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.
Adi Da speaks about the beginning of spiritual practice in the Guru's company. He describes the beginners' tendency to equate the practice with "meditating" on the Guru and techniques that focus attention on Him. But this view is a beginner's error. The practitioner must also engage the full range of functional disciplines as part of the relationship to the Guru.
Adi Da compassionately explains the function of discipline in a variety of ways. Disciplines in the Way of Adidam are intended to be enacted in the context of recognition of and response to the Divine. God cannot be Realized without self being transcended. Disciplines are for the purpose of self-transcendence or the transcendence of the limit that is the self-contraction. "To realize That which transcends limit requires the discipline of limit."
Adi Da explains the process of purification and sadhana, and what He expects of His devotees. He describes how the disciplines expose (by offending) one's egoity and childishness, and are purposed "to test you to the point of consciousness and responsibility."
Adi Da talks about the listening process, and the use of various means for self-reflection (the Teaching, the disciplines, reflection by others), so that the listening process can culminate in hearing or fundamental self-understanding (and the transition to level 1.3 of the Way of Adidam).
Note: In this clip, Adi Da refers to the practice of self-inquiry, which is no longer a part of the practice of Adidam.
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Adi Da speaks about how the disciplines in the Way of Adidam for observing and transcending the egoic patterning of the body-mind should be based not on idealism but on self-understanding and the impulse to self-transcending God-Realization. Right discipline is not anti-relational or "righteous". It is associated with (and an expression of) devotion and the radiant disposition of Love-Bliss in His Company, not the self-contraction.
Adi Da speaks about how the disciplines in the Way of Adidam should be based not on idealism but on self-understanding and the impulse to self-transcending God-Realization. Right discipline is not anti-relational or "righteous". It is associated with the radiant disposition, not the self-contraction.
A longer version of this excerpt can be found here.
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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.
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