Bridge To God
Science is a Magical Activity)
world is God Present. God is not merely behind the world
and elsewhere and up there and inside. God is Omnipresent,
absolutely Present, unqualifiedly Present. Not to see
God in the terms of manifest reality is to fail to Realize
God. Therefore, we must awaken to the magical nature
of this world, see the Divine, and enjoy the link or
bridge to God that all our relations, the body-mind
itself, and all the media of this world represent, particularly
all its outstanding features, those unique magical entities,
places, and substances that show themselves to be of
great significance in the course of Spiritual practice.
These things, above all, must be valued in the ritual
terms of sacred activity.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: The
trouble with conventional religion is that it has broken down
the bridge to the Divine World. Conventional religion talks
a great deal about God, but it has no bridge to God, in the
form of either esoteric practices or an understanding of the
world as a sacred universe. In conventional religion the universe
has been emptied of its sacred significance as a bridge and
as an expression of Divine Communion. The Divine is therefore
considered only in the abstract. People are everywhere crying
out for help from God, but there is no Power in their cries
because they have established no link to the Divine. Without
the link there is no Power. The medium of connection, the actual
connection, the bridge, makes the Power possible, makes prayer
and all sacred activity workable, makes such activity effective
and not merely imaginary.
must value all the links, all the media, of Divine Association.
Such valuation is the significance of the body-mind as "the
temple of God." It is not such a temple in and of itself,
but when rightly related to the Divine, the body-mind is a bridge,
a form of Divine Association. It is in this sense that it should
be valued, not merely for its own sake, as an egoic temple to
the entire world is a temple of Divine Association. All temples
are really summations or descriptions of the total cosmos. They
are empowered as the summary of the cosmos, as a perfect bridge
to the Divine. The Divine is perfectly apparent in Holy Places,
therefore, and may be contacted directly there through right
kinds of association. The body-mind is such a temple, but worship
is not to be reduced to self-possessed activities of indulging
one's body-mind. Such a view justifies Narcissistic immersion
in oneself, inversion only.
the total universe is a sacred manifestation, an incarnate expression
of the Divine. It is a perfect link to the Divine if we are
Awakened. Then, when Awakened, we see the magical significance
of the cosmos and of the present moment and no longer discount
the features of this world because we are in mortal fear. Rather,
we use all the features of this world as a bridge to God, as
a medium of God-Communion,
as a Vision in fact of the Divine —
a vision in and of itself but something that is transparent
to God, and a medium nonetheless, not something that is supposed
to be discounted and emptied of Divine Power.
world is God Present. God is not merely behind the world and
elsewhere and up there and inside. God is Omnipresent, absolutely
Present, unqualifiedly Present. Not to see God in the terms
of manifest reality is to fail to Realize God. Therefore, we
must awaken to the magical nature of this world, see the Divine,
and enjoy the link or bridge to God that all our relations,
the body-mind itself, and all the media of this world represent,
particularly all its outstanding features, those unique magical
entities, places, and substances that show themselves to be
of great significance in the course of Spiritual practice. These
things, above all, must be valued in the ritual terms of sacred
live such a sacred life, you must be free of all automatic asanas,
prejudices, and habitual ways of adapting the nervous system
and accumulating presumptions totally independent of clear thinking
or experience. You must free the body-mind, the nervous system,
the being altogether from the entire concoction of suffering
that is just an obstruction even to seeing what is before your
eyes at this moment. Therefore, apply the discipline of being
unreservedly associated with what is. Make that your occupation,
instead of spending your lifetime spewing out the logic of your
own suffering and calling it knowledge. Apply yourself to that
discipline of unqualified association for a period of time,
and something remarkable about the nature of things is bound
to break through it.
is what I did in college. I just gave Myself up to that discipline.
It was very difficult, no doubt about it, but it is the only
option you have when you recognize that your life is nothing
but accumulated suffering. If life is nothing but a mortal cage
and "when you're dead, you're dead," then let that
really be seen, and then the hell with all of it! If mortality
is all there is to life, the hell with the whole machine! Who
gives a damn! Why should you even suffer then? Pleasurize yourself
into oblivion! Kill yourself with pleasures! What difference
does anything make, if mortality and annihilation really are
what life and death are all about? But find out if that really
is the way it is!
find out, however, you must apply yourself to another discipline
altogether than just presuming that that is the way it is. Those
who simply presume that this is the way it is have not applied
themselves to the difficult affair of existence with sufficient
energy to really find out about life. They have just suffered
in a bind, a box of ideas and presumptions, a certain logic
of the nervous system, one particular asana or attitude. Such
a state is of no value and cannot produce anything of significance.
Therefore, really find out the way it is for yourself.
done that personally, it has not at all been My discovery that
"this life is a mortal cage" and "when you're
dead, you're dead." Not at all. But I have not come to
this point of view merely by thinking in some predecided fashion
or by wanting to believe something like that. I simply gave
Myself up to the Process of existence. I allowed its Revelation
to take place. When you live in that sensitive disposition,
the universe moves and breaks up, you move and break up, and
What is Alive begins to show Itself.
if it had turned out that life is a mortal cage and when you're
dead, you're dead, then I Myself would have said the hell with
it. But that is not what became obvious. Likewise, all of you
must do the same thing. You must go through the same trial.
I am not suggesting that you believe a certain bunch of propositions
based on whatever authority you may want to presume exists in
My case. We simply consider this together. And you must consider
it to the point of understanding, practicing, associating yourself
with the Real Process of existence, and seeing that revelation.
Way of Adidam is about finding Real God, the Actual, Living,
and Present, Revealed God, the God Who is Tangible, Obvious,
not merely believed in, not merely thought about, but directly,
obviously Revealed. And it is a Way of associating with That
One in which you can participate with your entire being. The
Way is about developing that capacity. If you are weak and afraid
and in doubt, then obviously you are not very close to that
capacity. But know that the actual development of the Way involves
the transcendence of fear and weakness and doubt, not by working
on fear and weakness and doubt or on other characteristics in
yourself you feel you must somehow press out or cease to notice,
but by discovering, through the submission of yourself to the
Totality of things as they are, whatever That is, and entering
into association with That in the Presence of Which fear and
weakness and doubt simply do not arise.
you are hungry and there is lunch, then hunger ceases to be
your attitude. You simply eat. In the Presence of the literal
Divine, in the moment of actual Communion with the Divine, fear
and weakness and doubt do not come into play. The only reason
they exist at all is that we are involved with ourselves and
not with the Real God.
fathers and prophets of Israel would wander around in the wilderness
calling for God. Then suddenly they would have a direct Revelation
of God. Wherever that Revelation took place, they would build
a temple and settle the tribe there. That is how those early
patriarchs became part of the ancient history of the Jews.
the earliest days the Jews were not a single great tribe. Theirs
was an accumulated culture whose alliances were based on the
wanderings of individuals who would perform this exercise of
surrender, calling upon God and waiting for the Revelation.
They did not just arbitrarily believe in God. They kept praying,
wandering, actively looking for God. Then, when the Revelation
came, they would build a temple on that spot and settle. The
individual patriarchs acknowledged by the Jews were originally
principal figures in single tribal groups. Over time these various
tribal groups began to become integrated with one another, and
they collectively acknowledged all the individuals who had made
this discovery. Eventually, as a single culture they came to
certain opinions about the nature of God.
must do the same thing. You do not know what anything is. You
do not know what this entire existence is. You have no reason
to presume any of the ideas you have, positive or negative.
Thus, you have no option but to surrender yourself completely
to Whatever It Is and wander and call upon It, Whatever It Is,
until It Shows Itself. Then when It Shows Itself, you settle
down and relate to It.
should get out of their houses and out of the cities and go
screaming into the countryside and do whatever the hell they
must do just to maintain their attention in discovering the
real nature of their existence. If they did this for a few years,
instead of just carrying on as everybody is, there would be
much positive change. Let all those politicians abandon their
mansions. Let them take off their damn clothes and go out into
the desert somewhere and find out what is happening. Everybody
is upset, crazy, negative. Well, kick them out into the desert.
Do not place them in positions of power. Let them go and find
It as It is. This has been done in times past. This is exactly
what ancient societies used to do with aberrated people. [Laughter.]
Youth was supposed to be devoted to finding It out, rather than
being idiotic and a threat to everyone.
in our time you are not expected to find anything out. You are
expected to believe life as it is given to you, you see. We
were all naive in our childhood and willing to accept what parents
told us, what everybody told us. But after a few years, you
realize that life is rotten, that you are just an unhappy, confused
son-of-a-bitch, and that everybody is suffering. The whole affair
than settling down to an adolescent life of complaint, you should
kick your ass out of the house and submit yourself to the bare
facts of existence. Wander until you find It. This was an obvious
course to Me. There was no way I was just going to take a profession
or a job and settle down to a middle-class life. To do so was
insane from My point of view. I did not see any Happy people.
I only saw people burdened with their lifetime occupation, their
dumb ideas about existence, and their endless neurotic fretting.
What is the purpose of organizing that into a career? What is
the purpose of devoting yourself to a life of preserving that?
My Own inheritance was lacking, since I really received no inheritance
but suffering, there was no possibility, then, from My point
of view, of just assuming the life of an ordinary householder,
working and paying My dues to society. Since, in spiritual terms
or real terms, I only received a negative inheritance, it was
obvious to Me that there was no option but to take up a life
of wandering, of submission, in order to discover the Truth,
whatever That was going to be. My intention was simply to discover
Reality altogether as It Is, rather than presume It to be anything
likewise must do this in some essential sense before you can
actually take up the Way of Adidam. You must become capable
of real consideration, real observation, submission to the Reality
of your total existence. You will take up the Way when that
consideration has become conclusive, when the Revelation is
in some sense basic enough to initiate the further process whereby
the Revelation becomes total Enlightenment.
have seen some people wandering in My lifetime, but they have
a lot of baggage with them. They are just walking around, tasting
everything and settling for all kinds of nonsense. I have not
seen many real wanderers. I have not encountered many people
who have actually confronted the Revelation of the Truth, because
you must submit yourself to the extreme to Realize that Revelation.
little bit of the Truth covered over by a lot of nonsense, you
see, is as aberrating as no Truth at all. And I have seen people
with a little Truth who were aberrated like everyone else. Your
commitment to the Truth must become so profound that you are
willing to become aberrated by that commitment. You must be
willing to go mad with it. You must be willing to be destroyed
by it. Your commitment must be complete.
the beginning, of course, there is no guarantee of anything
whatsoever. My engagement of this Way of life was totally open-ended.
There were no guarantees. Thus, it is a dangerous proposition
to submit yourself, not to that which you know, but to That
Which you do not know at all. After a while, perhaps, you know
something about It, and maybe some of Its features begin to
brighten up, but you never know It. You are still always submitting
yourself to What you do not know.
trouble with people in general is that they are submitting themselves,
consciously or unconsciously, to all kinds of things they think
they know. The discipline is to submit yourself to What you
do not know. Most of what people think they know is not knowledge
at all. It is just presumption, imagination. Ultimately, you
must be in an utterly mindless, uncontracted disposition of
total submission to the Infinite.
that disposition the Revelation can take all kinds of forms.
It is Crazy
see. All Wise Men are Crazy. You must be Crazy to surrender
so hard that the room gets bright! If everything looks bright
to you, you must be a little mad. But do not even look for brightness.
Just surrender, because if you demand brightness, the Brightness
may start glaring at you like a five-million-watt bulb and drive
you insane. Merely to see brightness is not to be Enlightened.
Schizophrenics see brightness and become terrified.
not look for all kinds of psychic stuff, therefore. Psychism
can be deluding and maddening. Simply surrender the total body-mind
into the Infinity that you do not know, through the practice
Avatar Bhakti Yoga in every moment. Do not demand any
kind of experience. Whatever experience occurs for you could
very well drive you mad and disturb you unless you are simply
in a surrendered disposition. Enlightenment is not necessarily
associated with all kinds of psychic phenomena. It is very likely
that such things will develop, but it is not necessary that
there be psychic phenomena, visions of light, or anything of
the sort. There can be just utter surrender, an intuition of
Bliss, and Freedom, tacit but Real nonetheless, and utterly
let existence take whatever form it is going to take. Do not
demand that it take on some sort of extraordinary psychic form
or any extraordinary form in the world. Simply surrender. The
Revelation will take whatever form it is going to take in your
case. And when it takes place, and when it is real, it will
be obvious and also sufficient. Therefore, you should make no
prejudgment about what form it is supposed to take. Simply put
yourself in a position to observe all its forms.
not arbitrarily make the decision that you exist in an objective,
independently existing, material world. You have no reason to
believe such a thing. Conventionally you are associated with
forms and others, but you need not assign independent existence
to all of that. Your perceptions are all psychic in nature.
They are developments of the mind and nervous system. They are
not really associated with something independent of a process
of psychic perception and cognition.
not be so quick, therefore, to presume that the world is of
that objective kind. Submit as you are. Submit in human terms.
To submit in human terms, you must submit in consciousness.
You must submit psychically. You must surrender into existence
as a psychic being, a conscious being, who is not associated
with objective, independent events, but only with a mass of
psychic states. That is the way it is in any case. You cannot
make it any different. Surrender as that, therefore, and look
for all the peculiar signs of the nature of things.
experience is that it is utterly and directly confirmed that
what we call the physical world is just a dimension of the psyche,
a dimension of the world in which we exist psychically. The
so-called physical or material universe is passing through changes
according to psychic laws. All the physical laws ultimately
coincide with psychic laws and with the whole domain of subtlety
that cannot be differentiated from the mode of existence we
call the psyche. You know that anything positive or negative
can arise in the mind, but the same is true of this physical
universe. It can seem to be dark and dismal and mortal. It can
also seem to be totally different from that —
and immortal and magical. It is not that one or the other of
those perceptions is true. Both possibilities exist, and the
one you perceive depends on your habit of association with existence.
You command the karma of your destiny by virtue of your technique
or habit of association with things.
must become responsible for the attitude —
psychic, and emotional —
you relate to moment-to-moment existence. The place where we
are thinking is the same place we see with our open eyes. The
changes of mind are changes of the same universe we see with
open eyes. It is simply that we apparently cognize these mental
phenomena in a different dimension from this physical one. We
do not see the coincidence between them, and so we are stuck
with a mind that seems to be inside and separate from the world.
We must ultimately recognize that there is no dividing line
between the psyche and the body and the world. They are an infinite
plastic. They are one Process. And when the psyche and the world
begin to coincide and the barrier breaks down, then we begin
to become Happy, because the Energy, the Being, That Is Inherent
in the universe is then allowed to Move freely and to Saturate
can see through the mind and the physical world at the same
time. There is no obstruction between oneself and God. There
is no self between oneself and God. We reside simply in the
Seat of Being. And we are totally capable of being Happy simply
to Radiantly Exist. It is just that we have all kinds of habits
of mind that involve us in formalities, patterns, adventures,
and limitations. So we cease to recognize things and we forget
our Position, which is simply the Domain of Infinitely Radiant
will not achieve That Condition in time. We are already resident
in That Condition. If you will recognize all these psycho-physical
phenomena, then it becomes obvious that you are in that Position.
You become Happy again. The body-mind begins to Shine. It begins
to become blissful, transparent, and unnecessary. Its being
unnecessary does not mean that you make the decision to dissociate
from it. Paradoxically, its being unnecessary makes it possible
that it continue, because it is not binding. It is not caused.
our suffering and despair it seems that it would be nice to
die and be taken out of here into some better place. But the
discipline of our existence is to Realize the Brightness in
incident. Only on that basis, paradoxically, are we released
from it. Thus, we are obliged by the very Law of our existence
to transcend the limitations that are themselves only presumptions
and that seem to exist by virtue of birth. We must become Happy
and Outshine this body-mind, Outshine this world, Outshine all
the doctrines of this world.
then, the secret is not to become psychic and peer through the
hole in your forehead to the other side. It is rather to recognize
this world totally, become free of all of its limits, outbreathe
it, outlove it, outlive it. Achieve such Force through submission
to God that the God-Force overcomes the world.
our natural or usual condition there seems to be a consciousness,
simply, and there seem to be processes of cognition and perception,
and there seem to be forms of all kinds. But in the Enlightened
Disposition of total Communion with the Reality That is the
Condition of all of those features of our existence, they all
become transparent. They have no significance or limiting existence.
Everything is tacitly recognizable, transparent. There is no
self. There is no mind. There is no perception. There are no
forms. There are no relations. There is no world. There are
no limits. There is no past, no future, no place. There is simply
the Radiant Being, and it is to This that we must resort ultimately.
It is This to which we submit all forms, all states, every sense
of independent existence, to the extreme, to the point of Ecstasy,
to the point of Translation.
the seventh stage of life such Translation has already taken
place. It seems to others, perhaps, that the individual is still
current in the ordinary fashion. But from the point of view
of Realization there is already no self, no mind, no body, no
world, no time or space. Everything is recognizable, Shined
through. In the Bhava
that recognition there is no sense of being a self behind anything
or in any place. There is no thinking, no psychic or mental
form, no bodily perception, no otherness, nothing concretely
arising. There is only Radiant Transcendental Being.
Wisdom" is the spontaneous Humor, Freedom, Understanding,
and total Liberation from all conventions (personal, social, psycho-physical,
religious, spiritual, universal) that characterize the great Spiritual
Masters wherever and whenever they appear. The Realization (whether
partial or complete) at the root of Crazy Wisdom Teaching is expressed
in such paradoxical formulas as "Nirvana (the Transcendental
Reality) and samsara (conditional, manifest existence) are the
same." Crazy Wisdom is thus unpremeditated, Free action,
without regard for the egoic taboos and strictures of either conventional
secular or conventionally sacred society. It is a Manifestation,
often temporary, for the sake of the Teaching-Instruction of others.
Adi Da Samraj here refers to Divine Translation, the final event
in the course of the life of a seventh-stage Realizer. It
is the natural "Mood of Ecstasy" in which there is Divine
Inherence without any noticing of arising conditions, coinciding
with the complete dissolution or Translation of the individual
into the Divine Being.
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