Double Bind – Adi Da Samraj

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“You must give up your life, as
you understand it, the identification with this rhythm, this
contraction, this recoil that defines you. And how do you
give it up? It is impossible. It cannot be done by the one
who would do it.”
of Instruction

– 1971 Franklin
Jones (Adi Da Samraj)


One who is beginning to understand
first recognizes that he (she) is suffering, fundamentally
unhappy, unsatisfied, and chronically in double-bind that
cannot finally be consoled. This recognition puts a
qualification on the ordinary force of seeking and life

On this basis a person begins an
approach to his experience, habits, thoughts and actions
that would perceive the root of his dilemma and at last he
will come to see that all of this, his dilemma, his
suffering is his own. It is not the product of some process
outside himself or his control It is not hidden in the
events of the world or in the events of his internal or
non-volitional life. It is in fact the evidence of a process
that is always occupation of his very existence. His entire
dilemma, manifested now in all all the conscious,
unconscious, internal, external and transcendental events of
existence is in fact dependent on the action of the
avoidance of relationship, to which he is utterly, presently
committed. When he sees this action directly he finds that
it is a radical action, one that is reinforced but not
dependent upon any effect or manifestation of his dilemma.
This action, presently enforced apart from any other cause,
is in fact the source and fundamental experience that is his

This perception is the first great
relief that is understanding. It is an extraordinary form of
cognition that relieves the whole force of dilemma and
search of its awesome necessity. Consciousness acquires a
form, energy and intensity that is already prior to the
force of dilemma, search and suffering. It takes on the form
of understanding, which is degrees of enquiry into the
moment to moment events of conscious life.

As this enquiry itself becomes
radical in its force (just as the activity of avoidance was
formally the radical action of existence) the form of life
and experience appears in the light of a new cognition. Then
the man sees that reality is itself relationship, actual and
unqualified, as the always prior condition. In the beginning
he knew he was suffering, in dilemma then he saw that all
his suffering was caused by his own action, was in fact his
own action. And this awareness gave him great relief. But
now he sees that the nature of reality, of existence itself,
is relationship, always and already. Against this the
activity of avoidance appears not only unnecessary but
impossible. Then he sees that the adventure to which he was
committed is in fact a schism in reality an impossible,
insoluble effort that must always be experienced as
suffering, dilemma and present unhappiness. The force of
this degree of cognition is such that, whenever it arises,
the whole dilemma and search is dissolved in a direct,
present, unqualified peace.

As such a one continues to enquire,
his understanding becomes more and more radial, fundamental,
dependent on nothing whatsoever. And soon he becomes present
as the force of reality itself, unmoved, untouched, without
trouble, already full, unqualified relationship itself. This
is radial understanding, the independent “cognition” that is
reality itself.

1971 – Franklin Jones (Adi Da

From Alethon

“Suicide and utter passivity are the
only “final”—and, in any case, merely and
entirely reactive, seeking, enslaved, and utterly
ego-bound—options for the intrinsically pattern-bound

Freedom is Not Free Will

This simple functional observation
is the ultimate key to actual control of obsessive
subjective activity, indeed, to responsible control of all
life processes. To seek to control any living process
directly only reinforces the process itself. This is felt as
an irreducible double bind, the tacit sense of dilemma. Such
a state is constantly motivated and remotivated to seek its
own solution, but it remains forever in the condition of the

Principles of Observation and

“The wrong relationship to
experiential phenomena is to presume that you are a separate
person, a separate consciousness, in the midst of a world
that you know nothing about, that somehow encloses you, that
is objective to you, that is separate from you. In that
case, you see, experience is a very serious business. You
have no option but to submit to it, to be distracted and
tormented by it.”

Mood of Enlightenment

“you know that there is at least one
time when you have to deal with everything, when you know
you will come to the point where you have no options, no
strategies that apply. The whole mass of it will be so
overwhelming, so complex the maya cannot be figured

Surrendered to the Degree of Beatitude