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Chapter One Hundred Thirty Three

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The harvest feast drew near; the twelve went to Jerusalem, but Jesus did not go with them; he tarried in Capernaum. Among the multitudes that followed him were many who went not up to the feast; they were not Jews. And Jesus called three-score-and-ten of these disciples unto him and said, The kingdom of the Christ is not for Jews alone; it is for every man. Lo, I have chosen twelve to preach the gospel, first unto the Jews; and they are Jews. Twelve is the number of the Jew and seven the number of the all, including every man. God is the ten, the holy Jod. When God and man are multiplied we have three-score-and-ten, the number of the brotherhood of man. (Aquarian Gospel 133:1-7)

Here we see that there is a sacred Christian numerology and may assume that there is sacred measurement, as well. Western and Eastern Christians differ somewhat in those things. For example, in the East numbers that relate to years in Jesus’ life or events from his life are considered sacred, but I have not found this to be so in the West even among esoteric Christians. Altars in the East are traditionally thirty-eight-inch cubes. These are considered to be formed of four nineteen-inch cubes. This is based on the fact that there are nineteen possible dates for Pascha (Easter). The four cubes represent the four grosser elements, excluding ether. In the West, on the other hand, there is no special measurement for the width or depth of an altar, but forty inches is by far the most usual height, and the number forty occurs very many times in the Bible.

And now I send you forth by twos and twos; not to the Jews alone, but unto every nation under heaven; to Greek and to Assyrian; to the Samaritan; to those beyond the seas; to every man. You need not go afar, for men of every land are here and in Samaria. Arise and go your way; but go in faith; and take no gold nor silver in your purse; no extra coat or shoes. Go in the sacred name; trust God and you will never come to want. And let this be your salutation everywhere, Peace be to all; good will to all. And if the son of peace be in the house, the door will open wide and you will enter in; and then the holy peace will rest upon that house. (Aquarian Gospel 133:8-13)

Go in the sacred name; trust God and you will never come to want. Those who invoke the Holy Name of God (Om) with faith will always come through ultimately, even if there are tests and setbacks along the way.

And let this be your salutation everywhere, Peace be to all; good will to all. And if the son of peace be in the house, the door will open wide and you will enter in; and then the holy peace will rest upon that house. This makes me think of the number of times I have seen preachers in church and on street corners shouting and threatening judgment on their hearers. But Jesus’ message is peace and good will to all. Respect for all their hearers and not aggressiveness is required of those who would truly represent him.

There is no place for coercion in Christ’s Gospel, for the exercise of free (not frightened, bamboozled or brainwashed) will is necessary every step of the way. If someone has not awakened to the need for spiritual life, they should be blessed, treated kindly and allowed to go on their way. We all passed through that condition in the past and they will do so in the future. Literally it is All In Good Time: in God’s Time.

Those who are able to receive the wisdom of God will do so. Those who do not, are not ready, and it is unjust to demand anything of them. Freedom is an essential in spiritual life.

The seventy in twos went forth; they went into Samaria, and as they went they said, Peace be to all; good will to all! Repent and turn from sin, and set your house in order, for a son of man who bears the image of the Christ, will come, and you may see his face. They entered every village of Samaria; they preached in Tyre and in Sidon by the sea. Some went to Crete, and others into Greece, and others went to Gilead and taught. (Aquarian Gospel 133:14-16)

The seventy in twos went forth. This is a matter of practical wisdom. If no one accepts their message at least one person is there to support them, and if any problems develop are there to help them.

Repent and turn from sin, and set your house in order, for a son of man who bears the image of the Christ, will come, and you may see his face. This is of extraordinary importance for it shows the basis for the observance of all the rules of spiritual life: the purification needed for refinement of the aspirant’s bodies so he can directly experience truth for himself. If it takes one to know one, then it takes one to recognize a saint or avatar. Anyone who is attracted to a holy person is themselves holy, otherwise there would be no attraction. It is a matter of magnetism, and magnetism is a matter of sympathetic vibration. “Hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5) presupposes an affinity (even an identity) of nature with the divine messenger.

And Jesus, all alone, went to the feast by the Samaria way; and as he went through Sychar on the way, the lepers saw him and a company of ten called from afar and said, Lord Jesus, stay and speak the Word for us that we may be made clean. And Jesus said, Go forth and show yourselves unto the priests. They went, and as they went their leprosy was healed. One of the ten, a native of Samaria, returned to thank the master and to praise the Lord. And Jesus said to him, Lo, ten were cleansed; where are the nine? Arise, and go your way; your faith has made you whole. You have revealed your heart and shown that you are worthy of the power; behold the nine will find again their leprous hands and feet. (Aquarian Gospel 133:17-22)

Virtue is its own reward in a manner not usually comprehended by people. Gratitude is not just a noble response, it is a locking in of benefit received, without which the benefit will be eventually lost. It is totally pragmatic, though certainly virtuous. For Jesus was not censuring or cursing the ungrateful lepers when he said: “The nine will find again their leprous hands and feet.” He is just stating a simple law of the universe, of relative existence itself.

So those who seek healing or any other benefit must cultivate the virtue of gratitude if they wish to receive and retain what they desire.

And Jesus went his way, and while the feast was on he came into Jerusalem, and went into the temple courts. And he rebuked the scribes and Pharisees, the priests and doctors of the law for their hypocrisy and selfishness. The common people were amazed; they said, From whence has come the wisdom of this man? he speaks as speaks a sage. And Jesus said, I did not learn the wisdom of the Holy One within the schools of men; my teaching is not mine; I speak the words of him who sent me here to do his will. If any man would know whereof I speak, lo, he must do the will of God. No man can know except he enters into life and does the will of God. Now, Moses gave the law; but none of you have kept the law; how can you judge the worthiness of any man? Once in these courts I healed a man upon a Sabbath day, and in a rage you sought to take my life; and now because I tell the truth you seek again to take my life. A scribe spoke out and said, You foolish man, you are obsessed; who wants to take your life? The common people said, Is this not Jesus whom the rulers long have sought to kill? and now he comes and teaches in the temple courts. If he is guilty of such monstrous crimes, why do they not take him away in chains? And Jesus said, You all know me, and know from whence I came; but you know not the God who sent me here, whose words I speak. (Aquarian Gospel 133:23-33)

I did not learn the wisdom of the Holy One within the schools of men; my teaching is not mine; I speak the words of him who sent me here to do his will. And this would not be possible if I were not like him in nature, having uncovered that divine essence within myself by inner evolution of consciousness.

If any man would know whereof I speak, lo, he must do the will of God. No man can know except he enters into life and does the will of God. The holy life spoken of by Buddha so often is absolutely necessary. Such a life is a perfect extension of our own holiness and perfection. The great masters have found liberation through practical means and have passed them on to us. If we do not apply them as they did, nothing of value will result. It is all in our hands.

You all know me, and know from whence I came; but you know not the God who sent me here, whose words I speak. But to truly follow Jesus we must start refining and elevating our consciousness so we, too, can know the Father. For Jesus cannot convey the truth of the Father by words or emotions. We must gain direct experience of God ourselves. Only by discovering our own Christhood will we recognize, know and follow the Christ in any other great soul (mahatma).

The multitudes again stood forth in his defense; they said, if this is not the Christ whom God has promised to reveal to men, will he do greater works when he shall come than does this man? The Pharisees and ruling priests were angered and they sent their officers to take him e’er he went away. The officers were filled with fear; they seized him not. And Jesus said, lo, I am here but for a little time and then I go my way to him who sent me here to do his will. You seek me now and you can find me now; the time will come when you will seek and will not find, for where I go you cannot come. The people said, Where will he go that men can find him not? Will he go forth to Greece and teach the Greeks? or will he go to Egypt or Assyria to teach? But Jesus answered not; unnoticed by the multitudes he left the temple courts and went his way. (Aquarian Gospel 133:34-38)

So it always is.

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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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