Sir Aurel Stein

“Popular local tradition has fortunately in Kashmir proved far more tenacious than the traditions of the learned.  I have often derived from it very valuable assistance in my local search for particular data.  The experience gained on my antiquarian tours has convinced me that when collected with caution, and critically…

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Sir Francis Younghusband

Wikipedia entry: Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Edward Younghusband KCSI KCIE (31 May 1863 – 31 July 1942, Dorsetshire) was a British Army officer, explorer, and spiritual writer. He is remembered chiefly for his travels in the Far East and Central Asia–especially the 1904 British invasion of Tibet, which he led–and for…

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Lady Henrietta Sands Merrick

“In Leh is the legend of Christ who is called Issa, and the monastery at Hemis holds precious documents fifteen hundred years old which tell of the days that He passed in Leh where he was joyously received and where He preached.  There is also the tradition of the Biblical…

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Al-Hilal – Christian Journal

In 1909, the editor of Al-Hilal, a Christian journal published from Beirut, Lebanon, wrote: “In Mohalla Khan-i-yar of the city (Srinagar), there is a tomb.  The people of Kashmir describe it as that of Prophet (Nabi) Yuz Asaf.  The ordinary people of the locality visit this tomb regularly.  In certain books…

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Shankaracharya of Puri

Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Sarswati This testimony represents one of the great moments in human spiritual and religious history.  It is a massive achievement, for a number of reasons.  There are four Shankaracharys.  They are the spiritual heads of Hinduism, sort of like the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  Because…

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