- Original Christianity - The Aquarian Gospel for Awakening - Fire and Sword

Fire and Sword

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 49 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

“I am come to send fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49).

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

There is no better evidence of these two statements than the description given in the thirty-first chapter of the Aquarian Gospel:

“The words and works of Jesus caused unrest through all the land. The common people were his friends, believed in him and followed him in throngs. The priests and rulers were afraid of him, his very name sent terror to their hearts. He preached the brotherhood of life, the righteousness of equal rights, and taught the uselessness of priests, and sacrificial rites. He shook the very sand on which the Brahmic system stood; he made the Brahmic idols seem so small, and sacrifice so fraught with sin, that shrines and wheels of prayer were all forgot” (Aquarian Gospel 31:1-5).

A step back in time

Before considering the implications of these verses, we should step back a moment and look at the period of India’s history in which these events occurred. More to the point, we need to look back in time to a better past.

Originally the sages of India taught a simple but profound creed: The all-embracing nature of God, the unity of the individual spirit and God, the evolutionary purpose of the cosmos, and the necessity for each person to achieve liberation from all bondage–especially that of constant birth and death–through perfection of consciousness. Other things were recommended by them as adjuncts–not the least of which was the practice of meditation–but these four principles were ever uppermost in their thinking and way of life.

But at the time of Jesus great degeneration had taken place. Instead of believing in their divine spiritual self-sufficiency, people had come to think that they were dependent on the pleasure and displeasure of “gods” and the priests of those gods that could intercede with them and gain for them material welfare. The single valid goal of spiritual perfection, of enlightenment, had long ago been either forgotten by the masses or relegated to a point far in the future after the living of many lives. The inward look had been abandoned and external religion had arisen in its place. The gods were now represented by stones wrought according to the imagination of sculptors and housed in temples intended to awe the worshippers by their sublime form and the solemn rituals taking place there. People now resorted to these glorified magic shops rather than seeking freedom within.

Jesus, having learned in the Himalayas the pure spiritual tradition (for it has never been erased from India, only obscured and ignored), spoke without hesitation of the foolishness and evil of such spiritual degeneracy and called them back to the vision of the ancient seers.

The result

His words were not without effect as the already-cited verses show. And even more:

“The priests declared that if this Jewish boy should tarry longer in the land a revolution would occur; the common people would arise and kill the priests, and tear the temples down. And so they sent a call abroad, and priests from every province came. Benares was on fire with Brahmic zeal.

“Lamaas from the temple Jagannath, who knew the inner life of Jesus well, was in their midst, and heard the rantings of the priests, and he stood forth and said, My brother priests, take heed, be careful what you do; this is a record-making day. The world is looking on; the very life of Brahmic thought is now on trial. If we are reason-blind; if prejudice be king today; if we resort to beastly force, and dye our hands in blood that may, in sight of Brahm, be innocent and pure, His vengeance may fall down on us; the very rock on which we stand may burst beneath our feet; and our beloved priesthood, and our laws and shrines will go into decay.

“But they would let him speak no more. The wrathful priests rushed up and beat him, spit upon him, called him traitor, threw him, bleeding, to the street. And then confusion reigned; the priests became a mob; the sight of human blood led on to fiendish acts and called for more.

“The rulers, fearing war, sought Jesus, and they found him calmly teaching in the market place. They urged him to depart, that he might save his life; but he refused to go. And then the priests sought cause for his arrest; but he had done no crime. And then false charges were preferred; but when the soldiers went to bring him to the judgement hall they were afraid, because the people stood in his defense. The priests were baffled, and they resolved to take his life by stealth. They found a man who was a murderer by trade, and sent him out by night to slay the object of their wrath” (Aquarian Gospel 31:6-20).

Certainly this was a vivid foreshadowing of what would later take place in Israel.

Buddhism

“Lamaas heard about their plotting and their plans, and sent a messenger to warn his friend; and Jesus hastened to depart. By night he left Benares, and with haste he journeyed to the north; and everywhere, the farmers, merchants and sudras helped him on his way. And after many days he reached the mighty Himalayas, and in the city of Kapi[la]vastu he abode.

“The priests of Buddha opened wide their temple doors for him” (Aquarian Gospel 31:21-24).

The thing to be noted here is the fact that the Buddhists welcomed Jesus among them. This was because Buddhism at that time in India was very different from the Buddhism of today–just as the Hinduism of that time differed from the original teaching. This is historical fact. It is well known that what today is known as Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism were in the minority; that the majority of Buddhists–and Buddhist institutions–were Pudgalavadins who believed in the eternal Self (Atman).

The truth is this: Jesus, like Buddha, was a classical Sankhya yogi with a strong Aryan identification. Just as the ignorant subverted the teachings of Jesus to suit their dim minds, so did the uncomprehending degrade the teachings of Buddha to suit their whims. At the time Jesus was in India, it was the followers of Buddha that were the real proponents of Sanatana Dharma. A perusal of The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ reveals this–especially their theistic outlook. Consequently, Jesus found a spiritual home among them.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Evolution: The Path of Glory

(Visited 164 time, 1 visit today)

.

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

(Visited 164 time, 1 visit today)