The Law of Sacrifice
To Make Sacred
Beezone’s compilation and edit from original essay by Adi Da Samraj
There are two ways of life. The first is to live by the law of karma, or change itself. To do so is to be in confrontation with the solid world, the appearing world. The second way of living is from the point of view of Truth or the actual, the real condition. These two laws manifest in a variety of ways which bring forth other laws.
The other laws are (1) whatever you have not transcended and are presently adapted or maladapted to must be fulfilled. A corollary to this is ‘whatever is set in motion tends to remain in motion’. Another law (2) is, “whatever is not used tends to become obsolete.”
If one lives by the first law (karma, history, biology, genetics, etc) you are either trying to figure things out for yourself and make necessary changes based on your efforts. Fundamentally, this is what most people do, struggle with yourself, the world and your tendencies. But, if you invest yourself with and into the second law, in the equitableness of your fundamental nature you may see things much differently, potentially. This second law is where the energetics of your person or Spirit, begins to be the working premise of your life rather than the muscular and mindful ‘separate you’ manages and takes absolute control of things.
The first law creates people struggling, rejecting, resisting, offending and thus creates a situation where the spiritual process does not and cannot take place – which becomes a consequence of the first law.
When the second law is not understood one will not become a sacrifice of the whole body-mind. The heart will not come to rest and only a cramp remains, a contraction at the heart. This separate and separative consciousness is obsessive, bewildered and pursues fulfillment or resentment on the basis of what is the apparently possible choices one has in the midst of this puny limitation we wake up to each day.
Understanding the second law does not mean things do not still arise and difficulties vanish. Since the life of most people is built on the idea that The Law of life is survival and existence is a struggle for survival. Survival is then motivation, significance, meaning, and goal of life, either conscious or unconscious. Then the law of sacrifice is not fulfilled and you become a sacrifice in any case, grudgingly, unconsciously. You will be eaten.
Even if it were true in the most intimate circumstances of your life, it can’t justify unlove, the contraction of the Being in you, because it is not true. You are not a child anymore, you’ve seen too much. It has been given to you to understand, in some basic way, the spiritual nature of the world and the consequences of violating the Law of Love. You become less than love by believing that you are unloved.
You must remain a strong presence as love, even physically, to Infinity. That is The Law, that is your obligation. Everyone is tested in this way. If some people seem a little stronger, it is because they haven’t indulged themselves as you have and perhaps did not have the same kind of circumstance to deal with when they were young and vulnerable.
Change and death come into the world by Law. They are Divine, and they serve our Realization of Truth, or God. They were not created by any Negative Power, or the “Devil,” nor are they the products of “sin,” or any deviation from The Law by Man. Rather, they are an intrinsic part of the Realm of Nature. One must continue to live an ordinary life but one must transform it, make it an expression of this understanding, of these laws.
If you are serious you will no longer frivolously indulging in the life process and struggling with the basics of money, food and sex. You will rather submit that process to the law, to the greater purpose, the ultimate purpose, to the process of submission to happiness.
We are obliged from birth to be a sacrifice. We are obliged to a participatory existence or creative participation in the theater of life-frustration, is a purifying fire that moves toward release or sacrifice of self rather than fixed survival.
Frustration must begin to awaken us at the heart to a feeling sacrifice or release of self and attention from the reactive contractions experiences tend to generate in the body-mind. And that heart-generative responsibility, rather than any functional form of self-exploitation, subtle or gross, must become our essential means of ecstasy. Only then is ”I” a human being, real, moral, and true.
Our responsibility is to be the fulfillment of The Law, which is sacrifice or love. Thus, we will persist as selves and changes as long as these persist, but we will in every moment be the release of these into the Reality or Intensity that is their Source and Bliss.
A spiritual relationship depends on sacrifice, the fulfillment of The Law. The sacrifice must be true of you and it must be true of me. And no one, just because he likes something about me, somehow or other, on that account has a relationship with me, has any spiritual connection with me whatsoever. I am not a whore. I know my spiritual relations. They are entirely my responsibility. And if they are violated, if they do not fulfill The Law, then that is the end of the matter. A true relationship to me does not just float around in the imaginations of people. It depends on a real human process, mutually acknowledged, mutually experienced, expressed at the level of life. If the spiritual and devotional practice is not true of you, then the sacrifice is not true, and my response is not forthcoming.
I am here to tell you that you are always connected to the true food Source through love, through unobstructed feeling-attention via the functions in which you are presently awake. That is The Law. We are fed through the spine from the heart, in all directions, when we are love. When we are not, then we are cut off from the food Source, and in our relations we cut everybody else off from it too. When you love, you are connected with the food Source on which the whole body-being depends. It radiates to you, in you, around you, and as you most especially.
Every being must fulfill The Law, regardless of his or her past. It does not make any difference how difficult it is for you. The Law remains The Law. The Law is unobstructed feeling-attention under all conditions and in all relations to Infinity. If you are obstructed in feeling and attention, you fail to fulfill The Law. That is why you suffer, and why you stop growing.
You must accept the discipline of The Law of love, or sacrifice, and bypass completely all of your old victim and loveless ways. To love is not a matter of self-denial. Love is the transformation of self through Divine Communion, through pleasure, the inherent Bliss of the body-being when it is feeling to Infinity. No matter how difficult it is – because you can still sympathize mightily with these old incidences of unlove of being a victim, a child – you must enter into the heartfelt enjoyment of the Divine Reality, and be its agent.
So long as people do not respond to the highest wisdom, they remain reactive and conventional. It will continue to be so in our world, and all kinds of problems will result, until there is a universal response to higher Wisdom. Such a response is certainly not likely in the near future, and so there will continue to be problems in the world.
Thus, there are periods of great negative upheaval in the world, including natural disasters, wars, and conflicts of all kinds. On the one hand, during these periods, the world pays its dues for failing to live by The Law. On the other hand, these times of upheaval are the evidence of a continuous process of purification. They are themselves a demonstration of The Law. At the end of these periods, The Law is reestablished in righteousness.
It is positive (or self-transcending) bodily submission
to the Radiant, All-Pervading Life-Principle.
It is the bodily love of Life, done to the absolute degree,
until there is only Life.
This is the Law,
and it is all you need to know.”
– Adi Da Samraj –
Middle English verb meaning “to make sacred”. Commonly known; to make a sacrifice or offering. Examples are; the practice of offering food, objects (typically valuables), or the lives of animals or people to the gods as an act of propitiation or worship.
A Vedic proverb runs: “Sacrifice is the navel of the world” – This archetypal concept of sacrifice is presented throughout Vedic poetry and has been replicated as enactments of Vedic ritual in the Brahmanas. The sacrifice is the ‘navel of the world’, says the Asyavamsya hymn. All this, whatever exists, is made to share in the sacrifice. Even a standing tree is symbolic of life and is participating in the cosmic sacrifice. This is the poetic image presented in the Rigveda (3.8 1).