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This book is addressed to serious Biblical Students Christmas who are interested in comparing eastern spiritual teachings with those of Christianity and students of spiritual Yoga otherwise known as classical Yoga and Tantra as well as students and practitioners of meditation and other spiritual discipline.

The discoveries of ancient manuscripts and their analysis by independent critical scholars using scientific provide much insight into the original teachings of Jesus.

The saying of Jesus circulated orally during the first decades following his crucifixion are probably the most authentic source of his teachings that we have available today. These sayings are limited to a few dozen parables aphorisms and sharp retorts which were repeated in the oral tradition for two or three decades before they were eventually recorded by the anonymous writers of the gospels.

Remarkably what Jesus taught through his parables and sayings exactly parallels the Yogic teachings of the Yoga Siddhas.

For those seeking to apply the wisdom of these sayings in their own life the implication are clear. Seek not to know about God instead seek to know God through higher states of consciousness.

The objectives of this book the wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas are:

• The show how the original teachings of Jesus as recorded in his sayings and parables became obscured once Christianity was defined in terms of dogmas and creeds
• To explore the question who was Jesus? Based upon those statements that many modern critical scholars have concluded are the most authentic
• To explore the question where is the Kingdom of god and How may I reach it? Based upon those statements that many modern critical scholars have concluded are the most authentic.
• To explore the question why are the teachings of Jesus so contrary to ordinary human nature?

 

Prologue by the Author

The Origin of this book lies in my experience and education as a Christian during my early years and in my search for the spiritual teachings of Jesus. Anyone making an historical philosophical or scientific enquiry brings much which is personal to the task. It will be helpful therefore for the reader to know where I am coming form I owe to my parents Jane and Harry a deep debt of gratitude for having shared with me their faith in Jesus Christ during the first eighteen years of my life. From 1953 to 1967 my mother was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent in the local Lutheran Church on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester California two miles north of the Los Angeles international Airport. My father served it in various capacities including Treasurer. My earliest memories include ones involving religious services in the old sanctuary particularly at Easter and Christmas when the special decorations and fervor of the members of the congregation friends of our family filled me with love and joy. That God is love was made manifest in the warm community of this Church. I delighted in singing hymns and found friends were Christians and I enjoyed periodic Christian Youth rallies and field trips to churches in far off places like phoenix Arizona.

When I was twelve years old I attended a Billy Graham rally with a hundred thousand other persons at the Los Angeles Coliseum. I was overwhelmed by its intensity and when Billy Graham Called upon us to come down to the stage and declare our commitment to Jesus Christ. I responded and went. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. For many months thereafter I studied the lessons which his organization sent to me in the mail. I also began to dream of one day becoming a Christian missionary in Africa.

But there were questions and I was not satisfied I recall that even when I was about seven years old I asked Pastor Olsen What Happens to good People who are not Christians after they die? Do they go to heaven or hell? This question arose in my mind because my father had recently begun o share his passion for stamp collecting with me. He had given me my first stamp collection including many stamps from many foreign countries including many British and French colonies in Africa the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. I became aware that there were many different cultures and they were not like mine. Pastor Olsen’s reply surprised me. They go to hell he said somewhere form within myself however. I heard myself quietly saying. This cannot be true god loves everyone. He would not send good persons to hell just because they were not Christian!

When I was thirteen I attended Catechism classes at the Lutheran Church conducted by Pastor Anderson and became more familiar with the doctrines of our faith. These classes awoke within me many questions. I recall asking Pastor Anderson what heaven was like. He replied that he could not say because it was not described in the Bible. I asked him what is in. His answer was much more satisfying Ignorance of the presence of God. But could I know the presence of God? Could I not find god if he exists in the world? I was left dissatisfied and resolved to begin my search for a way to know god.

 

Contents

 

  Prologue by the Author 8
  Introduction  
  Questions 21
  Remarkable Similarities 24
  Why Should Christian Study Yoga? 30
  The Objectives of this book 32
Chapter 1 Modern Historical Research of Jesus and Early Christianity 35
  The Development of the Seven Pillars of Modern Historical Biblical Research 37
  Methodology and findings of modern Critical Biblical Scholars 39
  Were the Gospels Inerrant and Inspired by God? 43
  Two Portraits of Jesus the Map of Relationship Between the Gospels 45
  Rules of Evidence 48
  The Oral Tradition Prior to the Gospels and the Rules of Oral Evidence 51
  The Distinctive Voice of Jesus 53
  The Unassertive Sage 54
Chapter 2 The Paradoxical Teachings of the God Men 56
  The Problem of Paradox 57
  What did Jesus Really Do according to Modern Historical Research? 58
  What is Yoga? 59
  Yoga as a Philosophy 60
  Who are the Yoga Siddhas? 63
  What is the Literature of the Yoga Siddhas? 70
  Similarities Between Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas and Their Teachings 74
  Was Jesus a Guru? 89
  Devotees Versus Disciples 94
  Are there any differences Between Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas? 95
  Was Jesus a Yoga Siddhas? 97
Chapter 3 Gospel of Thomas: A Gnostic Text? 98
  History and Distinctiveness of the Gospel of Thomas 99
  The Gospel of Thomas: A Gnostic Text? 101
  The Kingdom of Heaven is Already here 103
  The Hidden Gnostic heart of the Gospel of Thomas: Jesus as Initiator of His
Most worthy Disciples into Esoteric Knowledge Gnosis
106
  Discounting the Value of Prophecy and its Fulfillment for out freedom 108
  Who Am I? 109
  On Entering into the Kingdom of heaven 111
  Was Jesus a Gnostic? 112
  How to Use to Realize the Gnosis the Saving Knowledge 114
Chapter 4 Early Christianity the formation of the Church and its Dogma 117
  The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Essences 117
  Early Christian Historical Sources 119
  Paulism 120
  Early Doctrinal Issues 122
  Docetism 123
  Ebionitism 123
  Marcionites 124
  The Gnostics 125
  The Proto Orthodox 127
  The Cultural and Political Factors which Favored the Proto Orthodox 131
  The Rule of Faith and Creeds 134
  The Gospel of John Versus the Gospels of Thomas Mathew, Mark and Luke 135
  The Formation of the Proto-Orthodox New Testament 137
  Constantine and the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea 140
Chapter 5 What Did Jesus Really Say? 142
  Reversing Natural Human Inclinations 143
  The Kingdom of Heaven 145
  On Entering into the Kingdom of Heaven 147
  Why Should Jesus Say that those who are poor Hungry, Suffering and
Persecuted are Blessed?
150
  On Purity 151
  On Worry and being Present 152
  On Aspiration 154
  Showing the path to others 156
  The Lord’s Prayer 159
  God’s Unconditional Love 160
  Forgiveness of Sins and the Karmic Consequences of our actions 164
  Hidden Treasure 167
  The Good Samaritan 168
Chapter 6 What did Jesus Not Say? 170
  Gospel of John 171
  The I Am Sayings 173
  The Farewell Prayer 175
  The End of the World 176
  Jesus Dying words 177
  At the Tomb 178
  Doubting Thomas 178
  The Familiar Tenets of Christianity Cannot be Traced to Jesus Himself 178
  Christianity was Founded by Paul 181
  Consequences of Christianity’s replacing the teachings of Jesus 182
  Conclusion and Recommendations 184
  Notes 188
  Bibliographic References 193
  Glossary 197
  Appendix A: Index of Red and Pink Letter Sayings From Jesus seminar 206

 

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This book is addressed to serious Biblical Students Christmas who are interested in comparing eastern spiritual teachings with those of Christianity and students of spiritual Yoga otherwise known as classical Yoga and Tantra as well as students and practitioners of meditation and other spiritual discipline.

The discoveries of ancient manuscripts and their analysis by independent critical scholars using scientific provide much insight into the original teachings of Jesus.

The saying of Jesus circulated orally during the first decades following his crucifixion are probably the most authentic source of his teachings that we have available today. These sayings are limited to a few dozen parables aphorisms and sharp retorts which were repeated in the oral tradition for two or three decades before they were eventually recorded by the anonymous writers of the gospels.

Remarkably what Jesus taught through his parables and sayings exactly parallels the Yogic teachings of the Yoga Siddhas.

For those seeking to apply the wisdom of these sayings in their own life the implication are clear. Seek not to know about God instead seek to know God through higher states of consciousness.

The objectives of this book the wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas are:

• The show how the original teachings of Jesus as recorded in his sayings and parables became obscured once Christianity was defined in terms of dogmas and creeds
• To explore the question who was Jesus? Based upon those statements that many modern critical scholars have concluded are the most authentic
• To explore the question where is the Kingdom of god and How may I reach it? Based upon those statements that many modern critical scholars have concluded are the most authentic.
• To explore the question why are the teachings of Jesus so contrary to ordinary human nature?

 

Prologue by the Author

The Origin of this book lies in my experience and education as a Christian during my early years and in my search for the spiritual teachings of Jesus. Anyone making an historical philosophical or scientific enquiry brings much which is personal to the task. It will be helpful therefore for the reader to know where I am coming form I owe to my parents Jane and Harry a deep debt of gratitude for having shared with me their faith in Jesus Christ during the first eighteen years of my life. From 1953 to 1967 my mother was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent in the local Lutheran Church on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester California two miles north of the Los Angeles international Airport. My father served it in various capacities including Treasurer. My earliest memories include ones involving religious services in the old sanctuary particularly at Easter and Christmas when the special decorations and fervor of the members of the congregation friends of our family filled me with love and joy. That God is love was made manifest in the warm community of this Church. I delighted in singing hymns and found friends were Christians and I enjoyed periodic Christian Youth rallies and field trips to churches in far off places like phoenix Arizona.

When I was twelve years old I attended a Billy Graham rally with a hundred thousand other persons at the Los Angeles Coliseum. I was overwhelmed by its intensity and when Billy Graham Called upon us to come down to the stage and declare our commitment to Jesus Christ. I responded and went. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. For many months thereafter I studied the lessons which his organization sent to me in the mail. I also began to dream of one day becoming a Christian missionary in Africa.

But there were questions and I was not satisfied I recall that even when I was about seven years old I asked Pastor Olsen What Happens to good People who are not Christians after they die? Do they go to heaven or hell? This question arose in my mind because my father had recently begun o share his passion for stamp collecting with me. He had given me my first stamp collection including many stamps from many foreign countries including many British and French colonies in Africa the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. I became aware that there were many different cultures and they were not like mine. Pastor Olsen’s reply surprised me. They go to hell he said somewhere form within myself however. I heard myself quietly saying. This cannot be true god loves everyone. He would not send good persons to hell just because they were not Christian!

When I was thirteen I attended Catechism classes at the Lutheran Church conducted by Pastor Anderson and became more familiar with the doctrines of our faith. These classes awoke within me many questions. I recall asking Pastor Anderson what heaven was like. He replied that he could not say because it was not described in the Bible. I asked him what is in. His answer was much more satisfying Ignorance of the presence of God. But could I know the presence of God? Could I not find god if he exists in the world? I was left dissatisfied and resolved to begin my search for a way to know god.

 

Contents

 

  Prologue by the Author 8
  Introduction  
  Questions 21
  Remarkable Similarities 24
  Why Should Christian Study Yoga? 30
  The Objectives of this book 32
Chapter 1 Modern Historical Research of Jesus and Early Christianity 35
  The Development of the Seven Pillars of Modern Historical Biblical Research 37
  Methodology and findings of modern Critical Biblical Scholars 39
  Were the Gospels Inerrant and Inspired by God? 43
  Two Portraits of Jesus the Map of Relationship Between the Gospels 45
  Rules of Evidence 48
  The Oral Tradition Prior to the Gospels and the Rules of Oral Evidence 51
  The Distinctive Voice of Jesus 53
  The Unassertive Sage 54
Chapter 2 The Paradoxical Teachings of the God Men 56
  The Problem of Paradox 57
  What did Jesus Really Do according to Modern Historical Research? 58
  What is Yoga? 59
  Yoga as a Philosophy 60
  Who are the Yoga Siddhas? 63
  What is the Literature of the Yoga Siddhas? 70
  Similarities Between Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas and Their Teachings 74
  Was Jesus a Guru? 89
  Devotees Versus Disciples 94
  Are there any differences Between Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas? 95
  Was Jesus a Yoga Siddhas? 97
Chapter 3 Gospel of Thomas: A Gnostic Text? 98
  History and Distinctiveness of the Gospel of Thomas 99
  The Gospel of Thomas: A Gnostic Text? 101
  The Kingdom of Heaven is Already here 103
  The Hidden Gnostic heart of the Gospel of Thomas: Jesus as Initiator of His
Most worthy Disciples into Esoteric Knowledge Gnosis
106
  Discounting the Value of Prophecy and its Fulfillment for out freedom 108
  Who Am I? 109
  On Entering into the Kingdom of heaven 111
  Was Jesus a Gnostic? 112
  How to Use to Realize the Gnosis the Saving Knowledge 114
Chapter 4 Early Christianity the formation of the Church and its Dogma 117
  The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Essences 117
  Early Christian Historical Sources 119
  Paulism 120
  Early Doctrinal Issues 122
  Docetism 123
  Ebionitism 123
  Marcionites 124
  The Gnostics 125
  The Proto Orthodox 127
  The Cultural and Political Factors which Favored the Proto Orthodox 131
  The Rule of Faith and Creeds 134
  The Gospel of John Versus the Gospels of Thomas Mathew, Mark and Luke 135
  The Formation of the Proto-Orthodox New Testament 137
  Constantine and the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea 140
Chapter 5 What Did Jesus Really Say? 142
  Reversing Natural Human Inclinations 143
  The Kingdom of Heaven 145
  On Entering into the Kingdom of Heaven 147
  Why Should Jesus Say that those who are poor Hungry, Suffering and
Persecuted are Blessed?
150
  On Purity 151
  On Worry and being Present 152
  On Aspiration 154
  Showing the path to others 156
  The Lord’s Prayer 159
  God’s Unconditional Love 160
  Forgiveness of Sins and the Karmic Consequences of our actions 164
  Hidden Treasure 167
  The Good Samaritan 168
Chapter 6 What did Jesus Not Say? 170
  Gospel of John 171
  The I Am Sayings 173
  The Farewell Prayer 175
  The End of the World 176
  Jesus Dying words 177
  At the Tomb 178
  Doubting Thomas 178
  The Familiar Tenets of Christianity Cannot be Traced to Jesus Himself 178
  Christianity was Founded by Paul 181
  Consequences of Christianity’s replacing the teachings of Jesus 182
  Conclusion and Recommendations 184
  Notes 188
  Bibliographic References 193
  Glossary 197
  Appendix A: Index of Red and Pink Letter Sayings From Jesus seminar 206

 

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