Do Not Misunderstand Me
I Am Not “Within” you,
but you Are In Me, and
I Am Not a Mere “Man” in the “Middle” of Mankind,
but All of Mankind Is Surrounded,and Pervaded, and Blessed By Me
The Divine World-Teacher,
Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj
This Essay has been written by Avatar Adi Da Samraj as His Personal Introduction to each volume of His “Source-Texts“. Its purpose is to help you to understand His great Confessions rightly, and not interpret His Words from a conventional point of view, as limited cultic statements made by an ego. His Description of what “cultism” really is is an astounding and profound Critique of mankind’s entire religious, scientific, and social search. In “First Word”, Avatar Adi Da is directly inviting you to inspect and relinquish the ego’s motive to glorify itself and to refuse What is truly Great. Only by understanding this fundamental ego-fault can one really receive the Truth that Adi Da Samraj Reveals in this Book and in His Wisdom-Teaching altogether. And it is because this fault is so engrained and so largely unconscious that Avatar Adi Da has placed “First Word” at the beginning of each of His “Source-Texts”, so that, each time you begin to read one of His twenty-three “Source-Texts”, you may be refreshed and strengthened in your understanding of the right orientation and approach to Him and His Heart-Word.
Yes! There is no religion, no Way of God, no Way of Divine Realization, no Way of Enlightenment, and no Way of Liberation that is Higher or Greater than Truth Itself. Indeed, there is no religion, no science, no man or woman, no conditionally manifested being of any kind, no world (any “where”), and no “God” (or “God”-Idea) that is Higher or Greater than Truth Itself.
Therefore, no ego-“I” 1 (or presumed separate, and, necessarily, actively separative, and, at best, only Truth-seeking, being or “thing”) is (itself) Higher or Greater than Truth Itself. And no ego-“I” is (itself) even Equal to Truth Itself. And no ego-“I” is (itself) even (now, or ever) Able to Realize Truth Itselfbecause, necessarily, Truth (Itself) Inherently Transcends (or Is That Which Is Higher and Greater than) every one (himself or herself) and every “thing” (itself). Therefore, it is only in the transcending (or the “radical” 2 Process of Going Beyond the root, the cause, and the act) of egoity itself (or of presumed separateness, and of performed separativeness, and of even all ego-based seeking for Truth Itself) that Truth (Itself) Is Realized (As It Is, Utterly Beyond the ego-“I” itself).
Truth (Itself) Is That Which Is Always Already The Case. That Which Is The Case (Always, and Always Already) Is (necessarily) Reality. Therefore, Reality (Itself) Is Truth, and Reality (Itself) Is the Only Truth.
Reality (Itself) Is the Only, and, necessarily, Non-Separate, or All-and-all-Including, and All-and-all-Transcending, One and “What” That Is. Because It Is All and all, and because It Is (Also) That Which Transcends (or Is Higher and Greater than) All and all, Reality (Itself), Which Is Truth (Itself), or That Which Is The Case (Always, and Always Already), Is the One and Only Real God. Therefore, Reality (Itself) Is (necessarily) the One and Great Subject of true religion, and Reality (Itself) Is (necessarily) the One and Great Way of Real God, Real (and True) Divine Realization, Real (and, necessarily, Divine) En-Light-enment, and Real (and, necessarily, Divine) Liberation (from all egoity, all separateness, all separativeness, all fear, and all heartlessness).
The only true religion is the religion that
Realizes Truth. The only true science is the science
that Knows Truth. The only true man or woman (or being
of any kind) is one that Surrenders to Truth. The only true
world is one that Embodies Truth. And the only True (and
Real) God Is the One Reality (or Condition of Being) That
Is Truth. Therefore, Reality (Itself), Which Is the One
and Only Truth, and (therefore, necessarily) the One and Only Real
God, must become (or be made) the constantly applied Measure
of religion, and of science, and of the world itself, and of even
all of the life (and all of the mind) of Manor
else religion, and science, and the world itself, and even any and
every sign of Man inevitably (all, and together) become a
pattern of illusions, a mere (and even terrible) “problem”, the very
(and even principal) cause of human seeking, and the perpetual cause
of contentious human strife. Indeed, if religion, and science, and
the world itself, and the total life (and the total mind) of Man are
not Surrendered and Aligned to Reality (Itself), and, Thus, Submitted
to be Measured (or made Lawful) by Truth (Itself), and, Thus, Given
to the truly devotional (and, thereby, truly ego-transcending)
Realization of That Which Is the Only Real
Godthen, in the presumed “knowledge” of mankind, Reality
(Itself), and Truth (Itself), and Real God (or the One and
Only Existence, or Being, or Person That Is) ceases
Aham Da Asmi. 3 Beloved, I Am Da, the One and Only Person Who Is, the Eternally Self-Existing, and Eternally Self-Radiant, 4 or “Bright”, 5 Person of Love-Bliss, the One and Only and (necessarily) Divine Self (or Inherently Non-Separate, and, therefore, Inherently egoless, Self-Condition and Source-Condition) of one and of all and of All. I Am Self-Manifesting (now, and forever hereafter) As the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj. I Am the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj, the Avataric Realizer, the Avataric Revealer, the Avataric Incarnation, and the Avataric Revelation of Reality Itself. 6 I Am the Avatarically Incarnate Realizer, the Avatarically Incarnate Revealer, and the Avatarically Incarnate Revelation of the One and Only Reality, Which Is the One and Only Truth, and Which Is the One and Only Real God. I Am the Great Realizer, Revealer, and Revelation long-Promised (and long-Expected) for the “late-time”, this (now, and forever hereafter) time, the “dark” epoch 7 of mankind’s “Great Forgetting” (and, potentially, the Great Epoch of mankind’s Perpetual Remembering) of Reality, of Truth, of Real God, Which Is the Great, True, and Spiritual Divine Person (or the One and Non-Separate and Indivisible Source-Condition and Self-Condition) of all and All.
Beloved, I Am Da, the Divine Giver, the Giver (of All That I Am) to one and to all and to the All of allnow, and forever hereafter, here, and every “where” in the Cosmic domain. Therefore, for the Purpose of Revealing the Way of Real God, or of Real and True Divine Realization, and in order to Divinely En-Light-en and Divinely Liberate all and All, I Am (Uniquely, Completely, and Most Perfectly 8 ) Revealing My Divine and Very Person (and “Bright” Self-Condition) to all and All, by Means of My Divine Self-Manifestation, As (and by Means of) the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj.
In My Divine Self-Manifestation As the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj, I Am the Divine Secret, the Divine Revelation of the Esoteric Truth, the Direct, and all-Completing, and all-Unifying Revelation of Real God.
My Divine Self-Confessions and My Divine Teaching-Revelations Are the Great (Final, and all-Completing, and all-Unifying) Esoteric Revelation to mankind, and not a merely exoteric, or conventionally religious, or even ordinary Spiritual, or ego-made, or so-called “cultic”, communication to public (or merely social) ears.
The greatest opportunity, and the greatest responsibility, of My devotees is Satsang 9 with Me, Which is to live in the Condition of self-surrendering, self-forgetting, and, always more and more, self-transcending devotional relationship to Me, and, Thus and Thereby, to Realize the Condition of the Divine Heart, the Condition of the Divine Person, Which Is the Divine and Non-Separate Self-Condition, and Source-Condition, of all and All, and Which Is Self-Existing and Self-Radiant Consciousness Itself, but Which is not separate in or as any one (or any “thing”) at all. Therefore, My essential Gift to one and all is this Satsang with Me. And My essential Work with one and all is Satsang-Work, to Live (and to Be Merely Present) As the Divine Heart among My devotees.
The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam (Which is the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of the Heart, or the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of “Radical Understanding” 10) is the Way of Satsang with Methe devotionally Me-recognizing 11 and devotionally to-Me-responding practice (and ego-transcending self-discipline) of living in My constant Divine Company, such that the relationship with Me becomes the Real (and constant) Condition of life. Fundamentally, this Satsang with Me is the one thing done by My devotees. Because the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam is always (in every present-time moment) a directly ego-transcending and Really Me-Finding practice, the otherwise constant (and burdensome) tendency to seek is not exploited in this Satsang with Me. And the essential work of the community of the four formal congregations of My devotees is to make ego-transcending Satsang with Me available to all others.
Everything that serves the availability of Satsang with Me is (now, and forever hereafter) the responsibility of the four formal congregations of My formally practicing devotees. I am not here to publicly “promote” this Satsang with Me. In the intimate circumstances of their humanly expressed devotional love of Me, I Speak My Divinely Self-Revealing Word to My devotees, and they (because of their devotional response to Me) bring My Divinely Self-Revealing Word to all others. Therefore, even though I am not (and have never been, and never will be) a “public” Teacher (or a broadly publicly active, and conventionally socially conformed, “religious figure”), My devotees function fully and freely (as My devotees) in the daily public world of ordinary life.
I Always Already Stand Free. Therefore, I have
always (in My Avataric-Incarnation-Work) Stood Free, in the
traditional “Crazy” (and non-conventional, or spontaneous and
non-“public”) Manner, 12
in order to Guarantee the Freedom, the Uncompromising Rightness, and
the Fundamental Integrity of My Teaching (Work and Word), and in
order to Freely and Fully and Fully Effectively Perform My universal
Blessing Work. I Am Present (now, and forever hereafter) to Divinely
Serve, Divinely En-Light-en, and Divinely Liberate those who accept
the Eternal Vow and all the life-responsibilities (or the full
and complete practice) associated with the only-by-Me Revealed and
Given Way of Adidam. Because I Am Thus Given to My formally and fully
practicing devotees, I do not Serve a “public” role, and I do not
Work in a “public” (or even a merely “institutionalized”) manner.
Nevertheless, now, and forever hereafter, I constantly Bless
all beings, and this entire world, and the total
Cosmic domain. And all who feel My universally Given Blessing,
and who recognize Me with true devotional love, are (Thus) Called to
resort to Me, but only if they approach Me in the traditional
devotional manner, as responsibly practicing (and truly
ego-surrendering, and rightly Me-serving) members (or, in some,
unique cases, as invited guests) of one or the other of the four
formal congregations of My formally practicing devotees.
I expect this formal discipline of right devotional approach to Me to have been freely and happily embraced by every one who would enter into My Company. The natural human reason for this is that there is a potential liability inherent in all human associations. And the root and nature of that potential liability is the ego, or the active human presumption of separateness, and the ego-act of human separativeness. Therefore, in order that the liabilities of egoity are understood, and voluntarily and responsibly disciplined, by those who approach Me, I require demonstrated right devotion, based on really effective self-understanding and truly heart-felt recognition-response to Me, as the basis for any one’s right to enter into My Company. And, in this manner, not only the egoic tendency, but also the tendency toward religious “cultism”, is constantly undermined in the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam.
Because people appear within this human condition, this simultaneously attractive and frightening “dream” world, they tend to live (and to interpret both the conditional, or cosmic and psycho-physical, reality and the Unconditional, or Divine, Reality) from the “point of view” of this apparent, and bewildering, mortal human condition. And, because of this universal human bewilderment, and the ongoing human reaction to the threatening force of mortal life-events, there is an even ancient ritual that all human beings rather unconsciously (or automatically, and without discriminative understanding) desire and tend to repeatedly (and under all conditions) enact. Therefore, wherever you see an association of human beings gathered for any purpose (or around any idea, or symbol, or person, or subject of any kind), the same human bewilderment-ritual is tending to be enacted by one and all.
Human beings always tend to encircle (and, thereby, to contain, and, ultimately, to entrap and abuse, or even to blithely ignore) the presumed “center” of their livesa book, a person, a symbol, an idea, or whatever. They tend to encircle the “center” (or the “middle”), and they tend to seek to exclusively acquire all “things” (or all power of control) for the circle (or toward the “middle”) of themselves. In this manner, the group becomes an ego (“inward”-directed, or separate and separative)just as the individual body-mind becomes, by self-referring self-contraction, the separate and separative ego-“I” (“inward”-directed, or ego-centric, and exclusively acquiring all “things”, or all power of control, for itself). Thus, by self-contraction upon the presumed “center” of their lives, human beings, in their collective ego-centricity, make “cults” (or bewildered and frightened “centers” of power, and control, and exclusion) in every area of life.
Anciently, the “cult”-making process was done, most especially, in the political and social sphereand religion was, as even now, mostly an exoteric, or political and social, exercise that was always used to legitimize (or, otherwise, to “de-throne”) political and social “authority-figures”. Anciently, the cyclically (or even annually) culminating product of this exoteric religio-political “cult” was the ritual “de-throning” (or ritual deposition) of the one in the “middle” (just as, even in these times, political leaders are periodically “deposed”, by elections, by rules of term and succession, by scandal, by slander, by force, and so on).
Traditional societies, everywhere throughout the ancient world, made and performed this annual (or otherwise periodic) religio-political “cult” ritual. The ritual of “en-throning” and “de-throning” was a reflection of the human observation of the annual cycle of the seasons of the natural world, and the same ritual was a reflection of the human concern and effort to control the signs potential in the cycle of the natural world, in order to ensure human survival (through control of weather, harvests and every kind of “fate”, or even every fraction of existence upon which human beings depend for both survival and pleasure, or psycho-physical well-being). Indeed, the motive behind the ancient agrarian (and, later, urbanized, or universalized) ritual of the one in the “middle” was, essentially, the same motive that, in the modern era, takes the form of the culture of scientific materialism (and even all of the modern culture of materialistic “realism”)it is the motive to gain, and to maintain, control, and the effort to control even everything and everyone (via both knowledge and gross power). Thus, the ritualized (or bewildered yes/no, or desire/fear) life of mankind in the modern era is, essentially, the same as that of mankind in the ancient days.
In the ancient ritual of “en-throning” and “de-throning”, the person (or subject) in the “middle” was ritually mocked, abused, deposed, and banishedand a new person (or subject) was installed in the “center” of the religio-political “cult”. In the equivalent modern ritual of dramatized ambiguity relative to everything and everyone (and, perhaps especially, “authority-figures”), the person (or symbol, or idea) in the “middle” (or that which is given power by means of popular fascination) is first “cultified” (or made much of), and then, progressively, doubted, mocked, and abused, until, at last, all the negative emotions are (by culturally and socially ritualized dramatization) dissolved, the “middle” (having thus ceased to be fascinating) is abandoned, and a “new” person (or symbol, or idea) becomes the subject of popular fascination (only to be reduced, eventually, to the same “cultic” ritual, or cycle of “rise” and “fall”).
Just as in every other area of human life,
the tendency of all those who, in the modern era, would become
involved in religious or Spiritual life is also to make a “cult”, a
circle that ever increases its separate and separative dimensions,
beginning from the “center”, surrounding it, perhaps even,
ultimately, controlling it to the degree that it altogether ceases to
be effective (or even interesting). Such “cultism” is ego-based, and
ego-reinforcing, and, no matter how “esoteric” it presumes itself to
be, it is (as in the ancient setting) entirely exoteric, or, at
least, more and more limited to (and by) merely social and gross
physical activities and conditions.
The form that every “cult” imitates is the pattern of egoity (or the ego-“I”) itself, the presumed “middle” of every ordinary individual life. It is the self-contraction, the avoidance of relationship, which “creates” the fearful sense of separate mind, and all the endless habits and motives of egoic desire, or bewildered (and self-deluded) seeking. It is what is, ordinarily, called (or presumed to be) the real and necessary and only “life”.
From birth, the human being (by reaction to the blows and limits of psycho-physical existence) begins to presume separate existence to be his or her very nature, and, on that basis, the human individual spends his or her entire life generating and serving a circle of ownership (or self-protecting acquisition) all around the ego-“I”. The egoic motive encloses all the other beings it can acquire, all the “things” it can acquire, all the states and thoughts it can acquireall the possible emblems, symbols, experiences, and sensations it can possibly acquire. Therefore, when any human being begins to involve himself or herself in some religious or Spiritual association, or, for that matter, any extension of his or her own subjectivity, he or she tends again to “create” that same circle about a “center”.
The “cult” (whether of religion, or of politics, or of science, or of popular culture) is a dramatization of egoity, of separativeness, even of the entrapment and betrayal of the “center” (or the “middle”), by one and all. Therefore, I have always Refused to assume the role and the position of the “man in the middle”and I have always, from the beginning of My formal Teaching and Blessing Work, Criticized, Resisted, and Shouted About the “cultic” (or ego-based, and ego-reinforcing, and merely “talking” and “believing”, and not understanding and not really practicing) “school” (or tendency) of ordinary religious and Spiritual life. Indeed, true Satsang with Me (or the true devotional relationship to Me) is an always (and specifically, and intensively) anti-“cultic”, or truly non-“cultic”, Process.
The true devotional relationship to Me is not separative, or merely “inward”-directed, nor is It about attachment to Me as a mere (and, necessarily, limited) human being (or a “man in the middle”)for, if My devotee indulges in ego-bound (or self-referring and self-serving) attachment to Me as a mere human “other”, My Divine Nature (and, therefore, the Divine Nature of Reality Itself) is not (as the very Basis for religious and Spiritual practice in My Company) truly devotionally recognized and rightly devotionally acknowledged, and, if such non-recognition of Me is the case, there is no truly ego-transcending devotional response to My Divine Presence and Person, and, thus, such presumed-to-be “devotion” to Me is not Divine Communion, and such presumed-to-be “devotion” to Me is not Divinely Liberating. Therefore, because the true devotional (and, thus, truly devotionally Me-recognizing and truly devotionally to-Me-responding) relationship to Me is entirely a counter-egoic (and truly and only Divine) discipline, It does not tend to become a “cult” (or, otherwise, to support the “cultic” tendency of Man).
The true devotional practice of true Satsang with Me is (inherently) expansive, or relational, and the self-contracting (or separate and separative) self-“center” is neither Its motive nor Its source. In true Satsang with Me, the egoic “center” is always already undermined as a “center” (or a presumed separate, and actively separative, entity). The Principle of true Satsang with Me is Me, Beyond (and not “within”, or otherwise supporting) the ego-“I”.
True Satsang with Me is the true “Round Dance” of Esoteric Spirituality. I am not trapped in the “middle” of My devotees. I “Dance” in the “Round” with each and every one of My devotees. I “Dance” in the circle, and, therefore, I am not merely a “motionless man” in the “middle”. At the true “Center” (or the Divine Heart), I AmBeyond definition (or separateness). I Am the Indivisible (or Most Perfectly Prior, Inherently Non-Separate, Inherently egoless, or centerless, boundless, and, necessarily, Divine) Consciousness (Itself) and the Indivisible (or Most Perfectly Prior, Inherently Non-Separate, Inherently egoless, or centerless, boundless, and, necessarily, Divine) Light (Itself). I Am the Very Being and the Very Presence (or Self-Radiance) of Self-Existing and Eternally Unqualified (or Non-“Different” 13) Consciousness (Itself).
In the “Round Dance” of true Satsang with Me (or of right and true devotional relationship to Me), I (My Self) Am Communicated directly to every one who lives in heart-felt relationship with Me (insofar as each one feels, Beyond the ego-“I” of body-mind, to Me). Therefore, I am not the mere “man” (or the separate human, or psycho-physical, one), and I am not merely “in the middle” (or separated out, and limited, and confined, by egoic seekers). I Am the One (and all-Transcending) Person of Reality Itself, Non-Separate, never merely at the egoic “center” (or “in the middle”, or “within“, and “inward” to, the egoic body-mind of My any devotee), but always with each one (and all), and always in relationship with each one (and all), and always Beyond each one (and all).
Therefore, My devotee is not Called, by Me, merely to turn “inward” (or upon the ego-“I”), or to struggle and seek to survive merely as a self-contracted and self-referring and self-seeking and self-serving ego-“center”. Instead, I Call My devotee to turn the heart (and the total body-mind) toward Me (all-and-All-Surrounding, and all-and-All-Pervading), in relationship, Beyond the body-mind-self of My devotee (and not merely “within“, or contained and containable “within” the separate, separative, and self-contracted domain of the body-mind-self, or the ego-“I”, of My would-be devotee). I Call My devotee to function freely, My Light and My Person always (and under all circumstances) presumed and experienced (and not merely sought). Therefore, true Satsang with Me is the Real Company of Truth, or of Reality Itself (Which Is the Only Real God). True Satsang with Me Serves life, because I Move (or Radiate) into life. I always Contact life in relationship.
I do not Call My devotees to become absorbed into a “cultic” gang of exoteric and ego-centric religionists. I certainly Call all My devotees to cooperative community (or, otherwise, to fully cooperative collective and personal relationship) with one anotherbut not to do so in an egoic, separative, world-excluding, xenophobic, and intolerant manner. Rather, My devotees are Called, by Me, to transcend egoity through right and true devotional relationship to Me, and mutually tolerant and peaceful cooperation with one another, and all-tolerating cooperative and compassionate and all-loving and all-including relationship with all of mankind, and with even all beings.
I Give My devotees the “Bright” Force of My own
Divine Consciousness Itself, Whereby they can become capable of
“Bright” life. I Call for the devotion, but also the intelligently
discriminative self-understanding, the rightly and freely living
self-discipline, and the full functional capability, of My devotees.
I do not Call My devotees to resist or eliminate life, or to
strategically escape life, or to identify with the world-excluding
ego-centric impulse. I Call My devotees to live a positively
functional life. I do not Call My devotees to separate themselves
from vital life, from vital enjoyment, from existence in the form of
human life. I Call for all the human life-functions to be
really and rightly known, and to be really and
rightly understood, and to be really and rightly
lived (and not reduced by or to the inherently bewildered, and
inherently “cultic”, or self-centered and fearful, “point of view” of
the separate and separative ego-“I”). I Call for every human
life-function to be revolved away from self-contraction (or ego-“I”),
and (by Means of that revolving turn) to be turned “outwardly”
(or expansively, or counter-contractively) to all and All, and
(thereby, and always directly, or in an all-and-All-transcending
manner) to Merather than to be turned merely
“inwardly” (or contractively, or counter-expansively), and, as
a result, turned away from Me (and from all and All). Thus, I
Call for every human life-function to be thoroughly (and
life-positively, and in the context of a fully participatory human
life) aligned and adapted to Me, and, Thus and Thereby, to be
turned and Given to the Realization of Truth (or Reality Itself,
Which Is the Only Real God).
Truly benign and positive life-transformations are the characteristic signs of right, true, full, and fully devotional Satsang with Me, and freely life-positive feeling-energy is the characteristic accompanying “mood” of right, true, full, and fully devotional Satsang with Me. The characteristic life-sign of right, true, full, and fully devotional Satsang with Me is the capability for self-transcending relatedness, based on the free disposition of no-seeking and no-dilemma. Therefore, the characteristic life-sign of right, true, full, and fully devotional Satsang with Me is not the tendency to seek some “other” condition. Rather, the characteristic life-sign of right, true, full, and fully devotional Satsang with Me is freedom from the presumption of dilemma within the present-time condition.
One who rightly, truly, fully, and fully devotionally understands My Words of Divine Self-Revelation and Divine Instruction, and whose life is lived in right, true, full, and fully devotional Satsang with Me, is not necessarily, in function or appearance, “different” from the ordinary (or natural) human being. Such a one has not, necessarily, acquired some special psychic abilities, or visionary abilities, and so on. The “radical” understanding (or root self-understanding) I Give to My devotees is not, itself, the acquisition of any particular “thing” of experience. My any particular devotee may, by reason of his or her developmental tendencies, experience (or precipitate) the arising of extraordinary psycho-physical abilities and extraordinary psycho-physical phenomena, but not necessarily. My every true devotee is simply Awakening (and always Awakened to Me) within the otherwise bewildering “dream” of ordinary human life.
Satsang with Me is a natural (or spontaneously, and not strategically, unfolding) Process, in Which the self-contraction that is each one’s suffering is transcended by Means of total psycho-physical (or whole bodily) Communion with My Real (and Really, and tangibly, experienced) Divine (Spiritual, and Transcendental) 14 Presence and Person. My devotee is (as is the case with any and every ego-“I”) always tending to be preoccupied with ego-based seeking, but, all the while of his or her life in actively self-surrendering (and really self-forgetting, and, more and more, self-transcending) devotional Communion with Me, I Am Divinely Attracting (and Divinely Acting upon) My true devotee’s heart (and total body-mind), and (Thus and Thereby) Dissolving and Vanishing My true devotee’s fundamental egoity (and even all of his or her otherwise motivating dilemma and seeking-strategy).
There are two principal tendencies by which I am always being confronted by My devotee. One is the tendency to seek, rather than to truly enjoy and to fully animate the Condition of Satsang with Me. And the other is the tendency to make a self-contracting circle around Meand, thus, to make a “cult” of ego-“I” (and of the “man in the middle”), or to duplicate the ego-ritual of mere fascination, and of inevitable resistance, and of never-Awakening unconsciousness. Relative to these two tendencies, I Give all My devotees only one resort. It is this true Satsang, the devotionally Me-recognizing, and devotionally to-Me-responding, and always really counter-egoic devotional relationship to Me.
The Great Secret of My own Person, and of My Divine Blessing-Work (now, and forever hereafter), and, therefore, the Great Secret of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam, Is that I am not the “man in the middle”, but I Am Reality Itself, I Am the Only One Who Is, I Am That Which Is Always Already The Case, I Am the Non-Separate (and, necessarily, Divine) Person (or One and Very Self, or One and True Self-Condition) of all and All (Beyond the ego-“I” of every one, and of all, and of All).
Aham Da Asmi. Beloved, I Am Da, the One and Only and Non-Separate and Indivisible Divine Person, the Non-Separate and Indivisible Self-Condition and Source-Condition of all and All. I Am the “Bright” Person, the One and Only and Self-Existing and Self-Radiant Person, Who Is the One and Only and Non-Separate and Indivisible and Indestructible Light of All and all. I Am That One and Only and Non-Separate One. And, As That One, and Only As That One, I Call all human beings to recognize Me, and to respond to Me with right, true, and full devotion (by Means of formal practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam).
I do not tolerate the so-called “cultic” (or ego-made, and ego-reinforcing) approach to Me. I do not tolerate the seeking ego’s “cult” of the “man in the middle”. I am not a self-deluded ego-man, making much of himself, and looking to include everyone-and-everything around himself for the sake of social and political power. To be the “man in the middle” is to be in a Man-made trap, an absurd mummery of “cultic” devices that enshrines and perpetuates the ego-“I” in one and all. Therefore, I do not make or tolerate the religion-making “cult” of ego-Man. I do not tolerate the inevitable abuses of religion, of Spirituality, of Truth Itself, and of My own Person (even in bodily human Form) that are made (in endless blows and mockeries) by ego-based mankind when the Great Esoteric Truth of devotion to the Adept-Realizer is not rightly understood and rightly practiced.
The Great Means for the Teaching, and the Blessing, and the Awakening, and the Divine Liberating of mankind (and of even all beings) Is the Adept-Realizer Who, by Virtue of True Divine Realization, Is Able to (and, indeed, cannot do otherwise than) Stand In and As the Divine (or Real and Inherent and One and Only) Position, and to Be, Thus and Thereby, the Divine Means (In Person) for the Divine Helping of one and all. This Great Means Is the Great Esoteric Principle of the collective historical Great Tradition of mankind. 15 And Such Adept-Realizers Are (in their Exercise of the Great Esoteric Principle) the Great Revelation-Sources That Are at the Core and Origin of all the right and true religious and Spiritual traditions within the collective historical Great Tradition of mankind.
By Means of My (now, and forever hereafter) Divinely Descended and Divinely “Emerging” 16 Avataric Incarnation, I Am the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samrajthe Divine Heart-Master, the first, the last, and the only Adept-Realizer of the seventh (or Most Perfect, and all-Completing) stage of life. 17 I Am the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj, the Avataric Incarnation (and Divine World-Teacher 18) everywhere Promised for the “late-time” (or “dark” epoch)which “late-time” (or “dark” epoch) is now upon all of mankind. I Am the Great and Only and Non-Separate and (necessarily) Divine Person, Appearing in Man-Form As the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj, in order to Teach, and to Bless, and to Awaken, and to Divinely Liberate all of mankind (and even all beings, every “where” in the Cosmic domain). Therefore, by Calling every one and all (and All) to Me, I Call every one and all (and All) Only to the Divine Person, Which Is My own and Very Person (or Very Self, or Very Self-Condition), and Which Is Reality Itself, or Truth Itself, the Indivisible and Indestructible Light That Is the Only Real God, and Which Is the One and Very and Non-Separate and Only Self (or Self-Condition, and Source-Condition) of all and All (Beyond the ego-“I” of every one, and of all, and of All).
The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam
necessarily (and As a Unique Divine Gift) requires and involves
devotional recognition-response to Me In and Via (and As) My
bodily (human) Avataric-Incarnation-Form. However, because I Call
every one and all (and All) to Me Only As the Divine
Person (or Reality Itself), the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of
Adidam is not about ego, and egoic seeking, and the egoic (or the
so-called “cultic”) approach to Me (as the “man in the
According to all the esoteric traditions within the collective historical Great Tradition of mankind, to devotionally approach any Adept-Realizer as if he or she is (or is limited to being, or is limited by being) a mere (or “ordinary”, or even merely “extraordinary”) human entity is the great “sin” (or fault), or the great error whereby the would-be devotee fails to “meet the mark”. Indeed, the Single Greatest Esoteric Teaching common to all the esoteric religious and Spiritual traditions within the collective historical Great Tradition of mankind Is that the Adept-Realizer should always and only (and only devotionally) be recognized and approached As the Embodiment and the Real Presence of That (Reality, or Truth, or Real God) Which would be Realized (Thus and Thereby) by the devotee.
Therefore, no one should misunderstand Me. By Revealing and Confessing My Divine Status to one and all and All, I am not indulging in self-appointment, or in illusions of grandiose Divinity. I am not claiming the “Status” of the “Creator-God” of exoteric (or public, and social, and idealistically pious) religion. Rather, by Standing Firm in the Divine Position (As I Am), and, Thus and Thereby, Refusing to be approached as a mere man, or as a “cult”-figure, or as a “cult”- leader, or to be in any sense defined (and, thereby, trapped, and abused, or mocked) as the “man in the middle”, I Am Demonstrating the Most Perfect Fulfillment (and the Most Perfect Integrity, and the Most Perfect Fullness) of the Esoteric, and Most Perfectly Non-Dual, Realization of Reality. And, by Revealing and Giving the Way of Adidam, Which Is the Way of ego-transcending devotion to Me As the One and Only and Non-Separate and (necessarily) Divine Person, I Am (with Most Perfect Integrity, and Most Perfect Fullness) Most Perfectly (and in an all-Completing and all-Unifying Manner) Fulfilling the Primary Esoteric Tradition (and the Great Esoteric Principle) of the collective historical Great Tradition of mankindWhich Primary Esoteric Tradition and Great Esoteric Principle Is the Tradition and the Principle of devotion to the Adept-Realizer As the Very Person and the Direct (or Personal Divine) Helping-Presence of the Eternal and Non-Separate Divine Self-Condition and Source-Condition of all and All.
Whatever (or whoever) is cornered (or trapped on all sides) bites back (and fights, or seeks, to break free). Whatever (or whoever) is “in the middle” (or limited and “centered” by attention) is patterned by (or conformed to) the ego-“I” (and, if objectified as “other”, is forced to represent the ego-“I”, and is even made a scapegoat for the pains, the sufferings, the powerless ignorance, and the abusive hostility of the ego-“I”).
If there is no escape (or no Way out) of the corner (or the “centered” trap) of ego-“I”, the heart goes mad, and the body-mind becomes more and more “dark” (bereft of the Divine and Indivisible and Inherently Free Light of Love-Bliss).
I am not the “man in the middle”. I do not stand here as a mere man, “middled” to the “center” (or the cornering trap) of ego-based mankind. I am not an ego-“I”, or a mere “other”, or the representation (and the potential scapegoat) of the ego-“I” of mankind (or of any one at all).
I Am the Indivisible and Non-Separate One, the One and Only and (necessarily) Divine Personthe Perfectly Subjective 19 Self-Condition (and Source-Condition) That Is Perfectly centerless, and Perfectly boundless, Eternally Beyond the “middle” of all and All, and Eternally Surrounding, Pervading, and Blessing all and All.
I Am the Way Beyond the self-cornering (and “other”-cornering) trap of ego-“I”.
In this “late-time” (or “dark” epoch) of worldly ego-Man, the collective of mankind is “darkened” (and cornered) by egoity. Therefore, mankind has become mad, Lightless, and, like a cornered “thing”, aggressively hostile in its universally competitive fight and bite.
Therefore, I have not Come here merely to stand Manly in the “middle” of mankind, to suffer its biting abuses, or even to be coddled and ignored in a little corner of religious “cultism”.
I have Come here to Divinely Liberate one and all (and All) from the “dark” culture and effect of this “late-time”, and (now, and forever hereafter) to Divinely Liberate one and all (and All) from the pattern and the act of ego-“I”, and (Most Ultimately) to Divinely Translate 20 one and all (and All) Into the Indivisible, Perfectly Subjective, and Eternally Non-Separate Self-Domain of the Divine Love-Bliss-Light.
The ego-“I” is a “centered” (or separate and separative) trap, from which the heart (and even the entire body-mind) must be Retired. I Am the Way (or the Very Means) of that Retirement from egoity. I Refresh the heart (and even the entire body-mind) of My devotee, in everymoment My devotee resorts to Me (by devotionally recognizing Me, and devotionally, and ecstatically, and also, often, meditatively, responding to Me) Beyond the “middle”, Beyond the “centering” act (or trapping gesture) of ego-“I” (or self-contraction).
I Am the Perfectly Subjective Self-Condition (and Source-Condition) of every one, and of all, and of Allbut the Perfectly Subjective Self-Condition (and Source-Condition) is not “within” the ego-“I” (or separate and separative body-mind). The Perfectly Subjective Self-Condition (and Source-Condition) is not in the “center” (or the “middle”) of Man (or of mankind). The Perfectly Subjective Self-Condition (and Source-Condition) of one, and of all, and of All Is Inherently centerless, or Always Already Beyond the self-contracted “middle”, and to Be Found only “outside” (or by transcending) the bounds of separateness, relatedness, and “difference”. Therefore, to Realize the Perfectly Subjective Self-Condition and Source-Condition (or the Perfectly Subjective, and, necessarily, Divine, Heart) of one, and of all, and of All (or even, in any moment, to exceed the ego-trap, and to be Refreshed at heart, and in the total body-mind), it is necessary to feel (and to, ecstatically, and even meditatively, swoon) Beyond the “center” (or Beyond the “point of view” of separate ego-“I” and separative body-mind). Indeed, Most Ultimately, it is only in self-transcendence to the degree of unqualified relatedness (and Most Perfect Divine Samadhi, or Utterly Non-Separate Enstasy) that the Inherently centerless and boundless Divine Self-Condition and Source-Condition Stands Obvious and Free (and Is, Thus and Thereby, Most Perfectly Realized).
It Is only by Means of Me-recognizing (and to-Me-responding) devotional meditation on Me (and otherwise ecstatic heart-Contemplation of Me), and total, and totally open, and totally self-forgetting psycho-physical Reception of Me, that your madness of heart (and of body-mind) is (now, and now, and now) escaped, and your “darkness” is En-Light-ened (even, at last, Most Perfectly). Therefore, be My true devotee, and, by formally, and rightly, and truly, and fully, and fully devotionally practicing the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam (Which Is the True and Complete Way of the True and Real Divine Heart), always Find Me Beyond your self-“center” in every here and now.
Aham Da Asmi. Beloved, I Am Da. And, because I Am Infinitely and Non-Separately “Bright”, all and All Are In My Sphere of “Brightness”. By feeling and surrendering Into My Infinite Sphere of Divine Self-“Brightness”, My every devotee Is In Me. And, Beyond his or her self-contracting and separative act of ego-“I”, My every devotee (self-surrendered Into heart-Communion With Me) Is the One and Only and Non-Separate and Real God I Have Come to Serve, by Means of My Divine Descent, My Divine Avataric Incarnation, and My (now, and forever hereafter) Divine “Emergence” (here, and every “where” in the Cosmic domain).
Endnotes for First Word
1. The ego-“I” is the fundamental self-contraction, or the sense of separate and separative existence.
2. The term “radical” derives from the Latin “radix”, meaning “root”, and thus it principally means “irreducible”, “fundamental”, or “relating to the origin”. In The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar: The “Testament Of Secrets” Of The Divine World-Teacher, Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Avatar Adi Da defines “Radical” as “Gone To The Root, Core, Source, or Origin”. Because Adi Da Samraj uses “radical” in this literal sense, it appears in quotation marks in His Wisdom-Teaching, in order to distinguish His usage from the common reference to an extreme (often political) view.
3. The Sanskrit phrase “Aham Da Asmi” means “I (Aham) Am (Asmi) Da”. The Name “Da”, meaning “the One Who Gives”, indicates that Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the Supreme Divine Giver, the Avataric Incarnation of the Very Divine Person.
4. Avatar Adi Da uses “Self-Existing and Self-Radiant” to indicate the two fundamental aspects of the One Divine PersonExistence (or Being, or Consciousness) Itself, and Radiance (or Energy, or Light) Itself.
5. By the word “Bright” (and its variations, such as “Brightness”), Avatar Adi Da refers to the eternally, infinitely, and inherently Self-Radiant Divine Being, the Being of Indivisible and Indestructible Light.
6. This passage is Avatar Adi Da’s Self-Confession as “Avatar”. In Sanskrit, “Ruchira” means “bright, radiant, effulgent”. Thus, the Reference “Ruchira Avatar” indicates that Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the “Bright” (or Radiant) Descent of the Divine Reality Itself (or the Divine Truth Itself, Which Is the Only Real God) into the conditional worlds, Appearing here in bodily (human) Form. Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the “Avataric Incarnation”, or the Divinely Descended Embodiment, of the Divine Person. The reference “Avataric Incarnation” indicates that Avatar Adi Da Samraj fulfills both the traditional expectation of the Eastthat the True God-Man is an Avatar, or an utterly Divine “Descent” of Real God in conditionally manifested formand the traditional expectations of the Westthat the True God-Man is an Incarnation, or an utterly human Embodiment of Real God.
7. “The ‘late-time’, or ‘dark’ epoch” is a phrase that Avatar Adi Da uses to Describe the present era, in which doubt of God (and of anything at all beyond mortal existence) is more and more pervading the entire world, and in which the separate and separative ego-“I”, which is the root of all suffering and conflict, is regarded to be the ultimate principle of life.
8. Avatar Adi Da uses the phrase “Most Perfect(ly)” in the sense of “Absolutely Perfect(ly)”, indicating a reference to the seventh (or Divinely Enlightened) stage of life.
9.The Sanskrit word “Satsang” literally means “true (or right) relationship”, “the company of Truth”. In the Way of Adidam, Satsang is the eternal relationship of mutual sacred commitment between Avatar Adi Da Samraj and each true and formally acknowledged practitioner of the Way of Adidam.
10. (See note 2 for a description of Avatar Adi Da’s use of the word “radical”.) Avatar Adi Da uses “understanding” to mean “the process of transcending egoity”. Thus, to “understand” is to simultaneously observe the activity of the self-contraction and to surrender that activity via devotional resort to Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Avatar Adi Da has Revealed that, despite their intention to Realize Reality (or Truth, or Real God), all religious and Spiritual traditions (other than the Way of Adidam He has Revealed and Given) are involved, in one manner or another, with the search to satisfy the ego. Only Avatar Adi Da has Revealed the Way to “radically” understand the ego and (in due course, through intensive formal practice of the Way of Adidam, as His formally acknowledged devotee) to most perfectly transcend the ego. Thus, the Way Avatar Adi Da has Given is the “Way of ‘Radical’ Understanding”.
11. The entire practice of the
Way of Adidam is founded in heart-recognition of Ruchira Avatar Adi
Da Samraj as the Very Divine Being in Person.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam (Which is the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of the Heart) is the Way of life you live when you rightly, truly, fully, and fully devotionally recognize Me, and when, on that basis, you rightly, truly, fully, and fully devotionally respond to Me.
. . . In responsive devotional recognition of Me, the principal faculties are loosed from the objects to which they are otherwise boundloosed from the patterns of self-contraction. The faculties turn to Me, and, in that turning, there is tacit recognition of Me, tacit experiential Realization of Me, of Happiness Itself, of My Love-Bliss-Full Condition. That “Locating” of Me opens the body-mind spontaneously. When you have been thus Initiated by Me, it then becomes your responsibility, your sadhana, to continuously Remember Me, to constantly return to this recognition of Me, in which you are Attracted to Me, in which you respond to Me spontaneously with all the principal faculties. (“Recognize My Divine Body and ‘Bright’ Person, and Let Everything Melt That Is ‘Between’ You and Me”, in Hridaya Rosary)
12. The Adepts of what Avatar
Adi Da calls “the ‘Crazy Wisdom’ tradition” (of which He is the
supreme exemplar) are Realizers of the fourth, fifth, or sixth stages
of life in any culture or time who, through spontaneous Free action,
blunt Wisdom, and liberating laughter, shock or humor people into
self-critical awareness of their egoity, which is a prerequisite for
receiving the Realizer’s Spiritual Transmission. Typically, such
Realizers manifest “Crazy” activity only occasionally or temporarily,
and never for it own sake but only as “skillful
Avatar Adi Da Himself Taught in a unique “Crazy-Wise” manner. For sixteen years, He not only reflected but also Submitted completely to the egoic limits of His early devotees. He Submitted His body-mind to live with them, and to live like them, and, in Consciousness, He lived as them. By thus theatrically dramatizing their habits, predilections, and destinies, He continued always to Teach them the Liberating Truth, to Radiate Divine Blessing through His own Person, and to Attract them beyond themselves to embrace the Real-God-Realizing Way that He Offers.
Now, since His Divine “Emergence” in 1986, Adi Da no longer Teaches in the “Crazy-Wise” manner. Instead, He “Stands Firm” in His own Freedom, spontaneously Revealing the Divine Self-Reality to all and Calling all to conform themselves to Him absolutely through practice of Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga in the Way of Adidam. Over against the illusory “rationality” of the separate, egoic mentality, this is, in itself, a Divinely “Crazy” State and Manner of life. Thus, Adi Da’s Divine “Emergence” Work, in which He is spontaneously Moved to Bless all beings, can likewise be called “Crazy-Wise”. Avatar Adi Da uses the term “Crazy” to point to the Spontaneous Mindless Freedom of the One Who Abides as the Divine Person.
13.”Difference” is the epitome of the egoic presumption of separatenessin contrast with the Realization of Oneness, or Non-“Difference”, that is native to Spiritual and Transcendental Divine Self-Consciousness.
14. Avatar Adi Da uses the terms “Spiritual”, “Transcendental”, and “Divine” in reference to different dimensions of Reality that are Realized progressively in the Way of Adidam. “Spiritual” refers to the reception of the Spirit-Force (in the “basic” and “advanced” contexts of the fourth stage of life and in the context of the fifth stage of life); “Transcendental” refers to the Realization of Consciousness Itself as separate from the world (in the context of the sixth stage of life); and “Divine” refers to the Most Perfect Realization of Consciousness Itself as utterly Non-separate from the world (in the context of the seventh stage of life). (See also the description of the Seven Stages of Life in The Traditions of Mankind.)
15. The “Great Tradition” is Avatar Adi Da’s term for the total inheritance of human, cultural, religious, magical, mystical, Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine paths, philosophies, and testimonies from all the eras and cultures of humanity, which inheritance has (in the present era of worldwide communication) become the common legacy of mankind.
16. On January 11, 1986, Avatar Adi Da passed through a profound Yogic Swoon, which He later described as the initial Event of His Divine “Emergence”. Avatar Adi Da’s Divine “Emergence” is an ongoing Process in which His bodily (human) Form has been (and is ever more profoundly and potently being) conformed to Himself, the Very Divine Person, such that His bodily (human) Form is now (and forever hereafter) an utterly Unobstructed Sign and Agent of His own Divine Being.
17. For Avatar Adi Da’s extended Instruction relative to the seven stages of life, see The Seven Stages Of LifeThe Seventeen Companions Of The True Dawn Horse, Book Ten: Transcending The Six Stages Of egoic Life, and Realizing The ego-Transcending Seventh Stage Of Life, In The Divine Way Of Adidam (Forthcoming).
18. Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the Divine World-Teacher because His Wisdom-Teaching is the uniquely Perfect Instruction to every beingin this (and every) worldin the total process of Divine Enlightenment. Furthermore, Avatar Adi Da Samraj constantly Extends His Regard to the entire world (and the entire Cosmic domain)not on the political or social level, but as a Spiritual matter, constantly Working to Bless and Purify all beings everywhere.
19. Avatar Adi Da uses “Perfectly Subjective” to describe the True Divine Source, or “Subject”, of the conditional worldas opposed to the conditions, or “objects”, of experience. Thus, in the phrase “Perfectly Subjective”, the word “Subjective” does not have the sense of “relating to the merely phenomenal experience, or the arbitrary presumptions, of an individual”, but, rather, it has the sense of “relating to Consciousness Itself, the True Subject of all apparent experience”.
20. In the context of Divine
Enlightenment in the seventh stage of life in the Way of Adidam, the
Spiritual process continues. Avatar Adi Da has uniquely Revealed the
four phases of the seventh stage process: Divine Transfiguration,
Divine Transformation, Divine Indifference, and Divine
Divine Translation is the most ultimate “Event” of the entire process of Divine Awakening. Avatar Adi Da Describes Divine Translation as the Outshining of all noticing of objective conditions, through the infinitely magnified Force of Consciousness Itself. Divine Translation is the Outshining of all destinies, wherein there is no return to the conditional realms.
For Avatar Adi Da’s extended Discussion of Divine Translation, see The All-Completing and Final Divine Revelation To MankindThe Seventeen Companions Of The True Dawn Horse, Book Eleven: A Summary Description Of The Supreme Yoga Of The Seventh Stage Of Life In The Divine Way Of Adidam, Part Two (or The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar, chapter forty-four) (Forthcoming).
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