1.1. What Is Not Recognition
Heart-recognition of Me is not a matter of merely knowing
My Name or knowing what My bodily (human) Form looks like.
of Me is not a matter of "believing" what any other says about Me. Heart-recognition
of Me is not a matter of reinforcing a structure in your own "belief"-mind.
of Me is not a matter of identifying certain aspects of your own egoic experience
Heart-recognition of Me is not a matter of making a merely verbal
acknowledgement of Me As the Divine Person.
Rather, heart-recognition of
Me is a matter of heart-feeling Who (and What) I (Myself)
Am, altogether — As My Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form,
and As My Avatarically Self-Transmitted Spiritual (and Always Blessing)
Divine Presence, and As My Avatarically Self-Revealed (and Very, and Transcendental,
and Perfectly Subjective, and Inherently Spiritual, and Inherently egoless, and
Inherently Perfect, and Self-Evidently Divine) State.
If you heart-recognize
Me, then you feel My "Bright" Divine Self-Condition, Prior to your own limited
(and mortal) condition.
If you heart-recognize Me, then you are Swooned
into the Ecstatic Asana of devotion to Me.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The Divine Way Of Adidam Is
Heart-Recognition Of Me,
and Heart-Response To Me"
Here are several things that recognition
of Adi Da as the Divine (and recognition-response to Him) is not:
- What is not meant by "the Divine" — While we will elaborate more
(in the five criteria below) what is meant by "recognition
of Adi Da as the Divine", we can say right away that what is not meant by
"the Divine" is "the Creator of the universe", "the One in charge
of everything, and planning everything", "the One who is all-knowing and
all-powerful", or any of the other common God-ideas. There is no human Incarnation
of such a God because there is no such God. Rather, what we mean here by "God"
is the Consciousness in Whom the universe is arising, and the very Source of one's
There Is Only One Reality, One Self-Nature, One Self-Condition,
One Source-Condition, One Self-State. That One is not "Other". That One is not
your parent. And, in phenomenal and "experiential" terms, That One is not merely
devoted to rewarding and punishing you, supporting you and protecting you. Rather,
That One Is the Acausal Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, Source-Condition,
and Self-State of all phenomenal conditions — including all opposites, even all
contradictions. Thus, you cannot account for That One in childish terms.
Adi Da Samraj, "The Parental Deity and The One To Be Realized"
2, The Aletheon
To recognize Adi Da as the Divine is to recognize Him as that One
Reality, miraculously appearing here in human form.
I am not Calling you to believe that I Am the "Creator-God"!
I am Calling you to recognize and understand My Avataric Divine Revelation
of Myself As the Revelation of What God Really Is — Guru,
the Divine Liberator, the One and Only and Non-Separate Reality.
Adi Da Samraj, Aham Da Asmi
Attraction, love, or responsiveness of a less-than-Divine kind
— Certainly all devotees
love Adi Da, are attracted to Him, and respond to Him on that basis. But all of
us can be moved to do things for a spouse or friend in a responsive manner, and
that is still not the egoless
responsiveness to the Divine required by
the Way of Adidam.
We can even feel Adi Da as a Spiritual Transmission
Master, and respond to Him on that basis (of feeling the effects of His Transmission
in the body or mind), but that is still not the egoless
to the Divine required by the Way of Adidam.
Recognizing (and being attracted to, and loving) Adi Da as an ordinary human being and recognizing Him as a (less than Divine) Transmission Master are both natural aspects of being Adi Da's devotee. But neither is recognizing (and responding to) Him as the very Divine.
Adidam Ruchiradam is not a practice that is engaged
merely because someone is moved by Me (or relates to Me) as an "objective
other", or as a Teacher-Master in some not-yet-most-profoundly-recognized
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
"faith", or inference
— Recognition of Adi Da as the Divine Person
is not a matter of belief, or what is conventionally referred to as "faith".
You cannot merely "believe" in the Guru. You cannot
merely have emotional — or even "aesthetic" — feelings toward the Guru as an individual.
That is conventional "religion". That is cultism.
Adi Da Samraj, Guru,
Faith and Satsang
Don't believe in anything, but allow the heart to Recognize
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
of Adi Da is also not based on inference; for example: "No one but the Divine
could have created such an extraordinary Teaching
so therefore I conclude He must be the Divine." Or: "No one but the
Divine could have created the wealth of miraculous phenomena, transported so many
devotees into such extraordinary states, etc." These certainly are powerful
forms of indirect
evidence that Adi Da is Who He says He is. (And for this
reason we are documenting ever more of them on
.) And, on their basis, we may strongly suspect
that Adi Da
is the Divine. But recognition is neither belief nor inference. It is direct,
On the other hand, given the profundity
of that Revelation, we certainly can say that people (even devotees) who are still
wondering about whether Adi Da is the Divine certainly have not
Him. And we can add that people who "window shopped", spending some
time as "devotees" (even ones who had extraordinary experiences in Adi
Da's Company) and then leaving Adi Da and moving on to some other "spiritual
adventure", never recognized Adi Da. Recognition of Adi Da as the Divine
is a permanent (even eternal) heart-conversion (altogether sufficient for ultimate
Realization), and for this reason, it is the basis of the
that is taken at the outset of the Eternal Way of Adidam.
1.2. Five Criteria Associated with Recognition of Adi Da as the Divine
Anybody who is recognizing Me is absorbed into My State.
It is a profound Transcendental Spiritual condition. That's how I tell.
Adi Da Samraj, October 7, 2008
The Guru is merely present, but the force of His Presence is overwhelming to the point of absorption, in which all the social stuff that appears in your face and your body and all your activities simply become impossible. You just fall out of it, and into an ecstatic state under the force of the Divine Siddhi.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
the first Great Guru Day, July 15, 1973
Recognition of Adi Da
as the Divine Person is a Revelation that changes the game completely.
I Am here. That changes everything.
Adi Da Samraj
"The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
On the one hand, because this is so, it's obvious as anything (to you
and everyone around you) if recognition is the case for you, and, in principle,
doesn't really require any words either to confirm or to live a life of practice
based on that recognition of Adi Da. (It's equally obvious — when one sees "the
game has not changed completely" — to determine that one is not recognizing
You know very well when you are not turning to God!
There's no mystery about it. In every place in you where there is no Love, no
Freedom, no Happiness, no Humor, no Intensity, you're contracted. That's all that's
happened. . . . Wherever there is Satsang, no contraction, no avoidance, there is this
continuousness, this flow, without dilemma.
This intuition of the Divine
as Very Reality, as one's Condition, is truly the ultimate phenomenon of Satsang
— not all of this activity, everything from kriyas, to visions, to psychisms, to bad luck, to
sickness, to whatever. All of those phenomena of purification are secondary. They
occur because you are obstructed. But if you were not obstructed, you would simply
be enjoying the Divine.
The matter of Satsang is . . . to be more and more
involved in this intuition of the Divine. And ultimately, when all of that purification
has fulfilled itself, at least to a higher degree than it was fulfilled when you
began, at that time, you will only be intuiting the Divine, and none of
that [other] stuff will be happening any more.
So the same thing that is
realized when you begin life in Satsang is ultimately what is enjoyed in the perfection
of it. . . . At the end of it, you are still only intuiting the Divine —
as your Condition, as your Nature, as your very Life, as the Fullness of the world.
And that is the same thing that is communicated to you the instant you meet the
Guru. And it's that intuition that He's always asking you to meditate upon, dwell
upon, become absorbed in. Not all these phenomena, but that intuition of the Divine.
Adi Da Samraj
"The Divine Does the Yoga" (RealAudio
If Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga is practiced, the sign of Beholding appears, the sign of Joy, of Contemplation appears. And it relieves you of your social persona, your egoic habit patterns. This sign is what I mean by Ruchira Avatara Bhakti: Beholding Bhagavan. You are not just looking at a thing, or some other person, but recognizing the Divine, forgetting yourself. The facial expression changes, the body changes altogether, the Feeling-Bliss of that Communion invades the entire body. It forgets its ordinary appearance. It looks entirely different. So, by practicing this Yoga of devotion to Me, the sign of Beholding Bhagavan will be appearing in you moment by moment.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, November 28 1992
Adi Da has said that, in certain traditional cultures,
the spiritual sensitivity of the people would be such that the entire process
— from the moment of initial recognition to Realization — could take place without
even a single verbal exchange between Spiritual Master and devotee. That "ideal
devotional process" is what Adi Da means when He uses the phrase, "the
Ancient Walk-About Way". (For a simple example of such spontaneous and
wordless recognition of and response to Adi Da, click
I Am The Teaching. I Am The Revelation. I Am The One
To Be Realized. . . Nothing more needs to be Said about This. . . It is My devotee's
sighting of Me — rather than My Saying the Reality-Truth — that makes the Way
of Me Awaken and Proceed.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The
24, The Aletheon
the Ancient Walk-About Way, there were not any Teachings. Long ago, there was
not even the context of language in which to articulate Teachings. Teachings were
not the point. The Realizer was the point — recognizing the Realizer — and that
The Spiritual Master is the Teaching, as I
have Said. I Am the Teaching. Those who devotionally recognize Me are living
the Reality-Way of Adidam. It does not matter how many books I have Written that
they read. Mere study of My Divine Avataric Teaching-Word cannot change anyone
if it is looked at in the context of ordinary ego-bound functioning.
Adi Da Samraj, October 20, 2008
But, of course, we generally
are not such spiritually sensitive people, most of us having been raised in the
very opposite of a spiritually sensitive culture (in which Gurus are taboo and
anything greater than material is in doubt). Furthermore, not only because we
do not have the discrimination of the spiritually sensitive, but also because
of the historically unprecedented nature of Adi Da's Divine Revelation, it is
easy for us to mistakenly presume that this or that extraordinary experience we
may have had (associated with Adi Da) means we are recognizing Him as the Divine.
For these reasons, verbal descriptions can be very helpful in bringing
discrimination to bear on how we interpret our experience. That is why Adi Da
Himself has written (and spoken) so much — not because it is necessary,
in principle; but because it has turned out to be necessary, in practice, for
people like us. So that is why we are providing (below) five criteria for helping
us determine whether we have received (and are established in) the Revelation
that is recognition.
The Revelation of the egoless, Divine State
— That repeated Revelation convicts
one of the Divine Reality: there is
a State that is perfectly Happy, perfectly
Free, and which transcends all conditionality: life, death, and all forms of suffering.
If I am whole-bodily-responsively devotionally recognized,
then the "world" is (coincidentally) recognized as a transparent (or
merely apparent), non-necessary, and intrinsically non-binding modification of
Reality Itself. . .
Whole-bodily-recognition-responsive devotion to Me is
the intrinsic transcending of the entire "world" — not only the transcending
of the apparently separate body-mind-"self", but of the entire "world"
within which the body-mind-"self" is arising. . . .
recognition of Me Is Joy.
Devotional recognition of Me Is
Devotional recognition of Me Is Realization.
recognition of Me Is renunciation.
Devotional recognition of Me Always
— Immediately and Tacitly — Frees My devotee from this dreaming illusion and suffering.
that Awakeness Grows and Grows — to the point, Most Ultimately, of Divine Translation.
Adi Da Samraj, "The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
When one is recognizing Adi Da as the Divine, one's "experience"
of world, self, and the Divine is as a nonseparate Prior Unity. Thus it is not
that one is ignoring or dissociating from the world; rather, the intuition of
Prior Unity dissolves the sense of problem that otherwise arises whenever there
is an "other". In this sense, from the beginning, recognition is something
like the ultimate seventh stage Realization
, which is the ultimate development
of recognition of Adi Da: recognition of self and world as arising in (and as
a modification of) the Divine Self.
Sin, suffering, maya, samsara, desire, aversion, dilemma,
or un-Happiness is only a symptom of the present non-recognition of self and world.
In any moment that self (or experience and knowledge) and not-self (or the world
of conditions, relations, and objects) are truly recognized, the binding power
of self and not-self is utterly transcended. . . .
The whole matter of Wisdom,
God-Realization, Enlightenment, or Spiritual Liberation is recognition of what
is presently arising. Until there is such recognition in each moment, each moment
is confinement to self and what appears. Therefore, what must be Realized is the
Siddhi of recognition (or the Disposition of the seventh
stage of life).
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The Siddhi of
Location of Happiness
The only difference is
that, in the beginning of the seventh stage Way of Adidam, the transcending of
the world and self is "intrinsic". In the culmination of the Way, the
transcending of the world and self is a permanent Realization and is overt, through
standing as Consciousness Itself and through direct recognition of all that is
arising as modifications of Consciousness Itself. The way begins with recognition
of Adi Da as the Divine and intrinsic transcendence of self and world. The way
culminates in recognition of Adi Da as the Divine and recognition of self and
world as the Divine as well — there is only God.
That the Divine
State is "egoless" means the activity that is "me" has ceased, in any
true moment of recognition:
Devotee: My Lord, who is the one who
is in Communion with You?
Adi Da: There is no "who" about
it. There is just Me. If you are in Communion with Me, there is just Me. You do
not get to Communion with Me until there is really self-surrender and self-forgetting.
Therefore, there is no "who" about it.
Devotee: So there
is no one left but the Divine.
Adi Da: That is it.
Adi Da Samraj
"The Way of Non-Separateness", Ishta
"There is no one left but the Divine" may sound strange
or paradoxical. But the strangeness is only because we are used to thinking of
our "self" as a "thing", a "solid reality"; from
that viewpoint, "there is no one left but the Divine" sounds like this
solid "self" thing has vanished, so you start wondering: "how could
'I' even be conscious then, after 'I' am gone?" But Adi Da explains how in
Reality, there are no separate selves; there is only One Being: the Divine Consciousness.
"I" is not a solid thing
, but an activity
in that Divine
Consciousness that creates the sense of being
a separate self. When that activity
ceases (in any moment of egolessness), the reality that there is actually only
One Being (not many) is revealed — not only in the present moment, but as having
always already been the Truth, even in every moment we were (mistakenly) thinking
being a "separate self" was actually a solid (or ultimate) reality.
There is no actual "separate consciousness" (somewhere "inside" a human body);
there is only the one Divine Consciousness mistakenly identifying with this human
body and that human body: that's the actual reality of "me" and "you".
Devotee: We have to radiate love, and
yet there can't be an ego there doing it. Very few people in the world are able
to do that.
Adi Da: When there is no one there, there is only love.
In the New Testament it says, "God is love." Well, that is true. There is no self,
there is only God manifesting most primitively and naturally and outwardly as
this force of love. It just washes through.
The Dawn Horse Magazine, Vol 2, No. 2, Jubilee
Issue August 1974
The Revelation of Adi Da as the nonseparate Divine
the Source of that repeated Revelation is the contemplation of Adi Da, it is tacitly
clear that Adi Da Himself is none other than that Divine State, here in Person.
Contemplation of Adi Da is what restores us to that Divine State, consistently
and repeatedly. That Divine State is not separate from ourselves. (The "Spiritual
Transmission" is not like a radio transmitter, from "over there"
to "here".) Rather, the Revelation tacitly makes clear that we are arising
in that Divine State.
The conclusion that the Divine is Real is the result
of conversion, not the result of a mere intellectual process. If it is to be effective
in your life, however, it must become a conviction in the mind, and in every function
altogether, in your disposition altogether. To be governed by the presumption
of the Divine means you have come to the conclusion about reality that it is arising
in Real (Acausal) God and is to be surrendered in Real (Acausal) God. Life, then,
is about Real-God-Realization and not about conditions. Therefore, the important
matter is this conversion, or your conclusion about reality.
Adi Da Samraj
"“What Is Your Conclusion About Reality?”, Ishta
That Divine State also immediately reveals the Perfect Non-Separateness
of Reality. Therefore, it is completely clear that the "devotional relationship"
to Adi Da is not of the "me/other" kind between two apparently separate
beings, but rather of the "me surrendered into my very Source" kind.
I am not the ego's "other". Those who heart-recognize
Me "Know" this — and, therefore, they do not relate to Me as "other"
to their egoic separateness. . . . The Way of Adidam Is The "Radical"
(or Always "At-The-Root") relationship of Inherently Perfect (and Always
ego-Surrendering, ego-Forgetting, and ego-Transcending) Devotion to Me — not the
relationship to Me as ego's social, institutional, or "religious" (or
merely ceremonial) "other", but the Priorly egoless recognition-response
relationship to Me (as I Am).
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
Recognition is a heart-Revelation. It is not of an experiential kind
— great visions, sounds, or the kind of thing we might conventionally
tend to associate with the word "Revelation", from our traditional
religious backgrounds — but rather a taste of the experience- and experiencer-free,
non-dual Divine State Itself. But it also equally clear that Adi Da's appearance
here, as an "apparent other", an incarnate human being, has provided
means by which from now on we can locate our very Source directly
I am not a space-time-located entity — because I Am
Conscious Light Itself. I Am Perfect Space Itself — the Very Identity, the Very
Matrix, of all appearances and all beings. I am Able to Appear in Association
with conditions. And, if I am Invoked, and if there is the right devotional cultivation
of the relationship to Me in and via My Incarnate Person, My Inherently egoless
and Self-Evidently Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State is Spontaneously
My Association with This body-Mind Is the Divine Avataric
Event. I Am Self-Transmitted. My Self-Nature, My Self-Condition, My Self-State
Is Self-Transmitted. . . .
When I am Really “Located”, My Transcendental
Spiritual Self-Transmission is literal and undeniable. My Transcendental Spiritual
Self-Transmission Is the “Proof” that Reality — and the “world” altogether — is
of an entirely different Nature than people otherwise suppose.
“Locate” and “Know” Me in that Real manner, they no longer continue in the merely
gross pattern of egoic “worldliness”. To “Locate” and “Know” Me, Transcendentally
and Spiritually, is Inherently Transformative. If you “Know” Me Transcendentally
and Spiritually, you are transformed. If you are not transformed, then you do
not “Know” Me Transcendentally and Spiritually. . . .
Most Perfect Realization
of Reality Itself is Inherently egoless — and, therefore, Intrinsically (and literally)
My devotees must never relate to Me as a merely localized entity.
My devotees must always relate to Me As I Am. If you heart-recognize Me, then
you “Know” this. I am not confined by the Body. I am (while I live) merely in
apparent association with the Body — for the Sake of beings. That is all. I am
not of a local nature. There is no ego “inside” This Body.
If you “pin”
Me in the Body — seeing Me only in terms of the gross body and the social personality
— then you are not aware of Me.
Through the bodily eyes, I can look into
the room, but I am literally seeing everywhere. It is an extraordinary Process,
Beyond ordinary human comprehension — but It is Really So.
I am Associated
with all the dimensions of Reality — altogether and everywhere.
I am not
localized in a body or in a mind. I have an apparent association with This Body,
for the Sake of everyone — but It is I (As I Am) Who am Associated with This Body.
am not an egoic entity. Therefore, I am not aware in egoic-entity terms. This
is not a matter of mere belief, but it is “Known” to be so if you heart-recognize
Me and Really “Locate” Me. Heart-Communion with Me is about “Perfect Knowledge”
of Me, not mere belief in Me.
If you truly enter into heart-Communion with
Me, you “Know” Me in the Non-localized sense — and you are (Thus and Thereby)
Un-bound, by Me, from your own localized existence as well.
Adi Da Samraj, "Indivisible Perfect Space"
20, The Aletheon
The Revelation of egoity via contrast with
the egoless Divine State — Recognition of Adi Da as the Divine and egoity
(the act of separation from the Divine) are mutually exclusive:
Human egos cannot recognize Me As I Am.
Human egos cannot understand the import of My Divine Avataric
Self-Revelation of Reality Itself As "It" Is.
egos are so "veiled" in their disposition, and even in their perception, that
they cannot see Me As I Am.
Human egos cannot see Me
As I Am, because they are actively dissociating from Reality Itself
As "It" Is.
Human egos cannot accept the Divine
Avataric Self-Revelation of Reality Itself As "It" Is.
Human egos cannot accept the Divine Avataric Self-Revelation of Reality
Itself As "It" Is, because they are actively dissociating from Reality
Itself As "It" Is.
In Reality Itself (As "It" Is),
there is no separateness, no relatedness, no otherness, and no "difference".
Reality Itself (As "It" Is) Is Intrinsic egolessness
and Perfect Indivisibility — Divinely Self-Evident As No-separateness,
No-relatedness, No-otherness, and No-"difference".
Adi Da Samraj
"There Is A Way — and Reality Itself Is It"
21, The Aletheon
In receiving this Revelation (repeatedly), it is tacitly obvious to
all of us that our own egoic activity is the only reason we haven't already realized
this Divine State perfectly (and permanently) — because what we always experience
is (a) the Divine State; and (b) our egoic tendency to contract from that
completely unlimited, egoless State, in every moment. It is tacitly obvious that
the consistency and profundity of our practice in any moment is what is determining
the degree of Realization.
Outshine the world By Exercising The Heart — Which
Is Love's Radiant Wound. Do this by Always and Constantly Turning Your Heart (Whole
bodily) To Me. And, In and By Means Of That Constant Turning, Always Heart-Recognize
Me, and Always Feel Me, and Always Feel To Me (Beyond self-Contraction
— Beyond the Separate, and Separative, and Total psycho-physical Act of ego-"I".)
And Be Thus (and Always More and More Profoundly) Eased To Me — By Means of ego-Surrendering,
ego-Forgetting, and ego-Transcending Devotional Love Of Me (Even, At Last, To
The Most Perfect Degree Of Non-Separateness, and No-"Difference", In
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Dawn Horse Testament
The repeated Revelation of recognition is always immersion in the Divine State. But the Realization of that Revelation is neither perfect nor permanent until Divine Enlightenment. Until then, whatever forms of egoic resistance we still have not understood are still present in the midst of the Revelation. They are revealed as that
which yet needs to be transcended in order for our Realization of the Revelation to become perfect and permanent.
Whole-bodily-responsive devotional recognition of Me
is "radical" (or always "at-the-root") "self"-understanding
— because whole-bodily-responsive devotional recognition of Me vanishes egoity
at the "root", and vanishes all "difference" at the "root".
. . .
When I am recognized,
the Water Itself
Only My Divine Self-Domain
Adi Da Samraj, "The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
Thus, those who have recognized Adi Da (even those who are still just
beginners in the Way of Adidam) have been given the Ultimate
Realization, even as they also see the self-activity that they are going
to have to transcend perfectly (over time)
in order to realize that Ultimate Realization perfectly and permanently. As Adi
Da puts it: the Way of Adidam is a seventh-stage
Way from the outset.
Divine Translation Is simply The Most Perfect
Culmination of a Process that takes place from the beginning of My devotee’s practice
of The Reality-Way of Adidam. Therefore, The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way
of Adidam Is The seventh stage Way from the beginning.
The Reality-Way of Adidam does not move through the first six stages of
life, in order to get to the seventh stage of life. The Reality-Way of Adidam
Always Already Transcends the first six stages of life, by
being devotionally Self-Established in non-dissociative (and non-introversive)
devotional Communion with Me on Sight, from the beginning. In that case, there
is simply the more and more profound demonstration of devotional Communion with
Me, of being devotionally (and, Thus and Thereby, Always Priorly) Established
in The Intrinsically egoless Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State of The
Indivisible Divine Conscious Light — from the beginning.
Adi Da Samraj, "In Place (Where and As I Am)"
14, The Aletheon
Thus, by virtue of the nature of the Revelation, every one of us established
in recognition of Adi Da is already in a position to bear witness to the Ultimate
Realization of the Way of Adidam, even though we still may be relative beginners
in the Way of Adidam.
The Revelation of recognition dissolves the questioner
— Having the means — through recognition of Adi Da — to be
immersed nonseparately in the Divine State in any moment from now on is so obviously
the Ultimate Treasure anyone could wish for (and the means for Realizing the greatest
possible destiny), that no one who realized this would ever give up that
Treasure simply because of the typical kinds of questions about Adi Da (His
"Crazy Wise" behavior, etc.) that often confuse people first getting
to know Adi Da and wondering about becoming His devotee. No devotee who has truly
received (and therefore has been penetrated by) the Revelation of Adi Da as the
Divine Person (i.e., someone who is established in moment-to-moment recognition
of Adi Da as the Divine Person, or at least has had many moments of recognition)
would throw the Baby out with the bathwater! All of us for whom the "did
He or didn't He" kinds of questions no longer hold any power over our commitment
to remaining Adi Da's devotees have one thing in common: We have been immersed
repeatedly in Adi Da's Divine State. Part 5 ("The
Recognition Consideration: Prior to Becoming a Devotee, The Fruitful Question
Is Not 'Did He or Didn't He?' But Rather, 'Is He or Isn't He?' ") goes into this
in much greater detail.
When you recognize Me As I Am, there
is no doubt in you.
One who Beholds Me As I Am (and with
right and true devotional recognition-response) is Beholding the Divine (or Reality
Itself) As "It" Is. Every moment of whole bodily devotional
turning to Me is simply that — Beholding the Divine As "It" Is,
moment to moment.
When you rightly and truly devotionally Behold Me, you
are in the Divine Self-Domain, you are in the Paradise of Reality Itself, and
you have been Given all the Divine Gifts. In the Divine Self-Domain, there is
not anything lacking.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "As I Am
— And In Plain Sight"
The Revelation of recognition leads to a spontaneous unfolding of practice — As
we will explore in greater depth in part 3, if
one recognizes Adi Da as the Divine Person, then one's response is instantaneous
and extraordinary, and should spontaneously demonstrate itself by one's passing
through the crisis of hearing any time within a few months to a couple of years
after recognizing Him. In short: one advances through the levels of practice "like
a hot knife through butter" (to use Adi Da's words).
Adidam Ruchiradam Is the Process That Spontaneously
Unfolds if I am devotionally recognized.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
"The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
A spontaneous unfolding in practice
— criterion (5) — is perhaps the most easy criterion to assess in one's own case.
As we will explore in part 4
, criteria (1) through
(4) can be associated with moments of recognition, whereas criteria (5) is associated
with recognition as an established capability
. When Adi Da
Himself refers to "recognition", He is generally referring to an established
(present-time) capability, not as one or more (remembered) moments. If we have
been a devotee for more than a couple of years, and we have not yet passed through
the crisis of hearing, it is highly likely that we are not (yet) recognizing Adi
Da as the Divine Person in this sense (i.e., we are not established in present-time,
moment-to-moment recognition of Him, regardless of how many moments of recognition
we may have had in the past).
1.3. Recognition, Hearing, and Divine Self-Realization
is recognizing Me is absorbed into My State. It is a profound Transcendental Spiritual
condition." Because both recognition of Adi Da and hearing both enter us
into such a profound and egoless State, we might wonder: what exactly is the difference
between recognition, hearing, and Divine Self-Realization?
For instance, Adi Da describes hearing as "fundamental self-understanding".
But He also says, "whole-bodily-responsive devotional recognition of Me is
'radical' (or always 'at-the-root') 'self'-understanding" — which sounds
very similar to "fundamental self-understanding", at first glance. And
it would be easy to (mis-)read the following passage as suggesting that recognition
included fundamental self-understanding (hearing):
The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam
is the culture of immediate and always present-time devotional conversion (or
the moment to moment, and intrinsically ego-transcending, responsive re-orientation
of the body-mind-“self” by Means of tacit devotional recognition of Me) — and,
therefore, the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is not the
culture of the search to progressively transcend “Narcissus” (or the presumed
“subjective entity” of ego- “I”), but, rather, The only-by-Me Revealed and Given
Reality-Way of Adidam is the culture of the Always Prior (and, thus, non-strategic)
transcending of psycho-physical egoity (or the activity of dissociative “self”-contraction).
Adi Da Samraj, “In Place (Where and As I Am)”
14, The Aletheon
Permanence. The first important distinction is that recognition
and hearing are capabilities (that must be consciously exercised to be
effective), while Divine Self-Realization is a permanent Realization that cannot
be lost, regardless of what one does or doesn't do. To begin the Way of Adidam
Ruchiradam, one establishes recognition as a moment-to-moment capability. This
capability enables one to return to being egolessly absorbed in Adi Da's State
in any moment. But before hearing, one will fall out of that State repeatedly
because of egoic tendencies, and one's responsive but intentional practice of
turning to Adi Da based on recognition-response is needed to return one to absorption
in Adi Da's Divine State.
Turn To Me, Heart-Recognize Me, and Feel Me (The Avatarically Self-Revealed Divine Person) —
and, By This Devotionally To-Me-Responding Counter-egoic Effort, Transcend Your Own and Terrible self-Contraction.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
The Dawn Horse Testament of the Ruchira Avatar
Hearing gives one the capability to stand prior
to the ego, and thus, to not have to fall out of absorption in that Divine State
— but one must still (responsively) intend and practice that hearing capability
in every moment, in order to remain standing prior to the ego.
Self-Realization, the Divine State is permanent and intention is no longer required.
Here is how Adi Da wrote about this in His Own case:
all the days that followed the Great Event of my Divine re-Awakening, there has
not been a single change in This "Bright" Awareness, or any diminishment
of This "Bright" Awareness. Indeed, This "Bright" Awareness
cannot be changed, diminished, or lost. I immediately noticed that "experience"
had ceased to affect me. Whatever passed — be it a physical sensation, some quality
of emotion, a thought, a vision, or whatever — it did not involve me (As
I Am) at all. I began to pay particular attention to what passed, in order
to "test" my State (or, simply, in order to account for all aspects
of my State in the total functional context of the living body-mind). But the
primary Awareness of the (inherently) Spiritually "Bright" Reality,
my Very Consciousness Itself, could not be changed, diminished, or lost. Consciousness
(Itself) — the One and Only and inherently indivisible and perfectly non-separate
Conscious Light — is the only "Thing" in life that is not an "experience"
(or something "Witnessed" by Consciousness Itself). Consciousness (Itself)
— or the Self-Existing and Self-Radiant Conscious Light Itself — does not depend
on anything, and there is not (nor can there be) any "thing",
or any "experience", that can destroy Consciousness (or Conscious
Light) Itself. Consciousness (or Conscious Light) Itself Is (Itself) Love-Bliss,
Joy, Freedom, and Sublime Knowledge!
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
The Knee Of Listening
Relaxation of Identification. Over time, recognition leads
to hearing; and recognition coupled with hearing lead to Divine Self-Realization.
What is occurring is a progressive relaxation of identification, based on the principle
of non-use, and the practice of recognition and "Divine Distraction"
(in which the principle of non-use is applied):
What is simply not used is intrinsically obsolete —
whereas what is opposed is constantly kept in front of you. The creative principle
of true and positive change is a combination of always relaxed inspection (and
discriminating awareness) of existing tendencies and, on that basis, an active,
persistent, full feeling-orientation to right, new, and regenerative functional
patterns. If this creative principle of true and positive change is practiced
consistently and in ecstatic (or intrinsically ego-transcending) resort to Me,
the Divine Avataric Master, free growth — demonstrated as habit-transcending true
and positive change — is assured.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Principle and Right Self-Management:
The Secrets of How To Change"
9, The Aletheon
Initially, one is, by habit, identified with the conditional body-mind
in the form of the gross and subtle bodies.
By constantly being absorbed in Adi Da's Divine State (which is prior to the body-mind),
that identification is weakened, to the point where one's primary identification
is with Consciousness, and one is spontaneously entered into the Perfect Practice
in the Way of Adidam. The Perfect Practice, in turn relaxes identification with
the causal body and attention, to the point where one finally Awakens to Divine
Self-Realization, beyond identification with any conditional forms, gross, subtle,