The Aquarian Gospel

SECTION I

 

ALEPH

 

Birth and Early Life of Mary, Mother of Yeshua

Chapter 1

Palestine. Birth of Mary, Joachim’s feast. Mary is blessed by the priests. His prophecy. Mary abides in the temple. Is betrothed to Joseph.

 

  1. Augustus Cæsar reigned and Herod Antipas was ruler of Jerusalem.
  2. Three provinces comprised the land of Palistine: Judea, and Samaria, and Galilee.
  3. Joachim was a master of the Jewish law, a man of wealth; he lived in Nazareth of Galilee; and Anna, of the tribe of Judah, was his wife.
  4. To them was born a child, a goodly female child, and they were glad; and Mary was the name they gave the child.
  5. Joachim made a feast in honour of the child; but he invited not the rich, the honoured and the great; he called the poor the halt and the lame, the blind, and to each one he gave a gift of raiment, food or other needful thing.
  6. He said, The Spirit 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.
  7. Now, when the child was three years old her parents took her to Jerusalem, and in the temple she received the blessings of the priests.
  8. The high priest was a prophet and a seer, and when he saw the child he said,
  9. Behold, this child will be the mother of an honoured prophet and a master of the law; she shall abide within this holy temple of the Spirit.
  10. And Mary did abide within the temple of the Spirit; and Hillel, chief of the Sanhedrim, taught her all the precepts of Jews, and she delighted in the law of Divine.
  11. When Mary reached the age of womanhood she was betrothed to Joseph, son of Jacob, and a carpenter of Nazareth.
  12. And Joseph was an upright man, and a devoted Essenes.

 

SECTION II

 

BETH

 

Birth and Infancy of the Harbinger, and of Yeshua

Chapter 2

Zacharias and Elizabeth. Prophetic messages of Gabriel to Zacharias, Elizabeth and Mary. Birth of John. Prophecy of Zacharias.

 

  1. Near Hebron in the hills of Judah, Zacharias and Elizabeth abode.
  2. They were devote and just, and every day they read the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms which told of one to come, strong to redeem; and they were waiting for the king.
  3. Now, Zacharias was a priest, and in his turn he led the temple service in Jerusalem.
  4. It came to pass as Zacharias stood before the Spirit and burned the incense in the Holy Place, that Gabriel came and stood before his face.
  5. And Zacharias was afraid; he thought that some great evil was about to come upon the Jews.
  6. But Gabriel said, O man of Divine, fear not; I bring to you and all the world, a message of good will, and peace on earth.
  7. Behold, the Prince of Peace, the king you seek, will quickly come.
  8. Your wife will bear to you a son, a holy son, of whom the prophet wrote,
  9. Behold, I send Elijah unto you again before the coming of the Spirit; and he will level down the hills and fill the valleys up, and pave the way for him who shall redeem.
  10. From the beginning of the age your son has borne the name of John, the mercy of the Spirit; his name is John.
  11. He will be honoured in the sight of Divine, and he will drink no wine, and from his birth he will be filled with Holy Breath.
  12. And Gabriel stood before Elizabeth as she was in the silence of her home, and told her all the words that he had said to Zacharias in Jerusalem.
  13. When he had done the service of his course, the priest went home, and with Elizabeth rejoiced.
  14. Five months passed by and Gabriel came to Mary in her home in Nazareth and said,
  15. Hail Mary, hail! Once blessed in the name of Divine; twice blessed in the name of Holy Breath; thrice blessed in the name of Christ; for you are worthy, and will bear a son who shall be called Immanuel.
  16. His name is Yeshua, for he saves his people from their sins.
  17. When Joseph’s daily task was done he came, and Mary told him all the words that Gabriel spoke to her, and they rejoiced; for they believed that he, the man of Divine, had spoken words of truth.
  18. And Mary went with haste to tell Elizabeth about the promises of Gabriel; together they rejoiced.
  19. And in the home of Zacharias and Elizabeth did Mary tarry ninety days; then she returned to Nazareth.
  20. To Zacharias and Elizabeth a son was born, and Zacharias said,
  21. Most blessed be the name of Divine, for he has opened up the fount of blessings for his people, Israel.
  22. His promises are verified; for he has brought to pass the words which holy prophets spoke in olden times.
  23. And Zacharias looked upon infant John, and said,
  24. You shall be called the prophet of the Holy One; and you will go before his face, and will prepare his way.
  25. And you will give a knowledge of salvation unto Israel; and you will preach the gospel of repentance and the blotting out of sins.
  26. Behold, for soon the Day Star from on high will visit us, to light the way for those who sit within the darkness of the shadow-land, and guide our ways to the feet of peace.

 

Chapter 3

Birth of Yeshua. Masters honour the child. The shepherds rejoice. Zacharias and Elizabeth visit Mary. Yeshua is circumcised.

 

  1. The time was nearly due for Yeshua to be born, and Mary longed to see Elizabeth, and she and Joseph turned their faces toward the Judean hills.
  2. And when upon their way they came to Bethlehem the day was done, and they must tarry for the night.
  3. But Bethlehem was thronged with people going to Jerusalem; the inns and homes were filled with guests, and Joseph and his wife could find no place to rest but in a cave where animals were kept; and there they slept.
  4. At midnight came a cry, a child is born in yonder cave among the beasts. And lo, the promised son of man was born.
  5. And strangers took the little one and wrapped him in the dainty robes that Mary had prepared and laid him in a trough from which the beasts of burden fed.
  6. Three persons clad in snow-white robes came in and stood before the child and said,
  7. All strength, all wisdom and all love be your, Immanuel.
  8. Now, on the hills of Bethehem were many flocks of sheep with shepherds guarding them.
  9. The shepherds were devout, were men of prayer, and they were waiting for a strong deliverer to come.
  10. And when the child of promise came, a man in snow-white robe appeared to them, and they fell back in fear. The man stood forth and said,
  11. Fear not! behold I bring you joyful news. At midnight in a cave in Bethehem was born the prophet and the king that you have long been waiting for.
  12. And then the shepherds all were glad; they felt that all the hills were filled with messengers of light, who said,
  13. All glory be to Divine on high; peace, peace on earth, good will to men.
  14. And then the shepherds came with haste to Bethlehem and to the cave, that they might see and honour him whom men had called Immanuel.
  15. Now, when the morning came, a shepherdess whose home was near, prepared a room for Mary, Joseph and the child; and here they tarried many days.
  16. And Joseph sent a messenger in haste to Zacharias and Elizabeth to say, The child is born in Bethlehem.
  17. And Zacharias and Elizabeth took John and came to Bethlehem with words of cheer.
  18. And Mary and Elizabeth recounted all the wonderous things that had transpired. The people joined with them in praising Divine.
  19. According to the custom of the Jews, the child was circumcised; and when they asked, What will you call the child? the mother said, His name is Yeshua, as the man of Divine declared.

 

Chapter 4

Consecration of Yeshua. Mary offers sacrifices. Simeon and Anna prophesy. Anna is rebuked for worshipping the child. The family returns to Bethlehem.

 

  1. Now, Mary took her son, when he was forty days of age, up to the temple in Jerusalem, and he was consecrated by the priest.
  2. And then she offered purifying sacrifices for herself, according to the custom of the Jews; a lamb and two young turtle doves.
  3. A pious Jew named Simeon was in the temple serving Divine.
  4. From early youth he had been looking for Immanuel to come, and he had prayed to Divine that he might not depart until his eyes had seen Messiah in the flesh.
  5. And when he saw the infant Yeshua he rejoiced and said, I now am ready to depart in peace, for I have seen the king.
  6. And then he took the infant in his arms and said, Behold, this child will bring a sword upon my people, Israel, and all the world; but he will break the sword and then the nations will learn war no more.
  7. The master’s cross I see upon the forehead of this child, and he will conquer by this sign.
  8. And in the temple was a widow, four and eighty years of age, and she departed not, but night and day she worshipped Divine.
  9. And when she saw the infant Yeshua she exclaimed, Behold Immanuel! Behold the signet cross of the Messiah on his brow!
  10. And then the woman knelt to worship him, as Divine with us, Immanuel; but one, a master, clothed in white, appeared and said,
  11. Good woman, stay; take heed to what you do; you may not worship man; this is idolatry.
  12. This child is man, the son of man, and worthy of all praise. You shall adore and worship Divine; him only shall you serve.
  13. The woman rose and bowed her head in thankfulness and worshipped Divine.
  14. And Mary took the infant Yeshua and returned to Bethlehem.

 

Chapter 5

Three magian priests honour Yeshua. Herod is alarmed. Calls a council of the Jews. Is told that prophets had foretold the coming of a king. Herod resolves to kill the child. Mary and Joseph take Yeshua and flee into Egypt.

 

  1. Beyond the river Euphrates the magians lived; and they were wise, could read the language of the stars, and they divined that one, a master soul, was born; they saw his star above Jerusalem.
  2. And there were three among the magian priests who longed to see the master of the coming age; and they took costly gifts and hastened to the West in search of him, the new-born king, that they might honour him.
  3. And one took gold, the symbol of nobility; another myrrh, the symbol of dominion and of power; gum-thus the other took, the symbol of the wisdom of the sage.
  4. Now when the magians reached Jerusalem the people were amazed, and wondered who they were and why they came.
  5. And when they asked, Where is the child that has been born a king? the very throne of Herod seemed to shake.
  6. And Herod sent a courtier forth to bring the magians to his court.
  7. And when they came they asked again, Where is the new born king? And then they said, While yet beyond the Euphates we saw his star arise, and we have come to honour him.
  8. And Herod blanched with fear. He thought, perhaps, the priests were plotting to restore the kingdom of the Jews, and so he said within himself, I will know more about this child that has been born a king.
  9. And so he told the magian priests to tarry in the city for a while and he would tell them all about the king.
  10. He called in council all the Jewish masters of the law and asked, What have the Jewish prophets said concerning such a one?
  11. The Jewish masters answered him and said, The prophets long ago foretold that one would come to rule the tribes of Israel; that this Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
  12. They said, The prophet Micah wrote, O Bethlehem Judea, a little place among the Judean hills, yet out of you will one come forth to rule my people, Israel; yea, one who lived in olden times, in very ancient days.
  13. Then Herod called the magian priests again and told them what the masters of the Jewish law had said; and then he sent them on the way to Bethlehem.
  14. He said, Go search, and if you find the child that has been born a king, return and tell me all, that I may go and honour him.
  15. The magians went their way and found the child with Mary in the shepherd’s home.
  16. They honoured him; bestowed upon him precious gifts and gave him gold, gum-thus and myrrh.
  17. These magian priests could read the hearts of men; they read the wickedness of Herod’s heart, and knew that he had sworn to kill the new born king.
  18. And so they told the secret to the parents of the child, and bid them flee beyond the reach of harm.
  19. And then the priests went on their homeward way; they went not through Jerusalem.
  20. And Joseph took the infant Yeshua and his mother in the night and fled to Egypt land, and with Elihu and Salome in ancient Zoan they abode.

 

Chapter 6

Herod learns of the supposed mission of John. The infants of Bethlehem are massacred by Herod’s order. Elizabeth escapes with John. Because Zacharias cannot tell where his son is hidden, he is murdered. Herod dies.

 

  1. Now, when the magian priests did not return to tell him of the child that had been born a king, King Herod was enraged.
  2. And then his courtiers told him of another child in Bethlehem, one born to go before and to prepare the people to receive the king.
  3. This angered more and more the king; he called his guards and bid them go to Bethlehem and slay the infant John, as well as Yeshua who was born to be a king.
  4. He said, Let no mistake be made, and that you may be sure to slay these claimants to my throne, slay all the male children in the town not yet two years of age.
  5. The guards went forth and did as Herod bade them do.
  6. Elizabeth knew not that Herod sought to slay her son, and she and John were yet in Bethlehem; but when she knew, she took the infant John and hastened to the hills.
  7. The murderous guards were near; they pressed upon her hard; but then she knew the secret caves in all the hills, and into one she ran and hid herself and John until the guards were gone.
  8. Their cruel task was done; the guards returned and told the story to the king.
  9. They said, We know that we have slain the infant king; but John his harbinger, we could not find.
  10. The king was angry with his guards because they failed to slay the infant John; He sent them to the tower in chains.
  11. And other guards were sent to Zacharias, father of the harbinger, while he was serving in the Holy Place, to say, The King demands that you shall tell where is your son.
  12. But Zacharias did not know, and he replied, I am a minister of Divine, a servant in the Holy Place; how could I know where they have taken him?
  13. And when the guards returned and told the King what Zacharias said, he was enraged and said,
  14. My guards, go back and tell that wily priest that he is in my hands; that if he does not tell the truth, does not reveal the hiding place of John, his son, then he shall die.
  15. The guards went back and told the priest just what the king had said.
  16. And Zacharias said, I can but give my life for truth; and if the king does shed my blood the Spirit will save my soul.
  17. The guards again returned and told the king what Zacharias said.
  18. Now, Zacharias stood before the alter in the Holy Place engaged in prayer.
  19. A guard approached and with a dagger thrust him through; he fell and died before the curtain of the sanctuary of the Spirit.
  20. And when the hour of salutation came, for Zacharias daily blessed the priests, he did not come.
  21. And after waiting long the priests went to the Holy Place and found the body of the dead.
  22. And there was grief, deep grief, in all the land.
  23. Now Herod sat upon his throne; he did not seem to move; his courtiers came; the king was dead. His sons reigned in his stead.

 

SECTION III

 

GIMEL

 

Education of Mary and Elizabeth in Zoan

Chapter 7

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.

 

  1. The son of Herod, Archelaus, reigned in Jerusalem. He was a selfish, cruel king; he put to death all those who did not honour 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 Yeshua both were dead; then he was satisfied.
  4. Now Joseph, Mary and their sons 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 marvelling much because of their deliverance.
  7. Elihu said, It is not strange; there are no 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 near by where they were wont to teach.
  10. Elihu said to Mary and Elizabeth, You may esteem yourself 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 mile stone in the journey of the 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 Divine 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 Divine and man are one; but that through carnal thoughts and words and deeds, man tore himself away from Divine; 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 Divine so loved the world that he has clothed his son in flesh that man may comprehend.
  21. The only Saviour of the world is love, and Yeshua, 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, 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 Divine’s Remembrance a registry is made of every thought, and word, and deed;
  26. And when the world is ready to receive, lo, Divine will sent 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 Divine.

 

Chapter 8

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.

 

  1. 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 Divine.
  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 Divine 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 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, know Divine; 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 Divines 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 Divines possess no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no heart to sympathise, no power to save.
  20. This evil is myth; these Divines 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.

 

Chapter 9

Salome’s lessons. The man and the woman. Philosophy of human moods. The triune Divine. The Septonate. The Divine Tao.

 

  1. 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 Divine- 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-Divine.
  14. Then let us study Divine, 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-Divine, the Mother-Divine.
  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 Divine 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.

 

Chapter 10

Elihu’s lessons. The Brahmic religion. Life of Abram. Jewish sacred books. The Persian religion.

 

  1. Elihu taught; he said, In ancient times a people in the East were worshippers of Divine, 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 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 Divines.
  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 Divines.
  22. He spoke and all of Persia heard; and when he said, One Divine, one people and one shrine, the altars of the idols fell, and Persia was redeemed.
  23. But men must see their Divines 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 Divine; it can transmute the all of life into itself; and when the all of life is truth, then man is truth.

 

Chapter 11

Elihu’s lessons. Buddhism and the precepts of Buddha. The mysteries of Egypt.

 

  1. 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 Divines 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.

 

Chapter 12

Salome’s lessons. Prayer. Elihu’s concluding lessons. Sums up the three years’ course of study. The pupils return to their homes.

 

  1. 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 Divine who speaks to us through sun and moon and stars;
  3. Through mountain, hill and vale; through flower, and plant and tree.
  4. Divine 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. Divine speaks to hearts apart; and hearts apart must speak to him; and this is prayer.
  6. It is not prayer to shout at Divine, 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. Divine 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 Divine, 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 Divine.
  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 Yeshua 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.

 

SECTION IV

 

DALETH

 

Childhood and Early Education of John the Harbinger

Chapter 13

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.

 

  1. 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 Spirit.
  13. Matheno said, The Divine 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.

 

Chapter 14

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 Yeshua in the world’s history.

 

  1. 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 and 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 Yeshua 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.

 

Chapter 15

Death and burial of Elizabeth. Matheno’s lessons. The ministry of death. The mission of John. Institution of the rite of baptism. Matheno takes John to Egypt, and places him in the temple at Sakara, where he remains eighteen years.

 

  1. When John was twelve years old his mother died, and neighbours laid her body in a tomb among her kindred in the Hebron burying ground, and near to Zacharias’ tomb.
  2. And John was deeply grieved; he wept. Matheno said, It is not well to weep because of death.
  3. Death is no enemy of man; it is a friend who, when the work of life is done, just cuts the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas.
  4. No language can describe a mother’s worth, and yours was tried and true. But she was not called hence until her tasks were done.
  5. The calls of death are always for the best, for we are solving problems there as well as here; and one is sure to find himself where he can solve his problems best.
  6. It is but selfishness that makes one wish to call again to earth departed souls.
  7. Then let your mother rest in peace. Just let her noble life be strength and inspiration unto you.
  8. A crisis in your life has come, and you must have a clear conception of the work that you are called to do.
  9. The sages of the ages call you harbinger. The prophets look to you and say, He is Elijah come again.
  10. Your mission here is that of harbinger; for you will go before Messiah’s face to pave his way, and make the people ready to receive their king.
  11. This readiness is purity of heart; none but the purity in heart can recognise the king.
  12. To teach men to be pure in heart, you must yourself be pure in heart, and word, and deed.
  13. In infancy the vow for you was made and you became a Nazarite. The razor shall not touch your face nor head, and you shall taste not wine nor fiery drinks.
  14. Men need a pattern for their lives; they love to follow, not to lead.
  15. The man who stands upon the corners of the paths and points the way, but does not go, is just a pointer; and a block of wood can do the same.
  16. The teacher treads the way; on every span of ground he leaves his footprints clearly cut, which all can see and be assured that he, their master went that way.
  17. Men comprehend the inner life by what they see and do. They come to Divine through ceremonies and forms.
  18. And so when you would make men know that sins are washed away by purity in life, a rite symbolic may be introduced.
  19. In water wash the bodies of the people who would turn away from sin and strive for purity in life.
  20. This rite of cleansing is a preparation rite and they who thus are cleansed comprise the Church of Purity.
  21. And you shall say, You men of Israel, hear; Reform and wash; become the sons of purity, and you shall be forgiven.
  22. This rite of cleansing and this church are but symbolic of the cleansing of the soul by purity in life, and of the kingdom of the soul, which does not come from outward show, but is the church within.
  23. Now, you may never point the way and tell the multitudes to do what you have never done; but you must go before and show the way.
  24. You are to teach that men must wash; so you must lead the way, your body must be washed, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul.
  25. John said, Why need I wait? May I not go at once and wash?
  26. Matheno said, ‘Tis well, and then they went down to the Jordan ford, and east fo Jericho, just where the hosts of Israel crossed when first they entered Canaan, they tarried for a time.
  27. Matheno taught the harbinger, and he explained to him the inner meaning of the cleansing rite and how to wash himself and how to wash the multitude.
  28. And in the river Jordan John was washed; then they returned unto the wilderness.
  29. Now in Engedi’s hills Matheno’s work was done and he and John went down to Egypt. They rested not until they reached the temple of Sakara in the valley of the Nile.
  30. For many years Matheno was a master in this temple of the Brotherhood, and when he told about the life of John and of his mission to the sons of men, the hierophant with joy received the harbinger and he was called the Brother Nazarite.
  31. For eighteen years John lived and wrought within these temple gates; and here he conquered self, became a master mind and learned the duties of the harbinger.

 

SECTION V

 

HE

 

Childhood and Early Education of Yeshua

Chapter 16

The home of Joseph. Mary teaches her son. Yeshua’ grandparents give a feast in his honour. Yeshua has a dream. His grandmother’s interpretation. His birthday gift.

 

  1. The home of Joseph was on Marmion Way in Nazareth; here Mary taught her son the lessons of Elihu and Salome.
  2. And Yeshua greatly loved the Vedic and the Avesta; but more than all he loved to read the Psalms of David and the pungent words of Solomon.
  3. The Jewish books of prophecy were his delight; and when he reached his seventh year he needed not the books to read, for he had fixed in memory every word.
  4. Joachim and his wife, grandparents of child Yeshua, made a feast in honour of the child, and all their near of kin were guests.
  5. And Yeshua stood before the guests and said, I had a dream, and in my dream I stood before a sea, upon a sandy beach.
  6. The waves upon the sea were high; a storm was raging on the deep.
  7. Some one gave me a wand. I took the wand and touched the sand, and every grain of sand became a living thing; the beach was all a mass of beauty and of song.
  8. I touched the waters at my feet, and they were changed to trees, and flowers, and singing birds, and every thing was praising Divine.
  9. And some one spoke, I did not see the one who spoke, I heard the voice, which said, There is no death.
  10. Grandmother Anna loved the child; she laid her hand on Yeshua’ head and said, I saw you stand beside the sea; I saw you touch the sand and waves; I saw them turn to living things and then I knew the meaning of the dream.
  11. The sea of life rolls high; the storms are great. The multitude of men are idle, listless, waiting, like dead sand upon the beach.
  12. Your wand is truth. With this you touch the multitudes, and every man becomes a messenger of holy light and life.
  13. You touch the waves upon the sea of life; their turmoils cease; the very winds become a song of praise.
  14. There is no death, because the wand of truth can change the dryest bones to living things, and bring the loveliest flowers from stagnant ponds, and turn the most discordant notes to harmony and praise.
  15. Joachim said, My son, today you pass the seventh milestone of your way of life, for you are seven years of age, and we will give to you, as a remembrance of this day, whatever you desire; choose that which will afford you most delight.
  16. And Yeshua said, I do not want a gift, for I am satisfied. If I could make a multitude of children glad upon this day I would be greatly pleased.
  17. Now, there are many hungry boys and girls in Nazareth who would be pleased to eat with us this feast and share with us the pleasures of this day.
  18. The richest gift that you can give to me is your permission to go out and find these needy ones and bring them here that they may feast with us.
  19. Joachim said, ‘Tis well; go out and find the needy boys and girls and bring them here; we will prepare enough for all.
  20. And Yeshua did not wait; he ran; he entered every dingy hut and cabin of the town; he did not waste his words; he told his mission everywhere.
  21. And in a little time one hundred and three-score of happy, ragged boys and girls were following him up Marmion Way.
  22. The guests made way; the banquet hall was filled with Yeshua’ guests, and Yeshua and his mother helped to serve.
  23. And there was food enough for all, and all were glad; and so the birthday gift of Yeshua was a crown of righteousness.

 

Chapter 17

Yeshua talks with the rabbi of the synagogue of Nazareth. He criticises the narrowness of Jewish thought.

 

  1. Now, Rabbi Barachia of the synagogue of Nazareth, was aid to Mary in the teaching of her son.
  2. One morning after service in the synagogue the rabbi said to Yeshua as he sat in silent thought, Which is the greatest of the Ten Commands?
  3. And Yeshua said, I do not see a greatest of the Ten Commands. I see a golden cord that runs through all the Ten Commands that binds them fast and makes them one.
  4. This cord is love, and it belongs to every word of all the Ten Commands.
  5. If one is full of love he can do nothing else than worship Divine; for Divine is love.
  6. If one is full of love, he cannot kill; he cannot falsely testify; he cannot covet; can do naught but honour Divine and man.
  7. If one is full of love he does not need commands of any kind.
  8. And Rabbi Barachia said, Your words are seasoned with the salt of wisdom that is from above. Who is the teacher who has opened up this truth to you.
  9. And Yeshua said, I do not know that any teacher opens up this truth for me. It seems to me that truth was never shut; that it was always opened up, for truth is one and it is everywhere.
  10. And if we open up the windows of our minds the truth will enter in and make herself at home; for truth can find her way through any crevice, any window, any open door.
  11. The rabbi said, What hand is strong enough to open up the windows and the doors of mind so truth can enter in?
  12. And Yeshua said, It seems to me that love, the golden cord that binds the Ten Commands in one, is strong enough to open any human door so that the truth can enter in and cause the heart to understand.
  13. Now, in the evening Yeshua and his mother sat alone, and Yeshua said,
  14. The rabbi seems to think that Divine is partial in his treatment of the sons of men; that Jews are favoured and are blest above all other men.
  15. I do not see how Divine can have his favourites and be just.
  16. Are not Samaritans and Greeks and Romans just as much the children of the Holy One as are the Jews?
  17. I think the Jews have built a wall about themselves, and they see nothing on the other side of it.
  18. They do not know that flowers are blooming over there; that sowing times and reaping times belong to anybody but the Jews.
  19. It surely would be well if we could break down these barriers down so that the Jews might see that Divine has other children that are just as greatly blest.
  20. I want to go from Jewry land and meet my kin in other countries of my Fatherland.

 

Chapter 18

Yeshua at a feast in Jerusalem. Is grieved by the cruelties of the sacrificers. Appeals to Hillel, who sympathises with him. He remains in the temple a year.

 

  1. The great feast of the Jews was on, and Joseph, Mary and their son, and many of their kin, went to Jerusalem. The child was ten years old.
  2. And Yeshua watched the butchers kill the lambs and birds and burn them on the altar in the name of Divine.
  3. His tender heart was shocked at this display of cruelty; he asked the serving priest, What is the purpose of this slaughter of the beasts and birds? Why do you burn their flesh before the Spirit?
  4. The priest replied, This is our sacrifice for sin. Divine has commanded us to do these things, and said that in these sacrifices all our sins are blotted out.
  5. And Yeshua said, Will you be kind enough to tell when Divine proclaimed that sins are blotted out by sacrifice of any kind?
  6. Did not David say that Divine requires a sacrifice for sin? that it is a sin itself to bring before his face burnt offerings, as offerings for sin? Did not Isaiah say the same?
  7. The priest replied, My child you are beside yourself. Do you know more about the laws of Divine than all the priests of Israel? This is no place for boys to show their wit.
  8. But Yeshua heeded not his taunts; he went to Hillel, chief of the Sanhedrim, and he said to him,
  9. Rabboni, I would like to talk with you; I am disturbed about this service of the pascal feast. I thought the temple was the house of Divine where love and kindness dwell.
  10. Do you not hear the bleating of those lambs, the pleading of those doves that men are killing over there? Do you not smell that awful stench that comes from burning flesh?
  11. Can man be kind and just, and still be filled with cruelty?
  12. A Divine that takes delight in sacrifice, in blood and burning flesh, is not my Father-Divine.
  13. I want to find a Divine of love, and you, my master, you are wise, and surely you can tell me where to find the Divine of love.
  14. But Hillel could not give an answer to the child. His heart was stirred with sympathy. He called the child to him; he laid his hand upon his head and wept.
  15. He said, There is a Divine of love, and you shall come with me; and hand in hand we will go forth and find the Divine of love.
  16. And Yeshua said, Why need we go? I thought that Divine was everywhere. Can we not purify our hearts and drive out cruelty, and every wicked thought, and make within, a temple where the Divine of love can dwell?
  17. The master of the great Sanhedrim felt as though he was himself the child, and that before him stood Rabboni, master of the higher law.
  18. He said within himself, This child is surely prophet sent from Divine.
  19. Then Hillel sought the parents of the child, and asked that Yeshua might abide with them, and learn the precepts of the law, and all the lessons of the temple priests.
  20. His parents gave consent, and Yeshua did abide within the holy temple in Jerusalem, and Hillel taught him every day.
  21. And every day the master learned from Yeshua many lessons of the higher life.
  22. The child remained with Hillel in the temple for a year, and then returned unto his home in Nazareth; and there he wrought with Joseph as a carpenter.

 

Chapter 19

Yeshua at the age of twelve in the temple. Disputes with the doctors of the law. Reads from a book of prophecy. By request of Hillel he interprets the prophecies.

 

  1. Again the great feast in Jerusalem was on, and Joseph, Mary and their son were there. The child was twelve years old.
  2. And there were Jews and proselytes from many countries in Jerusalem.
  3. And Yeshua sat among the priests and doctors in the temple hall.
  4. And Yeshua opened up a book of prophecy and read:
  5. Woe, woe to Ariel, the town where David dwelt! I will dismantle Ariel, and she shall groan and weep:
  6. And I will camp against her round about with hostile posts;
  7. And I will bring her low and she shall speak out of the earth; with muffled voice like a familiar spirit shall she speak; yea she shall only whisper forth her speech;
  8. And foes unnumbered, like the grains of dust, shall come upon her suddenly.
  9. The Spirit of Hosts will visit her with thunder and with tempest, and with storm; with earthquake, and with devouring flames.
  10. Lo, all these people have deserted me. They draw to me with speech, and with their lips they honour me; their hearts are far removed from me; their fear for me is that inspired by man.
  11. And I will breath upon my people, Israel; the wisdom of their wise men shall be lost; the understanding of their prudent men shall not be found.
  12. My people seek to hide their counsel from the Spirit, so that their works may not be seen. They fain would cover up their works with darkness of the night, and say, Who sees us now? Who knows us now?
  13. Poor, foolish men! shall that which has been made say of its maker, He is naught, I made myself?
  14. Or shall the pot speak out and say to him, who made the pot, You have no skill; you do not know?
  15. But this will not for ever be; the time will come when Lebanon will be a fruitful field, and fruitful fields will be transformed to groves.
  16. And on that day the deaf will hear the words of Divine; the blind will read the Book of Divine’s Remembrance.
  17. And suffering ones will be relieved, and they will have abundant joy; and every one that needs will be supplied; and it will come to pass that all the foolish will be wise.
  18. The people will return and sanctify the Holy One, and in their heart of hearts, lo, they will reverence him.
  19. When Yeshua had thus read he put aside the book and said, You masters of the law, will you make plain for us the prophet’s words?
  20. Now, Hillel sat among the masters of the law, and he stood forth and said, Perhaps our young rabboni who has read the word will be interpreter.
  21. And Yeshua said, The Ariel of the prophet is our own Jerusalem.
  22. By selfishness and cruelty this people has become a stench unto the Elohim.
  23. The prophet saw these days from far, and of these times he wrote.
  24. Our doctors, lawyers, priests and scribes oppress the poor, while they themselves in luxury live.
  25. The sacrifices and the offerings of Israel are but abomination unto Divine. They only sacrifice that Divine requires is self.
  26. Because of this injustice and this cruelty of man to man, the Holy One has spoken of this commonwealth:
  27. Lo, I will overturn, yes, I will overturn, it shall be overturned, and it shall be no more until he comes whose right it is and I will give it unto him.
  28. In all the world there is one law of right, and he who breaks that law will suffer grief; for Divine is just.
  29. And Israel has gone far astray; has not regarded justice, nor the rights of man, and Divine demands that Israel shall reform, and turn again to ways of holiness.
  30. And if our people will not hear the voice of Divine, lo, nations from afar will come and sack Jerusalem, and tear our temple down, and take our people captive into foreign lands.
  31. But this will not for ever be; though they be scattered far and wide, and wander here and there among the nations of the earth, like sheep that have no shepherd guide.
  32. The time will come when Divine will bring again the captive hosts; for Israel shall return and dwell in peace.
  33. And after many years our temple our temple shall be built again, and one whom Divine will honour, one in whom the pure in heart delights will come and glorify the house of Divine, and reign in righteousness.
  34. When Yeshua had thus said, he stepped aside, and all the people were amazed and said, This surely is the Christ.

 

Chapter 20

After the feast. The homeward journey. The missing Yeshua. The search for him. His parents find him in the temple. He goes with them to Nazareth. Symbolic meaning of carpenter’s tools.

 

  1. The great feast of the pasch was ended and the Nazarenes were journeying towards their homes.
  2. And they were in Samaria, and Mary said, Where is my son? No one had seen the boy.
  3. And Joseph sought among their kindred who were on their way to Galilee; but they had seen him not.
  4. Then Joseph, Mary, and a son of Zebedee, returned and sought through all Jerusalem, but they could find him not.
  5. And then they went up to the temple courts and asked the guards, Have you seen Yeshua, a fair-haired boy, with deep blue eyes, twelve years of age, about these courts?
  6. The guards replied, Yes, he is in the temple now disputing with the doctors of the law.
  7. And they went in, and found him as the guards had said.
  8. And Mary said, Why Yeshua, why do you treat your parents thus? Lo, we have sought two days for you. We feared that some great harm had overtaken you.
  9. And Yeshua said, Do you not know that I must be about my Father’s work?
  10. But he went round and pressed the hand of every doctor of the law and said, I trust that we may meet again.
  11. And then he went forth with his parents on their way to Nazareth; and when they reached their home he wrought with Joseph as a carpenter.
  12. One day as he was bringing forth the tools for work he said,
  13. These tools remind me of the ones we handle in the workshop of the mind where things were made of thought and where we build up character.
  14. We use the square to measure all our lines, to straighten out the crooked places of the way, and make the corners of our conduct square.
  15. We use the compass to draw circles round our passions and desires to keep them in the bounds of righteousness.
  16. We use the axe to cut away the knotty, useless and ungainly parts and make the character symmetrical.
  17. We use the hammer to drive home the truth, and pound it in until it is a part of every part.
  18. We use the plane to smooth the rough, uneven surfaces of joint, and block, and board that go to build the temple for the truth.
  19. The chisel, line, the plummet and the saw all have their uses in the workshop of the mind.
  20. And then this ladder with its trinity of steps, faith, hope and love; on it we climb up to the dome of purity in life.
  21. And on the twelve-step ladder we ascend until we reach the pinnacle of that which life is spent to build–the Temple of Perfected Man.

 

SECTION VI

 

VAU

 

Life and Works of Yeshua in India

Chapter 21

Ravanna sees Yeshua in the temple and is captivated. Hillel tells him about the boy. Ravanna finds Yeshua in Nazareth and gives a feast in his honour. Ravanna becomes patron of Yeshua, and takes him to India to study the Brahmic religion.

 

  1. A royal prince of India, Ravanna of Orissa in the south, was at the Jewish feast.
  2. Ravanna was a man of wealth; and he was just, and with a band of Brahmic priests sought wisdom in the West.
  3. When Yeshua stood among the Jewish priests and read and spoke, Ravanna heard and was amazed.
  4. And when he asked who Yeshua was, from whence he came and what he was, chief Hillel said,
  5. We call this child the Day Star from on high, for he has come to bring to men a light, the light of life; to lighten up the way of men and to redeem his people, Israel.
  6. And Hillel told Ravanna all about the child; about the prophecies concerning him; about the wonders of the night when he was born; about the visit of the magian priests;
  7. About the way in which he was protected from the wrath of evil men; about his flight to Egypt-land, and how he then was serving with his father as a carpenter in Nazareth.
  8. Ravanna was entranced, and asked to know the way to Nazareth, that he might go and honour such a one as son of Divine.
  9. And with his gorgeous train he journeyed on the way and came to Nazareth of Galilee.
  10. He found the object of his search engaged in building dwellings for the sons of men.
  11. And when he first saw Yeshua he was climbing up a twelve step ladder, and he carried in his hands a compass, square and axe.
  12. Ravanna said, All hail, most favoured son of heaven!
  13. And at the inn Ravanna made a feast for all the people of the town; and Yeshua and his parents were honoured guests.
  14. For certain days Ravanna was a guest in Joseph’s home on Marmion Way; he sought to learn the secret of the wisdom of the son; but it was all to great for him.
  15. And then he asked that he might be the patron of the child; might take him to the East where he could learn the wisdom of the Brahms.
  16. And Yeshua longed to go that he might learn; and after many days his parents gave consent.
  17. Then, with proud heart, Ravanna with his train, began the journey towards the rising sun; and after many days they crossed the Sind, and reached the province of Orissa, and the palace of the prince.
  18. The Brahmic priests were glad to welcome home the prince; with favour they received the Jewish boy.
  19. And Yeshua was accepted as a pupil in the temple Jagannath; and here learned the Vedas and the Manic laws.
  20. The Brahmic masters wondered at the clear conceptions of the child, and often were amazed when he explained to them the meaning of the laws.

 

Chapter 22

The friendship of Yeshua and Lamaas. Yeshua explains to Lamaas the meaning of truth, man, power, understanding, wisdom, salvation and faith.

 

  1. Among the priests of Jagannath was one who loved the Jewish boy. Lamaas Bramas was the name by which the priest was known.
  2. One day as Yeshua and Lamaas walked alone in plaza Jagannath, Lamaas said, My Jewish master, what is truth?
  3. And Yeshua said, Truth is the only thing that changes not.
  4. In all the world there are two things; the one is truth; the other falsehood is; and truth is that which is, and falsehood that which seems to be.
  5. Now truth is aught, and has no cause, and yet it is the cause of everything.
  6. Falsehood is naught, and yet it is the manifest of aught.
  7. Whatever has been made will be unmade; that which begins must end.
  8. All things that can be seen by human eyes are manifests of aught, are naught, and so must pass away.
  9. The things we see are but reflexes just appearing, while the ethers vibrate so and so, and when conditions change they disappear.
  10. The Holy Breath is truth; is that which was, and is, and evermore shall be; it cannot change nor pass away.
  11. Lamaas said, You answer well; now, what is man?
  12. And Yeshua said, Man is the truth and falsehood strangely mixed.
  13. Man is the Breath made flesh; so truth and falsehood are conjoined in him; and they strive, and naught goes down and man as truth abides.
  14. Again Lamaas asked, What do you say of power?
  15. And Yeshua said, It is a manifest; is the result of force; it is but naught; it is illusion, nothing more. Force changes not, but power changes as the ethers change.
  16. Force is the will of Divine and is omnipotent, and power is that will in manifest, directed by the Breath.
  17. There is power in the winds, a power in the waves, a power in the lightning’s stroke, a power in the human arm, a power in the eye.
  18. The ethers cause there powers to be, and thought of Elohim, of angel, man, or other thinking thing, directs the force; when it has done its work the power is no more.
  19. Again Lamaas asked, Of understanding what have you to say?
  20. And Yeshua said, It is the rock on which man builds himself; it is the gnosis of the aught and of the naught, of falsehood and of truth.
  21. It is the knowledge of the lower self; the sensing of the powers of man himself.
  22. Again Lamaas asked, Of wisdom what have you to say?
  23. And Yeshua said, It is the consciousness that man is aught; that Divine and man are one;
  24. That naught is naught; that power is but illusion; that heaven and earth and hell are not above, around, below, but in; which in the light of aught becomes the naught, and Divine is all.
  25. Lamaas asked, Pray, what is faith?
  26. And Yeshua said, Faith is the surety of the omnipotence of Divine and man; the certainty that man will reach the deific life.
  27. Salvation is a ladder reaching from the heart of man to heart of Divine.
  28. It has three steps; Belief is first, and this is what man thinks, perhaps, is truth.
  29. And faith is next, and this is what man knows is truth.
  30. Fruition is the last, and this is man himself, the truth.
  31. Belief is lost in faith; and in fruition is lost; and man is saved when he has reached deific life; when he and Divine are one.

 

Chapter 23

Yeshua and Lamaas among the sudras and visyas. In Benares. Yeshua becomes a pupil of Udraka. The lessons of Udraka.

 

  1. Now, Yeshua with his friend Lamaas went through all the regions of Orissa, and the valley of the Ganges, seeking wisdom from the sudras and the visyas and the masters.
  2. Benares of the Ganges was a city rich in culture and in learning; here the two rabbonis tarried many days.
  3. And Yeshua sought to learn the Hindu art of healing, and became the pupil of Udraka, greatest of the Hindu healers.
  4. Udraka taught the uses of the waters, plants and earths; of heat and cold; sunshine and shade; of light and dark.
  5. He said, The laws of nature are the laws of health, and he who lives according to these laws is never sick.
  6. Transgression of these laws is sin, and he who sins is sick.
  7. He who obeys the laws, maintains an equilibrium in all his parts, and thus insures true harmony; and harmony is health, while discord is disease.
  8. That which produces harmony in all the parts of man is medicine, insuring health.
  9. The body is a harpsichord, and when its strings are too relaxed, or are too tense, the instrument is out of tune, the man is sick.
  10. Now, everything in nature has been made to meet the wants of man; so everything is found in medical arcanes.
  11. And when the harpsichord of man is out of tune the vast expanse of nature may be searched for remedy; there is a cure for every ailment of the flesh.
  12. Of course the will of man is remedy supreme; and by the vigorous exercise of will, man way make tense a chord that is relaxed, or may relax one that is too tense, and thus may heal himself.
  13. When man has reached the place where he has faith in Divine, in nature and himself, he knows the Word of power; his word is balm for every wound, is cure for all the ills of life.
  14. The healer is the man who can inspire faith. The tongue may speak to human ears, but souls are reached by souls that speak to souls.
  15. He is the forceful man whose soul is large, and who can enter into souls, inspiring hope in those who have no hope, and faith in those who have no faith in Divine, in nature, nor in man.
  16. There is no universal balm for those who tread the common walks of life.
  17. A thousand things produce inharmony and make men sick; a thousand things may tune the harpsichord, and make men well.
  18. That which is medicine for one is poison for another one; so one is healed by what would kill another one.
  19. An herb may heal the one; a drink of water may restore another one; a mountain breeze may bring to life one seeming past all help;
  20. A coal of fire, or bit of earth, may cure another one; and one may wash in certain streams, or pools, and be made whole.
  21. The virtue from the hand or breath may heal a thousand more; but love is queen. Thought, reinforced by love, is Divine’s great sovereign balm.
  22. But many of the broken chords in life, and discords that so vex the soul, are caused by evil spirits of the air that men see not; that lead men on through ignorance to break the laws of nature and of Divine.
  23. These powers act like demons, and they speak; they rend the man; they drive him to despair.
  24. But he who is a healer, true, is master of the soul, and can, by force of will, control these evil ones.
  25. Some spirits of the air are master spirits and are strong, too strong for human power alone; but man has helpers in the higher realms that may be importuned, and they will help to drive the demons out.
  26. Of what this great physician said, this is the sum. And Yeshua bowed his head in recognition of the wisdom of this master soul, and went his way.

 

Chapter 24

The Brahmic doctrine of castes. Yeshua repudiates it and teaches human equality. The priests are offended and drive him from the temple. He abides with the sudras and teaches them.

 

  1. Four years the Jewish boy abode in temple Jagannath.
  2. One day he sat among the priests and said to them, Pray, tell me all about your views of castes; why do you say that all men are not equal in the sight of Divine?
  3. A master of their laws stood forth and said, The Holy One whom we call Brahm, made men to suit himself, and men should not complain.
  4. In the beginning days of human life Brahm spoke, and four men stood before his face.
  5. Now, from the mouth of Parabrahm the first man came; and he was white, was like the Brahm himself; a brahman he was called.
  6. And he was high and lifted up; above all want he stood; he had no need of toil.
  7. And he was called the priest of Brahm, the holy one to act for Brahm in all affairs of earth.
  8. The second man was red, and from the hand of Parabrahm he came; and he was called shatriya.
  9. And he was made to be the king, the ruler and the warrior, whose highest ordained duty was protection of the priest.
  10. And from the inner parts of Parabrahm the third man came; and he was called a visya.
  11. He was a yellow man, and his it was to till the soil, and keep the flocks and herds.
  12. And from the feet of Parabrahm the fourth man came; and he was black; and he was called the sudras, one of low estate.
  13. The sudras is the servant of the race of men; he has no rights that others need respect; he may not hear the Vedas read, and it means death to him to look into the face of priest, or king, and naught but death can free him from his state of servitude.
  14. And Yeshua said, Then Parabrahm is not a Divine of justice and of right; for with his own strong hand he has exulted one and brought another low.
  15. And Yeshua said no more to them, but looking up to heaven he said,
  16. My Father-Divine, who was, and is, and evermore shall be; who holds within thy hands the scales of justice and of right;
  17. Who in the boundlessness of love has made all men to equal be. The white, the black, the yellow, and the red can look up in thy face and say, Our Father-Divine.
  18. Thou Father of the human race, I praise thy name.
  19. And all the priests were angered by the words which Yeshua spoke; they rushed upon him, seized him, and would have done him harm.
  20. But then Lamaas raised his hand and said, You priests of Brahm, beware! you know not what you do; wait till you know the Divine this youth adores.
  21. I have beheld this boy at prayer when light above the light of the sun surrounded him. Beware! his Divine may be more powerful than Brahm.
  22. If Yeshua speaks the truth, if he is right, you cannot force him to desist; if he is wrong and you are right, his words come to naught, for right is might, and in the end it will prevail.
  23. And then the priests refrained from doing Yeshua harm; but one spoke out and said,
  24. Within this holy place has not this reckless youth done violence to Parabrahm? The law is plain; it says, He who reviles the name of Brahm shall die.
  25. Lamaas pled for Yeshua’ life; and then the preists just seized a scourge of cords and drove him from the place.
  26. And Yeshua went his way and found shelter with the black and yellow men, the servants and the tiller of the soil.
  27. To them he first made known the gospel of equality; he told them of the Brotherhood of Man, the Fatherhood of Divine.
  28. The common people heard him with delight, and learned to pray, Our Father-Divine who art in heaven.

 

Chapter 25

Yeshua teaches the sudras and farmers. Realates a parable of a nobleman and his unjust sons. Makes known the possibilities of all men.

 

  1. When Yeshua saw the sudras and the farmers in such multitudes draw near to hear his words, he spoke a parable to them; he said:
  2. A nobleman possessed a great estate; he had four sons, and he would have them all grow strong by standing forth and making use of all the talents they possessed.
  3. And so he gave to each a share of his great wealth, and bade them go their way.
  4. The eldest son was full of self; he was ambitious, shrewd and quick of thought.
  5. He said within himself, I am the oldest son, and these, my brothers, must be servants at my feet.
  6. And then he called his brothers forth; and one he made a puppet king; gave him a sword and charged him to defend the whole estate.
  7. To one he gave the use of lands and flowing wells, and flocks and herds, and bade him till the soil, and tend the flocks and herds and bring to him the choicest of his gains.
  8. And to the other one he said, You are the youngest son; the broad estate has been assigned; you have no part nor lot in anything that is.
  9. And he took a chain and bound his brother to a naked rock upon a desert plain, and said to him,
  10. You have been born a slave; you have no rights, and you must be contented with your lot, for there is no release for you until you die and go from hence.
  11. Now, after certain years the day of reckoning came; the nobleman called up his sons to render their accounts.
  12. And when he knew that one, his eldest son, had seized the whole estate and made his brothers slaves,
  13. He seized him, tore his priestly robes away and put him in a prison cell, where he was forced to stay until he had atoned for all the wrongs that he had done.
  14. And then, as though they were but toys, he threw in air the throne and armour of the puppet king; he broke his sword, and put him in a prison cell.
  15. And then he called his farmer son and asked him why he had not rescued from his galling chains his brother on the desert plains.
  16. And when the son made answer not, the father took unto himself the flocks and herds, the fields and flowing wells,
  17. And sent his farmer son to live out on the desert sands, until he had atoned for all the wrongs that he had done.
  18. And then the father went and found his youngest son in cruel chains; with his own hands he broke the chains and bade his son to go in peace.
  19. Now, when the sons had all paid up their debts they came again and stood before the bar of right.
  20. They all had learned their lessons, learned them well; and then the father once again divided the estate.
  21. He gave to each a share, and bade them recognise the law of equity and right, and live in peace.
  22. And one, a sudras, spoke and said, May we who are but slaves, who are cut down like beasts to satisfy the whims of priests–may we have hope that one will come to break our chains and set us free?
  23. And Yeshua said, The Holy One has said, that all his children shall be free; and every soul is child of Divine.
  24. The sudras shall be free as priest; the farmer shall walk hand in hand with king; for all the world will own the brotherhood of man.
  25. O men, arise! be conscious of your powers, for he who wills need not remain a slave.
  26. Just live as you would have your brother live; unfold each day as does the flower; for earth is yours, and heaven is yours, and Divine will bring you to your own.
  27. And all the people cried, Show us the way that like the flower we may unfold and come unto our own.

 

Chapter 26

Yeshua at Katak. The car of Jagannath Yeshua reveals to the people the emptiness of Brahmic rites, and how to see Divine in man. Teaches them the divine law of sacrifice.

 

  1. In all the cities of Orissa Yeshua taught. At Katak, by the river side, he taught, and thousands of the people followed him.
  2. One day a car of Jagannath was hauled along by scores of frenzied men, and Yeshua said,
  3. Behold, a form without a spirit passes by; a body with no soul; a temple with no altar fires.
  4. This car of Krishna is an empty thing, for Krishna is not there.
  5. This car is but an idol of a people drunk on wine of carnal things.
  6. Divine lives not in the noise of tongues; there is no way to him from any idol shrine.
  7. Divine’s meeting place with man is in the heart, and in a still small voice he speaks; and he who hears is still.
  8. And all the people said, Teach us to know the Holy One who speaks within the heart, Divine of the still small voice.
  9. And Yeshua said, The Holy Breath cannot be seen with mortal eyes; nor can men see the Spirits of the Holy;
  10. But in their image man was made, and he who looks into the face of man, looks at the image of the Divine who speaks within.
  11. And when man honours man he honours Divine, and what man does for man, he does for Divine.
  12. And you must bear in mind that when man harms in thought, or word or deed another man, he does a wrong to Divine.
  13. If you would serve the Divine who speaks within the heart, just serve your near of kin, and those that are no kin, the stranger at your gates, the foe who seeks to do you harm;
  14. Assist the poor, and help the weak; do harm to none, and covet not what is not yours;
  15. Then, with your tongue the Holy One will speak; and he will smile behind your tears, will light your countenance with joy, and fill your hearts with peace.
  16. And then the people asked. To whom shall we bring gifts? Where shall we offer sacrifice?
  17. And Yeshua said, Our Father-Divine asks not for needless waste of plant, of grain, of dove, of lamb.
  18. That which you burn on any shrine you throw away. No blessings can attend the one who takes the food from hungry mouths to be destroyed by fire.
  19. When you would offer sacrifice unto our Divine, just take your gift of grain, or meat and lay it on the table of the poor.
  20. From it an incense will arise to heaven, which will return to you with blessedness.
  21. Tear down your idols; they can hear you not; turn all your sacrificial altars into fuel for the flames.
  22. Make human hearts your altars, and burn your sacrifices with the fire of love.
  23. And all the people were entranced, and would have worshiped Yeshua as a Divine; but Yeshua said,
  24. I am your brother man just come to show to way to Divine; you shall not worship man; praise Divine, the Holy One.

 

Chapter 27

Yeshua attends a feast in Behar. Preaches a revolutionary sermon on human equality. Relates the parable of the broken blades.

 

  1. The fame of Yeshua as a teacher spread through all the land, and people came from near and far to hear his words of truth.
  2. At Behar, on the sacred river of the Brahms, he taught for many days.
  3. And Ach, a wealthy man of Behar, made a feast in honour of his guest, and he invited every one to come.
  4. And many came; among them thieves, extortioners, and courtesans. And Yeshua sat with them and taught; but they who followed him were much aggrieved because he sat with thieves and courtesans.
  5. And they upbraided him; they said, Rabboni, master of the wise, this day will be an evil day for you.
  6. The news will spread that you consort with courtesans and thieves, and men will shun you as they shun an asp.
  7. And Yeshua answered them and said, A master never screens himself for sake of reputation or of fame.
  8. These are but worthless baubles of the day; they rise and sink, like empty bottles on a stream; they are illusions and will pass away;
  9. They are the indices to what the thoughtless think; they are the noise that people make; and shallow men judge merit by noise.
  10. Divine and all master men judge men by what they are and not by what they seem to be; not by their reputation and their fame.
  11. These courtesans and theives are children of my Father-Divine; their soul are just as precious in his sight as yours, or of the Brahmic priests.
  12. And they are working out the same life sums that you, who pride yourselves on your respectability and moral worth, are working out.
  13. And some of them have solved much harder sums than you have solved, you men who look at them with scorn.
  14. Yes, they are sinners, and confess their guilt, while you are guilty, but are shrewd enough to have polished coat to cover up your guilt.
  15. Suppose you men who scorn these courtesans, these drunkards and these thieves, who know that you are pure in heart and life, that you are better far than they, stand forth that men may know just who you are.
  16. The sin lies in the wish, in the desire, not in the act.
  17. You covet other people’s wealth; you look at charming forms, and deep within your hearts you lust for them.
  18. Deceit you practice every day, and wish for gold, for honour and for fame, just for your selfish selves.
  19. The man who covets is a thief, and she who lusts is courtesan. You who are none of these speak out.
  20. Nobody spoke; the accusers held their peace.
  21. And Yeshua said, The proof this day is all against those who have accused.
  22. The pure in heart do not accuse. The vile in heart who want to cover up their guilt with holy smoke of piety are ever loathing drunkard, thief and courtesan.
  23. This loathing and this scorn is mockery, for if the tinselled coat of reputation could be torn away, the loud professor would be found to revel in his lust, deceit and many forms of secret sin.
  24. The man who spends his time in pulling other people’s weeds can have no time to pull his own, and all the choicest flowers of life will soon be choked and die, and nothing will remain but darnel, thistles, burs.
  25. And Yeshua spoke a parable: he said, Behold, a farmer had great fields of ripened grain, and when he looked he saw that blades of many stalks of wheat were bent and broken down.
  26. And when he sent his reapers forth he said, We will not save the stalks of wheat that have the broken blades.
  27. Go forth and cut and burn the stalks with broken blades.
  28. And after many days he went to measure up his grain, but not a kernel could be find. 29. And then he called the harvesters and said to them, Where is my grain?
  29. They answered him and said, We did according to your word; we gathered up and burned the stalks with broken blades, and not a stalk was left to carry to the barn.
  30. And Yeshua said, If Divine saves only those who have no broken blades, who have been perfect in his sight, who will be saved?
  31. And the accusers hung their heads in shame; and Yeshua went his way.

 

Chapter 28

Udraka gives a feast in Yeshua’ honour. Yeshua speaks on the unity of Divine and the brotherhood of life. Criticises the priesthood. Becomes the guest of a farmer.

 

  1. Benares is the sacred city of the Brahms, and in Benares Yeshua taught; Udraka was his host.
  2. Udraka made a feast in honour of his guest, and many high born Hindu priests and scribes were there.
  3. And Yeshua said to them, With much delight I speak to you concerning life–the brotherhood of life.
  4. The universal Divine is one, yet he is more than one; all things are Divine; all things are one.
  5. By the sweet breaths of Divine all life is bound in one; so if you touch a fibre of a living thing you send a thrill from the centre to the outer bounds of life.
  6. And when you crush beneath your foot the meanest worm, you shake the throne of Divine, and cause the sword of right to tremble in its sheath.
  7. The bird sings out its song for men, and men vibrate in unison to help it sing.
  8. The ant constructs her home, the bee its sheltering comb, the spider weaves her web, and flowers breath to them a spirit in their sweet perfumes that gives them strength to toil.
  9. Now, men and birds and beasts and creeping things are deities, made flesh; and how dare men kill anything?
  10. ‘Tis cruelty that makes the world awry. When men have learned that when they harm a living thing they harm themselves, they surely will not kill, nor cause a thing that Divine has made to suffer pain.
  11. A lawyer said, I pray you, Yeshua, tell who is this Divine you speak about; where are his priests, his temples and his shrines?
  12. And Yeshua said, The Divine I speak about is everywhere; he cannot be compassed with walls, nor hedged about with bounds of any kind.
  13. All people worship Divine, the One; but all the people see him not alike.
  14. This universal Divine is wisdom, will and love.
  15. All men see not the Triune Divine. One sees him as the Divine of might; another as the Divine of thought; another as the Divine of love.
  16. A man’s ideal is his Divine, and so, as man unfolds. Man’s Divine to-day, to-morrow is not Divine.
  17. The nations of the earth see Divine from different points of view, and so he does not seem the same to every one.
  18. Man names the part of Divine he sees, and this to him is all of Divine; and every nation sees a part of Divine, and every nation has a name for Divine.
  19. You Brahmans call him Parabrahm; in Egypt he is Thoth; and Zeus is his name in Greece; Jehovah is his Hebrew name; but everywhere he is the causeless Cause, the rootless Root from which all things have grown.
  20. When men become afraid of Divine, and take him for a foe, they dress up other men in fancy garbs and call them priests.
  21. And charge them to restrain the wrath of Divine by prayers; and when they fail to win his favour by their prayers, to buy him off with sacrifice of animal, or bird.
  22. When man sees Divine as one with him, as Father-Divine, he needs no middle man, no priest to intercede;
  23. He goes straight up to him and says, My Father-Divine! and then he lays his hand in Divine’s own hand, and all is well.
  24. And this is Divine. You are, each one, a priest, just for yourself; and sacrifice of blood Divine does not want.
  25. Just give your life in sacrificial service to all of life, and Divine is pleased.
  26. When Yeshua had thus said he stood aside; the people were amazed, but strove among themselves.
  27. Some said, He is inspired by Holy Brahm; and others said, He is insane; and others said, He is obsessed; he speaks as devils speak.
  28. But Yeshua tarried not. Among the guests was one, a tiller of the soil, a generous soul, a seeker after truth, who loved the words that Yeshua spoke, and Yeshua went with him, and in his home abode.

 

Chapter 29

Ajainin, a priest from Lahore, comes to Benares to see Yeshua, and abides in the temple. Yeshua refuses an invitation to visit the temple. Ajainin visits him at night in the farmer’s home, and accepts his philosophy.

 

  1. Among Benares’ temple priests was one, a guest, Ajainan, from Lahore.
  2. By merchantmen Ajainin heard about the Jewish boy, about his words of wisdom, and he girt himself and journeyed from Lahore that he might see the boy, and hear him speak.
  3. The Brahmic priests did not accept the truth that Yeshua brought, and they were angered much by what he said at the Udraka feast.
  4. But they had never seen the boy, and they desired much to hear him speak, and they invited him to be a temple guest.
  5. But Yeshua said to them, The light is most abundant, and it shines for all; if you would see the light come to the light.
  6. If you would hear the message that the Holy One has given me to give to men, come unto me.
  7. Now, when the priests were told what Yeshua said they were enraged.
  8. Ajainin did not share their wrath, and he sent forth another messenger with costly gifts to Yeshua at the farmer’s home; he sent this message with the gifts:
  9. I pray you master, listen to my words; The Brahmic law forbids that any priest shall go into the home of any one of low estate; but you can come to us;
  10. And I am sure these priests will gladly hear you speak. I pray that you will come and dine with us this day.
  11. And Yeshua said, The Holy One regards all men alike; the dwelling of my host is good enough for any council of the sons of men.
  12. If pride of cast keeps you away, you are not worthy of the light. My Father-Divine does not regard the laws of man.
  13. Your presents I return; you cannot buy the knowledge of the Spirit with gold, or precious gifts.
  14. These words of Yeshua angered more and more the priests, and they began to plot and plan how they might drive him from the land.
  15. Ajainin did not join with them in plot and plan; he left the temple in the night, and sought the home where Yeshua dwelt.
  16. And Yeshua said, There is no night where shines the sun; I have no secret messages to give; in light all secrets are revealed.
  17. Ajainin said, I came from far-away Lahore, that I might learn about this ancient wisdom, and this kingdom of the Holy One of which you speak.
  18. Where is the kingdom? where the king? Who are the subjects? what its laws?
  19. And Yeshua said, This kingdom is not far away, but man with mortal eyes can see it not; it is within the heart.
  20. You need not seek the king in earth, or sea, or sky; he is not there, and yet is everywhere. He is the Christ of Divine; is universal love.
  21. The gate of this dominion is not high, and he who enters it must fall down on his knees. It is not wide, and none can carry carnal bundles through.
  22. The lower self must be transmuted into spirit-self; the body must be washed in living streams of purity.
  23. Ajainin asked, Can I become a subject of this king?
  24. And Yeshua said, You are yourself a king, and you may enter through the gate and be a subject of the King of kings.
  25. But you must lay aside your priestly robes; must cease to serve the Holy One for gold; must give your life, and all you have, in willing service to the sons of men.
  26. And Yeshua said no more; Ajainin went his way; and while he could not comprehend the truth that Yeshua spoke, he saw what he had never seen before.
  27. The realm of faith he never had explored; but in his heart the seeds of faith and universal brotherhood had found good soil.
  28. And as he journeyed to his home he seemed to sleep, to pass through darkest night, and when he woke the Sun of Righteousness had arisen; he had found the king.
  29. Now, in Benares Yeshua tarried many days and taught.

 

Chapter 30

Yeshua receives news of the death of his father. He writes a letter to his mother. The letter. He sends it on its way by a merchant.

 

  1. One day as Yeshua stood beside the Ganges busy with his work, a caravan, returning from the West, drew near.
  2. And one, approaching Yeshua, said, We come to you from your native land and bring unwelcome news.
  3. Your father is no more on earth; your mother grieves; and none can comfort her. She wonders whether you are still alive or not; she longs to see you once again.
  4. And Yeshua bowed his head in silent thought; and then he wrote. Of what he wrote this is the sum:
  5. My mother, noblest of the womankind; A man just from my native land has brought me word that father is no more in flesh, and that you grieve, and are disconsolate.
  6. My mother, all is well; is well for father and is well for you.
  7. His work in this earth-round is done, and it is nobly done.
  8. In all the walks of life men cannot charge him with deceit, dishonesty, nor wrong intent.
  9. Here in this round he finished many heavy tasks, and he has gone from hence prepared to solve the problems of the round of soul.
  10. Our Father-Divine is with him there, as he was with him here; and there his angel guards his footsteps lest he goes astray.
  11. Why should you weep? Tears cannot conquer grief. There is no power in grief to mend a broken heart.
  12. The plane of grief is idleness; the busy soul can never grieve; it has no time for grief.
  13. When grief come trooping through the heart, just lose yourself; plunge deep into the ministry of love, and grief is not.
  14. Yours is a ministry of love, and all the world is calling out for love.
  15. Then let the past go with the past; rise from the cares of carnal things and give your life for those who live.
  16. And if you lose your life in serving life you will sure to find in it the morning sun, the evening dews, in song of bird, in flowers, and in the stars of night.
  17. In just a little while your problems of this earth-round will be solved; and when your sums are all worked out it will be pleasure unalloyed for you to enter wider fields of usefulness, to solve the greater problems of the soul.
  18. Strive, then, to be content, and I will come to you some day and bring you richer gifts than gold or precious stones.
  19. I’m sure that John will care for you, supplying all your needs; and I am with you all the way, Jehoshua.
  20. And by the hand of one, a merchant, going to Jerusalem, he sent this letter on its way.

 

Chapter 31

Brahmic priests are enraged because of Yeshua’ teaching and resolve to drive him from India. Lamaas pleads for him. Priests employ a murderer to kill him. Lamaas warns him and he flees to Nepel.

 

  1. The words and works of Yeshua caused unrest through all the land.
  2. The common people were his friends, believed in him and followed him in thongs.
  3. The priests and rulers were afraid of him, his very name sent terror to their hearts.
  4. He preached the brotherhood of life, the righteousness of equal rights, and taught the uselessness of priests, and sacrificial rites.
  5. He shook the very sand on which the Brahmic system stood; he made the Brahmic idols seem so small, and sacrifice so fraught with sin, that shrines and wheels of prayer were all forgot.
  6. The priests declared that if this Jewish boy should tarry longer in the land a revolution would occur; the common people would arise and kill the priests, and tear the temples down.
  7. And so they sent a call abroad, and priests from every province came. Benares was on fire with Brahmic zeal.
  8. Lamaas from the temple Jagannath, who knew the inner life of Yeshua well, was in their midst, and heard the rantings of the priests,
  9. And he stood forth and said, My brother priests, take heed, be careful what you do; this is a record-making day.
  10. The world is looking on; the very life of Brahmic thought is now on trial.
  11. If we are reason-blind; if prejudice be king to-day; if we resort to beastly force, and dye our hands in blood that may, in sight of Brahm, be innocent and pure,
  12. His vengeance may fall down on us; the very rock on which we stand may burst beneath our feet; and our beloved priesthood, and our laws and shrines will go into decay.
  13. But they would let him speak no more. The wrathful priests rushed up and beat him, spit upon him, called him traitor, threw him, bleeding, to the street.
  14. And then confusion reigned; the priests became a mob; the sight of human blood led on to fiendish acts and called for more.
  15. The rulers, fearing war, sought Yeshua, and they found him calmly teaching in the market place.
  16. They urged him to depart, that he might save his life; but he refused to go.
  17. And then the priests sought cause for his arrest; but he had done no crime.
  18. And then false charges were preferred; but when the soldiers went to bring him to the judgement hall they were afraid, because the people stood in his defence.
  19. The priests were baffled, and they resolved to take his life by stealth.
  20. They found a man who was a murderer by trade, and sent him out by night to slay the object of their wrath.
  21. Lamaas heard about their plotting and their plans, and sent a messenger to warn his friend; and Yeshua hastened to depart.
  22. By night he left Benares, and with haste he journeyed to the north; and everywhere, the farmers, merchants and sudras helped him on his way.
  23. And after many days he reached the mighty Himalayas, and in the city of Kapivastu he abode.
  24. The priests of Buddha opened wide their temple doors for him.

 

Chapter 32

Yeshua and Barata. Together they read the sacred books. Yeshua takes exception to the Buddhist doctrine of evolution and reveals the true origin of man. Meets Vidyapati, who becomes his co-labourer.

 

  1. Among the Buddhist priests was one who saw a lofty wisdom in the words that Yeshua spoke. It was Barata Arabo.
  2. Together Yeshua and Barata read the Jewish Psalms and Prophets; read the Vedas, the Avesta and the wisdom of Gautama.
  3. And as they read and talked about the possibilities of man, Barata said,
  4. Man is the marvel of the universe. He is part of everything for he has been a living thing on every plane of life.
  5. Time was when man was not; and he was bit of formless substance in the moulds of time; and then a protoplast.
  6. By universal law all things tend upward to a state of perfectness. The protoplast evolved, becoming worm, then reptile, bird and beast, and then at last it reached the form of man.
  7. Now, man himself is mind, and mind is here to gain perfection by experience; and mind is often manifest in fleshy form, and in the form best suited to its growth. So mind may manifest as worm, or bird, or beast, or man.
  8. The time will come when everything of life will be evolved unto the state of perfect man.
  9. And after man is man in perfectness, he will evolve to higher forms of life.
  10. And Yeshua said, Barata Arabo, who taught you this, that mind, which is the man, may manifest in flesh of beast, or bird, or creeping thing?
  11. Barata said, From times which man remembers not our priests have told us so, and so we know.
  12. And Yeshua said, Enlightened Arabo, are you a master mind and do not know that man knows naught by being told?
  13. Man may believe what others say; but thus he never knows. If man would know, he must himself be what he knows.
  14. Do you remember, Arabo, when you were ape, or bird, or worm?
  15. Now, if you have no better proving of your plea than that the priests have told you so, you do not know; you simply guess.
  16. Regard not, then, what any man has said; let us forget the flesh, and go with mind into the land of fleshless things; mind never does forget.
  17. And backward through the ages master minds can trace themselves; and thus they know.
  18. Time never was when man was not.
  19. That which begins will have an end. If man was not, the time will come when he will not exist.
  20. From Divine’s own Record Book we read: The Triune Divine breathed forth, and seven Spirits stood before his face. (The Hebrews call these seven Spirits, Elohim.)
  21. And these are they who, in their boundless power, created everything that is, or was.
  22. These Spirits of the Triune Divine moved on the face of boundless space and seven ethers were, and every ether had its form of life.
  23. These forms of life were but the thoughts of Divine, clothed in the substance of their ether planes.
  24. (Men call these ether planes the planes of protoplast, of earth, of plant, of beast, of man, of angel and of cherubim.)
  25. These planes with all their teeming thoughts of Divine, are never seen by eyes of man in flesh; they are composed of substance far too fine for fleshy eyes to see, and still they constitute the soul of things;
  26. And with the eyes of soul all creatures see these ether planes, and all forms of life.
  27. Because all forms of life on every plane are thoughts of Divine, all creatures think, and every creature is possessed of will, and, in its measure, has the power to choose,
  28. And in their native planes all creatures are supplied with nourishment from the ethers of their planes.
  29. And so it was with every living thing until the will became a sluggish will, and then the ethers of the protoplast, the earth, the plant, the beast, the man, began to vibrate very slow.
  30. The ethers all became more dense, and all the creatures of these planes were clothed with coarser garbs, the garbs of flesh, which men can see; and thus this coarser manifest, which men call physical, appeared.
  31. And this is what is called the fall of man; but man fell not alone for protoplast, and earth, and plant and beast were all included in the fall.
  32. The angels and the cherubim fell not; their wills were ever strong, and so they held the ethers of their planes in harmony with Divine.
  33. Now, when the ethers reached the rate of atmosphere, and all the creatures of these planes must get their food from atmosphere, the conflict came; and that which the finite man ahs called, survival of the best, became the law,
  34. The stronger ate the bodies of the weaker manifests; and here is where the carnal law of evolution had its rise.
  35. And now man, in his utter shamelessness, strikes down and eats the beasts, the beast consumes the plant, the plant thrives on the earth, the earth absorbs the protoplast.
  36. In yonder kingdom of the soul this carnal evolution is not known, and the great work of master minds is to restore the heritage of man, to bring him back to his estate that he has lost, when he again will live upon the ethers of his native plane.
  37. The thoughts of Divine change not; the manifests of life on every plane unfold into perfection of their kind; and as the thoughts of Divine can never die, there is no death to any being of the seven ethers of the seven Spirits of the Triune Divine.
  38. And so an earth is never plant; a beast, or bird, or creeping thing is never man, and man is not, and cannot be, a beast, or bird, or creeping thing.
  39. The time will come when all these seven manifests will be absorbed, and man, and beast, and plant, and earth and protoplast will be redeemed.
  40. Barata was amazed; the wisdom of the Jewish sage was a revelation unto him.
  41. Now, Vidyapati, wisest of the Indian sages, chief of temple Kapavistu, heard Barata speak to Yeshua of the origin of man, and heard the answer of the Hebrew prophet, and he said,
  42. You priests of Kapavistu, hear me speak: We stand to-day upon a crest of time. Six times ago a master soul was born who gave a glory light to man, and now a master sage stands here in temple Kapavistu.
  43. This Hebrew prophet is the rising star of wisdom, deified. He brings to us a knowledge of the secrets things of Divine; and all the world will hear his words, will heed his words, and glorify his name.
  44. You priests of temple Kapavistu, stay! be still and listen when he speaks; he is the Living Oracle of Divine.
  45. And all the priests gave thanks, and praised the Buddha of enlightenment.

 

Chapter 33

Yeshua teaches the common people at a spring. Tells them how to attain unto happiness. Relates the parable of the rocky field and the hidden treasure.

 

  1. In silent meditation Yeshua sat beside a flowing spring. It was a holy day, and many people of the servant caste were near the place.
  2. And Yeshua 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.
  3. And Yeshua spoke to one and said, Why are you all so sad? Have you no happiness in life?
  4. 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.
  5. And Yeshua’ heart was stirred with pity and with love for these poor toilers, and he said,
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. And Yeshua 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.
  9. Divine never made a heaven for man; he never made a hell; we are creators and we make our own.
  10. Now, cease to seek for heaven in the sky; just open up the windows of the hearts, and, like a flood of light, a heaven will come and bring a boundless joy; then toil will be no cruel task.
  11. The people were amazed, and gathered close to hear this strange young master speak,
  12. Imploring him to tell them more about the Father-Divine; about the heaven that men can make on earth; about the boundless joy.
  13. And Yeshua spoke a parable; he said, A certain man possessed a field; the soil was hard and poor.
  14. By constant toil he scarcely could provide enough of food to keep his family from want.
  15. One day a miner who could see beneath the soil, in passing on his way, saw this poor man and his unfruitful field.
  16. He called the weary toiler and he said, My brother, know you not that just below the surface of your barren field rich treasures lie concealed?
  17. You plough and sow and reap in scanty way, and day by day you tread upon a mine of gold and precious stones.
  18. This wealth lies not upon the surface of the ground; but if you will dig away the rocky soil, and delve down deep into the earth, you need no longer till the soil for naught.
  19. The man believed. The miner surely knows; he said, and I will find the treasures hidden in my field.
  20. And then he dug away the rocky soil, and deep down in the earth he found a mine of gold.
  21. And Yeshua said, The sons of men are toiling hard on desert plains, and burning sands and rocky soils; are doing what there fathers did, not dreaming they can do aught else.
  22. Behold, a master comes, and tells them of a hidden wealth; that underneath the rocky soil of carnal things are treasures that no man can count;
  23. That in the heart the richest gems abound; that he who wills may open the door and find them all.
  24. And then the people said, Make known to us the way that we may find the wealth that lies within the heart.
  25. And Yeshua opened up the way; the toilers saw another side of life, and toil became a joy.

 

Chapter 34

The Jubilee in Kapavistu. Yeshua teaches in the plaza and the people are astonished. He relates the parable of the unkept vineyard and the vine dresser. The priests are angered by his words.

 

  1. It was a gala day in sacred Kapavista; a throng of Buddhist worshippers had met to celebrate a Jubilee.
  2. And priests and masters from all parts of India were there; they taught; but they embellished little truth with many words.
  3. And Yeshua went into an ancient plaza and taught; he spoke of Father-Mother-Divine; he told about the brotherhood of life.
  4. The priests and all the people were astounded at his words and said, Is this not Buddha come again in flesh? No other one could speak with such simplicity and power.
  5. And Yeshua spoke a parable; he said, There was a vineyard all unkept; the vines were high, the growth of leaves and branches great.
  6. The leaves were broad and shut the sunlight from the vines; the grapes were sour, and few, and small.
  7. The pruner came; with his sharp knife he cut off every branch, and not a leaf remained; just root and stalk, and nothing more.
  8. The busy neighbours came with one accord and were amazed, and said to him who pruned, You foolish man! the vineyard is despoiled.
  9. Such desolation! There is no beauty left, and when the harvest time shall come the gathers will find no fruit.
  10. The pruner said, Content yourselves with what you think, and come again at harvest time and see.
  11. And when the harvest time came on the busy neighbours came again; they were surprised.
  12. The naked stalks had put forth branch and leaf, and heavy clusters of delicious grapes weighed every branch to earth.
  13. The gatherers rejoiced as, day by day, they carried the rich fruitage to the press.
  14. Behold the vineyard of the Spirit! the earth is spread with human vines.
  15. The gorgeous forms and rites of men are branches, and their words are leaves; and these have grown so great that sunlight can no longer reach the heart; there is no fruit.
  16. Behold, the pruner comes, and with a two-edged knife he cuts away the branches and the leaves of words,
  17. And naught is left but unclothed stalks of human life.
  18. The priests and they of pompous show, rebuke the pruner, and would stay him in his work.
  19. They see no beauty in the stalks of human life; no promises of fruit.
  20. The harvest time will come and they who scorned the pruner will look on again and be amazed, for they will see the human stalks that seemed so lifeless, bending low with precious fruit.
  21. And they will hear the harvesters rejoice, because the harvest is so great.
  22. The priests were not well pleased with Yeshua’ words; but they rebuked him not; they feared the multitude.

 

Chapter 35

Yeshua and Vidyapati consider the needs of the incoming age of the world.

 

  1. The Indian sage and Yeshua often met and talked about the needs of nations and of men; about the sacred doctrines, forms and rites best suited to the coming age.
  2. One day they sat together in a mountain pass, and Yeshua said, The coming age will surely not require priests, and shrines, and sacrifice of life.
  3. There is no power in sacrifice of beast, or bird, to help a man to holy life.
  4. And Vidyapati said, All forms and rites are symbols of the things that men must do within the temple of the soul.
  5. The Holy One requires man to give his life in willing sacrifice for men, and all the so-called offerings on altars and on shrines that have been made since time began, were made to teach man how to give himself to save his brother man; for man can never save himself except he lose his life in saving other men.
  6. The perfect age will not require forms and rites and carnal sacrifice. The coming age is not the perfect age, and men will call for object lessons and symbolic rites.
  7. And in the great religion you shall introduce to men, some simple rites of washings and remembrances will be required; but cruel sacrifice of animals, and birds the Divines require not.
  8. And Yeshua said, Our Divine must loathe the tinselled show of priests and priestly things.
  9. When men array themselves in showy garbs to indicate that they are servants of the Divines, and strut about like gaudy birds to be admired by men, because of piety or any other thing, the Holy One must surely turn away in sheer disgust.
  10. All people are alike the servants of our Father-Divine, are kings and priests.
  11. Will not the coming age demand complete destruction of the priestly caste, as well as every other caste, and inequality among the sons of men?
  12. And Vidyapati said, The coming age is not the age of spirit life and men will pride themselves in wearing priestly robes, and chanting pious chants to advertise themselves as saints.
  13. The simple rites that you will introduce will be extolled by those who follow you, until the sacred service of the age will far outshine in gorgeousness the priestly service of the Brahmic age.
  14. This is a problem men must solve.
  15. The perfect age will come when every man will be a priest and men will not array themselves in special garb to advertise their piety.

 

SECTION VII

 

ZAIN

 

Life and Works of Yeshua in Tibet and Western India

Chapter 36

Yeshua in Lassa. He meets Meng-ste who aids him in reading the ancient manuscripts. He goes to Ladak. Heals a child. Relates the parable of the king’s son.

 

  1. In Lassa of Tibet there was a master’s temple, rich in manuscripts of ancient lore.
  2. The Indian sage had read these manuscripts, and he revealed to Yeshua many of the secret lessons they contained; but Yeshua wished to read them for himself.
  3. Now, Meng-ste, greatest sage of all the farther East, was in this temple of Tibet.
  4. The path across Emodus heights was difficult; but Yeshua started on his way, and Vidyapati sent with him a trusted guide.
  5. And Vidyapati sent a message to Meng-ste, in which he told about the Hebrew sage, and spoke for him a welcome by the temple priests.
  6. Now, after many days, and perils great, the guide and Yeshua reached the Lassa temple in Tibet.
  7. And Meng-ste opened wide the temple doors, and all the priests and masters gave a welcome to the Hebrew sage.
  8. And Yeshua had access to all the sacred manuscripts, and, with the help of Meng- ste, read them all.
  9. And Meng-ste often talked with Yeshua of the coming age, and of the sacred service best adapted to the people of the age.
  10. In Lassa Yeshua did not teach. When he finished all his studies in the temple schools he journeyed toward the West. In many villages he tarried for a time and taught.
  11. At last he reached the pass, and in the Ladak city, Leh, he was received with favour by the monks, the merchants, and the men of low estate.
  12. And in the monastery he abode, and taught; and then he sought the common people in the marts of trade; and there he taught.
  13. Not far away a woman lived, whose infant son was sick nigh unto death. The doctors had declared, There is no hope; the child must die.
  14. The woman heard that Yeshua was a teacher sent from Divine, and she believed that he had power to heal her son.
  15. And so she clasped the dying infant in her arms and ran with haste and asked to see the man of Divine.
  16. When Yeshua saw her faith he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,
  17. My Father-Divine, let power divine o’ershadow me, and let the Holy Breath fill full this child that it may live.
  18. And in the presence of the multitude he laid his hand upon the child and said,
  19. Good woman you are blest; your faith has saved your son. And then the child was well.
  20. The people were astonished and they said, This surely is the Holy One made flesh, for man alone cannot a fever thus and save a child from death.
  21. Then many of the people brought their sick, and Yeshua spoke the Word, and they were healed.
  22. Among the Ladaks Yeshua tarried many days; he taught them how to heal; how sins are blotted out, and how to make on earth a heaven of joy.
  23. The people loved him for his words and works, and when he must depart they grieved as children grieve when mother goes away.
  24. And on the morning when he started on his way the multitudes were there to press his hand.
  25. To them he spoke a parable; he said, A certain king so loved the people of his land that he sent forth his only son with precious gifts for all.
  26. The son went everywhere and scattered forth the gifts with lavish hand.
  27. But there were priests who ministered at shrines of foreign Divines, who were not pleased because the king did not through them bestow the gifts.
  28. And so they sought to cause the people all to hate the son. They said, These gifts are not of any worth; they are but counterfeits.
  29. And so the people threw the precious gems, and gold and silver in the streets. They caught the son and beat him, spit upon him, drove him from their midst.
  30. The son resented not their insults and their cruelties; but thus he prayed, My Father-Divine, forgive these creatures of thy hand; they are but slaves; they know not what they do.
  31. And while they yet were beating him he gave them food, and blest them with a boundless love.
  32. In certain cities was the son received with joy, and he would gladly have remained to bless the homes; but he could tarry not, for he must carry gifts to every one in all the king’s domain.
  33. And Yeshua said, My Father-Divine is king of all mankind, and he has sent me forth with all the bounties of his matchless love and boundless wealth.
  34. To all the people of all lands, lo, I must bear these gifts–this water and this bread of life.
  35. I go my way, but we will meet again; for in my Fatherland is room for all; I will prepare a place for you.
  36. And Yeshua raised his hand in silent benediction; then he went his way.

 

Chapter 37

Yeshua is presented with a camel. He goes to Lahore where he abides with Ajainin, whom he teaches. Lesson of the wandering musicians. Yeshua resumes his journey.

 

  1. A Caravan of merchantmen were journeying through the Kashmar vale as Yeshua passed that way, and they are going to Lahore, a city of the Hand, the five-stream land.
  2. The merchantmen had heard the prophet speak, had seen his mighty works in Leh, and they were glad to see him once again.
  3. And when they knew that he was going to Lahore and then across the Sind, through Persia and the farther West, and that he had no beast on which to ride,
  4. They freely gave to him a noble bactrian beast, well saddled and equipped, and Yeshua journeyed with the caravan.
  5. And when he reached Lahore, Ajainin and some other Brahmic priests, received him with delight.
  6. Ajainin was the priest who came to Yeshua in the night time in Benares many months before, and heard he words of truth.
  7. And Yeshua was Ajainin’s guest; he taught Ajainin many things; revealed to him the secrets of the healing art.
  8. He taught him how he could control the spirits of the air, the fire, the water and the earth; and he explained to him the secret doctrine of forgiveness, and the blotting out of sins.
  9. One day Ajainin sat with Yeshua in the temple porch; a band of wandering singers and musicians paused before the court to sing and play.
  10. Their music was most rich and delicate, and Yeshua said, Among the high-breed people of the land we hear no sweeter music than that these uncouth children of the wilderness bring here to us.
  11. From whence this talent and this power? In one short life they could not gain such grace of voice, such knowledge of the laws of harmony and tone.
  12. Men call them prodigies. There are no prodigies. All things result from natural law.
  13. These people are not young. A thousand years would not suffice to give them such divine expressiveness, and such purity of voice and touch.
  14. Ten thousand years ago these people mastered harmony. In days of old they trod the busy thoroughfares of life, and caught the melody of birds, and played on harps of perfect form.
  15. And they have come again to learn still other lessons from the varied notes of manifests.
  16. These wandering people form a part of heaven’s orchestra, and in the land of perfect things the very angels will delight to hear them play and sing.
  17. And Yeshua taught the common people of Lahore; he healed their sick, and showed to them the way to rise to better things by helpfulness.
  18. He said, We are not rich by what we get and hold; the only things we keep are those we give away.
  19. If you would live the perfect life, give forth your life in service for your kind, and for the forms of life that men esteem the lower forms of life.
  20. But Yeshua could not tarry longer in Lahore; he bade the priests and other friends farewell; and then he took his camel and he went his way toward the Sind.

 

SECTION VIII

 

CHETH

 

Life and Works of Yeshua in Persia

Chapter 38

Yeshua crosses Persia. Teaches and heals in many places. Three magian priests meet him as he nears Persepolis. Kaspar, and two other Persian masters, meet him in Persepolis. The seven masters sit in silence seven days.

 

  1. Four-and-Twenty years of age was Yeshua when he entered Persia on his homeward way.
  2. In many a hamlet, town and neighbourhood he paused a while and taught and healed.
  3. The priests and ruling classes did not welcome him, because he censured them for cruelty to those of low estate.
  4. The common people followed him in throngs
  5. At times the chiefs made bold to try to hinder him, forbidding him to teach or heal the sick. But he regarded not their angry threats; he taught, and healed the sick.
  6. In time he reached Persepolis, the city where the kings of Persia were entombed; the city of the learned magi, Hor, and Lun, and Mer, the three wise men.
  7. Who, four-and-twenty years before, had seen the star of promise rise above Jerusalem, and who had journeyed to the West to find the new-born king;
  8. And were the first to honour Yeshua as the master of the age, and gave him gifts of gold, gum-thus and myrrh.
  9. These magi knew, by ways that masters always know, when Yeshua neared Persepolis; and then they girt themselves, and went to meet him on the way.
  10. And when they met, a light much brighter than the light of day, surrounded them, and men who saw the four stand in the way declared they were transfigured; seeming more like Divines than men.
  11. Now, Hor and Lun were aged men, and Yeshua placed them on his beast to ride into Persepolis; whilst he and Mer led on the way.
  12. And when they reached the magi’s home they all rejoiced. And Yeshua told the thrilling story of his life, and Hor and Lun and Mer spoke not; they only looked to heaven, and in their hearts praised Divine.
  13. Three wise men from the North were Persepolis; and they were Kaspar, Zara and Melzone; and Kaspar was the wisest master of the Magian land. These three were at the home of Hor and Lun and Mer when Yeshua came.
  14. For seven days these seven men spoke not; they sat in silence in the council hall in close communion with the Silent Brotherhood.
  15. They sought for light, for revelation and for power. The laws and precepts of the coming age required all the wisdom of the masters of the world.

 

Chapter 39

Yeshua attends a feast in Persepolis. Speaks to the people, reviewing the magian philosophy. Explains the origin of evil. Spends the night in prayer.

 

  1. A feast in honour of the magian Divine was being held, and many men were gathered in Persepolis.
  2. And on the great day of the feast the ruling magian master said, Within these sacred walls is liberty; whoever wills to speak may speak.
  3. And Yeshua standing in the midst of all the people, said, My brothers, sisters, children of our Father-Divine:
  4. Most blest are you among the sons of men today, because you have such just conceptions of the Holy One and man.
  5. Your purity in worship and in life is pleasing unto Divine; and to your master, Zarathustra, praise is due.
  6. Well say you all, There is one Divine from whose great being there came forth the seven Spirits that created heaven and earth; and manifest unto the sons of men are these great Spirits in the sun, and moon, and stars.
  7. But in your sacred books we read that two among these seven are of superior strength; that one of these created all the good; the other one created all that evil is.
  8. I pray you, honoured masters, tell me how that evil can be born of that which is all good?
  9. A magus rose and said, If you will answer me, your problem will be solved.
  10. We all do recognize the fact that evil is. Whatever is, must have a cause, If Divine, the One, made not this evil, then, where is the Divine who did?
  11. And Yeshua said, Whatever Divine, the One, has made is good, and like the great first Cause, the seven Spirits all are good, and everthing that comes from their creative hands is good.
  12. Now, all created things have colours, tones and forms their own; but certain tones, though good and pure themselves, when mixed, produce inharmonies, discordant tones.
  13. And certain things, though good and pure, when mixed, produce discordant things, yea, poisonous things, that men call evil things.
  14. So evil is the inharmonious blending of the colours, tones, or forms of good.
  15. Now, man is not all-wise, and yet has will his own. He has the power, and he uses it, to mix Divine’s good things in a multitude of ways, and every day he makes discordant sounds, and evil things.
  16. And every tone and form, be it of good, or ill, becomes a living thing, a demon, sprite, or spirit of a good or vicious kind.
  17. Man makes his evil thus; and then becomes afraid of him and flees; his devil is emboldened, follows him away and casts him into torturing fires.
  18. The devil and the burning fires are both the works of man, and none can put the fires out and dissipate the evil one, but man who made them both.
  19. Then Yeshua stood aside, and not a magus answered him.
  20. And he departed from the throng and went into a secret place to pray.

 

Chapter 40

Yeshua teaches the magians. Explains the Silence and how to enter it. Kaspar extols the wisdom of Yeshua. Yeshua teaches in the groves of Cyrus.

 

  1. Now, in the early morning Yeshua 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 Yeshua said, There is a Silence where the soul may meet its Divine, 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 Yeshua 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 Divine.
  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 Divine; 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 Spirit 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 Arc of Divine, 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 enter in and find his own.
  25. Now Kaspar heard the Hebrew master speak and he exclaimed, Behold, the wisdom of the Divines has come to men!
  26. And Yeshua went his way, and in the sacred groves of Cyrus, where the multitudes were met, he taught and healed the sick.

 

Chapter 41

Yeshua stands by a healing fountain. Reveals the fact that faith is the potent factor in healing and many are healed by faith. A little child teaches a great lesson of faith.

 

  1. A flowing spring that people called the Healing Fount, was near Persepolis.
  2. And all the people thought that at a certain time of the year their deity came down and gave a virtue to the waters of the fount, and that the sick who then would plunge into the fount and wash would be made whole.
  3. About the fount a multitude of people were in waiting for the Holy One to come and potentise the waters of the fount.
  4. The blind, the lame, the deaf, the dumb, and those obsessed were there.
  5. And Yeshua, standing in the midst of them, exclaimed, Behold the spring of life! These waters that will fail are honoured as the special blessing of your Divine.
  6. From whence do healing virtues come? Why is your Divine so partial with his gifts? Why does he bless this spring to-day, and then to-morrow take his blessings all away?
  7. A deity of power could fill these waters full of healing virtue every day.
  8. Hear me, you sick, disconsolate: The virtue of this fount is not a special gift of Divine.
  9. Faith is the healing power of every drop of all the waters of this spring.
  10. He who believes with all his heart that he will be made whole by washing in this fount will be made whole when he has washed; and he may wash at any time.
  11. Let every one who has this faith in Divine and in himself plunge in these waters now and wash.
  12. And many of the people plunged into the crystal fount; and they were healed.
  13. And then there was a rush, for all the people were inspired with faith, and each one strove to be among the first to wash, lest all the virtue be absorbed.
  14. And Yeshua saw a little child, weak, faint and helpless, sitting all alone beyond the surging crowd; and there was none to help her to the fount.
  15. And Yeshua said, My little one, why do you sit and wait? Why not arise and hasten to the fount and wash, and be made well?
  16. The child replied, I need not haste; the blessings of my Father in the sky are measured not in tiny cups; they never fail; their virtues are the same for evermore.
  17. When these whose faith is weak must haste to wash for fear their faith will fail, have all been cured, these waters will be just as powerful for me.
  18. Then I can go and stay a long, long time within the blessed waters of the spring.
  19. And Yeshua said, Behold a master soul! She came to earth to teach to men the power of faith.
  20. And then he lifted up the child and said, Why wait for anything? The very air we breathe is filled with balm of life. Breathe in this balm of life in faith and be made whole.
  21. The child breathed in the balm of life in faith, and she was well.
  22. The people marvelled much at what they heard and saw; they said, This man must surely be the Divine of health made flesh.
  23. And Yeshua said, The fount of life is not a little pool; it is as wide as are the spaces of the heavens.
  24. The waters of the fount are love; the potency is faith, and he who plunges deep into the living springs, in living faith, may wash away his guilt and be made whole, and freed from sin.

 

SECTION IX

 

TETH

 

Life and Works of Yeshua in Assyria

Chapter 42

Yeshua bids the magians farewell. Goes to Assyria. Teaches the people in Ur of Chaldea. Meets Ashbina, with whom he visits many towns and cities, teaching and healing the sick.

 

  1. In Persia Yeshua’ work was done and he resumed his journey towards his native land.
  2. The Persian sage went with him to the Euphrates; then with a pledge that they would meet again in Egypt land the masters said, Farewell.
  3. And Kaspar went his way unto his home beside the Caspian Sea; and Yeshua soon was in Chaldea, cradle land of Israel.
  4. In Ur, where Abraham was born, he tarried for a time; and when he told the people who he was, and why he came, they came from near and far to speak to him.
  5. He said to them, We all are kin. Two thousand years and more ago, our Father Abraham lived here in Ur, and then he worshipped Divine the One, and taught the people in these sacred groves.
  6. And he was greatly blessed; becoming father of the mighty hosts of Israel.
  7. Although so many years have passed since Abraham and Sarah walked these ways, a remnant of their kindred still abide in Ur.
  8. And in there hearts the Divine of Abraham is still adored, and faith and justice are the rocks on which they build.
  9. Behold this land! It is no more the fruitful land that Abraham loved so well; the rains come not as in the former times; the vine is not productive now, and withered are the figs.
  10. But this shall not for ever be; the time will come when all your deserts will rejoice; when flowers will bloom; when all your vines will bend their heads with luscious fruit; shepherds will again be glad.
  11. And Yeshua preached to them the gospel of goodwill, and peace on earth. He told them of the brotherhood of life, and of the inborn powers of man, and of the kingdom of the soul.
  12. And as he spoke, Ashbina, greatest sage of all Assyria, stood before his face.
  13. The people knew the sage, for he had often taught them in their sacred halls and groves, and they rejoiced to see his face.
  14. Ashbina said, My children of Chaldea, hear! Behold, for you are greatly blest to- day, because a prophet of the living Divine has come to you.
  15. Take heed to what this master says, for he gives forth the words that Divine has given him.
  16. And Yeshua and the sage went through the towns and cities of Chaldea and of the lands between the Tigris and the Euphrates;
  17. And Yeshua healed a multitude of people who were sick.

 

Chapter 43

Yeshua and Ashbina visit Babylon and remark its desolation. The two masters remain in company seven days; then Yeshua resumes his homeward journey. Arrives in Nazareth. His mother gives a feast in his honour. His brothers are displeased. Yeshua tells his mother and aunt the story of his journeys.

 

  1. The ruined Babylon was near, and Yeshua and the sage went through her gates and walked among her fallen palaces.
  2. They trod the streets where Israel once was held in base captivity.
  3. They saw where Judah’s sons and daughters hung their harps upon the willows, and refused to sing.
  4. They saw where Daniel and the Hebrew children stood as living witnesses of faith.
  5. And Yeshua lifted up his hand and said, Behold the grandeur of the works of man!
  6. The king of Babylon destroyed the temple of the Spirit in old Jerusalem; he burned the holy city, bound in chains my people and my kin, and brought them here as slaves.
  7. But retribution comes; for whatsoever men shall do to other men the righteous Judge will do to them.
  8. The sun of Babylon has gone down; the songs of pleasure will be heard no more within her walls.
  9. And every kind of creeping thing and unclean bird will, in these ruins, find their homes.
  10. And in the temple Belus, Yeshua and Ashbina stood in silent thought.
  11. Then Yeshua spoke and said, Behold this monument of folly and of shame.
  12. Man tried to shake the very throne of Divine, and he assayed to build a tower to reach to heaven, when, lo, his very speech was snatched away, because in lofty words he boasted of his power.
  13. And on these heights the heathen Baal stood–the Divine wrought out by hands of man.
  14. Upon yon altar, birds, and beasts, and men, yea children have been burned in awful sacrifice to Baal.
  15. But now the gory priests are dead; the very rocks have shuddered and have fallen down; the place is desolate.
  16. Now, in the plains of Shinar Yeshua tarried yet for seven days, and, with Ashbina, meditated long upon the needs of men, and how the sages could best serve the coming age.
  17. Then Yeshua went his way, and after many days he crossed the Jordan to his native land. At once he sought his home in Nazareth.
  18. His mother’s heart was filled with joy; she made a feast for him, inviting all her kindred and her friends.
  19. But Yeshua’ brothers were not pleased that such attention should be paid to one they deemed a sheer adventurer, and they went not in to the feast.
  20. They laughed their brother’s claims to scorn; they called him indolent, ambitious, vain; a worthless fortune hunter; searcher of the world for fame, who, after many years returns to mother’s home with neither gold, nor any other wealth.
  21. And Yeshua called aside his mother and her sister, Miriam, and told them of his journey to the East.
  22. He told them of the lessons he had learned, and of the works that he had done. To others he told not the story of his life.

 

SECTION X

 

JOD

 

Life and Works of Yeshua in Greece

Chapter 44

Yeshua visits Greece and is welcomed by the Athenians. Meets Apollo. Addresses the Grecian masters in the Amphitheatre. The address.

 

  1. The Greek philosophy was full of pungent truth, and Yeshua longed to study with the masters in the schools of Greece.
  2. And so he left his home in Nazareth and crossed the Carmel hills, and at the port took ship, and soon was in the Grecian capital.
  3. Now, the Athenians had heard of him as teacher and philosopher, and they were glad to have him come to them that they might hear his words of truth.
  4. Among the masters of the Greeks was one, Apollo, who was called, Defender of the Oracle, and recognised in many lands as Grecian sage.
  5. Apollo opened up for Yeshua all the doors of Grecian lore, and in the Areopagus he heard the wisest masters speak.
  6. But Yeshua brought to them a wisdom greater far than theirs; and so he taught.
  7. Once in the Amphitheatre he stood, and when Apollo bade him speak he said,
  8. Athenian masters, hear! In ages long ago, men, wise in nature’s laws, sought out and found the place on which your city stands.
  9. Full well you know that there are parts of earth where its great beating heart throws heavenward etheric waves that meet the ethers from above:
  10. Where spirit-light and understanding, like the stars of night, shine forth.
  11. Of all the parts of earth there is no place more sensitised, more truly spirit-blest, than that where Athens stands.
  12. Yea, all of Greece is blest. No other land has been the homeland of such mighty men of thought as grace your scrolls of fame.
  13. A host of sturdy giants of philosophy, of poetry, of science, and of art, were born upon the soil of Greece, and rocked to manhood in your cradle of pure thought.
  14. I come not here to speak of science, of philosophy, or art; of these you are the world’s best masters now.
  15. But all your high accomplishments are but stepping stones to worlds beyond the realm of sense; are but illusive shadows flitting on the walls of time.
  16. But I would tell you of a life beyond, within; a real life that cannot pass away.
  17. In science and philosophy there is no power strong enough to fit a soul to recognise itself, or to commune with Divine.
  18. I would not stay the flow of your great streams of thought; but I would turn them to the channels of the soul.
  19. Unaided by the Spirit-breath, the work of intellection tends to solve the problems of the things we see, and nothing more.
  20. The senses were ordained to bring into the mind mere pictures of the things that pass away; they do not deal with real things; they do not comprehend eternal law.
  21. But man has something in his soul, a something that will tear the veil apart that he may see the world of real things.
  22. We call this something, spirit consciousness; it sleeps in every soul, and cannot be awakened till the Holy Breath becomes a welcome guest.
  23. This Holy Breath knocks at the door of every soul, but cannot enter in until the will of man throws wide the door.
  24. There is no power in intellect to turn the key; philosophy and science both have toiled to get a glimpse behind the veil; but they have failed.
  25. The secret spring that throws ajar the door of soul is touched by nothing else than purity in life, by prayer and holy thought.
  26. Return, O mystic stream of Grecian thought, and mingle your clear waters with the flood of Spirit-life; and then the spirit consciousness will sleep no more, and man will know, and Divine will bless.
  27. When Yeshua had thus said he stepped aside. The Grecian masters were astonished at the wisdom of his words; they answered not.

 

Chapter 45

Yeshua teaches the Greek masters. Goes with Apollo to Delphi and hears the Oracle speak. It testifies for him. He abides with Apollo, and is recognised as the living Oracle of Divine. Explains to Apollo the phenomenon of oracular speech.

 

  1. For many days the Grecian masters listened to the clear incisive words that Yeshua spoke, and while they could not fully comprehend the things he said, they were delighted and accepted his philosophy.
  2. One day as Yeshua and Apollo walked beside the sea, a Delphic courier came in haste and said, Apollo, master, come; the Oracle would speak to you.
  3. Apollo said to Yeshua, Sir, if you would see the Delphic Oracle, and hear it speak, you may accompany me. And Yeshua did accompany him.
  4. The masters went in haste; and when they came to Delphi, great excitement reigned.
  5. And when Apollo stood before the Oracle it spoke and said:
  6. Apollo, sage of Greece, the bell strikes twelve; the midnight of the ages now has come.
  7. Within the womb of nature ages are conceived; they gestate and are born in glory with the rising sun, and when the agic sun goes down the age disintegrates and dies.
  8. The Delphic age has been an age of glory and renown; the Divines have spoken to the sons of men through oracles of wood, and gold, and precious stone.
  9. The Delphic sun has set; the Oracle will go into decline; the time is near when men will hear its voice no more.
  10. The Divines will speak to man by man. The living Oracle now stands within these sacred groves; the Logos from on high has come.
  11. From henceforth will decrease my wisdom and my power; from henceforth will increase the wisdom and the power of him, Immanuel.
  12. Let all the masters stay; let every creature hear and honour him, Immanuel.
  13. And then the Oracle spoke not again for forty days, and priests and people were amazed. They came from near and far to hear the Living Oracle speak forth the wisdom of the Divines.
  14. And Yeshua and the Grecian sage returned, and in Apollo’s home the Living Oracle spoke forth for forty days.
  15. One day Apollo said to Yeshua as they sat alone, This sacred Delphic Oracle has spoken many a helpful word for Greece.
  16. Pray tell me what it is that speaks. Is it an angel, man, or living Divine?
  17. And Yeshua said, It is not angel, man, nor Divine that speaks. It is the matchless wisdom of the master minds of Greece, united in a master mind.
  18. This giant mind has taken to itself the substances of soul, and thinks, and hears, and speaks.
  19. It will remain a living soul while master minds feed it with thought, with wisdom and with faith and hope.
  20. But when the master minds of Greece shall perish from the land, this giant master mind will cease to be, and then the Delphic Oracle will speak no more.

 

Chapter 46

A storm on the sea. Yeshua rescues many drowning men. The Athenians pray to idols. Yeshua rebukes their idolatry and tells how Divine helps. His last meeting with the Greeks. Sails on the vessel Mars.

 

  1. It was a holy day and Yeshua walked upon the Athens beach.
  2. A storm was on and ships were being tossed about like toys upon the bosom of the sea.
  3. The sailors and the fishermen were going down to watery graves; the shores were strewn with bodies of the dead.
  4. And Yeshua halted not, but with a mighty power he rescued many a helpless one, oft bringing back to life the seeming dead.
  5. Now, on these shores were altars sacred to the Divines supposed to rule the seas.
  6. And men and women, heedless of the cries of drowning men were crowding all about these altars calling on their Divines for help.
  7. At length the storm was done, and all the sea was calm, and men could think again; and Yeshua said,
  8. You worshippers of wooden Divines, how has the fury of this storm been lessened by your frantic prayers?
  9. Where is the strength of these poor, weather-beaten Divines with painted swords and crowns?
  10. A Divine that could abide in such a little house could hardly hold a frantic fly, and who could hope that he could hold at bay the Spirits of winds and waves?
  11. The mighty powers of worlds unseen do not give forth their help till men have done their best; they only help when men can do no more.
  12. And you have agonised and prayed around these shrines, and let men sink to death who might have been, by your assistance, saved.
  13. The Divine that saves dwells in your souls, and manifests by making use of your own feet, and legs, and arms, and hands.
  14. Strength never comes through idleness; nor through a waiting for another one to bear your loads, or do the work that you are called to do.
  15. But when you do your best to bear your loads, and do your work, you offer unto Divine a sacrifice well-pleasing in his sight.
  16. And then the Holy One breathes deep upon your glowing sacrificial coals, and makes them blaze aloft to fill your souls with light, and strength and helpfulness.
  17. The most efficient prayer that men can offer to a Divine of any kind is helpfulness to those in need of help; for what you do for other men the Holy One will do for you.
  18. And thus Divine helps.
  19. His work in Greece was done, and Yeshua must go on his way to Egypt in the South. Apollo, with the highest masters of the land and many people from the varied walks of life, stood on the shore to see the Hebrew sage depart; and Yeshua said,
  20. The son of man has been in many lands; has stood in temples of a multitude of foreign Divines; has preached the gospel of good will and peace on earth to many people, tribes and tongues;
  21. Has been received with favour in a multitude of homes; but Greece is, of them all, the royal host.
  22. The breadth of Grecian thought; the depth of her philosophy; the height of her unselfish aspirations have well fitted her to be the champion of the cause of human liberty and right.
  23. The fates of war have subjugated Greece, because she trusted in the strength of flesh, and bone and intellect, forgetful of the spirit-life that binds a nation to its source of power.
  24. But Greece will not for ever sit within the darkness of the shadow land as vassal of a foreign king.
  25. Lift up your heads, you men of Greece; the time will come when Greece will breathe the ethers of the Holy Breath, and be a mainspring of the spirit power of earth.
  26. But Divine must be your shield, your buckler, and your tower of strength.
  27. And then he said, Farewell. Apollo raised his hand in silent benediction, and the people wept.
  28. Upon the Cretan vessel, Mars, the Hebrew sage sailed from the Grecian port.

 

SECTION XI

 

CAPH

 

Life and Works of Yeshua in Egypt

Chapter 47

Yeshua with Elihu and Salome in Egypt. Tells the story of his journeys. Elihu and Salome praise Divine. Yeshua goes to the temple in Heliopolis and is received as a pupil.

 

  1. And Yeshua came to Egypt land and all was well. He tarried not upon the coast; he went at once to Zoan, home of Elihu and Salome, who five and twenty years before had taught his mother in their sacred school.
  2. And there was joy when met these three. When last the son of Mary saw these sacred groves he was a babe;
  3. And now a man grown strong by buffeting of every kind; a teacher who had stirred the multitudes in many lands.
  4. And Yeshua told the aged teachers all about his life; about his journeyings in foreign lands; about the meetings with the masters and about his kind receptions by the multitudes.
  5. Elihu and Salome heard his story with delight; they lifted up their eyes to heaven and said,
  6. Our Father-Divine, let now thy servants go in peace, for we have seen the glory of the Spirit;
  7. And we have talked with him, the messenger of love, and of the covenant of peace on earth, good will to men.
  8. Through him shall all the nations of the earth be blest; through him, Immanuel.
  9. And Yeshua stayed in Zoan many days; and then went forth unto the city of the sun, that men call Heliopolis, and sought admission to the temple of the sacred brotherhood.
  10. The council of the brotherhood convened, and Yeshua stood before the hierophant; he answered all the questions that were asked with clearness and with power.
  11. The hierophant exclaimed, Rabboni of the rabbinate, why come you here? Your wisdom is the wisdom of the Divines; why seek for wisdom in the halls of men?
  12. And Yeshua said, In every way of earth-life I would walk; in every hall of learning I would sit; the heights that any man has gained, these I would gain;
  13. What any man has suffered I would meet, that I may know the griefs, the disappointments and the sore temptations of my brother man; that I may know just how to succour those in need.
  14. I pray you, brothers, let me go into your dismal crypts; and I would pass the hardest of your tests.
  15. The master said, Take then the vow of secret brotherhood. And Yeshua took the vow of secret brotherhood.
  16. Again the master spoke; he said, The greatest heights are gained by those who reach the greatest depths; and you shall reach the greatest depths.
  17. The guide then led the way and in the fountain Yeshua bathed; and when he had been clothed in proper garb he stood again before the hierophant.

 

Chapter 48

Yeshua receives from the hierophant his mystic name and number. Passes the first brotherhood test, and receives his first degree, SINCERITY.

 

  1. The master took down from the wall a scroll on which was written down the number and the name of every attribute and character. He said,
  2. The circle is the symbol of the perfect man, and seven is the number of the perfect man;
  3. The Logos is the perfect word; that which creates; that which destroys, and that which saves.
  4. This Hebrew master is the Logos of the Holy One, the Circle of the human race, the Seven of time.
  5. And in the record book the scribe wrote down, The Logos-Circle-Seven; and thus was Yeshua known.
  6. The master said, The Logos will give heed to what I say: No man can enter into light till he has found himself. Go forth and search till you have found your soul and then return.
  7. The guide led Yeshua to a room in which the light was faint and mellow, like the light of early dawn.
  8. The chamber walls were marked with mystic signs, with hieroglyphs and sacred texts; and in this chamber Yeshua found himself alone where he remained for many days.
  9. He read the sacred texts; thought out the meaning of the hieroglyphs and sought the import of the master’s charge to find himself.
  10. A revelation came; he got acquainted with his soul; he found himself; then he was not alone.
  11. One night he slept and at the midnight hour, a door that he had not observed, was opened, and a priest in sombre garb came in and said,
  12. My brother, pardon me for coming in at this unseemly hour; but I have come to save your life.
  13. You are the victim of a cruel plot. The priests of Heliopolis are jealous of your fame, and they have said that you shall never leave these gloomy crypts alive.
  14. The higher priests do not go forth to teach the world, and you are doomed to temple servitude.
  15. Now, if you would be free, you must deceive these priests; must tell them you are here to stay for life;
  16. And then, when you have gained all that you wish to gain, I will return, and by a secret way will lead you forth that you may go in peace.
  17. And Yeshua said, My brother man, would you come here to teach deceit? Am I within these holy walls to learn the wiles of vile hypocrisy?
  18. Nay, man, my Father scorns deceit, and I am here to do his will.
  19. Deceive these priests! Not while the sun shall shine. What I have said, that I have said; I will be true to them, to Divine, and to myself.
  20. And then the tempter left, and Yeshua was again alone; but in a little time a white- robed priest appeared and said,
  21. Well done! The Logos has prevailed. This is the trial chamber of hypocrisy. And then he led the way, and Yeshua stood before the judgement seat.
  22. And all the brothers stood; the hierophant came forth and laid his hand on Yeshua’ head, and placed within his hands a scroll, on which was written just one word, SINCERITY; and not a word was said.
  23. The guide again appeared, and led the way, and in a spacious room replete with everything a student craves was Yeshua bade to rest and wait.

 

Chapter 49

Yeshua passes the second brotherhood test, and receives the second degree, JUSTICE.

 

  1. The Logos did not care to rest; he said, Why wait in this luxurious room? I need not rest; my Father’s work upon me presses hard.
  2. I would go on and learn my lessons all. If there are trials, let them come, for every victory over self gives added strength.
  3. And then the guide led on, and in a chamber, dark as night, was Yeshua placed and left alone; and days were spent in this deep solitude.
  4. And Yeshua slept, and in the dead of night a secret door was opened, and, in priest’s attire, two men came in; each carried in his hand a little flickering lamp.
  5. Approaching Yeshua, one spoke out and said, Young man, our hearts are grieved because of what you suffer in these fearful dens, and we have come as friends to bring you light, and show the way to liberty.
  6. We once, like you, were in these dens confined, and thought that through these weird, uncanny ways we could attain to blessedness and power;
  7. But in a luckful moment we were undeceived, and, making use of all our strength, we broke our chains, and then we learned that all this service is corruption in disguise. These priests are criminals just hid away.
  8. They boast in sacrificial rites; they offer to their Divines, and burn them while alive poor birds, and beasts; yea, children, women, men.
  9. And now they keep you here, and, at a certain time, may offer you in sacrifice.
  10. We pray you, brother, break your chains; come, go with us; accept of freedom while you may.
  11. And Yeshua said, Your little tapers show the light you bring. Pray, who are you? The words of man are worth no more than is the man himself.
  12. These temple walls are strong and high; how gained you entrance to this place?
  13. The men replied, Beneath these walls are many hidden ways, and we who have been priests, spent months and years within these dens, know all of them.
  14. Then you are traitors, Yeshua said. A traitor is a fiend; he who betrays another man is never man to trust.
  15. If one has only reached the plane of treachery, he is a lover of deceit, and will betray a friend to serve his selfish self.
  16. Behold, you men, or whatsoe’er you be, your words fall lightly on my ears,
  17. Could I prejudge these hundred priests, turn traitor to myself and them, because of what you say when you confess your treachery?
  18. No man can judge for me; and if I judge till testimony all is in I might not judge aright.
  19. Nay, men; by whatsoever way you came, return. My soul prefers the darkness of the grave to little flickering lights like these you bring.
  20. My conscience rules; what these, my brothers, have to say I’ll hear, and when the testimony all is in I will decide. You cannot judge for me, nor I for you,
  21. Begone, you men, begone, and leave me to this charming light; for while the sun shines not, within my soul there is a light surpassing that of sun or moon.
  22. Then, with an angry threat that they would do him harm, the wily tempters left, and Yeshua was again alone.
  23. Again the white-robed priest appeared, and led the way, and Yeshua stood again before the hierophant;
  24. And not a word was said, but in his hands the master placed a scroll on which the word suggestive, JUSTICE, was inscribed.
  25. And Yeshua was the master of the phantom forms of prejudice and of treachery.

 

Chapter 50

Yeshua passes the third brotherhood test, and receives the third degree, FAITH.

 

  1. The Logos waited seven days, and then was taken to the Hall of Fame, a chamber rich in furnishings, and lighted up with gold and silver lamps.
  2. The colours of its ceilings, decorations, furnishings and walls were blue and gold.
  3. Its shelves were filled with books of master minds; the paintings and the statues were the works of highest art.
  4. And Yeshua was entranced with all this elegance and these manifests of thought. He read the sacred books, and sought the meanings of the symbols and the hieroglyphs.
  5. And when he was absorbed in deepest thought, a priest approached and said,
  6. Behold the glory of this place: my brother, you are highly blest. Few men of earth, so young, have reached such heights of fame.
  7. Now, if you do not waste your life in search for hidden things that men can never comprehend, you may be founder of a school of thought that will insure you endless fame;
  8. For your philosophy is deeper far than that of Plato, and your teachings please the common people more than those of Socrates.
  9. Why seek for mystic light within these antiquated dens? Go forth and walk with men, and think with men, and they will honour you.
  10. And, after all, these weird initiations may be myths, and your Messiah hopes but base illusions of the hour.
  11. I would advise you to renounce uncertain things and choose the course that leads to certain fame.
  12. And thus the priest, a demon in disguise, sung syren songs of unbelief; and Yeshua meditated long and well on what he said.
  13. The conflict was a bitter one, for king Ambition is a sturdy foe to fight.
  14. For forty days the higher wrestled with the lower self, and then the fight was won.
  15. Faith rose triumphant; unbelief was not. Ambition covered up his face and fled away, and Yeshua said,
  16. The wealth, the honour, and the fame of earth are but the baubles of an hour.
  17. When this short span of earthly life has all been measured out, man’s bursting baubles will be buried with his bones,
  18. Yea, what a man does for his selfish self will make no markings on the credit side of life.
  19. The good that men for other men shall do becomes a ladder strong on which the soul may climb to wealth, and power and fame of Divine’s own kind, that cannot pass away.
  20. Give me the poverty of men, the consciousness of duty done in love, the approbation of my Divine, and I will be content.
  21. And then he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,
  22. My Father-Divine, I thank thee for this hour. I ask not for the glory of thyself; I fain would be a keeper of thy temple gates, and serve my brother man.
  23. Again was Yeshua called to stand before the hierophant; again no word was said, but in his hands the master placed a scroll on which was written, FAITH.
  24. And Yeshua bowed his head in humble thanks; then went his way.

 

Chapter 51

Yeshua passes the fourth brotherhood test, and receives the fourth degree, PHILANTHROPY.

 

  1. When other certain days had passed, the guide led Yeshua to the Hall of Mirth, a hall most richly furnished, and replete with everything a carnal heart could wish.
  2. The choicest viands and the most delicious wines were on the boards; and maids, in gay attire, served all with grace and cheerfulness.
  3. And men and women, richly clad, were there; and they were wild with joy; they sipped from every cup of mirth.
  4. And Yeshua watched the happy throng in silence for a time, and then a man in garb of sage came up and said, Most happy is the man who, like the bee, can gather sweets from every flower.
  5. The wise man is the one who seeks for pleasure, and can find it everywhere.
  6. At best man’s span of life on earth is short, and then he dies and goes, he knows not where.
  7. Then let us eat, and drink, and dance, and sing, and get the joys of life, for death comes on apace.
  8. It is but foolishness to spend a life for other men. Behold, all die and lie together in the grave, where none can know and none can show forth gratitude.
  9. But Yeshua answered not; upon the tinselled guests in all their rounds of mirth he gazed in silent thought.
  10. And then among the guests he saw a man whose clothes were coarse; who showed in face and hands the lines of toil and want.
  11. The giddy throng found pleasure in abusing him; they jostled him against the wall, and laughed at his discomfiture.
  12. And then a poor, frail woman came, who carried in her face and form the marks of sin and shame; and without mercy she was spit upon, and jeered, and driven from the hall.
  13. And then a little child, with timid ways and hungry mien, came in and asked for just a morsel of their food.
  14. But she was driven out uncared for and unloved; and still the merry dance went on.
  15. And when the pleasure seekers urged that Yeshua join them in their mirth, he said,
  16. How could I seek for pleasure for myself while others are in want? How can you think that while the children cry for bread, while those in haunts of sin call out for sympathy and love that I can fill myself to full with the good things of life?
  17. I tell you, nay; we all are kin, each one a part of the great human heart.
  18. I cannot see myself apart from that poor man that you so scorned, and crowded to the wall;
  19. Nor from the one in female garb who came up from the haunts of vice to ask for sympathy and love, who was by you so ruthlessly pushed back into her den of sin;
  20. Nor from that little child that you drove from your midst to suffer in the cold, bleak winds of night.
  21. I tell you, men, what you have done to these, my kindred, you have done to me.
  22. You have insulted me in your own home; I cannot stay. I will go forth and find that child, that woman and that man, and give them help until my life’s blood all has ebbed away.
  23. I call it pleasure when I help the helpless, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and speak good words of cheer to those unloved, discouraged and depressed.
  24. And this that you call mirth is but a phantom of the night; but flashes of the fire of passion, painting pictures on the walls of time.
  25. And while the Logos spoke the white-robed priest came in and said to him, The council waits for you.
  26. Then Yeshua stood again before the bar; again no word was said; the hierophant placed in his hands a scroll, on which was writ, PHILANTHROPY.
  27. And Yeshua was a victor over selfish self.

 

Chapter 52

Yeshua spends forty days in the temple groves. Passes the fifth brotherhood test and receives the fifth degree, HEROISM.

 

  1. The sacred temple groves were rich in statues, monuments and shrines; here Yeshua loved to walk and meditate.
  2. And after he had conquered self he talked with nature in these groves for forty days.
  3. And then the guide took chains and bound him hand and foot; and then cast him into a den of hungry beasts, of unclean birds, and creeping things.
  4. The den was dark as night; the wild beasts howled; the birds in fury screamed; the reptiles hissed.
  5. And Yeshua said, Who was it that did bind me thus? Why did I meekly sit to be bound down with chains?
  6. I tell you, none has power to bind a human soul. Of what are fetters made?
  7. And in his might he rose, and what he thought were chains were only worthless cords that parted at his touch.
  8. And then he laughed and said, The chains that bind men to the carcasses of earth are forged in fancy’s shop; are made of air, and welded in illusion’s fires.
  9. If man will stand erect, and use the power of will, his chains will fall, like worthless rags; for will and faith are stronger than the stoutest chains that men have ever made.
  10. And Yeshua stood erect among the hungry beasts, and birds, and said, What is this darkness that envelops me?
  11. ‘Tis but the absence of the light. And what is light? ‘Tis but the breath of Divine vibrating in the rhythm of rapid thought.
  12. And then he said, Let there be light; and with a mighty will he stirred the ethers up, and their vibrations reached the plane of light; and there was light.
  13. The darkness of that den of night became the brightness of a newborn day.
  14. And then he looked to see the beasts, and birds, and creeping things; lo, they were not.
  15. And Yeshua said, Of what are souls afraid? Fear is the chariot in which man rides to death;
  16. And when he finds himself within the chamber of the dead, he learns that he has been deceived; his chariot was a myth, and death a fancy child.
  17. But some day all man’s lessons will be learned, and from the den of unclean beasts, and birds, and creeping things he will arise to walk in light.
  18. And Yeshua saw a ladder made of gold, on which he climbed, and at the top the white-robed priest awaited him.
  19. Again he stood before the council bar; again no word was said; again the hierophant reached forth his hand to bless.
  20. He placed in Yeshua’ hand another scroll, and on this one was written, HEROISM.
  21. The Logos had encountered fear and all his phantom host, and in the conflict he achieved the victory.

 

Chapter 53

Yeshua passes the sixth brotherhood test and receives the sixth degree, LOVE DIVINE.

 

  1. In all the land there is no place more grandly furnished than the Beauty Parlours of the temple of the sun.
  2. Few students ever entered these rich rooms; the priests regarded them with awe, and called them Halls of Mysteries.
  3. When Yeshua had attained the victory over fear, he gained the right to enter here.
  4. The guide led on the way, and after passing many richly furnished rooms they reached the Hall of Harmony; and here was Yeshua left alone.
  5. Among the instruments of music was a harpsichord, and Yeshua sat in thoughtful mood inspecting it, when, quietly, a maiden of entrancing beauty came into the hall.
  6. She did not seem to notice Yeshua as he sat and mused, so busy with his thoughts.
  7. She found her place beside the harpsichord; she touched the chords most gently, and she sung the songs of Israel.
  8. And Yeshua was entranced; such beauty he had never seen; such music he had never heard.
  9. The maiden sung her songs; she did not seem to know that any one was near; she went her way.
  10. And Yeshua, talking with himself, said out, What is the meaning of this incident? I did not know that such entrancing beauty and such queen-like loveliness were ever found among the sons of men.
  11. I did not know that voice of angel ever graced a human form, or that seraphic music ever came from human lips.
  12. For days he sat entranced; the current of his thoughts was changed; he thought of nothing but the singer and her songs.
  13. He longed to see her once again; and after certain days she came; she spoke and laid her hand upon his head.
  14. Her touch thrilled all his soul, and for the time, forgotten was the work that he was sent to do.
  15. Few were the words the maiden said; she went her way; but then the heart of Yeshua had been touched.
  16. A love-flame had been kindled in his soul, and he was brought to face the sorest trial of his life.
  17. He could not sleep nor eat. Thoughts of the maiden came; they would not go. His carnal nature called aloud for her companionship.
  18. And then he said, Lo, I have conquered every foe that I have met, and shall I now be conquered by this carnal love?
  19. My Father sent me here to show the power of love divine, that love that reaches every living thing.
  20. Shall this pure, universal love be all absorbed by carnal love? Shall I forget all creatures else, and lose my life in this fair maiden, though she is the highest type of beauty, purity and love?
  21. Into its very depths his soul was stirred, and long he wrestled with this angel-idol of his heart.
  22. But when the day was almost lost, his higher ego rose in might; he found himself again, and then he said,
  23. Although my heart shall break I will not fail in this my hardest task; I will be victor over carnal love.
  24. And when again the maiden came, and offered him her hand and heart, he said,
  25. Fair one, your very presence thrills me with delight; your voice is benediction to my soul; my human self would fly with you, and be contented in your love;
  26. But all the world is craving for a love that I have come to manifest.
  27. I must, then, bid you go; but we will meet again; our ways on earth will not be cast apart.
  28. I see you in the hurrying throngs of earth as minister of love; I hear your voice in song, that wins the hearts of men to better things.
  29. And then in sorrow and in tears the maiden went away, and Yeshua was again alone.
  30. And instantly the great bells of the temple rang; the singers sung a new, new song; the grotto blazed with light.
  31. The hierophant himself appeared, and said, All hail! triumphant Logos, hail! The conqueror of carnal love stands on the heights.
  32. And then he placed in Yeshua’ hands a scroll on which was written, LOVE DIVINE.
  33. Together they passed through the grotto of the beautiful, and in the banquet hall a feast was served, and Yeshua was the honoured guest.

 

Chapter 54

Yeshua becomes a private pupil of the hierophant and is taught the mysteries of Egypt. In passing the seventh test, he works in the Chamber of the Dead.

 

  1. The senior course of study now was opened up and Yeshua entered and became a pupil of the hierophant.
  2. He learned the secrets of the mystic lore of Egypt land; the mysteries of life and death and of the worlds beyond the circle of the sun.
  3. When he had finished all the studies of the senior course, he went into the Chamber of the Dead, that he might learn the ancient methods of preserving from decay the bodies of the dead; and here he wrought.
  4. And carriers brought the body of a widow’s only son to be embalmed; the weeping mother followed close; her grief was great.
  5. And Yeshua said, Good woman, dry your tears; you follow but an empty house; your son is in it not.
  6. You weep because your son is dead. Death is a cruel word; your son can never die.
  7. He had a task assigned to do in garb of flesh; he came; he did his work, and then he laid the flesh aside; he did not it more.
  8. Beyond your human sight he has another work to do, and he will do it well, and then pass on to other tasks, and, by and by, he will attain the crown of perfect life.
  9. And what your son has done, and what he yet must do, we all must do.
  10. Now, if you harbour grief, and give your sorrows vent they will grow greater every day. They will absorb your very life until at last you will be naught but grief, wet down with bitter tears.
  11. Instead of helping him you grieve your son by your deep grief. He seeks your solace now as he has ever done; is glad when you are glad; is saddened when you grieve.
  12. Go bury deep your woes, and smile at grief, and lose yourself in helping others dry their tears.
  13. With duty done comes happiness and joy; and gladness cheers the hearts of those who have passed on.
  14. The weeping woman turned, and went her way to find a happiness in helpfulness; to bury deep her sorrows in a ministry of joy.
  15. Then other carriers came and brought the body of a mother to the Chamber of the Dead; and just one mourner followed; she a girl of tender years.
  16. And as the cortege neared the door, the child observed a wounded bird in sore distress, a cruel hunter’s dart had pierced its breast.
  17. And she left following the dead, and went to help the living bird.
  18. With tenderness and love she folded to her breast the wounded bird, then hurried to her place.
  19. And Yeshua said to her, Why did you leave your dead to save a wounded bird?
  20. The maiden said, This lifeless body needs no help from me; but I can help while yet life is; my mother taught me this.
  21. My mother taught that grief and selfish love, and hopes and fears are but reflexes from the lower self;
  22. That what we sense are but small waves upon the rolling billows of a life.
  23. These all will pass away; they are unreal.
  24. Tears flow from hearts of flesh; the spirit never weeps; and I am longing for the day when I will walk in light, where tears are wiped away.
  25. My mother taught that all emotions are the sprays that rise from human loves, and hopes, and fears; that perfect bliss cannot be ours till we have conquered these.
  26. And in the presence of that child did Yeshua bow his head in reverence. He said,
  27. For days and months and years I’ve sought to learn this highest truth that man can learn on earth, and here a child, fresh brought to earth, has told it all in one short breath.
  28. No wonder David said, O Spirit, our Spirit, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
  29. Out of the mouths of babes and suckings hast thou ordained strength.
  30. And then he laid his hand upon the maiden’s head, and said, I’m sure the blessings of my Father-Divine will rest upon you, child, for evermore.

 

Chapter 55

Yeshua passes the seventh brotherhood test, and in the purple room of the temple receives the seventh, the highest degree, THE CHRIST. He leaves the temple a conqueror.

 

  1. The work of Yeshua in the Chamber of the Dead was done, and in the temple purple room he stood before the hierophant,
  2. And he was clothed in purple robes; and all the brothers stood. The hierophant arose and said,
  3. This is a royal day for all the hosts of Israel. In honour of their chosen son we celebrate the great Passover Feast.
  4. And then he said to Yeshua, Brother, man, most excellent of men, in all the temple tests you have won out.
  5. Six times before the bar of right you have been judged; six times you have received the highest honours man can give; and now you stand prepared to take the last degree.
  6. Upon your brow I place this diadem, and in the Great Lodge of the heavens and earth you are THE CHRIST.
  7. This is your Passover rite. You are a neophyte no more; but now a master mind.
  8. Now, man can do no more; but Divine himself will speak, and will confirm your title and degree.
  9. Go on your way, for you must preach the gospel of good will to men and peace on earth; must open up the prison doors and set the captives free.
  10. And while the hierophant yet spoke the temple bells rang out; a pure white dove descended from above and sat on Yeshua’ head.
  11. And then a voice that shook the very temple said, THIS IS THE CHRIST; and every living creature said, AMEN.
  12. The great doors of the temple swung ajar; the Logos journeyed on his way a conqueror.

 

SECTION XII

 

LAMED

 

The Council of the Seven Sages of the World

Chapter 56

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

 

  1. 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 centre of the world’s best thought, and here in Philo’s home the sages met.
  7. From China came Meng-ste; from India Viyapati 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 Divines hewn out of wood, or made of clay. They seek a Gob 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 Divine.
  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.

 

Chapter 57

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

 

  1. Ashbina said, Assyria is the land of doubt; the chariot of my people, that in which they mostly ride, is labelled Doubt.
  2. Once Faith walked forth in Babylon; and she was bright and fair; but she 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 Divine, the One; in heart they are not sure that Divine exists.
  5. Faith worships at the shrine of one not seen; but Doubt must see her Divine.
  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 Divine.
  8. Theogony in Greece is rudderless, for every thought may be a Divine, and worshipped as a Divine.
  9. The plane of thought is broad, and full of sharp antagonists; and so the circle of the Divines is filled with enmity, with wars and base intrigues.
  10. Greece needs a master mind to stand above the Divines; to raise the thoughts of men away from many Divines to Divine the One.
  11. We know that light is coming o’er the hills. Divine 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 Divine.
  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 Divine 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.

 

Chapter 58

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

 

  1. 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 Divine-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 Divine must be a human Divine; he cannot see a Divine 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-Divine.
  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, Divine is Thought, and Thought is Divine.
  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 Divine stands forth, whom men call Father-Mother-Child.
  21. This Triune Divine is one; but like the one of light, in essence he is seven.
  22. And when the Triune Divine breathes forth, lo, seven Spirits stand before his face; these are creative attributes.
  23. Men call them lesser Divines, and in their image they made man.
  24. And Kaspar wrote the third:
  25. Man was a thought of Divine, 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 Divine, 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 Divine 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 Divine 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.

 

Chapter 59

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

 

  1. 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 Divine has sent if 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 Divine are one.
  13. And Philo wrote the seventh:
  14. A perfect man! To bring before the Triune Divine 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 Divine, 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 Yeshua, chief of all the sages of the world, we gladly recognise.
  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 Yeshua’ head, and said with one accord, Praise Divine!
  23. For wisdom, honour, 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.

 

Chapter 60

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

 

  1. The seven days of silence passed and Yeshua, 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 Divine 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 Divine, 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 judgement 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 Divine, our Father-Divine, 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 Divine will then be All in All.
  20. And all the sages said, Amen.
  21. And Yeshua went his way, and after many days, he reached Jerusalem; and then he sought his home in Galilee.

 

SECTION XIII

 

MEM

 

The Ministry of John the Harbinger

Chapter 61

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

 

  1. 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 neighbours, who are they? You have defrauded friend and foe alike.
  23. You worship Divine 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 tumours 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 Divine will turn from you and heathen from afar will come, and what is left of all your honour 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 defence; 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.

 

Chapter 62

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.

 

  1. 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 Divine:
  7. And I will send Elijah unto you before the retribution day shall come, to turn again the hearts of men to Divine, 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 honour 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.

 

Chapter 63

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

 

  1. 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 repentant 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 Divine 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.

 

Chapter 64

Yeshua comes to Galilee, and is baptised by John. The Holy Breath testified on his messiahship.

 

  1. The news reached Galilee, and Yeshua with the multitude went down to where the harbinger was preaching at the ford.
  2. When Yeshua saw the harbinger he said. Behold the man of Divine! Behold the greatest of the seers! Behold, Elijah has returned!
  3. Behold the messenger whom Divine has sent to open up the way! The kingdom is at hand.
  4. When John saw Yeshua standing with the throng he said, Behold the king who cometh in the name of Divine!
  5. And Yeshua 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 Yeshua 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 Divine, and as the chosen one to manifest the Christ to men.
  11. Then John led Yeshua down into the river at the ford and he baptised 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 Yeshua’ head.
  13. A voice from heaven said, This is the well-beloved son of Divine, the Christ, the love of Divine made manifest.
  14. John heard the voice, and understood the message of the voice.
  15. Now Yeshua 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 baptised, symbolic of the blotting of sins by righteousness.

 

SECTION XIV

 

NUN

 

The Christine Ministry of Yeshua–Introductory Epoch

Chapter 65

Yeshua goes to the wilderness for self-examination, where he remains forty days. Is subjected to three temptations. He overcomes. Returns to the camps of John and begins teaching.

 

  1. The harbinger had paved the way; the Logos had been introduced to men as love made manifest, and he must now begin his Christine ministry.
  2. And he went forth into the wilderness to be alone with Divine that he might look into his inner heart, and note its strength and worthiness.
  3. And with himself he talked; he said, My lower self is strong; by many ties I am bound down to carnal life.
  4. Have I the strength to overcome and give my life a willing sacrifice for men?
  5. When I shall stand before the face of men, and they demand a proof of my messiahship, what will I say?
  6. And then the tempter came and said, If you be son of Divine, command these stones to turn to bread.
  7. And Yeshua said, Who is it that demands a test? It is no sign that one is son of Divine because he does a miracle; the devils can do mighty things.
  8. Did not the black magicians do great things before the Pharaohs?
  9. My words and deeds in all the walks of life shall be the proof of my messiahship.
  10. And then the tempter said, If you will go into Jerusalem, and from the temple pinnacle cast down yourself to earth, the people will believe that you are the Messiah sent from Divine.
  11. This you can surely do; for did not David say, He gives his angels charge concerning you, and with their will they uphold lest you should fall?
  12. And Yeshua said, I may not tempt the Spirit, my Divine.
  13. And then the tempter said, Look forth upon the world; behold its honours and its fame! Behold its pleasures and its wealth!
  14. If you will give your life for these they shall be yours.
  15. But Yeshua said, Away from me all tempting thoughts. My heart is fixed; I spurn this carnal self with all its vain ambition and its pride.
  16. For forty days did Yeshua wrestle with his carnal self; his higher self Prevailed. He then was hungry, but his friends had found him and they ministered to him.
  17. Then Yeshua left the wilderness and in the consciousness of Holy breath, he came unto the camps of John and taught.

 

Chapter 66

Six of John’s disciples follow Yeshua and become his disciples. He teaches them. They sit in the Silence.

 

  1. Among the followers of John were many men from Galilee. The most devout were Andrew, Simon, James, and John, with Philip and his brother of Bethsaida.
  2. One day as Andrew, Philip and a son of Zebedee, were talking with the harbinger, the Logos came, and John exclaimed, Behold the Christ!
  3. And then the three disciples followed Yeshua, and he asked, What do you seek?
  4. And the disciples asked, Where do you live? And Yeshua answered, Come and see.
  5. And Andrew called his brother Simon, saying, Come with me, for I have found the Christ.
  6. When Yeshua looked in Simon’s face he said, Behold a rock! and Peter is your name.
  7. And Philip found Nathaniel sitting by a tree, and said, My brother, come with me, for I have found the Christ! In Nazareth he abides.
  8. Nathaniel said, Can anything of good come out of Nazareth? And Philip answered, Come and see.
  9. When Yeshua saw Nathaniel come he said, Behold an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile!
  10. Nathaniel said, How can you speak about me thus?
  11. And Yeshua said, I saw you as you sat beneath the fig tree over there, before your brother called.
  12. Nathaniel lifted up his hands and said, This surely is the Christ, the king, for whom the harbinger has often testified.
  13. And John went forth and found his brother James, and brought him to the Christ.
  14. The six disciples went with Yeshua to the place where he abode.
  15. And Peter said, We long have sought for Christ. We came from Galilee to John; we thought that he was Christ, but he confessed to us that he was not;
  16. That he was but the harbinger sent forth to clear the way, and make the pathway easy for the coming king; and when you came he said, Behold the Christ!
  17. And we would gladly follow where you go. Spirit, tell us what to do.
  18. And Yeshua said, The foxes of the earth have homes, the birds have nests; I have no, place to lay my head.
  19. He who would follow me must give up all cravings of the self and lose his life in saving life.
  20. I come to save the lost, and man is saved when he is rescued from himself. But men are slow to comprehend this doctrine of the Christ.
  21. And Peter said, I cannot speak for any other man, but for myself I speak: I will leave all and follow where you lead.
  22. And then the others spoke and said, You have the words of truth; you came from Divine, and if we follow in your footsteps we cannot miss the way.
  23. Then Yeshua and the six disciples sat a long, long time in silent thought.

 

Chapter 67

Yeshua visits John at the Jordan. Delivers his first Christine address to the people. The address. He goes with his disciples to Bethany.

 

  1. Now, on the morrow Yeshua came again and stood with John beside the ford; and John prevailed on him to speak, and standing forth he said.
  2. You men of Israel, Hear! The kingdom is at hand.
  3. Behold the great key-keeper of the age stands in your midst; and with the spirit of Elijah he has come.
  4. Behold, for he has turned the key; the mighty gates fly wide and all who will may greet the king.
  5. Behold these multitudes of women, children, men! they throng the avenues, they crowd the outer courts; each seems to be intent to be the first to meet the king.
  6. Behold, the censor comes and calls, Whoever will may come; but he who comes must will to prune himself of every evil thought;
  7. Must overcome desire to gratify the lower self; must give his life to save the lost.
  8. The nearer to the kingdom gate you come, more spacious is the room; the multitudes have gone.
  9. If men could come unto the kingdom with their carnal thoughts, their passions and desires, there scarcely would be room for all.
  10. But when they cannot take these through the narrow gate they turn away; the few are ready to go in and see the king.
  11. Behold, John is a mighty fisher, fishing for the souls of men. He throws his great net out into the sea of human life; he draws it in and it is full.
  12. But what a medley catch! a catch of crabs, and lobsters, sharks and creeping things, with now and then a fish of better kind.
  13. Behold the thousands come to hear the Wild Man of the hills; they come in crowds that he may wash them in the crystal flood, and with their lips they do confess their sins.
  14. But when the morrow comes we find them in their haunts of vice again, reviling John, and cursing Divine, and heaping insults on the king.
  15. But blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see the king.
  16. And blessed are the strong in heart, for they shall not be cast about by every wind that blows;
  17. But while the fickle and the thoughtless have gone back to Egypt land for leeks and carnal herbs to satisfy their appetites, the pure in heart have found the king.
  18. But even those whose faith is weak, and who are naught but carnal manifests, will some day come again, and enter in with joy to see the king.
  19. O men of Israel, take heed to what this prophet has to say! Be strong in mind; be pure in heart; be vigilant in helpfulness; the kingdom is at hand.
  20. When Yeshua had thus said he went his way, and with his six disciples came to Bethany; and they abode with Lazarus many days.

 

Chapter 68

Yeshua speaks to the people in Bethany. Tells them how to become pure in heart. Goes to Jerusalem and in the temple reads from a prophetic book. Goes to Nazareth.

 

  1. The news soon spread abroad that Yeshua, king of Israel, had come to Bethany, and all the people of the town came forth to greet the king.
  2. And Yeshua, standing in the midst of them, exclaimed, Behold, indeed, the king has come, but Yeshua is not king.
  3. The kingdom truly is at hand; but men can see it not with carnal eyes; they cannot see the king upon the throne.
  4. This is the kingdom of the soul; its throne is not an earthly throne; its king is not a man.
  5. When human kings found kingdoms here, they conquer other kings by force of arms; one kingdom rises on the ruins of another one.
  6. But when our Father-Divine sets up the kingdom of the soul, he pours his blessings forth, like rain, upon the thrones of earthly kings who rule in righteousness.
  7. It is not rule that Divine would overthrow; his sword is raised against injustice, wantonness and crime.
  8. Now, while the kings of Rome do justice, and love mercy and walk humbly with their Divine, the benediction of the Triune Divine will rest upon them all.
  9. They need not fear a messenger whom Divine sends forth to earth.
  10. I am not sent to sit upon a throne to rule as Cæsar rules; and you may tell the ruler of the Jews that I am not a claimant for his throne.
  11. Men call me Christ, and Divine has recognised the name; but Christ is not a man. The Christ is universal love, and Love is king.
  12. This Yeshua is but man who has been fitted by temptations overcome, by trials multiform, to be the temple through which Christ can manifest to men.
  13. Then hear, you men of Israel, hear! Look not upon the flesh; it is not king. Look to the Christ within, who shall be formed in every one of you, as he is formed in me.
  14. When you have purified your hearts by faith, the king will enter in, and you will see his face.
  15. And then the people asked, What must we do that we may make our bodies fit abiding places for the king?
  16. And Yeshua said, Whatever tends to purity in thought, and word, and deed will cleanse the temple of the flesh.
  17. There are no rules that can apply to all, for men are specialists in sin; each has his own besetting sin,
  18. And each must study for himself how he can best transmute his tendency to evil things to that of righteousness and love.
  19. Until men reach the higher plane, and get away from selfishness, this rule will give the best results:
  20. Do unto other men what you would have them do to you.
  21. And many of the people said, We know that Yeshua is the Christ, the king who was to come, and blessed be his name.
  22. Now, Yeshua and his six disciples turned their faces toward Jerusalem, and many people followed them.
  23. But Matthew, son of Alpheus, ran on before, and when he reached Jerusalem, he said, Behold the Christines come! The multitudes came forth to see the king.
  24. But Yeshua did not speak to any one until he reached the temple court, and then he opened up a book and read:
  25. Behold, I send my messenger, and he will pave the way, and Christ, for whom you wait, will come unto his temple unannounced. Behold, for he will come, says Divine, the Spirit of hosts.
  26. And then he closed the book; he said no more; he left the temple halls, and with his six disciples, went his way to Nazareth,
  27. And they abode with Mary, Yeshua’ mother, and her sister, Miriam.

 

Chapter 69

Yeshua and the ruler of the synagogue of Nazareth. Yeshua teaches not in public, and the people are amazed.

 

  1. Next day as Peter walked about in Nazareth, he met the ruler of the synagogue who asked, Who is this Yeshua lately come to Nazareth?
  2. And Peter said, This Yeshua is the Christ of whom our prophets wrote; he is the king of Israel. His mother, Mary, lives on Marion Way.
  3. The ruler said, Tell him to come up to the synagogue, for I would hear his plea.
  4. And Peter ran and told to Yeshua what the ruler said; but Yeshua answered not; he went not to the synagogue.
  5. Then in the evening time the ruler came up Marmion Way, and in the home of Mary found he Yeshua and his mother all alone.
  6. And when the ruler asked for proof of his messiahship, and why he went not to the synagogue when he was bidden, Yeshua said,
  7. I am not slave to any man; I am not called unto this ministry by priest. It is not mine to answer when men call. I come the Christ of Divine; I answer unto Divine alone.
  8. Who gave you right to ask for proof of my messiahship? My proof lies in my words and works, and so if you will follow me you will not lack for proof.
  9. And then the ruler went his way; he asked himself, What manner of a man is this to disregard the ruler of the synagogue?
  10. The people of the town came out in throngs to see the Christ, and hear him speak; but Yeshua said,
  11. A prophet has no honour in his native town, among his kin.
  12. I will not speak in Nazareth until the words I speak, and works I do in other towns have won the faith of men.
  13. Until men know that Divine has christed me to manifest eternal love.
  14. Good will to you, my kin; I bless you with a boundless love, and I bespeak for you abundant joy and happiness.
  15. He said no more, and all the people marvelled much because he would not speak in Nazareth.

 

Chapter 70

Yeshua and his disciples at a marriage feast in Cana. Yeshua speaks on marriage. He turns water into wine. The people are amazed.

 

  1. In Cana, Galilee, there was a marriage feast, and Mary and her sister Miriam, and Yeshua and his six disciples were among the guests.
  2. The ruler of the feast had heard that Yeshua was a master sent from Divine, and he requested him to speak.
  3. And Yeshua said, There is no tie more sacred than the marriage tie.
  4. The chain that binds two souls in love is made in heaven, and man can never sever it in twain.
  5. The lower passions of the twain may cause a union of the twain, a union as when oil and water meet.
  6. And then a priest may forge a chain, and bind the twain. This is not marriage genuine; it is a counterfeit.
  7. The twain are guilty of adultery; the priest is party to the crime. And that was all that Yeshua said.
  8. As Yeshua stood apart in silent thought his mother came and said to him, The wine has failed; what shall we do?
  9. And Yeshua said, Pray what is wine? It is but water with the flavouring of grapes.
  10. And what are grapes? They are but certain kinds of thought made manifest, and I can manifest that thought, and water will be wine.
  11. He called the servants, and he said to them, Bring in six water pots of stone, a pot for each of these, my followers, and fill them up with water to the brims.
  12. The servants brought the water pots, and filled them to their brims.
  13. And Yeshua with a mighty thought stirred up the ethers till they reached the manifest, and, lo, the water blushed, and turned to wine.
  14. The servants took the wine and gave it to the ruler of the feast who called the bridegroom in and said to him,
  15. This wine is best of all; most people when they give a feast bring in the best wine at first; but, lo, you have reserved the best until last.
  16. And when the ruler and the guests were told that Yeshua, by the power of thought, had turned the water into wine, they were amazed;
  17. They said, This man is more than man; he surely is the christed one who prophets of the olden times declared would come.
  18. And many of the guests believed on him, and gladly would have followed him.

 

Chapter 71

Yeshua, his six disciples and his mother, go to Capernaum. Yeshua teaches the people, revealing the difference between the kings of earth and the kings of heaven.

 

  1. The city of Capernaum was by the sea of Galilee, and Peter’s home was there. The homes of Andrew, John and James were near,
  2. These men were fishermen, and must return to tend their nets, and they prevailed on Yeshua and his mother to accompany them, and soon with Philip and Nathaniel they were resting by the sea in Peter’s home.
  3. The news spread through the city and along the shore that Judah’s king had come, and multitudes drew near to press his hand.
  4. And Yeshua said, I cannot show the king, unless you see with eyes of soul, because the kingdom of the king is in the soul.
  5. And every soul a kingdom is. There is a king for every man.
  6. This king is love, and when this love becomes the greatest power in life, it is the Christ; so Christ is king.
  7. And every one may have this Christ dwell in his soul, as Christ dwells in my soul.
  8. The body is the temple of the king, and men may call a holy man a king.
  9. He who will cleanse his mortal form and make it pure, so pure that love and righteousness may dwell unsullied side by side within its walls, is king.
  10. The kings of earth are clothed in royal robes, and sit in state that men may stand in awe of them.
  11. A king of heaven may wear a fisher’s garb; may sit in mart of trade; may till the soil, or be a gleaner in the field; may be a slave in mortal chains;
  12. May be adjudged a criminal by men; may languish in a prison cell; may die upon a cross.
  13. Men seldom see what others truly are. The human senses sense what seems to be, and that which seems to be and that which is, may be diverse in every way.
  14. The carnal man beholds the outer man, which is the temple of the king, and worships at his shrine.
  15. The man of Divine is pure in heart; he sees the king; he sees with eyes of soul:
  16. And when he rises to the plane of Christine consciousness, he knows that he himself is king, is love, is Christ, and so is son of Divine.
  17. You men of Galilee, prepare to meet your king.
  18. And Yeshua taught the people many lessons as he walked with them beside the sea.

 

SECTION XV

 

SAMECH

 

The First Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Yeshua

Chapter 72

Yeshua in Jerusalem. Drives the merchants out of the temple. The priests resent, and he defends himself from the standpoint of a loyal Jew. He speaks to the people.

 

  1. The Jewish paschal feast time came and Yeshua left his mother in Capernaum and journeyed to Jerusalem.
  2. And he abode with one a Sadducee, whose name was Jude.
  3. And when he reached the temple courts the multitudes were there to see the prophet whom the people thought had come to break the yoke of Rome, restore the kingdom of the Jews, and rule on David’s throne.
  4. And when the people saw him come they said, All hail! behold the king!
  5. But Yeshua answered not; he saw the money changers in the house of Divine, and he was grieved.
  6. The courts had been converted into marts of trade, and men were selling lambs and doves for offerings in sacrifice.
  7. And Yeshua called the priests and said, Behold, for paltry gain you have sold out the temple of the Spirit.
  8. This house ordained for prayer is now a den of thieves. Can good and evil dwell together in the courts of Divine? I tell you, no.
  9. And then he made a scourge of cords and drove the merchants out; he overturned their boards, and threw their money on the floor.
  10. He opened up the cages of the captive birds, and cut the cords that bound the lambs, and set them free.
  11. The priests and scribes rushed out, and would have done him harm, but they were driven back; the common people stood in his defence.
  12. And then the rulers said, Who is this Yeshua you call king?
  13. The people said, He is the Christ of whom our prophets wrote; he is the king who will deliver Israel.
  14. The rulers said to Yeshua, Man, if you be king, or Christ, then show us signs. Who gave you right to drive these merchants out?
  15. And Yeshua said, There is no loyal Jew who would not give his life to save this temple from disgrace; in this I acted simply as a loyal Jew, and you yourselves will bear me witness to this truth.
  16. The signs of my messiahship will follow me in words and deeds.
  17. And you may tear the temple down (and you will tear it down) and in three days it will be built again more glorious than before.
  18. Now Yeshua meant that they might take his life; tear down his body, temple of the Holy Breath, and he would rise again.
  19. The Jews knew not the meaning of his words; they laughed his claims to scorn. They said,
  20. A multitude of men were forty and six years in building up this house, and this young stranger claims that he will build it up in three score hours; his words were idle, and his claims are naught.
  21. And then they took the scourge with which he drove the merchants out, and would have driven him away; but Philo, who had come from Egypt to attend the feast, stood forth and said,
  22. You men of Israel, hear! This man is more than man; take heed to what you do. I have, myself, heard Yeshua speak, and all the winds were still.
  23. And I have seen him touch the sick, and they were healed. He stands a sage above the sages of the world;
  24. And you will see his star arise, and it will grow until it is full-orbed Sun of Righteousness.
  25. Do not be hasty, men; just wait and you will have the proofs of his messiahship.
  26. And then the priests laid down the scourge, and Yeshua said,
  27. Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king! But you can never see the king while you press sin as such a precious idol to your hearts.
  28. The king is Divine; the pure in heart alone can see the face of Divine and live.
  29. And then the priests cried out, This fellow claims to be the Divine. Is not this sacrilege! away with him!
  30. But Yeshua said, No man has ever heard me say, I am a king. Our Father-Divine is king. With every loyal Jew I worship Divine.
  31. I am the candle of the Spirit aflame to light the way; and while you have the light walk in the light.

 

Chapter 73

Yeshua again visits the temple, and is favourably received by the people. Tells the parable of a king and his sons. Defines messiahship.

 

  1. Next day the multitudes were surging through the temple courts, intent on hearing Yeshua speak.
  2. And when he came the people said, All hail! behold the king!
  3. And Yeshua spoke a parable; he said, A king had vast domains; his people all were kin, and lived in peace.
  4. Now, after many years the king said to his people, Take these lands and all I have; enhance their values; rule yourselves, and live in peace.
  5. And then the people formed their states; selected governors and petty kings.
  6. But pride, ambition, selfish greed, and base ingratitude grew fast, and kings began to war.
  7. They wrote in all their statute books that might is right; and then the strong destroyed the weak, and chaos reigned through all the vast domain.
  8. A long time passed, and then the king looked out on his domain. He saw his people in their cruel wars; he saw them sick and sore distressed; he saw the strong enslave the weak,
  9. And then he said, What shall I do? Shall I send forth a scourge? shall I destroy my people all?
  10. And then his heart was stirred with pity and he said, I will not send a scourge; I will send forth my only son, heir to the throne, to teach the people love, and peace, and righteousness.
  11. He sent his son; the people scorned him and maltreated him, and nailed him to a cross.
  12. He was entombed; but death was far too weak to hold the prince, and he arose.
  13. He took a form man could not kill; and then he went again to teach the people love, and peace and righteousness.
  14. And thus Divine deals with men.
  15. A lawyer came and asked, What does messiah mean? and who has right to make messiah of a man?
  16. And Yeshua said, Messiah is one sent from Divine to seek and save the lost. Messiahs are not made by men.
  17. In first of every age Messiah comes to light the way; to heal up broken hearts; to set the prisoners free. Messiah and the Christ are one.
  18. Because a man claims to be Christ is not a sign that he is Christ.
  19. A man may cause the streams to flow from flinty rocks; may bring storms at will; may stay tempestuous winds; may heal the sick and raise the dead, and not be sent from Divine.
  20. All nature is subservient to the will of man, and evil man, as well as good, have all the powers of mind, and may control the elements.
  21. The head gives not the proof of true messiahship, for man by means of intellect, can never know of Divine, nor bring himself to walk in light.
  22. Messiah lives not in the head, but in the heart, the seat of mercy and of love.
  23. Messiah never works for selfish gains; he stands above the carnal self; his words and deeds are for the universal good.
  24. Messiah never tries to be a king, to wear a crown and sit upon an earthly throne.
  25. The king is earthy, of the earth; Messiah is the man from heaven.
  26. And then the lawyer asked, Why do you pose as king?
  27. And Yeshua said, No man has ever heard me say that I am king. I could not sit in Cæsar’s place and be the Christ.
  28. Give unto Cæsar what belongs to him; give unto Divine the treasures of your heart.

 

Chapter 74

Yeshua heals on the Sabbath, and is censured by the Pharisees. Restores a drowned child. Rescued a wounded dog. Cares for a homeless child. Speaks on the law of kindness.

 

  1. It was the Sabbath day, and Yeshua stood among the surging masses of the people in the temple courts and sacred halls.
  2. The blind, the deaf, the dumb, and those obsessed were there, and Yeshua spoke the Word, and they were healed.
  3. On some he laid his hands, and they were healed; to others he just spoke the Word, and they were full restored to health; but others had to go and wash in certain pools; and others he anointed with a holy oil.
  4. A doctor asked him why he healed in divers ways, and he replied,
  5. Disease is discord in the human form, and discords are produced in many ways.
  6. The body is a harpsichord; sometimes the strings are too relaxed, and then inharmony results.
  7. Sometimes we find the strings too tense, and then another form of discord is induced.
  8. Disease is many-formed, and these are many ways to cure, to tune anew the mystic harpsichord.
  9. Now when the Pharisees were told that Yeshua healed the people on the Sabbath day they were enraged, and they commanded him to quit the place.
  10. But Yeshua said, Was man designed to fit the Sabbath, or was the Sabbath day designed to fit the man?
  11. If you had fallen in a pit and, lo, the Sabbath day had come, and I should pass your way, would you cry out.
  12. Let me alone; it is a sin to help me on the Sabbath day; I’ll swelter in this filth until another day?
  13. You Pharisees, you hypocrites! you know you would be glad to have my help upon the Sabbath day, or any other day.
  14. These people all have fallen into pits, and they are calling loud for me to help them out, and man and Divine would curse me should I pass along and heed them not.
  15. And then the Pharisees returned to say their prayers, and curse the man of Divine because he heeded not their words.
  16. Now, in the evening Yeshua stood beside a pool; a playful child had fallen in, and it was drowned, and friends were bearing it away.
  17. But Yeshua called the carriers to stop; and then he stretched himself upon the lifeless form, and breathed into its mouth the breath of life.
  18. And then he called aloud unto the soul that had gone out, and it returned; the child revived and lived.
  19. And Yeshua saw a wounded dog; it could not move; it lay beside the way and groaned with pain. He took it in his arms and bore it to the home where he abode.
  20. He poured the healing oil into the wounds; he cared for it as though it were a child till it was strong and well.
  21. And Yeshua saw a little boy who had no home, and he was hungry; when he called for bread the people turned away.
  22. And Yeshua took the child and gave him bread; he wrapped him in his own warm coat, and found for him a home.
  23. To those who followed him the master said, If man would gain again his lost estate he must respect the brotherhood of life.
  24. Whoever is not kind to every form of life–to man, to beast, to bird, and creeping thing–cannot expect the blessings of the Holy One; for as we give, so Divine will give to us.

 

Chapter 75

Nicodemus visits Yeshua in the night. Yeshua reveals to him the meaning of the new birth and the kingdom of heaven.

 

  1. Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews, and he was earnest, learned and devout.
  2. He saw the master’s signet in the face of Yeshua as he talked, but was not brave enough to publicly confess his faith in him;
  3. So in the night he went to talk with Yeshua at the home of Jude.
  4. When Yeshua saw him come he said, Full blessed are the pure in heart;
  5. Twice blessed are the fearless, pure in heart;
  6. Thrice blessed are the fearless, pure in heart who dare to make confession of their faith before the highest courts.
  7. And Nicodemus said, Hail, master, hail! I know you are a teacher come from Divine, for man alone could never teach as you have taught; could never do the works that you have done.
  8. And Yeshua said, Except a man be born again he cannot see the king; he cannot comprehend the words I speak.
  9. And Nicodemus said, How can a man be born again? Can he go back into the womb and come again to life?
  10. And Yeshua said, The birth of which I speak is not the birth of flesh.
  11. Except a man be born of water and the Holy Breath, he cannot come into the kingdom of the Holy One.
  12. That which is born of flesh is child of man; that which is born of Holy Breath is child of Divine.
  13. The winds blow where they please; men hear their voices, and may note results; but they know not from whence they come, nor where they go; and so is every one that is born of Holy Breath.
  14. The ruler said, I do not understand; pray tell me plainly what you mean.
  15. And Yeshua said, The kingdom of the Holy One is in the soul; men cannot see it with their carnal eyes; with all their reasoning powers they comprehend it not.
  16. It is a life deep hid in Divine; its recognition is the work of inner consciousness.
  17. The kingdoms of the world are kingdoms of the sight; the kingdom of the Holy One is that of faith; its king is love.
  18. Men cannot see the love of Divine unmanifest, and so our Father-Divine has clothed this love with flesh–flesh of a son of man.
  19. And that the world may see and know this love made manifest, the son of man must needs be lifted up.
  20. As Moses in the wilderness raised up the serpent for the healing of the flesh, the son of man must be raised up.
  21. That all men bitten by the serpent of the dust, the serpent of the dust, the serpent of this carnal life, may live.
  22. He who believes in him shall have eternal life.
  23. For Divine so loved the world that he sent forth his only son to be raised up that men may see the love of Divine.
  24. Divine did not send his son to judge the world; he sent him forth to save the world; to bring men to the light.
  25. But men love not the light, for light reveals their wickedness; men love the dark.
  26. Now, every one who loves the truth comes to the light; he does not fear to have his works made manifest.
  27. The light had come, and Nicodemus went his way; he knew the meaning of the birth of Holy Breath; he felt the presence of the Spirit in his soul.
  28. And Yeshua tarried in Jerusalem for many days and taught and healed the sick.
  29. The common people gladly listened to his words, and many left their all of carnal things and followed him.


Chapter 76

Yeshua in Bethlehem. Explains the Empire of Peace to the shepherds. An unusual light appears. The shepherds recognise Yeshua as the Christ.

 

  1. The Logos went to Bethlehem, and many people followed him.
  2. He found the shepherd’s home where he was cradled when a babe; here he abode.
  3. He went up to the hills where more than thirty years before the shepherds watched their flocks and heard the messenger of peace exclaim:
  4. At midnight in a cave in Bethlehem the Prince of Peace is born.
  5. And shepherds still were there, and sheep still fed upon the hills.
  6. And in the valley near great flocks of snow-white doves were flying to and fro.
  7. And when the shepherds knew that Yeshua, whom the people called the king, had come, they came from near and far to speak to him.
  8. And Yeshua said to them, Behold the life of innocence and peace!
  9. White is the symbol of the virtuous and pure! the lamb of innocence; the dove of peace;
  10. And it was meet that love should come in human form amid such scenes as these.
  11. Our father Abraham walked through these vales, and on these very hills he watched his flocks and herds.
  12. And here it was that one, the Prince of Peace, the king of Salim, came; the Christ in human form; a greater far than Abraham was he.
  13. And here it was that Abraham gave to this king of Salim, tithes of all he had.
  14. This Prince of Peace went forth in battle everywhere. He had no sword; no armour of defence; no weapons of offence;
  15. And yet he conquered men, and nations trembled at his feet.
  16. The hosts of Egypt quailed before this sturdy king of right; the kings of Egypt placed their crowns upon his head,
  17. And gave into his hands the sceptre of all Egypt land, and not a drop of blood was shed, and not a captive placed in chains;
  18. But everywhere the conqueror threw wide the prison doors and set the captives free.
  19. And, once again, the Prince of Peace has come, and from these blessed hills he goes again to fight.
  20. And he is clothed in white; his sword is truth, his shield is faith; his helmet is innocence; his breath is love; his watchword peace.
  21. But this is not a carnal war; it is not man at war with man; but it is right against the wrong.
  22. And love is captain, love is warrior, love is armour, love is all, and love shall win.
  23. And then again the hills of Bethlehem were clothed with light, again the messenger exclaimed,
  24. Peace, peace on earth, good will to men.
  25. And Yeshua taught the people; healed the sick; revealed the mysteries of the kingdom of the Holy One.
  26. And many said, He is the Christ; the king who was to come has come; Praise Divine.

 

Chapter 77

Yeshua in Hebron. Goes to Bethany. Advises Ruth regarding certain family troubles.

 

  1. With three disciples Yeshua went to Hebron where he tarried seven days and taught.
  2. And then he went to Bethany and in the home of Lazarus he taught.
  3. The evening came; the multitudes were gone, and Yeshua, Lazarus, and his sisters, Martha, Ruth and Mary, were alone.
  4. And Ruth was sore distressed. Her home was down in Jericho; her husband was the keeper of an inn; his name was Asher-ben.
  5. Now, Asher was a Pharisee of strictest mien and thought, and he regarded Yeshua with disdain.
  6. And when his wife confessed her faith in Christ, he drove her from his home.
  7. But Ruth resisted not; she said, If Yeshua is the Christ he knows the way, and I am sure He is the Christ.
  8. My husband may become enraged and slay my human form; he cannot kill the soul, and in the many mansions of my Fatherland I have a dwelling-place.
  9. And Ruth told Yeshua all; and then she said, What shall I do?
  10. And Yeshua said, Your husband is not willingly at fault; he is devout; he prays to Divine, our Father-Divine.
  11. His zeal for his religion is intense; in this he is sincere; but it has driven him insane, and he believes it right to keep his home unsullied by the heresy of Christ.
  12. He feels assured that he has done the will of Divine in driving you away.
  13. Intolerance is ignorance matured.
  14. The light will come to him some day, and then he will repay for all your heartaches, griefs and tears.
  15. And Ruth, you must not think that you are free from blame.
  16. If you had walked in wisdom’s ways, and been content to hold your peace, this grief would not have come to you.
  17. It takes a long, long time for light to break into the shell of prejudice, and patience is the lesson you have need to learn.
  18. The constant dropping of the water wears away the hardest stone.
  19. The sweet and holy incense of a Divinely life will melt intolerance much quicker than the hottest flame, or hardest blow.
  20. Just wait a little time, and then go home with sympathy and love. Talk not of Christ, nor of the kingdom of the Holy One.
  21. Just life a Divinely life; refrain from harshness in your speech, and you will lead your husband to the light.
  22. And it was so.

 

Chapter 78

Yeshua in Jericho. Heals a servant of Asher. Goes to the Jordan and speaks to the people. Establishes baptism as a pledge of discipleship. Baptises six disciples, who in turn baptise many people.

 

  1. And Yeshua went to Jericho, and at the inn of Asher he abode.
  2. A servant at the inn was sick, nigh unto death; the healers could not cure.
  3. And Yeshua came and touched the dying girl, and said, Malone, arise! and in a moment pain was gone; the fever ceased; the maid was well.
  4. And then the people brought their sick, and they were healed.
  5. But Yeshua did not tarry long in Jericho; he went down to the Jordan ford where John was wont to teach.
  6. The multitudes were there and Yeshua said to them, Behold, the time has come; the kingdom is at hand.
  7. None but the true in heart can come into the kingdom of the Holy One; but every son and daughter of the human race is called upon to turn from evil and become the pure in heart.
  8. The resolution to attain and enter through the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One will constitute discipleship, and every one must make a pledge of his discipleship.
  9. John washed your bodies in the stream, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul, in preparation for the coming of the king, the opening of the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One.
  10. John did a mighty work; but now the Christine gate is opened up, and washing is established as the pledge of your discipleship.
  11. Until this age shall close this pledge shall be a rite, and shall be called, Baptism rite; and it shall be a sign to men, and seal to Divine of men’s discipleship.
  12. You men of every nation, hear! Come unto me; the Christine gate is opened up; turn from your sins and be baptised, and you shall enter through the gate and see the king.
  13. The six disciples who had followed Yeshua stood a-near, and Yeshua led them forth and in the Jordan he baptised them in the name of Christ; and then he said to them,
  14. My friends, you are the first to enter through the Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One.
  15. As I baptised you in the name of Christ, so you shall, in that sacred name, baptise all men and women who will confess their faith in Christ, and shall renounce their sins.
  16. And, lo, the multitudes came down, renounced the sins, confessed their faith in Christ, and were baptised.

 

Chapter 79

John, the harbinger, at Salim. A lawyer inquires about Yeshua. John explains to the multitude the mission of Yeshua.

 

  1. Now, John the harbinger, was at the Salim Springs where water was abundant, and washed the bodies of the people who confessed their sins.
  2. A Jewish lawyer went to John and said, Has not this man from Galilee, he whom you washed and called the Christ, become your foe?
  3. They say that he is at the Jordan ford; that he is building up a church, or something else, and that he washes people just as you have done.
  4. And John replied, This Yeshua is indeed the Christ whose was I came to pave. He is not foe of mine.
  5. The bridegroom hath the bride; his friends are near, and when they hear his voice they all rejoice.
  6. The kingdom of the Holy One is bride, and Christ the groom; and I, the harbinger, am full of joy because they proper so abundantly.
  7. I have performed the work that I was sent to do; the work of Yeshua just begins.
  8. Then turning to the multitudes he said, Christ is the king of righteousness; Christ is the love of Divine; yea, he is Divine; one of the holy persons of the Triune Divine.
  9. Christ lives in every heart of purity.
  10. Now, Yeshua who is preaching at the Jordan ford, has been subjected to the hardest tests of human life, and he has conquered all the appetites and passions of the carnal man,
  11. And by the highest court of heaven, has been declared a man of such superior purity and holiness that he can demonstrate the presence of the Christ on earth.
  12. Lo, love divine, which is the Christ, abides in him, and he is pattern for the race.
  13. And every man can see in him what every man will be when he has conquered all the passions of the selfish self.
  14. In water I have washed the bodies of the people who have turned from sin, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul;
  15. But Yeshua bathes for ever in the living waters of the Holy Breath.
  16. And Yeshua comes to bring the saviour of the world to men; Love is the saviour of the world.
  17. And all who put their trust in Christ, and follow Yeshua as a pattern and a guide, have everlasting life.
  18. But they who do not trust the Christ, and will not purify their hearts so that the Christ can dwell within, can never enter life.

 

Chapter 80

Lamaas come from India to see Yeshua. He listens to the teachings of John at Salim. John tells him of the divine mission of Yeshua. Lamaas finds Yeshua at the Jordan. The masters recognise each other.

 

  1. Lamaas, priest of Brahm, who was a friend of Yeshua when he was in the temple of Jagannath, had heard of Yeshua and his mighty works in many lands; and he had left his home and come to Palestine in search of him.
  2. And as he journeyed towards Jerusalem he heard of John, the harbinger, who was esteemed a prophet of the living Divine.
  3. Lamaas found the harbinger at Salim Springs; for many days he was a silent listener to the pungent truths he taught.
  4. And he was present when the Pharisee told John of Yeshua and his mighty works
  5. He heard the answer of the harbinger; heard him bless the name of Yeshua; whom he called the Christ.
  6. And then he spoke to John; he said, Pray tell me more about this Yeshua whom you call the Christ.
  7. And John replied, this Yeshua is the love of Divine made manifest.
  8. Lo, men are living on the lower planes–the planes of greed and selfishness; for self they fight; they conquer with the sword.
  9. In every land the strong enslave and kill the weak. All kingdoms rise by force of arms; for force is king.
  10. This Yeshua comes to overthrow this iron rule of force, and seat Love on the throne of power.
  11. And Yeshua fears no man. He preaches boldly in the courts of kings, and everywhere, that victories won by force of arms are crimes;
  12. That every worthy end may be attained by gentleness and love just as the Prince of Peace, Melchisedec, the priest of Divine, won gallant victories in war without the shedding of a drop of blood.
  13. You ask where are the temples of the Christ? He ministers at shrines not made with hands; his temples are the hearts of holy men who are prepared to see the king.
  14. The groves of nature are his synagogues; his forum is the world.
  15. He has no priests dressed up in puppet style to be admired by men; for every son of man is priest of Love.
  16. When man has purified his heart by faith, he needs no middle man to intercede.
  17. He is on friendly terms with Divine; is not afraid of him, and he is able, and is bold enough, to lay his body on the altar of the Spirit.
  18. Thus every man is priest, and is himself a living sacrifice.
  19. You need not seek the Christ, for when your heart is purified the Christ will come, and will abide with you for evermore.
  20. And then Lamaas journeyed on; he came to Yeshua as he taught beside the ford.
  21. And Yeshua said, Behold the Star of India!
  22. Lamaas said, Behold the Sun of Righteousness! And he confessed his faith in Christ, and followed him.

 

Chapter 81

The Christines journey toward Galilee. They tarry for a time at Jacob’s well and Yeshua teaches a woman of Samaria.

 

  1. The Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One was opened up, and Yeshua and the six disciples and Laamas left the Jordan ford and turned their faces toward Galilee.
  2. Their way lay through Samaria and they journeyed on they came to Sychar, which was near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to Joseph when a youth.
  3. And Jacob’s well was there, and Yeshua sat beside the well in silent thought, and his disciples went into the town to purchase bread.
  4. A woman of the town came out to fill her pitcher from the well; and Yeshua was athirst, and when he asked the woman for a drink she said,
  5. I am a woman of Samaria, and you a Jew; do you not know that there is enmity between Samaritans and Jews? They traffic not; then why ask me the favour of a drink?
  6. And Yeshua said, Samaritans and Jews are all the children of one Divine, our Father-Divine, and they are kin.
  7. It is but prejudice born of the carnal mind that breeds this enmity and hate.
  8. While I was born a Jew I recognise the brotherhood of life. Samaritans are just as dear to me as Jew or Greek.
  9. And then had you but known the blessings that our Father-Divine has sent to men by me, you would have asked me for a drink.
  10. And I would gladly have given you a cup of water from the Fount of Life, and you would never thirst again.
  11. The woman said, This well is deep, and you have naught with which to draw; how could you get the water that you speak about?
  12. And Yeshua said, The water that I speak about comes not from Jacob’s well; it flows from springs that never fail.
  13. Lo, every one who drinks from Jacob’s well will thirst again; but they who drink the water that I give will never thirst again;
  14. For they themselves become a well, and from their inner parts the sparkling waters bubble up into eternal life.
  15. The woman said, Sir, I would drink from that rich well of life. Give me to drink, that I may thirst no more.
  16. And Yeshua said, Go call your husband from the town that he may share with you this living cup.
  17. The woman said, I have no husband, sir.
  18. And Yeshua answered her and said, You scarely know what husband means; you seem to be a gilded butterfly that flits from flower to flower.
  19. To you there is no sacredness in marriage ties, and you affinitise with any man.
  20. And you have lived with five of them who were esteemed as husbands by your friends.
  21. The woman said, Do I not speak unto a prophet and a seer? Will you not condescend to tell me who you are?
  22. And Yeshua said, I need not tell you who I am for you have read the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms that tell of me.
  23. I am one come to break away the wall that separates the sons of men. In Holy Breath there is no Greek, nor Jew, and no Samaritan; no bond, nor free; for all are one.
  24. The woman asked, Why do you say that only in Jerusalem men ought to pray, and that they should not worship in our holy mount.?
  25. And Yeshua said, What you have said, I do not say. One place is just as sacred as another place.
  26. The hour has come when men must worship Divine within the temple of the heart; for Divine is not within Jerusalem, nor in your holy mount in any way that he is not in every heart.
  27. Our Divine is Spirit; they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
  28. The woman said, We know that when Messiah comes that he will lead us in the ways of truth.
  29. And Yeshua said, Behold the Christ has come; Messiah speaks to you.

 

Chapter 82

While Yeshua is teaching, his disciples come and marvel because he speaks with a Samaritan. Many people from Sychar come to see Yeshua. He speaks to them. With his disciples he goes to Sychar and remains for certain days.

 

  1. While Yeshua yet was talking to the woman at the well, the six disciples came from Sychar with the food.
  2. And when they saw him talking to a woman of Samaria, and one they thought a courtesan, they were amazed; yet no one asked him why he spoke with her.
  3. The woman was so lost in thought and so intent on what the master said, that she forgot her errand to the well; she left her pitcher and ran quickly to the town.
  4. She told the people all about the prophet she had met at Jacob’s well; she said, He told me every thing I ever did.
  5. And when the people would know more about the man, the woman said, Come out and see. And multitudes went out to Jacob’s well.
  6. When Yeshua saw them come he said to those who followed him, You need not say, It is four months before the harvest time;
  7. Behold, the harvest time is now. Lift up your eyes and look; the fields are golden with the ripened grain.
  8. Lo, many sowers have gone forth to sow the seeds of life; the seed has grown; the plants have strengthened in the summer sun; the grain has ripened, and the master calls for men to reap.
  9. And you shall go out in the fields and reap what other men have sown; but when the reckoning day shall come the sowers and the reapers all together will rejoice.
  10. And Philip said to Yeshua, Stay now your work a time and sit beneath this olive tree and eat a portion of this food; you must be faint for you have eaten naught since early day.
  11. But Yeshua said, I am not faint, for I have food to eat you know not of.
  12. Then the disciples said among themselves, Who could have brought him aught to eat?
  13. They did not know that he had power to turn the very ethers into bread.
  14. And Yeshua said, The master of the harvest never sends his reapers forth and feeds them not.
  15. My Father who has sent me forth into the harvest field of human life will never suffer me to want; and when he calls for you to serve, lo, he will give you food, will clothe and shelter you.
  16. Then turning to the people of Samaria, he said, Think not it strange that I, a Jew, should speak to you, for I am one with you.
  17. The universal Christ who was and is, and evermore shall be, is manifest in me; but Christ belongs to every man.
  18. Divine scatters forth his blessings with a lavish hand, and he is not more kind to one than to another one of all the creatures of his hand.
  19. I just came up from Judah’s hills, and Divine’s same sun was shining and his flowers were blooming, and in the night his stars were just as bright as they are here.
  20. Divine cannot cast a child away; the Jew, the Greek and the Samaritan are equal in his sight.
  21. And why should men and women fret and quarrel, like children in their plays?
  22. The lines that separate the sons of men are made of straw, and just a single breath of love would blow them all away.
  23. The people were amazed at what the stranger said, and many said, The Christ that was to come has surely come.
  24. And Yeshua went with them into the town, and tarried certain days.

 

Chapter 83

Yeshua teaches the people of Sychar. Casts a wicked spirit out of one obsessed. Sends the spirit to its own place. Heals many people. The priests are disturbed by the presence of Yeshua in Sychar, but he speaks to them and wins their favour.

 

  1. In Sychar Yeshua taught the people in the market place.
  2. A man obsessed was brought to him. The wicked spirit that possessed the man was full of violence and lust, and often threw his victim to the ground.
  3. And Yeshua spoke aloud and said, Base spirit, loose your hold upon the vitals of this man, and go back to your own.
  4. And then the spirit begged that he might go into the body of a dog that stood near by.
  5. But Yeshua said, Why harm the helpless dog? Its life is just as dear to it as mine to me.
  6. It is not yours to throw the burden of your sin on any living thing.
  7. By your own deeds and evil thoughts you have brought all these perils on yourself. You have hard problems to be solved; but you must solve them for yourself.
  8. By thus obsessing man you make your own conditions doubly sad. Go back into your own domain; refrain from harming anything, and, by and by, you will, yourself, be free.
  9. The wicked spirit left the man and went unto his own. The man looked up in thankfulness and said, Praise Divine.
  10. And many of the people brought their sick, and Yeshua spoke the Word, and they were healed.
  11. The ruler of the synagogue, and all the priest were much disturbed when told that Yeshua from Jerusalem was preaching in the town.
  12. They thought that he had come to proselyte and stir up strife among Samaritans.
  13. And so they sent an officer to bring him to the synagogue that he might give a reason for his presence in the town.
  14. But Yeshua said to him who came, Go back and tell the priests and ruler of the synagogue that I am not engaged in crime.
  15. I come to bind up broken hearts, to heal the sick, and cast the evil spirits out of those obsessed.
  16. Tell them, their prophets spoke of me; that I come to break no law, but to fulfil the highest law.
  17. The man returned and told the priests and ruler of the synagogue what Yeshua said.
  18. The ruler was amazed, and with the priests went to the market place where Yeshua was.
  19. And when he saw them, Yeshua said, Behold the honoured men of all Samaria! the men ordained to lead the people in the way of right.
  20. And I am come to help, and not to hinder in their work.
  21. There are two classes of the sons of men; they who would build the human race upon the sure foundation stones of justice, truth, equality and right,
  22. And they who would destroy the holy temple where the Spirit dwells and bring their fellows down to beggary and crime.
  23. The holy brotherhood of right must stand united in the stirring conflicts of the hour.
  24. No matter whether they be Jews, Samaritans, Assyrians, or Greeks, they must tramp down beneath their feet all strife, all discord, jealousy and hate, and demonstrate the brotherhood of man.
  25. Then to the ruler of the synagogue he spoke: he said, United in the cause of right we stand; divided we will fall.
  26. And then he took the ruler by the hand; a love light filled their souls; and all the people were amazed.

 

Chapter 84

The Christines resume their journey. They tarry a while in the city of Samaria. Yeshua speaks in the synagogue. Heals a woman by mental power. He disappears, but later joins his disciples as they journey towards Nazareth.

 

  1. The Christines turned their faces toward the land of Galilee; but when they reached the city of Samaria, the multitudes pressed hard about them, begging them to tarry in their city for a while.
  2. And then they went up to the synagogue, and Yeshua opened up the book of Moses, and he read:
  3. In thee and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blest.
  4. And then he closed the book and said, These words were spoken by the Spirit of hosts unto our father Abraham, and Israel has been blessedness to all the world.
  5. We are his seed; but not a tithe of the great work that we were called to do has yet been done.
  6. The Spirit of hosts has set apart the Israelites to teach the unity of Divine and man; but one can never teach that which he does not demonstrate in life.
  7. Our Divine is Spirit, and in him all wisdom, love and strength abide.
  8. In every man these sacred attributes are budding forth, and in due time they will unfold; the demonstration will completed be, and man will comprehend the fact of unity.
  9. And you, ruler of the synagogue, and you, these priests, are honoured servants of the Spirit of hosts.
  10. All men are looking unto you for guidance in the ways of life; example is another name for priest; so what you would that people be, that you must be.
  11. A simple Divinely life may win ten thousand souls to purity and right.
  12. And all the people said, Amen.
  13. Then Yeshua left the synagogue, and at the hour of evening prayer he went up to the sacred grove, and all the people turned their faces toward their holy mount and prayed.
  14. And Yeshua prayed.
  15. And as he sat in silent mood a voice of soul spoke to his soul imploring help.
  16. And Yeshua saw a woman on a couch in sore distress; for she was sick nigh unto death.
  17. She could not speak, but she had heard that Yeshua was a man of Divine, and in her heart she called on him for help.
  18. And Yeshua helped; he did not speak; but like a flash of light, a mighty virtue from his soul filled full the body of the dying one, and she arose, and joined her kindred while they prayed.
  19. Her kindred were astonished and they said to her, How were you healed? And she replied,
  20. I do not know; I simply asked the man of Divine in thought for healing power, and in a moment I was well.
  21. The people said, The Divines have surely come to earth; for man has not the power to heal by thought.
  22. But Yeshua said, The greatest power in heaven and earth is thought.
  23. Divine made the universe by thought; he paints the lily and the rose with thought.
  24. Why think it strange that I should send a healing thought and change the ethers of disease and death to those of health and life?
  25. Lo, you shall see far greater things than this, for by the power of holy thought, my body will be changed from carnal flesh to spirit form; and so will yours.
  26. When Yeshua had thus said he disappeared, and no one saw him go.
  27. His own disciples did not comprehend the change; they knew not where their master went, and they went on their way.
  28. But as they walked and talked about the strange event, lo, Yeshua came and walked with them to Nazareth of Galilee.

 

Chapter 85

John, the harbinger, censures Herod for his wickedness. Herod sends him to prison in Machaerus. Yeshua tells why Divine permitted the imprisonment of John.

 

  1. Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Paraca and of Galilee was dissipated, selfish and tyrannical.
  2. He drove his wife away from home that he might take as wife Herodias, the wife of one, a near of kin, a woman, like himself, immoral and unjust.
  3. The city of Tiberius, upon the shores of Galilee, was Herod’s home.
  4. Now John, the harbinger, had left the Salim Springs to teach the people by the sea of Galilee; and he rebuked the wicked ruler and his stolen wife for all their sins.
  5. Herodias was enraged because the preacher dared accuse her and her husband of their crimes;
  6. And she prevailed on Herod to arrest the harbinger and cast him in a dungeon in the castle of Machaerus that stood beside the Bitter Sea.
  7. And Herod did as she required; then she lived in peace in all her sins, for none were bold enough to censure her again.
  8. The followers of John were warned to speak not of the trial and imprisonment of John.
  9. By order of the court, they were restrained from teaching in the public halls.
  10. They could not talk about this better life that Herod called the Heresy of John.
  11. When it was known that John had been imprisoned by the tetrarch court, the friends of Yeshua thought it best that he should not remain in Galilee.
  12. But Yeshua said, I have no need of fear; my time has not yet come; no man can stay me till my work is done.
  13. And when they asked why Divine permitted Herod to imprison John, he said,
  14. Behold yon stalk of grain to perfectness, it is of no more worth; it falls, becoming part of earth again from which it came.
  15. John is a stalk of golden wheat; he brought unto maturity the richest grain of all the earth; his work is done.
  16. If he had said another word it might have marred the symmetry