Path to Eden
(From The Aquarian Gospel)
(When Mary was born, Joachim, Mary’s father, prepared a banquet in celebration. He invited the poor of Nazareth. He was a wealthy man) and he said, "The Lord has given me this wealth; I am his steward by his grace, and if I give not to his children when in need, then he will make this wealth a curse."
Mary took Jesus to the Temple when He was forty days old. (An elderly woman who served in the temple saw the infant Jesus.) ...she exclaimed, "Behold Immanuel! Behold the signet cross of the Messiah on his brow! And then the woman knelt to worship him, as God with us, Immanuel; but one, a master, clothed in white, appeared and said, Good woman, stay; take heed to what you do; you may not worship man; this is idolatry. This child is man, the son of man, and worthy of all praise. You shall adore and worship God; him (Jesus) only shall you serve."
On Being the Mother of a
"Elihu said to Mary and Elizabeth, You may esteem yourselves thrice blest, for you are chosen mothers of long promised sons, 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.
We measure time by cycle ages, and the gate to every age we deem a milestone in the journey of the race. 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; 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. 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.
We call these sons, Revealers of the Light; but they must have the light before they can reveal the light. 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.
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. Teach that the Holy Breath would make them one again, restoring harmony and peace; 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. The only Savior of the world is love, and Jesus, son of Mary, comes to manifest that love to men.
Now, love cannot manifest until its way has been prepared, and naught can rend the rocks and bring down the lofty hills and fill the valleys up, and thus prepare the way, but purity. But purity in life men do not comprehend; and so, it, too, must come in flesh. And you, Elizabeth, are blest because your son is purity made flesh, and he shall pave the way for love.
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; 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. 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. And man again will be at one with God.
"And Jesus saw the hard drawn lines of toil on every brow, in every hand. There was no look of joy in any face. Not one of all the group could think of anything but toil. And Jesus spoke to one and said, Why are you all so sad? Have you no happiness in life? The man replied, We scarcely know the meaning of that word. We toil to live, and hope for nothing else but toil, and bless the day when we can cease our toil and lay us down to rest in Buddha's city of the dead.
"And Jesus' heart was stirred with pity and with love for these poor toilers, and he said, Toil should not make a person sad; men should be happiest when they toil. When hope and love are back of toil, then all of life is filled with joy and peace, and this is heaven. Do you not know that such a heaven is for you? The man replied, Of heaven we have heard; but then it is so far away, and we must live so many lives before we can reach that place! And Jesus said, My brother, man, your thoughts are wrong; your heaven is not far away; and it is not a place of metes and bounds, is not a country to be reached; it is a state of mind. God never made a heaven for man; he never made a hell; we are creators and we make our own. Now, cease to seek for heaven in the sky; just open up the windows of your hearts, and, like a flood of light, a heaven will come and bring a boundless joy; then toil will be no cruel task.
The Two Selfs
(from Chapter 7)
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 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 savior, Love, upon the throne.
Ark of the Covenant – Revealed
(of The Aquarian Gospel)
NOW, in the early morning
Jesus came again to teach and heal. A light not comprehended shown about, as
though some mighty spirit overshadowed him.
2) A magus noted this and asked him privately to tell from whence his wisdom came, and what the meaning of the light.
3) And Jesus said,
There is a Silence where the soul may meet its God, and there the fount of wisdom is, and all who enter are immersed in light, and filled with wisdom, love and power.
4) The magus said,
Tell me about this Silence and this light, that I may go and there abide.
5)And Jesus said,
The Silence is not circumscribed; is not a place closed in with wall, or rocky steeps, nor guarded by the sword of man.
6) Men carry with them all the time the secret place where they might meet their God.
7) It matters not where men abide, on mountain top, in deepest vale, in marts of trade, or in the quiet home; they may at once, at any time, fling wide the door, and find the Silence, find the house of God; it is within the soul.
8) One may not be so much disturbed by noise of business, and the words and thoughts of men if he goes all alone into the valley or the mountain pass.
9) And when life's heavy load is pressing hard, it is far better to go out and seek a quiet place to pray and meditate.
10) The Silence is the kingdom of the soul, which is not seen by human eyes.
11) When in the Silence, phantom forms mat flit before the mind; but they are all subservient to the will; the master soul may speak and they are gone.
12) If you would find this Silence of the soul you must yourself prepare the way. None but the pure in heart may enter here.
13) And you must lay aside all tenseness of the mind, all business cares, all fears, all doubts and troubled thoughts.
14) Your human will must be absorbed by the divine; then you will come into a consciousness of holiness.
15) You are in the Holy Place, and you will see upon a living shrine the candle of the Lord aflame.
16) And when you see it burning there, look deep into the temple of your brain, and you will see it all aglow.
17) In every part, from head to foot, are candles all in place, just waiting to be lighted by the flaming torch of love.
18) And when you see the candles all aflame, just look, and you will see, with eyes of soul, the waters of the fount of wisdom rushing on; and you may drink, and there abide.
19) And then the curtains part, and you are in the Holiest of All, where rests the Ark of God, whose covering is the Mercy Seat.
20) Fear not to lift the sacred board; the Tables of the Law are in the Ark concealed.
21) Take them and read them well; for they contain all precepts and commands that men will ever need.
22) And in the Ark, the magic wand of prophecy lies waiting for your hand; it is the key to all the hidden meanings of the present, future, past.
23) And then, behold the manna there, the hidden bread of life; and he who eats shall never die.
24) The cherubim have guarded well for every soul this treasure box, and whosoever will may enter in and find his own.
25) Now Kaspar heard the Hebrew master speak and he exclaimed,
Behold, the wisdom of the gods has come to men!
26) And Jesus went his way, and in the sacred groves of Cyrus, where the multitudes were met, he taught and healed the sick.
When Christ’s Return is Near
(from Chapter 157)
will reason not; they will not see, nor care to see a cause for carnage,
desolation, thefts; for they will war with friend or foe.
23) The very air will seem surcharged with smoke of death; and pestilence will follow close upon the sword.
24) And signs that men have never seen will appear in heaven and earth; in sun, and moon, and stars.
25) The seas will roar, and sounds will come from heaven that men can never comprehend, and these will bring distress of nations with perplexity.
26) Hearts of the strongest men will faint in fear, in expectation of the coming of more frightful things upon the earth.
27) But while the conflicts rage on land and sea, the Prince of Peace will stand above the clouds of heaven and say again:
28) Peace, peace on earth; good will to men; and every man will throw away his sword, and nations will learn war no more.
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