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Seeing the Unseeable

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 37 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

Seeing what cannot (should not?) be seen

“And Jesus said, The Holy Breath cannot be seen with mortal eyes; nor can men see the Spirits of the Holy” (Aquarian Gospel 26:9).

When I typed in the above words I immediately remembered an incident both amusing and sad. Soon after our first ashram temple had been established, we celebrated the birthday of Sri Ramakrishna. Do not ask me why, but we invited the heads of a local “experimental” Roman Catholic monastic community to attend. Since the Second Vatican Council had told them to be “open” to the heathen, they accepted.

After the worship I spoke a bit, explaining who Sri Ramakrishna was, and then we had lunch together in our main room. During the conversation the founder of the community began asking about who of our number had been baptized. I understood that we was wondering who was apostate and who was just invincibly ignorant. To his horror he found that most of us had been baptized in one “church” or another.

As he sat there, politely aghast, I worsened the situation greatly by saying: “But none of these have really been baptized; they were just wetted down by the Protestants in a feeble ceremony. There is no comparison between that and the authentic baptism of the sacramental churches such as the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.”

“What do you mean?” he demanded, and I, the fool, strode in where the angels would prudently have stood apart.

“The Protestants just take tap water and slosh it on you or dunk you in it. But in the real Baptism, the divine power of the Holy Spirit descends into the water and transforms it into a supernatural vehicle of enlivening and purification.”

He drew back and thundered at me: “YOU CANNOT SEE THE ACTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

I, undaunted, shrugged and said: “Well I did.”

After some sputterings, there was sullen silence and a soon departure.

This is why commercial religion of all types detest mysticism. The mystics have a direct “seeing” which reveals the truth of what is really going on–or not going on–in religion. For example, I knew two mystical, psychic Catholics that got into big trouble when they perceived that the new rituals adopted by the church in 1968-69 were often ineffectual. One went from parish to parish, and when asked by Catholic friends, including a priest, the reason why, replied: “Because the Mass no longer ‘works’!” Things were compounded when her little daughter, who was very psychic chimed in and said: “Jesus doesn’t come to grandma’s church anymore” (This is not unique. I knew several children who were taken to a “renewed” church by their parents. They refused to take communion, telling their parents: “That man is not a priest and that is not real communion.” Fortunately the parents heeded their words. “And a little child shall lead them” Isaiah 11:6). Another friend attended the supposed consecration of a bishop and saw that nothing whatsoever had taken place. The interesting feature of this incident was that after his “consecration” the “bishop” had looked directly into my friend’s eyes with virulent hatred and later refused to give him a blessing. He knew that he knew–though he had no idea who my friend was. He knew what he was, and that was enough. Get the stake ready!

The seeing eyes

It is true, human eyes can see neither the Spirits of the Holy nor that transforming Divinity from which they draw their holiness. But we are not human; we are extension of the Divine Itself. And when the divine eye is opened in us we will see The All. “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light” (Psalms 36:9).

Saint Paul tells us that humans cannot even see the light in which God “dwells,” much less God Himself. ([God is] dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see.” I Timothy 6:16) Jesus said that no “man” had ever seen God. (“No man hath seen God at any time.” John 1:18) But it was none other than God who explained the matter, saying: “There shall no man see me, and live” (Exodus 33:20). Jesus clarified this by saying: “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father” (John 6:46. Yes, God is invisible (Colossians 1:15; I Timothy 1:17), but only to the eyes of mortality. Once we have in truth passed “from death to immortality” we see the Immortal with our immortal eyes.

To see Divinity we must enter into our own divinity. In India they speak about an insect that, when attacked by another species of insect, takes on the exact form of the attacker and becomes indistinguishable from it–and thereby disarms its enemy. This comes about because it becomes totally fixated on the form of the attacker. So, it is said, the yogi must become so utterly absorbed in the contemplation of God that he becomes a god. Then the problem is solved. “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (I Corinthians 15, 53,54. “Death” must be understood symbolically in this passage as spiritual death, the absence of spiritual consciousness or perception).

To see God is to be[come] God. All lesser being vanishes. In his comic poem, The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll speaks of a “boojum”–a being whose very sight causes the beholder to dissolve instantly. God is the ultimate boojum, causing all mortality, all limitation and ignorance to vanish like the chimera they really are all along.

The opening of the eyes

Both the King and the Kingdom are beyond the reach of earthly eyes.

“And Jesus said, This kingdom is not far away, but man with mortal eyes can see it not; it is within the heart” (Aquarian Gospel 29:19).

“The kingdom of the Holy One is in the soul; men cannot see it with their carnal eyes; with all their reasoning powers they comprehend it not. It is a life deep hid in God; its recognition is the work of inner consciousness” (Aquarian Gospel 75:15,16).

“I cannot show the king, unless you see with eyes of soul, because the kingdom of the king is in the soul. The man of God is pure in heart; he sees the king; he sees with eyes of soul” (Aquarian Gospel 71:4,15).

In the Aquarian Gospel it is demonstrated that by the Word the blind eyes are opened to see (Aquarian Gospel 121:34,35; and 140:6,7). The Word is Om. And in the fortieth chapter Jesus also speaks of meditation as the process of gaining spiritual sight.

“And Jesus said, There is a Silence where the soul may meet its God, and there the fount of wisdom is, and all who enter are immersed in light, and filled with wisdom, love and power. Men carry with them all the time the secret place where they might meet their God. It matters not where men abide, on mountain top, in deepest vale, in marts of trade, or in the quiet home; they may at once, at any time, fling wide the door, and find the Silence, find the house of God; it is within the soul. The Silence is the kingdom of the soul, which is not seen by human eyes. If you would find this Silence of the soul you must yourself prepare the way. None but the pure in heart may enter here. And you must lay aside all tenseness of the mind, all business cares, all fears, all doubts and troubled thoughts. Your human will must be absorbed by the divine; then you will come into a consciousness of holiness. And then the curtains part, and you are in the Holiest of All, where rests the Ark of God, whose covering is the Mercy Seat. And then, behold the manna there, the hidden bread of life; and he who eats shall never die” (Aquarian Gospel 40:3,6,7,10,12-14, 19,23).

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: To God Through Man

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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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