Stages of Ascent – Adi Da Samraj – 7 Stages of Life



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Process of Conductivity and the Stages of Ascent

October 11, 1983
Adi Da Samraj

unedited and unpublished notes

Another point I wanted to make, the other day I was
talking to you about the process of conductivity and the
stages of ascent and passing through the various lights and
astral planes and so forth to nirvakalpa and then returning
with the life current to the right side of the heart, the
life current and attention. Discovering that which is beyond
the knot in the heart.

And I thought I should mention to you why in certain
passages in the Teaching I have indicated that the third eye
position is not really gone beyond until the seventh stage
of life. There may be yogis in the fifth stage of life who
move with attention and energy through and beyond the ajna
center and attain nirvakalpa samadhi. It’s simply that the
position of the third eye or the position of the
individuated nervous system is not fully transcended until
the atman or separate self sense is transcended via the
penetration of the knot in the right side of the heart.

So only passage beyond, apparently beyond the third eye,
beyond the nervous system and so forth that may occur
through the yogic exercise in fifth stage terms is not fully
a passage beyond the conditional personality and the
conditional nervous system. It is only so experientially and
to some degree but it is not so really because the self
contraction, the root of attention has not itself been

So even though nirvakalpa may be attained in the fifth
stage it is a conditional realization that is basically
built upon the self contraction and is part of the strategy
of the individuated self or the ego to achieve a state of
sublimity. Ultimately, then, the current must return to the
right side of the heart. Attention must return there and the
origin, the root origin, the Transcendental Self, must be
realized. And then in the seventh stage of life there also
is this continued circulation of the Living Current and
through the process of recognition it tends more and more to
be magnified in its upward direction.

There is a stage of indifference in which the animation
of this body-mind becomes relaxed and the beginnings of the
translation stage begin. And so the seventh stage of life is
associated with the ascent of the Life Current as well as
its descent. And ultimately with the ascent of the life
current in the stage of translation but it really is the
perfect ascent of the life current because it’s not rooted
in the self contraction or the self knot. It is simply a
motion of the life current that occurs in the demonstrations
of enlightenment in the seventh stage of life free of the
self knot or the ego. So is all that clear? (Yes.)

I also mentioned cases of nirvakalpa samadhi in my own
case early in life. The evidence of nirvakalpa most
primarily in my life prior to the incident in 1968 was in my
very early childhood. Although there were experiences now
and then that perhaps would qualify as a state of
nirvakalpa. Primarily in the early stage of my life, my very
early childhood I was naturally in a state of nirvakalpa
samadhi and didn’t come down very much.

There was a moment in which I did come down as I’ve
described to you when I was in Mrs. Far’s house. And that
was a moment of coming down out of nirvakalpa, having been
in that state, associated with the body much like I am
exalted drinking chung with you all and forget everything or
not moving my full attention into this body-mind. The very
early years of my childhood were years of nirvakalpa, not of
coming down. There’s not really any significant memory in
those years and so on. But then about 2 1/2 years old,
however old I was exactly, I did come down and very
concretely was aware of coming down, being aware of the
setting and so on. And from that point I also began to
accept the limitations of being down, of being here or being
in this condition. And so from that point I began to work
with this body-mind and did the sadhana of the body-mind. So
that’s what began the tour of my spiritual life culminating
in the Vedanta Temple. And there was not a completely loss
of realization. But realization, if you can have a feeling
for it at all, was receded into the background of the
body-mind itself. The commitment was to the body-mind, to
awaken in the context of the body-mind.

There were many moments of breaking through long before I
was associated with teachers. Full breaking through and
therefore some of those experiences had the quality of
nirvakalpa and certainly sahaj samadhi. Full realization.
And there are satoris. So this breakthrough was also very
frequent all throughout all of those years culminating in
the Vedanta Temple. At which time there no longer was any
impediment or from which time there never has been any
impediment represented by this body-mind.

So this state presently is the state of sahaj or
nirvakalpa. It is the same as nirvakalpa without the
slightest noticing of conditional existence, but all these
conditions are arising totally recognizable without the
slightest loss of realization and without realization being
presently merely in the background. It is present as the
body-mind spontaneously and freely.