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Elisha Raising the Shunammite’s Son, Benjamin West (1766)

The prophet Elisha was an incarnation of Jesus. Elijah, the guru of Elisha, reembodied as John the Baptist.

In the Old Testament account, Elijah ascends into heaven in a chariot of fire and he tells Elisha, who is requesting that he receive a double portion of the spirit of his guru Elijah, “If you see me when I am taken up, you will receive the double portion of my spirit.” And because his eyes were opened and he saw Elijah ascend into heaven, Elisha received the mantle of Elijah which he sought.

The mantle of Elijah

Ascension of Elijah, Juan de Valdés Lea (c. 1655/56)

Lanello speaks of this event:

When Elijah ascended into heaven in a whirlwind, he did so with the certain knowledge that his disciple Elisha would carry on his mission in his mantle and in his flame. Elisha saw his master taken up in the ritual of the ascension. And he could perceive the wonder and the glory of his reunion with God, for he dwelt not in the consciousness of sackcloth and mourning. He “took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces” as a symbol of the breaking of the limited cup of his consciousness and its exchange for the masterful consciousness of Elijah. Thus, having shattered the modes of his former identity, he was able to take up the mantle of the prophet that fell from him. And immediately he smote the waters with the challenge “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” In response to his command, the waters parted hither and thither and Elisha went over—showing his dominion in fire and water, air and earth.[1]

Before he ascended, Elijah parted the waters of the River Jordan, and the two of them walked over the Jordan on dry ground. So Elisha came back and he smote the waters, as his teacher had done.[2] The waters parted and all the prophets of Israel recognized that Elisha had received the mantle of authority and he was the supreme prophet of Israel.

Lanello continues:

In this episode there was imparted to Elisha not only the mantle, transferring the momentum of his teacher’s consciousness of self-mastery, but there was bestowed upon him the unseen gift of the Holy Spirit, the flame of very flame—the very heartbeat of Elijah. And so, Elisha partook of the body and the blood of the ascending one—the same Alpha and Omega spirals that later, in another life, the disciple now become the teacher would impart to his own disciples, saying: “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”[3]

The Guru-chela relationship

Jesus has spoken in a number of dictations about his life as Elisha and his relationship with his guru Elijah.

This was indeed Elias come again,[4] the great prophet of old who had stood on Mount Carmel to challenge the workers of iniquity and the devils they invoked,[5] whom the LORD sent to the widow of Zarephath and promised her by the word of the LORD God of Israel that her “barrel of meal should not waste, neither the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.”[6] And it was so.

This was Elijah, the same who cast his mantle upon me when I was embodied as Elisha. He came upon me as I was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in the field, and immediately I followed him.[7] And I vowed to him, my teacher, “As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.”[8] I saw him take his mantle and wrap it together and smite the waters so that we two might walk over the Jordan on dry ground.[9]

He taught me the laws of alchemy and to smite the waters of the human consciousness with its astral nightmares and the defenses of the antichrist sent forth against the Light of the prophets of Israel—the same elements of the carnal mind that would challenge us again in another era, but in the same place in time and space. And he promised me that if I learned my lessons well and if my mind would become congruent with his own—“if thou see me when I am taken from thee”—that a double portion of his spirit would be upon me.[10]

Let us see what you can do to follow now the life of Elisha. Take it and study it in your Bibles this day. Know his life with Elijah and know his courage. For it was God’s courage in that soul, and it was the response of the heart of Christ in me throughout all ages. Recognize the virtues necessary. Recognize the filament. Recognize what must be present for your alchemy. Secure it.[11]

The story of Elijah and Elisha was the beginning of our understanding in Western civilization of the Guru-chela relationship. What it really tells us is that the avatar never comes alone.

Maitreya was the Guru of both Elijah and Elisha, both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. However, Elijah preceded Elisha in the order of hierarchy, and this precious relationship was retained by John and Jesus from childhood on, even though Jesus was the one chosen to be the avatar of the Piscean Age and John was chosen to ascend before him to hold the balance for his mission from octaves of Light.


Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 46, no. 34, August 24, 2003.

Lord Ling, Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 11, no. 4, Octobber 6, 1968.

Elizabeth Clare Prophet, “Walk While Ye Have the Light,” Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 53, no. 3, February 1, 2010.

Pearls of Wisdom, 1984, volume 2, Introduction.

  1. Mark L. Prophet, as recorded by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Cosmic Consciousness: One Man’s Search for God, chapter 12.
  2. 2 Kings 2:9–14.
  3. Mark L. Prophet, as recorded by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Cosmic Consciousness: One Man’s Search for God, chapter 12.
  4. Matt. 11:14; 17:10–14.
  5. I Kings 18:17–40.
  6. 1 Kings 17:14.
  7. 1 Kings 19:19.
  8. 2 Kings 2:2.
  9. 2 Kings 2:8.
  10. Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Opening of the Temple Doors, chapter 7.
  11. Jesus, “The Path of the Avatar,” Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 25, no. 69, December 25, 1982.