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Deliverance From Gods and Demons

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 9 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

“Men seek salvation from an evil that they deem a living monster of the nether world; and they have gods that are but demons in disguise; all powerful, yet full of jealousy and hate and lust; whose favors must be bought with costly sacrifice of fruits, and of the lives of birds, and animals, and human kind. And yet these gods possess no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no heart to sympathize, no power to save. This evil is myth; these gods are made of air, clothed with shadows of a thought.

“The only devil from which men must be redeemed is self, the lower self. If man would find his devil he must look within; his name is self. If man would find his savior he must look within; and when the demon self has been dethroned the savior, Love, will be exalted to the throne of power. The David of the light is Purity, who slays the strong Goliath of the dark, and seats the savior, Love, upon the throne” (Aquarian Gospel 8:17-23).

Being in the grip of duality, it is only natural that those who follow the various religions of the world project that duality into their spiritual views and practices. Some see a great Duality in the form of God and The Devil; others, because of the fragmented state of their minds, project many forms of gods and demons and set about pleasing the gods to get what they want and protecting themselves from the misfortunes brought about by the demons. Rare are those that (really) see the One True beneath the illusions of the two and the many.

We will save the first clause of this to examine in the second half of our study, dealing with demons.

Demon gods

“Men…have gods that are but demons in disguise; all powerful, yet full of jealousy and hate and lust.” This to be expected, since the subconscious from which these projections emerge is indeed “all powerful, yet full of jealousy and hate and lust.” Egocentric human beings do not want to be like God, they want God to be like them. So they create “holy scriptures” in which God hates and harms and becomes angry at whatever He dislikes and is pleased and favorable to whatever He likes. In these scripture God threatens His potential displeasers and promises reward to potential pleasers. His entire state of mind and actions are determined by the character of His creations. He seems to have no mind or personality of His own; rather He is a bundle of instinctual reactions, a cosmic tyrant with the outlook of an overpowerful child Who, because of His eternity, simply does not have to care about either the character or the consequences of His actions. His creations, however, had better care of they know what is good for them.

Polytheists complicate matters, for their many gods not only act the same way in regard to humans, they also envy, hate, lust, and war among themselves, creating even more chaos in creation, often eclipsing humanity entirely and even destroying worlds. Their gods do to human beings things that in human society would result in jailing or worse. Both “God” and “gods” engage in thoughts, words, and deeds that their inspired scriptures declare reprehensible in their devotees. For example, in the ancient world rapists were executed while the gods raped women and sired demigods all over the place. The gods of the ancients seemed incapable of speaking a simple truth. But they ruled because they had the power. And the religions were mirrored in the unjust and chaotic societies in which those religions flourished.

Such gods (and “God”) were demons, dwelling in the nether world as much as the “devils” that populated the cosmologies of such devotees. For although said to dwell in the lower regions of the cosmos, they really dwelt in the subconscious of their worshippers. They were only projected symbols of the negative instincts with which the unconscious ever teems.

That they were demons was proven by their being self-centered entities “whose favors must be bought with costly sacrifice of fruits, and of the lives of birds, and animals, and human kind.” Both the negative drives of the subconscious and the gods that were their outward projections demand sacrifice and rob mankind of its rightful life. The true God is just the opposite, for He gives all things to us; His life continually flows in and around us. Through creation He has made Himself–as the Son of God, the Christ–the Cosmic Sacrifice for the benefit of man. And His messengers have likewise sacrificed themselves totally for the uplift of humanity. The Devil, on the other hand, exists only to take, since the only way to maintain his shadow existence is to live off of real life. So when he parades as God he demands obedience and sacrifice–and so do his servants, the real enemies of humanity. The Devil and his “angels” mock and deride the self-sacrificing mercy and love of God and his saints as folly and weakness. Strength and domination is their desire. When they die, they become discarnate fiends, real demons, until they are born again as human beings; and even then they often carry over their demonic ways. Consider the Nazis.

The vampire is a powerful symbol of the inner Satan and his devils. The antithesis of the vampire is Christ–especially Jesus the Christ. The vampire kills human beings by taking their blood so he can live. Jesus died for humanity and gives them His Blood so they might live. This is why the crucifix is agonizing to the vampire; its very sight negates the evil impulse that keeps him “alive.” Both the inner and the outer demons that men call gods are “soul eaters.”

Deaf, blind, heartless, and powerless

“And yet these gods possess no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no heart to sympathize, no power to save. This evil is myth; these gods are made of air, clothed with shadows of a thought.” We must ever keep this in mind lest the gods/demons and their votaries gull us into accepting their reality and engaging in battle with them, and by our doing so give them the power to keep existing and even overcome us. Ignoring them is the only realistic response. Darkness has no being at all; we do not fight the dark, we just bring in the light. This truth is the thing the god-demons hate the most. That is why evil “Christianity” teaches people that they are evil and sinners by nature; that they cannot help doing wrong, that all they need to is “believe in Jesus.” This is foul blasphemy of God and of His image and likeness, humanity.

When we have faith in evil we have disbelief in good. Belief in “the Devil” destroys faith in God. By “belief” I mean belief in his power and ultimate reality. The Devil and demons do exist, but only as modes of behavior and polarity–they really have no self-existence. A good laugh is the best exorcism.

The supreme Satan is our own ego; it, too, has “no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no heart to sympathize, no power to save” or destroy. But as the final clause informs us, they are thought; and thought-power is great. Since, though, the thought is ours, we need only turn it around from darkness to the light and poof! there goes the Devil and his angels. I do not say it is easy, but it is simple.

The real demon…

“Men seek salvation from an evil that they deem a living monster of the nether world,” but that in actuality is only the petty foolishness of their own mind magnified into gigantic proportions by the false lens of the ego. “If man would find his devil he must look within; his name is self. If man would find his savior he must look within; and when the demon self has been dethroned the savior, Love, will be exalted to the throne of power.” What has been presented here is just incredible. Both the ego and the spirit are within; so those who turn their awareness within will no doubt first meet the ego instead of the spirit. They will encounter the Devil instead of God. For this reason many people quit meditation and denounce it as evil, since they met their inner demon instead of divinity.

It is hard to accept that we are both our own devil and our own savior, Christ. We like to hear that we are Christ, but we do not much like hearing that we are Satan. But why worry? The devil part is an illusion–only the Christ is real. Yet we must banish that illusion to reveal the Christ. We must dethrone ego, the Antichrist, and enthrone the spirit, the Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). When we clear out every mote of darkness, every speck of duality and ignorance and ego, then the Light of Christ, the love of God made manifest, will sit upon the throne. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10). “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: About God the Tao

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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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