his birthday in 1982, Avatar Adi Da Samraj read this essay
He had just written, to a group of devotees. He then commented
on the essay.
All-Pervading Life-Spirit, or the Self-Radiant Transcendental
Spirit-Being, is Love, the Source of beings and worlds,
the Great Power, All-Bliss, Reality Itself. To live
and Be in Oneness with the Eternal Spirit is God-love,
Salvation, Enlightenment, and literally eternal life.
who love God totally (as self-transcending spirits,
surrendered as the total body-mind, feeling as and in
the Self-Radiant Energy or Spirit of Being) also inevitably
love others, Communicate or Magnify God in the worlds,
and always transcend themselves in all relations, under
all conditions, and in every state. Therefore, be "born
again" — be reborn or re-Lived now — by the discovery
and affirmation that you and all beings and things are
Spirit, or an eternal process of Energy (rather than
unconscious and mortal matter). What is presumed to
be mortal matter (in the form of body, mind, and world)
is only a phenomenal state of Energy, or Energy in one
moment of Its beginningless and endless sequence of
transformations. Awaken and Be in the Spirit and then
fulfill the double Law of the Spirit — which is to love
God, or the Transcendental Spirit-Being, until you become
Love, and so love all others.
Happy and altogether healed or en-Livened by this conversion
of "matter" into Energy. This conversion is repentance,
or release of all non-Spiritual views, acts, and "karmas",
or the habit-results of "sin" — which is simply the
ego-based or self-contracting denial of Oneness with
the Divine Spirit-Being. And this same conversion is
also Salvation, or restoration of resonant Oneness with
the Divine Spirit-Being.
a spirit (or a body-mind-self that is only or entirely
living and conscious energy), Be surrendered into Oneness
with the Transcendental Spirit-Being. Transcend yourself
in Love-Bliss. Transcend the present world (and all
materially or mortally conceived conditions and concepts).
By all of this, enter into a totally new Destiny — in
God, or Spiritual Being. That Destiny goes beyond self
and, ultimately, beyond every plane of conditional Nature.
It is the Destiny of Love-Bliss, or uninterrupted Existence
in the Divine Condition, or the Divine Domain, wherein
there is no trace or memory of conditional existence.
this is true and useful religion. Religion is self-transcending
Spirituality. It is to be restored to inherently Free
Spirit-living, and not merely to submit to the myths
and rituals of dogmatic beliefs and the lifeless or
Spirit-less disciplines of the concerned social ego.
the Spirit-Blessing of the Adept Spiritual Master. Even
the body-mind is only Energy. Realize the Spirit-Being
is the Reality in which self and world are arising as
spontaneous but unnecessary and non-binding modifications
of Itself. Be the Spirit-Being only. See all things
and beings in and as the Spirit. And always Magnify
the Spirit-Force, which is Love, Blessing, Tolerance,
Forgiveness, Help, Healing, Nurture, Delight, Joy, Bliss,
Peace, and total Happiness.
ADI DA SAMRAJ:
I call this essay "A Birthday Message from Jesus and Me" for
several reasons. Today is my birthday, first of all. The essay
also speaks of being born again in the Spirit, so it is in some
sense a message about everybody's "rebirthday" or spiritual
birth. And it is "from Jesus and Me" because the essay also
paraphrases the Teaching of Jesus.
a likeness between my Teaching and all of the high and great
and radical Teachings of the Great Tradition. In the book, Nirvanasara,
I explore the likeness between this Teaching and the traditions
of Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. I suggest in that book that
one of the descriptive names of this Teaching is Advaitayana
Buddhism. This does not mean that the only precedents for this
Teaching or its only likenesses are to be found in the traditions
of Vedanta and Buddhism. I have also suggested other descriptive
names for this Teaching and explored the likenesses between
my Teaching and many traditions outside the Transcendentalist
Teachings of Advaitism and Buddhism. But, I differentiate those
aspects of the Great Tradition that represent great Teaching
and those that represent conventions of the human mind, human
life, false religion, pseudo-religion, lesser religion. I explore
and examine all of the traditions critically, and therefore
I criticize aspects of all traditions, but there is also a congenial
likeness to be found between my own Teaching and the great or
high Teachings of all the traditions.
is historically the dominant religious tradition of the Western
world for all kinds of reasons, most of which have nothing whatever
to do with the Truth. Therefore, I criticize Christianity on
a number of levels. But over the years I have also considered
Christianity — actually not so much Christianity as the Teaching
of Jesus — in terms of its likenesses to my own Teaching.
a Way of life that involved stepping outside the bondage to
tradition and institutionalized religiosity. His was a radical
Spirit-Teaching that communicated the religion of conversion
to the Spiritual Reality, to the Divine as Living Spirit, rather
than to the Divine as the remembered and honored "God of our
fathers," the God of the book, and so on. Jesus preached that
people should be altogether converted from their false views
and sinfulness, that they should be transformed by the Realization
of the Spirit, and that they should make their religion a way
of life in immediate and constant Communion with the Divine
Testament declares that there is only one unpardonable sin.
Among all of the enumerated sins only one is unpardonable: the
denial of the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of God. If that is the
one unforgivable sin, then something about that sin must epitomize
sin itself. All the forgivable sins must somehow be the lesser
versions of this primary sin. Therefore, sin itself has to do
with our tendency to deny or dissociate from the Spiritual Divine.
we might do that could be called sin in the Semitic and Christian
traditions is a version of our tendency to dissociate from the
Spiritual Divine. What is unforgivable about the unforgivable
sin is not that it is merely an immediate form of behavior that
temporarily dissociates us from the Spiritual Divine, but that
it is sin raised to its absolute degree. It is perpetual sin.
It is not unforgivable because God does not forgive or because
God is not forgiving. It is unforgivable because the act itself
will not accept forgiveness. To accept forgiveness is to become
involved with the Divine. Therefore, to deny the Divine is to
be in a perpetual state of dissociation from the Divine and,
therefore, dissociation from forgiveness. Only once we have
ceased to deny the Divine is forgiveness possible.
sin is simply the denial of the Holy Spirit or denial of the
Spiritual Divine, and it becomes most critical when it becomes
an absolute act of absolute denial. Forgiveness is liberation
from the effects of all denials of God. It is restoration to
God or repentance, which is on this side of forgiveness. Repentance
in the Christian tradition, and in the Semitic tradition in
general, is the act of giving up sin or returning to God.
point of view of Jesus, the process whereby we become free of
sin and are restored to Oneness with God or Communion with God
is not a matter of ritual or acts in the temple. It is not a
matter of conventions of belief. It is not the ritualistic act
of repenting and accepting to some degree, psychologically and
emotionally, that we have returned to God's good graces and
God will now bless us. From Jesus' point of view, the whole
process of repentance, forgiveness, and restoration to God is
a matter of spiritual conversion, or the realization that God
is the Living Spiritual Reality, always Present, All-Pervading,
the Source and Substance of Existence. From Jesus' point of
view religion is the conversion from self-possession or withdrawal
from the Spiritual Divine or denial of the Spirit to Communion
with the Spirit and acceptance of the fact that all existence
is Spiritual, made by the Spirit, made of Spirit, arising in
the Spirit, pervaded by the Spirit.
In one of
the key passages in the New Testament, Jesus meets a man named
Nicodemus, who was a major figure in the temple. Nicodemus came
to see Jesus at night, because he did not want anybody to know
that he was going to see this renegade who was preaching a free
form of religion outside temple life. He had learned of Jesus
from others who had heard Jesus preach, and he wanted to know
precisely, beyond hearsay, what this man was Teaching.
him, "You must be born again. You must be born in the Spirit
even as now you are born in the flesh. You must be Baptized
in the Spirit, you must receive the Spirit, you must enter into
Communion with the Spirit. God is Spirit, Man is Spirit, every
individual is a spirit, and all of the spirits, including the
entire world, are arising in God, in intimate, eternal Communion
with the Spirit, God. Religion is to repent or be converted
from an unspiritual point of view, the whole life of self-possession
and the mortal mind, and to enter fully into Communion with
the Divine as the Living Spirit. Only on the basis of such conversion
can the law of Israel be fulfilled."
asked on one occasion, as reported in the New Testament, "What
is your summary of the Law?" And Jesus repeated the summary
that is already found in the Old Testament: "Love God completely,
with every aspect of your being, and love all others. Treat
all others as you would be treated. Treat them as your very
self and as you would have yourself treated." From Jesus' point
of view that Law could not be fulfilled except through spiritual
rebirth or conversion from the mortal, self-possessed point
of view to Communion with the Divine as the All-Pervading Spirit.
The Law could therefore be summarized completely from Jesus'
point of view in just this brief statement. There was no need
for the complicated sub-laws and rituals and mechanical aspects
of religiosity, all of which are built upon the ordinary mind.
If just this one simple process of conversion could be realized,
then the Law would inevitably be fulfilled. However, if this
conversion were not realized, to fulfill the Law would be impossible,
even if one practiced the ritual fulfillment of the Law down
to the last detail.
In his Teaching,
Jesus criticized the tendencies of religiosity in his time,
saying basically that no real religion existed then. There was
a great deal of religiosity, a great deal of temple life and
ritual, many laws and legalisms, many beliefs and myths, but
none of that had anything to do with religion. Such pseudo-religion
was about God in the book, the God who created everything and
is now to be viewed as untouchable, holy, elsewhere. The religious
life of most people had been reduced to the popular form of
religiosity, just as it has been in our time — or as it is in
a radically simplified form of religion. He preached what I
call basic religion. Only one affair is religion: the conversion
from self, and all the views based on self-possession and mortal
self-consciousness, to Communion with the Living Spirit-Being
or Radiant Transcendental Being, the recognition that all of
Nature is made of that One, that every being is a spirit and
one with the Transcendental Spirit. That which is born of the
Spirit, he said, is Spirit, is of the same nature, and, therefore,
can Realize a state of perfect Identification with that Great
Spirit or Transcendental Being, and by that perfect Divinity
be drawn into the Domain of unqualified spiritual existence.
My own Teaching
to you is fundamentally the same. During the last few days I
have told you that ultimately the Way transcends the conventional
point of view of religion and spirituality. The Way of the Heart
is the Way of radical self-transcendence and Perfect Realization
of a state of Identification with the Radiant Transcendental
or Divine Being and Condition. Nevertheless, the Way begins
with true and basic religion, and basic true religion is spirituality,
life in the Spirit, life as the Spirit. Such religion is not
transcended in the Way — it is the essence of the Way.
of our submission to the Spiritual Condition is realized in
stages that correspond to the seven stages of life. There are
therefore lesser stages of maturity in the process of Transcendental
Communion and ultimate Enlightenment, lesser stages, higher
stages, and the ultimate stage. But they are all aspects of
true religion, or spiritual existence. You cannot enter into
the process of this Way unless you are born again in the same
terms that Jesus preached. You cannot enter into the process
of the Way until you Awaken into the acknowledgment of the Living
Spiritual Reality, not merely the God to be believed, but the
Spiritual Reality that is tangibly Present and with Which we
are inherently intimate. We need only acknowledge It and submit
ourselves to Its Living Current and enter into Its Ultimate
Condition. This submission is a natural and free process, always
available to human beings if they will repent or convert from
their self-possession and their denial of the Spiritual Reality.
I have told
you that without such conversion, it makes no difference how
many of my books you read or how many of the specific disciplines
you apply. The disciplines will not be fruitful, they are not
even true in your case, unless you first become religious in
the spiritual sense. You must first be converted. We suffer
many conditions of existence because we do not presume the Spiritual
Reality of existence. When we cannot be intimate with God, we
start to think and when we cannot be intimate with other people,
we start becoming physically self-indulgent. All the behaviors
that are called sin in the traditions are simply the variations
on these two possibilities, indulgence in the self-mind and
its mortal views, and physically based self-indulgence.
we enter into the conditions of existence that are self-contracted,
ego-based, and self-possessed is that we become incapable of
intimacy with Reality. The first form of that dis-ease, that
imaginary disease, the "dreaded Gom-boo," 2 is the denial of the Holy Spirit, the denial of the Spiritual
Reality, the denial of the fact that all beings are spirits
or spiritual entities, not merely spirits somewhere inside and
behind the body and the mind, but spirits as the body-mind.
that we perceive is the spiritual world in a certain form. It
arises in the Spiritual Divine, the Transcendental Spirit-Being,
the Transcendental Condition of existence. When you lose sympathy
with that Reality, when you cannot be intimate with It, cannot
submit to It, even bodily, emotionally, with the whole mind
— as Jesus said, you must love the Spiritual Divine with your
mind, heart, soul, all your strength — when you cannot be intimate
with the Living Spirit-God, you as a spirit, with every aspect
of your being and personality, then you are self-contracted
and self-possessed. You fall in upon yourself, and are no longer
capable of intimacy with the Spiritual Divine or with any of
the conditions of existence.
not capable of intimacy with other beings, therefore. You cannot
love God or others, you cannot be love in the world, you are
not free, you are not Happy, you become un-Happy. Then you try
to become Happy through the exercise of mind and physical possibility,
but when mind and physical possibility are generated on the
basis of the loss of intimacy, the inability to be submitted
to love, to surrender, to enter into Communion with the Living
Being directly and in the form of all beings, then all the forms
of mind and body become self-indulgent, self-possessed, sinful,
disoriented from the Divine. They "miss the mark." To sin is
to "miss the mark," as in the Greek word "hamartia," for example,
which means a miss of the mark.
beings are suffering from this imagined disease, this self-created
or self-imposed disease. Its root is an emotional problem, the
incapacity for intimacy with the Real or the Transcendental
Reality and all of the modifications of the Transcendental Reality
that appear in the form of living beings and conditions of existence
in this world and in all other worlds. The Way, therefore, begins
when we can repent or be converted from this self-possessed
disposition and all of the acts and habit patterns, thought
patterns, points of view, the whole affair of the disease of
egoity. We must be converted from self. We must Awaken from
self-possession to the acknowledgment of the inherent Spiritual
Reality of existence. We must be restored to intimacy or Communion
with That One.
is restored, the body-mind is restored to a state of equanimity
on the basis of its resonant Communion with the Living Current
of the Spiritual Being. This restoration of intimacy with the
Living Divine is likewise a restoration of intimacy with all
other conditions of existence and all other beings. When love
of God returns, then love of others also returns. Life is simplified.
Life becomes capable of a harmonious disposition and of magnifying
the characteristics of Spiritual Being. We cannot first love
others. We must first be restored to God. We must first be converted
principle is God-Love, God-Communion, self-transcending submission
to the Living Current and Transcendental Being. When that conversion
is established, then we become capable of fulfilling the second
part of the great Law. When we love God to the point of becoming
love, when we Commune with the Spirit to the point of becoming
spiritual, then we love or magnify the characteristics of the
Spirit in all relations, under all conditions, in all states,
in all possible worlds.
of the Way is the spirituality of self-transcending Communion
with the Living Divine. It is spirituality, you see. It is life
in the Spirit. It is not merely a matter of developing the programs
of the social ego. It is not merely a matter of being fitfully
committed to creating the politics of social peace. Such is
the great program toward which all of Nature and all of humanity
are striving, and yet peace is not about to be instantly created!
Even so, we should not be disheartened or become dispirited
because the conditions of life are frustrating and do not show
the signs of the universal invasion of the world by the Divine
Spirit. The world is not likely to become converted to the Spiritual
Divine in all of its billions, to become converted to the true
process of religion in our lifetime. Perhaps it will never be
It is possible
that anyone who hears and sees the Spirit-Born Adept will be
converted to the Living Spiritual Reality and enter into the
process of spiritual realization in community with others who
have been likewise converted. Such individuals magnify their
disposition in the world and are of use in the world to help
the world in the direction of Ultimate Transformation, but without
distress. Still, the fundamental process of their existence
is spiritual, or a matter of moment to moment God-Communion.
That Communion is their Happiness. By submission to that Condition,
through the spiritual process inherent in God-Communion, they
are transformed in this world and ultimately Translated beyond
all conditional worlds, or all worlds in which dissociation
from the Spirit, or self-possession, is possible. Those who
fulfill the Way perfectly are Translated into the Divine Domain
or the Transcendental Condition.
to spiritual Communion is the essence and fundamental necessity
upon which this Way depends. Thus, it must constantly be emphasized.
Without such conversion, without true "hearing" and "seeing,"
3 without spiritual rebirth, the Way cannot be practiced.
It can be imitated, but it cannot be practiced. None of the
disciplines are fruitful apart from such conversion. Those who
are simply listening to the Teaching, who have not entered into
this conversion in the Company of the Spiritual Master, may
as part of the natural discipline of listening assume the various
practical conditions associated with the practice of this Way,
but even so they are not yet practicing the Way. They are listening
or giving their attention to the possibility of practice. When
there is full conversion, or "hearing" and "seeing" to the point
of real practice, then real preparation for the ultimate form
of the Way begins — and not until then.
conversion is the most fundamental matter to be considered by
beginners and the most fundamental event for listeners. When
it occurs, it changes the entire quality of your existence.
You become Happiness Itself, and you can never become un-Happy
or bound again. You may seem to become bound again, perhaps,
if you commit the ultimate sin, if you deny the Spirit, become
self-possessed in your mind, emotion, and body again. Bondage
is always possible short of perfect Enlightenment. But once
you are established in the Principle of God-Communion, nothing
in that Principle can bind you again or cause you to become
un-Happy. Once you discover It, if you will simply abide in
It, the process of the Way is assured.
growth toward maturity will be limited only by the force
of your application to the Way of the Spiritual Reality
once you become converted to It. This is the great discovery
to be made on the basis of hearing my Argument and giving
me your attention or living in my Company. This is the Baptism
that is always being generated by my Presence here. When
I call you to consider the Teaching, I call you into my
Spiritual Company, even if you are simply sitting down to
read my books. 4 Whenever you are in my Company, whenever you give me your
attention, then you are as good as sitting in the room with
me where this Baptism is being given. I do not stand in
a river to perform the water ritual. I stand in the fire
to perform the Spirit ritual, which purifies, enlivens,
and grants Enlightenment. 5 It is
the perfect Baptism.
who give me their attention, in whatever form it may take at
any moment, align themselves to my Baptizing Power, the profusion
of Grace that is manifested through the Adept, which is simply
a magnification of the Spiritual Divine to living beings. When
you have heard and seen me, when you have understood and located
my Presence, experienced this Baptism and Awakened to the Spiritual
Reality, then you have entered into the stream and fire of the
Way. Then all of the disciplines become fruitful, but not otherwise.
This is the fundamental import of your involvement with me in
this Way of Life and this Teaching. All of the gatherings of
our community and all of the moments in which devotees attend
to this Teaching and this practice are the moments of this Baptism,
the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as it is called in the Christian
tradition, the reception of the Living Current that is the substance
of existence, that is Self-Radiant Transcendental Being, Love-Bliss,
into that Happiness is to be healed. All Power is within It.
All Transformation is inherent in It. To enter into Communion
with the Living Divine is to be Transfigured, to be Transformed,
ultimately to be Translated. To enter into the Company of the
Spirit-Baptizing Adept is, in fact, to enter into the seventh
stage of life. The processes of the seventh stage of life, which
are Transfiguration, Transformation, and Translation, are inherent
in the moment of God-Communion, and therefore this Way begins
in the seventh stage of life. But we acknowledge that there
are habits or tendencies in every individual that must be purified,
and therefore we also acknowledge that there are stages of maturity
or stages of the development of the practice. Yet even preparation
for the Way develops within the ambience of the seventh stage
of life, or the living Environment of the Spiritual Divine.
Transmission is the reason for the occasions of celebration
when I sit with everyone, whether they are in the room with
me or sitting at a distance. 6 It is the reason that I gather with people under all kinds
of circumstances. It is the reason that I return to The
Mountain Of Attention periodically to see people there.
It is the reason that I maintain constant communication of one
kind or another with all devotees through the Agencies of this
institution. The import of my Presence here is that I be a Baptizer,
an Agent of Transmission. Part of the import of my Presence
here is that I consider the Argument of the Way and consider
the right culture of devotees and develop the practices in your
company, but the ultimate import of my Presence here is simply
that I be Present, not merely to exist but to Baptize, to Transmit
Awaken in my Company then know how to use me. They understand
why I am here. Others who are still listening, who have not
passed through this remarkable conversion or matter into energy,
or egoity into Spirit-living, appropriately maintain a relatively
distant or formal relationship to me, although they give me
their attention. And their granting of attention to me bears
the fruit of conversion when they thoroughly intuit and feel
that all that arises is Spirit or Energy. The Spirit is not
merely behind what arises, pervading it as some sort of invisible
essence. The Spirit is this, just this exactly, as it is all
the other forms of appearance with which we might become associated.
The Living or Spirit-Current pervades all of this, is all of
this, and we may contact It intimately through the submission
of our body-minds to It.
the Living Current, we feel It, our fundamental emotion is one
with It. The Current is felt as an energy bodily. It is also
felt as an emotion, the emotion of love, unqualified emotion,
radiant feeling. Be diverted from your thinking, your self-possessed
process of mind, and grant attention to this Living Current.
Then you will realize that the essence of that Current is not
only energy, not only love, but unconditional Being or Consciousness
a very practical means for living in Communion with the Spirit-Being
or the Divine. I have considered that practical means with you
for many years. I have described three basic Ways of practicing
this Communion — the Way of Insight, the Way of Faith, and the
Perfect Practice. 7 But all three of these Ways and all of the disciplines
associated with them can be summarized as two basic practices:
the practice that I call conductivity and the practice that
I call the conscious process.
is the whole affair of physical and emotional and psychic feeling-surrender
into the Living Spirit or Life-Current. We animate this form
of our practice through all kinds of practical disciplines related
to diet, daily living, sexuality, and service to others. We
also animate it through the features of our meditation that
involve the technical process of conductivity or breathing and
feeling the Living Current, the Spirit-Current with which you
are Baptized and to which you Awaken in my Company.
Current is breathed in a Circle, descending in the front of
the body and ascending in the spinal line of the body, between
the crown and the feet or the crown and the bodily base of the
perineum. It is felt from the heart in all directions. It is
love or radiant emotion. We should be constantly relaxed from
base to crown or foot to crown into this Living Current, breathing
It in the Circle and feeling It from the heart in all directions.
Jesus' instruction to love God with all your heart and all your
soul and all your mind and all your strength is to practice
conductivity as a meditative process and as a process of daily
disciplines and daily living, associated intimately with our
feeling, breathing, living, physical personality. We are not
merely to go inward to find the Spirit. We are the Spirit and
we must live in the Spirit even bodily.
most fundamental aspect and the primary form of our practice,
for which our practice of conductivity of the Spirit prepares
us, for which our conductivity of the Spirit gives us a support,
a basis in equanimity, is the conscious process. As the practice
of conductivity liberates energy and attention in the Spirit,
it liberates energy and attention from the contractions of egoity.
We must devote that free energy and attention to the conscious
process, radically intuiting or entering into a state of identification
with the Transcendental Being, That which is Self-Radiant and
appearing as all forms and beings, That which simply is.
the artful practice of conductivity and the conscious process,
we remain in perpetual Communion with the Spirit-Being, the
Living Divine. If we do so, we mature inevitably and by stages
to the point of Perfect Awakening, Enlightenment, Self-Abiding,
Abiding in a state of Identification with the Transcendental
Being and inherently and spontaneously recognizing all arising
conditions in the body-mind and its environs or relations. There
is nothing but the apparent, unnecessary, non-binding, free
modification of the Spiritual Radiance of the Divine or the
of the Spirit is fulfilled in Enlightenment, in which all conditions
are recognizable. By the power of Self-Abiding recognition,
the tendency of attention to be associated with conditions is
dissolved. At first association with the grosser conditions
continues. Then as the tendency of those associations is gradually
released, a subtler disposition appears in this life or after
this life, in other spiritual worlds or again in this world.
By our continuing in this disposition of Self-Abiding recognition,
the tendency of attention to associate with conditional existence
in any plane whatsoever is dissolved, so that ultimately the
being is Translated into the Divine Condition without the slightest
noticing of conditional existence.
We may say
of Translation that it is simply perfect Identification with
the Divine Self or Radiant Transcendental Being, without qualification.
Whether it is also associated with a sublime Domain beyond our
imagining, beyond our conception in this world, is to be seen,
but we enter into it through Enlightenment, through recognition,
through the dissolution of conditional associations, not by
clinging to ideas of a place to which we want to go.
I also Teach,
as Jesus Taught, the radical religion of the Spirit. A religion
about Jesus was created by some who knew him, by some who did
not know him, by Christian-made priests, by all of the contingencies
of historical Christianity. That religion is just another version
of conventional religion, the kind of religion that Jesus himself
criticized. It is not the free religion of the Spirit, and it
contains no esotericism about the life of the Spirit and the
transcendence of conditional existence. It is a myth-laden religion,
a priest-laden religion, a religion of rules, enforced conduct,
and beliefs. It is not to any absolute degree different in kind
from the religion of Israel in the day of Jesus. Thus, like
Jesus in his time, I live in a time full of religions that must
be criticized. I am a renegade outside the temple, preaching
the radical religion of the Spirit and Teaching a practical
Way of entering into Communion with the Spirit.
taught esoteric means of living in Communion with the Spiritual
Divine, but those means have been lost within the tradition.
We know that Jesus spoke of Spirit-Baptism. We know he spoke
of conversion to the Divine as Living Spirit. We know he spoke
of conversion from the flesh or the views of mortality, including
religious views that correspond to that disposition. In spite
of all the mythology laid upon Jesus in the New Testament, what
comes through is still a Spirit-born personality who was Transfigured,
Transformed, magnified, made effective as a Siddha by virtue
of God-Communion, Spiritual Communion. All the rest of it, all
the "washed-by-the-blood-of-Jesus" mythology, all of the salvation-through-the-death-of-Christ
mythology, has nothing whatever to do with the Teaching of Jesus.
It is a popular mythology, a conventional religion, an alternative
to true religion, which is spirituality or an essentially esoteric
process of being God-born and ultimately Translated into the
of Jesus reports a person Transfigured and Transformed by intimacy
with the Spiritual Divine. It suggests also that he was Translated.
Most of the New Testament is discardable, the product of a tradition,
a church, a very worldly institution I have criticized frequently,
but the Teaching of Jesus need not be criticized. It stands
in the great tradition of the Siddhas.
comes directly from Jesus now. The link with Jesus through Baptized
devotees has been broken. But many other Adepts appeared before
Jesus and after Jesus, and they too have come and gone. Some
precincts may exist within the Great Tradition here and there
where this true spirituality is still alive — it is alive in
my Company. I am an individual of the same type as Jesus and
other Adepts who have Taught and Demonstrated the radical religion
of the Spirit and who have Baptized individuals in the Spirit.
called first to the Spiritual Divine, and you must enter into
this conversion physically, emotionally, psychically. You must
become practically involved with every dimension of the being
in spiritual community. Until you do, you are still a listener,
and until you have fulfilled the process in perfect Enlightenment,
you are still preparing for the Way in its fullest sense, even
though you have entered into the stream and fire of the Way,
in some sense into the Way itself, through this Communion, this
Spirit-Baptism, this Transfigured life in my Company that begins
when you have located my Influence and become established in
the Living Current of the Spiritual Divine.
are established in the Current, then you no longer view life
with the mortal mind through contracted emotion and a disharmonious
physical vehicle. Rather, you see everything as energy, you
treat everything as energy, you live as energy, you are a Life-Bearer,
you magnify the Living Spiritual Being in all of your relations,
you are transformed by It, you accommodate It in every feature
of your life. You initiate practical changes to make your life
coincide with your spiritual disposition. You change all the
factors of your practical living that do not coincide with the
spiritual orientation of your living. You must do so. To accommodate
the Spiritual Divine in every feature of your existence, to
be devoted to It wholly and entirely, not merely in the mind
with a kind of subjective acknowledgment, but very practically,
physically, emotionally, mentally, psychically, is the practice.
I do not call you merely to believe in God, but I Baptize you
in this Spiritual Force and call you to act differently, to
submit to it physically, to feel it, breathe it, relax into
it, animate it, manifest it through service and love in all
relations. I call you to worship God in Spirit, as Spirit, worship
God spiritually, through spiritual means, through living, through
meditation, not through conventional prayer. I call you to realize
that you are one with this Spirit, not merely experiencing It
but identical to It, so that you may, by overcoming every fraction
of the self-contraction, Realize a state of perfect and uncaused
Identification with It, Realize a perfect equation with the
Divine Being and Condition.
the secret Teaching. Baptism is the secret method. Recently
we published a book called The
Secret Gospel, by Morton Smith, about a fragment of
a letter by Clement of Alexandria, who lived in the second century.
It contains a brief description of a secret process of Initiation
or Baptism engaged by Jesus with his intimate circle, those
who had passed through the initial process of listening, who
had been converted and who had shown the evidence of a true
response, who were eventually brought to either Jesus or one
of his empowered disciples and Baptized spiritually. The Current
of the Spiritual Reality was magnified to them so that it was
tangibly felt physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychically.
It is said
that this process was conducted at night and that it was associated
with a certain ritual of purification. The initiate came dressed
in a white garment and was brought into a closed room for the
initiation, which was Spirit-Baptism, or true "Shaktipat" 8
(without certain of the peculiar philosophic and psychic limitations
of the Hindu tradition). Shaktipat is popularly associated with
the orientation of the fifth stage realization, which has been
superimposed on the process that is true Shaktipat. Shaktipat
is Spirit-Baptism. It is the same process that occurs in my
Company, but to which you are freely oriented, without fifth
stage limitations. In this Way you are called to enter into
a process of perfect unification with the Living Spirit to the
point of Enlightenment, transcending all conditional realizations
at the level of experience or presumed knowledge. Shaktipat
is experientially associated with the Awakening of the Life-Current
in the spinal line. Aspirants in the Hindu traditions of the
fifth stage are thus devoted to a process of strategically raising
the Current to dissociate from existence in this world. Such
an orientation, common to the conventions of Hinduism, is not
really part of a tradition that acknowledges the Divine Spirit
fully. It views the individual self as a spiritual being behind
the body-mind and separable from it. It conceives of God as
the Being that Pervades the world and is separate from it, ultimately
to be Located elsewhere. Thus, the conventional orientation
to Spirit-Baptism or the Shaktipat of the traditions is generally
ego-based and dissociative.
I call you
to understand that the Spirit is the Substance of ths world.
The body-mind is one with that Current. Therefore you are not
rightly devoted to attaching yourself to one aspect of this
Current in order strategically to dissociate from this world.
You must enter into Spirit-Communion utterly, breathe the Spirit
in its full Circle, be sublimed in It, Transfigured and Transformed
by It, transcend yourself in It. And then, quite naturally,
association with the limiting conditions represented by this
world and other planes beyond this world will disappear. Otherwise,
the strategy of egoic dissociation and attachment to the ascending
quality of the Living Current will only produce temporary, ego-based
therefore, is a greater affair than is commonly understood in
the yogic terms of Shaktipat, but it is a communication of the
same spiritual force. It is also a communication of more than
force or energy that we may feel over against ourselves. It
is a communication of the Reality, the Transcendental Being,
which is Radiant, manifesting as all beings and worlds, manifesting
as the present body-mind, which is not merely in the body-mind
but is the substance of the body-mind.
I call you to acknowledge that you are in the Spirit presently,
that you are in the Domain of the Spiritual Divine presently.
If you can Awaken to this realization, then you will be Happy
presently and you will not need to ascend to become Happy. Ascent
is natural at some stage and true to Enlightenment in the seventh
stage, but you need not go through the process of ascent to
be Happy or to be God-Realized.
As I said
Knee Of Listening, this is the other world. This is
the Spiritual Domain. This is the Spirit World.This is the world
of God. God is not merely invisible and inside us. This is the
manifestation of God. There are many other manifestations of
God as well, but we must not deny this manifestation. We must
submit to God in the context of this world and transcend it.
To do so is our obligation. Our ascent will not be final or
true or free if we do not Realize God in this moment and in
God elsewhere is to deny the Spirit presently, to deny that
the Spirit is Present, that the Spirit is the Substance and
Condition of existence presently. To go within and seek for
God elsewhere is therefore a form of sin. It is a form of un-Happiness.
We become Happy when we realize that we are in the Spirit presently.
Therefore, those who Awaken through free spiritual Baptism become
Happy presently. They are enlivened by the Spirit. They are
liberated emotionally by It. They are liberated in their minds
by It. They become blissful, Self-Radiant, manifest as Love,
Happiness, Joyous Feeling, Freedom. These qualities, rather
than the dismal qualities of the inverted ascetic, are the qualities
of the God-born, the Spirit-Baptized, those who live in Communion
with the Living Divine presently.
not to say that life in the Spirit in the world is not in some
real sense a school or a trial, and a hard school at that, but
it is a trial that occurs within the Domain of God. It is a
necessary trial. We ascend from it, but only by transcending
ourselves and allowing the Spirit-Current to ascend naturally
when the free conditions for its ascent have been established.
Thus, we do not merely enter into this Current to ascend. We
allow It to ascend, we allow It to descend, we live in It utterly,
submit ourselves to It utterly, and are purified by the Happiness
of the inherent Spirit of God.
is not therefore associated with a problem but with the inherent
Happiness to which we Awaken when we are Baptized by the Spirit,
when we Locate the Current of Bliss, the Current of Happiness.
When we thus Awaken, all our darkness disappears and all our
negativity and our negative views are weakened. If we continue
to submit ourselves to the Spiritual Reality, all these contractions,
states of mind, states of emotion, states of the psyche, states
of the body, states of relatedness are purified and transformed.
cease to be troubled by the mortal and self-possessed vision
of life and enter into the Spirit, be possessed of Its Vision,
Its Radiance, which shines through us physically and emotionally
and mentally and psychically when we Awaken to It whole bodily,
fully, and in Truth. Such religion is free. It is native religion,
enter into such a religious process may live with one another,
create a structure or an institution for association with one
another and the communication of the Teaching, but their religion
itself is free and immediate. It is a process that is always
intimate, that one can practice in every moment of existence,
that one must practice in every moment of existence. It is not
a practice to be engaged only sometimes in meditation or in
weekly church gatherings. It is a perpetual obligation, but
it is also a perpetual Happiness. It is to allow your body and
your emotion and your mind and your psyche to be converted by
this Baptism, this Transmission, to be changed in your minds,
in your feeling, in your bodies. Breathe It and feel It. Circulate
this Living Force and grant your attention to the Being that
is Self-Radiant, the Consciousness that is inherent in every
fraction of existence.
is arising in that Consciousness. All the things that seem,
all the differences, are a play upon one Force, one Energy,
one Light or Life, one Love, Bliss, Happiness. If we contract
upon ourselves, then life seems otherwise. Therefore, we must
be converted from our self-contraction and Locate the Spiritual
Reality in every moment.
my Teaching. In essence it is also the Teaching of Jesus. It
is a kind of renegade Teaching. It is not smiled upon by religionists
and worldly people. It is resisted by the ego. It is resisted
by sin or the effort of self-contraction, the denial of the
Spiritual Reality. It is resisted by you, therefore, and I call
your attention from yourself to "hear" and "see" this Living
Being and to find this Current.
the Spirit, and you can see the Radiance pervading the space
of the room. You can feel It Shining out of your eyes. Awaken
to the feeling of It, and all negative and therefore self-contracted
emotions disappear, and the emotion becomes Radiant. Submit
to It physically, and all the disharmony in the body disappears.
The body becomes Radiant and enters into a state of equanimity
or balance, in which the Circle of the Life-Current is continuous,
always being magnified, always purifying every aspect of the
enter into such enlivened Union with the Living Spiritual Reality,
then you naturally magnify It or express It in all of your relations.
Service is therefore not a conventional discipline, a means
of eventually realizing the spiritual state, but the natural
expression of the spiritual state. It is not possible to enter
into the disposition of service or community with others and
the ability to live with others spiritually until you Awaken
to the Spiritual Divine. Those who are Awakened to the Spiritual
Divine naturally do love others, tolerate others, magnify help
and blessing to others, and become a benign presence.
makes it possible for us to fulfill the various obligations
of life we assume, but because our disposition is fundamentally
involved with the Divine, our lives are fundamentally involved
with the Divine in the process of God-Communion. Our devotion
to Communion with the Spirit economizes our involvement with
the world and our involvement with others. It does not in any
sense make our involvement with the world and with others negative.
It simply economizes the amount of time, energy, and attention
we grant to the conditional states of life, so that we may be
more and more profoundly magnified in the state of God-Communion.
stage, therefore, we appear to renounce the world. Our lives
become simplified and, ultimately, we leave this world at death.
We should have so fulfilled this process that, at the very least,
at death we will not return to this dimension. We will have
completed this schooling and have no fraction of habit-energy
left over to make this particular experience of the spirit worlds
necessary. We must make this experience unnecessary through
fulfillment of the Way. At the very least, your fulfillment
of this discipline should be thus effective, but even if it
is not and you are reborn in human form, you will continue this
Way. You will reconnect with this disposition somehow.
no higher world to which we should aspire. Our aspiration should
be toward the Present God, toward a state of perfect Identification
with the Living God. This disposition does not aspire toward
transitions to other worlds or a temporary transition out of
this world and a return to it. The perfect fulfillment of this
Way is demonstrated through Translation, or the complete dissolution
of the habit-energies of attention that lead toward conditional
embodiment and experiencing. It is not by aspiring to go elsewhere
that we enter into the Divine Domain but by entering directly
into the Living Divine, always, presently.
move attention toward conditional states. In other words, all
the motives of attention lead toward conditional states, except
for the primary motive, wherein attention is dissolved in its
Source. That process leads toward the bypassing of conditional
existence in all planes and makes possible direct Translation
into the Divine Domain. Lesser fulfillment of the Way may lead
toward embodiment in a higher or subtler plane after death,
simply because attention has not been released perfectly in
the Divine Condition. But perfect fulfillment of the Way is
demonstrated in Translation, wherein there are no further transitions,
no returns, no ascents, no descents. We enter into a state of
sublime resonance with the Divine Condition and do not move
from It, but Awaken more and more profoundly into Its Domain.
This is the fulfillment of the spiritual disposition.
to other worlds are the products of a psychic intention, a tendency
of attention toward conditional fulfillment. If we do not transcend
the habits of attention relative to this world and the possibilities
associated with gross human embodiment, then we will return
to these conditions and be reborn in human form again merely
by repeating this exercise, which has no independent necessity,
but to which we grant necessity by submitting to the self-contracting
disposition of the ego. We must transcend all of the appearances
of necessity that we seem to find in this world or in any other
worlds. We must be free of the aspiration toward conditional
existence and be full of the aspiration that is God-Communion.
you are called to enter into the perfection of Enlightenment,
the fulfillment of God-Communion to the point of Translation,
not to the development of the psychic ability to ascend, to
be embodied in after-death realms, the world of high yogis and
great beings in the higher scale of Nature. Thus, we do not
use this Baptism for the sake of psychic ascent but for the
sake of self-transcendence, the dissolution of all the conditional
tendencies of attention in the Spirit Being, in Enlightenment.
We are not devoted to the conventional possibilities of yoga
or mysticism, just as we are not devoted to the possibilities
of being spiritual and blessed in this world. We are devoted
to God, the Transcendental Condition Itself, and this devotion,
rather than any intention to be here or to go elsewhere, dissolves
all the tendencies of attention.
is demonstrated as Translation in Enlightenment. This is one
of the principal distinctions between this Way and the various
conventional and traditional paths. The traditional and conventional
paths associated with the first five stages of life generally
lead toward the improvement of conditions for spirits in the
spirit worlds, to an improved life in this world or an improved
birth in other worlds. The sixth stage of life is truly a transitional
stage that should lead to the seventh, but in and of itself
it is based on an heretical disposition toward exclusive inversion,
a problematic view of life that wants to dissociate from the
conditions of existence because it is not Spirit-born, because
it has not recognized and Awakened to the Spirit in the moment
of conditional existence. The sixth stage of life should lead
to the seventh or the recognition of all conditions in the Spiritual
Divine, which ultimately dissolves all the habits of attention.
If we enter
into the seventh stage of life most fully, we will not accumulate
karmas in other worlds. We may see other worlds or become associated
with the possibility of the transition to other worlds, but
we will recognize those possibilities as they arise. We will
not become involved in the psyche, but we will recognize the
psyche. Therefore, we will fulfill the Way perfectly in the
seventh stage of life and not migrate after death but be dissolved
in the Living One, allowing the Living One to generate our destiny
in Its own Domain.
say, therefore, that my call to you is a call back to the Transcendental
Domain. But that Domain is not a someplace else. You cannot
get There from here. No road leads to It. It is not up, It is
not down, It is not within. It is present. We see It when we
Outshine what seems to be in the present. We are already There.
We need only Awaken to It. It is not like another place. It
is simply not visible to us because our vision is qualified
by the modifications of the Spirit that are presently arising.
The more we enter into the Spirit, then, the more this arising
world is Transfigured to the point of being Outshined, and we
will discover that we have been all the while sitting in the
heavenly Domain, as people awaken from dreams and find they
have been lying in their beds all night!
the possibility for Translation exists in death, death is for
the Enlightened a blessed process, a process of Translation,
ultimate Samadhi, 9 Outshining, the moment of the arising of the perfect Vision,
the moment of infinite Brilliance, not of darkness and unconsciousness
and all the weirdness we seem to feel may be associated with
death and the afterlife. But we will enter into that Brilliance,
that clear white Radiance, only if we have lived a spiritual
life to the point of becoming perfectly resonant with the Spiritual
Reality, enabling it, therefore, to Outshine conditional existence
when this body-mind comes to its natural end.
form of death is Translation, or the Outshining of conditional
existence. It is to enter into the Brilliance, the Radiance,
the Bright of God, not to make a transit to another world, but
to be Sublimed and overcome by the blissful Radiance of the
infinite God at the moment of death. If we are still subject
to the self-contraction, then we will withdraw and fall into
the outer lights of the Cosmic Mandala,10 into the spirit worlds, gravitating back to those conditions
toward which our habits of attention gravitate.
fulfill the spiritual Way perfectly Outshine all worlds at the
point of death and enter into the Divine Domain represented
in the Cosmic Mandala by the central white Brightness, what
is called the "clear white light" in the Tantric Buddhist tradition,
represented in the visualized sphere of lights as a white star.
The cosmos manifested in the Spirit may be seen as a sphere
of lights, a system of concentric circles, at the outer reaches
of which is reddishness and golden yellow, then a moonlike whiteness,
then a brilliant blue, and at the center a white star. When
we enter into the white star, we enter an infinite place of
Outshining Radiance, the Divine Domain.
much of the other lights, but all the other lights are associated
with conditional existence. High realms appear in the blue field,
but they are not the Divine Domain. They represent conditional
possibilities of the manifest ego, and most human beings will
gravitate toward the lesser lights, the outer field, toward
grossness, the etheric and lower astral planes, re-embodiment
in human form. But by living a spiritual life, by becoming spiritualized
through God-Communion, we enter into that disposition that ultimately
Outshines all conditional realms. Therefore, death in its perfect
form is Translation into the Divine Domain beyond all the lights.
is the perfect furfillment of this Way. It is the last stage
of the Way. The Way begins with hearing and seeing, understanding
the self-contraction, repenting of it, moving beyond it, and
seeing or locating the Spirit of God, Which is Transmitted in
the Company of the Spiritual Master and thereafter found in
all times and places by maintaining that Communion constantly
and submitting to the discipline of the Adept.
Baptizing Power is contacted, It is felt as a pleasurable force
enveloping and pervading the body. It may be felt to be Shining
through the eyes. It creates a melting sensation in the heart
of the emotional being. It creates feelings of the movement
of energy in the body. As we enter into the life of Communion
with That which we Locate through Baptism, then we enter into
a process in life and meditation wherein we are purified. All
of the chronic tendencies, physical, emotional, mental, and
psychic, are brought to the surface, to some degree lived through,
struggled with in spiritual terms, eventually transcended. The
Way is the entire process, not merely meditative enjoyments.
You must appreciate that the Way involves these purifications
and that we must be actively involved in submission to the Spiritual
Divine in the context of our limitations.
more force to this purification through our meditation. We not
only experience pleasurable meditative conditions, but by opening
in the process of meditation we liberate more energy into our
daily lives and consequently experience more of the purifying
difficulties, perhaps, as well as signs of Blessing and enjoyments
in life. Then in the meditative process, in the cycles of conductivity
and the conscious process, all kinds of physical and emotional
and mental and psychic changes develop. As they arise, we must
not become attached to them, cling to them, and become self-contracted
on the basis of them, but we must continue to submit ourselves
into the process of conductivity and direct attention into the
disciplines of the conscious process.
we always go beyond or become purified of our meditative enjoyments.
Whatever arises is the "Garbage of the Goddess." 11 There are simply modifications of the Spirit. We must
continue our practice and not become distracted by them. We
must relate to them naturally and persist in the essential disciplines.
All the spiritual and meditative experiences and the experiences
of ordinary life described in the esoteric traditions are potential
in this Way and may be experienced at one time or another by
devotees, but the thrust of our practice is in the conscious
process toward which we are liberated through our discipline.
In every moment of our practice we free energy and attention
from the habits of the self-contraction. Therefore, we can practice
the conscious process, perhaps in the form of true prayer or
perhaps in the form of enquiry and re-cognition or the forms
of the Perfect Practice. Ultimately the Perfect Practice is
fulfilled in the Awakening to Sahaj Samadhi 12
and Self-Abiding recognition in the seventh stage of life, which
becomes Transfiguration, Transformation, indifference or motiveless
renunciation, and Translation or Unconditional Nirvikalpa Samadhi,
13 which is ultimate rebirth into the
of all the gatherings of devotees is to consider the Teaching
to the point of hearing or self-understanding and to grant attention
to the Spiritual Master in the Forms of his Person, his Agencies,
and his Spirit-Blessing magnified to devotees to the point of
the tangible Awakening to and acknowledgment of the Spiritual
Divine. This entire institution and this whole community of
devotees should be devoted to these purposes.
daily. Gather constantly for the sake of hearing and seeing
and communicating to one another about actual hearing and seeing.
Tell the stories of your practice. Support one another's Awakening.
Give one another opportunity for the demonstration of the Way
in good company. And call everyone to the real discipline and
technical practice of this esoteric Way, this radical Way, in
as individuals and do this as a gathering, a community, and
an institution, and you will see the fruits of my birth and
of your own birth. Then this institution and this community
will be unique and will have great value. They will be real,
they will grow, they will stop stumbling and falling back. It
all depends on true hearing, self-understanding, and the acceptance
of this Baptism.
Karma is action that entails consequences or re-actions. Thus,
karma is destiny, tendency, the quality of existence that is determined
by previous actions or conditions. And, by extension, karma is
also latent tendencies, or patterns of action and reaction condition
and experience, that originate prior to and apart from the presently
The imaginary disease of egoity is discussed in "The Dreaded
Gom-Boo: the Imaginary Disease That Religion Seeks to Cure:
A Collection of Essays and Talks on the 'direct' process of
Enlightenment Taught by Adi Da Samraj".
Seeing" is a technical term for emotional and total bodily awakening
into faith, or direct feeling-intuition of the Divine Reality
under all circumstances. Conversion from self-possession to
God-Communion in, as, and through all relations and all phenomenal
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Adi Da here alludes to the ancient distinction suggested in
the New Testament between the exoteric, cleansing, or water
baptism of repentance and forgiveness for the sin of turning
away from the Divine Spirit-Power, and the esoteric baptism
by "Fire," or Spirit-Baptism, wherein those who have been converted
to Divine Communion are initiated into esoteric practice and
Adi Da's meeting with devotees is always a spontaneous affair.
While the Adept's Spiritual Transmission is perpetual, Bhagavan
Adi Da reserves the opportunity to sit in meditation on the
six major devotional Celebrations of Adidam. Devotees around
the world gather for meditation at a prearranged time to receive
the Master's Spirit-Blessing. These special occasions serve
to magnify the Radiance of the Living Spirit among the gathering
of devorees, thus initiating and demonstrating the process of
Spirit-Baptism as described throughout this book.
The Way that Adi Da Teaches is comprised of three Ways of practice
or forms of approach to the ultimate practice of God-Realization.
They are the Way of Faith, the Way of Insight, and the Perfect
Practice. Each of the three Ways is founded in present understanding
or the Transcendental Principle of Enlightenment.
"Shaktipat" is spiritual initiation or awakening through the
Agency of the Spiritual Master, often in the form of his Glance,
Touch, or Regard.
Samadhi is spiritual Consciousness cr Equanimity, Balance. Samadhi
is also used, conventionally, to refer to trance states, spontaneous
ecstasies, yogic blisses in meditation, or extremely subtle
or sophisticated realizations of the nature of ordinary conscious
states. Most traditional samadhis are phenomena of the vital
and subtle life-force, and as such are temporary symptomatic
experiences that occur when there is a peculiar intensification
of one's energy field and circuitry. The highest and only true
samadhis are those of Consciousness itself
More on the "Cosmic Mandala" here.
Adi Da here refers to the period of his Sacred History called
"Garbage and the Goddess," one of the great Teaching Demonstrations
of Adi Da, which occurred in 1974, and one of the greatest incidents
of transcendental Teaching in the history of spirituality. Bhagavan
generated, via secondary yogic powers, a most extraordinary
and sustained display of yogic, mystical, magical, psychic,
and intuitive phenomena in the lives and environments of his
ordinary Western devotees, who otherwise had no capacity to
attain such marvels. At the same time he intensified his Transmission
of the Siddhi or force of Consciousness itself or radical understanding,
and he constantly drew their attention to and criticized the
illusions and suffering inherent in mere experience of any kind,
ordinary or sublime. Through these means he humorously and compassionately
Taught them the lesson that all experience high or low is but
a temporary manifestation of "the Goddess," the Shakti or great
Manifesting Power of the worlds, and should therefore be treated
as "garbage" and thrown away or sacrificed through insight,
recognition, and radical understanding in consciousness.
Sahaj Samadhi is the "open eyed" or natural state, in which
whatever arises is seen to be only the modification of the prior
Divine Condition, or the natural disposition of clear Identification
with the Transcendental Self or Being rather than the Self-contraction
in any sense.
In his Teaching Adi Da distinguishes between the fifth stage
phenomenon of conditional nirvikalpa samadhi (the yogic Self-Realization
and the traditional epitome or highest possible reach of the
process of yogic absorption of attention in the rising force
of the bodily Current of Life) and Translation, or Unconditional
Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the ultimate stage of the seventh or God-Realized
stage of life.