There is a Spiritual law, which Avatar Adi Da calls, “The Sacrament
of Universal Sacrifice”, that requires the devotee of the Spiritual
Master to serve the Master and His or Her great work of liberating
all beings from the dream, in return for and in gratitude for
receiving the Master’s unceasing gift of Communion with the Divine,
and ultimately Awakening as the Divine:
you enter into spiritual relationship with an Adept [a Spiritual
Master], you must enter into His service. When the great gift
of Spiritual Transmission is what you are receiving [twenty-four
hours a day], your obligation for service is effective twenty-four
hours a day. It is a lifelong obligation, a total obligation even
as the Spiritual Master lives His entire life in obligation to
devotees. People who do not express that consciousness cannot
use [My Transmission]. They become guilty and build up too much
residual self-energy through their non-service and non-surrender.
Eventually they stop practicing because they can no longer justify
taking the Gift of Spiritual Help. Then they just sit around with
glazed looks on their faces.
this is a discipline, that cuts into any tendency to want to
take without giving anything back in return, it also can be
a great joy. For example, writing to you right now about the
great Spiritual process is one of the ways some of us fulfill
this law and discipline. But it is also very much our delight
to do so, seeing how much the world is suffering, and how much
every human being could benefit by beginning the Spiritual process
of Waking Up. We delight in telling friends and people we run
into about a movie that we’ve recently watched and enjoyed.
How much greater is our delight in being able to tell people
about the very real opportunity for Total Freedom and Complete
become what you meditate on. Besides being a Spiritual
Law that enables further reception of the Spiritual Master's
Transmission, service to the Spiritual Master is an essential
part of the process of liberation. The concerns of the Fully
Awakened Spiritual Master are the concerns of the Divine Being,
one's True Self. It simply is not possible to Awaken as one's
True Self, and still remain preoccupied with the concerns of
one's own limited ego. One must have simultaneously been taking
on the concerns of God. That is why many saints —
on the way to Waking Up —
have shown such compassion for others; they are increasingly
identifying with, and enacting, a "God's Eye" View,
and Its Focus on the liberation of all beings. One must
do so if one is to release the "separate self"
identity and realize the Divine Identity. To put it humorously:
you don't get to be
God without all the responsibility
that comes with that "Position"! As
Avatar Adi Da Samraj once put it, "Perfect Enlightenment
is Perfect Responsibility", and His Own unending service
to liberate others —
long day in and long day out, for decades —-
is the best example of that.
most advanced practitioners in the Way of Adidam have confessed
that the single most important "shift" that took place
in their own practice —
which they associated with the critical milestone in practice
was the shift in focus from preoccupation with their own "self"
and its concerns to preoccupation with the Spiritual Master,
Adi Da Samraj, and His Concerns. Here is one such story, told
by devotee Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur Rani, of that period
in her practice:
Quandra Sukhapur Rani
serving Avatar Adi Da Samraj as He Blesses
a Holy Site at The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary
in direct relationship to my Beloved Guru, I went through a
profound and extended reinvestigation and direct testing of
the entire egoic structure of my life and consciousness. . .
Adi Da asked me to begin to serve Him by passing on His Communications
to His devotees. Beloved Adi Da's Instructions to His devotees
encompass every aspect of human existence and everything required
for the establishment of His Work in the world. And so, in this
new service, I had to begin to do profound sadhana [spiritual
practice] for the sake of others in a manner I had never done
before. I had to relinquish my self-based concentration on my
"own" relationship to Beloved Adi Da and in the simpler
forms of service —
such as cleaning, cooking, and caring for the Trimada [Adi Da's
that, until then, I had been used to doing in His Intimate Sphere.
Now I had to devote my life to His Work. This marked a profound
turning point in me, a surrender of all personal preference.
from passing on Beloved Adi Da's Instructions, He expected me
to serve others in the right devotional understanding and reception
of the Instructions given. This service obliged me to move out
of self-meditation and obsession with my own emotion, and that
is how the intensive listening-hearing
began for me.
this time, I saw that, no matter how positive or negative or
easeful or difficult any moment was, I was always doing the
same thing. Through my Beloved Guru's Divine Siddhi [Blessing-Power],
I saw that my body-mind was only self-contraction and that it
was my own activity. I also saw that my Divine Heart-Master
Stands eternally Prior to that activity of mine. And I felt
a profound Liberation in being able to effectively resort to
Him beyond the mechanism of self-contraction. This was not a
mental process —
it was a Revelation, a Gift, an Initiation into Communion with
the Grace of hearing was awakened in me.
Quandra Sukhapur Rani
it works both ways: you receive more of the Transmission of the
Divine State, and you start acting
more from the Viewpoint of that State than your own egoic state.
And if you start acting more
from the Viewpoint of that State (by serving the Spiritual Master),
you receive more of the Transmission of the Divine State. The
Realization of that Divine State cannot be dissociated from the
Viewpoint of that State, and the actions that follow.