The Incarnation of Love – Adi Da Samraj


 
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CHAPTER 31

The True Politics of Human Relationships

 

SRI DA AVABHASA: No individual should live as the superior, or the inferior, or even the equal, of all others. Rather, each should live as the intimate servant of others through love. The true politics of human relationships is the politics of servants everywhere–every one serving, and every one served.

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Some individuals feel superior, and others feel inferior, and some alternate between the two. Whatever your characteristic strategy of reluctance, it is not Ishta-Guru-Bhakti Yoga.

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I said to some among you recently that My true devotee is nobody-not a climber, not a self-seeker, not a person designed by tendency to be prominent although My devotee could be any of those. No one is inherently disqualified, but such social signs are not the measure. The humblest are the greatest. Those who relinquish the ego are the greatest.

There are all kinds of strengths in human beings. Anyone can be strong. But remarkably enough, those who may seem weakest, according to the standards of ego-survival, may potentially be the greatest.

I Am Realization Itself. Thus, in truly self-surrendering and selfforgetting, and therefore self-transcending, Communion with Me, the Realization is Accomplished, Given to you gratis, for free, immediately. Not that you can get puffed up and feel, “I’ve already got it because I Contemplate Da Avabhasa”. It is not about such self-referring. It is about self-surrender, about self-forgetting, in feeling-Contemplation of Me. This Gift is not an attribute of the ego.

As My devotee, you have the right and the cause and the circumstance to be Happy, but not proud. Realization has nothing to do with you.

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In the Way of the Heart, there is no superior person by virtue of experience, because experience is not the process of Satsang with Me. Satsang with Me is a sacred Condition into Which all My devotees enter and in Which all enjoy the same privilege and responsibility. Therefore, it is your responsibility to love and to be free and to break down the cult of experience, whether you have been My devotee for years or for three and a half days.

When you gather with others of My devotees to study My Wisdom-Teaching, or just to talk with someone who is My devotee, this responsibility I Give you holds at all times. Whoever is leading a study group or some other group in the culture of My devotees is not the authority, although you may tend to make it so and thus reinforce the need in that person to act like an authority, to pretend to be the source.

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In the Way of the Heart, you are always observing that you cannot fulfill the discipline. You are continually being shown the failure of your life, the conventional strategy of your life, the false commitment of your life. Such inspection is what practice of the Way of the Heart is all about. It is not about winning! It is about Truth, Freedom in the Divine Reality! There are no winners in the Divine, none.

You must yield your victory. For most people Spiritual life suggests a kind of effort at the end of which they are supposed to be the hero, the winner, the victor. Such a view is an illusion. The fulfillment of the disciplines in the Way of the Heart is coincident with fulfillment of the Divine Law, which is sacrifice, or love.

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The Way of the Heart is the Way of life in which you lose face in each moment, in which you are My serving devotee, the servant of the Divine Person, dependent upon the Service of the Divine Person. Unless such a literal and conscious and Ecstatic and facelosing affair appears in every moment as your life, you are not doing sadhana in the Way of the Heart.

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I Love all My devotees. I Love each one of My devotees Perfectly. All My devotees have equal access to Me. All My devotees receive My Grace. You cannot get closer to Me by standing in one group or another. All My devotees are intimate with Me.

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Because you live in a so-called egalitarian culture-egalitarian by presumption, anyway-everybody thinks (snaps fingers) “I am ready, I am up to it, I am it, I can read a book, I have got some ideas in my head-that means I am ready for the Ultimate Realization.” DIVINE SELF-REALIZATION IS A GREAT WORK! A great doing! And you must humble yourself to do it, surrender yourself, equip yourself with humility and surrender. It is not huffing and puffing, full of words and nonsense! IT IS A GREAT MATTER!

The Way of the Heart, which I have introduced here, will go on and on and on if you will take responsibility for its practice. The Way of the Heart does not come to an end with My physical Lifetime. Likewise, the simple fact that you are in My Company does not mean that you will fulfill the Way of the Heart Ultimately in your present lifetime. Most of you will not. Nevertheless, if you will establish yourself for real, authentically, in the Way of the Heart, you will go on with it during this life and after it. Be grateful that it is so.

Establish your link to Me and to the Way of the Heart for real in this lifetime, and your practice of the Way of the Heart will persist. Stop all your pretenses, in the midst of an unsurrendered life especially. Do you think that just because you can think and become enthusiastic and indulge in grandiose self-imagery it means that you are up to Most Perfectly self-transcending God-Realization? No, it does not! How many great Saints and great Yogis have there ever been? To Realize the seventh stage of life (which is Revealed and Given only by Me) requires more than Sainthood and mystical Realization–extraordinarily more than that!

You trivialize the God-Realizing process in My Company with your self-imagery. You imagine that just because you are in My Company, Divine Self-Realization is going to happen to you. You can begin that Great Process now, but most of you are not even going to come close to fulfilling it in this lifetime. And lucky for you that it goes on and on, that death is not the end.

Link yourself to Me, and the process will continue, after death and after future embodiments anywhere. Immense time is the context in which you should be My devotee.

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There is no righteousness. There is only My Divine Happiness Itself. Go and make morality out of That. Go and make society, community, life, and death out of That. That is My WisdomTeaching.

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DEVOTEE: I feel so unlovable.

SRI DA AVABHASA: You are unlovable? Out of all these billions here you are selected out to be unlovable? What makes you so damned important? All beings are lovable by those who can love.

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In some sense, self-doubt is very amusing. Everybody has experienced it. In the mood of self-doubt, you find yourself to be uniquely unacceptable, uniquely wrong, uniquely incapacitated, incapable, undesirable. Actually, you are merely one among all others. Everyone is in the same circumstance. Nobody is uniquely divorced or divorceable from anything. Such a belief is an illusion, a naive and false presumption.

The opposite belief – megalomania, exaggerated egoity, an exaggerated sense of your own worth is equally false and ridiculous. Nobody is that good, and nobody is that bad.

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What is to be praised about each of you has to do with the Divine Being. What others love in you is not something to doubt or speak negatively about, but neither should you egoically identify with the praiseworthy characteristics. Everyone is in a position to be loved and even praised. Therefore, what is the justification for this ridiculous modesty or this ridiculous self-doubt? Instead of being modest or full of self-doubt, become a lover, become a sacrifice, grant life to others, and let the Beauty that is Truth Shine in your own person.

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DEVOTEE: Sri Gurudev, I am feeling that Your future Work is with those who are ready for the Spiritually activated practice of the Way of the Heart.

SRI DA AVABHASA: My Work is with all My devotees. They are all necessary participants, not just the most advanced or the most mature, the renunciates. All, I Love all My devotees, and I accept and embrace them all in the particularity of their practice of the Way of the Heart.

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You must love one another, have compassion for your limitations and the limitations of others, and forget about the fact that you are not perfect, and neither is anyone else.

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There need not be perfection on Earth for Happiness Itself to Exist. All that is necessary is your Communion with Me, with That Which Is Inherently Perfect.

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Your practice is not a matter of perfecting the body-mind. It is a matter of transcending it. If you transcend the body-mind from moment to moment, it will be transformed and show you signs. It may show you good signs one day, and you may think you are into “wow-ee!” evolution-land. Don’t buy it! It will also show you negative signs.

Some day the body-mind is going to die. The natural signs take their time, and the body-mind drops off sooner or later. Consciousness itself is not fundamentally affected by that event. It is affected in reaction, because of Its feeling of apparent association with conditions, but Consciousness Itself has never changed. It will never be any different than It Is right now. You cannot perfect It. It is simply what It Is. The Divine Is Eternally and Inherently Perfect.

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Most people are hypercritical of others and find it impossible to associate with others truly or even to truly enjoy being alive because life is not perfect yet. Life is not wholly congenial to most people, so they stand back and criticize or simply have nothing to do with it.

A typical fault associated with egoity is that people are not very capable of relationships at any level. As My devotee, you must overcome this fault. You will never find justification in life for loving even one other person or even for being happy. Therefore, you must become wise. You must understand yourself. You must hear Me and see Me and Find Me As I Am, and, if you do, then you will acquire tolerance for the ordeal of life. You will re-acquire the capability for relationships.

The essence of egoity is the avoidance of relationship. The ego inherently contains the hypercritical disposition that results in withdrawal, dissociation, the withholding of love. The withholding of participation in life makes any human individual into a leech on the system of the world, looking for advantage without commitment, feeding off the energy created by the participation of others. Such an individual never becomes a participant in life, never dares to love or tolerate or commit to others, and never dares to make changes.

Instead of dramatizing that fault, as My devotee you must hear Me and see Me. In My Divine Company, you must become a creative participant in the Totality of life, Which is the Divine Reality.

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The Way Of The Heart Is Not the path Of self-Fulfillment (or Of Fulfillment Of the conditional self). Therefore, Neither Is It The Pursuit Of physical, emotional, mental, moral, psychic, or Cosmic self-Perfection (or Of Perfection Of the conditional self). All Ideas (or Ideals) Of self-Perfection (or Of Perfection of the conditional self) Are conventions of egoity, and The Pursuit Of self-Perfection (or Of Perfection Of the conditional self) Is The Epitome Of egoic Seeking. The Ideal Of self-Perfection (or Of Perfection Of the conditional self) Is Utterly Misplaced. Perfection Is Not A Quality or Sign Of what is conditional (and, Therefore, Necessarily limited, or inherently imperfect). That Which Is (Inherently) Perfect Is That Which Inherently Transcends the imperfect, the limited, and the conditional.

The Way Of The Heart Is Not the path Of self-Negation (or Of Negation Of the conditional self). Therefore, Neither Is It The Pursuit Of Perfect physical, emotional, mental, moral, psychic, or Cosmic self-Purification (or Of Perfect Purification Of the conditional self). All Ideas (or Ideals) Of Perfect self-Purification (or Of Perfect Purification Of the conditional self) Are conventions of egoity, and The Pursuit Of Perfect self-Purification (or Of Perfect Purification Of the conditional self) Is, Like The Pursuit Of selfPerfection (or Of Perfection Of the conditional self) In General, The Epitome Of egoic Seeking, Based On a Misplaced or egoic conception Of What Is Perfect.

The Way Of The Heart Is (Most Simply) The Progressive (and Direct) Practice Of self-Transcendence.


 
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