Why the World Can Not be Saved

Why the World Can Not be Saved

Adi Da Samraj

This world of earth is not merely a physical world made by God (or created by some mysterious chemical atomic process).

This world of earth, like all conditional worlds, is a psycho-physical world that inheres in Divine Reality. (It is manifested as apparent physical form, hard, soft, hot and cold).

There is no direct, or purposive cause of all conditional events.

(There) is the ultimate, and inherently perfect, and perfectly subjective Source-Condition, The One in (which) all events arise, change, and disappear.

Even every effect and every conditional being is functioning as a creative cause in this world.

Therefore, every effect and every conditional being and every creative cause plays upon Reality itself, but only those effects, conditional beings, and creative causes that are utterly submitted and aligned to Divine Reality can be made to function as transparent means for the revelation of God within the cosmic domain.

God, Truth and Reality simply stands, eternally free. The relationship between the unconditional reality and the conditional reality is, inherently, a mystery. That inherent mystery is made evident in every detail of conditional existence, but the secret of that mystery is perfectly obvious only when consciousness participates in the great sacrifice of every detail of conditional existence. Apart from the process of such self-sacrifice, it is not possible to truly identify the signs of God. And, until there is inherent God-Realization, a conditional being, effect, or cause is only potentially Divine. And even whatever condition or conditional being or conditional state of being is Divinely transfigured and Divinely transformed by the Self-Existing Divine Self-Radiance is also utterly outshined in Divine translation.

All conditional effects and beings and causes are acting and reacting in a great asymmetrical plastic that mysteriously commands both order and disorder, so that no ultimate order, goal, or final conditional fulfillment is ever attained. The conditional worlds and beings are not an end in themselves. They only seem to be an end to themselves. In fact, all conditional beings are inherently and constantly called to grow beyond and to go beyond, through self-understanding and through self transcending and world-transcending love of the Living God.

The conditional cosmos is not a “moral universe” in the conventional sense. There is no absolute and sufficient system of social imperatives or laws of public and private morality. Right and self-transcending action is necessary, but it must be generated intelligently and, ultimately, on the basis of the sacrificial or self-transcending motive of love-communion with the Divine person.

Neither the alpha morality of strategically pursued escape nor the omega morality of creative change is a principle founded on truth. Alpha and omega are simply the conventional basis for social morality, public order, popular culture, and egoic struggle. The great principle is self-transcending love-communion with the Self-Radiant and Self Existing Divine, expressed through the ordeal of the advanced stages of human life. Therefore, true or right morality is, in truth, the morality of universal sacrifice, or self-transcending love of God.

The conditional psycho-physical worlds are a great process of sacrifice. No conditional thing or being or world is an end in itself. Even so, this sacrifice is a feast of love-bliss, even a swoon of joy, if the principle of self-transcending God-Communion is Realized.

The ultimate morality of universal sacrifice is founded on the understanding that sacrifice of the conditional self in Divine communion is the expression of truth, whereas the motives of escape and dominance are, at best, only a search for truth.

There is no absolute system of moral imperatives in this domain of universal sacrifice. There is no absolute order of laws in conditional nature.

All of this is aligned toward sacrifice, going beyond, or transcendence, and thus toward realization of the Divine Self-Domain.

The practice of the ultimate way of self-sacrifice is individual, always present, generally producing harmony, even sometimes disorderly, and inherently free. The conventional moralities are each sometimes engaged, in a dynamic play of application, but one who practices self-transcending love of God in the context of conditional relations and events always exceeds the limits of alpha and omega.

Actions in the mode of alpha allow detachment, calm, even purity, orderliness, and desireless effectiveness, but alpha has no moral rule or effective means in situations of social chaos and human disorder that require “creative” and even aggressive action. Just so, actions in the mode of omega can achieve many individual and collective goals, but, on its own, the omega strategy eventually leads to the exploitation, degradation, and suppression of the individual and mankind, because the omega strategy is not based on a regard for the total necessity and obligation of the individual human being. Therefore, beyond virtue, duty, and the “creative” or aggressive pursuit of goals of conditional change, there must be the constant way and practice of self transcending God-Communion in the context of conditional reality.

The conditional worlds are built upon the sacrifice of every thing, event, process, or being that appears. The conditional worlds are built upon sacrifice, not upon the preservation, survival, conquest, or attainment of conditional reality. Therefore, senior to conventional morality is the ultimate practice of sacrifice in God, under all conditions, and in all relations. That ultimate art involves a willingness to engage action always in love, but variously, in a dynamic fashion, sometimes in the alpha-likeness, sometimes in the omega-likeness, without requiring one or the other or both of these two to account for the totality of human circumstance. Therefore, in this ultimate art, there is sometimes virtue, sometimes duty, sometimes passivity, detachment, or receptivity, sometimes “creativity”, passion, or aggressiveness, but there is always this self-sacrifice, or persistence in Love-Communion with the Divine Person, so that Love-Bliss-Radiance replaces the act of self-contraction.

Conditional human existence is not merely a thing to be preserved, but a process to be fully understood and fulfilled. The conditional cosmos as a whole is not a fixed system of order, but an open-ended theatre of sacrifice in God. Life is made of a little temporary order, a constant tendency toward change, and an ultimate and absolute demand for sacrifice. Therefore, all of this is a dynamic play of order, change, and sacrifice, for the sake of growth and self-transcendence, and not for the sake of conditional existence in and of itself.

The unconditional reality is modified as the conditional reality. This must be realized. Until this Truth is realized, all conditional experience is a school with a single lesson. This is the lesson -the lesson of life -“I” cannot become happy. “I” can only be happy.’

Adi Da Samraj, THE ALETHEON , Alpha and Omega, (sections 4 -5) (pages 301 -309).