Did Christ Meditate?

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It goes without saying that many Christians, even the world, cares deeply about the history and teachings of Jesus; after all, he did significantly change the course of humanity. He inspired wars, philosophies, political motives, and countless individual lives.

He influenced billions.

And yet for all his influence, for all our knowledge of him, we are still left with a gnawing question: who was he, and what did he believe? Every Christian has their own take, it seems. They interpret based upon their own culture and understanding. But his teachings are not exclusively owned by Christians, nor should they be. Everyone can form their own opinion…and nearly everyone has. Including those that subscribe to a very different set of beliefs from those of Christianity: the Hindus and Buddhists.

SEE ALSO: The Lost Years Of Christ: Did He Go To India?

Jesus in India

Many people don’t realize that lots of Hindus and Buddhists believe Jesus studied eastern teachings- and even taught them to his disciples.

It’s claimed, by several sects, that Jesus visited India in his formative years.

There he lived and studied in the Hemis monastery, a Buddhist refuge. This was corroborated (with lots of controversies) by a man named Nicholas Notovich who read ancient Hemis historical manuscripts while he healed from a broken leg in the early 1900s. This manuscript talked about “Issa”, a saintly man from Judea who could heal the sick, and who stood up to those of corrupt power.

Learning to Meditate is in the Bible

If Jesus did go to India, it’s very possible he taught his disciples all sorts of eastern teachings- including meditation. And while there is no direct evidence that Jesus taught meditation techniques, there are certainly hints in the Bible:

Matthew 6:22

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

This verse, in particular, is something that many people point to as proof that he did in fact, meditate. In eastern teachings, the spot between the eyebrows is known as the spiritual eye, or the ajna chakra. This spot must be opened in order to achieve enlightenment. Often, when it does open, the practitioner feels as though they are being filled with light.

There are others as well:

Joshua 1:8

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

Luke 17:21

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

So what do you think? Is it possible that Jesus taught eastern meditation techniques?


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