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Part 7 of the Aquarian Gospel: The Council of the Seven Sages; The Ministry of John the Harbinger

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Transcribed from The Book of God’s Remembrance (Akashic Records)
by Levi H. Dowling (1844-1911)

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The Council of the Seven Sages of the World

The seven sages of the world meet in Alexandria.  The purposes of the meeting.  The opening addresses.

IN every age since time began have seven sages lived.
2. At first of every age these sages meet to note the course of nations, peoples, tribes and tongues;
3. To note how far toward justice, love and righteousness the race has gone;
4. To formulate the code of laws, religious postulates and plans of rule best suited to the coming age.
5. An age had passed, and lo, another age had come; the sages must convene.
6. Now, Alexandria was the center of the world’s best thought, and here in Philo’s home the sages met.
7. From China came Meng-ste; from India Vidyapati came; from Persia Kaspar came; and from Assyria Ashbina came; from Greece Apollo; Matheno was the Egyptian sage, and Philo was the chief of Hebrew thought.
8. The time was due; the council met and sat in silence seven days.
9. And then Meng-ste arose and said, The wheel of time has turned once more; the race is on a higher plane of thought.
10. The garments that or fathers wove have given out; the cherubim have woven a celestial cloth; have placed it in our hands and we must make for men new garbs.
11. The sons of men are looking up for greater light. No longer do they care for gods hewn out of wood, or made of clay. They seek a God not made with hands.
12. They see the beams of coming day, and yet they comprehend them not.
13. The time is ripe, and we must fashion well these garments for the race.
14. And let us make for men new garbs of justice, mercy, righteousness and love, that they may hide their nakedness when shines the light of coming day.
15. And Vidyapati said, Our priests have all gone mad; they saw a demon in the wilds and at him cast their lamps and they are broken up, and not a gleam of light has any priest for men.
16. The night is dark; the heart of India calls for light.
17. The priesthood cannot be reformed; it is already dead; its greatest needs are graves and funeral chants.
18. The new age calls for liberty; the kind that makes each man a priest, enables him to go alone, and lay his offerings on the shrine of God.
19. And Kaspar said, In Persia people walk in fear; they do the good for fear to do the wrong.
20. The devil is the greatest power in our land, and though a myth, he dandles on his knee both youth and age.
21. Our land is dark, and evil prospers in the dark.
22. Fear rides on every passing breeze, and lurks in every form of life.
23. The fear of evil is a myth, is an illusion and a snare; but it will live until some mighty power shall come to raise the ethers to the plane of light.
24. When this shall come to pass the magian land will glory in the light. The soul of Persia calls for light.

Meeting of the sages, continued.  Opening addresses.  Seven days’ silence.

ASHBINA said, Assyria is the land of doubt; the chariot of my people, that in which they mostly ride, is labeled Doubt.
2. Once Faith walked forth in Babylon; and she was bright and fair; but she was clothed in such white robes that men became afraid of her.
3. And every wheel began to turn, and Doubt made war on her, and drove her from the land; and she came back no more.
4. In form men worship God, the One; in heart they are not sure that God exists.
5. Faith worships at the shrine of one not seen; but Doubt must see her God.
6. The greatest need of all Assyria is faith–a faith that seasons every thing that is, with certainty.
7. And then Apollo said, The greatest needs of Greece are true concepts of God.
8. Theogony in Greece is rudderless, for every thought may be a god, and worshipped as a god.
9. The plane of thought is broad, and full of sharp antagonists; and so the circle of the gods is filled with enmity, with wars and base intrigues.
10. Greece needs a master mind to stand above the gods; to raise the thoughts of men away from many gods to God the One.
11. We know that light is coming o’er the hills. God speed the light.
12. Matheno said, Behold this land of mystery! this Egypt of the dead!
13. Our temples long have been the tombs of all the hidden things of time; our temples, crypts and caves are dark.
14. In light there are no secret things. The sun reveals all hidden truth. There are no mysteries in God.
15. Behold the rising sun! His beams are entering every door; yea, every crevice of the mystic crypt of Mizraim.
16. We hail the light! All Egypt craves the light.
17. And Philo said, The need of Hebrew thought and life is liberty.
18. The Hebrew prophets, seers, and givers of the law, were men of power, men of holy thought, and they bequeathed to us a system of philosophy that is ideal; one strong enough and good enough to lead our people to the goal of perfectness.
19. But carnal minds repudiated holiness; a priesthood filled with selfishness arose, and purity in heart became a myth; the people were enslaved.
20. The priesthood is the curse of Israel; but when he comes, who is to come, he will proclaim emancipation for the slaves; my people will be free.
21. Behold, for God has made incarnate wisdom, love and light, which he has called Immanuel.
22. To him is given the keys to open up the dawn; and here, as man, he walks with us.
23. And then the council chamber door was opened and the Logos stood among the sages of the world.
24. Again the sages sat in silence seven days.

Meeting of the sages, continued.  Presentation of the seven universal postulates.

NOW, when the sages were refreshed they opened up the Book of Life and read.
2. They read the story of the life of man; of all his struggles, losses, gains; and in the light of past events and needs, they saw what would be best for him in coming years.
3. They knew the kind of laws and precepts suited best to his estate; they saw the highest God-ideal that the race could comprehend.
4. Upon the seven postulates these sages were to formulate, the great philosophy of life and worship of the coming age must rest.
5. Now Meng-ste was the oldest sage; he took the chair of chief, and said,
6. Man is not far enough advanced to live by faith; he cannot comprehend the things his eyes see not.
7. He yet is child, and during all the coming age he must be taught by pictures, symbols, rites and forms.
8. His God must be a human God; he cannot see a God by faith.
9. And then he cannot rule himself; the king must rule; the man must serve.
10. The age that follows this will be the age of man, the age of faith.
11. In that blest age the human race will see without the aid of carnal eyes; will hear the soundless sound; will know the Spirit-God.
12. The age we enter is the Preparation age, and all the schools and governments and worship rites must be designed in simple way that men may comprehend.
13. And man cannot originate; he builds by patterns that he sees; so in this council we must carve out pattern for the coming age.
14. And we must formulate the gnosis of the Empire of the soul, which rests on seven postulates.
15. Each sage in turn shall form a postulate; and these shall be the basis of the creeds of men until the perfect age shall come.
16. Then Meng-ste wrote the first:
17. All things are thought; all life is thought activity. The multitude of beings are but phases of the one great thought made manifest. Lo, God is Thought, and Thought is God.
18. Then Vidyapati wrote the second postulate:
19. Eternal Thought is one; in essence it is two–Intelligence and Force; and when they breathe a child is born; this child is Love.
20. And thus the Triune God stands forth, whom men call Father-Mother-Child.
21. This Triune God is one; but like the one of light, in essence he is seven.
22. And when the Triune God breathes forth, lo, seven Spirits stand before his face; these are creative attributes.
23. Men call them lesser gods, and in their image they made man.
24. And Kaspar wrote the third:
25. Man was a thought of God, formed in the image of the Septonate, clothed in the substances of soul.
26. And his desires were strong; he sought to manifest on every plane of life, and for himself he made a body of the ethers of the earthly forms, and so descended to the plane of earth.
27. In this descent he lost his birthright; lost his harmony with God, and made discordant all the notes of life.
28. Inharmony and evil are the same; so evil is the handiwork of man.
29. Ashbina wrote the fourth:
30. Seeds do not germinate in light; they do not grow until they find the soil, and hide themselves away from light.
31. Man was evolved a seed of everlasting life; but in the ethers of the Triune God the light was far too great for seeds to grow;
32. And so man sought the soil of carnal life, and in the darksomeness of earth he found a place where he could germinate and grow.
33. The seed has taken root and grown full well.
34. The tree of human life is rising from the soil of earthy things, and, under natural law, is reaching up to perfect form.
35. There are no supernatural acts of God to lift a man from carnal life to spirit blessedness; he grows as grows the plant, and in due time is perfected.
36. The quality of soul that makes it possible for man to rise to spirit life is purity.

Meeting of the sages, continued.  The remaining postulates.  The sages bless Jesus.  Seven days’ silence.

APOLLO wrote the fifth:
2. The soul is drawn to perfect light by four white steeds, and these are Will, and Faith, and Helpfulness and Love.
3. That which one wills to do, he has the power to do.
4. A knowledge of that power is faith; and when faith moves, the soul begins its flight.
5. A selfish faith leads not to light. There is no lonely pilgrim on the way to light. Men only gain the heights by helping others gain the heights.
6. The steed that leads the way to spirit life is Love; is pure unselfish Love.
7. Matheno wrote the sixth:
8. The universal Love of which Apollo speaks is child of Wisdom and of Will divine, and God has sent it forth to earth in flesh that man may know.
9. The universal Love of which the sages speak is Christ.
10. The greatest mystery of all times lies in the way that Christ lives in the heart.
11. Christ cannot live in clammy dens of carnal things. The seven battles must be fought, the seven victories won before the carnal things, like fear, and self, emotions and desire, are put away.
12. When this is done the Christ will take possession of the soul; the work is done, and man and God are one.
13. And Philo wrote the seventh:
14. A perfect man! To bring before the Triune God a being such as this was nature made.
15. This consummation is the highest revelation of the mystery of life.
16. When all the essences of carnal things have been transmuted into soul, and all the essences of soul have been returned to Holy Breath, and man is made a perfect God, the drama of Creation will conclude. And this is all.
17. And all the sages said, Amen.
18. Then Meng-ste said, The Holy One has sent to us a man illumined by the efforts of unnumbered years, to lead the thoughts of men.
19. This man, approved by all the master minds of heaven and earth, this man from Galilee, this Jesus, chief of all the sages of the world, we gladly recognize.
20. In recognition of this wisdom that he brings to men, we crown him with the Lotus wreath.
21. We send him forth with all the blessing of the seven sages of the world.
22. Then all the sages laid their hands on Jesus’ head, and said with one accord, Praise God!
23. For wisdom, honor, glory, power, riches, blessing, strength, are yours, O Christ, for evermore.
24. And every living creature said, Amen.
25 And then the sages sat in silence seven days.

Jesus addresses the seven sages.  The address.  Jesus goes to Galilee.

THE seven days of silence passed and Jesus, sitting with the sages said:
2. The history of life is well condensed in these immortal postulates. These are the seven hills on which the holy city shall be built.
3. These are the seven sure foundation stones on which the Universal Church shall stand.
4. In taking up the work assigned for me to do I am full conscious of the perils of the way; the cup will be a bitter one to drink and human nature well might shrink.
5. But I have lost my will in that of Holy Breath, and so I go my way to speak and act by Holy Breath.
6. The words I speak are not my own; they are the words of him whose will I do.
7. Man is not far enough advanced in sacred thought to comprehend the Universal Church, and so the work that God has given me to do is not the building of that Church.
8. I am a model maker, sent to make a pattern of the Church that is to be–a pattern that the age may comprehend.
9. My task as model builder lies within my native land, and there, upon the postulate that Love is son of God, that I am come to manifest that Love, the Model Church will stand.
10. And from the men of low estate I will select twelve men, who represent the twelve immortal thoughts; and these will be the Model Church.
11. The house of Judah, my own kindred in the flesh, will comprehend but little of my mission to the world.
12. And they will spurn me, scorn my work, accuse me falsely, bind me, take me to the judgment seat of carnal men who will convict and slay me on the cross.
13. But men can never slay the truth; though banished it will come again in greater power; for truth will subjugate the world.
14. The Model Church will live. Though carnal man will prostitute its sacred laws, symbolic rites and forms, for selfish ends, and make it but an outward show, the few will find through it the kingdom of the soul.
15. And when the better age shall come the Universal Church will stand upon the seven postulates, and will be built according to the pattern given.
16. The time has come; I go my way unto Jerusalem, and by the power of living faith, and by the strength that you have given.
17. And in the name of God, our Father-God, the kingdom of the soul shall be established on the seven hills.
18. And all the peoples, tribes and tongues of earth shall enter in.
19. The Prince of Peace will take his seat upon the throne of power; the Triune God will then be All in All.
20. And all the sages said, Amen.
21. And Jesus went his way, and after many days, he reached Jerusalem; and then he sought his home in Galilee.


The Ministry of John the Harbinger

John, the harbinger, returns to Hebron.  Lives as a hermit in the wilds. Visits Jerusalem and speaks to the people.

IT came to pass when John, the son of Zacharias and Elizabeth, had finished all his studies in the Egyptian schools, that he returned to Hebron, where he abode for certain days.
2. And then he sought the wilderness and made his home in David’s cave where, many years before, he was instructed by the Egyptian sage.
3. Some people called him Hermit of Engedi; and others said, He is the Wild Man of the Hills.
4. He clothed himself with skins of beasts; his food was carobs, honey, nuts and fruits.
5. When John was thirty years of age he went into Jerusalem, and in the market place he sat in silence seven days.
6. The common people and the priests, the scribes and Pharisees came out in multitudes to see the silent hermit of the hills; but none were bold enough to ask him who he was.
7. But when his silent fast was done he stood forth in the midst of all and said:
8. Behold the king has come; the prophets told of him; the wise men long have looked for him.
9. Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.
10. And that was all he said, and then he disappeared, and no one knew where he had gone.
11. And there was great unrest through all Jerusalem. The rulers heard the story of the hermit of the hills.
12. And they sent couriers forth to talk with him that they might know about the coming king; but they could find him not.
13. And after certain days he came again into the market place, and all the city came to hear him speak; he said:
14. Be not disturbed, you rulers of the state; the coming king is no antagonist; he seeks no place on any earthly throne.
15. He comes the Prince of Peace, the king of righteousness and love; his kingdom is within the soul.
16. The eyes of men shall see it not and none can enter but the pure in heart.
17. Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.
18. Again the hermit disappeared; the people strove to follow him, but he had drawn a veil about his form and men could see him not.
19. A Jewish feast day came; Jerusalem was filled with Jews and proselytes from every part of Palestine, and John stood in the temple court and said,
20. Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.
21. Lo, you have lived in sin; the poor cry in your streets, and you regard them not.
22. Your neighbors, who are they? You have defrauded friend and foe alike.
23. You worship God with voice and lip; your hearts are far away, and set on gold.
24. Your priests have bound upon the people burdens far to great to bear; they live in ease upon the hard earned wages of the poor.
25. Your lawyers, doctors, scribes are useless cumberers of the ground; they are but tumors on the body of the state;
26. They toil not neither do they spin, yet they consume the profits of your marts of trade.
27. Your rulers are adulterers, extortioners and thieves, regarding not the rights of any man;
28. And robbers ply their calling in the sacred halls; the holy temple you have sold to thieves; their dens are in the sacred places set apart for prayer.
29. Hear! hear! you people of Jerusalem! Reform; turn from your evil ways or God will turn from you and heathen from afar will come, and what is left of all your honor and your fame will pass in one short hour.
30. Prepare, Jerusalem, prepare to meet your king.
31. He said no more; he left the court and no one saw him go.
32. The priests, the doctors and the scribes were all in rage. They sought for John intent to do him harm. They found him not.
33. The common people stood in his defense; they said, The hermit speaks the truth.
34. And then the priests, the doctors and the scribes were sore afraid; they said no more; they hid themselves away.

John, the harbinger, again visits Jerusalem.  Speaks to the people. Promises to meet them at Gilgal in seven days.  Goes to Bethany and attends a feast.

NEXT day John went again into the temple courts and said,
2. Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.
3. The chief priests and the scribes would know the meaning of his words; they said.
4. Bold man, what is the purport of this message that you bring to Israel? If you be seer and prophet tell us plainly who has sent you here?
5. And John replied, I am the voice of one who cries out in the wilderness, Prepare the way, make straight the paths, for, lo, the Prince of Peace will come to rule in love.
6. Your prophet Malachi wrote down the words of God:
7. And I will send Elijah unto you before the retribution day shall come, to turn again the hearts of men to God, and if they will not turn, lo, I will smite them with a curse.
8. You men of Israel; you know your sins. As I passed by I saw a wounded bird prone in your streets, and men of every class were beating it with clubs; and then I saw that Justice was its name.
9. I looked again and saw that its companion had been killed; the pure white wings of Righteousness were trampled in the dust.
10. I tell you men, your awfulness of guilt has made a cesspool of iniquity that sends a fearful stench to heaven.
11. Reform, O Israel, reform; prepare to meet your king.
12. And then John turned away and as he went he said,
13. In seven days, lo, I will stand at Gilgal, by the Jordan ford, where Israel first crossed into the promised land.
14. And then he left the temple court to enter it no more; but many people followed him as far as Bethany, and there he tarried at the home of Lazarus, his kin.
15. The anxious people gathered all about the home and would not go; then John came forth and said,
16. Reform, O Israel, reform; prepare to meet your king.
17. The sins of Israel do not all lie at the door of priest and scribe. O think you not that all the sinners of Judea are found among the rulers and the men of wealth.
18. It is no sign that man is good and pure because he lives in want.
19. The listless, shiftless vagabonds of earth are mostly poor and have to beg for bread.
20. I saw the very men that cheered because I told the priests and scribes of their injustice unto man, throw stones and beat poor Justice in the streets.
21. I saw them trample on the poor dead bird of Righteousness;
22. And you who follow after me, you commoners, are not one whit behind the scribes and priests in crime.
23. Reform, you men of Israel; the king has come; prepare to meet your king.
24. With Lazarus and his sisters, John remained for certain days.
25. In honor of the Nazarite a feast was spread, and all the people stood about the board.
26. And when the chief men of the town poured out the sparkling wine and offered John a cup, he took it, held it high in air, and said,
27. Wine makes glad the carnal heart, and it makes sad the human soul; it plunges deep in bitterness and gall the deathless spirit of the man.
28. I took the vow of Nazar when a child, and not a drop has ever passed my lips.
29. And if you would make glad the coming king, then shun the cup as you would shun a deadly thing.
30. And then he threw the sparking wine out in the street.

John, the harbinger, visits Jericho.  Meets the people at Gilgal.  Announces his mission. Introduces the rite of baptism.  Baptizes many people.  Returns to Bethany and teaches.  Returns to the Jordan.

AND John went down to Jericho; there he abode with Alpheus.
2. And when the people heard that he was there they came in throngs to hear him speak.
3. He spoke to none; but when the time was due he went down to the Jordan ford, and to the multitudes he said.
4. Reform and in the fount of purity wash all your sins away; the kingdom is at hand.
5. Come unto me and in the waters of this stream be washed, symbolic of the inner cleansing of the soul.
6. And, lo, the multitudes came down, and in the Jordan they were washed, and every man confessed his sins.
7. For many months, in all the regions round about, John pled for purity and righteousness, and after many days he went again to Bethany; and there he taught.
8. At first few but the honest seekers came; but, by and by, the selfish and the vicious came with no contrition; came because the many came.
9. And when John saw the unrepentant Pharisees and Sadducees come unto him, he said,
10. You children of the vipers, stay; are you disturbed by news of coming wrath?
11. Go to, and do the things that prove repentance genuine.
12. Is it enough for you to say that you are heirs of Abraham? I tell you, no.
13. The heirs of Abraham are just as wicked in the sight of God when they do wrong as any heathen man.
14. Behold the axe! and every tree that bears not wholesome fruit is cut down at the roots and cast into the fire.
15. And then the people asked, What must we do?
16. And John replied, Accept the ministry of helpfulness for all mankind; spend not upon your selfish selves all that you have.
17. Let him who has two coats give one to him who has no coat; give part of all the food you have to those in need.
18. And when the publicans came up and asked, What must we do? John answered them,
19. Be honest in your work; do not increase for selfish gain the tribute you collect; take nothing more than what your king demands.
20. And when the soldiers came and asked, What must we do? The harbinger replied,
21. Do violence to none; exact no wrongful thing, and be contented with the wages you receive.
22. Among the Jews were many who had been waiting for the Christ to come, and they regarded John as Christ.
23. But to their questions John replied, In water I do cleanse, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul; but when he comes who is to come, lo, he will cleanse in Holy Breath and purify in fire.
24. His fan is in his hand, and he will separate the wheat and chaff; will throw the chaff away, but garner every grain of wheat. This is the Christ.
25. Behold he comes! and he will walk with you, and you will know him not.
26. He is the king; the latchet of his shoes I am not worthy to unloose.
27. And John left Bethany and went again unto the Jordan ford.

Jesus comes to Galilee, and is baptized by John. The Holy Breath testifies on his messiahship.

THE news reached Galilee, and Jesus with the multitude went down to where the harbinger was preaching at the ford.
2. When Jesus saw the harbinger he said, Behold the man of God! Behold the greatest of the seers! Behold, Elijah has returned!
3. Behold the messenger whom God has sent to open up the way! The kingdom is at hand.
4. When John saw Jesus standing with the throng he said, Behold the king who cometh in the name of God!
5. And Jesus said to John, I would be washed in water as a symbol of the cleansing of the soul.
6. And John replied, you do not need to wash, for you are pure in thought, and word, and deed. And if you need to wash I am not worthy to perform the rite.
7. And Jesus said, I come to be a pattern for the sons of men, and what I bid them do, that I must do; and all men must be washed, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul.
8. This washing we establish as a rite–baptism rite we call it now, and so it shall be called.
9. Your work, prophetic harbinger, is to prepare the way, and to reveal the hidden things.
10. The multitudes are ready for the words of life, and I come to be made known by you to all the world, as prophet of the Triune God, and as the chosen one to manifest the Christ to men.
11. Then John led Jesus down into the river at the ford and he baptized him in the sacred name of him who sent him forth to manifest the Christ to men.
12. And as they came out of the stream, the Holy Breath, in form of dove, came down and sat on Jesus’ head.
13. A voice from heaven said, This is the well-beloved son of God, the Christ, the love of God made manifest.
14. John heard the voice, and understood the message of the voice.
15. Now Jesus went his way, and John preached to the multitude.
16. As many as confessed their sins, and turned from evil ways to ways of right, the harbinger baptized, symbolic of the blotting out of sins by righteousness.

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