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Chapter One Hundred Sixty Three

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 175 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

As Jesus and the eleven went out, a Roman guard approached and said, All hail! Is one of you the man from Galilee? And Peter said, We all are men from Galilee; whom do you seek? The guard replied, I seek for Jesus, who is called the Christ. And Jesus answered, Here am I. The guard spoke out and said, I do not come in an official way; I bear to you a message from the governor. Jerusalem is all alive with vengeful Jews who swear that they will take your life, and Pilate would confer with you, and he would have you come to him without delay. And Jesus said to Peter and the rest, Go to the vale, and by the Kidron wait for me, and I will go alone and see the governor.

And Jesus went up with the guard, and when he reached the palace, Pilate met him at the gate and said, Young man, I have a word to say that may be well for you. I have observed your works and words three years and more; and I have often stood in your defense when your own countrymen would fain have stoned you as a criminal. But now the priests, the scribes and Pharisees have stirred the common people to a stage of frenzied wantonness and cruelty, and they intend to take your life. Because, they say, that you have sworn to tear their temple down; to change the laws that Moses gave; to exile Pharisee and priest and seat yourself upon a throne. And they aver that you are fully in league with Rome. The streets of all Jerusalem are filled this moment with a horde of madmen all intent to shed your blood. There is no safety for you but in flight; wait not until the morning sun. You know the way to reach the border of this cursed land. I have a little band of guards, well horsed and armed, and they will take you out beyond the reach of harm. You must not tarry here, young man, you must arise and go.

And Jesus said, A noble prince has Caesar in his Pilate Pontius, and from the point of carnal man your words are seasoned with the wise man’s salt; but from the point of Christ your words are foolishness. The coward flees when danger comes; but he who comes to seek and save the lost must give his life in willing sacrifice for those he comes to seek and save. Before the pasch has been consumed, lo, all this nation will be cursed by shedding blood of innocence; and even now the murderers are at the door.

And Pilate said, It shall not be; the sword of Rome will be unsheathed to save your life. And Jesus said, Nay, Pilate, nay; there are no armies large enough in all the world to save my life. And Jesus bade the governor farewell, and went his way; but Pilate sent a double guard with him lest he should fall into the hands of those who were alert to take his life. But in a moment Jesus disappeared; the guards saw him no more, and in a little while he reached the brook of Kidron where the eleven were.

Now, just beyond the brook there was an orchard and a home where one, Massalian, lived, where Jesus oft had been. Massalian was his friend, and he believed that Jesus was the Christ that Jewish prophets long ago had said would come. Now, in the orchard was a sacred knoll; Massalian called the place Gethsemane. The night was dark, but in the orchard it was doubly dark and Jesus bade the eight disciples tarry by the brook, while he, with Peter, James and John went to Gethsemane to pray. (Aquarian Gospel 163:1-29)

Here we find the surprising fact that Pilate was a friend of Jesus and wanted to protect him, though Jesus resisted his insistence that he leave Israel. Yet in the end Pilate gave Jesus over to his murderers because he feared accusations might be brought against him to Caesar by the toadies of Rome, the high priest, his father-in-law and much of the Sanhedrin.

The priests, the scribes and Pharisees…intend to take your life. Because, they say, that you have sworn to tear their temple down; to change the laws that Moses gave; to exile Pharisee and priest and seat yourself upon a throne. And they aver that you are fully in league with Rome. What a list of absurdities! Jesus had no interest in any of these things, especially not to change the Law of Moses into a new law as contemporary Christians claim. Jesus brought to Israel not a new religion but the primal revelation of the Indian sages that transcended all the superstitions cloaked as religions. Yet after his departure from Israel we see that his disciples entered into a betrayal much more shameful than that of Judas. They made a reconciliation with the ignorant religious system Jesus had disproved when he was only twelve years of age, claiming that he had renewed it by becoming a blood sacrifice to appease God. What a monstrous, blasphemous claim. So today everyone thinks Jesus’ mission was to create a reformed, spiritualized Judaism.

They sat beneath an olive tree, and Jesus opened up the mysteries of life to Peter, James and John. He said, The Spirit of eternity is One unmanifest; and this is God the Father, God the Mother, God the Son in One. In life of manifests the One became the Three, and God the Father is the God of might; and God the Mother is omniscient God, and God the Son is love. And God the Father is the power of heaven and earth; and God the Mother is the Holy Breath, the thought of heaven and earth; and God the Son, the only son, is Christ, and Christ is love. I came as man to manifest this love to men,

As man I have been subject unto all the trials and temptations of the human race; but I have overcome the flesh, with all its passions and its appetites. What I have done all men can do. And I am now about to demonstrate the power of man to conquer death; for every man is God made flesh.

I will lay down my life, and I will take it up again, that you may know the mysteries of life, of death, and of the resurrection of the dead. I lay me down in flesh, but I will rise in spirit form with power to manifest myself so mortal eyes can see. So in a trinity of days I will show forth the all of life, the all of death, the meaning of the resurrection of the dead. And what I do all men can do.

And you, my three, who constitute the inner circle of the Church of Christ, will show to men the attributes of all the Gods. And Peter shall make known the Power of God; and James shall show the Thought of God; and John shall demonstrate the Love of God. Be not afraid of men, for you have been sent forth to do the mighty works of God the Father, God the Mother, God the Son. And all the powers of carnal life cannot destroy your life until your work is done. I leave you now, and I will go out in the darkness all alone and talk with God. By sorrow I am overwhelmed, I leave you here to watch with me. (Aquarian Gospel 163:30-47)

The Spirit of eternity is One unmanifest; and this is God the Father, God the Mother, God the Son in One. In life of manifests the One became the Three, and God the Father is the God of might; and God the Mother is omniscient God, and God the Son is love. And God the Father is the power of heaven and earth; and God the Mother is the Holy Breath, the thought of heaven and earth; and God the Son, the only son, is Christ, and Christ is love. God never changes. If he is triune, then he has been triune from eternity. And Jesus clearly states that here. The unmanifest is one and three simultaneously even before there is manifestation.

When manifestation occurred, the triune nature of God was revealed. God the Father is power in the sense of being the substratum of power behind all things. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is knowledge and wisdom. God the Son is love because he holds every atom of creation in his consciousness and wills their evolution and return to the Father as divine sons.

I came as man to manifest this love to men. As man I have been subject unto all the trials and temptations of the human race; but I have overcome the flesh, with all its passions and its appetites. What I have done all men can do. Jesus had long ago passed from humanity to perfect divinity, but he returned to us in a mortal, limited body because he was to show to other humans the pattern of loving sacrifice that must be followed by us all. Since Jesus assumed all the condition of a human being he has proved that we can follow him without excuse. That, too, is a matter of love.

And I am now about to demonstrate the power of man to conquer death; for every man is God made flesh. Our immortality is evidence of our innate divinity through which death can be conquered.

I will lay down my life, and I will take it up again, that you may know the mysteries of life, of death, and of the resurrection of the dead. Life, death and resurrection are not just conditions, but powers possessed by each human being. We know this because Jesus has demonstrated this. It is not easy to keep in mind when studying the life of great Christs such as Jesus and Buddha that they are showing us human potential, because their divinity is so much in the foreground and our divinity is so much in the background and even invisible. So we think that to equate ourselves with them is arrogance and blasphemy. But to do otherwise is ignorance and blasphemy of ourselves.

I lay me down in flesh, but I will rise in spirit form with power to manifest myself so mortal eyes can see. Jesus’ body was completely transmuted into divine consciousness. It was no longer material but spiritual, yet that does not mean it was a mere appearance, a phantom. Just the opposite: it was in the condition of total reality, for spirit alone is ultimately real.

So in a trinity of days I will show forth the all of life, the all of death, the meaning of the resurrection of the dead. Life and death are but alternating steps in the journey of the spirit that ends in the transmutation of both into changeless immortality that is resurrection into Spirit.

And what I do all men can do. This needs no comment, but I did not want to put it with the other statements so the point Jesus is making will be absolutely clear. Jesus is showing to the world the power of humanity which is innately divine. Our lives in gas, mineral, plant, animal, human and superhuman forms are dreams. Rising to divinity is the only real awakening.

And you, my three, who constitute the inner circle of the Church of Christ, will show to men the attributes of all the Gods. And Peter shall make known the Power of God; and James shall show the Thought of God; and John shall demonstrate the Love of God. This was done both in the teaching and the daily life of each of the three. So powerful was Saint Peter that his shadow cured the sick. So wise in the mysteries of God was Saint James that he was the head of the first Christine community. Saint John throughout his life wrote and spoke of the love of God, and the last words he spoke on earth were: “My little children, love one another” as his deified body dissolved into light and was pure spirit. (It is this “transmogrification” alone that Taoists consider proof of the ultimate attainment.) All three wrote epistles found in the Bible that reflect the traits Jesus attributed to each.

Be not afraid of men, for you have been sent forth to do the mighty works of God the Father, God the Mother, God the Son. And all the powers of carnal life cannot destroy your life until your work is done. I leave you now, and I will go out in the darkness all alone and talk with God. By sorrow I am overwhelmed, I leave you here to watch with me.

Then Jesus went three hundred cubits toward the east, and fell upon his face and prayed; he said, My God! my God! is there a way by which I may escape the horrors of the coming hours? My human flesh shrinks back; my soul is firm; so not my will, but thine, O God, be done. In agony he prayed; the strain upon the human form was great; his veins were burst asunder, and his brow was bathed in blood.

And then he went back to the three, and found them all asleep; he said, O Simon, Simon, do you sleep! Could you not watch with me a single hour? Be vigilant, and watch and pray that your temptations be not too great for you to bear. I know the spirit is alert and willing; but the flesh is weak.

And then he went again and prayed, O Father, God! if I must drink this bitter cup, give me the strength of soul; for not my will, but thine be done.

And then he went again to his disciples; lo, he found them still asleep. He wakened them and said to James, Have you been sleeping while your master has been wrestling with the greatest foe of men? Could you not watch with me a single hour?

And then he went again and prayed. O God, I yield to thee; thy will be done.

And then again he went back to the three, and still they slept. He said to John, With all the love you have for me, could you not watch with me a single hour?

And then he said, It is enough; the hour has come, and my betrayer is at hand; arise and let us go. And when they came again to Kidron, lo, the eight disciples were asleep, and Jesus said, You men, awake; behold, for the betrayer of the son of man is come. (Aquarian Gospel 163:44-61)

My human flesh shrinks back; my soul is firm;…I know the spirit is alert and willing; but the flesh is weak. This is an important lesson. The body often seems to have an existence completely independent of the mind (buddhi: intelligence) and spirit. Its drive for preservation of physical life is a powerful, even overwhelming, instinct. Therefore we must never think that our aspirations and inspirations are invincible. In a moment the body can sweep them away. Tremendous will is always a necessity at every step of spiritual life.

In agony he prayed; the strain upon the human form was great; his veins were burst asunder, and his brow was bathed in blood. If this great effort and concentration of will were necessary for Jesus, they are certainly necessary for us. Jesus has not done everything for us, nor has he made anything easy. Make no mistake: we must all tread the path he trod.

And then he went again and prayed, O Father, God! if I must drink this bitter cup, give me the strength of soul; for not my will, but thine be done. We cannot depend on ourselves alone. We need the infinite power and grace of God. True, we are divine, but finitely so. In the last steps of the Great Journey we require the assistance of Infinite Divinity to persevere and reach the Goal.

Have you been sleeping while your master has been wrestling with the greatest foe of men? The greatest foe of men is not “the devil” but humanity itself. For spiritual life leads to the “death” of humanity in the revelation of our divinity. Being a human being has become a habit with us, and the body has powerful subliminal impulses to sustain it. Even great masters must sometimes contend with this power. Patanjali wrote in Yoga Sutras 2:9: “Abhinivesha is the strong desire for life which dominates even the learned.” Abhinivesha is the desperate will to live rising from false identification of the Self with the body; an instinctive and unreasoning clinging to life and a dread of death. Even great yogis can have a subconscious impression (samskara) of this but they can master it. Two examples are given in Autobiography of a Yogi.

Lahiri Mahasaya encouraged Sri Yukteswar to attend the Kumbha Mela at Allahabad in January, 1894. There he met Mahavatar Babaji. Later, when he met with Lahiri Mahasaya in Benares the following occured:

“‘Gurudeva, the divine master asked me to give you a message. “Tell Lahiri,” he said, “that the stored-up power for this life now runs low; it is nearly finished.”’

“At my utterance of these enigmatic words, Lahiri Mahasaya’s figure trembled as though touched by a lightning current. In an instant everything about him fell silent; his smiling countenance turned incredibly stern. Like a wooden statue, somber and immovable in its seat, his body became colorless. I was alarmed and bewildered. Never in my life had I seen this joyous soul manifest such awful gravity. The other disciples present stared apprehensively.

“Three hours passed in utter silence. Then Lahiri Mahasaya resumed his natural, cheerful demeanor, and spoke affectionately to each of the chelas. Everyone sighed in relief.

“I realized by my master’s reaction that Babaji’s message had been an unmistakable signal by which Lahiri Mahasaya understood that his body would soon be untenanted. His awesome silence proved that my guru had instantly controlled his being, cut his last cord of attachment to the material world, and fled to his ever-living identity in Spirit.”

When Yogananda returned to India in 1935 the following conversation took place.

“Arrangements were recently made for Master to visit Kidderpore [a section of Calcutta], but he failed to go.” Amulaya Babu, a brother disciple, made this remark to me one afternoon; I felt a cold wave of premonition. To my pressing inquiries, Sri Yukteswar only replied, “I shall go to Kidderpore no more.” For a moment, Master trembled like a frightened child.

(“Attachment to bodily residence, springing up of its own nature [i.e., arising from immemorial roots, past experiences of death],” Patanjali wrote, “is present in slight degree even in great saints.” In some of his discourses on death, my guru had been wont to add: “Just as a long-caged bird hesitates to leave its accustomed home when the door is opened.”)

Jesus had been struggling with abhinivesha; and so must we all some day.

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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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