On Liberation from ego and egoic Society, or Cooperation + Tolerance = Peace




On
Liberation from ego and egoic
Society, or, Cooperation + Tolerance =
Peace

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without parentheticals
)


An Essay by The
Divine World-Teacher,

Ruchira Avatar Adi
Da Love-Ananda Samraj

I.

The un-Enlightened
(or egocentric) body-mind-self is founded on the activity of
self-contraction. The self-contraction is expressed as the
effective differentiation of the presumed “self”
from the Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and
Self-Evidently Divine Self-Condition and Source-Condition,
and from every other form of presumed (or, by means of
self-contraction, defined) “not-self”. And the
self-contraction is, likewise, expressed (via the
self-contraction-definition of “self” as
independent and separative) as the constant concern and
search for the preservation of the (presumed-to-be
independent) “self” (or ego-“I”). The
self-based (or self-contracting, and
would-be-self-preserving) orientation toward existence is
manifested as the psychology of search and conflict relative
to all that is presumed to be “not-self”—some
and all of which is sometimes desired and sought, and some
and all of which is sometimes feared (or reacted to with the
seeking effort of avoidance), and even all of which is
always limited, mortal, passing, inexplicable, and
(therefore) inherently unsatisfactory. Therefore, the
psychology of self-contracted (and, as a result, egocentric)
existence is inherently disposed to seek control and
dominance over all that is presumed to be
“not-self”. For this reason, individual egocentric
lives are a constant expression of heart-felt (and total
psycho-physical) anxiety (and even the primitive ego-moods
of fear, sorrow, anger, and every kind of un-love)—and
individual human actions are, on that primitive basis,
always a more or less mechanical (or uninspected and
irresponsible) display of strategic techniques of
self-manipulation (intended to preserve “self”)
and other-manipulation (intended to control, or dominate,
“not-self”). And the collective (or group) life of
egocentric human beings is, likewise, dominated by the same
exclusiveness, the same emotional base, the same inherent
unsatisfactoriness, and the same motives toward
self-preservation, and toward control of what is
“outside”.

Human societies are
always tending to be modeled after the un-Enlightened
pattern of the individual ego. The political and social
systems of the present-day world are not generated by
literally En-Light-ened (or even highly “evolved”)
leaders, ideals, or institutions. Human beings in this
“late-time” (or “dark” epoch) live in
the “samsaric” (or un-Enlightened) world of egoic
society—and this is why the signs of the times are so
profoundly negative.

The entire world is
now nearly out of control with egoic motives. Mankind,
indoctrinated by materialistic philosophies, ego-serving
technologies, and gross political idealisms, is possessed by
the mechanical and emotionally negative efforts of
self-indulgence (and anxious release-seeking efforts of all
kinds), and chronically depressed by the frustration of the
Spiritual and Divine impulses that are the inherent
characteristics of the heart of every living being. The
ego-“I”, whether individual or collective, is
eventually reduced to sorrow and despair (or chronic
life-depression), because of (and as an experiential result
of) the inability of life (in and of itself) to generate
Happiness and Joy and Immortality. And that self-contained
depression finally becomes anger, or loveless confrontation
with the total world and every form of presumed
“not-self”—including even (and especially)
the Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and Self-Evidently
Divine Self-Identity (or One and Only and Non-Separate
Self-Condition), Which is “locked away”, by means
of conventional (or merely exoteric) ideas of “God
Apart”, and is (thereby) made into an “Other”
by the egoic mind. And, when anger becomes the mood of human
societies, the quality of fire (or the primitive and
destructive intent of the frustrated ego) invades the plane
of humanity. That fire is expressed as all of the aggression
and competitiveness (and all of the resultant sufferings and
painful illusions) of mankind, including all of the
ego-based politics of confrontation. And that ego-fire is,
finally, summarized in the acts of war.

The differentiation of existence
into egoically “self-possessed” (or self-absorbed) units
yields, in the case of each “one”, the craving for entirely
pleasurized and unthreatened existence. This craving (or
obsessive motive of self-preservation and
self-glorification) in turn yields inevitable conflict,
fear, sorrow, anger, and all kinds of destructive acts in
relation to “others” as well as to “self” (because the
extreme exercise of self-preservation is, ultimately, an
aggressive and self-defeating motivation that destroys
“self” in the final effort to dominate “not-self”).
Therefore, all egos (or un-Enlightened centers of identity,
whether individual or collective) are in aggressive conflict
with all other egos (and all that is presumed to be
“not-self”, or presumed to be “outside” the defined egoic
center). All individual and collective egos are involved in
programs of self-destruction (via patterns of egoic
“self-possession”, self-seeking, self-indulgence, reactive
emotion, un-Enlightened thinking, and so forth), as well as
other-destruction (via all kinds of reactive activity, based
on self-concern, that seeks to control, and, ultimately, to
dominate, whatever is presumed to be “outside” the
“self”-center).

The search for the independent
preservation and ultimate enhancement of the separate self
is the universal model of un-Enlightened egoity. Therefore,
suffering, power struggle, and war are inevitable in egoic
society. And, if the capability for political manipulation
and war becomes technologically profound, universal
suppression (via aggressive political efforts) and universal
destruction (via war) become the common expectation and
destiny of all human beings.

The present “late-time”, or “dark”
epoch, is just such a time of technological sophistication,
in which the egoic model of humanity and human society is
the universal basis of mind. Gross materialism (in science
and politics) gives human beings no option in the mind
except that of the trapped and threatened animal. Therefore,
a fiery mood is abroad, full of gross desire, frustration,
fear, despair, and aggressive reactivity. The egoic motive
of self-preservation is approaching its most destructive
mood–the mood that appears in the moment of ultimate
entrapment. In that mood, there is no longer any will to
preserve “self” or world or any others. There is simply
explosive fire, based on the deep motives of egoic
self-preservation, but reduced to action that is most
primitive and entirely destructive of both “self” and
“not-self”. In the collective mind of humanity in the
present and growing extremes of entrapment, the explosion of
great nuclear bombs merely represents the archetype of anger
itself. And it is for this reason that the possibility of a
nuclear holocaust, in the extreme moment of the now rising
political confrontations, is an irrational–and, therefore,
entirely possible, if not inevitable–event.

Past societies have, in their
extreme moments of confrontation, destroyed themselves, as
well as their opponents. This is because ego-based societies
function in essentially the same manner as egoic
individuals. Individual human beings kill others and
themselves every day. Therefore, groups and societies,
confronting one another in egoic fashion, likewise threaten
one another with destruction. And, in the extreme moments of
confrontation, when self-preservation achieves its peak of
righteous irrationality, it is profoundly likely that
nuclear war will result.

The motives of present-day society
are the same as those of past societies. The only difference
is that, in the present day, the technology of both
communication and confrontation has become both globally
extended and profound. Therefore, when globally communicated
confrontation reaches its peak of irrationality, war-motives
will willingly destroy the entire world, just as readily as,
in the past, less technologically sophisticated war-makers
have wiped their petty local warring tribes from the face of
the Earth.

Many people are now trying to
influence governments to abandon nuclear weapons. However,
even if they succeed, irrational individuals and groups can
still threaten and destroy the common order with “terrorist”
tactics and “home-made” bombs. And the “limited” (or
non-nuclear) warfare that might still erupt between
governments that agree not to make nuclear war is just as
much a threat to humanity as any nuclear war.

Therefore, it is now time to accept
the political necessity for an end to
confrontation-politics, and the establishment of a unified
political entity to directly and truly and formally and
accountably serve the right collective interests of mankind
as a whole. Human beings must abandon their ancient egoic
principles and renounce their political, social, and
cultural provincialism. Individuals within the collective
order of mankind may yet suffer the un-Enlightened and
immature disabilities of egocentric personality, but
governments themselves, as well as institutions and leaders
in every area of human endeavor, must abandon the
egocentric, subhuman, merely materialistic, non-cooperative,
and intolerant (or loveless) posture and style of life.
Indeed, humanity as a whole must demand that a new
leadership of this kind come forward and accept
responsibility, in a unified (and truly representative and
accountable) manner, for the indivisible representation of
its collective interests.

Haven’t you had enough of the brute,
stupid, childish, and, otherwise, adolescent, exploitative
representation of human (or, really, sub-human) existence
that is played out daily (in the name, and on the lives, of
each and every born human being) by competing governments,
politicians, militarists, scientists, technocrats, social
planners, educators, exoteric and fundamentalist
religionists (who aggressively propagate the provincial, and
pharisaical, religions of ego-salvation, rather than
practice the universal, and ego-transcending, religion of
love), and media hypers (who thrive on the invention and
exaggeration of conflict, and dramatically showcase the
worst of human instincts in the unending “gotcha” game that
denudes and exposes and trivializes and hypocritically mocks
the highs, and the inevitable lows, and even the natural
ordinariness in the struggling efforts of humankind)? Isn’t
it evident, in your deepest feeling-psyche, that this
Wisdom-renouncing world is being controlled by the worst and
most superficial conceptions of existence?

It is now time for every one, and
all, to understand themselves, and to reclaim the world from
the dictatorship of the ego, and from all of those who play
at politics (and life in general) as if it were a sporting
event that is supposed to excite and entertain every one on
television.

Nuclear disarmament is a relatively
positive, but still too superficial and piecemeal, effort.
It is not a truly curative means, but only another
palliative and temporary move in the midst of mankind’s
traditional advance toward future trouble. There is
something more fundamental than the disarmament politics
whereby enemies come to a gentlemanly agreement on how to
kill one another without destroying one another! What is
more fundamental, necessary, and truly curative is that
human beings, individually and collectively, understand and
transcend that which is in them that leads them to confront
one another as opponents and enemies.

It may sound naive to speak of the
necessity for the present (childish, and brutishly
adolescent) crowd of governments and institutions to
understand themselves and renounce the self-imagery and the
techniques of enemies, but the feeling that it is naive to
speak in such terms is merely a reflection of egoic
frustration and despair. Human beings everywhere must now
transcend that very frustration and despair if they are
going to prevent the enslavement and destruction of
mankind.

Humanity is living in bondage now.
Mankind is already, presently, globally, bound to egocentric
and materialistic idealisms that are suppressing the human
freedom to live by Wisdom and Realize the Truth. If human
beings do not shake loose from this regime, they are going
to suffer the extreme fulfillment of collective egoic
destiny, in a “Narcissistic” holocaust that will either
enslave mankind (via a technologically robotized political
and social order) or (otherwise) destroy mankind (via
technologically engineered warfare).

It is not naive to demand a new
leadership when those who are led (and who could make the
counter-demand for change) number in the billions. Nor is it
folly to try to educate mankind when the only alternative is
slavery and death. Therefore, I Say to you: All must commit
themselves to understand the patterns by which they are now
(and have traditionally been) living (both individually and
collectively), so that they can then change those patterns
and the destinies those patterns will (otherwise) inevitably
inflict upon them.

The egoic model must, from now on,
be intensively educated out of the collective order of
mankind. A new leadership must now appear, which is awakened
to an understanding of the primitive egoic basis of the
present and traditional collective order. That new
leadership must, above all, provide an educative role, and
it must, profoundly and immediately, transform the
techniques whereby governments and societies enter into
relations with one another. Only such leadership can, by
efforts based on the wit of free intelligence, cause all the
governments and institutions of the world to voluntarily
change toward a cooperative and benign mode of association
with others. (And this can be done by establishing
profoundly undesirable economic sanctions and other
practical penalties for not participating in the cooperative
process.) If this kind of approach is not made soon,
humanity will be entering into what has the potential to be
the most destructive period of political confrontation in
its history.

A benign and tolerant and
cooperative (or non-egoic, and at least more advanced, if
not Spiritual and Transcendental, and even Divine) view of
existence (and, thus, of politics) must soon arise in the
leadership of mankind. At the present time, human beings are
being led to enslavement and destruction by benighted
materialists and self-seekers in every area of common human
endeavor. The Principle of Wisdom has been replaced by the
principle of power-through-knowledge, and knowledge has come
to mean conventional science, or all that can be achieved or
supported exclusively by the intellectual efforts of
materialistic philosophy. Science (which has
characteristically identified itself with the archaic and
false philosophy of materialism) has itself, thus, become
identical to technology (or the materialistic power-machine
of the “known”), and materialistic technology (along with
its like in the form of all the materialistic idealisms that
appeal to human egoity) has become the primary instrument
for world-manipulation, not only for the material
manipulation of the so-called “material” world, but for the
political manipulation and gross (physical and mental)
control of collective humanity itself.

The political ideals and means of
the present time are materialistic, based on a gross and
ego-based conception of human existence. There simply cannot
be any ultimately effective change in the collective human
situation until a new leadership arises that is founded on
the intelligence and more advanced capability of
ego-transcendence and, ultimately, on the Wisdom of
Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and (necessarily)
Divine Enlightenment. Only such a leadership can rightly
educate the collective order and relieve it of the burden of
the egoic and materially confined view of life. And only
such a leadership can transform the technique of governments
from a process of self-preserving and other-controlling
confrontation (of their own members, as well as other
societies) to a process of cooperation, unification, and a
worldwide creative order, based (necessarily) on pluralism,
tolerance, and freedom.

The problem of the automatic (and
even unconscious) creation of suffering and destruction is
inherent in the egocentric form of individual existence. It
is this principle that I Call you to observe and understand.
Human beings must learn from this observation of the ego (in
personal and collective terms), and so equip themselves to
freely abandon the egoic model of existence.

This Essay has, thus far, primarily
Spoken to the necessity for such education and change at the
level of the leadership and collective order of mankind. Now
I must move on to “consider” the implications of this
education at the level of individual practice.

The ego-“I” is self-contraction, or
the conversion of conditionally manifested existence away
from the free orientation to its Source (or Real Condition),
and so back upon the individual center of functional
experience. This conversion represents the orientation,
habit, and destiny suggested by the traditional myth of
Narcissus–which I Propose as the basic symbol for the
individual, and the collective, process of
egocentrism.

The egocentric form of conditional
existence is a kind of entrapment that leads only to more
and more elaborate (and confining, as well as deluding)
states of limited and un-Enlightened psycho-physical
personality. In the egocentric form, conditional existence
cannot “Locate” Happiness, Truth, or Reality, but it is
confined entirely to the visions and sufferings of
independent selfhood. Therefore, many who have seen this to
be so have called humanity to escape conditional existence
itself by a strategy of self-suppressive means. What
I

Call for is self-observation,
self-understanding, and self-transcendence, in the midst of
free (and rightly disciplined) participation in the play of
conditional existence. If this is done, the motives either
to exploit or to escape the conditional self and world are
inherently transcended. A more natural course of
life-practice can develop (as I have thoroughly Described in
My Divine Word of Instruction*FNXX), on the basis of the
orientation of self-transcendence (rather than
self-exploitation or self-suppression). And that
life-practice, engaged in a right, true, full, and fully
devotional manner by My true devotee, leads, ultimately, to
the Most Perfect (Love-Bliss-Full and Free) Realization of
the Real (or Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual,
Indivisible, Non-Separate, and, necessarily, Divine)
Condition, in Which there is Inherent (and not
self-suppressive, or world-excluding) Transcendence of
separate self and the conditional worlds.

You must observe and understand the
separate and separative self as reactive psycho-physical
contraction. You must see the self-contraction operating in
and as the experience of pain and suffering, and in and as
all the kinds of conditional desire, reactive emotion,
conflict, gross competitiveness, and destructive
aggressiveness, and in and as even all the arising patterns
of thought, emotion, physicality, and seeking. On the basis
of this observation and understanding of the separate (and,
likewise, separative) self (or the individuated
psycho-physical personality), you should freely abandon the
principle and the strategies of egocentricity. And you
should allow yourself to feel the inherent heart-Motive to
yield the total body-mind, and every moment of attention, to
the Condition That Precedes the self-contraction, Which Is
That Which Is Always Already The Case (or the
Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and, necessarily,
Divine Freedom, Love-Bliss, Happiness, Consciousness, and
Being in and from Which the self-contraction is generated in
each moment).

I Am the Divine and True
Heart-Master of all and All. Those who rightly, truly,
fully, and fully devotionally practice the only-by-Me
Revealed and Given Way of Adidam (Which Is the Divine and
True Way of the Heart) practice self-observation,
self-understanding, and self-transcendence in every moment
of conditionally manifested (and inherently relational, or
non-independent, and inherently and entirely
with-the-pattern-integrated and on-the-pattern-dependent)
existence. By Means of that practice (the primary basis and
form of which is the counter-egoic exercise of moment to
moment devotional recognition-response to Me, or Divine
Love-Communion with Me), the habit and the effects of
egocentricity (or the reactive habit of presuming
separateness and enacting separativeness) are, by My Grace,
directly, immediately, and (in the course of ongoing
practice) progressively released, thereby liberating energy
and feeling-attention for the only-by-My-Grace-Given Most
Perfect Realization of the Freedom, Love-Bliss, Happiness,
Consciousness, and “Bright” Fullness of Self-Existing,
Self-Radiant, Indivisible, and Non-Separate (and,
necessarily, Divine) Being (Itself), or Real God, the One
and Only Real (and Ultimate, and, necessarily, Divine)
Condition of both “self” and “not-self”. And That Most
Perfect Realization, Demonstrated Most Ultimately, Divinely
Outshines conditional existence, and, Thus and Thereby,
Translates the context of Being from the Cosmic domain of
conditional Nature to My “Bright” Eternal Self-Domain of
Divine Fullness.

I Call every one of mankind (and
even all conditionally manifested beings), to This Way of
ego-transcending, and Only-Me-Realizing, practice, the
only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam (or the Way of
the Heart Itself). However, until indeed every one of Man
(now, and forever hereafter) heart-recognizes Me, and
responds to Me with true devotion as My formally
acknowledged devotee, at least the by-Me-Revealed and Given
life-principles (of abandoning the gross style of ego-based
political confrontations and ego-based social participation,
or non-participation) must become a matter of active
practical commitment on the part of the leaders and
educators of mankind–or else humanity will collectively
move toward intolerable enslavement and even nuclear (or
otherwise war-made, and cleverness-made)
destruction.

Therefore, I Call every one and all
to “consider” at least the political and broad social
fulfillment of My Wisdom-Teaching, via the active embrace of
every form of true and benign social and political
cooperation and all-embracing social and political
tolerance, since such cooperation and tolerance are the
prerequisites for true social and political
peace.

I Call upon all the leaders and
educators of mankind (now, and forever hereafter) to
actively embrace, and to universally declare and promote,
and to actively require and measure the universal real
fulfillment of My simplest Law and Measure of Man:
Cooperation + Tolerance = Peace.

Beyond This Call for universal
fulfillment of My simplest Law and Measure of Man, I (now,
and forever hereafter) Call, and Look, for those who can
understand and utterly transcend the pattern and destiny of
the separate and separative self, in this world and in all
higher (or subtler) worlds. I am Calling, and Looking, for
those who will go beyond the outward and bodily improvement
of separate self and its world, and who will also go beyond
the inward and ascending improvement of separate self in the
higher (or subtler) worlds. I am Calling, and Looking, for
those who will go directly to the Source-Condition of “self”
and all worlds. I am here to Serve every one’s basic
understanding (and basic practical transcending) of the
egocentric habit of living, but I am especially Looking for
those who will formally embrace the full practice of the
only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam, so that the Way
of Adidam may be fulfilled by them (especially in its formal
renunciate forms), and formally passed on by them to future
generations.

The fundamental basis, and principal
form, of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam is
always present-time Divine Communion (Realized In and As
devotional heart-Communion with Me), and the free (or
non-problematic and non-strategic) renunciation (and
inherent transcendence) of separate self, based on the
intelligence of direct self-understanding and the intensive
practice-response (and always present-time devotional
heart-Communion with Me) that is generated by true
devotional recognition of Me. The only-by-Me Revealed and
Given Way of Adidam is not a variation on (or a mere
revision of) the traditional (or perennial) ascetical, or,
otherwise, self-suppressive (or, in effect,
self-destructive), path. The traditional (or perennial) path
is not based on inherently self-transcending understanding
(and always present-time Divine Communion), but, rather, the
traditional (or perennial) path is the path of every kind of
seeking, and all seeking is based on the egoic (or
self-contracted) presumption of a problem to be
strategically escaped. In stark contrast to the traditional
(or perennial, and, altogether, ego-based) path of
ascetical, or, otherwise, strategically self-suppressive (or
strategically self-destructive) seeking, the only-by-Me
Revealed and Given Way of Adidam is characterized by
non-seeking, and by truly counter-egoic (and always already
self-transcending and Divinely Infused) self-discipline, and
by inherent freedom from all the self-manipulative and
other-manipulative strategies of self-fulfillment (in any
and all of the possible stages of life), and by a “radical”
understanding (or root self-understanding) that is neither
strategically self-destructive nor strategically
world-denying. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of
Adidam is the Divine Way of the always already presently
existing (and always already able to be functioning) heart
in every one, and It is, therefore, based on the always
present-time-existing participatory intelligence, expressed
as devotional heart-recognition of Me, and the always
present-time recognition-response of devotional love of Me,
and counter-egoic surrender of self-contraction by Means of
that devotional love of Me. And the only-by-Me Revealed and
Given Way of Adidam matures (by My constantly Given
Spiritual Divine Grace) as right, and truly human,
simplicity (and, Most Ultimately, As Divine Love-Bliss,
Which Is Divine Freedom).

The path of egocentricity is
recognizable as separativeness, or the complex avoidance of
relationship (or avoidance of the life-condition of inherent
relatedness, or of universally patterned dependency within,
and upon, the Indivisible Unity of Light-Energy Itself).
Thus, the characteristics of the path of egocentricity are
the struggle between the life-motives of childish dependency
and adolescent independence, and the constant dramatization
of every kind of seeking (based on chronic self-contraction,
and the subsequent chronic sense of unfulfilled and
threatened existence).

The egocentric life is characterized
by delusion, fear, sorrow, anger, self-suffering, and the
constantly alternating cycles of hope and despair relative
to the ever-wanting need for “reasons” for hope, faith, and
love. Even all the possible strategic religious resistance
to “self” and world only reinforces the self-mind, because
the strategy of resistance only duplicates suffering in its
stark disciplines, but the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way
of Adidam inherently transcends confrontation with “self”
and world.

The only-by-Me Revealed and Given
Way of Adidam is the Way of Inherent Peace, not the
perennial path of the search for Peace. That Inherent Peace
inherently transcends every effort and sign of
self-understanding, but It cannot be Realized except through
“radiby literally Enlightened (or even highly “evolved”)
leaders, ideals, or institutions. Human beings in this
“late-time”, or “dark” epoch, live in the “samsaric” (or
un-Enlightened) world of egoic society–and this is why the
signs of the times are so profoundly negative.

The entire world is now nearly out
of control with egoic motives. Mankind, indoctrinated by
materialistic philosophies, ego-serving technologies, and
gross political idealisms, is possessed by the mechanical
and emotionally negative efforts of self-indulgence (and
anxious release-seeking efforts of all kinds), and
chronically depressed by the frustration of the Spiritual
and Divine impulses that are the inherent characteristics of
the heart of every living being. The ego-“I”, whether
individual or collective, is eventually reduced to sorrow
and despair (or chronic life-depression), because of (and as
an experiential result of) the inability of life (in and of
itself) to generate Happiness and Joy and Immortality. And
that self-contained deprcal” self-understanding, served and
fulfilled by Divine Grace, and, Most Ultimately, Dissolved
in the very Person That Is Divine Grace Itself.