Physical proximity to the Spiritual Master
1995 Adi Da Samraj Gathers with devotees and Dispels the notion that only devotees who have been Graced to be in His physical human Company can truly and fully practice the Reality-Way of Adidam.
His Divine Presence Parama-Sapta-Na Adi Da Says:
“Most of the devotees of all kinds of Spiritual Teachers, throughout history, did not have a physical, or immediate, daily association with that Person. That has never been required in order to practice. It is, in fact, not necessary. You must do the ego-transcending practice in the context of your daily life, devoted to the Spiritual Master. It is not that the Spiritual Way
has to be about being in physical proximity to the Spiritual Master, all the time. It is not possible, it has never been the case, it is not necessary, it is not even appropriate, taking into account all the things you have to deal with for real.
So the Reality-Way of Adidam is not about immediate physical association with Me. To date, everyone has (generally) come into My physical Sphere, at least on occasion. Even that is not necessary. After the death of this Body, nobody is going to do it. And during the Lifetime of this Body, only some—those who can afford to come here—will do that.
However, all the elements of the practice of Adidam are Given to all. If it is not possible to come into My physical Company, you can still practice Adidam fully, effectively—because you are devoted to Me. Likewise, only a handful can do immediate, physical, daily service in My physical human Company. That is a practical necessity. It does not mean that they are the only ones really doing the ego-transcending practice, or really Given the full circumstance to do the ego-transcending practice. That is nonsensical. Physical proximity to Me is not the basis of the Reality-Way of Adidam. It is simply that some must be Given that kind of access for the sake of service—because I am physically here, at the moment. But it has nothing to do with that being the necessary context of the Reality-Way of Adidam.
It is often said in the traditions, in fact, that those who had, for whatever reason, the opportunity to serve the Spiritual Master bodily, or to be in that Sphere, often seemed to Realize less than everybody else. It was not always the case—some in that intimate circumstance progressed greatly. But it is not the circumstance that does it—it is the disposition of the devotee.”
Adi Da goes on to Say:
“I am just as much on the ‘other side’ of the ‘world’ as I Am ‘here’ Sitting in this Chair. I am immediately Available to all devotees, because of Who I Am. You have to find that out, and truly create a culture of right devotion to Me. You must realize and communicate that I Am the Divine Avataric World-Teacher, and not just the Teacher of those who are up-close on My Body, or of some group that happens to be associated with Me at the present moment.
You must be fully communicative about Me. But to do that, you must be fully aware of Who I Am, and enjoy a culture with one another that is about Who I Am, and not just about wanting to indulge in some sort of attachment game with a physical ‘person’. Necessarily, then, for Me to do My Work while physically Alive, there must be some with whom I Associate very directly and physically, in order to be served, or to generate means of service to everyone. So, as a practical matter, that has to be, but that is not a description of the fundamental context of ego-transcending practice for all devotees.
All of Time and Space is My Domain and My Body and Person, Manifested. This must be your understanding, the basis of your approach to Me, and the basis of your communication in the ‘world.
Instead of persisting in this up-close-to-the-Body kind of neurosis, or ego-game, and keeping it ‘small’ around Me, you must be expansive to the entire ‘world’, and include all in My Divine Avataric Company. And you, yourselves, must relate to Me As I Am, and not just as a human ‘other’, in the conventional sense. Wherever you are, in time and space, you have equal Access to Me, As I Am.” ~Adi Da Samrajashram
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