Nicholas Notovitch lied about Jesus living in India during the early phase of his life via his book, “Life of Saint Issa” (1894). He was immediately refuted by James Archibald Douglas, who was the first professor of English and History at Government College, Agra. He is mainly remembered for having investigated, and debunked, the claims of Nicolas Notovitch regarding a secret record of Jesus’ visit to India being found at the Hemis Monastery. Douglas made his own visit to the monastery in 1895, and published his findings in the journal Nineteenth Century. These findings were then publicized in the New York Times on 19 April.
James Archibald Douglas wasn’t the only christian to write a refutation, Max Muller followed and many others. In 1991, Pappas ripped them also. In the case of Yuz Asaf, they were over-the-top academically dishonest. In this “Kamal-ud-Din WA Itmam ul Naimat” Vol. 2, it is clearly written that Yus Asaf had a father. Even in “Ayn-ul-Hayat” it is stated that Yuz Asaf’s father was a king. Recently, some ex-Ahmadi researchers made a video about all of this. Furhermore, in Jesus in India, which was published posthumously in November of 1908, the word Yuz Asaf doesn’t even exist. Nor do the references to any source material which would connect Yuz Asaf to Esa (as). The english ROR never mentioned “Ayn-ul-Hayat”, however, it does mention Ikmal-ud-Din (see ROR of May 1904), which seems to be a shortened version of “Kamal-ud-Din WA Itmam ul Naimat”.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________The refutation by J. Archibald Douglas
- Archibald Douglas, Professor at Government College in Agra, India, took a three-month vacation from the college and retraced Notovitch’s steps at the Himis monastery. He published an account of his journey in The Nineteenth Century (June 1895), the bulk of which reproduced an interview with the chief lama of the monastery. The lama said he had been chief lama for 15 years, which means he would have been the chief lama during Notovitch’s alleged visit. The lama asserted that during these 15 years, no European with a broken leg had ever sought refuge at the monastery.
When asked if he was aware of any book in any Buddhist monastery in Tibet pertaining to the life of Issa, he said: “I have never heard of [a manuscript] which mentions the name of Issa, and it is my firm and honest belief that none such exists. I have inquired of our principal Lamas in other monasteries of Tibet, and they are not acquainted with any books or manuscripts which mention the name of Issa.” When portions of Notovitch’s book were read to the lama, he responded, “Lies, lies, lies, nothing but lies!”
The interview was written down and witnessed by the lama, Douglas, and the interpreter, and on June 3, 1895, was stamped with the official seal of the lama. The credibility of The Life of Saint Issa was unquestionably damaged by Douglas’ investigation.
—16 J. Archibald Douglas, “The Chief Lama of Himis on the Alleged ‘Unknown Life of Christ'” The Nineteenth Century (April 1896) 667-77, cited by Prophet, 36-37.
—17 Goodspeed, 13.
Links and Related Essays
John Rippon rips the Ahmadiyya belief that Esa (As) =Yuz Asaph and was buried in Kashmir
“The Alleged Sojourn of Christ in India” (1894) by Max Muller
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