But He later went on to reverse that order. Based on observing what actually happened with His devotees, He concluded it was highly unlikely that hearing would ever occur without an intensive, discipline-filled "listening process" complementing the reception of His Transmission. That listening process was associated with ever-increasing disciplines that systematically covered the remaining "loopholes" through which the ego was continuing to escape, preventing hearing from occuring — because hearing can occur only when the "whole guy" is covered.
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The evolution of Adi Da's Work with devotees can be looked at as an ongoing experiment with how two forces "stack up" against each other: the Force of the Divine, and the force of the ego. It's like that old puzzle of medieval Church philosophy, poetically restated by songwriter Johnny Mercer as:
During an early period of His Work, Adi Da experimented with the presumption that the Force and Attractiveness of the Divine was great enough to generate the initial milestones in devotees (like hearing), and that the disciplines would then naturally follow — i.e., once you have fundamental self-understanding, you are standing in the "place" prior to seeking, so you no longer need to activate all the various forms of seeking. Or to put it another way, if you are already happy, you no longer need to seek happiness (through money, food, sex, etc.), and so you are naturally inclined to keep your life very simple.
But when devotees did not hear through the Force of His Grace alone, Adi Da was required to adjust His presumption. The following observation from Adi Da pretty much sums it up: "God is great. Unfortunately for you, bullshit is greater!" And that conclusion (about which "force" was greater: God or the ego) has a very different set of implications: despite whatever challenges are associated with taking up disciplines prior to hearing — and we will discuss these in the rest of this article — even so, disciplines are necessary to free up the energy and attention needed for hearing to occur. (As with recognition of Adi Da as the Divine, the disciplines don't cause hearing; but they do generate free energy and attention, which is a prerequisite for hearing. In other words, the disciplines are necessary but not sufficient for hearing.)
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We mentioned earlier how the evolution of Adi Da's Work with devotees can be looked at as an ongoing experiment with how two forces "stack up" against each other: the Force of the Divine, and the force of the ego.
We mentioned how Adi Da's observations of the force of egoity (in His devotees) led Him to add disciplines to the pre-hearing practice.
But the experiment continued. That other force — "the Force of the Divine" — was not a "fixed quantity" in Adi Da's ongoing experiment. His own unfolding seventh-stage process led to breakthroughs that made the Force of the Divine available to devotees in ever more potent form.
The Ruchira Dham Event (in April, 2000) made the Divine available in the most transparent, most potent form possible: through a human body in Divine Translation (the ultimate phase of the seventh stage of life).
As a result, Adi Da began communicating in ways that emphasized the Force of the Divine again. Now He spoke of the Gift of "recognizing Him" (as the Divine Person), and how all practice (including disciplines) in Adidam was enabled by the response to that recognition of Him. In some sense, this was a return to His early manner of speaking (based on the presumption that the Force of the Divine was greater than the force of egoity). But now instead of saying that hearing was necessary before disciplines could be practiced rightly, He indicated that recognition of Him was necessary before disciplines could be practiced rightly: