edited from an orginal talk by Adi Da Samraj entitled Human History Is One Great Tradition given August 19, 2004 – (see original talk)
The Great Tradition did not arise based on understanding that there are seven stages of life. Nobody knew they were seven stage of life until I told you there are seven stages of life.
So having explained that to you all, and explaining it in terms of the esoteric anatomy of the human being, I’ve shown you how the traditions can be seen, each and every one of them using this key or this tool can be seen as manifestations of one or the other of the orientations that characterize one or the other of the stages of life.
There are many different schools and modes of tradition and practice, many different teachers and many teachers with many different kinds of orientations and manner of working. Many different countries had pre-existing traditions of one kind or another to one degree or another affecting or integrated within virtually all traditions. Any tradition that has any kind of time of existence with any kind of history behind it has developed varieties of itself.
So there’s no one thing that’s anything. Well how do you make sense out of all this complexity? Well I’ve told you. If you use the tool of my instruction relative to the esoteric anatomy of man and the seven stages of life, you can understand any communication at all made within the great tradition at any time and the basket of tolerance is a demonstration of this fact.
There is a tool or key for understanding traditions and I’ve given it to you and the Basket of Tolerance is my essential communication about it in relation to the great tradition. If you use this tool then there is no need to be confused because you can identify the universals within all the particulars so you can examine any particular tradition and see by its evidence what elements of the stages of life and of the esoteric anatomy fully understood are being specifically activated or addressed In that tradition.
There are many kinds of traditions that are called spiritual traditions. It’s not just one thing but I’ve explained these things to you given the means and tools to understand them. If you were to study the great tradition and I call upon you to study the great tradition to some significant degree and to do so formally.
What’s the purpose of this? It’s like reading a menu at select a tradition time. No, it’s not about doing any of that nonsense. It’s about being purified of your own provincialism as taught to you in some matters of belief and traditions here and the last occasion or two we met. There are all kinds of beliefs that people believe or say they believe or want to believe, would like to have be true, whatever.
It doesn’t mean they are true. If you study in depth and altogether have comprehension of the nature of the phenomena associated with these traditions and you can see them in terms of the stages of life, the esoteric anatomy of human possibility, and you can also see them in the historical terms and how they developed in the social and cultural context of human history. Then instead of simply being a naïve believer or naïve agnostic, naïve atheist or a naïve anything, you transcend the limitations of your own thinking, your own provincialism of mind, and can see any and all traditions clearly.
They all are authentic in the sense that they all exhibit dimensions of the stages of life aspects of the esoteric anatomy of human possibility. Myths aren’t merely false. They are ways of conveying meaning that has religious significance or philosophical significance with some relevance to a spiritual understanding of life and so forth. Some things may not be historically true and some traditions where something is said to a fact may historically be true but that doesn’t mean that what is said is not true in any sense at all. Some people want very much to believe that but that’s just some sectarians. Generally speaking, that’s not the point. It’s a story form, a literary form used to convey certain meanings about the nature of life and realization of the divine condition.
So as a conveyor of that it has its kinds of authenticity and its references to stages of life and esoteric anatomy and so forth. It’s true in relation to universals. Whether they are true in their various parts historically is another question and very often things that are said to be true some people believe to be true historically are not historically true. That doesn’t mean there is something extremely negative there or just plain old wrong.
So it can be seen in the circumstance of the great tradition as being authentic relative to universals and can be accepted in those terms like virtually all traditions. So when you dogmatically insist that something is true in a sense that it is not, that’s your provincial mind and force of egoity start working in the name of religion and that’s a great source of conflict in the world and in the lives of individuals.
I made this basket of tolerance to use these tools to go beyond provincialism of your own limitations of your own mind and learning and upbringing and everything that was absorbed by you in your childhood in your life altogether and in many ways it has been shocking to do this. Getting your real education is to get a real comeuppance and that’s relative to all elements of the great tradition then. To cease to be naïve about it all is a difficult experience, a difficult education, but it doesn’t lead to despair if rightly done and if you understand all of human history in terms, of as I’ve shown you as being one great tradition dealing with universals beginning with that universal context which is the structure of the human being properly understood as a full esoterical aberration, then it is possible to be free of all provincialism and not despair.
It is possible to have all of your belief systems ripped off and not despair because you can understand even tacitly what it is about even in universally real terms. So I call all of my devotees to endure this basic education about the great traditions of everybody altogether: one boat, one tradition, and still that which is truth, that which is real god, reality itself, remains and is not in doubt.
If you read the book of life only in part, doubts will kill you. They will drive you mad. You have to read the whole book and then when you lift your head up from the last page, it will be self-evidently obviously clearly so that it is pure from the beginning.
This is an edited version of a talk by Adi Da Samraj. The original talk is:
ESOTERIC ANATOMY AND THE GREAT TRADITIONS OF HUMAN HISTORY
Human History Is One Great Tradition
Adi Da Samraj
August 19, 2004 – (see original talk)
The following is from:
Not Two Is Peace
On Liberation from ego and egoic Society
The un-En-Light-ened (or egocentric) body-mind-“self” is founded on the activity of “self”-contraction. The “self”-contraction is enacted as the effective differentiation of the (thus presumed) separate “self” from the Inherently egoless Self-Nature, Self-Condition, Self-State, and Acausal Source-Condition That Is Reality Itself — and, coincidently, the “self”-contraction is enacted as the effective differentiation of the (thus presumed) separate “self” from every other form of thus 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-En-Light-ened 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 un-En-Light-ened 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. Humankind, 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 ego-transcending deepest and most profound impulses that are the inherent characteristics at the heart and root 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 Inherently egoless, and Acausally Real, Self-Identity (or One and Only and Non-Separate Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State), 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 humankind, 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 ego-possessed 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-En-Light-ened 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 ego-possession, “self”-seeking, “self”-indulgence, reactive emotion, un-En-Light-ened 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-En-Light-ened 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 humankind 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 humankind may yet suffer the un-En-Light-ened 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, in the form of a Global Cooperative Forum, must come forward and accept responsibility, in a unified (and truly representative and accountable) manner, for the indivisible representation of its collective interests.
Have you not had enough of the brute, stupid, childish, and (otherwise) adolescent, exploitative representation of human (or, really, subhuman) 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 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)? Is it not evident, in your deepest feeling-psyche, that this Wisdom-renouncing world is now 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 TV sporting event that is supposed to excite and entertain everyone.
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 humankind’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 childish and brutishly adolescent 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 humankind.
Humanity is living in bondage now. Humankind 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 humankind (via a technologically robotized political and social order) or (otherwise) destroy humankind (via technologically engineered warfare).
It is not naive to suggest and expect a profound change in the conducting of global human affairs when those who could make the demand for change number in the billions. Nor is it folly to try to re-orient humankind when the only alternative is universal slavery and the culture of death. Therefore, all must commit themselves to understand the patterns by which they are now (and have traditionally and historically 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 humankind. The total collective of all of humankind must be educatively re-informed, to understand the primitive egoic basis of the present and traditional collective order. That same universal re-education must, profoundly and immediately, transform the techniques whereby governments and societies enter into relations with one another. However, it is only when they are faced with the indivisible and immovable demands of the rightly re-oriented human collective that the governments and institutions of the world will voluntarily change toward a cooperative and benign mode of association with each other. Indeed, if this does not occur 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 thoroughly ego-transcending) view of existence (and, thus, of politics) must now arise in the collective of humankind as a whole. 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 the views and presumed knowledge determined by the culture and method of scientific materialism, 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 the true (and inherently egoless) voice of humankind-as-a-whole is made to be heard, and is fully and rightly represented by a morally-enlightened leadership. Only when required to do so — by the global collective of humankind — will governments transform their “technique” 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 all must observe and understand in themselves. Human beings must learn from this observation of the ego (in both personal and collective terms), and so equip themselves to freely (both personally and collectively) abandon the egoic model of existence.
The 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 global collective of humankind — or else humanity will collectively move toward intolerable enslavement and even nuclear (or otherwise war-made, and cleverness-made) destruction.
Therefore, every one and all must consider, and, then, actively embrace 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.
All of humankind (now, and forever hereafter) must actively embrace, and universally declare and promote, and actively require and measure the universal real fulfillment of the simplest Law and Measure of right human life: Cooperation + Tolerance = Peace.
Beezone – Introduction – Beyond Provincialism – My First Word – The Truth Transcends the Body-Mind of Man – The Gathering of Seven Schools of God-Talk – Tradition of Adepts – Laughing Man – The Basket of Tolerance – The Basket of Tolerance Topics and Essay Lists
Summary – Esoteric Anatomy and The Great Tradition