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The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (full
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) is a book by
Levi H. Dowling, first published on 1 December 1908. He said he had transcribed the text of the
book from the akashic records, a purported compendium of mystical knowledge supposedly
encoded in a non-physical plane of existence. In the later 20th century, it was adopted
by New Age spiritual groups. The title is derived from the practice in
astrology of naming time periods in terms of constellations and their dominant positions
in the sky, according to the earth’s axial precession. In that system, the Age of Aquarius is approaching.==Composition==
SECTION I (Aleph): Birth and Early Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus
SECTION II (Beth): Birth and Infancy of John, the Harbinger, and of Jesus
SECTION III (Gimel): Education of Mary and Elizabeth in Zoan
SECTION IV (Daleth): Childhood and Early Education of John the Harbinger
SECTION V (He): Childhood and Early Education of Jesus
SECTION VI (Vau): Life and Works of Jesus in India
SECTION VII (Zain): Life and Works of Jesus in Tibet and Western India
SECTION VIII (Cheth): Life and Works of Jesus in Persia
SECTION IX (Teth): Life and Works of Jesus in Assyria
SECTION X (Jod): Life and Works of Jesus in Greece
SECTION XI (Caph): Life and Works of Jesus in Egypt
SECTION XII (Lamed): The Council of the Seven Sages of the World
SECTION XIII (Mem): The Ministry of John, the Harbinger
SECTION XIV (Nun): The Christine Ministry of Jesus—Introductory Epoch
SECTION XV (Samech): The First Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus
SECTION XVI (Ain): The Second Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus
SECTION XVII (Pe): The Third Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus
SECTION XVIII (Tzaddi): The Arrest and Betrayal of Jesus
SECTION XIX (Koph): The Trial and Execution of Jesus
SECTION XX (Resh): The Resurrection of Jesus SECTION XXI (Schin): Materialization of the
Spiritual Body of Jesus SECTION XXII (Tau): Establishment of the Christine
Church==
Major points==The Aquarian Gospel makes the following claims,
among others: The revelation of The Aquarian Gospel was
prophesied 2,000 years ago by Elihu, who conducted a school of the prophets in Zoan, Egypt. He said 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. – Aquarian Gospel 7:25-26There are 18 unknown
years of Jesus’ life missing in the Bible (ages 12–30). Like Nicolas Notovitch did before in his The
Unknown Life Of Jesus Christ: By The Discoverer Of The Manuscript (1887), the Aquarian Gospel
documents these 18 years as a time when Jesus travels to the centers of wisdom in western
India, Tibet, Persia, Assyria, Greece, and Egypt. In each of these capital cities, he is educated,
tested, and teaches the religious leaders. Jesus inevitably proves that he is ‘God’s
chosen one’ (the Christ) in these locales and brings back this multi-cultural wisdom
and confidence to Galilee and Judea. Jesus puts on the role of The Christ, but
is not automatically Christ by nature. By making himself, through desire, effort,
ability and prayer, a fit vessel, Jesus enabled The Christ to dwell within him. Christ is therefore used as a term for the
seemingly perfect human being that Jesus exemplified, a human being that has been “Christened” (anointed)
and therefore made holy. Jesus came to Earth to show the way back to
God via his lifestyle and teachings. He is the example we must model our own lives
after, if we seek salvation. Reincarnation exists and karma (“You reap
what you sow”) is the explanation for various injustices. Reincarnation allows people to settle debts
they have incurred in past lives. Humanity has forgotten God and is currently
working its way back to fully remembering God. Time is separated into ages. These ages last approximately 2,000 years. We are now nearing the start of the Aquarian
Age. All souls will eventually mature and evolve
towards the perfect, like Jesus the Christ. No soul is ever abandoned by God. The trinity is strength, love and wisdom.==Difficulties==
In his 1931 book, Strange New Gospels, the biblical scholar Edgar J. Goodspeed noted: “Augustus Caesar reigned and Herod Antipas
was ruler in Jerusalem.” This opening sentence of the new gospel does
not encourage any very high hopes as to its historical value. It is generally accepted that Antipas never
rules in Jerusalem but in Galilee. Of course Dowling means Herod the Great.”Also,
that Dowling has borrowed a number of details from the aprocryphal Gospel of James, a work
that may not be older than the fifth century, such as details about the childhood of Mary
and her marriage to Joseph, the birth of Jesus in a cave, and the account of the death of
Zacharias which differs from the account given by Origen and other early Fathers. Goodspeed notes that the many ancient religions
and philosophies taught, in many different countries, to young Jesus in the book seem
“colored by Christian Science.”Eric Pement has pointed out difficulties in Dowling’s
text: The book depicts Jesus as visiting the cities
of Lahore, India (pre-Partition in India, now in Pakistan), Shri Jagannath in the temple
at Puri in Odisha, India, and Persepolis in Persia. Only the temple at Puri existed at that period;
Lahore did not exist during the period in question, and Persepolis had already been
destroyed by Alexander the Great. The book asserts Jesus had remained in the
Jagannātha Temple of Puri for four years, preaching among the downtrodden and low caste
people. Dowling and Edgar Cayce both claimed to have
produced an account of the life of Jesus through the transcription of the akashic records,
but there are significant differences between their accounts. Dowling claimed that Jesus knew Meng-tse of
Lhasa, Tibet but Meng-tse lived 300 years before Jesus’ time.Supporters of Dowling argue
that within theosophical thought, figures such as Meng-Tse, Matheno, Miriam, Moses,
Elijah and Vidyapati exist in an ascended state. As such, they communicated with Jesus after
they had passed on from earthly existence.==Aquarian church==
The Aquarian Christine Church Universal, Inc. (ACCU) is a denomination based on the Aquarian
Gospel. Members are commonly called Aquarians, but
the proper term would be Aquarian Christines. The name Christine is used in the Aquarian
Gospel instead of Christian, emphasizing that the church is the Bride of Christ. The church was incorporated in 2006, but had
existed for numerous years previous to incorporation. There are no paid professional clergy. The teachings of the Aquarian Church are based
primarily on the Aquarian Gospel, but also on other writings by Levi Dowling, and share
many teachings with the I Am Activity (I Am Movement) and Ascended Master Teachings. Some of the teachings include a Triune God
composed of God the Father, Christ the Son and the Mother Holy Spirit, release from the
cycle of rebirth through the Ascension Process, the equality of the races and sexes and the
transformation (transmuting) of the individual and the world through the study and practice
of the teachings.The Moorish Science Temple of America, a religion predominantly adhered
to by African-Americans, founded five years after the publication of the Aquarian Gospel,
takes much of its “Holy Koran” from the Aquarian Gospel.==See also==
Jesuism List of Gospels

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