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Jesus in Sychar

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Teaching openly
In Sychar Jesus taught the people in the market place” (Aquarian Gospel 83:1).

Egotists, especially sociopathic egotists, yearn to be possessors of secret knowledge which they can dispense to those whom they wish to control by promising them further, advanced knowledge and practices or by threatening to cut them off and bar them from further knowledge. These are the kind of teachers that offer “teacher training” to all and sundry with no background whatsoever being required. This attracts those like them who plan to get to the top without taking a step so they can begin to control others as well.

At the close of his life Buddha insisted on two important things: 1) he had no secret teachings; and 2) he never spoke in symbols, but in words that could be taken literally and at face value.

Jesus lived in the major Buddhist center of Kapilavastu and also in various Buddhist monasteries, including the Hemis monastery in the Ley district of Ladakh. (See The Christ of India, The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ, and The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.) So it is not surprising that we find him sitting in the market place to teach, not in some secret place with only a chosen handful. At his trial, he said to the high priest of the Jerusalem temple: “I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing” (John 18:20). It is true that he told his disciples earlier: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). He taught them for forty days after his resurrections, and had previously told them: “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops” (Matthew 10:27). And so they did.


“A man obsessed was brought to him. The wicked spirit that possessed the man was full of violence and lust, and often threw his victim to the ground” (Aquarian Gospel 83:2).

There is no need to argue with those who think that those Jesus exorcised were just mentally ill. The Gospels make a clear distinction between those that were insane and those that were possessed by spirits. “They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick [insane], and those that had the palsy; and he healed them” (Matthew 4:24).

Although Dowling uses the words “obsessed” and “possessed” synonymously, the are really quite different. There are three forms of victimization by spirits. The most common is obsession: mental and behavioral influence by degraded earthbound spirits that either cannot or will not pass on to the astral regions after the death of their body (which they often deny, insisting that they are alive and normal). This is a terrible oppression, but much worse is possession: when a spirit enters and completely takes over a person’s body, either ejecting them from the body or pushing them down into utter helplessness as the spirit lives through the body as though it were its own. On occasion the spirit snaps all connection with the body’s rightful owner, actually killing him. This is very rare, but does happen. I have spoken with quite a few people who had performed exorcisms and have seen some cases of both obsession and possession myself. I know the Gospels are true because of experience, not mere belief.

Obsession is very common and is increasing constantly. A friend of mine visited a yogi in Kashmir who has great power over evil spirits, so much so that evil occultists are continually trying to destroy him. So intense is the psychic bombardment of the yogi’s ashram, he will not allow any visitor to stay there at night. He told my friend: “Please do not think I am speaking against your country [the United States], but most of the people there are obsessed to some degree.” One of the reasons is the widespread use of drugs, including marijuana, for they weaken the user’s aura and attune them to negative psychic influences. Many other negative factors of modern society constantly erode the spiritual and psychic immune systems of the people. What he said no doubt applies to the whole earth, actually. He did not say that the United States was oppressed more than any other county.

There are many reasons that spirits obsess or possess people. Mostly it is an attempt to regain a physical body to keep on fulfilling their desires. Sometimes it is a deliberate attempt to spiritually and morally subvert their victims and others they can influence through embodiment. The spirit spoken of here in the Aquarian Gospel was a violent and lustful personality. Not being fully integrated with the brain and central nervous system of its victim, its attempts at control resulted in seizures during which he fell to the ground.


“And Jesus spoke aloud and said, Base spirit, loose your hold upon the vitals of this man, and go back to your own. And then the spirit begged that he might go into the body of a dog that stood near by” (Aquarian Gospel 83:3, 4).

The spirit belongs in an astral world that reflects its nature and karma. Since such a psychically criminal being would most likely pass into an astral hell, it naturally does not want to go to its “own” place. So it tries to evade that by asking to possess an animal. Such a request is in complete keeping with the spirit’s selfish, greedy and egocentric nature. The world is filled with people who have utter disregard for the lives and hearts of others. They know only one law: Look Out For Number One, and often boast of it. If they compound this from life to life they may eventually come to also be an obsessing or possessing spirit.

Mercy and respect

Jesus told those around him: “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He wishes to save both the possessed man and the possessing spirit, for they are part of the cosmic Life, images of God that have become covered over with the mire of ignorance and evil. But their essential nature as spirit has not been changed, only hidden and hindered. As a first step in saving it, Jesus explains the truth of things to the spirit.

“But Jesus said, Why harm the helpless dog? Its life is just as dear to it as mine to me” (Aquarian Gospel 83:5).

The first lesson is for the spirit to take its mind off itself and think of the dog. No life form can be despised or disregarded, because its life is a fragment of the One Life: God. When Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40), he was speaking from a heart that was one with all sentient beings. If we would be his disciples, we must realize that what we do to any of his “brethren” we are ultimately doing to him since he is one with God Who is all things.


“It is not yours to throw the burden of your sin on any living thing. By your own deeds and evil thoughts you have brought all these perils on yourself. You have hard problems to be solved; but you must solve them for yourself.” (Aquarian Gospel 83:6, 7).

The first step in viable spiritual life is to recognize that we, and we alone, are responsible for our life. We can blame no other person. I think we all know people that try to make others miserable when they are disgruntled. This is a sure path to making more misery for themselves. Those they do make miserable are simply reaping what they sowed in the past when they did the same to others. Nothing that happens to us is really done to us by anyone but ourselves. Those involved in the karmic reaction are merely instruments of our own past deeds returning to us. Until we realize that we are in the swamp because we jumped in on our own, there is no hope of our getting out. We may indeed have hard problems to be solved, but they are to be solved, not evaded or pushed off onto someone else. The consequences of our actions are inescapable and we must face them squarely. Those who do so will find that the divine assistance will come to their aid and they will overcome all obstacles, finding it much easier than they thought it would be. The whole purpose of life is the learning of wisdom, and coping with troubles is part of the learning process.

The way to freedom

“By thus obsessing man, you make your own conditions doubly sad. Go back into your own domain; refrain from harming anything, and by and by, you will yourself be free. The wicked spirit left the man and went unto his own. The man looked up in thankfulness and said, Praise God” (Aquarian Gospel 83:8, 9).

Saint Therese of Liseaux said that God’s justice means that He understands. Few Christians ascribe to this principle, but Jesus certainly does, for he does not curse the possessing entity, call him evil, and banish him to outer darkness. Rather, he explains his situation and then counsels him to leave the man he is obsessing without having to be expelled forcefully. This exercise of right action will be the first step in the spirit’s healing. Next, he should pass on into the astral realm where he should have gone at his physical death. Even a hell is not for punishment, but is intended to help the soul reap its karma and learn the way to evolve out of its present condition. And the major part of that will be restraining its impulse to do harm in any form. Holding to this resolve, slowly it will become purified and freed to pass on to higher worlds or return to earth for a positive birth. All is meant to help and heal the suffering, ignorant soul. In a later chapter we will find Jesus telling the disciples: “I come to seek and save the lost” (Aquarian Gospel 131:25), and this is an example of his merciful work in the world, a work that continues even today.

Fortunately for its own welfare, the spirit left the man and passed on from the earth plane. The fact that the possessed man gave thanks to God shows that he had been aware of the possession.

The opened way

“And many of the people brought their sick, and Jesus spoke the Word, and they were healed” (Aquarian Gospel 83:10).

Seeing the example of the possessed man, people began bringing the sick for healing, which Jesus did through the power of the Word.

A summons

“The ruler of the synagogue and all the priests were much disturbed when told that Jesus from Jerusalem was preaching in the town. They thought that he had come to proselyte and stir up strife among Samaritans. And so they sent an officer to bring him to the synagogue that he might give a reason for his presence in the town” (Aquarian Gospel 83:11-13).

Those who turn religion into a business naturally want to protect their interests, cloaking it under the guise of righteousness and preservation of true religion. Feeling that Jesus was competition, the Samaritan religionists were disturbed, not because he was teaching any error, but because they were afraid he was competition and would take the customers from them. In their arrogance they sent an official to command Jesus to appear before them to justify his presence in the town.

This reminds me exactly of a time when I was doing secretarial work for an abbot who showed me a high-handed demand from a bishop that he appear at the headquarters of the local diocese of a church he did not even belong to. “The purpose of this meeting will be revealed to you then,” the letter concluded. When he asked me what he should do, I told him: “First, this letter is nothing more than a ‘Come on out in the alley, I want to show you something.’ Its purpose is to get you to show up at a ‘spiritual court’ which will illegally suspend and and start calling you “the defrocked Abbot N.” “But I have never belonged to their diocese!” he protested. “Exactly. But if you go to their headquarters they will say it is an acknowledgment of their jurisdiction over you.” He was amazed, but ignored the letter and that was that.

Jesus’ intentions

“But Jesus said to him who came, Go back and tell the priests and ruler of the synagogue that I am not engaged in crime. I come to bind up broken hearts, to heal the sick, and cast the evil spirits out of those obsessed. Tell them their prophets spoke of me; that I come to break no law, but to fulfill the highest law.

“The man returned and told the priests and ruler of the synagogue what Jesus said. The ruler was amazed, and with the priests went to the market place where Jesus was” (Aquarian Gospel 83:14-18).

The words of a righteous man usually do confound the unrighteous, as all of America saw when Judge Clarence Thomas told the political thugs of the Senate just why and what they were doing in their defamatory “confirmation” hearing regarding his nomination to the Supreme Court. One righteous man really can “put ten thousand to flight” (Leviticus 26:8; Deuteronomy 32:30) as both sacred and profane history has demonstrated many times.

Message of spiritual unity

“And when he saw them, Jesus said, Behold the honored men of all Samaria! the men ordained to lead the people in the way of right. And I am come to help, and not to hinder in their work” (Aquarian Gospel 83:19, 20). I doubt if the leaders of the Samaritans believed this at first, but Jesus continued.

“There are two classes of the sons of men; they who would build the human race upon the sure foundation stones of justice, truth, equality and right, and they who would destroy the holy temple, where the Spirit dwells, and bring their fellows down to beggary and crime” (Aquarian Gospel 83:21, 22). Observant people could hardly dispute this, especially in the political arena. It is good for us to keep Jesus’ words in mind. Humanity really is divided into the builders and the destroyers on all levels of life. We should always scrutinize and see for ourselves which class those we encounter belong to, both as individuals and as groups.

“The holy brotherhood of right must stand united in the stirring conflicts of the hour. No matter whether they be Jews, Samaritans, Assyrians, or Greeks, they must tramp down beneath their feet all strife, all discord, jealousy and hate, and demonstrate the brotherhood of man. Then to the ruler of the synagogue he spoke: he said, United in the cause of right we stand; divided we will fall.”

“And then he took the ruler by the hand; a love light filled their souls; and all the people were amazed” (Aquarian Gospel 83:23-26).

Many, many years ago a very wise woman quoted these words to me, and I memorized them on the spot:

He drew a circle that shut me out:
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: More Wisdom in Samaria

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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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