The Kashmir King

who in "Kings of Kashmira"

 Survived Crucifixion!

Picture of mural found in Kashmir by Sue Olsson  Which I have identified as being that of Jesus Christ (Meghavahana) and Lord Shiva in UFO




The Crucifixion of Joseph

How “Sandhimati” Died in Judea, not Kashmir 

 10th Lecture in the “Tolerant God” Series

(As Researched and Experienced by Dr. Bob Holt, MD)

November 28, 2008

       In this lecture I will just call him "The PROFESSOR" because he is indeed a professor.   In any other culture besides a predominantly Muslim society I could give him a name.  A fictional name or a real name, depending upon his preferences, and desire for recognition for the real feats of research he has accomplished.   But since he lives in Kashmir, one of the nuclear tinderboxes of the world, and since from time to time children are kidnapped in the capital city of Kashmir, and women have acid thrown into their faces for the "crime" of not wearing a Burqua, he shall here remain anonymous.    He won't mind.  He knows what his Muslim brothers are capable of.

        One day, I'm not sure how long ago, the PROFESSOR was doing some research for one of the many books he has written.   He had been reading through Kahlana's book The Kings of Kasmira, a book he can and does read in several languages, when he came to the story of Sandhimati, the king of Kashmir between 22BC and 25 AD, a total of 47 years [48 if you count the missing year 0].   He mused to himself that at least 30 years of this time was contemporary with the supposed lifetime of Saint Issa, a great prophet to Muslims, and a person most Kashmiris revere even more than other Muslims because he was, for a while at least, thought to be a local resident in this the kingdom of Kashmir.   Then he reached the most interesting and startling part of the story, the part where Sandhimati was crucified [impaled on a large stake] on the orders of the jealous king Jayendra.

      "I wonder, can this be Jesus?"  said the PROFESSOR.    To himself and everyone else who would listen of his friends in the Western world.    But not to his fellow Muslims, because it is part of Muslim dogma that Jesus [Saint Issa] was never crucified.   Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, had spread the story, perhaps in the Quran, perhaps in that vast hoard of sayings attributed to him outside the Quran, that Allah would not allow his Son to be crucified.  And that Jesus [Saint Issa] had cleverly arranged for someone else to be crucified in his stead.

       Perhaps one of his disciples had voluntarily taken Jesus' place.  As with other races not our own, one Jew looks like any other Jew.  How could the Romans know they were crucifying the right almost naked man with long hair and a curly beard?    Yes, Sandhimati lived in the right era, but in the wrong country!  And if he started reigning in 22 BC, he would have been 47 or 48 years old, plus whatever age he was when he started reigning.  Perhaps 68 years old.   Jesus crucified as an old man about ready to die of natural causes?   "Doesn't fit the picture!" stated the PROFESSOR, shaking his head sadly.

      Kings of Kashmira, page 30.  Remember now Sandhimati had lost everything because Jayendra had taken all his possessions. "Even in his devotions [Sandhimati] was not suffered to remain in peace.  There was a rumour that the time would come when Sandhimati would reign.  His enemies at the court hinted to the king that the ex-minister had spread this rumour; and the king, alarmed at the probable consequences, threw Sandhimati into prison, chained with a heavy chain.  There he remained for ten years till the time of the king's death."  This time interval allows us to date the events at 10 years before 22 BC, or about 32 BC for the imprisonment, and 23 - 22 BC for the events to follow!   Surely a strange date to be performing crucifixions anywhere, especially in Kashmir, where this type of punishment is virtually unheard of!

      Kings of Kashmira continues, still on page 30, "When the last days of the king approached, the pain of his illness was aggravated by his fear that the imprisoned Sandhimati would succeed him, as he was childless.  And to remove his anxieties, he intended to execute the minister."  Here Kahlana digresses poetically, and we'll omit this proverb.  "Now by the cruel king's order the executioner impaled [killed on a cross or stake] Sandhimati in the night, and when the king heard that the minister was dead, his heart became light; but he died soon after. He reigned for thirty seven years, and died without a child."

       The PROFESSOR, while reading this story, found some of the parts of this story unusual up to this point, but not unbelievable.   Ten years seemed like a long time to keep a person in prison on a grudge, but certainly this had been done before, even in Kashmir.But to crucify that person!   Kill him on a stake!   Unheard of in Kashmir, and even rather rare in the Roman Empire in 22 BC.   A full fifty years before the most famous Roman crucifixion in history.   The crucifixion of a would-be Jewish "Messiah" named Jesus Christ!   Or to orthodox Muslims, the most famous fake crucifixion in history, the time when Saint Issa cleverly eluded crucifixion by some means or another.    But then the PROFESSOR read on, and even more questions popped into his head!

    Kings of Kashmira, page 31 "The kingdom was for a few days left without a king.  At last Sandhimati, [who it appears, was falsely reported to the king as dead,*] was selected by the citizens to reign over them; and he reluctantly, and only at the request of his guru, ascended the throne.   Dressed in royal clothes, and midst the shouts of his subjects who scattered parched grain in his way, he entered the capital city with his army."

      "Aha," said the PROFESSOR.  "Where have I heard THIS story before!"   The Jesus story of the Christian Gospels, once again!   But this time Sandhimati is riding into Srinagar at the head of an army, while Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass, surrounded by children and his disciples.   In the Gospels the road or path was strewed with clothing and palm branches.  In the Kashmir story Sandhimati's pathway was strewn with parched grain.   In the Gospel story this triumphal procession preceded a crucifixion.  In the Kashmir story the triumphal procession followed a crucifixion and apparent resurrection. The PROFESSOR saw the little asterisk and read the note on the bottom of the page - See Appendix C.  Perhaps, thought the PROFESSOR, Kahlana will tell us more about this strange, rare, crucifixion in Kashmir, not Judea, and the resurrection that followed it.  He was right.

           The Most Wonderful Crucifixion Story Ever!

      I know what the PROFESSOR read next, because I had hints of the complete story, the part not in the main text of Jogash Chunder Dutt's Kings of Kashmira, but instead in Appendix C, by E-mail from Suzanna Olsson early in her stay in Pakistan and Kashmir.    She had by then had purchased a copy of Chunder Dutt's book, and had by then been told by everyone she talked to about it in India and Kashmir that Yes, this was the definitive history of the Kings of Kashmir, and the early history of Kashmir.   The stories that virtually everyone in that immense sub-continent believed to be true.  In some way or another.   Perhaps distorted and exaggerated a bit, but representing a kernel of TRUTH!

     "I must send you this book!" wrote Suzanna, and she did.   A few weeks later, back in the summer of 2001, I received the book in the mail, and read exactly what the PROFESSOR had read, and what Sue Olsson had read.  The most wonderful [strange, magical, UNBELIEVABLE] crucifixion story in the world!

      Appendix C: "Sandhimati died impaled by the orders of his master, and his corpse was thrown into the field where the dead were burnt; --- His religious instructor Ishana [almost identical to (Saint) Issa], though he was master of his passions, was much afflicted to learn of his death, and went to that place to perform the last ceremonies due to the  remains of his pupil.  Here he found the body fixed to the pale (pike). And reduced to [a] skeleton, the wolves having devoured the flesh; and the wind was passing through the hole in his head."

    "Ishana began to weep as he disengaged the stick from the body; and driving back the howling wolves [devils?], he dragged away the corpse from the place; the hair of his late pupil covered with dust touched his feet.  But when he was going to perform the last ceremony, the following lines marked on his forehead by Vidhata caught his eye: 'Poverty as long as he lives, ten years imprisonment, death on a pale, and then kingdom again.'"

     Ishana of the story was puzzled and surprised by this saying written across the dead Sandhimati's forehead.  The PROFESSOR was affected likewise.  Suzanna Olsson was similarly puzzled.  And lastly, I in North Carolina, half a world away, was enthralled by the possibilities!  In one short sentence we have summarized THE COMPLETE GOSPEL STORY OF JESUS CHRIST, as told in the Western world for 2000 years!

     As I read on, in wonder and bewilderment, Ishana is said to have realized that the first three lines of the saying had indeed taken place as predicted.   And he was curious to see how the last prediction would be fulfilled, since the man before him was nothing more than a skeleton with some rotting flesh here and there that the wolves had not yet eaten.  But would have eaten if he left the corpse where it had been.   He remembered a lot of strange tales he had heard of other Indian heroes I will not here bother my readers with.

      Perhaps some or all of these tales were TRUE!   This pitiful corpse would bear watching!

       At midnight, when he should have been asleep, curiosity kept him awake, plus the fear that the wolves would return.  He started smelling burning incense, and wondered where it was coming from.  Then he heard the loud sound of drums.  Not thunder, but drums.   Illuminated by a burning light, he saw a group of angels [Yoginis] coming through  the deserted woods.   To his astonishment, these angels grabbed onto the corpse and started to run away with it.   "Not so fast," said the guru to himself. "I have not yet seen the final prophecy fulfilled!"

     Kings of Kashmira, Appendix C "Much astonished he ran after them SWORD IN HAND.   He found them among the trees, seated around the skeleton, and repairing it.  Each of them lent it a member of her own body, and having finished the whole, they began to dance around it.   The corpse then rose as from a sleep, and each of them began to caress him [naked we presume] for which purpose they had brought him to life."

      In the pursuit of the meaning of "Gospel Pesher", it is the supposedly inappropriate details that deserve our most critical attention.   And in this story they are piling up, each one waving a red flag, and crying out, "Look at me, I don’t belong here, and you'd better have a logical explanation for this apparent discrepancy!"   1) Item one, the obvious date discrepancy - Jesus was crucified in 33 AD, NOT 22 BC.  2) Item two, the place discrepancy.  No one expects that Jesus was crucified in India, not Judea.  Even Roman historians, and the Jewish historian Josephus agree that Jesus was crucified in Judea.  3) The inclusion of a guru here called by one of Jesus' names.  "Ishana" is equivalent to Saint Issa in Indian dialect.   But the guru himself was not crucified, it was his pupil or follower or disciple Sandhimati that was crucified!   And the guru Ishana's part to be watching for a promised resurrection while pursuing some angels while waving a sword!

           Gospel Pesher to the Rescue!

     The solution to this puzzle of many pieces is once again, the "Gospel Pesher".   We place the puzzle pieces that we know the answer to around the edges, and look for matching colors and edges in the chaotic pieces in the middle, until a clear picture emerges.   We now must depend on the "Joseph is Sandhimati" piece, and "Joseph began his reign in 22 BC" piece.   And add to it in its proper place that "Joseph retired in 25 AD in Kashmir after a reign of 47 years".  I had already discovered that Sandhimati was an Essene by the way his history is portrayed in Kings of Kashmira.   His WISDOM, his POVERTY, his IMPRISONMENT [in a monastery], and his DEVOTION to His GOD.  Every thing else is relative, including when he was crucified.  Or indeed, IF he was crucified!   

                Sandhimati [Joseph] led a Dual Life

       Readers of the Orthodox Gospels are not concerned with the real details of the life of Jesus' father Joseph.   So long as he led Mary on a donkey to Bethlehem and found her room in a stable to have the "Christ Child", and then used the gifts of the "Wise Men" to support a trip to Egypt to protect the small family from the bloodthirsty Herod, his role was more or less completed.   Catholics have marginalized him even further.   Noting that Jesus supposedly had both brothers and sisters, they suppose them to have been by some other woman before Joseph met Mary.  What happened to this large brood while Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were in Egypt these Catholic theologians haven't a clue!

       Twelve years after Jesus' birth, now with everyone living in Nazareth in Galilee, a week or so's walk from Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Joseph is still around, and sorrowful because he and Mary [called Jesus' "parents" in Luke 2:41] have lost Jesus on a trip to the Jerusalem temple for the Passover.  For some unexplained reason, Joseph does not convey his upset feelings to Jesus directly once the boy is found instructing the learned teachers on the real "facts of life", but let's Mary do the talking.

     Luke 2:48 "…and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us?  Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing."  [Evidently, even at twelve years old, Mary was not prepared to tell Jesus his real father was the Holy Spirit, or God Almighty, not Joseph!]

      Luke 2:49 "And he [Jesus] said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?  50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them."   Actually "they" and "them" here indicates us, and those who have lived for 2000 years not knowing who Joseph really was [Sandhimati of Kashmir], and that Jesus his son was well aware that his "father" was King of Kashmir.   And that Lord Shiva, as the chief god of Kasmir, was the symbolic "Father" of both Sandhimati and Jesus!

            Sandhimati [Joseph] was a Commuter!

      Lord Shiva of Kashmir and greater India, was well known in former times as a rider of the skies in space ships of various sizes and shapes.  Indian art is full of Lord Shiva and his "vimanas".   If indeed Sandhimati lived in Shiva's home territory, which Kalanah records he did.    And if he worshipped Shiva, or at least supported his sovereignty in India, as Kahlana also wrote, then Shiva could carry him back and forth between Kashmir and Judea in a matter of minutes, instead of weeks or months as everyone else in those days were required to travel.  And now, the story of Sandhimati's, not Jesus' crucifixion makes sense.   It occurred in Judea, not some "field in the woods" near Srinagar.   And we can find the real date by using "Gospel Pesher", not Kahlana's guess of  "a few days before Jayendra died".

       Jesus referred back to his father's execution by the Romans in a later saying he made between 29 and 33 AD while he was teaching the twelve Apostles and the crowds near Qumran.   He doesn't call this execution a crucifixion, but let's us surmise that it was, because the Roman's as a matter of policy crucified all the leaders of Messianic uprisings.

       And Jesus' father on the indicated date was indeed the leader of a Messianic uprising!   Periodically the Zealots among the Essenes held so-called demonstrations [riots] in Jerusalem to demonstrate their desire to be a free and independent nation one more.   And Joseph, of the bloodline of David had to lead these demonstrations [riots], or give up his claim to be the leader of David's Messianic Dynasty.  Which he wasn't willing to do.   So Lord Shiva carried him back and forth and tolerated this dual role.

     The heavily "coded" reference to Joseph's execution is found in Luke 13:1-5.  All the information is here, but "covered up".   The date, what happened, but not the names of the participants, nor that one or several were crucified.   The "Tower of Siloam" was at Qumran, and can still be seen there as the "defensive tower".  Tourists climb up the reconstructed stairs every day Qumran is open, because it’s the best place to take pictures of the rest of the Essene monastery ruins at Qumran.  Since it was well-known to his hearers that Joseph, "the carpenter", had worked on this structure, and that Jesus his son "as the carpenter's son" had perhaps helped him, the hearers knew exactly who were killed in this "accidental falling of the "Tower of Siloam", and why Jesus was telling the story.  For confirmation, read Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls, [Thiering 1992] Page 65, 216

     Luke 13:1 "There were present at that season some who told him of the Galileans [Zealot demonstrators], whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices [some were executed].  4 Or those eighteen [here Jesus is referring back to a similar execution of demonstrators "in the year 18, not 18 demonstrators"], upon whom [including his father Joseph] the tower in Siloam [Qumran, full of "pools"] fell [the demonstration didn't work out well, as usual], and slew them [including his father Joseph, who built or reinforced that tower], think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  Don't be Zealots and Terrorist demonstrators!   Or you too will perish!

      Essenes did everything by ritual and habit.   And their feast-days and calendars are now well known.  At least by Dr. Barbara Thiering, PhD.    And now we can know exactly on what date Joseph was crucified by the Romans in a "field" near either Qumran of Jerusalem.   On or about March 1, 23 AD.    And now we can put the rest of Kahlana's "puzzle" together, and tell you outright that Jayendra had nothing at all to do with Sanhimati - Joseph's crucifixion.   And it happened a thousand miles or so from Kashmir.

      And it was performed by Roman soldiers on Jesus' father, as they crucified Jesus, Joseph's son, 10 years and one month later.   After Joseph was resuscitated, and his terrible wounds repaired, he was carried by Lord Shiva's spacecraft back to Srinagar, Kashmir, where he made a "triumphal entry."    For all the residents of Srinagar ever knew, this crucifixion was done locally, perhaps by some relative of Jayendra, the jealous king that preceded Sandhimati - Joseph.

  Hidden Meanings:"The Field Where Bodies were Burnt"

      Although Dr. Barbara Thiering PhD, can and does explain, rather sketchily, some think, how a "Tower of Siloam" can stand for Joseph's Zealot demonstration in Jerusalem on March 1, 23 AD, and that eighteen stands for "Year 18" in one of many Essene calendars, she has not explained the "Pesher" meanings of the parts of the story in Appendix C of Kings of Kashmira we are here interested in.  It is left up to me to explain these parts, because I have studied her techniques and mastered them.   So here goes.

      "Sandhimati died impaled by the orders of his master, and his corpse was thrown into the field where the dead were burnt ---"  This is the usual bait and switch type subterfuge in which Indians see only their usual custom of cremating the dead.   In India, the most honorable way to treat a dead relative is to burn them to ashes on a pyre of dry wood, often driftwood along the shore of the Holy Ganges River.  This protects the bodies from being dug up and eaten by wild animals, or devoured by worms and bacteria. The major clue that this is not the intended meaning is that no burning ceremony is described, and indeed the wolves are consuming the body when Ishana arrives.

     "Pesher" experts, such as myself, will see everything in the light of the Qumran area, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and how these clues were used in the Gospels.  In the "Pesher" involving Judas Iscariot, he threw down the "thirty pieces of silver" [actually a bribe that Pilate rejected in Judas' case, but accepted to loose "Barabbas"], and with it the priests "bought" the "Potter's Field" to bury "strangers", who couldn’t afford a burial plot or tomb.  See Matthew 27:6-10,  Acts 1:18-20.

       The location of this field is shown to be Qumran itself, because the event described in Acts 1:18 occurred in Qumran.  Judas was crucified as the unrepentant "Thief" on one of the three crosses.  He "hanged himself" by his actions in a similar demonstration as put on by Jesus' father in 23 AD.   Not able to arrange a bribe with Pilate, his "hanging" [on a cross] was assured.   But he was taken down still alive, after his legs were broken by Roman soldiers as the Sabbath drew nigh.   Kept imprisoned in one of the Qumran caves, he was pushed out the cave's window as the betrayer of the others after the Sabbath.  He fell a long ways, struck some rocks, and as Luke describes in Acts 1:18, "he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out."  This description is close enough to the scene described in Appendix C to allow us to identify the "Field where bodies were burnt" near Srinagar, as actually being at or near Qumran, a very long ways distant.   Other supporting imagery and symbolism.   Qumran is very hot, its below sea level "under the ground in Hades".  And supposedly the location of "Sodom", where God destroyed the sinners of that ancient city with "fire and brimstone".     All this supports Joseph, Jesus' father, Sandhimati in Kashmir, was crucified AND resuscitated at or near Qumran.

  Hidden Meaning of the Verses on Sandhimati's Skull

      The PROFESSOR and one of his pupils, Suzanna Olsson, are waiting impatiently for me to explain the writing on Sandhimati's skull, so let's "go there" next.   No, it's not the sign "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews", as supposedly written in three languages and nailed over Jesus' head on the cross Jesus was crucified on in 33 AD.    As you know, Sue, the name "Sandhimati" itself has the meaning of two of these prophecies, "he will be a minister [therefore poor], then he will reign as king".   But Ishana, as Jesus, was there as his father was crucified, or arrived soon afterwards, [as in the Kashmir story].   Lord Shiva possibly arrived on the scene about the same time Jesus did.   With helpers, Shiva loaded the dead or severely injured Joseph into his space-craft, and Jesus also so that the son could watch him repair and "bring back to life" his father.    Lord Shiva knew that Sandhimati's abilities and usefulness would be severely limited by his injuries, so it was at this time [March 1, 23 AD] that Shiva saw to it Jesus was trained as Sandhimati's replacement.

       It was the resounding reception that Sandhimati received from the people of Srinagar that put a new idea into Lord Shiva's mind.   Yes, he has a mind not much different than your mind or my mind!   The people were enthralled by having a ruler that had "come back from the dead".   And for 2 years his fame spread all over India.   Now this is "reincarnation country" not "resurrection country", and the idea was a new and novel one.

      In long counsels involving Sandhimati, Shiva, and Yes, Jesus, the point man of a new crucifixion deliberately planned 10 years before it happened - Jesus would "save the world" by being crucified, then resurrected.    But this time, the scene would be carefully controlled to limit the damage to his body and brain.   And allow him to live a long and almost comfortable life afterwards - with a real kingdom in HEAVEN [Kashmir].

    "'Poverty as long as he lives, ten years imprisonment, death on a pale, and then kingdom again.'" Not exactly accurate once we know ALL of the Jesus story, but close enough to the mythical story that the world still believes to be true.   Even the 10 years fits, if we apply it to the 10 years between 23 AD [Joseph's crucifixion] and 33 AD [Jesus' crucifixion].

     If you take a SWORD, any sword with a reasonably  prominent handle with a protruding cross-piece to guard your sword-hand, and you plunge its blade into the ground, and what do you have?  A CROSS, that's what you have!


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