religion prior to Buddhism which is called Bön-po.
Thursday, August 9
Day of rest and integration of all the things that we have experienced. Visit the market of Leh to bring the memories and say goodbye to this beautiful land.
Night in Leh.
Friday, August 10
In the early morning flight to Delhi or in case our flight is canceled due to bad weather, we will spend the day around Leh.
In Delhi we will visit the famous Red Fort Mughal style, the Jama Masjid mosque and finish with the Chandy Chok bazaar where one can find everything from souvenirs to bring home.
Night in Delhi
Saturday, August 11
Flight back to Europe or Canada.
Travel made from July 28 to August 11, 2012 in the footsteps of Jesus in Kashmir.