The following excerpt is taken from a prefatory piece that appears in all of Avatar Adi Das Source-Texts, entitled Do Not Misunderstand Me.
. . . there is a potential liability inherent in all human associations. And the root and nature of that potential liability is the ego (or the active human presumption of separateness, and the ego-act of human separativeness). Therefore, in order that the liabilities of egoity are understood (and voluntarily and responsibly disciplined) by those who approach Me, I require demonstrated right devotion (based on really effective self-understanding and truly heart-felt devotional recognition-response to Me) as the basis for any ones right to enter into My physical Company. And, in this manner, not only the egoic tendency, but also the tendency toward religious cultism, is constantly undermined in the only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam.
Because people appear within this human condition, this simultaneously attractive and frightening dream world, they tend to liveand to interpret both the conditional (or cosmic and psycho-physical) reality and the Unconditional (or Divine) Realityfrom the point of view of this apparent (and bewildering) mortal human condition. And, because of this universal human bewilderment (and the ongoing human reaction to the threatening force of mortal life-events), there is an even ancient ritual that all human beings rather unconsciously (or automatically, and without discriminative understanding) desire and tend to repeatedly (and under all conditions) enact. Therefore, wherever you see an association of human beings gathered for any purpose (or around any idea, or symbol, or person, or subject of any kind), the same human bewilderment-ritual is tending to be enacted by one and all.
Human beings always tend to encircle (and, thereby, to containand, ultimately, to entrap and abuse, or even to blithely ignore) the presumed center of their livesa book, a person, a symbol, an idea, or whatever. They tend to encircle the center (or the middle), and they tend to seek toexclusively acquire all things (or all power of control) for the circle (or toward the middle) of themselves. In this manner, the group becomes an ego (inward-directed, or separate and separative)just as the individual body-mind becomes, by self-referring self-contraction, the separate and separative ego-I (inward-directed, or ego-centricand exclusively acquiring all things, or all power of control, for itself). Thus, by self-contraction upon the presumed center of their liveshuman beings, in their collective ego-centricity, make cults (or bewildered and frightened centers of power, and control, and exclusion) in every area of life.
Anciently, the cult-making process was done, most especially, in the political and social sphereand religion was, as even now, mostly an exoteric (or political and social) exercise that was always used to legitimize (or, otherwise, to de-throne) political and social authority-figures. Anciently, the cyclically (or even annually) culminating product of this exoteric religio-political cult was the ritual de-throning (or ritual deposition) of the one in the middle (just as, even in these times, political leaders are periodically deposedby elections, by rules of term and succession, by scandal, by slander, by force, and so on).
Everywhere throughout the ancient world, traditional societies made and performed this annual (or otherwise periodic) religio-political cult ritual. The ritual of en-throning and de-throning was a reflection of the human observation of the annual cycle of the seasons of the natural worldand the same ritual was a reflection of the human concern and effort to control the signs potential in the cycle of the natural world, in order to ensure human survival (through control of weather, harvests and every kind of fate, or even every fraction of existence upon which human beings depend for both survival and pleasure, or psycho-physical well-being). Indeed, the motive behind the ancient agrarian (and, later, urbanized, or universalized) ritual of the one in the middle was, essentially, the same motive that, in the modern era, takes the form of the culture of scientific materialism (and even all of the modern culture of materialistic realism): It is the motive to gain (and to maintain) control, and the effort to control even everything and everyone (via both knowledge and gross power). Thus, the ritualized, or bewildered yes/no (or desire/fear), life of mankind in the modern era is, essentially, the same as that of mankind in the ancient days.
In the ancient ritual of en-throning and de-throning, the person (or subject) in the middle was ritually mocked, abused, deposed, and banishedand a new person (or subject) was installed in the center of the religio-political cult. In the equivalent modern ritual of dramatized ambiguity relative to everything and everyone (and, perhaps especially, authority-figures), the person (or symbol, or idea) in the middle (or that which is given power by means of popular fascination) is first cultified (or made much of), and then (progressively) doubted, mocked, and abuseduntil, at last, all the negative emotions are (by culturally and socially ritualized dramatization) dissolved, the middle (having thus ceased to be fascinating) is abandoned, and a new person (or symbol, or idea) becomes the subject of popular fascination (only to be reduced, eventually, to the same cultic ritual, or cycle of rise and fall).
Just as in every other area of human life, the tendency of all those who (in the modern era) would become involved in religious or Spiritual life is also to make a cult, a circle that ever increases its separate and separative dimensionsbeginning from the center, surrounding it, and (perhaps) even (ultimately) controlling it (such that it altogether ceases to be effective, or even interesting). Such cultism is ego-based, and ego-reinforcingand, no matter how esoteric it presumes itself to be, it is (as in the ancient setting) entirely exoteric, or (at least) more and more limited to (and by) merely social (and gross physical) activities and conditions.
The form that every cult imitates is the pattern of egoity (or the pattern that is the ego-I) itselfthe presumed middle of every ordinary individual life. It is the self-contraction (or the avoidance of relationship), which creates the fearful sense of separate mind, and all the endless habits and motives of egoic desire (or bewildered, and self-deluded, seeking). It is what is, ordinarily, called (or presumed to be) the real and necessary and only life.
From birth, the human being (by reaction to the blows and limits of psycho-physical existence) begins to presume separate existence to be his or her very natureand, on that basis, the human individual spends his or her entire life generating and serving a circle of ownership (or self-protecting acquisition) all around the ego-I. The egoic motive encloses all the other beings it can acquire, all the things it can acquire, all the states and thoughts it can acquireall the possible emblems, symbols, experiences, and sensations it can possibly acquire. Therefore, when any human being begins to involve himself or herself in some religious or Spiritual association (or, for that matter, any extension of his or her own subjectivity), he or she tends again to create that same circle about a center.
The cult (whether of religion, or of politics, or of science, or of popular culture) is a dramatization of egoity, of separativeness, even of the entrapment and betrayal of the center (or the middle), by one and all. Therefore, I have always Refused to assume the role and the position of the man in the middleand I have always, from the beginning of My formal Teaching and Blessing Work, Criticized, Resisted, and Shouted About the cultic (or ego-based, and ego-reinforcing, and merely talking and believing, and not understanding and not really practicing) school (or tendency) of ordinary religious and Spiritual life. Indeed, true Satsang with Me (or the true devotional relationship to Me) is an always (and specifically, and intensively) anti-cultic (or truly non-cultic) Process.
The true devotional relationship to Me is not separative (or merely inward-directed), nor is It a matter of attachment to Me as a mere (and, necessarily, limited) human being (or a man in the middle)for, if My devotee indulges in ego-bound (or self-referring and self-serving) attachment to Me as a mere human other, My Divine Nature (and, therefore, the Divine Nature of Reality Itself) is not (as the very Basis for religious and Spiritual practice in My Company) truly devotionally recognized and rightly devotionally acknowledged. And, if such non-recognition of Me is the case, there is no truly ego-transcending devotional response to My Avatarically Self-Revealed (and Self-Evidently Divine) Presence and Personand, thus, such presumed-to-be devotion to Me is not devotional heart-Communion with Me, and such presumed-to-be devotion to Me is not Divinely Liberating. Therefore, because the true devotional (and, thus, truly devotionally Me-recognizing and truly devotionally to-Me-responding) relationship to Me is entirely a counter-egoic (and truly and only Divine) discipline, it does not tend to become a cult (or, otherwise, to support the cultic tendency of Man)
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