|In the Gospel stories in the New Testament Bible, Jesus is offered all the kingdoms of the world if he will worship "Satan" and accept Satan's authority over the world's affairs. In the Gospels, Jesus refuses, and is later crucified.|
In the Kings of Kasmira version of the "Temptation of Christ", Jesus Christ, on his return to Kashmir after being crucified (now in another lifetime according to Indian Reincarnation Theory) accepts the help of Lord Shiva ("Satan?") to become King of Kashmir under the name Pravarasena I.
He reigns as king for 30 years (59 AD to 89 AD) and on his retire- ment is seen by all his subjects ascending into heaven (like another sun) or perhaps descending into hell (another element of the same story).
"The visit of Shiva to the king is thus narrated:
At Shri hill the prince met a follower of Shiva named Ashvapáda, who gave him some roots, &c., to eat (NOTE: King Meghaváhana, Jesus' previous "incarnation" was a notable Vegetarian, and therefore would be eating such "roots") and said that in a former birth he (Ashvapáda) had attained perfection and had asked the prince what he wanted (NOTE: Ashvapáda is here equivalent to John Mark, Moroka or Maraka to the Indians and Kashmiris. John Mark, as an Essene, was Jesus' "Beloved Disciple", valet, and scribe, and would of course know about Jesus' desire to begin a "Kingdom of Heaven" as the Essene Messiah between 29 and 33 AD. A kingdom that never in reality materialized at Qumran because Jesus was crucified.), and the prince had asked to have a kingdom.
"And when I was thinking as to how your desire (the desire for a real kingdom) might be attained, Mahádeva (Lord Shiva as "Satan", as "the Devil") said to me (to Moroka, to John Mark) that you were his favored follower, (as Jesus Christ in Judea, and Meghaváhana in Kasmir), and that he would fulfill your desires. Thus saying Mahádeva (Lord Shiva as "the Devil") disappeared."
"These words reminded the prince of his former life (as the former Jesus Christ, crucified at Qumran), and with a desire of getting the kingdom, (of Kashmir, a real kingdom), he worshipped Shiva for one year, after which Shiva appeared to him in the form of a hermit, and promised him whatever he wanted. The prince wanted to be king of the world." (Here we have much more exactly the conditions of the Gospel temptation, direct confrontation, and the exact offer of "all the kingdoms of the world.")
"Wherefore do you ask," questioned the god in the form of a hermit, "temporary enjoyment instead of salvation." The (clever) prince answered, "I asked you for the kingdom believing you to be a false hermit, for surely you are not Shiva, the great guru (religious teacher) of the world. For the great give more than is asked of them, they will give milk if a thirsty man asks for water."
|Of interest to Seventh-day Adventists, and perhaps a few others -- In the book pictured on the left, written by Ellen G. White 1 1/2 centuries ago, it is noteworthy that she used this saying of Jesus I quoted above in defense of her visions at a time when her more orthodox Christian "friends" were accusing her of "mesmerism", self-hypnosis, and most significantly perhaps, getting her visions directly "from the Devil".|
"If I had a vision in a meeting, many would say that it was excitement, and that some one mesmerized me. Then I would go alone in the woods, where no eye or ear but God's could see or hear, and pray to Him, and He would sometimes give me a vision there. I then rejoiced, and told them what God had revealed to me alone, where no mortal could influence me. But I was told by some that I mesmerized myself. Oh, thought I, has it come to this that those who honestly go to God alone to plead His promises, and to claim His salvation, are to be charged with being under the foul and soul-damning influence of mesmerism? Do we ask our kind Father in heaven for 'bread,' only to receive a 'stone,' or a 'scorpion'? These things wounded my spirit, and wrung my soul in keen anguish, well-nigh to despair, while many would have me believe that there was no Holy Ghost, and that all the exercises that holy men of God have experienced were only mesnerism, or the deceptions of Satan."
"(Jesus) You cannot know the pain which I feel for not getting salvation. (NOTE: to Kahlana, writer of Kings of Kashmira and to all Indians, Buddhists, Jains -- "salvation" is "nirvana' -- extinction of an earthly life and everlasting union with the infinate God). Shiva became glad, and showed his real person to him (Jesus as Pravarasena I) and that ?in due course, when you will be reigning, Ashvapada by my orders will warn you of your salvation." (read that: "that your earthly life is over!) When Shiva disappeared, the prince took leave of Ashvapada and came to Kashmira."