Question: Based on what you
wrote, it seems that what Adi Da called the Way begins with recognition of Him.
In which case it shouldn't necessarily develop over time or otherwise involve
any particular progression of "something" through time such that that "something"
evolves into the Way. It isn't anything that any devotee can do. The Guru does
it, when the Guru is Recognized. Is that right?
Answer: Yes, the
core of the Way of Adidam is what Adi Da calls "The Guru Yoga":
the liberating work that Adi Da does as Divine Guru. The Divine meditates His
devotee. As Adi Da puts it: "It is My meditation that is consequential."
Ultimately, the Divine acquires the body-mind of His devotee entirely —
in this sense, the Way of Adidam is all about God-Possession, to the point where
all limited identity is dissolved and we also Realize that there is only God:
Through My devotee's complete responsive surrender
to Me — Divinely Avatarically Self-Revealed and Transcendentally Spiritually Self-Given
As egoless, Indivisible, Acausal, Perfect, and Self-Evidently Divine Reality
Itself — every aspect of the human form and context becomes a conduit for My Divine
Avataric Activity and Influence.
Therefore, ego-transcending responsive
surrender to Me is the always sufficient practice.
All the rest of the
only-by-Me Divinely Avatarically Self-Revealed and Self-Given Reality-Way of Adidam
(or Adidam Ruchiradam) is Awakened and Demonstrated by My Divine Avataric Grace.
As soon as I Acquire a devotionally-responsively to-Me-surrendered conduit,
all of the rest of the Way Is Mine to Happen.
On the other hand, the Way of Adidam does require something —
everything, ultimately — from the devotee. It is not something that proceeds
automatically, like a machine, or is just "done to you" by the Divine.
If you move into a relationship with Me, then the Divine
Process begins to duplicate Itself in your case. It is not as if you are a robot
that is being transformed by some computer — no. The Process is a living and human
relationship to Me. But that Process has nothing to do with the conventional "doctor-patient"
and "mommy-daddy-baby" games. Irresponsible people cannot enter into
this Process. . . .
You must be responsible for yourself at the human level,
and in a profoundly uncommon way. You must live the discipline of ordinary life.
You yourself must be love under all ordinary, daily conditions. You must
make this change in your life. There is no way whereby you can be relieved of
this necessity — and nobody else can do it for you. Nevertheless, all of that
ordinary responsibility simply prepares you for the right relationship to Me (in
and As My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily human Divine Form and Person).
Am your Unique Advantage, because I Am Present in the same kind of bodily form
as you — Manifested via the same kind of physical structure, the same kind of
nervous system, the same kind of brain. In My Case, however, all these mechanisms
are Conformed to an Absolute level of Functioning, such that your entering into
Communion with Me brings changes even at the level of the psycho-physical body
that you present to Me.
but it is not "magic". As Adi Da said from the beginning, it is a relationship,
not a technique. So it is not something the devotee does himself or herself. But
it is also not something that the Divine does, without the cooperation of the
devotee. It is a relationship in which both the Divine and the devotee actively
participate. (Adi Da's talk, "The
Divine Does the Yoga" is a good reference.)
The winds of Grace are always blowing, but you have
to raise the sail.
Nothing in [the devotee] is one with God. So the Divine
Activity is generated to make that person one with God. The Divine does the Yoga.
The Divine Assumes His Oneness with the devotee. He does not create means, methods
to be generated in dilemma, experiential paths by which to realize that Oneness
— He simply Establishes It.
The way for such a devotee, then, is
simply to be a devotee: to simply live that relationship as the Principle and
Condition of his life. And if he does that, then the conscious and formal Qualities
that are native to the Divine Condition are generated spontaneously and intelligently
The apparent (or conditional) instrument of that Divine Work
is the human Guru and the human devotee — they are a single instrument. The relationship
between them makes them a single instrument. The reason there must be a relationship
created — a mutuality — is so that there will be constant connection and communication
on many levels.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj "The Divine Does
the Yoga" (RealAudio
And the devotee must be recognizing Adi
Da as the Divine, if what occurs is to be the Divine Yoga (as opposed to just
egoically feeling the effects of the Divine in one's body and mind, perversely
converting the Divine Yoga into a mere and temporary egoic "hit").
Da lays out the "division of labor" very clearly:
The Divine Process is not magic. You must respond. Beings must respond. You must do the work. Otherwise, you are controlled by the structures of your own adaptation, and no great thing occurs. . . You must cooperate with my Divine Avataric
Grace. . . I Bring you the Gifts, the Revelation, My Teaching Word — everything — but you must respond.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, March 23, 1994
ancient text says: "Mankind does not know. Only the Horse knows". Therefore, you
must grasp the tail of the Horse, or the God-Realizer. Grasping the tail of the
Horse is your devotional, self-surrendering, feeling-Contemplation of Me. The
Horse takes you (I take you) Where there is to go. The Horse knows. I know. You
do not know.
Your devotional feeling-Contemplation of Me is not an end
in itself, and it is not the means of your Liberation. It is simply your responsibility,
your connection to Me, whereby My Grace comes to you and makes the Way of the
Heart for You. This Guru-Yoga, this Ishta-Guru-Bhakti, this Realization by My
Blessing, is the great esoteric secret of the Great Tradition.
Adi Da Samraj "The Master Is the Means", Ishta
the Horse takes us — but we have to grasp the tail of the Horse, in order for
the Horse to take us. As Adi Da points out, our "grasping the tail of the
Horse" isn't what liberates us — the Horse Taking us is what liberates us.
But grasping the tail of the Horse in every moment is an absolute prerequisite.
If I say "I'll take the car to drive downtown", then it's definitely
the car that will get me there, but of course that does depend on my getting in
And just as our recognition of Adi Da as the Divine is our part
of the "division of labor" in the God-Realizing Way, His recognition
of us as the Divine is His part of it. That is the Meditation that is consequential:
stage error is the root-error of differentiation, dissociation between
the phenomenal and the Transcendental. In other words, it is the origin of non-Recognition.
. . .
My Transmission to you is That of the seventh stage Awakeness. . .
. These so-called things are merely apparent, they're not binding, they're just
an apparent play upon the Radiance of Divine Self-Consciousness, and Recognized
as such. There is nothing but the Radiance, They are simply Radiant. As Recognized
things, they do not dissociate themselves from the Divine Self-Consciousness.
So everything becomes "Brightened" by this Power of Recognition. And so
you see, it is the fundamental Siddhi
I exercise. The Blessing I Give is not manufactured in the body-mind, or from
the body-mind point of view. I don't Bless via mechanisms figured out somehow
in the body-mind. I Bless As I Am, and My Blessing is the simple Recognition of
you, Divine Recognition of whatever. The apparent body-mind can seem to be involved
in it in various ways, too, talk about it or whatever, but it is just this Divine
Blessing Recognition, My Regard, or you even entering into the Sphere of My Radiance,
devotional, and Communing with Me. My Presence is the Power of the "Bright". It's
Unique Siddhi. It's just That. Everything is Recognized. Everything is "Brightened"
therefore by My Presence. And My perhaps Giving you My Regard at times [during
My human lifetime], but fundamentally you giving Me your regard, all the faculties
submitted to Me into Communion with Me, to the point of Communion with Me, moment
to moment. . . .
This is why in The
Dawn Horse Testament and some other places, wherever I use the word "you",
I capitalize it. The Dawn Horse Testament is an eternal conversation in
the Place of Realization, in the Heart. So I may discuss in The Dawn Horse
Testament all kinds of things that are associated with your apparent entanglement
, but I always address you with a capital "You." You
are the God I have come to Serve, that capital "You". My Recognition of You is
what Gives You the Power of Realization. . . .
So you see, you have to know
Who I Am. You have to make use of the knowing of Who I Am. It's not just some
nice idea. To find Me As I Am, to know Who I Am, is the basis of your Contemplation
of Me. So it's nothing to be coy about. It's something to be found out and be
changed by. And then also you won't require Me to assume your likeness. You'll
simply want My Sign as It Is. . . .
I Recognize You as the Divine Person.
Because I do that with You, you must do likewise! I Recognize You. You must recognize
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Paradox of Entanglement The "Brightening" Way Talk Series
It is not so much that you turn to the Guru. The Guru turns to you.
By the time you realize that you have turned, you have become nothing. It is not really the
drama of turning to the Guru, it is the drama of living under the pressure of the Guru's
having turned to you. A piece at a time, you begin to feel like you have done some turning.
That may be the way it seems to you, but that is really not the way it is.
It is true. Under the pressure of the Guru's turning to you, you only feel the absence
of your turning, the absence of your submission, the absence of your sacrifice in total.
The sensation of that self-knowing, that understanding, that insight, serves the crisis
that the Guru is producing in relationship with you. So you are indeed under an
obligation to turn perfectly, but that demand is paradoxical.
It is nothing that you can fulfill. It is something that you must fulfill. So it is
sadhana, it is heat, it is tapas, not perfection. It is not you that becomes perfect.
God is already perfect, and God absorbs you. You become perfect by becoming nothing,
by absorption in the Divine. Nobody does that. How could you possibly do that?
How offensive to think that you could possibly do that.
The principle of the relationship between
the Spiritual Master and devotees is that He includes them in the field of His
light. The literal physics of the physical universe is involved in that fundamental
process. Through right relationship, the devotee enters into the aura, the field
of energy, of the Spiritual Master. That field of energy works on the field of
energy of the devotee, drawing it, through sympathy, into the same condition as
the field of energy of the Spiritual Master. Before that absorption becomes complete,
there is much that the devotee must learn, and much adapting and evolving he or
she must do, until, at some point, he or she realizes permanently the same state
as the Spiritual Master in the domain of energy. From that point the devotee does
the same work that the Spiritual Master is doing bodily, which is to radiate the
physical body to the point that it becomes energy.
Adi Da Samraj, The
Primal Urge for Sanctuary
of Me Is A Matter Of Heart-Feeling Who And What I Myself Am, Altogether.
You Heart-Recognize Me, then you Feel My Bright Divine Self-Condition, Prior to
Your own limited and mortal condition.
Heart-Recognition of Me Is Prior
Even to the now of passing time.
Heart-Recognition of Me Is The True Present,
Always Already The Case.
If you Truly Heart-Recognize, or Feelingly Locate
Me, then moment to moment, You Totally, psycho-physically Respond To Me, And You
Let Me In.
In That Case, the body-mind ceases to be an instrument, of merely
mortal bondage, and instead, Becomes A Mechanism, Wholly Aligned To Me, In Heart-Communion
Then, the living and active body-mind Becomes The Great Divine
Process of Heart-Communion With Me, And Thus, Of Spiritual-Communion With That
Which Is Inherently Satisfactory.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
While this metaphor of grasping the tail of the Horse makes practice
sound very obvious, the reality is that many of Adi Da's devotees have not yet
grasped the tail of the Horse (on a moment-to-moment basis).
has to make sure it is the Horse's tail (and not one's own!) that one is
grasping — that is what recognition is all about. The Divine Guru Yoga only can
take place when one is in the egoless state of recognizing Adi Da as the Divine.
Otherwise, it most definitely is one's own tail one is grasping (regardless
of what unusual things one might be experiencing in the body or mind) when one
meditates, or does any form of practice in the Way of Adidam.
has to keep holding on, in every moment, if any Realization is going to occur.
(In this article, we've used other metaphors for this, like "fanning
the flame".) Many devotees have had moments of recognition, but then
they fall out of that — they let go of the tail of the Horse. Then, in effect,
they have to start over again. The Way doesn't really become effective until there
is the recognition
capability, the ability to keep grasping the tail of the Horse in every moment,
no matter what arises.
So already, in what I've described, there is much
required of the devotee. But it is not something one is doing as an ego. Rather,
it is a counter-egoic practice one is doing as an egoless response to recognition
of Adi Da in every moment. To develop the recognition capability requires
extensive conversion of the body-mind to all the "right life" habits
 that serve to free up energy and attention, both
for the sake of the Revelation (that is recognition) and for the sake of greater
self-understanding. This self-understanding is required to overcome all the patterns
of egoity that cause us to let go of the tail of the Horse over and over again
(typically because we are reacting to something, or are engaged in seeking something
— even Adi Da, or recognition — unconsciously and out of force of
Being responsible for developing the moment-to-moment recognition
capability is our part of the Guru-devotee relationship. There would be little
required to developing this recognition capability — and little difficulty
in the entire process that is ultimately God-Realizing — if there were no
egoity, or if the force of egoity were weak in contrast with the Force of the
Divine. But the force of egoity is great, and — for those of us raised in
Western culture (that's essentially everybody, these days) — egoity is programmed
(from early childhood on) in an absolute commitment to materialistic self-fulfillment.
As Adi Da put it:
is Great. But, unfortunately for you, bullshit is greater! That is why the appearance
of the Adept does not impress people as it should.
the entire way is based on recognition of Adi Da as the Divine, and can't really
begin until that has been established as a moment-to-moment capability. Recognition
forms an initial "threshhold", below which true practice cannot occur.
But (in answer to the first part of your question), recognition does develop from
there. It's like pregnancy. You can't be half-pregnant. There is an initial "threshhold"
of "becoming pregnant" that is a "black or white" matter (or,
I suppose, a "blue line or not" matter, depending on which pregnancy
test one uses). But then, once pregnant, you can be more and more
pregnant, until you give birth. Just so, there is "progress" in the
Way of Adidam in that recognition of Adi Da as the Divine does develop further
(through all the Forms of the Divine ): the Revelation
of seeing Adi Da — where one recognizes Adi Da as Spiritual Presence; the transition
to the Perfect Practice and the identification with Consciousness Itself — where
one recognizes Adi Da as Consciousness Itself; and Divine Self-Realization Itself
— where one recognizes Adi Da as all there is:
Way is to yield the self, the self-contraction, in all of its faculties, to the
degree of Samadhi, and then to be drawn in that Samadhi to My Perfect Position,
Prior to the body-mind, and enter into That Most Profoundly until you Realize
there is only Me. And in that Realization it will be the same as to say that there
is only You.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Paradox of Entanglement The "Brightening" Way Talk Series
all of this proceeds on the basis of a continuing "sacrifice of self",
as one first becomes aware of, and then transcends, the deeper layers of egoity,
including the form of egoity associated with the causal body — attention itself
(and the sense of separate self altogether) — in the Perfect Practice. There is
no Realization without self-transcendence or renunciation. So this continues to
be our part of the Guru-devotee relationship as the Way of Adidam proceeds.
Revelation is the seventh stage Revelation from the start. But it is a "stepped
down" version of the Revelation because of the various aspects of egoity
that have yet to be understood and transcended. It is always received in a way
that is in accord with one's present identification. If one is still identified
with the gross body (as we are at the beginning of the Way), then the Revelation
occurs in a way that reflects that bodily identification. The seventh stage Revelation
is only revealed in its fullest Form when all forms of conditional identification
(gross, subtle, and causal) have been completely transcended — when identification
with the entire "body-mind-self" complex (what Adi Da has called "the whole body")
has been transcended.
So God never "develops" or "changes"
as the practice proceeds. But our recognition of God develops, as we progressively
transcend increasingly deeper forms of egoity. If we could sacrifice the entirety
of our egoity in the first moment of recognition of Adi Da, then we would be enlightened
in an instant. It's possible, in principle! But in practice, we ourselves have
neither the understanding nor the willingness to perform that great a sacrifice
at the very beginning, and so the Way becomes a progressive process, reflecting
our own increasing self-understanding and our growing willingness.
are not used to being submitted in this instant with the full force of the feeling
being. You are armored against such submission. That is why the first level of
our Way, which involves listening to the point of hearing, is so profound. It
calls you to confront my Argument and to consider it all together, with every
aspect of the personality, in the emotional domain. . . . I am fiercely interested
in having everyone practice the ultimate discipline, but we cannot manufacture
such a circumstance overnight simply because that would be the best way for it