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Kings and Kingdoms

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 88 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

Meeting Jesus
The city of Capernaum was by the sea of Galilee, and Peter’s home was there. The homes of Andrew, John and James were near. These men were fishermen, and must return to tend their nets, and they prevailed on Jesus and his mother to accompany them, and soon with Philip and Nathaniel they were resting by the sea in Peter’s home. The news spread through the city and along the shore that Judah’s king had come, and multitudes drew near to press his hand” (Aquarian Gospel 71:1-3).

It is frustrating that we know so little of Levi Dowling and his recording of the akashic impressions that comprise the Aquarian Gospel. Considering that at the age of thirteen he debated a Presbyterian minister on the question of everlasting hell, began preaching at the age of sixteen and was a pastor at eighteen, we can conclude he was an intellectual as well as a spiritual prodigy. Therefore he may have known Aramaic and during his psychic investigations heard the words spoken and simply translated them. On the other hand, he may have only received the impressions of the meaning of the words he heard, and put them into his own words–which would explain the presence of such curious words as “harpsichord” and “photograph” in the text. I say all this because I find it odd that people would want to shake hands with Jesus–a practice originating in northern Europe as a guarantee that someone was not holding a weapon with intent to harm the person they approached, and therefore unknown to the Jews. It seems more logical that they wanted to be touched by Jesus in blessing, something well known and practiced at the time. However that may be, here too, the people considered Jesus to be “Judah’s king.”

Seeing the king

“And Jesus said, I cannot show the king, unless you see with eyes of soul, because the kingdom of the king is in the soul” (Aquarian Gospel 71:4).

There is only one king, God, and one kingdom, spirit. And until we are centered in spirit-consciousness and have activated the “eyes” of spirit, there is no hope of our entering the kingdom and beholding the king. No external factor can effect this entry, it must all be initiated and carried on from within by none other than ourselves.

Many kingdoms, many kings

“And every soul a kingdom is. There is a king for every man” (Aquarian Gospel 71:5).

Our individual spirit is both king and kingdom on the microcosmic level, and our entry and meeting is a preparation for entering the meeting the Cosmic Christ. The entry we must effect is done by us alone, not in a group or “body” made up of many people. In spirit each one of us is totally independent of others–except God. The path to Christhood is truly “the flight of the alone to the Alone.”

Christ the king

“This king is love, and when this love becomes the greatest power in life, it is the Christ; so Christ is king. And every one may have this Christ dwell in his soul, as Christ dwells in my soul” (Aquarian Gospel 71:6, 7).

We must not waste our time talking about love, we must become love–become a Christ of God. What Jesus became, we can–and must–become. This is the Christine gospel.

A king

“The body is the temple of the king, and men may call a holy man a king” (Aquarian Gospel 71:8).

In India monks are addressed as Maharaj–great king. Solomon said: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city” (Proverbs 16:32). Holiness alone establishes us in our kingdom. Therefore Jesus continues:

“He who will cleanse his mortal form and make it pure, so pure that love and righteousness may dwell unsullied side by side within its walls, is king” (Aquarian Gospel 71:9).

Kings of earth and kings of heaven

“The kings of earth are clothed in royal robes, and sit in state that men may stand in awe of them. A king of heaven may wear a fisher’s garb; may sit in mart of trade; may till the soil, or be a gleaner in the field; may be a slave in mortal chains; may be adjudged a criminal by men; may languish in a prison cell; may die upon a cross” (Aquarian Gospel 71:10-12).

The kings of earth–and the “kings” of earthly religion–have to put on a show to persuade people of their worth. But the kings of heaven–ouranos, the infinite sky of Consciousness–are “all glorious within” as the Psalmist said (Psalms 45:13). They may be thought worthless, fools, drudges, or even criminals by those who are blind in the spirit. But the awakened ones “see” them and recognize them.

My beloved Swami Sivananda was utterly devoid of any show whatsoever. He had no tilak marks on his forehead, no beads around his neck, no long theatrical hair, wore the simplest of clothes and was always unassuming and modest in his manner and guileless in his demeanor. Fools thought him a fool, crooks thought him a crook, the worldly-wise thought him ignorant, fake yogis patronizingly called him a karma yogi, the wealthy and powerful thought him simple and naïve. Those who valued their defects despised him for having none. But those who could see saw all glories in him; they loved him and he loved them in return (he loved the others, too, but they could not know it). Every moment with him was a feast of love and joy. He was light in darkness and rest for the weary. He was a Christ and saw our inner Christ and told us of that wonder and inspired us to seek the treasure he so obviously possessed in abundance. In him I saw every possible virtue present to the maximum degree. He was a god upon earth, and yet was our humble friend.

As Jesus then said: “Men seldom see what others truly are. The human senses sense what seems to be, and that which seems to be and that which is, may be diverse in every way. The carnal man beholds the outer man, which is the temple of the king, and worships at his shrine” (Aquarian Gospel 71:13, 14).

Then he sums it all up in these words that need no comment: “The man of God is pure in heart; he sees the king; he sees with eyes of soul: and when he rises to the plane of Christine consciousness, he knows that he himself is king, is love, is Christ, and so is son of God. You men of Galilee, prepare to meet your king.

“And Jesus taught the people many lessons as he walked with them beside the sea” (Aquarian Gospel 71:15-18).

May we, too, walk with him by the seashore of this life, looking over the sea to the Farther Shore of Divinity.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: The Temple of God

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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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