Evolution is a
What I’m describing to you
all is a process that belongs to the further evolution of
humanity. At best it belongs to thousands, millions,
billions of years in the future for the race. This is why is
is frustrating. I’ve realized why it is frustrating to me
because I’m talking to people who are in a moment in the
evolution of existence that has nothing whatever to do with
the ultimate Truth of existence, that’s only in the,
infancy, still in the slime, still dependent, still wanting
consolations in the realm of changes, still violent, still
self-possessed. So don’t imagine for a moment that it is an
easy matter, that you can just listen to this and you’re in
Sahaj Samadhi. It is the work of evolution itself, the work
of the universe itself, it’s the obligation, the law of
eternal existence that we are considering and that our
relationship generates and regenerates. You cannot do it
casually. You can’t respond casually. You can’t be committed
casually to your ordinary destiny. You must become changed
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: But what is your motive? The One
Contemplated is the same, regardless of the level or degree
or kind of Realization. It is the one who Contemplates who
makes the differenceand “difference” is what is made.
So what is your motive? What are you looking toward?
Improvements in gross embodiment? Evolution into other
planes? Or “Divine Translation”?
DEVOTEE: Just You. I have no interest in the rest.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: Nonsense! [Laughter.] There
is a motive. It must be discovered. To discover it is
fundamental to sadhana. There is not only the Contemplation.
There is the transcendence of self by means of
Contemplation. This self that is to be transcended is a
design. It is a motive. It is an effort.
There are thousands of people all over the world, perhaps
millions of them are imagining that they are involved with
some sort of higher psychological, religious or spiritual
practice but they have not fulfilled the condition of the
fourth stage of life. They don’t live the life of
God-Communion, they don’t transcend the heart of narcissus,
they indulge themselves childishly with all kinds of
religious organizations, spiritual cults, and all kinds of
people associated with them, and typically they are involved
with forms of renunciation, mystical inversion, and external
manipulation. None of that has anything to do with
enlightenment nor does it produce the signs of evolution.
The illusory defined “I” (as a being) proceeds by
experience and in accordance with the functional laws
pertaining to every discrete dimension of the pattern of
totality to enlarge itself toward Infinity through
evolutionary accumulations. Once the spell of
self-definition, other-definition, and separation or unlove
is broken, there may be direct release of feeling-attention
from the contractions of independent being into the radical
intuition of unqualified being. Such is the direct Way into
prior being. It is the Way of Divine Ignorance, since it
does not proceed by knowledge of the independent being but
by radical intuition of unqualified prior being. When that
intuitive sacrifice of feeling-attention to Infinity is true
in any moment, there is only Bliss or Radiance, prior to all
differentiation (subjective or objective). Persistence in
this sacrifice Realizes literal Translation of the whole
body-being (“I”) into Ignorance-Radiance, or Bliss
The evolution of the body-mind is the end result of
spiritual practice. It is simply that the mechanism native
to man, which is an urge in human beings toward evolution
within the cosmic scheme must be awakened in you. It is part
of your body-mind.
You must understand the things that you regard to be
Divine, all the mystical artifacts that you may be seen.
These have nothing whatever to do with God, they are
expressions of the nervous system, or the evolutionary
mechanism inside the body-mind. These things must and will
be awakened and perceived but also must be transcended.
You must fulfill the evolutionary law but you must also
Those who imagine this evolutionary mechanism is simply
some sort of energy in the nervous system you see don’t
understand that it is a Divine matter.
You could take the abstract category of “evolution” and
talk about it from many different points of view. You could
generate all kinds of mind-forms relative to “evolution”.
But, after you have said it all, no real experience will
have been added, and you will remain in the same state as
when you first asked the question.
Therefore, your question about evolution is not your real
question. Your real question is your own actual state. That
is the question you are truly asking, the question you are
always asking. You present your very life to the world in
the form of a question.
You are this real question. But you conceal the question
from your ordinary conscious awareness. Therefore, the
question exists only as your chronic state-your suffering,
your search, your dilemma.
Ordinarily, you do not verbally ask your real question.
You only live it and enact it – as seeking, suffering, and
death. Sadhana is the means whereby human beings become
conscious of their real question.
There is absolutely no point whatsoever in talking about
evolution. Your concern over evolution is an arbitrary
distraction you have selected from the pattern of your own
tendencies. You have chosen this particular concern from
among the general confusion of your ordinary state – whereas
it is your confusion itself that should be your genuine
concern. All your questions are forms of this dilemma, this
state of confusion. Every question is in the form of a
dilemma, and every verbal or mental dilemma is an expression
of the underlying state that shapes every moment of the
The question about evolution represents a form of
concern, a search. That is what is communicated to Me by
your question. Your question has no real content other than
your seeking. It is only because this crisis is occurring
that you have the least interest in evolution.
…psychophysiological evolution is not what true
spiritual life is. Spiritual life is the realization of
Truth within the conditions of this experiential evolution
to which man is already psycho-physically disposed. In other
words, this development of experience, or this
psychophysical evolution of the being, is not itself the
Truth. It is our potential. As we grow in any stage of life,
at any stage of experience, we must spiritualize our
existence. We must realize the Divine as the Condition of
all conditions. The possible experiences themselves and
varying degrees of subtlety and knowledge are not
God-Realization, however high they may be on the scale of
Transcendental Realization has nothing whatever to do
with evolution. Evolution is about the continuation and
development of the programs. Transcendental Realization is
about transcending the programs, the mechanisms, all of
Nature. Thus, Transcendental Realization is not something
that appears through evolution or that has anything
fundamentally to do with these programs or with Nature as a
whole. It has nothing to do with any of that. It is about
transcending all of it. As soon as you enter into the stream
of transcendence or Transcendental Realization, you are
going beyond the illusion of Nature altogether, not merely
improving your program, you see.
Evolution is a grinding stone that pulverizes you to the
point of availability to God
Only through the manifestation of love does this
principal food appear in human terms.
There can’t be any withholding, for any reason
whatsoever, without violating the fundamental functional
demand of human life. Love is not a petty affair. It is not
just better if you love others. It is an absolute demand and
responsibility to love and be free. Only thus do we make
available in human terms the Divine process, and only thus
is anything like the perfection or true realization of human
existence possible. It depends on love. Then it can become
elemental and alive. Then the bodies can be improved, and
all the rest. But until love is established as the
communicated theatre of our common life, there is no
perfection, no evolution of humanity. It is mired in its
lower life, and detained in its mental life.
The evolution of man, if that is something actual at all,
isnt going to be achieved gradually from eon to eon. It will
be produced by mankinds becoming conscious, living already
in the Divine
DEVOTEE: Can you still talk about the process of
evolution within the paradox of simultaneity of the past,
present, and future?
DA FREE JOHN: Yes. To be highly evolved in human terms is
to be capable (while remaining fundamentally present as a
human individual) of consciously, psychically entering into
a time-space framework that is profoundly expanded beyond
your present conception, which is a fixed space-time
Now, if human beings in general began to adapt themselves
in all kinds of new ways along these lines, you might begin
to look different physically. Not only might you look
different physically, but part of your appearance could be
energy. Now we do not tend to see very much of the energy in
which we are all appearing, but the body is expressive of
energy, and that energy could become commonly visible. In
other words, it could be a convention of perception, not
just an uncommon occurrence seen in the case of somebody
extraordinary. This mind could be of a different kind, the
chemistry of the body-mind could be totally transformed.
Walking around, appearing among others, you would see the
light emanating from your own body and emanating from
others, and you would contact one another through
association at the level of energy and psyche. And that
dimension in which you function psychically would be visible
physically. You would see your own minds, in other words.
Now you can only see the body, but you would see the mind as
well. You would see the energy field in which mind is
operative, and you would observe that mind is not in the
body, but is in that field of universal energy and therefore
has no fixed location.
Evolution of Man and the Sacrifice of the World – The
Enlightenment of the Whole Body