Thinking Mind – Verbal Mind – Thinking – Attention – Illusion of Mind and Relatedness

Transcendence of
the Mind Is
Enlightenment of the Whole Body

Adi Da Samraj – Enlightenment of the
Whole Body

Are You Thinking Your


“The general tacit assumption
in thought is that it’s just telling you the way things are
and that it’s not doing anything – that ‘you’ are
inside there, deciding what to do with the info. But you
don’t decide what to do with the info. Thought runs you.
Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it,
that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually
thought is the one which controls each one of

Thought is creating divisions
out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally.
This is another major feature of thought: Thought doesn’t
know it is doing something and then it struggles against
what it is doing. It doesn’t want to know that it is doing
it. And thought struggles against the results, trying to
avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that
way of thinking. That is what I call “sustained



mind is not out of control. The problem is that thought,
which is a superficial reflection of the body-mind as a
whole, appears to be independent of the body. We think that
thought is the mind. But the mind is actually beyond
conception. The mind is simply motives, or unspoken desires,
produced by past associations. The mind is directly
manifested only as the body itself. Therefore, the body is
the past. The past cannot be controlled. The mind cannot
ultimately or finally be controlled. The mind survives while
trying to control itself, functioning through thought, as if
independent of the body, and as if independent of the
Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. Therefore, the
independent mind must be constantly transcended, or else
there is no Realization beyond desire and the results of
desire, or bodily existence as mind. But if the mind is
transcended, then the Living Consciousness is Revealed, and
all conditions of existence, high and low, are transparent
in that Consciousness, while they are also clearly and
presently perceived, prior to thought (which is present and
chronic differentiation from the Absolute).

The mind, or desire, seems to cause
physical or bodily action. But in fact the body is not other
than the mind. Action is not caused by mind. Action is
itself mind. It is only thought that seems to be separate
from the body and to cause action. But thought is only a
superficially differentiated part of mind, or the body-mind
as a whole.

Because of the relentless
continuation of thought and desire, the constant repetition
of similar experiences and the chronic conflict between
desires seem to be eternally caused, or necessary forever.
Therefore, blaming the independent mind, we seek to control
it. But this effort fails to dissolve the mind, since the
body remains. Therefore, we seek to control the actions of
the body. But the motives of the mind remain hidden behind
all our self-control.

Truly, body and mind are
simultaneous with one another, and equally coincident with
the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. The body is only
mind, and the mind is not other than the body. To play one
against the other is frustrating, and fruitless, and an
illusion founded in thinking, or disembodied mind.
Therefore, at last, it becomes clear that the Way is not
self-control any more than it is self-indulgence. Such
efforts are forever founded in the conflict or separation
between body and mind. The Way is total self-transcendence,
or the Present and Ecstatic Surrender of the whole and
entire body-mind into the Condition in which all of it is


“If thought and
desire are stilled, the mind appears to have been
transcended. But such is the illusion of mystics and yogis.
The mind is transcended only if the body is made transparent
in Consciousness. Therefore, if the true mind Dissolves in
Radiance, even the body is Enlightened. And true
Enlightenment is bodily Enlightenment.”


The self is not transcended in the
control of body or mind. The self is transcended only in
intuitive surrender of the body-mind as a whole into the
Radiance of the Transcendental Divine. The self, or
body-mind, is transcended only in Ecstasy, wherein the
entire body-mind is entered into God-Communion. The
body-mind must be constantly yielded into present
God-Communion, wherein body and mind are simultaneously
surrendered into Transcendental Consciousness and Radiant
Life, or Love. The body-mind as a whole must be surrendered
into Radiant Consciousness, or the All-Pervading life, which
is the Condition of Love.

If this is done moment to moment,
via every function of the body-mind, in all relations, under
all circumstances, and through every action, then the self
is constantly transcended, the mind is constantly
transcended, the body and all its conditions are constantly
transcended. Then the strategy of self-indulgence and the
strategy of self-control are both equally dissolved in a
natural economy of existence, and mere existence is always
transcended in Ecstasy, prior to thought, prior to desire,
and prior to the body.

If thought and desire are stilled,
the mind appears to have been transcended. But such is the
illusion of mystics and yogis. The mind is transcended only
if the body is made transparent in Consciousness. Therefore,
if the true mind Dissolves in Radiance, even the body is
Enlightened. And true Enlightenment is bodily

When mind is transcended in
Transcendental Consciousness, the past is Dissolved in
Bliss. In that instant, the body is mindless, free of the
past. Indeed, when the body is free of mind, the body is not
created. Therefore, the body also Realizes the Radiance that
is prior to self-definition and self-division, or the
differentiation of the mind, wherein thought, inwardness, or
subjectivity stands over against the body. The body becomes
Transfigured in that Ecstasy. And then the body, in the same
instant in which the last trace of self-differentiating mind
is transcended in Consciousness, also Dissolves in the
Radiant Bliss or Love wherein desire and thought and mind
and self first appeared. The body is first and

Adi Da Samraj, Enlightenment of
the Whole Body – Adi Da Samraj – 1977


Additional readings and

Inherent Error of Mind and Memory


Mind, Brain and Attention


The Mind Becomes Quiet

“As the process of real
meditation increases its radical intensity, the man will
find that the mind tends less and less to concentrate in the
centers below the head,” really, below the brows. In other
words, less and less he will find himself drawn and fixed in
chronic attention to the activities of mind, emotion,
vitality, and gross physical life. The qualities that fixate
him exclusively in these areas will dissolve, be broken up,
become harmonious. And so attention will tend to be drawn by
qualities arising in these areas. They will exist in a kind
of fullness, stillness, completion, in the form of
conductivity, quite naturally. And so attention will not be
drawn to points in the lower life. It will…the mind
then will gradually come to rest. And it is said that the
quality of meditation is that the mind-stuff stops being
modified, stops taking on form.
The mind becomes
. All of those who talk about meditation,
typically talk about meditation as a way of stilling the
mind, of getting away from the continuous transformation of
mental qualities. Well, we see how that relates to the real
process. As the areas of fixed attention dissolve, from the
grosser levels up to the subtler, in terms of the life, the
subtlest form is the mental form, the fixation of attention
gradually breaks up. Well, the last area in which the
fixation of attention breaks up, is the area of the mind
itself, which is the meditator between the lower and the
higher. So one in whom meditation at this level has become
matured, experiences the quieting of the mind. “In time he
will have achieved such ease of internal relationship to
life, and he will have come to exercise such creative
control of use of the life process, that he will not be
drawn excitedly to the impressions of the life complex. His
enquiry will quickly move through these movements and he
will center easily in the form of understanding, in a
fullness that is silent and blissful. He will enjoy the
radiant calm and certainty that is natural to the center of
consciousness in the head. Such a man has achieved creative
realization of the unconscious and subconscious life
process. He has not abandoned life, nor does he minimize it.
It has simply become an area of creative enjoyment that is
usable to him, and free of necessary

of Understanding – Week 7