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The Ruchira Buddha Adi Da Samraj


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One of the most challenging and profound things i've read in Adi Da's books had to do with approach of the spiritual teacher itself. He explains that one cannot will oneself to lead the spiritual life of worship and satsang.
It is the other side of the coin of His constant reminders that it's all about RELATIONSHIP. One assumes and cultivates a relationship with the Guru.

Will and will power are about ego, i.e. it's about separating oneself from ego-transcending matters or the Divine. The ego cannot will itself to destruction.
One cannot will oneself to enter into a relationship with someone [like the Guru] that transcends ego. Ego can only enter into ego-sustaining relationships. One can only will oneself into a relationship that is an extension of ego.

Adi Da suggests a relationship whereby one approaches the Guru as an extension of one's higher self, a relationship that should be cultivated daily in order to transcend the inherent limitation of ego [the ACTIVITY (not entity) of drawing away from the Divine]. Ego fights against such relationship or cultivation of matters that do/are the opposite of ego, i.e. fights against that which cultivates divine aspects of life and Self.

I'm reminded of bees; contrary to the saying, bees aren't all that BUSY at all. Actually, they laze around a lot (as one can read in a book on bees). What drives bees is empathy. It is their hive mentality that causes them to recognize the need in those around them and this recognition drives them to action.
The queen, contrary to societal connotations, just lays eggs and transmits a pheromone that causes her sister bees NOT to create more queens or start laying eggs themselves. Her role is not one of leader or object of worship.
The Guru, similarly, simply fulfils a need in the human collective and the way to a natural social human life is in part about embracing the role different people might play in one's life, including the role of people who explicitely cultivate that which is inherently human.

Ego draws away from the Divine but because the inherent human condition is in sync with the Divine, ego also draws away from that which is inherently human and that has to do with natural social tendencies. Especially in the psychologically challenging times we live in, to explicitely cultivate that which is human cannot be seen as a luxury, it is a necessity. The alternative is to live a life that is inherently alien to humanity, i.e. an inherently inhuman life.

The Guru offers such insights into what is inherently natural, human, and in sync with the Divine. It is, in effect, a necessary relationship for humans or for people who would aspire to a human(e) life.
Cultivating a relationship with the/a Guru is therefore necessary but it should be understood that the inhuman forces working within those who have been conditioned by inhuman societies unconsciously reject such (human and humanity-supporting) relationships.

A relationship with a person who explicitely supports your humanity cannot, therefore, be willed into existence. It can only build upon already present human tendencies towards inherently human social interaction. Even if the Guru (or any other person supportive of humanity) is the only person in your life to offer, demand, and cultivate human relationship (as opposed to the ego-supporting non-relationships society conditions us towards), cultivating such a relationship is in order. Will power, however, cannot enter into THAT relationship; it must be experienced from an innate humanity that is otherwise left uncultivated. It would, in fact, be the only true RELATIONSHIP you have in your life (until you are capable of a sustained human existence after having reconditioned your body and mind towards that end).

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practical notes on beginning spiritual practice


As Adi Da explains, spiritual practice requires adjustment. Though He explains that if one is truly commited great progress can be achieved within a few months, the beginning is the beginning and not the same as practice for devotees who have already transcended the beginning stages.

In the beginning, for instance, it is not a matter of so-called meditation, except in the sense that a sense of 'meditation' can be achieved by reading the Teaching (that Adi Da supplies). The beginning devotee spends much time absorbing the Teaching, the reading of which is not merely about absorbing data but is in fact a form of distracting the ego-mind.

In due course, after understanding the principles of diet, exercise, meditation etc., one moves on to actually applying these; the initial phase of immersion in the Teaching, however, cannot be skipped.
With all development there are stages:
- collecting data
- developing understanding
- acquiring experience and wisdom (in relation to the former)
- practicing (true) humanity
- mastery
Many people confuse acquiring data with the latter stages, mesmerized by new facts and ideas [infotainment]; each part of the Teaching, however, is meaningless without the relationship to the Teacher/Guru, the One Who is to support and guide the ego-centered devotee to a human and divinely-synced life and life-style.

The Relationship with the Guru isn't the goal, it is the way of it. It is the way of development from the beginning. The alternative is fascination by the ego and development thereof. The Teaching may then be absorbed as a collection of ideas and data that has nothing to do with transcending ego or egoic conditioning. Studying the Teaching makes as much clear and no meditation, dietary practice, or exercises will ever substitute the Understanding that Adi Da offers in His Teaching.
This post is not a substitute for the 40-odd books He has offered the world, but rather a warning not to get ahead of oneself or confuse data with Understanding, or ego-development with ego-transcendence.

The Relationship with the Guru is about having/experiencing/living a truly human relationship, one that in later stages can even come to transcend the limitations of humanity itself.
Adi Da tells of how people traditionally would approach a spiritual teacher, coming to a monastery or such after much difficulty [they often being located on mountaintops and such to discourage any casual visitations]. Having been admitted, the newcomer is expected to renounce all ego-centered life; every habit, all preference/prejudice/presumption, every fear or doubt [doubt simply being expression of ego, something quite different from criticism], everything this person feels is 'normal' is to be left at the door ALREADY. It was not acceptable that this person 'develop' into spiritual life and leave such things behind in the course of time, one by one, it is demanded as part of admittance. An uncomfortable time of adjustment, therefore, is expected. Discomfort as an excuse to 'grow into it' was therefore NOT considered an option.

Such was traditionally the life of someone who approached a spiritual teacher. Too much? Adi Da spent 16 years ironing out the details of how to offer spiritual Teaching to westerners, people who've been conditioned to revere egoity from birth. His demands are there because they're necessary to rise from egoity to humanity. They are obviously not there because the beginning devotee is undesired, hated, or in any way meant to feel inferior. The ego-centered person IS inferior in the sense that he/she lives by inhuman standards and such a person experiences moving into a human condition as hardship. It is what it is, experienced by each individual subjectively. Ego makes much of such experience but that's the very thing standing in the way of achieving humanity.

The Relationship with the Guru is about listening to [i.e. not OBEYING, but rather taking serious] a Source which points toward Human existence, potentially even transcending such (in time). It is about relationship because a lifetime of conditioning has made it necessary for one to go through discomfort and practices that ego would never feel comfortable with and accept. It is only within the relationship with One Who is Human that humanity can begin to be experienced and developed, ultimately leading to a human conditioning to replace the ego-centered one.
Within this relationship it is inappropriate to approach the Guru as if He is just another extension of ego-based existence (and all previous 'sick' ego-based 'relationships'). The relationship to the Guru is an expression of the desire to leave ego-centered existence behind. It is practice in humanity. To take it lightly or to suppose the Guru has one iota of patience with becoming involved in anything that is an extension of ego-centered life, is inappropriate and completely beside the point of spiritual practice.

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I feel this blogpost offers a decent introduction by a non-devotee to the Sat-Guru Adi Da Samraj. I replied to the post and my reply might be read below. Today a devotee replied, as well, and with some nice links:
- The Rebirth of Sacred Art: Reflections on the Aperspectival Geometric Art of Adi Da Samraj
- The Great Tradition
- The Great Esoteric Tradition of Devotion To The Adept-Realizer

These links go to 3 great online resources for accessing Adi Da's Teaching (sites i've come across in the past and have come to appreciate myself): adidam.org, beezone.com, and adidaupclose.org
This might prove a free [gratis] way to look into the Teaching before commiting to buying one of His books. There is, however, nothing like reading Adi Da's Own word. The authenticity, depth, and reality of His Teaching can only really come from a sincere consideration of His word. Browsing certain online gems really doesn't do it justice.

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