the disciple approached a traditional Spiritual Master
in the East, he or she was not trying to find out how
to live better — he or she was looking for liberation
from the world. But the people who went to Jesus or
Mohammed or Moses did not ask how to be liberated from
the world. . . . They wanted to know what they should
be doing . . . to enjoy a future that would be Blessed
by God. That was their question. In the Orient, on
the other hand, they did not ask that
question. If they went looking for a Master, they wanted
to know how the hell they could get out of here and
bring an end to all this torment!
DA SAMRAJ: There
is something very negative implicit in the religious consciousness
of Western people. If you are a Westerner, "Is there a
God?" seems to be the question you should be asking in
order to become religious. But it is a completely absurd question.
It has nothing whatever to do with Spiritual life. This question
has to do with human beings, not with God. The question "Is
there a God?" reflects a state in human beings for which
they must become responsible. It is not itself a question that
must be answered.
religious consciousness of Western people is ambivalent. On
the one hand, Westerners are very worldly and strong when religion
permits worldliness, and, on the other hand, they are phasing,
weak, and always threatened at the level of subjective, or psychic,
Western consciousness is always trying to make positive whatever
is overwhelmingly negative. The negative thing is what is powerful.
People in the West are always trying to overcome negativity
with positive feeling, with beliefs, with effort, with answers,
with knowledge. The negative pattern, or what is known as "karma",
is actually creating their lives. Thus, Westerners remain characteristically
weak, obsessed with an uninspected negative force that is always
influencing their behavior and their thinking. They are always
trying to surmount such negativity either through self-effort
or through association with the Edible Deity —
external Savior or God whose power they can consume irresponsibly.
Therefore, faith and belief are reduced by Westerners to ways
of overcoming negativity.
the Western religious doctrines (and the Middle Eastern teachings
that gave rise to them) the negative force that tends to overwhelm
the individual beneath the superficial mind is interpreted as
sin, a disposition to be overcome by association with something
greater than oneself
Edible Deity, the Savior, the true God, the true religion, the
true belief. Presuming a negative position, the Westerner orients
himself or herself toward something positive and is saved by
it. But such a person is still always sinful, always tending
to fall back on sin.
fundamental tenet of the Middle Eastern religions
or Christian or Islamic
that this world and everything in it, including humanity, is
the creation of God, and human beings are also the highest creation
of God, reflecting the Deity although not in any sense equal
to the Deity. To this point of view, therefore, the negative
view of this life and the world is itself a form of sin. It
is a sin to believe that this world is not godly, or that the
Divine is not the ultimate destiny of the world, or that the
world is not controlled by the Divine. Thus, the presumption
of the West is that if the world is under the control of the
Divine, its destiny is altogether positive, whatever its present
condition may be, and to view the world negatively is itself
classically Oriental point of view does not adhere to the principle
that the world is the creation of God and that God is therefore
its destiny. The principle that is appealed to in the East transcends
phenomena, even excludes phenomena and precedes them altogether.
The Oriental mind is critical of the world itself, not just
of things in the world. The Eastern mind views the world not
as the creation of God but as an illusion. Thus, to view this
itself necessary, in itself the point of existence
than to transcend the world is to be swept up in an illusion,
a false point of view. It is sin, from the Oriental point of
natural disposition in the West is toward the world itself.
It is to move into the world with a positive moral character,
struggling against sin, the negative power. The natural disposition
in the Orient is toward transcendence of this world.
the Western religious point of view, one's association with
the Edible Deity, the Savior, is what gives one strength. The
Savior gives the Spirit. Through the magic of one's association
with this Savior, one acquires the Spiritual force to overcome,
moment to moment, one's own sinfulness and negativity so that
one can participate in this great plan of creation. The Oriental
point of view has nothing whatever to do with such an idea (although
clearly Western and Middle Eastern ideas have filtered into
Oriental culture so that the later, more modern cultures and
traditions of the Orient tend to varying degrees to reflect
the Western point of view).
the disciple approached a traditional Spiritual Master in the
East, he or she was not trying to find out how to live better
or she was looking for liberation from the world. But the people
who went to Jesus or Mohammed or Moses did not ask how to be
liberated from the world. That was not their question. They
wanted to be certain that there is God and that the one they
were talking to was a true Messenger of God. And then they wanted
to know what they should be doing to enjoy the Blessings of
God, to be in right relationship to God in this world and to
enjoy a future that would be Blessed by God. That was their
question. In the Orient, on the
other hand, they did not ask that question. If they went looking
for a Master, they wanted to know how the hell they could get
out of here and bring an end to all this torment!
example, Gautama (known as the Buddha) grew up as a prince in
India, with all the benefits of royal seclusion, the most opulent
level of life possible in his time. When he was a relatively
young man, he was taken on a trip through the streets where
he saw the daily life of ordinary people, who were sick and
aging and suffering in all the ordinary, social, mortal ways.
He did not see them as sinners who were suffering their turning
away from God and who needed to be more positively associated
with God in order to do better and feel better. He did not see
them as the creations of the Deity, as his brothers and sisters
under the One Divine. No
was completely astonished by what he saw, and he was, to his
very depths, convinced that this is not a place in which to
continue, that what life is about is not surviving and improving
your circumstances and acquiring a positive moral character
under God, or even a life of worldly success under God. He was
convinced that that is not the business of life. The business
of life, as Gautama realized it, is to find a way, through meditation,
through understanding, through purification, and through release
of desires, to escape completely from this condition of existence.
disposition represented by Gautama, among others, that search
for liberation, characterizes the classic traditions almost
everywhere in the Orient. It is for the purpose of liberation
that a person in the East seeks a Teacher or becomes interested
in a Spiritual Teaching. Spiritual Teachings in the Orient are,
in general, associated with one or another ascetic disposition,
the inversion of attention, the transcendence of this world.
Inversion and transcendence are the fundamental principles in
the East, just as in Western religion the fundamental principle
is that this world is to be interpreted positively as the creation
of God, and therefore the problem of existence is a moral one.
religion comes out of the Middle East, which is the dividing
line between the Western, or right-sided, approach to life and
the Eastern, or left-sided, approach
Although the West has inherited Middle Eastern religion, basically
the path of the right side of the body is not about religion
at all. Western development is about life in the world, where
the conditions of born existence are essentially regarded to
be just what they seem to be
conditions of born existence. Born existence is the game wherein
you are to survive and struggle, which you must take into account
and which your philosophy must reflect. The Middle East still
has a religious or Spiritual aura of a kind, but its principles,
once they developed as Western history, as the right-sided history
of humanity, have not appeared in the form of religion. They
have appeared in the form of this modern, technological, scientific
society, which is essentially a-religious, not religious, a-Spiritual,
most often anti-religious and anti-Spiritual. Thus, Western
culture is basically oriented to manifested conditions and functions
constantly confront the negative force of their own self-presumptions
while trying to live a merely human, social, mortal life, advancing,
succeeding, and surviving. Middle Eastern religion has provided
psychological support for the right-sided man or woman of the
West. But, over time, the more involved Westerners have become
in the functions of manifested existence, in surviving and dealing
with the material universe, and the more sophisticated human
beings have become in their knowing, the less they have been
able to justify the naive presumptions upon which this Western,
or Middle Eastern, religion depends.
more and more, Westerners are being left with only sin. They
do not even know what to call it anymore. They call it "sin"
only if they see a God over against it. Basically they are left
with an obsessed, negative, mortal life.
developed to this point, then, Westerners seeking after Truth
are turning to the opposite side. They are hoping to be consoled
by becoming Oriental, or left-sided. But once you have gone
to the right, you can never go to the left and exclude the right
side of the body again. Thus, in this gesture toward the left
side of the body there is the possibility for awareness as the
Orient, on the other hand, which has been trying to transcend
the gross conditions of worldly existence for centuries, has
a very strong and sophisticated religious and Spiritual tradition.
But it also has had among the most dreadfully mortal social
and human conditions on Earth. Thus, people in the East today
are reaching toward the West, toward the right side, to find
technological, scientific, social, and cultural advantages with
which to carry on their essentially negative philosophical point
of view. But once you have gone so far to the left, you can
never go all the way to the right and exclude the left side
of the body again, because you have already adapted to it. Thus,
the East in its association with the West also has the possibility
of becoming sensitive to the necessary, or whole body, point
one sees in the world today are essentially the artifacts of
the two sides in their independence, in their clashes with one
another, in their distinctions. People today naively try to
become associated with the ancient, classic systems of religion,
Spirituality, and philosophy, but they do not have the perspective
for examining what these concepts are all about, what their
own motives are all about, what the traditional belief-systems
and Yogas are really all about. People today generally no longer
represent the archetypal psychological dispositions that are
at the root of all of the great enterprises, East and West.
And unless those archetypal psychological suppositions, presumptions,
and dispositions are actually true of you, you cannot fulfill
them. Therefore, if you are truly moved to true Spiritual life,
you have no choice but to inspect completely your own condition
must begin to understand what the true religious life or the
true Spiritual life is really all about. You must be able to
understand all your casually generated motivations that reflect
old, conventional concepts, persuasions, and philosophies. You,
as Westerners, may have casually inherited your Judeo-Christian
mind without ever having been a very profound student of it.
It just filtered in, through a little bit of churchgoing, a
little bit of parental and social influence. But if you would
practice true religion or Spirituality, you must become responsible
for the religious conventions you represent, through a very
sophisticated investigation of Judeo-Christian thought and concepts,
however casual your inheritance.
Way of Adidam is the influence by which interested individuals,
regardless of their disposition toward West or East, right or
left, can make the necessary inspection of the totality of human
existence. The essence of My Wisdom-Teaching is that the Divine
is the present Condition of existence, not in any sense the
goal of existence that can be approached through efforts toward
transcendence. Nor is the Divine in Which you Inhere to be viewed
simply as the Creator of this world, implying, therefore, a
necessarily positive view toward the world and the functions
of existence themselves. My Wisdom-Teaching is about present,
"radical", and continuous God-Communion, or Communion
with Me as the Very Condition and Truth of existence.
Divine is the Truth of existence, not the Creator of the world.
The Divine is the Condition of all conditions, not just a great
condition that creates all lesser conditions. And Divine Communion
is not a matter of moving into a condition other than the present
conditions, in order to escape them by exclusion through the
inversion of attention.
you become truly sympathetic with My Wisdom-Teaching, practice
of the Way of Adidam becomes an essential responsibility, simple
in principle. When you enjoy Divine Communion with Me as your
True Heart-Master and as the Source and Proof of My Wisdom-Teaching,
although the subjective artifacts of your past and your old
disposition may appear, you have a sense of humor relative to
them. Then not every day is a crisis. Subjective feelings come
and go, and external circumstances may tend to bother you somewhat,
but there is no great moment. Literally nothing is threatened,
once you are living in this Communion with Me. Existence then
becomes the creative process wherein you are living responsibly,
purifying, changing, making things sacred, living the sacrifice
that is real life. Then existence is not problematic. It is
creative. It is a process of the confrontation of conditions,
but it is humorous. Nothing ultimate is at stake. It is just
the game of the universe.
there is nowhere to look for God. What is God is completely
Obvious under these conditions, even totally within the limits
of your present perception. It is a not a matter of some other
vision, some other experience, some inwardness. It is a matter
of understanding, of being awakened from the sleep, the bondage,
the problem, the dilemma by which you apprehend your present
condition. In any moment of this understanding, you are awakened
beyond the self-contraction without all the concepts and contractions
of energy and feeling.
hear My Argument, or understand the self-contraction most fundamentally,
and see Me, or be converted at heart, in this Communion with
Me. Then your action is transformed. It fulfills the Law. It
is a form of sacrifice, of love.
love and perform the actions of love until the universe disappears.
And be willing to let it disappear. Be Happy in any moment for
it to disappear. When you are My devotee, whatever satisfactions
there are in the functional display in this moment cannot in
any sense compare to the ecstasy of Divine Communion with Me.
Nevertheless, do not be strategically turned away from those
satisfactions in the doubting that possesses the ego. Live as
love in the form of all your relations. Living as love in love
with Me, you are not holding on to your relations any longer.
You are just participating in them fully, openly, freely, Happily.
You are not rejecting them, but neither are you clinging to
them madly, out of fear. You are completely Happy to surrender
beyond all limits.
way to give up everything is not the strategic renunciation
of the traditional ascetic, or turning in and up, but love without
qualification. Then everything falls away. Everything becomes
God. Everything becomes enjoyable and not binding. When you
can be released as love completely and can transcend the body-mind-self
completely, then everything dissolves.
you are afraid to dissolve. You think that you must be in a
position somehow, observing something, holding on to something,
being held by something, whether in this gross form or in some
subtle configuration. You are afraid to feel so profoundly,
to utterly release your separate self-consciousness, because
that means you will lose your point in space. You are
to lose your life
is exactly true. Thus, only when the Divine Love-Bliss, Happiness
Itself, becomes Obvious to you will that dissolution be permitted
to become Perfect
it does involve the dissolution of everything, the dissolution
of body, all energy, all forms, all worlds, all that is mind,
all concepts. It does involve that literally. That is exactly
what you are afraid will happen! That is what you call "death"
and what you try to prevent. And that is exactly what does happen
in this Communion with Me. Everything is given up, everything
is dissolved in the Formless Divine.
dissolution must become your pleasure. Then this world becomes
humorous and livable. Then you can make something sacred out
of it, without holding on to it. This world will pass away.
Everything passes away. Everything is changing here. Everything
is action. Everything you hold on to changes, because it is
itself change. Therefore, holding on to a position obviously
is not Truth. The surrender of all positions is what is true.
Ultimately that surrender becomes your position moment to moment,
and not just in intense moments of formal meditation, when you
have temporarily relaxed from the games of life. Ultimately,
there is no limitation under any conditions. Even while active
and appearing in the ordinary way, you are complete Zero, without
a center, without any shapes whatsoever.
the ordinary person that does not sound like Happiness-it sounds
like some sort of craziness, some sort of tremendous, terrifying
state, as Arjuna experienced in the Bhagavad
he saw Krishna in his thousand-armed form. That is what that
vision is all about
all ability to comprehend yourself in time and space. It is
not just seeing somebody with a thousand arms. Actually, such
a vision would be marvelous and interesting. But to Commune
with Something with endless dimensions, to fall into that Infinite
Condition yourself, is terrifying. When Arjuna was drifting
into that open-ended Divine Condition, he shouted and screamed
and told Krishna to please show him his two-armed, objective
form, which was good enough! [Laughter.]
My Confession to you is that this Infinite Existence is ultimate
Love-Bliss, the Great Happiness.
approach to life —
left side of the body is controlled by the right hemisphere of
the brain, the hemisphere (in most people) primarily associated
with nonverbal, spatial, and holistic methods of relating to the
objects of experience. These "left-sided" qualities
generally typify the mystical and sacred cultures of the East.
The right side of the body is controlled by the left hemisphere
of the brain, the hemisphere (in most people) primarily associated
with verbal, temporal, and analytical methods of relating to the
objects of experience. These "right-sided" qualities
typify the scientific and materialistic cultures of the West.