All ego-Based “Bonding” Is Bondage
 by 
Avatar Adi Da Samraj

The phenomenon of “bonding” (or even of relatedness of any kind, whether positive or negative, “successful” or “unsuccessful”) is the principal factor in human life (or in even any form of life). And the transcending of every kind of “bonding” (and, ultimately, even of the feeling of relatedness itself) is the principal process in which human life (or even any form of life) should be concentrated.
The human life-form is, by natural tendency, characterized, first of all, by the “bonding” of Consciousness Itself (Which Is the always already Most Prior, or Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and, Ultimately, Divine Self-Condition of Being, Itself) to the body-mind. This “bonding” (or primary self-contraction) produces the primary feelings of separateness and relatedness, which feelings are the principal characteristics of the ego-“I” (or conditional self-sense).
Once the primary “bonding” (to the psycho-physical ego-“I”) occurs, a complex assortment of other (necessarily secondary, or subsequent) forms of “bonding” tends to follow, either as an immediate consequence of identification with the body-mind, such as “bonding” to the elemental sphere of conditional existence itself, or as a general consequence of natural human existence, such as parent-child “bonding”, “bonding” to family (both immediate and extended), “bonding” to chosen (or, otherwise, unavoidable) friends, pair “bonding”, “bonding” to the most local social group (such as tribe, class, club, institution, work unit, or community), “bonding” to the larger social group (or any form of the “State”), “bonding” to the planet, “bonding” to the universe, and “bonding” to Cosmic Nature altogether.

All human beings (and even all conditionally manifested beings) participate in this ever-enlarging circle of “bonding” (extending from the ego-“I”, through progressively inclusive levels, to the Cosmic whole). All human beings “succeed” at positive “bonding” only partially (or not in the context of every possibility), and never permanently (because the ego-“I” is primarily focused on itself, and all natural phenomena, including all apparent, or conditionally manifested, relationships, change and, sooner or later, pass away, and every human life-form, even the least ego-bound, and even if truly egoless, suffers constant limitations, and eventual death). Therefore, in summary, all human beings (and even all conditionally manifested beings) only suffer the circle and process of “bonding”.

The inevitable discovery that “bonding” hurts (and, at last, is merely a suffered process, seemingly imposed on one and all by the “natural order”) is the root-event that transforms mere existence (or mere survival effort) as a human life-form (or any other kind of life-form) into a yearning and a search for greater, and, at last, Ultimate, fulfillment. Such is the “creative” urge in the living entity, and its greatest, or most profound, form is the philosophical and religious quest, or the search for Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation.

There is no authentic philosophical or religious quest (or search) until there is the discovery that human (or otherwise conditional) existence hurts (and that it is merely a suffered circle of stages of “bonding”). And there is no great (or, at last, Ultimate) philosophical or religious Realization until there is the discovery that human (or otherwise conditional) existence is, in itself, a fruitless effort entirely characterized by bondage.
Therefore, concepts of Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation do not authentically and truly enter into the sphere of individual (and otherwise collective) human life until suffering produces a doubt of the efforts merely to survive (or, in the ordinary and egoic sense, to be fulfilled). And the concepts and searches associated with Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation are not themselves naturally associated with (or a natural part of) the circle of “bonding”. Rather, the concepts and searches associated with Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation are generated in the context of doubt relative to all the kinds (and the entire circle) of “bonding”. Therefore, the concepts and searches (whether philosophical or religious) associated with Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation are inherently identified with the motive to transcend all “bonding”. And, because the ego-“I” (or identification with the self-contracted body-mind) is, at last, universally (in the case of all human individuals and all human groups) discovered to be the root-cause or origin of all the efforts and searches of “bonding”, the concepts and searches associated with Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation are, fundamentally, always associated with criticisms of egoity, and with suggested means for purifying, transforming, and, at last, transcending the ego-“I”.

All possible philosophical and religious means for Realizing Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation are about disciplining and surrendering the ego-“I”, and, thereby, progressively purifying, transforming, and, at last, transcending the ego-“I” and all “bonding” (or all the acts and effects of the ego-“I”). In order to achieve these purposes, philosophical and religious traditions and practitioners generally establish greater, purer, or even Ultimate, and, certainly, not ego-reinforcing, but, instead, truly ego-renouncing, and intended to be, at last, entirely ego-transcending, forms of apparent “bonding” as an alternative to ordinary egoic forms of “bonding”, and as a means for drawing human energy and attention beyond the self-referring center of egoity. Therefore, even though Real God, and Truth, and Reality, and Divine Liberation are (Ultimately) not about “bonding”, but are always about the transcending of “bonding” itself, the effective means for Realizing Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation necessarily and always requires the transcending of egoity by a process of progressive reaching, through the stages of the circle of “bonding”, and toward and into the un-“bonded” Sphere That Is Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation, Itself. And this process (of going through, and, thereby, beyond, the stages of the circle of “bonding”) requires a discipline of superior (or effectively ego-transcending) “Bonding” (to Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation, Itself), especially by the Grace-Given and Grace-Giving Means of “Bonding” to an Adept-Realizer (of whatever degree or stage) of Real God or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation, Itself.

I Am the first, the last, and the only Adept-Realizer of the seventh (or Inherently Most Perfect) stage of life, and, by My Grace, My devotees are Attracted to “Bond” to Me (in the self-surrendering, self-forgetting, and, always more and more, self-transcending manner, and, altogether through right, true, full, and fully devotional practice of the Way of Adidam, the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of the Heart), and This Such That (Most Ultimately) the ego-“I” is truly transcended, and Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation, Is Itself Realized, in true Awakening to Ultimate egoless Identification with, and Most Perfect Realization of, Me (and, Thus and Thereby Ultimate egoless Identification with, and Most Perfect Realization of, Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation, Itself).

Right life, or life based on the discovery of the hurt and the fruitlessness of egoity, and of attachment to any and every kind of ego-based (and ego-serving, or, otherwise, ego-reinforcing) “bonding”, is, necessarily, about self-transcendence. And right life is also, when founded on most profound self-understanding, a philosophical or religious process that is primarily moved by the Impulse to Realize Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation. All else is a naive, self-indulgent, and absurd enterprise, based on egoity and immaturity.

That dimension of actually (or, otherwise, potentially) right life that can be described as “social Wisdom” (or true Wisdom, socially applied) is, in its right and authentic forms, founded in the discovery that ego-based “bonding” (and, therefore, egoity itself) hurts and is fruitless, and, therefore, all right and authentic “social Wisdom” is associated with philosophical and religious motivations toward the transcending of the ego-“I” through enlarging the sphere of “bonding”, beyond the self-referring body-mind, to social relations, the good of the whole (or the true good of even any other), and the good of the world as a whole (including the good of the planetary sphere itself). And that process of ego-transcending “bonding” to all that is conditionally greater than the ego-“I” is (in the context of greatest “social Wisdom”, founded in true philosophical or religious motivations toward Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation) regarded only as a necessary preliminary (or a functional, practical, relational, and cultural) means toward ego-transcending Communion with (and, Ultimately, egoless Realization of) Real God, or Truth, or Reality, or Divine Liberation, Itself. 

Therefore, from the point of view of all truly right and authentic “social Wisdom”, not the ego-“I”, and not any intimate or otherwise familial relation, and not any social unit (great or small), and not the planet, and not even the total Cosmic domain is the “That” to which life must be (in the ego-surrendering manner) “Bonded” (as the final and Ultimate purpose of life). Rather, from the point of view of all truly right and authentic “social Wisdom”, the ego-“I”, and all possible relations, and even the entire Cosmic domain must be progressively transcended in That Which Is Always Already The Case (Beyond all hurt, all suffering, all separateness all relatedness, all self-contraction, all of egoity, even all that is conditionally manifested), and Which Is That of Which even all “I’s” and all conditions are a merely apparent modification, such that, by Realizing That (Real God, or Truth, or Reality), the ego-“I”, all others, and all of conditional manifestation are transcended in a beginningless and endless Divine Liberation.

 Om Ma Da
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