The Christ of India front coverThe Christ of India

The Story of Saint Thomas Christianity

by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)

The unique story of Jesus, Saint Thomas his Apostle, and how the Dharma of India became part of Saint Thomas Christianity

There is a strong connection between Jesus and India, both historically and philosophically. And his disciple, Saint Thomas, who was the apostle of India, built upon the foundation of that connection. The result is that unique form of Christianity known as Saint Thomas Christianity.

In The Christ of India, Abbot George Burke presents the growing evidence that Jesus spent much of his “Lost Years” in India and Tibet, and reveals the philosophical unity of Jesus’ teachings with the Eternal Way of Truth known in India as Sanatana Dharma. The history of Saint Thomas Christianity from the times of Jesus and Saint Thomas to the present day is also outlined.

The Christ of India: The Story of Saint Thomas Christianity includes the following:

  • The Christ of India, about the Essene roots of Jesus and the early Christians; the spiritual training of Jesus; The “lost years” of Jesus, with much information never before gathered together in one place; Jesus’ return to the West, and how his teachings were misunderstood; Jesus return to India after his resurrection; and much more.
  • The Apostle of India, about how Jesus’ apostle Saint Thomas went to India, and how the Christianity which grew up in India had a totally unique character compared to elsewhere in the world; the history of Saint Thomas Christianity in India and the story of mission from the Church of India to America in the 1800’s and what happened to it.
  • Basic Beliefs of Saint Thomas Christianity, and
  • The Saint Thomas Christian View
    of Dharma

Those who find themselves attracted to both Jesus and the Dharma of India will find this book fascinating and illuminating.



★★★★★ Robert Arconti at

Abbot George’s “The Christ of India” is an important book: it collects in one place a good deal of information that is only otherwise found after great searching, and often only in titles no longer in print. More than this, it goes very far to establish a definite link, both in continuity of tradition and thought, between at least this one ancient (and hugely persecuted in its later history) branch of Christianity and the Eternal Teaching (Sanatana Dharma) of India.


★★★★ Terry at

This book primarily does three things: it outlines the history of Saint Thomas Christianity, it describes the Lost Years of Jesus in India, and it interprets Jesus teachings from the perspective of Santana Dharma. For those new to the esoteric literature around Jesus lost years in India or unfamiliar with the early history of Christianity in India this is an excellent starting point.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Light of the Spirit Press (July 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1507722540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507722541
  • Book Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches


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