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Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1939-2009) founded The Summit Lighthouse with her husband Mark Prophet (1918-1973), which became the Church Universal and Triumphant in 1975. The Church lost members after her failed prophecies of nuclear war in the 1980s-1990s, and Alzheimer's Disease caused her to retire from the ministry in 1999. This book is associated with The Lost years of Jesus; it also has three follow-up volumes.

The first chapter of this 1986 book states, "there is little question that there ARE lost teachings of Jesus, many of them given in secret, that are vitally important to each of us. Clues to their existence abound, many in plain sight... starting right under our noses in the New Testament... in proportion to the number of occasions on which Jesus is said to have taught, a surprisingly small number of verses record just what those teachings were. Some accounts show Jesus teaching for several hours or more without including one word of what he said. For example, at the feeding of the five thousand [Mk 6:34]... He must have been saying something of note... But none of the four Gospels ... record what Jesus said... Luke [23:13-27] also relates the story of Jesus' walk with the disciples on the road to Emmaus... Neither the passages [Jesus explained] nor their attendant explanation is given." (Pg. xx-xxi)

The Foreword states, "In these four volumes we bring you the most precious instruction we have received for lifetimes from our Good Friend and the Shepherd of our souls. While the words and images may not be those Christ used two thousand years ago, you will find the heart of the message he imparted... This book consists of fourteen lectures delivered by Mark between 1965 and 1973, illuminated by the lessons Jesus has given us in dictations, sermons and letters over the past thirty years." (Pg. lxiv-lxvi)

The book notes, "[Origen] was the first great theologian of the Church, whose doctrines were later anathematized... Fragments of his extraordinary writings reveal many of the Lost Teachings of Jesus that our Lord gave to him through his meditation on the scriptures." (Pg. 32)

The book explains, "The term 'Great White Brotherhood' is not racial; it refers to the spiritual body of world servers... who serve humanity from the level of the Ascended Masters (the same level from which Ascended Master Jesus Christ functions) and the level of the angelic beings... It is certainly not intended to supplant Christ. It IS Christ in action. In fact, it is Christ's Mystical Body." (Pg. 168)

It observes, "Since the Lord's teaching in its entirety is most likely forever lost to this world... it is up to us who liVe in the present to discover it wherever we can... Karma and reincarnation---now that was a major part of the Lost Teachings. A real missing link. Something you'd always suspected even before you discovered Jesus had gone to India and the Far East. You don't know whether you actually BELIEVE you lived before. But it's as logical as any other explanation of the afterlife... In fact, it's THE missing link---answering many questions that for scholars and the faithful alike have ended at the proverbial brick wall." (Pg. 224-225)

It concludes, "The burden of proof is on modern Christianity... For two thousand years Christians have been playing with half a deck... How are the Christians... ever going to prove that THEY have all the essentials of Jesus' teaching? Or that your file ... DOESN'T contain the Lost Teachings of Jesus? Even if you could never prove conclusively that you HAD uncovered the Lost Teachings, no one could prove you hadn't... So in the final analysis, you've proven that something was lost and you've discovered something that could be it. Now, you say, the controversy will rage in the realm of belief. But isn't that what religion is all about?" (Pg. 226-227)

This book will be of interest to those seeking "esoteric" teachings attributed to Jesus; it also contains interesting doctrinal material about the Church Universal and Triumphant.
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on November 11, 2015
I strongly belief whatever religion you are you should read this book. I purchased this as a follow up in the set. I really liked that this book has bible verses to back what's being stated. I wanted to find a book that help bring the practices of Hinduism into Christianity and to have a better understand on Jesus's views on Karma and Resurrection. This book is so interesting and really easy to follow along. I was able to finish it in 2-3 days as it is a medium sized book!! I never once was bored or struggled to get through the book! The text itself it visually easy to follow along with and no crazy fonts/sizes!

I did pay full retail for this product!
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on July 22, 2017
Strong opinions by two who think they know everything. Edgar Cayce Readings show that much of this book is not correct. SOME is
correct. The beginning student can't possibly know which is good and which is NOT.
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on March 31, 2015
I love this book. It arrived a lot earlier than I expected.
I'm grateful.
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on April 23, 2016
Great book on the higher self
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on March 5, 2016
it is ok....hard to get into
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on April 13, 2015
Great insight into self realization of the Christos within each of us!
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on April 18, 2015
This book is interesting and it does bring up a topic that would make a great discussion, but I wouldn't get too carried away in thinking that it is all fact.
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VINE VOICEon December 11, 2012
This is an interesting book that evaluates the internal evidence from New Testament, and the historical documents found at Himis Buddhist monastery in Tibet. One of the striking features is that not much has been recoded about Jesus famous sermons in gospels or any other parts of New Testament. In addition, Jesus was unlettered and he wrote almost nothing. The gospels and other apocryphal documents state that he taught for several hours, but they do not describe what he taught. For example, at the feeding of the five thousand people; his followers must have been listening to Jesus long enough to get hungry, but no account of his sermon is given. Frequently he is said to have preached well into sundown (Mark 6:35). The Three gospels (synoptic gospels) report that Jesus "sat at meet" with many publicans and sinners for the purpose of calling them to repentance (Matthew 9:10, 13; Mark 2:15, 17; Luke 5:29, 32), but silent about his sermon. John 7.14 tells us that Jesus travelled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacle, a seven day event and "about the midst of the feast" he went up to the temple and taught, but there are very few words about what he said. The Sermon of the Mount has very little details about his teachings. The second mystery of New Testament is that there is a gap of about 18 years, from the age of 12 to 30; gospels are wordless about what Jesus was doing during these years. Luke moves quickly from his birth, circumcision, and presentation at the temple at the age of 12 in Jerusalem and then goes to his baptism by John the Baptist at the age of 30. Matthew narrates the holy family's flight into Egypt, following the visitation of the magi, and their return after the death of Herod.

The oldest Bible in the world is Codex Sinaiticus written in Greek dated around 340 A.D. It was found in the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine of Alexandria at the foot of Mount Sinai. This manuscript is far different from the modern day King James Version suggesting extensive editing of New Testament for doctrinal reasons. Many earlier writings about Jesus were destroyed by the order of the church. Tradition has handed down a list of 26 apocryphal gospels, 7 Acts and 10 epistles, which were used during the early days of Christianity. Some scholars have suggested that the theory of reincarnation is a later addition made by the Apostles. The concepts of reincarnation and son of God are extensively found in Vedic lore since the period of Rig-Veda of Hinduism.

The influence of Hinduism and Buddhism may also be found in the following: Sermon on the Mount is one of the classic examples for preaching the word of God and Jesus having full knowledge of how Buddha gave his first sermon in the Park of Gazelles in Benares, after fasting, and meditating for 42 days under a fig tree. Jesus like Buddha underwent mystical test and meditation in the wilderness for 40 days to seek the spiritual power. In Hinduism, especially during Vedic times, great rishis and sages went to the deep forest for meditation and self purification of the body, mind and soul. When they emerged from this long and arduous journey into the inner consciousness, they would attain spiritual and healing powers. Buddha sought enlightenment after fasting and meditating under a Fig tree for 42 days. In one episode, Jesus goes to a high mountain with Peter and his followers. After meditation, he transfigured before their very eyes and his face shine as the Sun (Mark 9:2, 30; Luke 9:30 and Matthew 17; 3-6.). Timothy believed Jesus was God (Timothy 3:16). This is similar to the description of Vishwa rupa in chapter 11 of Bhagavad-Gita where Lord Krishna appears to Arjuna in the Universal form shining like million suns.

The flow of Buddhist thought occurred at three main levels, the Buddhist missionaries carrying the message of Buddha into Egypt, Syria and Palestine are well documented in the history, especially during and after Emperor Asoka. Strong trade relationship help bring the Vedic and Upanishadic culture into the Middle East, and finally Jesus' life in India brought him closer to the wisdom of Buddha and the teachings of Upanishads. The story of Jesus in Sermon on the Mount episode directly calls to mind an inner relationship with Buddha's teachings. Both Buddha and Jesus warn their followers about false prophets. The parallels between Buddhist thought and certain New Testament stories; Jesus' parables and his sayings are not new. For example, Buddha said "whosoever sees dharma, see me." Christ in the Gospel according to John says; "He that seeth me, seeth Him that sent me" (John 12:45). The dharma is the greatest cosmic law underlying the world, corresponding to the concept of the Word, the Logos, in the Gospel which begins by declaring, "The Word was God."

1. Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (Seastone Series)
2. Lost Gospels
3. The Fifth Gospel: New Evidence from the Tibetan, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Urdu Sources About the Historical Life of Jesus Christ After the Crucifixion
4. The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels
5. Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings
6. From Buddha to Jesus: An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity
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on October 9, 2015
Don't care for this woman's writing at all. Goes all over and bores me.
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