The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ: The Philosophic and Practical Basis of the Religion of the Aquarian Age of the World and of the Church Universal) is a book by Levi H. Dowling, first published on 1 December 1908. He said he transcribed the text of the book from the akashic records, a purported compendium of mystical knowledge supposedly encoded in a non-physical plane of existence. In the later 20th century, it was adopted by New Age spiritual groups. Download The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ (PDF) or read on the web here.
The title is derived from the practice in astrology of naming time periods in terms of constellations and their dominant positions in the sky, according to the earth’s axial precession. In that system, the Age of Aquarius is approaching.
There are a number of anachronisms that cast doubt on the authenticity of the book. The language used isn’t scriptural, romantic, or congruent with the Book of Mormon, The Holy Bible or even the apocrypha. In general it’s an interesting read worth taking a look at; not for truth but for curious history and more simple explanations of gospel principles.
The Aquarian Gospel asserts the following main points:
- The revelation of The Aquarian Gospel was prophesied 2,000 years ago by Elihu, who conducted a school of the prophets in Zoan, Egypt. He said thus: “This age will comprehend but little of the works of Purity and Love; but not a word is lost, for in the Book of God’s Remembrance a registry is made of every thought and word and deed. And When The world is ready to receive, lo, God will send a messenger to open up the book and copy from its sacred pages all the messages of Purity and Love. – Aquarian Gospel 7:25-26
- There are 18 unknown years of Jesus’ life missing in the Bible (ages 12–30). Like Nicolas Notovitch did before in his The Unknown Life Of Jesus Christ: By The Discoverer Of The Manuscript (1887), the Aquarian Gospel documents these 18 years as a time when Jesus travels to the centers of wisdom in India, Tibet and Western India, Persia, Assyria, Greece, and Egypt. In each of these capital cities, he is educated, tested, and teaches the religious leaders. Jesus inevitably proves that he is ‘God’s chosen one’ (the Christ) in these locales and brings back this multi-cultural wisdom and confidence to Galilee and Judea.
- Jesus puts on the role of The Christ, but is not automatically Christ by nature. By making himself, through desire, effort, ability and prayer, a fit vessel, Jesus enabled The Christ to dwell within him. Christ is therefore used as a term for the seemingly perfect human being that Jesus exemplified, a human being that has been “Christened” (anointed) and therefore made holy.
- Jesus came to Earth to show the way back to God via his lifestyle and teachings. He is the example we must model our own lives after, if we seek salvation.
- Reincarnation exists and karma (“You reap what you sow”) is the explanation for various injustices. Reincarnation allows people to settle debts they have incurred in past lives.
- Humanity has forgotten God and is currently working its way back to fully remembering God.
- Time is separated into ages. These ages last approximately 2,000 years. We are now nearing the start of the Aquarian Age.
- All souls will eventually mature and evolve towards the perfect, like Jesus the Christ.
- No soul is ever abandoned by God.
- The trinity is strength, love and wisdom.
- SECTION I (Aleph): Birth and Early Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus
- SECTION II (Beth): Birth and Infancy of John, the Harbinger, and of Jesus
- SECTION III (Gimel): Education of Mary and Elizabeth in Zoan
- SECTION IV (Daleth): Childhood and Early Education of John the Harbinger
- SECTION V (He): Childhood and Early Education of Jesus
- SECTION VI (Vau): Life and Works of Jesus in India
- SECTION VII (Zain): Life and Works of Jesus in Tibet and Western India
- SECTION VIII (Cheth): Life and Works of Jesus in Persia
- SECTION IX (Teth): Life and Works of Jesus in Assyria
- SECTION X (Jod): Life and Works of Jesus in Greece
- SECTION XI (Caph): Life and Works of Jesus in Egypt
- SECTION XII (Lamed): The Council of the Seven Sages of the World
- SECTION XIII (Mem): The Ministry of John, the Harbinger
- SECTION XIV (Nun): The Christine Ministry of Jesus—Introductory Epoch
- SECTION XV (Samech): The First Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus
- SECTION XVI (Ain): The Second Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus
- SECTION XVII (Pe): The Third Annual Epoch of the Christine Ministry of Jesus
- SECTION XVIII (Tzaddi): The Arrest and Betrayal of Jesus
- SECTION XIX (Koph): The Trial and Execution of Jesus
- SECTION XX (Resh): The Resurrection of Jesus
- SECTION XXI (Schin): Materialization of the Spiritual Body of Jesus
- SECTION XXII (Tau): Establishment of the Christine Church