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Full text of "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"

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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, 
■b KNOWN AS THE AKASHIC RECORDS, 



BY 

LEVI 



1. ^ on 

WITH 

INTRODUCTION 

BY 

EVA S. pOWLING, 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 191 1, by 
MRS. EVA S. DOWLING 

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



ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 
including rights of translation 






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 Yll.—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. — Chap- 
ters 173-180. 

Section XXII. — Establishment of the Christine Church. — Chapters 181-182. 



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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 ques- 
tions 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 revolu- 
tion. 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. Be- 
cause 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 opin- 
ions; 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 em- 
pire the sun entered the sign Pisces, the Fishes, and the Piscean Age began, 
so that early in this Age Jesus of Nazareth lived. 



6 INTRODUCTION 

2 WhatisthePisceanAge? This question requires further consider- 
ation. 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 Chris- 
tian 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 monu- 
ments, 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 cer- 
tainly 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 A quartan 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 hearer, 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 compre- 
hended 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 Cb-ist." 



INTRODUCTION 



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 pro- 
phetic statement. We reproduce the paper in full. 

"I heard the history of the Piscean 
Age from Piscean Cherubim and Sera- 
phim, 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 Brother- 
hood, 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 m£^y 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." 



THE CUSP OP 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 pro- 
claimed by masters long ago 'the four 
and twenty ancient ones.' 

"I heard the names of every Cheru- 
bim 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 ha4 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 Cher- 
ubim; 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 Wis- 
dom and of Love was there transferred. 

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



4 What is Meant by 'Hhe Christ/' as the Word is Used in This Book ? 
The word Christ is derived from the Greek wordKristos 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 pre- 
sumed that this manuscript is a direct transcription from the Akashic 
Records and its importance demands its reproduction here in full. 



INTRODUCTION 



THE CHRIST 

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

"The Christ is son, the only son be- 
gotten 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 mani- 
fest; 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, be- 
cause 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 un- 
numbered 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 masier 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 infini- 
ties is locked the scroll that bears the 
record of the purposes of God, the Tri- 
une 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, or- 
dained that they should grow, and 
should return at last, by effort of un- 
numbered 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 waa 
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 pre- 
pared 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 mani- 
fest in flesh at first of every age." 



5 What relationship existed between Jesus of Nazareth and the Christ f 
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 doc- 



INTRODUCTION 



9 



trine 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 suffer- 
ing ; for this is the only way to perfection. 
His life was an example of attainment 
by the way of crosses and cruel treat- 
ment. 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 re- 
markable 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, buffetings, temptations ana suf- 
ferings. 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 an- 
ointed 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 Christ- 
ship 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. 

" 'Tkis 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 fleshy 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. 



10 



INTRODUCTION 



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 Leviy the Transcriber of this Boole ? Regarding the person- 
ality of Levi we are permitted to WTite 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 sensi- 
tiveness 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 veri- 
table 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 : 

*'0 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 Breach 
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. 



INTRODUCTION 11 

"Write of his works as prophet, abused; was spit upon, was crucified, 

priest and seer; write of his life of purity was buried in a tomb; but he revived 

and love, and how he changed his carnal and rose a conqueror over death that he 

flesh to flesh divine without descending might show the possibilities of ma^ 
through the gates of death. "A thousand times he said to men; 

"And you may write the story of *I came to show the possibilities of man; 

Melchizedec, the Christ who lived when what I have done all men may do, and 

Abram lived, and pointed out to men the what I am all men shall be.' 
way to life through sacrifice; who gave "These stories of The Christ will be 

his life a willing sacrifice for men. enough, for they contain the true philos- 

"And you may write the story of the ophy of life, of death and of the resur- 

Prince of Peace, The Christ who came as rection of the dead, 
babe in Bethlehem, and traveled every "They show the spiral journey of the 

way of life that man must tread. soul until the man of earth and God are 

"He was despised, rejected and 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 sacred pages all the messages of Purity 

of the works of Purity and Love; but and Love. 

not a word is lost, for in the Book of ^t", ^„ . „ ^„ c «+u -n j 

God's Remembrance a registry is made ,, ^^^^ ^77, ^.^^,?^ ^,^^ ^^ l^^^ 

of every thought and word and deed; the words of life in the language of his 

"And when the worid is ready to re- iiative land, and men will see the light, 

ceive, lo, God will send a messenger to "And man again will be at one with 

open up the book and copy from its God." — Aquarian Gospel 7:25-28. 

Further references to the personality of Levi are, seemingly, unneces- 
sary. 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, Intelli- 
gence and Love, and a person may be in full accord with one of these attri- 
butes 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 



12 INTRODUCTION 

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 InteUigence, 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 recep- 
tion of the one particular tone and rhythm, audit 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 accomplish- 
ment, 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 



INTRODUCTION 



13 



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. 

"AH 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 sera- 
phim, 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 per- 
fect 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, un- 
fold, 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 per- 
fumes 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 be- 
came a foe that man must fight, that hfi 



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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 temp- 
tations 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 wel^ 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 t)n 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. 



CHAP. 

10 
105 
132 

39 



Abram, Sketch of Hfe 
Account must be given, 
Accusers are the greatest sinners 
Address of Jesus at magian feast 

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 partialpayments on debts 138 
Afflictions, lesson of Jesus 1 38 
Afflictions merited ; the law (V. 5, 6) 138 
Age, Messiah comes at first of every 73 
A j ainin ; Jesus his guest 37 
Ajainin in Benares to see Jesus 29 
Aj ainin visits Jesus 29 
Almsgiving, lesson of Jesus on 94 
Almighty God, the Father; Omnis- 
cient 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 



CHAP. 

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 Zachariaa 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 



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 dis- 
ciples' 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 
Barabas 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 



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CHAP. 

Birth, of Holy Breath 75 

Birth, of water 75 

Birthday feast of child Jesus 16 

Birthd ay feast of Herod 117 

Blessed is the Son of Man 156 

Blessedness of living the word of God 108 

Blind lead ers and their folio wers 1 00 

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 1 17 

Burial of Jesus in Joseph's tomb 171 

Busybodies seek faults in others 100 



Caesarea — Philippi, Christines in 128 

Caiphas, 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 

Confessioo of faith, the people 68 



CHAP. 

Confession of faith, Lamaas 80 
Confession of faith, Bethlehemites 77 
Confession of faith, Samaritan wo- 
man 81 
Confession of faith, Samaritans 82 
Confession of faith essential 109 
Confession of faith not to be bought 1 07 
Confession of faith, the healed blind 

man 139 
Confession of Peter: "Thou art 

the Christ" 128 

Chaldee, Jesus in 42 
Charge to Mary and Elizabeth by 

Elihu 7 
Charge, the final to Mary and Eliz- 
abeth 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 dis- 
ciples 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 



SUBJECT INDEX 



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Courtesan brought before Jesus 
Courtesan and Publicans at feast 

of God 
Covetousness is theft 
Coward, the man who fights 
Circle; its meaning 
Cross must be borne 
Cross, each must bear his own 
Cross the sea, Christines 
Crippled healed tells the news 
Crippled man sought healing waters 
Crucifixion not permitted 
Crucifixion, Jesus' secret lesson on 
Cruelty of sacrifice 
Crumbs, twelve baskets full gath- 
ered 



CHAP. 

134 



153 

98 

97 

48 

129 

142 

117, 124 

91 

91 

168 

127 

19 

124 



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, lam- 
entation 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 



CHAP. 

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 



£ 



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 Har- 
binger 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' oppor- 
tunity 124 



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 



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SUBJECT INDEX 



CHAP. 

False witnesses testify; Jesus ad- 
judged guiltjr 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 presen tat 18,19 

Feast, Mary makes for Jesus 43 

Feast of Ravanna in Nazareth 2 1 

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 1 63 
Fire, Bethany in flames 92 
Fire controlled by Jesus' word 92 
Fish, a multitude caught 88 
Five thousand fed 124 
Flesh not immortal, maybe dissolved 109 
Flowing spring near Persepolis 41 
Fly across the sea, demand of Phar- 
isees 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 



Gadara, Christines in 118 

Garden of Siloam, Jesus* tomb 172 

Garments divided by soldiers 170 

Getheseme, Jesus in 163 



CHAP. 

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 m 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 



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 



SUBJECT INDEX 



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CHAP. 

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 



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 J 46 
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 



Jaganath, Jesus in 22 

Jairus' daughter dies 120 

Jealous brothers of Jesus 43 
Jealousy unknown in Brotherhood 

of Right ^ ^ 83 

Jerico, 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 6 



CHAP. 

Journey to their homes, Joseph, 

Mary, Jesus, Elizabeth, John 12 

Journey through Sidon and Leba- 
non 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 



Kashmar, Jesus in vale of 37 

Kaspar, Persian Sage 38 

Kaspar states needs of Persia 66 

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 



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 compre- 
hended 40 
Listening, Mary chose the better part 136 
Living Oracle 45 
Living people may help the dead 128 



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SUBJECT INDEX 



CHAP. 

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, appear- 
ances 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 Per- 

sopolis 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 Brother- 
hood in Greece 7 
To Claudas and Juliet in Rome 178 
To the priests in temple Heliopo- 
lis, Egypt 178 



CHAP. 

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 I55 

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 



SUBJECT INDEX 



CHAP. 

Nicodemus in Jesus* defense 134 
Nicod emus' 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 1 18 

Number of a soul 134 



Oaths change no conditions 99 
Obsessed man freed by Jesus 

83, 89, 106, 121 
Obsessed man met Christines 118 
Obsessed girl freed bv 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' ad- 
dress 105 
Outer man seen by carnal man 71 
Overcoming; promise to disciples 162 



Palestine under Roman rule 

Paying debts by healing 

Parable, Gold mine 

Good Samaritan 
Good Seed and Tares 
Householder and Laborers 143 
Householder and Servants 158 
Importunate Housewife 
Importunate Widow 
King and Vast Domain 
Laborer and Rich Field 
Leaven 
Lost Sheep 
Marriage Feast 
Nobleman and Unjust 



Parable 
Parable 
Parable^ 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable! 
Parable 

Sons 
Parable 
Parable, 
Parable! 

vest 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable! 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable, 
Parable 
Parable 
Parable 
Paschal 



1 

138 
142 
136 
116 



137 
145 
73 
33 
116 
131 
154 



Pharisee and Publican 

Prodigal Son 

Rich man and Great Har- 



25 
145 
144 



111 
153 
141 
142 
36 



Rich Man's Feast 

Rich Man and His Feast 

Rich Man and Lazarus 

Righteous King and Sons 

Seed and its Growth 

Sower 

Ten Servants and Pounds 149 

Ten Virgins 

Treasures in Field 
, Stalks with Broken Blades 

Unkept Vineyard 

Wheat and Tares explained 116 
Supper, preparation 160 

Password of man is character 95 

Patience and readiness 111 



140, 116 
116 



158 

116 

27 

34 



Parting words of Jesus 

Patron of Jesus, Ravanna 

Peace, Jesus' address on 

Pearl of greatest price 

Pentecost 

Perfect man, Jesus 

Perfect age; no rites 

Perfect age; all people priests 

Perfection of man, Seventh Postulate 

Persia, Persepolis, Jesus in 

Peter afraid in outer court 

Peter walks on the water 

Pharisees censure Christines 

Phenomena hunters carnal 

Phenomena of Holy Breath 

Philo states Jewish needs 

Philo pleads for Jesus 

Physical body not the man 

Picture of Holy Breath 

Pilate protects Christines 

Pilate would save Jesus' life 

Pilate, Jesus taken before 

Pillars of the Church 

Plea for help in home affairs 

Plea of Pilate for Jesus to flee 

Plea of Jesus before Caiaphas 

Platform from which Jesus speaks 

Potter's field bought 

Porch of temple, great meeting in 

Power of Jesus 

Power defined by Jesus 

Power of faith 

Power of God not recognized 

Power of God casting evil spirits 

out 
Pray, Christines go apart to 
Pray, Jesus teaches Lazarus to 
Prayed in sacred grove, Jesus 
Prayer to idols for help 
Prayer no sign of saintship 
Prayer, effectual 
Prayer of the envious not heard 



21 

CHAP. 
161 

21 
113 
142 
182 

59 



35 

35 

59 

38 

165 

124 

93 

107 

182 

57 

72 

126 

96 

181 

163 

166 

95 

111 

163 

166 

154 

169 

147 

31 

22 

130 

130 



106 

94, 109 

137 



84 
46 

101 
46 

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 



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CHAP. 

Pruner, blessed work 34 
Pupils at Zoan — Mary and Eliza- 
beth 7 
Purity essential 68 
Purity demanded 126 
Purity manifest by John 7 
Purifying fires 116 



Questions at Jesus' trial 165 



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' 

^lea 120 

Reincarnation affirmed by Jesus 37 

Rejected stone becomes capstone 154 

Repudiates claim to c arnal 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 



CHAP. 

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 Christ 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 selfish- 
ness 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 . 68 
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 Aaiher healed 78 
Sick healed at Sychar 83 
Sick woman healed by thought 84 
Sick son of nobleman healed 87 
Sick and obsessed healed at Caper- 
naum 89 



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CHAP. 

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 



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 1 33, 1 30 

Temple of God is the heart 81 

Temple priests invite Jesus 29 



CHAP. 

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 — Sin- 
cerity 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 — Phi- 51 

lanthropy 
Fifth temptation — Fear 52 

Fifth victory 52 

Fifth Brotherhood degree 62 

Sixth temptation — Carnal love 53 
Sixth victory 53 

Sixth Brotherhood degree 53 

Seventh temptation — Emotion 54 
Seventh victory 54 

Seventh Brotherhood degree — The 55 
Christ 
Temptations of Jesus in the Wilder- 
ness 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 tbs soul 99 

Tree without fruit cut down 105 

Treasure box o^ Christines 114 

Tree known by its fruit 10 1 

Trial hour for apostles 161 

Triumphant entry into Jerusalem 151 



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SUBJECT INDEX 



Tribute to Caesar 
Tribulations indescribable 
Trust in God; He will care 
Truth, defined by Jesus 
Truth, the leavening power 
Truth, spoken in kindness 
Tuesday, Jesus in Jerusalem 
Twelve is the number of the Jew 
Tyre, Jesus in 



Unbelief precludes great work 
Unclean spirits afraid of Jeslis 
Unclean spirits obey Jesus 
Unclean spirits in animals 
Unclean animals drowned in sea 
Unfold ment, Jesus' lesson on 
Unity of God and man 
Unity of God, foundation of law 
Universal Brotherhood 
Universal Fatherhood 
Universal Church 
Universal family 
Unrest in Jerusalem 
Ur of Chaldeas, Jesus in 
Unsuccessful fishermen 
Upbraids disciples for striving 
Upbraids Judas for treachery 
Upper gate of consciousness 



CHAP. 

155 

157 

99 

22 

10 

111 

153 

133 

123 



86 

118 

118 

118 

118 

25 

84 

96 

81 

28 

60 

106 

134 

42 

88 

160 

164 

142 



28: 



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 ol 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 



CHAP. 

Washes his hands in innocence, 

Pilate 168 

Washed not hands before eatin,g 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-interfer- 
ence 167 
Will, faith, helpfulness and love, 

Fifth Postulate 69 

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 66 
Worth of a soul 129 
Worth of the soul, its measure 111 
Wounded Malchus healed by Jesus 164 



Yoke of Christ easy 104 



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. Joa- 
chim's feast. Mary is blest by 
the priests. His prophecy. Mary 
abides in the temple. Is betrothed 
to Joseph. 

AUGUSTUS Csesar 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 need- 
ful 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 carpen- 
ter of Nazareth. 

12 And Joseph was an upright 
man, and a devoted Essenes. 



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Section II 



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 Eliza- 
beth 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 re- 
deem; 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 serv- 
ice 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, 

1 5 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 thej^ 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 Zacha- 
rias and Elizabeth did Mary tarry 
ninety days; then she returned to 
Nazareth. 

20 To Zacharias and EHzabeth 
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; 



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27 



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 proph- 
et of the Holy One ; and you will go 
before his face, and will prepare his 
way. 

25 And you will give a knowl- 
edge of salvation unto Israel; and 
you will preach the gospel of re- 
pentance and the blotting out of 
sins. 

26 Behold, for soon the Day 
Star from on high will visit us, to 
light the way for those who sit 
within the darkness of the shadow- 
land, and guide our 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 be- 
fore the child and said, 

7 All strength, all wisdom and 
all love be yours, ImmanueK 

8 Now, on the hills of Bethle- 
hem 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 prom- 
ise 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 joj^ul 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 Im- 
manuel. 

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 Bethle- 
hem. 

17 And Zacharias and Elizabeth 
took John and came to Bethlehem 
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Section II 



18 And Mary and Elizabeth re- 
counted 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 Im- 
manuel! Behold the signet cross 
of the Messiah on his brow! 

10 And then the woman knelt 
to worship him^ as God with us, Im- 
manuel; 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 wor- 
shipped 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 p)'ophets 
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 has- 
tened to the West in search of him, 
the new-born king, that they might 
honor him. 

3 And one took gold, the sym- 
bol of nobility; another myrrh, the 
symbol of dominion and of power; 
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bol 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 w^e 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? 

1 1 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 Bethle- 
hem. 

12 They said. The prophet Mi- 
cah 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 ma- 
gian 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 Bethle- 
hem are massacred hy Herod's or- 
der. Elizabeth escapes with John. 
Because Zacharias cannot tell 
where his son is hidden, he is mur- 
dered. 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 pre- 
pare the people to receive the 
king. 

3 This angered more and more 



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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 Her- 
od 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 harbin- 
ger, while he was serving in the 
Holy Place, to say. The king de- 
mands 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 w^here they have 
taken him? 

13 And when the guards re- 
turned and told the king what Zach- 
arias 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 soiQ. 

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

18 Now, Zacharias stood before 
the altar in the Holy Place en- 
gaged 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 salu- 
tation 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 
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SECTION III. 

GIMEL. 

Education of Mary and Elizabeth in Zoan, 



CHAPTER 7. 

Archelaus reigns. Mary and Eliz- 
abeth with their sons are in Zoan 
and are taught by Elihu and Sa- 
lome. Elihu's introductory les- 
son. 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 
eon were down in Egypt in Zoan, 
and John was with his mother in 
the Judean hills. 

5 Elihu and Salome sent mes- 
sengers 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 gov- 
erns all events. 

8 From olden times it was or- 
dained 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 Eliz- 
abeth, 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 prepara- 
tion age of soul, the kingdom of Im- 
manuel, 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, Reveal- 
ers 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, re- 
storing 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 
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comes to manifest that love to men. 

22 Now, love cannot be mani- 
fest 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 w^ay 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 mes- 
senger 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 Thereare 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 embodi- 
ment 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 prom- 
ises, but poor in blessedness and 
peace; it offers pleasure, joy and sat- 
isfying 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 bit- 
terness 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, your- 
selfs. 

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 
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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 mon- 
ster of the nether world; and they 
have gods that are but demons in 
disguise; all powerful, yet full of 
jealousy and hate and lust; 

1 8 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; to- 
morrow 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; to- 
morrow 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- 
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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 im- 
age 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 be- 
came 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 flow- 



ers; 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 de- 
sires 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 mani- 
fests of Tao Great. 

30 Thus closed the lesson of 
Salome. 

CHAPTER 10. 

Elihu's lessons. The Brahmic re- 
ligion. Life of Abram. Jewish 
sacred books. The Persian re- 
ligion. 

ELIHU taught; he said, In an- 
cient 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 bur- 
dens 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 be- 
fore the world. 

5 And they preserved inviolate 
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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 Ca- 
naan, 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 cradle- 
land of the initiate; all secret things 
belong to Egypt land; and this is 
why the masters come. 

13 In Zoan Abram taught his 
science of the stars, and in that sa- 
cred 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 Per- 
sia 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 weak- 
ness 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 re- 
deemed. 

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 ail 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 
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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 mys- 
teries 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 right- 
eousness. 

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 con- 
quers self than he who kills a thou- 
sand 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 re- 
corded 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 mani- 
fests the power of God who speaks 
to us through sun and moon and 
stars ; 

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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 com- 
passionate. 

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 ev- 
ery 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 sin- 
fulness of sin; to lead them from the 
adoration of the lower self, and all 
illusive things, and make them con- 
scious 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 tempta- 
tions 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 sa- 
cred 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 Eliz- 
abeth with Jesus and his harbinger, 
set forth upon their homeward way. 
They went not by Jerusalem, for 
Archelaus reigned. 

24 They j ourneyed by the Bitter 
Sea, and when they reached Engedi 
hills they rested in the home of 
Joshua, a near of kin; and here Eliz- 
abeth 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. 



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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 for- 
giveness, 

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 les- 
sons that he learned. 

3 Now in the hills were many- 
caves. The cave of David was 
a-near in which the Hermit of En- 
gedi 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 wil- 
derness 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 cru- 
elty, 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 mes- 
sage that the harbinger shall bring 
to men. 

18 What is forgiveness? John 
inquired. 

19 Matheno said. It is the pay- 
ing 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 him- 
self? Can man forgive himself? 

22 Matheno said, The door is 
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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 ben- 
efits of antagonisms. Ancient sa- 
cred 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 sub- 
lime; 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 har- 
vest 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, con- 
fined 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 dan- 
gerous 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 with- 
out 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 ap- 
peared 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 
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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 com- 
ing day. 

24 But you must keep that pur- 
ity 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. Ma- 
theno's lessons. The ministry of 
death. The mission of John. In- 
stitution of the rite of baptism. 
Matheno takes John to Egypt, and 
places him in the temple at Sahara, 
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 Zach- 
arias* 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 prob- 
lems 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 
1 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 concep- 
tion 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 Naza- 
rite. 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. 

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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 har- 
binger, 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 re- 
turned unto the wilderness. 

29 Now in Engedi's hills Ma- 
theno '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 hier- 
ophant with joy received the har- 
binger and he was called the Brother 
Nazarite. 

31 For eighteen years John 
lived and wrought within these tem- 
ple gates; and here he conquered 
self, became a master mind and 
learned the duties of the harbinger. 



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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 inter- 
pretation. His birthday gift. 

THE home of Joseph was on 
Marmion Way in Nazareth; 
here Mary taught her son the les- 
sons 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, grand- 
parents 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 stag- 
nant ponds, and turn the most dis- 
cordant notes to harmony and 
praise. 

15 Joachim said. My son, to- 
day 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 chil- 
dren 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 pleas- 
ures of this day. 

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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 
nis words; he told his mission every- 
irhere. 

21 And in a little time one hun- 
rred and three-score of happy, rag- 
ged 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 rabhi of the syna- 
gogue 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 be- 
longs 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 win- 
dows 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 
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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 flow- 
ers 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 sacri- 
ficers. Appeals to Hidel, who 
sympathizes with him. He re- 
mains 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 butch- 
ers 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 pur- 
pose 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 com- 
manded 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 pro- 
claimed 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 sm ell 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 every- 
where. Can we not purify our 
hearts and drive out cruelty, and 
every wicked thought, and make 
within, a temple where the God of 
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17 The master of the great San- 
hedrim felt as though he was him- 
self 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 par- 
ents 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 Naz- 
areth; 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 hook of 
prophecy. By request of Hillel he 
interprets the prophecies. 

AGAIN the great feast in Jerusa- 
lem 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 
ball. 

4 And Jesus opened up a book 
of prophecy and read : 

5 Woe, woe, to Ariel, the town 
where David dwelt I I will disman- 
tle 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 d^ 
serted me. They draw to me with 
speech, and with their lips they 
honor me; their hearts are far re- 
moved from me; their fear for me is 
that inspired by man. 

11 And I will breathe an ad- 
verse breath upon my people, Is- 
rael; 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 my- 
self? 

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 re- 
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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 rever- 
ence 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 offer- 
ings 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 common- 
wealth: 

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 de-^ 
mands 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 Jeru- 
salem, 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 jour- 
ney. The missing Jesus. The 
search for him. His parents find 
him in the temple. He goes with 
them to Nazareth. Symbolic mean- 
ing 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 
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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 Naza- 
reth; 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 meas- 
ure 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 de- 
sires 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 sym- 
metrical. 

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 lad- 
der 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 hoy. 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, Ra- 
vanna 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. 

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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 prophe- 
cies concerning him ; about the won- 
ders 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 Naz- 
areth. 

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 won- 
dered 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 
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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 re- 
flexes 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 ever- 
more 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 man- 
ifest ; 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 pow- 
ers 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 un- 
derstanding 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 wis- 
dom what have you to say? 

23 And Jesus said, It is the con- 
sciousness 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 reach- 
ing 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 su- 
dras and visyas. In Benares, 
Jesus becomes a pupil of Udraka, 
The lessons of Udraka. 

OW, Jesus with his friend La- 
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gions 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, main- 
tains an equilibrium in all his parts, 
and thus insures true harmony; and 
harmony is health, while discord is 
disease. 

S That which produces har- 
mony in all the parts of man is med- 
icine, 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 ex- 
panse 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 vigor- 
ous 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; bis 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 harp- 
sichord, 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, rein- 
forced by love, is God's great sov- 
ereign 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. 

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mons, 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 de- 
mons 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 hu- 
man 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 com- 
plain. 

4 In the beginning days of hu- 
man life Brahm spoke, and four 
men stood before his face. 

5 Now, from the mouth of Par- 
abrahm the first man came; and he 
was white, was like the Brahm him- 
self; 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 Par- 
abrahm 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 Par- 
abrajim 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 an- 
gered by the words which Jesus 
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seized him, and would have done 
him harm. 

20 But then Lamaas raised his 
hand and said, You priests of 
Brahm, beware I 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. 

ii 23 And then the priests re- 
frained 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 multi- 
tudes 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 broth- 
ers, must be servants at my feet, 

6 And then he called his broth- 
ers 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 noble- 
man called up his sons to render 
their accounts. 

12 And when he knew that one, 
his eldest son, had seized the whole 
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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 an- 
swer not, the father took unto him- 
self 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 sat- 
isfy 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 Jagan- 
nath. Jesus reveals to the people 
the emptiness of Brahmic rites j 
and how to see God in man. 
Teaches them the divine law of sac- 
rifice, 

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 fren- 
zied 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. 

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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 bless- 
ings can attend the one who takes 
the food from hungry mouths to be 
destroyed by fire. 

19 When you would offer sacri- 
fice 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 sac- 
rificial altars into fuel for the flames. 

22 Make human hearts your al- 
tars, and burn your sacrifices with 
the fire of love. 

23 And all the people were en- 
tranced, and would have wor- 
shipped 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 f ara- 
ble 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 courte- 
sans. 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. 

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self for sake of reputation or of 
fame. 

8 These are but worthless bau- 
bles 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 shal- 
low 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 respect- 
ability and moral worth, are work- 
ing 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 ac- 
cuse. 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 brok- 
en down. 

26 And when he sent his reap- 
ers 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 har- 
vesters and said to them. Where is 
my grain? 

30 They answered him and said. 
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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. Criti- 
cises 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 con- 
cerning 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 dei- 
ties, 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 liv- 
ing 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 can- 
not 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 wis- 
dom, 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 Par- 
abrahm; in Egypt he is Thoth; and 
Zeus is his name in Greece; Jehovah 
is his Hebrew name; but every- 
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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 inter- 
cede; 

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 onoj a priest, just for yourself; 
and sacrifice of blood God does not 
want. 

25 Just give your life in sacri- 
ficial 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 them- 
selves. 

27 Some said, He is inspired by 
Holy Brahm; and others said. He is 
insane; and others said. He is ob- 
sessed; 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 in- 
vitation 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 Bi^jb 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 mes- 
sage 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 en- 
raged. 

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

14 These words of Jesus an- 
gered 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 sub- 
jects? what its laws? 

19 And Jesus said, This king- 
dom is not far away, but man with 
mortal eyes can see it not ; it is with- 
in 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 trans- 
muted into spirit-self; the body 
must be washed in living streams 
of purity. 

23 Ajainin asked. Can I be- 
come 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 brother- 
hood 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 tar- 
ried 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 unwel- 
come news. 

3 Your father is no more on 
earth; your mother grieves; and 
none can comfort her. She won- 
ders 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. 

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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 
eannot 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 your- 
self; 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 unal- 
loyed 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, supplj^ng all your needs; 
and r am with you all the way, J3- 
hoshua. 

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 fol- 
lowed 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 oc- 
cur; 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 Ja- 
gannath, who knew the inner life of 
Jesus well, was in their midst, and 
heard the rantings of the priests, 

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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 re- 
sort 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 Proph- 
ets; read the Vedas, the Avesta and 
the wisdom of Guatama. 

3 And as they read and talked 
about the possibilities of man, Bar- 
ata said, 

4 Man is the marvel of the uni- 
verse. 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 perfect- 
ness. The protoplast evolved, be- 
coming 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 
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form best suited to its growth. So 
mind may manifest as worm, or 
bird, or beast, or man. 

8 The time will come when ev- 
erything of life will be evolved unto 
the state of perfect man. 

9 And after man is man in per- 
fectness, he will evolve to higher 
forms of life. 

10 And Jesus said, Barata Ara- 
bo, 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 oth- 
ers say; but thus he never knows. 
If man would know, he must him- 
self 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 them- 
selves; 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 He- 
brews call these seven Spirits, Elo- 
him.) 

21 And these are they who, in 
their boundless power, created ev- 
erything 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 crea- 
ture is possessed of will, and, in its 
measure, has the power to choose, 

28 And in their native planes 
all creatures are supplied with nour- 
ishment from the ethers of their 
planes. 

29 And so it was with every liv- 
ing 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 mani- 
fest, which men call physical, ap- 
peared. 

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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 con- 
flict 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 proto- 
plast. 

36 In yonder kingdom of the 
soul this carnal evolution is not 
known, and the great work of mas- 
ter minds is to restore the heritage 
of man, to bring him back to his es- 
tate that he has lost, when he again 
will live upon the ethers of his na- 
tive 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 ab- 
sorbed, and man, and beast, and 



plant, and earth and protoplast 
will be redeemed. 

40 Barata was amazed; the 
wisdom of the Jewish sage w^as rev- 
elation unto him. 

41 Nov/, 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 mas- 
ter sage stands here in temple Kap- 
avistu. 

43 This Hebrew prophet is the 
rising star of wisdom, deified. He 
brings to us a knowledge of the se- 
cret things of God; and all the world 
will hear his words, will heed his 
words, and glorify his name. 

44 You priests of temple Kap- 
avistu, 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 para- 
ble 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. 

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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 per- 
son 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 heav- 
en 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. 

1 1 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 pre- 
cious 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. 



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CHAPTER 34. 

The Jubilee in Kapavistu. Jesus 
teaches in the plaza and the people 
are astonished. He relates the par- 
able of the unkept vineyard and the 
vine dresser. The priests are an- 
gered by his words. 

IT was a gala day in sacred Kapa- 
vistu; 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 an- 
cient 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 fool- 
ish man! the vineyard is despoiled. 

9 Such desolation! There is 
no beauty left, and when the har- 
vest time shall come the gatherers 
will find no fruit. 

10 The pruner said. Content 
yourselves with what you think, and 
come again ^t 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 hu- 
man 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 un- 
clothed 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 har- 
vesters 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. 



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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 re- 
quire priests, and shrines, and sac- 
rifice 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 him- 
self 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 re- 
quire 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 re- 
quire 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 ad- 
mired 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 serv- 
ants of our Father-God, are kings 
and priests. 

11 Will not the coming age de- 
mand 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 chant- 
ing pious chants to advertise them- 
selves 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. 



TN Lassa of Tibet there was a mas- 
-■- ter'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 



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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 mes- 
sage 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 
v/ith 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 di- 
vine 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, 



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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 boun- 
ties 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 La- 
hore, 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 no- 
ble 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 ex- 
plained 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 wil- 
derness bring here to us. 

11 From whence this talent and 
this power? In one short life they 



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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 expressive- 
ness, and such purity of voice and 
touch. 

14 Ten thousand years ago these 
people mastered harmony. In days 
of old they trod the busy thorough- 
fares of life, and caught the melody 
of birds, and played on harps of per- 
fect 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 dehght to hear them 
play and sing. 

17 And Jesus taught the com- 
mon people of Lahore; he healed 
their sick, and showed to them the 
way to rise to better things by help- 
fulness. 

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 mas- 
ters 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 re- 
garded 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 



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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 de- 
clared they were transfigured ; seem- 
ing 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 commun- 
ion 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 mas- 
ters 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 Fa- 
ther-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 man- 
ifest 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, pro- 
duce inharmonies, discordant tones. 

13 And certain things, though 



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good and pure, when mixed, pro- 
duce discordant things, yea, poison- 
ous 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, fol- 
lows 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 Si- 



lence 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 dis- 
turbed 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 hu- 
man eyes. 

11 When in the. Silence, phan- 
tom 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 Si- 
lence 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 trou- 
bled thoughts. 

14 Your human will must be ab- 
sorbed by the divine; then you will 



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come into a consciousness of holi- 
ness. 

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 flam- 
ing torch of love. 

18 And when you see the can- 
dles all aflame, just look, and you 
will see, with eyes of soul, the wa- 
ters 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 He- 
brew master speak and he ex- 
claimed, 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, IS^ 
taught and healed the sick. 

CHAPTER 41. 

Jesus stands hy a healing fountain. 
Reveals the fact that faith is the po- 
tent factor in healing and many are 
healed by faith. A I Me 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 spe- 
cial blessing of your God. 

6 From whence do healing vir- 
tues 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 heaUng virtue 
every day. 

8 Hear me, you sick, disconso- 
late : 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 



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^"^ashing 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 f orevermore. 

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 any- 
thing? 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 peo- 
ple in Ur of Chaldea. Meets Ash- 
bina, with whom he visits many 
towns and cities, teaching and heal- 
ing 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 un- 
to his home beside the Caspian Sea; 
and Jesus soon was in Chaldea, cra- 
dle land of Israel. 

4 In Ur, where Abraham was 
born, he tarried for a time; and 
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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 broth- 
erhood 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 mas- 
ter 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 multi- 
tude of people who were sick. 

CHAPTER 43. 

Jesus and 4-shhina visit Babylon and 
remark its desolation. The two 
masters remain in company seven 
days; then Jesus resumes his home- 
ward journey. Arrives in Naza- 
reth. His mother gives a feast in 
his honor. His brothers are dis- 
pleased. 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 captiv- 
ity. 

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 de- 
stroyed 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 



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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 shud- 
dered 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 in- 
dolent, 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 Naz- 



areth 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 
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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 under- 
standing, 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 home- 
land 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 mas- 
ters now. 

15 But all your high accom- 
plishments are but stepping stones 
to worlds beyond the realm of 
sense; are but illusive shadows flit- 
ting 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. 

1 9 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 intel- 
lect 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 conscious- 
ness will sleep no more, and man 
will know, and God will bless. 

27 When Jesus had thus said he 
stepped aside. The Grecian mas- 
ters were astonished at the wisdom 
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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 compre- 
hend the things he said, they were 
delighted and accepted his philos- 
ophy. 

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 accom- 
pany 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 de- 
crease my wisdom and my power; 
from henceforth will increase the 
wisdom and the power of him, Im- 
manuel. 

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 wis- 
dom 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 Del- 
phic Oracle has spoken many a help- 
ful word for Greece. 

16 Pray tell me what it is that 
speaks. Is it an angel, man, or liv- 
ing god? 

17 And Jesus said. It is not an- 
gel, 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 
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CHAPTER 46. 

A storm on the sea. Jesus rescues 
many drowning men. The Athe- 
nians 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, heed- 
less 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 pray- 
ers? 

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 mak- 
ing 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 Hoty 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 philoso- 
phy; the height of her unselfish as- 
pirations have well fitted her to be 
the champion of the cause of human 
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23 The fates of war have subju- 
gated 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 shad- 
owland 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 jour- 
neys. Elihu and Salome praise 
God. Jesus goes to the temple in 
Heliopolis andis 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 sa- 
cred 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 teach- 
er 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 na- 
tions 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 Heli- 
opolis, and sought admission to the 
temple of the sacred brotherhood. 

10 The council of the brother- 
hood 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 
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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 mastei said. Take then 
the vow of secret brotherhood And 
Jesus took the vow of secret broth- 
erhood. 

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, SIN- 
CERITY. 

THE master took down from the 
wall a scroll on which was 
written down the number and the 
name of every attribute and charac- 
ter. He said, 

2 The circle is the symbol of the 
perfect man, and seven is the num- 
ber of the perfect man; 

3 The Logos is the perfect word ; 
that which creates; that which de- 
stroys, 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-Cir- 
cle-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 him- 
self 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 



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deceit? Am I within these holy 
walls to learn the wiles of vile hy- 
pocrisy? 

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 ap- 
peared and said, 

21 Well done! the Logos has 
prevailed. This is the trial cham- 
ber 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, SIN- 
CERITY; and not a Avord 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 
testy and receives the second degree, 
JUSTICE. 

THE Logos did not care to rest ; 
he said, Why wait in this lux- 
urious 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 op- 
ened, 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 lib- 
erty. 

6 We once, like you, were in 
these dens confined, and thought 
that through these wierd, 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 dis- 
guise. 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, w^ho 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, 
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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 what- 
soe'er you be, your words fall lightly 
on my ears, 

17 Could I prejudge these hun- 
dred 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 hiero- 
phant ; 

24 And not a word was said, 
but in his hands the master placed 
a scroll on which the word sugges- 
tive, 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 furnish- 
ings, and lighted up with gold and 
silver lamps. 

2 The colors of its ceilings, deco- 
rations, furnishings and walls were 
blue and gold. 

3 Its shelves were filled with 
books of master minds; the paint- 
ings 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 approach- 
ed and said, 

6 Behold the glory of this place I 
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 re- 
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the course that leads to certain fame. 

12 And thus the priest, a demon 
in disguise, sung syren songs of un- 
belief; 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; un- 
belief 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 bau- 
bles 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 mark- 
ings 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 cheerful- 
ness. 

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. 



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11 The giddy throng found 
pleasure in abusing him; they jos- 
tled him against the wall, and 
laughed at his discomfiture. 

12 And then a poor, frail wo- 
man 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 un- 
earned for and unloved; and still the 
merry dance went on. 

15 And when the pleasure seek- 
ers urged that Jesus join them in 
their mirth, he said, 

16 How could I seek for pleas- 
ure 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 hu- 
man 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 un- 
loved, discouraged and depressed. 

24 And this that you call mirth 
is but a phantom of the night; but 
flashes of the fire of passion, paint- 
ing 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 be- 
fore 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. 

Jesics spends forty days in the temple 
groves. Passes the fifth brother- 
hood test and receives the fifth de- 
gree, 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 
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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 car- 
casses 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 vi- 
brations 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 les- 
sons 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 an- 
other 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 vic- 
tory. 

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 re- 
garded 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 en- 
trancing 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 
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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 him- 
self, 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 kin- 
dled in his soul, and he w^as 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 hard- 
est 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 con- 
tented in your love; 

26 But all the world is craving 
for a love that I have come to mani- 
fest. 

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 ap- 
peared, and said. All hail! tri- 
umphant Logos, hail! The con- 
queror of carnal love stands on the 
heights. 

32 And then he placed in Jesus' 
hands a scroll on which was written 
LOVE DIVINE. 

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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 mys- 
teries of Egypt. In passing the 
seventh test, he works in the Cham- 
ber of the Dead. 

THE senior course of study now 
was opened up and Jesus en- 
tered and became a pupil of the 
hierophant. 

2 He learned the secrets of the 
mystic lore of Egypt land ; the mys- 
teries 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 em- 
balmed; the weeping mother fol- 
lowed 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 happi- 
ness 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 happi- 
ness 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 hun- 
ter'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 life- 
less 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 bil- 
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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 bUss cannot be 
ours till we have conquered these. 

26 And in the presence of that 
child did Jesus bow his head in rev- 
erence. He said, 

27 For days and months and 
years I've sought to learn this high- 
est 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, for- 
evermore. 

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 Cham- 
ber 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 de- 
gree. 

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 cap- 
tives 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 hving creature 
said, AMEN. 

12 The great doors of the tem- 
ple swung ajar; the Logos jour- 
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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 jus- 
tice, 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 cen- 
ter 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 As- 
syria 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 coun- 
cil 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 fa- 
thers 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 com- 
ing 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, righteous- 
ness 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 fu- 
neral 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 
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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 Assy- 
ria 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 rudder- 
less, 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 in- 
trigues. 

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 Ught is com- 
ing 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 per- 
fectness. 

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 emanci- 
pation 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 cham- 
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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 re- 
freshed 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 com- 
ing years. 

3 They knew the kind of laws 
and precepts suited best to his es- 
tate; 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 wor- 
ship 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 ad- 
vanced 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 him- 
self ; 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 car- 
nal eyes; will hear the soundless 
sound; will know the Spirit-God. 

12 The age we enter is the Pre- 



pf^.ration 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 mul- 
titude of beings are but phases of 
the one great thought made mani- 
fest. 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 Fa- 
ther-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 cre- 
ative 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 Sep- 
tonate, clothed in the substances of 
soul. 

26 And his desires were strong; 
he sought to manifest on every plane 
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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 darksome- 
ness 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 ris- 
ing 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 per- 
fect 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 unself- 
ish 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. 

1 3 And Philcr 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 car- 
nal 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. 

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18 Then Meng-ste said, The 
Holy One has sent to us a man il- 
lumined by the efforts of unnum- 
bered 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 wis- 
dom 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 con- 
densed in these immortal postulates. 
These are the seven hills on which 
the holy city shall be built. 

3 These are the seven sure foun- 
dation stones on which the Univer- 
sal Church shall stand. 

4 In taking up the work as- 
signed for me to do I am full con- 
scious 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 ad- 
vanced in sacred thought to compre- 
hend 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 es- 
tate 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 compre- 
hend 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 postu- 
lates, and will be built according 
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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 Jeru- 
salem; and then he sought his home 
in Galilee. 



SECTION XIII. 

MEM. 



The Ministry of JohUj the Harbinger. 



CHAPTER 61. 

John, the harbinger, returns to He- 
bron. 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 cer- 
tain days. 

2 And then he sought the wil- 
derness and made his home in Da- 
vid's cave where many years before, 
he was instructed by the Egyptian 
sage. 

3 Some people called him Her- 
mit 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. 

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not and none can enter but the pure 
in heart. 

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

18 Again the hermit disappear- 
ed; 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 Pales- 
tine, 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 doc- 
tors and the scribes were sore afraid ; 
they said no more; they hid them- 
selves 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 wil- 
derness, 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 
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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 awful- 
ness 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 prom- 
ised land. 

14 And then he left the temple 
court to enter it no more ; but many 
people followed him as far as Beth- 
any, 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 vaga- 
bonds 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. An- 
nounces 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 multi- 
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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 wa- 
ters of this stream be washed, sym- 
bolic 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 Beth- 
any; 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 unre- 
pentant 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 man- 
kind; 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 con- 
tented 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, sym- 
bolic 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 gar- 
ner 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 un- 
loose. 

27 And John left Bethany and 
went again unto the Jordan ford. 

CHAPTER 64. 

Jesus comes from Galilee, and is bap- 
tized 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. 
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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 sym- 
bol 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, sym- 
bolic 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 harf 
binger, 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 man- 
ifest 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 bap- 
tized, 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. Re- 
turns to the camps of John and be- 
gins teaching. 

THE harbinger had paved the 
way; the Logos had been in- 
troduced 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 car- 
nal life. 

4 Have I the strength to over- 
come and give my life a willing sac- 
rifice for men? 

5 When I shall stand before the 
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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 Phar- 
aohs? 

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 be- 
lieve that you are the Messiah sent 
from God. 

11 This you can surely do; for 
did not David say, He gives his an- 
gels 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 wilder- 
ness^ 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? 

1 1 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 
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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 Gahlee to John; we thought 
that he was Christ, but he confessed 
to us that he was not; 

16 That he was but the harbin- 
ger 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, 1 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 can- 
not miss the way. 

23 Then Jesus and the six dis- 
ciples sat a long, long time in silent 
thought. 

CHAPTER 67. 

Jesus visits John at the Jordan. De- 
livers 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 I 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 grat- 
ify 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 



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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 I Be 
strong in mind; be pure in heart; 
be vigilant in helpfulness; the king- 
dom 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 bene- 
diction of the Triune God will rest 
upon them all. 

9 They need not fear a messen- 
ger whom God sends forth to earth. 

10 I am not sent to sit upon a 
throne to rule as Csesar rules; and 
you may tell the ruler of the Jews 
that 1 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 univer- 
sal love, and Love is king. 

12 This Jesus is but man who 
has been fitted by temptations over- 
come, 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 
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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 dis- 
ciples turned their faces toward 
Jerusalem, and many people fol- 
lowed 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, Mir- 
iam. 

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 
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ner 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. 

Jesits 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 mar- 
riage 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 adul- 
tery; 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 be- 
lieved on him, and gladly would 
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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 Ju- 
dah's king had come, and multi- 
tudes 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 
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CHAPTER 72. 

JesiLsAn Jerusalem. Drives the mer- 
chants out of the temple. The 
priests resent, and he defends him- 
self 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 Sad- 
ducee, whose name was Jude. 

3 And when he reached the tem- 
ple 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 con- 
verted 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 dis- 
grace; in this 1 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 tem- 
ple 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. 

1 9 The Jews knew not the mean- 
ing 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 
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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, my- 
self, 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 ev- 
ery 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. 

EXT day the multitudes were 
surging through the temple 



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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 stat- 
ute 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 dis- 
tressed; 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 
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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 self- 
ish gains; he stands above the car- 
nal 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 Caesar^s place and 
be the Christ. 

28 Give unto Caesar what be- 
longs to him; give unto God the 
treasures of your heart. 

CHAPTER 74. 

Jesus heals on the Sahhath, and is 
censured by the Pharisees. Re- 
stores a drowned child. Rescues a 
wounded dog. Cares for a home- 
less 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 bUnd, 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 re- 
plied, 

5 Disease is discord in the hu- 
man form, and discords are pro- 
duced in many ways. 

6 The body is a harpsichord; 
sometimes the strings ar^* too re- 
laxed, 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. 

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signed 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 hypo- 
crites ! 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 re- 
turned 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 him- 
self 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 be- 
side 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 hun- 



gry; 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 con- 
fession of their faith before the high- 
est courts. 

7 And Nicodemus said. Hail, 
master, hail I 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 
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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 can- 
not 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 un- 
derstand; pray tell me plainly what 
you mean. 

15 And Jesus said, The king- 
dom of the Holy One is in the soul ; 
men cannot see it with their carnal 
eyes; with all their reasoning pow- 
ers 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 king- 
dom 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 Nic- 
odemus 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 Jeru- 
salem 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 fol- 
lowed 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 
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heard the messenger of peace ex- 
claim : 

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. Be- 
hold the life of innocence and peace ! 

9 White is the symbol of the vir- 
tuous and pure! the lamb of inno- 
cence; 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 SaUm, 
came; the Christ in human form; a 
greater far than Abraham was he. 

13 And here it was that Abra- 
ham 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 con- 



queror 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 peac e. 

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 peo- 
ple; 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. 

TTTITH 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 multi- 
tudes were gone, and Jesus, Laza- 
rus, 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. 

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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 en- 
raged 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 hus- 
band is not willingly at fault; he is 
devout; he prays to God, our Fa- 
ther-God. 

11 His zeal for his religion is in- 
tense; 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 ma- 
tured. 

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 wis- 
dom'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 prej- 
udice, 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 disciple- 
ship. 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 Jor- 
dan 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 daugh- 
ter 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 
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will constitute discipleship, and ev- 
ery one must make a public pledge 
of his discipleship. 

9 John washed your bodies in 
the stream, symbolic of the cleans- 
ing of the soul, in preparation for 
the coming of the king, the opening 
of the Christine gate into the king- 
dom 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 Jor- 
dan 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, con- 
fessed 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 mis- 
sion 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 Gal- 
ilee, he whom you washed and 
called the Christ, become your foe? 

3 They say that he is at the Jor- 
dan 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 be- 
cause 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 multi- 
tudes 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 sub- 
jected to the hardest tests of human 
life, and he has conquered all the ap- 
petites 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 pres- 
ence of the Christ on earth. 

12 Lo, love divine, which is the 
Christ, abides in him, and he is pat- 
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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 pat- 
tern 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 en- 
slave and kill the weak. All king- 
doms rise by force of arms; for force 
is king. 

10 This Jesus comes to over- 
throw 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 vic- 
tories 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, Melchis- 
edec, the priest of God, won gallant 
victories in war without the shed- 
ding of a drop of blood. 

13 You ask where are the tem- 
ples 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. 



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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 con- 
fessed his faith in Christ, and fol- 
lowed him. 

CHAPTER 81. 

The Christines journey toward Gali- 
lee, 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 dis- 
ciples and Lamaas left the Jordan 
ford and turned their faces toward 
Galilee. 

2 Their way lay through Sama- 
ria, 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 at hirst, 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 Samar- 
itans 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 en- 
mity 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 sparkUng 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 hus- 
band means; you seem to be a 
gilded butterfly that flits from 
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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 hus- 
bands 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 tem- 
ple of the heart ; for God is not with- 
in 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 disci- 
ples 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. 

IVTHILE 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 talk- 
ing 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 pitch- 
er 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 rip- 
ened 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 mas- 
ter 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 
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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 reap- 
ers 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 bless- 
ings with a lavish hand, and he is 
not more kind to one than to an- 
other one of all the creatures of 
his hand. 

19 I just came up from Judah's 
hills, and God's same sun was shin- 
ing 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 Samar- 
itan are equal in his sight. 

21 And why should men and 
women fret and quarrel, like chil- 
dren 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 vio- 
lence 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 do- 
main; refrain from harming any- 
thing, and, by and by, you will, 
yourself, be free. 

9 The wicked spirit left the man 



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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 dis- 
turbed 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 high- 
est law. 

17 The man returned and told 
the priests and ruler of the syna- 
gogue what Jesus said, 

18 The ruler was amazed, and 
with the priests went to the market 
place where Jesus was. 

1 9 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. 

28 The holy brotherhood of 
right must stand united in the stir- 
ring 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 dis- 
cord, jealousy and hate, and demon- 
strate the brotherhood of man. 

25 Then to the ruler of the syna- 
gogue 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, 
hut 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 Sa- 
maria, 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 bless- 
edness 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 



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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 syna- 
gogue, 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 syna- 
gogue, 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 im- 
ploring 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 repUed, 

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 Hly 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 imr- 
prisonment of John. 

EROD ANTIPAS, the tet- 
rarch of Paraca and of Galilee 



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was dissipated, selfish and tyran- 
nical. 

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 Spfrings 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 be- 
cause 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 Ma- 
chaerus that stood beside the Bitter 
Sea. 

7 And Herod did as she re- 
quired; 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 w^hat 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 at- 
tempt to kill him. He mysteriously 
disappears J and returns to the syn- 
agogue, 

THE Christines were in Naz- 
areth. It was the Sabbath 
day, and Jesus went up to the syn- 
agogue. 

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 op- 
pressed and bruised, and to pro- 
claim, 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 



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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 Capernamn 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 wid- 
ows 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 en- 
raged; 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; un- 
seen 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 teach- 
ing 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 inten- 
lion 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 no- 
ble birth whose home was in Ca- 
pernaum, 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 sev- 
enth 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 yester- 
day about the seventh hour the 
fever left. 

10 And then the father knew it 



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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 dis- 
ciples 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 hy the sea. Stands in a 
fishing boat and speaks to the 'peo- 
ple. Under his direction the fisher- 
men secure a great catch of fish. 
He selects and calls his twelve apos- 
tles. 



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 Nap- 
thali, 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 multi- 
tude 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 mul- 
titude of fish. 

13 And Peter called to John and 
James, who were near by, for help; 
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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 Nathan- 
iel 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 
Caesars, 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 youT 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 mas- 
ter and had come from Antioch to 
study in the school of Christ. 

28 This man was Thomas, man 
of doubt, and yet a Greek philoso- 
pher 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 fol- 
lowed 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 Naza- 
reth. 

32 And Jesus said to them. Be- 
hold, 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 build- 
ing 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 
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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 Sab- 
bath day, the twelve disciples 
who had received the call were met 
with one accord in Jesus' hom.e. 

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 car- 
nal 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 thun- 
der rolled above Capernaum, and 
men heard songs, as though ten 
thousand angels joined in full ac- 
cord. 

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 v»rhen 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 I 
Amen! 

13 The next day was the Sab- 
bath 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 ob- 
sessed 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 syna- 
gogue they knew him, and they 
said, 

17 You son of God, why are you 
here? would you destroy us by the 
V/ord 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 
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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 wom- 
an 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. Ht 
calls the twelve and they journey 
through Galilee teaching and heal- 
ing. 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 disap- 
peared; 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 Ham- 
moth 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 king- 
dom 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 be- 
lieve, 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 every- 
where he told what had been done. 



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14 And then the sick in throngs 
pressed hard upon the healer and 
the twelve, imploring to be healed. 

15 And they were so importu- 
nate that little could be done, and 
so the Christines left the crowded 
thoroughfares, and went to desert 
places where they taught the mul- 
titudes that followed them. 

16 Now, after many days the 
Christines came back to Caper- 
naum. 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 com- 
prehend the things they heard and 
saw. They said among themselves. 
This is a day we never can forget; 
we have seen wondrous things to- 
day. 

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 Jeru- 
salem, 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 re- 
mained 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. Af- 
firms that all men are the sons of 
God, 



THE feast time came and Jesus 
and the twelve went to Jeru- 
salem. 

2 Upon the day before the Sab- 
bath day they reached Mount Ol- 
ives and they tarried at an inn be- 



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fore 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 Be- 
thesda, 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 help- 
less 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 an- 
other 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 be- 
lieve 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 re- 
plied, 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 hence- 
forth 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 en- 
raged; 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 sun- 
shine 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 Sab- 
bath 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, 
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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 busi- 
ness 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. 
AH 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 con- 
demned 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 les- 
son on how to redeem a drunken 
man. 

NOW, Lazarus was at the feast 
and Jesus and the twelve went 
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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 in- 
fant 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 trem- 
ble, 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, com- 
manding 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 him- 
self 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 fur- 
nish you the means and help. 



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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 him- 
self again. 

23 And then he called for help ; 
not for himself, but for the home- 
less 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 ev- 
erybody 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 re- 
form. 

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 Caper- 
naum. 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 fol- 
lowed 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 Sab- 
bath 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 jus- 
tice 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. 
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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 Sab- 
bath day would you do wrong to 
take it out? 

20 Or would it please your God 
to let it suffer in the mire until an- 
other 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 be- 
gan to plot and plan how they might 
bring about his death. 

26 They were afraid to pub- 
licly 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 re- 
veals 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 commun- 
ion of the soul with God; 

3 So when you pray do not de- 
ceive yourselves as do the hypo- 
crites who love to stand upon the 
streets and in the synag9gues 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 multi- 
tude 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 in- 



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curred 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 unno- 
ticed any prayer, or fast. He walks 
within the silence, and his benedic- 
tions 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 your- 
selves 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 adver- 
tise 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 beati- 
tudes and the eight woes. Speaks 
words of encouragement. Empha- 
sizes 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 gos- 
pel 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 can- 
not 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 king- 
dom 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 ma- 
ligned 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 v»^hen 
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 
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your name to be a hiss and by- 
word 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 multi- 
form. 

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 relent- 
less 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 proph- 
ets 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 wis- 
dom 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 where- 
unto 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 sacri- 
fice 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 re- 
gard the letter of the law; they can- 
not 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. 



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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 Command- 
ments. The philosophy of Christ 
the spirit of the Commandments. 
Jesus unfolds the spiritvxil aspects 
of the first four Commandments. 

GOD gave the Ten Command- 
ments unto men; upon the 
mountain Moses saw the wgrds 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 heav- 
ens 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 illu- 
sion, vain, 

9 A shadow of the One, Jeho- 
vah, 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 In- 
finite 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 pro- 
nounce 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 sub- 
stitute 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 sev- 
enth day is set apart as Sabbath 
day for men. God said, 

25 The seventh is the Sabbath 



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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 wis- 
dom 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 com- 
mands; 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 an- 
swer 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 him- 
self. 

10 Now, in the higher law we 
read that if your brother is ag- 
grieved 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 rea- 
son 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. 

1 7 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 Iiave saved him from himself. 

20 Refuse not him who calls for 
help and give to him who asks to 
borrow aught. 

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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 j'-ou, 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 publi- 
cans 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 offi- 
cer may say? 

5 Is it the scroll on which the 
officer or priest has written the per- 
mission for the two to live in mar- 
riage bonds? 

6 Is it the promise of the two 
that they will love each other until 
death? 

7 Is love a passion that is sub- 
ject 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 adul- 
tery, 

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 
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15 Whom God has joined to- 
gether 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 de- 
prive the owner of the thing with- 
out 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 Com- 
mandment. 

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 de- 
ceive, 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 



7 You shall not swear by any- 
thing; 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 mas- 
ters 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 wor- 
ship God and Beelzebul is foe of God, 
a pious devil and a curse of men. 

16 And men cannot lay treas- 
ures up in heaven and earth at once. 

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eyes and see the safety vaults of 

heaven, and there deposit every 

gem, 

jn^ 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 treas- 
ures 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 min- 
istry 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 spirit- 
ual 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 ex- 
pects to have his blessings multi- 
plied 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 sensual- 
ity and crime, 

10 The harvest is assured and 
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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 be- 
hold 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, conclu- 
ded. The concluding part of the 
code of ethics. The Christines re- 
turn to Capernaum, 

THE fruitage of the tree of life is 
all too fine to feed the carnal 
mind. 

2 If you would throw a dia- 
mond 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 Beelze- 
bul ; 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 di- 
gest. 

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 
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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 there- 
in. 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 blessed- 
ness and peace to all the world. 

22 The evil man sends thoughts 
that blight and wither hope and joy 
and fill the world with wretched- 
ness 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 Beelze- 
bul. 

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 Ca- 
pernaum. 

CHAPTER 102. 

The Christines at the home of Jesus. 
Jesus unfolds to them thS secret 
doctrine. They go through all Gal- 
ilee and teach and heal. Jesus 
brings to life the son of a widow at 
Nain. They return to Capernaum, 



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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 eld- 
ers of the Jews to Jesus, and he 
plead for help. 

7 And Jesus recognized the cap- 
tain'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 serv- 
ant 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 ex- 
claimed. 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 eulo- 
gizes the character of John. 

THE home of Jesus was a school 
where in the early morning 
hours the twelve apostles and the 



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foreign priests were taught the se- 
cret things of God. 

2 And there were present priests 
from China, India and from Bab- 
ylon; 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 con- 
quer 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 Bit- 
ter 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 be- 
gan 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 harbin- 
ger 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 Phari- 
sees accepted not the teachings of 
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27 Behold, neglected opportu- 
nities will never come again. 

28 Behold, the people are unsta- 
ble as the waters of the sea; they 
seek to be excused from righteous- 
ness. 

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 glut- 
ton, an inebriate, a friend of publi- 
cans 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 ig- 
norance ; they had no light ; but you 
have heard; you have the evidence. 

38 The Hght 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 syna- 



gogue 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. At- 
tends 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 mul- 
titudes 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 with- 
in 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 multi- 
tudes 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 



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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 re- 
clined 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 mon- 
ster of iniquity; it may be small; it 
may be large; it may be something 
done; it may be something left un- 
done. 

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! i: 

25 For years she led a life of sin, I 
but when she heard the words of | 
life she sought forgiveness and she ! 
found. \ 

26 But when I came into your i 
house as guest you gave me not a i 
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, j 
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 j 
a man is this who says, Thy sins ; 
are all forgiven? 

CHAPTER 105. \ 

Under the patronage of a number of I 

wealthy women, the Christines | 

make a grand missionary tour. In I 

his teaching Jesus lauds sincerity ■ 

and rebukes hypocrisy. He speaks - 
concerning the sin against the Holy 

Breath. i 

NOW, many women who possessed i 

much wealth, and who abode \ 

in other towns of Galilee, implored i 

that Jesus and the twelve, together ■ 

with the masters from the foreign I 

lands, would thither go and preach \ 

and heal. \ 

2 Among these anxious ones i 
were Mary Magdalene, who was ob- ! 
sessed by seven homeless spirits of ■ 
the air, which had been driven out j 
by the Omnific Word which Jesus \ 
spoke; \ 

3 Susanna, who owned vast es- i 
tates at Csesarea-Philippi; ■ 



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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 con- 
cerning 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 my- 
self 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 opportu- 
nity 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 them- 
selves the color of the thing they 
rest upon. 

23 These people without an- 
chorage 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 throw- 
ing 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 wdll blight a soul 
as surely as the breath of Beelzebul. 
An honest evil man is more es- 
teemed 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 agaiiist 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 



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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 blot- 
ted 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 op- 
portunity is now. 

40 Your tree of life is an illu- 
sive 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 with- 
ered 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 illu- 
sive 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 car- 
nal 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 fam- 
ily 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 ma- 
gician of the Simon Cerus type; he 
works as Jannes and as Jambres did 
in Moses* day. 

7 For Satan, prince of evil spir- 
its, is his stay by night and day, and 
in the name of Satan he casts the 
demons out, and in his name he 



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heals the sick and raises up the 
dead. 

8 But Jesus knew their thoughts ; 
he said to them, You men are mas- 
ters, and you know the law; what- 
ever is arrayed against itself must 
fall; a house divided cannot stand; 

9 A kingdom warring with it- 
self is brought to naught. 

10 If Satan casts the devil out, 
how can his kingdom stand? 

11 If I, by Beelzebul, cast dev- 
ils 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 tovsee, 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 father- 
hood, the sisterhood, the brother- 
hood 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 kin- 
dred 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 kin- 
dred souls, and Jesus said, 

26 Behold, for God has brought 
to us a power men cannot compre- 
hend, a power of purity and love; 

27 To make more light the bur- 
dens of the hour, to be a balm for 
wounded souls; 

28 To win the multitude to bet- 
ter 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 aU 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 be- 
come the light, 

A PHARISEE elated with him- 
self stood forth among the 
multitudes and said to Jesus, 



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2 Sir, we would have you demon- 
strate. 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 ma- 
gician ever lived a holy life; you 
have a demonstration of the Christ- 
life every day. 

7 But lo, you evil and adulter- 
ous scribes and Pharisees, you can- 
not 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 low- 
est 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 disbe- 
lieve? 

12 Faith is not something you 
can buy with coin; it is not some- 
thing you can sell for gold. 

13 Once Mart, a beggar, fol- 
lowed me and cried, Give me a sil- 
ver 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 para- 
ble 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 any- 
thing. 

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 dark- 
ness 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 fight. 

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 peo- 
ple turned and walked in ways of 
right. 

27 And Jonah raised his voice 
and said, In forty days shall Nin- 
eveh be razed, and all her wealth 
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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 de- 
stroyed. 

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 Gal- 
ilee, Make pure the heart|admit the 
Holy Breath, and then your bodies 
will be full of light, 

36 And Hke 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 selfish- 
ness. The Christines attend a 
feast and Jesus is censured by the 
Pharisee because he washed not be- 
fore he eat. Jesus exposes the hy- 
pocrisy of the ruling classes and 
pronounces upon them many woes, 

THE multitudes were wild with 
selfish thought; none recog- 
nized 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 to- 
day; 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 en- 
ters in and takes with it full seven 
other spirits more unclean than is it- 
self ; 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, bl9st is 
she; but doubly blest are they who 
hear, receive and live the word of 
God. 

14 A Pharisee of wealth pre- 
pared a feast, and Jesus and the 
twelve, together with the masters 
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15 And Jesus did not wash his 
hands according to the strictest 
Pharisaic rules, before he ate ; when 
this the Pharisee observed he mar- 
veled 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 wick- 
edness, extortions and deceit. 

19 Did not the God who made 
the outside of the body make the in- 
side, 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 Phari- 
sees! 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 re- 
marked, 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 your- 
selves. 

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 en- 
ter 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 re- 
veals the fact that all thoughts and 
deeds are recorded in God's Book 
of Remembrance. Man's responsi- 
bility and God's care. 

NOW, when the feast was fin- 
ished 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 
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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 re- 
vealed 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 everlast- 
ing 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 liv- 
ing thing. He numbers stars, and 
suns, and moons; 

22 He numbers angels, men, 
and eveiy 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 with- 
in 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, 
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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 flood- 
ing 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 with- 
in 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; AUelujah, 
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 
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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 multi- 
tudes; 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 self- 
ishness have formed a crust about 
their sense of right that veils their 
inner light, so that they cannot com- 
prehend 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 bor- 
rowed 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 aUke. 

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 foohsh 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 
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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 dis- 
ciples, "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 serv- 
ants who are ready to receive their 
Lord. 

11 Behold, for he will gird him- 
self, 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 multi- 
tudes? 

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 pre- 
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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 impa- 
tient and begin to long for carnal 
ways again, and may begin to exer- 
cise your rule; 

23 To beat, and otherwise mal- 
treat 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 Mas- 
ter'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 pun- 
ishment. 

28 The man who comes and 
stands before the open door of op- 
portunity 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 them- 
selves. 

12 The five that have been 
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divided now, and two shall war 
with three; 

13 The son will stand against 
his sire ; the mother and the daugh- 
ter 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 na- 
tions 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 re- 
sent. Resentment makes more 
strong the wrath of evil men. 

21 There is a little sense of jus- 
tice and of mercy in the vilest men 
of earth. 

22 By taking heed to what you 
do and say and trusting in the guid- 
ance 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 ap- 
peal 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 chil- 
dren 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, 

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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 Feter, James 
and John. 

13 He said, Lo, I will save a cer- 
tain 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 sil- 
ver, 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 sac- 
rifice. 

23 Did God bring on this slaugh- 
ter 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 Hfe; 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 whatever 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 execu- 
tion of this law among the sons of 
men. 

36 We note the weak dishon- 
ored, 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, sena- 
tors 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 



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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 Hfe it is no 
wonder that they say. There is no 
God, or if there is a God he is a ty- 
rant 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 per- 
fect life, and every law of God must 
be fulfilled. 

49 Man may escape the punish- 
ment that seems but due for his mis- 
doings in this life; but every deed 
and word and thought has its own 
metes and bounds, 

50 Is cause, and has its own re- 
sults, and if a wrong be done, the 



doer of the wrong must make it ] 
right. ; 

51 And when the wrongs have j 
all been righted then will man arise \ 
and be at one with God. j 

CHAPTER 115. 

Jesus teaches hy the sea. He relates j 
the parable of the sower. Tells J 
why he teaches in parables. Ex- J 
plains the parable of the sower. I 
Relates the parable of the wheat j 
and tares, ] 

AND Jesus stood beside the sea i 
and taught; the multitudes ^ 
pressed close upon him and he ] 
went into a boat that was near by j 
and put a little ways from shore, i 
and then he spoke in parables; he ; 
said, I 

2 Behold, a sow^er took his seed , 
and went into his field to sow. \ 

3 With lavish hand he scattered j 
forth the seed and some fell in the j 
hardened paths that men had I 
made, j 

4 And soon were crushed be- j 
neath 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 j 
and promised much; \ 

6 But then there was no depth : 
of soil, no chance for nourishment, ; 
and in the heat of noonday sun j 
they withered up and died. i 

7 Some seed fell where thistles ; 
grew, and found no earth in which \ 
to grow and they were lost; ! 

8 But other seed found lodg- ! 
ment in the rich and tender soil j 
and grew apace, and in the harvest | 
it was found that some brought ; 
forth a hundred fold, some sixty ; 
fold, some thirty fold. I 

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may hear; they who have hearts 
to understand may know. 

10 Now, his disciples were be- 
side him in the boat, and Thomas 
asked. Why do you speak in para- 
bles? 

11 And Jesus said, My words, 
like every master's words, are dual 
in their sense. 

12 To you who know the lan- 
guage 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 under- 
stand; 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 un- 
derstand 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; discour- 
agements 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, reputa- 
tion, 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 pre- 
cious seed; 

28 But while he slept an evil 
one went forth and sowed a meas- 
ure 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 to- 
gether 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, 
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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 par- 
ables: 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 king- 
dom 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 confes- 
sion 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; thej 
tares, the children of the dark;; 
the enemy, the carnal self; the har-^ 
vest day, the closing of the age; th^ 
reapers are the messengers of GodJ 

11 The reckoning day will com© 
to every man; then will the tares bd 

, gathered up, and cast into the fir^ 
and be burned. 

12 Then will the good shine 
forth as suns in the kingdom of thel 
soul. ;| 

13 And PhiHp said, Must mei^ 
and women suffer in the flames be- 
cause they have not found the way 
of life? I 

14 And Jesus said. The fire puri- 
fies. 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 de- 
stroyed. 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 
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tree and birds rest in its leafy bow- 
ers 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 Hke 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 Sa- 
lome 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 exe- 
cute 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 fiend- 
ish 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 har- 
binger lay in their tombs; 



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19 And there they buried it; 
and then they went their way. 

20 Now, when the news reached 
Galilee that John was dead the peo- 
ple 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, fol- 
low 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 mas- 
ter fast asleep; he called, and Jesus 
woke. 

32 And Thomas said, Behold 
the storm 1 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. I 

34 And, lo, the winds blew not; i 
the waves came tremblingly and ; 
kissed his feet; the sea was calm. ^ 

35 And then he said, You men j 
of faith, where is your faith? for you \ 
can speak and winds and waves will i 
hear and will obey. \ 

36 And the disciples were j 
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 i 
Ids disciples, he returns to Caper- \ 
naum. '• 

THE morning came; the Chris- j 
tines landed in the country of • 
the Geracenes. | 

2 They went to Gadara, chief \ 
city of the Peracans, and here for I 
certain days they tarried and they | 
taught. ' 

3 Now, legends hold that Ga- ' 
dara is sacred to the dead, and all ] 
the hills about are known as holy I 
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 en- I 
tombed. \ 

5 Now, spirits of the lately dead i 
that cannot rise to higher planes, j 
remain about the tombs that hold j 
the flesh and bones of what was once ■ 
their mortal homes. 

6 They sometimes take posses- j 
sion of the living, whom they tor- j 
ture in a hundred ways. \ 



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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 spir- 
its were disturlDcd. 

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 res- 
cued 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 
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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 ob- 
served 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 pray- 
ing 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 de- 
rived 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 con- 
sciences 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 con- 
science 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 
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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 reli- 
gion he introduced more success- 
fully by reforming the Jewish serv- 
ice? Jesus answers in the nega- 
tive and gives his reasons. Jesus 
heals a woman with hemorrhages. 
Heals Jairus* daughter. Disap- 
pears when the people would wor- 
ship 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 law- 
yers 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 priest- 
hood 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 worn-out 
garment with a piece of cloth \m- 
worn, 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 thejjt went a woman 
who had been plagued with hemor- 
rhage 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. 



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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 under- 
stand, 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. Mir- 
iam sings a Christine song of 
praise. Jesus teaches in the syna- 
gogue. He heals a dumb man who 
is obsessed. The people do not be- 
lieve in him. The Pharisees call 
him a tool of Beelzebul. The 
Christines go to Carta. 

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 in- 
stantly 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: 

i 7 Blest is the man who puts his 
trust in God, respecting not the 
proud nor such as turn aside to lies. 
v8 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 sacri- 
fice, nor offerings of blood; burnt 



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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 righteous- 
ness within my heart; I have de- 
clared 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 testi- 
monies of the law; reform and turn 
to God, and you shall live. 

21 Let not your altars be ac- 
cursed again with smoke of inno- 
cence. 

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 be- 
lieve 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. 



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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 Beelze- 
bul; 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 in- 
structions to meet him in Caper- 
naum, 

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 vil- 
lages 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 scat- 
tered tribes. 

9 And as you go proclaim. The 
kingdom of the Christ has come. 

10 You have abundantly re- 
ceived, 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 wel- 
come 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 dis- 
creet, for Pharisees and scribes will 



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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 test- 
ify 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 
w^ho shall be faithful in this coming 
day of wrath I 

33 Go now; when you are per- 
secuted in a place, go seek another 
place. 

34 And when you meet a foe 
top 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 par- 
ents 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 Caper- 
naum. 

46 And they went out through 
all the towns of Galilee and taught 
and healed in spirit and in power. 

CHAPTER 123. 

Jesits 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 



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RacheVs home. Heals an obsessed 
child. Goes to Sidon and then to 
the mountains of Lebanon. Visits 
Mount Herman, Coesarea-Phil- 
ippi, Decapolis, Gadara and re- 
turns to Capernaum. Receives the 
twelvCy 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 apos- 
tles 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 Phe- 
necia came; her daughter was ob- 
sessed. 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 wom- 
an, 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 Syro- 
phenicians; I come just to my peo- 
ple, 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 chil- 
dren'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, Ac- 
cording 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 



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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 be- 
yond, and Jesus fain would kneel 
beside that mountain famed in He- 
brew 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 com- 
ing conquest of the cross; about the 
victory over death. 



30 Then Jesus journeyed on; 
he went to Csesarea-Philippi, and in 
Susanna's home he tarried certain 
days. 

31 And then he went through 
all Decapolis to give encourage- 
ment to those who knew him as the 
Christ, and to prepare them for the 
day of Calvary. 

32 And then he went to Ga- 
dara, 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 peo- 
ple. 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 con- 
sciousness, 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 our- 
selves and go imto 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 



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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 mul- 
titudes 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 thou- 
sand 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 frag- 
ments 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 whirl- 
ing 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 be- 
gan to sink, and in the fearfulness 



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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 Gen- 
nesaret. 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 disci- 
ples 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 be- 
fore 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 Gennes- 
aret. 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 nour- 



ishment 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 never- 
more; 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 Naz- 
areth ; we know his mother, and his 
other kin. 



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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 ag- 
grieved because he said these things, 
and many turned away and fol- 
lowed 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 spir- 
it is the quickening power. The 
words I speak are spirit; they are 
life. 

31 When Jesus saw the many 
who bad been so loud in their pro- 



fessions of their faith in him, turn i 

back and go away, he said unto the ; 

twelve, i 

32 Will you desert me in this I 
hour and go away? ] 

33 But Peter said. Lord, we \ 
have no place else to go; you have i 
the words of everlasting life; we 1 
know that you are sent to us from \ 
God. 

CHAPTER 126. I 

< 

Scribes and Pharisees visit Jesus. . 

They censure him for eating with ^ 

unwashed hands. He defends his \ 

acts and teaches a lesson on hypoc- j 

risy. Privately explains to the ' 
twelve his public teachings. 

A COMPANY of scribes and \ 

Pharisees came from Jeru- \ 

salem to learn wherein the power i 

of Jesus lay. ] 

2 But when they learned that ] 
he and his disciples heeded not the \ 
custom of the Jews, regarding wash- | 
ing of the hands before they ate, - 
they were amazed. i 

3 And Jesus said, Hypocrisy is i 
queen among you scribes and Phar- i 
isees. Of you Isaiah wrote: i 

4 This people honor me with j 
lips; their hearts are far away. In J 
vain they worship me; their doc- i 
trines are the dogmas and the creeds ] 
of men. 

5 You men who pose as men of j 
God, and still reject the laws of 1 
God and teach the laws of men, i 

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 i 
if one washes not before he eats. ] 

7 His critics answered not, and j 
then he said, i 

8 Hear me, you men of Israel! • 
Defilement is a creature of the heart. ' 
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thought, and makes a monstrous 
bride; this bride is sin; sin is a crea- 
ture 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 abid- 
ing 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 multi- 
tude of people who are blind. 

31 The leaders and the led to- 
gether walk; together they will fall 
into the yawning pits. 

CHAPTER 127. 

The Christines cross the sea to Decap- 
oils. 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 re- 
veal to them the things to come. 

3 They went into a mountain 
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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 re- 
frained 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 consecra- 
tion 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 sol- 
diers 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 conscious- 
ness of duty done, the peace of 
God will lift the load, dispel the pain 
and light the way. 

21 And we will meet where car- 
nal 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 de- 
fense. 

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 
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flesh has lain, symbolic of the purity 
of life in death. 

28 And in the tomb I will re- 
main 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 vil- 
lagers find him and he teaches them 
for three days. Feeds four thou- 
sand people. The Christines go to 
CoBsarea-Philippi. They consider 
the personality of Christ. Peter is 
chosen as apostolic leader. 

NOW, in the night while the dis- 
ciples 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 mul- 
titudes 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. ^ j 

13 And every bit of bread be- 
came 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 gath- 
ered up, and there were seven bas- 
kets full. 

15 And then the people went 
their ways, and Jesus and the 
twelve took boats and came to Dal- 
manatha by the sea. 

1 6 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 
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Chorazin where the kin of Thomas 
lived, they left their boats and jour- 
neyed 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 cer- 
tain days in silent thought. 

21 And then they journeyed on, 
and came into the land of Csesarea- 
Philippi. 

22 And as they walked and 
talked among themselves, the mas- 
ter 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, Solo- 
mon, 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 thou- 
sand years ago, and said that he 
would come again. 

28 And Thomas said. The Tet- 
rarch Herod thinks that you are 
John arisen from the dead ; 

29 But then his conscience trou- 
bles 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 mani- 
fest 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 Jeru- 
salem you shall stand iDef ore the na- 
tions of the earth, and there pro- 
claim the covenant of God with 
men. 

38 And you shall speak the 
words of Holy Breath, and whatso- 
ever 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 trans- 
figured 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. 
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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 bau- 
ble 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 Csesa- 
rea-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 possi- 
bilities of man. 

15 When first the glory came 
the three disciples were alseep; 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 trans- 
mutation of his fiesh, and his ascen- 
sion on the clouds of light; 

24 And all symbolic of the path 
that every man must tread; sym- 
bolic 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. 

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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. 
I 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 Phari- 
sees 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 under- 
stood that Jesus spoke of John 
whom Herod slew. 



CHAPTER 130. 

Jesus and the three disciples return 
to Ccesarea-Philippi. The nine 
had failed to cure an epileptic child. 
Jesus heals it and rebukes his dis- 
ciples for their lack of trust in God. 
The Christines return to Caper- 
naum, 

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 dis- 
ciples, 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 be- 
lieve that you can speak the Word 
and heal my son. 

10 And Jesus said. Faith is the 
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sible for him who in his heart be- 
lieves. 

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 pre- 
served 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 mas- 
ter and the twelve began their jour- 
ney 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 les- 
sons. 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 what- 
ever 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 
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SL 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 ques- 
tioning 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. 

1 1 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 hum- 
ble 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 stum- 
ble and to fall is marked, accursed; 
and it were better far if he had 
drowned himself. 

1 6 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 ref- 
use in the sight of God. 

24 Retain the virtues of the salt 
of life and be at peace among your- 
selves. 

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 mounain 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; 

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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 ex- 
claimed, 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 sen- 
tence men to punishment for any 
crime until they testify themselves? 

10 The Roman law will not per- 
mit 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. 



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14 I took the bread, and I ap- 
peal 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 
whatever 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 crimi- 
nal 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 Caper- 
naum with cruelty and theft, be- 
cause they heeded not the cries of 
poverty and want, and have with- 
held from helpless ones that which 
is theirs by every law of right ; 

22 And I appeal unto these peo- 
ple 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 j udge of crime. The 
facts must all be stated e'er a judg- 
ment 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 accord- 
ingly. 

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 Jerusa- 
lem, hut Jesus remains in Caper- 
naum. He selects seventy disci- 
ples, 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 mul- 
tiplied we have three-score-and-t en , 
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 ; 
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Samaritan; to those beyond the 
seas; to every man. 

9 You need not go afar, for men 
of every land are here and in Sama- 
ria. 

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 saluta- 
tion 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, re- 



turned 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 tem- 
ple courts. 

24 And he rebuked the scribes 
and Pharisees, the priests and doc- 
tors 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 teach- 
ing 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 



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he comes and teaches in the temple 
courts. 

32 If he is guilty of such mon- 
strous 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; un- 
noticed by the multitudes he left 
the temple courts and went his way. 

CHAPTER 134. 

Jesus teaches in the temple. His 
words enrage the rulers. Nicode- 
mus 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 over- 
shadow 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 liv- 
ing 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 Phari- 
sees 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 be- 
lieve; 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 tes- 
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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 where- 
by 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 punish- 
ment? 

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 de- 
manded 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 ac- 
cused? 

26 The woman said, They all 
are gone ; no one was here who could 
condemn. 

27 And Jesus said. And I con- 
demn you not; go on your way in 
peace, and sin no more. 

CHAPTER 135. 

Jesus teaches in the temple. He re- 
veals some of the deeper meanings 
of the Christine ministry. The 
rulers are greatly enraged and at- 
tempt to stone him, hut he disap^ 
pears. 

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 tem- 
ple 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 fol- 
lows 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 Jeeus said. You know 
me not or you would know my 
Father, and if you knew the Father 



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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 can- 
not come, because you do not know 
the way. 

12 You cannot find the way be- 
cause 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 compre- 
hend 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 bond- 
age 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 be- 
cause 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 Dia- 
bolus; 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 ob- 
sessed. 

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. 

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pie 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 Phari- 
sees were in a rage; they took up 
stones to cast at him, but, like a 
phantom of the night, he disap- 
peared; 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 Laza- 
rus' 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 neigh- 
bor as yourself. 

6 And Jesus said, Lo, you have 
answered well; this do and you shall 
live. 

7 The lawyer said, My neigh- 
bor, who is he? 

8 And Jesus said, A man was 
going from Jerusalem to Jericho, 
and To, 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 Jeri- 
cho 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, 
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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 re- 
tired 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 Laza- 
rus, 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 king- 
dom 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 temp- 
ter'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 re- 
fused, 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. Je- 
sus teaches a lesson on the cause 
of disease and disasters. He heals 
the blind vian. 



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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 dis- 
ease and imperfections all are caused 
by sin, who was the sinner in this 
case? the parents or the man him- 
self? 

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 summar- 
ized 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 con- 
cisely 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 giv- 
ing up his Hfe 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 Si- 
loam; 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, 
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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 peo- 
ple 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 Phari- 
sees 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 syna- 
gogue. 

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 mar- 
vel 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 mys- 
teries of the kingdom. The sheep- 
fold. Declares himself the shep- 
herd. Goes to the home of Mas- 
salian, where he abides certain 
days. 

WHEN Jesus heard what had 
been done and how the 
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had healed, out of the synagogue, 
he round 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 en- 
ter 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 se- 



cret 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 fol- 
low him; they flee away. 

17 The people did not under- 
stand 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 scat- 
tered 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 di- 
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Christ. They could not compre- 
hend the words that Jesus spoke. 

26 Some said again, He is ob- 
sessed, 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 cer- 
tain 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 par- 
able of the little seed and the great 
tree. 

THE time had come for the re- 
turn 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 Sa- 
maria; 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 Caper- 
naum the se\^enty 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 scor- 
pions, 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 be- 
cause you have the power to heal 
the sick and make the devils trem- 
ble 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 be- 
stowed 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 
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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 at- 
tained 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 sac- 
rifice 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 afllicted 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 incon- 
sistent 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. Be- 
hold 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. 



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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 tur- 
ret 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 Gali- 
lee, if you would save your life re- 
main 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, to- 
morrow, 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 Jerusa- 
lem. 

15 And while they tarried in 
the place a man, a Pharisee, invited 
Jesus and a few of those who fol- 
lowed 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 Phari- 
sees, what do you say about the law- 
lessness 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 Phari- 
sees 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 
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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 cour- 
tesies 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 prin- 
ciple in life. That he who would ex- 
alt 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 con- 
sciousness 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 serv- 
ants to the strangers and the mul- 
titudes; 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. 



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CHAPTER 142. 

The path of discipleshipf its difficul- 
ties. 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 fol- 
lowed 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 con- 
sider 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 to- 
wards 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 fol- 
low 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 be- 
neath his feet. 

15 Behold, a man found in a 
certain field the croppings of a won- 
drous 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? 

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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 para- 
ble 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 beg- 
gar 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. fc j 

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 



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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 re- 
lates the parable of the husband- 
man 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 idle- 
ness 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 
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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 di- 
vorced, 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 after- 
wards 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 hus- 
band, 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 har- 
bor 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? 

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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 pos- 
sessions had two sons. The young- 
est 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 bounti- 
fully fed while I, his son, am starv- 
ing 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 way- 
wardness ; 

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 wan- 
dering 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. 

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ants 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 dis- 
tant 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 dis- 
regard the waywardness and folly 
of their son; but he would not; he 
said, 

24 Lo, all these years I have re- 
mained at home, have served you 
every day, have never yet trans- 
gressed your most severe com- 
mands ; 

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 profli- 
gate; may have consorted with gay 
courtesans and thieves, yet he is 
still your brother and our son. 

30 Then Jesus said so all m.ight 
hear: He who has ears to hear, and 
hearts to understand will compre- 
hend the meaning of this parable. 

31 Then Jesus and the twelve 
came to Capernaum. 

CHAPTER 145. 

Jesus speaks on the estahlishment of 
the Christine kingdom and the fu- 
ture 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 car- 
nal eyes; it isVithin. 

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 dis- 
ciples 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 
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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. Ex- 
plain 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 won- 
drous 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 
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that they were holier than other 
men, he told this parable: 

33 Two men went to the syna- 
gogue 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 un- 
done. 

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 con- 
demned. 

40 Lo, every one who lauds 
himself shall be abased, and he who 
does not praise himself shall be ex- 
alted in the sight of God. 

CHAPTER 146. 

Last meeting of Jesus with his disci- 
ples 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 Anti- 



och, a learned physician and a just 
and upright man. 

3 Theophilus, a Grecian sena- 
tor, a minister of Caesar'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 AH 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! 

1 1 All hail ! for he has called the 
pure in heart of every clime to sit 
with him upon the throne of power! 

13 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, re- 
joice, and be exceeding glad! 

14 Bring forth the harp and 
touch its highest strings; bring 
forth the lute, and sound its sweet- 
est notes! 

1 5 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, 

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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 Jeru- 
salem, 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 mas- 
ter and she said, 

25 My Lord, I know the king- 
dom 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 pre- 
pared 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 fa- 
vors from the Lord, they were in- 
dignant 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 author- 
ity, 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 sacri- 
fice 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 Fa- 
ther-God before the worlds were 
m^de, 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 Jeru- 
salem. 

CHAPTER 147. 

Jesus speaks to the people in the tem- 
ple 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 
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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 proph- 
ets said would come, will you not 
tell us now? 

4 And Jesus said, Lo, I have 
told you many times, but you be- 
lieved 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, mis- 
chief-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 noth- 
ing rash; throw down those stones; 
your reason is a better guide than 
passion in such times as these. 

15 You do not know your accu- 
sations 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 un- 
clean 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, blasphe- 
mous 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 sim- 
ply 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 Fa- 
ther 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; 

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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 res- 
urrection 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 mas- 
ter 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 mani- 
fest 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 pro- 
phetess 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 
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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 de- 
cayed; 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 com- 
prehend, 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 con- 
founded, 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 bor- 
ders of Samaria, they found a home, 
and there abode for many days. 

CHAPTER 149. 

The Jews gather in Jerusalem to at- 
tend the feast. The Christines go 
to Jericho, Jesus dines with Zac- 
chev^. 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. 



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2 Ten days before the feast the 
Lord and his disciples left the Eph- 
riam 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 stat- 
ure 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 em- 
peror 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, de- 
manding 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 tome. 
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 re- 
quired, 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 
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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 Bartimceus. 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 Bartimseus. 

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 Bar- 
timseus! 

5 The people said to him, Be 
quiet; hold your peace. 

6 But blind Bartimseus called 
again, Thou son of David, hear! 
have mercy on poor blind Bar- 
timseus! 

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, Bartimseus, 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, Bartimseus? 

11 The blind man said, Rab- 



boni, open up mine eyes that I may 
see. 

12 And Jesus said, Bartimseus, 
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 appre- 
hend 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 Jew- 
ish 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 
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4 This day we go up to Jerusa- 
lem; 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 dis- 
ciples 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 gar- 
ments 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 con- 
ferred among themselves; they said. 
Our threats are idle words. Be- 
hold, for all the world is ^following 
him. 

18 As Jesus drew a-near Jeru- 
salem 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 multi- 
tude had come into Jerusalem, ex- 
citement 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 
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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. Re- 
turns 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 your- 
self 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 tem- 
ple, lo, the rooms were filled with 
petty merchants selling doves and 
animals, and other things, for sac- 
rifice; 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 mer- 
chants 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 de- 
fense. 

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. 

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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 moun- 
tains to depart, and they will crum- 
ble 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 fel- 
low 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 with- 
in 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 rea- 
soned 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 be- 
lieve 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 rob- 
bers 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 hon- 
ored 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, 
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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 publi- 
cans and courtesans go through the 
gates into the kingdom of the God 
of heaven, and you are left with- 
out. 

31 John came to you in right- 
eousness; he brought the truth, but 
you believed him not. 

32 But publicans and courte- 
sans 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, in- 
stalled 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 be- 
yond the vineyard gate. 

6 And then the owner sent an- 
other 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 hus- 
bandmen 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 husband- 
men 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 vine- 
yard 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 
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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 na- 
tion that is not a nation now. 

18 And men whose speech you 
cannot understand, will stand be- 
tween 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 par- 
able; he said. The kingdom is a-like 
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 in- 
vited 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, an- 
other to his merchandise; 

26 And others seized the serv- 
ants 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 an- 
swered 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 com- 
mandments 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 person- 
ality of men; 

3 Tell us, what do you think; 
should we, who are the seed of 
Abraham, pay tribute unto Caesar? 
or should we not? 

4 And Jesus knew his wicked- 
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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 Caesar's 
image and his name. 

8 And Jesus said, Give unto 
Caesar that which is Caesar'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, Rab- 
boni, Moses wrote that if a married 
man shall die, and have no child, 
his widow shall become his brother's 
wife. 

1 1 Now, there were seven broth- 
ers 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 grat- 
ify their selfish selfs, or to perpetu- 
ate 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. 

2 1 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 
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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 king- 
dom is in you. 

32 To his disciples Jesus spoke, 
and all the people heard; he said, 
Beware you of the scribes and Phar- 
isees who pride themselves in wear- 
ing 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 pub- 
lic, 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 slight- 
est helpful efforts for their brother 
man. 

40 They make a show of doing 
things, and yet they do not any- 
thing but show their gaudy robes, 
and broad phylacteries, and smile 
when people call them honored mas- 
ters 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 an- 
gered. 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 com- 
pass sea and land to make one pros- 
elyte, and when he has been made 
he is a son of hell, just like your- 
selves. 

4 Woe unto you who call your- 
selves the guides of men! and you 
are guides, blind guides; 

5 For you pay tithes of cum- 
min, mint and dill, and leave un- 
done 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 



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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 di- 
vine; 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 ser- 
pents 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 syna- 
gogues, 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 na- 
tion 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 gath- 
ered 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 be- 
side 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 disci- 
ples 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 
PhiHp, 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 other- 



wise. 



31 Except a grain of wheat fall 
into earth and die it can be noth- 
ing 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 
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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. 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 dis- 
tant thunder! Others said, An an- 
gel 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 dark- 
ness 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 de- 
clares 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 ap- 
peal unto the multitudes; he said, 

47 He who believes in me, be- 



lieves 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, Jerusa- 
lem, 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 I 
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 
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armies of the conqueror will thun- 
der at her gates, and they will en- 
ter in, and blood will flow like 
water through the streets. 

6 And all the precious furnish- 
ings 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 right- 
eousness. 

10 And in these hours be anx- 
ious 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 na- 
tions 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 Ro- 
man 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 IsraeFs 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 sur- 
charged 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 
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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 re- 
demption of the earth is near. 

31 Before these days shall come, 
behold, false Christs and poor de- 
luded 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, take heed, 
for you know not the hour nor the 
day when comes the son of man. 

38 Let not your hearts be over- 
charged 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 mes- 
sengers 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 Oli- 
vet. Jesus reveals to his disciples 
the deeper meanings of secret doc- 
trines. 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 mas- 
ters in an undertone, and when he 
spoke the name of God there was 
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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 rob- 
bers 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 pur- 
loined, 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 revehngs 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 them- 
selves in proper garbs, and took 
their lamps and sat in waiting for 
the watch to say. Behold, the bride- 
groom 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 



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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 pur- 
chase 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 ex- 
claimed, I know you not ! and in dis- 
grace the virgins went their way. 

32 Again I say to you, and you 
shall say to them who follow you, 

j 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 shep- 
herds 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 stran- 
ger 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 minis- 
ter 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 
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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 com- 
prehend 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 Si- 
mon^ s house. Mary anoints the 
master with a costly balm, and Ju- 
das and others rebuked her for prof- 
ligacy. 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 oi 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 treas- 
urer, 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 con- 
stantly; at any time you can ad- 
minister to them; but I will not be 
with you long. 

1 1 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. 



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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 peo- 
ple 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 tryst- 
ing 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 Beth- 
any 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 to- 
morrow 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 dis- 
appear 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 dis- 
ciples," 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 Jeru- 
salem 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. 

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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 pre- 
pared. 

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 forever- 
more. 

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, ex- 
cept 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 disci- 
ples 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 mas- 
ter 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 be- 
fore I pass the veil ; 

25 For I will eat it not again un- 
til anew I eat it with you in the 
kingdom of our Father-God. 

26 And then they sung the He- 
brew 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, Be- 
hold, 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? 



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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 proph- 
ets 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 Remem- 
brance wine; and when you eat this 
bread and drink this wine remem- 
ber 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 encourage- 
ment. 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 Hfe 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, dis- 
ciples 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 es- 
tranged from me this night. 

10 The prophet said, Lo, he will 
smite the shepherd of the sheep; 
the sheep will flee and hide away. 

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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 ex- 
claimed, There is no power on earth 
that can estrange,j 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 com- 
prehended me, then you would 
know my Father-God. 

21 And Philip said. Show us the 
Father and Vv^e 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, be- 
cause 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 beHeve, 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 worth- 
less, 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 
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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 dis- 
ciples 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 can- 
not go where I will go; but you 
shall come. 

4 And Jesus spoke again unto 
the eleven and said. Grieve not be- 
cause 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 remem- 
brance 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 mys- 
teries 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 Com- 
forter, 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 mul- 
titudes I will give up my life, a pat- 
tern for the sons of men. 

19 But I will rise again and 
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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 buf- 
fetings 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, 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 be- 
come 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, be- 
cause 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 y/orld, 
but that they may be guarded from 
the evil of the world, and not be sub- 
ject 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 sanc- 
tified. 

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 Gethsem- 
ane. 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 
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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 gov- 
ernor. 

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 with- 
out 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 pal- 
ace, 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 coun- 
trymen 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 Caesar in his Pilate Pon- 
tius, 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 fool- 
ishness. 

19 The coward flees when dan- 
ger 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 inno- 
cence ; and even now the murderers 
are at the door. 

21 And Pilate said. It shall not 
be; the sword of Rome will be un- 
sheathed 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 dis- 
appeared; 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. 

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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 mys- 
teries 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 over- 
come 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 dem- 
onstrate the power of man to con- 
quer 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 mauifest myself so mortal eyes 
«an see. 



40 So in a trinity of days I will 
show forth the all of life, the all of 
death, the meaning of the resurrec- 
tion of the dead. 

41 And what I do all men can 
do. 

42 And you, my three, who con- 
stitute the inner circle of the Church 
of Christ, will show to men the at- 
tributes 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 Hfe 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 lam overwhelmed . 
I leave you here to watch with me. 

48 Then Jesus went three hun- 
dred 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 hor- 
rors 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 tempta- 
tions be not too great for you to 
bear. 



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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 I 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 be- 
trayer 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, Is- 
cariot, come and thus betray your 
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15 This thing must need be 
done; but woe to him who does be- 
tray 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 de- 
fense; 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 con- 
cerned 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 be- 
cause of his weak cowardice, and 
when he was himself again he joined 
with John and followed close behind 
the mob, and came into Jerusalem. 



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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 Gahlee; 
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 Caia- 
phas, 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 or- 



chard of Massalian with this sedi- 
tious Nazarene? I'm sure I did, 
and you are one of those who fol- 
lowed 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 mul- 
titudes in every public place; I have 
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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 glit- 
tering 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 ac- 
cusations 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 oc- 
cupy our sacred hills a tribe of men 
that know not God; 

41 And he avers that every doc- 
tor, scribe and Pharisee and Sad- 
ducee, shall go in exile, and shall 
nevermore return; 

42 And to these charges we do 
set our hands and seals. 

Annas. Simon. 

Abinadab. Annanias. 
Joash. 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 cru- 
cified. 

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 
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CHAPTER 166. 

Jesus before the Sanhedrim. Nico- 
demus pleads for justice; he shows 
the incompetency of the witnesses. 
The council fail to declare Jesus 
guilty f hut 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 Sanhe- 
drim 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 high- 
est 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 ev- 
ery 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 tes- 
timonies 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 glad- 
ly 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. 

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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. Pi- 
late'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 sen- 
tence 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 hu- 
miliating death— the death upon 
the cross. 

9 But Pilate said. No man can 
be found guilty of a crime by Ro- 
man law until the testimony all is 
in, and the accused has been per- 
mitted to defend himself; 

10 So I will take your bill of 
charges, with the evidence you 
have, and judge by Roman law. 

1 1 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 surren- 
dered 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 wit- 
ness to the truth; 

20 And every man who compre- 
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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 change- 
less 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 bois- 
terous; 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 testi- 
monies 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 derid- 
ingly. 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 sedi- 
tious 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 tet- 
rarch had been foes, but the experi- 
ence of this hour destroyed their en- 
mity 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 cru- 
cified. 

42 Then Pilate said, I bid you 
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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 Caesars 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 Jew- 
ish 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 beheve 
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 w^re three who were 
the leaders of a vile, seditious band, 
who had engaged in thefts and mur- 
ders and rapine, and had been sen- 
tenced 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 scape- 
goat for the people at the coming 
feast, and he was anxiously in wait- 
ing for his hour to come. 

7 Now, Pilate thought to turn 
this superstition to account to save 
the Lord, and so he went again be- 
fore 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 be- 
gan to plot to tear the Roman pal- 
ace 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, 
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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 ex- 
claimed. 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 Ti- 
berius. 

18 Now, Pilate would not give 
consent that Roman soldiers should 
imbue their hands in blood of inno- 
cence, 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 
manned on the ground a Pharisee 



called out. Stay, stay you men ! be- 
hold, 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. Hur- 
ries to the temple and throws the 
thirty pieces of silver at the feet of 
the priests who take it and buy a 
potter's fi,eld. Judas hangs him- 
self. 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 demon- 
strate the strength of God that he 
possessed, and strike to earth the 
fiendish multitudes and free him- 
self; 

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 
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5 Take back your bribe; it is 
the cost price of my soul; I have be- 
trayed the son of God. 

6 The priests replied, That mat- 
ters not to us. 

7 Then Judas threw the silver 
on the floor, and, bowed with grief, 
he went away, and on a ledge be- 
yond the city's walls he hanged him- 
self 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 inscrip- 
tion above the cross. Jesus speaks 
words of encouragement to the pen- 
itent thief. Commits to John the 
care of his mother and Miriam. 
The soldiers divide his garments 
among themselves. 

THE Jewish mob pushed on to- 
ward 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 pris- 
oners 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. 

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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 Gal- 
ilee were loud in mocking and de- 
riding 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 execu- 
tioners of law and took the lives of 
criminals, belonged the garments of 
the criminals. 

37 So when the Lord was cru- 
cified, 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 di- 
vided all my robes among them- 
selves, and for my vesture they cast 
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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 sa- 
bachthanif (Thou sun! thou sun! 
why hast thou forsaken me?) 

4 The people did not under- 
stand 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 compas- 
sion 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 ex- 
claimed, 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 Pi- 
late 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 high- 
est 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 Naza- 
rene and lay it in a tomb. 

25 And Pilate gave consent. 

26 Now, Josephhad prepared a 



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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 re- 
turned 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 hun- 
dred men with a centurion to guard 
the tomb. 

36 And then they sent a hun- 
dred 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 mid- 
night 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 gar- 
den, rich with flowers, the garden 
of Siloam, and Joseph's home was 
near. 

2 Before the watch began Caia- 
phas 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. 

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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 fright- 
ened men. 

11 They stood upon the Roman 
seal; they did not speak; they un- 
sheathed 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 cap- 
tive 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 as- 
semblies 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 resurrec- 
tion 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 Jew- 
ish 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 be- 
fore 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, 



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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 right- 
eousness ! 

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 every- 
where, 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 Mag- 
dala 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 en- 
tombed they went to Joseph's home 
and there abode. 



3 They did not know that Jew- 
ish 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 
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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 I 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. 

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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 Ro- 
mans 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 be- 
fore 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, hut they 
know him not. He tells them many 
things about Christ. He eats the 
evening meal with them, and re- 
veals 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 Em- 
maus, seven miles away, were going 
to their home. 



2 And as they walked and 
talked about the things that had oc- 
curred a stranger joined their com- 
pany. 

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 trans- 
pired 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 king- 
dom of the Jews, and drive the Ro- 
mans 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 him- 
self. 

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. 

1 1 The Jewish scribes and Phar- 
isees 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 cru- 
cified. 

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 
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it empty; the body of the Lord was 
gone. 

1 5 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 dem- 
onstrate 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 de- 
light while he was talking to us by 
the way and opening up the testi- 
monies of the Law, the Prophets and 
the Psalms? 



25 Then Zachus and Cleopas 
went back to Jerusalem, and every- 
where they went they said, Lo, we 
have seen the Lord; 

26 He walked with us to Em- 
maus; 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 hoy^e, 
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 Galile- 
ans 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 phan- 
tom 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 frag- 
ment of a fish ; he ate it in the pres- 



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ence 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 res- 
urrection 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 disap- 
peared. 

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 benedic- 
tion said. All hail! 

8 A halo rested on his head, and 
light, unUke 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 resurrec- 
tion 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 demonstra- 
tion of the power of man. 

16 Then he arose and pressed 
the hand of every man and of the 
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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 to- 
gether 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 Kas- 
par, and the magian masters who 
were first to greet the child of prom- 
ise in the shepherd's home in Beth- 
lehem, 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 Brother- 
hood is here; let us give praise. 

25 And all the priests and mas- 
ters 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 hu- 
man 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 ful- 
filled, 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 hu- 
man life, of trials, sore temptations, 
buffetings and woes. 

36 He pressed along the thorny 
way of life till he had risen and o'er- 
thrown 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 to- 
day; 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 hy- 
pocrisy. Reveals himself to them 
and they fall hack in fear. He ap- 
pears to the apostles in Simon's 
house. Thomas is convinced. 

IT was the Sabbath day and many- 
priests and scribes and Phari- 
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lem. Caiaphas, Annas and some 
other ruling Jews were there. 

2 A stranger came in garb of 
fisherman and asked, What has be- 
come 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 demon- 
strate 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 
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.rred, and Jesus came and said, 
jace be to all! 

24 And then he said to Thomas, 
•lend, you do not know that I 
ive risen from the dead; the time 
J.S come for you to know. 

25 Come here and see the nail 
ints in my hands, the spear 
ound in my side, and talk with 

le as you have often talked with 
me. 

26 And Thomas came and saw, 
;ind then exclaimed. My master, 
nd my Lord! I do not now be- 
1 eve, 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 Broth- 
erhood in Greece. Appears to 
Claudas and Juliet on the Tiber 
near Rome. Appears to the priests 
in the Egyptian temple at Heliop- 
olis. 

APOLLO, with the Silent Broth- 
erhood of Greece, was sitting 
in a Delphian grove. The Oracle 
had spoken loud and long. 

2 The priests were in the sanc- 
tuary and as they looked the Ora- 
cle 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 pn 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 Liv- 
ing 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 Broth- 
erhood, 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 na- 
tions 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 di- 
vine 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. 

1 5 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; 

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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, Clau- 
das 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 demi- 
gods 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 dark- 
ness 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 car- 
nal men have pierced. 

27 Claudas and Juliet, whom I 
have saved from death, are my am- 
bassadors 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 cele 
brate the resurrection of their 
brother Nazarite; they knew that he 
had risen from the dead. j 

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 resurrec- 
tion 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 tem- 
ple 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 sub- 
stance of the body to a higher tone, 

37 And make it like the sub- 
stance 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 pos- 
sible the actigji of the Holy Breath. 



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When will of man and will of God 
are one, the resurrection is a fact. 

42 In this we have the chemis- 
try 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 Geth- 
semane; 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 possibil- 
ities 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 jomed 
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 con- 
tained 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 Thev found some living coals 
upon the beach and Peter brought 
and dressed the fish; they had some 
bread. 

1 1 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 

sheen. 

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 
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1 9 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 fol- 
lowed 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 mas- 
ter came; they saw him and they 
talked with him. 

30 He said to them, The Pente- 
cost is near at hand ; go to Jerusa- 
lem 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 spa- 
cious 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 con- 
cerned 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 bap- 
tized shall rise up in the newness of 
the life of Christ, and they who dis- 
believe 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; 

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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 poi- 
sonous 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 Pen- 
tecost 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 Mir- 
iam; 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, to- 
gether 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 va- 
cant 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. 



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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 be- 
yond the veil. 

7 Of him the prophet wrote : His 
habitation shall be desolate; no man 
shall dwell therein ; his office let an- 
other take. 

8 From those who have accom- 
panied 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 in- 
deed; but he was learned in all the 
wisdom of Egyptian schools, and he 
had taught the mysteries of Miz- 
raim 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 Chris- 
tine 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; Mat- 
thew, Jude, the son of Alpheus and 
Matthias. 

CHAPTER 182. 

Events of the day of Pentecost. En- 
dowment of the apostles. The 
Christine Church is established. 
Peter 'preaches the introductory ser- 
mon. The sermon. Three thou- 
sand people are baptized and be- 
come 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 flam- 
ing 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. 

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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 be- 
yond 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 won- 
ders in the heavens above, and mar- 
velous 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 Bethle- 
hem 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. 

24 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 every- 
where 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 mul- 
titude 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 \von- 
dering 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 Gali- 
lee whom you abused and crucified, 
both Lord and Christ. 

32 And then the people said. 
What shall we do? 

33 And Peter said, This Chris- 
tine Lord has sent us forth to open 
up the gates of dawn. Through 
Christ all men may enter into light 
and life. 

34 The Christ jae Church stands 



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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 whoso- 
ever 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 bap- 
tized 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. 




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