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Aspects of the Higher Law – 3

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Lying

“The law has said: Thou shalt not lie; but in the eyes of law a man to lie must tell in words what is not true. Now, in the light of spirit law, deceit in any form is nothing but a lie. A man may lie by look or act; yea, even by his silence may deceive, and thus be guilty in the eyes of Holy Breath” (Aquarian Gospel 99:1-3).

It is a sad but true fact that many people like to create their own definitions of moral principles, and the more they want to cheat the narrower they make the definition. The more honest the person the broader is the definition of the principle. Jesus, being a teacher of righteousness, defines lying and other transgressions in the broadest manner. Not because he was strict, but because he had perfect understanding of the law of cause and effect and wanted to impart that understanding to us. Otherwise he would have been an unworthy teacher–something avidly desired by unworthy “seekers.”

The words of this passage need no elucidation as they are very straightforward. The only thing I would comment is that most people’s lives are themselves lies. For example, when we live like we are mortal rather than immortal, we are living a lie. The same is true when our lives hide or deny any principle of truth.

Oaths

“It has been said in olden times: Thou shalt not swear by thine own life. But, lo, I say, Swear not at all; not by the head, the heart, the eye, nor hand; not by the sun, the moon, nor stars; not by the name of God, nor by the name of any spirit, good or bad. You shall not swear by anything; for in an oath there is no gain. A man whose word must be propped up by oath of any kind is not trustworthy in the sight of God or man. By oath you cannot make a leaf to fall, nor turn the color of a hair” (Aquarian Gospel 99:4-9).

This, too, is extremely clear. Jesus said:

“Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37).

Our words should themselves be sufficiently worthy of belief. This is why the twentieth-century Japanese spiritual teacher, Mokichi Okada, insisted that we must strive to be trustworthy persons known to be so by others. Our very words should be a guarantee of truth. Therefore Jesus continues:

Words–worthy and unworthy

“The man of worth just speaks and men know that he speaks the truth. The man who pours out many words to make men think he speaks the truth, is simply making smoke to hide a lie” (Aquarian Gospel 99:10, 11).

We all know the truth of this.

The double-hearted

“And there are many men with seeming double hearts; men who would serve two masters at a time–two masters quite adverse. Men feign to worship God upon the Sabbath day and then pay court to Beelzebub on every other day. No man can serve two masters at a time no more than he can ride two asses at a time that go in different ways. The man who feigns to worship God and Beelzebub is foe of God, a pious devil and a curse of men” (Aquarian Gospel 99:12-15).

Saint James the apostle wrote:

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.…purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 1:8; 4:8).

Nearly everyone is a schizophrenic in mind and heart. But healing is possible for those who seek it.

Treasure: heavenly or earthly?

“And men cannot lay treasures up in heaven and earth at once. Then, lo, I say, Lift up your eyes and see the safety vaults of heaven, and there deposit every gem. Where moth and rust cannot corrupt; where thieves cannot break in and steal. There are no safety vaults on earth; no place secure from moth, and rust and thieves. The treasures of the earth are but illusive things that pass away. Be not deceived; your treasures are the anchor of the soul, and where your treasures are your heart will be” (Aquarian Gospel 99:16-21).

This is why Saint Paul exhorts us to “walk in the spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Keep your heart

“Fix not your heart upon the things of earth; be anxious not about the things to eat, or drink or wear” (Aquarian Gospel 99:22).

This can only be done when our consciousness is centered in spirit rather than matter. For this there is only one way: meditation. No amount of studying or affirmation will do it. The consciousness must be purified and fixed in the Divine Reality.

Those for whom God cares

“God cares for those who trust in him and serve the race” (Aquarian Gospel 99:23).

This is speaking of a spontaneous awareness of God, not the acceptance of dogmatic teaching or theology about God. Furthermore, it leads to a dedication to active service of the divine in humanity.

Jesus told his disciples:

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16).

And Saint John the Beloved:

“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I John 4:20).

Jesus further said:

“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…and thy neighbour as thyself” (Luke 10:27).

Since Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), his disciples must do the same.

Trust in God

“Behold the birds! They praise God in their songs; the earth is made more glorious by their ministry of joy; God keeps them in the hollow of his hand, and not a sparrow falls to earth without his care; and every one that falls shall rise again. Behold the flowers of earth! they trust in God and grow; they make the earth resplendent with their beauty and perfume. Look at the lilies of the field, the messengers of holy love. No son of man, not even Solomon in all his excellence, was ever clothed like one of these. And yet they simply trust in God; they feed from out his hand; they lay their heads to rest upon his breast.

“If God so clothes and feeds the flowers and birds that do his will, will he not feed and clothe his children when they trust in him?” (Aquarian Gospel 99:24-29).

The Dead Sea is dead because water flows into it but not out of it. In the same way those who only receive God’s bounty for themselves and never give of themselves or their resources to help others as God has helped them, will become stagnate. People who are “in need” think only of their lack, not realizing that if they would share what little they have they would break through their limitations and needs.

During a visit to Hawaii I was told by a man that he knew of two elderly people on the big island that continually helped others, though themselves of small means. Some years back the volcano erupted and the lava flowed through Hilo where they lived. Everyone whose home was in the path of the lava flow fled, but they remained, even though their property was a dish shape which the lava would actually fill. When the lava reached the borders of their property, it flowed completely around it and continued on to the sea. This was the doing of Pele herself in response to their kindness and generosity.

Many such incidents have been told me throughout my life by people who either witnessed or themselves were the subject of such events.

Seek first…

“Seek first the kingdom of the soul, the righteousness of God, the good of men, and murmur not; God will protect, and feed, and clothe” (Aquarian Gospel 99:30).

Professional religion is happy with the first two ingredients, but “the good of men” in the sense Jesus is using it is of no interest to them. People are supposed to benefit them and give them their time and money–not the other way around as Jesus meant it. Any organization or group that puts its welfare before that of an individual member is negative and therefore harmful–and that includes those of a religious nature.

Anyhow, we must tend to our own spiritual life and follow the counsel of Jesus, seeking above all the kingdom of the soul, the righteousness of God, and the good of men. And this is to be done cheerfully and gratefully, not with complaining or feeling put upon, pressured or coerced. If that is our feeling, then there are only two possible reasons: our religion is negative, not positive; or we ourselves are being negative and not positive. We need to make an honest assessment and either change ourselves or our affiliations. This is the path of spiritual success.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Aspects of the Higher Law – 4

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The Aquarian Gospel—Commentary and Text

The Aquarian Gospel for Awakening—A Commentary on the Aquarian Gospel
by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)

  1. The Mother of Jesus
  2. Prophecies of the Births of Saint John the Baptist and Jesus
  3. The Birth of Jesus
  4. Revelations in the Temple
  5. Coming of the Wise Men
  6. Herod’s Reaction
  7. Revelations in Egypt
  8. The Two Selfs
  9. Deliverance From Gods and Demons
  10. About God the Tao
  11. From India to Chaldea
  12. The Wisdom of Buddha
  13. God and Prayer
  14. The Mission of Jesus and John the Baptist
  15. Sin and the Forgiveness of Sin
  16. The Universal Law of Man’s Free Will and the Divine Will For Man
  17. Understanding Death
  18. The True Teacher
  19. The Value of Ritual
  20. The Law Behind All Laws
  21. Opening To The Truth
  22. In the Temple at the Age of Ten
  23. Revelation to the Teachers and People in the Temple
  24. Jerusalem to Nazareth
  25. Nazareth to India
  26. What is Truth?
  27. What Is Man?
  28. What is Power?
  29. Understanding
  30. Wisdom
  31. Faith
  32. Healing and Healers
  33. Conflict Over Caste
  34. The Destiny of All Men
  35. God and Man
  36. The Voice in the Heart
  37. Seeing the Unseeable
  38. To God Through Man
  39. Who Is Jesus?
  40. The Real Versus The Apparent
  41. The Brotherhood of Life
  42. God…and Man
  43. Relating To God
  44. The Worthy Host
  45. Come to the Light
  46. The Kingdom Revealed
  47. The King Revealed
  48. Perspective On Death
  49. Fire and Sword
  50. Evolution: The Path of Glory
  51. The Real Heaven
  52. Getting to the Essence
  53. New Perspective on Religion
  54. In Tibet and Ladakh
  55. Words to the Worthy
  56. The Thirty-Eighth Chapter
  57. The Origin of Evil
  58. The Silence
  59. The Source of Healing
  60. The Fivefold Gospel
  61. Homecoming
  62. In Athens
  63. The Oracle of Delphi
  64. The Real God
  65. Return to Egypt
  66. First Steps to Wisdom
  67. Strong in Will and Intent
  68. Here Comes the Ego
  69. Blessed are the Merciful
  70. Claiming Our Freedom
  71. The Great Test
  72. Comprehending Death
  73. The Christ!
  74. The Asembly of the Masters
  75. The Seven Pillars of the Aquarian Age – I
  76. The Seven Pillars of the Aquarian Age – II
  77. The Declaration of Jesus
  78. John the Baptist – I
  79. John the Baptist – II
  80. John the Baptist – III
  81. Baptism – Jesus and John
  82. Self-Examination and Temptation
  83. The First Disciples Follow Jesus
  84. Jesus’ First Sermon
  85. The King and the Kingdom
  86. Dealing With Challengers
  87. The First Miracle of Jesus
  88. Kings and Kingdoms
  89. The Temple of God
  90. What Is A Messiah?
  91. The Laws of Healing
  92. Nicodemus Finds The Kingdom
  93. The Prince of Peace
  94. Dealing With Spiritual Opposition
  95. The Opened Gate
  96. John the Baptist Speaks of the Christ
  97. John Speaks Further About Jesus
  98. The Woman at the Well
  99. The Disciples and Samaritans at the Well
  100. Jesus in Sychar
  101. More Wisdom In Samaria
  102. The Imprisonment of John the Baptist
  103. In Jerusalem
  104. The Insights of Jesus
  105. Sabbath Wisdom
  106. Prayer and Good Deeds
  107. Divine Laws and Principles for Seekers of the Divine
  108. A New Understanding of the Ten Commandments
  109. Aspects of the Higher Law – 1
  110. Aspects of the Higher Law – 2
  111. Aspects of the Higher Law – 3
  112. Aspects of the Higher Law – 4
  113. Chapter One Hundred One
  114. Chapter One Hundred Two
  115. Chapter One Hundred Three
  116. Chapter One Hundred Four
  117. Chapter One Hundred Five
  118. Chapter One Hundred Six
  119. Chapter One Hundred Seven
  120. Chapter One Hundred Eight
  121. Chapter One Hundred Nine
  122. Chapter One Hundred Ten
  123. Chapter One Hundred Eleven
  124. Chapter One Hundred Twelve
  125. Chapter One Hundred Thirteen
  126. Chapter One Hundred Fourteen
  127. Chapter One Hundred Fifteen
  128. Chapter One Hundred Sixteen
  129. Chapter One Hundred Seventeen
  130. Chapter One Hundred Eighteen
  131. Chapter One Hundred Nineteen
  132. Chapter One Hundred Twenty
  133. Chapter One Hundred Twenty One
  134. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Two
  135. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Three
  136. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Four
  137. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Five
  138. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Six
  139. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Seven
  140. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Eight
  141. Chapter One Hundred Twenty Nine
  142. Chapter One Hundred Thirty
  143. Chapter One Hundred Thirty One
  144. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Two
  145. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Three
  146. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Four
  147. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Five
  148. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Six
  149. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Seven
  150. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Eight
  151. Chapter One Hundred Thirty Nine
  152. Chapter One Hundred Forty
  153. Chapter One Hundred Forty One
  154. Chapter One Hundred Forty Two
  155. Chapter One Hundred Forty Three
  156. Chapter One Hundred Forty Four
  157. Chapter One Hundred Forty Five
  158. Chapter One Hundred Forty Six
  159. Chapter One Hundred Forty Seven
  160. Chapter One Hundred Forty Eight
  161. Chapter One Hundred Forty Nine
  162. Chapter One Hundred Fifty
  163. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-One
  164. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Two
  165. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Three
  166. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Four
  167. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Five
  168. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Six
  169. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Seven
  170. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Eight
  171. Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Nine
  172. Chapter One Hundred Sixty
  173. Chapter One Hundred Sixty One
  174. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Two
  175. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Three
  176. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Four
  177. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Five
  178. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Six
  179. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Seven
  180. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Eight
  181. Chapter One Hundred Sixty Nine
  182. Chapter One Hundred Seventy
  183. Chapter One Hundred Seventy One
  184. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Two
  185. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Three
  186. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Four
  187. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Five
  188. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Six
  189. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Seven
  190. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Eight
  191. Chapter One Hundred Seventy Nine
  192. Chapter One Hundred Eighty
  193. Chapter One Hundred Eighty One
  194. Chapter One Hundred Eighty Two

The Text of the Aquarian Gospel—by Levi Dowling

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