Radical Politics for Ordinary Men and Women

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Proof of the Existence of God Will Soon Be Announced by the
White House
“Radical Politics For Men and Women”, by Adi Da


beings everywhere are renounced both collective and
individual responsibility for their truly human lives. In
general, human beings are not freely and rightly
establishing and preserving the truly human character of
their individual lives – and the collective of mankind is
not organized to establish and to preserve the truly human
character of human life in general.

In this present epoch human beings
do not, generally, assume cultural, social, and political
freedom of right association, right commitment, and,
altogether, right life – but they assume, instead, that they
have to subordinate themselves to the ideas and the plans of
power-seeking bureaucrats, benighted intellectuals,
materialistic scientists, religious fundamentalists, and
disturbed political revolutionaries – who work to
effectively prevent the truly human politics of intimate,
cooperative society. And this universal failure of right
life reflects every human individual’s frightened
suppression of the universal Unifying Life-Principle and of
the life-positive vitality of Spiritually-Awakened bodily


“You are supposed
to work, buy junk food and television sets, and always stay
tuned to the propaganda of the daily news”


Because present-day human
individuals are everywhere socially indoctrinated to be
afraid of their own inherent life-impulse toward unity with
all and All, we have the present-day world – the “dark”
epoch of a benighted, ego-bound, and universally misled
humanity. Present-day mankind is a global mass of mere
individuals, who – because they cannot freely “connect” with
one another – live as slaves of their own minds and separate
selves. For the most part, human beings in this “dark” epoch
are an unconscious mass, enslaved by their own motives, and,
inevitably, controlled by other egos who are shrewder than

Inevitably, double-mindedness
becomes “dark” control. Therefore, at last, everything and
everyone become emptied of Reality and Truth. The modern
doctrine is that people are supposed to work. That is the
asceticism of the common man and woman. You are supposed to
be a mere salt-of-the-earth worker, and you are not to be
fundamentally and ecstatically involved in True Delight. You
are not expected or permitted to be fully and freely
conscious. You are supposed to work, buy junk food and
television sets, and always stay tuned to the propaganda of
the daily “news” – and you are not to allow yourself to be
aware of anything “Fundamentally Curious” that might cause
you to become ecstatic and profound.

Until human individuals begin to
develop some basic understanding of their limited condition
– and, optimally, to directly and tacitly feel their
connection (and sustenance) to their true nature they are
exploitable by individuals and influences that arbitrarily
assume a material power that exceeds their own. Therefore,
the usual man or woman, who works in a factory or an office
and listens to the “news” faithfully, is constantly
exploited by all kinds of shrewd people who are materially
in charge of his or her political, social, cultural, and
intimate life.


“The typical
response to the observation of the controlling forces of
life is to react by joining a revolution, getting drunk,
kicking a couple of bad politicians out of office, having a
war, getting “high” on popular illusions, becoming “against”
a political “something”, or becoming “for” a political


For the usual person, politics is
merely a matter of listening to the “news” every night.
Politics in this “dark” epoch is either a childish or an
adolescent reaction to the fact of being controlled by the
“news” of the world and by the abstract, all-controlling
politics of the State. One individual plays the “system”,
and the other is a revolutionary. The child buys the
“system” and expects it to work, and the adolescent is a
perpetual revolutionary, whose childish expectations were
not fulfilled. Both types are merely relating to the world
as a parent like “thing” that controls them.

If you stop listening to the “news”,
and if you simply observe what is really going on, you,
inevitably, become depressed by the feeling that your life
is not under your control. However, “depression” is only a
very minimal insight. Obviously, everybody is controlled.
The typical response to the observation of the controlling
forces of life is to react by joining a revolution, getting
drunk, kicking a couple of bad politicians out of office,
having a war, getting “high” on popular illusions, becoming
“against” a political “something”, or becoming “for” a
political “something” – but reaction is obviously not the
way to rightly transform real politics. What is needed is to
establish a completely different principle of human culture
and politics. What is needed is a principle of human culture
and politics that is not based on reaction to all the bad

Fundamentally, there is only bad
“news” in the ordinary, unenlightened, chaotic world.
Instead of waiting for action from “sources” out in the
world somewhere – government sources, media sources,
interplanetary sources, mystical sources, or whatever it is
that you wait for all the time – you must, yourself,
become involved in intimate, cooperative community with
other human beings. In a responsible, mutually dependent,
cooperative, tolerant, peaceful, and intimate relationship
with other human beings, you must create and protect the
basics of a truly human culture and of a truly intimate
daily human society.

The only reason the “news” of the
world and the abstract politics of the State can exploit and
control you is that you are in
– or a double-minded
and self-defeating recoil from the universal Unifying
Life-Principle – and, because you are, thus, alienated from
Reality Itself, you believe that you need a number of things
you cannot acquire without playing for or against the
“system”. However, if you are always already truly alive,
always already Full of True Humor, True Love, and True
Light, and, Thus, always already in Communion with Reality,
you need not be greatly concerned about any of the “news” of
the world of egos. You can and must create your own
– in intimate, cooperative association with
your fellow human beings.


“The true change
that you must create is not principally in the “system”
itself but in the ordinary, daily associations between
yourself and other human beings.


The existence of the big political
“system” does not make any ultimate positive difference in
the daily life of the individual. You can and must live a
truly free, responsible life, regardless of the “system” or
the “news”. Of course, it can be done a little easier if the
“system” is relatively accommodating and the “news” is
relatively benign. You would have to be more inventive to do
it in an absolutist society, or during a war in a bombed-out
town. Nevertheless- regardless of the larger politics, or
the State of the “news” – the truly human politics of
intimate, cooperative living can be done. And, therefore,
the ego-transcending discipline of intimate, cooperative
living is the only true “radical” politics – or the only
genuine “realpolitik” for ordinary, or truly human, men and

The true change that you must create
is not principally in the “system” itself but in the
ordinary, daily associations between yourself and other
human beings. People who would be free must live in a
non-egoic and non-competitive manner, in intimate
cooperation with one another. Human beings must truly
understand themselves – in all of their external and
internal egoity – and they must, on that basis, adapt to a
cooperative and mutually tolerant arrangement of daily life,
in which they are each personally responsible for the
character of daily existence, and in which they simply live
together, intimately and seriously, free of reactive and
dependent association with the parent like abstract world of
the “news”.


“Truly right
politics is, necessarily, an expression of right


A politics based on truly human,
cooperative relationships is not likely to take place on a
large scale in a present-day city – although, ultimately,
even that is a possibility. Present-day cities are merely a
random collection of subhuman emergencies. People crowd
together in modern cities for all kinds of conflicting and
subhuman reasons. These are not genuine cities, in any fully
human sense. A true city would be a large-scale cooperative
community – an essentially autonomous, fully cooperative,
truly intimate, and Spiritually oriented order of mutually
dependent people who are devoted to the advanced
developmental culture of truly humanized mankind. However,
that kind of human order does not exist in the cities of
today. Today, a city is just a collection of disturbed and
fascinated people – not a conscious, positively organized
association of truly human beings.

Without a community of responsible
relationships and advanced cultural agreements, there can be
no right politics. Truly right politics is, necessarily, an
expression of right life. Right politics is a functional
realization of the collective right relationships between
individuals living in free cooperation with one another.

The true cooperative human community
is not merely a utopian commune, in which every ego tries to
be perfect, or to be perfectly fulfilled. Such perfection or
fulfillment is not possible for the ego. Advanced human and
Spiritual understanding is the principle of life in true
cooperative human community. Communities are rightly
established when human beings rightly understand the
functional design of Man – as an ego, as a single, or
simultaneous, whole, and as a Spiritually Awakened totality.
And communities are rightly organized and managed when the
problem-solving, creative capabilities of human beings are –
on the basis of a true culture of ego-transcendence and of
true Divine Self-Realization – rightly disciplined, and
always measured in terms of their relative importance.
Therefore, fundamentally, human beings must understand and
be responsible for their egoity – and, thus, for their
tendencies to live life as an inherent, or irreducible,
dilemma, or, otherwise, as a perpetual search for
self-glorifying fulfillment of loveless inclinations.

In a true cooperative human
community, every one knows what every one else has the
tendency to become and the possibility to become. And all
serve one another at the level of that understanding. They
all also know the functional character and capability of
each one among them, and they amuse and enjoy and serve and
employ one another at every appropriate level. Right
responsibility for functional life must always be assumed
and demanded in a truly human community. When it is not,
that failure of responsibility will, inevitably, weaken the
community – and, thus, enable shrewder men and women to
exploit and oppress the members of the community, and make
them slaves to their own egoity again.


“the State tends
to be fixed in a view of human life as a dilemma that
continuously requires new emergency reactions to solve the
constant crisis of new emergency problems”


Conventional politics has always
been associated with an ideal of one or another sort. In the
modern era, the ideal has, generally, switched from a
humanistic to an economic one. Nevertheless, all merely
idealistic systems tend to depend on temporary, emergency
solutions to basic problems. This is because conventional
idealism is an abstraction – a basis for a politics of
manipulation of people by an abstract State, and not for an
intimate, cooperative politics of practical responsibility,
on the part of the people, for both themselves and the
political union of their lives. The tactics of abstract
State politics always relate to a more or less irresponsible
and externally controlled populace – and, therefore, the
State tends to be fixed in a view of human life as a dilemma
that continuously requires new emergency reactions to solve
the constant crisis of new emergency problems. As a result,
politics becomes an insane conglomeration of temporary
solutions, enforced by a bureaucratic State that is
oppressive, rigid, immense, and intolerable.

The fundamentals of life must be
pre-solved at the local level – at the regional level where
the daily, cooperative community exists. Within the
cooperative human community, every member should be
guaranteed access to the basic necessities and opportunities
of life. Generally, the basic solutions to human needs do
not require resort to any of the resources of an abstract
State – but they should be managed locally, in one’s own
community, and in natural cooperation with other

If human beings do not assume right,
ego-transcending, and cooperative collective responsibility
for their lives, the daily “news” of the world of egos
becomes their inevitable destiny and their dreadful, minimal
inheritance. In the world of egos, everybody tends to
persist like cattle, grazing on the daily “news”, expecting
it will all eventually develop into some superior politics
or fate. However, truly human politics, or right human
destiny, cannot happen unconsciously. Truly human politics
begins where consciousness enters the domain of human

There is no right, or truly human,
politics without conscious responsibility. You cannot sit
like cattle in front of the TV, dutifully listening to the
official “news” every day, and rightly expect or fruitfully
require that some bureaucrat “in charge” is going to
announce some “Super-Program” that will liberate you from
your lowly, ego-possessed estate. Rather, you must take
responsibility for yourself. It is not by revolutionary
reformation of the State, or, otherwise, by mere
self-indulgent reaction to the daily “news”, but only by
consciously stepping apart from your childish ego-dependence
on the abstract State and your adolescent reaction to the
daily “news”, that you carry on “radical” and truly human
politics. Therefore, you must provide your own
life-requirements, in personal and local cooperation with
others. You must enter into truly intimate community with
others. You must cooperatively share your functions, your
resources, and your vitality with other human beings. That
is the only right, and truly human, and truly liberating
politics for human beings. And, therefore, the choice to
enter into real, intimate cooperative community with other
human beings is the only true “radical” politics for
ordinary men and women.

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