Temple of God by David A. Tokar, Ph.D.

The travels of Jesus during the “lost years”.
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“Fill my temple with your hope and your patience, and do not adjure the religion of your forefathers, for I have guided them and bestowed upon them of my beneficence.” - Nicholas Notovitch.

Painting: A twelve-year-old Jesus talking with the learned sages of the Temple by early 14th century artist Duccio di Buoninsegna; (c.1255–1260 – c.1318–1319). More commonly known as just Duccio, he was an Italian painter active in Siena, Tuscany, in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

Temple of God
The lost years and the unknown life of Jesus Christ(1)
by David A. Tokar, Ph.D.

Nicholas Notovitch

Most students of scripture are aware of Nicholas Notovitch and the story he shared of finding, in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, a document written in the sacred language of Pali Sanskrit, which tells of the travels of Issa (Yeshua, or Jesus) during the “lost years”. These are the years not recorded in the New Testament, the years when Jesus was between twelve and thirty years of age. Notovitch, after breaking his leg in India and while recovering from it at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, learned of the Tibetan manuscript, “Life of Saint Issa, Best of the Sons of Men.” Notovitch's account, with the text of the Life, was published in French in 1894 as “La vie inconnue de Jésus-Christ”. It was latter translated into English, German, Spanish, and Italian.

Nicolas Notovitch, photo credit Wikipedia.

According Notovitch, the scrolls chronicle events when Jesus left the Holy Land and Jerusalem at the age of 13:

“He [Issa] set out towards Sindh, ‘intending to improve and perfect himself in the divine understanding and to studying the laws of the great Buddha.' He crossed Punjab and reached Puri Jagannath where he studied the Vedas under Brahmin priests. He spent six years in Puri and Rajgirh, near Nalanda, the ancient seat of Hindu learning. Then he went to the Himalayas, and spent time in Tibetan monasteries, studying Buddhism and through Persia, returned to Jerusalem at the age of 29”.(2)

Everywhere he traveled, “St. Issa” not only absorbed fully the teaching of the local religion, but synthesized them all in a Universal Religion of Love and based on the foundation of the Knowledge and Experience of the One God. He also spoke out against the custodians of religions who abused their power by charging money for Divine Truth, restricting access to it, and unashamedly satiating their lust for sex, money, and power.

The following passage marks Issa's return to Israel after being away for almost thirty years, and tells of how He uplifted the hearts of the Israelites who had become despondent after having been defeated and occupied by the Romans. The Israelites had been led astray from the religion of their forefathers, and were feeling the pain of loss at the destruction of their temples by their enemies.

Excerpt from: The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
by Nicolas Notovitch (3)

Chapter IX

1. Issa-whom the Creator had selected to recall to the worship of the true God, men sunk in sin-was twenty-nine years old when he arrived in the land of Israel.

2. Since the departure therefrom of Issa, the Pagans had caused the Israelites to endure more atrocious sufferings than before, and they were filled with despair.

3. Many among them had begun to neglect the laws of their God and those of Mossa, in the hope of winning the favor of their brutal conquerors.

4. But Issa, notwithstanding their unhappy condition, exhorted his countrymen not to despair, because the day of their redemption from the yoke of sin was near, and he himself, by his example, confirmed their faith in the God of their fathers.

5. “Children, yield not yourselves to despair,” said the celestial Father to them, through the mouth of Issa, “for I have heard your lamentations, and your cries have reached my ears.

6. “Weep not, oh, my beloved sons! for your griefs have touched the heart of your Father and He has forgiven you, as He forgave your ancestors.

7. “Forsake not your families to plunge into debauchery; stain not the nobility of your souls; adore not idols which cannot but remain deaf to your supplications.

8. “Fill my temple with your hope and your patience, and do not adjure the religion of your forefathers, for I have guided them and bestowed upon them of my beneficence.

9. “Lift up those who are fallen; feed the hungry and help the sick, that ye may be altogether pure and just in the day of the last judgment which I prepare for you.”

10. The Israelites came in multitudes to listen to Issa's words; and they asked him where they should thank their Heavenly Father, since their enemies had demolished their temples and robbed them of their sacred vessels.

11. Issa told them that God cared not for temples erected by human hands, but that human hearts were the true temples of God.

12. “Enter into your temple, into your heart; illuminate it with good thoughts, with patience and the unshakeable faith which you owe to your Father.

13. “And your sacred vessels! they are your hands and your eyes. Look to do that which is agreeable to God, for in doing good to your fellow men, you perform a ceremony that embellishes the temple wherein abideth Him who has created you.

14. “For God has created you in His own image, innocent, with pure souls, and hearts filled with kindness and not made for the planning of evil, but to be the sanctuaries of love and justice.

15. “Therefore, I say unto you, soil not your hearts with evil, for in them the eternal Being abides.

16. “When ye do works of devotion and love, let them be with full hearts, and see that the motives of your actions be not hopes of gain or self-interest;

17. “For actions, so impelled, will not bring you nearer to salvation, but lead to a state of moral degradation wherein theft, lying and murder pass for generous deeds.”

May the Lord--by whichever Name, Manifestation or Image pleases you most--Bless, heal and guide you always!
In the Purity of Heart-to-Heart Friendship,
David A. Tokar, Ph.D.
Advisory Board, Institute of Spiritual Sciences (ISS).

(1) “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ” , by Nicolas Notovitch. Translated by J. H. Connelly and L. Landsberg and printed in the United States of America, New York: R.F. Fenno, 1890.
(2) Wikipedia, Unknown Years of Jesus.
(3) The Project Gutenberg eBook, “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ”, by Nicolas Notovitch, Translated by J. H. Connelly and L. Landsberg. The full book is available for free use at:
The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ, by Nicolas Notovitch,

Edits and footnotes for the Institute of Spiritual Sciences (ISS) by Ray J. Rousseau.
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