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.
Darshan: 12/24/95 poster: andredecio length: 00:53 date added: February 19, 2011 event date: December 24, 1995 views: 1620; views this month: 33; views this week: 8
Darshan given by Adi Da Samraj on December 24, 1995, in Land Bridge Pavilion at The Mountain Of Attention.
Devotee Andre Decio was present: "It took nine years of devotional practice before I saw my beloved Spiritual and Heart Master Avatara Adi Da Samraj. I went in November 1995, and then again in December. It was a culmination and affirmation of my entire and truest motivation in life. . . That has never changed, but only more and more intensified. I really want people to know that true heart surrender to Adi Da is the greatest and happiest possible committment in life. All else pales in comparison."
Andrew writes: "Bhagavan Blessed the release of rescued sea turtles, shipped to us by a neighboring island, for safe release into the waters off Adi Da Samrajashram. The turtles are hunted now more vigorously by humans than in the past, so in addition to the natural forces with which hatchlings must contend, there are now human adversaries as well. This occasion with Bhagavan broke many hearts."
poster: antoniavidor speaker: Toni Vidor length: 05:02 date added: February 2, 2012 views: 1048; views this month: 37; views this week: 10
Toni Vidor talks about healing a Over="displayEntry('nonhumans');" onMouseOut="hideEntry();" class="glossaryLink">non-human friend, the German shepherd, Megan in 1980, at Adi Da's request. She describes a fundamental lesson she learned: if oriented properly, the devotee healer serves as a conduit for Adi Da, and Adi Da does the healing, with an efficacy and speed not otherwise possible.
For much more about Toni's relationship with her Spiritual Master, Adi Da, read her book, Beyond The Illusion.
poster: billkrenz54 length: 06:14 date added: January 3, 2011 event date: 2010 views: 1195; views this month: 36; views this week: 8
A slideshow of the Naitauba Farm Crew, at work on tropical organic farm in Fiji in 2010.
This slideshow was shown at the Naitauba “Breakup” party at the beginning of 2011 (just before everyone leaves to spend the holidays with families). The "Breakup" party celebrates what crews did over the past year. The breakup party includes songs, skits, slide shows, gift giving, and praises.
Soundtrack: the hymn, "Lord of the Dance". Performers: Colin Decio (voice and instruments). Colin is the winner of the John Ireland Chamber Music Prize. Ingrid Prosser (voice - mezzo soprano). Ingrid is from New Zealand. Words by Sydney Carter (who wrote them in 1967, inspired partly by Jesus of Nazareth, but also partly by a statue of Shiva as Nataraja). Set to the tune of the American Shaker song, "Simple Gifts".
From the performers: "The Divine World Teacher Adi Da Samraj was born on November 3, 1939. This is our gift to the Divine Person on the Anniversary of His birth."
The soundtrack is "Devotion Increases The Recognition Of Me", an original composition from a devotee. From the composer: "This is a song I wrote and recorded for my Beloved Heart-Master, Adi Da Samraj. The words are from a discourse by Bhagavan, published in The Nine Great Laws of Radical Devotion To Me."
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