On November 25, 2004, at Adi Da Samrajashram, one of Adi Da's devotees asks Him: "Is there any way to know . . . what is the relationship of ancient Realizers to the traditions that they were associated with?"
Avatar Adi Da responds by illustrating the process of myth-making around Realizers, both in ancient and modern times. He explains that, regardless of what is historically true of any Realizer, any tradition can be understood in terms of the underlying structure of the human being. Throughout the Discourse, Adi Da makes use of examples from numerous traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity.
Adi Da: "Traditions do not really depend on there having been an historical individual, whether or not there was one. They can nonetheless still be understood in terms of the structure of the psycho-physical anatomy. And the psycho-physical anatomy, not mythology extending from it, but the psycho-physical anatomy itself — and this is My Instruction to you, to all — that structure itself determines what is regarded to be religious truth, or esoteric truth. Underneath it is a structure, not merely Truth. That structure must be transcended, or there is not Truth Realized."
In this excerpt, Adi Da specifically talks about the Christian tradition, and the importance of distinguishing a "faith" (or system of beliefs) from factual observations of phenomena throughout recorded history.
Adi Da Samraj describes how the Guru-devotee relationship is based on the Realization of the Realizer. Contemplation of His Bodily Sign is the means by which all His Gifts are received and by which the devotee duplicates the Realization of the Realizer.
Adi Da (at 2:30) clarifies the distinctions between the first six stages of life and the seventh stage Realization. He focuses on the distinction between the most advanced Realization of the sixth stage of life, sixth stage Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi, and the seventh stage Realization. Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi is demonstrated by Ramana Maharshi, for example, and suggested by texts such as the Ashtavakra Gita, the Ribhu Gita, and the Tripura Rahasya (all mentioned by Adi Da in this clip) which Adi Da calls "premonitory" relative to the seventh stage of life. Sahaj Nirvikalpa Samadhi differs from the less advanced trance samadhis of the sixth stage in that one recognizes conditional existence as arising in the Self, and one can function in the world open-eyed. Even so, there is still a separation between Self and world. The seventh stage Realization is signalled by the regeneration of Amrita Nadi, and the complete dissolution of any difference between Consciousness and Its Radiance. Consequently, the lifetime of the seventh stage Realizer is signed by a progressive Outshining of conditional existence that goes through four stages: Divine Transfiguration, Divine Transformation, Divine Indifference, and Divine Translation.
For more about samadhis like sixth stage Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi, click here and here.
Adi Da Samraj speaks about the obligation inherent in the process of God-Realization. One naturally dedicates one's entire life to God-Realization, in response to the Realizer's gift of the Way of God-Realization. "If that Revelation [of God] is made clear in this moment, then make a solemn, eternal vow of absolute commitment to God-Realization, and commit yourself to do whatever is necessary for the sake of God-Realization. Devote this life to it, devote whatever time and space appear entirely to God-Realization."
Adi Da Samraj speaks about the gifts and purposes of spending time in the company of the Spiritual Realizer, the quieting of mind and the purification of karmas that occurs, as well as being attracted to continue the sadhana (spiritual practice).
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This podcast is drawn from two talks.
In the first excerpt (from the talk, What Is Your Intention?), Adi Da speaks of the indispensable need for a true and fully accomplished Spiritual Realizer if anyone hopes to discover the ultimate nature of Reality and Truth.
In the second excerpt (at 8:40), Adi Da explains the true way of recognizing Him, the Spiritual Master, and how it is that felt recognition that ultimately becomes the Way of Perfect Liberation.
On May 28, 2006, with breathtaking clarity and insight, Avatar Adi Da offered a rendering of the moral and Spiritual Teachings of Jesus of Galilee, revealing the true depth of Jesus’s authenticity as a great Realizer, in continuity with the ancient esoteric tradition of Spiritual Transmission-Masters. This communication is available on the double CD from the Dawn Horse Press, The Spiritual Gospel of Saint Jesus of Galilee.
This audio excerpt is Adi Da's rendering of Jesus' Teaching from Matthew 5:1 – 5:10: "The Sermon on the Mount".
Classic animation from the 1930's. This was one of Adi Da's favorite cartoons, because of its depiction of Light and Happiness dissolving and outshining the force of egoity.
"Everyone transmits. All of you are transmitters. You reinforce these limitations in one another and you transmit them to one another. Each one of you emits invisible forces that are locked up in limited messages that reinforce the same limitations in others . . . Realizers of one or another degree of Spiritual development likewise by nature spontaneously Transmit what they are. . . . Since everything and everyone transmits states of existence, since life, or existence itself, is participation in transmissions of all kinds, the best thing you can do is to associate with the greatest possible Transmission above all. . . . That is the great rule, the Great Law, the Ultimate principle of the Great Tradition."
Adi Da reminds us that, historically, all the world's spiritual traditions have taught that Spiritual Realization requires the help of a Spiritual Realizer. This is actually built into the laws of how Spiritual Realization works, and can't be changed just because times and cultures change, just because we don't happen to like the way the laws work or what they require of us, etc. For this reason, Adi Da makes the point that, nowadays, our resistence to authority, and addiction to "do it yourself" approaches, represent unfortunate hindrances to our own Spiritual growth: if we simply go with the flow and let these culturally instilled programs dominate our life choices, they will keep us from Realizing our greatest destiny.
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