What Seems to Control Attention 
Gets Stronger 
After Death


DEVOTEE: The traditions lead you to believe that you will enjoy a glimpse of Reality in the moment of death.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: Recognition is possible in the midst of any sudden transformation of your habitually fixed state. The moment of death is such an opportunity, although somewhat glamorized, but the same opportunity is also available in the waking state. Therefore, it is recommended that beings strive for Enlightenment while alive, not just grasp the opportunity at death.
Your capacity to recognize phenomena and inhere in the Divine Transcendental Reality must develop while you are alive, because the same mechanics that are effective in life are effective after death, and your ability to transcend them after death will not be greater than that which you enjoyed in life. You must generate a profound capacity to go beyond phenomena regardless of what arises.
Merely because something different from your experience in life 
may happen at death, 
does not mean that you will suddenly develop the capacity for

transcendence. 

In fact, you will not. 
You will have no more ability than you have now.
Like all beings, you are called to the Dharma or the Way of Recognition of all phenomena while you are alive, so that when death comes, as it inevitably does, you will demonstrate the capacity for transcendence in that event. 
You must become capable of this process while alive, however, because in the process of changing phenomenal circumstances, that capacity will not be generated spontaneously for you. You will suffer the same limitations of attention that you suffered while you were alive. 
Furthermore, after death the powers that control attention 
seem much more profound than they do in life.
DEVOTEE: The text on the six Yogas of Naropa mentions that if you do not grasp Enlightenment while alive, you will not be able to “hold on” or practice at the point of death. You will be shocked by the dropping of the nirmanakaya.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: Attention moves and is fixed by tendency until we can recognize and transcend the habit of attention itself, the habit-energy associated with consciousness. The business of life is to realize the process of Recognition whereby we transcend the habit energy of attention. This is also our business after death.
While we are alive, phenomena impress us very directly, but our attention tends to be superficially associated with them, and we do not recognize them as they truly are. Just so, we also fail to recognize phenomena after death, when we have lost the environment of the nirmanakaya, the physical embodiment that controls attention. 
After death the realm of subtlety and energy controls attention. Our condition of existence is still fundamentally the same, however, because attention is still controlled by phenomena, although then they are more subtle than the gross phenomena of life.
Enlightenment, or the spiritual process, is the recognition of phenomena or the phenomenal energies that control and manipulate attention. If you can begin to recognize the process of identification whereby you determine an independent, egoic self-sense, then while alive you may Realize the dharmakaya, the Divine Truth, or That which becomes radiant throughout the whole of your existence. 
Likewise, after death you will enjoy the capacity to recognize phenomena and pass through them, transcend them, be Happy, and be Enlightened, or pass directly into the Samadhi of ultimate Realization, even though phenomena may continue to arise.
Once Enlightened, 
you may be reintroduced into the stream of phenomena 
to serve some higher, radiant, 
Enlightened purpose. 
You may be reborn to fulfill the Law of that Dimension of our existence that is beyond the repetitions created by fear and reactivity, the Law that is the fundamental force inherent in existence and that produces all phenomena out of Enlightened Fullness. 
Such a rebirth, so-called, is different from the rebirth of the ordinary being conditioned by reactivity and self-possession, because of the Enlightened capacity to recognize phenomena. This capacity for recognition accounts for the spiritual differences among beings in life, and after death, and between death and rebirth. 
Apart from that Enlightened disposition, however, our experiencing and perceiving are conditioned by the habits of attention, the cause-and-effect, action-reaction processes that arise when we do not recognize phenomena but rather allow phenomena to determine our destiny.
The fact that we are apparently embodied or that attention is distracted in perception and conception is not the problem. The problem, if we can call it a problem at all, is that we do not recognize these phenomenal states. We do not Realize the Condition in which they are arising, and we do not transcend the conventions that they impose upon us. 
It is not that we must rid ourselves of all phenomenal states and realize the zero of a false Nirvana. Rather, we must recognize what arises and radiate the power of the Transcendental Reality, or the dharmakaya, or the free energy of the sambhogakaya, into the play of manifestation. Then existence becomes radiant, transfigured, a truly spiritual manifestation.
Whether one Realizes the Spiritual Reality or not, 
the play of manifestation is a process of cycles of birth, 
then death, then after-death, then reintegration with

phenomena and rebirth.

 Enlightenment does not prohibit such transformations of attention.
Enlightenment is the force of the recognition of those transformations, which are not created by the Divine Nature, or the very Divine, or the Buddha-Nature, or the dharmakaya at all, but spontaneously continue without cause. Nothing inherent in the phenomena of existence should cause us to try to bring them to an end. Rather, we should relate to them through Enlightened recognition.
If we are incapable of recognizing phenomena, then we are limited to the game of cause and effect or its opposite, the negative reaction of reducing ourselves to zero or no-experience. Both illusions–the self-indulgent, egoic exploitation of phenomena and the false Nirvana–are false paths, paths of fear and bewilderment. 
Enlightenment is recognition, inherent transcendence, whereby even this dimension of Reality becomes an Enlightened force that associates us with all the ultimately positive qualities of relationship.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj



Essay from Easy Death,
“Recognition Is the Key to Enlightenment”
1980



©2010 The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd.,
as trustee for The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam.
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