Sadhana Right Where You Are


Dealing With Existence as it Truly Is


“After the Events described in The Knee of Listening, there was a period of time when the universe, the cosmic process, was Meditated in Me. Various siddhis, or Yogic and occult powers, became manifested. The movement, or process, of the cosmos is a Meditation, a purifying Event. Everything is Satsang. There is only Satsang. It is Eternal. But after this is all seen to be so, It must be lived. After the period in which the siddhis appeared, life became a matter of dealing with existence as it truly is, as Satsang.”

Phases – The Method of the Siddhas

“So the attention must not be fitful. You must be dissolved, in a constant state of dissolution Natively. So unsteadiness altogether is what prevents the (real sadhana), the lack of equanimity, the lack of one-pointedness.

So any preparation for the (sadhana) basically involves all that, purification, steadying, balancing, establishing the asana, the poise of equanimity, or one-pointedness, free of the efforts of attention. So what’s happening in your lives as sadhana is the process of release of energy and attention from the things that are binding to you. When something or other is not binding anymore, you just move on. It’s business handled.


“You do have to do this sadhana in the context of your ordinariness”


On the one hand one could say that it’s unfortunate you have to spend so much time dealing with all of that, but, and it can be quickened, so you should do what I’ve said about it, but the reason you’re doing it is because that’s where your attention is. You have to do the sadhana where you are, as you’re functioning presently. That determines whats the appropriate sadhana for you.

It seems like, in principle, any of you ought to be able to take up the (sadhana), or “consider” with Me for a few minutes, and that’s that. It seems logical or somehow it ought to just be that simple. If you’re sympathetic with this argument about (sadhana), why not do it then?

But that is not how it works. You must go through the process of being purified from your own bondage of energy and attention. It can be quickened. And you can be serious, and that quickens it. And you can get down to it and assume all the sila and discipline that’s appropriate, necessary, in your case. But if you don’t do those things, then you don’t go further, and you keep rotating around and around on the same “considerations” or the same examination, the same content. And it all amounts to basically unfinished business. That’s why you talk about them again.

So there’s something to be done about all of that or there wouldn’t be anything more to say. So you do have to do sadhana in the context of your ordinariness, but you have to get down to it, also. Otherwise it doesn’t go all that far.”

Adi Da Samraj, January 9, 1996

When the Well never leaves the View

DEVOTEE: I find my world, my universe, is becoming more and more oppressively one of loneliness.

AVATARA ADI DA: Get out of it. Come into this one.

DEVOTEE: I find myself doing a considerable amount of suffering, and at the same time I am trying to avoid the compulsive activities that I do to relieve it. I find myself trying to enter a relationship with another, or trying to find some support in another. I am trying to get something from another. When I sit in Satsang with You, occasionally I go through a great deal of physical pain. And most of the time my attention is all over the place.

AVATARA ADI DA: You have got to rejoin the human race. Stop spending all this time contemplating yourself, sitting alone in your room by yourself. Function with human beings. Do things. That is all. That is all it will take.

DEVOTEE: My impression is that human beings are not real.

AVATARA ADI DA: Join up! You are not going to negate Me.

DEVOTEE: I am caught in the “all one separate thing”.

AVATARA ADI DA: I do not care what you are caught in. We are all here. Your suffering is your own. If you want to play your suffering game, these are the results. Everybody is playing their own egoic game, and that is yours. I do not have any sympathy for it. You are turning it on. You want to do it. You like it, as a matter of fact. If you wanted to get out of that game, it would be a simple matter of turning in the other direction, from separation to Satsang. You must live the conditions of religious and Spiritual life. If you refuse the conditions of religious and Spiritual life and continually wander in your own dilemma, you will Realize nothing. You want to be your own “guru”. You want to be already Realized without doing sadhana, without living the conditions of Truth.”

Phases – The Method of the Siddhas


“The game of seekers is ended, from my point of view. I am no longer entertaining that suffering. I am no longer concerned for the search, in the sense of this obstructed stupidity, this fascination. It doesn’t interest me. If you have become sensitive to your suffering, your dis-ease, then (sadhana) is available to you. Only as such is it usable to you. Your sensitivity to your suffering will give you the strength. Only then will (whatever arises) become interesting to you. But if you are attached to your search (your avoidance), you will be unable to maintain sadhana, your own transformation. You will continually phase, continually go up and down, in and out, happy and sad, always turning. Transformation will threaten the very thing you came to defend.

There is no “sadhana,” no spiritual practice in the sense of something you can do to be “saved,” to attain the goals of seeking. Sadhana in that sense is not appropriate. But what in fact is appropriate is always appropriate. It’s always what’s staring you in the face, right in front of you.”

Edited and Adapted by Beezone

Walking the Dog – The Method of the Siddhas