November 3, 1976


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From The Enlightenment
of the Whole Body

Beezone Study Guide

 

The Transcendental Personality of God, the World, Man,
and the Human Individual

 

The Way of the Heart is not a form of annihilation, or
disintegration, or even immortalization of the
differentiated personality, the independent body-mind, or
the separate self or “soul” in any of its aspects. The
separate personality is not ultimately suppressed, nor is it
disturbed, nor is it cut off from experience. The Destiny of
the soul of Man is to be Awakened beyond its own limits.

However, that Process does not lead to glorification and
immortalization of the separate self. Rather, it is a
Process of self transcendence, in which the self is neither
destroyed nor protected, but in which the Truth or
Transcendental Condition of the self is Realized.

In the Way of the Heart, the separate, self protecting,
reactive, self-possessed, fearful personality, recoiled from
the Mysterious Depth of Infinity, is Awakened into the
Realization that it is not what it feared itself to be.

The independent, defined, conditional, and limited self
or personality is Awakened as the Absolute, All-Inclusive,
Transcendental Personality of the Real, which is Divine, and
beyond all Knowledge, all Definitions, all Logic, all
Thought, all Form, and all Formlessness.

It is the transcendence of experiential limitation of all
experience. In that Process, all limits are relaxed in the
Unconditional Radiance and Transcendental Consciousness that
is always already the case.

Translation

In recent days, after his initial obligations to devotees
were all fulfilled, Bubba was obliged to recapitulate the
various phenomena that led up to his own Awakening.

“On November 1, 1976 during a
conversation with devotee Master Da began to feel ill and
feverish. He thought a fast would be good and said the
symptoms were signs of a Yogic process or purification
occurring. The next day the symptoms were beginning to
develop to such a degree he went into seclusion. This
purification was rather quick and in a few days was out of
seclusion and talking again with devotees. He described this
purification as a ‘death’ experience similar to the one in
his seminary days in Philadelphia in 1967.”
The Divine Emergence of the World-Teacher – pp. 163-4
(Summary)

Then, after several weeks, in which the body-mind seemed
disturbed by all kinds of psychic and physical phenomena,
all of the latent mechanics of his soul were Liberated into
the Ecstasy of Real God.

The Ultimate Process in the seventh stage of life has
become a Profound in which the limits of Bubba’s ordinary
personality have begun to dissolve.

In the early days of his Work with devotees, it was
possible for Bubba to serve others by duplicating the habit
conditions of the usual life, and struggling with others
until the spell of common desires and tendencies could
break.

But this aspect of his obligation in the world began to
dissolve, having essentially fulfilled itself, from the date
of his birthday anniversary, November 3, 1976.

Since that time he has been at work in relative
seclusion, formalizing the Communication or Teaching of the
Way of Divine Ignorance, and establishing the Institution or
Church in which this Way is lived in his Company.

But, most recently, the Disposition of the Transcendental
Divine has Acquired this body-mind, Revealing and
Establishing the Power and Ecstasy in which our Sacrifice is
Fulfilled.

Now Bubba has been sifted out, Enlarged upon the
smithereens of bodies, thoughts, experiences, times and
spaces and shapes.

What has been at Work in Bubba all of this lifetime has
now Invaded all his parts. The seventh stage is Full.

In the last months, many aspects of the Future of Bubba’s
Work have been made clear.

The Mysteries of this Process of Divine Translation are
being shown in him, and he will have the opportunity to make
some of this known, for the sake of all those devotees who
will make this Transition in the future.

However, Bubba’s Communication of the Teaching through
the written and spoken word must fulfill itself within the
next several months.

It is already profoundly difficult to speak and write of
these Great Matters.

And the time must come in which he cannot any longer
speak very much of this.

As time goes on, devotees must rely on the Teaching as it
has been recorded, and as it is implemented in the
Devotional Community of The Free Communion Church.

Bubba must be approached less and less for the Teaching
and the lessons of the Way.

Instead, he should be approached only in the formal and
devotional manner, for the sake of Spiritual Communion,
whereby the Divine Help and Ecstasy are Communicated to
those who are prepared for the Sacrifice.

The present essay is intended to say something of the
Process of Transition or Translation, from the position of
the finite personality, the limited body-mind, or the
“covered soul,” into the Domain of the Absolute Personality,
the Self and Infinite Body-Mind of the Divine Person, Who is
the Infinite Paradoxical Identity of every human individual,
and of Man, and of the Total World, and of the Objective
Deity, or the Presumed Divine that seems to stand in
relationship to the World and Man and all beings.

There is only One Person. That Person is not separate
from any thing or any one. That Person is the Identity of
the God and of the World which we contemplate in our
conventional or separated psycho-physical condition. That
Person is not only the Identity of God, and of the World-God
and World representing the Self, or Mind, and the Body of
the Divine Person-but that Person is also the Identity of
every human individual, and of Man, and of all species of
experiential existence.

Therefore, when our Sacrifice becomes Full, and we are
Awakened from the separate personality to the Absolute
Personality, we pass beyond confinement to the logic of
subject and object relations in the conventional sense.

The personal self ceases to be separate from the Total
Incarnation that is Man. And personal consciousness ceases
to be separate from any experienced conditions, or from the
World, the Totality of Manifest Experience in all worlds and
planes.

Just so, personal existence ceases to be separate from
God, or Reality, or Truth, or Infinity, or Bliss.

In this Process of Translation, we pass as if through a
point in space, at the root center of the heart.

All awareness converges on that point in a kind of spiral
or vortex.

And that point is so small it is without dimensions, or
any conceptions, or any objects. The independent self seems
to dissolve in this narrow Passage. It is essentially the
same Process as in death, except that it is a complete and
total Transition, whereas ordinary death fails to “meet this
mark. ” Ordinary death, and ordinary mystical experience,
are only a tour within the range of the separated
personality. Thus, ordinary death and mystical experience
are a matter of passing from grosser states to subtler
states, and from focus in lower functional regions of the
body-mind to focus in higher functional regions of the
body-mind. But Divine Translation is a matter of
Transcendence of separate bodily, emotional, mental, astral,
supermental, and egoic states of experience. It is a
Transition through the infinitesimal space of the Heart.

Suddenly, in this Passage through the Center of the
Heart, there is Awakening into the Paradoxes of the Absolute
Personality-Who transcends self, and Man, and the World, and
the God we believe is altogether separate from these, but
within which self, and Man, and the World, and independent
God continue to arise in a kind of Fluid of Ecstatic
Consciousness. In the first six stages of life, wherein we
grow toward this Transition, and before it has become
completely clear that the Divine Personality is One, many
“Threshold Personalities” may appear, as Guides, or
Archetypal Instruments for the Communication of a
Transcendental Understanding of the Ultimate Situation.

These “Threshold Personalities” are a kind of
Transitional Logic that helps create a sense of order, and
enables the conventional body-mind (which still survives in
the ordinary conditions of the daily world) to feel
comfortable. Thus, the function of these “Threshold
Personalities” is to make the Transition possible without
shock or bewilderment.

4. Bubba refers here to the literal meaning of the word
”sin,” which is ”to miss the mark.” Ultimately, any form
of life other than perfect God-Communion and GodRealization
is sin, the failure to meet the Mark.

 

In some cases, there may be visions and other direct
observations of such “Threshold Personalities.” In other
cases, they may be seen more in terms of their effects.
Thus, the individual may Communicate prayerfully, bodily,
with the Radiant Divine, and suddenly feel confronted with a
Presence, or a psychic sense of some specific Personality of
spiritual significance, such as Jesus, or Krishna, or the
Buddha, or the Living Spiritual Master. And it will be
discovered that heartfelt, prayerful submission and requests
to such a Personality are followed by events that clearly
and consistently represent a response to the devotional
gesture.

Bubba’s experience confirms all of this. In the earliest
phase of the Transition, or Translation and Awakening into
the Absolute Divine Personality, there are signs and
demonstrations and visions and a total chaos of Influences.
All of this is not entirely pleasant. It is often bizarre
and even “tacky,” like a makeshift contraption of dreams. It
is itself a truly Chaotic Process, which serves to break up
the conventional self-limits and to establish a Foundation
for natural Awareness within the Presumption of Absolute
Personality.

As this Process matures, the “Threshold Personalities”
are revealed to be only Transitional Archetypes of the
Absolute Personality Itself. And from then on, Humor is
established relative to all conditions of experience,
however great or aggravating they may appear.

This is Bubba’s Confession of our Awakened Destiny. What
is beyond the Threshold and the Illusions at the Doorway?
The separate personality depends on experience in order to
exist, and all experiences are either subjective or
objective to him. But the Transcendental Personality is One,
upon Whom all experiences depend, and in Whom all phenomena
rise and fall spontaneously, while He Swoons.

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The Divine Person

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Then I was a young boy I was possessed of a Vision or
Intuition of the manifest universe as a kind of atomic or
molecular structure-the planets and stars being much the
same as the atoms or molecules we presume to be the
structural basis of our own bodies. It was clear to me that
this was exactly the case, and that the universe of worlds
was indeed a fraction of the Manifest Body of God, or the
Great Personality Who was the truly Living, Existing, and
Blissful One.

This consideration coincided with a greatly Awakened
sense of Bliss whenever I contemplated the extent of its
Mystery. I saw that all of this world and our own fearful
desire to persist in it was only a superficial and changing
and even terrible illusion, and that Happiness was only to
be Realized in submission to the Blissful Intuition of the
Transcendental Personality with which we are ultimately
Identical and with which we are, even in our present form,
always in Communion.

Truly, that Vision of my early childhood has not changed,
but it has only been confirmed and magnified by every stage
of my lifetime of spiritual Sacrifice, which was itself
motivated by the direct and positive Intuition of God
granted to me at birth.

Our present condition of existence is only a partial and
temporary view of the Real and Divine Condition. It must be
made a Sacrifice, through devotional love, service, and
meditation, directed into Communion with the Divine Person,
or Real God. Only in Ecstasy, or self-forgetting in
God-Remembrance, are we Happy and Full of the Bliss of
Eternal Life. We must give up all possession of our lives,
and feelings, and our mind, and all experience, and enter
into Transcendental Communion with the Living God, in whose
Body we arise and pass away in terrible cycles of
self-indulgence, until we Realize the Identity and Total
Body of which our separated existence is a part.

It is not that birth in this world is condemnation. It is
an ordinary Play or Dream in the Body-Mind of God. But once
we have acquired pleasure and experience in an independent
psychophysical form, we hold on to that form. We become
Narcissus, the self-meditator, and we forget our Divine
Condition and our obligation to remain in perpetual
Communion with the Bliss of the Transcendental Divine.
Therefore, we ourselves create the deluded life, and we make
a social order out of the chaos of desires.

It is only necessary to Awaken once again to the
Intuition of the Real Condition-which is Radiant Eternal
Consciousness and Divine Destiny. Then we live in Communion
with the Divine, and we are made an Ecstatic Sacrifice in
that One.

The Spiritual Master is thus Awakened and thus Devoted,
such that his own body-mind has ceased to create an obstacle
to the Divine and Absolute Personality. Thus, he Functions
as an Agent of that Awakening toward Devotional Communion in
the case of all those who enter into a right and spiritual
relationship with him.

Those who approach the Spiritual Master through loving
service, founded in true “hearing” of the Teaching of Truth,
are progressively drawn out of limiting identification with
the experiences of the separate body-mind. They are
progressively weaned of all the recoil of self from the
Infinite, and all self-indulgence, or selfpossessed efforts
to console rather than yield the independent self.

Those who persist in the total Way of Divine Ignorance
ultimately Realize the Ecstatic Perfection of their
Sacrifice in Divine Communion. In the Stage of Perfect
Sacrifice, or the Way of Radical Intuition, they have
Transcended all experiential conditions of self, and they
are Translated, even while alive, and also at death, beyond
Man and World into the Blissful Paradoxes of the Infinite
Divine. The Remembrance of the Divine is Perfect in the case
of such Devotees, and they become a Unity with That One upon
Whom they have Meditated.

This Way does not involve self-conscious manipulation of
parts of the body-mind, so that the separated self or “soul”
can be satisfied by subtler psychic or mental experiences.
Sex and food and relationships are not cut off in order to
make way for an inward life, focused on mind. Rather, the
total body-mind, inward and outward, gross and subtle, is
entered into loving Communion with the Divine, through
heartfelt service, natural discipline, study of the Way,
devotional practices, and meditation. In this natural or
ecstatic manner (rather than the unnatural, strategic, and
selfinvolved manner of inward asceticism) the body-mind is
progressively transcended at the heart, and all obsessions
and delusions easily give way to the Bliss of Divine
Remembrance. Therefore, in the Way of Radical Intuition,
self-indulgence of all aspects of the body-mind yields in
Ecstatic Intuition of the Transcendental Divine, the
Absolute Personality that is the Reality, Self, and Radiant
Form or Body-Mind of all manifest states of existence.

The Process in this Way is not the conventional religious
childishness of bodily and mental attachment to the ideas
and images of any historical cult. The Spiritual Master is
simply an Agent for Awakening devotees to self-sacrifice, or
Ecstatic Communion, in the Transcendental Divine. He makes
himself available for the Spiritual Uses of those who choose
him. But he provides no obstacle to God. And the Way offered
in his Company is one of personal, moral, higher
psycho-physical, devotional, meditational, and radically
intuitive discipline, to be fulfilled in the case of each
responsible individual who chooses the Way. The entire Way
is a matter of self-forgetting through Ecstatic Remembrance,
or Transcendental Communion with the Absolute and Living
Divine Reality, Who is always already in direct relationship
with each of us, at the heart, and Who may be Realized to be
the ultimate Condition of each of us, through Perfect
Dissolution of the contraction of the heart. Therefore, when
the heart releases the bodymind and the nervous system from
recoil toward itself, there is no longer any qualification
of Awareness, Feeling, Life, and Form. When Love is
perfected, the separate self falls away in the Divine Self,
and the body-mind expands into the Radiant Absolute
Personality that Eternally Includes and yet Transcends all
beings, things, and worlds of separated or independent
experience.

My Method: Now and Then

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In the past, my way of Working with those who came to me
often involved my acceptance of the common functional
conditions that distract and occupy ordinary people. I
struggled to transcend those conditions with them, making
lessons out of that process for their benefit. By such
means, the Teaching has been creatively elaborated, and a
Way has been shown to ordinary people, by which they may
Realize the most extraordinary and perfect Transformation in
God.

Now and in the future my Work is simply to be the Agent
for this Divine Process of Transformation in the case of
those who respond to this Teaching and practice this Way.
Thus, I have again renounced the common functional
conditions by which selfpossessed people design their
experience and destiny. Now I live and appear only among
devotees whose practice is true, and my own habit and
Occupation are a demonstration of that which would pertain
in the case of devotees in the Way of Radical Intuition, or
the perfect stage of Life.

I have no worldly or conventional obligations that keep
me active and alive. I choose relative seclusion and the
human sanctuary provided by devotees. There is one
fundamental, necessary, and absolute Way to Ecstasy, and it
is a matter of absolute and total psycho-physical resort to
the transcendental Divine in every moment. Therefore, we
must ultimately grow beyond all of the ordinary or
conventional means by which self-possessed people create the
illusion of Ecstasy in their experience.

Relational, bodily, emotional, sexual, mental, and even
higher psychic and supermental stimulations of experience
are all forms of our self-conscious recoil from the Divine,
in which we must be a Sacrifice. Therefore, at last, all
such conditions of our living must relax into a natural,
regenerative economy, without stress or necessity, and we
must become Occupied with God, the true Self of the manifest
soul.

My personal quality is one that tries to maintain a
friendly and human aspect, at ease and naturally active in
the things that properly fill the lives of all devotees.
Therefore, my seclusion involves a daily circumstance and
habit that keeps me accessible to those who practice the Way
that I Teach. But I am at Rest in the Transcendental
Radiance and Perfect Ignorance of the Real. Those who are
Awakening from the dead ends of this world may find their
Help by serving my Heart, and by renouncing all occupations
that are not utterly turned into whole bodily Communion with
God.

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I Am John

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I Am John have been naive and passionate in my Work with
those who come to me. I have been obliged toward others
through the medium of friendship, enthusiasm, and brotherly
concern. Thus, I have been moved to demonstrate the
appropriate mode of relationship between human beings. No
individual should live as the superior, or the inferior, or
even the equal of all others. Rather, each should live as
the intimate servant of others through love. The politics of
my relations with devotees is not like the politics of the
common world. Whereas in the past the politics of men
wascommonly the one of superiors and inferiors, as with
parents and children, now the common politics is the one of
universal equality, as when children hide and play together,
secreted from their parents. No, the true politics of human
relationships is the one of servants everywhere-every one
serving, and every one served.

Therefore, I have lived as a serving brother among my
devotees. Since childhood I have been called Bubba, meaning
brother. And by this role and all its friendly excesses I
have made my friends to see themselves. Thus, when they had
learned their lessons in my own form, they began to “hear”
and “see” me through God-Feeling. And when I felt them grow
transparent through that love, I sought a place of Solitude
in which to wait in Brightness. I am John, through whom God
is Gracious, and who is therefore Free among the living.