Compulsory Dancing – Da Free John (Adi Da Samraj), 1978 – Beyond Fear – Choose What You Will Do – Compulsory Dancing



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COMPULSORY DANCING – Da Free John (Adi Da Samraj)


Part III: Choose What You Will Do

Beyond Fear

 

DA FREE JOHN: You know how frightened you could
become at this moment. A little uncovering of the
unconscious would make you go bananas with fear. In fact,
you would be adding fear to the experience, which would only
be whatever it would be. But you absolutely do not want such
an incident to take place. Yet you must become accustomed to
passing through and beyond fear and death as a matter of
course. You must release the heart from this stranglehold of
fear, whereas in your conventional round of consolations you
are keeping yourself out of touch with fear. Your
consciousness is relatively superficial. It contacts
experience and fear only superficially, but the emotional
problem of your self-division is the root of all suffering
and delusion. You are not relaxed at the heart. You are not
relaxed altogether. You are not tuned in to the subtle force
of the All-Pervading Life-Current.

You are uptight!

The more enemies, obligations, and worldly struggles you
have, the less sensitive you are to the real Condition. The
only ultimate, future, and sublime culture is one in which
people may live with that deep sensitivity even in the midst
of ordinary responsibilities. If you understand that this
sensitivity is necessary, then you must simply practice it.
You must provide yourself the occasion to practice and
Realize this Disposition perfectly. You must manage your
ordinary life responsibly, but simplify it. Eliminate its
conflicts. Live serenely, but also with strength of will to
practice effectively whenever you must encounter and
overcome obstacles creatively. Practice this surrendered
Disposition regularly in formal devotional exercises, both
with others and by yourself. If, from time to time, you can
also enter into a condition of total isolation within the
spiritual community, that is also an excellent circumstance
in which to practice. Whatever circumstances are possible
for you, you must have the occasion in life to enter
constantly into Communion with the Transcendental Being, and
through that Communion to awaken to all the qualities of the
Manifest Personality that is God.

You can practice this Communion only by transcending
fear, by actual, literal, heartfelt surrender beyond all
fear of death and madness into the Transcendental Reality.
To do this you do not have to die or become mad, but your
fear must be surrendered in love, in ecstasy. You must
simply renounce your fear, give up the luxury of it, and
presume surrender as your attitude under all conditions.
When that attitude becomes true of you, you realize that
fear is not inherent in the act and the moment of emotional
surrender. Therefore, abide in surrender perfectly and you
will not be involved with fear, madness, or death in the
conventional forms that we fear and try to avoid.

Heartfelt release of fear is the secret of passing
through the spiritual process without going mad. To the
degree that you are full of fear, you limit your experience
– and if experience is forced upon you, then you have no
ability while fearful to view it sanely, to relax and
surrender within it. You cannot surrender by relaxing and
trying to feel better. You can surrender only by giving
yourself up, relaxing your self-hold, surrendering your mind
altogether to the Transcendental Consciousness in which it
arises, and yielding your body to the All-Pervading Current
of Life, of which it is but a temporary modification. You
must surrender wholly and constantly to the Transcendental
Being, not merely to its physical and mental forms of
self-possession and separateness.

You are not very profound, you see, in your
consciousness. You are basically fixed in your terrified
conscious mind, providing no entrance into the play of life
for what is superconscious and obstructing the illumination
of what is subconscious and unconscious. You cannot view
yourself directly because you are so afraid of the
consequences of being yourself. Merely to be yourself is
negative and hopeless, because everything you can see about
yourself is dying in one way or another. You will find no
peace until you have realized love, sacrifice, and
self-surrender. You must surrender to God literally and
release your fear. Such surrender is the foundation of
religious life and spiritual practice.

Everyone who prepares to enter this Church is considering
the emotional problem of fear and self-possession and all
its qualities, mechanics, and effects. As that problem is
overcome in Divine surrender, the fear that arises in every
area of life becomes a matter of his (or her)
responsibility. His wholeness and integrity must show itself
before he is permitted to enter the Church. He must bring
the fruits, the gifts, that are yielded in the fulfillment
of this initial level of Enlightened or God-inspired
practice. The most important gift the individual must bring,
the essential sign that must be demonstrated, is a sane,
whole personality, in a state of fundamental equanimity,
founded in surrender of self and all fear to God, the
All-Pervading Radiance and Consciousness. Only such a person
provides a living foundation for higher practice of this
Way, as I have described such practice to you. You cannot
practice the higher and Transcendental dimensions of the Way
in a superficial mental fashion. You must give up deeply,
bodily. You must surrender physically, psychically,
mentally, emotionally, and altogether. You must give up all
fear. You must give yourself up in Ignorance to the very
Condition in which we are appearing. You must have faith.
You must trust the fundamental Situation in which we appear,
exist for a time while always changing, and then inevitably
die.

 

 

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