Distraction is the nature of the Guru-devotee relationship
The liberating relationship between the devotee and the Spiritual
Master is by nature, a devotional
relationship. Love Itself, Happiness Itself, God Himself,
is appearing through the form of the Spiritual Master, and
the devotee very naturally and spontaneously falls in love
with That One not the human being in himself, but the One
Who is being Revealed transparently through that egoless human
form. The character in the dream is more and more distracted
from the dream by the supreme Attractiveness of the Awakened
State in the form of the Master; Waking from the dream thus
occurs not by any kind of self-effort per se, but by this
responsive and ego-transcending Divine Distraction. Communion
with (and absorption in) God, and ultimately Identification
with (and Awakening as) God is the outgrowth of this love
relationship with our own True Self appearing in the dream.
way we effortlessly respond to an attractive man or woman,
or a gorgeous day but profoundly more so Adi Da Samraj's
Transmission attracts the devotee: it is Blissful; it is Happiness;
it is Delight; it is Contentment beyond all sense of problem.
Adi Da's devotee wants to be around Him all the time, to be
intoxicated by His Transmission; in short, the true devotee
of Adi da samraj very naturally falls in love with Him. And
because Adi Da Samraj is a complete Incarnation of the Divine,
the Transmission is not just a communication of Spiritual
energy but of Reality itself. In other words, it is
and over time, the true nature of everything is revealed more
and more: Who Adi Da Samraj really is, and What the entire
world and self is ultimately. Through persistent devotional
practice, the devotee ultimately realizes exactly what Adi
Da Samraj has realized: that there is
that separate "beings" and "things" are
not ultimately real in themselves, and that separation altogether
is not ultimately real. The Ultimate State is one of most
perfect non-separation. This realization
with perfect, lasting, and infinite Happiness. Hence God-realization
is the only completely effective address to human mortality
and human suffering.
is supremely Attractive in the manifest universe and in the
human world is the God-Man. All beings, male or female, must
become Attracted, Distracted by that One. This is the Ultimate
Means, the Supreme Means, the Supreme Yoga. It is for this
reason, you see, that the Divine Appears in manifest Form
in the likeness of those who are to be drawn out of bondage
but only in their likeness.
It is the Divine that
Appears in that likeness, and it is the Divine
that is made visible through that likeness. Those who become
capable of acknowledging That One become capable of responding
to that Attraction. Those who become capable of being Distracted
by That One become participants in this Supreme Way of the
Heart, which truly is the Way of Grace, because it requires
no [self-]effort at all. It requires nothing but Grace and
the response to it. That response is not effortful. It is
easy. It is easy to respond to what is Attractive, except
for those who refuse to do it. Those who refuse are bound
to the will, are willfully binding themselves in one form
or another, may even be willfully trying to understand, willfully
trying to buy their way out of hell and purgatory and take
heaven by storm. Such beings are not responding to the unique
Advantage that the God-Man represents.
people are given all kinds of means that may serve their liberation
from their own willfullness, that may release energy and attention
and ultimately enable them to respond to the God-Man and to
the Divine Condition. But for those who can make this response
directly, the Way of Adidam is simply as I have described
to you from the beginning Satsang with Me, the devotees
relationship to Me, the Spiritual Master. The relationship
takes the form of a life of practice, of disciplines, including
Remembering Me and meditative practices. All that is true
and useful, all that is part of Spiritual life, but the essence
of such a life, the essence of these disciplines, is this
who are Distracted by Me are not merely distracted by this
physical Form. This Form is simply an Agent for their attention.
What they are Distracted by is the Divine Presence, the Divine
Condition, and they enter into Communion with That, into Union
with That, into Unity with That, through the real Process
of Spiritual life. Wordly people want nothing to do with that
Process, and likewise worldly religionists, scholars, pundits,
and egoically self-possessed guru-figures want nothing to
do with it.
the supreme Secret of Spiritual life is this Distraction by
the God-Man. But even though it has been made available in
many times and places, it has unfortunately not been accepted
and truly fulfilled by many . . .
trying to break through the egos dilemmas yourself, by trying
to realize or discover the Truth yorself, you will find that
you cannot do any such thing, not finally. And that discovery,
you see, is what breaks the heart, or makes it possible for
you to be Distracted by What is beyond your egoic self and
to make use of your relationship to Me rightly, truly, such
that your relationship with Me becomes Ecstatic. Simply to
give Me your regard should be the moment of Ecstasy. It should
naturally draw you into the emotional response, the feeling
response, the mood of love, devotion, freedom from mental
bondage, physical bondage, relational bondage. If you become
Ecstatic by such Means, then you will also be Intoxicated
by My Company. Thus Ecstatic, thus Intoxicated, you are naturally
capable of incarnating this Love, this Divinity, through all
the forms of practice, including your love-relations and friendships.
. . .
Purpose of My Living is Divine. In other words, I have not
come here simply to suffer your resistance and absorb your
limitations, but to Distract you out of this condition, out
of this place, into the Divine Domain. My Purpose is to awaken
you to a disposition of Divine Distraction, in which you are
Ecstatic, free of your limits, inherently sinless, karma-less,
so that without effort you can move with Me out of this limitation,
this place of purification and suffering.
Adi Da Samraj
ancient legends of Krishna and his gopis are an allegory of
Divine Distraction. As Krishna wandered about in the fields,
the women who tended the cattle [the "gopis"]
would see Him from day to day, and in spite of themselves
they would wander away and leave their posts. They completely
forgot about the cattle. They forgot to go home and cook for
their husbands. They wandered about where they thought they
might find Krishna, and when they found Him they gazed at
Him as He sat in the distance somewhere. This legend is a
play upon the romance between Krishna, or the Divine manifest
in human form the Spiritual Master in God and these ordinary
women, who became madly involved in an absolute attachment
to Krishna, and who, as a result of this attachment, became
more and more ecstatically absorbed in the God-State.
foundation of the practice in My Company is exactly that attachment.
If it does not develop relative to the Spiritual Master in
God not cultic attachment, but Divine attachment if that
attachment is not there that overwhelms the life completely,
distracts you from the conventional destiny to which you are
disposed through the medium of your desires, inclinations,
and circumstances, then this practice of real or Spiritual
life cannot exist.
cattle that the women abandoned represent the force of the
tendencies of life. The husbands they left are the fundamental
attachment to separated existence, to existence in form, to
bodily existence, individuated existence, egoic life on its
own, motivated toward survival and distinct from the Divine
in Consciousness. Thus, in the allegory of the relationship
between Krishna and His gopis, we see a fundamental description
of the principle of the sadhana [spiritual practice] of the
Way of Adidam. Sadhana is not about bearing down and being
motivated by problems in your life, by some sort of philosophical
detachment or some inclination to have Yogic and mystical
experiences. Nor is it about doing what you have to, in order
to produce the changes that you desire. This sadhana is about
distraction from the life of tendencies. It is a distraction
from that life. It is not a motivated kind of detachment from
your life of tendencies or an effort relative to them or the
taking on of conditions to stop tendencies from arising or
lifetimes from occurring. It is not a method of the ego. It
is not characterized by any kind of effort relative to tendencies
for such a path is completely hopeless.
are innumerable conventional paths that involve self-conscious
efforts or hopes to produce changes, high and low [i.e.,
on subtle levels and on this material level].These efforts
and hopes are themselves forms of tendency that may be realized
and suffered in human and other terms. They are not Liberating
in the fundamental sense. They are not God-Realizing. They
are themselves expressions of the movement toward fulfillment.
The Way of sadhana, the Way of Truth, is the Way of complete
distraction from the tendencies that produced your birth and
that now produce the drama of your existence from day to day.
Only when there is complete distraction by the Guru, by the
Divine, from the way of life that is producing your experiential
destiny, do your tendencies become obsolete. They do not become
obsolete when you direct effort against them. It is only when
that distraction appears in the midst of the affair of your
life that another principle, another process, is established.
gopis simply left the cattle. They did not say, "I'm
not going to tend cattle anymore! I'm not going to submit
to my desires, my tendencies, my job!" They did not make
any such decisions. They simply forgot
about the cattle. They were so distracted, so in love with
Krishna, so ecstatic, that they just forgot to go home. It
never even occurred to them to go home. They never worried
about "Should I go home or should I stay here? Should
I watch the cattle or should I go look for Krishna? Should
I discipline myself?" They did not create a problem
out of their sadhana or out of their relationship to God.
who approaches Me is obliged to involve himself or herself
in just this kind of ecstatic Spiritual relationship. When
that devotional relationship to Me becomes the condition of
your conscious existence, fully, through all of the conditions
of life, then the force of limiting tendencies us weakened
not by doing anything to it, but by virtue of the fact that
you are no longer even involved with it. If your relationship
to Me is essentially ordinary, mechanical, mediocre, not Divine,
not a form of Contemplation of Me, then you are not doing
sadhana. You are intending to do some other kind of conventional
sadhana perhaps, but you are not doing this
sadhana. You are not involved in the sadhana of Truth,
you are not involved in Divine sadhana, you are not involved
in that opportunity that is made available in human time through
the Function of the Guru.
Guru is not simply present to rap out a philosophy or distribute
techniques that you may apply depending on your intelligence.
The Guru is present to enjoy a Divine relationship with all
those willing to assume such a relationship, with all those
who have the capability for distraction by the Guru in an
absolute love-relationship that is more and more distracting.
But if that distraction is not present, if that love-desire
distraction is not present in an individual's life, then the
form of this sadhana is not initiated. It cannot begin.
is no point in even discussing the technical and abstract
aspects of the development of this sadhana until the individual
has begun to enjoy an ecstatic relationship with Me, a Spiritual
relationship not one that is in the air but one that includes
the whole of life, that draws the emotion, that awakens the
love, that awakens the heart. That distracting relationship
that is the principle of this sadhana must be established.
On its basis the individual may begin to assume life-conditions,
turn them into service to Me, and realize that service in
more personal and complex ways over time.
foundation of this sadhana is the distraction that is described
between Krishna and His gopis. You must flee to Me from all
your life, from all your tendencies not from your obligations,
that is not what this allegory is all about but from your
tendencies, from the foundation of distraction by yourself,
by your own thoughts, your own conditions, your own belongings,
your own beliefs, your own reading, your own mystical intentions,
your own philosophical presuppositions. You must flee to Me
from all that. It must be completely uninteresting to you.
It is certainly not interesting to Me!
cannot argue a woman into loving you. And you cannot argue
individuals into the Divine Satsang [Relationship]
of distraction. Satsang can be offered and a circumstance
provided in which people can approach and become sensitive
to that communicated Presence, that Siddhi. But apart from
making it available openly and providing a way of approach
to Me, there is no argument whatsoever. I am completely without
argument. There is nothing I can do to convince you of the
Truth of this Way, nothing I could do outwardly or verbally
that could in itself fundamentally convince you of the relationship
you must enjoy with Me in order to fulfill this sadhana. It
is like falling in love with someone, in conventional terms,
in life. It is not something you argued yourself into doing.
It was initially a form of distraction, of absorption, without
any reasons, and, perhaps, if you examined it to find a reason
for it, it would seem unreasonable to you, not justified.
You know, your lover does not look the way you wanted him
or her to look. And in many ways I do not look and act and
talk like the conventional, cultic guru is supposed to!
there is that distraction, the theater of your evolution is
in the hands of the Divine. The gopis did not have an elaborate
life. They were distracted by Krishna. Krishna played all
the games and created all the circumstances for their play
with Him. They were only attached to Him. Their lives had
all kinds of theater and drama after that, but Krishna created
it all. They did not create anything. They did not think about
anything. They did not create an elaborate system of philosophy
and belief and self-meditation and self-manipulation. They
did not care about making life work out right. They did not
even know What He was!
were just distracted. They were in love. And their love for
Krishna became the principle of their lives. Krishna played
upon their distraction and taught them. By Grace, they learned.
But all they learned was to be more and more absorbed in God,
totally beyond their attachment simply to the [human form]
of Krishna. Their minds became overwhelmed by this distraction,
and all their petty tendencies to return to their solid and
secure positions, in life or in themselves, were always undermined.
There is no insurance. There is no guarantee. There is nowhere
to go. There is no end phenomenon in the love of God. That
love is in itself the Truth.
same approach is necessary for all, and it is represented
in the allegory of Krishna and His gopis. Without that distraction
by the Guru in God, there is no sadhana in any form in anybody's
case. Once that distraction exists and the movement of the
individual begins to become governed by the intuition of the
Divine, the enjoyment of the Divine, then all the disciplines,
the theater, the lessons, the responsibilities, the Teaching,
and all the rest begin to appear, according to the individual's
capability and state of existence.
Adi Da Samraj
in James Steinberg, Divine
functions of spiritual life take place in the form of a relationship!
It is the relationship between the devoted disciple and the
Siddha-Guru. It doesn't take place at the level of some philosophy
or some technique that you apply to yourself. It is a relationship
and it appears only where it is alive, where it is actually
functioning in life. Therefore, many of the same functions
that exist between lovers exist between Guru and disciple.
I never thought of you, I would have very little opportunity
to live this relationship to you and to intensify it. This
relationship could never take place if the only time I ever
contacted you was when I happened to be in the same room with
you. I must think of you.
I have thought of you many times since I saw you last. Just
so, I expect you to think of Me.
these reasons, the disciple always thinks of the Guru. It
is a necessary aspect of their relationship. This thinking
of the Guru, or even sitting in Satsang by means of the contemplation
of the Guru's picture, all such things are very natural, homely,
human, and real things to do. . .
you sit down for meditation without being aware of your Guru,
then you are meditating out of Satsang.
There is no genuine meditation, no useful meditation, except
in the Condition of Satsang,
the conscious awareness of one's Guru and the Condition of
relationship to one's Guru. There is a characteristic presence
that one senses. The Presence of the Guru is not felt or assumed
visually. This Presence transcends the Guru's picture, or
even the Guru's physical form.
the motive of My true devotees is not the disciplines, nor
mystical experience, nor philosophy. My true devotees practice
the Way of Adidam because they love Me. They have no personal
(or inherent) capability to utterly turn away from the world,
or to utterly transcend themselves. Therefore, I have Come
to Live with them (now, and forever hereafter). When My devotees
Find Me, the same weakness that led them to distraction by
all the merely binding and passing possibilities of this mummery-world,
and to attachment to the possible experiences of its indifferent
maze of mere patterns patterning, becomes the very capability
that makes possible their Liberation into My Eternal "Bright"
Domain of Love-Bliss. Thus, because I am the Ultimate and
Most Absorbing "Object" of their inherent weakness,
I Distract My devotees to Me, away from all the mummery of
possible experiences and endings. They become Attached to
Me by the power of their own tendency to distraction. Therefore,
even their own (and, otherwise, binding) power of desire leads
them to the Ecstasy of egoless heart-Communion with Me, because
they love Me.
Adi Da Samraj, "What Will You Do If You Love Me?"
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