involves discriminating, in feeling,
between "God" and (the activity of) "self"
Transmission of the Spiritual Master is what makes Realization
(with a capital "R") possible. In the every day practice of the
devotee, the constants that stand out are the feeling of "self"
and the feeling of God. It is the "feeling of God" that
allows the entire process to proceed. Put simply, the blissful,
all-Pervading feeling of God stands as the Bright Canvas upon
which the activity of "self" is painted (as sensations in body,
emotion, mind, and breath, as well as the primal sense and act
of separateness that is the self-contraction itself). It is only
by way of that contrast, between
Bright and dark, between the Limitless and the limited, between
the Happy and the un-Happy, that we discover, first, the incredible
limit that "self" represents on the scale of our ultimate potential;
second, the capacity to feel to, through, and beyond the "self"
sensations to God; and third, the nature of self as activity that
can be transcended.
the Ultimate Realization is "There Is Only God", and because this
is true even now (only we haven't yet Realized it), genuine practice,
from the very beginning, is founded on this discrimination in
feeling, this sifting out what is "self" and what is God, and
surrendering "self" to God. God is already all-Pervading, even
at the beginning of genuine Spiritual practice. Because God is
all-Pervading, and therefore pervades every fraction of our self-contracted
and suffering body-minds even now, and in every moment, if you
were given the means for doing so:
not always choose to feel God in that locus of space-time
occupied by our body-mind, rather than feel the pinch of
is the “freedom in place” that absorption of the body-mind (and
all its parts) in God brings about. We can develop the liberating
capability to consciously allow the Divine Person to stand as
us, to stand in our place and be
Way of Adidam is all about feeling; the capacity to feel unreservedly
must be restored. And — feeling is feeling. Spend a lifetime numbing
oneself from the pain of a mortal life, and one can't help but
have desensitized oneself to the feeling-awareness of God as well.
RE-sensitize oneself, restore one's willingness to feel and one's
capability to feel and be certain that one will feel the pains
of life profoundly. And it will only be the further feeling through
all that to God, that will allow us to endure the course of ever-increasing
feeling-vulnerability, necessary for locating (in feeling-awareness)
the primal pinch:
is Wisdom: Always relax into the pains and circumstances of experience,
and so remain in Communion with Me, rather than in confrontation
with the modifications of life. Surrender to Me, rather than react
to experience. Do this consistently, under all circumstances, and
thus remain always with Me and disposed toward loving self-release
in all relationships. This is the human foundation of morality.
Adi Da Samraj,
My Brightness Face To Face
is the "feeling of God"? What does the direct Revelation of
God feel like? It is hard to put the ineffable into words. It
is not for lack of Reality but because of the difficult-to-describe
to indescribable nature of the pure Revelation that there is
a difficulty. Chinese tradition has it that Lao Tsu, the author
and Realizer who wrote the famous Chinese text, the Tao
Te Ching, was coerced, reluctantly, by a friend to write
something for the sake of all his fellow beings, and he began
the Tao Te Ching with the line, "The Truth that can be written
is not the Truth."
best way, of course, to answer the question, “What does God
feel like?”, is by putting yourself in a position to receive
that wordless Revelation yourself, by entering into a Spiritual
relationship with Avatar Adi Da Samraj. But the following passages
may help inspire and move you to do exactly that.
Varieties of Religious Experience, William James singles
out a few experiences that are of great interest to him because
they seem to be very "pure", in the sense that they don't make
references to this or that tradition, or this or that effect
or miracle, but simply to the Presence of God:
compiled by William James:
the night, and almost the very spot on the hilltop, where my soul
opened out, as it were, into the Infinite, and there was a rushing
together of the two worlds, the inner and the outer. It was deep
calling unto deep, the deep that my own struggle had opened up
within being answered by the unfathomable deep without, reaching
beyond the stars. I stood alone with Him who had made me, and
all the beauty of the world, and love, and sorrow, and even temptation.
I did not seek Him, but felt the perfect unison of my spirit with
His. The ordinary sense of things around me faded. For the moment
nothing but an ineffable joy and exaltation remained. It is impossible
fully to describe the experience. It was like the effect of some
great orchestra when all the separate notes have melted into one
swelling harmony that leaves the listener conscious of nothing
save that his soul is being wafted upwards, and almost bursting
with its own emotion. The perfect stillness of the night was thrilled
by a more solemn silence. The darkness held a presence that was
all the more felt because it was not seen. I could not any more
have doubted that He was there than that I was. Indeed, I felt
myself to be, if possible, the less real of the two."
had been so profound that in climbing slowly the slope I asked
myself if it were possible that Moses on Sinai could have had
a more intimate communication with God. I think it well to add
that in this ecstasy of mine God had neither form, color, odor,
nor taste; moreover, that the feeling of his presence was accompanied
with no determinate localization. It was rather as if my personality
had been transformed by the presence of a spiritual spirit. But
the more I seek words to express this intimate intercourse, the
more I feel the impossibility of describing the thing by any of
our usual images. At bottom the expression most apt to render
what I felt is this: God was present, though invisible; he fell
under no one of my senses, yet my consciousness perceived him."
me like the physical atmosphere. He is closer to me than my own
breath. In him literally I live and move and have my being."
"I have the
sense of a presence, strong, and at the same time soothing, which
hovers over me. Sometimes it seems to enwrap me with sustaining
words of the Divinely Realized Spiritual Master Himself make
this "Feeling of God" more precise, communicating, as they do,
the “God’s Eye” View of what is occuring:
principal perception of Me is of My Divine Spiritual Body, "Located"
through the sense of touch subtly, but even in the context
of gross physical (or gross bodily) awareness. Therefore, that
tangible Spiritual experience of My Love-Bliss-Presence, Surrounding
and Pervading the body-mind, is possible, and, indeed, necessary
[for genuine spiritual practice], even in the context of gross
[i.e. physical] embodiment. . . .
Spiritual Body can be tangibly experienced Surrounding and Pervading
the body-mind, My Love-Bliss-Presence Crashing Down, even in the
gross bodily sphere. Therefore, this perception of Me through
Love-Bliss-Touch is the basic, and always most immediate, Spiritual
perception of Me. Whether or not any other experiences arise .
. . I can always be "Located", and, altogether, felt, via, and
As My Tangible Touch, My Divine Body of Love-Bliss Touching, Descending
into, Surrounding, and Pervading the body-mind. Therefore, the
experience of My Tangible Touch is the immediate potential of
My any devotee who enters into Spiritual Communion with Me. .
Process in My Company is not a matter of going "up". It is a matter
of Melting "down". . . .
of the Spiritual Process in My Company is that, in your reception
of Me, "you" are gone, forgotten. You are simply an openness,
without egoic self-reference.
Adi Da Samraj, Hridaya
Rosary (Four Thorns Of Heart Instruction)
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