The Supreme Science – Enlightenment of the Whole Body – Adi Da Samraj




Blank holding line

 

Culture of
Respect

Do You Shake Your
Guru’s Hand?

Adi Da Samraj, January 6,
1990

 

AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: People
generally tend to approach Me through the habits they have
acquired in conventional society, which, in most parts of
the world today, is based upon the “egalitarian principle”
that no one is superior to any one else. Such a society may,
in general, be a society of political and social equality
and commonality, but it is basically not a culture of
respect. Indeed, individuals in such a “society of equals”
generally presume that they are inherently superior. In
fact, in “officially” egalitarian cultures, taboos and forms
of suppression appear that work against right
acknowledgement of those who are worthy of
respect.

 

“Spiritual life
is inherently hierarchical”
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Thus, on the basis of the
“egalitarian principle”, all “human” communications are
reduced to the quality of a handshake instead of a pranam.
And, because of the presumption of equality, people in
egalitarian societies tend to have great difficulty relating
to a Sat-Guru with due and proper respect. As a matter of
fact, there is a general “egalitarian presumptuousness” that
is actually disrespectful toward the Divine, and toward
anyone who has, to any degree, Realized the Condition That
Is God, Truth, or Reality. Indeed, there is, in egalitarian
societies, a tendency for people to be especially and
casually abusive and disrespectful to any and all Spiritual
Teachers, and any and all non-“establishment” religious
leaders, and even any and all non-“establishment” religious
or Spiritual practitioners.

As a political principle, equality
is appropriate and honorable. But the principle of equality
does not pertain, at least in any absolute sense, to the
realities of Spiritual life. The culture of Spiritual life
is inherently hierarchical, because people are not all equal
to one another in terms of their present Spiritual
Realization. Therefore, in the domain and culture of
Spiritual life, there must be hierarchies of responsibility
and, therefore, of acknowledgement, based upon the principle
of respect, rather than on the principle of presumed
equality.

When individuals from an egalitarian
society become involved in Spiritual life, they tend to
dramatize the conventions of secular and egalitarian
society, even within the context of the inherently
hierarchical structure of sacred culture. Typically, such
people even presume they are the equal of their God-Realized
Guru. Therefore, they cultivate the notion that the Guru is
actually their own individualized “self”, somehow within
them, and, thus, they presume to be their own “Guru”, and
even, in some cases, the “Guru” for others.

Generally, the people who approach
Me tend to approach Me not through the style of sacred
society but through the style of egalitarian and secular
society, which not only is not based on sacred principles,
but which is fundamentally an egoically based and
ego-serving and rather adolescent system. The Way of Adidam
is the ego-transcending Way. Therefore, it is inherently
based on surrender of the ego-“I”, and on fullest devotional
respect for Me as the One Who Is the Realizer, the Revealer,
and the Revelation of the Divine Person and Self-Condition.
Likewise, My true devotees characteristically demonstrate
the respectful acknowledgement of individuals who are
hierarchically senior to all other devotees. Indeed, any
sacred or ego-transcending religion or Spiritual culture is
inherently hierarchical, because it takes into account the
actual signs of each and every individual’s practice.
Therefore, in the Way of Adidam, special indications of
respect are presently given to the members of the Ruchira
Sannyasin Order, and in the future such respect will be
given to other senior members of the culture, including
potential and future “Murti-Gurus”.

In traditional Indian society,
people honor the Sacred in one another by making the pranam,
as a form of greeting. Likewise, My devotees perform various
such gestures (indicating respect, devotion, and
self-surrender) toward Me when they are in My physical
Company, and when they are in the Company of My Murti. Just
so, when anyone communicates to Me, that communication
should have the feeling of a pranam. It should have nothing
of the quality of the conventional “good guy” handshake, or
an attitude that addresses Me as if I were an equal on the
street. Without this attitude of sila, discipline, respect,
and truly self-surrendering devotion, any individual’s
approach to Me is inherently abusive and
presumptuous.

I would say that, in general, people
in the present-day world tend, because of their egalitarian
upbringing, to relate to one another in a rather
disrespectful fashion. There is much egalitarian
hand-shaking, struggling with one another, indulging in
reactivity, status-seeking, and complaining, and a great
deal of casual disrespect for anyone in a position of
responsibility. Such conventional ways of relating to one
another should be replaced by sila and respect, which are
the signs that human beings honor the Sacred in one
another’s company.

Every one of My devotees should
constantly demonstrate right regard of Me, true respect for
Me, and devotional submission to Me. As My truly respectful
devotee, you must truly and consistently resort to Me,
rather than just give lip service to Me as your Sat-Guru.
And all My devotees should properly honor all those devotees
who have been acknowledged by Me to be worthy of special
respect. Therefore, examine the habits you have acquired on
the basis of your “egalitarian mind”, and discipline all
those habits by the attitudes that are characteristic of a
true culture of respect.

Anyone who becomes a formally
acknowledged practitioner of the Way of Adidam must have
made the transition from the point of view that is
characteristic of the culture of conventional equality to
the point of view that is characteristic of the culture of
true respect. Likewise, the leadership of the institution,
the culture, and the community of the Way of Adidam must
always maintain, and be an extension of, the culture of true
respect. All My devotees should advocate Me and represent Me
with high honor and respect. Your very manner should command
respect for Me, as well as respect for yourself as My
devotee and respect for the Way of Adidam that you practice
in relationship to Me.

You must never forget this
responsibility. The adolescent, casual, and presumptuously
egalitarian handshaking communication of the conventional
“good guy” is not worthy of respect, nor is it an expression
of respect. In an “officially” egalitarian society, people
are always smiling and laughing, or, at least, always
wanting to smile and laugh. However, a true culture of true
respect is not casual in any sense. The principal attitudes
or signs of the culture of true respect are seriousness,
depth of feeling, and balance. It is not that there is never
a moment when laughter is appropriate, but laughter occurs
only when it is appropriate. Laughing and smiling are not
the constantly and casually expected mode in the culture of
true respect. The general sign in the culture of true
respect is sila, demonstrated from moment to
moment.

Another characteristic of the
“egalitarian personality” is superficiality, or mediocrity.
In the culture of true respect, and, altogether, in the
total (and right) practice of the self-surrendering,
self-forgetting, self-purifying, and self-transcending Way
of Adidam, superficiality and mediocrity are replaced by
seriousness, depth of feeling, true “consideration”, real
discipline, sila, responsibility, and respect. Therefore,
these are the characteristics that I expect, and look for,
in My devotees.

 

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NOTES
ON HIERACHY:

Ken Wilber transcends the limited
understanding most philosophical debates of ‘science’ vs
‘religion’ by seeing both ‘science’ and ‘religion’ (or
mysticism) as equally valid, but hierarchically separate,
and non-contradictory propositions. He provides a kind of
doorway to true religious (and thus Spiritual)
understanding, practice, and realization.

(Adi Da’s comments on
Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World’s Great
Physicists. Edited by Ken Wilber. (The Basket of Tolerance –
edited and adapted by Beezone).

“What is precisely and
devastatingly wrong with the universal scientism of modern
society and all the forms of mass politics that are derived
from that scientism is that the modern scientific and
political world-view does not permit the human being his
psyche and the Way of the psyche. Scientism (or the
disposition of scientific materialism) constantly obliges
the individual to stand face to face with mere elemental
experience and to deny all reality and hierarchical
supremacy to higher and subtler dimensions, which in ancient
times were commonly recognized to be the fundamental
resource of human individuals and societies. Scientism
denies our true connection to the energies and creative
sources of the world. We are denied true religion by the
mind of scientism and all of the social and political
agencies of popular scientific or material
culture”

(Adi Da
Samraj)

“The orientations through the
fifth stage of life correspond to a notion of rising
progressively in the hierarchy of phenomena from the lowest
level, the earth level, what we might call the gross
material level, to subtler material levels represented by
water, fire, and then air, to a subtler principle, or space
itself. Each of the lower principles is hierarchically
subsumed in or transcended in the principle just above it or
somewhat subtler than it, of which it could be said to be a
modification or an extension, until you get to space, which
is the conditional principle of which all the lesser
elements are simply a modification, in which they are
subsumed. They may be realized in it. Realize space itself,
and you have realized the conditional source of air and fire
and water and earth. All of material existence is a
modification of space”.

(Adi Da
Samraj)