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Chapter One Hundred Forty

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 152 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

The time had come for the return of the three score and ten whom Jesus sent abroad to preach. And Jesus, Peter, James and John began their journey back to Galilee. They went up through Samaria; they passed through many villages and towns, and everywhere the people thronged the ways to see the man the seventy had told about; and Jesus taught and healed the sick. And when they reached Capernaum the seventy were there; and they were filled with joy; they said,

The Spirit of the Lord of hosts was with us all the way, and we were filled. The power of the sacred Word was manifest in us; we healed the sick; we caused the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the blind to see. The very devils trembled when we spoke the Word, and they were subject unto us.

And Jesus said, As you were going on your way, the heavens were bright with light, the earth was bright, they seemed to meet and be at one; and I beheld, and Satan fell as lightning from the heavens. Behold, for you have power to tread on serpents and on scorpions, and these are symbols of the enemies of men. You are protected in the way of right, and naught can harm. And as you went I heard a master say, Well done.

But you may not rejoice because you have the power to heal the sick and make the devils tremble by the Word; for such rejoicing is from carnal self. You may rejoice because the nations of the earth have ears to hear the Word, and eyes to see the glory of the Lord, and hearts to feel the inner breathing of the Holy Breath. And you may well be glad because your names are written in the Book of Life. (Aquarian Gospel 140:1-13)

The power of the sacred Word was manifest in us; we healed the sick; we caused the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the blind to see.) The very devils trembled when we spoke the Word, and they were subject unto us. The great Master Yogananda taught his disciples that intoning Om into the right ear of a possessed or obsessed person would free them from the spirit(s). Once a possessed woman was brought to Swami Ramdas of Anandashram. He asked all the people there to sing the Ram Mantra: Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram. After a while she jumped up and ran down the street. Some people followed after, and at one point she turned around and said to them: “I can’t stand that holy mantra and that holy man. I am leaving.” Immediately the spirit left and she was normal.

Such is the power of God’s holy name, especially the supreme name Om which was given by Jesus to his disciples who then did the things he did by the power of The Word. (“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” John 14:12)

And Jesus said, As you were going on your way, the heavens were bright with light, the earth was bright, they seemed to meet and be at one; and I beheld, and Satan fell as lightning from the heavens. Behold, for you have power to tread on serpents and on scorpions, and these are symbols of the enemies of men. You are protected in the way of right, and naught can harm. Such is the power of God that is inherent in Om. We must use it constantly and fearlessly, though always intelligently and prudently.

But you may not rejoice because you have the power to heal the sick and make the devils tremble by the Word; for such rejoicing is from carnal self. You may rejoice because the nations of the earth have ears to hear the Word, and eyes to see the glory of the Lord, and hearts to feel the inner breathing of the Holy Breath. And you may well be glad because your names are written in the Book of Life. We have no power of ourselves. It all proceeds from God. Therefore we should not rejoice because of the wonders Om will work, but because we have learned that holy Word and because human beings will respond to it. And most of all because we and they are ascending to Eternal Life.

Worldly people desire power, but godly people desire service and rejoice in it.

Then Jesus looked to heaven and said, I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast revealed thyself to babes, and taught them how to light the path and lead the wise to thee. What thou hast given to me, lo, I have given to them, and through the sacred Word I have bestowed on them the understanding heart, that they might know and honor thee through Christ, who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

And then he said aside, unto the seventy and twelve, Most blessed are your eyes because you see the things you see; and blessed are your ears because they hear the things they hear; and blessed are your hearts because you understand. In ages that are gone the wise of earth, the prophets, seers and kings, desired to hear and see and know what you have heard and seen and known; but they had not attained and could not hear, and see and know. (Aquarian Gospel 140:14-20)

Thou hast revealed thyself to babes, and taught them how to light the path and lead the wise to thee. This is the work we should be doing. Showing the way that others can light the path for themselves and awaken them to the reality of God and the possibility of knowing God.

What thou hast given to me, lo, I have given to them, and through the sacred Word I have bestowed on them the understanding heart, that they might know and honor thee through Christ, who was, and is, and evermore shall be. What Jesus received from God we have received from him, and others should be receiving it from us. The most important things are not miracles but the opening of “the understanding heart” that will become our infallible guide to the Infinite. Our knowing will come through the Christ, the Only-Begotten of the Father, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity whose messenger was Jesus. We must always distinguish between the two Christs.

In ages that are gone the wise of earth, the prophets, seers and kings, desired to hear and see and know what you have heard and seen and known; but they had not attained and could not hear, and see and know. Blessed are we who can see, know and attain. If we do not, then we are not disciples of Jesus and of Christ.

And Jesus said again, Lo, I have gone before you many moons, and I have given to you the bread of heaven and the cup of life; have been your buckler and your stay; but now that you have learned the way, and have the strength to stand alone, behold, I lay my body down and go to him who is the All. In forty days then we will turn our faces toward Jerusalem where I will find the altar of the Lord and give my life in willing sacrifice for men. Let us arise and go through all the coasts of Galilee, and give a salutation of good cheer to all the sons of God by faith. (Aquarian Gospel 140:21-24)

There is no gloom or sadness here, for every single disciple of Jesus must walk the way of sacrifice. Jesus is not a “man of sorrows” but the Lord of Joy. Of course, if we are “of the earth, earthly” (John 3:31), we will not see it like that. But if we have “the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16), we most certainly will. This is basic truth.

And they arose and went; they entered every town and village on the coast, and everywhere they said, The benedictions of the Christ abide with you for evermore.

Now, in a certain town they went up to the synagogue upon the Sabbath day, and Jesus taught. And as he spoke, two men brought on a cot a woman bent near double with disease; she had not risen from her bed for eighteen years without a helping hand. And Jesus laid his hand upon the woman, and he said, Arise, be free from your infirmity. And as he spoke the Word the woman found that she was straight and strong, and she arose and walked and said, Praise God.

The ruler of the synagogue was filled with wrath because the healer healed upon the Sabbath day. He did not censure Jesus face to face, but turning to the multitudes he said, You men of Galilee, why do you break the laws of God? There are six days in every week when you may bring the afflicted to be healed. This is the day that God has blessed, the Sabbath day in which men may not work.

And Jesus said, You inconsistent scribes and Pharisees! Upon the Sabbath day you take your beasts of burden from their stalls, and lead them forth to eat and drink; is this not work? This daughter of your father Abraham, who has been bound for eighteen years, has come in faith to be made free. Now, tell me, men, is it a crime to break her bonds and set her free upon the Sabbath day? The ruler said no more; the people all rejoiced and said, Behold the Christ! (Aquarian Gospel 140:25-37)

The benedictions of the Christ abide with you for evermore. Once again, this is the not mythical salvation of exoteric Christianity, sincere though that may be. This is the communication of the Cosmic Christ, the Creator of the Universe with us and a sharing in his glorious life and consciousness. “And that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Since there is such a fuss being made about Jesus working on the Sabbath we need to know the definition of work in Orthodox Judaism. It is simply this: to produce a change in anything in any form. So if a person is sick and then becomes well, the healer has engaged in work by this definition. Of course this is foolish when the healer wields the power of God, because it is effortless. Yet an esoteric process of some sort must be engaged in, even if it is only tuning in to the divine power. But since God does not break his laws, obviously neither does a knower of God. As Jesus told his accusers: “Ye do err, not knowing the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

And Jesus spoke a parable; he said, The kingdom of the Christ is like a little seed that one put in the ground; it grew and after many years became a mighty tree, and many people rested in its shade, and birds built nests and reared their young among its leafy boughs. (Aquarian Gospel 140:38, 39)

Such is the kingdom of Christ upon the earth and in the higher worlds as well. All the worlds, from the highest, most subtle causal realms right down through the astral regions and into this material earth, are subject to time. But the kingdom of Christ transcends time and transfers its citizens into Eternity here and now. This is the great wonder in which human beings are invited to share.

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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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