a series of permanent shifts in identity
until the Ultimate Divine Identity is Realized
shift in Realization from the sense of reality as a God-less universe
to one in which one is standing as the Divine Being is an extraordinary
one. And so the Ultimate Realization is not likely to happen overnight,
nor even in a single Realization. Instead, a progression of Realizations
typify the Way. And at the
core of these Realizations is a shift in Identity. Avatar Adi
Da Samraj often refers to a particular quote by the Indian Master
Shankara, because it nicely summarizes these shifts (and the change
that spiritual practice undergoes as well):
[the] tradition of Advaita Vedanta, there is a very interesting
summary statement, associated with Shankara, of devotion to the
Divine: 'From the point of view of the body, I am Your servant.
From the point of view of the mind, I am a part of You, a fraction
within You. From the point of view of the Self, truly, I am You.
Any statement of equation with the Divine is authentic only from
the "Point of View" of Ultimate Realization. Yet identified with
the body, or, even more advanced, identified with the mind, subtly
as Yogis are . . . from the point of view of such identification,
the great statements are not true, the statement 'I am You',
or, said another way, 'Thou art That', is not true. Identified
with the body you are the servant of God, subordinate to the Divine.
From the point of view of the mind, you are not the Divine.
You are a part of the Great Unity, seeking Union with the Great
Unity, or That Which is One. Therefore, previous to Ultimate Realization,
the philosophy, the philosophical point of view, the presumption,
must acknowledge the position you are in, acknowledge what you are
the growth in Realization, the increasing depth of Realization,
will generally proceed through the following sequence of Realizations:
1.I am the physical body in a still, often, apparently God-less,
materialistic universe, the universe of my physical senses. But
I now have sufficient human maturity, and have been sufficiently
Graced with the Revelation of God (through my Spiritual Master's
Transmission), that I am now aware that the degree to which I
am not feeling God for Real on any regular basis is not evidence
that God doesn't exist. Rather it is an exact reflection of the
amount of counter-egoic (even bodily) work that is required of
me in order for the "vision of God" to be restored as my ordinary
Realization in every moment.
I am the physical body, but now tangibly aware of the Divine Presence,
thanks to the unrelenting Transmission of my Divinely Realized
Spiritual Master. I am now rightly practicing as the 'servant'
of God, conforming the body-mind to better serve as a vehicle
that conducts the force and Presence of the Divine. The core of
my practice is conscious absorption in You, conscious surrender
of all my (otherwise unconsciously self-contracted, self-absorbed)
mind, body, emotion, and breath —
so that they are absorbed in You. I am fulfilling what was for
Hamlet only a yearning:
that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself
into a dew!
Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2
I am spirit or energy. The physical
body is spirit or energy. The entire cosmos is spirit or energy.
E = mC2, but I am now directly aware of the equation
of matter and energy as my actual experience. I have "lived to
God" long and deeply enough that a fundamental, even physical
conversion has occurred in the body-mind. What I am is not fundamentally
that which dies when the physical body dies; I am most primarily
the "mind" (or “soul”) part of the body-mind, which survives the
death of the more superficial "body" part. Thus I have been set
free of my mortal fear. I am now directly aware that "I am a part
of You", and what I used to have to even muscularly feel through
to You, my physicality, has now been transformed to become as
if transparent (to feeling). My practice continues to be absorption
in You through contemplation of You in the form of my Spiritual
Master, but it is now easier and more profound.
I am Consciousness. Even “soul”
is understood to be a limit —
like the physical body, it too is not immortal, but rather, a
passing thing. The entire body-mind complex, body and soul, has
been brought into a profound equilibrium through steady, prolonged
absorption in You, and the moment Gracefully occurs when the self-contraction
is relaxed even beyond any identification with the body-mind.
I suddenly discover: "I am You". What I am, most primally, is
neither matter nor energy, but simply Consciousness Itself. You
are my True Self, only appearing in the apparent human and Spiritual
guise of my Master for the sake of bringing about this Realization
of Identification with You. My practice has shifted from communion
with and absorption in You, to Identification with You. Even so,
there still appears to be a "difference" between Consciousness
and the universe of arising phenomena.
There Is Only God. The Great
and Ultimate Realization, Divine Enlightenment, has occurred.
I have completely Awakened. I am Consciousness, but there is not
the slightest difference between Me and anything. All beings and
worlds are arising in Me. Everything is directly tacitly recognizable
as a modification of My Own Consciousness. I am Perfectly Eternally
Free. I am Perfectly Eternally Happy. Paradoxically, I may still
be associated with My human body for the span of its years, and
thus may serve as an Instrument of Realization for all beings
who still suffer the illusion and activity of separateness, effortlessly
and continuously transmitting this Revelation of God to all other