"There is no cheap
super-truth or clever method for
everyman in this entropic time of aggressive
consumerism, universal indiscriminate and waste-bound
consumption of everything, and virtually totalistic
scientific and technological
Adi Da: I started Communicating this Wisdom-Teaching, rather bright-eyed, more than a decade ago already, and I am still struggling with the same lack of response in people that I encountered when I began. I have seen the usual, gleeful, sitting around-at-a-lecture attitude with which people respond to movies and TV. People are used to being sold everything, as if they can just have it at a cost they can comfortably afford, people are adapted to the psychology of the consumer. If something exists to be desired, you can have it just by coming into contact with it, or by going to a store, by picking up a book, and by going someplace for a weekend. Everything is supposed to be instantly consumable. Realization is not a consumable product. Spiritual Teaching cannot be presented as a consumable object.
Because the world has gotten into such a bad state, and because the science of communication has advanced, the secret stream of human evolution and higher Teaching has become more public. As a result, the secret Teaching became part of the domain of business and superficial culture. All people want to be just as they are, and they want to enjoy themselves just as they are. Such is the common motivation to be exactly as you are and to enjoy yourself.
If people had half a wit, The Knee of Listening would have changed your life! It has been in print since 1972, but you simply do not like the implications of The Knee of Listening. It suggests that you must change, you see. It suggests that you cannot enjoy the consoling religious ideas, You must have a fundamental understanding now, and if you live on the basis of that fundamental understanding, you will change your life. Your whole life will be taken up by disciplines, meditation, and God-Realization, but you do not want it.
There is nothing I can do to make you understand. The Bodhisattva vow or any other vow does not really work, not in any ultimate sense. Nothing one individual can do in one lifetime is going to make the ultimate or absolute difference for mankind as a whole because of the nature of this material bondage that is humanity, the real implications of Spiritual Wisdom are not grasped.
Look at the history of the traditions, the Truth is always difficult to communicate because the Truth is about waking up from the presumption you are making on the basis of manifest existence. The basic teaching and the practice of this Way is the understanding of this fundamental error. You cannot merely believe something positive and develop a true religious or Spiritual life. Enlightenment is not simply a matter of believing in conventional religious ideas that motivate you to be better. All such ideas must be understood. You must be found out and understood. You must enjoy this Awakening, this insight. You must hear the Teaching Argument.
Edited and adapted by Beezone from a talk by Adi Da Samraj on October 18, 1981
And what is the the teaching argument? It is this:
"The foundation of my Teaching
Argument is this: You are, as a matter of habit, and in
every part, conformed to the activity and the results of
"My work as heart-teacher and my struggle to generate the teaching argument in every detail is complete. Hereafter, those who are interested will simply "consider" my always heart-revealing word and leelas, and they will practice true devotion to me. Now my work is only that of the true heart-master, standing free, always blessing all to listen to me and to hear me and to see me where I stand. And only those who have heard me can also see me with, and at, and as the heart."
The Dawn Horse Testament
The first step, then, is simply to study this consideration. Consider the teaching argument, do what you will in your personal life, assume responsibility to study. Study, ponder, observe yourself, observe your life. When it becomes your own, then you can begin to add to the discipline. Until it becomes your own. People will live in a variety of ways, some more exaggerated than others perhaps, but if you are involved in a serious consideration, a serious study, your consideration will also be reflected in your manner of living. Of course, it is up to you how you work it out.
May 28, 1987
Almost all human beings persist in an infantile developmental moment that has nothing whatsoever to do with the Ultimate Truth. As a general rule, human beings are still dependent, violent, ego-possessed - still seeking consolations in the realm of changes. Therefore, do not imagine for a moment that right and true practice of the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is an easy matter, that you can simply Listen to My Teaching-Argument and Realize the Truth. The Reality-Way of Adidam is the Work of Reality Itself. The Reality-Way is the obligation (or Law) of Eternal Existence.
Liberation through God-Realization is senior to any effort of the conditional self to be lawful, purified, evolved, fulfilled, ended, or released.
This is the seed-essence of my teaching argument.
Dawn Horse Testament
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