Discipline

(Latin) discipulus - student, learner, pupil, disciple)

 

Adi Da Samraj, 1991

As long as the ego-based pattern-conventions of conditionally arising “experience” persist, there must be the practice of The Reality-Way of Adidam and The Realization of The Reality-Way of Adidam—both.

Those who outwardly seem to practice the by-Me-Given disciplines of The Reality-Way of Adidam—full of “self”-denial, meditation, and “good acts”—but who do not Realize The egoless, Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and Self-Evidently Divine Consciousness, or Conscious Light Itself, in every moment, are only emptying themselves.

Those who constantly talk about The Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and Self-Evidently Divine Consciousness, or Conscious Light Itself—indulging their minds in concepts of Emptiness, Transparency, and Pure Space—but who do not practice The Reality-Way of Adidam in whole-bodily-recognitionresponsive devotional Communion with Me in every moment, are only full of themselves.

In every moment, there must be the practice of The Reality-Way of Adidam and The Realization of The Reality-Way of Adidam—simultaneous, actual, and true, as long as the ego-based pattern- conventions of conditionally arising “experience” persist.

Then there is only Self-Existing and Self-Radiant Divine Conscious Light—without dilemma, without egoic “self”, and without inherent conditional circumstance, even in every moment of The Divine Mystery of all conditionally apparent relations.

Aletheon - 2009


As long as the conventions of experience persist, there must be the Way and the Realization, both.

Those who seem to practice the Way, full of self-denial, meditation, and good acts, but who do not Realize the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness in every moment, have only emptied themselves.

Those who constantly speak of the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, indulging their minds in concepts of emptiness, transparency, and pure space, but who do not practice the Way of self-transcending Love-Communion in every moment, are only full of themselves.

In every moment, there must be the Way and the Realization, simultaneous, actual, and true, as long as the conventions of experience persist.

Then there is only Radiant Fullness, or Love, without dilemma, without self, and without inherent circumstance, even in every moment of the Mystery of all relations.

The Enlighenment of the Whole Body - 1978


It is time to grow up! The Truth can become obvious to human understanding, and the cultural situation of humankind can become harmonious and benign. It is a matter of entering into the yet hidden (or esoteric) domain of awakened intelligence, “self”-restraint, acceptance of life-positive disciplines of physical, emotional, and mental activity, and conversion from the separative and ego-possessed disposition to the truly ecstatic moral and Spiritual disposition of ego-transcending devotional Communion with the Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, Source-Condition, and Self-State of all beings and things. Only the life of Divine Communion permits the child to grow into maturity. That Way of life is the ego-transcending Way that is hidden within (or natively built into) the psycho-physical structures of the human being.


You have to grow up and make the control dimension of life a fundamental part of your own personality. You have to be able to function on another level of self-understanding. You have to demonstrate the quality of response, discipline and so on. You can't do that until you outgrow your childish and adolescent disposition.


Right “religious” (or, otherwise, esoteric) practice is founded on active conversion of body and mind to the Divine Reality, and on the acceptance of behavioral disciplines that (at the very least) make the individual an outwardly benign (or socially “self”-restrained) character.


Rightly conservative "self"-discipline of the whole body is fundamental to the practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam (or Adidam Ruchiradam). Indeed, rightly conservative "self"-discipline has always (traditionally) been acknowledged as fundamental to Spiritual life. The responsibility for right conservative "self"-discipline is inherent and inescapable in the esoteric process of Realization.


You must be responsible for yourself at the human level, and in a profoundly uncommon way. You must live the discipline of ordinary life. You yourself must be love under all ordinary, daily conditions. You must make this change in your life. There is no way whereby you can be relieved of this necessity—and nobody else can do it for you.


True devotional Communion with a True Realizer (coupled with a variety of disciplines and practices, which should be associated with real “self”-understanding)


Right-life discipline must not be embraced for its own sake, in an ego-based and strategic seeking-manner, but always by ego-surrendering, ego-forgetting, and ego-transcending devotional recognition-response to Me.


True “self”-restraint (or the “self”-discipline of right life) is necessary and good for those who would Realize Reality Itself, or Truth Itself, or Real (Acausal) God—but false “self”-restraint (generated by negative views and expressed as search, “self”-righteousness, and suppression of the living and feeling heart) is itself the avoidance of Reality Itself and Truth Itself (Which Is The Only Real Acausal God).


Failed “self”-understanding and failed (or, at best, merely selective and partial,and, altogether, inadequate and merely strategic) “self”-discipline. The “self”-contraction rolls both forward and backward, but always on itself.


Until there is the development of significantly effective “self”-understanding relative to the developmental problems (or yet unfinished “business”) associated with the first three stages of life, any one who aspires to develop a truly esoteric practice (necessarily beginning in the context of the fourth stage of life) will, characteristically, tend to relate to such possible esoteric practice in either a childish or an adolescent manner.


Any one whose developmental disposition is yet relatively childish (or tending, in general, to seek egoic security via the dramatization of the role of emotionalistic dependency) will tend to relate to esoteric possibilities via emotionalistic (or, otherwise, merely enthusiastic) attachments, while otherwise (in general) tending to be weak in both the responsible exercise of discriminating intelligence and the likewise responsible exercise of functional, practical, relational, and cultural “self”-discipline.


The first three stages of life—not informed or inspired by the Wisdom of the fourth, the fifth, the sixth, or the seventh stage of life—are (in themselves) characterized by the pursuit of (body-based) “self”-fulfillment (even via “self”-indulgence, or else via socially established conventions of morality, “self”-discipline, and rather materialistic hope).


In the Reality-Way of Adidam (or Adidam Ruchiradam), the forms of right-life “self”-discipline are never about dissociative introversion (or retreating “within” the body-mind-”self”). Rather, in the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam, the forms of right-life “self”-discipline are about Standing Prior to egoic “self”-identification with the body-mind-complex. Indeed, the entire Reality-Way of Adidam is about Standing Prior to egoic identification with the psycho-physical “self”—not about using the body-mind complex to eventually achieve a state in which you, in one fashion or another, “eliminate” the body-mind- ”self” through your practice, and (thereby) achieve a presumed state of Realization.


The by-Me-Given foundation disciplines of the Reality-Way of Adidam are not ascetical. They are not at all a matter of dissociating from the body-mind-"self" or of disconnecting the body-mind-"self" from its environment of participation.


The by-Me-Given foundation disciplines are entirely life-positive-and entirely a matter of establishing the right (and necessary) equanimity of the whole body (or the total psycho-physical complex of the individual being) through disciplines of basic right life (understood not in moralistic, or puritanical, or merely behavioral terms, but understood in Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine terms). These by-Me-Given foundation disciplines are, most fundamentally, a matter of participating in devotional and (in due course) Transcendental Spiritual Communion with Me, by bringing the body-mind-"self" into the Condition (and Disposition) of Utter Non-separation.


It is profoundly important that My devotees understand that practice of the by-Me-Given foundation disciplines of the Reality-Way of Adidam is not a matter of being "good little boys and girls". Right practice of the by-Me-Given foundation disciplines of the Reality-Way of Adidam is simply the living of right life, through the establishment of participatory equanimity, for the sake of devotional and (in due course) Transcendental Spiritual Communion with Me (and, Ultimately, Most Perfect Realization of Me)-not in the mode of a seeker, but in the mode of a non-contracted participant.


In the Reality-Way of Adidam, "self"-discipline is (or must be) a right, voluntary, intelligent, and intentional practice. Also, in the Reality-Way of Adidam, "self"-discipline is a secondary (or supportive) responsive practice. That is to say, in the Reality-Way of Adidam, the various forms of by-Me-Given "self"-discipline are not proposed by Me as "ideal behaviors" that must (ultimately) be functionally, practically, and relationally (or, altogether, morally) perfected.


You should assist this process of Divine Communion through two natural disciplines, one which is practical, based in ordinary action, and one which is spiritual, based within the heart or boundless psyche


Sadhana is about breaking through the usual life of tendency, breaking through the pattern of destiny, not playing upon your desires, your inclinations, your willfulness, your preferences. This consciousness, this intelligence awakened through the Teaching through which you came to me, must become the principle of your life from this time. And all of the rest of it, every bit of it, flesh and breath and belongings and husband, wife, children, everything must come under the discipline of that intelligence


The kind of responsibility required of you as a new person in the Ashram is nothing! I hate to tell you this! It is the least of it. I mean, how much discipline is there really involved in the conditions you have been given? Theyre all very ordinary. They amount to just a simple, life-supporting, natural, ordinary, pleasurable life. But even as ordinary or natural as that life is, as lawful as it is, it is sufficient to be entirely offensive to a subhuman life, a life in ignorance. These simple conditions are enough to test and try every possible kind of complex so-called human condition. The offenses are there for everyone. And you notice how childish you are as soon as you get a little offended. As soon as you cannot at will do a few of the crazy things that you are used to injecting into the routine of your life over a years time, you get petulant, you get crazy


Now in some sense all of that is amusing, and the dumber you are, the more likely you are to be amused by it! But there is really nothing amusing about it at all from my point of view. It has never been amusing to me. This life as it is commonly lived is insane. It was perfectly obvious to me that there was nothing to do but sadhana. There was nothing else in life that was worth the suffering. I havent become a pleasureless man, obviously, at any point in my life. But I made life sadhana, and doing that required great discipline and great humor


It is not a matter of taking on some discipline or other and cutting it all out. It is a matter of doing sadhana. So in the midst of all those qualities arising in you, you must study the work, live these conditions, literally serve individuals, and continually return to the position of the Teaching. All of that will act as an offense to your tendencies, and it will produce real symptoms—emotional symptoms, physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, all kinds of symptoms. At the same time that these symptoms are arising, they are themselves representations of self-reflection in consciousness, so they serve the breakdown of the usual trend of conscious life


ADI DA: Many people try to discipline themselves and after a while they just can't do it any more. Sooner or later the pressure of disciplining themselves gets to be too much and they just drop it. They abandon the discipline and indulge themselves once again.

Why is that? Because they haven't understood themselves. They are not out of sympathy with what they are disciplining. discipline is really not a matter of controlling something fundamentally. It's a matter of relinquishing something, letting it go, disregarding it. So if you're not out of sympathy with it, if you won't let it go, you can't transcend it.


If you're holding onto it at the same time you are disciplining it, discipline will have no effect other than to curve your behavior temporarily.

Your life is a struggle against being disciplined. In some basic sense it's a struggle against control. It's a struggle against father force. It's a struggle against male others. It's a struggle against demands.

So if you agree for some reason to discipline yourself, you are embracing that you are psychologically exposed to embrace so the discipline won't be affected. It will control your behavior for a while but it won't be fundamentally affected because you are unwilling to let go of what you are disciplining.


Primarily what you are trying to discipline is this stressful reaction to being disciplined. So discipline will remain nothing but a struggle for you. So you must overcome this psychological disposition, this reacting against control. You think of control really as something that comes on you from without even if you're applying it to yourself, the control you apply to yourself is being directed to yourself from a peripheral aspect of your personality. It is a binding affair.


Your deeper personality or that element of your personality that you really identify with is the one being controlled, not the one that's controlling. So you're still reacting. You are reluctant to be controlled. You really think it's unnecessary. It's something being imposed on you from without, something that others require and so forth because really you think you have some superior point of view somehow that doesn't require self-control.


You think you can be happy without control. You in some sense think happiness is a matter of no control. So you don 't really understand the reason for these disciplines. For discipline to work for you there must be real understanding. You must understand the dynamics of ego.


The discipline must be generated not really from a peripheral aspect of yourself which you don't really identify with but it must be generated from your own position happily based on self-understanding. The core of you must cease to be sympathetic with what must be disciplined or transcended.


You must come to understand yourself to the point where you are no longer sympathetic with being an adolescent bereft of self-discipline, the integrity of your own being. When you're out of sympathy with that adolescent aspect of your personality , then discipline's not going to be a big deal. It's just the business of practice.


Somewhere in the Bhagavad-Gita, I believe there is a line there where I say something to the effect that you cannot transcend what you will not let go. This is true at the beginning as well as at the ultimate stages, the sixth practicing stage, what is true all along. You do not transcend what you will not let go. You will not transcend what you are sympathetic with, fitfully identify with. So you have to understand it in some basic sense before discipline becomes a transcending process.


For somebody who is vastly overweight, you will see he has to go on a diet. He may go on a diet but that individual will always have difficulty dieting until he or she just loses sympathy with eating all the time.

If you're identified all the time with the process of stuffing yourself constantly, satisfying yourself through food-taking, the dietary discipline will always just be a peripheral effort that you may engage in sometimes for secondary reasons but it will never be truly effective. You lose a little weight and gain it back again and so forth. You will always be struggling with the matter of discipline itself.

Once you get that a person could come to a point of just losing all sympathy with just stuffing himself or herself and the fact of it alone not to mention the effect of it, then the individual could observed a dietary discipline but it wouldn't be a matter of struggling with himself or herself. The only struggle would be simply observed.

You know the body goes through a trial, the body does, to a dietary discipline but it's not a psychological struggle. It's a psychological struggle only if you're identified with the thing you are trying to discipline and when you're not identified with the thing you are trying to discipline, then it's not a psychological struggle.


The disciplines are there to help you observe yourself....You must ...come to the point of understanding yourself sufficiently to fall out of sympathy with this argument that is yourself.

The more you fall out of sympathy with it, the more discipline will be a true expression of your self-understanding. discipline serves self-understanding. It serves self-observation and self-understanding and to a degree must be an expression of self-observation and a level of self-understanding so more and more until there is true hearing.


You are involved in a reaction to the father force. You don't want to be told what to do.


The father is the control force, is more of conscious mind force and the mother is more the subliminal subconscious unconscious dimension of the personality.


I've observed and those considering this way in my company all these years in general, there's a resistance to the control force. That means the father, the male character, and the obligation to be self-controlled.


You have to grow up and make the control dimension of life a fundamental part of your own personality. You have to be able to function on another level of self-understanding. You have to demonstrate the quality of response, discipline and so on. You can't do that until you outgrow your childish and adolescent disposition.


You are suffering from your unresolved egoic character problems that belong to your childhood and adolescence and you remain rather at the beginning, cycling back and forth, over and over again . You cannot go beyond the beginning until you transcend the limitation.


You will always fall back to it until you have come to a most fundamental self-understanding. In spite of yourself you are always reacting to daddy or perhaps in some cases reacting to mommy or both. Life for you is a struggle with exterior eyes to grade others but really external representations of aspects of your own personality.


It's like the dichotomy between the mind and heart that is mentioned so much traditionally. What do those mean really?

They mean control force and the nurturing force, the openness, the expansiveness some good feeling, love feeling and so forth dimension of yourself and the controlling discriminative disciplined intentional side of yourself and they are in a dynamic play with one another. It's not a matter of one or the other being chosen.

Both must be fully active and alive in you but they cannot be as long as you are psychologically incapable of it. The child is basically rather primitive and psychologically incapable of interiorizing these two dynamic dimensions of being: the child then grows by adaptation to the point of realizing this dynamic in his self or herself.


So many things interfere...social patterns, patterns of education, limitations in your parents or childhood circumstance and on and on. All kinds of things can interfere with your own psychological development so as an adult in The Way of the Heart you have to deal with all those things that may have interfered with that adaptation and instead of forever struggling as if you are still home with mommy and daddy. You must simply and freely as responsible human beings realize these two great dimensions in your own character and be responsible as such. Well this requires self-observation as an adult listening to wisdom and progressively disciplining yourself until you are whole.


The by-Me-Given foundation disciplines of the Reality-Way of Adidam are not ascetical. They are not at all a matter of dissociating from the body-mind-"self" or of disconnecting the body-mind-"self" from its environment of participation. Rather, the by-Me-Given foundation disciplines are entirely life-positive-and entirely a matter of establishing the right (and necessary) equanimity of the whole body (or the total psycho-physical complex of the individual being) through disciplines of basic right life (understood not in moralistic, or puritanical, or merely behavioral terms, but understood in Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine terms). These by-Me-Given foundation disciplines are, most fundamentally, a matter of participating in devotional and (in due course) Transcendental Spiritual Communion with Me, by bringing the body-mind-"self" into the Condition (and Disposition) of Utter Non-separation.


It is profoundly important that My devotees understand that practice of the by-Me-Given foundation disciplines of the Reality-Way of Adidam is not a matter of being "good little boys and girls". Right practice of the by-Me-Given foundation disciplines of the Reality-Way of Adidam is simply the living of right life, through the establishment of participatory equanimity, for the sake of devotional and (in due course) Transcendental Spiritual Communion with Me (and, Ultimately, Most Perfect Realization of Me)-not in the mode of a seeker, but in the mode of a non-contracted participant.


Sadhana is about breaking through the usual life of tendency, breaking through the pattern of destiny, not playing upon your desires, your inclinations, your willfulness, your preferences. This consciousness, this intelligence awakened through the Teaching through which you came to me, must become the principle of your life from this time. And all of the rest of it, every bit of it, flesh and breath and belongings and husband, wife, children, everything must come under the discipline of that intelligence.


The kind of responsibility required of you as a new person in the Ashram is nothing! I hate to tell you this! It is the least of it. I mean, how much discipline is there really involved in the conditions you have been given? They're all very ordinary. They amount to just a simple, life-supporting, natural, ordinary, pleasurable life. But even as ordinary or natural as that life is, as lawful as it is, it is sufficient to be entirely offensive to a subhuman life, a life in ignorance. These simple conditions are enough to test and try every possible kind of complex so-called human condition. The offenses are there for everyone. And you notice how childish you are as soon as you get a little offended. As soon as you cannot at will do a few of the crazy things that you are used to injecting into the routine of your life over a years time, you get petulant, you get crazy.


You must go through the process of preparing yourself—in the manner I have Described—for practice in the First Congregation of Adidam Ruchiradam.

The fundamental nature of the process in My Divine Avataric Company must be rightly understood. Otherwise, My devotees tend to approach Me in a conventional manner, seeking for various signs of a psycho-physical nature—all of which are intrinsically associated with the ego-bound developmental course associated with the “great path of return” (or the “map” of the first six stages of life).

No amount of being studied, informed, or even scholarly about the Great Tradition of humankind can prepare you for the Real Transcendental Spiritual Process of the “Radical” Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam—even if you do practice devotion to Me, and even if you do discipline the body-mind-“self” in terms of right-life practice.


I Freely Give My devotees The “Bright” Conscious Light of My Own Avatarically Self-Revealed Divine Person—by Means of Which Blessing-Gift they Are Acausally Enabled to Demonstrate Transcendentally Spiritually Self-“Bright” Divine life. I Call for the searchless free devotion, the intelligently discriminative “self”-understanding, the rightly and freely living “self”-discipline, and the full and freely functional capability of My devotees. I do not Call My devotees to resist or eliminate life, or to strategically escape life, or to identify with the “world”-excluding ego-centric impulse. I Call My devotees to live a positively functional life.

I do not Call My devotees to strategically separate themselves from the natural vitality of life, or to suppress the participatory impulse naturally associated with human existence. I Call for all the human life-functions to be really and rightly “known”, and to be really and rightly understood, and to be really and rightly lived—and not reduced by (or to) the inherently bewildered (and inherently “cultic”, or “self-centered” and fearful) “point of view” of the separate and separative ego-“I”.


For further study see:

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