Make a Sign for
A Discourse Given by Adi Da Samraj on December 4,
edited and adapted by
ADI DA SAMRAJ: I told you a long time ago that the
manifestation we are seeing is that every individual is
declaring himself or herself to be an independent country.
It is a very threatening, difficult time. Not to mention all
the ecological disasters still in the offing. Everywhere
fundamentalists of all kinds are agitating, and they all
Any ordinary person can kill people. It is not just the
weapons of mass destruction but the weapons of destroying
anybody that are a problem. Weirdos all over the place in
the so-called civilized world, in America and elsewhere, are
wiping people out on a whim, just because they
are agitated and full of stress.
DEVOTEE: Master, I have noticed many more programs
on commercial television that support the Spiritual
ADI DA SAMRAJ: That is good, and I am glad, but it
does not affect the politics of essentially urbanized
democratic life all over the world. People still do not want
to change how they live because people must have jobs, and
the economics will be affected if they clean up the
environment. People are glancing away from these problems.
They do not understand that they are destroying the
structure upon which not only human life but all life
Most of you live in the northern hemisphere, but the hole
in the ozone layer is in the southern hemisphere, where
there is not much big economics. And the consequences are
too far in the future. The south-Pacific nations are not
even represented at ecological conferences. AIDS is all over
the Earth, affecting millions upon millions of people.
Millions upon millions of people are becoming affected and
dying. Sex is death! It is a scourge on Earth. It must be
dealt with, or millions of people are going to die.
DEVOTEE: It is talked about as the plague of the
ADI DA SAMRAJ: That is exactly what it is. And now
there are many other diseases, such as malaria and
tuberculosis, that until now have been presumed to be
controlled by antibiotics and other kinds of drugs but arent
any more. It was thought that these diseases were conquered,
but no more. For a space of a few decades those things
seemed to be under control, but now people are becoming
immune to their treatments.
We are moving into a very, very dark time when great
responsibility must be manifested all over the world. I know
there have been some changes, but what I hear on the news
suggests that the changes are not enough. The changes so far
do not take into account all the things that are affecting
the ozone layer and the rising of the tides. The solutions,
so-called, are more or less cosmetic and politically
determined to discount the effort that must be made to avert
the potential danger.
The lobby of materialistic science is profound in its
force. The scientific journals are filled with articles
about enforcing this and that in this place or the other
place to prevent people from becoming involved in mystical
inclinations. And just recently a country in Europe
established more strict laws relative to the preparation of
You must understand that scientific materialism is not
just a philosophy, or a movement that develops in
laboratories and universities. It is a political movement.
It is economically enforced. It is the new priesthood, the
new religion. All kinds of politically based motivations and
economically based motivations are manifested by the
scientific establishment, which is always involved in
suppressing anything other than the established point of
view. Those who adhere to the tenets of scientific
materialism are very aggressive in their intentions. And
they have the money to accomplish them.
Science is not the problem. Scientific materialism and
its economic power is the problem. Scientific materialism is
a debased, degrading, and oppressive philosophy. It is
called “science”, but it is not science. It is a philosophy
with economic and political power. It communicates a
materialistic point of view about reality, and it divorces
people from cooperation, from real responsibility, from the
Divine inclination, from experimentation with life.
Scientific materialism sizes everybody up as a unit in a
political system. It is a horror, and the whole world is
full of it. To do what you are all doing in My Company is
frowned upon mightily in most places. That is why you must
be strong and not be hat in hand.
If you feel comfortable at all, it is because you are in
a situation that indulges your illusion. Be grateful if you
are relatively free from harm. The billions of people in
this world are all suffering and under stress, yet perhaps
you are under a little bit less stress than others.
Nevertheless, this is not the heaven-world. This is not the
God-world. It is Pervaded by God, it is Only God, but
nonetheless all of you are going to have to suffer. You have
already suffered. You are already under stress. You have
tried all kinds of strategies to relieve yourself of
suffering. You are always working to relieve yourself of
Do not delude yourself. Do not allow yourself to be
deluded by politicians. Existence is what it is. Therefore,
human beings who have some intelligence, some
discrimination, must be free to devote themselves to the
experiment of freedom-not merely political freedom but
freedom altogether, the experiment with God.
Most of mankind are oppressed and denied this experiment.
They are talked out of it, especially in prominent
prosperous places like America. Such Spiritual freedom is
absolutely forbidden. If you are an American, you may
imagine yourself to be democratic and free but you do not
have the option of the greater disposition. It is talked out
of you, politicized, reduced to the lowest common
denominator, reduced to the first three stages of life,
social motivations, the creation of a little unit for the
State-and it is called democracy.
This is the sign of the times. I am not speaking against
America. The United States has many good points, too. But
democracy requires greater responsibility, a greater
commitment, than the commitment to the mere social
satisfaction of the separate individual. Unfortunately, such
is the philosophy that is covering the Earth.
The most “radical” politics My devotees can do is the
politics of cooperation. I am waiting for My devotees to
embrace this politics, but you are acting like independent
entities, separate from one another, doing your own thing, a
little touch base with one another here and there, but not
making a truly cooperative life devoted to the Realization
of Me. You must cooperate with one another, change your
lives, make a sign for everyone, make a movement of
cooperation and tolerance in My Company.
DEVOTEE: We must change the world.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Yes. Why not be willing to change
it? You need not necessarily make everybody My devotee, but
try to get people to at least invest themselves in the
greatest aspirations of the tradition they do embrace.
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