Friday, September 7, 2012

A story missing from our history books......

Today I am going to speak to you about a young Indian man named GANID. He is a very special young man that has been erased from our history books. You see he was one of Jesus’ first disciples. Jesus met Ganid and his father Ganod during his 28th year, A.D. 22. It was before the end of Passover week that he met a wealthy traveler and his young 17 year old son. You see his father Ganod was looking for a tutor and translator and as soon as he met Jesus he insisted that he become the young man’s tutor and interpreter for both of them. Why is this important?, such a little detail in such a glorious life? Because you don’t know about it, because so few of you really know who Jesus was let alone what a great example he set for us all.
This is the year that Jesus took a long journey upon the Mediterranean his purpose was to meet people, to really get to know MANKIND. You see he told only one person about his journey and of his purpose for going. He met so many wonderful people these are the years that many assume he was in India, others only guess as to where he was by calling them “THE LOST YEARS OF JESUS” . He was far from lost. He spent the time meeting hundreds of people and best of all he fell in love with them all. Jesus was not biased he met both rich and poor, black and white, educated and uneducated, cultured and uncultured, animalistic and spiritual, religious and non-religious, moral and immoral folks AND HE LOVED THEM ALL. This is very special because you see many of you all strive to live the life he set and yet so few of you really know what that is.
Anyway back to my story, who is Ganid? He is the young man that was blessed to have Jesus as his tutor, they spent almost two years together. It was during this time they developed a great affection for each other, to the extend that the boy’s father tried to persuade Jesus to return to India with them but Jesus always declined because he had to return to Palestine. It was during this time that Jesus learned much about the culture and civilization of both China and India.
During his leisure time, Jesus spent all his time meeting what we call “strangers” Ganid would often ask him why Jesus do you spend all this time meeting these “strangers” to which Jesus would say “Ganid, no one is a stranger to the ones who know God. In their experience to know the father, you discover that all men are your brothers, and should it seem so strange to experience excitement as one makes the acquaintance of a newly discovered brother? To become acquainted with one’s brothers and sisters, to know their problems and to learn to love them is the supreme experience of living” (paraphrased that quote )
This is the sort of great spiritual blessing that for two years Ganid had bestowed upon him. He learned alongside Jesus and then he took his wonderful teachings back to India. I wont make this story longer than it has to be, however I will say this….. You have before you a whole plethora of teachings from around the world. All of them come from the same source, and all of them are valid. The greatest ignorance we can commit would be to dismiss what the world has to offer for our own closed minded single view. The reality is that all of these teachings form a great puzzle that when pieced together answer your questions to the great mysteries of life.

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