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Why the World Can Not be Saved
Adi Da Samraj,
Alpha and Omega
and other essays and talks (see footnotes below).
Editors note: All words are of Adi Da Samraj unless in (parenthesis).
This world of earth is not merely a physical world made by God (or created by some mysterious chemical atomic process).
This world of earth, like all conditional worlds, is a psycho-physical world that inheres in Divine Reality, manifested as apparent physical form with many elements of things with qualities such as hard, soft, hot and cold.
There is no direct, or purposive cause of all conditional events.
(There) is the ultimate, and inherently perfect, and perfectly subjective Source-Condition, The One in (which) all events arise, change, and disappear.
Even every effect and every conditional being is functioning as a creative cause in this world.
Therefore, every effect and every conditional being and every creative cause plays upon Reality itself, but only those effects, conditional beings, and creative causes that are utterly submitted and aligned to Divine Reality can be made to function as transparent means for the revelation of God within the cosmic domain.
God, Truth and Reality simply stands, eternally free. The relationship between the unconditional reality and the conditional reality is, inherently, a mystery. That inherent mystery is made evident in every detail of conditional existence, but the secret of that mystery is perfectly obvious only when consciousness participates in the Great Sacrifice of every detail of conditional existence. Apart from the process of such self-sacrifice, it is not possible to truly identify the signs of God. And, until there is inherent God-Realization, a conditional being, effect, or cause is only potentially Divine. And even whatever condition or conditional being or conditional state of being is Divinely transfigured and Divinely transformed by the Self-Existing Divine Self-Radiance is also utterly outshined in Divine translation.
All conditional effects and beings and causes are acting and reacting in a great asymmetrical plastic that mysteriously commands both order and disorder, so that no ultimate order, goal, or final conditional fulfillment is ever attained. The conditional worlds and beings are not an end in themselves. They only seem to be an end to themselves. In fact, all conditional beings are inherently and constantly called to grow beyond and to go beyond, through self-understanding and through self transcending and world-transcending love of the Living God.
Morality and the Universe
The conditional cosmos is not a “moral universe” in the conventional sense. There is no absolute and sufficient system of social imperatives or laws of public and private morality. Right and self-transcending action is necessary, but it must be generated intelligently and, ultimately, on the basis of the sacrificial or self-transcending motive of love-communion with the Divine person.
Neither the alpha morality of strategically pursued escape nor the omega morality of creative change is a principle founded on truth. Alpha and omega are simply the conventional basis for social morality, public order, popular culture, and egoic struggle. The great principle is self-transcending love-communion with the Self-Radiant and Self Existing Divine, expressed through the ordeal of the advanced stages of human life. Therefore, true or right morality is, in truth, the morality of universal sacrifice, or self-transcending love of God.
The conditional psycho-physical worlds are a great process of sacrifice. No conditional thing or being or world is an end in itself. Even so, this sacrifice is a feast of love-bliss, even a swoon of joy, if the principle of self-transcending God-Communion is Realized.
The ultimate morality of universal sacrifice is founded on the understanding that sacrifice of the conditional self in Divine communion is the expression of truth, whereas the motives of escape and dominance are, at best, only a search for truth.
There is no absolute system of moral imperatives in this domain of universal sacrifice. There is no absolute order of laws in conditional nature.
This Situation of This World Has Always Been the Same
The entire world is groaning presently in the midst of a terrible darkness. Every thing and every one is oppressed. And yet it’s always been so. There are all the reasons that seem to be the reasons why it is so now. But it’s always so. It has always been so. There’s no point in being nostalgic for the suffering that you could have had in a previous lifetime. A kind of “designer suffering”, not as bad as the present suffering.
But the world was groaning then just as it is now. People were just as much fools then as now. Then, and so in the generation before that, and all the generations before that. It’s the nature of mortality, conditional existence itself, the waking state itself. It’s not that there is some unique, historically caused stress at the present time and when you get your utopian act together everything is going to be fine. There are certainly things to be done, for compassionate reasons, but that doesn’t mean utopia is about to happen.
This Dark and Groaning Time
It is now time for every one, and all, to understand themselves, and to reclaim the world from the dictatorship of the ego, and from all of those who play at politics (and life in general) as if it were a TV sporting event that is supposed to excite and entertain everyone.
Nuclear disarmament and the talk of ‘global unity’ is a relatively positive, but still too superficial and piecemeal, effort. It is not a truly curative means, but only another palliative and temporary move in the midst of humankind’s traditional advance toward future trouble. There is something more fundamental than piece politics and positive social movements where enemies and peoples come together in a gentlemanly agreement on how to kill one another without destroying one another! What is more fundamental, necessary, and truly curative is that human beings, individually and collectively, understand and transcend that which is in them that leads them to confront one another as opponents and enemies.
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 times.
So it is with human life, human history, human experiencing, conditional existence altogether in it’s waking form. It’s constantly changing and there are all kinds of changes in style and mode and politics and all the rest of it. But it doesn’t get any better. It doesn’t get any worse either in fundamental terms, it’s not evolving in this sense.
And, therefore, all the generations of mankind have been caught in the same situation and entered into the same “considerations”. So this dark and groaning time has it’s own characteristics. And those characteristics have made a conjunction that, in fact, has made My Appearance here possible. On the other hand, I’m addressing conditions and an experience that have always been so. Now there are many signs that even the entire world, the earth itself, could be destroyed or made uninhabitable. But how different is that from some hundreds or thousands of years ago when people thought the limit of the world was the tree at the outer edge of the village and that village was threatened? For them , it was the confrontation with the end of the existing world. This confrontation, this dilemma has always been the case.
And so now, as in all generations past, you are called, not only by Me, but by all the signs in your experiencing, to become profoundly serious, profoundly deep, moved profoundly, moved to Realize What is Great. Committed only to Happiness Itself and to be fitted with such great intelligence that you can discriminate between real Happiness and experiential consolation.
The Way of Truth is not about living for conditions in this world – either those that are present or any in the future. It is about understanding and going beyond and functioning freely in the midst of conditional arising – free in the wisdom sense. Not merely doing as you are by tendency inclined to do, but doing all those doings that are about Freedom Itself and the Realization of What is Great.
The Sacrificial Nature of the Universe
All of this is aligned toward sacrifice, going beyond, or transcendence, and thus toward realization of the Divine Self-Domain.
The practice of the ultimate way of self-sacrifice is individual, always present, generally producing harmony, even sometimes disorderly, and inherently free. The conventional moralities are each sometimes engaged, in a dynamic play of application, but one who practices self-transcending love of God in the context of conditional relations and events always exceeds the limits of alpha and omega.
Actions in the mode of alpha allow detachment, calm, even purity, orderliness, and desireless effectiveness, but alpha has no moral rule or effective means in situations of social chaos and human disorder that require “creative” and even aggressive action. Just so, actions in the mode of omega can achieve many individual and collective goals, but, on its own, the omega strategy eventually leads to the exploitation, degradation, and suppression of the individual and mankind, because the omega strategy is not based on a regard for the total necessity and obligation of the individual human being. Therefore, beyond virtue, duty, and the “creative” or aggressive pursuit of goals of conditional change, there must be the constant way and practice of self transcending God-Communion in the context of conditional reality.
The conditional worlds are built upon the sacrifice of every thing, event, process, or being that appears. The conditional worlds are built upon sacrifice, not upon the preservation, survival, conquest, or attainment of conditional reality. Therefore, senior to conventional morality is the ultimate practice of sacrifice in God, under all conditions, and in all relations. That ultimate art involves a willingness to engage action always in love, but variously, in a dynamic fashion, sometimes in the alpha-likeness, sometimes in the omega-likeness, without requiring one or the other or both of these two to account for the totality of human circumstance. Therefore, in this ultimate art, there is sometimes virtue, sometimes duty, sometimes passivity, detachment, or receptivity, sometimes “creativity”, passion, or aggressiveness, but there is always this self-sacrifice, or persistence in Love-Communion with the Divine Person, so that Love-Bliss-Radiance replaces the act of self-contraction.
Conditional human existence is not merely a thing to be preserved, but a process to be fully understood and fulfilled. The conditional cosmos as a whole is not a fixed system of order, but an open-ended theater of sacrifice in God. Life is made of a little temporary order, a constant tendency toward change, and an ultimate and absolute demand for sacrifice. Therefore, all of this is a dynamic play of order, change, and sacrifice, for the sake of growth and self-transcendence, and not for the sake of conditional existence in and of itself.
The unconditional reality is modified as the conditional reality. This must be realized. Until this Truth is realized, all conditional experience is a school with a single lesson. This is the lesson – The Lesson of Life -“I” cannot become happy. “I” can only be happy.’
Adi Da Samraj, THE ALETHEON , Alpha and Omega.
Why the World Can Not Be Saved
Portions originally published in The Dawn Horse Testament, Chapter 18.
“This is the late-time, the dark epoch, East and West. This is the long-prophesied time of the setting sun, the Western sun. This is the time of the decline of the mind and the culture of the rising sun, the Eastern sun. Nevertheless, this can, by Grace, become the time of the re-Orientation of Man, in which mankind turns about, relinquishing the setting of the eye upon the dimming lights of ego-“I” and end-time, and revising the eye upon the Dawning and “Emerging” Light of Divinity and Truth.” – Introduction to The Basket of Tolerance