Home - Original Christianity - The Aquarian Gospel for Awakening - Understanding Death

Understanding Death

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 17 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

“When John was twelve years old his mother died, and neighbors laid her body in a tomb among her kindred in the Hebron burying ground, and near to Zacharias’ tomb. And John was deeply grieved; he wept.

“Matheno said, It is not well to weep because of death. Death is no enemy of man; it is a friend who, when the work of life is done, just cuts the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas. No language can describe a mother’s worth, and yours was tried and true. But she was not called hence until her tasks were done.

“The calls of death are always for the best, for we are solving problems there as well as here; and one is sure to find himself where he can solve his problems best. It is but selfishness that makes one wish to call again to earth departed souls. Then let your mother rest in peace. Just let her noble life be strength and inspiration unto you” (Aquarian Gospel 15:1-7).

If we think about it we will realize that spirit never reacts–the mind does; and usually that means the ego. This is especially true when we suffer loss or deprivation of any kind, and death is one of the most traumatic of losses. Somehow we are never ready for it, and its absolute finality from which there is no appeal is stunning. Death goes completely against our grain as immortal beings, it is an overwhelming denial of our true nature that naturally outrages our sense of right. However, we have taken upon ourselves an unnatural mode of existence through causal, astral, and physical embodiment–all piled in upon one another–and participation in earthly life. And the realization of this should be the frame of reference within which we react to the ways of life on earth. Matheno outlines to John the wise way to view the death of the body, telling him that “it is not well to weep because of death.” Why?

Setting free

Death is no enemy of man; it is a friend who, when the work of life is done, just cuts the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas.

It is intriguing to notice that in the West physical immortality is set forth as the highest blessing, whereas in the East it is looked upon as an awful curse. This is because the West is simply ignorant of the three truths without which no intelligent understanding of human life is possible: 1) karma; 2) reincarnation; 3) evolution of consciousness. These three “facts of life” within the framework of the prevailing conditions of earthly life show that perpetual embodiment would certainly be a horror. Even if the body could remain in good health and optimum condition, the nervous system and brain could not withstand age-long embodiment. One of the reasons we sleep is to give them a respite from the wear of day-to-day life–even tranquil life. And the Great Sleep of death grants perfect rest to the world-worn mind and heart. The loss of prior memory from life to life is a great mercy. Imagine toiling along under the burden of the memories of the struggles of thousands of years of earthly embodiment. How weary we would become. Therefore our karmic force is divided into amounts that we can handle through the process of rebirth. In each life we are given only as much as we can handle. Sometimes that amount is heavy indeed to bear, but it is bearable, nevertheless. After working out karma according to our capacity for a single life, death comes to give us rest, respite, and refreshment in preparation for the next series of allotted lessons. As Matheno says, “when the work of life is done, [death] just cuts the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas.”

Understanding the “why” of death

Perhaps one of the ugliest aspects of ignorant religion in the West (Judaism and its offshoots, Christianity and Islam) is its absurd rationale about death. According to the “only one life” religions, we die because:

1) We are sinners and deserve to die so we can be kicked into eternal hell.

2) We are sinners and deserve to die so we can be kicked into Purgatory.

3) We are good and deserve to go to heaven.

4) God wants us to die.

5) We need to die in order to shock sinners into repentance.

6) We are “needed over there.”

7) There must be a good reason for it.

8) We do not know and should not care.

Who would not rebel against such silliness? Or worse, who would not detest a God who operates on such premises? The East has long said that Western religion is the doorway to atheism if not outright hatred of God. Anyone who thinks about the idiotic premises of Western religion has to reject it or go crazy. That is why most (if not virtually all) Jews, Christians, and Moslems do not think about their religion, but just “believe” and “accept” it. I am using the terms “Christianity” and “Christian,” but I should say “Churchianity” and “Churchian,” for Christianity is an Eastern religion that teaches karma, reincarnation, and the evolution of consciousness.

Karma is like the sand in an hourglass. When it runs out, the hour is over. When the stock of karma we brought with us into an incarnation is expended, death transfers us out of this world into another where we will be prepared for the next incarnation. Whether we die after a few minutes of earthly life or even after more than a century, it can only occur at the moment of the exhaustion of karma. Therefore Matheno says of Saint Elizabeth: “She was not called hence until her tasks were done.”

We do not just have physical, material, karma, we also have emotional and intellectual karma. These karmas can be worked out in astral and causal realms as well as the material world, so we go to those worlds to work out karmas that do not require physical embodiment. Consequently, “the calls of death are always for the best, for we are solving problems there as well as here; and one is sure to find himself where he can solve his problems best.” Perhaps the most complete and best-expressed exposition of this is found in the forty-third chapter of Autobiography of a Yogi entitled “The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar” (Another valuable writing is Through the Gates of Death by Dion Fortune.) Wherever we find ourselves, in this world or another, it is exactly where we need to be to solve our karmic problems and gain real wisdom and evolve our consciousness. This is why meditation is so essential, for through meditation we accelerate the evolution of our consciousness and greatly reduce the need for incarnation, eventually attaining liberation from all confining worlds and enter into the perfect freedom of Spirit.

Harming the departed

It is but selfishness that makes one wish to call again to earth departed souls. Although death is meant to free us for further growth, it is possible to bind those who die to the earth plane, preventing their advancement and even causing them pain and distress. We do this in several ways: 1) through intense grief; 2) through wishing that they were not “gone” but were still with us; and 3) through attempting to draw them back into the orbit of earth life through spiritualistic communication.

It is not unusual for the newly-departed to remain for a while on earth, completely aware of their family and loved ones, even hearing their words and reading their thoughts. When they see the pain and distress produced by their death, they naturally try to comfort the grieving; being unable to do so, they experience terrible agony of heart and often refuse to pass on into the astral world and leave their dear ones comfortless. Being aware of the calling of the hearts of those who grieve they feel it would be heartless to leave them and pass on to other worlds. In time they may become earthbound and wander in sorrow and frustration. In some instances people pass on into the astral worlds that are very near the earth plane, but are drawn back earthward through the intervention of spiritualistic mediums and their “guides.” When this happens over and over, they, too, often become earthbound. And all of this takes place because of the misguided and uncomprehending selfishness of others.

Naturally we regret the loss of those we love, but our love should be illumined and wise. However much we may miss their physical presence, we should speed them on their way through prayers for their spiritual advancement. It is good to quietly think of them and mentally speak to them, telling them that we love them, but we want them to be free, and so they should pass on to higher world. This is our duty towards those we love. Otherwise we make them a sacrifice to our egoistic selfishness and disturb their needed rest and regeneration in preparation for their next life. “Then let your mother rest in peace.”

Do not forget

This does not mean that we forget those that pass through the gate of death. We should often remember them with love and appreciation, considering the time we had with them as a blessing from God, Whom we should thank for that association. Moreover, we should strive to be worthy of that blessing and work to make ourselves better persons because of having lived with them. As the Book of Common Prayer expresses it: “We bless Thy holy Name for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear, beseeching Thee to grant them continual growth in Thy love and service” (“Fear” is the old English word for reverence.) As Matheno counseled Saint John: “Just let her noble life be strength and inspiration unto you.”

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: The True Teacher

(Visited 805 time, 1 visit today)


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

(Visited 805 time, 1 visit today)