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The King Revealed

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 47 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

Jesus has spoken to Ajainin about the nature of the kingdom of God, the infinity of Spirit. God is the King of All, reigning in that kingdom, so naturally:

“Ajainin asked, Can I become a subject of this king?

“And Jesus said, You are yourself a king, and you may enter through the gate and be a subject of the King of kings” (Aquarian Gospel 29:23, 24).

This perspective, which at that time was held by none but the sages of India, is needed by all who would meaningfully pursue a spiritual life rather than the abject superstition most people today consider religion–even in India, I am sorry to say. The pleasing and displeasing of gods, the bewailing of sins, and insistence on personal weakness and unworthiness, and the need for “grace,” prevails just about everywhere. It is a fact beyond doubt: a sincere person must decide whether to be a “Christian” or a follower of Jesus, seeking to also become a Christ.

The first thing we must realize is our own spiritual kingship. The kingdom of heaven is ours, not by gift but by nature. True, the absolute power there is that of the King of kings, of God, but we are the kings that reign there with him. We are the waves and he is the Ocean, but we are of the same essence as him. The controversies that went on in the early centuries were confined to arguments about the nature of Jesus, when they should have been about our nature. For we, too, like Jesus, are “of one substance with the Father,” as the Nicene Creed says. Until we comprehend our own divinity we cannot intelligently worship God, much less know him.

Although we are kings we have lost the awareness of that, and thereby in a sense lost the kingdom. But Jesus says that we can “enter through the gate” and regain our status as kingly subjects of the One King.

How to enter

Of course we want to enter the kingdom, so Jesus says:

“But you must lay aside your priestly robes; must cease to serve the Holy One for gold; must give your life, and all you have, in willing service to the sons of men” (Aquarian Gospel 29:25).

We are not professional priests as was Ajainin, but what has been told to him can be applied to us.

You must lay aside your priestly robes. We must lay aside all egoic definitions of ourself. Especially we must not pride ourselves on our “spirituality” or our supposed dedication to God. Nor should we “think little” of ourselves. We should not think of ourselves at all, but rather of God. Even when affirming our oneness with God, it is God who should dominate our thought, not us. We should look ever into the Divine Light. Then we shall unerringly enter there and discover our oneness with It.

You must cease to serve the Holy One for gold. Our involvement with God cannot be for any material or external, gain. Nor can it be for some kind of ego satisfaction. We should be seeking nothing from God–only God Himself. There is a state in which God gives the seeker anything he wants–easily. And so the poor fool plays with the toys God gives in place of Himself. This is a trap many fall into. Yes, God does test us–to reveal our real motivation to ourselves. I knew a man who became a fervent yogi. Time went on, and things got better and better for him. Then one day a relative died and left him an apartment house. After a while he had three more apartment houses, but had along the way totally abandoned his search for God. His misery was great, but the world had entered his heart and crowded out even the sense of his own self-worth as a king of spirit. In such a state he did not even know what was wrong. So there was no hope of his turning back–at least in this lifetime.

You must give your life, and all you have, in willing service to the sons of men. In the Bhagavad Gita, which Jesus knew well, Krishna describes those who are enlightened. At one point he says that “their every action is wed to the welfare of fellow-creatures” (Bhagavad Gita 5:25). We see this in the lives of all saints. In God they become keenly aware of the plight of those around them and work for the alleviation of their suffering. They do this in many ways, according to their own nature and development, but all are dedicated to serving God in others. As Krishna further says: “Who burns with the bliss and suffers the sorrow of every creature within his own heart, making his own each bliss and each sorrow: him I hold highest of all the yogis” (Bhagavad Gita 6:32).

Spiritual service must of course be rendered by all of us, even if we also engage in some type of more external assistance. To lose ourselves in the removal of physical suffering and leave aside the very basis for our involvement with others is to betray both ourselves and them. For we will lose our spiritual perspective and be unable to really help them. Any material help we give must by its nature be temporary, but the spiritual upliftment will be eternal if they respond accordingly and also turn their attention to God and their own divinity.

In the fourth chapter of Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda presents this wisdom regarding the helping of others on the material plane:

“It was evident in all miracles performed by Lahiri Mahasaya that he never allowed the ego-principle to consider itself a causative force. By perfection of resistless surrender, the master enabled the Prime Healing Power to flow freely through him.

“The numerous bodies which were spectacularly healed through Lahiri Mahasaya eventually had to feed the flames of cremation. But the silent spiritual awakenings he effected, the Christlike disciples he fashioned, are his imperishable miracles.”

So it is with all true saints–and must be with us.

Growing into the Light

Real spiritual life is very much like physical life: growth often takes place imperceptibly, but it is eventually seen by us.

“And Jesus said no more; Ajainin went his way; and while he could not comprehend the truth that Jesus spoke, he saw what he had never seen before. The realm of faith he never had explored; but in his heart the seeds of faith and universal brotherhood had found good soil” (Aquarian Gospel 29:26, 27).

This is the experience of all seekers of higher life. Sometimes we not only do not understand, we are actually confused. But if we have seen what we have never seen before, either in our intuition as we heard the words of life, or saw lived out before us in the life of a great soul, we need not worry. The seeds will grow.

“And as he journeyed to his home he seemed to sleep, to pass through darkest night, and when he woke the Sun of Righteousness had arisen; he had found the king” (Aquarian Gospel 29:28).

It sometimes is just like that. I remember when the idea of “Divine Mother” seemed completely alien to me, and even a bit silly. But time went on and I kept meditating and keeping quiet when others talked of Divine Mother. Then one morning I woke up comprehending the concept completely and having the strange urge to “wear my Mother.” So I went right away to a religious goods store and got a medal of the Virgin Mary which I wore from then on. It had just been a matter of time. And so it is with us all. It is a wonderful thing to be a yogi, for in time everything comes to us.

“Now, in Benares Jesus tarried many days and taught” (Aquarian Gospel 29:29).

But from now on Ajainin was taught by the Teacher of teachers, his own Self.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Perspective On Death

 

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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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