The Mad Dance of Open-Eyed Samadhi

ADI DA SAMRAJ: So the Ultimate Dance, then, is like Nijinsky’s. One day he did a dance and was a psychotic from that moment on. He really danced, you see, in a kind of mad way. He was totally devoted to something very mad that’s in the dance potentially, to be given up completely. 
In his case his orientation was such that he went insane. So it’s not exactly the dance I’m talking about. [laughter] Not at all, in fact. But I was using it as a metaphor for the dance quality in the Fully Awakened State, or in the seventh stage of life.
It’s not that there’s some kind of necessary connection to conditional existence such that it has to become a glorious something sometime. There is no necessary connection. 

It’s an utterly given-over Dance, a mad Dance without clinging. 
It Recognizes all, It doesn’t cling to anything. 
It is Samadhi, the Dance of Samadhi, the “Open Eyed” Samadhi.
DEVOTEE: Beloved, is another way of saying what we fear in the loss of the body and mind (or the sense we may lose it) this intuition of the “Madness” that’s inherent in the Ultimate Condition?
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Well, you could call it a Madness. It’s just a metaphor.
There’s no disorientation or chaos in it, in that sense of ordinary madness. The Realization itself is simply Radiant. It is without motion or “spot”. So it’s not mad of mind you see. Metaphors such as calling the Realized State, the Divine State, “Mad” are sometimes based on looking at the world and seeing its chaos and difficulty, and feeling that to be involved in that (and yet to be Dancing or Free) it must be some kind of insanity– madness being a good word, somehow for an ecstatic state of chaos. 

But that’s not it at all. That’s just how the Play looks. 
But there’s not really a play. There is no other, no thing. 
There’s only the One Reality that is Infinitely Calm and Radiant. 
And it’s not about the world.

Just as your own negativity and pain and so forth are relinquished, gone beyond in the Native Position, so is all of it in the world. It’s not about viewing the world and seeing all the difficulties in it and just saying “It’s God’s Dance”. No. It’s Standing Prior to all of that implication and appearance.
So to see the terrible world as the Dance or the Body of the Divine is a way of feeling beyond the world, not merely embracing a mad metaphor. Those who look at the image of Kali look through and beyond the terribleness of the world. It makes sense out of the terribleness of the world.  It’s in the Divine, you see. But that means they are moved into the Divine Condition by that vision and not fastening on the periphery of the terribleness.
excerpts from a consideration with
Adi  Da  Samraj 
January 9, 1996

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