Where was Jesus during his hidden years?
As a yoga teacher I believed and taught that Jesus spent
a great portion of the years between twelve and thirty studying under gurus
in the Far East who taught him how to awaken his Christ nature. I based this
view on the general opinion that prevailed among my peers, but even more so,
on The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ written by Levi Dowling and
the teachings of Edgar Cayce.
Both of these individuals claimed to receive insight on
this matter from the Akashic Records. This is supposedly an immense field of
knowledge surrounding the earth containing a complete record of every
thought, emotion or action in this world since its inception. After becoming
a Christian, I realized that the accounts given by Dowling and Cayce
actually contradict each other. If they got their inspiration from the same
source, why did this happen?
According to Edgar Cayce, Jesus was discipled by an
Essene teacher named Judy. She later instructed him to travel to Persia and
India in order to learn astrology and other yogic and spiritual disciplines.
It should be noted that this is highly unlikely because the Essenes
traditionally did not regard women as capable of filling such positions of
Levi Dowling shares an altogether different version. He
explains that an Indian prince named Ravanna obtained permission from Jesus'
parents to take him to India in order to learn from the wisdom of the Indian
sages. Dowling offers that Jesus studied under Brahmic masters for a season,
then went on to Benares of the Ganges where he was mentored by Hindu healers
who taught him their art, then on to Tibet. Finally, he
journeyed to Egypt where he allegedly became part of a
"Secret Brotherhood" in Heliopolis. There he advanced through
seven degrees of initiation to become the Christ.
The Bible is largely silent about Jesus' hidden years.
However, it does shed some light on what probably happened. When Jesus was
twelve years old, he purposefully remained in Jerusalem after attending the
Passover Feast with his family. Joseph and Mary, who thought he had been
lost from their caravan, finally found him in the temple area discussing
doctrines with the doctors of theology. Seeing their concern and responding
to their request, the Bible explains, "he went down with them, and came
to Nazareth, and was subject unto them." (Luke 2:51) The wording
is very plain.
Years later, when Jesus announced his ministry in
Nazareth at the age of thirty, "as his custom was, he went into
the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read." This wording
suggests that this practice had been a pattern in his life for some time.
When he announced his claim to Messiahship by quoting Isaiah 61, the awed
listeners "marveled at the gracious words that proceeded out of his
mouth" and questioned, "Is this not Joseph's son?" (Luke
4:16, 22) Obviously, this unique Nazarene was a familiar figure to them
all. Because of these and other arguments too lengthy to mention, I now
contend that Jesus never departed from the land of Israel during his 'hidden
The popular writer, Ron Rhodes, offers an informed and
"Among those who became angriest at Jesus were the
Jewish leaders. They accused him of many offenses, including breaking the
Sabbath, blasphemy and doing miracles in Satan's power. But they never
accused him of teaching or practicing anything learned in the East. The
Jews considered such teachings and practices to be idolatry and sorcery.
Had Jesus actually gone to India to study under 'the great Buddhas,'
this would have been excellent grounds for discrediting and disqualifying
him regarding his claim to be the promised Jewish Messiah. If the Jewish
leaders could have accused Jesus of this, they certainly would have."
1 Ron Rhodes, The Counterfeit Christ of
the New Age Movement (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1990) p.