Consumer Spirituality Is an Obnoxious and Absurd Vulgarity
ADI DA SAMRAJ: The popular promotability of religious, spiritual, and meditational ideas, cults, personalities, and practices depends on the subhuman and childish state of the general population. The responsive audience of such propaganda is the same subhuman mass of “consumers” that is the target of TV and the common media all over the world, and little more is required of anyone than to dutifully purchase the “product.”
To actually use the “product” is not demanded in any profound sense.
Just buy it, praise it, own it, believe it,
and glamorize yourself by association with it.
The whole matter of the popular communication and acceptance of religion, spirituality, and meditation is as obnoxious and absurd as any area of vulgarity in the world. It is all an appeal to the sense of self-divided fear and the general absence of intelligence that keeps people irresponsible and dependent, locked into problems, forever searching for solutions without becoming responsible for the problem and the need itself.
The Way of Truth cannot be understood by children or fools.
It is of no interest to the vulgar daily personality
refined and developed by TV and the mob of peers.
It requires the most profound intelligence, commitment, responsibility, and moral force of persistence in practice. It requires the most creative and easeful force of love. It requires great freedom from the destructive force of irrational reactivity, fear, and self-protectiveness.
Therefore, the communication of such a Way truly takes place only in the forums, and with the speed, of the highest kind of human consideration. To the degree such communication is introduced into the media streams of popular “culture,” it must creatively struggle, through constant criticism and depth of information, with the profusion of subhuman propaganda. And the useful or effective communication of the Way of Truth requires a continual mindfulness of the ordinary tendencies, demands, and illusions of the subhuman mood of the usual state of human beings.
The message is this:
You, as you know or may experience yourself, are not immortal,
nor yet even fully human.
What you tend to be, and think, and live
is exactly what must be overcome–
through insight, change of action, and the fullest working out
of the disposition of sacrifice.
Your reluctance to resort to the Divine and to the higher Agency of the Spiritual Master, neither of which is within you or even merely outside you, is a sign of the very dilemma from which you must be liberated. Your moral and relational weakness or reactivity is the dominant fault that binds you to the illusion and torment that is yourself.
Your tendency toward confinement in inward and mental and physically self- possessed states is not at all reinforced by the truly spiritual Way. The entire Way of Truth is immensely difficult and creative. The entire Way is a Sacrifice.
The Way of Truth is the only matter of ultimate significance
in the life of Man.
Let us yield our very bodies and minds
into the Reality and Destiny
that is both Spirit and Truth.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
© 2010 ASA