the Search for the Edible Deity
Eating Gorilla Comes In Peace
return to the planes of manifest experience again and
again until we can be a sacrifice in every dimension.
When we become that sacrifice in any plane, then we are
translated out of that dimension of experience. It becomes
unnecessary to us because we have become a sacrifice there,
not because we have turned away from it or wrenched ourselves
out of it through conventional yogic or mystical activity,
inverting attention and going up and away. Through Love,
through commitment to relationship, through Radiance of
feeling-attention to Infinity, through perfect Communion
with That which sustains us, we are translated out of
all the manifest conditions that tend to limit our feeling-attention.
We are translated into the Domain of unqualified Feeling-Attention
itself, the Divine or Perfect Domain, which is beyond
even the heavens, and which has no archetype or symbol
in our present mind and psyche.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Throughout
history human beings have been looking for something to sustain
them. Everything from Jesus to
Amanita muscaria, the
sacred mushroom, is claimed to be the panacea, the sustainer,
Krishna, the thing that rejuvenates, that keeps us forever alive
and full. Because of our metaphysical presumption of unlove, we
are always seeking for the Sustainer outside ourselves. And, all
over the world and throughout human time, cults have developed
around magical somethings-or-other that represent food, the connection
to what sustains. All holy rituals are about food. Most often
they literally involve food: sacrificing food, eating food, "this
is my body, this is my blood," killing calves, taking things
from the holy place and absorbing their energies. The
Sacrament of Universal Sacrifice, which
all Adidam devotees engage daily, may also tend to be used in
this cultic fashion, if right devotional responsibility is not
search for the cultic sustainer, or food, the Food Deity, the
Edible Master, is a futile search, but still it occupies men all
over the world. The root impulse of every single culture, every
society, every religion, is to find the Edible Deity, to come
into mystical and even direct physical contact with what sustains
us perfectly. This whole search —
its fulfillment in these imaginative cultic occasions, these meals
(including the ordinary daily meal) —
the product of our error, our suffering, our irresponsibility.
It is true that we must be sustained. We must come into immediate
Communion with what is Absolute. But this cultic ritual, this
coming into contact with the Edible Deity in objective form, the
great parent sustainer, is not true sustenance. It is a form of
delusion, of eating in the desert. It is plunder.
traditions of "saviors" all over the world are a religious
dimension of the search for the Edible Deity. That is one way
of analyzing this tendency or game in the theatre of human life.
But there are cults surrounding edible things all over the world-
magical edible things, important edible secrets known only to
a few. At the lowest or most elemental level are foods that are
just good for you, or herbs that will rejuvenate you, like ginseng,
or herbs that will make you hallucinate and suddenly see something
that is remarkable, something that turns you on and makes you
these are not the highest and most famous forms of the Edible
Deity. The highest form is still basically legendary. It is called
by various names, but "soma" is probably the best known.
In our time many people are actively looking for it. They are
trying to identify various plants and other substances from secret,
far-off places all over the world as this soma, which, when taken,
completely rejuvenates you and makes you an immortal. Partaking
of this soma is the same as taking the "bread and wine,"
you see. It is a version of the same ritual. And many people are
actively looking for it, just as people are actively looking for
parentlike saviors, the cultic and Edible Deities.
if you can consider the whole argument that I have presented to
you, perhaps you can also understand that the true "soma"
is not something that you can eat. Of course, there are good things
to eat and do. But the true "soma" is the transforming
internal secretion of the whole body in its natural state. The
secret is to get the whole bodily being into its natural state,
in which it is naturally secreting all those substances that rejuvenate
it, enliven it, keep it psychically awakened and aware in the
fullest possible sense. Now we are toxic, enervated, our energy
and attention are bound exclusively and strategically to certain
kinds of functions-essentially the lower or gross functions of
money, food, and sex. We are in conflict. Our blood is impure.
Our cells are full of toxic accumulations. We are socially disturbed
and in mystery about everything altogether, waiting for something
sustaining to appear on TV!
is going to make the announcement on TV sometime, about the ultimate,
absolute, scientific, newsworthy discovery. The Edible Deity is
going to appear there sometime —
newscasters, if they can live so long, may get to announce it.
And then millions of people will all go and join that cult.
there are cults of the Edible Deity still appearing everywhere.
People try to eat Me! People
come to me for that purpose, to establish a cult, to engage in
a conventional and irresponsible association with me as the Edible
Source at the center. But the responsible devotee living in Divine
Communion, enjoying the advantage of right relationship to one
who is the whole body, Enlightened, such a devotee is literally
responsible in daily practice for the simple process, the Law,
of his own structural being. That functional bodily being therefore
continues to grow. It becomes purified and rejuvenated in the
ordinary way. And from time to time the devotee may fast and rejuvenate
himself. After he purifies his cells and blood, he may take herbs
and other substances that intensify and restimulate the glands
and the higher mechanisms of the body.
the true "soma" is not eaten in the form of any objective
meal. The "soma" is what is
in the body when we live the Law of sacrifice. The "soma"
is released in the most absolute Divine Enjoyment. It is the nectar
of Amrita Nadi,
the Current of Immortal Bliss
is the ancients' word for the "Divine Nectar." In some
sense it is a physiological process
higher glands begin to secrete substances that are now suppressed
because of the impure condition of the blood and the attenuated
energy and attention of the being. These substances are secreted
by the glands, and they rejuvenate and awaken the various psycho-physical
the "soma" of the whole body is not accumulated in cultic
fashion. It is sacrificed, thrown on the fire of the heart, of
Divine Ignorance. We do not know
what a single thing is, not even our own bodily being. We are
priests in our ultimate Realization. In the ultimate Realization
of Truth, we are not simply sustained and made immortal in objective
independence. We are made a perfect sacrifice. We are made immortal
not by accumulating benign things from without, but by throwing
the whole cycle of assimilation and elimination to Infinity. The
body becomes like a ladle of butter, and we throw it into the
infinite Ignorance-Radiance, which we intuit from the heart, the
whole bodily being. That is how we become immortal
by dying while alive.
death toward which we are naturally and ultimately disposed is
not a negative process. It is not the result of unlove, and it
does not occur at the end of a degrading process of toxemia and
enervation. We are structurally disposed to be awakened, toe to
crown, through the natural cycle of evolution or growth toward
which our birth moves us. Then, having realized our birth from
the point of view of the heart, or of love, we come to the point
that we can throw the whole body to Infinity. And that event corresponds
to our death, our true death, the true elimination of our independent,
manifest, bodily, separate existence. We dissolve in space and
time. The body is laid down in an apparently natural death-or
perhaps it even dissolves in a flash of brightness.
is where we are going, you see. Death from the egoic, Narcissistic
point of view is a torment, the result of sin ("missing the
mark," or unlawful action), unlove, toxemia, and enervation.
It is a dreadful possibility. Thus, we all are trying to find
the Edible Deity so that we can keep on living. We seek a fake
immortality. But, even structurally, we are disposed to die, just
as the flowers cycle toward death with ease and show no negative
signs at all. We are clarified, immortalized, glorified, by our
true and ultimate death.
we return to the planes of manifest experience again and again
until we can be a sacrifice in every dimension. When we become
that sacrifice in any plane, then we are translated out of that
dimension of experience. It becomes unnecessary to us because
we have become a sacrifice there, not because we have turned away
from it or wrenched ourselves out of it through conventional yogic
or mystical activity, inverting attention and going up and away.
Through Love, through commitment to relationship, through Radiance
of feeling-attention to Infinity, through perfect Communion with
That which sustains us, we are translated out of all the manifest
conditions that tend to limit our feeling-attention. We are translated
into the Domain of unqualified Feeling-Attention itself, the Divine
or Perfect Domain, which is beyond even the heavens, and which
has no archetype or symbol in our present mind and psyche.
Sacrament of Universal Sacrifice —
of the principal devotional practices for all devotees at every
stage of the Way of Adidam. The Sacrament of Universal Sacrifice
is the enactment of the mutually sacrificial relationship between
the devotee and Avatar Adi Da Samraj. In this Sacrament, the devotee
approaches Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Presence, symbolized by the
altar in the devotee's home or the Spiritual Master's Chair in
the Adidam Sanctuaries or regional halls; bows his head to the
floor in acknowledgment of the Divine Presence; and leaves a devotional
offering (usually fruit or flowers) as a symbol of his loving,
whole body sacrifice of self to God. When he has completed the
cycle of devotional activities, the devotee accepts a Divine Gift
from the Foot of Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Chair, and leaves the
Place of Prayer, grateful, happy, and Full of Divine Life.
Amrita Nadi literally means
"the Nerve of Divine Nectar," "the Current of Immortal
Bliss." "Amrita Nadi" is the Spiral Current of
the heart, the intuited structure of all manifest existence, the
structure of Consciousness, of human existence, of conscious meditation.
It is the ultimate Form or Reality. In the final stage of the
practice in the Way of Adidam, this Current is intuited as the
Divine Reality, expanding and rising out of the Heart or very
Self into and as the most prior Divine Light, or Infinite, All-Pervading