The Dreaded Gomboo or The Imaginary Disease That
Religion Seeks To Cure.
A Collection of Essays and Talks on the “Direct”
Process of Enlightenment.
By Da Free John.
Compiled and edited with an introduction and commentary
by the Renunciate Hermitage Order.
THE DREADED GOM-BOO
Part I: Understanding
The Dreaded Gom-Boo, or The Impossible Three-Day
September 9, 1982
MASTER DA: Have you all heard about the Dreaded Gom-Boo?
Or the impossible Three-Day Thumb-and-Finger Problem? Ah ha!
You see? Nobody tells you about these things except me.
A myth has been circulating for many centuries now that
mankind is diseased, that all beings are suffering from what
I call the Dreaded Gom-Boo, also called sin, maya, ego,
suffering, separated individuality, illusion, delusion,
confusion, and indifference. We are all supposed to accept
this diagnosis, realize how diseased we are, and submit
ourselves to the local religious hospital, where a father or
mother doctor will confirm our disease and require us to
submit for the rest of our lives to various regimes for our
own healing and ultimate cure. This is the basic proposition
of traditional religion, and it begins with the diagnosis of
the dreaded disease.
Tradition has it that we are all, by birth, by virtue of
our very existence, even now diseased, sinful, separated
from the Great One. What a horror! Yes! What an obscenity
has been laid upon us through the traditions of society,
which, merely because of the impulse to survive as the
body-mind, have for centuries required human beings to
invest themselves with the belief in this disease and to
suppress their own life-motion, which comes only from the
Great One, in order to fulfill the presumed needs of our
I come to tell you, as I stand in the midst of the
priests of this horror, that not even one of you is
suffering from this disease. It is an imaginary disease, a
terrible disease, but altogether imaginary. No one has ever
actually had this disease. Not one single being has ever had
the Dreaded Gom-Boo, or the impossible Three-Day
Thumb-and-Finger Problem. It has never happened! It does not
What is the Truth? We are Happy. We live in God. The
Great One is our very Being. We inhere in the Blissful,
Forceful Being of the Starry God, the Wonder, the Mystery,
the Person of Love. This is our Situation and our Destiny. I
am only one among many voices, but this is my Message to
you: There is no disease. There is nothing to cure. We are
not patients and we are not parented. We are not children.
No dreadful destiny lies before us. There is nothing
whatsoever to cure.
However, in spite of these truths, you all act like
patients or diseased persons and seem to deny or doubt the
very condition of your existence. Therefore, I must remind
you. I must call you to observe yourselves and to see how
the conception of this disease arises. Where does it come
from? How do you contract this imaginary disease and become
involved in seeking its imaginary cure? I call you to
observe yourself, and you will see, well, youre grabbing
your ass! Youre pinching your belly. Youre ripping your
hairs out. Youre biting your tongue, youre pulling out your
teeth, youre sticking your fingers in your eyes, youre
causing yourself great pain because of your motive to be
You will never be independent. There is not even a
molecule of wood in this wall that is independent. Nothing
and no one is independent. All of us inhere in the Great
One, the Wonderful Lord, the Marvelous Starry Person, the
Delight of Being. All of us live in That. That is our
situation now. This moment is the moment of Happiness, as is
every future moment, every moment after death, beyond this
world and other worlds, lower worlds, higher worlds, after
worlds, no worlds. It is all the moment of infinite Delight,
unless we become self-conscious and withdraw from our
relations and contract upon our Happiness and forget It.
This is my Message to you, then: There is no disease
except the one you fabricate and reinforce through all the
propagandas of this horrible world of egos. Understand it
and instantly be free of your disease in every moment. Be
free of this imaginary concoction of suffering. There isnt
any such thing! The Great One has magnified Itself in the
form of sexual beings, human beings, sexless beings, earth
world, form and fruit and wood and wall and space and star
and sky and cloud and tree and life and death. The same
Great One takes all these forms, completely Indifferent,
completely Free, completely Happy in all these excesses.
This is all the Great One. The Great One creates nothing.
The Great One is everything. What a Paradox! What a Mystery!
What a Wonderful God!
This is my Message to you. How wonderful is this obscene,
absurd, ridiculous paradoxical Being that we are. This is
what I tell you, and it relieves you of the conceit of your
suffering and disease, the belief in your un-Happiness. It
relieves you of your willingness to submit yourself to being
a patient for the rest of your days. None of us are
patients, none of us require a cure, none of us have parents
anymore except perhaps as our friends. All of us stand free
in the Great One, the Living One, the Living God, the One
Who has inspired all the poor fools like me for centuries,
the same delicious, glorious Divine One who is our own form,
our own process, even our own body.
We must align ourselves, resonate ourselves, tune
ourselves with That and be totally free of
self-consciousness and the pain of self-contraction. This
belief in ourselves and our independence is our disease. We
must invest ourselves with understanding and become priests
of love, of Happiness, of freedom. Even our bodies must be
submitted into this freedom, this glorious Happiness, so
that our human relations become possible, so that our
organic life, our human cellular form, this absurdity, this
limited life, such as it is, lives in the Great One and is
animated by the Great One. Its only consciousness is the
consciousness that is the Great One. There is no limitation.
The Great One Laughs and is Free of birth and death, Free of
life, Free to live, Free to die, Free to be Happy all the
time. This is always the moment of that one Principle, and
there is no disease.
Therefore, in every moment, what is the practice? To
understand our belief in the disease, the impossible
Three-Day Thumb-and-Finger Problem that is projected day
after day into more and more days of hopeful hopelessness.
All our plans, all our asceticism, all our self-indulgence,
all our strategies, all the foolishness we engage in our
un-Happiness must be purified by our Happiness, by our
Awakening, by our understanding, by our freedom from self.
This is the fundamental import of my Teaching, and it makes
you free to be human, free to be related to one another,
free to love one another.
This body-mind is a limitation-there is not the slightest
doubt about that-but it is the great humor, the great joke,
the great planlessness of the excessive God. There are many,
many, many more planes beyond this-I can tell you, because I
have personal experience of them-many, many more planes and
worlds beyond this one and below this one, and they all
inhere in the Great One. And in all of these places great
beings and little beings tend to be suffering from belief in
the imaginary disease of the Dreaded Gom-Boo. All of them
are being doctored. They lie around in hospitals, receiving
their daily medicines, chanting “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea
culpa,” as if they had committed some horrible act just by
being born, just by being alive, as if existence itself, in
any form, is separation from God.
There is no separation from God, not even in the
slightest! It is impossible to be separated from God,
absolutely impossible. We exist in the Great One. It is an
obscene suggestion that we could ever, even in a fraction of
our being, be removed from the Room of the great Lord. It is
absolutely impossible. I am certain of this. I hope you will
also understand yourselves and Realize this.
There is no disease to cure, therefore. The spiritual
process is not a cure for disease. It is not a strategic
approach toward the ultimate event of your Happiness. The
spiritual process is the magnification of well-being, the
magnification of health, Happiness, Bliss, prior and Eternal
God-Union. There is not the slightest suggestion in my
intimation to you that you should become self-conscious and
divorced from the Blissful Happiness of your Union with the
Great God. Not even the slightest suggestion of it. To feel
that you are separated from the Divine Being is not in the
least required, except by the priests of the disease
There is no separation. Therefore, we should magnify the
Glory of God in our form and also beyond our own form. To be
in God is the business of life-to understand the self, which
is the belief in disease, and be free of it in every moment
and therefore be magnified and purified in the Happiness of
the Glorious Starry God.
That is the Teaching. That is the Absolute Wonderful
Truth into which I myself am born from Eternity, being human
and less than human, being unacceptable to the shouting
crowd of this life, seeming to be an absolute fool,
communicating to you the glorious Happiness of our
fundamental Being. To do so requires no righteousness
whatsoever. None. There is no righteousness. There is only
this Happiness. Go and make morality out of that. Go and
make society, community, life, and death out of that. That
is the Teaching.
Therefore, what do your anti-sexualism and neurosis have
to do with anything? They are your disease, your patient
life, your waiting to be Happy. How could one wait for the
Principle of existence itself? Only a fool would wait for
It! Only the Happy claim It. Only those who understand
themselves magnify It through every moment of their
existence in every cell of their being.
There is nothing wrong with the human body, with its
genitals and hairs and talking and eyeballness and rotting
fleshiness. Not even the slightest thing wrong with it! The
whole thing is God. The whole thing! In itself it is not
Happy, but in its attunement with the Great One it is the
circumstance of Happiness. Live in this circumstance as
Happiness and you transcend yourself. You enter into
meditation. You are purified, you are Transfigured, you are
Transformed, you will be Translated into the Glorious Domain
of the Absolute God. This is guaranteed. This is the Law.
Nothing can distract you from it once you become Happy, but
you need not even “become” Happy-you need only Realize that
you are Happy, that the Truth, if it is the Truth, is the
case, even now! God as God is God now! The Condition of our
condition is our Condition now. Everything else is a
superimposition we lay upon it in our un-Happiness, our
neurosis, our Narcissism. Understand this contraction and
Realize that you are Happiness.
Be Consciousness. Be the Being and Realize that It is
Happiness and that everything that arises is nothing but a
play upon It, or a modification of It, a moment of It. Live
a gloriously Happy life all your life, and go on from here
to much greater worlds. Out there-I dont know if it is
cloudy tonight or not-out there are all kinds of worlds
created by all kinds of fools, and they exist only within
the visible spectrum, this tiny little fraction that our
eyeballs can perceive.
Do you have any conception of the infinite numbers of
possible and impossible worlds that are extended beyond this
visible spectrum? Even now your relationship to me depends
on your ability to be attuned to me in the invisible domain,
the vertical dimension of life, the force-fields personal
and beyond the personal and beyond the human, beyond the
conditional realm into the Force of God Itself. You must
tune in to this Force just like an ordinary character turns
on his TV set. Be attuned to the great Force of God and
enjoy the Glory of Light, the Happiness, the Effulgence, the
Radiance of Living Being.
When you die-and the body will die, there is no doubt
about it. What a laugh! How amusing! How wonderful, in fact,
that we will not be contained in this ridiculousness
forever, but even though you die, you will not go to any of
the shiny spots in the sky if you are Happy. You will go
beyond the visible realm into that Field of forces and
Blissfulness that is now invisible to you but that you feel
through emotion, through your sympathetic attunement with
Energy. Thus, you will not be born there nor even here. You
will be born into none of this visibility. You will be born
into what is not visibility or invisibility and be magnified
in your Happiness. Even there you will hear me telling you
this same sermon!
This world is just a way station, a place to be
exaggerated, a place to magnify your Happiness and not be
dismayed, not be put into doubt, not become a patient in
this world. This is no place to become a patient, because
there is no cure for the disease you are thinking of, no
cure whatsoever! Mark my words. The disease you have in mind
has never been cured, because it is an illusion. It is a
fake disease. God has not come into this world to cure this
disease. The only reason God comes into this world through
the Adepts is to Awaken you to the fact that you are not
suffering from any disease at all!
Life is not suffering! Life in itself is suffering-by
itself, separated, it is suffering-but life is not in
principle or in its real Condition suffering. Life is
inherence in the Great One. Life is Happiness. Life in its
real Condition transcends its own limitations. Therefore,
the notion of disease and un-Happiness and the unsaved life
of sinfulness and all the monotony of conventional religion
has nothing whatsoever to do with the Truth. God is the
Truth, and God is the Principle of our existence.
If we understand ourselves and are free of the image of
our own self-contraction, then in our natural or native
state we are tuned to every dimension within the hierarchy
of the cosmos and drawn into inherence in the Great
Principle, the Living, Wonderful, and Ordinary, Delightful
God. This is meditation. Nothing less or other than that is
Therefore, I call you to meditate, and all the other
disciplines I suggest to you are based on this
consideration. The personal and relational disciplines are
intended only to create a circumstance of support in the
chemical and biological nature of this body-mind for this
submission, this alignment, this attunement, this Happiness.
They create a biochemical basis for God-Love. That is their
only import. They are not hard disciplines. They are
circumstances of God-Love, of Bliss, Happiness,
God-Communion, Mystery, Wonder, Delight.
All your life should be Delight, and when you are so
Delighted, then every movement of this being, all its
farting and sexing and speaking and looking, will be the
Delight of God, because it is! None of this arises separate
from God. The notion that it does is a false message. There
is not now nor has there ever been the slightest separation
between any appearance and the Great One. All of it and all
of its absurdities exist in God.
All things in themselves are effects of the interests of
independent living beings. There is no “Great Plan” upon
which we can depend, because countless beings-human beings,
less than human beings, visible beings, invisible beings,
big beings, little beings, beings in every plane within the
hierarchical planes of manifestation-all beings are thinking
and feeling and acting and desiring and creating
The summation of all this chaotic desiring is the cosmos.
God does not make the cosmos. God is the cosmos. God is the
Truth of it, the Substance of it, the Condition of it. God
need not create one thing. God always stands in place as
pure Delight, as Love, as Self-Radiant Being. All the
effects, the changes, the appearances arise in God, but they
are the results of your own interests. Understand your
causality, your own effect, and be free of the disease
suggested by these appearances. Realize that the Living One
is the Condition of life, the Condition of all forms, and be
Happy. This Realization is sufficient to purify you. This
message is the only Gospel.