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Opening To The Truth

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 21 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

“And Rabbi Barachia said, Your words are seasoned with the salt of wisdom that is from above. Who is the teacher who has opened up this truth to you?

“And Jesus said, I do not know that any teacher opened up this truth for me. It seems to me that truth was never shut; that it was always opened up, for truth is one and it is everywhere. And if we open up the windows of our minds the truth will enter in and make herself at home; for truth can find her way through any crevice, any window, any open door.

“The rabbi said, What hand is strong enough to open up the windows and the doors of mind so truth can enter in?

“And Jesus said, It seems to me that love, the golden cord that binds the Ten Commands in one, is strong enough to open any human door so that the truth can enter in and cause the heart to understand” (Aquarian Gospel 17:8-12).

In the essay The True Teacher we looked at what a true spiritual teacher is, and, consequently, is not. Now Jesus is telling us what even a true spiritual teacher does not–and can not–do: open up the truth for another. This is because truth–reality–is within, whereas illusion is without. Opening to truth, then, is an interior matter, something that cannot be accomplished by an exterior agent, however mighty or holy.

If God were not the inmost core of our being, even He could not open our consciousness to the Truth that is His nature. For although Rabbi Barachia is thinking that truth is doctrinal, Jesus knows that Truth is God. That is why He tells the Rabbi: “It seems to me that truth was never shut; that it was always opened up, for truth is one and it is everywhere.” This establishes that God alone is Truth, for only God is One and Everywhere. The mind can learn theology or philosophy, but only the spirit can know God through its innate oneness with God.

This is true, but why, then, do not human beings perceive and dwell in the Truth? Because they do not do the needful. For “ if we open up the windows of our minds the truth will enter in and make herself at home,” for our hearts are the natural abode of Truth, of God.

So Jesus tells us that it is not Truth that needs to be opened, but the windows–the perceptions–of our minds. Our inner eyes and ears need to be opened. This is possible only when through meditation we turn our consciousness inward to its source and there discover the Spirit in which our spirit eternally dwells. “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped” (Isaiah 35:5).

Will this be hard to do? No, for God, the Truth is everywhere, and that illumining aspect of Truth we call the Holy Spirit (the Holy Breath) “can find Her way through any crevice, any window, any open door.” Any opening, however small, can be the entryway for the Truth. So we should work diligently at opening ourselves, for the Lord ever seeks a way to enter. This is why He is symbolized as a thief. “Behold, I come as a thief” (Revelation 16:15). In Hinduism God is sometimes called “Hari” which means “thief” in the sense that He steals the hearts of His devotees, that He steal in unawares and takes them captive to His love. This is why both Saint Paul and Saint Peter say that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (I Thessalonians 5:2; II Peter 3:10).

Yet, blindness and ignorance have prevailed in us through countless incarnations. No wonder, then, that “the rabbi said, What hand is strong enough to open up the windows and the doors of mind so truth can enter in?” When viewed with outer eyes the situation seems without hope. But “Jesus said, It seems to me that love, the golden cord that binds the Ten Commands in one, is strong enough to open any human door so that the truth can enter in and cause the heart to understand.” Truth reveals itself.

Love of God is the key that opens the long-closed doors and windows of the spirit. Those who strive to love God shall surely find Him; for the striving is itself the sign that “the Day of the Lord” draws near.

The walls that blind

Evolution equals expansion. Human beings have their subconscious deeply rooted in their experience in animal form, and one of the common traits of most animal forms is life in a herd. Even insects often live in groups. The “us and them” mentality is extraordinarily hard to break out of. Those of sophisticated philosophy even manifest it in their genteel contempt for those who hold “ignorant” or “backward” philosophies. When they did not believe in reincarnation, for example, they considered those who did believe in reincarnation as “nuts.” After coming to believe in reincarnation, they now consider the “only one life” people as ignorant and imperceptive–certainly not up to their own level. Meditators think non-meditators are obtuse. We busy ourselves drawing and redrawing lines around us and building and shifting walls to make us the “in” people and others the “out” people. Jesus spoke of this to His mother regarding Rabbi Barachia, one of His teachers.

“Now, in the evening Jesus and his mother sat alone, and Jesus said, The rabbi seems to think that God is partial in his treatment of the sons of men; that Jews are favored and are blest above all other men. I do not see how God can have his favorites and be just. Are not Samaritans and Greeks and Romans just as much the children of the Holy One as are the Jews?

“I think the Jews have built a wall about themselves, and they see nothing on the other side of it. They do not know that flowers are blooming over there; that sowing times and reaping times belong to anybody but the Jews. It surely would be well if we could break down these barriers down so that the Jews might see that God has other children that are just as greatly blest.

“I want to go from Jewry land and meet my kin in other countries of my Fatherland” (Aquarian Gospel 17:13-20).

Jesus rightly points out that those who build walls around themselves then become blind to what is on the other side; and so their lives are hemmed in and made small along with their minds. We must assiduously avoid this, including the attitude: “I am more understanding, more accepting, and more broad-minded than you!” If we would grow in spirit we must “see that God has other children that are just as greatly blest” as are we. And like Jesus we should delight in meeting them.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: In the Temple at the Age of Ten

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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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