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Chapter One Hundred Eighty

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 192 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

The eleven apostles of the Lord were in Jerusalem and in a spacious room that they had chosen by the Lord’s command. And as they prayed the Lord appeared to them and said, Peace be to all; good will to every living thing. And then he talked with them a long, long time.

And the disciples asked, Will you restore the kingdom unto Israel now? And Jesus said, Be not concerned about the governments of men; the masters will direct. Do that which has been given you to do, and wait and murmur not. (Aquarian Gospel 180:1-6)

Peace be to all; good will to every living thing. Exoteric Christianity is only interested in human beings which they see as either saved or unsaved,” on the way to heaven or on the way to hell. But true Christianity, being aware of the transmigration of souls, is interested in all sentient beings, for each one is evolving toward the revelation of their divine Self. As a consequence they never kill and eat them like the wild beasts do, nor do they mistreat them in any way. Rather, they love and respect them, seeing that not only all humanity, but all sentient beings are the family of God, all moving toward the one Goal. Those who hold this view often evoke from animals manifestations of divine intelligence and intuition.

Be not concerned about the governments of men; the masters will direct. It may be hard to believe, but the ultimate direction of the world is in the hands of master yogis. Their manner of direction is subtle and strictly according to spiritual principles. Therefore they would never impose anything on the world. Rather, they work to help human beings understand the direction is which the world should go. Just as no one tries to have a society based on love, in the same way no one believes the Masters will succeed, but really they are. Their way moves very slowly indeed, so much so that their effects on the world are not at all evident to the ordinary observer.

Just as it is possible for a psychically developed person to attune himself to individuals and send healing and enlightening vibrations to them, in the same way the great Masters can attune themselves to vast segments of humanity and send the vibrations of wisdom and awakening to them. This is, as I say, a slow process, and a Master might work for many years on the awakening of a single, simple principle in the consciousness of a limited number of human beings. Their endeavors follow exactly the astrological principles of the various ages. For example, in the Piscean Age the general consciousness was very individual and inturned, and therefore so was spiritual progress. In the Aquarian Age entire segments of the world population will become awake and alive to broad principles that will manifest in an equally broad manner. In the Piscean Age the ideals of freedom and democracy and social responsibility were only held by a very small minority who through their personal power were able to bring those blessings to a small percentage of the world’s nations. But just as the ripples in water spread out wider and wider, so in the preceding century and now in the Aquarian Age itself, these principles are becoming far more understood and desired than in preceding centuries, even millennia. Social consciousness is a fundamental trait of this new age. The Masters will have an easier time than heretofore, but still progress will be step by step, not leaps or jumps.

Do that which has been given you to do, and wait and murmur not. This is a version of Jesus’ advice to Peter in the previous chapter: “Just do your duty; follow me.” Life is short at the best, and uncertain at all times. Therefore we need to spend every moment in yoga sadhana, which is why continual japa is so crucial for success in spiritual life. We must not have useless and distracting elements in our lives. Anyone who has moved very often has had the experience of being amazed at how much can be accumulated over a short time, and very little of it of lasting value. That is where garage and yard sales come from! So we must examine our lives and make sure we are not wasting them by going down byways that may entertain and distract the mind, but for that very reason are enemies of our souls.

We must hold to Om night and day. Jesus told us: “In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19). We must wait and not be impatient. We have taken countless lives to get into the bondage we find ourselves in, and we will be blessed indeed if we can get out after spending a very long life in continuous spiritual practice. Deep within us there are elements that must be purged before we can rise to higher consciousness. As Sri Yukteswar one told an arrogant scientist: “Examine your thoughts unremittingly for twenty-four hours. Then wonder no longer at God’s absence.” But if you will do Om japa and meditation unremittingly for your waking hours, then you will perceive the divine presence within.

All power in heaven and earth is given unto me, and now I bid you go to all the world and preach the gospel of the Christ, the unity of God and man, the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal life. And as you go and preach, baptize the people in the name of Christ. They who believe and are baptized shall rise up in the newness of the life of Christ, and they who disbelieve shall rise not in the newness of the life of Christ.

And you shall give to men the power I give to you. They who believe and are baptized shall heal the sick; shall cause the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk; shall cast the unclean spirits out of those obsessed; shall tread on deadly serpents and be not harmed; shall pass through flames and not be burned; and if they drink a poisonous draught it shall not kill.

You know the sacred Word, which is the word of power.

The secret things that I have told to you that may not now be told to all the world, you shall make known to faithful men who shall in turn reveal them unto other faithful men. Until the time shall come when all the world may hear and comprehend the words of truth and power.

And now I will ascend to God, as you and all the world will rise to God.

Behold, upon the day of Pentecost you all shall be endowed with power from on high. But here you shall remain till then in holy thought and prayer. (Aquarian Gospel 180:7-18)

All power in heaven and earth is given unto me. “Heaven” is both the higher, subtler worlds and the higher, subtler levels of the individual, and “earth” is the material and materially-oriented levels of the individual as well. Jesus was master of his entire being and the entire range of creation as well. We, too, must reach that level of mastery. Since it has all come out of Om, the key is right now in our hands.

Preach the gospel of the Christ, the unity of God and man, the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal life. The truth about Christ and Jesus must be made known, as well at the fact that God and man are one, though not the same. God is infinite spirit and man is finite spirit. But both are spirit. It is possible for us to hear the call: “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.… Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:14, 17). This is the resurrection of the spirit into Eternal Life.

And as you go and preach, baptize the people in the name of Christ. They who believe and are baptized shall rise up in the newness of the life of Christ, and they who disbelieve shall rise not in the newness of the life of Christ. Christ is the Only-Begotten of the Father, the second person of the Holy Trinity known in India as Ishwara. And his name is Om, not “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” That is a sacred formula, and it works in the baptism of water, but for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire, Om is the essential. Those who are baptized in Om, in the very being of God, “shall rise up in the newness of the life of Christ.” But most of all, the Christine must be pervaded by the vibrations of Om.

And you shall give to men the power I give to you. They who believe and are baptized shall heal the sick; shall cause the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk; shall cast the unclean spirits out of those obsessed; shall tread on deadly serpents and be not harmed; shall pass through flames and not be burned; and if they drink a poisonous draught it shall not kill. This Piscean Christianity could not do. Only a relatively few could be empowered by the Apostolic Succession, and that gave only a fraction of the power Jesus intended for every Christian to possess and use. And it gave no wisdom at all. Two thousand years have proved that. But now in this Aquarian Age the doors are fully opened and the intention of Jesus shall be fulfilled. “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known” (Matthew 10:26).

You know the sacred Word, which is the word of power. Quickly that Word was forgotten and substitutions made for both the power and the knowledge that Jesus wanted his initiates to possess. There are not many Words needed: only the ultimate one, the manifesting Word (vachaka) of God, Om. Of that Word the sage Patanjali tells us: “Its japa and meditation is the way.

The secret things that I have told to you that may not now be told to all the world, you shall make known to faithful men who shall in turn reveal them unto other faithful men. Until the time shall come when all the world may hear and comprehend the words of truth and power. The time has now come, for in this Aquarian Age the minds of people in general will be able to comprehend what in the Piscean Age would have appeared nothing but mystifying gibberish. The very fact that so many people in the West have adopted the philosophies of the East indicates that now at last people are ready to understand the teachings of Jesus which have little correspondence to orthodox Churchianity.

And now I will ascend to God, as you and all the world will rise to God. Jesus is not speaking of mere bodily ascension, but of ascent in spiritual consciousness. He was going to be passing into the higher worlds which cannot be entered without a corresponding level of evolution and consciousness. The only way to follow Jesus in his ascension is to ourselves ascend in spirit-awareness.

Behold, upon the day of Pentecost you all shall be endowed with power from on high. But here you shall remain till then in holy thought and prayer. Before the disciples could ascend as did Jesus, they needed the spiritual empowerment that would come upon them at Pentecost, so they were told to stay in Jerusalem and prepare themselves for that.

Then Jesus went to Olivet, and his disciples followed him, and in a place not far removed from Bethany, he met the Marys and Salome; met Martha, Ruth and Miriam; met Lazarus and a host of others who had come from Galilee.

And Jesus stood apart and raised his hands and said, The benedictions of the Holy Ones, of the Almighty God, and of the Holy Breath, of Christ the love of God made manifest, will rest upon you all the way till you shall rise and sit with me upon the throne of power.

And then they saw him rise upon the wings of light; a wreath encircled him about; and then they saw his form no more. But as they gazed up into heaven two men, in robes of white, appeared and said, You men of Galilee, why gaze you thus so anxiously upon the ascending Lord? Lo, he will come again from heaven as you have seen him go to heaven.

Then the eleven and Lazarus, and other men from Galilee together with the faithful women, not a few, returned unto Jerusalem and there abode. And they were constantly in prayer and Holy thought. They waited for the Holy Breath, and for the coming of the promised power from on high. (Aquarian Gospel 180:19-28)

Till you shall rise and sit with me upon the throne of power. This is the destiny each sentient being will eventually realize.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

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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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