Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

...One day, Shalivahan, the chief of the Sakyas, went into the Himalayas. There, in the Land of the Hun (Ladakh, a part of the Kushan empire), the powerful king saw a man sitting
on a mountain, who seemed to promise auspiciousness. His skin was fair and he wore white garments.
The king asked the holy man who He was. The other replied: ‘I am called a Son of God, born of a virgin, minister of the non-believers, relentless in search of the truth.’ The king then
asked Him: ‘What is your religion?’ The other replied, ‘O great king, I come from a foreign country, where there is no longer truth and where evil knows no bounds. In the land of the
non-believers, I appeared as the Messiah.’

‘O king, lend your ear to the religion that I brought unto the non-believers: after the purification of the essence and the impure body and after seeking refuge in the prayers of the
Naigama, man will pray to the Eternal. Through justice, truth, meditation and unity of Spirit, man will find his way to Isa in the centre of light. God, as firm as the sun, will finally unite
the Spirit of all wandering beings in Himself.

The blissful image of Isa, the giver of happiness, will remain forever in the heart; and I was called Isa-Masih.’ Bhavisya Purana 21 Editor’s note: Lord Jesus’s name was pronounced Yesu, or Issa, so He, the Messiah, was known as Isa-Masih.

During this time Hazrat Yuz Asaf, having come from Bait-ul Muqaddas [the Holy Land] to this holy valley, proclaimed his prophethood. He devoted himself, day and night, in [prayers to] God, and having attained the heights of piety and virtue, He declared himself to be a Messenger [of God] for the people of Kashmir. He invited people [to his religion].

Because the people of the valley had faith in this Prophet, Raja Gopadatta referred the objection of Hindus to Him [for decision]. It was because of this Prophet’s orders that Sulaiman, whom Hindus called Sandeman, completed [the repairs of] the dome. [The yearwas] fifty and four. Further, on one of the stones of the stairs He [Sulaiman] inscribed: ‘In these times Yuz Asaf proclaimed his Prophethood,’ and on the other stone of the stairs He also inscribed that He [Yuz Asaf] was Yusu, Prophet of the Children of Israel. I have seen in a book of Hindus that this prophet was really Hazrat Isa, the Spirit of God, on whom be peace [and salutations] and had also assumed the name of Yuz Asaf. The real knowledge is with God. He spent His life in this [valley]. After His departure [his death] he was laid to rest in Mohalla Anzmarah. It is also said that lights of Prophethood used to emanate from the tomb of this Prophet. Mullah Nadri, Tahrik-i-Kashmir (History ofKashmir), 1420 CE Editor’s note: Lord Jesus was also known as Yuz Asaf. Hazrat means saint. Raja Gopananda (or Gopadatta) ruled over Kashmir from 49 to 109 A.D
Departing from that town, He visited several other towns preaching to the people. At last He reached the capital city of Kashmir. Having settled there, He called all people towards the
Kingdom of God. He stayed there in Kashmir till the last day of His life. At the moment [ofHis death] He called one of His disciples, who was known among the people by the name of
Yabid. This disciple had served his master with much devotion and had obtained a high status in the spiritual succession.

Now making His will, Yuzasaph said, ‘Now at this last moment My sSpirit is ready to fly towards the Holy One. It is necessary for all of you to follow the Commandments of God. None should go towards the untruth, leaving the truth. All of you should adhere to the prayers and hold fast to the truth.’ After saying this, He breathed his last. Dear readers, much wisdom is contained in this story. Understand the hidden wisdom and follow moral and spiritual teachings so that desires for the material world are destroyed from
your hearts. Qisa Shazada Yuzasaph wo hakim Balauhar, p.131