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Chapter One Hundred Seventy Eight

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 190 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

Apollo, with the Silent Brotherhood of Greece, was sitting in a Delphian grove. The Oracle had spoken loud and long. The priests were in the sanctuary and as they looked the Oracle became a blaze of light; it seemed to be on fire, and all consumed. The priests were filled with fear. They said, A great disaster is to come; our gods are mad; they have destroyed our Oracle.

But when the flames had spent themselves, a man stood on the orac pedestal and said, God speaks to man, not by an oracle of wood and gold, but by the voice of man. The gods have spoken to the Greeks, and kindred tongues, through images made by man, but God, the One, now speaks to man through Christ the only son, who was, and is and evermore will be. This Oracle shall fail; the Living Oracle of God, the One, will never fail. (Aquarian Gospel 178:1-7)

God speaks to man, not by an oracle of wood and gold, but by the voice of man. Again, Jesus is deified man, not humanized God.

The gods have spoken to the Greeks, and kindred tongues, through images made by man. Although a great Oracle has come, Jesus says that sacred images have indeed spoken to humanity or given messages by other signs. In Egypt there were statues that would speak at sunrise and sunset. One still exists, but it is so damaged that at sunrise and sunset only a kind of twanging and cracking sound is heard. But speaking images were real and according to Jesus were not superstition or “of the devil.”

Apollo knew the man who spoke; he knew it was the Nazarene who once had taught the wise men in the Acropolis and had rebuked the idol worshippers upon the Athens’ beach; and in a moment Jesus stood before Apollo and the Silent Brotherhood, and said, Behold, for I have risen from the dead with gifts for men. I bring to you the title of your vast estate. All power in heaven and earth is mine; to you I give all power in heaven and earth. Go forth and teach the nations of the earth the gospel of the resurrection of the dead and of eternal life through Christ, the love of God made manifest to men.

And then he clasped Apollo’s hand and said, My human flesh was changed to higher form by love divine and I can manifest in flesh, or in the higher planes of life, at will. What I can do all men can do. Go preach the gospel of the omnipotence of man. Then Jesus disappeared; but Greece and Crete and all the nations heard. (Aquarian Gospel 178:8-15)

I have risen from the dead with gifts for men. I bring to you the title of your vast estate. All power in heaven and earth is mine; to you I give all power in heaven and earth. Jesus’ resurrection was not to just be a sign of his greatness or God’s favor, but rather it was the opening to humanity of undreamed potential. All power is potentially every human being’s.

My human flesh was changed to higher form by love divine and I can manifest in flesh, or in the higher planes of life, at will. What I can do all men can do. Go preach the gospel of the omnipotence of man. The love of God is the secret of Jesus and his deified disciples. Not only omnipotence, but omnipresence is opened to those who will diligently seek and find.

Claudas and Juliet, his wife, lived on the Palatine in Rome and they were servants of Tiberius; but they had been in Galilee; had walked with Jesus by the sea, had heard his words and seen his power; and they believed that he was Christ made manifest.

Now Claudas and his wife were on the Tiber in a little boat; a storm swept from the sea, the boat was wrecked and Claudas and his wife were sinking down to death. And Jesus came and took them by the hands and said, Claudas and Juiet, arise and walk with me upon the waves. And they arose and walked with him upon the waves. A thousand people saw the three walk on the waves, and saw them reach the land, and they were all amazed.

And Jesus said, You men of Rome, I am the resurrection and the life. They that are dead shall live, and many that shall live will never die. By mouth of gods and demi-gods God spoke unto your fathers long ago; but now he speaks to you through perfect man. He sent his son, the Christ, in human flesh, to save the world, and as I lifted from the watery grave and saved these servants of Tiberius, so Christ will lift the sons and daughters of the human race, yea, every one of them, from darkness and from graves of carnal things, to light and everlasting life. I am the manifest of love raised from the dead; Behold my hands, my feet, my side which carnal men have pierced. Claudas and Juliet whom I have saved from death, are my ambassadors to Rome. And they will point the way and preach the gospel of the Holy Breath and of the resurrection of the dead. And that was all he said, but Rome and all of Italy heard. (Aquarian Gospel 178:16-29)

By mouth of gods and demi-gods God spoke unto your fathers long ago. So Jesus did not think the Romans were ignorant heathen who worshipped idols or demons, but that the one God communicated with them through various highly evolved “gods and demi-gods” of their religion. It is a pity that Christians do not follow Christ in these matters.

Christ will lift the sons and daughters of the human race, yea, every one of them, from darkness and from graves of carnal things, to light and everlasting life. Jesus does not say that he will be lifting all humanity, but that Christ will do so. And that is done through many chosen messengers and agencies.

The gospel of the Holy Breath and of the resurrection of the dead. Evolution is the key to everything, and that is a process of the divine, conscious energy we call the Holy Spirit. Self-evolution is the requisite for any significant attainment, and the process has many adjunct modes, but the central stream, the trunk of the evolutionary tree is Yoga. And by that I mean meditation on Om.

The priests of Heliopolis were in their temple, met to celebrate the resurrection of their brother Nazarite; they knew that he had risen from the dead. The Nazarite appeared and stood upon a sacred pedestal on which no man had ever stood. This was an honor that had been reserved for him who first would demonstrate the resurrection of the dead. And Jesus was the first of all the human race to demonstrate the resurrection of the dead.

When Jesus stood upon the sacred pedestal the masters stood and said, All hail! The great bells of the temple rang and all the temple was ablaze with light.

And Jesus said, All honor to the masters of this Temple of the Sun. In flesh of man there is the essence of the resurrection of the dead. This essence, quickened by the Holy Breath, will raise the substance of the body to a higher tone, and make it like the substance of the bodies of the planes above, which human eyes cannot behold.

There is a holy ministry in death. The essence of the body cannot be quickened by the Holy Breath until the fixed is solved; the body must disintegrate, and this is death. And then upon these pliant substances God breathes, just as he breathed upon the chaos of the deep when worlds were formed, and life springs forth from death; the carnal form is changed to form divine.

The will of man makes possible the action of the Holy Breath. When will of man and will of God are one, the resurrection is a fact. In this we have the chemistry of mortal life, the ministry of death, the mystery of deific life. My human life was wholly given to bring my will to tune with the deific will; when this was done my earth-tasks all were done.

And you, my brothers, know full well the foes I had to meet; you know about my victories in Gethsemane; my trials in the courts of men; my death upon the cross. You know that all my life was one great drama for the sons of men; a pattern for the sons of men. I lived to show the possibilities of man. What I have done all men can do, and what I am all men shall be.

The masters looked; the form upon the sacred pedestal had gone, but every temple priest, and every living creature said, Praise God. (Aquarian Gospel 178:30-47)

Jesus was the first of all the human race to demonstrate the resurrection of the dead. Both before and after Jesus many masters have appeared to people in tangible bodies after their death, but Jesus was the first person to return from the dead and live in the body for years afterward as he did in India.

In flesh of man there is the essence of the resurrection of the dead. Everything is formed of spirit-consciousness and therefore is immortal. Those who unite their consciousness with the fundamental consciousness that is their true Self and is, as Jesus says, “the essence of the resurrection of the dead,” can manifest their spiritual immortality in the form of physical immortality.

This essence, quickened by the Holy Breath, will raise the substance of the body to a higher tone, and make it like the substance of the bodies of the planes above, which human eyes cannot behold. Through the Holy Spirit manifesting in the yogi’s body through the yogic processes known as kriyas, its vibrations are raised to the same frequency “of the planes above, which human eyes cannot behold” and the yogi can pass into those higher worlds and back into this one as well. Some great masters in India have been entombed in mausoleums and when their help was needed would emerge in physical body passing through the stone walls. Often they would give spiritual instruction to aspirants and then walk back into their tomb.

There is a holy ministry in death. The essence of the body cannot be quickened by the Holy Breath until the fixed is solved; the body must disintegrate, and this is death. And then upon these pliant substances God breathes, just as he breathed upon the chaos of the deep when worlds were formed, and life springs forth from death; the carnal form is changed to form divine. This is quite mysterious. The death process is necessary for the substance of the body to be immortalized. So those who rise from the dead are truly raised by God.

The will of man makes possible the action of the Holy Breath. When will of man and will of God are one, the resurrection is a fact. In this we have the chemistry of mortal life, the ministry of death, the mystery of deific life. This can only be understood by the yogis (yoga siddhas) who have attained perfection in yoga (yoga siddhi).

My human life was wholly given to bring my will to tune with the deific will; when this was done my earth-tasks all were done. All my life was one great drama for the sons of men; a pattern for the sons of men. I lived to show the possibilities of man. What I have done all men can do, and what I am all men shall be. Jesus affirms this over and over because this and this alone is the true Gospel of Christ. Those who do not understand Jesus in this way do not at all understand him and his mission. There is no possibility of their actually being Christians (Christines).

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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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