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ADI DA SAMRAJ: Popular religion and mysticism serve the self, or the mind, by providing consoling objects of belief, experience, absorption, attractive states that may seem to fulfill us in the midst of our fear. Ultimately, all psycho-physical experience serves the separate being, the separate psycho-physical person that is “I.” 
Thus, what is popularly conceived to be God-Realization, or mystical absorption, or true religious belief is only a state of mind (or of the limited body mind), a condition or experience, of the manifest personality Narcissus. Experience, or inwardness is the hedge around Narcissus, the enclosure of the self. 
The archetype of Narcissus, who avoids the world by gazing into a pond at his own image, is a metaphor for the ego, the independent self-mind. Like the pond, the mind is a reflective mechanism. Therefore, the ego or the self or Narcissus is a reflection, an illusion of independence. 
To enter into the realm of the mind, to persist in our flight toward subjectivity, our obsessive experience of separate self, is to be possessed of the self, not of God, no matter how profound the inward phenomena may seem to be at any time.


The various states of mystical inwardness 
have nothing whatsoever to do with God-Realization, absolutely nothing. 
They are simply experiential states of the separate personality. 
Mystical experience is promoted as a solution to suffering, as an answer to doubt and fear, just as saviors and popular religious concepts are offered for the same purpose. But the Realization of God or Truth appears, and spontaneously, only in the instant of self-transcendence, or ecstatic annihilation of mind, of inwardness, of self-consciousness, or the reflection of oneself in experience. 


Ego-death, self transcendence, or the transcendence of the mind, then, is the “narrow gate,” the necessary doorway to the realization of Truth. Thus, the old saw that Truth is within is not true. The Truth is absolutely not within. Within is “me.” Within is the inside of “me.” 
Conventional mysticism and conventional religion are addressed to our inwardness, because the psyche, the inner being and mind, can feel itself to be separate from the body and the physical environment and all the conditions of mortal existence of which we are afraid, all the conditions that can die.

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Excerpt from “Ego-Death and the Chaos of Experience”
1980







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