No Heaven.  No Utopia.  Only Love.


by Adi Da Samraj


The motivations of religion, eastern and western, are typically founded on fear; the revulsion of, the reaction to bodily existence, bodily experience, frustration, mortality. You all are looking for some message or other that will relieve you of this fear. 
You are all seekers. You’ve been made seekers by your fear, by your reaction to bodily existence, and the traditions of religion and spirituality, as they are conventionally communicated, tend to support this search in you, and give you answers, methods of seeking, alternative experiences that will relieve you of the pain, the creative struggle of this life.
People are offered utopian schemes of a perfect political social environment. They’re offered inward mystical schemes for absorption and internal phenomena and so forth. 


All of these oriental and western religious and spiritual messages 
are calculated to support you, 
to console you in your fear 
and this fundamental sub-human reaction to bodily existence.

If it were not for mortality and frustration, none of you would be here with me tonight. On the other hand, it is because of mortality and frustration that you are here for the wrong reasons (laughter).
Your motivation is to escape, to be relieved of this mortal life, either by having this mortal life turn out to be a really pleasurable  great utopia, or on the other hand, by your escaping into subtle mystical realms.
You seek release. And this is typical of religion and spirituality since ancient times. People have always been offered means of release or consolations for their fear. 
Those who offered the means of release and the consolations for fear were individuals who fundamentally were born into fear, born into this revulsion, this reaction to bodily mortality.
My work is founded on a criticism of fear, a criticism of the search itself, a criticism of this reaction, of this revulsion, this separation into self-possession. The mood, the creative motive of my life has not been to escape this life, while others are busy trying to escape it, to go beyond it, to do all of the conventional things that produce a sense of ordinary release.


The lesson of all of our experience then is to transcend our fear, 
transcend our self-possession, 
transcend our flight from relationship, 
transcend our flight from the body
 and all of our longings for some sort of imaginary heaven 
or utopia, heaven above, utopia here. 

The test of human existence is not whether or not you can achieve some ordinary human knowing and power over the natural realm through some scientific or other worldly means. 
The test of human existence is not whether you can oppress your attention within and have all kind of magnificent mystical distractions to observe and become absorbed in.
The test of human existence has nothing to do whatever with either science or mysticism, worldly power or psychic power. The test of human existence is whether you will persist as love, whether you will transcend yourself; transcend your contraction, your flight from relationship, your limitation on love.
That’s the only thing that is going on here. There is absolutely nothing else going on that is of any consequence whatsoever.  Through the method of science we have become capable of creating atomic destruction. It seems like this earth could come to an end even very soon, but to Man, who is so unevolved, that’s not very probable (laughter).


There needs to be a place like this, 
because if the world were blown up, and there were no earth at all, 
everybody would be stopped in the midst of this incarnation. 
Everybody would be floating in space 
in this dense atmosphere of exploded earth matter 
with no place to collect and carry on their idiocy. 
(laughter)

So the earth is perfectly suited, even in its present limitations, for what the mass of humanity is up to. Everybody dies from time to time, and simply falls into the subtler atmosphere of the earth and is born again. That’s just the physics of this cycle of birth and death, in which nothing really great is accomplished merely by dying.
It’s just a time of refreshment, something like going to sleep at night and you wake up and get bodily refreshed the next day. Death is a kind of sleep of the elemental part, so at death you enter into the etheric or astral aspects of the earth-plane and then 


return in another birth 
without much memory, 
without representing anything superior to what you were 
the last day you were alive 
in your last incarnation.

So birth and death are not the point except to those who are afraid. You are motivated in the conventional way, based on fear reaction to this mortality in its limitations, and your anger about the fact that that’s the way it is. 
You kind of feel it’s unnecessary. Why didn’t God make it all wonderful (laughter).  If God is so omnipotent, then why didn’t God create a world in which you could just be happy and meditative and love God and enjoy your friends?  Why didn’t he do it that way?
Of course that’s a childish view of God. God is the kind of God that makes places like this. God is exactly that kind of God you see, because God is the God of us. God is the kind of God that makes people like this that makes people in this state of limited understanding and self-possessed motivation.
What kind of God is God then? God is the absolute Reality in which all possibilities are arising. To live in God, to commune with God while you are alive, means that you enter into the creative and evolutionary circumstance of possibility. 


You must grow to be a lover of God, 
and that means you have to suffer limitations 
and all the mysteriousness 
of a frustrated and ultimately mortal life.
So that’s what you’re all struggling with, you see, love. You’d sit in caves or sit in meditation twelve hours a day, long before you’d begin to get serious about the matter of love.  You’d do all kinds of things in life to get yourself pleasurably situated sexually, in work, in your household, your clothing, your automobiles and all the rest of the stuff. 
You work very hard to do all that. You work very fitfully hard to study, and read about, and think about, imagine and even perform meditative exercises, but love is the thing.
It is most profound, most difficult to perform, but what you are most reluctant to do. It is most fundamental, this matter, because the whole reason why you want to be released and consoled by all other things of experience, is that you have fallen from love. 

Excerpts from “Love is the Test of Human Existence

by Avatar Adi Da Samraj

1978


©2010 The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd.,
as trustee for The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam.
All rights reserved. Perpetual copyright claimed.

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