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.
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 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.
poster: AdidamPodcasts length: 25:49 date added: March 17, 2012 event date: 1972 listens: 1073; listens this month: 40; listens this week: 13
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: TheBeezone speakers: Ed Reither, Frank Marrero length: 14:34 date added: January 30, 2011 views: 1518; views this month: 26; views this week: 10
Beezone editor and teacher Ed Reither interviews devotee and teacher Frank Marrero about the first stage of life (conception to 7 years of age), as taught by Adi Da Samraj.
They discuss the first stage of life misadaptation to constantly be seeking pleasure and the admonition of Adi Da Samraj to discipline the body, transcending patterns and thus allowing the body to live in the pleasure dome of natural life force energy without abberation.
More information on the disciplines as recommended by Adi Da Samraj can be found here.
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