Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nicolas Notovitch

Lest anyone forget the efforts of Nicolas Notovitch and the words of Christ that he brought to light:

9. Then said Issa: "It is not good for a son to push away his mother, that he may occupy the place which belongs to her. Whoso doth not respect his mother--the most sacred being after his God--is unworthy of the name of son.
10. "Hearken to what I say to you: Respect woman; for in her we see the mother of the universe, and all the truth of divine creation is to come through her.
12. "She is the fount of everything good and beautiful, as she is also the germ of life and death. Upon her man depends in all his
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existence, for she is his moral and natural support in his labors.
12. "In pain and suffering she brings you forth; in the sweat of her brow she watches over your growth, and until her death you cause her greatest anxieties. Bless her and adore her, for she is your only friend and support on earth.
13. "Respect her; defend her. In so doing you will gain for yourself her love; you will find favor before God, and for her sake many sins will be remitted to you.
14. "Love your wives and respect them, for they will be the mothers of to-morrow and later the grandmothers of a whole nation.
"Be submissive to the wife; her love ennobles man, softens his hardened heart,
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tames the wild beast in him and changes it to a lamb.
16. "Wife and mother are the priceless treasures which God has given to you. They are the most beautiful ornaments of the universe, and from them will be born all who will inhabit the world.
17. "Even as the Lord of Hosts separated the light from the darkness, and the dry land from the waters, so does woman possess the divine gift of calling forth out of man's evil nature all the good that is in him.
18. "Therefore I say unto you, after God, to woman must belong your best thoughts, for she is the divine temple where you will most easily obtain perfect happiness.
19. "Draw from this temple your moral force. There you will forget your sorrows
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and your failures, and recover the love necessary to aid your fellow-men.
20. "Suffer her not to be humiliated, for by humiliating her you humiliate yourselves, and lose the sentiment of love, without which nothing can exist here on earth.
21. "Protect your wife, that she may protect you--you and all your household. All that you do for your mothers, your wives, for a widow, or for any other woman in distress, you will do for your God."

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Notovitch is a controversial figure in Christian scholarship. He went to Tibet and discovered some scrolls that spoke of Jesus Christ, an excerpt of which is above. He is considered to be a fraud by most of the Christian intelligentsia, and they have sources that indicate that he admitted to making up the book that he published. The problem with their conclusions is that after he was "debunked" a guy from India named Swami Abhedananda went to Tibet and verified the existence of the scrolls Notovitch claimed to have discovered.

This contradiction is reflected in the Wikipedia article on the subject. Take a look, check the sources (footnote 7) and judge for yourself. But in the meantime, I defy anyone to show me a more beautiful passage concerning womanhood and motherhood than what is posted above.

If these are not indeed the words of Christ, then Notovitch should be praised for including in his "hoax" something this timeless and ennobling.