Have I Said It?

Bubba Free John (Adi Da Samraj), 1973

Note to Reader

During 1973-1975 I lived in San Francisco and Lake County as a member of Adi Da's (then Bubba Free John's) community. My service was to creating an index of his early books. I found these writings to be compelling, along with some of outrageous talks that have not found their way into print. Around his birthday in 1975 (to the best of my recollection), Adi Da was planning on moving with a small group to Hawaii. For that occasion, I arranged a selection of his compelling words by topic (mostly selected from his books) and hand wrote them in a blank book for his enjoyment. As far as I know, nothing ever came of that compilation. That became Book One of two parts, the second of which I completed some time thereafter. Now through the Internet, I make both parts available to interested readers. These blank books (I made a copy for myself) have been sitting on my bookshelves all this time, and after Adi Da's passing, it occurred to me that this compilation would be very useful to many readers.

Enjoy,

Ed Hirsch
Ashland, Oregon


Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John)


Bubba Free John (1974).....Adi Da Samraj (2008)

 

Chapter 8

Realization

As Certainly as God, Truth and Reality Is,
God, Truth and Reality Will Be Known.

 

As certainly

As God, Truth and Reality Is,

God, Truth and Reality

Will be known.

Just as God, Truth and Reality Is

Prior to all things,

God-Realization is

Prior to all things.

It is not the result of anything,

And neither is sacrifice or love.

It isn't by going toward God

But standing in the Divine

Already,

Already happy.

It is God, Truth and Reality first,

Not God, Truth and Reality as the goal.

 

Clearly there is a paradox

In doing a spiritual discipline

In which you ultimately realize

Your own nature or condition,

Because it is your nature

Or condition

From the beginning.

The whole affair

Of this spiritual practice

And the apparent transformation

Of an individual

Is an immensely complex

And paradoxical business,

Because there is only

God, Truth and Reality

From the beginning.

Divine Communion

Is conscious realization

Of the real condition

Of the present moment.

 

This is the condition

You are presently given

In which to realize

God, Truth and Reality

The condition

That may be realized today,

In this moment,

Is truth, is happiness,

Entirely non-dependent

Upon changes and conditions

Of existence.

And that is very good news,

It seems to me!

The highest

And only true realization

Is Truth itself,

The very Self or Reality.

To enjoy Truth

Is simply to be awake.

What is required to wake up?

 

What can you do within the dream

To wake up?

Nothing.

There is only the Waking itself.

It is like a man discovering

That he has been pinching himself.

His pain was always his own event,

The theatre of his own action.

When he finally sees,

It is a simple matter.

He no longer needs to go through

Any sort of complicated affair

To get free of pain.

He doesn't have to go through

Any kind of therapy, special diet,

Yoga, or mantra

In order to be free.

All he has to do

Is take his hand away.

No change of state

Is necessary

For the realization of Truth.

 

This Realization

Involves no necessary change at all,

In any dimension,

But only Realization

Of the actual, prior

And present condition

That everywhere pertains.

The dream doesn't have to be changed

In any way for the waking man

To feel that he is awake.

Nothing has to happen to the dream.

Only Waking is necessary.

To one who is awake,

The dream is obvious.

No action in the dream

Is the equivalent of waking.

All waking comes suddenly.

There is no necessity

To the dream,

But only persistence.

 

See it truly and abide in the Real.

Truth can only be

Already enjoyed,

Already the case.

Truth is not a matter

Of seeking.

There are no reasons

For joy and freedom.

Truth is the most radical

Penetration

Of this whole event.

And only at that moment

Is there happiness.

There is no happiness

That can be acquired.

There is no realization

That can be attained.

Only the Happiness

That already exists is true.

Only the Freedom

That already exists

Is natural and stable.

The only point of view

From which to live any life

In any world

Is that of absolute

Self-realization and God-knowledge.

Everything else is ripped off,

It does not survive.

No creature can be happy

The way a human being

Can be happy.

The creatures have no option

But to be creatures,

But men have the obligation

To be

God, Truth and Reality.

 

The ecstatic life

Is not part of any order.

It is simply

The Divine condition.

The great ecstasy

Is not release

Into the extraordinary,

But the Perfect Realization

Of the nature of your condition.

 

In all states,

Ordinary or extraordinary.

When the life is only open,

When this incredible force

Is flowing through,

It churns you,

It purifies the life.

Then there is nothing at last

To be unhappy about,

Nothing to think about.

The flood of enjoyment

Rushes through the body,

Dissolves the mind,

Overwhelms the life.

 

When that contraction

Just opens a little,

The force of delight and love

Begins to flow,

And the obstructions

Begin to break down,

Until, finally,

The person is shattered.

Relationship is

Abiding in what is always

And already Real.

 

To know what arises

In Truth

Is simply to be

In relationship

To what arises.

Relationship is enjoyed

Under all circumstances,

All conditions,

With all beings,

In all environments.

 

It is always

Simply that basic enjoyment,

That unobstructed, spontaneous,

Moment to moment existence

As relationship.

It is what is called "love."

It is simply the force

Of the Heart, the Real,

Which is unobstructed,

Unqualified existence.

To love requires a great transformation.

Without the realization of the Heart,

There is no true humanity,

And no love.

Love is living without obstruction,

Without contraction.

Without the demand for attention,

Without creating your perimeter.

 

That doesn't come about

By doing all kinds of things

To yourself.

It is a Grace.

Loving is also pleasurable.

There is no doubt about it.

Ecstasy is selflessness.

Happiness is already sacrifice.

True attention

Is enjoyed with the whole being.

 

But, in fact,

That enjoyment is not

Attention at all.

It is presence, radiance.

It has no object,

But it excludes nothing.

That state is the natural state

Of realization

And also the natural state

Of devotion.

Consciousness has no answers,

It has no questions.

That is the true state.

 

From that state,

The creation of marvels

Begins.

You persist in that realization

Because there is nothing beyond it.

You cannot leap into some consciousness

That is not it because you were there

Just a moment ago!

 

Now your enjoyment has no definition

Whatsoever, no destiny, no relationship

To anything.

It cannot be specified

And it cannot be isolated.

It cannot be

Separated out.

It is not an alternative

To anything.

Everything just continues to happen.

Everything becomes yourself,

Everything is happy,

Everything is marvelous.

 

This enjoyment is the grounds

For absolute dissolution

In which nothing else occurs.

You do not go anywhere,

Life does not become blank.

Things continue to happen,

But your realization

Becomes completely unspeakable.

And beyond that realization

Nothing may be said,

Nothing may be defined,

No destiny may be described,

No work you do many be described,

Nothing may be said

About it at all.

 

Everything happens perfectly

From that moment

And there is nothing

That may be said about it

That makes any sense

Whatsoever.

 

The self is not

Behind all this.

The self is this

Without a doubt.

 

There is no separation

Whatsoever.

Therefore,

Self-realization is perfectly

Compatible with human existence.

Realization of the God-nature

Is not anathema

To human existence,

Or worldly existence.

It is, in fact,

The very principle of it.

 

Life or manifest existence

Is realization.

Things do not cease

To arise.

They have not

Ceased to arise.

All things

Arise as before.

All forms

Have returned.

To realize

That you are

Already.

 

God, Truth and Reality

Doesn't make you any more

Than anybody else.

It makes you the same

As everybody else.

When there is truly

No difference,

No one survives.

Where there is the realization

Of non-separateness in Truth,

No one survives

Beyond that moment.

 

This understanding,

When it occurs,

Will not be your enlightenment,

Because when it occurs,

There is no one left.

When Truth arises,

The one in whom it arises

Is unknown.

All things arise

Within the Truth,

Or within the Real.

 

But as soon as the Truth itself

Becomes obvious,

"you" disappear!

There is no "one"

To find that out.

It is a spontaneous event,

The most absolute

Of all events.

It is a gift!

It is itself

God, Truth, Reality!

 

Truth is a radical condition

In which there is no self,

No ego, no separate motivation,

No fulfillment.

It's the absolute undermining

Of the ordinary state.

 

The paradoxes

Represented by everything

That appears

Begin to show themselves

In God.

You will find no self,

No world,

No other God,

But only

God, Truth and Reality

Unreasonable happiness

Is the eternally appropriate

Mood of man.

 

Celebration is the yoga of man.

The fundamental taboo is ecstasy,

And the fundamental ecstasy

Is God-consciousness,

Openly lived and assumed

In every function of life.

There is no God-realization

Until every dimension of your born life

Has become the Seat of Realization.

There is no yoga

If the very cells

Do not begin to intuit the Divine.

All things will be given to you

That are necessary and appropriate,

But you will stand happy

And full of humor

In the midst of life.

The prior condition

Is consciousness.

It is not something

Consciousness does or knows.

It is consciousness.

So when it is truly realized

There is no danger,

No falling from it,

Because it is not held in place

By anything.

It is not dependent on anything.

 

When there is no longer

Any such danger,

Then you are humorous,

Then you see humor in everything.

You can afford

To have such humor then.

But if you have to hold it in place,

You can't afford

To be humorous.

I don't see humor

In anything whatsoever.

Humor has to do with God.

There is no humor in life.

When you perceive the Divine

In the midst of any world

Whatsoever,

Then humor becomes the quality

You present to life.

If truth begins to manifest

In life, as life,

 

It glorifies life to some degree.

But the glory that enters life

Is not that of life itself.

It is the glory

Of the fullness of truth.

Those who live truth

While alive

Are not glorifying

Life in itself.

They are glorifying Truth.

The process

I am describing

Is instant, direct, present.

The reason you are not

Getting any closer

Is because you cannot

Get any closer.

That realization

Has to occur

 

In this moment.

The Truth

Is radical non-avoidance

Moment to moment.

It is to live

This moment,

This event,

Without conflict,

Directly.

It is a single Realization

While alive.

It is the condition

Of life, in life.

This realization

Must be lived.

It must be

Consciously lived

At every level

Of manifestation.

 

Your life-force

Must be free.

It must be restored

To the universe.

It is infinite.

There is a conscious instant

In which it becomes obvious

That this is so.

All you will have realized,

After all,

Is the obvious.

Life is simply

The realization

Of "ordinariness."

To so-called ordinary

Is realized as the perfect,

The Divine.

 

The ordinary

Is the extraordinary.

When your eyes have opened

In the morning light,

Everything will be obvious to you.

And you will know

That you have never slept,

That you have never dreamed,

That you have never been limited

To any thing that has appeared.

You have never been

In any condition

That you have assumed.

There was always only Reality,

Your true nature,

Which is bliss,

Consciousness,

The unqualified Reality.

The process

In Divine communion

 

Is very gentle.

It is even enjoyable.

The "event" is unnoticed.

The realization of Truth

Is as natural

As a simple response

To sunlight.

It is no big deal.

All big deals

Are shy of it.

The absolute thing

Is unmentionable.

There is no thing.

There is the holding on

To everything,

And the falling away

Of everything.

No mediocre man

Or woman

Has ever realized

Such a meditation.

No fool

Will ever enjoy it.

No childish person

Will ever begin it.

Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John)


Bubba Free John (1974).....Adi Da Samraj (2008)

 

More:

The Teaching

Reality

God

No Dilemma

Seeking

Suffering

Spiritual Life

Realization

Understanding

Ignorance

"I" Am the Body

Bubba Free John

The Guru

Satsang

The Devotee

The Community


Note to reader:

As a member of Adi Da's (then Bubba Free John's) community from about 1973-1975, during which time I lived for nine months in Persimmon, the sanctuary where he lived. My service was to creating an index of his early books. I found these writings to be compelling, along with some of outrageous talks that have not found their way into print. Around his birthday in 1975 (to the best of my recollection), Adi Da was planning on moving with a small group to Hawaii. For that occasion, I arranged a selection of his compelling words by topic (mostly selected from his books) and hand wrote them in a blank book for his enjoyment. As far as I know, nothing ever came of that compilation. That became Book One of two parts, the second of which I completed some time thereafter. Now through the Internet, I make both parts available to interested readers. These blank books (I made a copy for myself) have been sitting on my bookshelves all this time, and after Adi Da's passing, it occurred to me that this compilation would be very useful to many readers.

Enjoy,

Ed Hirsch
presenceofone@yahoo.com
Ashland, Oregon

 

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