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The Opened Gate

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 95 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

In Asher’s home
And Jesus went to Jericho, and at the inn of Asher he abode” (Aquarian Gospel 78:1).

There are various ways to deal with difficult and hostile people. The best way for most of us is to avoid them as much as possible and remain at peace. But saints and masters have the ability to heal such people through direct encounter. I knew a very holy Christian black woman, Annie McKinney, who many years before had learned that a woman who had begun attending her integrated church believed absolutely as a Christian teaching that black people were animals and had no immortal souls! The son of this poor woman told me everyone avoided the subject of blacks being without souls, but Annie said that if no one else tackled the subject, she would. So the next time that woman came to church she was talking to some other women after the service and suddenly Annie came up behind her and put her arms around her and hugged her. Seeing the color of those arms, the woman stiffened up and stood stock still. Holding on to her, Annie began to talk to her, telling her how much she loved her and how she knew she was a good person who loved God, and how that made them sisters in Christ even if she did not believe Annie had a soul. Spiritual healing flowed from Annie into that woman, and she turned around and hugged Anne back and cried and apologized that she had ever believed and said such a stupid thing. From that day onward they were the closest of friends–no, sisters. Some time later, recalling that incident, she remarked to Annie: “I am sure glad you held on tight and did not let go until my heart changed, otherwise I would have killed you!”

Jesus, Annie’s Master, had this power to heal hearts and is now doing so by coming to stay at Asher’s inn. Just what took place we are not told, but in chapter ninety-two we are told: “Asher was no longer hostile to the Christ.”

Healing

“A servant at the inn was sick, nigh unto death; the healers could not cure. And Jesus came and touched the dying girl, and said, Malone, arise! and in a moment pain was gone; the fever ceased; the maid was well. And then the people brought their sick, and they were healed” (Aquarian Gospel 78:2-4).

The girl heard the call “Arise!” and did just that. If we would be healed of all ills of whatever kind, physical or mental, the answer is to elevate our consciousness and establish our lives on a higher plane than heretofore. And that must not be the end: daily we should meditate and live in such a manner that we progressively ascend in consciousness without interruption or regression. This is the yoga life.

The open gate

“But Jesus did not tarry long in Jericho; he went down to the Jordan ford where John was wont to teach. The multitudes were there and Jesus said to them,

“Behold, the time has come; the kingdom is at hand. None but the pure in heart can come into the kingdom of the Holy One; but every son and daughter of the human race is called upon to turn from evil and become the pure in heart. The resolution to attain and enter through the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One will constitute discipleship, and every one must make a pledge of his discipleship.

“John washed your bodies in the stream, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul, in preparation for the coming of the king, the opening of the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One. John did a mighty work; but now the Christine gate is opened up, and washing is established as the pledge of your discipleship.

“Until this age shall close this pledge shall be a rite, and shall be called, Baptism rite; and it shall be a sign to men, and seal to God of men’s discipleship. You men of every nation, hear! Come unto me; the Christine gate is opened up; turn from your sins and be baptized, and you shall enter through the gate and see the king” (Aquarian Gospel 78:5-12).

But Jesus did not tarry long in Jericho; he went down to the Jordan ford where John was wont to teach. Jesus was revealed to Israel when he was baptized at the Jordan ford where John usually taught and baptized. So he has returned there to announce the opening of the gate into the Christ(ine) Life: baptism.

The multitudes were there and Jesus said to them, Behold, the time has come; the kingdom is at hand. None but the pure in heart can come into the kingdom of the Holy One; but every son and daughter of the human race is called upon to turn from evil and become the pure in heart. The kingdom of Spirit is always right with us–at hand because it is actually within us (Luke 17:21). But just as food right next to him might as well not even exist if a starving man cannot perceive it, it is the same with the kingdom of divine awareness. Only those who turn within can find it, and it is impossible to turn within without purification on all levels of our being. Purification is so necessary that Patanjali lists it–in the form of yama and niyama–as the first step in Yoga. Meditation itself is purifying, but it must be based on external purification to have any lasting effect. The proof of my assertion is the contemporary “yoga world” in the West. To call it a Fools’ Parade is kind. The universal necessity for this is indicated by Jesus’ saying: “Every son and daughter of the human race is called upon to turn from evil and become the pure in heart.”

The resolution to attain and enter through the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One will constitute discipleship, and every one must make a pledge of his discipleship. “Believing in Jesus” and joining “His Church” and jumping through various hoops of doctrine and “Christian” activity does not at all make anyone a disciple of Jesus. Only the resolution to enter into union with God, the Holy One, constitutes discipleship. First a pledge of discipleship must be made, so Jesus continues:

John washed your bodies in the stream, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul, in preparation for the coming of the king, the opening of the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One. John did a mighty work; but now the Christine gate is opened up, and washing is established as the pledge of your discipleship. Note that baptism is the pledge of discipleship, but as Jesus said previously, actual discipleship is striving to enter into union with God. As he said: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Only those who conform to the divine pattern inherent in the universe, the will of God that all sentient beings shall attain conscious and total union with Infinite Being and Consciousness, can enter the kingdom of heaven which is that Being and Consciousness.

Until this age shall close this pledge shall be a rite, and shall be called, Baptism rite; and it shall be a sign to men, and seal to God of men’s discipleship. Baptism is a rite by which we say to God and humanity that we dedicate our life to the search for God. Then real disciples get busy to attain that sacred union.

You men of every nation, hear! Come unto me; the Christine gate is opened up; turn from your sins and be baptized, and you shall enter through the gate and see the king. Right away we must abandon our ignorant ways–not “work up to it”–take the pledge of baptism, enter the gate of discipleship and begin to live in spiritual awareness that leads to the revelation of divinity within us and everywhere.

The disciples baptized and commissioned

“The six disciples who had followed Jesus stood a-near, and Jesus led them forth and in the Jordan he baptized them in the name of Christ; and then he said to them, My friends, you are the first to enter through the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One. As I baptized you in the name of Christ, so you shall, in that sacred name, baptize all men and women who will confess their faith in Christ, and shall renounce their sins. And, lo, the multitudes came down, renounced their sins, confessed their faith in Christ, and were baptized” (Aquarian Gospel 78:13-16).

There are three steps to the Christine gate: renouncing all evil; inner and outer, active and practical conformity of life to the principles of Christ (for that is what faith really is); and making the pledge of baptism. Then a person can say he is a Christine, but it is only the barest beginning. Becoming a Christ is a lifetime endeavor, making that the prime motivation and goal of life. Total dedication is the secret of success in this.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: John the Baptist Speaks of the Christ

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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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