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can we do about the fact of our own mortality? What does happen
after we die? In what
does how we live
impact what happens to us after we die? What
is the best way to live in order to serve tangible spiritual growth, as
well as our destiny after death?
Part 1: You CAN'T
take it with you
your life have a purpose?
If so, is it one that isn't going to get instantly ripped off when you die? Many
of us spend our lives denying death, allowing ourselves to be completely consumed
and distracted by our responsibilities, our indulgences, and our search for things
we cannot take with us after death in any overt form (knowledge, accomplishment,
fame, or friendship). But death is still coming. We get little support from culture,
society, biology, or even conventional religion for becoming adequately prepared;
indeed, we are actively discouraged from even considering the matter. In Western
society, the “dying business” at best tends to help us come to the point of acceptance
of death (which already should be true for us right now). And the “death
business” tends to assist the living go on living rather than assist the dead
in their transition, as more informed cultures do.
ultimate key to freedom and happiness in life, in death, and beyond death, is
not a matter of manipulating mind, body, or spirit; such techniques have limited
potential by themselves. Instead, the ultimate key is based on linking up with
the Divine Reality which is always present, and which transcends life and death,
and, through that connection, allowing the Divine Reality Itself to set us free.
Happiness is not about changing ourselves or our situation. It is about Awakening
altogether from the dream of being a separate, limited self — who is living, who
is dying, who is suffering, who is stuck on the wheel of re-birth. We can make
all kinds of improvements while we are asleep, to our dream character or our dream
circumstance, but none of those changes in the dream represents the same radical
freedom as does Waking Up from the dream. The great revelation of Enlightenment
is that, in Reality, there are no separate selves; there is only One Being, the
Divine Being. Divine Enlightment is to Wake Up out of the dream of mortality as
the One Divine Being, in Whose Consciouness the realms of life and death are being
makes your entire life bullshit. Don’t you see? That’s the problem.
The body is going to die, every relation of the body is going to die. You can’t
even depend on it continuing for another moment while you’re . . . associating
with it. That’s the situation you’re in, but you use fabrications of mind and
so forth, individually and collectively, that distract you from the fact of it,
so that you won’t feel it profoundly. And so you build up this whole lifetime
of endeavors, of attachments, of things you own, things you do, things you’re
known for, things you know, things you know about — on and on and on. And it all
passes. But in the meantime. . . you bullshit one another, effectively.
Great Matter doesn’t confront you merely in death. It’s just that in death you
are disarmed and you have no choice. While you are alive, you delude yourself!
You fabricate a reality that’s not altogether true, in order to give yourself
a sense of permanence, continuation, certainty — as if life is about being enthusiastic,
about fulfillment of the next desire. In fact, you could easily drop dead in any
moment. All kinds of people drop dead every day. And a lot of them haven’t lived
a very long life beforehand. All kinds of terrible things are being done by human
beings to one another and otherwise by the situation itself.
you can participate in the round of desires and consolations as much as you are
able for a lifetime, however long that lasts, and then be necessarily confronted
by profundity at the point of death. Or you can go beyond even right now and exist
in that profundity right now. . .
religious life is a great profundity. But the religious life that people propose
for themselves and propose to one another, generally speaking, is the life of
consolation, of distraction, of arbitrary beliefs that suggest some kind of continuation
(or even permanence) of the present pattern.
not merely the state of the world at the present time — which, of course, is dreadful
— but it’s not merely that which confronts you and suggests that perhaps you should
become serious. Even if it were not as chaotic as this, the great profundity still
confronts you and you could embrace it — or you could continue to ignore it. .
. . The same profundity that exists in death is right now. The vortex of fire
exists right now. And the fundamental Light exists right now.
CAN'T Take It With You
2: You WILL take it with you
will occur after we die? This question can be answered, on the basis
of a large body of reports across the centuries — on near-death experiences, experiences
with the dying, after-life experiences, reincarnation experiences, paranormal
phenomena, the experiences of sleeping and dreaming, and the direct awareness
and report of Spiritual Masters — as well as by studying the laws of the psyche
as we observe it in life, to predict its destiny after death. The report is not
all roses, though. In fact, its conclusion is that there is life after death,
and re-birth, but it is also likely that we are going to suffer greatly during
the period between lives, unless we develop, during our lifetime, a powerful Spiritual
practice that truly links up with God.
near-death experiences tend to be positive because they are only near-death
experiences, and thus generally include only the earliest events in the after-death
sequence (for instance, the Vision of the Divine Light). But they don’t tend to
report what occurs after that in the actual death process, because the experiencers
return to life instead at that point.
are endless lifetimes, an endless wheel of births and deaths, until we Wake Up.
Between lives there is an extended process of purification that we go through
before reincarnate. We don’t simply go straight to some fixed place called “heaven”,
“hell”, or “purgatory”. We go through a series of dreamlike events, some positive
(even the Vision of the Divine Light) and some negative (even very hellish experiences).
What determines these events is how we have lived our lives.
conventionally “good” will not get us into “heaven”. (Which is not to say that
you can be conventionally “bad” and get into "heaven", either!) The
full expression of the great Spiritual law (summarized by Jesus and other great
Spiritual Masters) is to love God, then love all others. If we do (or rather,
try to do) the second without doing the first (which requires first finding
God for real; otherwise to speak of “loving God” is meaningless), we are
not fulfilling that fundamental law. Finding and communing with God, who is Love,
allows us to be Love, in turn, and fulfill the second part of the law.
we do not learn how to find and commune with God while alive, then we will not
be able to stay in communion with God, when the Vision of God appears (fairly
early on in the after-death sequence). We will then go through a series of dreams
determined by what was our “unconscious” in life, but which is now our environment
(as when we are in a dream); the physical body has dropped off, and we are now
in a realm of pure mind.
is commonly said that human beings do not know about death, since nobody has come
back to tell about it. Of course, this is false. Many people have died and been
revived, and their reports are very revealing. Likewise, many reliable individuals
devoted to one or another form of Spiritual practice have enjoyed and subsequently
communicated about the subtle and Transcendental aspects of human existence, all
of which relate to the process of death and one's destiny beyond it.
people truly mean when they say they do not know about death is that they do not
know exactly what will follow it in their own case. But the generalized attitude
of no-knowledge about death only provides an emotional excuse for avoiding confrontation
with the reality of death and the necessity to study it and prepare for co-operation
with its process.
death process, like all the common events of human experience, is clearly available
for you to witness in others and to study as a common as well as a personal physical
or psycho-physical event. You can and must prepare for that event, even as you
normally prepare for other great events, such as childbirth, or an operation,
or a test of knowledge and skills relating to a profes-sion. Just so, like every
individual, you have many experiences during your lifetime that clearly duplicate
at least some of the psycho-physical aspects of the death process. These include
the regular act of going to sleep, the experiences endured during periods of illness,
and the progressive revelation enjoyed via a lifetime of meditation. Also, many
people are given remarkable experiences that reveal and demonstrate to them the
actualities of the death process. I Myself have had such experiences, including
complete duplication of the death process, leading to emergence from the physical
body, the mind-self, and this world, as well as to rebirth, or eventual resumption
of psycho-physical existence.
you should not presume that you do not and cannot know about the death process.
You can and must know about that process, and you must prepare for it through
psycho-physical self-study. Even if you do not come to know in advance exactly
what will follow your own death, you can know about and do preparatory exercises
in the death process itself, since it involves the familiar processes of your
present body-mind. And you can, while still alive in this world, enter into the
profound practices of esoteric Spirituality, wherein you can Realize your Real
Condition and Ultimate Destiny as well as the actual structures of your experiential
WILL Take It With You
3: You CAN take it with you
can we take with us after we die? True wisdom takes into account both the fact
of our mortality and what we are likely to carry with us after death, and uses
the course of a lifetime proactively, for the purpose of understanding our limits,
linking up now with That which is greater than life and death, and developing
the Spiritual capabilities necessary to pass through death and the after-death
connection to (and distraction by) the Divine Presence must become stronger than
our tendency to be distracted by all manner of mind-forms which will otherwise
(apparently) draw us out of the Presence of God after death.
transcendence of fear (and our self-understanding altogether) must be great enough
that the mind-forms which otherwise can form the stuff of “hells” after death
do not cause us to contract, and separate from Divine Communion.
— as is also acknowledged in such traditions as Tibetan Buddhism (and such texts
as The Tibetan Book of the Dead) — we must be in a position where we can directly
recognize all that arises after death as our own mind-forms (as in a dream). This
cannot be accomplished merely intellectually; it is a profound Spiritual Realization.
is required to wake up? What can you do within the dream to wake up? Nothing.
There is only the waking itself. All actions within the dream are forms of the
dream itself. Waking is another process, and it occurs by other means, by already
conscious means. The Guru is not a symbol, a condition of the dream itself. Such
a one cannot wake you up. The Guru is the Light of Consciousness, the very Self,
already awake, functioning alive. The Guru appears in human form within the dream
of life, not to console you, but to awaken you through the crisis of real consciousness.
The true Guru is a frustration to the unconscious condition of the dream.
state is simply a "radically" different condition from the dream. That is why
you feel free of the dream upon waking. The Guru appears in the midst of the dreams
of ordinary waking life like sunlight in the morning. When you are still dreaming,
still asleep, the sun comes up. It gets brighter and brighter, and the light comes
into the room. At last, the light, the day itself, becomes sufficient to wake
you, and then, all of a sudden, you are not dreaming, and everything is all right.
The Guru is simply that sunlight process, that intensification, rising on you
always, without any other special activity. The Guru's relationship to you, your
condition of relationship to the Guru, just that relationship, is sufficient to
wake you up. It is the kiss of the Prince and Sleeping Beauty. Such is understanding.
Divine Siddha-Method Of The Ruchira Avatar
CAN Take It With You
Part 4: The Way of Divine
Realization is the Way beyond mortalityCommunion
with the Divine Person — the One Being Who is Awake — is the only way beyond mortality
and the otherwise endless cycle of births, deaths, and limitations on happiness.
We will only be able to commune with the Divine Person after death, if we have
spent our lifetime doing the same. The Way of Adidam is all about this extraordinary
possibility. Adidam is not merely a matter of practicing techniques by oneself.
The Way of Adidam is possible only because the humanly present Spiritual
Master, Avatar Adi Da Samraj, is Transmitting the Divine Reality unceasingly to
all beings. The fact that He is here in human form is what allows Adi Da
Samraj's Transmission to be be directly and tangibly received by human beings.
The practice of Adidam allows otherwise ordinary human beings to enter into a
Spiritual relationship with Adi Da Samraj. Such a relationship, fully lived,
allows us to take advantage of that Divine Transmission, to the degree of real
transformation and Spiritual Realization, by
becoming absorbed in (and ultimately Identified with) the Divine Reality and Person.
is terrible, and human beings are deluded by the immediate pleasures that they
can receive. For these reasons, they ignore the reality of mortality — and they
must not do that. The practice, while alive and at death and beyond, is surrender
to the Divine — really so — and to know the Divine. Not “know” It in the thinking
sense. The knowledge of which I am speaking is a gnosis beyond self-contraction.
is terrible and unbearable that people should fear death. Death is a lie, but
you must Realize that that is so. And that lie must not be tolerated. Any devotee
who has a devotional response to Me must enjoy being opened to the Divine Reality
and experience it without doubt.
must receive My Gift and so be equipped for life and death. All is a process in
this same “Bright” Energy, and you must get connected with Where you come from
or you get lost in this hell of egoic life here.
the moment of death arrives, you must not be afraid to be turned up to God. You
must not be holding on in your death. You must surrender to the Divine Light.
That is your business here. Let it be so.
June 20 and 28,
(excerpts from instructions to a dying devotee)
Adi Da Samraj, Easy Death
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