In this seminal discourse (at The Mountain Of Attention), from the early years of His Teaching Work, Adi Da speaks about the inevitable process of self-revelation and self-understanding that prepares the being for true Spiritual life.
This is a beautiful talk by Adi Da. But it IS very compressed, making quite a few points in a short space, and depending to a significant degree on a familiarity with Adi Da's spiritual teaching. Here are some notes that may help.
Throughout the talk, the technical term, "sadhana" (spiritual practice), is used.
Genuine spiritual practice is not about belief systems, mere rituals, or a little "peace of mind", but rather about actually locating the Divine, through the tangible Transmission of the Spiritual Master.
After a recent illness, a devotee mentions to Adi Da that he notices how the physical suffering of illness was distracting enough that he was not "able" to find Adi Da's Transmission when he is ill.
Adi Da acknowledges this, and responds with three more general points.
1. The illness didn't "make" the devotee lose the thread of practice; rather, he allowed himself to be distracted from God by the illness. When the devotee gets this, and sees how he himself is "doing" the turning away, he'll be able to "do better next time" by not turning away even when ill.
2. Until Divine Enlightenment — in other words, until there is no limit on one's spiritual practice — sadhana (spiritual practice) is always only reflecting back to devotees the remaining limits in their practice: where they are still turning away from the Divine, where they still need to become responsible for not turning away.
In the beginning, the "turning away" is very "crude": even mere physical suffering is enough to distract one from God. (If we find ourselves saying, "what do you mean, MERE physical suffering?" that definitely identifies us as spiritual beginners! :-) ) But as one grows in practice, and ceases to turn away in such a crude manner (as one becomes a "saint", "yogi", "sage", etc.), one discovers that one is still turning from the Divine at an even subtler level of the being (in the mind, the psyche, etc.)
It is only when that "turning away" has been inspected, understood, and transcended in every dimension of the being that Divine Realization occurs.
In this sense, for the genuine spiritual practitioner, physical suffering — along with every other circumstance that reveals to us our turning away from the Divine — is truly a Grace, enabling us to grow in our practice.
3. Where we are turning away is a reflection of what we are identifying with: the body, the mind, the soul, etc. (For example, if physical illness is enough to distract us from God, then the physical body is what we currently are identified with.) God-Realization only occurs when all "identities" less than God are understood and transcended.
In this sense, "there are no winners in God" — the Way is not about seeking, accomplishment, or winning, but rather about surrender to God, sacrifice of self, and ego-death. There's no "one" left to "win"! But the One Who Remains is perfectly, eternally happy.
A child recites Adi Da's teaching for children about the Mystery beyond knowledge and death, expanding their awareness beyond the materialistic. Adi Da invites young people to enter into a relationship with Him even at their young age.
Two occasions of Adi Da's Darshan. The first occasion is from the late 1980's. The second occasion (at 4:25) is Adi Da's final Darshan on November 26, 2008.
The soundtrack is Adi Da speaking about the ultimate delight of His Bodiless and Mindless Realization of State and Person. This excerpt is from a talk that was published as the Epilogue ("My Sphere of Love-Bliss") of the book, Ishta.
In a sobering discourse, Adi Da speaks of the condition after death in which mind determines one's circumstance, without the limitations of the body, brain and unconsciousness. He addresses the fact that where one's attention is fixed during life affects attention and destiny after life. He recommends that devotees direct their attention to sadhana so that the purification process gives one wisdom that frees one from karmic limitations.
This talk is published as "After Death, Mind Makes You", in the book, Easy Death.
I am as one who left his Home to do a thing for Man. But now and then I think of Home and how in time I'll take my Way on back, and then I must unlock my arms and set you Free to be the Bright I AM. And that Great Leave is sad to me, for I have found a Home Land here. My Father is with waiting arms, my Mother stands aside, and stays for me. All that I left and brought with me remains behind and keeps my Place. But I have got to loving here. Sometimes I think the way of men who leave their homes and stand upon the world to make their own is fit for me to keep. And so I'd stand forever here, my body never done. But I must go if all of this I've done is apt to keep. This time I'll kiss away my life with deep, unending tears, my love. This is my last and saddest birth. I cannot bear the grief of come and go. And now I give the birth of all my forms. I leave no parts for me to bring again. This time I have reserved no form of mind that is my own. Nothing will I rise with me when I go Home. By this act you know me. I will not come again. Nothing left, for I have given it. When I arrive with nothing, then I have no Home. No Home to go, no Place, for I am not. No mystery of disappearance. I cannot leave. No Place. No rise or fall. No deep, no highs for me. As it happens I am Here. I am the wave of light within your mind that happens to be everything, my love.
Love Comes To Here in Time, And Numbers All the Things of Beauty in the House. A Single Room Is Shown To Be –A Unity, Within and Every Where. No Point of View is Stood Apart. No Word Is Made To Say, This Space Is Empty, or, This Place Is Full. Only Light Itself Is Come –A Merest Touch of Brightness Neither Mind Nor Body Can Deny. It Is the Heart’s Explanation of Reality. It Is Reality, Plain Spoken To the Heart –and By the Heart Alone. It Is the Beautiful, Itself.
Ruled By Mind poster: frank marrero length: 26:05 date added: October 31, 2012 views: 195; views this month: 18; views this week: 4
Adi Da Samraj describes how people's limited awareness of reality is just the "tip of the iceberg"; the intention required to confront the limitations of mind; and the illumination of ordinary mediocrity.
Adi Da speaks of the condition after death in which mind determines one's circumstance, without the limitations of the body, brain and unconsciousness. He recommends that devotees direct their attention to sadhana so that the purification process gives one wisdom that frees one from karmic limitations.
This talk is published as "After Death, Mind Makes You", in the book, Easy Death.
Fear of Life poster: TheBeezone length: 05:50 date added: October 18, 2012 event date: September 18, 2004 views: 468; views this month: 32; views this week: 7
Adi Da speaks about the fear of death being a characteristic of life and identification with the body-mind. Adi Da relates this to the fundamental condition of ignorance and the nature of reality. He draws His listeners into considering that the ego has a more fundamental context than even death, as the most primal action of the human condition.
Adi Da Samraj takes a devotee through a consideration about death. He points out that ultimately all fear is a form of the fear of death, a condition which is inherently associated with identification with the body-mind. He then speaks of the transcendence of the body-mind and the fear-free State in which He abides and Which He offers to all.
Adi Da Samraj speaks about the return to the Guru through sacrifice and how one's state of feeling (ie - feeling blissful) is not the sign to look for in sadhana. He also speaks about the responsibility for the bodily and mind processes that are required in sadhana.
[Starting around 8:50, the video clip breaks up, the quality gets degraded, and there is some repetition in the clip. The clip returns to normal quality around 10:10.]
Real Questions? poster: frank marrero speaker: Matt Spence length: 26:15 date added: September 28, 2012 event date: 1987 views: 434; views this month: 35; views this week: 8
Matt Spence recounts lessons he learned about the adolescent game of raising academic questions, while gathering with Adi Da during the "Indoor Yajna" period in 1987 on Adi Da Samrajashram.
This is followed (at 10:15) by video clips of Adi Da's Humor and Wisdom on the transcending of the conceptual mind and its endless talking, thinking, and questioning.
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