poster: AdidamPodcasts length: 09:45 date added: March 17, 2012 event date: January 21, 2005
In this talk excerpt, Adi Da addresses the fact that Truth or God-Realization is not dependent on, nor does it have anything to do with, the functions and activities of the body-mind. It cannot be achieved through sex, science, or even religion.
In an excerpt from His historic talk from 1972, "Money, Food, and Sex" (now published in My "Bright" Word), Adi Da addresses the dilemma those taking up "spiritual life" encounter when bringing discipline to the areas of money, food, and sex.
poster: AdidamPodcasts length: 12:57 date added: March 17, 2012 event date: February 1, 1985
In this talk (from Feb. 1, 1985), Adi Da describes what actually happens during and after the death process. While we survive death, that fact is of no consolation. At death, there is the falling off of the physical body, but the mind, psyche, and personality created and reinforced during one's life (and previous lifetimes) continue. Without the anchor of the body, we drift aimlessly into the disturbances of mind and psyche that remain. Therefore, what occurs after death is directly associated with what one does in life.
This talk is also published as "This Liberating Impulse" in the book, Easy Death.
In this podcast, which is drawn from two talks and a recitation from Adi Da's Teaching, Avatar Adi Da brings His unique clarity and offers commentary on the commercialization of religion. He describes how the consumer mentality has infiltrated the area of religion. We hear from the media and the popular psyche that you can buy religion and become "spiritual" without real change — and Adi Da points out how this presumption is false. Adi Da contasts consumer religion with true religion.
In this discourse Adi Da calls us to understand the doctrines and spiritual attainments of humankind not as separate traditions or paths but as a whole: a single "Great Tradition". He also urges humankind to transcend merely belief-based religious myths, dogma, and "religious provincialism" which only support egoic separation and conflict.
This podcast is drawn from two talks in which Adi Da talks about science and scientific materialism. He describes what science can serve and what the limits are in its endeavor to discover the truth about Reality.
In this excerpt (from a talk Adi Da gave in Holland in 1986), Adi Da describes how doubt is not ultimately a sign that we have been "betrayed" in some way. The radical solution to doubt is to identify with the Divine Itself, beyond the temporary cycles of the body and mind and beyond the sense of being a separate self.
Fear is an inherent characteristic of identification with the mortal body. Adi Da explains that such fear cannot be escaped, but that identification with the body can be understood and utterly transcended in the Divine Self-Condition.
Adi Da writes: "Adidam is not a conventional 'religion'. Adidam is not a conventional way of life. Adidam is about the transcending of the ego-'I'. Adidam is about the Freedom of Divine Self-Realization. Adidam is not based on mythology or belief. Adidam is a Reality-practice. Adidam is a 'Reality consideration' in which the various modes of egoity are progressively transcended. Adidam is a universally applicable Way of life. Adidam is for those who will choose it, and whose hearts and intelligence fully respond to Me and My Offering. Adidam is a Great Revelation and it is to be freely and openly communicated to all."
This podcast contains excerpts from two talks, in which Adi Da clarifies that the Way of Adidam is based solely on the inherent heart-response to His Transcendental Spiritual State. That heart-response leads to the self-understanding and willingness to take up the real ego-transcending practice.
In this excerpt (from an Avataric Discourse from 2005), a devotee asks Adi Da a question about the nature of the ego and what is causing the sense of self-separation. In response, Adi Da describes how the Divine is the substance of all that arises, not the "cause" of anything. Our own activity (of separating from the Divine) causes the assumption of separation.
In this talk from 1978, Adi Da notes that cultism is rooted in the childish need to believe and to depend on a person, group, myth, or symbol — without assuming responsibility for oneself. He then points out that the tendency to create a cult (of whatever kind) is present in everyone, every level of human society and culture. Adi Da criticizes the tendency toward cultism in the world at large and within His community of devotees. He calls His devotees to understand and relinquish all modes of false and childish dependency on Him as a Spiritual Master, and to make only the most serious and mature approach to Him, for the great purpose of Spiritual Awakening and Divine Enlightenment.
In the first excerpt (from 1985), Adi Da describes how the habits of attention, while alive, determine what happens in and after death. He dispels the myth, "When you die, you go to heaven." He gives a clear picture of how the death process works, and why spiritual life is absolutely necessary in serving that process.
In the second excerpt (at 12:55), devotee Carolyn Lee relates a wonderful story from 1983. While in Adi Da's physical Company in Fiji (five hours from any hospital), a devotee has a near-fatal accident. For the full (text) version of this story, read A Devotee's Journey into Death and Back.
Adi Da Samraj responds to a question from a devotee who had lost a grandchild and was asking for some understanding that might ease his sorrow. Adi Da describes how there is no answer to the pain of loss, except for Divine Realization.
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