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Students will examine the Vedic art of cutting through

the "five sheaths of illusion"

and penetrating the "three separate hearts".

Students will learn specific enquiries associated

with every aspect of development.

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                                                                                                                --Avatara Adi Da, Samraj

below are two more of my favorite essays from Adi Da.

The Secret of How to Change

True change and higher human adaptation are not made on the basis of any self-conscious resistance to old, degenerative, and subhuman habits. Change is not a matter of not doing something. It is a matter of doing something else-something that is inherently right, free, and pleasurable. Therefore, the key is insight and the freedom to feel and participate in ways of functioning that are right and new.

The tendencies and patterns of our earlier adaptations are not wrong. They were appropriate enough in their own moment of creation, and there is no need to feel guilt or despair about them. Likewise, efforts to oppose and change them are basically fruitless. Such efforts are forms of conflict, and they only reinforce the modes of self-possession.

What is not used becomes obsolete, whereas what is opposed is kept before us. Therefore, the creative principle of change is the one of relaxed inspection and awareness of existing tendencies and persistent, full feeling 'orientation to right, new, regenerative functional patterns. If this is done consistently and in ecstatic resort to the Living Divine, free growth is assured.

Have no regrets. Resort to the Divine in Truth and in the present. All that has been done by anyone had its logic in its time. Only God avails. Whatever is your habit in this moment is not wrong. It is simply a beginning. No habit is necessary, but it is only tending to persist, because it has not yet been replaced by further growth. Hear the Teaching of Truth, and understand what is the right, ultimate, and regenerative pattern of each function of Man. Feel free of all negative judgments about what you have done and what you tend to do. Turn with full feeling-attention to the creative affair of new adaptation in most positive Communion with the God who is Life, and who is Alive as all beings.

The Wound of Love

It is not necessary (or even possible) to become immune to the feeling of being rejected. To become thus immune, you would have to become immune to love itself. What is necessary (and also possible) is to enter fully into the spiritual life-sphere of love. Then you must magnify that love-radiance in the world of human relationships.

If you will do this, then you must do the sadhana (or concentrated practice) of love. As a practical matter, you must stop dramatizing the egoic ritual of betrayal in reaction to the feeling of being rejected. You must understand, transcend, and release the tendency to respond (or react) to signs of rejection (or signs that you are not loved) as if you are insulted, rather than wounded. That is to say, you must stop punishing and rejecting others when you feel rejected. If you punish another when you feel this, you will act as if you are immune to love’s wound. Thus, you will pretend to be angrily insulted, rather than suffer to be wounded. In the process, you will withdraw and withhold love. You will stand off, independent and dissociated. You will only reinforce the feeling of being rejected, and you will compound it by actually rejecting the other. In this manner, you will become un-love. You will fail to love. You will fail to live in the sphere of love. Your own acts of un-love will degrade you, delude you, and separate you from your love-partner (or your partners in love) and from love itself. Therefore, those who fail to practice the sadhana of love in their intimate emotional-sexual relationships, and in human relationships generally, will, by that failure, turn away (or contract) from god (or the great condition that is reality itself).

Love does not fail for you when you are rejected or betrayed or apparently not loved. Love fails for you when you reject, betray, and do not love. Therefore, if you listen to me, and also if you hear me, and also if you see me, do not stand off from relationship. Be vulnerable. Be wounded when necessary, and endure that wound or hurt. Do not punish the other in love. Communicate to one another, even discipline one another, but do not dissociate from one another or fail to grant one another the knowledge of love. Realize that each one wants to love and to be loved by the other in love. Therefore, love. Do this rather than make any effort to get rid of the feeling of being rejected. To feel rejected is to feel the hurt of not being loved. Allow that hurt, but do not let it become the feeling of lovelessness. Be vulnerable and thus not insulted. If you are merely hurt, you will still know the necessity (or the hearts requirement) of love, and you will still know the necessity (or the hearts requirement) to love.

The habit of reacting to apparent rejection (by others) as if it were an insult always coincides with (and only reveals) the habit of rejecting (or not loving) others. Any one whose habitual tendency is to reject and not love others in the face of their apparent acts of rejection and un-love will tend to reject and not love others even when they are only loving. Narcissus, the personification of the ego, the self-contraction, or the complex avoidance of relationship, is famous for his rejection of the lady, echo, who only loved him. Therefore, if you listen to me, and also if you hear me, and also if you see me, be vulnerable in love. If you remain vulnerable in love, you will still feel loves wound, but you will remain in love. In this manner, you will always remain in the human (and then divine) sphere of love. 

Therefore, the most direct way to know love in every moment is to be love in every moment.

Recommended Readings from the Traditions:

Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self Knowledge-- Osborne

Ramakrishna and His Disciples-- Underwood

The Long Pilgrimage

Autobiography of a Yogi-- Paramahansa Yogananda


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I also really appreciate and love how you use real life examples to illustrate your points.” ---JB

The Spiritual Practice of Critical Enquiry