Water and Narcissus

Hard Earth and Stone at my Foot

"I resist and take flight from the material and life condition. The crux of the spiritual life for me now is to see and embrace this mode of reality. The material realm is relentless in its lawfulness. It is all cause and effect. I am always seeking a magic by which to overcome the laws of physics. But the matter forms are there and hard, dragging me into the necessary acceptance of their reality. To now I have tended to anxiety, impatience, self-pity and despair, striving after forms of immunity and passivity and superiority. I have opposed the law and thus failed to transcend and master it. Thus also I oppose the creative, endlessly active life forms. The intrusion of life around me make my passive artifice impossible. But when I accept these forms and their laws as necessary reality, then I am peaceful. The effort of work required of me to live and create and remain in relationship is a labor I am grateful to maintain. And the noise and process that shatters the aesthetic heaven of my household is acceptable, being a reasonable expression of life in the condition of material existence. Thus, being at one with these laws, I am firm and untroubled. I master and transcend each material problem, and I become alive and in motion, exceeding the barriers of aesthetic space, in a mood with all creative life. Thus the hard earth and stone at my foot and had teach me. And thus the children teach me. It is unreasonable to seek peace, for this aesthetic pursuit in fact seeks to undermine and thward the foundations of life and materiality. It is necessary to be already peaceful, one with the law, and thus to create in the world of this law."

Water and Narcissus, 1969

Franklin Jones (Adi Da Samraj)

Note:

The period Adi Da (Franklin Jones) was writing the book Water and Narcissus was from 1967 to early 1970. He completed it while living in New York.


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