Mere Concentration Versus True Surrender (sections 1 – 3) (pages 817 – 822)
If you are My devotee, you must understand and actively (or counter-egoically) accept My Teaching-Revelation that human life-in and of itself-is only egoity.
The ego-“I” is not an entity or even a mere idea-but, rather, the ego-“I” is an activity.
The ego-“I” is the activity of psycho-physical “self”-contraction-which manifests as the mental-emotional illusion of separate “self” and as the bodily-life-context dramatization of separativeness, or dissociativeness, or the complex avoidance of relationship.
The ego-“I” is the comprehensive and constant (or moment to moment) psycho-physical “self”-contraction-activity of the total body-mind.
As an ego-“I” (and, thus, an ego-limited and ego-bound being), you are doing egoity-and nothing but egoity.
As an ego-“I”, you are simply living out your egoic (or separative) destiny-and nothing else.
As an ego-“I”, you are the life-dramatization of “Narcissus”.
The activity that is ego is not merely “talking about yourself” or “being selfish”. As I have Revealed, ego is the very nature of humankind in its un-Real (or “self”-deluded) disposition of un-Enlightenment. Therefore, the action that is the ego “covers the Earth”.
This Revelation is absolutely fundamental to My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching. My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching about the nature of the ego covers everything that human beings do. Thus, My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching indicates exactly why egoic existence is hell, and why the domain of conditional manifestation (altogether) is the place of illusions and suffering.
What should you do about the ego? I Am here-and I have Given you My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching about egoity. That Reality-Teaching tells you exactly what to do, in devotional recognition-response to Me. If you are (in any manner, or to any degree) justifying yourself in your egoic position, you are (thus and thereby) refusing My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching. In that case, you are actively presuming that My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching is “not correct”. You think, “Yes, I do have problems and a negative self-but I also have all kinds of virtues.” You believe your virtues are dominant-because of the fact that you feel the impulse of devotion toward Me and you confess that you want to Realize Me. However, all such ego-congratulating thoughts and presumptions are (in Truth, and in Reality) nothing but the out-rageous denial-game of “Narcissus”.
In the domain of un-Enlightenment, there is only egoity. Apart from Divine Enlightenment (or Most Perfect Divine Self-Realization), every fraction of what human beings do is ego-bound-all of it.
For your practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam (or Adidam Ruchiradam) to be fruitful and effective, you must accept My “Radical” Teaching-Revelation relative to egoity. My “Radical” Teaching-Revelation relative to egoity covers everything in one stroke-everything about seeking, and all the stages-of-life nonsense whereby you idealize the egoic life.
I have Given you the Unique seventh stage Way. In the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam, all of the characteristic tendencies and motives of the first six stages of life are cancelled. In and of themselves, the first six stages of life are nothing but ego. Indeed, in and of themselves, the first six stages of life are the idealization of egoity. I have not Communicated to you a Way in which the seventh stage of life is the case only at the end of a lengthy process. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is not the Way of all seven stages of life. Rather, the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is the Way of the seventh stage of life-first, always, and only. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is the non-egoic Way. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is the intrinsically and immediately ego-transcending Way. This does not mean that ego vanishes merely because you become My formally practicing devotee, or merely because you read My Divine Avataric Reality-Teaching. The ego certainly does not vanish merely because you “wave a flag” or “raise a placard” insisting that you are “not the ego any more”.
The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam Is the Way that requires real transcending of the ego-“I”-in practice. As My devotee (devotionally recognizing Me and devotionally responding to Me), you must practice right relationship to Me-turning all of the principal faculties to Me, and forgetting all the contents of the faculties themselves. Practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is not a matter of growth through the “progressive” (or first six) stages of life (or the traditional “great path of return”). Rather, practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is a matter of demonstrating the “radical” (or always “at-the-root”) ego-transcending process I Describe in My Divine Avataric Word. That is what you must do in relation to My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form. Worship Me whole bodily, with your very life-and do not live egoity any more.
If you are My devotee, you must accept My Teaching-Revelation that you are one-hundred-percent pure ego-not “sort of good, sort of bad”, not “black and white”, or “gray”, or “in-between”.
In the realms of conditional manifestation, egoity is absolute. Therefore, the transcending of egoity requires an absolute Way.
Devotional recognition-response to Me is the Way that accommodates Me absolutely. The egoic “world” is always “grinding on”. Therefore, as My devotee, I Call you to Self-“Locate” That Which Is Prior, and to forget body and mind and “world”. To do so is not a matter of engaging some kind of exclusionary (or dissociative) “game” (or strategy). Rather, to do so is a profundity that requires living the “Radical” devotional Reality-Way I have Revealed and Given.
People try to avoid the fundamental issues of existence through ego-based diversions, through the inventiveness that is potential in the ego-position. The ego-position is based on identifying with something that is threatened and going to end. There-fore, the ego-position is fundamentally “rooted” in fear. The ego-inventiveness of human beings-encompassing all the modes of activity by which human beings keep themselves occupied-is, essentially, about avoiding the issues inherent in that fear, and avoiding any depth-sensitivity to the implications of mortality.
Basically, there is the moment to moment avoiding of fear and what is fearful, avoiding the encounter with the actual nature of conditional existence-the encounter with mortality, limitation, absurdity, and bondage. Ultimately, the being longs to transcend the ego-position, to participate in That Which Transcends the false ego-occupation of playing upon separate “point of view”.
Therefore, people involve themselves-moment to moment, individually and collectively-in all kinds of activities and modes of being that are essentially absurd and troubled. People are always involved in modes of seeking. Nevertheless, there is the possibility of exercising real seriousness, real depth, profound “consideration”, and profound practice. Apart from such real seriousness, which is rarely engaged by human beings, people are simply tending to be involved in mummery and superficiality.
The moment to moment occupations of human beings can be described as being profoundly and intentionally superficial. Charac-teristically, human beings are committed to superficiality, as a fundamental (and even aggressive) intention to avoid depth, to avoid profundity, to avoid fundamental issues-at all costs.
Serious people are not committed to superficiality. If you are My devotee, you must become serious-and become moved to seriousness. The practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given “Radical” (or Always “At-the-Root”) Reality-Way of Adidam-beginning with the foundationary practice of Sighting Me and Listening to Me-is entirely about such seriousness. My devotee must embrace the in-depth process that rightly and thoroughly deals with the issues of existence. My devotee must not be looking for the Reality-Way of Adidam to be some kind of ego-supporting “consumer philosophy”, or “consumer religiosity”, or “consumer Spirituality”.
Seriousness is about entering (or transferring) into the Intrinsically egoless Sphere of Reality Itself. Seriousness is about ecstasy, about the intrinsic (or always Prior) transcending of egoity and “point of view”. The Reality-Way of Adidam is about just that-intrinsically transcending egoity and “point of view” through devotional recognition-response to Me, right-life obedience to Me, and “Perfect Knowledge” of Me. Altogether, practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam is a Perfectly serious and Perfectly profound discipline.
In your egoity, you are profoundly committed to having life “work out”. You think that life is supposed to “work out”-such that it fulfills your naive and culturally-propagandized presumptions about what constitutes “the good life”. At the same time, you confess that you feel an impulse to engage ego-transcending practice and Realize the Truth. Your persistence in this double-mindedness indicates that you are not functioning on the basis of the necessary most fundamental intelligent “self”-observation-that conditional existence is inherently limited, is filled with intrinsic suffering, cannot and is not going to fulfill itself, and is (in and of itself) fruitless. You cannot be committed to the process of Divine Self-Realization without the necessary foundation that is that intelligent “self”-observation.
As a socially-adapted ego-“I”, you are grounded in the collective ideal and “self”-image of “the good life”-imagining you are born to be fulfilled, satisfied, kissed, cuddled, congratulated, and immortalized. No one who has ever Realized the Truth to any Real degree has ever functioned on such a basis. You must see through the absurdity of that socially-programmed proposition. Nevertheless, even in the midst of seeing through that absurdity, you remain both required and able to practice in the context of ordinary living-with love, with compassion, with a sense of humor, and also with a capability for delight-but free of the absurd vision of “self”-fulfillment and the equally absurd vision that the universe is going to fulfill itself.
To engage Real ego-transcending practice in My Company is to be obliged by a Great Purpose-not only “interested”, but obliged. In that case, every moment of existence becomes a test relative to that always heart-felt obligation. Every moment of existence is either a moment in which you relinquish that obligation, and (thus and thereby) abandon the principle of ego-transcending practice, or else a moment in which you maintain and Really enact the principle of ego-transcending practice. If you become weak, precious about yourself, “self”-conscious, reactive, and so on, you relinquish the principle of ego-transcending practice, and you relinquish your Great Purpose. In the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam, to embrace ego-transcending practice is to constantly and readily pass tests-moment to moment, and all the time.
Practice in My Divine Avataric Company is not about “making an arrangement” with life, not about “bargaining” with “God”. Practice in My Divine Avataric Company is not about persisting in mediocrity. Rather, practice in My Divine Avataric Company is about passing tests, such that the total body-mind constantly goes through ego-transcending changes and makes an always greater and always new ego-transcending demonstration. Practice in My Divine Avataric Company is a “hard school”, a persistently ego-transcending life-based upon the Great Purpose of transcending all limitations, transcending the body-mind-complex itself, and transcending the cosmic domain itself.
To rightly and truly engage the ego-transcending practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam is (inevitably) demanding, and even (at times) difficult-but the practice is, itself, never mere and egoic suffering. Rather, the practice is the ordeal associated with the transcending of egoity. It is the ordeal of right and true renunciation, right and true “self”-discipline. That ego-transcending ordeal of “self”-discipline is necessary. That ordeal is, itself, the substance of change, the alchemy of change. That ordeal is the “fire on the pot”-into which you must throw everything.
The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is the transcending of everything, Liberation from everything, in the Utter Freedom of egoless Most Perfect Divine Self-Realization.
Mere Concentration Versus True Surrender (sections 4 – 5) (pages 823 – 833)
Mere Concentration Versus True Surrender
Right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam does not allow “self”-meditation. If you are My true devotee, you (necessarily) turn to Me in every moment-such that you cannot meditate on yourself. In any moment when you are not turning to Me, you are (inevitably) meditating on yourself.
Right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam does not allow “self”-meditation. Right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is about discovering that all limitations are nothing but the “self”-contraction. No matter what limitation arises, what is required is that you devotionally turn to Me-moment to moment. Thus, the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is not about “self”-watching and constantly addressing the egoic body-mind-“self”, but, instead, about moment to moment turning to Me. There are moments in which to address the body-mind-“self” and discipline it, but those are just moments. Moment to moment practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is “radical” devotion to Me.
My devotee is the devotee of Real (Acausal) God-or the Intrinsically egoless, Indivisible, and Acausal Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State of Reality Itself.
I Am the Divine Avataric Self-Revelation of the Intrinsically egoless, Indivisible, and Acausal Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State That Is Reality Itself.
My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form Is the Means Given, by Me, to enable you to turn to Me-and, thus and thereby, to participate in (and, altogether, to Realize) the Intrinsically egoless, Indivisible, and Acausal Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State That Is Reality Itself.
I Am the Self-Radiant and Self-Existing Conscious Light in and As Which one and all and All are arising.
Such Is My Divine Avataric Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State-Altogether, Always Already, and Without ceasing.
In the circumstance of sitting in My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Company, there are essentially two ego-strategies manifested by My devotees who are not fully and rightly practicing in relationship to Me. The first type is “dull”-merely staring at Me with a “poker face”, and trying to “look good” on the “outside”. The second type is merely sitting with eyes closed, inverting on some program “inside” the body-mind-“self”-and such people are essentially “playing with themselves”, looking for their own reflection “inside”.
In any moment that you are engaging either of these two ego-strategies, you (thereby) have very little attention or energy left over for any Real “Knowing” of Me. These two egoic strategies-the “self”-conscious attempt to “look good” outwardly, and the inversion on one’s own contents inwardly-are exactly what the practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is not. The Reality-Way of Adidam is not a way of outward seeming-nor is the Reality-Way of Adidam a way of inward inversion on “self”.
In any moment when you are not devotionally recognizing Me and devotionally responding to Me, you inevitably fall back on yourself. If you are not (whole bodily) turned to Me, you are merely “thinking” and “buzzing” along-entertaining whatever casual happenings arise (in body, emotion, mind, or breath), and following your “train” of “interior” egoity. Such is not at all right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam. Rather, such is the ego’s “self”-manufactured substitute for right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam.
The ego is constantly “monitoring the system”-like “Narcissus”, sitting there focused on the psycho-physical event of the presumed “self”. Why are you so busy watching that event? Because you are anxiously anticipating the moment when that event will come to an end-which it inevitably will! “Monitoring the system” is not right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam. Right practice is turning to Me, not dwelling on the content of the psycho-physical “system”.
In order not to indulge the pattern of the ego-“self”, you must devotionally turn to Me moment to moment. You must not indulge the pattern of the ego-“self”-either inwardly or outwardly. The pattern of ego-“self” is your bondage. The practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam, moment to moment, is not to indulge in that ego-pattern.
How are you to not indulge in that ego-pattern? By turning all the faculties (body, emotion, mind, and breath) to Me-ignoring the interior contents of the faculties, and truly serving Me, such that you drop the outer performance of ego-patterning. Such is the very practical nature of real and right (moment to moment) practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam-non-indulgence in the ego-pattern, demonstrated as the responsive (and really ego-transcending) activity of turning to Me, both inwardly and outwardly.
In the practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam, whatever you must do to accommodate Me-both inwardly and outwardly-is your obligation. If you do not thus oblige yourself, you are not living the practice I have Given, and (therefore) your relationship to Me is not right.
The practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is to go beyond egoic patterning. When you (as My devotee) truly turn to Me and truly serve Me, you are (intrinsically) transcending the ego-pattern (both inwardly and outwardly).
The practice I have Given you is always very practical. Fundamentally, that practice is devotional turning to Me and devotional service to Me. That practice is how you break out of the ego-patterning of the faculties of the body-mind-“self”. In that actively ego-transcending disposition, you are simply turned to Me. In that case, you Behold Me searchlessly-because you are always at Me. In that “position” of Beholding Me, you Commune with Me-and, in due course, you “Locate” and “Know” My Transcendental Spiritual Transmission of My “Bright” State (of Transcendental Self-Abiding As egoless Love-Bliss-Radiance, or Indivisible Conscious Light). Thus, the searchless Beholding of Me becomes a Transcendental Spiritual matter.
If you presume yourself to be a solid “something”, and you approach Me as if I were a solid “something”, then it is “one” over against the “other”. You cannot make right practice out of that situation.
Human beings tend to persist in being “the same thing”, merely perpetuating their egoically pre-patterned existence. In time, they will be dead. If that is enough for you, that is your choice-but it is the choice of a fool.
Fundamentally, the impulse to right practice comes from disenchantment-disenchantment with what you are otherwise tending to do, your entire search, your entire “experience” of living in this primate wilderness of humankind. Such an existence is not “It”. Such an existence is diverted from What Is Truly Great. Such an existence is empty. Discovering that this is so grants you the impulse to Realize Reality (or Truth), and moves you to find a True Spiritual Master. Thus, having found Me, why would you maintain your preoccupation with what you were supposedly already disenchanted with?
You must stay focused. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is a specific ego-forgetting practice of going beyond “self”-contraction, by turning to Me. That turning to Me is a discipline that is both inner and outer-exercised inwardly through the fundamental practice of whole bodily turning to Me (which practice relinquishes attention from all ego-patterning), and exercised outwardly through service to Me (and the various other modes of outwardly active practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam).
This inner and outer discipline is the essential practice for which My devotees must be responsible, moment to moment. The rest of the process of the Reality-Way of Adidam is Mine to Do.
I Am here.
I Am Present.
I Self-Manifest My Self-Evidently Divine State and My “Bright” Transcendental Spiritual Force of Divine Presence.
My Transcendental Spiritual Force of Divine Presence Is What Brings you into My Self-Evidently Divine State.
Such is What I Do in relationship to My devotees.
You (as My devotee) must do the inner and outer disciplines I have Given. Such right doing is, necessarily, based on devotional recognition-response to Me, and it is a matter of constantly accommodating Me.
In order to accommodate Me, you must actually change your life. Otherwise, you are merely living out your pre-established ego-patterning.
Traditionally, when an individual is recognized to be a Spiritual Realizer, the first thing that is done is that he or she is set apart-or provided with a right circumstance, and (thereafter) perpetually served. Such setting apart of a Spiritual Realizer is done by those who would be that one’s devotees-because, without such setting apart, a Realizer cannot function as a Master, and will (most likely) simply remain unknown.
Why have devotees always set apart the Realizers they discovered, approaching them thereafter as their Masters? The reason that the setting apart of a Realizer is necessary is that Realization is a Spiritual State, in Which even the body-mind of the Realizer is transformed to an extraordinary degree-and such a transformed body-mind cannot exist under ordinary conditions. Thus, a True Realizer is not simply one who utters a Teaching. Rather, a True Realizer is the Incarnation of That Which he or she has Realized.
If you were walking down a beach, you might find all kinds of fragments-of shells, and bits of this and that washed up from the sea. However, if you found a diamond the size of a football, you would know you had found a unique treasure. You would not treat such a discovery like a broken bit of shell.
To find a True Realizer-not just a “talker”, but one who has been (even bodily) Transformed by the Transcendental Spiritual Divine-is to discover such a unique Treasure. There are degrees of demonstration of Divine Self-Realization-in the modes of the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth stages of life, and, now, in My Divine Avataric Case, in the ultimate mode of the seventh stage of life. Nevertheless, all degrees of Real-God-Realization are about the same fundamental matter, the same Reality.
True devotees worship their Spiritual Masters with their lives-because true devotees have discovered that the Spiritual Master is the Incarnation (or the Very Person) of the State they would Realize, the State that they understand to be the ultimate purpose of life itself.
My true devotee devotionally recognizes Me to the point of being constantly turned to Me with every principal faculty. If you are truly devotionally Attracted to Me (rather than simply associating with Me in an egoic manner), you go beyond separate “self” in your turning to Me. If you are not truly devotionally Attracted to Me (and, thus, do not truly devotionally recognize Me), you simply “play off” Me as the ego’s “other”-either a social “other” or an organizational “other” or a merely ceremonial “other”. None of that is true devotion to Me.
The devotional relationship to Me is Attraction to My Avatarically Self-Manifested Divine Person and My Divinely Self-“Bright” State. When you are truly devotionally Attracted to Me, the Self-Evidence of My Avatarically Self-Revealed Divine State is tacitly “Known” by you in the instant of Sighting My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form. Thus, those who devotionally recognize Me are (whole bodily) turned to Me, simply because they are devotionally Attracted to Me. Those who devotionally recognize Me are not coming to Me merely to “get something” for themselves. Those who devotionally recognize Me are only turned to Me. My (thus) true devotees always serve Me, they always relate to Me through gifts only, and they always live in accordance with My Divine Avataric Word of Instruction. Thus and so, My true devotees live the devotional relationship to Me in an entirely Lawful manner.
As “Narcissus”, you presume that I (in My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily human Divine Form) am merely another “human primate”. As “Narcissus”, you presume that I (in My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily human Divine Form) am “just like you”-that I (in My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily human Divine Form) am in the same state as you are, and involved in the same kind of activities as you are. Thus, as “Narcissus”, you presume that I (in My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily human Divine Form) am an ego who functions socially, organizationally, and merely ceremonially (or in a conventionally “religious” manner). However, all such presumptions are merely the signs of an ego-ically ignorant state, in which you are not devotionally recognizing Me. To make any such presumption is to be unaware that This Divine Avataric Revelation-Body is Transcendentally Spiritually Transformed and in a Profound Condition utterly unlike that of others. This Body Is The Unique Means for the Most Perfect Divine Liberation of all who devotionally recognize Me and devotionally respond to Me. This Body Is The Unique Revelation of the Perfect Way to Realize the Divine Conscious Light.
Thus, right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam cannot be based on any “instruction-manual list” of behaviors and doctrines that you outwardly accommodate and use as a “costume” in which to mum and seem. Right practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam can only be based on true devotional recognition of Me and whole bodily devotional response to Me. If you are devotionally Attracted to My “Bright” Divine State-Divinely Avatarically Appearing here in Incarnate bodily (human) Form, and (altogether) Transcendentally Spiritually Self-Manifesting-then you have the basis for right practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam. If you are not yet manifesting such devotional Attractedness, then you do not yet have the basis for right practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam.
If you are My formally practicing devotee, you must base your practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam on devotional recognition of Me-and, therefore, on being devotionally Attracted to My Bodily Incarnate Person. My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form is not merely an “image” on which to focus. I Am the One to Whom you (as My devotee) are devotionally Attracted, and to Whom you cannot help but be turned-and I Am the Very (and Intrinsically egoless) Person, State, and Condition you must Realize. Therefore, you must not merely concentrate on Me, but you must surrender and give yourself to Me-whole bodily, and entirely, and in an utterly ego-forgetting manner.
I have compared this devotionally Attracted recognition of Me to the feeling of being in love. When you are in love, you cannot possibly forget the loved one. You are always preoccupied with thinking about that one. Thus, you are inherently turned to whatever attracts you.
This is a metaphor relative to the nature of devotion to Me. If you are devotionally Attracted to My “Bright” Divine State of Person-Divinely Avatarically Incarnate here, and Uniquely Shown through a Transcendentally Spiritually Transformed Body-then you are inherently moved to serve Me, and to live in accordance with My Divine Avataric Word of Instruction. You will not do so otherwise. If devotional recognition of Me is not the case, everything you do and say (as an effort of would-be devotion) will be mere double-talk, mere seeming, mere playing of a strategy, mere going along with the mumming.
The degree of your Attractedness to Me is the degree of your devotion to Me. This is what I look for in My devotee: Are there signs of devotional Attractedness to Me? Is there a conversion of life? Is there the relinquishment of all preoccupation with “worldliness” and the habits and patterns of egoity?
The Reality-Way of Adidam is a relationship, not a “technique”. Therefore, the devotional (and, in due course, Transcendental Spiritual) relationship to Me is the fundamental principle on which all specific practices in the Reality-Way of Adidam are based. The totality of the Reality-Way of Adidam must be founded on “radical” devotion to Me (which is, in its essence, whole bodily turning to Me, with all of the psycho-physical faculties). Therefore, service to Me and right “self”-discipline (in devotional recognition-response to Me) are, necessarily, to be founded on “radical” devotion to Me (and also on the maturing “self”-understanding that is awakened by “radical” devotion to Me).
Service to Me and “self”-discipline (in devotional recognition-response to Me) are Gifts Given by Me to practitioners of the Reality-Way of Adidam. These practices are not “techniques” to be “self”-applied in the manner of strategic “self”-effort. Rather, these practices are to be received as Gifts from Me-and they are to be practiced with a feeling of obligation to Me, based on true love of Me (and also on the maturing “self”-understanding that is realized through Listening to My Revelation-Leelas and My Reality-Word and receiving all of My Divine Avataric Gifts). Because service to Me and “self”-discipline (in devotional recognition-response to Me) are Gifts to be received from Me, rather than “techniques” to be strategically “self”-applied, their significance is fundamental to My devotee’s relationship to Me. They are to be practiced as forms of responsive obedience (or sympathetic conformity) to Me, rather than as ego-instigated disciplines. Likewise, even all the practices of the Reality-Way of Adidam are Gifts from Me, Given to those who practice and demonstrate “radical” devotion to Me.
My true devotees live a right life-and My true devotees truly serve Me. As a result, My true devotees are, very soon, entered into the Transcendental Spiritual dimension of the relationship with Me.
Therefore, if you are My devotee, you must not waste years quibbling over the necessary disciplines-whether or not to surrender to Me, and whether or not to consistently fulfill My Divine Avataric Word of Instruction. Such weakness of purpose is not devotion.
Adidam is a participatory Way. Therefore, to be a full participant in the culture of Adidam, you must have fully established the foundation practice of the Reality-Way of Adidam. You must not still be in or of the “world”. You must have turned away from “worldliness”, and you must have embraced the foundation discipline of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam.
When you have fully established the foundation practice I have Given, then you are no longer merely a “worldling”. You are Attracted to Me rather than to the “world”. In that case, you are practicing the Reality-Way I have Given.
You do not become a true devotee of Mine simply through the ceremonial taking of a vow. When you take the vow as My formal Second Congregation devotee, you are beginning the process of becoming My fully practicing devotee, but you are not yet fully established as a devotee of Mine. Devotion to Me is a practice, not merely a condition of “being under a vow”. You must fulfill the vow.
I Am here to Transcendentally Spiritually Manifest My Own “Bright” Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State, and, on that basis, to Transcendentally Spiritually Bless people who come to Me rightly and are prepared for My Divine Transcendental Spiritual Blessing. The purpose of coming into My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Company is not to confirm your illusions. Transcendental Spiritual “Locating” and “Knowing” of Me is not, in any sense whatsoever, a confirmation of your ego-possessed inwardness. To rightly come into My Divine Avataric Company for the sake of “Locating” and “Knowing” My Transcendental Spiritual Self-Transmission of the Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State is to approach Me by means of devotional and whole bodily worship of Me. It is described as the “searchless Beholding” of Me because-as one who is rightly and truly prepared to Transcendentally Spiritually “Locate” Me and “Know” Me (and, Thus and Thereby, to Transcendentally Spiritually Commune with Me)-you are already (by virtue of previously established right practice) entirely surrendered to Me and always constantly serving Me. Thus and so, you are (entirely and constantly) devotionally Attracted to Me-Above and Beyond and Prior to all else.
To be My devotee is to set life apart from being destroyed by the “world”, by death, by darkness, and by ignorance. Devotees of Mine establish a set-apart culture, a cooperative sacred domain in which to live the devotional (and, in due course, Transcendental Spiritual) life of whole-bodily-recognition-responsive devotional Communion with Me.
My true devotees are not preoccupied with “worldliness”. My true devotees serve Me twenty-four hours a day-under all circumstances, in all relations, in all moments, and always (whole bodily) turning to Me. My true devotees do not turn to the “world”, or to the patterns of egoity. My true devotees turn to Me-because they are devotionally Attracted to Me. They know that I Am the Self-Manifesting Divine Truth That Is Reality Itself. They understand that turning to Me is the means for the Most Perfect Realization of That.
My Avatarically Self-Revealed and Self-Evidently Divine State Is Always Already The Case. However, it is the responsibility of My devotees to create the earthly circumstance in which My Perpetual Divine State can be constantly Manifested-instead of My State being imposed upon by any form of human patterning. It should never be demanded, by anyone, that I subordinate Myself to egos, by conforming to the egoic condition. All who are moved to approach Me and relate to Me should simply conform themselves to My “Bright” Divine State. In this manner, they will allow My “Bright” Divine State to be Self-Manifested-twenty-four hours a day.
You conform yourself to My “Bright” Divine State by offering Me gifts of practice and service, and by searchlessly Beholding Me. Such is the Divine Law. Such is the Sacrament of Universal Sacrifice, Which My devotees otherwise enact in the Communion Hall. All modes of speech and action that take any other form should be disallowed by My devotees.
Therefore, always devotionally recognize Me-and always Commune with Me. If you are devotionally Attracted to My Self-Evidently “Bright” Divine State, then prepare yourself to come into My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Company, Where you will, most directly, see My Self-Manifestation of My Own Divine Self-“Brightness”.
Mere Concentration Versus True Surrender (sections 1 – 3) (pages 817 – 822)