The Direct Way and The Progressive or Gradual Way in the teaching of Adi Da Samraj

Whatever You
Have Not Transcended,
You Must Fulfill. That is the Law

edited and adapted by Beezone from the writings and essays of Adi Da

“In the traditions of religion and Spirituality
it has been understood since ancient days that there are
really two paths – the gradual path and the sudden path. You
can surrender a little bit, be purified a little bit, and go
a little higher in the planes of cosmic existence – a bit at
a time, lifetime after lifetime after lifetime, in various
forms, in various planes, and then eventually dealing with
the Ultimate matter. You can deal with that process at the
root-level and transcend conditional existence suddenly, by
addressing it at the quick, at the source, rather than
identifying with it at the periphery and going through a
gradual process of purification. It is up to you.”
Sadhana and Gradual Sadhana

is only one Truth, but there are two ways to realize it.
Truth may be realized directly and absolutely, or it may be
realized gradually. The disposition of God-Realization
involves a single intuition or turnabout in our
consciousness, in which we are moved to become a sacrifice
through surrender, or Love-Communion with the Divine. But
there are two paths whereby we become perfectly absorbed in
the Divine. One is sudden or direct, and the other is

There are actually two Ways, or two
forms of the radical Way. One is founded in the conscious
process of self-transcending insight, but it is also aligned
to the process of adapting and growing toward maturity,
stage by stage, until the Realization of full maturity in
the seventh stage. The other or alternative form of the Way
is a practice founded from the beginning in the mature or
Awakened disposition of the seventh stage.

This way is fulfilled by Grace, not
by personal efforts. But the reception of Grace
depends upon the responsible fulfillment of the Law, or
sacrifice. Thus, life and attention must be wedded in the
form of every action, so that these become an intentional
counter-action to the action that is suffering.

The human Guru is a special
combination of the eternal Divine Process and a human entity
in the last stage of its manifestation. The final karmas of
such a human individual are benign and fit for this service.
While rested in the most intimate and profound intuition of
the Divine, the human Guru embraces living beings in a
mutual sacrifice of Divine distraction. The Guru accepts
whatever is yielded to him and, while discarding it in its
appropriate realm through his spontaneous and spiritual
power of sacrifice, replaces it in the life of his devotee
with his own Condition, Form, and Nature. The more the
devotee yields in action and intelligent recognition, the
more he intuits the eternally communicated Divine in

I tell you this so that you will
know clearly how I comprehend my own work. The more truly
you realize the forms of sadhana served by my Company, the
more you will also see the proof of this Teaching and of my

Direct or Sudden
Progressive or Gradual


Once the spell of
self-definition, other-definition, and separation
or unlove is broken, there may be direct release of
feeling-attention from the contractions of
independent being into the radical intuition of
unqualified being. Such is the direct Way into
prior being. It is the Way of Divine Ignorance,
since it does not proceed by knowledge of the
independent being but by radical intuition of
unqualified prior being.

Condition of Being is Not Within

The direct Way or sudden
path of Enlightenment, the Way of God or the Way of
Truth, has nothing whatever to do with the
destinies of attention, the destinies of the ego or
the separated consciousness. It is the Way of
insight into the very gesture of attention itself,
it is the Way of engaging in the natural process of
God-Communion, which is surrender of

or Gradual

– from The Whole Body of Enlightenment

It is only…the one who is
oriented to God rather than to the features of
attention, who transcends all possibility. He
transcends all the realms of phenomena, not by acts
of will or acts of attention toward objects and
possibility, but through Awakening to the source of
attention, the true Condition of

or Gradual

– from The Whole Body of Enlightenment

to the Self


Over time, it became clear
that I would have to engage them in a total
religious and cultural process, whereby they could
mature toward the radical Realization of Truth.
Thus, I engaged them in a theatre of instruction
and gradually developed a religious, moral, and
disciplined structure of cultural participation and
experience that would serve them in their need. And
the culture in which we now consider and practice
is a full one based on the conception of the seven
evolutionary and progressive stages of human

of Attention

The gradual path of
enlightenment is a way of moving through the levels
of phenomena, through the chain of Creation,
ultimately to Realize the Divine Condition, but, in
general, not in this lifetime. It is a matter of
progressing by stages, first transcending this
gross birth of the ‘covered” soul, and then moving
on to transcend the subtle births of the soul. This
roundabout path, this “Great Way of Return,”
involves first of all hearing the argument about
our ultimate Destiny, and then taking up a life of

and Gradual

– The Whole Body of Enlightenment

The stages of practice in
this Way are not stages of the perfection of any
experiential condition. They are stages of
responsibility for the conversion of consciousness,
in which a natural order is established in the
psycho-physical being. That order is without
urgency, without self-exploitation, and the
individual rests more and more profoundly in
surrender into the All-Pervading Current (rather
than the internal current of the body-mind) and the
very Consciousness that Eternally Transcends the

or Gradual

– from The Whole Body of Enlightenment

The Way of the Heart is a
radical Way of observation, understanding, insight,
and intuition. Its simple, direct, and ultimate
consideration or insight is this: Conditional
existence is an unnecessary apparition created by
the self-contraction. The Way is to observe the
self as contraction, and re-cognize all the forms
of the self-contraction, until the Transcendental
or Divine Condition stands out as the Obvious.
Thereafter, it is simply a matter of Abiding in and
as that Condition, tacitly and continually
recognizing self and not-self in That. The practice
may necessarily be associated at the beginning –
and for a long time – with disciplines of the
active and functional body-mind-self—but all
of that is a “yoga of consideration” that gradually
releases energy and attention from the binding
concerns of the first five stages of life and even
the sixth stage of life.

Nivanasara –
Intuition, and the Heresy of Progressive