3.1. Free Growth Is Assured When Recognition is Established
Devotion to Me is the response of turning to Me — just that.
It is a response — not a "technique".
That is the Reality-Way of Adidam, stated in its Essence.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The Code of Sacred Governance
one recognizes Adi Da as the Divine Person, the response is both profound and
inevitable, and signed both by spontaneous advance in practice and effective service
to Adi Da's Divine Work of liberating all beings.
If I am devotionally recognized, the "Radical"
Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam Is Revealed. Indeed, the "Radical"
Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam Is Found only if I am devotionally recognized
— because Adidam Ruchiradam Is participation in Me. Adidam Ruchiradam Is
the Process That Spontaneously Unfolds if I am devotionally recognized. . . .
When I am devotionally recognized, there is not anything to do anymore,
because there is no "problem", and (therefore) no basis for seeking.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The Boundless
24, The Aletheon
have Priorly Established Perfect Coincidence with all and All. The Reality-Way
of Adidam, then, is to be entered into that Perfect Coincidence with Me. That
is the Way entirely. If people did that, everything about the Reality-Way of Adidam
would happen spontaneously.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, October
The response to recognition of Adi Da is a
spontaneous turning of the "whole body" — hence, Adi Da refers to it
as "whole bodily devotional recognition-response":
The disposition of the ancient Walk-About Way is simply
to turn to the Realizer in the very moment of sighting the Realizer. Just so,
My true devotees simply turn to Me on sight. They turn to Me with everything "inside"
and everything "outside" — such that the entire body-mind is turned to Me, rather
than turned on itself and wandering in its patterning. Such devotional turning
to Me is a simple matter.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The Ancient
There is a real sense in which one is
moved to respond by the Divine, in the manner of a kriya — one simply has to go along with that movement:
If you rightly, truly, fully, and fully devotionally
recognize Me, everything “in-between” vanishes. All of that is inherently without
force. In heart-responsive devotional recognition of Me, a spontaneous kriya of
the principal faculties occurs, such that they are loosed from the objects to
which they are otherwise bound — loosed from the patterns of self-contraction.
The faculties turn to Me, and, in that turning, there is tacit devotional recognition
of Me, tacit experiential Realization of Me, of Happiness Itself, of My Love-Bliss-Full
Condition. That “Locating” of Me opens the body-mind spontaneously. When you have
been thus Initiated by Me, it then becomes your responsibility, your sadhana,
to continuously Remember Me, to constantly return to this devotional recognition
of Me, in which you are Attracted to Me, in which you devotionally respond to
Me spontaneously with all the principal faculties.
Adi Da Samraj, Hridaya
It is important to note that it is the heart that recognizes Adi Da as the Divine, and the heart
that responds — not necessarily the body-mind. Sometimes the body-mind can be carried along with the heart. But even in all the moments when that does not occur, the
recognizing and responding heart can always direct the body-mind to turn to Adi Da:
Those who devotionally recognize Me, in The Walk-About Manner,
are recognizing (or tacitly Apprehending) My Divine State. Such recognition is "radical"
devotion to Me — because such heart-recognition of Me is already "at the root". In that case,
there is no body-mind-ego responding to Me. Rather, there is direct devotional recognition
of Me — Prior to all identification with the body-mind-complex, and Prior to all egoic
"self"-identification with the patterning of the body-mind.
Adi Da Samraj, "In Place (Where and As I Am)"
Part 14, The Aletheon
One reason why "free growth — demonstrated
as habit-transcending true and positive change — is assured" 
is because now, absorbed in Adi Da's State moment to moment (through the recognition
capability), one can be indifferent to circumstance. In contrast, the devotee
who is not recognizing Adi Da will find doing some aspect of the practice harder
or easier depending on the difficulty of the circumstance — because one's attention
is on oneself and one's circumstance. As Adi Da said, in response to a devotee
who talked about easier moments and harder moments in his practice:
If you are aware of Me, then there would be no difference
one moment to the next relative to this impulse to turn to Me. So it would seem
you are simply not aware of Me at any time. . .You are associating with your own
conditions, not Me. What is more, you're not really aware of the condition
in which your experience is arising. If you were, crisis or difficulty would not
be required to motivate you to transcend moment to moment experience. So you're
neither finding Me through recognition nor are you understanding your own activity.
. . Fundamentally then, you're not doing sadhana
at all. You are simply occupied with self. . . .
You can't . . . reduce
this Way to techniques or practices or ideas alone. All of those kinds of content
can be fitted into the body-mind in its independence from Me, in its self-contraction.
So you may think the Way is about turning the faculties to Me. Yes, it is, but
it's not merely about turning the faculties, it's about Me, turning the
faculties to Me, not merely by objectifying Me into something from which
you are detached, but on the basis of the present recognition of Me, knowing of
Me, the faculties must turn to Me responsively. Then it makes no difference if
the moment is difficult in your experience and you want to get out of the conditions
of the moment; or the moment is pleasurable and you might then want to stay in
it; or it's simply mediocre and you're wandering aimlessly in it.
Adi Da Samraj, "Find Me, Know Me, Recognize Me"
Way Beyond Ego (CD)
The Condition To Be (Thus) Realized Is
Always Already Above and Beyond the Always Merely local weather — For I Am Not
Something Inward To the ego and its Acquired Patterning. I Am Not "Located" In
The Core Of Your Suffering smallness, Below, In the weathering Dark. The weather
(Made By ego) here Can Darken all-and-All — Such that It May Seem To You There
Is No Divine (and Perfectly Conscious) Light At All. Nevertheless, In The True
Practice Of Devotional Turning To Me, There Is No weather — Ever. This (here)
is "weather-all-the-time" -land. Time is weather. And the body-mind-complex is
Always weathered — To the ego's Quick.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
pp. 165 - 166, Recognition of Me
Truth must become the "Point of View". When
Truth is the "Point of View", there is no past or future that can absolutely
limit your state. Then time and place become relatively insignificant. Then it
makes no ultimate difference whether the "good thing" is going to happen
or the "bad thing". In either case, My devotee must turn to Me and understand.
The "good thing" is just as much a form of suffering as the "bad
thing". Apart from Me, you only live the self-contraction and the avoidance
of relationship — under all conditions. But if (by Means of My Avataric Divine
Spiritual Grace) this root-strategy is transcended ,
then you can truly delight in the "good thing" that happens — and there
will be an inherent freedom even when the bad thing happens. . . .
of conditional manifestations, ordinary and extraordinary, arise in Satsang with
Me, and the Force of Satsang with Me inevitably tends to bring on purifying events
— which will, in some cases, manifest as difficult experiences that must be gone
through. If you abide in the Condition of Satsang with Me, if you live the "Point
of View" of Satsang with Me, if you resort to Me while going through these
experiences, they can serve the Real process of heart-resort to Me and understanding
of the egoic self.
Ultimately, purifying events simply are what they are
— not what they imply. They arise like the stars, the world, the bodies of living
beings. Depending on your disposition, such events can increase your suffering
and your search or (otherwise) they can serve the Real process of Satsang with
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Phases"
There can still be heat
associated with practice, but the Divinely responsive nature of the practice dissolves
all egoic concern and "difference"-making:
Sometimes the turning to Me is quite easy, and even
happens spontaneously. At other times — in the midst of whole bodily participation
in your turning-response to Me — you are moved into a required heat of intensely
activated counter-egoic turning. Nevertheless, the practice is always to
be a responsive turning. In that fundamental practice, you first
feel your heart-Attraction to Me, and then (as an inevitable response to
the heart-Attractiveness of My Inherently egoless Self-Radiant State) you are
(Thus and Thereby) turned to Me. In that fundamental practice of devotion to Me,
you simply allow yourself to be heart-Moved to Me. Done in that manner,
your devotional turning to Me will never be a matter of strategic, goal-oriented,
and ego-effortful technique.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The
Searchless Essence of Radical Devotion To Me"
Be always utterly turned to Me and surrendered to Me,
and always persist unwaveringly, explicitly, and consistently in following My
always specific Instructions — regardless of any protest or limitation or tendency
or “experience” that arises. That persistence is the necessary “heat” that
makes moment to moment practice right, true, and full of Realityevidence. That
is the necessary ordeal of ego-transcending practice. And that is what
is always required of you, by Me.
Always staying in the “heat” of the ordeal
of right and true practice is how you will Really grow in My Divine Avataric Company
— and not remain a lifelong beginner.
That is all there is to it.
Adi Da Samraj, "All There Is To It"
9, The Aletheon
None of you has the right any longer to your bad days
or to your phases. They will occur within you because that is the process of this
sadhana, but I don't want to see a sign of it on your faces or in your outward
lives. I don't want to see any drama. I haven't come so that you can persist in
ignorance and mediocrity, showing me no life, no energy, no intelligence, no attention.
The tendencies are within you to make that occur, but so what? So you will have
to do a little sadhana. The little difficulty required of one who lives the sadhana
of Satsang is nothing compared to the sadhana that the seeker must perform. I
expect you to accept this responsibility and to live this Satsang and always to
be happy. If some circumstance within or without is temporarily giving you apparent
trouble, I expect you to be happy and to live this Satsang with great energy,
and never to turn away from me. If you do all that is required of you with great
energy, you will see a transformation of this Ashram even within the next month
that will amaze you. And I expect it not to stop but to increase.
Adi Da Samraj
10, Garbage and the Goddess
Adi Da has expressed this point about surrendering
personal preference in many different ways over the years, including:
God really does require sacrifice of self — it is not going to look or feel like
self-fulfillment. It requires progressively adapting to being God
, instead of limited self.
If You Are My Devotee, You Are Impulsed To Realize
Me — Not To Maintain Your persona. Indeed, In Order To Realize Me,
You Must Be Willing To Go Beyond All Trace Of Separate and Separative persona,
and (Thereby) To Go Beyond all the egoic limitations By Which You Are Binding
and Deluding Yourself. . . . The Revelation I Have Given Is Not About You. The
Revelation I Have Given Is About Me. Therefore, I Call You To Abandon All
Forms Of self-"guruing" and To Enter Into Relationship With Me — By
Forgetting "self" and Turning To Me.
Adi Da Samraj, Sutra 29
The Dawn Horse
The essence of un-Enlightenment is concern for 'self'.
It does not make any difference if you put a small 's' or a capital 'S' on it.
Concern for 'self' — for its survival, well-being, pleasure, amusement, perpetuation,
and so on — is the essence of un-Enlightenment.
Enlightenment is not merely
the transcending of 'self' or the concern for 'self'. It is a matter of the Realization
of Reality, Which Is Always Already The Case. It is Inherently, in other words,
without 'self' and without a concern for 'self'. It is simply a matter of Realization
of Reality, or What Is Always Already The Case. It is without 'self'. . . .
are so confused with it that your potential for 'lifetimes' (so-called) is literally
without limit. You are capable of endless modes of self-concerned existence, or
births — all of which, of course (because they are a circumstance of changes),
end in separation, loss, and death. Separation, loss, and death are what is going
on here. I have noticed this. It is important to deal with that and go beyond
it — profoundly important.
It has to be important to you. If it is not,
you are in the wheel of changes. And your 'emperor's new clothes' of self-concerned
existence, the 'Narcissus' pose, or the beachy water there glaring at itself,
mind to mind, will continue to appear.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
January 19, 1997
The first law of business is to transcend yourself,
to notice and renounce your own demands. . . . It is not you anyway, so do not
make subjective content out of it. It is another, others, the world, the past,
memory, limits. It is not in you. It is your associations.
Adi Da Samraj, "Unfinished Business"
Crazy Wisdom, Nov/Dec
Based on recognition
of Adi Da as the Divine, one must allow oneself and one's life to be Mastered
by the Divine [2
], appearing here in the form of Adi
The idea of obedience to an "other" is anathema
to the adolescent Omega mentality of the West. According to Omega "doctrine",
every individual is supposed to be independent of all "others", "self"-driven,
and goal-oriented — "working it out" by himself or herself.
in the Wisdom-Way, you are not called to be mastered by an apparent "other".
In the Wisdom-Way, the One by Whom you must be Mastered Is the Divine Person.
And the Spiritual Master must be devotionally recognized as not different from
the Very Divine Person.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Divine
you have a Guru, a Master — and you all have Me — then you have a Mastered life.
You don't tell Me what you're going to do. You ask. And the basis of your
asking is you don't want bondage anymore, you don't want this suffering, you don't
want this search, you don't want this stress and fear, you don't want this mortality.
You want utter Freedom from all that. So, being committed to that, you ask Me
relative to every fraction of your life, "What shall I do?" Well, sometimes
you ask Me personally, in a conversation or whatever, but fundamentally you go
to My Teaching Word, because that's where all the answers are.
Adi Da Samraj, "I Am Your Capacity", in A
on recognition of Adi Da as the Divine, we surrender the egoic notion that our
body-mind is "our own", acknowledging that, in Truth, everything "belongs"
to the Source of our very existence, to the Very Divine.
The ego wants to keep its body, its emotion, its mind,
its breathing — therefore, the totality of the body-mind — fixed in its own handgrip,
and always let to wander in its own patterning and impulses. . . . If your faculties
are withdrawn from Me, I no longer exist for you. Therefore, you must not be the
"owner" of your own faculties. If you are My devotee, you must relinquish
"ownership" of the faculties and give them to Me instead. Such relinquishment
of the faculties to Me is devotion to Me. . . . If you are My devotee,
you accept Me as Master — and, because I Am your Master, you actively and unreservedly
turn all of the psycho-physical faculties over to Me, moment to moment. . . .
Will you turn to Me — or will you protect "self"? It is that simple.
Whether to be the closed fist, or else to be the open hand? — that is the moment
to moment question of life. Therefore, by always turning to Me, always choose
and be the open hand.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Be The Open
Part 9, The
of personal preference (as part of the surrender of self altogether) is critical
to growth in the Way of Adidam. Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur Rani (one of the advanced
practitioners in the Way of Adidam) illustrates this with a story about the transformation
of her own practice:
Adi Da asked me to begin to serve Him by passing on
His Communications to His devotees. Beloved Adi Da's Instructions to His devotees
encompass every aspect of human existence and everything required for the establishment
of His Work in the world. And so, in this new service, I had to begin to do profound
sadhana [spiritual practice] for the sake of others in a manner I had never
done before. I had to relinquish my self-based concentration on my "own" relationship
to Beloved Adi Da and in the simpler forms of service — such as cleaning, cooking,
and caring for [Adi Da's children] — that, until then, I had been used
to doing in His Intimate Sphere. Now I had to devote my life to His Work. This
marked a profound turning point in me, a surrender of all personal preference.
. . .
During this time, I saw that, no matter how positive or negative
or easeful or difficult any moment was, I was always doing the same thing. Through
my Beloved Guru's Divine Siddhi [Blessing-Power], I saw that my body-mind
was only self-contraction and that it was my own activity. I also saw that my
Divine Heart-Master Stands eternally Prior to that activity of mine. And I felt
a profound Liberation in being able to effectively resort to Him beyond the mechanism
of self-contraction. This was not a mental process — it was a Revelation, a Gift,
an Initiation into Communion with Him. Thus, the Grace of hearing was awakened
Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur Rani
in Carolyn Lee,
God-Man Is Here
Years later, describing further
growth in her practice, she made a similar point:
In my own life of practice, there was an unwinding,
in the final years, of Bhagavan's immense involvement in Working with every detail
of my ego-patterning. Then Bhagavan's Disposition became one of absolutely no
regard, no reinforcement of individual pattern, not even one reference. I was
simply there to be His sarvadhikari
twenty-four hours a day, to attend to Him, and to serve whatever was required
in order for Him to do His Work. That was it. Anything that had to do with
personal feelings, personal regard, or personal relationship was utterly washed.
I sat with Bhagavan Adi Da in many moments of His fiery speech, and if I expressed
any personal response, even a tear coming from my eye, Bhagavan would utterly
address the fault of self-attention. He would not allow any form of sympathy with
the ego. Such is His Call to every devotee, to be turned to Him with one-pointed
devotional responsiveness such that the ego is entirely forgotten.
Quandra Sukhapur Rani, December, 2010
Sukhapur Rani's accounts are significant not only in that they describe what she
was no longer focusing on, but also what she was focusing on instead: which
included not only Adi Da Himself (and His Divine State), but Adi Da's great Work
of liberating all beings. For this reason, Adi Da has always measured recognition
of Him and growth in the Way of Adidam not only by signs in one's "individual
practice" but also in how effectively one is serving His Work (which is the
collective responsibility of all devotees):
When devotees provide the Divine Heart-Master with
the Requirements of His Heart (and even every Necessity), they soon become the
servants of His Heart's Intention in the world — both during and after (and forever
after) His physical Lifetime of Avataric Incarnation. In this manner, the Divine
Heart-Master's Work in the world becomes entirely dependent on those who love
Him. When devotees of the Great One become the recognition-Awakened servants of
the Divine Heart-Master, the Great One Serves them via the Divine Heart-Master's
Avatarically-Born Bodily (Human) Divine Form, and via the Divine Heart-Master's
Avatarically Self-Revealed "Bright" Divine Body of Mere and Blessing
Divine Spiritual Presence. And those who are Thus Served by the Great One soon
become the necessary servers of His Serving Work.
Da Samraj, Ruchira
In other words, it is a kind of
contradiction in terms to want to be "personally Enlightened". That
is at odds with the Divine State Itself, in which all beings are arising.
In the only-by-Me Revealed and Given “Radical” (or
Always “At-the-Root”) Reality-Way of Adidam, your commitment must not be to “your”
En-Light-enment, but to Me, to the only-by-Me-and-As-Me Divinely
Avatarically Self-Revealed Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State of Reality
Itself, Which Is the egoless, Indivisible, Nonseparate, Acausal, and Self-Evidently
Divine Conscious Light Itself. That commitment must be exercised through the constant
(moment to moment) recognition-responsive devotional turning of all the psycho-physical
faculties to Me, in always right and true and truly ego-transcending devotional
(and, in due course, Transcendental Spiritual) Communion with Me.
Adi Da Samraj, "The Way of Light Is The Way of Fire" 
Part 9, The
Never wish anyone eternal suffering — anyone!
the "play" of your life, you must demonstrate the taking on of the suffering
of everybody, the conditions of everybody. You must always maintain your sympathy.
You must always be free of the tendency to separate from "others". All
(including you) are part of the same pattern of totality. Therefore, in Truth,
and in Reality, there is no individual (or separate and "personal")
pattern of conditional happening and tendency.
Of course you must transcend
your own apparently individual (or apparently “personal”) patterns of conditional
happening and tendency — but, beyond this, you must overcome your apparently individual
patterns of conditional happening and tendency that arise in and as the form of
all “others”. This is the true meaning of compassion and love. This is what Reality-Enlightenment
inevitably expresses. There is no “private destiny”, there is no
“personal righteousness”. All are involved in the same Reality — together
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The Repenting
Part 9, The
"Realizing God" means
not only transcending self (and its "limited self" preferences), but
also taking on God's "preferences" and acting accordingly. The more
one is steeped in Adi Da's Divine State (which is perfectly non-separate from
all apparent things and beings), the more one resonates and identifies with (and
is moved to serve) the Divine impulse — Adi Da's impulse — to liberate all beings.
As Adi Da once put it: Perfect Enlightenment coincides with perfect responsibility.
And He has humorously illustrated that point by mentioning that He had exactly
fifteen minutes of rest after He re-Awakened (in September, 1970) to Divine Self-Realization,
before that Realization (of perfect non-separation from all) spontaneously began
requiring Him to meditate countless other beings, for the sake of their Awakening.
As He once put it, "I've been used uncompromisingly by My Own Prior State."
There's no rest for the Enlightened (as long as they are still
associated with a body-mind) . . . but no un-Happiness either!
The Way of Enchantment through Recognition-Based Divine Distraction and Divine
| Being functional and bringing order to the process of
human relationships has its use as an aspect or a sign of life turned into the
Divine Process. However, it is not an end in itself. Realization of Reality Itself
is not merely conventional orderliness. Realization of Reality Itself has profundity
of purpose about it, a characteristic of ecstasy that is different from merely
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, October 20, 2008
. . Heart-recognition of Me is a matter of heart-feeling Who (and What) I (Myself)
Am, altogether — As My Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form, and As My
Avatarically Self-Transmitted Spiritual (and Always Blessing) Divine Presence,
and As My Avatarically Self-Revealed (and Very, and Transcendental, and Perfectly
Subjective, and Inherently Spiritual, and Inherently egoless, and Inherently Perfect,
and Self-Evidently Divine) State.
If you heart-recognize Me, then you feel
My "Bright" Divine Self-Condition, Prior to your own limited (and mortal) condition.
If you heart-recognize Me, then you are Swooned into the Ecstatic Asana
of devotion to Me.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Way Of Adidam
Is Heart-Recognition Of Me, and Heart-Response To Me"
Recognition of Adi Da is not a strategic,
grim effort to transcend oneself. It is ecstatic — to recognize Adi Da
is to be lost in His Divine State, and perfectly Distracted by the Divine from
all the concerns of separate self. One is in a state of Enchantment. And if recognition
is established as one's capability, then one is continually in that state of Enchantment.
Recognition is the capability to be Divinely Distracted in every moment. Whole
bodily recognition means whole bodily Enchantment; the whole body is "thrown to
Infinity" in any moment of recognition. That is another reason why response flows
so naturally, once recognition is stable. One engages the disciplines of the practice,
but all the while whole bodily absorbed in an Enchanted State.
Everything accumulated is ultimately thrown to Infinity
in this Way. But that dissolution depends on radically intuitive insight, not
effort. And all the apparent efforts or acts of devotees are, when true, simply
forms of feeling into Infinity, founded on insight. Service or love is to throw
the whole and entire bodily being into Infinity. It is not an act performed on
oneself or one's body. It is simply to feel into Infinity via all relations, under
all conditions. It is to look, and feel, and be, and act happy. It is the Infinite
Pleasure of love. It is not humorless self-mortification, but humorous relaxation
into the Infinite, beyond all recoil. The whole Way of Divine Ignorance is training
for the ultimate priesthood of this Sacrifice. And every devotee must perform
this Sacrifice alone in the Presence or Company of the Spiritual Master, who is
the present and eternal Divine, the Condition of every body-"I".
Adi Da Samraj, "The Sacrifice of Man"
Enlightenment of the Whole Body
Where ever you may be, you must find the space of My
Company. . . This is The Secret.
Even so, you Find It By Locating That
Attractiveness Itself, Being Attracted By It, Being Moved By It. . . .
is a life of gravitating to The Sacred Domain.
I am not present here merely to "rap out"
a philosophy or to distribute "techniques" that you may apply to yourself,
depending on your intelligence. I Am Present in the conditional "worlds"
in order (now, and forever hereafter) to Offer a (Most Ultimately) Divinely Liberating
relationship to all those who are willing to assume such a relationship with Me,
to all those who have the capability to be Distracted by Me in an absolute love-relationship
that is more and more Distracting. Therefore, if that Perfect Distraction by Me
is not present in any particular individual's life, then the ego-transcending
practice of the devotional relationship to Me cannot begin. . . .
is only one process that makes a difference — the process of Perfect Distraction
in Real (Acausal) God. . . . The entire purpose of everything that occurs between
Me and My devotee is the establishment of this "in-Love" relationship.
Without that devotional relationship, there can be no Transcendental Spiritual
practice. All My devotees must enjoy such Perfect Distraction, whether or not
they ever come into My physical human Company.
Da Samraj, "Perfect Distraction"
9, The Aletheon
My true devotee Sights Me, It Is an Ecstatic Meeting — an egoless Divine Event
. . . The Event of moment-to-moment coincidence with Me Is the "Root" of Adidam
. . . The entire devotional process in My Divine Avataric Company is the unfolding
magnification of "Root"-Coincidence with Me.
Avatar Adi Da
Samraj, "Always Know Me Perfectly"
The Adept incarnates, is, and is established
in That which is perfectly attractive — to which beings should be attracted, and
in which they may realize their True Condition. They become blissful through attraction,
through the force of attractiveness. And when they submit themselves to it perfectly,
then every aspect of the stages of the Way — all the kinds of transitions I consider
with you — occur quite spontaneously.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Enchantment" (April 26, 1983)
It's not that you practice
a "yoga of being attracted". You do all the things that are associated with our
discipline. But the essence of it, the driving force of it, the essential content
of it, is this attractedness. And the fundamental quality of your life — to the
degree that you are really involved in that practice — is Enchantment. . . . What
is Enchanting you is the Living Presence of the Divine, That in which you stand,
That which is Omnipresent and All-Pervading. . . . That which is absolutely attractive
is incarnate, stands before beings, and draws them into relationship. . . . And
those who practice the Way communicated in that Company develop more and more
the capacity to submit to the State of Enchantment, to the point where they are
absolutely Enchanted by the State of That which is attracting them. . .
can ordinary beings come to the point of confessing this Absolute? Because you
are Enchanted! . . . You discover the essence of the Way is Enchantment. It is
expressed through all the disciplines — it doesn't override them. It's not like
there's some sort of "Enchanted Way" and everybody else is inquiring, or considering
the Witness Position — it takes just that form! The Force that is essential to
all of it is Enchantment. The more Enchanted you are, the more you allow yourself
to be gravitated toward That which is attracting you.
Adi Da Samraj, "Enchantment"
(April 26, 1983)
Of course, as is suggested by Adi Da's
references to "practice" in the above passage, this Enchantment is not
"magic", in the sense that one is entered by the Divine into the Enchanted
State "for free", moment to moment, without requiring any kind of personal
responsibility. Indeed, another way to describe the practice of Adidam is this:
the Way of Adidam is the cultivation of Adi Da's Divine Samadhi
(or absorption in His Enchanted State) by consciously allowing the faculties of
the body-mind (through the practice of Ruchira
Avatara Bhakti Yoga) to be responsively and spontaneously turned to Adi
Da and absorbed in His Divine State in every moment.
The Practice Of The Only-By-Me-Revealed and Given Way
Of The Heart Is, From The Beginning, The Devotionally Me-Recognizing and Devotionally
To-Me-Responding (and Effectively ego-Transcending) Cultivation Of My
Divine Samadhi . . . Until, At Last, There is . . . Most Perfect Realization Of
My Divine Samadhi (or Divine State). . . .
The Characteristic (or, Previous
To Divine Translation, Typical) Samadhi In The Only-By-Me Revealed and Given Way
Of The Heart Does Not Involve Suspension of experiential Association With the
body-mind (or With psycho-physical conditions In General), but (Rather) A Suspension
of self-Contraction (and A Passing Into What Is Beyond self-Contraction, and A
Conscious Absorption In — and, Ultimately, The Realization Of Non-separate, or
egoless, Self-Identification With — What Is Beyond the self-contraction), Even
While psycho-physical conditions Continue to arise. . . .
In The Only-By-Me
Revealed and Given Way Of The Heart, Samadhi Is A moment to moment Conscious
. . . Practice and Process, To Be Realized In The Context Of every kind of circumstance,
condition, function, relation, state of activity, and state of inactivity. . .
. The Cultivation of Samadhi In The Way Of The Heart Is The Practice Of Ruchira
Avatara Bhakti Yoga, Under all conditions, More and More Becoming moment to moment
Surrender of body, emotion, mind, breath, and all of Separate and Separative self
to Me, In Devotional Communion With Me. . . .
In The Context Of Every Stage
Of Life, The Practice Of The Way Of The Heart Is The Cultivation Of Samadhi By
Cultivating My Divine Samadhi.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
The Dawn Horse Testament
Adidam is the Way of Enchantment not only because it is ecstatic,
but because because one is utterly (and ecstatically) absorbed in (and
by) Adi Da's Divine State. Ecstatic absorption is the root sense of the word,
"devotion", and the primary (and spontaneous) practice of those who
are truly "devotees", devoted to their Master's State. They forgot themselves
not through any intention to forget themselves, but because they were Perfectly
Distracted from themselves, and utterly obsessed with, enchanted by, and absorbed
in, their Master's State.
The people who were the servants of Bhagavan Nityananda
devoted their entire lives to Him. I do not mean they would merely do whatever
Bhagavan Nityananda wanted. Their attention was totally absorbed in their Spiritual
Master. Those are the people who set Him apart. The same was true in the Ashram
of Ramana Maharshi. . . .
The people immediate to those Spiritual Masters
were totally absorbed in them. These devotees had absolutely no “self”-attention.
They were truly servants who set their Spiritual Masters apart. They were constantly
devotionally Communing with their Master. They did not require any verbal instruction.
Generally speaking, they never even asked for it. All the tacit, non-verbal instruction
they received was demonstrated in their own person by their “self”-forgetting
Communion with their Spiritual Master. They were given over to the State of their
Spiritual Master. Their Spiritual Master's State was their Realization.
“self”-forgetting Communion with the Spiritual Master is all there was and is
to Realization. The fundamental and ancient Way is absorption in the Spiritual
Master's State. All the rest of the Great Tradition is mere philosophy.
humankind by tendency are all consumers. People want a program or a prescription
for what to do so that they can achieve something. There is absolutely nothing
to achieve. I Am Realization. If you devotionally recognize Me, you simply
become “self”-forgetting and absorbed in My State.
Adidam Ruchiradam is
an Acausal Way — I do not “cause” Realization in you, nor is there any “technique”.
I Perfectly Coincide with everyone. The Way of Realization is “self”-forgetting
in Me. That is it.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, October 20, 2008
Real life is obsession with That which is Beyond life,
That Which is, miraculously, somehow Shown in life but Which moves you beyond
it. . . . I am just the Divine One, just the Living One, Showing Itself here.
I am just this Shakti, this Form, this Divine Sign. Be obsessed! Be governed by
this Vision. That and nothing else, is devotion to Me. . . .
A true devotee
never wants to be anywhere but at the Master's Feet, looking into His Face, looking
at His Body, never wanting to be anywhere else — and never going anywhere else,
then! . . . The Master Admonishes you, "Do this practice, fulfill this obligation,
handle this business." And so you do, but in that obsession, in that adoration,
just fulfilling your Master's Admonition, but never forgetting Him, never giving
up to that function of separate self, to the world itself, to your programs of
egoic "self-possession". If you were My true devotee and this were your
disposition, there would be nothing to listening, nothing to hearing.
It would be nothing. It would happen quickly.
Oh, yes! What is there more
to do when there is this obsession with your Master's own Form? Everything is
cut through quickly, cut through directly. All there is, is the Love-Bliss of
your adoration, your devotion, that feeling, the heart wide open, a hole in your
head, holes all over your heart, all over your body, no karmas to take into account,
no destiny you would have happen to your body. Your only object is your Master.
. . . You must become Mad with this devotion. Everything is purified by it. It
is the one Great Principle of existence. All I am doing in this conversation with
you tonight is Giving you permission to do so. You will do what you will.
Adi Da Samraj, "How Magical! How Profound!", Ishta
3.3. The Impulse to Transcend Self Flows Directly from the Establishment of Recognition
to transcend the ego (and do whatever that requires) flows directly from this
state of Enchantment. A good example is how listening proceeds to the point of
hearing — after you have been established in
recognition of Adi Da. It's not a grinding, technical affair, but a passionate
matter, with one's heart on the line.
Here's one way of thinking about it.
You are in an Enchanted State in the Room of your Beloved, and you don't want
to do anything but to stay there forever. But then all of a sudden, in spite of
that deepest heart-impulse, the floor falls out beneath you, and you fall into
another room: a hell room full of suffering and apart from your Beloved. Now (via
established recognition), you know where your Beloved's "Room" is, so
you can certainly return there (by "feeling beyond the self-contraction"):
If you truly locate the self-contraction in this Yoga
of devotion to Me, you simultaneously locate Me and discover the immediate means
always available to you for going beyond that ego-knot. . . . It's a matter of
standing in the position of that act, that self-contraction, that knot, not just
experiencing it from some point of view outside it, and directly feeling beyond
it. So that becomes the basis of practice once hearing is the case. It's a very
direct gesture. . . . And you have the knowledge, in that position, of Radiance.
You can always make this gesture. You always know what the problem is. It's this
knot, that you're doing. And you always can feel beyond it in Communion with Me.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Knot of 'I' - The Self-Contraction
But . . .
because you have not "heard" yet, that trapdoor keeps opening and you keep falling
out of your Beloved's Room over and over again. It's driving you crazy! Everything
in you wants to just stay in the Room with your Beloved forever. But you know
that — in order to do that —you've got to completely understand and "master"
your own egoity, you've got to completely understand and "master" the
secret of the trapdoor (otherwise known as the self-contraction), that keeps separating
you from your Beloved.
So, if you have truly recognized Adi Da (i.e.,
you are established in that recognition moment to moment), you are on fire
to "hear" (i.e., to master the secret of that trapdoor). The one directly
follows from the other. First (through the disciplines), you learn how to move
off the trapdoor before it opens. That gives you enough space to actually take
a real good look at how the door is opening, the kind of space you didn't have
when all your attention was bound up in "falling through the door" (i.e.,
engaged in habits of seeking).
Suddenly, you see that the trapdoor is being
opened by a string, and you discover that you yourself are the one pulling the
string, and you don't have to do that anymore! That discovery is hearing. And
going through "level 1.3" of practice in the Way of Adidam is adapting
— in every moment — to this new habit of not pulling the "trapdoor"
string. (Even after you get it, there still will be the automatic tendency to
pull that string for some period of time; that is why there is an adaptation period
called "level 1.3".) But the entire impetus behind wanting to hear is
the impulse to never be separate from one's
| It becomes more and more profound, more and more constant.
So instead of noticing the self-contraction, feeling beyond it, or however it
works in your own case, you see, instead of those kinds of routines, it becomes
the constant of Communion with Me, Samadhi, just beyond the self-knot. . . . A
taste of that is so full you don't want to drop back. And you find out
how to enter into that Communion under all circumstances. |
Adi Da Samraj, The
Knot of 'I' - The Self-Contraction
As time goes
on, many of the old habits fall away (through non-use) making your job of not
letting that door open much easier:
What is simply not used is intrinsically obsolete —
whereas what is opposed is constantly kept in front of you. The creative principle
of true and positive change is a combination of always relaxed inspection (and
discriminating awareness) of existing tendencies and, on that basis, an active,
persistent, full feeling-orientation to right, new, and regenerative functional
patterns. If this creative principle of true and positive change is practiced
consistently and in ecstatic (or intrinsically ego-transcending) resort to Me,
the Divine Avataric Master, free growth — demonstrated as habit-transcending true
and positive change — is assured.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Principle and Right Self-Management:
The Secrets of How To Change"
9, The Aletheon
This metaphor suggests that someone who is taking years to hear is
someone who is not "on fire" to hear — and therefore, someone who is
not yet established in recognition of Adi Da as the Divine Person (not yet established
in being "in His Room"), someone who is not yet given over to the Enchantment
of that Divine State.
| If you, as you claimed earlier, are moved to Realize Me,
if this is true of you, then it would manifest itself as literal changes of life
in recognition-response to Me and in obedience to My Instruction, in ever more
elaborated detail, as it must be (and more and more refined detail, as it must
be) as the process actually matures. To be always at the beginning, and (therefore)
always in this kind of beginner’s cultic state, of stated devotional enthusiasm,
is to live in a “religious” mummery — and there is no Realization of Me. There
is no recognition of Me. You are identifying Me bodily. Yes, you know what I look
like. But it is not profound. That is simply a category of ordinary perception
and thought, and it is not such that you are drawn beyond the presumption of “self”
that is the active “self”-contraction of the body-mind. |
Adi Da Samraj, October 6, 2005
Into Unlimited Profundity
In the course of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given
devotional practice of Abiding with Me in My "First Room", My
true devotee (in the always "radical", or "at-the-root", context
of practice-demonstration) out-grows all the possible kinds of phenomenal associations
— but My true devotee is always (even Perfectly) with Me the entire time.
Adi Da Samraj, The Knee Of Listening
To enter into relationship with the Spiritual Master along with other devotees is to enter into a Mandala or Circle of Divine Influence,
a machine of Liberation and Transformation.
The spiritual process is a matter of passing out of the narcissistic self-limit and all of its visions into Communion with the Divine Influence or the
Divine Agent. Once Communion is established, then the uncommon process of spiritual transformation begins. Therefore, recognition of the Spiritual Master
is of primary importance, and that recognition depends on hearing the Spiritual Master and participating in a culture of self-surrender.
Devotees should use all the artifacts associated with the Spiritual Master as forms of Communion with Him. If you take food as food, then you remember
yourself. But if you take food as the offering of the Spiritual Master from his excess, then you remember the Spiritual Master by granting full bodily
attention to Him in the act of taking food — or in any other act. Therefore, I recommend that every action be transformed into Communion.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Forehead, Breath, and Smile
We grow in practice beyond hearing, on fire to grow for much the same
reason: we are always moved by the impulse to dissolve every last bit of separation
from our Beloved. Adi Da's description of His Own practice before re-Awakening
is the best illustration of this. When Adi Da was completing His Own sadhana, He reached the
point where He could re-locate the Goddess whenever He visited the Vedanta Temple in Hollywood.
But He was dissatisfied that He ever had to be apart from Her, and so He
asked Her to be with Him wherever He went . . . and She agreed.
I became Aware that the Divine Mother-Shakti had taken
up residence in this temple, and that I had been drawn there by Her. I Enjoyed
the fact that I could go there and be with Her whenever I chose to experience
Her Joyous Presence. . . . But as time went on, I began to feel that even this
was a limitation. Why should I have to travel at all to Enjoy Her Presence? I
desired that She be utterly available to me — where I lived, as well as in my
own living being.
Thus, one day, I went to the temple and asked Her to come
and dwell permanently in me, and always to manifest Herself to me wherever I was.
When I left, I felt Her with me — and when I arrived at home, I continued to feel
Her constant Presence Filling the space.
Days passed, and I realized that
She had done what I had asked. There was this constant Presence, even including
the effects in the body, and the state of everyone around me became affected by
Her Force. But even this became a strain in me. I felt as if I had to hold on
to Her, as if I had bound Her to a bargain that constrained us both.
one day, I felt an urge to return to the temple. As I sat down, I saw that the
little pagoda and shrine in the front of the temple was in shadows and dimly lit,
as if it were empty. It seemed as if I had emptied it by taking the Mother away.
Suddenly I felt a jolt in my body — and, with open eyes, I saw the shrine become
"Bright" in a blast of light. Thus the Mother-Shakti showed me that
She is always able to make Herself Present anywhere — and that She was (indeed)
always already Present with me. There was no need for me to hold on to Her, as
if She could be absent.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Knee Of Listening
But even being with Her always
(already) was not enough. Adi Da's impulse to have no separation
whatsoever between Them led to Their Divine Union (as inseparable
Shiva-Shakti), and then at last to Adi Da's Re-Awakening, with all separation
from the Beloved vanished.
The passionate impulse to remove or dissolve
every bit of separation from our Beloved is the great impeller for us in our practice,
that is awakened by recognition of Adi Da as the Divine — as our Very Self.
4: Placing recognition of Adi Da in a historical and cultural context