"The Wizard of Oz" As Seen By Adi Da
Very superficial changes are the focus of this story, but the same superficial orientation to personal change tends to be the social norm in our time. That moment in The Wizard of Oz is not altogether satirical. It is also meant to be emotionally fulfilling. We are supposed to feel very positive about the scarecrow’s new image. The message is, “To think positively is sufficient for change. You do not need Grace nor do you need real transformation. Just positive thinking, or believing, about yourself is entirely sufficient.” In reality, of course, such “positive thinking” is not sufficient at all.
(……) I am not The Wizard of Oz. I do not accept your false faces as true practice, as genuine conversion. Thus you must not forget the emotional nature of this practice. Your consideration must always be emotional. Never let it degenerate into “let’s pretend” and mere positive affirmation. There must be a real and direct feeling association among devotees and a constant, feeling practice of love-surrender to God, or surrender of the whole bodily being into the Living Principle, the Life-Current, in every moment. You must literally practice this heartfelt surrender at all times, and you must literally oblige one another to this practice.