Adultery according to the Law
“The law forbids adultery; but in the eyes of law adultery is an overt act, the satisfaction of the sensuous self outside the marriage bonds” (Aquarian Gospel 98:1).
Jesus is going to explain that there is such a thing as adultery in the external state of marriage, because true marriage must be spiritual, not just the product of religious or civil rites. Then he will expound the nature of spiritual adultery. So he begins with the definition of adultery in the Hebrew Law.
Marriage according to the Law
“Now, marriage in the sight of law is but a promise made by man and woman, by the sanction of a priest, to live for aye in harmony and love. No priest nor officer has power from God to bind two souls in wedded love” (Aquarian Gospel 98:2,3).
This is a very serious statement. Even a religious marriage rite is but an agreement between two human beings even if a religious official is present. If we look at the ancient documents of Christianity we will find no marriage ritual. Is this why? History tells us that unmarried converts to Christianity did not marry and that those married before becoming Christians lived together in celibacy. This is the main reason for the persecution of Christianity from the beginning. The civil authorities waged intense persecution because it is true that the family is the basic unit of a society. Abolish marriage and what do you have? “The kingdom of God,” said the early Christians, but “Disintegration and destruction” said the non-Christians.
If it seems strange, and hard to believe this was the attitude of the first Christians, that is because when Christianity became a state religion it was only natural that marriage would be declared a sacrament and the civil authorities placated and assured by this new doctrine. So we view Christianity from that of a fourth-century compromise that was really a capitulation.
What is marriage and love?
“What is the marriage tie? Is it comprised in what a priest or officer may say? Is it the scroll on which the officer or priest has written the permission for the two to live in marriage bonds? Is it the promise of the two that they will love each other until death? Is love a passion that is subject to the will of man? Can man pick up his love, as he would pick up precious gems, and lay it down, or give it out to any one? Can love be bought and sold like sheep?
“Love is the power of God that binds two souls and makes them one; there is no power on earth that can dissolve the bond. The bodies may be forced apart by man or death for just a little time; but they will meet again” (Aquarian Gospel 98:4-11).
This is an extraordinarily high ideal, and unfortunately many, if not all, would pretend that their marriage conforms to these words of Jesus. But it is almost never so. I have observed through the years that men who go on and on to me about how wonderful and special their (always absent) wife is, are really married to hellish, destructive harpies. Interestingly, I have never had a woman lie to me about her husband by making such claims. In fact, they are either completely open about their character or stolidly silent. But if pressured I have no doubt many would reluctantly lie to cover up the truth about their marriage. Having said this much, I might as well go ahead and say that marriage can be the most abusive relationship a human being can enter into. Spiritual aspirants should take this to heart and never form that bond unless they are absolutely sure it will not be to their detriment. Only those who are spiritually advanced should consider marriage, and then they must be positive that their contemplated spouse is their equal in evolution. Otherwise disaster and grief will fill their life.
Marriage versus adultery
“Now, in this bond of God we find the marriage tie; all other unions are but bonds of straw, and they who live in them commit adultery. The same as they who satisfy their lust without the sanction of an officer or priest” (Aquarian Gospel 98:12, 13).
This is an awesomely terrible statement, but ignoring or defying it is an equally awesomely terrible mistake. I well remember meeting a very unbalanced woman and marveling at how she fitted the definition of a classical dingbat–trouble just waiting to happen. But one of the men who was also present married her in less than a month, telling one of the members of our monastery that he did so: “Because God told me to marry her.” Well, God proved to be a bad matchmaker, because he divorced her in six months because she was so crazy. And I expect he went on to make another match, not just made in heaven but ordained by God. Such “bonds of straw” easily catch fire and disfigure lives.
Adultery, spiritual and “legal”
“But more than this; the man or woman who indulges lustful thoughts commits adultery. Whom God has joined together man cannot part; whom man has joined together live in sin” (Aquarian Gospel 98:14, 15).
Sri Ramakrishna frequently said: “Mind is everything.” That being true, negative thoughts are a form of negative action and accrue negative karma–not as much as the external acts, but negative karma, nevertheless.
Divinely-ordained marriage–not merely formal “sacramental” marriage–is indissoluble. All other is adultery. So says Jesus.
Theft–the complete view
“Upon a table of the law, the great lawgiver wrote, Thou shalt not steal. Before the eyes of law a man to steal must take a thing that can be seen with eyes of flesh, without the knowledge or consent of him to whom the thing belongs. But, lo, I say that he who in his heart desires to possess that which is not his own, and would deprive the owner of the thing without his knowledge or consent, is in the sight of God, a thief” (Aquarian Gospel 98:16-18).
Having introduced the fact of mental karma, Jesus applied it to theft.
“The things that men see not with eyes of flesh are of more worth than are the things that man can see” (Aquarian Gospel 98:19).
Anyone with a bit of spiritual awakening knows this is bedrock truth.
Defamation, a form of theft
“A man’s good name is worth a thousand mines of gold, and he who says a word or does a deed that injures or defames that name has taken what is not his own, and is a thief” (Aquarian Gospel 98:20).
This is a very severe matter, indeed, and must be carefully avoided.
Covetousness, another form of theft
“Upon a table of the law we also read: Thou shalt not covet anything. To covet is an all-consuming wish to have what is not right for one to have. And such a wish, within the spirit of the law, is theft” (Aquarian Gospel 98:21-23).
Now Jesus completes what he said just previously about theft.
Tribute is due
We all should give tribute from the depths of our hearts to Levi and Eva Dowling for giving us the real teachings of Jesus in the Aquarian Gospel, including those on these matters. Such spiritual honesty is far more rare than it should be in the field of religion. Levi Dowling proved himself worthy of “the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19).
Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Aspects of the Higher – 3
The Aquarian Gospel—Commentary and Text
The Aquarian Gospel for Yogis—A Commentary on the Aquarian Gospel
by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)
- The Mother of Jesus
- Prophecies of the Births of Saint John the Baptist and Jesus
- The Birth of Jesus
- Revelations in the Temple
- Coming of the Wise Men
- Herod’s Reaction
- Revelations in Egypt
- The Two Selfs
- Deliverance From Gods and Demons
- About God the Tao
- From India to Chaldea
- The Wisdom of Buddha
- God and Prayer
- The Mission of Jesus and John the Baptist
- Sin and the Forgiveness of Sin
- The Universal Law of Man’s Free Will and the Divine Will For Man
- Understanding Death
- The True Teacher
- The Value of Ritual
- The Law Behind All Laws
- Opening To The Truth
- In the Temple at the Age of Ten
- Revelation to the Teachers and People in the Temple
- Jerusalem to Nazareth
- Nazareth to India
- What is Truth?
- What Is Man?
- What is Power?
- Healing and Healers
- Conflict Over Caste
- The Destiny of All Men
- God and Man
- The Voice in the Heart
- Seeing the Unseeable
- To God Through Man
- Who Is Jesus?
- The Real Versus The Apparent
- The Brotherhood of Life
- God…and Man
- Relating To God
- The Worthy Host
- Come to the Light
- The Kingdom Revealed
- The King Revealed
- Perspective On Death
- Fire and Sword
- Evolution: The Path of Glory
- The Real Heaven
- Getting to the Essence
- New Perspective on Religion
- In Tibet and Ladakh
- Words to the Worthy
- The Thirty-Eighth Chapter
- The Origin of Evil
- The Silence
- The Source of Healing
- The Fivefold Gospel
- In Athens
- The Oracle of Delphi
- The Real God
- Return to Egypt
- First Steps to Wisdom
- Strong in Will and Intent
- Here Comes the Ego
- Blessed are the Merciful
- Claiming Our Freedom
- The Great Test
- Comprehending Death
- The Christ!
- The Asembly of the Masters
- The Seven Pillars of the Aquarian Age – I
- The Seven Pillars of the Aquarian Age – II
- The Declaration of Jesus
- John the Baptist – I
- John the Baptist – II
- John the Baptist – III
- Baptism – Jesus and John
- Self-Examination and Temptation
- The First Disciples Follow Jesus
- Jesus’ First Sermon
- The King and the Kingdom
- Dealing With Challengers
- The First Miracle of Jesus
- Kings and Kingdoms
- The Temple of God
- What Is A Messiah?
- The Laws of Healing
- Nicodemus Finds The Kingdom
- The Prince of Peace
- Dealing With Spiritual Opposition
- The Opened Gate
- John the Baptist Speaks of the Christ
- John Speaks Further About Jesus
- The Woman at the Well
- The Disciples and Samaritans at the Well
- Jesus in Sychar
- More Wisdom In Samaria
- The Imprisonment of John the Baptist
- In Jerusalem
- The Insights of Jesus
- Sabbath Wisdom
- Prayer and Good Deeds
- Divine Laws and Principles for Seekers of the Divine
- A New Understanding of the Ten Commandments
- Aspects of the Higher Law – 1
- Aspects of the Higher Law – 2
- Aspects of the Higher Law – 3
- Aspects of the Higher Law – 4
- Chapter One Hundred One
- Chapter One Hundred Two
- Chapter One Hundred Three
- Chapter One Hundred Four
- Chapter One Hundred Five
- Chapter One Hundred Six
- Chapter One Hundred Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Ten
- Chapter One Hundred Eleven
- Chapter One Hundred Twelve
- Chapter One Hundred Thirteen
- Chapter One Hundred Fourteen
- Chapter One Hundred Fifteen
- Chapter One Hundred Sixteen
- Chapter One Hundred Seventeen
- Chapter One Hundred Eighteen
- Chapter One Hundred Nineteen
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty One
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Two
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Three
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Four
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Five
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Six
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Twenty Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty One
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Two
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Three
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Four
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Five
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Six
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Thirty Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Forty
- Chapter One Hundred Forty One
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Two
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Three
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Four
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Five
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Six
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Forty Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-One
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Two
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Three
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Four
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Five
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Six
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty One
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Two
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Three
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Four
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Five
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Six
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Sixty Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy One
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Two
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Three
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Four
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Five
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Six
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Seven
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Eight
- Chapter One Hundred Seventy Nine
- Chapter One Hundred Eighty
- Chapter One Hundred Eighty One
- Chapter One Hundred Eighty Two
The Text of the Aquarian Gospel—by Levi Dowling
- Part 1 of the Aquarian Gospel: Birth and Early Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Birth and Infancy of the Harbinger, and of Jesus
- Part 2 of the Aquarian Gospel: Education of Mary and Elizabeth
- Part 3 of the Aquarian Gospel: Childhood and Early Education of John the Harbinger, and Childhood and Early Education of Jesus
- Part 4 of the Aquarian Gospel: Life and Works of Jesus in India
- Part 5 of the Aquarian Gospel: Life and Works of Jesus in Western India, Tibet, Persia, Assyria, and Greece
- Part 6 of the Aquarian Gospel: Life and Works of Jesus in Egypt
- Part 7 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Council of the Seven Sages; The Ministry of John the Harbinger
- Part 8 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Christine Ministry of Jesus–The First Annual Epoch
- Part 9 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Christine Ministry of Jesus–The Second Annual Epoch
- Part 10 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Christine Ministry of Jesus–The Third Annual Epoch
- Part 11 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Betrayal, Arrest, Trial, and Execution of Jesus
- Part 12 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Resurrection and Appearances of Jesus–Establishment of the Christine Church