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The Real God

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 64 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

It was a holy day and Jesus walked upon the Athens beach. A storm was on and ships were being tossed about like toys upon the bosom of the sea. The sailors and the fishermen were going down to watery graves; the shores were strewn with bodies of the dead. And Jesus halted not, but with a mighty power he rescued many a helpless one, oft bringing back to life the seeming dead” (Aquarian Gospel 46:1-4).

Jesus was not a useless teacher, pretending to be a mouthpiece of God yet incapable of any tangible good. Nor did he wait to be asked for assistance, but saved numberless people, for that was his nature: to save in all ways.

Worthless gods and worthless devotees

“Now, on these shores were altars sacred to the gods supposed to rule the seas. And men and women, heedless of the cries of drowning men were crowding all about these altars calling on their gods for help” (Aquarian Gospel 46:5, 6).

We become like what we think about, and this is especially true of our thoughts of God. Worshippers become like the worshipped, which is why, for example, that those who only worship God as masculine or feminine become unbalanced in mind, heart, and life. Those who worship only one form or concept of God will themselves become partial, narrow and limited. And those that worship non-existent or impotent gods also become non-existent and impotent, practically speaking.

Here we also see the absurdity of asking God to do what we can do ourselves–or at least try to as best we can. I knew a fervent minister who after praying for something would say to those praying with him: “Now let’s go put legs on those prayers.” They accomplished miraculous things when they went out and did their best to make their prayers fulfilled.

My favorite example, though, is that of a minister who was being aggressively pestered by an “atheist” who kept demanding that if there was a God the minister should ask Him to strike him down. “I never ask God to do what I can do,” the minister replied. And decked the fool.

Gods and Lords

“At length the storm was done, and all the sea was calm, and men could think again; and Jesus said, You worshippers of wooden gods, how has the fury of this storm been lessened by your frantic prayers? Where is the strength of these poor, weather-beaten gods with painted swords and crowns? A god that could abide in such a little house could hardly hold a frantic fly, and who could hope that he could hold at bay the Lords of winds and waves?” (Aquarian Gospel 46:7-10).

Finite gods with likes and dislikes, who can be pleased or displeased, are of little worth. If they even exist, they draw their power from human beings, not from within themselves. However, much greater than these gods are those mighty beings that supervise the movements of natural forces and phenomena. They are much more real than most gods, and even they are not to be worshipped. They do, however, help humanity, so Jesus continues:

“The mighty powers of worlds unseen do not give forth their help till men have done their best; they only help when men can do no more. And you have agonized and prayed around these shrines, and let men sink to death who might have been, by your assistance, saved” (Aquarian Gospel 46:11, 12).

Having ignored their fellow humans, they will be ignored by gods and devas. It is just a matter of karma.

The God that saves

“The God that saves dwells in your souls, and manifests by making use of your own feet, and legs, and arms, and hands” (Aquarian Gospel 46:13).

It is the God within that truly saves and delivers, and most of the time It functions through us since we are finite parts of the Infinite God, the Self of our Self, the Soul of our soul. So the way to always be sure of the divine assistance is to so evolve ourselves that divinity spontaneously lives and moves through us.

“Strength never comes through idleness; nor through a waiting for another one to bear your loads, or do the work that you are called to do” (Aquarian Gospel 46:14).

Human beings like to create external saviors for themselves, but to no avail. Only the inner deity can really save us. That is why Saint Paul wrote: “Work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12), saying that we are “workers together” with God (II Corinthians 6:1). It is not enough to believe in God, we must believe in ourselves as part of God, living and being with Divine Life and Being.

“But when you do your best to bear your loads, and do your work, you offer unto God a sacrifice well pleasing in his sight. And then the Holy One breathes deep upon your glowing sacrificial coals, and makes them blaze aloft to fill your souls with light, and strength and helpfulness” (Aquarian Gospel 46:15, 16).

Effective prayer

“The most efficient prayer that men can offer to a god of any kind is helpfulness to those in need of help; for what you do for other men the Holy One will do for you. And thus God helps” (Aquarian Gospel 46:17, 18).

A woman with an huge abdominal tumor came to a renowned healer who told her that he could do nothing for her. Not willing to give up, she stayed at the healing center. After a while she realized that she should not just sit around feeling sorry for herself, but help out wherever she could. So she did just that, working all day as a volunteer, helping others. To her amazement and joy, she found the tumor shrinking, and in time it was completely gone. The healer could not help her because of her selfish attitude, but when she forced herself out of that, her healing was automatic. So she healed herself through doing good and opening the channels of healing.

Through the ages people have come to healers and gone away blaming and defaming them because they were not healed, not understanding that it was their own mind that prevented healing. So we must realize that when we want some benefit we must open our minds and think and act in the ways that will make that benefit accessible to us.

Prophecy and farewell

“His work in Greece was done, and Jesus must go on his way to Egypt in the South. Apollo, with the highest masters of the land and many people from the varied walks of life, stood on the shore to see the Hebrew sage depart; and Jesus said, The son of man has been in many lands; has stood in temples of a multitude of foreign gods; has preached the gospel of good will and peace on earth to many people, tribes and tongues; has been received with favor in a multitude of homes; but Greece is, of them all, the royal host.

“The breadth of Grecian thought; the depth of her philosophy; the height of her unselfish aspirations have well fitted her to be the champion of the cause of human liberty and right. The fates of war have subjugated Greece, because she trusted in the strength of flesh, and bone and intellect, forgetful of the spirit-life that binds a nation to its source of power. “But Greece will not forever sit within the darkness of the shadow land as vassal of a foreign king. Lift up your heads, you men of Greece; the time will come when Greece will breathe the ethers of the Holy Breath, and be a mainspring of the spirit power of earth. But God must be your shield, your buckler, and your tower of strength.

“And then he said, Farewell. Apollo raised his hand in silent benediction, and the people wept.

“Upon the Cretan vessel, Mars, the Hebrew sage sailed from the Grecian port” (Aquarian Gospel 46:19-28).

The prophecy of Jesus about Greece can be applied to each one of us. When we banish forgetfulness of our true, spirit-life and make God our shield, buckler, and tower of strength, the Holy Spirit will live and breathe through us as well.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Return to Egypt

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The Aquarian Gospel—Commentary and Text

The Aquarian Gospel for Awakening—A Commentary on the Aquarian Gospel
by Swami Nirmalananda Giri (Abbot George Burke)

  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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