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The Worthy Host

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 44 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

Seeing oneself

“When Jesus had thus said he stood aside; the people were amazed, but strove among themselves. Some said, He is inspired by Holy Brahm; and others said, He is insane; and others said, He is obsessed; he speaks as devils speak” (Aquarian Gospel 28:26, 27).

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). What is inside comes out through our speech. Those with God awakened within them said that Jesus was inspired by God; but those who were spiritually insane, obsessed and demons, said otherwise, attributing their state to him. So it will always be. When we see how Jesus was renowned from birth, how many people declared him the Messiah, and what incredible signs of his divine sonship were witnessed by multitudes, we are astounded that he was eventually rejected and killed. But if we realize that the bestial nature still living in humanity was simply “doing what comes naturally,” we are saddened but no longer amazed.

A guest

“But Jesus tarried not. Among the guests was one, a tiller of the soil, a generous soul, a seeker after truth, who loved the words that Jesus spoke, and Jesus went with him, and in his home abode” (Aquarian Gospel 28:28).

Here we have a very typical picture. Those who had been questioning Jesus and playing the role of “seeker,” offered him no place to stay. When Swami Vivekananda was in Boston, the social elite would introduce him fulsomely on the platform, and anyone who “mattered” in Boston society clamored to hold receptions for “The Swami Vivekananda from India.” But when the speeches and receptions were over, none of them opened their homes to him. Instead, he was required to live in the squalor of the “colored section” of Boston. After all, he was “a darkie.” Twenty years later, nothing had changed. Although invited to Boston as a delegate to the International Congress of Religious Liberals, Yogananda also was shunted off into the same ghetto. The Boston Brahmins still had their own code of untouchability.

Jesus experienced this code nearly two thousand years before. But that is fortunate for us, because we can draw spiritual lessons from the description of the one who welcomed him into his home.

Later, in Israel, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” We always live in God, but God can live in us in a very real and dynamic manner. This was the glory of Jesus–that he could truthfully say: “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:23). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

In this verse from the Aquarian Gospel we learn that the host of Jesus was a farmer, a member of the Vaishya caste. We was not an outcaste, yet he was considered too low for the Brahmins to come into his house. Surely Jesus remembered this when in Israel the Roman centurion, a man of great power and position, said: “Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof” (Matthew 8:8).

But we learn three other things about Jesus’ host which we can adopt to qualify ourselves to become an abode of divinity.

A generous soul

The besetting sin of modern “seekers” is selfishness, which includes self[ego]-centeredness. Their predatory nature is downright disconcerting. When I was in Hong Kong in 1962, I felt surrounded by people that would cut my throat for ten cents. I get the same feeling when in a crowd of metaphysical dabblers, including supposed yogis. There is nothing they will not do to get the desired spiritual ego-enhancers. And God help you if they decide you have what they want. Luckily, they have an instinctive aversion for real spirituality, so that takes the heat off somewhat. But they are still after any “stuff” that may give them the appearance of spirituality. As Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, They have their reward” (Matthew 6:2) in the form of their insatiable greed.

The worthy soul, however, is just the opposite. He seeks to give, and finds fulfillment in giving. He gives to both God and man in gladness. I have had the good fortune to live with such people. Some were “ordinary people,” but others were saints and masters. The supreme example of generosity was Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. As his beloved disciple, Swami Chidananda, has said, his sole thought throughout day and night was how to serve others. In him I saw total and perfect generosity, springing from a soul-felt love for all he came in contact with. It is impossible to exaggerate his virtue; rather, it is impossible to convey it to any but the palest degree. But those of us who experienced it know how real and blessed it was.

God is the supreme Giver, and if we would draw near to Him we, too, must be givers in all aspects of life.

A seeker after truth

The second trait of Jesus’ host was a very real seeking after truth. There was no duplicity or shadow of doubt in his seeking. He wanted the truth and all it entails, for God is the ultimate Truth.

Who loved the words that Jesus spoke

Finally, he loved the words that Jesus spoke. He did not just accept and follow mechanically, but rejoiced in the truth of Jesus’ words. For love and joy cannot be separated.

Many religionists obviously find the truth a dose of bitter medicine, and see it as a discipline they must undergo. So they coerce themselves and others into “obeying.” Fear and bullying are the goads by which they push both themselves and others along a path for which they obviously have no affinity or liking. But the worthy love the path, even if it be thorny and stony, taking as their inspiration Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2) as nothing, as a small price to pay for the infinite glory to which it was the necessary door. Love does such things.

If we would become abiding-places of God, the same path must be ours, as well.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: Come to the Light

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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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