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Who Is Jesus?

Hoffman's portrait of ChristPart 39 of the Aquarian Gospel for Awakening

“And all the people were entranced, and would have worshiped Jesus as a God; but Jesus said, I am your brother man just come to show the way to God; you shall not worship man; praise God, the Holy One” (Aquarian Gospel 26:23,24).

Jesus asked his disciples who the people–and they–thought he was (Matthew 16:13, 15). But more important is the question: Who does Jesus say he is? The proof of this is the fact that the Christians wrangled, cursing and slaughtering one another, for several centuries over the question of just who/what Jesus was. The answer is found here in the Aquarian Gospel.


First we must remember that this is taking place in India, not in Israel. This is most important. For in India they considered Jesus was divine because of His wisdom teachings. In Israel some thought he was divine because of his miracles. One response is from spiritual intelligence and the other is from material identification. In her Biblical Revelations Anna Catherine Emmerich the stigmatist says that in India the people loved Jesus and understood his teachings thoroughly, and Jesus loved them and felt at home only in India. In contrast, she tells us that in Israel Jesus felt completely alien and the people could hardly understand anything of what he said. (Consider the incapacity of his own disciples to understand his words.)

Because of this, Jesus could say in India what would be useless to speak in Israel. However, truth is truth wherever we are, and his defining of himself is totally clear–and as true in “the West” (Israel) as in “the East” (India).

“I am your brother man”

Jesus says quite clearly and unequivocally that he is a human being, a “brother” of all human beings. He is not God pretending to be a human, or somehow having “taken upon” himself a human nature and thereby becoming both God and man. No. He is simply a man. A very special man, a god-man, but nonetheless a man.

To be perfectly accurate, Jesus had evolved far beyond the human status, but–as with all of us–he retained his evolutionary experiences; they were built into him permanently as his past, upon which his present status was based. In a sense, through our experiences and the effect of those experiences (samskaras) we all remain whatever life-form we ever manifested through. It like the Ph.D. who has passed beyond the learning of grade school, yet he still embodies it.

“Just come to show the way to God”

His statement of purpose is also simple and direct: to bring to mankind the way to God–not a philosophy or a theology, but the practical means by which humans can journey to divinity. Elsewhere in the Aquarian Gospel Jesus speaks of meditation–the Silence–and the Divine Word which emanates from that Silence and leads us to it. Jesus brought no elaborate system of ritual or belief, only The Way.

Though not a God or founder of a religion, he nonetheless had something to say to us in our journeying along the path he came to reveal.

“You shall not worship man”

Surely Jesus had in mind a presage of his eventual divinization and the erection of a multi-mouthed religion which would din into the ears of a confused humanity that he alone must be worshipped as God or else they would suffer the terrible consequences of everlasting damnation.

Having told us that he is a man, Jesus then tells us to worship no human being, ever. Certainly Jesus is worthy of total respect–even reverence–and it is no mistake to contemplate him with both awe and love. But he is Perfect Man, not Perfect God. As Perfect Man he deserves our unreserved admiration, and even more, he merits our serious attention and attempt to follow the Way he came to show us. As he himself said to his “groupies”: “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). The idea is not that we must believe a theology and acknowledge him as God, but we must DO what he says–engage in spiritual practice that leads us to God-realization.

Their brother

I am your brother man just come to show the way to God; you shall not worship man; praise God, the Holy One.” This is the perspective true disciples of Jesus must have. He is worthy of all reverence and love, but he must not be mistaken for God Who alone we should worship. That is why the esoteric Christian Creed says: “We believe in Jesus Christ, the Lord of love and wisdom, first among his brethren, Who leads us to the glory of the Father, Who is Himself the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus is the way, truth and life because he is the example, the pattern, for all disciples to conform to and follow in all aspects of their life. Unless we follow his example God has given us we will not find either way, truth or life. Jesus is himself the Gospel of Christ embodied as a man.

“Praise God, the Holy One”

What shall we do, besides? Glorify God. And why do that? Because in doing so we will be fixing our minds on God and therewith draw into our own being the infinite life that manifests in infinite glory. To think of any person or place is to be there on a subtle level of our being. To continually think of God, then, is to consciously dwell in God and become transmuted into his perfect image, to truly “find” God.

God is said by Jesus to be holy. Why not almighty, all-knowing, and such attributes? Certainly God is all those things, but foremostly he is HOLY. “As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [conduct]; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:15,16). In Indian languages the same word–shuddha–is used for holy and pure. God being pure, we must also be pure. With this in mind, Saint John wrote: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (I John 3:2,3).

This the Way of Christ.

Read the next section in the Aquarian Gospel for Yogis: The Real Versus The Apparent

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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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