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Title: The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ - The Philosophic and Practical Basis of the Religion of the - Aquarian Age of the World and of The Church Universal
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[Illustration: PALESTINE FROM THE RAISED MAP constructed from the
Surveys of the PALESTINE EXPLORATION FUND BY GEORGE ARMSTRONG ESQr
Secretary to the Fund]


  THE AQUARIAN GOSPEL
  _of_
  JESUS THE CHRIST

  _The Philosophic and Practical Basis of the Religion
  of the Aquarian Age of the World_

  AND OF

  THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL

  TRANSCRIBED FROM THE BOOK OF GOD’S REMEMBRANCES,
  KNOWN AS THE AKASHIC RECORDS,

  BY
  LEVI

  WITH
  INTRODUCTION
  BY
  EVA S. DOWLING, A. Ph. D.

  LONDON:
  L. N. FOWLER AND COMPANY

  E. S. DOWLING, PUBLISHER,
  Los Angeles, California
  1911

  FOR SALE BY
  E. S. DOWLING
  Los Angeles, California.

  Copyright 1911, by
  MRS. EVA S. DOWLING

  Copyright in England, 1911
  Entered at Stationers’ Hall, London

  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  including rights of translation

  M. A. DONOHUE & CO.
  PRINTERS AND BINDERS
  CHICAGO



CONTENTS


  SECTION I.--_Birth and Early Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus._--Chapter
    1.

  SECTION II.--_Birth and Infancy of John the Harbinger, and of
    Jesus._--Chapters 2-6.

  SECTION III.--_Education of Mary and Elizabeth in Zoan._--Chapters
    7-12.

  SECTION IV.--_Childhood and Early Education of John the
    Harbinger._--Chapters 13-15.

  SECTION V.--_Childhood and Early Education of Jesus._--Chapters 16-20.

  SECTION VI.--_Life and Works of Jesus in India._--Chapters 21-35.

  SECTION VII.--_Life and Works of Jesus in Tibet and Western
    India._--Chapters 36-37.

  SECTION VIII.--_Life and Works of Jesus in Persia._--Chapters 38-41.

  SECTION IX.--_Life and Works of Jesus in Assyria._--Chapters 42-43.

  SECTION X.--_Life and Works of Jesus in Greece._--Chapters 44-46.

  SECTION XI.--_Life and Works of Jesus in Egypt._--Chapters 47-55.

  SECTION XII.--_The Council of the Seven Sages of the
    World._--Chapters 56-60.

  SECTION XIII.--_The Ministry of John the Harbinger._--Chapters 61-64.

  SECTION XIV.--_The Christine Ministry of Jesus._--_Introductory
    Epoch._--Chapters 65-71.

  SECTION XV.--_The First Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of
    Jesus._--Chapters 72-90.

  SECTION XVI.--_The Second Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of
    Jesus._--Chapters 91-123.

  SECTION XVII.--_The Third Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of
    Jesus._--Chapters 124-158.

  SECTION XVIII.--_The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus._--Chapters 159-164.

  SECTION XIX.--_The Trial and Execution of Jesus._--Chapters 165-171.

  SECTION XX.--_The Resurrection of Jesus._--Chapter 172.

  SECTION XXI.--_Materialization of the Spiritual Body of
    Jesus._--Chapters 173-180.

  SECTION XXII.--_Establishment of the Christine Church._--Chapters
    181-182.



INTRODUCTION

BY

EVA S. DOWLING, A. Ph.D.,

SCRIBE TO THE MESSENGER.


_THE BOOK._

The full title of this book is “The Aquarian Age Gospel of Jesus,
the Christ of the Piscean Age,” and the critical reader is apt to
ask a number of pertinent questions concerning it. Among the many
anticipated questions these are perhaps the most important:

  1  What is an Age?
  2  What is the Piscean Age?
  3  What is the Aquarian Age?
  4  What is meant by the Christ as the word is used in this book?
  5  What relationship existed between Jesus of Nazareth and the Christ?
  6  Who is Levi, the transcriber of this book?
  7  What are the Akashic Records?

1 _What is an Age?_ Astronomers tell us that our sun and his family
of planets revolve around a central sun, which is millions of miles
distant, and that it requires something less than 26,000 years to make
one revolution. His orbit is called the Zodiac, which is divided into
twelve signs, familiarly known as Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo,
Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
It requires our Solar System a little more than 2100 years to pass
through one of these signs, and this time is the measurement of an Age
or Dispensation. Because of what Astronomers call “the precession of
the Equinoxes” the movement of the sun through the signs of the Zodiac
is in order reverse from that given above.

_Exact Time of the Beginning of an Age._ Regarding this matter there
is a disagreement among astronomers; but in this Introduction we are
not called upon to give the reasons of the various investigators for
their opinions; there are enough well authenticated facts for our
present purposes. It is conceded by all critical students that the sun
entered the zodiacal sign Taurus in the days of our historic Adam when
the Taurian Age began; that Abraham lived not far from the beginning
of the Arian Age, when the sun entered the sign Aries. About the time
of the rise of the Roman empire the sun entered the sign Pisces, the
Fishes, and the Piscean Age began, so that early in this Age Jesus of
Nazareth lived.

2 _What is the Piscean Age?_ This question requires further
consideration. The Piscean Age is identical with the Christian
Dispensation. The word Pisces means fish. The sign is known as a water
sign, and the Piscean Age has been distinctly the age of the fish and
its element, water.

In the establishment of their great institutions John the Harbinger
and Jesus both introduced the rite of water baptism, which has been
used in some form in all the so-called Christian Churches and cults,
even to the present time. Water is the true symbol of purification.
Jesus himself said to the Harbinger before he was baptized: “All men
must be washed, symbolic of the cleansing of the soul.” (Aquarian
Gospel 64:7.)

_Fish was a Christian Symbol._ In the earlier centuries of the
Christian Dispensation the fish was everywhere used as a symbol. In
his remarkable book, “Christian Iconography,” Didron says:

“The fish, in the opinion of antiquarians generally, is the symbol
of Jesus Christ. The fish is sculptured upon a number of Christian
monuments, and more particularly upon the ancient sarcophagi. It
is also upon medals, bearing the name of our Savior and also upon
engraved stones, cameos and intaglios. The fish is also to be remarked
upon the amulets worn suspended from the necks by children, and upon
ancient glasses and sculptured lamps.

“Baptismal fonts are more particularly ornamented with the fish. The
fish is constantly exhibited placed upon a dish in the middle of the
table, at the Last Supper, among the loaves, knives and cups used at
the banquet.”

In the writings of Tertullian we find this statement: “We are little
fishes in Christ our great fish.”

The last two thousand years, comprising the Piscean Age, has certainly
been one of water and the many uses of that element have been
emphasized, and sea and lake and river navigation has been brought to
a high degree of efficiency.

3 _What is the Aquarian Age?_ The human race is today standing upon
the cusp of the Piscean-Aquarian Ages. Aquarius is an air sign and the
New Age is already noted for remarkable inventions for the use of air,
electricity, magnetism, etc. Men navigate the air as fish do the sea,
and send their thoughts spinning around the world with the speed of
lightning.

The word Aquarius is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water.
Aquarius is, however, the _water bearer_, and the symbol of the sign,
which is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac, is a man carrying in his
right hand a pitcher of water. Jesus referred to the beginning of the
Aquarian Age in these words:

“And then the man who bears the pitcher will walk forth across an arc
of heaven; the sign and signet of the Son of Man will stand forth in
the eastern sky. The wise will then lift up their heads and know that
the redemption of the earth is near.” (Aquarian Gospel 157:29, 30.)

The Aquarian Age is pre-eminently a spiritual age, and the spiritual
side of the great lessons that Jesus gave to the world may now be
comprehended by multitudes of people for the many are now coming into
an advanced stage of spiritual consciousness; so with much propriety
this book is called “The Aquarian (or Spiritual) Gospel of Jesus, the
Christ.”

_An Important Event._ The transfer of dominion from one Age to another
is an important event in the world of Cherubim and Seraphim. Among the
manuscripts of Levi we have found a most remarkable paper describing
the transfer of dominion from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age, but
it is difficult to determine whether it is a recital of facts or a
prophetic statement. We reproduce the paper in full.

    THE CUSP OF THE AGES.

    “In Spirit I was caught away into the realms of Akasha; I stood
    alone within the circle of the sun.

    “And there I found the secret spring that opens up the door to
    Wisdom and an understanding heart.

    “I entered in and then I knew.

    “I saw the four and twenty Cherubim and Seraphim that guard
    the circle of the sun, the mighty ones who were proclaimed by
    masters long ago ‘the four and twenty ancient ones.’

    “I heard the names of every Cherubim and Seraphim, and learned
    that every sign in all the Zodiac is ruled by two--a Cherubim
    and Seraphim.

    “And then I stood upon the cusp where Ages meet. The Piscean
    Age had passed; the Aquarian Age had just begun.

    “I saw the guardian Spirits of the Piscean Age; Ramasa is the
    Cherubim; Vacabiel is Seraphim.

    “I saw the guardian Spirits of the Aquarian Age, and Archer is
    the Cherubim; Sakmaquil is the Seraphim.

    “These four great spirits of the Triune God stood close
    together on the cusp, and in the presence of the sacred
    Three--the God of Might, the God of Wisdom, and the God of
    Love--the scepter of Domain, of Might, of Wisdom and of Love
    was there transferred.

    “I heard the charges of the Triune God; but these I may not now
    reveal.

    “I heard the history of the Piscean Age from Piscean Cherubim
    and Seraphim, and when I took my pen to write Ramasa said:

    “Not now, my son, not now; but you may write it down for men
    when men have learned the sacred laws of Brotherhood, of Peace
    on earth, good-will to every living thing.

    “And then I heard the Aquarian Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim
    the Gospel of the coming Age, the age of Wisdom, of the Son of
    Man.

    “And when the crown was lifted from the head of Ramasa and
    placed upon the head of Archer of the Aquarian Age; and when
    the royal scepter was transferred from Seraphim Vacabiel to
    Seraphim Sakmaquil there was deep silence in the courts of
    heaven.

    “And then the goddess Wisdom spoke, and with her hands
    outstretched she poured the benedictions of the Holy Breath
    upon the rulers of Aquarius.

    “I may not write the words she spoke, but I may tell the Gospel
    of the coming age that Archer told when he received the crown.

    “And I may breathe to men the song of praise that Seraphim
    Sakmaquil sung when she received the royal scepter of the
    newborn age.

    “This Gospel I will tell, and I will sing this song in every
    land, to all the people, tribes and tongues of earth.”

4 _What is Meant by “the Christ,” as the Word is Used in This Book?_
The word Christ is derived from the Greek word Kristos and means
anointed. It is identical with the Hebrew word Messiah. The word
Christ, per se, does not refer to any particular person; every
anointed person is christed. When the definite article “the” is placed
before the word christ a definite personality is indicated, and this
personality is none other than a member of the Trinity, the Son who
had a glory with the Father-Mother before the worlds were formed.

According to the teachings of all ancient masters this Son is Love; so
the Christ is Love, and Love is God, since God is Love.

Another remarkable manuscript found in Levi’s Akashic portfolio
gives the clearest possible ideal of the Christ, or Love of God. It
is presumed that this manuscript is a direct transcription from the
Akashic Records and its importance demands its reproduction here in
full.

    THE CHRIST

    “Before creation was the Christ walked with the Father God and
    Mother God in Akasha.

    “The Christ is son, the only son begotten by Almighty God, the
    God of Force and God omniscient, God of thought; and Christ is
    God, the God of Love.

    “Without the Christ there was no light. Through Christ all life
    was manifest; and so through him all things were done, and
    naught was done in forming worlds or peopling worlds without
    the Christ.

    “Christ is the Logos of Infinities and through the word alone
    are Thought and Force made manifest.

    “The Son is called the Christ, because the Son, the Love, the
    universal Love, was set apart, ordained to be creator, Lord,
    preserver and redeemer of all things, of everything that is, or
    evermore will be.

    “Through Christ, the protoplast, the earth, the plant, the
    beast, the man, the angel and the cherubim took up their
    stations on their planes of life.

    “Through Christ they are preserved; and if they fall it is the
    Christ who lifts them up; and if they sell themselves to sin
    the Christ redeems.

    “Now Christ, the universal Love, pervades all spaces of
    infinity, and so there is no end to love.

    “From the great heart of Love unnumbered spirits were sent
    forth to demonstrate the height, the depth, the width, the
    boundlessness of Love.

    “To every world and star and moon and sun a master spirit of
    this Love divine was sent; and all were full anointed with the
    oil of helpfulness, and each became a Christ.

    “All glorious in his majesty is Christ, who spread the pure
    white robe of Love o’er all the planes of earth--The Christ of
    earth, its heaven, its graves.

    “In course of time the protoplast, the earth, the plant, the
    beast, the man sold out their birthrights unto sin; but Christ
    was present to redeem.

    “Hid in the holiest place in all infinities is locked the
    scroll that bears the record of the purposes of God, the Triune
    God, and there we read:

    “Perfection is the ultimate of life. A seed is perfect in its
    embryotic life, but it is destined to unfold, to grow.

    “Into the soil of every plane these seeds, which were the
    Thoughts of God, were cast--the seeds of protoplast, of earth,
    of plant, of beast, of man, of angel and of cherubim, and they
    who sowed the seeds, through Christ, ordained that they should
    grow, and should return at last, by effort of unnumbered years,
    to the great granary of thought, and each be a perfection of
    its kind.

    “And in the boundless blessedness of Love the man was made the
    Lord of protoplast, of earth, of plant, of beast; and Christ
    proclaimed: Man shall have full dominion over everything that
    is upon these planes of life; and it was so.

    “And he who gave the lordship unto man declared that he must
    rule by Love.

    “But men grew cruel and they lost their power to rule, and
    protoplast, and earth, and plant and beast became at enmity
    with man; he lost his heritage; but Christ was present to
    redeem.

    “But man had lost his consciousness of right; he could no
    longer comprehend the boundlessness of Love; he could see
    naught but self, and things of self; but Christ was there to
    seek the lost and save.

    “So that he might be close to man in all the ways of life, that
    man might comprehend the mighty spirit of the Love, the Christ
    of earth made manifest to human eyes and ears by taking his
    abode in some pure person, well prepared by many lives to be a
    fit abiding place of Love.

    “Thus Christ made manifest Love’s power to save; but men forgot
    so soon, and so Christ must manifest again, and then again.

    “And ever since man took his place in form of flesh the Christ
    has been manifest in flesh at first of every age.”

5 _What relationship existed between Jesus of Nazareth and the
Christ?_ Orthodox Christian ecclesiastics tell us that Jesus of
Nazareth and the Christ were one; that the true name of this
remarkable person was Jesus Christ. They tell us that this man of
Galilee was the very eternal God clothed in flesh of man that men
might see his glory. Of course this doctrine is wholly at variance
with the teachings of Jesus himself and of his apostles. The Aquarian
Masters in council have formulated an answer to this question that so
well covers all the information required that we give it in full:

    “Jesus was an ideal Jew, born in Bethlehem of Judea. His mother
    was a beautiful Jewish girl named Mary. As a child Jesus
    differed but little from other children only that in past lives
    he had overcome carnal propensities to such an extent that he
    could be tempted like others and not yield. Paul was right when
    to the Hebrews he said: ‘He was in all points tempted like as
    we are, yet without sin.’--Hebrews 4:15.

    “Jesus suffered as other men suffer, and was made perfect
    through suffering; for this is the only way to perfection. His
    life was an example of attainment by the way of crosses and
    cruel treatment. Paul was right again when he said: ‘It became
    him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in
    bringing many sons into glory to make the captain of their
    salvation perfect through suffering.’--Hebrews 2:10.

    “In many respects Jesus was a remarkable child, for by ages
    of strenuous preparation he was qualified to be an avatar, a
    savior of the world, and from childhood he was endowed with
    superior wisdom and was conscious of the fact that he was
    competent to lead the race into the higher ways of spiritual
    living. But he was conscious also of the fact that he must
    attain the mastery by trials, bufferings, temptations and
    sufferings. And all his life was spent in attaining. After his
    death, burial and resurrection he appeared in materialized form
    before the Silent Brothers in the temple of Heliopolis, in
    Egypt, and said:

    “‘My human life was wholly given to bring my will to tune with
    the deific will; when this was done my earth-tasks all were
    done.

    “‘You know that all my life was one great drama for the sons
    of men; a pattern for the sons of men. I lived to show the
    possibilities of man.

    “‘What I have done all men can do, and what I am all men shall
    be.’”--Aquarian Gospel 178:43, 46.

    “Jesus was the name of the man and it was the only appropriate
    name for this kind of a man. The word means Savior and Jesus
    was in more senses than one a savior.

    The word Christ means “the anointed one,” and then it is an
    official title. It means, The Master of Love. When we say
    “Jesus the Christ” we refer to the man and to his office;
    just as we do when we say Edward, the King, or Lincoln, the
    President. Edward was not always King, and Lincoln was not
    always President, and Jesus was not always Christ. Jesus won
    his Christship by a strenuous life, and in the Aquarian Gospel,
    chapter 55, we have a record of the events of his christing,
    or receiving the degree Christ. Here is where he was coronated
    by the highest earth authorities as the Christ-King; properly
    speaking, ‘The Master of Love’; and after this was done he
    entered at once upon his Judean and Galilean ministry.

    “We recognize the facts that Jesus was man and that Christ was
    God, so that in very truth Jesus the Christ was the God-man of
    the ages.”

    The Nazarene’s Testimony. Jesus himself made the matter clear.
    Once when he was speaking to a congregation in Bethany the
    people called him King and he stood forth and said:

    “‘I am not sent to sit upon a throne to rule as Caesar rules;
    and you may tell the ruler of the Jews that I am not a claimant
    for his throne.

    “‘Men call me Christ, and God has recognized the name; but
    Christ is not a man. The Christ is universal Love, and Love is
    King.

    “‘This Jesus is but man who has been fitted by temptations
    overcome, by trials multiform, to be the temple through which
    the Christ can manifest to men.

    “‘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.

    “‘When you have purified your hearts by faith, the king will
    enter in and you will see his face.’”--Aquarian Gospel 68:10-14.

Surely this question has been answered. Jesus was man; Christ was
Divine Love--the Love of God, and after thirty years of strenuous life
the man had made his body fit to be the temple of the holy breath and
Love took full possession, and John well said when he declared:

“‘And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld the
glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’”

6 _Who was Levi, the Transcriber of this Book?_ Regarding the
personality of Levi we are permitted to write but little. Suffice it
to say that he is an American citizen, and has been a close student
of the religions of the world from childhood. When but a boy he was
impressed with the sensitiveness of the finer ethers and believed
that in some manner they were sensitized plates on which sounds,
even thoughts, were recorded. With avidity he entered into the
deeper studies of etheric vibration, determined to solve the great
mysteries of the heavens for himself. Forty years he spent in study
and silent meditation, and then he found himself in that stage of
spiritual consciousness that permitted him to enter the domain of
these superfine ethers and become familiar with their mysteries. He
then learned that the imaginings of his boyhood days were founded upon
veritable facts, and that every thought of every living thing is there
recorded.

In his manuscript entitled “The Cusp of the Ages,” a part of which we
have already reproduced in this Introduction, we find the following
copy of the Commission, which Levi received from Visel, the Goddess of
Wisdom, or the Holy Breath.

    LEVI’S COMMISSION.

    “And then Visel the holy one stood forth and said:

    “O Levi, son of man, behold, for you are called to be the
    message bearer of the coming age--the age of spirit blessedness.

    “Give heed, O son of man, for men must know the Christ, the
    Love of God; for Love is sovereign balm for all the wounds of
    men, the remedy for every ill.

    “And man must be endowed with Wisdom and with Power and with an
    Understanding heart.

    “Behold the Akasha! Behold the Record Galleries of Visel where
    every thought and word and deed of every living thing is
    written down.

    “The needs of men are manifold, and men must know their needs.

    “Now, Levi, hearken to my words: go forth into these mystic
    Galleries and read. There you will find a message for the
    world; for every man; for every living thing.

    “I breathe upon you now the Holy Breath; you will discriminate,
    and you will know the lessons that these Record Books of God
    are keeping now for men of this new age.

    “This age will be an age of splendor and of light, because
    it is the home age of the Holy Breath; and Holy Breath will
    testify anew for Christ, the Logos of eternal Love.

    “At first of every age this Logos is made manifest in flesh so
    man can see and know and comprehend a Love that is not narrow,
    circumscribed.

    “Twelve times in every revolution of the sun this christed Love
    of God is made full manifest in flesh upon the planes of earth,
    and you may read in Akasha the wondrous lessons that these
    Christs have taught to men; but you shall publish not to men
    the lessons of the Christs of ancient times.

    “Now, Levi, message bearer of the Spirit Age, take up your pen
    and write.

    “Write full the story of The Christ who built upon the Solid
    Rock of yonder circle of the sun--the Christ who men have known
    as Enoch the Initiate.

    “Write of his works as prophet, priest and seer; write of his
    life of purity and love, and how he changed his carnal flesh to
    flesh divine without descending through the gates of death.

    “And you may write the story of Melchizedec, the Christ who
    lived when Abram lived, and pointed out to men the way to life
    through sacrifice; who gave his life a willing sacrifice for
    men.

    “And you may write the story of the Prince of Peace, The Christ
    who came as babe in Bethlehem, and traveled every way of life
    that man must tread.

    “He was despised, rejected and abused; was spit upon, was
    crucified, was buried in a tomb; but he revived and rose a
    conqueror over death that he might show the possibilities of
    man.

    “A thousand times he said to men; ‘I came to show the
    possibilities of man; what I have done all men may do, and what
    I am all men shall be.’

    “These stories of The Christ will be enough, for they contain
    the true philosophy of life, of death and of the resurrection
    of the dead.

    “They show the spiral journey of the soul until the man of
    earth and God are one forevermore.”

_Levi in Prophecy._ About two thousand years ago Elihu, who conducted
a school of the prophets in Zoan, Egypt, referred to Levi thus:

    “This age will comprehend but little of the works of Purity
    and Love; but not a word is lost, for in the Book of God’s
    Remembrance a registry is made of every thought and word and
    deed;

    “And when the world is ready to receive, lo, God will send a
    messenger to open up the book and copy from its sacred pages
    all the messages of Purity and Love.

    “Then every man of earth will read the words of life in the
    language of his native land, and men will see the light.

    “And man again will be at one with God.”--Aquarian Gospel
    7:25-28.

Further references to the personality of Levi are, seemingly,
unnecessary. It matters but little who he is; his work in the
transcription of the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, stands
unimpeachable. The lessons of this book all bear the stamp of the
Nazarene, for no man except the world’s greatest master could have
touched the high chords of divine Love and Wisdom which characterize
the pages of this marvelous book.

7 _What are the Akashic Records?_ Akasha is a Sanskrit word, and
means “Primary substance,” that out of which all things are formed.
According to Aquarian philosophy, it is the first stage of the
crystallization of spirit. This philosophy recognizes the fact that
all primordial substance is spirit; that matter is spirit moving at
a lower rate of vibration, becoming, as one master expressed it, a
coagulum.

This Akashic, or primary substance, is of exquisite fineness and is so
sensitive that the slightest vibrations of an ether any place in the
universe registers an indelible impression upon it.

This primal substance is not relegated to any particular part of the
universe, but is everywhere present. It is in very fact the “Universal
Mind” of which our metaphysicians speak.

When the mind of man is in exact accord with the Universal Mind man
enters into a conscious recognition of these Akashic impressions, and
may collect them and translate them into any language of earth with
which he is familiar.

In the infinite One manifest we note the attributes of Force,
Intelligence and Love, and a person may be in full accord with one of
these attributes and not with the others. One may enter fully into
the spirit of the God of Force and not be imbued with the spirit of
Intelligence; or one may be wholly absorbed with the spirit of Divine
Love and be far removed from both Intelligence and Force. Furthermore,
a person may enter fully into the consciousness of Holy Breath, or
Supreme Intelligence, and be not at all in rapport with either Love or
Force. Knowledge is not gained through the spirit of either Force or
Love. It is only from Universal Mind, which is Supreme Intelligence,
called by Oriental scholars the Akashic Records, and by Hebrew
masters, the Book of God’s Remembrance, that knowledge of any kind can
be obtained.

    _Consciousness_; we note three phases of it:

    1  Consciousness of the omnipotence of God and man.

    2  Christ consciousness, or consciousness of Divine Love.

    3  Consciousness of the Holy Breath, or of Supreme Intelligence.

We must bear in mind that one of these phases of consciousness does
not necessarily imply either of the others. People are frequently
found who are completely filled with the Love of God, are far advanced
in the science of Christ consciousness, who are absolutely ignorant;
have not the slightest conception of the laws of natural things or of
spiritual things; are not in rapport with the great Teacher which is
the Holy Spirit.

_The Akashic Records._ The imperishable records of life, known as the
Akashic Records, are wholly in the domain of Supreme Intelligence, or
Universal Mind, and the Akashic Record reader must be in such close
touch with the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Breath, as the ancient masters
call this spirit of Supreme Intelligence, that every thought vibration
is instantly felt in every fibre of his being.

_Differentiation._ Since all space is charged with the vibrations of
thoughts of all kinds how may the Akashic Record reader differentiate
and gather only the thoughts and life events of a particular person or
group of persons?

Every person has his own distinct vibration and when the reader fully
understands the law of discrimination his whole being is tuned for the
reception of the one particular tone and rhythm, and it is impossible
for any other tone or rhythm to make the slightest impression upon
him. This principle is demonstrated in wireless telegraphy.

It required many years for Levi to learn the Law of Differentiation,
and to come in rapport with the tones and rhythms of Jesus of
Nazareth, Enoch and Melchizedec and their co-laborers. But under the
direction of the Spirit of Supreme Intelligence, he has attained unto
this accomplishment, and now he instantly feels in all his being the
slightest vibrations that come from any of these great centers and, of
course, all of his transcriptions are true to the letter.


MAN.

“What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that thou
visiteth him?” This was the earnest question of David, the Hebrew
Psalmist, and the 8th Psalm is given wholly to the contemplation of
man, the crowning work of manifest creation. Among the many great
lessons that Levi has been permitted to gather from the Akashic
Records, or the Universal Mind, we find one on _Man_ in which his
descent into physical matter and his final ascent into an eternal
oneness with God is so graphically described that it certainly merits
a place in this Introduction, and we give it in full:

    “Time never was when man was not.

    “If life of man at any time began a time would come when it
    would end.

    “The thoughts of God cannot be circumscribed. No finite mind
    can comprehend things infinite.

    “All finite things are subject unto change. All finite things
    will cease to be, because there was a time when they were not.

    “The bodies and the soul of men are finite things, and they
    will change, yea, from the finite point of view the time will
    come when they will be no more.

    “But man himself is not the body, nor the soul; he is a spirit
    and is part of God.

    “Creative Fiat gave to man, to spirit man, a soul that he might
    function on the plane of soul; gave him a body of the flesh,
    that he might function on the plane of things made manifest.

    “Why did creative Fiat give to spirit man a soul that he might
    function on the plane of soul?

    “Why did creative Fiat give to soul a body of the flesh that it
    might function on the plane of things that are made manifest?

    “Hear, now, ye worlds, dominions, powers and thrones!

    “Hear, now, ye cherubim, ye seraphim, ye angels and ye men!

    “Hear, now, O protoplast, and earth, and plant and beast!

    “Hear, now, ye creeping things of earth, ye fish that swim, ye
    birds that fly!

    “Hear, now, ye winds that blow, ye thunders and ye lightnings
    of the sky!

    “Hear, now, ye spirits of the fire, of water, earth and air!

    “Hear, now, O everything that is, or was, or evermore will be,
    for Wisdom speaks from out the highest plane of spirit life:

    “Man is a thought of God; all thoughts of God are infinite;
    they are not measured up by time, for things that are concerned
    with time begin and end.

    “The thoughts of God are from the everlasting of the past unto
    the never ending days to come--And so is man, the Spirit-man.

    “But man, like every other thought of God, was but a seed, a
    seed that held within itself the potencies of God, just as
    the seed of any plant of earth holds deep within itself the
    attributes of every part of that especial plant.

    “So spirit-man, as seed of God, held deep within himself the
    attributes of every part of God.

    “Now, seeds are perfect, yea, as perfect as the source from
    which they come; but they are not unfolded into life made
    manifest.

    “The child in utero is perfect as the mother is.

    “So man, the seed, must be deep planted in a soil that he might
    grow, unfold, as does the bud unfold to show the flower.

    “The human seed that came forth from the heart of God was full
    ordained to be the lord of plane of soul, and of the plane of
    things made manifest.

    “So God, the husbandman of every thing that is, threw forth
    this human seed into the soil of soul; it grew apace, and man
    became a living soul; and he became the lord of all the kingdom
    of the soul.

    “Hark, now, let every creature hear, The plane of soul is but
    the ether of the spirit plane vibrating not so fast, and in the
    slower rhythm of this plane the essences of life are manifest;
    the perfumes and the odors, the true sensations and the all of
    love are manifest.

    “And these soul attributes become a body beautiful.

    “A multitude of lessons man must learn upon the plane of soul;
    and here he tarries many ages until his lessons are all learned.

    “Upon the boundary of the plane of soul the ether began to
    vibrate slower still, and then the essences took on a garb; the
    perfumes and the odors and the true sensations and the all of
    love were clothed in flesh; and man was clothed in flesh.

    “Perfected man must pass through all the ways of life, and so
    a carnal nature was full manifest, a nature that sprang forth
    from fleshly things.

    “Without a foe a soldier never knows his strength, and thought
    must be developed by the exercise of strength.

    “And so this carnal nature soon became a foe that man must
    fight, that he might be the strength of God made manifest.

    “Let every living thing stand still and hear!

    “Man is the lord of all the plane of manifests; of protoplast,
    of mineral, of plant, of beast; but he has given up his
    birthright, just to gratify his lower self, his carnal self.

    “But man will full regain his lost estate, his heritage; but he
    must do it in a conflict that cannot be told in words.

    “Yea, he must suffer trials and temptations manifold; but let
    him know that cherubim and seraphim that rule the stations
    of the sun, and spirits of the mighty God who rule the solar
    stars are his protectors and his guides, and they will lead to
    victory.

    “Man will be fully saved, redeemed, perfected by the things he
    suffers on the plane of flesh, and on the plane of soul.

    “When man has conquered carnal things his garb of flesh will
    then have served its purpose well and it will fall, will be no
    more.

    “Then he will stand untrammeled on the plane of soul where he
    must full complete his victories.”

    “Unnumbered foes will stand before the man upon the plane of
    soul; there he must overcome, yea, overcome them every one.

    “Thus hope will ever be his beacon light; there is no failure
    for the human soul, for God is leading on and victory is sure.

    “Man cannot die; the spirit man is one with God, and while God
    lives man cannot die.

    “When man has conquered every foe upon the plane of soul the
    seed will have full opened out, will have unfolded in the Holy
    Breath.

    “The garb of soul will then have served its purpose well, and
    man will need it never more, and it will pass and be no more.

    “And man will then attain unto the blessedness of perfectness
    and be at one with God.”



SUBJECT INDEX

A general outline of the incidents and topics of the book will be
found in the Contents which appears in the first part of the volume.


  A
                                                              CHAP.
  Abram, Sketch of life                                          10
  Account must be given                                         105
  Accusers are the greatest sinners                             132
  Address of Jesus at magian feast                               39
  Address of Jesus to Chaldeans                                  42
  Address of Jesus to Atheneans                                  44
  Address of Delphic Oracle                                      44
  Address of Jesus, final to Atheneans                           46
  Address of Jesus at Jordan ford                                64
  Address of Jesus in Bethany                                    68
  Address of Jesus concerning John                               67
  Address of Jesus in Bethlehem                                  76
  Address of John on Jesus and the Christ                        80
  Address of Jesus at Jacob’s well                               82
  Adultery defined by man                                        98
  Adultery lies in the desire                                    98
  Adulterer, the one who lusts                                  143
  Adon Mashich Cumi                                             172
  Afraid of Jesus’ power, priests                                31
  Afflictions partial payments on debts                         138
  Afflictions, lesson of Jesus                                  138
  Afflictions merited; the law (V. 5, 6)                        138
  Age, Messiah comes at first of every                           73
  Ajainin; Jesus his guest                                       37
  Ajainin in Benares to see Jesus                                29
  Ajainin visits Jesus                                           29
  Almsgiving, lesson of Jesus on                                 94
  Almighty God, the Father; Omniscient God, the Mother           97
  Alarmed at power of Jesus, Gadarines                          118
  Alone on mountain, Jesus prays                                128
  Alertness of Pharisees to apprehend Jesus                     150
  Altars of Grecian gods                                         46
  Amazed at resurrection of Lazarus                             148
  Amphitheater, Jesus and Apollo in                              44
  Angered at Jesus’ words about castes, priests                  24
  Anger a crime                                                  97
  Anxiety about earthly things                                   99
  Anxious Martha                                                136
  Anointed Jesus with perfumes, Mary                            159
  Ananias bribes Judas to betray Jesus                          159
  Ananias, leader of arresting party                            164
  Answering prayer: how God helps                                46
  Appeal of Jesus to the mob                                    164
  Apollo opens up door of Greek lore to Jesus                    44
  Apollo states needs of Greece                                  57
  Apostles are chosen                                            88
  Apostles, all at Jesus’ home                                   89
  Apostles and Jesus at Capernaum                               123
  Apostles confirmed as saviors                                 127
  Apostles flee to avoid arrest                                 164
  Apostolic charge of Jesus                                      89
  Archelaus, ruler in Jerusalem                                   7
  Ashamed of his cowardice, Peter                               164
  Ashbina recognizes Jesus                                       42
  Ashbina states needs of Assyria                                57
  Asher’s Inn, Jesus at                                          78
  Ask in faith; God answers                                     137
  Assassination of Zacharias                                      6
  Athens, Jesus meets the masters                                44
  Athens beach, storm on                                         46
  Attainment possible                                           101
  Augustus Caesar                                                 1
  Author of misfortune, is God?                                 114
  Avesta                                                         10
  Awaiting coming of Holy Breath                                181


  B

  Baal, Assyrian Idol                                            43
  Babylon, Jesus and Ashbina in                                  43
  Babylon, its wicked kings                                      43
  Balm of life, the air we breathe                               41
  Baptism instituted                                             15
  Baptism of Jesus by the Harbinger                              64
  Baptism of many people by the Harbinger                        64
  Baptism adopted by Jesus as disciples’ pledge                  78
  Baptism by Jesus of six disciples                              78
  Baptized, John the Harbinger                                   15
  Barachia, Rabi, teacher of Jesus                               17
  Barato Arabo, friend of Jesus                                  32
  Bartimeus, healed by Jesus                                    150
  Barren fig tree withered                                      152
  Barabbas appointed scapegoat                                  168
  Bar-Simon’s feast                                             159
  Beatitudes, formulated by Jesus                                95
  Belus, monument of folly                                       43
  Benediction of Jesus on his kindred                            69
  Benediction of Jesus on all                                   180
  Benediction of Jesus on the seventy                           140
  Benediction of Jesus on Ladak                                  36
  Benediction of Elihu and Salome                                47
  Best servant, the best ruler                                  146
  Bethlehem, Jesus born in                                        3
  Bethlehem, Jesus in                                            76
  Bethany, Jesus in                                              77
  Bethany, home of Lazarus                                       77
  Bethany, Jesus at Lazarus’ house                              137
  Bethany, Christines returned to                               148
  Bethesda, Jesus surrounded by the sick                         91
  Bethabara, Jesus in                                           147
  Betrayal by Judas                                             160
  Betrayal of Jesus by a kiss                                   164
  Birth, of Holy Breath                                          75
  Birth, of water                                                75
  Birthday feast of child Jesus                                  16
  Birthday feast of Herod                                       117
  Blessed is the Son of Man                                     156
  Blessedness of living the word of God                         108
  Blind leaders and their followers                             100
  Blind man healed by Jesus                                     138
  Blind man’s story of his healing                              138
  Blind guides                                                  126
  Book of God’s Remembrance                                  7, 158
  Book of Life                                         58, 109, 158
  Brahm, Elihu’s lesson on                                       10
  Brahmic priests seeking wisdom                                 21
  Brahmic philosophy, Elihu’s lesson                             10
  Bread from heaven                                              82
  Broad is the way of wickedness                                101
  Brotherhood of life                                            34
  Brotherhood of Right                                           83
  Buddha, Life and works of                                  11, 34
  Buddhist temple open for Jesus                                 31
  Building on sand cannot stand                                 101
  Building on rock stands forever                               101
  Burial of the Harbinger in Hebron                             117
  Burial of Jesus in Joseph’s tomb                              171
  Busybodies seek faults in others                              100


  C

  Caesarea--Philippi, Christines in                             128
  Caiaphas, Jesus in palace of                                  165
  Camel, a present to Jesus                                      37
  Capernaum, Christines in                                       71
  Car of Jagernath at Katak                                      26
  Carnal man’s rule of life                                     100
  Carnal thoughts defile the mind                               126
  Carnal self, Jesus’ temptation                                 65
  Care of God for every thing                                   109
  Caring for the helpless                                        74
  Carpenter, Jesus serves as                                     20
  Castes, Brahmic priest explains                                24
  Castes, Jesus reveals injustice of                             24
  Cause of afflictions                                          138
  Censures Jesus for healing, Priest                            140
  Ceremonial forms are symbols                                   35
  Comforter, Holy Breath, promised                              161
  Coming Age, its needs                                          35
  Coming trials of Apostles, Jesus foretold                     127
  Commits to John care of his Mother and Miriam, Jesus          170
  Common people, Jesus abides with                               24
  Common people become guests                                   153
  Common people receive Jesus                                    73
  Courtesans and thieves, Jesus sits with                        27
  Conclusion of Jesus’ Galilean ministry                        149
  Confession of faith, Andrew                                    66
  Confession of faith, Nathaniel                                 66
  Confession of faith, Philip                                    66
  Confession of faith, Peter                                     66
  Confession of faith, the people                                68
  Confession of faith, Lamaas                                    80
  Confession of faith, Bethlehemites                             77
  Confession of faith, Samaritan woman                           81
  Confession of faith, Samaritans                                82
  Confession of faith essential                                 109
  Confession of faith not to be bought                          107
  Confession of faith, the healed blind man                     139
  Confession of Peter: “Thou art the Christ”                    128
  Chaldea, Jesus in                                              42
  Charge to Mary and Elizabeth by Elihu                           7
  Charge, the final to Mary and Elizabeth by Elihu               12
  Charge to Jesus by Brotherhood Hierophant                      48
  Charge to the Apostles                                        122
  Charge to the foreign Masters                                 122
  Charge to the seventy                                         133
  Charges against Jesus read                                    165
  Child the symbol of greatness                                 131
  Children sing praises of Jesus                                151
  Christ; theme of sixth postulate, Matheno                      59
  Christ in Jesus eulogized                                      79
  Christ in Jesus explained by John                              79
  Christ in the heart essential                                  79
  Christ the Bread of Life                                      125
  Christ flesh and blood                                        125
  Christ the Rock                                               128
  Christ recognized by voice from heaven                        129
  Christ a name of power                                        182
  Christ the shepherd                                           136
  Christine consciousness                                        71
  Christines in Nazareth Synagogue                               86
  Christines in Cana                                             87
  Christines in Capernaum                                   93, 118
  Christines in Jesus’ house                                    102
  Christines in Mary’s home                                     112
  Christines in Philip’s house                                  116
  Christines in Nazareth                                        121
  Christine church opened                                       182
  Christines in Jericho                                         149
  Christines on Mount of Olives                                 157
  Chuzas and Jesus                                              123
  Conflicts precede peace                                       113
  Congratulates his disciples, Jesus                            140
  Conqueror of carnal self                                      142
  Consecration of Jesus                                           4
  Consecration, Jesus’ lesson to disciples on                   112
  Consecration of Apostles                                       89
  Conscience stricken Judas returns bribe money                 169
  Constant preparation                                          157
  Courtesan at feast in Simon’s house                           104
  Courtesan shows gratitude                                     104
  Courtesan’s sins forgiven                                     104
  Courtesan brought before Jesus                                134
  Courtesan and Publicans at feast of God                       153
  Covetousness is theft                                          98
  Coward, the man who fights                                     97
  Circle; its meaning                                            48
  Cross must be borne                                           129
  Cross, each must bear his own                                 142
  Cross the sea, Christines                                117, 124
  Crippled healed tells the news                                 91
  Crippled man sought healing waters                             91
  Crucifixion not permitted                                     168
  Crucifixion, Jesus’ secret lesson on                          127
  Cruelty of sacrifice                                           19
  Crumbs, twelve baskets full gathered                          124


  D

  Darkness intense on Calvary                                   171
  David’s cave home of the Harbinger                              1
  Dawn of Peace, Lamaas’ question                               113
  Day of the Lord                                               157
  Day Star                                                   14, 88
  Death of Jesus’ father                                         30
  Death and burial of Elizabeth                                  15
  Death, Matheno’s lesson on                                     15
  Death, Jesus defines it                                       120
  Dead should care for the dead                                 117
  Deeds are seeds that grow                                     100
  Defends Judas, Jesus                                          164
  Defends Mary’s act                                            159
  Defends a man for taking bread                                132
  Defends healing on the Sabbath                                141
  Defilement creature of the heart                              129
  Delphic Oracle speaks                                          45
  Demonstration an illusion                                     107
  Demonstration, Jesus promises one                             107
  Denies his Lord thrice, Peter                                 165
  Denial of Peter, Jesus’ prophecy                              161
  Departure of Jesus foretold                                   162
  Departs by night from Benares                                  31
  Departing glory of Jerusalem, lamentation                     151
  Destruction of Jerusalem foretold                             157
  Destruction of life on Athens beach                            46
  Descent of man, Third Postulate                                58
  Desire inspires words and deeds                               101
  Devil the lower self of man                                     8
  Devil, man the maker                                           39
  Diamond Rule (V. 10)                                          101
  Disappears suddenly, Jesus                                     84
  Disciples deserted their Lord                                 125
  Disease defined by Jesus                                       74
  Divided service, Jesus’ lesson                                105
  Divided house cannot stand                                    106
  Division of the prepared and the unprepared                   145
  Door to feast hall low                                        153
  Dog wounded, cared for by Jesus                                74
  Double-hearted man                                             99
  Doubt causes Peter to sink                                    124
  Dove symbol of peace                                           76
  Drunkard’s child calls on Jesus for help                       92
  Drunkard saved by Jesus                                        92
  Drowned child restored by Jesus                                74
  Duality of the one God                                         97
  Dues, give to Caesar his own                                   73


  E

  Earthquake shakes Calvary                                     171
  Eat grain on Sabbath, Christines                               93
  Eating flesh of Christ                                        125
  Education of John finished                                     61
  Effort, not result, receives credit                           143
  Egotism of Pharisees                                          155
  Egypt, Jesus goes to                                           46
  Elder brother of the prodigal son                             144
  Elihu and Salome entertain Joseph, Mary and Jesus               5
  Elijah reincarnates as the Harbinger                          129
  Embalmed body of Jesus                                        171
  Empty tomb found by woman                                     173
  Ensnare Jesus by his words, plan to                           108
  Ephraim hills, Christines in                                  148
  Epileptic obsessed child                                      130
  Epileptic obsessed child healed by Jesus                      123
  Escape from Herod, Elizabeth and John                           6
  Esoteric lesson from the carpenter’s tools                     20
  Eulogises the children                                        151
  Euphrates, Jesus crosses the                                   42
  Events all part of God’s plan                                  85
  Evil, its cause                                                31
  Evil a myth                                                     8
  Evil things transmuted by fire                                116
  Evolution explained by Jesus                                   32
  Evolution of sacred scriptures                                 14
  Exaltation, philosophy of                                       9
  Exaltation for those who live the life                        146
  Exaltation of her sons, request of Mary                       146
  Examination of Jesus before Pilate                            167
  Excuses of invited guests                                     141
  Extremity of Peter Jesus’ opportunity                         124


  F

  Failure of the apostles to heal due to carelessness           130
  Faith, its power demonstrated                                  41
  Faith saved child from death                                   36
  Faith defined                                                  22
  Faith the key to all good                                     101
  Faith, the healing balm                                       102
  Faith heals the nobleman’s son                                 87
  Faith the wings of prayer                                     130
  Faith the power of God                                        130
  Faith cannot be bought nor sold                               107
  Faithfulness of Apostles                                      147
  Fall of man explained                                          32
  False witnesses testify; Jesus adjudged guilty                165
  False Christs will deceive many                               157
  Farewell address to Pilate, Jesus’                            163
  Farmer, Jesus abides with one                                  28
  Fast, theme of Jesus’ address                             94, 119
  Fasting may do one good, another harm                         119
  Father gives his son to save                                   36
  Feast in Jerusalem                                       124, 133
  Feast of God, all people must be guests                       141
  Feast of Pharisee in Magdala                                  108
  Feast for Christines, Matthew’s                               119
  Feast for Christines, Lazarus’                                 92
  Feast at home of Simon, a Pharisee                            104
  Feast of God                                                  153
  Feast to Magian god                                            39
  Feast of Joachim and Anna                                      16
  Feast in Jerusalem, Jesus present at                       18, 19
  Feast, Mary makes for Jesus                                    43
  Feast of Ravanna in Nazareth                                   21
  Feast of Ach at Bahar                                          27
  Feast of Udraka                                                28
  Feast, Paschal at Jerusalem                                    72
  Fear and unbelief asses that bind man’s will                   92
  Festival at Jerusalem                                          90
  Final lessons of Jesus                                        163
  Fire, Bethany in flames                                        92
  Fire controlled by Jesus’ word                                 92
  Fish, a multitude caught                                       88
  Five thousand fed                                             124
  Flesh not immortal, may be dissolved                          109
  Flowing spring near Persepolis                                 41
  Fly across the sea, demand of Pharisees                       107
  Foe of John, is Jesus one?                                     79
  Followers of John become disciples                             66
  Food does not defile the mind                                 126
  Force, Intelligence and Love                                   58
  Foreign plants are Scribes and Pharisees                      126
  Forerunner of Jesus, John                                      63
  Forgiveness of sins is healing                                 90
  Forgiveness the paying of debts                                94
  Forgiveness, its meaning                                   13, 36
  Found in the Temple, Jesus                                     20
  Fountain of the temple, Jesus bathes in                        47
  Four thousand fed                                             128
  Freed, all Gadara was                                         118
  Freedom, theme of Jesus’ address                               86
  Friendship result of kindness                                  83
  Fruitless fig tree made to wither                             105
  Fulfilling the law                                             95


  G

  Gadara, Christines in                                         118
  Garden of Siloam, Jesus’ tomb                                 172
  Garments divided by soldiers                                  170
  Gethsemane, Jesus in                                          163
  Gennesaret, Christines in valley of                           128
  Geracines, Christines in                                      114
  Gift of anything, Herod’s offer to Salome                     117
  Give Caesar his own: give God his own                         155
  God; the One, the three, the seven                              9
  God’s remembrance day, Thursday                               160
  God is spirit                                                  81
  Golden Rule                                                68, 97
  Good and Evil                                                 119
  Greatest master yet to come                                    14
  Greatest in the sight of God                                  131
  Greatest commandment                                          155
  Greatness, Jesus’ lesson on                                   131
  Grecian masters, Jesus teaches                                 45
  Grecian Jews call on Jesus                                    156
  Greece, Jesus in                                               44
  Groves of Cyrus, Jesus in                                      40
  Growth of man in carnal soul                                   58
  Guards of Herod torture Jesus                                 167
  Guardian spirit for every child                               131
  Guests of child Jesus at feast                                 16
  Guest without a wedding robe                                  154


  H

  Hair, Mary wipes Jesus’ feet with her                         159
  Happiness is near for man of faith                             33
  Harbinger John, Matheno’s charge to                            15
  Harbinger paves the way                                        62
  Haughty guests would not kneel                                153
  Healing art; Jesus teaches Ajainin                             37
  Healing fount of Persepolis                                    41
  Healing art; Udraka’s lesson                                   23
  Healing not paying debts                                      138
  Healing on Sabbath defended                       74, 91, 93, 140
  Heals in Gennesaret                                           125
  Heals infant in Leh, Jesus                                     36
  Heals child by Persian fount                                   41
  Heals a woman                                                 140
  Heals in the temple                                       74, 152
  Heals withered hand                                            93
  Healing virtue of Bethesda                                     91
  Healing virtue is faith                                        91
  Healing on Sabbath resented                                74, 93
  Healing methods described                                      74
  Head of John given to Salome                                  117
  Hebron, Jesus in                                               77
  Heliopolis, Jesus in temple of                                 47
  Hell, here and now                                             33
  Herod Antipas                                               1, 85
  Herod and the wise men                                          5
  Herod hears charges                                           167
  Herod sends John to Pilate                                    167
  Herod orders Jesus crucified                                  168
  Herod’s death                                                   6
  Herodias, immoral woman                                        85
  Hero, man who answers not                                      97
  Heresy of John                                                 85
  Henchman of courts                                            111
  Helpfulness to others                                         100
  Help for storm-wrecked sailors                                114
  Hierophant receives Jesus                                      47
  History of Jesus told by Hillel                                21
  Historic address by Peter                                     182
  Holy Breath as a dove                                          64
  Holy Breath, thought of heaven                                  9
  Holy Breath, fill this child                                   36
  Holy Breath, mission to the world                             162
  Holy Breath fills the air                                     126
  Holy Breath, the teacher                                 109, 128
  Holy Breath will come again                                   105
  Holy Breath, Jesus bathes in                                   79
  Holy Breath consciousness                                      65
  Home life, Ruth’s lesson                                       77
  Homeless boy cared for by Jesus                                74
  Home of Jesus in Capernaum                                     87
  Honor to Father and Mother                                     97
  Hypocrisy, Jesus’ lesson on                                   126
  Hypocrisy will blight soul                                    105
  Hypocrisy of Pharisees                                        108
  Hungry in wilderness                                           65


  I

  Identity of Jesus considered                                  128
  Idolatry condemned                                             96
  Ignorant learned men                                          104
  Impartial God cares for all                                    99
  Impartiality of God                                            82
  Impartiality of God, child Jesus’ lesson                       17
  Imprisonment of the Harbinger                                  85
  Incessant work of Jesus                                       105
  Indignation of ten Apostles                                   146
  Infant saved from flames by Jesus                              92
  Inn at Mount Olives                                            91
  Inner light that cannot fail                                  128
  Inner life revealed to disciples                              144
  Inscription above the cross                                   170


  J

  Jaganath, Jesus in                                             22
  Jairus’ daughter dies                                         120
  Jealous brothers of Jesus                                      43
  Jealousy unknown in Brotherhood of Right                       83
  Jericho, John with Alpheus in                                  63
  Jerusalem, Jesus’ prophetic address                           157
  Jesus, birth of                                                 3
  Jesus meets the Harbinger                                      64
  Jesus a man, not a God                                         26
  Jewish mob demand Jesus’ death                                168
  Jewish soldiers guard Jesus’ tomb                             171
  John, birth and childhood                                       2
  John in the trial chamber                                     165
  John with Massalian                                           164
  Johavehe                                                      138
  Jonah and the fish                                            107
  Journey to Egypt                                                5
  Journey to their homes, Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Elizabeth, John   12
  Journey through Sidon and Lebanon hills                        12
  Journey of Jesus through Caesarea                             123
  Joseph stands in Jesus’ defense                               147
  Joseph and Nicodemus bury Jesus                               171
  Jubilee in Kapavista                                           34
  Judas censures Mary                                           159
  Judas treasurer of Christines                                 159
  Judas with mob that abused Jesus                              169
  Judas hangs himself on city walls                             169
  Jude, Jesus at home of in Jerusalem                            72


  K

  Kashmar, Jesus in vale of                                      37
  Kaspar, Persian Sage                                           38
  Kaspar states needs of Persia                                  56
  Kaspar’s home by Caspian Sea                                   42
  Kedron, Jesus and the twelve meet at                          163
  Keys of safety for men given to Peter                         128
  King, people believe that Jesus was born to be                 72
  Kingdom of the soul                                       71, 129
  Kingdom, Jesus’ address on                                    145
  Kingdom to a new people                                       154
  Kingdom, Jesus tells Ajainin about it                          29
  Kingdom; its gate is low                                       29
  Kingdom, subjects must be pure                                 29
  Kiss, sign of identity                                        159
  Knowledge measure of crime                                    100


  L

  Ladak, Jesus in Leh                                            36
  Lahore, Jesus in the city of                                   37
  Lamaas meets John at Salem                                     80
  Lamaas meets Jesus at Jordan ford                              80
  Lamaas friend of Jesus                                         22
  Lamb, symbol of innocence                                      76
  Lamps of God, the disciples                                    95
  Last passover of Jesus and the twelve                         160
  Law of God recognizes desires only                             95
  Law, its letter forbids killing                                97
  Law, its spirit recognizes the desire to kill, the sin         97
  Law, universal application                                     14
  Lawyers’ injustice exposed by Jesus                           108
  Lawyers for gain plead against innocence                      108
  Lawyers argue in Jesus’ trial                                 166
  Lazarus sick in Bethany                                       148
  Lazarus dead, Jesus tells Apostles                            148
  League with Beelzebul                                         106
  Leaven of Pharisees; Jesus’ lesson                            109
  Letter of Jesus to his mother                                  30
  Liberates birds and lambs                                 72, 152
  Light about Jesus not comprehended                             40
  Listening, Mary chose the better part                         136
  Living Oracle                                                  45
  Living people may help the dead                               128
  Logos as Love manifest                                         65
  Logos, the perfect word                                        48
  Logos in the council of the sages                              57
  Lost; Jesus not with kindred                                   20
  Love manifest by Jesus                                          7
  Love the savior of the world                                8, 75
  Love the balm of life                                          41
  Love, Jesus’ Paschal address on                               161
  Love defined by spiritual law                                  98
  Love fulfils the law                                          155
  Love banishes lustful thoughts                                143
  Lying defined by the laws of man                               99
  Lying defined by spiritual law                                 99
  Lying possible by look or act                                  99


  M

  Magdala, Christines in                                        106
  Malchus; Peter wounds him                                     164
  Man with a pitcher                                            160
  Man of faith breathes in Christ                               126
  Man has powers of God                                          92
  Man defined by Jesus                                           22
  Manuscripts of Lassa                                           36
  Many called; few chosen                                       153
  Marriage feast of Pharisee                                    141
  Marriage feast in Cana                                         70
  Marriage defined by man                                        98
  Marriage defined by God                                        98
  Marriage, man’s relation to                                   143
  Marriage, Jesus’ lesson on                                     70
  Marriage and lust                                             143
  Mars, a Cretan vessel                                          46
  Mart, the beggar                                              107
  Mary’s birth and childhood                                      1
  Mary and Miriam at tomb                                       173
  Massalian, Jesus with                                         139
  Massacre of young children                                      6
  Masters of old and Jesus                                      123
  Master at resurrection                                        172
  Master tells of Jesus’ return                                 180
  Master minds; Delphic Oracle                                   45
  Materialization of Jesus, appearances after death        173, 180
    To his mother and Miriam                                    173
    To the other women                                          173
    To Peter, James and John                                    173
    To disciples at Emmaus                                      174
    To ten apostles in Simon’s house                            175
    To Lazarus, Mary, Martha and Ruth                           175
    To Ravanna and other teachers in India                      176
    To the Magian priests in Persepolis                         176
    To the priests in the temple at Jerusalem                   177
    To Thomas and the other apostles at Simon’s house           177
    To Apollo and the Silent Brotherhood in Greece                7
    To Claudas and Juliet in Rome                               178
    To the priests in temple Heliopolis, Egypt                  178
    To the apostles at Sea of Galilee                           179
    To multitudes of people in Galilee                          179
    To Peter, James and John in Galilee                         179
    To the apostles in Jerusalem                                180
    To the Marys and others on Mount Olives                     180
  Matheno, John’s teacher                                        13
  Matheno states Egypt’s needs                                   57
  Mathias chosen an apostle                                     181
  Memorial, Mary’s act                                          159
  Memorial Supper                                               160
  Meng-ste with Jesus                                            36
  Meng-ste states China’s needs                                  56
  Men of faith control storm                                    117
  Melzone, Persian wise man                                      38
  Merchants driven out of temple                                152
  Merchants of Kashmar                                           37
  Merom, Christines at                                          128
  Message from John to Jesus                                    103
  Messages of John                                           61, 62
  Message of John at Bethany                                     62
  Messages of Silence land                                      158
  Messengers from John                                          108
  Messenger, prophecy of Elihu                                    7
  Messiah defined                                                73
  Mighty works of wicked men                                    101
  Mind, sin a creature of                                       126
  Mission of Jesus to save lost                                  66
  Mission of Jesus                                              135
  Mission of John                                               103
  Missionary tours                                90, 102, 105, 140
  Misfortune their causes                                       114
  Miriam calls on Jesus                                         106
  Miriam’s reincarnation                                        106
  Miriam’s song                             106, 110, 121, 140, 181
  Model prayer                                              94, 137
  Model feast                                                   141
  Mood, their philosophy                                          9
  Monks of Leh                                                   36
  Money changers driven out                                      72
  Mother and brothers of Jesus                                  106
  Mother-in-law of Peter healed                                  89
  Multitude seek Jesus                                          124
  Multitude defends Jesus                                       133
  Murder, Brahmic priests try                                    31
  Mystery of marriage                                           155


  N

  Name of God not revealed                                       96
  Name of Jesus in temple                                        48
  Narrow is the perfect way                                     101
  Narrow way to life                                            141
  Nazarite, John the Harbinger                                   15
  Nazareth, Jesus would not teach in                             69
  Nazareth, Jesus at home                                        43
  Necessity above law                                            93
  Neglected opportunities                                       103
  Neighbor the one who shows mercy                              136
  New Age creeds                                                 36
  New wine burst old bottles                                    120
  Nicodemus visits Jesus                                         75
  Nicodemus sees the light                                       75
  Nicodemus in Jesus’ defense                                   134
  Nicodemus’ home, supper to the Lord                           160
  Nicodemus pleads for Jesus in trial                           166
  Non-resistance, law of spiritual life                          97
  Non-resistance, evidence of willing sacrifice                 127
  Not guilty; Pilate’s verdict                                  167
  Number and name of an evil spirit                             118
  Number of a soul                                              134


  O

  Oaths change no conditions                                     99
  Obsessed man freed by Jesus                      83, 89, 106, 121
  Obsessed man met Christines                                   118
  Obsessed girl freed by Jesus                                  123
  Omnific word heard by apostles                                 89
  Omnipotence of faith                                          153
  One cleansed leper thankful                                   133
  One thing lacking                                             142
  Offence of causing people to fall                             131
  Opportunities; theme of Jesus’ address                        105
  Outer man seen by carnal man                                   71
  Overcoming; promise to disciples                              162


  P

  Palestine under Roman rule                                      1
  Paying debts by healing                                       138
  Parable, Gold mine                                            142
  Parable, Good Samaritan                                       136
  Parable, Good Seed and Tares                                  116
  Parable, Householder and Laborers                             143
  Parable, Householder and Servants                             158
  Parable, Importunate Housewife                                137
  Parable, Importunate Widow                                    145
  Parable, King and Vast Domain                                  73
  Parable, Laborer and Rich Field                                33
  Parable, Leaven                                               116
  Parable, Lost Sheep                                           131
  Parable, Marriage Feast                                       154
  Parable, Nobleman and Unjust Sons                              25
  Parable, Pharisee and Publican                                145
  Parable, Prodigal Son                                         144
  Parable, Rich man and Great Harvest                           111
  Parable, Rich Man’s Feast                                     153
  Parable, Rich Man and His Feast                               141
  Parable, Rich Man and Lazarus                                 142
  Parable, Righteous King and Sons                               36
  Parable, Seed and its Growth                             140, 116
  Parable, Sower                                                116
  Parable, Ten Servants and Pounds                              149
  Parable, Ten Virgins                                          158
  Parable, Treasures in Field                                   116
  Parable, Stalks with Broken Blades                             27
  Parable, Unkept Vineyard                                       34
  Parable, Wheat and Tares explained                            116
  Paschal Supper, preparation                                   160
  Password of man is character                                   95
  Patience and readiness                                        111
  Parting words of Jesus                                        161
  Patron of Jesus, Ravanna                                       21
  Peace, Jesus’ address on                                      113
  Pearl of greatest price                                       142
  Pentecost                                                     182
  Perfect man, Jesus                                             59
  Perfect age; no rites                                          35
  Perfect age; all people priests                                35
  Perfection of man, Seventh Postulate                           59
  Persia, Persepolis, Jesus in                                   38
  Peter afraid in outer court                                   165
  Peter walks on the water                                      124
  Pharisees censure Christines                                   93
  Phenomena hunters carnal                                      107
  Phenomena of Holy Breath                                      182
  Philo states Jewish needs                                      57
  Philo pleads for Jesus                                         72
  Physical body not the man                                     126
  Picture of Holy Breath                                         96
  Pilate protects Christines                                    181
  Pilate would save Jesus’ life                                 163
  Pilate, Jesus taken before                                    166
  Pillars of the Church                                          95
  Plea for help in home affairs                                 111
  Plea of Pilate for Jesus to flee                              163
  Plea of Jesus before Caiaphas                                 166
  Platform from which Jesus speaks                              154
  Potter’s field bought                                         169
  Porch of temple, great meeting in                             147
  Power of Jesus                                                 31
  Power defined by Jesus                                         22
  Power of faith                                                130
  Power of God not recognized                                   130
  Power of God casting evil spirits out                         106
  Pray, Christines go apart to                              94, 109
  Pray, Jesus teaches Lazarus to                                137
  Prayed in sacred grove, Jesus                                  84
  Prayer to idols for help                                       46
  Prayer no sign of saintship                                   101
  Prayer, effectual                                              46
  Prayer of the envious not heard                               153
  Prayer of Jesus for disciples                       140, 150, 162
  Prayer, power demonstrated                                     89
  Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane                                 163
  Prayer of Jesus for his murderers                             170
  Prayer, importunate                                           137
  Prayer, unceasing                                             145
  Prayer, Jesus’ address on                                      94
  Prayer of consecration                                         89
  Prayer, Salome’s lesson on                                     12
  Prayer, the Samaritan’s                                        84
  Praying alone, Jesus                                           90
  Preaches at Jordan ford, Jesus                                 78
  Priesthood can not be reformed                                120
  Priests enraged at Jesus                                       91
  Prince of Peace will come                                     157
  Proof of Jesus’ messiahship                                    69
  Prophecy concerning Chaldea                                    42
  Prophecies of Gabriel                                           2
  Prophecy of aged widow                                          1
  Prophet without honor                                          69
  Protects, Jesus, Lamaas                                        24
  Pruner, blessed work                                           34
  Pupils at Zoan--Mary and Elizabeth                              7
  Purity essential                                               68
  Purity demanded                                               126
  Purity manifest by John                                         7
  Purifying fires                                               116


  Q

  Questions at Jesus’ trial                                     165


  R

  Raising the widow’s son                                       102
  Ravanna with Jesus in Nazareth                                 21
  Reads the scriptures in the temple                             68
  Readiness to meet the Lord                                    145
  Rebukes wealthy Pharisee                                      140
  Reception Robes                                               112
  Reconciliation                                                 97
  Reform the priesthood, Nicodemus’ plea                        120
  Reincarnation affirmed by Jesus                                37
  Rejected stone becomes capstone                               154
  Repudiates claim to carnal kingship                            72
  Reputation an illusion                                         27
  Request of Mary not granted                                   146
  Resentment strengthens wrath                                  113
  Resistance the sire of anger                                   97
  Responsible for use of thought                                109
  Restores Jairus’ child to life                                120
  Rested in desert place, Christines                            124
  Resurrection of Lazarus                                       148
  Resurrection of Lazarus perturbs priests                      148
  Resurrection of Jesus                                         172
  Responsibility of man                                          14
  Revealers of light--Jesus and John                              7
  Revolution feared by Brahmic priests                           31
  Rewards, God’s method of giving                               143
  Rich young man seeks Jesus                                    142
  Right is king and will at last reign                          113
  Righteousness the Judge                                       158
  Rock, Jesus calls Peter the                                    66
  Rolls of Graphael                                             158
  Roman seal on tomb of Jesus                                   172
  Roman captain’s servant healed                                102
  Ruth distressed                                                77
  Ruth and Asher at Lazarus’ feast                               92


  S

  Sacrifice, giving to the needy                                 28
  Sacrifice, serving everything                                  28
  Sacrifice of self                                              35
  Sacrifice, Jesus’ address on                                  121
  Sad toilers in India                                           33
  Safe retreat, Jesus had none                                  117
  Sages at Philo’s home                                          56
  Sakara, Egyptian school                                        15
  Salim, John preaching at                                       79
  Salim springs                                                 146
  Salome’s dance pleases Herod                                  117
  Salvation defined                                              22
  Samaria, Christines in                                     81, 84
  Samaritans at Jacob’s well                                     82
  Sanhedrim hear charges                                        166
  Save the lost, Jesus’ mission                                 131
  Saving sinners, Jesus’ address on                             119
  Saving life by giving life                                    129
  Savior of the world, resist not                               127
  Scheme to apprehend Jesus                                     159
  School, Elihu and Salome                                        7
  School of Chris                                           87, 103
  Schools of Egypt                                               11
  Scroll of temple brotherhood                                   48
  Scribes question Jesus                                        126
  Scribes and Pharisees try to kill Jesus                       135
  Sea of Galilee, Christines by                                  88
  Searching for Jesus in mountain                               128
  Secret lesson to apostles                                128, 158
  Secret sins exposed                                            27
  Secret place for prayer, Jesus’                                39
  Secret place in Decapolis                                     127
  Seize Judas, Apostles                                         164
  Self exaltation, Jesus’ lesson on                        141, 146
  Self laudation brings abasement                               145
  Selfs, the two                                                  8
  Selfish ones find gate locked                                 141
  Selfishness, Jesus’ lesson on selfishness of the people  108, 125
  Sense of right in every man                                   111
  Senses sense what seems to be                                  71
  Seven, the number of all                                      133
  Seven hours in prayer                                         158
  Seven days’ silence, the Sages’                                56
  Seven days’ silence, the Harbinger                             61
  Seven postulates                                               58
  Seven, its meaning                                             48
  Seven days prayer, the Christines                             122
  Seven baskets full taken up                                   128
  Seven, number of Holy Breath                                   96
  Sevens of time in God’s hands                                  96
  Seventy sent out                                              133
  Seventy return                                                140
  Seventy, number of God and man                                133
  Seventy’s missionary tour                                     133
  Sermon on the Mount                                       95, 101
  Service basis of Judgment                                     158
  Service, acceptable                                            26
  Serve God by serving man                                       96
  Serving two masters                                            99
  Sheep gate                                                     91
  Sheep and Goats                                               158
  Shepherds in hills, Jesus with                                 76
  Shepherd’s home in Bethlehem                                   76
  Shinar, Plains of                                              43
  Sick healed in Bethlehem                                       76
  Sick servant of Asher healed                                   78
  Sick healed at Sychar                                          83
  Sick woman healed by thought                                   84
  Sick son of nobleman healed                                    87
  Sick and obsessed healed at Capernaum                          89
  Signs not seen before                                         157
  Signs demanded of Jesus                                        86
  Silence, Jesus’ lesson on                                      40
  Silence in the courts of Heaven                               158
  Silence, Jesus and disciples sit in                            66
  Silent Brotherhood                                    38, 87, 172
  Silent prayer, Christines                                     182
  Simeon’s prophecy                                               4
  Simon of Cyrene, cross bearer                                 168
  Sin against Holy Breath                                       105
  Sin and sickness synonymous                                    90
  Sins of priesthood, Jesus’ lesson                              72
  Sinless man called to stand                                   134
  Sinless man not found                                         134
  Sin, Jesus crosses                                             37
  Sleeping disciples                                            163
  Sly fox, Jesus calls Herod                                    141
  Soldiers charge Silent Brotherhood                            172
  Soldiers bribed by priests                                    172
  Son of man will come                                          145
  Sons of God, Jesus’ lesson on                             91, 147
  Songs on the mount                                            129
  Sonnets of the dead                                           117
  Sorrowing rich young man                                      142
  Soul communion                                                 84
  Soul not immortal                                             109
  Soul of Jesus with apostles                                   127
  Specialists in sin                                             68
  Spirit truth is new, must expand                              120
  Spirit consciousness                                          124
  Spirit law abhorred by man                                    100
  Spirit control, the law revealed                               37
  Spirit, light and purity                                      107
  Spirit immortal                                               109
  Spirits of wind and wave                                      117
  Spiritual man, ethics of                                      100
  Standard law of judging crime, no                             132
  Statement of Jesus before Pilate                              167
  Stealing bread, trial of man for                              132
  Stewards of God’s wealth                                      111
  Stone Jesus, Jews attempt to                                  147
  Storm on Sea of Galilee                                  117, 124
  Strength through effort                                        46
  Strength and wisdom fill Jesus                                104
  Striving of the apostles                                      160
  Substitute for Holy Name                                       96
  Susanna’s guests, Christines                                  128
  Swearing prohibited                                            99
  Sychar, Jesus teaches in                                       83


  T

  Tao, God of the Orient                                          9
  Tax paid by Jesus and Peter                                   131
  Tax money in fish’s mouth                                     131
  Teacher of Jesus, Mary                                         16
  Teacher of Jesus, Barachia                                     17
  Teaches doctors and lawyers, Jesus                             19
  Teaches from a boat, Jesus                                    115
  Teacher who is wise                                           101
  Temple courts, Jesus teaches in                          133, 130
  Temple of God is the heart                                     81
  Temple priests invite Jesus                                    29
  Temperance lesson by John                                      62
  Temperance lesson by Jesus                                     92
  Temptations of Jesus in Egypt                               48-55
    First temptation--Hypocrisy                                  48
    First victory                                                48
    First Brotherhood degree--Sincerity                          48
    Second temptation--Prejudice                                 49
    Second victory                                               49
    Second Brotherhood degree                                    49
    Third temptation--Unbelief                                   50
    Third victory                                                50
    Third Brotherhood degree--Faith                              50
    Fourth temptation--Selfishness                               51
    Fourth victory                                               51
    Fourth Brotherhood degree--Philanthropy                      51
    Fifth temptation--Fear                                       52
    Fifth victory                                                52
    Fifth Brotherhood degree                                     52
    Sixth temptation--Carnal love                                53
    Sixth victory                                                53
    Sixth Brotherhood degree                                     53
    Seventh temptation--Emotion                                  54
    Seventh victory                                              54
    Seventh Brotherhood degree--The Christ                       55
  Temptations of Jesus in the Wilderness                         65
    First; to demonstrate power over earth substances.
    Second; to demonstrate power over the air.
    Third; to demonstrate power over men through wealth.
  Tempting thoughts                                              65
  Ten Commands; is there a greatest                              17
  Ten Commandments                                               96
  Ten is the number of God                                      133
  Ten lepers cleansed                                            13
  Testimonies must all be in                                    167
  Thanks to God                                                 140
  Thankfulness of Jesus                                         194
  Theft defined by man                                           98
  Theft defined by God                                           98
  Thirty pieces of silver                                       159
  Thought--the First Postulate                                   58
  Thought the greatest power on earth                            84
  Thought, Jesus’ lesson on                                      84
  Three thousand baptized                                       182
  Tibet, Jesus in                                                36
  Tigres and Euphrates                                           42
  Toil should bring happiness                                    33
  Tombs of Gadara                                               118
  Tongues of fire                                               182
  Transfiguration of Jesus                                      129
  Treasures in heaven                                            99
  Treasures, anchor of the soul                                  99
  Tree without fruit cut down                                   105
  Treasure box of Christines                                    114
  Tree known by its fruit                                       101
  Trial hour for apostles                                       161
  Triumphant entry into Jerusalem                               151
  Tribute to Caesar                                             155
  Tribulations indescribable                                    157
  Trust in God; He will care                                     99
  Truth, defined by Jesus                                        22
  Truth, the leavening power                                     10
  Truth, spoken in kindness                                     111
  Tuesday, Jesus in Jerusalem                                   153
  Twelve is the number of the Jew                               133
  Tyre, Jesus in                                                123


  U

  Unbelief precludes great work                                  86
  Unclean spirits afraid of Jesus                               118
  Unclean spirits obey Jesus                                    118
  Unclean spirits in animals                                    118
  Unclean animals drowned in sea                                118
  Unfoldment, Jesus’ lesson on                                   25
  Unity of God and man                                           84
  Unity of God, foundation of law                                96
  Universal Brotherhood                                      28, 81
  Universal Fatherhood                                           28
  Universal Church                                               60
  Universal family                                              106
  Unrest in Jerusalem                                           134
  Ur of Chaldea, Jesus in                                        42
  Unsuccessful fishermen                                         88
  Upbraids disciples for striving                               160
  Upbraids Judas for treachery                                  164
  Upper gate of consciousness                                   142


  V

  Vidyapati endorses Jesus                                       32
  Vidyapati states needs of India                                56
  Vigilance essential                                           112
  Vine and branches                                         87, 161
  Virtue of healing waters                                       41
  Virtue the salt of life                                       131
  Virtueless people lost                                        131
  Vision of Pilate’s wife                                       167
  Vision of Jesus                                                16
  Voice from heaven testifies                                    64
  Vow of Secret Brotherhood                                      47


  W

  Wages based on intent                                         143
  Walked on water, Jesus                                        124
  Walked on water, Peter                                        124
  Wandering musicians                                            37
  Washes his hands in innocence, Pilate                         168
  Washed not hands before eating                                108
  Way to Christ, Jesus’ address on                              129
  Wealth of earth hinders progress                              112
  Wealth within the heart                                        33
  Wealth of soul is purity                                      111
  Wednesday, Jesus and twelve in Mount Olives                   158
  Wept over Jerusalem, Jesus                                    151
  White, symbol of virtue and purity                             76
  Wicked spirit sent to its own place                            83
  Wife of Pilate urges non-interference                         167
  Will, faith, helpfulness and love, Fifth Postulate             59
  Wilderness, place of Jesus’ self-examination                   65
  Wine, water changed into                                       70
  Wise men visit Jesus                                            5
  Wise men return home                                            5
  Wise men meet Jesus in Persepolis                              38
  Wisdom defined by Jesus                                        22
  Wisdom of Jesus attracts Ravanna                               21
  Withered fig tree, Jesus’ lesson on                           153
  Woes described by Jesus                                        95
  Woes on cities of Galilee                                103, 156
  Wolves in sheep’s clothing                                    101
  Woman with hemorrhage healed                                  120
  Woman of Samaria at Jacob’s well                               81
  Words may hide a lie                                           99
  Words of Jesus upon the cross                                 171
  Work of seven sages                                            56
  Worth of a soul                                               129
  Worth of the soul, its measure                                111
  Wounded Malchus healed by Jesus                               164


  Y

  Yoke of Christ easy                                           104


  Z

  Zacharias and Elizabeth home, near Hebron                       2
  Zaccheus called to entertain Jesus                            149
  Zaccheus tells story of own life                              149
  Zarathustra; philosophy and works                              10
  Zara, Persian wise man                                         38
  Zoan, Jesus in                                                 47



THE AQUARIAN GOSPEL

OF JESUS THE CHRIST.



SECTION I.

ALEPH.

_Birth and Early Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus._


CHAPTER 1.

    _Palestine. Birth of Mary. Joachim’s feast. Mary is blest by
      the priests. His prophecy. Mary abides in the temple. Is
      betrothed to Joseph._

Augustus Cæsar reigned and Herod Antipas was ruler of Jerusalem.

2  Three provinces comprised the land of Palestine: 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 honor of the child; but he invited not the
rich, the honored and the great; he called the poor, the halt, the
lame, the blind, and to each one he gave a gift of raiment, food, or
other needful thing.

6  He said, The Lord has given me this wealth; I am his steward by his
grace, and if I give not to his children when in need, then he will
make this wealth a curse.

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 honored prophet and a
master of the law; she shall abide within this holy temple of the Lord.

10  And Mary did abide within the temple of the Lord; and Hillel, chief
of the Sanhedrim, taught her all the precepts of the Jews, and she
delighted in the law of God.

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 John, the Harbinger, and of Jesus._


CHAPTER 2.

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

Near Hebron in the hills of Judah, Zacharias and Elizabeth abode.

2  They were devout 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 Lord 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 God, 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 Lord;
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 Lord; his name is John.

11  He will be honored in the sight of God, 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 in
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 God; 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 Jesus, 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 God, 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 God, 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 the infant John, and said,

24  You will 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 shadowland, and
guide our feet unto the ways of peace.


CHAPTER 3.

    _Birth of Jesus. Masters honor the child. The shepherds
      rejoice. Zacharias and Elizabeth visit Mary. Jesus is
      circumcised._

The time was nearly due for Jesus 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 yours, Immanuel.

8  Now, on the hills of Bethlehem 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
Bethlehem 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 God 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 honor 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 wondrous things that had
transpired. The people joined with them in praising God.

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 Jesus, as the man of God declared.


CHAPTER 4.

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

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 God.

4  From early youth he had been looking for Immanuel to come, and he
had prayed to God that he might not depart until his eyes had seen
Messiah in the flesh.

5  And when he saw the infant Jesus 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 God.

9  And when she saw the infant Jesus she exclaimed, Behold Immanuel!
Behold the signet cross of the Messiah on his brow!

10  And then the woman knelt to worship him, as God 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 God; him only shall you serve.

13  The woman rose and bowed her head in thankfulness and worshipped
God.

14  And Mary took the infant Jesus and returned to Bethlehem.


CHAPTER 5.

    _Three magian priests honor Jesus. 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 Jesus and flee into Egypt._

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 honor
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 Euphrates we saw his star arise,
and we have come to honor 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 honor him.

15  The magians went their way and found the child with Mary in the
shepherd’s home.

16  They honored 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 Jesus 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._

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 Jesus 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 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 God,
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 Lord will save my soul.

17  The guards again returned and told the king what Zacharias said.

18  Now, Zacharias stood before the altar 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 Lord.

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._

The son of Herod, Archelaus, reigned in Jerusalem. He was a selfish,
cruel king; he put to death all those who did not honor him.

2  He called in council all the wisest men and asked about the infant
claimant to his throne.

3  The council said that John and Jesus both were dead; then he was
satisfied.

4  Now Joseph, Mary and their son were down in Egypt in Zoan, and John
was with his mother in the Judean hills.

5  Elihu and Salome sent messengers in haste to find Elizabeth and
John. They found them and they brought them to Zoan.

6  Now, Mary and Elizabeth were marveling much because of their
deliverance.

7  Elihu said, It is not strange; there are no 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 yourselves thrice
blest, for you are chosen mothers of long promised sons,

11  Who are ordained to lay in solid rock a sure foundation stone on
which the temple of the perfect man shall rest--a temple that shall
never be destroyed.

12  We measure time by cycle ages, and the gate to every age we deem a
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 God in man;

14  And these, your sons, will be the first to tell the news, and
preach the gospel of good will to men, and peace on earth.

15  A mighty work is theirs; for carnal men want not the light; they
love the dark, and when the light shines in the dark they comprehend
it not.

16  We call these sons, Revealers of the Light; but they must have the
light before they can reveal the light.

17  And you must teach your sons, and set their souls on fire with love
and holy zeal, and make them conscious of their missions to the sons
of men.

18  Teach them that God and man were one; but that through carnal
thoughts and words and deeds, man tore himself away from God; debased
himself.

19  Teach that the Holy Breath would make them one again, restoring
harmony and peace;

20  That naught can make them one but love; that God so loved the world
that he has clothed his son in flesh that man may comprehend.

21  The only Savior of the world is love, and Jesus, son of Mary,
comes to manifest that love to men.

22  Now, love cannot be manifest until its way has been prepared, and
naught can rend the rocks and bring down lofty hills and fill the
valleys up, and thus prepare the way, but purity.

23  But purity in life men do not comprehend; and so, it, too, must
come in flesh.

24  And you, Elizabeth, are blest because your son is purity made
flesh, and he shall pave the way for love.

25  This age will comprehend but little of the works of Purity and
Love; but not a word is lost, for in the Book of God’s Remembrance a
registry is made of every thought, and word, and deed;

26  And when the world is ready to receive, lo, God will send a
messenger to open up the book and copy from its sacred pages all the
messages of Purity and Love.

27  Then every man of earth will read the words of life in language of
his native land, and men will see the light, walk in the light and be
the light.

28  And man again will be at one with God.


CHAPTER 8.

    _Elihu’s lessons. The unity of life. The two selfs. The devil.
      Love the savior of men. The David of the light. Goliath of
      the dark._

Again Elihu met his pupils in the sacred grove and said,

2  No man lives unto himself; for every living thing is bound by cords
to every other living thing.

3  Blest are the pure in heart; for they will love and not demand love
in return.

4  They will not do to other men what they would not have other men do
unto them.

5  There are two selfs; the higher and the lower self.

6  The higher self is human spirit clothed with soul, made in the form
of God.

7  The lower self, the carnal self, the body of desires, is a reflexion
of the higher self, distorted by the murky ethers of the flesh.

8  The lower self is an illusion, and will pass away; the higher self
is God in man, and will not pass away.

9  The higher self is the embodiment of truth; the lower self is 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, yourselfs; and when
you well had studied them, and then would ask me what to study next, I
would reply, yourselfs.

15  He who knows well his lower self, knows the illusions of the world,
knows of the things that pass away; and he who knows his higher self,
knows God; knows well the things that cannot pass away.

16  Thrice blessed is the man who has made purity and love his very
own; he has been ransomed from the perils of the lower self and is
himself his higher self.

17  Men seek salvation from an evil that they deem a living monster of
the nether world; and they have gods that are but demons in disguise;
all powerful, yet full of jealousy and hate and lust;

18  Whose favors must be bought with costly sacrifice of fruits, and of
the lives of birds, and animals, and human kind.

19  And yet these gods possess no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no
heart to sympathize, no power to save.

20  This evil is a myth; these gods are made of air, and clothed with
shadows of a thought.

21  The only devil from which men must be redeemed is self, the lower
self. If man would find his devil he must look within; his name is
self.

22  If man would find his savior he must look within; and when the
demon self has been dethroned the savior, Love, will be exalted to the
throne of power.

23  The David of the light is Purity, who slays the strong Goliath of
the dark, and seats the savior, Love, upon the throne.


CHAPTER 9.

    _Salome’s lessons. The man and the woman. Philosophy of human
      moods. The triune God. The Septonate. The God Tao._

Salome taught the lesson of the day. She said, All times are not
alike. Today the words of man may have the greatest power; tomorrow
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 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 so with
lessons of the moon and all the stars.

5  Today one walks in gloom, downhearted and oppressed; tomorrow that
same one is filled with joy.

6  Today the heavens seem full of blessedness and hope; tomorrow hope
has fled, and every plan and purpose comes to naught.

7  Today one wants to curse the very ground on which he treads;
tomorrow he is full of love and praise.

8  Today one hates and scorns and envies and is jealous of the child he
loves; tomorrow he has risen above his carnal self, and breathes forth
gladness and good will.

9  A thousand times men wonder why these heights and depths, these
light hearts and these sad, are found in every life.

10  They do not know that there are teachers everywhere, each busy with
a God-appointed task, and driving home to human hearts the truth.

11  But this is true, and every one receives the lessons that he needs.

12  And Mary said, Today I am in exaltation great; my thoughts and all
my life seem lifted up; why am I thus inspired?

13  Salome replied, This is a day of exaltation; day of worship and of
praise; a day when, in a measure, we may comprehend our Father-God.

14  Then let us study God, the One, the Three, the Seven.

15  Before the worlds were formed all things were One; just Spirit,
Universal Breath.

16  And Spirit breathed, and that which was not manifest became the
Fire and Thought of heaven, the Father-God, the Mother-God.

17  And when the Fire and Thought of heaven in union breathed, their
son, their only son, was born. This son is Love whom men have called
the Christ.

18  Men call the Thought of heaven the Holy Breath.

19  And when the Triune God breathed forth, lo, seven Spirits stood
before the throne. These are the 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._

Elihu taught; he said, In ancient times a people in the East were
worshippers of God, the One, whom they called Brahm.

2  Their laws were just; they lived in peace; they saw the light
within; they walked in wisdom’s ways.

3  But priests with carnal aims arose, who changed the laws to suit the
carnal mind; bound heavy burdens on the poor, and scorned the rules of
right; and so the Brahms became corrupt.

4  But in the darkness of the age a few great masters stood unmoved;
they loved the name of Brahm; they were great beacon lights before the
world.

5  And they preserved inviolate the wisdom of their holy Brahm, and
you may read this wisdom in their sacred books.

6  And in Chaldea, Brahm was known. A pious Brahm named Terah lived in
Ur; his son was so devoted to the Brahmic faith that he was called
A-Brahm; and he was set apart to be the father of the Hebrew race.

7  Now, Terah took his wife and sons and all his flocks and herds to
Haran in the West; here Terah died.

8  And Abram took the flocks and herds, and with his kindred journeyed
further west;

9  And when he reached the Oaks of Morah in the land of Canaan, he
pitched his tents and there abode.

10  A famine swept the land and Abram took his kindred and his flocks
and herds and came to Egypt, and in these fertile plains of Zoan
pitched his tent, and here abode.

11  And men still mark the place where Abram lived--across the plain.

12  You ask why Abram came to Egypt land? This is the cradleland of the
initiate; all secret things belong to Egypt land; and this is why the
masters come.

13  In Zoan Abram taught his science of the stars, and in that sacred
temple over there he learned the wisdom of the wise.

14  And when his lessons all were learned, he took his kindred and his
flocks and herds and journeyed back to Canaan, and in the plains of
Mamre pitched his tent, and there he lived, and there he died.

15  And records of his life and works and of his sons, and of the
tribes of Israel, are well preserved in Jewish sacred books.

16  In Persia Brahm was known, and feared. Men saw him as the One, the
causeless Cause of all that is, and he was sacred unto them, as Tao to
the dwellers of the farther East.

17  The people lived in peace, and justice ruled.

18  But, as in other lands, in Persia priests arose imbued with self
and self desires, who outraged Force, Intelligence and Love;

19  Religion grew corrupt, and birds and beasts and creeping things
were set apart as gods.

20  In course of time a lofty soul, whom men called Zarathustra, came
in flesh.

21  He saw the causeless Spirit, high and lifted up; he saw the
weakness of all man appointed gods.

22  He spoke and all of Persia heard; and when he said, One God, one
people and one shrine, the altars of the idols fell, and Persia was
redeemed.

23  But men must see their God with human eyes, and Zarathustra said,

24  The greatest of the Spirits standing near the throne is the Ahura
Mazda, who manifests in brightness of the sun.

25  And all the people saw Ahura Mazda in the sun, and they fell down
and worshipped him in temples of the sun.

26  And Persia is the magian land where live the priests who saw the
star arise to mark the place where Mary’s son was born, and were the
first to greet him as the Prince of Peace.

27  The precepts and the laws of Zarathustra are preserved in the
Avesta which you can read and make your own.

28  But you must know that words are naught till they are made alive;
until the lessons they contain become a part of head and heart.

29  Now truth is one; but no one knows the truth until he is the truth.
It is recorded in an ancient book,

30  Truth is the leavening power of God; it can transmute the all of
life into itself; and when the all of life is truth, then man is truth.


CHAPTER 11.

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

Again Elihu taught; he said, The Indian priests became corrupt; Brahm
was forgotten in the streets; the rights of men were trampled in the
dust.

2  And then a mighty master came, a Buddha of enlightenment, who turned
away from wealth and all the honors of the world, and found the
Silence in the quiet groves and caves; and he was blest.

3  He preached a gospel of a higher life, and taught man how to honor
man.

4  He had no doctrine of the gods to teach; he just knew man, and so
his creed was justice, love and righteousness.

5  I quote for you a few of many of the helpful words which Buddha
spoke:

6  Hate is a cruel word. If men hate you, regard it not; and you can
turn the hate of men to love and mercy and good will, 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 that 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
shrines.

15  The masters of all times and climes come here to learn; and when
your sons have grown to manhood they will finish all their studies in
Egyptian schools.

16  But I have said enough. Tomorrow at the rising of the sun we meet
again.


CHAPTER 12.

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

Now, when the morning sun arose the masters and their pupils all were
in the sacred grove.

2  Salome was the first to speak; she said, Behold the sun! It
manifests the power of God who speaks to us through sun and moon and
stars;

3  Through mountain, hill and vale; through flower, and plant and tree.

4  God sings for us through bird, and harpsichord, and human voice; he
speaks to us through wind and rain and thunder roll; why should we not
bow down and worship at his feet?

5  God speaks to hearts apart; and hearts apart must speak to him; and
this is prayer.

6  It is not prayer to shout at God, to stand, or sit, or kneel and
tell him all about the sins of men.

7  It is not prayer to tell the Holy One how great he is, how good he
is, how strong and how compassionate.

8  God is not man to be bought up by praise of man.

9  Prayer is the ardent wish that every way of life be light; that
every act be crowned with good; that every living thing be prospered
by our ministry.

10  A noble deed, a helpful word is prayer; a fervent, an effectual
prayer.

11  The fount of prayer is in the heart; by thought, not words, the
heart is carried up to God, where it is blest. Then let us pray.

12  They prayed, but not a word was said; but in that holy Silence
every heart was blest.

13  And then Elihu spoke. He said to Mary and Elizabeth, Our words are
said; you need not tarry longer here; the call has come; the way is
clear, you may return unto your native land.

14  A mighty work is given you to do; you shall direct the minds that
will direct the world.

15  Your sons are set apart to lead men up to righteous thoughts, and
words, and deeds;

16  To make men know the sinfulness of sin; to lead them from the
adoration of the lower self, and all illusive things, and make them
conscious of the self that lives with Christ in God.

17  In preparation for their work your sons must walk in many thorny
paths.

18  Fierce trials and temptations they will meet, like other men; their
loads will not be light, and they will weary be, and faint.

19  And they will know the pangs of hunger and of thirst; and without
cause they will be mocked, imprisoned, scourged.

20  To many countries they will go, and at the feet of many masters
they will sit, for they must learn like other men.

21  But we have said enough. The blessings of the Three and of the
Seven, who stand before the throne, will surely rest upon you evermore.

22  Thus closed the lessons of Elihu and Salome. Three years they
taught their pupils in the sacred grove, and if their lessons all were
written in a book, lo, it would be a mighty book; of what they said we
have the sum.

23  Now, Mary, Joseph and Elizabeth with Jesus and his harbinger,
set forth upon their homeward way. They went not by Jerusalem, for
Archelaus reigned.

24  They journeyed by the Bitter Sea, and when they reached Engedi
hills they rested in the home of Joshua, a near of kin; and here
Elizabeth and John abode.

25  But Joseph, Mary and their son went by the Jordan way, and after
certain days they reached their home in Nazareth.



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._

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 wildness 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 Israelite, 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 sacrifices and
their rites.

12  John could not understand how sin could be forgiven by killing
animals and birds and burning them before the Lord.

13  Matheno said, The God of heaven and earth does not require
sacrifice. This custom with its cruel rites was borrowed from the idol
worshippers of other lands.

14  No sin was ever blotted out by sacrifice of animal, of bird, or man.

15  Sin is the rushing forth of man into the 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 Jesus in the
      world’s history._

Matheno and his pupil, John, were talking of the sacred books of olden
times, and of the golden precepts they contained, and John exclaimed,

2  These golden precepts are sublime; what need have we of other sacred
books?

3  Matheno said, The Spirits 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, nurture 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 that light.

19  Before the Vedic days the world had many sacred books to light the
way; and when man needed greater light the Vedas, the Avesta and the
books of Tao Great appeared to show the way to greater heights.

20  And in the proper place the Hebrew Bible, with its Law, its
Prophets and its Psalms, appeared for man’s enlightenment.

21  But years have passed and men have need of greater light.

22  And now the Day Star from on high begins to shine; and Jesus is the
flesh-made messenger to show that light to men.

23  And you, my pupil, you have been ordained to harbinger the coming
day.

24  But you must keep that purity of heart you now possess; and you
must light your lamp directly from the coals that burn upon the altar
of the Holy Ones.

25  And then your lamp will be transmuted to a boundless flame, and you
will be a living torch whose light will shine wherever man abides.

26  But in the ages yet to come, man will attain to greater heights,
and lights still more intense will come.

27  And then, at last, a mighty master soul will come to earth to light
the way up to the throne of perfect man.


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._

When John was twelve years old his mother died, and neighbors 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 pure in heart can
recognize 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
God 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 with 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 of 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 Jesus._


CHAPTER 16.

    _The home of Joseph. Mary teaches her son. Jesus’ grandparents
      give a feast in his honor. Jesus has a dream. His
      grandmother’s interpretation. His birthday gift._

The home of Joseph was on Marmion Way in Nazareth; here Mary taught
her son the lessons of Elihu and Salome.

2  And Jesus greatly loved the Vedic hymns 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 Jesus, made a feast in
honor of the child, and all their near of kin were guests.

5  And Jesus 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 above 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 God.

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 Jesus’ 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 lovliest 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus’
guests, and Jesus and his mother helped to serve.

23  And there was food enough for all, and all were glad; and so the
birthday gift of Jesus was a crown of righteousness.


CHAPTER 17.

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

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 Jesus
as he sat in silent thought, Which is the greatest of the Ten Commands?

3  And Jesus 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 God; for
God is love.

6  If one is full of love, he cannot kill; he cannot falsely testify;
he cannot covet; can do naught but honor God 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus and his mother sat alone, and Jesus said,

14  The rabbi seems to think that God is partial in his treatment of
the sons of men; that Jews are favored and are blest above all other
men.

15  I do not see how God can have his favorites 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 these barriers down so
that the Jews might see that God 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.

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

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 Jesus watched the butchers kill the lambs and birds and burn
them on the altar in the name of God.

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 Lord?

4  The priest replied, This is our sacrifice for sin. God has commanded
us to do these things, and said that in these sacrifices all our sins
are blotted out.

5  And Jesus said, Will you be kind enough to tell when God proclaimed
that sins are blotted out by sacrifice of any kind?

6  Did not David say that God requires not a sacrifice for sin? that it
is 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 God than all the priests of Israel? This is no
place for boys to show their wit.

8  But Jesus 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 God
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 God that takes delight in sacrifice, in blood and burning flesh,
is not my Father-God.

13  I want to find a God of love, and you, my master, you are wise, and
surely you can tell me where to find the God 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 God of love, and you shall come with me; and
hand in hand we will go forth and find the God of love.

16  And Jesus said, Why need we go? I thought that God is everywhere.
Can we not purify our hearts and drive out cruelty, and every wicked
thought, and make within, a temple where the God 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 God.

19  Then Hillel sought the parents of the child, and asked that Jesus
might abide with him, and learn the precepts of the law, and all the
lessons of the temple priests.

20  His parents gave consent, and Jesus did abide within the holy
temple in Jerusalem, and Hillel taught him every day.

21  And every day the master learned from Jesus 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.

    _Jesus 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._

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 Jesus sat among the priests and doctors in the temple hall.

4  And Jesus 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 Lord 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 honor me; their hearts are far removed from
me; their fear for me is that inspired by man.

11  And I will breathe an adverse 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 Lord, 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 forever 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 God; the blind will
read the Book of God’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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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
God. The only sacrifice that God 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 God is just.

29  And Israel has gone far astray; has not regarded justice, nor the
rights of man, and God demands that Israel shall reform, and turn
again to ways of holiness.

30  And if our people will not hear the voice of God, 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 forever 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 God will bring again the captive hosts; for
Israel shall return and dwell in peace.

33  And after many years our temple shall be built again, and one whom
God will honor, one in whom the pure in heart delights will come and
glorify the house of God, and reign in righteousness.

34  When Jesus 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 Jesus. The
      search for him. His parents find him in the temple. He goes
      with them to Nazareth. Symbolic meaning of carpenter’s tools._

The great feast of the pasch was ended and the Nazarenes were
journeying toward 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 Jesus, 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 Jesus, 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 Jesus 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 are 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 ax 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 Jesus in India._


CHAPTER 21.

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

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 Jesus stood among the Jewish priests and read and spoke,
Ravanna heard and was amazed.

4  And when he asked who Jesus 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 honor such a one as son of God.

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 Jesus he was climbing up a twelve-step
ladder, and he carried in his hands a compass, square and ax.

12  Ravanna said, All hail, most favored son of heaven!

13  And at the inn Ravanna made a feast for all the people of the town;
and Jesus and his parents were the honored 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 too 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 Jesus 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
toward 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
favor they received the Jewish boy.

19  And Jesus was accepted as a pupil in the temple Jagannath; and here
he 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 Jesus and Lamaas. Jesus explains to Lamaas
      the meaning of truth, man, power, understanding, wisdom,
      salvation and faith._

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 Jesus and Lamaas walked alone in plaza Jagannath, Lamaas
said, My Jewish master, what is truth?

3  And Jesus 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 Jesus 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 then they strive, and naught goes down and man as truth
abides.

14  Again Lamaas asked, What do you say of power?

15  And Jesus 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 God and is omnipotent, and power is that will
in manifest, directed by the Breath.

17  There is a 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 these 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 Jesus 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 Jesus said, It is the consciousness that man is aught; that God
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 God is all.

25  Lamaas asked, Pray, what is faith?

26  And Jesus said, Faith is the surety of the omnipotence of God and
man; the certainty that man will reach deific life.

27  Salvation is a ladder reaching from the heart of man to heart of
God.

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 faith is lost; and man is
saved when he has reached deific life; when he and God are one.


CHAPTER 23.

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

Now, Jesus 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 Jesus 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 may 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 God, 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 God, 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 God’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 God.

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 Jesus bowed
his head in recognition of the wisdom of this master soul, and went
his way.


CHAPTER 24.

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

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 God?

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 Jesus said, Then Parabrahm is not a God of justice and of
right; for with his own strong hand he has exalted one and brought
another low.

15  And Jesus said no more to them, but looking up to heaven he said,

16  My Father-God, who was, and is, and ever more 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-God.

18  Thou Father of the human race, I praise thy name.

19  And all the priests were angered by the words which Jesus 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 God this
youth adores.

21  I have beheld this boy at prayer when light above the light of sun
surrounded him, Beware! his God may be more powerful than Brahm.

22  If Jesus speaks the truth, if he is right, you cannot force him
to desist; if he is wrong and you are right, his words will come to
naught, for right is might, and in the end it will prevail.

23  And then the priests refrained from doing Jesus 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 plead for Jesus’ life; and then the priests just seized a
scourge of cords and drove him from the place.

26  And Jesus went his way and found a shelter with the black and
yellow men, the servants and the tillers 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 God.

28  The common people heard him with delight, and learned to pray, Our
Father-God who art in heaven.


CHAPTER 25.

    _Jesus teaches the sudras and farmers. Relates a parable of a
      nobleman and his unjust sons. Makes known the possibilities
      of all men._

When Jesus 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 then 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 armor 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 sands.

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 an equal share, and bade them recognize 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 Jesus said, The Holy One has said, that all his children shall
be free; and every soul is child of God.

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 God 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.

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

In all the cities of Orissa Jesus 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 Jesus 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  God lives not in the noise of tongues; there is no way to him from
any idol shrine.

7  God’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, God of the still small voice.

9  And Jesus said, The Holy Breath cannot be seen with mortal eyes; nor
can men see the Spirits of the Holy One;

10  But in their image man was made, and he who looks into the face of
man, looks at the image of the God who speaks within.

11  And when man honors man he honors God, and what man does for man,
he does for God.

12  And you must bear in mind that when man harms in thought, or word
or deed another man, he does a wrong to God.

13  If you would serve the God 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 Jesus said, Our Father-God 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 God, 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 worshipped Jesus
as a God; but Jesus said,

24  I am your brother man just come to show the way to God; you shall
not worship man; praise God, the Holy One.


CHAPTER 27.

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

The fame of Jesus 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 honor of his guest,
and he invited every one to come.

4  And many came; among them thieves, extortioners, and courtesans. And
Jesus 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 Jesus 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 the noise.

10  God 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 thieves are children of my Father-God; their
souls 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 a 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 honor 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 Jesus 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 tinseled 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 Jesus 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 he find.

29  And then he called the harvesters and said to them, Where is my
grain?

30  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.

31  And Jesus said, If God saves only those who have no broken blades,
who have been perfect in his sight, who will be saved?

32  And the accusers hung their heads in shame; and Jesus went his way.


CHAPTER 28.

    _Udraka gives a feast in Jesus’ honor. Jesus speaks on the
      unity of God and the brotherhood of life. Criticises the
      priesthood. Becomes the guest of a farmer._

Benares is the sacred city of the Brahms, and in Benares Jesus taught;
Udraka was his host.

2  Udraka made a feast in honor of his guest, and many high born Hindu
priests and scribes were there.

3  And Jesus said to them, With much delight I speak to you concerning
life--the brotherhood of life.

4  The universal God is one, yet he is more than one; all things are
God; all things are one.

5  By the sweet breaths of God all life is bound in one; so if you
touch a fiber of a living thing you send a thrill from center to the
outer bounds of life.

6  And when you crush beneath your foot the meanest worm, you shake the
throne of God, 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 breathe 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 God has made to suffer pain.

11  A lawyer said, I pray you, Jesus, tell who is this God you speak
about; where are his priests, his temples and his shrines?

12  And Jesus said, The God I speak about is every where; he cannot be
compassed with walls, nor hedged about with bounds of any kind.

13  All people worship God, the One; but all the people see him not
alike.

14  This universal God is wisdom, will and love.

15  All men see not the Triune God. One sees him as the God of might;
another as the God of thought; another as the God of love.

16  A man’s ideal is his God, and so, as man unfolds, his God unfolds.
Man’s God today, tomorrow is not God.

17  The nations of the earth see God from different points of view, and
so he does not seem the same to every one.

18  Man names the part of God he sees, and this to him is all of God;
and every nation sees a part of God, and every nation has a name for
God.

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 God, 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 God by prayers; and when
they fail to win his favor by their prayers, to buy him off with
sacrifice of animal, or bird,

22  When man sees God as one with him, as Father-God, he needs no
middle man, no priest to intercede;

23  He goes straight up to him and says, My Father-God! and then he
lays his hand in God’s own hand, and all is well.

24  And this is God. You are, each one, a priest, just for yourself;
and sacrifice of blood God does not want.

25  Just give your life in sacrificial service to the all of life, and
God is pleased.

26  When Jesus 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 Jesus tarried not. Among the guests was one, a tiller of the
soil, a generous soul, a seeker after truth, who loved the words that
Jesus spoke; and Jesus went with him, and in his home abode.


CHAPTER 29.

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

Among Benares’ temple priests was one, a guest, Ajainin, 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus said they were enraged.

8  Ajainin did not share their wrath, and he sent forth another
messenger with costly gifts to Jesus 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 Jesus 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 caste keeps you away, you are not worthy of the light.
My Father-God does not regard the laws of man.

13  Your presents I return; you cannot buy the knowledge of the Lord
with gold, or precious gifts.

14  These words of Jesus 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 Jesus dwelt.

16  And Jesus 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 Jesus 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 God; 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 Jesus 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 Jesus said no more; Ajainin went his way; and while he could
not comprehend the truth that Jesus 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 Jesus tarried many days and taught.


CHAPTER 30.

    _Jesus 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._

One day as Jesus stood beside the Ganges busy with his work, a
caravan, returning from the West, drew near.

2  And one, approaching Jesus, said, We come to you just 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 Jesus bowed his head in silent thought; and then he wrote. Of
what he wrote this is the sum:

5  My mother, noblest of woman kind; 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-God 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 comes 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 be 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 Jesus’ 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._

The words and works of Jesus caused unrest through all the land.

2  The common people were his friends, believed in him, and followed
him in throngs.

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 Hebrew 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 Jesus
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 today; 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 Jesus, 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 judgment hall they were afraid, because the people
stood in his defense.

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 Jesus hastened to depart.

22  By night he left Benares, and with haste he journeyed to the north;
and everywhere, the farmers, merchants and the sudras helped him on
his way.

23  And after many days he reached the mighty Himalayas, and in the
city Kapivastu he abode.

24  The priests of Buddha opened wide their temple doors for him.


CHAPTER 32.

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

Among the Buddhist priests was one who saw a lofty wisdom in the words
that Jesus spoke. It was Barata Arabo.

2  Together Jesus and Barata read the Jewish Psalms and Prophets; read
the Vedas, the Avesta and the wisdom of Guatama.

3  And as they read and talked about the possibilities of man, Barata
said,

4  Man is the marvel of the universe. He is a part of everything, for
he has been a living thing on every plane of life.

5  Time was when man was not; and then he was a bit of formless
substance in the molds 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 was 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 God’s own Record Book we read: The Triune God 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 God 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 God, 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 God, are never seen
by eyes of man in flesh; they are composed of substance far too fine
for fleshly 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 the forms of life.

27  Because all forms of life on every plane are thoughts of God, 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 God.

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 then that which the finite man has called, survival
of the best, became a 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 God change not; the manifests of life on every
plane unfold into perfection of their kind; and as the thoughts of God
can never die, there is no death to any being of the seven ethers of
the seven Spirits of the Triune God.

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 revelation
unto him.

41  Now, Vidyapati, wisest of the Indian sages, chief of temple
Kapavistu, heard Barata speak to Jesus 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 today 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 secret things of God; 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 God.

45  And all the priests gave thanks, and praised the Buddha of
enlightenment.


CHAPTER 33.

    _Jesus 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._

In silent meditation Jesus sat beside a flowing spring. It was a holy
day, and many people of the servant caste were near the place.

2  And Jesus saw the hard drawn lines of toil on every brow, in every
hand. There was no look of joy in any face. Not one of all the group
could think of anything but toil.

3  And Jesus 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 Jesus’ 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 reach that place!

8  And Jesus said, My brother, man, your thoughts are wrong; your
heaven is not far away; and it is not a place of metes and bounds, is
not a country to be reached; it is a state of mind.

9  God 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 your 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-God; about the
heaven that men can make on earth; about the boundless joy.

13  And Jesus 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 plow 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 but 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 Jesus said, The sons of men are toiling hard on desert plains,
and burning sands and rocky soils; are doing what their 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 up 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 Jesus opened up the way; the toilers saw another side of life,
and toil became a joy.


CHAPTER 34.

    _The Jubilee in Kapavistu. Jesus 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._

It was a gala day in sacred Kapavistu; 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 Jesus went into an ancient plaza and he taught; he spoke of
Father-Mother-God; 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 Jesus 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 neighbors 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 gatherers 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 neighbors 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 Lord! 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 Jesus’ words; but they
rebuked him not; they feared the multitude.


CHAPTER 35.

    _Jesus and Vidyapati consider the needs of the incoming age of
      the world._

The Indian sage and Jesus 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 Jesus 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 gods require not.

8  And Jesus said, Our God must loathe the tinseled show of priests and
priestly things.

9  When men array themselves in showy garbs to indicate that they are
servants of the gods, 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-God, 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 Jesus in Tibet and Western India._


CHAPTER 36.

    _Jesus 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._

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 Jesus
many of the secret lessons they contained; but Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus had access to all the sacred manuscripts, and, with the
help of Meng-ste, read them all.

9  And Meng-ste often talked with Jesus of the coming age, and of the
sacred service best adapted to the people of the age.

10  In Lassa Jesus did not teach. When he had 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 favor 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 Jesus was a teacher sent from God, 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 God.

16  When Jesus saw her faith he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,

17  My Father-God, 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 rebuke a fever thus and save a
child from death.

21  Then many of the people brought their sick, and Jesus spoke the
Word, and they were healed.

22  Among the Ladaks Jesus 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 gods,
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-God, 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 Jesus said, My Father-God 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 Jesus raised his hand in silent benediction; then he went his
way.


CHAPTER 37.

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

A caravan of merchantmen were journeying through the Kashmar vale as
Jesus passed that way, and they were 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 Jesus 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 Jesus in the night time in
Benares many months before, and heard his words of truth.

7  And Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus said, Among the
high-bred 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
surely 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus in Persia._


CHAPTER 38.

    _Jesus 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._

Four-and-twenty years of age was Jesus when he entered Persia on his
homeward way.

2  In many a hamlet, town and neighborhood 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, two-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 honor Jesus 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 Jesus
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 gods than men.

11  Now, Hor and Lun were aged men, and Jesus placed them on his beast
to ride into Persepolis; while he and Mer led on the way.

12  And when they reached the magi’s home they all rejoiced. And Jesus
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 God.

13  Three wise men from the North were in 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
Jesus 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.

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

A feast in honor of the magian God 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 Jesus standing in the midst of all the people, said, My
brothers, sisters, children of our Father-God:

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 God; and to your
master, Zarathustra, praise is due.

6  Well say you all, There is one God 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, honored 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 God, the One, made not this evil, then, where is the God who
did?

11  And Jesus said, Whatever God, the One, has made is good, and like
the great first Cause, the seven Spirits all are good, and everything
that comes from their creative hands is good,

12  Now, all created things have colors, 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 colors, 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 God’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 devil 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 Jesus 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.

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

Now, in the early morning Jesus came again to teach and heal. A
light not comprehended shown about, as though some mighty spirit
overshadowed him.

2  A magus noted this and asked him privately to tell from whence his
wisdom came, and what the meaning of the light.

3  And Jesus said, There is a Silence where the soul may meet its God,
and there the fount of wisdom is, and all who enter are immersed in
light, and filled with wisdom, love and power.

4  The magus said, Tell me about this Silence and this light, that I
may go and there abide.

5  And Jesus said, The Silence is not circumscribed; is not a place
closed in with wall, or rocky steeps, nor guarded by the sword of man.

6  Men carry with them all the time the secret place where they may
meet their God.

7  It matters not where men abide, on mountain top, in deepest vale, in
marts of trade, or in the quiet home; they may at once, at any time,
fling wide the door, and find the Silence, find the house of God; it
is within the soul.

8  One may not be so much disturbed by noise of business, and the
words and thoughts of men if he goes all alone into the valley or the
mountain pass.

9  And when life’s heavy load is pressing hard, it is far better to go
out and seek a quiet place to pray and meditate.

10  The Silence is the kingdom of the soul which is not seen by human
eyes.

11  When in the Silence, phantom forms may 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 within the Holy Place, and you will see upon a living
shrine the candle of the Lord aflame.

16  And when you see it burning there, look deep within the temple of
your brain, and you will see it all aglow.

17  In every part, from head to foot, are candles all in place, just
waiting to be lighted by the flaming torch of love.

18  And when you see the candles all aflame, just look, and you will
see, with eyes of soul, the waters of the fount of wisdom rushing on;
and you may drink, and there abide.

19  And then the curtains part, and you are in the Holiest of All,
where rests the Ark of God, whose covering is the Mercy Seat.

20  Fear not to lift the sacred board; the Tables of the Law are in the
Ark concealed.

21  Take them and read them well; for they contain all precepts and
commands that men will ever need.

22  And in the Ark, the magic wand of prophecy lies waiting for your
hand; it is the key to all the hidden meanings of the present, future,
past.

23  And then, behold, the manna there, the hidden bread of life; and he
who eats shall never die.

24  The cherubim have guarded well for every soul this treasure box,
and whosoever will may enter in and find his own.

25  Now Kaspar heard the Hebrew master speak and he exclaimed, Behold,
the wisdom of the gods has come to men!

26  And Jesus went his way, and in the sacred groves of Cyrus, where
the multitudes were met, he taught and healed the sick.


CHAPTER 41.

    _Jesus 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._

A flowing spring that people called the Healing Fount, was near
Persepolis.

2  And all the people thought that at a certain time of 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 potentize the waters of the fount.

4  The blind, the lame, the deaf, the dumb, and those obsessed were
there.

5  And Jesus, standing in the midst of them, exclaimed, Behold the
spring of life! These waters that will fail are honored as the special
blessing of your God.

6  From whence do healing virtues come? Why is your God so partial with
his gifts? Why does he bless this spring today, and then tomorrow 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 God.

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 God 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 forevermore.

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 Jesus 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 marveled much at what they heard and saw; they said,
This man must surely be the god of health made flesh.

23  And Jesus 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 Jesus in Assyria._


CHAPTER 42.

    _Jesus 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._

In Persia Jesus’ 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
Jesus 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 God 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 their hearts the God 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 forever 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; your shepherds will again
be glad.

11  And Jesus preached to them the gospel of good will, 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 today, because a prophet of the living God has come to
you.

15  Take heed to what this master says, for he gives forth the words
that God has given him.

16  And Jesus and the sage went through the towns and cities of Chaldea
and of the lands between the Tigris and the Euphrates;

17  And Jesus healed a multitude of people who were sick.


CHAPTER 43.

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

The ruined Babylon was near, and Jesus 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 Jesus lifted up his hands and said, Behold the grandeur of the
works of man!

6  The king of Babylon destroyed the temple of the Lord 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, Jesus and Ashbina stood in silent thought.

11  Then Jesus spoke and said, Behold this monument of folly and of
shame.

12  Man tried to shake the very throne of God, 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 god 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus’ 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 Jesus 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 Jesus in Greece._


CHAPTER 44.

    _Jesus visits Greece and is welcomed by the Athenians. Meets
      Apollo. Addresses the Grecian masters in the Amphitheater.
      The address._

The Greek philosophy was full of pungent truth, and Jesus 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 recognized in many lands as Grecian sage.

5  Apollo opened up for Jesus all the doors of Grecian lore, and in the
Areopagus he heard the wisest masters speak.

6  But Jesus brought to them a wisdom greater far than theirs; and so
he taught.

7  Once in the Amphitheater 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 sensitized, 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 can
not pass away.

17  In science and philosophy there is no power strong enough to fit a
soul to recognize itself, or to commune with God.

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 God will
bless.

27  When Jesus had thus said he stepped aside. The Grecian masters were
astonished at the wisdom of his words; they answered not.


CHAPTER 45.

    _Jesus teaches the Greek masters. Goes with Apollo to Delphi
      and hears the Oracle speak. It testifies for him. He abides
      with Apollo, and is recognized as the Living Oracle of God.
      Explains to Apollo the phenomenon of oracular speech._

For many days the Grecian masters listened to the clear incisive words
that Jesus spoke, and while they could not fully comprehend the things
he said, they were delighted and accepted his philosophy.

2 One day as Jesus and Apollo walked beside the sea, a Delphic courier
came in haste and said, Apollo, master, come; the Oracle would speak
with you.

3  Apollo said to Jesus, Sir, if you would see the Delphic Oracle, and
hear it speak, you may accompany me. And Jesus 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 gods 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 gods 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 honor 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 gods.

14  And Jesus and the Grecian sage returned; and in Apollo’s home the
Living Oracle spoke forth for forty days.

15  One day Apollo said to Jesus 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
god?

17  And Jesus said, It is not angel, man, nor god 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. Jesus rescues many drowning men. The
      Athenians pray to idols. Jesus rebukes their idolatry and
      tells how God helps. His last meeting with the Greeks. Sails
      on the vessel Mars._

It was a holy day and Jesus 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 Jesus 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 gods 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 gods for help.

7  At length the storm was done, and all the sea was calm, and men
could think again; and Jesus said,

8  You worshippers of wooden gods, how has the fury of this storm been
lessened by your frantic prayers?

9  Where is the strength of these poor, weather-beaten gods with
painted swords and crowns?

10  A god 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 Lords 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 man can do no more.

12  And you have agonized and prayed around these shrines, and let men
sink to death who might have been, by your assistance, saved.

13  The God 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 God 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 god 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 God helps.

19  His work in Greece was done, and Jesus 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 Jesus said,

20  The son of man has been in many lands; has stood in temples of a
multitude of foreign gods; has preached the gospel of good will and
peace on earth to many people, tribes and tongues;

21  Has been received with favor 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 forever sit within the darkness of the
shadowland 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 main
spring of the spirit power of earth.

26  But God 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 Jesus in Egypt._


CHAPTER 47.

    _Jesus with Elihu and Salome in Egypt. Tells the story of his
      journeys. Elihu and Salome praise God. Jesus goes to the
      temple in Heliopolis and is received as a pupil._

And Jesus 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 buffetings of every kind; a teacher
who had stirred the multitudes in many lands.

4  And Jesus 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-God, let now thy servants go in peace, for we have seen
the glory of the Lord;

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 Jesus staid 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 Jesus 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 gods; why seek for wisdom in
the halls of men?

12  And Jesus 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 succor 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 Jesus
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 Jesus bathed; and
when he had been clothed in proper garb he stood again before the
hierophant.


CHAPTER 48.

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

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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus found himself alone where
he remained for many days.

9  He read the sacred texts; thought out the meanings 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 somber 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 Jesus 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 God, and to myself.

20  And then the tempter left, and Jesus 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 Jesus stood before the
judgment seat.

22  And all the brothers stood; the hierophant came forth and laid his
hand on Jesus’ 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 Jesus bade to rest and
wait.


CHAPTER 49.

    _Jesus passes the second brotherhood test, and receives the
      second degree, JUSTICE._

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
Jesus placed and left alone; and days were spent in this deep solitude.

4  And Jesus 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 Jesus, 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 gods, 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 Jesus 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, Jesus 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 Jesus was again alone.

23  Again the white-robed priest appeared, and led the way, and Jesus
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 Jesus was the master of the phantom forms of prejudice and of
treachery.


CHAPTER 50.

    _Jesus passes the third brotherhood test, and receives the
      third degree, FAITH._

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 colors 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 Jesus 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 honor 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 Jesus 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 Jesus said,

16  The wealth, the honor, 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 God’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 God, and I will be content.

21  And then he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,

22  My Father-God, 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 Jesus 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 Jesus bowed his head in humble thanks; then went his way.


CHAPTER 51.

    _Jesus passes the fourth brotherhood test, and receives the
      fourth degree, PHILANTHROPY._

When other certain days had passed, the guide led Jesus to the Hall of
Mirth, a hall most richly furnished, and replete with every thing 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 Jesus 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 Jesus answered not; upon the tinseled 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus was a victor over selfish self.


CHAPTER 52.

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

The sacred temple groves were rich in statues, monuments and shrines;
here Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 God vibrating in the rythm 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus’ 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.

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

In all the land there was no place more grandly furnished than the
Beauty Parlors 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 Jesus 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 Jesus left alone.

5  Among the instruments of music was a harpsichord, and Jesus sat in
thoughtful mood inspecting it, when, quietly, a maiden of entrancing
beauty came into the hall.

6  She did not seem to notice Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus, 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus’ hands a scroll on which was written
LOVE DIVINE.

33  Together they passed from the grotto of the beautiful, and in the
banquet hall a feast was served, and Jesus was the honored guest.


CHAPTER 54.

    _Jesus 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._

The senior course of study now was opened up and Jesus 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 Jesus 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 need 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 harbor 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name
in all the earth!

29  Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings 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-God will rest upon you, child,
forevermore.


CHAPTER 55.

    _Jesus 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._

The work of Jesus 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 honor of their
chosen son we celebrate the great Passover Feast.

4  And then he said to Jesus, 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 honors 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 great Passover rite. You are a neophyte no more; but
now a master mind.

8  Now, man can do no more; but God 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 Jesus’ 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._

In every age since time began have seven sages lived.

2  At first of every age these sages meet to note the course of
nations, peoples, tribes and tongues;

3  To note how far toward justice, love and righteousness the race has
gone;

4  To formulate the code of laws, religious postulates and plans of
rule best suited to the coming age.

5  An age had passed, and, lo, another age had come; the sages must
convene.

6  Now, Alexandria was the center of the world’s best thought, and here
in Philo’s home the sages met.

7  From China came Meng-ste; from India Vidyapati came; from Persia
Kaspar came; and from Assyria Ashbina came; from Greece Apollo came;
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 our fathers wove have given out; the cherubim
have woven a celestial cloth; have placed it in our hands and we must
make for men new garbs.

11  The sons of men are looking up for greater light. No longer do they
care for gods hewn out of wood, or made of clay. They seek a God not
made with hands.

12  They see the beams of coming day, and yet they comprehend them not.

13  The time is ripe, and we must fashion well these garments for the
race.

14  And let us make for men new garbs of justice, mercy, righteousness
and love, that they may hide their nakedness when shines the light of
coming day.

15  And Vidyapati said, Our priests have all gone mad; they saw a demon
in the wilds and at him cast their lamps and they are broken up, and
not a gleam of light has any priest for men.

16  The night is dark; the heart of India calls for light.

17  The priesthood cannot be reformed; it is already dead; its greatest
needs are graves and funeral chants.

18  The new age calls for liberty; the kind that makes each man a
priest, enables him to go alone, and lay his offerings on the shrine
of God.

19  And Kaspar said, In Persia people walk in fear; they do the good
for fear to do the wrong.

20  The devil is the greatest power in our land, and though a myth, he
dandles on his knee both youth and age.

21  Our land is dark, and evil prospers in the dark.

22  Fear rides on every passing breeze, and lurks in every form of life.

23  The fear of evil is a myth, is an illusion and a snare; but it
will live until some mighty power shall come to raise the ethers to
the plane of light.

24  When this shall come to pass the magian land will glory in the
light. The soul of Persia calls for light.


CHAPTER 57.

    _Meeting of the sages, continued. Opening addresses. Jesus with
      the sages. Seven days’ silence._

Ashbina said, Assyria is the land of doubt; the chariot of my people,
that in which they mostly ride, is labeled Doubt.

2  Once Faith walked forth in Babylon; and she was bright and fair; but
she was clothed in such white robes that men became afraid of her.

3  And every wheel began to turn, and Doubt made war on her, and drove
her from the land; and she came back no more.

4  In form men worship God, the One; in heart they are not sure that
God exists.

5  Faith worships at the shrine of one not seen; but Doubt must see her
God.

6  The greatest need of all Assyria is faith--a faith that seasons
every thing that is, with certainty.

7  And then Apollo said, The greatest needs of Greece are true concepts
of God.

8  Theogony in Greece is rudderless, for every thought may be a god,
and worshipped as a god.

9  The plane of thought is broad, and full of sharp antagonists; and
so the circle of the gods is filled with enmity, with wars and base
intrigues.

10  Greece needs a master mind to stand above the gods; to raise the
thoughts of men away from many gods to God the One.

11  We know that light is coming o’er the hills. God speed the light.

12  Matheno said, Behold this land of mystery! this Egypt of the dead!

13  Our temples long have been the tombs of all the hidden things of
time; our temples, crypts and caves are dark.

14  In light there are no secret things. The sun reveals all hidden
truth. There are no mysteries in God.

15  Behold the rising sun! His beams are entering every door; yea,
every crevice of the mystic crypts 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 was ideal; one strong enough and good enough to lead
our people to the goal of perfectness.

19  But carnal minds repudiated holiness; a priesthood filled with
selfishness arose, and purity in heart became a myth; the people were
enslaved.

20  The priesthood is the curse of Israel; but when he comes, who is to
come, he will proclaim emancipation for the slaves; my people will be
free.

21  Behold, for God has made incarnate wisdom, love and light, which he
has called Immanuel.

22  To him is given the keys to open up the dawn; and here, as man, he
walks with us.

23  And then the council chamber door was opened and the Logos stood
among the sages of the world.

24  Again the sages sat in silence seven days.


CHAPTER 58.

    _Meeting of the sages, continued. Presentation of the seven
      universal postulates._

Now, when the sages were refreshed they opened up the Book of Life and
read.

2  They read the story of the life of man; of all his struggles,
losses, gains; and in the light of past events and needs, they saw
what would be best for him in coming years.

3  They knew the kind of laws and precepts suited best to his estate;
they saw the highest God-ideal that the race could comprehend.

4  Upon the seven postulates these sages were to formulate, the great
philosophy of life and worship of the coming age must rest.

5  Now Meng-ste was the oldest sage; he took the chair of chief, and
said,

6  Man is not far enough advanced to live by faith; he cannot
comprehend the things his eyes see not,

7  He yet is child, and during all the coming age he must be taught by
pictures, symbols, rites, and forms.

8  His God must be a human God; he cannot see a God by faith.

9  And then he cannot rule himself; the king must rule; the man must
serve.

10  The age that follows this will be the age of man, the age of faith.

11  In that blest age the human race will see without the aid of carnal
eyes; will hear the soundless sound; will know the Spirit-God.

12  The age we enter is the Preparation age, and all the schools, and
governments and worship rites must be designed in simple way that men
may comprehend.

13  And man cannot originate; he builds by patterns that he sees; so in
this council we must carve out pattern for the coming age.

14  And we must formulate the gnosis of the Empire of the soul, which
rests on seven postulates.

15  Each sage in turn shall form a postulate; and these shall be the
basis of the creeds of men until the perfect age shall come.

16  Then Meng-ste wrote the first:

17  All things are thought; all life is thought activity. The multitude
of beings are but phases of the one great thought made manifest. Lo,
God is Thought, and Thought is God.

18  Then Vidyapati wrote the second postulate:

19  Eternal Thought is one; in essence it is two--Intelligence and
Force; and when they breathe a child is born; this child is Love.

20  And thus the Triune God stands forth, whom men call
Father-Mother-Child.

21  This Triune God is one; but like the one of light, in essence he is
seven.

22  And when the Triune God breathes forth, lo, seven Spirits stand
before his face; these are creative attributes.

23  Men call them lesser gods, and in their image they made man.

24  And Kaspar wrote the third:

25  Man was a thought of God, formed in the image of the Septonate,
clothed in the substances of soul.

26  And his desires were strong; he sought to manifest on every plane
of life, and for himself he made a body of the ethers of the earthy
forms, and so descended to the plane of earth.

27  In this descent he lost his birthright; lost his harmony with God,
and made discordant all the notes of life.

28  Inharmony and evil are the same; so evil is the handiwork of man.

29  Ashbina wrote the fourth:

30  Seeds do not germinate in light; they do not grow until they find
the soil, and hide themselves away from light.

31  Man was evolved a seed of everlasting life; but in the ethers of
the Triune God the light was far too great for seeds to grow;

32  And so man sought the soil of carnal life, and in the darksomeness
of earth he found a place where he could germinate and grow.

33  The seed has taken root and grown full well.

34  The tree of human life is rising from the soil of earthy things,
and, under natural law, is reaching up to perfect form.

35  There are no supernatural acts of God to lift a man from carnal
life to spirit blessedness; he grows as grows the plant, and in due
time is perfected.

36  The quality of soul that makes it possible for man to rise to
spirit life is purity.


CHAPTER 59.

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

Apollo wrote the fifth:

2  The soul is drawn to perfect light by four white steeds, and these
are Will, and Faith, and Helpfulness and Love.

3  That which one wills to do, he has the power to do.

4  A knowledge of that power is faith; and when faith moves, the soul
begins its flight.

5  A selfish faith leads not to light. There is no lonely pilgrim on
the way to light. Men only gain the heights by helping others gain the
heights.

6  The steed that leads the way to spirit life is Love; is pure
unselfish Love.

7  Matheno wrote the sixth:

8  The universal Love of which Apollo speaks is child of Wisdom and of
Will divine, and God has sent it forth to earth in flesh that man may
know.

9  The universal Love of which the sages speak, is Christ.

10  The greatest mystery of all times lies in the way that Christ lives
in the heart.

11  Christ cannot live in clammy dens of carnal things. The seven
battles must be fought, the seven victories won before the carnal
things, like fear, and self, emotions and desire, are put away.

12  When this is done the Christ will take possession of the soul; the
work is done, and man and God are one.

13  And Philo wrote the seventh:

14  A perfect man! To bring before the Triune God a being such as this
was nature made.

15  This consummation is the highest revelation of the mystery of life.

16  When all the essences of carnal things have been transmuted into
soul, and all the essences of soul have been returned to Holy Breath,
and man is made a perfect God, the drama of Creation will conclude.
And this is all.

17  And all the sages said, Amen.

18  Then Meng-ste said, The Holy One has sent to us a man illumined by
the efforts of unnumbered years, to lead the thoughts of men.

19  This man, approved by all the master minds of heaven and earth,
this man from Galilee, this Jesus, chief of all the sages of the
world, we gladly recognize.

20  In recognition of this wisdom that he brings to men, we crown him
with the Lotus wreath.

21  We send him forth with all the blessing of the seven sages of the
world.

22  Then all the sages laid their hands on Jesus’ head, and said with
one accord, Praise God!

23  For wisdom, honor, glory, power, riches, blessing, strength, are
yours, O Christ, forever more.

24  And every living creature said, Amen.

25  And then the sages sat in silence seven days.


CHAPTER 60.

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

The seven days of silence passed and Jesus, sitting with the sages
said:

2  The history of life is well condensed in these immortal postulates.
These are the seven hills on which the holy city shall be built.

3  These are the seven sure foundation stones on which the Universal
Church shall stand.

4  In taking up the work assigned for me to do I am full conscious of
the perils of the way; the cup will be a bitter one to drink and human
nature well might shrink.

5  But I have lost my will in that of Holy Breath, and so I go my way
to speak and act as I am moved to speak and act by Holy Breath.

6  The words I speak are not my own; they are the words of him whose
will I do.

7  Man is not far enough advanced in sacred thought to comprehend the
Universal Church, and so the work that God has given me to do is not
the building of that Church.

8  I am a model maker, sent to make a pattern of the Church that is to
be--a pattern that the age may comprehend.

9  My task as model builder lies within my native land, and there, upon
the postulate that Love is son of God, that I am come to manifest that
Love, the Model Church will stand.

10  And from the men of low estate I will select twelve men, who
represent the twelve immortal thoughts; and these will be the Model
Church.

11  The house of Judah, my own kindred in the flesh, will comprehend
but little of my mission to the world.

12  And they will spurn me, scorn my work, accuse me falsely, bind me,
take me to the judgment seat of carnal men who will convict and slay
me on the cross.

13  But men can never slay the truth; though banished it will come
again in greater power; for truth will subjugate the world.

14  The Model Church will live. Though carnal man will prostitute its
sacred laws, symbolic rites and forms, for selfish ends, and make it
but an outward show, the few will find through it the kingdom of the
soul.

15  And when the better age shall come the Universal Church will stand
upon the seven postulates, and will be built according to the pattern
given.

16  The time has come; I go my way unto Jerusalem, and by the power of
living faith, and by the strength that you have given,

17  And in the name of God, our Father-God, the kingdom of the soul
shall be established on the seven hills,

18  And all the peoples, tribes and tongues of earth shall enter in.

19  The Prince of Peace will take his seat upon the throne of power;
the Triune God will then be All in All.

20  And all the sages said, Amen.

21  And Jesus went his way, and after many days, he reached Jerusalem;
and then he sought his home in Galilee.



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._

It came to pass when John, the son of Zacharias and Elizabeth, had
finished all his studies in the Egyptian schools that he returned to
Hebron, where he abode for certain days.

2  And then he sought the wilderness and made his home in David’s cave
where many years before, he was instructed by the Egyptian sage.

3  Some people called him Hermit of Engedi; and others said, He is the
Wild Man of the hills.

4  He clothed himself with skins of beasts; his food was carobs, honey,
nuts and fruits.

5  When John was thirty years of age he went into Jerusalem, and in the
market place he sat in silence seven days.

6  The common people and the priests, the scribes and Pharisees came
out in multitudes to see the silent hermit of the hills; but none were
bold enough to ask him who he was.

7  But when his silent fast was done he stood forth in the midst of all
and said,

8  Behold, the king has come; the prophets told of him; the wise men
long have looked for him.

9  Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.

10  And that was all he said, and then he disappeared, and no one knew
where he had gone.

11  And there was great unrest through all Jerusalem. The rulers heard
the story of the hermit of the hills,

12  And they sent couriers forth to talk with him that they might know
about the coming king; but they could find him not.

13  And after certain days he came again into the market place, and all
the city came to hear him speak; he said,

14  Be not disturbed, you rulers of the state; the coming king is no
antagonist; he seeks no place on any earthly throne.

15  He comes the Prince of Peace, the king of righteousness and love;
his kingdom is within the soul.

16  The eyes of men shall see it not and none can enter but the pure
in heart.

17  Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.

18  Again the hermit disappeared; the people strove to follow him, but
he had drawn a veil about his form and men could see him not.

19  A Jewish feast day came; Jerusalem was filled with Jews and
proselytes from every part of Palestine, and John stood in the temple
court and said,

20  Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.

21  Lo, you have lived in sin; the poor cry in your streets, and you
regard them not.

22  Your neighbors, who are they? You have defrauded friend and foe
alike.

23  You worship God with voice and lip; your hearts are far away, and
set on gold.

24  Your priests have bound upon the people burdens far too great to
bear; they live in ease upon the hard earned wages of the poor.

25  Your lawyers, doctors, scribes are useless cumberers of the ground;
they are but tumors on the body of the state;

26  They toil not neither do they spin, yet they consume the profits of
your marts of trade.

27  Your rulers are adulterers, extortioners and thieves, regarding not
the rights of any man;

28  And robbers ply their calling in the sacred halls; the holy temple
you have sold to thieves; their dens are in the sacred places set
apart for prayer.

29  Hear! hear! you people of Jerusalem! Reform; turn from your evil
ways or God will turn from you, and heathen from afar will come, and
what is left of all your honor and your fame will pass in one short
hour.

30  Prepare, Jerusalem, prepare to meet your king.

31  He said no more; he left the court and no one saw him go.

32  The priests, the doctors and the scribes were all in rage. They
sought for John intent to do him harm. They found him not.

33  The common people stood in his defense; they said, The hermit
speaks the truth.

34  And then the priests, the doctors and the scribes were sore afraid;
they said no more; they hid themselves away.


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._

Next day John went again into the temple courts and said,

2  Prepare, O Israel, prepare to meet your king.

3  The chief priests and the scribes would know the meaning of his
words; they said,

4  Bold man, what is the purport of this message that you bring to
Israel? If you be seer and prophet, tell us plainly who has sent you
here?

5  And John replied, I am the voice of one who cries out in the
wilderness, Prepare the way, make straight the paths, for, lo, the
Prince of Peace will come to rule in love.

6  Your prophet Malachi wrote down the words of God:

7  And I will send Elijah unto you before the retribution day shall
come, to turn again the hearts of men to God and if they will not
turn, lo, I will smite them with a curse.

8  You men of Israel; you know your sins. As I passed by I saw a
wounded bird prone in your streets, and men of every class were
beating it with clubs; and then I saw that Justice was its name.

9  I looked again and saw that its companion had been killed; the pure
white wings of Righteousness were trampled in the dust.

10  I tell you men, your awfulness of guilt has made a cesspool of
iniquity that sends a fearful stench to heaven.

11  Reform, O Israel, reform; prepare to meet your king.

12  And then John turned away and as he went he said,

13  In seven days, lo, I will stand at Gilgal, by the Jordan ford,
where Israel first crossed into the promised land.

14  And then he left the temple court to enter it no more; but many
people followed him as far as Bethany, and there he tarried at the
home of Lazarus, his kin.

15  The anxious people gathered all about the home and would not go;
then John came forth and said,

16  Reform, O Israel, reform; prepare to meet your king.

17  The sins of Israel do not all lie at the door of priest and scribe.
O think you not that all the sinners of Judea are found among the
rulers and the men of wealth.

18  It is no sign that man is good and pure because he lives in want.

19  The listless, shiftless vagabonds of earth are mostly poor and have
to beg for bread.

20  I saw the very men that cheered because I told the priests and
scribes of their injustice unto man, throw stones and beat poor
Justice in the streets.

21  I saw them trample on the poor dead bird of Righteousness;

22  And you who follow after me, you commoners, are not one whit behind
the scribes and priests in crime.

23  Reform, you men of Israel; the king has come; prepare to meet your
king.

24  With Lazarus and his sisters, John remained for certain days.

25  In honor of the Nazarite a feast was spread, and all the people
stood about the board.

26  And when the chief men of the town poured out the sparkling wine
and offered John a cup, he took it, held it high in air, and said,

27  Wine makes glad the carnal heart, and it makes sad the human soul;
it plunges deep in bitterness and gall the deathless spirit of the man.

28  I took the vow of Nazar when a child, and not a drop has ever
passed my lips.

29  And if you would make glad the coming king, then shun the cup as
you would shun a deadly thing.

30  And then he threw the sparkling 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. Baptizes many people. Returns to Bethany and
      teaches. Returns to the Jordan._

And John went down to Jericho; there he abode with Alpheus.

2  And when the people heard that he was there they came in throngs to
hear him speak.

3  He spoke to none; but when the time was due he went down to the
Jordan ford, and to the multitudes he said,

4  Reform and in the fount of purity wash all your sins away; the
kingdom is at hand.

5  Come unto me and in the waters of this stream be washed, symbolic of
the inner cleansing of the soul.

6  And, lo, the multitudes came down and in the Jordan they were
washed, and every man confessed his sins.

7  For many months, in all the regions round about, John plead for
purity and righteousness; and after many days he went again to
Bethany; and there he taught.

8  At first few but the honest seekers came; but, by and by, the
selfish and the vicious came with no contrition; came because the many
came.

9  And when John saw the unrepentant Pharisees and Sadducees come unto
him, he said,

10  You children of the vipers, stay; are you disturbed by news of
coming wrath?

11  Go to, and do the things that prove repentance genuine.

12  Is it enough for you to say that you are heirs of Abraham? I tell
you, no.

13  The heirs of Abraham are just as wicked in the sight of God when
they do wrong as any heathen man.

14  Behold the ax! 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.

    _Jesus comes from Galilee, and is baptized by John. The Holy
      Breath testifies of his messiahship._

The news reached Galilee, and Jesus with the multitude went down to
where the harbinger was preaching at the ford.

2  When Jesus saw the harbinger he said, Behold the man of God! Behold
the greatest of the seers! Behold, Elijah has returned!

3  Behold the messenger whom God has sent to open up the way! The
kingdom is at hand.

4  When John saw Jesus standing with the throng he said, Behold the
king who cometh in the name of God!

5  And Jesus said to John, I would be washed in water as a symbol of
the cleansing of the soul.

6  And John replied, You do not need to wash, for you are pure in
thought, and word, and deed. And if you need to wash I am not worthy
to perform the rite.

7  And Jesus said, I come to be a pattern for the sons of men, and what
I bid them do, that I must do; and all men must be washed, symbolic of
the cleansing of the soul.

8  This washing we establish as a rite--baptism rite we call it now,
and so it shall be called.

9  Your work, prophetic harbinger, is to prepare the way, and to reveal
the hidden things.

10  The multitudes are ready for the words of life, and I have come to
be made known by you to all the world, as prophet of the Triune God,
and as the chosen one to manifest the Christ to men.

11  Then John led Jesus down into the river at the ford and he baptized
him in the sacred name of him who sent him forth to manifest the
Christ to men.

12  And as they came out of the stream, the Holy Breath, in form of
dove, came down and sat on Jesus’ head.

13  A voice from heaven said, This is the well-beloved son of God, the
Christ, the love of God made manifest.

14  John heard the voice, and understood the message of the voice.

15  Now Jesus went his way, and John preached to the multitude.

16  As many as confessed their sins, and turned from evil ways to ways
of right, the harbinger baptized, symbolic of the blotting out of sins
by righteousness.



SECTION XIV.

NUN.

_The Christine Ministry of Jesus--Introductory Epoch._


CHAPTER 65.

    _Jesus 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._

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 God 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 God, command
these stones to turn to bread.

7  And Jesus said, Who is it that demands a test? It is no sign that
one is son of God 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 God.

11  This you can surely do; for did not David say, He gives his angels
charge concerning you, and with their hands will they uphold lest you
should fall?

12  And Jesus said, I may not tempt the Lord, my God.

13  And then the tempter said, Look forth upon the world; behold its
honors and its fame! Behold its pleasures and its wealth!

14  If you will give your life for these they shall be yours.

15  But Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus and become his disciples.
      He teaches them. They sit in the Silence._

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 Jesus, and he asked, What do
you seek?

4  And the disciples asked, Where do you live? And Jesus answered, Come
and see.

5  And Andrew called his brother Simon, saying, Come with me, for I
have found the Christ.

6  When Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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. Lord, tell us what to do.

18  And Jesus 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 the 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 God, and if we follow in your footsteps we cannot miss
the way.

23  Then Jesus and the six disciples sat a long, long time in silent
thought.


CHAPTER 67.

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

Now, on the morrow Jesus 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 God, 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 Jesus had thus said he went his way, and with his six
disciples came to Bethany; and they abode with Lazarus many days.


CHAPTER 68.

    _Jesus 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._

The news soon spread abroad that Jesus, king of Israel, had come to
Bethany, and all the people of the town came forth to greet the king.

2  And Jesus, standing in the midst of them exclaimed, Behold, indeed,
the king has come, but Jesus 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-God 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 God 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 God, the benediction of the Triune God will rest
upon them all.

9  They need not fear a messenger whom God 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 God has recognized the name; but Christ is
not a man. The Christ is universal love, and Love is king.

12  This Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus is the Christ, the
king who was to come, and blessed be his name.

22  Now, Jesus and his six disciples turned their faces toward
Jerusalem, and many people followed them.

23  But Mathew, 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 Jesus 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 God, the Lord 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, Jesus’ mother, and her sister, Miriam.


CHAPTER 69.

    _Jesus and the ruler of the synagogue of Nazareth. Jesus
      teaches not in public, and the people are amazed._

Next day as Peter walked about in Nazareth, he met the ruler of the
synagogue who asked, Who is this Jesus lately come to Nazareth?

2  And Peter said, This Jesus is the Christ of whom our prophets wrote;
he is the king of Israel. His mother, Mary, lives on Marmion 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 Jesus what the ruler said; but Jesus
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 Jesus 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, Jesus 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
God; I answer unto God 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 Jesus said,

11  A prophet has no honor 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 God 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 marveled much because he would
not speak in Nazareth.


CHAPTER 70.

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

In Cana, Galilee, there was a marriage feast, and Mary and her sister
Miriam, and Jesus and his six disciples were among the guests.

2  The ruler of the feast had heard that Jesus was a master sent from
God, and he requested him to speak.

3  And Jesus 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 Jesus said.

8  As Jesus stood apart in silent thought his mother came and said to
him, The wine has failed; what shall we do?

9  And Jesus said, Pray what is wine? It is but water with the
flavoring 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 Jesus 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 the first; but, lo, you have reserved the best
until the last.

16  And when the ruler and the guests were told that Jesus, 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.

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

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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 God 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 God.

17  You men of Galilee, prepare to meet your king.

18  And Jesus 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 Jesus._


CHAPTER 72.

    _Jesus 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._

The Jewish paschal feast time came and Jesus 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 Jesus answered not; he saw the money changers in the house of
God, 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 Jesus called the priests and said, Behold, for paltry gain you
have sold out the temple of the Lord.

8  This house ordained for prayer is now a den of thieves. Can good and
evil dwell together in the courts of God? 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 defense.

12  And then the rulers said, Who is this Jesus 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 Jesus, Man, if you be king, or Christ, then show
us signs. Who gave you right to drive these merchants out?

15  And Jesus 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 Jesus 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 are 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 Jesus 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 the
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 Jesus 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 God; the pure in heart alone can see the face of God
and live.

29  And then the priests cried out, This fellow claims to be the God.
Is not this sacrilege! away with him!

30  But Jesus said, No man has ever heard me say, I am a king. Our
Father-God is king. With every loyal Jew I worship God.

31  I am the candle of the Lord aflame to light the way; and while you
have the light walk in the light.


CHAPTER 73.

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

Next day the multitudes were surging through the temple courts, intent
on hearing Jesus speak.

2  And when he came the people said, All hail! behold the king!

3  And Jesus 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 God 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 Jesus said, Messiah is one sent from God 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
on storms at will; may stay tempestuous winds; may heal the sick and
raise the dead, and not be sent from God.

20  All nature is subservient to the will of man, and evil men, 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 God, 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 Jesus 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 God the treasures of
your heart.


CHAPTER 74.

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

It was the Sabbath day, and Jesus 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
Jesus 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 there are many ways to cure, to tune
anew the mystic harpsichord.

9  Now when the Pharisees were told that Jesus healed the people on
the Sabbath day they were enraged, and they commanded him to quit the
place.

10  But Jesus said, Was man designed to fit the Sabbath day, 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 God 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 God because he heeded not their words.

16  Now, in the evening Jesus stood beside a pool; a playful child had
fallen in, and it was drowned, and friends were bearing it away.

17  But Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus saw a little boy who had no home, and he was hungry; when
he called for bread the people turned away.

22  And Jesus 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 God will give to us.


CHAPTER 75.

    _Nicodemus visits Jesus in the night. Jesus reveals to him the
      meaning of the new birth and the kingdom of heaven._

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 Jesus 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 Jesus at the home of Jude.

4  When Jesus 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 God, for man alone could never teach as you have taught;
could never do the works that you have done.

8  And Jesus 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 Jesus 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 God.

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 Jesus 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 God; 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 God unmanifest, and so our Father-God
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 this
carnal life, may live.

22  He who believes in him shall have eternal life.

23  For God so loved the world that he sent forth his only son to be
raised up that men may see the love of God.

24  God 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 Jesus 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.

    _Jesus in Bethlehem. Explains the Empire of Peace to the
      shepherds. An unusual light appears. The shepherds recognize
      Jesus as the Christ._

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 watch 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 Jesus, whom the people called the
king, had come, they came from near and far to speak to him.

8  And Jesus 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 armor 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 scepter 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 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 armor, 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 Jesus 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 God.


CHAPTER 77.

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

With three disciples Jesus 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 Jesus, 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus all; and then she said, What shall I do?

10  And Jesus said, Your husband is not willingly at fault; he is
devout; he prays to God, our Father-God.

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 God 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 godly 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 live a godly life; refrain from harshness in your speech, and
you will lead your husband to the light.

22  And it was so.


CHAPTER 78.

    _Jesus in Jericho. Heals a servant of Asher. Goes to the Jordan
      and speaks to the people. Establishes baptism as a pledge of
      discipleship. Baptizes six disciples, who in turn baptize
      many people._

And Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus said to them, Behold, the time
has come; the kingdom is at hand.

7  None but the pure 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 public 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
God 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 baptized, and you shall enter
through the gate and see the king.

13  The six disciples who had followed Jesus stood a-near, and Jesus
led them forth and in the Jordan he baptized 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 baptized you in the name of Christ, so you shall, in that
sacred name, baptize all men and women who will confess their faith in
Christ, and shall renounce their sins.

16  And, lo, the multitudes came down, renounced their sins, confessed
their faith in Christ, and were baptized.


CHAPTER 79.

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

Now, John the harbinger, was at the Salim Springs where water was
abundant, and there he preached 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 Jesus is indeed the Christ whose way 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 prosper so abundantly.

7  I have performed the work that I was sent to do; the work of Jesus
just begins.

8  Then turning to the multitudes he said, Christ is the king of
righteousness; Christ is the love of God; yea, he is God; one of the
holy persons of the Triune God.

9  Christ lives in every heart of purity.

10  Now, Jesus 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 Jesus bathes forever in the living waters of the Holy Breath.

16  And Jesus comes to bring the savior of the world to men; Love is
the savior of the world.

17  And all who put their trust in Christ, and follow Jesus 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 comes from India to see Jesus. He listens to the
      teachings of John at Salim. John tells him of the divine
      mission of Jesus. Lamaas finds Jesus at the Jordan. The
      masters recognize each other._

Lamaas, priest of Brahm, who was a friend of Jesus when he was in the
temple Jagannath, had heard of Jesus 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 God.

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 Jesus and his
mighty works.

5  He heard the answer of the harbinger; he heard him bless the name of
Jesus, whom he called the Christ.

6  And then he spoke to John; he said, Pray, tell me more about this
Jesus whom you call the Christ.

7  And John replied, this Jesus is the love of God 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 Jesus comes to overthrow this iron rule of force, and seat
Love on the throne of power.

11  And Jesus 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 God, 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 God; is not afraid of him, and he is
able, and is bold enough, to lay his body on the altar of the Lord.

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 forevermore.

20  And then Lamaas journeyed on; he came to Jesus as he taught beside
the ford.

21  And Jesus 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 Jesus teaches a woman of Samaria._

The Christine gate into the kingdom of the Holy One was opened up, and
Jesus and the six disciples and Lamaas left the Jordan ford and turned
their faces toward Galilee.

2  Their way lay through Samaria, and as 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 Jesus 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
Jesus 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 favor of a drink?

6  And Jesus said Samaritans and Jews are all the children of one God,
our Father-God, 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 recognize 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-God has
sent to men by me, you would have asked me for a drink,

10  And I would glad 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus answered her and said, You scarcely 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 affinitize
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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 God within the temple of
the heart; for God is not within Jerusalem, nor in your holy mount in
any way that he is not in every heart.

27  Our God 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 Jesus said, Behold the Christ has come; Messiah speaks to you.


CHAPTER 82.

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

While Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus, 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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  God 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 God’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  God 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 Jesus went with them into the town, and tarried certain days.


CHAPTER 83.

    _Jesus 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
      Jesus in Sychar, but he speaks to them and wins their favor._

In Sychar Jesus 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 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 God.

10  And many of the people brought their sick, and Jesus spoke the
Word, and they were healed.

11  The ruler of the synagogue, and all the priests were much disturbed
when told that Jesus 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 Jesus 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 am 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 Jesus said,

18  The ruler was amazed, and with the priests went to the market place
where Jesus was.

19  And when he saw them, Jesus said, Behold the honored 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. Jesus speaks in the synagogue. Heals a woman
      by mental power. He disappears, but later joins his disciples
      as they journey toward Nazareth._

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 Jesus 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
Lord 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 Lord of hosts has set apart the Israelites to teach the unity
of God and man; but one can never teach that which he does not
demonstrate in life.

7  Our God 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, the ruler of the synagogue, and you, these priests, are
honored servants of the Lord 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 godly life may win ten thousand souls to purity and right.

12  And all the people said, Amen.

13  Then Jesus 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 Jesus prayed.

15  And as he sat in silent mood a voice of soul spoke to his soul
imploring help.

16  And Jesus 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 Jesus was a man of God,
and in her heart she called on him for help.

18  And Jesus 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 God in thought for healing
power, and in a moment I was well.

21  The people said, The gods have surely come to earth; for man has
not the power to heal by thought.

22  But Jesus said, The greatest power in heaven and earth is thought.

23  God 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 Jesus 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, Jesus
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. Jesus tells why God
      permitted the imprisonment of John._

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 Jesus thought it best that he should not remain
in Galilee.

12  But Jesus 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 God permitted Herod to imprison John, he
said,

14  Behold yon stalk of wheat! When it has brought the 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 of
what is now a noble life.

17  And when my work is done the rulers will do unto me what they have
done to John, and more.

18  All these events are part of God’s own plan. The innocent will
suffer while the wicked are in power; but woe to them who cause the
suffering of the innocents.


CHAPTER 86.

    _The Christines are in Nazareth. Jesus speaks in the synagogue.
      He offends the people and they attempt to kill him. He
      mysteriously disappears, and returns to the synagogue._

The Christines were in Nazareth. It was the Sabbath day, and Jesus
went up to the synagogue.

2  The keeper of the books gave one to Jesus and he opened it and read:

3  The Spirit of the Lord has overshadowed me; he has anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; to set the captives free; to open
sightless eyes;

4  To bring relief to those oppressed and bruised, and to proclaim, The
year of jubilee has come.

5  When he had read these words he closed the book and said, This
scripture is fulfilled before your eyes this day. The year of jubilee
has come; the time when Israel shall bless the world.

6  And then he told them many things about the kingdom of the Holy
One; about the hidden way of life; about forgiveness of sins.

7  Now, many people knew not who the speaker was: And others said, Is
not this Joseph’s son? Does not his mother live on Marmion Way?

8  And one spoke out and said, This is the man who did such mighty
works in Cana, in Capernaum and in Jerusalem.

9  And then the people said, Physician heal yourself. Do here among
your kindred all the mighty works that you have done in other towns.

10  And Jesus said, No prophet is received with honor by the people of
his native land; and prophets are not sent to every one.

11  Elijah was a man of God; he had the power and he closed the gates
of heaven, and it did not rain for forty months; and when he spoke the
Word, the rain came on, the earth brought forth again.

12  And there were many widows in the land; but this Elijah went to
none but Zarephath, and she was blessed.

13  And when Elisha lived, lo, many lepers were in Israel, but none
were cleansed save one--the Syrian who had faith.

14  You have no faith; you seek for signs to satisfy your curious
whims; but you shall see not till you open up your eyes of faith.

15  And then the people were enraged; they rushed upon him, bound him
down with cords, and took him to a precipice not far away, intent to
cast him down to death;

16  But when they thought they held him fast, he disappeared; unseen he
passed among the angry men, and went his way.

17  The people were confounded and they said, What manner of a man is
this?

18  And when they came again to Nazareth, they found him teaching in
the synagogue.

19  They troubled him no more for they were sore afraid.


CHAPTER 87.

    _The Christines go to Cana. Jesus heals a nobleman’s child. The
      Christines go to Capernaum. Jesus provides a spacious home
      for his mother. He announces his intention to choose twelve
      apostles._

In Nazareth Jesus taught no more; he went with his disciples up to
Cana, where, at a marriage feast, he once turned water into wine.

2  And here he met a man of noble birth whose home was in Capernaum,
whose son was sick.

3  The man had faith in Jesus’ power to heal, and when he learned that
he had come to Galilee he went in haste to meet him on the way.

4  The man met Jesus at the seventh hour, and he entreated him to
hasten to Capernaum to save his son.

5  But Jesus did not go; he stood aside in silence for a time, and then
he said, Your faith has proved a healing balm; your son is well.

6  The man believed and went his way toward Capernaum and as he went he
met a servant from his home who said,

7  My lord, You need not haste; your son is well.

8  The father asked, When did my son begin to mend?

9  The servant said, On yesterday about the seventh hour the fever left.

10  And then the father knew it was the healing balm that Jesus sent
that saved his son.

11  In Cana Jesus tarried not; he went his way with his disciples to
Capernaum, where he secured a spacious house where, with his mother,
he could live; where his disciples might repair to hear the Word.

12  He called the men who had confessed their faith in him to meet him
in his home, which his disciples called, The school of Christ; and
when they came he said to them,

13  This gospel of the Christ must be proclaimed in all the world.

14  This Christine vine will be a mighty vine whose branches will
comprise the peoples, tribes and tongues of all the earth.

15  I am the vine; twelve men shall be the branches of the stock, and
these shall send forth branches everywhere;

16  And from among the people who have followed me, the Holy Breath
will call the twelve.

17  Go now and do your work as you have done your work; but listen for
the call.

18  Then the disciples went unto their daily tasks, to do their work as
they had done, and Jesus went alone into the Hammoth hills to pray.

19  Three days and nights he spent communing with the Silent
Brotherhood; then, in the power of Holy Breath he came to call the
twelve.


CHAPTER 88.

    _Jesus walks by the sea. Stands in a fishing boat and speaks to
      the people. Under his direction the fishermen secure a great
      catch of fish. He selects and calls his twelve apostles._

Beside the sea of Galilee the Christine master walked, and multitudes
of people followed him.

2  The fishing boats had just come in, and Peter and his brother waited
in their boats; their helpers were ashore repairing broken nets.

3  And Jesus went into a boat and Peter pushed it out a little ways
from shore; and Jesus standing in the boat spoke to the multitude. He
said,

4  Isaiah, prophet of the Lord of hosts, looked forward and he saw this
day; he saw the people standing by the sea, and he exclaimed,

5  The land of Zebulon and Napthali, land beyond the Jordan and toward
the sea, the Gentile Galilee,

6  The people were in darkness, knowing not the way; but, lo, they saw
the Day Star rise; a light streamed forth; they saw the way of life;
they walked therein.

7  And you are blest beyond all people of the earth today, because you
first may see the light, and may become the children of the light.

8  Then Jesus said to Peter, Bring your nets aboard, and put out in the
deep,

9  And Peter did as Jesus bade him do; but in a faithless way he said,
This is a useless trip; there are no fish upon this shore of Galilee
today; with Andrew I have toiled all night, and taken naught.

10  But Jesus saw beneath the surface of the sea; he saw a multitude of
fish. He said to Peter,

11  Cast out your net upon the right side of the boat.

12  And Peter did as Jesus said, and, lo, the net was filled; it scarce
was strong enough to hold the multitude of fish.

13  And Peter called to John and James, who were near by, for help; and
when the net was hauled to boat, both boats were well nigh filled
with fish.

14  When Peter saw the heavy catch, he was ashamed of what he said;
ashamed because he had no faith, and he fell down at Jesus’ feet and
said, Lord, I believe!

15  And Jesus said, Behold the catch! from henceforth you shall fish no
more for fish;

16  You shall cast forth the Christine net into the sea of human life,
upon the right side of the boat; you shall ensnare the multitudes to
holiness and blessedness and peace.

17  Now, when they reached the shore the Christine master called to
Peter, Andrew, James and John and said,

18  You fishermen of Galilee, the masters have a mighty work for us to
do; I go, and you may follow me. And they left all and followed him.

19  And Jesus walked along the shore, and seeing Philip and Nathaniel
walking on the beach he said to them,

20  You teachers of Bethsaida, who long have taught the people Greek
philosophy, the masters have a higher work for you and me to do; I go
and you may follow me; and then they followed him.

21  A little farther on there stood a Roman tribute house, and Jesus
saw the officer in charge; his name was Matthew, who once abode in
Jericho;

22  The youth who once ran on before the Lord into Jerusalem and said,
Behold the Christines come.

23  And Matthew was a man of wealth, and learned in wisdom of the Jews,
the Syrians and the Greeks.

24  And Jesus said to him, Hail, Matthew, trusted servant of the
Cæsars, hail! the masters call us to the tribute house of souls; I go
and you may follow me. And Matthew followed him.

25  Ischariot and his son, whose name was Judas, were employed by
Matthew and were at the tribute house.

26  And Jesus said to Judas, Stay your work; the masters call us to a
duty in the savings bank of souls; I go and you may follow me. And
Judas followed him.

27  And Jesus met a lawyer who had heard about the Christine master and
had come from Antioch to study in the school of Christ.

28  This man was Thomas, man of doubt, and yet a Greek philosopher of
culture and of power.

29  But Jesus saw in him the lines of faith, and said to him, The
masters have a need of men who can interpret law; I go, and you may
follow me. And Thomas followed him.

30  And when the evening came and Jesus was at home, behold, there came
his kindred, James and Jude, the sons of Alpheus and Miriam.

31  And these were men of faith, and they were carpenters of Nazareth.

32  And Jesus said to them, Behold, for you have toiled with me, and
with my father Joseph, building houses for the homes of men. The
masters call us now to aid in building homes for souls; homes built
without the sound of hammer, ax, or saw;

33  I go, and you may follow me. And James and Jude exclaimed, Lord, we
will follow you.

34  And on the morrow Jesus sent a message unto Simon, leader of the
Zelotes, a strict exponent of the Jewish law.

35  And in the message Jesus said, The masters call for men to
demonstrate the faith of Abraham; I go, and you may follow me. And
Simon followed him.


CHAPTER 89.

    _The twelve apostles are at Jesus’ home and are consecrated to
      their work. Jesus instructs them. He goes to the synagogue on
      the Sabbath and teaches. He casts an unclean spirit out of
      one obsessed. He heals Peter’s mother-in-law._

Now, on the day before the Sabbath day, the twelve disciples who had
received the call were met with one accord in Jesus’ home.

2  And Jesus said to them, This is the day to consecrate yourselves
unto the work of God; so let us pray.

3  Turn from the outer to the inner self; close all the doors of carnal
self and wait.

4  The Holy Breath will fill this place, and you will be baptized in
Holy Breath.

5  And then they prayed; a light more brilliant than the noonday sun
filled all the room, and tongues of flame from every head rose high in
air.

6  The atmosphere of Galilee was set astir; a sound like distant
thunder rolled above Capernaum, and men heard songs, as though ten
thousand angels joined in full accord.

7  And then the twelve disciples heard a voice, a still, small voice,
and just one word was said, a word they dared not speak; it was the
sacred name of God.

8  And Jesus said to them, By this omnific Word you may control the
elements, and all the powers of air.

9  And when within your souls you speak this Word, you have the keys
of life and death; of things that are; of things that were; of things
that are to be.

10  Behold you are the twelve great branches of the Christine vine; the
twelve foundation stones; the twelve apostles of the Christ.

11  As lambs I send you forth among wild beasts; but the omnific Word
will be your buckler and your shield.

12  And then again the air was filled with song, and every living
creature seemed to say, Praise God! Amen!

13  The next day was the Sabbath day; and Jesus went with his disciples
to the synagogue, and there he taught.

14  The people said, He teaches not as do the scribes and Pharisees;
but as a man who knows, and has authority to speak.

15  As Jesus spoke, a man obsessed came in; the evil spirits that
obsessed the man were of the baser sort; they often threw their victim
to the ground, or in the fire.

16  And when the spirits saw the Christine master in the synagogue they
knew him, and they said,

17  You son of God, why are you here? would you destroy us by the Word
before our time? we would have naught to do with you; let us alone.

18  But Jesus said to them, By the omnific Word I speak; Come out;
torment this man no more; go to your place.

19  And then the unclean spirits threw the man upon the floor, and,
with a fiendish cry, they went away.

20  And Jesus lifted up the man and said to him, If you will keep your
mind full occupied with good, the evil spirits cannot find a place to
stay;

21  They only come to empty heads and hearts. Go on your way and sin no
more.

22  The people were astonished at the words that Jesus spoke, the work
he did. They asked among themselves,

23  Who is this man? From whence comes all this power that even unclean
spirits fear, and flee away?

24  The Christine master left the synagogue; with Peter, Andrew, James
and John, he went to Peter’s house where one, a near of kin, was sick.

25  And Peter’s wife came in; it was her mother who was sick.

26  And Jesus touched the woman as she lay upon her couch; he spoke the
Word; the fever ceased and she arose and ministered to them.

27  The neighbors heard what had occurred, and then they brought their
sick, and those obsessed, and Jesus laid his hands on them, and they
were healed.


CHAPTER 90.

    _Jesus goes alone to a mountain to pray. His disciples find
      him. He calls the twelve and they journey through Galilee
      teaching and healing. At Tiberius Jesus heals a leper. The
      Christines return to Capernaum. In his own home Jesus heals a
      palsied man and makes known the philosophy of healing and the
      forgiveness of sins._

The Christine master disappeared; no one saw him go, and Peter,
James and John set forth to search for him; they found him at his
trysting-place out on the Hammoth hills.

2  And Peter said, The city of Capernaum is wild; the people crowd the
streets and every public place is filled.

3  The men, the women and the children everywhere are asking for the
man who heals by will.

4  Your home and our homes are filled with people who are sick; they
call for Jesus who is called the Christ. What will we say to them?

5  And Jesus said, A score of other cities call, and we must take the
bread of life to them. Go call the other men and let us go.

6  And Jesus and the twelve went to Bethsaida where Philip and
Nathaniel dwelt; and there they taught.

7  The multitudes believed on Christ, confessed their sins and were
baptized, and came into the kingdom of the Holy One.

8  The Christine master and the twelve went everywhere through all the
towns of Galilee, and taught, baptizing all who came in faith, and who
confessed their sins.

9  They opened blinded eyes, unstopped deaf ears, drove forth the evil
ones from those obsessed, and healed disease of every kind.

10  And they were in Tiberius by the sea, and as they taught a leper
came a-near and said, Lord, I believe, and if you will but speak the
Word I will be clean.

11  And Jesus said to him, I will; be clean. And soon the leprosy was
gone; the man was clean.

12  And Jesus charged the man, Say naught to any one, but go and show
yourself unto the priests and offer for your cleansing what the law
demands.

13  The man was wild with joy; but then he went not to the priests, but
in the marts of trade, and everywhere he told what had been done.

14  And then the sick in throngs pressed hard upon the healer and the
twelve, imploring to be healed.

15  And they were so importunate that little could be done, and so the
Christines left the crowded thoroughfares, and went to desert places
where they taught the multitudes that followed them.

16  Now, after many days the Christines came back to Capernaum. When it
was noised around that Jesus was at home, the people came; they filled
the house till there was no more room, not even at the door.

17  And there were present scribes and Pharisees and doctors of the law
from every part of Galilee, and from Jerusalem, and Jesus opened up
for them the way of life.

18  Four men brought one, a palsied man upon a cot, and when they could
not pass the door they took the sick man to the roof, and opened up a
way, then let him down before the healer’s face.

19  When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the palsied man, My son,
be of good cheer; your sins are all forgiven.

20  And when the scribes and Pharisees heard what he said, they said,
Why does this man speak thus? who can forgive the sins of men but God?

21  And Jesus caught their thought; he knew they questioned thus among
themselves; he said to them,

22  Why reason thus among yourselves? What matters it if I should say,
Your sins are blotted out; or say, Arise, take up your bed and walk?

23  But just to prove that men may here forgive the sins of men, I say,
(and then he spoke unto the palsied man),

24  Arise, take up your bed, and go your way.

25  And in the presence of them all the man arose, took up his bed, and
went his way.

26  The people could not comprehend the things they heard and saw. They
said among themselves, This is a day we never can forget; we have seen
wondrous things today.

27  And when the multitudes had gone the twelve remained, and Jesus
said to them,

28  The Jewish festival draws near; next week we will go to Jerusalem,
that we may meet our brethren from afar, and open up to them the way
that they may see the king.

29  The Christines sought the quiet of their homes, where they remained
in prayer for certain days.



SECTION XVI.

AIN.

_The Second Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus._


CHAPTER 91.

    _Jesus at the feast in Jerusalem. Heals an impotent man. Gives
      a practical lesson in healing. Affirms that all men are the
      sons of God._

The feast time came and Jesus and the twelve went to Jerusalem.

2  Upon the day before the Sabbath day they reached Mount Olives and
they tarried at an inn before Mount Olives on the north.

3  And in the early morning of the Sabbath day they went in through the
sheep gate to Jerusalem.

4  The healing fountain of Bethesda, near the gate, was thronged about
with people who were sick;

5  For they believed that at a certain time an angel came and poured a
healing virtue in the pool, and those who entered first and bathed,
would be made whole.

6  And Jesus and the twelve were standing near the pool.

7  And Jesus saw a man near by who had been stricken eight and thirty
years; without a hand to help he could not move.

8  And Jesus said to him, My brother, man, would you be healed?

9  The man replied, I earnestly desire to be healed; but I am helpless
and when the angel comes and pours the healing virtues in the pool,

10  Another who can walk, steps in the fountain first and I am left
unhealed.

11  And Jesus said, Who sends an angel here to potentize this pool for
just a favored few?

12  I know it is not God, for he deals just the same with every one.

13  One has no better chance in heaven’s healing fountain than another
one.

14  The fount of health is in your soul; it has a door locked fast; the
key is faith;

15  And every one can have this key and may unlock the door and plunge
into the healing fount and be made whole.

16  And then the man looked up in hopeful mood and said, Give me this
key of faith.

17  And Jesus said, Do you believe what I have said? According to your
faith it shall be done. Arise, take up your bed and walk.

18  The man at once arose and walked away; he only said, Praise God.

19  And when the people asked, Who made you whole? the man replied, I
do not know. A stranger at the pool just spoke a word and I was well.

20  The many did not see when Jesus healed the man, and with the twelve
he went his way up to the temple courts.

21  And in the temple Jesus saw the man and said to him, Behold you are
made whole; from henceforth guard your life aright;

22  Go on your way and sin no more, or something worse may fall on you.

23  And now the man knew who it was who made him whole.

24  He told the story to the priests and they were much enraged; they
said, The law forbids a man to heal upon the Sabbath day.

25  But Jesus said, My Father works on Sabbath days and may not I?

26  He sends his rain, his sunshine and his dew; he makes his grass to
grow, his flowers to bloom; he speeds the harvests just the same on
Sabbath days as on the other days.

27  If it is lawful for the grass to grow and flowers to bloom on
Sabbath days it surely is not wrong to succor stricken men.

28  And then the priests were angered more and more because he claimed
to be a son of God.

29  A leading priest, Abihu, said, This fellow is a menace to our
nation and our laws; he makes himself to be a son of God; it is not
meet that he should live.

30  But Jesus said, Abihu, Sir, you are a learned man; you surely know
the law of life. Pray tell who were the sons of God we read about in
Genesis, who took to wife the daughters of the sons of men?

31  Our father Adam; who was he? From whence came he? Had he a father?
or did he fall from heaven as a star?

32  We read that Moses said, He came from God. If Adam came from God,
pray, was he offspring, was he son?

33  We are the children of this son of God; then tell me, learned
priest, Who are we if not sons of God?

34  The priest had urgent business and he went his away.

35  And Jesus said, All men are sons of God and if they live a holy
life they always are at home with God.

36  They see and understand the works of God, and in his sacred name
they can perform these works.

37  The lightnings and the storms are messengers of God as well as are
the sunshine, rain and dew.

38  The virtues of the heavens are in God’s hands, and every loyal son
may use these virtues and these powers.

39  Man is the delegate of God to do his will on earth, and man can
heal the sick, control the spirits of the air, and raise the dead.

40  Because I have the power to do these things is nothing strange. All
men may gain the power to do these things; but they must conquer all
the passions of the lower self; and they can conquer if they will.

41  So man is God on earth, and he who honors God must honor man; for
God and man are one, as father and the child are one.

42  Behold, I say, The hour has come; the dead will hear the voice of
man, and live, because the son of man is son of God.

43  You men of Israel, hear! you live in death; you are locked up
within the tomb.

44  (There is no deeper death than ignorance and unbelief.)

45  But all will some day hear the voice of God, made plain by voice of
man, and live. You all will know that you are sons of God, and by the
sacred Word, may do the works of God.

46  When you have come to life, that is, have come to realize that you
are sons of God, you who have lived the life of right, will open up
your eyes on fields of life.

47  But you who love the ways of sin will, in this resurrection, stand
before a judgment bar, and be condemned to pay the debts you owe to
men and to yourselves.

48  For whatsoever you have done amiss must be performed again, and yet
again, until you reach the stature of the perfect man.

49  But in due time the lowest and the highest will arise to walk in
light.

50  Shall I accuse you unto God? No, for your prophet, Moses, has done
that; and if you hear not Moses’ words you will not hearken unto me,
for Moses wrote of me.


CHAPTER 92.

    _The Christines at a feast in Lazarus’ home. A fire rages in
      the town. Jesus rescues a child from the flames and stays
      the fire by the Word. He gives a practical lesson on how to
      redeem a drunken man._

Now, Lazarus was at the feast and Jesus and the twelve went with him
to his home in Bethany.

2  And Lazarus and his sisters made a feast for Jesus and the twelve;
and Ruth and Asher came from Jericho; for Asher was no longer hostile
to the Christ.

3  And while the guests sat at the board behold a cry, The village is
a-fire! and all rushed out into the streets, and, lo, the homes of
many neighbors were in flames.

4  And in an upper room an infant lay asleep, and none could pass the
flames to save. The mother, wild with grief, was calling on the men to
save her child.

5  Then, with a voice that made the spirits of the fire pale and
tremble, Jesus said, Peace, peace, be still!

6  And then he walked through smoke and flame, climbed up the falling
stair, and in a moment came again, and in his arms he brought the
child. And not a trace of fire was on himself, his raiment, or the
child.

7  Then Jesus raised his hand, rebuked the spirits of the fire,
commanding them to cease their awful work, and be at rest.

8  And then, as though the waters of the sea were all at once poured on
the flames, the fire ceased to burn.

9  And when the fury of the fire was spent the multitudes were wild to
see the man who could control the fire, and Jesus said,

10  Man was not made for fire, but fire was made for man.

11  When man comes to himself and comprehends the fact that he is son
of God, and knows that in himself lies all the powers of God, he is a
master mind and all the elements will hear his voice and gladly do his
will.

12  Two sturdy asses bind the will of man; their names are Fear and
Unbelief. When these are caught and turned aside, the will of man will
know no bounds; then man has but to speak and it is done.

13  And then the guests returned and sat about the board. A little
child came in and stood by Jesus’ side.

14  She laid her hand on Jesus’ arm and said, Please, Master Jesus,
hear! my father is a drunken man; my mother toils from morn till night
and when she brings her wages home my father snatches them away and
squanders every cent for drink, and mother and us little ones are
hungry all the night.

15  Please, Master Jesus, come with me and touch my father’s heart. He
is so good and kind when he is just himself; I know it is the wine
that makes another man of him.

16  And Jesus went out with the child; he found the wretched home; he
spoke in kindness to the mother and the little ones, and then upon a
bed of straw he found the drunken man.

17  He took him by the hand and raised him up and said, My brother,
man, made in the image of our Father-God, will you arise and come with
me?

18  Your neighbors are in sore distress; they have lost all they had in
this fierce fire, and men must build their homes again and you and I
must lead the way.

19  And then the man arose; the two went arm in arm to view the wrecks.

20  They heard the mothers and the children crying in the streets; they
saw their wretchedness.

21  And Jesus said, My friend, here is a work for you to do. Just lead
the way in helpfulness; I’m sure the men of Bethany will furnish you
the means and help.

22  The spark of hope that had so long been smouldering in the man was
fanned into a flame. He threw his ragged coat aside; he was himself
again.

23  And then he called for help; not for himself, but for the homeless
ones; and everybody helped. The ruined homes were built again.

24  And then he saw his own poor den; his heart was stirred into its
depths.

25  The pride of manhood filled his soul; he said, This wretched
den shall be a home. He worked as he had never wrought before, and
everybody helped.

26  And in a little while the den became a home indeed; the flowers of
love bloomed everywhere.

27  The mother and the little ones were filled with joy; the father
never drank again.

28  A man was saved, and no one ever said a word about neglect or
drunkenness, nor urged him to reform.


CHAPTER 93.

    _The Christines go through a field of ripe wheat, and the
      disciples eat of the wheat. Jesus exonerates them. The
      Christines return to Capernaum. Jesus heals a withered hand
      on the Sabbath, and defends his deed._

Another Sabbath day had come and Jesus and the twelve walked through a
field of ripened wheat.

2  And they were hungry and they took the heads of wheat and in their
hands threshed out the grain and ate.

3  Among the men who followed them were Pharisees of strictest sect,
and when they saw the twelve thresh out the wheat and eat, they said
to Jesus,

4  Sir, why do the twelve do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath
day?

5  And Jesus said, Have you not heard what David did when he and those
who followed him had need of food?

6  How he went to the house of God and from the table in the Holy Place
took of the presence bread and ate, and gave to those who followed him?

7  I tell you, men, the needs of man are higher than the law of rites.

8  And in our sacred books we read how priests profane the Sabbath day
in many ways while they are serving in the Holy Place, and still are
free from guilt.

9  The Sabbath day was made for man; man was not made to fit the
Sabbath day.

10  The man is son of God and under the eternal law of right, which is
the highest law, he may annul the statute laws.

11  The law of sacrifice is but the law of man, and in our law we read
that God desires mercy first; and mercy stands above all statute laws.

12  The son of man is Lord of every law. Did not a prophet sum the
duties of the man when in the book he wrote: In mercy follow justice
and walk humbly with your God?

13  Then Jesus and the twelve returned to Galilee, and on the day
before the Sabbath day they reached the home of Jesus in Capernaum.

14  And on the Sabbath day they went up to the synagogue. The
multitudes were there and Jesus taught.

15  Among the worshippers was one, a man who had a withered hand. The
scribes and Pharisees observed that Jesus saw the man, and then they
said,

16  What will he do? Will he attempt to heal upon the Sabbath day?

17  And Jesus knew their thoughts and he called to the man who had the
withered hand and said, Arise, stand forth before these men.

18  And Jesus said, You scribes and Pharisees, speak out and answer me:
Is it a crime to save a life upon the Sabbath day?

19  If you had sheep and one of them fell in a pit upon the Sabbath day
would you do wrong to take it out?

20  Or would it please your God to let it suffer in the mire until
another day?

21  But his accusers held their peace.

22  And then he said to them, Are sheep of greater value than a man?

23  The law of God is written on the rock of Right; and Justice wrote
the law, and Mercy was the pen.

24  And then he said, Man, raise your hand and stretch it forth. He
raised his hand; it was restored.

25  The Pharisees were filled with rage. They called in secret council
the Herodians, and they began to plot and plan how they might bring
about his death.

26  They were afraid to publicly accuse, because the multitudes stood
forth in his defense.

27  And Jesus and the twelve went down and walked beside the sea, and
many people followed them.


CHAPTER 94.

    _The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus reveals to the twelve the
      secret of prayer. The model prayer. The law of forgiveness.
      The holy fast. The evil of deceit. Almsgiving._

Next morning e’er the sun had risen Jesus and the twelve went to a
mountain near the sea to pray; and Jesus taught the twelve disciples
how to pray. He said,

2  Prayer is the deep communion of the soul with God;

3  So when you pray do not deceive yourselves as do the hypocrites who
love to stand upon the streets and in the synagogues and pour out many
words to please the ears of men.

4  And they adorn themselves with pious airs that they may have the
praise of men. They seek the praise of men and their reward is sure.

5  But when you pray, go to the closet of your soul; close all the
doors, and in the holy silence, pray.

6  You need not speak a multitude of words, nor yet repeat the words
again and then again, as heathen do. Just say,

7  Our Father-God who art in heaven; holy is thy name. Thy kingdom
come; thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

8  Give us this day our needed bread;

9  Help us forget the debts that other people owe to us, that all our
debts may be discharged.

10  And shield us from the tempter’s snares that are too great for us
to bear;

11  And when they come give us the strength to overcome.

12  If you would be discharged from all the debts you owe to God and
man, the debts you have incurred by wilfully transgressing law,

13  You must pass by the debts of every man; for as you deal with other
men your God will deal with you.

14  And when you fast you may not advertise the deed.

15  When fast the hypocrites they paint their faces, look demure,
assume a pious pose, that they may seem to men to fast.

16  A fast is deed of soul, and like a prayer, it is a function of the
silence of the soul.

17  God never passes by unnoticed any prayer, or fast. He walks within
the silence, and his benedictions rest on every effort of the soul.

18  Deception is hypocrisy, and you shall not assume to be what you are
not.

19  You may not clothe yourselves in special garb to advertise your
piety, nor yet assume the tone of voice that men conceive to be a holy
voice.

20  And when you give to aid the needy ones, blow not a trumpet in the
street, nor synagogue to advertise your gift.

21  He who does alms for praise of men has his reward from men; but God
regardeth not.

22  In giving alms do not let the right hand know the secret of the
left.


CHAPTER 95.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus pronounces the eight
      beatitudes and the eight woes. Speaks words of encouragement.
      Emphasizes the exalted character of the apostolic work._

And Jesus and the twelve went to the mountain top, and Jesus said,

2  Twelve pillars of the church, apostles of the Christ; light-bearers
of the sun of life and ministers of God to men:

3  In just a little while you must go forth alone, and preach the
gospel of the king, first to the Jews and then to all the world.

4  And you shall go, not with a scourge of cords to drive; you cannot
drive men to the king;

5  But you shall go in love and helpfulness and lead the way to right
and light.

6  Go forth and say, The kingdom is at hand.

7  Worthy are the strong in spirit; theirs the kingdom is.

8  Worthy are the meek; they shall possess the land.

9  Worthy they who hunger and who thirst for right; they shall be
satisfied.

10  Worthy are the merciful; and mercy shall be shown to them.

11  Worthy they who gain the mastery of self; they have the key of
power.

12  Worthy are the pure in heart; and they shall see the king.

13  Worthy they who are maligned and wronged because they do the right;
their persecutors they shall bless.

14  Worthy is the trustful child of faith; he shall sit in the throne
of power.

15  Be not discouraged when the world shall persecute and call you
curst; but rather be exceeding glad.

16  The prophets and the seers, and all the good of earth, have been
maligned.

17  If you are worthy of the crown of life you will be slandered,
vilified and curst on earth.

18  Rejoice when evil men shall drive you from their ways and cause
your name to be a hiss and byword in the street.

19  I say, rejoice; but deal in mercy with the doers of the wrong; they
are but children at their play; they know not what they do.

20  Rejoice not over fallen foes. As you help men rise from the depth
of sin, so God will help you on to greater heights.

21  Woe to the rich is gold and lands; they have temptations multiform.

22  Woe unto men who walk at will in pleasure’s paths; their ways are
full of snares and dangerous pits.

23  Woe to the proud; they stand upon a precipice; destruction waits
for them.

24  Woe to the man of greed; for what he has is not his own; and, lo,
another comes; his wealth is gone.

25  Woe to the hypocrite; his form is fair to look upon; his heart is
filled with carcasses and dead men’s bones.

26  Woe to the cruel and relentless man; he is himself the victim of
his deeds.

27  The evil he would do to other men rebounds; the scourger is the
scourged.

28  Woe to the libertine who preys upon the virtues of the weak. The
hour comes when he will be the weak, the victim of a libertine of
greater power.

29  Woe unto you when all the world shall speak in praise of you. The
world speaks not in praise of men who live within the Holy Breath; it
speaks in praise of prophets false, and of illusions base.

30  You men who walk in Holy Breath are salt, the salt of earth; but if
you lose your virtue you are salt in name alone, worth nothing more
than dust.

31  And you are light; are called to light the world.

32  A city on a hill cannot be hid; its lights are seen afar; and while
you stand upon the hills of life men see your light and imitate your
works and honor God.

33  Men do not light a lamp and hide it in a cask; they put it on a
stand that it may light the house.

34  You are the lamps of God; must not stand in the shade of earth
illusions, but in the open, high upon the stand.

35  I am not come to nullify the law, nor to destroy; but to fulfill.

36  The Law, the Prophets and the Psalms were written in the wisdom of
the Holy Breath and cannot fail.

37  The heavens and earth that are will change and pass away; the
word of God is sure; it cannot pass until it shall accomplish that
whereunto it hath been sent.

38  Whoever disregards the law of God and teaches men to do the same,
becomes a debtor unto God and cannot see his face until he has
returned and paid his debt by sacrifice of life.

39  But he who hearkens unto God and keeps his law and does his will on
earth, shall rule with Christ.

40  The scribes and Pharisees regard the letter of the law; they cannot
comprehend the spirit of the law;

41  And if your righteousness does not exceed the righteousness of
scribe and Pharisee you cannot come into the kingdom of the soul.

42  It is not what man does that gives him right to enter through the
gates; his pass word is his character and his desire is his character.

43  The letter of the law deals with the acts of man; the spirit of the
law takes note of his desires.


CHAPTER 96.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus considers the Ten
      Commandments. The philosophy of Christ the spirit of the
      Commandments. Jesus unfolds the spiritual aspects of the
      first four Commandments._

God gave the Ten Commandments unto men; upon the mountain Moses saw
the words of God; he wrote them down on solid rock; they cannot be
destroyed.

2  These Ten Commandments show the justice side of God; but now the
love of God made manifest brings mercy on the wings of Holy Breath.

3  Upon the unity of God the law was built. In all the world there is
one force; Jehovah is Almighty God.

4  Jehovah wrote upon the heavens and Moses read,

5  I am Almighty God and you shall have no God but me.

6  There is one force, but many phases of that force; these phases men
call powers.

7  All powers are of God; and they are manifests of God; they are the
Spirits of the God.

8  If men could seem to find another force and worship at its shrine,
they would but court illusion, vain,

9  A shadow of the One, Jehovah, God, and they who worship shadows are
but shadows on the wall; for men are what they court.

10  And God would have all men to be the substance, and in mercy he
commanded, You shall seek no God but me.

11  And finite man can never comprehend infinite things. Man cannot
make an image of the Infinite in force.

12  And when men make a God of stone or wood or clay they make an image
of a shade; and they who worship at the shrine of shades are shades.

13  So God in mercy said, You shall not carve out images of wood, or
clay, or stone.

14  Such idols are ideals, abased ideals, and men can gain no higher
plane than their ideals.

15  The God is Spirit, and in spirit men must worship if they would
attain a consciousness of God.

16  But man can never make a picture or an image of the Holy Breath.

17  The name of God man may not speak with carnal lips; with Holy
Breath alone can man pronounce the name.

18  In vanity men think they know the name of God; they speak it
lightly and irreverently, and thus they are accursed.

19  If men did know the sacred name and spoke it with unholy lips, they
would not live to speak it once again.

20  But God in mercy has not yet unveiled his name to those who cannot
speak with Holy Breath.

21  But they who speak the substitute in idle way are guilty in the
sight of God, who said,

22  You shall not take the name of God in vain.

23  The number of the Holy Breath is seven, and God holds in his hands
the sevens of time.

24  In forming worlds he rested on the seventh day, and every seventh
day is set apart as Sabbath day for men. God said,

25  The seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; remember it and
keep it wholly set apart for works of holiness; that is, for works not
for the selfish self, but for the universal self.

26  Men may do work for self upon the six days of the week; but on the
Sabbath of the Lord they must do naught for self.

27  This day is consecrated unto God; but man serves God by serving man.


CHAPTER 97.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus unfolds to the
      twelve the spiritual aspects of the fifth and sixth
      Commandments._

God is not force alone; for wisdom is his counterpart.

2  When cherubim instructed man in wisdom’s ways they said that wisdom
is the Mother of the race, as force is Father of the race.

3  The man who honors the almighty and omniscient God is blessed, and
in the tables of the law we read,

4  Pay homage to your Father and your Mother of the race, that your
days may be prolonged upon the land that they have given you.

5  The letter of the law commands; You shall not kill; and he who kills
must stand before the judgment seat,

6  A person may desire to kill, yet if he does not kill he is not
judged by law.

7  The spirit of the law avers that he who shall desire to kill, or
seeks revenge, is angry with a man without sufficient cause, must
answer to the judge;

8  And he who calls his brother soulless vagabond shall answer to the
council of the just;

9  And he who calls his brother a degenerate, a dog, fans into life the
burning fires of hell within himself.

10  Now, in the higher law we read that if your brother is aggrieved
by something you have done, before you offer unto God your gifts, go
forth and find your brother and be reconciled to him.

11  It is not well to let the sun go down upon your wrath.

12  If he will not be reconciled when you have laid aside all selfish
pleas, have waived all selfish rights, you will be guiltless in the
sight of God; then go and offer unto God your gifts.

13  If you owe aught to any man and cannot pay; or if a man shall claim
a greater sum than is his due, it is not well that you dispute his
claims.

14  Resistance is the sire of anger; there is no mercy and no reason in
a wrathful man.

15  I tell you it is better far to suffer loss than go to law, or call
upon the courts of men to judge of right and wrong.

16  The law of carnal man would say, Eye for eye and tooth for tooth;
resist encroachment on your rights.

17  But this is not the law of God. The Holy Breath would say, Resist
not him who would deprive you of your goods.

18  He who would take your coat by force is still a brother man and you
should gain his heart, which by resistance cannot be done;

19  Give him your coat and offer him still more and more; in time the
man will rise above the brute; you will have saved him from himself.

20  Refuse not him who calls for help and give to him who asks to
borrow aught.

21  And if a man shall strike you in a fitful, or an angry way, it is
not well to smite him in return.

22  Men call him coward who will not fight and thus defend his rights;
but he is much the greater man who is assailed, is smitten and does
not smite;

23  Who is maligned and answers not, than he who smites the smiter and
reviles the one who slanders him.

24  It has been said in olden times that man shall love his friend and
hate his foe; but, lo, I say,

25  Be merciful unto your foes; bless those who slander you; do good to
those who do you harm and pray for those who trample on your rights.

26  Remember, you are children of the God who makes his sun to rise
alike upon the evil and the good, who sends his rain upon the unjust
and the just.

27  If you do unto other men as they do unto you, you are but slaves,
but followers in the way to death.

28  But you, as children of the light, must lead the way.

29  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

30  When you do good to those who have done good to you, you do no more
than other men; the publicans do that.

31  If you salute your friends and not your foes, you are like other
men; the publicans have set the pace.

32  Be perfect as your Father-God in heaven is.


CHAPTER 98.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus reveals to the
      twelve the spiritual aspects of the seventh, eighth and tenth
      Commandments._

The law forbids adultery; but in the eyes of law adultery is an overt
act, the satisfaction of the sensuous self outside the marriage bonds.

2  Now, marriage in the sight of law is but a promise made by man and
woman, by the sanction of a priest, to live for aye in harmony and
love.

3  No priest nor officer has power from God to bind two souls in wedded
love.

4  What is the marriage tie? Is it comprised in what a priest or
officer may say?

5  Is it the scroll on which the officer or priest has written the
permission for the two to live in marriage bonds?

6  Is it the promise of the two that they will love each other until
death?

7  Is love a passion that is subject to the will of man?

8  Can man pick up his love, as he would pick up precious gems, and lay
it down, or give it out to any one?

9  Can love be bought and sold like sheep?

10  Love is the power of God that binds two souls and makes them one;
there is no power on earth that can dissolve the bond.

11  The bodies may be forced apart by man or death for just a little
time; but they will meet again.

12  Now, in this bond of God we find the marriage tie; all other unions
are but bonds of straw, and they who live in them commit adultery,

13  The same as they who satisfy their lust without the sanction of an
officer or priest.

14  But more than this; the man or woman who indulges lustful thoughts
commits adultery.

15  Whom God has joined together man cannot part; whom man has joined
together live in sin.

16  Upon a table of the law, the great lawgiver wrote, Thou shalt not
steal.

17  Before the eyes of law a man to steal must take a thing that can be
seen with eyes of flesh, without the knowledge or consent of him to
whom the thing belongs.

18  But, lo, I say that he who in his heart desires to possess that
which is not his own, and would deprive the owner of the thing without
his knowledge or consent, is in the sight of God, a thief.

19  The things that men see not with eyes of flesh are of more worth
than are the things that man can see.

20  A man’s good name is worth a thousand mines of gold, and he who
says a word or does a deed that injures or defames that name has taken
what is not his own, and is a thief.

21  Upon a table of the law we also read; Thou shalt not covet anything.

22  To covet is an all-consuming wish to have what is not right for one
to have.

23  And such a wish, within the spirit of the law, is theft.


CHAPTER 99.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus unfolds to the
      twelve the spiritual aspects of the ninth Commandment._

The law has said: Thou shalt not lie; but in the eyes of law a man to
lie must tell in words what is not true.

2  Now, in the light of spirit law, deceit in any form is nothing but a
lie.

3  A man may lie by look or act; yea, even by his silence may deceive,
and thus be guilty in the eyes of Holy Breath.

4  It has been said in olden times: Thou shalt not swear by thine own
life.

5  But, lo, I say, Swear not at all; not by the head, the heart, the
eye, nor hand; not by the sun, the moon, nor stars;

6  Not by the name of God, nor by the name of any spirit, good or bad.

7  You shall not swear by anything; for in an oath there is no gain.

8  A man whose word must be propped up by oath of any kind is not
trustworthy in the sight of God or man.

9  By oath you cannot make a leaf to fall, nor turn the color of a hair.

10  The man of worth just speaks, and men know that he speaks the truth.

11  The man who pours out many words to make men think he speaks the
truth, is simply making smoke to hide a lie.

12  And there are many men with seeming double hearts; men who would
serve two masters at a time--two masters quite adverse.

13  Men feign to worship God upon the Sabbath day and then pay court to
Beelzebul on every other day.

14  No man can serve two masters at a time no more than he can ride two
asses at a time that go in different ways.

15  The man who feigns to worship God and Beelzebul is foe of God, a
pious devil and a curse of men.

16  And men cannot lay treasures up in heaven and earth at once.

17  Then, lo, I say, Lift up your eyes and see the safety vaults of
heaven, and there deposit every gem,

18  Where moth and rust cannot corrupt; where thieves cannot break in
and steal.

19  There are no safety vaults on earth; no place secure from moth, and
rust and thieves.

20  The treasures of the earth are but illusive things that pass away.

21  Be not deceived; your treasures are the anchor of the soul, and
where your treasures are your heart will be.

22  Fix not your heart upon the things of earth; be anxious not about
the things to eat, or drink, or wear.

23  God cares for those who trust in him and serve the race.

24  Behold the birds! They praise God in their songs; the earth is made
more glorious by their ministry of joy; God keeps them in the hollow
of his hand,

25  And not a sparrow falls to earth without his care; and every one
that falls shall rise again.

26  Behold the flowers of earth! they trust in God and grow; they make
the earth resplendent with their beauty and perfume.

27  Look at the lilies of the field, the messengers of holy love. No
son of man, not even Solomon in all his excellence, was ever clothed
like one of these.

28  And yet they simply trust in God; they feed from out his hand; they
lay their heads to rest upon his breast.

29  If God so clothes and feeds the flowers and birds that do his will,
will he not feed and clothe his children when they trust in him?

30  Seek first the kingdom of the soul, the righteousness of God, the
good of men, and murmur not; God will protect, and feed, and clothe.


CHAPTER 100.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus formulates and
      presents to the twelve a practical code of spiritual ethics._

There is a rule that carnal man has made, and which he rigidly
observes:

2  Do unto other men as they do unto you. As others judge, they judge;
as others give, they give.

3  Now, while you walk with men as men, judge not, and you shall not be
judged.

4  For as you judge you shall be judged, and as you give it shall be
given to you. If you condemn, you are condemned.

5  When you show mercy, men are merciful to you, and if you love in
such a way that carnal man can comprehend your love, you will be well
beloved.

6  And so the wise man of this world does unto other men as he would
have them do to him.

7  The carnal man does good to other men for selfish gain, for he
expects to have his blessings multiplied and then returned; he does
not stop to note the end.

8  Man is himself the field; his deeds are seeds, and what he does to
others grows apace; the harvest time is sure.

9  Behold the yield! If he has sown the wind, he reaps the wind; if he
has sown the noxious seeds of scandal, theft and hate; of sensuality
and crime,

10  The harvest is assured and he must reap what he has sown; yea,
more; the seeds produce an hundred fold.

11  The fruit of righteousness and peace and love and joy can never
spring from noxious seeds; the fruit is like the seed.

12  And when you sow, sow seeds of right, because it is the right, and
not in way of trade, expecting rich rewards.

13  The carnal man abhors the spirit law, because it takes away his
liberty to live in sin; beneath its light he cannot satisfy his
passions and desires.

14  He is at enmity with him who walks in Holy Breath. The carnal man
has killed the holy men of old, the prophets and the seers.

15  And he will buffet you; will charge you falsely, scourge you and
imprison you, and think he does the will of God to slay you in the
streets.

16  But you may not prejudge nor censure him who does you wrong.

17  Each one has problems to be solved, and he must solve them for
himself.

18  The man who scourges you may have a load of sin to bear; but how
about your own?

19  A little sin in one who walks in Holy Breath is greater in the
sight of God than monster sins in him who never knew the way.

20  How can you see the splinter in your brother’s eye while you have
chunks within your own?

21  First take the chunks from out your eye and then you may behold the
splinter in your brother’s eye and help him take it out,

22  And while your eyes are full of foreign things you cannot see the
way, for you are blind,

23  And when the blind lead forth the blind, both lose the way and fall
into the slough.

24  If you would lead the way to God you must be clear in sight, as
well as pure in heart.


CHAPTER 101.

    _The Sermon on the Mount, concluded. The concluding part of the
      code of ethics. The Christines return to Capernaum._

The fruitage of the tree of life is all too fine to feed the carnal
mind.

2  If you would throw a diamond to a hungry dog, lo, he would turn
away, or else attack you in a rage.

3  The incense that is sweet to God is quite offensive unto Beelzebul;
the bread of heaven is but chaff to men who cannot comprehend the
spirit life.

4  The master must be wise and feed the soul with what it can digest.

5  If you have not the food for every man, just ask and you shall have;
seek earnestly and you shall find.

6  Just speak the Word and knock; the door will fly ajar.

7  No one has ever asked in faith and did not have; none ever sought in
vain; no one who ever knocked aright has failed to find an open door.

8  When men shall ask you for the bread of heaven, turn not away, nor
give to them the fruit of carnal trees.

9  If one, a son, would ask you for a loaf, would you give him a stone?
If he would ask you for a fish, would you give him a serpent of the
dust?

10  What you would have your God give unto you, give unto men. The
measure of your worth lies in your service unto men.

11  There is a way that leads unto the perfect life; few find it at a
time.

12  It is a narrow way; it lies among the rocks and pitfalls of the
carnal life; but in the way there are no pitfalls and no rocks.

13  There is a way that leads to wretchedness and want. It is a
spacious way and many walk therein. It lies among the pleasure groves
of carnal life.

14  Beware, for many claim to walk the way of life who walk the way of
death.

15  But they are false in word and deed; false prophets they. They
clothe themselves in skins of sheep, while they are vicious wolves.

16  They cannot long conceal themselves; men know them by their fruits;

17  You cannot gather grapes from thorns, nor from the thistles, figs.

18  The fruit is daughter of the tree and, like the parent, so the
child; and every tree that bears not wholesome fruit is plucked up by
the roots and cast away,

19  Because a man prays long and loud is not a sign that he is saint.
The praying men are not all in the kingdom of the soul.

20  The man who lives the holy life, who does the will of God, abides
within the kingdom of the soul.

21  The good man from the treasures of his heart sends blessedness and
peace to all the world.

22  The evil man sends thoughts that blight and wither hope and joy and
fill the world with wretchedness and woe.

23  Men think and act and speak out of the abundance of the heart.

24  And when the judgment hour shall come a host of men will enter
pleadings for themselves and think to buy the favor of the judge with
words.

25  And they will say, Lo, we have wrought a multitude of works in the
Omnific name,

26  Have we not prophesied? Have we not cured all manner of disease?
Have we not cast the evil spirits out of those obsessed?

27  And then the judge will say, I know you not. You rendered service
unto God in words when in your heart you worshipped Beelzebul.

28  The evil one may use the powers of life, and do a multitude of
mighty works. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.

29  The man who hears the words of life and does them not is like the
man who builds his house upon the sand, which when the floods come on,
is washed away and all is lost.

30  But he who hears the words of life and in an honest, sincere heart
receives and treasures them and lives the holy life,

31  Is like the man who builds his house upon the rock; the floods may
come, the winds may blow, the storms may beat upon his house; it is
not moved.

32  Go forth and build your life upon the solid rock of truth, and all
the powers of the evil one will shake it not.

33  And Jesus finished all his sayings on the mount and then he, with
the twelve, returned unto Capernaum.


CHAPTER 102.

    _The Christines at the home of Jesus. Jesus unfolds to them the
      secret doctrine. They go through all Galilee and teach and
      heal. Jesus brings to life the son of a widow at Nain. They
      return to Capernaum._

The twelve apostles went with Jesus to his home, and there abode for
certain days.

2  And Jesus told them many things about the inner life that may not
now be written in a book.

3  Now, in Capernaum there lived a man of wealth, a Roman captain of a
hundred men, who loved the Jews and who had built for them a synagogue.

4  A servant of this man was paralyzed, and he was sick nigh unto death.

5  The captain knew of Jesus and had heard that by the sacred Word he
healed the sick, and he had faith in him.

6  He sent a message by the elders of the Jews to Jesus, and he plead
for help.

7  And Jesus recognized the captain’s faith and went at once to heal
the sick; the captain met him on the way and said to him,

8  Lo, Lord, it is not well that you should come into my house; I am
not worthy of the presence of a man of God.

9  I am a man of war; my life is spent with those who ofttimes take the
lives of fellow men,

10  And surely he who comes to save would be dishonored if he came
beneath my roof.

11  If you will speak the Word I know my servant will be well.

12  And Jesus turned and said to those who followed him,

13  Behold the captain’s faith; I have not seen such faith, no, not in
Israel.

14  Behold, the feast is spread for you; but while you doubt and wait,
the alien comes in faith and takes the bread of life.

15  Then turning to the man he said, Go on your way; according to your
faith so shall it be; your servant lives.

16  It came to pass that at the time that Jesus spoke the Word the
palsied man arose, and he was well.

17  And then the Christines went abroad to teach. And as they came to
Nain, a city on the Hermon way, they saw a multitude about the gates.

18  It was a funeral train; a widow’s son was dead, and friends were
bearing out the body to the tomb.

19  It was the widow’s only son, and she was wild with grief. And Jesus
said to her, Weep not, I am the life; your son shall live.

20  And Jesus raised his hand; the bearers of the dead stood still.

21  And Jesus touched the bier and said, Young man, return.

22  The soul returned; the body of the dead was filled with life; the
man sat up and spoke.

23  The people were astonished at the scene, and every one exclaimed,
Praise God.

24  A Jewish priest stood forth and said, Behold, a mighty prophet has
appeared; and all the people said, Amen.

25  The Christines journeyed on; they taught, and healed the sick in
many towns of Galilee, and then they came again unto Capernaum.


CHAPTER 103.

    _The Christines in Jesus’ home. Jesus teaches the twelve
      and the foreign masters every morning. Jesus receives
      messengers from John, the harbinger, and sends him words of
      encouragement. He eulogizes the character of John._

The home of Jesus was a school where in the early morning hours the
twelve apostles and the foreign priests were taught the secret things
of God.

2  And there were present priests from China, India and from Babylon;
from Persia, Egypt and from Greece,

3  Who came to sit at Jesus’ feet to learn the wisdom that he brought
to men, that they might teach their people how to live the holy life.

4  And Jesus taught them how to teach; he told them of the trials of
the way, and how to make these trials serve the race.

5  He taught them how to live the holy life that they might conquer
death;

6  He taught them what the end of mortal life will be, when man has
reached the consciousness that he and God are one.

7  The after midday hours were given to the multitudes who came to
learn the way of life and to be healed; and many did believe and were
baptized.

8  Now, in his prison by the Bitter Sea the harbinger had heard of all
the mighty works that Jesus did.

9  His prison life was hard, and he was sore distressed, and he began
to doubt.

10  And to himself he said, I wonder if this Jesus is the Christ of
whom the prophets wrote!

11  Was I mistaken in my work? Was I, indeed, one sent from God to pave
the way for him who shall redeem our people, Israel?

12  And then he sent some of his friends, who came to see him in his
prison cell, up to Capernaum that they might learn about this man, and
bring him word.

13  The men found Jesus in his home, and said, Behold the harbinger
sent us to ask, Are you the Christ? or is he yet to come?

14  But Jesus answered not; he simply bade the men to tarry certain
days that they might see and hear.

15  They saw him heal the sick, and cause the lame to walk, the deaf to
hear, the blind to see;

16  They saw him cast the evil spirits out of those obsessed; they saw
him raise the dead.

17  They heard him preach the gospel to the poor.

18  Then Jesus said to them, Go on your way; return to John and tell
him all that you have seen and heard; then he will know. They went
their way.

19  The multitudes were there, and Jesus said to them, Once you were
crowding Jordan’s fords; you filled the wilderness.

20  What did you go to see? The trees of Juda, and the flowers of Heth?
Or did you go to see a man in kingly garb? Or did you go to see a
prophet and a seer?

21  I tell you, men, you know not whom you saw. A prophet? Yea, and
more; a messenger whom God had sent to pave the way for what you see
and hear this day.

22  Among the men of earth a greater man has never lived than John.

23  Behold I say, This man whom Herod bound in chains and cast into a
prison cell, is God’s Elijah come again to earth.

24  Elijah, who did not pass the gates of death, whose body of this
flesh was changed, and he awoke in Paradise.

25  When John came forth and preached the gospel of repentance for the
cleansing of the soul, the common folks believed and were baptized.

26  The lawyers and the Pharisees accepted not the teachings of this
man; were not baptized.

27  Behold, neglected opportunities will never come again.

28  Behold, the people are unstable as the waters of the sea; they seek
to be excused from righteousness.

29  John came and ate no bread, and drank no wine. He lived the
simplest life apart from men, and people said, He is obsessed.

30  Another comes who eats and drinks and lives in homes like other
men, and people say, He is a glutton, an inebriate, a friend of
publicans and those who sin.

31  Woe unto you, you cities of the vale of Galilee, where all the
mighty works of God are done! Woe to Chorazan and Bethsaida!

32  If half the mighty works that have been done in you were done in
Tyre and in Sidon they would have long ago repented of their sins, and
sought the way of right.

33  And when the judgment day shall come, lo, Tyre and Sidon will be
called more worthy than will you,

34  Because they slighted not their gifts, while you have thrown away
the pearl of greatest price.

35  Woe unto you Capernaum! Behold, you are exalted now, but you shall
be abased;

36  For if the mighty works that have been done in you had but been
done within the cities of the plain--of Sodom and Zeboim--they would
have heard and turned to God; would not have been destroyed.

37  They perished in their ignorance; they had no light; but you have
heard; you have the evidence.

38  The light of life has shown above your hills and all the shores of
Galilee have been ablaze with light;

39  The glory of the Lord has shown in every street and synagogue and
home; but you have spurned the light.

40  And, lo, I say, The judgment day will come and God will deal in
greater mercy with the cities of the plains than he will deal with you.


CHAPTER 104.

    _Jesus teaches the multitudes. Attends a feast in Simon’s
      house. A wealthy courtesan anoints him with precious
      balm. Simon rebukes him and he preaches a sermon on false
      respectability._

And Jesus looked upon the multitudes who pressed about for selfish
gain.

2  The men of learning and of wealth, of reputation and of power, were
there; but they knew not the Christ.

3  Their eyes were blinded by the tinseled glitter of their selfish
selves; they could not see the king.

4  And though they walked within the light, they groped about in
dark--a darkness like the night of death.

5  And Jesus cast his eyes to heaven and said,

6  I thank thee, Holy One of heaven and earth, that while the light is
hidden from the wise and great, it is revealed to babes.

7  Then turning to the multitudes he said, I come to you not in the
name of man, nor in a strength my own;

8  The wisdom and the virtue that I bring to you are from above; they
are the wisdom and the virtue of the God whom we adore.

9  The words I speak are not my words; I give to you what I receive.

10  Come unto me all you who labor and pull heavy loads and I will give
you aid.

11  Put on the yoke of Christ with me; it does not chafe; it is an
easy yoke.

12  Together we will pull the load of life with ease; and so rejoice.

13  A Pharisee, whose name was Simon, made a feast, and Jesus was the
honored guest.

14  And as they sat about the board, a courtesan who had been cured
of her desire to sin by what she had received and seen in Jesus’
ministry, came uninvited to the feast.

15  She brought an alabaster box of costly balm and as the guests
reclined she came to Jesus in her joy, because she had been freed from
sin,

16  Her tears fell fast, she kissed his feet, and dried them with her
hair, and she anointed them with balm.

17  And Simon thought, he did not speak aloud, This man is not a
prophet or he would know the kind of woman that approaches him, and
would drive her away.

18  But Jesus knew his thoughts, and said to him, My host, I have a
word to say to you.

19  And Simon said, Say on.

20  And Jesus said, Sin is a monster of iniquity; it may be small;
it may be large; it may be something done; it may be something left
undone.

21  Behold, one person leads a life of sin and is at last redeemed;
another, in a careless mood, forgets to do the things he ought to do;
but he reforms and is forgiven. Now, which of these has merited the
higher praise?

22  And Simon said, The one who overcame the errors of a life.

23  And Jesus said, You speak the truth.

24  Behold, this woman who has bathed my feet with tears and dried them
with her hair and covered them with balm!

25  For years she led a life of sin, but when she heard the words of
life she sought forgiveness and she found.

26  But when I came into your house as guest you gave me not a bowl of
water that I might wash my hands and feet, which every loyal Jew must
do before he feasts.

27  Now, tell me, Simon, which of these, this woman or yourself, is
worthy of most praise?

28  But Simon answered not.

29  Then to the woman Jesus said, Your sins are all forgiven; your
faith has saved you; go in peace.

30  And then the guests who sat around the board, began to say within
themselves, What manner of a man is this who says, Thy sins are all
forgiven?


CHAPTER 105.

    _Under the patronage of a number of wealthy women, the
      Christines make a grand missionary tour. In his teaching
      Jesus lauds sincerity and rebukes hypocrisy. He speaks
      concerning the sin against the Holy Breath._

Now, many women who possessed much wealth, and who abode in other
towns of Galilee, implored that Jesus and the twelve, together with
the masters from the foreign lands, would thither go and preach and
heal.

2  Among these anxious ones were Mary Magdalene, who was obsessed by
seven homeless spirits of the air, which had been driven out by the
Omnific Word which Jesus spoke;

3  Susanna, who owned vast estates at Cæsarea-Philippi;

4  Johanna, wife of Chuza, one of Herod’s court;

5  And Rachel from the coast of Tyre;

6  And others from beyond the Jordan and the sea of Galilee.

7  And they provided ample means and three times seven men went forth.

8  They preached the gospel of the Christ, and they baptized the
multitudes who made confession of their faith; they healed the sick
and raised the dead.

9  And Jesus wrought and taught from early morn until the day had gone,
and then into the night; he did not stop to eat.

10  His friends became alarmed lest he should fail from loss of
strength, and they laid hold of him and would, by force, have taken
him away to place of rest.

11  But he rebuked them not; he said, Have you not read that God will
give his angels charge concerning me?

12  That they would hold me fast and suffer not that I should come to
want?

13  I tell you, men, while I am giving out my strength unto these
anxious, waiting throngs I find myself at rest within the arms of God,

14  Whose blessed messengers bring down to me the bread of life.

15  There is a tide just once in human life.

16  These people now are willing to receive the truth; their
opportunity is now: our opportunity is now.

17  And if we do not teach them while we may, the tide will ebb;

18  They may not care again to hear the truth; then tell me, Who will
bear the guilt?

19  And so he taught and healed.

20  Among the multitudes were men of every shade of thought. They were
divided in their views concerning everything that Jesus said.

21  Some saw in him a God, and would have worshipped him; and others
saw in him a devil of the nether world and would have cast him in a
pit.

22  And some were trying hard to lead a double life; like little lions
of the ground that take upon themselves the color of the thing they
rest upon.

23  These people without anchorage of any sort, are friends or foes as
seemed to serve them best.

24  And Jesus said, No man can serve two masters at a time. No man can
be a friend and foe at once.

25  All men are rising up, or sinking down; are building up, or tearing
down.

26  If you are gathering not the precious grain, then you are throwing
it away.

27  He is a coward who would feign to be a friend, or foe, to please
another man.

28  You men, do not deceive yourselves in thought; your hearts are
known;

29  Hypocrisy will blight a soul as surely as the breath of Beelzebul.
An honest evil man is more esteemed by guardians of the soul than a
dishonest pious man.

30  If you would curse the son of man, just curse him out aloud.

31  A curse is poison to the inner man, and if you hold and swallow
down a curse it never will digest; lo, it will poison every atom of
your soul.

32  And if you sin against a son of man, you may be pardoned and your
guilt be cleansed by acts of kindness and of love;

33  But if you sin against the Holy Breath by disregarding her when
she would open up the doors of life for you;

34  By closing up the windows of the soul when she would pour the light
of love into your hearts, and cleanse them with the fires of God;

35  Your guilt shall not be blotted out in this, nor in the life to
come.

36  An opportunity has gone to come no more, and you must wait until
the ages roll again.

37  Then will the Holy Breath again breathe on your fires of life, and
fan them to a living flame.

38  Then she will open up the doors again, and you may let her in to
sup with you forevermore, or you may slight her once again, and then
again.

39  You men of Israel, your opportunity is now.

40  Your tree of life is an illusive tree; it has a generous crop of
leaves; its boughs hang low with fruit.

41  Behold, your words are leaves; your deeds the fruit.

42  Behold, for men have plucked the apples of your tree of life, and
found them full of bitterness; and worms have eaten to the core.

43  Behold that fig tree by the way so full of leaves and worthless
fruit!

44  Then Jesus spoke a word that nature spirits know, and lo, the fig
tree stood a mass of withered leaves.

45  And then he spoke again, Behold, for God will speak the Word, and
you will stand a withered fig tree in the setting sun.

46  You men of Galilee, send forth and call the pruner in before it is
too late, and let him prune away your worthless branches and illusive
leaves, and let the sunshine in.

47  The sun is life, and it can change your worthlessness to worth.

48  Your tree of life is good; but you have nurtured it so long with
dews of self, and mists of carnal things that you have shut the
sunshine out.

49  I tell you, men, that you must give account to God for every idle
word you speak and every evil deed you do.


CHAPTER 106.

    _The Christines are in Magdala. Jesus heals a man who was
      blind, dumb and obsessed. He teaches the people. While he
      speaks his mother, brothers and Miriam come to him. He
      teaches a lesson on family relationship. He introduces Miriam
      to the people and she sings her songs of victory._

Magdala is beside the sea, and here the teachers taught.

2  A man obsessed, and who was blind and dumb was brought, and Jesus
spoke the Word, and lo, the evil spirits went away; the man spoke out,
his eyes were opened and he saw.

3  This was the greatest work that men had seen the master do, and they
were all amazed.

4  The Pharisees were there, and they were full of jealous rage; they
sought a cause whereby they might condemn.

5  They said, Yes, it is true that Jesus does a multitude of mighty
works; but men should know that he is leagued with Beelzebul.

6  He is a sorcerer, a black magician of the Simon Cerus type; he works
as Jannes and as Jambres did in Moses’ day.

7  For Satan, prince of evil spirits, is his stay by night and day,
and in the name of Satan he casts the demons out, and in his name he
heals the sick and raises up the dead.

8  But Jesus knew their thoughts; he said to them, You men are masters,
and you know the law; whatever is arrayed against itself must fall; a
house divided cannot stand;

9  A kingdom warring with itself is brought to naught.

10  If Satan casts the devil out, how can his kingdom stand?

11  If I, by Beelzebul, cast devils out, by whom do you cast devils out?

12  But if I, in the holy name of God, cast devils out, and make the
lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the blind to see, the dumb to speak,
has not God’s kingdom come to you?

13  The Pharisees were dumb; they answered not.

14  As Jesus spoke a messenger approached and said to him, Your mother
and your brothers wish to speak with you.

15  And Jesus said, Who is my mother? and my brothers, who are they?

16  And then he spoke a word aside unto the foreign masters and the
twelve; he said,

17  Behold, men recognize their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers
here in flesh; but when the veil is rent and men walk in the realms of
soul,

18  The tender lines of love that bind the groups of fleshy kin in
families will fade away.

19  Not that the love for anyone will be the less; but men will see in
all the motherhood, the fatherhood, the sisterhood, the brotherhood of
man.

20  The family groups of earth will all be lost in universal love and
fellowship divine.

21  Then to the multitudes he said, Whoever lives the life and does the
will of God is child of God and is my mother, father, sister, friend.

22  And then he went aside to speak to mother and his other kindred in
the flesh.

23  But he saw more than these. The maiden who once thrilled his very
soul with love, a love beyond the love of any fleshly kin;

24  Who was the sorest tempter in the temple Heliopolis beside the
Nile, who sung for him the sacred songs, was there.

25  The recognition was of kindred souls, and Jesus said,

26  Behold, for God has brought to us a power men cannot comprehend, a
power of purity and love;

27  To make more light the burdens of the hour, to be a balm for
wounded souls;

28  To win the multitude to better ways by sacred song and holy life.

29  Behold, for Miriam who stood beside the sea and sung the song of
victory when Moses led the way, will sing again.

30  And all the choirs of heaven will join and sing the glad refrain:

31  Peace, peace on earth; good will to men!

32  And Miriam stood before the waiting throngs and sung again the
songs of victory, and all the people said, Amen.


CHAPTER 107.

    _A Pharisee demands of Jesus signs of his messiahship. Jesus
      rebukes him, because he does not recognize the signs that are
      being continually given. Jesus exhorts the people to receive
      the light that they may become the light._

A Pharisee elated with himself stood forth among the multitudes and
said to Jesus,

2  Sir, we would have you demonstrate. If you are truly Christ who was
to come, then you can surely do what black magicians cannot do.

3  Lo, they can talk, and hold the multitudes with words of power; and
they can heal the sick and drive the demons out of those obsessed;

4  They can control the storms; and fire and earth and air will hear
and answer when they speak.

5  Now, if you will ascend and from that tower fly across the sea, we
will believe that you are sent from God.

6  And Jesus said, No black magician ever lived a holy life; you have a
demonstration of the Christ-life every day.

7  But lo, you evil and adulterous scribes and Pharisees, you cannot
see a spirit-sign, because your spirit eyes are full of carnal self.

8  You seek a sign to please your curiosity. You walk the very lowest
planes of carnal life and cry, Phenomena! show us a sign and then we
will believe.

9  I was not sent to earth to buy up faith as men buy fish and fruit
and rubbish in the streets.

10  Men seem to think it quite a favor done to me when they confess
their faith in me and in the holy Christ.

11  What does it matter unto me as man if you believe or disbelieve?

12  Faith is not something you can buy with coin; it is not something
you can sell for gold.

13  Once Mart, a beggar, followed me and cried, Give me a silver piece;
then I will believe in you.

14  And you are like this beggar man; you offer to exchange your faith
for signs.

15  But I will give to all the world one sign as surety that the Christ
abides with me.

16  You all have read the parable of Jonah and the fish, wherein it
is recorded that the prophet spent three days and nights within the
stomach of the mighty fish, and then came forth.

17  The son of man will spend three days and nights within the heart of
earth and then come forth again, and men will see and know.

18  Behold, the light may be so bright that men cannot see anything.

19  The Spirit light has shown so brightly over Galilee that you who
hear me now are blind.

20  You may have read the words of prophet Azrael; he said, The light
shall shine out brightly in the darkness of the night, and men shall
comprehend it not.

21  That time has come; the light shines forth; you see it not.

22  The Queen of Sheba sat in darkest night and still she yearned for
light.

23  She came to hear the words of wisdom from the lips of Solomon, and
she believed;

24  And she became a living torch, and when she reached her home, lo,
all Arabia was filled with light.

25  A greater far than Solomon is here; the Christ is here; the Day
Star has arisen, and you reject the light.

26  And you remember Nineveh, the wicked city of Assyria, which God had
marked to be destroyed by shock and flame unless the people turned and
walked in ways of right.

27  And Jonah raised his voice and said, In forty days shall Nineveh be
razed, and all her wealth shall be destroyed.

28  The people heard and they believed; and they reformed and turned to
ways of right, and lo, their city was not razed; was not destroyed.

29  You men of Galilee, I tell you that Arabia and Nineveh will testify
against you in the judgment day.

30  Behold, for every one to whom I speak has in him all the fires of
God; but they are lying dead.

31  The will is bridled by the flesh desires, and it brings not the
ethers of the fires to vibrate into light.

32  Look, therefore, to your soul and note, Is not the light within you
dark as night?

33  There is no breath but Holy Breath that e’er can fan your fires of
life into a living flame and make them light.

34  And Holy Breath can raise the ethers of the fires to light in none
but hearts of purity and love.

35  Hear, then, you men of Galilee, Make pure the heart, admit the Holy
Breath, and then your bodies will be full of light,

36  And like a city on a hill, your light will shine afar, and thus
your light may light the way for other men.


CHAPTER 108.

    _Jesus rebukes the people for selfishness. The Christines
      attend a feast and Jesus is censured by the Pharisee because
      he washed not before he eat. Jesus exposes the hypocrisy of
      the ruling classes and pronounces upon them many woes._

The multitudes were wild with selfish thought; none recognized the
rights and needs of any other one.

2  The stronger pushed the weak aside, and trampled on them in their
haste to be the first to get a blessing for himself.

3  And Jesus said, Behold the cage of beasts untamed; a den of stinging
vipers, maddened by their fiendish greed of selfish gain!

4  I tell you, men, the benefits that come to men who see no further
than themselves are baubles in the morning light;

5  They are unreal; they pass away. The selfish soul is fed today; the
food does not assimilate; the soul grows not, and then it must be fed
again, and then again.

6  Behold, a selfish man obsessed by just one spirit of the air; by the
Omnific Word the spirit is cast out;

7  It wanders through dry places, seeking rest and finding none.

8  And then it comes again; the selfish man has failed to close and
lock the door;

9  The unclean spirit finds the house all swept and cleaned; it enters
in and takes with it full seven other spirits more unclean than is
itself; and there they dwell.

10  The last state of the man is more than sevenfold more wretched than
the first.

11  And so it is with you who snatch the blessings that belong to other
men.

12  While Jesus spoke a certain woman who stood near exclaimed, Most
blessed is the mother of this man of God!

13  And Jesus said, Yes, blest is she; but doubly blest are they who
hear, receive and live the word of God.

14  A Pharisee of wealth prepared a feast, and Jesus and the twelve,
together with the masters from afar, were guests.

15  And Jesus did not wash his hands according to the strictest
Pharisaic rules, before he ate; when this the Pharisee observed he
marveled much.

16  And Jesus said, My host, why do you marvel that I did not wash my
hands?

17  The Pharisees wash well their hands and feet; they cleanse the body
every day when, lo, within is every form of filth.

18  Their hearts are full of wickedness, extortions and deceit.

19  Did not the God who made the outside of the body make the inside,
too?

20  And then he said, Woe unto you, you Pharisees! for you tithe mint
and rue, and every herb, and pass by judgment and the love of God.

21  Woe unto you, you Pharisees! you love the highest seats in
synagogues and courts, and bid for salutations in the market place.

22  Woe unto you, you tinseled gentry of the land! no man would ever
think you servants of the Lord of hosts by what you do.

23  A lawyer sitting near remarked, Rabboni, your words are harsh, and
then in what you say you censure us; and why?

24  And Jesus said, Woe unto you, you masters of the law! you heap
great burdens on the sons of men, yea, loads by far too great for them
to bear, and you will never help to bear a feather’s weight yourselves.

25  Woe unto you! you build the tombs of prophets and of seers; they
whom your fathers killed; and you are parties to the crimes.

26  And now behold, for God has sent again to you his holy
men-apostles, prophets, seers; and you are persecuting them.

27  The time is near when you will plead against them in the courts;
will spurn them on the streets; will cast them into prison cells, and
kill them with a fiend’s delight.

28  I tell you, men, the blood of all the holy men of God that has been
shed from righteous Abel down to that of Zacharias, father of the holy
John,

29  Who was struck down beside the altar in the Holy Place--

30  The blood of all these holy men has made more red the hands of this
ungodly generation.

31  Woe unto you, you masters of the law! you snatch the keys of
knowledge from the hands of men;

32  You close the doors; you enter not yourselves, and suffer not the
willing ones to enter in.

33  His words provoked the Pharisees, the lawyers and the scribes, and
they, resenting, poured upon him torrents of abuse.

34  The truths he spoke came like a thunderbolt from heaven; the rulers
counseled how they might ensnare him by his words; they sought a legal
way to shed his blood.


CHAPTER 109.

    _The Christines go to a place apart to pray. Jesus warns them
      against the leaven of the Pharisees and reveals the fact
      that all thoughts and deeds are recorded in God’s Book of
      Remembrance. Man’s responsibility and God’s care._

Now, when the feast was finished Jesus with the foreign masters and
the twelve, with Mary, Miriam and a band of loyal women who believed
in Christ, went to a place apart to pray.

2  And when their silence ended Jesus said, Be on your guard; the
leaven of the Pharisees is being thrown in every measure of the meal
of life.

3  It is a poison that will taint whatever it may touch; and it will
blight the soul as sure as fumes of the Diabolos; it is hypocrisy.

4  The Pharisees seem fair in speech, but they are diabolical in heart.

5  And then they seem to think that thought is something they can lock
within themselves.

6  They do not seem to know that every thought and wish is photographed
and then preserved within the Book of Life to be revealed at any time
the masters will.

7  That which is thought, or wished, or done in darkest night shall be
proclaimed in brightest day;

8  That which is whispered in the ear within the secret place shall be
made known upon the streets.

9  And in the judgment day when all the books are opened up, these men,
and every other man, shall be a-judged, not by what they’ve said or
done,

10  But by the way in which they used the thoughts of God, and how the
ethers of eternal love were made to serve;

11  For men may make these ethers serve the carnal self, or serve the
holy self within.

12  Behold, these men may kill the body of this flesh; but what of
that? the flesh is but a transitory thing, and soon, by natural law,
will pass;

13  Their slaughter only hastens nature’s work a little time.

14  And when they kill the flesh they reach their bounds of power; they
cannot kill the soul.

15  But nature is the keeper of the soul as of the flesh, and in the
harvest time of soul, the trees of life are all inspected by the judge;

16  And every tree that bears no fruit of good is plucked up by the
roots and cast into the flames.

17  Who then shall you regard? Not him who has the power to kill the
flesh, and nothing more.

18  Regard the mighty one who has the power to dissolve both soul and
body in the flames of nature’s fire.

19  But man is king; he may direct his thoughts, his loves, his life,
and gain the prize of everlasting life.

20  And you are not abandoned in your struggle for the crown of life.
Your Father lives, and you shall live.

21  God has a care for every living thing. He numbers stars, and suns,
and moons;

22  He numbers angels, men, and every thing below; the birds, the
flowers, the trees;

23  The very petals of the rose he knows by name, and every one is
numbered in his Book of Life;

24  And every hair upon your head, and every drop of blood within your
veins, he knows by number and by rythm.

25  He hears the birdling’s call, the cricket’s chirp, the glow worm’s
song; and not a sparrow falls to earth without his knowledge and
consent.

26  A sparrow seems a thing of little worth; yea, five of them are
worth two farthings in the market place, and yet God cares for every
one of them.

27  Will he not care much more for you who bear his image in your soul?

28  Fear not to make confession of the Christ before the sons of men,
and God will own you as his sons and daughters in the presence of the
host of heaven.

29  If you deny the Christ before the sons of men, then God will not
receive you as his own before the hosts of heaven.

30  And more I say, Fear not when men shall bring you up before the
rulers of the land to answer for your faith.

31  Behold, the Holy Breath shall teach you in your hour of need what
you should say, and what is best to leave unsaid.

32  And then the Christines went again to teach the multitudes.


CHAPTER 110.

    _Miriam sings a song of victory. The song. Jesus reveals the
      symbolic character of the journey of Israel from Egypt to
      Canaan._

And Miriam stood before the surging crowd, and casting up her eyes to
heaven she sung anew the song of victory:

2  Bring forth the harp, the vina and the lyre; bring forth the highest
sounding cymbal, all ye choirs of heaven. Join in the song, the new,
new song.

3  The Lord of hosts has stooped to hear the cries of men, and lo, the
citadel of Beelzebul is shaking as a leaf before the wind.

4  The sword of Gideon is again unsheathed.

5  The Lord, with his own hand has pulled far back the curtains of the
night; the sun of truth is flooding heaven and earth;

6  The demons of the dark, of ignorance and death, are fleeing fast;
are disappearing as the dew beneath the morning sun.

7  God is our strength and song; is our salvation and our hope, and we
will build anew a house for him;

8  Will cleanse our hearts, and purify their chambers, every one. We
are the temple of the Holy Breath.

9  We need no more a tent within the wilderness; no more a temple built
with hands.

10  We do not seek the Holy Land, nor yet Jerusalem.

11  We are the tent of God; we are his temple built without the sound
of edged tools.

12  We are the Holy Land; we are the New Jerusalem; Allelujah, praise
the Lord!

13  And when the song was done the multitudes exclaimed, Praise God.

14  And Jesus said, Behold the way!

15  The sons of men have groped for ages in the darkness of Egyptian
night.

16  The Pharaohs of sense have bound them with their chains.

17  But God has whispered through the mists of time and told them of a
land of liberty and love.

18  And he has sent his Logos forth to light the way.

19  The Red Sea rolls between the promised land and Egypt’s sands.

20  The Red Sea is the carnal mind.

21  Behold, the Logos reaches out his hand; the sea divides; the carnal
mind is reft in twain; the sons of men walk through dry shod.

22  The Pharaohs of sense would stay them in their flight; the waters
of the sea return; the Pharaohs of sense are lost and men are free.

23  For just a little while men tread the wilderness of Sin; the Logos
leads the way;

24  And when at last men stand upon the Jordan’s brink, these waters
stay, and men step forth into their own.


CHAPTER 111.

    _Jesus teaches. A man requests him to compel his brother to
      deal justly. Jesus reveals the divine law, the power of truth
      and the universality of possessions. Relates the parable of
      the rich man and his abundant harvest._

And Jesus taught the multitudes; and while he spoke a man stood forth
and said,

2  Rabboni, hear my plea: My father died and left a large estate; my
brother seized it all, and now refuses me my share.

3  I pray that you will bid him do the right, and give me what is mine.

4  And Jesus said, I am not come to be a judge in such affairs; I am no
henchman of the court.

5  God sent me not to force a man to do the right.

6  In every man there is a sense of right; but many men regard it not.

7  The fumes that rise from selfishness have formed a crust about their
sense of right that veils their inner light, so that they cannot
comprehend nor recognize the rights of other men.

8  This veil you cannot tear away by force of arms, and there is naught
that can dissolve this crust but knowledge and the love of God.

9  While men are in the mire, the skies seem far away; when men are on
the mountain top, the skies are near, and they can almost touch the
stars.

10  Then Jesus turned and to the twelve he said, Behold the many in the
mire of carnal life!

11  The leaven of truth will change the miry clay to solid rock, and
men can walk and find the path that leads up to the mountain top.

12  You cannot haste; but you can scatter forth this leaven with a
generous hand.

13  When men have learned the truth that bears upon its face the law of
right, then they will haste to give to every man his dues.

14  Then to the people Jesus said, Take heed, and covet not. The wealth
of men does not consist in what they seem to have--in lands, in silver
and in gold.

15  These things are only borrowed wealth. No man can corner up the
gifts of God.

16  The things of nature are the things of God, and what is God’s
belongs to every man alike.

17  The wealth of soul lies in the purity of life, and in the wisdom
that descends from heaven.

18  Behold, a rich man’s ground brought forth abundantly; his barns
were far too small to hold his grain, and to himself he said,

19  What shall I do? I must not give my grain away; I must not let it
go to waste; and then he said,

20  This will I do; I will tear down these little barns and build up
larger ones; there I will store away my grain and I will say,

21  My soul take now your ease; you have enough for many years; eat,
drink and fill yourself and be content.

22  But God looked down and saw the man; he saw his selfish heart and
said,

23  You foolish man, this night your soul will quit its house of flesh;
then who will have your garnered wealth?

24  You men of Galilee, lay not up treasures in the vaults of earth;
accumulated wealth will blight your soul.

25  God does not give men wealth to hoard away in secret vaults. Men
are but stewards of God’s wealth, and they must use it for the common
good.

26  To every steward who is true to self, to other men, to every thing
that is, the Lord will say, Well done.


CHAPTER 112.

    _The Christines in the home of Mary of Magdala. Jesus calls his
      disciples, “Little Flock,” and charges them to place their
      affections on divine things. He teaches them regarding the
      inner life._

And Jesus left the multitudes and went with his disciples up to Mary’s
home; and as they sat about the board to dine he said,

2  My little flock, fear not; it is your Father’s will that you shall
rule the kingdom of the soul.

3  A ruler in the house of God is servant of the Lord of hosts, and man
cannot serve God except by serving men.

4  A servant in the house of God cannot be servant in the house of
wealth; nor in the synagogue of sense.

5  If you are tied to lands, or bonds, or wealth of earth, your hearts
are knit to things of earth; for where your treasures are there are
your hearts.

6  Dispose of all your wealth, distribute it among the poor, and put
your trust in God, and you nor yours will ever come to want.

7  This is a test of faith, and God will not accept the service of the
faithless one.

8  The time is ripe; your Master comes upon the clouds; the eastern sky
is glowing with his presence now.

9  Put on reception robes; gird up your loins; trim up your lamps and
fill them well with oil, and be prepared to meet your Lord; when you
are ready, he will come.

10  Thrice blessed are the servants who are ready to receive their Lord.

11  Behold, for he will gird himself, and will prepare a sumptuous
feast for every one, and he himself will serve.

12  It matters not when he shall come; it may be at the second watch;
it may be at the third; but blessed are the servants who are ready to
receive.

13  You cannot leave your door ajar and go to sleep, and wait in
blissful ignorance of the fleeting time;

14  For thieves will surely come and take away your goods and bind and
carry you away to robbers’ dens.

15  And if you are not carried forth, the Master when he comes will not
regard a sleeping guard as friend, but as a foe.

16  Beloved, these are times when every man must be awake and at
his post, for none can tell the hour nor the day when man shall be
revealed.

17  And Peter said, Lord is this parable for us, or for the multitudes?

18  And Jesus said, Why need you ask? God is not man that he should
show respect for one and cast another off.

19  Whoever will may come and gird himself, and trim his lamp, and find
a turret in the tower of life where he may watch, and be prepared to
meet the Lord.

20  But you, as children of the light, have come, and you have learned
the language of the court, and may stand forth and lead the way.

21  But you may wait, and think that you are ready to receive the Lord,
and still he does not come.

22  And you may grow impatient and begin to long for carnal ways again,
and may begin to exercise your rule;

23  To beat, and otherwise maltreat the servants of the house, and fill
yourselves with wine and meat.

24  And what will say the Lord when he shall come?

25  Behold, for he will cast the faithless servant from his house; and
many years will come and go before he can be cleansed, and be thought
worthy to receive his Lord.

26  The servant who has come into the light, who knows the Master’s
will and does it not; the trusted guard who goes to sleep within the
turret of the tower of life,

27  Shall feel the lash of justice many times, while he who does not
know his Master’s will and does it not, will not receive the graver
punishment.

28  The man who comes and stands before the open door of opportunity
and does not enter in, but goes his way,

29  Will come again and find the door made fast, and when he calls, the
door will open not,

30  The guard will say, you had the pass-word once, but you threw it
away and now the Master knows you not; depart.

31  And verily I say to you, To whom much has been given, much is
required; to whom a little has been given, a little only is required.


CHAPTER 113.

    _In answer to a question of Lamaas Jesus teaches a lesson on
      the reign of peace and the way to it through antagonisms.
      The signs of the times. Guidance of the Holy Breath. The
      Christines go to Bethsaida._

Now, after they had dined, the guests and Jesus all were in a spacious
hall in Mary’s home.

2  And then Lamaas said, Pray, tell us Lord, is this the dawn of peace?

3  Have we come forth unto the time when men will war no more?

4  Are you, indeed, the Prince of Peace that holy men have said would
come?

5  And Jesus said, Peace reigns today; it is the peace of death.

6  A stagnant pool abides in peace. When waters cease to move they soon
are ladened with the seeds of death; corruption dwells in every drop.

7  The living waters always leap and skip about like lambs in spring.

8  The nations are corrupt; they sleep within the arms of death and
they must be aroused before it is too late.

9  In life we find antagonists at work. God sent me here to stir unto
its depths the waters of the sea of life.

10  Peace follows strife; I come to slay this peace of death. The
prince of peace must first be prince of strife.

11  This leaven of truth which I have brought to men will stir the
demons up, and nations, cities, families will be at war within
themselves.

12  The five that have been dwelling in a home of peace will be
divided now, and two shall war with three;

13  The son will stand against his sire; the mother and the daughter
will contend; yea, strife will reign in every home.

14  The self and greed and doubt will rage into a fever heat, and then,
because of me, the earth will be baptized in human blood.

15  But right is king; and when the smoke is cleared away the nations
will learn war no more; the Prince of Peace will come to reign.

16  Behold, the signs of what I say are in the sky; but men can see
them not.

17  When men behold a cloud rise in the west they say, A shower of rain
will come and so it does; and when the wind blows from the south they
say, The weather will be hot; and it is so.

18  Lo, men can read the signs of earth and sky, but they cannot
discern the signs of Holy Breath; but you shall know.

19  The storm of wrath comes on; the carnal man will seek a cause to
hale you into court, and cast you into prison cells.

20  And when these times shall come let wisdom guide; do not resent.
Resentment makes more strong the wrath of evil men.

21  There is a little sense of justice and of mercy in the vilest men
of earth.

22  By taking heed to what you do and say and trusting in the guidance
of the Holy Breath, you may inspire this sense to grow.

23  You thus may make the wrath of men to praise the Lord.

24  The Christines went their way, and came unto Bethsaida and taught.


CHAPTER 114.

    _A great storm on the sea destroys many lives. Jesus makes an
      appeal for aid, and the people give with a generous hand. In
      answer to a lawyer’s question, Jesus gives the philosophy of
      disasters._

As Jesus taught, a man stood forth and said, Rabboni, may I speak?

2  And Jesus said, Say on. And then the man spoke out and said,

3  A storm upon the sea last night wrecked many fishing boats, and
scores of men went down to death, and, lo, their wives and children
are in need;

4  What can be done to help them in their sore distress?

5  And Jesus said, A worthy plea. You men of Galilee, take heed. We may
not bring again to live these men, but we can succor those who looked
to them for daily bread.

6  You stewards of the wealth of God, an opportunity has come; unlock
your vaults; bring forth your hoarded gold; bestow it with a lavish
hand.

7  This wealth was laid aside for just such times as these; when it was
needed not, lo, it was yours to guard;

8  But now it is not yours, for it belongs to those who are in want,
and if you give it not you simply bring upon your heads the wrath of
God.

9  It is not charity to give to those who need; it is but honesty; it
is but giving men their own.

10  Then Jesus turned to Judas, one of the twelve, who was the
treasurer of the band, and said,

11  Bring forth our treasure box; the money is not ours now; turn
every farthing to the help of those in such distress.

12  Now, Judas did not wish to give the money all to those in want, and
so he talked with Peter, James and John.

13  He said, Lo, I will save a certain part and give the rest; that
surely is enough for us, for we are strangers to the ones in want; we
do not even know their names.

14  But Peter said, Why, Judas, man, how do you dare to think to trifle
with the strength of right.

15  The Lord has spoken true; this wealth does not belong to us in face
of this distress, and to refuse to give it is to steal.

16  You need not fear; we will not come to want.

17  Then Judas opened up the treasure box and gave the money all.

18  And there was gold and silver, food, and raiment in abundance for
the needs of the bereaved.

19  A lawyer said, Rabboni, if God rules the worlds and all that in
them is, did he not bring about this storm? did he not slay these men?

20  Has he not brought this sore distress upon these people here? and
was it done to punish them for crimes?

21  And we remember well when once a band of earnest Jews from Galilee
were in Jerusalem, and at a feast and were, for fancied crimes against
the Roman law,

22  Cut down within the very temple court by Pontius Pilate; and their
blood became their sacrifice.

23  Did God bring on this slaughter all because these men were doubly
vile?

24  And then we bring to mind that once a tower called Siloam, graced
the defences of Jerusalem, and, seemingly, without a cause it tottered
and it fell to earth and eighteen men were killed.

25  Were these men vile? and were they slain as punishment for some
great crime?

26  And Jesus said, We cannot look upon a single span of life and judge
of anything.

27  There is a law that men must recognize: Result depends on cause.

28  Men are not motes to float about within the air of one short life,
and then be lost in nothingness.

29  They are undying parts of the eternal whole that come and go, lo,
many times into the air of earth and of the great beyond, just to
unfold the God-like self.

30  A cause may be a part of one brief life; results may not be noted
till another life.

31  The cause of your results cannot be found within my life, nor can
the cause of my results be found in yours.

32  I cannot reap except I sow and I must reap what e’er I sow,

33  The law of all eternities is known to master minds:

34  Whatever men do unto other men the judge and executioner will do to
them.

35  We do not note the execution of this law among the sons of men.

36  We note the weak dishonored, trampled on and slain by those men
call the strong.

37  We note that men with wood-like heads are seated in the chairs of
state;

38  Are kings and judges, senators and priests, while men with giant
intellects are scavengers about the streets.

39  We note that women with a moiety of common sense, and not a whit
of any other kind, are painted up and dressed as queens,

40  Becoming ladies of the courts of puppet kings, because they have
the form of something beautiful; while God’s own daughters are their
slaves, or serve as common laborers in the field.

41  The sense of justice cries aloud: This is a travesty on right.

42  So when men see no further than one little span of life it is no
wonder that they say, There is no God, or if there is a God he is a
tyrant and should die.

43  If you would judge aright of human life, you must arise and stand
upon the crest of time and note the thoughts and deeds of men as they
have come up through the ages past;

44  For we must know that man is not a creature made of clay to turn
again to clay and disappear.

45  He is a part of the eternal whole. There never was a time when he
was not; a time will never come when he will not exist.

46  And now we look; the men who now are slaves were tyrants once; the
men who now are tyrants have been slaves.

47  The men who suffer now, once stood aloft and shouted with a fiend’s
delight while others suffered at their hands.

48  And men are sick, and halt, and lame, and blind because they once
transgressed the laws of perfect life, and every law of God must be
fulfilled.

49  Man may escape the punishment that seems but due for his misdoings
in this life; but every deed and word and thought has its own metes
and bounds,

50  Is cause, and has its own results, and if a wrong be done, the doer
of the wrong must make it right.

51  And when the wrongs have all been righted then will man arise and
be at one with God.


CHAPTER 115.

    _Jesus teaches by the sea. He relates the parable of the sower.
      Tells why he teaches in parables. Explains the parable of the
      sower. Relates the parable of the wheat and tares._

And Jesus stood beside the sea and taught; the multitudes pressed
close upon him and he went into a boat that was near by and put a
little ways from shore, and then he spoke in parables; he said,

2  Behold, a sower took his seed and went into his field to sow.

3  With lavish hand he scattered forth the seed and some fell in the
hardened paths that men had made,

4  And soon were crushed beneath the feet of other men; and birds came
down and carried all the seed away.

5  Some seed fell on rocky ground where there was little soil; they
grew and soon the blades appeared and promised much;

6  But then there was no depth of soil, no chance for nourishment, and
in the heat of noonday sun they withered up and died.

7  Some seed fell where thistles grew, and found no earth in which to
grow and they were lost;

8  But other seed found lodgment in the rich and tender soil and grew
apace, and in the harvest it was found that some brought forth a
hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.

9  They who have ears to hear may hear; they who have hearts to
understand may know.

10  Now, his disciples were beside him in the boat, and Thomas asked,
Why do you speak in parables?

11  And Jesus said, My words, like every master’s words, are dual in
their sense.

12  To you who know the language of the soul, my words have meanings
far too deep for other men to comprehend.

13  The other sense of what I say is all the multitude can understand;
these words are food for them; the inner thoughts are food for you.

14  Let every one reach forth and take the food that he is ready to
receive.

15  And then he spoke that all might hear; he said, Hear you the
meaning of the parable:

16  Men hear my words and understand them not, and then the carnal self
purloins the seed, and not a sign of spirit life appears.

17  This is the seed that fell within the beaten paths of men.

18  And others hear the words of life, and with a fiery zeal receive
them all; they seem to comprehend the truth and promise well;

19  But troubles come; discouragements arise; there is no depth of
thought; their good intentions wither up and die.

20  These are the seeds that fell in stony ground.

21  And others hear the words of truth and seem to know their worth;
but love of pleasure, reputation, wealth and fame fill all the soil;
the seeds are nourished not and they are lost.

22  These are the seeds that fell among the thistles and the thorns.

23  But others hear the words of truth and comprehend them well; they
sink down deep into their souls; they live the holy life and all the
world is blest.

24  These are the seeds that fell in fertile soil, that brought forth
fruit abundantly.

25  You men of Galilee, take heed to how you hear and how you cultivate
your fields; for if you slight the offers of this day, the sower may
not come to you again in this or in the age to come.

26  Then Jesus spoke another parable; he said:

27  The kingdom I may liken to a field in which a man sowed precious
seed;

28  But while he slept an evil one went forth and sowed a measure full
of darnel seed; then went his way.

29  The soil was good, and so the wheat and darnel grew; and when the
servants saw the tares among the wheat, they found the owner of the
field and said,

30  You surely sowed good seed; from whence these tares?

31  The owner said, Some evil one has sown the seed of tares.

32  The servants said, Shall we go out and pull up by the roots the
tares and burn them in the fire?

33  The owner said, No, that would not be well. The wheat and tares
grow close together in the soil, and while you pull the tares you
would destroy the wheat.

34  So we will let them grow together till the harvest time. Then to
the reapers I will say,

35  Go forth and gather up the tares and bind them up and burn them in
the fire, and gather all the wheat into my barns.

36  When he had spoken thus, he left the boat and went up to the
house, and his disciples followed him.


CHAPTER 116.

    _The Christines are in Philip’s home. Jesus interprets the
      parable of the wheat and tares. He explains the unfoldment
      of the kingdom by parables: the good seed; the growth of the
      tree; the leaven; the hidden treasure. He goes to a mountain
      to pray._

The Christines were in Philip’s home and Peter said to Jesus, Lord,
will you explain to us the meaning of the parables you spoke today?
The one about the wheat and tares, especially?

2  And Jesus said, God’s kingdom is a dualty; it has an outer and an
inner form.

3  As seen by man it is composed of men, of those who make confession
of the name of Christ.

4  For various reasons various people crowd this outer kingdom of our
God.

5  The inner kingdom is the kingdom of the soul, the kingdom of the
pure in heart.

6  The outer kingdom I may well explain in parables. Behold, for I have
seen you cast a great net out into the sea,

7  And when you hauled it in, lo, it was full of every kind of fish,
some good, some bad, some great, some small; and I have seen you save
the good and throw the bad away.

8  This outer kingdom is the net, and every kind of man is caught; but
in the sorting day the bad will all be cast away, the good reserved.

9  Hear, then, the meaning of the parable of wheat and tares:

10  The sower is the son of man; the field, the world; the good seed
are the children of the light; the tares, the children of the dark;
the enemy, the carnal self; the harvest day, the closing of the age;
the reapers are the messengers of God.

11  The reckoning day will come to every man; then will the tares be
gathered up, and cast into the fire and be burned.

12  Then will the good shine forth as suns in the kingdom of the soul.

13  And Philip said, Must men and women suffer in the flames because
they have not found the way of life?

14  And Jesus said, The fire purifies. The chemist throws into the fire
the ores that hold all kinds of dross.

15  The useless metal seems to be consumed; but not a grain of gold is
lost.

16  There is no man that has not in him gold that cannot be destroyed.
The evil things of men are all consumed in fire; the gold survives.

17  The inner kingdom of the soul I may explain in parables:

18  The son of man goes forth and scatters seeds of truth; God waters
well the soil; the seeds show life and grow; first comes the blade,
and then the stalk, and then the ear, and then the full wheat in the
ear.

19  The harvest comes and, lo, the reapers bear the ripened sheaves
into the garner of the Lord.

20  Again, this kingdom of the soul is like a little seed that men may
plant in fertile soil.

21  (A thousand of these seeds would scarcely be a shekel’s weight.)

22  The tiny seed begins to grow; it pushes through the earth, and
after years of growth it is a mighty tree and birds rest in its leafy
bowers and men find refuge ’neath its sheltering boughs from sun and
storm.

23  Again, the truth, the spirit of the kingdom of the soul, is like a
ball of leaven that a woman hid in measures, three, of flour and in a
little time the whole was leavened.

24  Again, the kingdom of the soul is like a treasure hidden in a field
which one has found, and straitway goes his way and sells all that he
has and buys the field.

25  When Jesus had thus said he went alone into a mountain pass near by
to pray.


CHAPTER 117.

    _A royal feast is held in Machaerus. John, the harbinger, is
      beheaded. His body is buried in Hebron. His disciples mourn.
      The Christines cross the sea in the night. Jesus calms a
      raging storm._

A royal feast was held in honor of the birthday of the tetrarch in
fortified Machaerus, east of the Bitter Sea.

2  The tetrarch, Herod, and his wife, Herodias, together with Salome
were there; and all the men and women of the royal court were there.

3  And when the feast was done, lo, all the guests and courtiers were
drunk with wine; they danced and leaped about like children in their
play.

4  Salome, daughter of Herodias, came in and danced before the king.
The beauty of her form, her grace and winning ways entranced the silly
Herod, then half drunk with wine.

5  He called the maiden to his side and said, Salome, you have won my
heart, and you may ask and I will give you anything you wish.

6  The maiden ran in childish glee and told her mother what the ruler
said.

7  Her mother said, Go back and say, Give me the head of John, the
harbinger.

8  The maiden ran and told the ruler what she wished.

9  And Herod called his trusty executioner and said to him, Go to the
tower and tell the keeper that by my authority you come to execute the
prisoner known as John.

10  The man went forth and in a little while returned and on a platter
bore the lifeless head of John, and Herod offered it unto the maiden
in the presence of the guests.

11  The maiden stood aloof; her innocence was outraged when she saw the
bloody gift, and she would touch it not.

12  Her mother, steeped and hardened well in crime, came up and took
the head and held it up before the guests and said,

13  This is the fate of every man who dares to scorn, or criticize, the
acts of him who reigns.

14  The drunken rabble gazed upon the grewsome sight with fiendish joy.

15  The head was taken back unto the tower. The body had been given
unto holy men who had been friends of John; they placed it in a burial
case and carried it away.

16  They bore it to the Jordan, which they crossed just at the ford
where John first preached the word;

17  And through the passes of the Judean hills they carried it.

18  They reached the sacred grounds near Hebron, where the bodies of
the parents of the harbinger lay in their tombs;

19  And there they buried it; and then they went their way.

20  Now, when the news reached Galilee that John was dead the people
met to sing the sonnets of the dead.

21  And Jesus and the foreign masters and the twelve took ship to cross
the sea of Galilee.

22  A scribe, a faithful friend of John, stood by the sea; he called to
Jesus and he said, Rabboni, let me follow where you go.

23  And Jesus said, You seek a safe retreat from evil men. There is no
safety for your life with me;

24  For evil men will take my life as they have taken John’s.

25  The foxes of the earth have safe retreats; the birds have nests
secure among the hidden rocks, but I have not a place where I may lay
my head and rest secure.

26  Then an apostle said, Lord, suffer me to tarry here a while, that I
may take my father, who is dead, and lay him in the tomb.

27  But Jesus said, The dead can care for those who die; the living
wait for those who live; come, follow me.

28  The evening came; three boats put out to sea and Jesus rested in
the foremost boat; he slept.

29  A storm came on; the boats were tossed about like toys upon the sea.

30  The waters swept the decks; the hardy boatmen were afraid lest all
be lost.

31  And Thomas found the master fast asleep; he called, and Jesus woke.

32  And Thomas said, Behold the storm! have you no care for us? The
boats are going down.

33  And Jesus stood; he raised his hand; he talked unto the spirits of
the winds and waves as men would talk with men.

34  And, lo, the winds blew not; the waves came tremblingly and kissed
his feet; the sea was calm.

35  And then he said, You men of faith, where is your faith? for you
can speak and winds and waves will hear and will obey.

36  And the disciples were amazed. They said, Who is this man that even
winds and waves obey his voice?


CHAPTER 118.

    _The Christines are in Gadara. Jesus casts a legion of unclean
      spirits out of a man. The spirits go into vicious animals
      which run into the sea, and are drowned. The people are
      in fear and request Jesus to leave their coast. With his
      disciples, he returns to Capernaum._

The morning came; the Christines landed in the country of the
Geracenes.

2  They went to Gadara, chief city of the Peracans, and here for
certain days they tarried and they taught.

3  Now, legends hold that Gadara is sacred to the dead, and all the
hills about are known as holy ground.

4  These are the burial grounds of all the regions round about; the
hills are full of tombs; and many dead from Galilee are here entombed.

5  Now, spirits of the lately dead that cannot rise to higher planes,
remain about the tombs that hold the flesh and bones of what was once
their mortal homes.

6  They sometimes take possession of the living, whom they torture in a
hundred ways.

7  And all through Gadara were men obsessed, and there was no one
strong enough to bring relief.

8  That they might meet these hidden foes and learn the way to
dispossess the evil ones the master took the foreign masters and the
twelve into the tombs.

9  And as they neared the gates they met a man obsessed. A legion of
the unclean ones were in this man, and they had made him strong;

10  And none could bind him down, no, not with chains; for he could
break the stoutest chains, and go his way.

11  Now, unclean spirits cannot live in light; they revel in the dark.

12  When Jesus came he brought the light of life, and all the evil
spirits were disturbed.

13  The leader of the legion in the man called out, Thou Jesus, thou
Immanuel, we beg that thou wilt not consign it to the depths. Torment
us not before our time.

14  And Jesus said, What is your number and your name?

15  The evil spirit said, Our name is legion, and our number is the
number of the beast.

16  And Jesus spoke; and with a voice that shook the very hills, he
said, Come forth; possess this man no more.

17  Now, all the hills were filled with unclean animals that fed, and
carried forth and spread the plague among the people of the land.

18  And when the evil spirits begged that they might not be driven
forth without a home, the master said,

19  Go forth and take possession of the unclean quadrupeds.

20  And they, and all the evil spirits of the tombs went forth and took
possession of the breeders of the plague,

21  Which, wild with rage, ran down the steeps into the sea, and all
were drowned.

22  And all the land was freed of the contagion, and the unclean
spirits came no more.

23  But when the people saw the mighty works that Jesus did they were
alarmed. They said,

24  If he can free the country of the plague, and drive the unclean
spirits out, he is a man of such transcendent power that he can
devastate our land at will.

25  And then they came and prayed that he would not remain in Gadara.

26  And Jesus did not tarry longer there, and with the other masters
and the twelve, he went aboard the boats to go away.

27  The man who had been rescued from the unclean legion stood upon the
shore and said, Lord, let me go with you.

28  But Jesus said, It is not well; go forth unto your home and tell
the news that men may know what man can do when he is tuned with God.

29  And then the man went forth through all Decapolis and told the news.

30  The Christines sailed away, re-crossed the sea and came again into
Capernaum.


CHAPTER 119.

    _The people of Capernaum welcome Jesus. Matthew gives a feast.
      The Pharisees rebuke Jesus for eating with sinners. He tells
      them that he is sent to save sinners. He gives lessons on
      fasting and on the philosophy of good and evil._

The news soon spread through all the land that Jesus was at home and
then the people came in throngs to welcome him.

2  And Matthew, one of the twelve, a man of wealth, whose home was in
Capernaum, spread forth a sumptuous feast, and Jesus and the foreign
masters and the twelve, and people of all shades of thought, were
guests.

3  And when the Pharisees observed that Jesus sat and ate with
publicans and those of ill repute they said,

4  For shame! This man who claims to be a man of God, consorts with
publicans and courtesans and with the common herd of men, For shame!

5  When Jesus knew their thoughts he said, They who are well cannot be
healed; the pure need not be saved.

6  They who are well are whole; they who are pure are saved.

7  They who love justice and do right need not repent; I came not unto
them, but to the sinner I am come.

8  A band of John’s disciples who had heard that John was dead were
wearing badges for their dead;

9  Were fasting and were praying in their hearts, which when the
Pharisees observed they came to Jesus and they said,

10  Why fast the followers of John and your disciples do not fast?

11  And Jesus said, Lo, you are masters of the law; you ought to know;
perhaps you will make known your knowledge to these men.

12  What are the benefits derived from fasts? The Pharisees were mute;
they answered not.

13  Then Jesus said, The vital force of men depends on what they eat
and drink.

14  Is spirit-life the stronger when the vital force is weak? Is
sainthood reached by starving, self imposed?

15  A glutton is a sinner in the sight of God, and he is not a saint
who makes himself a weakling and unfitted for the heavy tasks of life
by scorning to make use of God’s own means of strength.

16  Lo, John is dead, and his devoted followers are fasting in their
grief.

17  Their love for him impels them on to show respect, for they have
thought, and have been taught that it is sin to lightly treat the
memory of the dead.

18  To them it is a sin, and it is well that they should fast.

19  When men defy their consciences and listen not to what they say,
the heart is grieved and they become unfitted for the work of life;
and thus they sin.

20  The conscience may be taught. One man may do in conscience what
another cannot do.

21  What is a sin for me to do may not be sin for you to do. The place
you occupy upon the way of life determines what is sin.

22  There is no changeless law of good; for good and evil both are
judged by other things.

23  One man may fast and in his deep sincerity of heart is blest.

24  Another man may fast and in the faithlessness of such a task
imposed is cursed.

25  You cannot make a bed to fit the form of every man. If you can make
a bed to fit yourself you have done well.

26  Why should these men who follow me resort to fasting, or to
anything that would impair their strength? They need it all to serve
the race.

27  The time will come when God will let you have your way, and you
will do to me what Herod did to John;

28  And in the awfulness of that sad hour these men will fast.

29  They who have ears to hear may hear; they who have hearts to feel
may understand.


CHAPTER 120.

    _Nicodemus is at the feast. He asks Jesus, Cannot the Christine
      religion be introduced more successfully by reforming the
      Jewish service? Jesus answers in the negative and gives his
      reasons. Jesus heals a woman with hemorrhages. Heals Jairus’
      daughter. Disappears when the people would worship him._

Now, Nicodemus, who once came to Jesus in the night to learn the way
of life, was one among the guests.

2  And standing forth he said, Rabboni, it is true that Jewish laws and
Jewish practices do not agree.

3  The priesthood needs to be reformed; the rulers should become more
merciful and kind; the lawyers should become more just; the common
people should not bear such loads.

4  But could we not gain these reforms and not destroy the service of
the Jews?

5  Could you not harmonize your mighty work with that of Pharisee
and scribe? Might not the priesthood be a benefit to your divine
philosophy?

6  But Jesus said, You cannot put new wine in ancient skins, for when
it purifies itself, lo, it expands; the ancient bottles cannot bear
the strain; they burst, and all the wine is lost.

7  Men do not mend a wornout garment with a piece of cloth unworn,
which cannot yield to suit the fabric, weak with age, and then a
greater rent appears.

8  Old wine may be preserved in ancient skins; but new wine calls for
bottles new.

9  This spirit-truth I bring is to this generation new, and if we put
it in the ancient skins of Jewish forms, lo, it will all be lost.

10  It must expand; the ancient bottles cannot yield and they would
burst.

11  Behold the kingdom of the Christ! it is as old as God himself, and
yet it is as new as morning sun; it only can contain the truth of God.

12  And as he spoke a ruler of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came in
and bowed at Jesus’ feet and said,

13  My master, hear my prayer! My child is very sick, I fear that she
will die; but this I know that if you will but come and speak the Word
my child will live.

14  (She was an only child, a girl twelve years of age.)

15  And Jesus tarried not; he went out with the man, and many people
followed them.

16  And as they went a woman who had been plagued with hemorrhage for
many years, had been a subject of experiment of doctors near and far,
and all had said, She cannot live, rose from her bed and rushed out in
the way as Jesus passed.

17  She said within herself, If I can touch his garment, then I know I
will be well.

18  She touched him, and at once the bleeding ceased and she was well.

19  And Jesus felt that healing power had gone from him, and speaking
to the multitude, he said,

20  Who was it touched my coat?

21  And Peter said, No one can tell; the multitudes are pressing you; a
score of people may have touched your coat.

22  But Jesus said, Some one in faith, with healing thought, did touch
my coat, for healing virtues have gone forth from me.

23  And when the woman knew that what she did was known, she came and
knelt at Jesus’ feet and told it all.

24  And Jesus said, Your faith has made you whole, go on your way in
peace.

25  Now, as he spoke, a servant from the home of Jairus came and said,
My master, Jairus, trouble not the Lord to come; your child is dead.

26  But Jesus said, Jairus, man of faith, do not permit your faith to
waver in this trying hour.

27  What is it that the servant said? The child is dead? Lo, what is
death?

28  It is the passing of the soul out of the house of flesh.

29  Man is the master of the soul and of its house. When man has risen
up from doubt and fear, lo, he can cleanse the empty house and bring
the tenant back again.

30  Then taking with him Peter, James and John, Jairus and the mother
of the child, he went into the chamber of the dead.

31  And when the doors were closed against the multitude, he spoke a
word that souls can understand, and then he took the maiden by the
hand and said,

32  Talitha cumi, child, arise! The maiden’s soul returned and she
arose and asked for food.

33  And all the people of the city were amazed, and many would have
worshipped Jesus as a God,

34  But, like a phantom of the night, he disappeared and went his way.


CHAPTER 121.

    _The Christines are in Nazareth. Miriam sings a Christine song
      of praise. Jesus teaches in the synagogue. He heals a dumb
      man who is obsessed. The people do not believe in him. The
      Pharisees call him a tool of Beelzebul. The Christines go to
      Cana._

It was a gala day in Nazareth. The people there had met with one
accord to celebrate some great event.

2  And Jesus and the foreign masters and the twelve, and Mary, mother
of the Lord, and Miriam were there.

3  And when the people were assembled in the great hall of the town,
the graceful singer, Miriam, stood forth and sung a song of praise.

4  But few of all the multitude knew who the singer was; but instantly
she won all hearts.

5  For many days she sung the songs of Israel, and then she went her
way.

6  The Sabbath came and Jesus went into the synagogue. He took the book
of Psalms and read:

7  Blest is the man who puts his trust in God, respecting not the proud
nor such as turn aside to lies.

8  O Lord, my God, the works that thou hast done for us are wonderful;
and many are thy thoughts for us; we cannot count them all,

9  Thou dost not call for sacrifice, nor offerings of blood; burnt
offerings and offerings for sin thou dost not want;

10  And lo, I come to do thy will, O God; thy law is in my heart,

11  And I have preached the word of righteousness and peace unto the
thronging multitudes; I have declared the counsel of my God in full.

12  I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared
thy faithfulness and grace.

13  I have not kept thy loving-kindness and thy truth away from men; I
have declared them to the multitudes.

14  O Lord, make wide my lips that I may tell thy praise; I do not
bring the sacrifice of blood, nor yet burnt offerings for sin.

15  The sacrifices I would bring to thee, O God, are purity in life, a
contrite heart, a spirit full of faith and love; and these thou wilt
receive.

16  And when he had thus read, he gave the book back to the keeper of
the books, and then he said,

17  Upon these ends of earth these messages of God have come.

18  Our people have exalted sacrificial rites and have neglected mercy,
justice and the rights of men.

19  You Pharisees, you priests, you scribes, your God is surfeited with
blood; God does not heed your prayers; you stand before your burning
victims; but you stand in vain.

20  Turn you unto the testimonies of the law; reform and turn to God,
and you shall live.

21  Let not your altars be accursed again with smoke of innocence.

22  Bring unto God as sacrifice a broken and a contrite heart.

23  Lift from your fellow men the burdens that you have imposed.

24  And if you hearken not, and if you turn not from your evil ways,
lo, God will smite this nation with a curse.

25  And when he had thus said he stood aside, and all the people were
astonished, and they said,

26  Where did this man get all his knowledge and his power? From whence
did all this wisdom come?

27  Is not this Mary’s son, whose home is out on Marmion Way?

28  Are not his brothers, Jude and James and Simon, known among our
honored men? Are not his sisters with us here?

29  But they were all offended by the words he spoke.

30  And Jesus said, A prophet has no honor in his native land; he is
not well received among his kin; his foes are in his home.

31  And Jesus wrought not many mighty works in Nazareth, because the
people had no faith in him. He did not tarry long.

32  But as he passed from thence two blind men followed him and cried,
Thou son of David, hear! Have mercy, Lord, and open up our eyes that
we may see.

33  And Jesus said, Do you believe that I can open up your eyes and
make you see?

34  They said, Yea, Lord, we know that if you speak the Word then we
can see.

35  And Jesus touched their eyes and spoke the Word; he said, According
to your faith so will it be.

36  And they were blest; they opened up their eyes and saw.

37  And Jesus said, Tell not this thing to any one.

38  But they went forth and told the news through all the land.

39  As Jesus walked along the way a man who was obsessed, and who was
dumb, was brought to him.

40  And Jesus spoke the Word; the unclean spirit came out of the man;
his tongue was loosed; he spoke; he said, Praise God.

41  The people were amazed; They said, This is a mighty deed; we never
saw that done before.

42  The Pharisees were also much amazed; but they cried out and said,

43  You men of Israel, take heed; this Jesus is a tool of Beelzebul; he
heals the sick and casts the spirits out in Satan’s name.

44  But Jesus answered not; he went his way.

45  And with the foreign masters and the twelve he went up to the town
where he once turned the water into wine and tarried certain days.


CHAPTER 122.

    _The Christines spend seven days in prayer. Jesus gives his
      charge to the twelve and sends them forth on their apostolic
      ministry, with instructions to meet him in Capernaum._

The Christines prayed in silence seven days; then Jesus called the
twelve aside and said,

2  Behold, the multitudes have thronged about us everywhere; the people
are bewildered; they wander here and there like sheep without a fold.

3  They need a shepherd’s care; they want a loving hand to lead them to
the light.

4  The grain is ripe; the harvest is abundant, but the harvesters are
few.

5  The time is also ripe, and you must go alone through all the
villages and towns of Galilee and teach and heal.

6  And then he breathed upon the twelve and said, Receive the Holy
Breath.

7  And then he gave them each the Word of power, and said, By this
Omnific Word you shall cast spirits out, shall heal the sick and bring
the dead to life again.

8  And you shall go not in the way of the Assyrians, nor Greek; you
shall not go into Samaria; go only to your brethren of the scattered
tribes.

9  And as you go proclaim, The kingdom of the Christ has come.

10  You have abundantly received, and freely you shall give.

11  But you must go in faith; provide yourselves no crutch to lean upon.

12  Give all your gold and silver to the poor; take not two coats, nor
extra shoes; just take your wands.

13  You are God’s husbandmen and he will never suffer you to want.

14  In every place you go search out the men of faith; with them abide
until you go from hence.

15  You go for me; you act for me. They who receive and welcome you,
receive and welcome me;

16  And they who shut their doors against your face, refuse to welcome
me.

17  If you are not received in kindness in a town, bear not away an
evil thought; do not resist.

18  An evil thought of any kind will do you harm; will dissipate your
power.

19  When you are not received with favor, go your way, for there are
multitudes of men who want the light.

20  Behold, I send you forth as sheep among a pack of wolves; and you
must be as wise as serpents and as harmless as the doves.

21  In all your language be discreet, for Pharisees and scribes will
seek a cause for your arrest in what you say.

22  And they will surely find a way by charges false to bring you into
court.

23  And judges will declare that you are guilty of some crime, and
sentence you to scourgings and to prison cells.

24  But when you come to stand before the judge, be not afraid; be not
disturbed about the way to act, the words to speak.

25  The Holy Breath will guide you in that hour, and give the words
that you shall speak.

26  Of this be full assured; It is not you who speaks; it is the Holy
Breath who gives the words and moves the lips.

27  The gospel that you preach will not bring peace, but it will stir
the multitudes to wrath.

28  The carnal man abhors the truth, and he would give his life to
crush the tender plant before the harvest time.

29  And this will bring confusion in the homes that were the homes of
stagnant peace.

30  And brother will give brother up to death; the father will stand
by and see men execute his child; and in the courts the child will
testify against the sire, and gladly see its mother put to death.

31  And men will hate you just because you speak the name of Christ.

32  Thrice blessed is the man who shall be faithful in this coming day
of wrath!

33  Go now; when you are persecuted in a place, go seek another place.

34  And when you meet a foe too great for you, behold, the son of man
is at your door, and he can speak, and all the hosts of heaven will
stand in your defense.

35  But do not hold your present life in great esteem.

36  The time will come when men will take my life; you need not hope to
be immune, for they will slay you in the name of God.

37  Men call me Beelzebul and they will call you imps.

38  Be not afraid of what men say and do; they have no power over soul;
they may abuse and may destroy the body of the flesh; but that is all.

39  They do not know the God who holds the issues of the soul within
his hands, who can destroy the soul.

40  The Christ is king today, and men must recognize his power.

41  He who loves not the Christ, which is the love of God, before all
else, can never gain the prize of spirit consciousness.

42  And they who love their parents or their children more than they
love the Christ can never wear the name of Christ.

43  And he who loves his life more than he loves the Christ cannot
please God.

44  And he who clings to life shall lose his life, while he who gives
his life for Christ will save his life.

45  When Jesus had thus said he sent the twelve away by twos, and bade
them meet him in Capernaum.

46  And they went out through all the towns of Galilee and taught and
healed in spirit and in power.


CHAPTER 123.

    _Jesus gives his final charge to the foreign masters and sends
      them forth as apostles to the world. He goes alone to Tyre
      and abides in Rachel’s home. Heals an obsessed child. Goes
      to Sidon and then to the mountains of Lebanon. Visits Mount
      Hermon, Cæsarea-Philippi, Decapolis, Gadara and returns to
      Capernaum. Receives the twelve, who give an account of their
      work._

The Christine master spent a time in prayer and then he called the
foreign masters, and he said to them,

2  Behold, I sent the twelve apostles unto Israel, but you are sent to
all the world.

3  Our God is one, is Spirit and is truth, and every man is dear to him.

4  He is the God of every child of India, and the farther east; of
Persia, and the farther north; of Greece and Rome and of the farther
west; of Egypt and the farther south, and of the mighty lands across
the seas, and of the islands of the seas.

5  If God would send the bread of life to one and not to all who have
arisen to the consciousness of life and can receive the bread of life,
then he would be unjust and that would shake the very throne of heaven.

6  So he has called you from the seven centers of the world, and he has
breathed the breath of wisdom and of power into your souls, and now he
sends you forth as bearers of the light of life, apostles of the human
race.

7  Go on your way, and as you go proclaim the gospel of the Christ.

8  And then he breathed upon the masters and he said, Receive the Holy
Breath; and then he gave to each the Word of power.

9  And each went on his way, and every land was blest.

10  Then Jesus went alone across the hills of Galilee and after certain
days he reached the coast of Tyre, and in the home of Rachel he abode.

11  He did not advertise his coming, for he did not come to teach; he
would commune with God where he could see the waters of the Mighty Sea.

12  But Rachel told the news and multitudes of people thronged her home
to see the Lord.

13  A Grecian woman of Phenecia came; her daughter was obsessed. She
said,

14  O Lord, have mercy on my home! My daughter is obsessed; but this I
know, if you will speak the Word she will be free. Thou son of David,
hear my prayer!

15  But Rachel said, Good woman, trouble not the Lord. He did not come
to Tyre to heal; he came to talk with God beside the sea.

16  And Jesus said, Lo, I was sent not to the Greek, nor to
Syrophenicians; I come just to my people, Israel.

17  And then the woman fell down at his feet and said, Lord, Jesus, I
implore that you will save my child.

18  And Jesus said, You know the common proverb well: It is not meet
that one should give the children’s bread to dogs.

19  And then the woman said, Yea, Jesus, this I know, but dogs may eat
the crumbs that fall down from their master’s board.

20  And Jesus said, Such faith I have not seen, no not among the Jews;
she is not serf, nor dog.

21  And then he said to her, According to your faith so let it be.

22  The woman went her way and when she came unto her child, lo, she
was healed.

23  And Jesus tarried many days in Tyre; and then he went his way and
dwelt a time in Sidon by the sea.

24  And then he journeyed on. In Lebanon hills and vales, and in its
groves he walked in silent thought.

25  His earthly mission fast was drawing to a close; he sought for
strength, and what he sought he found.

26  Mount Hermon stood beyond, and Jesus fain would kneel beside that
mountain famed in Hebrew song.

27  And then he stood upon Mount Hermon’s lofty peaks, and lifting up
his eyes to heaven he talked with God.

28  And masters of the olden times revealed themselves and long they
talked about the kingdom of the Christ;

29  About the mighty works that had been done; about the coming
conquest of the cross; about the victory over death.

30  Then Jesus journeyed on; he went to Cæsarea-Philippi, and in
Susanna’s home he tarried certain days.

31  And then he went through all Decapolis to give encouragement to
those who knew him as the Christ, and to prepare them for the day of
Calvary.

32  And then he went to Gadara, and many friends were there, to welcome
him.

33  And Chuzas, steward of the house of Herod Antipas, was there, and
Jesus went aboard the royal ship with him and crossed the sea, and
came unto Capernaum.

34  And when the people knew that Jesus was at home they came to
welcome him.

35  In just a little while the twelve apostles came and told the master
all about their journey over Galilee.

36  They said that by the sacred Word they had done many mighty works;
and Jesus said to them, Well done.



SECTION XVII.

PE.

_The Third Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus._


CHAPTER 124.

    _The Christines cross the sea. Jesus gives to his disciples
      lessons on secret doctrines. Teaches the people. Feeds five
      thousand. The disciples start to recross the sea. A storm
      arises. Jesus, walking on the waters, comes to them. Trial of
      Peter’s faith. They land in Gennesaret._

The twelve apostles now had reached the stage of spirit consciousness,
and Jesus could reveal to them the deeper meanings of his mission to
the world.

2  Next week the great feast of the Jews would be observed, and Matthew
said, Shall we not girt ourselves and go unto Jerusalem?

3  But Jesus said, We will not go up to the feast; the time is short
and I have many things to say to you; come you apart into a desert
place and rest a while.

4  And then they took their boats and crossed the sea, and came into a
desert place near Julius Bethsaida.

5  The people saw them go, and in vast multitudes they followed them.

6  And Jesus had compassion on the anxious throng, and he stood forth
and taught them all the day, because they sought the light and were
like sheep without a fold.

7  And as the night came on the twelve were doubting what the
multitudes would do, and Thomas said,

8  Lord, we are in a desert place; the multitudes have naught to eat
and they are faint from lack of food; what shall we do?

9  And Jesus said, Go to and feed the multitudes.

10  And Judas said, Shall we go down and buy two hundred pennies’ worth
of bread for them to eat?

11  And Jesus said, Go look into our larder and see how many loaves we
have.

12  And Andrew said, We have no bread, but we have found a lad who has
five barley loaves and two small fish; but this would not be food
enough for one in ten.

13  But Jesus said, Command these people all to sit upon the grass in
companies of twelve; and they all sat down in companies of twelve.

14  Then Jesus took the loaves and fish, and looking up to heaven he
spoke the sacred Word.

15  And then he broke the bread and gave it to the twelve; he also gave
the fish unto the twelve, and said, Go to and feed the multitudes.

16  And all the people ate and were refreshed.

17  There were about five thousand men, a company of little ones, and
women not a few.

18  And when the people all were filled the master said,

19  Let not a crumb be lost; Go to and gather up the pieces of the
bread and fish for others that may want.

20  They gathered up the fragments and they filled twelve baskets full.

21  The people were bewildered by this wondrous act of power; they
said, And now we know that Jesus is the prophet that our prophets said
would come; and then they said, All hail the king!

22  When Jesus heard them say, All hail the king! he called the twelve
and bade them take their boats and go before him to the other side;

23  And he went all alone into a mountain pass to pray.

24  The twelve were on the sea and hoped to reach Capernaum in just a
little time, when all at once a fearful storm arose, and they were at
the mercy of the waves.

25  And in the fourth watch of the night the wind became a whirling
wind, and they were filled with fear.

26  And in the blinding storm they saw a form move on the waves; it
seemed to be a man, and one spoke out and said, It is a ghost, a sign
of evil things.

27  But John discerned the form and said, It is the Lord.

28  And then the wind blew not so hard, and Peter, standing in the
midst, exclaimed,

29  My Lord! my Lord! If this be truly you, bid me to come to you upon
the waves.

30  The form reached forth his hand and said, Come on.

31  And Peter stepped upon the waves and they were solid as a rock; he
walked upon the waves.

32  He walked until he thought within himself, What if the waves should
break beneath my feet?

33  And then the waves did break beneath his feet, and he began to
sink, and in the fearfulness of soul he cried, O save me, Lord, or I
am lost!

34  And Jesus took him by the hand and said, O you of little faith! why
did you doubt? And Jesus led the way unto the boat.

35  The storm had spent its force; the winds were still, and they
were near the shore, and when they landed they were in the valley of
Gennesaret.


CHAPTER 125.

    _The Christines are welcomed in Gennesaret. Many follow Jesus
      for the loaves and fish. He tells them of the bread of
      life. Speaks of his flesh and blood as symbols of the bread
      and water of life. The people are offended and many of his
      disciples follow him no more._

The news soon spread through all the valley of Gennesaret that Jesus
and the twelve had come, and many people came to see.

2  They brought their sick and laid them at the master’s feet, and all
the day he taught and healed.

3  The multitudes upon the other side who had been fed the day before
and other multitudes, went down to see the Lord; but when they found
him not they sought him in Capernaum.

4  And when they found him not at home, they went on to Gennesaret.
They found him there and said, Rabboni, when came you to Gennesaret?

5  And Jesus said, Why are you come across the sea? you came not for
the bread of life;

6  You came to gratify your selfish selves; you all were fed the other
day across the sea, and you are after more of loaves and fish.

7  The food you ate was nourishment for flesh that soon must pass away.

8  You men of Galilee, seek not for food that perishes, but seek for
food that feeds the soul; and, lo, I bring you food from heaven.

9  You ate the flesh of fish, and you were satisfied, and now I bring
the flesh of Christ for you to eat that you may live forevermore.

10  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; and then they ate the
flesh of quail, and drank the waters of a flowing spring that Moses
brought out from the rock; but all of them are dead.

11  The manna and the quail were symbols of the flesh of Christ; the
waters of the rock were symbols of the blood.

12  But, lo, the Christ has come; he is the bread of life that God has
given to the world.

13  Whoever eats the flesh of Christ and drinks his blood shall never
die; and he will hunger nevermore; and he will thirst no more.

14  And they who eat this bread of heaven, and drink these waters from
the spring of life cannot be lost; these feed the soul, and purify the
life.

15  Behold, for God has said, When man has purified himself I will
exalt him to the throne of power.

16  Then Jesus and the twelve went to Capernaum; and Jesus went into
the synagogue and taught.

17  And when the Jews, who heard him in Gennesaret, were come they said,

18  This fellow is beside himself. We heard him say, I am the bread of
life that comes from heaven; and we all know that he is but a man, the
son of man, who came from Nazareth; we know his mother, and his other
kin.

19  And Jesus knew their thoughts; he said to them, Why murmur you, and
reason thus among yourselves?

20  The Christ is everlasting life; he came from heaven; he has the
keys of heaven, and no man enters into heaven except he fills himself
with Christ.

21  I came in flesh to do the will of God, and, lo, this flesh and
blood are filled with Christ; and so I am the living bread that comes
from heaven;

22  And when you eat this flesh and drink this blood you will have
everlasting life; and if you will, you may become the bread of life.

23  And many of the people were enraged; they said, How can this man
give us his flesh to eat, his blood to drink?

24  And his disciples were aggrieved because he said these things, and
many turned away and followed him no more.

25  They said, This is a fearful thing for him to say, If you eat not
my flesh and drink my blood, you cannot enter into life.

26  They could not comprehend the parable he spoke.

27  And Jesus said, You stumble and you fall before the truth; What
will you do when you shall see this flesh and blood transmuted into
higher form?

28  What will you say when you shall see the son of man ascending on
the clouds of heaven?

29  What will you say when you shall see the son of man sit on the
throne of God?

30  The flesh is naught; the spirit is the quickening power. The words
I speak are spirit; they are life.

31  When Jesus saw the many who had been so loud in their professions
of their faith in him, turn back and go away, he said unto the twelve,

32  Will you desert me in this hour and go away?

33  But Peter said, Lord, we have no place else to go; you have the
words of everlasting life; we know that you are sent to us from God.


CHAPTER 126.

    _Scribes and Pharisees visit Jesus. They censure him for eating
      with unwashed hands. He defends his acts and teaches a lesson
      on hypocrisy. Privately explains to the twelve his public
      teachings._

A company of scribes and Pharisees came from Jerusalem to learn
wherein the power of Jesus lay.

2  But when they learned that he and his disciples heeded not the
custom of the Jews, regarding washing of the hands before they ate,
they were amazed.

3  And Jesus said, Hypocrisy is queen among you scribes and Pharisees.
Of you Isaiah wrote:

4  This people honor me with lips; their hearts are far away. In vain
they worship me; their doctrines are the dogmas and the creeds of men.

5  You men who pose as men of God, and still reject the laws of God and
teach the laws of men,

6  Stand forth and tell when God gave unto men the ceremonial laws that
you observe; and tell these people how the spirit life is sullied if
one washes not before he eats.

7  His critics answered not, and then he said,

8  Hear me, you men of Israel! Defilement is a creature of the heart.
The carnal mind lays hold of thought, and makes a monstrous bride;
this bride is sin; sin is a creature of the mind.

9  That which defiles a man is not the food he eats.

10  The bread and fish and other things we eat, are simply cups to
carry to the cells of flesh material for the building of the human
house, and when their work is done as refuse they are cast away.

11  The life of plant and flesh that goes to build the human house is
never food for soul. The spirit does not feed upon the carcasses of
animal, or plant.

12  God feeds the soul direct from heaven; the bread of life comes from
above.

13  The air we breathe is charged with Holy Breath, and he who wills
may take this Holy Breath.

14  The soul discriminates, and he who wants the life of Christ may
breathe it in. According to your faith so let it be.

15  Man is not a part of his abiding place; the house is not the man.

16  The lower world builds up the house of flesh, and keeps it in
repair; the higher world provides the bread of spirit life.

17  The loveliest lilies grow from stagnant ponds and filthiest muck.

18  The law of flesh demands that one should keep the body clean.

19  The law of spirit calls for purity in thought and word and deed.

20  Now, when the evening came and they were in the house, the twelve
had many things to say, and many questions to propound.

21  Nathaniel asked, Was what you said about the house of flesh a
parable? If so, what does it mean?

22  And Jesus said, Can you not yet discriminate? Do you not yet
perceive that what a man takes in his mouth defiles him not?

23  His food goes not into his soul; it is material for flesh and bone
and brawn.

24  To spirit everything is clean.

25  That which defiles a man wells up from carnal thoughts; and carnal
thoughts spring from the heart, and generate a host of evil things.

26  From out the heart comes murders, thefts and foolishness. All
selfish acts and sensual deeds spring from the heart.

27  To eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.

28  And Peter said, Lord, What you said today has grievously offended
scribe and Pharisee.

29  And Jesus said, These scribes and Pharisees are not the scions of
the tree of life; they are not plants of God; they are the plants of
men, and every foreign plant shall be plucked up.

30  Let all these men alone; they are blind guides; they lead a
multitude of people who are blind.

31  The leaders and the led together walk; together they will fall into
the yawning pits.


CHAPTER 127.

    _The Christines cross the sea to Decapolis. Jesus finds a
      retired place where he privately teaches the twelve. They
      remain three days, then go into a village by the sea._

Now, Jesus took the twelve and with them crossed the sea at night and
came unto the borders of Decapolis,

2  That he might find a secret place where, all alone, he could reveal
to them the things to come.

3  They went into a mountain pass and spent three days in prayer.

4  Then Jesus said, Behold, the time is near when I will walk with you
in flesh no more.

5  Lo, I have taught that he who counts his life of so much worth that
he would give it not in willing sacrifice to save his brother man, is
worthy not to enter into life.

6  Lo, I am come as pattern for the sons of men, and I have not
refrained from helpfulness.

7  When I had passed the seven tests in Heliopolis, I consecrated life
and all I had, to save the world.

8  In the Judean wilderness I fought the strongest foes of men, and
there I reaffirmed my consecration to the service of my fellow man.

9  In troubles and in trials I have wavered not; when false accusers
came, I answered not.

10  God gave the saving Word to me, and I have often spoken it and
healed the sick, drove unclean spirits out, and raised the dead.

11  And I have shown you how to speak the Word; and I have given you
the Word;

12  In just a little while we turn our faces toward Jerusalem, and one
of you who hear me now will then betray me into wicked hands.

13  The scribes and Pharisees will bring false charges up and hale me
into court, and, by consent of Rome, I will be crucified.

14  Then Peter said, My Lord, it shall not be. The Roman soldiers will
tread on twelve dead men before they reach our Lord.

15  But Jesus said, A savior of the world cannot resist.

16  I came to save the world and I have taken up your names before the
highest courts of heaven, and you have been confirmed as saviors of
the world.

17  And not a name, excepting that of him who shall betray, will ever
be disgraced.

18  I go my way, and though my flesh shall pass, my soul will stand
beside you all the way to guide and bless.

19  And wicked men will seize you in the streets, and as you kneel in
prayer; will charge you with some legal crime, and think they serve
their God by putting you to death.

20  But falter not; the load will heavy be, but with the consciousness
of duty done, the peace of God will lift the load, dispel the pain and
light the way.

21  And we will meet where carnal executioners come not; there we will
serve the cruel men, who in their ignorance had tortured us to death.

22  Can we prevent this outrage and this slaughter of our lives? If not
we are but creatures of the ebb and flow of carnal things. It would
not be a sacrifice of life.

23  But we are masters of the things of time. Lo, we can speak, and
all the spirits of the fire, water, earth and air will stand in our
defense.

24  We can command and many legions of the angel world would come and
strike our enemies to earth.

25  But it is best that not a power of heaven or earth should come to
our relief. And it is best that even God should veil his face and seem
to hear us not.

26  As I am pattern unto you, so you are patterns for the human race.
We show by non-resistance that we give our lives in willing sacrifice
for man.

27  But my example will not end with death. My body will be laid within
a tomb in which no flesh has lain, symbolic of the purity of life in
death.

28  And in the tomb I will remain three days in sweet communion with
the Christ, and with my Father-God, and Mother-God.

29  And then, symbolic of the ascent of the soul to higher life, my
flesh within the tomb will disappear;

30  Will be transmuted into higher form, and, in the presence of you
all, I will ascend to God.

31  Then Jesus and the twelve went to a village by the sea.


CHAPTER 128.

    _Jesus goes at night to a mountain to pray. His disciples
      and the villagers find him and he teaches them for three
      days. Feeds four thousand people. The Christines go to
      Cæsarea-Philippi. They consider the personality of Christ.
      Peter is chosen as apostolic leader._

Now, in the night while the disciples slept, lo, Jesus rose and went
alone into a mountain pass, six miles away, to pray.

2  And in the morning when the twelve awoke they could not find the
Lord, and all the people of the village sought, and when the sun had
passed its highest point they found him in the mountain pass.

3  And multitudes of people came and brought their sick, and Jesus
taught and healed.

4  And when the night came on the people would not go; they slept upon
the ground that they might be a-near the Lord.

5  Three days and nights the multitudes remained, and none had aught to
eat.

6  And Jesus had compassion and he said, If I should send the
multitudes away they might not reach their homes, for they are faint,
for some have journeyed many miles.

7  And his disciples said, Where shall we get enough of food to feed
them all? There are four thousand men, besides the women and the
little ones.

8  And Jesus said, How many loaves have you?

9  They answered, Seven, and some little fish.

10  And Jesus said, Go to, and seat the people as you seated them the
other day when all the multitudes were fed, in companies of twelve.

11  And when the people were sat down in companies of twelve the loaves
and fish were brought.

12  And Jesus looked to heaven and spoke the Word; and then he broke
the seven loaves in little bits, and likewise cut the fish.

13  And every bit of bread became a loaf, and every piece of fish
became a fish.

14  The twelve went forth and gave to every one; the people ate and
they were filled; and all the fragments that were left were gathered
up, and there were seven baskets full.

15  And then the people went their ways, and Jesus and the twelve took
boats and came to Dalmanatha by the sea.

16  Here they remained for many days, and Jesus told the twelve about
the inner light that cannot fail;

17  About the kingdom of the Christ within the soul; about the power
of faith; about the secret of the resurrection of the dead; about
immortal life, and how the living may go forth and help the dead.

18  And then they went into their boats, and came unto the northern
coast of Galilee, and in Chorazin where the kin of Thomas lived, they
left their boats and journeyed on.

19  They came to Merom, where the crystal waters seem to catch the
images of heaven and to reflect the glory of the Lord of hosts.

20  And here they tarried certain days in silent thought.

21  And then they journeyed on, and came into the land of
Cæsarea-Philippi.

22  And as they walked and talked among themselves, the master said,
What do the people say about the son of man? who do they think I am?

23  And Matthew said, Some say that you are David come again; some say
that you are Enoch, Solomon, or Seth.

24  And Andrew said, I heard a ruler of the synagogue exclaim, This man
is Jeremiah, for he speaks like Jeremiah wrote.

25  Nathaniel said, The foreign masters who were with us for a time,
declared that Jesus is Gautama come again.

26  James said, I think that most the master Jews believe you are the
reappearence of Elijah on the earth.

27  And John spoke out and said, When we were in Jerusalem I heard a
seer exclaim, This Jesus is none other than Melchizedek, the king of
peace, who lived about two thousand years ago, and said that he would
come again.

28  And Thomas said, The Tetrarch Herod thinks that you are John arisen
from the dead;

29  But then his conscience troubles him; the spirit of the murdered
John looms up before him in his dreams, and haunts him as a specter of
the night.

30  And Jesus asked, Who do you think I am?

31  And Peter said, You are the Christ, the love of God made manifest
to men.

32  And Jesus said, Thrice blessed are you, Simon, Jonas’ son. You have
declared a truth that God has given you.

33  You are a rock, and you shall be a pillar in the temple of the Lord
of hosts.

34  And your confession is the cornerstone of faith, a rock of
strength, and on this rock the Church of Christ is built.

35  Against it all the powers of hades and of death cannot prevail.

36  Behold, I give to you the keys to open up the doors of safety for
the sons of men.

37  The Holy Breath will come upon you and the ten, and in Jerusalem
you shall stand before the nations of the earth, and there proclaim
the covenant of God with men.

38  And you shall speak the words of Holy Breath, and whatsoever God
requires of men as earnest of their faith in Christ, you shall make
known.

39  Then turning to the twelve he said, What you have heard this day
tell not to any man.

40  Then Jesus and the twelve went up and were Susanna’s guests for
many days.


CHAPTER 129.

    _Jesus teaches the people. He takes Peter, James and John and
      goes to a high mountain and is transfigured before them._

The news soon spread that Jesus and the twelve were come, and many
people came to see.

2  And Jesus said, Behold, you come to see, but that means naught. If
you would have the benedictions of the Christ, take up your cross and
follow me.

3  If you would give your life for selfish self, then you will lose
your life.

4  If you will give your life in service of your fellow men, then you
will save your life.

5  This life is but a span, a bauble of today. There is a life that
passes not.

6  Where is your profit if you gain the world and lose your soul? What
would you take in payment for your soul?

7  If you would find the spirit life, the life of man in God, then you
must walk a narrow way and enter through a narrow gate.

8  The way is Christ, the gate is Christ, and you must come up by the
way of Christ. No man comes unto God but by the Christ.

9  The kingdom of the Christ will come; yea, some of you who hear me
now will not pass through the gates of death until you see the kingdom
come in power.

10  For seven days the master and the twelve remained in
Cæsarea-Philippi.

11  Then Jesus, taking Peter, James and John, went forth unto a
mountain top to pray.

12  And as he prayed a brilliant light appeared; his form became as
radiant as a precious stone;

13  His face shone like the sun; his garments seemed as white as snow;
the son of man became the son of God.

14  He was transfigured that the men of earth might see the
possibilities of man.

15  When first the glory came the three disciples were asleep; a master
touched their eyes and said, Awake and see the glory of the Lord.

16  And they awoke, and saw the glory of the Lord; and more, they saw
the glory of the heavenly world, for they beheld two men from thence
stand forth beside the Lord.

17  And Peter asked the master who awakened them, Who are these men who
stand beside the Lord?

18  The master said, These men are Moses and Elijah, who are come that
you may know that heaven and earth are one; that masters there and
masters here are one.

19  The veil that separates the worlds is but an ether veil. For those
who purify their hearts by faith the veil is rolled aside, and they
can see and know that death is an illusive thing.

20  And Peter said, Praise God! And then he called to Jesus and he
said, My master and my Lord, this is the gate of heaven, and it is
well that we remain.

21  May we go down and bring three tents; a tent for you, a tent for
Moses, and for Elijah one? But Jesus answered not.

22  And Moses and Elijah talked with Jesus on the mount. They talked
about the coming trial of the Lord;

23  About his death, his rest within the tomb; about the wonders of the
resurrection morn; the transmutation of his flesh, and his ascension
on the clouds of light;

24  And all symbolic of the path that every man must tread; symbolic of
the way the sons of men become the sons of God.

25  The three disciples were amazed, and suddenly the ethers were
surcharged with song, and forms as light as air, moved all about the
mountain top.

26  And then from out the glory of the upper world they heard a voice
that said,

27  This is the son of man, my chosen one to manifest the Christ to
men. Let all the earth hear him.

28  When the disciples heard the voice they were afraid; they fell upon
the ground and prayed.

29  And Jesus came; he touched them and he said, Arise, fear not; lo, I
am here.

30  Then they arose, and as they looked about they saw no one; the men
had gone. The master only stood with them.

31  As Jesus and the three came from the mountain top they talked about
the meaning of the scene, and Jesus told them all; and then he said,

32  Till I have risen from the dead tell not to any one what you have
seen.

33  But the disciples could not comprehend the meaning of the words,
Till I have risen from the dead.

34  And Jesus told them once again about his death, and rising from the
grave; about the kingdom of the soul that was to come in glory and in
power.

35  But Peter said, The scribes have taught that e’er the king shall
come Elijah must appear.

36  And Jesus said, Elijah has already come; but scribes and Pharisees
received him not;

37  And men reviled him, bound him, cast him in a prison cell, and
shouted with a fiend’s delight to see him die.

38  What men have done to him, that they will do to me.

39  Then the disciples understood that Jesus spoke of John whom Herod
slew.


CHAPTER 130.

    _Jesus and the three disciples return to Cæsarea-Philippi. The
      nine had failed to cure an epileptic child. Jesus heals it
      and rebukes his disciples for their lack of trust in God. The
      Christines return to Capernaum._

When Jesus, Peter, James and John were come unto the city’s gates a
multitude of people thronged the way.

2  The nine apostles who went not with Jesus to the mount, had tried
to heal an epileptic child who was obsessed, and they had failed; the
people waited for the coming of the Lord.

3  When Jesus came the father of the child knelt down before him and
implored his help.

4  He said, My master, I beseech that you will look in pity on my son,
my only child; he is an epileptic child and suffers grievously.

5  Sometimes he falls into the fire and is burned; again he falls into
the water and is like to drown; and many times a day he falls, he
grinds his teeth, the foam pours from his mouth.

6  I took my child to your disciples, and they failed to give relief.

7  And as he spoke a servant brought the child before the Lord (the
child spoke not, for he was dumb), and instantly he fell upon the
ground, he foamed, he writhed in agony.

8  And Jesus said, How long has he been troubled thus?

9  The father said, From infancy; and we have sought in many lands for
help, but found it not; but I believe that you can speak the Word and
heal my son.

10  And Jesus said, Faith is the power of God. All things are possible
for him who in his heart believes.

11  The father cried, in tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine
unbelief.

12  And Jesus spoke the Word of power; the epileptic child lay in a
swoon; he did not breathe, and all the people said, The child is dead.

13  But Jesus took him by the hand and said: Arise; and he arose and
spoke.

14  The people were amazed, and many said, This surely is a man of God,
for no such power was ever given to man.

15  Then Jesus and the twelve went to the house, and after they had
taken food and been refreshed, the nine disciples said,

16  Lord, why could we not heal this child? We spoke the Word; but even
that was powerless.

17  And Jesus said, Your great success in all your former work has made
you careless, and you forgot to recognize the power of God.

18  Without the spirit of the Word, the Word is like an idle tale; and
you forgot to pray.

19  There is no faith without the prayer of faith. Faith is the wings
of prayer; but wings alone fly not.

20  By prayer and faith you can bring down the mountain peaks, and cast
them in the sea; the little hills will skip about like lambs at your
command.

21  This failure may be well for you. The greatest lessons that are
learned in life come through the failures that are made.

22  As the disciples sat in thoughtful meditation Jesus said, Let these
words sink into your hearts:

23  The time has nearly come when you must bear your load alone; that
is, without my presence in the flesh.

24  For I will fall into the hands of wicked men, and they will slay me
on a mount beyond Bezetha wall.

25  And men will lay my body in a tomb where, by the sacred Word, it
will be guarded and preserved three days; then I will rise again.

26  The twelve were sad; they did not understand, and yet they feared
to ask him to reveal the meaning of his word.

27  Next day the Christine master and the twelve began their journey of
return, and soon were in Capernaum.


CHAPTER 131.

    _Jesus and Peter pay the half-shekel tax. The disciples contend
      for the supremacy. Jesus rebukes them. Teaches them many
      practical lessons. The parable of the good shepherd._

As Jesus and the twelve were resting in the house, the tax collector
came to Peter saying, Man, do Jesus and yourself pay this half-shekel
tax?

2  And Peter said, We pay whatever is assessed.

3  And Jesus said, From whom do publicans collect this special tax?
from strangers or from native sons?

4  And Peter said, The strangers only are supposed to pay this tax.

5  Then Jesus said, We all are native sons and we are free; but lest
we cause contention we will pay the tax; but neither had the shekel
wherewithal to pay.

6  And Jesus said, Go to the sea; cast in a hook and catch a fish and
you will find within its inner parts a shekel, which take up and pay
the tax for you and me.

7  And Peter did as Jesus said; he found the shekel and he paid the tax.

8  Now Jesus heard the twelve dispute among themselves. The spirit of
the carnal self was moving in their hearts, and they were questioning
among themselves who was the greatest in the sight of God and man.

9  And Jesus said, You men, for shame! the greatest is the servant of
the rest. And then he called to him a little child; he took it in his
arms and said,

10  The greatest is the little child, and if you would be great at all
you must become as is this child in innocence, in truth, in purity in
life.

11  Great men scorn not the little things of earth; he who regards and
honors such a child, regards and honors me, and he who scorns a child,
scorn me.

12  If you would enter through the kingdom gate you must be humble as
this little child.

13  Hear me, you men, This child, as every other child, has one to
plead its cause before the throne of God.

14  You scorn it at your peril, men, for lo, I say, its counterpart
beholds the face of God at every moment, every day.

15  And hear me once again, He who shall cause a little one to stumble
and to fall is marked, accursed; and it were better far if he had
drowned himself.

16  Behold, offenses everywhere! Men find occasions for to sin and
fall, and they grow strong by rising when they fall;

17  But woe to him who causes other men to stumble and to fall.

18  Be on your guard, you men of God, lest you constrain another man to
fall; beware lest you fall into sinful ways yourselves.

19  Now, if your hands cause you to sin, you better cut them off; for
it is better far to have no hands and not be guilty in the sight of
God and men, than to be perfect in your form and lose your soul.

20  And if your feet should cause offense, you better cut them off;
for it is better far to enter into life without your feet than fall
beneath the curse.

21  And if your eyes, or ears, cause you to sin, you better lose them
all than lose your soul.

22  Your thoughts and words and deeds will all be tried by fire.

23  Remember that you are the salt of earth; but if you lose the
virtues of the salt, you are but refuse in the sight of God.

24  Retain the virtues of the salt of life and be at peace among
yourselves.

25  The world is full of men who have not in themselves the salt of
life, and they are lost. I come to seek and save the lost.

26  How think you? if a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them
has gone astray, will he not leave the ninety and the nine,

27  And go out in the desert ways and mountain tops to seek the one
that went astray?

28  Yes, this you know; and if he finds the one that went astray, lo,
he is glad, and he rejoices over it far more than over all the ninety
and the nine that did not go astray.

29  And so there is rejoicing in the courts of heaven when one of human
birth who has gone forth into the ways of sin is found and brought
back to the fold;

30  Yea, there is joy, more joy than over all the righteous men who
never went astray.

31  And John said, Master, who may seek and save the lost? and who may
heal the sick, and cast the demons out of those obsessed?

32  When we were on the way we saw a man who was not one of us, cast
demons out and heal the sick.

33  He did it by the sacred Word and in the name of Christ; but we
forbade him, for he did not walk with us.

34  And Jesus said, You sons of men, do you imagine that you own the
powers of God?

35  And do you think that all the world must wait for you to do the
works of God?

36  God is not man that he should have a special care for any man, and
give him special gifts.

37  Forbid not any man to do the works of God.

38  There is no man who can pronounce the sacred Word, and in the name
of Christ restore the sick, and cast the unclean spirits out, who is
not child of God.

39  The man of whom you speak is one with us. Whoever gathers in the
grain of heaven is one with us.

40  Whoever gives a cup of water in the name of Christ is one with us;
so God shall judge.


CHAPTER 132.

    _Jesus defends a man who has been convicted of stealing bread.
      The verdict is reversed. The man goes free, and the people
      supply the needs of his starving family._

A multitude of people thronged the streets. The officers were on the
way to court with one, a man accused of stealing bread.

2  And in a little while the man was brought before the judge to answer
to the charge.

3  And Jesus and the twelve were there. The man showed in his face and
hands the hard drawn lines of toil and want.

4  A woman richly clad, the accuser of the man, stood forth and said, I
caught this man myself; I know him well, for yesterday he came to beg
for bread,

5  And when I drove him from my door, he should have known that I would
harbor not a man like him; and then today he came and took the bread.

6  He is a thief and I demand that he be sent to jail.

7  The servants also testified against the man; he was adjudged a
thief, and officers were leading him away.

8  But Jesus standing forth exclaimed, You officers and judge, be not
in haste to lead this man away.

9  Is this a land of justice and of right? can you accuse and sentence
men to punishment for any crime until they testify themselves?

10  The Roman law will not permit such travesty on right, and I demand
that you permit this man to speak.

11  And then the judge recalled the man and said, If you have any tale
to tell, say on.

12  In tears the man stood forth and said, I have a wife and little
ones and they are perishing for bread, and I have told my story oft,
and begged for bread; but none would hear.

13  This morning when I left our cheerless hut in search of work my
children cried for bread, and I resolved to feed them or to die.

14  I took the bread, and I appeal to God, Was it a crime?

15  This woman snatched the loaf away and threw it to the dogs, and
called the officers and I am here.

16  Good people, do with me whate’er you will, but save my wife and
little ones from death.

17  Then Jesus said, Who is the culprit in this case?

18  I charge this woman as a felon in the sight of God.

19  I charge this judge as criminal before the bar of human rights.

20  I charge these servants and these officers as parties to the crime.

21  I charge the people of Capernaum with cruelty and theft, because
they heeded not the cries of poverty and want, and have withheld from
helpless ones that which is theirs by every law of right;

22  And I appeal unto these people here, and ask, Are not my charges
based on righteousness and truth?

23  And every man said, Yes.

24  The accusing woman blushed for shame; the judge shrank back in
fear; the officers threw off the shackles from the man and ran away.

25  Then Jesus said, Give this man what he needs and let him go and
feed his wife and little ones.

26  The people gave abundantly; the man went on his way.

27  And Jesus said, There is no standard law to judge of crime. The
facts must all be stated e’er a judgment can be rendered in a case.

28  You men with hearts; go forth and stand where stood this man and
answer me, What would you do?

29  The thief thinks every other man a thief and judges him accordingly.

30  The man who judges harshly is the man whose heart is full of crime.

31  The courtesan who keeps her wickedness concealed by what she calls
respectability, has not a word of pity for the honest courtesan who
claims to be just what she is.

32  I tell you, men, if you would censure not till you are free from
sin, the world would soon forget the meaning of the word, accused.


CHAPTER 133.

    _The twelve go to the feast in Jerusalem, but Jesus remains in
      Capernaum. He selects seventy disciples, and sends them out
      to teach and heal. He goes alone to the feast and on his way
      he heals ten lepers. He teaches in the temple._

The harvest feast drew near; the twelve went to Jerusalem, but Jesus
did not go with them; he tarried in Capernaum.

2  Among the multitudes that followed him were many who went not up to
the feast; they were not Jews.

3  And Jesus called three-score-and-ten of these disciples unto him and
said, The kingdom of the Christ is not for Jews alone; it is for every
man.

4  Lo, I have chosen twelve to preach the gospel, first unto the Jews;
and they are Jews.

5  Twelve is the number of the Jew and seven the number of the all,
including every man.

6  God is the ten, the holy Jod.

7  When God and man are multiplied we have three-score-and-ten, the
number of the brotherhood of man.

8  And now I send you forth by twos and twos; not to the Jews alone,
but unto every nation under heaven; to Greek and to Assyrian; to the
Samaritan; to those beyond the seas; to every man.

9  You need not go afar, for men of every land are here and in Samaria.

10  Arise and go your way; but go in faith; and take no gold nor silver
in your purse; no extra coat or shoes.

11  Go in the sacred name; trust God and you will never come to want.

12  And let this be your salutation everywhere, Peace be to all; good
will to all.

13  And if the son of peace be in the house, the door will open wide
and you will enter in; and then the holy peace will rest upon that
house.

14  The seventy in twos went forth; they went into Samaria, and as they
went they said, Peace be to all; good will to all!

15  Repent and turn from sin, and set your house in order, for a son of
man who bears the image of the Christ, will come, and you may see his
face.

16  They entered every village of Samaria; they preached in Tyre and
in Sidon by the sea. Some went to Crete, and others into Greece, and
others went to Gilead and taught.

17  And Jesus, all alone, went to the feast by the Samaria way; and as
he went through Sychar on the way, the lepers saw him and a company of
ten called from afar and said,

18  Lord Jesus, stay and speak the Word for us that we may be made
clean.

19  And Jesus said, Go forth and show yourselves unto the priests.

20  They went, and as they went their leprosy was healed. One of the
ten, a native of Samaria, returned to thank the master and to praise
the Lord.

21  And Jesus said to him, Lo, ten were cleansed; where are the nine?
Arise, and go your way; your faith has made you whole.

22  You have revealed your heart and shown that you are worthy of the
power; behold the nine will find again their leprous hands and feet.

23  And Jesus went his way, and while the feast was on he came into
Jerusalem, and went into the temple courts.

24  And he rebuked the scribes and Pharisees, the priests and doctors
of the law for their hypocrisy and selfishness.

25  The common people were amazed; they said, From whence has come the
wisdom of this man? he speaks as speaks a sage.

26  And Jesus said, I did not learn the wisdom of the Holy One within
the schools of men; my teaching is not mine; I speak the words of him
who sent me here to do his will.

27  If any man would know whereof I speak, lo, he must do the will of
God. No man can know except he enters into life and does the will of
God.

28  Now, Moses gave the law; but none of you have kept the law; how can
you judge the worthiness of any man?

29  Once in these courts I healed a man upon a Sabbath day, and in a
rage you sought to take my life; and now because I tell the truth you
seek again to take my life.

30  A scribe spoke out and said, You foolish man, you are obsessed; who
wants to take your life?

31  The common people said, Is this not Jesus whom the rulers long have
sought to kill? and now he comes and teaches in the temple courts.

32  If he is guilty of such monstrous crimes, why do they not take him
away in chains?

33  And Jesus said, You all know me, and know from whence I came; but
you know not the God who sent me here, whose words I speak.

34  The multitudes again stood forth in his defense; they said, If this
is not the Christ whom God has promised to reveal to men, will he do
greater works when he shall come than does this man?

35  The Pharisees and ruling priests were angered and they sent their
officers to take him e’er he went away. The officers were filled with
fear; they seized him not.

36  And Jesus said, Lo, I am here but for a little time and then I go
my way to him who sent me here to do his will.

37  You seek me now and you can find me now; the time will come when
you will seek and will not find, for where I go you cannot come.

38  The people said, Where will he go that men can find him not? Will
he go forth to Greece and teach the Greeks? or will he go to Egypt or
Assyria to teach?

39  But Jesus answered not; unnoticed by the multitudes he left the
temple courts and went his way.


CHAPTER 134.

    _Jesus teaches in the temple. His words enrage the rulers.
      Nicodemus defends him. He spends the night in prayer on Mount
      Olives. Next day he again teaches in the temple. An adultress
      is brought before him for judgment._

Now, on the last day of the feast when multitudes were in the
courtways, Jesus said,

2  Whoever is athirst may come to me and drink.

3  He who believes in me and in the Christ whom God has sent, may drink
the cup of life, and from his inner parts shall streams of living
waters flow.

4  The Holy Breath will overshadow him, and he will breathe the Breath,
and speak the words, and live the life.

5  The people were divided in their views concerning him. Some said,
This man is prophet of the living God.

6  And others said, He is Messiah whom our prophets said would come.

7  And others said, He cannot be the Christ, for he came down from
Galilee; the Christ must come from Bethlehem where David lived.

8  Again the priests and Pharisees sent officers to bring him into
court to answer for his life; but when the officers returned and
brought him not,

9  The rulers were enraged and said, Why did you not arrest this man
and hale him into court?

10  The officers replied, We never heard a man speak like this man
speaks.

11  In rage the Pharisees stood forth and said, Have you gone mad? Have
you been led astray? Are you disciples of this man?

12  Have any of the rulers, or the Pharisees believed on him? The
common people! yes, they may believe; they are accursed; they know not
anything.

13  But Nicodemus came before the rulers and he said, Can Jewish judges
judge a man and sentence him until they hear his plea? Let Jesus stand
before this bar and testify himself.

14  The rulers said, This Jesus is a wily man, and if we suffer him to
speak, he will rebuke us face to face, and then the multitudes will
laugh and stand in his defense.

15  And then you know, as well as we, that prophets do not come from
Galilee.

16  The rulers felt the force of what the officers and Nicodemus said,
and they said nothing more.

17  And then the people went their way, each to his home; but Jesus
went unto Mount Olives where he spent the night in prayer.

18  But in the morning when the sun had scarcely risen, Jesus came
again, and many people came to see him in the temple courts, and he
sat down and taught the multitudes.

19  The Pharisees and scribes were still alert to find a cause whereby
they might condemn him by the words he spoke.

20  The officers had taken in the very act of crime, a courtesan. As
Jesus taught, they brought this woman in and set her in the midst and
said,

21  Rabboni, this vile woman has been taken in adultery. The law of
Moses says that such as she shall die, be stoned to death; what do you
say should be her punishment?

22  And Jesus stooped and made a figure on the ground and in it placed
the number of a soul, and then he sat in silent thought.

23  And when the priests demanded that he speak, he said, Let him who
has no sin stand forth and be the first to cast a stone at her.

24  And then he closed his eyes, and not a word was said. When he arose
and saw the woman all alone he said,

25  Where are the men who brought you here? they who accused?

26  The woman said, They all are gone; no one was here who could
condemn.

27  And Jesus said, And I condemn you not; go on your way in peace, and
sin no more.


CHAPTER 135.

    _Jesus teaches in the temple. He reveals some of the deeper
      meanings of the Christine ministry. The rulers are greatly
      enraged and attempt to stone him, but he disappears._

The feast was done and Jesus, Peter, James and John were sitting in
the temple treasury.

2  The nine had gone back to Capernaum.

3  The people thronged the temple courts and Jesus said,

4  I am the lamp; Christ is the oil of life; the Holy Breath the fire.
Behold the light! and he who follows me shall not walk in the dark,
but he shall have the light of life.

5  A lawyer said, You witness for yourself, your witness is not true.

6  And Jesus said, If I do witness for myself I speak that which is
true, for I know whence I came and where I go.

7  And no one else in flesh can testify for me, for none know whence I
came, nor where I go.

8  My works bear witness to the truth I speak. As man I could not speak
the words I speak; they are the words of Holy Breath; and then my
Father testifies for me.

9  The lawyer said, Where does your father live?

10  And Jesus said, You know me not or you would know my Father, and if
you knew the Father you would know the son, because the Father and
the son are one.

11  I go my way and you shall find me not; for where I go you cannot
come, because you do not know the way.

12  You cannot find the way because your hearts are gross, your ears
are dull, your eyes are closed.

13  The light of life cannot shine through the murky veil that you have
drawn about your hearts.

14  You do not know the Christ and if the Christ be not within the
heart there is no light.

15  I come to manifest the Christ to men and you receive me not, and
you will dwell in darkness and in the shadow of the grave till you
believe the words I speak.

16  But you will vilify the son of man, and lift him up and laugh to
see him die.

17  But then a little light will come and you will know that I am what
I am.

18  The people did not comprehend the meaning of the words he spoke.

19  And then he spoke unto the people who believed in him and said, If
you abide in Christ, and Christ abide in you, and if you keep my words
within your heart,

20  You are the way, you are disciples in the way, and you shall know
what is the truth, and truth shall make you free.

21  And still the people did not understand; they said, We are the seed
of Abraham and are already free; we never were the slaves of any man;
why do you say, We shall be free?

22  And Jesus said, Do you not know that every one committing sin is
slave of sin? abides in bondage unto sin?

23  If you sin not then you are free; but if you sin in thought, or
word, or deed, then you are slaves, and naught but truth can set you
free; if you are free through Christ, then you are free indeed.

24  You are the seed of Abraham, and yet you seek to kill me just
because I speak the truth of Abraham.

25  You are the children of the flesh of Abraham; but, lo, I say, There
is a spiritual Abraham whom you know not.

26  In spirit you are children of your father, and your father is
Diabolus; you hang upon his words and do his will.

27  He was a murderer from the first; he cannot tell the truth, and
when he tells a lie he speaks his own; he is himself a lie, and he is
father of himself.

28  If you were children of my Father-God, then you could hear the
words of God; I speak the words of God, but you can hear them not.

29  A Pharisee stood forth and said, This fellow is not one of us; he
is a curst Samaritan and is obsessed.

30  But Jesus heeded not the words of Pharisee or scribe; he knew that
all the people knew he was a Jew.

31  And then he said, Whoever keeps my words shall never die.

32  A lawyer said, And now we know he is obsessed. Our father Abraham
is dead; the prophets all are dead, and yet this fellow says, Whoever
keeps my words shall never die.

33  Is this man greater than our father Abraham? Is he above the
prophets? and all of them are dead.

34  And Jesus said, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; he saw
it and was glad.

35  The lawyer said, You simple man; you are not fifty years of age;
have you seen Abraham?

36  And Jesus said, Before the days of Abraham I am.

37  Again the scribes and Pharisees were in a rage; they took up stones
to cast at him, but, like a phantom of the night, he disappeared; the
people knew not where he went.


CHAPTER 136.

    _Jesus teaches in the temple. Relates the parable of the good
      Samaritan. Goes to Bethany. Teaches in Lazarus’ home. Rebukes
      Martha for her anxiety about the things of this life._

And Jesus stood again within the temple courts and taught.

2  A master of the law was sent to question him that he might find a
cause to censure and accuse him of a crime.

3  He said, Lord, tell me what to do that I may have eternal life?

4  And Jesus said, You know the law; what does it say?

5  The lawyer answered, You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind,
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

6  And Jesus said, Lo, you have answered well; this do and you shall
live.

7  The lawyer said, My neighbor, who is he?

8  And Jesus said, A man was going from Jerusalem to Jericho, and lo,
he met with robbers on the way, who beat him, robbed him of his goods,
and left him bleeding by the way.

9  A Pharisee was going down that way; he saw the wounded man; but then
he had no time to lose; he passed by on the other side.

10  A Levite came and saw the man; but he was loath to soil his
sacerdotal robes, and he passed by.

11  A lawyer on his way to Jericho observed the dying man, and then
he said, If I could make a shekel I might help the man; but he has
nothing left to give, I have no time for charity; and he passed on.

12  And then a stranger from Samaria came that way; he saw the wounded
man; his heart was touched with pity and he stopped, dismounted from
his horse,

13  Revived the man, and placed him on his horse and took him to an inn
and charged the keeper of the inn to nurse him back to strength.

14  He gave the keeper all the money that he had and said, Your charges
may be more than this, but care for this unfortunate, and when I come
again I will pay all; and then he went his way.

15  Now, master of the law, which of these four was neighbor unto him
who fell among the thieves?

16  The lawyer said, The man who showed him mercy; he who cared for him.

17  And Jesus said, Go on your way and likewise do, and you shall live.

18  Now, Jesus, Peter, James and John went out to Bethany where Lazarus
lived.

19  And Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard him speak the words of life
while Martha served.

20  And Martha called, but Mary would not leave the Lord to help her
serve.

21  And Martha said to Jesus, Do you not care that Mary makes me bear
the burdens of the serving all the day? I beg that you will bid her
help.

22  And Jesus said, You are too anxious, Martha, for your guests; you
need not trouble so about the things of life.

23  You grow a-weary by your care for little things and slight the one
thing needed most of all.

24  Your sister here has chosen far the better part, a part that none
can take away.


CHAPTER 137.

    _Jesus and his disciples go into a retired place to pray. Jesus
      teaches Lazarus how to pray. The model prayer. The value of
      importunate prayer. Parable of the importunate housewife._

Now, in the evening Jesus, Peter, James and John, with Lazarus, went
out beyond the village gates to pray. And Lazarus said, Teach me to
pray.

2  And Jesus said, The prayer I taught the twelve to pray while we were
up in Galilee is one acceptable to God; and when you pray just say,

3  Our Father-God who art in heaven; holy is thy name; thy kingdom
come; thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven;

4  Give us this day our needed bread;

5  Help us forget the debts that other people owe to us, that all our
debts may be discharged;

6  And shield us from the tempter’s snares that are too great for us to
bear;

7  And when they come give us the strength to overcome.

8  And Jesus said, The answer to your prayer may not appear in fulness
in a little time.

9  Be not discouraged; pray again and then again, for God will hear.

10  And then he spoke a parable; he said, A housewife was alone at
night and, lo, some guests arrived, and they were hungry, having had
no food for all the day.

11  The housewife had no bread, and so at midnight she went forth and
called a friend and said, Loan me three loaves of bread, for guests
have come, and I have naught for them to eat.

12  The friend replied, Why do you trouble me at midnight hour? My door
is shut; my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise to give you
bread; tomorrow you can be supplied.

13  The housewife asked again, and then again, and then because she
plead, and would not be refused, the friend arose and gave her bread.

14  Behold, I say to you, Ask firmly and you shall receive; seek
trustingly and you shall find; knock earnestly, the door will open up.

15  All things are yours, and when you ask, not as a begging man would
ask, but as a child, you shall be satisfied.

16  A son may ask his father for a loaf of bread; the father will not
give to him a stone;

17  Or he may ask him for a fish; he will not give a crab; or he may
ask him for an egg; the father will not give a pebble from the brook.

18  Behold, if men of flesh know how to give abundantly to children of
the flesh, will not your heavenly Father give abundantly to you when
you shall pray?


CHAPTER 138.

    _The Christines in Jerusalem. They meet a man blind from birth.
      Jesus teaches a lesson on the cause of disease and disasters.
      He heals the blind man._

The Lord with Peter, James and John were in Jerusalem; it was the
Sabbath day.

2  And as they walked along the way they saw a man who could not see;
he had been blind from birth.

3  And Peter said, Lord, if disease and imperfections all are caused by
sin, who was the sinner in this case? the parents or the man himself?

4  And Jesus said, Afflictions all are partial payments on a debt, or
debts, that have been made.

5  There is a law of recompense that never fails, and it is summarized
in that true rule of life:

6  Whatsoever man shall do to any other man some other man will do to
him.

7  In this we find the meaning of the Jewish law, expressed concisely
in the words, Tooth for a tooth; life for a life.

8  He who shall injure any one in thought, or word, or deed, is judged
a debtor to the law, and some one else shall, likewise, injure him in
thought, or word or deed.

9  And he who sheds the blood of any man will come upon the time when
his blood shall be shed by man.

10  Affliction is a prison cell in which a man must stay until he pays
his debts unless a master sets him free that he may have a better
chance to pay his debts.

11  Affliction is a certain sign that one has debts to pay.

12  Behold this man! Once in another life he was a cruel man, and in a
cruel way destroyed the eyes of one, a fellow man.

13  The parents of this man once turned their faces on a blind and
helpless man, and drove him from their door.

14  Then Peter asked, Do we pay off the debts of other men when by the
Word we heal them, drive the unclean spirits out, or rescue them from
any form of sore distress?

15  And Jesus said, We cannot pay the debts of any man, but by the Word
we may release a man from his afflictions and distress,

16  And make him free, that he may pay the debts he owes, by giving up
his life in willing sacrifice for men, or other living things.

17  Behold, we may make free this man that he may better serve the race
and pay his debts.

18  Then Jesus called the man and said, Would you be free? would you
receive your sight?

19  The man replied, All that I have would I most freely give if I
could see.

20  And Jesus took saliva and a bit of clay and made a salve, and put
it on the blind man’s eyes.

21  He spoke the Word and then he said, Go to Siloam and wash, and as
you wash say, _Jahhevahe_. This do for seven times and you shall see.

22  The man was led unto Siloam; he washed his eyes and spoke the word,
and instantly his eyes were opened and he saw.

23  The people who had seen the man for many years sit by the way and
beg, were much surprised to see him see.

24  They said, Is not this man the Job that was born blind, who sat
beside the way and begged?

25  He heard them talk among themselves; he said, Yes, I am he.

26  The people asked, How were you healed? who opened up your eyes?

27  He said, A man whom men call Jesus, made a salve of clay and put it
on my eyes, and bade me say a word and wash in Siloam seven times; I
did as he commanded me, and now I see.

28  A certain scribe was passing, and he saw the man and heard him say
that Jesus, by the Word, had opened up his eyes.

29  He therefore took the man up to the synagogue, and told the story
to the priests, who asked the man about the miracle.

30  The man replied, I never saw the light until today, for I was blind
from birth.

31  This morning as I sat beside Siloam, a man I never knew put on my
eyes a salve that people say he made of clay; he bade me say a word
and bathe my eyes in water seven times; I did as he commanded and I
saw.

32  A lawyer asked the man, Who was it opened up your eyes?

33  The man replied, Some people say, His name is Jesus and that he
came from Galilee; but others say, He is the son of God.

34  A Pharisee came up and said, This is the Sabbath day; a man who
does a work like this, regarding not the Sabbath day, is not from God.

35  Some of the priests were much amazed and said, A wicked man could
never do a miracle like this; he must possess the power of God. And so
they strove among themselves.

36  They asked the man, What do you think about this man from Galilee?

37  He said, He is a prophet sent from God.

38  Now, many of the Jews did not believe the man was blind from birth;
they said, There is no power to open up the eyes of one born blind.

39  And then they brought the parents of the man before the Pharisees
that they might testify.

40  They said, This is our son who was born blind; we do not know how
he received his sight; he is of age and he can tell; ask him.

41  They were afraid to say what they believed, that Jesus is the
Christ who came to manifest the power of God, lest they offend the
priests and be cast from the synagogue.

42  Again the rulers said, This Jesus is a wicked man. The man who had
been healed stood forth again and said,

43  This Jesus may be sinner or be saint, I do not know; but this one
thing I know; I once was blind, but now I see.

44  And then the scribes and Pharisees reviled the man and said, You
are a follower of this man from Galilee. We follow Moses, but this
man, we know him not, and know not whence he is.

45  The man replied, It is a marvel that you know not whence he is, and
yet he opened up my eyes.

46  You know that nothing but the power of God can do such things.

47  God hears not sinners pray, and you must know that he is not a
wicked man who can employ the power of God.

48  The Pharisees replied, You wretch! you were begotten and were born
in sin, and now you try to teach the law to us. And then they cast him
from the synagogue.


CHAPTER 139.

    _Jesus meets and instructs the man who was blind. Unfolds the
      mysteries of the kingdom. The sheepfold. Declares himself
      the shepherd. Goes to the home of Massalian, where he abides
      certain days._

When Jesus heard what had been done and how the priests had cast the
man whom he had healed, out of the synagogue, he found the man and
said to him,

2  Do you believe in God and in the son of God?

3  The man replied, I do believe in God; but who is he, the son of God,
of whom you speak?

4  And Jesus said, The son of God is he who speaks to you.

5  The man inquired then, Why do you say, The son of God? Is there but
one?

6  And Jesus said, All men are sons of God by birth; God is the Father
of the race; but all are not the sons of God by faith.

7  He who attains the victory over self is son of God by faith, and
he who speaks to you has overcome, and he is called the son of God,
because he is the pattern for the sons of men.

8  He who believes and does the will of God is son of God by faith.

9  The man in joy exclaimed, Lord, I believe in God, and in the son of
God.

10  And Jesus said, I came to open prison doors, to make the blind to
see; but, lo, the Pharisees are blind from birth.

11  And when I put the salve of truth upon their eyes, and bid them go
and wash, and speak the sacred Word they will not go; they love the
dark.

12  A multitude of people pressed about the Lord, and he stood forth
and said,

13  You men of Israel, I say to you, The fold of God is large; its
walls are strong, it has a gateway in the east, and he who does not
enter by the gate into the fold, but climbs into the fold some other
way, is thief and comes to rob.

14  The shepherd of the sheep stands by the gate; he gives the secret
sign; he knocks; the watchman opens up the gate.

15  And then the shepherd calls his sheep by name; they hear his voice
and follow him; they enter through the gate into the fold.

16  The sheep know not a stranger’s voice; they will not follow him;
they flee away.

17  The people did not understand the parable that Jesus spoke; and
then he said,

18  Christ is the gateway of the fold; I am the shepherd of the sheep,
and he who follows me through Christ shall come into the fold where
living waters flow, and where rich pastures are.

19  False prophets come and go; they claim to be the shepherds of the
sheep; they claim to know the way, but they know not the word of
power; the watchman opens not the gate; the sheep heed not their call.

20  The shepherd of the sheep will give his life to save the sheep.

21  A hireling flees to save his life when wolves infest the fold;
and then the tender lambs are snatched away, the sheep are scattered
everywhere.

22  I am the shepherd of the sheep; I know the sheep of God; they know
my voice, as God knows me and I know him.

23  The Father loves me with a deathless love, because I lay my life
down for the sheep.

24  I lay my life down when I will, but I may take it up again; for
every son of God by faith has power to lay his mortal flesh aside and
take it up again. These words I have received from God.

25  Again the people strove among themselves; they were divided in
their views concerning Christ. They could not comprehend the words
that Jesus spoke.

26  Some said again, He is obsessed, or he is mad; why listen to his
words?

27  And others said, His words are not the words of one obsessed. Can
unclean spirits open up the eyes of one born blind?

28  Then Jesus left Jerusalem and with Massalian he tarried certain
days.


CHAPTER 140.

    _Jesus and the three disciples return to Capernaum. Jesus
      receives the report of the seventy. With his disciples he
      goes through all Galilee encouraging the believers. He heals
      a woman. Relates the parable of the little seed and the great
      tree._

The time had come for the return of the three score and ten whom Jesus
sent abroad to preach.

2  And Jesus, Peter, James and John began their journey back to Galilee.

3  They went up through Samaria; they passed through many villages and
towns, and everywhere the people thronged the ways to see the man the
seventy had told about; and Jesus taught and healed the sick.

4  And when they reached Capernaum the seventy were there; and they
were filled with joy; they said,

5  The Spirit of the Lord of hosts was with us all the way, and we were
filled.

6  The power of the sacred Word was manifest in us; we healed the sick;
we caused the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the blind to see.

7  The very devils trembled when we spoke the Word, and they were
subject unto us.

8  And Jesus said, As you were going on your way, the heavens were
bright with light, the earth was bright, they seemed to meet and be at
one; and I beheld, and Satan fell as lightning from the heavens.

9  Behold, for you have power to tread on serpents and on scorpions,
and these are symbols of the enemies of men. You are protected in the
way of right, and naught can harm.

10  And as you went I heard a master say, Well done.

11  But you may not rejoice because you have the power to heal the sick
and make the devils tremble by the Word; for such rejoicing is from
carnal self.

12  You may rejoice because the nations of the earth have ears to hear
the Word, and eyes to see the glory of the Lord, and hearts to feel
the inner breathing of the Holy Breath.

13  And you may well be glad because your names are written in the Book
of Life.

14  Then Jesus looked to heaven and said, I thank thee, Father, Lord
of heaven and earth, because thou hast revealed thyself to babes, and
taught them how to light the path and lead the wise to thee.

15  What thou hast given to me, lo, I have given to them, and through
the sacred Word I have bestowed on them the understanding heart,

16  That they might know and honor thee through Christ, who was, and
is, and evermore shall be.

17  And then he said aside, unto the seventy and twelve, Most blessed
are your eyes because you see the things you see;

18  And blessed are your ears because they hear the things they hear;

19  And blessed are your hearts because you understand.

20  In ages that are gone the wise of earth, the prophets, seers and
kings, desired to hear and see and know what you have heard and seen
and known; but they had not attained and could not hear, and see and
know.

21  And Jesus said again, Lo, I have gone before you many moons, and I
have given to you the bread of heaven and the cup of life;

22  Have been your buckler and your stay; but now that you have learned
the way, and have the strength to stand alone, behold, I lay my body
down and go to him who is the All.

23  In forty days then we will turn our faces toward Jerusalem where I
will find the altar of the Lord and give my life in willing sacrifice
for men.

24  Let us arise and go through all the coasts of Galilee, and give a
salutation of good cheer to all the sons of God by faith.

25  And they arose and went; they entered every town and village on the
coast, and everywhere they said, The benedictions of the Christ abide
with you forevermore.

26  Now, in a certain town they went up to the synagogue upon the
Sabbath day, and Jesus taught.

27  And as he spoke, two men brought on a cot a woman bent near double
with disease; she had not risen from her bed for eighteen years
without a helping hand.

28  And Jesus laid his hand upon the woman, and he said, Arise, be free
from your infirmity.

29  And as he spoke the Word the woman found that she was straight and
strong, and she arose and walked and said, Praise God.

30  The ruler of the synagogue was filled with wrath because the healer
healed upon the Sabbath day.

31  He did not censure Jesus face to face, but turning to the
multitudes he said,

32  You men of Galilee, why do you break the laws of God? There are
six days in every week when you may work, and then you may bring the
afflicted to be healed.

33  This is the day that God has blessed, the Sabbath day in which men
may not work.

34  And Jesus said, You inconsistent scribes and Pharisees! Upon the
Sabbath day you take your beasts of burden from their stalls, and lead
them forth to eat and drink; is this not work?

35  This daughter of your father Abraham, who has been bound for
eighteen years, has come in faith to be made free.

36  Now, tell me, men, is it a crime to break her bonds and set her
free upon the Sabbath day?

37  The ruler said no more; the people all rejoiced and said, Behold
the Christ!

38  And Jesus spoke a parable; he said, The kingdom of the Christ is
like a little seed that one put in the ground;

39  It grew and after many years became a mighty tree, and many people
rested in its shade, and birds built nests and reared their young
among its leafy boughs.


CHAPTER 141.

    _Jesus speaks words of encouragement. Rebukes an officious
      Pharisee. Attends a wedding feast. Heals a dropsical man.
      Rebukes guests who seek chief seats. Relates a parable of a
      wedding feast._

And Jesus went into another town upon the coast and spoke good words
of cheer to those who followed him.

2  And one stood forth and said, Lord, are there few that enter into
life?

3  And Jesus said, The way is rough that leads to life; the gate is
narrow and is guarded well; but every one who seeks in faith shall
find the way, and they who know the Word may enter in.

4  But many seek the way for selfish gain; they pound upon the gate of
life; but it is fast.

5  The watchman from the turret says, I know you not; your speech is
that of Ashdod, and your robes are those of sin; depart and go your
way.

6  And they will go their way with weeping and with gnashing of the
teeth.

7  And they will be enraged when they see their father Abraham with
Isaac, Jacob and the prophets, resting in the kingdom of the Christ,
and they themselves debarred.

8  And, lo, I say that men will come from lands afar, from east, from
west, from north, from south and sit with me in consciousness of life.

9  Behold, I say, the last shall be the first, the first shall be the
last.

10  All men are called unto the kingdom of the Christ; but few are
chosen, for the pure in heart alone can see the king.

11  And as he spoke a Pharisee came up and said, You man of Galilee, if
you would save your life remain not here; flee instantly, for Herod
swears that he will take your life, and even now his officers are
seeking you.

12  And Jesus said, Why is it that the Pharisees are so concerned about
my life? And then he said unto the man who spoke,

13  Go forth and say to that sly fox, Behold, I heal the sick and cast
the unclean spirits out today, tomorrow, and the days to come, and
then I will attain.

14  Go say to him, I need not fear in Galilee, for I must meet the
cruel wrath of men within Jerusalem.

15  And while they tarried in the place a man, a Pharisee, invited
Jesus and a few of those who followed him, to dine with him upon the
Sabbath day, to celebrate the marriage of his son.

16  Among the guests was one afflicted with a dropsical disease.

17  And Jesus said to those who had been sent to get from his own lips
some words by which they might accuse him of a crime,

18  You lawyers and you Pharisees, what do you say about the
lawlessness of healing on the Sabbath day? Here is a man, one of your
own, and he is sore distressed.

19  Shall I, in God’s own strength, say out the healing Word and heal
this man?

20  The lawyers and the Pharisees were dumb; they answered not.

21  Then Jesus spoke the healing Word and healed the man and he,
rejoicing, went his way.

22  Then Jesus said again unto the lawyers and the Pharisees, Which one
of you who has a horse or cow, if it would fall into a pit upon the
Sabbath day would not call in his friends to help to draw it out?

23  And not a man could answer, Here am I.

24  As Jesus looked upon the guests who had been bidden to the feast
and saw them crowding in to get the highest seats, he said to them,

25  You selfish men why do you strive to take the highest seats when
you are but invited guests? You do not show our host the courtesies of
life.

26  When men are bidden to a marriage feast they should sit in the
lower seats until the host shall place them where he wills.

27  You may, unbidden, take the highest seat; but then a man more
honorable may come and when the host shall bid you rise and take a
lower seat that he may honor his more worthy guest, you cannot help
but blush for very shame in your humility.

28  But if you take the lowest seat and then are honored by your host
and asked to take a higher seat, you are esteemed an honored guest.

29  In this event we note a principle in life, That he who would exalt
himself shall be abased, and he who humbles low himself shall be
exalted in the sight of men.

30  Then Jesus spoke to all the guests; he said, When any one of you
would make a feast it should not be for friends, or kindred, or the
rich;

31  For they consider such a courtesy loaned out, and they feel called
upon to make a greater feast for you, just in the payment of a debt.

32  But when you make a feast invite the poor, the lame, the blind; in
this a blessing waits for you, for well you know that you will get
naught in return; but in the consciousness of helping those who need,
you will be recompensed.

33  And then he spoke a parable: he said, A wealthy man prepared a
feast; he sent his servants forth to bid his chosen ones to come; but
they desired not to go, and they formed such excuses as they thought
would satisfy the would-be host.

34  One said, I have just bought a piece of land, and I must go and
prove my title to the land; I pray to be excused.

35  Another said, I must go down and prove my ownership in sheep that I
have bought; I pray to be excused.

36  Another said, I have been married but a little time and so I cannot
go; I beg to be excused.

37  Now, when the servants came and told the man who had prepared the
feast that those he had invited would not come,

38  The man was grieved in heart; and then he sent his servants forth
into the streets and alleys of the town to bring up to the feast the
poor, the lame, the blind.

39  The servants went abroad and found the poor, the lame, the blind,
and brought them in; but there was room for more.

40  The host then sent his men of arms to bring by force the people to
his feast; and then the house was full.

41  And God has made a feast for men. Long years ago he sent his
servants forth unto the favored sons of men. They would not hear his
call; they came not to the feast.

42  He then sent forth his servants to the strangers and the
multitudes; they came, but there is room for more.

43  Behold, for he will send his angels forth with mighty trumpet
blast, and men will be compelled to come up to the feast.


CHAPTER 142.

    _The path of discipleship, its difficulties. The cross and
      its meaning. The danger of wealth. The young man who loved
      wealth more than he loved Christ. Parable of the rich man and
      Lazarus._

Now, Jesus and the twelve went to another town, and as they entered it
they said, Peace be to all; good will to all.

2  A multitude of people followed and the master said to them, Behold,
for you are followers for selfish gain.

3  If you would follow me in love, and be disciples of the Holy Breath,
and gain at last the crown of life, you must leave all there is of
carnal life behind.

4  Be not deceived; stay, men, and count the cost.

5  If one would build a tower, or a home, he first sits down and counts
the cost to be assured that he has gold enough to finish it.

6  For well he knows that if he makes a failure of his enterprise he
may lose all his wealth, and be the butt of ridicule.

7  And if a king desires to take the kingdom of another king, he calls
his trusted men and they consider well their strength; he will not
measure arms with one of matchless power.

8  Count well the cost before you start to follow me; it means the
giving up of life, and all you have.

9  If you love father, mother, wife, or child, more than you love the
Christ, you cannot follow me.

10  If you love wealth or honor more than you love the Christ, you
cannot follow me.

11  The paths of carnal life do not run up the mountain side towards
the top; they run around the mount of life, and if you go straight to
the upper gate of consciousness you cross the paths of carnal life;
tread in them not.

12  And this is how men bear the cross; no man can bear another’s cross.

13  Take up your cross and follow me through Christ into the path of
true discipleship; this is the path that leads to life.

14  This way of life is called the pearl of greatest price, and he who
finds it must put all he has beneath his feet.

15  Behold, a man found in a certain field the croppings of a wondrous
mine of gold, and he went forth and sold his home and all he had and
bought the field; then he rejoiced in wealth.

16  Now, there were present, scribes and Pharisees of wealth who loved
their money, and their bonds and lands, and they laughed loud to scorn
what Jesus said.

17  Then Jesus spoke to them and said, You are the men who justify
yourselves in sight of men; God knows your wickedness of heart;

18  And you must know, O men, that whatsoever is revered and is exalted
by the carnal mind, is an abomination in the sight of God.

19  And Jesus went his way, and as he went a young man ran and knelt
down at his feet and said, Good master, tell me what to do that I may
have eternal life.

20  And Jesus said, Why do you call me good? No one is truly good but
God himself.

21  And God has said, If you would enter into life, keep the
Commandments of the law.

22  The young man asked, To which commands did he refer?

23  And Jesus said, You shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall
not do adulterous things; you shall not falsely testify;

24  And you shall love your God with all your heart, and you shall love
your neighbor as yourself.

25  The man replied, These things I have observed from youth; what lack
I yet?

26  And Jesus said, One thing you lack; your heart is fixed on things
of earth; you are not free.

27  Go forth and sell all that you have, and give your money to the
poor, and come and follow me, and you shall have eternal life.

28  The man was grieved at what the master said; for he was rich; he
hid his face and went in sorrow on his way.

29  And Jesus looked upon the sorrowing man and said, It is so hard for
men with hoarded wealth to enter through the door into the kingdom of
the soul.

30  And his disciples were amazed at what he said.

31  He answered them and said, I tell you, men, that they who trust in
riches cannot trust in God and cannot come into the kingdom of the
soul;

32  Yea, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for
a man with hoarded wealth to find the way of life. And his disciples
said, Who then can find the way? Who can be saved?

33  And Jesus said, The rich may give his gold away; the high may kiss
the dust, and God will save.

34  Then Jesus spoke this parable to them:

35  A rich man lived in splendid state; he wore the finest garments men
could make; his boards were loaded with the costliest viands of the
land.

36  A beggar, blind and lame, whose name was Lazarus, was wont to sit
beside the waste gate of this home that he might share with dogs the
refuse from the rich man’s boards.

37  It came to pass that Lazarus died, and angels carried him away unto
the bosom of our father Abraham.

38  The rich man also died, and he was buried in a costly tomb; but in
the purifying fires he opened up his eyes dissatisfied.

39  He looked and saw the beggar resting peacefully in the bosom of his
father Abraham, and in the bitterness of his soul he cried,

40  My father Abraham, look down in mercy on your son; I am tormented
in these flames.

41  Send Lazarus, I beseech, that he may give me just a sup of water to
cool my parched tongue.

42  But Abraham replied, My son, in mortal life, you had the best
things of the earth and Lazarus had the worst, and you would not give
him a cup of water there, but drove him from your door.

43  The law must be fulfilled, and Lazarus now is comforted, and you
are paying what you owe.

44  Besides, there is a great gulf fixed between your zone and us, and
if I would I could not send Lazarus to you, and you cannot come up to
us till you have paid your debts.

45  Again the man in anguish said, O father Abraham, I pray, send
Lazarus back to earth, and to my father’s house, that he may tell
my brothers who are yet in life, for I have five of them, about the
horrors of this place, lest they come down to me and not to you.

46  And Abraham replied, They have the words of Moses and the seers,
let them hear them.

47  The man replied, They will not hearken to the written word; but if
a man would go up from the grave they might believe.

48  But Abraham replied, If they hear not the words of Moses and the
seers they would not be persuaded even though one from the dead stood
in their midst.

49  And Peter said, Lord, we have left our all to follow you; and what
is our reward?

50  And Jesus said, Most verily I say to you, that you who have left
all to follow me shall come into a newness of a life hid deep with
Christ in God.

51  And you shall sit with me upon the throne of power, and judge with
me the tribes of Israel.

52  And he who conquers carnal self, and follows me through Christ
shall have a hundred fold of that which is the wealth of life on
earth, and in the world to come, eternal life.


CHAPTER 143.

    _Righteousness in rewards. Jesus relates the parable of the
      husbandman and the laborers. Makes known the divine law of
      divorce. The mystery of marriage._

The Lord was standing by the sea; the multitudes were there and one
stood forth and said,

2  Does God bestow rewards as men bestow rewards, for what is done?

3  And Jesus said, Men never know what other men have done, this life
is such a seeming life.

4  One man may seem to do a mighty work, and be adjudged by men as
worthy of a great reward.

5  Another man may seem to be a failure in the harvest fields of life,
and be dishonored in the face of men.

6  Men do not know the hearts of men; God only knows the hearts of men,
and when the day is done he may reward with life the man who fell
beneath the burdens of the day, and turn away the man who was the idol
of the hearts of men.

7  And then he spoke a parable; he said, The kingdom of the soul is
like a man who had a vast estate,

8  And in the morning time he went down to the market place to search
for men to gather in his grain.

9  He found three men, and he agreed to give to each a penny for his
service for the day, and sent them to his field.

10  Again he went down to the market place the third hour of the day
and found five men in waiting, and he said, Go down into my field and
serve, and I will pay you what is right; and they went down and served.

11  He went again; it was the sixth hour of the day, and seven men were
waiting at the stand; he sent them to the field to serve.

12  And at the eleventh hour he went again; twelve men stood there in
seeming idleness; he said to them, Why stand you here in idleness all
day?

13  They said, Because we have no work to do; no man has hired us.

14  And then he sent them to his field to serve.

15  Now, when the evening came the man said to his steward, Call the
laborers from the field, and pay them for his services. And all were
paid, and each received a penny for his hire.

16  Now, when the twelve, who served but from the eleventh hour,
received each one a penny for his hire, the three were sore aggrieved;
they said,

17  These twelve have served but one short hour, and now they have an
equal share with us who have toiled through the scorching hours of
day; should we not have at least two pennies for our hire?

18  The man replied, My friends, I do no wrong to you. Did we not have
a fast agreement when you went to work? have I not paid in full?

19  What is it unto you if I should pay these men a smaller or a larger
sum? Take that which is your own and go your way, for I will give unto
the twelve what I will give unto the three, the five, the seven.

20  They did their best and you could do no more than do your best.

21  The hire of man is based upon the intent of the heart.

22  As Jesus taught, a Pharisee came up and said, Lord, is it lawful
for a man to put away his wife?

23  And Jesus said, You ought to know; what says the law?

24  The Pharisee replied, The law provides that man may be divorced,
may put away his wife.

25  And Jesus said, The hardness of the hearts of men induced the giver
of the law to make provisions such as these; but from the first it was
not so.

26  God made a woman for a man, and they were one; and afterwards he
said, A man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave
unto his wife; they are no more divided; they are one, one flesh.

27  What God has joined no man can part.

28  Now, when they went up to the house, a man made free to ask again
about this matter of divorce.

29  And Jesus said again what to the Pharisee he said; and then he gave
the higher law of marriage life:

30  Whoever puts away his wife, except she be a courtesan, and then
shall take another wife commits adultery.

31  The woman who shall leave a man, unless he be a libertine and
an adulterer, and then becomes the wife of any other man, commits
adultery.

32  And Thomas asked, What is adultery?

33  And Jesus said, The man who harbors lustful thoughts, who covets
any woman not his wife, is an adulterer.

34  The wife who harbors lustful thoughts, and covets any man who is
not wed to her, is not her husband, is a courtesan.

35  Men cannot make a law to bind two hearts.

36  When two are bound in love they have no thought of lust. The woman
cannot leave the man; the man has no desire to send his wife away.

37  When men and women harbor lustful thoughts, and covet any other
flesh, they are not one, not joined by God.

38  And Philip said, Lord, are there few that God has joined in holy
marriage bonds?

39  And Jesus said, God knows the pure in heart; the lustful men and
women are but creatures of the lustful self; they cannot be at one;
nor can they be at one with God.

40  Nathaniel said, Is it not well that all men should refrain from
taking on themselves the marriage vow?

41  And Jesus said, Men are not pure because they are unmarried men.
The man who lusts is an adulterer if he has wife or not.

42  And then he said to all, Some things men know by being told, while
other things they know not till the gate of consciousness shall open
up for them.

43  I speak a mystery that now you cannot understand; but you shall
some day understand.

44  A eunuch is a man who does not lust; some men are eunuchs born,
some men are eunuchs by the power of men, and some are eunuchs by the
Holy Breath, who makes them free in God through Christ.

45  He who is able to receive the truth I speak, let him receive.


CHAPTER 144.

    _The Christines at Tiberius. Jesus speaks on the inner life.
      Relates the parable of the prodigal son. The resentment of
      the elder brother._

When they had journeyed through the towns and cities of the land of
Galilee, the Lord with his disciples came to Tiberius, and here they
met a few who loved the name of Christ.

2  And Jesus told them many things about the inner life; but when the
multitudes came up, he spoke a parable; he said,

3  A certain man with great possessions had two sons. The youngest son
grew tired of life at home and said,

4  My father, pray divide your wealth and give the portion that is mine
to me, and I will seek my fortune in another land.

5  The father did as he desired, and with his wealth the young man went
into a foreign land.

6  He was a profligate and soon had squandered all his wealth in ways
of sin.

7  When nothing else remained for him to do he found employment in the
fields to care for swine.

8  And he was hungry and no one gave him aught to eat, and so he ate
the carob pods that he was feeding to the swine.

9  And after many days he found himself and said unto himself, My
father is a man of wealth; he has a score of servants who are
bountifully fed while I, his son, am starving in the fields among the
swine.

10  I do not hope to be received again as son, but I will rise and
go straight to my father’s house, and I will make confession of my
waywardness;

11  And I will say, My father, I am come again; I am a profligate, and
I have lost my wealth in ways of sin; I am not worthy to be called
your son.

12  I do not ask to be received again as son, but let me have a place
among your servants, where I may have a shelter from the storms and
have enough to eat.

13  And he arose and sought his father’s house, and as he came his
mother saw him while yet a great way off.

14  (A mother’s heart can feel the first faint yearning of a wandering
child.)

15  The father came, and hand in hand they walked a-down the way to
meet the boy, and there was joy, great joy.

16  The boy tried hard to plead for mercy and a servant’s place; but
love was all too great to listen to the plea.

17  The door was opened wide; he found a welcome in the mother’s heart,
and in the father’s heart.

18  The father called the servants in, and bade them bring the finest
robe for him; the choicest sandals for his feet; a ring of purest gold
for him to wear.

19  And then the father said, My servants, go and kill the fatted calf;
prepare a feast, for we are glad;

20  Our son we thought was dead is here alive; a treasure that we
thought was lost is found.

21  The feast was soon prepared and all were merry, when the eldest son
who had been serving in a distant field and knew not that his brother
had returned, came home.

22  And when he learned the cause of all the merriment he was offended,
and would not go into the house.

23  His father and his mother both besought him tearfully to disregard
the waywardness and folly of their son; but he would not; he said,

24  Lo, all these years I have remained at home, have served you every
day, have never yet transgressed your most severe commands;

25  And yet you never killed for me a kid, nor made for me a simple
feast that I might make merry with my friends;

26  But when your son, this profligate, who has gone forth and
squandered half your wealth in ways of sin, comes home, because he
could do nothing else, you kill for him the fatted calf and make a
wondrous feast.

27  His father said, My son, all that I have is yours and you are ever
with us in our joys;

28  And it is well to show our gladness when your brother, who is near
and dear to us, and who we thought was dead, returns to us alive.

29  He may have been a profligate; may have consorted with gay
courtesans and thieves, yet he is still your brother and our son.

30  Then Jesus said so all might hear: He who has ears to hear, and
hearts to understand will comprehend the meaning of this parable.

31  Then Jesus and the twelve came to Capernaum.


CHAPTER 145.

    _Jesus speaks on the establishment of the Christine kingdom
      and the future coming of the Lord in power. Exhorts to
      faithfulness. Parable of the unjust judge. Parable of the
      Pharisee and the publican._

A company of Pharisees came up to speak with Jesus and they said,
Rabboni, we have heard you say, The kingdom is at hand.

2  We read in Daniel that the God of heaven will form a kingdom, and we
ask, Is this the kingdom of the God you speak about? If so, when will
it come?

3  And Jesus said, The prophets all have told about this kingdom of the
God, and it is just at hand; but men can never see it come.

4  It never can be seen with carnal eyes; it is within.

5  Lo, I have said, and now I say again, None but the pure in heart can
see the king, and all the pure in heart are subjects of the king.

6  Reform, and turn away from sin; prepare you, O prepare! the kingdom
is at hand.

7  And then he spoke to his disciples and he said, The seasons of the
son of man are past.

8  The time will come when you will wish above all else to see again
one of these days; but you can see it not.

9  And many men will say, Lo, here is Christ; lo, there is Christ. Be
not deceived; go not into their ways.

10  For when the son of man will come again no man need point the way;
for as the lightning lights the heavens, so will the son of man light
up the heavens and earth.

11  But, lo, I say, that many generations will have come and gone
before the son of man shall come in power; but when he comes no one
will say, Lo, here is Christ; lo, there.

12  But as it was before the flood in Noah’s day, so shall it be. The
people ate, they drank, were filled with merriment and sung for joy,

13  And did not know their doom until the ark was done and Noah entered
in; but then the flood came on and swept them all away.

14  So, also, in the days of Lot; the people ate and drank; they
bought, they sold, they planted and they reaped, they went their ways
in sin, and they cared not;

15  But when the righteous Lot went from their city’s gates the earth
beneath the city shook, and brimstone fires fell from heaven;

16  The gapping jaws of earth flew wide, and swallowed up their homes,
their wealth, and they went down to rise no more.

17  So shall it be when comes the son of man in power.

18  I charge you men, as I will charge men then, Seek not to save your
wealth, or you will lose your lives. Go forth, and look not back upon
the crumbling walls of sin. Do not forget Lot’s wife.

19  Whoever tries to save his life will lose his life; whoever freely
gives his life in serving life will save his life.

20  Then comes the sifting time. Two men will be in bed; one will be
called, the other left; two women will be working side by side; one
will be snatched away, the other left.

21  And his disciples said, Explain to us this parable; or is it not a
parable?

22  And Jesus said, The wise will understand, for where the bread
of heaven is, there you will find the pure in heart; and where the
carcass lies will gather all the birds of prey.

23  But, lo, I say, before these days will come, the son of man will be
betrayed by one of you into the hands of wicked men, and he will give
his life for you and all the world.

24  Yea, more; the Holy Breath will come in power and fill you with the
wisdom of the just.

25  And you will tell the wondrous story in Judea and in Samaria and in
the farther lands of earth.

26  And then to teach that men should pray and never faint, he told
this parable:

27  There was a judge who feared not God, nor yet regarded man.

28  There was a widow who oft implored the judge to right her wrongs
and to avenge her foes.

29  At first the judge would hear her not, but after many days he said,

30  I fear not God, and I regard not man, yet, lest this widow wear me
out by pleading every day I will avenge her on her foes.

31  When the disciples asked the meaning of this parable, the Lord
replied, The wise can understand; the foolish have no need to know.

32  And then to teach a lesson unto certain of his followers who
trusted in themselves and thought that they were holier than other
men, he told this parable:

33  Two men went to the synagogue to pray; one was a Pharisee, the
other was a publican.

34  The Pharisee stood forth and prayed thus with himself, O God, I
thank thee that I am not like other men, who are extortioners, unjust,
adulterers;

35  Not even like this publican. I fast two times a week, and I give
tithes of all I get.

36  The publican came not a-near; he would not lift his eyes to heaven,
but smote his breast and said,

37  O Lord, be merciful to me; I am a sinner in thy sight; I am undone.

38  And now, you men, I say to you, The publican knew how to pray, and
he was justified.

39  The Pharisee knew how to talk, but still he went away condemned.

40  Lo, every one who lauds himself shall be abased, and he who does
not praise himself shall be exalted in the sight of God.


CHAPTER 146.

    _Last meeting of Jesus with his disciples in Galilee. Miriam
      sings a song of praise. The song. The Christines begin their
      journey to Jerusalem. They rest at Enon Springs. The selfish
      request of the mother of James and John. The Christines reach
      Jerusalem._

The work of Jesus in the land of Galilee was done, and he sent forth a
message, and the many came from many towns of Galilee; came to receive
a benediction from his hand.

2  Among the multitudes who came was Luke, a Syrian from Antioch, a
learned physician and a just and upright man.

3  Theophilus, a Grecian senator, a minister of Cæsar’s court, was also
there; and many other men of honor and renown.

4  And Miriam sung: All hail the Day Star from on high!

5  All hail the Christ who ever was, and is and evermore shall be!

6  All hail the darkness of the shadowland! All hail the dawn of peace
on earth; good will to men!

7  All hail triumphant king, who grapples with the tyrant Death, who
conquers in the fight, and brings to light immortal life for men!

8  All hail the broken cross, the mutilated spear!

9  All hail the triumph of the soul! All hail the empty tomb!

10  All hail to him despised by men, rejected by the multitudes; for he
is seated on the throne of power!

11  All hail! for he has called the pure in heart of every clime to sit
with him upon the throne of power!

12  All hail, the rending veil! The way into the highest courts of God
is open for the sons of men!

13  Rejoice, O men of earth, rejoice, and be exceeding glad!

14  Bring forth the harp and touch its highest strings; bring forth the
lute, and sound its sweetest notes!

15  For men who were made low, are high exalted now, and they who
walked in darkness and in the vale of death, are risen up and God and
man are one forevermore,

16  Allelujah! praise the Lord forevermore. Amen.

17  And Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,

18  My Father-God, let now the benediction of thy love, thy mercy and
thy truth rest on these men.

19  The lamp is taken from their midst, and if the inner light be not
aflame, lo, they must tread the ways of darkness and of death.

20  And then he said to all, Farewell.

21  Then Jesus and his mother, and the twelve, and Miriam and Mary,
mother of the two disciples, James and John,

22  And many other loyal souls who loved the Christ, went to Jerusalem,
that they might celebrate the Jewish feast.

23  And as they journeyed on their way they came to Enon Springs, near
unto Salim where the harbinger once taught.

24  And as they rested by the fountain, Mary, wife of Zebedee, and
mother of the two disciples, James and John, came to the master and
she said,

25  My Lord, I know the kingdom is about to come, and I would ask this
boon: Command that these my sons shall sit with you upon the throne,
the one upon the right, the other on the left.

26  And Jesus said to her, You know not what you ask.

27  And then he turned to James and John and said, Are you prepared and
are you strong enough to drink the cup that I will drink?

28  They said, Yes, master, we are strong enough to follow where you go.

29  Then Jesus said, You shall indeed drink of my cup; but I am not the
judge of who will sit upon my right hand or my left.

30  The men who live the life and keep the faith will sit upon the
throne of power.

31  Now, when the apostles heard the pleadings of the mother for her
sons, and knew that James and John were seeking special favors from
the Lord, they were indignant and they said,

32  We surely thought that James and John had risen above the selfish
self. Who can we trust among the sons of men?

33  And Jesus called the ten apart and said to them, How hard for men
to comprehend the nature of the kingdom of the soul!

34  These two disciples do not seem to know that rulership in heaven is
not akin to rulership on earth.

35  In all the kingdoms of the world, the men of power, they who exalt
themselves, show their authority, and rule with iron rule;

36  But you must know that they who rule the sons of light are they who
seek no earthly power, but give their lives in willing sacrifice for
men.

37  Whoever would be great must be the minister of all. The highest
seat in heaven is at the feet of him who is the lowest man of earth.

38  I had a glory with our Father-God before the worlds were made, and
still I come to serve the race of men; to be the minister of men; to
give my life for men.

39  And then the Christines journeyed on and came unto Jerusalem.


CHAPTER 147.

    _Jesus speaks to the people in the temple regarding the
      messiahship. Rebukes the Jews for treachery. The Jews attempt
      to stone him, but are prevented by Joseph. The Christines go
      to Jericho, and later to Bethabara._

Now, many Jews from Galilee, Judea and Samaria were in Jerusalem and
at the feast.

2  The porch of Solomon was filled with scribes and Pharisees and
doctors of the law, and Jesus walked with them.

3  A scribe approaching Jesus said, Rabboni, why do you keep the people
waiting in suspense? If you are the Messiah that the prophets said
would come, will you not tell us now?

4  And Jesus said, Lo, I have told you many times, but you believed me
not.

5  No man can do the work that I have done and bring to men the truth
as I have brought the truth who did not come from God.

6  What I have done and said are witnesses for me.

7  God calls, and they whose ears have been attuned to hear the
heavenly voice have heard the call and have believed in me; because
God testifies for me.

8  You cannot hear the voice of God, because your ears are closed. You
cannot comprehend the works of God, because your hearts are full of
self.

9  And you are busy-bodies, mischief-makers, hypocrites. You take these
men whom God has given me into your haunts and try to poison them with
sophistries and lies, and think that you will snatch them from the
fold of God.

10  I tell you, men, these men are tried and you can snatch not one of
them away.

11  My Father who has given them to me is greater than you all, and he
and I are one.

12  And then the Jews took stones to throw at him and cried, Now we
have heard enough; away with him; let him be stoned.

13  But Joseph, member of the great Sanhedrim of the Jews, was in the
porch and he came forth and said,

14  You men of Israel, do nothing rash; throw down those stones; your
reason is a better guide than passion in such times as these.

15  You do not know your accusations to be true, and if this man should
prove himself to be the Christ, and you should take his life, the
wrath of God would rest upon you evermore.

16  And Jesus said to them, Lo, I have healed your sick, have caused
your blind to see, your deaf to hear, your lame to walk, and cast out
unclean spirits from your friends;

17  For which of these great works would you desire to take my life?

18  The Jews replied, We would not stone you for your works of grace,
but for your vile, blasphemous words. You are but man and still you
say that you are God.

19  And Jesus said, A prophet of your own said to the sons of men, Lo,
you are gods!

20  Now, hark, you men, if he could say that to the men who simply
heard the word of God, why should you think that I blaspheme the name
of God because I say, I am a son of God?

21  If you believe not what I say you must have faith in what I do, and
you should see the Father in these works, and know that I dwell in the
Father-God, and that the Father dwells in me.

22  And then again the Jews took stones and would have stoned him in
the temple court; but he withdrew himself from sight and left the
porch and court and went his way;

23  And with the twelve he went to Jericho, and after certain days
they crossed the Jordan and in Bethabara abode for many days.


CHAPTER 148.

    _Lazarus dies and Jesus and the twelve return to Bethany. The
      resurrection of Lazarus, which greatly excites the rulers in
      Jerusalem. The Christines go to the hills of Ephriam, and
      there abide._

One day as Jesus and the twelve were in the silence in a home in Araba
a messenger came and said,

2  Lord, Jesus, hear! your friend in Bethany is sick, nigh unto death;
his sisters urge that you arise and come in haste.

3  Then turning to the twelve the master said, Lo, Lazarus has gone to
sleep, and I must go and waken him.

4  And his disciples said, What need to go if he has gone to sleep; he
will awaken by and by?

5  Then Jesus said, It is the sleep of death; for Lazarus is dead.

6  But Jesus did not haste to go; he stayed two days in Araba; and then
he said, The hour has come and we must go to Bethany.

7  But his disciples urged him not to go; they said, The Jews are
waiting your return that they may take your life.

8  And Jesus said, Men cannot take my life till I have handed unto them
my life.

9  And when the time shall come I will myself lay down my life; that
time is near, and God knows best; I must arise and go.

10  And Thomas said, Then we will also go; yes, we will offer up our
lives and die with him. And they arose and went.

11  Now, Mary, Martha, Ruth and many friends were weeping in their home
when one approached and said, The Lord has come; but Mary did not hear
the words.

12  But Ruth and Martha heard, and they arose and went to meet the
Lord; he waited at the village gate.

13  And when they met the master Martha said, You are too late, for
Lazarus is dead; if you had only been with us I know that he would not
have died.

14  But even now I know that you have power over death; that by the
sacred Word you may cause life to rise from death.

15  And Jesus said, Behold, for Lazarus shall live again.

16  And Martha said, I know that he will rise and live again when all
the dead shall rise.

17  And Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life; he who has
faith in me, though he be dead, yet shall he live;

18  And he who is alive, and has a living faith in me, shall never die.
Do you believe what I have said?

19  And Martha said, Lord, I believe that you are come to manifest the
Christ of God.

20  Then Jesus said, Go back and call aside your sister, and my mother
and the prophetess and say that I have come; and I will stay here by
the gate till they have come to me.

21  And Ruth and Martha did as Jesus bade them do, and in a little
while the Marys and the prophetess had met the Lord.

22  And Mary said, Why did you tarry thus? If you had been with us our
brother, dear, would not have died.

23  Then Jesus went up to the house and when he saw the heavy grief of
all, he was himself stirred up with grief, and said, Where is the
tomb in which he lies?

24  They said, Lord, come and see. And Jesus wept.

25  The people said, Behold how Jesus loved this man!

26  And others said, Could not this Lord who opened up the eyes of one
born blind, have saved this man from death?

27  But soon the mourners stood beside the tomb, a sepulcher hewn out
of solid rock; a massive stone closed up the door.

28  And Jesus said, Take you away the stone.

29  But Martha said, Lord, is it well? Behold our brother has been dead
four days; the body must be in decay, and is it well that we should
see it now?

30  The Lord replied, Have you forgotten, Martha, what I said while we
were at the village gate? Did I not say that you should see the glory
of the Lord?

31  And then they rolled the stone away; the flesh had not decayed; and
Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,

32  My Father-God, thou who hast ever heard my prayers, I thank thee
now, and that these multitudes may know that thou hast sent me forth,
that I am thine and thou art mine, make strong the Word of power.

33  And then he spoke the Word, and in a voice that souls can
comprehend, he said, O Lazarus, awake!

34  And Lazarus arose and came out of the tomb. The grave clothes were
about him fast, and Jesus said,

35  Loose him and let him go.

36  The people were amazed and multitudes confessed their faith in him.

37  And some went to Jerusalem and told the Pharisees about this
resurrection of the dead.

38  The chief priests were confounded, and they said, What shall we do?
This man is doing many mighty deeds, and if we do not stay him in his
work, all men will look on him as king, and through the Romans he may
take the throne, and we will lose our place and power.

39  And then the chief priests and the Pharisees in council met and
sought a plan by which they might put him to death.

40  Caiaphas was the high priest then, and he came forth and said, You
men of Israel, do you not know the law?

41  Do you not know that in such times as these we may give up one life
to save our nation and our laws?

42  Caiaphas did not know that he was prophet, speaking out the words
of truth.

43  He did not know the time had come for Jesus to be offered up a
sacrifice for every man, for Jew and Greek, and all the world.

44  From that day forth the Jews conferred together every day, maturing
plans to put the Lord to death.

45  Now, Jesus and the twelve did not remain in Bethany; but in the
hills of Ephriam, upon the borders of Samaria, they found a home, and
there abode for many days.


CHAPTER 149.

    _The Jews gather in Jerusalem to attend the feast. The
      Christines go to Jericho. Jesus dines with Zaccheus. He
      relates the parable of the ten talents._

The great passover of the Jews, the feast of spring, was calling every
loyal Jew up to Jerusalem.

2  Ten days before the feast the Lord and his disciples left the
Ephriam hills and, by the Jordan way, went down to Jericho.

3  And as they entered Jericho a wealthy publican came out to see the
Lord; but he was small in stature and the throng was great and he
could see him not.

4  A tree, a sycamore, stood by the way and he climbed up the tree and
found a seat among its boughs.

5  When Jesus came, he saw the man and said, O Zaccheus, make haste,
come down; I would abide with you today.

6  And Zaccheus came down and joyfully received the Lord; but many of
the stricter sect called out and said,

7  For shame! he goes to lodge with Zaccheus, the sinner and the
publican.

8  But Jesus did not care for what they said; he went his way with
Zaccheus, who was a man of faith, and as they talked together Zaccheus
said,

9  Lord, I have ever tried to do the right; I give unto the poor half
of my goods, and if by any means I wrong a man, I right the wrong by
paying him four fold.

10  And Jesus said to him, Your life and faith are known to God, and
lo, the benedictions of the Lord of hosts abide with you and all your
house.

11  Then Jesus spoke a parable to all; he said, A vassal of an emperor
was made a king, and he went to the foreign land to claim his rights
and take the kingdom to himself.

12  Before he went he called ten trusted servants and to each he gave a
pound and said,

13  Go forth and use these pounds as you have opportunity, that you may
gain for me more wealth. And then he went his way.

14  And after many days he came again, and called the ten, demanding a
report.

15  The first one came and said, Lord, I have gained for you nine
pounds; you gave me one and here are ten.

16  The king replied, Well done, you faithful man; because you have
been faithful in a little thing I judge that you will be a faithful
servant in a greater thing;

17  Behold, I make you ruler over nine important cities of my realm.

18  The second came and said, Lord, I have gained for you four pounds;
you gave me one, and here are five.

19  The king replied, and you have proven up your faithfulness. Behold,
I make you ruler over four important cities of my realm.

20  Another came and said, Lord, I have doubled what you gave to me.
You gave one pound to me and here are two.

21  The ruler said, And you have proved your faithfulness; Behold, I
make you ruler over one important city of my realm.

22  Another came and said, Lord, here is what you gave to me. I knew
you were an austere man, oft reaping where you did not sow and I was
sore afraid, and so I took the pound you gave to me and hid it in a
secret place; and here it is.

23  The king exclaimed, You slothful man! you knew what I required,
that I expected every man to do his best.

24  If you were timid and afraid to trust your judgment in the marts of
trade, why did you not go forth and put my money out for gain, that I
could have my own with interest?

25  Then turning to the steward of his wealth the ruler said, Take you
this pound and give it unto him who has by diligence earned nine.

26  For lo, I say, that every one who uses what he has and gains, shall
have abundantly; but he who hides away his talent in the earth shall
forfeit what he has.


CHAPTER 150.

    _Jesus heals blind Bartimæus. With the twelve he goes to
      Bethany. The multitudes come to welcome him and to speak with
      Lazarus._

The Christines started on their way to Bethany, and as they went,
while yet in Jericho, they passed a beggar sitting by the way; and he
was blind Bartimæus.

2  And when the beggar heard the multitude pass by he said, What is it
that I hear?

3  The people said to him, Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.

4  And instantly the man cried out, Lord Jesus, son of David, stay!
have mercy on poor blind Bartimæus!

5  The people said to him, Be quiet; hold your peace.

6  But blind Bartimæus called again, Thou son of David, hear! have
mercy on poor blind Bartimæus!

7  And Jesus stopped and said, Bring him to me.

8  And then the people brought the blind man to the Lord, and as they
brought him up they said, Be cheerful now, Bartimæus, the Lord is
calling you.

9  And then he threw his cloak aside, and ran to Jesus as he waited by
the way.

10  And Jesus said, What will you have, Bartimæus?

11  The blind man said, Rabboni, open up mine eyes that I may see.

12  And Jesus said, Bartimæus, look up; receive your sight; your faith
has made you whole.

13  And he at once received his sight, and from the fullness of his
heart he said, Praise God.

14  And all the people said, Praise God.

15  Then Jesus and the twelve went on to Bethany. It was six days
before the feast.

16  And when the people knew that Jesus was in Bethany they came from
near and far to see him and to hear him speak.

17  And they were anxious all to talk with Lazarus, whom Jesus had
awakened from the dead.

18  Now in Jerusalem the priests and Pharisees were all alert; they
said, This Jesus will be at the feast, and we must not permit that he
shall slip away again.

19  And they commanded every man to be alert and help to apprehend the
Lord that they might take his life.


CHAPTER 151.

    _Jesus teaches in the synagogue. Makes his triumphal entry
      into Jerusalem. The multitudes, with the children, sing his
      praises, and say, Hosanna to the king! The Christines return
      to Bethany._

It was the day before the Sabbath day, the eighth day of the Jewish
Nasan month, that Jesus came to Bethany.

2  And on the Sabbath day he went up to the synagogue and taught.

3  And on the morning of the first day of the week, the Sunday of the
week, he called his twelve apostles unto him and said,

4  This day we go up to Jerusalem; be not afraid; my time has not yet
come.

5  Now, two of you may go unto the village of Bethphage, and you will
find an ass tied to a tree, and you will see a little colt near by.

6  Untie the ass and bring her here to me. If any one inquires why you
take the ass, just say, The master has a need of her; and then the
owner will come on with you.

7  And the disciples went as Jesus bade them go; they found the ass and
colt a-near an open door; and when they would untie the ass the owner
said, Why would you take the ass away?

8  And the disciples said, The master has a need of her; and then the
owner said, ’Tis well.

9  And then they brought the animal, and on her put their coats, and
Jesus sat upon the ass and rode into Jerusalem.

10  And multitudes of people came and filled the way, and his disciples
praised the Lord and said,

11  Thrice blessed is the king who in the name of God is come! All
glory be to God, and peace on earth; good will to men!

12  And many spread their garments in the way, and some tore branches
from the trees, and cast them in the way.

13  And many children came with garlands of sweet flowers and placed
them on the Lord, or strewed them in the way, and said, All hail the
king! Long live the king!

14  The throne of David shall be built again. Hosanna to the Lord of
hosts!

15  Among the throng were Pharisees, who said to Jesus as he passed,
Rebuke this noisy throng; it is a shame for them to cry thus in the
street.

16  The Lord replied, I tell you, men, if these should hold their peace
the very stones would cry aloud.

17  And then the Pharisees conferred among themselves; they said, Our
threats are idle words. Behold, for all the world is following him.

18  As Jesus drew a-near Jerusalem he paused and wept, and said,
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the holy city of the Jews! yours was the glory
of the Lord; but you have cast the Lord away.

19  Your eyes are closed, you cannot see the king; the kingdom of the
Lord of heaven and earth has come; you comprehend it not.

20  Behold, the day will come when armies from afar will cast a bank
about your way; will compass you about, and hem you in on every side;

21  Will dash you to the ground and slay you and your children in the
streets.

22  And of your holy temple, and of your palaces and walls, they will
not leave a stone upon a stone, because today you spurn the offers of
the God of heaven.

23  When Jesus and the multitude had come into Jerusalem, excitement
reigned, and people asked, Who is this man?

24  The multitude replied, This is the king, the prophet, priest of
God; this is the man from Galilee.

25  But Jesus tarried not; he went directly to the temple porch, and it
was filled with people pressing hard to see the king.

26  The sick, the halt, the lame, the blind were there, and Jesus
paused, and laid his hands on them and healed them by the sacred Word.

27  The temple and the temple courts were filled with children
praising God. They said, Hosanna to the king! The son of David is the
king! All hail the king! Praise God!

28  The Pharisees were filled with anger when they heard the children
sing. They said to Jesus, Hear you what the children say?

29  And Jesus said, I hear; but have you never read the words of our
own bard who said,

30  Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise!

31  And when the evening came the Lord and his disciples went again to
Bethany.


CHAPTER 152.

    _Jesus rebukes a barren fig tree. Drives the merchants out of
      the temple. Teaches the people. Returns to Bethany._

Next day, the Monday of the week, the master with the twelve, went to
Jerusalem.

2  And as they passed along the way they saw a fig tree full of leaves
without a sign of fruit.

3  And Jesus spoke unto the tree; he said, You useless cumberer of the
ground; you fig tree fair to look upon, but a delusive thing.

4  You take from earth and air the food that fruitful trees should have.

5  Go back to earth and be yourself the food for other trees to eat.

6  When Jesus had thus spoken to the tree he went his way.

7  And when he reached the temple, lo, the rooms were filled with petty
merchants selling doves and animals, and other things, for sacrifice;
the temple was a mart of trade.

8  And Jesus was indignant at the sight, and said, You men of Israel,
for shame! This is supposed to be the house of prayer; but it is now a
den of thieves. Remove this plunder from this holy place.

9  The merchants only laughed and said, We are protected in our trade
by those who bear the rule; we will not go.

10  Then Jesus made a scourge of cords, as he did once before, and
rushed among the merchantmen, threw all their money on the floor;

11  Threw wide the cages of the doves, and cut the cords that held the
bleating lambs and set them free.

12  And then he drove the merchants from the place, and with a clean,
new broom he swept the floors.

13  Chief priests and scribes were filled with wrath, but feared to
touch or even to rebuke the Lord, for all the people stood in his
defense.

14  And Jesus taught the people all day long and healed a multitude of
those diseased,

15  And when the evening came he went again to Bethany.


CHAPTER 153.

    _The Christines go to Jerusalem. They note the withered fig
      tree; its symbolic meaning. Jesus teaches in the temple. Is
      censured by the priests. Relates a parable of a rich man’s
      feast._

On Tuesday, early in the day, the master and the twelve went to
Jerusalem.

2  And as they went the twelve observed the tree to which the Lord had
talked the day before, and lo, the leaves were withered, just as if
they had been scorched with fire.

3  And Peter said, Lord, see the tree! Its leaves are withered and the
tree seems dead.

4  And Jesus said, So shall it be with those who bear no fruit. When
God shall call them up to give account, lo, he will breathe upon them,
and their leaves, their empty words, will wither and decay.

5  God will not let the fruitless trees of life encumber ground, and he
will pluck them up and cast them all away.

6  Now, you can demonstrate the power of God. Have faith in God, and
you can bid the mountains to depart, and they will crumble at your
feet;

7  And you may talk to wind and wave, and they will hear, and will obey
what you command.

8  God hears the prayer of faith and when you ask in faith you shall
receive.

9  You must not ask amiss; God will not hear the prayer of any man who
comes to him with blood of other men upon his hands.

10  And he who harbors envious thoughts, and does not love his fellow
men, may pray forever unto God, and he will hear him not.

11  God can do nothing more for men than they would do for other men.

12  And Jesus walked again within the temple courts.

13  The priests and scribes were much emboldened by the council of
Caiaphas and the other men in power, and so they came to Jesus and
they said,

14  Who gave you the authority to do as you have done? Why did you
drive the merchants from the temple yesterday?

15  And Jesus answered them and said, If you will answer what I ask,
then I will answer you; Was John, the harbinger, a man of God, or was
he a seditious man?

16  The scribes and Pharisees were loath to answer him; they reasoned
thus among themselves:

17  If we shall say, John was a prophet sent from God, then he will say,

18  John testified for me, that I am son of God; why do you not believe
his words?

19  If we should say, John was a bold, seditious man, the people will
be angered, for they think he was a prophet of the living God.

20  And so they answered Jesus and they said, We do not know; we cannot
tell.

21  Then Jesus said, If you will tell me not, then I will tell you not
who gave me power to drive the robbers from the house of God.

22  And then he spoke a parable to them; he said, A man once made a
feast inviting all the rich and honored people of the land.

23  But when they came, they found the door into the banquet hall was
low, and they could enter not except they bowed their heads and fell
down on their knees.

24  These people would not bow their heads and fall down on their
knees, and so they went away; they went not to the feast.

25  And then the man sent forth his messengers to bid the common folks,
and those of low estate, to come and feast with him.

26  These people gladly came; they bowed their heads and fell down on
their knees, and came into the banquet hall and it was full, and every
one rejoiced.

27  And then the master said, Behold, you priests and scribes, and
Pharisees! the Lord of heaven and earth has spread a sumptuous feast,
and you were bidden first of all;

28  But you have found the door into the banquet hall so low that you
must bow your heads and fall down on your knees to enter in, and you
have scorned the king who made the feast, refused to bow your heads
and fall down on your knees, and you have gone your way;

29  But now God calls again; the common folks and those of low estate
have come in multitudes, have entered in unto the feast and all
rejoice.

30  I tell you, men, that publicans and courtesans go through the gates
into the kingdom of the God of heaven, and you are left without.

31  John came to you in righteousness; he brought the truth, but you
believed him not.

32  But publicans and courtesans believed, and were baptized and now
have entered in unto the feast.

33  I tell you now, as I have told you many times, The many have been
called, but chosen are the few.


CHAPTER 154.

    _Jesus teaches in the temple court. The parable of the
      householder and wicked husbandmen. Parable of the marriage
      feast and the guest without a wedding robe._

The multitudes would hear what Jesus had to say, and so they built
a platform in the temple court, and Jesus stood upon the place and
taught. He spoke in parables; he said,

2  A man possessed a vast estate; he planted out a vineyard, placed a
hedge about it, built a tower, installed the press for making wine.

3  He placed his vineyard in the hands of husbandmen and then he
journeyed to a distant land.

4  Now, in the vintage time the man sent forth a servant to receive and
bring to him his portion of the fruitage of the vines.

5  The husbandmen came forth and beat the man; laid forty lashes on his
back and cast him out beyond the vineyard gate.

6  And then the owner sent another man to bring to him his own. The
husbandmen laid hold of him and sorely wounded him and cast him from
the vineyard, leaving him half dead beside the way.

7  The owner sent another man to bring to him his own. The husbandmen
seized hold of him and with a javelin they pierced his heart; then
buried him beyond the hedge.

8  The owner was aggrieved. He thought within himself, What shall I do?
and then he said, This will I do. My only son is here, and I will send
him to the husbandmen,

9  They surely will respect my son and send me what is mine.

10  He sent his son; the husbandmen took counsel with themselves; they
said, This is the only heir to all this wealth, and if we take his
life the vast inheritance is ours.

11  They took his life and cast him out beyond the vineyard hedge.

12  The days will come; the owner will return to reckon with the
husbandmen, and he will seize them every one, and cast them into
scorching fires where they shall stay until they pay the debts they
owe.

13  And he will place his vineyard in the care of honest men.

14  Then turning to the priests and scribes he said, Did not your
prophets say,

15  The stone the builders cast away became the capstone of the arch?

16  You men who pose as men of God, as husbandmen, lo, you have stoned
and killed the messengers of God, his prophets and his seers, and now
you seek to slay his son.

17  I tell you men, the kingdom shall be snatched away from you, and
shall be given unto people who are not a people now, and to a nation
that is not a nation now.

18  And men whose speech you cannot understand, will stand between the
living and the dead, and show the way to life.

19  The chief priests and the Pharisees were deeply moved with anger
when they heard this parable, and would have seized the Lord and done
him harm, but they were sore afraid; they feared the multitude.

20  And Jesus spoke another parable; he said, The kingdom is alike a
certain king who made a feast in honor of the marriage of his son.

21  He sent his servants forth to call the people who had been invited
to the feast.

22  The servants called; but then the people would not come.

23  And then the king sent other messengers abroad to say, Behold, my
tables now are spread; my oxen and my fatlings are prepared.

24  The choicest viands and the richest wines are on my boards; come to
the marriage feast.

25  The people laughed and treated with disdain his call, and went
their way, one to his farm, another to his merchandise;

26  And others seized the servants of the king; abused them shamefully;
and some of them they killed.

27  And then the king sent forth his soldiery who slew the murderers
and burned their towns.

28  And then the king sent other servants forth; to them he said, Go to
the corners of the streets, the partings of the ways, and to the marts
of trade and say,

29  Whoever will may come up to the marriage feast.

30  The servants went their way and called; and lo, the banquet hall
was filled with guests.

31  But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who had
not on a wedding robe; he called to him and said,

32  Friend, why are you here without a wedding robe? Would you dishonor
thus my son?

33  The man was dumb; he answered not.

34  And then the king said to his guards, Take you this man and bind
him hand and foot and cast him out into the darkness of the night.

35  The many have been called, but none are chosen to be guests who
have not clad themselves in wedding robes.


CHAPTER 155.

    _Jesus recognizes the justice of paying secular taxes. He
      teaches a lesson on family relationships in the life beyond.
      The greatest of the commandments is comprised in love. He
      warns his disciples against the hypocrisy of scribes and
      Pharisees._

As Jesus spoke, the Pharisees came up to question him; they thought to
criminate him by what he said.

2  A strict Herodian spoke and said, My Lord, you are a man of truth;
you show the way to God, and you do not regard the personality of men;

3  Tell us, what do you think; should we, who are the seed of Abraham,
pay tribute unto Cæsar? or should we not?

4  And Jesus knew his wickedness of heart and said, Why do you come to
tempt me thus? Show me the tribute money that you speak about.

5  The man brought forth a piece of coin on which an image was engraved.

6  And Jesus said, Whose image and whose name is on this coin?

7  The man replied, ’Tis Cæsar’s image and his name.

8  And Jesus said, Give unto Cæsar that which is Cæsar’s own; but give
to God the things of God.

9  And they who heard him said, He answers well.

10  And then a Sadducee, who thinks there is no resurrection of the
dead, came up and said, Rabboni, Moses wrote that if a married man
shall die, and have no child, his widow shall become his brother’s
wife.

11  Now, there were seven brothers and the eldest had a wife; he died
and had no child; a brother took his widow for his wife, and then he
died;

12  And every brother had this woman for his wife; in course of time
the woman died;

13  Now which will have this woman for a wife in the resurrection day?

14  And Jesus said, Here in this plane of life men marry just to
gratify their selfish selfs, or to perpetuate the race; but in the
world to come, and in the resurrection day, men do not take upon
themselves the marriage vows,

15  But, like the angels and the other sons of God, they form not
unions for the pleasure of the self, nor to perpetuate the race.

16  Death does not mean the end of life. The grave is not the goal of
men, no more than is the earth the goal of seeds.

17  Life is the consequence of death. The seed may seem to die, but
from its grave the tree arises into life.

18  So man may seem to die, but he lives on, and from the grave he
springs up into life.

19  If you could comprehend the word that Moses spoke about the burning
bush that burned and still was not consumed, then you would know that
death cannot destroy the life.

20  And Moses said that God is God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel.

21  God is not God of dead men’s bones, but of the living man.

22  I tell you, men, man goes down to the grave, but he will rise again
and manifest the life;

23  For every life is hid with Christ in God, and man shall live while
God shall live.

24  The Pharisees and scribes who heard the Lord, exclaimed, He speaks
the truth; and they were glad to have the Sadducees discomfited.

25  And then an honest scribe came forth and said to Jesus, Lord, you
speak as one whom God has sent, and may I ask,

26  Which is the greatest and the first of the Commandments of the Law?

27  And Jesus said, The first is: Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is
one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your mind, with all your soul, with all your strength;

28  And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

29  These are the greatest of the ten, and on them hang the Law, the
Prophets and the Psalms.

30  The scribe replied, My soul gives witness that you speak the truth,
for love fulfills the law, and far transcends burnt offerings and
sacrifice.

31  And Jesus said to him, Lo, you have solved a mystery; you are
within the kingdom and the kingdom is in you.

32  To his disciples Jesus spoke, and all the people heard; he said,
Beware you of the scribes and Pharisees who pride themselves in
wearing long and richly decorated robes,

33  And love to be saluted in the market place, and seek the highest
seats at feasts, and take the hard-earned wages of the poor to satisfy
their carnal selves, and pray in public, long and loud.

34  These are the wolves who clothe themselves to look like sheep.

35  And then he said to all, The scribes and Pharisees are placed by
law in Moses’ seat, and by the law they may interpret law;

36  So what they bid you do, that do; but do not imitate their deeds.

37  They say the things that Moses taught; they do the things of
Beelzebul.

38  They talk of mercy, yet they bind on human shoulders burdens
grievous to bear.

39  They talk of helpfulness, and yet they put not forth the slightest
helpful efforts for their brother man.

40  They make a show of doing things, and yet they do not anything but
show their gaudy robes, and broad phylacteries, and smile when people
call them honored masters of the law.

41  They strut about and show their pride when people call them father,
so and so.

42  Hear, now, you men, Call no man father here. The God of heaven and
earth, and he alone, is Father of the race of men.

43  Christ is the hierarch, the high, exalted master of the sons of men.

44  If you would be exalted, sit down at the master’s feet and serve.
He is the greatest man who serves the best.


CHAPTER 156.

    _The scribes and Pharisees are angered. Jesus rebukes them for
      their hypocrisy. He laments over Jerusalem. The widow’s mite.
      Jesus delivers his farewell address to the people in the
      temple._

The scribes and Pharisees were wild with rage; and Jesus said,

2  Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! you stand
within the way; you block the door; you will not go into the kingdom
and you turn aside the pure in heart who are about to enter in.

3  Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! you compass
sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he has been made he is a
son of hell, just like yourselves.

4  Woe unto you who call yourselves the guides of men! and you are
guides, blind guides;

5  For you pay tithes of cummin, mint and dill, and leave undone the
weightier matters of the law; of judgment, justice, faith.

6  You filter out the gnats before you drink; but then you swallow
camels and the like.

7  Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! you clean
and scour the outside of the cup, while it is full of filth, extortion
and excess.

8  Go to and clean the inside of the cup, and then the poisonous fumes
will not defile the outside of the cup.

9  Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! you
are yourselves like whitewashed sepulchres; your outer garbs are
beautiful, but you are full of dead men’s bones.

10  You seem to men to be divine; but in your hearts you nourish lust,
hypocrisies and vile iniquities.

11  Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! you build
and then adorn the tombs of holy men of old and say,

12  If we had lived when these men lived, we would have guarded them,
would not have acted as our fathers did, when they maltreated them and
put them to the sword.

13  But you are sons of them who slew the holy men, and you are not a
whit more just than they.

14  Go forth and fill the measure of your fathers who were steeped in
crime.

15  You are the offsprings of the vipers, and how can you be but
serpents of the dust?

16  God now has sent again to you his prophets and his seers, his wise
men and his holy men, and you will scourge them in your synagogues,
and stone them in the streets, and nail them to the cross.

17  Woe unto you! for on your heads will come the blood of all the holy
men who have been slain upon the earth,

18  From righteous Abel down to Zacharias, son of Barachias, who was
slain within the Holy Place before the altar of the Lord.

19  Behold, I say that these things all shall come upon this nation and
the people of Jerusalem.

20  And Jesus looked about and said, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou cruel
city of Jerusalem, that slays the prophets in the streets and kills
the holy men whom God has sent to you!

21  Lo, I would oft have gathered you as children to the fold of God;
but you would not.

22  You have rejected God, and now your house is desolate, and you
shall see me not again till you can say,

23  Thrice blessed is the son of man who comes as son of God.

24  Then Jesus went and sat beside the treasury and watched the people
as they paid their tithes.

25  The rich men came and gave of their abundance; and then he saw a
poor but loyal widow come and put a farthing in the treasure box.

26  And then he said to his disciples who were standing by, Behold, for
this poor widow who has put a farthing in the treasury has done more
than they all;

27  For she has given all she had; the rich have given just a little
share of what they have.

28  A company of Grecian Jews were at the feast, and they met Philip,
who could talk with them, and said, Sir, we would see the Lord, this
Jesus, who is called the Christ.

29  And Philip led the way, and brought them to the Christ.

30  And Jesus said, The hour has come; the son of man is ready to be
glorified, and it cannot be otherwise.

31  Except a grain of wheat fall into earth and die it can be nothing
but a grain of wheat; but if it die it lives again, and from its grave
a hundred grains of wheat arise.

32  My soul is troubled now; What shall I say? And then he cast his
eyes to heaven and said,

33  My Father-God, I would not ask to be relieved of all the burdens
I must bear; I only ask for grace and strength to bear the burdens
whatso’er they be,

34  This is the hour for which I came to earth. O Father, glorify thy
name!

35  And then the place was lighted with a light more brilliant than the
noonday sun; the people stood a-back; they were afraid.

36  And then a voice that seemed to come from heaven said,

37  I have both glorified my name and yours, and I will honor them
again.

38  The people heard the voice, and some exclaimed, Behold, a distant
thunder! Others said, An angel spoke to him.

39  But Jesus said, This voice was not for me; it was for you, that you
might know that I am come from God.

40  Now is the judgment of the world at hand; the prince of darkness
shall be manifest and go unto his own.

41  The son of man will now be lifted up from earth, and he will draw
all men unto himself.

42  The people said, The law declares that Christ abides forever more.
How can you say, The son of man will now be lifted up? Who is the son
of man?

43  And Jesus said to them, The light is shining now; walk in the light
while you still have the light.

44  The darkness comes; but he who walks in darkness cannot find the
way.

45  Again I say, Walk in the light while you still have the light, that
men may know that you are sons of light.

46  And Jesus stood out in the temple porch, and made his last appeal
unto the multitudes; he said,

47  He who believes in me, believes in God who sent me forth to do his
will, and he who sees me now beholds my Father-God.

48  Behold, I came a light unto the world; he who believes in me shall
walk in light, the light of life.

49  You men who hear me now, If you believe me not, I judge you not.

50  I am not come to judge the world, but I am come to save the world.

51  God is the only judge of men; but what I speak will stand against
you in the day when God will judge the world;

52  For from myself I do not speak; I speak the words that God has
given me to speak.

53  And then he said, Jerusalem, with all your glory and your crimes,
Farewell.


CHAPTER 157.

    _The Christines upon Mount Olives. Jesus prophecies the
      destruction of Jerusalem, and of terrible disasters that will
      mark the conclusion of the age. He exhorts his disciples to
      faithfulness._

Then Jesus with the twelve went forth and sat upon Mount Olives, just
beyond the city’s gate.

2  And his disciples said, Behold the wondrous city of Jerusalem! its
homes are all so beautiful! its temples and its shrines are clothed in
such magnificence!

3  And Jesus said, The city is the glory of my people, Israel, but, lo,
the time will come when every stone will be cast down, and it will be
a hiss and byword for the nations of the earth.

4  And the disciples asked, When will this desolation come?

5  And Jesus said, This round of human life will not be full until the
armies of the conqueror will thunder at her gates, and they will enter
in, and blood will flow like water through the streets.

6  And all the precious furnishings of temple, court and palaces will
be destroyed, or carried off to deck the palaces and courts of kings.

7  Behold, these days are not at hand. Before they come, lo, you shall
be maltreated by the scribes and Pharisees, the high priests and the
doctors of the law.

8  Without a cause you will be haled into the courts; you will be
stoned; you will be beaten in the synagogues; will stand condemned
before the rulers of this world, and governors and kings will sentence
you to death.

9  But you will falter not, and you will testify for truth and
righteousness.

10  And in these hours be anxious not about your speech; you need not
think of what to say;

11  For, lo, the Holy Breath will overshadow you and give you words to
say.

12  But then the carnage will go on, and men will think that they are
pleasing God by killing you, and nations far and near will hate you
for the sake of Christ.

13  And men will stir up evil thoughts among your kin, and they will
hate you and will give you up to die.

14  And brothers will be false to brothers; fathers will stand forth
and testify against their own, and children will drive parents to the
funeral pile.

15  When you shall hear the Roman eagle screaming in the air, and see
his legions streaming o’er the plain, then know the desolation of
Jerusalem is near.

16  Then let the wise wait not, but flee. Let him who is upon his house
wait not to enter in the house to gather up his wealth, but let him
flee.

17  And he who labors in the field must not return, but leave his all
to save his life.

18  And woe to mothers with their little children in that day; none
shall escape the sword.

19  The tribulation of these days cannot be told in words, for such has
never been since God created man upon the earth.

20  The conqueror will carry many of the sons of Abraham away as
captives into foreign lands, and they who know not Israel’s God will
tread the highways of Jerusalem until the anti-Jewish times have been
fulfilled.

21  But when the people have been punished for their crimes, the
tribulation days will end; but lo, the time will come when all the
world will rise, like gladiators in a ring, and fight just for the
sake of shedding blood.

22  And men will reason not; they will not see, nor care to see a cause
for carnage, desolation, thefts; for they will war with friend or foe.

23  The very air will seem surcharged with smoke of death; and
pestilence will follow close upon the sword.

24  And signs that men have never seen will then appear in heaven and
earth; in sun, and moon, and stars.

25  The seas will roar, and sounds will come from heaven that men
can never comprehend, and these will bring distress of nations with
perplexity.

26  Hearts of the strongest men will faint in fear, in expectation of
the coming of more frightful things upon the earth.

27  But while the conflicts rage on land and sea, the Prince of Peace
will stand above the clouds of heaven and say again:

28  Peace, peace on earth; good will to men; and every man will throw
away his sword, and nations will learn war no more.

29  And then the man who bears the pitcher will walk forth across an
arc of heaven; the sign and signet of the son of man will stand forth
in the eastern sky.

30  The wise will then lift up their heads and know that the redemption
of the earth is near.

31  Before these days shall come, behold, false Christs and poor
deluded prophets will arise in many lands.

32  And they will show forth signs, and do a multitude of mighty works;
and they will lead astray the many who are not wise; and many of the
wise will be deceived.

33  And now I tell you once again, When men shall say, The Christ is in
the wilderness, go you not forth.

34  And if they say, The Christ is in the secret place, believe it not;
for when he comes the world will know that he has come.

35  For as the morning light comes from the east and shines unto the
west; so shall be the coming of the age and son of man.

36  The wicked of the earth will weep when they shall see the son of
man come down upon the clouds of heaven, in power.

37  Take heed you, O take heed, for you know not the hour nor the day
when comes the son of man.

38  Let not your hearts be overcharged with sensuous things, nor with
the cares of life, lest that day come and find you unprepared.

39  Keep watch at every season of the year; and pray that you may meet
the Lord with joy and not with grief.

40  Before these days shall come our Father-God will send his
messengers abroad, yea, to the corners of the earth, and they will say,

41  Prepare you, O prepare; the Prince of Peace shall come, and now is
coming on the clouds of heaven.

42  When Jesus had thus said, he went with his disciples back to
Bethany.


CHAPTER 158.

    _Jesus and the twelve at prayer in Olivet. Jesus reveals to his
      disciples the deeper meanings of secret doctrines. He tells
      them what to teach the people. Relates a number of parables.
      They return to Bethany._

The morning of the Wednesday of the week was come, and Jesus with the
twelve went out to Olivet to pray; and they were lost in prayer for
seven hours.

2  Then Jesus called the twelve close to his side and said, This day
the curtain parts and we will step beyond the veil into the secret
courts of God.

3  And Jesus opened up to them the meaning of the hidden way, and of
the Holy Breath, and of the light that cannot fail.

4  He told them all about the Book of Life, the Rolls of Graphael, the
Book of God’s Remembrance where all the thoughts and words of men are
written down.

5  He did not speak aloud to them; he told the secrets of the masters
in an undertone, and when he spoke the name of God there was a silence
in the courts of heaven for half an hour, for angels spoke with bated
breath.

6  And Jesus said, These things may not be spoken out aloud; they never
may be written down; they are the messages of Silenceland; they are
the Breathings of the inner heart of God.

7  And then the master taught the twelve the lessons they should teach
to other men. He sometimes taught in parables; he said,

8  You call to mind the words of yesterday about the coming of the son
of man. Now, you shall teach to other men what I have spoken and am
speaking unto you;

9  Teach them to pray and not to faint; to be prepared at every moment
of the day, for when they least expect him, then the Lord will come.

10  A man went to a distant land and left his house and all his wealth
in care of servants; five to guard his house and five to guard his
barns and herds.

11  The servants waited long for his return, but he came not, and they
grew careless in their work; some spent their time in revelings and
drunkenness, and some slept at their posts.

12  And night by night the robbers came and carried off the wealth from
house and barn, and drove away the choicest of the herds.

13  And when they knew that much of all the wealth that they were left
to guard had been purloined, they said,

14  We cannot be to blame; if we had known the day and hour when our
lord would come again we would have guarded well his wealth, and
suffered not the thieves to carry it away; he surely is at fault
because he told us not.

15  But after many days the lord returned, and when he knew that
thieves had robbed him of his wealth, he called his servants and he
said to them,

16  Because you have neglected what was given you to do, have spent
your time in revelings and sleep, behold you all are debtors unto me.

17  What I have lost by your neglect, you owe to me. And then he gave
them heavy tasks to do, and bound them to their posts with chains,
where they remained till they had paid for all the goods their lord
had lost through their neglect.

18  Another man locked up his wealth and went to sleep, and in the
night time robbers came, unlocked his doors, and when they saw no
guard, they entered in and carried off his wealth.

19  And when the man awoke and found his doors ajar and all his
treasures gone, he said, If I had known the hour when the thieves
would come I would have been on guard.

20  Beware, my friends, beware! and be prepared at every hour, and if
your Lord shall come at midnight or at dawn, it matters not, for he
will find you ready to receive.

21  And then, behold, a marriage was announced, and virgins, ten of
them, were set apart to meet the bridegroom when he came.

22  The virgins clothed themselves in proper garbs, and took their
lamps and sat in waiting for the watch to say, Behold, the bridegroom
comes!

23  Now, five were wise; they filled their lamps with oil; and five
were foolish, for they carried empty lamps.

24  The groom came not at the expected time; the virgins were a-weary
with their watch and slept.

25  At midnight came the cry, Behold, the bridegroom comes!

26  The virgins rose; the wise ones quickly trimmed their lamps and
went forth ready to receive the groom.

27  The foolish virgins said, We have no oil, our lamps burn not.

28  They sought to borrow from the wise, who said, We have no oil to
spare; Go to the merchantmen and buy and fill your lamps and then come
forth to meet the groom.

29  But while they went to purchase oil, the bridegroom came; the
virgins who were ready with their lamps all trimmed went with him to
the marriage feast.

30  And when the foolish virgins came the door was shut, and though
they knocked and called aloud, the door was opened not.

31  The master of the feast exclaimed, I know you not! and in disgrace
the virgins went their way.

32  Again I say to you, and you shall say to them who follow you,

33  Be ready every moment of the day and night, because when you expect
him not, the Lord will come.

34  Behold, when he will come with all his messengers of light, the
Book of Life, and that of Records, shall be opened up--the books in
which the thoughts and words and deeds are written down.

35  And every one can read the records he has written for himself, and
he will know his doom before the judge shall speak, and this will be
the sifting time.

36  According to their records men will find their own.

37  The judge is Righteousness, the king of all the earth, and he will
separate the multitudes as shepherds separate the sheep and goats.

38  The sheep will find their places on the right, the goats upon the
left, and every man will know his place.

39  And then the judge will say, to those upon the right, You blessed
of the Father-God, come unto your inheritance, which was prepared for
you from times of old.

40  You have been servants of the race; and I was hungry and you gave
me bread; was thirsty and you gave me drink; was naked and you gave me
clothes;

41  Was sick, you ministered to me; and was in prison and you came to
me with words of cheer; I was a stranger and in your homes I found a
home.

42  Then will the righteous say, When did we see you hungry, thirsty,
sick, imprisoned or a stranger at our gates and ministered to you?

43  And then the judge will say, You served the sons of men, and
whatsoever you have done for these, that you have done for me.

44  The judge will say to those upon the left, Depart from me; you have
not served the sons of men.

45  I was hungry and you gave me naught to eat; was thirsty and you
gave me naught to drink; I was a stranger and you drove me from your
door; I was imprisoned and was sick, you did not minister to me.

46  Then these will say, When did we thus neglect to care for you? When
did we see you hungry, thirsty, sick, a stranger or in prison and did
not minister to you?

47  And then the judge will say, Your life was full of self; you served
the self and not your fellow man, and when you slighted one of these,
you slighted and neglected me.

48  Then will the righteous have the kingdom and the power, and they
who are unrighteous shall go forth to pay their debts, to suffer all
that men have suffered at their hands.

49  They who have ears to hear and hearts to understand will comprehend
these parables.

50  When he had finished all these parables he said, You know that in
two days the great passover feast will come, and lo, the son of man
will be betrayed into the hands of wicked men.

51  And he will give his life upon the cross, and men will know that
he, the son of man, is son of God.

52  Then Jesus and the twelve returned to Bethany.



SECTION XVIII.

TZADDI.

_The Arrest and Betrayal of Jesus._


CHAPTER 159.

    _The Christines attend a feast in Simon’s house. Mary anoints
      the master with a costly balm, and Judas and others rebuked
      her for profligacy. Jesus defends her. The rulers of the Jews
      employ Ananias to arrest Jesus. Ananias bribes Judas to aid
      him._

Bar-Simon, who was once a leper and was cleansed by Jesus by the
sacred Word, abode in Bethany.

2  In honor of the Christine Lord he gave a feast, and Lazarus was
among the guests, and Ruth and Martha served.

3  And as the guests reclined about the table, Mary took a cruse of
rich perfume and poured it out on Jesus’ head and feet.

4  And then she knelt and with her hair she wiped his feet; the odor of
the rich perfume filled all the room.

5  Now, Judas, always looking at the selfish side of life, exclaimed,
For shame! why did you waste that costly perfume thus?

6  We might have sold it for three hundred pence, and had the money to
supply our wants and feed the poor.

7  (Now, Judas was the treasurer, and carried all the money of the
Christine band.)

8  And others said, Why, Mary, what a profligate you are! you should
not throw such wealth away.

9  But Jesus said, You men, be still; let her alone; you know not what
you say.

10  The poor are with you constantly; at any time you can administer to
them; but I will not be with you long.

11  And Mary knows the sadness of the coming days; she has anointed me
beforehand for my burial.

12  The gospel of the Christ will everywhere be preached, and he who
tells the story of the Christ will tell about this day; and what was
done by Mary at this hour will be a sweet memorial to her wherever men
abide.

13  And when the feast was over Jesus went with Lazarus to his home.

14  Now, in Jerusalem the priests and Pharisees were busy with their
plans to seize the Lord and take his life.

15  The high priest called in counsel all the wisest men and said, This
deed must be accomplished in a secret way.

16  He must be taken when the multitudes are not a-near, else we may
cause a war; the common people may stand forth in his defense and thus
pollute this sacred place with human blood.

17  And what we do, that we must do before the great day of the feast.

18  And Ananias said, I have a plan that will succeed. The twelve with
Jesus every day go forth alone to pray;

19  And we will find their trysting place; then we can seize the man
and bring him here without the knowledge of the multitudes.

20  I know one of the twelve, a man who worships wealth, and for a sum
I think that he will lead the way to where the man is wont to pray.

21  And then Caiaphas said, If you will lead the way and bribe the man
of whom you speak, to aid in seizing Jesus in a secret place, then we
will give to you a hundred silver pieces for your hire.

22  And Ananias said, ’Tis well.

23  And then he went to Bethany and found the twelve at Simon’s house,
and calling Judas to the side he said,

24  If you would care to make a sum of money for yourself hear me:

25  The high priest and the other rulers in Jerusalem would like to
talk with Jesus when alone, that they may know about his claims;

26  And if he proves himself to be the Christ, lo, they will stand in
his defense.

27  Now, if you will but lead the way to where your master is tomorrow
night that they may send a priest to talk with him alone, there is a
sum of silver, thirty pieces, that the priests will give to you.

28  And Judas reasoned with himself; he said, It surely may be well to
give the Lord a chance to tell the priests about his claims when he is
all alone.

29  And if the priests would do him harm he has the power to disappear
and go his way as he has done before; and thirty pieces is a goodly
sum.

30  And so he said to Ananias, I will lead the way, and by a kiss make
known which person is the Lord.


CHAPTER 160.

    _Jesus and the twelve eat the passover alone in Nicodemus’
      house. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. Judas leaves the
      table and goes forth to betray the Lord. Jesus teaches the
      eleven. He institutes the Lord’s supper._

On Thursday morning Jesus called to him the twelve disciples, and
he said to them, This is God’s remembrance day, and we will eat the
pascal supper all alone.

2  And then he said to Peter, James and John, Go now into Jerusalem and
there prepare the pasch.

3  And the disciples said, Where would you have us go to find the place
where we may have the feast prepared?

4  And Jesus said, Go by the fountain gate and you will see a man who
has a pitcher in his hand. Speak unto him and say: This is the first
day of unleavened bread;

5  The Lord would have you set apart your banquet hall where he may eat
his last passover with the twelve.

6  Fear not to speak; the man whom you will see is Nicodemus, a ruler
of the Jews, and yet a man of God.

7  And the disciples went and found the man as Jesus said, and
Nicodemus hastened to his home; the banquet hall, an upper room, was
set apart, the supper was prepared.

8  Now, in the afternoon the Lord and his disciples went up to
Jerusalem and found the feast in readiness.

9  And when the hour had come to eat the feast, the twelve began to
strive among themselves, each anxious to secure the honored seats.

10  And Jesus said, My friends, would you contend for self just as the
shadows of this night of gloom comes on?

11  There is no honored seat at heaven’s feast except for him who
humbly takes the lowest seat.

12  And then the Lord arose and took a basin full of water and a towel,
and bowing down, he washed the feet of all the twelve and dried them
with the towel.

13  He breathed upon them and he said, And may these feet walk in the
ways of righteousness forevermore.

14  He came to Peter and was about to wash his feet, and Peter said,
Lord, would you wash my feet?

15  And Jesus said, You do not comprehend the meaning of the thing I
do, but you will comprehend.

16  And Peter said, My master, no, you shall not stoop to wash my feet.

17  And Jesus said, My friend, if I wash not your feet you have no part
with me.

18  And Peter said, Then, O my Lord, wash both my feet, my hands, my
head.

19  And Jesus said to him, He who has taken first his bath is clean,
and has no need to wash, except his feet.

20  The feet are truly symbols of the understanding of the man, and he
who would be clean must, in the living stream of life, wash well his
understanding every day.

21  Then Jesus sat with his disciples at the table of the feast and
said, Behold the lesson of the hour:

22  You call me master; such I am. If, then, your Lord and master kneel
and wash your feet, should you not wash each other’s feet and thus
show forth your willingness to serve?

23  You know these things, and if you do them, blessed thrice are you.

24  And then he said, This is an hour when I can truly praise the name
of God, for I have greatly wished to eat with you this feast before I
pass the veil;

25  For I will eat it not again until anew I eat it with you in the
kingdom of our Father-God.

26  And then they sung the Hebrew song of praise that Jews were wont to
sing before the feast.

27  And then they ate the pasch and as they ate, the master said,
Behold, for one of you will turn away this night and will betray me
into wicked hands.

28  And the disciples were amazed at what he said; they looked into
each other’s face in wonderment; they all exclaimed, Lord, is it I?

29  And Peter said to John, who sat beside the Lord, To whom does he
refer?

30  And John put forth his hand and touched the master’s hand and said,
Which one of us is so depraved as to betray his Lord?

31  And Judas said, Lord, is it I?

32  And Jesus said, He is the one who now has put his hand with mine
into the dish. They looked, and Judas’ hand was with the hand of Jesus
in the dish.

33  And Jesus said, The prophets cannot fail; the son of man must be
betrayed, but woe to him who shall betray his Lord.

34  And from the table Judas rose at once; his hour had come.

35  And Jesus said to him, Do quickly what you are to do. And Judas
went his way.

36  And when the pasch was done the Lord with the eleven sat a while in
silent thought.

37  Then Jesus took a loaf of bread that had been broken not and said,
This loaf is symbol of my body, and the bread is symbol of the bread
of life;

38  And as I break this loaf, so shall my flesh be broken as a pattern
for the sons of men; for men must freely give their bodies up in
willing sacrifice for other men.

39  And as you eat this bread, so shall you eat the bread of life, and
never die. And then he gave to each a piece of bread to eat.

40  And then he took a cup of wine and said, Blood is the life; this is
the life-blood of the grape; it is the symbol of the life of him who
gives his life for men.

41  And as you drink this wine, if you shall drink in faith, you drink
the life of Christ.

42  And then he supped and passed the cup, and the disciples supped;
and Jesus said, This is the feast of life, the great passover of the
son of man, the Supper of the Lord, and you shall often eat the bread
and drink the wine.

43  From henceforth shall this bread be called Remembrance bread; this
wine shall be Remembrance wine; and when you eat this bread and drink
this wine remember me.


CHAPTER 161.

    _Jesus teaches the eleven. Tells them that they will all be
      estranged from him, and that Peter will deny him thrice
      before the morning. He speaks final words of encouragement.
      Promises the Comforter._

Now, after Judas had gone forth to meet the emissaries of the priests
and to betray his Lord,

2  The master said, The hour has come, the son of man will now be
glorified.

3  My little children, I am with you yet a little while; soon you will
seek me and will find me not, for where I go you cannot come.

4  I give to you a new command: As I love you and give my life for you,
so shall you love the world, and give your life to save the world.

5  Love one another as you love yourselves, and then the world will
know that you are sons of God, disciples of the son of man whom God
has glorified.

6  And Peter said, Lord, where you go there I will go, for I would lay
my life down for my Lord.

7  And Jesus said, Boast not of bravery, my friend; you are not strong
enough tonight to follow me.

8  Now, Peter, hear! you will deny me thrice before the cock shall crow
tomorrow morn.

9  And then he looked upon the eleven and said, You all will be
estranged from me this night.

10  The prophet said, Lo, he will smite the shepherd of the sheep; the
sheep will flee and hide away.

11  But after I am risen from the dead, lo, you will come again, and I
will go before you into Galilee.

12  And Peter said, My Lord, though every other man forsake you I will
not.

13  And Jesus said, O Simon Peter, lo, your zeal is greater than your
fortitude! Behold, for Satan cometh up to sift you as a pan of wheat,
but I have prayed that in your faith you shall not fail; that after
trial you may stand a tower of strength.

14  And the disciples all exclaimed, There is no power on earth that
can estrange, or cause us to deny our Lord.

15  And Jesus said, Let not your hearts be sad; you all believe in God;
believe in me.

16  Behold, for there are many mansions in my Fatherland. If there were
not I would have told you so.

17  I go unto my Fatherland, and will prepare a place for you that
where I am there you may be. But now you do not know the way unto my
Fatherland.

18  And Thomas said, We do not know where you intend to go; how could
we know the way?

19  And Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, the life; I manifest the
Christ of God. No man can reach my Fatherland except he comes with me
through Christ.

20  If you had known and comprehended me, then you would know my
Father-God.

21  And Philip said, Show us the Father and we will be satisfied.

22  And Jesus said, Have I been with you all these years and still you
know me not?

23  He who has seen the son has seen the Father, for in the son the
Father has revealed himself.

24  Lo, I have told you many times that what I speak and what I do are
not the words and works of man;

25  They are the words and works of God, who lives in me and I in him.

26  Hear me, you faithful men: He who believes in me and in my
Father-God shall say and do what I have said and done.

27  Yea, more, he shall do greater works than I have ever done, because
I go to him whose works we do, and then I can reach forth my hand in
helpfulness.

28  And in my name, through Christ, you may petition God and he will
grant you your request.

29  Do you believe what I have said? Yes, you believe, and if you love
the Christ and follow me then you will keep my words.

30  I am the vine; you are the branches of the vine; my Father is the
husbandman,

31  The branches that are worthless, bearing naught but leaves, the
husbandman will cut away and cast into the fire to be burned.

32  And he will prune the branches that bear fruit that they may yield
abundantly.

33  The branch cannot bear fruit if separated from the vine; and you
cannot bear fruit when separate from me.

34  Abide in me, and do the works that God, through me, has taught you
how to do, and you will bear much fruit, and God will honor you as he
has honored me.

35  And now I go my way, but I will pray my Father-God and he will send
another Comforter to you, who will abide with you.

36  Behold, this Comforter of God, the Holy Breath, is one with God,
but she is one the world cannot receive because it sees her not; it
knows her not.

37  But you know her, and will know her, because she will abide within
your soul.

38  I will not leave you desolate, but in the Christ, which is the love
of God made manifest to men, I will be with you all the way.


CHAPTER 162.

    _Jesus reveals more fully the mission of the Holy Breath. Tells
      his disciples plainly that he is about to die, and they are
      sad. He prays for them and all the world of believers. They
      leave the banquet hall._

Now, John was deeply grieved because the master said, I go away, and
where I go you cannot come.

2  He wept and said, Lord, I would go with you through every trial and
to death.

3  And Jesus said, And you shall follow me through trials and through
death; but now you cannot go where I will go; but you shall come.

4  And Jesus spoke again unto the eleven and said, Grieve not because
I go away, for it is best that I should go away. If I go not the
Comforter will not come to you.

5  These things I speak while with you in the flesh, but when the Holy
Breath shall come in power, lo, she will teach you more and more, and
bring to your remembrance all the words that I have said to you.

6  There are a multitude of things yet to be said; things that this age
cannot receive, because it cannot comprehend.

7  But, lo, I say, Before the great day of the Lord shall come, the
Holy Breath will make all mysteries known--

8  The mysteries of the soul, of life, of death, of immortality; the
oneness of a man with every other man and with his God.

9  Then will the world be led to truth, and man will be the truth.

10  When she has come, the Comforter, she will convince the world of
sin, and of the truth of what I speak, and of the rightness of the
judgment of the just; and then the prince of carnal life will be cast
out.

11  And when the Comforter shall come I need not intercede for you; for
you will stand approved, and God will know you then as he knows me.

12  The hour has come when you will weep; the wicked will rejoice,
because I go away; but I will come again, and all your sorrows shall
be turned to joy;

13  Yea, verily, you will rejoice as one who welcomes back a brother
from the dead.

14  And the disciples said, Our Lord, speak not in proverbs any more;
speak plainly unto us; we know that you are wise and know all things.

15  What is the meaning of your words, I go away, but I will come again?

16  And Jesus said, The hour is come when you will all be scattered
forth, and every man will be afraid;

17  Will flee to save his life and leave me all alone; yet I will not
be all alone; my Father-God is with me all the way.

18  And wicked men will take me to the judgment seat of wicked men, and
in the presence of the multitudes I will give up my life, a pattern
for the sons of men.

19  But I will rise again and come to you.

20  These things I speak that you may be established in the faith when
they shall come to pass.

21  And you shall bear the buffetings of men, and follow in the thorny
path I tread.

22  Be not dismayed; be of good cheer. Lo, I have overcome the world,
and you shall overcome the world.

23  Then Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, My Father-God,
the hour has come;

24  The son of man must now be lifted from the earth, and may he falter
not, that all the world may know the power of sacrifice;

25  For as I give my life for men, lo, men must give their lives for
other men.

26  I came to do thy will, O God, and in the sacred name, the Christ is
glorified, that men may see the Christ as life, as light, as love, as
truth,

27  And through the Christ become themselves the life, the light, the
love, the truth.

28  I praise thy name because of these whom thou hast given me, for
they have honored thee and they will honor thee;

29  And none of them are lost, and none are gone away, except the
blinded son of carnal life, who hath gone forth to sell his Lord.

30  O God, forgive this man, because he knows not what he does.

31  And now, O God, I come to thee, and am no more in mortal life; keep
thou these men to whom I have made known thy wisdom and thy love.

32  As they believe in me, and in the words I speak, may all the world
believe in them and in the words they speak.

33  As thou hast sent me forth into the world, so I have sent them
forth. I pray that thou wouldst honor them as thou hast honored me.

34  I do not pray that thou wouldst take them from the world, but that
they may be guarded from the evil of the world, and not be subject to
temptations that are too great for them to bear.

35  They once were of the world, but now are of the world no more, as I
am of the world no more.

36  Thy word is truth, O God, and by thy word let them be sanctified.

37  I do not pray for these alone, O God; I also pray for all who will
believe on me, and will accept the Christ because of what they do and
say, that they may all be one.

38  As I am one with thee, and thou art one with me, may they be one
with us,

39  That all the world may know that thou hast sent me forth to do thy
will, and that thou lovest them as thou hast ever loved me.

40  When Jesus had thus said, they sung the Jewish song of praise, and
then arose and went their way.


CHAPTER 163.

    _Jesus visits Pilate, who urges him to flee from the country to
      save his life. Jesus refuses to do so. He meets his disciples
      in Massalian’s orchard. The scene in Gethsemane. The Jewish
      mob led by Judas appears._

As Jesus and the eleven went out, a Roman guard approached and said,
All hail! Is one of you the man from Galilee?

2  And Peter said, We all are men from Galilee; whom do you seek?

3  The guard replied, I seek for Jesus, who is called the Christ.

4  And Jesus answered, Here am I.

5  The guard spoke out and said, I do not come in an official way; I
bear to you a message from the governor.

6  Jerusalem is all alive with vengeful Jews who swear that they will
take your life, and Pilate would confer with you, and he would have
you come to him without delay.

7  And Jesus said to Peter and the rest, Go to the vale, and by the
Kidron wait for me, and I will go alone and see the governor.

8  And Jesus went up with the guard, and when he reached the palace,
Pilate met him at the gate and said,

9  Young man, I have a word to say that may be well for you. I have
observed your works and words three years and more;

10  And I have often stood in your defense when your own countrymen
would fain have stoned you as a criminal.

11  But now the priests, the scribes and Pharisees have stirred the
common people to a stage of frenzied wantonness and cruelty, and they
intend to take your life,

12  Because, they say, that you have sworn to tear their temple down;
to change the laws that Moses gave; to exile Pharisee and priest and
seat yourself upon a throne.

13  And they aver that you are full in league with Rome.

14  The streets of all Jerusalem are filled this moment with a horde of
madmen all intent to shed your blood.

15  There is no safety for you but in flight; wait not until the
morning sun. You know the way to reach the border of this cursed land.

16  I have a little band of guards, well horsed and armed, and they
will take you out beyond the reach of harm.

17  You must not tarry here, young man, you must arise and go.

18  And Jesus said, A noble prince has Cæsar in his Pilate Pontius, and
from the point of carnal man your words are seasoned with the wise
man’s salt; but from the point of Christ your words are foolishness.

19  The coward flees when danger comes; but he who comes to seek and
save the lost must give his life in willing sacrifice for those he
comes to seek and save.

20  Before the pasch has been consumed, lo, all this nation will be
cursed by shedding blood of innocence; and even now the murderers are
at the door.

21  And Pilate said, It shall not be; the sword of Rome will be
unsheathed to save your life.

22  And Jesus said, Nay, Pilate, nay; there are no armies large enough
in all the world to save my life.

23  And Jesus bade the governor farewell, and went his way; but Pilate
sent a double guard with him lest he should fall into the hands of
those who were alert to take his life.

24  But in a moment Jesus disappeared; the guards saw him no more, and
in a little while he reached the brook of Kidron where the eleven were.

25  Now, just beyond the brook there was an orchard and a home where
one, Massalian, lived, where Jesus oft had been.

26  Massalian was his friend, and he believed that Jesus was the Christ
that Jewish prophets long ago had said would come.

27  Now, in the orchard was a sacred knoll; Massalian called the place
Gethsemane.

28  The night was dark, but in the orchard it was doubly dark and Jesus
bade the eight disciples tarry by the brook,

29  While he, with Peter, James and John went to Gethsemane to pray.

30  They sat beneath an olive tree, and Jesus opened up the mysteries
of life to Peter, James and John. He said,

31  The Spirit of eternity is One unmanifest; and this is God the
Father, God the Mother, God the Son in One.

32  In life of manifests the One became the Three, and God the Father
is the God of might; and God the Mother is omniscient God, and God the
Son is love.

33  And God the Father is the power of heaven and earth; and God the
Mother is the Holy Breath, the thought of heaven and earth; and God
the Son, the only son, is Christ, and Christ is love.

34  I came as man to manifest this love to men,

35  As man I have been subject unto all the trials and temptations of
the human race; but I have overcome the flesh, with all its passions
and its appetites.

36  What I have done all men can do.

37  And I am now about to demonstrate the power of man to conquer
death; for every man is God made flesh.

38  I will lay down my life, and I will take it up again, that you may
know the mysteries of life, of death, and of the resurrection of the
dead.

39  I lay me down in flesh, but I will rise in spirit form with power
to manifest myself so mortal eyes can see.

40  So in a trinity of days I will show forth the all of life, the all
of death, the meaning of the resurrection of the dead.

41  And what I do all men can do.

42  And you, my three, who constitute the inner circle of the Church of
Christ, will show to men the attributes of all the Gods.

43  And Peter shall make known the Power of God; and James shall show
the Thought of God; and John shall demonstrate the Love of God.

44  Be not afraid of men, for you have been sent forth to do the mighty
works of God the Father, God the Mother, God the Son.

45  And all the powers of carnal life cannot destroy your life until
your work is done.

46  I leave you now, and I will go out in the darkness all alone and
talk with God.

47  By sorrow I am overwhelmed. I leave you here to watch with me.

48  Then Jesus went three hundred cubits toward the east, and fell upon
his face and prayed; he said,

49  My God! my God! is there a way by which I may escape the horrors of
the coming hours? My human flesh shrinks back; my soul is firm; so not
my will, but thine, O God, be done.

50  In agony he prayed; the strain upon the human form was great; his
veins were burst asunder, and his brow was bathed in blood.

51  And then he went back to the three, and found them all asleep; he
said,

52  O Simon, Simon, do you sleep! Could you not watch with me a single
hour? Be vigilant, and watch and pray that your temptations be not too
great for you to bear.

53  I know the spirit is alert and willing; but the flesh is weak.

54  And then he went again and prayed, O Father, God! if I must drink
this bitter cup, give me the strength of body, as I have the strength
of soul; for not my will, but thine be done.

55  And when he went again to his disciples; lo, he found them still
asleep. He wakened them and said to James,

56  Have you been sleeping while your master has been wrestling with
the greatest foe of men? Could you not watch with me a single hour?

57  And then he went again and prayed. O God, I yield to thee; thy will
be done.

58  And then again he went back to the three, and still they slept. He
said to John,

59  With all the love you have for me, could you not watch with me a
single hour?

60  And then he said, It is enough; the hour has come, and my betrayer
is at hand; arise and let us go.

61  And when they came again to Kidron, lo, the eight disciples were
asleep, and Jesus said, You men, awake; behold, for the betrayer of
the son of man is come.


CHAPTER 164.

    _Judas betrays his Lord with a kiss. Jesus is seized by the mob
      and the disciples flee to save their lives. Jesus is taken
      unto Jerusalem. Peter and John follow the mob._

The Lord with the eleven were in the orchard of Massalian, and as they
talked they saw a band of men with lanterns and with swords and clubs
approaching them.

2  And Jesus said, Behold the emissaries of the evil one! and Judas
leads the way.

3  And the disciples said, Lord, let us flee to save our lives.

4  But Jesus said, Why should we flee to save our lives when this is
the fulfillment of the words of prophets and of seers?

5  And Jesus went alone to meet the men; and as they came he said, Why
are you here, you men? whom do you seek?

6  And they replied, We seek the man from Galilee. We seek for Jesus,
one who calls himself the Christ.

7  And Jesus answered, Here am I.

8  And then he raised his hands and with a mighty thought he brought
the ethers to the state of light; and all the orchard was aglow with
light.

9  The frenzied men were driven back and many fled and tarried not
until they reached Jerusalem; and others fell upon their faces on the
ground.

10  The bravest men, and they with hardest hearts, remained, and when
the light had paled, the Lord again inquired, Whom do you seek?

11  And Ananias said, We seek the man from Galilee; we seek for Jesus,
he who calls himself the Christ.

12  And Jesus answered him and said, I told you once before; but now I
tell you once again that I am he.

13  By Ananias, Judas stood; but in a moment he had gone and coming up
behind the Lord he said, My Lord; and then he kissed him as a sign
that he was Jesus whom they sought.

14  And Jesus said, Do you, Iscariot, come and thus betray your master
with a kiss?

15  This thing must need be done; but woe to him who does betray his
Lord.

16  Your carnal greed has seared your conscience and you know not what
you do; but in a little time your conscience will assert itself, and
in remorse, lo, you will close your span and take your life.

17  Then the eleven came, laid hold of Judas and would have done him
harm; but Jesus said,

18  You must not harm this man; you have no right to judge this man;
his conscience is his judge, will sentence him and he will execute
himself.

19  And then the mob led on by Malchus, servant of Caiaphas, laid hold
of Jesus, and was binding him with chains.

20  And Jesus said, Why do you come in dead of night with swords and
clubs to take me in this sacred place?

21  Have I not spoken in the public places of Jerusalem? Have I not
healed your sick, and opened up your blinded eyes, and made your lame
to walk, your deaf to hear? You could have found me any day.

22  And now you try to bind me down with chains; what are these chains
but links of reeds? And then he raised his hands; the chains were
broken and they fell to earth.

23  And Malchus thought the Lord would flee to save his life, and with
a club he fain would smite him in the face.

24  But Peter had a sword, and rushing up he smote the man and wounded
him.

25  But Jesus said, Stay, Peter, stay; put up your sword; you are not
called to fight with swords and clubs. Whoever wields the sword shall
perish by the sword.

26  I do not need protection by the sons of men, for I could call this
moment and a legion, yea, twelve legions of the messengers of God,
would come and stand in my defense; but then it is not well.

27  And then he said to Malchus, Man, I would not have you harmed.
And then he laid his hand upon the wound that Peter made, and it was
healed.

28  Then Jesus said, Be not concerned lest I should tear myself away
from you and flee to save my life. I have no wish to save my life; do
with me as you wish.

29  And then the mob rushed up to seize the eleven to take them back to
stand for trial as the aids of Jesus in his crimes.

30  But the disciples, every one of them, deserted Jesus, and they fled
to save their lives.

31  Now, John was last to flee; the mob laid hold of him and tore his
garments all to shreds; but he escaped in nakedness.

32  Massalian saw the man, and took him to his home and gave him other
clothes; and then he followed after them who led the Lord away.

33  And Peter was ashamed because of his weak cowardice, and when he
was himself again he joined with John and followed close behind the
mob, and came into Jerusalem.



SECTION XIX.

KOPH.

_The Trial and Execution of Jesus._


CHAPTER 165.

    _Jesus before Caiaphas. Peter denies his Lord thrice. The
      indictment, signed by seven ruling Jews. A hundred perjured
      witnesses testify to the truth of the charges._

Caiaphas was the high priest of the Jews; the mob led Jesus to his
palace hall.

2  The court had been convened, and all the galleries were packed with
scribes and Pharisees already sworn as witnesses against the Lord.

3  The maid who kept the palace door knew John, and this disciple asked
that he and Peter be admitted to the hall.

4  The maid permitted them to enter in, and John went in; but Peter was
afraid and tarried in the outer court.

5  The woman said to Peter, as he stood beside the door, Are you a
follower of this man from Galilee?

6  And Peter said, No, I am not.

7  The men who had brought Jesus to the hall sat by a fire in the outer
court, because the night was cool, and Peter sat with them.

8  Another maid who waited in the place saw Peter and she said to him,
You surely are from Galilee; your speech is that of Galilee; you are a
follower of this man.

9  And Peter said, I know not what you mean; I do not even know this
man.

10  And then a servant of Caiaphas, one of those who seized the Lord
and brought him to the court, saw Peter and he said to him,

11  Did I not see you in the orchard of Massalian with this seditious
Nazarene? I’m sure I did, and you are one of those who followed him.

12  Then Peter rose and stamped upon the floor, and swore by every
sacred thing, that he knew not the criminal.

13  Now, John was standing near and when he heard the words and knew
that Peter had denied his Lord, he looked at him in sheer astonishment.

14  Just then a cock crew loud beneath the court, and Peter called to
mind the words the Lord had said,

15  Before the cock shall crow tomorrow morn you will deny me thrice.

16  And Peter’s conscience smote him heavily, and he went out into the
night and wept.

17  Caiaphas sat in state; before him stood the man from Galilee.

18  Caiaphas said, You people of Jerusalem, who is the man that you
accuse?

19  They answered: In the name of every loyal Jew we do accuse this man
from Galilee, this Jesus, who assumes to be our king, as enemy of God
and man.

20  Caiaphas said to Jesus, Man, you are permitted now to speak and
tell about your doctrines and your claims.

21  And Jesus said, You priest of carnal man, why do you ask about my
words and works?

22  Lo, I have taught the multitudes in every public place; I have
restored your sick to health: have opened up your blinded eyes; have
caused your deaf to hear, your lame to walk, and I have brought your
dead to life again.

23  My works have not been done in secret place but in your public
halls and thoroughfares.

24  Go ask the people, who have not been bought with gold or glittering
promises, to tell about my words and works.

25  When Jesus had thus said a Jewish guard came up and smote him in
the face and said, How dare you speak thus unto him, the high priest
of the Jews?

26  And Jesus said, If I have spoken falsely bear witness unto what I
say; if I have told the truth why did you smite me thus?

27  And then Caiaphas said, What’er you do, do in a legal way, for we
must answer to a higher court for everything we do or say.

28  Let the accusers of this man present their charges in a legal form.

29  And then Caiaphas’ scribe stood forth and said, I have the
accusations here in legal form; the charges made and signed by scribes
and priests and Pharisees.

30  Caiaphas said, Be still, you men, and hear the charges read. The
scribe took up a roll and read:

31  To the Sanhedrim of the Jews and to Caiaphas the high priest, most
honored men:

32  The highest duty man can render to his nation and his own is to
protect them from their foes.

33  The people of Jerusalem are conscious that a mighty foe is in their
very midst.

34  A man named Jesus has come forth and claims to be the heir to
David’s throne.

35  As an impostor he is foe, and in the name of every loyal Jew we
here submit these charges, which we are competent to prove:

36  And first, he blasphemes God; he says he is the son of God; that he
and God are one;

37  And he profanes our holy days by healing, and by doing other work
upon the Sabbath days;

38  And he proclaims himself the king, successor of our David and our
Solomon;

39  And he declares that he will tear our temple down and build it up
again in form more glorious in three days;

40  And he declares that he will drive the people from Jerusalem, as he
drove out the merchants from the temple court; and bring to occupy our
sacred hills a tribe of men that know not God;

41  And he avers that every doctor, scribe and Pharisee and Sadducee,
shall go in exile, and shall nevermore return;

42  And to these charges we do set our hands and seals.

  Annas.
  Abinadab.
  Joash.
  Simon.
  Annanias.
  Azaniah.
  Hezekiah.

43  Now, when the scribe had read the charges, all the people called
for blood; they said, Let such a wretch be stoned; let him be
crucified.

44  Caiaphas said, You men of Israel, do you sustain the charges of
these men?

45  A hundred men who had been bribed, stood forth to testify; they
swore that every charge was true.

46  Caiaphas said to Jesus, Man, have you a word to say? are you the
son of God?

47  And Jesus said, So you have said; and then he said no more.


CHAPTER 166.

    _Jesus before the Sanhedrim. Nicodemus pleads for justice; he
      shows the incompetency of the witnesses. The council fail
      to declare Jesus guilty, but Caiaphas, the presiding judge,
      declares him guilty. The mob maltreat Jesus. He is taken to
      Pilate’s court._

When Jesus would not speak, Caiaphas stood before the Jewish mob and
said,

2  Bind fast the prisoner, for he must go before the great Sanhedrim of
the Jews to answer for his life.

3  We cannot execute a criminal until our findings have been verified
by this, the highest council of the Jews.

4  As soon as it was day the highest council of the people met; the
Lord and his accusers stood before the bar.

5  Caiaphas was the chief; he rose and said, Let the accusers of this
man from Galilee bring forth their charges and their evidence.

6  Caiaphas’ scribe stood forth and read the charges and the names of
those who had accused the man from Galilee.

7  And all the witnesses were made to stand and testify before the
council of the Jews.

8  And then the lawyers weighed the evidence, and Nicodemus stood among
the men who plead.

9  He raised his hands and said, Let justice now be done, though every
scribe and Pharisee and priest and Sadducee, as well as Jesus, the
accused, be judged a liar.

10  If we can prove this Jesus to be foe and traitor to our laws and
land, let him be judged a criminal and suffer for his crimes.

11  If it be proved that these who testify are perjurers in the sight
of God and man, then let them be adjudged as criminals, and let the
man from Galilee go free.

12  And then he brought the testimonies of the witnesses before the
judges of the law; no two of them agreed. In heat of passion, or for
gain, the men had testified.

13  The council would have gladly judged that Jesus was a criminal and
sentence him to death; but in the face of all the evidence they were
afraid.

14  And then Caiaphas said, You man from Galilee, Before the living
God, I now command that you shall answer me, Are you the Christ, the
son of God?

15  And Jesus said, If I would answer, Yes, you would not hear, nor yet
believe,

16  If I would answer, No, I would be like your witnesses, and stand a
liar in the sight of man and God. But this I say,

17  The time will come when you will see the son of man upon the throne
of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.

18  And then Caiaphas rent his clothes and said, Have you not heard
enough? Did you not hear his vile blasphemous words? What further need
have we of witnesses? What shall we do with him?

19  The people said, Put him to death. And then the mob rushed up and
spit into his face, and struck him with their hands.

20  And then they bound a cloth about his eyes and smote him in the
face and said, You are a prophet; tell us who it was who smote you in
the face.

21  And Jesus answered not and like a lamb before his shearer he, the
man from Galilee, resisted not.

22  Caiaphas said, We cannot put a man to death until the Roman ruler
shall confirm the sentence of this court;

23  So take this criminal away and Pilate will endorse what we have
done.

24  And then was Jesus dragged along the way up to the palace of the
Roman governor.


CHAPTER 167.

    _Jesus before Pilate. Is pronounced not guilty. Jesus before
      Herod and is tortured and returned to Pilate, who again
      declares him innocent. The Jews demand his death. Pilate’s
      wife urges her husband to have nothing to do with the
      punishment of Jesus. Pilate weeps._

Into the palace of the Roman governor the Jews would enter not lest
they become defiled and be unworthy to attend the feast; but they led
Jesus to the palace court, and Pilate met them there.

2  And Pilate said, Why this commotion in the early day? What is your
prayer?

3  The Jews replied, We bring before you one, an evil and seditious man.

4  He has been tried before the highest council of the Jews and has
been proven traitor to our laws, our state and to the government of
Rome.

5  We pray that you will sentence him to death upon the cross.

6  And Pilate said, Why do you bring him unto me? Go to, and judge him
for yourselves.

7  You have a law, and by the sanction of the Roman law, you have a
right to judge and right to execute.

8  The Jews replied, We have no right to execute a man upon the cross,
and since this man is traitor to Tiberius, our counsellors believe
that he should meet the most humiliating death--the death upon the
cross.

9  But Pilate said, No man can be found guilty of a crime by Roman law
until the testimony all is in, and the accused has been permitted to
defend himself;

10  So I will take your bill of charges, with the evidence you have,
and judge by Roman law.

11  The Jews had made a copy of the accusations in the language of the
Roman court, and they had added to the bill:

12  We charge that Jesus is an enemy of Rome; that he demands that men
shall pay no tribute to Tiberius.

13  And Pilate took the bill; his guards led Jesus up the steps into
the palace hall.

14  And Jesus stood before the Roman governor, and Pilate read to him
the charges of the Jews, and said,

15  What is your answer to this bill? These charges, are they true or
false?

16  And Jesus said, Why should I plead before an earthly court? The
charges have been verified by perjured men; what need I say?

17  Yes, I am king; but carnal men cannot behold the king, nor see the
kingdom of the God; it is within.

18  If I had been a king as carnal man is king, my servants would have
stood in my defense, and I would not have willingly surrendered to the
minions of the Jewish law.

19  I have no testimony from the sons of men. God is my witness, and my
words and deeds bear witness to the truth;

20  And every man who comprehends the truth will hearken to my words,
and in his soul give witness unto me.

21  And Pilate said, What is the truth?

22  And Jesus said, Truth is the God who knows. It is the changeless
one. The Holy Breath is truth; she changes not and cannot pass away.

23  And Pilate went again unto the Jews and said, This man is guilty of
no crime; I cannot sentence him to death.

24  And then the Jews grew boisterous; they cried aloud and said, Our
council surely knows. The wisest men of all the land have found him
guilty of a score of crimes.

25  He would pervert the nation of the Jews; would overthrow the Roman
rule and make himself the king. He is a culprit come from Galilee; he
must be crucified.

26  And Pilate said, If Jesus is from Galilee he is a subject of the
governor of Galilee, who should be judge.

27  Now, Herod had come down from Galilee and with his suite was in
Jerusalem.

28  And Pilate sent to him the Lord in chains; he also sent a copy of
the charges, and of the testimonies of the Jews, and asked that he
would pass in judgment on the case.

29  And Herod said, I have heard much about this man and I am pleased
to see him in my court.

30  And then he asked the Lord about his claims, about his doctrines
and his aims.

31  And Jesus answered not a word; and Herod was enraged; he said, Do
you insult the ruler of the land by answering not?

32  And then he called his guards and said, Take you this man and
torture him until he answers me.

33  The guards took Jesus and they smote him; mocked him; wrapped him
in a royal robe; they made a crown of thorns and put it on his head;
they put a broken reed into his hands;

34  And then they said deridingly, All hail, thou royal king! Where are
your armies and your guards? Where are your subjects and your friends?

35  But Jesus answered not a word. Then Herod sent him back to Pilate
with this note of courtesy:

36  Most worthy counsellor of Rome, I have examined all the charges and
the testimonies that you sent to me regarding this seditious man from
Galilee, and while I might adjudge him guilty of the crimes as charged,

37  I yield to you my rights as judge, because you are superior to me
in power. I will approve of any judgment you may render in this case.

38  Now, Pilate and the tetrarch had been foes, but the experience of
this hour destroyed their enmity and they were friends in after days.

39  When Jesus had been brought again to Pilate’s court, the Roman
governor stood forth before the accusers of the Lord and said,

40  I cannot find this Nazarene to be a criminal as charged; there is
no evidence that he should suffer death; so I will scourge him well
and let him go.

41  The Jews cried angrily, It is not mete that such a dangerous man
should live; he must be crucified.

42  Then Pilate said, I bid you wait a little time. And then he went
into an inner room and sat in silent thought.

43  And as he mused his wife, a godly woman, chosen from among the
Gauls, came in and said,

44  I pray you, Pilate, hearken unto me: Beware of what you do this
hour. Touch not this man from Galilee; he is a holy man.

45  If you should scourge this man you scourge the son of God. Last
night I saw it all in vision far too vivid to be set aside as idle
dream.

46  I saw this man walk on the waters of the sea; I heard him speak and
calm an angry storm; I saw him flying with the wings of light;

47  I saw Jerusalem in blood; I saw the statues of the Cæsars fall; I
saw a veil before the sun, and day was dark as night.

48  The earth on which I stood was shaken like a reed before the wind.
I tell you, Pilate, if you bathe your hands in this man’s blood then
you may dread the frowns of great Tiberius, and the curses of the
senators of Rome.

49  And then she left, and Pilate wept.


CHAPTER 168.

    _Pilate’s final effort to release Jesus fails. He washes his
      hands in feigned innocence. Delivers Jesus to the Jews for
      execution. The Jewish soldiers drive him to Calvary._

A superstitious people are the Jews. They have a faith that they have
borrowed from the idol worshippers of other lands, that at the end of
every year,

2  They may heap all their sins upon the head of some man set apart to
bear their sins.

3  The man becomes a scapegoat for the multitudes; and they believe
that when they drive him forth into the wilds, or into foreign lands,
they are released from sin.

4  So every spring before the feast they chose a prisoner from the
prisons of the land, and by a form their own, they fain would make him
bear their sins away.

5  Among the Jewish prisoners in Jerusalem were three who were the
leaders of a vile, seditious band, who had engaged in thefts and
murders and rapine, and had been sentenced to be crucified.

6  Barabbas bar Jezia was among the men who were to die; but he was
rich and he had bought of priests the boon to be the scapegoat for the
people at the coming feast, and he was anxiously in waiting for his
hour to come.

7  Now, Pilate thought to turn this superstition to account to save the
Lord, and so he went again before the Jews and said,

8  You men of Israel, according to my custom I will release to you
today a prisoner who shall bear your sins away.

9  This man you drive into the wilds or into foreign lands, and you
have asked me to release Barabbas, who has been proven guilty of the
murder of a score of men.

10  Now, hear me men, Let Jesus be released and let Barabbas pay his
debt upon the cross; then you can send this Jesus to the wilds and
hear no more of him.

11  At what the ruler said the people were enraged, and they began to
plot to tear the Roman palace down and drive in exile Pilate, and his
household and his guards.

12  When Pilate was assured that civil war would follow if he heeded
not the wishes of the mob, he took a bowl of water and in the
presence of the multitude he washed his hands and said,

13  This man whom you accuse, is son of the most holy Gods, and I
proclaim my innocence.

14  If you would shed his blood, his blood is on your hands and not on
mine.

15  And then the Jews exclaimed, And let his blood be on our hands and
on our children’s hands.

16  And Pilate trembled like a leaf, in fear. Barabbas he released and
as the Lord stood forth before the mob the ruler said, Behold your
king! And would you put to death your king?

17  The Jews replied, He is no king; we have no king but great Tiberius.

18  Now, Pilate would not give consent that Roman soldiers should
imbue their hands in blood of innocence, and so the chief priests and
the Pharisees took counsel what to do with Jesus, who was called the
Christ.

19  Caiaphas said, We cannot crucify this man; he must be stoned to
death and nothing more.

20  And then the rabble said, Make haste! let him be stoned. And then
they led him forth toward the hill beyond the city’s gates, where
criminals were put to death.

21  The rabble could not wait until they reached the place of skulls.
As soon as they had passed the city’s gate, they rushed upon him,
smote him with their hands, they spit upon him, stoned him and he fell
upon the ground.

22  And one, a man of God, stood forth and said, Isaiah said, He shall
be bruised for our transgressions and by his stripes we shall be
healed.

23  As Jesus lay all bruised and mangled on the ground a Pharisee
called out, Stay, stay you men! behold, the guards of Herod come and
they will crucify this man.

24  And there beside the city’s gate they found Barabbas’ cross; and
then the frenzied mob cried out, Let him be crucified.

25  Caiaphas and the other ruling Jews came forth and gave consent.

26  And then they lifted Jesus from the ground, and at the point of
swords they drove him on.

27  A man named Simon, from Cyrene, a friend of Jesus, was a-near the
scene and since the bruised and wounded Jesus could not bear his
cross, they laid it on the shoulders of this man and made him bear it
on to Calvary.


CHAPTER 169.

    _Judas is filled with remorse. Hurries to the temple and throws
      the thirty pieces of silver at the feet of the priests who
      take it and buy a potter’s field. Judas hangs himself. His
      body is buried in the potter’s field._

Now, Judas who betrayed his Lord, was with the mob; but all the time
he thought that Jesus would assert his power and demonstrate the
strength of God that he possessed, and strike to earth the fiendish
multitudes and free himself;

2  But when he saw his master on the ground and bleeding from a score
of wounds, he said,

3  O God, what have I done? I have betrayed the son of God; the curse
of God will rest upon my soul.

4  And then he turned and ran with haste until he reached the temple
door; he found the priests, who gave to him the thirty silver pieces
to betray the Lord, and said,

5  Take back your bribe; it is the cost price of my soul; I have
betrayed the son of God.

6  The priests replied, That matters not to us.

7  Then Judas threw the silver on the floor, and, bowed with grief, he
went away, and on a ledge beyond the city’s walls he hanged himself
and died.

8  In time the fastenings gave way, his body fell into the Hinnon vale
and after many days they found it there a shapeless mass.

9  The rulers could not put the price of blood into the treasury,
and so they took the thirty silver pieces with which they bought a
potter’s field,

10  Where they might bury those who had no rights to lie within their
sacred burial grounds.

11  And there they put the body of the man who sold his Lord.


CHAPTER 170.

    _The crucifixion. Jesus prays for his murderers. Pilate puts
      an inscription above the cross. Jesus speaks words of
      encouragement to the penitent thief. Commits to John the care
      of his mother and Miriam. The soldiers divide his garments
      among themselves._

The Jewish mob pushed on toward Calvary and as they went the Marys,
Miriam, and other women not a few, were close beside the Lord.

2  They wept aloud. When Jesus saw them weeping and lamenting thus he
said,

3  Weep not for me, for though I go away, go through the gateway of the
cross, yet on the next day of the sun, lift up your hearts, for I will
meet you at the sepulchre.

4  The great procession came to Calvary. The Roman soldiers had already
bound the two state prisoners to the cross.

5  (They were not nailed, but simply bound.)

6  Four soldiers of the Roman guard that Herod brought from Galilee
were called to execute the orders of the court.

7  These were the men who had been set apart to torture Jesus and
secure from him confession of his guilt.

8  These were the men who scourged him, put a crown of thorns upon his
head, a broken reed into his hands, and wrapped him in a royal robe,
and bowed in mockery, before him as a king.

9  These soldiers took the Lord and stripped him, laid him on the cross
and would have bound him there with cords; but this would not suffice.

10  The cruel Jews were near with hammer and with nails; they cried,
not cords, but nails; drive fast the nails and hold him to the cross.

11  And then the soldiers took the nails and drove them through his
feet and hands.

12  They offered him a sedative to drink, a draught of vinegar and
myrrh; but he refused to drink the draught.

13  The soldiers had prepared a place in which to plant Barabbas’ cross
between the other criminals; and here they raised the cross of Jesus,
who was called the Christ;

14  And then the soldiers and the mob sat down to watch him die.

15  And Jesus said, My Father-God, forgive these men; they know not
what they do.

16  Now, Pilate had prepared a tablet to be placed upon the cross on
which was written in the tongues of Hebrew, Latin and the Greek these
words of truth: JESUS THE CHRIST, KING OF THE JEWS.

17  And this was placed upon the cross. The priests were angered when
they read these words upon the tablet of the cross.

18  And then they prayed that Pilate would not say, He is the Christ,
king of the Jews; but say, He claims to be the Christ, king of the
Jews.

19  But Pilate said, What I have written, I have written; let it stand.

20  The Jewish multitudes who saw the Lord upon the cross were wild
with joy; they said, All hail, fake king!

21  You who would tear the temple down and in three days would build it
up again, why don’t you save yourself?

22  If you are Christ, the son of God, come from the cross; then all
men will believe.

23  The priests and scribes and Pharisees looked on the scene and
scoffed; they said, He rescued others from the grave; why don’t he
save himself?

24  The Jewish soldiers and the Roman guards who came from Galilee were
loud in mocking and deriding him.

25  One of the other men upon the cross joined in the mockery; he said,
If you are Christ, you have the power; just speak the Word, and save
yourself and me.

26  The other man upon the cross rebuked the man; he said, You wretch!
have you no fear of God?

27  This man is innocent of any crime while you and I are guilty and
are paying up the debts we owe.

28  And then he said to Jesus, Lord, I know thy kingdom comes, the
kingdom that the world can never comprehend;

29  And when thou comest on the clouds of heaven, remember me.

30  And Jesus said, Behold, for I will meet you in the realm of souls
this day.

31  Now, standing near unto the cross were many women from Judea and
from Galilee. Among them were the mother of the Lord and Miriam,

32  And Mary, mother of the two apostles, James and John, and Mary
Magdalene, and Martha, Ruth and Mary, and Salome.

33  When Jesus saw his mother and the singer Miriam standing close
beside the cross and John a-near, he said to John,

34  In your most tender care I leave my mother and my sister Miriam.

35  And John replied, While they shall live my home shall be the home
of your thrice blessed mother and your sister Miriam.

36  According to a custom of the Jews, to those who were the
executioners of law and took the lives of criminals, belonged the
garments of the criminals.

37  So when the Lord was crucified, the Roman guards divided up among
themselves the garments of the Lord.

38  But when they found his coat it was a seamless coat and highly
prized.

39  For it the guards cast lots, and thus determined who should have
the prize.

40  And thus the scripture was fulfilled, which said, And they divided
all my robes among themselves, and for my vesture they cast lots.


CHAPTER 171.

    _Concluding scenes of the crucifixion. Joseph and Nicodemus,
      by consent of Pilate, take the body of Jesus from the cross
      and lay it in Joseph’s tomb. A guard of one hundred Jewish
      soldiers are placed about the sepulcher._

Now, at the sixth hour of the day, although the sun was at its height,
the day became as dark as night;

2  And men sought lanterns and they builded fires upon the hills that
they might see.

3  And when the sun refused to shine and darkness came, the Lord
exclaimed, _Heloi! Heloi! lama sabachthani?_ (Thou sun! thou sun! why
hast thou forsaken me?)

4  The people did not understand the words he spoke; they thought he
spoke the name Elijah and they said,

5  He calls upon Elijah in his hour of need; now we will see if he will
come.

6  And Jesus said, I thirst. A Roman soldier dipped a sponge in vinegar
and myrrh, and placed it to his lips.

7  Now, at the ninth hour of the day the earth began to quake, and in
the darkness of that sunless day, a flood of golden light appeared
above the cross;

8  And from the light a voice was heard which said, Lo, it is done.

9  And Jesus said, My Father-God, into thy hands I give my soul.

10  A Roman soldier in compassion said, This agony is all too great;
relief shall come. And with a spear he pierced his heart and it was
done; the son of man was dead.

11  And then the earth was shocked again; the city of Jerusalem rocked
to and fro; the hills were rent and tombs were opened up;

12  And people thought they saw the dead arise and walk the streets.

13  The temple quivered and the veil between the sanctuary and the Holy
Place was rent in twain, and consternation reigned through all the
place.

14  The Roman guard who watched the body on the cross exclaimed, This
surely was the son of God who died.

15  And then the people hurried down from Calvary. The priests, the
Pharisees and scribes were filled with fear.

16  They sought the cover of their synagogues and homes and said,
Behold, the wrath of God!

17  The great day of the Jewish pasch was near, and Jews could not by
law permit a criminal to hang upon the cross upon the Sabbath day.

18  And so they prayed that Pilate would remove the bodies of the men
that had been crucified.

19  And Pilate sent his guards to Calvary to note if all the men were
dead.

20  And when the guards were gone, two aged Jews came to the palace
door to see the governor, and they were members of the highest council
of the Jews;

21  Yet they believed that Jesus was a prophet sent from God.

22  The one was Rabbi Joseph, the Arimathean counsellor, and he was
just and loved the law of God.

23  And Nicodemus was the other one who came.

24  These men fell down at Pilate’s feet and prayed that they might
take the body of the Nazarene and lay it in a tomb.

25  And Pilate gave consent.

26  Now, Joseph had prepared a costly mixture to embalm the body of
the Lord, about a hundred pounds of aloes and of myrrh, and this they
took and hastened out to Calvary.

27  And when the guards returned they said, The Nazarene is dead; the
malefactors are alive.

28  And Pilate told the guards to go and smite the living men so they
would die, and then to give their bodies to the flames; but give the
body of the Nazarene to rabbis who would call for it.

29  The soldiers did as Pilate said.

30  The rabbis came and took away the body of the Lord and when they
had prepared it with the spices they had bought,

31  They laid it in the new-made tomb that had been made for Joseph in
a solid rock.

32  And then they rolled a stone up to the sepulcher.

33  The priests were fearful lest the friends of Jesus would go forth
at night and take away the body of the Nazarene, and then report that
he had risen from the dead, as he had said;

34  And they requested that the governor would send his soldiers to the
tomb to guard the body of the dead.

35  But Pilate said, I will not send a Roman guard; but you have Jewish
soldiers and may send a hundred men with a centurion to guard the tomb.

36  And then they sent a hundred soldiers out to guard the tomb.



SECTION XX.

RESH.

_The Resurrection of Jesus._


CHAPTER 172.

    _Pilate places the Roman seal upon the stone door of the tomb.
      At midnight a company of the silent brothers march about the
      tomb. The soldiers are alarmed. Jesus preaches to the spirits
      in prison. Early Sunday morning he rises from the tomb. The
      soldiers are bribed by the priests to say that the disciples
      had stolen the body._

The tomb in which they laid the body of the Lord was in a garden, rich
with flowers, the garden of Siloam, and Joseph’s home was near.

2  Before the watch began Caiaphas sent a company of priests out to
the garden of Siloam that they might be assured that Jesus’ body was
within the tomb.

3  They rolled away the stone; they saw the body there, and then they
placed the stone again before the door.

4  And Pilate sent his scribe who placed upon the stone the seal of
Rome, in such a way that he who moved the stone would break the seal.

5  To break this Roman seal meant death to him who broke the seal.

6  The Jewish soldiers all were sworn to faithfulness; and then the
watch began.

7  At midnight all was well, but suddenly the tomb became a blaze
of light, and down the garden walk a troupe of white clad soldiers
marched in single file.

8  They came up to the tomb and marched and countermarched before the
door.

9  The Jewish soldiers were alert; they thought the friends had come to
steal the body of the Nazarene. The captain of the guard cried out to
charge.

10  They charged; but not a white clad soldier fell. They did not even
stop; they marched and countermarched among the frightened men.

11  They stood upon the Roman seal; they did not speak; they unsheathed
not their swords; it was the Silent Brotherhood.

12  The Jewish soldiers fled in fear; they fell upon the ground.

13  They stood apart until the white clad soldiers marched away, and
then the light about the tomb grew dim.

14  Then they returned; the stone was in its place; the seal was not
disturbed, and they resumed their watch.

15  Now, Jesus did not sleep within the tomb. The body is the manifest
of soul; but soul is soul without its manifest.

16  And in the realm of souls, unmanifest, the Lord went forth and
taught.

17  He opened up the prison doors and set the prisoners free;

18  He broke the chains of captive souls, and led the captives to the
light;

19  He sat in council with the patriarchs and prophets of the olden
times;

20  The masters of all times and climes he met, and in the great
assemblies he stood forth and told the story of his life on earth, and
of his death in sacrifice for man,

21  And of his promises to clothe himself again in garb of flesh and
walk with his disciples, just to prove the possibilities of man;

22  To give to them the key of life, of death, and of the resurrection
of the dead.

23  In council all the masters sat and talked about the revelations of
the coming age,

24  When she, the Holy Breath, shall fill the earth and air with holy
breath, and open up the way of man to perfectness and endless life.

25  The garden of Siloam was silent on the Sabbath day; the Jewish
soldiers watched and no one else approached the tomb; but on the
following night the scene was changed.

26  At midnight every Jewish soldier heard a voice which said, _Adon
Mashich Cumi_, which meant, Lord Christ arise.

27  And they supposed again that friends of Jesus were alert, were
coming up to take the body of their Lord away.

28  The soldiers were alert with swords unsheathed and drawn, and then
they heard the words again.

29  It seemed as though the voice was everywhere, and yet they saw no
man.

30  The soldiers blanched with fear, and still to flee meant death for
cowardice, and so they stood and watched.

31  Again, and this was just before the sun arose, the heavens blazed
with light, a distant thunder seemed to herald forth a coming storm;

32  And then the earth began to quake and in the rays of light they saw
a form descend from heaven, They said, Behold an angel comes.

33  And then they heard again, _Adon Mashich Cumi_.

34  And then the white-robed form tramped on the Roman seal, and then
he tore it into shreds; he took the mighty stone in hand as though it
were a pebble from the brook, and cast it to the side.

35  And Jesus opened up his eyes and said, All hail the rising sun! the
coming of the day of righteousness!

36  And then he folded up his burial gown, his head bands and his
coverings and laid them all aside.

37  He rose, and for a moment stood beside the white-robed form.

38  The weaker soldiers fell upon the ground, and hid their faces in
their hands; the stronger stood and watched.

39  They saw the body of the Nazarene transmute; they saw it change
from mortal to immortal form, and then it disappeared.

40  The soldiers heard a voice from somewhere; yea, from everywhere, it
said,

41  Peace, peace on earth; good will to men.

42  They looked, the tomb was empty and the Lord had risen as he said.

43  The soldiers hastened to Jerusalem, and to the priests, and said,

44  Behold, the Nazarene has risen as he said; the tomb is empty and
the body of the man is gone; we know not where it is. And then they
told about the wonders of the night.

45  Caiaphas called a council of the Jews; he said, the news must not
go forth that Jesus has arisen from the dead;

46  For if it does all men will say, He is the son of God, and all our
testimonies will be proven false.

47  And then they called the hundred soldiers in and said to them,

48  You know not where the body of the Nazarene is resting now, so if
you will go forth and say that his disciples came and stole the body
while you slept,

49  Each one of you shall have a silver piece, and we will make it
right with Pilate for the breaking of the Roman seal.

50  The soldiers did as they were paid to do.



SECTION XXI.

SCHIN.

_Materialization of the Spiritual Body of Jesus._


CHAPTER 173.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, to his mother, Miriam, Mary
      of Magdala and to Peter, James and John._

Now, when the rabbis took the body of the Lord and laid it in the tomb
the mother of the Lord, and Mary Magdalene, and Miriam were there.

2  And when the body was entombed they went to Joseph’s home and there
abode.

3  They did not know that Jewish soldiers had been sent to guard the
tomb, nor that the Roman seal was placed upon the stone;

4  So in the morning of the first day of the week they hastened to the
tomb with spices to embalm the Lord.

5  But when they reached the tomb they found the terror-stricken
soldiers running frantically about.

6  The women did not know the cause; but when they found an empty tomb
they were excited and aggrieved.

7  The soldiers did not know what had transpired; they could not tell
who took the body of the Lord away.

8  And Mary Magdalene ran with haste toward Jerusalem to tell the news
to Peter and the rest.

9  She met, just by the gateway, Peter, James and John; she said, Some
one has rolled away the stone and carried off the body of the Lord.

10  And then the three disciples ran toward the tomb; but John was
fleet of foot and was the first to reach the tomb; he found it empty;
the body of his Lord was gone.

11  When Peter came he went into the tomb, and found the grave clothes
neatly folded up and laid aside.

12  Now, the disciples did not comprehend the scene. They did not know
the meaning of their Lord when he informed them just before his death
that he would rise from death upon the first day of the week.

13  The three disciples went back to Jerusalem; the mother of the Lord
and Miriam went not away.

14  And Mary looked within the tomb, and saw two masters sitting there;
they said, Why do you weep?

15  And Mary said, Because my Lord is gone; some one has carried off
the body of my Lord; I know not where it is.

16  Then she arose and looked around; a man stood near and said, Why do
you weep? whom do you seek?

17  And Mary thought it was the gardener and said, If you have borne
away the body of my Lord, O tell me where it is that I may lay it in a
sacred tomb.

18  And then the man came near and said, My mother! and Mary said, My
Lord!

19  The eyes of Miriam were opened up and she beheld the Lord.

20  And Jesus said, Behold, I told you as we walked along the way up to
the cross that I would meet you at the sepulcher upon the first day of
the week.

21  Now, Mary Magdalene was sitting not a great way off, and Jesus went
to her and said,

22  Why seek the living ’mong the dead? Your Lord has risen as he said.
Now, Mary, look! behold my face!

23  Then Mary knew it was the Lord; that he had risen from the dead.

24  And then Salome, and Mary, mother of the two disciples, James and
John, Joanna, and the other women who had come out to the tomb, saw
Jesus, and they talked with him.

25  And Mary Magdalene was filled with joy. She sought again for Peter,
James and John; she found them and she said,

26  Lo, I have seen the Lord; and Miriam has seen the Lord; the mother
of the Lord has seen the Lord; and many more have seen his face; for
he has risen from the dead.

27  But the disciples thought that she had simply seen a vision of the
Lord. They did not think that he had risen from the dead.

28  Then Mary found the other members of the company and told them all
about the risen Lord; but none of them believed.

29  Now, Peter, James and John were in the garden of Siloam; were
talking with the gardener about the happenings of the day when John
beheld a stranger coming up the walk.

30  The stranger lifted up his hands and said, I am. Then the
disciples knew it was the Lord.

31  And Jesus said, Behold, for human flesh can be transmuted into
higher form, and then that higher form is master of things manifest,
and can, at will, take any form.

32  And so I come to you in form familiar unto you.

33  Go speak to Thomas, and the other men whom I have called to be
apostles unto men, and say to them,

34  That he whom Jews and Romans thought was dead is walking in the
garden of Siloam;

35  Will stand again before the priests and Pharisees within the temple
in Jerusalem;

36  And will appear unto the sages of the world.

37  Tell them that I will go before them into Galilee.

38  Then Peter, James and John went forth and found their brethren, and
said, Behold, the Lord is risen from the dead, and we have seen him
face to face.

39  The brethren were amazed at what the three disciples said; but
still they looked upon their words as idle talk and they believed them
not.


CHAPTER 174.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, to Zachus and Cleophas as
      they journey to Emmaus, but they know him not. He tells them
      many things about Christ. He eats the evening meal with them,
      and reveals himself to them. They go to Jerusalem and tell
      the news._

Towards the evening of the resurrection day, two friends of Jesus,
Zachus and Cleophas of Emmaus, seven miles away, were going to their
home.

2  And as they walked and talked about the things that had occurred a
stranger joined their company.

3  He said, My friends, you seem discouraged and are sad. Has some
great grief upon you come?

4  Cleophas said, Are you a stranger in Judea, and know not of the
thrilling things that have transpired here?

5  The stranger said, What things? To what do you refer?

6  Cleophas said, Have you not heard about the man from Galilee who was
a prophet mighty in both word and deed?

7  A man whom many thought had come to found again the kingdom of the
Jews, and drive the Romans from the city of Jerusalem and be himself
the king?

8  The stranger said, Tell me about this man.

9  Cleophas said, His name was Jesus; he was born in Bethlehem; his
home was up in Galilee. He loved the people as he loved himself.

10  He was, in truth, a master sent from God, for he had matchless
power. He healed the sick and made the deaf to hear, the blind to see,
the lame to walk, and even raised the dead.

11  The Jewish scribes and Pharisees were jealous of his fame and
power, and they arrested him; by perjured witnesses they proved him
guilty of a score of crimes,

12  And on last Friday he was taken to the place of skulls and
crucified.

13  He died and he was buried in a rich man’s tomb, out in the garden
of Siloam.

14  This very morning when his friends went to the tomb they found it
empty; the body of the Lord was gone.

15  And now the news has spread abroad that he has risen from the dead.

16  The stranger said, Yes, I have heard about this man; but it seems
strange that after all the things that Jewish prophets long ago
foretold concerning him that when he came men knew him not.

17  This man was born to demonstrate the Christ to men, and it is just
to say that Jesus is the Christ.

18  According to the Word, this Jesus came to suffer at the hands of
men, to give his life as pattern for the sons of men;

19  To rise from death that men might know the way to rise from death.

20  And then the stranger told the two disciples all about the Law, the
Prophets and the Psalms, and read to them a multitude of things that
had been written of this man from Galilee.

21  And now the men had reached their home and as the night was near
they importuned the stranger to abide with them.

22  And he went in with them and as they sat about the table at the
evening meal, he took a piece of bread, and blessed it in the name of
Christ.

23  And instantly their eyes were opened up, and they perceived that
he, the stranger, was the Lord, the man from Galilee; that he had
risen from the dead; and then the form of Jesus disappeared.

24  When he had gone, the two disciples were amazed. They said, Did not
our hearts burn with delight while he was talking to us by the way and
opening up the testimonies of the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms?

25  Then Zachus and Cleopas went back to Jerusalem, and everywhere they
went they said, Lo, we have seen the Lord;

26  He walked with us to Emmaus; he ate with us the evening meal, and
broke for us the bread of life.


CHAPTER 175.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, to the ten apostles in
      Simon’s house, and to Lazarus and his sisters._

The evening of the resurrection day had come; the ten apostles were in
Simon’s house in Bethany. The lawyer, Thomas, was not there.

2  The doors were closed and barred, because the Jews had said that
they would drive the Galileans from the land.

3  And as they talked, lo, Jesus came and stood forth in their midst,
and said, Peace! peace!

4  And the disciples shrank in fear; they thought it was a phantom that
they saw.

5  And Jesus said, Why are you troubled thus? why do you fear? I am no
phantom form. I am your Lord, and I have risen from the dead.

6  I often said, I will arise; but you believed me not; and now come
here and see. A phantom has not flesh and bones and brawn, like I
possess.

7  Come now, and clasp my hands, and touch my feet, and lay your hands
upon my head.

8  And every one came up and clasped his hands, and touched his feet,
and laid his hands upon his head.

9  And Jesus said, Have you here anything to eat?

10  And they brought out a fragment of a fish; he ate it in the
presence of them all, and then the ten believed.

11  Nathaniel said, And now we know that he has risen from the dead; he
stands a surety of the resurrection of the dead. And Jesus disappeared.

12  Now, Mary, Martha, Ruth and Lazarus were in their home, and they
had heard the rumor that their Lord had risen from the dead, and
Martha said,

13  It cannot be, for such a thing has never happened since the world
began.

14  But Mary said, Did not the Lord bring back our brother from the
dead? and he could surely bring himself to life again.

15  And as they talked, the Lord stood in their midst and said,

16  All hail! for I am risen from the dead, first fruitage of the grave!

17  And Martha ran and brought the chair in which the Lord had ever
loved to sit, and Jesus sat down on the chair.

18  And for a long, long time they talked about the trial, and the
scenes of Calvary and of the garden of Siloam.

19  Then Jesus said, Fear not, for I will be your boon companion all
the way; and then he disappeared.


CHAPTER 176.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, to the eastern sages in the
      palace of Prince Ravanna in India. To the magian priests in
      Persia. The three wise men speak in praise of the personality
      of the Nazarene._

Ravanna, prince of India, gave a feast. His palace in Orissa was the
place where men of thought from all the farther East were wont to meet.

2  Ravanna was the prince with whom child Jesus went to India many
years ago.

3  The feast was made in honor of the wise men of the East.

4  Among the guests were Meng-ste, Vidyapati and Lamaas.

5  The wise men sat about the table talking of the needs of India and
the world.

6  The door unto the banquet hall was in the east; a vacant chair was
at the table to the east.

7  And as the wise men talked a stranger entered, unannounced, and
raising up his hands in benediction said, All hail!

8  A halo rested on his head, and light, unlike the light of sun,
filled all the room.

9  The wise men rose and bowed their heads and said, All hail!

10  And Jesus sat down in the vacant chair; and then the wise men knew
it was the Hebrew prophet who had come.

11  And Jesus said, Behold, for I am risen from the dead. Look at my
hands, my feet, my side.

12  The Roman soldiers pierced my hands and feet with nails; and then
one pierced my heart.

13  They put me in a tomb, and then I wrestled with the conqueror of
men. I conquered death, I stamped upon him and arose;

14  Brought immortality to light and painted on the walls of time a
rainbow for the sons of men; and what I did all men shall do.

15  This gospel of the resurrection of the dead is not confined to Jew
and Greek; it is the heritage of every man of every time and clime;
and I am here a demonstration of the power of man.

16  Then he arose and pressed the hand of every man and of the royal
host, and said,

17  Behold, I am not myth made of the fleeting winds, for I am flesh
and bone and brawn; but I can cross the borderland at will.

18  And then they talked together there a long, long time. Then Jesus
said,

19  I go my way, but you shall go to all the world and preach the
gospel of the omnipotence of man, the power of truth, the resurrection
of the dead;

20  He who believes this gospel of the son of man shall never die; the
dead shall live again.

21  Then Jesus disappeared, but he had sown the seed. The words of life
were spoken in Orissa, and all of India heard.

22  The magian priests were in the silence in Persepolis, and Kaspar,
and the magian masters who were first to greet the child of promise in
the shepherd’s home in Bethlehem, were with the priests.

23  And Jesus came and sat with them; a crown of light was on his head.

24  And when the silence ended Kaspar said, A master from the royal
council of the Silent Brotherhood is here; let us give praise.

25  And all the priests and masters stood and said, All hail! What
message from the royal council do you bring?

26  And Jesus said, My brothers of the Silent Brotherhood, peace, peace
on earth; good will to men!

27  The problem of the ages has been solved; a son of man has risen
from the dead; has shown that human flesh can be transmuted into flesh
divine.

28  Before the eyes of men this flesh in which I come to you was
changed with speed of light from human flesh. And so I am the message
that I bring to you.

29  To you I come, the first of all the race to be transmuted to the
image of the AM.

30  What I have done, all men will do; and what I am, all men will be.

31  But Jesus said no more. In one short breath he told the story of
his mission to the sons of men, and then he disappeared.

32  The magi said, Some time ago we read this promise, now fulfilled,
upon the dial plate of heaven.

33  And then we saw this man who has just demonstrated unto us the
power of man to rise from carnal flesh and blood to flesh of God, a
babe in Bethlehem.

34  And after many years he came and sat with us in these same groves;

35  He told the story of his human life, of trials, sore temptations,
buffetings and woes.

36  He pressed along the thorny way of life till he had risen and
o’erthrown the strongest foes of God and man; and he is now the only
master of the human race whose flesh has been transmuted into flesh
divine.

37  He is the God-man of today; but every one of earth shall overcome
and be like him, a son of God.


CHAPTER 177.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, in the temple in Jerusalem.
      Rebukes the rulers of the Jews for their hypocrisy. Reveals
      himself to them and they fall back in fear. He appears to the
      apostles in Simon’s house. Thomas is convinced._

It was the Sabbath day and many priests and scribes and Pharisees were
in the temple in Jerusalem. Caiaphas, Annas and some other ruling
Jews were there.

2  A stranger came in garb of fisherman and asked, What has become of
Jesus who is called the Christ? Is he not teaching in the temple now?

3  The Jews replied, That man from Galilee was crucified a week ago,
because he was a dangerous man, a vile, seditious man.

4  The stranger asked, Where did you put the body of this man from
Galilee? where is his tomb?

5  The Jews replied, We do not know. His followers came at night and
stole the body from the tomb in which it lay and carried it away, and
then declared that he had risen from the dead.

6  The stranger asked, How do you know that his disciples stole the
body from the tomb? was any one a witness of the theft?

7  The Jews replied, We had a hundred soldiers at the place, and every
one of them declares that his disciples stole the body from the tomb.

8  The stranger asked, Will any one of all your hundred men stand forth
and say, I saw the body stolen from the tomb?

9  The Jews replied, We do not know; these men are men of truth; we
cannot doubt their word.

10  The stranger said, You priests and scribes and Pharisees hear me:
I was a witness of the facts, was in the garden of Siloam, and stood
among your hundred men.

11  And this I know that not a man among your hundred men, will say, I
saw the body stolen from the tomb.

12  And I will testify before the God of heaven and earth, The body was
not stolen from the tomb; the man from Galilee is risen from the dead.

13  And then the priests and scribes and Pharisees rushed up to seize
the man and cast him out.

14  But instantly the fisherman became a radiant form of light, and
priests and scribes and Pharisees fell back in deadly fear; they saw
the man from Galilee.

15  And Jesus looked upon the frightened men and said, This is the body
that you stoned beyond the city’s gates and crucified on Calvary.

16  Behold my hands, my feet, my side and see the wounds the soldiers
made.

17  If you believe that I am phantom made of air, come forth and handle
me; ghosts do not carry flesh and bones.

18  I came to earth to demonstrate the resurrection of the dead, the
transmutation of the flesh of carnal man to flesh of man divine.

19  Then Jesus raised his hands and said, Peace be to every one of you;
good will to all mankind. And then he disappeared.

20  Now, Thomas had not seen the Lord since he had risen from the dead,
and when the ten averred that they had seen and talked with him he
said,

21  Until I see the nail prints in his hands and feet, the spear wound
in his side, and talked with him as I have talked with him before, I
cannot have a reason to believe that he is risen from the dead.

22  At Simon’s house in Bethany the men from Galilee had met. It was
the evening of the first day of the week, and on the morrow all would
turn their faces toward their homes.

23  The eleven apostles all were there; the doors were closed and
barred, and Jesus came and said, Peace be to all!

24  And then he said to Thomas, friend, you do not know that I have
risen from the dead; the time has come for you to know.

25  Come here and see the nail prints in my hands, the spear wound in
my side, and talk with me as you have often talked with me.

26  And Thomas came and saw, and then exclaimed, My master, and my
Lord! I do not now believe, I know that you are risen from the dead.

27  And Jesus said, Because you see me you believe, and blessed are
your eyes;

28  But blessed thrice are they who see me not and yet believe.

29  Then Jesus vanished from their sight, but the disciples were
established in their faith.


CHAPTER 178.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, before Apollo and the
      Silent Brotherhood in Greece. Appears to Claudas and Juliet
      on the Tiber near Rome. Appears to the priests in the
      Egyptian temple at Heliopolis._

Apollo, with the Silent Brotherhood of Greece, was sitting in a
Delphian grove. The Oracle had spoken loud and long.

2  The priests were in the sanctuary and as they looked the Oracle
became a blaze of light; it seemed to be on fire, and all consumed.

3  The priests were filled with fear. They said, A great disaster is to
come; our gods are mad; they have destroyed our Oracle.

4  But when the flames had spent themselves, a man stood on the orac
pedestal and said;

5  God speaks to man, not by an oracle of wood and gold, but by the
voice of man.

6  The gods have spoken to the Greeks, and kindred tongues, through
images made by man; but God, the One, now speaks to man through Christ
the only son, who was, and is and evermore will be.

7  This Oracle shall fail; the Living Oracle of God, the One, will
never fail.

8  Apollo knew the man who spoke; he knew it was the Nazarene who once
had taught the wise men in the Acropolis and had rebuked the idol
worshippers upon the Athen’s beach;

9  And in a moment Jesus stood before Apollo and the Silent
Brotherhood, and said,

10  Behold, for I have risen from the dead with gifts for men. I bring
to you the title of your vast estate.

11  All power in heaven and earth is mine; to you I give all power in
heaven and earth.

12  Go forth and teach the nations of the earth the gospel of the
resurrection of the dead and of eternal life through Christ, the love
of God made manifest to men.

13  And then he clasped Apollo’s hand and said, My human flesh was
changed to higher form by love divine and I can manifest in flesh, or
in the higher planes of life, at will.

14  What I can do all men can do. Go preach the gospel of the
omnipotence of man.

15  Then Jesus disappeared; but Greece and Crete and all the nations
heard.

16  Claudas and Juliet, his wife, lived on the Palatine in Rome and
they were servants of Tiberius; but they had been in Galilee;

17  Had walked with Jesus by the sea, had heard his words and seen his
power; and they believed that he was Christ made manifest.

18  Now Claudas and his wife were on the Tiber in a little boat; a
storm swept from the sea, the boat was wrecked and Claudas and his
wife were sinking down to death.

19  And Jesus came and took them by the hands and said, Claudas and
Juliet, arise and walk with me upon the waves.

20  And they arose and walked with him upon the waves.

21  A thousand people saw the three walk on the waves, and saw them
reach the land, and they were all amazed.

22  And Jesus said, You men of Rome, I am the resurrection and the
life. They that are dead shall live, and many that shall live will
never die.

23  By mouth of gods and demigods God spoke unto your fathers long ago;
but now he speaks to you through perfect man.

24  He sent his son, the Christ, in human flesh, to save the world, and
as I lifted from the watery grave and saved these servants of Tiberius,

25  So Christ will lift the sons and daughters of the human race, yea,
every one of them, from darkness and from graves of carnal things, to
light and everlasting life.

26  I am the manifest of love raised from the dead; Behold my hands, my
feet, my side which carnal men have pierced.

27  Claudas and Juliet, whom I have saved from death, are my
ambassadors to Rome.

28  And they will point the way and preach the gospel of the Holy
Breath and of the resurrection of the dead.

29  And that was all he said, but Rome and all of Italy heard.

30  The priests of Heliopolis were in their temple met to celebrate the
resurrection of their brother Nazarite; they knew that he had risen
from the dead.

31  The Nazarite appeared and stood upon a sacred pedestal on which no
man had ever stood.

32  This was an honor that had been reserved for him who first would
demonstrate the resurrection of the dead.

33  And Jesus was the first of all the human race to demonstrate the
resurrection of the dead.

34  When Jesus stood upon the sacred pedestal the masters stood and
said, All hail! The great bells of the temple rang and all the temple
was ablaze with light.

35  And Jesus said, All honor to the masters of this Temple of the Sun.

36  In flesh of man there is the essence of the resurrection of the
dead. This essence, quickened by the Holy Breath, will raise the
substance of the body to a higher tone,

37  And make it like the substance of the bodies of the planes above,
which human eyes cannot behold.

38  There is a holy ministry in death. The essence of the body cannot
be quickened by the Holy Breath until the fixed is solved; the body
must disintegrate, and this is death.

39  And then upon these pliant substances God breathes, just as he
breathed upon the chaos of the deep when worlds were formed,

40  And life springs forth from death; the carnal form is changed to
form divine.

41  The will of man makes possible the action of the Holy Breath. When
will of man and will of God are one, the resurrection is a fact.

42  In this we have the chemistry of mortal life, the ministry of
death, the mystery of deific life.

43  My human life was wholly given to bring my will to tune with the
deific will; when this was done my earth-tasks all were done.

44  And you, my brothers, know full well the foes I had to meet; you
know about my victories in Gethsemane; my trials in the courts of men;
my death upon the cross.

45  You know that all my life was one great drama for the sons of men;
a pattern for the sons of men. I lived to show the possibilities of
man.

46  What I have done all men can do, and what I am all men shall be.

47  The masters looked; the form upon the sacred pedestal had gone, but
every temple priest, and every living creature said, Praise God.


CHAPTER 179.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, to the apostles at the
      sea of Galilee. Appears to a multitude of people. Tells his
      apostles to go again to Jerusalem and he would meet them
      there._

Now, the apostles were at home in Galilee; the women tarried in Judea
until the Pentecost,

2  And Peter, James and John, and Andrew, Philip and Nathaniel were in
Capernaum. They joined with Jonah and with Zebedee, and in their boats
went out to fish,

3  They toiled all night and when the morning came they had no fish.

4  And as they neared the shore a man stood on the shore and said, How
many fish have you?

5  And Peter answered, None.

6  Again the man called out and said, A school of fish is passing now
upon the right side of your boat; cast out your net.

7  They cast their net, and it was filled; and John exclaimed, It is
the Lord who stands upon the shore.

8  And Peter plunged into the sea and swam to shore. The other men
brought in the net, and it contained a hundred fifty and three fish
and yet it did not break.

9  And Jesus said, My children, let us break our fast together here.

10  They found some living coals upon the beach and Peter brought and
dressed the fish; they had some bread.

11  And when the meal had been prepared they broke their fast, and
Jesus ate of both the fish and bread.

12  Now, after breakfast all the men were sitting on the beach, and
Jesus said to Peter, Do you love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and do you love your neighbor as you love yourself?

13  And Peter said, Yea, Lord, I love the Lord my God with all my
heart; I love my neighbor as I love myself.

14  And Jesus said, Then feed my sheep.

15  And then he said to James, Do you love her, the Holy Breath, with
all your heart, and do you love your neighbor as you love yourself?

16  And James replied, Yea, Lord, I love the Holy Breath with all my
heart; I love my neighbor as I love myself.

17  Then Jesus said, Protect my sheep.

18  And then he said to John, Do you love Christ, the love divine made
manifest, with all your heart, and do you love your neighbor as you
love yourself?

19  And John replied, Yea, Lord, I love the Christ with all my heart; I
love my neighbor as I love myself.

20  And Jesus said, Then feed my lambs.

21  Then Jesus rose and said to Peter, Follow me. And Peter followed
him.

22  When Peter saw that John was following him he said to Jesus, Lord,
behold, John follows you! What shall he do?

23  Now Peter did not hear the master when he said to John, Then feed
my lambs.

24  And Jesus spoke to Peter and he said, It matters not to you what
John shall do; not even though I will that he remain until I come
again.

25  Just do your duty; follow me.

26  And Jesus passed, they knew not where he went.

27  The news soon spread through all Capernaum that Jesus had arisen
from the dead, that he had walked with his disciples by the sea, and
ate with them the morning meal. The multitudes came forth to see.

28  Now Peter, James and John, together with the other men who had
been called to be apostles of the Lord, went to the mountains near
Capernaum to pray,

29  And as they prayed the master came; they saw him and they talked
with him.

30  He said to them, The Pentecost is near at hand; go to Jerusalem and
I will meet you there.

31  And as he talked, a multitude of people came; they saw the Lord;
they said,

32  Behold, for now we know that he, the Nazarene, has risen from the
dead for we have seen him face to face.


CHAPTER 180.

    _Jesus appears, fully materialized, to the apostles in
      Jerusalem. Gives them his instructions. Promises them a
      special endowment for their work on Pentecost. Goes to Mount
      Olives and in full view of many disciples ascends to heaven.
      The disciples return to Jerusalem._

The eleven apostles of the Lord were in Jerusalem and in a spacious
room that they had chosen by the Lord’s command.

2  And as they prayed the Lord appeared to them and said,

3  Peace be to all; good will to every living thing. And then he talked
with them a long, long time.

4  And the disciples asked, Will you restore the kingdom unto Israel
now?

5  And Jesus said, Be not concerned about the governments of men; the
masters will direct.

6  Do that which has been given you to do, and wait and murmur not.

7  All power in heaven and earth is given unto me, and now I bid you go
to all the world and preach the gospel of the Christ, the unity of God
and man, the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal life.

8  And as you go and preach, baptize the people in the name of Christ.

9  They who believe and are baptized shall rise up in the newness of
the life of Christ, and they who disbelieve shall rise not in the
newness of the life of Christ.

10  And you shall give to men the power I give to you.

11  They who believe and are baptized shall heal the sick; shall cause
the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk;

12  Shall cast the unclean spirits out of those obsessed; shall tread
on deadly serpents and be not harmed; shall pass through flames and
not be burned; and if they drink a poisonous draught it shall not kill.

13  You know the sacred Word, which is the word of power.

14  The secret things that I have told to you that may not now be told
to all the world, you shall make known to faithful men who shall in
turn reveal them unto other faithful men,

15  Until the time shall come when all the world may hear and
comprehend the words of truth and power.

16  And now I will ascend to God, as you and all the world will rise to
God.

17  Behold, upon the day of Pentecost you all shall be endowed with
power from on high.

18  But here you shall remain till then in holy thought and prayer.

19  Then Jesus went to Olivet, and his disciples followed him, and in a
place not far removed from Bethany, he met the Marys and Salome;

20  Met Martha, Ruth and Miriam; met Lazarus and a host of others who
had come from Galilee.

21  And Jesus stood apart and raised his hands and said,

22  The benedictions of the Holy Ones, of the Almighty God, and of the
Holy Breath, of Christ the love of God made manifest,

23  Will rest upon you all the way till you shall rise and sit with me
upon the throne of power.

24  And then they saw him rise upon the wings of light; a wreath
encircled him about; and then they saw his form no more.

25  But as they gazed up into heaven two men, in robes of white,
appeared and said,

26  You men of Galilee, why gaze you thus so anxiously upon the
ascending Lord? Lo, he will come again from heaven as you have seen
him go to heaven.

27  Then the eleven and Lazarus, and the other men from Galilee,
together with the faithful women, not a few, returned unto Jerusalem
and there abode.

28  And they were constantly in prayer and holy thought. They waited
for the Holy Breath, and for the coming of the promised power from on
high.



SECTION XXII.

TAU.

_Establishment of the Christine Church._


CHAPTER 181.

    _The eleven apostles make choice of Matthias to fill the place
      made vacant by the deflection of Judas. The Christines are
      glad. Miriam sings a song of praise. Apostolic roster._

The fact that Jesus had arisen from the dead was not denied by many of
the rulers of the Jews.

2  And Pilate gave an order that the followers of the Nazarene be not
molested in their worship any place in his domain.

3  The day of Pentecost was near at hand and every one was looking for
a manifest of Spirit power.

4  Now, in Jerusalem the eleven had met to choose a man to fill the
place of Judas who betrayed his Lord.

5  And Peter said, The Lord called to this ministry twelve men as
twelve foundation stones on which the Christine temple should be built.

6  This Judas, who betrayed his Lord, has gone to his own place beyond
the veil.

7  Of him the prophet wrote: His habitation shall be desolate; no man
shall dwell therein; his office let another take.

8  From those who have accompanied us from Gilgal, where the harbinger
baptized, until this day, shall one be chosen to complete the number
twelve, to fill the place from which our brother by transgression fell.

9  And then the eleven spent a long, long time in prayer, and when they
cast their lots, Matthias, from the valley of the Nile, was chosen for
the place.

10  Matthias was an Israelite indeed; but he was learned in all the
wisdom of Egyptian schools, and he had taught the mysteries of Mizraim
in Jericho.

11  He was among the first to greet the harbinger; among the first to
recognize the Nazarene as Christ, the son of God;

12  He had been with the Christine band in all their journeys in the
land of Galilee, Judea and Samaria.

13  A messenger was sent who found Matthias, and he came and joined the
eleven, and for a time the twelve were lost in silent prayer.

14  The Christines who had come from Galilee and places in Judea, about
six score, were there, and Peter told them of Matthias, and how, by
lot, he had been chosen an apostle of the Lord.

15  The Christines all were glad and praised the name of God; and
Miriam sung a song of praise.

16  These are the names of the apostles of the Lord: Peter, John and
James; Philip, Andrew and Nathaniel;

17  Thomas, James the son of Alpheus and Simon Zelotes; Matthew, Jude,
the son of Alpheus and Matthias.


CHAPTER 182.

    _Events of the day of Pentecost. Endowment of the apostles.
      The Christine Church is established. Peter preaches the
      introductory sermon. The sermon. Three thousand people are
      baptized and become members of the church._

Now, when the day of Pentecost had come Jerusalem was filled with
pious Jews and proselytes from many lands.

2  The Christines all were met and were in perfect harmony.

3  And as they sat in silent prayer they heard a sound a-like the
distant murmur of a coming storm.

4  The sound grew loud, and louder still, until, like thunder peals, it
filled the room where the apostles sat.

5  A brilliant light appeared, and many thought, The building is afire.

6  Twelve balls, that seemed like balls of fire, fell from heaven--a
ball from every sign of all the circle of the heavens, and on the head
of each apostle there appeared a flaming ball of fire.

7  And every ball sent seven tongues of fire toward heaven, and each
apostle spoke in seven dialects of earth.

8  The ignorant rabble treated lightly what they heard and saw; they
said, These men are drunk, and know not what they say.

9  But men of learning were amazed; they said, Are not these men who
speak all Jews? how is it that they speak in all the languages of
earth?

10  And Peter said, You people of Jerusalem, and you who live beyond
the city’s gates; Peace be to you, and all mankind.

11  This is the time that holy men of old desired to see; by faith they
saw this hour, and now they stand with us in ecstasy.

12  The prophet Joel in the olden times told of the things you see and
hear. The Holy Breath spoke with his tongue and said,

13  And it shall come to pass in latter days, that I will breathe upon
the sons of men, and fill them with the blessedness of holiness.

14  Your sons and daughters will stand forth and prophesy; your young
men will be seers; your old men will dream dreams.

15  And I will show forth wonders in the heavens above, and marvelous
signs in earth.

16  Sounds will proceed from heaven and voices will be heard that men
will fail to comprehend.

17  The sun will fail to shine, the moon will wade in blood before the
coming of the great day of the Lord.

18  And it will come to pass that they who call upon the name of God in
faith shall be redeemed.

19  This is the day of Christine power; the day that he, the man from
Galilee, is glorified.

20  He came as babe in Bethlehem and from his day of birth the kings of
earth went forth intent to take his life.

21  God held him in the hollow of his hand.

22  Men called him Jesus, and they called him well, for he was sent to
seek and save the lost.

23  And Jesus grew to manhood and was subject unto all the trials and
temptations of the sons of men, that he might know the loads that men
must bear, and know the way to succor them.

24  In distant lands he lived and by the sacred Word he healed the
sick, threw prison doors ajar, and set the prisoners free, and
everywhere he was proclaimed, Immanuel.

25  But wicked men despised him and rejected him, and by bribed men
they proved him guilty of a score of crimes;

26  And in the presence of a multitude of men who hear me now, they
nailed him to a cross;

27  They sealed him with the seal of death; but death was all too weak
to hold him in the tomb and when immortal masters said, Adon mashich
cumi, he burst the bands of death, and rose again to life.

28  He showed himself alive, not only to the rulers in Jerusalem, but
to the many in the distant parts of earth;

29  And then, before the wondering eyes of many who now hear me speak,
attended by a retinue of courtiers of the angel world, he ascended to
the throne of God.

30  And being now exalted high, and having breathed to full the Holy
Breath, he breathes again on us, and thus sheds forth what you now see
and hear.

31  You men of Israel, know that God has made this man from Galilee
whom you abused and crucified, both Lord and Christ.

32  And then the people said, What shall we do?

33  And Peter said, This Christine Lord has sent us forth to open up
the gates of dawn. Through Christ all men may enter into light and
life.

34  The Christine Church stands on the postulates that Jesus is the
love of God made manifest; that love is savior of the sons of men.

35  This Christine Church is but the kingdom of the Holy One within the
soul, made manifest.

36  This day the Christine Church is opened up, and whosoever will may
enter in, and, by the boundless grace of Christ, be saved.

37  Again the people said, How may we enter in that we may share the
boundless grace of Christ?

38  And Peter said, Reform and be baptized, and turn away from sin and
lead the life deep hid with Christ in God, and you shall enter in and
be redeemed.

39  Three thousand people turned away from sin and were baptized and
sought to lead the life deep hid with Christ in God.

40  And in one day the Christine Church became a mighty power; and
Christ became a mighty word that thrilled the multitudes in many lands.

[Illustration]



Transcriber's Notes:


Punctuation and spelling were made consistent when a predominant
preference was found in this book; otherwise they were not changed.

Simple typographical errors were corrected; occasional unbalanced
quotation marks retained.

Ambiguous hyphens at the ends of lines were retained.

Alphabetization errors in the Index have not been changed.

Text uses both “rythm” and “rhythm”; “fleshy” and “fleshly”.

Page 9: Paragraph beginning “Jesus was the name of the man" has no
closing quotation mark.

Page 23: “Thankfulness of Jesus, 194” refers to a non-existent chapter.
It is possible that the correct reference would be to “104”.

Page 117 Chapter 84, verse 19: comma may be missing after “astonished”.

Page 126 Chapter 91, verse 34: “went his away” may be typographical
error for “way”.

Page 148 Chapter 108, verse 26: “holy men-apostles” perhaps should be
“holy men--apostles”.

Page 158 Chapter 116, verse 2: “dualty” may be typographical error for
“duality”.





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