I am not sure the date of this short essay or quote. Since Bhagavan Adi Da mentions the first three stages of life, it had to be from very late 1977 on, when He first developed the seven stages of life model.
I did not enter into and endure or pass through the Spiritual process by being an asshole or true believer. Doubt was my Siddhi, the kind of Siddhi I acquired through that intellectual discipline. I do not believe or communicate bullshit, nor do I suggest that you bullshit yourself. Put yourself through the hard school, and really consider it. You must realize that capacity for discrimination, or you really cannot cut it in the Spiritual process. It takes a long time to be really schooled in discrimination. There is more to discrimination than just things of the mind, ideas and so forth. Discrimination is a tool you also bring to non-ideas, to impressions and events that have nothing to do with intellect or mentality or culture or society. You must bring discrimination to events that transcend the conventional or lower body-mind, that transcend the first three stages of life. I was able to use that tool in the higher stages of life. I know how important it is as an instrument for growth into the higher stages. Therefore, you must acquire a similar capability.
March 3, 1979
MASTER: That old religion about Krishna is a nice mood for religion, you know? It’s about fullness, fulfillment of everything, Everything glorified, everything transcended also. It doesn’t have a negative quality, no negative element in it. It’s about everybody getting astonished by what they see. Just getting ecstatic in the presence of the Murti, that’s all. And that’s everything really. Its just the confrontation with existence itself, the existence of anything is the Murti. It requires astonishment, to recognize anything, to recognize Me, you see, is to be astonished. It is to enter into the primal moment of Transmission. What was I talking about? (everyone answers: astonishment) Oh yes, we must have gotten astonished. (laughter)
JIM: Bubba, in the Conscious Exercise and the Transcendental Sun book, you write that “wonder rests the vital being, and cools the brain”.
MASTER: Right. You must remain in a state of wonder, simply astonished. Having recognized the significance of the existence of anything. And become ecstatic, [having] reduced all experience to the summary consideration of the existence of anything. And therefore transcended everything. So you could simply, remain ecstatic in the company of the Murti, if you could get into that state, by mere association in one place, in one moment, forever, you see. You can practice all the dance of that astonishment.
This is a chart that James developed to illustrate the stages of life and how the various traditions fit on this chart of esoteric anatomy. It is a work in progress and all errors should be attributed to James. Bhagavan Adi Da once commented that it was difficult to depict all of this in a two-dimensional chart. Matt Barna did the layout on the chart.