The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ
Transcribed from The Book of God’s Remembrance (Akashic Records)
by Levi H. Dowling (1844-1911)
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Education of Mary and Elizabeth in Zoan
Archelaus reigns. Mary and Elizabeth with their sons are in Zoan and are taught by Elihu and Salome. Elihu’s introductory lesson. Tells of an interpreter.
THE son of Herod, Archelaus, reigned in Jerusalem. He was a selfish, cruel king; he put to death all those who did not honor him.
2. He called in council all the wisest men and asked about the infant claimant to his throne.
3. The council said that John and Jesus both were dead; then he was satisfied.
4. Now Joseph, Mary and their son were down in Egypt in Zoan, and John was with his mother in the Judean Hills.
5. Elihu and Salome sent messengers in haste to find Elizabeth and John. They found them and they brought them to Zoan.
6. Now, Mary and Elizabeth were marveling much because of their deliverance.
7. Elihu said, It is not strange; there are no (random. happenings; law governs all events.
8. From olden times it was ordained that you should be with us, and in this sacred school be taught.
9. Elihu and Salome took Mary and Elizabeth out to the sacred grove nearby where they were wont to teach.
10. Elihu said to Mary and Elizabeth, You may esteem yourselves thrice blest, for you are chosen mothers of long promised sons,
11. Who are ordained to lay in solid rock a sure foundation stone on which the temple of the perfect man shall rest–a temple that shall never be destroyed.
12. We measure time by cycle ages, and the gate to every age we deem a milestone in the journey of the (human. race.
13. An age has passed; the gate unto another age flies open at the touch of time. This is the preparation age of soul, the kingdom of Immanuel, of God in man;
14. And these, your sons, will be the first to tell the news, and preach the gospel of good will to men, and peace on earth.
15. A mighty work is theirs; for carnal men want not the light, they love the dark, and when the light shines in the dark they comprehend it not.
16. We call these sons Revealers of the Light; but they must have the light before they can reveal the light.
17. And you must teach your sons, and set their souls on fire with love and holy zeal, and make them conscious of their missions to the sons of men.
18. Teach them that God and man are one; but that through carnal thoughts and words and deeds, man tore himself away from God; debased himself.
19. Teach that the Holy Breath would make them one again, restoring harmony and peace;
20. That naught can make them one but Love; that God so loved the world that he has clothed his son in flesh that man may comprehend.
21. The only Savior of the world is love, and Jesus, son of Mary, comes to manifest that love to men.
22. Now, love cannot manifest until its way has been prepared, and naught can rend the rocks and bring down lofty hills and fill the valleys up, and thus prepare the way, but purity.
23. But purity in life men do not comprehend; and so, it too, must come in flesh.
24. And you, Elizabeth, are blest because your son is purity made flesh, and he shall pave the way for love.
25. This age will comprehend but little of the works of Purity and Love; but not a word is lost, for in the Book of God’s Remembrance a registry is made of every thought, and word, and deed;
26. And when the world is ready to receive, lo, God will send a messenger to open up the book and copy from its sacred pages all the messages of Purity and Love.
27. Then every man of earth will read the words of life in language of his native land, and men will see the light, walk in the light and be the light.
28. And man again will be at one with God.
Elihu’s lessons. The unity of life. The two selfs. The devil. Love–the savior of men. The David of the light. Goliath of the dark.
AGAIN Elihu met his pupils in the sacred grove and said,
2. No man lives unto himself; for every living thing is bound by cords to every other living thing.
3. Blest are the pure in heart; for they will love and not demand love in return.
4. They will not do to other men what they would not have other men do unto them.
5. There are two selfs; the higher and the lower self.
6. The higher self is human spirit clothed with soul, made in the form of God.
7. The lower self, the carnal self, the body of desires, is a reflection of the higher self, distorted by the murky ethers of the flesh.
8. The lower self is an illusion, and will pass away; the higher self is God in man, and will not pass away.
9. The lower self is the embodiment of truth reversed, and so is falsehood manifest.
10. The higher self is justice, mercy, love and right; the lower self is what the higher self is not.
11. The lower self breeds hatred, slander, lewdness, murders, theft, and everything that harms; the higher self is mother of the virtues and the harmonies of life.
12. The lower self is rich in promises, but poor in blessedness and peace; it offers pleasure, joy and satisfying gains; but gives unrest and misery and death.
13. It gives men apples that are lovely to the eye and pleasant to the smell; their cores are full of bitterness and gall.
14. If you would ask me what to study I would say, yourselves; and when you will have studied them, and then would ask me what to study next, I would reply, yourselves.
15. He who knows well his lower self, knows the illusions of the world, knows of the things that pass away; and he who knows his higher self, knows God; knows well the things that cannot pass away.
16. Thrice blessed is the man who has made purity and love his very own; he has been ransomed from the perils of the lower self and is himself his higher self.
17. Men seek salvation from an evil that they deem a living monster of the nether world; and they have gods that are but demons in disguise; all powerful, yet full of jealousy and hate and lust;
18. Whose favors must be bought with costly sacrifice of fruits, and of the lives of birds, and animals, and human kind.
19. And yet these gods possess no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no heart to sympathize, no power to save.
20. This evil is myth; these gods are made of air, clothed with shadows of a thought.
21. The only devil from which men must be redeemed is self, the lower self. If man would find his devil he must look within; his name is self.
22. If man would find his savior he must look within; and when the demon self has been dethroned the savior, Love, will be exalted to the throne of power.
23. The David of the light is Purity, who slays the strong Goliath of the dark, and seats the savior, Love, upon the throne.
Salome’s lessons. The man and the woman. Philosophy of human moods. The triune God. The Septonate. The God Tao.
SALOME taught the lesson of the day. She said, All times are not alike. Today the words of man may have the greatest power; tomorrow woman teaches best.
2. In all the ways of life the man and woman should walk hand in hand; the one without the other is but half; each has a work to do.
3. But all things teach; each has a time and a season for its own. The sun, the moon have lessons of their own for men; but each one teaches at the appointed time.
4. The lessons of the sun fall down on human hearts like withered leaves upon a stream, if given in the season of the moon and all the stars.
5. Today one walks in gloom, downhearted and oppressed; tomorrow that same one is filled with joy.
6. Today the heavens seem full of blessedness and hope; tomorrow hope has fled, and every plan and purpose comes to naught.
7. Today one wants to curse the very ground on which he treads; tomorrow he is full of love and praise.
8. Today one hates and scorns and envies and is jealous of the child he loves; tomorrow he has risen above his carnal self, and breathes forth gladness and good will.
9. A thousand times men wonder why these heights and depths, these light hearts and these sad, are found in every life.
10. They do not know that there are teachers everywhere, each busy with a God-appointed task, and driving home to human hearts the truth.
11. But this is true, and every one receives the lessons that he needs.
12. And Mary said, Today I am in exultation great; my thoughts and all my life seem lifted up; why am I thus inspired?
13. Salome replied, This is a day of exultation; day of worship and of praise; a day when, in a measure, we may comprehend our Father-God.
14. Then let us study God, the One, the Three, the Seven.
15. Before the worlds were formed all things were One; just Spirit, Universal Breath.
16. And Spirit breathed, and that which was not manifest became the Fire and Thought of Heaven, the Father-God, the Mother-God.
17. And when the Fire and Thought of heaven in union breathed, their son, their only son, was born. This son is Love whom men have called the Christ.
18. Men call the Thought of heaven the Holy Breath.
19. And when the Triune God breathed forth, lo, seven Spirits stood before the throne. These are Elohim, creative spirits of the universe.
20. And these are they who said, Let us make man; and in their image man was made.
21. In early ages of the world the dwellers in the farther East said, Tao is the name of Universal Breath; and in the ancient books we read,
22. No manifesting form has Tao Great, and yet he made and keeps the heavens and earth.
23. No passion has our Tao Great, and yet he causes sun and moon and all the stars to rise and set.
24. No name has Tao Great, and yet he makes all things to grow; he brings in season both the seed time and the harvest time.
25. And Tao Great was One; the One became the Two; the Two became the Three, the Three evolved the Seven, which filled the universe with manifests.
26. And Tao Great gives unto all, the evil and the good, the rain, the dew, the sunshine and the flowers; from his rich stores he feeds them all.
27. And in the same old book we read of man: He has a spirit knit to Tao Great; a soul which lives within the seven Breaths of Tao Great; a body of desires that springs up from the soil of flesh.
28. Now spirit loves the pure, the good, the true; the body of desires extols the selfish self; the soul becomes the battle ground between the two.
29. And blessed is the man whose spirit is triumphant and whose lower self is purified; whose soul is cleansed, becoming fit to be the council chamber of the manifests of Tao Great.
30. Thus closed the lesson of Salome.
Elihu’s lessons. The Brahmic religion. Life of Abram. Jewish sacred books. The Persian religion.
ELIHU taught; he said, In ancient times a people in the East were worshippers of God, the One, whom they called Brahm.
2. Their laws were just; they lived in peace; they saw the light within; they walked in wisdom’s ways.
3. But priests with carnal aims arose, who changed the laws to suit the carnal mind; bound heavy burdens on the poor, and scorned the rules of right; and so the Brahms became corrupt.
4. But in the darkness of the age a few great masters stood unmoved; they loved the name of Brahm; they were great beacon lights before the world.
5. And they preserved inviolate the wisdom of their holy Brahm, and you may read this wisdom in their sacred books.
6. And in Chaldea, Brahm was known. A pious Brahm named Terah lived in Ur; his son was so devoted to the Brahmic faith that he was called A-Brahm; and he was set apart to be the father of the Hebrew race.
7. Now, Terah took his wife and sons and all his flocks and herds to Haran in the West; here Terah died.
8. And Abram took the flocks and herds, and with his kindred journeyed farther west;
9. And when he reached the Oaks of Morah in the land of Canaan, he pitched his tents and there abode.
10. A famine swept the land and Abram took his kindred and his flocks and herds and came to Egypt, and in these fertile plains of Zoan pitched his tent, and here abode.
11. And men still mark the place where Abram lived–across the plain.
12. You ask why Abram came to Egypt land? This is the cradle-land of the initiate; all secret things belong to Egypt land; and this is why the masters come.
13. In Zoan Abram taught his science of the stars, and in that sacred temple over there he learned the wisdom of the wise.
14. And when his lessons all were learned, he took his kindred and his flocks and herds and journeyed back to Canaan, and in the plains of Mamre pitched his tent, and there he lived, and there he died.
15. And records of his life and works and of his sons, and of the tribes of Israel, are well preserved in Jewish sacred books.
16. In Persia Brahm was known, and feared. Men saw him as the One, the causeless Cause of all that is, and he was sacred unto them, as Tao to the dwellers of the farther East.
17. The people lived in peace, and justice ruled.
18. But, as in other lands, in Persia priests arose imbued with self and self desires, who outraged Force, Intelligence and Love;
19. Religion grew corrupt, and birds and beasts and creeping things were set apart as gods.
20. In course of time a lofty soul, whom men called Zarathustra, came in flesh.
21. He saw the causeless Spirit, high and lifted up; he saw the weakness of all man appointed gods.
22. He spoke and all of Persia heard; and when he said, One God, one people and one shrine, the altars of the idols fell, and Persia was redeemed.
23. But men must see their Gods with human eyes, and Zarathustra said,
24. The greatest of the Spirits standing near the throne is the Ahura Mazda, who manifests in brightness of the sun.
25. And all the people saw Ahura Mazda in the sun, and they fell down and worshipped him in temples of the sun.
26. And Persia is the magian land where live the priests who saw the star arise to mark the place where Mary’s son was born, and were the first to greet him as the Prince of Peace.
27. The precepts and the laws of Zarathustra are preserved in the Avesta which you can read and make your own.
28. But you must know that words are naught till they are made alive; until the lessons they contain become a part of head and heart.
29. Now truth is one; but no one knows the truth until he is the truth. It is recorded in an ancient book.
30. Truth is the leavening power of God; it can transmute the all of life into itself; and when the all of life is truth, then man is truth.
Elihu’s lessons. Buddhism and the precepts of Buddha. The mysteries of Egypt.
AGAIN Elihu taught; he said,
The Indian priests became corrupt; Brahm was forgotten in the streets; the rights of men were trampled in the dust.
2. And then a mighty master came, a Buddha of enlightenment, who turned away from wealth and all the honors of the world, and found the Silence in the quiet groves and caves; and he was blest.
3. He preached a gospel of the higher life, and taught man how to honor man.
4. He had no doctrine of the gods to teach; he just knew man, and so his creed was justice, love and righteousness.
5. I quote for you a few of many of the helpful words which Buddha spoke:
6. Hate is a cruel word. If men hate you regard it not; and you can turn the hate of men to love and mercy and goodwill, and mercy is as large as all the heavens.
7. And there is good enough for all. With good destroy the bad; with generous deeds make avarice ashamed; with truth make straight the crooked lines that error draws, for error is but truth distorted, gone astray.
8. And pain will follow him who speaks or acts with evil thoughts, as does the wheel the foot of him who draws the cart.
9. He is a greater man who conquers self than he who kills a thousand men in war.
10. He is the noble man who is himself what he believes what other men should be.
11. Return to him who does you wrong your purest love, and he will cease from doing wrong; for love will purify the heart of him who is beloved as truly as it purifies the heart of him who loves.
12. The words of Buddha are recorded in the Indian sacred books; attend to them, for they are part of the instructions of the Holy Breath.
13. The land of Egypt is the land of secret things.
14. The mysteries of the ages lie lock-bound in our temples and our shines.
15. The masters of all times and climes come here to learn; and when your sons have grown to manhood they will finish all their studies in Egyptian schools.
16. But I have said enough. Tomorrow at the rising of the sun we meet again.
Salome’s lessons. Prayer . Elihu’s concluding lessons. Sums up the three years’ course of study. The pupils return to their homes.
Now, when the morning sun arose the masters and their pupils all were in the sacred grove.
2. Salome was the first to speak; she said,
Behold the sun! It manifests the power of God who speaks to us through sun and moon and stars;
3. Through mountain, hill and vale; through flower, and plant and tree.
4. God sings for us through bird, and harpsichord, and human voice; he speaks to us through wind and rain and thunder roll; why should we not bow down and worship at his feet?
5. God speaks to hearts apart; and hearts apart must speak to him; and this is prayer.
6. It is not prayer to shout at God, to stand, or sit, or kneel and tell him all about the sins of men.
7. It is not prayer to tell the Holy One how great he is, how good he is, how strong and how compassionate.
8. God is not man to be bought up by praise of man.
9. Prayer is the ardent wish that every way of life be light; that every act be crowned with good; that every living thing be prospered by our ministry.
10. A noble deed, a helpful word is prayer; a fervent, an effectual prayer.
11. The fount of prayer is in the heart; by thought, not words, the heart is carried up to God, where it is blest, Then let us pray.
12. They prayed, but not a word was said; but in that holy Silence every heart was blest.
13. And then Elihu spoke. He said to Mary and Elizabeth, Our words are said; you need not tarry longer here; the call has come; the way is clear, you may return unto your native land.
14. A mighty work is given you to do; you shall direct the minds that will direct the world.
15. Your sons are set apart to lead men up to righteous thoughts, and words, and deeds;
16. To make men know the sinfulness of sin; to lead them from the adoration of the lower self, and all illusive things, and make them conscious of the self that lives with Christ in God.
17. In preparation for their work your sons must walk in many thorny paths.
18. Fierce trials and temptations they will meet, like other men; their loads will not be light, and they will weary be, and faint.
19. And they will know the pangs of hunger and of thirst; and without cause they will be mocked, imprisoned, scourged.
20. To many countries they will go, and at the feet of many masters they will sit, for they must learn like other men.
21. But we have said enough. The blessings of the Three and of the Seven, who stand before the throne, will surely rest upon you evermore.
22. Thus closed the lessons of Elihu and Salome. Three years they taught their pupils in the sacred grove, and if their lessons all were written in a book, lo, it would be a mighty book; of what they said we have the sum.
23. Now, Mary, Joseph and Elizabeth with Jesus and his harbinger, set forth upon their homeward way. They went not by Jerusalem, for Archelaus reigned.
24. They journeyed by the Bitter Sea, and when they reached Engedi hills they rested in the home of Joshua, a near of kin; and here Elizabeth and John abode.
25. But Joseph, Mary and their son went by the Jordan way, and after certain days they reached their home in Nazareth.