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The Fivefold Gospel

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 60 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

In Persia Jesus’ work was done and he resumed his journey towards his native land. The Persian sage went with him to the Euphrates; then with a pledge that they would meet again in Egypt land the masters said, Farewell. And Kaspar went his way unto his home beside the Caspian Sea; and Jesus soon was in Chaldea, cradle land of Israel. In Ur, where Abraham was born, he tarried for a time; and when he told the people who he was, and why he came, they came from near and far to speak to him.

“He said to them, We all are kin. Two thousand years and more ago, our Father Abraham lived here in Ur, and then he worshipped God the One, and taught the people in these sacred groves. And he was greatly blessed; becoming father of the mighty hosts of Israel. Although so many years have passed since Abraham and Sarah walked these ways, a remnant of their kindred still abides in Ur. And in there hearts the God of Abraham is still adored, and faith and justice are the rocks on which they build.

“Behold this land! It is no more the fruitful land that Abraham loved so well; the rains come not as in the former times; the vine is not productive now, and withered are the figs. But this shall not forever be; the time will come when all your deserts will rejoice; when flowers will bloom; when all your vines will bend their heads with luscious fruit; shepherds will again be glad” (Aquarian Gospel 42:1-10).

The facets of The Gospel

The Gospel of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27), has many aspects, for it is all-embracing. Five of those facets are to be considered now.

“And Jesus preached to them the gospel of goodwill, and peace on earth. He told them of the brotherhood of life, and of the inborn powers of man, and of the kingdom of the soul” (Aquarian Gospel 42:11).

Goodwill. When Jesus was born, the angelic hosts sang: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Despite the later history of Christianity, the Gospel of Christ emphasized the good will–the love, actually–of God toward men, an unchanging love that works the ultimate salvation of all humanity through the process of rebirth and the spiritual evolution it makes possible. The ideas of divine wrath and eternal damnation are anti-Christian denials of the eternal good will of God for all sentient beings.

Equally part of the Gospel is the good will toward all mankind that the true followers of Christ will cultivate, inwardly and outwardly.

Peace on earth. Not “world peace” but “peace in the world” in the hearts of those that seek the inner Christ. No other peace is possible in this age. That is why Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27), for it is an inner peace, a peace of the true person–the spirit. However, those who bear this peace within them will by their presence in the world increase the level of general peace and make peacemaking easier than it would be without them.

The brotherhood of life. All life is one: The One. But it appears as many, just as the waves of the sea, even though they are at all times the one field of water. But since we are presently see diversity, we need to know how to react to it in a right manner so our consciousness can be disentangled and enabled to reclaim its awareness of Unity. The easiest way is to think of God as Parent–Mother or Father or both–and all sentient beings as part of the Divine Family, intimately related to us. And we should value and respond to them accordingly. (For example, killing and eating our family is not to be done.) Nevertheless, it is the eternal unity of all that Jesus is pointing us toward, and the lesser idea is to lead to the higher, and from thence to the meta-conceptual realization of Unity.

The inborn powers of man. When Madame Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society, it was dedicated to realization of the unity of all humanity and the study and development of the powers innate in all human beings. So she was carrying on the light of the Gospel of Christ far more truly than any of the churches at that time.

It is a necessary part of the Gospel for people to be taught about the abilities innate in their subtle bodies and to be shown the way to develop and exercise them. Except for a very few limited groups, perhaps the only ones doing this in a complete and scientific manner are the Spiritists–especially in Brazil. Indian religion is as much a failure in this as the other religions of the world, because those who make a business of religion in India seek to control others, not empower them and make them independent.

Rare are the yogis who understand these powers and make them accessible to their students. (And rarer still are the disciples that do not conceal or corrupt those teachings after the teacher has left the body.) This dishonesty and deficiency is masked by a kind of pious horror about “the siddhis” that supposedly must be avoided, even though Patanjali not only mentions them but tells how they are to be attained. Certainly there are useless siddhis, but the existence of useless knowledge does not exempt us from gaining useful knowledge, and it is the same with the siddhis. Patanjali even lists the siddhis that come from perfection in yama and niyama–how could they be avoided? And if they were potentially harmful, how could they arise from the observance of necessary moral principles? Such a view is ignorant, superstitious, and controlling–as is the decrying of astrology and divination. As could be expected, I. K. Taimni presents the intelligent perspective in The Science of Yoga.

The kingdom of the soul. All the four factors already considered are oriented toward the external life, but this fifth one is purely internal: the consciousness that is our true being, our spirit. And that spirit lives not in the finite world of external experience, but in the infinite world of Divine Being, itself able to participate in the Infinite Consciousness that is God. To become established in this inner kingdom is to attain liberation–Self realization–and be freed forever from all compulsion to rebirth. If such a liberated spirit takes any birth in any world, it is an avatara, a virtual incarnation of Divinity. Obviously, then, this is the supreme doctrine of the Christ Gospel just as it is the supreme state of Spirit.

All five of these elements are necessary to the Gospel of Christ, and anything less is not the Gospel at all, and is powerless to liberate the spirit into Infinite Life.

In conclusion

“And as he spoke, Ashbina, greatest sage of all Assyria, stood before his face. The people knew the sage, for he had often taught them in their sacred halls and groves, and they rejoiced to see his face.

“Ashbina said, My children of Chaldea, hear! Behold, for you are greatly blest today, because a prophet of the living God has come to you. Take heed to what this master says, for he gives forth the words that God has given him.

“And Jesus and the sage went through the towns and cities of Chaldea and of the lands between the Tigris and the Euphrates; and Jesus healed a multitude of people who were sick” (Aquarian Gospel 42:12-17).

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Homecoming

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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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