"Rabbi Yose and Rabbi Hiyya were travelling on the road. As they were going along, night dusked; they sat down. While they were sitting, the day lightened. They said, “Let us rise and go on.” They rose and went on; morning began to glow. Rabbi Hiyya said, “Look at the face of the east, how it shines! Now all those children of the East, of the mountains of light, are bowing to this light and worshipping it before the sun comes out. Now you might say: ‘This worship is in vain!’ but since ancient, primordial days they have discovered wisdom through it."
* 'Children of the East' (India)
* 'Mountains of Light' (the Himalayas)
* 'worshipping it before the sun comes out' (a Vedic religious rite known as the Sandhya, prayers at dawn and sunset for enlightenment.)
Essenes means 'outsiders'.
When Jesus said “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18), the word used in the Greek text of the Gospels is ecclesia, which literally means 'the separated' in the sense of 'outsiders'. It is not an unreasonable leap of logic to wonder if the correct translation of Matthew (16:18) should not be: 'I will establish My Essenes.'
Of significance is the number of similarities in Brahminical practices which were common also to the Essenes.