I find peoples’ sorrows and losses to be heartbreaking and terrible and an immense burden. And I am inevitably sympathetic and Bless people in their trouble. However, you must understand that that is the nature of this place. This is not utopia. It is not paradise. It is a place of death, of endings, of suffering, brief amusements. It is not enough. And merely to react to your difficulties for overlong and try to make an entire life out of it is fruitless.
You do have to move on beyond that reaction to any moment’s suffering and loss–because your turn is coming. One day it will be your death. All will pass. Everything will pass. Everything will be lost. Everything will change. Every conceivable separation will occur. You must know the place you’re in, and live in accordance with that knowledge instead of being sympathetic with some false view of the world or of self, trying to idealize some aspect of potential experience, indulging in what amount to addictions or repetitions of experiencings in order to avoid the knowledge of what is inherent in life, as well as all the hell that is coming on earth and is here in this terrible, dark, ignorant time, this evil murderous time.
Whatever else about it is creative, virtuous, or interesting, you must take seriously the reality of conditional existence and understand you will not be fulfilled. You will not be fulfilled. It is not possible. If you accept the nature of this human appearance, the situation of it, this will give you much free energy and attention for practice for real.
As long as you maintain a deluded and addicted disposition that is pretending to be fulfilled or seeking to be fulfilled, if you understand the nature of the impossibility of that in this frame of causes and effects, this gives you clarity and strength and freedom of energy and attention for the ego-transcending Reality-Realizing course. And, in other words, Renunciation comes about through an intelligent evaluation of the actual nature of life.
October 6, 2005 in Land Bridge Pavilion Avatar Adi Da Samraj
My friends, let’s grow up.
Let’s stop pretending we don’t know the deal here.
Or if we truly haven’t noticed, let’s wake up and notice.
Look: Everything that can be lost, will be lost.
It’s simple — how could we have missed it for so long?
Let’s grieve our losses fully, like ripe human beings,
But please, let’s not be so shocked by them.
Let’s not act so betrayed,
As though life had broken her secret promise to us.
Impermanence is life’s only promise to us,
And she keeps it with ruthless impeccability.
To a child she seems cruel, but she is only wild,
And her compassion exquisitely precise:
Brilliantly penetrating, luminous with truth,
She strips away the unreal to show us the real.
This is the true ride — let’s give ourselves to it!
Let’s stop making deals for a safe passage:
There isn’t one anyway, and the cost is too high.
We are not children anymore.
The true human adult gives everything for what cannot be lost.
Let’s dance the wild dance of no hope!
In response to a devotee who had just gone over the waterfalls at Da Love-Ananda Mahal, Adi Da commented:
“In the moments of ordinary life, you feel relatively good and you can try to surrender, but when you are going over the falls and death is imminent, you do not try to surrender. Surrender is the only natural course. The moment of true surrender is motiveless. You are no longer struggling with alternatives. . . The secret of Wisdom is to realize that you never have any alternative, that you are always in the moment of death. That Wisdom is the natural state, the clear state. It is true Samadhi. It is not only the disposition in which you should enter when you are threatened absolutely, when it is obvious to you that you are going to die, but the disposition in which you should always live. . .” (from the talk “Surrender” in The Fire Gospel