The Incarnation of Love – Adi Da Samraj


 
Table of Contents


CHAPTER 4

The Great Purpose of self-Transcendence

 

SRI DA AVABHASA: Always be purposed in response to Me and to My Wisdom-Teaching.

* * *

You must become associated with the Divine Purpose from the beginning of your practice of the Way of the Heart, so that when all of the lesser offshoots of that Purpose appear they will-not suddenly become your “great purpose”. They will be the simple demonstrations of your practice as you mature in the Way of the Heart.

* * *

You must observe, understand, and overcome your conventional vision – the vision made of conditional existence – and instead Realize the Vision of the Heart itself, so that you can become consistently purposed to transcend conditional existence in Communion with Me. To do otherwise is to fall into separateness and self-indulgence.

Even at the beginning of your practice of the Way of the Heart, all of your involvement in “money, food, and sex” must always be associated with the Great Vision, the Heart-Vision, and the purpose of self-transcendence. Therefore, you cannot casually indulge in the modest designs of “money, food, and sex” and practice the Way of the Heart. Whatever those designs are for you personally, they must be animated in the context of the real process of self-transcendence as it is demonstrated even at the beginning of the Way of the Heart, when the disciplines are minimal. Nonetheless, whatever the forms of self-discipline at your developmental stage of practice of the Way of the Heart, they should always be demonstrations of the process of self-transcendence. They should not be expressions of the illusion that conditional existence is purposed for its own sake, or that conditional existence can fulfill itself on its own terms, by consolation, self-pleasure, and self-fulfillment.

As My devotee, you must eventually realize true self-discipline through true listening, true hearing (or most-fundamental self understanding), and true seeing (or the Awakening of Heart-Vision), so that you are purposed to transcend every fraction of conditional existence in Communion with Me. Then you will assume self discipline as it is in the Way of the Heart.

I Give you the Divine Vision of existence a piece at a time, and the piece I am Giving you now is the matter of human loving. But do not ever imagine that this is all there is to it.

* * *

You are not being asked to love and be radiant as an answer to your dilemma.

* * *

In every moment of manifested existence, there is the mechanical tendency of self-contraction, or the creation of the illusion of difference between egoic self and all objects. This very mechanism is the cause of the perception and conception of manifested existence as a “problem”, or the apparent separation from and non-Identification with the Divine Being. When this tendency is presently understood and transcended, it is Realized that there is only the Self-Existing and Self-Radiant Divine Being, Apparent as all “subjects” and all “objects”. On this basis, manifested existence can be lived as Happiness, in Freedom, spontaneously and creatively.

* * *

The purpose of the Way of the Heart is to devote energy and attention to the observation, understanding, and transcendence of the self-contraction and to Realize That Which Is at the root, or Source, of that contraction. This “radical” orientation to transcendence of the egoic self at its root, or in its fundamental form, through feeling Contemplation of Me, is the Way of the Heart.

* * *

The first form of the conditional “I” – activity that is observed and felt beyond is the bodily, emotional, and lower mental display of the avoidance of relationship (in the ordinary context of human exchanges). When the freedom of no-contraction, unqualified relatedness, or love is basically restored in the ordinary human sphere through Spiritual Communion with That Which Is Always and Already, before the self-contraction is apparently added to What Is), then the conditional “I” – activity begins to be observed and transcended most directly, as contraction itself, even in the subtlest forms of mind. Finally, the self-contraction is observed and transcended in its essence, root-form, or first form.

* * *

Now you are looking for the cause of your suffering. You are seeking to be relieved by examining the phenomena of experience. You are seeking to create an arrangement in the body-mind itself that is satisfying. But the body-mind is a limitation. Th body-mind is mortal. There is no way to be Divinely Ecstatic and at the same time to be identified with something mortal.

“Ecstasy” by definition means “standing outside one self”. To be Divinely Ecstatic is to stand outside what is mortal, to transcend it, to be greater than it, but also to include it and to realize it as a superficial aspect of What you Are Ultimately. If you cannot find a way to Realize this Ecstasy, there is no way that you can be Happy. You will simply be obsessed, obsessively pursuing pieasure in this life and obsessively identifying with this mortal body-mind. You will be obsessively thinking, obsessively complaining, obsessively reacting, obsessively desiring. You will be obsessively depressed. Your capability to love, to communicate Happiness in the world, will be profoundly limited. Life will always be problematic.

* * *

As soon as there are two rather than One, the great fear arises.

* * *

Wherever there is another, fear arises. Where there is the slightest sense of another-in other words, wherever there is separateness, wherever there is self-contraction – there is fear.

* * *

In The Way and Manner Of The Heart, Understand Your Separate and Separative self (As Un-Love) and Transcend Your Separate and Separative self (By Love). And This Is Perfected (Progressively, In The Way and Manner Of The Heart) By Devotional (or selfTranscending and self-Forgetting) Heart-Surrender Of the conditional body-mind To My Bodily (Human) Form, and My Spiritual (and Always Blessing) Presence, and My Very (and Inherently Perfect) State, and, Thus and Thereby, To The Person and The Forms or Characteristics Of The Spiritual, and Transcendental, and Divine, Self.

* * *

The emotional-sexual ego Constantly Hunts For an other. The ego-“I” (or self-Contraction) Hunts (or Seeks) an other (Even all others and The Total Objective Cosmos) In Order To Be Gratified, Consoled, and Protected. The Compulsive Hunting (or Search) For an other Is Generated By The Feelings Of Un-Happiness, Emptiness, and Separateness That Possess and Characterize the self Contracted being.

Once an other Is Found, the ego-“I” Clings To the other, At First pleasurably, and Then Aggressively. The ego-“I” Depends On the other For Happiness, and, Over time, the ego-“I” Makes Greater and Greater Demands On the other For Fulfillment Of itself (In all of its desires). Often, In time, the other Becomes Depressed and Exhausted By This Demand (and Thus Leaves, or Dies). Just As Likely, the ego “I” Discovers, Over time, That the other Cannot or Will Not Satisfy The Absolute Demand For attention and Consolation. In That Case, the ego-“I” Feels Betrayed, and the ego-“I” Begins The Strategy Of Punishing, Rejecting, and Abandoning the other.

Every conditionally Manifested being Has (In time) Often Been The Proposed Victim Of This Strategy Of Separate and Separative selves. Even More, Until The Heart Gives Way To Divine Love-Bliss, every conditionally living being Is The Original Genius and Grand Performer Of This Strategy Of Separate and Separative selves. It Is The Strategy Of Narcissus, and It Is The Dreadful Work Of all conditionally living beings who Are Not Awake To The Truth Beyond the ego-“I.

***

The avoidance of relationship … is the primary act of identification and differentiation. When understanding begins to arise, the individual is consciously relieved of many patterns of avoidance, including all kinds of un-love, incapability, and obsessive habits. Such a one becomes more relational, communicative, and positive. But when understanding is attained in its radical and inclusive form, there is also a primary transformation of experience.

At first understanding promotes a healing of effectiveness and freedom within the “I-that” structure of awareness, where “that” signifies all forces in opposition or contact, high or low. But at last that very structure dissolves in understanding. The whole complex of identification with a “personality”, an arbitrary center of memory and experience that the mind rigs up as an entity, ceases. And thus also the objects seen over against that “I” cease to be differentiated because there is no concrete “I” from which to differentiate them.

Perception and consciousness, then, are loosed and unqualified, and this unqualified consciousness remains as the known and realized form of being, even under the usual conditions of natural life. All of this is the truth of understanding, wherein identification and differentiation are seen to be the avoidance of relationship in its most prior and primary sense.

* * *

The Avoidance Of Relationship Is The Method Of psychophysical egoity, but The Feeling Of Relatedness (or The Primal Illusion Of “Difference”) Is Itself The (Original and Originating) Fault. Therefore, Divine Enlightenment Is Not A Matter Of The Perfection Of Apparent Relationship (or The “Curing” Of The Avoidance Of Relationship By The Apparent Perfection Of Relatedness). Rather, Most Ultimately (or Most Perfectly), Divine

Enlightenment Is A Matter Of The Most Perfect Transcendence Of Relationship (or Relatedness, or All “Difference”) In What Is Always Already (Inherently and Perfectly) The Case (Which Is Being, Itself, Consciousness, Itself, and Love-Bliss, Itself).

* * *

The contents of the ego, or the body-mind, or self-contraction, are reduced, broken up, and in one or another way eliminated by My Divine Work. This is literally, and not merely figuratively, so.

When I spend time with you, or sit with you to Grant you My Darshan, I Magnify My Spiritual Heart-Transmission to you, and It Combines with the various contents of your conditional being. My Transmission is Self-Radiant Energy and Self-Existing Consciousness. In Satsang with Me, this is what you confront in your life and meditation. This is the character of My Divine Siddhi. And It spontaneously Works to stimulate the contents of your conditional self, in life, in meditation, and in moments of repose. That Siddhi also breaks them up and eliminates them in a process that is not possible by any other means. Ultimately these contents are eliminated by My Transmission Work, and they are returned to the Primal EnergyCondition, or the Ultimate Condition of Divine Being.

* * *

My Spiritual Heart-Transmission is the Transmission of NonSeparateness! In The Da Love Ananda Gita, I Speak of the Wisdom of Non-Separateness. My Spiritual Heart-Transmission is NonSeparateness Itself.

* * *

By this right feeling-Contemplation of Me, by surrendering and forgetting the separate and separative self, you are able to stand in the natural position of being able to observe the act of self-contraction, the knot itself, the obsessions that fall from it, the perceptions that fall from it, and all the rest. In the Way of the Heart, that is the only right position in which to do sadhana. To be already in the position obsessed with objects and others, already self-contracted, unable to view the self-contraction, is fruitless. No real sadhana can be done there. You can only manipulate your behavior.

There are two ways to engage Spiritual life: the Way of Satsang and the way of egoic struggle in response to instruction. I do Give you My Instruction, but only in the context of Satsang, only in relationship to you. Therefore, practice of the Way of the Heart is realized in relationship to Me. I do not merely Instruct you and then leave you on your own to fulfill My Instruction. I am steady in My Transmission of My Spiritual Heart-Presence. I am always Available to you. I will always be Available to you, even after My physical Lifetime. I have promised it in Writing in My Source-Literature. It is literally so, and it will always be so. Now you and all My devotees must create a culture based on your practice and your realization of the Way of the Heart. Only on the basis of perpetual Satsang with Me will the community of My devotees serve My Work in the world. Satsang with Me, My Grace Transmitted to you in My Company, makes it so and makes you My devotee.

Therefore, understand this principle and practice it moment to moment under all the difficult, ordinary, and nonsensical experiences of conditional life, under all the conditions of the body-mind. Instead of being astonished by the painful qualities of limitation and mortality, Find Me and enter into Divine Communion with Me.

* * *

The confession of Love-Bliss is the confession of devotion to Me, not the confession of struggle and apology. Of course, the Way of the Heart is associated with self-discipline and the transcendence of egoity. Nevertheless, My true devotee does not practice self-discipline and the transcendence of egoity through struggle with the ego-self, but through feeling-Contemplation of Me in every moment.

* * *

The practice in My Company is a “reality consideration”. It is about locating the action for which you must become responsible. This is absolutely essential if Divine Self-Realization is to be the case.

 


Incarnation of Love

Table of Contents

 
Table of Contents