The Lost Teachings or the Teachings of the Lost
1. In this chapter he begins by discussing the difficulty of conveying spiritual ideas with mere words. He introduces the concept of paradox. He defines this as seemingly conflicting half truths that are truths in and of themselves. He gives an interesting analogy of two men walking towards a car from different directions. On one side the car is badly damaged on the other it is imaculate. The first man sees the car and thinks that it is a piece of junk the other man sees it and thinks it is a nice car. This simply shows the limitations of our perceptions.
2. One interesting thing that I note is that on page 45 of the book I have JP states that the purpose of their teachings is to inspire people to walk a spiritual path of unselfish love. He says that your denomination or other beliefs are not important just so long as you continue to walk a path towards oneness with the universal spirit. (Note: The reason that I find this so interesting is because this proves the author to be a liar. On the one hand he says that they welcome all denominations. He uses the term "nondenominational" to describe his own teachings. He says that what religion you choose to follow is not important. Then later in his own book he specifically attacks Christian beliefs. It seems that the CLO are OK with you believing whatever you want to believe as long as you believe what they do.)
3. He describes how the Chinese government invaded Tibet and eventually managed to destroy the Shangrilla monastery. Those monks who survived are then forced to flee to America. (Note: He later describes how the Shangrilla monastery is destroyed with a giant energy weapon from outer space, which he describes as being similar to a Laser.)
1. This chapter begins with a treatise on the abuses of people in the name of religions. The context of this description is coming from his Tibetan guru elder giving him examples during his endoctrination in the monastery in Tibet. It is full of subtle accusations of the Judaeu-Christian faiths. He specifically uses some Biblical names and makes some references to the Inquisition. (* I am reporting this as it is written. Even though he is describing an indoctrination into a monastery in Tibet there seems to be a strong anti-Christian focus all through this book. You would think that other atrocities would be mentioned in a country dominated by Buddism. For instance Hindu, Muslim or Sihk atrocities could have been mentioned as well. Given the history of Buddism I would find mention of issues with the Hindu and Sihk more likely because to most Tibetans Christianity would not be first and foremost in their mind.)
2. JP describes an origin of the species story which I find extremely reminiscent of some Native American tribal lore. He describes people in the beginning as being celestial beings one creature both male and female. He describes that some of these beings came to the earth plane taking on half-human bodies both separating the male and female parts into two beings but also explaining all the myths of strange creatures like minotaurs and mermaids. Then a second group of celestial beings comes down and separate in to male and female humans in an attempt to rescue the poor humanimals who had become trapped on the earth plane. These rescuers are now stuck themselves and they become divided into two groups. The Children of the Law of One and The Sons of Belial. The SOB's are supposed to have turned to evil and attempted to enslave the humanimals instead of rescue them.
3. The CLO lay claims to possessing knowledge of Science-Magic. Being able to harness the power of pyramids and subtle vibrations etc. etc.
4. he then gives a long treatise on beliefs, where they come from, what they effect, and how powerful they can be. He of course talks about all the evil done in the name of God. He continues to emphasize the need to exercise unselfish love first which is a constant theme in this book, but keeps that very subtle undercurrent that I talked about earlier it is almost as if he is trying to demonize the very concept of believing in something.
1. This chapter revolves around the concepts of Universal conciousness and selfish separate conciousness. He gets into the concept of paradox some more and touches on some subjects like karma, and talks about the imprtance of Unselfish love.