The following excerpts have been taken from a variety of essays and talks from Adi Da Samraj covering over 30 years of his teaching demonstration.

This style of presentation is called the 'White and Orange Books" project and is based on Ludwig Wittgenstein's Blue and Brown books. The Blue & Brown Books of Wittgenstein's were dictated as a set of notes to his student in 1934-1935. I have been collecting materials from Adi Da that I find would be suitable for the same format.


Offenses, Resistance and Outrage


"Most everyone will reach their cutoff point, the point where they will tend to stop, the point where practice tends to be sufficient for them or where further effort is too frustrating and too offensive. Everybody reaches the point where he or she tends to withdraw from the stream of practice. Most people reach that point even before they begin the practice. Either they are never moved to find anything greater than ordinary ego-fulfillment in the world, or they are just "fans" of spiritual life. They like the books, but they basically resist and even resent the interference represented by a Spiritual Master and a Teaching and the idea of practice.

"The effect of this way of life was a perpetual and growing encounter with my own resistance".

"You must do this sadhana with great intensity, with great and ordinary maturity, and pass through this process that is entirely offensive to all your tendencies. It is absolutely true that this process of sadhana offends all your tendencies, which means it offends you absolutely, in every way, in every dimension in which you have existence or in which you may realize existence. You will feel that offense, you will feel your resistance, you will feel all kinds of tendencies that are anything but the availability to this Satsang and its sadhana. And you will be tested by them because you must pass through them. That is what sadhana is about. There are times when it is extremely difficult, difficult beyond belief, and you must go through those times. Those are the most valuable, the most purifying times".

"People do well to be offended or even outraged by me"

"So when you come across the man of understanding, regardless of the quality that you look for by which to identify him, he will always offend that. "He is an offense to those who are entranced, elsewhere, contained in the mechanics of experience, asleep, living as various forms of identity, separation and dependence." So the seeker is always offended in the company of the man of understanding regardless of what pictures are motivating his search. These things must all fail, they must all come to an end, they must all dissolve in the company of the man of understanding. In Satsang all of these things are undermined, and only those who begin to move in the principle of understanding itself, only those who understand, find him acceptable. So only those who begin to live this quality which precedes all limitations actually find him in the sense that they discover this function and live with it, live in Satsang truly and remain in it. All others are offended, all others will separate at some point".

" 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 year's time, you get petulant, you get crazy.

When I was doing the equivalent of your student sadhana, I felt these inclinations. These tendencies are there to be dealt with, to become matters of your responsibility. It is not just that you are not supposed to be aware of tendencies, but there is a higher process to which you are fundamentally committed, and which you would not abandon under any conditions. Thus you must pass through the difficulties created by your tendencies at times. That is what it is to be a human being. Everything else is just subhuman, the exploitation of the mechanisms only. Human life is responsibility, consciousness. You must bring that kind of manliness, whether you are male or female, to the process of this sadhana".

"Sadhana is tapas. It is a profound ordeal"

The Knot of Self-Contraction





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