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Chapter One Hundred Twenty Four

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 136 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

The twelve apostles now had reached the stage of spirit consciousness, and Jesus could reveal to them the deeper meanings of his mission to the world. Next week the great feast of the Jews would be observed, and Matthew said, Shall we not gird ourselves and go unto Jerusalem? But Jesus said, We will not go up to the feast; the time is short and I have many things to say to you; come you apart into a desert place and rest a while. And then they took their boats and crossed the sea, and came into a desert place near Julius Bethsaida. The people saw them go, and in vast multitudes they followed them. And Jesus had compassion on the anxious throng, and he stood forth and taught them all the day, because they sought a light and were like sheep without a fold. (Aquarian Gospel 124:1-6)

The twelve apostles now had reached the stage of spirit consciousness, and Jesus could reveal to them the deeper meanings of his mission to the world. Origen the great writer and teacher of the third century said that there are two kinds of people in this world: bodies and spirits. Most live the life of the body in the consciousness of the body, but there are those whose consciousness has developed beyond the body into the spirit. Most religion is only a matter of ideas and observances, but it is mistaken for spiritual life so we rarely find religions whose avowed purpose is to awaken the spirit. Jesus the yogi understood and helped his disciples to awaken into spirit consciousness. Only then could they comprehend his mission in this world.

And Jesus had compassion on the anxious throng, and he stood forth and taught them all the day, because they sought a light and were like sheep without a fold. The people were not just without a shepherd, a teacher, they were without a religion, a fold. What they thought was religion was misinterpretation and superstition, a power structure empty of real spiritual knowledge. According to the Bhavishya Mahapurana, a Sanskrit history of Kashmir, when Jesus met the king of Kashmir in the Himalayas after having returned to India, he told the king: “I come from a land far away, where there is no truth, and evil knows no limits.” So we cannot doubt that Jesus considered the people of Israel in general at that time to be without any real religion. And this passage of the Aquarian Gospel bears it out. This may seem very harsh, but at the time Jesus was speaking the Essenes had left Israel and gone into Egypt to escape the Roman destruction that they knew would come upon the land. So with the esoteric element absent from Israel it really was devoid of truth and susceptible to all forms of evil. For that reason Jerusalem was later literally overthrown and not a single stone remained on top of another.

And as the night came on the twelve were doubting what the multitudes would do, and Thomas said, Lord, we are in a desert place; the multitudes have naught to eat and they are faint from lack of food; what shall we do? And Jesus said, Go to and feed the multitudes. And Judas said, Shall we go down and buy two hundred pennies’ worth of bread for them to eat? And Jesus said, Go look into our larder and see how many loaves we have. And Andrew said, We have no bread, but we have found a lad who has five barley loaves and two small fish; but this would not be food enough for one in ten. But Jesus said, Command these people all to sit upon the grass in companies of twelve; and they all sat down in companies of twelve. Then Jesus took the loaves and fish, and looking up to heaven he spoke the sacred Word. And then he broke the bread and gave it to the twelve; he also gave the fish unto the twelve, and said, Go to and feed the multitudes. And all the people ate and were refreshed. There were about five thousand men, a company of little ones, and women not a few. And when the people all were filled the master said, Let not a crumb be lost; Go to and gather up the pieces of the bread and fish for others that may want. They gathered up the fragments and they filled twelve baskets full. The people were bewildered by this wondrous act of power; they said, And now we know that Jesus is the prophet that our prophets said would come; and then they said, All hail the king! (Aquarian Gospel 124:7-21)

Then Jesus took the loaves and fish, and looking up to heaven he spoke the sacred Word. Multiplication of food and other resources is not unknown in India. For example, at the tomb-shrine of Ram Jwala Baba in Western India, every day enough food for three hundred people is cooked for the devotees who come there. But at least five hundred people, and often much more, are fed every day to their fill. An Indian friend who had witnessed this many times told me about it. I visited an ashram whose founder once told a disciple to feed a goodly number of people who had arrived late at night. When the disciple protested that there was nothing in the kitchen, not even uncooked items, the saint took her into the kitchen and showed her a cooking pot that had fragments of rice and vegetables sticking to the side. “Dish it up,” the saint said and sat in a corner watching. To the woman’s astonishment as she kept scraping and scraping she took abundant food from the pot and fed the entire group. Once I went on an overnight trip with some friends. The driver was very generous and filled the car with gas, paying for it himself. When we got back home another friend offered to fill up the car with gas. But the gas gauge showed that the tank was still full! When the friend insisted, saying the gauge must be stuck, we went to the gas station where not even a cup more could be put into the tank. All that driving had not used up a drop. Such things happen throughout the world when people have the right consciousness.

When Jesus heard them say, All hail the king! he called the twelve and bade them take their boats and go before him to the other side; and he went all alone into a mountain pass to pray. (Aquarian Gospel 124:22, 23)

Jesus shows us just how little we should value or respond to the praise of the worldly, especially when it is based on their material gain. People seem to always have loved the idea of a welfare state that would take care of their needs and relieve them of all responsibility, even though it never works.

The twelve were on the sea and hoped to reach Capernaum in just a little time, when all at once a fearful storm arose, and they were at the mercy of the waves. And in the fourth watch of the night the wind became a whirling wind, and they were filled with fear. And in the blinding storm they saw a form move on the waves; it seemed to be a man, one spoke out and said, It is a ghost, a sign of evil things. But John discerned the form and said, It is the Lord. And then the wind blew not so hard, and Peter, standing in the midst, exclaimed: My Lord! my Lord! If this be truly you, bid me to come to you upon the waves. The form reached forth his hand and said, Come on. And Peter stepped upon the waves and they were solid as a rock; he walked upon the waves. He walked until he thought within himself, What if the waves should break beneath my feet? And then the waves did break beneath his feet, and he began to sink, and in the fearfulness of soul he cried, O save me, Lord, or I am lost! And Jesus took him by the hand and said, O you of little faith! why did you doubt? And Jesus led the way unto the boat. The storm had spent its force; the winds were still, and they were near the shore, and when they landed they were in the valley of Gennesaret. (Aquarian Gospel 124:24-35)

But John discerned the form and said, It is the Lord. Though the figure was only dimly seen, the beloved disciple recognized the vibration of Jesus, for such beings have powerful and vast-reaching auras.

And Peter stepped upon the waves and they were solid as a rock; he walked upon the waves. This indicates that matter is not as it seems, but at the will of masters can behave completely different from its usual state.

He walked until he thought within himself, What if the waves should break beneath my feet? And then the waves did break beneath his feet, and he began to sink. “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29) is a principle that applies to unbelief, too. Once the great saint Kabir who lived in Varanasi (Benares) sent his son to visit another saint, the poet Tulsidas. He sent a letter with his son asking Tulsidas to teach him wisdom. So Tulsidas worked many miracles invoking the holy name of Rama. When Kabir’s son was to return home, the Ganges was in flood and no boats could cross it. So Tulsidas tied something in a corner of the boy’s clothing and told him to walk over the water! The boy did so, to his amazement. But when he was almost at the other side of the Ganges, he began to wonder what magical object Tulsidas had tied in his cloth. So he untied it and found a sacred tulsi (basil) leaf with the name of Rama written on it. “What’s this?” he exclaimed, “Just the name of Rama!” Immediately he sank in the water, but managed to thrash his way to the shore and crawl out. There is certainly a lesson in that.

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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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