The following is the last 23 minutes of a talk recorded on April 18 1977 entitled, ‘Identification of the Beloved’
ADI DA SAMRAJ: If you recognize this matter, arising here, you are not bound up by reaction to that course, that ceremony you are relieved of it. And it is the only release. Paradoxically, even though there is all of this delight, there is not one single thing. There is not a single event, not a single change, not a single modification, no birth, no death, nothing has happened. Nothing has ever happened. Nothing ever will happen. There’s only a single and absolute condition unspeakable in its nature, which we may not see, view, experience over against ourselves. But which is our very condition prior to all changes, high or low. Having fallen into that, then all the changes high or low have a disposition from which to be viewed, should they arise? And as if happens, this one continues to arise for the time being paradoxically, because it doesn’t amount to anything. Nothing is gained by a moment’s living. Absolutely nothing, nothing changes on the basis of it. Nothing is gained by a single meeting, by a single moments satisfaction, by a single contact. It isn’t anything. It is only an illusion, a modification of the essential condition. You come to rest in that condition. Then in every moment you recognize this and are happy, already happy. Because you can play in the ordinary way and on the other hand, you never become wretched or not degraded through your own craving. Cause you recognize what you love. Therefore your relations with your lovers with this whole world, your relations are natural. Happy. Otherwise you look for the imortality of the loved one will be so become so profound that she will be forced to kill her or him. You know.
You will murder the loved one in your craving for the loved ones imortality. Your anxiety over the loss the separation will become so great that you eventually begin to degrade the relationship itself to separate yourself automatically. Then everything you do begins to separate you from the loved one. Even though you are here to be loving because you are so anxious, so terrified, so upset. But if you will recognize one another, if you’ll recognize this world, if you will recognize me, then you are engaged in that process that relieves you of this illusion. And you can come to rest. You can be happy.
It’s not necessarily to go along with all this, these great plans to conquer this world in one fashion or another, nothing has gained by it. You never conquer the loved one. You are enamored. You are in love. No conquering goes on at all. You only start conquering when you become afraid. When you fear this separation, then you get anxious and start craving all kinds of satisfaction.
So, I recommend that you meditate. On the other hand, you cannot meditate. You cannot willfully go about some program because that is a way of conquering rather than it being in love. You see, you must realize this real meditation through the consideration we enjoy face to face. And if you begin to rest in this current of the being in my company, then you will begin to feel my influence. I will be of use to you in that case, but not until then. If your approach to me remains conventional, you are not at ease. You’re not rested in this current and you cannot duplicate me. You can’t feel it. There is no inititory force in our meeting. You will really only discover the force of my influence when you begin to come to rest in meditation and so forth is where you find it. When you are rested in this current, then you can feel my work.
I am simply present as that don’t have any plans, you see, nothing to do with it. I’m simply standing here. And if you recognize me, then this current is intensified and you will fall out of the point of view of this dream, even though you continue in your ordinary relations within it. And you may also in the course of this meditation, that living, have the opportunity to be involved in all kinds of other dreams to live and perceive in other forms, other dimensions entirely. It’s not that you must strive for that. You see it’s another kind of craving, another kind of effort toward victory that is based on a failure of recognition, the failure to presume this ignorance, which is native to our birth. All the conventional yogic efforts are kinds of craving. The way people will sit for hours a day, manipulating themselves with various techniques, hoping to have this and that kind of remarkable experience is just an extension of worldliness, extension of the same thing that is your suffering in this gross appearance. You must simply be relieved of all of that through the presumption of ignorance and the recognition of the condition of these conditions arising. That recognition is simply rest in the current of the being felt. In this body sense at first and as we come to rest in, it is enjoyed in all kinds of ways. None of which are in themselves fulfilling as experiences. They are simply the secondary reflection of our fulfillment of the law our present, resting in that condition. Which doesn’t have any content, which is unspeakable call it God Brahman, the Self. It is the only happiness. It is the foundation of all happiness in the midst of conditions here or anywhere else.
So it’s not that we must sit down and struggle to hear the sounds and go somewhere with them and so forth. It’s quite natural that at some point you become absorbed and sound and so forth as an extension of this current. But it is the recognition, the rest, in the prior condition itself that is fulfillment of the law. And that is happiness. It relieves you of the point of view of this world. It’s not simply experiences of other worlds that relieves you of the point of view of this world. That is, that happens. And that is an ordinary release. It is rest through recognition in the very current of this, of this arising, the condition of these conditions that is happiness. It is perfect sacrifice And paradoxically is perfect fullness. And as a way of being mad without being crazy,
Nothing could be more mad than to be happy in this place (laughter).There’s really no justification for it. It’s not reasonable to be happy to really thoroughly examine this world there’s only reason to feel very unhappy, with a little pleasurableness thrown in, but is not enough to overcome that conviction of darkness that you get when you really see what’s happening here. So it’s not only philosophy we can base on our experience here that makes us happy. It’s complete release from the implications, the force of this dreaming, this appearance that we can’t account for.
And you see it’s already miraculous. Nothing fantastic has to happen. We already can’t account for a single thing in this room. Yet, the mere existence of anything is beyond comprehension. It is sufficient to boggle us. You do not know what a single thing is. You can’t build any great programs for victory on the basis of such ignorance. On the basis of that ignorance, we are naturally disposed to all of this arising and may be led into the recognition of this arising. And that is my occupation to bring you to that recognition through ignorance in which you may come to rest in this current of the being, more and more profoundly fulfill the law. But you see that this as a new orientation, A turnabout from the conventional strife in which you pursue fulfillment here by reaction. The more you do that, the more confounded you become.
And so there was some wisdom in the old cultures, you see, they frowned upon anyone who knew too much or owned too much because these are the signs of somebody who’s really struggling and is therefore very worldly. Of course, they make it a sort of black and white blanket world view, but there is some wisdom in the feeling. We must be relieved of knowing and owning. All of our craving must become ignorant. It must become a sacrifice, not an owner, not a knower. In which case the usual knowing and owning and so forth is ordinary enough. And we can take pleasure in it, in one another’s company. But only if we are free. Only if we all make this sacrifice constantly and are clarified in the being. So we must have the leisure, the ordinariness in which to consider In this moment of arising that you do not know what a single thing is, that you don’t know what the thing is itself, that you not know what any of it is. If you enter into your relations with me on that basis, this recognition – falling into the current of the being will become natural to you by grace, freely.
Because it is not a conventional gift. It is the gift of the being itself. It is prior to all strife, all circumstance. It is simply, you must that you must be disposed to enjoy it. Become so disposed and it will absolutely be given to you. That is also the law. It’s not a matter of striving in it and acquiring it… of being, of giving up that whole effort as you naturally do in ignorance in which you simply rest in this moment and recognize it In the form of your condition, the current of the body being itself, which is felt more and more profoundly. As a current goes through changes, obliges you to go through changes outwardly in your relations that goes through changes bodily. Because the body is transformed in its adaptation. And the current is felt passing from toe to crown rather than crown to toe. It’s not that it goes from the toe and leaves the body toward the crown. It is just felt as if there’s a wire from toe to crown in which the current or the flow is moving in that direction rather than the opposite.
But we stand in the world still, even as we rest in this current. And then you may notice in your meditation, in your privacy, that you also are released even of this experience here from time to time as the currents of the gross being begin to harmonize, become naturally reoriented. The body comes to rest, the breathing becomes slow, simple. The heart rate goes down. We even can feel it and become aware that we can’t hear it any longer. Can’t feel it any longer. And the current itself becomes audible to us And we may simply forget the gross body And pass into subtler dreams. All the while being in the disposition of this ignorance in which we recognize what arises rather than get attached to it. Rather than get into patterns of craving on the basis of subtle experience. And so all of that too passes. So we come to the point where we are more and more profoundly identified, with that condition itself, which precedes all arising high or low. Which does not have any reference really, which can’t be accounted for in conditions, is prior to them, is the condition of condition. Is a paradox because it is true of you even while alive, while in the gross plane, while in the subtle planes, all of these unnecessary realms, this condition, which is unspeakable remains true, remains your very conditioned. Therefore unnecessary worlds being unnecessary fall away.
And perhaps there is a realm then corresponding to that condition In which you come to rest in which you become fitted in your enjoyment, In which all relations are eternal. And absolutely pleasurable, unobstructed, unthreatened. Maybe there is no vision anywhere to account for that. Seems to be so. But first we must be free of this. And wherever you ultimately wake up where all dreams are being dreamed. And you’ll discover in that moment that you’ve been lying there asleep all this time. And have a world of relations that exist even now. You’ll be as ordinary as waking up in the morning and going about a days business.
But that is not a realm to be craved because it’s not of a conventional and unnecessary nature. We must fulfill of the law. Sacrifice is truth. The condition of conditions is true in this realm or any realm. And is that to which we must be committed, while alive. Any glorious eternity that appears on the basis of it is a gift. But it is clear to me that if all of this bullshit can appear as unnecessary and as terrifying as it is that the perfect domain is also existing and it is somehow the same as no thing, as no disturbance, no craving, no separation, no birth, no event, no moment, no future, no time, no place, no suffering. It is also exactly the same as love as fullness, as delight as very light, as happiness.
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