You Feel Obliged To Play the Talk-Show Host
ADI DA SAMRAJ: You must really not like suffering. It’s not a matter of merely being immune to it. You must really not like it. You must really not like being afraid, not like being mortal and all the possible difficulties that come with that. You have to really not like it. 
You have desensitized yourself to discriminating about these things with all kinds of propaganda and self-indulgence, and forgotten that you really don’t like all of that pain at all. But it’s your own pain, self-created, by self-contraction. And that’s how you fail to participate in Reality, in Truth, in the Divine. 
That makes you dark and troubled and a seeker, 
and you feel stuck in some bewildering trap.
This maya cannot be comprehended, but it can be transcended. 
So you must allow all your energies to be Husbanded, Gurued, Mastered, and be directed to a truly free life of Realization, but maintaining all the necessary responsibilities that belong to that at its foundation, not chaotic, not directed by a separative disposition, but rightly aligned, established at Source. You must be conformed to right relatedness and to true structure and to Ultimate Reality.
You all must know that Reality exists, that I’m here. You experience it sitting here with Me. It’s proven in your own experience by sitting with Me here this evening. 
It’s not merely an argument in verbal form. But you’re always arguing with yourselves, as if you don’t have a greater impulse and a greater experience. You feel obliged to be conventional, to play “Johnny Carson”, the guy who doesn’t know how to do anything, you know.
DEVOTEE: Yeah, why is that?
ADI DA SAMRAJ: In order to interview his guests and let them show themselves off, he pretends to know nothing, be inept at everything. But strangely enough, he’s exemplifying what everybody is doing. 
There are no guests. Everybody is Johnny Carson, deciding that you’re supposed to make life out of not knowing how to do anything and not understand anything, no great Realization, ordinary Joe and Betty, you know, not making profound use of life, of discrimination, of possibility.
So to take up the religious life for real is to turn about from mere convention, or the common way it’s supposed to be, and to enter into a most profound process of life. 
But you won’t necessarily be congratulated for it 
in your common associations, your ordinary associations. 
It’s within the community of devotees 
where that disposition is supported. 
Here and there maybe you find somebody that you meet sympathetic every now and then. 
So you serve one another by serving this orientation in one another. You don’t serve one another merely by being adjacent to one another, or involved in some community in the merely social sense. 
You don’t just belong to a community. You belong to a religious community, and not merely a religious community in the conventional sense, here only to do good works and so on, but here to Realize and do it for real, no gimmicks and no bullshit, just the real practice. Prove it.
The Divine Presence,
Beloved Bhagavan
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
From the talk “There’s No Escape, There’s Only Realization”
Spoken to us all on January 5, 1995
©2010 The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd.,
as trustee for The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam.
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