you live in conditional form,
you make mind, you create the psyche,
through associations, repetitions, reinforcement.
When you die and the body drops off, mind makes you.
After death, you live in the world of mind
as you have created it while alive. . . .
you merely use up your life, indulging mind as it already
is, as you accumulated it while alive, then the after-death
states will be conventional, mediocre, relatively unpleasant,
perhaps dreadfully unpleasant, until another embodiment.
If you use your life for the sake of transcendence and
change mind, purify mind, release yourself from its
limits, move into a higher consciousness, a higher mind,
and, as My devotee, move even beyond mind to the point
of complete Divine Enlightenment and relinquishment
of conditional existence, Divine Translation is the
Destiny you will Realize.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Spiritual
life is about Realizing utter Love-Bliss, greater
Bliss than is realized through sex or any other conditional
experience. Such Love-Bliss is available before, during,
any conditional experience. If you Realize It, if you devote
life to the Realization of That, then That is what you get —
a life devoted
to the Realization of That, a life of Communion with That.
will link your present life with What is Prior to this life,
if you devote yourself to the human conditions of existence
own sake, you do not link yourself to What is Prior to this
link yourself to the same thing again. You perpetuate it, through
or simply through repetition in one form or another after death.
have pointed out to you on a number of occasions that while
in conditional form, you make mind, you create the psyche,
repetitions, reinforcement. When you die and the body drops
off, mind makes you. After death, you live in the world of
mind as you
have created it while alive. The after-death states have
"bardos", or "planes". Really, all such
concepts are simply descriptions
of how the mind operates dissociated from physical embodiment.
You will spontaneously, through no will of your own, enter into
realms of mind after death that correspond to your state of
— not just your thinking mind but your subconscious and unconscious
mind, the whole force of your tendency toward objects and con
states. The realms with which you will be associated will be
There is a possibility of spending experiential time in such
They are much like the realms you visit in dreams, but you will
you are really there and not merely dreaming.
makes association with realms that seem pleasurable, and
you may pass in and out of these realms. But if you observe
desperate, egoically "self-possessed", depressed,
craving, and dissatisfied
you are generally, you will appreciate more profoundly what
after death and into what kinds of mind-realms you may be
are hells, purgatories, dark passages that seem to go on for
vast periods of time, even until they exhaust themselves and
out of them as you pass from one dream to the next.
is said traditionally that a human birth is extraordinary, auspicious
if it is rightly used, and should not be wasted. This is because
the human form has the potential to be associated with the full
range of conditional experience — gross, subtle, and causal
— and is also not merely a mind-realm as the after-death states
are, although it is such a realm ultimately. But, experientially,
as a human being you are not merely living in the mind condition.
You are living in the bodily condition. To be able to exercise
yourself bodily, functionally, relationally, puts you in a position
to indulge mind, but also to change it, to transcend it. To
be embodied is to have a unique relationship to mind, which
will then affect the after-death states when the body is thrown
you merely use up your life, indulging mind as it already is,
as you accumulated it while alive, then the after-death states
will be conventional, mediocre, relatively unpleasant, perhaps
dreadfully unpleasant, until another embodiment. If you use
your life for the sake of transcendence and change mind, purify
mind, release yourself from its limits, move into a higher consciousness,
a higher mind, and, as My devotee, move even beyond mind to
the point of complete Divine Enlightenment and relinquishment
of conditional existence, Divine Translation is the Destiny
you will Realize. But even if you do not fulfill the course
of self-transcending practice to that ultimate degree, after
death you will at least be associated with the ascended realms,
the higher frame of mind, rather than the hells, the purgatories,
the lesser states, where people rattle against one another like
they do here.
in those hellish realms is even longer, but it does exhaust
itself eventually, so that there is new embodiment in a form
such as this or something that fulfills its characteristics
in a similar fashion, thus giving you the opportunity to transcend
the mind but in a more profoundly purified condition. Re-embodiment
is then associated with a capability to link up with the Spiritual
Process in its advanced stages.
you are doing in this lifetime links up with all future time.
If it is not utterly real to you yet that there is such time
after death, then practice self-transcendence in the context
of the realities that are obvious to you, and that practice
is sufficient. Whether you know about what passes after death
or not, you still can observe what is going on with you now,
observe the self-contraction and its consequences, and come
to the point of being moved to transcend it. You need not believe
in the afterlife to do all of that. You can still receive My
tangible Spiritual Heart-Transmission and enter into the life
of Spiritual devotion to Me, whether or not you have any real
sense of the afterlife. You can still enter the entire Spiritual
Process in My Blessing Company. And all the same reasons for
entering into it still exist, whether you know there is an afterlife
have just Described to you the process that works after death,
and at some point you will have real experience of it. You will
very likely in the course of your practice of the Way of Adidam
come into contact with subtle experiences that confirm the survival
of death and the existence of subtle realms, or mind-realms,
and that show you something about how it all works. Even if
you do not have much experience of it, if you enter truly into
Divine Communion with Me, the Spiritual Process will self-authenticate
Eternity and prove to the heart that this embodiment is not
the end of existence, or even its purpose. Existence is purposed
toward Love-Blissfulness, Freedom, and Divine Happiness.
you live in bodily form, therefore, it is good for you to become
dis-eased. It is good to feel dissatisfied and to seek beyond
the conditional, ordinary, conventional apparatus of life, until
you come into contact with Wisdom. Through that contact, the
search itself will be transcended. Until then, the search is
useful. It is the motive of dissatisfaction. Although it is
the pursuit of satisfaction, it also contains the element of
dissatisfaction. Seeking thus leads toward many things, including
all kinds of self-fulfillment. It also leads to contact with
religion and Spiritual life. But when you enter into My Sphere,
into the Sphere of this Divine possibility, then you enter into
the Sphere of "consideration" that will undo the search
and its root, which is self-contraction, or egoity.
can enter into this process without any beliefs or presumptions
about an afterlife. But I must simply, among other things, Tell
you what that is all about, since it is real and it is My experience.
What happens after death is directly associated with what happens
while you are alive. It is not that you merely live and then
the body falls off and you drift into the eternal sublimity.
And it is not that you merely live an ordinary life, struggling
however you choose to live, and then go to heaven.
is simply the falling off of the physical vehicle. That is all
that it is. Everything else continues, unless all the vehicles,
all the aspects of the conditional self, are released through
Divine Self-Realization. In the typical case, the ordinary human
case, death is simply the abandonment of the physical. Everything
else that you are as mind, psyche, personality, and desires
continues, but without the anchor of embodiment. You do not
wake up in your physical bed and your physical room, with your
physical associations. The anchor drops off, and you drift into
the bardos, the realms of mind. Where you drift is determined,
therefore, by your mind, your state of mind altogether, what
you have reinforced through your life-action.
conditional cosmos is structured in such a way that, in spite
of all errors and egoity, all beings will ultimately be purified.
But if you know that even though this is so, you still might
have to go through billions upon billions of lifetimes under
all kinds of dreadful conditions, including spending uncountable
spaces of time in hells of suffering, then there is no consolation
in the knowledge that everyone will ultimately be Liberated.
Therefore, you must know how you can cooperate with the Liberating
Divine Principle so that you are not reinforcing egoically "self-possessed",
disturbed, painful conditions of existence, but are rather advancing
toward and entering into more and more of the profundity of
Perfectly self-transcending God-Realization and the Ultimate
Destiny of life in the Divine Self-Domain. This is what you
must devote yourself to, what you will devote yourself to if
you understand, if you hear Me and see Me 5
Spiritually through My tangible Spiritual Baptism. Then your
life must become cooperation with that Liberating Force.
Divine Force will not only involve you in changing your action
while you are alive so that you live a better life and are happier
in your relations. All such changes are temporary. Fundamentally,
what that Divine Force does is to Liberate you from mind. And
all of this is mind, even this [He says, touching His Body].
Physical embodiment is mind. It simply carries with it the illusion
that you are mind interiorly. But, in fact, you are physically
present, physically active, and can therefore change mind, release
mind, purify mind, transcend mind. This is true. This is how
the Liberating Principle works within the realm of cosmic Nature.
It gives you the opportunity to transcend that which is cosmic
Nature, which is mind.
of conditional existence is nothing but mind, constantly being
modified, affected, changed, caused by apparently discrete entities.
It is a vast, unfathomable complex of planes and beings, tendencies,
experiences, realms within realms, imaginary realms that are
just as real as real realms — there is nothing that is unreal,
because it is all mind.
in bondage to mind. You are in bondage to objects. Not understanding
your egoic self and the Great Reality, you are tending to presume
this quality of mind you are experiencing by virtue of human
birth, and you are trying to fulfill the ego, release it, or
bring it into a state of total enjoyment. This search is a false
principle. It is something you can struggle to fulfill, and
you cannot even fulfill it completely. At any rate, in such
pursuit you do not involve yourself in the principle of self-transcendence.
of how things are, you must transcend these conditions, not
merely struggle to fulfill yourself within them. You yourself
are a condition among these conditions. Conditioning, mind,
all limitation of Divine Love-Bliss, must be transcended. This
understanding and the encounter with the Living Divine Adept
make the Spiritual Process possible. Therefore, when you come
to hear Me and see Me, then you must become involved in the
process of self-transcendence, or, in other words, the process
of mind-transcendence. Ultimately, to go beyond mind altogether
is to be Divinely Translated.
you build up subjectively while you are bodily existing becomes
your experience after death. What you purify and transcend while
physically existing will not be your experience after death.
What you make your object while alive will continue to be your
object after death. Desires not fulfilled or transcended are
your mind after death. Complexes, fears, obsessions are your
mind after death. Thus, the Spiritual Process really is the
purification and transcendence of mind, which is the same thing
as the purification and transcendence of conditional self, or
conditional existence altogether.
very best situation to be in at the point of death is utter
mindlessness. I do not mean you should have an empty head at
the moment of death. I mean you should be utterly purified of
the self-contraction, the mental tendency, such that you are
only involved in the Free Condition of Divine Love-Bliss. The
best situation, the best condition to be in at the point of
death, is the Divinely Self-Realized Condition of the seventh
stage of life. Generally, that Condition points toward Divine
Translation at death.
be literally living in earlier stages than the Divinely Enlightened
Condition at the point of death in general indicates what your
destiny will be after death. Your stage of life is a very basic
indicator. Most people do not go beyond a complicated, stressful,
un-Happy involvement in the conditions associated with the first
three stages of life. Such individuals do not go to heaven.
They pass into experiential realms immediately associated with
this material frame, as in dreams, now without the anchor of
the body, appearing to spend all kinds of time in lesser conditional
realms, often very unpleasant, literally what could be called
"hells". Those who pass into the ascended stages of
life — the "advanced" fourth stage and the fifth stage
— will pass into the subtler realms of the Cosmic Mandala, temporarily
enjoying a somewhat more blissful experience until mind exhausts
you see, is a kind of generative force. When forms are established
in it, it produces experience until it wears down. All experiences
within the Cosmic Mandala are, therefore, temporary, but some
are much more difficult than others. Those in the outer range
of the Cosmic Mandala are the more difficult. Beings there live
a short time. There is more struggle, more threat there. The
realms closer to the center of the Cosmic Mandala are associated
with more glamorized conditions, beautiful spaces, and so forth,
but the urge of conditionally manifested beings is likewise
not ultimately fulfilled there. The urge to Complete Freedom,
or Divine Self-Realization, is not fulfilled in those realms,
and they also are temporary experiences.
do sadhana in those realms. They practice the disposition of
God-Communion, and they are not merely there to fulfill the
pleasurable possibilities associated with their realm. At least
this is so in the higher realms. In the lesser realms, where
ordinary people living in this world might pass after death,
conditional beings are not any more occupied with the motive
to Most Perfectly self-Transcending God-Realization than they
are here. The lesser subtle realms are the same kind of place
as this realm basically, although individuals are somewhat more
tenuously associated with experience there. Experience is more
plastic in some way, and individuals there experience something
like the dreamer's involvement.
beings are aware of having rather unusual abilities even in
these lesser realms. They can pass in and out of places and
circumstances and move about by an act of will, but all the
time they still move within the lesser frame. The more profoundly
aggrieved, gross, negative characters do not even wander in
the middle-class streets of the after-world. They settle into
dark places and sinister scenes. They struggle, unable to get
out for long periods of time, as you would in a nightmare —
but they do not have the body in bed to wake up to. The mind
free-wheels on its own, as if they were stuck in a room watching
a television program and did not have the ability to turn off
the television set — but in this case they are actually in the
Beloved Adi Da, do they stay there until the experience runs
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Yes.
And it runs out eventually. Such realms are usually described
as hells where individuals are caught for thousands of years.
Imagine yourself sitting in a box for ten thousand years! Such
descriptions are in some sense metaphoric, but nonetheless they
contain some truth, because time does appear to be real in these
religion is preached in this world through representations of
the afterlife, threatening you with fire and brimstone on the
one hand if you do not get straight, and offering you the pie-a-la-mode
heaven on the other hand if you believe and behave. But, as
I indicated to you, if it is not real to you that the afterlife
exists or what it is all about, to try to
threaten or attract you with these stories has no significant
effect on you. I am simply Telling you about the afterlife because
it is My experience and I want to account for it all. It will
also be your experience at one time or another. It already is
the experience of many people. There is, therefore, no reason
why I should not Speak of it.
I am not giving you a heaven-and-hell speech here. You need
no belief system to involve yourself in the Spiritual Way of
life. Therefore, I confront you about what is real to you, what
is your experience. I point to the search, the self-contraction.
I Call you into relationship with Me to receive My Spirit-Baptism.
The Spiritual Process does not depend on systems of belief.
It is true that at death you do not just disappear into unconsciousness,
fall asleep, and forget everything, Mind goes on, and mind controls
you, and you no longer have the anchor of the body. If it is
not real to you that the process of mind continues after death,
still the separate and separative self and how it works is real
to you now, and the Spiritual Process is real to you if you
have experienced My Spiritual Heart-Transmission in My Company.
any case, the Spiritual Process is about self-transcendence,
or transcendence of mind, transcendence of the psychology of
attention. Whatever the structure of reality is in your view,
the process of your existence is controlled by the mechanism
of attention, the psychology of the self-contraction, and the
degree to which you have transcended attention. Life is mind.
Life makes mind. Life suffers mind. And life can be the transcendence
of mind. Life as a process of the transcendence of mind, or
the psychology of attention, is Spiritual practice. A life devoted
to self-indulgence without God-Communion, without self-understanding,
without self-transcendence, is suffering.
those devoted to Most Perfectly self-transcending God-Realization
suffer, but they suffer in the peripheral vehicles of the conditional
self. In Communion with Me, you contact the inherent Love-Blissfulness
of existence, and those aspects of your existence that are conditional,
in which you are suffering, or even experiencing pleasure, become
literally peripheral. You can enjoy that Fullness, then, even
prior to Divine Enlightenment. It is simply that in the passage
between the sixth stage of life and the seventh stage of life,
the Fullness of Divine Self-Realization becomes permanent, no
longer conditionally Realized.
so, the conditional periphery remains, but one's involvement
with it changes. In the context of phenomenal conditions, one
can be effective in Liberating or Blessing others. Even in the
seventh stage of life, however, there is a struggle, as you
see in My case. There is no end to the struggle with conditional
existence. I could have bypassed some of it by simply not Teaching.
But I had no choice in this matter
— fortunately or unfortunately, fortunately for you perhaps
— because Divine Re-Awakening in My case was not associated
merely with Divine Self-Realization in the sense that I could
have dropped out and disappeared. It was associated with the
spontaneous appearance of the Siddhis of
My Teaching Work.
I have no
attachment to this world for its own sake. My involvement with
this world is simply for the sake of Liberating others.
I am the Manifestation of that Principle in cosmic Nature Which
is Liberating. I do not otherwise have any impulse to be associated
with conditional existence, but I am bound to it nonetheless,
because of this Liberating Impulse.
devotees who enter into the seventh stage of life will participate
in that Liberating Impulse in various ways, but their struggle
will not be like My own, because they will not have the Siddhis
that are uniquely associated with My Birth. Even so, they must
carry on their Blessed existence under the real circumstances
of conditional life with other people.
Effort that Works through Me will not go on forever. It has
its logic, its course, its structure. Its results depend on
its reception. My Impulse is Complete for the Divine Self-Realization
of others and the establishment of the Way of Adidam. But whether
the Way of Adidam will be established or not depends on its
reception. It could be rejected. It could be made into garbage.
All the time there exists a tendency to reject it and make it
into garbage, as with everything else that appears in the conditional
realms, where everything is tending to be destroyed.
may live relatively long. Already many of you have lived long
lives compared to how long most people have lived in this world.
Even so, in every moment of your existence there is the possibility
of dying, the possibility of becoming diseased, the possibility
of loss, the possibility of disconnection from others, the possibility
of suffering. Your conditional existence has been threatened
from the moment you were born. Threats are always arising, in
you and outside you.
that appears in the conditional world is tending to be destroyed,
tending to come to an end, because it does not just appear on
its own. It appears in conjunction with many other entities,
motions, tendencies, programs, plans, disturbances. Every life,
every impulse is associated with a creative effort to accomplish
and to survive. That effort characterizes Me and My Work. You
have seen what a difficult struggle it has been for Me to keep
My Work going during all these years. It is not just difficult
at this moment. It has always been difficult. The tendency has
always existed to destroy it and bring it to an end, as well
as to simply not use it.
this Impulse is going to have effect, if it is to survive through
and beyond My Time of human existence, you must make it survive.
You must use it. You must practice it. You must become rightly
aligned to Me. You must fulfill it. You must advocate it. You
must make your gathering strong — not just you in this room
but all those associated with Me, all those who will read or
listen to this Talk someday.
This talk is from Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
Siddhis of Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Teaching Work — Avatar
Adi Da Samraj has indicated that, following His Divine Re-Awakening
in 1970 and until the end of His Teaching Work in 1986, certain
Siddhis (Spiritual powers) manifested in Him that enabled Him
to do His Teaching Work, the primary one being the capability
to Perfectly identify with others, assume their karmas and their
conditions, reflect them to themselves, and meditate them. Describing
the Siddhis of His Teaching Work in 1982, He said:
submit My Self to devotees to the degree of becoming them, to
the degree of taking on the condition in which they exist, and
I Teach in that circumstance.
into this body in order to be just like you and to "consider"
this body-mind with you, to animate it with you, to be exactly
that and to transcend exactly that. This is My unique way of
Working. There are some precedents for it traditionally, but
it is basically a unique way of Working necessitated by this
particular time and place. (September 15, 1982)