and Spiritual Growth through Divine Distraction
is required to wake up? What can you do within the dream
to wake up? Nothing. There is only the waking itself.
All actions within the dream are forms of the dream itself.
Waking is another process, and it occurs by other means,
by already conscious means. The Guru is not a symbol,
a condition of the dream itself. Such a one cannot wake
you up. The Guru is the Light of Consciousness, the very
Self, already awake, functioning alive. The Guru appears
in human form within the dream of life, not to console
you, but to awaken you through the crisis of real consciousness.
The true Guru is a frustration to the unconscious condition
of the dream. . . . The waking state is simply a "radically"
different condition from the dream. That is why you feel
free of the dream upon waking. The Guru appears in the
midst of the dreams of ordinary waking life like sunlight
in the morning. When you are still dreaming, still asleep,
the sun comes up. It gets brighter and brighter, and the
light comes into the room. At last, the light, the day
itself, becomes sufficient to wake you, and then, all
of a sudden, you are not dreaming, and everything is all
right. The Guru is simply that sunlight process, that
intensification, rising on you always, without any other
special activity. The Guru's relationship to you, your
condition of relationship to the Guru, just that relationship,
is sufficient to wake you up. It is the kiss of the Prince
and Sleeping Beauty. Such is understanding.
Like the disciples of Jesus, or Krishna's gopi devotees, the secret
of transformation in my case has been overwhelming
distraction by the Grace of the Spiritual Master.
As my Spiritual Master once humorously put it, while His devotee
is "away", distracted by the ecstasy of His Transmission,
the Master enters the devotee spiritually, and cleans up the place
"like a little old lady cleaning out a bird cage." This
cleansing, or release of old patterns, is not something the devotee
does by effort; rather, the devotee allows the Master (who, unlike
the devotee, is in a position to know what He or She is doing)
to do the work.
"The Descent of the Holy Spirit"
Albrecht Durer (c. 1510)
In like manner,
the stories of Jesus's disciples communicate a graceful transformation
or "Spiritual re-birth" of weak, even cowardly men,
into extraordinary men "filled with the Spirit", able
to endure incredible hardships (and even horrific deaths) through
their reception of their Master's Spiritual Transmission (symbolized
by the "Holy Spirit").
momentary Intervention by Divine Grace, in one of the few "million
dollar moments" of a human lifetime, allowed by an extraordinary
conjunction of circumstances that permitted the individual to
"relax self" sufficiently, can be very inspirational; but, by
itself, it cannot be the basis for a lifetime of practice, and
certainly not the means to take one from identification with the
body to identification with the Divine.
Spiritual Master is needed as a steady,
unrelenting source of Divine Revelation. The ego-activity
is a habit that re-asserts itself moment to moment, with a lifetime
(or lifetimes) of practice behind it; and it is only the moment-to-moment,
conscious process of feeling to God beyond self that counters
that otherwise automatic clench of separation from God and all.
Hence the need for a Transmission that is always available in
then, Spiritual practice won't be easy, because of the profound
force of the habit of ego. But it would be absolutely impossible
otherwise. No one would be able or willing to endure the intensely
ego-frustrating and heat-generating course, without the ameliorating,
steady, cooling Bliss of Divine Communion.
is a Transmission. Various apparent efforts can be made
to serve it, but no one can Transmit or influence others
with anything other than the state of Realization or the
limit of existence that is real for that one. Everyone
transmits. All of you are transmitters. You reinforce
these limitations in one another and you transmit them
to one another. Each one of you emits invisible forces
that are locked up in limited messages that reinforce
the same limitations in others . . . Realizers of one
or another degree of Spiritual development likewise by
nature spontaneously Transmit what they are. . . . Those
less evolved Transmit their Realization, and those more
evolved Transmit their more advanced Realization, and
those who have Realized That Which Is Inherently Perfect
Transmit That. It is inevitable, and it is an absolute
law. That is why it is said in the traditions that the
best thing you can do, among all the things you must do
and you must do many things —
but the best among them, the chief among them, is to spend
time in the Company of a Realizer. Everything is transmission.
The stones transmit, the sky does, the TV does. Since
everything and everyone transmits states of existence,
since life, or existence itself, is participation in transmissions
of all kinds, the best thing you can do is to associate
with the greatest possible Transmission above all. . .
. That is the great rule, the Great Law, the Ultimate
principle of the Great Tradition.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Transmission is something He is consciously
doing in every moment, in
relation to all beings:
experience is every one. I Extend out and I Touch you.
When My Divine Spiritual Body Extends out, Its Touch Touches
every one. Every one has felt My Spirual Touch, whether
they are consciously aware of it or not. I am Touching
you were to lie down and extend your body and touch someone's
body, he or she would feel it. Well, I am Extended everywhere
like that. I am Experiencing all as My own Form. What
I am Doing is the Yoga [Spiritual Practice] of
My own Form. I am Doing the Yoga for all.