Edward Martin

Edward Martin – author of ‘King of Travelers: Jesus’ Lost Years in India’ and associate producer of film-documentary – Jesus in India

Asking Bible Teachers
And I would ask the Bible school teachers, Well, what about the missing time in the life of Jesus, from the age of 12 to the age of 30.  What was he doing?  Was he working with Joseph?  Was he making tables and chairs?  Why don’t they tell us?After Truth Not Controversy
I was not trying to step on any toes or find any hot potatoes.  I was not trying to find anything controversial in my own mind.  Where was Jesus during the missing years?  What was he doing?  I just wanted to know.You may not find what you want to find
Krishnamurti made the quote that, whenever a human being sets out to find the real truth about something, that he or she must arm himself with great courage because he may not find what he wants to find.Rejection
I lost a number of friends, through the years, concerning this material.  I gave up my house—sold my house to have my book published.  I told some of my relatives, and they just kind of scoffed at the concept, and did not want to hear any more about it. And of course, if we’re going to talk about rejection, how many people rejected Jesus, when Jesus was living?  How many people listened to his message?  So, what’s wrong with being rejected?  I think the rejection does not deal so much with the individual being rejected, but it deals more with the rejecter.Two Quests
I was on two quests, really.  The first was a personal one—the quest to find out what I believed about my faith, and why.  The second one was, maybe, like some of those Texas tales of the search for missing gold, or the search for the Holy GrailTolerance for Other ReligionsThe evidence that I found is that Jesus studied with both Buddhists and also Hindus in India, and that Jesus respected the teachings of both Buddhists and Hindus.  So I think there’s a significant lesson there about tolerance for all of us.As we find out the truth about the life of Jesus and his studies in India, I think that we find that Jesus found value and wisdom in other religions.  And I think that we as Christians should not condemn other religions, and I think that people of every religion should be tolerant of other religions and live in harmony with them.Special Connection With India
If someone is profoundly and deeply interested in spirituality and if spirituality is the most important thing in your life, then there is a kind of connection; a kind of kindred connection about India, that there are teachings; there is wisdom here in India that is not available anywhere else in its complexity and in its depth.Jesus Surviving the Crucifixion
It took me personally about 20 years before I could change my thinking and not be threatened by the possibility that Jesus may have lived through the crucifixion, and recovered himself and lived a long life.  But I do not think it a heresy asking the questions, and seeing where the evidence leads.David and Goliath
In my quest I felt like David in the story of David and Goliath, trying to conquer a giant, as many obstacles stood in my path.  But the Goliath I faced is still there.  He’s the bureaucracy of organized religions.  He is the entrenched belief systems, which control people and keep them in spiritual darkness…  He’s the lack of inquisitiveness of members of my own fundamentalist upbringing.  He’s the tendency of people everywhere, who stand so firmly behind what they had been taught, that they will not think independently and ask hard questions.  He is the refusal of so many people to question authority and search for answers, even when the evidence can be found.Paramahnsa Yogananda
There is something that Yogananda said, I was reading one time, if I remember it correctly: ‘Tata Dharma, Yatra Chai-ya,’ [which means], ‘Where there is Dharma; where there is righteousness, and something is true, ‘Tata Chai-ya,’ there is victory.  And that makes sense.  Truth is a powerful thing.Salutation to the Dawn
A poet from India, named Kalidasa, wrote, ‘Salutation to the Dawn,’ and it goes something like this:Look therefore to this day, for it is life—the very life of life.  In its brief course, by all the verities and realities of your existence, the bliss of learning, the glory of action, the joy of knowledge; for yesterday is only a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision.  But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a vision of happiness, and every tomorrow a dream of hope.  Look, therefore, to this day.

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