Parental Deity and the One to Be Realized
is simply not true to the facts
of existence altogether that there is a great, omniscient,
omnipresent, omnipotent Being
making everything happen, in charge of everything happening
and making things turn out well for those who acknowledge
that One and obey certain moral
principles. It is simply not so. . . . The
Divine, or God, the One to be Realized, is not other
than your real Condition.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Earlier
today I was talking with a few people about their
childhood upbringing and the religious ideas of their childhood.
There is a common notion people associate with God, or the
that they identify as a basic religious feeling or concept.
it as the feeling you may have that even when you are alone
is Somebody Else in the room. This notion is the antithesis
of the point
of view of real Spiritual life.
I am speaking about God all the time, I am actually making a
proposition, or Speaking from a "Point of View" that
is different from
the conventional religious one. Perhaps, by contrast, it could
be said that this "Point of View" is summarized in
the notion that no matter how many
people are in the room there is still only One Person there!
general, discussions about God or religion tend to be associated
with this idea of the "Other" Power, the "Other"
One, which corresponds
to a rather childish or even infantile sense of reality. Children
in general great metaphysicians or great mystics. They have
some very primitive
kinds of awareness as well as some remarkable kinds of awareness,
which adults tend to dismiss, but when children communicate
their feeling of God, they very often express a feeling that
has been dictated to them
by their parents. They naively describe reality according to
a child's psychology,
that free, child-made awareness of the total reality that is
associated with great, abstract propositions.
is not that children are free of mind, and therefore their religious
are purer than those of adults. The religious concepts to which
can be sensitive and responsive are generally built upon the
psychology of his or her situation, which is dependence on a
parent or parents, particularly
on the mother. In the conventional parent-child relationship,
parent is a great, experienced person there to protect the smaller,
person. Such a relationship provides the naive basis for childish
views and for what are commonly called "religious"
views in general.
And the notion that you have of God, previous to or apart from
God-Realization Itself, generally is a carryover from your childhood
religion tends to be a solution for a rather infantile problem:
need to be protected, sustained, and made to feel that everything
is all right
and that everything is going to be all right, the need to feel
that there is
a superior, Other Power that is in charge of everything.
parents communicate to their children about God, they generally
of God as a kind of super-version of mommy and daddy. When you
to one another about your earliest religious awareness (and
it is more
a kind of mental attitude than it is an experience), you commonly
to one another in the terms of a child's model of reality. In
to enter truly into the religious process you must transcend
the child's version
of reality. To become human, to be an adult, a mature human
you should have overcome that childish view, but people commonly
have not. Thus, to the degree that people are religious, it
is that portion
of themselves that is basically childish or infantile that is
or that needs religion. The whole domain of religion is commonly
of subhumanity, or of childishness and adolescence, rather than
someone "believes in" God, that person is actually
believing that everything
outside him or her is epitomized in some Person, Force, or
that is not merely making and controlling everything but that
is in charge
and is going to protect everyone, and especially that this Other
will even help people to get the things they want if they will
a special kind of relationship with that One. Such a relationship
is very similar
to the relationship your parents offered you: "Be good
and we will love
you and protect you and give you the things you want."
popular religion is largely a cultural domain of social morality
people are asked to behave in a fashion that is called "good"
to maintain a right association with the parentlike God, so
that they will
be loved and protected by that One and given the things they
they are alive and after death. Religion is therefore largely
of one's childhood, of the dependent, childish state.
people become adults, however, they have more hard facts to
with in life. They feel much less protected than they did as
children in the
household of their parents. Therefore, they begin to question
and to doubt
the existence of this Parental Deity. Such individuals may continue
to be religious in some sense, willing to play the game of social
good behavior, but they carry on a rather adolescent relationship
or embrace-withdrawal, with this God-Person.
is the ultimate form of denial of the Parental God. Atheism
founded on anyone's real experiences of the ultimate facts of
the universe. It is itself a kind of adolescent development
of the human species. What
characterizes the dogma of atheism is not a discovery that there
is no God
but a refusal to acknowledge the Parental God of childish religion.
such childish religion actually amounts to an experience rather
than just a
state of mind, it could basically be defined as a very primitive
sense that invades
all of your life but that you feel most strongly in your solitariness,
individuality. It is the sense that when you are alone —
you are in some
sense always alone, since you have a private destiny —
the Great One, the Great Parent, is always there. That One sees
you do and represents a Parental Will relative to what you do.
That One wants you to do certain things, wants you not to do
other things, and will
presumably reward you if you do the things that It wants you
to do and
punish you in various ways if you do not do those things.
of this kind of Parent-Godism come all the traditions associated
the notions of sin, or the valuation of events not merely factually
relation to the Parental Deity. If something negative happens
to you, it is generally
regarded as a Divinely given punishment or a result of your
moral activity, or what you have done as a social personality.
things happen to you, they are presumed to be gifts or rewards
the point of view of conventional "downtown" religion
religion, Jewish religion, Muslim religion. You must see that
basically corresponds to the structure of notions I have just
and it is therefore primarily a development of the infantile
awareness and the original parent bond of childhood, and it
by the dissociative individuation that develops in adolescence
tends to characterize so-called adulthood as well.
Way of Adidam is not a development of this childish or conventional
religion. When I speak of God —
I also use other terms than "God",
but this is one of the forms of reference I use —
am not speaking of this
Parental Deity. I have frequently had occasion to criticize
the childish manner
of relating to such terms and to the whole process of religion
could compare the "Point of View" that I "Consider"
with you to this childish
religious point of view by saying that true religion is not
the primitive feeling that even when you are alone there is
Else present. Rather, I describe the basis of true religion
as a mysterious
experience or intuition that no matter how many others are present,
matter how many people are present, including yourself, no matter
is arising, there is only One Reality, One "Self",
One Condition. That One
is not "other". That One is not your parent. And,
in phenomenal and experiential terms, That One is not merely
devoted to rewarding and punishing
you, supporting you and protecting you. Rather, That One is
as all kinds of phenomenal conditions, opposites, even contradictions.
You cannot account for That One in childish terms.
fact, if you really examine the nature of conditional Nature,
or of phenomenal
existence, there is no justification for believing in the Parental
at all. I would say there is zero justification for it. But
this is for you
"consider". Where is the justification for it? It
is simply not true to the facts
of existence altogether that there is a great, omniscient, omnipresent,
Being making everything happen, in charge of everything happening
and making things turn out well for those who acknowledge that
and obey certain moral principles. It is simply not so. It is
not so that there is such a Parental Deity controlling history,
working out a great plan for
humanity, making a great revelation of Truth historically once
and for all,
as is presumed of Jesus and other prophets and great figures.
Divine, or God, the One to be Realized, is not other than your
That One transcends your personal, conditional existence, but
conditional existence arises in That One. All of this appearing
here is a modification
of That One, a play upon That One. To Realize That One, you
must enter profoundly into the Divine Self-Position, but not
by means of the traditional
method of inversion or of turning attention inward, which is
one of the ego-based solutions to the presumed problem of existence.
Which is to be Realized is in the Divine Self-Position. And
it is to be Realized not by appealing to Something outside yourself
or by entering into
childish dependence on some great Principle but by transcending
on the Divine Self-Position and Realizing the Ultimate Potency
in Which you inhere.
do not become truly religious unless you truly reach this understanding
and awaken to its point of view. The Parental God of childish
religion cannot be proven. That One does not exist. The struggle
to prove the existence
of such a One is a false struggle. It is an expression of the
disease, the problem-consciousness of threatened egoity. This
mean that people should all become like atheistic psychiatrists
religion away —
on the basis of a very intelligent "consideration"
much of what is called "religion" should be thrown
away, because it is
just a consolation for rather childish egos. But there is much
more to true religion
than what is contained in these childish propositions. It is
goes beyond these childish propositions that I Call you to "consider"
the form of My Wisdom-Teaching and also in the evidence of the
or the total global inheritance of human culture.
is the Great Being, the Great Divine Reality. There is that
there is a Way of entering into the Realization of That One.
That Way requires
great maturity, not childishness, not adolescence, not egoity,
and it involves
the transcendence of everything conventionally religious that
is associated with your childish and adolescent personality.
You do not enter into
that Realization by appealing to the Other Power, the objective
Deity outside you, as proposed by conventional religion. The
Adidam does not even involve appeal to that Great Other One
in the form
of mystical or subtle* objects of any kind.
is not the white-bearded Character of the Old
more precisely, of popular Judeo-Christian mythology), but neither
a kind of all-pervading Parentlike Essence. God is not even
present as a separate Personality in any exclusive sense anywhere
in cosmic Nature. Nor
is God to be identified with any subtle object in cosmic Nature,
or with any
of the lights observable via mystical consciousness.
only Realize and, therefore, ultimately prove the existence
of the One
that is God by entering most profoundly into the Divine Self-Position,
Domain of your True Existence, Is-ness, Being Itself.
God of conditional Nature, the "Creator-God", cannot
be proven, because
that One does not exist as proposed. But the Great God is
(and Inherently Spiritual) and Exists in the Divine Self-Position.
In other words, That One exists at the level of your eternal
and not at the level of the objects related to your conditional
your manifested independence. This same One is also present
in the form of all others, all objects, all states of conditional
as Other, but rather as That One in Which you inhere.
One is present as the Divinely Self-Realized Spiritual Master,
the human Transmitter of the Divine Being, but not in any exclusive
sense, not as the Holy
Other but as That Which Manifests the Power of the Divine Self-Position.
That One is Present as Spiritual Force, Transmitted through
Master's Spiritual Baptism and Good Company.
purpose of your reception of My Spiritual Heart-Transmission,
is to lead you into the Realization of That Which is in the
Its purpose is not to call you to conform to an apparent
outside yourself that requires you to engage in activities very
the childish social routines of conventional religiosity.
the Truth that is to be Realized may be summarized simply as
the Realization that no matter what is arising, no matter how
many others are present,
there is only One Being. This is precisely different from the
that even when you are alone there is always Someone Else
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