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Chapter One Hundred Twenty Two

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 134 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

The Christines prayed in silence seven days; then Jesus called the twelve aside and said, Behold, the multitudes have thronged about us everywhere; the people are bewildered; they wander here and there like sheep without a fold. They need a shepherd’s care; they want a loving hand to lead them to the light. The grain is ripe; the harvest is abundant, but the harvesters are few. The time is also ripe, and you must go alone through all the villages and towns of Galilee and teach and heal. And then he breathed upon the twelve and said, Receive the Holy Breath. And then he gave them each the Word of power, and said, By this Omnific Word you shall cast spirits out, shall heal the sick and bring the dead to life again. (Aquarian Gospel 122:1-7)

And then he gave them each the Word of power, and said, By this Omnific Word you shall cast spirits out, shall heal the sick and bring the dead to life again. This is obviously of prime importance. Although there may be various rituals, the heart of each will be the invocation of Om with the intention of effecting the particular purpose of the ritual. Om is therefore the empowered heart of Aquarian Christianity.

And you shall go not in the way of the Assyrians, nor Greek; you shall not go into Samaria; go only to your brethren of the scattered tribes. And as you go proclaim, The kingdom of Christ has come. (Aquarian Gospel 122:8, 9)

The kingdom of Christ has come. It is a mistake to look to the future rather than the present, yet this is a mistake of most religions. Finding themselves inadequate in the present they predict a coming era in which all shall be perfect. But if perfection is not present, at least in a potential form, it will never manifest in the future. Consider how some Buddhists are obsessed with the future Maitreya Buddha rather than focusing on their own Buddha nature that is right at hand. Yet it is the revelation of this eternal nature that will give them nirvana, not the advent of someone who has already attained their own Buddhahood. Gautama and Maitreya Buddha are external to all of us. Their teachings can show us the way that we can follow and become established in our own Buddha nature. But we must apply them ourselves.

It is the same with Jesus. Looking to a future advent, many Christians neglect the present reality and opportunity. After all, Jesus has never left the world, for he said: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). And Saint Paul wrote: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2). This is the whole idea and purpose of yoga, which alone can completely purify and transform. And it is present here and now.

You have abundantly received, and freely you shall give. But you must go in faith; provide yourselves no crutch to lean upon. Give all your gold and silver to the poor; take not two coats, nor extra shoes; just take your wands [staffs]. You are God’s husbandmen and he will never suffer you to want. In every place you go search out the men of faith; with them abide until you go from hence. You go for me; you act for me. They who receive and welcome you, receive and welcome me; and they who shut their doors against your face, refuse to welcome me. (Aquarian Gospel 122:10-16)

In every place you go search out the men of faith; with them abide until you go from hence. History bears out the fact that Christians did not go and stand on street corners and harangue the passers-by as many do today. Nor did they rent rooms and advertise for people to come attend meetings. Rather, they went to a place and stayed there watching the people individually and only approaching privately those they saw already possessed some degree of spiritual awakening and qualification. Those people in turn introduced them to others of like mentality. And so a circle of disciples would be established there.

For example, Saint Mark went to Alexandria and spent many days there just walking through the city and observing whomever he saw. One day he was walking by the stall of a shoemaker who at that very moment pierced his hand with an awl and cried out: “O! one and only God!” This indicated to Saint Mark that the man was an initiate of a mystery school which worshipped the one God. So he approached him very carefully and began a conversation. Eventually he discovered that the man was a spiritually developed initiate, so he began teaching him about Christianity. In this way the Church began in Alexandria. There was none of this Come One, Come All business that is just that: business, not religion.

There is a practical aspect to only staying with people of true faith. My grandmother told me that one time a very famous preacher came to where she lived and crowds flocked to hear him because he was a brilliant speaker. Being a Fundamentalist, his interest was for people to “get saved.” One evening a married couple came to his meeting and got saved. In their gratitude they asked him to come and stay at their house for a while. He agreed and went home with them. In the depths of the night he heard shouting and banging that indicated they were having a terrific fight and striking one another! He prudently dressed, opened the window of his room and got out and went to the house of people he knew well.

If you are not received in kindness in a town, bear not away an evil thought; do not resist. An evil thought of any kind will do you harm; will dissipate your power. When you are not received with favor, go your way, for there are multitudes of men who want the light. (Aquarian Gospel 122:17-19)

Note that there is nothing here about shaking off the dust of your feet in rebuke of those who reject you, or an assurance that they will fare badly in “the judgment.” Yet such things are in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The regular Gospels are filled with such distortions and interpolations. I know an Eastern Christian bishop who did such a thing when he walked out of the house of a family I knew very well as devout and worthy just because they would not go along with his ideas on church politics. It is indicated here that we should respect people’s disinterest as much as their interest. Respect of others is a keynote of worthy teachers. Disciples of Yogananda have said and written that such respect was a prime characteristic of the Master.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep among a pack of wolves; and you must be as wise as serpents and as harmless as the doves. In all your language be discreet, for Pharisees and scribes will seek a cause for your arrest in what you say. And they will surely find a way by charges false to bring you into court. And judges will declare that you are guilty of some crime, and sentence you to scourgings and to prison cells. But when you come to stand before the judge, be not afraid; be not disturbed about the way to act, the words to speak. The Holy Breath will guide you in that hour, and give the words that you shall speak. Of this be full assured; It is not you who speaks; it is the Holy Breath that gives the words and moves the lips. (Aquarian Gospel 122:20-26)

Pharisees and scribes will seek a cause for your arrest in what you say. And they will surely find a way by charges false to bring you into court. And judges will declare that you are guilty of some crime, and sentence you to scourgings and to prison cells. Jesus hid nothing from his disciples, including the unpleasant things that awaited them. He is also informing them that reason and justice rarely come into religious controversy, just coercion and persecution.

The gospel that you preach will not bring peace, but it will stir the multitudes to wrath. The carnal man abhors the truth, and he would give his life to crush the tender plant before the harvest time. And this will bring confusion in the homes that were the homes of stagnant peace. And brother will give brother up to death; the father will stand by and see men execute his child; and in the courts the child will testify against the sire, and gladly see its mother put to death. And men will hate you just because you speak the name of Christ. Thrice blessed is the man who shall be faithful in this coming day of wrath! (Aquarian Gospel 122:27-32)

The gospel that you preach will not bring peace, but it will stir the multitudes to wrath. Perfectly calm and sensible people can suddenly erupt into indignation or anger when confronted with the gospel of the Christ. Many times this phenomenon has amazed me. Even more so were the times when in response to words of Jesus read or quoted to them very religious people exploded: “Only a fool would say that!” Calling Jesus a fool! Obviously rational thought did not come into the matter.

I well remember a venerable minister coming to our church when the regular minister was away for a couple of weeks. She spoke so reasonably and with humor, never censure, but the entire congregation, except for myself and a few others, became enraged and demanded that she leave. She became one of my best friends subsequently.

The carnal man abhors the truth, and he would give his life to crush the tender plant before the harvest time. This sounds extreme, but it is the truth about extreme rejection of spiritual truth.

And this will bring confusion in the homes that were the homes of stagnant peace. Dead souls in a dead world are at peace and rest, but even a hint of life stirs them to the depths and produces intense reactions against that hint of life. This is always a surprise, but not to those who know the teachings of Jesus in the Aquarian Gospel.

And men will hate you just because you speak the name of Christ. I wish this was an exaggeration, but it is not. The words “Jesus” and “Christ” can elicit tremendous negativity in people that seem completely sensible and balanced. The inner demons are being revealed. Consider this nonsense of BCE and CE, CE representing “Common Era.” What era? When did this come about? It is foolish and anti-Christian. Anyone who cannot say the word “Christ” is psychotic, as are all religious bigots of whatever stripe. And some of them are obsessed or possessed by evil spirits.

Go now; when you are persecuted in a place, go seek another place. And when you meet a foe too great for you, behold, the son of man is at your door, and he can speak, and all the hosts of heaven will stand in your defense. But do not hold your present life in great esteem. The time will come when men will take my life; you need not hope to be immune, for they will slay you in the name of God. Men call me Beelzebub and they will call you imps. Be not afraid of what men say and do; they have no power over soul; they may abuse and may destroy the body of the flesh; but that is all. They do not know the God who holds the issues of the soul within his hands, who can destroy the soul. (Aquarian Gospel 122:33-39)

Go now; when you are persecuted in a place, go seek another place. This is the pacifism of the true Christian. “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15).

The time will come when men will take my life; you need not hope to be immune, for they will slay you in the name of God. Men call me Beelzebub and they will call you imps. Once more Jesus reveals the trials that his disciples will face, trusting them to face such things with confidence in God to strengthen them against all trials.

The Christ is king today, and men must recognize his power. He who loves not the Christ, which is the love of God, before all else, can never gain the prize of spirit consciousness. And they who love their parents or their children more than they love the Christ can never wear the name of Christ. And he who loves his life more than he loves the Christ cannot please God. And he who clings to life shall lose his life, while he who gives his life for Christ will save his life. (Aquarian Gospel 122:40-44)

The idea indicated here is quite simple: those who do not prize God and union with God above all else cannot rise in evolution, but will stagnate and degenerate.

When Jesus had thus said he sent the twelve away by twos, and bade them meet him in Capernaum. And they went out through all the towns of Galilee and taught and healed in spirit and in power. (Aquarian Gospel 122:45, 46)

But the disciples of Jesus who do love the Divine above all else will not only elevate themselves, but will teach and heal in the power of God through the Word.

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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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