The Christ of India front coverThe Christ of India

The Story of Original 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

“Original Christianity” is the teaching of both Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostle Saint Thomas in India. Although it was new to the Mediterranean world, it was really the classical, traditional teachings of the ancient rishis of India that even today comprise Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Dharma, that goes far beyond religion into realization.

In The Christ of India, Abbot George Burke presents what those ancient teachings are, as well as the growing evidence that Jesus spent much of his “Lost Years” in India and Tibet. This is also the story of how the original teachings of Jesus and Saint Thomas thrived in India for centuries before the coming of the European colonialists.

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
  • Special Appendix: Indian Masters Who Considered Jesus One of Them. Stories of masters who had visions of Jesus, and those who researched Jesus’ time in India, including Sri Ramakrishna, Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Sivananda and others

You will learn about the manuscripts which proved Jesus lived in the “East,” and the efforts to suppress the news of their discovery.

You will learn about the Indian Saint Thomas Christian bishop of the 18th century who taught karma and reincarnation, who later became a wonderworking saint revered by Christians, Hindus, and Muslims alike.

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: 0998599840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998599847
  • Book Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches


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