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




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

(Read
with parentheticals)

Adi Da Samraj,
1999



 

he 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, necessarily,
Divine Self-Condition and Source-Condition, and from every
other form of presumed “not-self”. And the self-contraction
is, likewise, expressed as the constant concern and search
for the preservation of the “self”. The self-based
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,
and even all of which is always limited, mortal, passing,
inexplicable, and, therefore, inherently unsatisfactory.
Therefore, the psychology of self-contracted 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 anxiety, and individual human actions are, on
that primitive basis, always a more or less mechanical
display of strategic techniques of self-manipulation and
other-manipulation. And the collective 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 leaders, ideals, or institutions. Human beings
in the “late-time” live in the “samsaric” 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 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,
because of the inability of life 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 the Transcendental,
Inherently Spiritual, and Self-Evidently Divine
Self-Identity, Which is “locked away”, by means of
conventional ideas of “God Apart”, and is made
into an “Other” by the egoic mind. And, when anger
becomes the mood of human societies, the quality of fire
invades the plane of humanity. That fire is expressed as all
of the aggression and competitiveness 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” units yields, in the case of
each “one”, the craving for entirely pleasurized and
unthreatened existence. This craving in turn yields
inevitable conflict, fear, sorrow, anger, and all kinds of
destructive acts in relation to “others” as well as to
“self”. Therefore, all egos are in aggressive conflict with
all other egos. All individual and collective egos are
involved in programs of self-destruction, as well as
other-destruction.

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 and universal destruction 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 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” 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 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 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 existence that is played out daily
by competing governments, politicians, militarists,
scientists, technocrats, social planners, educators,
exoteric and fundamentalist religionists, and media hypers?
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 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 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 or destroy mankind .

It is not naive to demand a new
leadership when those who are led 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 living, so that they can then change
those patterns and the destinies those patterns will
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. 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 view of existence 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 has itself, thus, become
identical to technology, and materialistic technology 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 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 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 to a process of cooperation, unification, and
a worldwide creative order, based on pluralism, tolerance,
and freedom.

The problem of the automatic
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, 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, 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 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 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, on the
basis of the orientation of self-transcendence. And that
life-practice, engaged in a right, true, full, and fully
devotional manner by My true devotee, leads, ultimately, to
the Most Perfect Realization of the Real Condition, in Which
there is Inherent 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 self,
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.

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 practice self-observation,
self-understanding, and self-transcendence in every moment
of conditionally manifested existence. By Means of that
practice, the habit and the effects of egocentricity (or the
reactive habit of presuming separateness and enacting
separativeness) are, by My Grace, directly, immediately, and
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 Being, or Real
God, the One and Only Real 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, to This
Way of ego-transcending, and Only-Me-Realizing, practice,
the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam. However,
until indeed every one of Man 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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, 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, and the free
renunciation of separate self, based on the intelligence of
direct self-understanding and the intensive
practice-response that is generated by true devotional
recognition of Me. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of
Adidam is not a variation on the traditional ascetical, or,
otherwise, self-suppressive, path. The traditional path is
not based on inherently self-transcending understanding,
but, rather, the traditional path is the path of every kind
of seeking, and all seeking is based on the egoic
presumption of a problem to be strategically escaped. In
stark contrast to the traditional path of ascetical, or,
otherwise, strategically self-suppressive seeking, the
only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam is characterized
by non-seeking, and by truly counter-egoic self-discipline,
and by inherent freedom from all the self-manipulative and
other-manipulative strategies of self-fulfillment, and by a
“radical” 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 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 as right, and truly human,
simplicity.

The path of egocentricity is
recognizable as separativeness, or the complex avoidance of
relationship. 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.

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 leaders, ideals, or
institutions. Human beings in this “late-time”, or “dark”
epoch, live in the “samsaric” 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
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, because of the inability of life 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.

Adi Da Samraj, 1999