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Renouncing the Search for the Edible Deity

PART 2

excerpt from
The Eating Gorilla Comes In Peace


 

Now how do you stay healthy? By being responsible for reception and release, assimilation and elimination. If you are not so responsible, you become toxic and enervated. Toxicity is the failure to release, to eliminate. Enervation is the failure to receive, to be sustained, to assimilate. Therefore, in the process represented by this Teaching of the Way of Adidam, we begin with the ordinary individual, who is just a beast in the desert. We allow him or her to consider the Condition in which he or she exists, and to consider this primal emotional reaction, this metaphysics of separation and unlove, to the point that he or she can live like the eating gorilla and be human, be love. And then we ask the individual to observe this cycle of his own existence, his own process in relationship to the great pattern in which he appears, within which he is totally dependent and which he himself has not created. The process by which you appear is not within you. It does not originate in you. You are simply a reflection of a great pattern. But the process that you represent within this pattern is expressed everywhere in the form of all the processes, all the individuals, all the cycles everywhere to be observed. It is simply the cycle of reception and release, inhalation and exhalation, assimilation and elimination, activity and rest.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

 


Avatar Adi Da Samraj
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: Once you have become responsible as love through this whole consideration of the Truth of your Condition, then you are starting to grow again. Only then are you truly human. At that stage there are some more sophisticated things to be observed about sustenance, about diet and health and gross existence. You observe that in terms of your conventional or mechanical state of existence, you are a very simple process. You feel your Condition to be unspeakable, unqualified, undefined, radiant as love, as feeling-attention, Communion. And the whole of your functional, bodily, manifest life is fundamentally a very simple process, albeit a complicated play on a simple process. You are simply reception and release. That dynamism is epitomized in the cycle of inhalation and exhalation, but is also the very foundation of our entire psycho-physical life. And the matter of diet and health is simply a matter of applying yourself with intelligence to this dynamic process, to the law that is this process itself.

Now how do you stay healthy? By being responsible for reception and release, assimilation and elimination. If you are not so responsible, you become toxic and enervated. Toxicity is the failure to release, to eliminate. Enervation is the failure to receive, to be sustained, to assimilate. Therefore, in the process represented by this Teaching of the Way of Adidam, we begin with the ordinary individual, who is just a beast in the desert. We allow him or her to consider the Condition in which he or she exists, and to consider this primal emotional reaction, this metaphysics of separation and unlove, to the point that he or she can live like the eating gorilla and be human, be love. And then we ask the individual to observe this cycle of his own existence, his own process in relationship to the great pattern in which he appears, within which he is totally dependent and which he himself has not created. The process by which you appear is not within you. It does not originate in you. You are simply a reflection of a great pattern. But the process that you represent within this pattern is expressed everywhere in the form of all the processes, all the individuals, all the cycles everywhere to be observed. It is simply the cycle of reception and release, inhalation and exhalation, assimilation and elimination, activity and rest.

So how do we get healthy, having come to this point of understanding? The matter of diet and health is a procedure, a sequence of responsible adaptation. And that sequence is something we may animate similarly at every meal, or differently every day, or even, occasionally, in more revolutionary fashion, through fasting and other more radical practices. But it is a single procedure, a procedure of reception and release. The failure of health is the failure of the cycle of reception and release. In other words, it is a case of allowing the bodily being to become toxic and enervated. If we take a great amount into ourselves that we cannot assimilate, it collects in us. We accumulate it, you see. This is not only true of gross food, it is true of all our experience. The more full of accumulations we become, then the more toxic or poisoned in the body and obstructed in our feeling-attention we become, and consequently the less energy we represent and the less love we are. The discipline relative to ordinary eating and drinking and managing the body is to take conscious responsibility for the fundamental cycle of reception and release.

The primary factor that is obstructing our energy in the moment is accumulation, or toxemia. Thus, the first phase in the regaining of health or in the ordinary maintenance of health is purification, the elimination of toxins, accumulations, obstructions. This is the effect of our practice at the level of gross diet. (It is also the initial effect of real meditation. The first level of spiritual life is essentially purifying.)

However, that purification is not adaptation to asceticism for its own sake, not purification only, not exhalation only, not elimination only. Having gone through a period of purification, the release of toxins, we enter into the second phase of true health practice, the phase of assimilation, regeneration, and rejuvenation. In this phase the mechanisms of the body are restimulated, and inhalation and receptivity of the whole body may be engaged fully. This purifying and regenerative procedure is the process of the whole body, in which both reception and release, the eliminative and the assimilative aspects of this single or whole body process, must become a matter of responsibility. Our Way of life is the whole body Way, in which both the purifying and the regenerative aspects of the process of the being must become a matter of responsibility.

The principle of health is the balancing of these two natural phases of the life process. If either the purification phase or the rejuvenation phase of the cycle becomes exaggerated, we become psycho-physically imbalanced, and therefore no longer healthy. If our participation in the purification phase becomes exaggerated, we become enervated, because essential nutrients have been depleted from the system. If we exaggerate the assimilative or regenerative phase by consuming more food substance than the body can easily and quickly use and eliminate, we become toxic.

At times we must exercise this process of elimination and assimilation most intensely: as a treatment or curative during a period of illness, as an annual cleansing and revitalization, or perhaps as an occasional profound attempt to purify and rejuvenate ourselves. But we must also engage this process daily. We must sit down to meals like the gorilla. We must breathe like the gorilla. We are always feeding, you see, always in touch with what sustains us, always in Communion with the Real, the Truth, the Infinite Source and Condition. What we choose to eat should not toxify or enervate us. What we choose to eat on a daily basis should be easily assimilated by the body and should be completely satisfying. In other words, our diet should include everything that every part of the whole body needs. Just so, the body should be easily able to eliminate the unusable portion of the food it ingests. It should not have to shuffle wastes off into the cells to hide them until eventually they emerge as disease. Thus, our eating itself must satisfy the law of our own structure, the law of assimilation, of being sustained, and the law of elimination, of being purified. Such a lawful diet must be our daily choice once we become responsible for ourselves, once we understand our condition in Truth and are no longer mad like the beast in the desert, but are happy.

There are substances that we may consume that toxify and enervate, but that in the moment of use seem to be enlivening, stimulating, pleasurable. These are the traditional dietary accessories, such as meat, alcohol, tobacco, and refined or processed foods. You need not use these substances for very long, nor need you use them particularly to excess, in order to become aware of their toxifying effects. To use them at all will toxify and enervate you to one or another degree, depending on your metabolism and your state of health in general. And, indeed, the foods we might choose on a daily basis that are essentially sustaining and easily eliminated can also toxify and enervate us, if not taken in the right balance or if eaten to excess. Our functional life itself can toxify and enervate us. Sexuality can toxify and enervate us. All of our involvements can wear us out and obstruct us, not only physically but emotionally, mentally, psychically. You are the evidence of it. Our whole society is the evidence of it!

Everyone is toxic and enervated by tobacco, alcohol, killed food, junk food, drugs-and bad company! Some just have a little better ability to keep smiling, to keep laughing longer than others. But everybody dies through the influence of habits. It is commonplace for people to die from toxic, enervated, and diseased conditions. We presume that disease is the cause of death. But that presumption is just part of the whole philosophy that we are not loved to begin with, that we are cut off from what sustains us, that we are mortal and, therefore, that everything we do kills us. And eventually we do die, you see pure justice!

Now it is true that death is part of our cycle. At some point the gross aspect of the bodily being is eliminated like the unusable portion of food. It is literally eliminated, thrown off in the natural process, just like the flowers. Flowers eliminate themselves. They obviously want to live they made the gesture to begin with. Why don't they just go on living? We do not have to go out and cut off their heads they die anyway. They do not even die from sickness. They simply pass through a cycle of appearance and then disappear.

Similarly, the human being is also structurally potentiated toward death or the elimination of the gross part. But death need not and should not be the result of toxemia and enervation. Such an end is simply a social consequence of ignorant, foolish habits and irresponsibility. We should die healthy, not from a long period of disease and suffering and wretchedness and senility or accidents and all the rest of the craziness that happens to a human being in our desert world.

Basically, we should each live quite a long life, perhaps one hundred or two hundred years or more. Perhaps we will experience cycles of aging, but not degraded deterioration and disease. We should be essentially full and happy, one day just becoming very tired and then dying. That should be the way it is for us. We are structurally disposed to die that way, but we are habitually disposed to die from toxemia and enervation. We are philosophically disposed toward that degradation also, to die from unlove and doubting and fear and anger and all the rest of the effects of being ourselves bad company to everything.

If you can come to the point of responsibility for this reaction, this separative gesture in which you interpret everything as separating from you and rejecting you, if you can come to the point of being a devotee and living in Divine Communion, absolutely sustained, already happy, observing your own process and taking it into account, if you can become responsible in your daily practice for assimilation and elimination, reception and release, then, just as you choose to remain active in the ordinary functional way itself, you may also choose to celebrate from time to time, to use the substances that would seriously toxify and enervate you if you were to use them aggressively and for a long period of time. But you will use them in intimate company as true celebration, fully aware of their effects, fully aware of your own bodily reactions. You will know how to bring the celebration to an end as well as how to carry it on, and you will know how to purify yourself afterwards. And, eventually, you will choose to abandon such substances altogether.

However, people get into patterns of more or less perpetual indulgence of a toxifying and enervating diet as well as all the other negative habits of life. They do not bring them to an end, and they do not pass through the process of elimination and regeneration. Therefore, they create a cycle, a habit of unlove and degeneration. They inevitably fall into a pattern of negative psychological states, obsessive sexual desires, confusion, psychological distress, and all the rest of it and really what they are suffering is overloaded intestines and a bad blood condition! They have forgotten the Law. They have forgotten that for which they are responsible. It is fine for you to celebrate a little in your transition to maturity, but afterward you must do what is necessary to eliminate toxic accumulations while they are still superficial to the body purify the blood again, perhaps fast for a few days or take juices and raw foods, and so forth. Do whatever you must do to return to a harmonious and purified condition, so that you may assimilate in regenerative fashion the benign substances that form your ordinary, natural, routine diet.

Your whole life must be this process. Your whole life must take into account this simple procedure, at every level of functioning. It is true relative to diet, it is true relative to sexuality, it is true relative to all your relations, it is true relative to exercise and action, it is true relative to breath and thought and meditation and all forms of growth. This simple process of reception-release reflects our structure as a whole and does not allow exclusive choices in one or the other direction, toward self-exploitation or self-denial. Thus, we are not obliged to be ascetics. We are obliged to be love and to be happy and to be sustained absolutely, not to appear ascetic except in adhering to this simple procedure for eliminating toxic accumulations and gradually transcending our degenerative habits.


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reception and release In Conscious Exercise and the Transcendental Sun, Avatar Adi Da Samraj explains "reception and release" in terms of expansion and contraction, the two principal movements of the body and all phenomena in the cosmos. And He shows how this process operates in terms of breath and feeling:

"In the simplest terms, the living body is an expression of two tendencies, uses, or currents of Life. And, again in the simplest or most basic terms, these tendencies are the two motions of contraction and expansion, or reception and release. There is a negative or exclusive and unbalanced expression of each of these tendencies. When reactivity, or reaction to experience, becomes stronger than the force of Life and unobstructed or free feeling-attention that we commonly bring to experience, then reception and contraction disable us. We become self-possessed, confined to subjectivity, negatively emotional, vitally weak, and self-defeating in action. Then expansion or release is confined to patterns of mere self-indulgence, so that we are constantly emptied until death.

"But there is a positive or true functional development of each of these motions, when they ate in balance, and when attention and bodily form and action are controlled by full central communion or feeling into the universal environment of the Life-Force. In that case, even each breath becomes a balanced cycle of reception-release, contraction-expansion, in the constant field of fully felt intensity or Life.

"The inhalation of breath, or Life, is associated with reception, infilling, and natural conductivity or movement toward the whole body. Likewise, the exhalation is associated with release of the wastes, the accumulated contents or old circumstances and adaptations of Life (not the release or emptying of Life itself), and natural expansion, which is conductivity or movement from the whole body outward."



 
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