In this 1982 talk (available on the CD, The Cosmic Mandala), Adi Da speaks about what is required — in the death process, and in life — in order to transcend the mechanism of attention and Realize the Divine Self-Condition.
In this talk excerpt, Adi Da tells us that, to Realize permanent Happiness, we can make use of the natural motivation toward release from un-happiness.
In the death process, He recommends engaging the discipline of relaxation and release of the hold on body, mind, and all states of attention, thereby surrendering and transcending fear.
Excerpt from the Avataric Discourse of August 23, 2004 at Adi Da Samrajashram.
Adi Da explains how ordinary meditation techniques accomplish nothing more than relaxation. They don't touch the egoic identification with the body-mind. Only the Way of Adidam (practiced in every detail) does that. Practice of the Way of Adidam does not require one to stop fear (which continues to serve a useful, practical role for the survival of the body-mind). But in every moment of real practice of the Way of Adidam, one is released from identification with the body-mind, and so one is not bound by any fear the body-mind may be experiencing.
A devotee reads an excerpt from Adi Da's essay, "Searchless, Lawful Management of the Body", from the book, Green Gorilla.
In this essay, Adi Da addresses "lawfulness" in relation to diet, in contrast to the fascinated preoccupation with food that characterizes people in the modern world. This preoccupation is based in the egoic search for fun and pleasure, and inevitably results in suffering and pain. The lawful diet is not an end in itself, but a simple, ordinary practice that establishes "the 'position' of well-being of the body" and is part of a larger practice of what Adi Da calls "right life".
For more on this topic (as well as the text of the complete essay, "Searchless, Lawful Management of the Body"), read the Adidam Revelation Magazine's article, Searchless, Lawful Management of the Body. Further excerpts from Green Goriila can be found here.
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.
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.
To every person, everywhere, this time of year and ever, let's bring peace and joy to all and celebrate together.
We may seem to be different We may seem to be many But at the core of all our hearts is a single human family.
Let us embrace this time of year And let us make much beauty Let us celebrate each other and the light that guides us truly.
No matter what our country No matter what our creed Cooperation is our freedom Indivisibility our need.
Though many peoples of the world see differences everywhere, The heart of beings is unfurled when unity's declared. Even in the darkness of the night, All of humankind is bright Oh when we celebrate the Light-in-Everybody, Light-in-Everybody.
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.
On July 22 and 23, 2012, the Florence Dance Company presented a multimedia spectacle entitled Not-Two Is Peace. The performance at the Bargello Museum in Florence, Italy brought together image-art by Adi Da Samraj, original ballet by the Florence Dance Company, and live music — a dynamic exploration of the principles of world peace and prior unity as described in Adi Da's book, Not-Two Is Peace.
Part Two of the performance featured music for solo piano, composed and performed by Naamleela Free Jones, and presented here in this commemorative recording. The CD also features photographs from the performance as well as the city of Florence.
"When All Is Gone To Love" is Track 6 of the CD, Danavira: Giver of Light. This is an album of joyous holiday music for Danavira Mela, the season of Light-in-Everybody — or any time of year you’re moved to dive into an uplifting stream of devotional rhythm!
"When All Is Gone To Love" credits: Words: JoAnne Sunshine Vocals: JoAnne Sunshine and Mel McMurrin Guitar: David Epstein Flute, Keyboards: John Mackay Arranged by: John Mackay Recorded by: David Thompson, Lake County Mixed by: David Thompson and John Mackay
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.
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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.
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