Teyond the Cultic Tendency in Religion and Spirituality, and in Secular Society – Adi Da Samraj

Beyond the Cultic Tendency in Religion and Spirituality, and in Secular Society

n My Wisdom-Teaching, I Speak critically of the
conventional (or childish, and, otherwise, adolescent)
orientation of “Guru-cultism”. Such cultism is a
tendency that has always been present in the religious and
Spiritual traditions of humankind. Anciently, and in the
present time, both true Spiritual Masters and ordinary
Wisdom-Teachers have been “cultified”, and
(thereby) made the merely fascinating Object of a
self-contained popular movement that worships the Spiritual
Master as a Parent-like Savior, while embracing very little
of the significant Wisdom-Teaching of the Spiritual

The error of conventional cultism is precisely this
childish, and (otherwise) adolescent, and (altogether)
ego-based orientation to fascination with Spiritual Masters,
Wisdom-Teachers, “God”-Ideas, myths, sacred lore,
inherited beliefs, traditional propaganda, and
psycho-physical (or merely body-mind-based) mysticism. And
the cultic tendency in religion and Spirituality is the
essence of what is wrong with conventional religion and

The “problem” is not that there Is no Real
God, or that there are no true Wisdom-Teachings, or that
there are no true Spiritual Masters, or that there should be
no devotion to any true Spiritual Masters. The
“problem” with conventional religion and
Spirituality is the same as the “problem” of all
ordinary life. The “problem” is the childish, and
(otherwise) rather adolescent, egoism that is the basis of
all forms of ordinary existence.

Yet un-Enlightened (or, otherwise, not yet Most
Perfectly Enlightened) people are ego-possessed. Therefore,
egoity is the “disease” that all the true
Spiritual Masters of religion come here to cure.
Unfortunately, those who are merely fascinated by Spiritual
Masters are, typically, those who make (or, at least,
transform) the institutions of the religion and the
Spirituality of their Spiritual Masters. And true
practitioners of religion and Spirituality are very hard to
find, or develop. Therefore, religious and Spiritual
institutions tend to develop along lines that serve,
accommodate, and represent the common egoity—and this
is why the esoteric true Teachings of true Spiritual Masters
tend to be bypassed, and even suppressed, in the drive to
develop the exoteric cult of any particular Spiritual

The relationship to Me that is Described (by Me) in
My Wisdom-Teaching is not an exoteric cultic matter. It is a
profound esoteric discipline, necessarily associated with
real and serious and mature (ego-surrendering,
ego-forgetting, ego-transcending, and Divine-Guru-Oriented)
practice of the “radical” Way (or root-Process) of
Realizing Real (Acausal) God (Which Is Reality and Truth).
Therefore, I am critical of the ego-based (or self-saving,
and self-“guruing”) practices of childish, and
(otherwise) adolescent, and (altogether) merely exoteric

The common religious or Spiritual cult is based on
the tendency to resist the disciplines of real (and really
counter-egoic) practice, and to opt for mere fascination
with extraordinary (or even imaginary) phenomena (which are,
invariably, not understood in Truth and in Reality). Apart
from the often petty demand for the observation of
conventional rules (generally, relative to social morality,
or merely social religion), the cult of religious and
Spiritual fascination tends to become righteously associated
with no practice—that is, with the even official
expectation that there be no real (or truly right, and full)
practice of religious and Spiritual disciplines (especially
of religious, Spiritual, and meditative disciplines of an
esoteric kind). Just so, the cult of religious and Spiritual
fascination tends to be equally righteous about maintaining
fascinated faith (or indiscriminate, and even aggressive,
belief) in the merely Parent-like “Divine” Status
of one or another historical individual,
“God”-idea, religious or Spiritual doctrine,
inherited tradition, or force of cosmic Nature.

Religious and Spiritual cultism is, thus, a kind of
infantile collective madness. (And such madness is equally
shared by secular cultists, in every area of popular
culture—including politics, the sciences, the arts, the
communications media, and even all the agencies and
institutions of conventional “officialdom”
relative to human knowledge, belief, and behavior.)
Religious and Spiritual cults (and, likewise, all secular
cults) breed “pharisaism” (or the petty
righteousness of conventional thinking). Religious and
Spiritual cults breed “Substitution” myths (or the
belief that personal ego-transcendence is, both generally
and ultimately, impossible—but also unnecessary,
because of what “God”, or some “Master”,
or even some “priest” has already done). Indeed,
religious and Spiritual cults (and, likewise, all secular
cults) breed even every kind of intolerance, and the chronic
aggressive search for exclusive social dominance and secular
power. Religious and Spiritual cults are,
characteristically, populated by those who are, generally,
neither inclined toward nor prepared for the real right
practice of religious and Spiritual discipline, but who are
(and always seek to be) glamorized and consoled by mere
association with the “holy” things and beliefs of
the cult itself.

This error of religious and Spiritual cultism, and of
ego-based culture in general, must be examined very
seriously—such that the error is truly rooted out, from
within the cult and the culture itself (and not merely, and
with equally cultic cultural righteousness, criticized from
without). Cultism of every kind (both sacred and secular)
must be understood to be a kind of ritualized
infantilism—bound to egocentric behavior, and to the
embrace of “insiders” only, and to intolerance
relative to all “outsiders”. The cultic tendency,
both sacred and secular, causes (and has always caused)
great social, cultural, and political trouble—as has
been seen, in this “late-time” (or
“dark” epoch), in the development of worldwide
conflicts based on the exclusive (or collectively
egocentric) orientation of the many grossly competitive
religious traditions, political idealisms, and national

All cults, whether sacred or secular, thrive on
indulgence in the psychology (and the emotional rituals) of
hope, rather than on actual demonstration of counter-egoic
and really ego-transcending action. Therefore, when all egos
meet, they strive and compete for the ultimate fulfillment
of searches and desires, rather than cooperate with Truth,
Reality, or Real (Acausal) God, and in a culturally valued
and rewarded mood of fearless tolerance and sane

Clearly, this cultic tendency in religion and
Spirituality, and the egoic (and, thus, cultic) tendency in
life in general, must become the constant subject of
fundamental human understanding—and all of humankind
must constantly be put to “school”, to unlearn the
method of egocentrism, non-cooperation, intolerance, and


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