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THE METHOD OF THE
SIDDHAS

 

The Method Communicated by the Great
Teachers of Mankind Is Communion with the Spiritual Master
in God


 

Preface
to the Revised Edition of The Method of the Siddhas
(1978)

The first talk in this book, titled
“Understanding,” marked the beginning of Bubba Free Johns
formal Teaching work as Spiritual Master. During the spring
and summer of 1972, Bubba invited all who were interested to
sit with him in formal meditation and to engage him in
conversation about life and spiritual Realization. The talks
in The Method of the Siddhas , then, represent Bubba Free
Johns direct communications and confrontations with the
modern mind and temperament.

Bubba delivered all of these
discourses in 1972 and early 1973. Since that time, he has
further elaborated his verbal communication of the Way that
he teaches, which he has named the Way of Divine Ignorance,
or Radical Understanding. The entire development and
communication of his Teaching over the years has been a
living, responsive process. This Way cannot be summarized as
mere verbal philosophy. Bubba has always been moved, in his
speech, writing, and living action, to find the clearest
ways possible to communicate his Teaching, so that people
can truly hear his argument and take up the practice with
great need and real conviction! Therefore, his verbal
expression of the Teaching has taken many forms, and it has
been elaborated over time.

In this book, for instance, you will
find Bubba still using many traditional technical terms,
particularly in Sanskrit, that relate to spiritual
philosophy, practice, and realization. However, in his
recent and summary source texts (such as The Way That I
Teach , The Enlightenment of the Whole Body , The Paradox of
Instruction , Breath and Name , and Conscious Exercise and
the Transcendental Sun ) Bubba has expressed his Teaching
almost entirely in English language equivalents to the
ancient esoteric terminology. In The Method of the Siddhas
he speaks of sadhana-but in the recent texts he simply
speaks of “spiritual practice,” or perhaps “right action.”
He refers to the Guru or the Siddha as “Spiritual Master” or
“Divine Teacher.” Where he would have used the term Satsang,
he now speaks of “Divine Communion” or “the relationship to
the Spiritual Master in Truth.”

Understanding is one of the great
principles that Bubba communicates in The Method of the
Siddhas . People commonly associate understanding with
mental insight or conceptual appreciation. The understanding
to which Bubba Free John points so forcefully in this book,
and which he constantly demonstrates in the company of his
devotees, is the native Condition and heartfelt, intuitive
wisdom of all beings. It is only secondarily a process of
the conceptual mind. It is, in reality, unobstructed and
free feeling-attention, the unqualified, whole body sense of
relationship, or love. One who understands radiates as
undefined feeling and free attention under all conditions,
in all relations, as and with every part and function of the
whole body-mind. In other words, he is love under all
conditions, without ceasing. Understanding is the Intuition
and action of Radiance, or love.

Just so, understanding is itself
Satsang, or Communion with the Real Divine. Satsang
literally means “the Company of Truth.” The devotee who
lives in Satsang is alive as love. He enjoys present
God-Communion, intuitive and heartfelt Realization of Truth.
This Condition is awakened as his very existence through his
devotional and sacrificial relationship to the Spiritual
Master, who is the Heaven-Born Siddha or Agent of Awakening.
When we hear and feel the Truth in the Company of the
Spiritual Master, when we enter into a real spiritual
relationship with such a Man or Woman, then we enter into
the living, transforming Company of God.

This is literally true. However, men
and women are always reluctant to hear and feel and live the
Truth, and to be transformed through the sacrificial
intensity of love. We are all so complicated, so determined
to persist in our worldliness, our mere religiosity, our
middling experience and mortal destiny. In the years since
compiling The Method of the Siddhas , Bubba Free John has
worked ceaselessly to create the true cultural foundations
for the spiritual practice of life among men and women of
the modern world. For an individual to complete such human
preparation and acculturation, however, requires real
changes. No ordinary man or woman, Eastern or Western, is
presently and by tendency prepared to live and communicate
the Divine in the midst of an ordinary life. Bubba Free John
remarks that all kinds of people are willing to advertise
and claim a Divine Life, but few find such sufficient. Few
are willing to adapt themselves to the unconsoling,
unfulfilled, and naked happiness of the Absolute.

People in the West tend to be
particularly impatient and naive about spiritual life. They
want spiritual realization to come to them like food at a
quick-service diner. They imagine and are led to believe
that all that is necessary is to place their order-to
practice some scientific, effortless, quick, self-applied,
and usually non-religious psycho-physiological technique for
a few minutes each day, or perhaps to associate now and
again with a man of great and spiritual experience-and then
the Realization is on its way-it is just a matter of time!
Meanwhile, though they perhaps push themselves through
sporadic fits of self-discipline, they essentially remain
committed, at least in their tendency, to self-indulgent,
self-referring habits and methods of life.

All such activity is futile,
foolish, and deluded. Human responsibility at every ordinary
level must awaken before we can even begin to engage in real
spiritual practice. Such responsibility must stabilize
before we can enter into the esoteric dimensions of real
meditation. The practitioner must first make the great
transition from the life of Narcissus (the usual
self-possessed man or woman, bound by his own egoic
motivations, self-sensation, and experiencing, high and low)
to the sacrificial life of the devotee, who lives in
constant Satsang, or God-Communion. Meditation and esoteric
practices do not lead to love, happiness, freedom, and the
Sacrifice that can be called God-Realization. Rather,
exactly the reverse is true-only active sacrifice,
God-Communion in the moment, the life of love, happiness,
and freedom in every ordinary action, is the ground for real
spiritual practice and Realization.

This demand for ordinary, human
preparation is one of Bubba Free Johns most emphatic points
in The Method of the Siddhas . You cannot live a sane and
moral life by turning within and above to seek mystical and
transcendental experiences, hoping to become a hero in the
world by virtue of your inward immunity and secret
knowledge. That is the great illusion of spirituality
promulgated by so many teachings all over the earth. No-the
message of Bubba Free John and all other Great Teachers of
mankind is that you must become a sacrifice in place. You
must embrace your present functions and activities and
relationships through the selfless discipline of
understanding or love. Self-generated, motivated disciplines
will not lead you to Reality or Truth. You must be Truth or
love in the present pattern of relations. That is the only
real discipline. Spiritual life is to bring the Intensity of
Infinite Existence into every moment, in the midst of a full
and orderly life of practical, truly moral, and sane
pleasures and responsibilities. Understanding, or Intuition
of Truth, is the core and foundation of the real practice of
life-not its result.

Because it was necessary to engage
people in living, practical ways in order to communicate his
Teaching, Bubba Free John not only spoke with his early
questioners, he also sat with them in silent, formal
meditation, displaying the Transforming Power that is at the
Heart of his Teaching and Presence. And he dealt with
individuals in relation to every aspect of their daily
practice and spiritual preparation. Eventually, when he had
shown and taught the Truth in relation to every kind of
experience, high and low, worldly and sublime, Bubba brought
this initial, dramatic, and revelatory dimension of his
Teaching work to an end.

That was in late 1976. Since that
time Bubba has largely retired from daily personal and
informal contact with those who are approaching him as
Spiritual Master. Through the educational services of The
Free Communion Church, Bubba continues to clarify the
preparatory disciplines for true spiritual life and to
invite all men and women to move into the truly devotional,
spiritual, mature, and esoteric relationship to him as
Divine Master, the Siddha, or Perfect Agent of
God.

This relationship is sacred and
hidden. Bubba indicates its nature in many ways and points
to it constantly. His devotees confess their own feelings
and understanding of it. We are all ordinary men and women
who have been drawn into the beginnings of actual Divine
Life. For us, there is no greater pleasure, no greater
enjoyment than the Company of the Spiritual Master, which is
itself the ultimate Happiness. Bubba Free John is a living
Fire of Bliss. To live in his Company is to come under the
discipline of the demand of Truth, which requires us to
stand up, to become human, and then to undergo the great
Sacrifice of God-Realization. Through the love that is
awakened in his Company, devotees of Bubba Free John become
capable of an entirely new quality of existence-which is
love itself, the paradox of infinite Feeling.

Because Divine Feeling is forbidden
in the daily world, because ecstatic happiness and true
freedom are taboo, the relationship to the Spiritual Master
cannot be grasped by the conventional mind. The true
Spiritual Master is not an ordinary man. He lives as a
constant Agent of God for devotees. The devotional
relationship to him is itself God-Communion. It is Love in
the highest, most sublime, and also most ordinary sense. The
Way that Bubba Free John lives and teaches is built upon
this relationship, as he himself says, from the beginning to
forever. Therefore, like the Spiritual Master himself, this
Way of Divine Ignorance, or Radical Understanding, is
incomprehensible. It is Paradox. No one can figure it out.
No one can make common sense of it. It only offends those
who cannot yet appreciate it.

The Way begins with “hearing” the
Spiritual Masters Teaching, the argument of the Real. On the
basis of that hearing, the individual must change his way of
life in very practical, human ways. The human or preparatory
dimension of spiritual life is itself most profound. It
requires practical changes in every area of life, including
constant and increasing responsibility for body, emotions,
and mind, and the awakening and intensifying of devotional
sacrifice. The initiatory processes and more esoteric
responsibilities of the Way are founded upon this human
realization. Bubba Free John sits in meditation only with
those who are prepared. He no longer meets with the usual
man or woman under any circumstances, but waits for devotees
to come to him already alive in the practice of
Truth.

Just so, those of us who have
persisted in our approach to Bubba Free John as devotees
have also become profoundly convinced of the real necessity
for right preparation for his Company. During the early
years of his Teaching work, Bubba awakened an unprecedented
display of unusual, higher, or “spiritual” phenomena. This
was part of his work to prepare people just to begin real
spiritual practice. Before anyone can actually take up the
Way Bubba teaches, which is the discipline of love and the
sacrifice of all experience, he must necessarily feel the
limitations and delusions of mere experience in itself. For
Bubbas present devotees, it was not enough merely to listen
to his verbal argument. We had to feel and hear, in our own
lives, the Truth of his Teaching. Once we had begun to hear
the Truth, we could commit ourselves to the right practices
of preparation for his Transforming Communication of Siddhi,
the Awakening Power of God. But that was only after Bubba
had demonstrated to us, both in our experience and through
his critical argument, the limitations of all kinds of
experiential phenomena: visions, blisses, “kundalini”
phenomena, occult perceptions, travel to other realms (high
and low), healings, trances, and miraculous changes in the
weather and the environment, as well as every kind of
ordinary social fulfillment.

It was necessary for Bubba Free John
to Reveal all the possibilities of experience to us in order
that we might realize the futility of the search for
happiness, peace, and Truth through experience itself. Then
we could begin the unconsoled practice of love in Truth. It
is our hope that the further dissemination of Bubba Free
Johns Teaching, along with the living testimony of his
devotees as they mature in this Way, will draw all who are
available to take up this practice with fierce energy and
enthusiasm. Everyone must pass through the disillusionment
with the possibilities of experience. The Teaching must
reach into your brain, your heart, and your navel. It must
become your living certainty, the disposition of devotion to
God rather than to changes and experience. For the ordinary
man, that transition in ones disposition is profoundly
difficult. It certainly has been and remains difficult for
those who are presently approaching Bubba Free John-they
must constantly reorient themselves to the Truth and the
real discipline of the Way.

Bubba Free Johns historical
Demonstration of the Teaching is now part of his written
Teaching, and it is alive in the experience and confession
of present devotees. It is itself part of the argument of
his Teaching. Bubba no longer intentionally awakens higher
experiential phenomena in those who are just beginning to
approach him to become devotees. Nor does he engage them in
personal contact, either informal or formal, until they have
already begun their practice and are awakened in a true
devotional response to him as Spiritual Master. For those
who do hear and take up the Way of Divine Ignorance, now and
in the future, the higher experiential potentials of the
body-being will awaken quite naturally in Bubbas Company.
But that evolutionary development is available to us only if
we are already committed in body, mind, and heart to the
love of God, the Way of Sacrifice. Vision Mound Ceremony and
The Free Communion Church provide the written literature and
educational media, courses, and counseling, both locally (in
northern California) and in the world at large, to serve
each individuals preparation. But the responsibility for
that preparation is entirely ones own. There are no
shortcuts. You must make real changes in your whole way of
life in order to become a devotee.

If you are genuinely interested in
this Way, or in the great affair of spirituality in general,
you should read Bubbas other source texts, particularly The
Way That I Teach and The Enlightenment of the Whole Body .
These outline his argument in summary, concise terms and
introduce the whole Way of practice and Realization. Then
you should read the other principal source texts of this
Teaching. (Other principal source texts of this Teaching are
noted on the inside rear cover of this book.) Altogether,
these books represent the complete foundation and ultimate
vision of a truly enlightened culture of man. They stand,
each and all, as an invitation to you directly.

The occasion of the Spiritual
Masters life is brief. While he is here, as Bubba tells us
in “The Gospel of the Siddhas” at the end of the present
book, the Spiritual Master works to give true devotees the
gift of Absolute Truth and Light, the Radiance of Immortal
Existence that persists beyond and through and prior to all
possible births and deaths. That Divine Existence is the
Spiritual Masters own constant Enjoyment, even in the midst
of an ordinary human life. And he is radically Powerful in
God, capable of communicating that same Bliss to others-if
they will turn to him and prepare themselves to enter into
his Sacred Company.

Therefore, if you respond to the
Teaching of Bubba Free John, the Destiny of Eternal Life is
available to you. This Teaching is not a Western version of
what has been transmitted as traditional wisdom in the East.
Nor is it a typical Western religion. This Way has no
complete and specific precedent in any tradition or culture.
Yet, paradoxically, it recapitulates and fulfills all of the
great traditions of religious culture and of esoteric
spirituality, both Eastern and Western. Through the mutually
sacrificial process of Satsang, the Spiritual Master
communicates his very Existence to the devotee. And that
communication gracefully initiates in the devotee all the
esoteric transformations that are described in the classic
traditions, but without any of the traditional dilemma,
motivations, and seeking.

For those who enter the Fire of this
sacred relationship, the Bliss of God-Realization is present
and increasingly constant Enjoyment. Their existence becomes
identical to the Divine Mystery itself. Free of both answers
and consolations, they are lost in the Infinite while still
alive and active as the body. Such true devotees do not
become righteous and ascetic priests of inwardness, as the
ancient traditions would have us believe. Rather, like the
true Master himself, they remain ordinary, capable of
natural pleasures-but they have become Everything
Altogether.

 

 


Method of Siddhas Table of
Contents

Invocation
(Narayana Sooktam)

Part One:

Preface:
The Method of the Siddhas
:

1. Understanding

2. The
Avon Lady

3. Money,
Food, and Sex

4. Vital
Shock

5. Walking
the Dog

6. The
Gorilla Sermon

7. Relationship
and Association

8. Meditation
and Satsang

9. One-Pointedness

10. The
Path of the Great Form

11. Phases

12. No
One Survives Beyond That Moment

Part Two:

The
Gospel of the Siddhas