Beezone edit and
adaptation from a talk by Adi Da Samraj, 1978
The Failure of Adaptation and
The roots of human failure to adapt
and master functional life are in the childhood of men and
women. The ‘child’ or adult who is adapted only to an
earlier stage of development is ‘caught’ in a dependent and
vulnerable state of mind. The person feels him or herself to
be surrounded by great natural and parental forces,
confused, overwhelmed and fearful.
She or he is weak, unadapted,
without functional facility and power, and without
conceptual and intuitional understanding of his or her
experiences or even their ultimate situation. The mind of a
child is scattered, undisciplined and instantaneously
distracted by the next available stimuli. Thus, to the
degree that they try to make solutions to the dilemmas they
lack basic concentration abilities. They find faults and
failures in what they depend on to protect and fulfill him.
They will ultimately find blame and betrayal in what they
depend on for sustenance and security be it a person, group,
state or any ‘other’ – even God.
The child inverts or turns within
him or herself and resorts exclusively or negatively to
themselves, absorbed in their own dilemmas. The unrelieved
fears of childhood dependency and vulnerability leave the
childhood vision of the world intact, frozen in time –
repeating patterns over and over again as the world changes
around them. Unless a higher adaptation is made possible
through the help of mature others and through initiation
into higher human wisdom, the individual remains more or
less childish throughout his or her entire life.
This is generally the case, and,
therefore most people remain possessed by an inverted or
self possessed, subjectively oriented disposition, in which
functional and bodily relations with the human and natural
dimensions of the world are at best complicated.
The truly human obligation is for
Due to copyright restrictions Beezone is limited in its
ability to present any more of this talk.
originally published as and in ‘The
Taboo Against the Superior Man’.