Transcendentalism and the Introduction of Advaitayana
Da Free John (Adi Da Samraj) – 1982
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The Three Ways of Buddhism
In the Buddhist tradition there are three primary Waysthe Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana (or the Ways of the Arhat, the Bodhisattva, and the Mahasiddha).
The Hinayana Way of the Arhats is the Way of the transcendence of sympathetic (and, ultimately, sorrowful) attachment to conditional self, its relations, and its worlds of experience. It is the “masculine” Way of uncompromising abandonment or transcendence of the motives of sympathy or desire.
The Mahayana Way of the Bodhisattvas is the Way of the transcendence of angry rejection of the conditional self, its relations, and its worlds of experience. It is the “feminine” Way of self-surrender and compassionate service.
The Vajrayana Way of the Mahasiddhas is the Way of the transcendence of both sympathetic attachment and angry rejection, or all the positives and negatives relative to the conditional self, its relations, and its worlds of experience. It is the magical Way of the powers inherent in the male-female unity (or the unity and equanimity of polarized opposites).
Behind and beyond these is Enlightenment Itself, or Realization of the Transcendental Priority that is, under one Name or another, the Ultimate Goal of all the Wisdom traditions.