"I entered into this plane of life with...and took hold of a psychophysical form which in itself is no more illuminating than any other psychophysical form. It needed to be transformed. That transformation could have taken place in any number of ways. The way that I chose to do it was through this peculiar adventure of Franklin Jones. All the kinds of things that can be said about Franklin Jones are secondary, they're not real in the absolute sense, they are episodes in the persona, which is in fact how everybody else lives, except they don't do it consciously".
Adi Da Samraj, Franklin Jones is a Fictional Character, April 1974
The Life and Understanding of Franklin Jones*
1971 By Franklin Jones
"What is consciousness?
This is the basic question posed in The Knee of Listening.
What is consciousness? You never discover what it is by
wandering in the play of life and the body-mind. You can
only discover it by entering into consciousness itself, by
contemplating it most profoundly, locating its Quality,
Condition, Status, Force. When you have fully entered into
Consciousness Itself, then suddenly the Divine Condition of
everything becomes obvious"
"Franklin Jones is just a point, an argument not an existing person with whom we need to be very much concerned because he didn't have any fundamental existence to begin with, and all beings, the persona, by which all beings represent themselves, have very much the same status in this world. They have no fundamental existence, they are a strategic play of suffering, of Narcissus. They must rather become the strategic play of the undoing of Narcissus. But that strategic play can't be done by the devotee, it is done by the Guru. So it is only in the devotee that the strategic play or undoing of the persona takes place. All the concerns for the process assume the ego".
Franklin Jones is a Fictional Character, April 1974
1. The "Bright"
2. The Listener
4. The Seeker
17. The Inheritance
"I have written this in
the form of autobiography because my own life is perhaps the
best instruction I can offer. The mere assertion of
understanding is not sufficient to create understanding in
the hearer. The hearer must be allowed a creative
recognition. Otherwise the symbols wherein his life is
trapped will not dissolve. Therefore, I have displayed my
life as much as I have had patience and perspective to
illustrate it. I hope it has been fruitful for you. But know
this. I do not stand for spiritual efforts of any kind. Nor
on some middle ground between excess and effort. There is no
virtue in the endless reaction to life, nor in the exclusive
enjoyment of any effect.....in understanding maintain...
radical humor and freedom in the face of divine beings as
well as the most disgusting elements of ordinary life"