Part I: The Yoga of Ishta-Guru-Bhakti
The Happiness That Transcends the
Adi Da Samraj, December 23, 1993
Adi Da Samraj, 2006 (last picture taken of Adi Da)
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Terrible weapons. Worldwide
diseases. Ecological disaster. Political conflict.
Competition the rule of the day. Deforestation, holes in the
ozone layer, global warming, AIDS, stupidity, Godlessness,
materialism – this is not the Golden Age! The principal
movement of all the nations and groups in the world is to
dissociate from one another. The population is growing. The
practical requirements are being intensified.
Happy downtown America is over! Its likeness in the world
will not happen. It was always in the cards. You are going
to die, anyway. There is no reason to be surprised about
death. It will occur in darkness, as far as the world
You have the special Opportunity of My Company. Even
though the times are as they are, and will continue to be
so, you still have the great Opportunity. Therefore, we can
celebrate the great Danavira Mela (Christmas) occasion as if
we are in paradise together. The Heart is Paradise,
regardless of the signs of the times. If you pay attention
to the daily news, then you know the nature of the times,
and there is no great solution for it. If people were
serious about the devastation of the Earth, they would be
investing themselves in cooperation and not making bad
results. You must know, if you listen to the news at all,
that such choices are not being made. Do not expect utopia
to be announced on the daily news.
You do not notice the signs of the times. You are not
noticing the shroud that is coming on the Earth because of
your collective stupidity and Godlessness. The whole world
is tuning into separateness and devastation. The general
history to come is dark, and you should take the possibility
seriously. Others in the past have lived in dark times, too.
Just because the dark epoch is occurring on a bigger scale
this time and appearing on TV does not mean that others have
not lived through and suffered through and died in dark
You still have this Opportunity in My Company. Therefore,
make much of it. In a sense, that Opportunity is epitomized
by the Happiness of Danavira Mela. It is a Transcendental, a
Divine, Happiness, a Heart-Happiness, to be made concrete in
your relations with one another. And it is not just a
periodic celebration. It is a disposition to be manifested
all of your life. More and more, all My devotees must
override the signs of the times and just respond to Me. Do
not expect utopia to happen on Earth.
The times are dark. It will be so. Perhaps something
better can be done – we will see. It requires that you also
participate. In any case, the Way of the Heart is not about
showing the signs of the times, or being reactive to them,
or submitting to them in your person or in your worldly
life. It is about responding to Me, living this holy life,
transcending egoity, transcending the signs of the times,
because the signs will get worse. Agreements have been made,
which, perhaps, can somehow be rationalized to be positive
in intent, but it is not so. The agreements made, hereafter
to be manifested, will darken the entire Earth.
I am the Light That you must find, the Opportunity That
is Continuous, and it is up to you to make much of it in
your personal life and in your collective life with one
another. The times in which you will be doing this are dark,
by universal agreement. You will have more and more to
overcome in your disposition of devotion to Me. Do not
expect the world to congratulate you for it, or to give you
permission to do it.
Who knows how long the Earth will be a survivable place
for human beings? This is not the only world, in any case,
and you were always going to die. Death is guaranteed,
anyway. As the world takes on the color of death, you must
more and more take on the color of the Heart.
Danavira Mela (Christmas) is a time for true rejoicing.
So is every day, and all the time and years from now, for My
devotees. We are not celebrating the conditions of the world
on this Danavira Mela. We are celebrating your
Heart-Happiness in response to My Revelation to you. The
world does not give you reasons to do this celebration in
love – I do. Therefore, be grateful for it, and be serious
about it, and do your part of right life. If you look to the
world instead of to Me, you will have more and more reasons
to be depressed and dark yourself, more and more reasons to
be egoically “self-possessed”.
You all here, My devotees, must take Me seriously, must
take God seriously, must take the holy life seriously, in
spite of the signs of the times. Give Me your attention, and
you are Happy. This is the secret in every moment, then.
This is how you will ride out the darkening time.
True life is about having nobody to blame. Respond, work
it out, do it right, with no condemnation. Convert your
life. Take the past, the present, and the future into
account. Take Me into account, respond to Me, be converted
in your life, and do differently from now on. Instead of
blaming yourself, blaming others, blaming the past, blaming
this, that, and the other thing, respond to Me and make
right choices. Live the right life. Give energy to right
life. Devote yourself to right life, the fundamental
principle of which is heart-surrender to the Divine
Realizer, to the Very Divine. As an expression of that
surrender, associate with other beings as “self” rather than
“not-self”. Realize the boat you are in-in high seas and
great storms and the potential for death -and do what is
right. That is the secret of the celebration in which most
of the world indulges at this time of year and that we must
keep all year long.
People are going to lose their computers and their TV
sets and their big money and their special occasion.
Everyone, sooner or later, will be reduced to the purely
human situation, and then they must choose God or not. The
stupid materialism that presently rules the world will not
last. Will not. Everyone will be ruined in the meantime, in
any case. Only when everyone is ruined will people find out
the Truth. That is how dark it must become.
The life of self-transcending practice in My Company is
no ordeal at all. Don’t you understand that the practice is
to be joyous, loving Me, Remembering Me, forgetting all the
rest? Yes, things must be dealt with, transcended, purified
– fine – but meanwhile you are not identified with those
things. When you are forgetting those things, absorbed in
Me, the ordeal is just peripheral. Make a life out of
Communion with Me! We did not get together tonight to be
When Scrooge was converted, he discovered that the rest
of the world stayed the way it was. He was you. You must
also be converted. Stand at the center of the world,
celebrating Me, celebrating your love for one another, made
possible by your devotion to Me. Override the world. Do not
be double-footed about fulfilling your obligation to Me –
with one foot in the world and one foot in the Way of the
Heart. Know for real what it takes, then. Not some oblivious
notion about life – life is garbage in general, as things
are going. To celebrate this occasion with Me and with one
another, you must be happier than the world. You must be at
the center of the world, knowing the world as it is, and
forget about it and live for love.
Do the life, and celebrate My Company all year long, and
never submit to the world, never submit to separate self.
Submit to Me, Commune with Me, and forget about the world.
That is the life of Joy. And it is the Law that must be
manifested in every moment of your life, for all the years
you live. Understand, then, and do this, for real.
Danavira Mela (Christmas) will be a wonderful day that
epitomizes all of our lives. Be like the converted Scrooge
on that day, and right now. I just wanted to emphasize to
you the reasons for Joy. Make your life out of Joy, and make
this celebration out of it. And forget the world. And forget
yourself. And love Me. Love one another. Be full of love. Be
full of the Happiness That Transcends the world.
Heart Is in Bondage Until Love Is Incarnated in the