“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”. -The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus The Christ by Levi.
I’ve been carting this book around for over 15 years (it’s not quite a 20 year book though and in more ways than one) with never the slightest inclination to read it but also unwilling to part with it because of who gave it to me. As I’ve been wandering through A Course In Miracles it came to mind and finally picked it up and read it.
I know Darryl well enough to be sure that it was no accident that he gave me the book in front of our circle of friends, he would have easily predicted the stirring I would receive as a result. This was around the same time as I grew my first beard and the same people ribbed me mercilessly about the “Jesus Christ look” until I shaved it off. But I never for once thought that he gave me the book just to stir me up. I figured that if Darryl was giving it to me it had some value and on that basis I’ve happily carted it about.
It says on the dust cover that it’s about the missing 18 years of Jesus life which he spent “travelling and learning from the masters, seers and wisemen in the temples and schools of Tibet, Egypt, India, Persia and Greece”. But most of the time the format is more of “Jesus goes to x and shows up the locals and teaches them and isn’t he great”. Interspersed amongst the Jesus flag waving there are some beautiful poetic sections and many snippets of esoteric wisdom.
I can understand why it was radical for it’s time because a lot of what it espouses is at odds with the conventional teachings of the church. But most of its juice can be obtained from other texts with much less squeezing required. I’m not sure I can even suggest a target audience for it now- people like me who are interested in odd things I suppose. Maybe I would have gotten a lot more from it if I’d read it when it was given to me. Thanks for the read Darryl, sorry it took so long.