Everything You Can “Do” Produces the Same Result

ADI DA SAMRAJ: You make the choices. I Make the Revelation. I can Call you to greater understanding and more profound practice, I can urge you on, but you make the choices. 
If you want What is Ultimate and Most Profound, you must be changed likewise, in your choices, in your understanding, and in your involvement in everything. Such transformation requires a profound discipline and a great ordeal.
Sooner or later, any kind of self-indulgence whatsoever reaches the point where discomfort is greater than pleasure. So it is with the world and with everything karmic, with every indulgence of attention in conditions. 

There is some pleasure in your indulgence, 
but as you repeat the indulgence, 
you reach a point after a while when the pleasure is greatly reduced 
and you are mostly suffering the results. 

Sex, intimate feelings, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, TV, food–absolutely everything you can do in the domain of conditional existence produces the same result in due course, which is that at some point the pleasure is greatly reduced and you are mainly suffering ill effects. Such is life.
DEVOTEE: I think you are talking about sex.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Sex is certainly a major form of it, but all indulgence in conditionality is the same. There is no difference in effect. This is just how conditional existence works. Conditional existence is a play of opposites. 
If you work on the pleasure side, the opposite comes into play sooner or later and, like any addict, you continue to seek for pleasure, but now to relieve yourself of some pain rather than to magnify the enjoyment. 

Most of the time, you are just suffering, and the pattern is repeating 
itself automatically. You do not quite know what to do about it. 

You are just stuck with it, and you think, “Well, that is the way it is supposed to be.” You are basically just feeling the pain of it and trying to get rid of the pain. Your whole life feels like a dilemma of disease.
This understanding about conditional existence is one dimension of life in My Company that makes you a renunciate. The other dimension is your devotion to Me. The more profoundly your devotion to Me is magnified, the less consistently attention moves toward pleasure, or conditionality, or addictive patterns. 
This is the primary dimension of life in My Company that makes you a renunciate. When these two dimensions of your practice of the Way of the Heart become most profoundly consequential, then you are fully and truly a renunciate, or one who is not moved in attention toward conditionality but whose attention and entire body-mind are moved in submission to Me, in Divine Communion.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

From “The Way Out of Pleasure and Pain”
Spoken February 19, 1994

©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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