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Chapter One Hundred Ten

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 122 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

And Miriam stood before the surging crowd, and casting up her eyes to heaven she sung anew the song of victory:

Bring forth the harp, the vina and the lyre; bring forth the highest sounding cymbal, all ye choirs of heaven. Join in the song, the new, new song.

The Lord of hosts has stooped to hear the cries of men, and lo, the citadel of Beelzebub is shaking as a leaf before the wind.

The sword of Gideon is again unsheathed.

The Lord, with his own hand has pulled far back the curtains of the night; the sun of truth is flooding heaven and earth;

The demons of the dark, of ignorance and death, are fleeing fast; are disappearing as the dew beneath the morning sun.

God is our strength and song; is our salvation and our hope, and we will build anew a house for him;

Will cleanse our hearts, and purify their chambers, every one. We are the temple of the Holy Breath.

We need no more a tent within the wilderness; no more a temple built with hands.

We do not seek the Holy Land, nor yet Jerusalem.

We are the tent of God; we are his temple built without the sound of edged tools.

We are the Holy Land; we are the New Jerusalem; Allelujah, praise the Lord! (Aquarian Gospel 110:1-12)

And Miriam stood before the surging crowd, and casting up her eyes to heaven she sung anew the song of victory.

Spiritual song was her exalted ministry. This was only possible because she was totally dedicated to God, none other. If she and Jesus had failed in the test in the temple (chapter fifty-three) and become mythical soulmates, neither of them could ever have accomplished their true missions in life. Think of a world devoid of the saving example, power and living presence of Jesus! So it would have been if he and Miriam had shamefully loved themselves more than God. Then the world would have another guilty pair mired in materiality and sensual life, resenting monastics and shrilly holding forth on how their (downward) “path” is just as right and good as that of monks and nuns. Just two more mediocrities destined to eventually fade away and be forgotten by the world they clung to and served. We can profitably look once more on the triumph of Jesus and Miriam:

“Then [Jesus] said, Lo, I have conquered every foe that I have met, and shall I now be conquered by this carnal love? My Father sent me here to show the power of love divine, that love that reaches every living thing. Shall this pure, universal love be all absorbed by carnal love? Shall I forget all creatures else, and lose my life in this fair maiden, though she is the highest type of beauty, purity and love?

“Into its very depths his soul was stirred, and long he wrestled with this angel-idol of his heart. But when the day was almost lost, his higher ego rose in might; he found himself again, and then he said, Although my heart shall break I will not fail in this my hardest task; I will be victor over carnal love.

“And when again the maiden came, and offered him her hand and heart, he said, Fair one, your very presence thrills me with delight; your voice is benediction to my soul; my human self would fly with you, and be contented in your love; but all the world is craving for a love that I have come to manifest. I must, then, bid you go; but we will meet again; our ways on earth will not be cast apart. I see you in the hurrying throngs of earth as minister of love; I hear your voice in song, that wins the hearts of men to better things.

“And then in sorrow and in tears the maiden went away, and Jesus was again alone. And instantly the great bells of the temple rang; the singers sung a new, new song; the grotto blazed with light. The hierophant himself appeared, and said, All hail! triumphant Logos, hail! The conqueror of carnal love stands on the heights. And then he placed in Jesus’ hands a scroll on which was written, LOVE DIVINE” (Aquarian Gospel 53:18-32).

What a glorious victory, a victory that lives on in the hearts and lives of his true disciples. Even Nikos Kazantzakis in The Last Temptation of Christ understood what the Aquarian Gospel declares to us.

Bring forth the harp, the vina and the lyre; bring forth the highest sounding cymbal, all ye choirs of heaven. Join in the song, the new, new song. Yes; the song of God’s eternal love is the ever-new song.

The Lord of hosts has stooped to hear the cries of men, and lo, the citadel of Beelzebub is shaking as a leaf before the wind. In Jesus the love of God for mankind was blazing forth and liberating those who took refuge in him from the deadly prison of the world.

The sword of Gideon is again unsheathed. “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Yet it was conquering the world. The spirit always vanquishes the material, just as in the following account of Gideon.

“And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

“And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

“So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled” (Judges 7:13-21).

The Lord, with his own hand has pulled far back the curtains of the night; the sun of truth is flooding heaven and earth; the demons of the dark, of ignorance and death, are fleeing fast; are disappearing as the dew beneath the morning sun. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). The Only-begotten of the Father is both Word and Will. Abiding in the heart of all things he produces the cosmic drama of evolution and devolution. He both pulls back and draws the curtains of Light according to what phase of evolution the creation is entering. In the advent of Jesus Christ the Light that is Life was being made manifest. As a magnifying glass focuses the rays of the sun, in the same way a perfected son of God relays the holy Light to all within creation, shining from within, from the core of their being. There is no way the Light an be resisted for it is coming from within all things.

God is our strength and song; is our salvation and our hope, and we will build anew a house for him; will cleanse our hearts, and purify their chambers, every one. We are the temple of the Holy Breath. God “dwelleth not in temples made with hands” (Acts 7:48; 17:24). But true temples of God, purified by the Divine Presence within, can now be raised to the glory of God. All those who live in the Light shall be living temples. For “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God has no houses, only sons. Being ourselves spirits, he can dwell in us.

We need no more a tent within the wilderness; no more a temple built with hands. We do not seek the Holy Land, nor yet Jerusalem. We are the tent of God; we are his temple built without the sound of edged tools. We are the Holy Land; we are the New Jerusalem; Allelujah, praise the Lord! “With my spirit within me will I seek thee” and find thee within, for thou, my Father, and I are one (Isaiah 26:9; John 10:30).

And when the song was done the multitudes exclaimed, Praise God.

And Jesus said, Behold the way! The sons of men have groped for ages in the darkness of Egyptian night. The Pharaohs of sense have bound them with their chains. But God has whispered through the mists of time and told them of a land of liberty and love. And he has sent his Logos forth to light the way.

The Red Sea rolls between the promised land and Egypt’s sands. The Red Sea is the carnal mind. Behold, the Logos reaches out his hand; the sea divides; the carnal mind is reft in twain; the sons of men walk through dry shod. The Pharaohs of sense would stay them in their flight; the waters of the sea return; the Pharaohs of sense are lost and men are free.

For just a little while men tread the wilderness of Sin; the Logos leads the way; and when at last men stand upon the Jordan’s brink, these waters stay, and men step forth into their own” (Aquarian Gospel 110:13-24)

The sons of men have groped for ages in the darkness of Egyptian night. The Pharaohs of sense have bound them with their chains. Material consciousness both blinds and binds us.

But God has whispered through the mists of time and told them of a land of liberty and love. In the form of intuition the subtle whisper of God from the eternal core of our being has awakened us to higher possibilities of life.

And he has sent his Logos forth to light the way. From without God has sent master-teachers, themselves embodiments of light, to speak to our intellects and to show us the way by their example.

The Red Sea rolls between the promised land and Egypt’s sands. The Red Sea is the carnal mind. The mind both separates us from our divine heritage and leads to it.

Behold, the Logos reaches out his hand; the sea divides; the carnal mind is reft in twain; the sons of men walk through dry shod. But when the truth brought by the master teachers enters our mind, it opens before us and no longer impedes us but becomes itself the path.

The Pharaohs of sense would stay them in their flight; the waters of the sea return; the Pharaohs of sense are lost and men are free. The freed and illumined intelligence dissolves the bonds of sense and ignorance, setting us free.

For just a little while men tread the wilderness of Sin; the Logos leads the way; and when at last men stand upon the Jordan’s brink, these waters stay, and men step forth into their own. Our own enlightened mind leads us into and out of the ways of spiritual endeavor until it, too, parts and passes away and we enter into pure spirit consciousness that is our true Self and are free.

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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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