Would the Real Jesus Please Stand Up
March 16th, 2006
painting of Jesus
This is a
tale of lost legend, of hidden people taken from our site by the
jealousy of the Church.
Born 3rd or 4th Year BC in Tyana
in Cappadocia, at 16 Appollonius of Tyana became a disciple of
Pythagoras, renouncing flesh, wine and women. He wore no shoes and
let his hair and beard grow long.
He soon became a reformer and
fixed his abode in the Temple of Aesculapius - the serpent healing
deity we discovered to be of paramount importance in The Serpent
Grail, and who himself originated from the Egyptian architect
It was claimed of Appollonius
that he was one of the wisest of all men and in all likelihood he
gained his immense wisdom whilst at the feet of the wise serpentine
Naga sages of the Indian sub-continent.
We can see
evidence of this from Philostratos , the biographer of
Appollonius, who tells us of the journey to Kashmir to meet the Naga
sage Larchus and of the "emerald valley set in a rim of pearls" and
of the tales that Apollonius told his travelling companion, Damus,
of dragons which lived in the hills. Both emerald and pearls have
symbolic resonance with wisdom and knowledge and the dragons which
lived in the hills were nothing more than the Naga, or serpent
followers of the region.
The hill where these wise men
lived  was defended on all sides by immense piles of rocks. As
soon as the travellers had dismounted a messenger from one of the
Masters appeared, wearing of all things, a serpent Caduceus on his
brow - an obvious allusion to the enlightenment process via the
Indian Kundalini, or coiled serpent.
Platitudes were given and when
in conversation Apollonius learned from Larchus, that these Nagas
had delivered their wisdom to the Egyptians and even Ethiopia, which
as Hivviah or Cush was named after the worship of serpents.
Eventually Apollonius became a
wise sage himself and his own notoriety grew. Aurelian vowed to
erect Temples and statues to his honour "for was there ever any
thing among men more holy, venerable, noble, and divine than
Apollonius? He restored life to the dead; he did and spoke many
things beyond human reach." (Vopiscus in Aurelian, cap. 24)
Truly, Temples and statues were
erected to Apollonius in many places, including his own town of
Tyana. Unlike Jesus, there is evidence to prove that Apollonius
actually existed. As Moncure D. Conway said in his book Modern
"The world has been for a long
time engaged in writing lives of Jesus."
The library of such writing has
grown since then. But when we come to examine them, one startling
fact confronts us: all these books relate to a personage concerning
whom there does not exist a single scrap of contemporary information
- not one! Nobody can say with any conviction that Jesus was a real
On the other hand and by
accepted tradition, Apollonius was born in the reign of Augustus,
the great literary age of the nation of which he was a subject. In
the Augustan age historians flourished; poets, orators, critics and
travellers abounded. Yet not one of them mentions the name of Jesus
Christ, much less any incident of his life. The Emperor Marcus
Aurelius admitted that it was to Apollonius that he owed his own
philosophy, and erected Temples and statues in his honour. No
statues or Temples were erected to Jesus.
Faust said, "Everyone knows that
the Evangeliums were written neither by Jesus nor by his apostle,
but long after their time by some unknown persons, who, judging well
that they would hardly be believed when telling of things they had
not seen themselves, headed their narratives with the names of the
apostles or disciples contemporaneous with the latter."
On the other hand, the written
record of the life of Apollonius is very sound and Philostratos who
wrote the Life of Apollonius was the close friend of Damus who had
related the whole thing in person.
Philostratos said, "Some
consider him as one of the Magi, because he conversed with the Magi
of Babylon and the Brahmans of India and the Gymnosophists of Egypt.
But even his wisdom is reviled, as being acquired by the magic art,
so erroneous are the opinions formed of him. Whereas Empedocles and
Pythagoras and Democritus, though they conversed with the same Magi,
and advanced many paradoxical sentiments, have not fallen under the
like imputation. Even Plato, who travelled in Egypt, and blended
with his doctrines many opinions collected there from the priests
and prophets, incurred not such a suspicion, though above all men on
account of his superior wisdom."
The very fact that Apollonius
was in danger of usurping the "idea" of Christ with his own
"factual" life caused much consternation amongst the early
Christians. Justin Martyr, one of the Church Fathers of the 2nd
century said, "How is it that the talismans by Apollonius have power
over certain members of creation, for they prevent, as we have seen,
the fury of the waves, the violence of the winds, and the attacks of
wild beasts. And whilst Our Lord's miracles are preserved by
tradition alone, those of Apollonius are most numerous, and actually
manifested in present facts, so as to lead astray all beholders?"
The book by Philostratos was
therefore, and not surprisingly, kept back from translation and
distribution. In fact, the books of the New Testament did not appear
until at least one hundred years after the Life of Apollonius.
Even the birth of Apollonius
bears some remarkable similarities to the fictional life of Christ.
Whilst his mother was pregnant with Apollonius, Proteus, the
Egyptian God, appeared to her and said, "Thou shalt bring forth me!"
The mother of Apollonius was to bring forth God.
Incidentally, Proteus was known
to take the form of a snake.
According to Phillimore,
Apollonius actually founded a church and a community, made up of his
disciples. It is highly likely that these were connected to a branch
of the Essene, known as the Therapeuts and Nazarenes.
Indeed there was a group known
as the Apolloniei, the adherents of Apollonius, who actually
survived some centuries after his death. These constituted what
became the Christian Church, after the Council of Nicaea - so
Apollonius did indeed begin Christianity, based upon serpentine
myths and traditions of the oldest order.
In fact Eunapius stated that
Philostratos should have called his book "The Sojourning of a God
Among Men." However once the decision had been made to plump for the
newly created Christ, cobbled together from various deities,
Apollonius was repressed. It is basically because of books like the
one of Philostratos that the ancient libraries at places such as
Alexandria were torched. Destroy the evidence of the opposition and
there appears to be no opposition. But they missed one vital piece
of evidence in their own book.
In 1st Corinthians 3:3-6 it
says, "for while one saith, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal? Who,
then, is Paul, and whom Apollos, but ministers, by whom ye believed,
even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered;
but God gave the increase."
I could so easily have
overlooked this had it not been for a chance discovery of an ancient
version of 1st Corinthians found in a French monastery by a Huguenot
soldier entitled the Codex Bezae. The name Apollos is spelt
Apollonius! In fact in the Encyclopaedia Britannica the name Apollo
in this context can also mean Apollonius. Indeed this Apollos was
said to have even visited Paul (the apostle who did not suffer from
snakebites) and he was called an Alexandrian Jew. It is possible
that Apollonius brought back a new gospel of Chrishna from the
Kashmir interlude with the serpent sages and it was this, which gave
birth to the Christ that was in reality based upon serpent worship.
Now we know why Christ sloughed off his shroud in the tomb, just as
the snake sloughs its skin and is resurrected. Now we know why the
early Christians were known as Ophites, it simply means serpent
1 In De Vita Apollonii (The Life
of Apollonius) Philostratos tells us of the superstitious practices
carried out by those of Arabia and India with some remarkable tales
about "eating the heart and liver of serpents, for the purpose of
acquiring knowledge of the thoughts and languages of animals."
Philostratos wrote extensively on Apollonius of Tyana, the great
sage who is seen by many as being the true Christ.
2 Taxila was the capital of
ancient Punjab (Hindus). In the Sanskrit language it was Takshacila
or simply "Prince of the serpent tribe." Taxila was a famous place,
having been mentioned in several languages and connected with the
infamous Silk Road between the Far West (Babylonia) and the Far East
(China). Here lies the oldest known Hindu shrine in the Pillared
Hall, on the site of the western end, said to have had a ceremonial
function. The king of Taxila was called Taxiles and in 329 BC he
invited Alexander the Great to support him against aggressors. In
184 BC the Greeks invaded and placed Demetrius on the throne. The
town was rebuilt and strangely it was called Sirkap (severed head).
It was a multi-ethnic area now with Greeks, Bactrians, western
Iranians and Hindus all living together. There was a great mix of
Hinduism, serpent worship, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Greek
religious beliefs all mixing together-a place very much like
Apollonius of Tyana went to Taxila as we find in the Life of
Apollonius of Tyana by Philostratos. "I have already described the
way in which the city is walled, but they say that it was divided up
into narrow streets in the same irregular manner as in Athens, and
that the houses were built in such a way that if you look at them
from outside they had only one storey, while if you went unto one of
them, you at once found subterranean chambers extending as far below
the level of the earth as did the chambers above." (Section 2.2). It
was the King of Taxila (Phroates) who wrote a letter of
recommendation for Apollonius to Iarchus in-order to have him learn
the wisdom of the Nagas of Kashmir.
Philip Gardiner is a best selling author of The Shining Ones, The Serpent
Grail and Gnosis: The Secret of Solomonís Temple Revealed. He can be seen on TV, heard on radio and has written for
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