Stages of Realization – Fourth through Seventh – Adi Da Samraj


Stages of Life
Entering into a
Spiritualize Stage of Practice

(unmediated – without



Once the individual passes through
the crises of
and the knot in the
navel is ‘severed’ the heart breaks open then the beginning
of the fourth stage of life begins.

Energy is felt to be centered in the
region of the middle chest. The life energy is no longer
associated with the left side of the heart and the downward
current. The current of life is reversed. The revulsion of
life energy, needing to be ‘thrown out’ has turned.
Breathing comes in and out of the heart region and the navel
is expanded. Breathing falls naturally into the navel, the
belly has dropped. The navel is expanded with life energy
the contraction or knot in the navel is gone.

One is aware and awake from the
heart. The feeling center of being is the middle heart.
Feeling is awakened and the mummery of life is awakened. The
play of life is just that a play. Life is no longer a
‘serious’ affair, humour is awakened and laughter is alive.
Every moment is a moment of ‘unfolding possibilities’
without the crunch of death pressing in.

This stage of live is the beginning
of the Subtle, Astral or Higher Mind. The mind continues as
it did before only in the context of the Open Heart. Feeling
is awakened and is not the orgin of ones life. The horror of
this is the ‘madness’ of life and what ‘others’ are doing.
The unity of what one feels at this stage is alive and the
need for strife, struggle and the fight for survival is
ended. One is alive and is Lived. The breathing if happening
and the mind is running, the Witness is Alive.

In some cases the Mind is ‘blank’.
Nothing is happening any more. The content of images and
visions is gone. One closes ones eyes and there is nothing
there. It’s a blank, black screen. Breathing is alive and
feeling is pulsating. Thoughts continue and are witnessed.
Freedom is apparent. Your home, and the Paradox is Awakened.
Not just philosophically but Actually, in every

Human demands of life are exactly
the same. The only difference is ones relationship to them.
The Mystery is awakened and the responsibility to ‘submit’
to That Which Is is Constant and Alive. This is the
beginning of spiritual life.



Based on
of Life – Fourth through Seventh – Adi Da



Heart Open in Love.
Love of God, the God of Love. Devotional Surrender to God.



The Fourth Stage of Life

(in Its Beginnings,
Its Basics, and Its Transitional Role as a Means toward the
Process and the Realization associated with the Fifth Stage
of Life)

This stage of life
corresponds to the fourth charka.

The Heart Opens in
Love, Truth and Reality. There is a natural disposition of
devotional surrender to god truth, or the

The of course does
not mean one does not have to function in the first three
stages of life. Quite the opposite, one continues to live
just as before except that all life is lived from the heart
and is primarily broken from the egoic struggle for
identification with the three lower stages of life. One if
fundamentally orientated and dependent on The Divine Reality
or Truth, not the ego struggle to the survival, recognition
or domination of the egoic bodymind. It is truly the first
stage of the Bodhisvatta.

The Hindu (and
General Indian) Tradition of Religious and Philosophical

1. Bhakti Yoga

2. Narada Bhakti

3. The Roots of the
Modern Bhakti Tradition

4. Modern Teachers
of Bhakti Yoga

a. Ramakrishna, His
Source-Traditions, His Devotees, and the
Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Movement

b. Rang Avadhoot and
the Dattatreya Tradition

c. Akkalkot Maharaj
and the Dattatreya Tradition

d. Shirdi Sai Baba
and his Devotees

e. Upasani Baba and
his Devotees

f. The Life,
Teachings, and Source-Traditions of Meher Baba

g. The Life and
Teachings of the Shivapuri Baba

h. The Life and
Teachings of Swami Ramdas

(including the
Autobiography of his Principal Devotee, Mother Krishnabai)

i. The Life and
Teachings of Sitaramdas Omkarnath

j. The Life and
Teachings of Anandamayi Ma

k. Neem Karoii Baba
and his Devotees

Modern Hindu (and
Christian) Proponents of “Evolutionary Idealism”, or the
Tradition wherein Bodily (and Otherwise Human)
Spiritualization and Even Bodily Immortalization are Sought,
and Which are to be Achieved by Means of the Descent (or
Bodily, or Otherwise Human, Contemplation) of Divine Power

The Classical
Mediterranean Tradition of Religious and Philosophical
Mysticism, which is the Root-Tradition of All Western (or
All Jewish, Christian, and Islamic) Mysticism, and which
(Especially in the Form of Greek Neo-Platonism) is (in Many
Respects) Rooted in the Mysticism of the East (Especially
that of India)

The Jewish Tradition
of Religious Mysticism

The Christian
Tradition of Religious Mysticism

1. The Catholic and
Protestant (or “Western Church”) Traditions of Christian
Religious Mysticism.

2. The Orthodox (or
“Eastern Church”) Tradition of Christian Religious Mysticism

3. The “Oriental,”
Tradition of Christian Religious Mysticism

E. The Islamic
Tradition of Religious Mysticism

F. The “Other-Power”
Tradition of Shin Buddhism




Persons in the fifth
stage of life are always in Yogic Samadhi, always immersed
in the ascended Spiritual energies.
Examples: Swami Nityananda, Swami Muktananda, Swami
Rudrananda, Sai Baba of Shirdi, and Rang Avadhoot, Akkalkot
Maharaj and Upasani Baba.

Way of Absorption is
a way associated with devotional and Yogic disciplines
associated with fourth stage of life. Of which there is the
“basic” and “advanced” phases. The advanced stage is the
second step in this Energic Way – “absorption in energy”.
This advanced step is also corresponds to the fifth stage as
a whole.

1. Way of Absorption
– basic

2. Engeric Way –

3. Absorption in the

4. Absorption in

A Realization of the
fourth and fifth stage would affirm that the conditional
self is Really Siva (or the Formless Divine) and the
conditional world (from top to bottom) is Really Siva. The
confession that the conditional self sublimed by the
Revelation as subtle Yogic forms, is (even as a
psycho-physical self) Divine.

The Fifth Stage of

(and Its Foundation
in the Advanced Process of the Fourth Stage of Life)

A. Shamanism (the
Root of the Fifth Stage, or Fourth to Fifth Stage

B. The Fifth Stage
(or Fourth to Fifth Stage) Experience and Its Way of

C. The Fundamental
Energy of Mystical Ascent

D. Patanjali and
Raja Yoga

E. Hatha Yoga

F. Summaries of
Traditional Yogas (Particularly of the Fifth Stage, or
Fourth to Fifth Stage, Variety)

G. The Yogas of
Subtly Perceived Life-Energy, Sound, and Light

H. Mantra Yoga

I. “Kriya Yoga”

J. Shabd Yoga (or
Nada Yoga and the Sikh Tradition

K. The Tradition of
Kundalini Shakti Yoga

L. The Tantric
Tradition of India (Hindu and Buddhist)

M. The Tibetan
(Vajrayana, or Tantric) Buddhist Tradition

N. The Tradition of
Taoist Yoga



Primarily the Sixth
Stage of Life, including some Expressions of the Seventh
Stage of Life

The Tradition of
Advaita Vedanta

1.The Ancient
Advaitic (or Non-Dualist) Tradition, Shankara, and the
Tradition of Shankara

2.Modern Teachers of

3. Literature on the
Life and Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

interpretations of Ramana Maharshi’s Teachings by Various of
his Devotees)

4. Ribhu Gita

5. Sri Devikalottara

6. Yoga Vasistha (in
Its Sixth, or Sixth to Seventh, Stage Mode)

B. The Samkya Yoga
of Patanjali (in Its Sixth Stage Mode)

C. The Jain

D. The Traditions of

1. The Fully
Developed Hinayana (or Theravada) Tradition

2. The Mahayana

3. The Ch’an, or
Zen, Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism

4. The Tibetan

E. The Tradition of


The sixth stage is
someone always founded in the Bliss of the Heart Itself, The
Feeling of Being, which transends the rising and falling
energies of the Circle (ascending and desending circuit of
energies) of the body-mind.
Examples: Brahmagna Ma, Sadguru Gnanananda, Ramana

A sixth stage
tradition is based on a Transcendental point of view, rather
than on a conditional point of view, or a psycho-physical or
emanated, hierarchical cosmos.

A Realization of the
sixth stage tradition would confess the transcendence of the
conditional self and only the Trnascendental Self is
affirmed. Identifing with only the Transcendental


Kashmir Saivism –



Advaita Vedanta –
(talking (Shankara*, Atmananda, Swami Satchinanandendra
Saraswati, Nisargaddatta Maharaj) and practicing schools
(Shankara, Swami Gnanananda, Brahmajna Ma Ramana

This school has as a
characteristic method of teaching is engaging their
listeners to verbal arguments. Which is in contrast to the
real ordeal and deep meditative process and

Practical self
discipline, disinclination toward the ‘search’ for (and
attachment to) conditional satisfactions associated with the
first five stages of life.



Seventh Stage

(or Texts which
“Confess” the Seventh Stage Realization, and with Critical,
or otherwise Minimal, Address to the Point of View, or the
Necessary Progressive Disciplines, of the First Six Stages
of Life)

A. Astavakra Gita

B. Avadhoot Gita

C. Tripura Rahasya

D. The Diamond Sutra

E. Mahayanavimsaka

F. Lankavatara Sutra

G. The Sutra of Hui



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