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Chapter One Hundred Thirty Four

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Now, on the last day of the feast when multitudes were in the courtways, Jesus said, Whoever is athirst may come to me and drink. He who believes in me and in the Christ whom God has sent, may drink the cup of life, and from his inner parts shall streams of living waters flow. The Holy Breath will overshadow him, and he will breathe the Breath, and speak the words, and live the life.

The people were divided in their views concerning him. Some said, This man is prophet of the living God. And others said, He is Messiah whom our prophets said would come. And others said, He cannot be the Christ, for he came down from Galilee; the Christ must come from Bethlehem where David lived. (Aquarian Gospel 134:1-7)

He who believes in me and in the Christ whom God has sent, may drink the cup of life, and from his inner parts shall streams of living waters flow. Since there is a very definite distinction made between Jesus and Christ, we may reasonably infer that those who confuse the two are not really perfect disciples of Jesus or perfect Christians. Their Christology is erroneous and misleading and cannot lead to spiritual benefit. Further, those who do accept this view and act upon it by the empowerment of the Sacraments and the transmuting power of meditation on Om, will themselves become sources of the water of life to others. They, too, will be Christs, which is the original purpose of Christianity as a spiritual system. They will be both awakened and awakeners.

The Holy Breath will overshadow him, and he will breathe the Breath, and speak the words, and live the life. Saint John of Kronstadt spoke many times of the fact that the saints, the “just men made perfect” (Hebrews 12:23), breathe the Holy Spirit, are eternally established in the Holy Spirit and one with her. Therefore they “speak the words and live the life” of the Holy Spirit. They are indeed gods.

He cannot be the Christ, for he came down from Galilee; the Christ must come from Bethlehem where David lived. Here we see how it is possible to cite valid spiritual authority such as the scriptures to prove a false view. Just look at all the “Bible-based” churches around us, including many called “Bible Church.” There is no substitute for spiritual evolution and God-knowledge (Brahmajnana).

Again the priests and Pharisees sent officers to bring him into court to answer for his life; but when the officers returned and brought him not, the rulers were enraged and said, Why did you not arrest this man and hale him into court? The officers replied, We never heard a man speak like this man speaks. In rage the Pharisees stood forth and said, Have you gone mad? Have you been led astray? Are you disciples of this man? Have any of the rulers, or the Pharisees believed on him? The common people! yes, they may believe; they are accursed; they know not anything. But Nicodemus came before the rulers and he said, Can Jewish judges judge a man and sentence him until they hear his plea? Let Jesus stand before this bar and testify himself. The rulers said, This Jesus is a wily man, and if we suffer him to speak, he will rebuke us face to face, and then the multitudes will laugh and stand in his defense. And then you know, as well as we, that prophets do not come from Galilee. The rulers felt the force of what the officers and Nicodemus said, and they said nothing more. (Aquarian Gospel 134:8-16)

The fact that henchmen of the Sanhedrin could recognize there was something rare and even awesome about Jesus, whereas the priests and Pharisees could not, shows that religious belief can blind the mind to spiritual realities. We also see how only ignorant and deluded people think that the proof of a spiritual teaching is in “the right people” accepting it. See how religion traffics in endorsements from renowned people as though the religion is toothpaste, a mere commodity. It is amazing the number of celebrities, scientists, and politicians that are attracted by outrageous cults. That tells us something.

In the final sentence of this section we see that the enemies of Jesus knew in their hearts that what the officers and Nicodemus said to them was true. This we always find, too. The most virulent enemies of holy teachers and teachings in their hearts know they are holy and hate them for it. Their rejection is totally and consciously evil.

And then the people went their way, each to his home; but Jesus went unto Mount Olives where he spent the night in prayer. But in the morning when the sun had scarcely risen, Jesus came again, and many people came to see him in the temple courts, and he sat down and taught the multitudes. The Pharisees and scribes were still alert to find a cause whereby they might condemn him by the words he spoke.

The officers had taken in the very act of crime, a courtesan. As Jesus taught, they brought this woman and set her in the midst and said, Rabboni, this vile woman has been taken in adultery. The law of Moses says that such as she shall die, be stoned to death; what do you say should be her punishment? And Jesus stooped and made a figure on the ground and in it placed the number of a soul, and then he sat in silent thought. And when the priests demanded that he speak, he said, Let him who has no sin stand forth and be the first to cast a stone at her. And then he closed his eyes, and not a word was said. When he arose and saw the woman all alone he said, Where are the men who brought you here? they who accused? The woman said, They all are gone; no one was here who could condemn. And Jesus said, And I condemn you not; go on your way in peace, and sin no more. (Aquarian Gospel 134:17-27)

The Pharisees and scribes were still alert to find a cause whereby they might condemn him by the words he spoke. This is always the way with conscious, intentional enemies of truth: they hate and plot to destroy. They do not misunderstand: they know they are destroying truth–or attempting to. I can cite a particularly telling example. Beyond Calipatria, California, there is an area colloquially called Slab City. In that area there is a mountain known as Salvation Mountain that has been turned into a kind of spiritual sculpture (yes; the whole mountain) by a man we became close friends with. Genuinely devoted to Jesus and pure of heart, he was dearly loved by us. Interestingly, although our understanding of Christianity was vastly different from his, which was simple Fundamentalism, we got along with him perfectly, whereas other Fundamentalists were always picking little, nitty disagreements with him. In fact, we were his only true friends, and he sometimes remarked in surprise about the wonderful harmony we had. On one visit he told us that the enemies of God and Christ continually were thinking up reasons why the mountain should be destroyed. (It was really a big dirt hill and could with effort be leveled.) Naturally they used their favorite deity, The Environment, as a lever, but testing always proved the mountain was not a hazard in any way. Finally a big push was made in the California legislature, which before any investigation voted one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars to dismantle Salvation Mountain–and this despite the fact that many artistic associations and museums in both America and Europe, who considered it a national treasure, had written in the mountain’s defense. (Many art books had been made of photographs of the mountain here and abroad.) Once again the enemies of right were defeated, but the motives were clear: hatred of God and believers.

Jesus stooped and made a figure on the ground and in it placed the number of a soul, and then he sat in silent thought. Just what this figure and the number were is unknown. In Chapter One Hundred Thirty Three it is said that Seven is the number of the human being. Considering there are seven chakras corresponding to the seven levels of the creation, this is a viable speculation. Whichever it may be, Jesus is setting before himself the divine, eternal nature of the person in contrast to the “big sinner” attitude of the woman’s accusers. And he dealt with the matter in this perspective, as must we if we would not do harm. It is not easy to look at any of us and think of the divine image, much less see it, but nevertheless it is the only right viewpoint.

The Bhagavad Gita says: “The Lord lives in the heart of every creature” (Bhagavad Gita 18:61). So when we deal with a human being we are dealing with God himself. He is seated right inside there, experiencing everything that person is experiencing. When we speak to anyone we are also speaking to God, and when we do something to a person we are doing it to God, as well. No wonder Jesus, who was one with the Father, said: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). And to Paul who was persecuting the Christians, Jesus said: “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest” (Acts 9:5).

I condemn you not; go on your way in peace, and sin no more. This incident does not prove that sin is inconsequential and its reality to be denied. Otherwise Jesus would not have told the woman: “Sin no more.” His mercy healed her soul and cured her of the impulse to sin if she strove to fulfill his counsel. It was up to her to make it effective by her response. The same is true of us all through our spiritual life from the beginning to the end.

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The Aquarian Gospel—Commentary and Text

The Aquarian Gospel for Awakening—A Commentary on the Aquarian Gospel
by Swami Nirmalananda Giri (Abbot George Burke)

  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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