When Wisdom Fails

When Wisdom Fails the Word

A Beezone Inquiry 

We have neither a
democracy nor a worldly hierarchy. Ours is a cooperative
gathering. Each one is responsible in a unique sense, and
everyone is aligned to me. Everyone is submitted to

Adi Da Samraj

Adi Da Samraj, 1984

hat is the best form of governance? What rules should
guide communities, families, and others living together
follow and who should make up these rules?

In trying to figure out the answers to these question I
will first rule out a form of leadership or governance where
an absolute authority rules. Why? Because it presupposes two
things. One is that there is an all-knowing person with the ability to guide and direct others. The other is
the populace or council must blindly follow the all
knowing one
. In other words, there is the leader, and
there are the followers. This form of governance although
straightforward and ancient in the history of human
development is today no longer tenable. It just doesn’t fly
in the face of post 17th century understanding.

The question of governance is central to any human
endeavor, big or small. Who’s the boss? Who’s running the

In the ‘law of the jungle,’ the strongest is said to the
one in charge. This kind of ‘governance’ leads to thugs,
gangsters and those the most power to rule over people. And
how do they rule? They rule creating fear in the hearts and
minds of their ‘subjects’. In authoritarian rule fear is the
controlling ingredient that allow others in need of security
and safety to turn a blind eye. In authoritarian leadership
the law requires fear and chaos to exist, without chaos,
there is no requirement for law.

There are wiser forms of governance than authoritarian
rule that are able distribute resources and create order
without using fear as the method of power. The rule is
founded on Wisdom and cooperation. And here’s the catch 22.
To have wisdom there has to be a ‘source.’ The source is the

Wisdom is a paradox because it is not objective nor
codified, it is alive. Wisdom cannot be found; it cannot be
followed or written down. It can only be understood
collectively, and it is only obvious. It is always the
opposite of what you propose in your logic and limited view.
Wisdom sometimes looks like a negative and sometimes a
positive. Sometimes is up and sometimes down. At times it’s
backwards and inside out and sometime straight forward.
Wisdom is always clear and undeniable, clear as a bell. It
is senior to any form of knowledge, insight or vision
because it is a matter of the heart.

Without the heart, the mind rules and therein lies the
paradox. Without the heart informing the mind the mind
wanders in choices of good against bad and the heads and
tails of decisions. Until Wisdom is ‘found’ and the heart
rules, families, communities and larger political
organizations are left with old choices. Old choices of
yesterday, where yesterday’s identities and forms of
government are the only options. Without the heart principle
alive power is the principle. Only by having an Enlightened
gathering can real wisdom be allowed to ‘govern’ and the
Source, the heart be the Guiding Principle.


Where Wisdom Rules

The following is an adapted talk given by Adi Da Samraj
to his devotees on March 8, 1984

Adi Da Samraj: You are wondering whether the
community should adopt a democratic form, in which everyone
has a vote, or perhaps a representative form-which is more
typical of democracy – in which not everyone can vote on
every decision, but everyone can vote on who will represent
them. The representative approach is perhaps the most
obvious one to take since you are all living in America, but
I am a Fijian. [Laughter.] I am a Fijian chief, and
Fijians think in different terms about this!
[Laughter.] Where I live, we tend to think

In Fiji, people do not vote. They can express displeasure
about one thing or another – even about somebody being a
chief. Instead of voting, they simply come to the chief and
make requests. The chief is available twenty-four hours a
day to be responsive to his people. He is there not only to
be responsive to each individual but to be responsive to the
entire community he is serving. This approach of managing
through a hierarchy that makes decisions is also typical in
other parts of the world.

It does not make any difference which of these two
reproaches you take. I do not think we need to worship the
democratic process as opposed to some other one. What is
important is that Wisdom intervenes among human beings and
becomes the means for making decisions. Democracy works
correctly only if the people are wise and if they know what
decisions should be made. If they do not know what decision
is to be made, then democracy is the basis for a kind of
chaos. I presume something like that is going on in this
country, although I have not read a newspaper in a long
time. The people are not wise, and yet they presume to be
leading themselves to some degree or other. In other places,
the people are led, but the leaders are not wise. Thus,
there is no system that is best. Wisdom is what is best.
Wisdom must affect the human process, and it can affect the
human process through various systems of communication or
political organization.

You do not consult one another about the spiritual
process. You consult Me. If you consult one another, you do
so as practitioners who have consulted me. We are not a
democratic group in the sense that we all think about
spiritual matters and then vote on what approach to take.
[Laughter.] Over the years I have tried to give you
wise advice about everything. You have an archive here
filled with conversations, transcripts, and notes. Each of
you is a kind of archive. I have advised you about
everything, and if something comes up that I have not
advised you about, generally you ask me about it.

Therefore, the means whereby Wisdom is Transmitted in
this gathering is the Spiritual Master. The Spiritual Master
can serve you in this sense by establishing a system of
communication, a system of association here among you.
Agency, in other words, is created. But Agency must be
responsive to the Wisdom that you have received, that has
been Transmitted to you. If a group of people here were
mature enough in their practice, full enough of all my
advice, and wise enough by virtue of experience, by virtue
of submission to this spiritual discipline, then I would say
to put them in charge and forget about voting on anything.
However, you are not yet at that stage, so you need a
somewhat more complex system.

Thus, you already have a kind of hierarchical system that
you have agreed upon because you acknowledge my
Wisdom-Influence in your lives. Added to that are various
forms of Agency. Each of you is such an Agency. Each of you
performs a different function for the institution or the
community organization in cooperation with others, and thus
you are my Agents. I have communicated what I have to say
about your responsibilities.

If you are a department head, for example, then you work
with others who function with you in a specific area of
responsibility, and they cooperate with one another. You
appeal to the entire community to respond to and make
agreements about certain matters, so you do have a kind of
hierarchical system. I have given you good Wisdom regarding
all the kinds of practical matters that you must handle.

Nevertheless, your system of cooperation with one another
presumes that there will be Agents of mine who have senior
responsibility for dealing with various aspects of the
institution and the community. Ultimately, everyone is
involved in some sense in this cooperative activity, but you
could not call it a democracy in the sense that you are on
your own, left to think independently about what to do and
then vote on it.

You are always submitted to Wisdom, always submitted to
my Influence. Thus, we have done what essentially needs to
be done. We have Transmitted the Wisdom-Influence into this
human environment, and It is what masters you, what masters
this situation, this community, and this institution. I
Transmit through all my Agencies. Your constant appeal is to
me, and you should make use of the Wisdom you have received.
Appoint people who are most responsive to that Influence to
responsible positions so that you can advise and appeal to
the community on a right basis. Therefore, we have neither a
democracy nor a worldly hierarchy. Ours is a cooperative
gathering. Each one is responsible in a unique sense, and
everyone is aligned to me. Everyone is submitted to