THE GOSPEL OF THE HOLY TWELVE
The Gospel of the Perfect Life
Translated from the original Aramaic
and edited by the Rev. Gideon Jasper Richard Ouseley
Note to Reader: There are two variations describing the origin of The Gospel of the Holy Twelve and neither account can be authenticated. One explanation is taken from the preface page of the book and is found on the introductory page below. The other explanation states that the book was received in “dreams and visions in the night” by several mystics.
As for my own personal perspective… although I recognize that some may be concerned about the origin of this book, the contents have always struck me as being true. After 40 years of studying the teachings of Christ, I see the Christ principles expressed everywhere: in the cycles of nature, in the love people have for one another, in poems, in a variety of inspired writings, and most importantly, within myself. Consequently, I have learned to recognize the way, the truth, and the life wherever and however it is presented. For me, The Gospel of the Holy Twelve contains the broadest and most illuminating expression of these teachings and principles I have found to date. They offer the perfect opportunity to clarify and expand upon the inner mystical teachings which Jesus Christ brought to humanity.
The Gospel of the Holy Twelve is one of the most ancient, complete, and pure works of Jesus Christ's teachings regarding the Way of Life and the salvation of the soul. It is believed that this manuscript was smuggled into Tibet by a member of the Essene community and preserved in one of the Buddhist monasteries for safe keeping for future generations.
The members of the ancient community of Essenes were also called: Yessenes, Iessenes, Nazarites, and Nazirs. It is purported that this community had as members Joseph and Mary as well as many of the principal people in Christ's life, including the Apostles. Jesus supposedly received his early training there from the learned wise men who were part of his community. As stated in the Gospel of the Holy Twelve, he later traveled to Egypt, Persia, and into many other countries learning from the spiritual teachers and wise men; and while upon his way, he would heal the sick and care for the less fortunate.
From the fragments of information pieced together, during His ministry, Jesus the Christ regularly taught His Apostles and disciples, always assigning someone to be the scribe. The Gospel of the Holy Twelve is a compilation of His teachings regarding the Way of Life as written and edited by His closest followers. Another ancient work that has come to light in modern times is the Nag Hammadi, a compilation of the teachings found in The Dead Sea Scrolls whose authors were the Apostles, Mary, and many of the other disciples. In many of these books, the teachings have the same mystical quality as the teachings found in the GH12.
In the immediate centuries following Christ's Ascension, His teachings were in imminent danger of being corrupted. Many people began espousing their own versions of Christ's appearance and many were altering what He said so that the teachings conformed more to their lingering pagan beliefs. It became obvious that some action needed to be taken to insure the preservation of Christ's teachings. It was during this period that the Gospel was smuggled out of the Middle East and into Tibet and given to the head of a Buddhist monastery in the hope that the purity of Christ's teaching could be preserved for future generations.
Eventually, rumors about the Gospel began to be circulated by explorers and scholars who when traveling through Tibet had heard of the existence of the document. In the late 1800's, an Irish clergyman, Rev. G. J. Ouseley traveled to Tibet in search of the manuscript. He found the monastery and was given the manuscript to translate from the Aramaic. He was only able to translate a portion of the document before he was forced to return home so as to avoid the winter snows. The head of the monastery told him that he would translate the rest of the manuscript when he returned. Ouseley thought differently because he knew how costly and time consuming his journey had been, and he did not think he would have the opportunity to return.
Greatly dejected, he left the monastery to return to Ireland without the manuscript. On the third day of the journey, the expedition was caught in an avalanche and Ouseley broke his leg. The party was forced to return to the monastery to care for the injured. Upon his return, he was immediately given the manuscript which he translated as he healed, fulfilling the head master's cryptic prediction.
Ouseley claimed that this original gospel had been hidden by the Essene community to keep it from the hands of the corrupters. According to Ouseley, around 300 A.D. the Council of Nicea was convened by the early Christian Fathers for the purpose of collecting all the available records, documents, and information regarding the teachings of Christ Jesus. This famous council had been authorized to "correct" the data that would be put into the new canonical gospels.
At the time of the council, Constantine was the emperor of Rome. The Christian Fathers had been attempting to convert Constantine to Christianity and away from his pagan practices. This obsession with converting Constantine heavily influenced the way Christ's teachings were edited by this council. The church Fathers authorized these "correctors" to carefully cut from the Gospels: the aspect, the role, and the function of the feminine; the doctrine of being kind to animals and all lesser creatures; and the abstinence of eating flesh and drinking strong drink. They also cut the temptations that Christ had in the desert from four to three and removed altogether the 12 Commandments after the Spirit.
The church Fathers had these teachings removed so that the Bible would not be offensive to Constantine. The overall effect of editing these writings radically altered this body of work, changing it from a system of personal transformation to a mythological story. Religions embraced this mythological story and they taught their followers to do likewise, leaving the true teachings of transformation by the wayside. For the most part, this is the King James Version of the bible we have today.
As a guide to the Way of Life, the Gospel of the Holy Twelve presents us with teachings about the Feminine tenderness as well as the Masculine strength of the Perfect Christ. We find from these teachings that we are all created in this masculine-feminine, Two-in-One configuration; and the goal of life is to find within ourselves the perfect balance of these opposite polarities. Christ explains the mystery of perfect balance in The GH12, 66.13, "And one said unto him, Master, when shall the kingdom come? And he answered and said, 'When that which is without shall be as that which is within, and that which is within shall be as that which is without, and, the male with the female, neither male nor female, but the two in One. They who have ears to hear, let them hear.'"