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Inhaltsangabe: In these heart-moving and penetrating essays Adi Da is offering of himself as the perfect means for the process of Awakening to Reality Itself. He writes:
Your problems and your questions only arise because you forget Consciousness and identify with objects first the body, then everything else. You presume you are the body but, in Reality, you are only Witnessing the body. You are aware of the body as something in Consciousness.You do not experience the body itself as a thing in and of itself. You are Conscious of the body.
Therefore, Consciousness Itself is first not the body. Then there appears to be the body, and you contract and identify with it, and forget Consciousness. That is how Consciousness Itself becomes the unconscious: You presume to be the body, and you imagine Consciousness is to be found somewhere else. You presume that you have to search within the body for Consciousness. You go within the body to find It. That is nonsense. You Always Already Are Consciousness Itself. You cannot find Consciousness Itself by searching among or within the things . You cannot find Consciousness outside the body or inside the body.
Consciousness Itself Is Always So. Consciousness Itself Is Always Already The Case. If you seek for It, you lose It because you separate yourself from the Position of Consciousness.
This is the error of all seeking: You leave the Place Where you Are, in order to find It.
So, Where Am I?
I Am at the Root of your unconsciousness.
I Am Consciousness Itself the Divine Person, Self-Existing and Self-Radiant.
I Am the Divine Self-Domain Itself the Source-Condition of the 'world' , the Truth of the 'world', your own Truth, Reality Itself.
I Am Altogether Prior and, yet, I am Where you Stand.
I Am you and I Am Where you Stand, in the Prior Heart-Position.
.....you are 'self'-contracted, attached to 'objects', seeking 'objects'. Instead, you must keep turning to Me (As I Am). That is 'radical' devotion to Me to turn away from apparently 'objective' illusions and turn toward the Source, by forgetting your preoccupation with the body and 'objects'
Adi Da Samraj
About the Author:
From his birth (on Long Island, New York, in 1939), Adi Da Samraj has always manifested unique signs of spiritual illumination and of artistic and literary inspiration. Nevertheless, from his birth, and until his spiritual restoration at thirty years of age, Adi Da Samraj submitted himself to an ordeal of 'self-identification' with all the limitations and sufferings of the human condition.
Adi Da Samraj describes his early years as being focused in two fundamental activities: investigating how (in the scale of human 'ordinariness') to perfectly realize the Truth of 'Reality Itself', and achieving the ability to communicate the Truth of 'Reality Itself' through artistic means (both visual and literary).
Adi Da Samraj graduated from Columbia University in 1961, with a BA in philosophy, and from Stanford University in 1966, with an MA in English literature. In 1964, Adi Da Samraj began a period of intensive practice under a succession of spiritual masters in the United States and India. Eventually, in 1970, after a final period of intense spiritual endeavor, Adi Da Samraj spontaneously became re-established in the continuous state of illumination that was his unique condition at birth--and that re-awakening signaled the end of his thirty years of spiritual quest.
In 1972, Adi Da Samraj began to teach, creating a vast repository of wisdom, in living dialogue with those who approached him. To date, his literary, philosophical, and practical writings consist of over sixty published books. The Knee of Listening and Easy Death and The World as Light are some of the most popular books. Many of his discourses are also available on DVD and CD from The Dawn Horse Press.
Since 1998, Adi Da Samraj has created a massive body of artwork using the media of photography, videography, and digital technology. He states that his intention as an artist is to offer a visual communication of the Truth of 'Reality Itself'--by allowing Reality to manifest Itself in and as the 'space' of his image-art.
Adi Da Samraj's collateral exhibition at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia (2007), 'Transcendental Realism', which was a great success, marks the first time his work was shown to the public at large.
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