Water and Narcissus - Franklin Jones (Adi Da Samraj), 1969


I am prone to a feeling of tightness, particularly in the heart and stomach, but also in other areas. It is anxiety or doubt of being or in being. Life and death, both principles are necessary and operative in me and all other particularities. Thus I can work to create “good” conditions is a failure with regard to reality itself. It is a desire to escape the death side and thus to flee from the dual nature of existence. In me it manifests as a will to paradise, to ecstasy in imagination, to distraction and fascination. It is the way without faith or peace.

This fear, anxiety and doubt seems necessary, for in fact all future conditions are indefinite. However, these perceptions are not created by the fact of indefiniteness but a desire to escape it. They want to create a kingdom of certainty, of absolute pleasure. Thus I pursue all forms of knowledge and fascinating experience. I am in endless thought, erotic imagination, etc. This is a failure to accept the death side as necessary and identical to the life process. It is a refusal to die any death. But when this flight is truly seen, then one can be free of fear, anxiety and doubt with regard to one’s very being. Energy can be directed into the life enterprise itself because one sees that its dual aspect is necessary and that life, peace and freedom are to be realized only by a concentration within the awesome duality. Then formerly we found only death by fleeing death and embracing a phantom life, but now we will know life in growing degrees by embracing the certain principles of reality.

Franklin Jones (Adi Da Samraj) 1969 - Water and Narcissus


Adi Da wrote the Water and Narcissus 1967-1969 and completed it in New York. At that time he had come back from India and was on his way to Los Angeles. This is prior to his realization at the Vedanta temple in 1970.

This selection covers basic areas of Adi Da teaching -
vital shock, fear of death, dual aspect of life, doubt and the desire to create good world conditions.

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  Adi Da, Ramana Maharshi, Nityananda, Shridi Sai Baba, Upasani Baba,  Seshadri Swamigal , Meher Baba, Sivananda, Ramsuratkumar
"The perfect among the sages is identical with Me. There is absolutely no difference between us"
Tripura Rahasya, Chap XX, 128-133



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