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Adi Da Samraj 1939-2008
This moment is the moment of reality, of union, of truth. The only truth is radical truth. Even the moment of self-indulgence, of avoidance, of separativeness is the moment of reality. Nothing needs to be done to it or you for it to be so. Nothing needs to be accomplished, purified, undone for it to be so. Nothing needs to be avoided, transcended or found for it to be so. This is the greatness of truth, of understanding, for it disarms all fear, all circumstance, all dilemma. It is always already the case.
There is only one event: Something arising. All arising is the same mysterious fascination. Only the Mystery is ever found, within and without. Therefore, all that a man or woman may confront is the process of arising, instant forever. When the valuation of one moment or condition over against another ceases by this insight, then profound sensitivity is felt relative to every instant of simple arising. And this sensitivity becomes ultimate and radical intuition of the Condition of this whole process of arising.
All space, the moon and stars, the clouds and sky, the sun itself, and what is beyond are all objects of our expansive interest whereby we counter the effects of our busy earth consciousness and self consciousness. Therefore always be alive to what you do not yet or ever can possess and know. Wonder rests the vital being and cools the brain. When you are free to know nothing and be nothing then you may hear what is truth and so become a devotee of the Unknown in eternal and always present Divine Ignorance.
The Secret of How To Change (Adapted)
True change and advanced human adaptation are not made on the basis of any self-conscious resistance to old, degenerative, and subhuman habits. Change is not a matter of not doing something. It is a matter of doing something else—something that is inherently right, free, and pleasurable. Therefore, the key is insight and the freedom to feel and participate in ways of functioning that are right and new.
The tendencies and patterns of your earlier adaptations are not wrong. They were appropriate enough in their own moment of creation, and there is no need to feel guilt or despair about them. Likewise, efforts to oppose and change them are basically fruitless. Such efforts are forms of conflict, and they only reinforce the modes of egoic "self-possession".
What is not used becomes obsolete, whereas what is opposed is kept before you. Therefore, the creative principle of change is the one of relaxed inspection and awareness of existing tendencies, and persistent, full feeling orientation to right, new, regenerative functional patterns. If this principle is practiced consistently and in ecstatic resort to the Mystery of Existence, free growth is assured.
Have no regrets. Resort to Happiness and Freedom in Truth and in the present. All that has been done by anyone had its logic in its time. Only Love avails. Whatever is your habit in this moment is not wrong. It is simply a beginning. No habit is necessary, but it is only tending to persist, because it has not yet been replaced by further growth.
Understand the right, ultimate, and regenerative pattern of each function of your body-mind. Feel free of all negative judgments about what you have done and what you tend to do. Turn with full feeling-attention to the creative affair of new adaptation in most positive Communion with the Spirit Who is Life, and Who is Alive as all beings.
1. You are not the one who wakes, or dreams, or sleeps.
2. You Are the actionless and formless Mere Witness of the three common states—of waking, dreaming, and sleeping—and all othe apparent contents and "experiences" associated with them.
3. You are not the body, or the doer of action, or the doer of even any of the body's actions or functions.
4. You are not the mind, or the thinker, or the doer of even any of the actions or functions of mind or of body-mind.
5. No matter what arises—whether as or in the state of waking, or of dreaming, or of sleeping—you Are the actionless and formless, and thought-free Mere Witness of attention itself, and of every apparent "object" of attention, and of any and every state of "experience", and of the entirety ofwhatever and all that arises.
What is not an "object"?
What is not the "known"?
What is not the "knowing" of an "object"?
What is not the "knowledge" of an "object"?
What is not the "knowing-subject" (or the "knowing-self" of any "known-object"?
What is the "Perfect Knower"—Prior to any "known-object", Prior to any "knowing", Prior to any "knowledge", and Prior to any "knowing-subject" (or "self" that "knows")?
Wherein, Wherefrom, Whereof, and (Therefore) As What does attention (itself) arise?
What Is Always Already Prior to attention (itself)—even in any and every moment in which attention arises and associates itself with any and every kind of "object"?
Only Thus (by Being That), Self-"Locate" That (As Is).
That Is That.
That Is It.
That Is All.
Always relax into the pains and circumstances of experience, and so remain in Communion with Life, rather than in confrontation with the modifications of Life. Relax into Life rather than react to experience. Do this consistently, under all circumstances, and thus remain always free, happy, Full of Life, and disposed toward loving self-release in all relationships. This is the Human Foundation of Morality.
In every moment when you are motivated to seek, the root of the motivation is a sensation. That root-sensation is the self-contraction. It is the avoidance of relationship. If you examine that root-sensation and feel it, you can effectively practice the "conscious process" and "conductivity", and feel beyond it. That practice eliminates the search.
The core of the primary process is self-understanding, or the awareness of the sensation that is characteristic of every moment and that motivates every kind of seeking and that makes the moment complicated, stressful, and difficult. Even in pleasurable moments, the sensation is there. You tend to allow both pleasure of the pleasurable moments and the pain or the difficulty of the painful or difficult moments to override your awareness of this consistent sensation, which arises previous to both pleasure and pain, or distress. It is this sensation that must be located, or observed, and felt beyond. And observing the self-contraction at its root is the core of theself-transcending process.
Instead of truly, consistently, moment to moment observing and feeling beyond this knot, however, you tend to ride in the periphery of your search, in the emotions associated with it, and in the objects, others, ideas, whatever, that you are pursuing or to which you are attached. Therefore, you are only dramatizing. Instead of locating the primary sensation and dealing with it and feeling beyond it, you remain embedded in these peripheral activities, which are only the results of sensation, the original knot, which can be observed directly in any moment, in every moment.
The core of self-understanding is to locate and surrender that motivating sensation, not be wandering in the reactions, the desires, the search itself, the objects, and the others, and becoming more and more complicated and dramatic as a result. Steadiness of practice of the Way of the Heart requires the capability of feeling the primary sensation of the self-contraction and feeling beyond it.
Consider what you know. You do not even know what a single thing is. Then rest-abide in that Ignorance, as whatever is the case, not within what arises, but as what arises, as the body itself, whatever is the case altogether (which is not knowable, but with which one is identical). Rest-abide in the Divine Presence as whole body attention, not waiting within for changes, but in love. Do, feel this more and more perfectly. Radiate as whole body happiness. Be happy as the body altogether. Look, feel, act, be completely happy as whatever is the case, whatever the body is altogether, under the conditions of whatever is arising. Persist in this under all conditions. In this persistence we are glorified immortally, and the whole future is appropriate, not worthy of fear.
Be the heart. Radiate the whole body. Feel Radiance as the whole body, full of pleasure in the feet and head, the eyes, all organs, the abdomen and sex organs, the chest and shoulders, hands, bowels, anus, spine, forehead, all space, all arising. Be constantly aware of the Real Presence and be submitted into it with every part of every breath.
Here is a video of Adi Da as I remember him.