The Aquarian Age Gospel of Jesus, the Christ of the Piscean Age

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Aquarian Age Gospel of Jesus

Chapters 8 - 14


Elihu's lessons. The unity of life. The two selfs. The devil. Love the saviour 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 higher 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 everthing 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, know 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 favours 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 sympathise, 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 saviour he must look within; and when the demon self has been dethroned the saviour, Love, will be exulted to the throne of power. 23 The David of the light is Purity, who slays the strong Goliath of the dark, and seats the saviour, 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; to-morrow women 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 To-day one walks in gloom, downhearted and oppressed; tomorrow that same one is filled with joy. 6 To-day the heavens seem full of blessedness and hope; tomorrow hope has fled, and every plan and purpose comes to naught. 7 To-day one wants to curse the very ground on which he treads; tomorrow he is full of love and praise. 8 To-day 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, To-day 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 perserved 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 Abrahm 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 the a mighty master came, a Buddha of enlightenment, who turned away from wealth and all the honours 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 honour 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. To-morrow 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.

Childhood and Early Education of John the Harbinger


Elizabeth in Engedi. Teaches her son. John becomes the pupil of Matheno, who reveals to him the meaning of sin and the law of forgiveness.

ELIZABETH was blest; she spent her time with John, and gave to him the lessons that Elihu and Salome had given her. 2 And John delighted in the wilderness of his home and in the lessons that he learned. 3 Now in the hills were many caves. The cave of David was a-near in which the Hermit of Engedi lived. 4 This hermit was Matheno, priest of Egypt, master from the temple of Sakara. 5 When John was seven years of age Matheno took him to the wilderness and in the cave of David they abode. 6 Matheno taught, and John was thrilled with what the master said, and day by day Matheno opened up to him the mysteries of life. 7 John loved the wilderness; he loved his master and his simple fare. Their food was fruits, and nuts, wild honey and the carob bread. 8 Matheno was an Isrealite, and he attended all the Jewish feasts. 9 When John was nine years old Matheno took him to a great feast in Jerusalem. 10 The wicked Archelaus had been deposed and exiled to a distant land because of selfishness and cruelty, and John was not afraid. 11 John was delighted with his visit to Jerusalem. Matheno told him all about the service of the Jews; the meaning of their rites. 12 John could not understand how sin could be forgiven by killing animals and birds and burning them before the Lord. 13 Matheno said, The God of heaven and earth does not require sacrifice. This custom with its cruel rites was borrowed from the idol worshippers of other lands. 14 No sin was ever blotted out by sacrifice of animal, of bird, or man. 15 Sin is the rushing forth of man into fens of wickedness. If one would get away from sin he must retrace his steps, and find his way out of the fens of wickedness. 16 Return and purify your hearts by love and righteousness and you shall be forgiven. 17 This is the burden of the message that the harbinger shall bring to men. 18 What is forgiveness? John inquired. 19 Matheno said, It is the paying up of debts. A man who wrongs another man can never be forgiven until he rights the wrong. 20 The Vedas says that none can right the wrong but him who does the wrong. 21 John said, If this be true where is the power to forgive except the power that rests in man himself? Can man forgive himself? 22 Matheno said, The door is wide ajar; you see the way of man's return to right, and the forgiveness of his sins.


Matheno's lessons. The doctrine of universal law. The power of man to choose and to attain. The benefits of antagonisms. Ancient sacred books. The place of John and Jesus in the world's history.

MATHENO and his pupil, John, were talking of the sacred books of olden times, and of the golden precepts they contained, and John exclaimed, 2 These golden precepts are sublime; what need have we of other sacred books? 3 Matheno said, The Spirit of the Holy One cause every thing to come and go in proper time. 4 The sun has his own time to set, the moon to rise, to wax and wane, the stars to come and go, the rain to fall, the winds to blow; 5 The seed times and the harvest times to come; man to be born and man to die. 6 These mighty Spirits cause the nations to be born; they rock them in their cradles, nurtures them to greatest power, and when their tasks are done they wrap them in their winding sheets and lay them in their tombs. 7 Events are many in a nation's life, and in the life of man, that are not pleasant for the time; but in the end the truth appears: whatever comes is for the best. 8 Man was created for a noble part; but he could not be made a free man filled with wisdom, truth and might. 9 If he were hedged about, confined in straits from which he could not pass, then he would be a toy, a mere machine. 10 Creative spirits gave to man a will; and so he has the power to choose. 11 He may attain the greatest heights, or sink to deepest depths; for what he wills to gain he has the power to gain. 12 If he desires strength he has the power to gain that strength; but he must overcome resistances to reach the goal; no strength is ever gained in idleness. 13 So, in the whirl of many-sided conflicts man is placed where he must strive to extricate himself. 14 In every conflict man gains strength; with every conquest he attains to greater heights. With every day he finds new duties and new cares. 15 Man is not carried over dangerous pits, nor helped to overcome his foes. He is himself his army, and his sword and shield; and he is captain of his hosts. 16 The Holy Ones just light his way. Man never has been left without a beacon light to guide. 17 And he has ever had a lighted lamp in hand that he may see the dangerous rocks, the turbid streams amd treacherous pits. 18 And so the Holy Ones have judged; when men have needed added light a master soul has come to earth to give the light. 19 Before the Vedic days the world had many sacred books to light the way; and when man needed greater light the Vedas, the Avesta and the books of Tao Great appeared to show the way to greater heights. 20 And in the proper place the Hebrew Bible, with its Law, its Prophets and its Psalms, appeared for man's enlightenment. 21 But years have passed and men have need of greater light. 22 And now the Day Star from on high begins to shine; and Jesus is the flesh-made messenger to show that light to men. 23 And you, my pupil, you have been ordained to harbinger the coming day. 24 But you must keep that purity of heart you now possess; and you must light your lamp directly from the coals that burn upon the altar of the Holy Ones. 25 And then your lamp will be transmuted to a boundless flame, and you will be a living torch whose light will shine wherever man abides. 26 But in the ages yet to come, man will attain to greater heights, and lights still more intense will come. 27 And then, at last, a mighty master soul will come to earth to light the way up to the throne of perfect man.

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